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Alan 12:53 Fri Feb 7
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Manchester United have taken £30m off their asking price for France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, who will be allowed to leave for £150m. (Sun)

Pogba has been excluded from the Manchester United's trip to Spain. (Star)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is planning a major overhaul of his squad, with Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, France forward Alexandre Lacazette, 28 and former Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 31, all expected to be up for sale. (Sun)

Barcelona are considering a summer move to bring Wolves' Spanish winger Adama Traore, 24, back to Catalonia. (Mail)

Inter Milan's Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 22, is set to snub Manchester City and Manchester United this summer to join Barcelona instead. (Star)

Manchester United ruled out a move for Martinez because of a £94m release clause for the Argentina striker. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool and England midfielder Adam Lallana is a target for Leicester City. Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham are also interested in the 31-year-old. (Telegraph)

Tottenham's English defender Japhet Tanganga, the 20-year-old home-grown product, is in talks over a 1,500% pay rise from his current £1,000 per week salary following his first-team breakthrough. (Mail)

Chelsea have emerged as the preferred team for Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, 23, this summer, with the Blues considering whether to replace Spaniard Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25. (Goal.com)

Everton are not considering a move for Everton Soares, 23, despite Gremio's Brazilian forward claiming both Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti and their Brazilian striker Richarlison had been in touch over a potential transfer. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United want "no less" than £15m for English defender Chris Smalling, 30. (Team Talk)

Former England striker Les Ferdinand says revealed he has been subjected to racist abuse by QPR fans in his role as director of football. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool have been told they may have to soon make a decision over the future of Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi, 22, who is out of favour at Mainz, having joined the Bundesliga club on a season-long loan last summer. (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool players will share a bonus of more than £4m if they win the Premier League this season. (Mail)

The wife of Hertha Berlin's new Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 24, has denied reports she did not want him to move to Tottenham. (Sport Witness)

Barcelona will not pay any commission to agent Jorge Mendes for the signing of 20-year-old Portuguese forward Francisco Trincao from Braga. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Barcelona are considering a £4m bid for Brighton's England under-19 goalkeeper Carl Rushworth, 18. (Mirror)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hopeful Welsh playmaker David Brooks, 22, is close to regaining full fitness having not featured for the Cherries this season because of an ankle problem. (Bournemouth Echo)

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Scott Murray

Barcelona want Adama Traoré back. The borderline-unplayable Wolves winger started his career at Camp Nou back in 2013, but the Catalan giants showed no patience whatsoever and now here we all are. Wolves will be reluctant to let him go, but the price tag will be a pretty penny, and at least you can be sure they’ll reinvest the money wisely.

On that subject, Manchester United may soon have £150m burning a hole in their pocket. That’s what they’re asking for Paul Pogba, a price that includes a £30m discount. Neither Real Madrid nor Juventus are biting yet.

But if the move does go through, they’ll use that cash – plus the extra £15m they’re asking Roma for Chris Smalling – to tempt Lionel Messi to Old Trafford. United would face competition from Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Internazionale and … Juventus, where he would pair up with Cristiano Ronaldo.

It suddenly seems so obvious now, this is always how it was going to end.

Having said all that, the smart money remains on Messi staying put at Barça, once all the folk he doesn’t like are turfed out on their ear, and the club have bought some hot new talent. The aforementioned Traoré may help, as might the £94m signing of Inter striker Lautaro Martínez and 18-year-old Brighton reserve goalie Carl Rushworth, a comparative snip at £4m.

In other keeper news, Chelsea are planning to wash their hands of Kepa Arrizabalaga. They want André Onana, who you may remember flapping around as Ajax shipped a comfortable lead in the Champions League semi against Spurs last year. Still, an upgrade’s an upgrade.

Across London, Arsenal will put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Özil up for sale in the summer.

And finally Everton want a new striker. Accordingly, they’ve asked Grêmio about nominative determinism’s Everton Soares.


Bowen signed contract with ten minutes to go

Hammer Jarrod Bowen has revealed he turned his phone off blanking family and friends on transfer deadline day signing his contract at 10.50pm with just 10 minutes to go to the deadline.

Bowen told Sky Sports he ignored friend and family when he travelled over to Leeds for his West Ham medical. And he ignored them again during his long evening train journey to London, when the clock was ticking down and the move was still hanging in the balance. Bowen was met by a West Ham employee when he train pulled in at London’s Kings Cross station and was immediately transported by car to the London Stadium to complete the deal.
“Even my mum,” Bowen told Sky Sports “I felt so bad blanking her, but I didn’t want to tell her anything in case nothing happened. As soon as I signed the contract, about 10 minutes before the deadline, I got straight on the phone to her, then to my mates. I had a lot of replying to do. Actually, I’ve only just got to the back-end of it now.”
“It all happened quite quickly. I think the West Ham bid arrived on Thursday evening, so I woke up on Friday excited to see what the day brought. I knew there had been other teams interested in January, but West Ham were the only ones that I knew had put a concrete offer in. The others, like Crystal Palace, came from nowhere a little bit and I wasn’t aware that they had actually made an official bid.”
“In the end, it was a no-brainer to join West Ham, but I still needed to take five minutes to myself because it’s a big moment for anyone to move club, especially off the pitch when it involves moving to a big city. You’ve got to take every single factor into consideration because it’s a big decision in your life. It’s one that I’ve made now and I’m very happy.”

Evening Standard

David Gold insists West Ham are 'moving upwards': Look at what you used to have

Tom Dutton

West Ham co-owner David Gold insists the club is "moving upwards" despite dropping into the relegation zone. .

Back in 2016 Gold set out his vision for Champions League football at the London Stadium "within five years" but the Hammers have since failed to finish in the top half of the Premier League.

The decision to re-appoint David Moyes - charged with arresting an alarming slide down the table - drew criticism from West Ham fans, and their failure to pull away from trouble since has only heightened the unrest.

On top of that is the broad unpopularity of the club's move from Upton Park to the London Stadium, despite recent efforts to improve the facilities for match-going supporters.

Gold, though, maintains he has no regrets.

Gold told reporters: "We've now got a stadium which holds 60,000 from one which held 35,000.

"We do understand that there have been difficulties with the stadium but you've only got to go back and look at what you had at West Ham.

"When I was a boy as a fan, all I remember is a football club in the old second division, all my young life it was in the old second division.

"At least it's in the Premier League now. OK, we've got a few problems now, but overall we're moving upwards."

Gold, 83, added that he remains convinced the club can achieve their stated goal of regular European football.

"You'd like to do it in five years, which we hoped would happen," he admitted.

"But it's not because we've taken all the money out and gone off to Barbados to sit in the sunshine.

"I've not received a penny in salary or expenses from West Ham in 10 years. I know of owners or chief executives that are earning £3million a year, and more."


‘Very difficult’- Why West Ham summer signing is struggling

West Ham have been known for making big-money signings. What they’re known for more than that is their tendency to come up with signings that miss the target. While the instability at the club could be a reason for that. But those like Pablo Fornals show the lack of knowledge of where the player has to play on a consistent basis.

The Spanish midfielder arrived at the club from Villarreal this past summer for a £24 million fee. Since joining though, he’s been struggling to make an impact. In the Premier League, he has a tally of just one goal and three assists. All those contributions came in a handful games in one period. The rest of it has seen the player not make much of an impact.

And it isn’t down to him at all. The Spaniard has played in possibly every position he can play in. He started on the left midfield and has constantly gone from being a central midfielder or a right-winger. He has also played in attacking midfield- a sign of how the club doesn’t know what his best position is.

Early on in the season, Fornals himself had talked about how he’s struggling at the London club. He told the Hammers’ website:

“It was very hard for me. I need to play more games to really understand the new game and my new team more.

“Many people talked about the characteristics of the Premier League, but you need to live these things to understand this league. It’s so hard, very difficult, and whatever team you play against in this league is very competitive.”

That does place an extra burden. But it there is more to his situation than just the pressures of playing in a completely new league.

During his time at Villarreal last season, the midfielder could contribute to 11 goals in 50 appearances. Again, he was used in multiple positions like he is at the London Stadium this season. It shows that this isn’t a player who is bad. He’s just a player isn’t played in a consistent position.

It is no coincidence that Fornals best performance in a West Ham shirt came at home to Leicester. They did lose the game, but Fornals gave a very good account of himself playing on the right side of the midfield.

He completed four dribbles, coming up with one key pass. He also won two tackles, making a couple of interceptions as well. He was a constant threat, getting on the ball from deeper positions and running at the defence.

Even in the 2017-18 season, Fornals had very good numbers when playing on the right. For the Yellow Submarines, he played 17 times on the right side and he got two goals and six assists. That’s the highest goal contribution ratio that he’s had in his career so far.

It shows that there is a clear confusion in his position since the very early times of his career. While versatility is one thing, having one constant position is the most important thing for any player. This is an era in which attacking midfielders’ role is changing into a more complete player. Fornals is that, but he needs to nail down one position that he plays in regularly.

He plays in a team that doesn’t offer much stability either. The Hammers’ lack of depth in midfield forced them to play Fornals or Manuel Lanzini deeper- closer to Declan Rice and Mark Noble. For creative players like them, that does take a lot away in terms of creation and goalscoring.

The change in managers isn’t of help, leading to a constant change in formations. Fornals has had to adjust more than normal and that isn’t good for any player at all. Being versatile is certainly a bonus for him, but the club needs to stop changing his position in about every game.

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Jasnik 10:12 Fri Feb 7
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Think Fornals issue is the bad graphics he uses.

Mex Martillo 8:32 Fri Feb 7
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 6:56 Fri Feb 7
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The Stoat 3:02 Fri Feb 7
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is planning a major overhaul of his squad, with Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, France forward Alexandre Lacazette, 28 and former Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 31, all expected to be up for sale. (Sun)

We should have a whip round for Lacazatte & Aubameyang or swap for Haller & Ajeti ;-)

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:47 Fri Feb 7
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THanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:36 Fri Feb 7
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bill green 12:56 Fri Feb 7

bill green 12:56 Fri Feb 7
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Thanks Alan

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