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West Ham's England striker Andy Carroll, 30, has emerged as a shock contender to fill Tottenham's injury problems in attack. (Sun)

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard will not join Real Madrid this month but the 28-year-old Belgium international wants to reject any other offers and move to the Spanish giants at the end of the season. (Marca, via Mirror)

The Blues are expected to complete the loan signing of Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, while Italy defender Emerson Palmieri, 24, could move in the opposite direction for £15m. (Star)

Argentina international Higuain, 31, is due to arrive in London on Tuesday to finalise his move to the Stamford Bridge club.(Express)

AC Milan have agreed to sign Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek, 23, from Genoa for £30.9m - allowing Higuain's move to the Premier League.(Guardian)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu travelled to Amsterdam to try to convince Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21, to sign for the Spanish club instead of French side Paris St-Germain. (Mail)

Juventus are closing in on a loan move for Manchester United's Italian defender Matteo Darmian, 29. (Guardian)

Colombia forward James Rodriguez, 27, is set to turn down a move to Arsenal and stay on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid until at least the end of this season. .(ESPN)

Manchester United could join Liverpool in the race to sign Benfica's Portugal Under-21 midfielder Joao Felix, 19. (Star)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he has no intention of changing his style of play following a defeat by Arsenal and claims it is up to his players to adapt to his tactics. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea have made a late bid for Barcelona's 16-year-old Spanish midfielder Ilaix Moriba, who is also wanted by Manchester City. (Sport)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery may be ready to bring Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 30, back into his first-team fold. (Times - subscription required)

The Gunners fear Spain right-back Hector Bellerin, 23, could be out for the rest of the season with the knee injury he suffered during the victory over Chelsea. (Mirror)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he may not make any signings this month, despite injury problems in defence. (Liverpool Echo)

Klopp's former assistant Zeljko Buvac has officially left the Reds after the details over his contract were settled. (Liverpool Echo)

Monaco boss Thierry Henry could challenge his former club Arsenal for Atletico Madrid's Portugal winger Gelson Martins, 23. (O Jogo, via Express)

Leicester City and Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva, 29, is waiting for manager Claude Puel to approve a loan move to French side Bordeaux. (L'Equipe - in French)

Porto defender Eder Militao, who has been linked with Manchester United, will not be leaving Portugal this month and the 21-year-old Brazilian's agent suggests a move to Spain is on the cards in the summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia is wanted by former club Angers but no offer has yet been made for the 29-year-old Ivory Coast international. (Birmingham Mail)

Liverpool midfielder James Milner, who played as an emergency right-back in his side's win over Crystal Palace, was sent off in the match by referee Jon Moss, who taught the 33-year-old former England international at his old school. (Mail)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo could face further punishment from the Football Association following his dismissal against Leicester City. He was sent off after running on to the pitch to celebrate Diogo Jota's stoppage-time winner.(Telegraph)

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Tottenham have identified the perfect person to deputise for their occasionally injured English striker Harry Kane, and it is the almost permanently injured English striker Andy Carroll. The West Ham target man has a contract that expires in the summer and could thus be available for a mere £2m, depending – according to the Sun – on “whether Manuel Pellegrini reckons he needs the 6ft 4in striker to cover for unsettled Marko Arnautovic”. An 18-month contract is being readied, though reports in Spain suggest Spurs are also interested in the 22-year-old Real Betis striker Antonio “Tonny” Sanabria.

A large photograph of Matteo Darmian dominates the front page of Italy’s TuttoSport, with the paper asserting that Juventus have the Manchester United full-back “in their grasp”. A loan deal – which could cost them €4m – with a clause allowing them to make the move permanent in the summer should they wish (and be willing to pay another €8m) has already been agreed, and the player could be on his way to Turin within hours.

This would be bad news for Chelsea, meaning as it would the end of Juve’s rumoured interest in their own Emerson Palmieri, who has played 13 Premier League minutes this season and is emphatically available. Still, the Blues are set for a busy remainder of the window, having for a start “upped their interest” in the Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba, according to the Spanish newspaper Sport. Manchester City and Juventus will rival the Blues for the youngster, who “has been called the new Paul Pogba” and is now able to move abroad having turned 16 on Saturday, while Barcelona are desperately attempting to convince him to stay.

Chelsea have also joined Manchester United in the race for Bristol City’s teenage winger Antoine Semenyo, currently on loan at Newport County and apparently impressing observers. He is available for about £2m. On his way out of Stamford Bridge is Álvaro Morata, who signed his contract with Atlético Madrid on Friday according to the Spanish radio station Cope. Still in Spain, Barcelona may end up losing one highly-rated 16-year-old midfielder in Moriba but they are close to signing another one, with representatives attempting to strike a deal with Sochaux to take Lucien Agoumé off their hands come the summer.

Paul Scholes is in advanced talks to become Oldham’s new manager, says the Mirror. Though the fact that Salford City, the club he co-owns, could be in the same division as the Latics as early as next season, could put a spanner in the works. “His position at Salford City could need clarifying,” reports the Telegraph, who quote the Football League’s regulation 104, which says that no player can “be interested” in two clubs at the same time “except with the prior written consent of the board”.

Stewart Downing is on the market, with his contract at Middlesbrough stipulating that he must automatically be given a handsome pay rise if he makes 150 first-team appearances – and he is currently just one short of triggering the clause after a substitute appearance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Millwall. “Both parties have agreed that he can leave if an acceptable offer comes in,” says the Telegraph. Nobody has yet owned up to being interested.


Reddit Soccer Streams CLOSED as Premier League cracks down on pirate broadcasting

The popular forum has been forced to shut down as top-flight chiefs continue their battle against piracy

By James Whaling

Popular streaming forum Reddit Soccer Streams has closed as the Premier League continues its crackdown on pirate broadcasting.

A warning over copyright infringement has forced the page to be shut down with the majority of streams said to be illegal.

Reddit Soccer Streams was among the most popular websites for fans looking to live stream Premier League matches from the comfort of their home.

It had over 425,000 subscribers and was used by supporters to circumvent the controversial Saturday 3pm blackout.

A moderator posted: "We’ve officially reached critical mass.

“I regret to inform you all that a few days ago, the Reddit Admins got in touch with us about an impending ban of this subred

"The only way to save it, from our perspective, was to cease all user related activity here.”

Reddit warned users last year they would be banned from using their website if they shared illegal streams.

The website's user agreement states: "Reddit respects the intellectual property of others and requires that users of our Services do the same.

"We have a policy that includes the removal of any infringing materials from the Services and for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of users of our Services who are repeat infringers."

Premier League chiefs won a High Court order last summer which enables them to block any illegal streams.


Hammers respond to AC for Spurs story

West Ham have this morning denied that Spurs have shown any interest in Andy Carroll as an emergency winter signing.

The Sun had claimed that Carroll could be wanted by the north London outfit at a fee of around £2 million given a number of injuries.

Their report said that with Dele Alli crocked , Harry Kane already out and Son Heung-min away at the Asian Cup that Carroll is on a short list of striker to solve the crisis.

They said that an 18 month contract could be on the cards for a player whose Irons future has been on the line for months.

And they add that a fee of £2 million could be paid for a player who has just five months left on his London Stadium deal but has the chance of his option being extended.

However, when we contacted our senior source by e mail asking if there has been any contact from Spurs he simply said: “No. There’s time but at this stage there has been nothing at all from Spurs. That’s not too surprising because the have Llorente and he’s a similar player to AC“

West Ham’s hunt for a new striker is becoming a serious headache for Manuel Pellegrini.

And it suggests that he will be required to use all his managerial skills to reintegrate Marko Arnautovic into the squad following the collapse of his move to China.

A host of names including Callum Wilson, Maxi Gomez , Timo Werner, Edin Dzeko , Michy Batshuayi, Olivier Giroud , Mario Balotelli and Josh Maja have been linked with club as our striker crisis deepens.

However, based on information received this morning from a senior source by e mail, there are problems in finding another striker in this window.

Responding to an inquiry from ClaretandHugh on how the hunt was going we were told: “It’s difficult because those we really want are not available until summer and the others are low on the list anyway.”

The manager has sole control over who is signed but – short of a dramatic change of heart among one or two clubs – new arrivals up front look unlikely .

Our source added: “We will be working on it up to deadline day.”


Tim Vickery tells West Ham fans what they can expect from Maxi Gomez: He’s the bull

He thinks West Ham target Maxi Gomez will be a hit in the Premier League.

By Colin Harvey

The Uruguayan forward is the man wanted to replace Marko Arnautovic if he heads to China this month.

Shanghai SIPG have had two bids rejected for the Austrian striker who has made it clear he wants to go and take up wages in the region of £200,000-a-week.

The Hammers have insisted he’s not for sale but they are holding talks with Celta Vigo about a move for the powerful forward.

And South American expert Tim Vickery thinks he will revel in the physicality of the English top flight if West Ham can get him.

He told the Transfer Talk podcast: “It’s a big if at the moment but Maxi Gomez is something of a throwback to the great old tradition of the English No.9.

“Kind of Nat Lofthouse, Lion of Vienna, you’d whistle down a mineshaft and up would step a strapping centre forward.

“He is really strong, opponents almost bounce off him, he’s so physically strong.

“He’s known as the bull and you look at him and physically, he is the bull.

“He’s a very, very strong forceful centre forward with plenty of technical gifts as well.

“He’s perhaps over dependent on the right foot, the left foot is not great but he is a fearsome prospect up front and it’s very interesting, I think, that he’s not having any problems with the second season in Europe.

“He came across young to Celta Vigo, had a wonderful debut season, so you’re looking there and you’re thinking, ‘Can he follow it up?’ He’s been just as good, if not better.

“A new kid on the block, going places. Certainly leaving Celta Vigo at some point this year, whether that’s going to be in January and to West Ham I think is a little bit more questionable.

“I think he has the talent to play for a top six side. He has absolutely nothing to be scared of from a physical point of view.

“He’s skilful enough to make an impression and if he doesn’t move to Barcelona, I think the Premier League is his most likely destination.”

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