West Ham are readying a bid higher than what Arsenal were reported to have tabled for a Brazilian superstar in the making, per a report.
Last week, Arsenal were claimed by Sport Witness to have made a move worth €20m (£16.7m) to sign Palmeiras midfielder, Danilo. The 20-year-old is on an upward trajectory in his homeland, evidenced by the whopping £86m release clause Palmeiras reportedly inserted into his contract.
The Gunners were said to believe a bid far lower than that figure can get the job done with Danilo not yet the finished article.
Mikel Arteta is seeking immediate midfield reinforcements with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny both away at AFCON.
However, the latest from Brazilian outlet Lance (via Sport Witness) has revealed West Ham are now in the mix.
They state the Hammers are now the ‘main suitor’ for Danilo after reportedly ‘reaching out to his entourage’.
Higher West Ham offer touted
David Moyes’ side are claimed to be ‘prepared’ to produce an offer that could reach up to €25m (£20.88m) when all is said and done.
However, they – like the Gunners – may have to wait until the summer before reaching an agreement.
That’s because Palmeiras are due to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup in February.
South American teams generally hold that tournament in higher regard than their European counterparts. As such, Palmeiras are extremely reluctant to sell Danilo before the competition takes place.
The brewing battle between West Ham and Arsenal may therefore be put on hold until the summer.
Nonetheless, Arsenal aren’t expected to roll over easily, with the article concluding the Gunners could return with an extra €5m in bonuses added on to an updated offer if West Ham flex their muscles.
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Hammers, Newcastle battle for Marseille ace
Meanwhile, Newcastle United are leading the Premier League interest in Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara, along with West Ham, according to a report.
Kamara’s contract with the French side is due to expire at the end of the season. As such, the race for his signature as a free agent is already heating up. He has been linked with a move to Italy in particular, where Jose Mourinho could take him to Roma.
But covering that angle, Corriere Dello Sport claim a move to England currently has more weight behind it. In that regard, the leading contenders for Kamara’s signature are Newcastle and West Ham
Newcastle are chasing his signature and will hope Kamara can anchor their midfield from next season and beyond.
But the lure of potential European football at West Ham would make them an inviting destination too. In theory, he could act as a replacement for Alex Kral if they do not make his loan permanent. Alternatively, he could replace Declan Rice in the seemingly unlikely event that they sanction a huge sale.
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Wolves confirm third January arrival with Man City, Arsenal target potentially to follow next
Wolves have confirmed their third signing of the January transfer window – 19-year-old South Korean winger Jeong Sang-bin.
Bruno Lage has already brought in midfielder Hayao Kawabe and forward Chiquinho this month. And earlier in the week Hwang Hee-chan’s loan move from RB Leipzig was made permanent too.
Now another arrival has been secured. Sang-bin will head straight out on loan after joining from K-League club Suwon Samsung Bluewings, though.
He will link up with Kawabe, who signed from Grasshoppers and then was loaned straight back to the Swiss side.
Both players will be gone for the next 18 months. Wolves fans will therefore have a long wait before seeing either play in the flesh.
After the signing of Sang-bin was announced, the club’s technical director Scott Sellars explained that decision.
“Sang-bin is a young, raw talent, who has done very well for his club and national team whilst still only a teenager,” he told the club’s official website.
“We hope to provide him an opportunity to develop and grow as a player, and a person, in Zurich with Grasshoppers, before returning in the future.
“We’ve already seen how this process can benefit a player like Toti Gomes. And we are looking forward to seeing what Sang-bin can achieve in the Swiss league, and then at Wolves.”
The clock is ticking to Monday’s deadline, but Wolves could yet add a further new face to Lage’s squad before then.
That’s because after missing out on him last summer, they remain ‘very interested’ in former Man City and Arsenal target Riqui Puig, as per Sport (via Sport Witness).
A loan deal until the end of the season without an option to buy could still happen. Puig is finding his game time limited at Barcelona.
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Meanwhile, Wolves have reportedly given midfielder Ruben Neves a £40million price tag amid transfer links with Manchester United and Arsenal.
The central midfielder has made 19 Premier League appearances for the Molineux club this season. He has registered two goals – one in October’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa, and another in the 2-1 victory against Brentford last time out.
Neves has a knack for scoring goals from outside the box and did so against the Bees, curling a right-footed effort past Jonas Lossl to give Wolves all three points.
He has been ever-present in the Wanderers first team since joining from Porto in July 2017. However, links with United and Arsenal are hotting up…
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Liverpool exodus on the cards as four talents tipped to leave Anfield before deadline day
A Liverpool exodus is on the cards as four players have been tipped to leave Anfield before next week’s Deadline Day.
The Reds are set for a knock on effect from their signing of Porto and Colombia winger Luis Diaz. His imminent £54m arrival, coupled with the upcoming returns of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, will leave Jurgen Klopp with a few too many attacking options.
That means their stance on duo Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino has now changed.
Klopp was said to be reluctant to let Origi go this month. And it was reported that two offers for Minamino had been knocked back too.
However, as per The Athletic, both are now up for sale for the rest of January.
Liverpool will be looking to recoup some of the funds they are set to splash on Diaz. They could also do this with the sale of defender Nat Phillips, valued at £15m.
He’s been the target of attention from both Newcastle and Watford. Both have had offers turned down but could return.
And the man behind the report, journalist James Pearce, has revealed another exit could occur too.
Speaking on The Red Agenda Podcast, he said: “Neco Williams, I wouldn’t be massively surprised if there was some interest him before next week’s January deadline.”
Liverpool defender surplus to requirements
Pearce continued: “Liverpool were open to selling him in the summer, there was talk of a £10m asking price, and there’s an understanding at Liverpool about Neco’s position – there’s a World Cup at the end of the year and he needs to be playing regular football.
“He’s good enough to be doing that, but at Liverpool he has the misfortune of being behind Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“Also, Liverpool look at it and see Conor Bradley and the way he’s performed.
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“He’s younger than Neco as well, and he’s more happy to bide his time and learn his trade, so I think that’s why Liverpool are open to offers.
“I was told potentially a loan for the rest of this season with an option or an obligation for the summer for Neco Williams, so yeah, I think we probably will see him move on, if not this month then in the summer.”
Klopp plans face threat
Meanwhile, Real Madrid are reportedly plotting a midfield revamp involving a stellar star targeted by Liverpool.
The Reds have been tipped to make a major addition to their midfield ranks next summer. James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are all the wrong side of 30.
Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch is one name who has been linked. The 19-year-old Ajax superstar-in-waiting is already a regular in the Netherlands national team.
A Spanish report detailed Liverpool and Real Madrid’s interest in December, and claimed the Reds were willing to stump up £42m in the summer.
Now, ESPN have shed new light on the situation, namechecking Gravenberch as a Real target once again.
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