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 11:59 Sun Oct 4
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal will turn their attention to securing a loan deal for Chelsea's Italy midfielder Jorginho, 28, as their hopes fade of signing Lyon's French midfielder Houssem Aouar, 22. (ESPN)

Tottenham Hotspur's England Under-21 winger Ryan Sessegnon, 20, is on the verge of a loan move to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. (Mail on Sunday)

Newcastle United, West Ham United and Crystal Palace have enquired about signing 31-year-old former England winger Theo Walcott on loan from Everton. (Teamtalk)

Manchester City could scupper Manchester United's plan to sign Porto left-back Alex Telles with a late bid for the 27-year-old Brazil defender. (90Min)

Chelsea have rejected Bayern Munich's loan and £70m option-to-buy deal for England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19. (Mail on Sunday)

French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 26, is poised to join Napoli on a season loan from Chelsea. (Mail Online)

Barcelona have offered £13.6m to sign 19-year-old Spanish defender Eric Garcia, who was left out of the Manchester City squad that drew with Leeds on Saturday. (Mail Online)

Paris St-Germain are drawing up an improved loan offer for Tottenham and England attacking midfielder Dele Alli, 24, after the previous bid was rejected. (Sunday Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester United face competition from Liverpool for Barcelona's France forward Ousmane Dembele, 23. (Sport - in Spanish)

AC Milan are keen to sign Chelsea and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger on a season-long loan, with the 27-year-old also a target for Tottenham. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Juventus are in talks with Everton to re-sign Italy forward Moise Kean, 20, who left the Serie A side for the Toffees in 2019. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Watford are interested in Leeds United and Scotland defender Barry Douglas, 31. (Football Insider)

Leeds have put in an offer for Rennes' Brazilian winger Raphinha, 23. (Goal)

Leeds have also made an improved bid for Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell, 22, after their initial £15m offer for the Englishman was rejected. (Football Insider)

Manchester United will offer £3.6m for French Ligue 2 side Sochaux's 16-year-old defender Willy Kambwala. (RMC Sport via Sun)

Bayern Munich are close to agreeing a £13.5m fee with Espanyol for Spanish midfielder Marc Roca, 23. (Sport)

Paris St-Germain have approached Ajax to discuss a deal for Argentina midfielder Lisandro Martinez, 22. (AS - in Spanish)


Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car turns down chance to join West Ham

Marseille centre-back wants to play in Champions League
Hammers have already failed in several bids for defenders

Jacob Steinberg

West Ham’s search for a new centre-back has suffered another blow after they were turned down by Duje Caleta-Car, who wants to stay at Marseille and play in the Champions League.

David Moyes is keen to strengthen his defence before the transfer window shuts on Monday night and was hopeful of signing Caleta-Car for around £20m. However, the 24-year-old Croatia centre-back has left West Ham disappointed after indicating that he has no desire to leave Marseille, who have been drawn in a Champions League group with Manchester City, Olympiakos and Porto.

West Ham have been struggling to sign a central defender. Under pressure to reinvest the money received from Grady Diangana’s £18m sale to West Brom, they have already failed with bids for Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic. Another target, Wesley Fofana, has joined Leicester from St-Étienne.

The snub from Caleta-Car, who has impressed since joining Marseille from Red Bull Salzburg in 2018, could lead to West Ham turning to a cheaper option. Craig Dawson, relegated with Watford last season, could potentially join on loan. West Ham have also considered moves for Arsenal’s Calum Chambers on loan and Swansea’s Joe Rodon.

West Ham did manage to bring in a right-back when they signed Vladimi Coufal from Slavia Prague on Monday. The Czech Republic international joined for £5.4m and is in the squad to face Leicester on Sunday.


West Ham lead race for £25m-rated Jonathan Tah

By Jordan Harris

West Ham United fans have had little to smile about in this window, but perhaps there is now reason for optimism with the Sunday Mirror (4/10; page 73) reporting that the Irons lead the race to sign Jonathan Tah.

(Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Tah looks to be one of the most promising centre-backs playing in Europe right now. And it now appears that he could be on the move in the final stages of the summer window.

West Ham have only managed to add one new face to their ranks in this window. But it seems that they are in a strong position to add a second.

According to the Sunday Mirror the Hammers are in pole position to sign Tah, who is valued at £25 million. It is claimed that they are doubling their efforts to get a deal done.

TBR View: West Ham cannot afford to miss out on Tah at this stage

If West Ham really are at the front of the queue to land Tah, the board surely cannot afford to miss out.

The relationship with the fans already appears to be incredibly strained. So it will only upset the supporters further if they fail to land Tah.

West Ham fans are under no illusions about how tough this season could prove to be, even after the 4-0 win over Wolves last weekend.

Signing Tah therefore, would be a fantastic statement that the club could really do with making.


Club reportedly willing to subsidise player’s salary amid West Ham and Southampton loan interest

West Ham United and Southampton have reportedly received a boost in their quest to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

The Daily Mail reported on October 2 that West Ham are keen on signing the 24-year-old, with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard willing to let the midfielder leave on loan.

The Sun has now reported that Chelsea are prepared to pay £100,000-a-week of his £173,000-a-week salary for this season as part of any loan deal.

The report in the British tabloid has claimed that Southampton are also interested in securing the services of the England international.

Good signing for West Ham United or Southampton?

With Chelsea having a very strong midfield department, Loftus-Cheek will struggle for regular playing time at the Blues this season.

Both West Ham and Southampton are big clubs, and the London outfit and the Saints could do with a dynamic box-to-box midfielder such as the England international.

If Chelsea are willing to pay part of his salary during his loan spell, then the Hammers and the Saints should really look into it.

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eusebiovic 9:37 Sun Oct 4
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Loftus Cheek is on £173,000 a week?

What the fuck has he ever done or achieved to get anywhere near that sum?

Every day that passes non-league football seems to get more appealing


ted fenton 4:28 Sun Oct 4
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:22 Sun Oct 4

pdbis 2:01 Sun Oct 4
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
If we manage to sign Tah will they start selling tahtah sauce in the club shop?

SDKFZ 222 1:42 Sun Oct 4
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Dawson is so good that he has helped to relegate both West Brom and Watford in successive seasons. Is he the new Roger Johnson?

Thanks Alan 12:22 Sun Oct 4
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mex Martillo 12:13 Sun Oct 4

Mex Martillo 12:13 Sun Oct 4
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
mallard 12:01 Sun Oct 4

theaxeman 12:08 Sun Oct 4
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Tah Alan

Sven Roeder 12:03 Sun Oct 4
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Its ta ta to TAH
Craig Dawson is the one

mallard 12:01 Sun Oct 4
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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