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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 11:55 Mon Oct 12
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is planning a summer bid for Manchester City's Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 32, whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season. (Calciomercato)

West Ham United have had a £13m offer for Norway striker Joshua King, 28, rejected by Bournemouth. (Mail)

Everton are also interested in Cherries forward King. (Talksport)

The Hammers remain in discussions over the signing of Brentford's Algeria winger Said Benrahma, 25. (Evening Standard)

West Ham are close to agreeing a fee with the Bees for Benrahma and could meet the £25m asking price by offering £20m plus lucrative add-ons. (Guardian)

Former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has not ruled out a move to Barcelona in January. The Netherlands forward stayed at Lyon to see out the final year of his contract after interest from the Catalan club in the summer but the French side could opt to sell the 26-year-old in next transfer window. (Marca)

New United signing Facundo Pellistri, the 18-year-old Uruguayan winger, is already planning a return to his homeland with Penarol, the club he left to move to Old Trafford. (Sun)

Manchester City decided to keep Spain defender Eric Garcia for the season because he was worth more to them than Barcelona's £18m offer, says football operations officer Omar Berrada. Garcia, 19, can leave for the Nou Camp for free next summer after turning down a new contract. (Manchester Evening News)

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman says Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 33, could have stayed at the Nou Camp to prove him wrong instead of moving to Atletico Madrid.(Goal)

Former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge, 31, believes his return to football is imminent, after having his contract with Turkish club Trabzonspor mutually terminated in March, on the same day he received a four-month worldwide ban for breaching betting rules. (Liverpool Echo)

Denmark defender Joachim Andersen says manager Scott Parker convinced him to join Fulham. Torino had also been interested in the 24-year-old. (90 Min)

Millwall CEO Steve Kavanagh believes the impact on communities will be devastating if EFL clubs go out of business. (Sun)

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber wants MPs to do more to help get fans back into football grounds. (Argus)

France midfielder Houssem Aouar, 22, believes staying at Lyon this summer will prove to be the right decision after he was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal. (Telefoot, via Mail)


West Ham close to agreeing Benrahma fee after £13m King bid is rejected

West Ham hope to discuss terms with Brentford winger soon
Hammers expected to sign Watford’s defender Craig Dawson

Jacob Steinberg and Ben Fisher

West Ham are close to agreeing a fee with Brentford for Saïd Benrahma after having a £13m bid for Bournemouth’s Joshua King rejected. David Moyes is keen to strengthen his attack and West Ham are increasingly likely to sign Benrahma, one of the standout performers in the Championship last season.

Brentford are open to selling Benrahma, who scored 17 goals as they reached the Championship play-off final, providing suitors meet a valuation north of £25m. West Ham held productive talks over the weekend and could meet the asking price by offering £20m plus lucrative add-ons. They hope to be in a position to discuss personal terms with the Algerian winger soon.

West Ham have also targeted King, who is out of contract next summer. The striker is keen to return to the Premier League and has attracted interest from Aston Villa, Brighton and West Brom, who are also pushing to sign a striker before Friday’s deadline for deals between the top flight and the English Football League. Bournemouth are thought to want more than £17m.

Last week Bournemouth rejected a €7m (£6.35m) bid from the Serie A side Torino for King. He is understood to be keen to play as a No 9, as opposed to operating as a wide forward, a role he has excelled in at Bournemouth.

Brentford, in setting their asking price for Benrahma, will likely point towards Ollie Watkins, who joined Aston Villa last month for a club-record £28m, plus add-ons, as a benchmark. They also rejected numerous bids worth about £10m from Arsenal for the goalkeeper David Raya, who has since signed a new four-year contract.

West Ham are also seeking defensive reinforcements and are expected to sign Watford’s Craig Dawson after missing out on a host of other targets. The centre-back is unlikely to cost more than £4m.


Hammers negotiate offer for second centre-back

Could a second centre back be on his way West Ham in addition to Craig Dawson?

Norwegian journalist Jonas Giæver suggests that central defender Fredrik Alves Ibsen could join West Ham but not until the January transfer window.

Jonas says ‘Silkeborg announced yesterday that they are negotiating a sale for central defender Fredrik Alves Ibsen with an unnamed club. I’m being informed that club the is West Ham. Alves would not move to London before the January transfer window if it goes through’

The 20-year-old from Denmark with a Brazilian background was spotted by agent and taken to Coritiba Foot Ball Club as 15-year-old.

After two years in Brazil Alves returned to his native Denmark joining Silkeborg IF.

Initially joining the Academy on 1 one year training contract in the summer of 2018 Alves went on to sign a five-year contract in June 2019 contracting him until 2024.

Alves got his official debut for Silkeborg in a Danish Cup game against Næstved BK in September 2o18 and has been an ever-present force in defence since then helping the team promotion to the Danish Superliga which also gained him a spot on the Danish U-20 national team.

With Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid both 32 years of age while Craig Dawson is 30 and Fabian Balbuena 29 it would make some sense to be on the lookout for a young centre back to partner the 23-year-old Issa Diop in the future.

The young defender follows West Ham on Instagram if you can read anything into that!?
#WestHam #Hammers

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