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 1:12 Tue Oct 29
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua have again been linked with Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, after coming close to signing the 30-year-old in the summer. (Marca)

Bale flew to London to meet his agent on Monday as uncertainty continues over his future at the Bernabeu. (Mail)

Bale has asked Real not to publish his medical records, exercising his right under Spanish law of protection of personal data. He has missed the past two matches after being injured on international duty with Wales, but the La Liga giants have not given any update on his fitness. (ESPN)

Manchester City are looking at Real Sociedad's Spain forward Mikel Oyarzabal, 22, as a replacement for 23-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane, who was a summer target for Bayern Munich. (Sky Germany - in German)

Roma have rejected the chance to sign English former City midfielder Jack Rodwell, 28. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

England defender Chris Smalling, 29, is expected to return to Manchester United once his year-long loan spell at Roma expires in the summer, despite recent rumours of a permanent move to the Italian club. (Sky Sports)

United are interested in signing two French players - Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, 20, and Lyon's 23-year-old forward Moussa Dembele. (ESPN)

Tottenham Hotspur have told Inter Milan they will not sell Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen in January but the Italian side hope the 32-year-old will join on a free transfer in the summer. (Guardian)

England goalkeeper Fraser Forster is willing to take a pay cut to rejoin Celtic on a permanent basis. The 31-year-old is on a season-long loan deal at the Scottish champions from Southampton.(The Scotsman)

Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka, 27, was visited at home by three senior players after his angry reaction to being booed by Gunners' supporters as he was substituted in the home draw with Crystal Palace. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Switzerland midfielder Xhaka is set for a meeting with his club in the next few days to discuss what happened at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. (Sky Sports)

Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette has 'liked' an Instagram post making a forceful remark to Xhaka and calling for manager Unai Emery to be sacked. (London Evening Standard)

Liverpool's Cameroonian defender Joel Matip, 28, could be out for as long as six weeks after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury. (London Evening Standard)

Napoli will abandon hopes of signing RB Salzburg's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland in January because they expect Manchester United to sign the 19-year-old. (Corriere dello Sport, via Talksport)

Newcastle United are encouraging Brazilian forward Joelinton, 23, to bring some of his family to England to help him settle and improve his form on the pitch. (Telegraph)

Besiktas want to end their two-year loan agreement with Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius early and send the 26-year-old German back to Anfield in January. (Takvim, via Sun)

Spurs are set to give young players such as 17-year-old Republic of Ireland forward Troy Parrott a chance rather than go into the transfer market in January. (Star)

Liverpool's former England midfielder James Milner, 33, wants to stay with the club beyond his current contract, which expires at the end of the season. (Guardian)

Three Arsenal officials were left frustrated recently having travelled to watch Eddie Nketiah play for loan club Leeds against West Brom - only for the 20-year-old England Under-21 forward not to feature. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Premier League clubs are to discuss changing the policy on the issue of letting referees consult pitchside monitors in order to ease the criticism of the video assistant referee (VAR). (Times - subscription required)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

The sparkling football being played by Real Sociedad this season has not gone unnoticed by – who else? – Manchester City, who are sniffing around their attacker Mikel Oyarzabal. The 22-year-old has four goals in 10 La Liga matches this term and Sky Germany suggests City want the Spain international as a replacement for 2018’s Leroy Sané, who was a target for persistent Bayern Munich in the summer but is currently sidelined with an ACL injury.

Another striking talent rumoured – again – to be on the move out of Spain is Gareth Bale, the latest mooted destination for the Welsh forward being the Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, who tried to sign him in the summer. Bale is apparently chewing things over in London at the moment with his agent, according to the Mail.

Fraser Forster has taken a good long look at Southampton’s painfully porous defence and decided he’d rather not go back to St Mary’s but instead make his loan move back to Celtic permanent, the Scotsman suggests. “To come back to Celtic like this is fantastic so I’d never say no to this club,” the goalkeeper trilled, though the Scottish champions may find it difficult to match his reported £70,000-a-week wages.

Manchester United are never far from the Mill’s grindings, and the latest tittle-tattle has them linked with Lille’s midfielder Boubakary Soumaré, and the Lyon forward Moussa Dembélé (the former Fulham and Celtic one). They might also have Chris Smalling back in the building too, as Sky Sports says that he is expected to return to Old Trafford in the summer when his loan spell at Roma expires. United’s pursuit of Norwegian starlet Erling Braut Håland has apparently deterred Napoli from pressing their interest.

Loris Karius could yet be heading back to Anfield as Beskitas want to send him back early from his two-year loan spell in Turkey, according to Takvim.

Down in League One, the AFC Wimbledon striker’s Marcus Forss’s prolific start to the season has attracted interest from West Ham and Southampton. Forss, on loan from Brentford, has scored seven goals in nine appearances for a struggling side. And Leicester and Watford are thought to be tracking Ronald Sobowale, cousin of David Alaba, who has been taken on trial by Middlesbrough but is currently on the books of Whyteleafe in the Isthmian League South East Division.

Soccer Souls

Well done Pellegrini – Why West Ham have struck gold by signing this 17-year-old Man United prospect

West Ham have completed the signing of former Man United academy prospect Mipo Odubeko, who was a free agent following his departure from Old Trafford earlier in the summer.

The 17-year-old, who bagged as many as 35 goals for United’s U-18 side last campaign, was regarded as one of the hottest emerging prospects in the Red Devils’ academy but he turned down the opportunity to put pen to paper on fresh terms.

The teenager’s availability on a free transfer had put a number of foreign clubs like Bayern Munich and Genoa on red alert but West Ham eventually managed to beat off competition to bring Mipo Odubeko to East London.

Born in Tallaght, Ireland, to parents of Nigerian descent, Odubeko moved to England in 2015 and chose to join Man United over their cross-town rivals Man City. The highly-rated starlet has already featured for Republic of Ireland’s U-17 side but he remains eligible to represent Nigeria at the senior level.

Ideally, Odubeko would have expected to make progress to the U-23 level this term after proving his credentials for Man United’s U-18s last season.

However, as per the report, the 17-year-old is likely to initially start training with the U-18 side in East London, given that he was without a club during pre-season and would definitely need some time to get his fitness levels up to the mark.

The new recruit, though, could face stiff competition for places up top in Mark Phillips’ U-18 ranks, with the likes of Sebastian Nebyla and Veron Parks already sharing 9 goals between them in the U-18 Premier League.

To put things into perspective, West Ham already have a number of up and coming academy talents like Grady Diangana, Nathan Holland, Conor Coventry, Josh Cullen and Joe Powell staking a claim for a role in Manuel Pellegrini’s team and Mipo Odubeko looks like yet another fantastic addition to the existing pool of burgeoning young talents in East London.

West Ham’s widely-acclaimed youth system has blooded numerous England internationals over the years, with Declan Rice being the latest academy gem to make a big impression on the first-team.

Diangana, too, enjoyed a lot of involvement last season and Pellegrini has shown that he is not afraid to give the youngsters a chance if they are good enough to do a job.


Mipo Odubeko is only 17 and still very much in his formative years as a footballer but early signs suggest that he has all it takes to evolve into a top-quality professional in the years to come and the Hammers could have a gem on their hands in the future if he goes on to fulfil his promise.

There are plenty of stages still left in his development curve, which includes making a transition to the U-23s and then moving out on loan to some Football League club in order to gain professional exposure before he is ready to make the jump up to the Premier League.

That he racked up such impressive numbers in front of goal for United’s U-18s last season is definitely a mark of rapid progress and Odubeko will be keen to show his new employers what he is capable of.

All in all, West Ham snapping up Mipo Odubeko is a move that highlights the club’s faith in blooding young talents and one that could go on to pay rich dividends moving forward.

Sport Witness

West Ham United official sent to Greece on transfer mission – Interesting options

Olympiacos beat AEK in the Athens derby on Sunday, thanks to goals from Ruben Semedo and Mady Camara, as they moved to the top of the league after eight games.

According to Sdna.Gr, a ‘parade of scouts’ were present at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium with West Ham United one of the clubs said to have sent an official.

There’s no indication who the Hammers were watching and it seems this was just a general scouting trip, with several interesting options.

Along with West Ham, it’s reported Lyon, Saint Etienne, Eintracht Frankfurt and Feyenoord sent scouts as they checked on some of Olympiacos’ players, including Daniel Podence, Mady Kamara, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Andreas Bouchalakis and Georgios Masuras.

Podence has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks by the Greek press and now it’s reported a number of clubs are showing interest.

Mady Camara, who scored the second goal of the game, has been linked with a move to German side Eintracht Frankfurt, whist left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas has been impressing with his performances this season.

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Texas Iron 8:18 Tue Oct 29
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Alwaysaniron 1:29 Tue Oct 29
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