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 12:02 Fri Oct 9
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal want to reopen talks with German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 31, over terminating his contract before the January transfer window. (Mail)

Manchester City are making progress in contract talks with Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. They want the 29-year-old to sign a new five-year deal. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United will attempt to sign RB Leipzig and France defender Dayot Upamecano, 21, for £36.5m next summer. Liverpool and Manchester City are also interested. (Bild, via Sun)

Lyon's Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 26, says "certain rules" stopped him joining Barcelona in the transfer window. (AS)

France midfielder Houssem Aouar, 22, says he is not disappointed at missing out on a move from Lyon to Arsenal. (Mail)

Former Chelsea and Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is a candidate to become Fiorentina manager. (Tuttomercato - in Italian)

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, wants to win the Premier League this season with Tottenham Hotspur, says his agent. (Sky Sports)

French midfielder Michael Cuisance, 21, has dismissed claims a failed medical was the reason for his move to Leeds United collapsing. He eventually joined Marseille, on loan from Bayern Munich. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool will hold talks with winger Harry Wilson over a possible loan move away from the club once the 23-year-old returns from international duty with Wales. (Standard)

Bournemouth will not allow Wales midfielder David Brooks to leave before the end of the domestic transfer window. Sheffield United want the 23-year-old. (Football Insider)

West Ham United are considering a £5m move for QPR's Irish midfielder Ryan Manning. The 24-year-old can also play left-back. (Star)

The Hammers also want to sign Bournemouth's Norway striker Josh King, 28, but believe the Cherries should accept lower than their £17.5m asking price. (Guardian)

King, whose valuation could be halved to £10m by the Cherries, has ruled out a move to West Bromwich Albion. (Football Insider)

West Ham are targeting a central defender and Bournemouth's Englishman Steve Cook, 29, is among several options being explored. (Star)

Manchester United rejected Penarol's request to immediately take Uruguay winger Facundo Pellistri, 18, back on loan until January following his deadline day move. (Manchester Evening News)

United's deal to sign Atalanta's Ivorian winger Amad Diallo, 18, will include a 15% sell-on fee for the Italian club. (Metro)

English full-back Ashley Young, 35, says he would leave Inter Milan and "walk from Italy right now" if it meant he could play for Watford again. (Golden Tales podcast)

Arsenal have started screening their matches for members at Emirates Stadium. They will allow 368 fans into the stadium, who will have to pay £49 per person. (Telegraph - subscription required)

American football team the San Francisco 49ers want to increase their minority stake in Leeds. The NFL franchise hold a 10% stake, bought in 2018. (NBC Sports, via Sun)

Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage is said to be one of several businessmen planning to form a phoenix club at the former home of Macclesfield Town, who were wound up last month. (Times - subscription required)

Wales Online

West Ham weighing up shock double swoop for Cardiff City and Swansea City captains - reports

The Hammers have already been linked with Joe Rodon but could well be setting their sights on fresh South Wales targets

By Tom Coleman

West Ham United are reportedly lining up a shock double swoop for Cardiff City skipper Sean Morrison and Swansea City captain Matt Grimes.

The Daily Star claims Hammers boss David Moyes is ready to raid the Championship for new recruits after moving on several first team players over the summer.

The Premier League side have already earmarked several potential options, including Swans and Wales star Joe Rodon, although they look like losing him to Premier League London rivals Tottenham.

However, Moyes remains keen to bolster his defence and bringing experience at centre-back is believed to be top priority for the Hammers boss.

Bluebirds ace Morrison is said to be one name being considered.

Morrison has twice played in the top flight - firstly with Reading and then again with Cardiff two years ago - and there is a suggestion the Hammers could be tempted to take him back to the Premier League.

Morrison attracted interest from Premier League clubs following Cardiff's relegation a couple of seasons ago, but Neil Warnock insisted on keeping his prized captain for an intended promotion push from the Championship.

Warnock has since left, of course, but Morrison remains a dressing room kingpin under Neil Harris as Cardiff seek another top six spot this season.

Losing Morrison would be a blow for Cardiff fans. But it would be hard to stand in his way of a move to West Ham and it remains to be seen if Moyes follows through his interest in the coming days before the closure of the domestic transfer window next Friday.

Watford's Craig Dawson and Bournemouth's Steve Cook are also believed to be on the radar at the London Stadium.

Moyes is also keen on strengthening his options at left-back and midfield, and Swansea captain Grimes is believed to be another name on the agenda due to his ability to play in each position.

Grimes has recently been the subject of interest from Watford in this window, although a concrete approach has not yet materialised, and there's little sign of that changing soon.

As things stand West Ham are also yet to make any sort of approach, but things could quickly change before Friday.

The Swans need to raise revenue and it is possible Rodon and Grimes could each leave if suitable offers materialise.


Joshua King update

Joshua King is unlikeley to sign for West Ham in the next week!

The Bournemouth forward who reportedly earns £45,000 per week on the south coast wants a massive pay rise almost doubling his wages and there is certain to be a huge agent’s fee involved as a result.

This, together with Bournemouth’s valuation for the 28-year-old, means the chance of signing him before the October 16 deadline is seriously slim.

Along with that is the issue of him playing second fiddle to Michail Antonio plus there apparently remains interest from Manchester United although manager Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s position may be a problem.

King, in fact, started at the Old Trafford academy as a sixteen-year-old before moving to Blackburn Rovers in 2013 for £1m, later joining Bournemouth in 2015 on a free transfer.

He has made 171 appearances for the Cherries scoring 50 goals, nine of them last season in 33 appearances before Bournemouth were relegated.

He has failed to feature this season failing to make the matchday squad except for one cameo role against Norwich City in the Championship when he came on a substitute although that may be to save him from any injury problems given questions over his future.

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Russ of the BML 3:12 Fri Oct 9
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
White Pony 2:36 Fri Oct 9

No. But I am 20 years older so it's all relative.

Texas Iron 2:49 Fri Oct 9
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White Pony 2:36 Fri Oct 9
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Cameron Diaz? Have we been transported back in time 20 years??

JonWHUFC 2:33 Fri Oct 9
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chajonbubble. Don't get Sully to look after your love life son. He will sell off Cameron and get Susan Boyle in on loan!!!

chajonbubble 12:50 Fri Oct 9
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"I also want to own a Ferrari and get regular sex from Cameron Diaz. "

She doesn't have time, after my morning servicing from her, she then has to clean my Ferrari. You are missing out, trust me !

Lee Trundle 12:38 Fri Oct 9
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
... and Steve Cook is also.

Is there a Salthouse player we haven't been linked with this transfer window?

Lee Trundle 12:37 Fri Oct 9
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eusebiovic 12:09 Fri Oct 9

Sean Morrison AND Matt Grimes have Salthouse as their agent.

Now there's a surprise....

Russ of the BML 12:31 Fri Oct 9
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, wants to win the Premier League this season with Tottenham Hotspur, says his agent. (Sky Sports)"

I also want to own a Ferrari and get regular sex from Cameron Diaz.

eusebiovic 12:09 Fri Oct 9
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sean Morrison!

Will Salthouse!

David Rappaport!

Thanks Alan 12:05 Fri Oct 9
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Thanks Alan

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