Category: La Liga

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.

Everton have huge summer plans: What Silva's quotes on in-form ace really mean

Everton boss Marco Silva has been commenting on the future of Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes following his latest impressive performance for the Toffees.

What did he say?

Gomes joined Everton on loan from Barcelona during the summer transfer window, and made his debut for the Toffees last month after recovering from injury.

Since stepping into the first team, Everton have won three of their five Premier League matches and lost just once, with their improvement clear to see.

As it stands, the 25-year-old will return to his parent club this summer, but Silva has been discussing the Portuguese’s future.

It remains to be seen whether Everton would be able to entice the midfielder to Goodison Park on a permanent deal, but it does not take a genius to realise that Silva is absolutely desperate for that to happen.

The Liverpool Echo quotes Silva as saying:

“I think in the right moment we have to do something to achieve one player like Andre.

“We have time to do that. We are happy with him, he is enjoying the moment here and I don’t think it is a good moment to talk every week because it’s better they (Barcelona) forget about him a little bit about Andre!

“You go there in the right moment. Andre is enjoying his time but we don’t want to put this pressure of a decision on him. It is early.”

What Silva’s words really mean

Silva basically means that he is desperate to sign Gomes, and has urged the midfielder to forget all about Barcelona to make the move to Goodison Park.

Silva is sending a message to the Everton board, who will have to fork out to stand a chance of signing Gomes, and is also just letting Barcelona know that the Toffees would be more than happy to take him at the end of the season.

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Gomes is also receiving a little nudge, reminding the midfielder how much he is enjoying himself in England.

The Portugal international made 31 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona last term, but largely struggled to make his mark, and it soon became clear that he would not be part of Ernesto Valverde’s plans for the 2018-19 campaign.

Everton were fortunate to sign a player who was outstanding during his two seasons at Valencia between 2014 and 2016, and it would be some capture if they managed to acquire his services on a permanent deal.