|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
CH thanks matey... just enjoying the start o the Euros... lovely !!
THE SUN: Luka Modric is on his way to Manchester United. Also: England suffered another scare on the eve of Euro 2012 as Ashley Cole picked up a stomach bug.
DAILY MAIL: David Beckham will crown his glittering international career by spearheading Great Britain's Olympic football challenge at the London Games. Also: A major race row has erupted here in England's host city of Krakow after members of the Holland team complained that they were subjected to monkey chants during a training session.
DAILY MIRROR: Ashley Cole last night dealt England's preparations for their Euro 2012 opener another blow. Also: Dutch players were outraged last night after being racially abused during training.
DAILY EXPRESS: Racism has reared up for the first time at Euro 2012 after Holland's players were showered with monkey chants during an open training session. Also: England manager Roy Hodgson was given a lift on the eve of the European Championship last night when John Terry declared himself fit for Monday's showdown with France.
DAILY STAR: France have stuck the boot into England and mocked Roy Hodgson ahead of their Euro 2012 opening showdown next week. Also: Roberto Mancini's Manchester City future is hanging in the balance - and could be decided by his wife. Also: John Terry last night declared: I am fit to face France.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The Polish city in which England are based for the finals of Euro 2012 was at the centre of a growing race row yesterday with the Holland captain, Mark van Bommel, warning Uefa that he will lead his team off the pitch if they are abused during matches after an alleged incident occurred at a training session. Also: John Terry last night declared himself fit for England's opening Euro 2012 group match against France on Monday.
THE TIMES: The opening day of the European Championship finals is in danger of being overshadowed by a racism row after Holland players were allegedly racially abused by Polish fans at an open training session in Cracow. Also: England suffered a fitness scare yesterday when Ashley Cole was hit with a stomach bug that left him confined to his bed.
THE GUARDIAN: Euro 2012 was plunged into its first racism controversy after the black players in the Holland squad were subjected to monkey chants during an open practice session in the same city where England will also invite the public to watch them train today. Also: John Terry has declared himself fit and available for England's opening Group D fixture against France having recovered from the hamstring complaint that forced him from the field in the friendly victory against Belgium on Saturday.
THE INDEPENDENT: John Terry sought to draw a line under fears about the hamstring injury which threatens to render Rio Ferdinand's absence from the European Championship even more questionable, though even as he did so the name of Ashley Cole was added to Roy Hodgson's list of defensive preoccupations. Also: Chelsea have not yet given up on one day building a new stadium on the Battersea Power Station site despite the club losing out on the preferred bidder status to two Malaysian developers, SP Setia and Sime Darby.
With the poor man's Umbro Cup, Euro 2012, kicking off today you'd have thought there would be no room for transfer tittle-tattle. Well, you'd be wrong because there's no shop window like a European Championships shop window. Apart from a World Cup one. And an Umbro Cup one, obviously. And the ones at Selfridges with loads of colourful tin foil and whizzy lights.
Anyway Bayern Munich's Thomas "Thomas" Müller is sick of watching mass capitulations from the bench and would consider a move. "Everybody knows that not only do I wear the Bayern Munich emblem on my shirt, but Bayern will always be my club. I am therefore not forced to think about leaving," said Muller. It does get more promising, don't worry. "But the situation at the moment does not particularly make me say that I would not listen to offers." The Mirror reckons Internazionale would be willing to pay £25m for the 22-year-old as well as "several Premier League clubs" [read Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Wigan].
Meanwhile Luka Modric will spend Croatia's Euro 2012 mulling over a move to Manchester United, according to the Sun. Seeing as that mulling will involve deciding whether £125,000 a week and Champions League football is a good thing or not Modric should have made his mind up shortly before we finish typing this sentence. United will pay £25m for the midfielder and have also signed Chilean teenage striker Angelo Henríquez for £3m.
The news isn't quite so rosy for Manchester City, according to the Star. The paper's club source reckons Roberto Mancini may leave because his wife is visually overwhelmed by the constantly shifting light from grey to quite grey to really grey to greyish. "The manager's wife does not like the north west and spends as much time as possible back in Italy," whispered the source. "She has not been able to get on board with the weather or the lifestyle, and has made this known to Mancini. His wife's dislike of Manchester is a genuine issue which isn't going to go away and could determine his long-term future."
Newcastle's reputation for signing undervalued players will suffer a blow when they snap up Salomon Kalou. Kalou will run about enthusiastically, score three goals next season and end up joining Stoke on a six-month loan.
Good news for Birmingham fans! Chris Hughton will be replaced very soon! Bad news for Birmingham fans! It's Gary Megson. Oh, and his first job will be to cash a cheque from QPR for £4m in return for the services of Ben Foster.
Bad news for Spurs fans! Gonzalo Higuaín has shunned a move to Spurs and will stay at Real Madrid! Good news for Spurs fans! They're about to seal a deal for Nottingham Forest's 18-year-old defender Jamaal Lascelles!
And finally, Bolton will don face masks and muskets and hijack Celtic's move for Leicester's Matt Mills. Although in this case they'll also give Leicester £3m, making them the least economical hijackers of all time.
Luka Modric is on his way to Manchester United.
England suffered another scare on the eve of Euro 2012 as Ashley Cole picked up a stomach bug.
Gary Megson is in the running to be Birmingham City's new manager.
West Brom aim to appoint Steve Clarke as their new boss today.
Bolton are set to hijack Celtic's move for frozen out Leicester defender Matt Mills.
Swansea are lining up a second bid to lure Graeme Jones back to the club as their new boss.
Steve Bruce has sealed a three-year deal as Hull boss.
David Beckham will crown his glittering international career by spearheading Great Britain's Olympic football challenge at the London Games.
A major race row has erupted here in England's host city of Krakow after members of the Holland team complained that they were subjected to monkey chants during a training session.
Adam Johnson's wage demands are threatening to scupper a bid by Sunderland for the Manchester City forward.
Stoke City have signed 18-year-old right back Ben Glasgow, an Arsenal academy product, on his first professional contract.
Fulham are showing an interest in St Etienne's versatile full back Banel Nicolita.
Benfica are rivalling Manchester City for Universidad de Chile winger Matias Rodriguez.
Tottenham have been rebuffed in a bid to lure Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid.
Ashley Cole last night dealt England's preparations for their Euro 2012 opener another blow.
Dutch players were outraged last night after being racially abused during training.
Neil Warnock's future at Leeds has been cast into serious doubt after problems over transfer funds.
Wolves face a fight to retain wonder kid Zeli Ismail amid interest from QPR, Fulham and West Brom.
Manchester United have agreed a £3million deal to sign teenage striker Angelo Henriquez from Universidad de Chile.
Birmingham plan to speak to Lee Clark about their managerial vacancy.
Huddersfield want to make Keith Andrews their top earner.
Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller has hinted he could leave the club.
Everton's Tim Cahill is opening the door to a move to super-rich Saudi club Al Nasr - after being offered a three-year contract.
Ben Foster is emerging as QPR's top summer target.
New Norwich manager Chris Hughton is ready to go to war with Paul Lambert in a bid to keep star striker Grant Holt.
France have stuck the boot into England and mocked Roy Hodgson ahead of their Euro 2012 opening showdown next week.
Roberto Mancini's Manchester City future is hanging in the balance - and could be decided by his wife.
John Terry last night declared: I am fit to face France.
Rino Gattuso's agent last night revealed the former Italy and AC Milan star has discussed a return to Rangers with manager Ally McCoist.
nice 1 CH,,, lee clark to brum eh ??? intresting to see how he gets on at his next club,, took an ex leeds man to do what he failed to do at huddersfield
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