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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 12:07 Mon Feb 22
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former Leicester and Watford boss Nigel Pearson is on the brink of taking over at Bristol City after advanced talks with the Championship side. (Bristol Post)

Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20, has told English clubs he will demand a £78m package to move this summer. (Star)

Manchester United are considering a bid for AC Milan's Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 21. (Fichajes, via Team Talk)

Chelsea have reportedly opened talks with Bayern Munich over a potential 30m euros (£25.9m) deal for Bayern Munich and Germany defender Niklas Sule, 25. (Fichajes, via Caught Offside)

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the club are keen to extend Sule's contract, but it all rests on their financial position. (Football London)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 28, is prepared to hand in a transfer request in order to leave the club this summer. (Todo Fichajes)

Arsenal are targeting a move for Club Brugge and Ivory Coast midfielder Odilon Kossounou, 20, this summer. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace are monitoring Juventus and Romania Under-21 centre-back Radu Dragusin, 19, who has also been linked with Tottenham and Newcastle. (Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness)

However, Dragusin has been tipped to extend his contract with Juventus, which expires at the end of the season. (Football Italia)

Liverpool could offer Japan midfielder Takumi Minamino, 26, in an exchange deal for Sevilla's Argentina winger Lucas Ocampos, 26. (La Razon, via Star)

German midfielder Florian Neuhaus, 23, has cast doubt over his future at Borussia Monchengladbach after recent links with Liverpool. (Goal)

West Ham could be set for a summer battle with AC Milan for Sevilla's Morocco forward Youssef En-Nesyri, 23. (Il Milanista, via Sport Witness)

Argentina striker Paulo Dybala, 27, is expected to begin talks over a new contract with Juventus in the next few days. (La Stampa, via TuttoJuve)

Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, 23, who could play for Spain or England, has been given a vote of confidence by his goalkeeping idol Iker Casillas, the former Spain international. (Argus)

Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne, once of Lazio, has signed up for Italy's version of I'm A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! (Sun)


West Ham move into top four as Jesse Lingard earns win over Tottenham

Jacob Steinberg

Somehow, West Ham are the team holding their nerve in the race to qualify for the Champions League. They saw Chelsea and Liverpool drop points and responded with grit, togetherness and incredible desire to grab fourth place with this precious win. Although Son Heung-min almost scored a fluke equaliser in added time, West Ham earned their good fortune. They were clinical when chances arrived and dogged in the face of relentless pressure from Tottenham, who were far more potent once Gareth Bale decided it was time to show that his career is far from over.

It was Bale who led the charge during the second half, seizing the initiative as Spurs tried to rescue a point after falling behind to goals from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard. The winger pushed West Ham’s defenders to the limit after his introduction at half-time, creating Lucas Moura’s goal before smacking the bar. Gone was the unfit player who has barely looked interested since returning to Spurs on loan; this was vintage Bale, tormenting defenders with his winding runs and wand of a left foot, proving the gifts that helped the 31-year-old win four Champions League titles with Real Madrid still lurk within.

The mind drifted back to Bale in his first spell at Spurs, scoring a stunning last-minute winner against West Ham in 2013. Yet this West Ham side are different from previous, softer versions. They were prepared to suffer. David Moyes has instilled a ferocious work ethic and when the final whistle blew, Vladimir Coufal fell to the turf, the right-back’s exhaustion typifying a demented effort from West Ham, whose players can be forgiven if they spend the next few days humming the Champions League anthem.

There is still a long way to go and West Ham’s stamina will be tested in their final 13 games. Yet they cannot be written off after rising nine points above Spurs, who are languishing in ninth place after winning three of their previous 13 games.

West Ham looked hungrier than José Mourinho’s side. Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek set the tone by imposing themselves in midfield, while the return of Antonio after a hamstring injury offered West Ham a focal point in attack, giving the busy trio of Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen and Lingard space to scheme.

Antonio bullied Davinson Sánchez and Eric Dier at times and there was more to his game than work rate. He needed only five minutes to give West Ham the lead and expose the frailties in Tottenham’s defence.

At least Mourinho scented danger when Coufal charged down the right, urging Sergio Reguilón to stop the cross. Spurs were being pushed around and Soucek was alert when the ball broke loose, nipping in to find Bowen, whose cross found the visiting defence in disarray. Nobody wanted to deal with it, leaving Antonio free to score at the second attempt after Hugo Lloris saved his initial effort.

It was a dreadful goal to concede and West Ham could have extended their advantage. They kept finding space in the wide areas, with Japhet Tanganga struggling at right-back before being replaced by Matt Doherty at half-time. Bowen and Lingard wasted promising opportunities and Lloris pushed a Craig Dawson header over.

As the game wore on, though, Spurs began to dominate. Harry Kane went close, firing wide following a surge by Erik Lamela, and West Ham endured a sticky spell when Soucek went off for seven minutes to have a bloody wound stitched up after clashing heads with Tanganga. Yet Spurs still toiled, offering little until Kane drew a good save from Lukasz Fabianski.

It was ponderous from the visitors and although Mourinho made changes at half-time, there was barely time for Bale to have a touch before West Ham doubled their lead. Antonio was involved, holding up a long ball. Spurs just gawped again. Lingard took charge, controlling with a knee before speeding past Dier, and the offside Fornals stood aside as the midfielder lashed a brilliant shot past Lloris. Although the flag went up for offside, Lingard’s third goal since joining on loan from Manchester United stood when a VAR review confirmed that Fornals had not interfered with play.

Jesse Lingard slotted his powerful shot into the far corner.

The midfielder scored the crucial second goal for West Ham after it was confirmed having initially been flagged offside.

The Manchester United loanee has endeared himself to West Ham fans with a sensational start to life in the capital

Spurs had two options at that stage: wilt or respond. They chose the latter. Bale came alive, running at Aaron Cresswell. His dynamism gave his side hope and he conjured an assist in the 64th minute, whipping in a corner for Moura to head past Fabianski.

West Ham grew edgy, sinking back. Kane fired inches wide before being released by Bale. A goal looked inevitable until Rice saved West Ham, who escaped again when Bale hit the bar from 18 yards.

On came Dele Alli, another with something to prove, and West Ham survived again when Coufal’s clearance deflected off Son before hitting a post. Spurs had done everything but score. West Ham’s celebrations could begin.


WEST HAM: (4-2-3-1) Fabianski 6.5; Coufal 7, Dawson 8, Diop 7.5, Cresswell 7; Rice 8, Soucek 8.5; Bowen 7.5 (Benrahma 65, 6.5), Lingard 8 (Noble 90), Fornals 7 (Johnson 81); Antonio 7.5

Unused subs: Balbuena, Lanzini, Alves, Martin, Randolph, Odubeko

Bookings: Diop, Soucek, Fornals, Antonio

Goals: Antonio (5), Lingard (47)

Manager: David Moyes 8

TOTTENHAM: (4-2-3-1) Lloris 5; Tanganga 5.5 (Doherty 6.5), Sanchez 5, Dier 5.5, Reguilon 6 (Alli 77); Hojbjerg 6.5, Ndombele 6.5; Lucas 7, Lamela 6 (Bale 46, 7.5), Son 7; Kane 7

Unused subs: Alderweireld, Winks, Hart, Sissoko, Davies, Alves Morais

Bookings: Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Lamela

Goals: Moura (64)

Manager: Jose Mourinho 6.5

Referee: Craig Pawson 6.5


David Moyes beats Jose Mourinho for first time as West Ham move into top four with win over Tottenham

Matt Law, Football News Correspondent

Jesse Lingard scored West Ham's second goal Credit: GETTY

This was a first-ever victory for David Moyes over Jose Mourinho, but, far more significantly, it was a win that moved West Ham United nine points ahead of their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

West Ham are currently top dogs in London, having overtaken Chelsea in fourth place, with Tottenham and Arsenal languishing well off the pace for Champions League qualification in mid-table.

Goals from Michail Antonio and on-loan Jesse Lingard condemned Mourinho’s Tottenham to a fifth Premier League defeat in six games, as pressure continues to build on the Portuguese who had been hired for his ability to produce winners rather than entertainers.

Spurs have been neither far too often of late, although they performed well for the majority of this game and could justifiably feel hard done by not to claim at least a point, having twice hit the woodwork.

But that will be little consolation to Tottenham supporters who may soon have to hope that Mourinho can somehow win the Europa League for a third time in his career to secure Champions League qualification through the back door.

Half-time substitute Gareth Bale almost inspired a Spurs comeback, as he set up Lucas Moura’s goal and hit the crossbar, but, thanks to Declan Rice and the inside of the post, West Ham hung on to pull clear of Mourinho’s men.

This was Bale’s best 45-minute performance since returning to Tottenham on loan in the summer, but it was familiar problems that ultimately cost Mourinho’s side.

Terrible starts to both halves left Spurs with a mountain to climb and Mourinho was once again left to curse his team’s defending.

It was in just the fifth minute that Thomas Soucek bullied Sergio Reguilon to win the ball and play it back to Jarrod Bowen, who had all the time in the world to pick his cross.

Heung-Min Son made a half-hearted attempt to close down Bowen, who shifted the ball on to his left foot and delivered a delicious inswinging cross into the penalty area.

Antonio got the faintest of touches with his outstretched leg and Hugo Lloris made a good save, before the West Ham striker recovered quickest to stab the ball into the net.

Trailing at the break and sending on Bale, Mourinho also replaced makeshift right-back Japhet Tanganga with Matt Doherty, but it was from down that side that West Ham doubled their lead two minutes after the restart.

Pablo Fornals stabbed the ball through to Lingard, who took it in his stride and fired a superb shot into the corner of the net for his third goal since joining on loan from Manchester United in January.

The assistant referee raised a flag for offside, delaying celebrations, but a VAR check confirmed that the goal stood.

In between the two goals, Tottenham had enjoyed most of the possession, but could easily have conceded more than once in the first half.

Lingard squandered an excellent situation after Antonio had bulldozed his way through and played in the attacking midfielder. But, instead of shooting, Lingard tried to find Antonio again and his pass was overhit.

Bowen should have added to Antonio’s opener in the 14th minute, but failed to control the ball in front of goal after being found by a superb pass over the top by Rice.

Harry Kane fired a 13th-minute shot wide, following excellent work from Erik Lamela, but West Ham kept Tottenham largely at arm’s length until the end of the first half.

Lamela and Kane both had shots well saved by West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, while Eric Dier was off-target with a header from a corner.

While Mourinho’s defensive substitution did not work out as planned, Tottenham benefited from the half-time introduction of Bale in place of Lamela.

Having fallen two goals behind, Bale helped to get Spurs back on the front foot and it was the Welshman’s corner from which Moura gave the visitors a lifeline.

Bale delivered the ball to the front post, where Moura got ahead of Aaron Creswell and directed a brilliant header past Fabianski and into the net.

Tottenham pinned the hosts back after getting back into the game and should really have found an equaliser.

Moura wasted a good chance by shooting wide from Son’s pass, while Kane was inches off target with a good effort.

The best chance arrived in the 79th minute and West Ham had Rice to thank for keeping his team ahead with an incredible interception.

Bale played in Kane down the right and his cross looked set to be tapped in by substitute Dele Alli at the back post. But Rice heroically got himself between Dele and the ball to prevent what had looked like a certain goal.

West Ham failed to clear their lines properly and Bale’s shot from the edge of the area hit the top of the bar with Fabianski beaten.

Fabianski took out his own player, Vladimir Coufal, when he punched the ball away from Dele after a dinked ball over the top from Bale.

Following treatment, Coufal was able to continue and the right-back suffered a huge scare in the second minute of time added on for stoppages.

As Spurs pinned West Ham back in their own penalty area, Coufal’s attempted clearance deflected off Son and the ball hit the inside of the post before the hosts scrambled it clear and just about held on.

Sport Witness

West Ham interested in signing Valencia player – Just €15m can secure signing for Hammers

Goncalo Guedes is still only 24-years-of-age and has plenty of time left to fulfil his earlier promise, despite recent struggles.

Coming through the ranks at Benfica, the forward moved to PSG in a big money move in 2017. He wasn’t able to be an instant hit and was then sent on loan to Valencia.

Guedes did so well for the La Liga side that they made his signing permanent for around €40m, yet now he’s available for less than half of that… and that’s where West Ham come in.

Spain’s Fichajes report West Ham, Napoli and AS Monaco are all keen on signing. It’s claimed Valencia have set an asking price of €15m, but it could be a case of buyer-beware.

So far this season, Guedes has appeared in 18 La Liga matches, contributing one goal and one assist. Several fitness niggles have held him back, yet it’s not too unkind to say the player has lost some of his effectiveness and a change of scene could be a good idea.

David Moyes has already got Jesse Lingard back to his best form, so there’s a possibility he could look to do the same with others.

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