West Ham United chasing talented 24-year-old Serie A defender

West Ham United chasing talented 24-year-old Serie A defender – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham United are interested in signing Bologna left-back Adam Masina.

Italian football expert Gianluca di Marzio has claimed the Hammers are weighing up a bid for the 24-year-old who is also wanted by Napoli.

The Moroccan-born defender made his Bologna debut in a 2–1 away win over Latina in October 2014 and helped the club win promotion to Serie A that season.

He has made 83 appearances in Italy’s top flight, scoring three goals.

Luigi Di Biagio selected Masina to represent Italy U21 team in November 2015 and he made his debut in a Euro 2017 qualifying match against Lithuania.

Masina has been one of the most impressive defenders in Serie A this season and he could soon be in line for his first call-up to the senior Italy squad.

His contract expires in 2019 and both Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla have been linked with a move for the player over the past few months.

West Ham boss David Moyes is eager to strengthen his squad and Masina’s pace and energy would certainly be a big asset to his defence.

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Former Arsenal star urges Chelsea to sign star striker despite rumours of Bundesliga move

Former Arsenal star urges Chelsea to sign star striker despite rumours of Bundesliga move – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has urged Chelsea to make a move for Olivier Giroud.

The Premier League champions have been linked with Andy Carroll this month, although another injury to the West Ham striker has scuppered that move.

Stoke City’s Peter Crouch has also been touted as a shock arrival at Stamford Bridge, but Parlour believes Giroud would be an excellent signing for the Blues.

“He would be perfect,” Parlour told Sky Sports. “Whether Arsenal would want to lose another of their players to a rival is another matter.

“But I am sure if Chelsea put a decent bid in he would be tempted because he hasn’t got to move, he can live in London, a bit like Petr Cech. He was settled in London and wanted to stay there.”

Any potential Chelsea interest in Giroud could be dashed, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger willing to include the French striker as a makeweight in the deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

Aubameyang was left out of Dortmund’s squad to face Hertha Berlin on Friday as the German club believe he is ‘not fully focused’.

Giroud has previously rejected the idea of moving abroad, with his wife said to be keen on remaining in London.

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Man City and Arsenal eyeing move for much-improved Liverpool star

Man City and Arsenal eyeing move for much-improved Liverpool star – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester City have been linked with a move for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.

The Germany midfielder’s contract expires in the summer, but he has indicated he may be willing to stay at Anfield.

City are understood to be monitoring the 24-year-old’s situation, while Arsenal has been touted as another possible destination.

Juventus have also expressed an interest in Can, although no formal offer has been made.

Can began his senior career at Bayern Munich, playing mostly in the club’s reserve side, before transferring to Bayer Leverkusen in 2013.

He was signed by Liverpool a year later for £9.75 million and he has gone on to make over 150 appearances in all competitions.

Can represented Germany from U15 to U21 level and featured at the 2015 U21 European Championship.

He made his senior debut in September 2015 and was selected for the European Championship in 2016.

Can was part of the German squad which won the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia during 2017.

The midfielder has developed into a solid performer in recent times and seems sure to attract plenty of interest over the coming weeks.

Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp is eager to keep Can, but the lure of working under Pep Guardiola could be a decisive factor.

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Benitez wants Everton attacker in January, £29m star a target for Newcastle as well

Benitez wants Everton attacker in January, £29m star a target for Newcastle as well – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle United are hoping to improve their attack in January and Benitez is exploring the loan market for options.

According to reports, Everton winger Aaron Lennon and the Leicester City forward Islam Slimani are targets for the Spaniard. Newcastle are eligible to make two loan signings this month.

Newcastle’s takeover has not been completed yet and the Premier League outfit are lacking in resources right now. It seems that Benitez will have to make good use of the loan market or sell his fringe players in order to improve the squad.

Lennon is unlikely to get any playing time at Everton after the arrival of Theo Walcott. The Merseyside outfit have Bolasie as well.

Meanwhile, Leicester City’s club record signing Islam Slimani has failed to impress Claude Puel and he needs to move in order to play more often.

Puel has hinted that some players will be allowed to go out on loan in January.

Slimani joined the Foxes for a fee of £29million and if he can rediscover his form with Newcastle, he could prove to be a sensational signing for the Magpies.

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Spurs want key Juventus man; Levy makes an approach, this would be a masterstroke

Spurs want key Juventus man; Levy makes an approach, this would be a masterstroke – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham are interested in signing Fabio Paratici as their Director of Sport.

According to Calciomercato (report translated by SportWitness), Daniel Levy is very impressed with the Italian and he wants the Juventus man to oversee Tottenham’s transfers. The Spurs chairman has already made an approach to sign Paratici.

Paratici has worked wonders at Juventus by bringing him top class players for cheap/free. The report adds that the Italian is very happy at Juventus and he is not interested in joining Tottenham.

Tottenham themselves have picked up a few bargains over the years and it is understandable why Levy wants to bring in someone like Paratici.

Spurs do not have the financial resources to compete with Chelsea, United, City or Arsenal. In order for them to compete with the best, they will have to be intelligent with their signings.

For example, the likes of Lloris, Wanyama, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Dier, Alli, Eriksen have been excellent for the Londoners and they have cost Spurs a total of around £60 million.

It will be interesting to see whether Spurs can convince the Italian to join them in the near future. It would be a masterstroke from Daniel Levy if he manages to pull this off.

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Arsenal agree fee to sign world class star, this could be a masterstroke from Wenger

Arsenal agree fee to sign world class star, this could be a masterstroke from Wenger – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the recent weeks and it seems that a deal is close to completion.

BBC Journalist Gary Al-Smith has confirmed on his Twitter account that Arsenal have agreed on a fee with Borussia Dortmund for the Gabon international.

The African journalist adds that Aubameyang does not want to play for Dortmund anymore and that Giroud could be a part of the deal. The Frenchman has not been a starter for Wenger this season and he could do with a move away from the club.

The Gunners will pay around €60m for the striker, who will sign a contract until 2021. Furthermore, Aubameyang will be earning €10m per season at Emirates.

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Arsenal are set to lose Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United this month and Wenger will be looking to improve his attack considerably.

The Gunners are expected to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United as a part of the deal for Sánchez as well.

Losing a player like Sanchez is disappointing for any side but signing a world class striker like Aubameyang and a talented midfielder like Mkhitaryan will definitely soften the blow.

Also, Wenger’s decision to improve the squad collectively instead of getting a like-for-like replacement for Sanchez could prove to be a masterstroke.

Arsenal will have more depth and variety in their attack now. Arsenal are looking to secure their place in top four and signing players like Aubameyang would certainly give them an edge over Liverpool and Spurs.

It will be interesting to see how the Gunners line up with Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette and Ozil at their disposal. Lacazette has had a slow start to life in England and therefore the signing of Aubameyang could prove to be vital.

The 28-year-old has scored 141 goals in 212 appearances for Dortmund so far.

 

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Leeds agree January transfer; Player will wear this number, debut possible tomorrow

Leeds agree January transfer; Player will wear this number, debut possible tomorrow – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United have agreed on a deal to sign the Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Forshaw.

The transfer has been confirmed on the club’s official website. The 26-year-old will be a part of Christiansen’s matchday squad this weekend and he could make his debut against Millwall.

The Whites have confirmed that they will pay £4.5m for the midfielder. Forshaw has signed a four and a half year deal, running until the summer of 2022.

Christiansen wanted to add an experienced central midfielder to his ranks in January and the Leeds boss will be delighted to have signed Forshaw.

The 26-year-old has played for clubs like Everton, Brentford and Wigan before joining Middlesbrough in January 2015. Forshaw helped Boro secure automatic promotion to the Premier League during the after the 2015/16 season.

His performances were rewarded with a new four-year contract at the Riverside Stadium but the midfielder failed to guide his side to safety in the Premier League.

Forshaw was a key player for Middlesbrough during his time at the club and it will be interesting to see whether he can guide the Whites to the Premier League now.

Speaking to the club media after his move, Forshaw said: “I’m made up, as soon as I knew Leeds were interested I wanted to come here. With the size of the club, the history, everything just felt right and I can’t wait to get going. I had one or two other opportunities, but as soon as I knew the interest was there from Leeds it was a no-brainer and it really excites me. This is one of the biggest clubs in the country, the fan base speaks for itself, whenever they go away from home they fill it every time and that can only spur the lads on. Leeds are on Sky quite a lot, when we played them at Elland Road, they were by far the best team on the day and won the game 2-1, so I have seen a little bit of them, they have really good technical players.”

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