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It is a move that probably makes a good deal of sense, actually. Andy Carroll's spell at West Ham has been far less calamitous than his spell at Liverpool, but injuries have still held him back and, with Sam Allardyce being advised to play a more attractive style of play, one suspects the Hammers would accept a deal that virtually gives them their money back.

That's the story in the Sunday People, who believe that Alan Pardew and Newcastle are trying to engineer a homecoming for Carroll on Tyneside, and will offer West Ham £15million in a bid to land the striker.

Unfortunately, the paper do accept that with wages thought to be around £80,000 a week, Carroll must take a huge hit if he is to seal a move back to Newcastle, with Mike Ashley understandably not prepared to match that total. Let's just see, eh.

It's a move that has gone a little quiet of late, but the Daily Star on Sunday report that a deal for Thomas Vermaelen to join Manchester United is very much on the cards.

Speaking after Arsenal's friendly with Boreham Wood FC on Saturday, Wenger hinted that Vermaelen may be leaving, and the paper claim that it is a move that his set to be sealed.

"I cannot guarantee he will stay," Wenger said. "But should he go I would bring another centre-back in for sure."

Whether or not Wenger would want a United player (Chris Smalling, perhaps?) remains to be seen.

Jan Vertonghen annoyed quite a few Spurs supporters last season, with his publicly displayed desires for Champions League football rather grating against some pretty poor form that hampered Spurs' hopes of reaching such a stage.

If shoutSPORT are correct in their judgement (using quotes from Graham Hunter), Vertonghen may still get his wish, with Barcelona still interested in recruiting the Belgian this summer.

"Barcelona are very firmly on the record as saying they will buy at least two defenders this summer, one out and out centre-half and one who can perform in multiple positions," Hunter said.

"One of those could be Netherlands international Daley Blind, but Jan Vertonghen has also been linked to the Nou Camp.

"By no means is there business ongoing with Spurs for Vertonghen, but I know from the club that he is a player they respect, they like and is on their list, so they may try to buy him.

Sounds an awful lot like hearsay to us.


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West Ham are eyeing a loan move for Inter Milan midfielder Saphir Taider... Esteban Cambiasso has turned down a move to West Ham in favour of a switch to Valencia... Hull boss Steve Bruce is eyeing a shock move for Wigan defender Ivan Ramis... Liverpool have switched their attentions away from Swansea's Michel Vorm and are looking to bring Fiorentina keeper Neto to Anfield... Southampton have targeted Serbia international Dusko Tosic to replace Luke Shaw... Liverpool are ready to rescue England midfielder James Milner from his Manchester City misery.

Thank God someone he is going to save Jimmy Milner from his two premierships, FA Cup and regular Champions League football. Playing with Liverpool and fighting for a Europa spot sounds much more appetising.
- jw mat

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