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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 2:19 Tue Jan 14
Tuesday newspapers ( includes West Ham)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is considering an audacious attempt to sign Manchester City defender John Stones, 25, on loan. (Sun)

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho wants two strikers to cover for the injured Harry Kane. AC Milan and Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek, 24, has been offered as one of the main options so far, with agents of Napoli and Spain striker Fernando Llorente, 34, and Crystal Palace and Belgium forward Christian Benteke, 29, also contacting Spurs. (Independent)

Germany forward Thomas Muller could be leaving Bayern Munich after 20 years with the club, with Manchester United ready to move for the 30-year-old in the summer. (Sport 1, via Sun)

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, is a step closer to leaving Tottenham after reaching an agreement in principle with Inter Milan worth about £100,000 a week after tax. (Times, subscription needed)

Atletico Madrid have decided Arsenal and France forward Alexandre Lacazette, 28, is their top target should they fail to sign Paris St-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani, 32. (Express)

Sheffield United are planning a combined £10m move for Anderlecht's Belgian defender Elias Cobbaut, 22, and Ipswich centre-back Luke Woolfenden, 21. (Sun)

Southampton striker Danny Ings, 27, is worthy of a place in Gareth Southgate's England squad, says Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers - the man who signed him for Liverpool. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool have rejected a move from Roma to take Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri, 28, on loan. (Star)

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has won his legal battle against the club at an employment tribunal, although he has been awarded only just over £85,000 in compensation. (Mirror)

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce will sit down with owner Mike Ashley this week to discuss a plan for what remains of the January transfer window. (Guardian)

Newcastle are offering striker Dwight Gayle, 29, to Championship clubs on a loan. (Telegraph)

Aston Villa could move to re-sign Crystal Palace's Belgian striker Christian Benteke, 29. (Express)

Liverpool have offered 15m euros (£12.8m) to Trabzonspor for their 23-year-old Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. (Sabah, via Sport Witness)

Southampton remain adamant that 23-year-old midfielder Che Adams will not be leaving on loan in January to join Leeds. (Mirror)

Leeds would enhance the Premier League, says former Elland Road boss Howard Wilkinson, who guided them to the league title in 1991-92. (Talksport)

Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 27, vomited before the Spanish Super Cup final penalty shootout against Real Madrid. (Marca)

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, 62, says he is looking to buy Arsenal in 2021. (Evening Standard)

Pep Guardiola will give his Manchester City squad a period of complete rest from football during the Premier League's new winter break. (Telegraph)

Blackburn's former Sweden forward Martin Olsson, 31, is set to spend a week training with Championship side West Brom. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Bournemouth defender Steve Cook, 28, says "there are things not right all across the pitch" at the struggling Premier League club. (Bournemouth Echo)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

It’s difficult to imagine Thomas Müller’s spindly legs careering in and around penalty areas crashing in goals for anyone other than Bayern Munich or Germany, but at the Theatre of Dreams they’re imagining it nonetheless. Yep, Manchester United are interested in bringing the 30-year-old striker to Old Trafford and the Sun reports he could be tempted to leave the club he has been at since the age of 10. Müller fell from favour under Niko Kovac and, though he is likely to get more game time under Hansi Flick, he is open to a move. With his contract expiring in June 2021, Bayern might be tempted to cash in.

Arsenal, meanwhile, could face a battle to keep Alexandre Lacazette as Atlético Madrid are reportedly making eyes at him as a fall-back, should their bid for Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani fall through. By way of recompense, claims the Daily Mirror, Atléti may chuck Thomas Lemar Arsenal’s way, though the former Monaco player has also been linked with Tottenham. It’s all so confusing.

Spurs of course are in all of a kerfuffle over Harry Kane’s long-term hamstring woes and José Mourinho wants two strikers to replace their invaluable injured one. They’re queuing up for the chance to fit into José’s swashbuckling plans too. Milan and Poland’s Krzysztof Piatek is one who has been offered to Spurs, Christian Benteke, would you believe, is another, while last season’s unlikely Champions League specialist Fernando Llorente could also be open to a return to Spurs from Napoli. In midfield, Tottenham’s gazumping of West Ham over Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes – on an 18-month loan deal – looks set to be confirmed

Aston Villa might also try to bring Benteke back from Crystal Palace on loan to shore up what is turning into a frantic survival bid. Also in Villa’s sights, apparently, are Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea and Arsenal’s loan market star Eddie Nketiah. Napoli’s José Callejón has also been mentioned in dispatches.

Roma are prepared to ask Xherdan Shaqiri whether he really wants to ride that Premier League champions wave with Liverpool or prefer a bit more actual game time with them in Serie A. The Giallorossi are also keen on the Internazionale winger Matteo Politano but Calciomercato reports that should that bid fail – Milan and Napoli are vying with them over the 26-year-old Italian – then Shaqiri could be Roma’s man.

Now that Chelsea are in the transfer market again, talk over their young starlets going elsewhere is inevitably picking up. The 20-year-old midfielder Tariq Uwakwe has been strongly linked with a loan move to Derby though the Daily Mail reports Hull and Swansea might have something to say about that: both are also prepared to take on Uwakwe on an 18-month loan deal.


PSG: it's shaking up on Layvin Kurzawa

While he no longer fits into the plans of his coach Thomas Tuchel, Layvin Kurzawa, free in June, will leave PSG. West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester United have started talks with the player's representative.

It seems a long time ago when Layvin Kurzawa was announced as the future of the French team on the left. Today, the former Monegasque lives in complicated seasons. And he seems unable to get out of this negative spiral. Disappointing since the start of his Parisian adventure and especially handicapped in recent seasons by a multitude of injuries, the 27-year-old left side is living his last months at PSG. On September 25, at the Parc des Princes, he sank completely against Reims (0-2) and was one of the symbols of the Parisian shipwreck that evening, which was to offer chances for some to show themselves.

Aware of his performance, the native of Fréjus had then joined the bench, hidden under a towel ... A pale copy that did not go unnoticed internally. In private, Thomas Tuchel had then entrusted all his disappointment to his technical staff and made the decision to opt for Abdou Diallo on the left when Juan Bernat was absent. A huge disappointment for the German coach who believed in him. The former Dortmund coach had sent Kurzawa very positive signals even before he took office: confidence in his qualities, a desire to improve him and a very precise knowledge of all his matches.

Leonardo wants to sell him

Scalded by the epilogue of the serial Adrien Rabiot (24 years), free party, the PSG wishes to be firm in the management of the end of the lease. And if former Parisian sports director Antero Henrique had submitted a two-year contract extension to him several months ago, talks were abandoned when Leonardo arrived last summer. The sportsman’s boss then told the player’s representative that he would let him go if there was a satisfactory offer. The latter then replied that he favored a start at the end of the season. A way therefore, beyond the signal sent to the player, to establish a hierarchy on the left: Juan Bernat (26 years old) as holder and Abdou Diallo (23 years old) as a backing.

After four and a half seasons at PSG, Kurzawa - bought € 23 million in summer 2015 and perceived then as Maxwell's successor in the left hall - wants to change the air. The former Monegasque, tired of his public image in France, is also seen elsewhere and has no shortage of contenders. According to our sources, West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester United have started talks with the player’s representatives for a free arrival next summer. Little supplied with this position, the Mancunians had already inquired very concretely about the feasibility of the file a year ago. In Italy, AC Milan and Inter Milan are also among the courtiers. If the Parisian left side had the idea, at first, to go after his contract, the French international is no longer completely opposed to a transfer during the winter transfer window as long as a satisfactory offer is present to him.

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Fivetide 5:07 Tue Jan 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers
A moody injury-prone French player? Yes please!

Thanks Alan.

Mr Kenzo 3:18 Tue Jan 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers
*especially handicapped in recent seasons by a multitude of injuries,*

Sounds ideal

ted fenton 3:06 Tue Jan 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers
Thanks Alan 2:22 Tue Jan 14

Thanks Alan 2:22 Tue Jan 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers
Thanks Alan

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