WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
9%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
10%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
31%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
24%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
26%
  



Alan 2:11 Thu Mar 18
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Borussia Dortmund are interested in Liverpool and Belgium striker Divock Origi, 25, and may bid for him in the summer. Origi, who scored in the Champions League final two seasons ago, could be available for £12m. (Football Insider)

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero is keen to stay in the Premier League next season. Manchester City's all-time leading goalscorer, 32, is out of contract this summer and is yet to hear anything about a new deal for next term. (Sun)

Former Arsenal and England defender Kieran Gibbs, 31, has verbally agreed to join Inter Miami at the end of the season on a two-and-a-half-year deal once his contract expires at West Brom. (ESPN)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, 53, says when he leaves the club he will take a year off from football. (Bild Sport - in German)

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, 23, feels "loved" at Manchester United but wants to start more matches, says former Netherlands international Ronald de Boer. (Talksport)

Joan Laporta - beginning a second spell as Barcelona president - says he will he try to convince Argentina forward Lionel Messi to stay at the club. The 33-year-old, who will set a new Barcelona appearance record when he plays his next game, is out of contract at the end of the season. (Goal)

Arsenal and Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny, 28, wants to sign a new contract and says he did not think his Gunners career was over when they sent him on loan to Besiktas last season. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 28, has revealed Paris St-Germain and Tottenham wanted to sign him on loan last summer. (Times - subscription required)

Juventus are prepared to sell Argentina forward Paulo Dybala with Tottenham and Chelsea both offered the chance to sign the 27-year-old. (Star)

West Ham striker Michail Antonio, 30, has decided his international future lies with Jamaica, rather than with England. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Portugal full-back Diogo Dalot, 21, still has a future at Old Trafford next season after impressing during his current loan spell with AC Milan. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley, 43, is set to be appointed the new manager of League One side Portsmouth. (The News)







TeamTalk

West Ham chasing Inter outcast available for minimal fee

West Ham have been linked with a summer swoop for Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino and will not have to pay too much for his signature.

Vecino, 29, has been at the San Siro since 2017. He was a regular in the side for the first couple of season but has not featured in 2020-2021.

The Uruguay international has reportedly been told he can leave in the off-season. And it is said that he will only cost around €8m for any interested suitors, according to Calciomercato.

That is significantly less that the €24m Inter paid Fiorentina to sign him four years’ ago. That would not be a problem for the Hammers but Chelsea have also been linked in the past.

The Blues were mentioned as possible suitors back in February 2020 and were said to be ready to fork out £24m for the schemer. It seems as though that figure may now not be necessary to get a deal done.

Inter chief Antonio Conte seems eager to move him on and so a cut-price transfer could be on the cards. It has been reported that the East End outfit tested the water in January and tabled a bid for the player.

Having played just one minute of Serie A football this term, a move away will clearly suit Vecino. He still holds international ambitions for the South American nation but needs to be playing regularly.

Vecino needs fresh challenge

For a player who once commanded such a large transfer fee, his lack of action this season will be disappointing. He began his career with Uruguayan side Central Espanol in 2010 before moving to Nacional in 2011.

It was not long before Italy came calling and Fiorentina signed him in January 2013. But he struggled to see much game time early on and spent the second half of 2013-14 on loan with Cagliari.

He was then loaned to Empoli for the next campaign and made 36 league appearances. A couple of decent seasons with La Viola saw him snapped up by Inter.

But it seems as though his days are now numbered in Milan. The rumoured price tag will have many clubs interested.

Tottenham’s name has also been mentioned in connection with the man capped 41 times by Uruguay. He will have many options at the end of the season.

David Moyes has overseen a superb campaign for the Hammers this season and they will be an attractive proposition, with European football likely.





TBR

Celtic, Everton and West Ham want Crystal Palace talent

By Will Butcher

The Daily Mail have claimed that 18-year-old talent Jesuran Rak-Sakyi has rejected the chance to sign a professional contract with Crystal Palace and is interesting clubs in Germany – as well as Celtic, West Ham and Everton.



The teenager is ahead of the curve when it comes to development, having already broken into the club’s Under-23 side this season. The winger had a hand in nine goals during 11 Under-18 Premier League games and that earned him a promotion.

He has since played three times in Premier League 2 for Palace, even scoring in a 2-0 win over Leeds United – who sit top of Premier League 2 Division 2. Not surprises, then, that Palace have tried to keep him – but he has rejected a new deal.

Instead, Schalke and Gladbach – knocked out of the Champions League this week – are keen to take Rak-Sakyi to Germany, with Jadon Sancho’s stunning form at Dortmund becoming an example. Celtic, Everton and West Ham are also keen.

TBR’s view – Which move is best for Rak-Sakyi?

Schalke are about to be relegated from the top tier of German football. While they are still mathematially safe, they are 11 points adrift of safety with just nine games to play. But relegation could be a boost for Rak-Sakyi.

A move to Schalke to play in a side that could be promoted in the next couple of seasons is tempting, especially as Rak-Sakyi is likely to get game time in the second tier. At Gladbach, he has no chance, given they are a Champions League side.

Celtic rarely hand younger players a chance and only did so recently after the epidemic caused them to lose numerous senior players. Everton similar, but West Ham could prove tempting – given Ben Johnson’s rise, and it would see him stay in London.



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With Kind Regards 12:15 Fri Mar 19
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Tomshardware 2:12 Thu Mar 18
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Thanks Alan.





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