News from Eyefootball
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that the club are currently lacking a specialist from set-pieces in the squad.
Pablo Fornals will end his long stay with West Ham and return to his homeland of Spain and join Real Betis in a deal worth around £7 million. Former Villarreal midfielder Fornals was a key member of the team that helped the Irons win the Europa League last season, but his first-team opportunities have been somewhat limited this season.
Corinthians forward Yuri Alberto is considered one of Brazil's best young strikers, and West Ham have been pursuing a permanent deal for the 22-year-old who has previously spent time playing in Russia for Zenit. Alberto, who has one cap for Brazil's national team, returned to Brazil this year and has already scored four goals in 10 league games.
Borussia Dortmund have agreed a fee to sign Armel Bella-Kotchap from Southampton and will pay close to £20 million to sign the France-born centre-back. Bella-Kotchap has already made two appearances for Germany's national side, having come through the ranks in Germany as a youth player. Bella-Kotchap, 21, has previously played for VfL Bochum and is very familiar with the Bundesliga.
West Ham midfielder Flynn Downes has finally completed a loan move to Southampton today, as the Essex-born youngster joins the Championship side with a view to a permanent move. Downes appeared for the Hammers 21 times since his move from Swansea City, and was reportedly eager to stay at the Hammers for the 2023/24 campaign.
West Ham United are in talks to sign Ajax attacker Mohammed Kudus, who has also been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea.
As West Ham's move for midfielder James Ward-Prowse appears to be on ice due to the club's disagreement between sporting director and manager David Moyes, Tottenham are set to enter the race to sign the Southampton midfielder, with a transfer fee of £35 million suggested for the set-piece specialist.
Southampton and West Ham are edging closer to an agreement for the transfer of England international midfielder James Ward-Prowse. The Hammers have money to spend following the departure of England international Declan Rice, and in James Ward-Prowse are receiving one of the country's most consistent performers in recent years.
Manchester United are open to selling midfielder Scott McTominay to West Ham United on one condition.
Chelsea have rejected an opening proposal from West Ham United to sign midfielder Conor Gallagher.