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Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan 1:26 Sat Jan 27
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Real Madrid want Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager and have made an approach for the Tottenham boss. (Mail)

Spurs are close to completing a £21.9m deal to sign Paris St-Germain's 25-year-old Brazil winger Lucas Moura. (RMC Sport - in French)

Manchester City have agreed a club-record £57m deal to sign Athletic Bilbao's 23-year-old French centre-back Aymeric Laporte. (Guardian)

Real Madrid are planning to buy Chelsea's 27-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard, Tottenham's 24-year-old England striker Harry Kane and Manchester United's 27-year-old Spain goalkeeper David de Gea this summer. (Mail)

Arsenal have made a part-exchange bid of £10m plus 32-year-old France right-back Mathieu Debuchy for West Brom's 30-year-old Northern Ireland centre-back Jonny Evans. (Star)

The Gunners will have to bid over £25m if they want to sign Evans from the Baggies. (Sun)

West Brom boss Alan Pardew says clubs interested in Evans will get a "nicer" response if they get in touch at the weekend rather than making contact closer to transfer deadline day on Wednesday. (Telegraph)

Newcastle have had a new £15m bid rejected for Feyenoord's 27-year-old Denmark striker Nicolai Jorgensen. (Sky Sports)

The Dutch club have told the Magpies they will have to pay at least 25m euros (£21.9m) to sign the Dane. (Northern Echo)

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez says Aleksandar Mitrovic will not be sold to a Premier League club. Brighton are understood to have already made a bid for the 23-year-old Serbia striker. (Telegraph)

West Ham manager David Moyes will try to sign Watford striker Troy Deeney, 29, if he fails to get Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, 28. (Sun)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he cannot assure Sturridge of more first-team football if he stays with the Anfield outfit. (Guardian)

Former Everton and Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is in talks with the Dutch FA about becoming Netherlands manager. (VI - in Dutch)

Juventus are interested in signing Manchester United's 28-year-old Italy full-back Matteo Darmian. (Sun)

Chelsea will look elsewhere if a deal for Roma's 31-year-old Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko is not reached by the end of the weekend. (Telegraph)

Brighton have had a £1.5m bid for Luton right-back James Justin, 19, accepted by the League Two club. (Sun)

Fulham's 27-year-old captain Tom Cairney wants to move to West Ham but his club are refusing to sell. The Hammers are reportedly ready to pay £15m for the Scotland midfielder. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa have joined Hull City in the battle to sign Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna. The Tigers have already had three bids rejected for the 21-year-old Scot. (Scottish Sun)

Sunderland have expressed an interest in signing Middlesbrough's 39-year-old Greek goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos. Leeds' Andy Lonergan, 34, is also an option for the Black Cats. (Northern Echo)

Tim Cahill may have been offered a contract by Millwall but Nottingham Forest are also said to be interested in signing the 38-year-old Australia midfielder. (Sky Sports)

Relations between Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and key transfer negotiator Marina Granovskaia have become so strained that the pair have been communicating through a third party - former Blues keeper Carlo Cudicini. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has suggested that being a long-term manager at the Stamford Bridge club is not possible. (Guardian)

The FA is concerned that match-fixers are targeting women's football after observing a significant increase in bets placed on Women's Super League matches. (Times - subscription required)

Former Liverpool striker John Toshack says Reds manager Jurgen Klopp's job could be in danger unless he starts winning trophies at the club. (Express)
Best of Friday's gossip

Real Madrid are set to turn their attentions to Chelsea's Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard, 27, as Paris St-Germain say a deal for forward Neymar is "impossible." (Telegraph)

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal is keeping an eye on Sporting's 22-year-old Portuguese midfielder Joao Palhinha, 22. (Record - in Portuguese)

Former England striker Darren Bent, 33, is set to join Burton Albion on loan from Derby County. (Derby Telegraph)

Newcastle will resist West Ham's attempt to sign English midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 25, as the Magpies target three more signings. (Newcastle Chronicle)







Sport Witness

Player wants to sign for West Ham, board want him, but David Moyes is dithering again

Whilst at Everton David Moyes gained a reputation for dithering on transfers.

‘Dithering Dave’, according to the perception, repeatedly struggled to make his mind up about who he wanted to bring in, and that led to a lot of the club’s transfers happening right at the end of windows.

It seemed to continue when Moyes moved to Manchester United, with the Marouane Fellaini situation being an example of that. Fellaini had a release clause at Everton but it was only valid until a certain point in the window, and with Moyes not sure he wanted the player, that date passed and Manchester United were forced to pay a higher price.

On Friday we covered a report from Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad which stated West Ham’s interest in Leander Dendoncker was fading. The midfielder was said to no longer be a priority from Moyes, who had been left concerned by a recent unfavourable scouting report.

Another Belgian newspaper, HLN, now backs that up. It’s claimed West Ham have been informed Dendoncker would like the move to London, and the club’s board and scout Tony Henry are also said to be keen: ‘Only manager David Moyes, an eternal doubter, continues to have reservations.’

West Ham are said to have been informed, by a good source, that Anderlecht want €25m but the Premier League club hope to get the player for less. That’s quite possible, especially after Het Nieuwsblad on Friday said Everton could get Dendoncker for as little as €15m if they agreed to loan him back for the rest of the season.

Anderlecht have been all over the place on price, there’s been so many asking prices leaked to the Belgian media, both through briefing and direct quotes, that their bargaining position looks quite shaky.

If nobody else comes in, and HLN talk down Everton but bring in Watford and Stoke City, this could be a deadline day swoop should Dithering Dave make his mind up positively.





Evening Standard

Injuries have hurt West Ham, but David Moyes has good backup for the FA Cup

Danny Murphy

I said last week that West Ham will stay up comfortably if they keep Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini fit - and losing them both to injury at the same time is going to hurt them.

But they have got other players who are more than capable of getting goals.

People like Andre Ayew and Javier Hernandez are good players, earning good money.

They both have an opportunity now and Ayew especially has shown he is capable of getting goals when he is fit and playing well

Ayew and Hernandez have not looked as fit as they can be at times.

That is partly lack of games but they have an opportunity now in a team with a bit of a spring in its step.

West Ham got away with it at Shrewsbury in the last round. They were awful and should have lost the game.

They cannot go into this game against Wigan and be that lacklustre because if they do that again, then I cannot see them getting away with it this time.




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