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Alan 12:06 Sun Dec 30
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea have made an offer in excess of £45m to sign Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic next summer, but the German club will delay any decision as they wait for rival offers for the 20-year-old USA international. (ESPN)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is considering a move for Leeds striker Kemar Roofe, 25, if he is given funds in January. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, and France forward Anthony Martial, 23, to sign new deals with the club. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea have been told they must pay £30m if they want to sign Bayern Munich's Germany centre-back Mats Hummels, 30, in January. (Sun on Sunday)

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has denied suggestions he wants to become the new Manchester United manager in the summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Watford boss Javi Gracia says it does not surprise him that Abdoulaye Doucoure, 25, is being linked with a move and, although he expects the Frenchman to stay for a "long time", he knows sometimes "something happens you don't want". (Independent)

Cardiff are leading the race to sign Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne, although Fulham and Leicester are also keen on the 27-year-old England international. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United's Italy defender Matteo Darmian, 29, is a target for Serie A sides Inter Milan and Lazio. (Calciomercato)

Lazio will look to bring in Chelsea and Italy defender Davide Zappacosta, 26, if Manchester United refuse to sell Darmian. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal have joined north London rivals Tottenham in wanting to sign Norwich City's 18-year-old English right-back Max Aarons. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool are interested in Trabzonspor's Turkish attacking midfielder Abdulkadir Omur, 19, but face competition from Manchester City and Roma. (Fotomac, via Star on Sunday)

Tottenham are in talks with NFL side Oakland Raiders over a ground share at Spurs' new stadium next season. (Mail on Sunday)

Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, 33, has agreed personal terms with Turkish club Galatasaray over a possible move in January. (Turkish outlet Star, via Sun on Sunday)

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to sign Olympiakos and Norway right-back Omar Elabdellaoui, 27, in January. (Mail on Sunday)

Leicester City's Australian left-back Callum Elder, 23, is training with Ipswich Town and is set to join on loan in January. (East Anglian Daily Times)


Five Things to look out for when West Ham face Burnley!

1. Mark Noble to reach 450 not out!

Mister West Ham will reach his latest milestone in a West Ham United shirt if and when he steps on the pitch at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Mark Noble will become just the 12th Hammer to register 450 first-team appearances, having passed Alan Devonshire to move into that position when he played against Watford just before Christmas.

The next target for the captain is Jim Barrett Senior, who played 467 times between 1927-45.

And, with a long Emirates FA Cup run, Noble could move into the top ten by the end of the season, with Ken Brown currently holding that position on 474.

2. Burnley Cricket Club

Situated just behind the David Fishwick Stand, which will be filled by 3,000 West Ham United supporters on Sunday afternoon, is Burnley Cricket Club.

The 15-times Lancashire League champions, whose home ground is also named Turf Moor, was the club which produced England’s greatest-ever fast bowler Jimmy Anderson and, randomly, freelance weatherman John Kettley.

More importantly for the Claret and Blue Army, it also possesses a large bar and area for them to relax, sing songs and enjoy a few drinks before kick-off.

3. Keepers

Between them, Burnley’s Joe Hart (77) and West Ham United’s Lukasz Fabianski (73) and have made 150 saves in the Premier League season, ranking them first and second respectively.

England international and former Hammers loanee Hart has actually kept more clean sheets than his successor – four to three – but the former has conceded 41 goals to Fabianski’s 28.

Despite playing behind the second most-porous defence in the Premier League, Hart has yet to make an error that has directly led to a goal for Burnley’s opponents.
With two teams which concede plenty of chances, one can expect both goalkeepers to be busy again at Turf Moor.

4. Felipe Anderson's second-half surge

Consider this pair of statistics...

Felipe Anderson’s seven goals in the last nine Premier League matches have all been scored in the second half.

Burnley have let in more second half goals than any other team in the Premier League, conceding 25 times after the interval.

For your information, West Ham United’s in-form Brazilian is a 16/5 shot to score at any time with our principal partner Betway, and 8/1 to score the game’s final goal – something he has done three times in recent weeks at Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Southampton.

5. Four away wins in a row?

West Ham United will arrive at Turf Moor seeking their fourth Premier League away win in a row for the first time since September 2007.

The Hammers have tasted victory at Newcastle United, Fulham and Southampton already in December and have already won more points in a single month than at any time in their Premier League history – 15.

Should the Irons secure another victory at Burnley on Sunday, not only would they extend that record to 18, but they would also chalk up four consecutive top-flight wins on the road for the first time since beating Wigan Athletic, Manchester United (pictured), Birmingham City and Reading – spread across two seasons – eleven-and-a-half years ago.

For the record, West Ham did win four away league games in a row during the 2011/12 Championship season, at Brighton & Hove Albion, Hull City, Coventry City and Middlesbrough.

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jimbo2. 1:53 Sun Dec 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Yes some crazy stats that people collect, let's hope that we add to them in a good way today! Thanks as always Al.

Thanks Alan 1:39 Sun Dec 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

COOL HAND LUKE 1:34 Sun Dec 30
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Cheers Al, best regards for 2019 fella.

Mex Martillo 12:16 Sun Dec 30
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Amazing stats they have these days, getting close to being ridicules
Thanks Alan

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