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Alan 11:54 Thu Dec 6
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Real Madrid have agreed personal terms with Chelsea and Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, and hope to sign the 27-year-old in the summer. (Onda Madrid, via AS)

Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, 26, has hinted he would like to play in the Premier League. (YouTube)

Wolves are keen to sign Japan winger Shoya Nakajima from Portuguese side Portimonense in January, with Leicester and Southampton also interested in the 24-year-old. (Mail)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is considering a £15m move for Club Brugge striker Wesley Moraes in January, with Fiorentina and Valencia also keen on the 22-year-old Brazilian. (Sun)

Aston Villa are favourites to sign Burnley and England goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who is third choice at Turf Moor. (Mirror)

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has ruled out moves for Burnley's Heaton, 32, and Newcastle's Freddie Woodman, 21, as he searches for a new goalkeeper. (Mirror)

Cardiff are planning a move to re-sign English midfielder Jordon Mutch. The out-of-favour Crystal Palace player, 27, has spent the past nine months on loan at Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps. (Sun)

Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas wants to sort the future of France forward Nabil Fekir by Christmas. The 25-year-old's proposed summer move to Liverpool fell through. (Le Progres - in French)

New Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy will try to convince West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 19, not to switch allegiance to England. (Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he does not think Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 31, will return to Napoli in January. (Tiki Taka, via FourFourTwo)

France forward Kylian Mbappe says Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21, would be very welcome at PSG. (France Football)

Chelsea are in talks with Napoli to sign Albania right back Elseid Hysaj, 24. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Inter Milan could try to sign 29-year-old Manchester United and Italy full-back Matteo Darmian next year, after failing with a loan bid last summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Fulham are also reportedly interested in Darmian but he would prefer a return to Italy. (Tuttomercato - in Italian)

Manchester United are eyeing £20m-rated Galatasaray centre-back Ozan Kabak. Arsenal, Roma and Inter Milan are also reportedly interested in the 18-year-old. (Sun)

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic - currently on loan at Chelsea - is unlikely to return to the Bernabeu. The Blues are interested in signing the 24-year Croatia international on a permanent deal but face competition from Tottenham. (AS)

New Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari says it is not up to him whether the club make any signings in the January transfer window. (Marca)

Arsenal chose Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger's successor over Mikel Arteta in part because he praised the club's players and did not demand a major overhaul. (Telegraph - subscription required)

The kitchen at Crystal Palace's training ground was given a zero food hygiene rating after inspectors found it had been infested with mice for several months. (Guardian)




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Barry Glendenning

Wesley Moraes is a striker in big demand and the word in The Sun is that Unai Emery has hunkered down and got on his mark in the “£15m race” for the Club Brugge striker’s services. With nine goals in 20 appearances to his name already this season, the 22-year-old Brazilian has also turned heads at Fiorentina and Valencia, in a state of affairs that could prompt a January auction.

Currently living the purgatorial, borderline-pointless life of a third-choice goalkeeper, Burnley club captain Tom Heaton has decided he wants to leave Turf Moor. Heaton has made just three appearances for the club since recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him in September 2017 and in that time has dropped below Joe Hart – and the currently recuperating-from-injury Nick Pope – in the pecking order of shot-stoppers at Burnley.

Aston Villa are favourites to sign Heaton in January, in a move which could thwart Tottenham’s plans to bring Nick Pope to White Hart Lane to compete with Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga. Tottenham’s current third choice keeper, Michel Vorm, recently admitted he is “bored” with not playing and may well leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. Also in need of a goalkeeper to act as cover for Bailey Peacock-Farrell after Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman suffered a broken leg, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has ruled out moves for both Heaton and Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman because he doesn’t think either player is good enough with the ball at their feet.

Galatasaray central defender Ozan Kabak is only 18 years of age, but is already inching his way across radars at Arsenal, Roma, Inter and Manchester United. Inter have also been hitching their skirts at United full-back Matteo Darmian, who is wanted by Fulham but rumoured to be more keen on a return to Italy. Meanwhile at Molineux, Wolves are waist-deep in an £18m move for Shoya Nakajima, the Japanese midfield schemer who currently plies his trade with Portimonense in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Leicester and Southampton have also been linked with the 24-year-old.

Chelsea are hoping to make the loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic more permanent next summer, but may have to fend off interest from Tottenham Hotspur, if reports from Spain are to be believed. Reeling from their surprise defeat at Wolves last night, Chelsea are also sniffing around Napoli’s Albanian full-back Elseid Hysaj.

Unwanted by Crystal Palace and due to return from a loan spell at Major League Soccer outfit Vancouver White Caps, Jordan Mutch could be on the verge of a January return to his former club, Cardiff City. And finally, Ipswich Town have dismissed tabloid speculation suggesting Marcus Evans has put the club up for sale. It had been reported the businessman was asking for £35m, but unwilling to write off a debt of almost £100m owed to him by the club. The East Anglian Daily Times say an Ipswich spokesman has dismissed the story as “rubbish”.







Sports Mole

West Ham to target free agent Antonio Valencia at end of season?

By Daniel Lewis

West Ham United are reportedly ready to pounce for long-serving Manchester United star Antonio Valencia when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old is due to become a free agent next summer and no plans are currently in place to award him a new deal.

Valencia, who is approaching a full decade at Old Trafford, has been linked with a move abroad and is free to speak to foreign clubs from January.

West Ham are also in the market for a new right-back, however, with Pablo Zabaleta considering his future, and The Sun claims that they could make a move in six months' time.

A United source is quoted as saying: "The club are still deciding what to do with Antonio and his future. He has played a few times this season, but has struggled with injuries and his form hasn't been great.

"Him and Jose [Mourinho] haven't seen eye-to-eye at times this season and it might be the end for him here, but we will see."

Valencia has spent a total of 12 years in English football, having also represented Wigan Athletic between 2006 and 2009.






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Takashi Miike 3:01 Fri Dec 7
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 2:23 Fri Dec 7
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

PwoperNaughtyButNot 7:30 Thu Dec 6
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
If we sign him and resign enner valancia we could have a whole right hand side of

Antonio Valencia

Antonio

Valancia


Commentators dream

Vexed 4:42 Thu Dec 6
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
South American, tick! Welcome Antonio you fucking mickey Jackson lookalike CUNT.

Percy Dalton 3:28 Thu Dec 6
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Didn't mean Alan
He's a legend on here.

Russ of the BML 3:28 Thu Dec 6
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Antonio Valencia may be a good prospect for some clubs in the PL but I would like to think that West Ham are little more dynamic and forward thinking now. No dis-respect to the bloke an all that.

gph 3:14 Thu Dec 6
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Replace Zabaleta, who is defying his years, with Valencia, who should seek early retirement?

I certainly hope this is a work of fiction.

Thanks, Alan

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 12:57 Thu Dec 6
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Percy Dalton 12:43 Thu Dec 6

Harsh of Alan, Perce ;)

Thanks Alan 12:48 Thu Dec 6
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Percy Dalton 12:43 Thu Dec 6
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
More made up rubbish.
Thanks Alan

Eddie B 12:14 Thu Dec 6
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Fuck right off. That cunt has been in England for over 15 years now, but still can't speak the language!

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 12:10 Thu Dec 6
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Re: Valencia - Just what we need, an old cunt who is playing badly, will demand huge wages and who is making trouble in the dressing room.

What could go wrong?





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