WHO Poll
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 10:51 Mon Dec 21
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester United are interested in Liverpool and Arsenal transfer target Yves Bissouma, Brighton's Malian 24-year-old midfielder who has impressed this season. (Express)

Marseille would like to sign Chelsea's French striker Olivier Giroud, 34. (le10sport - in French)

Liverpool are considering selling "unhappy" Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, 28, says former Egypt player Mohamed Aboutrika. (Bein Sports via Goal)

Real Madrid are very confident of signing France forward Kylian Mbappe, 22, from Paris St-Germain next summer. (90 Min)

Spain midfielder Isco wants to leave Real Madrid in the January transfer window but the club is yet to receive any offers for the 28-year-old. (AS)

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge accepts that defender David Alaba, 28, is set to leave the German club. The Austrian's contract expires on 30 June, 2021, and the player can negotiate with whoever he wants from 1 January, with Real Madrid favourites to sign him. (Marca)

Brazil midfielder Allan, 29, says he did not need to "think twice" about joining Everton in the summer, with the "project" the club are putting together playing a key part. (Liverpool Echo)

Former midfielder Roy Keane believes Manchester United can push Liverpool for the Premier League title and could be the reigning champions' closest challengers. (Sky Sports)

Slaven Bilic knew he would be sacked as manager by West Brom while on the coach returning from Manchester City last week. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has downplayed a potential transfer for Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, 27. (Mail)

Manchester City are willing to consider offers for Ukrainian defender Oleksandr Zinchenko, 24, in the January transfer window. (Express)

German defender Antonio Rudiger, 27, admits he "isn't satisfied" with his current situation at Chelsea, but insists he will not look for a transfer away in January. (ZDF via Mail)

Japanese winger Takefusa Kubo, 19, could see his season-long loan deal at Villarreal end in January after falling out of favour with coach Unai Emery. (AS - in Spanish)






Evening Standard

David Moyes column: Reflecting on a year back at West Ham

I was appointed West Ham United manager for the second time almost a year ago — on December 29 to be precise — so this is probably the right time to reflect on how things have gone.

The most pleasing thing for me was having that opportunity to return to this club as manager when maybe a lot of people wouldn't have thought that was on the cards.

I want to give the owners credit for appointing me because they recognised that the first time I was here, a good enough job had been done.

I was very happy to come back and the main difference this time was that most of the players knew how I worked — and vice versa.

I hadn't really got my feet really under the table, though, before the season was halted due to the first lockdown right slap bang in the middle of a really difficult sequence of games.

Our last game before everything stopped was at Arsenal, after which Mikel Arteta revealed that he had caught the virus and the season was shut down.

By that time I had been back at West Ham for a couple of months but I had felt really at home very quickly.

What lockdown did, though, was to help me get to the players much more. I was having virtual one-to-one conversations with them and then, when we returned to training in ones and twos, it was easy to have more dialogue with them which was a big help, both to me and I believe the players as well.

When the new season began in September, I caught the virus myself and had to isolate. That was hard but, again, it did give me the chance to access loads of information about players before the transfer window closed, where normally I wouldn't have had so much time.

It was difficult because the number of players linked with us was off the scale but we worked hard on bringing in the right players for the club and the two Czech Republic lads, Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal, have been a great example of that work.

They've come in and brightened up the whole place with their attitude and their energy. Neither has a big ego, they train the same every day, they're both down-to-earth boys and thrilled to be at West Ham and playing in the Premier League.

We are trying to improve recruitment at the club. You won't get all your signings right and the next challenge is to bring in more players with similar attitudes to those two — hunger, mentality and desire.

The next transfer window opens on January 4 and, while I don't anticipate us doing too much, if there was an opportunity to sign a player we really need and the price was right, I am sure the owners would support me.

I am, though, incredibly mindful of the financial implications of the virus which are affecting all clubs.

As regards the immediate future and where we are now compared to a year ago, I want to make sure I don't promise the fans something which I am unable to fulfil.

I hope we can stay in the top group of teams in the Premier League but there is a large number who are in that bracket. In fact, there may be very little difference between fourth and 14th for the rest of the season.

My first ambition is to get to 40 points as soon as we can to ensure our Premier League status — and then see where we go beyond that.

I have to say I'm really enjoying my time at West Ham. It might be a calendar year since I came in but in football terms it's appreciably less than that because of lockdown.

I have great staff, the people around the place are all helping to make it work and I want to make this point — this club has so much potential and further room for improvement. If we can be positive, look forward and maybe take on some challenges, we can build a great club here.

I know that these days, football management is often viewed as short term but I hope the work we've done, both during the first time and now, will make people think we're the right choices to be at West Ham for the foreseeable future.

I look back to when I was appointed Everton's manager in 2002 and I see similarities. It did take us some while, though, before we were regularly in the top echelon of the Premier League.

The question now is whether you will be given that time to put things right — although, because of what's happened this year, I do sense the climate is shifting and that changing managers all the time isn't always the right way forward.






Voetbal 24

Will West Ham soon be able to force a transfer ?: “Vanaken cannot wait anymore”

If one player of Club Brugge is hot on the transfer market, then it's Hans Vanaken. West Ham was the most concrete of all interested clubs.



The Red Devil still feels great at the Club, but also realizes that at the age of 28 there will not be many more opportunities if he wants to make a career abroad. A bid of 15 million euros was refused by blue-black, but the English remain interested.

If it depended on former KAA Gent coach Trond Sollied, it would be an ideal switch. “Vanaken would have no problems in the Premier League,” says the Norwegian in Het Nieuwsblad. “Look at Sander Berge: he plays outstanding for Sheffield United. And Vanaken is better than Berge. "

Now or never

Sollied thinks that a transfer is something like now or never. “If he wants to take the step higher, Hans can no longer wait that long. But he has to decide that for himself. If you are happy where you are, you should stay. Gert Verheyen never left, even when he was able to go to Ipswich. A player has to make that choice for himself. "

Vanaken himself is quite charmed by the interest of West Ham and also thinks London is a beautiful city. Perhaps during the winter break or certainly next summer there will be movement in the file again.





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Texas Iron 5:19 Mon Dec 21
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Cheers...

bill green 4:55 Mon Dec 21
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ted fenton 12:20 Mon Dec 21
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Thanks Alan 11:55 Mon Dec 21

gph 12:00 Mon Dec 21
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Mad Dog 10:53 Mon Dec 21
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