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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 1:43 Wed Nov 6
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Red Bull Salzburg have put an £86m asking price on 19-year-old Norway forward Erling Braut Haaland. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are both interested in signing Haaland. (Marca - in Spanish)

Italian champions Juventus sent scouts to watch Haaland against Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Calciomercato)

Arsenal could look to sell Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka in January after the 27-year-old was stripped of the captaincy. (Mirror)

Leicester City are interested in Club Bruges and Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis, who could cost £20m. (Mirror)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says it is Paris St-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe's dream to play for the Bernabeu club. (AS - in Spanish)

Manchester United are monitoring the progress of Burnley's England Under-21 winger Dwight McNeil, 19 - having released him from their youth set-up five years ago. (Sun)

Aston Villa will turn down any offer made by United for Scottish midfielder John McGinn, 25. (Birmingham Mail)

Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri would be perfect for Manchester United, says Italian World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi. (Mail)

Alternatively, Allegri would be the right choice for Bayern Munich, says former striker Luca Toni. (Sport1, via Goal)

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he would be interested in the vacant Bayern job. (Bein Sports)

Stoke City have made a move for Scotland manager Steve Clarke, who only took charge of his national team in May. (Sun)

Chelsea and England midfielder Mason Mount, 20, has played down comments from former team-mate Mitchell van Bergen that he could join Real Madrid or Barcelona. (Express)

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wanted to sign Paris St-Germain and Italy midfielder Marco Verratti, 27, and Real Madrid's 26-year-old France defender Raphael Varane before he stepped away from the club's recruitment strategy. (Manchester Evening News)

Wolves and Bournemouth are interested in signing Huddersfield Town's former England Under-19 striker Karlan Grant, 22, in January. (Sun)

Real Madrid have held talks with Napoli's Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz, 23, over a potential move to the Bernabeu next season. (ESPN)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is happy with Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen's commitment, despite the 27-year-old being linked with a move away from the club. (Football London)

Arsenal should "break the bank" to bring Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers to the club, says former Gunners player Paul Merson. (Sky Sports)

Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 26, is doing "everything" to make his loan move at Paris St-Germain from Inter Milan permanent. (RMC - in French)

Barcelona will watch Bayer Leverkusen's Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 20, in Wednesday's Champions League game against Atletico Madrid. (ESPN)

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, reportedly a target for Aston Villa, says he has had no contact with any club but the Colombian, 23, added: "Many teams would be offering a good amount of money for me." (Antena 2, via Birmingham Mail)

Sam Allardyce says he missed out on signing Leicester City's 32-year-old former England striker Jamie Vardy from Fleetwood Town for £1m when he was West Ham United manager. (Talksport)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Behind the scenes at Old Trafford Manchester United’s massive chequebook is flexing and preening as it continues its own gruelling pre-season training, ahead of a short but perhaps rather busy January campaign. According to the Mirror, United are “plotting an £80m raid on Bayer Leverkusen for new German sensation Kai Havertz”, who has become their “No 1 target”, with the club happily “confident of luring the 20-year-old to Old Trafford in a bumper deal”.

Now might be a good time for United to make their move, given that Europe’s top clubs all seem to be distracted by thoughts of Red Bull Salzburg’s Erling Haaland. Marca report that Barcelona and Real Madrid have joined the race for the 19-year-old goal grabber, whose value has been estimated at somewhere between a laughably low €12m and a hilariously high €100m. Juventus, Bayern Munich and United themselves are also in the running, apparently – though just last week Bild insisted that “more than 20 clubs” have targeted the Norwegian ace. United have also been linked with Burnley’s Dwight McNeil, a 19-year-old who was in their own academy until, when he was 14, they decided he wasn’t going to be very good. “I’m a Man United fan, despite what happened,” he says. “I’ll always be a Man United fan. I just wasn’t up to their standards.” Fortunately he has since improved, or their standards have since slipped. One or the other. Perhaps both.

Brendan Rodgers is planning to strike while the iron is hot – or while the Foxes are hot, anyway – by using his club’s enviable league position to attract some top-notch talent in January. The Mirror links Leicester with a £20m move for Emmanuel Dennis, Club Bruges’ 21-year-old Nigerian striker who has previously been linked with both Arsenal and Sheffield United. Rodgers is also keen on Real Sociedad’s Diego Llorente, a 26-year-old centre-back with a £45m release clause. Meanwhile at Rodgers’ former club Liverpool, scouts are running the rule over yet another Bundesliga-based youngster in the shape of Hertha Berlin’s 21-year-old winger Javairo Dilrosun.

Bournemouth and Wolves are preparing for a couple of important contests. The first takes place at the Vitality Stadium later this month, with three league points on the line. The second will follow in January, with both clubs planning moves for Huddersfield’s 22-year-old striker Karlan Grant, whose fine form – and nine league goals so far this season – look likely to lead to his departure just a year after his £2m arrival from Charlton.

The Times reports that the decision to strip Granit Xhaka of the Arsenal captaincy “means he is likely to move in January, potentially returning to Germany”. And having not given him so much as a single minute of first-team football since the first game of the season – though he did get closer than ever to a Champions League debut when he spent the entirety of Wednesday’s goalless draw against Slavia Prague on the bench – Barcelona are ready to let their 21-year-old midfielder Carles Alena leave in January – but only on loan, just in case he turns out to actually be good. Milan are apparently the favourites to seal a deal, though Tottenham are also in the mix.

All Nigeria

17-Goal West Ham Winger Likened To Wilfried Zaha Pledges Future To Nigeria Over

Allnigeriasoccer.com can exclusively report that talented West Ham winger Joseph Johnson has pledged his international future to Nigeria.

Coach Haruna Ilerika will be delighted with this news as the Hammers youngster is age-eligible to represent Nigeria U15 National Team as he was born in June 2005.

Johnson also has the eligibility to play for England and he's believed to be on the radar of the English Football Association, but his priority for now is to represent the Future Eagles, which will certainly please his father.

Touted as one of the brightest young players at the West Ham Academy, Johnson is a winger with explosive pace, direct and a composed finisher, and has been likened to Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.

He has scored 12 goals for West Ham's U15 team so far this season and 5 goals for the U16s while providing nine assists.

Johnson was on target for West Ham U15s in a friendly against RB Leipzig in October and having impressed in that game the Saxony-based club and Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim are exploring ways to bring him to Germany.


QPR boss reacts to Ryan Mannings' links with West Ham and Newcastle

Danny Owen

Premier League pair Newcastle United and West Ham are reportedly looking to sign rising Championship starlet Ryan Manning from Queens Park Rangers.

Mark Warburton is not surprised to see Queens Park Rangers ace Ryan Manning catch the eye of West Ham United and Newcastle, telling West London Sport that the speculation is the inevitable result of his excellent form for the Championship side.

The Northern Echo reported recently that Newcastle were planning a £3 million deal to bring the Republic of Ireland U21 international to St James’ Park during the January transfer window while West Ham are also admirers of a player who has shone in an unfamiliar left-back role in recent months (London News).

Manning has been a revelation on the flanks since Warburton took over, having moved out wide despite spending much of his early career in the centre of midfield, and that versatility appears to have caught the eye of at least two Premier League clubs.

Warburton isn’t getting worried just yet, however, pointing out that the Galway-born youngster is happy with life at Loftus Road.

“Ryan’s been playing well and it’s part and parcel of the game that there’ll be speculation about a player who’s performing well,” admitted the former Nottingham Forest and Rangers boss

“It doesn’t bother me and I know Ryan is happy here and knows he has to stay fully focused. In many ways the more speculation there is about players the better. It means they’re doing well.”

It looks set to be a testing transfer window for QPR, who are just two points adrift of the automatic promotion spots despite successive defeats to Brentford and Leeds.

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Mex Martillo 10:33 Wed Nov 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 4:58 Wed Nov 6

The Stoat 4:58 Wed Nov 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 2:22 Wed Nov 6

Texas Iron 3:41 Wed Nov 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Hope MP is working them hard on the training field...

ted fenton 2:22 Wed Nov 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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