WEST HAM will turn to Duvan Zapata in a £40million deal after missing out on Maxi Gomez. Colombia international Zapata is now Manuel Pellegrini’s No1 target to lead his attack next season. The 28-year-old scored 28 goals for Atalanta last season whi

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WEST HAM will turn to Duvan Zapata in a £40million deal after missing out on Maxi Gomez.

Colombia international Zapata is now Manuel Pellegrini's No1 target to lead his attack next season.

 Duvan Zapata is the next striker West Ham are looking at to replace Marko Arnautovic
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The 28-year-old scored 28 goals for Atalanta last season while on loan from Serie A rivals Sampdoria.

And Pellegrini wants him to step in following Marko Arnautovic's move to China.

Celta Vigo striker Gomez was a target but he is heading to Valencia to stay in Spain.

But Zapata should be available for the right price to finally become a Hammer after they were interested in him earlier in his career.

BALOTELLI AN OPTION

And there is a cheaper option that could become available.

The Hammers have reportedly been offered the chance to sign free agent Mario Balotelli.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker is currently without a club after leaving Marseille.

Balotelli, 28, bagged eight times in 12 games during his six-month spell with the French side but opted against extending his deal.

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The Italian international is believed to favour a return to the Premier League.

And now his agent Mino Raiola has contacted the Hammers to enquire whether there is any interest from the East London outfit.

But AS claims he is looking for wages of £3.6m-a-year – which would be an issue.

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West Ham turn to £40million Duvan Zapata after missing out on Maxi Gomez

Result: Rhian Brewster scores twice as Liverpool hit Tranmere Rovers for six

Rhian Brewster helped himself to a couple of goals as Liverpool kicked off their pre-season campaign with a resounding 6-0 win against Tranmere Rovers on Thursday evening.

The Reds used the match with their Merseyside neighbours as a chance to field two entirely different lineups either side of half time.

Brewster scored twice during his 45 minutes on the field with a couple of poachers finishes after Nathaniel Clyne had opened the scoring early on at Prenton Park.

Curtis Jones, Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan were all on target in the second 45 as Jurgen Klopp's men made a perfect start to their summer programme.

Rhian Brewster celebrates his opening goal in Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Tranmere Rovers on July 11, 2019© Reuters

Liverpool were ahead with less than six minutes played as Clyne hammered the ball past Scott Davies after being teed up by Brewster 15 yards out.

Davies produced a couple of stops to deny Yasser Larouci - the first a straightforward save down the middle and the second a good save down low.

James Milner was also denied by Davies from 20 yards, but he played a big part in the second goal as his cross was helped back into the middle by Harry Wilson and Brewster reacted well to head home.

Nathaniel Clyne celebrates with his teammates after giving Liverpool an early lead against Tranmere Rovers in their pre-season friendly on July 11, 2019© Reuters

Tranmere had a couple of lively moments in the first half as Corey Blackett-Taylor twice tested Simon Mignolet, yet they found themselves three goals down at the interval as Brewster again reacted quickest to fire home after Milner's latest long-ranger was parried.

Liverpool required less than 10 minutes of the second period to add to their goals tally, with Jones converting at the back post after getting on the end of a floated cross from Ben Woodburn.

Second-half captain Origi made it five by brilliantly controlling a long ball from Joel Matip and rounding the keeper.

Divock Origi is congratulated after scoring Liverpool's fifth goal in the pre-season friendly with Tranmere Rovers on July 11, 2019© Reuters

Tranmere struggled to get anywhere near their opponents and they were six goals down with 22 minutes left when Duncan profited from some poor defending to convert following some good work from Ki-Jana Hoever.

Liverpool, who brought on third-choice keeper Dan Atherton for the injured Paul Glatzel with more than 10 minutes left, settled for the six goals as the game petered out.


TRANMERE ROVERS (4-2-3-1): Davies; Caprice, Ray (Gilmour 46'), Monthe (Spellman 85'), Ridehalgh (Woods 46'); Banks (Payne 46'), Perkins (Nelson 46'); Morris (Ponticelli 46'), Jennings (Miller 46'), Blackett-Taylor; Mullin (Potter 46')

LIVERPOOL FIRST-HALF XI (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Phillips, Gomez, Larouci; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Lallana; Wilson, Brewster, Kent
LIVERPOOL SECOND-HALF XI (4-3-3): Jaros; Hoever, Matip, Johnston, Lewis; Woodburn, Fabinho, Jones; Glatzel (Atherton 77'), Origi, Duncan

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Wolverhampton Wanderers showing interest in Hoffenheim forward Joelinton?

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly interested in signing Hoffenheim forward Joelinton.

Wolves have - so far - only converted loan deals from last season into permanent transfers, despite the prospect of having to contend with extra fixtures courtesy of qualification for the Europa League.

However, the West Midlands outfit are likely to do business in the coming weeks, and Kicker suggests that it could include a move for Joelinton.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a strong campaign in the Bundesliga last season, contributing seven goals and five assists from 28 appearances.

The Brazilian - who could cost in the region of £40m - still has three years left on his contract at the German side.

Newcastle United have previously been linked with a move for the attacker, although it is unclear whether the Magpies would contemplate a bid this summer.

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