WHO Poll
Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
24%
  
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
10%
  
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
5%
  
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
39%
  
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done
22%
  



Alan 1:59 Tue Jan 18
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

France striker Anthony Martial, 26, wants to leave Manchester United but does not want to go out on loan to another English club. Barcelona, Sevilla and Juventus are three options for a January move. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester United are targeting Aston Villa and Scotland midfielder John McGinn, 27, in the summer transfer window. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Newcastle United have offered a fee of over 30m euros (£25.1m) for Atalanta and Colombia striker Duvan Zapata, 30. (Daily Record)

Wolves winger Adama Traore, 25, could get the green light to leave the club in the next 24 hours, with the Spain international linked with moves to Tottenham and former club Barcelona. (Star)

David Beckham can move for a big signing at Inter Miami after the departure of high-earning French midfielder Blaise Matuidi, with Atletico Madrid and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 34, among the names being tipped to arrive. (Sun)

Rangers left-back Borna Barisic, 29, has confirmed a club made a move for him earlier in the transfer window, amid rumours linking the Croatia international with Watford and Aston Villa. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal's negotiations with Juventus over a loan deal for midfielder Arthur Melo have stalled because the Serie A club have not yet found a replacement for the 25-year-old Brazilian. (Tuttomercatoweb, via Express)

Chelsea could be given a free run at signing Monaco's French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 21, with Manchester United turning their attention to RB Leipzig's Malian midfielder Amadou Haidara, 23, and Borussia Monchengladbach's 25-year-old Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria. (football.london)

Free agent Diego Costa, who had been linked with Arsenal, is keen on a move to Brazilian club Corinthians, where the 33-year-old Spain international would link up with former Chelsea team-mate Willian. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United are also leading Juventus and Inter Milan in the race to sign 26-year-old Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio, but the Serie A club will demand at least 80m euros (£66.8m). (Il Messaggero via Sport Witness)

Belgium forward Eden Hazard wants to leave Real Madrid, but is not interested in joining Newcastle, who have had a £41.3m bid for the 31-year-old accepted by the Spanish club. (El Nacional - in Catalan)

Barcelona have given 24-year-old France winger Ousmane Dembele 48 hours to make a decision on the club's reduced contract offer, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Paris St-Germain have offered Chelsea the chance to sign France defender Layvin Kurzawa, but Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is not keen on the 29-year-old despite losing England left-back Ben Chilwell, 25, to a serious knee injury. (Goal)

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 35, is close to extending his contract with Tottenham. (football.london)

Manchester City's 23-year-old goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, who is on loan at Turkish club Adana Demirspor, is set to join Galatasaray at the end of the season. (Koha Net, via City Xtra)





Sky Paper Talk

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Manchester United have shortlisted Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn as a potential signing this summer when the club hope to have deals lined up in tandem with the arrival of a new manager.

Novak Djokovic is under threat of a Grand Slam exile after he was told he would need to be vaccinated to play at the French Open and Wimbledon gave no guarantees he would be allowed to defend his title this summer.

DAILY MAIL

Duncan Ferguson is on standby to resume his role as Everton caretaker boss after a move to recruit Roberto Martinez stalled over a £2m release clause in his Belgium contract.

Newcastle United are hoping to get a £30m deal finalised for Sevilla centre back Diego Carlos this week.

Aston Villa expect to complete the loan signing of Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen following a medical on Tuesday.

Barcelona have been dealt a major blow in their bid to move Samuel Umtiti on this month after the defender suffered a broken metatarsal during training.

Tim Cahill is emerging as an option for Everton to return to the club in a senior executive role following Rafa Benitez's sacking.

ECB and county chiefs are set for a fresh grilling by MPs next Tuesday about tackling racism in cricket.

Fears are growing Derby County are just two weeks away from liquidation.

Ousmane Dembele has just 48 hours to decide his Barcelona future as the club consider selling the forward rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

THE SUN

Manchester United and Arsenal have been put on red alert after Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl admitted transfer target Denis Zakaria could leave.

Farhad Moshiri will consider selling Everton with his dream of a Goodison Park revolution in danger of turning into a bonfire of his vanity.

Hatem Ben Arfa is reportedly on the verge of joining Ligue 1 side Lille following six months without a club.

Chelsea's Champions League game at Lille and England's Six Nations showdown in Paris look set to be moved to a neutral country after the French government vowed a Covid crackdown.

David Beckham has received a huge Inter Miami transfer boost after finally offloading high-earning French World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi on a free transfer.

THE GUARDIAN

Everton's attempt to rehire Roberto Martínez has hit an immediate problem with the Royal Belgian Football Association rejecting a proposal for their head coach to combine his role with managing the Premier League club.

Anthony Martial's hopes of leaving Old Trafford on loan this month could rest on whether Manchester United are willing to pay a portion of the France striker's wages, with Sevilla, Juventus and Barcelona all having shown an interest.

Former England and Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard has escaped a charge of using a mobile phone while driving, after a case against him was dropped.

Ben Stokes is set to join Joe Root in making himself unavailable for this year's Indian Premier League auction following England's Ashes defeat in Australia.

DAILY MIRROR

Everton are considering appointing Jose Mourinho as their next manager after failing to entice Roberto Martinez back to Goodison Park.

Paulo Dybala could leave Juventus for free this summer as reports emerge of the club withdrawing their contract offer altogether after the Argentine's wage demands.

THE TIMES

Chelsea may be unable to select unvaccinated players for their Champions League round-of-16 match against Lille under the French government's plans to introduce vaccine passes which would not allow any exemption for athletes.

Orlando Bailey, the 20-year-old Bath fly-half, is in strong consideration for an England call-up with Eddie Jones naming his first squad of the year on Tuesday.

DAILY RECORD

Ange Postecoglou confirms Leigh Griffiths will not play for Celtic again as he thanks the striker for leaving his mark on the club.

Vitesse Arnhem defender Danilho Doekhi has laid out his "dream" of playing in the Champions League ahead of a potential move to Rangers.

SCOTTISH SUN

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson admits he could lose John Souttar to Rangers this month.





Guardian Rumour Mill

Scott Murray

Everton are all over the shop. Having sacked Rafa Benitez after laying off all the folk he didn’t want, they’ve been rebuffed in their efforts to force the Belgian FA into sharing Roberto Martínez. They’re now considering José Mourinho, for goodness sake. And now there are reports claiming owner Farhad Moshiri is considering upping sticks and cutting his losses. Given the pig’s lug he’s made of the last six managerial appointments, some may be quite sanguine about that particular prospect, but while it wouldn’t necessarily hinder, it wouldn’t necessarily help, either. And Everton could do with some help right now.

Manchester United are a little bit further into the process of getting their house in order. To this end, they want Aston Villa heartbeat John McGinn, Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and/or RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara.

Newcastle United are the third – and longest-serving – members of the Shambolic Big Club Club. Today’s attempt to extricate themselves from the mess they’ve created comes in the form of a £25m offer for Duvan Zapata. Atalanta want nearly double that for the Colombian striker.

Back to Manchester United, as it would seem they’re in for a fourth midfielder, Denis Zakaria of Borussia Mönchengladbach. Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are all threatening to ruin that particular plan.

Meanwhile Anthony Martial wants out, we’ve known this for quite some time. He’s drawn up a list of preferred destinations, and he’s aiming for the stars: Juventus, Barcelona and Sevilla.

Barcelona are also in the running for Adama Traoré, and may even catch the speedy bugger. Tottenham hope to shepherd the Wolves winger to north London instead.

One midfielder whose links to Old Trafford are cooling – so lump on, folks – is Aurélien Tchouaméni. The young Monaco man is reportedly off to Chelsea instead.

And Rangers defender Borna Barisic, linked with a reunion with his old boss Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa, may have to settle for Watford instead. There are worse fates, such as writing up the day’s rumours on a winter’s morn when it’s below freezing. Don’t worry, though, we have thermal underwear and tea.







Sky

Attila Szalai: West Ham, Newcastle showing interest in Fenerbahce central defender



West Ham and Newcastle looking at Attila Szalai who has caught the eye at centre-back for Fenerbahce and Hungary; AC Milan also showing interest in the defender; it is thought Szalai would cost in the region of £16.7m (€20m)

West Ham and Newcastle are showing interest in Fenerbahce's Hungary defender Attila Szalai.

Sky Sports News has been told the 23-year-old, who played in every minute of his country's Euro 2020 campaign, is also attracting attention from AC Milan.

All three clubs are in the market for a central defender.

It is thought Szalai would cost in the region of £16.7m (€20m). His contract at Fenerbahce runs until 2025.

Szalai only joined the Super Lig side from Apollon Limassol in January 2021, with his performances at domestic and international level drawing interest from the Premier League and Serie A.

Last month, Hungary manager Marco Rossi said he believed Szalai, who has earned 23 caps for his country, was joining Chelsea.

The January transfer window opened on Saturday, January 1, 2022 and closes at 11pm on Monday, January 31.






Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Lato 3:44 Tue Jan 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Can you imagine the looks on the faces of the opposition with Vlad the Impaler, Attilla the Hun and Dawson giving them the "eyes"

Texas Iron 3:43 Tue Jan 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers…

eusebiovic 3:40 Tue Jan 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Attila looks like the proverbial brick shithouse...let's hope he isn't slower than an oil tanker

The Stoat 3:19 Tue Jan 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 3:10 Tue Jan 18

ted fenton 3:10 Tue Jan 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

gph 2:19 Tue Jan 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

Attila? I hope he's HUNgry for success with us.

bill green 2:13 Tue Jan 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
+Thanks Alan

Vexed 2:05 Tue Jan 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
YES to the Hungarian, get that cunt in.

Where's our fucking Striker ALAN?





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