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Alan 12:40 Wed Jan 30
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Arsenal and Manchester City have joined the race to sign Everton's Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 29. (Sky Sports)

But the Toffees are waiting for another offer from Paris St-Germain for Gueye. (Mail)

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic but the Italian club say they have received "no suitable offers". (Mail)

Borussia Dortmund and Juventus are interested in signing Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen but the Blues want a £6m loan fee for the 22-year-old. (Sun)

Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle United have all made bids to sign 21-year-old Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans on loan. (Star)

Tottenham have also joined the race to sign Tielemans but could be beaten by Leicester City to the signing of the Belgium international with the Foxes set to offer Adrien Silva, 29, as part of the deal. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says 18-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who handed in a transfer request, should "respect" the club's academy and continue his development at the club. (Guardian)

Everton have rejected interest from AC Milan in striker Ademola Lookman but the Italian club could return with a formal offer for the 21-year-old. (Mirror)

Southampton are in talks with Olympiakos over a deal for Norway defender Omar Elabdellaoui, 27. (Sun)

Benfica's teenage winger Mesaque Dju, 19, is set to join West Ham on a free transfer. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid are targeting 21-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic - who is on loan from Benfica - as a long-term successor to France forward Karim Benzema. (AS)

Paul Pogba's brother Florentin, 28, is set to join Atlanta United in the MLS and resume his career under Frank de Boer. (L'Equipe)

Liverpool are being linked with a bid for Trabzonspor midfielder Abdulkadir Omur, 19, who is attracting interest from across Europe. (iNews)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has not spoken to forward Mohamed Salah about accusations of diving against the 26-year-old, and added that each of the penalties awarded in the Egypt international's favour were the right decisions. (Telegraph)

Arsenal will have to wait until Paris St-Germain sign a second central midfielder before they can look at a move for Frenchman Christopher Nkunku, 21. (Get French Football via Express)

Newcastle United are in talks to sign midfielder Andreas Samaris, 29, on loan from Benfica. (Chronicle)

Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan, 26, is poised to move to Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season. (Express and Star)

Porto are set to abandon their pursuit of Celtic's former France Under-21 midfielder Olivier Ntcham, 22. (A Bola via Daily Record)

Stoke and Nottingham Forest have discussed a swap deal between wingers James McClean, 29, and Ben Osborn, 24. (Mirror)

The agent of Leeds United's teenage winger Jack Clarke, former Elland Road left-back Ian Harte, says the 18-year-old will be staying at the club this month. (Teamtalk)

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Paul Doyle

The moment on Tuesday when Fernandinho dawdled in his own box at St James’s Park like a lost tourist checking a map was the prelude to raucous celebrations not only in Newcastle but also in Liverpool, including, perhaps, the home of Idrissa Gueye. Because that moment may have reminded Manchester City that they could do with another holding midfielder sooner rather than later and thus intensified their interest in the Senegalese player. The good news for Everton is that interest could drive up Gueye’s price, prompting a bidding war between City and Paris Saint-Germain before Thursday’s deadline. Arsenal are also interested but their offer of a loan deal plus a photo with Gunnersaurus is not considered to be a genuine contribution to said war, more like a request for a slap.

If PSG do get their Gueye, at least that will improve Arsenal’s chances of prising Christopher Nkunku from the French club, who will only let the 21-year-old go if another midfielder arrives first.

Leicester are on the verge of striking a blow for the bartering economy by swapping one barely used 29-year-old central midfielder, Adrien Silva, for a highly promising but somewhat inconsistent 21-year-old one, Youri Tielemans. Arsenal are trying to muscle in on that deal, too, as are West Ham and Newcastle, but word is Monaco prefer what their old stalwart Claude Puel has to offer.

In a development even more sensational than their victory over Manchester City, Newcastle are to complete two major signings, with the left-back Antonio Barreca arriving from Milan on the same day that Miguel Almirón is expected to land from Atlanta.

Chelsea are being linked with a £40m bid for Nathan Aké, whom they sold to Bournemouth for half that fee less than two years ago. But they’re going to have to widen their search because Bournemouth are not minded to sell.

West Ham’s hope of signing Maxi Gómez have taken a dive after Celta Vigo decided they want to hang on to the Uruguayan striker, after all, but will listen to offers again in the summer. One deal that West Ham look poised to completing is for Mesaque Dju, a 19-year-old winger from Benfica.

Aston Villa do not seem to think that Scott Hogan can contribute much to their promotion push but Sheffield United reckon the striker could help theirs, so a loan deal is in the offing.

Real Madrid think that Benfica’s 21-year-old striker Luka Jovic, currently on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt, might just be the new Karim Benzema.

Southampton are having a deep conversation with Olympiakos about the meaning and, more pertinently, the price of the Norwegian defender Omar Elabdellaoui.

Martin O’Neill wants to hook up again with James McClean, who he is proposing to bringing from Stoke to Nottingham Forest in exchange for Ben Osborn.

Finally, if Spurs want to sign the winger Jack Clarke, then they’re going to have to wait until after he has helped return Leeds United to the top-flight. If Mauricio Pochettino tries to force the issue before the summer – for Leeds will be back by then, you can count on it – then Marcelo Bielsa mighty just invite the nation’s media to a PowerPoint presentation about the shortcomings of his former charge Mauricio Pochettino, which, at least, would be a fine way to keep the younger Argentinian’s ego in check.


Wolves take West Ham apart in miserable return for Marko Arnautovic

Ben Fisher at Molineux

Hobbling out to the team bus on crutches with his right foot in a protective boot after a limp defeat to Wolves was hardly the return to action Marko Arnautovic, or West Ham, had hoped for.

The striker, anonymous from start to finish for a team who failed to register a shot on target, was helped down the tunnel by coaching staff with 15 minutes left to play with what his manager, Manuel Pellegrini, described as “not an easy injury”. Arnautovic will undergo a scan on Wednesday to determine the extent of the problem.

By the time Arnautovic was forced off, Wolves were already cruising courtesy of a Romain Saïss header, before a double by the brilliant Raúl Jiménez put the gloss on a superb performance that lifts Nuno Espírito Santo’s side to seventh.

For West Ham, this was another meek display four days after crashing out of the FA Cup to League One’s bottom club, AFC Wimbledon. Gareth Southgate was in attendance, presumably to cast his eye over the Wolves captain, Conor Coady, and Declan Rice, the midfielder undecided over his international future, but West Ham had nothing to shout about with a third consecutive defeat.

After two weeks in hiding, Arnautovic, who supposedly had his heart set on playing in Guangzhou until performing a dramatic U-turn and signing a contract extension last weekend, found himself in the harsh surrounds of the Black Country. Arnautovic – ineffective up front alongside Michail Antonio – was one of five West Ham changes with Rice and Felipe Anderson restored to the starting lineup. Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop, who were given the runaround by League One’s lowest scorers on Saturday, all retained their places but were pulled from pillar to post, as Wolves wiped the floor with West Ham.

“No shots on target and we conceded three goals, so it was impossible to play worse,” Pellegrini said. “It was the moment to try to find a reaction. We couldn’t do it and we have to review all we are doing, because something we are doing is bad.”

Asked about the seriousness of Arnautovic’s injury, sustained following a second-half challenge by Rúben Neves, he added: “I think it will not be an easy injury. I hope he hasn’t any problems but we must review him with an examination. I’m disappointed about that and disappointed because we have just 15 fit players. We don’t have any creative midfielders in this moment with Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Wilshere and Nasri out, so it’s difficult playing so many games with the same 15 players.”

Wolves’s wafer-thin squad – they have used just 18 in the Premier League this season, the lowest in the division – continue to deliver, however. It always felt like just a matter of time before they found the net, the only surprise being that rather than a slick opener, their first goal came from a routine corner by João Moutinho. His delivery picked out Saïss, who brushed aside his marker Robert Snodgrass before powering home a bullet header. Jonny – who is set to join Wolves permanently from Atlético Madrid for £18m before Thursday’s transfer deadline – was equally influential on his return to the team.

Pellegrini predictably summoned Andy Carroll in response to going a goal behind but things quickly went from bad to worse. Arnautovic headed down the tunnel, seconds before a busy Lukasz Fabianski collided with Matt Doherty, who caught the West Ham goalkeeper attempting to turn home Jiménez’s cross. Fabianski continued but Wolves, who thoroughly outclassed a listless West Ham, deservedly added to their tally, with Jiménez striking home another Moutinho corner before his deft chip over Fabianski sealed victory four minutes from time.

As West Ham restarted, the home faithful made it clear to the Wolves hierarchy they would also like Jiménez, on loan from Benfica, to stick around. “These decisions will be made when they have to be made,” Nuno said. “Raul is doing a fantastic job, which goes beyond the goals he scores. The way he plays, his combinations, the way he works, he doesn’t stop he is always giving us our first reaction to losing the ball. But he has to keep on going.”

Sport Witness

As player goes to FIFA to force transfer, claim it could provide free West Ham signing

According to a claim in the Turkish media, Gary Medel has made a complaint to FIFA with regards to money being withheld by his club Besiktas.

This could have implications for West Ham United, according to a report in the player’s home country.

Ajansspor report Medel may exit Besiktas in the same way his former teammate Pepe did in December. The Portugal international was able to terminate his contract with the Istanbul club due to wages owed to him.

Besiktas have now been given a deadline by FIFA to pay the money owed to Medel or risk losing him in the same way.

In Chile it’s reported West Ham could now have an opportunity to land Medel on a free transfer if Besiktas fail to pay the player. La Tercera say the former Inter Milan could join up with his compatriot Manuel Pellegrini and a deal may be possible outside the transfer window if he becomes a free agent.

There were reports earlier in the window West Ham were in talks to sign the Besiktas midfielder.

Medel is contracted to the Super Lig club until June 2020.


Mesaque Dju set to join West Ham on Wednesday

Will Butcher

West Ham have only brought in Samir Nasri this month.

Sky Sports claim West Ham United are to complete a deal to sign Mesaque Dju from Benfica on Wednesday, with the teenage attacker set to link up with the Hammers Under-23 squad.

Dju, 19, is a fast-paced attacker that can play on either flank and is also known to show quality as a striker. He has turned out for all of Portugal's youth teams up until the Under-20 level, where he has nine caps and two goals.

The youngster is highly rated by Benfica, and has even played eight times for the club's reserve side - which is a bigger feat than it is England, given that Benfica's reserves play in the second tier of Portuguese football.

Dju played alongside former West Ham starlet Domingos Quina in the summer, as Portugal's Under-19 side won the European Championship in Finland - beating Italy 4-3 in Extra Time.

Italian transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla claimed on his website on Monday that West Ham were verging on the signing of Dju, and now it appears that a deal to land the attacker is set to be completed.

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chim chim cha boo 1:34 Wed Jan 30
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Alan, always tough to read about a total capitulation and no prospect of a decent player before the window shuts but thanks anyway.

Thanks Alan 1:02 Wed Jan 30
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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