WHO Poll
Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way

Alan 1:40 Sat May 30
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Bayern Munich have offered Manchester City their 24-year-old French defender Lucas Hernandez as they ramp up their pursuit of City's 24-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane. (TZ - via Manchester Evening News)

Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, 27, is set to make his move to Paris St-Germain permanent after a deal worth £51.2m was agreed with Inter Milan. (Sky Sports)

Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, 34, turned down the opportunity to return to the club as assistant manager to Pep Guardiola shortly after he left to become a player-manager at Anderlecht. (Sun)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could still offload 31-year-old Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez this summer, with Inter Milan considering an extension to his current loan deal. (Express)

AC Milan have shown an interest in signing Burnley and Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick, 28, on a free transfer. (Sky Sports)

The agent of Borussia Dortmund's 21-year-old right-back Achraf Hakimi, on loan from Real Madrid, says playing at the Spanish club is the player's priority - but has claimed there is no hurry for the Moroccan to return. (Evening Standard)

Leicester City have firmed up their interest in Celtic's 22-year-old Norwegian defender Kristoffer Ajer. (Nicolo Schira, via Leicestershire Live)

Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet expects attention on teenage midfielder Jude Bellingham to increase if the Championship gets back under way, with Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund heavily linked to the 16-year-old. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal have completed the signing of the unattached Rwanda-born winger George Lewis, 19, who is also eligible to represent Norway (VG - in Norwegian)

Arsenal have also renewed their transfer interest in Lyon and French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, and have made contact with his representatives. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United will step up their interest in the Lyon striker too with his value now likely decreasing. (Star)

Arsenal are set to made redundant up to 10 scouts, who helped discover the likes of 20-year-old striker Reiss Nelson and 18-year-old winger Bukayo Saka, from the club's academy as part of cost-cutting measures caused by the coronavirus crisis. (Mail)


KARREN BRADY Project Restart is not perfect – the Premier League’s integrity is set to be put to the test

Exclusive Karren Brady

IT was another long meeting with the Premier League shareholders on Thursday. I think this one was a record — just the FIVE HOURS.

There is so much to discuss and debate.

And being able to have the time to talk with colleagues, and for colleagues to raise issues, is vital to us all so we can make the decisions which allow us to get football back up and running.

The good news is we all agreed the season will start on June 17 with the two games-in-hand matches for Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Man City and Arsenal.

An end date of the weekend of July 25 is important to free up August to clubs still playing in Europe and of course allowing the FA Cup final to be played on August 1.

The FA Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals will be played around the six weekends and three midweek Premier League fixtures.

Now that clubs are into contact training, they are all working hard to get match fit, some having had the longest break of their careers.

Some clubs told us they had already suffered injuries, just as you would during a ‘normal’ pre-season.

It’s a delicate balance. But if we want to finish this season, we are all going to have to accept a restart won’t be perfect.

There was a long discussion about squad management, or, put simply, what constitutes having a team fit enough to compete in the games left to play.

There are obvious and genuine concerns about what happens to your match results if your club has a number of players testing positive for coronavirus, or in self-isolation.
And as a result you simply cannot field your usual or strongest starting XI.

Or what if other teams play a weakened first XI by choice when they have nothing to play for, or they want to give their first-team players a longer break.

Or they simply want to protect players from catching the virus, and that ends up skewing results? Or what if your manager tests positive, as Arsenal’s did back in March?

That was before anyone had died, and it still brought the season to a halt — and sadly since then more than 37,000 people have died.

Well, as long as you have 15 fit players (including one goalkeeper) made up from either your 25-man squad list or from your Under-21’s you will be deemed to have a team fit enough to fulfil the fixture.

I guess that puts an end to the suggestion of having five subs, because if only 15 are needed you can’t have five subs!

But what if a number of teams don’t have 15 fit players?

Or what if the Government declares the games cannot re-start or continue be played due to a second wave of the virus requiring a new lockdown?

Well at that point the season will be curtailed, and the Premier League are recommending a points- per-game formula to decide the award of places.

This is a straightforward model whereby a team’s number of points is simply divided by the number of matches they have played.

The resulting figure is the average number of points each team has earned in each match of the season so far.

And on this calculation three teams will be relegated — what a heartbreaking end to the most unfortunate season in history.

Considering this method will be adopted into the rules and used in all future seasons — so if your club is not affected right now it might be in the future as this Covid-19 does not seem to be going away — this has to be debated and agreed by at least 14 clubs.

That is the number of votes the Premier League need to change a rule.

After a long meeting it was decided to leave this to discuss at the next meeting, scheduled for Thursday.

Then, every club will have had time to consider its view with its own board on the proposal.

So, I guess, on that basis the next meeting will take even longer than the last one.

As myself and a number of other clubs are reluctant to decide a future Premier League shareholder’s fate by a formula rather than a football match.

This is Futbol

Fans react to contract update on Jeremy Ngakia

Supporters of West Ham United have been reacting to an update regarding a contract offered to the Hammers’ young full-back Jeremy Ngakia.

According to @ExWHUemployee, the Irons have offered a new contract to the 19-year-old defender which he has not signed yet.

However, despite the Englishman not having signed his contract yet, it is believed that the two parties are getting closer to reaching an agreement (via @whufc_news).

In their podcast, @ExWHUemployee went on to state that it is also believed that Ngakia would like to stay at the London Stadium but is being pressured by his agent to secure a good deal.

The latest contract news on the 19-year-old full-back comes after Claret and Hugh reported that he had refused to sign a new contract with the Irons last week.

This then led to the suggestion from the Hammers-based news site that Ngakia would then be walking away from the London Stadium when his contract expires in June (per Claret and Hugh).

However, after the latest update was shared to West Ham supporters on social media (via @whufc_news), fans aired their reactions to the latest development in the contract saga.

West Ham News @whufc_news

Jeremy Ngakia has been offered a new deal which he has not signed yet, although both parties are getting closer to reaching an agreement.

It is believed that he wants to stay at the club, but he is being pressured by his agent to secure a good deal.


West Ham look to Barcelona to solve Jeremy Ngakia contract dispute

West Ham have enquired about Barcelona right back Moussa Wague as fears grow over the future of Jeremy Ngakia, who could potentially leave this summer on a free transfer

By Paul Brown

West Ham are back on the trail of Barcelona right back Moussa Wague as fears grow over the future of Jeremy Ngakia.

Hammers prospect Ngakia has rejected a new contract at the club and could leave this summer on a free unless he performs a U-turn.

Boss David Moyes had high hopes for Ngakia next season but the club are now making contingency plans in case he leaves.

West Ham first enquired about Senegal international Wague in January but he moved on loan to French club Nice instead.

Now, the Hammers have returned to ask about the 21-year-old’s availability, after Nice failed to activate their option to buy.

And Barca are understood to be open to sending him back out on loan or doing a permanent deal if the right price can be negotiated.

Moyes is hunting for young, hungry players to improve his squad next season and has emphasised the need to bring in homegrown talent.

But that has not stopped the Hammers scouring the European market for bargains, and Wague comes recommended by an agent close to the club.

West Ham joined the rest of the Premier League in returning to contact training this week ahead of next month’s restart.

And the stoppage has given players like right back Ryan Fredericks, who was nursing a shoulder injury, time to recover.

Fredericks said: “It feels strange to be back in training, as obviously it’s not normal circumstances, but it’s good to be back and have the ball at my feet again.

“The protocols the club has in place give us the best possible chance to come back as safely as possible.

“With temperature testing, making sure everything has been disinfected and wearing gloves and masks, I am less worried about being back than I was before.”

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Mex Martillo 3:24 Sat May 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Barty 1:41 Sat May 30

PeterJ 2:34 Sat May 30
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Sven Roeder 2:00 Sat May 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

What a strange thing to say

Sven Roeder 2:00 Sat May 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Must be terrible for Lady Brady to have to spend 5 hours one morning doing her job after 3 months sitting on her fat arse shovelling cheese into her gob.

Barty 1:41 Sat May 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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