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
27%
  
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
10%
  
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
6%
  
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
35%
  
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done
21%
  



Thanks Alan 1:05 Mon Jul 5
Monday papers (includes West Ham)
Not many deals this summer will exceed Sancho's move to United.

Two players who might attract bigger fees, though, are England's Harry Kane and Jack Grealish, both wanted by Manchester City.

Kane, 27, has made clear he wants to leave Tottenham, who have shown no inclination to release a player who has three years left on his contract. Indeed, they told new boss Nuno Espirito Santo that they expect the England captain to stay.

Aston Villa are talking up their chances of keeping midfielder Grealish, 25, but few expect them to succeed. It has been denied by all parties but speculation will not go away that a deal to take Grealish to City is already agreed.

England centre-back Ben White, 23, could move on to Arsenal - with Brighton able to command a decent fee after tying him to a new contract last summer.

West Ham have made it known they don't wish to sell 22-year-old England midfielder Declan Rice - but that doesn't mean they won't.

And if West Ham are vulnerable to losing Rice, aren't Leeds in the same situation with their England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 25, who is also excelling on a higher stage than the one available to him at club level?

Given he missed out on the Euros because of a lack of playing time, midfielder Harry Winks, 25, may leave Tottenham. And if Kane and Grealish arrive at Manchester City, there will be departures from Etihad Stadium as well, with the futures of Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus, 24, and Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, 26, open to question.

As has been the case virtually every summer since he rejoined Manchester United in 2016, there is speculation about Paul Pogba's future.

The France midfielder, 28, has held talks with United over extending a contract that expires in 2022. If he doesn't sign, United risk losing him for nothing in 12 months or trying to sell him in a depressed market for significantly less than the £89m they paid for him. But if he does sign, he would almost certainly get a pay rise at a time when many are questioning whether he is worth one.

In the meantime, United have made contact with Real Madrid about France World Cup-winning defender Raphael Varane.

The 28-year-old's contract expires next summer and there are doubts over whether he will be offered an extension that would meet his demands, with Real believed to be willing to sell him for around £50m.

Away from the Premier League, Lionel Messi, 34, is expected to stay at Barcelona, despite becoming a free agent after allowing his contract to expire. Talk of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United continues to ebb and flow, but it would cost an eye-watering amount of money to get the Portugal captain, 36, out of Juventus a year before his contract ends.


HAMMERS NEWS

Nikola Maksimovic is keen to move to the Premier League above anything else this summer amidst links with West Ham according to The Sunday Mirror.

The Hammers’ need to sign a new centre-back has already been well-documented this summer.

Fabian Balbuena has already left the London Stadium leaving David Moyes with only Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop to call upon.

West Ham have been heavily linked with a move to sign Nikola Maksimovic over the past few months.

The 29-year-old is available on a free transfer this summer after his contract expired with Napoli.


SPORTWITNESS

Lazio are keen on bringing Felipe Anderson back to the club from West Ham United this summer.

On June 3rd, Corriere dello Sport reported the winger remains hopeful of sealing a Hammers exit by the 10th of July and it was also stated that €7m ‘could be enough’ for Lazio to close the deal.

Multiple reports coming out of Italy are now stating the 28-year-old’s return to old club is ‘getting closer’.

According to Calciomercato.it, the Brazilian has found an agreement with Lazio and is now putting pressure on David Moyes’ side to sanction his transfer.

It’s claimed the deal should go through for ‘small compensation’ and a ‘fairly large percentage’ of a future sale in favour of the Premier League side.


HITC

Frank Lampard hailed the character of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, as he told Match of the Day.

The Premier League legend was speaking about the way the England players present themselves and the ‘spirit’ within the side.

England, who are only two wins away from winning Euro 2020, thrashed Ukraine 4-0 over the weekend.

And West Ham fans will love the fact that Lampard used Rice as an example when talking about the characters within this thriving England camp.

“They all speak brilliantly, first all,” said Lampard. “It looks like a really good young group of players.

“They are comfortable in themselves. You can see the spirit. It definitely translates onto the pitch.

“We saw it against Germany, the Declan Rice’s, the characters in this group.”

There’s no doubt that Rice has taken his game to another level during this England run and nothing seems to be stopping the Hammers man.

Alongside Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips in the middle of the park, the duo have been outstanding for their country – Gareth Southgate’s side are yet to concede a goal during this tournament.

And whilst many questioned both players before the tournament started, many are now eating their words.

Some even questioned whether they could play alongside each other, but once again, they have blown that out of the water and shown it is more than possible.




(Alan is away)

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 10:37 Mon Jul 5
Re: Monday papers (includes West Ham)
With Kind Regards 4:45 Mon Jul 5

With Kind Regards 4:45 Mon Jul 5
Re: Monday papers (includes West Ham)
charleyfarley 2:47 Mon Jul 5

charleyfarley 2:47 Mon Jul 5
Re: Monday papers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Thanks Alan

bill green 1:54 Mon Jul 5
Re: Monday papers (includes West Ham)
ludo21 1:07 Mon Jul 5

⚒️ 1:50 Mon Jul 5
Re: Monday papers (includes West Ham)
Alves hasn’t played a game for us.

percyd 1:46 Mon Jul 5
Re: Monday papers (includes West Ham)
"Fabian Balbuena has already left the London Stadium leaving David Moyes with only Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop to call upon."

Is Alves the forgotten man, or what?

Texas Iron 1:43 Mon Jul 5
Re: Monday papers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Irish Hammer 1:24 Mon Jul 5
Re: Monday papers (includes West Ham)
Excellent work Thanks Alan

ludo21 1:07 Mon Jul 5
Re: Monday papers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Thanks Alan





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