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Alan 1:37 Thu Jan 10
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Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 28, has agreed a deal to join Juventus in June. (Guardian)

Atletico Madrid have joined the race to sign Chelsea and Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 26, on loan. Morata has been linked with a move to Sevilla. (Goal)

Chelsea will report German champions Bayern Munich to Fifa if they find evidence of an illegal approach for their England Under-19 international winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18. (Mail)

Bayern are prepared to give Hudson-Odoi the number 10 shirt that will be vacated by Arjen Robben at the end of the season if he joins the club. (Sun)

Real Madrid are preparing to rival Manchester United by offering £90m for Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 27. (Il Mattino, via Talksport)

United's interest in Fiorentina and Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic, 21, has faded since Jose Mourinho's sacking. (ESPN)

Burnley have placed a £50m price tag on England defender James Tarkowski, 26, amid interest from Liverpool for a loan deal. (Sun)

Tottenham are keen on a move for Sampdoria's Danish defender Joachim Andersen, 22, if Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld, 29, leaves the club. (Independent)

Manchester City want to bring in West Ham and Republic of Ireland midfielder Declan Rice, 19, as a long-term replacement for Brazil international Fernandinho, 33. (Sun)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told England forward Marcus Rashford, 21, that he is the club's number one striker. (Star)

Southampton's Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini, 27, has agreed to rejoin Sampdoria for £11.7m. (Guardian)

Bournemouth are considering a loan move for Everton's Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy. (Mail)

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata's agent has agreed deals with two Spanish clubs according to European football expert Guillem Balague, but the Blues will not let the 26-year-old leave before they sign a replacement. (BBC Radio 5 live In Short)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has promised 25-year-old midfielder Denis Suarez, an Arsenal target, that he can leave the Nou Camp. (Marca)

Arsenal are looking at Porto's Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera, 28, on a free transfer in the summer as they seek a direct replacement for 28-year-old Welshman Aaron Ramsey, whose contract is set to expire. (Tutto Mercato Web)

Unai Emery has given Arsenal approval to sign Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco, 24, from Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang this month. (Foot Mercato)

Liverpool are set to end Wales winger Ben Woodburn's loan spell at Sheffield United and will consider enquiries from Blackburn Rovers, Brentford and Hull City for the 19-year-old. (Goal)

West Ham's English striker Andy Carroll, 30, wants to stay at London Stadium, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Dutch defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 21, wants to cut short his loan move from Manchester United to Fulham and join another club in January. (Times)

Newcastle have been told they must improve their offer if they want to sign Atlanta United and Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron, 24. (ABC Cardinal, via Guardian)

Arsenal have activated a clause in Spain defender Nacho Monreal's contract to keep the 32-year-old until the end of next season. (ESPN)

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has flown to France in a bid to sign Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, but the 28-year-old Argentine is said to be unsure over the move. (Sun)

Sunderland have made an offer for Wigan and Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg, 27. (Northern Echo)

Newcastle are in the race to sign Trabzonspor's Turkish midfielder Abdulkadir Omur, 19. (Karadeniz)

Nottingham Forest have submitted an offer to take Swiss goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, 34, on loan from Leicester City. (Talksport - via Leicester Mercury)




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Ben Fisher

The hum around Álvaro Morata continues. With Chelsea keen to bolster their forward line, Maurizio Sarri is said to be ready to cast Morata off into the Spanish sunset, with Atlético Madrid joining Sevilla in the race to land the striker. Morata’s £140,000-a-week salary could be taken off the books if they can ship him out on loan this month, freeing up funds to make a swoop for Callum Wilson or Gonzalo Higuaín, though Bournemouth will command around £50m for the former.

If that figure makes you feel faint, then wait to hear of the dizzying sums of cash that Real Madrid are prepared to flutter in the direction of Napoli for their defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The European champions are mulling over splurging £90m on the Senegal defender, the kind of money they hope will blow Manchester United – another interested party – out of the water. Liverpool are also keen to strengthen at the back but are likely to baulk at the £50m price tag Burnley have slapped on the centre-half James Tarkowski; that’s effectively two-thirds of Virgil van Dijk. And Tottenham Hotspur are sniffing around a ball-playing defender too, with Sampdoria’s great Dane, Joachim Andersen, a target should Toby Alderweireld wander on to pastures new.

Arsenal, meanwhile, fancy the idea of luring Yannick Carrasco away from China for a stint in north London, while Unai Emery is also weighing up a move for the Porto midfielder Héctor Herrera as a replacement for the Turin-bound Aaron Ramsey. Elsewhere, Newcastle are keen on Trabzonspor’s Abdulkadir Omur and Andy Carroll is desperate to extend his stay at West Ham, while Cardiff are still eyeing up the Nantes forward Emiliano Sala, though are reluctant to cough up £20m.

Blackburn, Brentford and Hull are forming an orderly queue to take Ben Woodburn on loan, with the 19-year-old winger set to be recalled from Sheffield United by his parent club, Liverpool. Also in the Championship, Wigan have given Sunderland the green light to sign Will Grigg, who has scored only once in the league since August. And keen to put out fires at the other end are Nottingham Forest, who are ready to snap up the Leicester goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic on loan until the end of the season.






Sun

Dec-ihad - Man City are lining up West Ham wonderkid Declan Rice as long-term replacement for Fernandinho and haven’t been put off by him signing new deal

Pep Guardiola tracking Hammers teenager Rice despite him penning new contract last month as he plots summer bid to find new midfielder to succeed Fernandinho

Exclusive By Duncan Wright

MANCHESTER CITY are lining up Declan Rice as the long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

City boss Pep Guardiola knows he needs to find a young successor for his brilliant Brazilian midfielder, who turns 34 before the end of the season.

And West Ham's highly-rated teenager Rice is the player who has caught his eye - despite only signing a new long-term contract with the club last month.

Rice has emerged as one of the country's most promising young players this season after becoming the main man in the Hammers midfield.

The way he has dominated Premier League matches despite only being 19 years old has caught the attention of Guardiola and his coaching staff at the Etihad.

They see similarities in the way Rice reads the game and controls play to the influence Fernandinho has on the City side.

His importance to Guardiola's side has been magnified this season with City losing two of the three matches he missed through injury in December.

Despite a squad rich in quality and depth, the defending champions have no obvious player to step in and play Fernandinho's role when he is absent.

That places huge pressure on the former Shakhtar Donetsk star, even though he is approaching the latter stages of his career.

City bosses know that needs to change and will make strengthening in that position a priority this summer.

SunSport understands Guardiola will make a detailed assessment of Rice throughout the remainder of the season.

City want to see if Rice has the stamina and ability to continue playing at such a high level throughout a whole season.

They will also take an interest in the next England squad in March, with Gareth Southgate desperate to win the battle with Republic of Ireland for his services.

And if he continues to shine, Guardiola is lining up a summer move for Rice - even though he only signed a new five-year £30,000-a-week deal in December.

It would take a bid over £50million to tempt West Ham into selling, but that is well within City's reach.

The ideal scenario would be for him to spend a season working alongside Fernandinho before succeeding him as the heartbeat of the side.



Zero chance for naut West Ham will NOT sell Marko Arnautovic to China – even if club bid £50m this transfer window

Austrian forward is the Hammers' top scorer this season and club chiefs are determined to keep hold of the fan favourite

By Andrew Dillon

WEST HAM have told Marko Arnautovic he will not be sold this January.

The Irons have rejected a £35million bid from an unnamed Chinese club, believed to be Super League champions Shanghai SiPG.

Striker Arnie, 29, could expect to pick up around £200,000 a week with a move to the Far East.

West Ham are braced for a renewed bid to sign their Austrian star but will hold firm during this transfer window - even if a £50m offer comes in.

Boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to keep Arnautovic, as do the board of directors.

Arnautovic is West Ham’s joint-top scorer this season with eight goals in 17 games in all competitions and has already attracted interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton.

He moved to London Stadium for a record £22m fee from Stoke in July 2017 and scored 11 times for West Ham last season.

Arnautovic is under contract until 2022 and seen as pivotal to the Hammers' climb up the Premier League table under Pellegrini.

West Ham have strengthened in the January window after swooping for Samir Nasri at the end of his ban.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City playmaker has added some much-needed creativity in midfield.





Guardian

FA looks into West Ham’s sponsorship deal with USM sports agency

• Women’s team agreed £250,000 deal at start of season
• West Ham say sponsorship is helping team grow

Ed Aarons

The Football Association will ask West Ham to provide further details about the sponsorship agreement between their women’s team and a leading sports management agency.

Unique Sports Management – who represent England captain Harry Kane and several players in West Ham’s men’s squad – agreed to become a shirt sponsor of the women’s team at the start of the season, with the Daily Mail reporting that the deal was worth £250,000.

The FA is understood to have been aware of the agreement at the time but has now asked West Ham to give more details about the sponsorship of the team, who play in the Women’s Super League and are run by owner David Sullivan’s teenage son, Jack.

A West Ham spokesman said: “The West Ham United women’s team attracted strong interest at the start of the season from a wide range of high-profile brands due to the level of investment into the team at all levels, from infrastructure to signing some of the world’s best players. This investment, together with its new management team, has put the club on an upward trajectory culminating in its momentous rise into the Women’s Super League this season.

“This has drawn high-profile media interest including a BBC documentary, all of which has contributed to the growth in the appeal of the women’s team to commercial brands.

“The deal with USM — which represents less than 15%of the total annual commercial income the women’s team has managed to secure from a range of well-known brands — includes significant high-value hospitality packages at both men’s and women’s matches. This is a commercial deal, no different in nature to any other we have with our partners at the club.”





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