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 12:43 Mon Oct 28
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are prepared to meet Borussia Dortmund's demands as they attempt to sign England forward Jadon Sancho from the Bundesliga club, who want at least £100m for the 19-year-old. (Mirror)

Manchester City are set to make an approach for Napoli's Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz, 23. (CalcioMercato)

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is planning a loan bid for Chelsea's 19-year-old England Under-20 defender Reece James. (Sun)

Real Madrid hope to take advantage of the deteriorating relationship between Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe and manager Thomas Tuchel in order to sign the 20-year-old France international. (AS)

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has called for the Premier League club to sign Morocco playmaker Hakim Ziyech, 26, from Dutch side Ajax.(NOS)

Bayern Munich bosses have played down the chances of 30-year-old German forward Thomas Muller, who has been linked with Manchester United, leaving the club in January. (Mirror)

Barcelona's Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31, is "open to offers" regarding a January move, with United and Juventus monitoring the player. (Marca)

Southampton want Erik Stoffelshaus, who has worked at Bundesliga side Schalke and Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow, to become their new sporting director, with Manchester United also interested in the 48-year-old German. (Sun)

A photographer plans to send Brescia the bill for his broken camera after Italian former Liverpool and Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli, 29, kicked it in frustration at being substituted. (Sun)

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The Mill has been waiting years to be given a more prominent role on this website. The idea was that we’d hang around until no one was left and then could choose the best office and do what the hell we wanted, instead of following incomprehensible instructions every morning. It’s a tactic that hasn’t been particularly successful seeing as we’re typing this out in a broom cupboard with no natural light.

Perhaps our experience is why Mesut Özil is reconsidering his tactic of trying to outlast Unai Emery at Arsenal so he can remember what it was like to play regular football again. Reports in the USA suggest the playmaker had been hoping Emery would be sacked so he could come back in from the cold at the Emirates, but with that still looking unlikely he’s mulling over the idea of a move to MLS, where DC United are in the market for a European player three seasons past their best to replace Wayne Rooney. David Beckham vanity project Inter Miami may also wave wads of cash in Özil’s direction to divert him down to Florida. And after Sunday’s shenanigans, who could blame Granit Xhaka if Arsenal’s captain felt like joining him.

Real Madrid will strap £90m to Gareth Bale and dangle him from a crane outside Ed Woodward’s office at Old Trafford in the hope it will tempt him into letting Paul Pogba live out his dream by becoming a galáctico. The problem is, United physios have taken a look at Bale’s injury record, winced loudly, and instructed the club to swerve any deal for the Welsh winger. So good luck with that one. In fact, if you look closely at what Woodward’s up to, you may see that he’s counting out £125m in cash so Manchester United can make a double swoop on Bayern Munich for talented midfield tyro Kai Havertz and ageing schemer Thomas Müller. They still haven’t given up on Jadon Sancho, either, and may test Dortmund’s resolve with a £100m bid for the former Manchester City youngster.

Another player who Real Madrid want to offload is James Rodríguez. They’re hoping they can use him as a sweetener in a deal for PSG’s Kylian Mbappé. Though some reports suggest Liverpool may be in the running for the lightning quick France striker now that Nike are confirmed as the club’s kit manufacturer. Mbappé is part of their swoosh stable of footballers you see and, in modern football, stuff like that helps, apparently. The mind boggles.

Look away now Tottenham fans: Napoli and Juventus are sniffing around Son Heung-min. They have serious cash to offer too and we all know that that sparkly new stadium isn’t going to pay for itself anytime soon.

Barcelona and Manchester United both like the cut of Lautaro Martínez’s jib. The Internazionale forward won’t come cheap, though. He has a release clause of £96m. Mind you, Inter have the hots for Ivan Rakitic, another United target, so they’re more likely to thrash out a deal with the Spanish champions. If United want a midfielder, a more realistic option is Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips. Mike Phelan has been watching the 23-year-old very carefully and his ability to run around a lot while looking vaguely interested puts him ahead of pretty much every United midfielder other than Scott McTominay.

Arsenal and Tottenham have heard that Joe Gomez is not happy with being a bit-part player at Liverpool and they’re ready to go toe-to-toe for the defender in a bidding war this January. And Wayne Rooney’s son, Kai, is off to Manchester City’s academy. He’s nine – just let him play Fortnite for goodness sake!


EXCLUSIVE: West Ham, Southampton eye move for Brentford star

Brentford are set to recall Finnish striker Marcus Forss in January, but he could be heading for the Premier League and not Griffin Park, we can reveal.

Forss joined Brentford in 2018, and this season was loaned out to AFC Wimbledon – where he has performed brilliantly, scoring seven goals in just six games.

Now the 20-year-old has had the scouts flocking to see him, and we understand Brentford have been inundated with enquiries.

Indeed, the likes of West Ham, Brighton, Watford and Southampton are all keen on the player.

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Texas Iron 7:28 Tue Oct 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Haller not happy...lone striker role..Not surprising...

ted fenton 9:37 Mon Oct 28
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
147man 4:19 Mon Oct 28

147man 4:19 Mon Oct 28
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Stoat

The Stoat 1:24 Mon Oct 28
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller is becoming more and more cheesed off with manager Manuel Pellegrinis tactics, according to Claret & Hugh.

The reliable Hammers news source claims that the Frenchman is clearly now frustrated with the Chilean continuing to play him up front on his own.

The 25-year-old has started nine of the Irons 10 Premier League games so far this campaign, and every one has seen him operate as the lone frontman in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

And the former Eintracht Frankfurt mans body language was very negative against Sheffield United on Saturday, complete with a few irritated glares cast around the London Stadium.

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