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 1:38 Sat Jul 25
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are interested in signing France and Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman, 24. (Athletic - subscription required)

Napoli have agreed an initial 60m euro (£54.6m) fee with French club Lille for Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 21. (Guardian)

Everton and Leeds United are both keen on 33-year-old Manchester United and Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who has become frustrated in his role as a back-up at Old Trafford. (ESPN)

Barcelona are desperate to tie winger Ansu Fati, 17, down to a new deal to fend off interest from Manchester United in their Spain Under-21 international. (Sport)

Former Tottenham Hotspur captain Ledley King is in discussions with the club to join Jose Mourinho's coaching staff. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Watford will accelerate their efforts to hire a new head coach after their Premier League fate is decided with Claude Puel, Marcelino, Zlatko Dalic and Nottingham Forest's Sabri Lamouchi in the running. (Evening Standard)

West Ham are stepping up their interest in Brentford and Algeria forward Said Benrahma, 24. (Times - subscription required)

Roma have published a picture of loanee Chris Smalling in their kit for next season and are confident of signing the 30-year-old Manchester United and England defender on a permanent deal. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Howver, United will not extend their current loan agreement with Roma for Smalling, or their one with Inter Milan for Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 31, as they want both players to move on permanently. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United have also asked Lille to keep them informed about offers made for Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes, 22, who is being pursued by Everton, Inter Milan and Napoli. (Daily Record)

Brighton have made an enquiry about 20-year-old Paderborn and Germany Under-21 defender Luca Kilian, who is also on the radar of AC Milan and Freiburg. (Mail)

Real Madrid are hoping to raise around 180m euros (£163m) this summer by selling, among others, Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, 29, and Serbia forward Luka Jovic, 22. (Marca)

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says Chelsea could turn into Premier League title contenders by signing Atletico Madrid and Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 27, this summer. (Telegraph - subscription required)


Saïd Benrahma’s goals attract attention from West Ham United

West Ham United are stepping up their interest in Brentford’s Saïd Benrahma, who they hope could have a similar impact as Dimitri Payet.

The French midfielder left the club for Marseilles in 2017 having scored 11 goals and provided 18 assists in 48 Premier League matches. Felipe Anderson was signed a year later from Lazio for a then record £36 million but he is likely to be sold this summer after a disappointing season.

Benrahma, 24, has been one of the standout players in the Championship this season, with his 17 goals and eight assists as Brentford finished within two points of automatic promotion.

Benrahma could still help his side get promoted through the play-offs this week.

Sport Witness

West Ham and Everton contact Barcelona to register Umtiti interest – Catalan club willing to sell

On July 3rd, Barcelona confirmed Samuel Umtiti is struggling with a “left knee problem” and the centre-back will “undergo conservative treatment” to regain full fitness.

Prior to his last injury setback, the defender was made aware that West Ham United and Everton are ‘thinking of him’.

This is according to Mundo Deportivo, who state Umtiti had interest from Ligue 1 and the Premier League.

It’s claimed the Hammers and Carlo Ancelotti’s side, along with Lyon, Marseille and Rennes contacted the La Liga side to register interest in the 26-year-old’s situation. This was before the France international’s latest injury setback.

The Catalan club then decided not to entertain any proposals because the former Lyon man’s intention was to continue at the Camp Nou.

Even though player wants to stay at the club, Mundo now claim a summer move is ‘inevitable’.

Barca are also aware that no club are ready to pay a transfer fee to sign Umtiti because of his injury woes over the last two years and finances being impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

Quique Setién’s side have a formula to let the World Cup winner leave this summer, which is through a loan deal with inclusion of a purchase option.

When the likes of West Ham and Everton contacted Barca to register an interest in Umtiti’s situation, the latter did not entertain it.

The Spanish giants have now changed their stance and are ready to do business, if Mundo’s report is to be believed.

It remains to be seen if David Moyes’ side, the Toffees and other clubs are still interested in the Frenchman after he picked up another injury at the start of this month.

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the exile 6:12 Sat Jul 25
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Umtiti is exactly the sort of player we shouldn't be buying - wrong side of 25 and crocked.

ted fenton 4:23 Sat Jul 25
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Mex Martillo 4:18 Sat Jul 25

Mex Martillo 4:18 Sat Jul 25
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Thanks Alan 2:03 Sat Jul 25

Texas Iron 2:31 Sat Jul 25
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CanningTownWA 2:25 Sat Jul 25
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Thanks Alan
No thanks to another crock

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:11 Sat Jul 25
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THanks Alan. 2;03, 25th july 2020

Thanks Alan 2:03 Sat Jul 25
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Sven Roeder 1:39 Sat Jul 25

Sven Roeder 1:39 Sat Jul 25
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Thanks Alan

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