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 1:42 Sat Oct 3
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Bayern Munich are in talks with Chelsea about taking 19-year-old England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi on a season-long loan. (Sport Bild, via Mail)

France forward Ousmane Dembele, 23, has had a change of heart about joining Manchester United - but his club Barcelona have not yet sanctioned any potential move. (L'Equipe via Mirror)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, has called France team-mate Dembele to convince him to move to Old Trafford. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to sell winger Daniel James, 22, to help fund a late bid for 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho. Solskjaer, however, has yet to convince the club's hierarchy to sell the Wales international. (ESPN)

Leeds United have revived their interest in signing James by offering Manchester United £25m. (Football Insider)

Chelsea have told Inter Milan they would prefer to see Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso leave on a permanent deal after the Serie A side registered an interest in signing the 29-year-old on loan with an option to buy. (Goal)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says he has not had any conversations about Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson, 20, despite being linked with a move for the Englishman. (Mirror)

Manchester United's Diogo Dalot, 21, is in talks with AC Milan - but Roma also want the Portuguese right-back as part of their deal for United's English centre-back Chris Smalling, 30. (Sun)

Arsenal's Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 24, has arrived in Spain for a medical with Atletico Madrid on Saturday before completing a season-long loan deal, with a purchase option for £18.1m. (AS - in Spanish)

Tottenham will make a fresh attempt to sign Inter's Slovakia centre-half Milan Skriniar, 25, this weekend after completing a loan deal for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius. (Standard)

Tottenham have also asked about the availability of Turkey centre-half Merih Demiral, but Juventus are not willing to let the 22-year-old leave. (Goal)

Burnley's move for Wales winger Harry Wilson, 23, could now collapse as they are reluctant to meet Liverpool's £15m asking price. (Football Insider)

Championship sides Bournemouth, Swansea City and Luton Town are all interested in signing Tottenham and United States defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, 22. (Mail)

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic has reiterated his desire to offload a number of his side's fringe players, including 26-year-old Danish striker Kenneth Zohore, a Sheffield Wednesday target. (Yorkshire Live)

Arsenal are willing to send French centre-back William Saliba, 19, out on loan, with talks having taken place with Rennes. (Guardian)

Inter Milan are closing in on signing Parma's Italian full-back Matteo Darmian, 30, in a £1.81m deal. (Goal)


Defender wants West Ham move this summer

West Ham United need defenders.

The club managed to strengthen their backline with the acquisition of Vladimir Coufal from Slavia Prague on Friday and they have also turned Tomas Soucek’s loan into a permanent deal.

However, their attempts to bring in a new centre-back have thus far ended in disappointment.

The transfer deadline comes on Monday, and one feels that the Irons should be prioritising a move for a centre-back in the coming days.

Manager David Moyes has publicly admitted that a new defender is needed and it seems that there is an option being offered to the club on a silver platter.

Sport Witness carries a report from Corriere Torino, which claims that Daniele Rugani is more than willing to make the jump to the London Stadium.

Rennes are interested in signing the centre-back and Sport Witness claim that a number of French outlets believe a deal is essentially done.

But the Corriere Torino report states that the Juventus defender wants to move to West Ham.

The piece states that he would “look favourably” on a move to east London, potentially slowing down his move to Rennes.

It may be that he is testing the waters to see if the Irons will actually make a proper bid which, at this point, they haven’t done.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

It is a strange thing to say but it doesn’t really matter who West Ham are signing.

At the end of the day, they desperately need a new centre-back and it appears that Rugani is willing to make the move.

The 26-year-old has plenty of years left in the tank and is good enough to have played over 100 times for a superb Juventus team.

He has been capped seven times by Italy and one would say that this would be a good deal for the Irons to keep in their back pocket but Rennes’ interest somewhat complicates that.

Really, the Hammers will have to move quickly.

They ought to do that, and ensure that Rugani ends up in east London.

Mercato OM

Caleta-Car, a new offer from West Ham?

As we indicated to you this Saturday (see brief 9:30 am), West Ham made a first offer, estimated at 22 million euros, for the central defender of the Olympique de Marseille Duje Caleta-Car (24 years old, 5 games and 2 goals in L1 this season). An amount far from the demands of the Phoceans for a possible sale of the Croatian international.
And according to the British tabloid The Sun, the Hammers returned to the charge for the Marseillais with a second proposal, valued this time at 27.5 million euros! Enough to bend OM? It is rumored that the vice-champion of France expects at least 30 million euros on this file. For its part, Caleta-Car is not necessarily excited by the idea of leaving Marseille for West Ham, but the Premier League team is trying to convince him by tripling his salary.

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