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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 1:56 Sat Jan 9
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign Argentina forward Sergio Aguero on a free transfer in the summer when the 32-year-old's contract at Manchester City runs out. (Mirror)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is in talks to join Turkish club Fenerbahce on loan for the rest of the season. However, the Gunners have said they do not want to pay any part of his £350,000-a-week salary if the move happens. (Guardian)

The Gunners are also being linked with a bid for 24-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger Julian Brandt this month, with the Bundesliga club willing to sell the Germany international. (Bild - in German)

Tottenham are interested in signing Real Madrid and Brazil defender Eder Militao, 22. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Spurs' Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld, 31, is a target for PSV Eindhoven. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Valencia have held talks with Tottenham over a move for England midfielder Harry Winks but are refusing to meet Spurs' asking price for the 24-year-old. (AS - in Spanish)

Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier, 30, was keen on securing a January transfer to Manchester United, but the potential move has been scuppered by the England right-back's 10-week ban for breaching betting rules. (Talksport)

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 33, and 30-year-old defender Marcos Rojo, who are both Argentina internationals, can leave the club this month. (Manchester Evening News)

West Ham have identified Arsenal's English striker Eddie Nketiah, 21, as an option to bolster their attacking options after Ivory Coast international Sebastien Haller joined Dutch side Ajax. Bournemouth's Norway forward Joshua King, 28, and 24-year-old Stade Reims and Senegal striker Boulaye Dia are also under consideration. (London Evening Standard)

Everton are not talking to Italian club Roma about selling 28-year-old Brazilian midfielder Bernard, says Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti. (Liverpool Echo)

But Ancelotti is open to selling Italian striker Moise Kean to Paris St-Germain should the French champions want to turn the 20-year-old's loan deal into a permanent move. (Guardian)

Manchester United left-back Brandon Williams would like to move on loan to another Premier League club, with Newcastle United and Southampton having been linked with the 20-year-old Englishman. (Manchester Evening News)

Celtic are in talks with Leicester City about signing 23-year-old Croatian centre-back Filip Benkovic, who played for the Scottish champions on loan in 2018-19. (Sky Sports)

Championship side Cardiff City are not planning to try to sign Wales forward Tyler Roberts, 21, on loan from Leeds United this month. (Wales Online)

Leeds are interested in Derby County's 19-year-old midfielders Jason Knight and Louie Sibley. (Football Insider)

Newcastle's chances of taking Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury, 23, on loan have been reduced by Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers saying he is not "overly keen" on letting the former England Under-21 international leave on a temporary basis. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Bayern Munich are close to signing Reading left-back Omar Richards on a free transfer when the 22-year-old Englishman's contract with the Championship club runs out in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Napoli and Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik, who is out of contract in the summer and yet to play for the Serie A side this season, is wanted by the "best" Premier League clubs, says the 26-year-old's agent. (Sun)


Journalist claims that West Ham signed £20.2m man for less than was originally reported

Charles Jones

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Ian McGarry has claimed that West Ham actually paid a lot less than the initially reported £45 million fee for Sebastien Haller.

McGarry is well-connected and he recalled a conversation he had with the Frankfurt Sporting Director at that time, who denied that such a hefty fee had been paid for the French striker.

The Haller fee has been a controversial talking point for quite some time now, with FIFA getting involved with the payments of instalments to Frankfurt, but it’s now claimed by McGarry that the London club didn’t pay £45 million for the striker who has just been sold for £20.2 million.

“West Ham striker Sebastien Haller joining Ajax for €22.5 million (£20.2m), now I say this is surprising for two reasons. One, West Ham, when they signed Haller from Frankfurt said that he cost £45 million IE about €50 million at that point, and as we know, West Ham are not really in the habit of selling players at half the price they bought them from, even if the player hasn’t lived up to expectations.

“It just reminds me of a conversation I had, that Eintracht denied they’d been paid £45 million for Haller at the time, and the Sporting Director chuckled to himself when it was suggested that that was the price they had received from West Ham, and it’s believed that the fee was a lot closer to the €22.5 million that West Ham have now received from Ajax.”

We can’t confirm whether or not McGarry’s claim is true, but the journalist is usually very reliable on transfers, and he’s clearly spoken to people close to the situation.

If this is true, it’s a cracking piece of business for the Hammers, and Haller’s sale makes a lot more sense with this information available to us.

As McGarry says, they aren’t the type of club to accept a near £25 million loss on a player, so there may well be some credence to this claim.

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DukeofDevo 9:03 Sat Jan 9
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Good read Thanks Alan! So we got back what we paid for Haller We need to sign a good striker and a couple of others to push forward in the second half of the season.

Mex Martillo 6:55 Sat Jan 9
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:56 Sat Jan 9

geoffpikey 2:16 Sat Jan 9
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Thanks Alan. Interesting Haller story... wouldn't surprise me. (Nothing West Ham does, though!)

Texas Iron 2:12 Sat Jan 9
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Texas Iron 2:12 Sat Jan 9
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Thanks Alan 1:56 Sat Jan 9
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Thanks Alan

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