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 12:43 Mon Apr 5
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Brazil forward Neymar, 29, has made a pre-contract agreement until 2026 with Paris St-Germain - and the French club are now focused on securing a similar deal with France forward Kylian Mbappe, 22. (Telefoot, via AS)

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland could cost the club who buy him an extra 40m euros (£34m), because his agent Mino Raiola and father Alf-Inge want 20m euros (£17m) each in commission as part of the deal. (RAC1, via Marca)

Haaland has a release clause of 75m euros (£64m) that activates next year but could leave this summer if Dortmund continue to struggle in the Bundesliga and miss out on a Champions League spot. (Sun)

Norway international Haaland, 20, has been linked with Barcelona but manager Ronald Koeman says any decision on a move must be made by club president Joan Laporta. (AS)

Lionel Messi is waiting to see Laporta's proposal for the future of Barcelona before deciding between whether to stay or leave to join either PSG or Manchester City. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Angel di Maria says he would love to play alongside Argentina team-mate Messi at PSG if the 33-year-old striker leaves Barcelona. (beIN Sports, via Goal)

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to sign Scotland midfielder Callum McGregor, 27, from former club Celtic. (Sun)

West Ham boss David Moyes says the club will have to listen to offers for England international Declan Rice, 22, and Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek, 26, this summer. (Mirror)

But Moyes believes it it not necessary for West Ham to secure Champions League football next season in order to keep players such as Rice and Soucek. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United and Juventus are the clubs showing most interest in signing Barcelona and France forward Ousmane Dembele, 23, but Liverpool and PSG also remain keen. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel sent Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger in early from training on Sunday after an argument with Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga following Saturday's 5-2 defeat by West Brom. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Spain winger Lucas Vazquez, 29, whose Real Madrid deal finishes at the end of the season, will be offered contracts by Manchester United, Chelsea, AC Milan and Bayern Munich. (ABC - in Spanish)

Juventus are unlikely to pay the extra 10m euros (£8.5m) to Atletico Madrid to extend 28-year-old Spain striker Alvaro Morata's loan deal by another year because of financial problems. (AS)

Everton and Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina, 26, wants to move to Serie A this summer, with Inter Milan and Fiorentina both keen. (Sun)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 32, will not be joining from rivals Manchester City when his contract finishes at the end of the season. (Goal)

Arsenal face competition from three Premier League rivals, as well as Paris St-Germain, for the permanent signing of Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard. The 22-year-old Norway international has made 13 appearances for the Gunners since arriving on loan in January. (90min)

Club Bruges have made an offer for Tottenham and Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 32. (Voetbal 24, via Sun)

Red Bull Salzburg forward Patson Daka, 22, who scored an eight-minute hat-trick against Stum Graz on Sunday, continues to be followed by clubs including Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton. (Star)

Liverpool and Manchester United are having second thoughts about signing 23-year-old Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic after an underwhelming recent performance for Serbia. (Corrierre Fiorentina, via Team Talk)


Irish youngster on trial with West Ham

Ireland under 15 and Cork City FC young player Joe O’Brien-Whitmarsh spent last week with Preston and is now on trial for the Hammers scoring four goals against Ipswich in a youth game on Saturday.

The midfielder currently plays for Cork’s Academy and the Ireland Under-15’s for which he has made ten appearances so far.

The young scholar is tipped to leave Ireland to find his fortune and build his football career in England. He is hoping West Ham give him an opportunity in the Academy. Scoring four goals on his debut West Ham trial game will do him no harm and is managed by Integral Sports Management.

The company was co-founded by celebrity West Ham fan Ray Winstone who has the role of ambassador and mentor.

Earlier this week Integral Sports Management commissioned Bianca Westwood to interview West Ham captain Mark Noble.

Young Joe might be one to watch for the future.

Sport Witness

‘Golden opportunity’ for West Ham – Club initiate ‘contact’, so Hammers can sign player

In need of strengthening their attack in the winter market, West Ham United took Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United.

Lingard has impressed for the Hammers, scoring five goals and registering two assists in seven league matches.

According to Fichajes.net, the London club looked at Atlético Madrid winger Vitolo prior to taking the England international on a temporary deal.

Vitolo has struggled for minutes this season and has been restricted to less than 400 minutes of action across 12 matches in all competitions.

It’s claimed the winger has his days numbered at Wanda Metropolitano as he continues to be overlooked by Diego Simeone. The manager has communicated to his bosses that he doesn’t want to have the 31-year-old at the club next season.

Therefore, the Madrid club have ‘contacted’ David Moyes’ side, who are still interested in the player.

Vitolo can be a ‘golden opportunity’ for the Premier League club and his signing ‘would not reach €10m’. Offloading the wideman will help Atlético get rid of his wages from their salary budget.

West Ham already know about Atlético’s intention with Vitolo and the report adds there’s a possibility of reaching a resolution even before the end of the season.


Hammer blow Declan Rice suffers knee injury and ruled out of West Ham’s clash with Wolves in blow to club’s Premier League top four hopes

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has suffered a knee injury, talkSPORT understands.

The 22-year-old returned from England duty last week with a problem and will not play in Monday night’s Premier League clash at Molineux.

Rice is undergoing further tests and it is expected he will miss more than one match.

His absence – for any length of time – will come as a big blow to boss David Moyes.

Rice has become arguably West Ham’s most important player and has been an ever-present since the start of the 2019/20 season.

He has been key to West Ham’s incredible campaign so far which has them chasing an unlikely top four spot and Champions League qualification.

Rice has also become an integral part of the England team and Gareth Southgate will hope he returns to action soon, with the youngster nailed-on for a place in the European Championship squad.

Rice played the full 90 minutes for England in the wins over Albania and Poland last week in their World Cup qualifying games.

He returned to West Ham following the 2-1 win over Poland at Wembley on Wednesday, where it emerged he had a knee injury and has been in a leg brace since.

West Ham hope the issue is not serious, but it is feared he will not be fit for the visit of Leicester on Sunday and there are some concerns the lay-off will be longer than a few weeks.

Mark Noble, the club captain, is expected to take Rice’s place in the West Ham starting line-up against Wolves.

A win for the Hammers tonight will move them above Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham and into the top four.

Reacting to the news on talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino said: “When you look at the role Fabinho does at Liverpool and that N’Golo Kante does for Chelsea, that is what Rice does for West Ham.

“He sits, he can pick things, he can see things, players trust him. He does the simplistic things that can affect a team really well, and he keeps the ball.

“It is a huge blow. He is West Ham’s best player.

“David Moyes has done an exceptional job of finding solutions and that is what he has to do with Declan Rice out now.”

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 7:11 Mon Apr 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 1:54 Mon Apr 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:52 Mon Apr 5

Mike Oxsaw 1:06 Mon Apr 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Has he fractured his surname?

PwoperNaughtyButNot 1:01 Mon Apr 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Apparently Joe O’Brien is now injured

Thanks Alan 12:52 Mon Apr 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
With Kind Regards 12:48 Mon Apr 5

With Kind Regards 12:48 Mon Apr 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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