WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 12:59 Fri Jan 17
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United will be offered the chance to sign Paris St-Germain and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani, 32, for free in the summer - but have been told he is not available this month. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea are favourites to sign RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner after the 23-year-old said he wanted to test himself in the Premier League. (Bild - in German)

Inter Milan have submitted an opening bid of £13m for 27-year-old TottenhamHotspur and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, who is out of contract at Spurs in the summer. (Telegraph)

Manchester United's English left-back Ashley Young, 34, walked out of training to force through a move to Inter Milan. (Sun)

Leicester City are lining up Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand, 30, as a potential replacement for fellow England international Ben Chilwell. The 23-year-old Foxes defender has been linked with a move to Chelsea. (Mail)

Manchester City remain keen on keeping Germany forward Leroy Sane, who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, and have not given up hope of convincing the 24-year-old to sign a new contract. (Metro)

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 26, has been told by one of the UK's leading surgeons that he will probably miss Euro 2020. (Press Association, via Sun)

Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, could be in the stands for Manchester United's trip to Liverpool on Sunday as talks continue over a potential £50m move to Old Trafford. (A Bola, via Mirror)

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has spoken to Manchester City and Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 25, about a potential move. (El Desmarque - in Portuguese)

Lille and France Under-21 midfielder Boubakary Soumare, 20, is set to decide between signing for Manchester United or Chelsea before the transfer deadline. (Sky Sports)

West Bromwich Albion boss Slaven Bilic is ready to offer West Ham United a £1.5m loan fee to keep 21-year-old England Under-20 midfielder Grady Diangana at the Championship promotion hopefuls for the rest of the season. (Telegraph)

Liverpool will not embark on a warm-weather training camp this February with Jurgen Klopp opting for an alternative approach as he will give his players a week off training. (Standard)

Juventus and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 26, has ruled out a potential move to Manchester United, because of his connections with former club Liverpool. (Tuttosport, via Mirror)

Celtic, Derby County, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest are all interested in signing Sheffield United's English striker Billy Sharp, 33, but the player has the choice to stay at the club if he wants. (Sheffield Star)

Manchester City want to beat Barcelona to the signing of Spain Under-19 midfielder Ivan Morante, 19, who plays for Villarreal B. (Telegraph)

European football's leaders are close to an agreement to expand the Champions League by four extra match dates each season. (Times - subscription required)

Aston Villa are being linked with a move for France midfielder Steven Nzonzi, 31. The former Blackburn and Stoke player is on loan at Galatasaray from Roma. (Mirror)

AC Milan are considering a move for Wigan Athletic's 22-year-old United States left-back Antonee Robinson and Hearts' Scottish defender Aaron Hickey, 17. (Sky Sports)

The agent of Matias Vecino, 28, has dismissed speculation the Inter Milan and Uruguay midfielder is set to move to Everton. (Milan News, via Inside Futbol)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has accused the football authorities of disregarding player safety, with the club facing the possibility of an FA Cup replay during next month's winter break. (Times - subscription required)

The issue of scrapping FA Cup replays will be discussed by the Football Association Professional Game Board on Monday and an FA Board meeting this month. (Times - subscription required)

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira says he did not have talks about taking over as Gunners boss after the sacking of Unai Emery and that his focus is on managing French club Nice. (Mail)

Newcastle United have been told that former Everton and England Under-21 winger Ademola Lookman is not available for loan. The 22-year-old is now playing for German side RB Leipzig, but has struggled for game time. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Celtic boss Neil Lennon faces a transfer battle with Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa in the January window for the signature of Manchester City's English winger Ian Poveda, 19. (Express)

Aston Villa will have to pay more than £20m to sign 23-year-old English forward Jarrod Bowen from Hull City. (The Athletic, via Birmingham Mail)

Bournemouth and Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 32, who has joined AC Milan on loan, will "evaluate" his future at the end of the season. (Bournemouth Echo)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

While the world has been spinning Edinson Cavani has been quietly getting old in Paris. The once-galloping Uruguayan striker will be 33 in February! How did that happen? Cavani has been struggling with injury this season. Not that Manchester United seem to care. They would love to increase the average age of their squad by bringing the PSG forward to Old Trafford, particularly now that Ashley Young has downed tools to force a move to Inter. But there’s a snag. The brass-necked Parisians value Cavani – whose contract expires in the summer – at £30m! That’s a lot of a lolly. Spurs are interested too now that Harry Kane looks set for an extended spell in the treatment room.

One player who could pop up at Old Trafford this January is Bruno Fernandes, who seems to have been linked with a move to Manchester United from Sporting since the pre-internet days. It says here that he’ll be in the stands at Anfield on Sunday to watch his potential new team take on Liverpool. They might want to force him to put pen to paper on his £50m move before that one kicks off.

Brendan Rodgers is keeping tabs on Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand. Why, you ask? Because they fully expect Ben Chilwell to walk the well worn path between the Leicester and Chelsea in the summer.

Another full-back who could be on the move is João Cancelo. The right-back has struggled to elbow Kyle Walker out of the Manchester City team since joining from Juventus for £60m last summer and the word in Spain is that José Mourinho has “personally” spoken to the Portugal defender about a potential £51m switch to Tottenham.

Chelsea are leading the race to sign Rumour Mill stalwart Timo Werner from Leipzig after the striker, who has 23 goals in 25 games, said he believes the Premier League was the “most interesting” in Europe. Clearly Werner has not been watching Poland’s Ekstraklasa, where a four-way race for the title is shaping up.

Serie A shambles Milan are dispatching scouts to new and interesting places as they try to bag a bargain. The confused-looking Italian chap walking up Wallgate in Wigan is looking for the Latics’ left-back Antonee Robinson while he’ll also have to find his way up to Edinburgh to see if he thinks Hearts’ 17-year-old left-back Aaron Hickey is the second coming of Paolo Maldini.

And Hull have told Aston Villa to stump up 20 million big ones if they want to make off with their goal-guzzling forward Jarrod Bowen this January.


West Ham reject Inter Milan misfits on loan as Joe Allen transfer interest ends

The Hammers were offered the chance to sign Matias Vecino and Valentino Lazaro this January but aren't keen on the pair

By Rhys Turrell

West Ham have been offered Inter Milan misfits Matias Vecino and Valentino Lazaro on loan.

The Hammers are looking for a midfielder to play alongside Declan Rice and were sounded out about the possibility of taking Uruguay international Vecino.

But the player is in no hurry to leave Inter and he is currently not a priority for West Ham.

Austria international Lazaro is more of a wide player and also has interest from Newcastle and Werder Bremen.

Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen has long been on West Ham’s radar but it is understood the club are not currently targeting him.

Royal Gazette

Trott top stopper in English leagues

Goalkeeper Nathan Trott has thrived since joining AFC Wimbledon on loan and has the statistics to prove it.

According to playerstats.com, the world’s largest football database, the Bermudian goalkeeper made 93 saves during the first half of the 2019-20 campaign, the most by any goalkeeper among the top four tiers of English football.

Lee Nichols, of MK Dons, had the second most saves with 91 with Dillon Phillips, of Charlton Athletic, rounding off the top three with 90. Only saves made in league matches were taken into consideration.

Trott has made 24 appearances and also kept three cleansheets since joining SkyBet League One side Wimbledon on a season-long loan from Premier League side West Ham United at the start of the season, making his debut in a 1-1 draw at home to Accrington Stanley last August.

The son of former St George’s and Devonshire Colts goalkeeper Dwayne Trott initially signed a 2½-year deal with West Ham in January 2016, which has since been extended twice until 2022.

Trott made 12 appearances during a injury-hampered last season for West Ham, ten in Premier League 2 and twice in the Checkatrade Trophy, as well being named in the East London club’s senior squad on three occasions.

He put another feather in his cap after earning the Premier League 2 Save of the Season Award for the second time in three years.

The former BAA player received the honour for his superb save in a 2-1 win away to Liverpool in September of 2018 playing for the Premier League 2 side.

West Ham signed goalkeepers Roberto and David Martin on a free transfer last summer to provide back-up to No 1 Lukasz Fabianski after the release of former No 2 Adrian, which paved the way for Trott to go out on loan to gain experience.

Trott has also featured for England at youth level. He was a member of the England Under-19 squad who won the 2017 European Championship in Georgia and has also been capped six times for England Under-20s.

The 21-year-old was named in the England Under-20 team for the defence of their Toulon tournament title in France last summer, but was later ruled out because of injury.

Trott also earned a first call-up to the England Under-21 squad ahead of their Under-21 European Championship qualifiers against Turkey and Kosovo last September, which he did not feature in.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 9:33 Fri Jan 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Jasnik 4:51 Fri Jan 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I always find goalkeeper stats strange, as the most saves doesn't that also mean their defence might be shit. So he has to keep bailing them out.. errm a bit like .. us really.

Alan 4:12 Fri Jan 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Richarlison and Sigurdsson out for Everton at West Ham

charleyfarley 4:02 Fri Jan 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al

ted fenton 3:14 Fri Jan 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
As Eddie B would say.

Alan thanks.

bill green 1:47 Fri Jan 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:00 Fri Jan 17

Thanks Alan 1:00 Fri Jan 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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