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Alan 1:24 Fri Jan 25
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Barcelona have made contact with Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata. The 30-year-old Spain international is out of contract this summer. (Goal)

Manchester City want to sign Ajax and Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19, meaning Argentina centre back Nicolas Otamendi, 30, could join Barcelona. (Sun)

Manchester United are keen to appoint Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta but the Spanish side have offered the 47-year-old Italian a lucrative new deal. (Mirror)

Monaco have agreed to bring former coach Leonardo Jardim back in to replace Thierry Henry, just three months after he was sacked. (L'Equipe - in French)

Roma director of football Monchi is keen on a summer move to Arsenal as the club's new technical director after previously working with Gunners manager Unai Emery at Sevilla. (Mirror)

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has not spoken to winger Jack Clarke about his future, despite interest in the 18-year-old from Premier League clubs. (Manchester Evening News)

Lazio's 24-year-old Belgium defender Jordan Lukaku, brother of Manchester United striker Romelu, is close to a loan move to Newcastle United. (Chronicle Live)

West Ham and Austria forward Marko Arnautovic is back in training with the Hammers and the 29-year-old could play against AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup after his proposed move to China collapsed. (Sun)

Bournemouth's Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 31, is open to offers from other Premier League clubs. (Sun)

Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor still want to sign Fulham's 23-year-old French striker Aboubakar Kamara despite his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in a fight at the Premier League club's training ground. (Guardian)

Wolves and Southampton are interested in Juventus' Brazil defender Rogerio, 21, who is on loan at fellow Serie A side Sassuolo.(Mirror)

The foster father of Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, who is on loan at Bayern Munich, says the 27-year-old is considering a return to parent club Real Madrid. (Evening Standard)

West Brom are keen to bring Newcastle's 23-year-old English winger Jacob Murphy to the club on loan. (Express & Star)

RB Leipzig have made a final bid to keep 22-year-old Germany striker Timo Werner at the club by offering him a new contract amid interest from Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain. (Bild - in German)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Ames

The Mill is up bright and early, licking its lips ahead of a huge showdown between Arsenal and Manchester United later. Who will come out on top in the tug-of-war for Juan Mata? To be fair, there’s little indication United are pulling especially hard: Mata’s contract runs out in the summer and there’s been scant progress on a new deal, so let the games commence. The Gunners believe Mata won’t be put off by the underwhelming fortunes of recent transfers – in either direction – between the two, but they have Juventus, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain for company and, of course, need to face him and his teammates in an actual football match on Friday evening.

Anyone awaiting a real blockbuster signing at the Emirates this month may be waiting … a while. There’ll be no Andrey Arshavin in the snow this year but there could be a loan move for Paris Saint-Germain’s versatile Christopher Nkunku, a 21-year-old midfielder who can also fill in up and down the right-hand side. Arsenal will turn to him if their long-running pursuit of Barcelona’s Denis Suárez falls flat, with the Catalan club playing hardball over a permanent deal. Sevilla or Real Betis could be Suárez’s next destination. In the meantime it’s scraps from the cupboard in N5 at the moment.

Talking of scraps – albeit of a different stripe – connoisseurs of uncompromising, brick-outhouse defending in the Uruguayan mould will be curious to see that Diego Godín is set to end his long spell with Atlético Madrid and join Internazionale in the summer.

Barcelona’s winter dealings have the feeling of an alien trying a little too hard to blend in with us mere earthlings. First Kevin-Prince Boateng bowls up at the Camp Nou and now, if reports are to be believed, Nicolás Otamendi is being lined up to shore up the La Liga leaders’ defence. He could be freed up by Manchester City if Pep Guardiola can snaffle Ajax’s supremely talented Matthijs de Ligt. Next up for Barça? Presumably Scott Arfield and Sol Bamba.

Next up for City, though, could be a raid of Spain’s other big power. David Silva is getting on a bit, so what harm another midfielder with silky technique and a low centre of gravity? That man might be Isco, who is out of favour under Real Madrid head honcho Santiago Solari and could depart in the summer if the status quo remains.

In more assiduous planning for pre-season, Liverpool will apparently find their names inserted in a brand new contract for the RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner – allowing them, along with nine other unspecified clubs, to take him for £61m if he signs the deal. Somebody who won’t be arranging tours to the far east this summer, though, is Thierry Henry. As trailed on Thursday, he’s been shown the door by Monaco and looks set to be replaced by the man he … erm … replaced, Leonardo Jardim. His old chum Patrick Vieira has problems of his own at Nice: Cardiff want to sign his defensive midfielder Adrien Tameze and have had a bid rejected.





Sport Witness

West Ham now have ‘offer on the table’ after playing tough over outgoing transfer

Marca had an article in their Thursday edition titled ‘Obsession with Chicharito’ and detailed how much Valencia want to sign the West Ham striker.

They’ve reportedly had an agreement with Javier Hernandez for some time, and the Mexican has agreed to take a pay cut to make the move happen.

There were two problems standing in the way of a deal.

West Ham have been insistent that if the player leaves then it must be on a permanent transfer, whereas Valencia have insisted they’d only consider a loan.

Marca also stated the Hammers would probably like to get someone in before letting Hernandez go.

On Friday, the Spanish newspaper explain that Valencia have now made the first compromise, and put in an offer for a permanent switch.

West Ham have an ‘offer on the table’ of €8m, which is much less than the club paid Bayer Leverkusen.

Marca accept it’s not enough and say the Premier League club want €12-14m.

AS Monaco are also presented as keen and they’re prepared to pay €12m, although the player wants Valencia.

There’s going to be more compromise needed.




TeamTalk

Agent opens door on Italy international’s €10m West Ham transfer

Italy international Antonio Candreva is looking for a way out of the Serie A club this month.

The 31-year-old, who can play all down the right side, has only made four Serie A starts this season and his agent says he is exploring other options for the player.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sport Italy Federico Pastorello revealed he is looking at alternatives for Candreva, who is out of contract in 2021.

“Candreva’s intentions at the start of the year were to stay at Inter for the whole season and to contribute to try to get the best result with the team,” said Pastorello.

“It has become clear that during the season the dynamics are always multiple, for the moment he has found little space in the team and clearly we are obliged to keep the antennas straight to assess whether there is any opportunity to, possibly, evaluate opportunities together with the boy and Inter.”

West Ham and Fenerbahce are interested in signing the Italian, according to Calciomercato, with a fee in the region of €10m mooted.

Candreva reportedly almost left as part of the deal to send Keita Balde from Monaco to Inter during the summer, but his time with Nerazzurri now looks to be drawing to a close.





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COOL HAND LUKE 1:15 Sat Jan 26
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Thanks Alan - hopefully our 'looking at 31 year olds' will turn out to be camouflage for something more suitable...

Mex Martillo 6:38 Fri Jan 25
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 4:08 Fri Jan 25
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Exiled In Surrey 4:05 Fri Jan 25

Exiled In Surrey 4:05 Fri Jan 25
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mallard 1:38 Fri Jan 25

Texas Iron 3:45 Fri Jan 25
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Cheers...

mallard 1:38 Fri Jan 25
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Thanks Alan





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