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Alan 11:40 Mon Jan 1
New Year's Day newspapers (includes West Ham)

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Real Madrid are preparing an opening £120m bid for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, 26. (Sun)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed talk of a rift between striker Alexis Sanchez, 29, and the rest of the squad. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola refused to rule out a fresh approach for Sanchez after Gabriel Jesus sustained a suspected knee injury against Crystal Palace on Sunday. (Talksport)

Southampton want to sign 28-year-old Arsenal winger Theo Walcott on loan in January. (Mail)

And Arsenal may be willing to let the former Saints player leave, with Everton, Watford and West Ham also keen to sign him. (Mirror)

Manchester United hope midfielder Paul Pogba can help persuade Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, 24, to sign for the club. (Mail)

And Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants 24-year-old Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario as the long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, 36. (Sun)

Meanwhile, Mourinho is urging Manchester United's owners to release the funds to buy striker Antoine Griezmann, 26, from Atletico Madrid. (Express)

Tottenham are in no rush to agree a new contract with defender Toby Alderweireld, 28, despite his current deal allowing him to leave in the summer of 2019 for £25m. (Mirror)

But Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has reassured fans over the Belgian's future at the club. (Guardian)

Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, 22, will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer. (Bild - in German)

Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, 26, ​is expected to complete his move to Everton this week in a deal worth £7.5m. (Sun)

Everton target Steven N'Zonzi is set for talks with Sevilla over his future at the club. The 29-year-old midfielder fell out with former boss Eduardo Berizzo. (Liverpool Echo)


Arsenal players wore an all-red strip for the first time in almost 40 years against West Brom on Sunday. (Sun)

West Brom winger James McClean apologised to his team-mates for turning his back in the wall during his side's 1-1 draw against Arsenal. (Express and Star)

Everton winger Aaron Lennon tweeted to say he was in a "great place" at the end of a year in which he was detained by police under the Mental Health Act because of concerns for his welfare.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who re-signed for Atletico Madrid in September, cannot wait to play football again...

Best of Sunday's gossip

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)

Barcelona will make a £130m bid for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho this week - and are confident they will land the 25-year-old after missing out on him in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

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)

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)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Niall McVeigh

It’s that time again! Yellow ticker tape falls from the sky. Mr 15%s share a joyful midnight embrace. Peter Odemwingie and Hatem Ben Arfa materialise in club car parks. The transfer window is OPEN.

So, what news? Sadly, it’s a case of same fluff, different year. Which of the usual suspects to begin with? How about Alexis Sánchez? It seems that Manchester City move put on ice for fear of the Chilean being the new Rodney Marsh may be back on, with Gabriel Jesus facing two months out. As one South American of dubious popularity departs, another may arrive at Arsenal – they’re keen on David Luiz, currently on the receiving end of Antonio Conte’s cold shoulder.

Next on the roll call is Eden Hazard, whose circumstances remain clear as mud. Some say that Real Madrid are prepping an opening bid; others think Zinedine Zidane has got cold feet, with Marco Asensio developing and a move for Harry Kane in the offing. Real are prepared to offer Gareth Bale – a player Spurs sold them for £85m – and a ton of cash in a £150m deal. Oof, those 2018 prices. Tottenham could reinvest the cash on Bordeaux hotshot Malcom, and a bumper new deal for Toby Alderweireld.

Barcelona could be about to do us all a favour by snapping up two Rumour Mill regulars at once. They are set to renew their interest, if it ever really went away, in Philippe Coutinho. Get your shirts here! The Catalan giants are not so presumptuous about Antoine Griezmann but fancy adding the Frenchman to their new-look forward line. That could be bad news for Arda Turan, Gerard Deulofeu and a host of others who will be surplus to requirements.

In addition to bad luck, marginal refereeing decisions and Manchester City’s outlay on full-backs, José Mourinho has decided to lay blame for Manchester United’s stagnation on Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He could be farmed out to Internazionale, with João Mário and the striker Mauro Icardi– one to surely unite the Old Trafford dressing room – heading the other way. Matteo Darmian might also be off to Italy – he’s caught in a painful tug-of-war between Juventus, Napoli and Roma.

Theo Walcott has been linked with a move away from Arsenal since the Mill was a young pup chasing down youth team rumours. But this month, it might finally happen,with Everton, Southampton, West Ham United and Watford forming an orderly queue. Watford are also closing in on Leicester outcast Islam Slimani, with Claude Puel busy ordering more padded waistcoats and targeting a full-back. Celta Vigo’s Jonny, Benfica’s André Almeida and Bournemouth’s Adam Smith are on his list.

Finally, a team that know how to do business. Barcelona, Arsenal, Liverpool, United and just about every other European heavyweight has had an eye on Schalke’s Leon Goretzka – but it looks as if Bayern Munich have got him – and on a free to boot. Some things never change, eh?


Mawson…Shelvey and the Oxford conundrum

Obviously until the first signing arrive through the door, complaining about names speculated across the media in which West Ham may be interested is all a bit pointless.

However, it does seem from everything we are hearing at CandH that Swansea’s Alfie Mawson is strongly fancied whilst Jonjo Shelvey is another David Moyes sees as a possible solution to out midfield issues despite The Toon currently being placed 16th with one point more than ourselves.

To be honest Mawson is not a name that had occurred to most until he sprung into the gossip columns a few weeks ago whilst Shelvey is a well known maverick who can play a bit when the spirit moves.

However, what can’t be denied is that the Irons – if serious about them both – are shopping in the basement again with Mawson part of a bottom of the table defence which has shipped 32 goals and has the worst goals difference in the league.

Shelvey, meanwhile, after 15 appearances and no goals, has seen red twice and yellow three times whilst as a Championship player last season he managed five goals, 10 yellows and one red.

Are either what we really need? I’m not sure we would have been discussing either of them a couple of months back.

I am struggling to get the Reece Oxford scenario out of my head after the lad forced his way into the Borussia Monchengladbach team recently and in the games I watched was as composed as it gets.

If we are really going to buy Mawson ahead of giving the most highly touted youngster we have seen at the club in a long time a chance, I’m struggling with that.

Informed reports claim that both ‘Gladbach and Leipzig could be close to launching £20 million bids for him and given their standing in European football that speaks volumes.

To sell him for such a figure and buy Mawson for much the same must be a very mute point.

As a result a real test of the Moyes football nous is at hand. The question is whether he has enough time to make a decision on Oxford. I for one sincerely hope so.

If you are good enough to play for a top half Bundesliga side then I reckon you must be good enough to play for a bottom three PL side.

As for Shelvey. Think I’d be tempted to look elsewhere!



West Ham keen on Etienne Capoue; Watford would want £12m to sell

Jordan Harris

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue during the January transfer window.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, West Ham are fans of Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue, and the Hornets are open to selling the 29-year-old if a £12 million bid comes in.

Capoue has been a key player for Watford since their return to the Premier League, making 79 top flight appearances for the club following his move from Tottenham in 2015.

Last season, the Frenchman was fantastic for the side, scoring seven times to finish as the club's second highest goalscorer in the league. This season however, it has been a lot more of a struggle for the holding midfielder.

He has started just four times, making a further five appearances from the bench for Marco Silva's men. And now the Mail reports that Watford may be prepared to sell Capoue this month, and he may be ready to leave Vicarage Road.

The Mail adds that the Irons are fans of his, but Watford's asking price is set to be around the £12 million mark, and there is no indication whether their Premier League rivals would be willing to meet that price.

While Capoue was often exceptional last season, it may not be too great a surprise if the Hammers fans need to be convinced about whether he would be a good target to go after as they look to get themselves out of trouble in the top flight.

West Ham's transfer record in recent years has been mixed, and going after a player who is at an age where he would presumably not have too long left at his best, and is not actually in the best form right now may seem like a questionable idea at this stage.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

claret50 6:34 Tue Jan 2
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Cheers mate, top work as usual.

Mart O 6:10 Mon Jan 1
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Cheers, Alan, and a happy new year to you, sir.

Sven Roeder 3:14 Mon Jan 1
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Thanks Alan
Your best papers performance of the year by far

Don’t get the Mawson thing
If we going to play a back three I’d get Oxford or Rice as the ball player in the middle and we have enough with the rest
Have a look again in the summer if we pension off Collins and Fonte

I’m sure Shelvey would be keen on moving ‘home’ to London but he appears dim and ill disciplined if talented. A major risk
Shopping in January again to fix major problems.... same old same old

The Stoat 2:46 Mon Jan 1
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Sullivan's war chest


Whitester. 2:38 Mon Jan 1
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Thanks Alan for all your hard work you continue to on a daily basis and over the years. Nice one mate ⚒

Happy new year

Alan 12:05 Mon Jan 1
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Capoue story added.

lab 12:04 Mon Jan 1
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Cheers Alan.

ted fenton 12:02 Mon Jan 1
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Thanks Alan 12:00 Mon Jan 1

Thanks Alan 12:00 Mon Jan 1
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Tomshardware 11:41 Mon Jan 1

mallard 11:46 Mon Jan 1
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Many Thanka Alan

Tomshardware 11:41 Mon Jan 1
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Thanks Alan.

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