Hammers finally get Avram, Boateng signs for City and Joe Cole could be crossing London

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Avram studies directions to Newham Baths and Sauna


The worst kept secret in football has finally been made official, with Avram Grant spending this morning Google Mapping the best route around east London’s finest brothels after signing a four-year deal to replace Gianfranco Zola as West Ham’s new boss.

Arsenal are holding firm on Cesc Fabregas, snubbing Barcelona’s £29m formal offer even after the Catalan club offered to chuck in the additional sweetner of taking their £21m misfit defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy on loan.

While the Gunners might not be letting anyone out, they’re certainly accepting new members. Rumors are emerging out-of-contract Joe Cole has already signed a three year contract at the Emirates.

The Daily Mail is reporting goalkeepers are currently hot property, with Sunderland weighing up the possibility of dumping Craig Gordon for £6m Chris Kirkland, and Fulham giving their number 1 shirt to David James, should Mark Schwarzer leave for Arsenal.

Midfielder Jerome Boateng, brother of Ballack-crippler Kevin-Prince Boateng, has announced he’ll be a Man City player by the time the World Cup starts, having left Hamburg in an £11m deal. The 21-year-old will have a medical at Eastlands before jetting off to Germany’s World Cup squad on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan’s Maicon has announced he definitely won’t be a Man City player, ever, after pledging his allegiance to Jose Mourinho. Says the Brazilian full-back: “I’ll say again to avoid misunderstanding: I want to play in Madrid, I do not want to go to City. I repeat, I have nothing with the English club.”

Elsewhere in the Premier League, the Mirror say Burnley’s Steven Fletcher has signed a four year, £20,000p/w deal with Wolves, subject to a medical, while Fulham have baffled fans by wrapped up a £2m deal for not-particularly-impressive ex-Pompey forward Frederic Piquionne.

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