Van Gaal refuses to rule out late summer business

The Manchester United manager says that the club may yet be active ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline, with the club believed to be in the market for marquee additions


Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out further transfer business at Manchester United prior to Tuesday’s deadline amid rumours of a last-ditch push for a marquee signing.

The Red Devils have embarked on a major recruitment drive this summer, spending over £70 million on players such as Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Sergio Romero.

But David de Gea continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, while United are believed to be in the market for attacking reinforcements, with the likes of Thomas Muller, Neymar and Gareth Bale all mooted as potential targets.

When asked if United’s business was done for the summer, the frosty Dutchman told reporters: “We shall do announcements when we want to do it not when you want an answer.”

Asked again, he replied: “The same as your colleague. When we want to do announcements we shall do it.”

United have taken seven points from their opening three games and are undefeated this season, having also demolished Club Brugge in the Champions League play-offs, and face Swansea City on Sunday.

West Ham were three hours away from appointing Benitez – Sullivan

The former Liverpool boss eventually opted to join Real Madrid to replace Carlo Ancelotti but the Hammers co-chairman has revealed just how close the club came to hiring him


West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has revealed that the club came within three hours of appointing Rafael Benitez as their new manager earlier this summer.

The Hammers embarked on a lengthy managerial search following Sam Allardyce’s departure at the end of last season, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Marcelo Bielsa and David Moyes all linked with the Upton Park hotseat.

The Hammers eventually approached Benitez, who has won trophies at Valencia, Liverpool, Inter, Chelsea and Napoli, and Sullivan has now outlined just how close the club came to appointing the 55-year-old before he opted to join Real Madrid.

“Rafa Benitez was within three hours of signing for us,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“Every clause in his contract was agreed and then he went to Real Madrid. It was a real blow because he is a really experienced manager in England and done really well in Italy.

“We had an agreement in place but you have to pick yourself up, look who else is available and pick the best you can.”

West Ham instead appointed Slaven Bilic to replace Allardyce and Sullivan insists that the Croatian has the club’s full support, with the club taking three points from their opening three Premier League games.  

“Whoever you take is a gamble. The bottom line is we have a manager. He has our 100 per cent support. We will support him in the transfer market. We like him,” he added.

BREAKING NEWS: Atletico confirm Kranevitter deal

The Argentine midfielder has put pen to paper on a five-season contract but will not join the Rojiblancos until after the Club World Cup in December


Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of River Plate midfielder Matias Kranevitter for an estimated €8 million.

The Argentine has penned a five-year contract with the Rojiblancos but will not arrive at the Vicente Calderon until after the Club World Cup in December.

More to follow…

Official: Maiga swaps West Ham for Al Nassr

The former Sochaux striker departs Upton Park after a disappointing three-year spell in east London, during which he scored just seven goals in 45 appearances for the club

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Modibo Maiga has joined Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr from West Ham for an undisclosed fee, the club have announced.

Maiga flew to the Middle East on Tuesday, though it was widely reported that he did not have West Ham’s permission to do so.

Nevertheless, the Hammers have now confirmed the Malian striker’s departure, thus bringing an end to his unspectacular three-year spell in east London.

MAIGA: Modibo Maiga has joined @AlNassrSaudiFCe on a permanent contract for an undisclosed fee http://t.co/Svk9E4DoCC pic.twitter.com/oxQ0gyBLmU

— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) August 28, 2015

Maiga scored seven goals in 45 appearances for the club following his move from Sochaux and joins the likes of Stewart Downing, Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole in departing the club this summer.

Goal understands that the Hammers have identified a number of striking targets as they look to bolster their forward line ahead of the transfer deadline, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Simone Zaza and Burak Yilmaz all seen as potential acquisitions.

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