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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 10:09 Wed Nov 11
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain will consider a bid for Portugal and Juventus winger Cristiano Ronaldo if the Italian club decide to sell the 35-year-old. (Mail)

PSG are also in advanced contract talks with Brazil forward Neymar, with the 28-year-old happy to sign for another five years. (ESPN)

Arsenal are among a number of European clubs interested in Sao Paulo's Brazil forward Brenner, 20. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United should sell France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27. (Talksport)

Manchester United could make a move for Aston Villa and England midfielder Jack Grealish, 25, if Pogba leaves the Old Trafford club. (Manchester Evening News)Barcelona must sell players in the January transfer window in order to make a renewed bid to sign Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 26, from Lyon. (Marca - in Spanish)

Arsenal came close to signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, 17, from Birmingham City in 2019. (Sky Sports, via Independent)

The Gunners have also opened talks with Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, 20. Arsenal are considering a £22m bid for the Hungarian. (Football London)

Leicester City have opened talks about a new contract with defender Jonny Evans. The Northern Irishman, 32, is entering the final year of his three-year deal. (Athletic - subscription required)

Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 23, wants to play more for Manchester United but could struggle to break into their "fantastic" midfield, says his international manager Frank de Boer. (Sun)

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has commissioned his own highlights video in an effort to move away from the club. The 30-year-old has been training separately after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. (Mail)

Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 25, has voiced his frustration at the lack of playing time he is getting at Arsenal. (Canal Plus, via Mirror)

Former Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, 34, who is a free agent after leaving Qatari side Al-Duhail, is close to returning to Spain with Celta Vigo. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Athletic Bilbao are considering replacing coach Gaizka Garitano with ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, despite the Argentine, 48, being repeatedly linked with Manchester United. (Marca - in Spanish)

England women manager Phil Neville and former Macclesfield manager Sol Campbell are under consideration for the vacant manager's job at Sheffield Wednesday. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, 21, wants to go out on loan in January to increase his game time. (Liverpool Echo)

Free agent and former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 28, says he would never be able to join Tottenham because of his ties to the Gunners. (Goal)

Manchester United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 27, has stopped working with agent Mino Raiola. (ESPN)


£115k-a-week man faces West Ham exit; could be Enner Valencia’s replacement

Danny Owen

Turkish giants Fenerbahce are looking to sign Andriy Yarmolenko as a replacement for former West Ham United forward Enner Valencia in January, according to Fotomac.

What is it about the high-earners in David Moyes’ squad?

While the likes of Michail Antonio, Jarred Bowen, Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice have stood out a mile during a run that has lifted the Hammers eight points clear of the relegation zone, the same can’t be said of Sebastien Haller, Manuel Lanzini and Issa Diop.

And Yarmolenko appears to be more frustrating than ever – and he’s often had the ability to make you want to tear your hair from your cranium.

According to Spotrac, the former Dortmund winger is the club’s highest earner on £115,000 a week. However, some Hammers fans may feel he hasn’t exactly justified such high wages this season.

Outshone by the more efficient and effective Bowen, Yarmolenko has failed to start a single Premier League game in 2020/21. In the 1-1 draw with Manchester City, he produced one of the worst cameo performances you’ll see all season.

So you’d imagine West Ham would be tempted to get the £17 million signing off their books if Fenerbache come calling.

Turkey is often a refuge for high-earning veterans who have lost their way and one, according to Fotomac, could replace another in Istanbul.

Enner Valencia, the Ecuadorian striker who spent three years at West Ham, from 2014 to 2017, has scored just once in eight games for Fenerbahce and the club wants Yarmolenko to take his place.

The report adds sporting director Emre Belezoglu, the recently retired Turkish legend, is looking to kick-start negotiations.


Dmitri Halajko: Under-21s should be proud of win over Portsmouth

West Ham United Under-21s secured a memorable Papa John’s Trophy group stage victory on Tuesday night, defeating Portsmouth 1-0 at Fratton Park.

Pompey went into the game having won the last two editions of the tournament and having not lost a game in the competition within 90 minutes in 1,036 days; with last season’s final still to be played, the last team to defeat them were Chelsea U21s in January 2018.

With both sides having already secured progression to the knockout stages, both teams had the opportunity at Fratton Park to secure top spot in Group A of the southern section and therefore guarantee a seeded home draw in the first knockout round.

It didn’t take long for West Ham U21s to pull ahead, however. After just four minutes, Kai Corbett swept in Emmanuel Longelo’s excellent pull-back to put the Hammers in the lead.

What followed was a composed, mature and resolute cup performance, with West Ham restricting a Portsmouth side of various experiences to just two clear chances; the first requiring a fine Nathan Trott save with his feet, the second a hooked volley which narrowly cleared the bar.

Lead coach Dmitri Halajko was therefore delighted to see his side put in such a sturdy performance against high-profile opposition, coming away with a result in the process.

“It was really nice to get a clean sheet, first and foremost,” Halajko told whufc.com.

“We haven’t had many of those this season and we’ve been frustrated in games that we’ve given teams really soft goals, or made really bad mistakes, that we’ve had to try and fight back from.

“The most pleasing thing about today was we had a really clean game, gave them limited chances and that gives us a good platform to then go and get a result. We were very pleased with what we were out of possession today.

“It’s a great place for the lads to come and play football and a great team for them to come up against. It’s probably the biggest team that most of them have played against, so to come and get a result is something to be proud of.

“Portsmouth were a little bit younger than usual today, which has played a part in it, but any Portsmouth team is going to be a good team so we knew it was going to be a tough one and we just edged it. I think we deserved to just edge it.”

Tuesday’s excellent result complements similar performances from the development squad up against senior Football League opposition this season.

League Two sides Southend United and Colchester United both struggled to break down industrious West Ham teams at home earlier in the group, with the boys in Claret and Blue winning out 3-1 and 1-0 respectively.

One goal conceded, five scored, and nine points out of nine are all figures which mark a fine return from Group A for the Academy of Football side.

“It’s a great run,” Halajko admitted. “We’ve achieved from the group stage what we wanted to achieve, which was to top the group. It’s one of their goals ticked off for this season.

“It’s a good achievement for both the squad and individuals. A lot of individuals have improved their performances in this year’s competition compared to last year’s, so that’s a plus.

“We’re looking for individuals to improve and develop and I think you can see the progression in some of the players from last year into this year.”

As for how far the U21s could go in the competition, Halajko believes his young charges will embrace whatever challenge they come up against next.

He added: “The lads will just look at the next game and do the best they can in that.

“The best thing about it is that we’ve managed to get another game. Hopefully we can get another one. The more chances we get to play in this competition, the more chances we get to develop.

“These fixtures are some of the best ones we get, so any games we can play are a massive bonus. The only way we can get more is by winning more, so that’s a real incentive.”

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

DukeofDevo 11:45 Wed Nov 11
Re: Thanks Alan
Papa Johns? We’ll have a Pizza that!

Texas Iron 5:39 Wed Nov 11
Re: Thanks Alan

geoffpikey 1:09 Wed Nov 11
Re: Thanks Alan
Thanks Alan.

The "Papa John's Trophy", eh? What IS football thinking? Coming soon: the Crack Cocaine Cup.

Sven Roeder 1:00 Wed Nov 11
Thanks Alan
Lovely left foot but we cant have a £115k a week player not playing.
If we could shift Yarmo & Haller in January and replace with more suitable players it would be a good window

Kaiser Zoso 12:45 Wed Nov 11
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 11:34 Wed Nov 11
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 11:08 Wed Nov 11

Sniper 11:10 Wed Nov 11
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Imagine having Enner Valencia and then deciding the answer to him being crud is to replace him with Yarmolenko...?!

Thanks Alan

bill green 11:08 Wed Nov 11
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
blueeyed.handsomeman 10:26 Wed Nov 11

blueeyed.handsomeman 10:26 Wed Nov 11
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THabkyou Alan

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