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
37%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
41%
  



Alan 1:13 Fri Aug 21
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman wants to bring Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 29, to the Nou Camp. (Algemeen Dagblad - in Dutch)

Lille and Brazil centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, 22, has delayed making a final decision on a move to Arsenal after a potential late bid by Manchester United. (Telegraph - subscription required)

United have backed away from a loan deal for Juventus and Brazil winger Douglas Costa, 29, and will instead consider a move for Bournemouth's 23-year-old Wales forward David Brooks. (Manchester Evening News)

United have been told they must pay Bournemouth £40m to sign Brooks. (Sun)

Tottenham Hotspur are planning a move for Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles - the versatile 22-year-old Englishman played in defence and midfield for the Gunners last season. (Mail)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is weighing up whether to sign Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who is available for about £30m and keen on a move. Finance is not the key consideration, with the Reds needing to move other midfielders on first. (Independent)

Paris St-Germain are monitoring Manchester United and Portugal full-back Diogo Dalot, 21. (O Jogo - in Portuguese)

Brighton will not accept Leeds United's third bid for English defender Ben White and have reiterated that the 22-year-old is not for sale. (Argus)

Aston Villa are poised to make an opening bid of £18m for Brentford's English striker Ollie Watkins, 24, but the Championship side are holding out for £25m. (Mail)

Brazil attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson, 27, is considering leaving West Ham United. (Sun)

Contract talks between Manchester United and English goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 23, are at an advanced stage. The deal will be worth more than £100,000 a week. (Sky Sports)

United centre-back Chris Smalling, 30, is keen to rejoin Roma on loan after spending last season with the Serie A side. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mirror)

Watford's English striker Troy Deeney, 32, wants to stay with the Hornets, despite their relegation to the Championship. (Talksport)

Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle is set to see out his contract at the club, despite interest from other Premier League sides in the 29-year-old Englishman. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Real Betis are in talks with Brighton over a move for Spanish right-back Martin Montoya, 29. (Sky Sports)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Niall McVeigh

A little under two years since he left Goodison Park to a chorus of boos, big Ronnie Koeman is back in club management – and causing consternation on Merseyside again. Koeman wants Gini Wijnaldum to leave Liverpool and link up with his compatriot Frenkie de Jong, giving Barcelona something approaching a midfield again. Dutch outlet AD have even claimed that Koeman has told Wijnaldum not to sign a new contract with his Anfield deal set to expire at the end of the season.

Koeman wants to bring those feelgood Dutch vibes back to the Camp Nou, with the Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek and Lyon winger Memphis Depay also on his wishlist. According to L’Equipe, Arsenal have offered Lyon cash and one shop-soiled Matteo Guendouzi in a bid for Houssem Aouar. Meanwhile, another Gunners target – Lille defender Gabriel – is the subject of last-minute interest from Manchester United and PSG.

Joining Guendouzi at the taxi rank outside the Emirates is Ainsley Maitland-Niles – although he may not be going far with José Mourinho keen on bringing the versatile defender to Tottenham. Mourinho is also lining up a loan move for the young Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster; this is all a little too sensible for our liking. Hang on, what’s this? Sources in Spain claim Mourinho wants to end Gareth Bale’s £500,000-per-week golfing holiday at Real Madrid by bringing the Welshman home. Much better!

Frank Lampard has surveyed Chelsea’s shonky defence and decided to buy another winger and sell a centre-back. The winger in question is Juve’s Federico Bernardeschi, while defender Fikayo Tomori could be off to Rennes. On the other side of London, West Ham could move Jack Wilshere on this summer and face a fight to keep hold of Felipe Anderson. The Hammers are keeping tabs on Sampdoria defender Omar Colley, who is also on the radars of Newcastle and Celtic.

Wolves are prepared to listen to offers for Adama Traoré, who could fetch up to £70m and has caught the eye of Manchester City, Liverpool and just about everyone else. Nuno Espírito Santo could use some of that wedge to bring in Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré and Almería forward Darwin Núñez, who is available for £14m. The tricky Uruguayan is also a target for Brighton, Benfica, Sheffield United and Southampton.

Speaking of which, Saints manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has realised he can’t rely on Danny Ings to score half their goals again next season, and is hoping to prise Danny Welbeck away from Watford, who are also set to lose Gerard Deulofeu, probably to Milan. Hasenhüttl is also keen to take a chance on Jack Butland, now being offered around by Stoke for just £8m. Southampton would prefer a straight swap, with current No 2 Angus Gunn going the other way.

In other news, Manchester United misfit Andreas Pereira looks set to join Benfica or Valencia, while Leeds are working on an ambitious move for Valencia forward Rodrigo. Fulham have sealed a £1.9m move for Wigan left-back Antonee Robinson, and Florian Thauvin could get another shot at the Premier League, with Leicester and Aston Villa both interested.







Mail

West Ham 'looking to offload Jack Wilshere' this summer and 'will offer to make up remainder of wages' if team takes him on for less than current £100,000 per-week salary

West Ham are said to be desperate to move Jack Wilshere on this summer
Hammers thought they could get a second wind from him when he left Arsenal
Wilshere agreed £100,000 per-week wages but injury problems persisted
West Ham reportedly ready to make up any possible wage deficit to release him

By Danny Gallagher

West Ham are reportedly desperate to get midfielder Jack Wilshere off their books this summer and trim his £100,000 per-week wages from the club's bill.

The Hammers thought they could get a second wind from the player when he signed from Arsenal in July 2018, though injury problems have persisted and hindered Wilshere's progress as a result.

Now the club are actively looking to buy out what remains of his contract or subsidise a move to another club, according to the Times.

It is a sad state of affairs for a player once tipped as the brightest talent to have emerged from the famed Arsenal academy.

Since joining West Ham two years ago, Wilshere has started just six games, and now the Hammers want to cut their losses as the player enters his final year.

West Ham were cornered into handing Wilshere a three-year deal in 2018, such was previous manager Manuel Pellegrini's determination to get the transfer sealed and create a more possession-conscious side.

If West Ham do not buy Wilshere out of his deal it is reported that they will express a willingness to interested clubs to help subsidise wages and pay whatever the difference is, in order for Wilshere to agree to a move and avoid a pay-cut on his current weekly earnings.

The midfielder returned from his latest lay-off following football's return after the coronavirus postponements.

In the nine matches Wilshere featured for a total of 35 minutes, coming off the bench twice.

The former England international currently remains in Scotland with the West Ham squad, who are at their training base in St Andrews ahead of the soon to be returning football season.





Sport Witness

West Ham in talks with Italian giants – Aim is to send a player to the Hammers

West Ham United have been speaking to Juventus this week, according to reports from the Italian media.

Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sport Media Set both report that Old Lady director Fabio Paratici has been in England to meet several clubs.

Since Juve want to sell a few players in this transfer window, they decided to talk to several Premier League sides and find some solutions.

West Ham are said to be one of these clubs, even though there’s no information on who the Hammers could be interested in.

Both outlet says that Juventus’ list of departures includes the likes of Frederico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro.

Sports Media set adds that Sami Khedira, Daniele Rugani and Mattia De Sciglio could be other players leaving Turin this summer as well.

West Ham have been linked to one player from that list this season, and that’s Sami Khedira. Back in April, it was claimed the Hammers could be the midfielder’s next destination, although that would depend on the club’s stay in the Premier League.

With the London side now working on their squad for the coming season, perhaps the German star could be available to make the move.




HITC

Offer has reportedly come in for hard-working West Ham United player

Norwich City have made an offer of £3 million for West Ham United forward Jordan Hugill, according to The Times.

However, according to the report, that bid is ‘well short’ of West Ham’s valuation of the 28-year-old forward.

The report has claimed that the Englishman cost the Hammers £8 million in transfer fees when they signed him from Preston North End in January 2018.

Disappointing West Ham United spell

Hugill has struggled to make an impact at West Ham, and, according to The Times, has not started a single league game for the Hammers.

The 28-year-old spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Middlesbrough in the Championship, and made 20 starts and 17 substitute appearances in the league, scoring six goals and providing two assists in the process, according to WhoScored.

The Englishman – described as a ‘hard-working, physical centre forward’ on West Ham’s official website in January 2018 – was on loan at QPR this past season, and he scored 13 goals and provided one assist in 39 Championship matches for the London club, according to WhoScored.

Good signing for Norwich City?

Norwich will be aiming to bounce straight back to the Premier League after getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the past season, and given Hugill’s goalscoring heroics in the second tier of English football, he would be a good signing for the Canaries.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

eusebiovic 7:06 Fri Aug 21
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"West Ham were cornered into handing Wilshere a three-year deal in 2018, such was previous manager Manuel Pellegrini's determination to get the transfer sealed and create a more possession-conscious side"

Makes me laugh that they still pin this one on old Peter Cushing when we were regularly linked with Wilshere for about 18 months before he even arrived.

Texas Iron 6:52 Fri Aug 21
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
SZack the idiot who bought Wilshere...Oh...

Cheers...

Russ of the BML 6:08 Fri Aug 21
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ta Al.

Mex Martillo 4:51 Fri Aug 21
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

With Kind Regards 3:03 Fri Aug 21
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 2.52

bill green 2:52 Fri Aug 21
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
Thanks Thanks Alan
Thanks Mr Burns

Thanks Alan 1:16 Fri Aug 21
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Mr Burns

Mr. Burns 1:15 Fri Aug 21
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al





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