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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 12:49 Sun Jan 23
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Newcastle United are hopeful of signing Burnley defender James Tarkowski, with Burnley willing to take a bid for the 29-year-old Englishman. (Sun)

Representatives of Sevilla defender Diego Carlos are trying to persuade the club to sell him to Newcastle. The Magpies are keen on the 28-year-old Brazilian, with the Spanish club wanting around £60m. (90 min)

Newcastle are set to hold fresh talks with Brighton over a move for Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma, 25, who would cost the Magpies £50m. (Mail)

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 29, who is currently a free agent, is set to sign for Brentford inside the next 72 hours, seven months after his cardiac arrest at the Euros. (Mirror)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will be offered the chance to go into international management by the Dutch FA when he eventually leaves Etihad Stadium. (Sun)

Arsenal have submitted a 70m euro (£58.6m) bid for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic. The 21-year-old Serbian striker has scored 17 goals in 21 Serie A appearances this season. (Tutto Mercato - in Italian)

But despite the offer, Vlahovic is holding out for a move to Premier League leaders Manchester City. (La Repubblica via Metro)

West Ham want to sign Everton and England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but Everton are asking £60m for the 24-year-old. (Sun)

Burnley want to sign Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 31, on loan until the end of the season. Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed the Welshman will leave the club in January. (Sun)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says Eden Hazard is set to stay at the club. The 31-year-old Belgian winger has been linked with a return to the Premier League this January. (Mail)

Manchester City are set to beat Real Madrid to the signing of River Plate forward Julian Alvarez. The 21-year-old Argentine has been labelled the new Sergio Aguero, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich also interested. (Star)

Aston Villa are interested in signing 24-year-old Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur. The Uruguayan has made 18 Serie A appearances this season. (Mail)

West Ham have pulled out of the race to sign Wolves winger Adama Traore after being told the 25-year-old Spaniard is signing for Tottenham. (Football Insider)

Chelsea are interested in Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa, 24. The Croatian international was a target for Aston Villa earlier in the window, with Inter Milan also interested. (Sky Deutschland's Marc Behrenbeck on Twitter - in German)

Liverpool have distanced themselves from signing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria. The 25-year-old Switzerland international was initially linked with a move to Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Atletico Madrid are keen on signing Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso. The Spaniard, 31, is said to be a target for the La Liga side. (Marca)

Arsenal are close to securing an 18-month loan deal for Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo. Juve are willing to let the 25-year-old Brazilian go if they can bring in a replacement. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Paris St-Germain are interested in signing 22-year-old Lille striker Jonathan David. Chelsea, Tottenham and Barcelona have also enquired about the Canadian's availability. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Belgium and former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, 26, is close to extending his stay at Real Sociedad. (Mundo Deportivo)


Manchester United snatch victory over West Ham after Rashford’s late winner

Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford

An arm-wrestle, a nonevent, a fair share of the spoils: any of these verdicts might have been apt until, deep into added time, Marcus Rashford finished Edinson Cavani’s cross from the left to send himself, Manchester United, and the Old Trafford faithful into ecstasy. Cue Rashford, who has been off-colour, rushing across the Stretford End to knee-slide, joined by his jubilant teammates.

If there may be a debate as to whether any part of Cavani’s arm was offside, Ralf Rangnick deserves full credit as the No 21, Rashford and Anthony Martial – who had played in the Uruguayan – were late attacking substitutions. For Rashford this was a second goal in consecutive outings: across this game and Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Brentford, he has doubled his Premier League output for the season. The forward, like United, may be stirring in the business phase of the campaign.

Before the showstopping climax this had been a match of mediocre fare that did not augur well for either team’s Champions League qualification hopes. Yet for United, who leapfrogged West Ham and are fourth, at least overnight, the picture changes after a fifth victory in Rangnick’s eight league games as interim manager.

Early on Mason Greenwood had a shot that was blocked when he might have passed – a recurring fault. Bruno Fernandes, too, made the wrong decision when hitting a cross-field pass that lacked power: Jarrod Bowen dragged the ball down, surged forward and let fly, though not on target.

Vladimir Coufal then dawdled and was mugged by Fernandes, the right-back having to concede a free-kick. Ronaldo hit this into the wall and Greenwood – again – took aim and once more was unable to test Alphonse Areola, on his first league appearance in West Ham’s goal.

United’s one change from Brentford was Harry Maguire in place of the excused Victor Lindelöf, whose home had been broken into during the week. The captain was up against Michail Antonio and the centre-forward’s clumsy touch allowed Maguire to win their first duel. Declan Rice emerged a victor when challenging Ronaldo, sitting the No 7 on his backside with a robust challenge, then laying the ball off.

Fernandes’s curving delivery from the left had Ronaldo flinging himself toward – and missing – the ball. Next, poor control from Anthony Elanga, again preferred to Rashford, had Rangnick flinching but this hardly surprised as each team took turns to find a way to founder. For West Ham Manuel Lanzini tapped a pass to Pablo Fornals, received the ball back, and hit it straight out.

The closest United offered to a goal-threat before the break was a Ronaldo shout for a penalty when going down under Kurt Zouma’s challenge: Jonathan Moss waved this away correctly.

The half petered out, ending with zero shots on target. United were in the same position as at Brentford and an initial burst involving Ronaldo, Alex Telles and Elanga was reminiscent of their second half start there, when the last of that trio scored .

Fred drew a first save from either keeper with a fierce drive that Areola punched away. Were United awakening? A Ronaldo back-heel towards Greenwood that had West Ham scrambling suggested as much.

The visitors’ response took in Fornals dallying near United’s penalty spot, Bowen firing into the side-netting, and Coufal spraying the ball wildly into touch. Then Bowen drew a foul from Maguire and West Ham had a promising position on the right. Ronaldo, though, headed away Cresswell’s delivery and this led to a United attack and corner. When Telles landed it on Raphaël Varane’s head the centre-back’s flick-on was wide but at least caused “oohs” from the Stretford End as did an Elanga swivel-and-volley that, again, missed.

This was the young Swede’s last act, Rangnick deciding he should be hooked for Rashford in the first of the German’s substitutions. The latter’s quick feet were involved in two openings but the first was a detour into a cul-de-sac; the second a swapping of passes with Ronaldo before he ran out of space down the left.

As the final whistle approached, Tomas Soucek went close for West Ham with a glancing header that veered past David de Gea’s right post. Then, the goalkeeper’s reflexes stopped Varane scoring inadvertently past him. By the end Cavani and Martial had joined Rashford and Ronaldo for United’s dramatic finish – and win.

They will now enjoy their winter break before reconvening at home to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on 4 February.


Marcus Rashford scores stoppage-time winner for Manchester United to stun West Ham and boost top four hopes

Sam Wallace, Chief Football Writer

These are the goals that once defined Manchester United in their greatest days and for Marcus Rashford it was not a moment too soon to deliver a matchwinner, although amid the eruption of noise at the final whistle at Old Trafford it was hard to forget what had gone before. As the game entered the third minute of time added on it would be fair to say that it was the mediocrity that was killing the Ralf Rangnick era – a forgettable afternoon of half chances and wild shots until at last a turnover of possession gave United hope.

For Rashford, who finished it all at the back post, it was his first goal at Old Trafford since Oct 30 and just his fifth of the season – he had been a substitute for the 19-year-old Anthony Elanga who started the match. By the time the game went into added time, Rangnick had thrown every forward player he could at the problem. Elanga was off but just about everyone else was on. Anthony Martial, back from the purgatory of voicing his wish to leave, was summoned sooner than expected. United finished the game with Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes on the pitch, further supplemented by the substitutes, Rashford, Martial and Edinson Cavani. It was that trio who made the difference.

United are back in unfamiliar territory: the top four. Not since that defeat at Leicester City on Oct 16 when the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer years went into a tailspin from which the former manager never recovered have they been among those places. As the final whistle sounded, Rangnick clenched his fists and seemed, for the first time, to be experiencing what it should be like to manage the most powerful club in the English game. Was this his version of the famous Fergie-time?

“How long did that used to last?” he asked with some relish at the comparison with his most famous predecessor. “Stoppage time is also part of the game time though,” he had said earlier, and in the end, United needed every second that the referee Jonathan Moss could spare. Rangnick acclaimed it as the finest performance in his eight weeks, picking out the pressing and the efforts to win the ball back, although it could hardly be said to be much of a spectacle.

For Rangnick however, it was much better than another draw. He now has five wins from his eight games in charge and just one defeat. “This was an extremely emotional game and an emotional moment – scoring in the last moment and knowing there is no time for them to come back,” he said. “I can only say thank you to the ‘Red Army’ in the way they supported us. It was amazing.”

For his opposite number David Moyes, still without a win at the stadium in 15 attempts as the opposition manager, it was another galling Old Trafford afternoon although perhaps not as bad as some when he was in charge at United. The Var Paul Tierney had ruled that Cavani was not offside when he took the ball from Martial to create the goal for Rashford and Moyes accepted that. There was another fine performance from Declan Rice and when one considers that West Ham have not won at Old Trafford in the league since 2007 perhaps this was not as bad as it could have been.

“We completely switched off [in the last minute] and didn’t do the things that you learn as a young player,” Moyes said. As the transfer window draws to a close this week, there is no doubt the West Ham manager needs reinforcements, especially in attack. “Everyone can see what we need,” he added, “getting it is a different thing."

It was the 93rd minute when Jarrod Bowen lost the ball, the first of two mistakes by West Ham. Alex Telles struck a long ball forward and substitute Ryan Fredericks headed it fatally into the path of Ronaldo. With Martial and Cavani overlapping past his left shoulder it was the Frenchman who went first, releasing the ball just in time for Cavani. His ball to the back post was finished by Rashford to great acclaim, his second in two games after that substitute goal at Brentford.

For Martial, it was his first minutes under Rangnick and his first since announcing his desire to leave. Rangnick said that in his last conversation with Martial he had emphasised that he needed to be “professional no matter how long he stays.” “The last two games he was part of the squad and today he had a vital role in creating the goal,” Rangnick said. “He’s a top player … the way he plays shows the professionalism I expect from everybody.”

As for Ronaldo, no winning goal but he was in a better mood than the end of the Brentford game. In the tenth minute he thought he should have been awarded a penalty when Kurt Zouma ran a little recklessly into the back of United’s demanding No 7. His only other clear chance was when he turned and ran in behind West Ham’s defence with perfect timing on 20 minutes to open the space for Fernandes to drop in the cross. For reasons that were not immediately clear Ronaldo never got his head to it. It seemed like the kind of goalscoring chance he has built a career upon.

Moyes’ side had played well, although they clearly lack a goalscorer to take the pressure off Michail Antonio. Tomas Soucek’s header from an 87th minute corner was as close as it got in the final stages before that late United break. The question remains: why were West Ham so open with a valuable point within their grasp? Bowen had previously proved an excellent carrier of possession with one excursion taking him from the halfway line into United’s box. Harry Maguire collected a booking stopping one such Bowen incision and had to tread carefully thereafter.

In the last few minutes, it just seemed that West Ham felt that their job had been completed. Rice created another chance on 90 minutes that Raphael Varane deflected towards his own goal. Perhaps Moyes’ players thought they were the more likely to grab that late winner and Soucek had gone close with the game in the balance. Then came that late United breakaway. Rangnick might have believed that the home crowd knew they could win the game but the roar that came at the end sounded a lot more like relief.


DOM-SHELL West Ham line up shock £60MILLION Dominic Calvert-Lewin transfer swoop with over-spending Everton in need of cash

Alan Nixon

WEST HAM want Everton’s England hit man Dominic Calvert-Lewin - but it will cost them a staggering £60MILLION.

Hammers chief David Moyes has been alerted that Calvert-Lewin could be available as the Toffees try to claw back cash after years of over-spending.

Calvert-Lewin’s season has been dogged by injury but he is still seen as one of the brightest young English strikers around.

Moyes would really push the boat out for Calvert-Lewin and has new money at the club to back him in a major bid.

But the valuation is currently so high that West Ham will not take the plunge. However if that changes this month or in the summer they will be pushing to the head of the queue.

The Hammers would pay a premium just now or offer a bonus if Calvert Lewin shot them into the Champions League.

But Everton need to drop their ‘top line’ to make it happen.

The Merseyside club have also considered selling England keeper Jordan Pickford but are now in talks with him about extending and increasing his contract.

Pickford is one of the assets who could be sold to balance the books but there are no takers offering money that would interest Everton.

Instead the keeper is now discussing a fresh set of terms although even then that would not stop him being sold down the line.

West Ham could have done with Calvert-Lewin’s goals in their narrow defeat by Manchester United on Saturday.

The visitors left Old Trafford empty-handed after Marcus Rashford snatched a late 1-0 win for the Red Devils.

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gph 1:56 Sun Jan 23
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Calvert-Lewin would be a good signing, but is he the best we can get for £60m?

Thanks, Alan.

Thanks Alan 1:22 Sun Jan 23
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Kaiser Zoso 1:07 Sun Jan 23

Kaiser Zoso 1:07 Sun Jan 23
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:00 Sun Jan 23

ted fenton 1:00 Sun Jan 23
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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