Del Nido: Sevilla have rejected a €16m bid for Negredo

Jose Maria Del Nido - Sevilla

Jose Maria Del Nido – Sevilla

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido says his club have rejected a €16 million bid for striker Alvaro Negredo, claiming that they do not have to offload players because of financial constraints.

The Spain international has reportedly been the subject of interest from England, but the club supremo says he has no reason to sell the player.

“We are not obliged to sell players,” the 55-year-old was quoted as saying by AS. “[Our] concern regards those who engage in disinformation.

“We will not sell Negredo, [Ivan] Rakitic or [Jose Antonio] Reyes. We have had offers for seven players in the first team. The seven were rejected. We rejected €16m [for Negredo] but we will not publicise it.

“There is no need to sell … We have reached agreements with the treasury. Every six months we have reached
agreement with the Agencia Tributaria [State Tax Administration Agency] to defer payments.

“We are among the five clubs with the least need for the tax deferral. The Agencia Tributaria told me that. We have already said that we do not have to sell in January or June.”

Wenger expecting 'very calm' transfer window

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the January transfer window will be a quieter period than normal.

Whilst the Frenchman has declared an interest of bolstering his Arsenal squad before the window shuts at the end of the month, he believes business will be done between clubs in England as it will be more difficult to buy from abroad.

“[I’m expecting it to be] very calm because, first of all, I believe there is little money and what can happen is basically a transfer market within the English clubs,” Wenger told reporters.

“That is more difficult than with the foreign clubs. Overall, I believe that not a lot will happen.

“That [the economic situation] could [affect movement], because the clubs have to look at the finances. What make the clubs are the fans and what makes the fans is the economy. On that front, nobody is really sure what will happen in 2013.

“A lot [of players are] over 30. Of course, they are all great players. They have proven that.

“It shows that the market will be more difficult for the players because the fact that you have so many top-quality players available means that [the clubs] are cautious as well.”

Chamakh closes in on loan switch to West Ham

By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Marouane Chamakh is set to complete a loan move to West Ham by the end of the week, understands.

The Arsenal outcast trained at the Gunners’ London Colney training base on Friday morning but is on the verge of joining the Hammers on loan until the end of the season.

As revealed by last month, West Ham and Arsenal have been in discussions since Arsene Wenger sanctioned the departure of the forward to free up space in the Gunners’ squad and on the wage bill.

Arsenal had hoped to off-load the the Moroccan permanently but will instead subsidise the Upton Park transfer by paying some of his wages.

The 28-year-old will become West Ham’s third signing of the window after the east Londoners completed the permanent transfer of Joe Cole from Liverpool on a free and young Irish striker Sean Maguire.

Manager Sam Allardyce has targeted Chamakh as he attempts to strengthen his attacking options.

Chamakh has slipped alarmingly down the Arsenal pecking order following a reasonably encouraging debut season after moving on a free transfer from Bordeaux in the summer of 2010.

Speaking on talkSPORT on Friday morning, Allardyce signalled his intent to capture Chamakh even though he has not been signed in time to play in Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United.

“If I cast my mind back to what did at Bordeaux, he produced some good goalscoring performances and won the league under Laurent Blanc and got them into the Champions League,” said Allardyce.

Chamakh’s exit will pave the way for Arsenal to sign a new centre-forward this month, with Barcelona’s David Villa and Atletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez the two prime targets.

Chamakh has not played a single minute of Premier League football this season, with his only involvement being in the Capital One Cup and in the Champions League when Arsenal had already qualified for the knockout stages.

His last game for the club is likely to have been in the dismal Capital One Cup exit at Bradford City, when he missed a penalty in the shoot-out.

Arsenal will also listen to offers for Andrey Arshavin, Andre Santos, Johan Djourou, Sebastien Squillaci and Emmanuel Frimpong in the January window.

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Lambert admits Aston Villa's interest in out-of-favour Lescott

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hailed Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott and refused to rule out making an approach for the player.

The England international, a lifelong Villa fan, has been strongly linked with a move away from the Premier League champions before the end of the transfer window after slipping down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.

“He has been a top player and still is,” Lambert told reporters. “He’s a top, top player. He’s not getting a game at Manchester City at the minute.

“As I’ve said before, I will sit with the rest of the staff and see what I can do. But I don’t think you can ever dismiss it [at] any level whenever you are talking about a top player.”

Lambert insisted, however, that his club would not be tempted into panic buying during the January transfer window, after an alarming slump of form in the Premier League saw them lose 8-0, 4-0 and 3-0 over the festive period.

“There are names we’re trying to do,” said the 43-year-old. “I think everyone has said it’s a really tough window in January.

“We won’t just get people in for the sake of getting them in – there is ridiculous money and that sort of thing. That’s not something I’ll do but there’s one or two that we will try to [sign].

“People go on about age and all that. If players want to do it and are hungry then we’re open to that. I’ll just see, I’ll wait and see.”

The former Norwich and Colchester boss also stressed that his relationship with Villa owner Randy Lerner remained strong despite their club’s recent poor run.

“I speak to the chairman all the time,” Lambert said. “I speak to him every week really. There’s never a problem.

“He’s been great, he really has. He said himself that this was always going to be a really tough year because of the transition.”

Inter set sights on Atalanta ace Ezequiel Schelotto

By Elia Raimondo

Ezequiel Schelotto has attracted the interest of Inter with his good performances for Atalanta, understands.

The Giuseppe Meazza side are keen to add a right-sided midfielder to their squad as they prepare to part company with Jonathan, and they see the 23-year-old Schelotto as the ideal signing.

Inter are looking to acquire 50 per cent of the player’s rights this winter, however, Atalanta prefer different conditions as the Bergamo side are willing to part company with Schelotto on a full-ownership deal in January for a fee of €7.5 million.

The winger – who was born in Argentina, but has represented Italy at international level – joined Atalanta in the summer of 2010 and has since developed into an important first team member.

Meanwhile, Inter have also shown an interest in Italy Under-21 international Riccardo Saponara, currently co-owned by Empoli and Parma.

The young attacker has impressed in Serie B this term, but Empoli are ready to cash in on the forward in order to solve their dire financial situation, and an offer in the region of €2,5m could be enough to purchase Empoli’s half of Saponara’s rights.