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 11:58 Thu Aug 20
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho wants to bring Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, back to the Premier League club. (Cuatro - in Spanish)

Paris St-Germain's 35-year-old Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva, who is leaving the French club after the Champions League final, has been offered to Chelsea. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Agreement on personal terms is holding up 20-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho's move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United. (ESPN)

Arsenal are "closer than ever" to agreeing a deal with Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel, 22, with the Gunners confident of announcing the £27m move this week. (L'Equipe - in French)

Chelsea will sign Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 21, on a five-year deal this week if they and Bayer Leverkusen can reduce the £18m difference in their valuations of the player. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester United may offer Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 33, to Aston Villa as part of a deal for England midfielder Jack Grealish, 24. (Mail)

Leeds United have made a third bid - believed to be about £25m - for Brighton's English defender Ben White, 22. (Sky Sports)

Wolves are willing to listen to big offers for Spanish winger Adama Traore, despite the 24-year-old having three years left on his contract at Molineux. (Mail)

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are interested in Juventus and Italy's 26-year-old winger Federico Bernardeschi. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Manchester United and Brazil midfielder Andreas Pereira, 24, is a target for Benfica and Valencia. (ESPN)

United are once again interested in Juventus and Brazil left-back Alex Sandro, 29. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Liverpool are prepared to sell Serbia midfielder Marko Grujic, 24, and Wales winger Harry Wilson, 23, this summer. (Mirror)

Wilson, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, is a target for Aston Villa and Leeds. (Sun)

Tottenham want to take Liverpool's 21-year-old England Under-21 striker Rhian Brewster on loan. (Football Insider)

Southampton are leading the chase for Watford's 29-year-old England forward Danny Welbeck, who has a £5.5m release clause following the Hornets' relegation. (Sun)

Fulham have joined the race to sign Bournemouth's 28-year-old England striker Callum Wilson. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Leeds are preparing a £10m bid for Rangers' English winger Ryan Kent, 23. (Sun)

Leicester City and Aston Villa are rivalling Italian side Atalanta for 27-year-old Marseille and France winger Florian Thauvin, who had an unsuccessful spell at Newcastle United between 2015 and 2017. (Tutto Mercato - in Italian)

Newcastle's English midfielder Matty Longstaff, 20, has been persuaded to sign a new contract. The 20-year-old looked set to leave this summer, with Italian club Udinese leading the chase. (Times - subscription required)

Fulham and Wolves could compete with Everton for the signature of Watford's French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, 27. (Evening Standard)

West Ham want to sell English striker Jordan Hugill, 28, this summer. Hugill spent last season on loan at QPR.(Evening Standard)

Bournemouth are preparing a bid for Wigan and Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall, 35. (Football Insider)

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is set to become the manager of Jamaica. (Mirror)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

The eponymous subject of Alex from Glasto Dave and AJ Tracey’s barnstorming grime ditty, Thiago Silva, will be available on a free transfer once the final whistle signals the end of Sunday night’s Champions League final. At 35, the Paris Saint-Germain defender is past his prime, but it seems Frank Lampard could be of a mind the Brazilian veteran can help him plug a hole in Chelsea’s defence. Thiago is also attracting interest from Italy, where Fiorentina and Milan are reported to be keen.

French sports daily L’Equipe say Arsenal are on the verge of signing Thiago’s compatriot Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for £22m in a deal that could be completed later on Thursday. Everton and Napoli had also been courting the 22-year-old centre-back, who is expected to put pen to paper on a five-year contract at the Emirates.

Missing from Liverpool’s pre-season touring party as he recovers from an unspecified injury, Harry Wilson is turning heads at Aston Villa and Leeds United. The Wales winger, who scored seven goals on loan at Bournemouth last season, is unlikely to get much playing time with the Premier League champions this season and is reported to be in favour of a permanent move elsewhere rather than another loan deal.

Manchester United are eager to bring Jack Grealish to Old Trafford and it’s no secret the Aston Villa skipper is keen on going there. With goalkeeper Dean Henderson back at his parent club following a successful loan spell at Sheffield United, who have just signed Aaron Ramsdale from Bournemouth, Sergio Romero is now surplus to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s requirements and assorted media outlets are reporting he may be offered to Villa as part of a swap deal to help entice Dean Smith to part company with his skipper. The Argentina international is understandably tired of his role as bench-warmer at United after five years at the club and may have no shortage of offers. Leeds, Everton and Chelsea are also reported to be interested in securing his services.

Having had two offers for Brighton central defender Ben White rejected, Leeds are upping the ante to offer £25m for the 22-year-old who was so impressive during their promotion campaign while on loan at Elland Road. Interest in White abounds, with both Liverpool and Chelsea believed to be monitoring his situation with interest. Brighton are reported to be uninterested in selling their young star and have offered him a new and improved contract which remains unsigned.
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Brentford striker Ollie Watkins is a player in big demand and looks a shoo-in to be playing Premier League football next season despite his club’s rather heroic failure to win promotion from the Championship. West Brom, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are all prepared to give him an opportunity to strut his stuff at the highest level, but will have to shell out £25m for the privilege. The Baggies are also keen on bringing Brentford defender Rico Henry to The Hawthorns.

And finally, Leeds are giving £10m Rangers winger Ryan Kent the glad eye, while Fulham have joined the unseemly scramble of Premier League clubs hoping to sign England striker Callum Wilson from relegated Bournemouth.







Here are West Ham's full fixtures for the 2020-21 season…

12/09/20 Newcastle United (h) 15:00
19/09/20 Arsenal (a) 15:00
26/09/20 Wolverhampton (h) 15:00
3/10/20 Leicester City (a) 15:00
17/10/20 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 15:00
24/10/20 Manchester City (h) 15:00
31/10/20 Liverpool (a) 15:00
7/11/20 Fulham (h) 15:00
21/11/20 Sheffield United (a) 15:00
28/11/20 Aston Villa (h) 15:00
5/12/20 Manchester United (h) 15:00
12/12/20 Leeds United (a) 15:00
15/12/20 Crystal Palace (h) 19:45
19/12/20 Chelsea (a) 15:00
26/12/20 Brighton (h) 15:00
28/12/20 Southampton (a) 15:00
2/01/21 Everton (a) 15:00
12/01/21 West Bromwich Albion (h) 19:45
16/01/21 Burnley (h) 15:00
27/01/21 Crystal Palace (a) 20:00
30/01/21 Liverpool (h) 15:00
2/02/21 Aston Villa (a) 19:45
6/02/21 Fulham (a) 15:00
13/02/21 Sheffield United (h) 15:00
20/02/21 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 15:00
27/02/21 Manchester City (a) 15:00
6/03/21 Leeds United (h) 15:00
13/03/21 Manchester United (a) 15:00
20/03/21 Arsenal (h) 15:00
3/04/21 Wolverhampton (a) 15:00
10/04/21 Leicester City (h) 15:00
17/04/21 Newcastle United (a) 15:00
24/04/21 Chelsea (h) 15:00
1/05/21 Burnley (a) 15:00
8/05/21 Everton (h) 15:00
11/05/21 Brighton (a) 19:45
15/05/21 West Bromwich Albion (a) 15:00
23/05/21 Southampton (h) 16:00

Dates and times may change due to television and cup requirements.




Sampdoria News

SN EXCLUSIVE - West Ham doesn't give up on Colley: London factor

A few weeks ago, rumors had come from England regarding West Ham's interest in Omar Colley.



According to rumors collected exclusively by Sampdorianews.net, the English club, struggling with the reconstruction of the back department after the high number of goals collected in the last troubled season, has not abandoned the track that leads to the Gambian defender, keeping him in serious consideration among the incoming priorities.

Compared to the other foreign clubs on the trail of the former Genk, the Hammers also focus on the logistical aspect; London is considered the ideal destination by the family, the place of residence of the family before the transfer to Sampdoria. Situation to monitor.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 8:37 Thu Aug 20
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:00 Thu Aug 20

Texas Iron 7:33 Thu Aug 20
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

With Kind Regards 6:56 Thu Aug 20
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
geoffpikey 12:52

geoffpikey 12:52 Thu Aug 20
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Gerard Pique to FULHAM! (DAILY MAIL, so probably just imagined)

Thanks Alan 12:00 Thu Aug 20
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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