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 12:21 Mon Jan 4
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham have begun initial dialogue with striker Harry Kane about a contract extension. The 27-year-old England captain signed a six-year deal in 2018 but chairman Daniel Levy wants to ward off interest from Manchester City and Paris St-Germain. (Independent)

Frank Lampard's job as Chelsea manager is under serious threat and the club have started to explore alternative plans. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Paris St-Germain are in negotiations with Everton to turn 20-year-old Italy forward Moise Kean's season-long loan into a permanent deal, worth about £31m. (Sky Sports)

New Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino will be allowed to shake up his squad - and that could mean a fresh move for Tottenham's 24-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain boss Pochettino has made contact with Dele Alli, who was a star performer for him during his reign at Tottenham. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Argentina striker Paulo Dybala, 27, who has been linked with Tottenham and Manchester United, will be sold by Juventus this summer if he does not sign a contract extension. (Tuttosport via Football Italia)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hold talks with several fringe players over his January transfer plans and six could depart on a loan or permanent deals. (Sun)

Manchester United will reject Atalanta's attempts to keep Ivorian winger Amad Diallo, 18, at the Serie A club until the end of the season. (ESPN)

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has called on the club to bring in a new striker in the January transfer window.(Goal)

Manager Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will discuss 29-year-old France forward Alexandre Lacazette's future in the summer. (Standard)

France defender Lucas Digne, 27, is closing in on a new contract at Everton. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal are ready to recall Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid, while Fiorentina have reignited their interest in the 24-year-old. (La Nazione via Express)

Spanish midfielder Joan Jordan, 26, says he is "super comfortable" at Sevilla, amid links to Arsenal. (Football London)

Southampton have registered an interest in signing Leicester City's English winger Demarai Gray, 24, on a free transfer this summer. (Sun)

Newcastle may have to wait for a response on a loan bid for English midfielder Hamza Choudhury after Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers revealed he will "assess" the 23-year-old's future in the next couple of weeks. (Newcastle Chronicle)

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has revealed how new Brexit regulations have already harmed his plans for the January transfer window. (TeamTalk)

Arsenal, Leeds and Crystal Palace are tracking QPR's 26-year-old Swiss goalkeeper Seny Dieng. (Sun)

Manager Jurgen Klopp does not know whether Liverpool can complete any transfers in January. (Liverpool Echo)

Norwich manager Daniel Farke has reaffirmed his stance that 24-year-old Argentine winger Emi Buendia, who has been linked with Aston Villa, is not for sale in January. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester United's Portugal Under-21 defender Diogo Dalot is enjoying life on loan at AC Milan, but says moving to the San Siro was a "bittersweet" feeling. (Express)

English football's governing bodies have been told to ban players for breaking coronavirus rules. (Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Far be it from the Rumour Mill to claim to know what goes on in the mind of Roman Abramovich, but it’s being reported that Chelsea’s Russian owner is ready to replace Frank Lampard unless he quickly whips his side into shape following last night’s humiliation at the hands of Manchester City.

The Athletic say the 42-year-old manager’s position is “under serious threat” and claim Chelsea have “started to explore alternative plans with a view to replacing Lampard if the current slump continues”. They don’t, however, go so far as to speculate over who might take over should Abramovich pull the trigger.

With their client under contract at Tottenham Hotspur until June 2024, Harry Kane‘s “people” have begun informal talks with Daniel Levy with a view to extending his deal in a bid to keep cashed-up predators at bay. It’s been suggested the installation of Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain has got the Spurs club hierarchy twitchy and they want to keep their star striker sweet in a bid to prevent him having his head turned by the French champions or anyone else. Still in José Mourinho’s bad books, Dele Alli continues to be linked with a move to the French capital and is believed to have held talks with his former manager. PSG are also hoping to make the loan signing of the Everton striker Moise Kean permanent, with a fee of £31m being mentioned.

French sports daily L’Equipe claim William Saliba is ready to take a significant reduction in wages if it means getting the opportunity to leave Arsenal on loan. Having failed to make a single appearance under Mikel Arteta, the 19-year-old French defender is hankering after a temporary return to his former club St Etienne. Dutch side PSV Eindhoven are also believed to have enquired about the possibility of taking him on loan. David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Calum Chambers may also be shipped out in a January exodus of defenders that would free up a sizeable chunk of the club’s wage bill.

Steve Bruce wants to bolster Newcastle United’s midfield and has identified Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury as a potential enforcer; Brendan Rodgers has said he will assess the midfielder’s future in the next couple of weeks. Third in the table following their win over Bruce’s side yesterday, Leicester want Schalke’s Turkish defender Ozan Kabak, but will have to fend off interest from Milan, Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Tottenham to land the £25m-rated 20-year-old. In need of a centre-half, Liverpool had been linked with a move for Kabak but for reasons that remain unspecified, are understood to have cooled their interest.

The Birmingham Mail say Aston Villa are giving Norwich City winger Emi Buendía the glad eye, but are unlikely to be successful in their attempts to bring him to Villa Park in the current window. With seven goals to his name already this season, including his weekend winner against Barnsley, Buendía is also the subject of long-term interest from Arsenal. QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng is a man in big demand, with Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Leeds all reported to be interested in securing the 26-year-old’s services.

And finally, having once described Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage as a “forthright, forward-speaking, intelligent man”, the West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has fallen victim to karmic irony and new regulations that came into force following the UK’s recent exit from the European Union. “I have found three players already who were capable of coming here and they’re not allowed,” he said of his January recruitment drive. “It’s a shame.”

Sport Witness

West Ham make ‘concrete moves’ for signing – Player ‘would like’ to move to PL in January

Inter Milan have decided to allow Christian Eriksen to leave in January after the midfielder failed to fit into Antonio Conte’s plans at the San Siro.

On December 30th, Corriere dello Sport explained West Ham United have made a ‘few enquires’ for the 28-year-old, but ‘only for a loan’.

The Hammers were advised to change the formula because the Serie A side are not in favour of allowing the playmaker go out on a temporary deal, unless there’s a firm buying option.

According to FcInterNews, the former Spurs star remains keen on reuniting with Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain.

The new PSG manager wants to evaluate the players at his disposal before making any decision on transfers. Waiting to find out Pochettino’s plans would not be an ideal situation for the Nerazzurri, who are looking for a new club for the Denmark international.

Inter are using the help of ‘trusted intermediaries’ to find a new destination for the player in the winter market. The opportunity to join either Valencia or Hertha Berlin doesn’t please Eriksen as he is looking for ‘something better’.

It’s claimed the Dane ‘would like to return to the Premier League’, where to date, only West Ham are making ‘concrete moves’.

FcInterNews adds West Ham are not exactly a ‘big one’, suggesting the London side are not viewed as a ‘big’ club by Eriksen.


Arnie back?

West Ham could make a move for Marko Arnautovic in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror’s print edition.

The Hammers, per the report, want to sign a striker this month.

Moyes has been forced to rely on Seb Haller while Mikey Antonio has battled fitness issues and is said to be keen on a deal to snap up the Austria international.

Arnautovic is playing for Shanghai SIPG but the club’s season is over and the Irons are said to be weighing a move for the ex-Stoke forward.

The 31-year-old spent two years in claret and blue, scoring 22 goals in 65 games.

The Irons have two loan signings already in, Said Benrahma and Craig Dawson, but Premier League rules permit the signing of unlimited foreign loans.

Arnie qualifies and Moyes is interested in gauging whether he would be open to a return given that he is not currently playing.

It remains to be seen if he would want to come back but this is certainly an intriguing story and one to keep an eye on!


‘This would be an outstanding move’ – West Ham plot move for Derby County man: The verdict

West Ham United are among the sides who are interested in Jason Knight.

Reports from the Irish Mirror have linked the Premier League side with a move for the Derby County midfielder after the 19-year-old established himself as a key player under Wayne Rooney.

But would the starlet be a good signing for the Hammers?

The team at FLW have their say…

Jacob Potter

This could prove to be a decent addition to their squad.

We’ve already seen West Ham dip into the Championship to look for players to add to their squad, with the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma impressing since moving to the Hammers.

Knight has been equally as impressive for Derby County this season, and has been one of the few players to come away with credit to their name this term, as the Rams have struggled for a run of positive results in the Championship.

The midfielder has age on his side, and could be a solid option to call on for David Moyes when required, as I wouldn’t expect him to start regularly at first.

But it’s good to see West Ham planning for the future already, and Knight could be a very good signing for them this month.

Sam Rourke

I’m not surprised at all.

Knight has featured in every league game for Derby this season and given he’s just 19, it’s some feat.

Knight is a tenacious midfielder, full of energy and he’s really adopted the box-to-box role since Rooney’s involvement as manager and it’s reaping rewards.

The 19-year-old is adept when covering the defence and is strong at recycling possession, whilst also has the intelligence to initiate attacks whilst also getting in the right positions to score and create goals.

With Declan Rice’s future at West Ham still up in the air, and Mark Noble reaching the latter end of his career, Knight represents a fantastic long-term solution in the middle of midfield.

I expect a plethora of clubs to show an interest in him, so the Hammers would need to be quick here.

Jake Sanders

Now this would be an outstanding move for Knight.

Whilst he’s only still only 19 and relatively inexperienced in first-team football, West Ham are a club that historically like to give youngsters opportunities.

Not to mention that David Moyes’ side are generally short on creative players in midfield – which would make this an excellent move for both parties.

But with the teenager still having more than two years left to run on his Pride Park deal, for this to happen, West Ham would have to pay big bucks.


West Ham open talks with Manchester United midfielder’s agents

By Will Butcher

The Star have claimed that West Ham United have opened talks with the representatives of Manchester United star Jesse Lingard ahead of a potential January move – with the England international having entered the final six months of his contract.

Lingard, 28, has been included in Manchester United’s 25-man Premier League squad this season but has failed to play a single minute under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. He has been included on the bench in just four of their league outings.

Sky Sports claimed ahead of the January window that his agents had spoken with Spanish outfit Real Sociedad over a loan until the summer. A loan deal for Lingard is likely to see the £75k-a-week (Spotrac) play his last ever game for United.

That is because his contract ends in June. A reunion with David Moyes could materialise, with the Hammers seemingly pushing for the midfielder. The latest report claims they have opened talks with Lingard’s agents over a possible loan.

TBR’s view – Lingard would be a decent signing for West Ham

At his best, Lingard is one of England’s best attacking midfielder and he showed that at the 2018 World Cup – scoring a delightful goal against Panama an putting in some excellent displays for the Three Lions. He has 24 caps to his name.

But right now, he is far from that player. He needs game time, momentum and confidence in his ability from a manager willing to give him to TLC he requires. Moyes would be ideal for Lingard, and so would West Ham. A loan made in heaven.

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Texas Iron 6:44 Tue Jan 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

percyd 12:15 Tue Jan 5
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Lee Trundle 12:28 Mon Jan 4

You and me both.

ted fenton 7:49 Mon Jan 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Mex Martillo 4:27 Mon Jan 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:38 Mon Jan 4

ludo21 1:40 Mon Jan 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Fuck Eriksen and fuck Arnautovic but thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 12:38 Mon Jan 4
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bill green 12:30 Mon Jan 4

bill green 12:30 Mon Jan 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Lee Trundle 12:28 Mon Jan 4

Lee Trundle 12:28 Mon Jan 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

I'd like to see us sniffing around Demarai Gray.

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