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And in other transfer news...

Filed: Friday, 8th June 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are keeping tabs on the situation regarding Barcelona's central midfielder Rafinha.

The 25-year-old Brazilian - full name Rafael Alcântara do Nascimento - spent last season on loan at Inter, to whom he was due to move on a permanent basis this summer in a deal worth in the region of €35million.

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However with the Serie A side currently unwilling to meet Barcelona's demands, West Ham have made enquiries in order to determine whether they could potentially hijack any arrnagement between the two parties.

The player - who emerged through the Spanish club's Academy - is due to meet representatives of Barca and Inter next week, according to reports. He previously spent time on loan al Celta Vigo.

* Yaya Toure remains a West Ham target despite recent claims from Manuel Pellegrini to the contrary, according to the Daily Mail.

The 35-year-old former Manchester City star is said to be keen to team up with his former boss once more and has already begun negotiations with West Ham, states the Mail's Kieran Gill.

Toure, who has been spotted at Fulham's training ground this week made just one Premier League start for the league champions in the 2017/18 season.

* West Ham are one of three clubs trying to tempt Southampton star Mario Lemina away from Southampton, say the Daily Mirror.

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The 24-year-old Gabon international enjoyed a successful debut season on the south coast and his solid form has alerted Napoli and Manchester City as well as West Ham, writes Darren Lewis.

The Saints, who narrowly avoided relegation last season paid Marseille £15.4million plus add-ons for Lemina, who is just one year into a five year contract at St Mary's Stadium.

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