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 1:14 Sat Sep 12
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are considering ending their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund and England forward Jadon Sancho, 20. (Star)

Liverpool are laying the early groundwork to sign Watford and Senegal striker Ismaila Sarr, 22, in January. (Football Insider)

West Ham United will hold talks with 28-year-old former England midfielder Jack Wilshere - with the club thought to be keen to terminate his £100,000-a-week contract. (Mirror)

Barcelona will make a loan offer to Arsenal for Spain defender Hector Bellerin, 25. (Marca - in Spanish)Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 28, will have a medical in London this weekend after Chelsea agreed a deal for the Senegal international. (Star)

Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, was "surprised" by rumours linking him to Juventus. (Telefoot, via Mail)

Chelsea are considering loaning out England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19. (90min)

Manager David Moyes says West Ham will not meet Burnley's asking price for England defender James Tarkowski, 27. (Football London, via Lancs Live)

Tottenham Hotspur are unlikely to sign Napoli and Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik, 26, during the current transfer window. (Sky Sports)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he is surprised there are no clubs "knocking on the door" with official approaches for Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 27. (Standard)

Hodgson admits Zaha's head has been turned by rumours of interest from Tottenham and Everton.(Sun)

West Brom are in advanced talks to sign Watford's English striker Troy Deeney, 32. (Football Insider)

Manchester City's Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 29, says he does not regret the club missing out on Barcelona's Lionel Messi, 33, and has backed England winger Phil Foden, 20, to shine this term. (Mail)

Brighton have joined the race to sign Arsenal's Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. Aston Villa are also keen on the 28-year-old. (Guardian)

Swiss defender Gaetano Berardi, 32, hopes to sign a new contract with Leeds United this month. Berardi's previous deal expired at the end of last season and he is currently on the sidelines with an ACL injury. (RSI - in Italian)

Aston Villa are preparing an 18m euro (£16.6m) bid for Werder Bremen and Kosovo forward Milot Rashica, 24. (Bild - in German)

Tottenham have been told Red Bull Salzburg and Zambia forward Patson Daka, 21, wants to stay in Austria. (Standard)

Arsenal have opened talks with Brentford over a potential deal for Spanish goalkeeper David Raya, 24. (90min)

Bournemouth will allow Norway striker Joshua King, 28, to leave the club. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have agreed a £750,000 fee with Manchester City for 17-year-old English forward Charlie McNeill. (Manchester Evening News)


FEELING THE PINCH We can’t keep running on empty.. even richest clubs will feel pressure of more restrictions

Exclusive Karren Brady

LAST season was very strange. There must now be a real chance that the 2020-21 campaign is even stranger.

Lean times becoming leaner.

Here, I am uttering a prayer that a vaccine for Covid-19 will be found, the sooner the better.

For us all, there are two paramount questions — will we finish the season ahead?

And when will spectators be fully admitted?

The pair are entwined. Although having successfully completed last season in the eye of the pandemic storm, there is no reason to believe we cannot do so again.

We now have robust and professional testing, training and playing regimes that keep players and staff safe.

The return of football fans is another matter altogether. We had expected at least a quarter of our stadiums would be full by October 1.

Now, in the light of increased virus infections, restrictions might well be tightened further.

There are those who have yet to cotton on to the threat the world faces and seem only too willing to risk people’s lives just so long as they can rave on.
But they must see any irresponsible behaviour is playing a part in delaying the return of football as they prefer it — with the atmos­phere and excitement that only crowds can generate.

This delay also comes with a significant financial blow. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said this week the PL lost £700million in revenue due to last season’s pandemic crisis.

This averages at about £35m for each club.

Should we lose a similar amount if full stadiums are not allowed for three or four months, then even the richest Premier League clubs — whose gate income alone is £100m a year — will take a hard look at the future.

The pressures on us all are relentless.

Few fans will quietly accept lowered expectations, or credit their club with doing everything possible should, say, half-a-dozen players go down with Covid-19.

It is an unforgiving environment we live in sometimes.

On the other hand, there should be a lot of applause for the steps taken to enable football to continue.

Clubs have been scrupulous in trying to protect players from the disease.
While the players themselves have, bar one or two minor slip-ups, followed coronavirus guidance to the letter.

Football in front of a cardboard audience is no substitute for the real thing.

It’s as much an art gallery as a living sport. You can cheer at the screen or shout oaths — but it’s hot air.

Reproduction of actual crowd noise has gradually improved, but can sound like a herd of sheep being rounded up by grizzly bears. It is true, I think, that a sporting spectacle such as football depends on inspiration among players and emotion from the crowd.

In its enforced current TV mode, it feels like we are some way off of reaching the peaks of excitement.

The thrills are in a minor key, although the frustrations may be just as great.

Meanwhile, late changes in Government plans for sport attendances are about as predictable as forecasting the weather.

We might well understand why, but they are a damned nuisance.

Still, the Premier League stepped up by agreeing with various television companies that, for the time being, every match will be shown on one station or another. It was in the clubs’ interests to do this and it is a bonanza for the armchair viewer.

Football haters will have to make do with Netflix, reading or rearranging the furniture.

By tonight, we will be on our way again.

So far we have not tamed the beast but I know one thing — not a footballer in the land will be doing anything but his or her best.


Mark Noble's Diangana outburst shows West Ham solidarity, says David Moyes

Captain angry at sale of winger Grady Diangana
West Ham kick off campaign at home to Newcastle

Jacob Steinberg

David Moyes has said that West Ham’s players showed solidarity after Grady Grady Diangana’s controversial sale to West Brom and refused to criticise Mark Noble’s outburst about the winger’s departure.

The West Ham board faced unrest from supporters after allowing Diangana to leave for £18m and tensions were further inflamed when Noble tweeted that he was “angry and sad” about the decision to sell the 22-year-old. Yet Moyes, who needed to raise funds for new signings through sales, said the captain had a right to express himself and insisted that his players were not in revolt as they prepare for Saturday evening’s home game against Newcastle.

“I think they showed real true solidarity,” West Ham’s manager said. “I think the captain showed exactly what the players feel. There is a real building spirit here. Football players move on at any club and things change at every club.

“I can tell you what it felt like when I lost Wayne Rooney at 18 when I was at Everton. Did we feel bad at that time? Yes, but we were building a team that finished in Europe the majority of seasons after that. The players since we’ve come back have been in great spirit. That’s partly due to the way they finished the season.

“If we want open communication, people should be allowed to speak. Grady was part of the group. Mark Noble had probably seen him develop as a young player. He was entitled to give his opinion. We know what Mark means to the club and what he thinks of the club.”

Moyes wants defensive reinforcements and West Ham are weighing up whether to raise their latest offer of £30m for Burnley’s James Tarkowski. They would not be able to meet Burnley’s asking price of £50m for the defender.

However, West Ham have promised that the money received for Diangana will be invested in the squad and Moyes sounded pragmatic about the situation, pointing to the impact of Covid-19 on finances. “I was disappointed to see him go but I understand the situation,” he said. “In many ways we might have spent a lot of our summer budget in January to keep us up.”

West Ham v Newcastle: match preview

West Ham are already under pressure after angering their players and their supporters with the controversial sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom. They have made no signings after spending last season battling against relegation and David Moyes needs his team to be resilient against Newcastle, who are feeling good after buying Ryan Fraser, Jamal Lewis and Callum Wilson.

Saturday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue London Stadium

Last season West Ham 2 Newcastle 3

Referee Stuart Attwell

Odds H 6-5 A 13-5 D 5-2


Subs from Randolph, Martin, Balbuena, Johnson, Masuaku, Cullen, Wilshere, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Haller

Doubtful None

Injured Lanzini (thigh, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y61 R1 (last season)

Top scorer Antonio 10 (last season)


Subs from Gillespie, Hendrick, Joelinton, Fraser, M Longstaff, Yedlin, Ritchie, Clark, Carroll

Doubtful Fraser (match fitness), Joelinton (ill), Ritchie (calf), Shelvey (knee)

Injured Dummett (knee), Dubravka (ankle), Schär (shoulder, all Oct)

Suspended None

Discipline Y65 R3 (last season)

Top scorer Shelvey 6 (last season)

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ted fenton 1:40 Sat Sep 12
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:35 Sat Sep 12

ted fenton 1:37 Sat Sep 12
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 1:35 Sat Sep 12
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
With Kind Regards 1:32 Sat Sep 12

With Kind Regards 1:32 Sat Sep 12
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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