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 12:02 Sun Jun 7
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool have enquired about Wolves' Spanish winger Adama Traore, 24. (Sunday Mirror)

Real Madrid have made an 80m euro (£71m) bid for Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz and would allow the 20-year-old Germany midfielder to stay at his current club next season before moving to the Bernabeu. (ESPN via Bild)

Manchester United have revived their interest in Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 23. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Aston Villa and England midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, has pushed ahead of international team-mate and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, 20, as Manchester United's number one summer transfer target. (Sunday Mirror)

Chelsea will listen to offers for several players following the expected arrivals of Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 27, from Ajax and Germany striker Timo Werner, 24, from RB Leipzig this summer. (Daily Star Sunday)

Red Bull Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has denied Chelsea have met Werner's £53m release clause, saying no club has "sent us a transfer contract". (Sky Sports Germany via Metro)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has described Havertz and Werner as "great" players but said the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic complicated a possible signing. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona have opened new contract talks with captain and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 32, and Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 28. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United could offer Wales winger Daniel James, 22, a new deal - before loaning him out next season. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United and Chelsea target Federico Chiesa has been told he can leave Fiorentina. The club's owner says the 22-year-old Italy winger can leave "for the figure we set". (Football Italia)

Everton are leading the race to sign 25-year-old Juventus and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who was given his debut at former club Paris St-Germain by Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti in 2012. (Tuttosport via Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea face competition from at least seven clubs in their attempt to sign England left-back Ben Chilwell from Leicester, who are under no pressure to sell the 23-year-old. (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham are the front runners to sign Chelsea and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 26. (Sunday Express)

Arsenal and Wolves are interested in 25-year-old Italy defender Daniele Rugani, who has struggled for first-team football at Juventus under manager Maurizio Sarri.(Tuttosport via Mail on Sunday)

Wolves are lining up a move to sign Paris St-Germain and Senegal's 30-year-old midfielder Idrissa Gueye. (Sunday Express)

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman turned down the chance to manage Barcelona in January to keep his word to the Netherlands national team. (AS)

Bournemouth will make a £5m move for Porto B's Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira, 20. (Sun on Sunday)


Chelsea set Michy Batshuayi asking price as West Ham lead transfer race - EXCLUSIVE

Chelsea are set to dump Michy Batshuayi after agreeing a contract with RB Leipzig hotshot Timo Werner.

By Neil Fissler

West Ham have emerged as the early front runners in the battle to land Michy Batshuayi who is now surplus to requirements at Chelsea.

The Belgium international is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer with Frank Lampard set to seal a deal for RB Leipzig hit-man Timo Werner.

Lampard is ready to off-load several players as he looks to make changes to his playing squad.

Batshuayi, 26, has struggled in to hold down a regular first place in West London since his £33million move from Marseille four years ago.

Despite scoring 25 times in 77 games for the Blues he has always been down the pecking order and has had loan spells at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.

Ironically the Hammers were the favourites to land Batshuayi when he left France before the South East London made an offer could have them as competition once again.

The Eagles have enquired about signing him again but aren’t prepared to match the £40million that Chelsea have placed on his head.

While he is one of several players that Newcastle United have looked at signing as soon as the Saudi Arabia-funded sale is completed.

Batshuayi has scored 25 goals in 77 appearances for Chelsea

The Blues have agreed a £200,000-a-week contract with Werner, who has a £49m release clause in his current deal.

The Germany international was a target for Liverpool before the Premier League leaders cooled their interest for financial reasons.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich also held a tentative interest.

Werner is set to be Chelsea's second signing of the summer after Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.


Report: Royals striker on Moyes radar

West Ham has reportedly joined the race to sign Reading striker Danny Loader as he rapidly approaches the end of his contract this month in Berkshire.

The 19-year-old is reportedly a target for a number of Premier League clubs including Manchester United and saw a Deadline Day move to Wolves collapse last summer, when Reading pulled the plug on a deal. ITK EXWHUEmployee claims that Loader is now on David Moyes radar this summer.

After the move to Wolves collapsed back in the summer, Loader left the door open for a transfer to the top-flight after confirming his ambition to play at the highest level.

“Everyone knows a Premier League club tried to sign me in the transfer window, but it wasn’t to be. I’m very ambitious, my dream is to play on the biggest stage and you never know when these opportunities will come around again,” he said.

Loader made his debut for Reading at the age of just 16 during Jaap Stam’s spell in charge at the Madejski Stadium and made 21 league appearances last term, scoring his first senior goal against Middlesbrough.


West Ham's Jeremy Ngakia will not sign deal to see out Premier League season

Right-back turns down extension to deal that runs out 30 June
Ngakia started last three games before season halted

Jacob Steinberg

Jeremy Ngakia has refused to consider a short-term extension to his contract at West Ham and is unlikely to play a part in their battle against relegation when the season resumes, underlining the potential complications for Premier League clubs with players on deals that expire on 30 June.

West Ham were dismayed when Ngakia turned down a new deal last month, believed to be worth £5,000 a week, and are resigned to losing the young right-back on a free. The 19-year-old impressed after his senior debut in January, starting the final three games before the season was suspended, but it appears his mind is made up. Attempts to change the academy graduate’s mind have fallen on deaf ears, leaving West Ham to contemplate the likelihood that a player who has established himself in David Moyes’s side will walk out with seven games left.

It is not a unique dilemma given that out-of-contract players have been one of the main sticking points in discussions about Project Restart. Clubs have until 23 June to negotiate extensions, and Ngakia’s stance shows there are no guarantees players will agree to see out the season with their current employers.

What of the player who has lined up a move and does not want to get injured? Some agents have expressed that view privately, while others think there is a duty to play on. There is an opportunity for a bit of extra pay, though it has been pointed out that players could ask for exorbitant sums to stick around for a few weeks.

The situation is more pronounced in the Football League, where Charlton have said three players have opted not to play, but some top-flight deals remain unsigned. Whereas Chelsea have agreed one-year extensions with Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero, there has been no breakthrough with Willian or Pedro, who is likely to join Roma on a free. Willian has had a decent season and although there is no chance of Chelsea bowing to his demands for a three-year deal, Frank Lampard will not want to lose the Brazilian before the campaign is done.

No case is the same. There will be clubs who want to get a player off the books as soon as possible. Bournemouth have decided to release Jordon Ibe, but Eddie Howe needs to keep Ryan Fraser beyond 30 June. Will Tottenhamkeep Jan Vertonghen and Liverpool Adam Lallana until the end of July?

West Ham are 16th, above 18th-placed Bournemouth only on goal difference, and already have a headache. Although Ben Johnson is regarded as a better prospect than Ngakia, he was injured when his rival got in the team. Ryan Fredericks’ injury gave Ngakia a chance to show he was a more reliable option at right-back than the ageing Pablo Zabaleta but he sees his future elsewhere and West Ham, whose only two games this month are Wolves at home on 20 June and Spurs away three days later, will need to adjust their back four.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

blueeyed.handsomeman 10:39 Mon Jun 8
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankYou Alan

ted fenton 8:52 Sun Jun 7
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Mex Martillo 5:38 Sun Jun 7

Bernie 5:44 Sun Jun 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Batshuayi for £40m.....!


Mex Martillo 5:38 Sun Jun 7
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Sven Roeder 12:17 Sun Jun 7

The_Phantom 4:23 Sun Jun 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Batshit ...no thanks.


Barty 2:12 Sun Jun 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Batshit has disrespected West Ham once therefore he should not be considered

geoffpikey 1:58 Sun Jun 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Exactly what Sven says re Batshit. Why keep asking (and at £40m!!!) when he's not interested? He's exactly what we should AVOID. It's probably a horsecrap rumour anyway. Chelsea just need to get rid.

Alan 1:33 Sun Jun 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Watkins is apparently dreaming of joining Arsenal.

Sven Roeder 1:30 Sun Jun 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Think Batshuyai has turned us down more times than Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Embarrassing to be showing interest again
Someone like Ollie Watkins of Brentford is a more realistic target.

Texas Iron 1:22 Sun Jun 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)


Alan 1:22 Sun Jun 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ngakia story added.

Sven Roeder 12:17 Sun Jun 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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