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THE transfer window has CLOSED for Premier League clubs after a frantic final day.

But there are still deals to be done for free agents and domestic loans from EFL clubs while players can still leave for Portugal and the MLS.

Get all the latest deals, transfer updates and gossip here…

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

     

    West Ham have delivered a possible Hammer blow with the club preparing to offer star man Declan Rice a new contract worth up to £125,000 per week to keep him at the club.

     

    Chelsea have been linked with Rice for some time, but were priced out of a move for the midfielder with the Hammers demanding upwards of £65million.

     

    Man Utd are also believed to be interested in Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare but they will face still competition from AC Milan.

     

    Lille are willing to listen to offers for Soumare in January, having previously rejected bids from Wolves and Newcastle.

     

    United could also move for Burnley’s James Tarkowski as they look to bolster their defensive options.

     

    Boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer has previously stated that defence is not a key area to be strengthened, but after their latest 6-1 defeat to Tottenham, it is an area the club may revisit in January.

     

    West Ham are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Brentford winger Said Benrahma, the Hammers are desperate to bring in Benrahma after selling Grady Diangana to West Brom and loaning Felipe Anderson to FC Porto.

     

    The clubs are believed to be in advanced stages of negotiations and the deal could be worth up to £30million.

    Brentford boss Thomas Frank has admitted the player could leave, he said: “Am I confident he will stay? I’m confident that I would love him to stay, and I would love to have him, but I don’t know.

    “Honestly. If the price is right we are open to selling, but if not we will be happy for him to stay.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    ROSE SNUB

    Danny Rose is rumoured to be considering rejecting a move to a Championship club, according to reports.

    The out of favour Tottenham full-back is thought to be close to leaving Jose Mourinho's team.

    And it is reported he could drop down a division to seal a move before the October 16 deadline for domestic-only transfers.

    However ex-Spurs midfielder Michael Brown reckons the England star could turn his nose up at Championship football/

    Brown told Football Insider: “He wouldn’t want to do that (drop down a division).

    “He’d want to play in the Premier League or an international league for sure.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    BENRAHMA UPDATE

    According to reports, West Ham are close to agreeing a deal to sign Brentford winger Said Benrahma.

    The clubs are believed to be in advanced stages of negotiations and the deal could be worth up to £30million.

    Brentford boss Thomas Frank has admitted the player could leave, he said: “Am I confident he will stay? I’m confident that I would love him to stay, and I would love to have him, but I don’t know.

    “Honestly. If the price is right we are open to selling, but if not we will be happy for him to stay.

    “Either we are going to get a top price or we are going to keep one of the best players in the Championship. Has he added a few million to his price? 100 per cent!”

  • Joshua Mbu

    RON STILL TOP

    Take a look at Man Utd's highest sales…….. no surprise with Cristiano Ronaldo still top for a then world record fee!

  • Joshua Mbu

    BRENTFORD EYE SALIBA

    According to reports, William Saliba is a set to complete a loan move to Championship side Brentford.

    The 19-year-old joined Arsenal last summer for £27million and was immediately loaned back out to St Etienne.

    Boss Mikel Arteta believes a loan move for the defender would help his progress and push him closer to breaking into the Arsenal first team.

    Saliba made only 15 appearances last season and has had his fair share of struggles with injuries.

  • Joshua Mbu

    IDEHO SIGNS

    Arsenal have completed the signing of Ajax U18s winger Joel Ideho and he will join up with Arsenal's academy side.

    The 17-year-old is one for the future and he comes with a good reputation full of pace and an eye for goal.

    Keep your eye on this lad.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PELLISTRI SPEAKS

    Man Utd new boy Facundo Pellistri has spoken about his move to the Premier League.

    He told Telemundo: “It is incredible that just over a year ago I made my debut in first team, It was unimaginable and to play in the first division with Penarol and now to play for Manchester United, I would never have dreamed of it and it is something very emotional for me and my family.

    “There was a lot of talk about the two transfers and luckily they tried to leave me out as much as possible so I would to go crazy.

    “First came Lyon and then Manchester United and I am very happy with the opportunity.

    “It’s a league that I always watch with my parents, seeing the great teams and you can’t imagine going to play there.

    “Now that I have the chance to play there, I’m eager to start new adventure and see how the rhythm is and if it is as intense as they say.

    “It is the biggest club, I’ve come through the youth system, I was at the club for more than seven years, I lived everything, many experiences, very nice things like debuting at the Campeon del Siglo stadium [Penarol’s home ground] among others.

    “It was a dream and a pleasure to play for the team.

    “I am leaving with a lot of desire to return one day.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    HAMMERS EYE BENRAHMA

    According to reports, West Ham are in talks with Brentford over the signing of Said Benrahma.

    The Hammers have been keen on the winger all summer, but didn't make a move due to the lack of funds as well as prioritising other positions.

    West Ham failed to sign a centre-back during the European window and can now only do business in the Championship market.

    Joe Rodon of Swansea is a target for the Hammers, but it appears they'd rather do a deal for Benrahma instead.

  • Joshua Mbu

    CAV A LAUGH

    Looks as if Edinson Cavani's move to Man Utd isn't popular!

  • Daniel Brookes

    CITY EYE MESSI MOVE

    Manchester City could yet sign Lionel Messi when his Barcelona contract expires next summer.

    The Argentine maestro came close to leaving the La Liga giants in the transfer window but was unable to negotiate his release with Barca.

    Man City COO Omar Berrada said: “He's the best player in the world, he's the best player of his generation.

    “I think any club in the world would like to explore the possibility of him joining their team.

    “He's probably an exception to potential investments that we'd do.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    WILSHERE TO RANGERS?

    Jack Wilshere could make a surprise move to Rangers, according to the PA news agency.

    The 28-year-old is a free agent after agreeing to terminate his contract with West Ham.

    Rumours in Glasgow suggest Steven Gerrard could seek a reunion with his former England teammate.

    Wilshere suggested earlier this week he would be open to a move to Spain or Italy if the opportunity presented itself.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BAYERN TOLD NO ON VALVERDE

    Bayern Munich tried to sign Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde to replace Thiago, according to Marca.

    However, neither Valverde or Real were keen on the idea.

    The Uruguayan signed a new deal with Los Blancos last year and has no intentions of leaving the club.

  • Daniel Brookes

    GUILBERT HITS OUT

    Aston Villa right-back Frederic Guilbert has hit out at the club.

    The Frenchman claims Villa have not been transparent with him about his role in the team after they signed £15million right-back Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest.

    Guilbert told radio station Phenix: “These are the choices. They must be respected, even if they were not completely honest with me, if at all, but hey…”

    Gilbert made 25 appearances for Villa in the Premier League last season but has yet to feature this term.

  • Daniel Brookes

    EX-WOLVES MANAGER SACKED

    Former Wolves manager Stale Solbakken has parted company with Copenhagen.

    Solbakken joined Copenhagen for his seond spell in charge in 2013, and has lifted three league titles in those seven years.

    Copenhagen also reached the quarter-finals of last season's Europa League.

    But a poor start to the domestic season, coupled with failure to qualify for this season's Europa League, has seen Solbakken relieved of his duties.

  • Daniel Brookes

    NIANG TO SAINT-ETIENNE

    Rennes forward Mbaye Niang is on his way to Saint-Etienne, according to L'Equipe.

    The ex-AC Milan and Watford man has been pushing for a move out of the club all summer.

    Niang was Rennes' top scorer last seson with 15 goals in all competitions.

    French clubs have been granted one move from another domestic team outside the regular transfer window.

  • Daniel Brookes

    WILSHERE EYES SPAIN OR ITALY

    Jack Wilshere is interested in a move to La Liga or Serie A after becoming a free agent.

    The 28-year-old's West Ham contract was terminated last week.

    Wilshere told Talksport: “I'm open to anything really. I think I want to try something different. I'm leaning towards that.

    “Maybe La Liga or going to Italy – something a little bit different that not many English players have done.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    ALABA CONTRACT LATEST

    David Alaba's contract talks with Bayern Munich remain at a standstill.

    Sport1 reports the Champions League winners are still some way off an agreement with the Austrian defender.

    Alaba's current deal in Munich expires next summer and the 28-year-old wants a renewal that will put him among the highest-earners in the Bayern squad.

    Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Manchester City and the two Spanish giants have been credited with interest in the left-back turned centre-back.

  • Daniel Brookes

    MESSI COULD STAY

    Lionel Messi could stay at Barcelona if a new board arrives, according to Luis Suarez.

    Suarez said: “There may be the possibility that Messi plays for another club, but if he feels comfortable, happy again and another board arrives, he will want to continue at the club.”

    Messi publicly criticised Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu after nearly leaving the Catalan giants this summer.

    Bartomeu currently faces a vote of no confidence after a fan petition gained over 16,000 signatures and could be forced to leave his role.

  • Daniel Brookes

    SIMAKAN INTERESTS TWO PL CLUBS

    West Ham and Southampton both had offers rejected for Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan in the transfer window.

    According to Le 10 Sport, bids of £15million from the Premier League duo were rebuffed with the French side believed to be holding out for closer to £18million.

    Simakan, 20, can play at right-back and centre-back and has previously been linked to AC Milan and RB Leipzig.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Tottenham are still hopeful they can sign Swansea's Joe Rodon, say reports.

    The North London club were linked to Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger and Inter's Milan Skriniar but could not get either deal done.

    Now their attention turns to the Championship, where they can still make signings until October 16.

    The Express report that they still want to sign the defender – and the fee could be between £7m and £18m.

    Elsewhere, Juventus are ready to rival Real Madrid for Eduardo Camavinga, according to reports.

    The French midfielder has shot to fame with Stade Rennais and was widely tipped to move to a European giant this summer.

    However, Camavinga committed to staying in Ligue 1 ahead of his side's shot at the Champions League group stage.

    Several media outlets from across the continent are predicting a bidding war for the youngster's signature at the end of the season.

    According to Tuttosport, Juventus will make a serious play for Camavinga, who turns 18 next month.

    And finally, Allan Saint-Maximin has challenged Newcastle to qualify for Europe if they want to keep him.

    The dazzling winger caught the eye last season after arriving from Nice for £16.5million – leading to fears he could be prized away this summer.

    He said: “For my part, everything will depend on this development.

    “If the club is developing well and it is in line with my desires, staying is a possibility.

    “Afterwards, if things don't turn out like that, obviously the question of leaving will arise.

    “Being able to play in Europe and the Europa League would be really great. The Champions League is a big dream, every footballer wants to play it.”

  • Joe Brophy

    RI SMILE

    Exclusive by Duncan Wright: West Ham face having to double Declan Rice’s salary in a new deal after managing to the keep the England star at the club for another season.

    Chelsea were desperate to sign the 21-year-old this summer but gave up without lodging a formal bid after the Hammers made it clear they wanted at least £80million for the midfielder.

    Yet having retained the services of the player and made it clear he was their prized asset, West Ham now need to reward him with a contract that recognises his standing as the best player at London Stadium.

    Rice is two years into a five-and-a-half-year contract, which saw him move from £3,000-a-week up to £60,000-a-week — a package co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold initially baulked at paying.

  • Joe Brophy

    ED STRONG

    Edinson Cavani has no fear of wearing the iconic No 7 shirt at Manchester United as he bids to jointhe club’s greats — unlike Alexis Sanchez.

    The Uruguayan completed his free transfer on deadline day and will follow in the footsteps of Old Trafford legends George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    But Cavani, 33, takes over the shirt from flop and fellow South American Sanchez, who had a miserable time before moving to Inter Milan.

    Cavani said: “It’s a fantastic challenge and responsibility, which I’m accepting with the best will in the world.

    “I’ll be working really hard to perform at my very best so I can leave that number, that shirt, just how it was left by the players you mentioned.

    “It’s a great number. But I honestly believe that the number you wear is more an off-the-field thing.

    “Once you’re out on the pitch, the number you have on your shirt has no influence.

    “When you get the chance to pull on the No 7 shirt atManchester United — worn by some top, top players who have been legends in this country and at this club — it really is a nice responsibility to have.

    “I enjoy challenges and hopeI can do it great justice — to leave it in as high regard as thegreat players who have worn it before me.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MAX POWER

    Allan Saint-Maximin has challenged Newcastle to qualify for Europe if they want to keep him.

    The dazzling winger caught the eye last season after arriving from Nice for £16.5million – leading to fears he could be prized away this summer.

    He said: “For my part, everything will depend on this development.

    “If the club is developing well and it is in line with my desires, staying is a possibility.

    “Afterwards, if things don't turn out like that, obviously the question of leaving will arise.

    “Being able to play in Europe and the Europa League would be really great. The Champions League is a big dream, every footballer wants to play it.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WIL TO WIN

    Jack Wilshere has claimed that he just wants to be happy when finding a new club after leaving West Ham.

    He told talkSPORT: “I was in this position when I left Arsenal. What I learnt from that is take your time and make sure it's right for you.

    “I’m not saying I have regrets going to West Ham because in my head things would have turned out differently but that's football – but this time I'm going take my time and find something that suits me

    “I just want to be happy and be playing football again. Honestly, I can’t tell you the last time, probably when I signed for West Ham, the first three games before I picked up an injury. That was probably the last time I was happy playing football.

    “I just want to be happy, going back on the pitch, get a smile on my face, play 20-30 games a season where I'm an important player for a team.

    “Obvoiously it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to and I was frustrated about that but that's football.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ADIOS AMIGO

    Jack Wilshere says he would like a crack at LaLiga or Serie A after his contract with West Ham was terminated this week.

    Wilshere has been left in the wilderness as a free agent after agreeing to have the final year of his contract paid up by the Hammers having played just 19 times in two years.

    The 28-year-old has spoken with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard about a move to Rangers – but admits he fancies doing something few of his contemporaries have done by playing on the continent.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, Wilshere said: “I'm open to anything really. I think I want to try something different, I'm leaning towards that.

    “Maybe LaLiga, Italy, something a little bit different and not many English players have done.”

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