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West Ham have made contact with Lille over a move for Brazilian midfielder Thiago Mendes, according to The Times.

Mendes, 26, is valued at £18 million (€20m/$24m), and has interest from Italy, Germany and other Premier League sides. 

Lazio, Wolfsburg, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Newcastle have all been credited with an interest in the central midfielder. 

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Barcelona to have final say as Mina’s £15m Everton transfer nears completion

Yerry Mina is destined to move away from Barcelona this summer, with Premier League side Everton the most likely destination. 

The Colombian centre-back has seen stock rise following his showing at the World Cup in Russia, despite his playing time being limited at club-level with Barcelona. 

Mina admitted earlier in the summer that he had received offers to leave Camp Nou but would prefer to stay at Barca and win over head coach Ernesto Valverde.

Goal understands that the 23-year-old is ready to make a move to the Premier League with Everton, and that the club have already been informed that he was content with their offer through his uncle and representative Jair Mina. 

Everton coach Marco Silva contacted Jair Mina to explain his project at Goodison Park and the role he sees the 23-year-old defender having in his squad, where he would have the chance to be a regular starter, as opposed to his position with the Spanish giants where he would likely see little time on the pitch. 

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The only sticking point now is the approval of a deal from Barcelona. 

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Everton have offered the Catalan club €17 million (£15m/$20m) plus add-ons. Mina joined Barca from Palmeiras for €11.8 million (£11m/$14m) in January, meaning Barcelona would turn a tidy profit on the deal. 

The Spanish side would also want to keep a buy-back option on the Colombian. 

Negotiations with Barcelona are being commanded in person by Everton sporting director Marcel Brands and he is optimistic that it will have a positive outcome for the English team when Mina returns from his post World Cup.

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‘Winner’ Zaha urged to stay at Crystal Palace amid Everton & Tottenham interest

Wilfried Zaha should stay at Crystal Palace and snub interest from Everton and Tottenham, according to defender Joel Ward.

Goal understands that the Toffees are considering a £50 million ($65m) bid for the Ivory Coast international, though they are wary of competition from the likes of Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool. 

Zaha enjoyed an excellent 2017-18 season, scoring nine times, his most productive campaign as a professional.

And Ward believes he would be best served by staying at Selhurst Park, due to the positive impact he has on his team-mates.

Speaking after Palace’s 3-1 pre-season win over Oxford United, in which Zaha scored, Ward said: “We all know how important he is for us and we’d love to keep him and that’s what we need.

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“We need Wilf to lead the line of attack and to show what he can do because he has done that time and time again for us and he’s a key part of this squad.

“He’s a character, he’s a winner and he wants to succeed and he wants to win as does every single member of the squad.”

Zaha has also been lauded by Jeffrey Schlupp, who insists that he is “irreplaceable” for the Eagles.

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Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace

“Wilf is Wilf and he’s got the X-Factor,” he said.

“He’s irreplaceable. Every time he goes out on the pitch, he does his bit and it’s great to have him in the team.”

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Kovac confident Boateng will stay at Bayern amid PSG rumours

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac is confident Jerome Boateng will remain with the Bundesliga champions next season despite rumours suggesting Thomas Tuchel wants him at Paris Saint-Germain.

Boateng has been at Bayern for seven years after spending a season with Manchester City, and has become a key player at the back.

But he has been in and out of the side a little more in the last three years, and in May hinted that he was craving a new experience in a different country once again.

Tuchel is said to have made a recognised centre-back a priority since taking over from Unai Emery, and his recent comments about wanting “top players” who “take into account what we have in mind” when asked about the German defender did little to cool the rumours.

But Kovac – who is embarking on his first campaign with Bayern – has other ideas, telling Tuchel that he will find it difficult to tempt players away from the Allianz Arena.

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“I know Jerome quite well and I’m confident that he will stay with Bayern,” Kovac told reporters.

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“I know that Thomas is still looking for one or two good players, maybe he will look at us, but it will not be easy to get our players.”

Kovac took charge of his first Bayern match against PSG on Saturday, seeing his team claim a 3-1 win over Tuchel’s inexperienced side.

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