PEL­LE­GRINI PAL IS NEW WEST HAM TRANS­FER CHIEF

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WEST HAM yes­ter­day named Mario Husil­los as their new direc­tor of foot­ball and handed the 59-year-old Argentine full con­trol of player re­cruit­ment. The move is a vic­tory for man­ager Manuel Pel­le­grini, who is close to Husil­los af­ter the two worked to­gether at Malaga. Co-chair­man David Sul­li­van, who has long been in charge of transfers, will now take a back seat af­ter Husil­los signed a three-year con­tract. Joe Hart, on loan at West Ham last sea­son, is at­tract­ing in­ter­est from French club Nice. Manch­ester City are will­ing to sell the keeper in a cut­price deal. West Ham are in talks with Toulouse over a £26mil­lion move for de­fender Issa Diop and a deal worth up to £20m for Swansea’s Al­fie Maw­son.

WEST BROM will re­ject a £25m dou­ble bid from Burn­ley for Jay Ro­driguez (right) and Craig Dawson. Al­bion ex­pect to lose a num­ber of play­ers, but hope to sell for a bet­ter price. They have also turned down a £4m bid from Stoke for James McClean. Salomon Ron­don can leave for his buy-out clause of £16.5m, with New­cas­tle favourites.

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