WHO Poll
Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done

Alan 1:08 Mon Sep 28
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United have made contact with France midfielder N'Golo Kante's advisers about a move from Chelsea, but any deal is dependent on the 29-year-old taking a big cut on his £300,000-a-week wages. (Mirror)

Manchester United are also preparing a final £90m bid to sign England midfielder Jadon Sancho, 20, from Borussia Dortmund this week having missed out on Gareth Bale and Jack Grealish.(Mail)

Paris St-Germain have been in touch with Chelsea over signing Italy midfielder Jorginho, 28, on loan. (Telefoot, via Mail)

Lazio could make a move for two Manchester United midfielders - 32-year-old Spaniard Juan Mata and Brazilian Andreas Pereira, 24. (Sun)

Bournemouth's Norway forward Joshua King, 28, is being monitored by Tottenham Hotspur as they look to sign a striker before the transfer deadline. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Spurs are also looking at signing Benfica's Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic, 28, on loan. (Football Insider)

Once Benfica's Portugal defender Ruben Dias, 23, confirms his move to Manchester City it could free up City's Spain defender Eric Garcia, 19, to rejoin Barcelona. (Sport - in Spanish)

Aston Villa have made a bid of about £9m for Copenhagen's Danish defender Victor Nelsson, 21. (Ekstra Bladet - in Danish)

AC Milan remain in talks with Tottenham over Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier, 27, and have also enquired about Norwich City's 20-year-old English right-back Max Aarons. (Mail)

Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 31, has said he turned down the chance to sign for Barcelona as well as several other clubs to stay with the Gunners.(Canal+ via Metro)

Leicester City are planning a move for Torino's 23-year-old Brazilian centre-back Gleison Bremer, who is also a target for Everton. (Football Insider)

Barcelona have ended their interest in Inter Milan's Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 23. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Manchester City have offered 23-year-old Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko, who can play left-back or left-wing, to Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Barca are close to completing the signing of Sergino Dest from Ajax, with the United States right-back, 19, set to have a medical in Spain on Monday. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Bayern Munich feel betrayed by Ajax because they agreed terms with Dest weeks ago but could not find a compromise with the Dutch club. (Sport - in Spanish)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Another ineffective performance from Paul Pogba in Manchester United’s midfield, another day of speculation linking the Old Trafford outfit with a midfield enforcer worthy of the name. The French midfielder looked a disinterested passenger during the 65 minutes he spent playing in a deep-lying role against Brighton before getting hauled off on Saturday, prompting The Mirror to speculate United could make a move for one of his World Cup-winning French teammates.

United are reported to have set their sights on N’Golo Kanté, but will ask the Chelsea pocket dynamo to take a substantial cut in his £300,000-per-week wages to move to Old Trafford. Italian side Inter are also reported to be interested in Kanté and will offer one of Milan Skriniar or Marcelo Brozovic in part exchange. Apparently surplus to requirements at United, Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira could be off to Lazio before the transfer window shuts next Monday night.

Manchester City are ready to part company with left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, who may find a new home at Barcelona’s Camp Nou. Despite the turmoil which surrounds them, Ronald Koeman’s side got their La Liga campaign off to a winning start with an emphatic 4-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday but the Dutch manager hopes to bring in new recruits in the form of Zinchenko and Ajax right-back Sergiño Dest.

Having been nicknamed “Dani Alves” by his Norwich City teammates following Barcelona’s interest in taking him on loan, Max Aarons is now reported to be the subject of interest from Milan and Bayern Munich. “You have to stay grounded, keep feet on the ground and remember Max’s task is to wear the yellow shirt and deliver performances,” said Daniel Farke, when asked if his young defender’s head has been turned by interest from so many big clubs. Farke may also have to plan for a future without Todd Cantwell, who has an admirer in Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds.

Aston Villa are ready to offer £9m for 21-year-old Copenhagen central defender Victor Nelsson, while Leicester City are also in the market for a central defender and are ready to make a Premier League player of Torino’s Gleison Bremer. The 23-year-old Brazilian is also wanted by Everton, who need cover for Mason Holgate, after the defender was sidelined for at least three months with a toe injury.

Lyon have rejected an offer just shy of £33m from Arsenal for midfielder Houssem Aouar, but the north London club are expected to up their bid with by offering a further £9m worth of add-ons. Meanwhile at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Rüdiger is wanted by on loan by West Ham, who face a struggle to hold on to Declan Rice. With a week to go in the transfer window, Chelsea are expected to bid £40m for the England midfielder.

Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster is a player in big demand, with Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Aston Villa all reported to be interested in securing his scrawl. The 20-year-old is believed to favour a move to Palace, with a fee of £20m being mooted. Should Sheffield United fail in their efforts to sign Brewster, they could move for the comparative veteran Daniel Sturridge, who is without a club since being released by Trabzonspor back in March.


Jarrod Bowen fires double as West Ham sweep Wolves aside

Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium

There was no need for David Moyes to hide behind the sofa. Forced to self-isolate after testing positive for Covid‑19 last week, West Ham’s manager settled down and watched his players lift their troubled club’s mood, crushing Wolves with a performance built on tactical nous and no little skill.

It was typical West Ham to stir just when storm clouds were gathering. Ever perverse, they earned their first points of the season with their manager and two players, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, in quarantine. Against all expectations it was Wolves who were made to look meek and shambolic, folding as West Ham triumphed at the end of a week in which their co-owner, David Sullivan, managed to steal the limelight by going on to a radio programme to warn that there might not be any signings before the transfer window shuts next Monday.

The signs were ominous before the game. Sullivan had complained that he was “getting more depressed” every day. Supporters are restless and civil war is brewing. Alan Irvine was deputising for Moyes on the touchline and Fabian Balbuena, who has been out of form for a long time, had to be drafted into defence because Diop was unavailable.

Yet West Ham were outstanding against opponents who usually dismiss them with ease and although the unrest off the pitch is unlikely to subside any time soon, they hardly played like a team destined for the drop. They were aggressive on and off the ball, just as they were in last weekend’s unfortunate defeat to Arsenal, and gave Wolves countless problems at the back.

“Fantastic performance,” Irvine, the assistant manager, said. “We could have scored more against a very good team. The manager was in communication with [the coach] Stuart Pearce through the game and that information got passed down.”

The opening 45 minutes served as proof that West Ham are far from a lost cause under Moyes. Angelo Ogbonna dominated in central defence, keeping Raúl Jiménez quiet. Arthur Masuaku worked with Aaron Cresswell to quell Adama Traoré’s threat on the right. Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice overpowered Rúben Neves and Joâo Moutinho in midfield and West Ham were dangerous in the attacking sector, with Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen eager to support Michail Antonio.

West Ham went ahead thanks to alert thinking from Fornals in the 17th minute. While everyone else was distracted after Willy Boly’s foul on Antonio near the halfway line, Fornals took a quick free-kick and released Bowen on the right. Wolves were exposed and although Romain Saïss’s teammates urged him to stop Bowen from cutting inside, the defender was powerless as the winger shifted the ball on to his left foot and shaped a beautiful shot into the far corner.

It was West Ham’s first goal against Wolves in five games and they had chances to extend their lead before the interval. Antonio, leading the line with typical unselfishness, went close and Soucek forced the visiting goalkeeper, Rui Patrício, to make two point-blank saves after incisive wide play from the homer side.

Part of the challenge for Moyes, who should stay away more often on this evidence, has been finding a way to cover up weaknesses in the full-back positions. The switch to a back three gives West Ham balance and they should have doubled their lead when Patrício pushed out another shot from Antonio only for Fornals to spoon the rebound over.

Wolves, who gave a debut to Nélson Semedo at right wing-back, have rarely looked so vulnerable at the back. They were ponderous in possession – the absence of Daniel Podence in attack hurt them – and only threatened when Neves tested Lukasz Fabianski from 18 yards. “It was a very bad performance,” Nuno Espírito Santo, the Wolves manager, said. “Defensively we were not good. Offensively we didn’t create.”

There was a reminder of West Ham’s fragility when Ryan Fredericks limped off at the start of the second half, with Ben Johnson coming on at right wing-back. As Irvine said before the game, the squad remains light in certain areas.

Yet West Ham kept the focus on the positives, scoring again in the 57th minute. Antonio reached a long ball and found Fornals. The Spaniard’s shot struck a post and fell to Bowen, who scored the rebound.

It was a measure of West Ham’s excellence that Wolves replaced Traoré in the 62nd minute. They pulled clear when Soucek’s glance from Cresswell’s corner flicked in off Jiménez and finished the scoring in stoppage time, Sébastien Haller heading in Masuaku’s cross after coming off the bench.


WEST HAM 3-4-2-1: Fabianski 6; Balbuena 7, Ogbonna 6.5, Cresswell 7; Fredericks 6.5 (Johnson 49 min, 6.5), Soucek 7.5, Rice 8, Masuaku 7; Bowen 8.5 (Noble 88), Fornals 7; Antonio 8 (Haller 88).

SUBS: Randolph, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Lanzini, Noble, Haller, Johnson.

MANAGER: David Moyes 7

WOLVES 3-4-3: Patricio 7; Boly 5, Coady 5, Saiss 5; Semedo 5 (Hoever 73, 5), Neves 5, Moutinho 5 (Vitinha 73, 5), Vinagre 5; Traore 5 (Silva 62, 5), Jimenez 5, Neto 6.

SUBS: Ruddy, Hoever, Silva, Vitinha, Dendoncker, Shabani, Kilman.

MANAGER: Nuno Espirito Santo 5

REF: Martin Atkinson 6


West Ham rip Wolves to shreds on counter-attack with David Moyes putting plans in motion from his sofa

With manager self-isolating at home and phoning in live instructions, West Ham secured an emphatic victory

By Sam Dean London Stadium

Sunday night television has never looked so good for David Moyes, who might even have allowed ­himself to enjoy a home brew or two before the end of this remarkably emphatic victory for his West Ham United side.

Watching from home as he continues his coronavirus isolation, Moyes can hardly have hoped for a more relaxing evening. After this performance, who is to say that management by phone will not be football’s next great technological advancement? Moyes dialled in the live instructions, and his players duly ripped Wolves to shreds on the counter-attack.

The suggestion in this part of the capital was that West Ham were heading towards an early-season crisis. It certainly did not feel that way at the London Stadium, where Moyes’ coaching staff, led by assistant Alan Irvine, jumped and hugged in celebration on the touchline. Their first points of the Premier League campaign were fully deserved, with Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio leading the destruction of a Wolves defence that was surprisingly easy to crack open.

With five minutes remaining, and the home side three goals to the good, the cameras cut to Stuart Pearce, the West Ham coach charged with taking Moyes’ calls. “Stuart was inundated,” said Irvine. We can only guess what Moyes might have been saying in these final few moments, but no one would have blamed the West Ham manager for telling his staff that they could take it from here.

“There were a lot of phone calls and all the messages that were passed down were very clear,” said Irvine, who added that Moyes was feeling fit and healthy at home. “The communication was all the way through the game, and the substitutions at the end were David’s ­substitutions.”

By contrast, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo had a close-up view of an uncharacteristically flat performance from his players. They were stung by the pace of Bowen, who scored twice, and the powerful running of Antonio alongside him. Tomas Souceck headed in the third, via a deflection off Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, before substitute Sebastien Haller struck a late fourth.

Substitute Sebastien Haller completed the thrashing of Wolves with a header in injury-time

“We played very, very badly,” said Nuno, as blunt as his team’s attacking. “We made many mistakes. Every counter-attack was a situation for a goal.”

It all made for a wonderfully encouraging night for West Ham, a team clearly in need of a lift. The home side’s record of having more Covid-19 positive cases than Premier League goals this season had hardly been a source of pre-match enthusiasm against opponents like Wolves, who had won each of their past four meetings with West Ham without conceding once.

Those coronavirus cases had provided the latest drama in West Ham’s turbulent start to the campaign. The captain criticising the board for selling an academy graduate, an absence of new signings, two consecutive league defeats and three coronavirus cases: none of these would have been on the to-do list.

Look a little deeper, though, and there had been small signs of promise. Against Arsenal last week, West Ham were the better side. Their system worked at the Emirates, with five at the back allowing Antonio to lead the counter-attack, and they deployed it again here.

Bowen promptly gave them the lead after charging straight at goal on the break. Running into space, he shifted the ball on to his left foot and ripped a low finish into the far corner. Antonio then went close twice, before Pablo Fornals fired over when it was easier to score.

Wolves tried to respond, but the higher they pushed, the more space they left in behind. Antonio was practically salivating over the prospect of running into the open turf and soon he was in again. He picked out Fornals, whose shot struck the foot of a post and was then turned in by Bowen.

On the touchline West Ham’s coaching staff leapt into each other’s arms, social-distancing guidelines forgotten amid all the excitement. There was more to come, too, with Jimenez turning Soucek’s header into his own net and then, right at the death, Haller nodding home Arthur Masuaku’s cross. If Moyes was to call again, his message would have been simple: job done.


Fredericks injury update

Ryan Fredericks has suffered yet another hamstring injury and could be out of the squad for up to four weeks.

And that means despite chairman David Sullivan revealing he’s struggling to get players into the club, he will be desperately hunting for a right-back before the window closes.

We learned soon after the Wolves game that Fredericks had again suffered a hammy after being forced to sit out the second half of last night’s game.

He only recovered from the same injury towards the end of last season and was covered by the now-departed Jeremy Ngakia and Ben Johnson who came on as a second-half sub last night.

David Moyes will now be desperate to ensure that he has more cover with Johnson himself having shown to be injury-prone in the past.

Sullivan revealed during his talkSPORT interview last week that he was struggling to bring players in but a right back on loan or permanently is now of the highest priority.

A Hammers insider revealed to Candh: “He has a hammy and looks definitely out for two weeks and it wouldn’t surprise me if it was longer – maybe a month.


West Ham-linked Ryan Manning left out of QPR squad as Warburton confirms contract fears

Olly Dawes

West Ham United seem to have found the right formation for them, having beaten Wolves 4-0 on Sunday in a 3-4-2-1 system.

Arthur Masuaku is shining as a left-wing back, with Aaron Cresswell playing as more of a left-sided centre back in this setup.

West Ham have been linked with a number of left backs, and it now remains to be seen whether they still target one given Masuaku’s resurgence.

If they do, then QPR’s Ryan Manning could be a prime target, with The Telegraph reporting late in July that the Hammers were really interested.

West Ham allegedly see Manning as a ‘low-risk’ option, given that he is out of contract at QPR at the end of the season and could be signed for a knockdown fee.

The 24-year-old starred last season with four goals and seven assists, emerging as one of the Championship’s top left backs under Mark Warburton’s tutelage.

On Saturday, QPR drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough and West Ham target Manning wasn’t included in the squad due to fears surrounding his future.

Boss Warburton has told London News Online that he just can’t have players raising their own personal value whilst diminishing their value to QPR as their contracts run down, so Manning wasn’t involved.

If West Ham still want Manning, then now may be the chance to strike, as QPR clearly don’t want him running down his deal, and West Ham – who don’t have the biggest budget right now – could strike a bargain.


West Ham want to beat Manchester City to non-league talent Courtney Clarke

According to The Telegraph, West Ham United are interested in snapping up non-league talent Courtney Clarke.

It’s claimed that West Ham have sent scouts to watch Whyteleafe FC in Croydon in orde to watch teenager Clarke.

The 17-year-old is already playing senior football down in the Isthmian League South East division, which is the eighth tier of English football.

West Ham face a battle though, as Manchester City are also looking at Clarke, as are Brighton and Hove Albion, Millwall and Charlton Athletic.

The report notes that Clarke is a box-to-box midfielder who has been likened to a ‘young Patrick Vieira’ in a rather bold comparison.

West Ham may well hope that the offer of staying in London can help beat Manchester City to his signature, but it’s still a daunting task.

There is plenty of talent in non-league, as the likes of Chris Smalling, Michail Antonio, Charlie Austin and Jamie Vardy have shown in recent times – and West Ham may hope that Clarke can follow in their footsteps.

Pundit Feed

West Ham’s Argentine Transfer Saga

After the 2006 World Cup in Germany, talk of where the young Argentinian duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano would end up began to circulate.

Despite ultimately being what seems now like yet another disappointing showing from Argentina at a World Cup, for a young Mascherano and Tevez it was their first real chance to show their class on the world stage.

The combative Mascherano started every match in the heart of the Argentina midfield, breaking up play and starting attacks for his sides formidable front line. Tevez, a young energetic pitbull of a striker, had to wait for his opportunity, with Hernan Crespo and Javier Saviola upfront. Argentina were somewhat blessed, so much so Tevez was joined on the bench by a certain Lionel Messi.

Tevez got his chance off the bench in a 6-0 victory over Serbia and Montenegro, scoring after coming on. In the final group game against Holland, with both teams all but qualified, Argentina boss José Pékerman gave Tevez a start and he shone despite a goalless draw.

Tevez was a classy striker with phenomenal work rate, capable of sublime finishing and, at this time, with an incredible goalscoring ratio. Mascherano a tough-tackling holding midfielder, one of the best in the business at shielding the back four and allowing his more attacking teammates to express themselves.

Unsurprisingly, a host of Europe’s elite were all manoeuvring to acquire the talented duo, who seemingly were playing beneath their abilities in South America. Although surprisingly, when the widely expected transfer arrived, it wasn’t any of the Champions League giants who secured the youngsters, it was in fact, the Premier League’s own – West Ham United.

The Hammers, from essentially nowhere, had pulled off a coup to end all coups. Having been recently promoted and after a tentative ninth-placed finish one season earlier, as well as a dismal start to the 2006/07 campaign, on the final day of the transfer window, Upton Park now welcomed two Argentinians seemingly with the world at their feet, both rather fittingly for undisclosed fees.

Even then manager Alan Pardew seemed bemused at the South American minor influx, perhaps not being able to believe his luck. The West Ham squad at the time consisted of the likes of Bobby Zamora, Marlon Harewood, Nigel Reo-Coker and these players were just as confused as the rest of us. It was to an extent real life Football Manager, and in many ways, it was just as exciting, even for a neutral.

Despite West Ham not exactly being small-fry, after all, they had just narrowly lost the FA Cup final to Steven Gerrard. The Hammers weren’t known for competing at the top transfer table or even the upper echelons of the football table in recent years, until now perhaps.

As the days went by and events unravelled, it emerged the deal had been completed without the influence of a large transfer fee. Tevez had a release clause in his Corinthians contract of around £83 million, which would have made him the most expensive player in the world at that time. Although it seemed they had acquired him and Mascherano combined for next to nothing.

The South American ownership model has always been somewhat confusing. Players are often owned in percentages by numerous parties, it was a world that until now had rarely been ventured into by English clubs.

However, following a phone call to the Premier League from then West Ham Commercial Director, Scott Duxbury, who had wanted to know about the legality of offshore companies owning the transfer rights of players, something was afoot and something certainly was not right.

The day after this phone call, apparently against the advice he was given and perhaps his better judgment, Duxbury sent over documents to the Premier League for the registration of Tevez and Mascherano as West Ham United players.

Perhaps the opportunity to sign two players of such potential for lowly West Ham was simply too good to turn down, regardless of the fallout, something about not looking a gift horse in the mouth.

After months of disappointing performances, rumblings were still heard about the transfers. In March 2007, with the club rather underperforming, a three-man investigative group was tasked with looking deep into the transfer dealings. It seemed obvious early on that the East London club were not likely to get away with matters.

No fewer than four third-party investment groups were involved. Namely: Media Sports Investments, Global Soccer Agencies, Just Sports Incorporate and Mystere Services Ltd, which were found to be in ownership of the transfer rights of the players, not West Ham United. Messy. All the groups with connections to one man – Kia Joorabchian, an Iranian-born British-educated businessman with a history of investing in football activities.

As dodgy as a situation this seemed, the men behind these companies and their allies were even dodgier. The panel found that they, rather than West Ham, held the power over the future transfers of both players. Something which directly contradicts FA rulings, leaving them with no choice but to bring a guilty verdict. The deal taking the two players from Corinthians had felt unsettling from the outset, but nobody could have predicted the true magnitude.

The club’s directors duly pleaded guilty as charged and just as it seemed a points deduction was inevitable, instead, the authorities opted for a record high £5.5 million fine in April 2007.

A surprise to many, a fine at this stage of the season did not harm the Hammers chances on the pitch, Tevez was allowed to keep playing and as it turned out, that proved crucial at the bottom end of the Premier League. On the field, things did not pan out as many may have expected, Tevez had waited weeks to get his first goal for the club, whilst a seemingly forever unsettled Mascherano left for Liverpool in January, where he found his true calling.

With just eight games to go, the East London club were ten points from safety and in serious danger of relegation; Argentinian imports or no Argentinian imports. It was from this moment on, a seemingly hapless West Ham side, and in truth, a similarly performing tenacious striker would find their form, just in the nick of time.

They picked up 21 points from their remaining matches, culminating in a final day completion of one of the greatest escapes, with victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Naturally, by now, it was almost inevitable that Tevez would score the only goal that day as his side were replaced in the drop zone by Sheffield United; The Blades going down to the Championship by virtue of goal difference, not that they would go down without a substantial fight just yet.

Following their relegation, Sheffield United cited foul play, rather understandably given the guilty verdict their topplers had already received. The board at Bramall Lane made the casing point they would in fact have stayed in the Premier League was it not for Tevez’s goal contributions. They believed Tevez should never have been allowed to play.

The Premier League’s decision not to dock points for the murky transfer dealings had undoubtedly contributed to the demise of the Sheffield club, and they were not happy. The resulting loss of revenue is a substantial amount of money, substantial enough for an impending court case and lots of outcries.

Not to be left behind, the then Blades boss Neil Warnock, who sought personal damages from West Ham, said: “As far as I’m concerned I should still be a Premier League manager. And I think the players have a case, too”. The row between the clubs and the Premier League was finally settled in September 2008, when an FA tribunal ruled in Sheffield United’s favour leading to West Ham owing a compensation package in excess of £20 million.

The money did go some way to resolving the matter, however, Sheffield United went on to suffer a near-decade of turmoil both on and off the pitch. This last season was their first back in the top flight since the debacle. From the outside looking in, it seems as if the bad blood between the two teams over the saga continues to this day, commentators certainly love to mention it whenever the two meet.

For Tevez, who many would argue shouldn’t have been playing, he had now arrived, seven goals in his final nine matches thrusting West Ham to safety and his name into the limelight, big clubs would begin to circulate once more. Ironically, it was final day hosts Manchester United who would come and take him, although who knows exactly who from.

Clearly missing the controversy of a transfer saga, Tevez got himself embroiled once more when in 2009, he made the move across to the blue side of Manchester. That infamous ‘Welcome To Manchester’ billboard befitting of the madness that had gone before.

Mascherano went from strength to strength following his Liverpool move, spending three years at Anfield before completing a lucrative move to Barcelona where quite frankly, he won everything.

Both Tevez and Mascherano went on to become world class footballers in their own right, with over 200 international appearances and plenty of club silverware between them. It’s fair to say they came a long way from the relegation fight of 2006/07, but the shadow of their initial transfers linger on to this day.

Even now, it’s difficult to explain exactly why the Argentinian pair, who could have chosen almost anywhere, would up at West Ham for that one manic season. Many people believe the multiple owners were simply using The Hammers as a ‘shop window’ for their stars, allowing more prospective buyers to see their ability at the top level, thus increasing their market value. Which in a round about way makes sense and worked. Regardless of motive, we will never forget the day two of the future world’s best joined West Ham United.

Article by Dan Clubbe via Football’s Finest

Football Insider

Exclusive: West Ham submitting £15m defender bid

West Ham are submitting a £15million bid for Swansea City star Joe Rodon as they look to finally end their hunt for a centre-back, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Hammers have hit a series of stumbling blocks in attempts to recruit a central defender in this window.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that West Ham are now ready to table an offer for Rodon after being give hope of a potential deal.

The Championship club may be forced to let go their academy product to raise much-needed cash.

Rodon has entered the final two years of his contract and is said to be keen to play in the Premier League.

He has played the full 90 minutes of all three of Swansea’s league matches this season.

West Ham are in the market for a centre-back who can strengthen a defence that has looked wobbly in recent seasons.

This site revealed last Monday that the London club had ended their interest in James Tarkowski, 27, after a series of bids for the England international were rejected by Burnley.

The Hammers have also held talks over a potential deal for St Etienne’s Wesley Fofana but have been unable to reach an agreement.

Rodon broke into the Swansea side after their demotion from the Premier League in 2018.

The 6t 3in powerhouse has played 53 times for the club, 51 of which have come in the Championship, and is rated one of the best central defenders outside of the top flight.


Report: West Ham target deal for Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan

Olly Dawes

According to The Sun, West Ham United are interested in snapping up Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan – but he would cost £20million.

It’s claimed that West Ham are casting their net far and wide in search of a new centre back, with a host of options on their radar.

Simakan is the latest, having shown real promise at Strasbourg, which has seen him linked with a whole host of clubs in recent months.

The 20-year-old is allegedly valued at around £20million, which is some way short of the prices West Ham have been quoted for Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Saint-Etienne ace Wesley Fofana.

Simakan also played as a right back last season, which may come in handy given that Hammers right back Ryan Fredericks is now out injured.

The Frenchman can fill in there if needed, but would predominantly be a centre back moving forward as West Ham look to solidify moving forward.

Simakan stands at 6ft 2in tall, and possesses great strength and aerial ability, whilst being quick enough to recover defensively and get forward if used at right back.

Having failed to land Chris Smalling and Rob Holding, Simakan is now a very real option for West Ham, and a name for fans to keep an eye on as the defensive search continues.

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Russ of the BML 9:55 Tue Sep 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Shame about Fredericks. We looked really balanced against Wolves. I wonder if Johnson can play RWB?

jimbo2. 1:32 Tue Sep 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al on this excellent day after such a great performance & result yesterday!

one iron 5:12 Mon Sep 28
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
David golds got links with whyteleafe fc,its one mile from his house.i dont believe this would be a good buy.more moody shit i am thinking.

Texas Iron 4:07 Mon Sep 28
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Thanks Alan 2:36 Mon Sep 28
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ted fenton 1:48 Mon Sep 28

ted fenton 1:48 Mon Sep 28
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Kaiser Zoso 1:23 Mon Sep 28
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan, thanks

Alwaysaniron 1:18 Mon Sep 28
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Thanks Al

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