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Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
25%
  
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
50%
  
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way
25%
  


Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan 1:11 Thu Jul 16
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BBC

Manchester City have been quoted £65m by Napoli for 29-year-old Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United and has previously been valued at £80m. (Mirror)

Manchester City have identified Inter Milan's Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 22, as a potential long-term replacement for compatriot Sergio Aguero, 32. (Sky Sports)

However, Martinez is close to sealing a move to Barcelona. (Marca)

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, is close to signing a new five-year contract with Manchester United, who could announce the deal at the end of the season. (Sun)

Bayern Munich are seeking 40m euros (£36.2m) for midfielder Thiago Alcantara, the 29-year-old Spain international linked with Liverpool. (Sport Bild, via Mirror)

Bayern are thought to have dropped out of contention for Chelsea target Kai Havertz, the 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder. (Sport Bild, via Mail)

Everton, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are expected to bid for Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha this summer, with Newcastle also keen on the 27-year-old. (Mail)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has told England keeper Jordan Pickford, 26, that "he has to improve". (Guardian)

Southampton are hoping to secure a £10m permanent deal for Tottenham's English defender Kyle Walker-Peters, 23, who has been on loan at Saints since January. (Sun)

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has refused to discuss the possibility of a swap deal between Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 24, who is keen on a move to Tottenham, and Walker-Peters. (Sky Sports)

Birmingham's 17-year-old English midfielder Jude Bellingham has agreed a £22.5m move to Borussia Dortmund. (Bild)

Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, 27, is reportedly set to snub interest from Arsenal and sign a new contract with Atletico Madrid, who have offered to double his salary and his buy-out clause. (GhanaSoccerNet, via Mail)

Pep Guardiola is open to bringing Aston Villa's Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz, 22, back to Manchester City when the window opens in July. (Birmingham Mail)

Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana, 32, who is leaving the champions on a free transfer this summer, is a target for Leicester, Burnley and Brighton. (Star)

Tottenham's English defender Danny Rose remains hopeful of making his loan at Newcastle into a permanent move, with reports in Italy linking the 30-year-old with Lazio, yet to be put to his representatives. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot, 21, who has failed to make the last nine league matchday squads, is ready to make his return to the Manchester United side if Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams are unavailable for Thursday's trip to Crystal Palace. (Manchester Evening News)

Championship side Middlesbrough are increasingly resigned to losing English right-back Djed Spence, 19, this summer as several Premier League clubs including Tottenham, West Ham and Brighton prepare to step up their interest. (ESPN)

Everton's 27-year-old Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Mo Besic will be made available for sale or loan this summer and is confident of a move to a top-flight club. (Liverpool Echo)

Portsmouth are eyeing a loan move for Brighton's English left-back Alex Cochrane, 20. (Argus)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is unsure if Mexico striker Raul Jimenez, 29, will miss any matches because of the impending birth of his first child. (Express and Star)








OS

Academy Spotlight: Xande Silva



A hugely popular product of the Academy of Football, meet Xande Silva - in his words.

From the footballing influence of his family to his love of goalscoring machine Adriano, striker Silva has featured in four Premier League matchday squads since the season restart - and knows he has to keep working hard moving forwards.

My Roots

The first team I played for was Futebol Clube de Alverca, my local team. I think I was six or seven years old when I joined them, then I played for a few other teams in Portugal.

My father has been my biggest footballing influence in my family because he used to play football professionally when he was younger. He was called Quinzinho and he played many times in the Portuguese top-flight, the Primeira Liga, and China, and for the Angola national team, too.

The main challenge as a young footballer is making the transition from youth teams to becoming a professional. It’s a difference in maturity – not everyone has that maturity.

Some people grow quickly, some people go slowly, and sometimes when you’re young and have been around young players, when you sign your first professional contract, it’s hard to play with the big fish!

Sometimes you want to play like you used to play with your friends, but it’s not the same thing because they are older players and have a different mentality.

My Inspirations

I’ve always been a forward or a striker. Sometimes, I used to play as a winger, but I’ve always been a striker. I really enjoy it.

My footballing idol growing up was the Brazilian striker, Adriano. He’s the kind of player I love: he’s strong, technically very good, quick, and scored a lot of goals. I used to love watching him at Parma and Inter Milan.

The games which I will always remember were my first one for Vitória Guimarães – my professional debut in Portugal against Benfica in 2017 – and my first goal for them, against Rio Ave FC in the same year.

My best friend in the squad is Mesaque Dju. I knew him from my time in Portugal and we played a lot against each other. He’s a good guy!

Olatunji Akinola works the hardest in training. There’s a few – everyone works hard – but for me, it’s probably Tunji! In terms of natural talent, I’d have to say Alfie Lewis.

The funniest person in the Under-23s is an easy one: me! I’m always playing jokes, always having fun with everyone, even when we’re training I’m always laughing with everyone. I like to know everyone’s feeling happy, and feeling comfortable and good.

Who takes longest to get ready after a game? Another easy one: me! It’s definitely me.

FIFA, Films & Food

When I play FIFA, I always play as Napoli. They’ve got fast players up front and a strong midfield as well. I’m always attacking and I’m always winning so I need fast players - players who know how to shoot, so Napoli’s the best team for me!

I don’t know who the best player is in the squad – I’ve not really played with anyone.

In terms of other video games, I only really play FIFA. I used to play Spiderman, and some card games, but now only really FIFA.

My favourite TV series? There are a lot, but I think it’s How to Get Away with Murder. Altogether one of my favourites, it’s sick. My favourite film has to be Focus, with Will Smith and Margot Robbie. It’s a great film.

My favourite food is from my country, Angola: funge. It’s African food, similar to fufu – a type of cassava flour porridge.

I like to eat at home, I’m not the kind of guy who always likes to go out for lunch or dinner, but I like Novikov restaurant – it’s in central London. The owner is Portuguese, so I like to go there when I do go out.





Football Insider

West Ham set sights on signing player Rangers expect to quit Ibrox

West Ham have reignited their interest in Rangers star man Alfredo Morelos, Football Insider understands.

The Londoners are ready to battle Everton and leading European clubs for the signature of the 24-year-old striker this summer.

A Hammers source has told Football Insider the club are in the market for a new centre-forward this summer as the likelihood grows they will remain in the Premier League.

Morelos is among their targets following three prolific seasons in Glasgow that have placed him on the radar of plenty of elite clubs.

Manager David Moyes wants an orthodox forward to complement current first choice spearhead Michail Antonio and record signing Sebastien Haller.

Light Blues sources have told Football Insider the club hierarchy recognise they face an uphill battle to keep hold of Morelos this summer.

He is keen to play in a major European league and is set to quit Ibrox if his asking price is met.

That was around the £20million mark earlier this year but it has dropped to around £12m following the pandemic.

Morelos has an outstanding scoring record at Rangers of 77 goals from 137 appearances and was electrifying in the first half of 2019-20 before his form nosedived after the winter break.

Morelos has three years remaining on his Ibrox contract.





Mail

West Ham approach Wigan over defender Cedric Kipre after his eye-catching displays in the Championship as teams ramp up interest in Lactics stars after falling into administration

West Ham have made an enquiry for Wigan's French defender Cedric Kipre
The 23-year-old has caught the eye in the second tier for the Lactics this season
Watford are also interested in the player alongside club in Germany
Wigan could have plenty of bids for their stars after falling into administration

By ADRIAN KAJUMBA FOR MAILONLINE

West ham have enquired about defender Cedric Kipre as interest mounts in a number of Wigan players following their fall into administration.

Watford are also monitoring centre-back Kipre along with clubs in Germany.

The 23 year-old has been a regular for Paul Cook's side and put himself back in contention for a return to the Premier League following his eye-catching displays for Wigan.


West Ham are interested in Wigan star Cedric Kipre and have made enquiries for his services

Kipre left Leicester in 2017, joined Scottish side Motherwell following a successful trial but was snapped up by Wigan just a year later.

Wigan have a 12-point deduction hanging over them after falling into administration and are facing a battle to hang onto their better players despite hopes they can avoid a fire sale.

Top-scorer Kieffer Moore is wanted by Preston. Winger Jamal Lowe is also attracting big interest from Celtic, Millwall and Cardiff.

Left-back Antonee Robinson, who saw a move to AC Milan collapse on deadline day, and midfielder Joe Williams are wanted men too.

As reported by Sportsmail, Tottenham are interested in 15 year-old midfielder Alfie Devine and 18 year-olds, forward Joe Geldhart and midfielder Jensen Weir.

Brighton, though, are set to land Weir whose dad, former Everton and Scotland defender David, is the Seagulls' loan manager, for around £500,000.






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Mex Martillo 4:11 Thu Jul 16
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Thanks Alan 1:31 Thu Jul 16

blueeyed.handsomeman 3:45 Thu Jul 16
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THanks Alan, 01;31, thursday 16th july, 2020

Texas Iron 2:50 Thu Jul 16
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Cheers...

Thanks Alan 1:31 Thu Jul 16
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bill green 1:15 Thu Jul 16

bill green 1:15 Thu Jul 16
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ted fenton 1:12 Thu Jul 16

ted fenton 1:12 Thu Jul 16
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Thanks Alan.





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