|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
Neill set to sign new contract at West Ham after change of heart
Lucas Neill is in talks over a return to West Ham.
The Australian, who is a free agent, seemed destined for a move abroad after rejecting their offer of a new contract on reduced terms.
But he has had a re-think and is back in discussions with the Hammers.
Meanwhile, former striker Tony Cottee has rejoined the club in an ambassadorial role.
Continuing its transfer blitz, Galatasaray is reportedly planning to acquire Australian player Lucas Neill after recently obtaining Abdul Kader Keita.
Galatasaray manager Haldun Üstünel was reported to be working on a deal to transfer current West Ham player Neill to Galatasaray within a week. Galatasaray's Harry Kewell was also said to be taking the initiative to persuade his fellow Aussie. Stating that they are pleased to have acquired Keita, Üstünel said he hopes that Keita proves to be fruitful for the team and for Turkish soccer. “We have landed a talented and player on our team after a long process. We have been following him for two years,” Üstünel said.
Asked whether they plan to transfer in players other than Keita, Üstünel said: “We will discuss these issues with our coach. We are not making individual decisions. We carry out transfers and acquisitions in accordance with our budget. We will keep acquiring players as possible given our budget and Galatasaray's prestige.” Noting that secrecy is crucial while holding transfer talks, he said they are trying to keep their talks as quiet as possible
West Ham linked as Espanyol seek Finnan buyer
Espanyol fullback Steve Finnan is being linked with a return to England.
Sport says Espanyol are willing to listen to offers for the former Liverpool defender.
West Ham United have been linked with Finnan.
Bayern continue tracking Bosingwa
Bayern Munich will maintain their pursuit of Chelsea's Jose Bosingwa to solve their problematic right-back spot. Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claimed that negotiations are ongoing despite a failure to agree a fee. "We are convinced about Bosingwa," he said. "I don't think the book has been closed on this issue yet."
Adebayor could leave
Arsène Wenger admitted yesterday that Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor could engineer a move away from Arsenal. "If he does not want to stay, he will leave," the Arsenal manager said. When asked of his interest in the Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh, Wenger responded: "Yes, but only in the event of a departure."
Vieri heads for Blackburn
Former Italy striker Christian Vieri, 35, is set to sign for Blackburn Rovers, according to reports in Italy. The much-travelled forward, who has played for Juventus, Internazionale, Atletico Madrid and Milan, spent last season with Atalanta .
Halford goes the extra mile
Defender Greg Halford has joined Wolves from Sunderland for £2m on a three-year deal. It is his third permanent move in just two years.
The Manchester United midfielder Rodrigo Possebon has agreed a one-year loan deal with Portuguese side Sporting Braga. The 20-year-old Brazilian made eight appearances for United in all competitions last season.
Gibbs extends deal
The Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs has signed a new long-term contract at the club. Gibbs, who made the step-up to the first team last season because of Gaël Clichy's injury, excelled in the European Under-21 Championship this summer. Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, said: "Kieran made such a great impact last season and the progress he made throughout the year was fantastic. Kieran is an intelligent player with huge quality and he proved last season with his performances that he has great potential."
Cottee goes home
Former West Ham striker Tony Cottee has rejoined the club as an ambassador, charged with raising the Hammers' profile at home and abroad.
Keogh staying put
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey has refuted speculation that Leicester City are poised to sign striker Andrew Keogh for £1.5m. The arrival of Kevin Doyle from Reading put Keogh's future in doubt, but Moxey insisted:, "It is nonsense – there has been no bid for Andy Keogh."
Manchester City are ready to make Chelsea defender John Terry the highest paid player in the Premier League by offering the England captain weekly wages of £300,000. £1.2 million a month
Meanwhile, Real Madrid are ready to move for fellow Blues defender Ashley Cole who has rejected a new deal at Chelsea.
Chelsea are preparing a big-money offer for Wolfsburg's goal sensation Edin Dzeko. (Daily Mirror)
Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has been offered a deal by Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev.
: The Times
Liverpool will insist on taking Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo in a swap deal before allowing midfielder Xabi Alonso to move to the Bernebau.
Liverpool are being put off by Udinese's £18m asking price for Swiss midfielder Gokhan Inler.
Tottenham striker Darren Bent has opened talks with Sunderland and is on the verge of a £10m move to the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland's £9m keeper Craig Gordon says he is ready to stay at the club and fight for his place after falling out of favour last season.
The Black Cats are battling it out with Arsenal for the £12m signature of Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will not stand in striker Emmanuel Adebayor's way if he wants to quit the Gunners.
Gunners striker Robin van Persie is set to end speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal by signing a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2014.
Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo is wanted by Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon. (The Telegraph)
Everton defender Joleon Lescott could be forced into handing in a transfer request if he is to get his £15m move to Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)
Everton are ready to end the stand-off between themselves and Cardiff City and move for £5m-rated midfielder Joe Ledley.
Portsmouth are set to make a £7m bid for Olympiacos's Argentine midfielder Fernando Belluschi. (Daily Mirror)
Blackburn are set to move for veteran 35-year-old Italian striker Christian Vieri. (Daily Mirror)
Blackburn have also inquired about Paris St Germain's £2.5m-rated left-winger Jerome Rothen.
Bolton are closing in on West Brom defender Paul Robinson and Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde.
New Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says he has no plans to sell star midfielder Lee Cattermole, who is being targeted by Liverpool and Tottenham.
Newcastle have been told they must sell striker Obafemi Martins and defender Babricio Coloccini to help smooth the sale of the club.
Meanwhile, Birmingham City are considering a loan bid for midfielder Joey Barton.
Defender Lucas Neill is ready for a U-turn and could return to Upton Park and sign a new contract at West Ham.
Full story: Daily Mail
Birmingham are interested in Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere who is available for around £3.5m. (Daily Mail)
Reading are set to launch a £1m bid for Nottingham Forest striker Nathan Tyson. (The Sun)
Wolves have dismissed speculation linking them with a £1.5m move for Leicester City striker Andrew Keogh.
Malaysian media mogul Ananda Krishman has been revealed as the billionaire who is hoping to buy Newcastle United.
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has vowed he will shout in Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's face if he scores against the Red Devils next season. (Daily Mirror)
Former West Ham striker Tony Cottee has rejoined the club as an ambassador charged with raising the Hammers' profile at home and abroad.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has suffered his first injury before the new season has even begun. Rooney suffered cuts and bruises to his head after slipping on the deck of his luxury yacht in St Tropez.
[quote="discopiglet"]Cheers treacle! Enjoy your weekend CH
no problem mate still have more to do but the site has not updated i should have left for work half an hour ago
things i do for you lot
pleased for tc he is a hammer through & through, he was treated shabbily by brown & co imo. thanks ch always read your reports but never said thanks before.
If only we had some money, I would have liked to see us go in for him.
what a load of cock, ****ing finnan? i really hope zola etc are doing a great job of hiding our transfers, cause at the moment it appears we are getting **** all this summer
yes, i'm hoping we are working on deals behind the scenes, but no evidence of it so far, ho hum
How would you know, just because no deals are done doesn't mean we aren't trying.
The window has been open 4 days and people are twitching already.
If 2 days before the window shuts we are in this position then we are in trouble.
But for now, relax and enjoy the sun. All will be good with Duxbury in charge.
it's not ****ing sunny today
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