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 1:35 Thu Nov 28
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 32, remains keen to discuss a new contract with Tottenham following the arrival of Jose Mourinho as head coach. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham boss Mourinho is hopeful of a new deal for another Belgium defender, 30-year-old Toby Alderweireld. (Football.London)

Alderweireld, whose contract expires at the end of the season, feels "lucky" to work with Mourinho. (Talksport)

Brazilian winger Lucas Moura, 27, says he is "happy" at Tottenham now he is playing in his favoured wide position rather than as a striker. (Times - subscription required)

David Beckham is lining up former Arsenal and France midfielder Patrick Vieira as the first head coach of new MLS side Inter Miami. (Telegraph)

Borussia Dortmund's England winger Jadon Sancho, 19, is believed to favour a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona over Manchester United or Liverpool. (Star)

West Ham could consider a shock move to bring back David Moyes as manager if they sack Manuel Pellegrini. (Evening Standard)

Pep Guardiola remains fully committed to Manchester City and the club intend to maintain managerial "continuity", according to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. (Goal.com)

Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu's agent has dismissed suggestions that a transfer to Arsenal, Manchester City or Galatasaray is on the agenda for the 23-year-old. (Leicester Mercury)

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy says retiring from international duty with England has "paid off". The 32-year-old is the Premier League's top scorer with 12 goals this season. (Mirror)

Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are among seven leading European sides to have contacted the agent of Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 20. (Bild, via Mail)

Rangers' on-loan former England striker Jermain Defoe, 37, is willing to take a pay cut to complete a permanent move from Bournemouth. (Football Insider)

Manchester United and Tottenham target Bruno Fernandes, the 25-year-old Portugal midfielder, has signed a new contract with Sporting Lisbon that contains a release clause increased by £20m to £85m. (Mirror)

Real Valladolid sporting director Miguel Angel Gomez admits contract talks with Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu, 20, who has a 12m euros (£10.2m) release clause and has been linked with Manchester United and Everton, are at a standstill. (Sport Witness)

Celtic are willing to allow Ivorian midfielder Eboue Kouassi, 21, to leave permanently or on loan in January. (Football Insider)

Barcelona's out-of-favour French defender Samuel Umtiti, 26, would like to finish his career at the Nou Camp but has hinted at a move to secure regular first-team football. (Sport)

Manchester United are no longer in the market for a new left-back after the emergence of their 19-year-old English defender Brandon Williams. (Times - subscription required)

The agent of River Plate striker Rafael Santos Borre has dismissed reports that Everton have made a bid for the 24-year-old Colombian. (Sport Witness)

Leeds United are looking for replacements for loanee Eddie Nketiah should Arsenal choose to recall the English 20-year-old striker in January. (Mirror)

Braga boss Ricardo Sa Pinto believes Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo deserves to be linked with Arsenal but fears for friend Unai Emery's future. (Express and Star)

Leicester's new training ground is on course to be completed by next summer despite recent bad weather proving an "absolute nightmare" for contractors. (Leicester Mercury)

Buddhist monks have blessed the new training ground in an elaborate ceremony. (Leicester Mercury)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Luke McLaughlin

The Jadon Sancho speculation-ometer was dialled up to 11 on Wednesday night after the 19-year-old England winger was benched by Lucien Favre for Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 defeat in Barcelona.

Sancho was introduced in the second half and scored his side’s consolation goal, before telling reporters he was “not allowed to speak” after the match. “GAGGED,” screamed Thursday morning’s resultant headlines. Asked about Sancho’s non-selection before Wednesday’s match, under-pressure Favre did his best to quell speculation about an imminent transfer by declaring: “We need players on the pitch who are focused and ready.” Sancho has had a turbulent time lately, being fined £86,000 last month by his club after returning late from England duty, before being hooked off by Favre after 36 minutes during the recent 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich, and prompting no end of links with Liverpool, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Over in the US, David Beckham reportedly wants former Gunners midfield enforcer Patrick Vieira to become Inter Miami’s first manager. The Frenchman is currently in charge of Nice, a job he took on in the summer of 2018, having previously managed New York City FC for two seasons. Inter Miami will start life in the MLS in March 2020 and last month unveiled plans for a new $966m stadium in Fort Lauderdale, scheduled to open in 2022.

Whether World Cup winner Vieira will fancy swapping the French Riviera for the southern United States at this stage of his career is open to question – he has previously spoken of his ambition to manage his beloved Arsenal, where embattled Spaniard Unai Emery appears to be approaching the end.

A number of Premier League “Top-Klubs”, including Liverpool are set to battle it out for the signature of Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, according to Bild in Germany. An astronomical potential transfer fee has naturally been slapped on the attacking midfielder, who has made seven senior appearances for Germany to date; the figure being bandied around is £110m (€130m). Havertz is “reportedly excited” about a move to Manchester United, although this apparent excitement is not available in anything resembling a quote. Anfield Mentality Giants boss Jürgen Klopp, meanwhile, has said he is a “huge admirer” of the 20-year-old, who banged in 17 Bundesliga goals last season. Havertz’s agent is in touch with several Premier League clubs about a potential deal.

It’s nice to have options. The 17-year-old Peterborough striker Ricky-Jade Jones, labelled “the quickest player I have ever managed” by Darren Ferguson, is attracting interest from a veritable host of Premier League clubs. Manchester United, Tottenham, Southampton and Burnley, Liverpool, Leicester, Manchester City and Arsenal are forming a disorderly queue after Spurs had a £1.75m bid rejected last week. Jones has made just four appearances for Darren Ferguson’s side, scoring on his debut against Cambridge as a 16-year-old, and against Stevenage in the first round of the FA Cup nine days ago, having reached the ripe old age of 17 earlier this month.

Last but not least, Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes – a January target for both Manchester United and Tottenham – has only gone and signed a new contract at Sporting until 2023, upping his release clause to £85m.


Interesting West Ham keeper development revealed

West Ham under 23 goalkeeper Joseph Anang was a notable absentee from the Hammers development side on Wednesday night.

Anang was has been a regular for the Academy side all season was missing from the matchday squad with reports suggesting he has been training with the first team.

The 19-year-old who joined the first-team squad pre-season in Austria could find himself on the bench at Stamford Bridge as a backup keeper.

David Martin has also been reported to have stepped up his training this week with rumours suggesting he could replace Roberto in goal this Saturday.

Club insiders have said that it is too early in the week to know team selection and the manager is unlikely to tell the squad until Friday evening.

All early indications so far suggest Roberto’s days could be numbered and a David Martin/ Joseph Anang combo could get their chance.

Fabianski is making a good recovery and it is claimed he could return as early as 14th December when the Hammers face Southampton.

Winston Reid faced his biggest test to date as he played a full ninety of competitive football for the West Ham Under 23 side on Wednesday night as they beat Brighton and Hove Albion U23’s three goals to one.

The 31-year-old who missed all of last season with a knee injury played 60 minutes last month for the development squad to come through unscathed. On that occasion, Reid had been on the pitch for an hour and four minutes before being replaced by 15-year-old Jermaine Baptiste. But medical staff are not taking any chances and he waited almost a month for his second game for the youngsters.

After a 20 month absence on the sidelines, Reid is eager to make up for lost time as an option for Pellegrini in the first-team squad.

Reid has a contract with West Ham until the end of June 2023 but is likely to have an uphill struggle in the centre back pecking order with Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna all established in the first-team squad.


‘Too good for this league’ – Loads of West Brom fans heap praise on 21-y/o after Bristol City win

Grady Diangana produced another influential performance for West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night, as the Baggies defeated Bristol City 4-1 at The Hawthorns.

The West Ham United loanee has been a standout performer for Slaven Bilic’s side this season, helping the West Midlands side climb to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table.

On Wednesday night, the winger produced yet another assist to help Albion open the scoring on the night.

The tricky playmaker burst through on goal before pulling the back to Kieran Gibbs with a sumptuous back-heel, which the left-back latched onto and smashed home.

With the January transfer window looming and Manuel Pellegrini’s job far from safe at West Ham, Albion fans will be hoping that the Hammers don’t take notice of Diangana’s performances.

Matty Perry @MattyJPerry

Pereira and Diangana are different class. Too good for this league 🔥 #wba

Dan 🇭🇷⚽ @ItsYouDanDanwba

4 goals against a decent Bristol team
4 different scorers
Austin and HRK on score sheet again
Periera and diangana are absolutely brilliant
Every player plays for that shirt
Bilic is a legend
Back to top of league
Were the albion were top of the league #wba

Tomwba @Tomwba98

What a performance that was. To beat Sheff Wed and follow it up with that is insane. This team is on a roll, dominated a team that’d lost two all season. Pereira and Diangana unbelievable #wba

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Russ of the BML 3:56 Thu Nov 28
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Diangana is on fire at the moment. He is exactly the type of player we should be in for...…..


Texas Iron 2:56 Thu Nov 28
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The Stoat 2:45 Thu Nov 28
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ted fenton 1:47 Thu Nov 28

ted fenton 1:47 Thu Nov 28
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Thanks Alan 1:43 Thu Nov 28

Thanks Alan 1:43 Thu Nov 28
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Thanks Alan

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