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West Brom – teamtalk.com 21 Jun 11:37

Norwich agree £2m fee for Reading midfielder Tshibola

Norwich have had a bid accepted for Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.

As revealed on Monday, Norwich are among a number of clubs chasing the highly-rated Tshibola this summer.

Reading rejected Norwich’s initial two offers for Tshibola, but they have reluctantly accepted Norwich’s third offer thought to be in the region of £2million.

Norwich have now been given the green light to hold talks over a possible switch to Carrow Road, but it seems the club will face competition for Tshibola.

The likes of West Brom and Aston Villa are thought to be weighing up counter offers for Tshibola and they could still rival Norwich for the player’s signature if they match their bid.

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 21 Jun 08:16

Paper Talk: Arsenal in £60m striker talks; Reds eye Townsend

Arsenal have opened talks over a £60million deal for Romelu Lukaku, while Liverpool and Manchester City have entered the race to sign Newcastle’s Andros Townsend, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.

 

ARSENAL SET SIGHTS ON LUKAKU SWITCH

Romelu Lukaku: Enjoys his goal at Aston Villa

Arsenal are keen on Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, according to reports in Italy.

The powerful Belgium is expected to leave Everton this summer after expressing the need to progress in his career.

The Toffees have offered Lukaku a new deal, and while the player says he’ll give the Toffees the courtesy of listening, he is likely to ask for a move elsewhere, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, PSG and Juventus all linked with his signature.

However, TuttoMercatoWeb claim the Gunners have joined the race to land the 23-year-old hitman and have opened talks over a £60million deal with Everton.

Arsenal’s move comes amid increasing fears that target Jamie Vardy is leaning towards snubbing a move to the Emirates Stadium.

And with Arsene Wenger believing a deal could be dead in the water for the Leicester star, attention has turned elsewhere, with £60million-rated Lukaku set to become their new top target.

 

 

LIVERPOOL AND MAN CITY JOIN RACE FOR TOWNSEND

Andros Townsend: Scored Newcastle United's consolation at Southampton

Liverpool and Manchester City have joined Crystal Palace, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Brom in expressing interest in Andros Townsend.

The Daily Telegraph claims the £10.5million release clause in the England winger’s contract has alerted both clubs and they are now weighing up whether to make a surprise bid for the winger.

Liverpool and City could be added to the list of Townsend’s possible destinations, particularly if they fail to land more expensive targets such as Saido Mane and Leroy Sane.

Despite missing out on Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad for the European Championships, former Tottenham Hotspur wide man Townsend has become one of the most sought-after English players of the summer.

His impressive form for Newcastle, together with a release clause in the region of £10.5million, has made him an attractive proposition for a host of clubs – including Liverpool and City.

Liverpool academy director Alex Inglethorpe knows Townsend well from his time on the coaching staff at Spurs and the player’s name has been put forward as a potential signing as the club weighs up a number of attacking targets.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to add more pace to his attack and has already looked at Southampton’s Saido Mane, Schalke’s Leroy Sane and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.

All three of those players would be far more expensive than Townsend. Southampton would demand at least £30m for Mane, while Manchester City are reported to have made a bid worth around £40m for Sane but face competition from Bayern Munich.

Schalke are due to discuss Sane’s situation on Wednesday, meaning City may well know whether or not they are likely to land the 20-year-old.

Bayern are believed to be willing to allow the player to stay at Schalke for another season before signing him next summer.

 

 

AND THE REST

Troy Deeney: Wanted by champions Leicester

Leicester are prepared to pay £30m to land Watford striker Troy Deeney (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is plotting double swoop for his Italy stars Antonio Candreva and Leonardo Bonucci (The Sun)

Champions League winners Real Madrid have opened talks to sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, from Juventus, according to the player’s agent (Marca)

Chelsea and Arsenal are competing to sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, who will be re-signed by Real Madrid (The Sun)

Leicester are closing in on an £11.5m deal to sign Nampalys Mendy from Nice, which could allow N’Golo Kante an exit (The Sun)

Southampton want talks with Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal over the vacant head coach position (The Times)

Troy Deeney is demanding showdown talks with Watford because he wants a move to Leicester (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is wanted by Turkish club Besiktas (Daily Mirror)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is involved in a tug-of-war between current club Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United (Daily Mail)

Ryan Giggs is not in the running to take over at Forest, whose owners hope to appoint a foreign coach and have contacted Spaniard and former Olympiakos boss Michel (Nottingham Post)

Everton are plotting a move for £16m-rated Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar (Daily Mail)

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, ex-Ajax head coach Frank de Boer and Andre Villas-Boas are in contention for the vacant AC Milan job (Gazetta dello Sport)

Swansea are ready to offer midfielder Leon Britton and full-back Angel Rangel, both 33, new contracts as they look to retain two of the senior figures in Francesco Guidolin’s squad (South Wales Evening Post)

Laurent Blanc will leave Paris Saint-Germain by the end of the week, says his agent (The Guardian)

Burnley are yet to receive any bids for defender Michael Keane, 23, with Premier League champions Leicester and Everton interested in the player (Burnley Express)

AC Milan striker Fernando Torres, 32, is to sign a one-year deal with Atletico Madrid, where the Spaniard spent last year on loan from the Serie A side (Marca)

West Brom are targeting FA board member Roger Burden to succeed Jeremy Peace as chairman (Daily Mail)

West Brom are keen on signing Newcastle United’s 26-year-old France midfielder Moussa Sissoko (Birmingham Mail)

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to offer Neymar a world-record contract to move from Barcelona (Daily Mail)

Rangers are set to sign former Tottenham and QPR midfielder Niko Kranjcar (Daily Mail)

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 19, could miss the start of the season if he is called up by Nigeria for the 2016 Olympics in Rio (Manchester Evening News)

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ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 20 Jun 20:31

West Brom interested in signing Palermo's Franco Vazquez - president

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner discusses which club will be the better platform for Paul Pogba and who Juventus should look to if they're unable to hold onto Alvaro Morata. Palermo vice president Guglielmo Micciche has confirmed that Franco Vazquez is unlikely to remain in Italy next season. Vazquez, 27, moved to Palermo from Argentine club Belgrano in 2002 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the Serie A side. However, Micciche has joined president Maurizio Zamparini in revealing that the forward's time in Serie A could be up with a host of English clubs said to be after his signature. "Our sporting director Rino Foschi has informed us that the club...

West Brom – teamtalk.com 20 Jun 15:25

Tottenham and West Brom target ?agrees? Prem move

Tottenham and West Brom target Franco Vazquez has agreed a move to the Premier League, according to his club Palermo.

Vazquez, 27, has already announced that he will be leaving Palermo this summer and Palermo vice-president Guglielmo Micciche has confirmed that West Brom have made a bid for the attacking midfielder.

That bid, reportedly of €15million, has been rejected by the Serie A club with Tottenham believed to be the destination of choice the Argentina-born offensive player.

Palermo chief Guglielmo Micciche, speaking exclusively with Calciomercato.com, said: “Our director of sport Rino Foschi has informed us that there are negotiations ongoing with some English clubs and I think West Bromwich are also in the race.”

Italian giants AC Milan have also been tracking Vazquez, who will cost around €30m, according to Micciche last month.

“I can only say that we’ve talked to AC Milan, but negotiations have been put on hold due to their colloquies to sell the club. Vazquez knows that some Premier League clubs want to sign him and he has informed us he agrees to move abroad,” added Micciche.

Franco Vazquez

“He [president Maurizio Zamparini] has decided the best price for the player. We believe that it will be easier for us to sell him abroad because it will be difficult to find Italian suitors willing to meet our requests.”

The playmaker scored eight goals and provided seven assists, despite Palermo’s struggles near the foot of the Serie A table last season, while Micciche has described him as “one of the last No. 10s left in Italy”.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino played Christian Eriksen as a No. 10 for the majority of last season but it seems as though he is looking to add a player to ease the burden on the Dane, who made 33 Premier League starts last season, scoring six times.

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 20 Jun 08:20

Paper Talk: Man City chase Brazilian starlet; Pogba latest

Man City have made a £16.7million bid for rising Brazil saviour Gabriel Jesus, while Juventus are willing to sell Paul Pogba for the right price, according to Monday’s newspapers.

MAN CITY IN THREE-WAY FIGHT FOR GABRIEL JESUS

Manchester City have reportedly joined Barcelona and Juventus in the race to sign 19-year-old Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus after placing a £16.7million bid to secure his services.

According to Duncan Castles via One World Sports, the offer will have triggered a clause in the Brazil U20 star’s contract to allow him to speak to specific clubs, with Barcelona and Juventus also thought to be ready to match Man City’s bid.

Gabriel has scored 20 goals in 60 games for Palmeiras and was voted ‘Revelation’ of the Brazilian Championship last season after helping his club to the Copa do Brasil.

The report also mentions that Man City are ‘confident’ of securing a work permit for Gabriel, despite the fact that he is yet to feature for the Brazilian national side.

JUVENTUS MAKE POGBA PLEDGE

Paul Pogba

Marca have reported Juventus have promised midfielder superstar Paul Pogba that he can leave the club this summer – but only if a team can match their valuation of him.

Pogba returned to the France starting line-up in the 0-0 draw against Switzerland at Euro 2016 and caught the eye once again with a dominant display in Lille.

It is thought that only a world-record bid will be enough for Juventus to reluctantly sell their star asset, but are aware that any transfer will not solely be down to which club bids the highest as Pogba wants to join a side that matches his lofty ambitions.

Manchester City and Manchester United are again mentioned as possible destinations for the 23-year-old. However, Marca believe that Real Madrid are still the best-placed to sign one of the world’s biggest talents.

 

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Ryan Giggs: Coach in frame to replace Louis van Gaal at United
Senior figures at United expect Ryan Giggs to announce he will be leaving the club in the next few days (Mirror)

Leicester City’s 25-year-old France international midfielder N’Golo Kante is also a target for Champions League winners Madrid (AS)

The Foxes are confident of seeing off rival interest from West Ham to sign 23-year-old Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy after having a £10m bid accepted (Leicester Mercury)

Tottenham will hold further talks with Southampton as they move closer to signing midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24 (Daily Mail)

Southampton want former Italy goalkeeper and ex-Sampdoria boss Walter Zenga, 56, as their next manager (Sun)

New Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo wants to sign Watford goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, 29, but there may be a problem over the Romanian’s wages (Mirror)

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 26, is expected to return to the club this summer. He spent last season on loan at Roma but negotiations over extending that deal are not progressing well (Guardian)

England manager Roy Hodgson will make six changes to his side for Monday’s Euro 2016 match against Slovakia (Mirror)

Captain Wayne Rooney, 30, will be rested, with Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, 26, his replacement (Guardian)

West Brom have made a £4m bid for Queens Park Rangers winger Matt Phillips and are close to agreeing a new contract with James Morrison (Telegraph)

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 17 Jun 11:21

Taylor agent ignoring Cellino as transfer interest heightens

Charlie Taylor’s agent is remaining silent as his feud with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino grows and amid unconfirmed reports the club are set to agree a fee with interested clubs.

The highly-rated Leeds left-back, who we exclusively revealed had held talks with Liverpool and Stoke last week, has been the subject of a growing feud with controversial owner Cellino, who told the Daily Mail he doubted the player would agree to extend his contract at Elland Road.

Leeds are hoping to extend the deals of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Taylor – but Cellino claims the latter’s agent has been avoiding his calls.

The likes of West Brom and Crystal Palace have also been tracking the defender and unconfirmed reports claim the Whites are ready to sanction the sale of their Player of the Year for a fee of around £5million.

Taylor, 22, is two years into the three-year deal he received from Cellino in the summer of 2014 and his reputation has grown dramatically in that period, culminating in him receiving the club’s player-of-the-year award at the end of the 2015-16 season.

The Yorkshire Evening Post says Taylor’s wage at Elland Road is understood to have increased towards the end of that campaign owing to an appearance-related clause in his contract.

But Cellino has cast doubt over the possibility of Taylor accepting further offers from the club by saying the youngster is “going to be a problem�.

Taylor is represented by Colin Pomford, an agent who also works on behalf of former United defender Sam Byram.

A fall-out between Cellino and Pomford contributed to the bitter situation which saw Byram quit Leeds for West Ham United in January, six months before the end of his deal – and fears are mounting that the same could happen with Taylor.

Cellino told the Mail: “Charlie is going to be a problem, I think his agent is the same as Sam. Taylor doesn’t return the call.�

Pomford was approached for comment on Cellino’s remarks but has not responded.

Cellino, however, appeared more optimistic about tying Cook, the Football League’s young player of the year, to new terms. Leeds repelled attempts by Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to sign Cook in January and the club expect him to stay at Elland Road for the forthcoming Championship season.

“With Cook, he’s got good agents and is a nice kid,� Cellino said.

“I think we are not going to have any problem.â€�

Taylor told the YEP in April that he would be with Leeds next season “unless anything drastic happens�, but given the latest turn of events, it would probably be more of a surprise if he was indeed still at Elland Road for the 2016/17 season.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 15 Jun 14:54

Premier League fixtures in full

Find out who your club will be playing, and when, in the top-flight next season.

ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 15 Jun 14:00

Stoke City lead race for West Brom striker Saido Berahino - source

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth believes the time is now for Belgium's Golden Generation to win a major trophy. Stoke City are leading the race to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC. Berahino's future at West Brom has been the subject of speculation for the last 12 months and it will again come under scrutiny during this summer's transfer window. The 22-year-old was involved a bitter transfer wrangle last summer with Tottenham seeing several offers rejected for the forward. West Brom's refusal to agree a deal with Tottenham led to Berahino handing...

ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 15 Jun 12:00

Premier League 2016-17 season opens with Arsenal-Liverpool, Hull-Leicester

The highlights of the Premier League fixture list, including the big derbies, managerial debuts and a tasty opening day. Arsenal will host Liverpool on the first weekend of the 2016-17 season in August, while Leicester City will begin their title defence with a trip to Hull City on their return to the top flight. Jose Mourinho's first match as Manchester United manager on the weekend of Aug. 13-14 will be a visit to Bournemouth. Pep Guardiola's competitive debut in charge of Manchester City will be at home against Sunderland. The two coaches, who shared an intense rivalry during their time in Spain when Mourinho...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 15 Jun 10:00

Premier League 2016-17 fixtures in full

Leicester start their Premier League title defence at Hull, while Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola meet at Old Trafford on 10 September.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 31 May 17:46

FA to lead study on brain disease

The Football Association will lead a study into possible links between football and brain diseases, it confirms.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 18 May 19:11

Sessegnon & Anichebe leave West Brom

Midfielder Stephane Sessegnon and striker Victor Anichebe leave West Brom as their contracts expire at The Hawthorns.

ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 18 May 18:30

West Brom's Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe are released

Stephane Sessegnon made 92 appearances for the Baggies. Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe will not be offered new deals by West Bromwich Albion and are to leave the club. However, Albion remain in talks with James Morrison about extending his stay at The Hawthorns. Midfielder Sessegnon made 92 appearances for the Baggies, scoring eight goals, after arriving at the club from Sunderland in 2013. Anichebe announced on Twitter earlier this week that he would be leaving. Thank you to all the @WBAFCofficial fans for the support during my time at the...

ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 18 May 10:08

West Brom avoid relegation anxiety under Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis is still looking for his first top 10 finish as a manager. With the season over, it's time to assess West Brom's 2015-16. Here's a look back at the campaign under Tony Pulis. Where will West Brom finish next season? Champions Top 4 Top Half Bottom Half 4% Champions 1% Top 4 18% Top Half 77% Bottom Half $('.article-module.poll[data-poll-id="4864226"]').each(function(i) { var pollId = $(this).data('poll-id'); FC.Poll.polls[pollId] = new FC.Poll().init($(this), pollId); }); Season in a sentence West Brom's season has been everything you'd expect of a Pulis side -- dull football, a strong defence and safety with games to spare. Highlight There was little in the way of excitement or memorable moments, which makes picking a highlight difficult. It would probably have to be the 1-0 win over Manchester United at the Hawthorns, a result that took the club...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 15 May 18:54

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool must win the Europa League to secure European football next season after a draw at West Brom on the final day.

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