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 1:03 Thu Jun 24
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 33, has yet to make a decision over whether to stay at Barcelona, with just one week left on his deal at the Spanish club. (Marca)

Manchester City would be willing to wait a year to bring in a striker if they were unable to sign England forward Harry Kane, 27, from Tottenham this summer. (ESPN)

Tottenham are planning talks with former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo about taking over as their new boss, having previously ruled the 47-year-old Portuguese out of contention. (Football Insider)

Everton playmaker James Rodriguez's representatives have offered him to Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Napoli as the 29-year-old Colombia international appears ready to leave the Goodison Park club. (Mail)

Real Madrid are set to challenge Arsenal for the signature of Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak after the 21-year-old Swede's impressive performances at Euro 2020. (AS - in Spanish)

Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule, 25, who has been a target for Chelsea, is in line to extend his contract with the German club. (Sport Bild, via Sun)

Paris St-Germain have made contact with 35-year-old Spain centre-back Sergio Ramos, whose contract with Real Madrid runs out at the end of this month. (Goal)

PSG have agreed a deal with Inter Milan to sign 22-year-old Morocco wing-back Achraf Hakimi from the Serie A side for £59.8m, including bonuses. (ESPN)

Wolves are interested in taking Scotland international Billy Gilmour, 20, on a season-long loan from Chelsea. (Football Insider)

English left-back Ryan Bertrand, 31, is set to join Leicester City on a free transfer at the start of July following the end of his contract with Southampton. (Goal)

Premier League newcomers Brentford are close to signing 23-year-old Nigeria midfielder Frank Onyeka from Danish sister club FC Midtjylland. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been impressed by Aston Villa and Scotland midfielder John McGinn, but it would take an offer in the region of £45m-50m to lure the 26-year-old away from Villa Park. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Arsenal are confident of tying 20-year-old English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe down to a new long-term contract despite interest from Aston Villa. (Football London)

Manchester United centre-back Axel Tuanzebe is expected to leave the club on loan this summer, with Premier League and overseas clubs interested in the 23-year-old English defender. (Manchester Evening News)

Football Italia

West Ham bid for Milenkovic again

West Ham United are trying again for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, reportedly offering €18m for the Serbia international.

The centre-back is into the final season of his contract with the Viola, which expires in June 2022, and seems to have no intention of signing an extension at the Stadio Franchi.

The Hammers had already tried to snap up the centre-back last term and again in January, so are now trying yet again.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the proposal is circa €18m, whereas Fiorentina would like to earn at least €25m from his sale.

The 23-year-old joined Fiorentina in 2017 for €5m, but 10 per cent of any future sale must go to Partizan Belgrade.

Milenkovic has 28 senior caps under his belt for Serbia and has also been linked with Juventus, Napoli and Lazio on the transfer market.

He made 34 Serie A appearances this season, contributing three goals and one assist for the Tuscans.

Sport Witness

‘There are offers’ – Club handling proposals from West Ham and Southampton, player ‘waiting’ to sort future

Last weekend, Mundo Deportivo reported that West Ham United and Southampton are ‘willing to pay’ for Barcelona’s Junior Firpo.

AC Milan are also credited with an interest in the left-back, who has struggled for regular time under Ronald Koeman.

Reports in Italy stated Milan want the La Liga side to sanction the 24-year-old’s loan transfer with a non-mandatory purchase option.

This, however, isn’t well received in the offices of the Camp Nou, according to Thursday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo. The Catalan club’s position ‘does not seem to convince’ the Serie A side.

Junior, for his part, is ‘still waiting’ to find out what will happen with his future.

The former Real Betis star’s ‘priority’ is to join Stefano Pioli’s side, but he understands Barca ‘want to do some kind of business with him’.

Mundo explain ‘there are offers’ that Barca like, which have come from the Premier League, ‘especially from West Ham and Southampton’. Details of the ‘offers’ made by the Hammers and Saints isn’t covered in the report.


Academy midfielder Keenan Forson on how UEFA Euro 2020 inspired his off-season

Even while taking a break from playing football, Keenan Forson – like so many of us – has been enraptured watching it.

The 19-year-old midfielder, now heading into his second season as a fully contracted professional, was one of a small number of West Ham United U23s players to return to training at Chadwell Heath on Monday morning.

With typical diligence, however – Forson is renowned for his tenacious work-rate off the ball – the youngster kept one eye on his development, even while still recuperating from a demanding 2020/21 season.

“It feels good to be back after my summer break, seeing all my teammates and coaches again,” Forson smiled. “I’m really hungry and ready to get back to work.

“For the first two weeks of my time off, I just wanted to relax, chill with my family and see some of the friends I hadn’t seen in a while – but in the two weeks after that, I’ve been doing running work and getting touches with the ball to make sure I am ready for pre-season.

“I’ve been watching a lot of UEFA Euro 2020 as well, watching how top players in my position perform and seeing what I can learn from them. I’d love to play at that level one day.”

The youngster is looking to channel all the lessons of his first full season at Premier League 2 level, in which the U23s turned a difficult opening round of fixtures into a triumphant fightback to seal Division 1 status late on.

Forson’s season was something of a microcosm of that fightback, with the midfielder initially struggling to establish himself within the U23s squad and appearing only on the bench until November.

When Forson’s opportunity did arrive, however, he grasped it, making such an impression that he went on to record 17 starts in the U23s’ subsequent 19 games, scoring three times in the process.

“I feel like I learned a lot from last season, and enjoyed the experience,” Forson recalled.

“I especially realised how physically demanding U23s football is in every game, as well as the quality of opposition you can face at that level. When you come up against top teams, you need to know how to use your mind to control your body.

“I also learned about mentality – the motivation to keep going. We were in a relegation battle, which is somewhere we didn’t want to be, but we stuck in there and managed to stay up, so we learned how to stick together as a team.”

The U23s’ fresh pre-season programme is now underway, with Dmitri Halajko’s development squad scheduled to travel for a training camp in Leicestershire in early July, culminating in a first fixture against United Counties League side Loughborough University on Saturday 10 July.

Having taken the time over off-season to be reflective, Forson – ever-keen to progress – is looking ahead.

He concluded: “This season, the parts of my game that I’m looking to work on are just how to better control the game and keep our defence secure – and hopefully, there may be times I can go forward and try get a goal or two!

“For the next couple of weeks, I’m hoping to get in good shape for the start of the season and also keep myself fit. This season, I don’t want any injuries or little knocks – I’m looking to get as many minutes as possible.”

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