WHO Poll
Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done

Alan 10:49 Tue Jun 22
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona president Joan Laporta dreams of pairing Cristiano Ronaldo with Lionel Messi next season and is ready to offer two players in exchange to help persuade Juventus to sell the 36-year-old Portugal forward. (AS - in Spanish)

Manchester City are ready to include Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus, 24, and England forward Raheem Sterling, 26, in any bid for 27-year-old England striker Harry Kane, who Tottenham value in the region of £150m. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United are making progress in their efforts to sign 24-year-old Spain defender Pau Torres from Villarreal. (Manchester Evening News)

Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Arsenal and Spain's 26-year-old right-back Hector Bellerin. (Marca - in Spanish)

Juventus want to part ways with Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 30, this summer. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Rafael Benitez is edging closer to the Everton job after further talks over the weekend, despite some fans protesting against the former Liverpool manager's possible appointment. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace have held positive talks with Lucien Favre over potentially replacing Roy Hodgson but could face competition from Everton over his signature. (Guardian)

Atalanta are expected to hold off interest from both AC Milan and Roma in Italian midfielder Matteo Pessina and are set to offer the 24-year-old a contract extension. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Leeds, Southampton, Aston Villa and Burnley would all be interested in Wales right-back Neco Williams with the 20-year-old keen to leave Liverpool. (Athletic)

Wolves are interested in signing Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward, 27, who has impressed playing for Wales at Euro 2020. (Football Insider)

Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 28, wants stay at Chelsea next season even though the club have yet to open talks over an extension to his current contract, which expires next summer. (Sky Sports)

Bayern Munich have joined Everton, AC Milan and Inter Milan in the race to sign 25-year-old Dutch international full-back Denzel Dumfries from PSV Eindhoven. (Voetbal International - in Dutch)

Lille's French midfielder Boubakary Soumare, 22, will have a medical at Leicester in the next 10 days before signing a five-year contract with the Premier League club. (La Voix des Sports - in French)

Liverpool have no plans to sell Kostas Tsimikas this summer despite the 25-year-old Greek defender making only seven first-team appearances last season. (Liverpool Echo)

Roma are in talks with Wolves over a deal for Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio, with the Premier League club wanting between £10m and £13m for the 33-year-old. (Sky Sports)

Southampton's England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 26, is interested in joining Aston Villa this summer. (Football Insider)

Fulham boss Scott Parker is close the finalising the termination of his contract, with the former England midfielder then expected to take over at Bournemouth. (Sky Sports)


Serie A giants eye defender West Ham refused to let go in January

AC Milan have been pondering whether to make a summer move for West Ham defender Issa Diop, according to reports in the Italian media.

The 24-year-old has now completed his third season with the Hammers after moving from Toulouse in the summer of 2018. It was thought that the East End outfit paid in the region of £22m for the former France Under-21 ace.

And it looked to be money well spent as he played a full part in his first two seasons at the club. The towering centre-back made 33 top-flight appearances in 2018-2019 and 32 the following campaign.

But he fell out of favour under David Moyes last term, starting just 15 times in the league. That led to speculation of a possible winter exit, with Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Fabian Balbuena all ahead of him.

A few clubs were linked with the stopper. Liverpool looked into the idea of trying to solve their defensive crisis by taking him on loan in January.

However, West Ham refused to play ball, insisting the Reds purchase their player for £20m at the end of any loan period.

Manchester United and Tottenham were also mentioned as possible suitors but Moyes opted to hold onto the Frenchman. But now it appears as though he has admirers in Italy, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Journalist Salvatore Cantone tweeted that the San Siro giants want Diop even if Alessio Romagnoli stays in Milan.

More to come from Diop

There is no question that Diop has regressed over the past 12 months. But he has plenty of time to rediscover his best form for the London Stadium outfit.

Age is one thing he does have on his side. The rest of the club’s central defenders are all the wrong side of 30.

There is nothing to suggest that he cannot bounce back to the level that made him a regular starter. If Moyes had wanted to sell him then there was ample opportunity in January.

And so the Scot may well have plans to get him back on board. His future at West Ham is likely to depend on how much the Serie A side are willing to offer.

Italians do tend to drive a hard bargain but Diop still has two years of his deal to run in London. That means his present employers hold all the aces in negotiations.

It is not known how much Milan will offer. But it is thought that they will need to part with at least £30m to get a deal over the line.


Academy Quickfire Questions: Bernardo Rosa

Each week, we'll be firing some of football's true 'need-to-know' questions towards promising products of the Academy of Football.

This week, it's the turn of 20-year-old midfielder Bernardo Rosa...

Quick Fact: Born in Rio, Rosa began playing football in his native Brazil with Vasco de Gama and CR Flamengo but, after moving to England as a teenager, started playing more as a winger.

A technically adept and versatile athlete, in the last two seasons, Rosa has played for the U23s in defensive midfield, attacking midfield, right-back, left-back and even, at various points in matches, up front!
On the Field

Who got you into football?
My Dad

Favourite player growing up?

Strongest attribute?
My vision

Want to get better at?
Positioning when arriving in the box, so I can score more goals

Best moment of your career so far?
Being on the bench for the first team at Sheffield United in January 2020

Biggest lesson you've learned so far?
Do everything correct off the pitch, so you can perform at your best consistently on it

Off the Field

Favourite other sport?
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Favourite account to follow on Instagram?

You’re watching at the moment…
The Fall on Netflix

If you weren’t a footballer you’d be…
I don't know!

Favourite song right now?
Time Flies - Drake

If you had one last meal?

Around the Academy

Nathan Holland

Future manager?
Gonçalo Cardoso

Most committed?
Conor Coventry

Better than they think they are?
Keenan Forson

Three teammates you’d be stuck on a desert island with?
I couldn't pick just three - we're all always talking together!

Quickfire Questions

YouTube or Instagram?

Cats or dogs?

New trainers or fresh trim?
Fresh trim

Messi or Ronaldo?
Cristiano Ronaldo

Win the Champions League or World Cup?
World Cup

Classic 40-yarder or dribble past everyone to score?
Score a 40-yarder

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 8:29 Tue Jun 22
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 12:19 Tue Jun 22
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 11:24 Tue Jun 22

Kaiser Zoso 12:17 Tue Jun 22
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
He just seems to lack the confidence and ability on the ball Russ, in addition to switching off and ball watching at times. I think he's had long enough to settle in, and to improve.

Lee Trundle 12:11 Tue Jun 22
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Its a shame AC have bought Tomori. I'd have flogged Diop to AC and used the money to buy him.

ludo21 12:06 Tue Jun 22
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We will sell Diop to AC Milan and in 4/5 years time he will be regarded as one of the best CB in the world while his replacement, Tarkowski, will be 33.

Russ of the BML 11:49 Tue Jun 22
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ta Al.

Kaiser Zoso 11:07 Tue Jun 22

I think there is still potentially a very good player in there. The question is does he have the balls to pull himself up to the level required. He has ability but I think that by now we should have been seeing an improvement. The fact that Moyes is not playing him as a starter is concerning and i think Moyes may have an issue with trust.

For me, if we could get decent money for him then I would consider it as I question his inner strength and whether he has that desire to compete at the top.

bill green 11:24 Tue Jun 22
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 11:08 Tue Jun 22

Thanks Alan 11:08 Tue Jun 22
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Kaiser Zoso 11:07 Tue Jun 22

Kaiser Zoso 11:07 Tue Jun 22
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
With Kind Regards 11:04 Tue Jun 22

Diop would be on my 'not wanted anymore' list. Get rid.

With Kind Regards 11:04 Tue Jun 22
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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