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Alan 12:11 Fri Jan 11
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea are in talks to sign Juventus and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan until the end of the season - although the Italian giants would prefer to sell him on a permanent basis. The 31-year-old is on loan at fellow Serie A side AC Milan at the moment. (Telegraph)

The Blues have rejected an offer from Barcelona for 30-year-old Willian which would have involved fellow Brazil forward Malcom, 21, going the other way. (Telegraph)

Barcelona could look to sell playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 26, in the summer to fund a move to bring his Brazil team-mate, 26-year-old Paris St-Germain forward Neymar, back to the Nou Camp. (Standard)

Bayern Munich are in talks with PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who was linked with a free transfer to Barcelona in the summer, and could sign the 23-year-old France international in January. (Radio Montecarlo, via Express)
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England winger Jadon Sancho, 18, wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund, despite reports linking the former Manchester City player with a return to the Premier League. (Mail)

Everton are among several clubs interested in signing Chelsea and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi after the 25-year-old's loan spell at Valencia was cut short. (Telegraph)

Crystal Palace and Fulham are also interested in signing Batshuayi. (Mirror)

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 27, went straight down the tunnel following his substitution in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Burton Albion because he was unhappy at being taken off after 58 minutes. (Times - subscription required)

Watford midfielder Roberto Pereyra's agent says Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is interested in the 28-year-old Argentine. (Mirror)

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says 30-year-old English goalkeeper Fraser Forster is not part of his plans. (Daily Echo)

Newcastle United have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Trabzonspor midfielder Abdulkadir Omur. The 19-year-old has been dubbed the "Turkish Lionel Messi". (Sun)

England manager Gareth Southgate is considering recalling Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 32. (Mail)

Wolves have been linked with a move for Liverpool's Belgium striker Divock Origi in the January transfer window. Origi scored in the FA Cup tie between the two teams on Monday but has only started one Premier League game this season. (Birmingham Mail)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp intends to keep 23-year-old Origi at the club for the rest of the season. (Liverpool Echo)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has described reported Liverpool interest in 26-year-old England defender James Tarkowski as "bizarre", adding that "there are a lot of rumours out there, and not much fact". (Express)

Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella intends to turn down a move to Chelsea this month. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is prepared to pay £45m for the 21-year-old Italy midfielder. (Tutto Mercato, via Talksport)

Manchester United and Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 30, says he does not know where his future lies with his Old Trafford contract set to expire in the summer. (AS - in Spanish)

Huddersfield have had a bid for Japan forward Shinji Okazaki, 32, rejected by Premier League rivals Leicester City. (Sun)

Watford manager Javi Gracia says he will not be signing any players in January. (Independent)

Fulham are in talks to sign Bordeaux and Senegal right-back Youssouf Sabaly, 25. (Sky Sports)

Watford striker Jerome Sinclair's loan spell at Sunderland has been cut short and the 21-year-old Englishman will now return to his parent club. (Watford Observer)

Swansea City and Sunderland are among the clubs interested in signing 23-year-old Ayr United and former Scotland Under-21 striker Lawrence Shankland, with Ayr boss Ian McCall saying any deal must include the player being loaned back to the Scottish Championship club for the rest of the season. (Wales Online)

Aston Villa are interested in signing Brentford's 21-year-old English left-back Rico Henry, who played for Villa boss Dean Smith at Walsall and Brentford. (Birmingham Mail)

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira wants to speak with former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho about returning to his homeland to manage the club. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

However, Mourinho has ruled out a return to Portugal. (Correia de Manha - in Portuguese)

Real Madrid are still interested in bringing former manager Mourinho back to the Bernabeu but Manchester United will demand £10m from the Spanish giants if they re-employ him. (Sun)

Tottenham want to sign Hoffenheim and Austria midfielder Florian Grillitsch, 23. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool and Spain left-back Alberto Moreno, 26, has told the Reds he does not want to renew his contract and wants to return to La Liga. (Estadio Deportivo - in Spanish)

West Ham and England Under-20 defender Reece Oxford, 20, will hold talks with his agent in the coming days over his uncertain future at London Stadium. (Mail)

Chelsea are in advanced talks with Zenit St Petersburg over a deal for Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes, 24. (Sportitalia, via Metro)

Former Watford striker Odion Ighalo wants to return to the Premier League in January. The Nigerian international, 29, joined Chinese club Changchun Yatai in January 2017. (Sky Sports)

Leeds are watching Kilmarnock and Scotland Under-21 striker Eamonn Brophy, 22. (Mail, via Talksport)

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Barcelona are preparing a hefty £50m package to tempt Chelsea into allowing them to sign Willian, comprised of “their unsettled winger Malcom and a sizable fee”, according to the Mirror. It is not the first time that Catalan side have been linked with the twinkle-toed Brazilian but with the player now 18 months away from a free transfer and seven months away from turning 31 this could be the moment they get their man.

“Yet with Malcom failing to impress in La Liga,” the Mirror continues, “Chelsea could decide they are not interested in him and may feel £50m is not enough for Willian.” That certainly seems the more likely conclusion to the story at the moment, with the Telegraph saying Chelsea have already rejected the offer. “Chelsea regard Willian as a key member of their squad and are looking to strengthen during the window rather than let first-team regulars go,” they sniff.

Marko Arnautovic’s brother, Danijel, has revealed that the player desperately wants to move to China immediately. “West Ham bought Marko for peanuts. Now they have a fantastic offer,” he said. “It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China.” West Ham however are “refusing to be bullied”, according to the Sun, and plan to hold him to his lengthy current deal. The Hammers are also keen to sign Jonjo Shelvey, even if – according to the Mail – they face “fierce resistance” from his current club, Newcastle. “Manuel Pellegrini admires Shelvey and would jump at the possibility of bringing him to the London Stadium,” they report, but “Newcastle boss Rafa Benítez would not sanction the sale unless he was able to bring in a suitable replacement.” Whether Paris Saint-Germain’s Christopher Nkunku, a 21-year-old midfielder with whom they are linked today – along with his 19-year-old defensive teammate Stanley Nsoki – counts is unknown.

Rumours that Arsenal are about to sign Yannick Carrasco for £25m are wide of the mark, says Unai Emery. “We can’t pay for anyone,” he said. “We cannot sign anyone permanently. We can only sign loan players.” Emery also gave gnomic updates on a couple of persistent rumours, concerning the Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega (“I know this player and he is a very good player. I cannot tell you more.”) and Barcelona’s Denis Suárez (“I know the club is working on possibilities of which players help us with big performances like we need now.”).

Watford have approached Lyon to discuss a potential move for the 22-year-old French winger Maxwel Cornet, author of three Champions League goals against Manchester City this season but with just one league start to his name, having been “alerted to his availability”, according to the Independent. He would cost, according to the Sun, around £20m and is also being pursued by Milan.

Also linked with a move from France to the Premier League this morning is Emiliano Sala, whose £18m switch to Cardiff could be back on “after the Argentinian intimated he would be keen to join”, says the Mail. Back to Watford, meanwhile, as Roberto Pereyra’s agent claims that Chelsea are interested in snapping up the Watford wide man, though they face competition from Torino. “Mazzarri likes him,” he said, referring to the Torino manager, “but so does Sarri.”

Crystal Palace, Everton and Fulham are all keen on Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, whose season-long loan to Valencia has been cut short because he’s not very good. All three clubs would hope to sign him on a similarly temporary arrangement, and the Mail adds West Ham and Galatasaray to the mix for good measure. Leicester have rejected an offer from Huddersfield for Shinji Okazaki. QPR want £10m for the midfielder Eberechi Eze, with Bournemouth, Brighton and Crystal Palace interested. Everton are preparing a £15m bid for Southampton’s Portuguese full-back Cedric.

Josh Bohui, a 19-year-old forward who has shown such promise in the Manchester United youth system that, according to the mirror, he “has been dubbed the new Andy Cole”, might leave when his contract expires in the summer, with Barcelona and Monaco showing interest.


West Ham considering move for Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey as Manuel Pellegrini eyes reinforcements in January

West Ham are looking at a move for Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey
Manuel Pellegrini is keen on the player but the club are braced for resistance
Shelvey has only gone on to play 12 times for Newcastle so far this season

By Dominic King

West Ham are exploring the possibility of a move to sign Jonjo Shelvey but are braced to face fierce resistance from Newcastle United.

Shelvey has only made 12 appearances for Newcastle this season and this week went to Barcelona for treatment for a thigh problem.

Though he has not been ruled out for definite, the midfielder remains doubtful for Saturday evening's clash with Chelsea.

The former England Under 21 international may have been a peripheral figure for Newcastle but Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham's manager, admires Shelvey and would jump at the possibility to bring him to the London Stadium in this window.

West Ham have already added Samir Nasri to their squad but to finance a move for Shelvey, they would need to offload players first and the club's stance on Marko Arnuatovic, who was the subject of £36million bid to go the Chinese Super League, has cut off one source of potential income.

The other huge sticking point, however, is that Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez would not sanction the sale of a midfielder, whose value would be in the region of £20million, unless he was able to bring in a suitable replacement.

Isaac Hayden is another midfielder who has been the subject of enquiries from Premier League and Championship clubs.

But, similarly to Shelvey, Benitez would not sanction business that would undermine Newcastle's attempts to beat relegation.

With three weeks of the window remaining, though, there is a recognition that West Ham will continue to monitor Shelvey's situation and it could be they end up in a position where they can put pressure on Newcastle.

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Mex Martillo 7:13 Fri Jan 11
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 6:23 Fri Jan 11
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We must do better than Shelvey...
Get Thiago Maia...

Russ of the BML 3:26 Fri Jan 11
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Ta Al.

Takashi Miike 1:44 Fri Jan 11
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:39 Fri Jan 11
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Thanks Alan

The Libertine 12:19 Fri Jan 11
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Good work Alan

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