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 1:16 Tue Jun 2
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea are considering switching their attentions to signing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, 24, if the Germany international indicates a willingness to move. (ESPN)

Manchester United would make a move for England winger Raheem Sterling should the 25-year-old became available if Manchester City's Champions League ban is upheld. However, he is much likelier to go to Real Madrid if he does leave. (Independent)

Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, 32, will stay at Barcelona next season after a clause allowing the Argentina striker to leave the club for free this summer expired. (Standard)

Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho is "definitely" interested in a Premier League return, according to his agent. The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Bayern Munich. (Talksport)

Real Madrid have rejected the chance to sign Chelsea winger Willian, 31, on a free transfer. The Brazil international's contract at Stamford Bridge expires this summer. (Mirror)

Juventus are willing to include Italy winger Federico Bernardeschi, 26, in any deal for Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho, 28. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Manchester United will pay £10.5m for extending 30-year-old Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo's loan deal until January - a £6m fee going to Shanghai Shenhua and £130,000-a-week in wages. (Mail)

Liverpool are in discussions to extend the loan deals of 23-year-old Welsh midfielder Harry Wilson at Bournemouth and English striker Rhian Brewster, 20, at Swansea until the end of the season. (Telegraph)

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has stipulated that the next club he manages must be able to contend for trophies. (La Liga TV, via Express)

Arsenal are ready to offer Brazilian defender David Luiz, 33, a new one-year contract but will reduce his current £130,000-a-week deal. (Mirror)

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is happy for England left-back Danny Rose, 29, to stay on loan at Newcastle until the season is completed. (Football Insider)

England manager Gareth Southgate will not attend Premier League matches when the season resumes as he feels his presence is not essential at stadiums. (Star)

Premier League clubs will discuss the possibility of in-game TV interviews with managers and coaches during breaks in play in a meeting on Thursday. (Express)

Chelsea have submitted a proposal to the Premier League to increase the maximum number of substitutes permitted on the bench from seven to nine for the remainder of the season. (Mail)


‘Slightly risky’ – West Ham tipped to make striker decision after EFL stint: The verdict

By George Dagless

According to Football.London, there is a chance that Jordan Hugill could be asked to lead the line for West Ham United next season.

He’s on loan at QPR where he has had a good campaign and the Irons could well give him a chance next year.

With him struggling at the Hammers, though, could this work out? Our writers discuss…

Ned Holmes

I think he deserves a chance to prove himself with the Hammers but I can’t say I’m wholly convinced it’ll work out.

Hugill has impressed on loan at QPR this term, there is no doubt about that, but his 13 goals have come in a team that have been very free-scoring.

Not to take too much away from him but he hasn’t convinced me he’s ready to lead the line for a Premier League side – assuming, of course, they’re that.

So far, the 27-year-old has made just three appearances for West Ham so he deserves a chance to fight for a place in the side ahead of next season.

That said, I think a fresh start elsewhere would probably be best for. both the player and the club.

Sam Rourke

Hugill has enjoyed a top season on loan at QPR, and has shown West Ham what he can offer.

However, as is clearly obvious, the Premier League is a different kettle of fish and I question whether Hugill will have the time he is afforded in the Championship, and thus be given as much freedom in the opposition box as he is now.

Ultimately, Hugill is a goalscorer though, and given the right service and a consistent run of games in the top-flight, the former Preston man could start to find his feet.

The striker was never given a consistent run of games during his time at the Hammers, so Moyes would need to put his trust in him and be patient.

Hugill could be a strong option to have in the squad, but it depends on what the Hammers’ ambitions are next term, if European football is their target, then I question whether Hugill can be your main source of goals to get you there.

George Harbey

I think it’s slightly risky from West Ham if they are to put Hugill as their main centre-forward next season.

There can be no denying that he has been a key player for QPR during his loan spell in west London this season, but despite popping up with some vital goals, you can argue that he isn’t really prolific nor sharp enough to playing week in, week out in the Premier League.

If they can put loads of flair players around him such as Felipe Anderson and potentially Grady Diangana and deliver good balls into the box, then he is always going to be a threat and he is always going to have a chance of scoring.

But there is more to being a decent Premier League striker than just aerial threat, and I don’t feel that he has the pace to thrive in the top-flight to be honest.

Tammy Abraham has excelled in the Premier League after spending time in the Championship, but he is a more all-round striker compared to Hugill I would say.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

ted fenton 3:41 Tue Jun 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:51 Tue Jun 2

andyd12345 3:29 Tue Jun 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Have I somehow missed the news that we’ve sold our £45m centre forward Sebastian Haller? Who is writing this nonsense that a bloke on loan in the championship is going to be our main striker? Jesus wept.

Moncurs Putting Iron 3:17 Tue Jun 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
In my minds eye I see Hugill - Running around like a Blue Cross long term Staffy that's finally been adopted from the Blue Cross.

Grateful. Enthusiastic. Joyous. Eager to please. Ultimately ineffective.

Moncurs Putting Iron 2:13 Tue Jun 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sorry was so hyped up by the articles I forgot to say:

Thanks Alan (But no thanks, I would rather some deep fake that provided some false hope)

Moncurs Putting Iron 2:11 Tue Jun 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Having back in the squad is one thing. Leading the Line? That's quite another!

Thanks Alan 1:51 Tue Jun 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

bill green 1:37 Tue Jun 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Hugill leading the line next year will boost season ticket sales no end.

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