WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
7%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
1%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
13%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
38%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
41%
  



Alan 12:29 Tue Aug 18
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester City have reignited their interest in Napoli's Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, following their Champions League exit. (Talksport)

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke claims the club is under no pressure to sell Manchester United transfer target Jadon Sancho, 20, despite accounts showing a £39.8m loss for the financial year to 30 June 2020. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Leicester have all asked Brighton about the potential price of 22-year-old English centre-back Ben White, who impressed on loan at Leeds last season. (Sun)

Arsenal are drawing up the formal paperwork for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's new three-year deal which is worth more than £250,000 per week. (Mail)

Manchester United are keen on Juventus' 29-year-old Brazilian winger Douglas Costa as they start their summer transfer business. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool remain interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara but have told the Bundesliga club they are not prepared to pay £27.2m for the 29-year-old Spaniard, who has a year left on his contract. (Guardian)

Wolves have rejected an offer from Juventus of Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey plus cash for Mexican striker Raul Jimenez, 29. (Clwb Pel-Droed)

Juventus are also interested in Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette, 29. (Sky Sports)

Portuguese side Benfica look to be leading Leeds United in the race to sign Paris St-Germain's Uruguayan star Edinson Cavani with the 33-year-old available on a free transfer. (Goal)

Barcelona's incoming manager Ronald Koeman could make Ajax's Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, 23, his first signing at the Nou Camp. (Star)

Barcelona could sell 33-year-old Uruguay striker Luis Suarez as part of a Nou Camp clearout, with former side Ajax interested in bringing him back to the Netherlands. (Talksport)

Manchester City could activate a £25m buy-back clause for Aston Villa's 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz. (Manchester Evening News)

Leeds will have to pay £20m to sign Chelsea's Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 26. (Star)

West Brom and West Ham have been told that a fee of about £2.7m would be needed to sign Istanbul Basaksehir's Brazilian full-back Junior Caicara, 31. (Birmingham Mail)

Brighton and Sheffield United are among the clubs chasing Almeria and Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez with the 21-year-old commanding a fee of about £14m. (Talksport)

Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu, who was on loan at RB Leipzig last season, is keen to try to impress Frank Lampard with the manager believed to be a fan of the 19-year-old Welsh defender. (Goal)

Everton have asked about Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure. The 27-year old saw a proposed £30m move to Goodison Park fall through a year go and is open to leaving Vicarage Road this summer. (Mail)

Chelsea have been told they need to pay £90m or face missing out on Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz, 21. (Star)

Bayern Munich are the preferred destination for Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey, 18, who is expected to leave the club over the summer. (Scotsman)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has offered his services to the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) to replace Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman. (Mirror)

Juventus reportedly no longer consider Cristiano Ronaldo 'non-transferable' and could decide to cash in for £54m with Paris St-Germain keen to sign the 35-year-old. (Sport)

Barcelona are set to reignite attempts to re-sign Neymar from Paris St-Germain as they look to recover from their Champions League exit. (Mail)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

With Napoli on the verge of signing Lille Brazilian centre-back Gabriel, both Manchester City and Manchester United are hopeful the Italian side are ready to part company with Kalidou Koulibaly. Rated as one of the best defenders in the business, reports from Italy last week claimed Manchester United had offered £63m to bring him to Old Trafford. Now it’s being suggested Manchester City are ready to up the stakes by offering £72m for the Senegalese international, who would trouser a £9m basic wage should he pitch up at the Etihad.

Summer speculation about Wilfried Zaha’s next move abounds but for now the player remains at Crystal Palace. A move to Arsenal, where he has an admirer in Mikel Arteta, has been mooted, while Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund are all being linked with moves for a winger who won’t come cheap.

Frank Lampard is understood to have told Michy Batshuayi he doesn’t have a future at Stamford Bridge and is welcome to leave, prompting interest from Leeds United. The sum being mentioned is £25m, while Marcelo Bielsa is also believed to be interested in signing the £5m-rated Molde midfielder Fredrik Aursnes. In one of the summer’s more intriguing transfer sagas, Bayer Leverkusen have told Chelsea to stop faffing around and pay the £90m they are demanding for Kai Havertz or risk missing out on the 21-year-old.

Carlo Ancelotti wants to add some steel to Everton’s midfield and has identified Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucouré as a potential new recruit. The 27-year-old was the subject of interest from the Merseyside club last summer but a proposed £30m deal didn’t get over the line. With Watford relegated to the Championship he is expected to leave Vicarage Road, while his teammate Ismaïla Sarr is also up for sale.

Luis Suárez‘s days at Barcelona look numbered, with the 33-year-old’s contract due to expire next June. His former club, Ajax, for whom he played with such distinction before moving to Liverpool in 2011, are reported to be offering him one last big pay day, although the option to play out his twilight years in Major League Soccer or with Qatari side Al-Arabi is also available.

As implausible as it might seem, Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey managed to impress enough during his side’s relegation season to earn himself a shock move to Bayern Munich. Despite interest from Celtic, Lyon, Bologna, Manchester City and Aston Villa, the 18-year-old Glaswegian tyro is reported to be on the verge of signing a five-year deal with the German champions, with some media outlets suggesting the move has already been completed. Former Hearts boss Daniel Stendel has likened Hickey to no less a player than Philipp Lahm, labelling him an “extraordinary talent” in a ringing endorsement. “He never panics, never loses his cool and always seems to make the right decisions,” he said. “Despite being so young, he’s very hard to play against. Aaron as a player is like Philipp Lahm.”

The evolution of Darwin Núñez as a footballer will continue in the Premier League, if Brighton or Sheffield United get their way. The 21-year-old Uruguayan striker scored 16 goals for Spanish second division side Almería during a successful maiden season in Europe after arriving from Peñarol and is valued at £14m.

And finally, with Ronald Koeman off to sort out the unseemly mess that is Barcelona, there’s a vacancy for a new manager to oversee the Dutch national team. Arsène Wenger is believed to have thrown his hat in the ring in a move that is bound to interest the blazers in Amsterdam.







Sport Witness

West Brom and West Ham in chase for right-back – Approach made to his staff

West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United are both following Istanbul Basaksehir fullback Júnior Caiçara. After initial claims from an English newspaper, a source close to the situation has informed Sport Witness the interest is genuine.



Both Premier League clubs have been following the player this season and have already spoken to his staff regarding the possibility of making a move for him this summer.

Júnior Caiçara’s contract with Basaksehir expires in 2021. That’s why the Turkish side plan to either renew his contract or sell him now, avoiding the risk of losing him for free next year.

The player is currently on vacation and is set to return to his club on Friday. That’s when he’ll speak about the situation, and the offers should finally come. Besides West Brom and West Ham, the Brazilian has attracted interest from Real Bétis and Zenit.

Caiçara is already 31 years of age, but his representatives believe he could still get a move to a top league due to his consistency. He made 44 appearances last season, and helped the club to win the Turkish league title.

Due to his contract situation, Basaksehir are demanding just over €3m for his transfer. Since he has Bulgarian nationality, his European passport makes things easier for a Premier League move.





Media Referee

West Ham signing this highly talented Barca youngster would prove to be a smart move by Moyes

Why West Ham should revive their interest in Moussa Wague

Last month, Mundo Deportivo (h/t The Sun) claimed that West Ham were interested in signing Barcelona youngster Moussa Wague in a bid to bolster their backline. However, no talks have progressed since then.

The report also suggested that the Catalan giants are ready to sell him and the Hammers could tempt him away from Camp Nou for £9m or land him on a loan spell.

Profile

Born in Senegal, Wague came through the ranks of ASPIRE academy in Qatar and joined Belgian outfit KAS Eupen in January 2017. He made 43 appearances for the Belgian side, scoring 1 goal and providing 4 assists and his impressive performances earned him a move to the Catalan giants the following summer.

However, he managed just 6 appearances for Barcelona’s senior team and was sent on loan to Nice last February. But he couldn’t show his talents as the league got called off due to the pandemic.

At the age of 21, he has already made 14 appearances for Senegal and caught the attention with his performances in the last World Cup. He was also instrumental in taking his side to the Africa Cup of Nations finals last year.

Wague could add depth to West Ham’s defence

Despite being inconsistent throughout the campaign, David Moyes’ side managed to secure their top-flight status. However, it is clear that they are in dire need of reinforcements if they are to do better in the next campaign.

The defence has been unstable, conceding 62 goals throughout the season. And one key area where the manager should focus on strengthening is the right-back position. They are left with just Ryan Fredericks on the right side of the defence after Pablo Zabaleta left when his contract came to an end and Jeremy Ngakia also exited after refusing to extend his stay.

Thus, reviving their interest in Wague would be a wise decision by the club. The youngster has already shown immense potential. He has been impressive at both ends of the pitch whenever he was given time. In 5 Ligue 1 games this term, he managed to provide 2 assists and should only get better with experience.

His inclusion would definitely add depth to West Ham’s backline, whilst also bringing in healthy competition for Fredricks. He has all the attributes to succeed at a higher level and can go on to represent the Hammers for a number of years.

Verdict

At 21, Wague can develop himself into a better player under the guidance of someone like David Moyes. Given West Ham’s lack of options at the back, they should reignite their interest in the youngster, who has already impressed at international level.




FirenzeViola

BELLEGARDE, West Ham Competition: it's a challenge



Corriere dello Sport underlines that Jean-Ricner Bellegarde's candidacy for Fiorentina midfield remains standing. Regarding the twenty-two year old from Strasbourg, the challenge is all with the English of West Ham, who - it says - in the last few hours are trying to beat the competition.




Guardian

Stuart Pearce returns to West Ham after clearing the air with club's board

Former England defender was part of Moyes’s staff in 2017-18
Pearce had claimed board blocked his return last December

Jacob Steinberg

Stuart Pearce has returned to West Ham as part of David Moyes’s coaching team. The deal comes eight months after Pearce suggested that West Ham’s board blocked the manager’s attempts to recruit him after replacing Manuel Pellegrini in December.

“West Ham United is pleased to confirm that Stuart Pearce has returned to the club as a first team coach and will work alongside Kevin Nolan and Paul Nevin, who have also signed new contracts,” a club statement said.

The former England left-back was part of Moyes’s backroom staff during the Scot’s first spell at the London Stadium and was critical of the club for hiring Pellegrini instead of the former Everton manager in May 2018.

“They’ve decided not to go down the David [Moyes] route,” Pearce said at the time. “I was a little surprised by that as I saw first-hand what a good job he did in a situation that could have gone either way.”

Pearce suggested those comments had not gone down well with West Ham’s hierarchy this year. Moyes, who was already working with Alan Irvine, ended up bringing in Nevin and Nolan instead. Moyes was still keen to further beef up his staff, however, and Pearce has cleared the air with West Ham’s board, paving the way for a return.

“I’ve spoken directly with David Sullivan and Karren Brady and I had extremely positive conversations with both of them,” Pearce said. “They were enthusiastic about me returning. It says a lot about them that I’m at West Ham again. I wouldn’t be back if I didn’t believe in the strategy in place to take this great football club forward.”

“I’m really pleased to welcome Stuart back,” Moyes said. “He will start immediately and I’ve no doubt he will be a great asset to us on the training pitch and in the dressing room next season.”




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Jasnik 9:18 Tue Aug 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Media Referee = players agent

Texas Iron 5:19 Tue Aug 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Mex Martillo 4:23 Tue Aug 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 12:53 Tue Aug 18

Sven Roeder 2:47 Tue Aug 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I’d prefer someone analysing what we should be doing with our right backs to be aware of the existence of Ben Johnson
If we can find another Premier league quality right back I’d happily sell Fredericks to pay for him

Ron Greensward 2:43 Tue Aug 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Not sure any Barcelona defenders should be worth looking at.

Russ of the BML 1:34 Tue Aug 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Pearce said. “They were enthusiastic about me returning. It says a lot about them that I’m at West Ham again. I wouldn’t be back if I didn’t believe in the strategy in place to take this great football club forward.”

I would be interested to see that strategy.

ted fenton 12:53 Tue Aug 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:43 Tue Aug 18

Thanks Alan 12:43 Tue Aug 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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