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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 1:51 Sat Aug 29
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Lionel Messi's father has told Paris St-Germain that the Barcelona and Argentina forward, 33, wants to join Manchester City. (L'Equipe, in French)

Messi called Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last Tuesday - before telling Barcelona he wants to leave - and told him: "I want to win the next two Ballon d'Or awards, and I can only do that with you." (Marca)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has rejected a meeting with Messi to negotiate his departure and is clinging to a £624m termination clause. (El Periodico, in Spanish)

Chelsea are interested in signing 21-year-old Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is valued at nearly £50m but has entered the final year of his contract at AC Milan. (Football Insider)

However, Milan are in talks over re-signing Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after having the 33-year-old Bosnian on loan as cover for Donnarumma for the second half of last season. (Telegraph, subscription required)

Meanwhile, Chelsea could also push their summer spending over £250m after considering making £80m offer for West Ham United and England midfielder Declan Rice, 21. (Sun)

Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 29, is wanted by Barcelona. (Goal)

Republic of Ireland right-back Matt Doherty, 28, will have a medical with Tottenham on Saturday after they agreed to pay an initial £12m to Wolves. (Football London)

Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 28, is open to leaving Liverpool and rejoining former Southampton boss Ronald Koeman at Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo, in Spanish)

Freiburg and Germany defender Robin Koch, 22, has agreed personal terms with Leeds United. (Football Insider)

Manchester United are close to completing deals for young Spanish full-backs Marc Jurado, 16, and Alvaro Fernandez, 17, who would join from Barcelona and Real Madrid's youth set-ups respectively. The pair have already been pictured in United training gear with squad numbers 88 and 90. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa are set to beat Sheffield United and Fulham to a £12m deal for Nottingham Forest's English right-back Matty Cash, 23. (Telegraph, subscription required)

Real Betis are closing in on the signing of 37-year-old Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who has been released by Manchester City. (Marca)

Inter Milan are in the final stages of negotiating a £1.34m deal to sign Roma's Serbia left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, 34. (Gazzetta dello Sport, in Italian)

Spain Under-21 midfielder Brahim Diaz, 21, is close to joining AC Milan from Real Madrid. (Marca, in Spanish)


West Ham want Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer

According to reports from the Express, West Ham United have joined the race to sign Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.

The Hammers, however, are not alone in the race to sign him. They have joined Southampton and West Brom in the race to sign the 22-year-old defender.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has insisted that he is not looking to sell any of their key players this summer.

However, following Celtic’s early exit from the Champions League, there have been reports that some of the players have expressed their desire to leave the club this summer.

Ajer could be one of them. It has been reported that the Hoops boss is also prepared to let the Norway international leave.

The highly-rated center-back, who can play as a defensive midfielder, would cost in the region of £20 million.

West Ham conceded 62 goals in 38 Premier League matches last season, and Moyes desperately wants to add a solid defender before the new season begins.

However, like so many other clubs across the world, the Hammers are also facing problems with their finances. Moyes hasn’t been provided a huge transfer kitty, and he needs to offload some of the players to fund moves for new arrivals.

West Ham have developed a good relationship with Celtic already having sold Albian Ajeti to the Bhoys this summer.

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DagenhamDave 11:21 Sun Aug 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"The highly-rated center-back, who can play as a defensive midfielder, would cost in the region of £20 million."

Haha, so very likely to happen then...

Cicero 2:40 Sat Aug 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

ted fenton 2:10 Sat Aug 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:00 Sat Aug 29

Thanks Alan 2:00 Sat Aug 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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