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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 12:38 Sun Jan 31
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 34, is ready to quit Real Madrid and is interested in a move to Manchester United. (Mirror)

Manchester United are keen to sign Sevilla's £60m-rated French centre-back Jules Kounde, 22, in the summer transfer window. (Mirror)

West Brom want Crystal Palace's 30-year-old Belgium striker Christian Benteke. (Sun)

Barcelona's 23-year-old France winger Ousmane Dembele, who has been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus, wants to stay at the Nou Camp. (Sport - in Spanish)

Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier, 28, is fighting for his future at Tottenham after he produced a half-time outburst in the dressing room during the defeat by Liverpool and left the stadium after being substituted. (Mail)

La Liga boss Javier Tebas has accused Liverpool and Manchester United of plotting with Fifa and Real Madrid over a European Super League. (Sun)

Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 30, is set to have his Manchester United deal terminated so he can join Argentine giants Boca Juniors on a free transfer. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle's United States defender DeAndre Yedlin, 27, is poised for a move to Galatasaray and will travel to Turkey for a medical after the clubs agreed a fee. (ESPN)

Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose's transfer to Trabzonspor could fall through after the Turkish side admitted their move for the 30-year-old would be "very difficult" to complete because of Covid-19 restrictions. (Talksport)

AC Milan want to sign Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot for £15m. The 21-year-old, who has represented Portugal at Under-21 level, impressed during a loan spell. (Sun)

Everton's Turkish striker Cenk Tosun, 29 will be in Istanbul on Sunday to complete a loan move to former club Besiktas. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal are planning a move for Crystal Palace's 30-year-old Netherlands full-back Patrick van Aanholt. (Mirror)

Liverpool are interested in Arsenal and Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi, 28, as they look to sign a centre-back before Monday's transfer deadline. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United left-back Brandon Williams, 20, will not be allowed to leave on loan, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Southampton and Newcastle have been linked with the England Under-21 international. (Manutd.com)

Manchester City have turned down the chance to re-sign Bosnia-Herzegovina striker Edin Dzeko, 34, from Roma. (Goal)

Newcastle have made a loan enquiry for Celtic's 24-year-old French midfielder Olivier Ntcham. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool's Champions League clash at RB Leipzig could be switched to a neutral venue after the German government imposed a flight ban. No flights will be allowed into Germany from the UK until 17 February, with the Champions League last-16 first leg in Leipzig scheduled for 16 February. (Liverpool Echo)

Preston North End want to sign Liverpool's Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg, 19, on loan. (Football Insider)


Report suggests Edwards has fancied Issa Diop for years as Liverpool plot last-gasp move

Olly Dawes

According to Foot Mercato, Liverpool have been interested in signing West Ham United defender Issa Diop for many years.

Liverpool travel to face West Ham in the Premier League this afternoon, and will of course be hoping for three points in East London.

They could yet have a deal to strike with the Hammers though, as they’re keen to sign defender Diop before Monday’s transfer deadline.

It’s claimed that Liverpool are ‘digging’ for Diop, and whilst a deal is ‘complicated’, it’s far from impossible as West Ham would not be totally against a move.

Liverpool have followed Diop for ‘several seasons’ now, suggesting they have held a long-standing interest in signing the French centre back.

Intriguingly though, Inter Milan are also interested and are lurking in the shadows, meaning Liverpool could face a battle to sign Diop.

The Reds seemingly fancied Diop back in 2018, months before he joined West Ham, which would certainly add up to Michael Edwards being a long-term admirer.

The 24-year-old has only played four Premier League games this season and seems to be down David Moyes’ pecking order, meaning he could well fit as a short-term solution to Liverpool’s defensive woes.

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West Ham to offer Liverpool alternative centre-back who may be more to Klopp’s liking

With a day left of the winter transfer window, Liverpool don’t have long to get a deal over the line for a stop-gap centre-back.

Jurgen Klopp will understand that to find a player that has experience, the right mix of ingredients to be a success at the highest level and be comfortable enough to slot straight in to the Reds’ back line, is a long shot.

However, Sunday’s opponents, West Ham United, could offer a potential solution.

Though the Daily Star note Liverpool’s apparent interest in the Hammers’ Issa Diop, it looks as if the east Londoners would prefer to offload 32-year-old Winston Reid instead.

Given Klopp’s current predicament, taking Reid could certainly solve his problems in the interim.

A short-term arrangement is likely to suit all parties, particularly given that Liverpool should have at least one, if not both of their first choice centre-back pairing on the pitch before the end of the campaign.

Reid won’t be overawed by the responsibility and, importantly, his hire would free Jordan Henderson to go back into midfield.

The deal is there to be done…

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JayeMPee 3:17 Sun Jan 31
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Reid would be a great move both for him and The Hammers, as for Diop not until the summer please our squad is small enough as it is.

ted fenton 1:50 Sun Jan 31
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:47 Sun Jan 31

Thanks Alan 1:47 Sun Jan 31
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Kaiser Zoso 1:35 Sun Jan 31

Kaiser Zoso 1:35 Sun Jan 31
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 12:41 Sun Jan 31

Lily Hammer 12:47 Sun Jan 31
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I love Winston, for the good work and a couple of the greatest memories towards the last years at Upton Park, but it would be a great bit of business if we could preferably sell hm, or at least loan him to Liverpool for a reasonable sum.

bill green 12:41 Sun Jan 31
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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