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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
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done

Alan 1:28 Wed Jan 19
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Roma boss Jose Mourinho, 58, says he is committed to the club and has distanced himself from the Everton job after emerging as a candidate to succeed Rafael Benitez. (Sky Sports)

Everton will interview Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney for the vacant manager's position at Goodison Park. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Atletico Madrid's Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, 34, is interested in a reunion with his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa. (Gerard Romero via Star)

Newcastle are in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a deal for Netherlands U21 left-back Mitchel Bakker, 21. (Mail)

Newcastle are considering signing Adana Demirspor and Italy forward Mario Balotelli, 31, according to the Turkish club's president Murat Sancak. (Inside Futbol via Star)

Paris St-Germain are in talks with France's Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 28, and 25-year-old Ivory Coast international midfielder Franck Kessie, who plays for AC Milan. The moves are also aimed at convincing France striker Kylian Mbappe, 23, to stay at the club amid interest from Real Madrid. (ESPN)

However, Pogba has told Manchester United that he wants to join Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Star)

Juventus have held talks with France and Manchester United striker Anthony Martial but the Serie A giants are yet to contact the Old Trafford club over a move for the 26-year-old. (Goal)

Arsenal have received a boost in their hopes of signing Brazil and Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo, 25, with the Italian club in negotiations to sign Lyon's 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes as a replacement. (Get French Football via Sun)

Juventus have also reached out to Switzerland and Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, 25, to replace Arthur. (90min)

However, Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic, 21, with the Serbia international claiming he only wants to join Juventus. (Mail)

Tottenham are still trying to sign Spain winger Adama Traore in January despite Wolves manager Bruno Lage pushing to keep the 25-year-old until the end of the season. (Fabrizio Romano)

Spurs are also trying to offload players like 25-year-old France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, Republic of Ireland full-back Matt Doherty, 30, England midfielder Dele Alli, 25, and 24-year-old Netherlands winger Steven Bergwijn. (Fabrizio Romano)

Brentford could face competition from Leicester and Newcastle in their bid to sign Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 29. (Times - subscription required)

Croatia forward Ivan Perisic will not leave Inter Milan in January despite links to Chelsea. The 32-year-old's deal expires in June but the Serie A club are working to extend his contract. (Fabrizio Romano)

Inter are monitoring 28-year-old Paulo Dybala's situation at Juventus with the Argentina forward's contract set to expire in the summer. (Gazzetto dello Sport via Mail)

Barcelona and Bayern Munich are leading the race to sign Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen, with the 25-year-old Denmark defender rejecting offers from English clubs out of respect to the Blues. (Fabrizio Romano)

Barcelona are also lining up a move for Sweden striker Alexander Isak, 22, from Real Sociedad if they fail to sign Borussia Dortmund's Norwegian frontman Erling Braut Haaland, 21. (90min)

Christian Benteke, 31, has no intention of leaving Crystal Palace this January, despite Burnley seeing the Belgium striker as a potential replacement for Chris Wood. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool are eyeing up a £5m move for Fulham's former England Under-18 winger Fabio Carvalho, with West Ham, Leeds and Porto also interested in the 19-year-old, who is out of contract this summer. (Sun)

Arsenal, Tottenham and Leeds are interested in Middlesbrough's English full-back Djed Spence, 21, who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest. (Sky Sports)

Fenerbahce and Hungary centre-back Attila Szalai has attracted interest from West Ham and Newcastle, with AC Milan also targeting the 23-year-old, who is valued at £16.7m. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal's Spanish defender Pablo Mari, 28, is close to joining Udinese on loan. (Evening Standard)

United States full-back Sergino Dest's agent has said the 21-year-old is happy at Barcelona amid rumours linking him with Chelsea and Bayern Munich. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Leeds will make an improved offer for Red Bull Salzburg's 21-year-old United States international midfielder Brenden Aaronson after an initial bid of just over £15m was rejected. (Mail)

Watford are set to sign Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu after agreeing a fee in the region of £3.5m for the 24-year-old Nigeria international. (Athletic - subscription required)

Burnley are to make an improved offer for Republic of Ireland U19 international Harry Vaughan after Oldham rejected an initial bid for the 17-year-old midfielder last summer. (Sun)

Sky Paper Talk


Paul Pogba has told Manchester United he wants to join Real Madrid in the summer.

Luis Suarez could be set for a reunion with Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa.

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has told his bosses that Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are "not good enough" to play for the club.

Arsenal are pushing hard to land Juventus midfielder Arthur on loan before the transfer window shuts in less than a fortnight, but the Serie A giants are playing hardball with the terms of the deal.

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has allowed his players five days off during the upcoming break, while Aston Villa's stars are also getting nearly a whole week of leave.

Wayne Rooney is edging closer to a sensational return to Everton as manager - but Jose Mourinho is also in the running.

Burnley will offer north of £200,000 for 17-year-old Oldham whizkid Harry Vaughan after having an initial bid rejected in the summer.

Liverpool are ready to battle West Ham for Fulham teenager Fabio Carvalho as they weigh up a £5m January swoop for the 19-year-old.

Ralf Rangnick hauled Anthony Martial in for showdown talks after the Manchester United striker denied his boss' claims he refused to face Aston Villa last weekend.

A blunder referee is reportedly facing a 'lengthy ban' after his disastrous error cost AC Milan victory against Spezia.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny could be on his way out of the Emirates in the winter transfer window with Fenerbahce keen to bring him back to Turkey.

Ousmane Dembele has reportedly been given 48 hours to sign a new Barcelona contract.

Anthony Martial wants to move to a foreign club this month, with Juventus and Barcelona interested.

Andreas Christensen has reportedly been approached by other Premier League clubs but will reject them out of respect for Chelsea.


Sam Allardyce believes Everton have made the correct appointment by naming Duncan Ferguson as the caretaker manager.

Arsenal put pressure on the Gabon FA to send Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to England following his post-coronavirus heart scare, national team manager Patrice Neveu has revealed.

Arsenal's Carabao Cup tie with Liverpool on Thursday is set to go ahead.

Newcastle United are in talks over a move for Bayer Leverkusen left-back Mitchel Bakker.

Brentford are £3m short of Nottingham Forest's valuation in their attempts to land winger Brennan Johnson.

Leeds United are preparing an improved offer for Red Bull Salzburg's USA international midfielder Brenden Aaronson.

Watford are closing in on a £3.5m deal for Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu.

Lewis Hamilton's future was unresolved on Tuesday night as conflicting views continue to swirl over the fate of race director Michael Masi, the Australian who oversaw the controversial last lap of the 2021 decider.

Graham Thorpe's position as England assistant coach looks untenable after police were called to the team hotel in Hobart because he was smoking a cigar inside the premises during a drinking session that lasted until 6am.


The former England team-mates Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard are to be interviewed for the vacant Everton manager's job as the club move to a new four-strong shortlist.

The Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has responded to claims that his club's legal action is holding up Derby County's search for a new owner by revealing a settlement offer was made to the stricken Championship club's administrators in November and no response has come back.

Thomas Frank, the Brentford head coach, described Christian Eriksen as one of the best players in the world and said it is a sign of the club's progress that they have been linked with the Danish playmaker.


Manchester United's unwillingness to give Juventus a discount on Anthony Martial has blocked a loan move to Turin for the want-away striker.


Tottenham boss Antonio Conte wants to make at least three signings this month as his side prepare to launch an assault on the top four.

Arsenal's bid to find a long-term replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to drag on, with reports suggesting that their chances of signing Alexander Isak have been dealt a setback.


Competitors at the Beijing Winter Olympics will face an "Orwellian surveillance state" in China and could put themselves in danger if they speak out in support of the Uyghur Muslims, human rights and athlete advocacy groups have said.


The first tickets for this year's World Cup are to go on sale on Wednesday with the lowest category, for Qatar residents only, priced at $11 (£8) - the cheapest for a World Cup since 1986 in Mexico.

The challenges facing Novak Djokovic continue to mount after the Spanish government advised him to get vaccinated against Covid-19 if he wants to compete there.


Robbie Neilson insists John Souttar can handle the heat from unhappy Hearts fans but he hopes the Jambos support can bury the hatchet for the rest of the season.


Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass rubbished claims Lewis Ferguson could be loaned to Italian side Cagliari.

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

While they may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Newcastle’s owners are certainly grist to the Rumour Mill’s … er, mill with the endless churn of content they continue to generate giving us no end of material with which to fill each day’s allocation of tittle-tattle for your reading pleasure.

Yesterday we brought you news that Atalanta had rejected their £25m offer for Duván Zapata and 24 hours later it is reported they’ve agreed personal terms with the Colombian striker’s team-mate Robin Gosens. The German left wing-back is believed to be open to a move to Tyneside, which is no great surprise given Newcastle are prepared to triple his wages. It remains to be seen if Atalanta will be prepared to sell him. In other left-back news, the Geordies are also sniffing around Bayer Leverkusen’s 21-year-old Dutch defender Mitchel Bakker, while the name of Fenerbahçe centre-half Attila Szalai also features on their extremely long January shopping list.

Spanish newspaper Nacional claim Real Madrid have accepted a £33m (rising to £41m) bid from Newcastle for Eden Hazard, but say the former Chelsea winger has turned his nose up at the prospect of a move to the struggling Premier League club. Currently plying his trade at Adana Demirspor, Mario Balotelli might not consider such a move beneath him. “Newcastle United were considering signing Balotelli, but so far they have not made us an offer,” said the Turkish outfit’s chairman Murat Sancak. “There is an exit clause in his contract. I will not tell you the number.”

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic in the current window look to have been dealt a significant blow, with reports from Italy suggesting the 21-year-old is hell-bent on going to Juventus and has already agreed personal terms with the Serie A club.

Anthony Martial’s mooted loan move to Juve also seems to have hit the skids, after transfer rune-reader Fabrizio Romano revealed they are unwilling to meet the financial terms – a sizeable fee and all the player’s wages – laid out by Manchester United. Along with United, Juve are giving Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Swiss defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria the glad eye in a situation that could make or break Arsenal’s chances of bringing Arthur Melo to north London from Turin.

Leeds United have had an initial bid of £15m for American international Brenden Aaronson rejected by RB Salzburg but remain hopeful of luring the midfielder to Elland Road before the end of the month. Meanwhile at Villa Park, Steven Gerrard could use his increasingly apparent pulling power to stage a reunion with another former Liverpool team-mate, Luis Suárez, when his contract with Atlético Madrid expires in June. The Uruguayan striker is believed to be enthused by the prospect of a summer move to the West Midlands and has already rejected overtures from a trio of Brazilian clubs in Palmeiras, Corinthians and Atlético Mineiro.

Brentford’s audacious bid to land free agent Christian Eriksen could be scuppered by Tottenham Hotspur or Newcastle, who are also interested in offering the Danish midfielder a return to the Premier League. Meanwhile at Turf Moor, Burnley continue to be linked with extremely tall replacements for the recently departed Chris Wood, but are predicted to be unsuccessful in any attempt to land Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace or Richard Osman from House of Games.

And finally, the Athletic’s man on the Watford beat reports the club are on the verge of making their fourth signing of the current window after agreeing a £3.5m fee with Bordeaux to secure the scrawl of Samuel Kalu. Absent from his country’s Africa Cup of Nations squad, the Nigerian winger is expected to cough for the Hornets’ medical team later today.

Football London

West Ham set to welcome back absent stars for Premier League clash against Manchester United

Tomas Soucek and Kurt Zouma in contention for West Ham's clash with Manchester United at the weekend

By Tom Clark

Tomas Soucek is set to return to the West Ham team for the Hammers trip to Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.

Czech Republic captain Soucek was forced to miss West Ham's last two matches, the 2-0 win over Norwich and 3-2 loss to Leeds United, due to contracting Covid but the midfielder is due to return to training this week.

Soucek had started 67 consecutive Premier League matches for West Ham until his absence against the Canaries, missing just 11 minutes of action in that run.

Manuel Lanzini dropped into central midfield alongside Declan Rice and performed admirably against Norwich when given time on the ball but struggled with the ferocious press of Marcelo Bielsa's team.

Soucek's period of isolation is set to end this week and the midfielder will return to training, David Moyes confirmed.

He could be available for the trip to Old Trafford, however, his manager provided a note of caution about all players who come back after testing positive for Covid.

"He could be in contention but everybody coming back from Covid you are not sure of their ability, how they are feeling what their symptoms are," Moyes said. "So those things make it very difficult to make a judgement."

Soucek is not the only Hammers player to have recently missed games due to Covid. Alex Kral, Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals, Vladimir Coufal and Kurt Zouma have all had to sit games out but unlike other Premier League clubs, Moyes has been adamant his team will play on.

"Maybe we are not being tough enough, maybe I am not being tough enough in saying we could have done with the game against Norwich being off and we could have fought harder for it," he added.

"Maybe I will have to do that in the future because it put us under pressure to play today [Sunday]."

On the injury front, Mark Noble once again missed out at the weekend, however, football.london understands the club captain was close to being involved against Leeds.

Zouma is back in training after a six-week absence with a hamstring issue, however Moyes confirmed the centre-back was not close to making the team for the Leeds United clash due to his positive Covid result.

"Not at all, because he is only just recovering from Covid," the manager replied to questions about Zouma's availability on Sunday.

With another week of training, Zouma will be getting closer to a return and with a 13-day break between the match against Manchester United and Kidderminster in the FA Cup, the Frenchman is sure to be back in the side sooner rather than later.

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Texas Iron 7:58 Wed Jan 19
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Alwaysaniron 1:43 Wed Jan 19
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Thanks Alan.

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