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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 11:47 Sat Dec 26
Boxing Day newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to bring Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 33, to Paris St-Germain. Pochettino is favourite for the manager's role at the French champions after the sacking of Thomas Tuchel on Thursday. (Le Parisien - in French)

England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, could be offered a way out of Spurs when Pochettino takes over at the Ligue 1 side. (Sun)

Chelsea are set to join Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20. (Sky Italia, via Mail)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told his Egypt forward Mohamed Salah the only reason to leave the Premier League champions is the weather but conceded the club cannot force a player to stay against his will. (Guardian)

Arsenal's out-of-favour German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 32, has held secret talks with Turkish side Fenerbahce in a bid to move away from the Gunners. (Bild - in German)

Ozil is almost certain not to be brought back into the fold at Arsenal for the second half of the season and a move to the United States is also a possibility. (INews)

Juventus and AC Milan have joined the chase for Celtic's French striker Odsonne Edouard, 22. (Calciomercato, via Sun)


West Ham think they have two secret weapons in beating Man Utd and Arsenal to transfer
West Ham are reportedly in a transfer race with Manchester United and Arsenal.

By Mikael McKenzie

Manchester United and Arsenal have reportedly joined the race for Slavia Prague forward Abdallah Sima - but West Ham believe they have an advantage as the pursuit hots up. The 19-year-old has scored seven goals in his first six senior appearances for the Czech side.

Sima has burst on the scene with a flurry of goals for Prague which has attracted the interest of several top European clubs.

West Ham have had the teenager on their radar for some time but they will now apparently face competition from some of the Premier League's elite.

It is no secret that United are in need of a new forward after they failed to replace Romelu Lukaku in 2019.

Edinson Cavani has been playing back-up to Anthony Martial this term but at 33 years old he is not the long-term solution.

Arsenal are also seriously lacking goals this season and Mikel Arteta wants a new striker once he offloads Alexandre Lacazette.

But according to Claret and Hugh, West Ham think they have the advantage in the race for Sima's signature.

That is because they have Czech internationals Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal in their ranks who can reach out to their fellow countryman.

Sima was born in Senegal but Soucek and Coufal have great connections in their homeland to get the ball rolling.

West Ham boss David Moyes is not expecting any blockbuster arrivals when the transfer window opens next month.

"As far as the January transfer window goes, we don't have any real big intentions of making signings but if we need it, the owners have said they would help if we require it," Moyes said.

"Obviously that would be to do with injuries or anything else that crops up, so overall if we need it, we will try to go and get it, but we're talking about January and it is not always a great market."

Moyes added: "There is a good chance we would (go for a striker) because we have less options in that position, but it wouldn't necessarily be there.

"We are continuously trying to build a good squad but more importantly a good team and where we are weak or short, we would probably try to look to get someone in.

"But not always can you get the players you want and not always are the players available (in January)."

Moyes could search for a replacement for Michail Antonio, who is currently sidelined through injury.


Three left-backs West Ham could sign in January including player Guardiola called ‘incredible’

West Ham United go into the game this weekend just five points off the top four. David Moyes has done an incredible job as the Irons boss so far, but a lot of the season is still left to be played, and the Hammers will need all the help they can get.

Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell are excellent options as left-backs for any manager. However, the latter has done extremely well as a left-sided centre-half and it would make no sense to change that, even if Masuaku gets injured.

To avoid that, West Ham are reportedly on the market for a new left-back. Moyes’ side have been linked with a few options ahead of the January transfer window. Here are three of them.

Junior Firpo:

Mundo Deportivo claimed recently that West Ham are interested in signing the Barcelona man on loan in January. Firpo made a fantastic name for himself when he was at Real Betis a couple of years ago.

Barca snapped him up ahead of a number of clubs last year, but he was always going to be their second choice. If Moyes can lure him in, he will push Masuaku to the limits, and that can only be a good thing for the Hammers.

Oleksandr Zinchenko:

90min reported a few days ago that West Ham were battling Wolves to sign the Manchester City left-back. The Ukrainian is behind both Benjamin Mendy and Joao Cancelo in the pecking order and he has played for just 12 minutes in the league this term.

A loan move to West Ham would be brilliant for him. He needs game time to get himself ready to represent his country in this summer’s Euros, and Moyes can offer him just that.

Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of the 24-year-old. The City boss labelled him ‘incredible’ after the 2019 Carabao Cup final (Manchester City’s official website), but sadly, he doesn’t have a regular place for the defender in his squad.

Matthew Sorinola:

This could be West Ham’s best option next month. Sorinola is still only 19 and he is having his breakthrough season with MK Dons. He will not cost a lot of money, and he will provide the necessary cover for Masuaku whenever required.

However, Sorinola is on the radar of a number of English clubs. TEAMtalk revealed earlier this month that Newcastle, West Brom, Burnley, Crystal Palace and a number of Championship clubs were also interested in the teenager. That will make things difficult for West Ham, but it certainly won’t be impossible.

Three strikers West Ham could sign in January including ‘the new Thierry Henry’

There were a few moans when West Ham United decided to bring David Moyes to the club. He was appointed to save them from the drop last season, and he managed to achieve that thanks to Michail Antonio’s post-lockdown heroics.

The Irons have continued their good form this season. They are in the top half of the table, and it will not be a surprise to see them climb even higher if they can sign a couple of quality players in January.

Antonio and Sebastien Haller have the striker spots nailed down. However, West Ham continue to be linked with new forwards every week. Adding firepower to your attack is never a bad idea, and it won’t be a big shock to see Moyes bring in another goal-scorer next month.

Boulaye Dia

90min claimed earlier this month that West Ham are leading the race to sign Stade Reims’ Senegalese star Boulaye Dia. Premier League winner Sadio Mane is reportedly a huge fan of Dia and he is being eyed by plenty of clubs in England.

The 24-year-old has had a stunning start to the season, having scored nine goals in 13 starts in Ligue 1. He can play up front as well as on the right flank, and his addition would give Moyes a lot of options.

Gaetan Laborde

L’Equipe revealed earlier this month that West Ham have tabled a bid of £11 million to sign the Montpellier man in January. Laborde has five goals and five assists to his name in 16 games this term.

He has played across the front three and he, like Dia, would offer West Ham a lot of options in attack. Laborde’s agent has also fueled the rumours about a possible transfer in January (read here) and, if the Hammers really want him, they should be able to get him.

Abdallah Sima

Tomas Soucek has been a fine signing for West Ham. The Czech international has made his mark on the pitch, but he has played a key role behind the scenes as well. Moyes signed Vladimir Coufal on the midfielder’s recommendation, and he might well sign Sima for the same reason.

The Slavia Praha teenager has scored 13 goals already this season. Soucek revealed recently that people at West Ham know about Sima already. He claims he would love another player from his former club to join the Hammers, and the youngster dubbed ‘the new Thierry Henry‘ could well be an option next month.

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Texas Iron 9:58 Sat Dec 26
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Swiss. 5:17 Sat Dec 26
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So we are expecting a 19 yo whose played 7 games in the Czech league to hold the attacking line.

Kaiser Zoso 1:11 Sat Dec 26
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Thanks Alan 11:56 Sat Dec 26

Mex Martillo 1:06 Sat Dec 26
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You have to wonder about these links to young players doing well in less competitive leagues. Honestly, what is the difference between them and one of our U23 players doing well in the U23s league?
Thanks Alan

ted fenton 1:06 Sat Dec 26
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Thanks Alan 11:56 Sat Dec 26

blueeyed.handsomeman 12:33 Sat Dec 26
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THankyou Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 12:33 Sat Dec 26
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THankyou Alan

twoleftfeet 12:30 Sat Dec 26
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Sima is the dogs nuts 👍

Sven Roeder 12:06 Sat Dec 26
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Thanks Alan

As usual lots of jibber jabber about players we MIGHT sign
We have one striker and no left wing backs with Antonio and Masuaku injured
Thats laughable for a Premier league club

Thanks Alan 11:56 Sat Dec 26
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Thanks Alan

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