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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 12:33 Sun Aug 30
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Senior figures at Barcelona expect Argentina playmaker Lionel Messi, 33, to join Manchester City. (Sunday Telegraph, subscription required)

Manchester City are hopeful of a double high-profile signing, with Messi plus a new contract for manager Pep Guardiola. (Sunday Mirror)

Meanwhile, Messi has told Barcelona he will not be turning up for coronavirus testing on Sunday. (Marca)

But a football agent who helped to take Messi to Barcelona claims it is "90%" sure he will stay at the Nou Camp. (Manchester Evening News)

Colombia international James Rodriguez, 29, will have a medical at Everton early next week as the Toffees close in on a season-long loan deal for the Real Madrid attacking midfielder. (Talksport)

Tottenham's Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier, 27, has rejected a move to Wolves as part of the proposed deal taking Republic of Ireland's Matt Doherty, 28, in the other direction. (Daily Star Sunday)

Inter Milan have told Tottenham they are interested in signing Tanguy Ndombele but want Spurs to lower their £55m valuation of the 23-year-old France midfielder. (Sunday Express)

Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 23, is waiting to see if Barcelona bid for him before considering a move to Manchester United or Tottenham. (Sport, in Spanish)

Manchester City's bid to secure Kevin de Bruyne to a new £350,000-a-week contract has been put on hold after the 29-year-old Belgium midfielder's agent was arrested by Belgian police. (Sunday Mirror)

Aston Villa want to bring back back Chelsea's Tammy Abraham, 22, to Villa Park following a successful loan spell in 2018-19, but the England striker wants to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge. (Mail)

Aston Villa are also preparing a £10m offer for Arsenal's Argentine goalkeeper Emi Martinez, 27. (Independent on Sunday)

Newcastle have emerged as favourites to sign Arsenal's English defender Rob Holding, 24, on a season-long loan. (The Athletic, subscription required)

Newcastle have also enquired about signing Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 23, but have been put off by the £25m asking price. The Gunners rejected a £15m offer from Wolves last week. (Sunday Telegraph, subscription required)

Everton and England defender Michael Keane, 27, has agreed terms on a lucrative new contract at Goodison Park. (Football Insider)

Meanwhile, Everton could further sure up their defence with manager Carlo Ancelloti interested in Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 33, while Leeds are also keen on the Argentina international. (Sunday Mirror)

Newcastle have been linked with Porto's Mali striker Moussa Marega, 29. (A Bola, in Portuguese)

French defender Niels Nkounkou, 19, has revealed Carlo Ancelotti made a personal phone call before he completed his Everton transfer. (Liverpool Echo)


Fenerbahce make move to sign popular West Ham star

Turkish giants Fenerbahce have made an approach for West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini, TEAMtalk can reveal.

The Hammers are looking to move on some of their highest earners, particularly ones not David Moyes’ plans.

One of those is Argentine international midfielder Lanzini, who has been a cornerstone of West Ham’s squad since joining the club in 2015.

A popular figure, he has chalked up over 130 appearances for the club. But he started just 14 games last season and could now be moving on.

Fener have been one of the first clubs to make a move. However, their loan offer is doomed to failure as the player himself is not keen on making the switch.

West Ham would also rather sell and raise some much-needed transfer funds.

So as it stands, the offer from Istanbul will not go any further.


West Ham have joined Leeds in the race for Shakhtar Donetsk defender Mykola Matviyenko, according to reports.

Matviyenko has emerged as a target for a number of Premier League clubs recently. The 24-year-old has impressed over the past couple of seasons with Shakhtar, who reached the Europa League semi-finals in 2019-20.

Ahead of their return to the top flight, Leeds are looking for reinforcements. They have already been busy, with the addition of Rodrigo Moreno soon to be followed by that of Robin Koch.

Koch may not be the only defender Leeds sign this summer, though. The Whites also have an interest in Matviyenko, who can play as a central defender or left-back.

According to the Express, though, Leeds face competition for the Ukraine international. The paper claims West Ham have also outlined Matviyenko as a target.

West Ham narrowly avoided relegation last season, with defence one of their key issues. David Moyes wants them to sign another centre-back, and while they had been considering Brighton’s Shane Duffy, they prefer Matviyenko because he is younger.

The Hammers will have to wait if they want to rival Leeds for Matviyenko, though. They cannot afford to buy before offloading some of their players – with the Express adding that Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Arthur Masuaku are all considered expendable.

In addition to Leeds and West Ham, the report adds that Wolves and Everton also have Matviyenko on their radar. Shakhtar value him at around £20m.

Matviyenko was a target for Arsenal back in January, but it appears they have turned their attention elsewhere. Gabriel Magalhaes remains the most likely defensive addition at the Emirates Stadium.

TBR (Surely nonsense)

Report: West Ham willing to loan Sebastien Haller out; Hertha Berlin keen

By Jordan Harris

West Ham United are listening to loan offers for Sebastien Haller this summer, according to a report from the Sunday People (30/8; page 56).

Haller has had a mixed time since moving to the London Stadium. The Sunday People notes that he cost £45 million. But there have, so far, only been glimpses of a player worth that sort of price.

He finished his first Premier League season with seven goals to his name. It may come as little surprise to the Hammers fans that he could be on the move this summer.

However, what may surprise some is that the Sunday People (30/8; page 56) is claiming that the Irons will listen to bids that could see Haller leave on loan.

The report notes that Hertha Berlin want to take the 26-year-old on a two-year loan.
TBR View: Loan exit could be poor piece of business from West Ham

If David Moyes is working with a modest budget this summer, a loan exit for Haller would arguably be a questionable decision.

Offloading his wages may prove beneficial. And it would be a surprise if the Hammers did not demand a substantial loan fee from any potential admirer.

But replacing him with a better striker will be much more difficult if he leaves on loan.

On the other hand, West Ham will have surely considered the task awaiting them if Haller leaves on loan. So if they are confident that they would be better off loaning him out, then perhaps they are optimistic that they can make the situation work out for them.

Evening Standard

West Ham continue winning pre-season form with Yarmolenko and Soucek on target against Brentford

Tony Mogan

West Ham stepped up their preparations for the 2020-21 season with a 2-1 win over Brentford.

Pre-season continued at the London Stadium on Saturday with Andriy Yarmolenko and Tomas Soucek on target for the hosts.

It is now three pre-season wins on the bounce for David Moyes' side following midweek wins over Wycombe Wanderers and Ipswich.

Yarmolenko opened the scoring in the first-half, finding the back of the net after a through ball from Pablo Fornals.

The Bees levelled up after 32 minutes however, Marcus Forss heading home a cross from Rico Henry.

Moyes made seven changes at half-time, Soucek one of them. The January signing combined with Michail Antonio as West Ham retook the lead.

West Ham have two more scheduled pre-season fixtures against Reading and Bournemouth before hosting Newcastle in their opening game of the new Premier League season on Saturday September 12.


Yarmolenko & Soucek strike to see off Bees

West Ham United 2-1 Brentford
Pre-Season Match

West Ham United's winning start to pre-season continued on Saturday as David Moyes' men saw off Brentford at London Stadium.

Andriy Yarmolenko and Tomas Soucek were on target with a goal either side of the break to ensure Marcus Forss' 32nd minute leveller would not end their 100 per cent record in preparation for the 2020/21 campaign.

Following wins over Wycombe Wanderers and Ipswich Town in midweek, the 2-1 success against the Bees was another step forward ahead of the Premier League campaign, which kicks-off in two weeks' time against Newcastle United.

It was Brentford who started the brighter, however, and Sergi Canos was the width of a post away from giving them a second minute lead.

His right-footed strike from the edge of the box had Lukasz Fabianski worried, but bounced off the foot of the far post and back out to safety, where the hosts scrambled to safety.

Josh Dasilva then fizzed an effort just wide of the mark from 20 yards, and West Ham responded by opening the scoring with just five minutes played.

Pablo Fornals laid the goal on for Yarmolenko expertly, delaying his pass until the winger had burst into space in the right channel. Bees full back Rico Henry could not recover in time, sliding in vain as Yarmolenko’s shot nestled in Luke Daniels’ net.

Brentford, perhaps feeling a touch unfortunate to concede the first goal, came back strongly and Angelo Ogbonna needed to block Ethan Pinnock’s shot from close range after a set-piece dropped inside the West Ham box.

At the other end Grady Diang and Pablo Fornals combined nearly to make their way into the Brentford box on 26 minutes. Fornals tried to return possession to his teammate with a backheel, and although it was cut out, the ricochet fell nicely for the Spaniard to shoot goalwards and force Daniels into a scrambling save.

Brentford’s main threat was coming down their left hand side, and full back Henry got up the pitch well to latch onto Canos’ cushioned header on 30 minutes, but looped his shot over the bar when well placed.

Two minutes later, the pair combined to better effect, as Henry’s run inside off the flank was met by a pass from Canos, allowing the left back to drill over a cross which Forss directed into Fabianski’s net with a forceful downward header.

With the scores level at the break, David Moyes made seven changes to his side, and two of the half-time arrivals combined to re-establish the lead for the hosts just past the hour.

Michail Antonio had too much strength for Henrik Dalsgaard as he forged a path into the Bees’ area, and as Pontus Jansson got back towards him, the No30 laid off for Soucek to take a touch and roll into the net.

Charlie Goode stabbed a shot straight at Fabianski as Brentford tried to hit-back from a set-piece, but West Ham finished the stronger and twice tested Daniels in the closing stages.

Felipe Anderson was involved in both chances, setting up the first for Manuel Lanzini with a square pass just outside the box. Lanzini took a touch and tried to bend a shot inside the right hand post, but the Bees keeper dived to push away.

Then, with four minutes left, the Brazilian winger ran round the outside of centre-back Goode and shot low towards the far post. Again, Daniels was equal to the effort, plunging down to his left to save.

West Ham United: Fabianski, Fredericks (Johnson 58), Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell (Masuaku 46), Noble (Cullen 46), Wilshere (Soucek 46), Diang (Bowen 46), Fornals (Lanzini 46), Yarmolenko (Felipe Anderson 46), Haller (Antonio 46 (Coventry 74))
Subs: Randolph, Baptiste

Goals: Yarmolenko 5, Soucek 61

Brentford: Daniels, Henry (Roerslev 62), Pinnock (Goode 62), Norgaard (Sorensen 62), Canos (Thompson 62), Jensen (Maghoma 62), Dasilva (Marcondes 62), Forss (Zamburek 62), Jansson (Valencia 62), Mbeumo (Fosu 62), Dalsgaard (Mogensen 62)
Subs: Balcombe

Goal: Forss 32

Referee: Stuart Attwell

90 Min

Sébastien Haller Rejects Bundesliga Return in Favour of West Ham Stay

Exclusive - West Ham United striker Sébastien Haller has rejected the chance to leave the London Stadium this summer, with Hertha BSC failing with an offer for the Frenchman.

The 26-year-old, who joined in a £45m deal from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer, managed seven goals in his debut season in the Premier League, but lost his place in the starting lineup towards the end of the season after failing to start a single game post-lockdown.

Having struggled to make the kind of impact hoped for, Haller's future at West Ham has been called into question and a source has confirmed to 90min that the Frenchman has been made available for transfer after just one season.

The Hammers are hoping to raise funds for manager David Moyes, who is looking to embark on somewhat of a spending spree to ensure West Ham don't find themselves in another relegation battle in the coming season.

They see offloading Haller as an easy way to raise a significant fee, and the first side to show any concrete interest were Hertha, who are looking for possible replacements for Serie A-linked Krzysztof Piątek. However, Haller is in no rush to leave London and is very happy with life in England in general.

Hertha's offer of a two-year loan was also scoffed at by West Ham, who would prefer to see Haller leave permanently for a fee close to the £45m they paid last summer.

There is still plenty of interest in Haller from elsewhere - with reports suggesting Monaco are keen on the Frenchman - but Haller hopes to reject all the offers and instead fight for his place at the London Stadium.

He faces a battle with Michail Antonio, who moved into a central striker role post-lockdown and responded with eight goals and one assist in just nine games, including a stunning four-goal haul against Norwich City.

With West Ham still looking to raise money, Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson is seen as a likely casualty, while Chelsea continue to be linked with a big-money bid for versatile midfielder Declan Rice.

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SDKFZ 222 3:18 Sun Aug 30
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I hope he gets out of his lazy bed and signs for us.

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SDKFZ 222 3:18 Sun Aug 30
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I hope he gets out of his lazy bed and signs for us.

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