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Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho believes he has played his last game for the club but it will take an offer in the region of £133m for a move to Barcelona to go through this month. (Times)

Liverpool should sign Alexis Sanchez, 29, from Arsenal for £40m to replace Phillippe Coutinho if he leaves Anfield, according to former Reds striker John Aldridge. (Irish Independent)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has opened the door to selling Chile striker Sanchez this month. (Mirror)

RB Leipzig's Naby Keita is set to stay at the German club for the rest of the season as the 22-year-old Guinea midfielder is made to wait until the summer for his £55m move to Liverpool. (Bild via Liverpool Echo)

The German club also say selling striker Timo Werner, who has been linked with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, is not in their immediate plans. (AS)

Chelsea are ready to push through a £50m January deal for Juventus' Brazil left-back Alex Sandro, 26. (Mirror)

But Blues manager Antonio Conte has cooled talk of a January move for Juventus' 33-year-old Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. (Daily Mail)

And the Italian manager has also said Brazil defender David Luiz, 30, and Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi, 24, can leave Stamford Bridge in January if they wish. (Telegraph)

Fenerbahce could make a move for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 31, this month. Reports in Turkey suggest the club are keen to sign him as a potential replacement for Robin Van Persie. (Fanatik via Football London)

West Ham remain interested in signing Stoke City and Wales midfielder Joe Allen, 27. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United do not need to sign anybody during the current transfer window according to the club's former coach, Steve McClaren. (Sky Sports via Daily Star)

The agent of Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian has confirmed multiple Italian clubs have been in touch with regard to signing the 28-year-old Italy full-back - but claims he is not for sale in January. (Manchester Evening News)

Everton will attempt to complete the signing of Besiktas and Turkey striker Cenk Tosun, 26, on Wednesday at a meeting with the Turkish club's president, Fikret Orman. (Guardian)

Southampton, Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham all want to sign Nicolas Gaitan from Atletico Madrid. (AS via Daily Express)

Newcastle have told 28-year-old midfielder Jack Colback and right-back Jamie Sterry, 22, they can leave St James' Park. (Mirror)

Wolves are set to land their first signing of the January transfer window after agreeing a deal with Valencia for rumoured Real Madrid target, 20-year-old forward Rafa Mir. (Express and Star)

Arsenal striker Stephy Mavididi, 19, is poised to join Charlton on loan. (ESPN)

Manager Jose Mourinho is treading a fine line with the Old Trafford hierarchy over his comments about Manchester United's spending. (Daily Mail)

West Brom and Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 27, who has failed to score a goal since signing in the summer, could be offered an escape route from the Hawthorns by Spanish side Getafe. (Talksport)

QPR's Congo midfielder Yeni Ngbakoto, 25, is close to finalising a permanent move to French Ligue 1 side Guingamp. (GetWestLondon)

Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 22, insists he is not thinking about leaving the club after being linked with a move to Manchester United. (Novosti via Metro)

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Manager Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are yet to receive an offer for 29-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, who is a target for Premier League leaders Manchester City. (Sun)

Real Madrid are set to meet Athletic Bilbao's buyout clause of 20m euros (£17.8m) for Spain goalkeeper Kepa, 23. (Marca)

Premier League strugglers Swansea are keen to move for West Ham's unsettled French striker Diafra Sakho, 28. (WalesOnline)

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)

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)

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After listening to José Mourinho bang on about Manchester City “buying full-backs for the price of strikers”, Antonio Conte took one look at the Premier League table, loaded up £50m into the saddlebags and pointed his steed towards Turin. Alex Sandro, a man almost single-handedly keeping the Mill in business since his move to Juventus in 2015, is on the verge of joining Chelsea, according to the Mirror.

Despite having one of the league’s best left-backs in Marcos Alonso, Conte believes the Spaniard could be an option at centre-back, where he sometimes played for Fiorentina, and is keen to beat Manchester United to Sandro. Mourinho is also said to be looking at the Brazilian, as well as a potential move for Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam.

What happens when you have your contract terminated by Al Jazira? Europe’s elite come calling. PSG lead the way to sign Lassana Diarra – born in Paris, famous in Portsmouth – with Manchester United, Galatasaray, Milan, Fenerbahce and St Etienne also reportedly keen on the 32-year-old, who is available on a free transfer.

Remember Arda Turan? Previously one of Europe’s most frightening No10s, he is now rotting in Barcelona’s reserves. A January move looks likely and remarkably it is Everton – who already have 476,821 central attacking midfielders – and Milan – who are already trying to shift a mercurial Turkish midfielder off their books in Hakan Calhanoglu – that seem the most likely destinations.

Failing a move for Turan, Milan will try for Tottenham’s Mousa Dembélé, who is apparently a bit peeved at having to watch Harry Winks play another square ball to the full-back from the Spurs bench.

Fenerbahce’s Mathieu Valbuena is giving Olivier Giroud the hard sell as the midfielder tries to convince his compatriot to leave Arsenal for Istanbul. Vincent Janssen’s own move from north London has yielded only two goals since September, while Roberto Soldado has scored in one match this season, so the Fenerbahce manager, Aykut Kocaman, has turned to Giroud.
It’s all coming up roses for Wolves right now. Twelve points clear at the top of the Championship, and now they are set to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Valencia’s Rafa Mir. The striker has scored 15 times in 19 reserve appearances and is the subject of a £1.8m bid from Wolves, with the 20-year-old said to favour a move to the Black Country over the Spanish giants.

Elsewhere, Watford are understood to be readying an £8m bid for Didier Ndong, with Sunderland ready to replace the Gabon international with a loan deal for Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn. Sergio Romero has decided that a Carabao Cup defeat to Bristol City probably isn’t enough to get him on Argentina’s plane to Russia 2018, and is pushing for an exit from Old Trafford.


Andy Carroll scores terrific brace as Hammers stage second-half comeback to leap out of the relegation zone

West Ham have moved out of the relegation zone by scoring a last-gasp winner at the London Stadium
James McClean gave Alan Pardew's side the lead with an unstoppable shot from the edge of the penalty area
Andy Carroll showed evidence of his strength in the air by scoring a bullet header to draw the sides level
Carroll then scored a terrific goal from a tight angle to secure a valuable three points for the Hammers

By Matt Barlow for the Daily Mail

Andy Carroll scored his first goals since April Fool's Day to rescue West Ham but their come-back victory was overshadowed by a clash between Jake Livermore and home fans.

Both clubs are investigating the incident which occurred when West Bromwich Albion midfielder was substituted in the second-half.

Livermore stepped into the stands for a confrontation before he was led down the tunnel by a member of the club's staff.
Alan Pardew claimed he had been provoked and assistant head coach John Carver remonstrated with the stewards who were supposed to be protecting the players on the bench.

'The only thing I know is I've see Jake in the crowd, which disturbed me,' said Pardew. 'Obviously you don't want to see a player in the crowd.

'There's no way he's going in the crowd, because I know him, he's a great lad, unless he was provoked severely.'

Livermore had been a late inclusion into the Albion team, promoted from the substitutes when Matt Phillips hurt a hamstring in the warm-up.

The West Ham players celebrated wildly after Andy Carroll scored in the dying seconds to secure all three points

The forward smashed a low drive under the hapless Ben Foster in stoppage time to send the home support into pandemonium

Carroll beat Kieran Gibbs and Jonny Evans in the air to bullet a header beyond the West Brom goalkeeper to equalise

The West Brom winger unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area

West Ham's Winston Reid dribbles out of defence and passes to a team-mate as James McClean attempts to close him down

Pedro Obiang mistimes his jump and allows Jay Rodriguez to meet the ball and head back to his West Brom team-mate

West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore looks to set off on a run but Aaron Cresswell slides in to stop his opponent advancing

Winger Marko Arnautovic shows a turn of pace and good strength to get round West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi

He was replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu after 65 minutes and the flashpoint occurred when he took his seat on the bench.

Both clubs are investigating and the police were not thought to be involved.

Livermore tested positive for cocaine in 2015 when he played for Hull City.

He escaped a ban from the Football Association who accepted the unique circumstances of Livermore's case following the death of his newborn son, Jake Junior, almost a year earlier.

West Brom took a first-half lead through a deflected strike by James McClean but Carroll, starting for the first time in more than a month equalised with a typical towering header before finding a winner in the fourth-minute of stoppage-time.

'Two great centre-forward's goals,' said Moyes as his team moved out of the bottom three. 'That's as good as it gets. I was a centre-half and I don't think can stop his leap for the first.

'The second shows great quality from a tight angle to complete the finish.'

Manuel Lanzini comes on to a knock down from Andy Carroll to lash a shot towards goal but it is easily gathered by the keeper

Salomon Rondon goes tumbling to the ground after Pablo Zabaleta slid in to dispossess the West Brom forward

Kouyate stretches to try and turn the ball goalwards but misses and ends up kicking Ben Foster in a nasty collision

West Ham forward Andy Carroll reacts after being millimetres away from converting a whipped cross into the box

It was the first time West Ham had fought back to win having gone behind in a Premier League game at the London Stadium and Pardew claimed fatigue was to blame.

West Brom complained to the Premier League about playing 48 hours after a draw against Arsenal but West Ham were in action for the first time since Boxing Day.

'We were hanging physically and mentally,' said Pardew. 'It's very difficult to criticise my team but you could see in the last 20 minutes we were desperate. It's heart-breaking.'

Ben Foster made three fine saves in the first-half, two to deny Manuel Lanzini and another at the feet of Cheikhou Kouyate to stop the midfielder pouncing on a knock-down from Carroll.

Moyes shook things up at half-time, sending Mark Noble into midfield and switching to a back-four.

Restored to his position as a conventional left-back, Aaron Cresswell supplied the cross for the equaliser when Carroll climbed above Jonny Evans and Kieran Gibbs to head past Foster.

Both sides had chances before Carroll's second, slid in at the back-post from a low cross by Marko Arnautovic.

'For long periods it didn't look likely,' said Moyes. 'But we lost a goal in the last minute at Bournemouth which should have counted and Newcastle scored an offside goal here. Tonight things went for us. You earn your luck a bit.'

Carroll protests desperately as referee Mike Jones brandishes the yellow card for a nasty foul on his opponent

Foster does well to come off his goal line and block a dangerous looking cut back from West Ham winger Arnautovic

West Ham manager Moyes goes on the attack by swapping defender Arthur Masuaku for forward Javier Hernandez

Arnautovic showed his relief and screamed in celebration at the final whistle as West Ham moved out of the relegation zone


West Ham (3-4-2-1): Adrian 6; Reid 5.5, Ogbonna 5.5, Cresswell 6.5 (Rice 76, 5); Zabaleta 6, Kouyate 6, Obiang 5 (Noble 46 min, 6.5), Masuaku 5 (Hernandez 73, 5); Lanzini 6.5, Arnautovic 6; Carroll 7.5;

Subs not used: A Ayew, Haksabanovic, Hart, Quina

Goalscorers: Carroll (59, 90+4)

Booked: Lanzini, Masuaku, Carroll

Manager: David Moyes 6.5

West Brom (4-2-3-1): Foster 7; Dawson 6, Hegazi 6, Evans 6, Gibbs 5.5; Yacob 6 (Barry 83), Krychowiak 6; Rodriguez 5.5 (Burke 71, 4.5), Livermore 5 (Robson-Kanu 65, 5), McClean 6.5; Rondon 6;

Subs not used: Brunt, Myhill, McAuley, Field

Goalscorers: McClean (30)

Booked: Yacob, Krychowiak

Manager: Alan Pardew 6.5

Referee: Mike Jones

Attendance: 56,888

MoM: Carroll


Jake Livermore spat with West Ham fan spoils Andy Carroll’s late show

Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium

Amid the euphoria of a vital victory for West Ham in their fight against relegation, the mood was spoiled by Jake Livermore having to be led down the tunnel after the West Bromwich Albion midfielder became involved in a confrontation with a spectator during the second half at the London Stadium.

A suggestion that something had been said to Livermore by a West Ham fan sitting behind the dugouts could not be verified on Tuesday night. John Carver, West Brom’s assistant manager, could be seen remonstrating with stewards and West Ham are investigating the incident, which took place after Livermore’s substitution in the 65th minute. The Football Association is likely to be interested in the club’s observations.

“The only thing I know is I see Jake in the crowd, which disturbed me,” Alan Pardew, the West Brom manager, said. “You don’t want to see a player in the crowd. There’s no way he’s going in the crowd, because I know him, he’s a great lad, unless he was provoked severely. That’s all I know. I haven’t had a chance to talk to Jake. I’ll speak to him and we’ll go from there.”

West Brom, who remain winless since Pardew replaced Tony Pulis, felt the disappointment of this defeat bitterly. They were beaten by Andy Carroll’s winner in the 94th minute and only goal difference is keeping them off the foot of the table.

The visitors were dead on their feet. While West Ham had enjoyed the luxury of a week off, West Brom had 48 hours to recover from their draw with Arsenal, such is the increasingly weird scheduling over the festive period.

“It was a tough last 20 minutes,” Pardew said. “We were really hanging physically and mentally. It’s very evident on the pitch. We lose Matty Phillips in the warm‑up. It was too much for us. It’s unfair.”

Most spectators had given up hope of seeing a winning goal when Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic launched one final attack. West Brom, who had felt the lactic acid rising in their muscles as a tight match wore on, were seconds away from earning a valuable point. “It didn’t look likely for long periods,” David Moyes said.

Yet West Ham’s manager had an unlikely hero in the form of a striker who has often cut a frustrated, angry figure this season. Carroll had not scored since last April before he cancelled out James McClean’s opener with towering header in the 59th minute and his second goal hauled West Ham a point above the bottom three, leaving West Brom heartbroken in the process.

The game started so promisingly for Pardew’s side. Their impressive organisation frustrated West Ham and they took the lead when McClean’s shot from 25 yards hit Pedro Obiang and spun over Adrián after half an hour.

Lanzini had two efforts saved by Ben Foster in the first half and Carroll spurned a wonderful chance shortly after half-time.

Starting for the first time since 24 November, Carroll perked up after that miss and he showed there remains a spring in his legs when he leapt to meet Aaron Cresswell’s cross. This was him at his rollocking best as he bullied Jonny Evans and Kieran Gibbs, muscling both defenders out of the way to direct a low header past Foster.

Arnautovic went close after being played in by Lanzini but West Brom had a threat on the break. Oliver Burke had two chances after replacing Jay Rodriguez, but Pardew found himself criticising the young winger after he gave the ball away in the buildup to West Ham’s winner.

“I expect him to run it in the corner,” Pardew said. “Maybe because we were under pressure to win he’s stuck it in the box.”

West Ham flew to the other end, Lanzini found Arnautovic and Carroll converted the Austrian’s cross from a tight angle.


Jake Livermore escorted down tunnel after angry altercation in stand with West Ham fans

Matt Law, Football News Correspondent, London Stadium

Andy Carroll scored his first goals in nine months to secure a dramatic victory that lifted West Ham United outside the Premier League relegation zone, but the club are now investigating why West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore confronted a section of home fans.

James McClean had put West Brom on course for a first win since the August 19 success against Burnley before Carroll headed an equaliser and then grabbed a winner in the fourth minute of time added on for stoppages.

But West Ham face questions over why former Tottenham Hotspur player Livermore entered the London Stadium stands to square up to Hammers supporters after being substituted in the second half.

Livermore had to eventually be escorted down the tunnel by a member of the West Brom backroom staff, as assistant head coach John Carver remonstrated with stewards at the London Stadium.

England international Livermore had not been due to start the game, having faced Arsenal just 51 hours earlier, but he had to be drafted in after Matt Phillips suffered an injury at the end of the warm-up.

Livermore appeared to react to something that was shouted at him after being replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu in the 65th minute and West Brom manager Alan Pardew said: “The only thing I know is I saw Jake in the crowd which disturbed me.

“There’s no way he’s going in the crowd unless he was provoked severely. That’s all I know. I haven’t had a chance to speak to Jake. I’ll speak to Jake and we’ll go from there.”

West Ham manager David Moyes added: “I would never hide, but I genuinely didn’t see anything. I’ve been told, but I didn’t see.”

A Hammers spokesman later confirmed that the club were investigating what had happened and were working with West Brom on the matter.

Moyes was understandably more interested in talking about a second-half turnaround that saw West Ham climb out of the relegation zone ahead of Thursday night’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur and the influence of Carroll.

There had been little sign of a fightback from McClean’s deflected opener in the 30th minute before Carroll rose above Jonny Evans and Kieran Gibbs to head Aaron Cresswell’s cross past Ben Foster.

And Carroll was perfectly positioned at the back post to coolly steer in Mark Arnautovic’s low cross with only seconds of time added on remaining.

“Two great goals, a great centre-forward’s header, as good as it gets, I don’t think you can stop his leap and jump,” said Moyes. “The other shows great quality, tight angle, to complete the finish. It’s great.

“I’ve got to say for long periods it didn’t look likely. We lost a goal in the last minute at Bournemouth, which shouldn’t have counted. Newcastle scored an offside goal here, but tonight things went for us.

“They were two stunning goals, brilliant finishes. You earn your luck a bit. We were poor in the first half, changed things at half time and got 15 yards further up the pitch.”

West Brom had asked for this game to be postponed in a complaint to the Premier League over having to play twice in just over 48 hours, despite their opponents having a comparative rest since Boxing Day.

And Pardew felt his team, who have now gone 20 Premier League games without a victory, paid the price for the quick turnaround.

“It’s very evident on the pitch because we lose Matt Phillips in the warm-up, at the end of the warm-up, my most influential player offensively,” said Pardew. “We still put in great first-half. It’s very difficult to criticise my team because you could see in the last 20 minutes we were desperate. It’s heartbreaking for the players.”

Substitute Oliver Burke missed two good late chances for West Brom and it was his cross from which West Ham broke up the pitch and Carroll scored the last-gasp winner.

“Young Oli (Burke) has come on the pitch when we're under pressure to win, but in that scenario I'd expect him to run it into the corner," said Pardew. “Maybe because we're under that pressure to win he stuck it in the box.”

Diafra Sakho, who is a January target of Swansea City, was not in the West Ham squad on Tuesday night, but Moyes said: “He was injured, he’s got a cyst on his knee.

“I’m not in a hurry to sell anybody. I’d like to add. I’ve not got a massive squad and we’ve probably got more centre-forwards, but I’m not mad keen to strengthen anybody else. If it was making us better, it might be different.”

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Russ of the BML 6:38 Wed Jan 3
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Great photo of Lanzini. Caught just at point of impact. Love the technique.

Ta Al.

FOREVER IRON 2:04 Wed Jan 3
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How could the Daily Mail give Kouyate a 6 for his crap performance today and give the same score to Arnautovic who was one of our best again

LeroysBoots 1:08 Wed Jan 3
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Love that pic of Adrian....ran the whole length of the pitch, superb !

Mart O 12:42 Wed Jan 3
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Cicero 12:41 Wed Jan 3

Cicero 12:41 Wed Jan 3
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Thanks, Alan.

ted fenton 12:18 Wed Jan 3
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Thanks Alan 12:12 Wed Jan 3

Thanks Alan 12:12 Wed Jan 3
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Thanks Alan

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