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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 10:33 Wed Jun 10
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea believe Borussia Dortmund's England forward Jadon Sancho, 20, will join Manchester United so have switched their attention to Bayer Leverkusen and Germany attacking midfielder Kai Havertz. (ESPN)

The Blues have made contact with the German Bundesliga club about signing 20-year-old Havertz, while Brentford's winger Said Benrahma is also on the Chelsea shortlist. (Guardian)

Aston Villa are long-time admirers of 24-year-old Algeria international Benrahma and will try to sign him - if they avoid relegation from the Premier League. (The Athletic)

Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva wants to stay in Europe after being told his Paris St-Germain contract will not be renewed, and believes he can play at a top club for at least two more seasons. (ESPN)

Five English clubs - Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves - are keen on signing the 35-year-old PSG skipper. (90 Minutes)

Arsenal are hopeful their relationship with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's father - who is also the 30-year-old's agent - will help them agree a new contract with the Gunners' club captain. (Telegraph)

Leicester City have lined up Ajax and Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, 27, as a possible replacement for England international Ben Chilwell, who is being linked with Chelsea and Manchester City. (Mirror)

Manchester United are not willing to let Wales winger Daniel James, 22, leave the club on loan - even if they do sign England international Sancho. (Manchester Evening News)

RB Leipzig would rather sell 21-year-old French defender Dayot Upamecano, who has been linked with Arsenal, than lose him on a free transfer when his contract expires in June 2021. (Bild)

Paris St-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye says he has no intention of leaving, despite the French champions appearing open to the 30-year-old Senegal international's departure. He has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Wolves and former club Everton interested. (Le10Sport)

Southampton are unlikely to accept less than £35m for skipper Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. The 24-year-old Denmark midfielder is a target for Everton and Tottenham. (Evening Standard)

Spanish giants Barcelona have until 7 July to meet the 110m euro (£98m) release clause for Inter Milan and Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez before it expires. (Sky Sports)


Provisional dates of six remaining fixtures revealed

Provisional dates have been set for West Ham final six fixtures of the 2019/20 Premier League season, all of which are subject to change for live television coverage.

Provisionally, West Ham will travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United on Saturday 4 July.

Using the first Saturday as a template that could mean a kick off time of 12.30 pm, 3 pm, 5.30 pm or 7.45 pm

West Ham will then host Burnley at the London Stadium on Wednesday 8th July with a kick-off time of either 6 pm or 8.15 pm

Saturday 11th July will see the Hammers make the away trip to Norwich City which again could mean a kick-off time of 12.30 pm, 3 pm, 5.30 pm or 7.45 pm

West Ham then hosts Watford at the London Stadium on Wednesday 15th July with a kick-off time of either 6 pm or 8.15 pm

The Hammers will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in their final away game of the season on Saturday 18 July, but this match would be moved to the following midweek if the Red Devils reach the FA Cup semi-finals. If it remains a Saturday expect a kick-off of 12.30 pm, 3 pm, 5.30 pm or 7.45 pm. A mid-week evening game would be played at 6 pm or 8.15 pm

The season will conclude on Sunday 26 July, when Aston Villa will be the visitors to London Stadium. Previous Sundays have kicked off at 2 pm, 4.30 pm or 7 pm

Prior to those final half-dozen matches, West Ham will resume Premier League action with three matches that will be broadcast live in the UK by Sky Sports.

On Saturday 20th June, Wolverhampton Wanderers will be the visitors to London Stadium for a 5.30 pm kick-off, followed by a trip to Spurs Tuesday 23 June and a home game with Chelsea on Wednesday 1at July, both kicking-off at 8.15pm.

The Football Association is discussing proposals to move the summer transfer window.

The window in England was scheduled to open on June 18th but that is not expected to go ahead and is expected to open 24 hours after the Premier League finished on 27th July.

Some European leagues, such as Serie A, have already finalised their window, with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) setting the dates between September 1st to 5th October.

FIFA are set to provide guidance on the parameters between which new windows can be set, and it will then be down to individual football associations to finalise specific dates.

The FA is also consulting with other associations across Europe and there is said to be some consensus over a deadline of Friday, October 2nd.

The Premier League and EFL are yet to discuss the transfer window or formally vote on it but the decision would require the approval of 14 votes in the Premier LEague and a simple majority in the Championship and Leagues one and two.


Seven Academy scholars sign professional contracts

Seven of West Ham United’s Academy scholars have opened exciting new chapters in their careers after signing their first professional contracts with the Club.

Putting pen to paper on their new deals this week are midfielder Keenan Appiah-Forson; defender Harrison Ashby; defender Sam Caiger; midfielder Dan Chesters; defender Will Greenidge; goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu; and defender and regular Under-18s captain, Joshua Okotcha.

The young Hammers have all enjoyed strong campaigns for the U18s in 2019/20, helping Kevin Keen’s side finish second in U18 Premier League South, prior to the season’s early conclusion.

Additionally, each of the seven Scholars have made regular appearances in U23s matchday squads, accumulating 27 appearances between them for Dmitri Halajko’s league-leading side.

On the international stage, full-back Ashby made his first four appearances for Scotland’s U19s side, while shot-stopper Jinadu completed three games for Nigeria U17s at the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup.

The seven youngsters will now look forward to furthering their development at the Academy of Football, once training resumes at Chadwell Heath in due and safe course.

U18s Lead Coach Keen offered his own assessment on the seven new professionals:

“Keenan Appiah-Forson is a fantastic talent. He’s a tenacious, hard-working holding midfielder, and a real team player.

“Harrison Ashby is a really talented Scottish youth international, who also played quite a few games for the U23s this season. Mainly at right-back, he’s very attack-minded and athletic, and scored a fantastic goal in our last U18s game of the season. He’s a really good prospect.

“Sam Caiger has had to work incredibly hard this year to earn his contract. He spent more or less the whole of the first year of his scholarship recovering from injury but got himself back to fitness to gradually become one of the first names on the team-sheet. He’s a full-back, can play on the right or left, likes to attack, and reads the game really well. He’s got a really bright future ahead of him.

“Dan Chesters is the type of player that West Ham fans associate with the Club. He’s a very creative, quick, attacking midfield player, but also has the ability to be tenacious and win the ball back for the team. He’s one to look out for.

“Will Greenidge played all but one game in the youth team last year. He was probably our most consistent performer throughout the season, playing at right-back and left-back. He gets up and down the pitch and is a very steady presence.

“Daniel Jinadu has spent a lot of time training with the U23s this season. He came in and played five U18s games in goal, including saving a penalty against Aston Villa in December. He’s a very consistent, hard-working and intelligent goalkeeper.

“Joshua Okotcha was the U18s captain last year. He’s someone who is always extremely conscientious of working on his game and getting better. He’s a good, big, strong central defender, and I look forward to seeing how far he can progress in the future.”

On the announcement, Academy Manager Ricky Martin said: “This is a tremendous achievement. All our young players aspire to be offered a professional contract, and these players have all deservedly been rewarded for their efforts and development to date.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kevin Keen, Mark Phillips and Billy Lepine, the three coaches for the U18s who have worked with these players all season and given them all the support and guidance they’ve required.

“These players are still progressing, and fully deserve the opportunity to move into the next stage of their development with the U23s squad. They have shown resilience, determination and dedication so far, so as long as they keep those traits up, they will give themselves every opportunity to progress further in the future.”


West Ham planning summer raid of Midlands outfit, two players targeted

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David Moyes is planning a summer raid of Nottingham Forest with both Matty Cash and Joe Worrall on West Ham United’s radar, according to the Mirror.

It seems that the Hammers have a plan in place. Too often over the years, their recruitment has looked ill-thought out and scattergun at best – but that could soon change.

The London giants bought Jarrod Bowen from Hull City in January and he could be just the first in a whole host of second-tier talent who end up wearing claret and blue.

As the Daily Star points out, Moyes is looking to bring the most exciting footballers in the Championship to West Ham with Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins having been linked recently.

And, according to The Mirror, a pair of Nottingham Forest defenders are also on the radar of the former Manchester United boss.

West Ham’s interest in Cash is nothing new, they were linked heavily in January of course, but the winger-turned-right-back is in their sights again with the summer window creaking open.

The Slough-born flyer is just one of a whole host of right-backs who have been tipped to join West Ham, with Pablo Zabaleta’s imminent retirement forcing the Londoners to dip into the market.

The report adds that another Nottingham Forest academy graduate, influential centre-half Worrall, is also a target.

Though landing a towering and commanding figure, who has often worn the captain’s armband for Forest, will be easier said than done – especially if Sabri Lamouchi’s team are promoted to the Premier League.


Hammers hold “positive” talks on contract extension

West Ham are in discussions with veteran defender Pablo Zabaleta to sign an extended deal for the rest of the season.

The Irons have seen Jeremy Ngakia decide to quit the club and it had been thought that the Argentine right back may decide to move on before the start of the resumed campaign

With Ngakia on his way it looked likely that we would be relying on Ryan Fredericks and Ben Johnson to cover the right back position.

But David Moyes is keen to hold on to Zaba given the pressure that will be on a squad playing so many games in such a short space of time.

And the club is now hopeful that the 35 year old will make himself before his planned premier League retirement.

A club source told us that they were hopeful the deal would done declaring: “We are in discussions and they are positive.”

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geoffpikey 5:02 Wed Jun 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Oh, sorry. You already told us that. *Sends self off.

geoffpikey 5:01 Wed Jun 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Plenty of gossipy websites suggesting we're interested in Thiago Silva... Along with Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle, Wolves...

Texas Iron 3:47 Wed Jun 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Alan 1:30 Wed Jun 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Forest raid and Academy stories added.

Thanks Alan 12:19 Wed Jun 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
blueeyed.handsomeman 12:10 Wed Jun 10

blueeyed.handsomeman 12:10 Wed Jun 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Happy, 10;37, wednesday 10th june 2020

happygilmore 10:37 Wed Jun 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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