Football FanCast brings you the latest West Ham United transfer news and gossip, ahead of the fast-approaching 2023/24 Premier League season beginning in August.

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After the Conference League triumph in Prague last term, the Hammers will be geared up for another European tour, and additions are expected to be made in order to bolster the squad.

Head coach David Moyes will be keen to better their 14th-placed Premier League finish, which had them in a relegation battle for much of the campaign.

Tuesday 18th July

West Ham want Goretzka


Sky Germany: West Ham have their eyes on Leon Goretzka of FC Bayern as a replacement for Declan Rice. Goretzka features in a midfield full of options at Bayern and there are suggestions that Thomas Tuchel would let him leave.

That's for two reasons. Firstly, Tuchel simply wants more space in his squad for new arrivals. Secondly, he wants a different kind of midfielder - someone, funnily enough, in the mould of Rice.

Bayern would apparently accept around £45m this summer, though it should be said that Goretzka doesn't want to leave. West Ham will just hope their newfound wealth can tempt him away.

Gallagher talks intensify


Sky Germany: The pursuit for Rice's replacement is well underway, but that doesn't necessarily mean a new defensive midfielder comes in first. Talks with Chelsea over Conor Gallagher are now at an advanced stage, it seems.

The Blues would sell Gallagher for between £20m and £25m, with West Ham hoping to snap him up. He wouldn't replace Rice, of course, but the midfielder enjoyed a fantastic season at Crystal Palace in 2021/22 and the feeling is that a new club would help him recapture that form.

West Ham will believe they can give Gallagher what he needs to do just that - but he's not the only target. Edson Alvarez, Sofyan Amrabat and Denis Zakaria are all also named as potential incomings.

Maguire, Palhinha bids rejected

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The Guardian: West Ham have money to burn, but that doesn't mean things are all going their way in the transfer window. They've seen two early bids rejected already.

Manchester United have said no to an offer to bring Harry Maguire in on loan. This is said to be a complicated one - the defender's wages are far too high for most clubs, while the asking price is also above what West Ham are willing to pay. United do wish to move him on, though, and this one could become a game of chicken.

Joao Palhinha's situation is more straightforward: Fulham don't want to sell - or at least, they are demanding £80m for a player they only signed a year ago and don't wish to lose, with West Ham not thought to be optimistic about their chances after seeing a £45m bid turned away.

Friday 14th July

West Ham submit Zakaria bid


Di Marzio: West Ham have submitted a €13m (£11.1m) bid for Juventus midfielder Denis Zakaria.

Zakaria spent last season on loan at Chelsea, where he made just 11 appearances, but it appears as though his performances caught the eye of Moyes.

An agreement regarding the fee hasn't been reached as of yet, but talks are progressing between the two clubs. The 49-cap Switzerland international is not thought to be in Massimiliano Allegri's plans, which would indicate a willingness to sanction a sale as soon as possible, with Juventus scheduled to go on their US pre-season tour in the next week.

McTominay deal set to accelerate


Independent: West Ham United will 'step up' their strong interest in Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay following the completion of Declan Rice's £105m move to Arsenal.

The feeling at United is that McTominay and one other player could be sold this summer in order to facilitate a deal for Fiorentina and Morocco World Cup star Sofyan Amrabat.

The Scotsman is thought to be valued in excess of £30m, which was a fee deemed too pricey by Newcastle United, who have shown tentative interest in the 26-year-old.

McTominay could be the perfect Rice successor, and his knack for a goal would also be a welcome bonus for the Hammers, should a move come to fruition.

The United academy graduate has scored 19 goals whilst providing five assists in 209 appearances for the Red Devils since making his debut in May 2017 under José Mourinho.