Transfer news: Chelsea Rice boost, West Ham bid – today’s football gossip
Chelsea reportedly have a clear path to Declan Rice while West Ham are planning a £30million swoop before the January Transfer Window shuts on February 2.
Arsenal are said to be considering cutting short Matteo Guendouzi’s season-long loan spell in Germany and bringing him back this month.
Reports claim Hugo Lloris meanwhile has turned down the chance to extend his contract at Tottenham, raising doubts over his future at the club.
Chelsea Rice boost
Chelsea have received a boost as they continue to track the progress of Declan Rice amid reports the player has “told his pals” he is not interested in joining Manchester United.
It means the Blues are unlikely to face significant competition for Rice should they put together an offer. The England interntional was strongly-linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last summer while United were also said to be monitoring his situation at West Ham.
The midfielder, who can also play at centre-back, reportedly believes he has unfinished business at Chelsea, where he played in his youth before being released. However, Frank Lampard is unlikely to be granted the fee necesary to prise Rice away in the January window.
West Ham in for Sarr
Source: The Sun
West Ham are reportedly preparing a £30million bid for Watford’s Ismaila Sarr.
The Sun claim the Hammers are drawing up an offer for the 22-year-old as part of David Moyes’ search for a new forward, following the £20million sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax on Friday.
Moyes is keen to add a regular goalscorer to his attack with Jarrod Bowen – the topscoring frontman at the club – managing just four Premier League goals this term. Sarr, who can play wide or through the middle, was linked with Crystal Palace in the summer but the Eagles are not expected to return with an offer this month.
The Hammers are also favourites to land Bournemouth’s Josh King, though Everton have now been linked with a swap-deal for the Cherries frontman, who scored twice in the FA Cup win over Oldham on Saturday.
Lloris turns down new deal?
Source: Football Insider
Hugo Lloris has reportedly turned down Tottenham’s offer of a new contract.
The 34-year-old has recently been linked with a return to France with Mauricio Pochettino interested in reuniting with the shot stopper at Paris Saint-Germain.
Lloris’ current deal expires in the summer of 2022 but according to Football Insider the France international has turned down a ‘very lucrative’ offer to extend his stay in north London.
Guendouzi back at Arsenal?
Arsenal are considering recalling Matteo Guendouzi from his loan spell at Hertha Berlin.
Guendouzi was frozen out of the Gunners first-team last season but has impressed during his spell in Germany.
The Frenchman’s stay at Hertha is due to last until the end of the season but Bild claim Mikel Arteta’s side are now planning to recall him this month.
Leipzig make Upamecano admission
RB Leipzig’s CEO has hinted the club could listen to offers for Dayot Upamecano this month.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been linked with a move for the Frenchman over the last 12 months. The defender signed a new contract with the Bundesliga side last season which reportedly includes a release clause of £40m which will become active at the end of the current campaign.
But Oliver Mintzlaff has opened the door to a move now if the money is right.
“We have a squad that is very broad in terms of quality. So we will sell top performers again if it makes financial sense and we can cope with it from a sporting point of view,” Mintzlaff told Bild.