Football transfer rumours: Islam Slimani and Ibrahim Amadou to West Ham?

Michael Butler on 31 January 2018

Oh you didn’t know? It’s the most wonderful time of the year. From slamming windows to tinted windows, war chests, bargain bins and has beens, transfer deadline day really is one like no other. What other event would inspire the Guardian’s football editor Marcus Christenson to still be updating our deluxe transfer interactive at 1am? Other than the other transfer deadline day in August, none! That’s what!

Before you ask: For all things Aubameyang/Giroud/Batshuayi, click here. For the latest on Riyad Mahrez’s potential move to Manchester City, click here. Lucas Moura will sign for Tottenham, more on that here. For other bits and bobs, like Marc Bartra’s £9.2m move from Dortmund to Real Betis, read Tuesday’s transfer roundup. That’s just news, you’re here for rumour, gossip, whispers. And so, this bumper Rumour Mill will continue to wildly speculate and ask the tough questions (while attempting to answer them) like: will Newcastle United sign a central defender? No. Will Newcastle United sign a striker? Also no.

That’s not strictly true. They might. Islam Slimani has been linked with a move to the north-east but West Ham look favourites to nab the Algerian from Leicester, who want a permanent deal done for the 29-year-old. David Moyes confirmed on Tuesday that the club were considering a bid from Swansea for André Ayew, with Ki Sung-yeung potentially going the other way. The Hammers have also inquired about Lille midfielder Ibrahim Amadou, and reportedly want to offer £2m to loan him for the rest of the season, with a £14m option-to-buy clause in the summer. Lille want £18m.

After selling Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea and their cut-price swoop for Aleksandar Kolarov last summer, Roma are still in the business of signing slow left-backs from Manchester. Daley Blind fits the bill, after falling behind Ashley Young and Luke Shaw in the pecking order at United, who want to recoup the £14m they paid for him in 2014. Juan Mata, meanwhile, isn’t going anywhere – he’s signed a one-year extension to his Manchester United contract.

There are reports, however, that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already signed a contract with LA Galaxy. The Mail claim that the Swede signed a deal three weeks ago, with his contract in Manchester up at the end of the season.

Southampton have had a £25m bid for Quincy Promes rejected by Spartak Moscow. The Dutch winger has scored 12 times from 25 appearances this season and would be the Saints’ second record transfer if they return for him again.

Watford will announce the loan signing of Sunderland’s Didier Ndong on Wednesday – the Premier League club will have the option of turning the transfer permanent this summer for £8m. Both Wolfsburg and Swansea are trying a similar loan trick for Liverpool misfit Lazar Markovic – the Serbian has not played a single game for Jürgen Norbert Klopp this season.

Finally, the hot Arsenal news that you’ve been waiting for: Mathieu Debuchy is trying to convince the club to cancel his contract – he wants to join Saint-Étienne on a free transfer. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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