West Ham transfer news and rumours: Fabianki update, Bowen to Liverpool; January gossip

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West Ham are planning a number of major swoops in the January transfer market following a slight downturn in form and a number of injuries.

David Moyes’ side hit fourth in the Premier League after a strong start to the campaign but the weeks leading up to the New Year were far from plain sailing.

Among their worries has been an injury crisis in defence, with a new centre-back and left-back on their radar. The likes of Nat Phillips and Lucas Digne have been linked with the Hammers as a result.

In attack, support for Michail Antonio is required and a potential return for Jesse Lingard has been mooted. Brennan Johnson, Gabriel Barbosa and Ben Brereton Diaz have all popped up in rumours as well.

Here are the latest West Ham transfer news, rumours and gossip...

Lukasz Fabianski

The veteran goalkeeper has revealed he is keen to extend his stay at the club.

“I am very happy in this present time and present moment. I am really focused on doing well for the club and if everything goes well then I don’t see any other options.

“I just keep pushing. It is a matter of health, a matter of playing at the right level and if I continue to do that I don’t set myself any time. I wouldn’t want to be judged by age, I wanted to be looked at with the way I perform on the pitch.

Darren Randolph

David Moyes has revealed that West Ham have rejected Aston Villa‘s approach to take third-choice goalkeeper Darren Randolph on loan.

Villa enquired about Randolph’s availability as they looked to sign the 34-year-old as cover for first-choice Emiliano Martinez until the end of the season.

You can read Jack Rosser’s full report here.

Jarrod Bowen

Football Insider claim Liverpool are eager to sign Jarrod Bowen and the forward is open to the idea.

The report suggests the Anfield giants are keeping tabs on the player and are ‘hot’ on the trail. For his part, the former Hull City man is believed to be keen on the potential move.

Jesse Lingard

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Lingard’s loan spell at West Ham last season revitalised his career and yet he has remained a reserve at Manchester United since returning, making only one appearance under Ralf Rangnick.

Standard Sport reported this week that Moyes is keen on looking into a fresh loan spell, with the player out of contract at Old Trafford in six months’ time.

Likewise, talkSPORT stated on Thursday that the Hammers are confident in persuading Lingard to return.

Lucas Digne

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Aaron Cresswell’s injury at left-back heightened the need for a January addition but Everton’s Digne appears unlikely to be the man to come in.

Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser’s latest update outlines how the Frenchman’s £100,000-a-week-plus wages would break the club’s pay structure.

Furthermore, Hammers sources have noted that Cresswell is not too far off a return from his back injury, lessening the need for a replacement.

Rafa Benitez has confirmed the defender HAS asked to leave the club.

Gabriel Barbosa

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News of ‘Gabigol’ swooping into English football after impressing with Flamengo named West Ham as one potential destination.

While an 18-month loan deal with a £25m option to buy has been mooted, Sky Sports report on Moyes not being sure about signing the striker given his lack of Premier League experience.

Gabigol struggled in a spell at Inter Milan and is wanted by Zenit Saint Petersburg and two other English sides, it is claimed.

Declan Rice

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West Ham remain staunch in their stance of demanding a huge fee for Rice, should he want to leave, totalling well over £100m.

Some onlookers have taken Chelsea’s new interest in Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni as a sign that the road is clear for Manchester United to bid for the England star.

“We will keep Declan as long as we possibly can, we've no intention of selling him,” Moyes said recently. “If we ever had to, I've said already many, many times what it would be - a shoot to the moon.”

Ben Brereton Diaz

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The Blackburn striker has hit top form with the high-flying Championship side and the Chilean national team of late, hitting 20 goals for his club this season.

West Ham, as reported by Standard Sport, are one of several clubs monitoring his situation.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has suggested that he will not put up a fight if the right fee lands, telling BBC 5 Live: “If somebody comes in with a bid that is just unbelievable, for Ben, and good enough for the club. I would advise the owners not to stand in his way.”

Antonin Barak

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La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy have named West Ham as interested in Hellas Verona star Barak.

Rated at £17million, the 27-year-old centre-back is also being watched by Newcastle, Inter and AC Milan.

But any deal for the Czech international would have to be completed in the summer, it is said.

Brennan Johnson

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A tussle is emerging between several Premier League teams for Brennan Johnson, following his rise with Nottingham Forest.

The 20-year-old has already made his debut for the Welsh national team and is being scouted by Brentford, Everton, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, according to the Mail.

A fee of £14m is required to prise him from the City Ground, it has been claimed, although a January move is very much not Forest’s preference.

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