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 12:43 Mon Aug 24
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea's bid to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City in a £50m deal could collapse on Monday, with the 23-year-old England defender set to visit a specialist over his heel injury. (Sun)

Manchester United will walk away from a deal for 20-year-old England forward Jadon Sancho, with Ed Woodward considering the Borussia Dortmund star to be too expensive. (Express)

Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign Thiago Silva, 35, after the Brazil centre-back left Champions League runners-up Paris St-Germain. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal's Brazilian transfer target Philippe Coutinho, 28, has refused to rule out leaving Barcelona this summer. (Express)

Aston Villa will bid £30m for Celtic's French striker Odsonne Edouard, 22. (Scottish Sun)

Lille's Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, 22, has agreed to join Arsenal and will complete a £27m move next week. (Guardian)

Bournemouth will not stand in the way of any players seeking moves - potentially opening the door for Manchester United to sign Wales winger David Brooks, 23. (Mail)

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman wants to sign Inter Milan's Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez, 23, Manchester City's Spanish centre-back Eric Garcia, 19, and 25-year-old Spain full-back Jose Gaya of Valencia. (Sport - in Spanish)

The Catalan club are also interested in Ajax's Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, 27. (Marca)

Koeman would also like Brazil playmaker Coutinho to be part of his plans - the 28-year-old has been on loan at Bayern Munich this season. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Barcelona club president candidate hopeful Jordi Farre says talks have been held with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. (Sport - in Spanish)

Newcastle have offered £4.5m to Greek club PAOK for 24-year-old Greece left-back Dimitris Giannoulis. (Sports Lens)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen on making Brentford coach and set-piece specialist Andreas Georgson part of his backroom team. (Evening Standard)

Tromso's Norwegian forward Isak Hansen-Aaroen, 16, has confirmed his move to Manchester United on social media. (Mirror)

Luis Figo does not expect Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 33, to follow in his footsteps by swapping Barcelona for Real Madrid. (Marca)

Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, has yet to sign a new contract with AC Milan. The veteran will be a free agent after the end of August. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo "recommended" Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, to Manchester United, says former United defender Patrice Evra. (Guardian)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

A free agent after playing his last game for Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League final defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, Thiago Silva is widely reported to be on his way to Chelsea, despite being offered a two-year deal by Italian side Fiorentina.

Whether or not the veteran Brazilian will play in the same defence as Ben Chilwell remains to be seen – the Leicester City left-back’s mooted £50m move to Stamford Bridge could be in jeopardy, according to one tabloid that claims the 23-year-old is off to see a specialist to have a heel injury that could keep him sidelined for at least six weeks assessed.

As much as Gabriel Magalhães’ move to Arsenal is all but a done deal, talk in certain circles suggests both Manchester United and Napoli are still hopeful of hijacking a deal for the central defender.

Having found goals fairly difficult to come by in their successful bid to avoid the drop from the Premier League last season, Aston Villa are in the market for a striker. Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard is among their targets but could cost Villa the thick end of £30m. Brentford duo Saïd Benrahma and Ollie Watkins have also been linked with moves to Villa Park, along with Werder Bremen’s Kosovar winger Milot Rashica.

Mina Raiola has told Sky Italia that Paul Pogba will be staying at Manchester United, despite reported pre-lockdown interest in the midfielder from Real Madrid and his former club Juventus. In the final year of his contract, Pogba continues to divide opinion among United fans but his agent says negotiations over a new deal at Old Trafford should begin in due course. “Pogba is staying at Manchester United and I think they want to extend his contract,” he said. “He is at the centre of an important project, they will not accept any bid for him this summer.”

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar is wanted by both Arsenal and Manchester City but reports from France suggest he may reject the advances of both clubs in favour of a move to Juventus, where he has an admirer in Andrea Pirlo. Having shipped Blaise Matuidi out to Inter Miami, the new Juve manager wants to free up a few more dressing-room pegs and is ready to terminate the contracts of Gonzalo Higuaín and Sami Khedira. Juve winger Douglas Costa is also up for sale and has been linked with a move to Manchester United, should their well-documented efforts to lure Jadon Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund come to nothing. Also surplus to requirements, Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey has also been mentioned as a potential new United recruit.

Lewis Dunk has signed a new five-year deal with Brighton, putting an end to speculation suggesting he could be off to Chelsea but fuelling further talk that Ben White will leave the south coast club instead. And finally, following Inter’s defeat in the Europa League final on Friday night, Antonio Conte is expected to leave his managerial post at the Serie A club this week. Max Allegri is reported to have been lined up as his replacement as Inter try to end a trophy drought heading into its 10th year.


‘Brilliant’ player will leave West Ham United in the next 24 hours

Jordan Hugill is set to leave West Ham United in the next 24 hours, according to the Eastern Daily Press.

Hugill is now on the verge of a move to Norwich City, with his transfer set to go through in the very near future.

Hugill is said to have travelled to Norwich at the weekend, with his move away from West Ham now a formality.

The report does not say how much Norwich have paid to land the powerful forward from West Ham, but David Moyes will surely put any funds they raise from his sale towards their own additions this summer.

Hugill has struggled to make an impact during his time at West Ham, but he remains a real threat at Championship level.

The 28-year-old bagged 15 goals in the second tier last season for QPR, which led to their director of football Les Ferdinand labelling him as ‘brilliant’ in the Kilburn Times.

He should now be a valuable asset for Norwich as they aim to earn an immediate promotion.

West Ham, meanwhile, may wish to find another forward, after letting both Hugill and Albian Ajeti go this summer.

Daily Star

David Moyes sends transfer warning to West Ham fans expecting big signings

West Ham United boss David Moyes has poured cold water on talk of more big-money signings arriving in east London between now and the end of the summer transfer window

By Paul Brown

David Moyes has warned West Ham fans not to expect big signings this summer as money is tight at the club.

The Hammers boss needs to sell to raise transfer funds this summer but there have so far been no offers for the likes of Felipe Anderson.

And Moyes knows he has to improve the players he already has if West Ham are to avoid another relegation battle this season.

He said: “We’re just coming out of COVID, so everybody understands in football that the money’s tight at this time of the season.

“We’re going to try and improve the players we have. I’ve always been more interested in the players we’ve got than the ones who are at other clubs.

“We’ve got some bright young players and some players who are improving, so if we can add to it, great.

“But the owners spent a lot of money over a year ago, and I’m sure we don’t have that amount of money available to spend again.”

Moyes wants to bring in a central defender, full back and forward, but his funds are limited unless the club can shift some of it’s high earners.

As well as Anderson, the Hammers would listen to offers for the likes of Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko.

But Moyes believes he can improve the players he already has - and wants to promote from the Academy to help build a hungry young core at the club.

He said: “We’re trying to build a slightly better bridge between the Academy and the first team.

“We want to add to it and we know if we can, we’ve got to get more - the best - out of the players we’ve got.

“We want to try and have a much more athletic and faster team, so we’re trying to work towards that if we can.”


West Ham United plotting double swoop for Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson

According to The Sun, West Ham United are leading the race for the signature of £18 million-rated Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.

The 28-year-old is set to leave the Vitality Stadium after their relegation, and he is also wanted by Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Newcastle United.

Sources close to Wilson have told The Sun that he is leaning towards a switch to West Ham, and manager David Moyes also wants to sign his fellow Bournemouth attacker Ryan Fraser.

The Scotland international is a free agent having left the Cherries prior to Project Restart, and he has been linked with joining Crystal Palace.

The Eagles have offered him a £50,000-a-week deal, but the Hammers are ready to match the terms as they look to boost their attack.

Fraser, 26, scored once and assisted four others in 28 league games last term, but his return of seven goals and 14 assists in 38 games last season continues to remind suitors of his quality.

West Ham could do with more attacking firepower on the wings, and the winger can help boost their chances of finishing in the top half of the table next term.

Wilson has 40 top-flight goals across five seasons for Bournemouth and has proven to be a reliable goalscorer.

The England international wants to play at the European Championship next summer, and he will be keen to give his all at West Ham should a move work out.


Aaron Ramsey could leave Juventus for either Crystal Palace or West Ham

Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey could secure a sensational move to either West Ham or Crystal Palace, according to a report from Gazzetta Dello Sport.

The Welsh midfielder is said to be among a number of players Juve are willing to let go this summer as they look to clear some of their wages and restructure the squad for their new boss, Andrea Pirlo.

Ramsey has struggled to have any sort of impact since securing a big contract in Turin after leaving Arsenal. The BBC claimed that the deal was worth around £400k-a-week to the Welshman back in 2019.

But his future would appear to lie away from Serie A, with English clubs now on red-alert. And Gazzetta has named both the Hammers and Palace as potential destinations for Ramsey.

Both clubs are in need of reinforcements and would no doubt welcome the addition of Ramsey, who has 58 caps and 14 goals for his country.

Surely this has to be a loan, the wages are ridiculous – TBR View

There is no way West Ham or Crystal Palace are going to be paying £400k-a-week to land Aaron Ramsey.

It’s not that he isn’t a good footballer or wouldn’t offer quality, it’s just that those sorts of figures are simply ludicrous, especially in the current climate.

The only way this deal happens is on a loan with Juventus still subsidising some of the wages. Anything other than that would represent bad business for both Palace and West Ham.

For Ramsey, he definitely needs a move to reignite his career so he’ll be hoping that someone takes a punt on him.

Sport Witness

West Ham could sign player for free – And then pay a transfer fee later

Iago Herrerin is looking to leave Athletic Club Bilbao, report AS in their Monday edition. The goalkeeper moved to the club in 2012, having previously spent part of his youth career there.

Now 32 years of age he’s looking for a new challenge, aware he’s very unlikely to find his way into the team, given Unai Simon’s presence at the club.

His head is already elsewhere, and AS state Herrerin fancies a move to the Premier League this summer, with West Ham pushed forward as an option.

The Hammers are yet to make a concrete move, but if they do so then the player will see that chance with more enthusiasm than other options, such as a move to Turkey.

AS state Herrerin’s representatives are in talks with Athletic Club about the method of an exit. The Basque side could even let Herrerin leave for free, as long as they’d get bonuses related to appearances and progress, plus a share of any future transfer fee.

Effectively, West Ham could sign the player for free, only having to part with cash should they use him.


Jordan Hugill departs West Ham United for Norwich City

West Ham United can confirm Jordan Hugill has joined Norwich City on a permanent basis.

The centre forward moves to the Canaries for an undisclosed fee, two-and-a-half years after joining the Hammers from Preston North End.

The 28-year-old moves to Norfolk after making three Premier League appearances in Claret and Blue, all of which were as a substitute at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Middlesbrough-born Hugill has spent the past two seasons on loan in the Championship, with his hometown club in 2018/19 and with Queens Park Rangers last term, scoring 22 goals in 82 games in total.

West Ham United would like to thank Jordan for his professionalism, hard work and commitment and wish him the very best for his future career.

Toon blog

NUFC star asks agent to sort his future as West Ham & Crystal Palace eye bargain deal – Report

According to The Chronicle, Isaac Hayden is now in touch with a new agent in a bid to sort out his future at Newcastle.

The 25-year-old has just 10 months remaining on his current deal and is yet to commit to the club, with him battling personal issues involving himself and family down for a few seasons now.

As a result, Lee Ryder reveals that both West Ham and Crystal Palace have been monitoring his situation closely, with both believed to be eyeing a move for the midfielder should he seek a move away from St James’ Park.

The Chronicle claim that Steve Bruce has been ‘flexible’ with Hayden regarding travel to see his young daughter, and state that talks over a new deal are ‘ongoing’, but it seems he’s now deployed the help of agent Will Salthouse in a bid to finalise his future one way or another.

Considering the energy, bite and athleticism he brings to our midfield, it would be a real blow to lose Hayden.

Ideally he’s happy and signs a new long-term deal, but if he is seeking a move down South it’s key we at least sort out a new contract so we don’t lose him on a cut-price fee in January or free agent next summer.

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Jasnik 10:52 Mon Aug 24
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Aaron -- we probably get Gordon.

Mex Martillo 5:05 Mon Aug 24
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 12:47 Mon Aug 24

gph 2:51 Mon Aug 24
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

This difficulty in selling Anderson - who could've guessed?

We'll just have to hire a team of sports psychologists dedicated to sorting out his head.

With an old-fashioned one who believes in ECT as back-up...

Texas Iron 2:17 Mon Aug 24
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

eusebiovic 1:08 Mon Aug 24
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I don't expect some BIG signings but some shrewd ones would make a welcome change

Callum Wilson has had two serious knee ligament operations in both legs. Sure, he battled back from them and punched above his weight for a while but given our illustrious injuries record it would be best to steer well clear IMHO.

ted fenton 12:47 Mon Aug 24
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:44 Mon Aug 24

ted fenton 12:45 Mon Aug 24
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 12:44 Mon Aug 24
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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