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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 2:17 Tue Dec 29
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

AC Milan are chasing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in January and believe the 28-year-old Ivory Coast forward can help them to a first Serie A title in 10 years. (Sun)

Arsenal want Sevilla's Joan Jordan, 26, to strengthen their midfield. The Spaniard is available for about £32m. (Sun)

Arsenal are interested in Barcelona's out-of-favour 21-year-old Spanish playmaker Riqui Puig. (The Athletic via Mirror)

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez, both 33, plan to play together for Major League Soccer side Inter Miami, but not until 2022. (Catalunya Radio)

AC Milan are confident of securing a deal to keep 21-year-old Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. (Corriere della Sera - in Italian)

Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, 26, is waiting to receive a new contract offer from AC Milan. He and the club remain significantly apart in terms of wage demands. (Gazetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Spain striker Diego Costa, 32, has told Atletico Madrid he wants to have his contract terminated and leave in the January transfer window. (Goal)

Arsenal are considering a surprise move for Atletico's Costa, with the Gunners keen to add another striker to their squad. (AS via Express)

Should Costa join Atletico's La Liga title rivals Real Madrid, Barcelona or Sevilla, his new team will have to pay £22.7m. (El Mundo)

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is hopeful of being reunited with 34-year-old Spain defender Sergio Ramos as he monitors his contract stand-off at Real Madrid. (Evening Standard via Mail)

Inter Milan are interested in signing Liverpool's 25-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi. (Corriere dello Sport via Mail)

Sheffield Wednesday want to hire former Barnsley boss Jose Morais to replace the sacked Tony Pulis. (Talksport)

Former Paris St-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel is in line to succeed under-pressure Frank Lampard at Chelsea. (Bild via Eurosport)

Spain midfielder Isco is likely to leave Real Madrid for the Premier League rather than Serie A, with Arsenal and Everton keen on the 28-year-old playmaker. (Mundo Deportivo)

Aston Villa could move for Inter Milan's Uruguay midfielder Matias Vecino, 29, in January. (Calcio Mercato via Birmingham Mail)

Newcastle United are likely to rely on loan signings in the January transfer window, with Manchester United's English defender Brandon Williams, 20, among the names mentioned. (Chronicle)

Middlesbrough are interested in Everton's 31-year-old DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie. (Northern Echo)

Captain Mark Noble says he does not know where 20-year-old West Ham team-mate Declan Rice's future lies. (Talksport)

A deal to take over Burnley is set to be completed by the end of the week, which will give manager Sean Dyche a boost as he bids to strengthen his squad in January. (Telegraph)







TBR

Aston Villa and West Ham have tabled offers for Inter Milan midfielder

Italian website CalcioMercato have claimed that both Aston Villa and West Ham United have offers on the table to sign Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino ahead of the January transfer window, which will open this week.



Vecino, 29, has failed to feature for Inter Milan under Antonio Conte this season – as he continues his rehabilitation from knee surgery in the summer. Since joining for £21.5million (Goal) in 2017, he has since played 96 times for Inter.

A 41-time Uruguay international, Vecino is an established midfielder at Inter and is renowned for his array of passing and is more than capable of scoring the odd goal or laying on an assist. He has 11 goals and six assists in an Inter shirt.

In January, Vecino is seemingly available and a move to the Premier League beckons. Villa and West Ham reportedly have offers to sign the midfielder – though it remains to be seen if that is a loan deal, or on a permanent basis.

TBR’s view – Vecino is a top, top player

At the peak of his game, the South American workhorse is Champions League quality. But with Vecino last playing in July, he needs game time and at Inter he may struggle to get that. It remains to be seen what kind of player he is, after his operation.

But given his recent history at Inter, he is worth taking a risk on. Inter want to raise funds for signings but it remains to be seen how much he will cost – given Vecino has entered the final 18 months of his contract. But a loan-to-buy might be best.




Sport Witness

West Ham and Newcastle thought to have advantage over Tottenham for January signing

Arkadiusz Milik’s situation continues to be up in the air.



Napoli have been trying to stick to their guns and are demanding €18m for the signing, yet their position must surely be weakening given the player’s contract expires at the end of June.

Juventus have long been keen, however they’d prefer to wait until the summer and get the player on a free transfer. Corriere dello Sport state that in England there’s interest from West Ham United, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Of those three clubs it’s thought West Ham and Newcastle have the advantage, due to Harry Kane’s dominance at Tottenham. Jose Mourinho wouldn’t be able to give Milik a lot of minutes, and that could still see him miss out on Euro 2020 with Poland.

Alternatively, West Ham and Newcastle could give the striker more of a leading role, and that would enable him to be much readier for next summer’s championships.

A lot will depend on how important Euro 2020 is to the Napoli player, because if it’s not then he may choose to wait and get his dream move to Juventus.







Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 4:53 Tue Dec 29
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

ted fenton 3:03 Tue Dec 29
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Lee Trundle 2:27 Tue Dec 29
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We almost bought Joan Jordan for a third of that price a year ago.

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:26 Tue Dec 29
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankyou Alan





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