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Alan 2:06 Tue Jan 28
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal are expecting an approach from Spanish champions Barcelona for Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have decided to give Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 31, another chance to prove himself at Old Trafford and will recall him from Inter Milan in June. (Star)

United are considering an improved offer for Sporting Lisbon's Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, before Friday's transfer deadline. (Guardian)

However, Fernandes was named in the Sporting squad to play Maritimo on Tuesday evening, making an imminent transfer unlikely. (Express)

Manchester United are likely to make no signings in the transfer window, with a reported £20m difference in valuation for Fernandes and Paris St-Germain's Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32, who is expected to move elsewhere. (Independent)

Atletico Madrid are close to reaching an agreement for Cavani. (ESPN)

Chelsea are monitoring the situation of 24-year-old AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek, a target of Tottenham, as they line up alternatives to Cavani. (Telegraph)

Arsenal changed the terms of a deal for Flamengo's Spain defender Pablo Mari, 26, following a medical, which has left the transfer in doubt. (Mail)

The deal for Mari has collapsed and the defender has already returned to Brazil. (ESPN)

Alternatively, the Gunners remain in talks with Flamengo over the signing of Mari, who they hope to sign on loan with an option to buy. (Sky Sports)

Netherlands forward Steven Bergwijn, 22, has denied that he refused to play for PSV Eindhoven on Sunday amid talks over a move to Tottenham. (Sky Sports)

However, Bergwijn has urged PSV to allow him to join Spurs before the transfer window closes. (90min)

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, is set to be confirmed as an Inter Milan player on Tuesday after passing a medical on Monday night ahead of a £17.5m move from Tottenham. (Mail)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing Germany midfielder Emre Can, 26, from Juventus. (Metro)

Borussia Dortmund are also in the race to sign former Liverpool midfielder Can. (Bild - in German)

Tottenham and England full-backs Danny Rose, 29, and Kyle Walker-Peters, 22, are expected to leave Spurs on loan before the transfer deadline. (Standard)

Southampton are in pole position to sign Walker-Peters, with Crystal Palace also keen. (Sun)

Saints are set to secure Walker-Peters on loan, with talks continuing over whether the deal will include a £12m option to buy. (Mail)

West Ham have also contacted Spurs over the availability of Walker-Peters. (Star)

West Ham are weighing up a bid for Tottenham's Argentina defender Juan Foyth, 22. The Hammers are also in talks with Slavia Prague over a deal for Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek, 24. (Guardian)

Czech player of the year Soucek is valued at £16.8m by Slavia.(Sky Sports)

Aston Villa have made a £4.2m bid to sign former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 30, from Turkish club Trabzonspor. (Talksport)

Real Madrid are unlikely to allow Dani Ceballos to join fellow La Liga side Valencia as the Spanish midfielder, 23, seeks an early exit from his spell at Arsenal. (Marca - in Spanish)

Watford are interested in signing Burnley defender Ben Gibson on loan with an option to buy the 27-year-old Englishman. (Sun)

Burnley are planning to offer Bermuda striker Nahki Wells, 29, to Championship side Bristol City in part exchange for 24-year-old England midfielder Josh Brownhill. (Football Insider)

A host of Championship sides are eyeing a permanent deal for Wells with Burnley set to cash in on the forward. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Championship leaders West Brom are in talks with Sheffield United over a potential move for Republic of Ireland striker Callum Robinson, 24. (Mail)

Manchester City's 22-year-old Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus says manager Pep Guardiola was right to drop him from penalty duties and insists Brazil goalkeeper Ederson, 26, could replace him. (Standard)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

That Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-to-Barcelona rumour just won’t go away. Latest chatter is that Arsenal could be tempted to part with their star forward but would want £50m for him. The Gabon international has 18 months left on his contract and, with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli beginning to shine, the Gunners could be tempted to cash in now while the price is high, though Barça will haggle over the fee.

Meet the new Manchester United striker, same as the old Manchester United striker. While the Reds’ pursuit of Bruno Fernandes goes on and on without seemingly getting anywhere, up pops the Daily Star to suggest that Alexis Sánchez will be back, baby, when his loan at Internazionale expires in the summer. That’ll quell the mutiny. Apparently, United’s beleaguered chief executive, Ed Woodward, has told Sánchez’s people that he will not be allowed to make his move to Italy permanent, but will instead be exhorted to go on United’s pre-season tour to whatever Target Market they’ve identified this year for the purposes of tat-flogging.

With target-of-many Edinson Cavani finally closing on his move from Paris Saint-Germain to Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, who were one of the clubs who had the Uruguayan in their sights, have turned their attention to Krzysztof Piatek. The Milan forward has been heavily linked with Spurs, but Chelsea fancy him to reinforce their attacking credentials. Manchester United do too, according to some reports. But the Poland international comes with a £30m price tag that no one has yet met, so this could go to the wire.

Chelsea are also considering bringing Nathan Aké back to Stamford Bridge. The defender left for Bournemouth in 2017, but the Blues have first refusal on buying him back and may yet exercise it.

Carlo Ancelotti is sizing up whether to shop back in Serie A, plucking Cengiz Under from Roma and introducing him to the faded grandeur of Goodison. The 22-year-old Turkey forward has played only eight matches for his club this season having been hindered by a muscle injury but is valued at £34m by the Giallorossi, who are keen to keep him for now, though a summer move is distinctly possible.

More Tottenham offloading is imminent, with Kyle Walker-Peters and Danny Rose expected to leave on loan in the next three days. Southampton are front-runners to take on the former, though Crystal Palace and West Ham are sniffing around too.

Elsewhere in the relegation zone, Watford are eyeing up Burnley’s Ben Gibson for a loan deal, while Aston Villa are reported to have made a £4.2m bid for 2014’s Daniel Sturridge, currently in Turkey with Trabzonspor,

Down in the Championship promotion tussles, Middlesbrough are looking to bring in the Leicester defender Filip Benkovic on loan, though Brendan Rodgers has reportedly made it contingent on the Foxes making reinforcements themselves. Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard could be the man for that, though Preston’s Ben Davies is also in their sights.


West Ham accounts describe Premier League survival as a financial ‘necessity’

• Club is expected to make pre-tax loss of £28.8m
• Co-owners Sullivan and Gold paid combined £2.9m in interest

Jacob Steinberg

Relegation from the Premier League is the greatest threat to West Ham’s financial wellbeing, according to accounts which reveal that the club’s expenditure on transfers, wages and improved training facilities contributed to an expected pre-tax loss of £28.8m during the last financial year.

The accounts for the financial year to 31 May 2019 also reveal that the co-owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, were paid a combined £2.9m in interest in August 2019 on their loans to the club and that a further £1m was paid to GGI international, a company related to Gold, in respect of a partial repayment of loan capital. As of 31 May 2019 the combined balance of unsecured loans advanced by Sullivan and Gold amounted to £45m.

The highest-paid director at the club was the vice-chairman Karren Brady, whose salary increased from £898,000 to £1.136m.

West Ham are battling to preserve their top-flight status and it is noted within the accounts that staying out of the Championship and maintaining access to the broadcasting money available to Premier League sides is “an absolute necessity for the future wellbeing of the club”. The report adds that “the group’s principal risk remains that of the football club being relegated … with the serious financial consequences which follow”, and that the club prepares budgets, three seasons in advance, containing evaluations and contingency plans relating to the cost of relegation.

Only goal difference is keeping West Ham out of the bottom three before they host Liverpool on Wednesday and Sullivan and Gold are under increased pressure from supporters, who feel that not enough has been invested in the squad. While they pointed to a net spend of £214.4m on signings in the last four years, West Ham have struggled on the pitch since leaving Upton Park for the London Stadium in 2016 and have faced accusations that their infrastructure falls below the standard expected for a club in the richest league in the world.

However West Ham, whose turnover rose by £15m to £190.7m, said that their losses were largely down to increased investment in their squad and facilities at their Rush Green training ground, a site which has come in for criticism recently. Manuel Pellegrini was hired on a three-year contract worth £7m a year in May 2018 and Sullivan, the club’s largest shareholder, said that £107.9m was spent on new players that summer.

Pellegrini is described as a “world-class manager” by Sullivan in the accounts and the Chilean performed encouragingly in his first season, finishing 10th. However results dipped under him this season and the former Manchester City manager was replaced with David Moyes last month amid relegation fears.

Sullivan wrote: “The board made a decision at the start of 2018 to embark on an investment programme that would involve bringing in a world-class manager, investing in better players and making significant investment into the club’s infrastructure.

“As a result of this new strategy we signed Manuel Pellegrini, who has the most successful track record as a manager in the club’s history, invested £107.9m in transfer fees and grew the wage cost to £138.5m for the first team squad, management and staff and invested £4m into facilities at Rush Green (for the first team) and Chadwell Heath (for the academy). We also spent £0.6m in setting up a women’s team in the FA Women’s Super League.”

Sullivan’s statement was written at the start of October, at which point West Ham had hopes of breaking into the Premier League’s top six. Confidence in Pellegrini and his squad’s quality would prove misplaced.

“For the 2019-20 season the board remains determined to maximise the club’s prospects of retaining Premier League status by continuing to make investment in the playing squad with a further net £35.8m being invested during the summer transfer window under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini. We now believe we have one of the strongest squads and management teams in the Premier League but will always look to continue to invest and build on this strong squad base.”

West Ham, who pay £2.5m a year to rent the London Stadium, said their improved turnover was down to an increase in match receipts, broadcast revenue and stronger performances in retail and commercial. “We reached a satisfactory outcome to most of our legal issues with the owner of the London Stadium and we were able to increase our capacity to 60,000 as a result,” Sullivan said. “We have also now obtained the claret pitch surround which we had been striving to install since we moved into the stadium. This has really improved the look and feel of the stadium.”

West Ham said: “In the last four years the club has spent £214.4m net on new players and has invested £22m on infrastructure, including complete refurbishment of facilities at Rush Green, including a new gym and new training pitches; the academy at Chadwell Heath was totally rebuilt; and almost £2m has been invested in the women’s team.”


Tottenham and West Ham interested in Haris Seferovic, £25m asking price

By Will Butcher

Portuguese outlet O Jogo have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are both interested in signing Benfica striker Haris Seferovic before Friday’s deadline – and the Portuguese side want as much as £25million.

(Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Seferovic, 27, is somewhat experienced in European football after finally finding his home with Benfica. In 107 appearances for the Portuguese side, since joining in the summer of 2017, Seferovic has netted an impressive 40 goals

However, it has taken the Switzerland international a few clubs to find the ideal home. Just four goals in 40 Sociedad outings, only one in 12 at Fiorentina and just 19 in 96 Frankfurt outings saw him struggle to show his best form.

But moving to Benfica has helped the striker – though this season, his form has dipped. Indeed, he has scored just six in 27 games, 12 of which have come from the bench but despite that, Spurs and West Ham are said to be interested.

TBR’s view – Seferovic could be a decent back-up striker

Given that West Ham and Spurs both want to bring in cover for Harry Kane and Sebastian Haller respectively, landing a player such as Seferovic – who may be willing to sit on the bench – may the best either side can hope for.

If Spurs of West Ham sign any better players, they would expect to start. However, one issue is his £25million asking price – though it is a lot smaller than his £51million release clause. It remains to be seen if Spurs or West Ham will try for Seferovic.

Read Celtic

Celtic fans discuss Robert Snodgrass “rumour” on social media

A number of Celtic supporters have been discussing the latest transfer “rumour” on social media.

Twitter user @stengo7 appears to have heard of a suggestion linking Robert Snodgrass with a Celtic move once again, after the former Scotland international was a reported target for the Hoops back in 2018, HITC reported.

Snodgrass grew up close to Celtic Park as a youngster, and admitted to The Scotsman in 2015 that he had always dreamed of playing for the Hoops.

"Attending this school, the dream of playing for Celtic was always in your head. But, and I’m being totally honest, it wasn’t something I thought was going to happen. The first thing I remember was going up to Celtic Park to watch Celtic, feeling the full effect of the stadium. When you see the players on the park for the first time, you get sucked in and it’s like a dream."

And while there appears to be no official link suggesting Celtic are targeting the West Ham midfielder this month, that hasn’t stopped fans discussing whether he’d be a good addition to the squad or not.

Evening Standard

Tomas Soucek arrives at West Ham as David Moyes lines up more transfer deals


West Ham will press ahead with their attempts to sign a right-back after securing a loan deal for Slavia Prague midfielder Tomas Soucek.

Czech Republic international Soucek has been given permission to travel to London for a medical and was expected to finalise a move to the London Stadium today.

The 6ft 4ins defensive midfielder will initially join on loan, ahead of a permanent move in the summer for around £17million.

West Ham manager David Moyes identified the 24-year-old as his top midfield target to add some steel to his squad and ease the burden on captain Mark Noble. Moyes is desperate for reinforcements to make an immediate impact, with the Hammers battling relegation.

Another priority for Moyes is a new right-back, with Ryan Fredericks out until next month with a hamstring injury. West Ham have enquired about Nottingham Forest full-back Matty Cash and Tottenham’s Kyle Walker-Peters, although the latter looks set to join Southampton.

West Ham are also open to signing a striker and AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek is being considered. Milan want £30m for Piatek, who is also on the radar of Tottenham and Chelsea, but West Ham could push for a loan deal.

West Ham are willing to offload midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who was hauled off at half-time after a dreadful display in Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat by West Brom.

Winston Reid is wanted by clubs in the MLS as the New Zealand defender bids to resurrect his career after 20 months out. Reid has not featured in a competitive match since suffering a serious knee injury in March 2018.

Meanwhile, West Ham today announced a pre-tax loss of £28.8m during the last financial year, which they say is as a result of investment in the squad and a rise in wage costs. Turnover was up by £15m to £190.7m.

The accounts also laid out the potential dire consequences of relegation. Co-owner David Sullivan said staying in the Premier League is “an absolute necessity” for the future wellbeing of the club.


West Ham interested in RB Salzburg’s Rasmus Nissen Kristensen as right-back search widens

The Dane, 22, started both of Salzburg’s Champions League matches against Liverpool

West Ham have registered an interest in RB Salzburg’s Rasmus Kristensen as the club widens its search for a right-back before the transfer window closes on Friday.

David Moyes’s side have already had a structured £10m bid with add-ons rejected for Nottingham Forest’s Matty Cash, who has also attracted interest from AC Milan.

Tottenham’s Kyle Walker-Peters is an option on loan, with Crystal Palace also interested, however, it’s thought that Southampton are currently frontrunners for the 22-year-old.

Kristensen, 22, won the Eredivisie with Ajax last season, but only made 20 league appearances in 18 months at the club and struggled to usurp Noussair Mazraoui before American teenager Sergino Dest emerged from the academy.

Kristensen joined Salzburg for an undisclosed fee - believed to be over the €5m initially paid by Ajax - on a five-year contract in July and started each of their Champions League group stage games, including the club’s two defeats against Liverpool.

The former Danish youth international is currently recovering from a thigh strain suffered on 20 January, however, Salzburg confirmed the injury was only expected to keep Kristensen out for 10 days.

Veteran Pablo Zabaleta has started West Ham’s last three Premier League games, with first-choice Ryan Fredericks currently ruled out due to a hamstring injury.

Sport Witness

West Ham ‘could think’ of ‘sudden last minute’ loan with €30m obligation to buy for midfielder – Scouted him on Sunday

By Tom Coast

In need of a new central midfielder to cover the hole left by Jack Wilshere’s latest injury troubles, West Ham are scouring the European scene to find the right man for the job.

Their latest excursion has taken them to Italy, where Gazzetta dello Sport explain they travelled on Sunday to San Siro to watch Nahitan Nández.

It’s revealed the Hammers wanted to take a closer look at the Cagliari midfielder, who joined the Serie A side in the summer for £16m, before potentially making a move in the final days of the January transfer window.

Gazzetta point out that if they did come forward with an offer, they ‘could think of a loan offer with an obligation to buy’, which would have to be around €30m to convince Tommaso Giulini, the Serie A club’s president, of agreeing a ‘sudden last minute’ deal.

If that doesn’t happen, then it’s believed enquiries from the Premier League will continue for the Uruguay international regarding a move in the summer.

Since the start of the season, Nández has made 23 appearances in all competitions for Cagliari, scoring one goal and assisting another four.

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Mex Martillo 3:41 Tue Jan 28
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 3:06 Tue Jan 28

zebthecat 3:14 Tue Jan 28
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"West Ham are willing to offload midfielder Carlos Sanchez,"

Good luck with that.

Thanks Alan

ted fenton 3:06 Tue Jan 28
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The Stoat 2:10 Tue Jan 28

Alan 2:35 Tue Jan 28
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Nandez story added.

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:31 Tue Jan 28
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THanks Alan

Alan 2:30 Tue Jan 28
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Kristensen story added.

The Stoat 2:10 Tue Jan 28
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Thanks Alan

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