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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
7%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
3%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
21%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
34%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
36%
  



Alan 12:20 Thu Oct 1
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester United have opened talks with Barcelona about signing France forward Ousmane Dembele, 23, on loan. (Mirror)

The agent of Real Madrid's Serbia forward Luka Jovic says the 22-year-old wants to join Manchester United, with Inter Milan and Roma also interested in his services. (Star)

Manchester City have been told they must pay £23m if they want to buy Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, 28, from Ajax. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool are set to accept a £23m offer from Sheffield United for 20-year-old England Under-21 forward Rhian Brewster. (Sun)

The Reds are also set to benefit from former midfielder Philippe Coutinho's Barcelona lifeline, with a further £4.4m due if the 28-year-old Brazilian makes another 14 appearances. (Mirror)

Manchester United have denied speculation linking them to signing 23-year-old England international Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who can play in defence and midfield, from Arsenal. (Manchester Evening News)

Spain defender Marcos Alonso, 29, Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger, 27, and England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 24, could all leave Chelsea before the transfer window closes. (Star)

Arsenal are in talks about a loan deal for 21-year-old French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to join Marseille. (Telefoot - in French)

The Gunners have also been boosted in their pursuit of 22-year-old French midfielder Houssem Aouar from Lyon, with the club's president Jean-Michel Aulas admitting they may "lose two players" before the deadline. (Metro)

Newcastle United are set to compete with Valencia to sign 26-year-old Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani, who has also been linked with Fulham, West Ham United and Sevilla. (Sportitalia, via Football Italia)

Manchester United are considering Roma's latest offer for 30-year-old England centre-back Chris Smalling - £10.9m plus £2.7m in add-ons. (Mail)

Wolverhampton Wanderers will offer Danish defender Oskar Buur, 22, to clubs as a loan signing. (Birmingham Mail)

Chelsea's United States defender Matt Miazga, 25, is set for a loan move to Anderlecht - his fourth since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2016 (Goal)

Aston Villa are favourites to sign 15-year-old centre-back Kerr Smith from Dundee United. (Dundee Telegraph)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

Youth, eh? Overrated. Having been linked with any number of young starlets, Manchester United are now sniffing around more seasoned talents. Namely Edinson Cavani. The Express says the 33-year-old Uruguay striker, without a club since being released by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, is very much of interest to United recruitment suits, who see him as a handy mentor to the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. United have also been linked with Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic, but the 22-year-old Serbian forward has been less than dazzling since moving to the Bernabéu last year and would be a second choice behind Cavani. Though that hasn’t prevented both Internazionale and Roma from also expressing an interest.

Across town, Manchester City clearly feel they just haven’t spent enough in this window, so are making eyes at the Ajax left-back Nicolás Tagliafico. The 28-year-old Argentina international is seen as more obtainable than Bayern’s David Alaba, another of their targets in the role, but the Dutch club still want big wedge – £28m minimum to be precise.

The scouts and gossip-mongers continue to buzz around Carrow Road, with Norwich’s Ben Godfrey subject of serious interest from Everton. The central defender is under contract until 2023 and Norwich would slap a £26m price tag on him but Carlo Ancelotti is keen, describing him as “a really good centre-back”. They would have until 16 October to seal a deal too, due to the extended deadline for transfers between the Premier League and Football League.

But it’s not all wanton spending while the apocalypse looms. It has occurred to some of the Premier League’s big spenders that they need to do some offloading too. Chelsea could be getting shot of Mill mainstays Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rüdiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek before deadline day, while Arsenal may finally have found a solution for long-disregarded jigsaw piece Matteo Guendouzi. Turns out Marseille are interested in a loan deal for the 21-year-old.

Lucas Torreira is another who could yet leave the Emirates. Atlético Madrid are keen on the combative Uruguayan midfielder and his sale could help fund Arsenal’s move for their cherished target Houssem Aouar, the Lyon midfielder.

Newcastle, who could barely squeeze past Newport on Wednesday night, are seeking reinforcements in the form of Juventus’s Daniele Rugani. The defender does not appear to figure in the plans of suave, sophisticated new Juve boss Andrea Pirlo and Sportitalia reports that Newcastle have trumped Valencia’s bid for the 26-year-old. Sevilla, Fulham and West Ham have also apparently been sniffing around.

And Roma’s fondness for Chris Smalling hasn’t diminished and the Serie A club are preparing one final bid to prise him from Manchester United on a permanent £13.5m deal. Finances are thought to be a stumbling point but the Daily Mail reports that club suits have flown to Manchester in an eager last-ditch attempt to get a deal over the line.







Guardian

Calvert-Lewin's hat-trick sinks West Ham but injuries sour Everton's night

Paul Wilson at Goodison Park

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s second hat-trick of the season helped Everton to a place in the last eight of the Carabao Cup for a second successive year, though victory over West Ham was achieved at some cost to the home side.

No fewer than three players picked up strains or injuries and though Carlo Ancelotti said he thought Richarlison might be back for the weekend he admitted Allan and Jonjoe Kenny may need longer.

Naturally the Everton manager wanted to be talking about Calvert-Lewin, who must be in Gareth Southgate’s thoughts. “I don’t know if he’s the best in England but he’s the best for us right now,” Ancelotti said. “He’s doing a fantastic job, he’s on fire at the moment.”

Everton’s opener proved that, with both its creator and its finisher showing signs of improved confidence under Ancelotti. Calmly turning his way out of Manuel Lanzini’s challenge on the halfway line, Michael Keane chipped a pass forward for Calvert-Lewin to meet on the edge of the area.

Even though the centre-forward is in the form of his life it was still surprising to see the nonchalant ease with which he plucked the ball out of the air with one foot before clipping a half-volley past Darren Randolph with the other. Stylish football has hardly been a trademark here in recent seasons, and it was a shame Goodison was empty for a goal that would normally have brought the house down.

Watching James Rodríguez is a treat in itself and after Lanzini saw a penalty appeal turned down at one end the Colombian almost slipped in Richarlison at the other, only for the Brazilian to be denied by the tightest of offside decisions. Séamus Coleman had to come off the bench before the interval after the unlucky Kenny caught his studs in the turf, before Lanzini sent a header wide after getting into a promising position to meet Aaron Cresswell’s cross.

The visitors had only registered one attempt on target in the first half yet before the second period was a minute old they were back on terms. It was another impressive strike, this time from Robert Snodgrass, who called for the ball from Felipe Anderson and hit a curling left-foot shot beyond Jordan Pickford’s dive from the edge of the area.

That livened up the contest quite considerably, with Calvert-Lewin shooting too high and Gylfi Sigurdsson bringing a save from Randolph before Richarlison restored Everton’s lead just before the hour. Again it was a well-struck shot from just outside the box, though it took a slight but significant deflection off Declan Rice to leave the goalkeeper little chance. It was Richarlison’s last contribution before he too twisted an ankle in attempting a tackle and made way for Alex Iwobi.

West Ham might have equalised again when Snodgrass crossed for Andriy Yarmolenko, except that the header was so wide of the target it turned into a chance for Lanzini on the six-yard line, who only had Pickford to beat but put his shot the wrong side of a post.

Incredibly Everton then saw Allan suffer a groin strain as he attempted to deal with a Rice break down the left. With Rice marauding upfield West Ham put Everton under some pressure before the end and were unlucky not to score when Sebastian Haller’s acrobatic overhead kick drew an equally agile save from Pickford, before Iwobi struck a post to leave Calvert-Lewin a tap-in from the rebound, allowing the hat-trick to be completed with a left-footed shot from Sigurdsson’s prompt six minutes from time.

MATCH FACTS (Mail)

Everton: Pickford,Kenny (Coleman 42), Keane, Digne, Nkounkou, Sigurdsson, Allan (Doucoure 69), Delph, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison (Iwobi 61).

Subs Not Used: Mina, Bernard, Davies, Lossl.

Goals: Calvert-Lewin 11, Richarlison 56, Calvert-Lewin 78, 84.

West Ham: Randolph, Johnson, Balbuena, Rice, Cresswell, Noble, Snodgrass, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Haller.

Subs Not Used: Fornals, Bowen, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Soucek, Trott, Ashby.

Goals: Snodgrass 46.

Ref: Darren England (South Yorks)






Mail

West Ham are set to seal deal for Slavia Prague right back Vladimir Coufal as he arrives in London for medical ahead of £4m move with David Moyes eyeing new recruits on limited budget

West Ham are close to signing right back Vladimir Coufal from Slavia Prague
The 28-year-old has flown in to London for a medical ahead of a £4m switch
The Hammers have had bids for Hans Vanaken and Nikola Milenkovic rejected

By Simon Jones

West Ham hope to sign Slavia Prague full-back Vladimir Coufal following his medical on Thursday but have been rebuffed in bids for Bruges midfielder Hans Vanaken and Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.

Manager David Moyes is keen to strengthen his squad but with a limited budget is mindful of wasting money afforded to him.

Should they fail to find suitable options he is prepared to hold fire on major signings until January rather than make rash decisions.

Right-back Coufal is in London and likely to cost around £4million and his expected transfer was confirmed by Slavia Prague’s president Jaroslav Tvrdik on Wednesday.

Bruges rejected an offer of £15m plus add ons for 28-year old Vanaken, a prolific goal scoring midfielder, who Moyes had identified as an ideal support for his attack.

Fiorentina rebuffed West Ham’s £22m bid for Milenkovic but were willing to negotiate. However, it is understood the demands of the player and his representatives were considered too high for West Ham to proceed.

Moyes is still working through options and has left room for late loans prior to Monday’s 11pm deadline.

There is also the chance to sign from EFL clubs in the domestic window that runs until 5pm on October 16.

He knows Chelsea are willing to offer players plus cash in return for Declan Rice but is adamant the England international will not be sold this window.




HITC

Report: West Ham think they’re beating Spurs to sign ‘quality’ star who wants move

John Verrall

West Ham United feel that they are going to beat Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea, the Daily Mirror suggest.

Tottenham and West Ham are both keen on signing Rudiger, with his Stamford Bridge future firmly up in the air.

But West Ham apparently feel that they are leading the race to sign him, as Chelsea will prefer their terms.

David Moyes’ side want to take Rudiger on loan, and West Ham believe that Chelsea would rather do a temporary deal, rather than sell the German international.

With Tottenham keen to land Rudiger, who was hailed as ‘quality’ by ex-Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo (BBC), on a longer term basis, there is a feeling at the London Stadium that they will get their target.

If West Ham or Tottenham are to sign him, the Mirror suggest that Rudiger needs to sign a new contract though.

Chelsea want to ensure that Rudiger commits to staying for another year, so they can maximise the value that they get for him this summer or the next.

Rudiger is said to be keen on a move away, but Chelsea always tend to get big value for the players they sell, and they have told the 27-year-old he won’t be allowed to leave, unless he pens a new deal.

Whether Rudiger will sign a contract extension now remains to be seen, but both West Ham and Tottenham are likely to be hoping that he does, as that could make negotiations easier.




TBR

West Ham and Fulham to rival PSG for Mouctar Diakhaby

West Ham United and Fulham are both interested in Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby, but Foot Mercato reports that they face competition from Paris Saint-Germain.



Both the Hammers and Scott Parker’s men need to strengthen their options at the back before the window closes.

Fulham have conceded 10 goals in their opening three league games. Meanwhile, David Moyes’s side conceded four at Everton in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

And it appears that both clubs are now interested in Diakhaby. The Valencia centre-back however, is on PSG’s radar as well, according to Foot Mercato.

It is not suggested how much the 23-year-old may cost. However, Los Che have offloaded a number of previously-key players this summer. So perhaps the Premier League pair may hope that there is scope for a potential bargain.

Diakhaby would arguably be an exciting signing for either West Ham or Fulham. He is a player with Champions League experience, and he should only be getting better in the coming years.

The 23-year-old is a good passer of the ball, and he reads the game well. So he is often in good positions to make blocks and interceptions.

It is arguably telling that PSG believe that he could improve their backline this summer.

That may make West Ham and Fulham’s task all the more difficult. But the pair seemingly cannot afford to let the window close without strengthening their ranks in that area of the pitch.




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