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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 2:16 Tue Feb 4
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is in a battle with the club to sell Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25. (Mirror)

Lampard wants to replace Arrizabalaga with Burnley and England goalkeeper Nick Pope, 27. (Express)

England midfielder James Maddison, 23, is close to agreeing a new deal at Leicester. (Telegraph)

Atletico Madrid and Roma are leading the chase to sign English midfielder Jesse Lingard, 27, if he leaves Manchester United. (ESPN)

Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea target Timo Werner, 23, says he will be open to a move to the right club. The Germany striker has 25 goals in all competitions for RB Leipzig this season. (Kicker - via Evening Standard)

Manchester City players asked manager Pep Guardiola to stop fiddling with his starting line-up after Sunday's defeat at Tottenham. (Mail)

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, is likely to move to the Chinese Super League or Major League Soccer, rather than the Premier League, when he leaves the Spanish club. (Star)

Arsenal and Everton failed in their bids to sign Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel, 22, in January. (Le10Sport - in French)

Paris St-Germain's French striker Kylian Mbappe, 21, will not use his recent touchline dispute with Thomas Tuchel as an opportunity to leave, the French club's manager says. (Goal)

Real Madrid are ready to move to sign 21-year-old Mbappe. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United considered a move for Brighton striker Glenn Murray, 36, in the January transfer window. (Mail)

United should have chased Southampton's English striker Danny Ings, 27, rather than sign Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo, 30, on transfer deadline day, says former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. (Metro)

Wales manager and former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs says the club's new Portuguese midfield signing Bruno Fernandes, 25, could be a defensive "liability". (Sun)

Liverpool are eager to tie Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 28, and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, 27, to new long-term contracts. (Independent)

Everton want to reward England centre-half Mason Holgate, 23, with a new deal. (Telegraph)

Bournemouth and Norway striker Joshua King, 28, was frustrated after Manchester United did not make a third bid for him on transfer deadline day. (Athletic - subscription required)

Bournemouth are planning a move for Peterborough's English striker Ivan Toney, 23. (Sun)

West Ham players will see their wages halved if the club are relegated. (Mail)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has said he is concerned about the failure to agree a new contract with English midfielder Matty Longstaff, 19. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Inter Milan were close to agreeing a deal for Leicester's Algerian striker Islam Slimani, 31, during the final few days of the January window. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Napoli's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, 34, was offered to Barcelona in the January transfer window. (AS)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

After all that huffing and puffing, appealing and small print-raking, Chelsea’s return to the transfer arena after their ban was all a bit of a damp squib, but they remain active in the gossip market … the only market that counts. Now the window has slammed shut (can’t anyone ever close it gently and quietly?) all sorts of rumours are flying. For a start, Frank Lampard wants a goalkeeping upgrade on Kepa Arrizabalaga, who arrived amid much fanfare for a whopping £71.6m 18 months ago but has struggled this season. And the man he has in mind is Burnley’s Nick Pope. But he’ll face a battle with club high-ups over that one.

Up front, the Daily Star is putting two and two together and making five in suggesting that Timo Werner could be on his way to the Bridge in the summer. “I am open for everything,” he told the German newspaper Kicker. “I was over in America for a holiday recently and English football was on all of the time. That’s an exclamation mark for the Premier League. But there are also big, famous clubs and it would certainly be fun playing there.” So, done deal then. Liverpool and Manchester United, also keen, will have something to say about that.

Back on the subject of the out of form, United’s Jesse Lingard is a target for Atlético Madrid and Roma, Atléti having already jolted another Russia 2018 star out of their post-World Cup slumber in Kieran Trippier. ESPN says Lingard is also beginning to feel the strain from abuse aimed at him, particularly from social media charmers, and is thought to be eyeing a fresh start elsewhere. United’s January window was a bit of a pantomime at times, as they struggled to land last-minute targets. And now we learn that among them was Brighton’s 36-year-old warhorse Glenn Murray, before Ole Gunnar Solskjær settled on Odion Ighalo. Murray has instead agreed a contract extension at the Amex to the summer of 2021.

In fact, The Mill is awash with so-now-you-tell-us reports of deals that almost went through last month but didn’t. Islam Slimani nearly moved from Leicester to Internazionale, Arsenal and Everton failed in their efforts to lure the Brazilian defender Gabriel from Lille. Fernando Llorente was offered to Barcelona by Napoli. That kind of thing.

But this is all so much today’s fish and chip wrappers, especially when you can throw two huge names such as Real Madrid and Kylian Mbappé together and suggest a hook-up. Mundo Deportivo reports that the Spanish league leaders are ready to make a bid for the France forward, citing Saturday’s touchline contretemps between Mbappé and his Paris Saint-Germain manager, Thomas Tuchel, as a further pointer to a likely departure. Mbappé’s current deal with the French champions expires in 2021.

Finally, down in League One, Ivan Toney has been sizzling hot for Peterborough, banging in 21 goals for Posh this season, and Bournemouth have noticed, to the extent that they’re reportedly prepared to stuff £13m into the London Road coffers in return for the forward’s services.


London Stadium seating tender awarded

Arena Events Group has won a £11.5m contract with E20 Stadium LLP, owners of London Stadium, to develop new seating systems in the north and south of the stadium.

The contract will deliver two new lower tier stands bringing 6,000 fans up to four meters closer to the pitch than the current system allows. The designs will create a traditional “kop” feel to the seating arrangement for pitch-based events, such as football, helping to enhance the match-day experience for fans. The system will also allow for faster seat moves between events to help reduce costs in the UK’s largest multi-use stadium.

This comes following a period of design development to inform the brief between E20 and West Ham United. Initial designs were presented to the Club’s Official Supporters’ Board in February 2019, and Arena, E20 and West Ham United will be consulting with them again later this month to help inform the more detailed designs with the aim of installing the seats this summer.

Lyn Garner, Chief Executive of London Legacy Development Corporation, commented: “We are delighted to have appointed Arena and look forward to working with them and West Ham United over the coming months. Our investment in the new stands will improve fans’ matchday experience and deliver significant efficiencies to the running of London Stadium.”

Greg Lawless, CEO of Arena Group commented: “We are pleased to be entering into a long-term agreement with E20 to provide a truly flexible seating solution that enhances the legacy of the London Stadium. Yet again this shows the strength of our innovation and project management in delivering a value-enhancing solution to our customers.”

West Ham’s legal challenge against Sky Sports over claims made on the Sunday Supplement seems to have backfired as the press world line up to take daily potshots at them.

Geoff Shreeves read our an apology from an auto-cue on Sunday but that legal settlement seems to have united the press against the West Ham board. West Ham are thought to have written additional journalists asking for an apology, it is believed some of these journalists have also been banned from the London Stadium.

Matty Law who appeared on the Sunday Supplement is one journalist who appears to be now writing daily articles criticising the Hammers. His Daily Telegraph article yesterday publicised a West Ham supporter protest of black balloons and banners at Anfield away. Richard Keys has entered the argument by penning a poisonous blog yesterday entitled West Ham – A Car Crash

The Sun newspaper also took a pop at David Gold for liking a tweet that referred to some fans as morons.

Today is no different with two more attacks in the press against the West Ham board.

The Daily Mail has taken exception to claims in the Sky apology over Birmingham City claims while the Sun newspaper hits backs saying relegation form is down to wasted millions and not the stadium, fans or the press.

When threatened the press close ranks and we are unlikely to see the daily feeding frenzy end anytime soon.


The future of the Ignazio Abate free agent

The market heats up around the name of Ignazio Abate, right-back currently free after the long spell at Milan. In the last few days, there has been a concrete survey of Valencia, which has only given up after receiving the go-ahead from Rome for Alessandro Florenzi's six-month loan. Brescia has returned to office, but also beware of offers from abroad: Abate especially likes West Ham and Getafe.

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