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Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
33%
  
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
50%
  
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
3%
  



Alan 1:04 Sun Dec 31
New Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Barcelona kit manufacturers Nike advertised Barca shirts with Liverpool midfielder's Philippe Coutinho's name on the back, declaring: 'Philippe Coutinho is ready to light up Camp Nou'. (Metro)

Barcelona will make a £130m bid for Coutinho, 25, this week - and are confident they will land the Liverpool playmaker they missed out on in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

Real Madrid will offer 28-year-old forward Gareth Bale in a £150m player-plus-cash deal for Tottenham's 24-year-old striker Harry Kane. (Daily Star Sunday)

Arsenal are interested in signing Chelsea centre-back David Luiz but, if the Blues do not want to sell the 30-year-old to a Premier League rival, then a switch to Juventus could be an option for the Brazilian. (Sunday Express)

West Ham are interested in signing former Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle, 27, from Borussia Dortmund. (Bild - in German)

Bayern Munich and Manchester City are believed to be interested in joining the race to sign a pre-contract agreement with Liverpool and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 23, although Juventus remain firm favourites. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he does not know what 29-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez's plans are regarding the Chile international's future at the club. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Alexis Sanchez's agent has reached out to Manchester City to convince them to make a January move for player, who is desperate to leave Arsenal. (Metro)

Centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, 29, is set to be handed a new deal with Premier League leaders Manchester City. (ESPN)

Arsenal have emerged as favourites to sign Steven N'Zonzi, 29, from Sevilla with Everton manager Sam Allardyce admitting he needs to strengthen in attack and at full-back. (Daily Star Sunday)

West Brom have looked into the prospect of 29-year-old defender Jonny Evans leaving as they consider their options for the January transfer window. (Manchester Evening News)

The Baggies, Middlesbrough and Sunderland are in discussions over a move for Ghana international winger Edwin Gyasi, 26, from Norwegian side Aelsunds. (Mail on Sunday)

Daniel Sturridge, 28, fears Liverpool will block his move away from Anfield, with Stoke and Southampton in the hunt for the striker, which could put his World Cup hopes in doubt. (Sun on Sunday)

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic admits Ryan Sessegnon's future is out of his control after Real Madrid became the latest club to be linked with the youngster. (Evening Standard)

Everton, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Ham have been linked with a January move for 29-year-old Atletico Madrid attacking midfielder Nicolas Gaitan. (AS)

Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, 22, is eyeing a move to the Premier League to the delight of Liverpool and Arsenal. (Sun on Sunday)

West Brom have joined Fiorentina and Sevilla in the race to sign midfielder Yannis Salibur, 26, from Guingamp. (L'Equipe - in French)

Everton face competition from Leicester, Tottenham and Stoke to re-sign 17-year-old Callum Wright from Blackburn Rovers. (Liverpool Echo)

Meanwhile...

Bayern Munich have been dealt a major blow in their bid to tempt Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to join the club. (Daily Star Sunday)

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says that Jose Mourinho has failed to invest wisely at the Old Trafford club. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United left-back Ashley Young, 32, could face a retrospective ban after appearing to elbow Southampton forward Dusan Tadic, 29, during a goalless draw at Old Trafford on Saturday. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola fears the impact on his side of challenging to win four competitions. (Sunday Telegraph)

Guardiola says he would be open to speaking to England manager Gareth Southgate about his methods. (Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says 25-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere's return to form after "what he has gone through, shows a special character". (Sunday Telegraph)

Injured Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic, 25, watched Saturday's Old Firm draw with Rangers at a supporters bar in Sydney. (Daily Record)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has purchased a £2.7m flat in the centre of the city. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Best of Saturday's gossip

Cristiano Ronaldo has asked that Real Madrid set their selling price for a potential transfer at a "realistic" total of 100m euros (£89m). The 32-year-old Portugal forward is ready for a move away from the Spanish club. (Daily Record)

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 26, has not rejected a contract extension with the Premier League champions, despite claims from the Belgium international's father that he wants to move to Real Madrid. (Independent)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is lining up a move for Crystal Palace's Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 25, to replace Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29. (Daily Star)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the £75m signing of 26-year-old Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton does not mean the club have to sell Philippe Coutinho - but he stopped short of saying the 25-year-old Brazil midfielder will not leave the Reds. (Daily Mail)







LFN

Paper round-up: Liverpool linked with Lanzini

West Ham star Manuel Lanzini is Liverpool’s first choice to replace Philippe Coutinho at Anfield, The Sun on Sunday claim.

It comes amid reports that Barcelona are planning a big-money move for Coutinho during the January transfer window.

The Sun on Sunday say Liverpool will get £115m for the Brazilian and that Lanzini could move to Merseyside in his place.

The Sun on Sunday also say Swansea want £40m for defender Alfie Mawson, who is reportedly wanted by the Hammers.

The Sunday Mirror say the Hammers are hoping to agree an exchange for Mawson, with former Swans striker Andre Ayew returning to the Welsh club as part of the deal.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are said to be favourites to sign Steven N’Zonzi from Sevilla after Everton boss Sam Allardyce suggested he is prioritising other targets.

West Ham have also been linked with N’Zonzi, who previously played under Allardyce at Blackburn.

The Daily Star Sunday reckon Arsenal are now likely to sign the midfielder because Allardyce said: “My position is still to strengthen in more appropriate areas like a front man and full-back.”




This is Futbol

West Ham interested in Simon

West Ham are keeping tabs on Gent forward Moses Simon who could be available on the cheap in January, according to the Mirror.



The newspaper claim in their live transfer blog (31/12, 07:41), that the Hammers are among three Premier League sides monitoring the Nigeria international.

West Brom and Leicester are the other interested parties, and the Mirror claim that Simon could be available in January for around £4million, as he is out of contract at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old pace machine has played 17 times for Nigeria, and has five goals in 18 league games so far this term for Gent.

Good move for West Ham?

Simon is emerging on the radar of several top clubs, and it is clear to see why.

The diminutive winger, standing at just 5ft 6in, provides searing pace on the wing, and his trickery gets him into dangerous attacking positions.

His delivery and finishing have space for improvement, but at just 22, he has time on his side.

However, with his small frame and lack of high-level experience, Simon may find it hard to adjust to the Premier League, and may mean that signing him next month would not make much sense for the Hammers.

This is Futbol rating: 5/10

Likely to happen?

It looks certain that Simon will leave Gent, with so many top sides interested in his services.

However, as mentioned, he would be a risky January signing for any Premier League side, and that may mean that a summer move is more likely.

At £4million however, Simon would be a steal, and that may tempt someone to go in early for him rather than wait until he is a free agent.

It seems at this point, as per the Mirror, that West Brom are the favourites to sign the winger, and it looks as though a West Ham deal would be unlikely.

This is Futbol rating: 3/10


Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

plankton 11:09 Mon Jan 1
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Much appreciated as always, Alan. Hope 2018 brings you good health and happiness.

percyd 11:58 Sun Dec 31
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Keep dreaming 11:10 Sun Dec 31

What he said! Defo the most readable thread on WHO, so many thanks. Hope all goes well for you in 2018.

Keep dreaming 11:10 Sun Dec 31
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Dear Alan

I've read your daily post through another year. I have found it easy and comfortable to swipe through the daily highlights.

Your effort is incredible, day in and day out.

Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for your endless contribution.

Happy New Year

gph 10:42 Sun Dec 31
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Thanks, Alan!

And a Happy New Year, in all possible ways.

Takashi Miike 10:06 Sun Dec 31
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Thanks Alan, hope you have a good new year

clarky 9:36 Sun Dec 31
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Thanks a million Alan, for all your work during the year, please keep on it
All the best for the new year

arsene york-hunt 8:30 Sun Dec 31
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Thanks for all you compilations Alan, an essential part of WHO. Best wishes fro 2018 & Good Health.

JAC 5:04 Sun Dec 31
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Thanks Alan...Happy New Year and more importantly...Get Well Soon.

BubblesCyprus 5:01 Sun Dec 31
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Happy New Year Alan but mainly good health from a regular reader and appreciative poster.

tiddingtoniron 4:07 Sun Dec 31
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Sincere "Thanks Alan", and very best wishes for 2018 from a regular reader- but a rare poster.

Mex Martillo 3:49 Sun Dec 31
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 3:28 Sun Dec 31
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ted fenton 1:11 Sun Dec 31

Ron Greensward 3:10 Sun Dec 31
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Thanks Alan. Best of luck for 2018 - hope the news is good.

Sarge 2:35 Sun Dec 31
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Thanks Alan.

All the best for the new year.

Cicero 2:29 Sun Dec 31
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Alan, thanks for putting together these digests. Happy new year.

Lily Hammer 2:13 Sun Dec 31
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First class job all year round, as we have come to expect from you.

Have great new year, keep up the good work, and of course, thanks, Alan.

tommythebubble 1:36 Sun Dec 31
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thank you Alan for all your hard work on the daily news digest, I wish you well for the new year

Mr. Burns 1:35 Sun Dec 31
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Thanks Al and all the best for the new year.

ted fenton 1:11 Sun Dec 31
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Thanks Alan and thank you for all your posts during 2017 let's hope that 2018 brings you good health.





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