West Ham face tough talks over Sevilla striker

After the departure of £45m signing Sebastien Haller to Ajax earlier this month, the injury prone Michail Antonio is left as the Hammers only recognised first team striker.

As such, West Ham have made the capture of a replacement for Haller a top priority in the remaining two weeks of the transfer window.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein has suggested that Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri, who has scored 12 times in 25 games so far this season, is a target for David Moyes.

Ornstein claims that West Ham have been putting together a €30m package to bring the Morocco international to the London Stadium, but according to local Seville newspaper Estadio Deportivo, the La Liga side are after a much more substantial fee than the one the Hammers have been readying.

As picked up by website Sport Witness, the article translated in to English claims that West Ham would need to go ‘significantly higher’ in order to secure El-Nesyri’s services.

Furthermore, Sevilla are keen to have a replacement sorted before sanctioning any possible move to London.

With 12 days to go until the transfer window closes, this deal is currently looking quite unlikely – but as we saw two summers ago with recently-departed Seb Haller, West Ham haven’t been afraid to spend good money on forward players in recent times.

Liverpool handed Thiago transfer boost

The Reds have been heavily linked with the 29-year-old, who won the Champions League with Bayern on Sunday following a 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon.

Reports in The Athletic claim the Bundesliga champions are willing to accept offers in the region of £27m for the player, rather than £36m as initially suggested.

Thiago is out of contract at the German club next summer and it’s understood that Bayern would rather cash in on the Spain international now than allow him to leave on a free.

This opens up a window of opportunity for Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp’s side said to be preparing an offer in the coming weeks.

Alcantara falls outside of the Reds’ usual transfer strategy, being slightly older than a typical Anfield signing – however, clubs might not be able to afford to be picky with the uncertainties surrounding the impact of coronavirus on football finances.

Thiago has an unusual backstory – having been born in Italy, his father Marzinho played for the Brazil national side, whilst the player himself has chosen to represent Spain in the international arena.

No confidence in Kepa as Chelsea scour transfer market for new goalkeeper

Kepa has come under fire this season for his performances, criticism no doubt accentuated by the eye-watering £71m Chelsea paid Athletic Bilbao for the goalkeeper’s services in 2018.

The Blues are keen to try and recoup as much of that £71m – a world-record fee for a goalkeeper – as possible this summer, as Lampard hunts for a more viable option for the future.

It’s reported that the Chelsea boss does not see the Spaniard as the long-term fit between the sticks at Stamford Bridge.

Reports claim that clubs in Spain have expressed an interest in Kepa, but whether Chelsea will be able to make back anywhere near the fee they paid for him remains to be seen – particularly with a dip in performance and an expectedly erratic transfer market due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Blues’ supposed shortlist of potential replacements include Burnley’s Nick Pope, who recently missed out on the Premier League Golden Glove award despite 12 clean sheets in the league this season.

Ajax stopper Andre Onana is also on the Chelsea radar, with Ajax said to be willing to listen to offers for the player who is interested in a move to England.

Perhaps the most outrageous (but not unlikely) suggestion is Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

Often regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, the Slovenian won’t come cheap, with a whopping £110m needed to activate his release clause and lure him away from the Wanda Metropolitano.