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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United will not rival Barcelona's interest in 26-year-old Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. (Marca)

Paris St-Germain are monitoring Marouane Fellaini's situation at United and would be keen to sign the 30-year-old midfielder on a free transfer next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool flew a team of doctors to assess Southampton's 26-year-old defender Virgil van Dijk so they could complete his £75m signing as quickly as possible - and before Manchester City could rival their interest. (Liverpool Echo)

Atletico Madrid are happy to sell winger Yannick Carrasco, 24, in the January transfer window. (AS)

Chelsea failed in a bid for the Belgium international last summer but could return with a new offer. (Sun)

West Ham United are closing in on the signing of 23-year-old Swansea defender Alfie Mawson. (ESPN)

Arsenal have had a £35m bid for defender Medhi Benatia, 30, rejected by Juventus. (Calciomercato, via Daily Star)

Everton have made Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, 26, their number one target in January and could pay £20m for the Turkey international. (Liverpool Echo)

Watford are in talks with midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, 25, over a new five-year deal that could be worth £70,000 a week. (Sun)

Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal is being considered for Swansea's vacant manager job. (Sun)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes 25-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere will sign a new long-term contract if "he can meet a point of agreement financially". (Sky Sports)

Birmingham are interested in signing 24-year-old Nigeria midfielder Shehu Abdullahi from Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta. (Birmingham Mail)

Crystal Palace, Everton and Burnley are tracking Angers' 24-year-old Cameroon striker Karl Toko Ekambi. (France Football - in French)

Athletic Bilbao are "still waiting" for a reply from their goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 23, regarding talks to renew his contract amid interest from Real Madrid. (El Pais - in Spanish)

Norwich are keen to sign Lyon's 21-year-old attacking midfielder Aldo Kalulu, who has been on loan at Sochaux. (France Football - in French)

Newcastle's 23-year-old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic wants to leave the club. (Daily Mirror)

Former England boss Fabio Capello says he will leave Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning next year. (Goal)


The Football Association is confident England will be one of the leading contenders to host the 2030 World Cup. (Sun)

Uruguayan striker Sebastian Abreu, 41, set a new world record by joining the 26th club of his career. (Daily Mail)

In reference to Jose Mourinho's comments about not being able to spend enough at Manchester United, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he has "been in that position for 21 years" so will "not start to complain now". (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham boss David Moyes said helping forward Marko Arnautovic return to form "was just about telling him if he wasn't going to run he wasn't going to play". (Evening Standard)

Best of Wednesday's gossip

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 29, is top of Barcelona's transfer targets but the La Liga giants are looking at making five signings in the January transfer window. (Marca via Daily Express)

Everton manager Sam Allardyce does not believe Arsenal's Olivier Giroud will be moving to Goodison Park in January as the striker's wife does not want to move north of Watford. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal are ready to hand 25-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere a new long-term contract. (Sun)

Juventus could use 22-year-old winger Marko Pjaca as part of a deal to sign Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, 23. (Tuttosport, via ESPN)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

And lo, it came to pass that before the last lazy layabout had cleared away the snapped crackers and swept up the torn party hats the Mill had been given the greatest Crimble gift imaginable – never again, or at least not for a long while, would we be forced to write the words Virgil van Di … no, we’re not doing it. You can’t make us.

The funny thing about the whole business is that, according to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool were so worried about Manchester City beating them to a deal for the Dutchman that they “flew a medical team to Bournemouth Airport so they were ready to complete the formalities as soon as a fee had been thrashed out”, only for it to turn out that City didn’t want him at all. That’s what Pep Guardiola said, when asked later that evening if he ever had any interest in signing the player: “Nope. No, no no.”

Which is the opposite of what Atlético Madrid will say to anyone who wants to buy Yannick Carrasco in January, according to AS. “Despite Carrasco’s ability to bring a level of flair to the attack that is offered by few others, Simeone is said to be ready to admit defeat in his attempts to tame the 24-year-old,” they write, making Bayern Munich or “a number of potential Premier League suitors” his most likely destination. Luciano Vietto and Nicolás Gaitán are also up for grabs.

Barcelona meanwhile still want to add creative options to their squad, and with Philippe Coutinho likely to be stuck at Liverpool at least until the summer have drawn up a shortlist of alternatives: according to Marca these are Nabil Fekir, Max Meyer, Leon Goretzka, Aleksandr Golovin and Arsenal’s very own (for now) Mesut Özil. There will also be outgoings, with Internazionale hoping to sign Gerard Deulofeu and Aleix Vidal on loan next month.

Tuttosport say that Juventus are ready to sell Alex Sandro in one of the next two transfer windows, thus placing a number of Premier League clubs, probably the same ones who also might buy Carrasco, on high alert. Stefan Lichtsteiner, who turns 34 next month, and Kwadwo Asamoah, who turned 29 this month, are also available, and Juve are preparing to replenish their stock of full-backs after their departures, with Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam, Valencia’s José Gayá and Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian on the shortlist.

Everton’s, um, Tosun one is the 26-year-old Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, who has rattled in eight league goals in 16 games so far this season to get their scouting hearts aflutter. They also want a left-back and Steven Nzonzi. Meanwhile Aleksandar Mitrovic wants out of Newcastle, his dreams of Premier League goal-getting having turned to a reality of getting a place on the bench if he’s really lucky. “I loved Newcastle but it’s time for me to look after myself, to find the best solution for my career,” he said. “I do not have a special desire, nor can I stay in the Premier League. The chances are I leave the island. But there is no concrete offer.”

Watford will not sell their coveted midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré at any price in January, and instead will offer him the bumperest five-year contract in the entire history of all Watford, “worth up to £70,000 a week”, according to the Mirror.

De Graafschap want Leicester’s 19-year-old prodigy Layton Ndukwu on loan for the remainder of the season. According to the Mail the winger “is viewed as one of the brightest prospects in the country”, so much so that at an age by which Michael Owen had already wowed the world at France 98, Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford had been key players at a European Championship and Theo Walcott had been mystifyingly selected for a World Cup squad he has “played four games in the Checkatrade Trophy”.

Ninety Minutes

West Ham have started negotiations over January deal – European press

By Jonathan Davies

West Ham United are currently in the midst of negotiating a January deal for CD Leganes midfielder Gabriel Pires but his club are reluctant to sell, according to AS.

The Spanish publication suggests that the Hammers have approached the La Liga side with two options for the transfer of the player. The first would see the 24-year-old move to the London Stadium on a permanent contract for €5.5 million (£4.8 million).

Should that fail, West Ham have reportedly proposed a second option; that the former-Juventus man join on a season-long loan for an initial (€1.9m) £1.6m fee followed by an option to buy for €9m (£8m) in the summer if he impresses sufficiently.

The report also claims that Leganes are reluctant to sell a player that only signed a permanent deal with the club last summer, after initially joining on loan from the Bianconeri for the 2015/16 campaign.

The talented Brazilian played a huge part in his club narrowly avoiding relegation from the Spanish top flight that during that season and it is understandable that Leganes are now disinclined to part company with one of their talismans so cheaply.

West Ham’s approach is made more baffling by the fact that Gabriel has a supposed €20m (£17.75m) buyout clause in his contract. With this in mind, they may be some way from reaching a conclusive agreement.

In the meantime, David Moyes has also confirmed his interest in another La Liga midfielder. Former-Stoke City star Steven N’Zonzi has been frozen out at Valencia, after falling out with the club hierarchy and the West Ham boss recently suggested that he would be willing to make a move, should the 29-year-old become available.

“I think he’s somebody who would be of interest to us if he came on the market,” Moyes told The Sun.

“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.”

N’Zonzi’s previous success in the Premier League would make him an intriguing addition to a West Ham squad in desperate need of bolstering next month. The Hammers have conceded six goals in the last two games, after succumbing to a controversial late equaliser at Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

There are reports that N’Zonzi is also interesting Arsenal and Everton and even if they miss out on signing the Frenchman, it seems that adding steel to a porous midfield unit remains a priority when the transfer window opens early next week.


The twenty five names linked with West Ham this January

With the January transfer window due to open in four days time we summerise the twenty-five names linked to West Ham within the past two weeks.

Moussa Dembele from Celtic valued at £35m Brendan Rogers has admitted a big bid would be hard to turn down although he his form has slumped this season.

Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool has been bookies favourite to join West Ham for a long but a £40m price tag and an injury record has put many off.

Steven N’Zonzi from Sevilla. The 29-year-old arrived at Gatwick airport last week and has a price tag of £35m

William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon. Now that the two clubs have kissed and made up West Ham would need to improve its £22m offer to land the midfielder.

Ki Sung Yueng from Swansea Ki is out of contract in the summer and is open to a move away

Morgan Scheiderlin from Everton Sam Allardyce is willing to sell the Frenchman but wants N’Zonzi to replace him

Didier N’Dong from Sunderland. Heavily linked in the Summer to a move to West Ham

Lamine Kone from Sunderland. The Blackcats reportedly want £6m and the player wants out.

Alfie Mawson from Swansea. Hammers reportedly had £18m bid turned down. Welsh club want £25m

Gabriel Pires from Leganes. Spanish newspaper AS say Hammers are interested. £17.75m release clause

Bryan Cristante from Atalanta. They have slapped a £22million price tag on him despite having a £4.5m option to buy

Marouane Fellani from Manchester United. Out of contract in the summer and the David Moyes connection at Everton.

Simone Verdi from Bologna The 25-year-old has been in impressive form scoring four goals in 14 appearances

Danilo Pereira from Porto. West Ham have sent scouts to watch him. Valued at £31m

Raul Jimenez from Benfica. Another long-term West Ham target who has struggled this season and wants out

Oliver Giroud from Arsenal. His wife reportedly stopped a move to Everton as she wants to stay in London

Harry Arter from Bournemouth. West Ham reportedly had a £8m bid turned down for the midfielder.

John McGinn from Hibs. The Scottish midfielder could cost around £4million

Sam Johnstone from Manchester Utd. West Ham have bene linked with the keeper currently on loan at Villa

Jack Wilshere from Arsenal. The boyhood West Ham fan has been constantly linked with a move to West Ham

Theo Walcott from Arsenal. The Gunners are willing to sell Theo Walcott in January after ten-years at the club

Danny Ings from Liverpool. Reports of a potential January loan move to West Ham

Aleksander Mitrovic from Newcastle. The bad boy has been reportedly offered to West Ham.

Islam Slimani from Leicester. Another long-term target with reports of renewed interest from the Hammers.

Liam Moore from Reading. The 24-year-old centre back has impressed since joining from Leicester in 2016

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Texas Iron 11:47 Fri Dec 29
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

25 players ...hmmm...

Takashi Miike 6:15 Thu Dec 28
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Thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 5:50 Thu Dec 28
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Thanks Alan

Billy Blagg 4:54 Thu Dec 28
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BubblesCyprus 3:35 Thu Dec 28

As per the Cypriot

BubblesCyprus 3:35 Thu Dec 28
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ted fenton 1:18 Thu Dec 28


ted fenton 1:18 Thu Dec 28
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Thanks Alan 1:17 Thu Dec 28

Thanks Alan 1:17 Thu Dec 28
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Thanks Alan

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