WHO Poll
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 12:20 Fri Sep 4
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says they want to sign Arsenal's 32-year-old Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, which could pave the way for Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, to join Manchester City. (Standard)

De Laurentiis admits he regrets not selling 29-year-old Koulibaly sooner. (Manchester Evening News)

Lionel Messi's father has spent a second day negotiating with Barcelona over his son's potential exit, and Liverpool defender Andy Robertson says he hopes the 33-year-old Argentina forward does not sign for another Premier League club. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, 33, has been in touch with prospective Juventus team-mate Giorgio Chiellini to "clear the air" after his World Cup bite. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via TalkSPORT)

Manchester United's England defender Chris Smalling, 30, looks set to join Roma on a permanent basis. (Mirror)

Monaco have rejected a sizeable bid from Manchester United for 19-year-old French defender Benoit Badiashile, who is set to stay at the club. (Metro)

Manchester United are attempting to finalise Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho's salary and agent fees before making a bid for the 20-year-old England international. (Star)

Bournemouth striker Josh King says it would be "amazing" if Manchester United renewed their interest in him after the 28-year-old Norwegian's January move to Old Trafford fell through. (Star)

Sevilla remain hopeful of being able to keep Real Madrid full-back Sergio Reguilon on loan for another season despite the 23-year-old Spaniard being linked with a permanent move to Manchester United. (Marca - in Spanish)

Arsenal are close to completing the loan signing of 24-year-old Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos for a second successive season. (Mail)

Arsenal are also considering an approach for West Ham's 27-year-old Brazil midfielder Felipe Anderson. (Football Insider)

Liverpool will not let 23-year-old Welsh midfielder Harry Wilson leave on loan again despite interest from Newcastle, Leeds and Southampton. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea have been told they must pay at least £30m to sign Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 28, from Rennes. (Telegraph)

Inter Milan will need to raise money by offloading Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic if they are to bid for 29-year-old Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Crystal Palace, West Ham, West Brom, Norwich and Watford are interested in 26-year-old French defender Jean-Claude Billong, who plays for Serie B side Salernitana. (Teamtalk)

Roma are considering a move for 25-year-old Hertha Berlin and Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek in order to replace Edin Dzeko. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Hull City are looking to sign Southampton centre-back Alfie Jones, 22, on a permanent deal. (Yorkshire Post)

Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez, 32, is determined to seal a move back to Athletic Bilbao this summer. (Goal)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Luke McLaughlin

It’s good to talk. Thursday brought news that Luis Suárez gave Juventus defender Georgio Chiellini a tinkle to hold clear-the-air talks over that infamous nibble at the 2014 World Cup. The Mill remains unconvinced by this tale, however, because Chiellini has already said he bears no grudge against the Uruguayan over the affair. In a book released earlier this year, Chiellini even wrote of Suárez: “I am a great son of a bitch on the pitch as well and I am proud of it.”

It seems the air could not be clearer, but the reason the story appeared at all is that new Juve manager Andrea Pirlo fancies signing Suárez from Barcelona as part of Ronald Koeman’s deck-clearing exercise at Camp Nou. The Mirror reckon the Italian club want to strike a “clever” cut-price deal involving performance-related bonuses, rather than an eye-watering up-front transfer fee.

Back in London, meanwhile, Frank Lampard wants to bring the Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to Stamford Bridge, but the French club have informed Chelsea they’ll need to cough up £30m to get the deal over the line. Lampard originally had his eye on Lille’s Mike Maignan, but their valuation was on the high side too. Petr Cech, Chelsea’s technical director, who also used to play for Rennes, is said to be locked in talks with his former employers over the Mendy deal.

With Kalidou Koulibaly heading for the exit door – potentially to Manchester City – Napoli are keen on signing the Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal following the Gunners’ acquisition of Gabriel from Lille. Elsewhere in Italy, Roma are considering a Serie A reunion for Poland international forward Krzysztof Piatek, who was offloaded to Hertha Berlin by Milan in January. And Internazionale want to buy France international N’Golo Kanté from Chelsea – but will need to permanently rid themselves of Ivan Perisic, on loan at Bayern Munich, in order to raise the requisite funds.

In a final Italian-themed story, a host of Premier League clubs including Crystal Palace, West Ham, West Brom, plus Championship pair Norwich and Watford, are being linked with a swoop for the French defender Jean-Claude Billong – who is currently on the books at Salernitana in Serie B.

Having captured Donny van de Beek from Ajax earlier this week, Manchester United are trying to summon the energy to have another bash at signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. The Mail reports that United are “preparing to finalise agent salary and fees” before making a fresh bid for the incessantly-hyped England international.

Grady Diangana’s £12m transfer to promoted West Brom was nearly hijacked by Premier League escape artists Aston Villa – but the West Ham attacking midfielder is due to have a medical with the Baggies on Friday, so looks set to be heading for the Hawthorns after all. Sticking to the subject of West Ham attacking midfielders, Mikel Arteta is weighing up a move for the Hammers’ creative lynchpin Felipe Anderson, according to multiple sources.


David Moyes has reluctantly agreed to let West Ham player leave

West Ham United manager David Moyes had hoped to keep Grady Diangana in his squad for next season, but he is set to join West Bromwich Albion instead, according to The Daily Mail.

It has been reported that Moyes has reluctantly agreed to let the 22-year-old winger leave for West Brom, as he needs the money to bring in players in the summer transfer window.

The former Manchester United and Everton manager will now reportedly look to invest that money in defenders.

Sky Sports have claimed that West Brom will pay West Ham £12 million upfront for Diangana and a further £6 million in add-ons.

The report has added that the 22-year-old will undergo a medical at West Brom today, with the winger having spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at The Hawthorns.

Moving on

West Ham do have quite a few attacking players in their squad, and one can understand why the London club are willing to cash in on Diangana.

True, the winger did well for West Brom in the Championship last season, but he is still unproven in the Premier League, and £12m upfront is not a bad transfer fee.

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Balto 8:21 Fri Sep 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I think all need get on the Arsenal fan forums and "complain" about losing Andersen and let them know this is the "last straw" and the fact that he is "the lynchpin" of our attack and our season is "ruined" if we sell him.

geoffpikey 3:59 Fri Sep 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

The news about Grady is just so... disappointing.

Mex Martillo 3:50 Fri Sep 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Bouncing Ludo 2:52 Fri Sep 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Anderson to Arsenal ? That can't be true surely. Hugh told us that there is an agreement between the clubs (there isn't) that they will never buy one of our players, because we voted them into the league (we didn't)

They haven't ever bought one of our players to be fair, but that is about it.

Pickle Rick 2:19 Fri Sep 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Shall will club together to get the taxi fee for Anderson to the Emirates.

gph 1:59 Fri Sep 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Arteta thinks Anderson is the lynchpin of our attack?

And he's been worrying about Oezil underperforming?

He may be in for a surprise...

Thanks Alan

bill green 1:25 Fri Sep 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:59 Fri Sep 4

Thanks Alan 12:59 Fri Sep 5
if I'm not up in time tomorrow :)

Thanks Alan 12:59 Fri Sep 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mr. Bur 12:55 Fri Sep 4

Mr. Burns 12:55 Fri Sep 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al

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