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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 2:07 Sat Dec 28
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United have suffered a blow with Red Bull Salzburg and Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, agreeing to join Italian side Juventus. (Tuttosport, via Express)

Arsenal, Newcastle United and Paris St-Germain have failed with an initial approach to sign Brazil forward Everton Soares, 23, from Gremio. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Wolves are closing in on the signing of Red Bull Salzburg forward Hwang Hee-chan, with a £23m fee having been agreed for the 23-year-old South Korea international. (Hamburger Morgenpost, via Birmingham Mail)

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini's position is under threat and ex-Hammers boss David Moyes is a leading contender to replace him. (Telegraph)

Moyes will only consider returning to West Ham is he is offered the manager's job on a permanent basis. (Times - subscription required)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is weighing up whether to return to former club Napoli to try to sign Italy playmaker Lorenzo Insigne, 28. (Le10 Sport, via Star)

Chelsea's 32-year-old Spanish winger Pedro, who has struggled for first-team football at Stamford Bridge this season, wants to return to former club Barcelona.(L'Esportiu, via Mail)

Manchester United and Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Leicester City right-back Ricardo Pereira but will have to wait until the summer to do any deal for the 26-year-old Portugal international. (Le10 Sport, via Star)

Watford have rejected an approach by French club Lyon for 31-year-old French midfielder Etienne Capoue. (HITC)

Arsenal have been linked with RB Leipzig central defender Dayot Upamecano and the 21-year-old could be allowed to leave the German club if they can sign fellow Frenchman Tanguy Kouassi, 17, from Paris St-Germain. (Le Parisien, via Mirror)

Hertha Berlin hope they can sign Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, 27, by the end of next week. (Daily Mail)

Burnley and Brighton are considering making a move for Hamilton Academical's defender Jamie Hamilton, with the Scottish club wanting £1.5m for the 17-year-old Scotland Under-19 international. (Mail)

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder wants to extend the contracts of Republic of Ireland defenders John Egan, 27, and Enda Stevens, 29, as well as English midfielder John Lundstram, 25. (Sheffield Star)

Leeds United are trying to convince Arsenal not to recall England Under-21 striker Eddie Nketiah, 20, from his loan spell at Elland Road. (Mirror)

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Sanson, again and again ...

Announced on the departure last summer, the midfielder of the OM stayed, seduced by Villas-Boas and lack of serious offer. Its first successful part of the season is again arousing lust

Will the summer soap opera follow up this winter? Announced on the departure from June to August, Morgan Sanson finally decided to extend the adventure to OM, convinced by the arrival of André Villas-Boas and the launch of the project embodied by the Portuguese technician. And too bad if it constituted, with Florian Thauvin, the main market value of the workforce and that the club, strangled by financial fair play, had an urgent need to sell. It must be said that, in addition to the multiplication of intermediaries which had made things more complex, Jacques-Henri Eyraud had his eyes bigger than his stomach, demanding between 30 and 35 million euros to sell his midfield acquired 12 M € in January 2017.

Three years later, the question of his future resurfaces, therefore, and not only because the Olympians accounts remain desperately in the red. After a delicate start to the exercise which saw him digest a summer spent in uncertainty ("it disturbs a little", he admitted in September), the former Montpellier resident has picked up the thread of his progression from thunderous way. He was able to establish himself as an essential cog in the device built by "AVB". He forms with Valentin Rongier a complementary and formidable pair.

In mid-season, he found stats more in line with his status and his importance on the field. He doesn't need anyone to find out. He played 19 of the 20 games on the OM program (*), only missing the Strasbourg reception due to suspension. On his 18 tenure (he was a replacement at the Parc des Princes), he scored 3 goals, offered a decisive school pass to Dario Benedetto, against Saint-Etienne (1-0).

Performances that do not go unnoticed, necessarily, and note a return to the front of the stage. All this, at the very moment when the winter transfer window is about to open its doors (from January 1 to 31, 2020), the story of living a funny life again in this strange comedy that is the January market.

Villas-Boas thinks out loud that nothing will move. Or rather, hope. "For me, we stay as we are. After if there are offers ... But I don't think we will have any. The January transfer window is more expensive than the summer transfer window where you have more time to Since it is more expensive, I don't think we will have any offers, "he predicted before the break. Only here, Sanson's rating is skyrocketing. "It is more followed and more seriously," confirms a person familiar with the matter.

Oral agreement for a departure next summer ...

Enough to see a courtier declare his flame? Once again, the British market, which saw West Ham coming to the news last summer, will set the pace. Everton and Southampton are looking for a mid-profile, as are Tottenham and Manchester United, who are looking into the Boubakary Soumaré (Lille) case.

Currently on a family vacation in Savoy, Sanson (25) decompresses, not at all obsessed with his future. It must be said that, last winter, he extended his contract by a year, that is, until 2022. And that on that occasion, a verbal agreement had been reached with the Olympian management regarding a departure in summer 2020. In his mind, it's still the trend. Especially with the exciting second part of the season looming and the expected arrival of a second child.


Three managers West Ham should consider to replace Pellegrini

Shamanth Jayaram

Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly on the brink of being sacked as West Ham boss.

Just five wins in 18 games is a horrendous record for any side let alone West Ham who were aiming for a top-seven finish at the start of the season. Manuel Pellegrini's job is under severe scrutiny after the 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

The Chilean's next game is against high-flyers Leicester City who will be looking to get back to winning ways after their recent drubbing at the hands of league leaders Liverpool. West Ham could well have to start searching for a new manager at this point and here are three high-profile managers they should consider if they part ways with their current one.

Unai Emery:

A bold call after his disastrous stint with Arsenal but Unai Emery is still a brilliant manager. The Spaniard failed to instil his philosophy at the Emirates but his achievements at sides where the expectations aren't as big as Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are quite phenomenal.

Emery didn't quite have the best of players during his time at Valencia and Sevilla but he managed to do wonders there. He won three Europa League titles at Seville and with the quality of players at West Ham, he can well and truly get them into the competition if not win it.

Niko Kovac:

The Croatian was sacked by Bayern Munich at the start of last month and he should be an option that West Ham look at. Kovac did a brilliant job in his previous spell at Eintracht Frankfurt where he won the DFB Pokal with a brilliant 3-1 win against the German champions.

The former Bayern boss will have a friendly face at West Ham in Sebastien Haller, a player he bought for Frankfurt from Utrecht in the summer of 2017. Kovac is tactically flexible and with the number of quality players at West Ham, he would be a really good appointment.

Marco Giampaolo:

The Italian was expected to do great things at AC Milan after his brilliant spell at Sampdoria but sadly, it wasn't to be. Giampaolo was sacked by the Rossoneri in October and has been out of a job since. West Ham should seriously look at the 52-year-old considering how good he was tactically at Sampdoria.

Giampaolo's sides are incredibly compact in defence and are very difficult to score against. Someone like Declan Rice will improve massively under the former Sampdoria boss both defensively and in the transition. The Italian prefers a passing game and with Anderson and Yarmolenko on either wing, he could bring the absolute best out of West Ham if he was given a chance.

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Takashi Miike 7:12 Sat Dec 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 3:00 Sat Dec 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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