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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 1:51 Thu Oct 29
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are considering a five-year deal for AC Milan's Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, 26. (Gazetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Calhanoglu is due to discuss his future with Milan next month. (Mail)

Liverpool target David Alaba could be set for a move after talks with Bayern Munich collapsed. The Austrian defender, 28, is out of contract with Bayern in January. (Bild - in German)

Liverpool face competition from AC Milan for the signature of Schalke's Turkish centre-back Ozan Kabak, 20. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Tottenham's hopes of agreeing a new contract with forward Son Heung-min, 28, have been boosted after the South Korean joined the same agency as manager Jose Mourinho. (Talksport)

However, Mourinho says that will have no influence on Son's ongoing contract talks. (Star)

English midfielder John Lundstram is set to leave Sheffield United after contract talks broke down. The 26-year-old has been linked with Burnley and Crystal Palace. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona's hopes of keeping Argentine forward Lionel Messi, 33, have been given a significant boost by Josep Maria Bartomeu's resignation as president. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have joined Barcelona and Juventus in showing interest in Ajax's 18-year-old Dutch midfielder Ryan Gravenberch. (Mirror)

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is in talks to become the new Zenit St Petersburg boss. (Championat, via Sun)

Arsenal and Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi says he has not discussed a new contract with the Premier League side. The 28-year-old's current deal ends in the summer. (Evening Standard)

Mustafi wants to extend his stay at Emirates Stadium despite reports he rejected a new contract in the summer. (Express)

Arsenal wanted to send English midfielder Reiss Nelson out on loan this season but the 20-year-old insisted on staying and fighting for a place in Mikel Arteta's team. (Independent)

Atletico Madrid are struggling to find a replacement for Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, 27, following his move to Arsenal. Their target, Valencia's Central African Republic international Geoffrey Kondogbia, 27, could be out with injury beyond Atletico's extended deadline of 5 November. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a potential European Super League would "destroy" the Premier League. (Guardian)

West Brom are to offer Brazilian winger Matheus Pereira, 24, a new contract, just two months after permanently signing him for £8.25m. (Telegraph)

QPR hope winger Bright Osayi-Samuel, 22, will sign a new deal at the club despite interest from Celtic. (Standard)


‘Give him what he wants’: Fans fear losing reported West Ham target

With every game that goes by, Omar Richards seems to add to his growing reputation.

And with Premier League clubs already sniffing around the Madejski Stadium, it’s no wonder Reading supporters are desperate to see their rapidly rising left-back put pen to paper on a new contract before it’s too late.

The fact Richards will be a free agent on 1 July is no secret.

And while Reading are desperate to see the former England U21 international stay, tying him to a long-term deal may be easier said than done.

Talks are hardly at an advanced stage and, according to the Chronicle, West Ham United and Crystal Palace are smelling blood.

The Hammers and the Eagles have both made a concerted effort to sign exciting home-grown talent from the Championship this year. That means 22-year-old Richards is a prime candidate to follow in the footsteps of Eberechi Eze, Nathan Ferguson, Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma.

The Lewisham-born defender made a rare mistake during Tuesday’s 4-2 win at Blackburn Rovers, leaving the electrifying Adam Armstrong free to score yet another goal.

But the way he responded to that rare lapse in concentration, producing a performance of effort and endeavour as table-topping Reading moved seven points clear, showed why he’s in high demand.

Here’s what some Reading fans had to say about the situation:

We need Omar Richards to sign a new deal as soon as humanly possible. Just give him what he wants. #ReadingFC
— Brett Punnett (@BrettPunnett) October 27, 2020

Get omar richards tied up to a lifetime contract. I’d do anything to see his signature on that paper. #readingfc
— ᴀ (@Arch33s) October 27, 2020

Some thoughts after that. Joao, Meite, Olise and Laurent have such good linkup play.
Omar Richards is absolutely incredible and we need to get him tied down to a contract.
Rafael Cabral is the best goalkeeper in the league.
We’re the best team in the league.#readingfc
— Harry Sands (@SarryHands) October 27, 2020

Another ridiculously good game from Omar Richards
— Jordan Cottle (@JordanCottle) October 27, 2020

Omar Richards has been sublime tonight, get him down to a contract! #readingfc
— Harry Sands (@SarryHands) October 27, 2020

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Texas Iron 11:26 Thu Oct 29
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Texas Iron 11:26 Thu Oct 29
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Side of Ham 5:27 Thu Oct 29
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The no mark club Reading don't like us after the Pardew appointment, that and the fact most West Ham supporters see them as a no mark club..... :-)

terry-h 3:28 Thu Oct 29
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Thanks Alan.

Reading appear to have an excellent recruitment team and/or scouting nerds.
The goalkeeper Cabral and striker Meite should also be targets for us in January.
Reading look a very good team again and will no doubt beat off Sullivan's pitiful offers.

bill green 2:45 Thu Oct 29
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ted fenton 2:00 Thu Oct 29

ted fenton 2:00 Thu Oct 29
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Thanks Alan 1:52 Thu Oct 29

Thanks Alan 1:52 Thu Oct 29
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Thanks Alan

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