Latest West Ham News 1 As a result, the club’s co-chairman David Sullivan has now decided to purse Yarmolenko instead, according to DiMarzio.The Ukrainian finally left Dynamo Kiev after nine years in 2017 and spent last season at Dortmund, enlisted as a replacement for Ousmane Dembele.However, he made just 13 starts and five substitute appearances in the 17/18 Bundesliga, notching only three goals. West Ham have reportedly made a €20m (£17.5m) bid for Borussia Dortmund forward Andriy Yarmolenko.The news comes a day after it emerged that Chelsea were looking to hijack the Hammers’ move for another top target, Felipe Anderson. sad day REVEALED REVEALED ANALYSIS How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Alternative Premier League table based on expected goals – lucky Spurs? smart causal BIG PRESENTS UP TOP possible standings revealed Yarmolenko’s first season at Dortmund was far from perfect Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won targets Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January gameday cracker
JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s new centrist party on Monday declared Palestinian statehood as a central goal, and Israel signaled it would drop a threat to ban Jerusalem’s Palestinians from voting in their parliamentary election. The signs of a moderate line for present and future political moves were tempered, however, by an announcement of new Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank. The latest building, disclosed in newspaper ads published Monday seeking bids from contractors, would violate Israel’s commitments under the U.S.-backed road map peace plan. The plans include 228 homes in the settlements of Beitar Illit and Efrat – both near Jerusalem. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Sharon aide Raanan Gissin said plans for the latest construction began more than five years ago. He said the construction would be in settlements that Israel plans to retain after a final peace settlement with the Palestinians. “These are the large settlement blocs; they will be strengthened,” he said. The road map calls for a freeze on all settlement construction in the West Bank, which the Palestinians claim as part of a future state. Since accepting the plan in June 2003, Israel has continued to expand settlements. The Palestinians also have not carried out their initial road map obligation to disarm militant groups. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the expansion and urged the U.S. to intervene. U.S. Embassy spokesmen in Israel were not available for comment. The settlement plans came as Sharon’s new political party, Kadima, signaled it is ready to hand over more West Bank territory to the Palestinians and work toward an independent Palestinian state after Israeli elections March 28. Opinion polls forecast a strong victory by Sharon’s bloc. On Monday, doctors disclosed that Sharon, 77, will have to undergo a procedure to close a tiny hole in his heart. The announcement that the defect led to the mild stroke he suffered Dec. 18 drew further attention in the election campaign to Sharon’s health. Sharon left the hard-line Likud Party last month to form Kadima, saying he would have more freedom to negotiate a peace deal. Many Likud members remain furious with Sharon over his withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank in September. A draft of Kadima’s election platform published Monday called for conceding more land to the Palestinians as part of peace talks culminating in a Palestinian state. The talks would be based on the road map, which endorses a Palestinian state but says its borders must be reached through negotiations. “The basic tenet of the peace process is two national states,” says the platform. Party spokesman Lior Chorev said the draft, detailed in the daily newspaper Maariv, was to be approved by next week. Also Monday, Israeli officials said the government may drop its opposition to allowing Palestinian residents of Jerusalem to vote in next month’s Palestinian elections. Israel threatened last week to bar voting in east Jerusalem since the Islamic group Hamas is participating, a warning that infuriated the Palestinians and led to threats to cancel the election and blame Israel. Control of Jerusalem is one of the central disputes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!