German gaffer Thomas Tuchel has allegedly rejected an opportunity from West Ham United to become their manager. Tuchel was sounded out by the Hammers board as a potential candidate to replace the under pressure Slaven Bilic, but he has said no to the offer to move to the London Stadium.
West Ham have had a tough start to the new season. While one could argue it was due to the fact that they played their first few games away from home (owing to Athletics commitments for the London Stadium), WHUFC fan blogs like this one have indicated that Bilic’s tactics have sometimes left much to be desired- for example playing Javier Hernandez on the wing instead of utilising his real potential at centre forward.
West Ham are currently third from bottom in the league standings and after their weekend loss to Tottenham Hotspur, the upcoming fixture against Swansea is being talked about as a “must win” for Bilic.
Other candidates being considered by the West Ham board allegedly include Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner, Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic and even Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri (although few would expect him to move given the Partenopei’s stunning start to the season)
Everton manager David Moyes faces a battle to keep talented left-back Leighton Baines after reports in The Daily Mail claim Italian side Napoli are now interested.
The 27-year-old has again been linked with a summer move away from Goodison Park but the Everton officials value the England international at around £20million, a fee that Napoli may be unwilling to pay.
In recent days, there has been renewed interest from Manchester United who were reportedly preparing a bid for Baines this summer, though chief executive David Gill insists that no approach has been made.
Baines was subject to a £12million bid from German side Bayern Munich last year though Everton managed to keep hold of him.
According to Mediaset Italian champions Juventus have submitted a bid for Napoli’s in demand striker Edinson Cavani. The bid is said to worth around €50 million, with Juventus offering €30 million cash plus €18 million rated striker Alessandro Matri. It has also been reported that Napoli have rejected the bid as they have no interest in a player plus cash deal.
Cavani, who has already been targetted by Chelsea and Manchester City, has had a terrific season with the Naples based club. The Uruguayan international has managed to amass 33 goals this season. Cavani though, has squashed all rumours linking him with an exit from Napoli. In a recent interview to Corriere dello Sport, he said “The Coppa Italia is simply the start for Napoli so that we can do even better next year. I read the stories about me and the transfer market, but I know how the media game goes. It’s part of the sport and of my job, but I don’t listen to the rumours, nor do they annoy me.”. But Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has made it clear that if a good offer comes in, everyone is salable.
Robin van Persie – Arsenal to Man City/Juventus – Mirror
Joe Cole – Liverpool to Reading – Daily Star
Roberto Martinez – Wigan to Liverpool – talkSPORT
Fabio Capello – Unattached to Chelsea – Telegraph
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Molde to Aston Villa – Telegraph
Ezequiel Lavezzi – Napoli to Chelsea/Man City – The Sun
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