Winning the play-offs was just the beginning for Sam Allardyce as he now turns his attention to making West Ham a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League. According to the Daily Mirror the former Bolton and Newcastle manager intends to do just that by bringing in highly rated Real Madrid attacker Joselu, with a bid in the region of £7 million.
Although born in Germany, Joselu has featured for Spain’s U19, U20 and U21 squads, making 16 appearances and scoring in 4 of them. He has featured twice for the Real Madrid senior team, netting on both occasions, but has spent most of his career playing for Real Madrid Castilla, getting an impressive 38 goals in 71 games for the Liga Adelante side.
Diego Maradona is looking to steal Didier Drogba from the clutches of Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua. The Sun have reported that the former World Cup winner wants the Ivorian to join him in the United Arab Emirates, believing that his club, Al Wasi, have the resources available to trump the Chinese Super League side.
Reports circulating suggest that Shanghai are willing to offer Drogba £300,000 a week, making the 34-year-old their highest paid player. Though there are thoughts that money isn’t the only thing motivating the former Chelsea striker and a reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid could still be on the cards. Drogba netted 65 times in 142 games for the Portuguese manager in their time together at Chelsea.
According to Sport Real Madrid have entered the race to sign Udinese right wing-back Mauricio Isla. The Spanish giant are reportedly preparing a bid of 17 million euros to sign him.
Isla have been subject of transfer speculation for a long time, with Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus vying for the full-back. Few days back, in an interview with TuttoMercatoWeb his agent, Claudio Vagheggi, stated: “We’ve already talked to Paris Saint-Germain management, but it’s too soon to deal about next transfer market session. Mauricio, anyway, would be glad to join Inter“. Inter have also lined up Kyle Walker of Tottenham as a backup plan if they fail to land Isla.
Real Madrid are in need of a right back, as in the past season Sergio Ramos has played most of the games as a center back, and Mourinho believes he will develop more in the central role. The other option that Madrid has is Alvaro Arbeloa, who is only a stop-gap solution at the best. Real has also been linked with Gregory van der Wiel of Ajax as another possible target. Isla would be a good option for Madrid as he offers a lot while going forward. But at the moment Inter looks to be the most possible destination for the wing-back.