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Alan 1:32 Thu Jan 30
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Everton have rejected an offer of 100m euros (£85m) from Barcelona for Brazil forward Richarlison,. (Sky Sports)

Everton remain adamant that Richarlison is not for sale and plan to build their team around the 22-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)

Spanish champions Barcelona are working hard to bring in a striker before the transfer deadline after losing Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, 33, through injury. (Sport)

Tottenham have held talks over a shock deal for Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30. (Mail)

Borussia Dortmund's 19-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland has a release clause of £63m. (Bild - in German)

Haaland's release clause will become active in the summer of 2021. (Mail)

Chelsea have opened talks with Napoli for Belgium forward Dries Mertens, 32, who could be available for £6m. (Mail)

Mertens, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has emerged as an alternative to Paris St-Germain's 32-year-old Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani. (Guardian)

Chelsea are in a race to complete a deal before the transfer deadline but Napoli do not want to sell Mertens so late in the window. (Telegraph)

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have refused to offer PSG more than 15m euros (£12.6m) for Cavani. (Le Parisien - in French)

David Beckham's new Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami have made a late bid for Cavani. (AS - via NBC)

Tottenham are negotiating a deal for Real Sociedad's 28-year-old Brazil striker Willian Jose, who has a 70m euro (£59m) release clause in his contract. (ESPN)

Hertha Berlin are close to reaching a deal with AC Milan for Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 24, who is a target of Tottenham. (Sky Sports)

Hertha will land Piatek for £23.5m after Spurs would only offer a loan move. (Mail)

West Ham have made an approach for Hertha Berlin's Ivory Coast midfielder Salomon Kalou, 34. (Express)

Manchester United have contacted Barcelona regarding the availability of Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31. (ESPN)

Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, will not be moving to the Premier League this month despite interest from Manchester United. (Sun)

Manchester United target Thomas Muller, 30, has not ruled out leaving Bayern Munich after the striker lost his guaranteed spot in the German club's starting line-up. (Bild - in German)

Arsenal have made a late move to sign Southampton's Portugal full-back Cedric Soares, 28. (Sky Sports)

Southampton are keen to cash in on Soares, who will be available for free at the end of the season. (Standard)

Soares could move to Arsenal for around £5m. (Mirror)

But Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, is still pushing for an early exit from his loan deal with the Gunners. (Express)

Everton will miss out on Uruguay international Matias Vecino, 28, with the midfielder set to remain at Inter Milan. (Star)

Borussia Dortmund's hopes of signing Juventus and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 26, have been dealt a blow. (Kicker - in German)

Dortmund's Spain forward Paco Alcacer, 26, is close to sealing a move to Villarreal. (Marca - in Spanish)

Chelsea's 19-year-old England defender Tariq Lamptey has received a pre-contract offer from Lille. (Mail)

Sporting Lisbon's Portugal midfielder Miguel Luis, 20, could be set to join Rangers on loan. (Star)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Senior university lecturers have already begun teaching students about The Richarlison Precedent, which holds that no scenario can ever confidently be dismissed as unrealistic because Barcelona supposedly once bid £85m for a player who has spent most of this season revolving around Dominic Calvert-Lewin. It is understood that one lippy undergraduate at Solent University thought they were being very clever today by countering “what about if someone reported that, having being snubbed by Everton, Barça have now turned their attention to Shane Long?” and a hush immediately descended on the auditorium.

Might that be true? Could it happen? The sharpest minds in the land are no longer sure of anything. Except, of course, that BT Sport would be better off bringing in some busker to do a saxophone solo whenever Ian Darke needs a break, rather than getting Steve McManaman to do co-comms.

Elsewhere, one outlet would have us believe that, after shelling out for Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United are poised to strengthen their midfield even further by signing Ivan Rakitic. Meanwhile, some newspapers are bringing up the name of Gareth Bale for old time’s sake. One has even suggested that talks are ongoing between Real Madrid and Daniel Levy over a possible return of the Welshman to the revamped White Hart Lane. “Talks” and “ongoing” are hardly the right words to use for a conversation to which Levy’s total contribution was presumably “how much?” and “see ya”.

Far more likely are reports that West Ham are lining up a bid for Salomon Kalou, the 34-year-old former Chelsea forward now at Hertha Berlin. That seems like exactly the sort of thing that should happen next at a club where talks are almost certainly ongoing about replacing the Forever Blowing Bubbles anthem with a recording of thousands of angry radio phone-in callers. Meanwhile, West Ham’s next opponents, Brighton, are said to be plotting a £6m move for the Chelsea defender Tariq Lamptey, who is also being courted by Lille.

Kalou, getting back to him, is available because Hertha Berlin are about to sign the Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek, on whom Tottenham have gone cold. But they’re still hot on the Real Sociedad goleador Willian José even though his release clause is £59m. Atlético Madrid are going to make one last effort to prise Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain, who are demanding that the Spanish club increase their previous bid (£13m) by around £2m. Well, PSG do have Neymar goal bonuses to pay.

Remember that time Danny Rose said he definitely wouldn’t be leaving Tottenham in January? Neither does he, apparently. He’s now set to head for Newcastle. And Arsenal are about to nab Cédric Soares from Southampton. And finally, Everton’s attempt to “build a team around Richarlison” continue to founder, with midfielder Matías Vecino set to stay at Inter despite interest from the ambitious Goodison club.


Liverpool 19 points clear after Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain sink West Ham

Nick Ames at the London Stadium

The day is nearing when, if he were so minded, Jürgen Klopp could copy his strategy for FA Cup replays and hand the rest of Liverpool’s league season to their second string. Games in hand are only an advantage if you win them and this one was ultimately negotiated in comfort, confirming a 19-point lead that only a wild-eyed fantasist would deem surmountable.

Nineteen points ahead; 23 wins from 24; all 19 Premier League teams defeated at least once. They are statistics that will swill around for the rest of this week but they should not dull in the telling, even if the figures are likely to grow yet more jawdropping in the months to come. Liverpool did not please Klopp with this display and they certainly laboured in the 35 minutes before Mohamed Salah put them ahead from the penalty spot. The number of mistakes that crept in, even once Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had doubled the lead, was enough to afford Alisson the platform to remind everyone that his excellence underpins the imperturbable machine that ploughs on in front of him. But none of it mattered too much: West Ham were allowed their moments, but this is emphatically Liverpool’s season.

“I’m only happy about the three points,” Klopp said. “We could have done a lot of things better. We could have passed better and defended better. These boys have played outstanding football throughout the season. Tonight was a normal performance.”

Liverpool’s version of normal tends to be enough. They took time to find their bearings, with Klopp admitting that West Ham’s 5-4-1 setup made life awkward. “A very important element of football is countering the counter but for that you need the other team to have counterattacks,” was how he put it. They had come particularly close only through Andy Robertson, whose clipped effort was chaperoned away from goal by Issa Diop, in the opening half-hour but then Salah was granted the chance to hold his nerve.

The opportunity arose when Roberto Firmino, finding the elements of time and space that had hitherto been lacking, did admirably to keep Trent Alexander-Arnold’s near-post cross alive. He duly threaded the ball across to Divock Origi, who had come in for the injured Sadio Mané, but the forward still had plenty to do given Diop and the 19-year-old debutant, Jeremy Ngakia, both stood in his way.

Origi attempted to wriggle between them and was stopped when Diop, wafting out a leg, tripped him on the six-yard line. It seemed needless in such a tight area but Jonathan Moss’s award of a penalty was confirmed at length by VAR, which decided Firmino should not be penalised for what appeared to be a touch with his hand in the buildup. Salah sent Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way and the die was cast.

Seven minutes after half-time, Salah delightfully assisted Oxlade-Chamberlain. Much to David Moyes’s frustration, the move came about when a West Ham corner landed straight on to the head of Virgil van Dijk.

They were unable to deal with the second ball in midfield and this time Liverpool had their counter. The home side were caught ahead of the play and Salah, weighting a sublime pass with the outside of his left foot, sent his teammate bursting through. Oxlade-Chamberlain shrugged off the attentions of Manuel Lanzini and finished slickly.

It was a particularly grim night for Lanzini, who should have equalised several minutes earlier but instead scuffed Robert Snodgrass’s cross weakly at Alisson. The Argentinian’s substitution, in the 69th minute, was cheered. Dispiriting moments like that have become this stadium’s stock in trade but Moyes knows West Ham, who face a potentially far more telling assignment against Brighton here on Saturday, need all the help they can get at this point.

“[Lanzini] is arguably one of our best players, if not our best player,” he said. “He has had a bad injury and what I need is for the supporters to be right behind him because we need him. At the moment he is our flair, he is our person that might make the difference.”

Even if Lanzini could not extend Alisson, a first-time effort from Snodgrass drew a fine one-handed stop and, towards the end, a tip-over from Declan Rice’s header was genuinely breathtaking. There was also a moment of slapstick when Alexander-Arnold hammered against his own upright; fortunately for Liverpool, they could afford to get those moments out of their system.

“These boys I rely on,” Klopp said. “I would give them my kids to take care of them, so I trust them 100% in these situations. They still make these ridiculous mistakes. It’s nothing to do with motivation, it’s staying concentrated when you are constantly in charge. That is so difficult.”

Salah clipped the woodwork himself in those dying moments; one of the night’s more obscure statistics was that he had not scored in his previous nine games in London, but he grew stronger as this one progressed. Those who had travelled in support are well used, by now, to success in the capital and virtually everywhere else. “We’re going to win the league, and now you’re going to believe us,” they sang, but any moment of epiphany came long ago.


WEST HAM (5-3-2): Fabianski 6; Ngakia 5.5, Diop 6.5, Ogbonna 7, Cresswell 7, Masuaku 7; Noble 6, Rice 6.5, Snodgrass 6; Haller 6.5, Lanzini 6 (Fornals 69min, 6)

Subs not used: Randolph, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Cardoso, Ajeti

Booked: Diop, Noble

Manager: David Moyes 6.5

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson 7; Alexander-Arnold 7 (Keita 78), Van Dijk 7.5, Gomez 7, Robertson 7.5; Oxlade-Chamberlain 7.5 (Jones 85), Henderson 7.5, Wijnaldum 6; Firmino 6.5, Salah 8, Origi 6.5 (Fabinho 69)

Subs not used: Adrian, Lovren, Minamino, Matip. Scorers: Salah 35 pen, Oxlade-Chamberlain 52

Booked: None

Manager: Jurgen Klopp 7

Referee: Jon Moss 7

Attendance: 59,959


No room for the old guard at West Ham as they go for youth after encouraging moments against Liverpool

West Ham lost against Liverpool in the Premier League on Wednesday night
Their team selection hinted at their new recruitment policy going forward
Jeremy Ngakia started and they want to bring more young players to the club

By Kieran Gill

One former West Ham player whose best Premier League years were spent with Liverpool occasionally crops up in conversation at Rush Green when the topic is wastes of money.

That man is Alvaro Arbeloa, the Spanish World Cup winner who joined at the age of 33 in 2016.

He made four appearances for West Ham, before refusing to turn up to the end-of-season awards in May and announcing his retirement from football a month later.

'What a bloody waste of a suit,' one insider told Sportsmail, noting how the former Real Madrid right back apparently never returned his club jacket, trousers and tie.

This brings us to Wednesday's signing of 24-year-old Tomas Soucek, who was introduced to the crowd after joining on loan from Slavia Prague with an option to buy.

Behind the scenes Soucek is being touted as an example of the profile of player the club now want to sign. Players with potential; young men with resale value.

More will follow this month and Wednesday night's line-up told us the next target is a right back.

Sitting on West Ham's bench was Pablo Zabaleta, now 35. On the pitch was Jeremy Ngakia, a 19-year-old making his first-team debut against Liverpool.

Moyes recently watched Ngakia in an Under 23s game against Manchester United, which West Ham won 2-0, and he decided to give him a go at the London Stadium.

Ngakia performed well, considering he was facing a team cruising to their first championship since 1990, though the club will still look to move in this window.

But as West Ham continue their search for a suitable right back to help them beat relegation, they will not be looking at bringing in another Arbeloa or Zabaleta.

Sportsmail understands they have instead opened talks with Red Bull Salzburg over 22-year-old Rasmus Kristensen, another up-and-comer who has the resale value they crave.

Signing potential is perhaps a risk given West Ham's precarious Premier League position, but it is a business model they are backing after a net spend of £214.4million since 2016.

Despite their injuries, which included the pre-match loss of Michail Antonio, there were encouraging moments against Liverpool but they lacked a clinical touch in the final third.

As West Ham look to banish their wastefulness off the pitch, they have to do that on it, too — starting on Saturday when relegation rivals Brighton come to Stratford.


West Ham would want at least £20m for West Brom loanee Grady Diangana

By Jordan Harris

It has been suggested by Birmingham Live that West Ham United would demand at least £20 million should a club plan a future move for West Bromwich Albion loanee Grady Diangana.

Diangana’s move to The Hawthorns has proved inspired for the youngster. The 21-year-old has been excellent for Slaven Bilic’s side.

Diangana has scored five goals and contributed five assists for the Championship promotion-chasers. His form probably prompted plenty of West Ham fans to wonder whether David Moyes should look to bring him back from his loan spell this month.

However, as Birmingham Live notes, Diangana is set to stay with the Baggies for the campaign.

But should Bilic want to sign Diangana on a permanent basis, West Ham will seemingly demand a significant fee.

According to Birmingham Live, the Hammers would reportedly ask for more than £20 million.
TBR View – Hammers sale stance unsurprising

Diangana’s form, coupled with his bright moments from last season, highlights that he has a bright future ahead.

So it is not surprising that the Irons will reportedly demand a large fee from any admirers.

But what is perhaps surprising is that West Ham have not decided to bring the youngster back this month.

You could understand why those at the London Stadium believe that he would be better off staying put and playing more regularly.

However, Moyes’s men are outside the relegation zone on goal difference. And all of the teams below them in the table have registered a more recent win than the Irons.

Bringing Diangana back could have handed the squad a big boost.

And unless West Ham have something special up their sleeve before tomorrow’s transfer deadline, the club should be wary of some fans feeling that it was a mistake not to bring the academy graduate back from the Baggies.


West Ham planning late move for Brazilian, he expects Tottenham Hotspur offer

Subhankar Mondal

Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United have been linked with Willian Jose.

According to AS, West Ham United are interested in signing Willian Jose, but the Real Sociedad striker is expecting a final offer from Tottenham Hotspur.

It has been reported by the Spanish publication that Tottenham have cooled their interest in Willian Jose.

However, the Brazilian striker is expecting a final offer from Spurs, with the player determined to leave Sociedad in the final days of the January transfer window, according to the report.

West Ham are now planning a late move for the 28-year-old, according to AS, which claims that the London club want a loan deal with an option to sign him permanently in the summer of 2020.

However, according to the report, Sociedad prefer a sale outright this week and do not want any loan deal.


According to WhoScored, Willian Jose has made 16 starts and four substitute appearances in La Liga for Sociedad so far this season, scoring eight goals in the process.

During the 2018-19 campaign, the Brazilian scored 11 goals and provided five assists in the league for Sociedad, while back in 2017-18, the 28-year-old striker scored 15 goals and provided four assists in the league, according to WhoScored.

Football Insider

Major update on West Ham bid to sign new right-back

West Ham attempts to sign a new right-back are set to go down to the wire after multiple bids tabled, Football Insider can reveal.

The Hammers have abandoned their pursuit of Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest as they are unwilling to meet the £18million asking price.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider the club are now waiting on answers to their offers for Salzburg’s Rasmus Kristensen and Genk’s Joakim Maehle.

Kristensen is top of their wanted list while there is also an interest in Toulouse’s Kelvin Amian Adou, a 21-year-old who has been capped by France at Under-21 level.

Football 365

West Ham is interested in Jean-Pierre Nsamé (Young Boys)

Jean-Pierre Nsamé’s exceptional statistics with the Young Boys Berne are sure to draw the attention of clubs from major championships. This is how, according to Football365 Africa, West Ham looked into the case of the 26-year-old Cameroonian international striker, named player of the year 2019 in Switzerland. Largely top scorer in Super League with 16 goals in 18 games this season, the former SCO Angers extended his contract with the Swiss champions last summer until June

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Mex Martillo 7:49 Fri Jan 31
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:37 Thu Jan 30

SDKFZ 222 4:47 Thu Jan 30
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The interest in Kalou seems to have Sullivan’s fingerprints all over it.

Don’t forget that Kalou actually turned us down at the end of his Chelsea days, citing that he didn’t want to sign for a ‘small team’ like West Ham!

Thanks Alan 1:37 Thu Jan 30
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
blueeyed.handsomeman 1:35 Thu Jan

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:35 Thu Jan 30
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THanks Alan

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