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Alan 12:05 Mon Feb 3
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said the club were "not here to be robbed" in response to a failed January move for Paris St-Germain's 32-year-old Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani. (ESPN)

Chelsea's England striker Tammy Abraham was disappointed by his club's failure to sign Cavani. (Mirror)

David Beckham's new MLS franchise, Inter Miami, want to increase their efforts to bring Cavani to the US when his contract at PSG runs out this summer. (L'Equipe)

Cavani's agent said the striker would have rejected Chelsea and Manchester United regardless of the figures offered in any deal. (Mirror)

Brazil winger Willian, 31, would prefer to sign a new contract with Chelsea than join Spanish champions Barcelona. (ESPN)

Barcelona turned down an offer to sign Napoli's 34-year-old Spain striker Fernando Llorente. (AS)

Arsenal, Rangers and Manchester United have sent scouts to watch West Ham and Montenegro attacking midfielder Sead Haksabanovic, 20, who is currently on loan at Norrkoping in Sweden. (Star)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants a new goalkeeper in the summer following the recent poor run of form from 25-year-old Spain Kepa Arrizabalaga. (Express)

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 31, was offered a move away from Arsenal on transfer deadline day which manager Mikel Arteta was willing to approve. (Mirror)

Barcelona's Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31, is unhappy the club couldn't agree a deal for him to leave in January, with Manchester United and Juventus both interested. (Goal)

Lille's 20-year-old France midfielder Boubakary Soumare rejected a large January offer from Newcastle in the hope of sealing a move to Liverpool or Manchester United in the summer window. (Le10sport - in French)

It was also reported Soumare turned down Newcastle because he wasn't impressed with the club's training facilities after he was shown them in a video phone call. (Mail)

Liverpool are keen on signing Borussia Dortmund's England forward Jadon Sancho, 19, in the summer. (Express)

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi said adding Chelsea's French striker Olivier Giroud, 33, would have offered his title-chasing side "more options" after a January move failed to materialise. (Gazzetta)

Manager Roy Hodgson has warned the Crystal Palace board that they face a battle to refresh their squad in the summer. (Standard)

Hodgson, who is out of contract in the summer, wants the club to think about "what the best way forward is" after it fell short in the January transfer window. (Telegraph)

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Greeted by Sky Sports News as he and his wheelie case trundled through Manchester airport en route from China yesterday, Odion Igalo described his surprise deadline day move to Old Trafford as “a dream come true”. But while the Nigerian striker begins his loan spell brimful of wide-eyed optimism, for others the end of the January transfer window marked a time for reflection, no shortage of salty tears and possible recriminations regarding the deals that threatened to materialise but ultimately didn’t.

Mesut Özil is reported to have been the subject of a bid from an unspecified club in Qatar that was prepared to pay his famously hefty wages, but while the Mirror say the midfielder and his manager Mikel Arteta were open to the offer, the lateness of it left little or no time for Arsenal to find a replacement, prompting their superiors to veto any move.

Having seen Internazionale pull out of a reported deal to end his Chelsea purgatory, Olivier Giroud is not best pleased and a source close to the French striker claims the Italian club’s “attitude towards Olivier was very disrespectful”. Speaking before his side’s win over Udinese on Sunday night, Inter’s chief executive, Beppe Marotta, had a different story, telling Italian reporters that “we wanted to close a deal with Chelsea, but they did not want to sell Giroud”. Who to believe?

Still at Paris Saint-Germain despite being linked with moves to Chelsea, Manchester United and Atlético Madrid, Edinson’s Cavani’s brother and agent has said the striker had his heart set on a move to Spain and would have happily taken a pay cut to play for Diego Simeone. “Cavani was willing to receive less [money] than with PSG,” said Walter Guglielmone. “Atlético could not cover the total economic cost of the operation and PSG did not want to lower the amounts [they were] asking for.”

Atlético’s president, Enrique Cerezo, subsequently confirmed the Spanish side had been priced out of a deal for the Uruguayan, stating they were “not here to be robbed” by PSG, who are understood to have been looking for a fee of €30m (£25m) for a player whose contract expires in June.

In other ageing-striker-going-nowhere news, Fernando Llorente remains at Napoli despite January speculation suggesting he might make a surprise return to Tottenham. Both Inter and Barcelona are also believed to have had approaches for the 34-year-old’s services rejected, with his current employers reluctant to let him go as they are concerned about the fitness of Dries Mertens.

With his team running away with the title, Jürgen Klopp didn’t feel the need to do much business during the January window, but insists Liverpool’s recruitment department have not been resting on their laurels. “We are constantly in talks and exchanging ideas about what happens in the long term,” he said. Klopp is believed to have made the signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund a priority and the healthiness of his relationship with his former club is unlikely to harm his chances of landing his teenage target. Liverpool are also being linked with Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumaré, who rejected a move to Newcastle last month.


MARTIN SAMUEL: West Ham's 'leap forward' was oversold. Yes, they have invested, but the football is rotten and the fans are in revolt

David Gold and David Sullivan have taken club backwards despite big signings
West Ham remain the fourth biggest club in London even after stadium move
The Hammers are embroiled in a legal battle with Sky over ownership comments
Pundits claimed Gold and Sullivan 'had their hands in the till' on a recent show

By Martin Samuel

For more than a season now, a contingency plan has existed to evacuate the owners of West Ham from their stadium in case of emergency. Not fire or flood; protest.

Since the Burnley game in 2018, when there were pitch invasions and objects were thrown at the directors’ box at the London Stadium, police have insisted on a withdrawal procedure. They believe staying put that day did not help matters.

So, for obvious reasons, David Sullivan and David Gold are becoming super-sensitive to criticism, particularly to commentaries they believe will inflame the crowd. Many of their mistakes are hard to defend; some are not.

West Ham’s unprecedented legal action against the broadcasters that, more than any other, finance the Premier League gave the directors the straightforward win their team are currently unable to achieve. Nobody can argue West Ham’s season is the work of an efficient club — but it is most certainly the folly of an expensively financed one.

As was pointed out in a lengthy apology on Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement, West Ham’s net spend in the last four years is £240million. Has it been invested well? Not really. Has it resulted in a stronger squad? Hardly. Have better players been bought than sold? Certainly not, because West Ham’s present group includes no individual with the class and creativity of Dimitri Payet or Marko Arnautovic.

Yet the money has been spent. That is where Sullivan and Gold are on solid ground. They have lavished a fortune to make West Ham as bad as they are.

In the hopeful belief they would repair their relationship with the supporters, Sullivan and Gold employed a Premier League-winning manager, Manuel Pellegrini, and bought players they thought would deliver attractive football to lift the mood: Felipe Anderson, Sebastien Haller, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko.

It has backfired. The football is rotten, the manager gone, a fireman, David Moyes, in his place. And the fans are revolting. That is the mood, and the narrative, that was reflected by a panel of journalists last week. Seven days on and it was left to another fireman, Geoff Shreeves, to make the relationship between Sky and West Ham right.

A stand-in — new presenter Jacqui Oatley had a prior broadcasting commitment — Shreeves was reading from an autocue, obviously. Pictures of club-record signing Haller illustrated his words, although it seems strange the argument should have been won by citing an arrival whose ineffectuality is one of the reasons West Ham are facing relegation, and were being discussed in the first place.

West Ham, said Shreeves, spent over £1.5m on scouts in the last year. Again, do your own jokes, but make sure you’re lawyered up first. On it went, detailing investment, straying into gossip — ‘West Ham did not veto the appointment of Stuart Pearce as coach’ — before alighting at Birmingham City, noting ground improvements on Sullivan and Gold’s watch.

So what provoked such a climbdown? It was a throwaway remark by one of the guests, saying the club had a ‘hands in the till’ culture. This was intended as a comment about players and managers earning very good money for little return, but after so long discussing the stewardship of Sullivan and Gold took on an unintended meaning.

The directors may charge interest on their loans to the club, but that remains their prerogative. It cannot be described as ‘hands in the till’ — not least because it’s their till. One can argue that after more than a quarter of a century of inviting journalists to hold forth on football — before Sunday Supplement there was Hold The Back Page — it is a miracle this is the first legal action the programme has faced. The fear will be that West Ham have given other clubs ideas.

Yet this ignores the unique forces at work. West Ham promised their fans a great leap forward at their new stadium. They oversold it. Not because it could not happen — West Ham may one day reap the benefits of the move, just with smarter investment — but because it was so much harder than was made out, to muscle in front of an established elite, plus clubs such as Leicester, and reach the Champions League.

The reality was more mundane. Arsenal have a 60,000 capacity stadium, Tottenham have a 60,000 capacity stadium, Chelsea will too, one day. West Ham had to move just to stay still, just to remain the fourth-biggest club in London. Had they remained at Upton Park, they would have receded in importance, challenged by Crystal Palace. Last week, West Ham beat Palace to the signature of Jarrod Bowen from Hull. Simply, they paid better personal terms. Would they have been able to do that at Upton Park, without these new revenue streams? Possibly not.

Yet fans don’t want to hear that. They look at the league table, see their team in the bottom three, look around the London Stadium, see none of the warmth they felt for Upton Park, and look to the directors’ box and see those they hold responsible.

The Sunday Supplement panel waded straight into this conflict. It could be argued West Ham’s directors should have more important matters on their minds. They would argue nothing is more important than ensuring that evacuation procedure never requires activation; for, if it is ever needed, it almost certainly means their club is going down.


Xande Silva: It means everything to be back

After months of frustration and hard work, a beaming smile once again adorned Xande Silva’s face as the young West Ham United forward celebrated a goal.

In the next step of his recovery from an emergency operation on his stomach during last summer, Silva came on as a substitute for the U23s on Sunday afternoon with the scores level at 1-1 away at Sunderland.

Despite Silva showing some bright touches, having one fizzing effort from range beaten away early on, Sunderland’s second of the game meant that the Hammers entered the final ten minutes of Sunday’s Premier League 2 Division 2 game trailing.

Mesaque Dju’s brilliant guided finish hauled them level, however – and then Silva turned on the style.

Good control, a positive run and a ferocious 25-yard finish into the bottom corner put his team ahead, before a lovely turn on the wing to beat his man set up Sean Adarkawa from six yards, effectively sealing the game.

After his first goal, Silva and Dju – both returning from lengthy absences in the fixture – ran over to Head of Academy Sports Medicine & Science, Tom Smith, to celebrate.

“It means everything,” Silva beamed. “I’ve had a tough last year, but I’m delighted to be here now with my teammates.

“I need to thank everyone who was involved last year in helping me over the last year. I need to thank him [Tom], all the medical staff and all the staff at West Ham, because it’s hard when a player’s injured and you’re not, every day, in a good mood.

“I also need to thank all the players around me. I’m here now, and I’m very happy.”

The young Portuguese forward, capped by Portugal at every level from U15 to U20, joined the Club in 2018 following promising spells with Sporting CP and Vitoria Guimaraes.

Silva made his Premier League and FA Cup debuts the following season, before his lay-off in the summer of 2019.

The explosive forward was pleased his comeback game proved such an enthralling contest and, after 45 hugely productive minutes, stated his desire to move on from the troubles which have beset the 22-year-old so far this campaign.

“It was a good game,” he noted. “Of course, it was hard for me because it was my first game after six or seven months of being out, but that spell has gone.

"Now, I only think about the present and future. I’m here to help the team.”

Having impressed so much upon his return, Silva was also determined to experience the enjoyment of football to the fullest.

“I will give my 100 per cent for the rest of the season because it’s what I love to do, play football,” he said.

“I just need to enjoy the game and enjoy the life of a footballer again.”

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 9:01 Mon Feb 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 3:24 Mon Feb 3

Swiss. 7:30 Mon Feb 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I follow the Swedish league and I tell you we must not lose Haksabanovic.

jimbo2. 7:00 Mon Feb 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Can you please give us some more positive news on WH Al (if only we had some)? Thanks, as always Al

Thanks Alan 3:24 Mon Feb 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Queens Fish Bar 12:10 Mon Feb 3

Texas Iron 3:10 Mon Feb 3
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gph 1:48 Mon Feb 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

COOL HAND LUKE 12:29 Mon Feb 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The press aren't going to go away now, are they? They'll just find other ways of saying the same things. Not sure the Daves have actually helped themselves with this one...

So... how do you now get rid of a hatful of very expensive 'failures', all on big bucks..? …? …?

Well... can't see them wanting to stay with us in the Championship...


Takashi Miike 12:26 Mon Feb 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Queens Fish Bar 12:10 Mon Feb 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 12:08 Mon Feb 3

The Stoat 12:08 Mon Feb 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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