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Alan 1:39 Wed Jan 29
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona made a late bid to try to hijack Manchester United's move for Sporting Lisbon's Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24. (Mirror)

Barcelona had planned to sign Fernandes from Sporting and immediately loan him to Valencia in order to secure a deal for Valencia's 28-year-old Spain striker Rodrigo - but those negotiations are close to collapsing. (ESPN)

Alternatively, Barcelona have ended their interest in Rodrigo due to Valencia's asking price. (Standard)

Meanwhile, Manchester United have made Valencia's 23-year-old Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez, who has a release clause of £118.5m, their number one summer transfer target. (Cadena Ser - in Spanish)

Arsenal will not allow Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, to leave for less than £50m, amid interest from Barcelona. (Express)

Sheffield United are the only club to make an offer for Genk's Norway midfielder Sander Berge, 21, as talks continue over a £27m move. (Mail)

The Blades are also in talks to sign 23-year-old Dutch forward Richairo Zivkovic from Chinese side Changchun Yatai. (Sun)

Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 24, wants to leave AC Milan for Tottenham before the transfer deadline. (Express)

Tottenham are set to complete a deal for PSV Eindhoven's Netherlands forward Steven Bergwijn, 22, by Wednesday. (Sky Sports)

Spurs have also made contact with Chelsea's France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, over a possible move. (90min)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has set a £10m limit for a deal involving the club bringing in a striker this month. (Sun)

Southampton are expected to confirm the loan signing of England defender Kyle Walker-Peters, 22, from Tottenham on Wednesday. (Mail)

Arsenal remain in talks with Flamengo for Spain defender Pablo Mari, 26. (ESPN)

The Gunners have agreed a deal in principle to sign Ukraine defender Mykola Matviyenko, 23, from Shakhtar Donetsk. (Team1, via Metro)

Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 29, has admitted he is unsure if he will remain at Liverpool next season. (Talksport)

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has refused to rule out a move for Manchester City's Germany winger Leroy Sane, 24. (Mirror)

Alternatively, Bayern have turned their attention to Atletico Madrid's 24-year-old France midfielder Thomas Lemar. (France Football)

Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin says Lemar will not be allowed to leave the club in January. (Mail)

Wolves remain optimistic they will sign Olympiakos and Portugal winger Daniel Podence, 24, before Friday's transfer deadline. (Sky Sports)

Wolves will complete the £21m capture of Podence in the next 48 hours. (Telegraph)

Arsenal are considering a late move for Southampton's 28-year-old Portugal full-back Cedric Soares. (Telegraph)

West Ham have begun talks with RB Salzburg for 22-year-old Danish right-back Rasmus Kristensen. (Mail)

West Ham boss David Moyes says he wants to sign "young, attractive and hungry players" who have a resale value. (Guardian)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane vetoed a deal for Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen before the 27-year-old's move from Tottenham to Inter Milan. (AS - in Spanish)

Chelsea have identified Leicester City's England defender Ben Chilwell, 23, and Ajax and Morocco midfielder Hakim Ziyech, 26, as their main summer transfer targets. (ESPN)

Paris St-German's Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32, has said goodbye to his team-mates as he nears a move to Atletico Madrid. (Express)

Manchester United could let English midfielder James Garner, 18, leave on loan until the end of the season. (Manchester Evening News)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

We begin with some heartening fitness news for cash-strapped minnows Manchester City. Leroy Sané is back in full training and possibly in line for some Carabao Cup minutes on Wednesday night which can mean only one thing: his name can be merrily tossed into the Mill for a good churning. And Bayern Munich, once again, have wasted no time in linking themselves with the Germany winger. With Sané entering the final year of his contract come the summer, the Mirror quotes Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as remarking gnomically: “If we are still interested in principle, which I do not rule out, we will first talk to the club in order to create a friendly atmosphere of conversation.”

José Mourinho, meanwhile, wants a Proper Target Man for Tottenham in the light of Harry Kane’s long-term injury, and who has he alighted on as a possible quick-fix? Only Olivier Giroud. The 33-year-old striker had been heavily linked with Premier League old boys’ club Internazionale but, according to 90min.com, his agent has been touting him in Tottenham’s direction and the north London club are tempted.

Wolves are closing in on bringing another starlet to their Portuguese enclave in the Black Country, with a £17m deal for the Olympiakos winger Daniel Podence reported to be imminent. How imminent? Well, the Telegraph says that “it is understood that Podence’s agent is Jorge Mendes”. Done deal, then?

One club who have had a rather less happy time of late is dear old West Ham. There’s room for reinforcement everywhere there, and the Hammers are thought to have opened talks with RB Salzburg over their right-back Rasmus Kristensen. The 22-year-old has impressed for the Austrian side this term, and played in all six of their Champions League group games in the autumn.

Arsenal may have rediscovered a bit of their sparkle of late but Mikel Arteta still needs to shore it up at the back a little. As a result, he’s redoubling efforts to sign Flamengo’s Pablo Marí. The Spanish central defender was at Manchester City between 2016 and 2019 before joining the Brazilian club for €2m. Arsenal now want him for €10m (£8.5m), though they’re prepared to countenance getting him on loan for now and completing the deal in the summer. Arsenal are also mulling a late bid for the Southampton defender Cédric Soares.

Elsewhere, Sheffield United are reportedly ready to splash out £27m for Genk’s Norway international Sander Berg. The midfielder has also attracted interest from West Ham, but the Mail reports that Chris Wilder’s side are in pole position to secure a deal for Berg, who impressed against Liverpool in the Champions League before Christmas. And Celtic are interested in the Hull winger and Poland international Kamil Grosicki. The 31-year-old is out of contract in the summer.


Moyes admits West Ham player is set to leave, due for medical

John Verrall

West Ham United defender Winston Reid is set to leave the club.

David Moyes has admitted to Football London that West Ham United’s Winston Reid is set for a medical at an unnamed MLS side.

Reid has struggled for game time at West Ham recently, after a long time out with injury.

The centre-back has now been made available for transfer.

And it seems that a move to America could be in the pipeline in the near future.

"Winston Reid is going to join a club in America on loan, everything being well,” Moyes said.

“I don't want to give you a club just now, he's got to get through a medical and a few other things.”

Reid has been at West Ham since 2010, and has been a loyal servant of the London club.

However, his injury problems have led to him falling a long way down the pecking order at the London Stadium.

The likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop are all ahead of Reid in Moyes’s selection order currently.

Reid’s departure from West Ham should help to reduce the wage bill, which could help Moyes’s side bring in some new players over the coming weeks.


Cagliari prepare for loss of star to West Ham for €40m by reading bid for Milan midfielder

Cagliari are ready to launch a move to sign Milan midfielder Rade Krunic if they lose Naithan Nandez to West Ham, a report claims.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, the Sardinian side are preparing for the eventuality of losing star midfielder Nandez to West Ham in a €40m deal, and have targeted Krunic as his potential replacement.

Cagliari are apparently readying an offer of around €10-12m, which would represent a capital gain for Milan who bought him for €8m during the summer.

Krunic has made just nine appearances in Serie A since joining from Empoli and has not been an established starter at any point, however he is arguably one of only three midfielders in the current Rossoneri squad capable of playing in the centre of a 4-4-2, the others being Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessie.

That means a replacement would be needed, and Schira claims that Krunic’s departure could see the Rossoneri complete a move for Benfica’s Florentino Luis on loan with option to buy set at €40m.

Football London

Greek and Turkish clubs express interest in West Ham midfielder Carlos Sanchez

There was also initial interest from Spanish clubs in the Hammers midfielder but that has subsided over the past 48 hours

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham are trying to shift Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez before the transfer deadline on Friday and interest has emerged from clubs in Greece and Turkey.

The 33-year-old is out of contract this summer and has struggled with both serious injury and a lack of form during his 18 month stay in the capital so far.

Sanchez has made just six Premier League appearances so far this season having missed nine months of the last campaign with a knee ligament injury suffered in the Carabao Cup rout over Macclesfield last September.

A couple of Spanish clubs were initially interested in Sanchez but they would have had to have sold players to make room for him in their squads, which they are struggling to do, so it appears a move to Spain is unlikely.

But football.london understands that teams in Greece and Turkey could be an option for the Colombia international, though the player would need convincing to leave with just six months of his contract remaining.

Sanchez is earning around £65,000 a week at West Ham and goes down as one of the biggest flops of the Manuel Pellegrini and Mario Husillos era at the club, not all his own fault having suffered serious injury, but he's not looked up to scratch in limited game time when he has been fit.

West Ham may well struggle to find a team to take on Sanchez's big wages for the rest of the season but they are hoping that a loan deal or permanent move can be sorted before January 31.

Elsewhere at the club, Jack Wilshere is set to undergo a hernia operation on Wednesday, reportedly in Qatar, as the midfelder suffers yet another injury setback.

There is no timescale on his return but manager Moyes said on Tuesday he hoped it wouldn't rule Wilshere out for too long. The Arsenal midfielder has battled with two ankle injuries and a groin problem since moving to the Hammers on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer of 2018.

Nandez, West Ham out in the open!

West Ham came out for Nahitan Nandez, Cagliari midfielder born in 1995. The official offer is 8 million euros loan plus another 35 with redemption obligation for a total of 43. The obligation is, however, linked to the safety of the English club and this formula has led Cagliari to ask for additional guarantees. It is normal to think that this is an irresistible figure, but the rossoblu company does not intend to tie everything to the outcome of the West Ham championship and then find itself next summer with an unresolved situation. It is certainly a plot that, in the latter, very hot market hours, must be followed.

Sport Witness

Left-back ‘arouses the interest’ of both West Ham and Crystal Palace – Will need to be convincing

In need of a left-back this window, Schalke 04 have turned their attention to the French market, as Fussball Transfers in Germany report an interest in Fodé Ballo-Touré.

That’s not what interests us, however.

What does is the line the defender ‘arouses the interest’ of both West Ham and Crystal Palace, two clubs looking to bolster their squads for very different reasons.

Palace’s late interest makes a lot of sense following claims that PSV Eindhoven were ‘making every effort’ to sign Patrick Van Aanholt, meaning that if the Dutchman were to leave before the end of the month, Roy Hodgson would want to replace him.

As for West Ham, there’s been a number of rumours involving Arthur Masuaku this month, but the DR Congo international has yet to leave.

Aaron Cresswell has been the main protagonist in the role at London Stadium, but has recently had to play centre-back when David Moyes has decided to deploy a back three.

As for Ballo-Touré, he has played fairly regularly for Monaco, starting the last three games, and Fussball Transfers claim it might be difficult to get him this month.

That means ‘the chance of a move could then increase in the summer’.

Perhaps West Ham’s and Crystal Palace’s could change Monaco’s mind, but they’re hardly a club strapped for cash these days.

West Ham News @whufc_news

Slavia Prague chairman has confirmed the transfer of Tomas Soucek to West Ham. €4m loan fee and additional €16m to make the deal permanent if we stay up.


West Ham in advanced talks to sign Celtic player

According to a report from French outlet Foot Mercato, West Ham United are in advanced talks to sign Olivier Ntcham from Celtic.

The Hammers have so far made a quiet start to the January transfer window. Darren Randolph has been the club’s only signing at this stage

But with the Irons dangerously close to the relegation zone in the Premier League, it would be no surprise to see that situation change in the very near future as the deadline looms.

And it appears that one player potentially on his way to the London Stadium is Ntcham.

According to Foot Mercato, the Celtic star is in advanced talks with David Moyes’s side over a move back to England two and a half years after he left Manchester City.

TBR View – Ntcham could prove an exciting signing for West Ham

The 23-year-old has come in for criticism at times since he arrived at Celtic. But he is also a player who has produced some of his finest performances in the Hoops’ bigger games.

He has scored three and provided three assists in the Scottish Premiership and Europa League this season.

Ntcham has also displayed his versatility under Neil Lennon. He predominantly featured as a central midfielder under Brendan Rodgers, but he has also done well since being pushed further forward under the current boss.

It is perhaps surprising that the report claims that the two clubs are in advanced talks. It does appear that there has not been a lot of speculation surrounding Ntcham so far this month.

So it will be very intriguing to see if the reported talks lead to a late move getting the line.

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Exiled In Surrey 4:04 Wed Jan 29
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Mex Martillo 3:49 Wed Jan 29

Mex Martillo 3:49 Wed Jan 29
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ted fenton 2:42 Wed Jan 29

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ted fenton 2:42 Wed Jan 29
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Thanks Alan 1:47 Wed Jan 29

Iron Duke 2:28 Wed Jan 29
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West Ham boss David Moyes says he wants to sign "young, attractive and hungry players"


Thanks Alan.

Alan 2:25 Wed Jan 29
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Nandez update (?) added.

Alan 2:20 Wed Jan 29
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Sanchez story added.

Thanks Alan 1:47 Wed Jan 29
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bill green 1:40 Wed Jan 29

Lee Trundle 1:41 Wed Jan 29
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Getting Reid off our books would be a right result.

bill green 1:40 Wed Jan 29
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Thanks Alan

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