WHO Poll
Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
30%
  
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
52%
  
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
16%
  
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 2:08 Fri Jan 19
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Stoke's former England striker Peter Crouch, 36, has emerged as a new target for Chelsea after injury denied Andy Carroll, 29, a possible move from West Ham. (Telegraph)

Bordeaux will not sell 20-year-old Brazilian forward Malcom this month leaving Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements. (The Sun)

Chelsea are keen to sign Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko, 31, and Italian left-back Emerson Palmieri, 23, from Roma. The pair could cost a combined £77m. (Daily Star)

Chelsea could use 24-year-old Belgian Michy Batshuayi as part of a deal to sign Edin Dzeko. (Sky Italia)

Antonio Conte's side are also mulling over an approach to Crystal Palace for their Belgium forward Christian Benteke. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 27, says being a part of the club is "special". The Spaniard has sought to play down speculation around his future at Old Trafford. (ESPN)

Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 27, could leave Nice and return to Italy in the summer with AC Milan an option. (Gazzetta Dello Sport in Italian)

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is still hopeful of signing Manchester United's 20-year-old Congolese defender Axel Tuanzebe and Leicester's Argentinean striker Leo Ulloa, 31. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester City have expressed an interest in Liverpool and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 24, but his future could depend on Liverpool's pursuit of Schalke's 22-year-old midfielder Leon Goretzka. (Mirror)

West Ham and Crystal Palace are competing to sign Bologna's 24-year-old Moroccan defender Adam Masina. (The Sun)

Tottenham are rivalling Manchester United in a bid to sign Paris St-Germain's Brazilian forward Lucas Moura, 25. (L'Equipe - in French)

Alexis Sanchez has been made to train with Arsenal's youth team as the 29-year-old Chilean forward's move to Old Trafford drags on. (Times)

Manchester United are leading Liverpool and Chelsea in the chase to land Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, 26, with Manchester City also interested in the Ivory Coast international. (Mirror)

Chelsea may face a transfer ban for breaking the rules on the signing of foreign players aged under 18. (Guardian)

Brighton are interested in signing PSV Eindhoven's 24-year-old Dutch striker Jurgen Locadia. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Argentina striker Paulo Dybala, 24, will have to submit a transfer request to have any chance of joining Manchester United, says Juventus chief executive Beppe Marotta. (La Gazetta Dello Sport - in Italian)

Arsenal are reportedly one step closer to signing Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the 28-year-old was left out of the Borussia Dortmund squad for their trip to Hertha Berlin. (Bild - in German)

And the Gunners are closing in on agreeing new deals for Germany international Mesut Ozil, 29, and midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26. (Sun)

Everton's former England winger Aaron Lennon, 30, and Leicester striker Islam Slimani, 29, are loan targets for Newcastle United. (Shields Gazette)

Besiktas are also interested in Slimani and now Watford have joined the race for the Algerian. (Daily Star)

Leicester manager Claude Puel says he will consider whether to sign Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragovic on a permanent deal in the summer. The 26-year-old is currently on loan from Bayer Leverkusen. (Leicester Mercury)

Watford boss Marco Silva will do the same regarding 26-year-old Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo, who has impressed on loan from Benfica. (Watford Observer)

West Brom are in talks to sign Basle and Switzerland right-back Michael Lang, 28. (Mail)

Huddersfield boss David Wagner has ruled out any further transfer activity despite being linked with Borussia Dortmund's Serbian defender Neven Subotic, 29. (Huddersfield Examiner)

Joey Barton claims it would be "hypocritical" of Liverpool to sack his former team-mate Jon Flanagan, 25, after the English full-back pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend. (Talksport)
Best of Thursday's gossip

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been told West Brom and Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 30, can be signed for £23.5m, with a firm bid expected shortly. (Sun)

West Ham manager David Moyes was at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to watch 24-year-old Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, who he is interested in signing, in action for Chelsea against Norwich. (Mail)

Bayern Munich could receive interest from Everton with regards to their 24-year-old Spanish left-back, Juan Bernat. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United's deal to sign Chile forward Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal will be worth £180m after the 29-year-old agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract. (Telegraph)

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell says he is desperate to leave and get playing again - but the 26-year-old, who has three England caps, says he will not walk away from his £70,000-a-week contract. (Mail)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Having been mentioned in jest on yesterday’s award-winning Guardian podcast Football Weekly Extra, a move for Peter Crouch from Stoke City to Chelsea now looks like it might actually happen. The Premier League champions had been linked with Andy Carroll, but the West Ham totem’s state of perma-knack means that particular switch – like the player himself – is not currently a runner. An ankle injury means the unfortunate Carroll faces another extended period on the sidelines and if Stoke aren’t prepared to sell Crouchie, Chelsea will move for Brian Deane, John Carew or Jan Koller. The Roma striker Edin Dzeko is another one of several big men with a goodish touch who is is being reported to be on Antonio Conte’s radar, but it’s understood they have a more pressing need for a homegrown player to meet their Premier League squad quota. Dzeko’s team-mate, the Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri and his Juventus counterpart Alex Sandro also feature prominently on the Chelsea shopping list.

Manchester City are prepared to try to hijack any move Juve make for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, who may not go anywhere now that his current employers have been unsuccessful in their bid to sign Schalke’s Leon Goretzka, who has joined Bayern Munich. In similar party-pooping mode, Tottenham Hotspur might try to scupper Manchester United’s well-documented attempts to sign Paris Saint-Germain outcast Lucas Moura. Italian pink paper La Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that United are also interested in taking Juve’s Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala, but say the 24-year-old will have to submit a transfer request before any bids are considered.

Now that Theo Walcott is an Everton player, Aaron Lennon’s future at the Merseyside club is shrouded in uncertainty, a state of affairs that has got antennae twitching at Newcastle, who might try to sign the winger on loan for the rest of the season. The Magpies are also being linked with a loan move for Leicester’s Islam Slimani, but will have to duke it out with Besiktas in the battle to secure his services. Reports from the South Coast suggest goal-shy Brighton are on the verge of signing 24-year-old PSV striker Jürgen Locadia, while further north West Brom are interested in Basel right-back Michael Lang.

And finally, assorted long-running transfer sagas could finally conclude by stumps today, with the news that Manchester United are expected to wrap up their deal to sign Arsenal playmaker Alexis Sánchez, sending Henrikh Mkhitaryan down to that there Big London as part of the well-documented deal. Should United conclude their business by noon, Sanchez could feature in their match against Burnley this weekend.





Sun

Crystal Palace rival West Ham for highly-rated Bologna star Adam Masina

Premier League pair are yet to make a signing this month with the Eagles rocked by Jeffrey Schlupp injury and the Hammers looking to provide competition for Aaron Cresswell

Exclusive By Warren Haughton

WEST HAM and Crystal Palace are going head-to-head for Adam Masina.



Both Premier League sides are chasing a left-back this window and have identified the 24-year-old who is keen to try his luck in England.

Bologna have rejected bids from the London clubs as they are nowhere near the Italian outfit's £15million valuation.

The 6ft 3in Moroccan-born star is highly rated in Italy and regarded as one of the best defenders this term in Serie A.

Hammers boss David Moyes, who made the first move for Masina, is yet to add to his squad this month as he looks to maintain the Londoner’s push away from the relegation dog fight.

The talented full–back has been earmarked as direct competition for Aaron Creswell for a starting berth on the left side of Moyes’ defence.

Eagles chief Roy Hodgson was dealt a blow with Jeffrey Schlupp requiring hip surgery is looking to steal a march on the Hammers for Masina's signature.

Masina came through the academy at Bologna and was converted from a striker to an attacking left-back as a teenager.

Red tape will not be an issue as the defender has an Italian passport and has six caps for Italy Under-21’s.

Palace go to North London on Saturday to face Arsenal while the Hammers will look to continue their revival when they welcome Bournemouth to the London Stadium.

Does the fact that the Hammers are keeping tabs on the 24-year-old suggest that they could be looking for a replacement for Aaron Cresswell should he leave the London Stadium?

Cresswell has recently emerged as a target for Everton, as reported by the Daily Mail, who are desperate to sign a left-sided full-back this month.

Toffees manager Sam Allardyce actually signed Cresswell for West Ham from Ipswich Town back in the summer of 2014 and is clearly still a keen admirer.

Of course the interest in Masina could be simply as competition for Arthur Masuaku, with the Frenchman having emerged as a left wing-back under David Moyes in recent times with Cresswell operating as one of three central defenders.




HITC

Report: West Ham must pay £1.3m loan fee to sign Inter Milan's Mario

Will Butcher

West Ham are reportedly interested in signing Inter Milan winger Joao Mario.

Italian outlet CalcioMercato have claimed that West Ham United must cough up Joao Mario's wages as well as a £1.3million loan fee if they are to land the Portuguese on loan until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old, who celebrates his birthday on the 19th, is reportedly a target for David Moyes' West Ham side as they look to finally make a signing this month and bolster their chances of avoiding a Premier League relegation scrap.

Euro 2016 winner Mario joined Inter after starring in France during Portugal's sensational tournament win, but has failed to shine in the top tier of Italian football. He has scored just three goals in 47 league and cup outings.

Nevertheless, West Ham are looking to nab his signature but have been told to cough up a hefty loan fee considering they are signing him for just half a season, as well as what is likely to be huge wages.

The report claims the Hammers and Inter are in talks, and although an agreement is yet to be reached, the east Londoners remain ahead of La Liga side Sevilla in the race to sign Mario.

It is believed that a permanent move will be discussed at the end of the former Sporting Lisbon star's loan at the Londn Stadium, if he does indeed look to join the Hammers before the deadline on January 31 at 11pm.





C&H

Andy Carroll could require an operation

David Moyes says Andy Carroll’s ankle injury is serious which could require a future operation confirming he is out of action for the month of January at least. False media speculation suggested Carroll was on an unofficial strike to force through a move to Chelsea and alleged that a hospital scan on his ankle didn’t show anything up. This speculation moved one step further yesterday when the Daily Mail published a picture of the West Ham striker with his wife after a yoga workout despite claiming he cannot train.

Moyes used his London Evening Standard column to set the record straight by saying “What may defuse much of the speculation is that the ankle injury Andy picked up against West Brom is sufficiently serious that he will not be able to play again this month anyway and it could even need an operation to put things right, although that has not yet been confirmed.”

Claret and Hugh understand there was never any real prospect of Carroll joining Chelsea with the very faintest of interest in a loan which never transpired to a formal inquiry or bid from Chelsea.





Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 11:35 Fri Jan 19
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

charleyfarley 7:27 Fri Jan 19
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al

BubblesCyprus 4:06 Fri Jan 19
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated.

Whitester. 3:43 Fri Jan 19
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

ted fenton 2:19 Fri Jan 19
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.





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