Transfer news LIVE: Wednesday, July 17
- Arsenal will abandon their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha and instead target Everton Soares
- Liverpool fans have urged the club to re-sign Philippe Coutinho
- Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has denied claims that Harry Maguire is set to join United
Haller the Hammer
West Ham have confirmed the signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt.
The striker has joined in a deal worth £45m as a replacement for Marko Arnautovic.
Haller has signed a five-year deal and has become the Hammers’ record signing.
“I feel really great. I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to be here,” he said.
“It means a lot. It proves that the club really wanted me for a long time. I felt this desire to sign me and I’m really happy to sign, also. it is an ambitious club, a nice club, a nice city and nice fans too.
“For me I can guarantee that I will give 100% for the club because the club has given me this confidence and I will try to give it back every day in every game.”
Gueye to PSG?
Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye is reportedly ready to push for a move to PSG if Goodison Park bosses block his departure.
Le Parisien claim that PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has made the 29-year-old a priority signing this summer.
That could make it exceptionally difficult for Everton to shake them off.
Moreover, The Times report that Gueye is extremely keen on a move to the Parc des Princes.
And he is hoping that PSG up their offer so Everton can sanction a deal for him to move to the French capital.
Should the Toffees hold firm on their man though, it is understood that the player will look to push for a move, having simply accepted the decision six months ago.
Man Utd plot Maguire swap
Manchester United will consider offering Phil Jones to Leicester in a bid to sign Harry Maguire, according to reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made Maguire his priority target as he looks to address the club’s defensive frailties.
Leicester are holding out for around £80m though having already rejected a £65m bid for the England international.
But according to The Telegraph, Solskjaer is prepared to offer Jones to the Foxes to help convince them into doing business.
£72m Man Utd ultimatum
Manchester United have demanded €80m (£72m) from Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian is expected to leave this summer after falling out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Inter will up their bid to €60m (£54m) plus bonuses this week.
The Serie A giants are willing to pay Lukaku £140,000-a-week.
But United will likely snub the offer as they look to recoup the money they splashed out for him.
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Arsenal make Zaha call
Arsenal are reportedly eyeing Gremio winger Everton after Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson slammed the club’s efforts to sign Wilfried Zaha.
According to the Mirror, the Gunners have turned their attentions to the Brazil international.
The 23-year-old man is believed to be available for around £36m, with some outlets reporting that a deal has already been struck between the two clubs.
Everton confirmed on Monday that he had an offer for a move, although he did not say that it was from Arsenal.
“Right now I have an offer on the plate, but I can’t say the name of the club in question,” he said.
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Liverpool Coutinho demand
Liverpool fans are desperate to see Philippe Coutinho return to the club this summer.
After the club posted a video on Twitter of Trent Alexander-Arnold hitting team-mate Ben Woodburn with a pillow on board a plane to America, Reds fans spammed the comments with demands to re-sign Coutinho.
Along with a picture of Coutinho in Liverpool colours, one user posted: “going to spam every thread until he comes home.”
Another supporter tweeted: “We love Trent don’t get us wrong but SIGN COUTINHO.”
While one Reds fan expressed his dismay at the fact Coutinho is yet to return to Anfield, saying: “WHERE IS COUTINHO?!?!?”
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