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 1:58 Sat Jan 23
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 22, could be available for about £50m in the summer and that could see Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United battling it out for the England international's signature. (90 Min)

Liverpool are to prioritise a new deal for Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk, 29, before considering talks over a fresh contract for Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 28. (Eurosport)

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba will delay a decision over the 27-year-old's future at the club until the end of the season as the Old Trafford club challenge for the title. (Mail)

Arsenal are weighing up a move for 31-year-old Southampton and England left-back Ryan Bertrand, whose current deal runs out in the summer, as they look to provide competition for Scotland defender Kieran Tierney, 23. (Evening Standard)

The Gunners are increasingly hopeful of securing the loan signing of Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, 22, on loan from Real Madrid. (Goal)

France centre-back Raphael Varane, 27, wants to leave Real Madrid. (Sport - in Spanish)

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has played down suggestions the club will make a move to sign Southampton and England striker Danny Ings, 28. (Express)

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers could look towards his former club Celtic for Jamie Vardy's long-term successor by making a move for French striker Osdonne Edouard, 23. (Talksport)

Crystal Palace are willing to sell Belgium striker Christian Benteke, with West Brom interested in the 30-year-old. (Mail)

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce wants to add Bournemouth coach Graeme Jones to his coaching team. (Sun)

West Ham are planning to offer manager David Moyes a new contract at the end of the season. (Guardian)

Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil says 29-year-old Brazilian striker Willian Jose's proposed switch to the Premier League with Wolves is in an advanced stage of negotiations. (Goal)

Liverpool and Manchester United are monitoring Bayern Munich midfielder Jamal Musiala. The 17-year-old's contract talks at Bayern Munich are said to have stalled. (Express)

Spanish side Sevilla want to sign Atalanta midfielder Alejandro Gomez, 32, on loan with an obligation to buy for 8m euros £7.1m) in the summer. (Tuttomercatoweb, via Football Italia)

Manchester United midfielder Facundo Pellistri's agent says the 19-year-old Uruguayan midfielder is in talks to leave the Old Trafford club on loan this month. (Manchester Evening News)

Sport Witness

Claim West Ham could offer Balbuena to help them get signing in – Top agent working on it

Lazio are on the lookout for a new central defender, but haven’t got any money and that’s seen Il Messaggero, the club’s local newspaper, indulge in what may be some wishful thinking.

On Saturday they go through a list of options, and there’s a suggestion Thomas Strakosha could be used as bait, with the goalkeeper not impressing enough at the Serie A club.

Arsenal are named, and they’ve been linked to Strakosha previously, and such a move could have helped Lazio sign Shkodran Mustafi, however, given the Gunners loaned Mat Ryan from Brighton on Friday that route looks dead.

The newspaper then brings West Ham United in and there’s a claim they are also interested in the goalkeeper, with Il Messaggero then stating: ‘West Ham, on the other hand, would offer Balbuena with agent Pastorello in intermediation.’

Fabian Balbuena has recently been out of David Moyes’ side, having picked up an injury, although he was a regular before that. To think that West Ham would be happy to give him up to get Strakosha is perhaps a stretch, although Balbuena’s contract expiring in June could be a factor.

Still, this feels like a long shot for Lazio, and Federico Pastorello, one of the top agents in Italy, would have a lot of work to do if he’s to build this transfer.


Haller debt sold to American billionaire

West Ham’s remaining debt to Frankfurt from the Sebastian Haller has been sold to a private equity company according to the DailyMail.

The Hammers failed to make a scheduled £5.4m payment due to Eintracht Frankfurt last summer, leading to West Ham being reported to FIFA.

Now the Mail claims the matter was resolved by the German club through selling the debt on to investment company MSD Capital.

Haller joined West Ham for a club-record £45m in 2019 but the fee was to be repaid in instalments.
The tabloid now claims a 75 per cent down-payment was made, with the rest of the money due over the five years of the 26-year-old’s five-year contract at the London Stadium, including a £5.4m payment due last summer.

West Ham exercised their right to pause some of the remaining payments. FIFA then launched an investigation, which was settled by Eintracht selling the debt on to MSD, who will now receive a portion of the £20.2m fee West Ham agreed with Ajax.

The New York-based company founded by computer tycoon Michael Dell of the computer firm fame.

He has become increasingly influential in English football recently by lending money to Southampton, Derby and Sunderland.

The 55-year-old worth over £40 billion recently loaned £90m to an American company to enable the leveraged takeover of Burnley football club.

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The Stoat 4:36 Sat Jan 23
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
SDKFZ 222 4:16 Sat Jan 23

It's about as true as me double dating Kate Beckinsale and Charlize Theron last night and getting home and finding Rachel Weisz & Diane Kruger waiting for me

SDKFZ 222 4:16 Sat Jan 23
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The ‘Rice for £50 million’ sends out all the wrong signals, if true.

We should be quoting at least double that and we need to build a team around him, if the owners and management are serious about making us a ‘Top 8’ club.

Texas Iron 3:27 Sat Jan 23
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Alwaysaniron 2:30 Sat Jan 23
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. Where do these journalists get these stories from? Declan Rice for 50 million are they insane? They simply make stuff up its comical.

Thanks Alan 2:09 Sat Jan 23
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

With Kind Regards 2:00 Sat Jan 23
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Thank you Alan.

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