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 1:43 Tue Nov 5
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are preparing to offer Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, plus £70m in exchange for Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling. (Sky Sports)

City have told Real to forget about signing 24-year-old Sterling. (Star)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will have up to £150m to spend on players in January if their transfer ban is lifted. (Telegraph)

The Blues have Crystal Palace's Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 26, and RB Leipzig's Germany striker Timo Werner on their list of potential targets. (Express)

Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with Werner but his club say they do not intend to let the 23-year-old leave. (Mirror)

Manchester United have made West Ham United and England midfielder Declan Rice, 20, their top target for next summer - but he may be brought to the Old Trafford club as soon as January. (Goal)

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is under pressure for the first time in his 18-month tenure at London Stadium. (Sun)

Real Madrid have reignited their interest in Borussia Dortmund's 19-year-old England and winger Jadon Sancho. (Mail)

Chelsea have entered the race for Lyon's French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, with the former Celtic player also a target for Manchester United.(Mail)

Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho would be interested in taking the vacant Bayern Munich manager's job, according to former Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who played for the Portuguese at Old Trafford. (Evening Standard)

Ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is among Bayern's list of candidates to replace their former boss Niko Kovac, who left the Bundesliga champions at the weekend. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag has confirmed he will be staying at Ajax amid reported interest from Bayern Munich.(Talksport)

Leicester City have opened negotiations with Club Bruges about a potential move for Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis, 21, in January. (Leicester Mercury)

The Foxes and Newcastle United are interested in signing Senegal striker Habib Diallo, 24, from French side Metz. (Express)

Magpies and England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 27, is set to become the next senior player to sign a new contract with the St James' Park club. (Northern Echo)

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale faces a race against time to make Wales' Euro 2020 qualifiers next week after he tore his calf muscle last month. (Sun)

Manchester United will remain without France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, for at least another four weeks because of his ankle injury. (ESPN)

United have rejected a bid of £13m from Roma for England defender Chris Smalling, with the 29-year-old on a season-long loan deal at the Serie A side. (Star)

Wolverhampton Wanderers are preparing a £13m bid for Atalanta's Swedish midfielder Dejan Kulusevski, 23, who has also been linked with Manchester City and Arsenal. (Sport Witness)

Wolves have joined Watford and Newcastle in tracking Royal Antwerp's Portuguese defender Aurelio Buta, 22. (Birmingham Mail)

Tottenham Hotspur have offered England Under-20 defender Japhet Tanganga a new deal to prevent the 20-year-old leaving at the end of his existing contract next summer. (Football Insider)

Leicester, Wolves and Everton are all chasing Burnley's English winger Dwight McNeil, 19. (Teamtalk)

Arsenal have parted company with head of youth scouting Steve Morrow - who scored the winning goal in the 1993 League Cup final before breaking his arm in the celebrations - as part of a planned restructuring of the club's academy. (London Evening Standard)

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Will Unwin

Real Madrid are willing to give Manchester City £70m and professional golfer Gareth Bale in exchange for Raheem Sterling. To make sure the England winger is any good, Spanish scouts will travel to watch him against Montenegro and Kosovo to see if he can deliver on the big stage. A return to the Premier League would at least give Bale the chance to learn who the prime minister is.

The French champions, Paris Saint-Germain, are the latest team to show an interest in the Ajax goalkeeper André Onana. Spurs have also been linked to the Cameroon international and could challenge PSG next summer for his signature. The fee for the former Barcelona youngster would be in the region of £35m, which is not to be sniffed at.

If Chelsea’s appeal against a two-year transfer ban is successful, they will spend January throwing cash around like the Wolf of Wall Street. The Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé and wingers Wilfried Zaha and Jadon Sancho all feature on a post-Christmas shopping list and Frank Lampard supposedly has £150m to spend, which might get him two of those three.

Back in 2018, Ed Woodward had a cunning plan to sign Raphaël Varane and Marco Verrati for Manchester United, but that pesky José Mourinho was not keen, instead splashing out on Fred. Presently, their focus is on replacing the Brazilian with someone better, their main target being West Ham’s Declan Rice. But Hammers fans needn’t worry, as they have a cunning plan in the form of the Rosenberg full-back Birger Meling, who spent a year in Middlesbrough’s academy way back when.

A whole host of Premier League clubs are eyeing up Royal Antwerp’s Aurélio Buta, with Wolves, Newcastle and Watford all keeping tabs on the defender. Meanwhile, Leicester are also scouting in Belgium and have supposedly opened talks with Club Brugge over Emmanuel Dennis.

One player looking to go nowhere is the on-loan PSG striker Mauro Icardi, who says: “I will do everything to stay here.” The Argentinian is on a season-long from Internazionale and he does not want to go back to Italy, one assumes as it is considerably harder to score goals in Serie A, the forward having scored seven goals in eight games since arriving in the French capital.

The Pink Un

City star Buendia subject of interest from West Ham last summer - report

Norwich City midfielder Emi Buendia was reportedly a target for Premier League rivals West Ham United during the previous summer transfer window.

Buendia played a starring role in City's title-winning squad last season, scoring eight and assisting 12 in 38 matches following his arrival from Spanish side Getafe.

Teething issues in the top-flight have seen inconsistent performances from the Argentinean midfielder although four assists in 12 games display his underlying creative qualities.

The Canaries are struggling to adjust to life in the top-flight, as they occupy the relegation zone with seven points.

Buendia has been a major protagonist of their offensive set-up, with key performances in victories against Manchester City and Newcastle crucial to City gaining points.

Whilst the Canaries own form is concerning, Buendia continues to be a source of continued attacking productivity, with Manchester City duo Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva being the only two operators to have assisted more goals than him in the Premier League this term.

Manuel Pelligrini's side have suffered a slump since their 2-0 victory over City as they find themselves without a win since September.

They sit 13th in the table despite holding lofty ambitions to push into the top six of the Premier League.

United possess an abundance of offensive talent with the arrivals of Spanish winger Pablo Fornals and French forward Sebastien Haller bolstering their attacking force in the summer.

Pelligrini also has Felipe Anderson, who signed for a club record fee from Lazio in 2018, and Ukrainian international Andriy Yarmolenko at his disposal but has seen his side struggle to construct chances consistently this season.

According to the Athletic, Buendia was on a list of potential targets for United last summer in their quest for more firepower.

Given his impressive form last season, it remains unsurprising that Buendia's name would have been mentioned as a possible recruit.

Any move would have commanded an eye-watering fee, given City would be reluctant to lose their star talent as they look to retain Premier League survival, especially to a divisional competitor.

With their struggling form and the Chilean boss seemingly coming under pressure at the London Stadium, it remains to be seen whether the Hammers will rekindle their interest in the January window.


Juventus ponder move for West Ham playmaker targeted by Liverpool

Juventus are understood to be pondering whether to revive their interest in West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini.

The Athletic report that Lanzini and Felipe Anderson could “command significant transfer fees” next summer, while the Londoners could also face a battle to keep hold of centre-back Issa Diop.

Juve apparently made the 26-year-old Lanzini a target over the summer, before the schemer penned a new deal with the Hammers which ties him to the club until 2023, with an added two-year option.

Lanzini missed most of the 2018/19 campaign with a cruciate ligament injury, but he returned to get a pre-season under his belt and in patches this season he has shown the talent at his disposal.

He has made seven Premier League starts this term and grabbed three assists, though of late he has found himself on the bench with his form under scrutiny.

“I’m so happy to sign a new contract for West Ham,” said Lanzini in August. “I think it’s the best decision for me.

“I’ve been here for a long time and I’ve said in an interview before that I like West Ham, I like the fans, I like the staff and when I came here all the people were comfortable with me. I like to stay here.

“It’s a big decision but also easy, because when you feel good in one club and you like the club and the club likes you, it’s easier to decide these things. For me, it was not difficult. It was easy, because I love it here.

“I love London, I love the club, I am happy here, we have a very good team, we have a very good manager and the club wants to change and to be in more competitions in the future and that’s good for us.”

According to Bleacher Report, the playmaker was seen as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho, when he left Liverpool in 2018.

Jurgen Klopp though decided against replacing the Brazilian and he is still to find an heir for Coutinho, who is now on loan with Bayern Munich.

Argentina international Lanzini joined West Ham from Abu Dhabi side Al-Jazira for £9.4m in 2015 and was rated in the £40million bracket in 2018.


Report: West Ham want Norway international Birger Meling

By Jordan Harris

According to a report from the Daily Mail, West Ham United are amongst the group of clubs interested in signing Rosenborg left-back Birger Meling.

The Hammers all well-stocked on the left-hand side. Aaron Cresswell signed a new contract earlier this season. Meanwhile, Arthur Masuaku has shown glimpses of his best form in recent times.

Nevertheless, Manuel Pellegrini is seemingly eyeing a new signing in that position. The Daily Mail reports that the Irons are interested in the Norway international, who spent a year on Middlesbrough’s books when he was a youth player.

The report notes that a number of clubs are monitoring Meling. He has just over a year left on his contract with the title-holders.

TBR View

It is intriguing that West Ham want Meling. Left-back is arguably not an area that Pellegrini needs to address urgently.

Of course, if a marquee signing in that area became available, then it would be worth having a look. However, Meling would have a lot to prove if he did join West Ham in a future window.

He is versatile, and has contributed 23 assists in 160 games at left-back. But given the league he would be arriving from and his contract status, West Ham fans would be forgiven for feeling somewhat underwhelmed for the time-being.

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Texas Iron 12:05 Wed Nov 6
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Mex Martillo 8:42 Tue Nov 5
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Right now I’d flog Anderson for anything close to his signing on fee.
I’d keep Lanzini though. Nice assist on Saturday.
Thanks Alan

Lee Trundle 1:56 Tue Nov 5
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I'd flog Lanzini.

gph 1:51 Tue Nov 5
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Do we KNOW that Meling isn't a two-sided fullback that just happens to have played on the left more often?

There are one or two players that can play both positions.

Thanks, Alan

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