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Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar, 25, would be allowed to join Real Madrid, but only if he delivers Champions League success to the French side, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says. (Goal)

Negotiations have stalled between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund over a deal for the German club's 28-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Kicker - in German)

The Bundesliga side have told Arsenal they will need to break their £52m transfer record to sign Aubameyang. (Star)

Dortmund are also set to walk away from talks over signing Gunners striker Olivier Giroud. The 31-year-old France international reportedly wants more regular football. (Mail)

Chelsea are considering a swoop for Giroud, hoping to convince him to swap north London for the west of the capital (Mirror)

Meanwhile, Blues owner Roman Abramovich is angry with manager Antonio Conte after the Italian distanced himself from the club's signings this season. (Star)

PSG and Brazil winger Lucas Moura, 25, met Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in London on Thursday to discuss a move to Spurs. (RMC - in French)

Diafra Sakho has told West Ham he wants to leave with French side Rennes his likely destination. The 28-year-old Senegal striker has hardly featured for the Hammers this season. (Sun)

West Ham are targeting Fulham captain Tom Cairney and are set to offer £15m for the 27-year-old Scotland midfielder. (Sky Sports)

The Hammers have also made a £12m bid for Norwich City's Englishmidfielder James Maddison, 21. (Guardian)

Crystal Palace have had a second bid rejected for Lille defender Ibrahim Amadou. The Eagles were linked with a move for the 24-year-old Cameroon-born Frenchman earlier this month. (Sky Sports)

Former Fulham, Reading and Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, 34, has been released by Dynamo Moscow because he attended a Juventus match in Italy, despite telling the club he was too ill to play in their game. (Sport Express - in Russian)

Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy is set to face a graduate from his own V9 Academy, Alex Penny, when the Foxes play Peterborough in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he would rather work on a farm than manage Arsenal or Barcelona - but the 45-year-old Argentine also refused to rule out a move to Real Madrid.(Express)

Arsenal are keen on signing Corinthians' Brazil Under-20 midfielder Maycon, 20. (Sun)

Leicester boss Claude Puel says winger Riyad Mahrez will not be going anywhere during the transfer window. The 26-year-old Algeria international was pictured at Arsenal's Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, but Puel insists he was just scouting for the Foxes. (Mirror)

Sandro Ramirez has told Everton he wants to leave the club. The 22-year-old Spanish forward is keen for a return to his homeland with La Liga side Sevilla interested. (Mail)

West Brom and Northern Ireland midfielder Chris Brunt, 33, is close to signing a new contract at the club. (Birmingham Mail)

Watford are close to signing 19-year-old Sweden goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg from IFK Gothenburg. (Watford Observer)

Best of Thursday's gossip

Germany winger Julian Brandt, 21, will ignore interest from Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Barcelona in favour of remaining at Bayer Leverkusen. (Sport Bild - in German)

Feyenoord's Nicolai Jorgensen is believed to be keen to join Newcastle United after the Magpies submitted a £14m bid for the Denmark striker, 27, last week. (Chronicle)

Sunderland's Jack Rodwell was set to have a trial with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, but it was cancelled before the 26-year-old former England midfielder even arrived. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea have had a £44m bid, plus add-ons, accepted by Roma for their Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko, 31, and 23-year-old Brazilian full-back Emerson Palmieri. (Guardian)

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Reports from Germany say Arsenal’s attempts to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund have hit a snag and a deal is increasingly unlikely to be made this month despite the occasionally petulant 28-year-old Gabon striker having done his best to incinerate his bridges with the German club. What this means for Olivier Giroud is anyone’s guess, but tabloid reports in England suggest his is the latest name to pop up in Chelsea’s increasingly entertaining quest to sign somebody tall. Mainz defender Abdou Diallo had also been linked with a move to Arsenal, but that particular German club’s sporting director, Rouven Schroder, insists the 21-year-old is “not for sale”.

Despite West Ham’s increasingly long injury list, Reece Oxford looks likely to return to Borussia Mönchengladbach for the rest of the season, despite being recalled by David Moyes at Christmas and playing in the Hammers’ FA Cup third-round win against Shrewsbury. A couple of days ago, the German club upset a few humourless, over-sensitive West Ham fans with a mildly amusing tweeted video of the teenager on a driving range with the caption “Wrong club perhaps, Reece Oxford?” Their sporting director Max Eberl has since told reporters “it looks very good that we can take him on loan again”.

Diafra Sakho is another man who could be heading for the West Ham exit door, having told the club he wants to leave. Ligue1 side Rennes looks to be his likely destination, even if it would be more fun if he teamed up with Mamadou Sakho and Bakary Sako at Crystal Palace. West Ham boss David Moyes is hoping to bring Fulham’s captain the Scotland midfielder Tom Cairney to the London Stadium and has also targeted Norwich City’s 21-year-old midfielder James Maddison, who is valued at £12m.

Crystal Palace want Lille defender Ibrahim Amadou, but have had two bids for the 24-year-old central defender rejected. Elsewhere in London, sightings of the lesser spotted Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura have been reported, if not confirmed. The Brazilian, who is anxiously seeking a move before the January window closes, was apparently seen at a meeting with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.
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Everton outcast Sandro Ramírez has told his employers he wants to return to Spain and Everton are unlikely to stand in his way as long as they get a fair price for him. The Liverpool Echo says Everton will sanction a loan move for the forward, but any club interested would have to pay a fee of around £2m and cover Sandro’s wages of £120,000 per week.

And finally, Sunderland’s efforts to cancel the £70,000 contract of midfielder Jack Rodwell and release him back into the wild on a free transfer have come unstuck after Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem cancelled a trial to run the rule over the midfielder for vague and unspecified “organisational reasons”.


Joao Mario To Make West Ham Debut Against Crystal Palace

Joao Mario is ready to start his new adventure with West Ham moving from the Serie A to the Premier League. The deal is all done, in fact, all that is missing to make the transfer official, are the official press releases from both clubs.

The midfielder has already completed his medical visits in London. He is unlikely to be used by West Ham manager David Moyes for Saturday’s FA Cup match against Wigan. However, the Portuguese international is highly likely to make his debut with his new shirt next Tuesday at the Olympic Stadium against Crystal Palace.

The Hammers fans, will be looking forward to Tuesday to welcome their new European Cup winning addition. Manager David Moyes has been keen to add more creativity to his squad, especially after injuries to Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic, and Joao Mario is seen as the ideal player to provide a spark, even though he has fallen out favour at Inter.

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David Moyes: Joao Mario reminds me of Manuel Lanzini... he is just what West Ham need

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David Moyes

Whoever said that a week in football is a long time wasn’t joking, judging by what has happened to us here at West Ham over the past few days.

Not long ago, I said in this column that the one area of our team where we were adequately covered was up front. That was then but right now, following more injuries, we’re looking at just one fit senior striker in Chicharito.

We continue to work hard in an effort to strengthen the squad in the next few days and I’m hoping that Joao Mario’s loan move from Inter Milan will have been confirmed on Friday.

I don’t want to say too much until it is done but I was at the Euro 2016 Final when Portugal played France, so I had an opportunity to watch Joao there. He can play in a number of roles. There’s a little bit of Manuel Lanzini about his play. He could play off the left or right and even as a No10 if needed.

I hope he will be a player who will create and score a few goals for us. Even before Manu’s injury we were looking to add some creativity but now the need for that type of player is even more acute. At the start of the window the move didn’t look like it would happen but as the days have gone on it became more likely.

The hardest thing about bringing players over from other countries is them having to adapt to the tempo of the game here. That would be my biggest concern, not his ability, but I would hope that if the deal is finalised he can adapt quickly because we need him to hit the ground running. We will need to ask for some patience in getting him settled but our situation means we will need to get him involved quite quickly.

There’s been a lot of talk about our players wanting to go in this transfer window but we’re not in a position to let anyone depart. That can change but that’s my plan because we don’t have the numbers.

This time last week I would have perhaps had a different view but the injuries to Manu and Marko Arnautovic have changed things. Manu has a tear in his hamstring and he looks the more serious of the two. Marko, who finished our game against Bournemouth, is not quite so bad but he has also been scanned and there is some damage there.

If we’re talking recovery time, Manu would be longer — maybe four to six weeks — and that is very disappointing because he’s been playing so well for us. Marko should be back sooner but it is still a worry because he is a player who uses that explosive power in sprinting.

I would say that Manu’s injury came as a result of a bit of fatigue. It was a bit of a surprise because he hadn’t given us the impression of a player who was susceptible to that kind of injury but I do think it was as a result of the number of games we’ve had to go through.

I have no regret in playing him, though, for 120 minutes in the FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury. I wanted to win the tie and, although it was always going to be a struggle with the squad we had available, I felt Manu was the right one to play. We needed someone who could make a difference.

There is some good news, though. Michail Antonio has done some training this week and we’re hoping he might not be too far away from a return, while Jose Fonte is also back in training. He has been out for 12 weeks, however, so he may need a couple of practice matches before he is ready.

Andre Ayew has had a hamstring problem but has done some running this week and we need to nudge him along a bit. Cheikhou Kouyate has had a problem with his ankle, while Mark Noble has been suffering from a bruised foot.

If we had picked up this magnitude of injuries in February, then we would have had to soldier on with what we’ve got, but because they occurred this month they have changed our thinking about how many players we will try to get into the club in the next few days.

It’s not easy, though, and I’m not 100 per cent confident we can get too many in. I’ve been looking but historically this is not a good month in which to sign players. I feel our best bet is to target players who are experienced in the Premier League and that’s not so easy.

If things had been different, I would have recalled Robert Snodgrass from his loan at Aston Villa and we would have done it by now but it’s not possible.

As for tomorrow’s FA Cup tie at Wigan, I am not one for making a host of changes and if I had a full squad, I would definitely play my strongest team.

At the moment, though, we’re choosing from 12 or so senior players for every game, so some of the youngsters will definitely be involved tomorrow.

I would like to go through in the Cup but I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I didn’t have one eye on next Tuesday’s game against Crystal Palace.

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Everton "offered" Leander Dendoncker as West Ham face transfer tug of war for midfielder

The 22-year-old wants to leave Belgium, but where will he end up?

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham could face competition from Everton if they want to sign Leander Dendoncker during the January window, according to Belgian journalist Kristoff Terreur.

The Hammers have scouted the Anderlecht midfielder, with assistant manager Stuart Pearce watching him play in defence during their 1-0 win over Gent on Sunday but West Ham see him as a midfielder.

Dendoncker has been filling in at centre back, where he started his career, thanks to some injuries at Anderlecht but has been playing in midfield for the past few seasons.

The 22-year-old is of interest to West Ham, who are mulling over making an initial £17m bid for a player who has indicated he'd be keen on a switch to the London Stadium. It is thought the Hammers won't go too much higher than £20m for the player if Anderlecht reject the first move.

The club don't want to lose Dendoncker but the player wants to go, with his agent Christophe Henrotay trying to work on a solution. They would prefer to see Dendoncker sold in the summer as the club chase Club Brugge at the top of the Belgian league. That has brought Everton into play, who could buy the player and loan him back until the end of the season, something West Ham are unlikely to agree to.

Terreur says that Everton have also been offered Dendoncker in a move that is eerily reminiscent of the summer when the Toffees beat the Hammers to the signing of teenage striker Henry Onyekuru from KAS Eupen, who was then loaned to Anderlecht for the season but has suffered a serious knee injury and is back on Merseyside.

The Hammers have just five days left of the window to complete any remaining deals, with manager David Moyes keen to add more new faces to that of Joao Mario, who is expected to complete his six-month loan move to east London from Inter Milan on Friday.

Sport Witness

West Ham already ‘constantly pressing’ for next signing after Joao Mario, South American on agenda

For years, Nico Gaitan was on the verge of a move to Manchester United according to the Portuguese press, and some English newspapers who grabbed their coat-tails, but ended up signing for Atletico Madrid instead.

It’s fair to say the transfer from Benfica hasn’t worked out for Gaitan, who has gone from being an absolute hero and crucial player in Lisbon to a bit part at Atletico.

The Spanish club are looking to get rid of him this month, and half the Premier League have been linked. A couple of weeks ago we brought claims from Spain that West Ham are serious with their Gaitan interest and were making efforts.

Now, TMW claim: ‘West Ham, despite the arrival from Inter of the Portuguese Joao Mario, is constantly pressing to get their hands on the Argentine player.’

What would an Italian website know about a Argentine, who is represented by his family, in Spain potentially moving to England? There may well be agents trying to get involved or perhaps it slipped during West Ham’s Mario talks.

Atletico will be looking for around €17-20m but as the window grows older they may have to reevaluate that and also consider a loan.

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Texas Iron 2:27 Fri Jan 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Typical Sullivan Transfer Window...
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Mart O 1:49 Fri Jan 26
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Takashi Miike 11:56 Fri Jan 26

Takashi Miike 11:56 Fri Jan 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 11:56 Fri Jan 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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