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Alan 2:20 Thu Dec 27
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are willing to offer Chelsea Spain playmaker Isco, 26, and 24-year-old Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic - who is already on loan at Stamford Bridge - as part of a deal to sign the Blues' Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 27. (Onda Cero, via Metro)

Juventus will not sell 28-year-old Brazil midfielder Douglas Costa, who has been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United, in the January transfer window. (Calciomercato)

West Ham United have had a £6.5m bid for Chile midfielder Gary Medel, 31, rejected by Turkish club Besiktas. (Talksport)

Tottenham's 31-year-old Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, who is out of contract in the summer, is a target for Monaco manager Thierry Henry. (Le Sport 10 - in French)

Spurs could turn their interest in 18-year-old Norwich right-back Max Aarons into a formal £15m offer, with German club RB Leipzig also interested in the England Under-19 international. (Sun)

Watford fear they could lose French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, 25, to Paris St-Germain next month and may move for Nice's former France Under-18 international Adrien Tameze, 24, as a replacement. (Mail)

CSKA Moscow chief executive Roman Babaev believes on-loan Everton forward Nikola Vlasic, 21, wants to stay at the club but says the Russian outfit may not be able to afford to sign the Croatia international permanently. (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez does not think the club will be ready to make a signing early in the January transfer window. (Chronicle)

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis is considering sacking manager Aitor Karanka after four games without a win and reports of player unrest at the Championship club. (Mail)

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has yet to inform the Spanish club whether he will take up the option of a third year on his contract at the Nou Camp. (Marca)

Atletico Madrid are trying to stop Bayern Munich activating 22-year-old France defender Lucas Hernandez's release clause of 80m euros (£72m) in January. (Marca)

West Brom manager Darren Moore says he is not concerned about possible January interest from Premier League clubs for English striker Jay Rodriguez, 29. (Times - subscription required)


Southampton team news: Hojbjerg unavailable as Hasenhuttl prepares for West Ham

By Alex Ford

Southampton will look to continue their winning ways on Thursday when they host West Ham United at the St. Mary’s Stadium.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has managed to guide his new side to back-to-back wins in the Premier League since taking over last month and will want to see it continue.

The Saints have eased their relegation concerns with those victories, although a tough test against the Hammers awaits them.

And, according to the club’s official website, the game will be tougher than hoped for as Southampton will be without a key man for the encounter.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is unavailable for selection as he is required to serve a one-match ban after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season.

The 23-year-old has played a vital role for the Saints this season, having netted twice in his 15 Premier League matches so far.

Hojbjerg could potentially be a huge blow for Southampton and Hasenhuttl as they look to continue their fine form.

The midfielder has played a key role for the Saints in recent months and with a difficult test against West Ham coming up, they would have hoped to have had the Denmark international available.

Despite the potential blow, Hasenhuttl will be pleased to have almost the same squad available to him as he did in their win against Huddersfield Town in their previous fixture.


Marko Arnautovic to Man Utd or Chelsea? Bradley Dack to arrive?

WEST HAM have been linked with a move for Bradley Dack, while Marko Arnautovic has been tipped to leave - but how likely are the transfers?

By Andy Wilson

Marko Arnautovic joined West Ham from Stoke in July 2017 and has so far impressed for the London club.

The Austrian has played 49 times for the Hammers, scoring 16 goals and providing 10 assists.

His performances have seen him linked with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in recent months.

While former Blues striker Tony Cascarino says he would love to see the 29-year-old at Chelsea and even compared the star to Eric Cantona.

“You know the one player I’d really want to take? Arnautovic – I’d take him in a heartbeat,” Cascarino said. “I think he’d fit perfectly into Chelsea.”

“The thing with Arnautovic – he reminds me of that Eric Cantona mindset. He thinks he’s good enough to be up there at the top table, and he is.

“He was dreadful at times last year but there’s a real player in there and he needs a challenge and maybe the challenge is West Ham?

“Arnautovic is a player capable of playing for one of the best teams in England.”

The Hammers hitman is currently out until the New Year with a hamstring injury so a January departure would seem unlikely at the moment.

However, SkyBet still make United favourites to secure his signature at 8/1, with Chelsea behind them at 12/1.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got off to a flying start since replacing Mourinho in the Old Trafford hotseat but may not look at attacking reinforcements since Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are all contributing to the goals, plus Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez are still to return to the squad.

Meanwhile, West Ham appear to be leading the race to land Bradley Dack from Blackburn.

The playmaker has impressed in the Championship this season, notching nine goals and providing four assists in 20 outings.

Crystal Palace are also reported to be in the running but the Hammers have been made the clear favourites by SkyBet.

A January move to West Ham for Dack has been priced at 3/1, while a switch to Premier League rivals Palace has been set at 12/1.

However, reports claim it will cost in the region of £20million to sign the 24-year-old Rovers star.

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Boycie 1:06 Fri Dec 28
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. Cascarino has headed too many footballs, now thinks he knows what he is talking about

Jasnik 5:00 Thu Dec 27
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Tony Cascarino - well what a great source it must be true then .. That news report is crap. Sorry Alan...

Thanks Alan 2:45 Thu Dec 27
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Percy Dalton 2:37 Thu Dec 27

Percy Dalton 2:37 Thu Dec 27
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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