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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 10:31 Wed Sep 16
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham Hotspur could use England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, as a makeweight as they attempt to re-sign Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, from Real Madrid. (Mail)

Everton could listen to offers for a number of players, including England forward Theo Walcott, 31, Nigeria winger Alex Iwobi, 24, and Italy's 20-year-old striker Moise Kean. (Mirror)

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's new three-year deal with Arsenal is worth about £55m, including bonuses. (Times - subscription required)

The Gunners are still planning to add more players to their squad, with Atletico Madrid's Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, 27, and Lyon's French playmaker Houssem Aouar, 22, two of their targets. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich are ready to revive their interest in English winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19, with the European champions increasingly hopeful Chelsea will listen to offers for their academy graduate. (Mail)

Barcelona have said they must sell before being able to complete a £28m deal for Lyon's Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 26. (Goal)

Barcelona will try to sign Manchester City's Spanish defender Eric Garcia, 19, this summer if they can sell French centre-backs Samuel Umtiti, 26, and Jean-Clair Todibo, 20. (Mail)

Juventus are growing pessimistic about a move for Barca's Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, because of delays in the 33-year-old obtaining an Italian passport. (Goal)Chelsea are edging closer to the signing of Rennes' Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 28. (Star)

Inter Milan still want to sign Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri, 26, but West Ham United are keen on a loan deal for the Italy international. (Independent)

Arsenal have rejected an approach from Sheffield United for striker Folarin Balogun. The Blades are believed to have offered £3m plus add-ons but the Gunners want a deal worth about £15m for the 19-year-old, who has played for England and the United States at youth level but also qualifies to represent Nigeria. (Mail)

West Ham have rejected a second offer of £400m from an American consortium to buy the club. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Ames

This transfer window needed a good Gareth Bale story and the Mill is mightily relieved that, in a world so fraught with anxiety and uncertainty, we can now anchor ourselves firmly to this one. In case you’ve been, I don’t know, asleep or something, Bale is closing in on a loan return to Tottenham – and could be in José’s warm embrace within days. Someone really ought to make a documentary.

Spurs have come alive in the market, having comprehensively failed to stir in their opening-day defeat to Everton. They are set to confirm another transfer from Madrid, the flying full-back Sergio Reguilón, and would like Bas Dost to toddle over from Eintracht Frankfurt and make everyone feel moderately better when Harry Kane’s annual injury scare arises. Outgoings? There are some suggestions Dele Alli could be part of any inevitably complicated Bale deal.

So Real are freeing up cash and it sounds as if Barcelona could do with achieving the same. Their hopes of signing Memphis Depay from Lyon are, according to the French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas, zero unless they can raise serious funds. If only they’d had a want-away talisman earlier on in the window. Barça would also like to bring back Eric García from Manchester City but, again, they remain some way off making that possible.

Meanwhile, one report links Bayern Munich with a move for Callum Hudson-Odoi. Bayern are long-time admirers of the Chelsea winger, who hasn’t quite caught light consistently yet, and haven’t given up hope of prising him away in the next few weeks. Juventus are also said to be standing by. Another to depart Stamford Bridge could be Emerson Palmieri, with Inter Milan and West Ham among those with their beady eyes on a loan move for the full-back.

Did we mention Juve? They would like to bring in the ex-City stalwart Edin Dzeko from Roma, and are also in for the capital city club’s defender Mattia de Sciglio. Roma themselves still want to sign Chris Smalling on a permanent deal but Manchester United are proving tough customers with their £20m asking price.

Sheffield United would like a young striker to help them avoid a bout of second-season syndrome. They have an interest in Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster and a report suggests they would happily take Folarin Balogun off Arsenal’s hands, the snag being that they are nowhere near the Gunners’ valuation for the much sought-after 19-year-old.


Haller hits two as West Ham's £99m front three sink Charlton in Carabao Cup

Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium

One of the reasons why West Ham’s supporters felt a weight lifting when it emerged that an American consortium is interested in buying the club from David Gold and David Sullivan is because of the money wasted on dud signings since the move to the London Stadium four years ago.

This is an institution in need of a new vision, even if the proposed takeover ends up going nowhere. Beating Charlton in the second round of the Carabao Cup changes nothing. Dysfunction was present even though West Ham won; it was there in the sight of Felipe Anderson, Sébastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko taking to the field for a low-key cup tie against League One opponents.

The fanfare that greeted the arrivals of Anderson, Haller and Yarmolenko subsided long ago. It is safe to assume the intention was not to use them on these kind of occasions and although Haller grabbed his first two goals since February, bullying a lower league defence is the least that should be expected from a £45m striker.

The same applies to Anderson, who needs to offer so much more than scoring the third goal in an easy win over Charlton. It hardly counted as a test and it summed up West Ham’s incoherent recruitment that their reserve side contained three of the biggest signings in the club’s history. A front three with a combined cost of £99m was less a show of strength, more an admission of underachievement.

In different circumstances the trio might have been sold during this transfer window. West Ham have spent the last two months fruitlessly trying to find a buyer for Anderson, who cost £37m from Lazio two years ago, and have ended up realising there are few takers for a struggling winger who earns £115,000 a week. They are learning the hard way. The market is awkward because of the Covid-19 pandemic and West Ham enraged their supporters when, in their desperation to find a player who could bring in some money, they allowed Grady Diangana to join West Brom.

For the club, though, there was logic behind the sale. Not only did they feel they needed to raise funds that David Moyes can put towards defensive signings, they also argued that there was a lot of competition in Diangana’s position. While their squad lacks balance, it is not short of creative wide players.

One of them, Robert Snodgrass, even started in central midfield against Charlton. It was Anderson and Yarmolenko on the flanks and there were times during the first half when the duo did offer glimpses of their class. Anderson, who had not scored since New Year’s Day, spent the opening period trying to make inroads down the left and Yarmolenko was bright on the right.

There was an eagerness to make a positive impression after last Saturday’s dismal 2-0 defeat to Newcastle in the league. Yarmolenko had an early goal disallowed for a foul on Ben Amos, Charlton’s goalkeeper, and he created the opener with a clever assist. Josh Cullen, a 24-year-old academy graduate with designs on becoming a regular after impressing on loan at Charlton last year, lifted a lovely pass through from midfield and Yarmolenko rammed the ball across for Haller to tap into an empty net.

Haller must have been relieved after blundering moments earlier when the young right-back, Ben Johnson, made it to the byline and produced a cutback. The Frenchman scuffed wide from close range.

But Haller settled down after his first goal, reminding Moyes that he does have something to offer. The forward can be a threat if West Ham find a way to play to his strengths. A player of his height thrives on quality service, which he demonstrated when he rose to head Snodgrass’s teasing cross past Amos.

At that stage thoughts turned to another questionable signing. Jack Wilshere, who has made six league starts since joining West Ham two years ago, was missing again after suffering an ankle injury in training and the former Arsenal player might find it hard to regain his spot after Cullen’s encouraging display in midfield.

“I think Josh has done really well,” Moyes said. “He’s a great boy. He works incredibly hard to improve himself.”

Charlton faded at the end and West Ham extended their lead when Manuel Lanzini set up Anderson for a crisp finish. Perhaps there is hope yet for the expensive misfits.


US consortium see second £400m West Ham offer rejected but plan third bid

Gold and Sullivan rejected second offer after initial £350m bid
Consortium exploring possibility of buying the London Stadium

Jacob Steinberg

The American consortium proposing a takeover of West Ham were rebuffed for a second time after following up their first approach with a £400m offer at the end of last month.

It is understood the would-be buyers, who are involved in US sport, were not disheartened after failing with an opening offer of £350m at the start of August. The group remain interested in buying West Ham, who are owned by David Gold and David Sullivan, and have made their intentions clear by returning with a higher offer.

Their second bid was not enough to tempt West Ham into a sale. Although Sullivan and Gold have seen their standing with supporters fall since the move to the London Stadium in 2016, it will take a much higher price to convince them to alter their stance.

The bidders have entered a cooling-off period and plan to monitor developments before making a fresh bid in the next month. A source has told the Guardian that the group has drafted a seven-year business plan to improve the club’s finances. West Ham, who pay £2.5m a year to rent their ground, made a pre-tax loss of £28.8m in the last financial year and have encountered difficulties because of Covid-19.

The consortium, who are exploring the possibility of buying the London Stadium, acknowledge that completing a takeover will be hard. An obvious complication is that the deal under which West Ham moved to the London Stadium includes an agreement that Sullivan and Gold will have to pay a 20% penalty to the taxpayer if the club is sold for more than £300m before March 2023. The bidders accept that Sullivan and Gold, who bought the club in 2010, will want a return on their investment.

But the bidders believe that Gold, Sullivan and Karren Brady, the club’s vice-chair, could be under greater pressure if West Ham’s results are poor in the next month. The trio encountered anti-board protests from supporters earlier this year and were strongly criticised following the recent sale of Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion.

West Ham’s board promised they would challenge at the top of the Premier League after leaving Upton Park. They have made no signings since narrowly avoiding relegation last season and face a daunting run of Premier League fixtures after losing 2-0 to Newcastle in their opening game. Their next six games are against Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool.

London Stadium sources have questioned the strength of the group’s interest and pointed out that Premier League clubs receive inquiries on a regular basis. Club sources have also said the group has not supplied proof of funding.

The bidders insist their interest is genuine. The value of their first offer was based on the proposed £300m takeover of Newcastle by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium, plus an extra £50m because of West Ham’s London location. The offer was rebuffed by Sullivan, who owns a majority shareholding of 51.5%.

Sullivan made it clear he was not interested in a sale and raised the possibility of the bidders investing in a minority stake but the consortium will consider a partial sale only in return for a controlling interest.


Italian giants will sell West Ham target for half-price fee, just £9m

Inter Milan will sell reported West Ham United target Henrique Dalbert for a knockdown fee of £9 million with the left-back not part of Antonio Conte’s plans, according to Inter News.

When Lucien Favre led an exciting Nice side to a third place finish in the 2016/17 Ligue 1 season, the expectation was a talented crop of youngsters would go their separate ways before establishing themselves among Europe’s elite.

But while the first half of that prophecy came true, with Nice losing star player after star player in resulting transfer windows, it’s fair to say only Alassane Plea has lived up to expectations away from the Rivieira.

Jean-Michel Seri and Maxime le Marchant flopped at Fulham, Vincent Koziello ended up playing second-tier football, and the less said about Mario Balotelli the better.

Dalbert, meanwhile, looked set to become one of the finest full-backs in Europe when he swapped Nice for Inter Milan in an £18 million deal three years ago.

Flash forward to the present day, however, and reports from Italy claim Inter would jump at the chance to sell the 27-year-old for half that price.

Dalbert has no part to play in Conte’s plans as the Nerazzuri, who finished second in Serie A and lost in the Europa League final, look to go one step further in 2020/21.

Dalbert has actually played more league games on loan at Fiorentina (31) than he has for Inter (24) since 2017.

FCInterNews reports West Ham are willing to offer the attack-minded left-back a fresh start, while Newcastle were linked too until Jamal Lewis arrived from Norwich City.

Dalbert wants assurances of first-team football after three years of struggle.

And, given Aaron Cresswell appears to be past his best while Arthur Masuaku can’t be relied on full-time, West Ham could be the ideal destination.


Hammers offered chance to sign Man City centre back

West Ham have been offered a chance to sign Manchester City centre back Tosin Adarabioyo for as little as £8m according to a source close to the player.

With news that Burnley wants to keep hold of James Tarkowski the 22-year-old could be seen as a potentially cheaper alternative although a bigger gamble.

Adarabioyo is yet to make his Premier League debut for Manchester City but he has demonstrated his potential out on loan, having spent time with West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers.

He made 34 Championship appearances for Rovers last season and is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium next summer with the club yet to decide whether to offer him a new long term contract.

Some have suggested that a loan move to London Stadium could work out better for all parties. Adarabioyo can show that he is ready for top-flight football, while City will surely benefit in the long-term if the youngster enjoys a good year at West Ham. David Moyes is yet to decide whether he has any interest in the Manchester City defender or not.

West Ham are also understood to have been offered a South American striker on loan with an option to buy.


West Ham United and Crystal Palace keen on Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye

According to le10sport, West Ham United are interested in bringing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye back to the English Premier League this summer.

Crystal Palace are also keen on the Senegalese international who was linked with Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in the window.

PSG are looking to balance the books and are open to cashing in on Gueye who joined the French giants from Everton for £30 million last summer.

West Ham’s midfield was run ragged during their 2-0 loss to Newcastle United on Saturday, and they could do with a quality enforcer in the mould of the former Goodison Park star.

Hammers skipper Mark Noble is clearly approaching the twilight of his career and could do with an upgrade.

Gueye, 33, joined Everton from Aston Villa for around £7 million in 2016 and played 108 times for the Toffees before signing a four-year deal with the French champions.

He brings quality experience to the table and will be a quality short-term addition to the West Ham midfield.

No player in the Premier League attempted more tackles than Gueye in 2018-19, and he won 89 of the attempted 142, winning more tackles per game (2.7) than any player in the Premier League.

Gueye completed 75 interceptions in his last 33 top-flight league games, the sixth-highest in the Premier League, and the Hammers could do with such a quality player in the middle of the park.

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Mex Martillo 5:56 Wed Sep 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:39 Wed Sep 16

Texas Iron 4:38 Wed Sep 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers ...

Jasnik 4:02 Wed Sep 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
So the last article thinks we would replace noble as he is too old with a player of the same age.

Fifth Column 2:06 Wed Sep 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
West Ham are also understood to have been offered a South American striker on loan with an option to buy."

That's got Sullivan written all over it

ted fenton 1:39 Wed Sep 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 11:21 Wed Sep 16

Alan 12:38 Wed Sep 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Guardian Rumour Mill and Adarabioyo story added.

bill green 11:21 Wed Sep 16
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Thanks Alan 10:35 Wed Sep 16

Thanks Alan 10:35 Wed Sep 16
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Thanks Alan

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