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Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham

Alan 12:36 Fri Jan 13
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal, rivals of Cristiano Ronaldo's new club Al Nassr, are targeting 35-year-old Argentina and Paris St-Germain forward Lionel Messi in a $300m-per-year (£245.9m) deal. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Arsenal are back in for Juventus and Serbia striker Dusan Vlahovic, 22, who is valued at 110m euros (£97.7m) (La Repubblica - in Italian)

The Gunners have submitted a new bid for Shakhtar Donetsk's Ukrainian winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, 22, with a deal moving closer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Chelsea are considering making a bid for Brighton and Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, 21, following their frustrations in trying to sign Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez, 21, from Benfica. (Guardian)

Tottenham are interested in signing Belgium winger Leandro Trossard, 28, from Brighton. (Evening Standard)

Clubs in Spain, France, Germany and Italy are monitoring the situation of Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 28, after he lost his regular place in the Manchester City side. (Telegraph)
Wolves have had a bid accepted for Paris St-Germain and Spain midfielder Pablo Sarabia, 30. (AS - in Spanish)

Southampton could move for Luton Town's English right-back James Bree, 25, as they look to sign a full-back this month. (Athletic - subscription required)

Leeds United's deal for French Hoffenheim striker Georginio Rutter, 20, will be around £35m - a club record fee. (Sky Sports)

Nottingham Forest are closing in on the £16m signing of 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Danilo from Palmeiras. (Telegraph- subscription required)

Everton are looking to sign two forwards this month. (Football Insider)Manchester United and Sweden winger Anthony Elanga is one of the players Everton are targeting and want the 20-year-old on an initial loan deal. (Mail)

Besiktas are interested in Wolves and Mexico striker Raul Jimenez, 31, as a replacement for outgoing Dutch forward Wout Weghorst, 30, who is set to join Manchester United. (Fotospor, via Metro)

Wolves have activated the clause worth £44.4m to make 23-year-old Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha's loan deal from Atletico Madrid into a permanent move. (Fabrizio Romano)

Brentford have made an offer to Antalyaspor to sign United States forward Haji Wright, 24. (Tom Bogert)

Bournemouth are confident of re-signing the Netherlands midfielder Arnaut Danjuma, 25, from Villarreal amid reported interested from Everton. (Athletic - subscription required)

Germany striker Youssoufa Moukoko had been linked with Newcastle United but the 18-year-old is now set to sign a new contract with Borussia Dortmund after a breakthrough in negotiations. (Sky Germany)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Will Magee

As January rolls on depressingly, so too does Saudi Arabia’s efforts to buy the concept of sport. Having lured Cristiano Ronaldo to Al Nassr with a massive amount of money the promise of “a new challenge”, the kingdom has now set its sights on Lionel Messi. Already a tourism ambassador for the country – and, as such, unlikely to be swayed by pesky moral objections over human rights and sportswashing – Messi is wanted by Al Nassr’s Riyadh rivals, Al Hilal. With Saudi Arabia expected to bid for the 2030 World Cup alongside Greece and Egypt, signing Messi would be a PR coup that, according to Mundo Deportivo, Al Hilal and their backers would value at around $300m a year.

Al Hilal are keen to sign Messi this month, though whether his current employers, Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain, would be happy to let one of their superstars leave six months before the end of his contract is another question. PSG will play a friendly against a team made up of players from Al Nassr and Al Hilal next week, so they can always thrash out the details then. The French league leaders could lose another player before the month is out, with Wolves keen on Pablo Sarabia. He has worked with Julen Lopetegui before, most notably with Spain’s youth teams, and with 18 months left on his contract he should be relatively affordable.

Moving on to a former PSG player, Lucas Moura looks destined to leave Tottenham on a free transfer in the summer after the club declined to trigger an option to extend his contract by another year. They are interested in Leandro Trossard as a potential replacement, though Brighton would rather keep their squad together this month as they chase the dream of European football.

Meandering down the south coast, Southampton are considering a move for James Bree, the Luton Town defender, after Tino Livramento suffered a setback in his return from an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Nathan Jones knows Bree well from their time together at Kenilworth Road, though he has also been credited with an interest in Celtic’s Josip Juranovic.

Rounding off the Premier League’s south coast trifecta, Bournemouth may look to re-sign Arnaut Danjuma. While his first spell at the Vitality Stadium was a mixed bag, he has since gone on to impress for Villarreal in La Liga. He has previously expressed his willingness to return to England, which bodes well. Given his familiarity with the club, Bournemouth are confident of securing an initial loan until the end of the season with a view to a potential extension.

The outlook is less positive for clubs interested in Youssoufa Moukoko, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Newcastle reportedly among them. According to Sky Germany, there has been a breakthrough in his contract talks with Borussia Dortmund and he could now stay at the Westfalenstadion. He is in line for a new four-year contract, which should dampen speculation over his future. Until the summer, that is.

Sky Paper Talk


Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk have reportedly come to an agreement on the fee for Mykhailo Mudryk with talks now entering the 'final stage'.

Manchester United will block any request made by Nottingham Forest to play loanee Dean Henderson in their two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final.

Barcelona star Memphis Depay has an offer on the table to join Newcastle, according to reports in Spain.

Southampton manager Nathan Jones is ready to raid his old club Luton for defender James Bree.

Nottingham Forest are interested in bringing Ben Brereton Diaz back to the club and sending Emmanuel Dennis to Blackburn on loan in return.


Joao Cancelo's spell on Manchester City's bench has sparked interest from European clubs, who will monitor whether the Portugal full-back will be available in the transfer market this summer.

Manchester United will have to qualify for the Champions League and raise significant money through player sales if Erik ten Hag is to sign the midfielder and striker he wants this summer - even if the Glazers sell the club.

Chelsea are considering a move for highly-rated Real Madrid defender Rafa Marin, who could be available for a knockdown price this summer.

Julen Lopetegui is facing a Football Association investigation after allegedly confronting Morgan Gibbs-White in the stormy scenes that followed his Wolverhampton Wanderers side's League Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest.


Lionel Messi is being eyed up by Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal in a deal worth £245m per year.

Everton are interested in signing Lille forward Timothy Weah.

Wolves are in talks to sign Pablo Sarabia from Paris Saint-Germain.

Liverpool target Sofyan Amrabat wants to join Atletico Madrid.

Fulham are pushing to sign Rennes captain Hamari Traore.

Tottenham's bid to sign Sporting Lisbon star Pedro Porro could be sabotaged by two of Spurs' own players, according to reports.

Bournemouth are keen on re-signing their ex-forward Arnaut Danjuma from Villarreal - but face competition.


Darwin Nunez was a notable absentee from Liverpool training on Thursday and could miss the trip to Brighton this weekend.

Chelsea could face the prospect of having to play at Wembley for five years as they look at plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge.

Everton are to step up their pursuit of out-of-favour Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga.

Everton striker Ellis Simms could be heading back to Sunderland this month.


Mykhailo Mudryk has given the clearest indication yet he is joining Arsenal in another social media post.

Mario Lemina is closing in on a move to Wolves after the Premier League strugglers agreed a £9m fee with Nice for the midfielder.

Manchester United have been presented with a raft of stadium expansion options - which include the demolition of Old Trafford and building of a brand new home.

West Ham retain an interest in Lorient forward Terem Moffi but believe a deal would be beyond their budget this month.

Everton, Fulham, Brighton and Sevilla are reportedly among the clubs keeping a close eye on USA star Timothy Weah this month after he impressed at the World Cup.

Joao Felix's red card against Fulham is set to cost Chelsea a huge £2.1m after he joined the Blues on Wednesday.


Sporting Lisbon are maintaining that Pedro Porro will only be allowed to leave the Portuguese side if a club pays his €45m (£39.9m) release clause.

Nottingham Forest have agreed a fee of €20m (£17.8m) for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo - and he will arrive in England for a medical this weekend.


World Cup television crews were ordered to show FIFA president Gianni Infantino at least once during matches in Qatar and to ensure he was not pictured while on his mobile phone.

Chelsea's new signing David Datro Fofana is at the centre of a court case involving his former club Molde in Norway over the proceeds of his transfer.

Ilkay Gundogan accused his Manchester City team-mates of lacking hunger and desire before what he predicts will be one of the toughest derbies in years.

Steve Smith is set to play in the County Championship at the start of the season as preparation for the summer's Ashes series and is in negotiations with a number of counties including Sussex.


Chelsea are lining up a move for Brighton's Moises Caicedo after encountering frustration in attempts to bolster their midfield by signing Benfica's Enzo Fernandez.

A Saudi Arabian businessman is leading bidding to watch the latest chapter in Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's celebrated rivalry with a 10m riyals (£2.2m) offer for a ticket to next Thursday's friendly.

An investigation has been launched after millions of dollars reportedly went missing from an account belonging to eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt.


Reported Rangers target Dion Sanderson has left Birmingham City reeling as an injury has left boss John Eustace urging "caution" over the Wolves loanee.

Celtic are one of three clubs interested in Polish forward Szymon Wlodarczyk.


Celtic's South Korean signing target Gue-Sung Cho has opened up on his dream - to play in the English Premier League.

Rangers have been heavily linked with a move for Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell this month.


West Ham are interested in Lorient star Terem Moffi but might have to wait until the summer to sign the Nigerian striker... with the Hammers believing his £25m valuation is beyond their budget for January

West Ham are interested in recruiting Nigerian forward Terem Moffi from Lorient 
The Hammers though believe that his £25m valuation is beyond their budget
They might have to wait until the Summer window before they can make a move 

By Simon Jones

West Ham might have to wait until the summer to sign Lorient forward Terem Moffi.

As previously reported, the Hammers have asked about the availability of the 23-year-old Nigerian, as David Moyes looks to strengthen his team in what has been a difficult season so far. 

French side Lorient have set an asking price of £25million for the player who has scored ten goals in 14 games this season.

The Hammers believe this is beyond their budget for the January transfer window, meaning that while they retain an interest in the forward, it looks like they will have to wait to try and bring him to the London Stadium.

Moffi left Nigeria and moved to England to join the Buckswood Football Academy in Hastings at the age of 17.

He then took his talents to Lithuania where he played for Kauno Zalgiris and Riteriai. 

Moffi then had a short spell at Belgian side Kortrijk before joining Lorient in October 2020.

West Ham are unable to spend big after their hefty spree during the summer window, in which they forked out big money for the likes of Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta.

Média Foot

Two English clubs land on Ouattara (Lorient)

Stunning with Lorient, Dango Ouattara is of interest to English clubs in this winter transfer window.

According to our information, two of them are taking action behind the scenes to attempt an operation.

FC Lorient is having an extraordinary season. Under the control of Régis Le Bris, Les Merlus are still in the lead, even if Enzo Le Fée's teammates are having some difficulty maintaining the frantic pace of the start of the season. But the Bretons are hanging on, like the draw obtained against Monaco (2-2). With, once again, a very good Dango Ouattara. With 6 goals and 6 assists in 17 games, the Burkina Faso striker is having an incredible season.

Everton and West Ham arrive

Dango Ouattara's performance clearly does not go unnoticed. Especially in England. According to our information, two Premier League clubs have already moved behind the scenes. These are Everton and West Ham. Two teams that have just gone on the attack to consider a transfer. Under contract with Lorient until June 2024, the Lorientais is a perfect candidate for departure. At only 20 years old, his potential is obvious and makes England salivate. An opportunity to sell it this winter, at a very good price (more than 10 million euros), could arise...

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