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Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan 1:43 Tue Jan 21
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BBC

Inter Milan will offer Tottenham £12.8m plus add-ons to sign Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, this month. (Guardian)

Tottenham will only allow Eriksen - whose contract runs out in the summer - to leave in January if Inter pay £17m. (Mail)

Manchester United are lining up a £43m bid for Lyon's French forward Moussa Dembele, following Marcus Rashford's back injury. (Foot Mercato, via Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool is the "preferred goal" for RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner, 23, who wants to play in the Premier League. (Bild, via Sport Witness)

Manchester United would have to pay a significant transfer fee for Paris St-Germain and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32, this month rather than land him on loan - but the player is open to a January move. (Manchester Evening News)

Sporting Lisbon assistant coach Emanuel Ferro has played down the prospect of Portugal's 25-year-old midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who has been linked with Manchester United, leaving the club in January. (A Bola, via Mirror)

Manchester United are lining up Inter Milan and Uruguay midfielder Matias Vecino, 28, as a possible alternative to signing Fernandes. (Sky Italy, via Mirror)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has told the club he is willing to stay for the rest of the season, with no club willing to match the Selhurst Park side's £80m valuation of the Ivory Coast international. (Mail)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants the League Cup scrapped to help ease the fixture congestion in English football. (Guardian)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job is safe even if the club fail to qualify to play in Europe next season. (Sun)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the Gunners "lost our soul" when they left Highbury for the Emirates Stadium. (Evening Standard)

Everton have rejected two offers for English defender Mason Holgate, with Newcastle United, Bournemouth and Sheffield United among the teams interested in the 23-year-old. (Football Insider)

Holgate is in line for an England call-up after boss Gareth Southgate and his staff have watched the Everton defender in his last three games. (Mirror)

Inter Milan are closing in on a loan deal for Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses, 29, to reunite him with former boss Antonio Conte. Fenerbahce, the club at which the Nigeria international is currently on loan, will not stand in the player's way. (Mail)

Liverpool are not willing to let Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 28, leave the club this month amid interest from Roma. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are preparing to make a bid for Sheffield United's English defender Jack O'Connell, 25, and he is seen by Spurs as being a long-term replacement for Belgium international Jan Vertonghen, 32. (Star)

Manchester United have admitted defeat to Real Madrid over signing Ajax's Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, 22. (Star)

Spanish side Celta Vigo have been in contact with Southampton over a move for midfielder Oriol Romeu but the Saints do not want to let the 28-year-old Spaniard leave. (Southern Daily Echo)

Ex-Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has warned United not to rush striker Marcus Rashford, 22, back to action too quickly following his back injury. (Manchester Evening News)

Bournemouth are interested in a deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jacob Bruun Larsen, 21, but Cherries boss Eddie Howe says no new arrivals are due imminently. (Daily Echo)

Newcastle United are still hoping to sign Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen but are unimpressed with the Championship club's valuation of the player which is in excess of £20m. (Telegraph)

Leicester City have been linked with a move for Fenerbahce and Germany attacker Max Kruse, 31. (Haber Global, via Leicester Mercury)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is hopeful of sealing a deal for Inter Milan and Austria winger Valentino Lazaro, 23, in time for the weekend. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Wolves are interested in signing Dinamo Zagreb and Spain midfielder Dani Olmo, 21, in the January transfer window and are willing to pay up to 25m euros (£21.3m)(Sportske Novosti, via Calcio Mercato)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is expecting to sign 18-year-old Scottish winger Scott Banks from Dundee United in the next few days. (Football.London)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

Mikel Arteta isn’t anticipating major transfer activity involving Arsenal this month, but Barcelona have other ideas. The Spanish champions are keen to kickstart the Quique Setién era with a headline signing up front and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be just the man. With the injured Luis Suárez possibly on the move in the summer, the Express reckons Aubameyang’s desire for Champions League football might be decisive in prising him to the Camp Nou from the Europa League perennials.

Currently frustrated in their attempts to get a deal for the Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes over the line, Manchester United have scanned the rumourmongers and gossip rags for another oft-mentioned name and decided Lyon’s Moussa Dembélé could be the man to provide much-needed firepower up top. FootMercato suggests United are lining up a £43m bid for the former Celtic forward in an attempt to silence Gary Neville’s carping about the state of their squad-building. They also have a plan B lined up for a midfielder as hopes fade of securing Fernandes, in the form of Internazionale’s Matias Vecino. The 28-year-old Uruguay international has played 17 times for Inter this season but is not considered a first-choice by Antonio Conte, and could be ripe for plucking by Ole Gunnar Solskjær, reports the Mirror, though much may depend on Inter getting that pesky Christian Eriksen deal done.

Away from the Eriksen saga, Tottenham like the look of Sheffield United’s Jack O’Connell. The 25-year-old has impressed in Chris Wilder’s funky defensive formation this season, having moved through the divisions with the Blades, but he is out of contract in the summer and Spurs think he could be the man to replace Jan Vertonghen in the heart of their defence, according to the Daily Star. United may also have to fend off interest from Arsenal in their midfielders John Fleck and George Baldock come the summer.

Wolves have been quiet during this window but you can’t keep a good agent down and Jorge Mendes has been told by Nuno Espírito Santo to get busy with trying to bring in Olympiakos’s Portuguese forward Daniel Podence to the Black Country. Podence scored for the Greek side in their Champions League draw with Spurs earlier in the season and Wolves are reportedly closing on a £20m deal. Wolves have also been linked with another Greece-based forward, the AEK Athens striker Nelson Oliveira, as they look to reinforce their squad during their 1,000-game season.

At the foot of the Premier League Bournemouth need something, anything, to arrest their slump and, though Eddie Howe is downplaying reports of major January transfer activity, the local Daily Echo believes the Cherries are interested in a securing the Borussia Dortmund winger Jacob Bruun Larsen on a loan deal.

And you just can’t keep Inter out of this column, with the latest reported item on the merry-go-round being their winger Valentino Lazaro, 23, in whom Newcastle are reportedly interested. Lazaro’s agent was on Tyneside at the weekend and the Newcastle Chronicle suggests a deal could be done in the next 24-48 hours. Newcastle are finding it rather harder to prise Jarrod Bowen from Hull though, the Championship club’s £20m-plus asking price proving a sticking point.







Evening Standard

West Ham offered AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie with David Moyes keen to bolster midfield options

Simon Collings



West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Franck Kessie from AC Milan as David Moyes looks to bolster his midfield options in the final 10 days of the transfer window.

Moyes wants to add steel to the West Ham squad before next week’s deadline and Kessie is available on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international, who has previously been linked with Arsenal and other Premier League clubs, has caught the eye in Serie A this season.

Kessie is keen on a move to England and intermediaries have been sounding out sides in England, including West Ham, to see if a deal is conceivable.

The Hammers are targeting a central midfielder as one of their priorities this month and are now considering the 23-year-old as a possible addition to the squad.

New boss Moyes is keen to strengthen his options alongside Mark Noble and Declan Rice, with Jack Wilshere struggling for fitness and Carlos Sanchez out of favour.

West Ham considered a move for Gedson Fernandes before he joined Tottenham on loan last week, while Stoke’s Joe Allen and Genk’s Sander Benge are also among their targets.





Transfer Tavern

Simon Jordan criticises Hammers owners in TalkSPORT rant

By Stephan Georgiou

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has criticised those currently in control of West Ham United, following the passing of 10 years since the arrival of businessmen David Sullivan and David Gold in east London.

The Hammers have seen their club move from their Upton Park home to the London Stadium in Stratford during that time – a decision which Jordan bemoaned the handling of, while noting his dislike of Gold when describing their relationship throughout their years in football. Speaking on TalkSPORT, Jordan showed sympathy for the West Ham faithful as he spoke about their current owners in less than glowing terms.

He said: “I’ve had many a scrape over the years with Sullivan and Gold. I don’t mind David Sullivan, I don’t particularly like David Gold – I think that their knowledge of football isn’t that great and I think their attitude towards Birmingham was one thing and their rocking-up at West Ham was another.

“They made themselves look silly in the past when they’ve said they’re going to spend money and they haven’t, they’ve not managed the relationship with the fans the way they should do because there was a big move to the Olympic Stadium and the fans didn’t like it and they needed to have handled it better.”

Fans have illustrated the apparent discord between the supporters and the club’s owners. They recently slammed David Gold’s recent comments about the move to the London Stadium, while there has long been a feeling of discontent surrounding what Gold had described as ‘the best thing we’ve ever done’.

A protest against the owners took place at the weekend, which hardly suggests things are well at the club, and with West Ham’s stadium move failing to usher in a period of success, it is easy to see why so many fans are disgruntled. Having not reached the heights of their last season at Upton Park which brought European football, it seems there is some way to go before the supporters change their feelings about playing at the London Stadium.

And with the club far from safe in the Premier League, it seems the owners have plenty to answer for.



Foot01 (Translation)

Payet in West Ham, the transfer window is crazy like Aldridge?

Last week, Jacques-Henri Eyraud formalized in the columns of The Team the arrival of Paul Aldridge, his new special adviser.

Officially, the former sporting director of Manchester City or even Leicester is there to bring his expertise to the level of the English market, and to develop the "fan experience" of OM in Great Britain. But unofficially, it is rumored that Paul Aldridge’s # 1 mission will be to sell several Olympians for gold in the Premier League next summer. Dimitri Payet, flagship player of Marseille this season, can he be concerned by the future bloodletting awaiting OM in the transfer window? This is not impossible according to La Provence, which indicates in any case that the appointment of Aldridge in Marseille gave birth to fantasies among supporters of West Ham ...

Aldridge has real connections born out of his twenty-year journey in the various English stables where he has officiated. He collaborated with the tycoon Milan Mandaric, keeps close ties with West Ham where supporters are already expecting multiple rumors around the Olympians, some even fantasizing about an improbable comeback of Dimitri Payet "writes the regional daily, for which the good relations between Paul Aldridge and the leaders of West Ham could possibly facilitate a deal between OM and the Hammers in the future. It would nevertheless be very surprising that Dimitri Payet, who went to clash to leave London and join Marseille in early 2017, would be concerned…




C&H

Hammers deny 31 year old midfielder is a target

Speculation that David Moyes is trying to bring in Steve Nzonzi from Roma was described this morning as “virtually certain NOT to be the case.”

The report appears in The Sun where journalist Alan Nixon claims the midfielder can move on loan from Roma who are currently fielding offers for the 31 year old with the Hammers leading the way.

However, Moyes – despite having been an admirer in the past – is highly unlikely to move tfor the player with the chances of it happening rated as no more than 5 per cent.

The French intermational has made 195 starts in the Premier League and has played in has played in Spain, Italy and Turkey since starting his career with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.

Aston Villa have also shown an interest recently and he seems far more likely to end up in their claret and view than ours.

We were told by e mail from inside the London Stadium: “It’s barely a starter – no higher than fve per cent chance – the manager wants younger players. That’s virtually certain not to be the case.”



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Takashi Miike 11:28 Tue Jan 21
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Thanks Alan

eusebiovic 5:30 Tue Jan 21
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Texas Iron 4:26 Tue Jan 21
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Cheers...

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ted fenton 2:13 Tue Jan 21

ted fenton 2:13 Tue Jan 21
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Thanks Alan 1:45 Tue Jan 21

Alan 1:54 Tue Jan 21
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Simon Jordan rant added.

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:46 Tue Jan 21
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THanks Alan

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