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Hammers make Marv move
WEST HAM boss Sam Allardyce has made a £2million bid for 20-year-old Watford striker Marvin Sordell.
Sordell has hit 10 goals this term, with three in his last three games.
New QPR boss Mark Hughes, meanwhile, has blocked winger Jamie Mackie's £2m switch to Upton Park.
Head-ing to Hammers? John (right) could be on his way to West Ham
West Ham close in on FC Dallas defender John to boost promotion charge
West Ham are set to complete the loan signing of FC Dallas defender George John and the deal for the 24-year-old could become permanent.
Manager Sam Allardyce will make a decision on Japanese trialist Ryoichi Maeda by Monday but remains hopeful that striker Jordan Rhodes can be lured from Huddersfield.
Japan’s Maeda set for West Ham switch
Japan striker Ryoichi Maeda is poised to join to England’s West Ham United after flying to London to train with the Championship (second division) club, local media reported on Friday.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, whose team are chasing promotion to the Premier League, has promised the Jubilo Iwata forward an answer by the start of next week.
“He’s a player with a proven track record,” Allardyce was quoted as saying in Japan’s Nikkan Sports as he looks to boost his attacking options in the January transfer window.
“I have to decide if he can play a part in the team quickly.”
The 30-year-old Maeda, who scored 14 goals in 28 J-League appearances last season, has been at Jubilo since the beginning of his career.
He was the first player to win the J.League’s Golden Boot award in consecutive years in 2009 and 2010, and last year helped Japan win a record fourth Asian Cup in Qatar.
West Ham are believed to have offered Maeda a two-year contract worth $1.9 million a year, more than double his current wages, subject to a medical and the procurement of a work visa.
“It might be a bit late to be taking on the challenge of playing abroad,” Maeda said. “But I hope to grow into a better player in Europe and bring that to the national team.
“At my age, this is likely my last chance to play overseas and I want to everything possible to make it happen.”
West Ham lie second in the Championship on goal difference behind Southampton, who are close to completing the signing of Maeda’s Japan team mate Tadanari Lee.
Japan midfielder Yuki Abe also plays in the same league for Leicester City.
Chelsea are planning a £25m swoop for Lille playmaker Eden Hazard.
But Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas insists Frank Lampard remains in his plans.
Blackburn have launched a surprise bid to steal Andy Johnson from under QPR's nose, and have lodged a formal bid with Fulham.
New Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes wants to make Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz - currently on loan at Real Betis - his first signing.
But Hughes is also eyeing out-of-favour Fulham striker Bobby Zamora.
London Evening Standard
Tottenham forward Rafael van der Vaart believes they can force Manchester City to choke in the Premier League title race.
Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley believes the revived Black Cats have nothing to fear when they take on stuttering Chelsea this weekend.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says he is happy with striker Andy Carroll's work-rate, amid reports that he may return to Newcastle.
Fulham boss Martin Jol says if Mark Hughes had any real ambition he would have stayed at Craven Cottage.
babe of the day
http://www.nuts.co.uk/images/gallery/20 ... uk_55_.jpg
He's pacy and quite skillful but also a bit hit and miss and i think we've got enough strikers like that already.
I'm less enthused about him than i am of the defender and the two japanese guys mentioned.
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