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West Ham lands in-demand English defender, closing in on Emenike

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West Ham is planning to go next level, and the London club has snared a big time English transfer target.

Sam Byram, 22, reportedly had a fee agreed with Everton when Newcastle and West Ham swooped in last week. And it appears those rumors were based in truth, as the Irons have plucked the Leeds United back away from the other suitors.

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The Hammers call Byram a right back or midfielder, and there’s no denying the youngster is gifted. At his young age, he’s appeared 130 times in the Championship.

From WHUFC.com:

“I’m unbelievably proud and happy to join a Club as big as this,” said Byram, who will wear the No22 shirt. “I’m just looking forward to what the future holds and hopefully I can achieve things with the team going forward.”
Sky Sports is reporting the Hammers are active on another front, namely up front, seeking a loan deal for Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike.
While Andy Carrolls don’t grow on trees, the 28-year-old Emenike is a strong player with a veteran savvy to help make up for the big Englishman’s absence. He’d have to be recalled from his loan at Al Ain, but it’d be nice to see him try his luck in the Premier League.

Saturday transfer rumor roundup: Morata to Arsenal, Pelle to Juve

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After Southampton scooped up Charlie Austin from QPR on a shockingly low $6.5 million fee which begs oh-so-many questions, what else could be cooking this active January window?

Let’s start off with a weird one that could get some backing because of the Austin move. The Sun is a wild ride for gossip, but claims that Liverpool could be looking to take Shane Long from Southampton. To take a joke from The Football Ramble, is Liverpool’s only English scout stationed at St. Mary’s and unwilling to travel?

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Saints could also sell Graziano Pelle, who won’t be talking new contract until this summer and is wanted by Juventus according to The Daily Echo. Ronald Koeman has said Southampton won’t sell anyone in January, but could Saints be tempted to cash-in given Pelle’s age (30)?

The Reds, however, are also linked with a younger and perhaps more intriguing striker in Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams. The Guardian says Williams is also wanted by ban-facing Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, with the Telegraph throwing Arsenal in the mix. The price tag looks to be $22 million for the 21-year-old Spaniard with 10 goals across all competitions this season.

Newcastle United and West Ham are looking towards a Leeds United back despite Everton already agreeing a $5 million fee for Sam Byram. The 22-year-old is out-of-contract this summer, and has 130 Championship appearances despite his young age. Byram can also function as a right winger.

Italian outlet Tuttomercado says Arsenal might be ready to splash the cash needed to pry Alvaro Morata from Juventus. Morata is well-liked in Italy and on a two-year loan to Juve from Real Madrid, but the latter’s looming transfer ban could change things. What does Arsenal have to do with this? You’ll have to ask Tuttomercado.