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Alan 12:25 Tue Dec 26
Boxing Day newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Manchester City are closing in on a £60m deal for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26. (Telegraph)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has set his sights on signing Argentina attacking midfielder Paulo Dybala, 24, in a £60m deal from Juventus. (Daily Star)

Meanwhile, the Red Devils have made an improved offer to Marouane Fellaini, to keep the 30-year-old midfielder - who will be out of contract in the summer - at Old Trafford. (Daily Express)

United have also opened talks with Bordeaux over 20-year-old forward Malcom, with manager Mourinho prepared to pay £33m. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal have been told they must pay £40m to sign Germany forward Julian Draxler, 24, from Paris St-Germain. (Mirror)

The Gunners are in a bidding war with Liverpool for 22-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward Hirving Lozano, who is valued at £42m. (Daily Star)

However, bids in excess of £35m would tempt Arsenal to sell striker Alexis Sanchez, 29, in January. (Daily Mail)

Manager Antonio Conte has urged Chelsea's hierarchy to sign three players in January. (Mirror)

West Ham manager David Moyes is interested in signing Steven Nzonzi if Sevilla decide to sell the 29-year-old French midfielder next month. (Guardian)

Celtic have denied reports that they have accepted an £18m bid for striker Moussa Dembele, 21, from Brighton. (Sun)

Manager Roy Hodgson fears Crystal Palace will be forced to sell Wilfried Zaha next month, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham all interested in the 25-year-old winger. (Mirror)

Meanwhile...

England are set to play a warm-up game at Leeds United's Elland Road ground, as manager Gareth Southgate looks to encourage nationwide support before the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (Times, subscription required)

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has revealed he helped rebuild the confidence of defenders Michael Keane and Ashley Williams with the help of television game show The Cube. (Liverpool Echo)
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Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign Paris St-Germain's German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, 27, in January. (Metro)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to launch a double January transfer move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 24, and Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw, 22, to revive his side's bid for honours. (Sunday Express)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, is back in Gareth Southgate's England World Cup plans after returning to the Gunners' first-team. (Sun)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has an interest in Shakhtar Donetsk's 24-year-old midfielder Fred as City plan to bolster their midfield options next summer. (Mail on Sunday)






C&H

Moyes confirms interest in £35m midfielder

David Moyes has confirmed that West Ham are interested in signing midfielder Steven N’Zonzi in the January transfer window.

The player is reported to have a £35m release clause. The midfield is a position Moyes has said he wants to strengthen and William Carvalho and Bournemouth’s Harry Arter have also been linked in recent weeks.

But Moyes has admitted that former Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City midfielder N’Zonzi, who wants to leave Sevilla, is a West Ham winter target.

“I think he’s somebody who would be of interest to us if he came on the market,” said Moyes. “I wouldn’t say that about others, but he’s not playing for some reason at Sevilla – albeit the manager’s gone, so maybe that changes the situation there. Overall, it’s not something I can say I’ve done anything with.”

N’Zonzi arrived at Gatwick airport this week to try to arrange a move away from Sevilla.

Hammers open to offers for these players

West Ham will entertain offers for a number of first team players if their valuations are met in January. The Hammers who could be available at the right price include Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Andre Ayew and Javier Hernandez.

Obviously, they all wouldn’t be allowed to leave at the same time unless suitable replacements could be found. It is also believed the club would not stand in the way of Sam Byram, Jose Fonte or James Collins if offers came in.

Everyone knows you don’t get good value in January but that works both ways with desperate clubs close to the relegation zone prepared to take gambles and pay big prices for players who they think can get them further up the table.




OS

Moyes: Boxing Day team selection and transfer update

David Moyes has challenged his West Ham United team to rediscover their resilience when they head to AFC Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

The Hammers travel to the Vitality Stadium seeking to bounce back from a surprise 3-2 Premier League defeat by Newcastle United at London Stadium on Saturday.

And on Tuesday, he wants his players to show the same organisation, discipline and creativity they demonstrated in recent wins over Chelsea and Stoke City when they take on a Cherries side without a win in seven top-flight matches.

“I thought Saturday was a big game for us, because a win would have propelled us into a really strong position, but obviously we didn’t win and remain in amongst it where we are at the moment,” said Moyes.

“I think the team has handled most things well. We’ve come through a difficult period of games and probably taken more points than was expected. Saturday was the first real disappointment, so we’ll have to see how we’ll handle it.

“I have to say, we’ve been down the bottom for most of the season, so Bournemouth becomes really important as it’s the next game we have to try and win.”

Against Newcastle, Moyes played Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio in the two forward positions but, with another game to play just 72 hours later, the Scot may be tempted to hand starts to either Andy Carroll or Chicharito on the south coast.

“Up until Saturday, the players who had been playing had been performing well, and when that happens you reward them and keep playing them. I don’t think anybody could question that

“I do know what Andy Carroll and Chicharito’s qualities are, but the way the team has been set up has been better suited to the two quicker boys playing up front.

“There will be occasions when we have to change the team and it will better suit Andy or Chicharito at different times.

“Chicharito can start, but we’d like to be giving him service and good balls into the box as he’s a good goalscorer who can get on the end of things.”

Moyes also admitted he would again consider who to start in goal in the Premier League, with Joe Hart pushing hard for a recall at the expense of Adrian.

“I’ll need to look at it, as there were things on Saturday I’ll need to look at again to see how it was. I’ve got two really good goalkeepers and good competition and I’ll need to see what I think once I’ve had a review of the video.”

Moyes also gave an update on the Club’s plans for the January transfer window.

“We talk quite regularly and we’ve come up with the same sort of stuff that we’d like to add to the squad if we can.

“Obviously if we’re in this position then we need to, but finding the right players and getting them are different things. Sometimes the ones you want, you won’t get or are maybe unavailable at this time.

“The Club knows the positions we’d like to go for. What changes is when you go for your target and can’t get him, then you have to go for another target. I would hope we will have two or three people who will be in consideration.”



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 3:20 Wed Dec 27
Re: Boxing Day newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers

BubblesCyprus 4:25 Tue Dec 26
Re: Boxing Day newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cold Turkey sandwich day ! Sips another glass of port. Thanks Alan.

Kelly Smunt 3:00 Tue Dec 26
Re: Boxing Day newspapers (includes West Ham)
35 million for N'zonzi? Really? Ain't seen too much of him, but from what I have seen I'd have thought £12m was nearer the mark, or am I missing something?

gph 2:06 Tue Dec 26
Re: Boxing Day newspapers (includes West Ham)
N'Zonzi is not playing for Seville "for some reason"?

I hope it's a good reason.

Thanks Alan

Tomshardware 1:03 Tue Dec 26
Re: Boxing Day newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:29 Tue Dec 26

Nicey 12:30 Tue Dec 26
Re: Boxing Day newspapers (includes West Ham)
I predict Hart will get the nod today and Adrian will put in a transfer request and be gone in the new year.

Thanks Alan 12:29 Tue Dec 26
Re: Boxing Day newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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