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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 12:57 Fri Nov 29
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Borussia Dortmund are willing to listen to offers for England winger Jadon Sancho, 19, as early as January. (Independent)

Former Manchester City youth player Sancho is the missing piece of the jigsaw which would make Liverpool's attack even more fearsome than it already is, according to ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher. (Star)

Arsenal assistant coach Freddie Ljungberg could take over the Gunners on a temporary basis if the club decide to sack manager Unai Emery. (Times - subscription required)

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has two games to save his job after a run of eight matches without a win. (Mail)

Liverpool fear Brazil midfielder Fabinho, 26, will be out for four to six weeks with the ankle injury he sustained against Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday. (Mail)

Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund has denied RB Leipzig have a clause allowing them to buy 19-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, who has been linked with Manchester United. (Bild - in German)

Manchester United have dropped their interest in Juventus' 33-year-old former Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic. (The Athletic, via Inside Futbol)

Borussia Dortmund are targeting Mandzukic, plus Juventus and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 25, in January. (Sun)

Tottenham Hotspur target Bruno Fernandes is still keen to leave Sporting Lisbon, despite signing a new contract with a release clause of £85m. There is an agreement allowing the 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder's exit if an offer of 70m euros (£60m) arrives. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain forward and France World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, 20, will join Real Madrid. (Le Parisien - in French)

AC Milan remain keen to sign 21-year-old Juventus and Turkey defender Merih Demiral, who has been linked with Manchester City and Arsenal. (Calciomercato)

Arsenal are planning a 42m euro (£35m) offer for Real Madrid's 28-year-old Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, who is believed to favour a move to Inter Milan or Paris St-Germain. (Eldesmarque - in Spanish)

Real Madrid's Uruguay midfielder Fede Valverde, 21, has signed a contract extension until 2025 with a 750m euro (£640m) release clause. (Marca)

Flamengo have opened discussions with Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born former Chelsea forward Diego Costa, 31. (Goal.com)

Chelsea will hold further talks with Brazil winger Willian, 31, over his future after the player claimed he has not been offered a new contract, despite the club's insistence that he has. (Telegraph)

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho tried to sign 19-year-old Spurs and England Under-21 left-back Ryan Sessegnon three times from Fulham while he was Manchester United manager. (Mirror)

Minnesota United's Canadian goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, 22, is set for a two-week trial at Aston Villa. (Birmingham Mail)

Roy Hodgson says he would not guarantee Liverpool's England Under-21 striker Rhian Brewster, 19, games at Crystal Palace despite talk of a loan approach in January. (Goal.com)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says it is too early to know whether England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 29, will be at the club beyond January. Drinkwater is on loan from Chelsea but has not played for the Clarets' first team since suffering ankle ligament damage in a nightclub fight in September. (Sky Sports)

Hull City owner Assem Allam insists the club would resist offers of up to £20m for Newcastle United target Jarrod Bowen, the 22-year-old English forward, in the January window. (Newcastle Chronicle)

West Ham's Ghana-born goalkeeper Joseph Anang, 19, has been promoted to first-team training before Saturday's Premier League trip to Chelsea. (Football Insider)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said the Eagles tried to sign CSKA Moscow's Russian striker Fedor Chalov, 21, last summer but could not agree a deal. (Sport Witness)

Everton are targeting Nottingham Forest's English defender Joe Worrall, 22. (Football Insider)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Stuart Goodwin

Transfer window favourite James Rodríguez is being levered towards the exit turnstiles at the Bernabéu, with Real Madrid ready to cash in on the Colombian. Unai Emery is ready to … sorry, Arsenal are ready to bring in the 28-year-old playmaker to help fill any Mesut Özil-created gaps, with Freddie Ljungberg looking the most likely to be doling out the handshakes come January after the Gunners sagged to Europa League defeat on Thursday.

That said, Madrid think James can be part of the 3D chess solution that helps them finally get their mitts on Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, still on the sidelines with an ankle injury for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side. Fringe forward Mariano and £73m are the sweeteners. If Rodríguez himself has anything to do with it, PSG or Internazionale are his destinations of choice.

Another Colombian, Alfredo Morelos, is up to 24 goals this season, and predictably attracting eyelash-fluttering and cooing noises from several quarters, including Leicester City. Granted, Rangers’ season began back in July and four of the goals came against St Joseph’s of Gibraltar, but enough interest is swirling to force his manager Steven Gerrard to put all talk of any move to bed with a once-and-for-all-hands-off warning, adding, for interest’s sake, that even if anyone did want him, no one’s listening for any less than £50m.

Leeds United are sick of this whole second-tier thing, and are on the hunt for the kind of firepower that can take them back to the top table. They want Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle, goalless in the Premier League this season but with two 20-plus hauls on his CV in past Championship campaigns. Wages could be a problem, while second on their list, Liverpool’s 19-year-old Rhian Brewster, could be a non-starter for Jürgen Klopp if it looks like the England under-21s international may end up marooned beyond Patrick Bamford in the pecking order.

Finally, Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes may have signed a new deal tying him to the club until 2023, upping his release clause to £85m accordingly, but potential January suitors have taken the news to mean: “Oh, so he’s for sale then?” José Mourinho would very much like his 20 goals a season from midfield at Tottenham ta very much, and leaks suggest more like £60m could get the deal done.

Football London

Next West Ham manager: the contracts of Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche should Manuel Pellegrini go

The Hammers boss is under pressure and those who make decisions above him are considering replacements

By Sam Inkersole

Manuel Pellegrini still has the backing of West Ham's top brass despite the team's dreadful recent run of form which has seen them go winless in two months and drop from fifth in the table to 17th.

There is huge concern and alarm behind the scenes at not only the results but the manner of performances Pellegrini's side are putting in having completely ruined their bright start to the season. That said, they are still backing him to turn it around.

The manager will be in charge for the trip to Stamford Bridge tomorrow and for the visit to Wolves in midweek but he is expected to pick up some sort of result, or at least show some rejuvenation in performance, over those two games.

After that is the visit of Arsenal to London Stadium and then a potentially massive trip to Southampton on December 14.

Pellegrini fired back at claims he doesn't care about the current predicament the Hammers find themselves in, saying on Thursday: ""When you arrive at one club, you must have a goal. For me maybe, and I said this a couple of months ago, I always want to be in Europe. I want to grow. It's not a goal that maybe you will reach but it’s my mentality and I will always try to do it.

"Maybe it was difficult for me to put a high goal, but if not, I will not come here. I am not working here just for work. If my work here is just for 12th, 14th, 15th, to be in the Premier League, I am not the manager.”

The manager is still the manager though and there have been other names linked to his job ever since he came under more pressure following the 3-2 defeat to Spurs last weekend.

Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche, Chris Hughton and David Moyes have been named as managers in the frame, the latter two are free agents and wouldn't cost anything to bring in.

But the case is different for the former two, who are busy managing Bournemouth and Burnley in the Premier League. Both have established their teams as top flight sides in the past couple of seasons, especially Howe who has plenty of admirers for the work he has done on the south coast.

But, both manager are under contract and it would take West Ham paying compensation to either of them to bring them to the capital midway through the season should the club choose to replace Pellegrini, who still has 18 months of his own deal to run.

It won't be cheap to bring either in and that could be a major stumbling block, but what could it take should the Hammers choose to make a move?

Eddie Howe

Howe was first hired as permanent manager of the Cherries in 2009 and apart from an ill-fated spell at Burnley, has won plenty of plaudits for the work he has done at the Vitality Stadium as this season marks their fifth in a row in the Premier League.

Howe penned a new deal at the club in 2015 which is believed to expire at the end of this season but he does have an option to extend it, which is reported to be for another two years should both parties choose to exercise it.

Bournemouth previously rubbished reports that Howe had doubled his money to £3m a year when he signed his most recent contract. It's likely to include a hefty compensation clause as well though the exact amount isn't known.

Sean Dyche

Like Howe, the Burnley boss has earned plenty of admiring glances for the job he has done in stabilising the Clarets as a Premier League side aside from the one season they were relegated but bounced back at the first attempt) and also took Burnley to the Europa League last season.

In January 2018, Dyche signed a new contract at Turf Moor until 2022 so he's likely to cost a little bit more to get out of his deal in Lancashire should the Hammers go after him.

His deal is reportedly worth £3.5m per year so it could cost West Ham £7m to get him out of Burnley. Add to that how much it could cost to sack Pellegrini and his backroom team, it could be an expensive adventure.

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