WHO Poll

Alan 12:09 Fri Aug 10
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United's board told Jose Mourinho he should stop demanding money for new signings and focus on working with the talent at his disposal and develop youth players instead. (Mirror)

United boss Mourinho believes Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has been damaging the club by offering the 25-year-old France midfielder to Barcelona and Juventus. (Times - subscription required)

United turned down the opportunity to sign Leicester and England centre-back Harry Maguire, 25, for £15m last summer. (Telegraph)

As part of the deal that took 23-year-old Colombia defender Yerry Mina from Barcelona to Everton, the Spanish club has an option to buy him back for 60m euros (£53.9m). (Marca)

Everton will have to wait until Friday morning before finding out if they have been successful with a loan move for Chelsea's 23-year-old French defender Kurt Zouma. (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he has no problem with 24-year-old Germany midfielder Emre Can's decision to reject a new contract and leave the club on a free transfer to Juventus. (Liverpool Echo)

Tottenham's 28-year-old left-back Danny Rose is keen to move on loan to Paris St-Germain. (Sun)

Meanwhile Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has blamed Brexit and the club's new stadium for their lack of signings this summer. (Sky Sports)

After a deal taking Juventus' Italian forward Stefano Sturaro to Watford fell through, Sporting Lisbon are set to sign the 25-year-old instead. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

Real Madrid's 26-year-old Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois deleted a Facebook post saying goodbye to Chelsea fans after receiving abusive comments in reply. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa's 22-year-old attacking midfielder Jack Grealish is set to sign a new contract that could contain a clause allowing him to leave if the club fails to win promotion this season. (Daily Star)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says this summer's transfer window has been the worst he's ever experienced. (Lancashire Telegraph)

A deal taking Manchester United's 29-year-old Argentina defender Marcos Rojo to Everton collapsed over the Old Trafford club's failure to sign a replacement. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, says he would have liked the club to have signed more "world-class players" during the transfer window. (ESPN)

United were ready to pay a world-record fee of £100m for Real Madrid and France's Raphael Varane, 25, such was their desperation to sign a centre-back this summer. (Sun)

Middlesbrough's £6m deal for Everton's 25-year-old midfielder Muhamed Besic fell through over agents' fees, but the Teesside club is optimistic of securing a loan move for the Bosnian. Boro also hope to sign 29-year-old Congo winger Yannick Bolasie on loan from the Toffees. (Northern Echo)

Boro also had bids for Millwall midfielders Jed Wallace, 24, and George Saville, 25, rejected on transfer deadline day. (Sky Sports)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

After a wonderful transfer window for Manchester United, news has emerged that Mino Raiola has been hawking Paul Pogba to Barcelona and Juventus. Remember, European clubs have until 31 August to make signings, so the Mill is going to spend the day wondering what Ed Woodward will do if it comes down to a straight choice between Pogba and the Sulky One.

But if it’s any consolation for José Mourinho, other managers also had annoying summers. Take Mauricio Pochettino, who made no signings at Tottenham, because Daniel Levy is a crack negotiator. Tottenham couldn’t even prise Jack Grealish away from Aston Villa, who are set to give the creative midfielder a new contract that will contain a clause allowing the 22-year-old to leave if Steve Bruce’s side miss out on promotion to the Premier League this season.
Summer transfer window verdict: how every Premier League club fared
Read more

If Grealish does eventually end up at White Hart Lane, it is unlikely that Danny Rose will be waiting to greet him. Rose remains out of favour with Pochettino and could be sent to Paris Saint-Germain on loan as punishment.

Watford spent deadline day unsuccessfully trying to sign Stefano Sturaro from Juventus. The midfielder could join Sporting Lisbon instead. Another Watford target is also going elsewhere, with PSG’s Gonçalo Guedes set for a move to Valencia for £40m.

Middlesbrough remain confident of signing Mo Besic on loan after a permanent transfer for the Everton midfielder fell through. Yannick Bolasie could also be heading to the Riverside, while Everton are waiting to see if their loan move for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma will be sanctioned. Villa, meanwhile, want to sign Robert Snodgrass from West Ham.

Chelsea are also looking to send Tiemoué Bakayoko on loan to Milan and Michy Batshuayi on loan to Valencia, while Internazionale will show Mourinho how to sign a defender by nabbing Matteo Darmian from United.

Guardian Premier League preview No 19: West Ham United

West Ham have broken their transfer record to sign Felipe Anderson. Photograph: West Ham United via Getty Images

Jacob Steinberg

Last season was a tempestuous one, but with a new manager and a more nuanced transfer policy in place West Ham kick off with increased optimism and a maverick vibe

Guardian writers’ predicted position: 8th (NB: this is not necessarily Jacob Steinberg’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)

Last season’s position: 13th

Odds to win the league (via Oddschecker): 300-1

On 10 March 2018, the London Stadium was the setting for one of the most depressing episodes in West Ham United’s history. That was the day when supporters mounted furious protests against the board, David Moyes’s side fell deeper into relegation trouble after losing 3-0 against Burnley and an afternoon that was supposed to mark the 25th anniversary of Bobby Moore’s death ended with Sir Trevor Brooking sitting alone in the directors’ box, wearing the smile of a man who was trying to blink back the tears.

In the aftermath it was difficult to see how David Sullivan and David Gold, West Ham’s co-owners, could win back trust. The relationship with supporters was at breaking point and although the behaviour from some protestors was impossible to defend, it was telling that the media’s response was not to describe the scenes as a return to football’s dark ages. Instead there was an attempt to understand the anger; the focus homed in on a perceived lack of investment since leaving Upton Park in 2016.

Five months later, however, the mood has grown positive enough for it to feel possible that the mutiny will be framed one day as a turning point in West Ham’s history, even if reminders of their complicated existence in their new home linger. West Ham have been charged by the Football Association because of the pitch invasions during the Burnley game and have defended themselves by pointing the finger at LS185, the stadium operators. Yet while they are also due to go to the high court in November to resolve a legal battle with their landlords, the London Legacy Development Corporation, over increasing capacity for football from 57,000 to 66,000, they also know that a winning team matters more to the atmosphere than filling the London Stadium’s unused seats.

As the powerful figure at the club, the pressure was on Sullivan when Moyes decided he no longer wanted to extend his six-month contract after saving West Ham from relegation. Yet Sullivan promised supporters a “high-profile” appointment and after missing out on Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca and Newcastle’s Rafael Benítez, he delivered by hiring Manuel Pellegrini.

There had been interest in Pellegrini for a while, though West Ham had to wait for the former Manchester City manager to leave Hebei China Fortune. Moyes arrived on a short-term deal when Slaven Bilic reached the point of no return last November and the Scot pulled a poor team to safety after switching to a 3-4-3 system.

Pellegrini, meanwhile, spent a lot of his time in China analysing West Ham’s matches and he was not impressed with what he saw. The Chilean inherited a squad with a multitude of holes and the Premier League’s decision to shut the transfer window early meant time was of the essence, especially when Manuel Lanzini sustained a knee injury that ended the influential Argentina midfielder’s World Cup dream and will keep him out for at least eight months.

It was hard to know which positions Pellegrini needed to prioritise. Yet it made sense to start at the back given that West Ham had the joint-worst defence in the Premier League, conceding 68 goals, and signing Ryan Fredericks on a free from Fulham was an encouraging first step. The 25-year-old right-back excelled as Fulham won promotion and will offer more dynamism than Pablo Zabaleta, who is dependable but past his best at the age of 33. On the opposite flank Pellegrini can choose between the surging Arthur Masuaku or the more understated Aaron Cresswell.

Marko Arnautovic was a prolific scorer after David Moyes moved him up front last season. Photograph: Joe Toth/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

West Ham also needed a goalkeeper after Joe Hart’s disastrous loan. They paid Swansea City £7m for Lukasz Fabianski, who is likely to start instead of Adrián, and then they looked at central defence after releasing the ageing James Collins and losing Winston Reid to a long-term knee injury. After deciding that Barcelona’s Marlon Santos was too small for English football and giving Fulham a free run at Swansea’s Alfie Mawson, they settled on the imposing Issa Diop for £22m from Toulouse and Paraguay’s Fabian Balbuena for £3.5m from Corinthians.

At the age of 21, Diop still has a lot to learn. The France Under-21 international is raw, so Pellegrini could start the 26-year-old Balbuena alongside Angelo Ogbonna at first. Yet Diop’s arrival is a sign that West Ham’s transfer policy is becoming more nuanced.

Pellegrini has demanded control of recruitment and after bringing in Málaga’s Mario Husillos as director of football, West Ham demonstrated their ambition by signing Andriy Yarmolenko for £17.5m from Borussia Dortmund and breaking their transfer record to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio in a deal worth up to £42.5m. Anderson, a 25-year-old Brazilian winger, can play off either flank. He could form a thrilling partnership with Marko Arnautovic, who scored 11 goals after being moved up front by Moyes last season.

Despite his revival of Arnautovic, there was a feeling within the squad that Moyes was too old-fashioned. West Ham have hired a manager who wants to attack and Pellegrini, who will veer between 4-3-3 and 4-4-2, could create an exciting side. The left-footed Yarmolenko will be first choice on the right after failing to settle at Dortmund, Michail Antonio and Robert Snodgrass have been given fresh starts, Javier Hernández is expected to have a bigger role and after Andy Carroll’s latest injury setback West Ham signed Lucas Pérez for £4m from Arsenal on deadline day.

Yet there is something of a maverick vibe to West Ham. The main concern is that they will still be vulnerable to power in the central midfield, especially after selling Cheikhou Kouyaté to Crystal Palace.

Mark Noble divides opinion despite holding the captaincy, Jack Wilshere’s undoubted class comes with the caveat that the former Arsenal midfielder has a poor fitness record, Josh Cullen is untried at this level and while Declan Rice has impressed Pellegrini in pre-season, the Republic of Ireland international is only 19 and spent last season in defence. In the end West Ham could not allow Pedro Obiang to return to Sampdoria. Despite Pellegrini’s efforts to bring in an elite defensive midfielder, he ended up compromising with a deal for Fiorentina’s Carlos Sanchez. The 32-year-old Colombian is seen as cover for Rice.

If this was a reminder of historic failings, it was because West Ham could not generate extra funds through sales. Sam Byram, Edimilson Fernandes and Reece Oxford could yet leave on loan, while Domingos Quina has joined Watford for £1m, but only so much could be done this summer. For now they remain a work in progress, a team that will need time to gel. Yet for a club that seemed to be on the brink of civil war not so long ago, it makes a refreshing change to have witnessed a summer so full of optimism.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 6:30 Fri Aug 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Mex Martillo 6:10 Fri Aug 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
Good read that article

BubblesCyprus 4:30 Fri Aug 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated,

Mike Oxsaw 3:20 Fri Aug 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
..."possible that the mutiny will be framed one day as a turning point in West Hams history, "...

THAT interpretation is unlikely to figure much in the clubs official account of things, but it was clearly the board's "Shut the fuck up - we're in charge!" approach to public relations that was the real issue.

Just to think. Had they let the pre-Burnley march take place, all they would have had was a short spell of manageable bad press and they could have gone back to aiming for survival in the PL as a business model, saving the clu...sorry, themselves, a fortune in transfer fees.

Mr Anon 2:58 Fri Aug 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

the exile 1:47 Fri Aug 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

"A fair summing-up, but I would be interested to know if Sanchez sees himself as cover for Rice."

At his age, probably.

the exile 1:47 Fri Aug 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
A fair summing-up, but I would be interested to know if Sanchez sees himself as cover for Rice.

Russ of the BML 12:40 Fri Aug 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ta Al.

Great stuff from Steinberg.

LeroysBoots 12:16 Fri Aug 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Agree with all of that, seeing as Jacob is a West Ham fan its spot on

Sydney_Iron 12:14 Fri Aug 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:11 Fri Aug 10

Thanks Alan 12:11 Fri Aug 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Copyright 2006 WHO.NET | Powered by: