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BBC

Christian Eriksen is stalling on signing a new Tottenham contract, with the 26-year-old Denmark midfielder's current deal set to expire in 18 months. (Evening Standard)

Juventus have confirmed their interest in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 28, on a free transfer when his contract runs out this summer. (Sky Sports)

Wolves have submitted a £18m bid for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, 21, who is currently on loan at Championship side Aston Villa. (Sun)

Mesut Ozil's agent insists the 30-year-old midfielder's future remains at Arsenal despite interest from Real Madrid and Inter Milan. (Goal)

Watford will not sell £50m-rated midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, 26, to Paris St-Germain in the January transfer window. (Evening Standard)

Bayern Munich have made an improved £30m bid for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, having had a previous £20m offer rejected. (Sun)

Everton are interested in Barcelona winger Malcom, who has played little first-team football since joining from Bordeaux last summer. (Marca)

But the Toffees face competition from Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, who have made a 50m euro (£45m) bid for the Brazilian. (Goal)

Bournemouth will allow former England striker Jermain Defoe to leave in January, with the 36-year-old having made only four substitute appearances in the league this season. (Sky Sports)

Rangers could renew their interest in Defoe after manager Steven Gerrard was priced out of a move for his former international team-mate in the summer. (Scottish Sun)

Chelsea are planning a mid-season revamp after signing Christian Pulisic. The Blues remain keen on Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, 26, and want a new defender. (Mirror)

Liverpool are considering offering 29-year-old striker Daniel Sturridge a new contract. (Mail)

Arsenal have made a 16m euro (£14m) offer to sign Real Madrid and Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 32. (Sport - in Spanish)

Newcastle are set to make a bid for AC Milan and Uruguay left-back Diego Laxalt, 25, this month. (Calciomercato)

Manchester City will not seek cover for defensive midfielder Fernandinho, 33, during the January transfer window. (ESPN)

Burnley and Cardiff are in competition to sign Scotland midfielder Matt Phillips, 27, from Championship side West Brom. (Mirror)

Monaco boss Thierry Henry is looking to sign Crystal Palace centre-back Mamadou Sakho, 28, as well as Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31, this month. (Independent)

Leicester City midfielder Vicente Iborra, 30, says he could leave the Foxes to join Villarreal in January. (RNE, via Leicester Mercury)

Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini, 27, is looking to leave Southampton this month, with AC Milan interested. (Calciomercato)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez will not consider letting winger Jacob Murphy, 23, leave on loan until the club make progress on signing players in January. (Chronicle)

Liverpool ruled out a move for new Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic after buying Xherdan Shaqiri, 27, from Stoke last summer. (Liverpool Echo)

Diego Godin and Atletico Madrid are at odds over a new deal and the Uruguay centre-back, 32, looks likely to leave when his current contract expires at the end of the season. (Marca)

Real Madrid are interested in Sevilla attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia, 26, who has 18 months left on his current contract. (AS)

Gary Rowett is facing the sack at Stoke City with David Moyes and Sam Allardyce in the running to succeed him. (Mirror)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Following his side’s stirring win at Molineux on Wednesday, Roy Hodgson confirmed that Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke will not be joining Crystal Palace on loan, despite expectations to the contrary. “It turns out there are complications, other factors involved in it, and the club decided in the end it was not the right moment for us to be doing it,” said Hodgson, who may now focus his attention on bringing Michy Batshuayi to Selhurst Park instead. The Chelsea striker has failed to impress on loan at Valencia and has previously been a Palace target, while the south London club are one of several Premier League outfits also hitching their skirts at Tammy Abraham, who has been banging them in on his secondment to Villa Park from Stamford Bridge. Hodgson has also told Jason Puncheon he is surplus to requirements at Selhurst Park and revealed the midfielder may be off to Huddersfield Town.

Free to leave Bournemouth this January in his quest for more game time, Jermain Defoe could be off north of the border to Rangers, according to the Daily Record. The 36-year-old striker has made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season but remains contracted to the Cherries for another 18 months on rumoured wages of £130,000 per week. Wages the Mill suspects Rangers cannot afford, so let’s watch this space.

Leicester City midfielder Vicente Iborra has been approaching random strangers on the street, telling anyone who’ll give him the time of day that he might be heading for Villarreal. “It is a possibility that is there,” the midfielder told Spanish media outlet RNE. Elsewhere, West Brom winger Matt Phillips is the subject of interest from both Cardiff City and Burnley, who are both in need of extra bodies for their respective fights to stay in the top flight. Newcastle’s Jacob Murphy is another winger in demand, but Rafael Benítez is unlikely to listen to overtures from Huddersfield or Derby County until he receives assurances that he’ll be getting some new blood into the St James’ Park dressing-room. Strasbourg’s Kenny Lala, Dijon’s Valentin Rosier, Milan’s Diego Laxalt, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Patrick Hermann and Atlanta United’s Miguel Almirón are all reported to be on the Spaniard’s radar as he tries to convince Mike Ashley to sanction the signing of a left-back, winger and striker.

Meanwhile in France, Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré, but the Hornets have made it clear they are not ready to sell the £50m-rated Frenchman, who was extremely fortunate not to see red for a studs-up lunge on Ryan Fraser in his side’s thrilling draw with Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Having failed to spend much time in the middle for Barcelona since signing from Bordeaux last summer, Malcom may be regretting his decision to perform a last-minute U-turn after agreeing a deal with Roma. Barcelona are ready to offload the Brazilian they signed for £36.5m and Everton are believed to be interested, but will have to fend off interest from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, who are rumoured to have bid £45m.

And finally, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fàbregas appeared to bid a fond farewell to Chelsea fans, in a show of emotion that fuelled speculation the midfielder is off to Monaco to play for his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry. With a home FA Cup match against Nottingham Forest this weekend, the Spaniard may find himself blowing even more goodbye kisses to the Stamford Bridge faithful at around 4.50pm on Saturday afternoon.







Times

Karren Brady paid extra £438k by West Ham United on top of £898k salary

West Ham United paid Baroness Brady £438,000 for consultancy work last season on top of her £898,000 salary, the club’s annual accounts have revealed.

Brady was paid via her company BKB Media Ltd for work in connection with the sale of ten per cent of the club to the American billionaire Albert “Tripp” Smith. She is the only director of BKB Media, which had assets of £2.6 million in its most recent accounts.

West Ham paid Brady £365,000 plus VAT for her work. A club spokesman said it was extra consultancy work “outside the scope of her role as vice-chairman, and was paid accordingly as an external consultant”.





Guardian

Quickfire Marko Arnautovic rescues a point for West Ham against Brighton

Paul MacInnes at the London Stadium

The first ran low under the goalkeeper, the second was thrashed in off the underside of the bar, but both finishes shared the same mark of quality. Marko Arnautovic left his distinctive imprint on this game, scoring twice to drag West Ham back from embarrassment in a poor match that somehow flared into life for 12 minutes.
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Chris Hughton said he was “incredibly disappointed” after his Brighton side saw their two-goal lead, scored from successive second-half corners, suddenly evaporate. But when they come to reflect on the result the visiting side will certainly take heart. Brighton did not create much but they were composed, sharp and steadied the ship at 2-2 to ride out the game in relative comfort.

For Manuel Pellegrini, there were more questions to ponder. Why had his team failed so badly to deal with a Brighton set-piece threat that was anything but a secret? Why had they struggled to find any type of fluidity for so much of the match? And why was Andy Carroll restored to the starting XI after a year only to be unceremoniously hoiked at half-time?

The answers offered afterwards were inconclusive. Pellegrini was frustrated with his defenders, “Brighton score most of their goals from set pieces and to concede two knowing this is disappointing.” At first he blamed seasonal fatigue for the level of performance, especially in the first half. But when pressed, the Chilean conceded: “We cannot play here at home and not create one chance in 45 minutes. We had a lack of creative movement when they were defending.”

As for Carroll, the striker had made his first start since 2 January, exactly one year on, when he scored both in the 2-1 win over West Brom. Times have changed, though, and it was clear from the off that the No 9, who seems to be talked about whatever he does at West Ham, was not in sync with his teammates. He looked unfit for starters, but more obviously he looked like a giraffe in a team of leopards.

It is sometimes said that playing Carroll means teammates inevitably end up lofting the ball long to his head. But here the effect was almost the opposite, with players determined to make quick flicks despite the presence of the lumbering giant in their midst. Carroll, Pellegrini said, is working his way back to match fitness. His substitution at the interval was “physical and tactical”.

Within a quarter of an hour of the restart the home side looked sunk. In the 56th minute a Jürgen Locadia cross was shanked out of play for a corner by Issa Diop. Pascal Gross delivered the set piece and landed it on the penalty spot where Lukasz Fabianski came out and punched but only as far as the edge of the box, where Dale Stephens was waiting to promptly turn it back past the Polish international with a smart left-foot volley.

If that was not to Pellegrini’s liking it got worse a moment later in what almost qualified as deja vu. Another Gross corner, another outswinger to the penalty spot. This time, however, the ball bounced to the back post where Shane Duffy was waiting to hook it into the net for his fourth goal of the season.

It was then that Pellegrini drew a line. He made another two substitutions, bringing both Mark Noble and Michail Antonio into the fray. By the time the clock ticked to 68 minutes they had helped Arnautovic to restore equilibrium. Noble started it off, his long pass read by Arnautovic who rolled Duffy before shooting past David Button. Two minutes afterwards Antonio made his mark, cutting inside the box (the ball only just staying in play) and finding Arnautovic again, who crashed his effort into the net and went wild in celebration.

When asked how to explain this sudden turnaround, Hughton gave a typically wry response. “It’s the Premier League,” he said, “it can happen.”



HITC

Pellegrini admits changing mind on Samir Nasri during West Ham draw

Jordan Harris

Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he changed his mind about bringing Samir Nasri on during West Ham's draw with Brighton as he had intended to introduce the new signing.

Nasri is awaiting his debut at the London Stadium after recently completing a short-term deal with the Hammers. He was quickly introduced to the bench for the game against the Seagulls, and may have been hoping that he could make an immediate impact.

Some may have even felt that the stage had been set for the Frenchman to come on and make the difference as the two teams went into the break level after a disappointing first-half. The display prompted Pellegrini to make a change at the interval, with Lucas Perez replacing Andy Carroll.

However, when West Ham fell 2-0 behind before the hour-mark, Pellegrini turned to Mark Noble and Michail Antonio for his final two substitutions, leaving Nasri to hope that his chance may come against Birmingham City this weekend.

And after the match - which saw the Irons equalise thanks to two goals from Marko Arnautovic moments after the changes were made - Pellegrini hinted that his hand had been forced by Brighton taking a two-goal lead.

"Samir is working with us for one month, I think he is able to play 15 or 20 minutes without any problems," he said, as reported by Football London.

"My intention was to use him but in the way that the game was tonight it would have been a risk for him to come on but I absolutely think that he will be a decisive player for our team."

In fairness to Pellegrini, the changes proved to be inspired as Noble and Antonio both bagged an assist within five minutes of being introduced, with Noble, in particular, putting in a superb performance when West Ham needed him.

Nasri's chance will come soon enough. Perhaps it may even arrive when former club Arsenal travel to Stratford next weekend.





Express

Gabigol ‘willing’ to join West Ham but major problem could scupper Inter transfer

INTER MILAN striker Gabigol is ‘willing’ to join West Ham so he can get a taste of the Premier League.

By Joe Short

However, the flop forward may not be granted a work permit to play in England.

That is the news coming out of Italy today as Inter seek to offload their failed starlet.

Gabigol - real name Gabriel Barbosa - joined Inter from Santos in 2016 but has proved a disastrous signing.

The 22-year-old has spent time on loan at Benfica - where he made just one appearance - before heading back to Santos last year.

Inter now want rid of the Brazil international and West Ham have emerged as a possible destination.

And Sky Sport Italia claim the forward is open to a move to east London.

According to the report, Gabigol is willing ‘to try an experience in the Premier League’.

West Ham are said to have started making contact with Inter over a possible deal some weeks back.
The Hammers are seeking a new striker with Andy Carroll not yet back to full fitness.

Midfielder Felipe Anderson is their current top scorer in the Premier League with eight goals for the campaign.

Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez boast a combined nine strikes in the top flight this term.

What West Ham need, however, is to secure a work permit for Gabigol.
Clubs require work permits for non-EU players to play in English football and one is needed for Gabigol.

The forward is supposedly valued at £20m and Inter are keen to sell up and get rid.

But a loan deal may be more suitable to the Hammers’ needs at this stage in the season.

Gabigol earns around £50,000 a week at Inter and still has two-and-a-half years on his contract.

“For the next six months we will have no space for him,” Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio recently said.

“We are happy with what he has done (at Santos) and we will find the best solution with him.”



@ExWHUemployee was asked if the club were going to be able to ship Carroll out this month.

And he said: “Well I heard yesterday we were trying to do a swap deal with Jonjo Shelvey



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

BillyJenningsBoots 10:18 Thu Jan 3
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How is working on selling 10% of the club outside her remit as vice chairman ffs... Greedy bitch!!!!!

Queens Fish Bar 8:13 Thu Jan 3
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Mex Martillo 6:51 Thu Jan 3

Mex Martillo 6:51 Thu Jan 3
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Thanks Alan

1964 4:58 Thu Jan 3
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"Karren Brady paid extra 438k by West Ham United on top of 898k salary"

Obscene

Percy Dalton 3:30 Thu Jan 3
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Thanks Alan
Much appreciated

Russ of the BML 3:26 Thu Jan 3
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mallard 12:44 Thu Jan 3

In a heartbeat.

Thanks Alan 12:45 Thu Jan 3
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Thanks Alan

mallard 12:44 Thu Jan 3
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Thanks Alan


I’d take Shelvey for Carroll





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