Premier League club West Ham United have agreed on a fee for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastian Haller.
The agreement was confirmed by the German Bundesliga club earlier on Tuesday.
Eintracht Frankfurt also confirmed that the player is on his way for his medical with the Hammers.
The London giants agreed on a £40m deal for the French striker.
Sebastian Haller was previously linked with a move to three-time European champions Manchester United as a possible replacement for striker Romelu Lukaku.
Belgian international Lukaku is said to be closing in on a move to Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan after agreeing to personal terms with the San Siro outfit.
Manchester United will have to look for a replacement for Lukaku elsewhere with the Hammers close to solving their striking problems with the signing of Sebastian Haller.
West Ham United have tried to sign many striking targets this season especially Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez.
The Hammers were unable to get the Maxi Gomez deal over the line.
Sebastian Haller will be the direct replacement for Marko Arnautovic at West Ham after the Austrian international sealed a £23m deal to China earlier this summer.
He scored 20 goals and also provided 12 assists for Eintracht Frankfurt in all competitions last season.
‘Tough’ January Market Won’t Stop Manchester United From Signing This Player
Though Manchester United have reportedly described the winter transfer market a tough period to get new players, the Red Devils are very much keen on signing one or two players, especially a striker.
British media outlet Manchester Evening News claimed that the Red Devils are uncertain over their chances of signing new players in January because top European clubs won’t be ready to release their players mid-way into the season.
Notwithstanding, the Premier League giants believe they are going all-out to complete the signing of one striker due to the unfavorable situation at Old Trafford.
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The Red Devils have not been scoring goals since the start of this season and the board members have reportedly promised to get a new striker who will help solve Solskjaer’s problems at the final half of the pitch.
A deal for Mario Mandzukic’s services appeared to be done and dusted but waiting for an official announcement in January, that’s if reports making headline across England are something to rely on.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils are also set to make official bids for Borussia Dortmund’s winger Jadon Sancho and Leicester City’s attacking midfielder James Maddison.
It is, however, unknown if both clubs would risk losing the two influential players in the middle of the season.
Why Man Utd Failed To Sign Teen Sensation
Premier League giants Manchester United were one of the clubs keen to sign Portuguese international Joao Felix before he left Benfica to join Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in the ‘summer.
Other clubs like Liverpool, Manchester City, and Real Madrid were also credited with an interest in the player who came through the ranks at Portuguese champions Benfica.
According to The Athletic, Manchester United passed up the opportunity to sign Joao Felix this summer.
It was revealed that the young Atletico Madrid attacker could have been a Manchester United player if not for the doubts over his ability to cope with the physicality associated with the Premier League.
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Manchester United made just three signings in the summer with two coming in defence.
The only attacking signing made in the summer was that of Daniel James who signed for Manchester United from the English Championship side Swansea City.
Manchester United paid an initial fee of 15 million pounds to sign the Welsh international winger.
Apart from Daniel James, Manchester United also signed Harry Maguire in a deal that made him the world’s most expensive defender at 80 million pounds.
Harry Maguire signed from Leicester City alongside Aaron Wan-Bissaka who joined from Crystal Palace.
Again! Arsenal Handed Major Injury Boost Ahead Of Sheffield United Clash
Arsenal play newly promoted team Sheffield United in one of the week nine games in the Premier League this weekend and they could have one of their best players in the squad for the game.
Ahead of the Sheffield United game, the Gunners are expected to welcome back Alexandre Lacazette back into their squad after a long injury layoff.
French international Alexandre Lacazette has been out of action for the last one month with his last appearance coming in the North London Derby just before the international break last month.
He was one of the goalscorers for Arsenal as they came from two goals down to play out a 2-2 draw at home against Tottenham Hotspur in that North London Derby.
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Lacazette suffered an ankle injury during that game against Spurs.
He scored two goals in two Premier League starts before that injury.
Arsenal travel to Yorkshire to take on the Blades with the aim to close the gap in the top two on the table namely Liverpool and Manchester City.
The Gunners trail league leaders Liverpool by eight points and champions Manchester City by a solitary point ahead of the weekend’s games.
Liverpool are away to Manchester United, while Premier League champions Manchester City will be guests of Crystal Palace.
Why Solskjaer Wasn’t Interested In 15-goal Poacher
Manchester United were said to be in contention for Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix in the summer but Solskjaer surprisingly pulled out of the race to sign him.
Solskjaer’s reasons for taking such a decision were unclear to many until The Athletic reported this morning that the manager took such step because of the youngster’s lack of physical presence.
The Athletic revealed that the Norwegian boss wasn’t convinced with Felix’s physical appearances and he doubted if he can cope with the league’s physical-demanding nature.
His decision to pull out of the race gave Spanish side Atletico Madrid the chance to lure the 19-year-old to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in in the summer.
It was reported that Diego Simeone’s side paid a huge £113m to Benfica before they finally sealed a deal for the Portuguese star who scored 15 goals and nine assists last season.
As much as United’s decision to end interest in the player has a concrete reason, they ought to have competed for the player due to his overall potentials and his goalscoring prowess.
Since his switch to Atletico Madrid, Joao Felix has scored three goals and one assist. He definitely has a great future ahead of him, and United won’t hesitate to reignite interest in him when the opportunity arises again.
188-goal Poacher Set To Discuss Man United Offer
Manchester United have reportedly reached a £10m deal with Juventus for Mandzukic’s services in January but the player is set to discuss his future with the Serie A side.
According to The Mirror, Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici will meet with the Croatian striker in coming days to discuss United’s offer and his plans for the next transfer window.
The Sporting Director revealed that the 33-year-old was close to joining a Qatari club in the summer window but they failed to reach an agreement before the end of the transaction period.
“With Mandzukic, we chose a quiet time for him to leave but a move to Qatar [in the summer] did not materialise so he stayed with us. Now we will talk to him and see what happens in January.” he said.
Since the start of the season, the former Atletico and Bayern Munich striker hasn’t featured for Maurizio Sarri’s men as he is behind Ronaldo and Higuain in the pecking order.
Should he join United in January, Mandzukic will become the third oldest player under Solskjaer’s tutelage behind Lee Grant and Ashley Young.
He has scored 188 combined goals for all the clubs he has played for, and he could be the best short-term solution to United’s goalscoring problems.
Why Did Tottenham Contact Jose Mourinho?
North London giants Tottenham Hotspur have made contact with former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho over their managerial position.
This is according to the Daily Mail which said that the Premier League side has sounded out Jose Mourinho about the managerial job despite the fact that Mauricio Pochettino is still the manager.
Mauricio Pochettino is not under pressure to lose his managerial job at Tottenham Hotspur despite the average start to this season but the club has lined up possible replacements for him if the Argentine tactician quits the post amidst the numerous transfer rumours linking him with the Manchester United job.
Mauricio Pochettino has seen his Tottenham Hotspur team crash out of the Carabao Cup this season at the third round stage to English League Two team Colchester United.
Spurs were beaten on penalties by the fourth tier side after the two teams played out a goalless draw.
The North London club is in midtable on the Premier League log at the moment after just 11 points from the first eight games.
Tottenham Hotspur have already lost three times in the Premier League this term and they are currently three points away from the top four places at the moment.
Michael Owen Predicts Outcome For Man Utd Vs Liverpool Clash
Premier League legend Michael Owen has made his prediction for the league game between two of his former clubs this weekend.
Michael Owen played for five clubs throughout his illustrious career including four Premier League sides.
The ex-England international striker played for both Manchester United and Liverpool during his football career though it must be pointed out that he spent the majority of his playing career with the latter.
Michael Owen predicted the outcome as the two clubs meet in the Premier League this weekend in what’s a week nine encounter billed to take place at the Theatre of Dreams.
According to him via BetVictor, visitors Liverpool will have too much firepower for Manchester United.
Michael Owen has tipped Liverpool to pick up the three points at stake thereby continuing their perfect start to the season.
Liverpool have won all their eight league games this season and they could make it nine in a row at the start of the current Premier League campaign when they travel the short distance to face Manchester United.
The Reds can also equal the record for the number of wins in the history of the Premier League when they face Manchester United.
A win will equal the record of Manchester City with 18 victories.
Allegri Reveals Juventus Players He’ll Sign For Man Utd
Former Juventus and AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed the players that he’ll sign for Manchester United if he takes charge of the team.
Allegri has been seriously linked with the managerial job at Premier League club Manchester United in the past few days.
According to the latest report credited to Italian news outlet Tuttosport, Manchester United have opened talks with the Italian tactician about taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who’s under pressure after a poor start to the current Premier League season.
It was revealed that Manchester United have offered Allegri 6.5 million pounds yearly salary for him to take the managerial job at Old Trafford.
The aforementioned publication also said that former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra will be a part of his backroom staff at the Theatre of Dreams.
Retired French international left-back Evra was at Manchester United before he left the club to play for Juventus under the guidance of Maximiliano Allegri.
He has not been without a managerial job since his resignation as the Juventus manager this summer.
Apart from the Manchester United job, the Italian has also been linked with Spanish champions Barcelona.
The Daily Mail claimed that he will sign former players at Juventus, Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic, for Manchester United when he becomes their manager.