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 12:22 Tue Dec 3
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his players he could be sacked depending on his side's results against Tottenham and Manchester City in their next two games. (Sun)

Former Manchester United and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, is set to reject a return to the Premier League and agree a deal with another of his old clubs AC Milan. (Telegraph)

AC Milan have also been offered Chelsea's France forward Olivier Giroud, 33. (Calciomercato)

Tottenham's Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, has made it clear he will not sign a new contract and will reject any attempts to persuade him to stay. (Telegraph)

Arsenal's board want former Gunners captain Mikel Arteta, currently Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City, to replace Unai Emery as manager. (Mirror)

Arsenal are ready to assess as many as 12 contenders for the managerial vacancy. (Mirror)

However, Arsenal will offer interim boss Freddie Ljungberg, 42, the job on a permanent basis if he instigates a sufficient turnaround in fortunes. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal and Everton, whose manager Marco Silva is under pressure after his side's struggle this season, are both interested in recruiting former Valencia coach Marcelino. (Mail)

Watford have held talks with former Athletic Bilbao boss Jose Angel Ziganda but it is understood he is no longer under consideration to succeed Quique Sanchez Flores. (Sky Sports)

Watford are considering making a stop-gap appointment to see them through to the end of the season. (Mail)

Everton are set to stick with Marco Silva as their manager before the derby match with Liverpool on Wednesday. (Express)

Newcastle United will only consider bids of more than £15m for English striker Dwight Gayle, with a number of Championship clubs interested in the 29-year-old. (Telegraph)

Veteran Neil Warnock, 71, could make a shock return to management at Middlesbrough, with Jonathan Woodgate facing the sack. (Sun)

Manuel Pellegrini has bought himself time as West Ham boss after his team's win at Chelsea. (Mail)

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has opened the door on an instant return to the Premier League, declaring himself ready to dive straight back into management. (Fox Sports, via Mirror)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he is counting on having Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 27, at the club for the duration of his contract, which runs until 2023. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid are preparing to make an offer for Napoli's 28-year-old Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly - a long-term target for Manchester United - next summer. (Calciomercato)

Roma are planning an improved offer to buy Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling, with the 30-year-old currently on loan at the Serie A club. (Il Romanista, via Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool have again sent scouts to watch Trabzonspor's Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, 23. (Mirror)

Former Manchester United and West Ham striker Javier Hernandez, the 31-year-old Mexico international now with Sevilla, has hinted he is open to moving to the MLS. (Mail)

Golf fanatic Gareth Bale, 30, could be banned from the links during Wales' Euro 2020 campaign as Ryan Giggs bids to keep his star player fit. (Sky Sports)

Juventus, having already been linked with Brazil midfielder Willian, 31, and left-sided Italian Emerson Palmieri, 25, are now interested in another Chelsea player, Spanish winger Pedro, 32. (Calciomercato)

Liverpool could bring forward plans to bid for 21-year-old Norway midfielder Sander Berge from Belgian club Genk and the Reds see him as cover for injured midfielder Fabinho. (Mirror)

Inter Milan are ready to offer Fiorentina money as well as two of their players for Italy international forward Federico Chiesa, 22, who has been linked with Liverpool. (Calciomercato)

Fulham have made an enquiry about signing Leicester's England Under-21 defender James Justin, 21, on loan in January. (Football Insider)

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has refused to rule his old team out of the Premier League title race despite falling 11 points behind leaders Liverpool. (Sky Sports)

Everton Soares, a 23-year-old Brazil forward who plays for Gremio, is a 35m euro (£29.9m) transfer target for Everton. (Sport Witness)

Turkish side Besiktas have been linked with a move for Aston Villa's French striker Jonathan Kodjia, 30. Besiktas are willing to pay £2.5m, but Villa want up to £7m. (Sporx, via Birmingham Mail)

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, 32, believes Mauricio Pochettino was a victim of his own success at the club and says all the players feel responsible for the Argentine's sacking. (Evening Standard)

West Ham are looking to sign a goalkeeper, a midfielder and a striker in January. (Star)

Manager Gareth Southgate says England have a fantastic opportunity to rectify an "appalling" record at the European Championship next summer that has seen them reach only one semi-final in almost 60 years. (Guardian)

Former Watford striker Odion Ighalo, 30, is looking to return to the Premier League in January and move from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. Everton, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Southampton have all expressed an interest in the Nigerian, as have the Hornets. (Team Talk)

Nineteen-year-old Swedish midfielder Dejan Kulusevski, who plays for Parma on loan from fellow Italian side Atalanta, is wanted by Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal but has revealed he is a Chelsea supporter. (Team Talk)

Aston Villa have been linked with a £10m January move for Millwall's English winger Jed Wallace, 25. (Birmingham Mail)

Southampton, Newcastle and Rangers are interested in signing 17-year-old English defender Jarrad Branthwaite, who plays for League Two side Carlisle. (Chronicle)

x Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has clamped down on the matchday dress of his players after they started wearing additional items to their club suit. (Times - subscription required)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Ames

How do you strengthen runaway Premier League leaders? Easy: sign one of England’s best young players, a star who might illuminate any squad on the planet, to parade you over the line. Jadon Sancho’s Borussia Dortmund stint has soured slightly, by all accounts, despite some blistering form and he is keen to return to his homeland. Enter a Liverpool manager with particularly tight contacts in Dortmund, and two plus two equals Jürgen Klopp’s side sauntering to a 20-point advantage by May.

Those aren’t the only maths being done around Liverpool’s window. Last month Klopp praised the Genk midfielder Sander Berge’s performance after they had locked horns in the Champions League and – whaddya know? – he has found the perfect time to make an even stronger play for him. Fabinho’s injury is pretty much the only cloud on the red horizon currently but signing the giant 21-year-old Berg might compensate in the short and long terms.

No such happy endings at Tottenham, where Christian Eriksen has seen the first days of José, spent Saturday’s win over Bournemouth entirely on the bench, and decided he would still like to get out asap. He will not sign a new contract, which will alert half of Europe – with Juventus and Internazionale among those licking their lips should all the chatter around Real Madrid come to nothing.

Chelsea are on the brink of losing a forward too, with Olivier Giroud reportedly available in January. The modern-day Stéphane Guivarc’h should have his admirers elsewhere in the top flight, and also in his native France.

Can we go a day without speculating over Arsenal’s new manager? Don’t be ridiculous. Marcelino, the former Valencia manager, is among those apparently being considered – and could be an appetising option given that he is available and thus relatively cheap. Everton might also fancy a go when Marco Silva finally receives his marching orders. Meanwhile Mikel Arteta, who was passed over for the job last time but would not cost the earth to prise from Manchester City, continues to be mentioned in hushed tones as a leading candidate.

News from abroad is that Barcelona are making eyes for the Internazionale goalscoring sensation Lautaro Martínez, although his employers are distinctly unwilling to sell. And it appears that Zlatan “Zlatan” Ibrahimovic will soon be shooting his mouth off in Rossoneri colours, with a return to Milan seemingly close. Premier League clubs showed their hands but the lure of the Duomo and La Scala have proved impossible to resist.


West Ham eye three January transfers as Hammers make approach for Chuba Akpom

West Ham want to strengthen Manuel Pellegrini's squad in the January transfer window in a bid to climb up from 13th place

By Ollie Salt

West Ham will target three new signings in the January transfer window to help Manuel Pellegrini climb the Premier League table.

The Hammers enjoyed their finest performance of the season over the weekend, with Aaron Cresswell’s second-half strike handing them a shock 1-0 win away at London rivals Chelsea.

But Pellegrini’s side still occupy 13th place in the Premier League, meaning they are expected to bolster their squad when the winter window opens.

According to The Athletic, West Ham are looking to sign a goalkeeper, a midfielder and a striker in January.

They are said to have already made contact with Greek side PAOK over a potential deal for frontman Chuba Akpom, who started his career at Arsenal.

It is believed the east London club were keen to bring Akpom in last summer, but in the end a deal failed to materialise.

The 24-year-old has scored 11 goals in 45 games for PAOK since joining from Arsenal in August 2018 and currently has 19 months to run on his current deal.

While he was tempted to move in the summer, Akpom first wanted to see if PAOK qualified for the Champions League.

But they failed to make the cut having been dealt a difficult qualifier against last season’s semi-finalists Ajax, who beat them 5-4 on aggregate in two close-run legs.

Akpom has only started three league games for PAOK this term, which will come as a huge frustration to the London-born star after featuring as the club’s main striker in 2018/19.

French outfit Reims also hold an interest in the player, while Bundesliga side Cologne are said to be considering a move.

Yet Akpom’s preference is to seal a return to England, meaning West Ham are in the driving seat in the race for his signature.

Pellegrini would also like to recruit a new goalkeeper, with backup goalkeeper Roberto costing the Hammers a number of points in the absence of injured shot-stopper Lukas Fabianski.

The Chilean instead chose to hand David Martin a Premier League debut in Saturday’s trip to Chelsea and the 33-year-old enjoyed an afternoon to savour, keeping a clean sheet in a stunning victory at Stamford Bridge.

However, West Ham are still likely to go after another goalkeeper at the turn of the year, as well as a midfielder to sit in front of the back four.

Pellegrini was delighted with Martin over the weekend, while insisting Roberto had blown too many chances in between the sticks.

He said: “It was very difficult [to drop Roberto]. It's a position you must be very careful of when you change it. I gave him the most amount of matches you can as a manager, but at the moment we needed a reaction.

“It was a risk with Martin because he had never played before in Premier League but he did very well. They are a complete team and the defenders helped him a lot to keep a clean sheet.

“It was a very important win, because we have had results that are not expected or deserved. You must be solid and consistent. That was the major change that we did compared with other games and it allowed us to keep a clean sheet and beat a team like Chelsea who are in a very good moment.”


Hammers update striker report

West Ham have denied interest in former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom who is currently plying his trade at Greek outfit PAOK.

According to The Athletic, West Ham had already made contact over a potential deal for striker Chuba Akpom, who started his career at Arsenal.

And it adds that we were supposedly keen to bring the 24 year old to the club last summer but that the deal failed to materialise for unreported reasons.

But although the Hammers are keen to bring in a new front man it won’t be Akpom who was born locally in Canning Town.

The club realise that back up is needed and Albian Ajeti has made nothing like the expected progress and could be one of those for which the club will entertain bids.

But a source by e mail revealed that Akpom is not among those who are being considered declaring: “No, we haven’t pursued that one.”

Akpom was with the Gunners for five years in which time he was loaned out to six clubs!

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ted fenton 6:35 Tue Dec 3
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ted fenton 6:33 Tue Dec 3
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Texas Iron 3:02 Tue Dec 3
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Akpon...must aim higher...Hardly P rem quality...

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