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Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
30%
  
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
52%
  
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
16%
  
d. I'm not sure about this one, I'll wait until SKY is back to hear what Gary Neville thinks, then I'll voice my opinion
2%
  



Alan 12:58 Wed Dec 13
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Chelsea are lining up an £80m bid for Monaco's France international forward Thomas Lemar, 22, who was also the subject of interest from Liverpool and Arsenal in August. (L'Equipe, via Daily Mail)

West Ham boss David Moyes is considering a January move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25. (Guardian)

Juventus defender Alex Sandro, 26 a target for Manchester United, has told the Italian club he wishes to leave, but the Brazil international's preferred destination is Chelsea in January. (Sun)

Long-term Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann, 26, is set to leave Atletico Madrid for Barcelona in the summer. (Independent)

Arsenal have already agreed a £35.3m deal to sign Sevilla's 28-year-old anchorman Steven Nzonzi in January. (Gol via Daily Mirror)

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has promised fans "two or three" signings during next month's transfer window. (London Evening Standard)

One of those new additions could be Reading defender Liam Moore. The Hammers ran the rule over the 24-year-old in Monday's draw with Cardiff. (Mirror)

Pep Guardiola believes he may have to sign a defender in the January transfer window or Manchester City could be "in trouble". (Guardian)

Tottenham and Everton have joined the list of clubs keeping a watching brief on Hamburg's 17-year-old striker Jann-Fiete Arp, the first player born in the 21st century to score in the Bundesliga. (Mirror)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are tracking Hoffenheim and Germany under-21 midfielder Nadiem Amiri. (Sun)

Bayer Leverkusen have rebuffed a £22m move from Chelsea for 20-year-old Jamaican winger Leon Bailey in next month's transfer window. (Daily Mail)

Paris St-Germain full-back Thomas Meunier, 26, linked with a transfer to Manchester United in recent months, has hinted on Twitter that he would welcome a move to Old Trafford. (Daily Express)

West Brom manager Alan Pardew will meet with technical director Nick Hammond later this week to discuss the club's strategy for the January transfer window, which could include a loan move for Liverpool's fit-again striker Danny Ings, 25. (Daily Telegraph)

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has suggested that striker Lewis Grabban, 29, currently on a season-long loan at Sunderland, may be allowed to leave the Cherries on a permanent basis if it is the "right decision" for all parties, with Aston Villa and Wolves thought to be interested. (Birmingham Mail)

Former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu, 23, could move from Barcelona to Napoli on loan after failing to tie down a regular first-team place at the Nou Camp. (Rai Sport via Talksport)

Barcelona are closing in on a deal for Palmeiras' 23-year-old Colombia defender Yerry Mina, who they see as a replacement for 33-year-old Javier Mascherano. (AS - in Spanish)

Reading have targeted Cardiff full-back Declan John, currently on a season-long loan at Rangers. The Scottish side are keen to keep the 22-year-old Wales international on a long-term basis and Leeds have also expressed interest. (WalesOnline)

Meanwhile...

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has told his Everton players that "Christmas is cancelled" and will instead offer his squad a party in the new year if they improve their position in the league. (Mirror)

Lazio fans have attempted to take revenge on a referee who sent off striker Ciro Immobile in Monday's defeat by Torino by posting fake negative online reviews of a café he used to own. (Football Italia)

Aston Villa centre-back John Terry has posted pictures of a family game of Monopoly taking place on a personalised leather and gold board. (Sun)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has branded Pep Guardiola 'immature' in a renewed attack on the Manchester City coach, whom he has previously labelled a 'spineless coward'. The pair fell out during their time at Barcelona. (Manchester Evening News)

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings, who has not played since September, targets better fortune in 2018.

Charlton players will be disciplined by boss Karl Robinson after they posted images of their Christmas party on social media hours after the defeat by Portsmouth. (London Evening Standard)

Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon, 23, has returned to training with Fulham after breaking his leg against Leeds in August. (GetWestLondon)

Best of Tuesday's gossip

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 31, has revealed he will consider leaving the Emirates to boost his chances of being selected in France's World Cup squad. Everton and West Ham have been linked. (Sun)

However Arsene Wenger insists Giroud will not be sold in January as he looks to give the striker more Premier League minutes, (Independent)

Arsenal are making one last push to keep Mesut Ozil with the club still hoping a new round of negotiations could persuade the 29-year-old playmaker to stay, despite interest from Barcelona and Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid could yet decide to move for Chelsea's Belgium international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25. (Sun)

Real, frequently linked with Manchester United's David de Gea, also expect to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 23, in January with an offer of 25m euros being made as soon as the transfer window opens. (Marca)





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Nick Ames

Chelsea are, according to Antonio Conte, very tired and need some help. They did not show it at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night but perhaps Conte just meant they required something to set tongues wagging on the long schlep home. In which case, the chatter at the back of the bus would have been thus: the champions-for-not-much-longer have entered the race for our old friend from the summer, Thomas Lemar. It appears Monaco will have to part with one of their few remaining stars of last season sooner rather than later; the question is whether they can fend off the longer-term interests of Arsenal and Liverpool, who will almost certainly be back in.

It being almost January, though, there are irons smouldering away in roaring fires. Chelsea’s pursuit of a wide man has also taken in the Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, with an opening bid apparently being rejected. Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona are others keeping their eyes on the situation.

Another young buck from the German leagues is also turning heads. Nadiem Amiri is a 21-year-old midfielder from Hoffenheim who United, Liverpool and Tottenham all feel can add that special something. And hold on, there’s another – people might just be catching on to this Bundesliga lark. Spurs and Everton would both love to give the 17-year-old Hamburg striker Jann-Fiete Arp a go, which might depend on just how much he fancies next season’s Checkatrade Trophy.

It’s not all one-way traffic, though: Reece Oxford, who made the first start of his loan from West Ham United to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the defeat at Freiburg, has apparently done enough to nail down a £6m permanent move. The Gladbach sporting director, Max Eberl, would welcome that, calling Oxford a “top lad” and believing he has a glittering future.

Talking of the future, there is a succession plan at Arsenal! No, not that one – they have an idea about how to fill the right-back position if and when fashion icon Héctor Bellerín hot-foots it back to Barcelona. The plan? It’s to replace him seamlessly with Udinese’s Swiss star Silvan Widmer.

Down in the regions of the Premier League that demand Instant Results, Alan Pardew would enjoy working with Danny Ings at West Bromwich Albion if you twisted his arm. But there are doubts over the future of expensive loanee Grzegorz Krychowiak, who may yet be sent back to PSG in order to fund reinforcements closer to the new manager’s liking.

As Football League sides scurry to snap up bit-part players from higher up there is every chance that Scott McTominay, the Manchester United midfielder, will end up on loan at Leeds, Preston or Bolton. And in news from overseas, the out-of-favour Javier Mascherano could leave Barcelona for his first club, River Plate – although the chances of Hebei China Fortune offering a more appropriate sum see rather higher.







Guardian

Jack Wilshere a January transfer target for West Ham, says David Moyes
• ‘Jack Wilshere would be someone who we’d have to look at,’ says Moyes
• ‘Transfer window could be the difference between relegation and staying up’

Paul MacInnes

David Moyes has declared an interest in Jack Wilshere as West Ham United prepare for a transfer window he believes will be key to them avoiding relegation. Wilshere is likely to be on the Arsenal bench at West Ham on Wednesday night but his future remains unclear as he fights to earn a new contract at the Emirates and a place in England’s World Cup squad. Moyes, who is looking to build on Saturday’s shock win over Chelsea, regards the right January additions as being crucial to staying up.

“You’d hope that if you took a player from another Premier League club it’d be much easier for him to go right into the team and play well,” the West Ham manager said. “Jack Wilshere would be someone who we’d have to look at if he was available.

“I do believe the transfer window could be the difference between relegation and staying up. If we can get the right players, that’s the big part of it.

“I also want to make sure we’re looking at players who’ve got time and who can be at the club for a long period and not just in for a short period. Then there’s also the short-term fix for me which is, how do we get enough wins between now and the end of the season? There’s a balance between that.”

Moyes also sang the praises of Wilshere’s team-mate Aaron Ramsey, reiterated that he had come close to signing the Welshman for Everton. He said the practice of signing up-and-coming players had worked well during his time on Merseyside and he would like to be able to repeat such a strategy, but that it would be viable only as a longer-term approach.

“I had him in my house,” Moyes said of Ramsey. “I think I had his parents in my house as well. He was coming from Cardiff and I was really trying to get him. But that was a long time ago. At that time we were always chasing the best talent, the best young and up-and-coming talent. Aaron Ramsey was certainly one of those.

“I would be interested in trying something similar here. But for that strategy you need time and the spectrum in football has changed a little bit. At Everton Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka took nearly six months to break into the team. Sometimes you buy these players for a little way down the line.

“This is a window where it might not be that type of player because we need somebody who can hit the ground running. I don’t know if that’s easier said than done.

“You tend to find the clubs at our end of the league are desperate to get a couple of players who can make a difference. The teams at the top end are looking for a bit of cover or something a bit extra to make sure that they don’t run out of players if they have any injuries. So you’re just never quite sure in January what players are available.”





Mirror

West Ham keeping tabs on Reading's Liam Moore as David Moyes looks to strengthen defence January

The 24-year-old has been a regular for the Royals' and it is thought David Moyes could be tempted to make a move for him in the transfer window

By Adrian Kajumba


Reading's Liam Moore has attracted the interest of West Ham (Image: Getty Images)

West Ham have made a fresh check on Reading’s Liam Moore.

The Hammers ran the rule over Moore in the Royals’ 2-2 draw with promotion chasing Cardiff on Monday.

Boss David Moyes is eyeing up to two new centre-backs in January and Moore is one stopper in his sights.

The 24 year-old has impressed since joining Reading from Leicester in August 2016, flourished under manager and former centre-back Jaap Stam and was rewarded for his form with a new four-year deal this summer.

Celtic are also keen on Moore but his suitors will face a fight to prise him out of Reading.

Stam said: “Let me put it like this. If you want to build a club and go somewhere you’re not going to sell one of your best players.

“If he is mentioned I can understand that because he has got the ability - like other players in the squad - to step up.




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Fifth Column 12:05 Thu Dec 14
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Bubbles

Didn't we "retire" the number 6 shirt or did I imagine that?

BubblesCyprus 8:53 Thu Dec 14
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Get this fella from Reading in you can just see G & S rubbing thier hands at shirt sales if they give him squad number 6.

bill green 1:17 Wed Dec 13
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks Alan

ted fenton 1:04 Wed Dec 13
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:01 Wed Dec 13

ted fenton 1:03 Wed Dec 13
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 1:01 Wed Dec 13
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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