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Manchester United are eyeing a shock swoop for Bournemouth wide-man Matt Ritchie.
Antonio Valencia has been told he faces five months following surgery to repair his broken foot.
Dwight Yorke says Jurgen Klopp can bring the Premier League title to Liverpool.
Manchester United's £27m-man Morgan Schneiderlin has stunned Old Trafford bosses by personally replying to all his fan mail.

Fiorentina will allow Manchester United target Mario Gomez leave if they receive at least £14m for the German striker, who is currently on loan at Besiktas.
Manchester City want Chelsea target Carlo Ancelotti if Pep Guardiola turns them down.
Ander Herrera believes his Manchester United team-mate and countryman Victor Valdes needs to leave Old Trafford in order to get his career back on track.
Manchester City ace David Silva is on course to help Sergio Aguero make it double-trouble for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Tottenham have issued a hands-off warning to Inter Milan over Jan Vertonghen.
Barcelona's sporting director Robert Fernandez is adamant that Neymar will snub a potential move to the Premier League and stay at the Nou Camp.

Daniel Sturridge could return for Liverpool's clash with Manchester City after stepping up training schedule.
England star Raheem Sterling insists he has "no regrets" after leaving Anfield for Manchester City - and believes playing with better players will only help his career.
Arsenal are set to hand Alexis Sanchez a mid-season break as Arsene Wenger fears the Chilean will suffer burnout.
Bayern Munich fear a Manchester City move for Pep Guardiola as the Germans bring contract talks forward.

Crystal Palace are set for American investment as businessman Josh Harris edges closer to buying huge stake in the club.
Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus will be told Romelu Lukaku is not for sale.
Cesc Fabregas says he has no doubts that Pep Guardiola will one day coach in the Premier League.

Robert Lewandowski's agent has confirmed there is interest from the Premier League for the Bayern Munich striker as Liverpool link re-emerges.
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has admitted it is a "real possibility" that they could sign Celta Vigo attacker and Arsenal target Nolito.
Manchester United plan £40m swoop for Porto winger Yacine Brahimi.
Bayern Munich have contacted ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti about becoming their next manager, according to reports.
Martin O'Neill has admitted he would be open to extending his contract as Republic of Ireland manager.
Liverpool have made FC Koln goalkeeper Timo Horn a transfer target in the January window.

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi insists Jack Wilshere is the 'future of English football.'
FA hires QC in attempt to get back £21m spent on futile bid to host 2018 World Cup finals

Former United States coach Bob Bradley is taking over at French second-division club Le Havre.

Martin O'Neill has confirmed that he "would want" Roy Keane to remain as his assistant in the event of him extending his contract as Ireland manager, although he would not stand in the former Manchester United captain's way should he be offered a return to club football.







BBC

Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid are interested in 24-year-old Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, who could cost £80m. (Daily Mail)

The Blues had a bid of about £25m rejected for Neymar in 2010, when the Brazil forward, now 23, was at Santos. He went on to join Barcelona in 2013 for double that fee. (Sambafoot.com)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, 52, will not be sacked during the international break after owner Roman Abramovich decided against making a change at this stage of the season. (Goal.com)

Manchester City want former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti to take over from Manuel Pellegrini if Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola rejects them. (Daily Star)

Ancelotti revealed how he kicked a box at Zlatan Ibrahimovic's head while at Paris St-Germain in a copycat of Sir Alex Ferguson's flying boot hitting David Beckham at Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, is more likely to join PSG than Manchester United if he leaves his current club. (Spain-based journalist Graham Hunter on BBC Radio 5 live)

Fiorentina will allow Manchester United target Mario Gomez, 30, to leave if they receive at least £14m for the Germany striker. (Radyospor via Turkish-football.com)

England winger Raheem Sterling, 20, says he was right to leave Liverpool for Manchester City in the summer. (Daily Express)

Arsenal can sign Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez, 22, if they make an offer of £21.1m. (Don Balon via Metro)

The Gunners are ready to hand forward Alexis Sanchez, 26, a mid-season break as Arsene Wenger fears the Chilean will suffer from burnout. (Daily Mirror)

QPR striker Charlie Austin, 26, says he is happy at Loftus Road, but has refused to rule out a January move. (Talksport)

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele, 19, could join Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, 28, at White Hart Lane. (London Evening Standard)

Liverpool will have to do without defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, until the new year after he was ruled out for six to eight weeks with a knee ligament injury. (Daily Mirror)

German football expert Raphael Honigstein told BBC Radio 5 live he believes Borussia Dortmund's trend of star players leaving for bigger clubs will be broken by striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia, 30, is facing five months out following foot surgery. (The Sun)

American billionaire Josh Harris is set to buy an 18% stake in Crystal Palace. (The Sun)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is monitoring Sunderland's 21-year-old goalkeeper Jordon Pickford. (Daily Express)

Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is a big favourite to replace the sacked Gary Bowyer as Blackburn Rovers boss. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, on loan at AC Milan, is set to be ruled out for two months because he needs groin surgery. (Liverpool Echo)

Best of social media

Labour leader and Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn has told a BBC interview that the Gunners can win the Premier League this season, saying: "In Arsene Wenger we trust." (MarshallTV on Twitter)

And finally

A professional female player silenced women's football critics - by disguising herself as a man during a match and running rings around her opponents. (Metro)

Manchester United forward Memphis Depay, 21, has hired a chef at home to ensure he is eating properly, after putting on five pounds since joining from PSV Eindhoven. (The Times - subscription required)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Manchester United are the Mill’s top story again, with their desire to make a new, improved, £30m offer for Wolfsburg’s left-back Ricardo Rodríguez fighting for supremacy with news that the Red Devils’ search for a new winger now appears to have ended, of all places, in Bournemouth. Louis van Gaal still covets Sadio Mané, but with Southampton’s fleet-footed Senegalese forward likely to be a bit pricey they have identified Matt Ritchie (or, as Metro call him, “genius assist king”) as a potential cut-price alternative. The Saints are shortlisting potential striker signings just in case they find themselves needing to refresh their forward line, and have stuck the name of the former Newcastle loan flop Luuk de Jong, currently the scourge of goal-nets in the Eindhoven area, near the top of it. Less likely to delight January rumourmongers is Luuk’s brother and current Newcastle bench-warmer Siem, whose suitors Steve McClaren has warned to do one, having decided he is “a vital part of the squad” – though largely in a non-playing way, it seems.

Bayern Munich hope to see off Manchester City’s interest in Pep Guardiola by tying the Spanish tactician to a new extended contract, in which case the English title-chasing aspirants will switch targets to Carlo Ancelotti. As it happens the Italian’s former employers, Real Madrid, have identified as their main megabucks transfer target for 2016 currently-misfiring twinkle-toed Belgian Eden Hazard, who presently plays in somewhat half-hearted style for Chelsea, also Ancelotti’s former employers – but now it seems the deep-pocketed Spaniards will face competition from Paris Saint-Germain, also Ancelotti’s former employers, who have put aside £80m to make sure they win the fight.

If Chelsea are serious about signing Real Madrid’s Jesé, as has occasionally been rumoured, they’re going to have to get their wallet out in January or else Arsenal will probably end up with the Spanish forward – and a bank balance reduced by something in the region of £21m. PSG, meanwhile, are clearing space in their squad for a potential Hazard-shaped arrival by allowing Ezequiel Lavezzi to go back to Italy, with Juventus hopeful of getting him on the cheap – which would leave them enough in their kitty to also sign Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund.

One person not going to Italy is Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen, recently been scouted by Inter even though the London club are not keen in any way whatsoever to sell their ace defender and vice-captain. One thing Spurs are keen on, however, is the 17-year-old Dinamo Zagreb defender Vinko Soldo, also a target for Inter’s neighbours, Milan.

In goalkeeping news, to the delight of every headline-penning sub-editor in the land Liverpool are keen on Koln’s Timo Horn, whose contract at the German side contains a £6.5m release clause. Tottenham, meanwhile, at hoping to send a removal van up to Sunderland to pick up Jordan Pickford, though the 21-year-old is currently on loan at Preston, while Sunderland might lose another loanee in the shape of Emanuele Giaccherini, with the injury-prone midfielder admitting he fancies staying at Bologna. On his way to Sunderland, perhaps, is the Olympiakos full-back Arthur Masuaku, with the Black Cats having been told that the 22-year-old Frenchman would cost £7m. And while we’re on the subject of Liverpool, which we were not too long ago, this might be the right place to shoehorn in Bolton’s pursuit of João Teixeira, who spent last season on loan at Brighton and has spent this season not doing very much at all. Another loan switch may be in the offing.

If Steve Parkin’s deal to buy Leeds United goes through he’ll be straight on the phone to David Moyes, having presumably identified that what that club really needs is a change of manager (it may never happen: current owner Massimo Cellino has claimed there are six – six! – potential buyers). The other thing Leeds apparently really need is Kyle Lafferty, who may be available on loan from Norwich.







The Swiss Ramble

West Ham - New Gold Dream

West Ham’s 2014/15 season was like the proverbial game of two halves under Sam Allardyce, as a promising start took the club into the top four at Christmas, before a wretched slump produced just three victories in the next 21 games.

The Hammers still finished in a comfortable 12th place, which should presumably have satisfied joint chairman David Sullivan, as he described “retaining our Premier League status” as one of his highlights of the season. The club also qualified for Europe for the first time since 2007, albeit only by finishing top of the Fair Play table.

Nevertheless, they decided not to renew the manager’s contract, bringing in former player Slaven Bilic as Big Sam’s replacement in June. The Croatian has put together a very decent squad and already has wins against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea under his belt. On the other hand, his team has also lost against Leicester City, Bournemouth and Watford.

Be that as it may, these are exciting times at West Ham, as the club is investing a lot of money in new players and will move to the £700 million Olympic Stadium in Stratford next season after 112 years at the Boleyn Ground.

The stadium move could revolutionise the club and is an amazingly good deal for the Hammers. The basic facts are that West Ham have a 99-year lease on the stadium starting from June 2016 and will pay just £15 million towards the conversion costs, which they can easily cover from the proceeds of selling Upton Park to property developer Gaillard Homes.

The stadium has a 54,000 capacity, around 19,000 more than the club’s current 35,000 seats, so will bring in substantially more money. The financial gains will be even more impressive, considering that West Ham will only pay annual rent of £2 to £2.5 million, while the running costs will be covered by the taxpayer.

Unsurprisingly, many have criticised this arrangement, though West Ham has argued that it has at least avoided the kind of “white elephants” seen in former Olympic host cities such as Barcelona, Athens and Beijing.

Indeed, the club has mounted a vigorous defence: “Without us the stadium would lose money. West Ham make a substantial capital contribution towards the conversion works of a stadium on top of a multi-million pound annual usage fee, a share of food and catering sales, plus provide extra value to the naming rights agreement. Our presence underwrites the multi-use legacy of the stadium and our contribution alone will pay back more than the cost of building and converting the stadium over the course of our tenancy.”

On the other hand, it is worth noting that the deal is more favourable to the club than the one agreed with Manchester City in similar circumstances. They pay all the overheads on top of £4 million rent for the Etihad Stadium, which was funded by the taxpayer for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Along the same lines, Chelsea and Tottenham would have to pay £10-15 million a year for using Wembley Stadium while their grounds are being developed.

Little wonder that Chris Bryant, the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport described the deal as “astoundingly good” for West Ham, even though it will be a jolt for many fans to leave Upton Park with all its memories and fantastic atmosphere. The new stadium is in an excellent location, just minutes from Canary Wharf and the City and close to the Westfield shopping centre with very good transport links and infrastructure.

As vice-chairman Karren Brady said, “Our new home will be one of the greatest arenas in world football and a platform to transform the future of our great club.”



There is little doubt that this move will provide a major boost to the club’s finances, though these have steadily improved in the last two seasons in any case with West Ham reporting record revenue and another profit in 2014/15, though profit was down £7 million from £10 million to £3 million.

Revenue rose 5% (£6 million) from £115 million to £121 million, largely on the back of £3.6 million more TV money, though the other revenues streams also grew, albeit not much: commercial up 9% (£1.9 million) to £22 million and match receipts up 2% (£0.4 million) to £20 million. Player sales also increased by £2 million to £3 million.

On the other hand, costs grew at a faster rate: wages increased by 14% (£9 million) from £64 million to £73 million; player amortisation was up 20% (£4 million) to £22 million; and other expenses rose 11% (£2 million).



Of course, these days most clubs in the Premier League should make money, given the spectacular increases in the TV deals, allied with the restrictions on wage growth imposed by Financial Fair Play (FFP). In fact, only five of the 20 clubs in the top flight made a loss in 2013/14, the last season when all clubs have published their accounts.

Three of the five clubs that have so far reported their 2014/15 figures have registered lower profits, though only Manchester United actually lost money, due to their failure to qualify for Europe. This may well be a similar story at other clubs, as this is the second year of the current three-year TV deal, thus restricting revenue growth, while player costs are still rising.



A football club’s profitability can be very much influenced by profits on player sales, as can be seen in 2014/15 with Southampton making £44 million, manly due to the sales of Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren to Liverpool plus Calum Chambers to Arsenal. The previous season saw Tottenham Hotspur make an amazing £104 million (largely due to the mega sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid), Chelsea £65 million (David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain) and Everton £28 million (Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United).

Even though West Ham’s profit from this activity increased in 2014/15, it was still only £3 million, which could either be considered as implying that they are not a selling club (a good thing) or an indictment of their player development (a bad thing).

An additional £25 million from player sales would make a big difference to the bottom line, but it’s not going to happen in 2015/16 when the only sale of note was Stewart Downing to Middlesbrough for £5.5 million, while many players left on free transfers: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Modibo Maiga, Guy Demel, Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan.



Even so, West Ham have managed to make profits in the last two years, which is a major improvement, considering that before 2013/14 they lost money seven years in a row, amounting to aggregate losses of £144 million.

In fairness, the small £4 million loss in 2012/13 already represented a step in the right direction, as the club had been averaging £23 million annual losses before then. This is a sign of the greater financial stability that the majority owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, have brought to the club since taking over in 2010.



To underline how little impact player sales have had on West Ham’s figures, this activity has only contributed £37 million to West Ham’s profits in the last nine years, i.e. less than Southampton made in the 2014/15 season alone. You have to go back as far as 2008 (£16 million) and 2009 (£22 million) for any meaningful profits from transferring players. In fact, West Ham have only averaged £1.4 million from player sales over the last four seasons, while actually contriving to lose £8 million in 2011.

The good news is that West Ham’s figures are no longer being hit by exceptional charges, which have had a major adverse impact on their accounts, adding up to £58 million since 2007.

The most notable charge was the £32 million they had to pay for breaching Premier League rules when acquiring Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano. They have also shelled out £10 million compensation for loss of office and £6 million following the termination of Dean Ashton’s contract due to severe injury.



It is worth exploring how football clubs account for transfers, as it has a major impact on reported profits. The fundamental point is that when a club purchases a player the costs are spread over a few years, but any profit made from selling players is immediately booked to the accounts.

So, when a club buys a player, it does not show the full transfer fee in the accounts in that year, but writes-down the cost (evenly) over the length of the player’s contract. Therefore, if West Ham spent £25 million on a new player with a 5-year contract, the annual expense would be only £5 million (£25 million divided by 5 years) in player amortisation (on top of wages).

However, when that player is sold, the club reports straight away the profit on player sales, which is essentially sales proceeds less any remaining value in the accounts. In our example, if the player were to be sold 3 years later for £32 million, the cash profit would be £7 million (£32 million less £25 million), but the accounting profit would be higher at £22 million, as the club would have already booked £15 million of amortisation (3 years at £5 million).

Sullivan and Gold now own 86.2% of the club and, though they have insisted that it is not for sale, West Ham is fast becoming an attractive investment opportunity. Indeed, last year they expressed a desire to sell some shares, valuing the club at £400 million.

Wealthy buyers will certainly be interested in purchasing a club of West Ham’s history in an iconic new stadium with massive potential to grow attendances, match day income and commercial revenue. There are a lot of parallels with Manchester City with the added advantage that the Hammers are not only located in London, but in an area that has already received an influx of foreign investment with Qatar purchasing the Olympic Village and China pouring money into the Docklands.

If the club is sold following the move to Stratford, some of the profits would be returned to the taxpayer, but it is not clear what proportion. The only potential fly in the ointment would be if the club had to pay compensation if their move were deemed to contravene European state aid laws.

The other appeal to investors is FFP, especially as UEFA have recently relaxed the regulations for new owners, who will now be allowed to make larger losses, as long as they can produce a business plan that will show how they will reach break-even. This modified stance is a move from “austerity to sustainable growth” in an effort to encourage investment into European football.

West Ham are firmly in favour of FFP, according to Brady: “FFP is the legislation which, for the next season at least, will limit the ability of clubs to over-extend themselves on players’ costs and will likely enable all clubs, including ourselves, to increase profitability, and we continue to operate within the rules. We are hopeful that FFP will continue in some form in the next broadcast deal.”

As it stands, West Ham are arguably now one of the most exciting “projects” in European football. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the Olympic Stadium deal, it is difficult to disagree with Brady, when she says that it will be a “game changer for West Ham”. The challenge will be to advance into this brave new world, while retaining the characteristics of what Slave Bilic described as “a cult club”.

(Believe it or not this was a shortened version).
See the full version here:-
http://swissramble.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/west-ham-new-gold-dream.html









HITC

Stijn Vandenbroucke clarifies situation surrounding West Ham youngster Reece Oxford

West Ham youngster Reece Oxford is being protected from the Premier League.

Billy Hawkins

Oxford proved this season that he is one of the biggest talents in English football, and West Ham’s head of medical Stijn Vandenbroucke has explained his current situation to the official club website, as he has found himself out of the first-team set-up recently.

The coach said: “Reece Oxford has had some significant development over the last few weeks. We have been working with him to prepare him for the demands of the Premier League. He is obviously a big talent and it is my responsibility to protect him, along with the responsibility of the manager, who is fully on board with how we are managing Reece.”

Oxford started the season in West Ham’s first-team, playing three games in the Europa League, and then starting the Hammers’ opening Premier League game against Arsenal.

It was a composed performance of true talent, as he sat in the defensive midfield role and shielded the West Ham back-line with an experience beyond his years.

He followed that up by starting against Leicester City, and then made a short cameo as a substitute against Liverpool, but since then Oxford has been relegated to the Under-21 side.

Still only 16, he captains the Under-21 side and plays for England’s Under-19 team, and Vandenbroucke has admitted that he has been held back from playing too many senior games to ensure he is protected at his young age.

There are fears that playing too much whilst too young can burn a player out, and Vandenbroucke and his medical team are training him to prepare for the demands of the Premier League so he can be used whenever needed.

There are no doubts about his talents and suitability for the top flight, but there is no need to rush him in for the sake of it. Oxford’s current development path is best for his future, and with more training behind him, it would be no surprise to see the youngster play more and more as the season progresses.







London24

Hammers give update on Song, Reid, Sakho and Obiang ahead of Spurs trip

Brad Pinard

West Ham are hoping to have a number of key men back fit for their clash with Spurs next week.

Alex Song featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday and is hoping to be in the squad to face Spurs at White Hart Lane after the international break.

Diafra Sakho and Winston Reid are also hoping to return, but Pedro Obiang may not recover and join Enner Valencia and Dimitri Payet in being ruled out. “We played Crystal Palace on Wednesday in a behind-closed-doors game which was very competitive because both clubs put out strong squads which could have played in the Premier League,” Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke said.

“Alex Song played 70 minutes in this game without any problems, which was a good step in the right direction as it was his first game in six months. “Also positive is that Winston Reid came through 90 minutes against Everton on Saturday after four weeks out. “He is now going to have a few days rest and we can build him up again for the Tottenham Hotspur game.

“Diafra Sakho has been out running on the pitch this week and we are very confident we can recover him from his quadriceps injury for the trip to Tottenham, should he not suffer any setbacks. “Pedro Obiang is continuing with his own rehabilitation following the quadriceps injury he suffered in training before the Watford game.”




Gazetta World

West Ham United keen on Roma loanee Doumbia

The Giallorossi are adamant on selling the Ivorian forward and could take advantage of the Hammers’ interest to offload the 27-year-old and recoup some of their investment

With Roma and CSKA Moscow yet to agree on a solution for the future of Seydou Doumbia, West Ham United could enter the race and offer both parties an exit strategy.

The Ivorian returned to his former side after a torrid spell at the Stadio Olimpico, arriving in the January transfer window and making just 13 Serie A appearances whilst scoring twice.

Doumbia was sent on a season-long loan back to the Russian side this summer, as CSKA now look to extend his stay but with Roma only interested in selling the player.

Since returning to Moscow the 27-year-old has rediscovered his goalscoring form, netting 11 times in 17 matches in all competitions. His displays have alerted West Ham, who are in search of a forward and therefore now monitoring the situation between both clubs.

The Giallorossi purchased Doumbia for €14.4 million plus €1.5m in bonus and are keen to recoup on that investment, with the Premier League club presenting an attractive option should CSKA refuse to buy back the striker.





OS

Academy youngster Browne pens pro deal

West Ham United are delighted to announce that Academy youngster Marcus Browne has signed his first professional contract with the Club.

The midfielder, who turns 18 next month, now takes the next step in his career with the Club he has been with since the age of eight.

Appearing regularly for the Under-21s this season, and scoring his first goal at that level in the recent 4-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Browne is thrilled to have put pen-to-paper.

He said; "It's a massive opportunity to be at a Club like West Ham at my age. I've been here for a very long time, since I was eight years old, so this is a proud moment for me.

"This is just the start, so I want to kick on and get more contracts in the future and continue to improve.

"I'm very pleased with how I've progressed. I was out for five months last year with a hamstring injury, but I've come back well so I'm happy with that and if I just carry on doing when I'm doing and enjoying football I'll kick on to bigger things."

Browne hailed the influence of Academy Manager Terry Westley in his development, while pointing to the progress made by the likes of Josh Cullen and Reece Oxford as inspiration for his own future.

He added: "Terry has been a massive influence for me since he's come in and has helped me a lot, especially this season. They've helped me get better and better, so it has been good.

"I've played with both Reece Oxford and Josh Cullen so it's good to see where they're at. I'm pleased for both of them and it gives us encouragement that young players can do it, so I'll keep plugging away and hopefully I'll be at the top soon."




HITC

Aston Villa, West Ham and Sunderland all tracking Lamine Kone

According to ESPN, Lamine Kone has been targeted by a select group of Premier League sides, having proven his talents with Lorient in the French Ligue 1.

The 26-year-old was a summer target of Sunderland and West Ham, and both teams are continuing to track the centre-back, whilst Remi Garde holds a long-term interest in Lone and is now looking at him as a potential Aston Villa signing.

Speaking to ESPN, his agent confirmed the growing interest in Kone, admitting that a number of teams are set to scout the defender when Lorient play PSG after the international break.

The agent said: “There is mounting interest in Lamine and a number of Premier League clubs have been watching him for some time now. I believe several sides are set to watch him in action when Lorient play Paris Saint-Germain in the first game after the international break.”

Who is Lamine Kone?

Kone, 26, is a centre-back who has spent his entire playing career in France. After staring at Chateauroux, where he made 78 appearances, Kone moved to Lorient in 2010, and has since played 129 times in all competitions.

He has established himself as a solid and dependable centre-back, and although he was a French Under-20 international in his youth - playing eight games - he has taken up the offer to play for Ivory Coast’s senior team, making his debut in 2014.

Renowned for his strength and positioning skills, Kone has played 10 league games this season. Per game, he has averaged 0.9 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 5.3 clearances, and holds a respectable 79% passing completion rate.


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Alwaysaniron 4:46 Thu Nov 12
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan..Sterling effort today

Thanks Alan 3:48 Thu Nov 12
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Westcliffhammer 12:20 Thu Nov 12

Son of Anarchy 3:28 Thu Nov 12
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Thanks Alan

ted fenton 12:47 Thu Nov 12
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Thanks Alan.

jools268 12:30 Thu Nov 12
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6 Mil for Ashton??

Surely we had insurance to cover that!!

Westcliffhammer 12:20 Thu Nov 12
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Thanks Alan

Monk~koknee 12:13 Thu Nov 12
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Thanking Me Thanking You Alan

Takashi Miike 12:13 Thu Nov 12
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
cheers Alan





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