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Alan 1:26 Sat Dec 29
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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has been linked with becoming Manchester United manager but he says he is "happy" at the Italian club. (Calciomercato)

Bayern Munich are set to make a £13m bid for Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, in January. (Daily Mail)

Former Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes, 35, is set to return to the club as part of manager Unai Emery's coaching set up. (Estadio Deportivo, via Daily Star)

Emery says he turned down the chance of signing Mohamed Salah for former club Paris St-Germain as he had doubts about the 26-year-old Liverpool and Egypt forward, who he now considers one of the world's top five players. (Daily Mail)

Sevilla and Argentina midfielder Ever Banega, 30, looks to join Arsenal after his agent flew to London. (Sun)

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has rejected a new contract at Real Madrid as he seeks a move away from the Bernabeu. The 33-year-old has been linked with Inter Milan. (Telemadrid via AS - in Spanish)

Chelsea's 31-year-old midfielder Cesc Fabregas, whose contract expires in June, is free to talk to other clubs from 1 January and will leave the Stamford Bridge outfit for a club in Europe. (Marca)

AC Milan director of sport Leonardo says Chelsea have not made an approach to sign 31-year-old Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at the San Siro club from Juventus. (Evening Standard)

PSV Eindhoven forward Hirving Lozano, 23, is one of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri's top targets. (Daily Express)

Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz is set to leave the club and join Real Madrid in a deal worth £13.5m plus add-ons, with the 19-year-old expected to sign a deal with the Bernabeu side for the next six seasons. (Marca)

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira could look to leave the club unless he gets more playing time, with Arsenal, Everton and West Ham interested in the 22-year-old. (UOL Sports, in Portuguese)

Liverpool have been approached by Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon about signing 18-year-old midfielder Rafa Camacho on loan in January, while a number of Championship sides have also asked about his availability. (Liverpool Echo)

Meanwhile, Liverpool and England Under-21 striker Dominic Solanke, 21, is weighing up a loan move to Crystal Palace having not made an appearance for the Reds this season. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa have pulled out of a deal to sign Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill, 33, because of the cost involved. (Daily Telegraph)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says there is "no chance" the club will sell midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 26, in January, amid rumours of a swap deal involving Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney, 27. (Guardian)

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed he was rushed to hospital following his sacking as Liverpool manager in 2015 because he was "so tense". (The Coaches Voice)






Playing for 90

West Ham’s Felipe Anderson enjoying a productive first year in the Premier League

The Brazilian midfielder scored twice in Thursday’s 2-1 win over Southampton, giving him eight goals this season in just 19 appearances.

Felipe Anderson joined the Hammers in the summer for a club record transfer fee of 36 million euros as part of West Ham’s plan to rebuild and bring in some new players. Considering Anderson only played in Brazil for Santos FC and in Italy for Lazio prior to coming to England, it was definitely a bit of a gamble considering how much they paid for him. Safe to say that so far the 25-year old has been worth the money.

He’s been very instrumental for West Ham this year, playing primarily on the left flank as an attacking midfielder. Anderson has netted seven times in his last nine appearances for the Hammers after scoring just once in his first twelve fixtures across all competitions to begin the season. He is slowly starting to figure out how to play tactically in England, evident by his high number of goals as of late.
His latest form has been spectacular

Anderson played wonderfully in the Hammers win over Southampton on Thursday. He was creating a ton of chances and bagged two goals with two beautifully placed strikes. Although he’s been playing on the left flank, the Brazilian often cuts into the middle with creative runs. He has blistering speed down the flank, beating most defenders strictly on quickness. His dribbling skills are also top-class, but he does tend to lose the ball too often sometimes by trying to do too much. It’s still early in the year and Anderson is still adapting to the English style of play, so with time, Manuel Pellegrini does hope that his leading goal-scorer will learn how to play more clinical.

The fact he’s scored so many goals as an attacking midfielder is very impressive though. If you look at the leading scorers in the Premier League, they are all strikers. Anderson is currently tied for seventh in goals and is the only midfielder in the top ten besides Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson. He has the ability to change the game at any given moment with his ability to ruthlessly finish.

West Ham currently sits in ninth place in the Premier League, and Felipe Anderson is largely to thank. Many of his goals this year have been game-winners, including his second goal on Thursday against the Saints.

If Anderson continues to improve and play at this high level, he could even see himself earn a call-up to the Brazilian national team. For now, though, all he needs to do is keep on leading West Ham offensively.

The Hammers next match will be on Sunday when they face Burnley at Turf Moor.



FFC

Chelsea fans on Twitter want Felipe Anderson to replace Willian

Plenty of Chelsea fans on Twitter have been calling for their club to replace Willian with West Ham’s fellow Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson after he netted twice in the Hammers’ 2-1 win over Southampton on Thursday.

Saints took the lead against Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the second half through Nathan Redmond, but Anderson netted twice in six minutes to turn the game on its head and secure all three points for West Ham.

After a shaky start, the 25-year-old has been improving week by week after his £36m move to East London from Lazio in the summer and he has now racked up an impressive eight goals and three assists in the Premier League.

His form has clearly caught the eye of many Chelsea fans too, and many would see him as an upgrade on Willian, who has just two goals and four assists in the league this season.

Check out some of the best tweets below.

Star Lord @Rickyboshe

Felipe anderson is at least 3 times the player Willian is

EF_CFC88 @CliveHawkins11

What a finish by Anderson, he’s miles better than Willian.

that.naija.boy😋 @Jimmy_chels

This guy Filipe Anderson... I'd take him over Willian any day, anytime #SOUWHU

mustapha @mustphha

Dear @WestHamUtd can we swap Anderson and Willian? #SOUWHU

ForeverBlue ✏️⚽️🎮 @sazio1984

Can we do a swap deal involving Felipe Anderson and Willian please?

That way, we can then have a Brazilian winger at our club who, you know, can score goals and make assists...#CFC #SOUWHU pic.twitter.com/o0ZK287nb9

Gavin @GavinCooper88

I'd take Felipe Anderson over Willian all day everyday! #CFC

Beloved CFC @ryandlawton

To think we could've sold Willian and purchased Felipe Anderson, resulting in a net gain of £25m






HITC

Cascarino says West Ham’s Declan Rice better than Tottenham’s Eric Dier

Subhankar Mondal

Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier is not as good as West Ham United’s Declan Rice, suggests Tony Cascarino.

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has suggested in The Times that West Ham United youngster Declan Rice is better than Tottenham Hotspur ace Eric Dier.

Rice, who has played three times for the Republic of Ireland national football team, is a versatile footballer who can operate as a central defender or as a defensive midfielder.

Dier is also versatile and can play as a defender or as a defensive midfielder, and the Tottenham star has earned 38 caps for the England national football team.

Former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland international striker Cascarino believes that Rice is better than Dier.

Cascarino wrote in The Times following Rice’s performance for West Ham against Southampton: “He is so composed, a master of simplicity who sits in front of the back four and refuses to give the ball away.

“The West Ham midfielder was impeccable in the first half, making two or three crucial interceptions, grabbing possession and then moving it on quickly. I think he is better than Eric Dier, who does a similar job for Tottenham Hotspur and England.

“It is no wonder that Rice has been chased by England as well as Ireland and bigger clubs will be looking at him, too. He is already such a huge talent.”

Promising talent

Rice is a hugely talented and promising young footballer who can only get better in the coming years.

West Ham have a real gem on their hands, and the 19-year-old could be hugely valuable to the London club in transfer fees in the next few years.

While Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham are aiming to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League table this season, Spurs are challenging for the league title.


Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

balders 11:44 Sat Dec 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan from an expat without you wouldn’t be able to keep up with the sports pages

Mex Martillo 10:24 Sat Dec 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
All that flannel about buying our players just shows how well we are doing!
Thanks Alan

teddyp 8:42 Sat Dec 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Shufflers 1 Yam Yams 3

Alwaysaniron 3:27 Sat Dec 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
What is the relevance of the final paragraph. I don’t give a shit about wanky Spurs.

Thanks Al.

Pub Bigot 3:12 Sat Dec 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Love Chelsea fans. Bunch of fickle cunts.

Alwaysaniron 3:08 Sat Dec 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
What is the relevance of the final paragraph. I don’t give a shit about wanky Spurs.

Thanks Al.

BRANDED 3:05 Sat Dec 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Because historically, richer clubs will nick our players. We have the 8th biggest wage bill in the prem so it stands to reason that a bigger club will nick our players unless we pay them a lot more. To get to 5th we'll need to double our wage bill!!!!

Queens Fish Bar 3:03 Sat Dec 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:21 Sat Dec 29

1964 2:41 Sat Dec 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
All this talk of the vultures circling makes me sick. How about writting that the West Ham future looks rosy with these players instead.

Thanks Alan 2:21 Sat Dec 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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