Transfer News Today: Ex-Chelsea Forward Set For West Ham Switch


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Veteran forward Samuel Eto’o could move to West Ham after his one-year contract at Chelsea expired, with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce desperate for forward backup after yet again losing Andy Carroll to injury.

Our view: Big Sam is no stranger to snapping up players who many feel are past their sell-by dates, and this move could appeal to Eto’o if he wants to stay in London. Wages are likely to be a stumbling block though.

Allardyce is the 3.75 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job

 

Tabloid Speculation I

Arsenal are set to launch a £19.7m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian playmaker Douglas Costa, who has requested not to return to the Ukraine given the troubles in the country.

Our view: Costa is undoubtedly a talent, but whether or not he’d fit into an Arsenal side already loaded with attacking midfielders is another matter.

Arsenal are 3.50 to be the highest-placed London team this season

 

Tabloid Speculation II

Real Madrid are ready to pay £10m to take Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco for the season, before a £26m permanent move in the summer of 2015.

Our view: The temporary deal would make sense given Falcao’s recent injury problems, but it would be a surprise if Monaco were to agree to such a deal after the Colombian played for just one season in Ligue 1.

Real Madrid are the 5.00 joint-favourites to win the Champions League again

 

In Talks

Real Sociedad’s exciting French international Antoine Griezmann is set to snub the Premier League and stay in La Liga by moving to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in a £24m move.

Our view: Still just 23, this would appear to be a clever move for a player for whom playing football must surely still be a priority ahead of a move to a so-called bigger club.

Atletico are 15.00 to win La Liga again

 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Arsenal have completed the signing of Colombia’s impressive World Cup goalkeeper David Ospina, who moves to North London from Nice for around £3m.

Our view: Ospina will provide useful backup to Wojciech Szczesny at Arsenal, and represents a fairly cheap addition for boss Arsene Wenger. 

The Gunners are 7.50 to win the Premier League