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Alan 1:57 Mon Feb 10
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Bayern Munich are preparing a £75m bid for Liverpool and Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, 28, and want Manchester City's 24-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane to join him. (Sun)

Manchester United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, will seek to leave the club this summer, with 12 months remaining on his contract. (Manchester Evening News)

United have cooled interest in Leicester City's England midfielder James Maddison, with the 23-year-old set to sign a new deal with the Foxes. (Express)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made Bayer Leverkusen's Germany international Kai Havertz, 20, his top midfield target this summer. (Express)

Klopp is considering bringing Barcelona's 27-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho - who is on loan at Bayern Munich - back to Anfield. (Star)

Chelsea's Italy midfielder Jorginho would be interested in teaming up with Maurizio Sarri again at Juventus, says the 28-year-old's agent says. (Mail)

Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, 23, is set to choose Chelsea in a £34m deal this summer, despite being linked with Barcelona and Paris St-Germain. (Caught Offside)

Manchester United have new hope of completing a move for West Ham United's 21-year-old midfielder Declan Rice after Hammers boss David Moyes hinted the England international could be sold. (Manchester Evening News)

The release clause of Napoli's 28-year-old Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been linked with Manchester United, will be active from June - but it is £127m. (Mirror)

Celtic are lining up a summer deal for Cardiff City's English winger Josh Murphy after missing out on the 24-year-old on transfer deadline day. (Sun)

Sheffield United skipper Billy Sharp, the 34-year-old English forward, has tipped the Blades to secure European football next season. (Talksport)

Bournemouth's Norway defender Josh King, 28, says his failed deadline-day return to Manchester United would have been a "dream come true". (Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was spotted wearing a baseball cap and sitting alone in the directors' box to watch Champions League opponents RB Leipzig at Bayern Munich. (Evening Standard)

Everton's English forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 22, admits he is now "disappointed" when he does not score for the Toffees but has refused to reveal a goalscoring target. (Liverpool Echo)

French full-back Djibril Sidibe, 27, says he is "very, very happy" at Everton as the Toffees weigh-up whether to make his loan from Monaco permanent. (Liverpool Echo)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, has an important role to play at the club after being recalled for the 4-1 win at Osasuna. (Marca - in Spanish)

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Instrumental in helping Liverpool race into a 22-point lead at the top of the table, Roberto Firmino has established himself as a firm Anfield favourite since arriving from Hoffenheim four and a half years ago. As they wake up to the aftermath of Storm Ciara on this cold Monday, Liverpool fans will be unimpressed with reports Bayern Munich are preparing a £75m summer bid for the beaming Brazilian. With Liverpool reported to be in the box seat to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, Bayern believe they might be prepared to listen to substantial offers for Firmino and have notions of fielding him alongside another of their targets, Leroy Sané of Manchester City.

Favourites to land Werner from Leipzig, Liverpool are also hoping to bolster their midfield options by signing Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, although the Star would have us believe that in the event of failing to land his man, Jürgen Klopp could attempt to mastermind a surprise return to Anfield for Philippe Coutinho. Two years on from his departure, the Brazilian is currently on loan at Bayern from Barcelona.

Speculation that Chelsea have already agreed a deal with Ajax to sign André Onana this summer suggests Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future at Stamford Bridge is less than assured. The young Spanish goalkeeper was dropped by Frank Lampard for Chelsea’s most recent match against Leicester and it remains to be seen how he will react to this career setback after having the entirety of the winter break to stew on it. Chelsea are also reported to be keen on Everton’s Brazilian winger Richarlison, while the agent of their midfielder, Jorginho, says his client is open to a reunion with Maurizio Sarri at Juventus. Weekend reports suggest the Italian champions are open to letting Aaron Ramsey leave after just one season at the club.

Arsenal like the cut of Le Havre midfield dynamo Pape Gueye’s jib, but will face competition for the League 2 star’s signature from Sevilla, Milan, Valencia and Udinese. Lille’s 22-year-old central defender Gabriel Magalhães also features on Arsenal’s summer shopping list and it is understood he would cost them or any other suitors around £30m. Meanwhile in Portugal, Sporting winger Rafael Camacho is wanted by Manchester United and Everton, having previously spent time as a boy with Manchester City and Liverpool.


West Ham squad given week off to rest

West Ham manager David Moyes has given his first-team squad time off over the winter break following the postponed game in Manchester yesterday.

Moyes previously confirmed to reporters “We’re not going to Dubai or Miami. That might be actually what we need. But we’re not doing that. We’ve a few things we might do more locally rather than too far afield”

Asked why the West Ham squad would not be travelling abroad the manager added: “Totally my decision. I would like to give them time off. If you’re calling it a winter break you should give them time off. That doesn’t mean to say all of it. Half off and half doing some training. We’ve got a 15-day period, a bit longer than everyone else. But I’m trying to look at something else, somewhere to do a bit of training but nothing too far away.”

Premier League forbid clubs scheduling competitive games during the new winter break as it is designed to be a period for the players to rest.

West Ham are yet to confirm their plans but a West Ham insider confirmed that the players have been given five days off starting today and are due to report back for training next Saturday.


Somehow, things have got worse at West Ham - and they didn't even play this weekend

by Seb Stafford-Bloor

Storm Ciara seemed to arrive just in time for West Ham. Such has been the poverty of their recent form, that a postponed game should have brought relief. Particularly so with a trip to Manchester on the schedule and a match against a City side smarting from that absurd loss to Tottenham.

Unfortunately, there was no respite. Since the ignominy of surrendering that 3-1 lead to Brighton, West Ham have suffered a series of self-inflicted wounds.

First, through an apology which they extracted from Sky Sports for comments made on Sunday Supplement, which may have forced the broadcaster to back-pedal, but created a spectacle which hardly flattered the club.

Then, a week on, they suffered at the hands of a Mail on Sunday columnist, who used his platform on Saturday evening to ridicule those same sensitivities. It’s rare for a prominent journalist to be quite so scathing. Relationships have to be maintained, accreditations have to be requested and, together, those implied threats generally necessitate a softer tone. But Oliver Holt’s article was openly mocking, taunting even, and - as such - reflective of just how badly handled this episode has been.

It might actually have got worse. David Moyes’ defence was surely due a hammering at the Etihad, but it’s not often that a club’s relationship with its supporters deteriorates without actually playing. That it somehow managed to describe some of the naiveties which linger at the top of the game and also the prevailing confidence in spin - the belief, essentially, that those who run football clubs are still able to design the surrounding mood and retain the ability to manipulate fans’ perceptions.

That might have been true in the pre-internet era. Now, however, supporters have access to all the tools they need to analyse performance. Not just on the pitch, either. Nearly every Premier League team has independent social media accounts dedicated to finance, recruitment and academy production, meaning that anyone in search of a complete oversight can find it.

It doesn’t mean that every supporter is perfectly informed, just that the information exists for those who are interested.

What it definitely does imply, however, is that those willing to protest – to pick up their placards and pitchforks – are doing so on the basis of more than just Match Of The Day highlights. They understand what their club is; they know whether it’s healthy or not and, in most cases, that position is informed by generational trends and filed accounts, not week-to-week results.

In other words, it’s the kind of movement which draws its energy from detail and which can’t just be fobbed off with finessed media coverage or pre-prepared lines about how much has been spent on new players. Modern supporters are too well informed for that. They not only have a better vantage over their club than ever before, they also understand - by comparison and because of the level of coverage - what a successful footballing organisation is supposed to look like.

They also have little tolerance for the kind of heavy-handed tactics which might have worked in the past.

As was revealed last week, a fan has been banned from London Stadium for wearing a protest t-shirt during a flag-waving ceremony ahead of the game with Liverpool. Most likely, he – Cameron Robson – was not displaying the GSB Out logo purely because of league position or performances, but because he has been driven to mild militancy by the repeating issues of the last ten years. He, like many, many others, is presumably dissatisfied with how his club looks and feels. It’s sensory revulsion, then, not the kind of fickle reaction which can be cured by quoting a few spending figures.

In that specific instance, what was the benefit of issuing a ban? As soon as the letter was received, it was photographed and uploaded to Twitter, where – inevitably – it went viral among the broader footballing population. By the end of the week, 24 hours later, Cameron Robson was being interviewed by The Sun and making his (valid) points to an audience of millions. How could West Ham not see that coming? That cycle is familiar enough to be its own trope.

As part of a broader behavioural pattern, though, it helps to demonstrate why attacking dissent with PR is such a mistake. Instead of trying to confront a discussion on the level at which it’s actually taking place, it reflects a determination to shut it down or turn the lights out around it – to reject criticism entirely, telling supporters that they’re wrong and the media that they’re being unfair. Given where West Ham are in the Premier League table and how much hubris the owners have been guilty of in the past, that's a very bold strategy.

But it's not a winning one. West Ham may think that they're winning the little battles, but they're still losing the war. Maybe they feel vindicated in forcing Sky to retract part of that Sunday Supplement two weeks ago, but they haven't dealt with any of the issues at that conversation's heart. They attacked the semantics, leaving the substance unchallenged. The journalists were right in what they said, they just didn't say it in quite the right way.

And, while a fan has been excluded, at what cost has that come? As he explained in an interview with The Sun's William Pugh:

"My dad took me to West Ham in his arms when I was two-years-old and I've been going ever since.

"And to formally get a letter to say you've been banned from watching the club you grew up watching, it's heartbreaking it really is.

"And to see how easily and cold-heartedly they did it too, they just don't care."

They've made an example out of him, but without paying attention to the nature of his protest or what its basis was. Stop and think: was this someone to attack, or something to cure? This fan should have been treated as a Patient Zero. There should have been effort made to understand and contain him. As it was, though, the need for swift, ego-soothing retribution prevented that from happening, and now he's out in the world, further infecting any West Ham fan he comes into contact with.

This wasn't a win, it was just another defeat. Yet another loss, in a season full of them.

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ted fenton 5:26 Mon Feb 10
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Mex Martillo 4:36 Mon Feb 10

Texas Iron 5:02 Mon Feb 10
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Moyes The Fool...his own words condemn him...

Mex Martillo 4:36 Mon Feb 10
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Thanks Alan 4:16 Mon Feb 10

Thanks Alan 4:16 Mon Feb 10
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blueeyed.handsomeman 3:40 Mon Feb 10

geoffpikey 4:12 Mon Feb 10
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Thanks Alan.

"That might be actually what we need. But we’re not doing that."

The GENIUS of Moyes

blueeyed.handsomeman 3:40 Mon Feb 10
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147 MAN, 2;20 ,10 fevrier 2020

147man 2:20 Mon Feb 10
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Thanks Alan

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