The transfer window is officially open again and that means one thing: transfer reports are kicking up a few notches between now and Aug. 8 when the window shuts for the start of the 2019-20 season.
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Here’s a look at some of the latest gossip from around the Premier League…
Everton are reportedly interested in making an experienced addition in the final month of the transfer window.
Our partners Sky Sports say that Everton will make a formal enquiry about signing Fabian Delph from Manchester City. The England midfielder, 29, has just one year left on his current deal and due to injury and Pep Guardiola‘s wealth of options in midfield, Delph made just 20 appearances in all competitions last season.
As well as playing in his preferred role of central midfield, Delph can also play at full back and has been a valuable, versatile squad play for Guardiola over the past three seasons. He joined City from Aston Villa in 2015 for $11 million and has been a very decent signing with 89 appearances made in all competitions. But with Rodri signed as City’s new holding midfielder this summer for a club-record fee, the writing is on the wall for Delph who did make a few costly errors last season.
At Everton he’d give Marco Silva extra cover in midfield and at left back, with his experience and bite in the tackle slotting in well with their counter-attacking style of play. Idrissa Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin, Andre Gomes and Tom Davies are their current central midfield options, and Delph would bring versatility to an Everton side which was hit hard by injuries last season. City wouldn’t ask for too much in terms of a transfer fee and Delph still has plenty to offer at the Premier League level. Seems like everyone could win in this one…
Maxi Gomez’s on again, off again move to West Ham seems to be well and truly off.
A report from the London Evening Standard states that the Hammers have failed to sign the Uruguayan striker, 22, who has instead decided to join Valencia who will play in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Gomez has been a long-term target for the Hammers and with Marko Arnautovic sold to Shanghai SIPG, Andy Carroll released and Lucas Perez also leaving this summer, West Ham are looking pretty light up top with only Javier Hernandez (who also reportedly wants out) and Jordan Hugill around.
This is a big blow for West Ham, as Gomez’s ability to hold-up the ball and bring the likes of Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Felipe Anderson into the game were supposed to knit their attack together. It is believed Manuel Pellegrini is a big fan of Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson but a huge offer of around $73 million would have to be paid to the Cherries to sign the England international striker.