Football transfer rumours: West Ham to make a move for Samir Nasri?

John Ashdown on 9 November 2018

This week the Mill had to face one of its greatest fears – it was time to replace the bulb on the cooker hood. The last bulb change, a good few years ago now, had resulted in a pretty nasty electric shock, a jolt across the kitchen, and one of the more niche phobias a person can procure.

It was a risk, many would have advised against it, it could have ended badly, in disaster even, but on this occasion it paid off and the Mill now has a much more illuminated view of the contents of its saucepans. On an unrelated note, West Ham are keen on Samir Nasri with the former Arsenal and Manchester City man available once again after the conclusion of his drugs ban. Everton may provide the competition.

If ifs and buts were candy and nuts we’d all have a merry Christmas. But Fulham want to make a move for Chelsea’s Tiemoué Bakayoko if he cuts short his loan spell at Milan.

Arsenal, Liverpool, Atlético Madrid, Valencia, Lille and Internazionale are ready to do transfer battle over Club Brugge striker Cyril Ngonge. The 18-year-old has been in prolific form for Brugge’s under-19s but has yet to make a first-team appearance. If Liverpool miss out, then they fancy a bit of Benfica striker Luka Jovic. The 20-year-old Serbian is on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Watford are pondering a move for Andrea Ranocchia after the Italy defender’s massively successful spell with Hull in 2016-17 which definitely didn’t end with 13 goals conceded in their final three Premier League games and a relegation from which the club is yet really to recover. The Inter centre-back is out of contract at the end of the season, so there’s that.

Manchester City have an eye on Paraguayan sensation Fernando Ovelar, the 14-year-old who scored for Cerro Porteno in the recent Superclásico against Olimpia. City have sent scouts to check him out and earn their Scouting A Paraguayan Wonderkid badge.

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Fernando Llorente and Mousa Dembélé are fed up of waiting for the cheese rooms and craft beer of Tottenham’s new stadium and want out in January. Llorente’s former club Athletic Bilbao are ready to give the out-of-favour striker an escape route, while Juventus are in for Dembélé.

And if you’ve made it this far, your reward is the news that Burnley are back in for West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez. Congrats.

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