MOYES WANTS WILSHERE AND GIROUD
David Moyes isn’t stupid. He knows that Davids Gold and Sullivan are likely to allow their new manager to spend money in January, and he also knows that it is worth targeting London-based players who are more likely to be open to moves that allow them to stay in the capital.
And so to Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere, both of whom may be trying to engineer exits from Arsenal in January having failed to gain regular Premier League minutes this season.
“I think Jack Wilshere would be someone who we’d have to look at, if he was available,” Moyes said on Tuesday ahead of West Ham’s game against Arsenal. Nice timing.
“We’ve got a lot of strikers, so I think for us to be linked to a lot of strikers at the moment might not necessarily be the right thing,” Moyes said when asked about Giroud. “But could January signings make the difference between staying up and going down? I do believe it could. I believe that. I think if the right players are available we should try and do something.”
Moyes’ issue is going to be Arsene Wenger’s reticence to lose players in January, particularly with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil almost certain to leave on free transfers next summer.
GRIEZMANN TO BARCELONA, NOT MAN UNITED
It’s pretty clear that Manchester United chased Antoine Griezmann very hard for a period of several months, and at one point in the summer it looked likely that he might indeed swap Atletico for England.
Yet in the Independent, chief football writer Miguel Delaney details that United are now close to admitting defeat in the pursuit of Griezmann, with the club believing a deal for him to join Barcelona is as good as done.
Barcelona clearly want to make a statement signing after seeing Neymar leave for Paris Saint-Germain, and Griezmann is the obvious stellar name that is also attainable. He has struggled at Atleti this season, but at 26 still represents the long-term option.
MAN UNITED, ARSENAL AND SPURS CHASE GERMAN UNDER-21 STAR
To The Sun now, and an exclusive from Mike McGrath. He writes that Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal are all interested in Hoffenheim midfielder Nadiem Amiri.
Furthermore, McGrath reckons that all three clubs could make £20m bids for the 21-year-old in the January transfer window. It’s wonderful that everyone is ignoring just how little business generally gets done in January.
Amiri has established himself as a key player for Hoffenheim, already playing 18 times this season. He has 15 caps for the German Under-21 side, although is yet to receive a senior call-up.
AND THE REST
Manchester City are moving closer to securing Gabriel Jesus to a new, enhanced long-term contract… Chelsea are in the driving seat to sign Juventus defender Alex Sandro… West Ham are prepared to sell Reece Oxford to Borussia Monchengladbach… Sam Allardyce has cancelled Everton’s Christmas party… Tottenham and Everton have joined the list of clubs interested in Hamburg striker Jann-Fiete Arp.