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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 1:31 Thu Jan 2
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Juventus will attempt to re-sign former midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, from Manchester United as the player grows increasingly disillusioned with life at Old Trafford. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United could secure a January agreement for the signing of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner by allowing the 23-year-old to remain with the Bundesliga leaders until the end of the season. (Express)

Napoli and Ajax are ready to move for Jan Vertonghen and tempt Tottenham into selling the Belgium centre-back, 32, before he is allowed to leave on a free transfer in the summer. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid have made contact with the representatives of Liverpool's Senegal striker Sadio Mane, 27. (Le10Sport)

Marseille and Aston Villa are among the clubs monitoring former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge, 30, who is now at Turkish club Trabzonspor. (Mail)

Tottenham are leading the chase for West Brom defender Nathan Ferguson, with the Baggies potentially set to be forced to cash in on the 19-year-old who is also being watched by Crystal Palace. (Mirror)

Inter Milan have joined the race to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen. The 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is also a target for Manchester United, Paris St-Germain and Juventus. (Mail)

Manchester United and Tottenham are expected to face stern competition for Lille's French midfielder Boubakary Soumare, with six bids reportedly already received for the 20-year-old. (Mail)

Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, 27, will have to wait for new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to agree to his proposed January loan move to Hertha Berlin. (Independent)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has played down suggestions of a January move for Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 27. (Star)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says England midfielder Adam Lallana, 31, could leave when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Mirror)

Everton have had interest in Moise Kean, but have no intention of selling the 19-year-old Italy striker, his agent says. (La Repubblica via Star)

Sporting Lisbon's Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, a former Manchester United target, says he was closest to joining Tottenham in the summer than any other club. (Express)

Midfielder Jack Colback is unlikely to get his desired move away from Newcastle in January after suffering a knee injury in training. The 30-year-old was attracting interest from several Championship clubs. (South Shields Gazette)

Burnley, West Brom and Swansea are all hoping to sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher after the 19-year-old impressed on loan at Charlton in the first half of the season. (Mail)

Nottingham Forest are considering a bid for 30-year-old Birmingham City striker Lukas Jutkiewicz to bolster their attack. (the Athletic - subscription required)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

He plays for the champions of Europe, the likely champions of England come May, and is in the form of his career, so what could possibly turn Sadio Mané’s head? Real Madrid, inevitably. That’s according to the French site Le10 sport, which reports that Zinedine Zidane is drooling over the idea of the Senegal striker teaming up with Karim Benzema to spearhead Madrid’s attack. Not least because he’s likely to rid himself of Wales and golf’s Gareth Bale and Colombia’s James Rodríguez. Le10 claims Mané’s people have already had a chinwag with Madrid’s people about a summer move. Rumour has it that Zidane and Mané have even had a direct human conversation about the matter.

José Mourinho is unhappy: with ball boys, with members of opponents’ coaching teams, with technology and with the absolute state of Tottenham’s defence. Accordingly, he’s got his eye on the Leicester full-back Ricardo Pereira and is prepared to wave £30m in the Foxes’ faces in the hope of persuading his Portuguese compatriot to swap probable Champions League qualification at the King Power with a desperate scramble over fourth and fifth places in Tottenham’s craft ale emporium. They may face stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain, however. Another defender Spurs have their eye on is West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson, with Crystal Palace also keen on the 19-year-old.

Heading in the other direction might be Jan Vertonghen, with Ajax and Napoli looking to tempt the Belgian central defender, whose contract expires in the summer, away from north London.

If The Mill had a penny for every time Paul Pogba has appeared in this column, we’d have very heavy pockets and knowing our luck would probably be told it’s card-only at this till, but anyway, despite his latest injury setback – needing surgery on an injured foot – the Manchester United midfielder is being courted by his former club Juventus. Calciomercato reports that the serial Serie A champions are pushing strongly for a reunion with a player whose days in the Premier League look numbered. Coming into Old Trafford could be Leipzig’s Timo Werner in a deal that would involve the forward remaining at the Bundesliga club until the end of the season.

In the here and now – which is kind of important given their injury problems – United are keen on the Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumaré, but Spurs are sniffing around too – six bids have reportedly been tabled for the Frenchman already. Another midfielder attracting Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s interest is Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes; United are understood to be exploring the option of signing Fernandes on a six-month loan deal that would carry a £34m option to buy in the summer.

With Chelsea now able to sign players, they’re also able to offload their young’uns in the customary style and their teenage midfielder Conor Gallagher is attracting considerable interest after a fine loan spell at Charlton in the first half of the season. Burnley, West Brom and Swansea are all duking it out for the 19-year-old. And in other Championship tittle-tattle, Nottingham Forest are pondering over an offer for the seasoned Birmingham City striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.


West Ham put four past Bournemouth to welcome back David Moyes in style

Ed Aarons at the London Stadium

Mark Noble is on target from the penalty spot to score his second and West Ham’s third goal against Bournemouth. Photograph: Bradley Collyer/PA

As second comings go, David Moyes could not have scripted his any better. Two goals from the captain Mark Noble and one each from Sébastien Haller and Felipe Anderson ended West Ham’s run of four successive defeats at home and took them out of the relegation zone at the expense of a disjointed Bournemouth side.

Out of work since he was jettisoned by West Ham’s owners in favour of Manuel Pellegrini in May 2018, how Moyes must have relished the “olés” which rang around the stadium in the closing stages as his side cantered to victory. Only a few days into his second spell as manager he has already shown what a difference a new face can make – something that even Bournemouth’s owners may even have to consider at some point given the lack of fight in Eddie Howe’s side here.

“I don’t think I could have had a better start but the players have to take all the credit,” Moyes said. “Their attitude and commitment got the supporters behind us and that was key for us today.”

The former Manchester United and Everton manager had spoken of the need to restore confidence among his players after the disastrous run that cost Manuel Pellegrini his job, yet after Aston Villa’s victory at Burnley, West Ham found themselves in the relegation zone before kick-off – almost exactly the same position as when Moyes took over from Slaven Bilic in November 2017.

Last time it took Moyes until his fourth match to record his first victory but with less than half of this campaign remaining, he knew there was no time to waste. Bournemouth looked like perfect opponents to kickstart the home side’s campaign given Howe’s visitors had lost seven of their previous nine matches before this. Howe also made four changes to the side which lost at Brighton on Saturday with Callum Wilson leading the line despite enduring a run of 12 matches without a league goal.

Moyes, who admitted this week that he had not been able to stop smiling since his reappointment, emerged just before kick-off to a decent reception from the home supporters and spent almost the entire first half prowling the technical area, clearly enjoying being back in his natural habitat.

After a slow start, the 56-year-old’s enthusiasm was rewarded in the 17th minute when Robert Snodgrass’s cut back found Noble in acres of space and the captain’s shot from distance took a massive deflection off Lewis Cook to totally wrongfoot Aaron Ramsdale in the Bournemouth goal.

Taking the lead – albeit through a huge slice of good fortune – seemed to immediately lighten the mood among the home supporters and it was not long until they were celebrating again. Haller, without a goal at the London Stadium since the defeat to Crystal Palace in October, has looked an increasingly dejected figure in recent weeks but the way he volleyed home a cross from Ryan Fredericks illustrated just why West Ham were prepared to pay £45m to sign him last summer.

Sebastien Haller scored West Ham's second with a fine swivelled effort

Noble’s second soon after from the penalty spot when Harry Wilson was somewhat harshly adjudged to have brought down the veteran midfielder almost lifted the roof off this vast arena. Having failed to score more than one first-half goal so far this season, suddenly West Ham had three.

Bournemouth’s woes can be traced back to Wilson’s last league goal in the 3-1 victory over Southampton at the end of September. Howe’s side briefly found themselves in third place back then but, like Haller at West Ham, the lack of goals for their main striker has coincided with their plunge down the table. They have not looked so vulnerable since the 2017-18 season, when they were in the bottom three at Christmas before a seven-game unbeaten run catapulted them up the table. On this evidence that kind of form looks beyond them but Howe will at least be encouraged by a better performance after the break after they switched to a back three.

Asked if his players are suffering from a lack of confidence, he said: “I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to see it’s damaged. It’s the first time we’ve been in the relegation zone for a long time but I almost think that is a good thing for us because it’s going to refocus energies. We need to change something.”

Felipe Anderson rounded off a fine individual performance with the fourth goal following a wonderful cross field pass from Declan Rice with his left foot. Further evidence that this was West Ham’s day came when Aaron Cresswell was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle on Ryan Fraser, only for VAR to overturn referee Graham Scott’s original decision. Moyes will just hope that his good fortune can last a little longer this time.


West Ham vs Bournemouth result: David Moyes’ steady hand guides Hammers to heavy win

Jack Watson London Stadium

In 2020, David Moyes is probably not the answer to many cries for help from established Premier League sides dreaming of more. But whatever the questions Moyes faced on his somewhat unceremonious return to West Ham, he’s quickly found a way of answering them and readjusting his managerial stock.

West Ham’s 4-0 win against Bournemouth was the trademark David Moyes success story. The passion was back, the football was simple yet effective, the players cared more, and the fans responded.

There was nothing especially spectacular about West Ham’s play, little to get the tactical juices flowing, it was just a hard shift. Mark Noble, a frustrated figure towards the end of Pellegrini’s reign, looked five years younger as he helped himself to two first-half goals. Robert Snodgrass was brilliant throughout, Felipe Anderson looked like a £35m winger again and even Sebastian Haller scored a legitimate goal. The previously lethargic defence tightened up and the team, for the first time in a while, gave the impression that they actually wanted to be here.

Moyes’s appointment was unpopular with the majority of fans largely because a) it’s an admission the last 18 months have been a time-wasting side-step, b) well he’s not a chino-wearing European manager from the Bundesliga that gets supporters excited, and c) it’s David Moyes.

But on this evidence, Moyes is exactly what West Ham need.

There was little to no acknowledgement for the (sort of) new manager as he took his seat in the London Stadium. This was business as usual and this being normal tells you rather a lot about the situation the club is in.

The infamous West Ham Way will take a back seat for the next few months because searching for this unspoken identity is what had West Ham in the bottom three of the Premier League at kick-off on New Year’s Day in the first place. This was a time for going back to basics, no possession for possession’s sake that Manuel Pellegrini bored the players, fans and eventually himself with.

West Ham and Moyes didn’t do much, didn’t change an awful lot in terms of shape or personal, but everything they did was direct and with a very clear purpose.

It’s this that brought about the first goal, and deservedly so. Robert Snodgrass’s industrial foraging created space to waltz into the box and cut the ball back to Noble to fire the home side into the lead via Lewis Cook’s attempted block. Get the ball wide, cross it to men in the middle, simple, everyone on the same page.

The second was similar. Ryan Fredericks’ cross found Haller well and the French forward finished off the move with a shot on the turn as if it was his 16th goal of the season, not his sixth. A 20-minute spell of spirited play brought about the Hammers’ third, this time from the spot after Noble was brought down in the area by Callum Wilson and converted from 12 yards with minimal fuss.

There was, however, still room for individual brilliance in a structured team performance. Anderson had been on something of a soul-searching mission during his spells in and out of the side lately, looking for the spark within that had somewhat died. It took Moyes just over an hour to find this, with the help of a brilliant deep through pass from Declan Rice, wonderfully touched beyond Simon Francis and Anderson made no mistake with the finish. Hugs from teammates, the stadium bouncing, smiles and bubbles all-round. This is more like the West Ham way.

Just about everything went Moyes’ way. Even the pendulum of VAR swung in his direction, downgrading a 75th-minute red card for Aaron Cresswell for a foul on Ryan Fraser that would, pre-VAR days, have been a straight red card with little argument.

It is worth noting that West Ham will face tougher opposition than a Bournemouth side a shadow of its previous self. Leicester, Manchester City and Liverpool twice are all on the agenda in the next seven league games.

Eddie Howe is in something of a rut himself and Bournemouth are heading only one way at the moment. Wilson, who is on his longest run of Premier League games without a goal (13), and Dominic Solanke look like strangers together at the top of the team, Jefferson Lerma can’t control the midfield and the defence simply made up the numbers. Lukas Fabianski’s involvements in the game were few and far between, a save from Diego Rico’s fierce shot just before the break probably the one notable contribution the goalkeeper made.

It would be easy for someone watching their first game of the season to tell which side is in serious trouble, and it’s not the one in claret and blue.


New West Ham Manager Moyes Gives Club The Go Ahead To Pursue Inter’s Gabigol

Newly appointed West Ham United manager David Moyes has sanctioned a move for Inter striker Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa with the Premier League club now set to make an offer according to a report from FCInterNews.it.

West Ham are prepared to offer Inter €20 million plus bonuses for the 23-year-old, who spent the entirety of last year out on loan at Flamengo in his native Brazil.

This offer would force Inter to go back to Flamengo and tell them they have received a better offer for the former Santos man.

West Ham are not the only Premier League side to have taken an interest. The report goes on to state that Chelsea have also expressed an interest in him through some intermediaries and could move for him in the event that Olivier Giroud leaves.

Whilst on loan at Flamengo, Gabigol made 58 appearances across all competitions during which he scored a sensational 43 goals and provided 13 assists.

Planet Football

Felipe Anderson and the pass of a man who sees things others do not

When David Moyes took over at West Ham United, he pledged to deliver attacking football at the London Stadium. Against Bournemouth, Felipe Anderson showed why he deserves to be part of that.

Looking at Moyes’ last spell in East London, there was reason to be fearful for the Brazilian’s immediate future. The manager preferred to play with five at the back, with a more industrious midfield four behind a lone striker.

Anderson has come in for criticism this season for a combination of reasons, with perceived lack of interest dovetailing with less in the way of end product. However, in his new manager’s first game, he looked like a different player to the one who scored just one league goal in all of 2019.

“The fans want to see more attacking football, action and excitement,” Moyes said upon his return, more than 18 months after guiding an often difficult to watch West Ham side to Premier League safety.

Against an admittedly dreadful Bournemouth, his team delivered on that, arguably none more so than Anderson.

Since returning as a substitute against Crystal Palace, he has not just seemed more willing to look for the ball but also more prepared to make something happen when it arrives. We saw that with his goal, the fourth in a 4-0 win, but also in another moment early in the second half against the Cherries.

After rushing to make himself available to throw-in taker Aaron Cresswell, the former Lazio man stations himself on the touchline. Not to hide away but rather to give himself a greater vantage point from which to survey his options.

We occasionally see a manager earn criticism for watching a game from the stands rather than the touchline, as if such a thing presents bad optics for those who live for passion with a capital P, but it can allow them a far clearer outlook on what is happening and what is possible. The same applies here.

By taking a more withdrawn starting point, he can get a better gauge on Simon Francis’ movements, not to mention the defender’s capability to change direction and track Cresswell if and when the ball is returned to him. The positioning and placement of obstacles might make the execution of the scooped pass more difficult, but this is no problem for someone with his levels of self-belief.

It’s as if Anderson has taken a step to the moon to watch what Francis is up to, and then dropped a ball over his head and simply placed it at his team-mate’s feet. A tough delivery doesn’t even register as a roadblock when the alternative is driving with one eye covered.

After that moment of brilliance, a first goal since April was all Anderson deserved.

And, while his own contribution to West Ham’s fourth was vital, it owed a lot to a team-mate taking his lead and letting rip from a position which allowed him to see everything.

Declan Rice isn’t known for his quarterback passes, but his ball out to West Ham’s No.8 suggests he maybe should be. Indeed, the left-footed pass was hit with such precision that many in the London Stadium can have been forgiven it was played by, well, at least someone who’s actually left-footed.

Anderson’s first touch elevates the pass even further, somehow simultaneously killing the ball and pushing it far out of the reach of Francis, who by this point must have been close to wondering why he even got out of bed in the morning. Instead, he’s gone into work on the first day of the new year, walked into his private office and seen Anderson spun around on his chair and eating Francis’ own lunch. At 9.30 in the morning.

“All I’d said to him was, “Give us a Brazilian goal”. And to be fair to him, he did,” Moyes said after the game.

The simplicity can tell us one of two things: the first option is that less is sometimes more, and football really can be that easy at times. The other is that this result, and Anderson’s performance in it, was a fluke of timing which can’t be repeated without at least a little more dynamism in his manager’s motivation.

West Ham fans won’t mind which is true, at least for now. They’ve started the new year with a first home win in seven and a four-goal Premier League win for the first time since 2007. More importantly, one of their star men is showing signs of the form which got people off their seats last season.

When that happens, everything else is just noise.

Football London

Arthur Masuaku as an attacker shows the way forward for West Ham under David Moyes

By Sam Inkersole West Ham correspondent

Moyes was responsible for the best period of Masuaku's rather underwhelming Hammers career so far when he played him as a left wing back for six months in 2018.

The left back by trade was excellent as the Hammers secured their Premier League survival with two games to spare.

Masuaku didn't start against Bournemouth but came off the bench for an eight-minute run out that was very lively indeed and Masuaku played on the left of the front three having replaced Robert Snodgrass.

He was all over the pitch, he turned up as a number ten and then received a pass from Declan Rice in the centre circle, looked a bit lost and wasn't sure what to do with the ball.

But he also had a few direct runs at the tiring and porous Cherries defence and made a fool out of more than one defender.

Moyes won't have decided yet whether he is going to switch to five at the back like he did last time and got the best out of Masuaku, but he clearly sees the DR Congo international as being far more effective further forward. The Hammers need to be more solid defensively and Masuaku doesn't necessarily offer that.

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