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 12:38 Mon Nov 16
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City will make signing a striker their priority for 2021, with Borussia Dortmund's Norwegian star Erling Braut Haaland, 20, and Inter Milan's Argentine frontman Lautaro Martinez, 23, their top targets. (90min)

City are contemplating a £100m double move for Aston Villa midfielders Jack Grealish, 25, and Douglas Luiz, 22. City sold Brazil's Luiz to Villa last year but could activate his buyback clause. (Star)

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 29, says he is in talks with Manchester City over a new deal but discussions are "not advanced". (VTM Nieuws, via Guardian)

Chelsea have already agreed a deal in principle to sell French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 26, to Napoli when his loan move finishes at the end of the season. (Gazetta Dello Sport, via Teamtalk)

AC Milan's Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, 26, could be on his way to Atletico Madrid after contract talks with the Italian club hit a problem, although Manchester United remain interested. (Mundo Deportivo)

Chelsea's German defender Antonio Rudiger, 27, is keen on joining Barcelona in the January transfer window after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge. (Sport, via Metro)

Liverpool's sporting director Michael Edwards reportedly decided against making a move for Napoli's 29-year-old Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer because of his asking price. (Star)

Former RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick believes French centre-back Dayot Upamecano, 22, who is a transfer target for Liverpool, would be a success at Bayern Munich. (Goal)

Juventus are ready to make a move for Ajax youngster Ryan Gravenberch but they face competition from Barcelona for the signature of the 18-year-old midfielder. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Juventus are also in talks with Wolves over a move for Portugal winger Pedro Neto, 20. (Tuttosport, via Mail)

Former Aston Villa striker Kevin Phillips believes manager Dean Smith should persuade Chelsea's on-loan English midfielder Ross Barkley, 26, to sign for the club on a permanent deal. (Birmingham Mail)

Former Chelsea and England centre-back John Terry - currently assistant head coach at Aston Villa - could be an option for the vacant manager's job at Derby after Phillip Cocu's departure. (Mail)

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes says he considered a move to Everton after deciding to come out of retirement in 2012. (DAZN, via Metro)


West Ham bargain clear to see as Vladimir Coufal continues fine form

By Tom Procter

Vladimir Coufal continued his good form on international duty, helping the Czech Republic beat Israel 1-0 in their Group B2 Nations League clash last night.

The 28-year-old started at right-back, with his West Ham teammate Tomas Soucek also featuring in midfield.

Coufal has enjoyed a really strong start to life at right wing-back at the London Stadium following his £5.4 million move from Slavia Prague (BBC Sport), and his performance against Israel was encouraging.

The star set up Vladimir Darida to open the scoring after just seven minutes, getting into a brilliant position in the penalty area.

Not only was Coufal a good outlet in the game, but he was also strong in his defensive duties, making three tackles and contesting 15 duels, winning eight (Sofascore).

It was another encouraging showing from the star, who is really beginning to make an impression following his move to the Premier League.

TBR’s View – Gamble Coufal looking like a bargain

Coufal was definitely deemed a gamble by most supporters following his move from Slavia.

Being a little-known entity arriving very late in the window was also going to hand him that label, but he is quickly making an impression to his credit.

£5.4 million is not an awful lot in today’s market, but that fee going on somebody nobody knows about was still a risk – but the fee is looking cheaper by the week.


Report shows photo of Juston Osagie signing West Ham deal as Arsenal and Tottenham both miss out

Olly Dawes

According to All Nigeria Soccer, West Ham United have managed to win the race for youngster Justin Osagie from Southend United.

It’s claimed that the Hammers have pulled off a major coup, whilst there is an accompanying photo of Osagie signing his West Ham deal.

The report notes that Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton have all attempted to sign Osagie, but Southend rejected their approaches.

West Ham have now struck a deal, and will pay Southend training compensation to bring Osagie to the London Stadium.

He has been described as a versatile center back who is good on the ball, has good technical ability, reads the game well, has an eye for a pass, quick and is comfortable playing as a central midfielder.

The 15-year-old can play for England or Nigeria at international level, and he is on England’s radar having shown promise.

Osagie will now hope to emerge through the West Ham ranks and become a first-team player, and the Hammers will certainly be pleased to have won the race against some pretty stern competition.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Russ of the BML 10:30 Tue Nov 17
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Nice signing. Nothing like poaching Southend's best youngsters and also beating Spurs to him too.

ted fenton 5:22 Mon Nov 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Texas Iron 5:17 Mon Nov 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:31 Mon Nov 16
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THankyou Alan

Thanks Alan 1:24 Mon Nov 16
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Mr. Bur 12:51 Mon Nov 16

Mr. Burns 12:51 Mon Nov 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al

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