WHO Poll
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 11:25 Sun Aug 16
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City believe they are in pole position to sign Lionel Messi and reunite him with his former manager Pep Guardiola if the 33-year-old Argentina playmaker leaves Barcelona. (Sunday Mirror)

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is the leading candidate to be the next Barcelona manager, with the club planning to sack Quique Setien in the coming days. (Guardian)

Watford's 37-year-old former England keeper Ben Foster has become a summer transfer target for both Chelsea and Everton. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea are inching closer to a deal to sign long-term target and England left-back Ben Chilwell, 23, from Leicester, who are holding out for £80m. (Independent)

Chelsea are also closing in on a £40m move for another defender capped by England - Brighton captain Lewis Dunk, 28. (Sun on Sunday)

West Ham are holding out for a fee in excess of £80m for England midfielder Declan Rice, 21, who is a Chelsea target. (Talksport)

Leicester are chasing Sevilla'sSpanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico. The 26-year-old is currently on loan at Paris St-Germain. (Sunday Mirror)

Ex-Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, 42, does not plan to return to football until Christmas as he recharges his batteries following his departure from the Cherries. (Mail on Sunday)

Borussia Monchengladbach are plotting a move for Lyon forward Maxwel Cornet, who scored the opening goal in Saturday's Champions League win over Manchester City, but the 23-year-old Ivorian is also wanted by Wolfsburg. (Le 10 Sport, in French)

Moise Kean's agent Mino Raiola is trying to engineer a move for the 20-year-old striker to AC Milan. Although Everton would want a fee in the region of £22.5m, Raiola wants a loan-to-buy deal. (Calciomercatoweb, in Italian)

Midfielder Jeff Hendrick is set to sign for Newcastle United on a free transfer. The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international left Burnley after his contract at Turf Moor expired on 30 June. (Talksport)

Newcastle are also interested in Oxford United defender and captain Rob Dickie, 24. (Sun on Sunday)

However, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, 30, who spent last season on loan at Roma, is not interested in a move to Newcastle. (Mail on Sunday)

Inter Milan are set to make a £20m bid for England international Smalling, who could link up with former United team-mates Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez. (Sunday Express)

Thiago Alcantara has already said goodbye to his Bayern Munich team-mates as the 29-year-old Spanish midfielder eyes a move to Liverpool this summer. (Talksport)

Napoli are believed to be winning the race to sign Real Madrid's Spanish left-back Sergio Reguilon, 23, who has been on loan at Sevilla. (Calciomercato, in Italian)

Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira is set to leave Manchester United with Benfica interested in the 24-year-old as well as a number of German and Spanish clubs. (Sunday Times, subscription required)

Southampton have revived their interest in Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham, but Everton and West Ham are also interested in the 24-year-old Frenchman. (90Min)

Borussia Dortmund are set to sign Real Madrid's 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder Reinier Jesus on a one-year loan with an option for another season. (ESPN)

Fulham have joined Leeds in the race for Benfica's Portuguese midfielder Florentino Luis, 20. (Mail on Sunday)

Leeds have made a £16m bid for Basel's Brazilian striker Arthur Cabral, 22, who is on loan from Palmeiras. (Globoesporte, in Portuguese)


West Ham could raid Chelsea and Real Madrid to replace £45m flop Sebastien Haller

West Ham's record signing Sebastien Haller struggled to find form in east London.

By Neil Fissler

Monaco are clearing the decks as they prepare a move for West Ham’s £45 million club-record flop Sebastien Haller. Haller only scored seven goals in his first season in the Premier League following his move from Eintracht Frankfurt and his former boss Niko Kovac has listed nine players he doesn’t want.

The Hammers who missed a payment on Haller in May were due to make another payment on Saturday and a FIFA hearing took place in secret last week.

Kovac is keen for a reunion with the Frenchman, and the Hammers have been looking at Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi and Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic who ironically is also on Kovac’s shopping list.

While West Ham could sell Haller this summer, David Moyes is also hoping to keep hold of Declan Rice.

Chelsea are hoping to persuade their London rivals to sell the midfielder, who can also play as a centre-half.

A lot has been made of Chelsea eyeing Rice, with former Premier League star Paul Merson claiming the England international would be a hit at Stamford Bridge.

Merson said: “Declan Rice is going to have choices this summer and I can see why Chelsea want him.

“He has become a top class holding midfielder for his age.

“He’s so disciplined, and I think it’s up to him how far he goes in the game.

“West Ham will have to get the right price if they sell. But I can see why Frank Lampard wants him.
“If you’re playing three at the back he ticks the boxes.

“He’d be comfortable in the middle of a three.

“I don’t really see him in a four, but he could play just in front of a four if they need him to.

“I can see where Lampard’s coming from.”

Chelsea are willing to spend £40million on Brighton captain Lewis Dunk as an alternative to Declan Rice, according to reports.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

ted fenton 5:33 Sun Aug 16
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 3:50 Sun Aug 16

Texas Iron 5:10 Sun Aug 16
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brundal 4:05 Sun Aug 16
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Play two up front and HailIer will produce goals like he did before we brought him.

Mike Oxsaw 3:53 Sun Aug 16
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
All this constant harping-on in the media about the big clubs basically just going out and buying who they want reminds me a lot of the Payola scandal within the 1960s music business.

Almost as if journalists get a stipend (somehow) based on how much positive spin they give certain clubs.

bill green 3:50 Sun Aug 16
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Mex Martillo 2:51 Sun Aug 16

Mex Martillo 2:51 Sun Aug 16
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Thanks Alan 11:36 Sun Aug 16

Alwaysaniron 12:51 Sun Aug 16
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Lewis Dunk is so much better than Rice.

Let all your Chav mates know that!

Thanks Alan 11:36 Sun Aug 16
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With Kind Regards 11:31 Sun Aug 16

With Kind Regards 11:31 Sun Aug 16
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 11:25

Sven Roeder 11:25 Sun Aug 16
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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