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 2:13 Thu Nov 14
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho wants to leave the German side, with Premier League leaders Liverpool among the clubs showing interest in the 19-year-old England international. (Mail)

Tottenham Hotspur's England left-back Danny Rose, 29, has vowed to run down the final 18 months of his contract after being told by the club that he will not be given a new deal. (London Evening Standard)

Spurs fear 27-year-old Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, and Belgian defenders Jan Vertonghen, 32 and Toby Alderweireld, 30, will follow the same course of action as Rose and leave on free transfers at the end of their deals next summer. (Star)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is thought to be unhappy in the north-west of England and the Spaniard is being linked with a return to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. (Bild - in German)

Chelsea's Brazil winger Willian, whose contract at Stamford Bridge is due to expire next summer, is a target for Juventus and Barcelona, and they could try to sign the 31-year-old on a pre-contract deal in January. (Mirror)

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is keen to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in January. The 33-year-old France international's contract with the Blues runs out next summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Express)

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman says there is a possibility of him taking the Barcelona job after Euro 2020. (Marca)

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are all monitoring West Brom's 16-year-old English forward Jovan Malcolm. (Mirror)

Manchester City's David Silva, 33, is in line to join 35-year-old fellow Spanish midfielder Andrés Iniesta at Japanese club Vissel Kobe once his contract at Etihad Stadium expires at the end of the Premier League season. (Mail)

City could activate the buyout clause of Real Sociedad's Spain forward Mikel Oyarzabal, 22, in the summer if Germany winger Leroy Sané leaves for Bayern Munich. (90min)

Bayern look set to return with a fresh bid for Sané after a serious knee injury prevented them moving for the 23-year-old in the summer. (Mail)

Napoli could be forced to sell 28-year-old Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been linked with Manchester United, and 32-year-old Belgium forward Dries Mertens, who is thought to be a target for Arsenal, for cut-price fees after a poor start to the season. (Ilmattino - in Italian)

Arsenal are monitoring Stuttgart's Belgium Under-21 midfielder Orel Mangala, 21. (HLN, via Express)

Leicester City are being linked with a January move for Metz's 24-year-old Senegal forward Habibou Diallo. (Leicester Mercury)

Former England captain David Beckham has been ringing players he wants to recruit for his Inter Miami team. Barcelona's 32-year-old Uruguay striker Luis Suárez, Real Madrid's Colombia playmaker James Rodríguez, 28, and Paris St-Germain's Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani, 32, have all been linked with the new Major League Soccer side. (Sun)

Manchester United have a buy-back clause to re-sign Memphis Depay, with Lyon contractually obliged to inform them of any offer received for the 25-year-old Netherlands forward. (Mirror)

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has been spotted in Manchester, with rumours of a swap deal involving Manchester United's 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba and the Italian giants' Croatian forward Mario Mandžukić, 33. (Talksport)

Head of recruitment John Marshall says it is unlikely Wolves will revive their interest in AC Milan's Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessié, 22, in January. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester City - in the wake of their 3-1 defeat by Liverpool - are the latest club to write to referees' boss Mike Riley over concerns about the VAR system. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal's head of football, Raul Sanllehi, is against a move by chairman Sir Chips Keswick to appoint former Gunners defender David O'Leary as a football consultant. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

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Maurizio Sarri would like to do some de-cluttering at Juventus this January. Perhaps he’s a fan of Marie Kondo and understands that a tidy workplace leads to a tidy mind. Well, that’s one theory The Mill has as to why he has despatched Juventus’s director of football to England to encourage Manchester United suits to take Mario Mandzukic off his hands. The 33-year-old has not played a minute for the Italian champions under Sarri and is blocking corridors and creating bad feng shui around the place. Some reports suggest he has already “packed his bags” in anticipation of a move to Alderley Edge.

Italian tabloids believe that Fabio Paratici may also have clear instructions to move conversation swiftly on to Paul Pogba once a cut-price deal for the brawny Croat has been agreed to lift the mood of United negotiators. The French midfielder’s contract expires in a little over 18 months and with no immediate sign that he’s about to ink a new deal, it could be time to ask Juventus how much cash they have.

Paratici might want to call in at the Emirates Stadium while he is in England. The word is that Arsenal are keen on helping Sarri with his de-cluttering exercise and are prepared to splash £34m on central defender Merih Demiral, who has played just once for Juve this season. The Gunners have sent scouts to Istanbul to watch the 21-year-old in action for Turkey against Iceland on Thursday, perhaps just to make sure he’s not another Shkodran Mustafi.

Liverpool have slipped on their running shoes and joined Manchester United, Barcelona, PSG and Real Madrid in the race to sign Jadon Sancho. The young English forward has had enough of being told to sit on the naughty step at Borussia Dortmund, where he was recently fined £86,000 and left out of a matchday squad after returning late from international duty.

Watford are in the hunt for a centre-back too, and the “Korean Van Dijk” has caught the eye of their scouts. Kim Min-jae, who plays for Beijing Guoan, has been described as a “monster” by some observers, which is a bit harsh because he has a kindly face atop his strapping 6ft 3in frame. It says here that Asian Champions League rules may scupper the Hornets’ chances, though.

Having given his Inter overlords verbal pelters for leaving him short of options, Antonio Conte’s tantrum looks set to be rewarded in January. Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud is likely to be the first in the door at San Siro for just £6m, while Christian Eriksen may follow him from London next summer when his Tottenham contract expires. Parma’s Dejan Kulusevski is getting Conte hot and bothered too. The 19-year-old midfielder, on loan from Atalanta, has five assists and two goals to his name from just 12 appearances.

Perhaps because he enjoys annoying Rangers fans, Brendan Rodgers has told Leicester scouts to keep a keen eye on Alfredo Morelos in anticipation of a January bid. The Colombian striker has already scored a staggering 22 goals this season. For what it is worth, Rangers say he is going nowhere, mind.

The Foxes are also among a host of clubs, including Celtic, Wolves and Liverpool, who are keeping tabs on 15-year-old “Scottish wonderkid” Bruno Davidson. In a tale that sounds like it could have been plucked from the pages of Roy of the Rovers, the teenager has been ripping it up for Edinburgh amateur side Hutchison Vale, and has been so impressive that scouts from some of the best sides in Europe have been down to Saughton Enclosure to watch him dazzle locals with his tricks and flicks.

Sport Witness

West Ham showing an interest in Jose Sa ahead of next window

Greek website Sportime.Gr claim West Ham United are interested in signing Olympiacos’ Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa.

The 26 year old, who has recently been selected for the Portugal national team, has been in excellent form for his club this season, playing 20 games and keeping 12 clean sheets.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been having problems in goal with Lukasz Fabianski sidelined with injury and his deputy Roberto’s failing to convince with his recent displays.

The former FC Porto player is a Jorge Mendes’ client and could be looking to get a move to the Premier League at this stage of his career.

It’s also claimed that along with West Ham, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City and Arsenal are also tracking the player.

Sa joined Olympiacos from Porto on a season long loan deal last season and after he impressed with his performances, the Greek club signed him permanently for €2.5m.

His contract at the Giorgos Karaiskakis Stadium will expire at the end of June 2023.


Report: West Ham United want Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in January

According to Calciomercato, West Ham United are admirers of Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and could make a move for him in January.

The 33-year-old is out of favour at the Serie A club and is set to leave for around £9 million when the winter transfer window opens.

Juventus director of football Fabio Paratici have travelled to London to discuss the player’s potential transfer, and the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with an interest.

West Ham could do with a veteran striker in the mould of Mandzukic given their recent struggles in front of goal.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have only managed to score 14 Premier League goals thus far, and will need to improve significantly in the final third during the second-half of the campaign to boost their top-seven chances.

The Hammers brought in Sébastien Haller for a club-record £45 million in the summer, and while the Frenchman has scored four goals in 11 games, his cover Albian Ajeti has struggled to impress.

With six league titles (four with Juve and two with Bayern Munich) and 212 career goals to his name, Mandzukic brings a lot of experience to the table, and he could be a quality cover and competition for Haller despite being 33 years of age.

Nicolò Schira @NicoSchira

#Pellegrini is going to stay on the bench of #WestHam. The club trusts the coach and in January #Hammers will buy two new player. #transfers #WHUFC

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Coffee 4:07 Thu Nov 14
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Mex Martillo 4:07 Thu Nov 14
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147man 2:14 Thu Nov 14
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