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 11:38 Mon Dec 30
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hopes Granit Xhaka, 27, does not leave in January despite the Switzerland midfielder being linked with a move to German side Hertha Berlin. (Football.London)

Manchester United made the biggest contract offer to Erling Braut Haaland but the Norway striker, 19, chose to sign with Borussia Dortmund to continue his development. (Independent)

Former Manchester City and Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, 31, says he wants to return to a Championship club. (Telegraph)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says the club are in talks with right-back Tariq Lamptey, 19, about a new deal, with his current contract expiring at the end of the season. (Goal)

Arsenal must make a significant offer to convince Atletico Madrid to sell France midfielder Thomas Lemar, 24, in January. (AS, via Mirror)

Barcelona will only consider re-signing Brazil forward Neymar, 27, as a replacement for Lionel Messi, 32, when the Argentine striker eventually decides to leave the club. (Sport)

Arsenal and Tottenham are prepared to pay £50m to sign French RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, 21, but could face competition from Manchester City. (Daily Star)

Newcastle are working on a contract extension for midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 27, whose current deal runs until 2021. (Chronicle)

Manchester United are tracking Birmingham City's 16-year-old English midfielder Jude Bellingham. (Sun)

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says he tracked Toffees forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin at previous clubs but was never able to sign the 22-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)

Fiorentina could end 27-year-old Leicester and Algeria winger Rachid Ghezzal's season-long loan early, with fellow Italian side Atalanta interested in taking over the move. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Leicester Mercury)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce says he will not make January signings just to cover his side's mounting injury problems. (Mail)

Atletico Madrid could move for Beijing Guoan striker Cedric Bakambu, 28, in January if they cannot sign first choice Edinson Cavani, 32, from Paris St-Germain. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Real Madrid will not allow Colombia attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, 28, to leave in January. (AS)

Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has confirmed the club are monitoring 19-year-old Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo. (Chronicle)

Stoke and Huddersfield are interested in forward Chris Willock, 21, who is on loan at West Brom from Portuguese side Benfica. (Mail)

Turkey midfielder Arda Turan, 33, hopes to end his career with first club Galatasaray despite currently being on loan at Super Lig rivals Istanbul Basaksehir from Barcelona. (AS)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Olivier Giroud to West Ham?

Barry Glendenning

With the January transfer window due to slam open at precisely the same time as folk around the UK join hands and bawl out raucous renditions of Auld Lang Syne, the Rumour Mill, as you might have expect, has donned its game face. Feverish speculation regarding the future of goalscoring whelp Erling Braut Haaland, who has inked a deal with Borussia Dortmund for a fee reported to be in the region of £18m, may have been nipped in the bud but there is no shortage of other tittle-tattle to keep us going in the meantime. For a kick-off, Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé is wanted by Manchester United, who have set their sights on the former Fulham and Celtic striker after missing out on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s aforementioned compatriot and former Molde charge Haaland.

Back in charge of West Ham following the dismissal of Manuel Pellegrini, David Moyes is rumoured to be keen on bringing Olivier Giroud to West Ham. With just three starts to his name for Chelsea this season, the French striker is eager to leave Stamford Bridge and Frank Lampard is unlikely to stand in his way. Free to sign players in the January window following the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision to halve Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban, Lamps is rumoured to be keen on prising Jadon Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund. The unsettled winger wants a move back to England and has admirers at Stamford Bridge, Anfield and Old Trafford.

At Arsenal, Mikel Arteta is less inclined to let Granit Xhaka leave, but the Swiss midfielder is reported to be agitating for a move to Hertha Berlin. “I hope not,” said Arteta, upon being asked if Xhaka, who missed Arsenal’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday because of illness, would leave next month. Arsenal are also reported to be interested in securing the scrawl of Atlético Madrid’s French midfielder Thomas Lemar and are prepared to duke it out with their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for £50m-rated RB Leipzig central defender Dayot Upamecano.

Having lost John McGinn to a fractured ankle during their defeat at the hands of Southampton last weekend, Aston Villa are in the market for a midfielder. The Daily Telegraph report that Dean Smith is chasing a loan deal for Adrien Taméze from Nice, but he could face competition for the 25-year-old’s services from Southampton and Burnley. Villa have also been linked with Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara.

And finally, Watford hope to accelerate their progress up the table under Nigel Pearson by bringing Milan left-back Ricardo Rodriguez to Vicarage Road in the coming weeks. The 27-year-old Swiss international is also wanted by Napoli. Rodriguez’s compatriot Valon Behrami, a Watford old boy, is currently without a club but is training with Genoa in the hope of earning himself a contract.


‘It feels great to be home’: West Ham appoint David Moyes on 18-month deal
• Manager returns to club he left in May 2018
• Moyes says he has inherited a better squad than last time

Jacob Steinberg and Ed Aarons

David Moyes said “it feels great to be home” after he made an unlikely return to West Ham, charged with the task of saving the club from relegation for the second time in three seasons.

Eighteen months after he was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini, the 56-year-old has been given a contract until the end of next season after the co-owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, acted swiftly following the 2-1 defeat by an under-strength Leicester side on Saturday.

Pellegrini was dismissed 90 minutes after their fourth successive home defeat in the league left West Ham one point and one place above the relegation zone. Moyes’s first match will be against fellow strugglers Bournemouth at the London Stadium on New Year’s Day and the former Everton manager believes he has inherited a superior squad to when he succeeded Slaven Bilic in November 2017.

“It’s fabulous to be back,” said Moyes. “It feels great to be home. I’ve missed being here because I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed being around the stadium and I loved being in this part of the world and I missed the club, so I can’t wait to get started.

“I’m feeling very proud that I’m back here at West Ham. But I think more importantly I’ll be looking to see what I can do and what I can make improvements to, how we can get some wins with the players and how we can get some quick wins on the field as well. I do believe that the squad of players I’ve got here is a better squad of players than when I took over before, so I am looking forward to working with them.”

He added: “I think there’s got to be a short-term goal for us just now to get the wins to get us away from the wrong end of the league and what we’re going to do over the next six months, then what we’re going to do over the next period as well. The start is really focusing on the immediate games.”

Moyes, who was linked with Everton before Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment at Goodison Park, has been out of work since leaving West Ham. He did not leave on good terms, however, having struggled to convince the board he was worthy of a long-term deal. West Ham began a search for a “high‑calibre figure” and Pellegrini was hired on a three-year contract worth £7m a year.

Moyes does not hold a grudge against West Ham and he can count on support from within the boardroom. Gold, who is a big fan, thought it was a mistake to let Moyes leave in the first place and has been pushing for a reunion for a while. The problem in 2018 was that Sullivan, who holds far more power than Gold, had a different vision from Moyes and wanted a manager who played attractive football and could attract exciting players.

Nonetheless, Sullivan acknowledged that Moyes had illustrated his capabilities during his first spell and had earned his second opportunity.

“David proved in his short time with the club that he was capable of getting results and we believe he will start moving the club in the right direction once again,” he said. “We are delighted to welcome David back – he knows the club well and he built strong relationships during that time which will be crucial for the work that needs to be done going forward.”

While Moyes’s return is unlikely to sit well with fans who have grown disenchanted since the move to the London Stadium, he can point to how he revived Marko Arnautovic during his first spell, not to mention the fact he was working with a limited and unbalanced squad.

West Ham are crying out for a manager to organise a leaky defence and they need a more solid structure away from the pitch. They need a manager with a record of building sides; someone to give them stability. Before the end of his first spell Moyes had plans to emulate his successes at Everton by turning West Ham into a top-eight club. He spoke about the need for better training facilities and pushed for greater control over signings. He wanted the club to be cannier in the transfer market.

Moyes, who could ask Alan Irvine, Chris Woods and Stuart Pearce to be part of his backroom staff, inherits a badly underperforming squad. West Ham tried to be patient with Pellegrini, especially after he lost Lukasz Fabianski to a serious hip injury in September, but successive defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester over Christmas convinced the club to act.

The loss of Fabianski, who returned in goal against Leicester, proved calamitous. The goalkeeper’s deputy, Roberto Jiménez, put in a string of awful displays, destroying the team’s confidence and raising doubts over Pellegrini’s judgment. The signing of Roberto on a free transfer last summer was down to Pellegrini, who was handed £100m to spend in the summer of 2018, and Mario Husillos.

Husillos, who was Pellegrini’s pick as director of football rather than that of the club, has been under pressure for a while. Roberto is not the only recent signing who has flopped. Andriy Yarmolenko, a £17m buy from Borussia Dortmund, is up for sale. Carlos Sánchez and Albian Ajeti have also disappointed, Sébastien Haller has struggled up front since his £45m move from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer and Pellegrini’s insistence on signing Jack Wilshere on a free transfer has backfired. Wilshere is rarely fit, leaving West Ham’s ponderous midfield short of options.


Report names striker Manuel Pellegrini was pushing West Ham to sign in January

John Verrall

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini was given a considerable amount of money to spend during his time at the London Stadium.

According to the Daily Mail, Manuel Pellegrini was pushing West Ham United’s board to sign Gabigol from Flamengo in January.

West Ham had spent £45 million on Sebastian Haller in the summer, but Pellegrini felt that another attacker was needed in the new year.

Pellegrini had set his sights on Gabigol, but in doing so he reportedly aggravated West Ham’s board.

The Hammers parted company with Pellegrini yesterday, and it was suggested that his desire to sign Gabigol played a role in his dismissal.

West Ham’s board felt that Pellegrini needed to focus on getting the best out of his current squad, rather than lining up more expensive additions.

Gabigol could actually have been an exciting addition to the Hammers squad, as the £20 million striker (FC Inter News) has scored prolifically for Flamengo in Brazil.

However, it seems that West Ham’s interest in the forward is likely to have ended following Pellegrini’s departure.

Pellegrini had a very mixed record with his signings at the London Stadium, despite having a large amount of money to invest.

Most of West Ham’s signings over the summer have struggled so far this term, with the Hammers sat in 17th spot in the Premier League table currently.

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jimbo2. 7:25 Mon Dec 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We should now back David Moyes to be successful & stop moaning & groaning about the London Stadium. I for one want us to climb the league table and I don’t want us to fail!!
Thanks Al.

Takashi Miike 2:18 Mon Dec 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Iron Duke 1:02 Mon Dec 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
So the real motive for sacking Pellegrini was so that we didn’t have to fork out £20m on Gabigol, and can now get by with what we’ve got or “cheap” loans or has beens on expensive wages.

We never seem to learn.

Queens Fish Bar 11:54 Mon Dec 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 11:39 Mon Dec 30

Thanks Alan 11:39 Mon Dec 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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