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 1:11 Tue Oct 6
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Senior figures at Manchester United have made contact with Mauricio Pochettino's team in case they sack manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Star)

Manchester City rejected an offer from Barcelona of £15.4m plus add-ons for Spanish defender Eric Garcia, 19, on transfer deadline day. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool received no formal offers for Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 28, during the summer transfer window and expect him to stay until January as they will not consider a loan move. (Goal)

Manchester City and England defender John Stones, 26, turned down the option of a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur because he did not want to uproot his family. (Star)

Porto are interested in taking West Ham United and Brazil midfielder Felipe Anderson, 27, on loan until the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea's England defender Fikayo Tomori, 22, decided against joining West Ham with 10 minutes to go before the deadline. (Express)

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero's wife has criticised the Old Trafford club after Everton's proposed move for the 33-year-old Argentine collapsed. (Goal)

West Ham are in talks to sign 30-year-old English defender Craig Dawson from Watford. (Football Insider)

Barcelona have lost more than 200m euros (£181m) in revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Telegraph - subscription required)

French striker Antoine Griezmann, 29, is not happy with Barca manager Ronald Koeman's decision to play him in a wide role. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is unhappy with the club's lack of activity during the transfer window. (Guardian)

Sheffield United remain in the hunt to sign Huddersfield's Dutch defender Terence Kongolo, 26. (Sheffield Star)

ITV's This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby has criticised Arsenal for ditching their Gunnersaurus mascot in a cost-cutting exercise. (Mirror)

La Liga side Sevilla have announced that they have signed Gunnersaurus, tweeting a picture of the mascot in their kit. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

And breathe. The transfer window is shut, the blind is down and the curtains have been drawn. Jadon Sancho is still a Borussia Dortmund player, Wilf Zaha remains at Crystal Palace and Manchester United fans have been left seething following their club’s failure to sign the central defender and right-sided winger they seem convinced they need. Still, there’s always Donny and Alex and Edinson.

Amid fears clubs would have to tighten their belts due to the uncertainty visited upon the market by the global plague, those in the Premier League still managed to find a borderline-obscene £1.2bn to splurge on new players, up to £110m of which will apparently fund the purchase and upkeep of Arsenal’s new midfielder Thomas Partey, who joined the club from Atlético Madrid on Monday.

His arrival at the Emirates was one of the bigger stories on deadline day, jockeying for headline status alongside that of the club’s decision to make a much-loved dinosaur extinct in their latest merciless attempt to trim excess fat. His are quite literally big boots to fill but perhaps, as some wags have suggested, having failed to offload Mesut Özil, they should make their highest earner wear the suit.

But even though the window has closed, speculation never, ever stops. Already, there is talk that Manchester United have made contact with Mauricio Pochettino, their original idea of a replacement for José Mourinho, for whenever Ole Gunnar Solskjær inevitably gets his cards. Out of work since last November the Argentinian has made no secret of his desire to get back into management when the time is right; that time apparently being when a vacancy becomes available at Old Trafford where he would almost certainly constitute a significant upgrade.

Pochettino might also be tempted by any openings that materialise at Paris Saint-Germain, where the manager, Thomas Tuchel, was underwhelmed by his employers’ spending during a transfer period that concluded with the arrival of the Everton striker Moise Kean on loan. “If we stay like this, with this reduced squad, we cannot expect to have the same objectives even though we could still reach them,” said Tuchel, presumably speaking of last season’s failure to win the Champions League. “In general, we lose too many players for nothing.” While the German’s pleas of poverty while managing the richest club of the world will have prompted wry smiles from many of his peers, his sporting director, Leonardo, was singularly unimpressed.

“We did not like these statements,” fumed the Brazilian. “The club did not like them, neither did I personally like them. You have to understand the moment we are all living through, not just in football. In the moment we are all living through, there are very grave situations.” In a nutshell, Mr Tuchel, if you are unhappy you can leave.

In other deadline day fallout it is being reported that the out-of-favour and out-of-sorts Manchester City defender John Stones turned down a move to Tottenham because he did not want to uproot his family, while the Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri will remain at Anfield until January at least due a lack of interest from elsewhere.

In the meantime, your humble Rumour Mill is off for a long lie-down under a blanket in a cool and darkened room.

Sport Witness

Club ‘refused’ West Ham United’s late bid for signing player – Hammers’ offer was €8m short

West Ham United failed in their efforts in signing Standard Liège’s Samuel Bastien on the final day of the transfer window.

Het Belang van Limburg explains the Jupiler Pro League side had an ‘eventful deadline day’ and that’s when they talk about the approach made by the Premier League side for the midfielder.

It’s claimed the Hammers came in with a late bid for the 24-year-old and tabled an offer around €12m for the Belgian.

However, Standard Liège ‘refused’ the proposal made by David Moyes’ side.

According to the report, West Ham’s offer was €8m short as Standard Liège ‘did not want’ to let their vice-captain leave the club for less than €20m.

Bastien, who primarily operates as a central midfielder, can also play as a defensive or attacking midfielder and has a contract until 2022. The Belgian side retains an option to extend it by a further 12 months.

He managed five goals and four assists in all competitions last season, and has two goals in two matches this term.


West Ham made £15.5m bid to sign French defender on deadline day

French newspaper L’Equipe have claimed that West Ham United tabled a deadline-day offer to sign Strasbourg defender Mohamad Simakan, believed to be worth in the region of £15.5million.

Simakan, 20, was linked with the Hammers earlier in the window after breaking into the Strasbourg side last season – clocking up 25 appearances in all competitions. This season, he has played all six Ligue 1 matches for his current side.

The centre-back – who can play right-back or holding midfield – has caught the attention of plenty of admiring onlookers. AC Milan were said to be closing in on a move and had agreed personal terms, but Strasbourg rejected a £15.5million move.

West Ham then tabled an offer of the same value in the final hours of the window, but a move seemingly fell through – with Strasbourg rating Simakan at £18million. He has a contract with the top-tier French side until the summer of 2022.

TBR’s view – West Ham’s centre-back hunt sums up window

It was the story of West Ham’s summer. A new centre-back seemed to be linked with the Hammers every 24 hours – with James Tarkowski, Wesley Fofana, Nikola Milenkovic and numerous other defenders have been suggested as targets.

Fikayo Tomori almost joined in the final hour on loan from Chelsea but the England international decided against a move late on in the window. To bid the same fee that Strasbourg rejected earlier on in the day sums up West Ham’s business.

Financial News

London Stadium owners sue law firm Allen & Overy over West Ham’s 99-year lease

West Ham and the London Stadium’s owners have fought a series of legal battles over the lease of the ground

By James Booth

The owners of London’s former Olympic stadium have kicked off a legal fight with Magic Circle law firm Allen & Overy over its drafting of Premier League club West Ham United’s 99-year lease of the arena.

The stadium’s owners have brought a professional negligence suit against the City law firm for its work on the 2013 concession agreement with West Ham, which has been the subject of a series of expensive lawsuits.

West Ham and the London Stadium’s public sector owners London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and E20 Stadium LLP have fought several multimillion pound legal disputes stemming from disagreements over the contract that governs the club’s lease of the ground.

The stadium’s public sector owners have lost millions of pounds annually under the terms of the agreement, which a 2017 report, commissioned by London mayor Sadiq Khan, concluded represented poor value for taxpayers.

LLDC and E20 are set to argue that poor drafting by A&O contributed to their difficult relationship with West Ham and a series of costly legal disputes over the interpretation of the agreement, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

“The whole case will revolve around the drafting of the concession agreement and the problems that has caused,” the person said.

LLDC and E20 Stadium launched the High Court claim on 29 September, according to court filings.

An LLDC spokesperson said: “We are in dispute with A&O over the drafting of the West Ham United concession agreement and despite our attempts to resolve this dispute with A&O have been unable to do so.

“We have a responsibility to protect taxpayers’ interests and so have had no alternative but to seek redress through the courts.”

A spokesperson for A&O said: “This claim is entirely without merit and we will defend it vigorously.”

The stadium’s owners and West Ham fought a legal battle that was settled out of court in 2018 over whether the concession agreement allowed for the stadium’s match-day capacity to be increased from 57,000 to 66,000.

West Ham and the stadium’s owners have also fought costly legal battles over issues such as the colour of the materials surrounding the pitch, the number of draught beer pumps in the stadium’s bars and the number of televisions showing Sky TV in the ground.

E20 Stadium LLP – which runs the ground and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of LLDC – made a loss of £28.7m in the year to 31 March 2019 according to its accounts filed with Companies House.

It reported nearly £6m in exceptional costs, which it said included legal fees from the stadium capacity dispute with West Ham.

A 2017 report from accountancy firm Moore Stephens commissioned by Sadiq Khan found that the concession agreement with West Ham would not cover the cost of running the stadium and would leave taxpayers with a hefty annual bill.

“The West Ham agreement... does not recover from West Ham by way of rent and other charges a sum sufficient to cover the associated running costs of the stadium,” it said.

“Presently, the investment by the public purse in the stadium transformation is not only unlikely ever to be recovered, it will on present figures be likely to worsen year by year at the rate of some £10m to £20m per year, due to expected operating losses” the report added.

Sport Witness

Confusion over late West Ham deal as English and Portuguese reports contradict themselves

Even though the English media is now confident that Felipe Anderson is leaving West Ham for Porto today, with the BBC confirming the move, the Portuguese media see it differently.

Newspaper O Jogo brought a story this morning where they say the move fell through as things got ‘complicated’ last night.

The outlet doesn’t make it clear what the problem was, but says Porto chose to go for Grêmio winger Pepê instead, as the club are signing him on a €15m deal.

Newspaper Jornal de Notícias also writes this morning that the deal still depended on some details to be sorted, especially because Felipe Anderson has a big market value.

Over at A Bola, it’s claimed the deal isn’t happening as well.

First because manager Fábio Conceição is more focused on the arrival of Pepê, and also because the West Ham player’s salary is too high.
Felipe Anderson doesn’t seem to be in David Moyes’ plans for the season, and was only used at the last minute of the two first games in the Premier League, and didn’t come off the bench in the last two.

The Brazilian’s contract with the Hammers runs until 2022.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

geoffpikey 9:55 Tue Oct 6
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. I see it's the usual story of blind chucking mud* at walls hoping something sticks.

* With rubbish mud. sigh. IRONS.

Razzman 4:26 Tue Oct 6
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Alan

Texas Iron 4:11 Tue Oct 6
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Cheers ...

Mex Martillo 3:43 Tue Oct 6
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bill green 1:42 Tue Oct 6

Alan 2:51 Tue Oct 6
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Anderson story added.

bill green 1:42 Tue Oct 6
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Thanks Alan 1:25 Tue Oct 6

Thanks Alan 1:25 Tue Oct 6
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147man 1:12 Tue Oct 6

147man 1:12 Tue Oct 6
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Thanks Alan

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