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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 1:15 Sun Feb 14
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Sevilla's French defender Jules Kounde, 22, has emerged as Manchester United's top summer transfer target, following Bayern Munich's capture of fellow French centre-back Dayot Upamecano, 22, from RB Leipzig. (Express)

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he is "following" Borussia Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20, after failing to sign him last year. (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid are monitoring Aymeric Laporte's situation at Manchester City and may try to sign the French defender, 26, in the summer. (Star)

Reading's English defender Omar Richards, 22, has agreed to join Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer in a blow to Premier League suitors West Ham and Everton. (Football Insider)

Liverpool have made Torino's Brazilian centre-back Bremer their number one target. The 23-year-old is valued at less than £10m. (Mirror)

Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich are monitoring Borussia Monchengladbach's Germany midfielder Florian Neuhaus, 23. (90 min)

Spanish defenders Sergio Ramos, 34, and Lucas Vazquez, 29, have been asked to take a pay cut in new contracts at Real Madrid, given Tottenham have no interest in making Gareth Bale's loan move permanent so Real must pay the 31-year-old Welsh forward's salary for the final year of his contract. (AS - in Spanish)

Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Paris St-Germain are among several European clubs interested in Celta Vigo's Peru midfielder Renato Tapia, 25. (AS - in Spanish)

Arsenal have not given up hope of agreeing a new deal with 19-year-old English striker Folarin Balogun. (Sun)

Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says he did all he could to try to sign English striker Jamie Vardy, 34, from Leicester City in 2016. (beIN Sport, via Star)

Burnley's Republic of Ireland midfielder Robbie Brady, 29, has emerged as a target for Celtic. (Mirror)

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has warned the club's youngsters to expect a "bumpy" road and loan spells in order to prove themselves. (Goal)

Chelsea's Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 27, is considering his future at the club after struggling to find form since his move from Ajax. (Corriere Dello Sport - in Italian)

Manchester United could reunite their Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 26, with former Sporting Lisbon team-mate Raphinha. The 24-year-old Brazilian winger joined Leeds United last summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp advised Frank Lampard to sign Manchester City's in-form England defender John Stones, 26, during his time as Chelsea boss. (Sky Sports, via Metro)

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman says he told the club he needed to add a signing in January but the board would not pay for Manchester City's Spain defender Eric Garcia, 20. (Marca, via Mail)

Sevilla's sporting director Monchi says Real Madrid's Spain midfielder Isco, 28 - a target for Arsenal - is keen to leave the Bernabeu this summer. (Estadio Deportivo, via Four Four Two)

Arsenal will need to pay £22m if they want to sign Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos, 24, from Real Madrid on a permanent basis. (Mirror)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has said that coaching France "could be a possibility one day". (ESPN)


Sir Alex Ferguson’s message for Jesse Lingard as Manchester United loanee ‘brings winning mentality to West Ham’

Sir Alex Ferguson still keeps track of his former Manchester United players, and has sent a message of support to Jesse Lingard at West Ham.

David Moyes, the Hammers boss, revealed the legendary former Man United manager had been in touch to say he was keen to see Lingard do well at the London Stadium.

The 28-year-old was coming through the ranks at Old Trafford when Fergie was in charge and is now looking to reignite his career at West Ham, having moved on loan in January.

“He’s only here in the short term but already I’ve spoken with Sir Alex, who asked me to pass on his best to Jesse; he mentioned he was thinking about him because Sir Alex had him as a boy at Old Trafford,” said Moyes.

“And then when I was there I had him for a little bit as well just at the start of it.

“That just shows you the interest Sir Alex has in all the young players he had, all his teams and all his clubs he shows a great interest in them and he was pleased Jesse got off to a good start.

Lingard scored twice on his debut for the Hammers in a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at the start of the month.

The England international was ineligible for the FA Cup tie against United on Tuesday but will be back in the squad for Monday’s Premier League game against bottom side Sheffield United.

Asked about Lingard bringing a winning mentality from United, Moyes said: “I refer back to my time at Everton when I brought Phil Neville in and I brought Tim Howard in.

“Phil Neville was great for his mentality and what he brought, it really gave us another edge. Him as a player as well gave us something else. I’m hoping Jesse does the same.”

West Ham are one of the surprise packages of the season after finishing just five points above the relegation zone in the previous campaign with 39 points from 38 games.

They have already matched that points tally to sit just outside the Champions League places and, if outsiders have been taken aback by their success, Moyes always maintained his self-belief.

“West Ham as a football club and the group of players have been remarkable,” he added. “The players have been brilliant in everything they’ve done.

“As for myself, I’ve been a bit surprised because I’ve said many times that most of the teams in my career I’ve tended to be managing around the top of the league, not around the bottom of the league. So it’s only a little bit in recent jobs where I’ve been asked to do that.

“But I’m hoping that the future is we’re going to be managing West Ham around the top of the league.

“I have been in this situation before and I have tried to explain how you can have a good season and then have a bad season. That happened at the start but we need to get to a level of stability with your team.

“We have the best improvement in total points since this time last season than any other team and it is possibly too big a spike. Somewhere along the line we have to get a consistency for our level and I hope it is the level we are at now.

“The players know inside the dressing room exactly what I want and what I expect, but that is for the dressing room and not for anybody else.”

Yorkshire Live

Tevez, Cockney walk and a Green Street hiding: How Sheffield United and West Ham rivalry emerged

It's perhaps one of football's most surprising rivalries but Monday's fixture between the two sides has become something of a grudge match in recent years

By Nathan Hemmingham Sheffield United reporter

When Sheffield United arrive at the London Stadium on Monday, the clash against West Ham will inevitably evoke memories of the Carlos Tevez affair in 2007 and the bitter fall out that followed.

Not many rivalries exist like this one, with so much motorway between them.

Normally based on geography, the distance between these two sides means it's somewhat of a surprise.

It may not carry the weight or intensity of the one that exists between United and Wednesday, or West Ham and Millwall, for that matter, but it's one that has certainly provided plenty of headlines over the years.

There will be many people who may think the controversy surrounding United's relegation in 2007 is where it all began.

But it actually kicked off, quite literally, 20 years earlier at an FA Cup match at Upton Park.

Some 200 members of United's Blades Business Crew took over Green Street and left the Hammers shell-shocked.

Fierce clashes between both sets of supporters then followed in the ensuing years as West Ham sought payback.

What began as running battles on the streets in the Eighties, eventually spilled over on to the pitch two decades later and has never really gone away.

"I was only on the phone to Cass Pennant (leader of West Ham's Inner City Firm) believe it or not the other day," said Steve Cowens, author of Blades Business Crew.

"I am really good friends with him and we were having a catch up. He was saying you are getting your payback now, it's karma for Tevez. We had a bit of banter over it, I'm calling them cheats and saying we got £25m, which is what we deserved.

"It started on February 9, 1987. I took four coaches down to West Ham for an evening game.

"It was really well organised. We got off two stops before and all met up away from the ground before going in on the tube to avoid police. There were 200 of us and the lot went. They were coming from everywhere, but there was just too many of us.

"Cass has always said we are the best northern firm that has ever tipped up on Green Street. He said no one has ever done to West Ham what we did to them that night.

"We had numbers. We've hit the road 200 strong and they are pouring out of pubs but by this time we are just going through them. By the time they had got everyone together and had regrouped, we had done the job and the police had arrived.

"It continued all the way to the ground, they were trying to fight us through the police. It was mad.

"Because of that, the season after they came up to Bramall Lane and there was a lot of fighting.

"At that time, they were the premier firm in the country, but we were taking on all-comers wanting to make a name for ourselves and we were doing that quite successfully.

"For a good three or four years there was a right lot of trouble in Sheffield, but we lost touch because we went in different divisions.

"It picked back up again in 2007 in the Premier League when they came to Bramall Lane. They got battered that day, to be fair they only had 40 or 50, but 20 years later it was still there."

On that particular occasion in April, when United won 3-0 to open up a five-point gap on Alan Curbishley's side, the Tevez affair had not really kicked in.

It was only with three games to go, when West Ham were fined £5.5m for breaching third-party ownership rules over the striker and his Argentinian team-mate Javier Mascherano, did the enormity of what was about to happen start to sink in.

West Ham continued to play Tevez, despite not owning him outright and contrary to what was stipulated as part of their punishment, and they escaped a points deduction much to everyone's amazement.

When it became clear what had happened, with Tevez scoring the winning goal at Old Trafford to send United down, an injustice was felt in S2 that still rankles with a lot of their fans to this day.

"The whole thing stunk," wrote Paddy Kenny in his autobiography The Gloves Are Off.

"Tevez scored seven goals in his last 10 games of that season and West Ham won seven of their last nine to stay up.

"There was some bull**** from the panel that a points deduction would have hurt West Ham's supporters.

"What about the fans of the other teams all scrapping to stay up and playing by the rules?
"At the end of the Wigan game on the last day of the season, news filtered through that West Ham had won and Tevez had scored.

"I remember sitting on the pitch for what seemed like an eternity. How the **** has that happened?"

West Ham may have had the last laugh on the pitch, but United had their day in court. Former owner Kevin McCabe took the Hammers to the cleaners to the tune of £25m.

"I was not a fan of McCabe," Cowens added.

"But fair play to him, he did not let that go. It was a disgrace and if it was the other way round we would have been relegated, without a doubt.

"It was a bitter pill to swallow and an injustice, no doubt about it.

"To be fair, there were other contributing factors to us going down that year.

"McCabe did not invest in the squad; Rob Hulse was playing out of his skin and got injured and I do blame Warnock because of the way he set up away from home.

"I was fuming at Aston Villa. Played one up front, we lost 3-0 and we went down by one goal. I thought he bottled it that night."

That relegation was the start of a fall from grace that would eventually take them down to League One for six years and lead them to their current manager, Chris Wilder, who began the ascent back up to the top in 2016.

"It has become a bit of a grudge match," Wilder says as he prepares his team for Monday's clash.

"I always loved going to Upton Park to play. I have been on the receiving end of many a doing at Upton Park. Dave Basset keeps reminding me of the day I got Stuart Slater into the England squad for his performance against me in a 5-0 win in 1990 - they battered us.

"One small period and it escalates from there, new rivalries and bitterness. From our club's point of view if you do get relegated I believe you have to look at yourself without having to stick it on someone else's toes.

"If that happens to us this year we have to look at ourselves and not what happens from an administration point of view. It's a new rivalry, but there's a lot of similarities too with working class roots."

Seven years would pass before the two sides would meet again, this time in the League Cup, again at Upton Park, under then manager Nigel Clough.

After a 1-1 draw, United won on penalties in front of a jubilant away end and United would exact some form of revenge.

Michael Doyle was the highlight of that shoot-out, not for scoring the winner but for the way he mocked the home side by celebrating in front of the travelling support with a Cockney walk.

"Bit embarrassing to be fair," Doyle told SUTV after Sean Bean had sent a video of himself doing Doyle's walk at the 125th anniversary dinner.

"That walk seems to be following me everywhere I go. It was probably a little bit of a mistake."

Cowens was one of those fans celebrating Doyle's winner that night.

"When we won there in the cup and Michael Doyle did his Cockney walk, we went in a pub round the corner from the ground," he said.

"They all had Tevez masks on, like ******* idiots, and were putting all these threats out that if any Blades fans come down they are going to get hammered and we wouldn't get out the ground alive.

"But I have since met up with a few of their lads from my day and I am always welcome by Cass to have a pint in their pub with him.

"Last thing we want to do now at our age is start rolling about. We've done all that when it was worth doing.

"There's not so much of that now, because the police are on top of it. It's died down the rivalry in that sense because it's just a mug's game now, but it still exists and me and Cass always talk about it."

Monday's match may be in a very different environment to what they have been in recent years.

Steve will not be meeting up with Cass for a pint and there won't be one Tevez mask in sight.

And although the rivalry will not be apparent in the empty stands, both sets of players will be going toe-to-toe on the pitch just like that day in 1987 in Green Street, desperate for a win, but for very different reasons.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 8:16 Mon Feb 15
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
brabrook 5:33 Sun Feb 14

brabrook 5:33 Sun Feb 14
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:28 Sun Feb 14

Mad Dog 1:59 Sun Feb 14
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Nice to See all the media mis-information, myths and downright lies about the whole tevez thing still going strong.

Remember clearly everyone (in the media) saying out £5.5m fine was harshest penalty as we were clearly down and it would hurt us more.
The whole 2rd party thing never benefited us in the first place
And it's all Sheffield utd's fault for trying to stitch us v Wigan.

I don't think we were obliged to listen to the several appeals, but still did.

And they should have all been more angry with liverpool for fielding reserves and youths v Fulham who couldn't buy a point at that stage. And giving Fulham the 3 points that kept them up and Sent sheff utd down.

With Kind Regards 1:57 Sun Feb 14
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Sven Roeder 1:45 Sun Feb 14
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Frankly all that Sheff Utd stuff is bollocks
There was no push for a points deduction because everyone thought we were down

ted fenton 1:28 Sun Feb 14
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 1:25 Sun Feb 14
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mallard, will do.

Thanks Alan

mallard 1:20 Sun Feb 14
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Never realised the Blades ‘took’ Green St.
Was there a game on at the time?

Thank Alan

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