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 1:59 Sat Mar 20
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid and Barcelona are both ready to challenge Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea for the signature of Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20. (AS - in Spanish)

Haaland wants to leave Dortmund this summer and is eager to move to Real Madrid. (ABC - in Spanish)

Manchester United are interested in Barcelona's Guniea-born Spain Under-17 midfielder Ilaix Moriba, 18. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Paris St-Germain are ready to offer French striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, a new 30m euro (£25.8m) contract to ward off interest from Real Madrid and Liverpool. (L'Equipe via Mirror)

Manchester City and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 32, and Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, are on Barcelona's shortlist of potential summer transfers. (AS via Sport Witness)

Juventus are continuing to monitor Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba's situation, with the 28-year-old France international's deal set to expire in June 2022. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

The Red Devils have yet to make a formal contract offer to Pogba despite holding talks about his future at Old Trafford. (Telegraph - subscription required)

It would cost Tottenham £25m if they sack manager Jose Mourinho. (Mirror)
Mourinho will be sacked by Spurs if they fail to qualify for Europe this season, with RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann and Leicester's Brendan Rodgers candidates to replace him. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham are not willing to pay Carlos Vinicius' £36m buy-out clause but will offer £17m to make the Brazilian striker's loan move from Benfica permanent. (Mail)

Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 26, will turn down a new contract at Manchester United after being left frustrated at his omission from the team for Thursday's Europa League win against AC Milan. (Sun)

Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen, 31, is unlikely to extend his loan spell at Everton and will return to Roma at the end of the season after he and his family were threatened with a machete during a break-in at their home earlier this month. (Mail)

Barcelona will offer Argentine forward Lionel Messi, 33, a lifetime contract this summer in a bid to keep him at the club but ask him to take a pay cut. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

West Ham are yet to discuss a permanent move for Manchester United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28, who is currently on loan at the Hammers. (Football London)

Napoli are interested in Liverpool's Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas, 24, who has made only six appearances since joining last summer. (Corriere dello Sport via Sport Witness)

Liverpool and Tottenham have both indicated an interest in signing American striker Matthew Hoppe, 20, from Schalke. (Transfermarkt - in German)

Brighton boss Graham Potter says he will sit down at the end of the season with Danny Welbeck, 30, to talk about the ex-England forward's contract. (Brighton and Hove Independent)

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is being considered by Napoli as a replacement for Gennaro Gattuso. (Calciomercato - in Italian)


Dmitri Halajko: U23s showed our quality in the final third

Clinical finishes from Freddie Potts, Keenan Forson and Conor Coventry delighted West Ham United U23s lead coach Dmitri Halajko on Friday evening, seeing off Leicester City U23s 3-1 at Rush Green Stadium.

The young Hammers were on the back foot for stretches of the first half in a game they knew they needed to win to have realistic aspirations of climbing the Premier League 2 Division 1 table.

Undeterred, West Ham took the lead shortly before the interval when 17-year-old Potts scored his first goal at U23s level, reacting smartly to loop the rebound in after Frederik Alves’ header had bounced against the crossbar.

Leicester hit back almost immediately afterwards through Kasey McAteer’s thunderous finish, but the Irons rallied and - following a brilliant Joseph Anang save from close range - scored twice more in the second half via accurate snapshots from midfielders Forson and Coventry, who both found the bottom corner from just inside the area.

West Ham U23s continued to carve out chances as the game wore on and could have added further goals to their tally, but in the end had already shown enough quality at either end of the pitch to make such moments decisive.

“I thought it was a really good second-half performance,” Halajko told whufc.com. “In the first half, we were a little bit too deep and they were on top of the game in some spells, but in the second half I thought we were the better team.

“I thought we passed the ball better and had more of a threat. We pressed from a higher starting position. We were the dominant team in the second half.

“Our quality in the final third made the difference. We finished off probably 50 per cent of our chances. We still could be more clinical, but we certainly were more clinical than we have been in other games.

“We didn’t quite get a clean sheet, but we minimised their chances. Then there were a few big moments: Joseph Anang made a really big save for us at a crucial time, and that was important for us to go on and win the game.

“I thought there were some top performances out there too: young Freddie Potts and Jamal Baptiste, both 17-years-old, were outstanding. They really contributed towards the win.”

The development squad’s starting line-up was bolstered by the presence of first-team players Arthur Masuaku and Andriy Yarmolenko, both of whom played just over 70 minutes as part of their recovery processes from respective long-term injuries.'

With his side scoring and almost instantaneously conceding just before half-time, Halajko was pleased by how his players, less and more experienced alike, channeled their disappointment towards dominating the second half as they did.

The 3-1 win leaves the Hammers just four points behind Leicester – the team who sit just above the relegation zone – with six league games left to go, including a game in hand.

Halajko explained: “It was really disappointing to score and then go and concede within two minutes – we weren’t happy with that at all, and neither were the players at half-time.

“We made a few subtle tweaks at half-time and the group took on that information really well. They’ve done really well at that recently.

“We haven’t had much time as a group on the training field at the moment because of COVID bubbles, including players who’d trained with the first team. The team that played tonight were split across three groups this week.

“We have to try and give them quick bits of information, and what they did really well against Liverpool last week – and really well again tonight – was they took on that information and put it straight into practice. Their ability to learn and execute the advice they’re given is really at a top level at the moment.

“We believe we’re capable of getting more wins and more results. If we can continue to perform how we did in that second half, I think that should continue.”

Tutto Mercato

Napoli, Maksimovic and a future in the Premier: possible agreement with West Ham

According to Todofichajes in Spain, Nikola Maksimovic's future could be in England. The defender will not renew his contract with Napoli and may already have an agreement in principle with West Ham, a club that has been following him for months and would like to bring him to the Premier.

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blueeyed.handsomeman 6:19 Sat Mar 20
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Maksimovic would be an excellent signing

Alan 5:48 Sat Mar 20
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Maksimovic story aded

Texas Iron 5:12 Sat Mar 20
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Machetes in ToffeeLand


ted fenton 4:54 Sat Mar 20
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Thanks Alan 4:17 Sat Mar 20

Thanks Alan 4:17 Sat Mar 20
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Mad Dog 3:55 Sat Mar 20

Mad Dog 3:55 Sat Mar 20
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Thanks Alan

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