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 1:00 Thu Jun 4
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are interested in Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old English winger Jadon Sancho. (AS)

Juventus have approached Barcelona with a view to signing French attacker Ousmane Dembele, 23, on loan this summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's hopes of boosting transfer funds through the sales of Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, 30, the 30-year-old English centre-back Chris Smalling and Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, 31, are set to be hit by the financial impact of coronavirus. (Evening Standard)

Rojo is set to return to United as the club go for a Champions League spot with Estudiantes coach Leandro Desabato admitting the defender is "unlikely" to see out his loan spell. (FM Radio Late 93.1, via Mail)

Tottenham have ended their interest in 27-year-old Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho - because of his massive salary. (Mundo Deportivo, in Spanish)

Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser, 26, who is set to leave the club for free in the summer, could be one of the most in-demand players in the league. (The Athletic - subscription only)

The Spanish midfielder has announced his new club... they're not in the Premier League

Paris St-Germain want 175m euros (£156m) in cash from Barcelona for 28-year-old Brazil forward Neymar. (Sport - in Spanish)

Viewers will be given the option of hearing fake crowd noise when the Premier League returns. (Mirror)

Manchester United and Liverpool are tracking 17-year-old English striker Ricky-Jade Jones, who plays for League One side Peterborough United. (Sky Sports)

The Premier League has won against broadcasters as plans for extra microphones, cameras and interviews have been rejected. (Mail)

Former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has warned English midfielder Matty Longstaff, 20, that a "money-driven" switch from Newcastle to Udinese would be a "dangerous" move. (Talksport)

German 'Mono' Burgos, 51, confirms he will leave his role as assistant coach at Atletico Madrid at the end of the season to pursue a career as a head coach. (Marca)

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, 59, will remain as coach of Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima until the end of the 2020-2021 season after extending his contract. (Reuters)

A group of Manchester City supporters will vent their anger towards Uefa on Friday by unveiling a huge banner protesting against the governing body's treatment of the club. (Times)

Jesse Marsch, Red Bull Salzburg's 46-year-old American coach, has been touted as a successor to Lucien Favre at Borussia Dortmund. (Bild - in German)


Report details West Ham boost in pursuit of Chelsea midfielder

By Will Butcher

French website RMC Sport have delivered a potential West Ham boost in the reported pursuit to sign Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko – as Bakayoko’s loan side Monaco have set their sights elsewhere.

(Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Bakayoko, 25, has spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Monaco – returning to the club where Chelsea initially spent £35million (Telegraph) to sign him in 2017. HIs future is likely to be up in the air this summer again.

Indeed, towards the end of last month, Le10Sport stated that West Ham had joined AC Milan and Monaco in pursuit of the France international – with Bakayoko seemingly surplus to requirements at Chelsea.

But the latest report states that Monaco will not take up a permanent deal for Bakayoko – instead targeting Pescara’s Franck Kanoute. It leaves West Ham with just AC Milan as competition – and the latter are struggling for funds.

TBR’s view – Bakayoko would be a stunning West Ham addition

It is no secret that West Ham need another midfielder. Even if they complete a permanent deal for Tomas Soucek, they still only boast the Czech ace as well as Mark Noble and Declan Rice as proper options.

Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez have spent more time than not in the physio’s room since joining West Ham, and both have been linked with exits this summer. Josh Cullen could also leave, as he remains on loan at Charlton.

Bakayoko would solve an issue at West Ham, but not only that – he would inject pace and strength into a midfield that badly needs it. He would be an excellent signing.

The 72

Oxford United’s West Ham loanee set to miss the rest of the season

Oxford United have been dealt a killer blow in their bid for promotion to the Championship. With it looking likely the only football left to be played in League One is the playoffs, The Os know that they are just three games away from promotion to the Championship. Winger Nathan Holland has returned to his parent club West Ham, and will not be available for the rest of the campaign.

The pacey winger has featured 12 times for Carl Robinson’s Oxford United this season, following his loan move from Premier League side, West Ham United. Some were surprised The Hammers allowed Holland to leave on loan after he broke into the first team earlier on in the season. He was also named PL2 Player of the Month for November prior to moving out on loan to gain experience.

Unfortunately, Holland suffered a hamstring injury in the final game Oxford played against Shrewsbury. Carl Robinson is disappointed that Holland is unable to return but understands it was unlikely Holland would have been able to feature anyway. “It’s a real shame because the longer this has gone on there was always a chance that when we do play again Nathan might have been ready. It’s not a financial decision but we like to do things right for players here: West Ham were great and we talked honestly about the situation and the injury. We could have kept him hanging on and Nathan then maybe rushing back in his eagerness to play but he is an outstanding prospect and for his long term development then returning to West Ham is the right thing.”

The winger will be truly remembered for his ‘unbelievable strike’ to draw Oxford level in the dying embers of the game against Newcastle United in the Emirates FA Cup. Unfortunately, Newcastle grabbed a winner in extra-time to prevent Oxford from advancing to the 5th Round. Fans will be hoping they haven’t seen the last of Holland who is regarded as a hot prospect by many at West Ham.


West Ham could enter into QPR swap deal

QPR are unlikely to fork out £10m of cash to sign Jordan Hugill permanently but could look to agree on a swap deal plus cash from the Hammers as an alternative.

The Hammers are interested QPR midfielder Eberechi Eze who is said to be valued at £12m

Eze has just one year left on his deal at QPR and could leave for free next summer. The 21-year-old has racked up 12 goals and eight assists this season.

Primarily a number 10 who can play in from the left if needed, Eze looks to have a huge future. He has been with QPR since 2016 after joining from Millwall but this season has been a breakthrough campaign for him.

He has been linked with interest from Spurs, Arsenal Chelsea, Leicester City, Southampton, Newcastle and Sheffield United in addition to West Ham. The Hammers would possibly need to add a small amount of cash to the swap deal for it to be accepted.

27-year-old Hugill has notched 13 goals in 37 games this season for QPR while on. David Moyes raided his former club Preston North End to sign Hugill in January 2018 for £10m.


West Ham, Arsenal and Aston Villa among clubs locked in transfer battle for 10-goal EFL ace

West Ham United, Arsenal and Aston Villa are among a host of clubs interested in signing Brentford playmaker Said Benrahma, according to Foot Mercato.

Benrahma has been a key player for the Bees since joining the club from Nice last summer, scoring 21 goals in 79 games for Thomas Frank’s side.

The 24-year-old has played an influential role in helping Brentford fight for automatic promotion and cement a place inside the Championship play-off places with his sheer quality on the ball.

The Algerian has scored 10 goals and chipped in with eight assists across all competitions, and he is undoubtedly one of the most exciting players to watch in the second tier.

Benrahma – who has scored 21 goals and made 25 assists during his time at Brentford across two seasons – is likely to attract interest from plenty of clubs this summer, especially if Bees don’t win promotion.

Foot Mercato claim that West Ham, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City are interested in signing Benrahma, with previous reports from France saying that he is set be worth around €30-35m.

Brentford currently sit fourth in the Championship, only six points off the automatic promotion places with nine matches left to play this term.

The Verdict

Benrahma is an exceptional talent who should be playing in the Premier League next season, with or without Brentford.

I truly believe that it would be money well spent if one of those clubs were to go out and sign him as he reminds of Riyad Mahrez – a player who can right to the top.

It will be hard for Bees to keep hold of any of their star players beyond this season should they stay in the Championship, but the new stadium could help persuade those players to stay.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

LeroysBoots 11:41 Thu Jun 4
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ONLY West Ham would think they could get 10 million for Hugill, dream on muppets

eusebiovic 4:35 Thu Jun 4
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If they pulled off the Hugill plus cash for Eze that would be the modern equivalent of Keith Rowland and Iain Dowie for Trevor Sinclair

Texas Iron 2:52 Thu Jun 4
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Kaiser Zoso 2:34 Thu Jun 4
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Bakayoko is a clown.

Lee Trundle 2:03 Thu Jun 4
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I agree, Sven.

I'd be all over that deal if there's an ounce of truth in it.

Sven Roeder 1:24 Thu Jun 4
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Thanks Alan

Eze of QPR for Hugill and a small amount of cash would be a fantastic deal for us.
Brings back memories of swapping Dowie and Keith Rowland to them for Trevor Sinclair in days gone by.
Magic business
Have watched this kid Eze a couple of times and definitely has talent. Will be a Premier league player next season one way or another

Thanks Alan 1:23 Thu Jun 4
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bill green 1:22 Thu Jun 4

bill green 1:22 Thu Jun 4
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Thanks Alan

Moncurs Putting Iron 1:11 Thu Jun 4
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Thanks Hun xx

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