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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 11:51 Thu Sep 3
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 33, is considering a U-turn over his decision to leave the club. (TyC Sports, via Mirror)

Barca's first meeting with Messi's father and agent, Jorge, since his son's transfer request ended with no agreement, with the Spanish giants saying the offer of a new two-year deal remains. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu also said the club will not negotiate for the sale of the Argentine forward, 33. (Marca)

Messi's transfer fee to leave Barcelona could be as little as 100m euros (£88.8m). (Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester United have been invited to negotiate with Bayern Munich for Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 29. (ESPN)

English goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 23, has warned United that he will leave the club if he plays second fiddle to David de Gea, despite signing a new contract at Old Trafford until 2025. (Mail)

New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wants the club to do whatever it takes to sign Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 29. (ESPN)

Aston Villa face competition from Newcastle United for Bournemouth and England striker Callum Wilson, 28. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Newcastle are also close to completing the signing of Scotland and former Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, 26, on a free transfer. (Talksport)

Paris St-Germain have turned down the chance to sign 21-year-old French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal. (Telegraph - subscription required)

DC United have made an approach for Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain, 32, and are interested in Everton's Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 30. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Argentina international Higuain also has offers from France, England, Spain and China, according to the player's agent. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Spain defender Eric Garcia, 19, says he will leave Manchester City when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Sun)

West Brom have stepped up their pursuit of England Under-21 winger Grady Diangana, by offering West Ham a deal that could rise to £18m with add-ons. The 22-year-old was on loan at last season as they won promotion back to the Premier League. (Guardian)

Arsenal full-backs Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Kieran Tierney, both 23, will now stay at the club after boss Mikel Arteta made it clear he wanted both to be a part of his squad. (90mins)

West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 21, has been urged to stay at the club by an unlikely source... WWE wrestler Triple H. (BT Sport)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Nobody has the foggiest idea what the future holds for Lionel Messi, but that hasn’t stopped countless self-proclaimed “in the know” folk, including the Mill, engaging in wild speculation. The Mirror has got wind of tittle-tattle from Argentina which suggests the player may be pondering a Tory-style U-turn despite his recent announcement that he wants to leave Barcelona with extreme prejudice.

Despite reports that Wednesday’s meeting between Messi’s father and agent Jorge, and club president Josep Bartomeu ended in a stalemate, TyC Sports say Barcelona are ready to offer the player a new two-year deal and claim he is “90% certain” to stay at Camp Nou. While this doesn’t exactly tally with previous reports that he is ready to reunite with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, it may give the player’s representatives and his current employers additional bargaining power when it comes to negotiations over any potential move.

On international duty with Wales, who might actually give him a game, Gareth Bale has revealed he would be open to leaving for a Premier League club but says Real Madrid are placing obstacles in his way. “It is something I’d look at for sure,” he told Sky Sports. “Time will tell but mainly I think the reason is that the decision is in Real Madrid’s hands. I tried to leave last year but they blocked everything at the last second. We will see what happens. It’s in the club’s hands but they make things very difficult, to be honest.”

Speaking about Bale on TalkSport’s breakfast show on Thursday morning, the former Madrid president Ramón Calderón said the winger would need to take a substantial pay cut to leave the Bernabéu and also revealed an unspecified Premier League club made an unsuccessful £100m bid to bring him back to England last summer.

Segueing neatly into talk of Manchester United, Bild claim club officials have initiated contact with the representatives of long-time Liverpool target Thiago Alcântara, even if their acquisition of Donny van de Beek suggests they don’t need the Spanish midfielder, who is intent on leaving Bayern Munich. Thiago has an ardent admirer in Jürgen Klopp, who could sell Gini Wijnaldum to Barcelona and free up a dressing-room peg and training-ground car park space for the 29-year-old.

Having been previously linked with a move to Arsenal, former Bournemouth winger and free agent Ryan Fraser is reported to be in talks with Steve Bruce about a move to Newcastle. In need of a more prolific striker than Andy Carroll, Joelinton, Yoshinori Muto and the injured Dwight Gayle, who is about to undergo knee surgery, Bruce is also hoping to lure Fraser’s former teammate Callum Wilson to St James’ Park in what would represent quite the coup.

And finally, with James Rodríguez due to undergo a medical at Everton before his mooted £20m move from Real Madrid, Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s time at the Merseyside club and long association with the Premier League could be drawing to a close. Now that Allan is also believed to be joining from Napoli, the Icelandic international is beginning to look surplus to requirements at Goodison Park and is reported to be the subject of interest from MLS side DC United.

Evening Standard

West Ham will reinvest £18m from Grady Diangana sale with Said Benrahma and Takehiro Tomiyasu as targets

Jack Rosser

West Ham are ready to back David Moyes after sanctioning the sale of youngster Grady Diangana to West Brom.

The two clubs have agreed a deal which could reach £18million after add-ons, while personal terms are not expected to be a problem.

Former Hammers boss Slaven Bilic - who led the Baggies to promotion from the Championship last season with Diangana on loan - has pushed hard to seal a permanent deal for the winger, who scored eight goals and claimed seven assists across the campaign.

The sale has come as a surprise to many, given Moyes had planned for the 22-year-old - who has featured heavily in pre-season - to be part of his squad for the season ahead.

Moyes has long been a fan of Diangana and even moved to recall him from his loan in January before a hamstring injury put an end to his plan.

However, with the Hammers needing to raise funds and little interest being registered in either Felipe Anderson or Manuel Lanzini, the club are ready to a value asset in an area of the pitch where they are well stocked.

Following a string of sales, the club are now ready to back their manager. The funds from the sale of Diangana are set to be reinvested, with defenders and another forward the targets.

West Ham have long been looking to bring in new faces at full-back and, alongside Newcastle, are taking a keen interest in Bologna's Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu - who can also play in central defence or holding midfield if needed.

Moyes will also look to add an experienced centre-back after missing out on Shane Duffy, who has signed for Celtic on loan.

Going forward, having seen another target in Eberechi Eze join Crystal Palace, Moyes could rival Aston Villa for Said Benrahma, who Brentford value at £25m.

All Nigeria Soccer

West Ham's Nigeria Youth-Teamer Jinadu Celebrates Clean Sheet In 5-0 Rout Of QPR

Nigeria youth international Daniel Jinadu has taken to social media to celebrate keeping a clean sheet for West Ham U23s in their 5-0 hammering of a Queens Park Rangers XI in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday afternoon.

Jinadu has seen his stock rise after representing the Golden Eaglets at the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup, so much so that he was named the club's Scholar of the Year after making only four appearances in the U18 Premier League in the curtailed academy season.

Making his first start of the pre-season, the former Chelsea glovesman was impressive in between the pipes before making way for Roach in the 78th minute.

Nigeria-eligible duo Mipo Odubeko (2) and Olatunji Akinola scored three of West Ham's five goals in the comprehensive win over Queens Park Rangers.

Writing on Instagram, Jinadu said : "Good to get some minutes in the tank, always nice to keep a clean sheet! #APG #newbalancefootball".

The 18-year-old Jinadu, who was born in Nigeria, signed his first professional contract with the Hammers in the summer of 2020.


Ademipo Odubeko: Our early start is paying off for us

After netting a brace for West Ham United Under-23s against Queens Park Rangers Under-23s, striker Ademipo Odubeko feels his side’s solid pre-season performances reflect the hard graft they’ve put in on the training ground.

The 18-year-old was an influential figure in the development squad’s emphatic victory on Tuesday afternoon, working well in tandem with strike partner Sean Adarkwa and troubling the young R’s defence with his pace, power and movement throughout.

It was the latter which saw Odubeko open the scoring as he peeled away from his marker to coolly convert Will Greenidge’s low cross with a quarter of the game gone.

Shortly after the half-time whistle, the Republic of Ireland youth international netted his second as he finished off a classy counter-attacking move from close range, before laying another goal on a plate for Olatunji Akinola with an accurate cross of his own.

The Hammers eventually ran out 5-0 winners – their third win from three pre-season games – and Odubeko attributed the strength of their performance to how firmly his team have built up their preparations.

“It’s something we’ve worked on,” he explained. “We’ve worked hard since the start of pre-season.

“We started back a bit earlier than many other teams, so we’ve been back about six weeks. The first two weeks were really hard, running, so I think this is just the reward for the hard work we put in during that time.

“We’ve built on our physicality from the start so there have been tackles flying in, stuff like that, so it’s a good level for us to be at.”

While Odubeko had featured in both the U23s’ prior two pre-season games – 3-2 and 3-1 wins over Cambridge United and Leyton Orient respectively – Tuesday marked his first two strikes of the new campaign.

All five of the Irons’ goals stemmed from clever wing play, and as a clinical centre-forward, Odubeko was only too happy to time his run and finish moves off.

He said: “I hadn’t scored in the first two games so to get my two goals today was great – a big confidence boost.

“We’ve got very fast players, strong players, powerful players, so it’s just about getting yourself in the box, getting goals and working hard for the team.”

Last week also saw another milestone for the young striker as he played the final 10 minutes of West Ham’s 4-1 pre-season win over Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Odubeko will now be hoping that, should he continue to impress at Academy level, further first-team opportunities will fall his way.

“It’s something I’ve worked for my whole life,” Odubeko said of his first appearance. It was just great to get on the pitch and experience what it’s like to play senior team football.

“I’ve been involved with the Under-23s and the first team from the start, so it’s a confidence boost for me to go again this season.”


Daniel Kemp: Blackpool sign West Ham midfielder on loan

League One side Blackpool have signed West Ham United midfielder Daniel Kemp on loan for the 2020-21 campaign.

The 21-year-old has spent five years with the Premier League Hammers and has been part of their under-23 side.

Kemp played six times on loan at Stevenage earlier this year, which was cut short by the coronavirus lockdown.

"His technical attributes and intelligence will bring a lot to the team, and he strengthens us in the final third," said boss Neil Critchley.


Everton have held talks with teen Crystal Palace told can leave; West Ham lead race

West Ham United lead several clubs, including Everton, in the race to sign the teenage Crystal Palace attacking midfielder, Brandon Aveiro, according to Teamtalk.

The website states that Aveiro still has a year remaining on his Crystal Palace contract, but adds that the Eagles have already informed him he can leave Selhurst Park and will not stand in the way of a move.

Everton and Sporting are both said to have held talks, but the Portuguese is reportedly training with West Ham ahead of a potential deal.

The interest from rival clubs remains, according to Teamtalk.

And it is claimed that Crystal Palace will require some sort of sell-on as part of any deal.

Aveiro, who can play as either a number 10 or winger, has yet to appear for Palace at first-team level.

And he is likely to enter the West Ham or Everton development squad, should he move to either club.

Both West Ham and Everton have long-boasted category one academies – the highest-ranking, nationally – a status finally achieved by Crystal Palace ahead of the new campaign.

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