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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 2:16 Sat Dec 19
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

England forward Marcus Rashford, 23, is in line for a lucrative new Manchester United contract in the new year - extending his current deal, which runs until 2023. (Mirror)

Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 27, and Italy midfielder Federico Bernardeschi, 26, are among the players being offered to Manchester United as Juventus look for ways to put together a deal to re-sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27. (ESPN)

Jose Mourinho is interested in bringing Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, 35, back to Tottenham for a second spell. Modric's Real deal runs out in the summer. (El Chiringuito de Jugones, via Marca)

Barcelona are willing to sell Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 28, and want to do so by 24 January. (Diario ARA, via Sport)

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has raised the prospect of a reunion with Sami Khedira as he refused to rule out a move for the Juventus and Germany midfielder, 33. (Mail)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has played down the idea of going into the January transfer market to help solve the club's goalscoring struggles. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Brighton and Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma, 24, is being closely followed by Liverpool before the January transfer window as a potential replacement for Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, who is out of contract in the summer. (ESPN)

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 28, says he was "very disappointed" after not being given the Liverpool captaincy for the recent Champions League game against Midtjylland, with Trent-Alexander Arnold getting the role instead. (AS)

Inter Milan are in competition for the signature of Wijnaldum with Barcelona. (Tuttomercato - in Italian)

Sheffield United are interested in signing Manchester United and England forward Jesse Lingard, 28, on loan in the January transfer window. (Manchester Evening News)

Mesut Ozil is set to stay at Arsenal until his contract expires at the end of the season but the 32-year-old German midfielder has interest from several clubs, including Fenerbahce. (Eurosport)

Liverpool target Ozan Kabak, 20, is close to making a decision about his future but Schalke's Turkish centre-back is said to favour a move to AC Milan. (Milan News, via Express)

Out-of-favour Tottenham and Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes, 21, will leave in January, with Benfica making the decision to cut short his loan spell, which was supposed to run until the end of the season. (Jornal de Noticias, via Sport Witness)

Manchester City are prepared to listen to offers for out-of-favour Ukraine left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, 24, in January. (90 Min)

Crystal Palace are open to selling English defender James Tomkins, 31, in January, with new West Brom manager Sam Allardyce thought to be interested. (London Evening Standard)

Liverpool have no plans to recall English winger Harvey Elliott, 17, from his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers. (Liverpool Echo)

Brighton boss Graham Potter has suggested Mathew Ryan can leave next month, saying it was important to allow the 28-year-old Australia goalkeeper "freedom" to play more games if that was not happening at the Amex. (Argus)

Norwich are targeting the signing of a new left-back in January amid concerns over injured on-loan Spanish defender Xavi Quintilla, 24. The Canaries are also braced for interest in Argentine midfielder Emi Buendia, 23, who has been linked with Arsenal and Aston Villa. (Sky Sports)

Brighton will recall Poland midfielder Jakub Moder, 21, from his loan stint at Lech Poznan on 1 January. (Argus)

Rangers will accept a six-figure fee for Greg Stewart in January. The 30-year-old Scottish forward is out of contract at the end of the season. (Football Insider)

Steve Bruce believes January's transfer window could be the "quietest" one yet but the Newcastle boss is monitoring those players who will be out of contract next summer. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Former West Brom midfielder James Morrison has been promoted to join Sam Allardyce's first-team coaching staff, with the club also bringing in ex-Middlesbrough and Tranmere defender Robbie Stockdale as first-team coach. (Express & Star)

The signing of midfielder James Rodriguez, 29, has helped Everton land a first-ever commercial deal in his native Colombia. (Liverpool Echo)


West Ham extend forward Michail Antonio's contract until 2023

West Ham take up option to extend forward’s deal by two years
Frank Lampard says Chelsea do not ‘regret’ missing out on Rice

Jacob Steinberg

West Ham have rewarded Michail Antonio by extending the forward’s contract until 2023. The deal is recognition of Antonio’s fine efforts this year, with his goals playing a huge part in David Moyes’s side staying in the Premier League last season.

Although the 30-year-old’s contract was set to run out next summer, there has long been confidence on both sides that a new agreement would not be a problem. Antonio is happy at West Ham, who had an option in place to extend his deal by two years. As expected, the club have protected their position, tying down a player who joined them for £7m from Nottingham Forest in 2015.

“I’ve been here for five and a half years and by the time my contract expires it will be eight years,” Antonio said. “Before I signed here, the longest I had been at a club was two years, so it shows that I’ve been here, done my work, been able to secure my position and keep growing as a player.”

There was a willingness to offer Antonio, who was earning around £70,000 a week, improved terms because of his goalscoring exploits. Having arrived as a winger, Antonio has become a firm favourite up front, although injuries have held him back at times.

Antonio has not played since suffering a hamstring injury against Manchester City in October and is unlikely to feature again until the FA Cup tie against Stockport next month. Sébastien Haller is expected to lead the line at Chelsea on Monday.

Frank Lampard has said Chelsea do not regret missing out on Declan Rice, who was released from their academy aged 14 and joined West Ham. Rice has grown into one of the most capable young English players of his generation and is likely to be an irritant for the home side at Stamford Bridge.

“He’s a fantastic player for West Ham and England so fair play, because his journey there of leaving Chelsea and going to West Ham is a good story to hear because there are lots of those stories, for different reasons, to whatever level and that shows a strength of character,” said Lampard. “From our end, I certainly wouldn’t use the word ‘regret’.”

Rice, who made his 100th Premier League start against Crystal Palace on Wednesday, has met the responsibility of taking the captaincy by ascending to new levels in his game this season. Lampard, while praising the 21-year-old’s resilience for navigating a different route, noted the strength of the talent that Chelsea’s academy has retained.

“Our academy is one of the best in the world,” the manager said. “You look at our first team now, what players we have produced in and around the first team squad; we’ve got so many. It’s not easy. It’s not an exact science to pick whatever players but the academy worked brilliantly here and brought through a lot of good players. Declan Rice has given himself personal credit for going and having the great start to his career that he has had at West Ham.”

Chelsea will be looking to halt a run of two straight defeats following their 17-game unbeaten run and many eyes will be on Timo Werner, who has failed to score in eight consecutive games. “There has not been a striker in the history of the world that can manage to score game-in, game-out through a long career,” Lampard said. “There’s no problem on that front.”


‘My information is’: Journalist says West Ham have opened talks for £5.5m teenage midfielder

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Duncan Castles has claimed that West Ham have opened talks with Ecuadorian outfit Independiente about the possible signing of Moises Caicedo.

Unfortunately, the Hammers aren’t the only club in England who’ve had that idea as Castle says that Manchester United are also in for him.

“This is Moises Caicedo, who is an Ecuador international, a newly-minted Ecuador international, he made his debut for the country in October in a World Cup qualifying tie, he’s played four times for them and scored once. He turned 19 just last month, he’s at Independiente in Ecuador,” Castles said.

“My information is that both West Ham United and Manchester United have been in contact with Independiente to ask about the framework of a deal, whether they are open to selling the player, how much it would cost, when they’d be able to do it.

“They are open to selling, the price I’m told is €6m (£5.5m), plus 20 per cent of any future sale.”

This certainly sounds like an interesting deal for West Ham.

Moises Caicedo is a very highly rated young midfielder, and the fact that he’s scored twice in the Copa Libertadores this season at the age of just 19 shows just what a talent he is.

Of course, West Ham signing a highly rated youngster from South America brings back visions of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, and if Caicedo goes on to have a career even half as good as theirs turned out to be, he will be an unbelievable player.

Of course, he’s never played in a top league and he still has a lot to prove, but for just £5.5m this could be a risk worth taking for the London club.

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Texas Iron 10:33 Sun Dec 20
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Mex Martillo 8:20 Sun Dec 20
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bill green 2:31 Sat Dec 19

bill green 2:31 Sat Dec 19
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charleyfarley 2:27 Sat Dec 19

charleyfarley 2:27 Sat Dec 19
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Thanks Alan 2:22 Sat Dec 19

Coffee 2:25 Sat Dec 19
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Soit hasn't worked out for Gedson Fernandes at Spurs? Did we dodge a bullet?

Thanks Alan 2:22 Sat Dec 19
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Thanks Alan

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