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 1:18 Sat Jun 6
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United have prioritised the signing of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, 24, this summer - but could change their plans if Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz becomes available. (Manchester Evening News)

However, Bayern Munich believe they are close to beating United - and a host of other leading European clubs - to the 20-year-old forward's signature. (Independent)

Leicester City are "relaxed" about Chelsea's pursuit of left-back Ben Chilwell, believing qualifying for next season's Champions League would put them in a strong position to keep the England international. (Leicester Mercury)

And the Foxes would demand at least £60m for 23-year-old Chilwell. (Guardian)

Liverpool could challenge Manchester United and Real Madrid in trying to sign England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, from Borussia Dortmund. (Independent)

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane will sign a five-year contract with Bayern Munich. But the 24-year-old Germany international will not become the highest-paid player at the German champions. (Bild)

Everton are ready to make a move for Paris St-Germain captain Thiago Silva, whose contract is set to expire at the end of June. The 35-year-old Brazil international's former club AC Milan are also interested. (Le10Sport - in French)

Arsenal are interested in Norwich City right-back Max Aarons, 20, but are not willing to pay the £30m asking price. (Goal, via Norwich Evening News)

Manchester City have made a tentative enquiry to Barcelona about right-back Sergi Roberto. But the 28-year-old Spain international will only leave the Nou Camp if they tell him he can go. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff, 20, is likely to end up at Premier League rivals Watford if he signs for Italian club Udinese, with both clubs owned by the Pozzo family. (Watford Observer)

Belgium forward Dries Mertens, 33, is set to sign a new contract at Napoli, despite interest from Chelsea and Inter Milan. (Sky Sport Italia, via Mail)

Inter Milan would only consider selling 25-year-old Slovakia centre-back Milan Skriniar, who has been linked to Manchester City, if they received an offer over €80m (£71m). (Tuttosport, via Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United have opened negotiations with Argentine side Velez Sarsfield to sign 19-year-old midfielder Thiago Almada, who has a £20m release clause and has also been linked with Arsenal. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Manchester City and Chelsea are both interested in signing French midfielder Houssem Aouar from Lyon, who want £45m for the 21-year-old. (ESPN)

Premier League strugglers Aston Villa and Championship promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion are set to face each other in a training match as part of their preparations for the season restarting. (Mail)


Fans will get 360° replays, celebration cameras and behind-the-scenes action as Premier League gears up for return

Exclusive Karren Brady

IT’S now time to focus on restarting the season, something all 20 clubs in the PL have been keen to do, kicking off on June 17 and finishing on July 25.

Well, firstly, the 20 Premier League clubs have agreed to temporary changes to the rules relating to substitute players.

For the remainder of the 2019-20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players and we agreed to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench from seven to nine players.

Rule L19, which requires clubs to field a full-strength team in every league match, remains in place to protect the integrity of the competition and ensure fairness to all clubs.

And we are now in the process of agreeing the matchday protocols, which will include everything from zoning the stadium into red, amber and green zones.

RED ZONE will be the most severely restricted area, including the pitch, the tunnel, technical areas, changing rooms will be limited to 105 people maximum, to include players, coaching staff, match officials and all the essential staff only.

And only those who have tested negative for Covid-19 in the past five days can enter this area.

We will be creating a Clinical Passport System for those who will need to have access to the Red Zone.

The AMBER ZONE will be restricted to the minimum number of staff required to meet contractual requirements for broadcasting, media and club staff.

This area includes all interior areas within the stadium and anyone entering this area will be subject to a temperature check and a health questionnaire.

And the GREEN ZONE is the stadium exterior, eg car parking.

In all areas, social distancing needs to be observed and a series of one-way systems and other procedures need to be incorporated to ensure that it is.

This includes in the dressing room (save for 15 minutes for the pre-match tactical talk by the manager) and the showers.

A new strict accreditation process will be developed, including an isolation room should someone unfortunately develop symptoms of Covid-19 whilst within the stadium.

We also have to ensure players refrain from spitting and everything must be disinfected, including the corner flags and match balls.

There can be no sharing of drinks and no hand shaking.


As the games will be behind closed doors, the PL have done a fantastic job working with the broadcasters to enhance the match-day experience for viewers.

The PL clubs approved a new rule that will see the lower-tier seats at all 20 stadiums covered.

This will help with acoustics and feature clubs’ insignia and fan representation and will be centrally sourced by the PL and installed by them into our 20 stadiums.

Supporters watching from home will get a 360-degree replay of the action, crowd noise (if they want that) and fan walls.

New cameras in the tunnel (without audio) will help supporters see the build-up to the match and the coin-toss will also be filmed.

There will also be a celebration camera and no doubt players will be working out how to use that if they have to socially distance!

And, a lovely touch, all players shirts will feature the NHS on the front of their playing kits.

So we are in good shape. We are ready. We are raring to go.

Football London

West Ham's problem position and how David Moyes may rectify it in the transfer market

David Moyes will be looking to strengthen his West Ham United side when the transfer window re-opens - football.london takes a look at possible left-back options for the Hammers boss

By Matthew Gault

Over the last year, West Ham United have spent big in their quest to rejuvenate their squad.

The Hammers secured Sebastien Haller in a club-record deal and made eye-catching acquisitions in the form of Villarreal playmaker Pablo Fornals and Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen.

What they have not done, however, is invest in a new left-back. While Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku have battled for the position, there is a feeling that David Moyes must add a left-sided defender if West Ham are to re-establish themselves as contenders for European football.

Here, football.london looks at five possible candidates to solve the club’s left-back issue.

Philipp Max (Augsburg)

While Max never quite made it at either Bayern Munich or Schalke, he has forged a reputation as one of the Bundesliga’s most reliable left-backs at Augsburg.

The 26-year-old is a very attractive prospect. Capable of playing in a back three or four, or further up as a winger, Max is a hugely productive attacker, with 12 goal involvements this term (seven goals, five assists).

Practically ever-present in the Augsburg side, Max has averaged 1.8 key passes per game this season per WhoScored.
Crucially, though, he is a solid operator at the back, succeeding in 68 per cent of his tackles while making 19 interceptions.

Approaching his peak years, landing Max would be a shrewd piece of business for the Hammers.

Layvin Kurzawa (PSG, soon-to-be free agent)

The 27-year-old Frenchman, whose contract with Paris Saint-Germain will expire at the end of this month, has been heavily featured in the transfer columns recently, with Inter, Chelsea and Arsenal all having been linked.

However, Kurzawa’s driving ambition is to play regular first-team football, which he is most likely to achieve at West Ham.

While Kurzawa would be a free agent, his wage demands could prove a stumbling block – as per FC Inter News, the full-back will ask for a salary £5.2million, which is roughly £100,000-a-week.

Should the player agree to a pay-cut, West Ham would inherit a skilful, attack-minded left-back with more than 20 Champions League appearances under his belt.
While he is prone to the odd lapse in concentration at the back, Kurzawa would bring an impressive pedigree to the Hammers back-line and provide stiff competition for both Cresswell and Masuaku.

Alex Moreno (Real Betis)

Another left-back whose stock has risen in recent years, Moreno has attracted interest following an impressive first season at Real Betis.

The 26-year-old, who joined Betis from Rayo Vallecano last summer, is another creative full-back having notched four assists in 23 La Liga appearances this term.

A willing runner, Moreno averages 1.6 dribbles per game, per WhoScored , and could offer that injection of pace that Cresswell can no longer provide.
Moreno has been found wanting defensively at times this season, however, most notably when his error led to Angel Correa scoring as Betis lost 2-1 at home to Atletico Madrid.

While far from unflappable, Moreno remains an intriguing, on-the-rise left-back who could offer a long-term solution for Moyes.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City)

Should Moyes favour a player with Premier League experience, Zinchenko is an interesting, realistic option for the Hammers.

Still only 23, the Ukranian’s future at Manchester City is far from certain after an inconsistent season under Pep Guardiola.

Should Benjamin Mendy maintain full fitness, Zinchenko will face stiff competition from the Frenchman, while the possible return of Angelino from his loan spell at RB Leipzig could further complicate the picture.

An excellent passer and an avid tackler (2.3 per game according to WhoScored), Zinchenko has the potential to become one of the Premier League’s most accomplished left-backs.

If City decide to invest in another left-back, Zinchenko could breathe new life into his top-flight career at the London Stadium.

Jamal Lewis (Norwich City)

Should Norwich City, as expected, drop back down into the Championship, the Canaries will brace themselves for enquiries about several of their players.
They include Jamal Lewis, who has clocked up 83 Norwich appearances at the tender age of 22.

An adventurous left-back with pace, agility and an eye for a cross, while Lewis has improvements to make, he has already demonstrated his ability to perform at the highest level, having scored the winner against Leicester City before starring in the Canaries’ FA Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur before the season’s suspension.

With a bright future, Norwich may have to reluctantly part company with the Northern Ireland international if they fail to avoid the drop, a development from which West Ham could profit.

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blueeyed.handsomeman 10:42 Mon Jun 8
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankYou Alan

eusebiovic 6:59 Sat Jun 6
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Didn't Narwich used to be our unofficial feeder club for a while?

Texas Iron 4:24 Sat Jun 6
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ted fenton 3:05 Sat Jun 6
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Mex Martillo 2:00 Sat Jun 6

the exile 2:28 Sat Jun 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I would say RB is more of an issue than LB.

Mex Martillo 2:00 Sat Jun 6
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Thanks Alan 1:26 Sat Jun 6

Thanks Alan 1:26 Sat Jun 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Sven Roeder 1:22 Sat Jun 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Karren, We are RARING for you to go too.

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