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 1:47 Wed Jan 6
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 32, is in talks with DC United about a move to the Major League Soccer side. (Football London)

Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 34, has rejected a one-year contract extension at Real Madrid, who do not want to alter their policy of offering players over 30 deals of that length. (Marca)

Real are favourites to sign Bayern Munich's Austria defender David Alaba, who is out of contract in the summer, but Liverpool are also interested in bringing in the 28-year-old. (Guardian)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is "pretty sure" Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will sign a new deal with the club, despite reports the 29-year-old is set to reject their opening contract offer. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal have been linked with Norwich City midfielder Emi Buendia but are unlikely to sign the 24-year-old Argentine because of a lack of funds. (Mirror)

Tottenham Hotspur have put contract talks with England striker Harry Kane, 27, and South Korea forward Son Heung-min, 28, on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. (Evening Standard)

France winger Kingsley Coman has been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United but the 24-year-old says he is "happy" at Bayern Munich. (Bild, via Mirror)

West Ham United could look to sign 35-year-old Italian striker Graziano Pelle, who has just left Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng, if they fail to sign Bournemouth's Norway forward Josh King, 28. (Star)

The Hammers have chosen not to try to re-sign 31-year-old Austria forward Marko Arnautovic, who left them to join Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, because it would be too expensive. (Mail)

Real Madrid's 24-year-old Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, who is on loan at Arsenal, hopes to return to his parent club and break into their first team. (Cadena Ser, via Evening Standard)

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman says he has made a list of players "it would be interesting to bring in". (Marca)

Brentford are interested in signing 26-year-old Preston North End midfielder Ben Pearson, whose deal with the Deepdale club runs out in the summer. West Bromwich Albion and Celtic have also been linked with the Englishman. (Mail)

Former England and Southampton striker James Beattie is among the candidates to take over as Fleetwood Town manager following the departure of Joey Barton. (Mail)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

It always appeared that it would take an extraordinary offer from a potential suitor to drag Mesut Özil away from his £350,000-a-week job keeping fit at the north London health club known as Arsenal FC. And it seems DC United, who gave Wayne Rooney a late-career platform to do whatever it was he was still able to do, have made the German wake up and smell the coffee. The MLS side have reportedly offered the German what every creative footballer could ever want: a chance to expand their brand.

Yes, Özil has been told to overlook the fact that DC United are the second worst eastern conference team and instead focus on what really matters: breaking his 39 Steps Coffee company in the United States. The 32-year-old will apparently be allowed to flog his beans at the club’s Audi Field stadium, a grand if somewhat pointless gesture if fans can’t attend, and will also be given a platform to push his M10 eSports brand by making him the face of the club. The Mill feels this might not be enough, though. They should probably offer to buy Gunnersaurus too. If you’re going to make it big as a mascot – America’s the place to do it.

Norwich’s Emi Buendía is desperate to play in the Premier League again and would be Arsenal’s preferred choice to add a bit of pizazz to their midfield. The 24-year-old has been flapping his gums on Radio Residencias about how much he loves the English top flight’s “history” “perfect organisation” and all the usual cliches. “It is the best league in the world, it is the one that makes the difference at all levels,” he gushed. The problem is, Arsenal may not be able to afford him.

Manchester United and Manchester City would like to fight over more than the right to face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final. How about the signature of the Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman then? It says here that both clubs have expressed an interest in the France international, who has a ridiculous record of having won nine league titles in consecutive seasons with PSG, Juventus and Bayern. He’s 24. “Knowing that good teams are interested in me is good, it gives me additional confidence,” he told Bild, as he happily bathed in silverware.

West Ham haven’t got the cash to match the wage demands of former striker and footballing mercenary Marko Arnautović so they will target Bournemouth’s Josh King instead. The 28-year-old former Manchester United target has barely got a kick at the Cherries this season and will be cheap as chips, which is why Wolves and West Brom are also sniffing around. If that deal is a non-starter then David Moyes will see if 35-year-old Graziano Pellè, who’s at Shandong Luneng, can still party like it’s 2015.

Brentford are going to bounce back from their Carabao Cup disappointment with a bit of retail therapy. The 26-year-old Preston North End midfielder Ben Pearson looks nice in the shop window at Deepdale and should be available at a bargain price given that his contract expires this summer. West Brom and Celtic are also sniffing around.

And James Beattie is the red-hot favourite to replace Joey Barton as Fleetwood Town manager.






Sport Witness

West Ham ‘the only other team interested’ in player alongside Wolves – Two clubs have ‘informed themselves’

By Tom Coast

It doesn’t matter what the English media say, Gazzetta dello Sport are adamant that Wolverhampton Wanderers have taken an interest in Christian Eriksen.

The Dane is looking for a new club after failing to impose himself at Inter, but the lack of serious contenders for his services has made life a tad difficult.

The likes of Arsenal and Manchester United have since disappeared, leaving Wolves, Ajax and West Ham as the interested parties.

That’s according to Gazzetta, who explain that both the Dutch club and Nuno Espírito Santo’s side have ‘informed themselves’ about the playmaker, but there’s little else out there.

They then add ‘the only other team interested in the Dane at the moment are West Ham’.

This comes a day after Corriere dello Sport stated Aston Villa had joined the race thanks to intermediaries, but they don’t get a mention, leaving the door open for David Moyes to make his move with little competition.

We’ll have to wait and see what comes from all this, but it’s fair to say Eriksen might have to lower his expectations after a year of struggle in Serie A, perhaps swallowing his pride and go down a level to rekindle what was once a very successful career.






Football Oranje

Wolves and West Ham interested in Ajax striker

According to De Telegraaf, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United are both interested in signing Ajax striker Lassina Traore.



The 19-year-old striker has broken into the Ajax first-team this season, scoring eight goals and providing eight assists in 16 games.

According to De Telegraaf, Traore’s form has impressed Premier League duo West Ham United and Wolves. However, Ajax will not allow the striker to depart the club in January.

Traore, who is currently injured, is contracted to Ajax until the summer of 2022.





HITC

£18m West Ham and Arsenal target free to join Premier League club this month

Danny Owen

Roma will sell reported Leicester City and West Ham United target Amadou Diawara if they receive an offer from a Premier League club this month, as reported by Corriere dello Sport.



The former Napoli ace may want to stay and fight for his place at Roma – he hardly sounds like a man pushing for a fresh start – but it seems the decision may be taken out of his hands.

Diawara has fallen well down the pecking order at Stadio Olimpico this season.

His only Serie A start in 2020/21 came on the opening day and he has played just one minute of league football since mid-December.

Now, Corriere dello Sport claims Roma won’t stand in Diawara’s way if the youngster is offered the chance to swap the Giallorossi bench for a chance in the Premier League.

According to Calciomercato, Leicester and West Ham are both willing to invest £18 million in the 23-year-old Guinea international. Diawara is a deep-lying number six who tends to keep things neat and tidy at the base of midfield.

What’s more, Roma have already chosen his replacement – Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez.

In August, Diawara’s agent told TMW that Arsenal were interested too and, despite bringing in Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on deadline day, a move to the Emirates is still a possibility – according to Forza Roma anyway.

Diawara could potentially replace Mo Elneny amid claims the Egyptian could be on his way back to Turkey, while Lucas Torreira is also expected to depart on a permanent basis.





Foot Mercato

West Ham and Crystal Palace take a closer look at Jean-Ricner Bellegarde



Trained at RC Lens, Jean-Ricner Bellegarde decided a year ago to sign with Racing Club de Strasbourg. With the club from eastern France, the midfielder, now 22, quickly won in the Alsatian midfield, punctuating last season with 30 matches in all competitions.

Performances that did not go unnoticed since several clubs have recently inquired about recruiting the native of Colombes. In England, Crystal Palace and West Ham have approached the player's entourage in recent days to know his intentions. The main interested party is thinking about the best solution for the rest of his career.




The 72

Leeds United and West Ham Fight for First January Signing Of Ipswich Starlet

According to Football Insider, Leeds United and West Ham United are involved in a transfer tug-o-war as they both look to land Ipswich starlet Elkan Baggott.



The Premier League duo are said to have been alerted to his availability with the youngster not signing a professional deal.

Who is Elkan Baggott – Ipswich Town

Baggott is an 18-year-old giant of a centre-back who stands an imposing 6ft 4in.

He is a left-footed centre-back but can play both the central defensive roles.

He has an Indonesian mother and an English father and is available to play for both those countries plus the country of his birth, Thailand.

He’s not only featured in two Indonesia Under-19 games but has also made the breakthrough to the Ipswich first team, featuring in the 2-0 EFL Trophy win over GIllingham.

No deal signed – Premier League interest

Football Insider’s Wayne Veysey writes that Leeds United and West Ham, are in “hot pursuit” of the Tractor Boys rising star after his rejection of a professional deal “put the Premier League duo on alert.”

Referencing a ‘recruitment source’, Veysey writes that “Leeds and West Ham are both pursuing Baggott this month” fllowing the youngster’s decision to effectively explore his options away from Portman Road.

He is a player with huge potential and Leeds United’s director of footall, Victor Orta, is said to have drawn up plans for the Whites in the January market.

The lure of the Premier League is a big one and Leeds and West Ham are both prestigious clubs.
It will be a tug-o-war between the both of them as to who gets the highly-rated Baggott with whoever claiming him lilely snapping up their first signing on January.




TBR

Derby fans react as West Ham reportedly battling Palace for Jason Knight



West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing one of Wayne Rooney’s most-prized possessions in Derby County midfielder Jason Knight – and Derby supporters have reacted on Twitter to the news.

Knight, 19, has thrown himself onto the radar of Premier League clubs after some eye-catching performances in a Derby shirt – and indeed breaking into the Ireland side, picking up three caps.

The teenage midfielder has clocked up 59 appearances for Derby’s senior side despite his tender age and has scored nine goals in that time. Knight has been used predominantly as a central midfielder, but can play further forward.

The Irish Mirror have claimed that West Ham United and Crystal Palace have both joined the race to sign Knight in the January window, with Burnley already interested in the midfielder. It is unclear how much Derby want.

West Ham have used the Championship in recent windows as a scouting pool. Jarrod Bowen has impressed since joining from Hull, Said Benrahma is still adapting, Craig Dawson was lured to the London Stadium from Watford.

Derby supporters have reacted on Twitter to the reported news that the Hammers are interested in signing Knight over the course of the next few weeks – and many are desperate to see him stay at Derby.



Evening Standard

West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass in talks over West Brom transfer

By Jack Rosser

West Brom are in talks over a deal for West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass as Sam Allardyce looks to bolster his ranks for a relegation battle.

The Scottish midfielder has made three Premier League appearances from the bench for David Moyes's side this season, totalling fewer than five minutes on the pitch.

Snodgrass, 33, is out of contract in the summer meaning West Ham won't hold out for a large fee from former boss Allardyce.

Allardyce has one point from his first four games in charge at The Hawthorns - a draw at champions Liverpool - and is desperate to add players this month. The former West Ham manager revealed this week that he had already seen three deals fall through due to new transfer regulations post-Brexit.

With funds limited due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Hammers see the deal as a chance to move on a player who is surplus to requirements and free up funds for any additions Moyes may want to make this month.

The West Ham boss is keen to bring in support for Michail Antonio following his recent injury struggles and Sebastien Haller's poor form, though a return for Marko Arnautovic on loan is out of reach given the Austrian forward's wages of more than £300k-a-week. Should the funds be available Moyes is also interested in adding a left-back following Arthur Masuaku's knee surgery and the Hammers have shown an interest in Brentford's Rico Henry.







Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 8:26 Wed Jan 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Billy Blagg 7:18 Wed Jan 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

brabrook 3:56 Wed Jan 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 3:05 Wed Jan 6

Thanks Alan 3:05 Wed Jan 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 2:58 Wed Jan 6

ted fenton 2:58 Wed Jan 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Mr Kenzo 1:54 Wed Jan 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We would be barking mad to sign Bellegarde, it would be rough on the players we already have.

Lee Trundle 1:52 Wed Jan 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

I read the first 3 reports thinking how refreshing it is for once to be linked to 2 teams (Wolves and Leicester) who we should be fighting it out with, rather than players the likes of Crystal fucking Palace are trying to sign.

And then I got to the last report....





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