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West Ham lining up shock January move for Chelsea star Olivier Giroud

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West Ham United are reportedly considering making a bid for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in January.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini sought to bolster the Hammers’ front line in the summer with the acquisitions of Andrey Yarmalenko and Filipe Anderson but, if the report by The Mirror is correct, he is seeking further reinforcements.

Giroud moved to Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal back in January for £18 million and has scored 5 goals in 26 appearances for them. He also played a central role for France as they won the World Cup in Russia in the summer.

While Giroud initially struggled to nail down a starting place in Chelsea’s side, he has played more regularly this season as a foil to the in-form Eden Hazard.

However, the 32-year-old has less than a year left on his deal at the Blues, and there has been no word yet if they plan to offer him a new deal. This leaves the door open for a club to come in for him in a potentially cut-price deal.

While Chelsea paid £18 million for Giroud in January, they would be unlikely to get anything near that due to the remaining length of his contract and the fact that a club could sign him for free if they wait until the summer.

West Ham’s interest in Giroud also calls into question Andy Carroll’s future at the club. He is also out of contract at the end of the season and while the Hammers have an option to extend his deal by another two years, they have yet to take that up. Given his injury record in recent years, their reticence to do so thus far is understandable.

If Giroud were to arrive, then in all likelihood Carroll would have to find a new club in the summer.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham in chase for Genoa star Krzysztof Piatek

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Premier League title chasers Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are among a raft of clubs considering bidding for Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek in January.

Piatek has made an explosive start to his Serie A career, scoring in all 7 of Genoa’s matches this season – he’s scored 9 goals in all. In addition, he bagged his first international goal for Poland against Portugal on Thursday, although his side went down 3-2.

It is the highlight of a remarkable rise for the 23-year-old, who was playing his trade for CS Cracovia in the Polish league this time last year.

Inevitably, Piatek has caught the attention of Europe’s big clubs. Football.London has reported that Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs are all interested. The latter two are both known to be looking for a striker in January.

Meanwhile Napoli have reportedly made a €25 million bid for Piatek, which has been rejected by his club.

Indeed, it seems Genoa are determined to hold onto their new star. Director Giorgio Perinetti said they would “absolutely exclude” him leaving and are thought to have slapped a €60 million price tag on his head.

Whether that puts off Piatek’s potential suitors remains to be seen.

Atletico Madrid consider January move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas

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Spanish side Atletico Madrid are considering making a move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas in January, according to reports. 

Atletico are monitoring the 31-year-old’s situation as he will have just 6 months left on his contract come January and will be able to sign a pre-contract with other sides or could be available for a discount price.

Fabregas has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea under new manager Maurizio Sarri, and is seen as back-up to Jorginho.

If this situation continues, it is thought Fabregas may move on in order to get a regular starting place.

The Mirror reported on Atletico’s apparent interest and AC Milan have also been mooted as a potential destination for the Spanish international.

However, Fabregas himself has said he is enjoying working under Sarri and would love to stay at the club. “I feel I still have a lot of football left in me but now it is up to the club,” he said.

Real Madrid move a “dream” says Chelsea star Eden Hazard

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Eden Hazard has revealed that it has been his dream to play for Real Madrid since he was a child, fuelling speculation that he may join the club. 

Hazard has been in sparkling form for Chelsea this season, having been linked with a move to Madrid in the summer.

The Belgian forward has previously spoken about potentially leaving Chelsea – where he has been for 6 years – especially if they were to miss out on Champions League qualification again.

Hazard has 2 years left on his current contract, but said he sometimes thinks about leaving Stamford Bridge. “Sometimes in my head I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future.

“Real Madrid are the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today. It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club.

“We will see. I don’t want to talk about this every day, I don’t have time. But we will talk about my future soon.”

Hazard also added that Chelsea have “given him everything” over the years and wants any move to be right for him and the club.

Should Hazard move, he could cost a world record fee. At 27, he is at the peak of his playing career and has already scored 7 goals this season.

Whether Real bosses put together another bid remains to be seen. However, Hazard would be the sort of marquee signing that the club have been looking for.

Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry announces retirement

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Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry has announced his retirement from playing.

In a post on Instagram, Terry, 37, said: “After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided that now is the right time for me to retire from playing.”

Terry played for Aston Villa in the Championship last season, but left after they failed to gain promotion. He had been without a club since then, and turned down an offer last month to play for Spartak Moscow.

The central defender spent all but one season of his career at Chelsea. He made his debut for the Blues as a 17-year-old against Aston Villa in a League Cup tie in 1998.

He went on to make more than 700 appearances for Chelsea. During his time at Stamford Bridge, Terry won 5 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 5 League Cups and the Champions League.

He also made 78 appearances for England, captaining the side on numerous occasions.

In his farewell statement, Terry said: “As a 14-year-old, I made my best and biggest decision: to sign for Chelsea Football Club. Words will never be enough to show how much everyone at the club means to me, in particular the fans.

“Right from the outset they have given me total support, on and off the pitch, and I have a tremendous bond with them.

“We achieved so many great memories together and I couldn’t have succeeded without you. To me, you are the best fans in the world. I hope I have done you all proud wearing the shirt and the armband.

“My club career and heart will always belong to Chelsea, but I am grateful for my loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 1999, which was invaluable for my development as a young player.

“And I also want to say a huge thank you to Aston Villa for giving me the opportunity to play at such a big club and captain it throughout the 2017-18 season.

“It was a privilege to represent such a renowned football club with great fans.

“I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges ahead.”

Terry is rumoured to be going into coaching, wit some reports linking him with a role at Aston Villa, if Thierry Henry takes over as manager.