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 11:08 Tue Sep 1
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona this summer and is "likely" to move to Manchester City, according to presidential candidate Toni Freixa. (Goal)

Barcelona believe the only way the Argentina forward, 33, can legally leave for free is if he commits to not playing football next season. (ESPN)

The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, has urged Messi to return to boyhood club Newell's Old Boys. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea have agreed to sign Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 21, for an initial club-record fee of £72m, which will take their summer transfer spending past £200m. (Guardian)

Manchester United are targeting RB Leipzig's French defender Dayot Upamecano, 21. (ESPN)

Manchester United are looking to sell England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 27, and Brazil midfielder Andreas Pereira, 24, as they are deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. (Mail)

Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 24, is poised to rejoin Arsenal on a season-long loan from Real Madrid this week. (Guardian)

Clubs in Saudi Arabia and Qatar have expressed interest in signing Germany's Mesut Ozil this summer, but the Arsenal playmaker, 31, has no intention of leaving London. (Telegraph)

Tottenham have opened talks over a new contract for French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 33, despite signing Joe Hart on a free transfer. (Football Insider)

Spurs are in talks to sign Bournemouth and Norway striker Josh King and also want the Cherries' English forward Callum Wilson, both 28. (Talksport)

Aston Villa are also interested in signing Wilson from Bournemouth. (Mail)

Schalke are chasing Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, the 27-year-old Argentine who has also been linked with Aston Villa. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal have agreed to send English centre-back Rob Holding, 24, on loan to Newcastle United, with the deal set to be completed this week. (Talksport)

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 32, is set to leave Barcelona and join former club Sevilla for a nominal fee. (Goal)

Inter Milan could look to offload Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 28, eight months after signing him from Tottenham. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Crystal Palace are leading the chase to sign Chelsea's English midfielder Conor Gallagher, 20, on a season-long loan. (Sun)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Perusing the Turkish papers this morning as it invariably does in the interests of thoroughness, the Rumour Mill couldn’t help but notice speculation linking Arsenal outcast Mesut Özil with a potentially lucrative move to Saudi Arabia, where Al-Nassr are reported to have offered him a contract worth £15m per annum. Despite being frozen out by Mikel Arteta, Özil has already made it abundantly clear he has no intention of leaving Arsenal before his £350,000-per-week contract expires next summer, which suggests the Riyadh-based club are whistling in the wind.

While Özil does not feature in Arteta’s future plans, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is wanted by the Arsenal manager, who is prepared to negotiate another loan deal for the Spanish midfielder. Arsenal have had three bids to re-sign Ceballos turned down already but Real are expected to wave the mooted deal through sooner rather than later. “Dani knows really well what I think about him,” said Arteta following the FA Cup final victory. “He was pretty clear with me as well that his intention was to remain with us. Obviously, Real Madrid is involved there and I don’t know yet what they want to do with the player. He is a player we are interested in because we really saw in the last few months of the season what he is capable of bringing to us.”

Despite signing German international Robin Koch from Freiberg, Leeds remain in the market for another central defender, but seem to have been priced out of a move for Arsenal’s Rob Holding. Following his excellent performance in the Community Shield against Liverpool, Holding looks on the verge of a loan move to Newcastle that should be completed this week.

Everton are raiding the Spanish market for high profile hand-me-downs, with much of the bank holiday transfer speculation suggesting James Rodríguez is on his way to Goodison Park. The Niko Kranjcar to Carlo Ancelotti’s Harry Redknapp, the Colombian international has already played for the Italian at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and now looks set to link up with his former manager at Everton in a deal that could be completed as early as this week. With one year left on his contract, the 29-year-old would cost in the region of £25m.

Ancelotti is also plotting on taking advantage of Barcelona’s summer clear-out by signing Emerson on a two-year loan deal, but the Catalan club are reported to be hopeful of selling the 21-year-old Brazilian right-back who has many suitors around Europe, including Milan. Determined to hog this particular section of today’s Rumour Mill, Everton are also negotiating the purchase of £22m-rated Brazilian midfielder Allan from Napoli, yet another one of Ancelotti’s former clubs.

And finally, Donny van de Beek has coughed for the doctor in Amsterdam before his £40m move from Ajax to Manchester United. Jamie Jackson, the Guardian’s Reni-hat-wearing scribe on the Manchester beat, was invited on Talksport this morning to offer his take on the Dutch midfielder. “He’s 23, he’s been to the Champions League semi-final and by all accounts he’s a team player,” he said. “This is all about upgrading and providing added depth.”








HITC

Bid has come in for £24m West Ham United player

Napoli have made a bid for West Ham United attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals, according to The Express.

It has been reported that West Ham are ‘currently weighing up’ the offer from the Italian club for the Spain international.

West Ham United spell

Fornals joined West Ham from Spanish club Villarreal in the summer of 2019 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £24 million.

According to WhoScored, the attacking midfielder made 24 starts and 12 substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Hammers last season, scoring two goals and providing five assists in the process.

The 24-year-old also made one start and one substitute appearance in the FA Cup for the London club, scoring one goal in the process, and he scored one goal in two EFL Cup ties as well, according to WhoScored.

West Ham United exit?

Fornals was not exactly great on his debut season in the Premier League, but the Spain international did relatively well.

Perhaps West Ham should give Fornals another chance and see if he can play consistently well next season before making a decision on his future.





Express

West Ham eye two attacking signings including Germany 2014 World Cup hero Mario Gotze

West Ham are looking to strengthen at the top end of the pitch

By Tony Banks

The 28-year-old is a free agent after his contract ran out at Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, and is being hunted by several clubs across Europe.

West Ham have made an enquiry for the 63-cap former German international - but Monaco and Roma are also chasing the playmaker, whose contract was not renewed at Dortmund at the end of the campaign.

Gotze scored the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina, but his career has nosedived after he was diagnosed as suffering from myopathy in 2017.

But the former Bayern Munich star has recovered from his problems, and made 21 appearances for Dortmund last year, scoring three goals.

The Hammers are also still looking at a move for Porto striker Moussa Marega, 29, who is available at around £15million, but is also being chased by Newcastle.

Centre forward Marega has netted 45 goals in 87 league appearances for Porto and wants a move to the Premier League.

Hammers manager David Moyes needs to sell though before he can buy, and the club are currently weighing up bids from Napoli for midfielder Pablo Fornals, and Fenerbahce for midfielder Manuel Lanzini.

West Ham’s London Stadium is meanwhile on the list for staging another football test event, after the success of the opening trial at Brighton’s friendly with Chelsea on Saturday. Several Premier League clubs have put their stadiums forward for test matches.




TBR

As Chelsea near the signing of Kai Havertz, could West Ham use Declan Rice to sign Mason Mount? – TBR View

As Chelsea edge nearer to the signing of Kai Havertz, West Ham could see an unlikely door open for a signing of their own thanks to the Blues.

The Guardian claims that Chelsea has agreed on a fee of over £70m for the German star, bringing to an end one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the entire summer.

The signing of Havertz will, of course, give Chelsea plenty of attacking options, allowing Frank Lampard to chop and change but also leaving the Blues boss with a number of selection headaches, too.

One of those headaches could be the minutes and game-time he gives Mason Mount. The signings of Havertz, Werner, and Ziyech will all impact Mount’s impact at Stamford Bridge and therefore, West Ham could well launch a move of their own.
Declan Rice the key, Mount would be superb even on loan

It is no secret in the world of football that Mason Mount and Declan Rice are close friends. That friendship extends outside of football as well, with the England duo as close as anyone can be.

So, as basic as it sounds, could the Hammers perhaps use Rice to get into Mount’s ear and try and convince the Chelsea man that a move to East London could be the best thing for him? It’s certainly not the most unfeasible idea ever.

West Ham needs some new faces this summer. Jarrod Bowen has been a roaring success since signing in January but a few players, such as Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson, face uncertain futures.

That could well leave a gaping hole left to fill in attacking areas and if Mount isn’t going to get the games at Chelsea, he could well be the man to fill that void for David Moyes.

Mount enjoyed a stellar debut PL campaign last term. He hit seven goals as Lampard trusted him with a first-team spot. However, if that is taken away from him, then the England man won’t want to sit around and do nothing.

With Euro 2021 in 12 months’ time, Mount will want to press on. And if that’s not with Chelsea, then West Ham could offer him the ideal platform alongside his best pal.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

With Kind Regards 5:48 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 4.56

ted fenton 4:56 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 12:27 Tue Sep 1

Texas Iron 4:01 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

gph 1:45 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

thecockneyboy 1:15 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al

dealcanvey 12:49 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Gotze is just as injury prone As wilshere and will command big wages.

Sounds about right for us.

Crassus 12:42 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

PwoperNaughtyButNot
You've Gotze to be joking?

And that Mount article, what a steaming pile of illogical, hypothetical horse shit that was

bill green 12:27 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:05 Tue Sep 1

Thanks Alan 12:05 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mex Martillo 11:25 Tue Sep 1

PwoperNaughtyButNot 11:50 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
If Fornals leaves for £25m
Lanzini leaves for £10m

And we Dinaganna and Bowen playing both wings then Gotze could be the player to bring some magic that we have been missing In the middle number 10 role - or could be a other in the long line of West Ham injury nightmares.

Law of averages says we have to get lucky at one point surely.

Alan 11:31 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Guardian Rumour Mill added

Mex Martillo 11:25 Tue Sep 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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