Report: Mourinho has chosen Brazilian striker to replace Kane, he'll be in London within 24 hrs

Report: Mourinho has chosen Brazilian striker to replace Kane, he'll be in London within 24 hrs – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to AS, Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has chosen Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose as the man to replace the injured Harry Kane, and he is set to travel to London to seal a move.
The Spanish outlet claims the Brazilian will travel to London on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, and that everything is in place for him to sign with Spurs.
Kane is out till April, and Mourinho knows he has to land another quality finisher to boost his side’s chances of finishing in the top-four.
The 28-year-old has a £60 million release clause, but Tottenham won’t be paying it if both parties agree to a deal.

Willian Jose currently has eight goals in 21 games for the La Liga outfit this term, and has scored 52 goals in 121 games for them since arriving in the summer of 2016.
The Brazilian moved to Europe from Santos in 2013, linking up with Real Madrid B.
He made just one appearance for the Madrid senior team before joining Zaragoza and then Las Palmas, scoring 20 goals in 72 appearances for both teams.
At 6ft 2in, Willian Jose could be the perfect target man for Mourinho’s Spurs, and his brilliant hold-up play and strength should see him excel in the Premier League.
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'If Bielsa wants him': Some Leeds fans react to latest transfer rumour they've heard

'If Bielsa wants him': Some Leeds fans react to latest transfer rumour they've heard – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Leeds United fans have taken to social networking site Twitter to express their reaction to reports linking their club with a move for Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga in the January transfer window.
According to reports from The Mirror, the Whites are interested in signing the Boro striker this month. Leeds are desperate to land a striker in January, following the departure of Eddie Nketiah who has returned to Arsenal.
Assombalonga joined Middlesbrough in 2017 from Nottingham Forest for a reported fee of £15 million, but hasn’t done enough to justify the price tag.
The 27-year-old is a proven Championship striker and has a good goalscoring record but his injury record in recent years goes against him.

He hasn’t played since the 1-0 win over Charlton in early December, and many Leeds fans are opposed to the idea of signing him. Here are some of the selected tweets:

Britt Assombalonga, if Bielsa wants him, I want him #trustinBielsa #LUFC
— Adam Cater (@cater_adam) January 22, 2020

Is Brit Assombalonga really the answer to our striker problems? We’re obviously heading towards the desperate home straight in the window. AGAIN! #lufc
— Stephen Nichols (@Stephen_LUFC) January 22, 2020

Everyone slagging Britt Assombalonga off, I’d take him all day long, he knows where goal is and that’s the one thing we’re missing at moment #LUFC
— John Jones (@johnboy_LUFC) January 22, 2020

Che Adams deal dead. Lets spend the next 7 days harassing Watford for Gray, only to get turned down at the final hour and then end up with an unfit Assombalonga on loan.
We are like an ugly lad swiping right only to get matched with a monster we take out anyway. #LUFC
— Danny Burke (@17DJB) January 22, 2020

Don’t get all this negativity about Assombalonga, the lad scores goals in this league, just what is needed at #LUFC typical, so called “supporters” putting another player down before he’s even potentially put pen to paper, no wonder players have no confidence playing for us
— Adam Cater (@cater_adam) January 21, 2020

I think Assombalonga is deffo a step down from Gray or Adams but I actually like him and with the way we play he would deffo score goals
— Joel LUFC (@lufc_joel) January 21, 2020

Is this how desperate it’s gotten #LUFC ???? Assombalonga and Jay Roy Grot???? Come on for Gods sake. I swear we’re starting to deserve mediocrity for accepting mediocrity. Strive for better. Have some ambition.
— LickMyKlich (@carlos061181) January 22, 2020

Leeds are going through a mini-crisis at the moment, and are without a win in their last three league games following their 1-0 defeat against QPR last week.
The Whites have other targets as well and have been linked with players like Che Adams, Andre Gray and Leigh Griffiths in recent weeks.

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Report: Bruce eyeing January move for 29-cap international following Willems' blow

Report: Bruce eyeing January move for 29-cap international following Willems' blow – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to The Telegraph, Newcastle United could make a move for Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose this month as Steve Bruce looks to sign a replacement for the injured Jetro Willems.
The Dutchman is out of the season following an ACL injury, while Paul Dummett also faces surgery on a tendon injury.
Newcastle wanted Rose during the summer, but a move didn’t work out and Willems was signed on loan instead.
The 29-year-old is currently out of favour at Tottenham and will be allowed to leave if the right offer comes in with less than 18 months left on his contract.

Newcastle could do with the services of a player that has 29 England caps under his belt and twice made the PFA Team of the Year.
Rose has started just one league game since Jose Mourinho arrived at Tottenham, and the Portuguese has preferred to play centre-back duo Jan Vertonghen and Japhet Tanganga in the position recently, while Ben Davies and Ryan Sessegnon are also ahead of him in the pecking order.
With Euros 2020 on the horizon, the Spurs star needs to play regularly to have a chance of making Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad, and a move to Newcastle could do him a lot of good as he will be an automatic starter under Bruce.
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Journalist claims Leeds to sign 19-goal player this week, Phil Hay provides exciting update

Journalist claims Leeds to sign 19-goal player this week, Phil Hay provides exciting update – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Leeds United fans are desperate for some January transfer activity, and the latest update from Adam Pope and Phil Hay will surely excite them.
According to BBC Sport journalist Pope, Manchester City starlet Ian Poveda is expected to sign for Leeds United this week.

Southampton reject 3rd offer from #lufc for Che Adams. Deal understood to be sizeable loan fee with option to buy for £20m if promoted.
Club confident of bringing a forward in as they look at domestic & international market.
Man City winger Ian Paveda set to sign this week. pic.twitter.com/oBdlUY4tWW
— Adam Pope (@apopey) January 22, 2020

Patrick Bamford remains as the club’s only recognised striker and even he has been wasteful in front of goal this season. Bielsa needs a solid cover or maybe an upgrade on Bamford to add depth and quality to the side.

Leeds have tried and failed in their attempt to sign Che Adams this month while links with Andy Gray is trudging along at a tiresome pace.
Phil Hay of The Athletic has provided an update on Poveda.

looking good that one
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 22, 2020

The 19-year-old skilful winger has been heavily linked with a move to Elland Road this month, with the Daily Mail even reporting that a deal has been agreed for him.
Torino and Parma are also interested in signing Poveda, but it seems Leeds are winning the race for his signature. Poveda may not be the proven goalscorer the fans are crying out for, but his record of 19 goals in 85 youth appearances suggest he can be a smart option for Bielsa.

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Report: Leeds eye move for £12m int'l this month…but there's a catch

Report: Leeds eye move for £12m int'l this month…but there's a catch – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Ask the Leeds United fans, and nine out of ten will tell you that signing a striker is a priority this month.
Marcelo Bielsa has stressed the need to sign a striker in January, and Leeds have been linked with a host of strikers this month. However, the Whites have hit a host of stumbling blocks to sign their top targets so far.
According to reports from Football Insider, Leeds have earmarked Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths as a potential option, and can make a move for him before the window closes.

The 19-times capped Scottish international is a natural goalscorer, but he has struggled with fitness and mental health issues in recent months. In fact, he had to take a break from football as a result.
The 29-year-old has dropped down the pecking order at the club behind Odsonne Edouard and could see his game-time further limited following the arrival of Polish striker Patryk Klimala.
Griffiths has scored just four goals in 19 appearances in all competitions for the Yorkshire club this season.
According to the Daily Star, Leeds look set to test Neil Lennon’s resolve, but the Scottish champions are in no mood to entertain any offer for the striker.

He is reportedly valued at £12 million, and it is highly unlikely that Leeds can lure him away from Parkhead within the next 10 days.
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Report: Leeds on the verge of 'winning the race' for in-demand Jan target

Report: Leeds on the verge of 'winning the race' for in-demand Jan target – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Leeds United are on the verge of winning the race to sign Manchester City’s exciting young winger Ian Poveda in the January transfer window.
According to reports from The Daily Mail, the Whites appear to have won the race after agreeing a deal to sign the 20-year-old winger.
Leeds desperately need to sign a striker this month, but it seems they are far from reaching an agreement for targets like Che Adams, Britt Assombalonga and Andre Gray. Instead, the Whites fans will have to be content with two exciting youngsters.
Poveda, who has honed his skills under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, is also reportedly wanted by Italian clubs Torino and Parma.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claimed last week that Poveda had held talks with Leeds United over a potential move to Elland Road in January. And it looks like the Whites have won the race for the youngster’s signature.
Poveda is a speedy and creative wide player who will be drafted straight into the first-team squad. He is set to replace Jack Clarke in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad, but Leeds should still look to bring in experienced players with a proven track record to boost their promotion hopes.
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'Kessie would be perfect': Some West Ham fans react to latest transfer update from Moyes

'Kessie would be perfect': Some West Ham fans react to latest transfer update from Moyes – originally posted on Sportslens.com
West Ham United boss David Moyes has revealed that the club are working on bringing in new players this month, but at the same time has warned that there’s a ‘good chance’ they may fail to land anyone.
It has been a frustrating window so far for the Hammers who are lying just above the relegation zone. Moyes is keen to make new additions, but has admitted that it is not easy to sign players in January.
West Ham failed in their attempt to land Gedson Fernandes who moved to Tottenham Hotspur instead this month. The Hammers are also being linked with a move for Sander Berge, but Moyes has refused to comment on the player.
“Probably the same story – trying to bring them in, trying to do it quickly if the right ones are there but you’re hearing it from all the managers’ it’s not easy to do business in January,” said Moyes to Football London.
“We could really do with players who hit the ground running but also for the future as well and trying to get that balance is not easy this month.
“We’ve been linked with quite a few so identifying just one would be wrong, you could name te or twelve.
“Obviously we will try to add one player, maybe two at a push but there is a good chance we couldn’t get anybody, like most clubs.”
Many West Ham fans have taken to Twitter to express their reaction on Moyes’s latest comments. Here are some of the selected tweets:

Kessie would be perfect. Do badly need Sander Berge end of the season if we can get him though. Looks class.
— DK (@Dom_A_King) January 21, 2020

If looking at table and seeing we are 1 PT of of 19th as it stands the board don’t do something we will be going down
— mark palazon (@PalazonMark) January 21, 2020

Unless we sign a player or players who can come in and genuinely make a difference, I wouldn’t bother anyway. Clubs rarely sell their best players in January so we may as well stick with what we have.
— Jamie Moore (@JamieMoore76) January 21, 2020

Funny how when moyes came in he said he expected to make signings.. 20+ days later he’s now saying he will sign none… why do the club jump around so much with their approach in the transfer market? Why is there no clear plan?
— mark speller (@supersonic_mark) January 21, 2020

He already knows no one’s coming. Every club around us are making their business and bringing players in and we’ll end up with the same shallow squad. These owners deserves relegation. These owners doesn’t deserve us. Shameful.
— Hammers Brasil (@hammers_br) January 21, 2020

West Ham will look to bounce back to winning ways when they face Leicester City in the Premier League on Wednesday night. The Hammers must look to sign at least one or two players, and it remains to be seen whether they can land some of their targets this month.
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Report: Newcastle eye Bentaleb-type deal for 25-year-old int'l, talks ongoing

Report: Newcastle eye Bentaleb-type deal for 25-year-old int'l, talks ongoing – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Newcastle United confirmed the signing of Nabil Bentaleb yesterday. The Magpies have signed the 25-year-old midfielder on loan with an option to make the deal permanent from Bundesliga side Schalke.
The Magpies boss Steve Bruce is keen to bolster his midfield this month. Ki Sung-yueng is surplus to requirements and will be allowed to leave the club this month.
According to reports from The Athletic, Newcastle are looking to make at least three signings. The Magpies are in talks with Inter Milan to sign winger Valentino Lazaro this month. Newcastle are hopeful of securing a loan deal with an option to buy for the Austria international.
Bruce is targeting another Bentaleb-type deal for Lazaro, whose agent Max Hagmayr, was at St James’ Park for last weekend’s 1-0 win over Chelsea.
The report claims that he has held positive talks with the club. RB Leipzig are also interested in him, and the winger is assessing his options, with discussions continuing with Newcastle.
The 23-year-old joined the Italian giants from Hertha Berlin for a transfer fee of €24 million (£20.43 million), but has failed to nail down a regular place at the San Siro this season under Antonio Conte.
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Opinion: Everton will strike gold if Ancelotti can sign £30m int'l from his former club

Opinion: Everton will strike gold if Ancelotti can sign £30m int'l from his former club – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival at Everton has seen a dramatic turn of form in Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The 22-year-old has found a new lease of life under the Italian boss, and has been amongst goals.
However, with Moise Kean failing to make an impact so far, Everton boss is probably looking to delve into the transfer market to sign a striker this month.
Cenk Tosun has joined Crystal Palace on loan, and it leaves Ancelotti short of options up front. Possibly that is why he is looking to sign a striker and has earmarked Krzysztof Piatek as a potential option.
The Polish international has struggled to make an impact at AC Milan and has been linked with a move away from the club. Piatek has scored four goals in 14 Serie A starts this season, and he could be allowed to leave the club.
Milan are demanding a fee in the region of £30 million for the striker who is also reportedly wanted by a host of clubs including Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
However, Everton have an advantage here. Ancelotti is a legend at Milan, and he can use his influence and brand image to lure Piatek ahead of other rivals.
The 24-year-old scored 34 goals in all competitions last season. Given his age, he will always have a resale value, and it won’t be a transfer gamble. Most importantly, if he can rediscover his form under Ancelotti, Everton can expect to finish the season on a high note.
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Calvert-Lewin has a message for Everton fans following last night's disappointment

Calvert-Lewin has a message for Everton fans following last night's disappointment – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Everton were held to a 2-2 draw by Newcastle United at Goodison Park last night. The Toffees had raced into the lead through Moise Kean and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and were still two goals up until the 93rd minute. However, an injury-time brace from Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune dealt a massive blow on Everton, ensuring the visitors left with a point. Kean finally opened his account for the club, while Calvert-Lewin grabbed his 10th Premier League goal of the campaign, but the youngsters were left heartbroken with the result, and the English forward has sent a message to the Everton fans on Twitter:

What happened last night can’t and shouldn’t happen after dominating the game like that, so apologise to the fans!! We take the positives and move, happy to be in double figures for the season #UTFT #DCL9 https://t.co/w8c9QwW1gp
— DCL (@CalvertLewin14) January 22, 2020

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