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Alan 12:55 Tue Dec 19
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are ready to join Arsenal and Chelsea in the pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 25. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are planning a move for Chelsea defender David Luiz, 30. (Daily Express)

The Gunners could offer £25m for the Brazilian during the January transfer window. (Sun)

Real Madrid are in advanced negotiations with Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, 26. Real midfielder Marco Asensio, 21, has told the club he will leave if Hazard joins. (Diario Gol, via Daily Star)

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 26, could be set to join Barcelona. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Manchester United want more than £35m for 28-year-old midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. (Daily Mail)

Mkhitaryan's former team Borussia Dortmund are in prime position to end the Armenia captain's time at Old Trafford. (Independent)

Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic, 22, says he is happy at Lazio, scuppering Jose Mourinho's plans for a £95m January move for the midfielder. (Mediaset Premium, via Daily Star)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told his club's Premier League rivals they cannot afford to allow Manchester City to sign defender Virgil van Dijk, 26, from Southampton. (Goal)

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino will recommend to the Saints board that they resist any offers for Van Dijk in January. (Daily Echo)

West Ham are preparing moves for Liverpool striker Danny Ings, 25, and Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, 27, in January. (Daily Star)

Arsenal are lining up a move for Reading's academy boss Lee Herron to work under Per Mertesacker when he takes charge of the club's academy next season. (Metro)

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho would be welcomed at the Catalan club. Coutinho, 25, has been regularly linked with a move to the Nou Camp. (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita will not join the Reds in January. A deal has already been agreed for the 22-year-old to move at the end of the season. (Daily Express)

John Obi Mikel has dismissed reports linking him with a move back to the Premier League with Everton. The 30-year-old former Chelsea midfielder says he is happy playing in the Chinese Super League for Tianjin Teda.(Tianjin TV, via Daily Mail)

Paris St-Germain manager Unai Emery has suggested the club could be in the market for a defensive midfielder in the January transfer window. Regular holding midfield player Thiago Motta has missed much of the past six weeks with a knee injury. (FourFourTwo)


John Terry says Chelsea should not regret selling Mohamed Salah, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku because they did not make the team stronger at the time. (Sky Sports via Daily Star)

Former Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee has revealed he took about 4,000 painkillers during his career. (The Times - subscription required)

Chelsea are preparing to open contract talks with 21-year-old defender Andreas Christensen. (London Evening Standard)

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has assured supporters he is just as concerned as they are about the club's recent decline. (Stoke Sentinel)

Manchester City's training session was shrouded in thick fog on Monday, as midfielder Yaya Toure showed on social media.

Best of Monday's gossip

Real Madrid want to sign Mohamed Salah from Liverpool and are convinced the Anfield side will sell the Egypt winger for 100m euros or in a player-plus-cash deal involving Wales forward Gareth Bale. (Calciomercato, via Teamtalk)

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he is "most likely done as a coach" but could be persuaded to manage a big English club. (Der Telegraph - in Dutch)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes it is important Manchester City are prevented from signing Southampton and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk. (London Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, Liverpool will not make a move for Van Dijk unless Saints lower their £70m valuation of the 26-year-old. (Irish Independent)

The future of manager Rafael Benitez is key to a potential takeover of Newcastle United going through. The club's prospective new owners will pull out of buying the club if he is sacked. (Evening Chronicle)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

The day will come when the Mill can announce that it is a target for Manchester City. Picture it: Rumour Mill City (RMC), blowing every other purveyor of transfer piffle and waffle out of the water. We will all belong to City soon. Not yet, though. City, who have told Real Madrid not to bother asking about Sergio Agüero, remain focused on spreading the Word of Pep to every footballer in existence, which is they’ve responded to news of Arsenal and Chelsea eyeing Wilfried Zaha by entering the race for the Crystal Palace winger. They’ll hand over £40m to make sure that Zaha receives a proper football education from Professor Pep.

If they’re feeling generous, though, they might let Manchester United sign Alex Sandro from Juventus for £60m. City have their eyes on another left-back anyway, sending scouts to watch the Augsburg hotshot Philipp Max in his team’s recent 3-3 draw with Freiburg. Max has 10 assists in 17 games this season and would provide cheap cover for the injured Benjamin Mendy.

City are also on the verge of signing Libertad’s Paraguayan midfielder Jesús Medina for £3m.

Arsenal have noticed that Sideshow Dave isn’t in the Chelsea team any more and reckon that the Brazilian could be theirs for £30m in January. Chelsea will agree to the deal as long as David Luiz agrees to act as a sleeper agent and brings his World Cup 2014 form to the Emirates.

José Mourinho has had enough of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s inconsistency. With Mesut Özil likely to be heading to Old Trafford on a free next summer, Mourinho has decided to let Mkhitaryan leave as soon as possible and Internazionale are standing by with an offer to take the Armenian on loan in January. Also on the move next month is Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano, who’ll join Hebei China Fortune for £10m.

West Ham United, who like the look of Bournemouth’s Harry Arter, want £15m for horse racing enthusiast Diafra Sakho, but Cardiff City have no desire to spend that much on the striker. Everton, meanwhile, plan to splurge £20m on the Lille defender Adama Soumaoro.

Liverpool’s Emre Can is a name doing the rounds at Juventus. If you don’t believe us, ask the Juventus club suit Giuseppe Marotta. “Emre Can is a name doing the rounds because his contract is running down,” he confirmed. “I won’t deny he is a player we too have monitored and many important clubs will try to close a deal over the next few weeks. We are tracking the situation, nothing more.” Nothing more, he says, but watch this space.

Leicester City have too many strikers, so Leonardo Ulloa will be sold to either Aston Villa or Sheffield United, while Watford and Newcastle United both like the look of Islam Slimani.


Hammer faces ankle operation

Edimilson Fernandes is likely to undergo an operation repair his right ankle before he can resume his West Ham career.

Last Friday David Moyes wrote in his London Evening standard column “We had no midfielders on the bench and Edimilson Fernandes may need surgery on an ankle problem. Cover may be a priority in January.”

Fernandes suffered an injury in September while on International duty with Switzerland U21’s. Rumours initially circulated that he had broken his foot and was rushed to hospital but that was later denied.

After medical scans, the club initially labelled the injury as a badly sprained ankle but he has failed to rehabilitate and fresh medical advice suggests that surgery may be the most sensible course of action.

Fernandes has played four times since his injury in September including the recent 2-1 defeat to Manchester City but it is claimed the same ankle is causing him problems again. Fernandes was signed from Sion for a fee of £5.5million in August 2016.

West Ham will appeal the FA charge against Manuel Lanzini before the 6pm deadline today. Manuel Lanzini was charged by the FA for deceiving a match official in the Hammers 3-0 win at Stoke on Saturday and faces a two-match ban if found guilty.

The Argentine won a penalty in the 18th minute having gone to ground following a challenge from Stoke defender Erik Pieters. The news means the Argentine will eligible to play in tonight’s League cup game against Arsenal at the Emirates but faces missing league games against Newcastle and Bournemouth if the appeal fails.

A club insider confirmed to Claret and Hugh this morning that the club intends to file an appeal.

The appeal will go in front of the FA Independent Regulatory Commission often called the three wise men.

Yesterday the Lanzini incident was reviewed by an FA panel comprising a former manager, an ex-player and former referee, who watched the footage independently. They unanimously agreed that Lanzini deceived the match official leading to the FA Charge.

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COOL HAND LUKE 9:08 Tue Dec 19
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Cheers Al,

Can't see much happening in the January window for us. No sense in pursuing the Moisification of the club until we know what's happening at season's end, surely...

ted fenton 8:12 Tue Dec 19
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:57 Tue Dec 19

BubblesCyprus 4:37 Tue Dec 19
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan ta muchly.

Russ of the BML 2:40 Tue Dec 19
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Not sure about Ings but would like Arter. Would fucking love if we followed him up with Mikataryan and Luiz.

Takashi Miike 1:02 Tue Dec 19
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:57 Tue Dec 19
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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