|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
THE DAILY MAIL
Manchester United are increasing their efforts to sign Porto winger James Rodriguez, 20, after having a £30m bid rejected.
Arsenal want to offload Denilson, Carlos Vela, Sebastien Squillaci, Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-young and Johan Djourou in a attempt to cut the club's wage bill .
Branislav Ivanovic has told Tottenham's Luka Modric, 26, to join Chelsea instead of Manchester United or Real Madrid.
Scott Parker, 31, may miss the start of the season amid fears the Tottenham midfielder may need surgery on his troublesome Achilles .
French winger Florent Malouda, 32, is likely to leave Chelsea after starting negotiations with Brazilian side Vasco da Gama.
Brazil striker Alexandre Pato, 22, fancies a transfer to the Premier League when his AC Milan contract expires in 2014.
Rio Ferdinand says he is baffled that his Manchester United team-mate Phil Jones, 20, did not get a kick for England at Euro 2012.
Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is in talks to take over at Sampdoria .
Nemanja Vidic will begin pre-season training with Manchester United this week - before the rest of his team-mates return to work on Monday.
THE DAILY STAR
Manchester City could move for Brazilian full-back Daniel Alves, 29, after he fell out with Barcelona officials by playing in a friendly without permission.
But Didier Deschamps is a candidate to become manager at Tottenham after reports in France claimed he was looking to quit Marseille.
Former England striker Michael Owen, 32, is set for a lucrative move to United Arab Emirates club Al Shabab.
THE DAILY MIRROR
Fabio Capello has blamed Wayne Rooney, 26, for England's Euro 2012 exit by saying the striker only plays well for Manchester United.
David Silva insists that Spain team-mate Andres Iniesta, 28, is better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Tottenham want former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas to start work as their new boss next week.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
Italy's Andrea Pirlo, 33, says Germany will pose a far more dangerous threat in Thursday's semi-final than "cautious" England .
Mario Balotelli, 21, is the subject of a new racism row after a newspaper in Italy depicted him as King Kong ahead of Thursday's semi-final against Germany.
Liverpool have not given up hope of winning the race to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson, 22, but will not bow to his wage demands to prevent him from signing for Tottenham.
THE DAILY EXPRESS
But the Gunners are resigned to losing Robin van Persie, 28, after completing the £13m signing of French striker Olivier Giroud from Marseille.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton is stepping up his efforts to keep striker Grant Holt, 31, after goalkeeper John Ruddy signed a new four-year contract.
Arsenal have cooled their interest in Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, 21, after he fell out with France coach Laurent Blanc.
Inter Milan are in talks to sign Manchester City's 27-year-old midfielder Nigel de Jong .
Stoke City are interested in signing Houston Dynamo's 26-year-old central defender Geoff Cameron.
New Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has marked Germany's progress to the Euro 2012 semi-finals by releasing a pop single.
Anybody who witnessed Jeremy Paxman and Chloe Smith enjoying their little chat during last night's Newsnight may be interested in this old story from our pals at the Daily Mail. So there we have it, conclusive proof, should we have required it, that this country is being run by an even more insouciant version of Mr Kruger from Seinfeld.
In other news involving managerial types who may or may not have been promoted beyond the scope of their competence at a ludicrously early stage of their career, André Villas-Boas will be named as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur next week. He had been offered a job by the Treasury Sao Paulo, but he doesn't want it, so.
Everton will continue to peel flesh from the bones of Sevco 5088 Ltd by offering a contract to Steven Naismith.
Having got rid of Cesc Fábregas last year, Arsenal are looking to offload several other Strikers Who Are Not Really There. Bye bye to Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-young, then. But who's going to pay cash money for any of them? Well isn't that the million-dollar question. It's one nobody's bothered answering, we can tell you that for free.
Manchester United, whose fans have recently been moaning about how much Manchester City's money distorts competition, have just lodged a £30m bid for a 20-year-old. Porto winger James Rodríguez is the man in question.
Florent Malouda is off to Vasco da Gama.
Daniel Alves will leave Barcelona, currently by some distance the best club side on the planet, for Manchester City. Actually, Manchester United fans might have a semblance of a point. Like City supporters care.
You've forgotten about Florent Malouda already, haven't you, Chelsea fans?
Tottenham Hotspur, who had beaten Liverpool to the signature of Gylfi Sigurdsson, haven't agreed personal terms with the player yet, and might be beaten to the signature of Gylfi Sigurdsson by Liverpool. Wonder what will happen tomorrow? What will we do when the lad finally puts pen to paper with someone? Never mind, both clubs are also after Daniel Sturridge.
Players Spurs May Not Be Signing III: Jan Vertonghen, who won't be leaving Ajax unless they cough up 15% of the £10m fee.
Players Who Won't Be Playing For Spurs Next Season XXXVIII: Luka Modric, who's off to Real Madrid. Tottenham want Ricardo Carvalho and 23-year-old Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin in return.
Today's Robin van Persie rumours aren't new either, but we may as well copy them down, our quality control's gone right out the window today. He's off to Manchester City, which means disappointment for his other main suitor Juventus, who have accordingly turned their attentions to Edinson Cavani.
And it hasn't taken long for quietly seething Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert to convince owner Randy Lerner of the benefits of opening his wallet. A wee narrowing of the Lambertian peepers, a slow exhalation of air through the nose, and suddenly Lerner's spending a couple of million pounds on Feyenoord's Moroccan international midfielder Karim El Ahmadi, and liking it as well. Next up: Lerner's jacket.
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