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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 1:21 Mon Jan 11
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Napoli have made Arsenal's Scotland defender Kieran Tierney a long-term target after missing out on the 23-year-old at the start of last season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester United are set to compete with Paris St-Germain for 22-year-old Brest and France Under-21 midfielder Romain Faivre. (Sun)

Everton are considering a move for 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson, who is on loan at Porto from West Ham United. (Teamtalk)

Chelsea are unwilling to let England midfielder Ross Barkley join Aston Villa - where he is on a season-long loan deal - on the cheap, with the 27-year-old still having two and a half years left on his contract. (Birmingham Mail)

Newcastle United remain a possible destination for Chelsea's 23-year-old English defender Fikayo Tomori, who is set to go out on loan this month. (Chronicle)

However, the Magpies have given up on trying to sign English Manchester United left-back Brandon Williams, 20. (Northern Echo)

Spanish forward Brahim Diaz is set to leave AC Milan at the end of his loan period and return to Real Madrid, although the Italian club want to retain the 21-year-old. (Le10Sport - in French)

England winger Jadon Sancho admitted he has endured a tough season for Borussia Dortmund since his links with Manchester United throughout the summer, but the 20-year-old believes he's now back to his best. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho's agent has talked up the prospect of the 35-year-old returning to Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense when his contract with the Premier League club expires this summer. (Globo Esporte - in Portuguese)

Fenerbahce want £14m for Turkish midfielder Ozan Tufan with Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion both interested in the 25-year-old, along with Russian side CSKA Moscow. (Hurriyet - in Turkish)

Liverpool have held talks with clubs in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland over a potential loan move for 19-year-old Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg. (Goal)

Southampton forward Dan N'Lundulu, who has represented England at youth level, is a target for Real Betis. The 21-year-old has 18 months left on his contract. (TodoFichajes - in Spanish)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Monday’s Rumours kick off with quite the doozie, with The Telegraph reporting Napoli have set their hearts on an audacious summer swoop for Kieran Tierney. A standout performer for Arsenal even during their most abysmal spell of form this season, the left-back looks certain Future Captain Material and one suspects that if the Italian side get their way, Gunners fans might storm the Emirates in protest and raze it to the ground. This is not the first time Napoli have shown interest in the left-back, having been beaten to his scrawl when he moved “down the road” to London from his boyhood club Celtic.

In news more likely to meet with the approval ofArsenal fans, Mike Arteta and Edu are reported to be interested in acquiring Emi Buendía from Norwich City, but will have to fend off interest from Valencia in the £40m-rated Argentinian midfielder. Guardian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims the Premier League side have already been in contact with the player’s representative and an official bid is in the pipeline.

Brendan Rodgers has no plans to bring in any new recruits during the January window unless his hand is forced by injuries, but the Leicester City manager is prepared to let Hamza Choudhury, Demarai Gray and Islam Slimani leave the club. West Brom are in the box-seat to sign midfield enforcer Choudhury, while Southampton are interested in adding Gray to their coterie of wingers. According to the Leicester Mercury, Lyon have agreed personal terms with Slimani and will either pay a fee for the striker in the current window or bide their time and take him on a free in June.

In news that will come as music to the ears of Liverpool and Manchester United, Bild report that RB’s Leipzig chief executive, Oliver Mintzlaff, has said the club could be receptive to offers for their 23-year-old central defender Dayot Upamecano. Liverpool are also reported to be interested in Bayern Munich’s Austrian utility man David Alaba, but may be put off by the £10m salary demands of a player who is believed to have his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.

Following his side’s win over Morecambe in the FA Cup on Sunday, Frank Lampard announced that central defender Fikayo Tomori will probably be allowed to leave the club on loan in the current transfer window. The 23-year-old is the subject of firm interest at Newcastle, where Steve Bruce is also hopeful of bringing in Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams for the rest of the season.

With his client out of contract this summer despite his importance to the Manchester City cause, Fernandinho’s agent has been discussing his client’s future with Brazilian TV station Globo Esporte. Giovanni Branchini claims the central midfielder could return to his former club Athletico Paranaense when his current deal expires but also flagged up interest from various other unspecified Brazilian and European clubs.

Out of favour at Manchester United and in need of a career reboot, Jesse Lingard could be offered a fresh start by Inter, but only if the Italian side can rehome Christian Eriksen first. Having singularly failed to impress since moving from White Hart Lane to the San Siro, the Danish playmaker has been linked with a surprise return to Tottenham Hotspur if Dele Alli moves to Paris Saint-Germain. However, with Eriksen’s representatives alleged to be in dispute with Spurs over a commission they believe they are owed in the wake of his move to Italy, the prospect of him moving to Wolves, West Ham or his former club Ajax seems more likely.


‘At the end of my contract’: Reported £20m West Ham target could leave for free next summer

Danny Owen

Reported West Ham United target Marcelo admitted that he is due to become a free agent in a matter of months, with his Lyon deal coming to an end, while speaking to Foot01.

Back in January 2019, the Hammers were on the verge of paying £20 million for an experienced, 33-year-old centre-half.

Flash forward 18 months, however, and there is a very real chance that David Moyes could get his mitts on a top-class defensive talent for absolutely nothing (Sun).

Despite shining during that stunning run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, Marcelo is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract at Lyon.

And with West Ham putting plans in place for a summer swoop, Rudi Garcia’s side face a race against time if they want to tie down one of their most reliable performers.

“We have started talking with (sporting director) Juninho, (general manager) Vincent Ponsot and president Jean-Michel Aulas. I am happy here in Lyon. I hope we will find a good solution.”

Clearly, Marcelo’s top priority is to stay put at a club sitting top of the Ligue 1 table, one point clear of a strangely-inconsistent Paris Saint-Germain.

Lyon could also lose star man Memphis Depay on a free next summer while striker Moussa Dembele, who has also been linked with Lyon, is expected to join Atletico Madrid over the next few days.


West Ham flop Felipe Anderson is a target for Serie A leaders AC Milan despite making just three appearances in miserable Porto loan spell

Felipe Anderson is yet to play 90 minutes during his loan spell at Porto
He has fallen down the pecking order at West Ham under David Moyes
If his loan to Porto is ended early, he may next be on the way to Italy


West Ham winger Felipe Anderson, currently on loan at Porto, is attracting interest from AC Milan.

With AC Milan making a real title push in Serie A, they may be looking to strengthen the squad a little more as they head into the second half of the season.

Anderson's loan at Porto is not working out, and West Ham are said to be planning to recall him early and pack him off somewhere else this month.

The Brazilian has yet to play a full 90 minutes in Portugal and has been exiled from their league squad for a long while, rendering his temporary stay pointless.

Anderson dropped down the pecking order under Moyes at West Ham and the 27-year-old looked set to be sold in the summer. With little interest, the £115,000-a-week wide-man was shipped abroad on loan.

If he does return to east London early, it seems unlikely Moyes will involve him in his first team plans, so could be straight out the door again to Italy.

Anderson's first season looked promising after Manuel Pellegrini signed him on a club-record transfer in 2018, chipping-in with nine goals and four assists in the Premier League as the Hammers finished the campaign tenth.

However after Pellegrini was sacked, Anderson began to see much less playing time.

West Ham are currently in 10th place in the league, however the top half is so tight they are only three points behind Tottenham in fourth.

Meanwhile AC Milan are top of the league by three points, ahead of local rivals Inter Milan.


West Ham in striker scramble as Watford ace among three now linked

West Ham could be set to target a couple of African players over the next couple of weeks in a bid to fill the void left by Sebastian Haller’s exit.

Haller, 26, has left the London Stadium to join Eredivisie outfit Ajax, leaving Michail Antonio as the only recognised striker.

With the transfer window now open, boss David Moyes is hoping to bolster his attacking ranks. And SunSport are reporting that they will table a £30million bid for Watford’s Senegal forward Ismaila Sarr.

The 22-year-old remained with the Hornets after relegation and was targeted by Crystal Palace. The Eagles’ £25m plus extras offer was rejected on deadline day as Watford sought more.

It has now been suggested that the East End outfit will better that figure as they look to do business.

The former Rennes ace is said to harbour hopes of a switch to either Liverpool or Manchester United. But the big two have yet to show their hand and it may well come down to West Ham or another Palace bid.

Moyes wants to bring a new man in and admits he will need to think fast without any help.

“You get in a situation, you play with a false nine and you can do that,” he said. “You have to start being creative and certainly Pep [Guardiola] has been that with what he’s done at Man City, and who knows if we don’t have anybody, we will need to start being creative ourselves here.”

RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka is another African thought to be under consideration by West Ham. The 22-year-old has been scoring goals for fun this season, with 10 in 14 games to date.

The Zambia international has notched twice in the Champions League and is keen to move to the Premier League. Moyes may be helped by the fact his agent is former West Ham and Tottenham striker Freddie Kanoute.

The Hammers are also said to be thinking about Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek. The 25-year-old currently plies his trade for Hertha Berlin.

They appear willing to loan him with a view to buying after his mixed time in the German top flight. The former AC Milan forward has scored eight goals from 29 Bundesliga appearances after joining 12 months ago.

Hertha paid Milan €27m for his signature and will want to recoup the majority of that outlay should West Ham come calling.

Sport Witness

‘Exit door is open’ – Red carpet put out for West Ham to sign player this month

Rumours, largely fed from England, of West Ham interest in Real Madrid’s Mariano have been welcomed in Spain on Monday.

Having sold Sébastien Haller to Ajax last week it’s now inevitable that the Hammers will be linked with every conceivable option to replace him. Even prior to the Haller exit, David Moyes’ side were being linked with strikers, so that’s only been given further encouragement.

Agents will also be at work, aware West Ham will be looking for a signing and ready to push their clients forward for a winter move.

Mundo Deportivo cover the English claims and point out that at that end it’s thought Mariano would be keen on a move to the Premier League.

However, it’s fair to say that’s not the general stance in the Spanish media. Monday’s edition of AS states the ‘exit door is open’ for Mariano, so West Ham would have a red carpet laid out for them.

That’s from Real Madrid’s perspective, and unfortunately Mariano sees it differently. Despite Los Blancos trying to sell him in recent windows, the striker has been against a move, quite happy to see out his contract which lasts until June 2023.

Whilst the Hammers are likely to get a positive response from Real Madrid, it sounds like they’d need to do some work on the player, regardless of what is being claimed in England.

Evening Standard

Stockport vs West Ham: Two Hammers players forced to miss FA Cup tie due to self-isolation

By Jack Rosser

David Moyes has revealed that West Ham will be without two of their first-team players at Stockport on Monday night due to them having to self-isolate.

The Hammers have not recorded any more positive tests after Ryan Fredericks contracted coronavirus, but some of their players are having to isolate after coming into contact with someone who had returned a positive result.

Fredericks missed the New Year's Day win at Everton after testing positive but has now completed his own spell of self-isolation.

Moyes would not name those who will miss the FA Cup trip to Stockport and is confident it won't have a big impact on his plans this evening.

"We've had no positive tests but we have got one or two players who are having to isolate because they've been in contact with people, which is happening quite often," said Moyes, who will name a strong side at Edgeley Park.

"The situation at the moment, there are so many people catching it, there are a lot of people having to isolate because of that. We've got one or two in that situation as well.

"I don't think it presents a big problem, I won't give names out because ethically I think that's the right thing to do. We're not hiding anything and it won't become any big shock Just like every club in the country there's probably some people having to isolate at the moment. No positive tests except for Ryan Fredericks who is allowed to return Sunday or Monday."


Report: West Ham want Krzysztof Piatek; loan could be sanctioned

By Jordan Harris

West Ham United are interested in Krzysztof Piatek with Hertha Berlin open to loaning the striker out this month, according to a report from The Sun.

The Hammers will be looking to strengthen their attacking options before the window shuts. Sebastien Haller left the club earlier in the month.

And it has been suggested by The Sun that Piatek is on their radar. The 25-year-old has scored four goals in the Bundesliga this season.

He has featured in 15 of Hertha’s league games, but only started seven. And it appears that they are open to letting the Poland international leave before the deadline

According to the report, they will sanction a loan with a view to buy in the summer. It is not made clear whether making the move permanent would be an option or not.

You would imagine that Hertha would want a club to commit to signing Piatek permanently in the summer before taking him on loan.

Piatek has struggled to rediscover the form that he showed during the season in which he scored 30 goals across spells with Genoa and AC Milan.

He did just about reach double figures last season. And that may encourage Moyes should he decide that he wants West Ham to confirm their reported with a bid.

Caught Offside

West Ham star banks sizeable pay rise after latest Premier League appearance triggered contract clause

According to the Athletic (subscription required) as part of David Ornstein’s weekly Monday column, Jarrod Bowen has triggered a raise clause with his latest Premier League appearance for West Ham.

The Athletic report that the winger, who joined from Hull in a £22m deal last January, has netted a ‘significant’ increase to this wages owing to a contract clause that has been triggered.

Bowen’s outing in the Hammers’ 1-0 win in their last top-flight fixture against Everton marked his 30th appearance for the club, securing him a raise to his weekly wages described as ‘sizeable’.

Bowen contributed a goal and four assists in his 13 appearances after his career-changing mid-season switch, with the 24-year-old following that up with four goals and two assists already this season.

The Hereford academy graduate is one of the key reasons why David Moyes side are sitting 10th in the Premier League table as we approach the midpoint of the season.

The Athletic add that Bowen is contracted until the summer of 2025, the east London outfit’s decision to splash the cash this time last year has really paid off so far.

The right-winger offers all-around attacking quality from the flank for the Hammers, something that has been extremely valuable considering the woes of club-record signing Sebastien Haller – who has now been sold to Ajax – and the injury troubles of the side’s other quality striker option in Michail Antonio.

Sport Witness

Agent arrived ‘a few hours ago’ with West Ham offer for striker

Given West Ham’s need for a striker, it was only a matter of time before the Premier League club were linked with Arkadiusz Milik.

The Poland international has a contract expiring in June and has been completely frozen out of the picture at Napoli. In recent days, the Italian slant has been that Milik has to decide whether to push for a lesser move now, or risk his participation at the postponed Euro 2020 and wait for a free transfer to a big club.

Juventus are thought to be interested in the latter scenario, yet it’s obviously something Napoli want to avoid. Despite that, their stubborn chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has still been asking for around £15m in recent weeks, which seems entirely unrealistic.

Sense may be prevailing, and CalcioNapoli24 bring West Ham into the picture. Journalist Ciro Venerato, who specialises in all things Napoli, has been quoted as saying an agent arrived ‘a few hours ago’ with an offer from West Ham.

The agent is Claudio Vigorelli, and the offer is said to be worth €7m. Marseille are also keen, and Napoli’s latest idea is to ask for a percentage of any future sale, which will help them save face if they drop the price.

Whether Vigorelli is working on behalf of West Ham, or just trying his luck and hoping to build a deal to present to the Hammers, isn’t clear.

Sport Witness

West Ham in ‘front row’ for signing – Two sources push Hammers forward for transfer

On Sunday, we covered a very brief story from Calciomercato about West Ham interest in M’Bala Nzola.

The Hammers, along with Newcastle United, were said to be interested in the Spezia striker, and it made some sense for David Moyes’ side especially, given they’re currently in the market for an addition.

The 24-year-old has scored eight goals in 12 Serie A matches so far this season, an excellent return, and even better given Spezia have only scored 21 goals in 16 league matches.

Nzola was playing in Serie B last season, so his record looks impressive and it’s therefore no surprise the attacker, who switches between a striker role and the right wing, is attracting attention.

Calciomercato linked Napoli, and now it’s Sampdoria’s turn to get in on the act. ClubDoria46 report Nzola is ‘liked by many clubs’ and he’s being very closely watched by the Genoa club.

AC Milan are also said to be keen, but West Ham and Newcastle are described as being in the ‘front row’ for the signing. Sampdoria would be looking more towards the summer, and that would give Moyes’ side an advantage if they are to move this month.

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Mex Martillo 12:01 Tue Jan 12
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
With Kind Regards 3:19 Mon Jan 11

Long Lost 4:47 Mon Jan 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. Sounds like we’ll have a hatful of strikers come February!

Alwaysaniron 4:44 Mon Jan 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al

As we all expected; we're linked with everyman and his dog now!

With Kind Regards 3:19 Mon Jan 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:24 Mon Jan 11

Russ of the BML 3:19 Mon Jan 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ta Al.

ted fenton 1:24 Mon Jan 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:22 Mon Jan 11

Thanks Alan 1:22 Mon Jan 11
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Thanks Alan

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