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12 Jun 2019 13:05:13
Being reported in Spanish press that Pablo Fornals has already signed/ / nearly signed.
If, and its a *big* if, this is true - this is a massive statement of intent. The lad was valued at 27.5m by transfermarkt only 6 months ago and is quite highly rated within Spain for what is a bit of a naff Villarreal team.
Even if we were to get him for 30m it is actually a bit of a coup.

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12 Jun 2019 14:42:27
Glen, as I said before in a previous post we had a possibility of a heads start as Pellegrini and Husillos knew him from their Malaga days, so very believable and hopefully true👍.

12 Jun 2019 14:56:24
Cheers Chelms. Do you actually live in chelmsford by the way? Am up towards the Walthams, drink in the Compasses at Littley Green ;-)
Must say, it is a lot quieter with Husillos at the helm, annoying for a rumours site but good for getting a decent deal I think.

12 Jun 2019 16:43:22
assuming this is true then we have got a great deal there. keeping my fingers crossed. COYI.

12 Jun 2019 17:12:14
Glen1540, yes mate I do, am in the Gt Baddow/ Galleywood area, you are further out than me, moved here in 2007 from Dagenham👍 Nice places around there although we eat out mainly around our area, but looked up the Compasses and gets a very good rating for food👍Prefer to hear when we get our business completed rather than let other clubs know who we are after, then starts an auction!

12 Jun 2019 22:12:11
Let’s hope he doesn’t turn out to be Payet Mk 2. We already have Arnautovic with a questionable attitude, so don’t need more.

13 Jun 2019 07:23:01
NH19, we seem to have had bought several players with very questionable attitudes in the past, so tends to make us wary of some new signings, it obviously happens elsewhere, but we aren’t interested in them😂Arnie, should have been sold in the January window for £30m straight away to China, he still does very little in a whole game! We need another front man that roughs the opposition up and can score goals, so it’s up to whose is available and wants to come to us, I would prefer an already established Premiership player personally or at least home grown if possible👍⚒⚒⚒.

10 Jun 2019 06:37:57
sky sports saying marseille have offered us morgan sanson for €35m.

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11 Jun 2019 10:56:42
I do hope not, another wilshere.

08 Jun 2019 13:00:24
Di Marzio reporting we are interested in a Gomez/ Lobotka package for €60m.

I really can’t see that happening, at all.

{Ed002's Note - Stanislav Lobotka would be a replacemnet for Declan Rice so it seems unlikely to me as well.

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08 Jun 2019 14:39:39
Might not be a replacement for Rice as I can see Sanchez and Obiang leaving and with Noble not get any younger we could be looking to bring in a couple of midfielders at least, Lobotka and Jordan in, Sanchez and Obiang out, maybe?

{Ed002's Note - He plays in the same position as Rice.}

08 Jun 2019 17:45:52
Plenty of sides play with two holding midfielders.

Rumour has it Pellegrini thinks the midfield didn't give the defence enough protection last year and is looking for a foil next to Rice, with Lanzini or Wilshere to play in front.

{Ed002's Note - So changing the formation - more years in the wilderness or desparation?}

08 Jun 2019 20:38:02
Agree ed, i think there is a plan now with the team managment at west ham and wandering around isn't it anymore.

08 Jun 2019 21:39:35
I think you could have them in the same team different types of players. Lobotka very tidy and very good at beating the press and getting the ball forward in general.

Certainly not a like for like replacement they would probably complement each other quite well.

We changed the formation a lot last season anyway. So depending on who comes in perhaps we will see a more consistent formation.

I thought Pellegrini was supposed to favour 4222 but we don't really have the players for that.

09 Jun 2019 23:52:14
Ex is suggesting it is a deal being looked at (but as usual no guarantees)
Interesting comment iron al, you are correct, he used to employ a 4-2-3-1 at man city. I wonder whether he is going back to his roots?

11 Jun 2019 15:34:32
SSNsaying we are in talks to sign FORNALS from villareal any truth ED please. COYI.

{Ed002's Note - His agent says there have been positive discussions. I have been on a plane all day.}

12 Jun 2019 00:47:45
Anyway it's dead in the water as apparently we have offered €25 mill and they want €31 mill so it will carry on we bid they say no . COYI.

12 Jun 2019 00:43:37
Where you going or returning from Ed Oz . COYI.

{Ed002's Note - Madrid then Israel

12 Jun 2019 06:46:20
25m Eur to 31m Eur not so far apart.

Seems a change in strategy though if the rumours of moving from Lobotka to attacking midfielders like Fornal.

Either way it would seem Sullivan has taken a step back and Husillos has ramped up.

Ed002 would you concur Sullivan has backed off? If so we just have to hope Husillos is a better operator than Sullivan, which is a pretty low bar.

I'm never quite comfortable with the idea that these guys have favoured agents they use as would seem to limit the player pool and also reeks of kick backs, but that's just a hunch.

{Ed002's Note - I would hope he has.}

07 Jun 2019 15:10:27
We are being linked with Joan Jordan again any truth in these rumours ed?

I like him I'd actually prefure him over Gomes, the price being quoted seems fairly low too.

{Ed002's Note - My notes say: Joan Jordan (CM) Sevilla are keen for the player to make a move this summer who has been watched by Arsenal, Valencia and West Ham.}

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07 Jun 2019 19:51:08
Cheers ed :-)

07 Jun 2019 08:23:29
So some trasnfer rumours that worry me today:
Arnie is linked to a couple of clubs again (his brother must be busy again)
Lanzini seems unhappy with his current contract and linked to a couple of clubs.
Without being funny but if these are true + Chicha leaves, we will be very short in the creative attacking midfield/ striker area.
Not 100% sure what our transfer policy is?

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07 Jun 2019 10:17:33
If true about Lanzini it’s a disgrace. He’s been injured for 9 months, an injury received on international duty. We pay his wages and then he wants to leave. He owes us a year.

07 Jun 2019 10:38:52
Seriously wouldn´t bother me if Lanzini went, such an overhyped inconsistent player!

As for Arnie if we can move him on for a decent fee great. not the same player since the china fiasco!

07 Jun 2019 12:08:10
Markwhu, I believe that Fifa/ Argentina were liable for his wages? Not 100% sure but think that's the rules these days, eds may be able to help.

{Ed002's Note - It is down to Argentina's insurance.}

07 Jun 2019 13:13:13
We need to keep Lanzini.

07 Jun 2019 14:13:14
Very surprised to hear that Costahammer!
Personally, I love Manu, but I think he has been inconsistent recently for a few reasons.
Firstly, once settled with a manager's style of play and with other players he is fantastic. The issue is, our managers have changed a lot in the last few years (Allardyce, Bilic, Moyes, MP) along with their styles of play and tactics, and so have the players he forms links with on the pitch. He struck up very good form when Payet was here under Bilic, then the whole squad were terrible while Dimi forced his way out. He then eventually formed a good link with Arnie as striker under Moyes, before Arnie then thought he was as good as CR7.
Secondly, bar the last season at Upton Park with Payet, we have been a low end table team. Attacking midfield players can often struggle when their teams struggle to defend as the tactics are set to correct the defence rather then attack, limiting opportunities for technical players to shine.
Third, his injury last year was terrible, and to be honest he has already exceed my expectations of what he would be like when back. Full credit to Manu, and I hope he gets back to sharpness soon. It takes a LONG time to come back from that. I expect at least half a season of regular games to build his confidence back in his knee. I have had three ACL reconstructions, and subconsciously it changes everything you do when running until you are 100% confident in it again.
Surprised if he is linked to any big teams given his injury, plus do we not have a 2 year option still? hence why we are not panicking to change his contract until fit.

07 Jun 2019 16:56:05
We have to get rid of players that don't want to play for our beloved club imo I don't believe in making them train with the kids cash in on them while we can arnautovic and LANZINI haven't wanted to play for the club for a while now imo get rid of them because it just disrupts tge clubs other players . COYI.

06 Jun 2019 07:25:58
Were being heavily linked with claude maurice, this young fellas excites me . Can play out wide, or up top and even through the middle, could partner rice in the long term.

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06 Jun 2019 08:56:29
Got to ask how he will partner Rice if he plays out wide or up top?
He could be his table tennis doubles partner when they are away on the pre-season training camps.

06 Jun 2019 10:05:35
I find it strange that some shoot down the likes of Hayden, who is English and has experience in the league, but get excited over some French lad we’ve never seen play and hasn’t had experience of the Prem.

One reason Fulham struggles last season even after spending was that they didn’t buy many players with Prem experience. Can we afford to have players get used to the league every year?

Give me Hayden all day long. Coaches are there to improve players and Pellegrini will do so.

06 Jun 2019 10:27:13
Long term they see his future as a center mid and sometimes you have to take gambles on forign players, who could be potentially world class, Hayden wont.

06 Jun 2019 11:01:10
I’d like to know where this opinion and knowledge comes from? We all pick out facts, statements and opinion to fit the agenda that suits us most but I find it strange it’s done with such regularity when it comes to football players.

And this isn’t a dig at you Irontodd. We all do it. I think it’s wise to take a punt on a youngster but when we need a midfield more than anything it would be better to sign him alongside someone with experience in the league. Hayden may not set the world alight but a season or three with him will allow any younger players to come through at leisure and develop naturally.

06 Jun 2019 12:26:37
carles alena?

06 Jun 2019 15:13:44
Hi bucky the reason fulham went down was they didn't buy well the only decent players they bought was MITROVIC and BABEL and to all those who said we should have signed MAWSON I for one said he ain't good enough his last 2 clubs have been relagated VIETTO wasn't given a chance but wasn't strong enough for our league imo and ANQUISSA £30 mill cor blimey my old China 28 mill too much imo they just didn't play as a team either. COYI.

06 Jun 2019 16:15:18
I believe many of our fans would have been excited with some of Fulham’s acquisitions because they are rated highly or have potential or play for decent clubs in Europe. Just the step up to the prem is difficult. They bought far too many players not used to the league and that’s what caused the issue for me. Buying a couple of players is fine but 5 or 6 that don’t know the league is a joke.

06 Jun 2019 19:12:50
Yeah Bucky like when they signed Nordveit would have been really excited If we signed him.

They did look like a really poor side, a side just chucked together and how they defended was appalling.

Hayden could turn out to be a solid signing though works hard gets stuck in. Just hard to say if his form was down to playing in an organised Rafa team that may have suited him more than how Pellegrini will play. Also the chance that in areas where he may be lacking technically compared to someone like Gomes could be improved upon playing the way Pellegrini wants to, who knows?

I don't think Hayden should be getting stick though he's rated up north and the reason for selling is that he wants to be down here for family.

I trust Pellegrini in making decisions on players but i'm not filled with confidence on how we have operated in the past with negotiations.

As for this claude maurice maybe eds can clarify if we are actually interested and how concrete it is?

I certainly like the thought of us spending decent money on young talent.

04 Jun 2019 14:20:40
Reports now about Inter wanting Arnie back. Carroll and Perez gone, Hernandez almost certain to leave and now rumours about Arnie leaving too.

Well, that would give MP a clean slate to assemble his own strike force. We would need two high profile central strikers to spearhead our attack and I wonder what the budget is for that.

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04 Jun 2019 15:50:29
Not too sure he will be leaving. Seems like Pelle wants him as one of his up top strikers.

04 Jun 2019 19:50:53
Not for that quoted price we already have to replace 2 strikers and I won’t be surprised if stoke have a sell on clause. i still think it would be madness to completely change the front four Arnie n Chico will stay.

04 Jun 2019 20:10:56
Well chaps, you know what will happen now Sturridge is a free agent?

04 Jun 2019 20:48:36
Sturridge and Welbeck wouldn't be bad back up options on a free provided they weren't on stupid money or long contracts. It Would help the home grown quota too - a lot.

Sturridge, as far as I'm aware got through last season with no major issues but admittedly was used sparingly by Klopp. Welbeck I think, is fit again after his ankle surgery. Hmmm. Both good players. When they're fit.

Could be worth a punt if Arnie's staying and Pelle really is looking to bring in another main man for the CF position. Striking options of Arnie, A. N. Other, Welbeck and Sturridge wouldn't be half bad.

04 Jun 2019 22:04:11
would be worth enquiring about a swap arnie for lautaro martinez! never gona happen but would be nice for us.

04 Jun 2019 23:12:13
I'd cash in on ARNAUTOVIC right now as after another season and your getting to or already hitting 30 your value drops quite a bit and at this part of his career we could get £35 million IMO and then go for WELBECK or MITROVIC preferebly the latter because of his age although I think given a run in a side and told you are my no 1 striker WELBECK would get you 20 goals a season IMO. COYI.

05 Jun 2019 08:18:10
Chaps Arnie is a top top player when his head is right and will always score goals, even as Whory said he will be hitting 30, why does there have to be a sell on?, what can you buy with £35m these days?, even spending £50m on a player who has never played in the Prem would be a gamble. If he wants to stay he can go at least another 2 seasons scoring, and by than he will prob end up in China or the US and we may even get £10m - £15m at that time.

No for me unless a bid of £50 plus comes in for him if he head is right than I would like him to stay put for a couple seasons.

Sturridge may be worth a shout, on a basic and a pay as you play big bonus

To be honest I trust MP big time, so who ever he decides needs to go and bring him Ill trust his judgement.

05 Jun 2019 09:32:40
Why on earth would you want to sign Welbeck? I can't even remember the last time he played for Arsenal he's spent so much time injured. Honestly. have you not learnt your lessons already from signing these injury prone players? Absolute madness, and it's the same with Daniel Sturridge - they're quality players, but we need to steer well clear from them.

Also, just a heads up, the most goals Welbeck has scored in a prem season is 9. so how you've come to the conclusion he'll bang 20 in I have no idea - what you smoking bro, can i have some? lol.

05 Jun 2019 10:57:03
Welbeck is a lot like Antonio in my eyes, i would not go for ANY players with major injury histories this summer. We already have Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Sanchez, Wilshere and Reid all coming back from injury, and with NO guarantee that they will stay fit next season. Same as Sturridge AVOID
On Arnie, my personal opinion is that he is simply not consistent enough. Fantastic when on his game, but only on it for 10 games a season. The rest of the games he is carried and the whole team performance can suffer with no spearhead. I would rather have a player that plays 8/ 10 consistently across a season than one who is 9/ 10 for just 10 games. This said, I would love him to get his head in the WHU game and score us 20 next year! It is MP's risk to take, and job to manage.
Just a side thought, lots saying we are losing all our strikers (assuming Chica goes), but with this link to Kostas Fortounis, could it be that Antonio is thought of as a striker after a good run at the end of the season where he often switched up top later on in the games?
Fortounis from the right, Anderson from the left and then a squad of 4 ST from Arnie, Antonio, Mitrovic, Rondon, Wesley, Gomez, Xande Silva, Marega . and any other of the 1,000 strikers we are apparently watching. Maybe even if Chica goes we still only need ONE key striker signing?

05 Jun 2019 21:05:32
Sturrridge and Wellbeck would be great signings on pay as you play, otherwise it would not be a good deal. We already have Wiltshire who will get injured in the first game he plays. We’ve just got rid of Carroll so we DO NOT want another injury prone player on £50k plus each week.

06 Jun 2019 01:32:19
Hi TK I don't smoke drugs or anything to do with that rubbish as I personally have seen what it does to people anyway WELBECK has scored more goals this season than LUKAKU despite playing 636 minutes less than him he's scored 5 goals in 11 games not bad and it's only the last year he's been injury hit and gI've a full match fit season I believe he would get very near or hit that target the reason I say sell ARNAUTOVIC is he's got as much interest in WEST HAM as THERESA MAY has about BREXIT who would you go for TK and by the way I'd prefer MITROVIC over WELBECK anyway. COYI.

06 Jun 2019 03:35:26
Sturidge is 160k a week does anyone think he will drop down to 80k a week.

06 Jun 2019 06:37:42
Bbk, yes he will. With his injury record he knows he will have to take a pay as play - same as Welbeck.

03 Jun 2019 18:22:46
Perez has gone to Alaves for £2m.

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03 Jun 2019 20:43:46
Great news.

03 Jun 2019 20:46:03
Good sale. how much was he on? 80?

03 Jun 2019 22:36:04
seen a few comments of gustavo cuellar too looks a right little red card waiting to happen for me i love it haha.

03 Jun 2019 21:37:59
80 was regularly quoted, but you never know it may have been an exaggeration. In any event, it adds £2m to the warchest and frees up a substantial amount of wages.

04 Jun 2019 07:41:01
70k was commonly reported.

04 Jun 2019 08:42:24
May not have been as high as that. There a few player salary sites that have him as earning 38,500 - would be about right as he was on 40k at Arsenal.
Who knows though, until a salary list gets leaked again it is purely conjecture.

04 Jun 2019 12:29:36
Sales are shaping up fairly nicely at the moment, just Oxford and Obiang to go now as far as definite departures go. Shame that they are not big fees, but that just shows that they are not big parts of the squad. Think we need 2 KEY permanent signings for around 60m combined (1xST and 1xCM), which should be achievable in the budget, and then the rest on hungry squad players and maybe a loan (e. g. Cabellos) .

Will be interesting to see what happens to Hernandez, and i trust MP will get the best out of what we have at LB for another season. Clearly some quality support in CM and up front are more important to MP than a LB. Who knows, if Masuaku keeps the form he had at the end of the season he could be great. Go Arthur!

04 Jun 2019 12:35:22
According to reports, Loads of clubs want Hernandez. Not sure who would want him on current form but still.
Also, Arnie's brother looks to be touting him again :- (.

04 Jun 2019 23:13:38
I think PEREZ was on 70,000 grand a week 50,000 too much . COYI.

03 Jun 2019 14:46:03
Fernandes has joined Mainz for an undisclosed fee.

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03 Jun 2019 21:38:40
Shame, I had hoped MP would have another look at him over the summer.

03 Jun 2019 22:13:39
maybe he looked at him all season in italy and wasnt what he wanted?

04 Jun 2019 12:43:28
Dont forget we will sign at least one CM, and still have Cullen coming through, who is WHU through and through, home grown, and is the kind of player we need as he does not get forward much. Not to mention Obiang and hopefully a fit Sanchez as backup.
I liked Fernandes, but he is a player who likes to get forward, and we already have that in Lanzini, Wilshere, and Snods. We need a player who can support Dec like Noble does, only with the legs of Snodgrass. With Cullen, and a key CM signing such as someone LIKE Gomes, then there is no place for Fernandes who was on +40k a week (far more than Cullen) . I think our centre midfield will look like this next season.
Dec and Key signing
Backed up by Sanchez (backup to Dec) and then Noble rotating with the new CM and Cullen as backup.
Lanzini, Snods and Wilshere will all play as the attacking players in a 3 man centre mid, and can also play out wider if required.

04 Jun 2019 23:19:49
I've watched CULLEN and if that's the type of player you are looking forward to then we are doomed NICK IMO if you didn't know he was a west ham player before the playoff final you would never had said cor what a player he is you can see why hrs at West ham he's found his level imo and would be crazy if Charlton put a bid in for him to turn it down. COYI.

04 Jun 2019 23:20:59
Fernández has gone on a permanent to MAINZ.

03 Jun 2019 13:55:05
Have we upped our bid for Gomes to £20m?

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03 Jun 2019 19:55:40
So I’ve read, but apparently they’ve turned that down too.

03 Jun 2019 20:44:44
Apparently he wants Everton. Not happening.

04 Jun 2019 23:22:28
If it's true and BARCELONA want £25 million why are we faffing about offering 20 just give them what they want he's worth it all day long. COYI.


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