Six West Ham players are jetting off to Qatar for the World Cup with their respective countries this week. Declan Rice (England), Alphonse Areola (France), Thilo Kehrer (Germany), Nayef Aguerd (Morocco), Nikola Vlasic (Croatia) and Lucas Paqueta (Brazil) have all linked up with their national teams following the Irons’ final match before the break.
Rice will feature in England’s first match against Iran on Monday and is likely to be named in Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up throughout the tournament. Perhaps one of the favourites to win the World Cup is Paqueta’s Brazil, with the 25-year-old being an ever present figure under Tite since making his international debut four years ago.
Those who aren’t playing in the World Cup will remain with West Ham for the six-week break and could feature in the winter friendly against Cambridge United on December 6. The team will then return to Premier League action as they take on Arsenal on Boxing Day.
Here are today’s transfer rumours...
LEEDS UTD 'SEND' SCOUTS TO MONITOR BORUSSIA DORTMUND ACE
Leeds United officials were in attendance at Borussia Dortmund's clash with Borussia Monchengladbach last week as they monitored Raphael Guerreiro. The Portugal star's contract in Germany expires in the summer. (90min)
MAGPIES 'FACE' EUROPEAN COMPETITION IN FULL-BACK PURSUIT
Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Leeds United defender Cody Drameh, who has made one Premier League appearance this season. However, Lille, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on the 20-year-old. (Fabrizio Romano)
WEST HAM 'CONSIDER' SURPRISE MOVE FOR BARCELONA VETERAN
West Ham are said to be targeting Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba in January after the Spaniard fell out of favour at the Camp Nou. The Irons will face a tough challenge luring him to the Premier League, with Alba believed to have no intention of leaving the club. (Fichajes)
EVERTON 'SUFFER' BLOW IN PURSUIT OF CHELSEA STARLET
Everton target Armando Broja is reportedly 'unlikely' to leave Chelsea in January after the Toffees failed to snap him up in the summer. Broja has featured 12 times in the Premier League this season. (Daily Mirror)
LIVERPOOL TO 'RIVAL' MAN CITY FOR SWISS STAR
Liverpool and Man City are reportedly one of a number of clubs considering a January move for RB Salzburg's Noah Okafor. The 22-year-old - who has ten goals this season - could be available for around €35-40m. (Florian Plettenberg)
ERLING HAALAND 'LINKED' WITH NON-LEAGUE SWITCH
Man City striker Erling Haaland has been the subject of a loan bid from non-league Ashton United. The Greater Manchester club have enquired about bringing the Norwegian in on a 28-day loan deal to keep him fit during the World Cup. (Ashton United FC)
CHELSEA 'SNUB' MAN UNITED ICON
Graham Potter has reportedly made it clear that he doesn't want to sign Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, despite Todd Boehly's relationship with his agent Jorge Mendes. The 37-year-old looks extremely likely to leave Old Trafford in January after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan. (Mail Online)
LEICESTER CITY 'FACE' COMPETITION FOR TIELEMANS REPLACEMENT
Leicester City are targeting FC Lorient midfielder Enzo Le Fee as a replacement for Youri Tielemans if he leaves the club, however they now face competition from OGC Nice for his signature. Lorient are said to be working on a new contract for the 22-year-old to put off interest elsewhere. (Le 10 Sport)