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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
8%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
32%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
26%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
27%
  



Alan 12:10 Mon Feb 8
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

ottenham boss Jose Mourinho believes it is a case of waiting for the "right moment" when it comes to talks over a new contract for 28-year-old South Korea forward Son Heung-min, whose current Spurs deal runs out in 2023. (Evening Standard)

Spain defender Sergio Ramos' injury lay-off could see talks over a new contract with Real Madrid put on hold until he recovers, with the 34-year-old's current deal running out in the summer. (Marca)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is expecting interest in Eagles winger Wilfried Zaha in the summer, with the 28-year-old Ivory Coast international having ambitions of playing in the Champions League. (Mail)

"Real questions" are being asked for the first time of Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp following his side's 4-1 home defeat by Manchester City, says former Reds defender Jamie Carragher. (Mirror)

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has called last season's Premier League winners Liverpool "bad champions" and says: "Keep performing like that and it will be another 30 years before you win the title." (Sky Sports)

France forward Kylian Mbappe, 22, could emulate team-mate Neymar and stay at Paris St-Germain despite reported interest from Liverpool and Real Madrid. (Talksport)

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli says it is only "right" that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic "continues playing" at the Italian club. The 39-year-old's current deal with the Serie A side runs out in the summer. (Sky Sports Italia, via Football Italia)

Ajax director of football Marc Overmars is set to leave his post at the end of the season, with the ex-Netherlands winger linked with former clubs Barcelona and Arsenal. (Mundo Deportivo)

France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 24, has conceded he had to change if he wanted to succeed with Tottenham in the Premier League. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Chelsea and Germany striker Timo Werner, 24, has not scored in 14 Premier League games but says that, while he has not scored for a "long time", he will "keep going and the goals will come". (Evening Standard)

Former England and Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate says he is unsure what will happen with the vacant managerial position at Bournemouth. Woodgate, 41, has been named caretaker manager following the sacking of Jason Tindall. (Sky Sports)

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey says VAR is proving "farcical" but "you have to feel for our refs, who are close to exhaustion". (Sun)







Football Insider

Exclusive: West Ham failed in late move to sign Norwich City sensation

West Ham failed in a late-window move to sign Norwich City new boy Regan Riley, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

This site revealed last Thursday Norwich had beaten Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion to the capture of 18-year-old midfielder, a deal subsequently announced on deadline day.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that West Ham also tried to win the race for in-demand Riley by launching a late swoop.

But the teenage sensation had set his heart on a move to Norwich and the Hammers’ interest was not enough to sway him.

Riley was keen to head to Carrow Road and join a new club renowned in recent years for promoting youthful talent and handing them extended first-team appearances.

He namechecked the progress at Norwich of the likes of Ben Godfrey, Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell, who have all been developed at the club into proven top-level stars.

Riley is set to initially link up with the Under-23s at Norwich before being promoted to senior football.

He has already had a taste of first-team life at Bolton, where he became the club’s fifth youngest-ever player last season when he made his debut against Tranmere Rovers in League One.

The young midfielder made a further first-team appearance for Wanderers before heading to Norwich in a deal Football Insider has been told is worth £250,000.

Norwich City are eyeing an immediate return to the Premier League after last season’s relegation.

They are currently top of the Championship after 26 matches, four points clear of Swansea City in second.




101

PGMOL may stop Mike Dean & Lee Mason working together after Southampton & West Ham controversy

Match officials Mike Dean and Lee Mason are under increasing scrutiny after a number of contentious decisions were awarded by both the referees and the VAR officials at Stockley Park in a number of recent fixtures.

The most contentious of all has been the Tomas Soucek red card which saw the Czech Republic international sent off for an apparent elbow on Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

According to The Sun, referee Mike Dean has been told by his bosses at Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) that he was wrong to send West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek off in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Fulham.

West Ham manager David Moyes spoke of feeling sorry for the match officials who he believes failed to make the correct decision.

“I’m embarrassed for the people in VAR and the referees who have made that decision,” he said. “The two gentlemen involved, Mike Dean and Lee Mason, are far better referees than that and have been far better referees.

“I’m amazed they hadn’t seen that as anything other than an accident. What can I say? It’s completely accidental, no malice. He tried to keep him away but catches him accidentally.”

ESPN’s Dale Johnson broke down the incident to try to make sense of why the decision was made. He explained that Mason, who was the VAR official, instructed Dean to look at Soucek’s clenched fist.

“Mason told Dean to look at the clenched fist of Soucek. And it’s not the first time. When Emiliano Buendia of Norwich was sent off vs. Burnley in July, Mason was VAR. He told the ref, Kevin Friend, that Buendia clenched his fist before striking Ashley Westwood with his elbow.”

Yet it was clear to the pundits and many viewers at home how accidental the action was. West Ham have lodged an appeal.

PGMOL’s Dean & Mason scrutiny

Following on from this, The Times have reported that the pair of officials, Mike Dean and Lee Mason, may now be tasked with working with other officials rather than each other the in order to appease some of the the frustration from clubs towards them.

The pair were involved in the decision to wrongfully send off Jan Bednarek for Southampton in the the 9-0 loss against Manchester United. The Polish defenders actions were appealed and the suspension rescinded by the FA.

A penalty for Southampton was also controversially denied by Mason who was referring the match between the Saints and Aston Villa, with Dean the VAR official.

This then led to Southampton requesting that neither of Dean or Mason take charge of future matches. Whilst this is not something that the league can enact, it could have had an impact on the recent reports regarding PGMOL.





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