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Alan 2:01 Wed Jan 22
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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David Beckham's MLS franchise Inter Miami have made contact with representatives of Manchester City's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, 31, and Spanish midfielder David Silva, 34, who will leave City in the summer. (Sun)

Manchester United could sign Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, in a £55m deal by the end of the week after a breakthrough in talks with Sporting Lisbon. (Mirror)

Fernandes snubbed Sporting fans and pushed a television camera after losing to Braga on Tuesday in what could be his last game for the club. (Star)

Tottenham have made a bid for 20-year-old Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare as they joined Chelsea and Manchester United in trying to sign the Frenchman. (L'Equipe, via Sun)

Aston Villa and England midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, has told the club he will not leave in January and is focused on keeping them in the Premier League. (Mirror)

Manchester United have offered over £30m for Birmingham City's 16-year-old English midfielder Jude Bellingham. (Sun)

A bookmaker has suspended betting on Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale, 30, returning to Tottenham. (Mail)

Barcelona manager Quique Setien says the club are looking for a replacement for injured Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 32, this month. (Sport)

Barca see Spanish striker Rodrigo Moreno as a potential signing but Valencia would want 60m euros for the former Bolton loanee, 28. (Marca)

Leicester City and Algeria striker Islam Slimani does not have a recall clause in his loan at Monaco, making it more difficult for Tottenham to move for the 31-year-old in January. (Leicester Mercury)

Newcastle United are considering a loan move for 29-year-old Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose. (Telegraph)

West Ham had Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen watched during the Championship side's 1-0 win over West Brom on Monday and are weighing up a move for the 29-year-old Wales international. (Sun)

Real Madrid's Spanish right-back Alvaro Odriozola, 24, has arrived in Germany to complete a loan move to Bayern Munich for the rest of the season. (AS - in Spanish)

Barcelona have been linked with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but leaving Arsenal before the end of his contract in 2021 could cost the Gabon striker, 30, a £15.15m loyalty bonus. (Star)

Bournemouth are interested in Lyon's £35m-rated former Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore. (Mail)

Leicester and West Ham are also tracking 24-year-old Burkina Faso international Traore. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Manchester United winger Tahith Chong, 20, is out of contract in the summer and has held talks with Inter Milan, while Barcelona and Juventus are also interested in the Netherlands Under-21 international. (Mail)

West Brom are set to offer £8m for Dinamo Zagreb winger Mislav Orsic as the Championship leaders target two signings in the January transfer window. (Telegraph)

Burnley, Leicester and Sheffield United are interested in Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill, 24, who has a £7m release clause. (Bristol Post)

Burnley could use striker Nahki Wells, who spent the first half of the season on loan at QPR, as part of a deal for Robins captain Brownhill. (Mail)

Leeds want to sign Middlesbrough's DR Congo striker Britt Assombalonga, 27, after Eddie Nketiah's loan from Arsenal was cut short. (Mirror)

American billionaire Dan Friedkin has landed in Milan to complete his purchase of Serie A side Roma. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)







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Gregg Bakowski

Inter Miami have not played a competitive game in MLS yet. In fact, they have only had two training sessions in their history. But that’s not stopped the club’s co-owner, David Beckham, from dreaming big when it comes to his plans for assembling a winning team from scratch. Becks has taken on harder challenges – such as the time he stayed up till 3am to build a 4,000-piece Lego castle – so creating a competitive MLS club in a few months shouldn’t be a problem.

Which is why he’s batting his eyelids in the direction of David Silva and Sergio Agüero. Hot air doing the rounds suggests Agüero might prefer to see out his career on the same continent as his son, while Silva’s already said he will leave City at the end of the season and Miami’s not a bad place to spend your downtime. They could be South Beach’s most famous double act since Crockett and Tubbs. Mind you, the City empire includes New York City FC, so any move Stateside for either player could cause a family rift.

Manchester United have had breakthrough talk with Sporting, which means Bruno Fernandes’s shoulders may soon be loaded with the heavy weight of expectation that comes with being a playmaker in the club’s misfiring midfield. Once £55m is exchanged, Fernandes will be a Red Devil. The Portuguese playmaker could be joined by Jude Bellingham. Birmingham City’s attacking midfielder has scored four goals this season and is still only 16! It says here United have dangled £30m outside the St Andrew’s offices to see if Blues bite.

Barcelona want a replacement for the injured Luis Suárez and new manager Quique Setién would be more than happy if Rodrigo could be bundled away from Valencia. An asking price of £50m for the 28-year-old former Bolton loanee might be a bit steep, though. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also on Barça’s radar but the Arsenal striker would potentially lose out on a £15m loyalty bonus if he jumped ship early. A bookmaker has suspended betting on Gareth Bale rejoining Tottenham so expect to see “the golfer” pinging three-woods around Lee Valley when the weather warms up.

Newcastle may give Danny Rose an escape route from Spurs after the left-back had a reported “bust-up” with José Mourinho over a back complaint. Mourinho falling out with players already? Who would have guessed? Japhet Tanganga’s emergence as a handy defender for all seasons will likely hasten the full-back’s exit. Rose once said he wanted to move back up north. Now Newcastle have come knocking we’ll see if he really meant it.

Bournemouth are considering going all-in as they attempt to stave off relegation. For the Cherries this means throwing a £30m-plus bid in for Lyon’s Bertrand Traoré. But with just three goals in 24 appearances this season, he’s no Harry Wilson, is he? And West Brom will try to reboot their push for the Championship title by signing the Dinamo Zagreb winger Mislav Orsic for £8m.







Mail

West Ham 'make handsome offer for Steven Nzonzi' as midfielder's agent flies into London to discuss possible move

West Ham have reportedly submitted an offer to sign Steven NZonzi
The midfielder's agent are in London discussing the potential move
Nzonzi has family in England and is keen on the idea of moving to London
He is currently on loan at Galatasaray but they want to terminate the deal

By Jordan Seward

West Ham have reportedly submitted an offer for midfielder Steven Nzonzi.

The 31-year-old is currently on loan from Roma at Galatasaray but the Turkish side want to terminate the agreement and have excluded him from first-team activity.

Sportsmail understands West Ham initially want to sign Nzonzi on a loan deal.

Roma want around £3.5million for a loan fee, and the player is on a hefty salary.

Nzonzi's agents are in London this week discussing a potential move, and RMC Sport have claimed that West Ham have made a 'handsome offer'.

The Frenchman is hoping to sign for a club still in a European competition but is keen on moving to London as he has family there.

Roma are thought to be open to fielding offers this month, with Hammers boss David Moyes reportedly believing Nzonzi will be an asset to his squad after previous experience in the top flight.

The midfielder represented both Blackburn and Stoke, and boasts 195 Premier League appearances - the last of which came for the Potters in their 6-1 thrashing of Liverpool in 2015.

Nzonzi also has been awarded 14 caps for his country, and featured in France's World Cup winning squad.

West Ham also watched Stoke's Joe Allen on Monday night and are weighing-up a move for him.





Sport Witness

Claim midfielder has decided to sign for West Ham United – Agreement reached

Turkish newspaper Gunes claim Galatasaray midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who’s currently on loan from AS Roma, has decided to sign for West Ham United.

Yesterday we covered claims from Turkey that the French midfielder rejected Sheffield United’s offer as he reportedly wants to play for a ‘more prestigious club’ ahead of Euro 2020.

The same report also said he’s still in talks with West Ham and Everton over a potential move.

Today, Gunes claim West Ham have reached an agreement with AS Roma over Nzonzi, as Hammers manager David Moyes looks to bolster his squad before the deadline next week.

It’s also reported his move to the Premier League side will be announced in the coming days, with Galatasaray more than happy to part ways with him.

Nzonzi joined Galatasaray on a loan deal at the start of the season and the Super Lig club also had the option to extend this for a further year.

However, he’s failed to impress Gala manager Fatih Terim and was left out of the squad in the final games of last year.

His contract with AS Roma will expire at the end of June 2022.





FLW

West Ham join race to sign in-demand Nottingham Forest player

West Ham United have become the latest club to express interest in making a potential move Nottingham Forest’s Matty Cash, before the end of the transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.

Cash has already been linked with a move to Southampton, while Serie A giants AC Milan have delivered an offer of £15million to the Reds for Cash, according to the Athletic, as Forest face a real battle to keep hold of the 22-year-old during the last few days of the window.

The versatile 22-year-old has excelled this season in an unfamiliar right-back role, with Sabri Lamouchi having moved Cash back into that position following Tendayi Darikwa’s injury – and he has managed to offer a threat down the right-hand side going forwards having scored two and assisted four in the league so far.

Forest are thought to be keen to resist any offers for Cash before the end of the window, and the 22-year-old only recently signed a new deal to commit his future to the City Ground back in late November, but West Ham could be tempted to make a move for him to boost their own options
this month.

Forest will likely to be thrilled when the transfer window closes next week, with the Reds clearly desperate to keep hold of Cash this month, with Lamouchi not wanting to lose any of his key players as he looks to secure a top six finish this term.

Cash was content enough at the City Ground to sign a new deal a few months ago, and it would therefore be very unlikely that he would attempt to force a move away from the club before the end of the transfer window, which puts the Reds in a strong position.

West Ham, though, could do with adding to their squad as they look to secure their Premier League status under David Moyes, and Cash would offer them the flexibility of being able to play down the right-hand side of their defence or in midfield, where they have been keen to strengthen.

Lamouchi will be hopeful that despite all the fairly late interest in Cash during the last stages of the window, that he is still able to call upon the 22-year-old in when the window closes, and Forest will be fairly confident of holding onto him this month.




TBR

Everton and West Ham looking to sign AZ Alkmaar winger

By Will Butcher

Inside Futbol have claimed that both Everton and West Ham United are interested in signing AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi this month, as the Moroccan star continues to set the Eredivisie alight this season.

Idrissi, 23, has been in stunning form for his current side this season – having a hand in 21 goals during 33 league and cup appearances. Indeed, he has scored 13 times, and created another eight assists, even impressing in the Europa League.

Morocco international Idrissi only joined AZ two years ago from FC Groningen, and has since scored 33 goals in 87 games – excellent stats for a winger, as well sa laying on 23 assists. He has a contract until the summer of 2024.

It is believed that both Everton and Marcel Brands as well as West Ham have made enquiries for the winger, and have been told they would need to spend between £17million and £20million to land his signature. AS Roma are also interested.

TBR’s view – West Ham need Idrissi more than Everton

That is because the Hammers have been rocked by the injury of Felipe Anderson, which is likely to keep him sidelined until late February, early March. Though he is not having the best season, Anderson is crucial to West Ham and his absence will hurt.

He needs replacing. Manuel Lanzini is capable of magic but is yet to return to his brilliant best prior to the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in 2018. A new recruit may be required by David Moyes.

Certainly, Idrissi is capable of magic and although he has only shown that in the Dutch league, he has proven he can impress on the European stage with two goals and two assists in six European matches. West Ham need Idrissi more than Everton.




Forza

West Ham United back in for AC Milan midfielder

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie could leave the club during the January transfer window with West Ham United back in the mix for his signature.

The Ivorian has struggled to make an impact for the Rossoneri so far this season, and his form hasn’t improved since Stefano Pioli replaced Marco Giampaolo as coach.

As a result the Rossoneri are said to be open to letting the 23-year-old leave on loan, with the London Evening Standard suggesting they’ve offered the player to West Ham.

The Hammers and manager David Moyes are keen to add to their midfield after missing out on Gedson Fernandes, who joined Tottenham instead.

Kessie is reportedly opened to joining the English club, and his representatives are hard at work to try and push through a deal before the close of the January transfer window.




ExWHUemployee
@ExWHUemployee

There’s a guy called Nahitan Nandez who plays for Cagliari, he’s 24, he’s a Uruguayan midfielder. I hear he’s a bit of an engine who gets up and down. He’s an option.




TuttoMercato

Sampdoria, West Ham offers 14 million for Vieira. For the club it is non-transferable

West Ham offer for the Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira: the 22-year-old is certainly one of the positive surprises of this blucerchiato championship becoming a regular holder especially after the arrival of Claudio Ranieri. For the young 17 appearances, according to the British tabloids, West Ham would have put 14 million euros on the plate but Vieira would be non-transferable. Meanwhile, today the deal for the defender Lorenzo Tonelli could be unlocked on the basis of a loan with a redemption obligation at the end of the season for about 2.7 million euros




Bournemouth Echo

West Ham eye move for AFC Bournemouth ace Ryan Fraser

WEST Ham are plotting a summer move to sign Cherries winger Ryan Fraser, according to the Mirror.

Despite efforts from Cherries to tie the Scot down to a new deal, Fraser's contract is due to expire at the end of this season, making him available on a free transfer.

After a stellar 2018-19 campaign, Fraser was linked with moves to the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.

But West Ham are reportedly hoping to steal a march on "a number of clubs" who see the winger as a "bargain" option.

It is claimed that Fraser "fits the profile of the younger, more mobile player that David Moyes wants to bring to the London Stadium" following his return to the club as manager.

The 25-year-old played 45 minutes of Cherries 4-0 loss at West Ham on New Year's Day.

He has made 26 appearances in all competitions for Eddie Howe's side this campaign, scoring once.

Speaking about Fraser in November, Howe said: "In terms of his contract, that’s obviously for him to decide what he wants to do with his future.

"We would love him to stay and commit to us. But if not, we need to get the best out of him between now and the end of the season.

"We’ve had conversations with Ryan to try and persuade him to stay, but at the moment, he’s keeping his options open on that one."





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Dan M 6:58 Wed Jan 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ronaldo Vieira

We're now chasing players auto-generated by CM 98/99.

Texas Iron 4:41 Wed Jan 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Mex Martillo 4:31 Wed Jan 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:48 Wed Jan 22

Sajmo1 4:30 Wed Jan 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I'm sorry but how are we "overloaded" with wingers? We have Felipe, 2 extremely injury prone players in Yarmo and Antonio, and fucking Snodgrass..

Thanks Alan 2:48 Wed Jan 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
mallard 2:32 Wed Jan 22

Lee Trundle 2:43 Wed Jan 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"West Ham looking to sign AZ Alkmaar winger"

You know what? I was just sat here thinking that seeing as Moyes' favoured formation doesn't have wingers in the team, and the fact our squad is now overloaded with wingers, what we desperately need now is another winger.

mallard 2:32 Wed Jan 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Side of Ham 2:30 Wed Jan 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We'll get the version that spits......


....but thanks Alan!

Alan 2:28 Wed Jan 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Vieira story added.





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