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Alan 1:37 Sun Feb 2
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Juventus are planning a £150m summer bid for Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 28. (Sun)

Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal for Chelsea's Brazil winger Willian, 31, whose contract expires at the end of the season. (Marca)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta blocked the transfer of German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 31, to a club from Qatar in January. (90min)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has warned Barcelona they would be wasting their time if they submit an improved offer for Brazil forward Richarlison, 22, in the summer. (Star)

Manchester United are to step up their efforts to land Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28. (Mirror)

Senegal centre-back Koulibaly would cost United around £90m. (Star)

United will also target Leicester City's England midfielder James Maddison, 23, and Borussia Dortmund's England winger Jadon Sancho, 19, in the summer window. (Standard)

Chelsea will try to beat Manchester United to former Manchester City forward Sancho. (Sun)

Chelsea's France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, was upset after Serie A side Inter Milan pulled out of a transfer for him. (RMC, via Mail)

Manchester United and Chelsea failed in their attempts to sign Paris St-Germain's Edinson Cavani, 32, because the Uruguay forward has his heart set on a move to Spain. (Mirror)

Liverpool's Japan forward Takumi Minamino, 25, says other Premier League clubs were interested in signing him, as well as some Bundesliga sides. (Star)

Midfielder Steven Bergwijn, 22, who joined Tottenham from PSV Eindhoven in a £27m deal on Wednesday, rejected a £6m bonus offer from the Eredivisie side to stay. (Mirror)

Arsenal must pay £8m to turn the loan signings of Spain defender Pablo Mari, 26, and Portugal right-back Cedric Soares, 28, into permanent deals. (Star)

Chelsea turned down a deadline-day transfer for Dalian Yifang and Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, 30. (Sun, via Telegraph)

Juventus have already begun work on summer deals for Brescia's 19-year-old Italy midfielder Sandro Tonali and Manchester United's 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Manchester United will pursue Birmingham City's 16-year-old England Under-17 midfielder Jude Bellingham in the summer after drawing up a £20m package on deadline day. (Independent)

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo's agent says he spoke to Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for a few days before the 30-year-old completed his deadline-day move. (Aftenposten, via Express)

Ighalo was shocked by United's deadline-day move after it had appeared the deal would not be happening. (Mail)

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes the deal for Ighalo shows poor transfer planning. (Sky Sports)


Glenn Murray secures draw for Brighton as West Ham throw away two-goal lead

Nick Ames at the London Stadium

Beyond this being, from start to finish, tremendous entertainment there is a salient point for the killjoys. Quite simply, neither West Ham nor Brighton will be long for the Premier League if they carry on like this.

At least the away side could travel home feeling relatively buoyant, their unwavering devotion to constructive approach play bearing fruit with two goals in the final 15 minutes; but this result has the potential to be disastrous for West Ham. They are back in the relegation zone and face a fiendish run of fixtures, with visits to Manchester City and Liverpool up next. Further gifts of the kind they offered Brighton will wreak havoc upon their goal difference, not to mention a points tally that needs augmenting in short order.

“We’re gutted, because we’ve given away two points,” said David Moyes, who admitted he had expressed his disappointment to the dressing room in no uncertain terms. “We did an awful lot of good things and it’s been tarnished by a couple of mistakes. At 3-1 we gave them a massive leg-up.”

That is as good a place as any to start, given West Ham had looked uncharacteristically serene after restoring a two-goal cushion through Robert Snodgrass’s second deflected volley.

They were playing with something approaching control when Arthur Masuaku, who had come on as a substitute, attempted a pass infield and saw Leandro Trossard anticipate his intention. The ball spun towards the box and its flight appeared to baffle the centre-backs, Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna, who hesitated under little pressure. Ogbonna attempted a header back towards Lukasz Fabianski but Pascal Gross, quite decisive by contrast, nipped in to prod a slow-motion finish.

It was knockabout stuff and Moyes was equally exasperated by what happened four minutes later. VAR initially seemed to have offered a lightning rod for West Ham’s fury when, after a lengthy delay, it ruled Glenn Murray had not handled before drilling Davy Propper’s cross past Fabianski. The home crowd were incensed but the decision, which reversed Michael Oliver’s original decision to disallow the goal, was correct.

Moyes felt, as did most onlookers, that Ryan Fredericks should have prevented the delivery from reaching Murray. “I’m more disappointed at what my defender did; VAR should never have been close to being involved with it,” he said. But West Ham’s capacity to complicate a favourable situation pre-dated these mistakes.

They had taken the lead when Brighton dealt with a set-piece lamentably and Diop jabbed Snodgrass’s free-kick into an unguarded net ahead of Mathew Ryan.

When Snodgrass, smashing home on the run via a decisive snick off Adam Webster, made it two as half-time approached there was even a case for lauding their efficiency: Brighton had missed two presentable openings at the other end while the hosts had made their own incursions count.

Alarm bells rang immediately after the restart when Fabianski punched Gross’s corner straight on to the head of Ogbonna and in. It was a gift, a contender in a stiff contest for the game’s biggest blooper, but West Ham dusted themselves down with rare character. Aaron Cresswell’s corner was headed out beyond the edge of the area and Snodgrass, again meeting a dropping ball perfectly, earned the slice of luck brought by an inadvertent touch by Bernardo.

Fortune had exposed itself in broad daylight to West Ham, but it would soon squirrel itself out of view once again. A defeat would have been unfair on Brighton, though, and there may not have been too much argument if Trossard or Solly March had won it at the very end.

Graham Potter, who oversaw the game despite the death of his father on Thursday, was pleased with the “good quality, good personality, good character” shown by his players. The selection of Murray, who had not started in the league since 14 September, paid dividends.

Potter said the pair had “lots of honest conversations” during the transfer window about the 36-year-old’s wish for regular football and will surely use him more as Brighton look to escape the mire.

West Ham, who at least saw a good debut in midfield from Tomas Soucek and have Jarrod Bowen waiting in the wings, could do with nous like Murray’s. “I’m angry‚“ Moyes concluded.


West Ham U18s continue unbeaten run with 5-1 win over Arsenal U18s

West Ham U18s continued their fantastic start to 2020 with an emphatic 5-1 win over Arsenal U18s at Shenley Training Centre on Saturday morning.

Goals from Sebastian Nebyla and Kamarai Swyer, and a brace from Mipo Odubeko, had put the Hammers well in control before a late Zane Monlouis own goal completed the scoring.

The win keeps Kevin Keen’s side in third in U18 Premier League South, just two points behind pace-setters Chelsea and Fulham.

The U18s are now unbeaten in their last eight league games and, after hitting five, have now scored the second-most goals in the division behind Fulham.

West Ham took the lead in the 28th minute through Nebyla. A razor-sharp counter-attack saw Jayden Fevrier released down the right-hand side and the No7 managed to cut the ball back inside to Nebyla who fired home for his tenth league goal of the season.

The hosts, however, equalised shortly before half-time after they were awarded a penalty.
Arsenal midfielder Alfie Matthews stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards to send the teams in level at the break.

Just five minutes after the restart the Irons were ahead once more, Fevrier’s whipped front-post corner finding the advancing Swyer. The winger was able to apply the finish past Graczyk in the Arsenal goal.

The U18s extended their advantage not long after, a miscommunication amongst the Arsenal backline leaving Odubeko one-on-one with Gracyk. The striker finished calmly under the keeper for his fifth of the campaign to put West Ham 3-1 up.

The 17-year old didn’t have to wait long to add his sixth. In the 64th minute Odubeko raced to intercept a sloppy Arsenal pass on the halfway line and drove towards the heart of the Gunners defence.

The forward evaded two challenges on his way to the edge of the box and curled the ball immaculately into the top right corner to put the result beyond doubt.

The Hammers added a fifth in injury-time when Keenan Appiah-Forson’s first-time effort cannoned in off Arsenal defender Monlouis and into the Arsenal goal, sealing a comprehensive victory for Kevin Keen’s side.

West Ham United U18s: Hegyi, Appiah-Forson, Nsumbu, Okotcha, Greenidge, Giddings (Adu 67’), Stroud, Fevrier (Velicky 75’), Nebyla (Peake 75’), Swyer, Odubeko
Subs: Jinadu

Goals: Nebyla 28’, Swyer 49’, Odubeko 55’ 64’, Monlouis (OG) 90+2

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Texas Iron 2:59 Mon Feb 3
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