Transfer News Today: West Ham turn to World Cup winner to keep them up?

Today’s rumours feature the latest ‘new Shearer’ heading to Newcastle, an Italian international off to Upton Park, a Bulgarian staying put and an Englishman abroad

Forum chatter

Newcastle are close to agreeing a deal to bring in the Dutch international forward Luuk de Jong on loan from German club Borussia Moenchengladbach for the rest of the season.

Why it will happen: Papiss Cisse’s days on Tyneside seem numbered, and the Toon could do with freshening up their attack as they bid to get close to the European places. De Jong fits the bill.

Why it won’t happen: Alan Pardew looked at De Jong before he moved to Germany in 2012, and after the Dutchman scored just nine goals in his first season in the Bundesliga and none in this campaign, why would he sign him now?

Tabloid gossip

West Ham are targeting the Italian World Cup winner Alberto Gilardino to partner Andy Carroll and score the goals to keep them in the Premier League.

Why it will happen: The Hammers have provided a home for experienced Italians before and in Gilardino, who played five times and scored once as Italy won the 2006 World Cup, they would have a proven goalscorer.

Why it won’t happen: Now 31, the Genoa forward isn’t the player we once saw regularly hit the net for Italy, Milan and Fiorentina, and adjusting to the English game at his age could be a problem.

Pulling the plug

Dimitar Berbatov will stay at Fulham and look to aid the Cottagers’ relegation fight after Arsenal dropped their interest in the mercurial Bulgarian.

Why it will happen: Clearly the 32-year-old is targeting one last payday somewhere, and so it is in his best interests to impress at Craven Cottage, keep Fulham up and then move on again in the summer.

Why it won’t happen: He might not be going to Arsenal, but if that famous Berbatov temperament shows signs of not being up for the fight, then Rene Meulensteen will surely be better off getting rid.

Shock switch

Tom Ince is disappointing a host of Premier League clubs by spurning their interest to sign a pre-contract agreement with mega-rich Monaco to join on a free transfer in the summer.

Why it will happen: Dad Paul wasn’t averse to an overseas move as seen with his switch to Inter Milan in 1995, and as he looks out for the best interests of his son then a switch to Ligue 1 looks on.

Why it won’t happen: There remains the possibility that a Premier League club will offer huge money for the Blackpool winger, and perhaps the guarantee of first-team football that he wouldn’t get at Monaco, too.

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