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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 11:57 Mon Aug 31
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are prepared to pay 33-year-old Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi £450m as part of a five-year plan that would eventually see him join New York City FC. (Sport - in Spanish)

Manchester United have held talks with Aston Villa as they strive to reach an agreement on a deal for 24-year-old English playmaker Jack Grealish. (Mail)

Tottenham attempted to hijack Manchester United's move for Netherlands and Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, 23. (Mirror)

Arsenal are set to offer Argentine keeper Emiliano Martinez, 27, a new deal and could do the same for England full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 23, if he stays at the club. (Mirror)

Spain's 25-year-old goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has been linked with leaving Chelsea, wants to stay at the Stamford Bridge club and fight for his place. (Sun)

Leeds United are interested in signing Udinese's Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul but have been told any move for the 26-year-old would cost £31m. (Guardian)

Tottenham and Newcastle are interested in Bournemouth and Norway forward Joshua King, 28. (Chronicle)

Valencia have enquired about Arsenal's 21-year-old French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi. (Super Deporte - in Spanish)

Barcelona and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 33, would be open to a return to former club Juventus. (Goal)

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte wants to sign France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 29, from Chelsea. (Football Italia)

Emerson Palmieri's agent says Inter are interested in signing the 26-year-old Italy left-back from Chelsea this summer. (Goal)

West Ham's French striker Sebastien Haller, 26, has rejected the chance to join Hertha BSC. (90 mins)

Barcelona must pay £12m if they wish to cancel 33-year-old Uruguay forward Luis Suarez's contract. (Goal)

Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara's agent says Arsenal are interested in the 23-year-old Guinea player. (Tuttomercato, via Standard)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Rob Smyth

The Mill doesn’t do bank holidays. We spend them, same as any other day, with our ear and nose to the ground, even though we’ve been warned multiple times about the long-term damage to our neck muscles. It’s the only way to ensure we don’t miss out on the latest tittle-tattle.

How else would we know, for example, that despite agreeing a fee with Ajax for midfielder Donny van de Beek, Manchester United want to gazump Liverpool and sign Thiago Alcântara from Bayern Munich? Or that – you won’t believe this – United are also keen on Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish?
Men's transfer window summer 2020 – all deals from Europe's top five leagues
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Liverpool have long been linked with Adama Traoré of Wolves, but reports suggest Jürgen Klopp is going to pursue a cheaper option – Ismaïla Sarr, who he hopes to buy from Watford for £40m. But Liverpool may lose Gini Wijnaldum, who along with Sadio Mané is wanted for Barcelona’s Mes Que un Rebrand. The stampede from that sinking ship continues with Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal both apparently keen to join the burgeoning clan of Juventus geriatricos.

José Mourinho won’t be spending £40m on man nor beast. He is going to demonstrate his genius by winning the Premier League, the Champions League and the World Cup with a team comprising only B-list signings. Matt Doherty has joined from Wolves and next up is Bournemouth’s Joshua King, unless Newcastle get there first.

Antonio Conte is still meticulously building a Chelsea/Manchester United tribute team at Internazionale. He wants to raid his old club for Emerson Palmieri, Olivier Giroud and – wouldn’t-we-all department – N’Golo Kante.

Finally, Valencia have trained their peepers on Arsenal’s Kevin the Teenager, also known in some cultures as Matteo Guendouzi. The Gunners would like to work with Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara. Lucas Torreira may be offered in part-exchange, which isn’t great news for the ankles of Serie A.

The Athletic

The winners and losers from West Ham’s pre-season so far

By Roshane Thomas

On the face of it, so far so good from West Ham United. David Moyes’s side have won all their games in pre-season and the players have provided the manager with a number of conundrums in different positions.

The emergence of Grady Diangana means Pablo Fornals faces competition for a starting berth on the left flank, Sebastien Haller served a reminder that he knows where the back of the net is following a hat-trick against Ipswich Town, while the phrase “if you’re good enough, you’re old enough” applies to the 16-year-old defender Jamal Baptiste, who played well against Wycombe Wanderers.

As the players increase their fitness levels before their league opener against Newcastle United on September 12, The Athletic has a look at who have been some of the “risers” and “fallers” during the first half of pre-season.


Grady Diangana: The 22-year-old caught the eye in the 4-1 win at Ipswich Town having provided assists for the first two goals, which were scored by Haller. Diangana showed great movement as he alternated between the right and left flanks and it was a similar theme against Brentford. On Saturday he linked up well with Fornals, who played in a No 10 role in the 4-2-3-1 formation. Diangana has been one of the best performers in pre-season and it would be hard to picture another player starting on the left flank come the first day of the season.

Sebastien Haller: It is no secret that the club’s record signing struggled to influence games on a regular basis last season. Seven goals in 35 appearances is not how Haller would have envisioned his first year in English football. But a hat-trick against Ipswich Town, albeit League One opponents, was an encouraging sign that the striker is keen on being West Ham’s focal point up front. Michail Antonio’s imperious goalscoring form towards the latter stages of last season has put pressure on Haller, but the early signs indicate he will relish the battle. On Saturday the Frenchman often got the better of Brentford defender Ethan Pinnock and looked a handful.

Jarrod Bowen: Here’s one “riser” that will not come as a surprise. Whether it’s his range of passing, his ability to score or the way he gets past defenders with pace, Bowen has continued his impressive form from last season. The winger scored two goals in the 5-1 win at Wycombe Wanderers and it was Bowen’s pressing that led to David Stockdale’s calamitous error in that game as a back pass from Darius Charles rolled between the goalkeeper’s legs for an own goal. Against Brentford, Bowen played on the right flank and regularly cut in on to his left foot whether it was to shoot or attempt a cross. A player of Bowen’s ability is capable of scoring 10 goals a season and if there is one player who will play a big part in West Ham competing higher up the table, then it’s Bowen.

Tomas Soucek: It would not be outlandish to say Soucek could finish the 2020-21 season as the club’s top scorer. He scored a header against Ipswich and once again found the back of the net against Brentford. Having scored three goals in 13 appearances last term, you get the impression he is more than capable of reaching double figures. Soucek is a threat in the air, he runs as if he’s competing in the London Marathon and is quite possibly the best box-to-box midfielder the club has had since a prime Cheikhou Kouyate.

Jamal Baptiste: What was most impressive about Baptiste’s performance against Wycombe was his mental toughness. When the 16-year-old misplaced a pass he quickly recovered. It didn’t affect his confidence, he didn’t shy away from asking for the ball, he remained composed and played the full 90 minutes. The centre-back is arguably one of the most talented youngsters on the books. He made his debut for the under-23s last September when he was 15 and there will be comparisons to Reece Oxford, now at Augsburg, who played in a similar position. With Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna the preferred defensive partnership, Baptiste will hopefully feature for the first-team in cup competitions.

Harrison Ashby: Ashby is a name that may not be familiar to West Ham fans, but the right-back was impressive in the under-23’s 3-1 win at Leyton Orient. He regularly surged forward, put a number of good crosses into the box and was solid defensively. Ben Johnson and Ryan Fredericks will be competing for a starting berth in the right-back position but Ashby could head into the campaign as the third choice. Although Johnson impressed last season, similar to Fredericks, the 20-year-old has been plagued by injuries. Jeremy Ngakia, now at Watford, was fairly unknown when he made his first-team debut. Ashby could feature if suspension or injury causes Johnson or Fredericks to miss a game.

Josh Cullen: Two loan spells at Charlton Athletic have helped Cullen’s confidence. In the 45 minutes he played against Brentford he didn’t complicate things and the midfielder is a better footballer than Carlos Sanchez, who was released at the end of last season. In an interview with The Athletic, Cullen said he backs himself to break into the first team at West Ham. Although it is early days, the midfielder has caught the eye.


Jack Wilshere: The former Arsenal midfielder was anonymous against Brentford and you wonder whether he will still be a West Ham player when the window closes on October 5. He played the first half alongside Mark Noble but struggled to have any impact. The last time the 28-year-old impressed in a West Ham jersey was during the 2-0 cup win at Newport County having scored his first goal for the club — that was over a year ago. There were high hopes when Wilshere joined West Ham in July 2018 but it hasn’t worked out. There has also been reported interest in the MLS which The Athletic reported last November.

Xande Silva: The 23-year-old needs to be playing regularly. It is hard for players like Silva to receive that opportunity at a club like West Ham as they often play with a lone striker. Case in point being the recent departures of Albian Ajeti to Celtic and Jordan Hugill to Norwich City, both of whom were peripheral figures. Silva only played 19 minutes against Wycombe and was not named in the match-day squad against Brentford.

Fabian Balbuena: It was another unconvincing performance from Balbuena against Brentford. There was a passage of play in the second half when Emiliano Marcondes whipped in a cross into the box and Brentford forward Gustav Mogensen showed great movement to lose Balbuena only for his shot to go wide. In the Premier League against better players, the defender would have been punished. It was another reminder why the club need to sign a centre-half in this window.

Aaron Cresswell: There was one left-back who played well in the Brentford match but he was not wearing claret and blue. Rico Henry was brilliant for Brentford and was a constant threat going forward. He is the sort of player that fits the profile Moyes is looking for: young exciting players from the Championship. Cresswell, however, was fairly solid last season but against Brentford he struggled to deal with Bryan Mbeumo’s pace.

Ryan Fredericks: Fredericks missed the games against Wycombe and Ipswich but in the 45 minutes he played against Brentford, his final ball let him down. His main strength is his pace but often when he gets into the final third he makes the wrong pass or overhits the ball.

In between

Andriy Yarmolenko: Yarmolenko scored the opener against Brentford and was disciplined when tracking back, particularly when it came to following Sergi Canos’ runs. He hit the post against Ipswich and could well have been in the “risers” section. With Bowen a firm favourite for the right-wing position it remains to be seen whether Yarmolenko will be fine with being a squad player, or if he will seek first-team opportunities elsewhere.

Arthur Masuaku: The battle for the starting left-back spot between Cresswell and Masuaku has had its good and bad moments. Both have struggled at times with their defensive responsibilities. On his day, Masuaku, 26, looks good and is capable of scoring goals like the one we saw against Wycombe, then the next he will be poor. More consistency out of each of them would be desirable. Cresswell, 30, has a slight edge, but a younger option in the left-back position would be useful.

Manuel Lanzini: The Argentinian scored against Wycombe and had a good game. He has lost momentum since sustaining a knee injury while on international duty in 2018 but Moyes clearly likes Lanzini and has shown a lot of faith in him. Providing the attacking midfielder is still at the club after October 5, he needs to play with more confidence and influence the game more.

Dan Kemp: The youngster was arguably the best player on the pitch in the under-23’s victory against Orient. Last season he was loaned out to League Two side Stevenage and could do with another loan spell. Despite impressing going forward, the midfielder lost possession too many times and at a higher level you can’t afford to do that.


Ogbonna: 'West Ham, I would make the choice again.

Angelo Ogbonna, defender of West Ham, former Turin and Juventus, speaks to La Gazzetta dello Sport, starting from his experience in England: "These five years have flown by. If I went back, I would make the same choice. I consider London my second home. I know where the future will take me. For now I'm fine here. I have a contract valid until 2022 and I would like to win something.

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Texas Iron 4:42 Tue Sep 1
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Boycie 12:28 Tue Sep 1
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks Alan. My son played against Baptiste in a school game. Kicked him up in the air Baptiste says "you shouldn't have done that" picks the ball up from a goal kick ran the length of the pitch and scored

Mex Martillo 9:19 Mon Aug 31
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Alan 1:06 Mon Aug 31
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Guardian Rumour Mill added

CrowleyHammer 1:00 Mon Aug 31
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"There were high hopes when Wilshere joined West Ham in July 2018 "

No there wasn't.

Thanks Alan 12:53 Mon Aug 31
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Aiser Zosooo 12:09 Mon Aug 31

Kaiser Zoso 12:10 Mon Aug 31
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Haha haha

Fuck knows what happened there?

Anyway, thanks Alan

Kaiser Zoso 12:09 Mon Aug 31
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Hanks Alannn

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