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Alan 1:34 Sun Jan 21
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid have told Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo that he can leave in the summer, with Paris St-Germain and Manchester United both interested in the 32-year-old. (Yahoo)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 24, will be a target for Real Madrid in the summer, with the Spanish club prepared to pay £200m for the England striker. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Arsenal have made a £44m bid for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, but will have to raise their offer to about £53m to convince the German club to do business. (Kicker - in German)

The Gabon international has been pictured playing five-a-side wearing a Dortmund shirt bearing the name of former team-mate Ousmane Dembele, who now plays for Barcelona. (Bild via Archie Rhind-Tutt on Twitter)

Chelsea are closing in on an agreement to sign Bosnian former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, 31, and Brazil-born left-back Emerson Palmieri, 23, from Roma, with the Italian side asking for £53m. (Gianlucadimarzio.com - in Italian)

Chelsea have approached Leicester City about signing Algeria international striker Islam Slimani, 29, on loan. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Tottenham are interested in Bordeaux's 20-year-old Brazilian attacker Malcom, but want to be the only bidders to avoid his value rising. (Football London)

Manchester City have held talks with Shakhtar Donetsk about a deal to sign 24-year-old midfielder Fred, who would join in the summer. (Sunday Telegraph)

Arsenal and Liverpool face disappointment in their attempts to sign Monaco winger Thomas Lemar because the 22-year-old wants to join Barcelona. (Daily Star Sunday)

Arsenal made an approach for Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw during talks involving the deal for Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez but the Old Trafford club rejected any move for the 22-year-old. (Sun on Sunday)

Valencia are planning to use the uncertainty over Manchester United winger Juan Mata's future at the club by signing the 29-year-old Spain international on a free transfer during the summer. (Daily Star Sunday)

Tottenham are interested in signing Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro, 30, on loan if he is not sold by the Spanish club this January. (Sun on Sunday)

Southampton are in talks to sign Monaco striker Guido Carrillo, 26, and the Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes, 26, in deals that would cost a combined £50m. (Sunday Telegraph)

Roma want Manchester United's 28-year-old Italian full-back Matteo Darmian, but only on loan. (Sunday Mirror)

Barcelona's 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Rafinha is set to join Inter Milan on loan with an option for a £30m permanent deal. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea's Ghanaian full-back Baba Rahman, 23, could join Schalke on loan for a second spell during his time at Stamford Bridge. (Reviersport via Goal)

West Ham are considering an approach to take Portugal midfielder Joao Mario on loan from Inter Milan, with the 25-year-old struggling for form in the wake of his £38m move from Sporting Lisbon. (Sunday Mirror)

Leicester City and Everton are interested in Besiktas' 33-year-old Serbian centre-back Dusko Tosic. (Haberturk via Leicester Mercury)

Stoke have made a bid for New York City FC's England Under-21 midfielder Jack Harrison, 21. (Goal)

Crystal Palace are set to sign Benfica's 21-year-old Swedish midfielder Erdal Rakip on loan for the rest of the season. (Mail on Sunday)

Best of Saturday's gossip

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is being lined up to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager in the summer, with former Blues defender Juliano Belletti as his director of football. (Star)

And Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is the prime target for Paris St-Germain. (Mirror)

Tottenham are expected to beat Arsenal to the signing of Bordeaux's 20-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder Malcom. (Telegraph)

It may not be a done deal yet but Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has congratulated Manchester United on the signing of Arsenal's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29. (Talksport)

Manchester City pulled out of the deal to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal as they feared it would have an impact on the financial stability of the club. (Times - subscription required)


Javier Hernández rescues point for West Ham against Bournemouth

Paul MacInnes at the London Stadium

This game came and went in almost 60 seconds. Ryan Fraser’s sweet strike gave the visitors an unlikely lead only for it to be cancelled out in little over a minute by a typical finish from Javier Hernández.

That aside, it was a match of missed opportunities. For David Moyes there was not only two home points dropped against a bottom-half rival but two more injuries to a threadbare West Ham squad. Aaron Cresswell limped off with cramp in the final knockings and Manuel Lanzini will have to undergo a scan after apparently damaging a hamstring. Eddie Howe, meanwhile, said he was frustrated not to have left with three points but Bournemouth were there for the taking for much of the match.

“We’re disappointed because the team that took the lead should be able to hold on in that situation,” he said. “We were pretty slow out of the traps and did well not to concede under early pressure. It was a similar start to the second half but then we scored the goal. I thought that might be good enough but it wasn’t to be.”

Howe was full of praise for Fraser who ran on to a through-ball from the substitute Junior Stanislas before smashing it home with his left foot for his fifth goal of the season. “When players from the wings start scoring regularly, it’s fantastic,” Howe said.
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Crafted from fast incisive play, it was the type of goal West Ham had been threatening to score themselves. But the home side’s equaliser, straight from the restart, was the result of a long ball and a flick on, before Hernández pounced on Marko Arnautovic’s blocked shot with trademark alacrity.

“We played well but missed a cutting edge,” Moyes said of his second game of the week, Tuesday’s FA Cup replay with Shrewsbury running to extra time before West Ham won 1-0.

“For me it’s progress. The players who’ve been a handful all year didn’t quite have the magic we needed but with 15 to go, we were on our knees. I’d have taken a point then.”

It is seven matches unbeaten for West Ham, a statistic Moyes was not unaware of. But in that opening spell, during which Arnautovic and Lanzini ran riot, his team played some of their best football under their new manager and it was notable the crowd showed their appreciation.

Moyes said: “I’ve been looking for more and there were bits of that more today.”


West Ham 1 Bournemouth 1: Javier Hernandez comes off bench to rescue a point

Ben Findon, London Stadium

It could never hit the excitement levels of Boxing Day’s controversial six-goal thriller on the south coast, but West Ham United and Bournemouth certainly served up a dramatic 63-second interlude in another, rather less eventful stalemate in east London.

Bournemouth thought they were on their way to a rare league win in the capital when Ryan Fraser shot them ahead with fewer than 20 minutes remaining. West Ham’s response, however, was almost instant, substitute Javier Hernandez equalising from close range to ensure the continuation of a steady revival under David Moyes.

A share of the spoils was about right. West Ham spent more of the game on the front foot but Bournemouth marked Eddie Howe’s 100th Premier League game as a manager with a tenacious display that extended their unbeaten record since the turn of the year.

Moyes said: “With 15 minutes to go, we were tired and their substitutes made a big difference. But in periods of the first half we played some of the best football of my time here but we lacked a clinical edge.”

West Ham certainly set about their task with a sense of urgency, pinning the visitors back under sustained pressure. Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble both tried from distance and Marko Arnautovic from much closer in, only to be denied by the fingertips of Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Bournemouth gradually found their feet and, in the 34th minute, a rehearsed corner-kick routine fed the ball to Lewis Cook, who side-footed an effort only marginally wide from the edge of the area.

It was to be an unprofitable day for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, much to the delight of the home fans who had not forgotten his controversial injury-time equaliser on Boxing Day, marked by accusations of both handball and offside, which he had described as “magic”. West Ham were on the offensive again after the break, with Begovic scooping the ball off Manuel Lanzini’s toe before the home favourite limped off. His departure and an injury to Cheikhou Kouyate disrupted West Ham and the visitors took advantage to strike in the 71st minute.

Steve Cook’s pass was turned on by substitute Junior Stanislas for Ryan Fraser, who beat goalkeeper Adrian with a low, angled shot.

Yet West Ham were level almost immediately. Attacking straight from the restart, Arnautovic’s shot was charged down, but Hernandez pounced to beat Begovic from close range.

Howe said: “We scored a great goal, and you would hope, with the way we had defended for the majority of the day, that it would be enough to win, but we conceded straight after and that was the big disappointment today.”


Irons transfer window update as new name emerges

David Moyes has pledged to do all he can to bring in a couple of players to help the Hammers cause with just a few days of the winter transfer window left.

The injury to Manu Lanzini could possibly cause a major problem and Moyes declared; “We will do all we can to bring in players to help.”

One name being mentioned is Samir Nasri who arrived in Turkey at Antalyaspor after six years at Manchester City, having formerly been with Arsenal and Marseilles.

The 30-year-old midfielder is looking for a fresh start and a board member Cumhur Arici said: ‘A clear decision has been made for a parting of the ways with Nasri.

‘His manager will come and negotiations will be made on the subject of money owed and we will part company.’

Meanwhile the Hammers are reported to still be talking about a loan deal involving Inter Milan’s Joao Mario while they have also asked about Bologna’s Adam Masina.

And on the outward front it’s claimed they have rejected an offer from Rennes for Diafra Sakho but that Bordeaux are also expected to make an offer for the 28-year-old.

Joao Mario’s proposed loan transfer to West Ham has been blocked yet again claim Calciomercato.com

The website says the discussions have been going on for days and were originally stopped by the player himself who was not entirely convinced by moving to the London Stadium to play for the Hammers. He subsequently agreed to let the discussions continue which allowed the clubs to agree on a loan which would cost West Ham €1.5 million with an option to make the transfer permanent.

The report says the negotiations have hit a new stumbling block, with the West Ham board feeling very reluctant to invest €1.5 million on a loan for a player that seemed very reluctant to joining them in the first place. The loan is imperative for Inter Milan who need to offload the Portuguese international in order to be able to sign another player after having secured Rafinha from Barcelona earlier today.

This is Futbol

West Ham keen on midfielder Grenier

West Ham are interested in signing central midfielder Clement Grenier from Lyon, according to a reliable journalist.

Sun reporter Alan Nixon has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Hammers are eyeing a January move for the 27-year-old.

It is understood that the Premier League side want to try negotiate a deal with the French outfit this month over a pre-contract move with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Grenier has completely fallen out of favour at Lyon this campaign and made just two appearances across all competitions.

Good move for West Ham?

West Ham could do with some more reinforcements this month, but landing Grenier on a pre-contract deal and welcoming him in the summer would be the best action to take.

The five-time capped France international has barely played in the last 18 months and would be miles off the pace to make a big impact in the Premier League.

He has shown in the past that he does have quality and the midfielder was once an ever-present in the Lyon side, with his range of passing and set-piece ability a major positive to his game.

Grenier has scored 18 goals and supplied 28 appearances during 154 games for them, but is going through a difficult period.

This Is Futbol rating: 5/10

Likely to happen?

It seems like West Ham stand a good chance of wrapping up a pre-contract agreement for the Lyon player that has been frozen out so far this campaign.

His side have had a busy schedule with Europa League football to balance, but he has still barely got a look in.

This Is Futbol rating: 6/10

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West Ham boss David Moyes to scout Betis' Fabian Ruiz vs. Barca

Peter O'Rourke

West Ham United are planning a move for Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz with boss David Moyes due to fly out to watch him in action against Barcelona on Sunday, sources have told ESPN FC.

Moyes has made midfield reinforcements one of his top priorities during this month's transfer window and has been linked with a host of players, but now he is ready to switch his attention to Ruiz.

Ruiz, 21, has impressed for Betis this season, scoring two goals and creating two assists in 15 La Liga games so far this term.

Ruiz has come through the ranks at Real Betis and is a Spain under-21 international. His performances have brought him to the attention of a number of clubs across Europe and now West Ham are ready to make a move for him before the close of the transfer window.

Moyes has decided to travel to Spain to watch Ruiz in action against Barcelona as he prefers to see his transfer targets in person before making a decision on whether or not to sign him.

Ruiz has a €15 million release clause in his contract at Betis and West Ham are ready to meet if Moyes is impressed by the midfielder in the game against Barcelona.

West Ham are 11th spot in the Premier League, five points above the relegation zone and Moyes wants to bring in some quality additions before the transfer window closes to help his side secure survival.

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Son of Sam 4:36 Sun Jan 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan , jeez hadnt seen mention of nasri before. what a despicable piece of shit, I sincerely hope this is not even a possibility

Thanks Alan 1:42 Sun Jan 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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