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 1:50 Tue Nov 19
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

West Ham United will turn to Rafael Benitez if they decide to part company with manager Manuel Pellegrini. (Mirror)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has held talks with chairman Daniel Levy over his future at the club. (Telegraph)

Spurs are considering RB Leipzig's 32-year-old German manager Julian Nagelsmann as a potential replacement for Pochettino. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian, 31, is set to reject a two-year contract extension and run down his deal in order to secure a move to Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Brazil forward Neymar, 27, has turned down the chance to renew his Paris St-Germain contract, which expires in 2022. (Sport)

The Spanish Federation has offered Luis Enrique the chance to return as national team boss. (AS)

England women's manager Phil Neville will be backed through to the 2021 European Championship, despite the team's poor run of results. He will also continue to prepare a British team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, would prefer a return to Juventus than a move to Real Madrid. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland's father - former Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland - has visited Manchester United's training ground. Norway forward Haaland, 19, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford. (The Athletic - subscription required)

United could sign Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, in January, with Sporting Lisbon needing to raise funds to clear debts of about £57m. (O Jogo - in Portuguese)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's agent has not ruled out the possibility that the Spaniard may soon return to Bayern Munich. (AS)

Qatar Sports Investments, the Qatar state investment company that owns French champions PSG, has moved a step closer to a takeover of Championship club Leeds United. (ESPN)

Chelsea are monitoring Genk's 21-year-old Norway midfielder Sander Berge, who is also interesting Liverpool and Napoli. (Goal)

Arsenal are planning to send scouts to watch Red Bull Salzburg's Hungary midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, 19. (Football Insider)

Juventus and Inter Milan have expressed interest in Manchester United's England defender Chris Smalling. The 29-year-old is on loan at Roma, who are haggling over his £15m valuation. (Sun, via Corriere della Sera)

Juventus' 25-year-old Germany midfielder Emre Can, who has been linked with a move away from the club, says he is not happy at his lack of playing time at the Italian champions. (Mail)

West Bromwich Albion will consider selling England Under-20 defender Nathan Ferguson in January, if the 19-year-old does not agree an extension to his present deal, which expires this summer. (Express and Star)

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Patrick Cutrone's agent says rumours the 21-year-old Italian could be about to quit Molineux are false. (Samp News - in Italian)

Manchester United are one of a number of Premier League clubs monitoring the progress of 19-year-old English forward Danny Loader, who plays for Championship side Reading. (Mail)

Leeds are ready to sell 21-year-old English defender Lewie Coyle, who is on loan at Fleetwood Town, in January. (Football Insider)

West Brom are assessing whether to make English striker Chris Willock's loan move permanent - with the club having the option to buy the 21-year-old from Benfica in January. (Express and Star)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

In news that could have been written at any given point in the past 15 years, Arsenal need defensive reinforcements. Consequently, the Gunners are training their sights on Villarreal’s Pau Torres. The 22-year-old centre-back, who made his Spain debut last month, is admittedly weighed down by a £43m release clause, but Unai Emery is undeterred, according to The Sun. However, they may face competition from Manchester City.

Emery is not the only manager in north London subject to whispers of uncertainty. The Times says Tottenham are thought to be making eyes at Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann as a potential replacement for Mauricio Pochettino, who is in talks with the chairman, Daniel Levy, about his future, reports the Telegraph.

Another Spurs employee possibly heading away from their swanky stadium is Victor Wanyama, who could be heading back to Celtic on what would initially be a loan deal. Though heading out the door at Parkhead might be the winger Jonny Hayes, in whom Huddersfield are interested.

And to complete a hat-trick of London-based managerial uncertainty stories, West Ham are pondering luring Rafa Benítez back to the Premier League if they decide to get rid of Manuel Pellegrini.

Another day, another Erling Braut Håland tidbit. The Salzburg striker’s dad, Roy Keane’s old mate Alf Inge, has visited Manchester United’s training ground, heightening already dizzy speculation that the 19-year-old striker might be Old Trafford-bound in the near future.

Elsewhere, Wolves reportedly want the Royal Antwerp right-back Aurelio Buta on loan in January, Chelsea are looking at Genk’s Norway midfielder Sander Berg and Chris Smalling is suddenly a man in demand, with Juventus and Internazionale both keen on the defender, currently on loan at Roma from Manchester United.


Roy Keane branded 'shameful' for criticism of Man Utd transfer target Declan Rice

Former Manchester United skipper Keane hit out at West Ham midfielder Rice for his performance in England's 4-0 win in Kosovo in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday

By James Whaling

West Ham chief David Gold has hit back at Roy Keane for his "shameful" criticism of Hammers midfielder Declan Rice.

Rice came under fire from Keane for his display in England's 4-0 win in Kosovo on Sunday amid transfer interest from Keane's old club Manchester United .

The 20-year-old turned his back on Ireland to play for the Three Lions having represented the Boys in Green at various age group levels and winning three senior caps in friendlies.

And Gold believes that is at the heart of Keane's criticism after the former Sunderland boss labelled him "inconsistent and sloppy".

Gold told West Ham fan site Claret and Hugh: "Keane needs to get over it. Declan made his choice and I think that is what’s behind it as far as Keane is concerned.

“It’s pretty shameful when a former professional talks the way he did about a young man. It was low, outrageous, unfair and arrogant to pick him out of all the England players.

“It wasn’t even an analysis of the boy who is 20 years old who has barely started his career in the international team for God’s sake.

“This isn’t the first time he’s done it. In a previous game he said he should be sitting in the studio with the pundits rather than being on the pitch. Shocking!

"Declan has chosen to play for England and Roy Keane needs to get over that.”

West Ham monitor Rafa Benitez situation as pressure mounts on Manuel Pellegrini

EXCLUSIVE: West Ham chiefs wanted a top six push this term but Manuel Pellegrini's side are winless in six and now face a crunch clash with Tottenham this weekend

By John Richardson

West Ham will turn to long-term target Rafa Benitez if they lose patience with under-fire Manuel Pellegrini.

The 59-year-old Spaniard who almost succeeded Sam Allardyce in the summer of 2015 is currently in charge of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.

Although he is earning £12million a year in the Far East it’s believed that if the Hammers came calling for a second time Benitez would listen with interest.

Pellegrini has come under pressure, a morale sapping 3-0 defeat at Burnley in the last match before the international break, stretching a worrying winless sequence to six games.

He will still be in charge when the Premier League resumes after the international break for Saturday’s visit of Spurs.

The Hammers board, after backing Pellegrini in the transfer market, were expecting a challenge for a top six place this campaign instead of a battle against relegation.

If he fails to arrest the slump then the Chilean will pay the price and the club will make their move for Benitez.

Benitez was on the verge of accepting the job in 2015 only for Real Madrid to come calling at the 11th hour.

Although he insists he is enjoying life in China he is away from his Merseyside based family and has admitted his work in the Premier League is not done following his departure in the summer from Newcastle United.

"In the future I will come back to England, my family is there," he told BBC Radio 5 Live last week.

"I am happy, it is not like I would like to go back right now.

"But in the future, yes. At the moment I am working hard here."

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JonWHUFC 6:13 Tue Nov 19
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I completely agree with David Gold. Keane is shocking as a pundit. All he does is say controversial stuff to get attention. He was a great player granted but that doesn't make you a great human being. The man is a fucking cock.

Texas Iron 3:19 Tue Nov 19
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 3:02 Tue Nov 19
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ted fenton 2:19 Tue Nov 19

ted fenton 2:19 Tue Nov 19
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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