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Alan 10:31 Wed Jan 31
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Roma have been in contact with Manchester United regarding 27-year-old Netherlands defender Daley Blind. (Mirror)

Manchester City will have to pay £70m to sign Leicester City and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 26. (Star)

Serie A leaders Napoli have opened talks with Everton in an attempt to sign Netherlands midfielder Davy Klaassen, 24, on loan until the end of the season. (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has held talks with owner Mike Ashley and remains "hopeful" of making a signing before the transfer window shuts. (Mirror)

But Benitez insists his position is unlikely to change even if late moves for targets such as Leicester's Algeriastriker Islam Slimani, 29, and Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala fail. (Northern Echo)

Everton are close to signing 26-year-old France defender Mangala on loan.(Sky Sports)

Arsenal will allow French defender Mathieu Debuchy, 32, to join Saint-Etienne on a free transfer. (L'Equipe - in French)

West Ham have approached Lille over the signing of their captain Ibrahim Amadou. Crystal Palace have already made two bids for the 24-year-old French defender. (Sky Sports)

Wolfsburg are trying to persuade Liverpool's Serbia winger Lazar Markovic, 23, to join them rather than Premier League side Swansea. (Mail)

Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria, 20, is set to join Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season with fellow Englishman, 22-year-old defender Lloyd Jones, poised to make a permanent move to Luton Town. (Liverpool Echo)

Leeds United are closing in on the signing of forward Tyler Roberts from West Brom in a deal worth up to £4m. The 19-year-old Welshman has six months left on his contract. (Mail)

Swansea are in advanced talks with West Ham to bring Ghana forward Andre Ayew, 28, back to the Liberty Stadium, but are holding off including South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, 29, in the move. (Wales Online)

Bordeaux are in talks with Norwegian side Rosenborg to sign former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner. The 30-year-old Denmark international could sign an initial loan deal with the French club. (Talksport)

Plans have been announced to make a film of the life of former Everton striker Dixie Dean, with Toby Kebbell in line to play lead role. (Liverpool Echo)

Great Britain could have a women's football team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after the four home nations reached an agreement. (Mail)

Liverpool and England defender Nathaniel Clyne, 26, has made a cameo appearance on reality television show Love & Hip Hop: Miami. (Mail)

West Ham want to fine French defender Arthur Masuaku more than the standard two weeks' wages for spitting at an opponent. The Hammers are frustrated the rules prevent them from doing so instantly without consultation with players' union, the PFA. (Mirror)

After signing French defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, Manchester City's 'annual defence spending' has exceeded the actual annual military defence budgets of 52 countries. (i News)

Best of Tuesday's gossip

Tottenham would only let striker Fernando Llorente join Chelsea if they made a significant profit on the £14m they paid Swansea to sign the Spaniard in September. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea will refuse any bid from Manchester City for 27-year-old Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard - even if Pep Guardiola's side offer to break the world record transfer fee of £200m. (Telegraph)

West Brom are leading the chase for 27-year-old Borussia Dortmund and Germany forward Andre Schurrle, who is also wanted by West Ham. (Teamtalk)

Juventus are confident they will be able to sign 24-year-old Liverpool and Germany midfielder Emre Can, who is out of contract in the summer, on a free transfer. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Islam Slimani and Ibrahim Amadou to West Ham?

Oh you didn’t know? It’s the most wonderful time of the year. From slamming windows to tinted windows, war chests, bargain bins and has beens, transfer deadline day really is one like no other. What other event would inspire the Guardian’s football editor Marcus Christenson to still be updating our deluxe transfer interactive at 1am? Other than the other transfer deadline day in August, none! That’s what!
Transfer window January 2018 – every deal in Europe's top five leagues

Before you ask: For all things Aubameyang/Giroud/Batshuayi, click here. For the latest on Riyad Mahrez’s potential move to Manchester City, click here. Lucas Moura will sign for Tottenham, more on that here. For other bits and bobs, like Marc Bartra’s £9.2m move from Dortmund to Real Betis, read Tuesday’s transfer round-up. That’s just news, you’re here for rumour, gossip, whispers. And so, this bumper Rumour Mill will continue to wildly speculate and ask the tough questions (while attempting to answer them) like: will Newcastle United sign a central defender? No. Will Newcastle United sign a striker? Also no.

That’s not strictly true. They might. Islam Slimani has been linked with a move to the north-east but West Ham look favourites to nab the Algerian from Leicester, who want a permanent deal done for the 29-year-old. David Moyes confirmed on Tuesday that the club were considering a bid from Swansea for André Ayew, with Ki Sung-yeung potentially going the other way. The Hammers have also inquired about Lille midfielder Ibrahim Amadou, and reportedly want to offer £2m to loan him for the rest of the season, with a £14m option-to-buy clause in the summer. Lille want £18m.

After selling Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea and their cut-price swoop for Aleksandar Kolarov last summer, Roma are still in the business of signing slow left-backs from Manchester. Daley Blind fits the bill, after falling behind Ashley Young and Luke Shaw in the pecking order at United, who want to recoup the £14m they paid for him in 2014. Juan Mata, meanwhile, isn’t going anywhere – he’s signed a one-year extension to his Manchester United contract.

There are reports, however, that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already signed a contract with LA Galaxy. The Mail claim that the Swede signed a deal three weeks ago, with his contract in Manchester up at the end of the season.

Southampton have had a £25m bid for Quincy Promes rejected by Spartak Moscow. The Dutch winger has scored 12 times from 25 appearances this season and would be the Saints’ second record transfer if they return for him again.

Watford will announce the loan signing of Sunderland’s Didier Ndong on Wednesday – the Premier League club will have the option of turning the transfer permanent this summer for £8m. Both Wolfsburg and Swansea are trying a similar loan trick for Liverpool misfit Lazar Markovic – the Serbian has not played a single game for Jürgen Norbert Klopp this season.

Finally, the hot Arsenal news that you’ve been waiting for: Mathieu Debuchy is trying to convince the club to cancel his contract – he wants to join Saint-Étienne on a free transfer. Enjoy the rest of your day.


Mark Noble on spot to earn makeshift West Ham draw with Crystal Palace

Jacob Steinberg London Stadium

While it remains impossible to argue with the assertion that West Ham United are crying out for reinforcements before the transfer window closes, at least the players who are still standing displayed no inclination to hide on a night that demanded inspiration rather than perspiration on the pitch. A point was a respectable reward for their efforts, bearing in mind that they were deprived of nearly an entire first team, and David Moyes was satisfied with the way that his weary team soldiered on in trying circumstances.

They demonstrated their character to fight back after Christian Benteke’s early goal for Crystal Palace, offering another reminder of the excellent job that Moyes has done since replacing Slaven Bilic, and their performance contained enough grit to suggest they are capable of clambering towards safety. Yet they cannot afford any complacency. West Ham are four points above the bottom three – Palace are a point worse off – and Moyes needs his bosses to use every negotiating tactic at their disposal to bring him at least one new signing.

West Ham’s manager was coy on reports that he will rival Palace for Lille’s Ibrahim Amadou and he confirmed that Swansea City have lodged a bid for André Ayew, with Ki Sung-yeung potentially going the other way. “We’re considering it but we need players in and until we do we can’t make a decision,” Moyes said.

As for the players at his disposal, Moyes revealed that a breach of discipline forced him to drop Michail Antonio, who was expected to feature after missing a month with a groin injury. “He turned up late for a team meeting and it wasn’t the first time,” he said. “I’m not having it. He’s been in and apologised. He’ll be back training tomorrow. On time.”

For all that they have missed his dynamism, West Ham cannot tolerate that kind of attitude from Antonio. But with his squad stretched to breaking point by the absence of nine players, it was tempting to wonder if Moyes had spent the day searching for a few ringers. Barely a week goes by without another victim joining West Ham’s injury list and the sight of five callow academy players on the bench was a damning indictment of the hierarchy’s indecisiveness.

Yet while a £15m deal for FC Krasnodar’s Fyodor Smolov is doubtful, Moyes was pleased with an enterprising full debut from João Mário. The midfielder almost scored after three minutes, snatching a shot from the edge of the area, and on this evidence signing the Portugal international on loan from Internazionale looks like a good call. “He looked as if he had a diesel engine,” Moyes said.

For Palace, this was a slog and they were disappointed not to hold on after taking the lead in the 24th minute. Andros Townsend surged past Declan Rice and his cross caught out Angelo Ogbonna, enabling Benteke to head past Adrián for his second goal of the season.

Yet Palace’s rhythm was disturbed when Bakary Sako departed with a potentially serious injury. “The medical staff don’t think it looks good at all,” Roy Hodgson said. “We don’t really have the luxury of losing a forward player. You could say it makes it a little bit more imperative that we bring some players in.”

West Ham responded with heart, dragging themselves level in the 43rd minute. Mário’s impressive persistence forced the ball to Javier Hernández and James Tomkins did his former team a favour when he clumsily fouled the Mexican. Mark Noble converted the penalty to claim his 50th goal for the club.

The sense that Palace would grow stronger as the match wore on proved misplaced. West Ham hunted in packs to restrict Wilfried Zaha’s space, with the wily Pablo Zabaleta warming to his role in defensive midfield, and they had the best opening in the second half.

Mário was starting to relish his new surroundings and when he fed Sam Byram, the wing-back’s delivery ought to have been finished off, only for Hernández to plant his header too close to Wayne Hennessey. It was a fine reaction save from the Palace goalkeeper but Hernández lives for chances like that and it was a surprise not to see him make the net bulge.

As the hour approached, the game was becoming broken and a bit more to Palace’s liking. However, they were limited in possession. Townsend picked up a booking for diving and thoughts were turning to the spectacle of deadline day long before the end.


Low-key draw overshadowed by David Moyes dropping Michail Antonio for 'disciplinary reasons'

Sam Dean, London Stadium

West Ham United striker Michail Antonio was left out of the squad that drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace last night because he has repeatedly failed to turn up to team meetings on time.

David Moyes, the West Ham manager, said that Antonio had apologised but he would not accept such a lack of discipline at the club.

West Ham are desperately short of attacking options thanks to a string of injuries, so Antonio will be back in contention for the meeting with Brighton this weekend.

“For disciplinary reasons he was not involved tonight,” Moyes said. “He turned up late this morning for a meeting and it wasn’t the first time. I’m not having it at the club, I’ve said right form the start what it’s going to be like.

“It’s [happened] too often so I didn’t involve him tonight. Otherwise I would have probably tried to get him on the bench. He’s apologised for it and because of that we move on. He’ll be back training tomorrow morning. On time.”

A Mark Noble penalty pulled West Ham back into the game after Christian Benteke had given Crystal Palace the lead with just his second goal of the season.

It was a draw that seemed to suit both sides, with neither team appearing desperate to commit attacking players in an attempt to win the game.

Although it was another welcome point on the road for Crystal Palace, there was bad news for manager Roy Hodgson as winger Bakary Sako limped off with an ankle injury in the first half.

“We won’t know until tomorrow but our medical staff are very good,” said Hodgson when asked how serious the injury appeared. “They have an unerring knack for being right with their prognosis and they don’t think it looks good at all.

“There is a positivity of a point but it’s disappointing to pay a high price if Bakary is going to miss a large chunk of the season.”

Both sides will be hoping to make signings today, with Moyes saying he will not allow Andre Ayew to leave for Swansea unless he can sign a replacement. Swansea have offered £18m for the forward.

Crystal Palace took the lead despite West Ham starting the game brightly, with Benteke heading home a fine cross from Andros Townsend, who had darted down the left of West Ham’s defence.

The injury to Sako, who had been chewed up by a crunching Pablo Zabaleta challenge, then sapped some of the momentum from the game before Noble equalised from the spot following a scything challenge from James Tomkins on West Ham forward Javier Hernandez.

There was time still for Palace to twice go close to retaking the lead before the break. James McArthur headed wide after Townsend had tested goalkeeper Adrian, before Luka Milivojevic volleyed over as the match opened up.

After half-time, Hernandez went close again but headed straight at Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey from close range. As the contest petered out, it was the closest either side would come to a victory.


West Ham's Clement Grenier hopes dashed; player chooses Ligue 1 switch

Antony Martin

The Lyon ace has been heavily linked with a move to West Ham United this month.

According to French media outlet L'Equipe, the Hammers have missed out on the signing of Clement Grenier, after the 27-year-old chose to join Guingamp instead.

The French midfielder's contract with Lyon is due to expire in the summer, and West Ham were reportedly keen on getting a cut-price deal over the line for him this month, according to the Sun.

Their hopes of bringing Grenier to the London Stadium, though, appear to be over, with L'Equipe reporting that the five-capped France international has opted to join Ligue 1 side Guingamp.

David Moyes has already added Joao Mario to his midfield ranks this month, but another addition will still feature highly on his agenda, especially with the current injury crisis that has torn through the club.

Grenier would have been the ideal addition for the Hammers. With his excellent passing ability, he would have been the perfect long-term replacement for Mark Noble, but it looks as though Moyes will have to seek out alternative targets.

Harry Arter, Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Allen are three names who have been repeatedly linked with West Ham, and with just over 12 hours remaining until the transfer window slams shut, these will certainly be ones for Hammers fans to keep a close eye on.

This is Futbol

West Ham working on Slimani loan deal

West Ham are working on signing Leicester City centre-forward Islam Slimani on a deadline-day loan deal, according to a club insider.

The Ex-WHU employee Twitter account, which is a reliable source of news surrounding the club, reported on Wednesday morning that the Hammers are not looking to land the Algeria international on a permanent deal.

In an exchange on social media with a West Ham fan, he explained that the Slimani deal would be “a very expensive loan deal” amounting to a period of just 12 matches.

It has been reported elsewhere that the 2106 Premier League winners want a permanent deal for Slimani, 29, who they signed 18 months ago for a fee of £30million (source: Guardian).

Slimani has scored five goals in 17 matches this season but has made just two Premier League starts. In total for Leicester, the 55-times Algeria international has netted 13 goals in 46 matches.

Good move for West Ham?

On loan, yes. A permanent deal at the sums Leicester want would be too much of a gamble. Slimani has failed to match his Sporting Lisbon scoring exploits – he scored 27 times in the Portugese league in 2015-16 – at Leicester but he has showed enough qualities to demonstrate he could be a fine signing for a Premier League club. At the King Power Stadium, Jamie Vardy remains the premier front man, with Shinji Okazaki as the preferred partner or back-up. Slimani and fellow big-money signing Kelechi Iheanacho have been unable to break the striker cartel in place. But the Algerian has pace, power and an eye for goal. He has the potential to dazzle in the England top flight and would offer such much-needed cutting edge to a West Ham front line that has been deprived due to injury recently of Andy Carroll and which lost Diafra Sakho in a permanent sale to Rennes earlier this week.

This Is Futbol rating 7/10

Likely to happen?

A loan is certainly a strong possibility. It is difficult to see West Ham smashing their £27million transfer record to sign Slimani permanently by 11pm, but they are clearly working on pushing through a temporary move.

This Is Futbol rating 7/10


Reece Oxford loan move may be blocked by West Ham boss David Moyes

By Richard Cooke

West Ham defender Reece Oxford will meet manager David Moyes on Wednesday to discuss his future at the London Stadium.

The 19-year old was due to return on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach after Tuesday night's match against Crystal Palace.

However, Sky Sports News understands Moyes is now considering blocking the loan and keeping the youngster in his squad.

The teenager made four appearances while on loan with Gladbach this season but returned to the London Stadium after being recalled over the festive season.

Gladbach made a bid in the region of £10m for Oxford on January 2 and the club's sports director later reiterated their desire to tie Oxford to a permanent deal.

Time is against them as all the paperwork for any potential loan will have to be completed before Germany's transfer window closes at 5pm UK time.

Oxford came on as an 86th-minute substitute for Cheikhou Kouyate during the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.


West Ham United eager to sign Lille midfielder Ibrahim Amadou

Michael Black

West Ham United have been linked with a move for Lille midfielder Ibrahim Amadou.

The Hammers have offered a £2 million loan fee along with an option to buy for £14m.

However, L’Equipe has claimed the French club want a firm commitment from West Ham before they will sanction the move.

West Ham currently have 14 players unavailable through injury and manager David Moyes is desperate to strengthen his squad before the January transfer window closes.

The 24-year-old made his senior debut for AS Nancy against AJ Auxerre back in 2013.

The Cameroon international joined Lille in 2015, and has scored two goals in 74 league appearances.

Crystal Palace have made two bids for Amadou, the most recent of which was a loan offer with the option to buy, but they are still short Lille’s £17.6m valuation of the player.

Amadou can play as a holding midfielder or a centre-back and has made 21 appearances for the Ligue 1 side this season.

Lille must raise £22m to avoid potential relegation to Ligue 2 for breaking French financial fair play rules.

Here are five facts that you need to know about Amadou.

1) Amadou is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder or at centre-back and has frequently flitted between the positions for Lille this season, demonstrating his versatility.

2) The 24-year-old previously represented France at youth level but turned down the opportunity to represent Cameroon, the country of his birth, on the senior stage.

3) Since joining Lille in 2015, Amadou has amassed 93 appearances for the club and currently captains the side.

4) Prior to signing for Lille Amadou played for Nancy, where he broke into the first-team having signed as an academy player.

5) Amadou is known for frequently making crunching challenges but he has yet to receive a red card in his senior career.

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Texas Iron 4:02 Wed Jan 31
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Queens Fish Bar 2:16 Wed Jan 31
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ted fenton 1:17 Wed Jan 31

jimbo2. 1:30 Wed Jan 31
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Great news feed Al. Let's hope you are extra busy tomorrow!

ted fenton 1:17 Wed Jan 31
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Thanks Alan 10:32 Wed Jan 31

BubblesCyprus 12:48 Wed Jan 31
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Thanks Alan ta muchly.

Alwaysaniron 11:19 Wed Jan 31
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Thanks Al.. Remains to be seen if today like many other deadline days turns into the usual bucket of shit!

thecockneyboy 11:06 Wed Jan 31
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Cheers Al 👍

Thanks Alan 10:32 Wed Jan 31
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Thanks Alan

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