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West Ham: Bacca rejects Hammers; Ghezzal update; Palace eye target man

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The Hammers appear to have finally received the frustrating confirmation that Carlos Bacca will not be moving to the Olympic Stadium, as he has opted to stay at AC Milan, claim the Evening Standard. It’s a major blow for the Irons, who have spent what seems like most of the summer trying to persuade the Colombian to join them on their European campaign.

With Andre Ayew and Jonathan Calleri already signed up, it’s not as damaging as it could have been, but Slaven Bilic was still hoping to add a star to his side to ensure that they find that long sought after prolific striker to fire his side to the next level after no player managed to reach double figures in goals for the club last season.

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The news comes as their top scorer from last season, Andy Carroll, is reportedly being targeted by Crystal Palace should they fail to be able to agree a deal with Liverpool for Christian Benteke, say the Express. Carroll is reportedly unhappy at the number of forward’s brought into the club this summer after he finally appears to have overcome his injury nightmares that have plagued him over the last few seasons.

With Palace happy to spend up to £30 million on a forward, it seems that they have the finances to be able to convince West Ham to allow Carroll to leave, though they may be reluctant to allow him to leave with no like for like replacement so close to the start of the season. With Palace delaying a move until they know whether or not they can secure Benteke’s services, this deal could be taken right to the wire as Alan Pardew seeks a reunion with the forward he worked with at Newcastle.

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The Irons are also set to miss out on another target as Everton prepare to beat West Ham’s bid for Rachid Ghezzal, with their £10 million bid, £3 million more than the Hammers’ offer, set to win the auction, according to the Sun. West Ham have already signed two wide players this summer and are unlikely to want to fork out a big fee for another, with their priority now to add another forward to their current squad. Ronald Koeman is determined to get his man, and that seems set to be the case.

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The Algerian has fallen out with current club Lyon after demanding a move and is currently training with the reserves, so a move seems inevitable. With Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore already signed on, it is not a massive disappointment to miss out, but Ghezzal would have been a more than welcome addition as Bilic looks to add depth to the squad, with very few options out wide last season and that has been a key area for improvement this summer.

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Crystal Palace flop Steve Mandanda into World Cup final

The Frenchman played in the group stage against Denmark.

Mathew Nash

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France are into the World Cup final after defeating Belgium in the semi-finals last night. Les Bleus won 1-0 thanks to a header from Samuel Umtiti and will now face England or Croatia in the final.

Amongst the celebrations, Crystal Palace fans certainly noticed one face above others. Steve Mandanda was one of the first to run onto the pitch and celebrate with his team-mates.

The 33-year-old could now find himself winning a World Cup winner’s medal, two years after joining Palace and flopping at Selhurst Park.

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Mandanda arrived on a free transfer from Marseille in July 2016 as he wanted a change after nine years at the Stade Velodrome.

But his time at Palace was a disaster, despite his previous heroics in Ligue 1. Mandanda played just 10 times for Palace, keeping one clean sheet, before having to undergo a knee operation in November. His last appearance came in a 3-2 loss to Burnley in November 2016 and did not play again for the Eagles.

Instead, he returned to Marseille last summer in a protracted deal that left Mandanda disappointed.


“Leaving Crystal Palace? Yes, it was hell.”

– Steve Mandanda on Crystal Palace exit


He went on to play 45 times last season, helping Marseille to the Europa League final. This is his fifth major tournament with the French national team and he even played against Denmark in the group stage.

Crystal Palace were right to make a move for Mandanda and he might have finally solved their goalkeeping problems. However, it never happened for him in London and Palace fans will be shocked to see him on the verge of a World Cup medal. Unless, England have anything to say about it.

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Yann M’Vila would be Yohan Cabaye upgrade at Crystal Palace

The Frenchman has been capped 22 times for his country.

Max Cohen

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Earlier this summer reports from France Football linked midfielder Yann M’Vila with a move to Crystal Palace and, after Yohan Cabaye’s departure, there have been more links between the two parties, per Foot Mercato.

M’Vila would be an upgrade on Cabaye at Selhurst Park, as the midfielder is a combative deep-lying presence who also possesses superb vision.

The 28-year-old has been capped 22 times by France, an impressive accolade that reveals his quality amid a star-studded national team.

M’Vila featured prominently during Les Bleus’ Euro 2012 campaign and, although his last cap came at that tournament, his international record nevertheless reveals his quality.

A largely unsettled career followed his eye-catching spell at Rennes, as M’Vila bounced around Europe at clubs such as Inter Milan, Saint Etienne, and Rubin Kazan.

But while at Sunderland on loan in 2015/16, M’Vila enjoyed a stellar season, earning him the respect of the Black Cats faithful while keeping the club in the Premier League.

The Frenchman made played in every league match but one for Sunderland, scoring one tremendous free-kick and assisting five additional goals as he was integral in steering the Mackems to safety.


“[M’Vila] reads the game like Makélélé, has the presence of Vieira and can pass the ball like Yaya Touré.”

– former Rennes manager, Frederic Antonetti.


Although Sunderland failed to bring him back the following season, that decision was due to Ellis Short’s incompetence and many fans wanted him to return to the Stadium of Light.

His influential season in England is a good sign for Palace supporters, showing he can cut it in the Premier League and can operate effectively in difficult circumstances.

Surrounded by players of a higher quality at Selhurst Park, the Frenchman will thrive and provide Roy Hodgson’s side with an ideal mix of steel and panache in the centre of the park.

Crystal Palace should welcome M’Vila’s unique set of skills, which would represent an upgrade to their other departing French midfielder, Yohan Cabaye.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek must elevate his career and opt for permanent Crystal Palace move

The 22-year-old looks set to leave Stamford Bridge for a second season, on loan.

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Reports this week in the Evening Standard claimed Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be looking to move away from Stamford Bridge this summer on loan.

Crystal Palace is reportedly at the front of the queue to sign him, news which will be greeted by Palace supporters given Loftus-Cheek’s excellent 2017/18 season at Selhurst Park.

Yet to truly make a name for himself, Loftus-Cheek must take his career to the next level and complete a permanent move to Crystal Palace this summer.

After Loftus-Cheek’s impressive World Cup appearances, it is clear he is a top talent ready to play consistent first-team football at his parent club.

But Chelsea are currently mired in uncertainty, with rumours swirling about a potential new manager but with nothing confirmed.

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The Englishman would do well to secure a permanent transfer with the Eagles, an upward-looking club where he has found his best form to date.

A second loan in a row would just stunt his progress another year, psychologically affecting the player by reminding him he is not good enough for Chelsea, even after proving himself on international football’s biggest stage.

At this stage of his career, Loftus-Cheek needs a permanent home – and he can find a perfect one at Palace.

With his long-term future secured in south London, Loftus-Cheek can lead the Eagles to previously unheard of heights. Why keep yourself at a club in disarray that has shown little interest in you, when you can head to Selhurst Park where you are truly celebrated for your talents?

Instead of a second consecutive short-term and short-sighted loan, Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to make up his mind this summer and finally leave behind his toxic Chelsea relationship for a move to Crystal Palace.

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