WHO Poll
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 1:44 Tue Nov 21
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea are considering a big-money move for Brentford's England striker Ivan Toney, 27, in the January transfer window. (Football.London)

Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United all sent representatives to watch Napoli's 22-year-old Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia during their 3-1 defeat by Spain on Sunday. (90min)

Arsenal and Manchester United are among the clubs expected to show interest in 20-year-old Brazilian forward Marcos Leonardo, whose agent says will look to leave Santos in January. (Evening Standard)

Benfica have no plans to enter negotiations over 19-year-old Portuguese midfielder Joao Neves, who has been watched by Manchester United, with the player's buyout clause £105m. (Fabrizio Romano)

France forward Kylian Mbappe, 24, says "there will be time to talk" about his Paris St-Germain future as he prepares to enter the final months of his contract with the Ligue 1 club. (Telefoot, via Mail)

Bayern Munich might consider a move for Manchester United's France centre-back Raphael Varane, 30. (Sky Germany - in German)

Liverpool will not entertain offers for Colombia winger Luis Diaz, 26, despite reports in Spain that they may sanction a swap deal with Barcelona for Brazil forward Raphinha, 26. (Football Insider)

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso does not have a release clause in his contract allowing him to join one of his former teams, the club's CEO has said, amid reports the Spaniard, 41, could move to Liverpool, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. (Talksport)

Tottenham are ready to offer Roma £26m for Italy midfielder Bryan Cristante, 28. (Tuttomercatoweb, via Teamtalk)

Manchester United are planning to replace football director John Murtough as part of significant changes which will accompany Sir Jim Ratcliffe's investment in the club. (MEN)

Tottenham are unhappy with Everton's claim that their refusal to pay £80m for Brazil forward Richarlison, 26, caused the Toffees to breach the Premier League's spending rules. (Mail)

West Ham are said to be furious amid fears Michail Antonio has suffered a long-term injury on international duty with Jamaica. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Girona director Quique Carcel says the club would be keen to re-sign Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu, 32, from Barcelona. (90min)

Sky Paper Talk


Bayern Munich have been told it's 'possible' Manchester United would allow Raphael Varane to move on in January.

Eden Hazard was offered a £50m contract to play in Saudi Arabia before opting to retire, claims former team-mate John Obi Mikel.

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein has warned Everton's recent points deduction for breaching the Premier League's profit and sustainability rules could spell "disaster" for Manchester City and Chelsea.

Jorginho's agent admits contract talks are "at a standstill" with a decision on the player's Arsenal future to come after February.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is likely to adopt a more hands-on approach once his deal for a minority stake in Manchester United is ratified.

Bruno Fernandes revealed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'sent him a hug' through Iceland head coach, Age Hareide, following Portugal's 2-0 win in Lisbon on Sunday night.

Two Manchester United fans were allegedly struck by concrete that fell from the Old Trafford ceiling during the women's Manchester derby on Sunday.

Wrexham co-owner Rob McElhenney has detailed the effects last season's promotion run had on his health - including a double stye near his eye.

Juventus' hopes of signing Jadon Sancho could be boosted by former executive Jean-Claude Blanc - the Ineos chief set to replace Richard Arnold at Manchester United.


Andre Onana is reported to be hopeful of being fit for Manchester United's Premier League fixture with Everton on Sunday despite suffering an injury playing for Cameroon.

Manchester United football director John Murtough will be replaced once Sir Jim Ratcliffe's investment is given the green light, according to reports.

Leeds United owners, 49ers Enterprises, have sold a minority stake of the 104-year-old club to Seattle Kraken investors, Chris and Ted Ackerley.

Everton's hopes of Tottenham waiving a £10m fee for Dele Alli have receded after they blamed them for over-spending that has resulted in the Toffees being docked 10 points.

The Hundred is set to expand to 10 teams, with the other eight counties offered the chance to form a second division and the theoretical possibility of promotion, as part of a £1bn relaunch of the competition.

Former Barcelona and AC Milan star Ronaldinho is reportedly facing the seizure of two properties in Brazil to pay off alleged tax debts.

The FA are to explore options of luring Arsenal wonderkid Chido Obi-Martin, who netted 10 goals against Liverpool Under-16s on Saturday, back to representing England.

Lionel Messi's match worn World Cup final jersey is among a collection of his Argentina shirts that will go to auction for an expected world record sale of more than £8m.


Bayern Munich are reportedly considering a shock swoop for Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Timo Werner is reportedly being considered as an option for Real Madrid in the January transfer window.


West Ham are furious amid fears Michail Antonio has suffered a long-term injury on international duty with Jamaica.

Manchester United will launch a pioneering new scheme early next year designed to improve the support available to academy graduates who have left the club.

At least four teams in a Sheffield women's football league are boycotting matches after a club fielded a transgender player accused of causing a season-ending injury to an opponent.

The Premier League's failure to adopt a detailed "sanction policy" for its financial rules could form a key plank of Everton's appeal against an unprecedented 10-point deduction.


The Premier League may be forced to delay a landmark £915m settlement between the Premier League and the lower divisions that had been due to be confirmed on Tuesday.

Ben Earl is at risk of missing the start of England's 2024 Six Nations campaign, having suffered a knee injury that could keep him out for up to three months.

The reduction in points awarded for a draw in the County Championship is to be reversed after only one season amid fears that players will lose the art of battling to save a match.


Everton could be punished again by the Premier League if their next set of accounts fall foul of profit and sustainability rules, according to reports.

Former Liverpool player Jason McAteer has called on Roy Keane to join him in the ring and settle their differences with a £2m boxing match.

A statement from the Egyptian FA has explained why Mohamed Salah was targeted by pitch invaders during their 2-0 victory against Sierra Leone in Liberia on Sunday.

Fluminense midfielder Andre is reportedly set to join Fulham 'in the coming days' with Marco Silva's side set to secure the signature of one of South America's most sought-after stars.

Antoine Griezmann reportedly will not be leaving Atletico Madrid for Manchester United in January, despite rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford.

Chelsea are reportedly complicating matters for Xabi Alonso by joining the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen defender Jeremie Frimpong.


Evan Ferguson's latest long-term contract with Brighton & Hove Albion does not include a release clause.

Atlanta and Miami will host prominent matches for the 2024 Copa America, with Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium set to host the tournament opener on June 20 and Miami's Hard Rock Stadium to host the final on July 14.

The Australia men's football team will donate a percentage of their match fees from their World Cup qualifier against Palestine towards humanitarian efforts in Gaza.


Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard is on track to make his comeback against Brentford this weekend.

Levi Colwill and Malo Gusto have boosted Chelsea by returning from injury, but Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia remain out.


Interim US women's national team manager Twila Kilgore has omitted World Cup winner Alex Morgan from her 26-player squad for the upcoming friendlies against China.


Luis Palma has moved to allay injury fears for Celtic by smiling through the pain with his Honduras doctors.

Eintracht Frankfurt have been banned by UEFA from selling away tickets to fans when they face Aberdeen at Pittodrie next month.

Brentford are keeping a close eye on Ross McCausland's Rangers contract situation.


Celtic are on the trail of South African wonderkid Luke Baartman.

Saudi Pro League bosses have spoken to Al Ittihad about axing former Celtic star Jota from their squad - and warned they could face "legal and financial consequences" for their actions.

Caught Offside

Aston Villa and West Ham hoping to sign €30 million-rated Serie A ace

Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante has been linked with a move away from the Italian club and a number of Premier League clubs are keen on him.

Initially, there were reports claiming that Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing the 28-year-old midfielder but TV Play are now reporting that Aston Villa and West Ham United have joined the race as well.

Aston Villa could certainly use more midfield reinforcements and Cristante would be a quality acquisition for Unai Emery. Summer signing Youri Tielemans has not been able to live up to the expectations and the West Midlands club need more options at their disposal.

The 28-year-old Roma midfielder is certainly good enough to play in the Premier League and he could prove to be a quality acquisition. The midfielder is reportedly valued at €30 million and Aston will certainly have the financial muscle to get the deal done.

They have started the season well and they will be hoping to push for Europa League qualification. Signing the right players in January could help them finish the season strongly.

Meanwhile, West Ham improved their midfield with the additions of Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse at the start of the season. They could definitely use more quality in the middle of the park and Cristante could prove to be an upgrade on Tomas Soucek.

The reported asking price seems quite reasonable for a player of his experience and quality. It remains to be seen whether the likes of Aston Villa and West Ham can beat Tottenham to his signature.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 2:34 Tue Nov 21
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 2:13 Tue Nov 21
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Lee Trundle 1:48 Tue Nov 21
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Why are we constantly being linked to midfielders?

It's probably an area of the pitch where we don't need immediate upgrades, especially when you take into account Soucek is guaranteed a spot.

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