West Ham: Move for Chelsea 'keeper; Payet going nowhere; battle for forward

After Adrian’s inconsistent and disappointing start to the campaign, the Sun report that the club may be considering a move for Chelsea’s second choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as he grows frustrated by the lack of opportunities for first team football at Stamford Bridge behind Thibaut Courtois.

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The former Stoke goalkeeper has proven Premier League quality and would likely be a slight upgrade on Adrian given his recent form. However, it would be harsh on the Spaniard to look for a replacement already despite his superb form last season.

After Dimitri Payet scored once and assisted the other goal in a 2-1 win for France over Sweden on Friday night, speculation linking him with a move to Paris Saint-Germain re-surfaced but sources close to the club have told the Daily Mail that the 29-year-old is going nowhere.

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With five years left on his £125,000 per week contract which he signed in February, the club have a strong negotiating position and are reportedly refusing to be pushovers should an approach be made by any club, including PSG, much to the delight of fans who see Payet as a real fan favourite.

The club will likely be busy in the January transfer window though, with the Express claiming that they will face a battle with Everton in the race to sign Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini with there being a possibility that Simone Zaza could be used as a makeweight in negotiations as the Hammers look to add to their forward line.

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The 24-year-old has scored twice in 12 appearances in Serie A and the Champions League so far this season but is highly rated by many in Italian football despite falling out of favour on the international scene towards the end of Antonio Conte’s reign in charge of Italy and not returning since.

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