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Alan 12:44 Wed Jan 23
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal could allow Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 28, to join Juventus this month if they can complete loan deals for Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez, 25, and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, 27, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid. (Independent)

The loan deal to bring Denis Suarez to Arsenal has broken down because the Gunners could not agree to a future permanent deal with Barcelona for the Spaniard. (Mail)

Manchester United will not allow defender Eric Bailly to move to Arsenal, who were keen on taking the 24-year-old on loan for the season with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer. (Mail)

Real Madrid are lining up a £90m summer move for Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25. (Sun)

Manager Rafael Benitez is set to leave Newcastle United at the end of the season unless the club make the two signings he asked for at the start of this transfer window. (Telegraph)

Atlanta United and Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron, 24, is Newcastle boss Benitez's top target. (Mirror)

Barcelona are on the verge of beating Manchester City and Paris St-Germain to the signing of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21. (Express)

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta's place could be under threat with boss Maurizio Sarri keen on Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj, 24. (Mirror)

Newcastle have made a £4.3m bid to sign 23-year-old Portugal winger Gelson Martins on loan from Atletico Madrid. (AS - in Spanish)

RB Leipzig will offer their English sporting director Paul Mitchell a lucrative new deal to fend off interest from Manchester United. (Sun)

Manchester United face competition from Tottenham for the signing of PSV Eindhoven's 21-year-old Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn. (Sun)

West Ham have told Austria forward Marko Arnautovic, 29, he can leave the club in the summer if an acceptable bid for him is made then. (Telegraph)

Roma's Monchi is one of the top names being considered to become the new Arsenal technical director. (Independent)

Sam Allardyce says he wanted to sign now-Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 29, from Borussia Dortmund when he was Everton manager. (Talksport)

Paris St-Germain have made a bid for Everton's Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 29. (L'Equipe - in French)

Everton would accept around £40m from PSG for Gueye, in order to fund the signing of a new striker. (Mirror)

Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 28, has agreed to join Marseille from fellow Ligue 1 side Nice on a six-month contract. (L'Equipe, via Mail)

Chelsea face a race against time to complete a loan deal for Argentina and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain if the 31-year-old, currently on loan at AC Milan, is to make his debut against Tottenham on Thursday in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. (Mail)

AC Milan assistant manager Luigi Riccio says there is still work to be done on Higuain's loan move, with Milan currently in negotiations with Genoa for Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek, 23. (Sky Sports)

Milan have reached an agreement with Genoa for Piatek after agreeing to pay 35m euros (£30.68m) up front, instead of instalments. (Sky Italia - in Italian)

Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy, 24, is set to return to the squad for Wednesday's Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Burton after recovering from his knee ligament injury. (Independent)

Boss Pep Guardiola could hand five Manchester City youngsters debuts following their 9-0 win in the first leg. (Manchester Evening News)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Fresh from delivering a plaintive lament about the difficult character of the modern player, José Mourinho has been tipped to become the new manager of Neymar. Thomas Tuchel is under pressure, see, after only winning 9-0 last weekend in Ligue 1, where PSG have but a 13-point lead at the top of the table, with two matches in hand. If they were to offset that embarrassment in that Champions League, then the French club might jilt Tuchel and make a move for Mourinho, who bumped into the the PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, while a-punditing in Qatar recently. That story will sadden the hearts of fun-lovers, who would much prefer Mourinho to be thrust into power at PSG *before *their next Champions League fixture, which, of course, is against Manchester United, whose fortunes have turned around in exactly the manner you’d expect after replacing Mourinho with a bubbly work experience intern from Norway.

As if to endear themselves further to Mourinho, PSG have made a bid for a new defensive midfielder, with Everton Idrissa Gueye their prime target.
And they were very confident of pipping Manchester City to the signing of the dinky midfield schemer Frenkie De Jong until Barcelona made a last-minute swoop for the Ajax prodigy, who now seems headed for the Nou Camp. Oh well, Marouane Fellaini is still available.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur’s attempt to convince Mauricio Pochettino that there is no need for him to consider a summer move to Manchester United has taken an turn, as the north London club have been linked with actual transfers. With the club running out of fit attacking players, Spurs are reportedly keen on signing Youcef Atal from Nice. A right-back, albeit a strong-running one. Serge Aurier, meanwhile, is welcome to embark on a long run to China.

Spurs, in fairness, are also being linked with PSV’s 21-year-old winger Steve Bergwijn, who’s also on Manchester United’s watch list.

Spurs and Manchester United might well be among the clubs to receive a CV from Rafael Benítez in the summer, with the Spaniard said to have resolved to leave Newcastle when upon the expiry of his contract unless he is given significant backing in the transfer market this month. Off he’ll go, then.
Real Madrid will give their manager significant backing, specifically £90m to spring Paulo Dybala from Juventus. And Aaron Ramsey might be allowed go to Juve as early as next week if Arsenal complete deals for James Rodríguez and Denis Suárez. Arsenal are also on the lookout for a new director of football, and Roma’s Monchi is said to be their top target.

Lastly, with Thierry Henry’s management career getting off to a start every bit as impressive as his punditry career as Tuesday’s elimination from the Coupe de France gives him a record of four wins from 20 matches at Monaco so far - there’s talk that a change of direction might be in order at


West Ham United winning race to sign Sunderland striker Josh Maja

John Verrall

West Ham United are said to be beating Celtic and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Sunderland forward Josh Maja.

West Ham are in battle with Celtic, Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough, among others, in the race to sign Maja - and Manuel Pellegrini’s side are said to be winning the race for the striker, whose contract expires at the end of the season

However, West Ham could trump all their rivals, as they are prepared to offer Sunderland the chance to keep Maja until the end of the season.

West Ham would be willing to loan Maja back to Sunderland, to ensure that they win out over Tottenham and Celtic.

Maja is leading Sunderland’s scoring charts, and Jack Ross is known to want to keep the forward until the end of the campaign, so the deal with West Ham could suit everyone involved.

If Maja was to arrive at West Ham at the end of the season, he would join a host of exciting young talent at the London Stadium right now.


Hammers have little interest in Black Cats striker

Sunderland striker Josh Maja is being reported as remaining on the West Ham radar at around £2 million.

Reports claim that should the two clubs do a deal for the 20 year old the Hammers would be prepared to send the 16 goal hitman back to the Black Cats on loan for the rest of the season.

The 20 year old has scored 16 goals for his club this season and is also being chased by Celtic, Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough,

However, the reality is the Irons have little interest in the League One player as they continue the hunt for a proven PL striker who can immediately step into the first team squad.

Sport Witness

Two players on trial at West Ham, pictured in club gear, older sibling plays for Ligue 1 side

According to the French agency PSRC One, two young goalkeepers are currently on trial at West Ham.

The news is from a couple of days ago, but the consulting and recruiting company took to their Twitter to announce that brothers Benjamin (born in 2000) and Noah Ligali (born in 2002) travelled to London to spend some time at the Premier League side.

The duo are the younger siblings of 27-year-old Jonathan Ligali, who is currently one of Montpellier’s backup shot stoppers in Ligue 1.

PSRC One posted a picture of the pair with their West Ham training outfits on, giving those interested their respective heights.

While there is little information about Noah, Benjamin Ligali is currently playing with SO Cholet in France’s third tier, having moved there from Montpellier’s U19s back in October, where he has featured for their reserves.

Now it’s up to them to impress staff members at West Ham in a bid to secure a spot there in the future.

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gph 8:30 Wed Jan 23
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Identical twin goalkeepers would be even better...

... sneaky halftime substitutions a possibility.

Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 3:35 Wed Jan 23
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Exiled In Surrey 3:34 Wed Jan 23

Thanks Alan 3:35 Wed Jan 23
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The Stoat 2:28 Wed Jan 23

Exiled In Surrey 3:34 Wed Jan 23
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The Stoat 2:28 Wed Jan 23

The Stoat 2:28 Wed Jan 23
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Thanks Alan

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