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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
7%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
1%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
13%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
38%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
41%
  



Alan 1:33 Sat Jan 11
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester United are interested in signing Wolves' Mexico striker Raul Jimenez, 28, and are looking at Lyon's French forward Moussa Dembele, 23. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea and Manchester United are likely to face competition from Juventus in the race to sign Dembele. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Sporting Lisbon's president and sporting director have travelled to Old Trafford to negotiate the transfer of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, to Manchester United. (Record - in Portuguese)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant Mike Phelan went to watch Fernandes in action this week. (Standard)

And United are growing increasingly confident of signing Fernandes in a £60m deal. (Star)

Tottenham have emerged as a potential threat to West Ham in the race to sign Benfica's Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes, 21. (Mail)

Everton are preparing a £25m bid to sign Brazil forward Everton Soares 23, from Gremio. (ESPN)

Juventus and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 25, has rejected a move to Manchester United out of respect to his former club Liverpool. (Tuttosport - via Talksport)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has ruled out a Chelsea exit for Danish defender Andreas Christensen, 23, in the January transfer window. (Star)

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers insists England midfielder James Maddison, 23, will not be affected by on-going interest from Manchester United. (Mirror)

Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga, 23, is wanted by Everton and West Ham. (Star)

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in Premier League history, says Arsenal legend Martin Keown. (Talksport)

Juventus are set to offer Paulo Dybala a new contract, despite the 26-year-old Argentine forward being heavily linked with Manchester United and Tottenham last summer. (Goal)

Newcastle United are willing to let English forward Dwight Gayle, 29, go out on loan, however any deal would have to include an obligation to buy for £20m. (Mail)

Derby and QPR are leading the chase for Tottenham winger Jack Clarke, 19. (Mirror)

Fulham are preparing a move for Huddersfield Town's Netherlands defender Terence Kongolo, 25. (Football Insider)








Guardian

VAR denies West Ham point against Blades after goalkeeping woes return

Aaron Bower at Bramall Lane

If David Moyes was not already convinced that West Ham have deep-rooted goalkeeping issues to resolve in order to survive this season, he will be now. The fact the Hammers continue to pursue a return for Darren Randolph despite the Republic of Ireland international being injured perhaps emphasised Moyes knew the extent of those problems already, but either way, they were brutally laid out for him here.

Of course that was not the whole story on a dramatic night at Bramall Lane. It seems no Premier League game of significance is complete without a cameo from VAR these days – the fact that this intervention came deep into added time to deny West Ham an equaliser Moyes felt they deserved will have done little to appease him following the end of his unbeaten start in charge.

When Robert Snodgrass seemingly scored in injury time, it sparked chaotic scenes among both the away supporters, while Moyes raced down the touchline to celebrate what seemed to be another important point for his new side. However, with the much-maligned handball law enforced by VAR after determining Declan Rice had handled in the build-up, the goal was disallowed. Naturally, Moyes was unhappy afterwards.

“It was a good goal to me,” he said. “It looks like a law nobody is enjoying too much, but it looks like there’s a few laws nobody is enjoying too much.” But this was a night with other problems away from VAR too. Lukasz Fabianski suffering a recurrence of the injury which had kept him out for three months – again while taking a goal kick – would have been bad enough.

However the fact that his replacement, and the man who is now their only fit senior goalkeeper, gift-wrapped Sheffield United the winner here will have been doubly hard to take. David Martin’s rushed pass was intended for Fabián Balbuena; instead, it found its way to John Fleck who kept his nerve, squared for Oli McBurnie and allowed the Blades to move up to fifth with the game’s only goal.

“It’s the biggest three points of the season,” said Chris Wilder, who on the day of agreeing a contract extension to 2024, admitted he had sympathy for his opposite number. “To get to 32 points at this stage is great but I feel a bit deflated because that’s happened to us two or three times this season. What their manager has felt, I’ve felt.” All that second-half drama, culminating in Snodgrass’s disallowed equaliser, thankfully overshadowed a fairly forgettable first half.

There were few gilt-edged opportunities for either side in the opening 45 minutes, with the best falling to Felipe Anderson, who fired wide after sneaking through on goal. Moyes had opted to match the home side up tactically and while it certainly produced some resilience, it ultimately offered little going forward.

Fabianski’s departure – “It looks like a recurrence of the same injury, we’ll have to get the tests done over the weekend,” Moyes said – was the one real talking point: and it turned out to be decisive. When Martin’s sloppy pass led to McBurnie’s fourth of the season, it forced the visitors into a tactical change. Snodgrass came on, West Ham reverted to a back four and with his first touch, his free-kick saw Sébastien Haller score – only to be disallowed by the offside flag. At the other end, Wilder’s side had chances to kill the game, and their profligacy in that regard looked as though it would hurt them deep into injury time.

Rice surged forward, played in Snodgrass and he drove past Dean Henderson. That sparked delirium in the away end but of course, there was one final act to be written by Stockley Park. Moyes had barely stopped celebrating by the time VAR concluded that John Egan heading the ball into Rice’s arm constituted handball, which in turn produced the loudest cheer of the night for home supporters.

The night began with West Ham supporters taunting the home side with Carlos Tevez chants, owing to the infamous chapter of history between the clubs over a decade ago. As the home fans rounded off the night with renditions of “VAR, VAR” in reply, you suspected that while those deep wounds from the Tevez saga have not fully healed, this frenetic night under the lights will certainly have helped.





C&H

Genoa keeper linked with West Ham loan option

Inter keeper Andrei Radu has been linked with a possible six-month loan to West Ham a report in Italy has suggested.

The Romanian keeper on loan at Genoa played last night in the Italian Cup against Torino, but his future at Genoa is said to be limited.

According to FcInterNews.it there is interest from Italy (Fiorentina and Turin) and abroad (Nice, Arsenal, West Ham) in taking the keeper on loan.

Inter does not want to sell Radu so any loan will not have any option to buy, they consider him a goalkeeper with an assured future at Inter,

The report claims Inter will look for another club in Italy or in Europe for the keeper otherwise Radu will return to Milan to train with Antonio Conte’s group.

Radu began playing football at age 8 with local Viitorul București, after his grandmother saw a newspaper announcement. He was transferred to FC Steaua București in 2008 for €12,000, and left the club for rival side Dinamo București three years later. At the beginning of 2013 he relocated to Italy, briefly joining Pergolettese before being signed by Internazionale in the mid-2013 and assigned to their junior squads.

In June last year, the then 21-year-old Radu was loaned to Genoa with an option to join the club permanently for €8 million at the start of the following season which wasn’t exercised. The deal also reportedly included an undisclosed buy-back clause.




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PwoperNaughtyButNot 2:24 Sat Jan 11
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
When I read this it sounds like we only had two supporters in the crowd last night

When Robert Snodgrass seemingly scored in injury time, it sparked chaotic scenes among both the away supporters, while Moyes raced down the touchline to celebrate what seemed to be another important point for his new side.

Alan 1:44 Sat Jan 11
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Radu story added.

Nurse Ratched 1:40 Sat Jan 11
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan!

Thanks Alan 1:39 Sat Jan 11
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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