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Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way

Alan 1:23 Wed Nov 28
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Ex-England left-back Ashley Cole, 37, has been offered a new deal by LA Galaxy - just days after being released by the club. (Sun)

But former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Cole is interested in a return to English football and has received offers from numerous Championship clubs. (Mirror)

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would prefer an executive role for his next job, rather than a return to management. (Sky Sports)

Paris St-Germain will use their Champions League match against Liverpool to open talks over a move for Brazil midfielder Fabinho, 25. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is eyeing 20-year-old Porto and Brazil centre-back Eder Militao. (Daily Record)

France forward Ousmane Dembele, 21, has told Barcelona he does not want to leave in January. (ESPN)

Eric Abidal, the Catalan club's sporting director, had dinner with Ajax's 19-year-old Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt last week. (Catalunya Radio via Sport)

Manchester City are closing in on a deal for Columbus Crew and USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen, 23. (Sky Sports)

Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic, 29 is not ruling out moving to a Premier League side, as his Inter Milan side prepare for their match against Tottenham on Wednesday. (Mirror)

A number of scouts from Football League clubs are set to watch Wolves defensive duo Dominic Iorfa, 23, and Ethan Ebanks-Landell, 25, in training with both players apparently surplus to requirements at Molineux. (Birmingham Mail)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to manage in Italy's Serie A. (Standard)

Barcelona are set to rename the Nou Camp in a £355m deal. (RAC1 - in Spanish)

Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba says he learned a lot from former Blues team-mate Frank Lampard, who now manages Derby. (Goal)

Ex-Chelsea and Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff is in talks to coach Celtic Under-20s. (Sun)

Bradford City joint-chairman Edin Rahic wants to leave the club. (Telegraph)

PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Liverpool's front three - Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino - is the best in the world. (Mirror)

Derby fans will take inflatable snakes to Stoke's Bet 365 Stadium on Wednesday to wave at Potters manager Gary Rowett, who walked out on the Rams in May. (Telegraph)

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Ben Fisher

Wherever next for Ashley Cole? After turning his nose up at a paltry – by his standards – £5,000-a-week contract extension at LA Galaxy, the former Arsenal and Chelsea defender is studiously weighing up his next move like Magnus Carlsen. Providing the 37-year-old can pull himself away from Hollywood, all sundry of Championship clubs are keen on his signature. Cole has tickled the fancy of Aston Villa, as well as Derby, managed by his friend and former England team-mate Frank Lampard.

As for Paris Saint-Germain, this is the moment they have been waiting for. By taking on Liverpool in the Champions League, they have the perfect opportunity to whisper in the ear of Fabinho, with Thomas Tuchel keen on opening talks with the Brazil international who arrived on Merseyside from Monaco last summer. Staying in Europe, José Mourinho may finally have the new centre-back he so badly craves, with Porto defender Éder Militão being tracked by Manchester United bigwigs.

Across the city, Pep Guardiola is preparing to rubber-stamp a move for the USA No 1 Zack Steffen, whose summer switch from Columbus Crew to Bristol City fell through owing to work permit issues. Manchester City will have no such problems, ready to snap up the goalkeeper for a cool £7.8m and then immediately loan him to feeder club Girona.

And word that Arsène Wenger’s agent was perched in one of the posh seats at the Allianz Arena on Saturday has added fuel to the the ‘Wenger In’ fire. Bayern Munich are ready to plump for the Frenchman, though Niko Kovac gave himself some breathing space with a thumping 5-1 win over Benfica in Bavaria. Wenger could yet return in a role upstairs, an executive position as opposed to a kicking-and-screaming one.

Elsewhere, the Bradford City joint-chairman Edin Rahic is set to walk out on the League One club, ending a tumultuous two-year reign alongside Stefan Rupp, while Football League clubs are queuing up round the block for Dominic Iorfa and Ethan Ebanks-Landell, both of whom have been told they can leave Wolves.


West Ham transfer under the spotlight as Sampdoria president arrested over financial crime allegations

Massimo Ferrero has had his assets seized and been arrested on charges of embezzlement, money laundering and fraud

Ed Malyon

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has had his assets seized and been arrested over financial crimes by Italian authorities.

Among the transactions under the microscope are the transfer of midfielder Pedro Obiang to West Ham, from which €1.2m (£1.06m) have allegedly gone missing from the Serie A club's accounts. There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the part of the east London side.

Ferrero is one of six people being investigated over a number of charges including embezzlement, money laundering, misappropriation of funds, fraud, the issuing of false invoices and using money, assets or benefits of illicit origin.

The Rome-born magnate was allegedly part of a conspiracy to syphon funds from the Obiang transfer and others, using false documents, to move money to a separate company owned by Ferrero in order to service debts and finance a film project. Ferrero made his money in the movie industry.

In total, more than €2.6m (£2.2m) is understood to have gone missing from the club's accounts with up to €500,000 having allegedly been funnelled out of the club in the form of falsified labour disputes in order to buy property in Florence. A property in Florence has been seized by authorities.


Hammers look for fee as striker’s form improves

West Ham loanee Jordan Hugil’s improving form has given renewed hope the club will finally sell the David Moyes signing on in the summer.

Hugill – who inexplicably was brought in by the Scot for £10 million and failed to start a game – has been loaned out to his hometown club Middlesbrough and is finally starting to make an impact after a slow start.

The striker has now scored three times in the last three games as Boro have moved into third place in the Championship.

We understand the north eastern outfit have an option to buy attached to the loan and the Hammers also have payments due if the player helps Boro into the Premier League.

The Hammers will want a minimum of £6 million for the 26 year old should manager Tony Pulis decide to launch a bid for him.

Pulis commented on the player’s improved form recently and Hugill too has declared that he is now getting back to the sharpness he had before arriving at West Ham where he became virtually ignored.

Irons midfielder grabs five goals from last eight games

Exciting Hammers midfielder Marcus Brown scored twice as Oxford beat Rochdale in the League One fixture at the Kassam Stadium last night.

And that took the player’s tally to seven from 20 games this season with five of them coming in the last eight games.

Browne is seen as one of the brightest Under 23 prospects at West Ham and is on a season-long loan with Oxford which is going particularly well.

Two goals in three minutes in the first half put the U’s in control with Jamie Mackie turning the ball home in the 11th minute after Josh Lillis could only parry Rob Dickie’s header from Cameron Brannagan’s corner.
Three minutes later the lively Browne raced down the left and cut the ball back for James Henry to fire in first-time.
Ian Henderson pulled one back in the 30th minute, with his 13th goal of the season, when Simon Eastwood failed to hold Callum Camps’ free kick.

However, Browne made it 3-1 in the 52nd minute, hammering in James Hanson’s right-wing cross from close range before adding a second in the 78th minute.

ClaretandHugh says: Marcus is one of the best of the crop at the academy and his Oxford loan spell is clearly doing him the world of good. Like so many, he was being tipped for a first team breakthrough this season but instead his academy bosses decided he would be better off developing his skills on loan and it looks a very wide decision. Some player develop quicker by going out whilst others are more comfortable learning at West Ham. Declan Rice was the perfect example of that as he developed straight from the academy into first team football. Marcus shot to relative prominence when he grabbed four goals in an away match at Everton to deprive the Toffees youngsters of the Premier League division two title last season. At that time he was captain of the Hammers youngsters and looks another academy star in the making.


Oxford United fans react on Twitter to West Ham United loanee Marcus Browne's showing

John Verrall

West Ham United youngster Marcus Browne has caught the eye through his performances at Oxford United.

Oxford United fans are raving about the performance of West Ham United loanee Marcus Browne last night.

Oxford ran out 4-2 winners over Rochdale yesterday, and Browne put in a man of the match display.

The West Ham attacker was a constant threat throughout the contest, and he managed to score a brace to wrap up the three points.

And Oxford fans were lavishing praise on the youngster, who has made a huge impression in League One, since leaving the London Stadium.

Luke Williams @lukeawilliams93

Marcus Browne on fire tonight #oufc

Joe Citrone @Joe_Citrone

Marcus Browne is an absolute joy to watch when he plays like that. Absolutely brilliant performance.

Andy Wilmer @andywilmer

The composure and technical ability by Browne for our fourth was something to be in awe of. He really does remind me of Roofe. Hopefully we can keep hold of him for the season as a minimum. #OUFC

Andrew Bedding @billyoufc

I fear browne won't be here after January and I think the club already know this. can see West ham recalling him to send him back out to a championship side hence the reason why we have moved quick for jordon Graham #oufc

stuart @McraeStuart

Eastwood at fault for both goals, however made game changing save at 3-1 so will let him off, Marcus Browne was immense

Richard Jackson @rlj76

Marcus Browne I love you!!!!

Browne now has six goals in 15 appearances for Oxford, and the West Ham man actually may be playing below his level.

Already the youngster looks to be one of the best players in the third tier of English football, which bodes well for his future.

West Ham have high hopes for Browne, who is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in their academy.

Oxford are next in action at the weekend when they take on Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.

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