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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 1:48 Sat Feb 6
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City believe winning the Premier League title this season will ensure they beat Chelsea to the signing of Borussia Dormund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20. (Star)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, could be set to sign a new deal at Old Trafford. (Guardian)

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 28, could be the player to make way if Liverpool are to seal a move for Paris St-Germain's France forward Kylian Mbappe, 22, this summer. (Marca)

The Reds have completed the signing of highly-rated 16-year-old English midfielder Kaide Gordon from Derby County. (Mail)

Chelsea will attempt to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Bayern Munich'sAustria defender David Alaba, 28, who is set to leave the German champions when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Chelsea's hopes of signing two other defensive targets - RB Leipzig'sFrance international Dayot Upamecano, 22, and Bayern Munich's Germany international Niklas Sule, 25 - rest on Bayern's transfer plans. (Goal)

The Blues could instead move for Bayern's 32-year-old German defender Jerome Boateng. (Bild - in German)

West Ham will not rush to make a decision over whether they attempt to make on-loan 28-year-old England midfielder Jesse Lingard's move from Manchester United permanent. (Standard)

Leicester City are in talks with Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, 23, over a new £100,000-a-week contract. (Mail)

Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, 22, is more likely to make a permanent move to Arsenal if Zinedine Zidane remains in charge of his parent club Real Madrid. (Eurosport)

Former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars is interested in a return to the club as director of football. He currently holds the same position at Ajax. (De Telegraaf, in Dutch)

Real manager Zidane says he pleaded with Odegaard to stay at the club for the second half of the season. (Metro)

Manchester United are no longer desperate to sign a new centre-back because of the form of their England defender Harry Maguire. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign 21-year-old English right-back Max Aarons from Norwich City when the transfer window reopens. (Express)

Meanwhile, Solskjaer could face competition for Aarons from Tottenham, with Spurs eyeing the defender as a potential summer replacement for their Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier. (Eurosport)

The application of Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, is being questioned at Tottenham and patience is wearing thin over the Real Madrid loanee's work-rate. (Mail)

Manager Jose Mourinho is under pressure at Tottenham but is not in imminent danger of being sacked. (Telegraph)

Chelsea are interested in re-signing Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 30, from Real Madrid this summer. (Defensa Central - in Spanish)

Sheffield United's English midfielder John Lundstram says "everything is still on the table" regarding his future, amid links with Newcastle United and Rangers. (Sheffield Star)


David Moyes hails Saïd Benrahma and Jesse Lingard partnership

West Ham manager happy with Algerian’s progress
‘There are signs Saïd had a connection with Jesse’

Jacob Steinberg

David Moyes has been pleasantly surprised with Saïd Benrahma’s work rate and hopes the West Ham winger can strike up a devastating creative partnership with Jesse Lingard.

West Ham made space for Lingard’s arrival on loan from Manchester United last month by bringing forward the £30m signing of Benrahma, who looks increasingly comfortable with the pace of the Premier League. The Algerian made a slow start after moving on loan from Brentford last October, but he dazzled in the victory against Aston Villa on Wednesday and has shown he is not a luxury player.

Benrahma has taken on board Moyes’s advice about improving his ball retention. He created Tomas Soucek’s opener against Villa and linked well with Lingard, who scored twice on his debut. Yet Moyes, whose side would go fourth with a win against Fulham on Saturday evening, feels there is more to come from the 25-year-old and has been more impressed with his willingness to graft.

“I’ve had a bit of a laugh with him because I’m saying to him: ‘I didn’t realise I’d signed a really hard-working midfield player who runs and closes down, and does all the defensive duties,’” West Ham’s manager said. “I said: ‘I thought we got someone for assists and goal making.’ They’re the bits which I think he’s probably needed to improve. The other part has been excellent.

“I want team players here. I don’t want individuals. But Saïd’s been great for the team. The other night there were signs he had a bit of a connection with Jesse. Hopefully it helps Saïd improve. I want to bring Saïd along slowly. He needs time to evolve.”

Moyes spoke about constructing teams, recalling how he added flair when he managed Everton by signing Steven Pienaar and Mikel Arteta. “It took me years to do that,” he said. “I had to go through different stages to get the team up. As you go along, you realise we’d like more flair, more athleticism, more stature. Everybody wants teams to be built immediately.

“I was thinking about it the other day. I now see football management as a marathon and not a sprint. People want to put managers into a sprint race when it should be a marathon. Hopefully I’m still on the marathon and looking forward to getting the last 10 miles down quite easily and quickly.”

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Cicero 6:31 Sat Feb 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

With Kind Regards 2:59 Sat Feb 6
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ted fenton 2:07 Sat Feb 6

ted fenton 2:07 Sat Feb 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
zebthecat 2:04 Sat Feb 6

zebthecat 2:04 Sat Feb 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:03 Sat Feb 6

Thanks Alan 2:03 Sat Feb 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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