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West Ham alleged to be mystery bidders for unknown South American gem

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West Ham are alleged to be the mystery club behind an offer for unknown South American midfielder Pedro Aquino, as per reports.

Aquino, 26, plays for Club America in Mexico. Local media linked him with a move to the Hammers last month, but the news did not make many waves and remained relatively quiet. That was, until a few days ago.

Journalist Gibran Araige tweeted an offer for the Peru international had been received from a Premier League club, which he did not name.

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It was claimed the offer was “good”, so Club America are mulling it over.

While David Moyes’ side weren’t mentioned, the previous reports are being focused upon by Mexican media.

It seems they are the only English side who could have made the bid. Leeds and Brentford were mentioned by outlet Libero.

But there appears to be a lack of substance to these claims, with Sport Witness noting that the Prem duo have not been discussed elsewhere.

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Aquino will be a new name for most football fans in England, but his performances this year have begun to attract attention from scouts.

The defence-minded player began his career in his home country, whom he has racked up 34 caps for.

He then had spells with three difference sides in Mexico before joining Club America at the start of 2021.

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They signed him for around £3m and tied him down to a four-year deal. West Ham will therefore have to stump up a decent fee to sign him.

At present he would only be a squad player for the east London club. But if Declan Rice leaves, then he could be Thoams Soucek’s new midfield partner.

Ambitious West Ham hope

Meanwhile, Moyes has set his sights on winning silverware with the club, explaining why going all the way in the Carabao Cup would be a “great achievement”.

The Hammers will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. It will be a tough match, but it could give them the chance to go one step closer to winning a trophy under Moyes.

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The club’s progress during his second spell in charge has been clear to see. They qualified for the Europa League after a sixth-placed finish last season. This term, they are in contention to finish in continental territory again.

But they have not won a trophy for a long time and it is something they could have a chance to change, depending on their priorities.

READ MOREMoyes outlines West Ham trophy dream and conditions to make it a reality

 

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Aston Villa receive offer for unavailable ace who could return to former league

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Aston Villa have received an offer from Istanbul Basaksehir to take a player currently unavailable to them, according to one reporter.

It has been a busy January for Villa, who are undergoing their first transfer window since Steven Gerrard took charge. His presence as manager has been influential already. Without him, the loan signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona would have seemed unthinkable.

In addition to Gerrard’s former Liverpool teammate, they have added left-back Lucas Digne from Everton and goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan from Roma.

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In terms of departures, Villa have allowed Anwar El Ghazi to spend the rest of the season with Everton. A number of fringe players and academy products have also been loaned elsewhere.

The next to head out the exit door at Villa Park could be Trezeguet. According to Vole reporter Yagiz Sabuncuoglu, the attacking midfielder has been the subject of an offer from Istanbul Basaksehir.

Trezeguet is currently away with Egypt at the African Cup of Nations. His last appearance for Villa before heading off for the tournament came on January 2nd, when he came on for the last 10 minutes of a loss to Brentford.

It was Trezeguet’s first appearance of the season for Villa (after returning from a knee injury) and it may have been his last if Istanbul Basaksehir get their way.

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Turkish champions in 2020, they finished mid-table the season after and are currently eighth out of 20 in the present campaign.

A push for European qualification is within reach for the Istanbul outfit. If they can add to their squad before the transfer deadline, it would only help.

Villa are unlikely to stand in Trezeguet’s way if he wants to leave, although his contract lasts until 2023.

The 27-year-old has made a total of 64 appearances for Villa since joining them in 2019 from Kasimpasa. He has scored nine goals and supplied five assists since.

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Now, though, he may be set for a return to Turkish football. He previously scored 25 goals from 71 Kasimpasa appearances.

Villa told Trezeguet exit makes sense

Earlier this month, one pundit supported the idea that Villa could offload Trezeguet, in addition to El Ghazi and Bertrand Traore.

Noel Whelan told Football Insider: “It could raise funds, so absolutely.

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“Some clubs don’t always have the luxury of keeping these players on big contracts while also going out and buying another big player.

“Sometimes you’ve got to cut one loose if you want to bring another in. That’s just the way of the world with most clubs and their financial situations right now.

“There’s no point keeping players if they’re not in your plans. If you can move them on with loan-to-buy deals and get the wages out of the club, then do that.

“It works both ways, Aston Villa could then use that money to bring players in – perhaps also on a loan-to-buy basis.”

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Since then, Villa have completed the Coutinho and Olsen transfers on exactly those terms. There may still yet be room for them to add further after the permanent arrival of Digne, too.

Signing a centre-back could be useful after they lost Man Utd loanee Axel Tuanzebe. Furthermore, they are looking closely at a midfielder, namely Juventus’ Rodrigo Bentancur.

There have also been suggestions they could sign a new attacker.

READ MORE: West Ham face Aston Villa competition as big-money move predicted for exciting attacker

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Man Utd perform transfer masterclass with deal ‘confirmed’, star spotted at new club

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Man Utd are on the verge of completing a deal to send Anthony Martial to Sevilla on very favourable terms, and the Frenchman has been spotted arriving in Spain.

The future of Martial was one of the biggest talking points at Old Trafford this month. The 26-year-old had a public spat with Ralf Rangnick after the German boss claimed Martial has refused to play.

Martial fired back on social media, stating he has never refused to don the club’s colours. Within a week, the saga was brought to a close, and Martial was integrated back into the matchday squads.

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However, whether he would remain at the club beyond January 31 remained a mystery.

Sevilla had drawn the strongest links with a potential loan move. However, United’s high demands had seemingly dissuaded the Spanish side.

United were demanding the buying club pay 100 percent of the forward’s salary, as well as a hefty loan fee.

Man Utd bargain hard over Martial

Rangnick suggested the club were open to sanctioning a move, though only if the terms of the deal were in United’s favour.

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Now, per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Martial’s loan move to Seville is a done deal. The Italian tweeted the switch is ‘confirmed’ after posting a video of Martial arriving in Seville.

The terms of the proposed move were revealed earlier on Tuesday, and they make great reading for United’s financial department.

The Daily Mail claimed that Sevilla offered a £5million loan fee, as per Man Utd’s request. Furthermore, per Romano, Sevilla have offered to cover his salary until June.

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What made that decision easier was the fact Martial has reportedly agreed to take a pay-cut to ease the move along.

There is not expected to be an option to buy included in the move. As such, United will be hoping Martial’s stint in Spain can mirror that of Jesse Lingard’s at West Ham last year.

If successful, Martial would return a superior player. He would also stabilise his transfer value – something that will please United if they seek a sale in the summer.


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Newcastle cave in to Man Utd, Lingard demands

Meanwhile, Newcastle are preparing one final push to sign Jesse Lingard and the winger is open to moving, but they still face an uphill struggle convincing Man Utd to sell, per a report.

West Ham and Newcastle have both been linked with acquiring Lingard on loan this month. While that is not as beneficial to Man Utd as an outright sale, it could at least boost their coffers if they can secure both a loan fee and the entirety of Lingard’s wages paid by the buying club.

And according to Sky Sports, that is exactly what Newcastle are now prepared to do. They report the Magpies are willing to pay both a loan fee and 100 percent of Lingard’s salary if a six-month loan can be agreed.

From the player’s end, Lingard would reportedly ‘welcome the opportunity’ to speak to Newcastle. Lingard is stated to have no intention of penning fresh terms at Old Trafford.

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Furthermore, another impressive loan spell over the next half-season would up his negotiating power in the summer when it comes to signing a free agent deal.

Lingard is deemed ‘desperate’ to play regularly over the next six months. However, despite Newcastle agreeing to meet Man Utd’s two demands, a deal is not straightforward.

The Red Devils are yet to make a ‘final decision’ on whether to allow Lingard to leave this month. Despite his lack of gametime under Rangnick, he remains a superb option in reserve – should the call ever come.

READ MORE: Man Utd outcast van de Beek receives new Premier League offer after Newcastle snub

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