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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 12:07 Fri Nov 15
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Borussia Dortmund have joined Inter Milan in wanting to sign Chelsea's out-of-favour France striker Olivier Giroud, 33. (Mirror)

Manchester United are favourites in the race to sign Red Bull Salzburg's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, who was coached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde. (Dagbladet - in Norwegian)

United hope to reach an agreement with Juventus for former Croatia striker Mario Mandžukić, 33, to train with the club next month before a January transfer. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Mandžukić is also on the radar of multiple Major League Soccer clubs. (Calciomercato)

Newcastle United are interested in signing Arsenal's Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 27, on loan in January. (Telegraph)

One of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's issues at the club is the failure to sign Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona in the summer. The 27-year-old ended up joining Bayern Munich on loan. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid are lining up a £35m January move for Barcelona and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitić, 31. (Movistar, via Mail)

AC Milan are keen to sign Swedish free agent striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, 38, in the January transfer window, but the deal requires the consent of chief executive Ivan Gazidis. (Calciomercato)

David Beckham is hoping to make Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modrić, 34, the first marquee signing for his new Inter Miami franchise. (AS)

The agent of Arsenal's Spain defender Héctor Bellerín says his client, 24, is "seeing how the season goes" at Emirates Stadium after receiving transfer interest from Italy. (Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia)

Juventus could make out-of-favour Germany midfielder Emre Can, 25, a reported target for Manchester United, available for a cut-price fee in January. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Liverpool and Napoli are among the sides tracking Genk's Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge, 21, according to the club's sporting director, Dimitri de Conde. (Radio Punto Nuovo, via Goal)

Napoli stand to lose Albania international Elseid Hysaj, 25, for nothing when his contract expires next June, but they could have received £43m for the right-back from Chelsea last summer, says his agent Mario Giuffredi. (Radio Punto Nuovo via Mail)

League One side Peterborough have placed a £13m asking price on English striker Ivan Toney, 23, who has been linked with Burnley and Bournemouth. (Sun)

Frank Lampard will make another attempt to add Shay Given to his Chelsea coaching staff amid concerns about Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25. (Mail)

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has given approval to sell Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinić, 29, in January. (Football Insider)

The 114 Manchester City fans that travelled to Kharkiv for the Champions League game with Shakhtar Donetsk this season have been rewarded with a personal letter from Pep Guardiola and hospitality tickets for the return fixture. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United are hoping to have France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, back from injury for the derby with Manchester City on 7 December. (Sun)

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa is facing three months on the sidelines for Atletico Madrid, but Los Rojiblancos are not planning to recruit in January, despite the 31-year-old Spain international's expected absence. (Marca)

Another former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba, 41, says he was offered a "perfect" coaching role at the club but rejected a return to Stamford Bridge so he could bid to become the next president of the Ivorian FA. (Metro)

BT Sport has retained the rights to show Champions League football for another three seasons from 2021. (Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Ben Fisher

Having been a key pillar of Florentino Pérez’s galácticos at Real Madrid, David Beckham is determined to build a team of superstars of his own. With Beckham’s Inter Miami outfit skimming the cream of the crop in search of marquee signings, the Florida franchise, who will join the MLS in March, have set their sights on Luka Modric. Real are thought to be open to the idea of allowing the Croatia midfielder to depart – but not before next summer.

Beckham has been busy trying to convince Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi and Edinson Cavani to join the club – but Modric suddenly seems the most likely. If Modric does not work out then perhaps Beckham could move for the midfielder’s Croatia colleague Ivan Rakitic, the Barcelona midfielder who is a target for Atlético Madrid.

One player surely out of reach is Erling Braut Håland, the teenage phenomenon being tracked by Europe’s elite. But it says here that Manchester United have moved to the front of the queue for the prolific striker, who has scored goals for fun this season – 26 in his past 18 games, including seven in the Champions League. United have instructed their chief scouts to monitor Håland, who worked with Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Molde. If United are made to wait for Håland, they could do a short-term deal for Juventus’s Mario Mandzukic.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are among a clutch of clubs tracking Genk’s Sander Berge, while Juve could make former midfielder Emre Can available for a cut-price fee in January, which could pique Manchester United’s interest.

Fed up with warming the Chelsea bench, Olivier Giroud could move on in January with Borussia Dortmund and Internazionale keen on the out-of-favour France striker. Giroud has made six appearances for his club this season but remains central to Didier Deschamps’ plans, with the forward finding the net in his past three France games, including the winner against Moldova on Thursday.

Newcastle are said to be keeping tabs on Granit Xhaka with a view to signing the midfielder on loan in January, while Héctor Bellerín’s agent has been talking up his client, with Alberto Botines teasing Sky Sport Italia. “We’ll see how the season goes,” he said. “There has already been interest from an Italian club but I can’t reveal it. At the moment he’s focused on the team’s commitments.”

Elsewhere, Frank Lampard will make another play to be reunited with Shay Given at Chelsea after working with the goalkeeping coach at Derby last season. Lampard wants the former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper to help Kepa Arrizabalaga live up to his £71.6m fee. And Peterborough have slapped a £13m price-tag on goal machine Ivan Toney, who has scored 35 goals in 75 appearances since joining from Newcastle for £350,000 last year. Bournemouth and Burnley have been credited with an interest in the 23-year-old forward.


Fabianski hopes rise

West Ham are hoping that Lukasz Fabianski may make it back into the team a couple of weeks before the start of January.

Hammers sources have told ClaretandHugh that the Hammer of the Year is making very good progress from the injury which saw him break down at Bournemouth.

It has been widely reported that the Polish international will return at the start of the window but the hammers will press on with trying to find another back up keeper given Roberto’s form.

However, we were told by a source on the phone last night: “He (Fabianski) is doing very well at the moment and fingers are crossed that he could be back for the Christmas programme.”

There are no guarantees but hopes are rising a little. It would be a real bonus if he could make it.”

The Irons face Crystal Palace on December 26 at Selhurst Park and are at home to Leicester City on December 28.

The 4th Official

International Striker Attracting Interest From West Ham United: Should The Hammers Raid Genk?

According to a recent report by the BBC, Premier League strugglers West Ham United are said to be one of the multiple clubs targeting a move for Genk’s Tanzanian international striker Mbwana Samatta. The 26-year-old has also been linked with a transfer to Newcastle United, but considering the situation that West Ham United currently find themselves in, it’s the Hammers who need attacking reinforcements more urgently.
What Is Missing In This West Ham United Squad?

Manuel Pellegrini has always looked like he knew what he was doing in the transfer market. Although the signings that his Hammers side made were nothing short of extraordinary on paper, things haven’t gone quite the way he would’ve expected. The London club broke their transfer record to bring in French striker Sebastian Haller – a move that has yet to pay dividends so far this term.

The former Manchester City manager has spent nearly £150m over the last couple of seasons, but this isn’t being reflected in the team’s playing style. The likes of Brazilian international Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko were acquired with massive expectations on their shoulders, but are yet to really apply themselves at the London Stadium. Although the former is arguably their most important player but his influence within the team has begun to deplete.

Another seemingly failed transfer that the Hammers conducted was for Spanish star Pablo Fornals, who’s struggled to make any impact since making the switch from La Liga. Despite the deep and rather expensive talent pool at Pellegrini’s disposal, he’s had to depend on players like Robert Snodgrass and Aaron Cresswell to get the goals for his side this season.

What Would Mbwana Samatta Add To West Ham United?

The Tanzanian international is a physical and rugged striker who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty in the process of getting a goal. He is fairly tall and certainly knows how to make his presence felt in the opposition box. Able to hold off most defenders with ease, the 26-year-old is an excellent finisher once he gets into threatening positions, and is one of those players who seem to have a sixth sense about where the goal is at all times.

He is quite fast for his size too, but how he uses his physical superiority to get the better of defenders could be a pretty big hit in the Premier League. From a West Ham United point of view, it would seem like Samatta might be the perfect striker for them. He boasts Haller’s finishing and physical presence, while also being capable of dribbling past a defender with ease, like Michael Antonio.
Should Manuel Pellegrini Make A Winter Move For The Tanzanian?

The powerful attacker has been in excellent form for Genk so far this season with six goals from 14 league games and has proven his worth against Premier League opposition by delivering even against Liverpool in the Champions League. The Hammers’ top scorer only has four goals this term, and as a team, they’ve only found the back of the net 14 times. All the warning signs are beginning to pop up at the same time for West Ham, and in a situation like this, a natural goalscorer like Samatta might be the perfect fix

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ted fenton 9:43 Fri Nov 15
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:09 Fri Nov 15

Texas Iron 8:23 Fri Nov 15
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Jasnik 7:32 Fri Nov 15
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
FruityBoots. 5:58 Fri Nov 15

I nearly got a roberto one but they dropped it giving it to me.

Mex Martillo 6:36 Fri Nov 15
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

FruityBoots. 5:58 Fri Nov 15
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Fabianski Advent Calendars will be available from the club shop on Monday!!

Thanks Alan 2:09 Fri Nov 15
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 12:23 Fri Nov 15

Russ of the BML 12:41 Fri Nov 15
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ta Al.

Good news on Fab.

The Stoat 12:23 Fri Nov 15
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Thanks Alan

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