WHO Poll
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 12:52 Fri Jan 31
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Lazio are interested in signing Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud, 33. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea will make a late second bid to sign Napoli and Belgium forward Dries Mertens, 32, after their first approach was rejected. (Telegraph)

Chelsea's move for Mertens is off and they could now try to sign Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, whose move to Atletico Madrid has collapsed. (Star)

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani, 32, will not leave Paris St-Germain during the current transfer window. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United will allow France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, leave the club in the summer following the signing of Portugal international Bruno Fernandes, 25. (Sun)

Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31, has rejected offers to leave Manchester United and is willing to sign a new contract at Old Trafford. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have been offered Brazilian striker Willian Jose, 28, on loan by Real Sociedad. (Sky Sports)

Former West Brom and Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon is a target for Manchester United. The Venezuela international, 30, plays for Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang. (Times)

Manchester United have failed in their attempts to sign Bournemouth and Norway forward Joshua King, 28. (Telegraph)

Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, wants to leave the Gunners to join Barcelona. (Le10 Sport, via Star)

Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, has decided to continue his loan spell at Arsenal rather than go back to parent club Real Madrid.(AS, via Mirror)

AC Milan and Inter Milan are interested in signing 19-year-old Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff. The England Under-20 international's contract with the Magpies runs out in the summer and talks over a new deal have reached a stalemate. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham are willing to allow Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama to leave the club - but only if their £8m asking price is met. Celtic are interested in the 28-year-old. (Mirror)

Germany forward Thomas Muller could be ready to leave Bayern Munich in the summer. The 30-year-old has spent his entire career with the club but is said to be unhappy about his lack of starts. (Bild - in German)

Arsenal hope to complete the loan signing of Southampton and Portugal right-back Cedric Soares, 28. (Standard)

Southampton are not willing to allow Denmark midfielder and club captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 24, to leave amid interest from Tottenham. (Star)

West Ham will make a late move to sign Hull City's English winger Jarrod Bowen, with Crystal Palace also keen on the 23-year-old. (Sun)

Crystal Palace want to sign Dalian Yifang and Belgium forward Yannick Carrasco, 26. (Standard)

Middlesbrough are interested in signing Sheffield United midfielder Ravel Morrison, 26. (Sun)

Nottingham Forest will make a loan offer for Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle, 29, with an obligation to buy the Englishman for £15m if they win promotion from the Championship. (Mail)

Chelsea could end defender Ethan Ampadu's loan spell at RB Leipzig because of his lack of first-team football, with Championship side Bristol City keen on signing the Wales international until the end of the season. (Football Insider)

Brighton have agreed an undisclosed fee with Chelsea to sign England Under-20 defender Tariq Lamptey. The 19-year-old's deal with the Blues runs out in the summer and he has rejected the offer of a new contract. (Sun)

PSV and England Under-18 midfielder Noni Madueke, 17, is of interest to both Arsenal and Wolves. (Mail)

Brighton are willing to pay Boca Juniors 800,000 euros (£674,349) in compensation to cut short 21-year-old Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister's loan deal. (Brighton Argus)

Manchester United fans are preparing to walk out of Saturday's Premier League match against Wolves in protest against the club's owners. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

With deadline day upon us, the future whereabouts of Olivier Giroud remain a source of intrigue, the dashing Frenchman having been linked with no end of clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Inter among others. Lazio are the latest outfit to express interest in the Chelsea striker, while Sky Italia have suggested he may stay away from training today in the hope of forcing a move away from Stamford Bridge. With Tammy Abraham injured, Frank Lampard is reluctant to let Giroud leave without signing another veteran centre-forward in his place and as the clock ticks down to 11pm, he will ramp up his efforts to bring in Napoli’s Dries Mertens or Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani before releasing Giroud back into the wild. In bad news for both Frank and Olivier, the French sports daily L’Equipe say Cavani will not be leaving PSG today.

In other news pertaining to Chelsea, Lampard is reported to have been shocked by the decision of 19-year-old defender Tariq Lamptey to turn down the offer of a new contract in order to sign for Brighton. Meanwhile in Germany, starved of game time at RB Leipzig, Chelsea’s Welsh defender Ethan Ampadu could be on the verge of a return to English football after Bristol City expressed an interest in taking him on loan.

Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck has reassured Blades fans that there is “no chance” of him leaving the club in this window, dampening speculation linking him with a starring role in the Mikel Arteta revolution at Arsenal. In stark contrast, Southampton full-back Cedric Soares is on the verge of completing a loan deal that would take him to the Emirates and enable him to see out the remaining five months of his contract, at which point the Portuguese 28-year-old will become a free agent. Also in the market for a full-back, West Ham are hopeful of signing Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg.

Just six months after his move to Shanghai SIPG, petulant striker Marko Arnautovic has been angling for a return to West Ham, but the grounding of planes out of China due to the coronavirus have put paid to his fiendish plan. Also in China, former West Brom and Newcastle striker Salomón Rondón is the subject of interest from Manchester United and West Ham, but is also likely to have any potential moves scuppered for similar reasons.

With Marcus Rashford sidelined, Manchester United also tried to sign their former youth team player Josh King from Bournemouth but are reported to have had their overtures rejected by the relegation-threatened club. At nearby Wigan Athletic, American defender Antonee Robinson has turned heads at Milan and is on the verge of a £10m move.

Without a minute of Premier League action to his name this season, Aston Villa defender James Chester is about to sign a deadline day deal with Stoke City, while Bristol City skipper Josh Brownhill has gone to Burnley in a move reported to be worth £9m. Meanwhile in Scotland, Celtic are mulling over an £8m move for Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama, who left the Scottish champions for Southampton back in 2013.

And finally, Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle is wanted by Nottingham Forest, to help in their push for promotion from the Championship. In surprise news, his team-mate Matty Longstaff could find himself the subject of an unlikely tug-of-love between Inter and Milan.

Football London

Jarrod Bowen’s mind-blowing performances behind £22m West Ham transfer on deadline day

The Hull City man looks set to join the Hammer on deadline day after West Ham agreed a fee with the Tigers and beat off competition for his signature.

By Josh Williams

Jarrod Bowen looks to be on the verge of completing a deadline day move to West Ham United.

Reports suggest that the 23-year-old is set to undergo a medical at the London Stadium after the Hammers agreed a fee of around £22 million with Hull City.

West Ham have seemingly stole a march on Crystal Palace, who were said to be leading the race for the forward, with the player reported to prefer a move to the Hammers.

A number of clubs, including Tottenham were said to be interested in bringing him to the Premier League, but why was there so many teams keeping an eye on the Tigers' midfielder?

There’s a reason why Jarrod Bowen’s services are in demand, and it’s hard to believe that it’s taken this long for him to be the subject of credible transfer bids.

The youngster is just 22 years-old, he’s English and he’s homegrown. Those are three qualities that are highly attractive, particularly to Premier League clubs.

On the pitch, Bowen is an attack-minded player. He’s deployed predominantly on the right flank, and that permits him to cut inside onto his favoured left foot, although he's also operated as a centre forward, a no.10 and even a wing-back.

The Hull attacker is essentially an inside-forward and those players are highly valuable in the modern game considering the relative demise of the traditional winger at the highest level.

From the right of midfield, Bowen has scored 17 goals in 29 appearances this season, as well as registering six assists.

He’s posted a scoring contribution roughly every 120 minutes, despite playing for a team that’s currently placed 13th in the Championship table.

Last season, Bowen scored 22 goals in 46 appearances, while also supplying four assists. He’s the type of penetrative wide player that has become very desirable in recent years.

Bowen tends to shoot over three times per 90 which suggests that he possesses an ability to generate scoring chances at the business end of the pitch.

For perspective, he's one of only six players in the Championship this season to have played over 1,500 minutes while averaging over three shots per 90, with the only others being Yakou Meite, Cauley Woodrow, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Patrick Bamford and Said Benrahma.

His shot map for the current campaign is pictured below, and it captures his tendency to dart inwards from the right before shooting.

Jarrod Bowen's 2019/20 shot map based on all competitions captures his shooting areas (Image: Wyscout)

He shoots from distance more often than normal which may have to be refined, but beyond that, it's clear that he's an active scoring threat.

Bowen is technically sharp, relatively quick across the ground over short spaces, and he’s capable of progressing the play for his team towards the penalty box.

The Englishman appears mostly focused on finding the net, but his vision and passing ability also allow him to spot openings and take risks on the ball. Those risks tend to result in his team advancing closer to goal and opportunities emerging for teammates.

Some 233 players have amassed over 1,500 minutes in the Championship this season, with Bowen positioned in seventh for through passes per 90. He's also 30th for dribble attempts per 90, and 25th for penalty box involvements per 90.

A move for Bowen appears very sensible based on what he offers both on and off the pitch. He's versatile, mobile, threatening and creative, while also being youthful, English and homegrown.

The fee for Bowen is rumoured to be around £22m, and for that price it's reasonable to suggest that he's worth every penny.

Sport Witness

West Ham willing to pay €30m for defender – Player not keen on move after latest development

In the final week of December, reports coming out of Spain talked about West Ham United’s interest in Athletic Club Bilbao’s Unai Núñez.

It was explained the Hammers ‘want’ the 23-year-old and had informed the Basque club about their desire to sign him in January.

The centre-back’s current deal with the La Liga side expires in 2023 and has a €30m release clause in his contract.

Bilbao president Aitor Elizegi and manager Gaizka Garitano wanted the defender to continue at the club.

Friday’s edition of AS claims David Moyes’ side were willing to pay Núñez’s buyout clause to secure his services in the winter market. However, the transfer will not go through because the player wants to stay at Bilbao.

Núñez saw his playing time limited at the start of the season, but the situation has improved of late as he’s featuring regularly for the Spanish side. Therefore, he’s decide to continue with his current employer.

AS adds Bayern Munich have the Bilbao defender on their agenda for the summer.


GETTING SHIRTY West Ham flag bearer reveals anti-board T-shirt on cheeky on-field protest before Liverpool loss

Andrew Dillon

WEST HAM’S troubles took a new twist when one daring protester took his anti-board campaign pitchside.

Cheeky Cameron Robson volunteered to wave a giant club flag before Wednesday’s home game against Liverpool — then turned it into a dig at the Hammers top brass.

Cameron set up by the touchline before revealing the shirtCredit: Supplied

Season-ticket holder Robson, 23, was pictured in a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan ‘GSB OUT’ — a reference to joint-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan plus vice-chair Karren Brady.

The lifelong West Ham supporter passed through security while wearing the top under his jacket.

He unzipped his coat to reveal the slogan in the club’s claret and blue colours then took up his seat in the ground as normal without ever being challenged by stewards.

The stunt was filmed by his dad and posted on social media after West Ham lost 2-0, leaving the club hovering above the Premier League relegation zone only on goal difference.

Robson, a retail manager from Essex, said: “I did it to raise some awareness.

“West Ham is no longer the club I grew up in love with. There have been so many broken promises since they took charge.

“From where I was, I could see loads of scaffolding — so hardly the ‘world-class stadium’ we were promised.

“We have had six managers since they took over in 2010. All good managers, yet all are failing under this current board.

“When we were sold the dream of moving to the old Olympic Stadium so much was promised. I was even shown a row of classy looking leather seats — and was told mine would be just the same.

“It’s actually white plastic. Yes, it’s a minor thing, but it just goes in the mix with everything else.

“We believed there was no way our old Upton Park ground could be redeveloped because it was so hemmed in. Go there now and you will see blocks of high-rise flats where the old Chicken Run used to be.

“I understand signing players is a risk and that they don’t all work out. But things are so bad now, regardless of how much money the club is spending.”

This is not the first time Robson has gone public with his feelings.

He said: “I hung a flag on a public footpath outside David Sullivan’s house before and after we lost 5-1 to Arsenal in the first season at the London Stadium. I also hung it on a bridge in the Olympic Park.

“They tried to ban me — but had to climb down because I was on either public or rented land not belonging to them.

“I go to West Ham with my dad and he went with his father. The club’s in our blood.

“We will still go because we support the team — just not the regime.”

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Jasnik 5:54 Fri Jan 31
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
He unzipped his coat to reveal the slogan in the clubs claret and blue colours then took up his seat in the ground as normal without ever being challenged by stewards

Why would they? Oi you can't wear tee-shirts in the ground?

Texas Iron 4:55 Fri Jan 31
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Mex Martillo 4:48 Fri Jan 31
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Thanks Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 3:38 Fri Jan 31
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THanks Cameron

Golden Oldie 2:57 Fri Jan 31
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Take a bow Cameron [Cheeky] Robson, son!

Thanks Alan 2:19 Fri Jan 31
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an 12:57 Fri Jan

Lee Trundle 2:04 Fri Jan 31
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The owners are probably scratching their head over how this happened.

I will have nothing to do with how badly the club is run, of course.

Lily Hammer 1:58 Fri Jan 31
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Good man.

This story is truly a thing of beauty, especially when you think it was Cameron who hung the flag on the gates to Sullivan’s mansion, which started the snowball rolling when the club tried to ban him AND his dad, even though his dad wasn’t even there.

Alan 1:49 Fri Jan 31
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Lily Hammer 1:09 Fri Jan 31
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Thanks Alan.

Could you add this story to the OP?


Takashi Miike 1:02 Fri Jan 31
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Thanks Alan

147man 12:58 Fri Jan 31
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Thanks Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 12:57 Fri Jan 31
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THanks Alan

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