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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
31%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
28%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
29%
  



Alan 1:17 Tue Dec 15
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Southampton are keen to sign Manchester United's English left-back Brandon Williams, 20, on loan in January. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, is keen on a swansong season at Real Madrid following his loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur. (AS)

After saying last week Paul Pogba's time at Manchester United was "over", the France midfielder's agent Mino Raiola will look to engineer a move for the 27-year-old next summer rather than in January. (Mail)

Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 28, after he was sent off for grabbing Burnley's Ashley Westwood by the throat during Sunday's defeat. (Mail)

West Ham United can sign Lyon's Brazilian centre-half Marcelo, 33, for free next summer. (Sun)

Inter Milan's Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 28, is ready to turn down a Premier League return and hold out for a move to Paris St-Germain. (Star)

Manchester United's plans to sign Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman have been dealt a blow by the German club's chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying the 24-year-old Frenchman is not for sale. (Kicker, via Sun)

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, 32, has not agreed a deal with Turkish side Fenerbahce and is still open to a move to Major League Soccer in the United States. DC United, LA Galaxy and Inter Miami all interested in the German. (ESPN)

Bayern Munich are still keen on signing Barcelona's Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong. However, the Spanish giants are refusing to consider selling the 23-year-old, despite needing to offload players to ease their financial pressure. (ESPN)

Arsenal's French defender William Saliba, 19, is keen for a loan spell elsewhere in England rather than a return to France in January. (The Athletic - subscription only)

Everton are confident of keeping English left-back Thierry Small despite the 16-year-old being linked with Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Juventus. (Liverpool Echo)

Juve president Andrea Agnelli says the club have offered Argentina striker Paulo Dybala a contract extension, after the 27-year-old claimed he had not been offered one. (Tuttosport, via Football Italia)

Former Netherlands defender Johnny Heitinga has questioned whether 23-year-old midfielder and fellow Dutchman Donny van de Beek made the right move in joining Manchester United. (Stadium Astro, via Mirror)






Evening Standard

Said Benrahma delighted with start to Premier League life

By Jack Rosser

Said Benrahma is delighted with his start to life at West Ham.

The Algerian winger, who joined on loan from Brentford with a view to a £30million move next summer, shone on his first start for the club at Leeds last week having made two assists in four appearances from the bench in recent weeks.

Manager David Moyes had eased the 25-year-old into his side following the step up from the Championship and Benrahma feels he has settled well.

“I am so happy for my first start, I am happy we won and that I played 84 minutes,” Benrahma told the club webstie. “Step by step, game after game and the more I play, I am getting a good feeling with the team and I am happy with the way I am adapting.

“All my teammates and coaches have helped me to settle in here at the club, which has been good for me."

Benrahma hit the ground running with his first start, easily finding space in and around the Leeds midfield, throwing in some flash but effective twists and turns while driving at their back line. However, the forward says his skill is worth nothing without end product.

“I play for the team and to be effective, not for myself, and the purpose of this skill is to create a chance or a goal," said Benrahma.

Meanwhile, with London heading back into Tier 3 restrictions this week, the Hammers have stepped up their efforts to support the local community.

Having supported local NHS Trusts throughout the pandemic, West Ham players, staff and boardroom officials have donated money to the Newham Foodbank this Christmas as well as to the Newham Christmas Toy Appeal and Barking and Dagenham Council’s Christmas Cheer campaign. Donations from those within the club are being added to funds already raised by supporters.

“The supporters have been fantastic in their help for the local foodbanks, and we also have a whole-club effort behind these campaigns – everyone from our backroom staff, to the players and manager supports these incredible causes," said vice-chairman Karren Brady.






Sport Witness

“I have an agreement with my agent” – West Ham player addresses transfer rumours directly, ‘at peace’ in London

West Ham United initially took Tomáš Souček on a loan deal from Slavia Prague in the winter 2020 market and made his transfer permanent in July.

The midfielder was a regular for David Moyes’ side in the second half of the last season and that convinced the Premier League side to offer him a four-year contract.

Souček has continued to impress with his performances this season and that has seen him linked with a move away from the Hammers.

The latest reports in the British press talked about Bayern Munich as a potential candidate interested in the Czech Republic international, and the 25-year-old has responded to the recent speculation linking him to the treble winners.

“A lot of people ask me about it. I have an agreement with my agent Pavel Paska that I don’t want to talk about it [transfers] until something is on the table,” he told Czech TV channel ČT Sport.

“That’s how I had it at Slavia, that I transferred for three years and we were still in contact with the coaches and Mr. [Slavia president Jaroslav] Tvrdík. We had more fun together. I didn’t even deal with those clubs.”

Souček admitted the recent claims about the reported interest from big clubs in signing him makes him happy, but made it clear he isn’t dealing with any offers to leave West Ham.

“So, I’m at peace in West Ham and I’m enjoying the time here. But it’s definitely nice to read or hear [these rumours], it gives me strength for matches and I’m happy for that. I’m not dealing with such offers yet,” the player explained.

West Ham, who were successful in avoiding relegation last season, have enjoyed a good start to the campaign this term, winning six of their first 12 matches. They are currently sixth in the table.

“…it’s a great start for us. We know what last season was like, it was tough, almost [in] relegation [zone] until the last round. I used to win everything for Slavia and I would like to be in the top half of the table with West Ham,” Souček stressed.





Sun

LYON IN WAIT West Ham can land Lyon star Marcelo on free transfer next summer after almost signing him for £20m last January

Exclusive by Steve Brenner

WEST HAM can get Lyon skipper Marcelo for free next summer - after almost landing him for £20million in January.

The Brazilian centre-half, 33, was desperate for a move to London earlier this year.

And he was edging close to a switch before the plans fell through.

Marcelo produced some super showings for Lyon in the Champions League last season.

The defender was instrumental in helping dump Manchester City out in the quarter-finals.

But the Brazilian is keen for a fresh start in the Premier League.

And with his current contract set to expire, Hammers boss David Moyes can snap him up for nothing at the end of the season.

A source close to Marcelo said: "A number of clubs are interested.

"But there was a good feeling about West Ham from the last time they spoke.

“It's a great opportunity."

Marcelo has wanted to play in England for some time.

A Premier League stint would complete a career which has seen him enjoy spells in Brazil, Poland, Holland, Germany and Turkey before moving to France in 2017.

Marcelo has played for the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Besiktas and Hannover during his career, having started off at Santos.

All in all, the Brazilian has played over 500 club games during his career and won four Under-20 caps for his nation.





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Russ of the BML 10:42 Wed Dec 16
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ta Al!

PwoperNaughtyButNot 8:25 Tue Dec 15

My thoughts exactly. Who makes this shite up?

PwoperNaughtyButNot 8:25 Tue Dec 15
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
West Ham almost signed a 33 year old defender for £20m

Ok

Mex Martillo 4:30 Tue Dec 15
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bill green 3:07 Tue Dec 15
bill green 3:07 Tue Dec 15

Texas Iron 4:07 Tue Dec 15
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Cheers...

Texas Iron 4:07 Tue Dec 15
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Cheers...

bill green 3:07 Tue Dec 15
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Thanks Alan 1:29 Tue Dec 15

bill green 3:07 Tue Dec 15
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Thanks Alan 1:29 Tue Dec 15

Thanks Alan 1:29 Tue Dec 15
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Mr. Burns 1:21 Tue Dec 15

Thanks Alan 1:29 Tue Dec 15
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Mr. Burns 1:21 Tue Dec 15

Mr. Burns 1:21 Tue Dec 15
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Thanks Alan





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