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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 12:07 Fri Jan 29
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

West Ham will turn attacking midfielder Said Benrahma's loan from Brentford into a permanent deal. The Hammers paid £4.25m to take the 25-year-old Algeria international on loan and will pay another £21.75m to buy the player outright. (Eurosport)

Chelsea are interested in signing 20-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich's Austrian defender David Alaba, 28, this summer. Leeds-born Norway international Haaland, who has a £66m release, remains a top target for Real Madrid who are among a number of clubs also keen on Alaba. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal and England full-back/midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 23, is ready to go out on loan this month to bolster his chances of making England's squad for this summer's European Championships. (Mirror)

New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has no plans to sign any players in the rest of this transfer window. (Goal)

Paris St-Germain will consider selling France striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, in the summer if the World Cup winner fails to agree a new deal with the club. Both Liverpool and Real Madrid are both interested in signing him. (Marca - in Spanish)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said the Gunners will explore the possibility of extending 22-year-old Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard's stay beyond the end of this season after he joined on loan from Real Madrid. (Times, subscription required)

Liverpool are set to sign 16-year-old Derby County midfielder Kaide Gordon, who has represented England at Under-16 level. (Goal)

Senegal striker Mbaye Diagne, 29, has completed a medical in Turkey before a proposed loan move from Galatasaray to West Brom. (Sky Sports)

Bristol City are preparing a move for Aston Villa's English midfielder Henri Lansbury, 30. (Mirror)

Watford have offered West Ham the option of making 30-year-old English defender Craig Dawson's loan permanent for around £3m before Monday's transfer deadline. (Sun)

Newcastle United are interested in re-signing Netherlands full-back Jetro Willems after the 26-year-old had a loan spell with the Magpies last season from Eintracht Frankfurt. (Chronicle)

Germany will hand Bayern Munich midfielder Jamal Musiala, 17, a senior call-up to stop him playing for England. Musiala, who spent eight years with Chelsea, has represented England at Under-21 level. (Times, subscription required)

Leeds United's Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa, 65, will wait until the end of the season before opening talks over a new contract. (Mirror)

Manchester City are set to get more than £3m from a 30% sell-on clause following the transfer of Dutch right-back Jeremie Frimpong, who moved from Celtic to Bayer Leverkusen for £11.5m earlier this week. Frimpong never made a senior appearance for City before joining Celtic in 2019. (Talksport)

Fulham's Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri, 29, is set to join French club Bordeaux on loan until the end of the season. (Guardian)

Stoke City want more than £15m for centre-half Nathan Collins, with Arsenal and Burnley among the clubs interested in the 19-year-old, who has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level. (Team Talk)

Middlesbrough have had a bid of around £300,000 accepted by Preston North End for 26-year-old defender Darnell Fisher. (Football Insider)

Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, 33, is interested in playing in South Africa's Premier Soccer League. The Brazil international is available on a free transfer after last playing for Palmeiras until the end of last year. (Kick Off)

Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling has rejected a move to Nottingham Forest, despite the Cherries accepting a bid for the 30-year-old Englishman. (Daily Echo)

Blackburn Rovers remain interested in Crewe Alexandra defender Harry Pickering, but have not made another bid for the 22-year-old after having a offer rejected earlier in January. (Lancs Live)

A Championship club have made an offer to take United States centre-half Aaron Long, 28, on loan from New York Red Bulls. (Sky Sports)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

We begin down at the Emirates, where Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been kicking up a fuss about being placed into cold storage by Mikel Arteta. Word of the utility player’s restlessness has reached Sam Allardyce, who is desperately scrambling around for a bit of quality as he tries to rescue West Brom – and his own shiny never-been-relegated reputation – from slipping into the void. Arsenal are not against letting the 23-year-old leave on loan but they are concerned that half a season under Allardyce could send his football development spiralling and would be happier if “an unnamed current top four team” took him. If true, it’s the kind of elitist kick in the teeth that Allardyce will digest about as well as a vegetarian bhuna.

Galatasaray have no such worries about their players being readied for a relegation dogfight at the school of Allardyce and towering Senegal striker Mbaye Diagne has already completed a medical ahead of a loan move to the Hawthorns. Next up on Diagne’s list of things to do will be to watch that Ultimate Target Man video that Allardyce has presumably sent him, featuring 10 hours of Kevin Davies’ best hold-up play.

Injuries to Fabinho and Joël Matip have left Liverpool in even more dire need of a centre-back who isn’t a midfielder or a school-age teenager. So they’re going to sign … a 16-year-old midfielder, of course. Kaide Gordon, who made his debut for Derby against Birmingham in December, has not accepted a deal to stay at the Championship club and is expected to sign a scholarship contract at Anfield. As for that defender that Jürgen Klopp so desperately needs, here’s what Liverpool’s manager had to say after the 3-1 win at Spurs: “If you have a centre-half available at a reasonable price, and one with the quality we need, then send me a message.” Klopp has already said thanks but no thanks to the chance to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos on a free.

One centre-back who might be making a move to a club in the north-west of England is Nathan Collins. Stoke City would be prepared to let the 19-year-old leave for £15m and Burnley’s new owners might be willing to splash the cash. Arsenal are also interested in the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.

Edin Dzeko has fallen out of favour at Roma and the words is that he has been offered to both Manchester City and Manchester United. Now, it’s well-known that United love an ageing striker but that position has already been filled by Edinson Cavani and can anyone really see Pep Guardiola jumping at the chance to sign 34-year-old Dzeko? One for Allardyce to look at?

Sergio Romero has had enough of being the Carlo Cudicini de jour at Manchester United and may try to force a move to Crystal Palace before the window shuts. Romero has not trained with United this year and is training alone in Buenos Aires in an attempt to keep fit so he has a chance of making the Argentina squad before the Copa América. Another player on his way out of Old Trafford is Jesse Lingard. United have agreed loan terms with West Ham and the 28-year-old is set for a reunion with the rejuvenated David Moyes.

And it says here that Germany will hand Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala, 17, a call-up to stop him playing for England. Musiala lived in Stuttgart till he was seven and then moved to Croydon so is eligible to play for either national team. He’s represented England at Under-21 level. Over to you Gareth Southgate.


Saïd Benrahma completes permanent West Ham United transfer

West Ham United are pleased to confirm Saïd Benrahma has completed his permanent transfer to the Club.

The Algeria international attacking midfielder initially linked up with the Hammers on loan from EFL Championship side Brentford in October.

Now, however, an agreement to make the deal permanent has been exercised, and the 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a contract until 2026.

A product of the French club Nice, Benrahma excelled during two seasons with Brentford, scoring 30 goals and assisting 27 more, before moving to London Stadium.

Since making his debut at Liverpool on 31 October, the No9 has made 14 appearances (including Crystal Palace) and registered assists in Premier League wins over Fulham and Aston Villa and the Emirates FA Cup fourth-round victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Everyone at West Ham United would like to wish Saïd the very best as he continues his career in Claret and Blue.


Billy Gilmour hopes of West Ham loan transfer could be dealt blow with Thomas Tuchel not wanting to strengthen rival

Duncan Wright

BILLY GILMOUR’S hopes of joining West Ham on loan could be hit by Chelsea not wanting to strengthen a direct rival's squad in the fight for a top-four finish.

Gilmour has been touted to the Hammers as a possible option as his advisors desperately try to get him out of Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes on Monday.

New Blues' boss Thomas Tuchel has been left in no doubt success is more important than blooding youngsters.

And the 19-year-old Scot was not even named among the nine subs in the German's first game in charge, Wednesday night's drab 0-0 home draw with Wolves.

The midfielder now fears being left out in the cold with little opportunity to play over the remainder of the season as Tuchel prioritises the demands from the Chelsea board to qualify for the Champions League.

West Ham have been contacted and there is interest from David Moyes in the teenager.

But with the club now up in the top five they represent one of Chelsea’s rivals for European qualification.

So potentially strengthening the Hammers would not be viewed favourably by transfer supremo Marina Granovskaia – whose own performance is now under scrutiny.

She was the one who pushed through the deals for some of the players who flopped so badly under Frank Lampard, notably the world's costliest goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and striker Timo Werner.

So sanctioning a deal which could come back to bite her within weeks is something that is seen as unlikely.

That leaves Gilmour facing the prospect of having to join a struggling Premier League side or a team in the top half of the Championship.

The Hammers have not totally given up hope.

But to bring in Gilmour Moyes would have to free up a domestic loan slot in his squad, currently occupied by Craig Dawson and (probably) Jesse Lingard.

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brabrook 6:46 Fri Jan 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 5:07 Fri Jan 29

ted fenton 5:07 Fri Jan 29
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bill green 4:44 Fri Jan 29

geoffpikey 4:51 Fri Jan 29
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Thanks Alan.

Fortunes, we can turn Dawson into a permanent deal if we wish. Which would leave Lingard + 1 other for domestic loans.

Texas Iron 4:44 Fri Jan 29
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bill green 4:44 Fri Jan 29
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Thanks Alan 12:09 Fri Jan 29

Fortunes Hiding 3:09 Fri Jan 29
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It wouldn’t be possible anyway with the number of loans we’ve got.

Mr. Burns 12:09 Fri Jan 29
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Thanks Alan and Chelsea not prepared to strengthen a rival, love that.

Thanks Alan 12:09 Fri Jan 29
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Thanks Alan

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