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 11:42 Wed Dec 23
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool have joined Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign Jack Grealish, 25, with Aston Villa braced for bids for their England midfielder. (Mirror)

Manchester United are hopeful they can beat the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona to the signature of Austrian defender David Alaba, 28, who is out of contract at Bayern Munich next summer. (Mirror)

But Liverpool and Chelsea are also both eyeing a deal for Alaba, as they attempt to bolster their defences. (Sun)

Manchester United and Liverpool are among a number of clubs to express an interest in Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, 20, with the Bundesliga club lowering their asking price from £40m to £25m for the Turkey international. (Mail)

Arsenal are looking at a move for Inter Milan and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 28, in the January transfer window. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness)

Liverpool are certain to offer their Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, 28, an increase on his £200,00-per-week contract to fend of interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris St-Germain. (Goal)

West Ham, Leicester City and several other Premier League clubs are interested in signing Burnley and England defender James Tarkowski, 29, in January. (Eurosport)

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 32, is set to sign a new deal with Leicester City. (Mail)

Liverpool are interested in Lille centre-back Sven Botman, 20, as a potential long term partner for fellow Dutchman Virgil van Dijk. (Foot Mercato, via Star)

Leeds United are interested in Spain winger Adama Traore, 24, with his future at Wolves in doubt because of lack of playing time. (90 min)

Bayer Leverkusen have approached Manchester United about signing English full-back Brandon Williams, 20, on a permanent deal. (Sky Germany via Sky Sports)

Arsenal's players will face 25% pay cuts if they are relegated from the Premier League. The reduction would knock £37.5m off their annual wage bill. (Mail)

Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Farre says the club need to strengthen in attack and named Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford, 23, among the players he admires. The 45-year-old has also promised to re-sign Neymar and give free pizzas and tattoos to the club. (90 min)

Everton assistant Davide Ancelotti says England forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 23, shares a special ability with Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo, 35. (Talksport)

Liverpool have had a bid accepted by Birmingham City for England youth international Calum Scanlon. The 15-year-old plays on the left side of defence or in midfield. (Times -subscription required)

Liverpool have now banked the full £142m fee from Barcelona's purchase of Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 28, in 2018. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has permanently promoted Romania youth international, Catalin Cirjan,18, into his first-team squad. (Metro)


West Ham eye new striker in January with Chelsea hitman among transfer targets

EXCLUSIVE: David Moyes has made Michail Antonio his first choice and Sebastien Haller has led the line in his absence recently, but the West Ham boss wants a new man through the door in January

By Darren Lewis

West Ham are hunting a new striker in the January transfer window.

The Irons want to beef up their firepower and would be prepared to listen to offers for winger Andriy Yarmalenko, among others, to raise desperately-needed cash.

Chelsea marksman Olivier Giroud is a player in whom the Hammers have a long-standing interest.

Frank Lampard has been loath to allow him to leave but the 34-year-old has made clear that he could leave in January for regular first-team action to make the France squad for next summer’s European Championships.

West Ham have been considering their options up front even before another under-whelming display, from £45million striker Sebastien Haller in Monday night’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea.

The club are determined to ensure David Moyes' good work coping with a tough run of fixtures, is not wasted.

With Michail Antonio injured, the Frenchman has had a run of games to make his case to remain in the starting line-up for the second half of the season.

Haller, however, has scored just twice in 11 games with fans fearing the ex-Eintracht Frankfurt striker - who netted 20 times in his final season in the Bundesliga - does not have the physicality to cope in English football.

Antonio, 30, has been a huge hit up front since being converted from a winger to a striker by David Moyes.

He scored three times in six appearances earlier in the season - including goals against Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester City.

But his campaign has been halted abruptly by a hamstring injury picked up in the City draw on October 24.

Antonio has started just one game since then, in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on November 30.

But that appearance, his only one in the club’s last eight, was cut short at half time with a recurrence of his injury.

Financial News

Allen & Overy blames PwC in West Ham stadium legal battle

A&O said the poor deal with West Ham was the responsibility of the stadium's owners and PwC

By James Booth

The owners of the London Stadium and their advisers Big Four firm PwC were responsible for negotiating a loss-making deal to lease out the ground to Premier League football club West Ham United, Magic Circle law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) has said.

The stadium’s public sector owners E20 and London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) launched a £12m claim against their former law firm A&O in September, alleging it was negligent in the drafting of the 2013 concession agreement that governs West Ham’s 99-year lease of the ground in the Olympic Park in Stratford.

READ West Ham stadium owners sue Allen & Overy for £12m

E20 and LLDC argued that A&O’s negligence meant that West Ham was able to push successfully for a greater seating capacity under the concession agreement without paying more money, meaning E20 would lose £6,926 for every West Ham home game.

In its defence to the claim, filed at the High Court on 21 December, A&O said commercial decisions that were the responsibility of the stadium’s owners and their advisers PwC were at the root of the deal — not its legal advice.

“The defendant did not owe any duty to advise the claimants on the issue of seating capacity, which was a commercial matter for the claimants and the claimants’ other advisers,” A&O's court filing seen by Financial News said.

A&O said the stadium’s owners would benefit from more seats in the stadium as they would make more money from catering, naming rights, non-football events and a greater footfall in the Olympic Park.

“Whether these benefits would outweigh the costs to E20 of making more than 53,500 seats available to West Ham was a commercial and public policy matter for the claimants and its other advisers (in particular PwC) and was not a matter in relation to which the defendant had a duty to advise or was ever asked to advise,” the defence said.

A spokesperson for PwC said: "We can't comment on legal proceedings between other parties."

LLDC and E20 declined to comment.

PwC’s sport practice was advising the stadium’s owners on commercial and financial issues related to the lease of the ground to West Ham.

A&O also denied that its lawyers had failed to follow instructions in drafting the concession agreement.

“There is no factual basis for the allegation that the defendant did not comply with the claimants’ instructions (and it is noted that the claimants’ case as to the instructions that they provided to the defendant is wholly vague and inadequately particularised),” the defence said.

West Ham sued the stadium’s owners in February 2017 seeking a declaration that the club could use all 66,500 seats in the stadium without payment of any additional fee.

The dispute was settled before trial on 19 November 2018, with the agreement that West Ham would be entitled to use 57,000 seats without additional payment.

The dispute was settled before trial on 19 November 2018, with the agreement that West Ham would be entitled to use 57,000 seats without additional payment.

LLDC and E20 claimed £11.9m from A&O for the loss-making lease, legal fees it had incurred in its dispute with West Ham and the cost of additional work it had carried out on the stadium.

A&O said it denied the claim in its entirety.

However, the law firm said that if it was found liable, any damages should be limited to £3m — three times the £1m it billed in fees on the matter — as per the terms of its engagement.

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Jasnik 4:42 Wed Dec 23
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LLDC throwing more money away on legal cost.

If they did their jobs they would probably make a profit.

Mex Martillo 2:28 Wed Dec 23
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charleyfarley 1:21 Wed Dec 23

Alan 1:42 Wed Dec 23
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the exile 12:19 Wed Dec 23

There will be one, whether by me or someone else, I don't know.

charleyfarley 1:21 Wed Dec 23
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bill green 1:18 Wed Dec 23

bill green 12:38 Wed Dec 23
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the exile 12:19 Wed Dec 23

the exile 12:19 Wed Dec 23
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Thanks Alan. Btw, are you doing a January transfer thread?

ted fenton 12:16 Wed Dec 23
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Thanks Alan 11:44 Wed Dec 23

Thanks Alan 11:44 Wed Dec 23
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Thanks Alan

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