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West Ham, Moffi enter contract talks after £25m bid

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West Ham United have entered contract talks with Nigerian striker Terem Moffi as they look to beat rivals from home and abroad to the Nigeria international, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

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According to the Sun, the Hammers are confident their £25m bid will be accepted by the Ligue 1 side, and it is now understood that discussions are ongoing with Moffi’s representatives and that the Premier League side will be able to offer far superior terms than Ligue 1 side Nice.

However, it has been suggested the 23-year-old may not be willing to take a pay cut should the Hammers be relegated to the Championship.

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A January move does feel unlikely considering both teams’ current league positions, but there’s now a chance Antonio could depart in the summer if the Hammers land Moffi.

The 23-year-old would provide Moyes’ strike force with added pace and power and could be viewed as a long-term replacement for Antonio.

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If they do sign Moffi, it would be a big show of support to Moyes as he is currently under considerable pressure at the London Stadium.

This weekend’s fixture against Everton has been touted as a make or break for the West Ham boss, with the Toffees also languishing near the foot of the table.

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Nigerian forward Moffi has enjoyed a blistering first half of the Ligue 1 season. Only Kylian Mbappe has scored more than his 11 goals in the French topflight so far.

Moffi has scored 12 goals in 18 games in all competitions this season to help Lorient make a surprise charge for a European place as they sit seventh in the league.

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Having arrived at the French club in 2020, the 23-year-old has racked up 59 goals in 135 games and helped them avoid relegation last season.

Lorient are reportedly asking for €30m for the player that they signed for just €8m from KV Kortrijk back in 2021. They are, however, aware that this fee may be difficult given that the Nigerian’s contract will expire at the end of next season.

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The player himself remains keen to continue his development in France, rather than move abroad, according to L’Équipe.

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Antonio Conte to undergo surgery after Tottenham boss became ill

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Antonio Conte could miss a number of games after Premier League club Tottenham announced he will go under the knife having suffered from “severe abdominal pain”

Antonio Conte was suffering from “severe abdominal pain”, Tottenham said.

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Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte is to have his gallbladder removed on Wednesday after suffering from “severe abdominal pain” earlier this morning.

The Italian could be absent for up to a couple of weeks following the surgery and his assistant Cristian Stellini is expected to take charge of Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Manchester City.

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“Antonio recently became unwell with severe abdominal pain,” a Spurs statement said. “Following a diagnosis of cholecystitis, he will be undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder today (Wednesday) and will return following a period of recuperation. Everyone at the club wishes him well.”

Conte will be determined to return as soon as possible but there is a chance that he will miss the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie away to Milan on February 14.

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Chukwueze Among LaLiga’s Prolific Players

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Villarreal forward, Samuel Chukwueze, has been listed among the top five prolific players in LaLiga since 2022

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Chukwueze is one of the five players in the Spanish topflight to have reached double figures for both goals and assists since 2022 in all competitions.

OptaJose, world leader in sports data, revealed this on their official Twitter handle.

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The Nigerian’s inclusion did not come as a surprise following his impressive performance, which was key to Villareal’s return to form after a poor start during the year.

The 23-year-old, a part of the squad that won the Europa League in 2021 after defeating Manchester United in the final, has been very influential for Villarreal this season, scoring eight goals and assisting seven across all competitions this season, and taking his total tally to 10 goals and 10 assists since January 2022 till date.

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Also on the list are Real Madrid’s Brazilian star Vinicius Jr and Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.

The Los Blancos forward tops the list having scored 21 goals and assisted 14, while Dembele occupies the second position with 10 goals and 18 assists.

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Jose Morales, who recently joined Villarreal from Levante, is third on the list with his 17 goals and 11 assists, with Madrid’s Rodrygo’s 15 goals and 12 assists placing him in fourth of the most prolific LaLiga players’ lists.

In 2022, Super Eagles forward Chukwueze made LaLiga Team of The Week for a record three times, a personal best for the Nigerian.

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So much is Chukwueze’s impressive form that the forward has grown to become one of the Yellow Submarines’ key men and has started in all of the club’s but one last 10 games.

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Transfer deadline: Mikel Arteta tells Arsenal two players to sign

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has told the club to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United and Brighton’s Moises Caicedo before 11 pm on Tuesday(today).

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The January transfer window ends today, and the Gunners are believed to be working hard to bolster their squad with at least two additions.

The Gunners keep the hope of signing the Ecuador international today despite their first two bids rejected by the Seagulls, who remain keen to keep the midfielder.

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Caicedo has made it clear to his club that he wants to leave, and his preference is to join Arsenal.

The Sun reports that Arteta also wants to sign Rice regardless of whether Arsenal succeeds in bringing in Caicedo today.

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