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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 11:21 Wed Feb 10
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer side co-founded by David Beckham and managed by Phil Neville, want to sign two former England internationals - centre-half Ryan Shawcross, 33, from Stoke City and full-back Kieran Gibbs, 31, from West Brom. (Sun)

Manchester City are to end their pursuit of Inter Milan's Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez, as the 23-year-old is expected to sign a new deal with the Serie A side. (Eurosport)

Jurgen Klopp is frustrated with Liverpool's transfer policy after the club did not try to sign Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, from Napoli in January. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera thinks Financial Fair Play regulations will prevent the club from signing Argentina striker Lionel Messi, 33, from Barcelona. (El Larguero via AS)

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says it would be "an honour" to sign Liverpool's Mohamed Salah but insists the club have no imminent plans to move for the 28-year-old Egypt forward. (ON Time Sports via Mirror)

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has rejected the offer of a new two-year contract and plans to join another European club on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Cope - in Spanish)

Manchester United will wait until the end of the season before opening contract talks with Norwegian boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose current deal expires at the end of 2021-22. (Sun)

Real Madrid are favourites to sign Bayern Munich and Austria left-back David Alaba, 28, with Chelsea unwilling to meet the defender's wage demands of £400,000 per week. (ESPN)

AC Milan are set to open talks with Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 39, on a new contract that would tie him to the club until he was 41. (Sun)

Manchester City will open contract negotiations with John Stones, 26, this summer in recognition of the England defender's role in their title charge. (Times - subscription required)

Crystal Palace are unsure whether to offer manager Roy Hodgson, 73, a new contract for next season. The former England boss' current deal expires in the summer. (Mail)

Newcastle United's English forward Dwight Gayle, 31, is frustrated at the lack of playing time at St James' Park and could leave on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer. (Chronicle)

Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen, 31, wants to convert his loan move from Roma to Everton into a permanent deal. (Goal)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is considering letting Brazil goalkeeper Ederson, 27, take penalties - his team have missed three of the seven spot-kicks they have been awarded this season. (Independent)

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says his old club need to sign a centre-half and a full-back in the summer. (Sky Sports, via Goal)


Scott McTominay sinks West Ham to put Manchester United in quarter-final

Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford

This was an FA Cup tie of tepid entertainment and so there was scant surprise extra-time was required. At the end of 90 minutes Craig Dawson missed a header from a corner that would have sent West Ham through against a disappointing Manchester United. But, then, Scott McTominay, one of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s five substitutions, took responsibility, hitting home Marcus Rashford’s lay-off for a 97th-minute winner.

This was about as good as the contest offered, but after Saïd Benrahma spurned a late chance to take it to penalties United progressed to the quarter-finals, as Solskjær continues his quest to secure a first trophy as United manager.

The home side dominated, but they caused only occasional problems, while West Ham did offer flashes of danger when hoping to snatch a smash-and-grab winner. But Solskjær was left content, particularly with his match-winner.

“Scott has really developed that part of his game this season,” he said. “We have let him go into the box more often – he is a very good striker of the ball, a clinical finisher.”

It was the midfielder’s seventh goal of the season and was required on a night when United might have come unstuck.

“Going through is always the main thing in the Cup – and bouncing back after the last kick of the ball the other day [drawing 3-3 with Everton],” said Solskjær. “I’m very pleased with the mentality and attitude.”

West Ham found it tricky moving upfield: when striker Andriy Yarmolenko dropped into the centre-circle to collect the ball Nemanja Matic instantly squeezed the forward: a microcosm of the pattern of the match.

United showed early on they could move from ponderous in the final third to a higher gear. Anthony Martial raced at goal and as Lukasz Fabianski and Angelo Ogbonna closed in the latter became an unfortunate filling in the sandwich and the centre-back had to be replaced by Issa Diop.

Mason Greenwood followed a whirl of stepovers with a cross from his right flank that went straight to Fabianski, but it was noticeable how red shirts flooded the box, including Donny van de Beek who was trying to force himself on the game.

The Dutchman was present again when a Matic surge-then-cross claimed a corner. From this Victor Lindelöf’s header was deflected and then turned on to his left post by Fabianski. Next Van de Beek pulled the trigger but West Ham remained on level terms.

The visitors did go close via a Jarrod Bowen counterattack but Alex Telles’s impressive speed allowed him to take the ball off the winger’s toes. Towards the end of the half a clash of Martial and Diop’s heads caused a break for treatment but each, thankfully, resumed.

The sides had to up the quality in front of the goal. A Marcus Rashford run down a blind alley did not augur well as the second half began, but, as a light snow fell, Ben Johnson, on for Bowen at the break, flitted through with a run that scattered United.

Ryan Fredericks was the other interval substitution: he had entered for Diop – as a concussion change – and David Moyes’s fourth one occurred when Mipo Odubeko – once of United – replaced Yarmolenko: his second appearance ended in the disappointment of being taken off for Manuel Lanzini towards the very end.

Rashford missed a golden chance when Greenwood’s driven ball landed at his feet via Martial but he could not beat Fabianski, who was proving the busier of the keepers.

For West Ham, Declan Rice had been a quiet presence in midfield but he made things happen with a give-and-go that claimed a corner as his team appeared more comfortable with three at the back.

If anything United had regressed. There was scant zest about them and when Telles hit a five-yard pass straight out for a throw-in this summed up his team’s torpor.

With 18 minutes left of normal time Solskjær had seen enough. Off came the insipid Van de Beek and Matic for Bruno Fernandes and McTominay and the latter did the business.

“I’m not going to look back on the goal conceded,” said Moyes. “I’ll look at how we played well.”


Report: West Ham keen on signing Ivan Toney from Brentford

By Lee Connor

According to a report from Eurosport, West Ham could make a move to sign Brentford striker Ivan Toney this summer.

The Hammers are said to be monitoring the situation of Toney, who has scored 22 goals this season for the Bees. The striker has seen his reputation sky-rocket since his move to Brentford, with the likes of Celtic also taking a keen eye.

However, it is West Ham who apparently believe they stand a chance of landing Toney. Eurosport claims that the loan deal to send Winston Reid to the Bees is aimed at strengthening relations between the clubs.

Indeed, the Hammers already signed Said Benrahma from the Championship side, so both clubs know each other well in that sense.

David Moyes resisted the temptation to sign a striker, despite selling Sebastien Haller in the January window. But the Hammers boss will be aware of the need for summer recruitment, and Toney might well fit the bill perfectly.

TBR View: West Ham want Toney, but there’s bound to be an almighty scramble

Once again it looks like Brentford are going to make big profit on a player who cost them little but is doing so well.

Toney looks the real deal as well. He’s quick, powerful, and he can finish with aplomb. In terms of the modern day striker, Toney pretty much has everything in his locker.

The Premier League beckons for Toney one way or another. Thomas Frank has previously praised his man, claiming Toney’s ‘inner drive and determination can see him reach the highest level’.

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ted fenton 1:20 Wed Feb 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
147man 1:13 Wed Feb 10

147man 1:13 Wed Feb 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan
11:24 Wed Feb 10

Thanks Alan 11:24 Wed Feb 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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