fifa15guide | Transfer Talk: Arsenal plot swoop for Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron

Arsenal win their 9th game in a row and have been on scintillating form since their consecutive losses to Manchester City and Arsenal back in August.
Arsenal win their 9th game in a row and have been on scintillating form since their consecutive losses to Manchester City and Arsenal back in August.
Arsenal win their 9th game in a row and have been on scintillating form since their consecutive losses to Manchester City and Arsenal back in August.
ESPN FC’s Craig Burley thinks Arsenal still has room to improve, but for now Unai Emery has the team thriving with a clear plan of attack.
ESPN FC’s Craig Burley thinks Arsenal still has room to improve, but for now Unai Emery has the team thriving with a clear plan of attack.

The transfer window for all of Europe’s big five leagues is closed, but that doesn’t stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January.

Gunners target Paraguay striker Almiron

Arsenal’s attack is looking pretty formidable after their five-goal show at Fulham, but the Mirror reports that coach Unai Emery is poised to strengthen it further.

It says the Gunners boss “is set to land Paraguay striker Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United, for whom Almiron has scored 12 goals this year, in January.”

Almiron has previously said his “objective has always been to go to Europe” and hailed the Premier League for what he called its “beautiful and competitive style of soccer.”

Meanwhile, reports that Aaron Ramsey, whose fine goal illuminated the thumping win at Craven Cottage, could be replaced by Porto captain Hector Herrera are gathering pace.

Ramsey appears all but certain to move after contract talks broke down, and the Sun says that although the Gunners are lining up a move for Herrera, they could face competition from Real Madrid whose coach Julen Lopetegui worked with him in Portugal.

The Mexico international’s contract runs out next summer, meaning he could move for “a cut-price fee” after Christmas or negotiate a pre-contract agreement to move come the end of the season.

Hernandez could leave, but Hammers won’t add

West Ham’s recovery may have shuddered to a halt in Friday’s defeat at Brighton, but Football London reports that although manager Manuel Pellegrini has no plans to add new players he could lose a big-name striker.

A summer overhaul saw the Hammers add stars including Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko to their ranks, with the additions leading to speculation that players including forward Andy Carroll may be on their way.

But the report says “Mexico international Javier Hernandez could be a possible departure given his £120,000-a-week wages, although the likelihood of the Hammers recouping the £16 million they paid Bayer Leverkusen looks unlikely.”

It adds that Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio, Aaron Cresswell and Pedro Obiang are set to remain at the London Stadium “until at least the end of the season” despite being linked with moves.

Tap-ins

– Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, starring on loan at Rangers, has said he would be interested in a permanent move to the Scottish club, managed by Anfield legend Steven Gerrard.

The Sun reports that the 21-year-old would consider a full-time switch to Ibrox, with Gerrard having said he would like a permanent deal to be done.

– West Bromwich Albion will make a second attempt to sign Blackburn midfielder Bradley Dack when the window opens, the Birmingham Mail says.

Blackburn rebuffed Albion’s interest in former Gillingham player Dack in the summer, but the Baggies are “ready to return with an improved bid in January.”

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