WHO Poll

Alan 1:23 Tue Jan 23
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City want Aymeric Laporte and are considering meeting Athletic Bilbao's £60m release clause for the 23-year-old French centre-back. (Sun)

Borussia Dortmund are demanding Arsenal's France striker Olivier Giroud, 31, in part exchange for Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, or they will put the deal off until the summer. (Mirror)

Chelsea are considering breaking their policy of not paying transfer fees for outfield players aged over 30, to sign Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko, 31, from Roma. Antonio Conte's side could complete a double deal for Dzeko and Roma's Italy left-back Emerson Palmieri, 23, for £44m. (Telegraph)

Alternatively, Chelsea could pay £50m for the pair. (Mirror)

Roma could make a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 28, if Dzeko leaves for Chelsea. (Star)

Crystal Palace have opened talks with Inter Milan over an £8.5m deal for Italy forward Eder, 31. (Mail)

Newcastle are set to secure the loan signing of Chelsea's Brazilian winger Kenedy, 21, in the next 24 hours. (Mail)

Real Madrid are lining up a summer move for Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, 25, according to the president of the Egyptian FA. (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle are working on a deal to bring Atletico Madrid's French striker Kevin Gameiro, 30, to St James' Park. (Express)

England and West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 29, is out for three months after having surgery on his broken foot. (Telegraph)

The Hammers also face being without attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini, 24, for six weeks because of a hamstring injury. (Times - subscription required)

West Ham remain keen to sign Lyon's French midfielder Clement Grenier, 27. (RMC via Inside Futbol)

Concerns over Fabian Delph's fitness mean Manchester City are looking at signing Shakhtar Donetsk's 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Fred now rather than waiting until the summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Brazil winger Lucas Moura, 25, a target for Tottenham, says he is "not happy" at Paris St-Germain. (L'Equipe)

Arsenal initially wanted PSG's Lucas Moura on loan but are now in talks over a permanent deal for him as they compete with rivals Tottenham for the player. (Express)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says the return of English winger Junior Stanislas, 28, and Norway striker Joshua King, 26, from injury is like having two new signings. (Bournemouth Echo)

Uefa could bring in rules which will act as a form of "luxury tax" to stop the world's richest clubs signing all the best players. (Telegraph)

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 39, is in talks to become the next Oxford United manager. (Sun)

The Football Association is allowing Peter Beardsley to study for his Uefa A licence, despite him being on a period of leave as Newcastle Under-23s coach while the club investigate allegations of racism and bullying made against him. (Times - subscription required)

Best of Monday's gossip

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been spotted in Dortmund as he attempts to finalise a deal for Borussia Dortmund and Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28. (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 Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. (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 Spanish giants could try to tempt David de Gea, 27, away from Old Trafford. (Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Alexis Sánchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan might have slept the sleep of both the just and the just-signed-another-whopping-great-contract last night, but the Rumour Mill doesn’t get to rest. With the January transfer window open for several more days, increasingly panic-stricken recruitment departments of various football clubs are hastily steering their trolleys around the aisles, frantically checking to see what over-priced players are left on the shelves.

Not content with being 12 points clear of Manchester United in the Premier League, Manchester City are ready to ramp up their well-documented interest in the Athletic Bilbao central defender Aymeric Laporte and tabloid reports on Tuesday morning suggest they may pay the £60m release clause on the 23-year-old’s contract. Pep Guardiola is also rumoured to be super keen on bringing Shakhtar Donetsk’s highly rated midfielder Fred to the Etihad sooner rather than later. City had been expected to make their move for the Brazilian this summer, but the sight of Fabian Delph loitering around the physio room means they will offer the Ukrainian club more money in a bid to grease the wheels and speed up a deal.

Meanwhile in south London Christian Benteke’s inability to hit a cow’s backside with a banjo means Crystal Palace are in dire need of striking options and are investigating the possibility of bringing Internazionale’s Brazil-born Italy international Éder to Selhurst Park. With only one goal in 17 appearances for the Serie A side to his name this season, it’s difficult to see how the 31-year-old veteran would constitute much of an improvement.

Also toothless up front, Newcastle are plotting a move to bring the Atlético Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro to St James’ Park and tabloid reports say the Magpies owner, Mike Ashley, has sanctioned a move for the £16m-rated striker who has scored six goals this season. Newcastle are also expected to sign Chelsea’s cultural attache to China, Kenedy, on loan within the next 24 hours.

Having been linked with Manchester United for several months, “sources” close to Paris Saint-Germain outcast Lucas Moura say he may now end up at Tottenham Hotspur instead. West Ham striker Javier Hernández is another high profile, want-away player who is agitating for a move. “There are a number of clubs interested in his services, he’s a player everyone knows and is incredibly professional,” said his representative, Eduardo Hernández, peddling his agenda on Agenda Fox Sports. “Our primary focus is a club in which he can play the most games possible.” With Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll both sidelined, West Ham may not be so keen to let their Mexican frontman leave, but the Hammers are eager to reinforce their midfield and Lyon’s Clement Grenier remains in their cross-hairs.

Having appeased their fans with the acquisition of Mkhitarian, Arsenal find themselves under considerably less pressure to sign Borussia Dortmund bad boy Patrick Aubamayang and will be unfazed by speculation that the German club want Olivier Giroud in part exchange. With his opportunities at Arsenal limited, the French striker may well be happy to go to Germany after being informed he needs more game time if he is to be considered for a place in Didier Deschamps’ squad for Russia 2018.

And finally, Peter Crouch and Ashley Barnes will be gutted to learn the word coming out of Italy is that Roma have agreed a deal with Chelsea that will result in the much talked-about €50m (£44m) deal for Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri that will be finalised once the striker and full-back have coughed for the Stamford Bridge medical staff and agreed personal terms.


Latest: Joao Mario has 48 hours to choose West Ham

Joao Mario has given himself 48 hours to choose whether to accept West Ham’s offer, according to Tuttosport.

The Inter playmaker has struggled for space at the San Siro since moving there for over €45 million in the summer of 2016.

Despite winning Euro 2016 with Portugal, the 25-year-old has never been an automatic starter in his time there, and has only been with the starting XI five times in Serie A this season.

Though West Ham have tried to solicit Jose Fonte’s help in recruiting him, Inter have already agreed to the outline of a deal with the Hammers, and Tuttosport claim that Pedro Obiang has also been thrown into the deal.

The latter would help Luciano Spalletti fill up the holes in Inter’s midfield.

The other option would be Ramires, formerly of Chelsea, but he is asking for quite a big salary. Inter need to offload players like Mario precisely because they need to balance the books for Financial Fair Play.

It is believed that Sevilla have now also entered the race for Mario, though, and are willing to give Inter Joaquin Correa in return which could interest the San Siro giants. Talks have been underway for some time.


West Ham 'very close' to exciting capture of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona

Damien Lucas

West Ham United are said to be on the verge of sealing the exciting signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona.

West Ham have been linked with over 30 players in the January transfer window.

The Hammers have turned the corner under David Moyes and lifted themselves up to 11th in the Premier League.

The congested nature of the top flight means the East Londoners are far from safe, though, and injuries are starting to take their toll.

David Moyes has publicly stated he needs to bring in at least two players this month and that is becoming more acute by the day with a glut of injuries to key players.

Moyes is desperate for more quality in midfield and players who can look after the ball better.

The Hammers have been linked with the likes of Deulofeu's Barca teammate Andre Gomes, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Allen, Joao Mario and Steven N'Zonzi to fill that role.

But in an exciting twist reports from Spain claim West Ham will ditch interest in Mario as they are 'very close' to sealing a deal for former Everton star Deulofeu from Barca.

El Gol Digital claims the Hammers are willing to pay £20 million for the playmaker.

Deulofeu would be an ideal replacement for Lanzini who has been ruled out for the most important month of West Ham's season with a hamstring injury.

Sport Witness

Tide turning in West Ham’s favour for midfielder deal, meeting to take place today

By Tom Coast

Either Joao Mario lives his life by Katy Perry’s “You change your mind like a girl changes clothes” lyric, or the Italian media aren’t 100% sure what’s going on regarding his supposed loan to West Ham.

On Monday, Gazzetta dello Sport reported the Portuguese midfielder had rejected all offers put in front of him, which included the Hammers’.

On Tuesday, we’ve got a whole new angle, with the very same newspaper stating a meeting will take place today between the two sides in order to sort out a free loan, with West Ham paying for all of Mario’s wages.

Furthermore, the Premier League side will be able to buy the Portugal international at the end of the loan if they so wish, with a clause (numbers unknown) said to be included in the deal.

This comes after claims from Tuttosport earlier on Tuesday stating Joao Mario should give his answer to West Ham in the next 48 hours, with Inter allegedly interested in Pedro Obiang being included in the deal.

The tide appears to have turned in David Moyes’ favour, for some reason.



Ongoing talks between Inter and West Ham as Joao Mario gives green light to move

Inter and West Ham are still in talks over Joao Mario’s possible move to East London whilst the Portuguese star has given green light to leave the Serie A giants and join the Hammers.

Calciomercato.com understands that Joao Mario has informed his agent Kia Joorabchian that he would be open to move to West Ham. The Portugal International wants more game time and believes the Hammers could give him more chances to play on a regular basis.

​Meantime Inter and West Ham are working to agree the player’s fee.

Inter can let the player leave on loan with option to buy. Trouble is? How much will cost West Ham to make Joao Mario’s move permanent at the end of the season? Joao Mario’s impact on Inter’s balance sheet is around € 36 million at the moment, which is just as much as much as West Ham would be required to pay if they had to sign the player on a permanent deal now.

A loan with option to buy, however, would allow the Hammers to loan the player now and make his move permanent at the end of the season for € 28 million. This fee could be further reduced to € 22 million if West Ham make Joao Mario’s move permanent in 2019. Inter are open to loan the player in the January window because of the player’s huge salary (€ 6 million-a-year gross of tax).

​Meantime the nerazzurri are also looking for possible replacements with both Grenier and Mateo Kovacic who have been shortlisted by the Serie A giants.

Sports Mole

Report: Lyon ace Clement Grenier open to West Ham United move

By Daniel Lewis, Football League Correspondent

Clement Grenier has reportedly informed West Ham United that he is willing to join from Lyon this month after the Premier League side made contact with his camp.

Les Gones are understood to want the attacking midfielder off their books as his contract has just five months left to run, meaning that he can sign a pre-contract agreement with another club.

Rather that lose him for free in the summer, Lyon would prefer to gather a fee for the 27-year-old and West Ham have so far shown the most interest.

A move now appears to be closer to completion, as French radio station RMC quotes a source close to the Frenchman as saying: "There are ten days until the end of the transfer window and everything remains possible on the indicated destinations."

Inter Milan are also rumoured to be weighing up a late move for the five-cap France international.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 8:37 Wed Jan 24
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

jimbo2. 11:46 Wed Jan 24
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan and thanks thanks Alan and Any other Alan who may also find himself on this thread! Maybe we are finally getting a little closer Tory a signing or two?

Texas Iron 11:40 Wed Jan 24
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

COOL HAND LUKE 6:21 Tue Jan 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al...

The usual transfer window "wandering blindfold in the traffic" from WHU, then...

BubblesCyprus 6:19 Tue Jan 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Hermit Road 3:25 Tue Jan 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

“Though West Ham have tried to solicit Jose Fonte’s help in recruiting him,”

I wonder how that conversation went. ‘Come to West Ham and get slagged off in public by the useless owner’.

Alan 3:24 Tue Jan 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The latest in the Joao Mario saga added.

Thanks Alan 1:50 Tue Jan 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks added, along with raised eyebrows.

Alan 1:46 Tue Jan 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Deulofeu story added.

Thanks Alan 1:35 Tue Jan 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Copyright 2006 WHO.NET | Powered by: