Hammers join Premier League pair in chase for French forward

The Lens striker Toifilou Maoulida could join the Upton Park revolution after hinting he could be on the verge of leaving the French side. The 30-year-old, who has also been linked with Stoke and Wigan, has been confined to the substitutes' bench for most of the campaign. "I'm waiting to see," he said. "If an English club give me this opportunity, then why not? The English league has always interested me. It's 50/50 at the moment."

Rasmussen excited by 'dream move' as £1.8m Bhoys switch nears completion

Brondby striker Thomas Rasmussen is expected to complete a "dream" move to Celtic today, with the Scottish side understood to have agreed a fee of around £1.8m for the midfielder. The 24-year-old Denmark international, who has been in Thailand on duty with a Danish league select team, is keen to agree personal terms with the Glasgow club. "This is a dream I have had for a long time," the versatile player, who can play at left-back or left-wing, said. "It is a step up for me, if it becomes a reality. I expect a clarification on Monday. I have not negotiated personal things, but if the other things go in order, then I guess this will. And I would really want it to go in order."

Long shots

Fulham may step in with a loan move for Stoke striker James Beattie after a proposed move to Wolves hit complications. Blackburn forward Jason Roberts could make an emotional return to Wigan, while the veteran Latics goalkeeper Mike Pollitt is interesting Aston Villa. Manchester United are lining up Giorgio Chiellini as a replacement for the Real Madrid-bound Nemanja Vidic. A hold-up in the move for Portsmouth's Mike Williamson could force Newcastle to turn their attentions to Birmingham centre-back Martin Taylor. Chelsea are readying a £5m bid for Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson, while the Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp, will turn his attentions to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after missing out on his Dutch colleague Ruud van Nistelrooy. Redknapp could also offer out-of-sorts striker Robbie Keane in a bid to prise Carlton Cole from West Ham United.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people
Life and Style
President Obama, one of the more enthusiastic users of the fist bump
science
Arts and Entertainment
Peter Griffin holds forth in The Simpsons Family Guy crossover episode
tv
Life and Style
Upright, everything’s all right (to a point): remaining on one’s feet has its health benefits – though in moderation
HealthIf sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
News
Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders were pictured embracing in 2012
people
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried