WHO Poll
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 1:05 Wed Jun 26
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Lyon's France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 22, for a club record £60m. Ndombele played 34 games last season as Lyon qualified for the Champions League by finishing third in Ligue 1. (Sun)

Spurs are also close to signing Leeds United's 18-year-old English winger Jack Clarke for about £8.5m. Clarke made 22 Championship appearances in 2018-19. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are competing with Arsenal to sign Saint-Etienne's France Under-19 defender William Saliba. The Gunners have had an opening offer of £27m for the 18-year-old turned down. (Mirror)

Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho appears to have distanced himself from the vacant manager's job at Newcastle United. (Mail)

Spain striker Ayoze Perez is one of a number Newcastle players considering their future at the club after the departure of manager Rafael Benitez. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain want Neymar to stay at the club if the Brazil international can improve his performances. The French champions could be prepared to sell the 27-year-old but would want more than the 222m euros (£200m) they signed him for from Barcelona. (Telegraph)

Manchester City have held talks with Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici about a £44m deal to sign Portugal defender Joao Cancelo, 25. (TuttoMercatoWeb, via Star)

Manchester United want Sevilla and France forward Wissam Ben Yedder, 28, and will trigger his £35.8m release clause. (ABC de Sevilla)

United are also interested in 15-year-old French forward Mathis Rayan Cherki, who plays for Lyon and is attracting the attention of Real Madrid, Juventus,Barcelona and Bayern Munich.(Telegraph)

Liverpool's Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 31, is wanted by Crystal Palace. The Eagles are prepared to pay £8m for Mignolet, who has two years to run on his contract at Anfield. (Evening Standard)

However, the Reds do not intend to sell Mignolet, and will only consider letting the keeper leave if the fee is acceptable. (ESPN)

Liverpool forward Divock Origi, who scored in the Champions League final win over Tottenham in June, is wanted by Real Betis, with the Spanish club preparing a bid of about £10m for the 24-year-old Belgium international. (Bein Sports - in French)

West Ham's Mexico forward Javier Hernandez, 31, is looking to leave and move to Spain, and the Hammers want to sign Celta Vigo's 22-year-old Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez. (Evening Standard)

Leicester have won the £8m race to sign Luton's English defender James Justin, beating Premier League newcomers Aston Villa and Scottish champions Celtic to the 21-year-old. (Mirror)

Former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 41, is in advanced negotiations for a return to Juventus from PSG on a one-year contract, with a future as a director. (Sky Italia, via Football Italia)

Barcelona are due to complete the signing of France Wold Cup winner Antoine Griezmann for £107m from Atletico Madrid after a release clause in the 28-year-old forward's contract comes into force on 1 July. (Telegraph)

Roma's Italy winger Stephan El Shaarawy, 26, has agreed to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in a £16.11m deal. (Il Tempo)

Napoli could bring Diego Maradona's iconic number 10 shirt out of retirement as they attempt to persuade Real Madrid's Colombia forward James Rodriguez to join. (Mail)

Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley and former West Brom manager Darren Moore are favourites to take charge of Derby County if Frank Lampard leaves for Chelsea.(Derby Telegraph)

Reading's Gambian forward Mo Barrow is wanted by four Ligue 1 clubs, including Montpellier and Rennes. The 26-year-old former Swansea City player is also being eyed by several Turkish sides and wants to leave the Royals after two years. (getreading)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Esteemed French newspaper L’Equipe claims Mauricio Pochettino has interrupted his summer holidays to persuade Tanguy Ndombélé to sign for Tottenham Hotspur. The central midfielder has long been linked with a move to White Hart Lane and it seems Pochettino joined him on a guided tour of the swanky stadium, possibly gave him one of those pints that are poured through the bottom of the glass and convinced him Spurs could win the Premier League next season. A club record fee of anything between £60m and £75m is being mooted for the 22-year-old, depending on where you get your news.

Tottenham are also so close to signing Jack Clarke that some over-enthusiastic busybody has already confirmed the news of the £8m deal on the 18-year-old Leeds winger’s Wikipedia page. And determined to hog the headlines in today’s Rumour Mill after two windows of well-documented inactivity, Tottenham are also in the market for teenage St Étienne central defender William Saliba, but will have to fight off interest from Arsenal, who have already had a £27m offer for the player’s services rejected.

With Manchester United reported to be unwilling to budge so much as an inch on their demand of £150m for Paul Pogba, the French midfielder’s chief suitors, Real Madrid, could take their business elsewhere. Marca claim Madrid may try to sign Donny van de Beek from Ajax, in news that comes towards the end of a month in which the 22-year-old has already been linked with their chief rivals Barcelona. Meanwhile in Italy, Napoli are interested in signing James Rodríguez, one of several high-profile players deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabéu.

Sevilla’s French striker Wissam Ben Yedder is the latest player to crop up on United’s summer shopping list, according to France Football. Also rumoured to have turned heads at PSG and Barcelona, the 28-year-old who scored 30 goals in 54 games for his club last season has a £36m release clause in his contract.

German tabloid Bild say Bayern Munich are unhappy with the apparent lack of enthusiasm with which Manchester City winger Leroy Sané is greeting their overtures and may turn their focus to Barcelona’s Ousmané Dembélé instead. No stranger to the Bundesliga, the 22-year-old made his name at Borussia Dortmund but has often underwhelmed since his move to the Camp Nou despite scoring several crucial goals .

Currently without a club after being released by West Ham at the end of the season, Samir Nasri could be off to the United Arab Emirates to play for Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC, who have offered to pay him £3.6m per year. The high maintenance 31-year-old is believed to have had no shortage of lucrative, if fairly uninspiring offers and has already turned down moves to the A-League with Western United, Olympiacos in Greece and at least one Ligue 1 side. Still at West Ham but eager to leave, Javier Hernández is hoping to find a new home in Spain. Real Betis are in the market for a new striker, but want Liverpool’s Belgian super-sub Divock Origi.

And finally, reports from the Netherlands say Liverpool have been successful in their attempt to sign 17-year-old central defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle in the face of competition from fellow suitors Ajax, Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven.


West Ham's £24m signing Fornals is a striker's dream, says Ashton

Sam France

The former Hammer thinks the new arrival can provide the spark the team have been missing after impressing for Villarreal and Spain

New West Ham signing Pablo Fornals will be a dream for the club's strikers to link up with, according to the club's former forward Dean Ashton.

Fornals, 23, has Hammers fans excited for the new season after two impressive years with Villarreal which have seen him already make his debut for the Spain senior side.

Ashton, who scored 19 goals for West Ham, thinks the hype is justified following the new man’s £24 million ($30m) move from Villarreal earlier this month.

“Fornals is a player that is going to excite West Ham fans,” Ashton told the club’s official website.

“Nowadays I think a lot of teams are looking more at younger prospects that can improve – like Fornals – and he’s already shown with the Spain Under-21s, like with that winning goal he scored against Belgium, that he has real quality.

“Maybe at times last season that was something the team was slightly lacking in midfield; that bit of creativity to break certain teams down, but he can add that for sure.

“Fornals would absolutely be a striker’s dream to play with.”

Fornals notched five goals and six assists in all competitions in his last season at Villarreal, playing a key role for the club in Europe as well as in La Liga.

His creative spark and eye-catching dribbling have inevitably seen him draw comparisons with former team-mate Santi Cazorla, himself much loved in London after his time with Arsenal.

With Cazorla back in Spain and David Silva confirming he will leave Manchester City at the end of this season, Fornals will be hoping he can take up the mantle left by the Premier League’s trailblazing Spanish playmakers.

But, despite the excitement around his signing, Ashton does not think it will be easy for him to break into the first team with the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko providing competition for places in attacking midfield.

“It’s going to be difficult for him to force his way straight in because of the quality that is already there,” he said.

“We’ve seen in previous seasons though that injuries play their part.

“Yarmolenko missing most of last season was a real blow and Lanzini only really got himself back and fully fit towards the end of the season.

“I think Fornals will look at it, as every new signing should do, as a real opportunity to stake a claim early on.”

Fornals whet the appetite for his first season in the Premier League with a goal in Spain Under-21s' 5-0 win over Poland on Saturday night.

He will be hoping to feature against France on Thursday, in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship in Italy.

Caught Offside

West Ham make in TALKS to rival Manchester United to stunning forward transfer

West Ham are reportedly one of the clubs in talks to seal the ambitious transfer of in-form Brazilian forward Everton Soares ahead of the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.

The 23-year-old has really caught the eye at this summer’s Copa America, leading to plenty of transfer rumours linking him with a big move to the Premier League or Europe.

And it seems West Ham are determined to go toe-to-toe with Europe’s elite as they approach Everton over a move ahead of the likes of Man Utd, Man City and AC Milan, according to Spanish outlet AS.

This would be a superb signing for the east London giants if they could pull it off, with Manuel Pellegrini perhaps in need of one or two upgrades to his attack next season.

Everton is currently contracted to Brazilian club Gremio, making him one of only three players in Tite’s squad to be on the books of a club in their home country.

West Ham fans will no doubt be keeping an eye on this one and hoping the likes of United and City have other targets in mind instead of making Everton their top priority.

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kylay 9:18 Wed Jun 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
geoffpikey 2:01 Wed Jun 26

That would be ridiculous.

Los West Ham

jooliandix 9:13 Wed Jun 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
East London giants ?,I suppose it is just us and the Os

Texas Iron 6:16 Wed Jun 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 5:30 Wed Jun 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Bill green 1:39 Wed Jun 26

Mex Martillo 4:17 Wed Jun 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

geoffpikey 2:01 Wed Jun 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Haven't managed to see any of the Copa. But he looks like a talent, sure. Where would he fit in, though?

We need another CF, not a mazy "left winger". Or maybe the plan is get Anderson in ye olde false No 9 role?

God knows. Rumours, half-truths and lies...

(If it's done, we need to change our badge: West Ham Latino)

BRANDED 1:45 Wed Jun 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I was wondering why Everton would let him go but was speed reading.

Sydney_Iron 1:43 Wed Jun 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
geoffpikey 1:41 Wed Jun 26

Fingers crossed we get this Everton lad, has looked Mustard at the Copa, can see him and Fornals linking superbly..........


geoffpikey 1:41 Wed Jun 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan,

That Everton lad looks handy (YouTube!). Nutmeg City. Still, appears to play similar to Anderson so seems a bit of a superfluous buy, tbh. Unless Anderson IS off...

Silly Season well under way....

bill green 1:39 Wed Jun 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks Alan

gph 1:11 Wed Jun 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Everton rarely get relegated...

Thanks, Alan

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