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West Ham United join race for Turkish Goal King Burak Yilmaz
West Ham join Fulham, Tottenham and Lazio in the race to sign prolific Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz
West Ham are the latest club to be linked with making a move for highly sought-after Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz.
The Hammers are reported to have opened talks with the strikers agent Ali Egesel however, rumors that Yilmaz will arrive in London for a medical have not been confirmed.
Lazio were leading the race to sign Yilmaz until negotiations broke down following the Seria A side's reluctance to pay his €5 million release clause upfront.
The East London club also face competition from Fulham and Tottenham. Trabzonspor president Sadri Şener told reporters, "Tottenham and Fulham are also interested in Burak Yilmaz, we shall see what happens" he said.
West Ham were promoted to the Premiership last season and have been active in the transfer market investing in strengthening the squad for the league campaign.
Yilmaz has been in prolific form for Trabzonspor over the past two seasons. He guided the Black Sea club to pole position in the league last year scoring 19 times, only to lose out on winning the championship to Fenerbahce on goal difference.
The 26-year-old Turkish international netted 35 times in 41 games this season and his modest €5 million release clause has attracted the attention of major clubs across Europe.
Yilmaz broke the clubs all time scoring record in the league this season, scoring 51% of Trabzonspor's 65 goals.
In an interview on TRT's football program, Stadyum earlier this year, Yilmaz stated that he would consider a move to Spain or England if the right offer was made.
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West Ham's Barrera joins Cruz Azul
Winger Pablo Barrera has left newly-promoted Premier League outfit West Ham to join Mexican side Cruz Azul.
Barrera failed to make a significant impression on the first-team squad during his two years with the Hammers, appearing in just 23 games during his time in London.
The 25-year-old signed for West Ham following a strong 2010 World Cup campaign with Mexico, but was loaned out to Zaragoza in Spain for the 2011-12 season.
Barrera, capped 49 times by Mexico, joins Cruz Azul alongisde fellow new recruits Mariano Pavone and Colombia international Luis Perea. Th winger returns to his homeland after leaving Cruz Azul's rivals Unam Pumas, where he netted 21 goals in 80 appearances.
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Pablo Barrera Departs, as We Allegedly Suffer a Holt 'Hammer Blow' !
The footballing enigma that is Pablo Barrera has predictably parted company with West Ham to join Mexican club, Cruz Azu. Consisently effective at international level, Barrera has been equally ineffectual in European club football. Not only did he fail to impress at West Ham, but he did little better at Real Zarogosa, while on loan last season. Undoubtedly talented, it is to be regreted that Barrera was never able to replicate his international performances for the Hammers. But the reality is that the player has failed to adapt and it is probably the best for all concerned that he has now returned to Mexican football.
Some things never seem to change. And of these is the cliched headlines of the sports media. They obviously could not resist portraying Grant Holt's new three year deal at Norwich, and the end of West Ham attempts to sign him, as a 'Hammer Blow.' Most Hammers fans, with whom I have discussed the pursuit of Grant Holt, have been less than keen on the potential deal. While recognising the pragmatic argument that if he 'did the business' for one season the alleged c.£6m outlay would be well worth it, there is also the inherent danger that Holt might not repeat last season's goal scoring success. Now we West Ham fans will be able to see which way Holt's second PL season goes as casual observers, rather than concerned stakeholders! No doubt if he does deliver the goods once again, there will be a claret and blue chorus of 'if only,' but hopefully the signing, and subsequent goal scoring exploits, of an alternative striker will soften the so-called 'Hammer Blow.'
One can only hope that West Ham's transfer dealings are akin to an ice berg (3/4 below the surface) or the deceptive calm of a duck's paddling (all grace on top and frantic effort below). Otherwise, there is the possibility that West Ham are struggling to land their priority transfer targets. Yes, it's still early days, but there is no doubt that there will be a collective sigh of relief once a deal for a top target, like Elia, Yilmaz, Clyne or Zaha is signed, sealed and delivered. I sense an emerging nervousness about the apparent delay in anouncing one of these deals, allied to the increasing frequency with which we are linked to veterans like Guti, Seedorf and Stankovich. Personally, I am not opposed in principle to bringing in the experience of older players, of the 'vintage' variety, if they are of sufficient class and still have something left in the tank. However, I view a deal like that as a supplement and not a replacement for more ambitious signings.
And of course, the latest statement by the West Ham Board about not paying over the odds, will only contrive to reinforce any nascent concerns of supporters. Some will juxtapose that statement with the Stankovich and Guti rumours and conclude that one is a logical consequence of the other. That West Ham are losing out on their main targets and are now turning to the bargain basement in response. Hopefully, this is a case of putting 2 +2 together and = 5, with a 'big fish' ike Elia and/or Yilmaz being landed in the next week or so. Although, there is a natural concern that the Board may repeat their mistakes of the 2010-11 summer transfer window, one can only agree that the madness that brought the likes of Ljunberg and Dyer to the club, on massively inflated wages, cannot be repeated. That much is granted, but there is still a need to be competitive in the transfer market, so that we stand a chance of bringing extra quality in to the squad. It is a fine line, but one that the club must sucessfully tread in order to avoid a season of struggle, while also continuing to improve the club's finances and long-term stability.
Finally, I was pleasantly surprised by the new home kit. It has all the pre-requisites that I look for in a Hammers home kit, which are claret body and sky blue sleeves and white shorts. I am not that keen on the claret stockings with blue hoops, but I suppose they have to vary something significant in the design. I was half expecting some horrific experiment, like claret and blue strips being thrust upon us this time around. Thankfully we have been spared that. I am not conservative minded in many respects (probably just education and West Ham kits!) but I do, however, like West Ham to look like West Ham! And Macron, the current kit suppliers, have been very good in that respect.
Anyway, here's hoping that the good times - and some exciting signings - soon start to roll!
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LEE SIGNS FOR BARNET
Former Gills midfielder Oliver Lee has signed for League Two Barnet after being released by West Ham United at the end of last season.
Lee, 20, spent two months on loan at Priestfield from the Hammers earlier this year and featured seven times for the club, twice from the substitutes bench.
Olly, the son of former England International Rob Lee, also featured for Dagenham and Redbridge during the season making 16 appearances and scoring three goals.
He joins up with former Gillingham Coach Mark Robson who was delighted to have taken Lee to Underhill. He told Barnet's official website:
"I'm very pleased to welcome Olly to Barnet. He's a very good footballer who is comfortable on the ball and has a wide range of passing at his disposal."
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Milan are interested in Andy Carroll.
Málaga and Galatasaray are after Nicklas Bendtner.
Galatasaray also want Dimitar Berbatov.
Ezekiel Fryers is out of contract at Manchester United, and a target for Tottenham and Newcastle.
Napoli are looking at Martin Skrtel and Raul Meireles.
Everton are planning a bid for Hugo Rodallega.
Aston Villa are thinking about purchasing Yacine Brahimi of Rennes.
And finally Sunderland want Steven Fletcher, though Stoke and Fulham are also interested.
So here's the thing, you may have noticed a pared-back style to today's Rumours. Well, you'd have been right to have noticed that.
Andre Villas-Boas will be given a £100million war chest as he begins his Tottenham revolution.
Daniel Sturridge is undergoing emergency treatment for suspected viral meningitis.
Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to break the bank to keep Robin van Persie.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is wanted by AC Milan's transfer guru.
Brendan Rodgers is ready to fight off interest in Luis Suarez by offering him a new deal to stay at Liverpool.
Nani wants his Manchester United future sorted out in the next fortnight.
Paul Lambert is planning to bring £2.5million-rated Rennes schemer Yacine Brahimi to Aston Villa.
Paul Pogba has snubbed a new Manchester United deal to sign for Italian champions Juventus.
Asamoah Gyan will finally quit Sunderland for the United Arab Emirates in a £7million switch.
Andre Villas-Boas will change the face of Spurs with a £50million revolution to help restore his reputation.
Dimitar Berbatov is prepared to see out the last year of his Manchester United contract - rather than take a pay cut at another club.
Stale Solbakken has warned Martin O'Neill to cough up £10million for former Scotland international Steven Fletcher.
Blackburn are handing Nuno Gomes a £2million deal to join them from Braga.
Brendan Rodgers wants to agree a new deal with Luis Suarez to end Juventus' interest.
Everton manager David Moyes is considering making a move for out-of-contract former Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega.
Malaga want Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner while Galatasaray are also interested.
Sunderland will fight rivals Newcastle for Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita.
Napoli are eyeing Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel after banking £24million from Ezequiel Lavezzi's move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Leeds are keen to sign QPR striker Tommy Smith.
Blackburn are interested in Cardiff defender Anthony Gerrard.
England and Chelsea star Daniel Sturridge has been struck down with meningitis.
Glenn Hoddle last night slammed Tottenham's appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as a high-risk strategy which could backfire.
Luis Suarez has given new boss Brendan Rodgers a personal assurance that he is staying at Liverpool.
Sir Alex Ferguson has handed Dimitar Berbatov a Manchester United lifeline.
Norwich striker Grant Holt reckons he never really wanted to leave after signing a new three-year contract.
Bolton are set to complete the signing of Leicester defender Matt Mills today.
Sunderland have been told to cough up £10million to land Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.
Stoke are preparing a £4million bid for Blackburn's Martin Olsson.
Stuart Pearce's Team GB Olympic hopes took another dent when star striker Daniel Sturridge was taken to hospital last night with suspected viral meningitis.
Andre Villas-Boas finally put pen to paper on a three-year deal to become the new Tottenham head coach determined to show that things will be different from Chelsea.
THE GUARDIAN: Andre Villas-Boas has made the acquisition of the Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho a priority for Tottenham Hotspur as he plans an expansive overhaul of the squad at White Hart Lane
Raging Raith Rovers chief Turnbull Hutton last night branded the SPL a dead parrot and demanded resignations from Scottish football's top brass.
Charles Green has told the first four Rangers rebels to find new clubs that he intends to sue them for damages.
Andre Villas-Boas will change the face of Spurs with a £50million revolution to help him restore his battered reputation. See who is on his shopping list here.
Andy Carroll is a target for AC Milan, according to reports.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is determined to fend off Juventus' interest in Luis Suarez and targets four new signings.
Manchester United have confirmed Paul Pogba has joined Italian champions Juventus - and Fergie's NOT happy.
Wolves boss Stale Solbakken has warned Sunderland they will have to cough up £10million for Scotland striker Steven Fletcher.
Dimitar Berbatov is prepared to see out the last year of his Manchester United contract.
Edinson Cavani has ruled out a move to Manchester City, claiming his future is with Napoli.
Blackburn are giving Portuguese veteran Nuno Gomes a £2million contract to join them.
Arsene Wenger says he wants to keep hold of Arsenal captain Robin van Persie "at all costs".
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Manchester United are working on bringing more players to Old Trafford and has told fans to be patient.
Inter Milan stalwart Dejan Stankovic is on the shopping list of West Ham, as Sam Allardyce looks to ready his squad for the top flight.
Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen has vowed to give his all for the Amsterdammers despite continued speculation linking him with a move to Tottenham.
Transfer stories from other papers and websites
Manchester United and Chelsea are set to be in a tug of war for Belgium star Axel Witsel this summer, after Benfica revealed that they are ready to cash-in on his talents. (Daily Express)
Malaga want Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner as the Denmark international closes in on a move away from the Emirates Stadium. Galatasaray fancy the 24-year-old too. (Daily Mail)
Paul Lambert is planning to bring £2.5million-rated Rennes schemer Yacine Brahimi to Aston Villa. (The Sun)
Asamoah Gyan will finally quit Sunderland for the United Arab Emirates in a £7million switch. (The Sun)
Maicon's transfer hopes of moving to Real Madrid appear to be all but over with Chelsea in pole position to sign the Inter Milan right-back. (Daily Express)
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is set to sign Leicester City defender Matt Mills in a £2m deal. (The Sun)
Napoli are eyeing Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 27, after banking £24million from Ezequiel Lavezzi's move to PSG. Chelsea's Raul Meireles, 29, is another target. (Daily Mail)
Everton boss David Moyes is considering making a move for out-of-contract former Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega. (Daily Mail)
New Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is tracking Danish Euro 2012 star Michael Krohn-Dehli from Brondby. (Daily Star)
Stoke are preparing a £4m bid for Martin Olsson at Blackburn. (Daily Star)
Everton have been given the green light to bid for Oscar Cardozo after Benfica slapped a £16m price tag on the Paraguay international. (talkSPORT)
Portugal winger Nani fears Manchester United are ready to sell him after a breakdown in contract talks. (The Sun)
Chelsea football ace Daniel Sturridge has been having tests for viral meningitis, it was revealed last night.
Nicolas Anelka’s Chinese adventure has gone pear-shaped after he got involved in an ugly confrontation with an irate Shanghai Shenhua fan.
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