Gossip: Ozil’s American dream, Hammers cast striker net wide

Date published: Wednesday 6th January 2021 9:19

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AMERICAN OZIL
Mesut Ozil’s captivity at Arsenal looks to be edging closer and closer to an end, with Football.London and The Sun reporting that talks are at an advanced stage over a move to MLS with DC United. Ozil, in the last six months of his infamous Arsenal contract, is now free to talk to overseas clubs about his next move. Any deal would apparently include an expansion of Ozil’s M10 brand around the States, which all feels a bit too much like something cooked up by an Against Modern Football supercomputer specifically to annoy people.

Two more potential outgoings at Arsenal are Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi. So successful has their partnership been at Arsenal that Genoa have apparently decided to buy both of them in the hope of recreating that magic. Good luck to all involved there.

On the incoming front, there is far less sign of any movement at the Emirates, with a touted deal for Norwich’s Emiliano Buendia already hitting the buffers over a lack of funds, according to The Mirror. Norwich, well placed for an immediate return to the Premier League, are understandably determined to resist and repel all approaches for Your Buendias and Your Cantwells and Your Aaronseses this month. Shout out to the Daily Star for an entirely unnecessary dig at the Canaries with their revelatory story that Buendia is ‘desperate for a return to the Premier League’ – how odd of him to want that – ‘even if it’s with Norwich’.

 

STRIKER LIGHT
West Ham remain determined to acquire a striker who isn’t Sebastian Haller this month and, while Bournemouth’s Josh King remains the top target, they’re putting out feelers elsewhere with the Cherries adamant King won’t leave on the cheap. Former Southampton man Graziano Pelle is the name tumbling out of the big Daily Star transfer rumour tombola this morning, which should prompt plenty of banter about Pele claiming his goals in his doomed attempt to stay ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. Obviously, that would require Pelle to a) sign for West Ham and b) score some goals for West Ham. Let us count no banter chickens just yet

Pelle himself, who has just left Chinese side Shandong Ludeng, is said to prefer a move back to Italy. The Hammers have decided any attempt to bring Marko Arnautovic back to London looks too rich for their blood, but have asked to be kept informed of developments regarding former Tottenham schemer Christian Eriksen. He is demonstrably surplus to requirements after a disastrous year at Inter, but looks unlikely to return to the Premier League at this stage, it says here, because he fancies trying his luck in Paris where Mauricio Pochettino is getting the band back together.

 


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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Manchester City remain confident that Kevin De Bruyne will sign a new deal despite a recent hitch in negotiations. In fairness, with two-and-a-half years left on a £300k-a-week deal, there is not yet the greatest urgency required for a player who has repeatedly stressed his willingness to sign on again at the Etihad even if that trifling wage is clearly an insult to a player of KdB’s standing.

 

CO-ING NOWHERE
Kingsley Coman has issued a “flattered but spoken for” statement in response to reported interest from Manchesters City and United.

He told SportBild: “It’s good to know that good teams are interested in me, it gives me additional confidence. But I have a contract here until 2023, I’m just thinking of Bayern. It’s all good, I’m happy…”

I dunno. That ellipsis casts doubt. We’d need to hear the original audio here but this could actually be a cryptic come and get me plea. Got to love the transfer window, haven’t you?

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