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 1:50 Thu Feb 11
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his club and players have not shown "a lack of respect" by speaking about their interest in signing Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 33. (ESPN)

Manchester City will sign a new striker this summer whether they are successful in bringing in Messi or not, with Borussia Dortmund's Norway forward Erling Braut Haaland, 20, a priority. (90 Min)

Dortmund are considering selling seven first-team players this summer, including England winger Jadon Sancho, 20. (Mirror)

Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, 32, USA forward Giovanni Reyna, 18, English midfielder Jude Bellingham, 17, and Haaland are among those who could be sold, with Dortmund desperate to raise funds. (Waz, via Express)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has refused to be drawn on speculation over moves for Haaland and RB Leipzig's France defender Dayot Upamecano, 22. (ESPN)

Tuchel wants PSG's French midfielder Kays Ruiz-Atil, 18, to follow him to Stamford Bridge. (Foot Mercato, via Team Talk)

Manchester City are close to completing a £15m deal for Fluminense forward Kayky, with the 17-year-old Brazilian joining City's youth team when he can get a work permit in 2022. (Journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter)

Liverpool insist Mohamed Salah, 28, is not for sale after Bayern Munich executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said it would be an "honour" to sign the Egypt forward. (Sun)

Manager Jose Mourinho says England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, may have been distracted by speculation linking him away from Tottenham Hotspur last month. (London Evening Standard)

Everton and Celtic are tracking the progress of 19-year-old Aston Villa and Republic of Ireland Under-19 winger Tyreik Wright, who is out of contract at the end of the season. (Mail)

The takeover of Sunderland by Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is nearing completion with the English Football League completing its final checks on the deal to acquire Stewart Donald's controlling stake. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool will target Leeds United's Brazilian winger Raphinha, 24, in the summer. (France Football, via Mail)

Udinese have not ruled selling Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul, 26, in the summer following links with Liverpool in the January transfer window. (Goal)

West Bromwich Albion have decided not to offer a contract to Ahmed Musa after the 28-year-old Nigeria forward's trial with the club. (Express & Star)

Aston Villa assistant manager John Terry is on a five-man shortlist to become the next permanent manager of Bournemouth. (Birmingham Mail)

Former Huddersfield boss David Wagner is set to be interviewed as Bournemouth look to confirm an appointment this week. (Sky Sports)

Former Nice manager and ex-Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is among the front-runners to become the next Cherries boss. (TalkSport)

Strasbourg's 20-year-old French defender Mohamed Simakan, who had been linked with Aston Villa, looks set to move to RB Leipzig. (Birmingham Mail)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says Mexico striker Raul Jimenez, 29, has made another "amazing" step in his recovery from surgery on a fractured skull in November. (Express & Star)

Shakhtar Donetsk's 21-year-old Israel forward Manor Solomon - linked with Arsenal - has confirmed that a number of Premier League clubs have expressed an interest in signing him. (Goal)

Tottenham and Juventus have been linked with Sampdoria's Denmark midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard, 20. (Football Italia)

Spurs are already planning a new loan move in England for English defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott, 18, who is on loan at Dundee. (Football Insider)

Barcelona are prepared to go the rest of the season without playing Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho so that they do not have to pay Liverpool the additional 5m euros (£4.3m) they would owe should the 28-year-old make five more appearances. (Star)


Oggy/Yarmolenko injury updates

Angelo Ogbonna will miss the match against Sheffield United on Monday evening and early assessments are that he could be out of action for up to a month – or possibly longer.

The brilliantly performing central defender left the action against Manchester United on Tuesday evening after sustaining an ankle injury.

And we understand that following an MRI scan yesterday the early signs suggest that he has a problem which will see him on the sidelines for the month or more.

Andriy Yarmolenko – meanwhile – could be out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury.

However, there is no conformation that Fabian Balbuena is in trouble after reports that he had felt a niggle ahead of the fifth round FA Cup tie.

Issa Diop, meanwhile, is reported to be suffering no after effects from his concussion check other than a bump on his head and will be available.

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Sniper 12:37 Fri Feb 12
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I found it weird that yarmolenko clearly couldn’t carry on and yet we still left him on for what seemed like ages before he took another knock and then came off

The guy is spent - I feel for him because he’s had shit injuries with us and we’ve never seen the best of him, but he’s now just another hugely expensive crock on our books. We should’ve tried to loan him out in January.

Texas Iron 3:43 Fri Feb 12
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brabrook 9:14 Thu Feb 11
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bill green 4:50 Thu Feb 11

bill green 4:50 Thu Feb 11
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Thanks Alan 2:24 Thu Feb 11

Vexed 3:12 Thu Feb 11
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Yarmolenko booked his annual early holiday I see. Fucking tart.

Thanks Alan 2:24 Thu Feb 11
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ted fenton 1:51 Thu Feb 11

ted fenton 1:51 Thu Feb 11
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Thanks Alan.

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