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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 12:11 Mon Jan 13
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, whose contract expires in the summer, has agreed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Inter Milan - and Spurs want £17m to sell the 27-year-old Denmark international in January. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Barcelona have made contact with Mauricio Pochettino about him replacing Ernesto Valverde as manager. The 47-year-old Argentine is out of work after being sacked by Spurs in November. (Catalan radio station RAC1, via AS)

Chelsea have made an enquiry about Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk, with the Seagulls valuing the 28-year-old England defender at £50m. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United will make a £65m bid, including add-ons, for Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, after a deal offering players plus cash was rejected. (Mirror)

Manchester United are one of two clubs to have made a formal approach for Birmingham City and England Under-17 midfielder Jude Bellingham, 16. (Mirror)

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester City, who could face competition to sign the 24-year-old English player from local rivals Manchester United. (Metro)

Former Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor thinks United would pay £70m for Grealish - but says the midfielder would only leave in the summer if they are relegated. (Express)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has made Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar a top target, with Arsenal,Tottenham and Chelsea also monitoring the France international, 24. (Goal)

Arsenal and Germany centre-back Shkodran Mustafi's agent will hold talks with Galatasaray about the 27-year-old moving to the Turkish club. (Fotomac - in Turkish)

Juventus defender Merih Demiral, who has been linked with a move to the Gunners, was taken off on a stretcher during their 2-1 win against Roma in Serie A on Sunday and manager Maurizio Sarri fears the 21-year-old Turkey international could have picked up a serious ankle injury. (Football.London)

West Ham United have submitted a bid worth £7m for Cardiff City's 29-year-old Philippines goalkeeper Neil Etheridge. (Football Insider)

Watford and Belgium defender Christian Kabasele, 28, is a target for Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle United and West Ham. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Crystal Palace and Italian side Lazio have joined the race to sign Manchester United's 34-year-old English full-back Ashley Young, who has been offered an 18-month contract by Inter Milan. (Sun)

Leicester City have agreed to send Wales forward George Thomas, 22, on loan to Dutch top-flight club ADO Den Haag, who are managed by former Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew. (Football Insider)

Chelsea are set to make Tromso and Norway Under-17 striker Bryan Fiabema, 16, their first signing since the club's transfer ban was lifted. (VG - in Norwegian)

Aston Villa and Norwich City are competing with Bristol City to sign 20-year-old striker Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal. (Football.London)

Sevilla's Mexican former Manchester United and West Ham striker Javier Hernandez, 31, will meet American side LA Galaxy to discuss a potential move to Major League Soccer. (Marca)

AC Milan have decided they want Bournemouth and Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 32, to replace 37-year-old Spaniard Pepe Reina at the San Siro, rather than Burnley's 32-year-old Englishman Joe Hart. (Sun)

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Michael Butler

You have to wonder where Ernesto Valverde’s head is at. Barcelona are top of the league, having walked La Liga last season and yet, the manager is under pressure at Camp Nou. In the past few days, after Barcelona had the audacity to start their new year with a draw against local rivals Espanyol, Leo Messi has said he has “complete confidence” in his head coach, while Luis Suárez (now sidelined for four months with a knee injury) has said: “Valverde’s future is with this club. He doesn’t carry any blame.” Naturally, club suits have been lining up Valverde’s successor with the Spaniard still technically at the helm. The disrespect is real.

First Xavi Hernández breezed in and out of the door, turning down the opportunity to return to his home club, a decision that had nothing to do with the wage he is currently receiving for coaching Doha club al-Sadd. Next up, another former Barça great, Ronald Koeman, was on the blower to explain that he also couldn’t jump ship, at least not until after the Holland manager has dealt with the Euros this summer. And so we arrive at Mauricio Pochettino, the former Espanyol manager now out of work, who said last year that he would “never train Barcelona or Arsenal because I am tied to Tottenham. I grew up at Newell’s and I would never train Rosario Central. I would prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than to go and work in certain places.”

Let’s see if ambition and opportunity gets the better of young Poch. He wouldn’t be the first man to go back on his promises.

So long, Eddie. Move over, Patrick. Marcelo Bielsa wants Southampton’s Che Adams to come into his attack, with Leeds prepared to pay a £1m loan fee for a deal until the end of the season, after which the Yorkshire club will have an obligation to buy. Saints want to recoup most of the £15m they paid for him last year, but Adams is optimistic of a move. Then again, he was optimistic about Southampton winning the league.

Speaking of players that used to play for Birmingham, Jude Bellingham is hoping to become one of them. The Mirror reports that Manchester United have made a £12.5m bid for the 16-year-old defender, and would probably pay him more than the £145-per-week scholar’s wage he’s currently on. Ed Woodward drives a hard bargain, though!

Chelsea apparently are in the market for a central defender and so Brighton have decided Lewis Dunk, who turns 30 next year, can leave for £50m. The absolute cheek of it! They are also poised to announce Tromsø striker Bryan Fiabema – nicknamed the new Tore André Flo by absolutely nobody – with the Norway Under-17 player signing at three-and-a-half year contract. Fiabema also met Frank Lampard and the rest of the Chelsea players after the win over Burnley on Saturday. It’s a done deal, apparently.

Finally, Arsenal defender/calamity Shkodran Mustafi is off to Galatasaray, which seems like the best thing for everybody at this stage.


West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere would resist any attempts to be sold this month

According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere would resist any attempts to be sold this month with 18 months left on the three-year contract he signed when he arrived from Arsenal on a free.

The 28-year-old has featured in six Premier League games this term, starting just two of them, but he is currently out injured and has yet to join the main group for a session with new manager David Moyes.

Wilshere is expected to return to full training in two weeks’ time, and the club are hoping he will play a more prominent role in the months ahead as the Hammers look to retain their Premier League status at the end of the season.

The English midfielder featured in just eight games last term due to an ankle injury, and he had to hire a private physiotherapist to work with him outside the club following a breakdown in relations with members of the West Ham medical and fitness set-up.

Wilshere earns £100,000 a week (according to silly season), and it’s understandable if the Hammers are willing to cut their losses with a player that has played just 16 games for them and earned around £8 million.

The midfielder has a chance to prove himself in the coming weeks, though, and how he fares during the remainder of the season could determine his future at the London Stadium.


Hammers enquire about Inter midfielder

Italian Journolist Nicolò Schira claims West Ham have enquired about taking Roberto Gagliardini on loan but says Inter Milan would not want to sell him. The 25 -year-old Italian national midfielder began his career at hometown club Atalanta playing for their youth teams and later for the reserves. He was promoted to the first-team squad for the 2013–14 season. After three loans to Cesena, Spezia and Vicenza Gagliardini joined Inter Milan on loan, with an obligation to buy for £18.5m in the summer of 2018.

He was called up for the Italian U20 in 2015 progressing to the U21 in 2015 and the senior team in 2017 having made six senior appearances

Gagliardini is described as a quick, hard-working, energetic, physically strong, and well-rounded midfielder, who is capable of playing as a box-to-box, central, attacking, or defensive midfielder. He is effective as a ball-winner, but can also distribute the ball well and start attacking plays or provide assists after winning back possession, courtesy of his good vision and technique. He also possesses a good shot, which allows him to contribute to his team’s offensive play.

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Jose+ 11:17 Tue Jan 14
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