|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
Tottenham are set to finally complete the signing of Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez wants Chicago Fire's Marco Pappa as Victor Moses' replacement - depending on the MLS ace getting a work permit.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is trying to sign Bristol City's Ghanaian winger Albert Adomah - but will have to find £3million.
Norwich are offering Birmingham James Vaughan to help land Curtis Davies.
Blackburn boss Steve Kean is ready to dump Scotland striker David Goodwillie - just a year after bringing him to England.
Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson hopes to bring defender Lee Peltier back to the club in a £600,000 raid on Leicester.
Wolves are in the hunt for Hamburg defender Michael Mancienne.
Didier Deschamps has been named as France coach.
Match-fixing fears caused a Norwegian second division match to be called off yesterday.
Russia's search for a new manager has descended into chaos - with Roberto Mancini just one of several high-profile candidates to replace Dick Advocaat.
Tottenham have agreed a fee with Ajax for defender Jan Vertonghen.
Chelsea have had a £17million bid for Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle rejected.
Liverpool are understood to have had a bid rejected for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero.
Swansea are considering a move for Bristol City winger Albert Adomah.
Didier Deschamps has been named as the new France coach.
Blackburn are ready to offload striker David Goodwillie just 11 months after signing him for £2.25million.
Derby manager Nigel Clough wants Wigan striker Conor Sammon on a season's loan.
Eldin Jakupovic has rejected a move to Ipswich in favour of a return to Hull.
Birmingham manager Lee Clark is keen on Preston midfielder Paul Coutts.
Chelsea have had an opening bid of £18million for Germany's Andre Schurrle knocked back.
AC Milan are considering a loan move for Liverpool's Andy Carroll.
Southampton want Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.
Blackburn striker David Goodwillie is facing the axe after just 11 months.
Former England goalkeeper Richard Wright is wanted by Colchester.
Derby boss Nigel Clough wants Wigan to loan him Conor Sammon for the season.
Tom Heaton's Watford contract has been scrapped - just days after the goalkeeper signed it.
Tottenham have agreed a £12million deal for Ajax's Jan Vertonghen.
Didier Deschamps has agreed to become the new France coach, say the French Football Federation.
Tottenham are set to finally complete the signing of Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen after agreeing terms.
Raging Raith Rovers chairman Turnbull Hutton last night slammed suggestions the SFL could ignore member clubs and parachute Rangers into the First Division.
When you hear that Silvio Berlusconi is preparing an offer for a raven-haired siren who's caught his eye, you can't help fearing someone's about to get their bottom pinched. And, indeed, it would be interesting to see what would happen if the incorrigible Italian tried that approach with the latest leggy object of his affections, since it is generally believed that it takes crosses rather than crassness to get the best out of Andy Carroll.
Yes, Milan want to loan Andy Carroll, who, they suspect, does not fit into Brendan Rodgers' plans. He doesn't particularly fit into Massimilano Allegri's plans either but that's OK, since Berlusconi's idea is presumably for Carroll to become the new Luther Blissett and thus serve as a general catch-all figurehead for anarchist collectives and agit-prop troupes all over the world, rather than an actual partner for Zlatan Ibrahimovich, who may have a similar pony-tail but is an entirely different breed.
While Carroll improved towards the end of last season and raised his profile by scoring a fine header against Sweden at Euro 2012, it is thought that his often clumsy touch makes him ill-suited to the slick game to which Rodgers aspires but is well-suited to a place by Berlusconi's side.
Liverpool will obviously have to strengthen their forward options whether Carroll stays or goes but Rodgers isn't having much luck in the transfer market so far and, indeed, his bid for the Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero has been rejected, possibly because Real think they can drive the price up a tad, what with Everton and West Ham also being on the case.
Meanwhile at Arsenal directors will try to win back the affections of fans who may have defected to the Alisher Usmanov camp by ****ing out up to £30m for the Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic. And they may complete that coup by slipping the Italians Marouane Chamakh too. Arsène Wenger will pursue this breach of Arsenal's thrifty doctrine by making a "mega-bid" for Victor Moses. Roberto Martínez wants to replace Moses with Chicago Fire's Guatemalan winger Marco Pappa.
The Russian Football Federation is planning a mega-bid too. In their quest to find a replacement for Dick Advocaat as national team manager they are working to a shortlist said to include Pep Guardiola, Joachim Low, Cesare Prandelli, Fabio Capello and Roberto Mancini. In case the prospect of trying to coax consistency from Andrei Arshavin is not appealing enough, the Russians are willing to make the new man the highest paid manager in the world, which is good news for the new man. Or the man currently finalising a new contract with Man City.
The Daniel Sturridge to Spurs rumour is back again. Swansea's new manager Michael Laudrup has not only heard of Bristol City but wants to buy one of their players, 24-year-old winger Albert Adomah. West Bromwich Albion's new manager Steve Clarke, meanwhile, is more of a Yassine El Ghanassy man. The 21-year-old Ghent playmaker has been described as "an extraordinary talent, a real magician" by … his agent.
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