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Alan 2:06 Tue Jan 8
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Sevilla have held talks with Chelsea about signing Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 26, on loan for the remainder of the season. (Goal.com)

Cesc Fabregas's move to Monaco is being held up because the Ligue 1 club have yet to agree a transfer fee with Chelsea for the Spanish midfielder, 31. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United's players want Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their manager on a full-time basis. (Mirror)

An offer from Manchester United has been rejected by Atletico Madrid and Uruguay defender Diego Godin, 32. (Tutto Mercato Web)
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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino expects the club to win a trophy - but does not know whether that will be with him in charge or not as he cast doubts over his future. (Times - subscription required)

Real Madrid have begun a move to try to sign attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen, 26, from Tottenham and are preparing what they hope will be a £100m deal. (Independent)

Denmark international Eriksen wants to double his £70,000-a-week wages to sign a new contract at Tottenham, who are prepared to let his contract, which has 18 months left, enter its final year as talks over a new deal continue. (Mail)

Juventus say they would consider selling Manchester City target Paulo Dybala, 25, in the summer but only if they receive a bid of more than £90m for the Argentina forward. (Tuttosport via Express)

Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain have all had bids for Dybala rejected. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Fulham have joined Burnley, Cardiff and Newcastle United in trying to sign Marseille's Cameroon winger Clinton N'Jie, 25. (Mail)

Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are likely to bid for RB Leipzig's Germany international striker Timo Werner, 22, who has also been linked with Liverpool. (Bild - in German)

Chelsea are interested in £45m-rated Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, but could face competition from Napoli and Inter Milan for the 21-year-old, who is thought to be reluctant to leave Serie A during the transfer window. (Goal.com)

Unai Emery has urged Arsenal to find the cash to complete a deal for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, 25, this month. The Spanish club will sanction a loan if a £20m commitment to signing Suarez permanently this summer is included. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal are favourites to sign Belgian forward Yannick Carrasco. The 25-year-old left Atletico Madrid to join Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang in February last year. (Mirror)

West Ham are interested in a deal for Inter Milan and Brazil striker Gabriel Barbosa. The 22-year-old - who spent the last 12 months on loan at former club Santos - has been offered to the Hammers on loan until the end of the season. (Mirror)

Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl has confirmed the club have received offers for Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini, 27. (Daily Echo)

Derby boss Frank Lampard has been unsuccessful with an attempt to recruit 18-year-old defensive midfielder Ethan Ampadu from former club Chelsea. (Independent)

AC Milan are chasing Genoa and Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek with a view to making the 23-year-old the permanent replacement for 31-year-old Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuan. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Arsenal and Manchester United are rivals for the signature of Cruzeiro's 18-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao. (Teamtalk)

Juventus are stepping up plans to bring Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Isco, 26, to Serie A. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Liverpool and Everton are battling for the signature of Portugal and Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24. (A Bola - via 90min)

Fulham are keen on Bordeaux and Senegal right-back Youssouf Sabaly, 25. (L'Equipe - in French)

Crystal Palace are interested in Everton and Senegal striker Oumar Niasse, 28. (Evening Standard)

Aston Villa's on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, 21, did not report for training on Monday as he nears a move to Wolves. (Mirror)

Marco Silva will only push Everton to make signings in the January transfer window if any of his long-term targets become available. (Liverpool Echo)

West Brom boss Darren Moore plans to speak to Wes Hoolahan this week about the 36-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder's future. (Express and Star)

Birmingham midfielder Luke Maxwell, 21, is set to join Solihull Moors permanently, having spent the first half of the season with the National League side. (Birmingham Mail)

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Sevilla want Álvaro Morata and are ready to offer £5m to take the player on loan right now, plus £35m to make the deal permanent in the summer, in order to convince Chelsea to do business. The Blues will try to replace him with Gonzalo Higuaín, also on loan, and will also attempt to sign a midfielder to replace the supposedly departing Cesc Fàbregas, with Zenit’s Leandro Paredes and Cagliari’s £45m-rated 21-year-old Nicolò Barella under consideration.

They would do well not to move too soon, mind, because having agreed to leave for Monaco and waved a tearful farewell to fans, Fàbregas is still waiting for the Ligue 1 club to agree a fee with Chelsea, leaving the whole business ripe for potential collapse. Like Morata, Tammy Abraham is a Chelsea striker who wants to leave on loan, though his departure is complicated by the fact he is already on loan. With his temporary stay at Championship side Aston Villa going thrillingly well, Abraham is demanding another chance to prove himself in the Premier League.

Amid rumours of interest from Wolves, the Mirror are reporting that Abraham failed to turn up to training at Villa on Monday, and is hoping to force Chelsea to cancel his loan. Villa have already started looking for a replacement, with their gaze settling on Brentford’s Neal Maupay, who like Abraham has scored 16 goals this season. They could also attempt to snaffle the £10m-rated winger Adam Reach from their former manager Steve Bruce, soon to arrive at Sheffield Wednesday.

West Ham want a striker on loan as well, and have taken a fancy to Internazionale’s Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa. Burnley, Cardiff, Newcastle and Fulham are all interested in the Marseille winger Clinton N’Jie, formerly of Tottenham, but Burnley are hedging their bets by also eyeing up Stoke’s James McClean. Fulham also want the Bordeaux right-back Youssouf Sabaly, while Cardiff are hoping to seal an £8.5m deal for Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze in the next few days.

Talking of Tottenham, Beijing Guoan have offered £11m for their midfielder Mousa Dembélé, and the club are open to offers for the goal-shy Dutch striker Vincent Janssen. Potentially heading the other way to Dembélé is Yannick Carrasco, the Belgian winger currently in China with Dalian Yifang. Arsenal have leapfrogged over Milan in the race for the 25-year-old, but may find the £170,000-a-week wages he is pocketing in China a little hard to match, particularly if they are also going to sign Barcelona’s Denis Suárez. Barça are willing to let Suárez leave on loan, but only if the Gunners agree to pay £20m to keep him come the summer.

That move is necessary because of Aaron Ramsey’s imminent departure. Juventus have offered the Welshman £45m over five years in a bid to convince him to head for Turin when his contract expires in the summer, and now “believe they have won the race” for the midfielder, says the Mirror. They also want to steal Callum Hudson-Odoi from under the noses of Bayern Munich, though the player is believed to favour a move to Germany. Roma’s Kostas Manolas, one of several centre-backs on Manchester United’s shopping list, has a helpful £30.5m release clause, active this summer, in his contract.


Hammers dismiss transfer target as “nonsense”

A newspaper story that the Hammers are interested in Barcelona’s Denis Suarez has this morning been described as’ nonsense’ by a highly placed Hammers source.

According to The Sun the Irons are ready to offer an immediate £20 million for the Barca winger and that this has dented Arsenal’s hopes of signing him.

But the story was greeted with disdain when we put it on our senior source who responded with a one word text answer which simply said “nonsense.”

It has been repeated ad nauseam that the Hammers will be conducting a very quiet window with only Gary Medel =- the Besiktas defensive midfielder – a possible target.

That we should apparently be chasing a £20 million signing at this stage of proceedings is simply ridiculous.

Sadly, however, the tabloids in particular need to feast on such things during the window,so I guess we need to prepare ourselves for a few more, however unlikely, between now and the end of window.

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BubblesCyprus 5:34 Tue Jan 8
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated

Mex Martillo 3:53 Tue Jan 8
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:07 Tue Jan 8

Texas Iron 3:01 Tue Jan 8
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 2:07 Tue Jan 8
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Thanks Alan

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