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Alan 12:39 Sun Jan 6
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Chelsea are set to make a £50m bid for Paris St Germain's Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 31. (Sunday Express)

Arsenal have opened talks with Barcelona over Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez and are hopeful of signing the 24-year-old in the January transfer window. (Observer)

But Gunners manager Unai Emery also wants to sign a defender and a winger. (Mail on Sunday)

Fulham are keen on Liverpool striker Divock Origi and are prepared to pay £15m for the 23-year-old Belgium international. (Sun on Sunday)

Bournemouth will reject any offers from Chelsea this month for England striker Callum Wilson, 26. (Sunday Mirror)

Chelsea will miss 31-year-old midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who is "one of the best players to have played in England for many, many years", says the Blues' Brazil defender David Luiz. Spain international Fabregas is expected to join French side Monaco.(Talksport)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he is working on a deal to keep 32-year-old Uruguay defender Diego Godin, who is a target for Manchester United, at the Spanish club. (Sunday Express)

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has turned down the Benfica job after the Portuguese club sacked Rui Vitoria this week. (Record - in Portuguese)

Another former United manager, David Moyes, is interested in becoming Stoke City boss. (Daily Star Sunday)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could have bought Arsenal rather than the Blues 16 years ago but was mistakenly told the Gunners were not for sale by Swiss bankers. (Sun on Sunday)

Inter Milan have held talks with Sampdoria over 22-year-old Danish defender Joachim Andersen, who has been linked with Tottenham. (Corriere dello Sport, via Inside Futbol)

Porto's 25-year-old midfielder Juan Quintero, who has spent the past three seasons on loan with clubs in France and his native Colombia, and is now in Argentina with River Plate, says his agent has met Manchester City officials to discuss a possible deal. (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham are planning a bid to sign Inter Milan's Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva, 31. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Aston Villa are interested in signing Leicester City's Austrian defender Christian Fuchs, 32, on loan until the end of the season. (Sunday Mirror)

Real Madrid scouts have watched Porto's 20-year-old Brazilian defender Eder Militao, who has also been linked with Manchester United. (Marca)

Everton are tracking Atalanta's Italian defender Gianluca Mancini, 22, with a view to making a bid at the end of the season. (Sunday Mirror)

West Brom boss Darren Moore is confident 18-year-old English midfielder Rekeem Harper, who is out of contract at the end of the season, will sign a new deal at the Baggies. (Express and Star)

Bayern Munich are to sign 18-year-old United States Under-20 defender Chris Richards, who is already on loan at the Bundesliga side, for an initial £1.2m from FC Dallas.(Goal)

Arsenal's 23-year-old Spanish defender Hector Bellerin, who is out injured, spent Saturday at a London Fashion Week show rather than watching his side's FA Cup tie at Blackpool. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has asked his staff to take lessons on how to fly drones to help him get a different perspective on training sessions. (Sun on Sunday)


Marko Arnautovic scores then has strop in West Ham’s win over Birmingham

Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium

West Ham moved into the fourth round of the FA Cup with an edgy victory but the main talking point was a mild strop from Marko Arnautovic, who reacted to his early substitution by mooching off the pitch with the demeanour of a sulky teenager.

Having given West Ham control of a tense tie against spirited and robust opponents, Arnautovic was unimpressed when he saw his number being held up in the 20th minute. He flung his arms in the air, ignored Michail Antonio’s attempts to console him and questioned why Manuel Pellegrini had opted for a safety-first approach after learning his best forward had felt a twinge in his back.

There was no swaying Pellegrini and it is impressive that the West Ham manager refused to be cowed by Arnautovic’s force of personality. Pellegrini is paid to make the tough calls and he poured cold water on the episode. It was a simple decision as far as he was concerned: there was no point taking any unnecessary risks given Arnautovic missed most of the festive period with a hamstring injury.

“It is not very important,” Pellegrini said. “It was better to change him because he is just coming back from an injury. He could continue but it was better to protect him. He was angry for one minute.”

Nothing to see here, then. Pellegrini was not about to pick a fight with one of his leading players, not least because Arnautovic’s importance became even more apparent after he reluctantly made way for Andy Carroll. West Ham toiled without the Austrian and although they played with enough professionalism to dash Birmingham’s hopes of forcing a replay, they could relax only when Carroll scored a trademark header in the 90th minute.

With the away fans making plenty of noise, this was a competitive tie. While Birmingham face the prospect of a points deduction after revealing huge losses in their accounts, Garry Monk’s side have risen to eighth in the Championship and the chance to get one over their former owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, added spice to the atmosphere.

However, the early signs were ominous for the underdogs. West Ham made an intense start and the opening goal arrived after two minutes. Monk called it a poor one to concede. Harlee Dean gave Angelo Ogbonna too much room from Grady Diangana’s corner and nobody in blue reacted in time when Lee Camp repelled the centre-back’s header. Birmingham’s goalkeeper was entitled to wonder why none of his defenders attacked the loose ball with any urgency. Even Arnautovic seemed surprised at how easy it was to head into the unguarded net for his third goal in two games.

Arnautovic’s departure energised Birmingham. Xande Silva, a young Portuguese forward, struggled to click with Carroll and Birmingham targeted Antonio’s weaknesses at right-back. They almost equalised when Gary Gardner played a one-two with Lukas Jutkiewicz on the left and found space in the area, only to shoot against Arthur Masuaku.

Birmingham deserved to be level at the break. Jutkiewicz had a towering header cleared off the line by Carroll and Maikel Kieftenbeld fired just wide. Connor Mahoney beat Masuaku with a silky manoeuvre, only for Antonio to stop the winger’s inviting cutback from reaching Gardner.

West Ham lacked leadership after resting Mark Noble and Pablo Zabaleta, while Samir Nasri struggled to influence the game before being substituted in the 59th minute. Nasri, available after serving an 18-month doping ban, will need time to show why Pellegrini pushed for his arrival on a free transfer.

As the minutes ticked away a blunt edge hurt Birmingham’s determined push for an equaliser and Wes Harding let himself down with a heavy touch after bursting through on goal in the closing stages.

At the other end Carroll fired against the bar from close range. He then overran the ball after rounding Camp. At least he made amends when he headed home Antonio’s cross to score for the first time since last April but West Ham had spent most of the tie pining for Arnautovic.


West Ham interested in Wesley Moraes

West Ham United are thought to be interested in one of the Jupiler Pro League’s promising attackers.

According to a report by HLN, The Hammers are one of a number of sides believed to keen on Club Brugge’s Wesley Moraes.

The Brazilian has been in prolific form for the Belgian outfit, having scored seven goals and provided a further six assists in the top-flight.

West Ham are said to have competition from other Premier League sides, with the likes of Cardiff City and Newcastle United.

However, it is understood that an offer had been lodged by the Bluebirds for the 22-year-old but that was rejected by the Belgian outfit.

Moraes is an extremely promising attacking talent and has been performing well for Club Brugge this season.

The 22-year-old already has a number of potential suitors, however, with the Belgians unwilling to sell him in January, a deal could be difficult for the Hammers to complete in the winter.

With that in mind, West Ham might be better off looking at other options if they were to want to add firepower to their ranks before the month is out.

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Texas Iron 3:15 Sun Jan 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Mex Martillo 2:04 Sun Jan 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:46 Sun Jan 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 12:48 Sun Jan 6

Mad Dog 1:21 Sun Jan 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I see the guardian didn't bother to mention any of the chances Carroll should have put away in the 2md half

Sven Roeder 12:48 Sun Jan 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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