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Alan 11:40 Mon Jan 7
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Barcelona are determined not to sell Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez, 25, to Arsenal this month. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich hope offering Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi the number 10 shirt currently worn by Arjen Robben will help seal a £30m move for the 18-year-old forward. (Sun)

Wolves have finalised a deal with Tammy Abraham's parent club Chelsea to take him on loan until the end of the season. The England international, 21, is set to decide on Monday whether to end his loan at Aston Villa and switch to Molineux. (Express and Star)

Manchester United are monitoring Roma's Greece defender Kostas Manolas, 27, who has a £32m buyout clause in his contract. (Sun)

The Reds are also battling Real Madrid to sign Brazil right-back Eder Militao, 20 from Porto who has a £42.5m release clause in his contract. (Sun)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says it is "impossible" that 18-year-old English winger Phil Foden will leave on loan. (Independent)

Arsenal are not expected to make an improved offer for Roma's £45m-rated Cengiz Under, having failed with an initial £35m bid for the 21-year-old Turkey winger. (Star)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says he has never heard of Sunderland striker Josh Maja - despite the Eagles being linked with a January move for the 20-year-old Englishman. (Mirror)

Aston Villa are preparing a move for Brentford's 22-year-old French striker Neal Maupay. (Sun)

Abdulkadir Omur, Trabzonspor's 19-year-old Turkish midfielder who has been linked with Liverpool, says he would relish the chance to join Jurgen Klopp's side. (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is yet to take part in any fresh contract discussions - despite a suggestion he has been offered a one-year deal. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manager Eddie Howe says Bournemouth may make further signings this month despite having signed Dominic Solanke and Nathaniel Clyne. (Sky Sports)

Barnsley could bid for Sunderland's 21-year-old English striker Andrew Nelson, who has been on a short-term loan at National League North side Darlington. (Sunderland Echo)

Hibernian have given Tottenham goalkeeper Tom Glover a trial, taking the 21-year-old Australian to their winter training camp in Dubai. (Edinburgh News)

Interim Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not impose a curfew on his players during their stay in Dubai for a warm-weather training camp. (Sun)

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Barry Glendenning

Having scored two goals, ostentatiously appealed for VAR in a match in which it wasn’t being used and missed an absolute sitter only to have his blushes spared by the linesman’s flag, Álvaro Morata had an eventful afternoon playing up front for Chelsea against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Whether or not it was the Spaniard’s final match under Maurizio Sarri remains to be seen.

Sarri is hoping to bring Gonzalo Higuaín, currently on loan at Milan from Juventus but eager to sign for Chelsea, to Stamford Bridge and could send Morata to Milan to help grease the wheels. However, reports in Italy suggest Sevilla might throw a spanner in the works by offering the unsettled striker – Morata, that is – the chance to return to his native Spain. Chelsea are also after Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, but will have to fend off interest from Tottenham Hotspur if they are to land the £40m-rated Ivory Coast international.

Roma’s 27-year-old centre-back Kostas Manolas is wanted by Manchester United, who could trigger a £32m buyout clause in his contract at the end of the season. United also want Porto’s Brazilian right-back Eder Militao, but could struggle to get the 20-year-old, who may have his head turned by Real Madrid. Back in Italy, Inter and Milan are ready to duke it out for the affection of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a one-time Rumour Mill staple whose agent insists he will not be going anywhere in January. Meanwhile in Turin, Torino are hoping they can convince Watford to part with Roberto Pereyra, who knows his way around the Italian city having spent two years at Juventus.

The agent of young Sunderland striker Josh Maja has told the club his client won’t be signing a new deal, despite reports the League One side offered to increase his salary by 700%. Stewart Donald, frontman of the consortium that bought Sunderland last May, remains quietly confident the 20-year-old will ink a new deal despite reports linking him with a move to Crystal Palace. With 14 league goals to his name already this season, Maja’s chances of moving to Selhurst Park anytime soon appear remote … not least because Roy Hodgson confessed on Saturday that he had never actually heard of him.

Following his tearful Stamford Bridge farewell on Saturday, Cesc Fàbregas is due to sign for Monaco any second now after flying to the south of France. A fee of £10m has been mooted and the Spaniard may be joined on the payroll by pantomime villainy’s Pepe. The 35-year-old free agent is understood to have turned down an approach from Arsenal in favour of moving to Monaco to play for Thierry Henry. Arsenal will also have to plan for a future without long-time target Cengiz Under, having had a £35m bid for the 21-year-old winger rejected by Roma.

Wolves have finalised a deal to take Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea and it is up to the player to decide whether or not to leave Aston Villa for a return to the Premier League. Chelsea have accepted a £13m offer for defender Davide Zappacosta, while Bayern Munich will attempt to lure Callum Hudson-Odoi to the Allianz Arena with the promise of Arjen Robben’s No 10 shirt next season.

And finally, having secured the services of winger Oliver Burke on loan from West Brom, Celtic are working on the £2m purchase of striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo from Slovakian club Dunajska Streda. Brendan Rodgers is hoping to further boost his striking options by taking Timothy Weah, son of Liberian president and former footballing superstar George, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.


Samir Nasri hits ground running at West Ham after 13 months without football

Charlie Eccleshare

After debutant and arguably man-of-the-match Samir Nasri inspired West Ham to a 2-0 FA Cup third-round victory over Birmingham on Saturday, his manager declared: "Samir Nasri is back."

Playing for the first time in over a year after serving a drugs ban, Nasri's speed of thought and quick feet earned him warm applause when he was substituted with just under an hour played.

"I felt good, honestly I thought I would struggle a little more with the rhythm as my last game was 13 months ago," Nasri told West Ham's official website whufc.com after the match.

"I’m just relieved that everything is now behind me and happy about those first 58 minutes. It was good and I’m just looking forward to the next game."

Intriguingly, that next game is at home to Arsenal - the club Nasri left in 2011 to complete an acrimonious move to Manchester City. "I’m sure the atmosphere will be even more crazy,” he said of this Saturday's match.

Nasri added that he had been brought up to speed for the Birmingham game by working with the first team throughout December.

"I’ve trained with us for a few weeks and that has helped, obviously," he said. "The manager has said once you know how to play football you never forget it, the only thing we were a little concerned with was the match fitness and the rhythm.

"That’s what we tried to achieve today and my partners helped me a lot with everything. Every time I was on the ball I had one or two solutions and it’s always easier like that.

"It was a tricky game, because they didn’t want to do anything with the ball, but when they had it they played that long ball and tried to catch us on the break."


Samir Nasri was here, there and everywhere on West Ham debut... he proved the talent is still there

Samir Nasri proved he's fit and still has talent in the victory over Birmingham
The midfielder thrived in his first West Ham appearance under Manuel Pellegrini
He was here, there and everywhere and showed glimpses of his old Man City self

By Kieran Gill

You only need to look at Samir Nasri's touch map to see how West Ham's newest midfielder thrived in his first appearance at the club under Manuel Pellegrini.

File this graphic under the 'here, there and everywhere' category. Nasri had points to prove in his first game since 2017 — that he is not a has-been, that he is fit, and that he can still pull strings for his team.

Pellegrini insisted ahead of this FA Cup tie that fantastic footballers can pick up where they left off because it is like riding a bike. On this evidence, he is right.

It was not a performance to blow the mind, but considering Nasri was playing off the back of an 18-month doping ban, it was enough to convince that the talent is still there.

Nasri showed glimpses of his old Manchester City self. He completed 95.7 per cent of his passes (44 of 46 attempted); he was like a magnet to the ball during his 58 minutes on the London Stadium pitch.

Tougher tests than Championship side Birmingham City await. It took Marko Arnautovic only two minutes to open the scoring, and Andy Carroll's header completed the win in stoppage time.

Nasri now wants to build his fitness. He said: 'I felt good. Honestly, I thought I would struggle a little more with the rhythm as my last game was 13 months ago.

'I'm just relieved that everything is now behind me and I'm happy about those first 58 minutes.

'It was good and I'm just looking forward to the next game.'

The former Arsenal midfielder will know that the next visitors to the London Stadium are Unai Emery's Gunners.

Carroll, who scored for the first time since April 2018, said: 'I was desperate to get a goal, to be honest. I have been dreaming about it for a long time.

'Samir played his first game and the quality shows. We have got the quality, we have got the players, we've got the fans. We are a good team.'

It is two years this month since West Ham sold Dimitri Payet to Marseille, after the Frenchman went on strike to force a £25million move.

Payet has created the most chances of any player in Europe's top five leagues this season — he is on 64, while the next nearest is Chelsea's Eden Hazard on 57. Payet would still be an asset for West Ham but Pellegrini is not short of players who know how to win matches.

He has Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson. And now Nasri.

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jimbo2. 11:57 Mon Jan 7
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It was an impressive debut from SN, looked like he had never been away! He was always looking for the ball, had good movement off it and was very efficient and tidy with his distribution. On this evidence, he will certainly be an asset to us!
Thanks as always Al!

mike hunt 9:25 Mon Jan 7
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i wish we still had payet

Exiled In Surrey 9:06 Mon Jan 7
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Thanks Alan 12:04 Mon Jan 7

Texas Iron 4:40 Mon Jan 7
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thecockneyboy 1:27 Mon Jan 7
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Cheers Al

Thanks Alan 12:04 Mon Jan 7
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Thanks Alan

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