Category: La Liga

Opinion: If Tottenham sign £120k-a-week attacker they will reach next level Levy is dreaming of

According to a report in The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are ready to do battle with London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal in the race to sign Real Madrid attacker Isco.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun report that the Premier League trio have been linked with moves for the impressive 26-year-old in the past, and their chances of bringing him to England might have been boosted.

The Spain international is struggling for game time under Real manager Santiago Solari – who reportedly doesn’t see eye-to-eye with him – and he has failed to start any of the seven matches the 42-year-old has been in charge of.

The Sun report that a January move is looking like a strong possibility and while Arsenal and Chelsea’s interest would be obvious, Tottenham are ready to make a surprise move, too.

Could they get him?

Of course, any potential Spurs move could depend on how much the player will cost given they have shown that they aren’t willing to throw huge sums of money around for new signings, but they will also be confident that they can compete with their London neighbours when it comes to transfer fees, even if not wages.

That could be a huge sticking point with the 26-year-old sure to demand a significant salary – he is reported to be on £120,000-a-week right now – which should be in reach given recent raises for Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

Speaking of Alli, his position in the starting XI would surely be under threat if the Spaniard did arrive in North London given his ability to play in the No.10 role as well as out wide, and while that must be a consideration for Mauricio Pochettino there is no doubt that the opportunity to add Isco to his squad would take Tottenham to the next level that he and Daniel Levy are dreaming of.

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Opinion: Signing Real Madrid academy product would be a stroke of genius by West Ham

Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente could be available on loan at the start of 2019, and West Ham United should make a move for the Spaniard.

What’s the word, then?

West Ham spent heavily during the summer, but it is thought that the Hammers want to sign another midfielder during the winter transfer window.

It will be difficult to sign a player of sufficient quality on a permanent deal at the mid-point of the campaign, meaning that the Hammers might be in the loan market.

And a move for Real Madrid’s Llorente makes perfect sense for the club.

The 23-year-old has played just 11 minutes of La Liga football for Los Blancos this season, but played the full 90 against Roma in the Champions League last week.

The Spaniard showed his quality in the European affair, and there is no question that he has the credentials to be a star in the Premier League.

Could West Ham really sign him?

Last week, Llorente told Marca that he would be reassessing his future in January.

Much will depend on just how much football he plays in the coming weeks, and it is difficult to see the former Spain Under-21 international featuring when Casemiro overcomes his ankle problem.

The 6ft ace was very impressive during the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Alaves, and is at the stage of his career where he needs regular football.

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Technically excellent and with a brilliant engine, Llorente is the perfect midfielder for the Premier League, and could become a star at the London Stadium.

It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid allow him to leave in January, but West Ham must keep a close eye on developments at the Bernabeu.

Opinion: Tottenham would become City's closest challengers with January arrival of 26-year-old

Real Madrid attacker Isco could reportedly be available in January, and Tottenham Hotspur should make a move for the Spain international.

What’s the word, then?

Isco scored nine times in 49 appearances for Real Madrid during the 2017-18 campaign, and was certainly a key player under Zinedine Zidane last term.

The 26-year-old has been out of favour since Santiago Solari took charge of Los Blancos in October, however, and he was not even in the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Roma.

What’s more, Isco has played the full 90 minutes of a La Liga match on just one occasion this term.

Even with Casemiro’s injury problems, and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos struggling for consistency, Isco has been seriously out of favour.

It might well be that the attacker is available for purchase in the January transfer window, and Tottenham should have an approach.

Could Tottenham really pull off a deal?

It is not exactly a secret that Tottenham want to improve their midfield options in the winter transfer market, with Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama both strongly linked with moves away from the club.

Isco is not a central midfielder, but his ability to play in a number of different positions in the final third make him a very attractive proposition.

Isco, who has scored 44 times and registered 52 assists in 253 appearances for his Spanish club in all competitions, is also a four-time Champions League winner.

There have been concerns over his fitness and off-the-field conduct this season, but there is no question that the Spaniard is a wonderful, wonderful talent.

And if Tottenham can pull off an incredible January deal for the former Malaga playmaker then they might well become Manchester City’s closest challengers for the Premier League title in the second half of the season.

Try again, Pellegrini: 76% of West Ham fans polled want club to revive summer pursuit of striker

With the hectic festive schedule approaching, West Ham United need to pick up some wins in order to continue progressing up the Premier League table.

At the moment, Manuel Pellegrini’s men sit 14th in the standings, six points adrift of the top 10 after 13 matches.

The team have only picked up three wins, and to help on the attacking front, the club could end up deciding to bring in a new striker in January.

Marko Arnautovic is currently at the top of the pecking order, but problems with a knee injury has poured doubts over his long-term availability.

In the summer, a report from Radio Galega claimed that West Ham launched a £27m bid for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez, only to be turned down by the Spanish club.

Since the season began, the attack-minded star has scored seven goals and recorded four assists in 11 La Liga outings.

We asked you if West Ham should jump back in the market for Gomez, and the majority believe he is worth another offer, but they could face some fierce competition for his signature in January.

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West Ham would be wise to target striker Pellegrini wanted in the summer this January – agree?

West Ham United do not have one of the biggest spending budgets in the Premier League, but they proved in the summer that they will recruit new talent if needed.

The January window can be a tough one to navigate through in terms of bringing in quality players, but the Hammers should be in the market.

At the moment, Marko Arnautovic is Manuel Pellegrini’s first-choice option to lead the line, but when the Austrian is unavailable, the remaining options are not as effective.

In July, Radio Galega reported that West Ham had launched a £27m bid for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, but they were unsuccessful in their attempts.

There has been no speculation that the club will revive their interest, but should they?

Gomez has been in decent form this season so far, scoring seven goals and creating four assists in 11 outings for Celta.

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The attacker’s contract does not expire until 2022, therefore a significant figure could be demanded, but should West Ham try again?

Let us know by voting below.