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 10:19 Wed Aug 19
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are exploring the possibility of signing Bournemouth's 23-year-old Welsh midfielder David Brooks after being frustrated in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho. (Sport Witness)

Arsenal are hopeful of completing a £22m deal for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes. Everton and Napoli are also interested in the Brazilian, 22. (ESPN)

Chelsea will finalise a deal for Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz, 21, within the next 10 days. The German wants a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge. (Bild, via Express)

Juventus may use forward Paulo Dybala, 26, as part of a swap deal with Manchester United to bring France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, back to the Serie A side. Argentine Dybala has two years left on his Juventus contract. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are watching Juventus' 29-year-old Brazilian winger Douglas Costa. (Sky Sports)Everton are close to meeting Napoli's £27m asking price for Brazilian midfielder Allan, 29. (Sport Witness)

Watford have rejected Everton's initial bid for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure. The Hornets want £25m for the 27-year-old Frenchman. (Standard)

Lazio are considering a move for West Ham and Brazil midfielder Felipe Anderson, 27, after being turned down by Spain playmaker David Silva, 34, following his departure from Manchester City. (Star)

Arsenal's Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 32, is a target for Roma who fear being priced out of a deal for Manchester United's England centre-back Chris Smalling, 30. (Corriere dello Sport via Sport Witness)

Leeds and Brighton are both interested in Stuttgart's Argentine striker Nicolas Gonzalez, 22, who is expected to cost at least £15m. (Guardian)

Chelsea will hold contract talks with English midfielder Conor Gallagher amid interest from Newcastle and Crystal Palace. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Swansea. (Mail)

Burnley are in talks to sign Angers midfielder Baptiste Santamaria. The Frenchman, 25, was the subject of a £12m bid by Aston Villa last year. (RMC Sport, via Daily Mail)

Brighton say captain Lewis Dunk, 28, and defender Ben White, 22, will stay at the club. Centre-back Dunk has been linked with Chelsea while Leeds are interested in his fellow Englishman White. (Talksport)

Aston Villa are confident of keeping midfielder Douglas Luiz, 22, at the club. The Brazilian had been linked with a return to Manchester City. (Express and Star)

Sheffield United are considering another loan deal for Manchester United's Dean Henderson, 23, despite agreeing a fee with Bournemouth for fellow English goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, 22. (ESPN)

Manchester United's Argentine back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 33, has attracted interest from Leeds, Everton and Chelsea. (ESPN)

Norwich are targeting West Ham's English striker Jordan Hugill, 28. (Mail)

Southampton are in talks with Schalke over a £20m deal for American midfielder Weston McKennie, 21. (Sky Sports)

Fulham and Crystal Palace are interested in Peterborough's Ivorian forward Siriki Dembele, 23. (Football Insider)

Guardian Rumour Mill

John Brewin

Let’s get Jadon Sancho out of the way by saying that Manchester United have set their sights elsewhere and what would appear a rather less complicated deal for Bournemouth’s David Brooks. Jason Tindall, the former Eddie Howe assistant who is now manager, may not wish to sell but relegation has loosened Bournemouth’s hand.

Juventus’s redux under the trestles of Andrea Pirlo’s flowing mane continues and the arty one would also to recall the prodigal son of Paul Pogba from Manchester United. Pirlo believes he can get the best from the Frenchman who was once his colleague in Juve’s midfield. How might United be tempted? Answer, and this is not the first time this has been mooted: Paulo Dybala.

Another Juve player who may interest United is the winger Douglas Costa, someone linked with the club as far back as Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign but now surplus to requirements in Turin. He would be another option should Sancho fail to make it back to Manchester.

Remember Aaron Ramsey? Handy player on his day, went to Juventus for lavish wages on a free transfer. Well, should Juve get their way, then he will be cashed in as a makeweight for Wolves’ Raul Jiménez, who is valued at €90m by a club reluctant to sell their top striker.

One player who will be at United next season is goalkeeper Dean Henderson, outstanding for Sheffield United but set to be handed a lucrative new contract by his parent club. And while that may beg serious questions of David de Gea’s long-term future it more immediately sets Sergio Romero, back-up to De Gea for five years now, for a move. The Argentinian has options, with a link-up with compatriot Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds one of them as well as Everton, and as a possible answer to Chelsea’s current goalkeeping issues.

It’s a day featuring some regular transfer mainstays, with Chelsea’s move for Kai Havertz set to be revived, though they are attempting to lower Bayer Leverkusen’s valuation, which is as high as €100m. There is a deadline for that deal, within 10 days, and Havertz wants a five-year contract.

Another relegated club are trying their best to get good money when cashing in an asset. Watford have rejected Everton’s initial bid for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré and want £25m for the Frenchman. The suggestion is that Doucouré has already agreed personal terms with the mighty Ev so it’s all down to haggling. Joining him in a new-look Toffees midfield could be Allan of Napoli, who will cost around £27m.

As reported on Tuesday by the Guardian, Arsenal have agreed a fee with Lille for Gabriel Magalhães of around £22m but still face competition from Napoli to sign the Brazilian defender. Napoli want Magalhães to replace Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been most closely linked with a move to Manchester City.

Arsenal will need to clear out a defender and that means Sokratis Papastathopoulos could head to Roma, who are beginning to worry that their hopes of signing Chris Smalling on a permanent deal are going to be dashed by Manchester United’s asking price.


Hammers pour scorn on new Diop story

West Ham have tonight described a new story that Manchester United are set to bid for Issa Diop as “utter nonsense.”
The story first emerged from Sky and was immediately picked up by The Sun but a top London Stadium insider has told us a few minutes ago: “It’s just utter nonsense.”
Every day a new tale seems to emerge surrounding either Declan Rice or Diop but our source said: “There have simply been no bids for either.
“It’s quite clear that we are not in the business of selling central defenders because it’s been made very clear that this is a priority area for our manager. He wants to strengthen there not weaken.”
Sky’s story had claimed that Diop was seen as a replacement for Victor Lindelof and of course only a couple of days ago he was apparently a target for Spurs.
That’s how things go at this time of the year but West Ham insisted there had been no enquiries and certainly no bids.
Our source added: “The Rice for Chelsea story and Diop for Old Trafford have been around for about 12 months. Just not true.”

Football Oranje

Fortuna Sittard sign Parkes from West Ham for fourth signing in a week

Fortuna Sittard have announced the signing of West Ham’s 18-year-old striker Veron Parkes on a three-year deal after he turned down a professional deal with the Hammers.

Heerenveen and Celtic were also interested in the forward, but Parkes “can’t wait to begin” with the Dutch side and sees the Eredivisie as the “perfect next step”. Parkes was prolific up top last season for West Ham’s youth team in Premier League 2.

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one iron 8:24 Wed Aug 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
gold and sullivan will sell all the best players, and then sell up same thing done at birmingham

ted fenton 1:02 Wed Aug 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 10:22 Wed Aug 19

Mex Martillo 12:54 Wed Aug 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I’m a bit concerned to see a second youth not renewing his contract and leaving.
Something wrong there?

bill green 11:14 Wed Aug 19

Alan 12:27 Wed Aug 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Guardian Rumour Mill added

Sven Roeder 11:56 Wed Aug 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Anderson to Lazio?
Go on , you know you want to

bill green 11:14 Wed Aug 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 10:22 Wed Aug 19

we really need to keep that spine of ogbonna diop rice and soucek

Thanks Alan 10:22 Wed Aug 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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