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 1:33 Sat Oct 31
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he gave former Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil "as many opportunities" as he could before leaving the 32-year-old out of his Premier League and Europa League squads. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract runs out next summer, has downplayed speculation linking him with a return to Barcelona. (Manchester Evening News)

However, Barcelona will make a renewed attempt to sign 19-year-old Manchester City defender Eric Garcia in the January transfer window. (ESPN)

Manager Carlo Ancelotti insists 20-year-old striker Moise Kean will be back next season to rejoin Everton after his loan with Paris St-Germain finishes. (Liverpool Echo)

Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick remains hopeful that Austrian defender David Alaba, 28, will sign a new deal and stay at the club. (Goal)

England manager Gareth Southgate is set to recall Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, 25, to his international squad, having not selected him since March 2019. (Star)

Wales and Spurs star Gareth Bale has donated £15,000 to fund 300 Christmas hampers to feed those most in need in Wales. (Wales Online)

Arsenal's director of football operations Huss Fahmy is to leave the club after three years with the Gunners. (Standard)

Leading agent Mino Raiola has arrived at AC Milan to begin talks to extend the contracts of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 21, and defender Alessio Romagnoli, 25. (Gazzetta dello Sport, in Italian)

Atletico Madrid are preparing a move to sign Valencia and Central African Republic midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, 27. (Le10Sport, in French)

Newcastle United are identifying transfer targets for the next two transfer windows, with manager Steve Bruce hoping the club's scouting team will eventually be able to watch these players in the flesh, despite the Foreign Office warning against non-essential overseas travel during the coronavirus pandemic. (Chronicle)

Derby County are on the brink of a takeover by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan of Abu Dhabi, a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour. (Telegraph- subscription required)

Captain Barry Bannan is keen to sign a new Sheffield Wednesday contract and the 30-year-old midfielder, targeted by Brentford, would want to stay even if the Owls are relegated this season. (Yorkshire Post)


Putting Hammers £25m bank loan into context

West Ham’s bank loan of £25m from Barclays – revealed here yesterday (Fri) is in line with the actions of numerous other clubs who have taken out loans this season.

It comes on top of the £30m rights issue from the Hammers shareholders in August to plug a £55m hole in the West Ham finances.

It’s believed the Barclays loan has been guaranteed against the owners’ personal finances given other club resources have been used for that purpose in the past.

West Ham are likely to lose a significant proportion of their £40m ticket and hospitality revenue this season with no return in sight for supporters to the London Stadium.

TV income is down too after earning around £13m less for finishing 16th last season with the burden of a £330m compensation package to Sky and BT and the loss of a £564m Chinese TV deal which is likely to cost each Premier League club around another £16m each in lost TV revenue this season.

Players did defer their wages over the last lockdown but this has since been paid back in full although the wage bill has dropped by around £15m from £115m last season to £100m this season.

The Hammers continue to pay their £3m London Stadium rent regardless of whether supporters are present or not with the public stadium owners making savings from non employment of stewards and casual security match day staff.

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Texas Iron 1:01 Sun Nov 1
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ted fenton 9:55 Sat Oct 31
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bill green 2:00 Sat Oct 31

bill green 2:00 Sat Oct 31
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With Kind Regards 1:54 Sat Oct 31

With Kind Regards 1:54 Sat Oct 31
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Thanks Alan.

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