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Alan 12:41 Thu Feb 13
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Liverpool want to sign Jadon Sancho this summer from Borussia Dortmund, who will demand at least £100m for the England forward, 19, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona also interested. (Mail)

Dortmund will allow Sancho to leave in the summer and are looking at transfer targets to replace him. (Telegraph)

Manchester United are the new favourites to sign Sancho with Chelsea closing in on a deal for Ajax attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech, 26. (Standard)

Chelsea and Manchester United are prepared to pay £35m for Birmingham midfielder Jude Bellingham, 16, plus £15m in add-ons. (Sun)

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo, 30, has been banned from the club's training ground over fears of a potential coronavirus risk. (Mirror)

Liverpool are planning to swoop for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, 23, this summer and a fee of around £46m will be enough to sign him. (Bild)

Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho, 27, has ruled out an emotional Liverpool return claiming he is on "another journey". (Sun)

Manchester United are monitoring 18-year-old winger Bukayo Saka's contract situation at Arsenal. (Mail)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, 60, is already eyeing an extended stay at Goodison Park despite only signing a lengthy contract in December. (Mail)

Real Madrid have identified Everton's Moise Kean, 19, as a potential striker target. (Teamtalk)

Liverpool will battle Real Madrid for the signature of Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 27, in the summer. (Star)

Frank Lampard intends to sign at least four players this summer in a spending spree that will cost Chelsea upwards of £150m. (Metro)

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri admits Aaron Ramsey, 29, hasn't found things easy during his injury-hit time in Italy, prompting speculation of a return to the Premier League with Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea all linked. (Mirror)

Former Juventus and AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri reportedly has a deal in place with a "great English club" as rumours of a move to Manchester United gather pace. (Corriere dello Sport, via Mail)

Burnley's Ben Gibson has started training at hometown club Middlesbrough - even though the English defender is still under contract until 2022. (Mail)

Arsenal are set to open contract talks with Matteo Guendouzi, 20, that would hand the highly rated youngster significantly improved terms. (Football.London)

Aston Villa failed to sign Islam Slimani, 31, in the January transfer window because the Leicester City striker did not want to play in a relegation battle. (Birmingham Mail)

Chelsea are plotting to re-sign Jeremie Boga, 23, from Sassuolo just two years after offloading the winger. (Star)







Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Even if it makes a novel change from repeatedly seeing Mauricio Pochettino linked with his job, Ole Gunnar Solskjær is unlikely to be too impressed with gossip doing the rounds in Italy suggesting Max Allegri has reached an agreement to replace him at Manchester United. Since leaving Juventus last summer, the 52-year-old has been on sabbatical and rejected approaches from several Italian clubs, but Corriere dello Sport say he has a deal in place to take over an unspecified English one. Despite them having a managerial vacancy since the departure of Colin Calderwood, we’re going to hazard a guess that Max won’t be taking over at Cambridge United any time soon.

That low murmur you can hear coming from the Emirates, is the sound of ongoing talks between Arsenal’s bean-counters and representatives of Bukayo Saka. With the club trying to tie their teenage winger down to a long-term deal, his “people” are almost certainly using reported interest from Manchester United and Liverpool as leverage to get their client more bunce.

German magazine Kicker say Manchester United had a January approach for Corentin Tolisso rejected by Bayern Munich, who had originally deemed the French midfielder surplus to requirements but decided not to let him go because they were a little short on numbers due to injuries. United may move for the player again come season’s end, but will face competition from Arsenal, Juventus, Napoli and Atlético Madrid. By selling Tolisso, Bayern hope to raise funds to pay for Bayer Leverkusen’s 20-year-old midfielder Kai Havertz, who regular readers of the Rumour Mill will know has long been a Liverpool target and features prominently on Jürgen Klopp’s summer shopping list.

Rumour Mill staple Jadon Sancho remains a young man in big demand, with Liverpool becoming the latest Premier League club to express their interest in signing the 19-year-old winger from Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga outfit are unlikely to let him go for a penny less than £100m, what with United, Chelsea and his former club Manchester City all interested in offering him a return to Blighty. As they prepare to sell Sancho, Dortmund are one of several big clubs understood to be keeping tabs on 16-year-old Birmingham City prodigy Jude Bellingham, who is also getting the getting the glad eye from Chelsea and – you’ve guessed it – Manchester United.

Liverpool are looking to bolster their attacking options by signing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner for around £45m. The Germany international will not be joined at Anfield by former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho who feels his future lies elsewhere.

Aaron Ramsey has endured a quiet season at Juventus since joining on a free from Arsenal in the summer. The wales midfielder could leave Serie A with the Gunners, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all keen on acquiring his services.

Frank Lampard is lining up a plethora of deals with £150m at this disposal. Chelsea are already closing on Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech and could bring back Jeremie Boga from Sassuolo where the Frenchman has impressed.







Football London

Ngakia, Alese, Barkley, Fraser - How West Ham's starting line-up will look in 2025

We've taken a little glimpse into the future and what might be for West Ham, their stars and their transfer windows

By Sam Inkersole

Who knows how West Ham's squad would look come the summer of 2020, let alone 2025, if they don't keep their place in the Premier League this season under David Moyes.

Let's presume they do though and wholesale changes will occur because, well, it's West Ham. Just how could this team look in 2025 with academy graduates breaking through and a whole heap of transfer windows to get through.

We at football.london like a challenge when it comes to predicting things. Sometimes they're so wrong it hilarious, but sometimes we are on the money so with that in mind, what could a Hammers team look like in five years time?

Who will still be around in 2025, who will have emerged from the club's academy and which players may have been signed in those years between now and then?

This piece does involve a bit of creative licence so maybe don't take it too seriously as you would do, say, our player ratings or something like that.

Goalkeepers

Lukasz Fabianski left the club in the summer of 2023 at the age of 37, heading back to his homeland in Poland for one last hurrah before calling it a day.
Nathan Trott didn't break through and after two loan spells away from the club, left to join Reading. Joseph Anang likewise failed to establish himself at the club and is also no longer in east London.

The Hammers did sign Alban Lafont though from Toulouse and he has established himself as the club number one, with Krizstian Hegyi as his back up on the bench. Roberto is nowhere to be seen.

Full backs

With Pablo Zabaleta long retired and Ryan Fredericks having returned to Fulham in the summer of 2022, the Hammers promoted academy product Jeremy Ngakia to a starting role and it is one he has made his own ahead of Ben Johnson, who was released in 2023.

On the left, 35-year-old Aaron Cresswell is still at the club acting as a back up on that side and also doing his coaching badges at the same time. Arthur Masuaku was sold to Roma for £10m in January 2021.
The Hammers sign 31-year-old Raphael Guerreiro and he is the club's left back for the 2025/26 season.

Centre backs

West Ham have managed to resist any overtures for Issa Diop and he has become one of the elite defenders in the Premier League, also taking over the captaincy in east London.

Angelo Ogbonna left the club in 2023 having signed another one-year extension, Winston Reid has retired and Fabian Balbuena joined Real Betis.

Ajibola Alese is one of the Academy stars who manages to break through and he has formed a formidable partnership alongside Diop. The Hammers also finally managed to snare Aaron Long from New York Red Bulls in 2021 but the emergence of Alese has seen his role reduced to a back up.

Central midfield

Mark Noble finally called it a day in east London, retiring as a one club man, in 2024 at the age of 35 and will have the press box at London Stadium named after him.

Declan Rice has also gone as the Hammers eventually couldn't keep hold of him and accept a £100m offer from Manchester United in 2022 as the Reds finally get him following two summers of trying.

The Hammers signed Victor Wanyama from Spurs as a stop gap which failed miserably but did follow up on their interest in Nantes defensive midfielder Abdoulaye Toure and he is first choice in the midfield alongside Tomas Soucek, who penned a permanent deal after helping the club to survival.

Conor Coventry joined Lincoln City permanently, Josh Cullen likewise at Charlton, while Robert Snodgrass has returned to Scotland to see out his playing days in his homeland.
The Hammers also sign 27-year-old Ryan Fraser from Bournemouth in the summer of 2023 and he becomes a mainstay for the club.

Attacking midfield

Pablo Fornals is West Ham's biggest star, having enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2020/21 and finally lives up the price tag and promise we knew he was capable of.

Manuel Lanzini joins Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2021 for £25m having lost his place to Fornals permanently, Jack Wilshere was eventually released the same summer at the end of his contract after injury ruins his season once again and is now plying his trade in the MLS.

Nathan Holland has established himself as one of the Hammers wide men after another a successful loan spell in 2021 and has replaced Felipe Anderson, who joined Liverpool in the summer of 2021. Amadou Diallo is a back up in midfield having moved up from the under-23s.

On the other flank, Jarrod Bowen is still tearing it up having earned a call up to the England squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and Ross Barkley has been signed from Chelsea, moving to east London from the west of the capital. Grady Diangana excelled for the Hammers upon his return from West Brom and was snapped up by Barcelona in a £60m deal in 2023.

West Ham are still linked with a move for 36-year-old Dimitri Payet every transfer window despite the Frenchman earning mega bucks in Japan's J-League with Kashima Antlers.

Striker

Sebastien Haller failed to cut the mustard in east London and was sold to Borussia Dortmund for £40m in 2022 as the Frenchman returned to Germany, but not to worry...

Because Xande Silva has broken through and is one of the hottest strikers in European football, banging in goals for fun after becoming a first team regular in 2021 and the Hammers fighting off interest from Barcelona to keep a hold of their talented marksman.

Bowen provides plenty of goals too from midfield. The Hammers sign Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood on loan in 2021 and he nets double figures in his solitary season before returning to Old Trafford allowing 20-year-old Mipo Odubeko to head on loan to Oxford United, who now have an agreement with West Ham for loaning their better youngsters.

The Hammers moved for veteran striker Gonzalao Higuain in the summer of 2022 on a short-term contract but he flopped and was released after just six months at London Stadium.

...and the manager

David Moyes doesn't see his contract extended after the end of the 2021/22 season having kept the Hammers afloat in the Premier League for two seasons.

The club decides to go down the expensive route once again despite being tarnished by Manuel Pellegrini's reign at the club and appoint Niko Kovac as his successor.

Kevin Nolan remains at the club as assistant manager while Mark Noble also joins the coaching staff having retired in 2024.

West Ham's starting line up on 2025/26 opening day

Lafont; Ngakia, Diop, Alese, Guerreiro; Toure, Soucek, Fornals; Holland, Bowen, Silva.




Sport Witness

West Ham United ‘looking’ at Boca Juniors player – Price tag has ‘gone down’ in recent months

West Ham United are one of several clubs interested in Boca Juniors youngster Agustín Almendra.

That’s according to TuttoMercatoWeb, who say the Hammers are ‘looking’ at the 20-year-old midfielder.

The centre of midfield is something of a problem area for West Ham, with David Moyes identifying as much in the January transfer window.

He signed Tomáš Souček on loan from Slavia Prague to try and help fix the issue, and it is likely to be an area he will look to improve once again come the summer.

Almendra is one he has his eye on, according to TMW, with the young midfielder having broken onto the scene in Argentine football over the last year.

They report performances have earned rave reviews, particularly from Daniele de Rossi and that has attracted interest from the likes of West Ham and Roma.

According to their information, Almendra’s price tag, which isn’t mentioned, has ‘gone down’ in recent months as he hasn’t been playing regularly and wants to leave the club.

That could give West Ham an edge if they do decide to make a move, although they are likely to face competition for his signature by all accounts.

Indeed, there could be competitors in the Premier League, with Manchester United reported to have the Argentine on a list of players to watch as well.



West Ham to make new attempt for Argentine fullback – Going for permanent move this time

Back in January, it was claimed that River Plate rejected an offer from West Ham United for fullback Gonzalo Montiel.

A few media outlets, including TyC, reported that the Hammers wanted to sign the player on a loan deal for €500k, with an option to buy the player for another €10m.

Now a few reports in Argentina claim that the London side may be back to land the 23-year-old, this time in the summer transfer window.

El Intransigente and La Pagina Millonaria have very similar reports today, saying West Ham remain interested in the right-back. It’s said that in this new attempt, the Hammers would go for a permanent move.




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Vexed 11:00 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
As if we'll still exist in 2025....

Hope not.

Texas Iron 7:51 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Comedy Hour re Acadeny players....

Cheers...

Alan 5:10 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Montiel story added.

the exile 4:59 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
That Inkersole article must be the most pointless piece of journalism ever seen on here.

geoffpikey 3:52 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

This is clearly nonsense as Kashima Antlers got relegated in 2023.

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:52 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
lee trundle anyone

ted fenton 2:51 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:02 Thu Feb 13

Alan 2:32 Thu Feb 13
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It's too late now, LT.
Outside the saloon at sundown.

Lee Trundle 2:27 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan 1:55 Thu Feb 13

It just proves that I bother to read every single word of your threads and your efforts aren't wasted on here! :-)

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:09 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THanks Alan

Thanks Alan 2:02 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Alan 1:55 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Lee Trundle 12:58 Thu Feb 13

I wasn't twisting your arm to read it, LT.

Lee Trundle 12:58 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
It's mental that someone playing championship manager is seen as news.

Mr Kenzo 12:48 Thu Feb 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ngakia, Alese, Barkley, Fraser - How West Ham's starting line-up will look in 2025

Football Manager 2025 all wrapped up





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