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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 1:20 Thu Oct 15
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, wants to join Barcelona on a free transfer next summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Juventus are preparing to make a world record bid for France and Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, 21, next summer. (Tuttosport, via ESPN)

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 31, turned down the chance to leave the Gunners and earn £200,000 per week in the Saudi Professional League earlier this month. (Fabrizio Romano, via Express)

Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 27, says he wants to win back his place at Chelsea after a move away from the club did not materialise over the summer. (Athletic - subscription required)

Chelsea are set to open talks over a contract extension with 28-year-old Italy midfielder Jorginho, who was linked to Arsenal during the summer. (AreaNapoli - in Italian)

Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri would be a candidate to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if the Manchester United boss is sacked. (Express)

Liverpool and Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri, 29, says it was his choice to stay at the club during the summer, despite being linked away from the Premier League champions. (Mail)

Juventus are looking to renew Argentina forward Paulo Dybala's contract, with Chelsea considering a move for the 26-year-old. (Tuttomercato - in Italian)

Manchester United did not submit any bids for Bayern Munich and France forward Kingsley Coman, 24, during the summer window, says the German club's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. (Bild, via Mail)

Arsenal and Bosnia-Herzegovina defender Sead Kolasinac, 27, has been offered to Roma. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Brighton and Hove Albion's move for Swansea City winger Andre Ayew is in doubt because of the 30-year-old Ghana international's wages. (Sun)

Juventus have joined the race for Manchester City target and Bayern Munich and Austria defender David Alaba, 28. (Sportmediaset - in Italian)

Liverpool are willing to let Harry Wilson leave on loan again, but have rejected Swansea City's offer for the Wales winger. (Athletic, via Wales Online)

Wilson, 23, is one of five players the Reds are looking to offload. (Express)

Evening Standard

West Ham set to complete Said Benrahma transfer with Brentford star to undergo medical ahead of £30m move

Jack Rosser

Said Benrahma is set to complete his £30million move to West Ham on Thursday with the Brentford winger crossing London for his medical.

The Algerian returned from international duty on Tuesday and was given leave from training by the Championship club this morning as he looks to wrap up the switch to the Premier League.

West Ham, who had been very tight for cash across the window, have now sanctioned a £25million up front fee for Benrahma, with an extra £5million in add-ons to follow.

There has been interest too in Bournemouth's Joshua King who, with less than a year left on his contract, would have been more than £10million cheaper and is understood to have been manager David Moyes's first choice, though demands around wages and agent fees have made that deal more problematic.

Benrahma, who has played just 39 minutes in the Championship so far this season, scored 17 goals and claimed nine assists across the last campaign, which ended in defeat to Fulham in the play-off final at Wembley. The 25-year-old will become the third new arrival of the transfer window following on from the signing of Vladimir Coufal from Slavia Prague and Craig Dawson's loan move from relegated Watford.

The deal to land Benrahma will see owners David Sullivan and David Gold fulfil their promise to "entirely" reinvest the funds from the controversial £18million sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom earlier in the window.

While many had expected that investment to be made at the back, with a very public pursuit of Burnley's James Tarkowski bearing no fruit with Sullivan regarding the fee far too high, money has at least been spent after the West Ham chief's fears that no new signings would arrive before the close of the window.

Whether Benrahma falls in line with Moyes's plans, having raised concerns over the imbalance of his squad with too many attacking wide players, remains to be seen.

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Peckham 11:09 Thu Oct 15
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
As ever. Thank you Alan.

Mex Martillo 7:57 Thu Oct 15
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cheesebgt 3:46 Thu Oct 15

cheesebgt 3:46 Thu Oct 15
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 3:15 Thu Oct 15

ted fenton 3:15 Thu Oct 15
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bill green 1:34 Thu Oct 15

bill green 1:34 Thu Oct 15
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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