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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 1:17 Sun Dec 20
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City and Paris St-Germain are ready to bid for Lionel Messi, with both clubs confident the Argentina forward, 33, will leave Barcelona. (90min)

Manchester United's Daniel James, 23, is not willing to leave on loan in January, with the Wales winger keen to fight for his place at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Paris St-Germain's slump in revenue in 2020 could ruin their plans to keep France forward Kylian Mbappe, even if they sell other players, with Real Madrid ready and waiting to sign the 21-year-old. (AS - in Spanish)

Barcelona could sign Lyon's Memphis Depay, 26, for a cut-price £4.5m, with the Ligue 1 side looking to cash in on the Netherlands forward before his contract expires. (L'Equipe via Mercato)

Arsenal and Spain right-back Hector Bellerin, 25, would be a target for Barcelona if Joan Laporta is re-elected as president. (Sunday Mirror)

Leicester City are willing to let English winger Demarai Gray, 24, leave the club and replace him with Celtic's Scotland winger Ryan Christie, 25, or Reading's French midfielder Michael Olise, 19. (90min)

Liverpool face competition from Real Madrid to sign Brighton's Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma, 24, after he impressed Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane with his pace and physical presence. (Defensa Central - in Spanish)

AC Milan have ruled out a move for Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud, 34, and instead want a younger forward to fill in for their injured Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 39. (Inside Futbal)

Ivory Coast winger Amad Diallo, 18, has applied for an Italian passport in order to secure a £37.2m move from Atalanta to Manchester United. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones is a loan target for West Brom and Derby County in January, while Burnley could also be interested in the 28-year-old if they sell fellow English defender James Tarkowski, 28. (Daily Star Sunday)

David Beckham's MLS side Inter Miami want Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 33, with the Argentina international well down the pecking order at Old Trafford. (The Athletic, via Express)

Arsenal and France Under-21 midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 21, could make his loan move to Hertha Berlin permanent, after pleasing manager Bruno Labbadia with his performances. (Talksport)

Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 34, will remain at Real Madrid "for many years" according to his manager Zinedine Zidane, with the club captain expected to sign a new deal before his current one expires in the summer. (Goal)

Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 23, has rebuffed another offer to play for DR Congo and instead wants fight for a place in the England squad. (The Times - subscription required)

NFL team the San Francisco 49ers are in talks to buy a 15% stake in Leeds United for £50m. (Football Insider)


West Brom keen as West Ham look to move Issa Diop on

West Ham United are prepared to sell or loan out Issa Diop during the January transfer window, with The Sun on Sunday (20/12; page 65) reporting that West Bromwich Albion are interested in taking the centre-back for the rest of the season.

Diop has endured a difficult season with the Hammers. The Frenchman has made just one start in the Premier League since the end of September.

It is a remarkable situation given that Diop was once valued at £50 million after an outstanding start to life at the London Stadium (via The Sun on Sunday).

It is also easy to forget that the Irons broke their club record to sign him for £22 million back in 2018 – as reported by BBC Sport.

The Sun on Sunday (20/12; page 65) reports that the Hammers now want to move Diop on. And it is suggested that they are open to both permanent and loan offers for the 23-year-old.

The report adds that Sam Allardyce is interested in signing Diop. The new Baggies boss wants to take him on loan next month.

TBR View: West Ham should opt to loan Diop out rather than sell

Given Diop’s current form, it surely makes a lot more sense for West Ham to loan him out. Right now, it seems highly unlikely that any club is going to make a substantial bid to sign him permanently.

A loan move may give Diop – who earns £67,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – the best chance to restore his confidence. And that could be beneficial should they want to invite him back into the fold from next season, or sell him in the summer.

He has shown in the past that he can be an outstanding player. And he is still young enough to get his career back on track in a short space of time.

West Ham should perhaps not snub a big bid for Diop. But it seems too soon to write him off for good.

Media Ref

Why Moyes is doing the right thing by closing the exit door for this £45m West Ham star

Why West Ham keeping hold of Issa Diop is the right decision

According to the London Evening Standard, West Ham boss David Moyes has shut the door on a potential exit for Issa Diop in the January window, despite the centre-back slipping down the pecking order at the London Stadium.

Sky Sports (h/t Mirror) reported back in the summer that the Hammers were prepared to cash in on the 23-year-old amid interest from Premier League rivals Man United and Tottenham should their £45million valuation be met.

Moyes, though, has poured cold water on any speculations over the centre-back’s future by making it clear that the Frenchman is still very much a key part of his plans.

Diop established himself as one of the best young central defenders in France at Toulouse earlier in his career. The former France U-21 international completed a lucrative transfer to the Premier League with West Ham in the summer of 2018 for a handsome £22million – a club-record fee for the Hammers back then.

He went on to enjoy a stunning debut season in East London under former boss Manuel Pellegrini, starting 33 league games as the Hammers secured an impressive 10th-place finish. Diop once again featured as a regular starter at the back last term but suffered a dip in form as West Ham conceded 62 goals in the Premier League and somehow staved off relegation.

The 23-year-old retained his status as a starter heading into the 2020-21 campaign before contracting Covid-19 towards the end of the September. Diop’s absence prompted Moyes to bring Fabian Balbuena into the starting XI and the Paraguayan has grabbed his opportunities with both hands, establishing himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Diop has found himself restricted to only a solitary substitute appearance in the Premier League since recovering from his illness. The Frenchman’s diminished role in West Ham’s set-up has cast doubt over his long-term future at the club but it seems now that the manager is keen to have him as a key squad player at the back.

Putting things into perspective, it is a no-brainer that West Ham have made the right decision by ruling out a potential exit for Issa Diop in the winter market. Despite his recent lack of game time, the Frenchman remains a quality young defender with plenty of room for development and one who is expected to be an integral component of the club’s backline in the years to come.


David Moyes deserves all the credit in the world for shoring up a backline that leaked goals far too often in the Premier League last season. West Ham currently sit 7th in the standings after a bright start to the campaign, conceding only 15 goals in 12 games so far. Those numbers certainly point to a massive improvement at the back for the Hammers.

That also explains why Diop hasn’t been a key part of the set-up this season, with Moyes preferring Ogbonna, Cresswell and Balbuena in his back-three system. However, the Frenchman will surely have a big part to play in the coming seasons, considering that all the aforementioned defenders are on the other side of 30.

Diop still potentially has his best years ahead of him and with a backline reshuffle very much on the cards in the near future given the age of their current crop of defenders, the Frenchman’s importance certainly can’t be overlooked. The Hammers need to keep hold of their best players if they are to aim for greater heights and the 23-year-old is certainly among the club’s most valuable assets.

Mercato (Translation)

Braga and West Ham think of Pape Ndiaye (Vorskla Poltava)

Pape Ndiaye, the French defender of Vorskla Poltava (22), is followed by Braga and West Ham. He was trained in Valenciennes with Dayot Upamecano.

The good performance of Pape Ndiaye (22) in Ukraine did not go unnoticed. Undisputed holder at Vorskla Poltava, the immense left-handed central defender (2.03 m) is one of the attractions of the local championship.

In thirteen days, he has already appeared seven times in the typical team of the week, establishing himself as the strong element of his team, fifth in D1. His coach, Yuriy Maksymov, even compared him to Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a recent interview, saying he was worth at least € 100million. A speech to be taken with a smile, but which says a lot about the importance of the French defender in his collective.

End of contract in 6 months

Less known than Dayot Upamecano, his former classmate in Valenciennes, Pape Ndiaye is today a reference in Ukraine. His name is also starting to circulate in other more popular European championships, such as in Portugal. According to Goal reports, Braga is closely monitoring his performances and are considering going on the offensive as his contract at Vorskla ends at the end of the season.

Passed younger by the clubs of Bologna and Bari in Italy, Pape Ndiaye also likes in the Premier League where West Ham, coached by David Moyes, has taken new information in recent days after looking into the defender's case in the summer latest.

Pape Ndiaye and his partners have already addressed the winter break. They will not return to the field until February 2021. Named in the typical team of the best young people of the Ukrainian championship last season, Ndiaye will be able to look into his future and make the best decision for the future.

90 Min

West Ham Leading Race for Reims Striker Boulaye Dia

Exclusive - West Ham are leading the charge for Stade Reims striker Boulaye Dia, who is on the radar of a number of other Premier League sides.

Reims currently find themselves narrowly above the relegation zone in Ligue 1, but the French side would be worse off without the goals of Dia, who has found the back of the net nine times in 14 games - a tally bettered only by Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe.

Players from Ligue 1 are expected to be targeted by clubs across Europe as French sides are all facing the prospect of major financial problems in the wake of the collapse of the TV deal with Spanish company Mediapro, who terminated their £2.75bn contract just five months into a four-year contract last week.

With the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak still being felt in France as well, sources have confirmed to 90min that Premier League teams feel they have a realistic chance of signing Ligue 1 players in January, and Dia's name is near the top of several clubs' wish lists.

Newcastle were one of the first clubs to scout Dia, but West Ham have now moved clear at the front of the queue and are understood to be in pole position to land the 24-year-old Senegal international.

The Hammers are keen to back David Moyes in the transfer market in January after being impressed with his side's electric start to the season which has left them just three points behind the Champions League spots.

Sebastien Haller has been leading the line for West Ham but there are concerns about the lack of depth behind the Ivorian, with utility man Michail Antonio the only other option in the squad. Antonio has been battling hamstring injuries this season, leaving Moyes with only Haller to call upon in attack.

There is still plenty of interest in Dia from elsewhere. West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United have both been tracking the Reims frontman, while reports elsewhere have thrown Arsenal and Everton into the mix as well.

However, 90min understands that West Ham are in pole position to land Dia, who was recently praised by Liverpool star and Senegal team-mate Sadio Mane.

"I didn't know him before," Mane told France 3. "But since the start of the season I've been following him, and I'm really impressed by his qualities. I think he won't stay at Reims forever, believe me!"

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 9:33 Sun Dec 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Alan 2:59 Sun Dec 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Boulaye Dia story added.

ted fenton 2:33 Sun Dec 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:18 Sun Dec 20

geoffpikey 2:28 Sun Dec 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Diop's going! Diop's definitely NOT going. Good to see "the media" still running everything!

Thanks Alan. Fuck off Alan. Take your pick.

Eerie Descent 2:22 Sun Dec 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
£45mil valuation of Diop


Thanks Alan 1:18 Sun Dec 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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