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Roy Hodgson interview: The key to his longevity and why the suffering of a manager never stops

Roy Hodgson smiles when asked whether, in his 42nd year as a football manager, it is almost a sadistic pleasure. “Yeah, that’s a clever way of putting it,” he says. “It is that to some extent. The suffering never stops, that’s the problem. A lot of young coaches who respect the fact I have been doing it a long time, that is often their question: ‘Does it get any easier? Can you relax more during the games? Can you take it all a little bit more philosophically and put it more in perspective?’ The tragedy is that I have to tell them: ‘No. If anything it gets worse’.” It is said in a self-deprecating manner but, while the pain may never stop, neither does the enjoyment. Crystal Palace are Hodgson’s 20th assignment, his first since resigning as England manager following the Euro 2016 exit. Since he was appointed in September last year, he has led them out of the chaotic despondency of losing their first seven matches to sitting 12th in the Premier League. Sitting down with him, ahead of Palace’s visit to Arsenal on Saturday, there is a common theme that emerges and one that helps explain why, aged 70, Hodgson has the “energy and enthusiasm” to still compete. He still has that self-deprecation, but also an uncluttered positivity and a key, resonant phrase that he repeats: “I try very hard not to look back.” Even when it comes to Palace. The son of a Croydon bus driver, Hodgson has returned to his roots. It was here, growing up a mile from Selhurst Park in Sydenham Road, he fell in love with football and first dreamed of being a player. Most of us would believe his appointment represented the completion of a circle and the ideal place to restore a damaged reputation. Not for him; although there is, perhaps, more emotion in his answer than he intended. “I’ve had that question before and I’ve never really known how to answer it quite as honestly as I should,” Hodgson ponders. “It should, I suppose, have more of a ring to it because walking here with my dad, all the years we did, every week, to watch the games, reserves one week, first team the next, standing on the Holmesdale Road, collecting programmes and waiting for autographs in front of the changing rooms after the game. All those things.” It would have meant everything to his Geordie father, Bill: “He had two teams: Newcastle from his youth, and then when he came down to Croydon, he was Crystal Palace all the way,” Hodgson says. “He watched the games. I think he’d have been... well, he was very proud. Fortunately, just before he died, we knocked Inter out of the European Cup [in 1989-90 with Malmo] and I was really happy he lived at least to see that moment.  “He was very proud of that. But I’m sure he’d have been very proud of this. He’d have loved it. It would have been great, if he’d been able come to the games.” Han förde Malmö FF till fem ligasegrar i rad och två SM-guld. Den 9 augusti är Roy Hodgson värd för Sommar i P1. Obligatorisk lyssning! pic.twitter.com/u3QOLhDqJS— Malmö FF (@Malmo_FF) June 14, 2017 The closest Hodgson goes to admitting he had a point to prove is this: “When you have been lucky enough to move up the ladder, all you see really is the slide back down. You don’t see the further steps upwards. Certainly I suffer during games. I notice it with the other managers, too.” There is a long discussion about motivation; about money; about the modern game and whether young players earn too much. “It’s something for people to tut over, over their coffee,” Hodgson says, adding that money has never been a motivation for him. “I remember when I wanted to leave Malmo for [Swiss club] Neuchatel – and of course they did pay a lot more money than Malmo but that wasn’t the reason for going. I’d been in Sweden for 12 out of my 14 years and this was an opportunity to go to another country. “But I remember the president of Malmo saying: ‘Look I am offering you a job for life. You can only eat three meals a day. Have you got a nice roof over your head? Do you drive a nice car? Do you have clothes on your back? Do you go on nice holidays? What more do you want?’ “And that has always stuck with me. I have always had those words in my ear and I’ve never had that desire to accumulate more or compare myself with other people – ‘he gets more than me, why should he?’ It’s not in me.” At Malmo, they even named part of the stadium after Hodgson: Roy’s Corner. “There’s been one or two nice things like that which have come my way but the important thing is the present and the future,” he says. “Looking back – it doesn’t serve a great deal of use unless, like Churchill suggested, you use it to benefit what you are doing in the present. I don’t think you should ever live in the past. Once you do start living in the past then you really have no chance of doing a good job in the present.” So, what is it that he loves about football? “That’s a tough one,” Hodgson says. “I think I like the artistry of the game. I still get a lot of pleasure watching the good-quality teams play, where the movements of the players are coordinated. It’s almost ballet-like, although ballet-like is a bit of an exaggeration. I like seeing those movements and the fact that there is so much interaction.” And the people. Hodgson talks of being “energised” around the Palace staff, around chairman Steve Parish and the American co-owners, Josh Harris and David Blitzer. But, above all, he revels in the company of the players and there is one final laugh as he tells a story about Steven Gerrard.  Roy Hodgson says he has been re-energised at Crystal Palace Credit: REUTERS “He had a wicked sense of humour, he could put anyone down with a one-liner. He could certainly make me laugh,” Hodgson says. England were playing Chile in a Wembley friendly and the manager had told his players to stop passing the ball back to goalkeeper Joe Hart. “I thought I would make the point that I had never seen a keeper with a No 10 on his back, he’s our No 1,” Hodgson says. “So, we tried to press high and our front players are pushing on. But Claudio Bravo [the Chile goalkeeper] was picking us off, outplaying us. At half-time, Steven came in and said, ‘You said you’ve never seen a keeper with a No 10 on his back? Well you f------ have now’.” There remains that boyish love of the game. “The longer you are in it, you realise it isn’t something you can give up lightly,” Hodgson says. “It’s not something you can walk away from.”

Roy Hodgson interview: The key to his longevity and why the suffering of a manager never stops

Roy Hodgson smiles when asked whether, in his 42nd year as a football manager, it is almost a sadistic pleasure. “Yeah, that’s a clever way of putting it,” he says. “It is that to some extent. The suffering never stops, that’s the problem. A lot of young coaches who respect the fact I have been doing it a long time, that is often their question: ‘Does it get any easier? Can you relax more during the games? Can you take it all a little bit more philosophically and put it more in perspective?’ The tragedy is that I have to tell them: ‘No. If anything it gets worse’.” It is said in a self-deprecating manner but, while the pain may never stop, neither does the enjoyment. Crystal Palace are Hodgson’s 20th assignment, his first since resigning as England manager following the Euro 2016 exit. Since he was appointed in September last year, he has led them out of the chaotic despondency of losing their first seven matches to sitting 12th in the Premier League. Sitting down with him, ahead of Palace’s visit to Arsenal on Saturday, there is a common theme that emerges and one that helps explain why, aged 70, Hodgson has the “energy and enthusiasm” to still compete. He still has that self-deprecation, but also an uncluttered positivity and a key, resonant phrase that he repeats: “I try very hard not to look back.” Even when it comes to Palace. The son of a Croydon bus driver, Hodgson has returned to his roots. It was here, growing up a mile from Selhurst Park in Sydenham Road, he fell in love with football and first dreamed of being a player. Most of us would believe his appointment represented the completion of a circle and the ideal place to restore a damaged reputation. Not for him; although there is, perhaps, more emotion in his answer than he intended. “I’ve had that question before and I’ve never really known how to answer it quite as honestly as I should,” Hodgson ponders. “It should, I suppose, have more of a ring to it because walking here with my dad, all the years we did, every week, to watch the games, reserves one week, first team the next, standing on the Holmesdale Road, collecting programmes and waiting for autographs in front of the changing rooms after the game. All those things.” It would have meant everything to his Geordie father, Bill: “He had two teams: Newcastle from his youth, and then when he came down to Croydon, he was Crystal Palace all the way,” Hodgson says. “He watched the games. I think he’d have been... well, he was very proud. Fortunately, just before he died, we knocked Inter out of the European Cup [in 1989-90 with Malmo] and I was really happy he lived at least to see that moment.  “He was very proud of that. But I’m sure he’d have been very proud of this. He’d have loved it. It would have been great, if he’d been able come to the games.” Han förde Malmö FF till fem ligasegrar i rad och två SM-guld. Den 9 augusti är Roy Hodgson värd för Sommar i P1. Obligatorisk lyssning! pic.twitter.com/u3QOLhDqJS— Malmö FF (@Malmo_FF) June 14, 2017 The closest Hodgson goes to admitting he had a point to prove is this: “When you have been lucky enough to move up the ladder, all you see really is the slide back down. You don’t see the further steps upwards. Certainly I suffer during games. I notice it with the other managers, too.” There is a long discussion about motivation; about money; about the modern game and whether young players earn too much. “It’s something for people to tut over, over their coffee,” Hodgson says, adding that money has never been a motivation for him. “I remember when I wanted to leave Malmo for [Swiss club] Neuchatel – and of course they did pay a lot more money than Malmo but that wasn’t the reason for going. I’d been in Sweden for 12 out of my 14 years and this was an opportunity to go to another country. “But I remember the president of Malmo saying: ‘Look I am offering you a job for life. You can only eat three meals a day. Have you got a nice roof over your head? Do you drive a nice car? Do you have clothes on your back? Do you go on nice holidays? What more do you want?’ “And that has always stuck with me. I have always had those words in my ear and I’ve never had that desire to accumulate more or compare myself with other people – ‘he gets more than me, why should he?’ It’s not in me.” At Malmo, they even named part of the stadium after Hodgson: Roy’s Corner. “There’s been one or two nice things like that which have come my way but the important thing is the present and the future,” he says. “Looking back – it doesn’t serve a great deal of use unless, like Churchill suggested, you use it to benefit what you are doing in the present. I don’t think you should ever live in the past. Once you do start living in the past then you really have no chance of doing a good job in the present.” So, what is it that he loves about football? “That’s a tough one,” Hodgson says. “I think I like the artistry of the game. I still get a lot of pleasure watching the good-quality teams play, where the movements of the players are coordinated. It’s almost ballet-like, although ballet-like is a bit of an exaggeration. I like seeing those movements and the fact that there is so much interaction.” And the people. Hodgson talks of being “energised” around the Palace staff, around chairman Steve Parish and the American co-owners, Josh Harris and David Blitzer. But, above all, he revels in the company of the players and there is one final laugh as he tells a story about Steven Gerrard.  Roy Hodgson says he has been re-energised at Crystal Palace Credit: REUTERS “He had a wicked sense of humour, he could put anyone down with a one-liner. He could certainly make me laugh,” Hodgson says. England were playing Chile in a Wembley friendly and the manager had told his players to stop passing the ball back to goalkeeper Joe Hart. “I thought I would make the point that I had never seen a keeper with a No 10 on his back, he’s our No 1,” Hodgson says. “So, we tried to press high and our front players are pushing on. But Claudio Bravo [the Chile goalkeeper] was picking us off, outplaying us. At half-time, Steven came in and said, ‘You said you’ve never seen a keeper with a No 10 on his back? Well you f------ have now’.” There remains that boyish love of the game. “The longer you are in it, you realise it isn’t something you can give up lightly,” Hodgson says. “It’s not something you can walk away from.”

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

Batshuayi and Joao Mario talk curbed by West Ham boss Moyes

Rumours had suggested the Chelsea striker and Andy Carroll could be involved in a swap, while Inter's Portuguese forward is another mooted target

Chelsea hold talks over double deal for Roma's Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri

Chelsea will hold more talks with Roma over a potential double deal for Emerson Palmieri and Edin Dzeko next week. Left-back Palmieri is hoping to complete a move to Stamford Bridge to compete with Marcos Alonso, despite the fact Chelsea would ideally like to take the Brazilian on loan. Roma want £22 million for Palmieri, but there is optimism on all sides that a deal for either a loan or permanent transfer can be agreed. Chelsea’s interest in Dzeko is less advanced and has come about as the club attempt to find a target man to help out Alvaro Morata, who is suspended for Saturday’s trip to Brighton. Morata’s suspension means Michy Batshuayi, who could move in the opposite direction to Dzeko, will start against Brighton. And Roma face Inter Milan on Sunday, which means discussions have been put on hold during the weekend. The Premier League champions had been hopeful of signing Andy Carroll, but the West Ham United centre-forward's ankle injury has forced them to look elsewhere. There is an outside chance of Chelsea reigniting their interest if the 29-year-old can recover by the end of the month. Emerson Palmieri, who is eligible to play for Italy though Brazilian by birth, is close to leaving Roma for Chelsea Credit: Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP Dzeko would not be eligible to play in the Champions League, but he could play for Chelsea in the Premier League and all of the cup competitions. Having made an inquiry over his potential availability, Chelsea will hold more talks over Dzeko next week, but they also continue to explore other options. Crystal Palace have already warned Chelsea that they do not want to loan out Christian Benteke, although that may change if Roy Hodgson can sign a striker, while a move for Stoke City’s Peter Crouch has not been discounted. Antonio Conte’s interest in Dzeko was confirmed by the former Manchester City forward’s agent, Irfan Redzepagic, who told Italian media: “All I can say is that Conte likes Dzeko. But then who doesn’t like Edin? “Have I spoken to Conte or Chelsea? My role means I can’t reveal certain transfer market dynamics. I understand the question, but I have a very specific role. “Look, every time we talk about Dzeko the names of clubs like Chelsea, Chinese clubs, Mexican clubs come up. These are just rumours. The truth is that Dzeko wants to stay at Roma.”

Chelsea hold talks over double deal for Roma's Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri

Chelsea will hold more talks with Roma over a potential double deal for Emerson Palmieri and Edin Dzeko next week. Left-back Palmieri is hoping to complete a move to Stamford Bridge to compete with Marcos Alonso, despite the fact Chelsea would ideally like to take the Brazilian on loan. Roma want £22 million for Palmieri, but there is optimism on all sides that a deal for either a loan or permanent transfer can be agreed. Chelsea’s interest in Dzeko is less advanced and has come about as the club attempt to find a target man to help out Alvaro Morata, who is suspended for Saturday’s trip to Brighton. Morata’s suspension means Michy Batshuayi, who could move in the opposite direction to Dzeko, will start against Brighton. And Roma face Inter Milan on Sunday, which means discussions have been put on hold during the weekend. The Premier League champions had been hopeful of signing Andy Carroll, but the West Ham United centre-forward's ankle injury has forced them to look elsewhere. There is an outside chance of Chelsea reigniting their interest if the 29-year-old can recover by the end of the month. Emerson Palmieri, who is eligible to play for Italy though Brazilian by birth, is close to leaving Roma for Chelsea Credit: Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP Dzeko would not be eligible to play in the Champions League, but he could play for Chelsea in the Premier League and all of the cup competitions. Having made an inquiry over his potential availability, Chelsea will hold more talks over Dzeko next week, but they also continue to explore other options. Crystal Palace have already warned Chelsea that they do not want to loan out Christian Benteke, although that may change if Roy Hodgson can sign a striker, while a move for Stoke City’s Peter Crouch has not been discounted. Antonio Conte’s interest in Dzeko was confirmed by the former Manchester City forward’s agent, Irfan Redzepagic, who told Italian media: “All I can say is that Conte likes Dzeko. But then who doesn’t like Edin? “Have I spoken to Conte or Chelsea? My role means I can’t reveal certain transfer market dynamics. I understand the question, but I have a very specific role. “Look, every time we talk about Dzeko the names of clubs like Chelsea, Chinese clubs, Mexican clubs come up. These are just rumours. The truth is that Dzeko wants to stay at Roma.”

Inter make 'serious' push for Sturridge as Sevilla consider offer for Liverpool striker

The Serie A side have made a proposal to secure the forward until the end of the season, with their Spanish rivals for his signature playing catch up

Inter make 'serious' push for Sturridge as Sevilla consider offer for Liverpool striker

The Serie A side have made a proposal to secure the forward until the end of the season, with their Spanish rivals for his signature playing catch up

Inter make 'serious' push for Sturridge as Sevilla consider offer for Liverpool striker

The Serie A side have made a proposal to secure the forward until the end of the season, with their Spanish rivals for his signature playing catch up

Ceballos knee knock to be assessed after Real Madrid Copa win

Liverpool and Inter have been linked with a move for Dani Ceballos but the Real Madrid midfielder suffered a Copa del Rey injury scare.

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Liverpool consider James Rodriguez as Coutinho replacement'

For a club with £142m cash on the hip, Liverpool are having real difficulty in spending their fortune. Liverpool have so far failed to make any real headway in signing a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left the club earlier this month.  The Reds were understood to be rivalling Arsenal in a bid to bring Brazil forward Malcom to the Premier League but any deal looks to be dead in the water after Bordeaux president Stephane Martin said no talks had been held with foreign clubs and the 23-year-old was not for sale. According to the Liverpool Echo Jurgen Klopp has instead given the green light to a swoop for Real Madrid midfielder, James Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, has six months left on his two-year loan deal with the Bundesliga champions, meaning the German club would need to send the midfielder back to parent club Real Madrid to enable any deal to be completed. James Rodriguez celebrates scoring against Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month Credit: Reuters  Malcom looks destined to remain in Ligue Un for the foreseeable future after Arsene Wenger admitted the Brazlian was unlikely to leave Bordeaux.  "I don't think we are close to [signing Malcom]. I don't think [that it will happen in January], no," said Wenger in a press conference on Thursday. Malcom looks to be going nowhere this January Credit: AFP  According to Spanish daily, AS, another Real Madrid star could be making his way to the north-west of England after Jose Mourinho gave the 'thumbs up' to bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United. The publication suggests United could spend as much £350m in order to secure the Portuguese's services in the summer. There have been growing suggestions that Ronaldo is unhappy with new contract negotiations at the Bernabeu and has told his Real Madrid teammates that he is intent on a move back to the Premier League, with Manchester United his preferred option. Is Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United homecoming a genuine possibility?  Credit: Getty Images  Chelsea's search for a big number nine has seen them make an inquiry for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to Italian football website, Mediaset Premium. They say the he Blues are in talks with the Serie A outfit over a possible deal for Brazilian full-back Emerson and have also asked about the availability of Dzeko. The former Manchester City front-man netted 29 times in the Italian top-flight last season. Edin Dzeko is one of many strikers being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge  Credit: EPA  Dzeko is understood to be one of many options being considered by Chelsea, with Christian Benteke, Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll also on Antonio Conte's 'big-man' wish list. The Sun say Theo Walcott's £20m move to Everton could bring Aaron Lennon's Goodison Park career to an end.  The arrival of Walcott means Lennon will fall further down the right-wing pecking order with Newcastle United reportedly willing to offer the England international a January lifeline. And the rest Leicester City have expressed their interest in signing Jonny Evans making it a three-way race for the Norther Ireland international with Man City and Arsenal already in talks.  Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario has turned the opportunity to join West Ham on loan. The 24-year-old has made only 15 appearances for the Serie A side this season but is keen to 'keep his options open'.  Juventus are keeping tabs on Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, according to The Sun. 

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Liverpool consider James Rodriguez as Coutinho replacement'

For a club with £142m cash on the hip, Liverpool are having real difficulty in spending their fortune. Liverpool have so far failed to make any real headway in signing a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left the club earlier this month.  The Reds were understood to be rivalling Arsenal in a bid to bring Brazil forward Malcom to the Premier League but any deal looks to be dead in the water after Bordeaux president Stephane Martin said no talks had been held with foreign clubs and the 23-year-old was not for sale. According to the Liverpool Echo Jurgen Klopp has instead given the green light to a swoop for Real Madrid midfielder, James Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, has six months left on his two-year loan deal with the Bundesliga champions, meaning the German club would need to send the midfielder back to parent club Real Madrid to enable any deal to be completed. James Rodriguez celebrates scoring against Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month Credit: Reuters  Malcom looks destined to remain in Ligue Un for the foreseeable future after Arsene Wenger admitted the Brazlian was unlikely to leave Bordeaux.  "I don't think we are close to [signing Malcom]. I don't think [that it will happen in January], no," said Wenger in a press conference on Thursday. Malcom looks to be going nowhere this January Credit: AFP  According to Spanish daily, AS, another Real Madrid star could be making his way to the north-west of England after Jose Mourinho gave the 'thumbs up' to bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United. The publication suggests United could spend as much £350m in order to secure the Portuguese's services in the summer. There have been growing suggestions that Ronaldo is unhappy with new contract negotiations at the Bernabeu and has told his Real Madrid teammates that he is intent on a move back to the Premier League, with Manchester United his preferred option. Is Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United homecoming a genuine possibility?  Credit: Getty Images  Chelsea's search for a big number nine has seen them make an inquiry for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to Italian football website, Mediaset Premium. They say the he Blues are in talks with the Serie A outfit over a possible deal for Brazilian full-back Emerson and have also asked about the availability of Dzeko. The former Manchester City front-man netted 29 times in the Italian top-flight last season. Edin Dzeko is one of many strikers being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge  Credit: EPA  Dzeko is understood to be one of many options being considered by Chelsea, with Christian Benteke, Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll also on Antonio Conte's 'big-man' wish list. The Sun say Theo Walcott's £20m move to Everton could bring Aaron Lennon's Goodison Park career to an end.  The arrival of Walcott means Lennon will fall further down the right-wing pecking order with Newcastle United reportedly willing to offer the England international a January lifeline. And the rest Leicester City have expressed their interest in signing Jonny Evans making it a three-way race for the Norther Ireland international with Man City and Arsenal already in talks.  Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario has turned the opportunity to join West Ham on loan. The 24-year-old has made only 15 appearances for the Serie A side this season but is keen to 'keep his options open'.  Juventus are keeping tabs on Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, according to The Sun. 

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Liverpool consider James Rodriguez as Coutinho replacement'

For a club with £142m cash on the hip, Liverpool are having real difficulty in spending their fortune. Liverpool have so far failed to make any real headway in signing a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left the club earlier this month.  The Reds were understood to be rivalling Arsenal in a bid to bring Brazil forward Malcom to the Premier League but any deal looks to be dead in the water after Bordeaux president Stephane Martin said no talks had been held with foreign clubs and the 23-year-old was not for sale. According to the Liverpool Echo Jurgen Klopp has instead given the green light to a swoop for Real Madrid midfielder, James Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, has six months left on his two-year loan deal with the Bundesliga champions, meaning the German club would need to send the midfielder back to parent club Real Madrid to enable any deal to be completed. James Rodriguez celebrates scoring against Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month Credit: Reuters  Malcom looks destined to remain in Ligue Un for the foreseeable future after Arsene Wenger admitted the Brazlian was unlikely to leave Bordeaux.  "I don't think we are close to [signing Malcom]. I don't think [that it will happen in January], no," said Wenger in a press conference on Thursday. Malcom looks to be going nowhere this January Credit: AFP  According to Spanish daily, AS, another Real Madrid star could be making his way to the north-west of England after Jose Mourinho gave the 'thumbs up' to bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United. The publication suggests United could spend as much £350m in order to secure the Portuguese's services in the summer. There have been growing suggestions that Ronaldo is unhappy with new contract negotiations at the Bernabeu and has told his Real Madrid teammates that he is intent on a move back to the Premier League, with Manchester United his preferred option. Is Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United homecoming a genuine possibility?  Credit: Getty Images  Chelsea's search for a big number nine has seen them make an inquiry for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to Italian football website, Mediaset Premium. They say the he Blues are in talks with the Serie A outfit over a possible deal for Brazilian full-back Emerson and have also asked about the availability of Dzeko. The former Manchester City front-man netted 29 times in the Italian top-flight last season. Edin Dzeko is one of many strikers being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge  Credit: EPA  Dzeko is understood to be one of many options being considered by Chelsea, with Christian Benteke, Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll also on Antonio Conte's 'big-man' wish list. The Sun say Theo Walcott's £20m move to Everton could bring Aaron Lennon's Goodison Park career to an end.  The arrival of Walcott means Lennon will fall further down the right-wing pecking order with Newcastle United reportedly willing to offer the England international a January lifeline. And the rest Leicester City have expressed their interest in signing Jonny Evans making it a three-way race for the Norther Ireland international with Man City and Arsenal already in talks.  Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario has turned the opportunity to join West Ham on loan. The 24-year-old has made only 15 appearances for the Serie A side this season but is keen to 'keep his options open'.  Juventus are keeping tabs on Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, according to The Sun. 

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Liverpool consider James Rodriguez as Coutinho replacement'

For a club with £142m cash on the hip, Liverpool are having real difficulty in spending their fortune. Liverpool have so far failed to make any real headway in signing a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left the club earlier this month.  The Reds were understood to be rivalling Arsenal in a bid to bring Brazil forward Malcom to the Premier League but any deal looks to be dead in the water after Bordeaux president Stephane Martin said no talks had been held with foreign clubs and the 23-year-old was not for sale. According to the Liverpool Echo Jurgen Klopp has instead given the green light to a swoop for Real Madrid midfielder, James Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, has six months left on his two-year loan deal with the Bundesliga champions, meaning the German club would need to send the midfielder back to parent club Real Madrid to enable any deal to be completed. James Rodriguez celebrates scoring against Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month Credit: Reuters  Malcom looks destined to remain in Ligue Un for the foreseeable future after Arsene Wenger admitted the Brazlian was unlikely to leave Bordeaux.  "I don't think we are close to [signing Malcom]. I don't think [that it will happen in January], no," said Wenger in a press conference on Thursday. Malcom looks to be going nowhere this January Credit: AFP  According to Spanish daily, AS, another Real Madrid star could be making his way to the north-west of England after Jose Mourinho gave the 'thumbs up' to bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United. The publication suggests United could spend as much £350m in order to secure the Portuguese's services in the summer. There have been growing suggestions that Ronaldo is unhappy with new contract negotiations at the Bernabeu and has told his Real Madrid teammates that he is intent on a move back to the Premier League, with Manchester United his preferred option. Is Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United homecoming a genuine possibility?  Credit: Getty Images  Chelsea's search for a big number nine has seen them make an inquiry for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to Italian football website, Mediaset Premium. They say the he Blues are in talks with the Serie A outfit over a possible deal for Brazilian full-back Emerson and have also asked about the availability of Dzeko. The former Manchester City front-man netted 29 times in the Italian top-flight last season. Edin Dzeko is one of many strikers being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge  Credit: EPA  Dzeko is understood to be one of many options being considered by Chelsea, with Christian Benteke, Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll also on Antonio Conte's 'big-man' wish list. The Sun say Theo Walcott's £20m move to Everton could bring Aaron Lennon's Goodison Park career to an end.  The arrival of Walcott means Lennon will fall further down the right-wing pecking order with Newcastle United reportedly willing to offer the England international a January lifeline. And the rest Leicester City have expressed their interest in signing Jonny Evans making it a three-way race for the Norther Ireland international with Man City and Arsenal already in talks.  Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario has turned the opportunity to join West Ham on loan. The 24-year-old has made only 15 appearances for the Serie A side this season but is keen to 'keep his options open'.  Juventus are keeping tabs on Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, according to The Sun. 

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Liverpool consider James Rodriguez as Coutinho replacement'

For a club with £142m cash on the hip, Liverpool are having real difficulty in spending their fortune. Liverpool have so far failed to make any real headway in signing a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left the club earlier this month.  The Reds were understood to be rivalling Arsenal in a bid to bring Brazil forward Malcom to the Premier League but any deal looks to be dead in the water after Bordeaux president Stephane Martin said no talks had been held with foreign clubs and the 23-year-old was not for sale. According to the Liverpool Echo Jurgen Klopp has instead given the green light to a swoop for Real Madrid midfielder, James Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, has six months left on his two-year loan deal with the Bundesliga champions, meaning the German club would need to send the midfielder back to parent club Real Madrid to enable any deal to be completed. James Rodriguez celebrates scoring against Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month Credit: Reuters  Malcom looks destined to remain in Ligue Un for the foreseeable future after Arsene Wenger admitted the Brazlian was unlikely to leave Bordeaux.  "I don't think we are close to [signing Malcom]. I don't think [that it will happen in January], no," said Wenger in a press conference on Thursday. Malcom looks to be going nowhere this January Credit: AFP  According to Spanish daily, AS, another Real Madrid star could be making his way to the north-west of England after Jose Mourinho gave the 'thumbs up' to bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United. The publication suggests United could spend as much £350m in order to secure the Portuguese's services in the summer. There have been growing suggestions that Ronaldo is unhappy with new contract negotiations at the Bernabeu and has told his Real Madrid teammates that he is intent on a move back to the Premier League, with Manchester United his preferred option. Is Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United homecoming a genuine possibility?  Credit: Getty Images  Chelsea's search for a big number nine has seen them make an inquiry for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to Italian football website, Mediaset Premium. They say the he Blues are in talks with the Serie A outfit over a possible deal for Brazilian full-back Emerson and have also asked about the availability of Dzeko. The former Manchester City front-man netted 29 times in the Italian top-flight last season. Edin Dzeko is one of many strikers being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge  Credit: EPA  Dzeko is understood to be one of many options being considered by Chelsea, with Christian Benteke, Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll also on Antonio Conte's 'big-man' wish list. The Sun say Theo Walcott's £20m move to Everton could bring Aaron Lennon's Goodison Park career to an end.  The arrival of Walcott means Lennon will fall further down the right-wing pecking order with Newcastle United reportedly willing to offer the England international a January lifeline. And the rest Leicester City have expressed their interest in signing Jonny Evans making it a three-way race for the Norther Ireland international with Man City and Arsenal already in talks.  Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario has turned the opportunity to join West Ham on loan. The 24-year-old has made only 15 appearances for the Serie A side this season but is keen to 'keep his options open'.  Juventus are keeping tabs on Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, according to The Sun. 

Liverpool reluctant to let Danny Ings leave with Daniel Sturridge on verge of Anfield exit

Premier League clubs hoping to tempt Liverpool to part with Danny Ings this month face disappointment as Daniel Sturridge's likely Anfield exit has repercussions for his team-mate. Ings is wanted by numerous managers, ready to give him the game time he has lacked since suffering two serious knee injuries. But with Sturridge negotiating his exit, Liverpool do not want to lose two back-up strikers. That means Ings is likely to remain at the club for the rest of the season. Liverpool are continuing talks with interested clubs for Sturridge, with a loan move to Inter Milan possible. The Merseysiders are prepared to allow their striker to leave for the right deal. Inter's proposition is currently more attractive than Sevilla, who have been told to improve their terms if they want the player. Liverpool are not prepared to pay any of the England international’s salary if he goes on a six-month loan. It must also be determined if his departure will include an arrangement making the move permanent at the end of this season. Sturridge’s exit would ensure Ings becomes the most senior deputy for Roberto Firmino, although youngster Dominic Solanke’s progress has also seen him promoted to the first-choice back-up so far in this campaign. Inter Milan and Sevilla want Daniel Sturridge Credit: GETTY IMAGES Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has been assured he will not be sacked as a result of his conviction for assaulting his girlfriend. Liverpool issued a strongly-worded statement condemning the defender for his actions. He was sentenced on Wednesday with a 12-month community order. However, although he faces further internal action, the termination of his contract is not on the agenda. Flanagan’s current deal runs until the summer of 2019. Having spoken to manager Jurgen Klopp, the club is satisfied the 24 year-old has shown enough remorse and there will be no repeat of the incident. The full-back has played only once this season and must now try to rebuild his career. Before the recent circumstances he was hoping to go on loan. Under-18 manager Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn for Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup tie with Arsenal this weekend, as the former captain returns to Anfield for the first time as a manager. Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn Credit: REUTERS Gerrard was granted a request by the club to use the stadium for the visit of Arsenal for the fourth-round tie on Saturday. Now he would like another favour, this time from Klopp, regarding teenager Woodburn. “I haven't asked the question and no-one has mentioned it to me thus far so, at the moment, it's a no,” said Gerrard. “That might change in the next 24 hours.” Klopp must weigh up whether Woodburn will be needed for the first team squad as they travel to Swansea for Monday night’s Premier League game. Although the Wales international has not featured often recently, he has still been part of the senior set-up. One player Gerrard must do without is striker Rhian Brewster, the England youth international facing a lengthy spell in rehabilitation due to an ankle injury. “If Rhian had not been injured he would have been available for selection and that shows how the club is with the competition,” said Gerrard. “I don’t know the full extent (of his injury) but it is going to be a good while. I do not know the complete timescale. He needs further tests. He was in a good place, doing well for the U23s and U19s and flying internationally. This happens to every footballer. You have setbacks, you grow and you learn from them as much as the good things that happen to you. He will be missing it and realise what a good position he was in and desperate to get back. Hopefully he comes back hungry and into top form as soon as possible.”

Liverpool reluctant to let Danny Ings leave with Daniel Sturridge on verge of Anfield exit

Premier League clubs hoping to tempt Liverpool to part with Danny Ings this month face disappointment as Daniel Sturridge's likely Anfield exit has repercussions for his team-mate. Ings is wanted by numerous managers, ready to give him the game time he has lacked since suffering two serious knee injuries. But with Sturridge negotiating his exit, Liverpool do not want to lose two back-up strikers. That means Ings is likely to remain at the club for the rest of the season. Liverpool are continuing talks with interested clubs for Sturridge, with a loan move to Inter Milan possible. The Merseysiders are prepared to allow their striker to leave for the right deal. Inter's proposition is currently more attractive than Sevilla, who have been told to improve their terms if they want the player. Liverpool are not prepared to pay any of the England international’s salary if he goes on a six-month loan. It must also be determined if his departure will include an arrangement making the move permanent at the end of this season. Sturridge’s exit would ensure Ings becomes the most senior deputy for Roberto Firmino, although youngster Dominic Solanke’s progress has also seen him promoted to the first-choice back-up so far in this campaign. Inter Milan and Sevilla want Daniel Sturridge Credit: GETTY IMAGES Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has been assured he will not be sacked as a result of his conviction for assaulting his girlfriend. Liverpool issued a strongly-worded statement condemning the defender for his actions. He was sentenced on Wednesday with a 12-month community order. However, although he faces further internal action, the termination of his contract is not on the agenda. Flanagan’s current deal runs until the summer of 2019. Having spoken to manager Jurgen Klopp, the club is satisfied the 24 year-old has shown enough remorse and there will be no repeat of the incident. The full-back has played only once this season and must now try to rebuild his career. Before the recent circumstances he was hoping to go on loan. Under-18 manager Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn for Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup tie with Arsenal this weekend, as the former captain returns to Anfield for the first time as a manager. Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn Credit: REUTERS Gerrard was granted a request by the club to use the stadium for the visit of Arsenal for the fourth-round tie on Saturday. Now he would like another favour, this time from Klopp, regarding teenager Woodburn. “I haven't asked the question and no-one has mentioned it to me thus far so, at the moment, it's a no,” said Gerrard. “That might change in the next 24 hours.” Klopp must weigh up whether Woodburn will be needed for the first team squad as they travel to Swansea for Monday night’s Premier League game. Although the Wales international has not featured often recently, he has still been part of the senior set-up. One player Gerrard must do without is striker Rhian Brewster, the England youth international facing a lengthy spell in rehabilitation due to an ankle injury. “If Rhian had not been injured he would have been available for selection and that shows how the club is with the competition,” said Gerrard. “I don’t know the full extent (of his injury) but it is going to be a good while. I do not know the complete timescale. He needs further tests. He was in a good place, doing well for the U23s and U19s and flying internationally. This happens to every footballer. You have setbacks, you grow and you learn from them as much as the good things that happen to you. He will be missing it and realise what a good position he was in and desperate to get back. Hopefully he comes back hungry and into top form as soon as possible.”

Liverpool reluctant to let Danny Ings leave with Daniel Sturridge on verge of Anfield exit

Premier League clubs hoping to tempt Liverpool to part with Danny Ings this month face disappointment as Daniel Sturridge's likely Anfield exit has repercussions for his team-mate. Ings is wanted by numerous managers, ready to give him the game time he has lacked since suffering two serious knee injuries. But with Sturridge negotiating his exit, Liverpool do not want to lose two back-up strikers. That means Ings is likely to remain at the club for the rest of the season. Liverpool are continuing talks with interested clubs for Sturridge, with a loan move to Inter Milan possible. The Merseysiders are prepared to allow their striker to leave for the right deal. Inter's proposition is currently more attractive than Sevilla, who have been told to improve their terms if they want the player. Liverpool are not prepared to pay any of the England international’s salary if he goes on a six-month loan. It must also be determined if his departure will include an arrangement making the move permanent at the end of this season. Sturridge’s exit would ensure Ings becomes the most senior deputy for Roberto Firmino, although youngster Dominic Solanke’s progress has also seen him promoted to the first-choice back-up so far in this campaign. Inter Milan and Sevilla want Daniel Sturridge Credit: GETTY IMAGES Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has been assured he will not be sacked as a result of his conviction for assaulting his girlfriend. Liverpool issued a strongly-worded statement condemning the defender for his actions. He was sentenced on Wednesday with a 12-month community order. However, although he faces further internal action, the termination of his contract is not on the agenda. Flanagan’s current deal runs until the summer of 2019. Having spoken to manager Jurgen Klopp, the club is satisfied the 24 year-old has shown enough remorse and there will be no repeat of the incident. The full-back has played only once this season and must now try to rebuild his career. Before the recent circumstances he was hoping to go on loan. Under-18 manager Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn for Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup tie with Arsenal this weekend, as the former captain returns to Anfield for the first time as a manager. Steven Gerrard is hoping he can call up Ben Woodburn Credit: REUTERS Gerrard was granted a request by the club to use the stadium for the visit of Arsenal for the fourth-round tie on Saturday. Now he would like another favour, this time from Klopp, regarding teenager Woodburn. “I haven't asked the question and no-one has mentioned it to me thus far so, at the moment, it's a no,” said Gerrard. “That might change in the next 24 hours.” Klopp must weigh up whether Woodburn will be needed for the first team squad as they travel to Swansea for Monday night’s Premier League game. Although the Wales international has not featured often recently, he has still been part of the senior set-up. One player Gerrard must do without is striker Rhian Brewster, the England youth international facing a lengthy spell in rehabilitation due to an ankle injury. “If Rhian had not been injured he would have been available for selection and that shows how the club is with the competition,” said Gerrard. “I don’t know the full extent (of his injury) but it is going to be a good while. I do not know the complete timescale. He needs further tests. He was in a good place, doing well for the U23s and U19s and flying internationally. This happens to every footballer. You have setbacks, you grow and you learn from them as much as the good things that happen to you. He will be missing it and realise what a good position he was in and desperate to get back. Hopefully he comes back hungry and into top form as soon as possible.”

Andy Carroll ankle injury could scupper Chelsea move and leave West Ham short for four months

Andy Carroll’s chances of securing a move to Chelsea this month appear to have been dashed after a scan is understood to have shown that the West Ham United striker has an ankle injury which may even require surgery. Carroll was scanned by West Ham on Thursday morning after being unable to train and the results highlighted a problem. Carroll is therefore expected to be out for between four to six weeks but further medical assessment is needed to decide the appropriate treatment. The worst case scenario would mean the 29-year-old has to go under the knife which might rule him out of action for between three and four months. Carroll is wanted by Chelsea and although they are yet to make a formal offer there has been an expectation of a bid in the coming days. West Ham were resistant to Chelsea’s attempts to take Carroll on loan until the end of the season – even if they were also willing to send Michy Batshuayi in the opposite direction. Instead West Ham were willing to listen to offers to buy Carroll, who has 18 months left on his contract, and a bid of around £20 million would probably have been acceptable. In total, including add-ons, West Ham paid Liverpool £18.5m for Carroll whose career at the club has been blighted by injury. Batshuayi has been a West Ham target for some time and they were interested in the Belgium striker before he joined Chelsea. The 24-year-old was watched by West Ham manager David Moyes during Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City on Wednesday when he scored before being substituted. It is understood that Moyes was prepared to allow Carroll to leave in exchange for Batshuayi who is still expected to go out on loan this month if a replacement can be found. Carroll had been keen on a move to Chelsea Credit: Getty images Carroll is understood to have wanted to make the move to Chelsea and is said to be devastated after suffering yet another injury. The England centre-forward scored his first goals of the season for West Ham as he helped them come from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion two weeks ago. But he was not in West Ham’s match-day squad for Tuesday night’s FA Cup third-round replay against Shrewsbury Town. West Ham are still hoping to offload one of their forwards – probably either Diafra Sakho, who was wanted by Crystal Palace last week before that deal cooled, or Javier Hernández – as they try tore-balance their squad with Moyes targeting signings in midfield. West Ham remain in talks to try to sign the Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario on loan but he has other options. Before Carroll’s injury two forwards were expected to leave. January 2018 transfer window The development means it would be highly unlikely that Chelsea would follow through their interest in trying to sign Carroll before the transfer window closes at the end of this month. Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte wants to improve his strike-force and appears to have little faith in Batshuayi to provide adequate back up for record signing Alvaro Morata who has struggled of late.                

Andy Carroll ankle injury could scupper Chelsea move and leave West Ham short for four months

Andy Carroll’s chances of securing a move to Chelsea this month appear to have been dashed after a scan is understood to have shown that the West Ham United striker has an ankle injury which may even require surgery. Carroll was scanned by West Ham on Thursday morning after being unable to train and the results highlighted a problem. Carroll is therefore expected to be out for between four to six weeks but further medical assessment is needed to decide the appropriate treatment. The worst case scenario would mean the 29-year-old has to go under the knife which might rule him out of action for between three and four months. Carroll is wanted by Chelsea and although they are yet to make a formal offer there has been an expectation of a bid in the coming days. West Ham were resistant to Chelsea’s attempts to take Carroll on loan until the end of the season – even if they were also willing to send Michy Batshuayi in the opposite direction. Instead West Ham were willing to listen to offers to buy Carroll, who has 18 months left on his contract, and a bid of around £20 million would probably have been acceptable. In total, including add-ons, West Ham paid Liverpool £18.5m for Carroll whose career at the club has been blighted by injury. Batshuayi has been a West Ham target for some time and they were interested in the Belgium striker before he joined Chelsea. The 24-year-old was watched by West Ham manager David Moyes during Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City on Wednesday when he scored before being substituted. It is understood that Moyes was prepared to allow Carroll to leave in exchange for Batshuayi who is still expected to go out on loan this month if a replacement can be found. Carroll had been keen on a move to Chelsea Credit: Getty images Carroll is understood to have wanted to make the move to Chelsea and is said to be devastated after suffering yet another injury. The England centre-forward scored his first goals of the season for West Ham as he helped them come from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion two weeks ago. But he was not in West Ham’s match-day squad for Tuesday night’s FA Cup third-round replay against Shrewsbury Town. West Ham are still hoping to offload one of their forwards – probably either Diafra Sakho, who was wanted by Crystal Palace last week before that deal cooled, or Javier Hernández – as they try tore-balance their squad with Moyes targeting signings in midfield. West Ham remain in talks to try to sign the Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario on loan but he has other options. Before Carroll’s injury two forwards were expected to leave. January 2018 transfer window The development means it would be highly unlikely that Chelsea would follow through their interest in trying to sign Carroll before the transfer window closes at the end of this month. Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte wants to improve his strike-force and appears to have little faith in Batshuayi to provide adequate back up for record signing Alvaro Morata who has struggled of late.                

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Andy Carroll unable to train amid Chelsea interest' 

Chelsea's reported interest in West Ham striker Andy Carroll is an intriguing sub-plot in this January window, as the champions look for reliable back-up to Alvaro Morata.  According to the Daily Mirror, Carroll has told West Ham he is unable to train due to an ankle injury despite club scans not detecting a problem.  David Moyes has denied knowledge of any bid from Chelsea, but it is believed West Ham would be willing to listen to offers in excess of £20 million for the former Liverpool striker.  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte appears to have little faith in Michy Batshuayi, who scored in their FA Cup replay against Norwich on Wednesday, but the club's pursuit of Carroll has left fans underwhelmed.  West Ham could be in for a busy time however, with Jason Burt reporting they are eager to sign Portugal international and Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario on loan and talkSPORT suggesting they could be prepared to let Javier Hernandez go.  Hernandez's time at West Ham could be short lived Credit: Getty Images The future of Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan remains the window's biggest story however, with our own Matt Law reporting that the Arsenal forward has agreed personal terms with Manchester United in a Daily Telegraph exclusive.  Sanchez has agreed a four-and-a-half year deal worth around £180 million in total, accounting for his wages, £20 million signing on fee and a £10 million fee to his agent.  It is a staggering deal for a 29-year-old with six months remaining on his Arsenal contract, and the Chilean could earn £14 million after tax at Old Trafford if the deal goes through.  That could depend on Mkhitaryan agreeing terms with Arsenal, though the Irish Times report that Jose Mourinho will urge United's board to press ahead with a cash only deal if that cannot be achieved.  How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? Meanwhile, James Ducker reports that United have begun negotiations with David De Gea as they try to ward off Real Madrid's long-term interest in the goalkeeper.  There have been no fresh developments in Arsenal's pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang, but there is certainly space in their squad for attacking additions after Theo Walcott finally completed his protracted move to Everton on Wednesday.  According to the Daily Star via reports in Italy, Juventus are interested in Arsenal pair Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil, as well as Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen.  Elsewhere, Watford attacker Richarlison in planning a summer switch to Arsenal or Chelsea according to the Watford Observer, while Leeds are readying a bid for Rangers' Josh Windass after Preston's £500,000 offer was rejected.  And the rest... Emre Can latest  The German midfielder was excellent in Liverpool's win over Manchester City, but Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta confirms the Old Lady are interested the soon-to-be free agent.  "Emre Can is a player whose contract is running down, so it allows us to approach him for negotiations and that is the course we have taken," Marotta told Sky Sport Italia on Wednesday. "I can't say if he could sign a new contract with Liverpool, but I can say we will try all we can to get the player. "Obviously, we have to respect what the player wants." Emre Can is another player who could leave for nothing this summer Credit: Getty Images Record breaker Cedric Bakumbu will become the most expensive African player in football history after Chinese club Beijing Guoan agreed to pay Villarreal his release clause in a £65 million deal.  Blast from the past World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger has agreed another deal to remain at MLS franchise Chicago Fire. You might recall that he was asked if he could help Chicago win the World Cup at his unveiling. 

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