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 1:01 Sun Feb 7
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe could sign a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions before moving to Real Madrid in two years' time as the France international waits for the Spanish club's financial situation to improve. (AS - in Spanish)

Real Madrid will not make a move until PSG are ready to sell Mbappe and the French club may decide they are willing to let the 22-year-old leave in the summer if he does not sign a contract extension. (Marca)

Aston Villa are ready to offer midfielder Jack Grealish, 25, an improved deal and also want to turn the loan signing of fellow England midfielder Ross Barkley, 27, from Chelsea into a permanent transfer. (90 Min)

Liverpool are monitoring Brazil winger Raphinha after the impact the 24-year-old has had at Leeds United this season. (Football Insider)

West Bromwich Albion are struggling to stretch their budget to sign Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa, who is a free agent, and Brighton, Burnley, Southampton and CSKA Moscow could make a move for the 28-year-old. (Mail on Sunday)

West Ham are tracking Blackburn'sEnglish striker Adam Armstrong, 23, as they consider a summer bid. (Sun on Sunday)

English defender Ryan Shawcross, 33, is in talks with Stoke City about cancelling his contract with them so he can join Major League Soccer side Inter Miami on a free transfer. (90 Min)

Celtic inserted a clause in a proposed deal to sign English defender Ben Davies from Preston North End which allowed Liverpool the chance to recruit the 25-year-old instead. (Sunday Mirror)

Barcelona will not accept less than 15m euros (£13.2m) if they are to sell Brazilian keeper Neto Murara, 31, in the summer. (Marca)

French defender William Saliba, 19, struggled to make an impact at Arsenal but has won the player of the month award at Nice after joining the Ligue 1 club on loan at the start of January. (Metro)

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack says Timo Werner "maybe has to work on his playing style" as he discussed 24-year-old Germany striker's problems in front of goal for the Blues. (Omnisport, via Metro)


Tomas Soucek controversially sent off at end of West Ham's stalemate at Fulham

Ed Aarons at Craven Cottage

Time is quickly running out for Fulham. Needing nothing less than victory to revive their survival hopes, Scott Parker’s side passed up a series of opportunities that will only have increased their manager’s feeling of frustration.

Up against a team that were hoping to match a club record of four successivestraight Premier League away wins, the former midfielder who was crowned the Football Writers’ Association’s player of the year in 2011 despite West Ham being relegated watched his side dominate for large parts without ever quite finding the killer blow.

Instead it was David Moyes who left west London feeling the slightly happier of the two managers despite a controversial late red card for Tomas Soucek, as his side kept up their impressive start to the new year and moved three points clear of sixth-placed Chelsea.

“It was an embarrassing decision,” Moyes said of Mike Dean’s call to send off the Czech midfielder after his elbow appeared to accidentally catch Aleksandar Mitrovic in the face. “I’m amazed Mike chose to do something with it. I don’t think anyone in football management is convinced by the system we have at the moment.”

Fulham’s chances of avoiding relegation for the second time in three seasons look slimmer by the week as they stretched their winless run to 12 matches. Eight of those have been draws but after Newcastle’s victory over Southampton and Burnley’s draw with Brighton earlier in the day, Parker’s side now find themselves eight points adrift of the last safe spot with only 16 games remaining.

The visitors had scored at this ground in their last 16 visits and, given that Fulham had also conceded a goal in each of their last 28 London derbies, Moyes must have fancied his chances of recording yet another victory. But aside from a chance for Jarrod Bowen in the 12th minute when he just failed to connect with Aaron Cresswell’s superb cross, West Ham’s attacking players struggled to find their rhythm. Jesse Lingard provided a rare moment of quality just before the half-hour mark when his cross picked out Soucek but the Czech’s header was way off target.

A flowing Fulham counterattack that featured a brilliant run infield from Ivan Cavaleiro ended with Ademola Lookman’s shot from outside the area just missing the near post with Lukasz Fabianski beaten.

The former Everton forward looked the most likely source of a goal and it was his clever backheel that allowed Antonee Robinson to pick out Cavaleiro on the stroke of half-time, although his header was straight at Fabianski.

Any Fulham fans hoping for a change of fortune in the second half were left disappointed. Bobby Decordova-Reid could have made more of a brilliant pass from his captain, Joachim Andersen, but directed his volley just over the crossbar. Even more culpable, though, was Ruben Loftus‑Cheek, whose dinked finish after a defence‑splitting pass from Lookman missed by some distance when it seemed easier to score.

At the other end, Vladimir Coufal’s header that skimmed the crossbar after a deep cross from Declan Rice was the closest West Ham came to finding a breakthrough against the run of play. Tosin Adarabioyo also spurned a great chance with his head as Fulham pressed forward, before Cavaleiro lifted another effort hopelessly over the bar soon afterwards. Even the introduction of Mitrovic and Josh Maja – the former Sunderland striker signed on loan from Bordeaux – could not provide the moment Parker so desperately craved, with Loftus-Cheek’s shot in the dying minutes just inches away from deservedly sealing the points.

“We were superb from start to finish,” said Parker. “I don’t think we could have dominated the game any more than we did. We’ve taken some huge steps but the next one is the most important one.”


David Moyes 'embarrassed' for referee Mike Dean after more red card drama in West Ham draw with Fulham

Sam Dean, at Craven Cottage

David Moyes, the West Ham United manager, said he was “embarrassed” for referee Mike Dean after midfielder Tomas Soucek was shown a controversial red card in the final minutes of their goalless draw at Fulham.

Soucek received a straight red for a clash with Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who went down clutching his face after he was caught by the West Ham midfielder’s elbow on the edge of the penalty box.

It seemed that Soucek appeared to be simply trying to lift his arm up and over Mitrovic, rather than deliberately striking the Fulham forward, but video assistant referee Lee Mason advised Dean to look at the pitchside monitor.

Moyes said the resulting decision was “really unfair” on Soucek but added that he did not know yet whether the club would appeal the dismissal. The West Ham manager also said that Mitrovic himself told the officials it was an accidental collision.

“To show a red card was an embarrassing decision,” said Moyes. “I am more embarrassed that it would happen and VAR would go and ask him to look at it because I thought it was just a simple accident.

“Lee Mason and Mike Dean, they are both very experienced referees and I would be amazed if that was the way they wanted to referee the games. Do we now look at every accidental incident and say that could be considered for a red card?

“I am amazed they have even sent Mike to look at it [on the monitor]. I am even more amazed that Mike chose to do something with it. What can we do? I don't think anyone in football or football management is convinced by the rulings we are involved in.

“I am actually quite embarrassed for Mike that he would have made that decision. When are the referees going to stand up and say this is not the correct way to referee games?

“I think the referees could easily put a stop to this, and they are probably the ones who could do it by saying, ‘no, we are not going to continue to give soft free-kicks, we are not going to react to screaming’.”

Soucek’s dismissal overshadowed what had otherwise been a forgettable encounter in which Fulham were the much better side. Scott Parker’s team provided more evidence of their progress by creating a flurry of chances but their lack of goals remains a major problem.

Fulham have won just two games all season and they were unable to make the most of their superiority against a West Ham team that missed the opportunity to go fourth in the Premier League table.

Parker’s side had 20 shots but only hit the target with two of them, with Ademola Lookman and the impressive Ruben Loftus-Cheek going closest. Tosin Adarabioyo also had an opportunity from a corner but headed his effort a few yards over.

West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal hit the bar with a powerful header in the second half before the Soucek incident became the game’s most memorable moment.

“It looked harsh,” said Parker. “But the way the game is going, it is getting a little bit sterile. It's certainly not one that would have been a red card five years ago.

"That is the game it seems everyone wants. Sooner or later there will be no need for shin pads, in terms of tackling and contact.”

Fulham have now gone 12 league games without a victory, their worst run in the top flight since 2008. They have scored just 17 goals in 22 league appearances this season and are now eight points off safety as the season approaches its decisive weeks.


STRONG AS IRON West Ham scouting Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong as David Moyes eyes summer transfer

Exclusive Alan Nixon

DAVID MOYES wants West Ham scouts to track Blackburn hotshot Adam Armstrong ahead of a summer bid.

Moyes likes the 18-goal striker and considered an £8million offer in the January window.

He held off in favour of continuing his checks to see if Armstrong, 23, is worth the £10m-plus that Rovers want.

Other clubs are keen on Armstrong, including Fulham and Everton, but both see him as a squad man just now.

Rovers will sell Armstrong in the summer if they fail to go up.

Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas quit Marseille after they decided against signing West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini on loan.

The former Chelsea and Spurs coach was keen on Lanzini, 27, as part of a major revamp.

He tried to swap him for Morgan Sanson and went back in with a loan offer at the death.

But Marseille went for Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham instead and Villas-Boas walked.

The Athletic

West Ham appeal Tomas Soucek's red card against Fulham

West Ham United have confirmed they will appeal Tomas Soucek’s red card against Fulham, reports Roshane Thomas.

The midfielder was sent off during added-time after the video assistant referee Lee Mason told referee Mike Dean to review an incident in which he made contact with Aleksandar Mitrovic.

What did West Ham’s statement say?

On Sunday morning, they released a statement that read: “West Ham United have submitted notice to The Football Association to appeal the red card Tomas Soucek was shown in Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Fulham.

“The Czech midfielder was sent-off in added time at the end of the second half after coming into contact with Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

“Referee Mike Dean was asked to look at the incident on the pitchside monitor by VAR official Lee Mason and decreed that the No 28’s actions constituted violent conduct.

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Texas Iron 3:47 Sun Feb 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Lato 3:23 Sun Feb 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

I think we should have taken a punt on Armstrong in the last window. We could have signed Dawson permanently and taken him on loan at least.

Thanks Alan 1:07 Sun Feb 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:02 Sun Feb 7

ted fenton 1:02 Sun Feb 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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