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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 10:09 Wed Jun 17
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United have made contact with Willian's representatives to negotiate a free transfer for the 31-year-old Brazil forward, who is out of contract at Chelsea this summer. (France Football - in French)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has opened talks with former club Napoli over 29-year-old Portuguese midfielder Allan. (Express)

Ancelotti has also made an attempt to sign 35-year-old Paris St-Germain and Brazil defender Thiago Silva on a free transfer, once his contract ends this summer. (Express)

Gareth Bale's relationship with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reached the point of no return, but the 30-year-old Wales forward remains happy in the Spanish capital. (Marca)

Jadon Sancho's future at Borussia Dortmund remains uncertain after head coach Lucien Favre admitted the 20-year-old English forward was among players that could leave this summer. (Sky Sports)

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann insists Timo Werner, 24, is still in his side's plans for their Champions League campaign, despite the German forward having agreed a deal with Chelsea. (Mirror)

Leicester City have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Lyon's 23-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele. (France Football, via Leicestershire Live)

Chelsea have been boosted in their pursuit of Kai Havertz with Bayer Leverkusen saying they will not 'block' his exit, after the 21-year-old German midfielder said he wanted a new challenge. (Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger - in German)

Salary caps could be introduced in the EFL with clubs voting to reduce the threshold required to change financial rules. (Mail)


Meet the young Irons: Dan Chesters

Last week, seven promising Academy of Football scholars put pen to paper on their first professional contracts in football.

The youngsters, who have all impressed at Under-18s level under Lead Coach Kevin Keen this season, will further their dreams of following in the footsteps of the likes of Nathan Holland, Ben Johnson and Declan Rice and, one day, appearing for West Ham United’s first team.

Amongst their ranks was versatile midfielder Dan Chesters, an 18-year-old playmaker acclaimed for his creativity and vision on the ball – and his sheer tenacity off it.

“I was absolutely buzzing to sign my first professional contract,” Chesters told whufc.com. “I’ve wanted this most of my life, so I’m proud of myself. I have to thank my family for taking me everywhere when I was little and for all of their support.

“I’d also like to thank all the coaches, staff and players here. If I didn’t have them all, I don’t think I’d be where I am today. They’ve just always told me to play with my heart, give a hundred per cent every game and do everything properly.

“Also, even though he’s not here anymore, my old coach Jack Collison’s always been really good to me. He always took me under his wing and tried to help me in life. I’ve always looked up to him.”

A softly spoken young footballer who does most of his talking on the pitch, Chesters’ professional contract came at the culmination of a productive two-year scholarship.

Before signing that initially, however, Chesters had impressed sufficiently to make his U23s debut as a 15-year-old in a Premier League 2 fixture with Liverpool in February 2018 – where he came face to face with one of England’s great modern footballers.

“I first joined West Ham when I was eight-years-old,” Chesters explained. “Ever since then, I’ve had the time of my life. I think playing for West Ham is just a real privilege and I just love every moment of it.

“My highlight has probably been making my U23s debut against Liverpool. There were ten minutes to go and I felt like I was going to get on. I put my shin pads on and was just getting ready, and then [coach] Liam Manning finally called me over and sent me on.

“I was just so excited. I got on the pitch and had a ten-minute run-out – and it was in front of Steven Gerrard! Oddly enough, though, I’d also made my U18s debut in front of him at Little Heath that same season!”

Chesters has enjoyed a fine 2019/20 season with both Keen’s U18s – with whom he recorded one goal and four assists in eleven league games – and also the Hammers’ U23s outfit, where he registered his first Premier League 2 assist inside four league appearances.

Prior to the early curtailment of the Academy Games Programme due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, both teams were chasing their respective league titles – and Chesters was relishing the opportunity to play his part.

“I feel like I’ve done pretty well,” Chesters said. “At the start of the season I picked up a couple of injuries, dislocating my toe and stuff. I found it hard to get back into it, but once I did, I thought I had a really good season overall.

“With the Under-18s, the team have been doing really well. It was unfortunate we didn’t have the chance to see if we could win the league, because the season finished early, but also being with the Under-23s, it’s been really beneficial to sometimes be involved and get chances on the pitch.”

As for when it is deemed safe for Academy football to return next season, Chesters has high hopes that he can draw inspiration from the likes of Holland, Johnson and Rice, and push himself onto the next level.

“I just can’t wait to get back to training! I’ve been so bored during lockdown,” he smiled.

“This season definitely shows that West Ham are giving their youngsters a chance, but when you’re given that chance, I know that you have to take it. Even when you go over and train with the first team, you have to be confident and show what you’ve got.

“I want to stay injury-free as much as I can and really kick on. The dream is to be involved in the first team if I can in any way - I just want to play in the Premier League one day!”


Premier League restart preview No 19: West Ham

There were flashes of positivity leading up to lockdown and David Moyes’ side should have too much quality to go down

Jacob Steinberg

What was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? Tense at best, volatile at worst. Supporters were protesting against an increasingly unpopular board and another season at the London Stadium had descended into a relegation battle. Yet there were flashes of positivity in the weeks before lockdown. Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek had impressed after joining in January and there were signs that David Moyes, who replaced Manuel Pellegrini in December after a torrid run of form, was making his presence felt.

Admittedly the improvement came out of the blue. The mood was low after a calamitous 3-3 home draw with Brighton on 1 February but Moyes found a better balance as the weeks progressed and his side crept out of the bottom three thanks to a 3-1 win over Southampton at the end of the month. Bowen scored his first goal for the club, Sébastien Haller and Michail Antonio dazzled up front and West Ham looked dangerous in their last league outing, even though it ended in an unfortunate 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.

What about now? Nervy given that 16th-placed West Ham are only above Watford and Bournemouth on goal difference and were concerned about the financial consequences of relegation even in pre-pandemic times. Staying in the top flight is vital after the move to the London Stadium and Moyes could have done without Jeremy Ngakia, who did well at right-back after being handed his debut in January, deciding to leave on a free at the end of the month. The 19-year-old is out of contract on 30 June and is not even considering a short-term extension, infuriating Moyes. “We are really surprised and disappointed that Jeremy is not going to stay at West Ham,” the manager said last week. Still, at least Jack Wilshere is fit after recovering from a hernia operation. Wilshere has struggled with injuries since joining West Ham in 2018 and the former Arsenal and England midfielder, who has a year left on his deal, has been handed a chance to remind Moyes of his worth thanks to the unexpected break.

What needs to be done for a successful end to the season? Moyes is focused on improving his side’s defensive shape. He wants clean sheets and needs a settled back four. Ryan Fredericks needs to knuckle down at right-back, while Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop must ensure there are no costly lapses of concentration in central defence. West Ham have been too open this season and there will be pressure on Declan Rice to shield the back four – a job made easier by the arrival of Soucek. There is talent in this squad and there are attacking options. Bowen is dangerous cutting in from the left, Pablo Fornals is improving and defenders will not enjoy playing against the physicality of Haller and Antonio.

Have the players and staff behaved during lockdown? Moyes could have done without Rice having a kickabout with Chelsea’s Mason Mount on 15 March.

Any unsung/community heroes? Moyes spent part of lockdown delivering fruit and vegetables for his local food shop. “There was a thing up in the window that said drivers needed,” the Scot said in April. “I volunteered to do it as my wife was away at the time and I was on my own. So I became a fruit and veg driver.”

Key player in the run-in? Antonio only has two goals this season but West Ham are never quite as threatening without his pace and strength. The attack lacked oomph when the forward was out for three months after a hamstring operation in August. The problem is that his hamstrings are very unreliable.

End-of-season-prediction The margins remain fine but West Ham should have enough talent to stay up. While they still have to face Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Wolves, their rivals have tougher run-ins. Home games against Burnley, Watford and Aston Villa are likely to be pivotal.

Remaining fixtures (all times BST): Sat 20 June Wolves (h) – 5.30pm, Sky Sports Tues 23 June Tottenham (a) – 8.15pm, Sky Sports Weds 1 July Chelsea (h) – 8.15pm, Sky Sports TBC Newcastle (a), Burnley (h), Norwich (a), Watford (h), Manchester United (a), Aston Villa (h)


West Ham and Crystal Palace among Premier League sides interested in Guimaraes right-back Falaye Sacko

Falaye Sacko has impressed for Guimaraes so far this season in Portugal
West Ham and Crystal Palace are among the Premier League sides interested
Hammers and Palace have already been in contact with Sacko’s advisors


Crystal Palace and West Ham have both made contact with Falaye Sacko's representatives

Guimaraes defender Falaye Sacko is emerging as a target for a number of Premier League teams ahead of next season.

The right-back has impressed in Portugal this season and is understood to be attracting interest from West Ham and Crystal Palace.

But the Premier League duo will face competition from the Bundesliga while French side Rennes are also interested.

It is understood the Hammers and Palace have already been in contact with Sacko’s advisors Spartacus Management regarding a move to London.

Sacko, 25, has been a regular for Guimaraes and featured in their Europa League campaign.

But the Mali international could be set for a move this summer with a move to England a growing possibility.

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West Ham keen on signing this 23-year-old Championship star – A good move to add quality?

Joe Worrall of Nottingham Forest reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest at Ewood Park on October 01, 2019 in Blackburn, England. (Getty Images)

Why West Ham should make a move for Joe Worrall

According to Nottinghamshire Live, West Ham are planning a summer swoop for Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall.

The 23-year-old centre-back has established himself as Forest’s first-choice defender this term, following an impressive loan spell with Rangers last season.

Worrall has been crucial in Forest’s pursuit of the Championship play-offs this season and has become a regular feature in Sabri Lamouchi’s side, featuring in all of their 37 league games so far. Despite being a defender, Worrall has also contributed to his side with one goal and three assists in the process. This gives a clear indication of his attacking abilities.

The Nigel Doughty academy product has managed an impressive 13 clean sheets in the Championship, making him a key player within the squad. Despite being young, Worrall has made 95 appearances for Forest across all competitions. His performances haven’t gone unnoticed with Premier League side West Ham now hot on his trail.
Worrall can offer West Ham strength in their defence

West Ham boss David Moyes is planning to bolster his squad ahead of next season. He is keen on landing a young and upcoming talent like Worrall, the report claims.

The Hammers have had a difficult campaign in the Premier League so far and are fighting for their survival in the top-flight. They East-London side are just two spots above the relegation zone, having conceded 50 goals from 29 league outings.

The centre-back partnership involving youngster Issa Diop and veteran Angelo Ogbonna has been hugely inconsistent this season that has seen West Ham suffer a dip in the rankings.

Moreover, Ogbonna turned 32 last month and is clearly not in the prime of his career anymore. West Ham also have Fabian Valbuena and Goncalo Cardoso as a back-up but the former has been far from impressive, managing just 13 league appearances this season.

Summer signing Cardoso, on the other hand, is yet to feature for them and lacks experience. Considering all this, a move for a rising talent like Worrall seems like a wise decision by the Hammers.

They should rope in Worrall, who has been excelling with his solid and consistent displays at the back for the Championship outfit.


Apart from Ogbonna and Diop, it is clear that West Ham lack an established defender in their side. Signing Worrall will only make them stronger. It will also offer manager Moyes an extra option next season. Having proved himself consistently for Forest and Rangers, Worrall is not short of experience and would be a great fit at the London Stadium.

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geoffpikey 4:33 Wed Jun 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

All those mentions of Holland on the OS's Dan Chesters story doesn't really tally with the suggestion we're looking to offload Holland, does it? Just an observation.

Mex Martillo 4:28 Wed Jun 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 10:26 Wed Jun 17

BillyJenningsBoots 3:34 Wed Jun 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Live = love

BillyJenningsBoots 3:34 Wed Jun 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan...

Live this reporting..

"Despite being a defender, Worrall has also contributed to his side with one goal and three assists in the process. This gives a clear indication of his attacking abilities."

No it doesn't it gives a clear indication that he goes up for corners!!!

Texas Iron 3:31 Wed Jun 17
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COOL HAND LUKE 2:19 Wed Jun 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

He'll excel at our place then... Nolan will teach him everything there is to know about 'Pointing with Authority'...

Moncurs Putting Iron 1:54 Wed Jun 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Moyes likes a pointy player.

Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:27 Wed Jun 17
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blueeyed.goaldefender 11:04 Wed Jun 17

blueeyed.handsomeman 11:04 Wed Jun 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven, 1026 wednesday 17th june 2020

Sven Roeder 10:26 Wed Jun 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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