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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 2:03 Sat Aug 15
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are willing to offer £70m-rated Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, 25, a long-term deal worth £150,000 a week to sign from Atletico Madrid this summer. (Star)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are considering a swap deal in which France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, would return to Juventus with Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 26, moving the other way. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Barcelona coach Quique Setien is set to be sacked after their humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich on Friday - and Mauricio Pochettino, Xavi and Ronald Koeman are the leading contenders to succeed Setien at the Nou Camp. (Mundo Deportivo, in Spanish)

Indeed, reports in Spain claim former Tottenham and Southampton boss Pochettino had already held talks with Barcelona days before Friday's drubbing. (Express)

Chelsea's hopes of signing Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 27, have been boosted with the La Liga club reportedly keen to replace the Slovenia international. (Football London)

The Blues may offer fellow keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to Atletico in part-exchange as they are reluctant to meet the Spanish club's £110m asking price for Oblak. (Star)

Manchester City are preparing a £40m bid for England and Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, 24. (Sun)

Arsenal are set to step up their efforts to sign midfielder Thomas Partey, 27, from Atletico Madrid. (Star)

However, the Gunners could face competition from Juventus for the Ghana international's signature. (Mirror)

On-loan Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo, 31, has no interest in joining Paris St-Germain despite reports the French side are interested in the Nigerian, who is on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until January. (Manchester Evening News)

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo wants Juventus to sign Mexico international Raul Jimenez, 29, from Wolves to be his new strike partner next season. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Express)

Lille turned down a 20m euro (£18.1m) offer from Everton for defender Gabriel, 22, because they have an agreement to sell him to Napoli, despite Arsenal and Manchester United also showing interest in the Brazilian. (Gianluca di Marzio)

Newcastle are interested in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, 30, who spent last season on loan at Roma and is also a target for his old club Fulham. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez says 10 clubs in Europe are interested in signing him after the 27-year-old Argentine's impressive end to the season. (Marca, in Spanish)

West Brom and West Ham are interested in signing Brazilian full-back Junior Caicara, 31, for £3m from Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir. (Sun)

West Ham are also in a three-way battle with Napoli and favourites Inter Milan for Dynamo Kiev and Ukraine defender Vitaliy Mykolenko, 21. (Sky Sport Italia, in Italian)

Inter Milan are capable of signing Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 33, from Barcelona, according to the Serie A club's former president Massimo Moratti. (Quotidiano, in Italian)

Inter are also keen on Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 29. (Gazetta dello Sport, in Italian)

Covid-19 travel restrictions could scupper a potential transfer for Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek to either Manchester United or Real Madrid, who are both interested in the 23-year-old. (Fox Sports, in Dutch)

Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie's move to Hertha Berlin has fallen through, with Wolves, Southampton and Leicester also interested in the 21-year-old USA international. (Bild, in German)

Preston are hoping to sign Charlton and Zimbabwe striker Macauley Bonne, 24, for £500,000. (Sun)

Everton are close to a deal to send 21-year-old midfielder Beni Baningime on loan to League One club Blackpool for next season. (Liverpool Echo)

Sport Witness

West Ham keen on 22-year-old French midfielder – Face European competition, could come down to personal preference

Only signing for Strasbourg last summer from RC Lens for £1.8m, it didn’t take long for Jean-Ricner Bellegarde to catch the eye of European clubs.

After just one season in Ligue 1, the 22-year-old is wanted by two clubs, according to Foot Mercato, among which are West Ham.

The Hammers, who avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, will want to bolster their squad to avoid a repeat of the 2019-20 campaign, and midfield is an area of need.

Linked with players such as Nahitan Nández, West Ham are also looking in France, a favourite hunting ground of theirs, where they will face some competition for the midfielder from Fiorentina.

Capable of playing in multiple positions, there is certainly a lot to like about Bellegarde, and as Foot Mercato point out, we now have to wait and see to find out who will make the first move.

Neither Fiorentina or West Ham have European football to offer, so there’s no real advantage either way, so it could all come down to the player’s personal preference in terms of league.

Either that, or it just becomes a purely financial matter.


West Ham and West Brom in transfer fight for Junior Caicara as Basaksehir demand £3m for Brazilian full-back

Exclusive Steve Brenner

WEST HAM and West Brom are both tracking Brazilian full-back Junior Caicara.

The 31-year-old won the Turkish title with Basaksehir last season but fancies a move to the Premier League.

Zenit St.Petersburg are also interested although the player would prefer to try his luck in England.

He’s valued at around £3million and can also operate in midfield in a more attacking role.

Junior has a Bulgarian passport which would help in sealing a move to the London Stadium or the Hawthorns.

The Hammers have prioritised signing a right-back this summer as they remain threadbare in that area of the field.

Pablo Zabaleta's decision to leave the club means they are left with just Ryan Fredericks to fill the role.

They have been linked with a move for Barcelona's Moussa Wague with David Moyes keen on the 21-year-old.

Wague spent the second half of last season on loan at French side Nice, who decided against activating his purchase option after making just five appearances due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile the Baggies are also looking to add numbers as they plot their Premier League survival bid.

Give Me Sport

West Ham in the race for international defender

West Ham's summer will, unfortunately, more than likely revolve around Declan Rice.

The midfielder has become highly sought-after and a move to Chelsea could be on the cards.

That's if everything goes to plan on the buying side.

For the Hammers, they won't want to lose Rice, but after finishing 16th last season, they may be forced to relinquish a player who has now become a regular member of Gareth Southgate's England side.

Ultimately, the Irons will pay the price for a shoddy couple of years where they've failed to live up to expectations.

However, selling Rice could at least bag them a hefty fee in order to replenish their tiring squad.

Moves for players like John Stones and Brahim Diaz have been touted, while Matty Cash is also an option at £15m.

However, one of their latest targets could address their left-back issues.

Sky Sports Italia claimed earlier this week that West Ham are one of the sides in the chase for Ukrainian full-back Vitaliy Mykolenko.

The Dynamo Kiev defender is just 21 years of age and has caught the eye of Inter Milan and Napoli as well.

The youngster has a contract in Kiev until 2023 so any deal isn't likely to come too cheap.

According to Transfermarkt, Mykolenko is valued at around £8.10m, but in today's market, it wouldn't be a great surprise if he departed for more.

West Ham are thought to be further behind in the race with the player already receiving proposals from Italy.

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Mykolenko has been capped just eight times by his national side but he is a rising star of Ukrainian football and is quickly emerging as one of the most impressive full-backs in his age group.

In 2019/20, the defender contributed to 11 goals, seven of which were assists.

Now, the Ukrainian top-flight falls below the Premier League in terms of quality, but the regularity with which he strides forward is incredibly eye-catching.

For context, he created more goals this season than any other West Ham player. Pablo Fornals and Robert Snodgrass were the Irons' top creators in that regard, picking out a teammate for a goal on five occasions each.

More importantly, though, is that he could solve the issues that are plaguing David Moyes' team on the left-hand side of defence.

Aaron Cresswell played 31 times last season but didn't look overly convincing, earning a WhoScored average match rating of 6.62 last season. Arthur Masuaku was even worse as Mykolenko topped the pair of them for aerial duels and interceptions in the Europa League.

Furthermore, he already knows Andriy Yarmolenko well from their time together at international level.

In fact, they have a terrific understanding. The duo combined for a goal against Portugal this season as Mykolenko swung a ball in which was prodded home by the winger.

That certainly bodes well.

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Texas Iron 3:23 Sat Aug 15
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 3:10 Sat Aug 15
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With Kind Regards 2:45 Sat Aug 15

Gidds 2:49 Sat Aug 15
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Alan

With Kind Regards 2:45 Sat Aug 15
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Bill Green 2.20

bill green 2:20 Sat Aug 15
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Thanks Alan

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