West Ham and Norwich keen to sign Inter Milan defender Davide Santon on loan – Daily Mail
West Ham and Norwich have asked about taking Davide Santon on loan from Inter Milan.
The 25-year-old former Newcastle full back is available after making just nine Serie A appearances this season.
The Hammers are keen to strengthen in defence after Carl Jenkinson suffered a serious knee injury during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
Instead, he organised for the ice cream van to turn up for an hour after training on Thursday for the enjoyment of players, coaches and staff
Jenkinson’s loan deal is expected to be terminated early as he returns to Arsenal for treatment.
Canaries boss Alex Neil is also in the market for a versatile defender as he looks to lead the club to Premier League safety following the arrivals of Steven Naismith, Ivan Pinto and Timm Klose.
Santon only joined Inter on a permanent deal last summer but he has struggled for playing time under Roberto Mancini since November.
Payet is priceless to West Ham boss Slaven Bilic – Belfast Telegraph
Slaven Bilic claims there is “no money in the world” that would force West Ham to sell Dimitri Payet.
French playmaker Payet has been one of the stars of the Premier League season so far following his summer switch from Marseille.
The 28-year-old, now back from a spell out injured, has scored six goals in 15 appearances and was the stand-out performer in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
His £10million fee now looks a snip for a player West Ham manager Bilic compares with another Upton Park favourite – their former maverick forward Paolo Di Canio.
“From my point of view there is no money in the world that we would let him go for,” said Bilic.
“The things he does on the pitch, he also does in training. He is great to have in the squad and at the club.
“In previous seasons we were like a selling club, but we are moving stadium, we are talking and acting like we want to go up as a club, and for me the most important thing regarding that is not to sell your best players.
“Dimitri Payet, for me, no way. He is our player and he is staying.
“At this club there have been big players, but I think the last player who made such a big impact, in basically no time, is Paolo Di Canio.”
Reece Oxford’s loan move to Charlton in doubt with Jose Riga unsure about the West Ham starlet – Daily Mail
Reece Oxford had agreed a loan move to Championship outfit Charlton
Sportsmail understands Charlton boss Jose Riga has called off the deal
The 17-year-old Oxford started West Ham’s first two games of the season
West Ham wonderkid Reece Oxford’s loan move to Charlton is on the brink of collapse.
The 17-year-old had agreed a temporary switch to the Valley, but the transfer has hit the skids.
Sportsmail understands that Addicks manager Jose Riga vetoed the move because he did not know enough about the player.
Oxford is widely-regarded to be one of the best young prospects in English football at the moment.
There was suggestions that Oxford was apprehensive about the switch given Charlton’s lowly league position.
But it is understood Charlton called off the deal, due to the fact Riga was unaware that Oxford was incoming.
There is hope that the deal could be revived, but it remains to be seen whether the loan switch can still materialise.
The Addicks first enquired about the youngster last summer, but their approach was turned down by the Hammers.
The teenager started West Ham’s first two Premier League games, including the euphoric 2-0 win at Arsenal in which he received high praise for nullifying Mesut Ozil.
But he has found first-team chances few and far between ever since; making just three more substitute appearances.
West Ham without six key men for Liverpool clash but youngsters travel – London 24
West Ham skipper Mark Noble is one of six first team players set to miss tomorrow’s clash with Liverpool. Carl Jenkinson is out with the knee injury he suffered against Manchester City last weekend, and with new signing Sam Byram cup-tied, fit-again James Tomkins will fill in at right-back. Winger Michail Antonio is available despite a wrist injury but Andy Carroll (hamstring), Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho (both thigh) are still sidelined. Reece Oxford and Josh Cullen could be among youngsters travelling to Merseyside. Provisional squad: Adrian, Randolph, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Song, Obiang, Moses, Payet, O’Brien, Valencia, Antonio, Cullen, Jelavic, Parfitt-Williams, Oxford.
Dimitri Payet: The West Ham star who arrived on tiptoes – Goal.com
Few Premier League observers were aware of the talent the Frenchman boasted upon his arrival at Upton Park but now many are wondering why their clubs missed out on him
For the best part of a decade, Dimitri Payet has been one of the great enigmas of French football. Since breaking into the Nantes side as a 17-year-old, his passage has taken him to Saint-Etienne, Lille and Marseille, traversing what have been the country’s greatest clubs.
During this time, he has gathered a handful of international caps and been linked with Juventus yet ended up at West Ham – an outfit hardly synonymous with glamour in recent times.
Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Liverpool, he has emerged as one of the revelations of the Premier League this season in a country where most were ignorant of his talents until his promising debut performance in a shock victory away to Arsenal on the first day of the season. But for a spell on the sidelines due to an ankle injury, he has maintained his form.
Yet the 28-year-old finds himself in east London as a victim of economics. Neither the player nor Marseille particularly wanted to part company last summer. For OM, however, the Hammers’ approach of €15 million was simply too good to refuse amid a difficult financial climate for the Provence side. Payet, meanwhile, was settled in the sunny south of France and, but for the financial rewards on offer at Upton Park, would likely not have made the move.
Jacques-Olivier Auguste, the player’s agent, told RMC just hours before the move in the most eloquent of terms that he was still holding out for an improved contract offer from Marseille that might have allowed his client to stay where he was enjoying the best form of his life.
“It’s like an elephant clinging on to the edge of a cliff by its tail grasping a daisy,” he confessed.
OM failed to produce a miracle and, amid the necessity of having to balance their books before the June 30 date stipulated by the DNGC, the financial police of the French game, sold the man who had arguably been more important than any in Marcelo Bielsa’s exciting attacking setup.
While Payet worked well for Bielsa, Bielsa did the reciprocal for Payet. Prior to the Argentine’s arrival, the Reunion-born player had a frustrating habit of playing at a devastating level for a couple of months then mysteriously regressing to a mediocre level for a similar period before the cycle started over.
That is the reason he has endured such a nomadic career. For all the highs – winning the 100th Rhone derby between Saint-Etienne and Lyon with a stunning free kick, for example – there were just as many disappointments, which led to the player’s ability to perform on the big stage being questioned.
Bielsa, however, provided the father figure required to get the best out of the player.
“Bielsa made me become more mature and more consistent,” he told L’Equipe. “He taught me to know when to play simple and when to try to provoke something… He put some order in my game. I still have his advice in my head and it’ll serve me until the end of my career.”
But the Argentine also provided discipline when it was needed. Payet’s reputation for nonchalance dated back to his days in the Nantes reserve team, and Bielsa felt there was still an immature streak to his attitude even last year.
“We were doing an attack against defence drill at training,” the player remembered. “I was a bit in and out, then towards the end more out. Just as the hour was up, I made a good move, the only one of the session for me. Jan [van Winkel] congratulated me. This is when Marcelo blew his top: ‘Why are you congratulating him? All he’s done is mess about since the start!’ I was left out of the squad for the next match.
“When I want to p*** everyone off, I’m good at doing it. Even if it’s not so much the case now, I can get angry quickly and become deaf. But it’s not good for me or the team.”
Such an approach did Payet good, and in an interview with Canal+ he even admitted that he had a “good relationship” with the fiery South American. In his opinion it was the “best season” of his career, and though he would only score seven times in 34 league outings, objectively it is hard to disagree. He was regularly the fulcrum of a dashing, exciting attack and would lead Ligue 1 in assists come the end of the campaign.
After such a stellar season, it should have been expected that his arrival in England would be greeted by a fanfare, though that proved not to be the case.
“I arrived on tiptoes,” he admitted. “It wasn’t so bad. It allowed me to work serenely and not have to worry from the moment I joined.”
A lack of recognition on the international stage is doubtless why Payet arrived in England unheralded and chronically under appreciated. His rise to prominence came just after the 2014 World Cup, which he was overlooked for, and while he made eight consecutive appearances under Didier Deschamps the following year, he was in and out of the starting XI and was never particularly convincing, as the player himself admitted.
Remarkably, he has accumulated only 92 minutes of competitive football for Les Bleus among 15 caps, the vast majority of which have been picked up in friendlies. Competition has been fierce in Payet’s role for the duration of his career, a problem he had even in the Under-21s, when Hatem Ben Arfa and Jeremy Menez outshone him. Meanwhile, Deschamps’ preference for a 4-3-3 system also counts against him, and as such he has been overlooked so far this season.
“I feel it as an injustice. I’m at the best level of my career, although I can still progress. So to me it is unfair not to be included in the France team,” he admitted.
“I do not understand what is expected of me, and I’ve said so. But not to be named in the France squad does not prevent me from living. Even if I think about it, I’m not kneeling before my TV waiting on the list. I’m in a dream in England today. If the national team makes me unhappy, I don’t want it.”
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, meanwhile, is happy to give his star man the responsibility he is not burdened with at international level. After an inspirational display from the Frenchman to turn around a recent match with Bournemouth, he commented: “It was a team win but Payet made the difference … West Ham fans love that kind of player with a bit of magic and he has got more than a bit.
“He is deciding games, he is keeping the ball and he is doing the things which are very hard in football … He is also making the players around him better.”
Bilic, like Bielsa, has helped to build the perfect platform for Payet to shine. Deschamps is unwilling to do so for France, but while that is Les Bleus’ loss, West Ham will continue to reap the benefits of their reluctant recruit who is enjoying his new life in England.
Sam Byram’s solid West Ham debut even took me by surprise, says Slaven Bilic – Evening Standard
How quickly things can change in football. A week ago we signed Sam Byram and were thinking he could ease his way in slowly.
Then suddenly James Tomkins is injured and can’t play against Manchester City, Carl Jenkinson picks up a bad knee injury early in the match — and Sam is on!
It was a very mature debut considering everything, especially the opposition.
Imagine coming on and being up against Kevin de Bruyne, or David Silva — and then Raheem Sterling in the second half! He wasn’t scared, though. He relished the opportunity and what helped him was that he was match fit.
Sam has been playing regularly for Leeds. Okay, someone will say it is a different level but the Championship can be more intense than the Premier League. Yes, the quality isn’t as high but often you have less space in the Championship. But Sam deserves a lot of credit. It is harder to come on in a match if you are a defender. A striker can come on, make a couple of mistakes and there’s no problem, but for a right-back to come on for the first Premier League game in your life and play as he did, it was a little bit special, perhaps even a little unexpected.
We knew Sam had quality, that’s why we signed him. He’s a young player, he’s going to be up and down but we are expecting big things from him.
He demonstrated straight away that we made the right choice and so did he. He is cup-tied tomorrow, so won’t be involved but we don’t need to go looking for another full‑back before the deadline.
Joey O’Brien, who has missed most of the season with a variety of injuries, is back training with us and is pain-free.
Injured Reece Burke plots dream end to season with Bradford City – Yorkshire Post
The past week has not been the best for Reece Burke, who could be facing another short injury lay-off at Bradford City.
But the loanee defender insists that his dream of signing off with the League One club at Wembley remains a realistic target despite a stuttering start to 2016 for the club that has yielded just two goals in six games.
“The league is really tight,” said Burke, whose stay from West Ham United was recently extended until the end of the season. “I was looking at the table the other day and we do have games in hand.
“We can catch teams up. We need to go on a good run, admittedly. But I want to get promoted, that is an aim of mine as a player. For the club and the fans, that is what we all want.
“My last game (for Bradford being) at Wembley (in the play-offs) would be good.
“I would be here if we did get there, I checked (when I extended the loan).
“It is an incentive.”
If Burke’s dream is to become a reality, City have work to do following Tuesday night’s 1-0 derby loss at home to Barnsley.
The teenager was substituted at half-time after injuring his Achilles and underwent a scan yesterday. The result is expected today.
“Having my future sorted until the end of the season is great,” said Burke despite Tuesday’s injury setback. “I was month by month at the start of the season. After each month, I would be on to my agent and club over the phone, asking, ‘Where is it now?’ Now, I don’t have to worry.”
Billy Clarke is out for four weeks with the hamstring injury he sustained in the Barnsley defeat. City, meanwhile, will not face Devante Cole tomorrow after a gentleman’s agreement with Fleetwood Town following last week’s £75,000 switch. Loanee Jamie Proctor also cannot play against his parent club.
The Italian side are keen on Federico Fazio and Angelo Ogbonna – Estadio Deportivo
AS Roma are said to be taking a keen interest in two Premier League defenders this month, to strengthen their current defensive ranks.
The two players involved in the link are Federico Fazio and Angelo Ogbonna of Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham respectively, as reported by Estadio Deportivo.
Fazio has struggled since his move to England. His last game in the Premier League came last season and the former Sevilla star looks surplus to requirements at Spurs.
The Argentine international has played just once this season, in a Capital One Cup defeat to North London rivals Arsenal as the arrival of Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer pushed him down the pecking order.
But with Jan Vertonghen out injured Tottenham are unlikely to sell at this point in time.
Ogbonna joined West Ham from Juventus and this week was speaking of his happiness at the club. His form at the start of the season was sketchy although he has recently established himself as a first-team regular at Upton Park. West Ham would be unlikely to sell the player.
Roma’s new boss Luciano Spaletti has made bringing in a new centre-back one of his main objectives at the Stadio Olimpico. However he may not have much luck in pursuit of the Tottenham and West Ham pair.
Galatasaray confirm West Ham made loan bid for Burak Yilmaz – TurkishFootball.com
Galatasaray general secretary Fatih İşbecer confirmed that West Ham made a loan bid for Burak Yilmaz.
İşbecer revealed that the Lions will only consider a permanent transfer deal for the Turkish international striker.
“We were made a loan bid from West Ham but we are after a permanent transfer deal so the deal fell through,” İşbecer told reporters at the Perform Group sponsorship signing ceremony.
The latest developments conflict with Galatasaray president Dursun Özbek claiming he knew nothing about West Ham interest and that no offer had been made.
“I have received no offers Burak is our player and it really annoys me that these speculations have been made,” Özbek told reporters at the Union of Club meeting held in Istanbul today.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic on the other hand confirmed that Yılmaz is on his transfer list and that his addition to the squad would be welcomed.
Bilic told Hürriyet reporter İzzet Çapa: “There is a striker problem right now at West Ham and if the board agree to sign a forward Burak Yilmaz is on my transfer list.”
Bilic also revealed that Galatasaray want to sell Burak Yilmaz and are reluctant to accept a loan bid.
The Hammers boss was quoted by the Daily Star as saying: “Burak is a diffent situation as they are looking to sell him and we are not buying now.”
Galatasaray were reported to have requested an €8m transfer fee for the prolific striker who has scored 81 times in 140 games for the reigning champions.
Wenger confirms Jenkinson’s cruciate injury – Arseblog.com
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Carl Jenkinson’s season is over after the defender suffered anterior cruciate knee ligament damage in West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
The right-back, on loan at the Hammers for the second successive season, picked up the injury in a collision with Sergio Aguero that also earned the Argentine a penalty.
Earlier this week West Ham revealed Jenkinson’s injury was serious although their official website stopped short of publicising the specifics of the problem.
Speaking at his weekly press conference, Arsene Wenger shed more light on the situation: “He has a cruciate, so that rules him out for six months.”
Asked if the 23-year-old had subsequently returned to Arsenal to begin his rehabilitation the boss nodded affirmatively.
As is often the case with cruciate injuries they require a long time to heal; often longer than the six-month timescale predicted by Wenger. If there is a positive side, if his recovery goes to plan he should be in a position to challenge for first team football from the start of next season.
It’s worth remembering that Jenkinson signed a new long-term deal at the Emirates before moving to West Ham in the summer so his future at the club isn’t under threat.
Stoke City transfer gossip: Fight with West Ham for £5m England under-19 defender – The Times
STOKE City are challenging West Ham for the signature of emerging Reading and England youth defender Jake Cooper, according to the Times.
The 6ft 4in centre-half has broken into Reading’s first team this season and only recently extended his contract until 2018.
The Hammers have been hot on the trail of the 20-year-old and Reading reportedly want £5m.
He scored in his last appearance to seal a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.