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 12:43 Thu Sep 10
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona have contacted Arsenal over a potential move for Spain defender Hector Bellerin. (Sport - in Spanish)

French champions Paris St-Germain also want to sign right-back Bellerin and have made contact with the 25-year-old's representatives. (Independent)

Rennes have confirmed they are in talks with Chelsea over a deal for Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 28. (Goal)

Real Madrid are willing to pay half of Gareth Bale's wages to help the 31-year-old Wales forward leave the Spanish champions. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Arsenal are set to make a new bid for 22-year-old Lyon and France midfielder Houssem Aouar, after their initial offer of £31.2m was rejected. (Fabrizio Romano, via ESPN)

Meanwhile, the Gunners are also anticipating a third bid from Aston Villa for Emiliano Martinez as they hold out for close to £20m for the 28-year-old Argentine goalkeeper. (Mail)

Everton and Italy striker Moise Kean, 20, wants to return to Juventus a year after leaving the Serie A giants for the Toffees. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Bournemouth want to re-sign Scotland winger Matt Richie from Newcastle United but have been unable to match the 30-year-old's personal terms. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Arsenal and Brazil centre-back David Luiz, 33, could miss the first month of the season after he aggravated a neck problem. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Aston Villa want to sign Bournemouth and Norway forward Joshua King, but the 28-year-old would prefer a move to Manchester United after a deal to go to Old Trafford broke down in the January transfer window. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Arsenal and France forward Alexandre Lacazette, 29, will seek clarification over his role in the team amid rumours the Gunners are willing to sell him this summer. (ESPN)

Watford will not stand in English striker Troy Deeney's way as the 32-year-old seeks a return to Premier League football. (Mail)

Simon Grayson is to be made Wigan Athletic manager by the League One club's administrators. (Sun)

Nottingham Forest are set to sign Paris St-Germain and France Under-21 defender Loic Mbe Soh, 19. (Goal - in French)

QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel, 22, wants Crystal Palace to make an offer for him. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United have signed 16-year-old Alejandro Garnacho from Atletico Madrid. The striker will arrive from Spain later this week but will have to quarantine for 14 days. (Manchester Evening News)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Julian Draxler has spent the past six years being linked with Arsenal, moving from Schalke to Wolfsburg and then on to Paris Saint-Germain in that time. In a Rumour Mill throwback, the 26-year-old German international midfielder is once again being linked with a move to the Emirates, with speculation from France suggesting PSG are ready to offer him as a makeweight in a deal to bring petulant Italian Matteo Guendouzi to the French capital.

Arsenal, for their part, have prioritised the acquisition of Thomas Partey from Atlético Madrid and are ready to offload anyone’s pick of Héctor Bellerín, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny and Emiliano Martínez to help fund any deal to make a Premier League player of the Ghanaian international. Bellerín is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain but Arsenal technical director Edu is reported to have held talks with Barcelona, who are interested in bringing the French full-back and environmentalist back to the Nou Camp.

With PSG, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund all interested in signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace and the winger eager to leave Selhurst Park in the current transfer window, Roy Hodgson is monitoring potential replacements for the talismanic winger whose Nike Mercurial Superfly VII Elite boots will be difficult for anyone to fill. Sassuolo’s Jérémie Boga has been identified as a target, but Palace will face competition from Napoli, Rennes, Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen for the 23-year-old.

Rennes have confirmed they are in talks with Chelsea, who wish to bring their Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to Stamford Bridge, while Aston Villa are ready to increase their bid for Arsenal shot-stopper Emiliano Martínez after having an earlier offer of around £15m rejected. Villa are also interested in signing Bournemouth striker Josh King, but the Norwegian striker is holding out for his preferred move to Manchester United.

And finally, having failed to light up the Premier League since his move from Juventus, Moise Kean is hankering for a return to Juventus according to reports from Italy. The Juve head coach Andrea Pirlo wants to bring the 20-year-old back to Turin and is ready to offer Aaron Ramsey in exchange, while Borussia Dortmund are also interested in signing Kean.


Good news at last for Hammers

Tomas Soucek will be available for selection on Saturday after completing seven days of self-isolation in the Czech Republic.

It had been feared that Soucek would be forced to miss the Premier League opening game this weekend under the UK 14 day quarantine rule but Claret and Hugh have learnt that he was subject to Czech football authority rules while away on international duty, which insists on seven days.

The Hammer came in direct contact with a Czech Republic national team masseur who later tested positive for COVID.

Soucek was tested three times during his isolation and all proved to be negative.

David Moyes is likely to confirm the news in a pre-match press conference on Zoom this Friday at 1.30 pm

The manager should have a fully fit squad to choose from when the Hammers play Newcastle on Saturday with a kick-off time moved to 8pm to be screened live on Sky Sports.


Exclusive: West Ham make improved £30m bid for Burnley's James Tarkowski

Burnley have already turned down a bid worth up to £27m, but David Moyes wants to sign Tarsowski before the Premier League restarts

By John Percy

David Moyes, the West Ham manager, has tabled an improved bid of £30million for Burnley’s England international James Tarkowski.

Moyes wants to sign the centre-half ahead of their Premier League opener against Newcastle on Saturday and has returned with a second offer.

Tarkowski’s Burnley future is uncertain after West Ham made a bid worth up to £27m last Friday, as exclusively revealed by Telegraph Sport, which was turned down by Burnley.

West Ham have now come back with a higher bid, 24 hours after Burnley manager Sean Dyche admitted the 27-year-old could leave if the price is right.

Moyes is targeting Tarkowski to strengthen his squad after the controversial sale of Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion for £18m last Friday.

Tarkowski’s contract at Burnley includes a £50m release clause, but West Ham are hopeful of negotiating the price down due to the severe impact of Covid-19 on football’s finances.

In an interview with Telegraph Sport on Monday, Tarkowski revealed that his ambition is to play in the Champions League. “For me, with the age I am coming into my prime years and wanting to progress, I want to go for the top level,” he said.

“I want to play at the best level I can, club football and internationally. I want to test myself against the best. We will see what happens. I just want to play at the top level and if that opportunity came I don’t think it is something I could turn down.

“Champions League and playing for your country, playing in big tournaments, is playing at the top level, so that’s what I would want to do if the opportunities came.”

Leicester have also shown interest in Tarkowski in recent years but West Ham are the club pressing ahead to try and complete a deal.


West Ham midfielder Josh Cullen sets target ahead of new season

Josh Cullen has told West Ham United’s official website that it has been a pleasure being involved in the Hammers’ pre-season and set the target of making as many appearances as possible during the coming season.

Cullen is back in the fold after spending two years on loan at Charlton Athletic. He made 63 league appearances for the Addicks across his two spells.

He has been included in David Moyes’s plans during pre-season. And with the new Premier League season just days away, Cullen expressed his delight at being involved.

“I’m delighted to be here,” he told the club’s official website. “Like I’ve always said all along, through all the loans, the end goal is to be at West Ham. I’m 24 now so it’s time to make it happen.

“It’s been a different pre-season, a shorter one than normal, but I’ve loved every minute of it under the gaffer. Having worked under him and his staff during his first spell here, to come back and work under him again, I’ve loved it.

“Being back in and around the lads, who I really get on well with, it’s been a pleasure, so hopefully I can stamp my mark on things now and try to be a regular feature in the squad and make as many appearances as I can.”
TBR View: Cullen’s comments may provide hint amid doubts over his future

Cullen’s comments look particularly interesting given that he has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium this summer.

The Telegraph reported last month that Crystal Palace and Fulham were both monitoring Cullen. It was suggested that West Ham would be open to selling for a low fee with his contract expiring next summer.

Of course, his contract situation will still need resolving at some stage. But given the backlash following Grady Diangana’s sale, it would be a surprise if Cullen now followed him out of the door.

Perhaps it would be fair to say that the hopes for Diangana were higher. But sanctioning the Republic of Ireland international’s exit for anything like a low fee would appear a similarly-big own goal from the club.

He has been involved for Moyes’s men in pre-season. And he has returned to the club off the back of an impressive loan spell. And as a low fee would hardly open the door for new signings, it would surely be a terrible mistake if the Hammers let him leave.

Sport Witness

After Wolves make offer for player, Everton and West Ham initiate contact ‘in recent hours’

On Wednesday, we covered a report from Brazil which said Wolves have made an offer for Grêmio winger Pepê.

It was claimed the Molineux club are willing to spend €15m on the signing, and add that talks should continue in the coming days. Grêmio aren’t keen on letting the winger leave, as they see him as the heir to Everton Cebolinha, who was sold to Benfica earlier this summer.

Now there’s claims of interest from Everton and West Ham.

Calciomercato have an exclusive report which states the player’s agent recently travelled to England, where he ‘received a proposal’ from Wolves. Then it’s claimed that ‘in recent hours’ both Everton and West Ham have initiated contact over the 23-year-old.

Both clubs have ‘asked’ about signing the player, and it’s reported Grêmio are looking for €20-25m. Even at such a financial level, they wouldn’t be keen to let him go immediately, with the suggestion he could stay on loan in Brazil until the end of the year, presumably then physically moving in the winter transfer window.

Grêmio’s season runs until February 2021, so that kind of deal would see them keep the player for the majority of the campaign, although they’d lose him for the final matches.

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Jasnik 5:28 Thu Sep 10
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

how was your holiday.

Texas Iron 5:11 Thu Sep 10
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bill green 4:44 Thu Sep 10
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Mex Martillo 3:47 Thu Sep 10

Mex Martillo 3:47 Thu Sep 10
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ted fenton 1:36 Thu Sep 10

gph 1:47 Thu Sep 10
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Thanks, Alan

ted fenton 1:36 Thu Sep 10
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Thanks Alan 12:49 Thu Sep 10

Hermit Road 12:53 Thu Sep 10
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Cheers Al.

Thanks Alan 12:49 Thu Sep 10
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Thanks Alan

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