Samir Nasri, whose 12-month doping ban is coming towards its conclusion, is on his way back to England, with the Mirror saying he has been offered a bumper six-month contract, with an option to keep him longer should everything work out swimmingly, by West Ham. Nasri, who won the title at Manchester City under West Ham’s current manager, Manuel Pellegrini, could earn £80,000 a week at the London Stadium (the Mill, incidentally, has spotted some uncanny similarities between this morning’s Mirror “exclusive” and the almost identical story published by the Evening Standard the best part of two months ago, the difference perhaps being that with the player’s ban ending on December 31, something could actually happen very soon).
The Hammers could also move for Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama, who could join a mass exodus from the fringes of the Spurs first team. According to the Mail they would consider selling Wanyama as well as Mousa Dembélé – wanted by Monaco and perhaps Internazionale – Georges-Kévin Nkoudou, Vincent Janssen, Fernando Llorente and Michel Vorm in the January transfer window. And if they all go Tottenham might even sign someone as well.
Though the uncertainty over their manager’s long-term future is unlikely to help the club sell itself to potential recruits. The Telegraph this morning says that Real Madrid could make a double swoop on London in the summer to snaffle Mauricio Pochettino and Eden Hazard. Hazard, they insist, “is prepared to keep Chelsea sweating on his future until the summer as he waits to find out if Real Madrid will make him their No1 transfer target” (and is also miffed at not being allowed to play in his favoured left-wing spot all the time), while Tottenham, whose manager is believed to be toppermost of Manchester United’s managerial wish-list – though ESPN say Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri is also upon it – “believe Real pose a bigger threat in their fight to hold on to him”.
Across London, Aaron Ramsey’s departure from Arsenal could now be imminent. L’Equipe say he has already been in contact with Paris Saint-Germain (while also linking Everton’s Idrissa Gueye to the Parisian outfit) while the Mirror aver that they could make a £9m bid in January, as they attempt to outdo their rivals for the Welshman’s summer free transfer by throwing a pot of cash in the direction of the Emirates Stadium and running off with him immediately.
In further London-based midfielder news, the Sun point out that Tom Cairney, the Fulham captain, is not guaranteed a place in the Cottagers’ starting XI at present and that he has previously been linked with Newcastle, where Jonjo Shelvey has dropped out of favour over the last couple of months, and thus proposes a mutually convenient January swaperoo. Fulham, they add, are also keen on West Ham’s Pedro Obiang.
Leeds want to sign Hull City’s 22-year-old winger Jarrod Bowen, who has scored eight league goals so far this season, to replace the departing Samuel Sáiz, but will be asked to shell out £6.5m to make it happen. Sáiz is joining Getafe on loan and is not the only northern-based forward making such a journey, with Middlesbrough’s Danish international Martin Braithwaite heading to Leganés after, according to the Telegraph, causing “deep frustration at Boro this season with his attitude”.