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Alan 12:50 Tue Jan 2
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool will demand an "astronomical" fee from Barcelona before they consider selling 25-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho. (Telegraph)

The Spanish giants have been told that it would take a deal worth almost £160m to bring Coutinho to the Nou Camp. (Onda Cero Radio commentator Alfredo Martinez)

Napoli will be ready to allow left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, 23, to move to Manchester United for his £53m release clause as they close in on the £26.6m signing of his replacement - 22-year-old Spaniard Alejandro Grimaldo from Benfica. Algeria international Ghoulam tore his cruciate knee ligament in November last year. (Record - in Portuguese)

Chelsea's hopes of convincing 33-year-old Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini to move to Stamford Bridge have suffered a setback after he hinted at extending his contract with Juventus. (Sky Italia - in Italian)

Swansea are keen on West Ham's unsettled striker Diafra Sakho, but may need to consider bids for English centre-back Alfie Mawson, 23, or South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yeung, 28, to make a deal for the 28-year-old Frenchman happen. (Guardian)

Huddersfield have made an approach to sign Monaco's 23-year-old Netherlands defender Terence Kongolo on loan. (Huddersfield Examiner)

Meanwhile, both Huddersfield and Watford are targeting Wolves centre-back Kortney Hause, 22. (Sun)


Little Mix's Perrie Edwards was at Turf Moor to see boyfriend Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Liverpool's win over Burnley.

Meanwhile, Brighton boss Chris Hughton says keeping the club in the Premier League will be as big an achievement as getting them there. (Argus)

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says striker Diego Costa is "home" and the club have an "extraordinary player and great friend" back after the 29-year-old completed his move from Chelsea. (London Evening Standard)

Yeovil's League Two game with Crawley was held up for more than 10 minutes on Monday when a drone appeared over Huish Park. (Sky Sports)
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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)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Bryant

Having spent much of December harping on about not having enough money to spend, and how much he dislikes the January transfer window anyway, José Mourinho will use the January transfer window to spend a load of money. First on his shopping list is Antoine Griezman, who he’ll offer £300,000-a-week to in order to convince him that relentlessly tracking back at Old Trafford will be more rewarding than relentlessly banging in goals for Barcelona, who have also been sniffing about.

Following his swipe at Pep Guardiola for spending “striker money” on full backs, Mourinho will offer Napoli £53m for left-back Faouzi Ghoulam (allowing them to buy Benfica’s Alejandro Grimaldo in his place) before commissioning a brass statue of his own neck to replace the one of Fergie outside the ground. Next on the Manchester United list is PSG’s Lucas Moura, who they have apparently “opened talks over”, before a £50m bid for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.

Antonio Conte is well aware of Chelsea’s (not terribly successful) attempts to promote players from their garlanded academy, and a policy of buying young players with a long future. So fair play to him for sticking two fingers up to that and upping his interest in Bayern’s 30-year-old midfielder Arturo Vidal and Juve’s 33-year-old Giorgio Chiellini. The latter, however, has been hinting that he’s likely to stay in Turin anyway.

Besiktas have noted Everton’s interest in Cenk Tosun, have spotted the pictures the striker has posted of himself gadding about in London, and added another £2m to his price tag – taking it to £27m – just because they can. Sam Allardyce is not for being pushed around, however, so may simply sign Steven N’Zonzi from Sevilla instead.

Brighton (and Hove Albion actually) have taken the sensible step of asking Moussa Dembélé if he is actually interested in signing for them before they dig out the fax machine, fire it up and ping off an offer to Celtic for him. But they’ll be perfectly happy to let Jamie Murphy head to Rangers given he’s been free to spend more time mooching about The Lanes than playing on the Amex pitch this season.

In more Scottish news, Celtic and West Ham are girding their loins for a Benny Hill-style chase for Hibs’s 23-year-old midfielder John McGinn. West Ham have other business to attend to as well – chiefly flogging Diafra Sakho for as close to £20m as they can, and then persuading Swansea’s Alfie Mawson and Ki Sung-yeung to ditch one listing ship for another.

Kortney Hause is working out which of the coy sideways glances he’s been getting from both Huddersfield and Watford are the most significant after getting limited playing time at Wolves. It may well turn out to be Watford, given Huddersfield manager David Wagner has also been giving the glad eye to Monaco defender Terence Kongolo, drooling: “We like him”.

And Philippe Coutinho, Nike, Barcelona, Zzzzzzzz.


Gladbach make £10m bid for West Ham’s Oxford

Hammers recalled young defender over the Christmas period but he would like to return to Germany on loan

By Neil Ashton

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH made a £10million bid today for West Ham defender Reece Oxford.

The German club are determined to sign Oxford, 19, on a permanent deal after the Hammers cut short his loan spell.

Oxford would prefer to spend the rest of the season on loan at Monchengladbach after being told by David Moyes that his first-team chances are limited.

The Hammers recalled the defender over the Christmas period, but he is unlikely to force his way into the first team while they are fighting relegation.

Moyes wants experienced players in his side to beat the drop and that means Oxford would have to wait for his chance again at the London Stadium.

Monchengladbach want the centre-back on a permanent deal and are waiting to find out whether West Ham will accept their opening bid.


Adrian ready to commit his future at West Ham

Saikat Mandal

According to reports from the Mirror (printed edition; 01/01/2018 – page 47), West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is ready to commit his future at the London club.

The Spaniard’s future came under speculation following the arrival of Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City. The England goalkeeper quickly displaced him as the club’s first choice.

Adrian got a lucky break against Manchester City, and his superb performance in that match earned the trust of his manager, David Moyes.

The 30-year-old has once again regained his status as the club’s first choice goalkeeper, and now he is ready to commit his future for the Hammers.

Adrian has a contract at the club till June 2019, and he is expecting to extend his stay at the club.

West Ham are currently without a win in their last three games in all competitions. However, they have lost just once in their last five Premier League games.

The Hammers will take on West Brom in the Premier League on Tuesday, and Adrian is expected to start for the home side.


Hammers close in on midfield ‘target’

David Moyes appears to be closing in on Scotland international John McGinn.

The player has been on his radar for several weeks and the 23-year-old is now entering the final 18 months of his contract.

The Scotttish Daily Mail says Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster has admitted the club will consider bids for the midfielder.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is also a big admirer but Moyes has had the player scouted regularly over recent weeks and could move quickly.

Dempster is reported as saying: ‘There was an offer in the August transfer window and John has gone from strength to strength in the subsequent period.

‘It’s inevitable that when you have good people either working for you, or playing at a club, that there is going to be interest.

‘It is always about weighing up our league position and what is best for us in the short and medium-term. We don’t know what the next month will bring, we don’ t have a crystal ball we might get tested. If we are tested then we will carefully consider it.’

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bill green 3:30 Tue Jan 2
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thanks Alan

having done some Redknapp style scouting on youtube that McGinn has got a nice left peg on him

Mex Martillo 1:25 Tue Jan 2
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Thanks Alan

Queens Fish Bar 1:24 Tue Jan 2
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ted fenton 12:56 Tue Jan 2

Coffee 1:00 Tue Jan 2
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Hello Cheers??

Texas Iron 12:59 Tue Jan 2
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Hello Cheers...
Hope you're feeling better...

ted fenton 12:56 Tue Jan 2
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Thanks Alan 12:50 Tue Jan 2

Coffee 12:51 Tue Jan 2
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John McGinn? Should be a tonic to the team.

Thanks, Alan.

Thanks Alan 12:50 Tue Jan 2
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Thanks Alan

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