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Alan 1:37 Thu Dec 24
Christmas Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)


Wishing a Happy Christmas to all WHOers


BBC

Chelsea have joined the race for Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20, but Manchester City consider themselves as favourites to sign the Norwegian striker. (90 min)

Manchester United's hopes of signing Haaland could be weakened because of their relationship with his agent Mino Raiola, meaning Everton and England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 23, could be an alternative for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. (Mirror)

Chelsea intend to free up funds to sign Haaland, and West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, by selling seven players: England's Ross Barkley, 27, Spaniard Marcos Alonso, 29, Germany's Antonio Rudiger, 27, Denmark's Andreas Christensen, 24, Italian Jorginho, 29, England's Danny Drinkwater, 30, and Nigeria's Victor Moses, 30. (Sky Sports via Sun)

Paris St-Germain are looking at signing Rudiger, with the defender finding first-team opportunities hard to come by at Stamford Bridge. (Le Parisien - in French & subscription required)

Liverpool are interested in signing Real Madrid and Brazil defender Eder Militao, 22, while Argentine free agent Ezequiel Garay, 34, is also set to join Jurgen Klopp's side. (Todofichajes - in Spanish)

Liverpool also look set to sign Celta Vigo defender Stefan Bajcetic, 16, from under the noses of Manchester United - although a deal would have to be done before new Brexit transfer rules come into force on 1 January. (Liverpool Echo)

Mikael Arteta and Arsenal are interested in signing Real Madrid and Brazil forward Vinicius Jr, 20, on loan in January, but have decided against signing his team-mate and Spain midfielder Isco, 28, who is set to join Juventus. (Daily Star)

Barcelona are in talks to sign Arsenal and Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi, 28, on a free transfer when his contract at Emirates Stadium expires in the summer. (SPOX via 90 min)

Derby County boss Wayne Rooney wants to make former Manchester United and England team-mate Phil Jones, 28, his first signing, although the Rams could face competition from West Brom and Burnley. (Metro)

Manchester United want to use their option to extend Jesse Lingard's contract by another year to 2022, ensuring the 28-year-old English winger will not be able to leave on a free transfer when his current deal expires next summer. (Mail)

Everton and Wolves are set to challenge AC Milan for Strasbourg and France defender Mohamed Simakan, 20, who is available for around £20m. (Tutto Mercato Web - in Italian)

There could be a potential departure from Everton for 29-year-old Turkey forward Cenk Tosun, with Dutch side Feyenoord interested. (Footballoranje.com)

Leicester continue to be linked with France winger Florian Thauvin, 27, who Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud says could leave the Ligue 1 club in January. (Leicester Mercury)

Goalkeeper Loris Karius, 27, could return to Liverpool, as Union Berlin are considering ending his loan spell early, with the German making just one appearance since the start of the season. (Kicker via The Sun)

Barcelona are trying to convince Spain midfielder Riqui Puig to sign a new contract, but with a departure looking more likely Manchester City and Bayern Munich are both interested in the 21-year-old. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Manchester United are set to beat RB Leipzig and AC Milan to the signing of 19-year-old Independiente del Valle and Ecuador midfielder Moisés Caicedo for £4.5m. (Daily Mail)

Brentford are in talks with Finland forward Marcus Forss, 21, about extending his contract with both Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund supposedly interested. (Team Talk)

Club Bruges are pushing to sign Aston Villa striker Mbwana Samatta, 28, despite the fact the Tanzania international is on loan at Turkish side Fenerbahce. (Florian Holsbeek via Sport Witness)

Inter Miami's Lewis Morgan, 24, could be available for £2m with Sheffield United and Reading both interested in the Scottish winger. (Mail)

PSV Eindhoven forward Mario Gotze, 28, says he had the opportunity to return to Bayern Munich this summer. (Bild - in German)







Eurosport

West Ham consider Olivier Giroud switch

West Ham are considering a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, who is struggling to get game time under Frank Lampard.

The Sun reports that West Ham could be the next stop in London for Olivier Giroud. The 34-year-old French international does not get regular game time with Chelsea under Frank Lampard, and a move to the Hammers would allow him to keep his place in the French international squad ahead of the rescheduled Euro 2020, assuming his form holds up.

Paper Round’s view: West Ham struggle in front of goal, and with David Moyes a straightforward striker is probably the best tactical match the West Ham manager could hope for. At 34, Giroud seems in excellent physical shape and could offer a couple of years yet in attack and it would take the pressure off the injured Michail Antonio and the underwhelming Sebastian Haller.

David Moyes is said to have doubts over the Ivorian's suitability and wants to bring in an established forward in January, according to the Mirror.

West Ham are said to be open to offloading out-of-favour Andriy Yarmolenko in order to fund the move.

The East Londoners have also been linked with former hitman Marko Arnautovic as well as summer target Josh King from Bournemouth.

Frank Lampard would prefer to keep Giroud but the France international is keen to play more to secure his place at next summer's Euros.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 2:45 Fri Dec 25
Re: Christmas Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
Merry Christmas to Alan and everyone here...

Cheers...
🎅🎅🎅🎅

Ronald_antly 4:22 Fri Dec 25
Re: Christmas Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sydney_Iron wrote...

"It does not get said enough.............

THANKS ALAN and a very happy christmas and new year."


Once a year seems sufficient to me.

jakehammer 1:46 Fri Dec 25
Re: Christmas Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
merry xmas Alan and a happy and prosperous new year.
also thanks for all your newspapery efforts all year round.
greatly appreciated.

geoffpikey 11:52 Thu Dec 24
Re: Christmas Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. And season's greetings to you and all Hammers.

norwaytips 11:19 Thu Dec 24
Re: Christmas Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan. Have a nice Christmas and a happy new year mate. 🎄☃️⚒.

Sydney_Iron 10:45 Thu Dec 24
Re: Christmas Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
It does not get said enough.............

THANKS ALAN and a very happy christmas and new year.

blueeyed.handsomeman 9:54 Thu Dec 24
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THanks mate,


all the best to Our AL the WHOers PAL

claret59 7:32 Thu Dec 24
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thank you alan, merry christmas.

Mr Logic 7:02 Thu Dec 24
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Thanks Alan. I know I don't login and say thanks every day but like untold numbers of whoers over the years this is my first port of call. Thanks again m8 and wishing you a very Merry Christmas 😊 🎄

Razzman 6:42 Thu Dec 24
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Thanks Alan and Merry Christmas

one iron 6:00 Thu Dec 24
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Thanks alan.

Alfs 5:45 Thu Dec 24
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Thanks, Alan and Merry Christmas.

Thanks Alan 4:25 Thu Dec 24
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My pleasure, Charley.

charleyfarley 4:20 Thu Dec 24
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Thanks Alan appreciate all your work have a good Christmas

Cicero 4:11 Thu Dec 24
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Thanks, Alan. Merry Christmas

Long Lost 3:39 Thu Dec 24
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Thanks Alan. Happy Christmas

Capitol Man 3:16 Thu Dec 24
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Merry Christmas Alan.

Mex Martillo 3:02 Thu Dec 24
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Thanks Alan
Merry Christmas
Amazing, much appreciated

ParadiseLost 2:36 Thu Dec 24
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Thanks Alan. As an ex pat hammer i really appreciate your work in collecting together the news each day. Have a Merry Christmas.

MaryMillingtonsGhost 2:23 Thu Dec 24
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Far Cough 1:40

the exile 2:11 Thu Dec 24
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Thanks Alan - always the first thread I look at. Merry Christmas!

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