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Report: Spurs want Hammers target

Tottenham have entered the race to sign Jesse Lingard on a free transfer, according to a new report from the Daily Telegraph.

The Hammers are interested in a deal to secure the former Manchester United star, who has left Old Trafford at the end of his contract.

But it is now being reported that Antonio Conte’s side are also interested in doing a deal for Lingard.

They held talks with the player’s camp in January ahead of the summer, telling his representatives that they could be willing to return for him in the summer.

Lingard has yet to make a decision over his future and there is also said to be interest from Everton and Newcastle in signing the playmaker.

Spurs can offer Champions League football and have been spending big this summer, recently confirming the £60m signing of Richarlison from Everton.

Lingard is seen as a homegrown option who could add depth to the squad but it isn’t clear if he is willing to trade one bench role for another; he would play more minutes in east London.

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Report: Lingard decision

Jesse Lingard is likely to turn down a move to West Ham this summer, according to a new report from KUMB.

The attacking midfielder is a free agent after leaving Manchester United at the end of his contract.

He has offers from a number of clubs, and there have been reports suggesting that the Hammers have made him an offer.

It would be the third time that boss David Moyes has tried to sign Lingard, after having him on loan two seasons ago.

KUMB now reports, though, that the England international wants to stay up north, opening the door to a potential switch to either Newcastle or Everton, who are both said to have entered the race to secure his signature.

It would be a significant blow to the Hammers if Lingard said no again, as the club have so far yet to strengthen their forward line. Nayef Aguerd and Alphonse Areola have both come in permanently thus far.

Lingard has said no twice before; it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he said no again.

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Report: La Liga ace rejects Hammers

Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic has snubbed a move to West Ham, according to 90min.

The club have been heavily linked with a potential move to sign the Serbia international over the past few transfer windows.

But a new report now claims that he is closing in on a loan move to Serie A side Fiorentina as he aims to play first-team football and score some goals at the highest level.

90min claims that the Hammers made an initial enquiry to sign Jovic, as did both Leeds and Brentford, but he was not convinced by a move to the Premier League.

Jovic has been with Real since 2019 but has flattered to deceive at times and has only managed to score three goals in 51 games. 

That is a far cry from his time with Eintracht Frankfurt, from whom he was signed, where he scored 40 goals in 93 games after forming a deadly partnership with ex-Iron Seb Haller.

We know that David Moyes does want a striker but his current focus appears to be on convincing Jesse Lingard to move to east London.

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Deadline passes without takeover

Today’s deadline for a take-over of Birmingham City by Laurence Bassini has passed without news of a deal being completed.

West Ham Joint Chairman David Sullivan had offered a potential business loan to Bassini to part-fund the takeover but that now looks increasingly unlikely.

It has been speculated that West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady and/or one of Sullivan’s sons could join the Birmingham board after a takeover but this was strongly denied by club insiders, saying Sullivan’s offer to Bassini was a pure business transaction and nothing more.

Bassini was dealt a blow when Mark Warburton joined West Ham last week as Moyes first-team coach, as he had lined up Warburton to manage Birmingham if he was successful.

Whether the takeover deadline will be extended remains to be seen but Bassini would still have the hurdle of passing the EFL owners and directors test.

Bassini previously owned Watford Football Club which he took over in 2011, prior to taking over at Watford, Bassini had been made bankrupt in 2007 following the failure of his business. 

In recent years he has failed in takeovers of Bolton Wanderers in 2019 and Charlton Athletic in 2020.

In 2021 Bassini turned his attention to Birmingham City, previously owned by David Sullivan and David Gold between 1992-2007 with Karren Brady acting as managing director.

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Hammers target set for new deal

West Ham target Brennan Johnson is set to sign a new contract at Nottingham Forest, as per The Athletic.

The attacking midfielder was heavily linked with a potential move to the London Stadium earlier this summer but Forest won promotion in the Championship play-off final and he is now poised to commit his future to the club.

Johnson is expected to sign a four-year contract at the City Ground and an agreement is said to be close.

He is entering the final year of his current contract and was in exceptional form for the club last season as Forest came up.

A Wales international with 13 caps and two goals to his name, Johnson scored 19 goals in 53 games, while also laying on nine assists.

The 21-year-old played a key role in their run to the play-offs, even scoring in both legs of the semi-final against Sheffield United, and is now set to play in the Premier League with his boyhood club.


Hammers waiting on Moyes’ target – report

West Ham are waiting for a final decision from Jesse Lingard over his future, Sky Sports reports.

The Hammers are said to have made a formal offer to sign the free agent, who has departed Manchester United at the end of his contract.

The Irons have twice tried to sign Lingard since he went back to United after his loan and he has twice rejected the switch.

David Moyes remains a fan of the player, though, and would like to bring him to the club.

Sky reports that the offer has been tabled and that the Hammers feel it is an adequate bid that Lingard could accept.

However, he has yet to make a final decision over his future, leaving the club on tenterhooks.

There are other clubs attempting to sign Lingard on a free transfer, too, so it is simply a waiting game at this stage.

Lingard has been on holiday in the USA.

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Report: Irons could be set to sign Serie A star

West Ham could be set to sign full-back Joakim Maehle this summer, according to a new report in Italy.

Calciomercato has reported that the Hammers are interested in a deal to sign the Atalanta wing-back, who has been with the Italian club since 2021.

Corriere della Sera has a Bergamo edition that is local to Atalanta and they have claimed that the Denmark international is currently close to leaving.

As a result, the Hammers are claimed to be the likeliest destination for Maehle, although there is no mention of a fee.

He is under contract at Atalanta until 2025 but Transfermarkt values him at £12.6m, a fee that would be well within the Hammers’ reach.

We know that David Moyes is keen to further bolster his backline after signing Nayef Aguerd so there could well be something to this, provided the fee is right.

Maehle made 26 Serie A appearances last season, scoring once and registering one assist.

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Report: Irons still pushing for Moyes favourite

The Guardian reports that West Ham are continuing to pursue a deal to sign Jesse Lingard on a free transfer.

The Hammers are said to be eyeing a deal to bring the ex-Manchester United man into the club after his contract expired at Old Trafford.

We reported this morning that boss David Moyes has opted against making a swoop to sign Arnaut Danjuma from Villarreal and it seems that Lingard could be the target he wants instead.

He was on loan at the Hammers two seasons ago and Moyes has twice failed to sign him permanently before.

The 29-year-old is wanted by a number of clubs and there is said to be a major stumbling block in the form of the attacking midfielder’s wage demands. They may need to be lowered if a deal is to be done.

Moyes is also targeting a deal to sign Armando Broja, as we have reported, as he looks to improve his attacking options.

Lingard has forever been in the news, being linked with the Hammers, and there is probably something to it, although it is unclear if a deal will finally be done.

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Danjuma bid: The facts

By Dave Langton

West Ham are not currently progressing in talks to sign Arnaut Danjuma, with boss David Moyes not convinced by the player.

There have been reports overnight claiming that the Hammers are closing in on a deal to sign the Villarreal ace, for a fee in excess of £30m.

But a top source has told us quite simply this morning: “It’s not true.”

Moyes did take a close look at Danjuma, with scouts having watched him, but there is a concern over his ability to track back, and there is also a feeling that he can go missing in games.

While he is currently under contract with Villarreal, Danjuma has played in England before with Bournemouth, and he hardly set the world alight.

During his time with the Cherries, he made 14 Premier League appearances and did not score a goal or provide an assist.

The Hammers have so far signed Nayef Aguerd and Alphonse Areola permanently this summer and Moyes would like to sign reinforcements to his forward line if the right player can be found.


London Stadium owners restart search for naming rights

The London Stadium owners will restart and double down on their efforts to find a naming rights sponsor despite six years of failure.

Nathan Homer, chief commercial officer of the London Legacy Development Corporation, admits that the body has made mistakes in its search for a naming rights sponsor for the London Stadium, venue for the London 2012 Olympics and home of West Ham, but a reboot of the organisation’s commercial offering has created a more brand-friendly proposition he claims.

Spurs are said to be closing in on a £500m deal to name their stadium with FedEx and Nike said to be in the running. The North London club is looking to sell a twenty-year long-term deal worth £25m per year for naming rights to their 62,000 stadium.

Back in 2017, Vodafone got close to signing a naming rights deal for the London Stadium but it fell through. Indian company Mahindra reportedly also came close to striking a deal, only for it to fall by the wayside.

West Ham would share 50% of the naming rights over £4m per season.   A £10m per year deal would be worth £3m per season to the Hammers.