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Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham

Alan 1:05 Thu May 25
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are willing to pay £55m for Chelsea's England midfielder Mason Mount and are aiming to beat Liverpool and Arsenal to the 24-year-old's signature. (Mail)

Mount will discuss his Chelsea future in a meeting with the club's hierarchy next week. (90min)

Mount is leaning towards Manchester United if Chelsea decide to sell. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Gareth Southgate says Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, 30, and 27-year-old Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips' lack of game time is "concerning" as the England manager called the pair up for the upcoming Euro qualifiers. (Guardian)

Aston Villa are leading the race to sign Leicester City's 25-year-old English winger Harvey Barnes. (Independent)

West Ham are also interested in Barnes, as well as Leeds United's English winger Jack Harrison, 26. (Sun)

The Hammers are likely to keep David Moyes as their manager and intend to back him by also targeting Fulham's Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha, 27, as a potential replacement for England midfielder Declan Rice, 24. (Guardian)

Arsenal plan to sell as many as 14 first-team players to fund eight new signings in major summer rebuild - with the club's record signing, 27-year-old Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, among those set to leave. (Football.London)

Mikel Arteta is willing to let England midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, 22, leave the Emirates to make room for Leicester and England midfielder James Maddison, 26. (Mirror)

The Gunners are also interested in adding Torino and Paraguay forward Antonio Sanabria, 26, in a deal worth £21.6m. (La Repubblica via Mail)

Manchester United have been told they must pay £140m if they want to sign Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 24, this summer after agreeing a deal for his club team-mate and South Korea defender Kim Min-jae, 26. (Il Mattino via Mirror)

Napoli are desperately trying to convince Kim to sign a new contract before a release clause comes into effect this summer. (90min)

However, Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 29, still remains Manchester United's first-choice striker option and the club will move early in the window in attempt to make negotiations smoother. (Guardian)

Aston Villa want to secure the long-term futures of England striker Ollie Watkins, 27, and Scotland midfielder John McGinn, 28, with new contracts before the transfer window opens. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Inter Milan and Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, 30, says he knew the Italian side would try to sign him if his move to Chelsea did not work out. (Mail)

Feyenoord are resigned to losing manager Arne Slot to Tottenham. (Football Insider)

Real Betis may return to their long-standing interest in Leeds United's Spanish midfielder Marc Roca, 26, if the Yorkshire club are relegated from the Premier League. (Estadio Deportivo)

Arsenal have offered England midfielder Reiss Nelson a new deal until 2027, with the option of an extra year, but the 23-year-old also has offers from other Premier League sides, Italy and Spain. (Fabrizio Romano)

Swansea boss Russell Martin has verbally agreed to become the new Southampton manager. (Sky Sports)

Martin, 37, has agreed a three-year deal to become Southampton's new manager, with the relegated Premier League club set to announce his appointment in the coming days. (Sun)

Barcelona have been shocked by hints that France defender Jules Kounde, 24, wants to leave the club, just a year after joining from Sevilla. (90min)

Qatar Sports Investments, who own Paris St-Germain, have made a move to buy eight-time Brazilian Serie A champions Santos. (Mirror)

Sky Paper Talk


Manchester United will attempt to smooth negotiations with Tottenham by bidding as quickly as possible for Harry Kane this summer, while they are also preparing to step up their interest in Chelsea's Mason Mount.

West Ham are increasingly likely to keep David Moyes as their manager and will back him by targeting Fulham's João Palhinha and Leicester City's Harvey Barnes this summer.


Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is leaning towards a move to Manchester United and talks are expected between the two clubs in due course.


Aston Villa want to secure the long-term futures of John McGinn and Ollie Watkins with new contracts before the transfer window opens next month.

The British and Irish Lions and Premiership Rugby have reached a historic agreement that should bring to an end decades of pre-tour antagonism and conflict over player release, funding and fixture clashes.


Manchester United are among four options for Jordi Alba, who brought an end to his glittering career at Barcelona. The left-back is also an option for Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid and a club in Saudi Arabia.

Luke Miliveojevic and James McArthur will leave Crystal Palace this summer.


After three managers and a £600m transfer spend, Todd Boehly is reportedly set to step back from responsibilities at Chelsea.

Harry Kane and Neymar are among the star-studded list of Newcastle's transfer targets, according to reports.

Keylor Navas is set to stay in the Premier League - but not with Nottingham Forest.

Arne Slot is ready to leave Feyenoord if Spurs can agree a compensation package for him with the Dutch champions.


Ryan Reynolds' Wrexham have revealed they will be sponsored next season by his wife, Blake Lively and her beverage company Betty Buzz, following their promotion back to the Football League.

Luton Town chief Gary Sweet has hit back at the constant barrage of abuse towards Kenilworth Road.


Aaron Wan-Bissaka's impressive form in the second half of the season could see the English defender keep hold of his place at Manchester United, despite reports linking him with a move away in the past.

Juventus are considering sacking manager Massimiliano Allegri after a season to forget in Turin, according to reports.

West Ham fan Chris Knoll - better known as Knollsy - has been immortalised with a WWE-style action figure after fighting off AZ Alkmaar supporters last week.

Bernie Ecclestone believes Lewis Hamilton is more likely to retire than join Ferrari.


Roman Abramovich's frozen Chelsea assets could start to reach causes to help victims of the war in Ukraine as early as next month.

The British and Irish Lions and Premiership Rugby have formed a ground-breaking partnership designed to maximise the team's chances of winning the 2025 series in Australia.

Julen Lopetegui has been told that he will have to find some hidden gems in the transfer window if he wants to continue making progress at Wolves, amid ongoing discussions of the Spanish managers future at the Premier League club.


Chelsea have been earmarked as a potential destination for Keylor Navas following his heroic loan spell with Nottingham Forest.

Marc Roca could be the first high-profile summer departure at Leeds after Real Betis reopened talks with his representatives over a potential transfer as the Whites face the sickening prospect of relegation to the Championship this weekend.

West Ham are in the race for Leicester winger Harvey Barnes, who could be available at a cut price if the Foxes fail to secure their Premier League status on the final day of the season.

England midfielder Frank Kirby has signed an one-year contract extension with Chelsea.

Newcastle's Nick Pope will miss the season finale and England's Euro 2024 qualifiers after an operation to his left hand.

Gallagher Premiership bosses are understood to be preparing a plans which would see the final moved from Twickenham, with St James' Park, the Etihad Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium under consideration.


Aston Villa are hoping to secure the long-term futures of John McGinn and Ollie Watkinsbefore the transfer window opens in June.


Outgoing Jack Butland has hinted at the role he could fulfil at Rangers as he opened up on his role as David de Gea's understudy at Manchester United.

Celtic are keeping tabs on striker Eduvie Ikoba this summer, according to a report.

Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has been told Aston Villa have better options to consider than the pending Lyon free agent.

Sport Witness

West Ham in picture for 16-goal forward – Club ‘could end up proposing’ exchange deal with Hammers

By Naveen Ullal -

Gianluca Scamacca’s debut season at West Ham United hasn’t gone well as he struggled with form and fitness. He’s managed three league goals and is currently sidelined with an injury.

Several reports have stated the former Sassuolo man will return to the Serie A side in the next window, and Salernitana could be an option for the 24-year-old forward, according to InterLive.it.

This is mentioned when the report explains Inter Milan and West Ham’s interest in Boulaye Dia, who is on loan at Salernitana from Villarreal.

The Serie A side have a €12m buying option, which they will exercise, after the 26-year-old Senegal international managed 16 goals and two assists this season.

It’s explained that the Hammers’ interest in the forward is ‘disheartening news’ for Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta, because Salernitana, after making Dia’s stay permanent, ‘could end up proposing’ him in an exchange deal involving Scamacca.

Salernitana chief Danilo Iervolino’s idea would be to take the Italy international on loan with the right of redemption and allow Dia to move to West Ham.

Although Scamacca is ‘now very close to leaving’ David Moyes’ side, he would rather avoid joining a club like Salernitana, which may potentially stop an exchange deal involving him and Dia from going through.


West Ham summer transfer budget revealed

West Ham could be close to spending much the same as last summer – £200 million – in the transfer window when it reopens.

However, the club will not be digging into financial reserves revealing instead the sale of Declan Rice and others will provide the spending power.

The Hammers are refusing to budge from the £100 million plus they want for the skipper having struck a gentlemens’ agreement that he can leave this season.

Arsenal appear to be in prime position to sign him although the player wants to be sure he will win is medals and recent years have shown there is no certainty of that at the Emirates.

However, he is definitely on his way and a top source at the Hammers told us that others could join him with all funds being used to buy more players.

Manu Lanzini could definitely be on his way along with Ben Johnson and possibly Gianluca Scamacca which were that to be the case could bring the transfer kitty up to around £175 million.

He told us exclusively: “We’ll spend what we raise from Declan and other sales.”


West Ham now really keen with club ready to sell 'frightening' 10-goal winger for £17.4m

By Jordan Harris

West Ham United are one of the teams interested in Ismaïla Sarr, with Watford ready to sell the winger in the summer transfer window.

That is according to a report from Jeunes Footeux, which suggests that the Hornets are expecting to lose the Senegalese after failing to challenge for promotion out of the Championship.

Ismaïla Sarr enjoyed another impressive campaign, scoring 10 goals and providing six assists in the second tier. Of course, one of those goals came from the halfway line early on in the season.

West Ham really keen on Ismaila Sarr

Jeunes Footeux reports that Watford will sell Sarr for £17.4 million (€20 million). His contract at Vicarage Road expires at the end of next season.

And there is serious interest from West Ham and Bayer Leverkusen.

It has been a tough campaign for the Hammers. But it could end on a real high, with David Moyes’ men preparing for a Europa Conference League final.

Sarr would be a really smart signing if West Ham could bring him to the London Stadium. He has previously been spoken about as a £45 million player. He has been to the World Cup with his country.

And he has actually got a very respectable record in the Premier League, considering he has played for a team which has often been lower down the table.

He has previously been labelled a ‘frightening‘ player. And he can play across the forward line. So if West Ham are able to bring him to the club this summer, it could prove to be a really smart piece of business.

West Ham now keen to sign ‘terrific’ PL attacker who could be relegated this weekend

By Ben Evans

West Ham United now want to sign Leeds United winger Jack Harrison this summer.

That’s according to a report from The Sun, who outline the Irons’ plans for next season.

After a difficult campaign, West Ham are one match away from achieving something incredible.

They face Fiorentina in the Europa Conference League final with a great chance of earning some silverware.

Not only that, but it would guarantee them a place in the Europa League next season too.

There are areas of the team that need addressing and improvement.

One of those positions is on the wing, with West Ham wide players struggling for consistency this season.

West Ham have identified Jack Harrison as a potential incoming to solve that issue.

Harrison has had a good season at Leeds despite the club’s struggles.

Their 3-1 defeat at the London Stadium last weekend has made their task of staying in the Premier League incredibly difficult.

West Ham may be hoping they go down on Sunday to help their negotiation position in the summer.
West Ham keen on Harrison

The report from The Sun states that, ‘West Ham have identified Leeds midfielder Jack Harrison and Leicester’s Harvey Barnes as summer transfer targets.’

The ‘terrific’ winger has produced plenty of goals and assists in the Premier League since Leeds’s promotion.

He provided 16 goal contributions in his first season in the top flight and has more assists than any other player at Leeds this year.

Capable of playing on either wing or through the middle, Harrison’s strengths suit West Ham.

David Moyes tends to allow his forwards to rotate positions where necessary which could benefit Harrison.

During a tough season at Elland Road, Harrison has stood out as one of the few positives.

West Ham will see how Harrison deals with immense pressure this weekend as Leeds fight to stay in the Premier League.

Given he scored the last-minute goal away at Brentford last season to keep them up, he’s got pedigree in these situations.

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Matthew Holmes 7:21 Thu May 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan! Thanks!

Texas Iron 4:16 Thu May 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

thecockneyboy 2:56 Thu May 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al

Thanks Alan 1:08 Thu May 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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