Pep Guardiola

West Ham & Newcastle fight for a Pep Guardiola cast off

West Ham vs Newcastle

As the final hours of the January transfer set in, West Ham and Newcastle United still have a lot of work to do.

The Hammers are ending the month with a ridiculous injury crisis. David Moyes is missing 13 first team players, most to injury.

As for Newcastle, those high hopes of a wonderful new year before Christmas have long dissipated.

Amanda Stavely’s takeover? Gone. New signings? Kenedy on loan from Chelsea doesn’t cut it.

Man City’s Eliaquim Mangala

With a little over 24 hours to go until the window shuts, West Ham and Newcastle are fighting for Man City’s Eliaquim Mangala.

Does anyone think panic is setting in at St James’ Park and the London Stadium?

Mangala has made nine Premier League appearances this season. But he’s only completed 90 minutes three times.

He’s now dropped further down the pecking order after Man City sign Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for 65 million pounds.

Despite the fact that Pep Guardiola claimed Mangala was likely to stay at City in his Tuesday presser, journalists are challenging that narrative.

It’s believed the centre-half will move to either West Ham or Newcastle.

Could West Ham have the advantage with the likes of Pablo Zabalta and Joe Hart already at the Hammers?

Man City vs West Brom

Premier League champions elect, Man City, return to league duty on Wednesday night.

West Brom are the visitors at the Etihad Stadium. Can Alan Pardew keep the Baggies’ recent upturn going against the Sky Blues?

West Brom have one defeat in their last seven matches, and they’ve won three of their last four.

They also have an in-form striker for arguably the first time this season as Jay Rodriguez has hit a purple patch.

Liverpool ended hopes City would end the season unbeaten a few weeks back. But since Pep Guardiola’s men have won three on the bounce.

Also see: Shocker for Leicester: Man City’s ‘large & late’ move for Riyad Mahrez.

Done Deal: Man City sign Aymeric Laporte.