WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 2:06 Tue Jan 5
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are closely monitoring defender Sergio Ramos' situation at Real Madrid with an eye to signing the 34-year-old Spain captain as a free agent this summer. (ESPN)

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 29, is set to reject Manchester City's first contract offer and is concerned by the pace of negotiations with the club over a new five-year deal. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham are not looking to sell or loan out England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, this month, but Argentina goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, 29, and English defender Danny Rose, 30, will be allowed to leave. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea are willing to give Frank Lampard more time as manager, but the situation is under constant review, with Thomas Tuchel, Max Allegri, Brendan Rodgers and Ralph Hasenhuttl considered the primary options if he is dismissed. (Independent)

Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko, currently in charge of the Ukraine national team, is also being considered as a replacement. (Le10 Sport)

Ajax and Wolves have joined the long list of clubs keen to sign Inter Milan's out-of-favour Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 28. (Sky Italia via Mail)

Arsenal have no plans to sell Mohamed Elneny, 28, in the January transfer window amid reported interest in the Egyptian midfielder from Besiktas. (Football London)

Arsenal have offered German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 32, to Juventus in recent weeks but the Italian champions see Sweden international Dejan Kulusevski, 20, as a future talent in that role. (CBS Sports)

Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Argentine Emi Buendia but have yet to make a formal offer for the 24-year-old Norwich midfielder. (Football London)

Arsenal are investigating a possible player-plus-cash deal for Buendia, to try and persuade Norwich to sell the highly-rated midfielder, with 21-year-old English midfielders Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson among the players they are prepared to offer the Canaries. (Independent)

But lucrative offers for Buendia, English full-back Max Aarons, 21, and English midfielder Todd Cantwell, 22, will be ignored over the next month as Norwich look to return to the Premier League. (Sky Sports)

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says he isn't ruling out the possibility of 24-year-old German midfielder Julian Brandt leaving the club for Arsenal during January.(Mirror)

Manchester United and Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 30, has held talks over a move to Boca Juniors in his homeland, though a deal has still to be finalised. (Mail)

The form of Ivorian defender Eric Bailly, 26, could convince Manchester United not to pursue another centre-back this month. (Manchester Evening News)

Barcelona's top three transfer targets are Liverpool's Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, Manchester City and Spain centre-back Eric Garcia, 19, and Lyon and Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 26. But they face a difficult task to land them during the January transfer window and are more likely to target free transfers in the summer, when all three are out of contract. (Sky Sports)

West Ham have opted against re-signing Shanghai SIPG's Austria forward Marko Arnautovic as the 31-year-old is considered too expensive. (Mail)

Bayern Munich are in talks to sign Reading's England Under-21 full-back Omar Richards, 22, at the end of the season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Bayern Munich and Austria utility player David Alaba's wage demands are proving a stumbling block with regard to the 28-year-old's prospective move to Real Madrid. (Goal)

Real Madrid are still expected to sign Alaba, beating Manchester United and Barcelona to his signature. (Star)

Barcelona pulled out of the transfer race for Alaba due to financial instability. (Mail)

Tottenham have put non-urgent contract talks on ice, including negotiations with South Korea forward Son Heung-min Son, during the Covid-19 pandemic. (London Evening Standard)

Leicester's English midfielders Hamza Choudhury, 23, and Demarai Gray, 24, are both looking to leave the club this month. (Talksport)

Liverpool's Canada forward Liam Millar, 21, is set to join Charlton on loan. (Goal)

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce says the majority of his signings this month will be made up of loans or short-term contracts. (Express & Star)

English winger Rolando Aarons is set to be the first Newcastle player to leave in the January transfer window with Huddersfield close to signing the 25-year-old. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

Pep Guardiola could be due for an eye-catching link-up with Sergio Ramos, with Manchester City reported to be keeping a beady eye on the Real Madrid veteran’s contract situation. The defender’s current deal at the Bernabéu runs out in June and he could leave for free if the current haggling over his wages is not resolved. ESPN reports that City regard the 34-year-old Ramos as an “interesting” option in defence, and would be prepared to pony up his considerable wage demands given he would cost nothing in transfer fees. But fellow big-spenders Paris Saint-Germain are also interested.

Christian Eriksen’s failure to pull up trees since his move to Internazionale last year has inevitably got the mill churning. Potential suitors include Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Wolves and the midfielder’s former club Ajax. Inter want rid too, so watch this space.

Let us return to the subject of Arsenal and German No 10s: the Gunners have “genuine” interest in signing the Borussia Dortmund creative midfielder Julian Brandt, according to football.london and the Bundesliga club could sanction a £22m move for the 24-year-old this very month.

Liverpool have been linked with the young Juventus defender Merih Demiral as they look to shore up their injury-hit back line. The 22-year-old Turkish international has struggled to make an impact in Serie A this term, making only five appearances, and Juve wouldn’t turn down offers of £45m and above for Demiral. The Premier League champions could face competition from Tottenham, mind. Talking of Spurs, among the players they may be prepared to ship out this month are Dele Alli (see Rumours passim), Danny Rose and the goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, who hasn’t played for nearly 10 months.

Manchester United are keen on the free-scoring Sporting Lisbon midfielder Pedro Gonçalves, according to the Daily Star. The 22-year-old has scored 11 times for Sporting this season, attracting the attention of Premier League scouts. If United don’t land him, there’s always the 19-year-old Ecuador international Moisés Caicedo, currently at Independiente del Valle in his homeland.

The form of the Reading full-back Omar Richards this season has attracted the attention of Bayern Munich, no less. The Telegraph reports that the European champions are in talks with the Championship promotion contenders about a move in the summer. Everton are also keen on the England under-21 international. Reading for their part are eager to secure a loan deal for the young Chelsea attacking midfielder Izzy Brown, who is currently at Sheffield Wednesday but struggling for game time.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Huddersfield are closing in on a loan deal for the Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons in what would be the sixth such move in Aarons’s Newcastle career. Steve Bruce will also entertain offers for Henri Saivet, Christian Atsu and Achraf Lazaar.

In the women’s Championship, Liverpool are poised to sign the striker Melissa Johnson from their promotion rivals Sheffield United. Johnson’s 12 goals last season helped Aston Villa gain promotion to the Women’s Super League last season before her summer switch to the Blades.


West Ham offered Marko Arnautovic but unlikely to sign due to high wages

Marko Arnautovic left West Ham for Shanghai SIPG in acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 2019; the Hammers are unlikely to take up the chance to re-sign the Austrian international due to his high wages

West Ham have been offered the chance to re-sign Marko Arnautovic from Shanghai SIPG, but the move is unlikely to happen because of his high wages.

Arnautovic left West Ham in acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 2019 after agitating for a lucrative move to China.

A fee in in the region of £22.4m was agreed with Shanghai SIPG, with Sky Sports News reporting West Ham were willing to accept a "terrible deal" after comments made by his brother claiming the club were "using" him.

The departure ended a two-season spell at West Ham where Arnautovic registered 21 goals in 59 Premier League matches, and the Austrian international went on to score seven goals in 18 games during the Chinese Super League's curtailed 2020 campaign.

Speaking in September, Arnautovic admitted he had initially underestimated the demands of football in China.

"I underestimated the conditions here. I was thinking okay, I'll come here, like in Europe, let's play a game, it should not be hard. It was very hard," he said.

"It was true, I had some games that were not good and I know the expectations are high, but I'm ready and born for this. I'm born for challenges

"I underestimated and I didn't train and I didn't look after my body, drinking fizzy drinks, what is not good for the body. Eating at wrong times.

"When I came to China it took me about three weeks until I adapted to the time. I went to bed at 6 or 7 in the morning, woke up at 3 or 4 in the afternoon and went to training. Stay up again all night.

"I put in my mind the club wanted me to come. To do well. To play for the title. I changed because I need to do better and be fitter, otherwise you can't play here. When you're not in a fit condition you cannot play in China."


Inter midfielder still waiting for Irons/PSG interest

Inter Milan have not received any official bids so far for Christian Eriksen:
According to European media outlets although Inter want to sell him quickly there have been no serious moves wither from the Hammers or Paris St Germain who have been reported as being interested.

It had been claimed that West Ham have made a move to sign the Inter Milan player, according to a report from FC Inter News. having been first linked with the former Spurs playmaker by Eurosport.

Gazzetta dello Sport then suggested that Inter Milan are willing to send the 28-year-old former Spurs ace out on loan this month with an option to buy.

While West Ham have the maximum number of domestic loans they could have an unlimited number of foreign loans but a striker is seen as the main majority.

However, a move for Eriksen was always seen as unlikely and this is one we don’t expect to see happen.


West Ham could end Felipe Anderson's loan spell with Porto after lack of action

Brazilian has played three games in all competitions
West Ham broke their transfer record for winger in 2019

Jacob Steinberg

West Ham are looking into ending Felipe Anderson’s unproductive spell at Porto and attempting to protect the Brazilian winger’s value by finding him a new loan club.

Anderson has struggled since joining Porto on a season’s loan in October, making three appearances in all competitions for the Portuguese champions. It is believed Porto’s manager, Sérgio Conceição, had reservations about signing the 27-year-old.

West Ham will look to sell Anderson in the summer and could struggle to extract a high price if he has barely played this season. If his spell at Porto is cut short, Anderson could join another European club on a temporary basis this month, with a permanent move unlikely.

West Ham broke their transfer record when they signed Anderson from Lazio for £37m in the summer of 2019. He impressed in his first season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions as Manuel Pellegrini led the club to 10th place in the Premier League.

However, Anderson’s star waned as performances deteriorated last season and he found himself out of favour when David Moyes replaced Pellegrini as West Ham’s manager in December 2019. He ended the campaign with one goal and found himself on the bench as Moyes saved West Ham from relegation.

West Ham were ready to sell Anderson last summer but the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic meant buyers were thin on the ground for a player who earns around £115,000 a week.

The club have considered an audacious loan move for Marko Arnautovic, who left them for the Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG in controversial circumstances 18 months ago. However, the Austrian forward’s £300,000-a-week wages mean a reunion is highly unlikely.

Sport Witness

Potential West Ham offer looks enough to get transfer done – Club won’t close door on sale

West Ham United’s potential bid for Vitória Guimarães star Marcus Edwards is getting some positive echoes in the Portuguese press.

This story was started by the English media this week, with claims saying the Hammers could make an offer worth £18m for the winger.

Now as newspaper O Jogo writes about it, they say there’s a reasonable chance for this transfer to happen, with their sources claiming it has ‘may have legs to walk’.

They report that Vitória Guimarães ‘aren’t closing the door’ to a transfer, as long as the club get an offer they find compatible with the player’s potential.

This potential £18m bid from West Ham reported by the English media appears to be enough, with O Jogo saying Vitória will hardly negotiate for less than that.

Marcus Edwards moved to Portugal last summer on a free move, with Tottenham Hotspur keeping 50% of a future sale.

Even though he only has one goal and two assists this season so far, his performances have been enough to link him to the likes of Crystal Palace, Fulham and Leeds United as well.

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