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Defender John Stones' future at Manchester City is in question with the club yet to open negotiations over a new contract with the 25-year-old England centre-half, who has two years left on his deal. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham are set to beat West Ham to the signing of Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes, 21, on an 18-month loan deal. (Sunday Mirror)

Wolves have emerged as a possible destination for Atletico Madrid's Thomas Lemar because of the club's relationship with the 24-year-old France winger's agent, Jorge Mendes. (Mundo Deportivo, via Sport Witness)

Manchester United are willing to offer two players, including 29-year-old Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, as part of a £60m deal to sign Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, from Sporting Lisbon. (Talksport)

Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek is set to join Real Madrid. The 22-year-old was a target for Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United will scout Lille's Boubakary Soumare, 20, one final time before making a bid for the France Under-20 midfielder. (Sunday Express)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is interested in bringing in Barcelona and France forward Ousmane Dembele, 22. (ElDesmarque - in Spanish)

Manchester United's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31, is in talks with Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire about a move which will be more £5m-a-year. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, has agreed to join Inter Milan at the end of the season. (Sunday Star)

Sheffield United are monitoring Ipswich Town's 21-year-old English central defender Luke Woolfenden, with the club prioritising the signing of two centre-backs. (Sheffield Star)

Aston Villa and Newcastle United are keen on a January move for Le Havre forward Tino Kadewere, with Norwich City and Tottenham also interested in the 24-year-old Zimbabwe striker. (Football Insider)

French club Lyon are also in the frame to try to sign Kadewere having scouted the player. (Eurosport France, via Birmingham Mail)

Crystal Palace's English striker Connor Wickham, 26, is set to join Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on loan following the arrival of Turkey forward Cenk Tosun, 28, at Selhurst Park. (Mail on Sunday)

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte says he tried to sign AC Milan's 38-year-old Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was at Manchester United at the time, during his time as Chelsea boss. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United are competing with former midfielder David Beckham and his MLS side Inter Miami for Boca Juniors and Argentina Under-20 midfielder Agustin Almendra, 19. (Star on Sunday)

West Ham boss David Moyes wants to add former Everton defender Alan Stubbs to his coaching team. (Star on Sunday)








TBR

West Ham could loan Andriy Yarmolenko to Premier League rival

By Jordan Harris

West Ham United are prepared to loan Andriy Yarmolenko to a Premier League rival in an attempt to free up funds for David Moyes.

Yarmolenko has had a mixed season at the London Stadium. He had scored three goals by the end of September having only recently returned from a long-term injury.

But he returned to the sidelines a month ago. The Sunday People reports that he is expected to be back by the end of the month. And it appears that he could be playing for another side by the time he makes a return.

The Sunday People reports that Moyes has been told that he will not have a lot of money to work with this month. And thus, Yarmolenko could be loaned out to hand the transfer kitty a boost.

The report suggests that his name has been circulated around the Premier League. So it would appear that the Ukraine international is set to stay in England for the second-half of the season.
TBR View – Are West Ham taking a big risk?

Some Hammers fans may not mind seeing Yarmolenko offloaded. When he has been at his best, he has been a brilliant signing. But the Irons have perhaps not seen enough of him at that level.

Nevertheless, it looks to be a big gamble to let Yarmolenko go. West Ham remain in a precarious position in the Premier League table and losing a player of his quality appears to be a risk.

There is also a chance that he could join one of the teams in a similar position in the table. The Hammers will surely want him to join a side that they are not directly competing with. But there may not be too many teams higher up the table who want the winger either.

A move away would see Moyes potentially shift up to £115,000-a-week off the wage bill (via Spotrac). But it still looks to be something of a roll of the dice from the Irons.




West Ham and Newcastle among clubs interested in Christian Kabasele

By Dom Toner

West Ham and Newcastle United are reportedly among the clubs interested in Watford defender Christian Kabasele.

According to Le10 Sport, both West Ham and Newcastle have entered the race alongside some familiar teams for the 28-year-old.

It is underwood that Manchester United and Arsenal are also keen on trying to land the in demand centre-back.

The report explains that Kabasele is soon expected to pen a new contract at Vicarage Road, but teams are still looking at trying to snap him up this January.

Kabasele has been with Watford since 2016 and he’s certainly proven that he is a decent performer at Premier League level.

The two-time capped Belgium international is someone with decent pace and he reads the game well.

He’s not quite had his best individual campaign this year so far, but has been a mainstay in the Watford team for several years and is a no-nonsense defender.

TBR’s View:

Kabasele is not a high-profile name that frequently turns in top-class performances, but on his day is a decent centre-back that suits English football.

It would be a surprise for Nigel Pearson’s team to lose him when a new deal is meant to be on the horizon, but he could strengthen the options for West Ham in their squad if they manage to complete a deal.

Meanwhile, Newcastle do have several decent centre-backs in their ranks, but January is turning out to be a nightmare for them in terms of injuries.





OS

Superb West Ham U18s inflict first defeat on league leaders Chelsea

West Ham United Under-18s got their 2020 off to an excellent start with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Little Heath on Saturday morning.

Going into the new year third-placed in U18 Premier League South, the Hammers were superb to a man against their London rivals, the league leaders who were hitherto undefeated up to that point.

The visitors took an early lead in contentious circumstances when George Nunn put them ahead after eight minutes, but West Ham came roaring back during an entertaining first 45.

Two well-drilled teams were on show in east London, containing one another well, so it was left to two moments of outstanding quality from West Ham’s scholars to overturn Chelsea’s advantage.

The first came on 32 minutes when midfielder Keenan Appiah-Forson recorded a spectacular first goal of the season, arriving at the edge of the area to rifle home Veron Parkes’ ball on the half-volley.

Two minutes later, and 18-year-old Parkes found himself on the scoresheet, an excellent team goal seeing Harrison Ashby and Lennon Peake combine down the right before the latter played in Parkes, who provided an exquisite finish.

Devoid of clear-cut chances, the second half saw the physical league leaders play a number of threatening balls into the box, but bodies in Claret and Blue defended stoutly to defy a talented visiting side and claim a memorable three points.

“It was a fantastic team performance," U18s Lead Coach Kevin Keen reflected afterwards.

“I thought we played quite well and kept out shape in the first half to contain them, before we scored two very, very good goals – two of the best we’ve scored this season.

“At half-time, we had a good chat about how the second half would go, and to be honest we just dug in and really defended well.

“[Midfielder] Peter Stroud, starting his first game after coming back from his broken ankle, ran himself into the ground, but in truth it was a very good team performance, a hard-fought and a great way to start the year.”

The win sees the Hammers close the gap on Chelsea at the top of the table to just three points, pulling level on points with second-placed Fulham – albeit with the Lilywhites having a game in hand.

“You can’t put a limit on your own expectations or hopes,” Keen noted. “We want to do as well as we can for the Club and finish the year as high up the table we can.

“Hopefully between now and the end of the season we’ll see some new faces progress into the team, like some of the U16s, but at the same time I expect all the boys to go out and compete and aim to finish as high up the league as possible.”

West Ham U18s next league game is at home to Reading U18s on Saturday 18 January, with kick-off 11am at Little Heath Sports Ground.





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