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 12:14 Fri Jun 5
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

England left-back Ben Chilwell, 23, is tempted by a move to Chelsea later this summer but has not yet asked to quit Leicester City. (Mirror)

Tottenham Hotspur are waiting for Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 33, to decide whether he will see out the rest of the season or leave the club before it is complete. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff has not trained this week amid uncertainty over his future at the club, with Serie A side Udinese offering wages of £30,000 a week for the 20-year-old Englishman, who is out of contract this summer. (Mail)

Manchester City are looking to open contract talks with 19-year-old Spanish defender Eric Garcia amid interest from his former club Barcelona. (Mail)

Manchester United are preparing to offer 19-year-old English full-back Brandon Williams a new contract, with an improvement on his current £4,000-per-week salary after impressing this season. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Liverpool could wrap up the Premier League title at 21:00 BST on a Sunday night at Everton as their first two games back are both being moved to evening kick-offs. (Mail)

Arsenal may be willing to sell Scotland defender Kieran Tierney, 23, to Leicester City, just 12 months after he moved to Emirates Stadium. (Express)

Barcelona and France forward Antoine Griezmann, 29, says he intend to finish his career in Major League Soccer in the US. (LA Times)

Barca's Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 32, will discuss a potential return to former club Sevilla at the end of the season. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 25, is a target for Everton and Arsenal, but the Frenchman will not accept a wage cut to leave the Serie A side. (Tuttomercato - in Italian)

Germany midfielder Kai Havertz is a target for Real Madrid, but Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes says the Bundesliga club are yet to make a decision on the 20-year-old's future. (Marca)

Sporting goalkeeper Diogo Pinto is expected to sign a contract with Manchester City when he turns 16 later this month. (Record - in Portuguese)

The Athletic (Care of Scouse kid)

Tomas Soucek is set to hand West Ham United a boost by extending his loan for the rest of the season but a permanent move still depends on the club avoiding relegation from the Premier League, The Athletic understands.

The midfielder joined West Ham from Slavia Prague on a £4 million loan deal until the end of the season on January 29 and the move included an option to make it permanent by paying a fee understood to be between £13 million and £15 million.

Soucek’s loan expires at the end of this month but with top-flight football set to resume on June 17 following an enforced break due to COVID-19, it is understood the player is open to an extension being agreed so that he can be part of David Moyes’ side for their remaining nine games.

That is the good news for West Ham, along with the fact that Soucek is happy at the club and enjoys living in London, where his wife and young daughter have also settled.

There are two significant issues though that may decide whether or not the player joins the club permanently. While a fee has been agreed, a source close to the player believes the deal is “fucked” if West Ham are relegated to the Championship.

Should West Ham stay up — they are in 16th position at present, out of the drop zone only on goal difference — then The Athletic understands that Slavia Prague would not be willing to lower their asking price.

While that is not unusual given the price was agreed at the time of the initial deal, fees are expected to be depressed this summer due to the financial hit that football as a whole has taken during the coronavirus pandemic.

At West Ham, the players agreed in April to take a pay deferral, understood to be about 10 per cent of their wages, while manager Moyes and director Karren Brady took 30 per cent cuts.

It is against that backdrop that clubs must now plan their transfer strategies for later this summer.

Soucek, a Czech Republic international, has adapted well to English football and has added energy to the midfield. In the 2-0 defeat Manchester City in February, he ran 13.1km. “We believe Tomas ran more the other night than any West Ham player has for six years,” said David Moyes. “Which you have to say, for someone who’s just arrived at the club, is an incredible stat.”

It is no surprise Soucek has such a good engine. He grew up loving running and his mother was a professional marathon runner. Soucek has been known to go on 15km runs on his days off.

Such is his enjoyment of running that having impressed for Slavia in a goalless draw away to Barcelona in November, Soucek decided to go on a 12km run less than 24 hours later, despite being given a day off.

Soucek almost scored on his West Ham debut against Brighton & Hove Albion and his height of 6ft 4in means there has been comparisons with Moyes’ old Everton favourite Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian thrived as a goalscoring midfielder under Moyes at Goodison Park and Soucek, who operates in a similar role, could become West Ham’s version.

The midfielder has goalscoring pedigree, having amassed 40 goals and 16 assists in 185 games for Slavia. West Ham’s current midfield pairing of Declan Rice and Mark Noble only have four goals between them this season, all by Noble and just one of those didn’t come from the penalty spot. More importantly, Soucek can act as a shield for the defence as prior to his arrival, Slavia conceded four goals in their last 20 league matches. West Ham have not been able to keep a clean sheet in the league since their 4-0 win over Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.

When Moyes was asked what Soucek brings to this team, he said: “I think he gives us a lot of different aspects but more importantly, he fits the profile of the player I want to bring to West Ham. I said I want to bring young players but we also need experience too and I think, at the moment, he helps with both of those. He’s captained Slavia Prague, has played defensive midfield and scored a lot of goals as an attacking midfielder too. He ticks a lot of boxes.”

It is the first time in Soucek’s career that he has played for a club outside the Czech Republic and his parents stayed with him in the first two weeks of his arrival in order to help him settle in the area.

It was his performances in this season’s Champions League group stage which left a lasting impression on suitors, having scored against Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

Soucek initially held formal talks with Brighton’s representatives prior to joining West Ham but once he became aware of their interest, he told his representatives it was a “no-brainer” to sign for Moyes’ side. Soucek’s camp attended the Liverpool game at Anfield and stayed in England for two days. It was the same match where he sustained a groin injury that prompted Moyes to change from a 4-5-1 formation to a 4-4-2 for the games against Southampton and Arsenal.

But with the midfielder fit, he will be eager to end the season on a high and keen for West Ham to avoid relegation in order for his deal to be made permanent.

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Mex Martillo 7:27 Fri Jun 5
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

the exile 3:40 Fri Jun 5
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Yes indeed - good news about Soucek. I really rate him and have no doubt he will make a difference in these final games.

geoffpikey 3:22 Fri Jun 5
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Thanks Alan.

"a source close to the player believes the deal is “fucked” if West Ham are relegated to the Championship."

Even club sources are potty-mouthed cunts.

Barty 2:53 Fri Jun 5
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Good news about Soucek

Texas Iron 2:48 Fri Jun 5
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Texas Iron 2:44 Fri Jun 5
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ted fenton 1:45 Fri Jun 5
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bill green 12:49 Fri Jun 5

bill green 12:49 Fri Jun 5
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Thanks Alan 12:15 Fri Jun 5

Thanks Alan 12:15 Fri Jun 5
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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