West Ham are ready to make a fresh £35m striker bid before Monday’s transfer deadline, while Thomas Tuchel’s arrival has given Chelsea the edge in the race to sign a Bayern Munich star – both in Thursday’s Paper Talk.
HAMMERS MAKE STRIKER MOVE
West Ham are expected to make a fresh bid to sign Youssef En-Nesyri before the transfer window closes, according to reports.
The Hammers are yet to add to their striker ranks this month, having allowed record signing Sebastien Haller to join Ajax.
There were also thoughts that David Moyes had scrapped the idea of bringing in a new No.9 to try and sign Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard instead.
However, the Daily Mirror claims that West Ham will make another bid for En-Nesyri before Monday’s deadline.
Talk of a move for the 23-year-old had gone quiet in recent days after his agent confirmed the player wanted to stay at Sevilla.
The London club had lined up a £32million bid earlier this month, with £27m offered up front.
However, reports suggested that bid would have been rejected, so the Hammers are ready to bump it up to get their man.
En-Nesyri has scored 12 goals in 19 La Liga games this term, despite only starting 12 times, and would certainly improve West Ham’s attacking options.
Moyes’ men are enjoying an impressive season, currently sitting fourth in the table, and En-Nesyri’s arrival would boost their unlikely hopes of sealing Champions League football.
CHELSEA IN POLE POSITION FOR ALABA
Thomas Tuchel’s arrival has boosted Chelsea’s pursuit of departing Bayern Munich star David Alaba. (The Sun)
Arsenal will have to play their Europa League ties with Benfica on neutral territory or see their entire squad locked away in quarantine for 10 days. (The Sun)
Manchester United will not ‘aggressively’ try to sign Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid. That is due to a special ‘Covid pact’ between Europe’s elite. (The Sun)
Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has praised his Norwegian compatriot Martin Odegaard’s loan move to Arsenal. He has also urged Mikel Arteta to give him regular minutes. (The Sun)
Tottenham could duel Lazio for Napoli centre-back Nikola Maksimovic. (The Sun)
Bacary Sagna claims Leicester made him a ‘disrespectful’ offer when he left Manchester City in 2017. (The Sun)
Wigan are a takeover target for a mystery Bahrain group who want to save them from their current crisis. (The Sun)
NEW MOYES DEAL ON CARDS
David Moyes will sign a new long-term contract at West Ham in the summer. (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal are reportedly looking to muscle in on a move for Manchester City defender Eric Garcia. (Daily Mirror)
Nottingham Forest are trying to sign striker Glenn Murray, who is currently on loan at Championship rivals Watford from Brighton. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United are set to sign Thiago Almada in the summer. They have agreed a deal with the player and Velez Sarsfield. (Daily Star)
Arsenal are in talks with Monaco over a loan move for Lucas Torreira. (Daily Express)
DeAndre Yedlin’s future at Newcastle could hinge on the club’s success in bringing in loan deals in the last few days of the transfer window. (Newcastle Chronicle)
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Sergio Ramos’s contract renewal talks with Real Madrid have reportedly come to a halt. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has asked to go on loan as he looks to cement his place in Scotland’s Euros squad. (Daily Mail)
Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is set to join Middlesbrough after Neil Warnock confirmed a deal was close. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea could lose another coach this week after Fleetwood Town shortlisted highly-rated Anthony Barry to succeed Joey Barton as manager. (Daily Mail)
Germany hope to win their battle with England for Bayern Munich’s 17-year-old midfielder Jamal Musiala. They will pick him for their senior squad in March. (The Times)
Eric García has told Barcelona that he’s willing to play for them for free if it helps speed up his transfer from Manchester City. (The Times)
Celtic boss Neil Lennon is planning to talk to Peter Lawwell over some late transfer additions after Jeremie Frimpong’s Bayer Leverkusen switch. (Scottish Sun)
Sunderland have made a move for Ross County star Ross Stewart. (Scottish Sun)
Aberdeen are set to apply for a Government crisis loan as fears grow that fans may not be back inside Scottish football grounds by the start of next season. (Daily Record)