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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
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e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan 1:08 Wed Dec 16
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Paris St-Germain and Manchester City's hopes of signing Lionel Messi have been given a boost by Barcelona presidential candidate Emili Rousaud saying the Argentina forward's salary "is unsustainable" for the Spanish club beyond the end of his contract next summer. (AS - in Spanish)

PSG have told their club stores to be braced for the signing of Messi, 33, from Barcelona. (Football Transfers)

Rousaud wants to reunite Messi with Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar at the Spanish giants - but says Barca cannot afford to sign the 28-year-old before his contract expires in 2022. (AS - in Spanish)

Former Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta says the Premier League club is "the best place" for Messi if his former Argentina team-mate leaves Barca. (Stadium Astro, via Sun)

There is "a real possibility" Messi will leave Barca to join PSG next summer, with France forward Kylian Mbappe, 21, leaving the French champions for Real Madrid. (TalkSport)

West Brom are set to sack manager Slaven Bilic and replace him with former England boss Sam Allardyce. (TalkSport)

Bayern Munich are ready to hand attacking midfielder Jamal Musiala, 17, a new deal worth more than £100,000 a week amid mounting Premier League interest in the England U21 international. (Mail)

Mesut Ozil's agent says the German midfielder, 32, wants to stay at Arsenal and see out the final six months of his contract - despite the club wanting him to leave in January. (Tuttomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, 24, is not thinking about cutting short his season-long loan deal at Atletico Madrid and returning to the Gunners in January, according to the Uruguay international's agent. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are ready to negotiate a deal for Lyon's 22-year-old France winger Houssem Aouar, who was an Arsenal target last summer. (RMC Sport, via Sun)

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says England midfielder Harry Winks, 24, will not be allowed to leave the club on loan in January. (Mirror)

AC Milan and Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, who has been linked with Manchester United, is close to agreeing a new contract with the Serie A side. (Tuttosport, via Football Italia)

Former Barcelona target Memphis Depay, 26, is yet to make a decision about his future, with the Netherlands forward's Lyon contract expiring next summer. (Goal)

Leeds United are keeping tabs on Chelsea's England defender Fikayo Tomori, 22, with a view to a move for him in the January transfer window. (Football Insider)

Arsenal and Marseille are interested in signing Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira, 20, from Porto. (Record - in Portuguese)

Brighton striker Glenn Murray, 37, could end his season-long loan at Watford early having made just one league start with the Championship club. (Football Insider)

Stoke City and Reading have set their sights on signing Motherwell's 22-year-old Dutch winger Sherwin Seedorf. (Football Insider)

French clubs are facing a financial abyss after the collapse of Ligue 1's huge television deal. (Guardian)

The Professional Footballers' Association has taken action to prevent unwanted players being made to train alone or with youth players. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Evening Standard

West Ham have no intention of selling Issa Diop in January, says David Moyes

By Jack Rosser

David Moyes says he has no intention of selling West Ham’s Issa Diop next month, despite the player falling down the defensive pecking order.

Diop started the season at the heart of Moyes's defence but tested positive for coronavirus on the same night as his manager and former team-mate Josh Cullen.

In the Frenchman's absence, Fabian Balbuena stepped into the back three, with Diop unable to displace him since.

The 23-year-old, who has been of interest to Manchester United and Tottenham since joining the Hammers, was even left out of the matchday squad for the trip to Leeds on Friday night despite travelling up to Elland Road.

With money tight amid the coronavirus pandemic, Moyes may have been tempted to move the defender on in January in order to raise funds, but insists he has no plans to do so.

"I've got no intention in letting any players go," said Moyes. "Issa's one of the players we really like.

"He started in the team, he picked up the virus at the same time as I did. Fabian Balbuena has come in and played very well, you know that's what happens in football. But we've got no intention whatsoever letting Issa go. None."

West Ham come up against London rivals Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, preparing to deal with the Eagles' new star Eberechi Eze, who could well have been lining up in claret and blue this season.

Moyes was keen on a deal for the former QPR man over the summer, but was pipped to the signing by Roy Hodgson and Palace. The Hammers were unable to raise the funds in time, eventually landing Said Benrahma from Brentford on a loan deal which will become a £30million permanent move next year.

"I think the timing for Eze, we didn't have the finances at the time to go for Eze when that deal was becoming available," said Moyes.

"Things only changed for us late in the window as far as finances went really because we had other priorities, like we were trying to get a central defender in, we were looking at a full-back at the time as well. At that time we hadn't got a great deal of money to spend.

“That changed as the window went on, [Grady] Diangana left and it just freed up a little bit of money as we went on. But at the time, we just weren't there for Eze because we didn't have the financial capabilities to do that.”


Report: Slavia Prague striker linked

Slavia Prague president Jaroslav Tvrdík was quoted as saying by iSport.cz that a ‘top European club’ have already tabled a €10m bid for Sima.

Tvrdík refused to provide any details about the club who made the offer, but he stressed selling Sima in January is not on Slavia’s agenda.

West Ham has been linked to Slavia Prague striker who has scored 11 goals and made one assist in 17 appearances.

Soucek on Slavia Prague Striker Abdallah Sima: “From what I see, I have to say, I’m excited about him. His goals are very much similar to what I’ve been scoring. I’m glad that such a player was found, but it’s not just about that. He shows one-on-one qualities, finishing, just a typical winger,” Souček said about Sima.“I have to say that the guys or the media around West Ham know about him. I would only be happy if another player from Slavia came, but it is still far away. He’s still a young player and he has to prove it. But a lot of people know about him and notice him. Only good for him.” Translation by Sports Witness

West Ham has a very good relationship with Slavia Prague and Jarolsav having bought Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal from the Czech republic club.

This is Futbol

@EXWHUEmployee claims West Ham eyeing unnamed MK Dons academy player

West Ham United insider @ExWHUemployee has claimed that the Hammers are eyeing transfer swoops for two Milton Keynes Dons players.

During the summer transfer window, the Irons sealed the arrival of four players – two on loan and two on permanent deals (per Transfermarkt).

The two players which arrived on loan – Said Benrahma and Craig Dawson – both have clauses in their deals which could see the moves become permanent.

Despite the four additions over the summer, though, the Hammers’ first-team squad still looks a little thin in certain positions.

In the latest episode of The West Ham Way Podcast, @ExWHUemployee revealed that the Hammers were looking lower down the leagues for recruits and touted two MK Dons players.

He said: “We’ve been looking at a few players in the lower leagues, just scouting around, seeing if there’s any talent out there because, obviously, it’s worked well for us before.

“There [are] a couple of players at MK Dons that we’ve looked at.

“One is Matthew Sorinola, some interest there. He’s a full-back, meant to be the next best thing to come out of MK Dons since Dele Alli. So, quite high praise for him.

“We’ve looked at him and I’ve been told, there’s another player in their academy that we’ve looked at as well.”

TIF Thoughts on what @EXWHUemployee had to say about transfers…

As can be seen in what the in-the-know podcaster said, it seems that the Hammers are looking in the lower leagues for “talent” and two MK Dons players have caught their eye.

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brabrook 7:36 Wed Dec 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:53 Wed Dec 16

Alwaysaniron 3:45 Wed Dec 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Happy to have such a club as Slava Prague as our 'feeder'. They were once a real powerhouse in Europe. From what we've seen of their products so far this season, long may the relationship continue.

Long Lost 2:26 Wed Dec 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
And thanks Al

Long Lost 2:26 Wed Dec 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We have good relations with another team following transfers? That must be a first. Have we paid any instalments yet?

Thanks Alan 1:53 Wed Dec 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:16 Wed Dec 16

twoleftfeet 1:17 Wed Dec 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I have been banging on about Abdallah Sima for a while now.

6ft 3in, quick feet, good in the air and real pace. Only 19 as well! Would set the premier league alight.

ted fenton 1:16 Wed Dec 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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