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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Dunk to Leicester City, Everton to Arsenal

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The news that Manchester United has agreed with Leicester City on a world-record transfer fee for Harry Maguire has dominated the Sunday morning transfer talk, but there are a few more deals that are seeing movement this weekend.

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Directly connected to the Maguire deal is a rumor that Leicester City has already lined up his replacement, spending half the reported Manchester United payment on Brighton Hove & Albion defender Lewis Dunk. The Sun reports that Dunk, a Brighton youth product, will take over the Leicester City transfer record from newly acquired Youri Tielemans at a price tag of $56 million.

Brighton finished 17th last season, narrowly escaping relegation by a mere two points. Still, the defense was solid, conceding 60 goals in the campaign, fewer than any Premier League side in the bottom seven. Brighton gambled on Dunk on back in 2015 amid heavy interest in the player from Fulham, turning down a number of reported bids. The 27-year-old has repayed that faith, making 270 appearances for the club across all competitions and helping them earn promotion in 2017. Now, he will net the club an enormous payment should the move go through.

Brazilian winger Everton, who has been linked heavily with a move away from his current club Gremio, has added fuel to the fire by confirming he has a tabled offer and suggesting things are progressing rather quickly.

In quotes to Brazilian radio station Radio Grenal confirmed by The Mirror and Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, Everton said, “At this moment I have an offer, but I can’t say the name of the club. Just like I can’t promise that on Thursday I’ll still be playing for Gremio [against Bahia], we’ll see.”

The 23-year-old winger burst onto the scene at the Copa America this summer, helping Brazil cope with the absence of Neymar by scoring three goals and assisting two across the six games en route to the title. He has been linked with Arsenal and AC Milan, with the Gunners reportedly holding talks with his representatives. With Arsenal’s pursuit of Wilfried Zaha looking unlikely due to Crystal Palace’s high price tag, Brazilian reports state new Arsenal technical director Edu is using his many contacts in Brazil to take a deeper look at Everton’s situation.

Two days ago, reports claimed Roma representatives were in London to discuss a possible transfer of Toby Alderweireld to the Serie A side. The Belgian defender has a clause in his contract that would let him leave for a seemingly cheap price of $31.4 million before July 25, but Roma apparently wanted an even cheaper price.

According to Italian publication Il Tempo, Daniel Levy isn’t moving a muscle on the release clause, sending Roma packing. Very few clubs have shown interest in Alderweireld despite the cheap price, with rumors stating the Belgian is asking for heavy wages, and at 30 years old is not a massively valuable asset long-term. Still, it’s odd that teams like Manchester United would rather spend an exorbitant amount of cash on a defender like Harry Maguire when Aldereweireld could be had for far cheaper.

Sky Sports reports that West Ham defender Reece Oxford could be on his way out of London Stadium, with the 20-year-old being traced by Championship clubs Swansea City and Fulham as well as German side Augsburg.

Oxford was not part of West Ham’s 23-man squad that departed for its preseason trip to China, and after making just eight top-flight appearances last season while on loan at Augsburg, Oxford’s future is in flux. A West Ham youth product, Oxford has spent time on loan at Reading and Borussia Monchengladbach before last year’s half-season spell at Augsburg, and while the German club has been rumored to be in for a permanent move all summer, Swansea and Fulham entering the fray is new news.

Reports: West Ham likely to recall Oxford from Gladbach loan

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According to reports in England, including The Mirror and Sky Sports, West Ham is hoping to recall Reece Oxford from his loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and insert him into the Hammers’ first team.

West Ham sits just a single point above the relegation zone, and in the fight for Premier League survival, the Hammers are hoping to bring the 19-year-old defender back to England.

Despite that, rumors suggest there is plenty of interest from top German sides for his permanent signature, including Gladbach who wish to retain the youngster, and RB Leipzig. Neither has made a formal offer, according to the reports.

Oxford has made just three Bundesliga appearances amounting to 180 minutes, but nevertheless the Hammers reportedly believe he can fight for a place in the league’s second-worst defense. With Jose Fonte injured for a good chunk of the season so far, Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid, Declan Rice, and James Collins have all seen time at center-back, but the Hammers back line has proven leaky.

The Sky Sports report claims that Gladbach would offer around $7.5 million to retain Oxford on a permanent basis, while The Mirror report states that RB Leipzig is hoping to sign Oxford for as much as $12 million up front in a deal that could have a max value as high as $22 million with add-ons.

Young Englishman Oxford goes abroad, to Gladbach, on loan

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MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) Borussia Moenchengladbach has signed English central defender Reece Oxford on loan for the season from Premier League club West Ham.

Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says “Oxford has gone through all the England youth teams and is one of the biggest defensive talents in Britain.”

The 18-year-old Oxford, who spent the second half of last season on loan at second-division club Reading, is Gladbach’s fifth arrival of the off-season.

Bilic explains halftime sub of teen Oxford, says West Ham were “second best”

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What a difference a week makes.

Actually, it’s been less than a week since 16-year-old midfielder Reece Oxford and West Ham United were the darlings of the Premier League following a stunning 2-0 win over Arsenal.

It was quite the different story on Sunday, as Leicester City built a 2-0 lead over Slaven Bilic’s Hammers, and the promising teenager was removed at halftime of a 2-1 loss.

[ MATCH RECAP: West Ham United 1-2 Leicester City ]

Bilic was quick to defend Oxford, saying the midfielder wasn’t playing any worse than the rest of the struggling side. The manager just wanted to add some steadiness and steel into his side.

 “It was not that he played worse than the rest of the team. He played well but our passing was really slow in the first half and with Pedro we were much quicker in tempo.

“We scored a goal early enough to play our normal game but with more aggression. We had a great chance for the equalizer through Diafra Sakho, I was expecting us to score a second, but we didn’t.”

The manager also praised the club’s start to the match, but admitted they dropped to “second best” after that.

Next up: a visit from Bournemouth on Saturday. Will Oxford get another chance in the Starting XI, or will the youngster come off the bench? Bilic likes his veterans, and has several options at his disposal.

VIDEO: Premier League Team of the Week – Round 1


Shutout a Premier League power on Opening Day? Welcome to the English top flight’s first team of the week, Adrian.

The West Ham goalkeeper dealt with a barrage of Arsenal shots, and is joined in the team by 16-year-old holding midfielder Reece Oxford.

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Swansea City also nabbed a pair of players on the team, as strikers Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis get nods for their work in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

And Aston Villa also saw two players on the squad, with Micah Richards and substitute Rudy Gestede getting plaudits for their roles in a 1-0 win over new boys Bournemouth.

Here’s the team of the week. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section below.

Matchweek 1

Goalkeepers: Adrian (West Ham United)

Defenders: Miguel Layun (Watford), Micah Richards (Aston Villa), Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Reece Oxford (West Ham United), Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Forwards: Andre Ayew (Swansea City), Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea City), Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa)