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 1:32 Mon Feb 15
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen on signing his former Tottenham goalkeeper, 34-year-old France captain Hugo Lloris. (Football Insider)

Arsenal look to be closing in on a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon's 18-year-old Portuguese striker Tiago Tomas in the summer. (Sun)

Arsenal have been told they can sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, 23, for just £15m. (Express)

The agent of 21-year-old Lille defender Sven Botman, who has been linked with Liverpool, has denied the Dutch player has agreed a move to an unnamed club in the summer. (Voetbalzone, via Mirror)

Brazil defender David Luiz, 33, is set to be handed a fresh extension at Arsenal. (Independent)

Celtic are keen on a move for Burnley and Republic of Ireland midfielder Robbie Brady, 29. (Mirror)

Burnley are considering a move for Benfica's American goalkeeper Carlos Joaquim dos Santos, 20. (Sun)

Bayern Munich are stepping up their pursuit of Norwich City right-back Max Aarons, 21. (Mail)

Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign former Liverpool and Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge. The 31-year-old has been without a club since leaving Trabzonspor. (90Min)

Former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is in talks to join boyhood club Palmeiras. Costa, 32, had his contract terminated by Atletico in January. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says there "would have been a chance" of him becoming Newcastle United manager if the club had approached him in 2015. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United are set to extend back-up keeper Lee Grant's contract at the club, with the 38-year-old English player's current deal running out in the summer. (Star)


Loan Watch: Mixed debuts for Afolayan and Cardoso

Three of West Ham United’s on-loan players were in action at the weekend.

Oladapo Afolayan’s fine 2021 continued as he assisted Declan John’s winning goal just seven minutes into his Bolton Wanderers debut in EFL League Two.

The Hammers loanee nutmegged his man before poking the ball to Wales defender John, who smashed an unstoppable shot past David Stockdale to secure a 1-0 victory over Stevenage.

Bolton held on to secure the victory, with Afolayan playing the opening 81 minutes before being replaced. Wanderers’ win means they sit 13th in the table, seven points outside the Play-Off places.

Aji Alese was an unused substitute for leaders Cambridge United in their goalless home draw with Southend United in the same division. Academy of Football graduate Kyle Knoyle started at right-back for the U’s.

Elsewhere, in warmer climes, Xande Silva was introduced as a 59th-minute substitute for Super League Greece high-fliers Aris Thessaloniki during their home fixture with Panetolikos on Sunday.

However, the Portuguese forward and his teammates could not find a winning goal against their lowly opponents and were forced to settle for a goalless draw.

Aris sit second in the table but are 14 points behind runaway leaders Olympiacos. Silva, 23, has scored twice in 19 appearances for his club since joining Aris in October.

In Switzerland, Gonçalo Cardoso made his debut for FC Basel as a half-time substitute in his new club’s 2-0 defeat at FC Zurich.

The 20-year-old, who moved to Basel at the end of January on an 18-month loan deal, played the second 45 minutes at Letzigrund, but was unable to help his team collect any points. The loss leaves Basel second in the Swiss Super League table, 16 points behind leaders Young Boys.

In Portugal, Felipe Anderson was an unused substitute as FC Porto came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Boavista in the Primeira Liga. Like Aris and Basel, Porto are second in the standings, seven points behind leaders Sporting Lisbon.

Finally, Winston Reid was also an unused substitute as Brentford were beaten 2-0 at home by Barnsley in the EFL Championship. Despite that result, the Bees remain second, just a point behind leaders Norwich City.

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ted fenton 4:14 Mon Feb 15
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With Kind Regards 3:50 Mon Feb 15

With Kind Regards 3:50 Mon Feb 15
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Exiled In Surrey 1:48 Mon Feb 15

Exiled In Surrey 1:48 Mon Feb 15
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Mad Dog 1:37 Mon Feb 15

Mad Dog 1:37 Mon Feb 15
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Thanks Alan

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