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Alan 12:44 Thu Jan 31
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are preparing a £100m move for England striker Marcus Rashford, 21, before he signs a new contract with Manchester United in the summer. (Sun)

Chelsea have Watford's 26-year-old French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure in their sights for a late move. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Chelsea's Brazil midfielder Willian, 30, on loan as cover for the injured Neymar. (Mail)

The Ligue 1 side have made a late move to sign Arsenal's 30-year-old German playmaker Mesut Ozil on loan. (Metro)

But Ozil, who has struggled to make an impact under manager Unai Emery, has rejected the chance to move to France. (Suddeutsche Zeitung, via Daily Star)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has said Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, 28, can leave the club in the summer if he wants. (Sky Sports)

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye has submitted a transfer request, although the Goodison Park club say they will not sell the 29-year-old midfielder before the deadline. (Telegraph)

West Ham have enquired about Chelsea and France forward Olivier Giroud, 32. (Mail)

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 28, is a loan target for West Ham. (Talksport)

West Ham are also considering a loan move for Chelsea and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 25. (Sky Sports)

Batshuayi, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Valencia, is also a target for Everton, who want him on a permanent deal. (Guardian)

Manchester United are expected to send fourth-choice goalkeeper Joel Pereira on loan to Belgian side K.V. Kortrijk. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United head of youth development John Murtagh and assistant academy director Tony Whelan have emerged as candidates to become the club's new technical director. (Daily Star)

Birmingham are battling to hold on to 22-year-old striker Che Adams with Southampton and Burnley interested. (Birmingham Mail)

Former Manchester United winger Nani, the 32-year-old Portugal winger who now plays for Sporting Lisbon, could be set for a move to the MLS. (beIN Sport USA, via ESPN)

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, 18, is flying to RB Leipzig to undergo a medical prior to a loan deal until the end of the season. (Sun)

West Ham have rejected a £7m bid from Valencia for Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, 30. (Sky Sports)

Stoke are prepared to offer former England striker Peter Crouch, 38, to Burnley as part of the deal that sees forward Sam Vokes, 29, join the Potters. (Mail)

Cardiff want to sign Tottenham and Netherlands forward Vincent Janssen, 24, who is looking for regular first-team games. (Sun)

Derby and Swansea are leading the chase to sign Leicester midfielder Andy King, 30. (Leicester Mercury)

Manchester United are interested in Benfica's 19-year-old Portuguese playmaker Joao Felix after sending scouts to watch him play in his club's 5-1 win over Boavista. (Talksport)

Nigeria striker David Okereke, 21, is wanted by Crystal Palace in a £7m deal from Italian second division side Spezia. (Mirror)

Nottingham Forest have agreed a deal with Bournemouth to sign 25-year-old defender Tyrone Mings on loan. (Bournemouth Echo)

Monaco defender Almamy Toure, 22, who had been attracting interest from Cardiff, is set for a medical with German top-flight team Eintracht Frankfurt. (Foot Mercato via Wales Online)

Japan and former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa, 29, is set to join Monaco from Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season. (Fox Sports Asia)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Miller

Deadline day is here! How very exciting! Well, a bit exciting. OK, not that exciting. Fine, actually it’s a pretty tedious construct where nothing of much consequence happens other than highly organised, well-funded football clubs run around trying to grab players at the last minute and lots of Sky reporters stand around in the cold.

BUT, there are still a few hours of potential transfers to come, so let’s have a look at what might still happen today. Well, while all the talk around Chelsea has been around the potential departures of Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi, everyone’s been forgetting about lil’ ol’ Willian. Not PSG though, who are apparently mulling themselves over a bid for the Brazilian winger at the very last minute. Hmmm.

And frankly it sounds like Chelsea will be providing something of a player buffet this 31 January: West Ham have nudged aside the egg & cress sandwiches and wondered if Olivier Giroud is worth loading on to their plate, while they also glanced past the cheese & pineapple on cocktail sticks to see Danny Drinkwater is there too, slightly curling up at the edges but still worthy of a nibble. And what’s that, just next to the crescent of crisps? Why, it’s Michy Batshuayi, upon whom Everton are also said to be keen. The Hammers, meanwhile, have supposedly turned their nose up at the £7million offered to them by Valencia for Javier Hernández.

One incoming at Chelsea might be Abdoulaye Doucouré, which would be interesting. The Mirror reckons that the midfielder, conveniently missing from their defeat to Tottenham with a bit of a knock, is the man Maurizio Sarri wants to knit things back together again.

The done thing is now for young English talent to do one Germany-wards, and Emile Smith Rowe is nothing if not fashionable: he’s off to RB Leipzig on loan, it says here. Arsenal meanwhile haven’t quite officially bagged Denis Suárez from Barcelona yet (even though Barcelona sort of confirmed it), but it sounds like just crossed ts and dotted lower-case js there.

Crouchy might not be having his nachos, but he could be heading back to the Premier League. What remarkable scenes. With Stoke v v v v v keen on taking Sam Vokes from Burnley, our old friend Peter Crouch might be the grease for that particular wheel, included as a sweetener in a potential £9million deal.

Naturally Tottenham aren’t going to sign anyone, because why would they do something as vulgar as that? One or two might be heading out the door, mind, including Vinny Janssen, a potential target for Cardiff.

Newcastle are going absolutely berserk: not content with signing one player – Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almirón, whose move should in theory be completed today – they might be signing two. Two! Imagine. Nantes winger Anthony Limbombe is the new apple of their eye, and could come in today.

The achingly unlucky Tyrone Mings, his Bournemouth career having been broadly banjaxed by injury, is on his bike: a host of Championship clubs were keen, including Derby County and Nottingham Forest, but by the sounds of things he’s off to Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the season. Speaking of loans to the Champo, Leicester’s Andy King is a wanted man, with Derby again in the frame, but Swansea also keen.

Finally, this won’t be one for today, but the super soaraway Currant Bun reckons Real Madrid are raiding their piggy bank in the hope of finding £100m to spend on Marcus Rashford. In entirely unrelated news, Rashford is currently in contract negotiations with Manchester United.


Husillos in deadline day striker hunt

West Ham go into deadline day having charged Director of Football Mario Husillos to do all he can to bring in a loan striker.

Topping his list are Michy Batshuayi who spent the first half of the season at Valencia but for whom Chelsea are now seeking a permanent deal with Everton interested at around £30 million.

The Hammers have held a long term interest in the Belgian centre forward but word is that Batshuayi is not keen on a move to the London Stadium.

We understand that Olivier Giroud is also a target with the Hammers looking at a six month deal for the Chelsea front man who is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

In the meantime both Javier Hernanedez and Lucas Perez could be outward bound with the Mexican desperate for a move to Spain and the former Gunner not a serious part of Manuel Pellegrini’s future plans.

However, Hernandez’s hopes look to have taken a blow with Valencia reportedly close to signing Alaves striker Ruben Sobrino.


Middlesbrough want to make Jordan Hugill loan deal permanent

According to West Ham insider ExWHUemployee on Twitter, Middlesbrough are keen to make West Ham striker Jordan Hugill’s stay at the Riverside Stadium permanent, with the fee believed to be between £6m-£7m.

The former Preston North End hitman joined the Hammers last January but played just 22 minutes of Premier League football, according to Transfermarkt, before securing a loan move to Boro in the summer – things are looking up for the 26-year-old now, though, as he finds his shooting boots again in the Championship.

With seven goals and an assist to his name in all competitions, the local boy is proving a good signing for Tony Pulis’ side but, with Lucas Perez having moved to the London Stadium in the summer and a deal for Maxi Gomez reportedly almost complete, as per Sky Sports, Hugill’s career in claret and blue may already be over.

Having commanded a fee of £10m a year ago, according to the BBC, West Ham stand to lose out on the centre-forward if the mentioned price is deemed good enough, however they have a plethora of striking options available so it makes sense to lighten the wage bill if possible.

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Mex Martillo 7:11 Thu Jan 31
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Thanks Alan

Jasnik 4:52 Thu Jan 31
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Id have played Hugil instead of Carroll , not that he would be any better but least he can jump

Texas Iron 4:10 Thu Jan 31
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lowermarshhammer 12:55 Thu Jan 31
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WHO Fatwa incoming now.

Alan 12:54 Thu Jan 31
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Promotion revoked?

Thanks Alan 12:50 Thu Jan 31
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Thanks Alan 12:50 Thu Jan 31
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Thanks Alah

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