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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 2:03 Sat Feb 13
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool are preparing for the departure of Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, and are interested in Borussia Monchengladbach's Germany player Florian Neuhaus, 23, as a replacement. (Kicker)

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp could also move for Udinese's 26-year-old Argentina forward Rodrigo de Paul in a £30m deal. (Sun)

Arsenal are close to finalising a summer deal to sign Sporting Lisbon's 18-year-old Portuguese striker Tiago Tomas for a cut-price £20m. (Sun)

Bayern Munich have agreed to sign Liverpool and Chelsea target Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig, with the France defender, 22, set to sign a five-year deal. (Sky Sports via Bild)

Arsenal believe they can convince 19-year-old England youth international Folarin Balogun to sign a new contract. The striker is out of contract in the summer and attracting interest from clubs across Europe. (London Evening Standard)

German side Bayer Leverkusen have joined the race for Balogun, with Stuttgart and Rennes also interested. (Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund's England winger Jadon Sancho is almost certain to be playing elsewhere next season but the German club have little chance of getting £100m for the 20-year-old which they demanded from Manchester United six months ago. (Eurosport)

Everton and France defender Lucas Digne, 27, has agreed a new contract to stay with the Toffees. (Sky Sports)

Managerless Bournemouth should consider ex-Arsenal and France midfielder Patrick Vieira, 44, as their next boss, says his former Gunners team-mate Martin Keown. (Talksport)

New York Red Bulls and DC United are considering joining the race to sign West Bromwich Albion's former England defender Kieran Gibbs, 31, who remains a target for Inter Miami. (ESPN)

Spain forward Diego Costa, 32, who left Atletico Madrid in December, is in talks to sign for Brazilian club Palmeiras - the club he supported as a boy. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has compared England midfielder Jack Grealish, 25, to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. (Talksport)

Caught Offside

West Ham are willing to take a £13m loss to offload struggling forward in the summer

It’s always a risk when an outstanding player from a lesser league takes a step up, and it might just be the case that they prefer being a big fish in a smaller pond.

Andriy Yarmolenko was a standout over a number of seasons in Ukraine with Dinamo Kyiv as he reached double figures for goals in seven straight seasons, so he certainly earned a big move to Borussia Dortmund.

He only lasted one season in Germany where he had some nice moments without seriously impressing, but it still looked like a major coup for West Ham when they managed to bring him in.

Again he’s scored a few nice goals and there have been moments of quality in there, but he’s ultimately disappointed and it now looks like he could be on the move in the summer.

A report from Football Insider has indicated that West Ham want to sell him in the summer and they’ll listen to any offers, but they may have to accept only £5m for him so it would represent a major loss on the £18m that he originally cost.

He still has a couple of years left on his deal so there’s a chance that his wages might be a problem, but that would also explain why they are willing to take such a low offer in an attempt to attract suitors.


London Stadium supporter return plan

West Ham fans could be sent a Covid test with their tickets along with on-site temperature checks to allow supporters back to the London Stadium

Officials are said to be drawing up plans which will open up major sports events to the public.

The Telegraph say there is a “huge push to get stadiums and sports open,”

Options being considered to include posting lateral flow tests to fans at home ahead of big events and using asymptomatic testing sites.

Rapid on-site testing and temperature checks are also getting a look in.

The Premier League is desperate to find ways to get supporters back into stadia as top-flight clubs continue to lose tens of millions in ticket revenue.

The Hammers staged one game with Supporters in December last year with 2,000 supporters chosen by ballot.

The last full capacity game at the London Stadium was almost a year ago on 29th February 2020 when 59,962 for the official attendance against Southampton which ended in a 3-1 win for the Hammers.

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Texas Iron 11:48 Sat Feb 13
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Cicero 3:43 Sat Feb 13
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

bill green 3:04 Sat Feb 13
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 2:38 Sat Feb 13

ted fenton 2:38 Sat Feb 13
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:05 Sat Feb 13

Thanks Alan 2:05 Sat Feb 13
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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