WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
8%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
4%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
25%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
31%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
33%
  



Alan 11:43 Fri Nov 6
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester United have approached former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino about replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club's next manager. (Manchester Evening News)

Solskjaer's position is in the balance after back-to-back defeats and he could be sacked if United lose to Everton on Saturday. (Star)

Alternatively, Solskjaer will not be sacked, regardless of Saturday's result. (The Athletic)

The Manchester United manager retains the support of the board and is still viewed as a long-term appointment at Old Trafford. (Sky Sports)

West Brom could consider appointing Lee Bowyer, the manager of League One side Charlton, if they continue to struggle under Slaven Bilic. (Mirror)

Tottenham owner Daniel Levy has offered forward Son Heung-min, 28, the same wages as captain Harry Kane in an attempt to ensure the South Korea international stays at the club. (Express)

Europe's top clubs, including Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus, are tracking Borussia Monchengladbach's French forward pair Marcus Thuram, 23, and Alassane Plea, 27. (Bild - in German)

Real Madrid could sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, from Manchester United for 60m euros (£54m) next summer. (AS)

Arsenal are set to discuss extending the contract of Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny, 28, who has impressed since the start of the season. (Mail)

Bundesliga side Schalke may be willing to allow 20-year-old Turkish centre-back Ozan Kabak to leave for 20m euros (£18m)

in January. However, English champions Liverpool are interested in his 19-year-old Finnish team-mate Malick Thiaw. (Bild - in German)

Despite his promising start at Anfield, 23-year-old Portugal forward Diogo Jota was Liverpool's back-up option in the transfer window, behind Watford's Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr, 22. (Mirror)

Barcelona have pulled out of the race to sign Austria defender David Alaba, who is out of contract at Bayern Munich next summer, because of the 28-year-old's wage demands. (Sport)

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock is considering January approaches for West Brom's Poland midfielder Kamil Grosicki, 32, and Everton's Democratic Republic of the Congo winger Yannick Bolasie, 31. (Northern Echo)

The English Football League has approved the takeover of Championship side Derby County by Abu Dhabi royal family member Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Arsenal's head of coach and player development, Marcel Lucassen, is to leave the club because of personal reasons. (The Athletic)






Media Referee

West Ham signing this highly-rated 22-year-old Dutch ace would be a useful move by Moyes



Why West Ham should go all out for Teun Koopmeiners in January

Back in September, Italian outlet Calciomercato (h/t The Telegraph) had claimed that West Ham were interested in signing Dutch international midfielder Teun Koopmeiners from AZ Alkmaar before the summer deadline. The versatile Eredivisie starlet had also been linked with newly-promoted Leeds United but he eventually ended up staying put in his homeland.
Profile

Teun Koopmeiners rose through the youth ranks of AZ Alkmaar, spending seven years in the club’s academy between 2009 and 2016. He initially featured for Alkmaar’s reserve side in the second-tier before making his Eredivisie debut during the 2017-18 campaign.

Koopmeiners quickly established himself as a regular starter at his boyhood club and has gradually blossomed into one of the best defensive midfielders in the Dutch top-flight over the past three seasons. The 22-year-old has made a total of 120 appearances for Alkmaar in all competitions so far, scoring 29 goals and supplying 12 assists in the process.

Currently Alkmaar’s designated club captain, Koopmeiners scored 16 goals in all competitions last term as the Dutch outfit finished runners-up to Ajax in the Eredivisie and also made it through to the knockout rounds of the Europa League.

The youngster has represented the Netherlands across all levels between U-16 and U-21 and recently made his senior international debut against Mexico in October.
Koopmeiners would be a quality addition to West Ham’s midfield

The departures of Pedro Obiang, Jack Wilshere, and Carlos Sanchez in recent transfer windows have robbed West Ham of some valuable depth and quality in the middle of the park. The Hammers completed a permanent move for last season’s loanee, Tomas Soucek, but they are still somewhat light in the holding midfield department.

Soucek has established himself as a regular starter under David Moyes alongside the highly-rated Declan Rice.

The Czech Republic international been a breath of fresh air at the London Stadium with his impressive performances. He’s still only 25 and early signs suggest the Soucek could evolve into a trusted midfield lieutenant for several years to come.

West Ham, though, will eventually need to replace the ageing legs of Mark Noble and Robert Snodgrass, both 33. They need quality alternatives in all departments to ensure healthy competition for places. Moyes should ideally look to groom a talented young midfielder to take over the reins from Noble.

Hence, the Hammers should definitely go back in the market for Teun Koopmeiners in January to add more depth and quality to their midfield. The Dutchman has proven himself to be a cut above the rest in the Eredivisie. At 22, he still has plenty of time to make significant improvements to his game.

Essentially a defensive midfielder by trade, Koopmeiners is also capable of playing as a centre-back and in a box-to-box role. Such a trait of versatility would certainly hand a significant boost to Moyes.

Verdict

Teun Koopmeiners is very much among the most decorated young players in the Eredivisie and is only going to get better with time.

The Dutchman has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past few years and looks ready to embrace a new challenge in a more competitive league. That he has also caught the eye for Alkmaar in the Europa League also lies testament to his credentials as a top young player with enormous potential.

He still has several years remaining on his contract at Alkmaar until 2023 but that shouldn’t stop West Ham from testing the Eredivisie outfit’s resolve with a handsome bid come January.




C&H

Moyes has three signing priorities

David Moyes could go back into the transfer window for a top central defender nxt summer despite his ex[pected move for £1.2 million Silkeborg Frederik Alves Ibsen.

Stories are emerging this morning that the young Dane will not be bought as a first team squad player should he make the move and that the manager still intends to buy a top class back-up player as a matter of priority.

After hunting James Tarkowski and others in the last window he was left to eventually take Craig Dawson on loan from Watford for the season.

He has been delighted so far with the form of Fabian Balbuena at the back along with the outstanding Angelo Ognbonna and has Issa Diop champing at the bit for a return to the starting eleven after recovering from Covid 19.

However, he still feels that four quality central defenders are required at the club and along with a striker and back-up defensive midfielder.





Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 6:02 Fri Nov 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:24 Fri Nov 6

ted fenton 1:24 Fri Nov 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 12:35 Fri Nov 6

Sven Roeder 1:21 Fri Nov 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

The Dutch bloke is the profile of the players we need as at the moment we would drop off alarmingly if Rice, Soucek or both are missing

bill green 12:35 Fri Nov 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:23 Fri Nov 6

Thanks Alan 12:23 Fri Nov 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 11:47 Fri Nov 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankyou Alan





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