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Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is top of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's list to replace manager Antonio Conte if he sacks the Italian. (Sport - in Spanish)

Spaniard Enrique will make Barcelona's 31-year-old Uruguay forward Luis Suarez his first signing if he is appointed Blues manager. (Le10Sport - in French)

However, Enrique is not interested in cutting short his year-long break from football and would only take the job at the end of the season. (Goal)

Chelsea boss Conte is paying for the mistakes ex-technical director Michael Emenalo made in the summer transfer window, says former player and assistant manager Ray Wilkins. (Talksport)

Conte has 18 months left on his contract and will not quit the club. (Mirror)

Abramovich will not allow player power at Chelsea to decide whether or not Conte remains at Stamford Bridge. (Telegraph)

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Malcom, 20, says he wanted to leave current side Bordeaux during the January transfer window. (Independent)

Chelsea and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, says his "personal situation" means he would consider a move to Real Madrid if the European champions show an interest. (Sport Foot Magazine via Daily Mail)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea remains Real Madrid's priority signing in the summer transfer window, but United are set to offer the 27-year-old Spain international a new deal. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal are interested in signing Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, according to the 23-year-old Italian's agent. (Star)

Arsenal and Liverpool's pursuit of Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, 22, has turned down a contract extension at Monaco in the hope he can force a summer move to England. (Express via L'Equipe)

Liverpool will loan 18-year-old Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo to Real Mallorca after finally receiving the paperwork to complete his move from Fortaleza CEIF. (Liverpool Echo)

Roma goalkeeper Alisson, a target for Liverpool, is the "Messi of goalkeepers" and the 25-year-old Brazilian is worth more than 50m euros (£44.38m), says former coach Roberto Negrisolo. (Il Romanista via Goal)

Ex-Liverpool, Bolton, Sunderland, Blackburn and Leeds forward El Hadji Diouf, 37, is considering running to become Senegal president. (FourFourTwo)

Ajax winger Justin Kluivert, 18, denies speaking to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho about a move to Old Trafford and says he knows "little" about the club's interest in him. (Metro)

The Birmingham City board is prepared for a substantial increase in losses on the Hong Kong stock exchange following Harry Redknapp's spending spree as manager in summer 2017. (Birmingham Mail)

Benevento, who are nine points adrift at the bottom of Serie A, have made attempts to sign former Arsenal midfielders Samir Nasri and Alex Song, both 30, on free transfers. (Sky Italia - in Italian)

Best of Tuesday's gossip

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has accused Arsenal's new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of "withholding performances" while the 28-year-old Gabon forward tried to push his transfer to the Gunners through. (Mirror)

Everton striker Wayne Rooney, 32, says Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, is the "perfect player" for Manchester United, because of his "aggression, passion and desire". (Sky Sports via Express)

Rooney also says he would "like to go into management" once he retires from playing. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane says being released by Arsenal at the age of eight is the "best thing that ever happened to me". (London Evening Standard)

England goalkeeper Joe Hart is wanted by Chelsea if their 25-year-old Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois moves to Real Madrid. Hart, 30, is currently on loan at West Ham from Manchester City. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Rob Smyth

Today’s rags have just landed on the Mill’s desk with a hearty thump, so let’s get straight to work. Turns out that, when Luis Suárez plunged his incisors into Branislav Ivanovic in 2013, he may have been biting the hand that would later feed him. The word on the street is that Chelsea will make Suárez their top priority if a) Antonio Conte is sacked after taking the club to the unprecedented depths of fourth place and b) Luis Enrique succeeds him.

So, to summarise: if A happens then B may happen, and if B happens then C may also happen. This isn’t a Rumour Mill, it’s a Rumour Flow Chart.

Barcelona’s old chums Real Madrid are gearing up for a summer of making every other club in the world feel financially inadequate. They have reportedly arranged a secret meeting with Paris Saint-Germain haircut Neymar – so secret that it was reported before it had even happened – and have noted with interest Robert Lewandowski’s eyelashes only flutter when he is looking in their direction. Just as Eli Cash always wanted to be a Tenenbaum, so Lewandowski always wanted to be a galáctico.

Madrid also want Eden Hazard. If they get him, Chelsea will ask in return for Marco Asensio and a refrigerator packed to the brim with bank notes.

Madrid’s plan to sign absolutely everyone should mean a return to England for Gareth Bale, with Manchester United his likeliest destination. If Bale does join United, it may be in part exchange for David de Gea, who is still Madrid’s No 1 choice to be their No 1 choice. That is despite some unsubtle flirting from Thibaut Courtois, who has been strutting round like the Diet Coke bloke in front of the Madrid hierarchy.

Arsenal will troll the trolls by signing a defender, probably Juventus’s Daniele Rugani, in the summer. They are still keen on Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, as are Liverpool; an increasingly fractious game of chessboxing between Arsène Wenger and Jürgen Klopp will decide Lemar’s destination.

Last and essentially least, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino can’t take his eyes off the Hamburg teenager Jann-Fiete Arp, who may be available on the cheap if the club are relegated.


West Ham in talks with Patrice Evra over potential short-term deal

• France defender is a free agent after leaving Marseille in November
• West Ham say talks over David Moyes’s future set for summer

Jacob Steinberg

West Ham are exploring the possibility of signing the former France captain Patrice Evra on a free transfer as David Moyes attempts to reinforce his defensive options.

The 36-year-old, who had his contract with Marseille terminated by mutual consent in November after being handed a seven-month European ban for aiming a kick at one of the club’s own fans before a match, is understood to have visited West Ham’s training ground on Tuesday to hold talks over a potential move. He is expected to be offered a short-term contract until the end of the season having previously worked under manager David Moyes at Manchester United.

Arthur Masuaku is serving a six-game ban for spitting at Wigan’s Nick Powell during the FA Cup defeat last week, leaving Aaron Cresswell as Moyes’s only option at left-back. The midfielder Pedro Obiang is already expected to miss the rest of the season after a knee operation.

Meanwhile, West Ham insist they are not making plans to change manager in the summer and will hold talks with Moyes at the end of the season.

A report has claimed that Moyes is unlikely to extend his stay at West Ham past the end of the current campaign regardless of whether or not the club stay in the Premier League.

Moyes agreed a contract until the end of the season when he replaced Slaven Bilic in November and, despite a significant upturn in results and performances, he has maintained that he has no intention of opening talks about a new deal yet.

And the club have reiterated their stance that discussions over any new deal will take place once the season is over.

A statement read: “As previously stated on a number of occasions, the club and David Moyes agreed a deal until the end of the 2017-18 season, at which point both parties will sit down and discuss the future.

“Until then, the board and David Moyes will continue to work closely together, with the manager having full responsibility of footballing matters and the full support of the board. Everyone’s sole focus is on trying to achieve results for West Ham United.”


Patrice Evra arrives for West Ham medical with Irons set to confirm Frenchman's signing later today

Evra is a free agent after being sacked by Marseille for kicking a fan in the head in November

By Darren Lewis

Patrice Evra has arrived at West Ham to complete his medical ahead of a switch until the end of the season.

The Hammers are expected to confirm the signing of the former Manchester United left-back later on Wednesday.

Evra is a free agent after being sacked by Marseille for kicking a fan in the head in November. He later insisted the fan had been abusing him from the stands.

He was banned by UEFA from playing in their competitions — the Champions League and Europa League — until June 2018, but is allowed to take part in domestic fixtures.

He was also fined €10,000 (£8,829) for his conduct ahead of a Europa League game against Vitoria de Guimaraes.

Evra made 379 appearances and scored three goals in nine seasons with United.

He clinched five Premier League titles, the 2009 Champions League, three League Cups, five Community Shields and the Club World Cup.

His arrival at the London Stadium leaves Masuaku facing a bleak future with the Hammers unhappy with his actions in their 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Wigan last month.

West Ham have also released a statement insisting they are continuing to back Moyes, and that no decision over his future will be made past the end of the season.

"As previously stated on a number of occasions, the Club and David Moyes agreed a deal until the end of the 2017/18 season, at which point both parties will sit down and discuss the future.

"Until then, the Board and David Moyes will continue to work closely together with the Manager having full responsibility of footballing matters and the full support of the Board. Everyone’s sole focus is on trying to achieve results for West Ham United."

Football London

Leander Dendoncker gives West Ham fans major boost over summer move

The Hammers saw a bid rejected for the highly-rated midfielder

By Rob Guest

Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker has revealed that West Ham would have been a good step for him as he looks to progress in his career.

The Belgian ace has hit the headlines in his home country since making his debut for the club in 2013, with the Hammers heavily linked with a January move.

In fact, reports from the Belgium stated that the 22-year-old wanted to seal a move to the capital, yet David Moyes' side never met Anderlecht's £20million valuation.

The Hammers are believed to have offered just £4.4million upfront for the youngster and then they would pay £8.8m, paid in two separate instalments, at the end of the campaign.

Having seen a move to the London Stadium fall through, Dendocker, speaking to HLN, opened up about a possible transfer away from the club last summer and in January.

"I noticed that after the departure of Youri [Tielmans] they did not want to get rid of the whole midfield", says Dendoncker.

"But the training was resumed in the meantime, the competition and August 31 came closer and closer.

"I was on the phone every day with my agent.

"I was told: 'Be patient, it will come around, maybe at the very end.'

"I was constantly working on that transfer, instead of just focusing on training, I was wrong, I realize that, but it was the first time I came into such a situation, I just did not know how I had to deal with it.

"This time I have tackled it differently.

"I did not hang on the phone all the time, and certainly after [Sofiane] Hanni had left, I had agreed that they would not let me go again.

"If deals still have to be arranged in the evening on 31 January, the chance is small that there is a breakthrough - that was also the case when they called me to Neerpede, but West Ham seemed to me a nice club to take the next step in my career."

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