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 1:35 Fri Mar 26
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, 33, is set to sign a new contract at Barcelona following the election of new president Joan Laporta, claims ex-Barca star Rivaldo. (Sun)

Arsenal have no chance of signing Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard, 22, on a permanent deal, with the Spanish giants still seeing the Norway attacking midfielder as a key part of their long-term plans. (Marca - in Spanish)

Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, will need to wait until Barcelona offload Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 30, before he can seal a move to the Nou Camp. (Sport, via Mirror)

Inter Milan and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 27, is also a target for Barca boss Ronald Koeman. (Calcio Mercato)

Liverpool are considered the favourites to land PSV Eindhoven forward Donyell Malen, despite interest in the 22-year-old Dutchman from Italian giants Juventus and AC Milan. (Gazzetta Dello Sport via Goal)

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 48, is in line for a new contract even if Manchester United end the season without winning a trophy. (Telegraph - subscription only)

Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah says he did not want to sack Chris Wilder and claims the former Blades boss asked for a £4m fee to resign. (Sky Sports)

Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 24, is ready to sign a new contract with Leicester City this summer. (Sun)

Roma legend Francesco Totti, 44, can now operate as a sports agent after completing his registration in Italy. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Barcelona are interested in Eintracht Frankfurt's 25-year-old Portuguese striker Andre Silva. (Marca)

Coach Zinedine Zidane's future at Real Madrid beyond this season remains unclear, amid interest from the French Football Federation. The 48-year-old Frenchman is under contract until 2022. (AS)

Egypt have declared they want Mohamed Salah to form part of their final squad for the Olympic Games this summer, which means he would miss Liverpool's pre-season. (Daily Mail)

Real Betis and Argentina midfielder Guido Rodriguez, 26, says he is aware of reported interest from Arsenal. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool have reignited their interest in Real Betis and France forward Nabil Fekir, who was close to joining the Reds in 2018. However, Inter Milan and Rennes are also interested in the 27-year-old. (Estadio Deportivo - in Spanish)

Southampton centre-back Jannik Vestergaard, 28, says it is "always a pat on the back" to be linked to other big clubs after reports Tottenham are interested in signing the Denmark international. (Tipsbladet via Daily Echo)

Manchester United hope Portugal's Bruno Fernandes can help lure his compatriot Pedro Neto, 21, to Old Trafford from Wolves, with winger expected to cost as much as £40m in the summer. (Football Insider)

West Ham and Crystal Palace are both interested in signing 30-year-old midfielder Aaron Ramsey, with Juventus keen to offload the Wales international along with French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 25, who is is being linked with Manchester City and Barcelona. (Calcio Mercator - in Italian)

Benfica have distanced themselves from reports saying they are close to signing Spanish forward and ex-Chelsea man Diego Costa, 32, who has been without a club since leaving Atletico Madrid in January. (Mail)






Football Insider

Lanzini wants to quit West Ham as giants offer revealed

Manuel Lanzini has set his sights on quitting West Ham this summer, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Hammers playmaker was denied a January move to Paris Saint-Germain after his club knocked back a last-gasp loan swoop.

But a West Ham source has told Football Insider he intends to pursue an exit in the next window after slipping to the fringes of David Moyes’ side.

The manager did not want to lose the Argentine attacking midfielder, 28, for the second half of the campaign despite the late-January loan capture of Jesse Lingard.

That move has proved to be a huge success and vindication of Moyes’ recruitment policy.

However, Lanzini’s future is very much up in the air ahead of the year’s main transfer window.

The player is seeking a new challenge following five years and 153 matches at West Ham.

He has two years remaining on his contract, although the club have the option to extend that for a further two years until 2025.

There was not only interest from Champions League quarter-finalists PSG in the recent window.

Clubs in Turkey and the Middle-East were also keeping close tabs on the technically gifted playmaker, who has been capped five times by Argentina.

He is not a regular member of their starting XI and has struggled for game time since Moyes returned 16 months ago for his second spell at the helm.

Lanzini has made just three Premier League starts among 19 appearances in all competitions this season.

He has scored one goal and provided three assists in those games, and has started just one match since January.




HITC

West Ham join Arsenal and Bielsa in race for player with 10 Premier League outings

According to Il Milanista, West Ham are interested in signing Marseille’s Jordan Amavi, who is also believed to be a target for Arsenal and Leeds.



The 27-year-old’s contract expires in June, meaning he will be available for free once June 30th has been and gone.

Interestingly, the Hammers aren’t the only Premier League side who have been linked with the left-back.

Canal+ claimed back in January that Amavi wants to join Leeds, while L’Equipe revealed that Arsenal and Crystal Palace were also keen.

It’s no surprise that four clubs from England’s top-flight want the Frenchman, as he already has some Premier League experience.

Amavi spent time with Aston Villa from 2015 to 2017, where he made 10 Premier League appearances for the Villans.

Il Milanista add that AC Milan – who sit second in Serie A – are also interested in the Toulon-born defender.

Realistically, they could blow all four Premier League sides out of the water in this race, as they’ll most likely be able to offer Champions League football.

West Ham could also still qualify, but it seems as if AC Milan’s spot in the competition next season is more secure.

Keep an eye on this saga, as clubs will surely be desperate to poach a quality player for free amid the financial problems caused by COVID-19.







Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Hermit Road 10:56 Sat Mar 27
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al.

I hadn’t realised that PSG were sniffing around Lanzini. I wonder how much truth there is in that

Mex Martillo 4:50 Fri Mar 26
Re: Friday newspapers
Thanks Alan 1:36 Fri Mar 26

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:52 Fri Mar 26
Re: Friday newspapers
THankyou Alan

Thanks Alan 1:36 Fri Mar 26
Re: Friday newspapers
Thanks Alan





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