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Alan 11:39 Mon Jan 22
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez has been pictured wearing a Manchester United kit for the first time as he edges closer to completing his move from Arsenal. (Metro)

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has suggested Sanchez's move from Arsenal to United is money-motivated. (Telegraph)

Wenger has also admitted the uncertainty over the 29-year-old's future at Emirates Stadium impacted on the team's morale. (Guardian)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 29, is eyeing a massive new contract if the Gunners sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, and Armenia playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 29, on huge deals in this transfer window. (Sun)

Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been spotted in Dortmund as he attempts to finalise a deal for Gabon forward Aubameyang. (Express)

Roma's sporting director Monchi has refused to rule out the prospect of Chelsea signing both Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko, 31, and 23-year-old Brazilian defender Emerson Palmieri. (Metro)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has told the club he will not discuss extending his contract until after the January transfer window. (Telegraph)

Chelsea could still sign Peter Crouch, despite new Stoke City boss Paul Lambert insisting his 36-year-old English striker is not for sale. (Independent)

Burnley's English forward Ashley Barnes, 28, is now a target for Blues boss Antonio Conte in his search for a new frontman. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United will be concerned after Athletic Bilbao's 23-year-old goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga rejected the chance to join Real Madrid, meaning the La Liga giants could again target the Red Devils' fellow Spain international David de Gea, 27. (Mirror)

Arturo Vidal says there is "no chance" of him leaving Bayern Munich in January. The 30-year-old Chile midfielder has been linked with a move to Chelsea. (Goal)

Several clubs across Europe - including Tottenham - have taken notice of Bordeaux's Brazilian forward Malcom, 20, sharing a video of himself on a plane as he flew to meet his agent. (Sun)

Stoke have made a £3.25m bid for New York City winger Jack Harrison. The 21-year-old Englishman is a former Liverpool and Manchester United academy player. (Mail)

Manchester City academy chief Brian Marwood has made a personal check on £20m-rated Lille and France Under-19 midfielder Boubakary Soumare, 18, who has been described as the new Paul Pogba. (Mail)

Manchester City are exploring the possibility of sending young players to Carabao Cup semi-final rivals Bristol City on loan. (Mirror)

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal says Wilfried Bony will get more Premier League game time in the coming weeks - but only when he believes the 29-year-old Ivory Coast forward can operate at 100%. (Wales Online)

Norwich City are on the brink of signing Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean - but the 26-year-old Scot may not arrive until the summer. (Eastern Daily Press)

Everton manager Sam Allardyce says he is worried about his side after seeing a "huge drain of confidence in the players in one and a half matches". (Times - subscription required)

Allardyce also says that Everton's former England forward Wayne Rooney and Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is the club's record signing, cannot play together. (Guardian)

Best of Sunday's gossip

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)

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)

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)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Alexis Sánchez will wear the iconic Manchester United No 7 shirt after a photo of him taking a selfie in the garment previously occupied by club legends George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and … um, Ángel Di María was leaked on social media. Sánchez ran on a treadmill and coughed for the Old Trafford doctors on Sunday and could be announced any minute now.

In less pleasing news for United fans who’d quite like Real Madrid to stop sniffing around David De Gea, Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has grown weary of waiting for Real Madrid to make a concrete offer for his services and decided to sign a new deal with his current employers. Well, that or he’s letting it be known that he’s thinking of signing a new deal with his current employers in the hope that it might spur Real Madrid into action.
Alexis Sánchez saga led to uncertainty in Arsenal squad, says Wenger
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Ivan Gazidis has been spotted in the German city of Dortmund and it’s believed he’s not in town to enjoy the myriad delights of the city’s Brewery Museum or Wohnzimmer Cafebar. The Arsenal chief executive is instead hoping to wrap up a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a disruptive dressing-room influence the Gooners don’t really need who, at the age of 28, is unlikely to see the error of his trouble-making ways at this stage of his professional life. Should Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sign for Arsenal this month, expect Mesut Özil to demand a hefty pay-rise to ensure he remains the club’s top earner.

Much like certain fairground rides on Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Chelsea’s search for a new target man is subject to strict height restrictions and after being linked with Peter Crouch, Andy Carroll and a couple of decidedly indifferent giraffes from London Zoo, the Premier League champions are understood to be firming up a bid of around £45m for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, in a deal including his team-mate, the left-back Emerson Palmieri. The Bosnian beanpole played most of Roma’s 1-1 draw at Inter last night, in the wake of which his manager straight-batted questions about a possible move.

“I am not in charge of the transfer market, so those are not questions for me,” said Eusebio Di Francesco. “I will only say he’s an important player and I try to use the most important players.” Talks between the two clubs are expected to resume today, while a certain Stoke City striker remains hopeful that nothing good will come of them and he might get the nod instead.

The future of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge remains up in the air, with Inter and Sevilla both believed to be interested in offering him a gig. Inter were hoping to take him on loan for the rest of the season with a view to offering him a permanent deal if things worked out, but the 28-year-old has had his head turned by the garish orange groves of Seville and would like his employers to ship him out to that particular city’s local club.

And finally, Newcastle United are reported to have been offered the chance to take World Cup winning Borussia Dortmund and Germany striker André Schürrle on an 18-month loan deal, but may have to fend off interest from Stoke City. Whichever club lands the 27-year-old will have to pay half his £150,000 per-week wages. Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan is also on Newcastle’s radar, while Everton are also monitoring his situation.


West Ham will up their £2.5m-a-year London Stadium rent... but only if they get greater control and rights as they seek an increase in Stratford capacity

London mayor Sadiq Khan wants West Ham to pay more for the London Stadium
The club currently pay £2.5m-a-year in rent but Khan is keen for that to change
But the club want an increase in rights and control to justify an increase in rent

By Alex Miller

West Ham are willing to increase the £2.5million-per-year rent they pay to play at the London Stadium, but only if they are handed increased rights and greater control.

Hammers officials have signalled a willingness to listen to proposals from London mayor Sadiq Khan, who took full control of the ground following a report by forensic accountants, exposing how the costs had spiralled out of control.

Club vice-chairman Karren Brady is eager to sit down with Khan, but a meeting has still to be confirmed, despite the Moore Stephens findings published in November.

LLDC officials expect a meeting to be scheduled over the coming weeks.

The Mail on Sunday understand that while West Ham would be prepared to increase their rent, there are serious issues to resolve, as club chiefs believe they are not seeing the rights in their existing contract delivered.

Key to negotiations is the current stalemate over capacity at the stadium, with West Ham insisting that their contract entitles them to use all 60,000 seats, rather than the 57,000 they use currently — with legal action already under way.

The club have become frustrated over what they believe is a deliberate attempt by stadium owners London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), to block the stadium capacity increasing from 57,000 to 60,000 — the capacity they understood they were promised when they signed the 99-year lease.

The increase in capacity would see LLDC pocket additional revenues from increased catering.

It is believed the Hammers would be willing to discuss an increase in rent once the stadium capacity issue has been resolved — and if the club was handed additional stadium control and commercial rights.

These could include the right to sell more advertising hoardings around the pitch, greater control of stadium operations and the opportunity to sell the stadium naming rights, which have still to be secured.

It is understood club officials were knocked back when they previously offered to help secure a stadium-naming partner.

A £6m-a-year deal with Vodafone collapsed last summer, prompting stadium chiefs to take a break after a fruitless five-year search for a partner.

Officials at British Athletics are not unduly concerned regarding any renegotiations between LLDC and West Ham, while the two stadium tenants are understood to have a good working relationship.

Evening Standard

James Collins fears West Ham transfer exit but would be ‘devastated’ to go


James Collins admits he would be “devastated” if he had to leave West Ham but fears he may have to if there is no imminent progress on a new contract.

The club’s long-serving defender is in the final year of his deal and says he has yet to be offered new terms so far this month.

Brighton are considering a £2.5million bid for the 34-year-old, who has amassed more than 100 appearances for West Ham since joining the club in 2012.

Former Wales international Collins, who is a big favourite with the West Ham supporters, gave a solid display in the 1-1 draw against Bournemouth. He said: “Nothing has been said to me. I don’t know if it’s [talks of a new deal] on the back burner. If nothing happens in January, I could be left in the lurch come the end of the season.

“It’s a situation I would like to get sorted as soon as possible because I don’t like to go into training thinking about it all the time. As far as I’m concerned, I’m still playing as well as ever.

“I would be devastated if I had to go. I did it once before when I went to Aston Villa and it ‘killed’ me.

“If it comes to the worst, though, I’d probably have to go because, at my age, I need to play football.

“I’d be bitterly disappointed to have to leave this club because it’s a massive part of my life. I know I am 34 and picked up too many little injuries this season but I feel I’m playing better than ever I have.

“When I’m out there I play my heart out and give my all, as I’ve done for the past 10 years.”

Javier Hernandez, who came on as a second-half substitute for hamstring victim Manuel Lanzini, scored West Ham’s equaliser moments after Ryan Fraser had given Bournemouth the lead.

Collins said: “It was massive to equalise straight after their goal and I was delighted for Chicharito. He hasn’t played as much as he’d have liked over the last few weeks so for him to get a goal was great.”

Football London

Pearce scouts Leander Dendoncker as West Ham ponder major January transfer swoop

The Hammers assistant coach made the short trip to the continent on Sunday

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham could be moving a step closer to a making a move for Leander Dendoncker after it was apparently "confirmed" that Hammers assistant boss Stuart Pearce travelled to Belgium on Sunday night.

Football.London understands that David Moyes is keen to sign the Belgian midfielder and sent his lieutenant to scout the 22-year-old midfielder, who in fact played as a centre half for Anderlecht away at Genk.

Dendoncker helped keep a clean sheet as his side won 1-0 thanks to Sofiane Hanni's 45th minute goal. The Hammrs target played the full 90 minutes and picked up a booking.

West Ham have been been heavily rumoured to be making a move for Dendoncker for the majority of the transfer window. The Belgian is a centre midfielder by trade but started his football career as a centre half.

Belgian journalist Kristof Terruer says that he has had it confirmed Pearce was in attendance in Genk last night to watch Dendoncker in action.

Anderlecht CEO Herman van Holsbeeck has recently said that it would take an "insane" bid to prise the in-demand player away from Belgium.

He said earlier this month: "Leander is doing a great job as a central defender and we're not going to let our star go. Unless there is an insane bid perhaps.

"These are matters that are discussed. A transfer for €25-€30m is possible, but then we also need a replacement right away."

Reports in Belgium have also claimed however that the Belgian side could be willing to knock a few euros off the price of the midfielder, with a rumoured £20m bid maybe being enough to get talks underway.


Chelsea consider move for West Ham's Marko Arnautovic

Peter O'Rourke

Chelsea are considering a shock move for West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic as they look to land a new striker before the transfer window closes, sources close to the London club have told ESPN FC.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to bring in a "target man" style forward this month and the Austria international is the latest player to emerge on Chelsea's radar.

Arnautovic, 28, who joined West Ham last summer from Stoke for around £25 million, has scored six goals and created three assists in his last eight Premier League games since being switched to a more central attacking role by David Moyes.

The Blues have been linked with big forwards such as Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch, Christian Benteke and Edin Dzeko in recent weeks, but so far have been unable to land any of their targets,

Chelsea remain in talks with Roma over a possible double deal for Dzeko and left-back Emerson Palmieri, while sources have told ESPN FC that the Blues are confident of striking a deal in the region of €50m (£44m) for the pair.

Conte is looking to ease the goal-scoring burden on Alvaro Morata who is enduring a slump in form in front of goal, while Michy Batshuayi has still to convince the Chelsea boss and could be loaned out this month if a new player arrives.

Football London

Nathan Holland posts injury update after hamstring surgery

The 19-year-old was in terrific form before he suffered the unfortunate injury

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham teenager Nathan Holland has stepped up his recovery from a hamstring tear as he posted on Instagram a few videos of him training.

The 19-year-old was in flying form for the U23s and was training with the first team when David Moyes was appointed as manager to replace Slaven Bilic but picked up a serious hamstring injury which required surgery.

Holland had also made his first team debut this term, coming off the bench in the 3-0 Carabao Cup victory over Bolton Wanderers in September but has been out of action since early November.

The youngster is now on the road to recovery and while he is still some way off a return to full training, there are promising signs of him returning to action in the not too distant future.

Holland had also impressed on pre-season tour for the Hammers when they went to Austria and Germany in the summer, seeing plenty of game time and standing out among the younger players who made the trip.

The Wythenshawe winger joined West Ham from Everton in January 2017 and helped the Hammers U23s to promotion from the PL2 division two via the play-offs, beating Newcastle in the final at St James' Park.


West Ham suffer double hammer blow as Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll get confirmation of injury lay-offs

Lanzini limped out of the Premier League draw with Bournemouth at the weekend, joining Carroll in the treatment room

By Aaron Flanagan

West Ham have suffered a double hammer blow as Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll's injury lay-offs were confirmed.

Lanzini, who limped out of the weekend draw with Bournemouth, is out of action for one month after suffering a hamstring problem.

Carroll will miss up to three months worth of action, after a scan revealed that he has suffered a hairline fracture of his foot - all but ending his hopes to making it to Russia with the England World Cup squad this summer.

Giant striker Carroll's injury also denied him a January move to Chelsea, as the reigning champions were prepared to spend up to £20million on his signature.

For the Hammers, who are on a run of seven games unbeaten in all competitions, it is a bitter blow as they continue their resurgence under David Moyes in the Premier League.

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Westham67 8:35 Tue Jan 23
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank Alan

I hope Ginge gets a new contract, either way, he should be told where he stands

ludo21 6:06 Mon Jan 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Good on the Ginger Pele.

Can't see him getting a new contract but if I was him I would just stay to the end of the season and enjoy it. He will have no problem getting a contract with someone at the end of the season.

Mex Martillo 5:27 Mon Jan 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
But shitty news about Lanzini, I fear we will struggle even more

Texas Iron 4:37 Mon Jan 22
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Can't believe Carroll out long term yet again...

Mart O 2:41 Mon Jan 22
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charleyfarley 11:59 Mon Jan 22

charleyfarley 11:59 Mon Jan 22
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ted fenton 11:46 Mon Jan 22

ted fenton 11:46 Mon Jan 22
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North Bank 11:42 Mon Jan 22

North Bank 11:42 Mon Jan 22
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Thanks Alan 11:39 Mon Jan 22

Thanks Alan 11:39 Mon Jan 22
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Thanks Alan

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