'He wants to come': Phil Hay suggests agent 'working on' deal for £12m striker

'He wants to come': Phil Hay suggests agent 'working on' deal for £12m striker – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Leeds United fans have been given a massive boost by the ever-reliable Phil Hay of the Athletic.
The Whites have been linked with a move for Red Bull Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin as they are keen to land a striker this month.
Phil Hay has posted the latest update on the situation on his Twitter handle. He says that the player wants to come to Elland Road, while his agent is working to get him out of Monaco.

On Augustin, yet to hear if a deal’s been done but he wants to come and his agent has been working on getting him out of Monaco. Not getting games there. Mutual admiration between Bielsa and Augustin. @TheAthleticUK
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 25, 2020

After seeing three bids for Southampton striker Che Adams rejected, Leeds have turned their attention to the European market to land a striker.
Augustin is currently on a season-long loan at AS Monaco, where he is struggling to get regular games.

Marcelo Bielsa is an admirer of the player. Leeds won’t be able to submit a formal offer unless Monaco let him go. It seems the 22-year-old’s agent is working hard to get him out of the French club this month.
Augustin has started just two league games for Monaco since joining in the summer. He has scored just once in 13 games for Monaco but the young striker could be a superb addition for the Yorkshire club.
Leipzig paid £12 million when they signed him from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. Augustin has scored 20 goals in 67 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit.
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'This would be unreal': Some Spurs fans react to latest transfer rumour they've heard

'This would be unreal': Some Spurs fans react to latest transfer rumour they've heard – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Tottenham Hotspur fans have taken to social networking site Twitter to express their reaction to reports linking the club with a move for Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
According to reports from Parisfans, Areola has been offered the chance to join Tottenham Hotspur.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper has dropped down the pecking order at the French club behind Keylor Navas and Sergio Rico, and he is surplus to requirements at the Parc des Princes.
The France World Cup winner is currently on loan at Spanish giants Real Madrid, where he is playing as a backup to Thibaut Courtois.
Here are some of the best reactions from the Tottenham fans on Twitter:

That would be typical. Crave a striker and we sign a keeper!! Nothing would say Tottenham transfers more than this
— Steve (@stespurs84) January 24, 2020

This would be unreal, if we can get him for a good price we should be all over it.
— Daniel Leather (@DanielLeather4) January 24, 2020

I would much rather us try and get Onana but Areola could be a back up option
— ninety (@ninety_88) January 24, 2020

Just what wee need at the mo.
— Sunningdale Dale Express. (@ExpressDale) January 24, 2020

Him and Gaza would be good
— Brett (@BrettHam95) January 24, 2020

The goalkeeper was proposed to the north London club as a potential successor of Hugo Lloris.
The French goalkeeper has recently returned to first-team action after a long injury lay off.
Lloris is 33 now and has 18 months left on his deal. Paulo Gazzaniga has done well in his absence but Areola won’t be a bad option for the club.
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Predicted West Ham starting XI: Moyes to make two changes, 23-year-old to start

Predicted West Ham starting XI: Moyes to make two changes, 23-year-old to start – originally posted on Sportslens.com
West Ham will be looking to avoid their third defeat in their last four games when they take on Championship leaders West Brom in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
After a fine start under David Moyes, the Hammers are going through a run of poor results, managing two defeats and a draw in their last three Premier League games.
Ahead of the match, David Moyes has confirmed that midfielder Robert Snodgrass and full-back Arthur Masuaku will not feature against the Baggies.
Angelo Ogbonna is a major doubt for the game, while Lukasz Fabianski, Felipe Anderson and Ryan Fredericks are already on the sidelines.

With Manuel Lanzini under-performing, Moyes has plenty to think about while picking his starting line-up.
This is an important game and the Hammers will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
Michail Antonio, who has recently returned to full fitness, should get a chance, and so should Pablo Fornals.
Many West Ham fans were left stunned that the 23-year-old wasn’t picked ahead of Lanzini in the last game.
Predicted West Ham starting XI vs West Brom: Randolph, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Fornals, Noble, Rice, Antonio, Lanzini, Haller.
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Predicted Spurs starting XI vs S'ton: Mourinho to make six changes, 26-year-old to start

Predicted Spurs starting XI vs S'ton: Mourinho to make six changes, 26-year-old to start – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Jose Mourinho will be looking to rotate his squad when Tottenham pay a visit to St Mary’s to face Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
Danny Ings scored the all-important goal on New Year’s Day to give Saints a 1-0 win when the two sides last met. Spurs are not taking the FA Cup lightly and Mourinho is expected to field a strong starting line-up.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are on a brilliant run of form having lost just one game out of last eight in all competitions. The Saints are heading into this game on the back of a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace in the Premier League and should be high on confidence.
Spurs picked up their first win in the Premier League since Boxing Day when they won 2-1 against Norwich City in their previous game.
Hugo Lloris started against the Canaries, but Mourinho could start with Paulo Gazzaniga for the cup game.

In defence, Davinson Sanchez is likely to get a chance alongside Toby Alderweireld. The Colombian hasn’t been used since his poor display against Middlesbrough.
Japhet Tanganga was dropped in the midweek after starting the previous three games. He is likely to take the left-back role, with Ryan Sessegnon likely to be pushed further up the pitch.
With Harry Winks picking up an injury, Mourinho could make as many as three changes in the midfield, and Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele and Gedson Fernandes all could be involved. Dier, 26, played the last 34 minutes against Norwich, and he is likely to start in midfield rather than in defence.
Predicted Spurs XI vs Southampton: Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Aurier, Tanganga, Dier, Fernandes, Ndombele, Sessegnon, Alli, Son.
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Report confirms West Ham's bid for 23-yr-old South American

Report confirms West Ham's bid for 23-yr-old South American – originally posted on Sportslens.com
West Ham are interested in signing the South American right back Gonzalo Montiel.
According to TYC Sports (translated by Sportwitness), the Hammers submitted a bid for the player but it has been rejected.
Apparently, West Ham want to sign the player on loan for the remainder of this season and they want an option to sign him permanently in the summer.
The initial offer was of a €500,000 loan fee with a purchase option of €10m.
It will be interesting to see if West Ham come back with an improved offer for the player in the next few days. Montiel is highly rated in Argentina and the 23-year-old has managed to force his way into the national team setup as well.
It is no surprise that West Ham are looking to bring in right-backs this month. Fredericks hasn’t quite managed to hold down a regular starting berth in the recent weeks and Zabaleta is past his peak.
The Hammers have made a move for Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest as well.
It will be interesting to see who they end up with.
Montiel is a key player for River Plate and the Argentine club are not interested in selling their prized asset. It seems that the Hammers will have to focus on alternatives like Cash now.
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'A big risk', 'Lasogga 2.0' – Some Leeds fans react to links with striker Bielsa admires

'A big risk', 'Lasogga 2.0' – Some Leeds fans react to links with striker Bielsa admires – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Leeds United are interested in signing Red Bull Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin before the end of the January transfer window.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay claims that the Elland Road outfit will attempt to move for the 22-year-old if AS Monaco cut short his season-long loan in France in the coming days.
Leeds wants another striker, and head coach Marcelo Bielsa is an admirer of Augustin.
The France Under-21 international has struggled to make an impact at Monaco, though, scoring just once in 13 appearances across all competitions.
The former Paris Saint-Germain striker is open to other opportunities given his limited playing minutes, but the Ligue 1 outfit aren’t keen to see him go.
Leeds need someone that can give Patrick Bamford a run for his money, and it’s not a surprise that they have submitted three offers for Southampton’s Che Adams.
Their best offer is one with an immediate loan fee and a option to sign the former Birmingham City striker for £20 million if they earn Premier League promotion at the end of the campaign.
However, Leeds might have to settle for Augustin instead of a striker that scored 22 Championship goals last term.
The fans aren’t convinced, though, and they doubt if the Frenchman is capable of boosting their promotion push.
Here is how some of them have reacted to the report on Twitter:

it is complicated. Moreso than Adams in some ways. Sounds like Augustin would like to be elsewhere but Monaco want to keep him. Bielsa very keen.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 24, 2020

Hasn’t been managed by bielsa though. He transforms players
— Ryan (@Ryantg1993) January 24, 2020

Potential maybe, going to have an impact between now and May? Very much doubt it
— Luke Maloney (@LukeM1919) January 24, 2020

Fits in well then.Lasogga 2.0
— Thomas 🤍 (@Leodiensian90) January 24, 2020

Can't we just get someone that scores goals for fun? He doesn't look like does.
— Martin the (@shabbaranksbro) January 24, 2020

This lad may be decent but a big risk when hes never played in english football , let alone the championship.If he comes ok but would like to see a proven scorer in english league first
— helicopter squad (@helicoptersqua1) January 24, 2020

72 career appearances, 14 goals . Not sure he is the prolific scorer we are looking for
— Carl Murphy (@CarlM1979) January 24, 2020

14 career goals. Seems like a bit of a punt?
— Nathaniel (@CancerNats) January 24, 2020

Can't we just go after a striker where there are no hurdles to get over. Jesus wept!
— Jolyon Smalley (@jolyon_smalley) January 24, 2020

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Reliable journalist confirms Everton's interest in 24-yr-old who will cost £35m

Reliable journalist confirms Everton's interest in 24-yr-old who will cost £35m – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Everton are interested in signing the Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Toffees want to sign the player this month and he will cost around £35m.

Ancelotti wants to improve his midfield options and Everton have been linked with the likes of Emre Can as well.
It will be interesting to see if they can agree on a deal with the Saints now. Hojbjerg would be a superb addition for them if they manage to pull it off.
He will help them control the tempo of the game and he will add composure to Ancelotti’s midfield as well. The 24-year-old is yet to hit his peak and he is only going to improve with coaching and experience.
The likes of Sigurdsson have failed to deliver so far this season and therefore Everton’s interest in signing a central midfielder is not surprising at all.
Hojbjerg has done well for Southampton and he knows the Premier League well by now. He should be able to make an immediate impact if he joins Everton.
The Toffees need to improve their squad in order to finish the season strongly and if Ancelotti is truly interested in the midfielder, Everton must look to back their new manager with the funds.
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Report: Aston Villa's approach for 7-goal target has been knocked back

Report: Aston Villa's approach for 7-goal target has been knocked back – originally posted on Sportslens.com
 Aston Villa are thought to be keen on signing Islam Slimani on loan this month.

As per L’Equipe (translated by GFFN), Leicester City are prepared to sell the player permanently and therefore they have turned down Villa’s loan approach.
Dean Smith is looking to bring in a quality striker this month and Slimani has been in impressive form with Monaco.
The Algerian is currently out on loan and he has scored 7 goals so far this season. Apparently, he is unhappy at Monaco and the French outfit are ready to send him back if they are compensated.
Aston Villa striker Wesley Moraes has been ruled out for the season with an injury and Villa will have to add more goals to their side.
They are currently fighting for their survival and they cannot afford to play their remaining games without a proper striker leading the line.
It will be interesting to see if they return with another offer for Slimani now. The player is thought to be a target for Tottenham as well.
The Londoners are eyeing up a replacement for the injured Harry Kane.
It will be interesting to see where Slimani ends up this month. Aston Villa will have to move quickly if they want to get the deal over the line.
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Valentino Lazaro posts message on Twitter after signing for Newcastle

Valentino Lazaro posts message on Twitter after signing for Newcastle – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Valentino Lazaro today.
The Austria international have joined the Magpies on loan from Inter Milan for the rest of the season.
The 23-year-old has become the second signing of the club following the arrival of Schalke’s ex-Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb.
Lazaro has taken to social networking site Twitter to express his reaction after signing for the Magpies. He wrote:

Proud to join @NUFC and play in the @premierleague for such an iconic club.
Can’t wait to get on the pitch and help the team. pic.twitter.com/Jtaxn48x1g
— Valentino Lazaro (@valentinolazaro) January 24, 2020

Lazaro began his career with Red Bull Salzburg and moved to Inter Milan in 2019.
The 28-times capped Austria international struggled for regular games under Antonio Conte this season, making only three starts and three substitute appearances in Serie A.
Although Lazaro has stated that he wants to prove himself at Inter, his primary focus should be to perform well at Newcastle and make a positive impact.

Lazaro is a versatile player who can play as a right attacking midfielder or as a central midfielder. It seems that Newcastle want to use him in an advanced role.
Steve Bruce said: “Valentino is a quality player who’ll add to us in attacking areas of the field, where we need to improve.
“He can play in a few positions but he is a natural winger with an excellent delivery.”
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Report: Spurs submit bid for £62m int'l, Mourinho has phoned club president already

Report: Spurs submit bid for £62m int'l, Mourinho has phoned club president already – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to reports from Spanish media outlet El Desmarque, Tottenham Hotspur have made an offer for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic.
Spurs are desperately looking to sign a striker this month following the injury to Harry Kane.
The north London club have been linked with a host of strikers, and it seems Jose Mourinho has returned to his former club to sign Jovic.
Earlier this week, Defensa Central reported that Mourinho has phoned Real Madrid president Florentino Perez about signing Jovic who has struggled to make an impact this season.

Spurs have now made a loan bid for Jovic but Madrid have quickly rejected the move,
The Serbia international joined Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt for a reported fee of £62 million, but has struggled to make an impact.
The 22-year-old striker, who scored 27 goals in 46 games for Frankfurt before moving to Madrid, has started only four league games this season.
However, it seems Madrid are not interested in sending Jovic out on loan, which means Spurs will have to look for options elsewhere.
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