WHO Poll
Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
32%
  
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
51%
  
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
15%
  
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 1:23 Fri Dec 29
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Southampton want to bring Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge, 28, to the club on a loan deal until the end of the season. (Telegraph)

Saints also want to use their money from Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk's £75m transfer to the Reds to re-sign Arsenal's 28-year-old England forward Theo Walcott. (Mirror)

Real Madrid are interested in Fulham's England Under-19s left-back Ryan Sessegnon. Manchester United and Tottenham are also keen on the 17-year-old. (AS via Talksport)

Spanish giants Real also want Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and the Premier League side are prepared to sell the 25-year-old Belgium international if he cannot agree a contract extension at Stamford Bridge. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal are preparing a bid for Leicester and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, with 29-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez set to leave the club. (Le Buteur - in French)

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says talks over a new contract with midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, are planned for the beginning of January. (Mail)

Manchester City will look to sign West Brom and Northern Ireland centre-back Jonny Evans, 29, or Real Sociedad's 26-year-old Spain defender Inigo Martinez in January. (Telegraph)

Juventus have rejected Manchester United's £70m bid for Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 24. United also offered Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 28, as part of the deal. (Sun)

West Ham are keen on signing Borussia Dortmund and Germany forward Andre Schurrle, 27, on loan in January. (Guardian)

Hammers boss David Moyes could also make a move for 27-year-old Stoke and Wales midfielder Joe Allen. (Mirror)

Wolfsburg want to permanently sign Liverpool striker Divock Origi. The 22-year-old Belgium international joined the Bundesliga side on a season-long loan deal in August. (ESPN)

Stoke want to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings, 25, on loan, but will face competition from Newcastle, West Ham and West Brom. (Independent)

Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony says striker Jack Marriott, 23, and and winger Marcus Maddison, 24, will not be joining Leeds United. (Express)

Meanwhile...

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes striker Romelu Lukaku, 24, has lost some of his pace by bulking up too much. (Sun)

Virgil van Dijk, 26, will be at Anfield on Saturday to watch Liverpool's game against Leicester prior to moving to the Reds from Southampton on 1 January. (Liverpool Echo)

Sheffield Wednesday have held talks with former England manager Steve McClaren over their vacant managerial position. (Sheffield Star)

Everton winger Yannick Bolasie feared his career was over after having two operations on a knee injury. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool and England Under-17 striker Rhian Brewster says he is dismayed at the lack of action from football authorities against racism. (Guardian)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been "mentally crushed" by offers to leave Borussia Dortmund, according to club president Reinhard Rauball. (Kicker - in German)

Everton have removed a shirt from their online store after fans noticed that the main image was of Liverpool supporters celebrating, rather than Everton's. (Mail)

Brighton defender Liam Rosenior, 33, says "players who have worked abroad" say "a winter break was key to performing at an optimum level in the second half of a season". (Guardian)

Best of Thursday's gossip

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)




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With no Virgil van Dijk to worry about after the defender said his goodbyes to his Southampton team-mates at the training ground on Thursday morning, manager Mauricio Pellegrino has already moved on, rapidly funnelling through the shortlist of transfer targets in front of him. After the club lined their pockets to the tune of £70m up front, the Southampton manager wants to bring at least two signings through the door in January and at the top of the pile are no strangers to this parish. With Charlie Austin expected to be out until February, a loan move for another striker plagued by injuries has been mooted, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge while Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, who left St Mary’s as a teenager in 2006, is another target. Saints are also keeping one eye on Moussa Dembélé’s whereabouts, with the striker wanted by Brighton & Hove Albion among those queuing for his services.

“Maybe we change one player for two players or three players with this money and this has to be the positive target,” Pellegrino said on Thursday. At the back, £25m-rated Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson is an option, although West Ham United are equally keen. David Moyes also fancies Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen and Liverpool striker Danny Ings. Ryan Sessegnon, too, remains hot property, with Real Madrid the latest club said to be courting the left-sided Fulham player’s services.

After Liverpool delivered a hammer blow to Manchester City’s hopes and dreams of landing Van Dijk, Pep Guardiola is expected to step up his interest in the West Bromwich Albion centre-back, Jonny Evans as well as Real Sociedad defender Iñigo Martínez. The latter is said to have a £28m release clause in his contract, meaning City can bolster their defence for a fraction of the price they would have had to fork out for the Dutchman.

Elsewhere, Juventus have reportedly knocked back a £70m bid from Manchester United for striker Paolo Dybala, even though the Old Trafford club threw in Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a makeweight in the deal. In manager news, Steve McClaren is in talks over filling the void left by Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday and finally, down in the doldrums of League One, star attacking Peterborough United pair Marcus Maddison and Jack Marriott are staying put, according to the club’s owner, Darragh MacAnthony.







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West Ham linked with £13m Atletico Madrid winger

According to Spanish newspaper AS, West Ham are interested in signing Atletico Madrid winger Nicolas Gaitan

Atletico will register Diego Costa and Vitolo when their transfer ban expires in January and need to clear space in their squad. Gaitan is among the names on the chopping block alongside Kevin Gameiro and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco.

The ex-Benfica star has started more than half of his games in the Spanish capital from the bench and is set to fall further down the pecking order. The 29-year-old knows he needs more playing time if he is to convince Jorge Sampaoli to add to his 16 Argentina caps.

Southampton,Everton and Crystal Palace have all been linked alongside the Hammers with the winger. Last summer West Ham reportedly offered the Argentine a loan option with an option but the deal never materialised.



Star

Stunning WAG on way here as West Ham 'close in on German World Cup winner’

WEST Ham are reportedly closing in on a German World Cup winning star – and his other half may send east London into meltdown.

Hammers boss David Moyes is believed to be keen on Borussia Dortmund striker Andre Schurrle, 27, in a loan move.


TARGET: West Ham are interested in Andre Schurrle

The ex-Chelsea man – who lifted football's biggest prize in 2014 – wants regular football to secure a spot in his nation's squad for the Russia 2018 tournament.

He's also dating stunning model Anna Sharypova, who could prove the finest import in the January transfer window.

Born in Kazakhstan and living in Berlin, the blogger has almost 30,000 Instagram followers with her eye-catching range of selfies.

The pair are thought to have been dating for a year, after Schurrle's split from girlfriend Montana Yorke.

And Sharypova has also proved herself a hit in the kitchen, having shaped her hubby's diet.

Schurrle previously said: "I have been doing this since the beginning of the year to eat healthier and more consciously. My girlfriend took care of that."

Thanks to Sharypova, he says he now eats chia seed pudding or bowls with acai berries for breakfast.

Schurrle has only played four times in the Bundesliga this season and once in the Champions League.

He moved to Chelsea in 2013 – where he scored 11 goals – before falling out of favour and moving to VfL Wolfsburg two years later.

Moyes has publicly said he needs new players as the Irons aim to veer away from the regelation zone.




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Stoke boss issues hands-off warning in bid to keep West Ham target

Mark Hughes has issued a hands-off warning to rival Premier League clubs interested in Joe Allen and outlined his own plans to strengthen Stoke’s squad in January.

Former Liverpool midfielder Allen has impressed this term despite the Potters’ struggles and recent reports have linked the 27-year-old with a switch to West Ham.

Stoke boss Hughes has made it clear he is unwilling to let any of his key players leave next month with the club just three points above the relegation zone.

However the Welshman, who has been linked with a move for Liverpool forward Danny Ings in the upcoming transfer window, is keen to add to his own options.

“There is nothing definite at the moment, but it is clear that we are too stretched and ideally we would like to rectify that,” said Hughes on the club’s official website.

“We all know that January isn’t the ideal time to get deals done, but there are opportunities and we would like to be active – we feel there are areas that we need to strengthen.”

On the rumours surrounding Wales international Allen, Hughes said: “It is the first I have heard of that, but it wouldn’t surprise me because he has been impressive this year.

“We can’t afford to lose a player of Joe’s quality – he is working exceptionally hard for us and we are really pleased with what he is producing for us at the moment.

“We won’t be encouraging any bids for any of our key players, especially not in January, that is for certain.”

Stoke head to reigning champions Chelsea on Saturday looking to build on a haul of four points from their past two games over the festive period.

They will have to make do without defenders Ryan Shawcross (calf), Bruno Martins Indi (groin) and Kurt Zouma (ineligible) at Stamford Bridge and Hughes admits it will be a challenge.

“We are obviously desperate to get a number of key players who are missing through injury back to full fitness,” he said.

“Once we do that then I am confident of enjoying a really productive second half of the season.

“Obviously Chelsea will be difficult, but Newcastle straight after, we have to make sure we are ready for that and really kick on in the new year.

“We have a real sense of determination within the group, and we have seen that over the past week or two.”



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 12:26 Sat Dec 30
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Joe Allen...Ambitious Sullivsn...NOT...!!!

tazman 5:22 Fri Dec 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan,
And a happy new year.

COOL HAND LUKE 5:02 Fri Dec 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al,

We need to somehow limp to season's end and then have a proper clear out / reboot in the Summer.

Happy New Year to all Hammers!

BubblesCyprus 4:30 Fri Dec 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated.

ted fenton 2:24 Fri Dec 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:24 Fri Dec 29

Mex Martillo 1:55 Fri Dec 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 1:35 Fri Dec 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

I like nouns Sessegnon, not surprised big clubs are taking an interest

good to see Courtois's been tapped up

its brilliant seeing Mourinho shown up as the cheque book manager he is, they threw money at players he wanted yet he still wants more players :.)

Gaitan would be a good buy but I still think we need two or three quality central midfield players and get rid of the crap at the club first

Thanks Alan 1:24 Fri Dec 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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