Transfer Latest: Premier League deals and gossip from Sport Social

Sheffield United in a fight to land Jesse Lingard | 19th Jan 2021 16:27 | Niall McCaughan

Jesse Lingard has only played 3 times for Manchester United this season, so naturally the rumours surrounding his Old Trafford future are swirling. The Blades are reportedly interested in taking Lingard as they battle to stave off relegation, but as Sport Social’s Marley Anderson writes, Tottenham have now entered the race for his signature. Could Lingard be tempted to link up with former boss Jose Mourinho?

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard – is he on his way to Spurs? Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Spurs youngster Harvey White joins Pompey on loan | 19th Jan 2021 14:01 | Niall McCaughan

One of the smaller deals that took place yesterday was Tottenham’s 19-year-old midfielder Harvey White joining Portsmouth on loan. White made an impressive first start for Spurs in their recent FA Cup game with non-league Marine, and links up with the League One side to gain valuable first team experience with Pompey currently in with a shout of automatic promotion to the Championship.

Hourihane heading for Aston Villa exit door | 19th Jan 2021 12:33 | Niall McCaughan

We wrote yesterday about a number of promotion-chasing Championship sides being keen on Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane. Well now it looks like Swansea City have won the race for the Republic of Ireland international, with a loan deal until the end of the season looking most likely. Hourihane hasn’t played for Villa in the Premier League since November and AFC Bournemouth were another side interested in his services, but after the Cherries signed free agent Jack Wilshere yesterday there was no real need for them to bring in the Irishman.

West Brom keen on Turkey international | 19th Jan 2021 10:02 | Niall McCaughan

West Brom may have secured a huge three points against rivals Wolves last time out, but defensive worries continue to be of concern for the Baggies. Despite them having conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season, it is in fact a midfielder who they have been linked with over the last 24 hours rather than defensive reinforcements. Albion are said to be in talks with Celta Vigo’s Turkish international Okay Yokuşlu, according to the player’s agent. You can hear more about West Brom’s pursit of the La Liga man here.

West Ham turn to Spain for Haller replacement | 19th Jan 2021 09:30 | Jim Salveson

West Ham continue to be linked to seemingly every striker in Europe as they search for a replacement for Sebastien Haller, who signed for Ajax earlier this month. The Athletic are reporting that the latest name on the Hammers’ hitlist is Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri. Some sources are claiming however that the West Ham board have remained true to form and only offered 50% of the fee demanded by the Spanish club which means, once again for the Hammers, that transfer is unlikely to get over the line. Sport Social’s Niall McCaughan has more on this story which you can read here.

Chelsea look to steal march on Premier League rivals to land Haaland | 19th Jan 2021 08:27 | Jim Salveson

Chelsea are trying to beat the pack of Premier League clubs chasing Norwegian star Erling Haaland by attempting to agree a deal for a summer transfer. According to Sky Sports journalist Angelo Mangiante, the Blues have two main targets for their summer spending; Declan Rice and the Dortmund striker. The players’ release clause does not activate until the summer of 2022 but Roman Abramovich is allegedly prepared to break the clubs transfer record to seal the deal.

Erlin Haaland has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs (PA)

Dele Alli awaits decision on French future | 19th Jan 2021 07:59 | Jim Salveson

Dele Alli will find out this week whether Jose Mourinho will grant his wish and let him leave Tottenham for PSG. Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants Alli as part of his new look PSG side but the London team seem reluctant to part with the player who has only had a bit-part role so far this season. The Mirror are reporting that a decision will be made this week on whether to allow Alli to move to Paris on loan for the rest of the season.

Premier League: Sheffield United vs West Ham

This time last season, the Blades were sitting comfortably in 13th in the table having taken nine points from their first eight games. Fast forward just over a year and Chris Wilder’s side are having a tougher time of it, propping up the table with just one point.

There have been some signs of improvement lately though, taking the lead against Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks before succumbing to the Premier League powerhouses, while a 1-0 defeat at home to Man City can hardly be considered a disaster.

There’s mixed injury news for Wilder coming into the weekend, with Lys Mousset, John Fleck and Enda Stevens all in with a chance of making the squad after injuries. The Blades boss says he will give the bunch as much time as possible to make it.

Rhian Brewster should be OK after muscular tightness, and Ethan Ampadu is back after missing the game against his parent club last time out.

John Egan was taken off during Ireland’s 3-0 defeat to England last week and was showing signs of concussion, so he’ll be a late call on whether he’ll be involved, while Jack O’Connell is likely out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

As for West Ham, David Moyes says Michail Antonio is back in training after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury, and will be given as much time as he needs before making a decision on his selection. Seb Haller is in line to continue in his absence if he’s left out.

Angelo Ogbonna was substituted early against Fulham last time out with a knock, but should retain his place in the Hammers defence on Sunday after recovering.

Andriy Yarmolenko tested positive for COVID while away with Ukraine last week and is expected to miss out while following isolation protocol.

Other than him, David Moyes has a fully fit squad to choose from and is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that edged past Fulham before the break.

Said Benrahma is set to continue his cameo role from the bench as he waits for his first Hammers start, while Mark Noble may join him after recovering from a rib injury.

West Ham can move into the top half of the table with a win, while the Blades will be hoping their first win of the season can move them out of the relegation zone.