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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 12:42 Sat Jul 10
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United lead Chelsea and neighbours Manchester City in the race sign England striker Harry Kane, 27, with Tottenham asking for £100m plus two of the Red Devils' first-team players. (Football Insider)

Manchester City have made contact with France forward Antoine Griezmann, 30, about a potential move from Barcelona. (Footmercato - in French)

West Ham are in talks with Paris St-Germain about signing 28-year-old France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who featured for Fulham on loan last season. (Mail)

Austria striker Marko Arnautovic's move to Bologna from Shanghai SIPG has stalled, with the former West Ham and Stoke City player locked in a dispute about the terms of his release from the Chinese club. (Bild - in German)

Tottenham have joined Arsenal, PSG and Atletico Madrid in showing an interest in Lyon and France midfielder Houssem Aouar, 23. (Le10 Sport, via Metro)

Arsenal have increased their offer for Brighton defender Ben White and made a third bid of £48m plus £6m in potential add-ons for the 23-year-old England international. (Star)

Arsenal's England Under-21 midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, 20, who was the subject of two failed bids from Aston Villa, is set to sign a new five-year deal with the Gunners. (Birmingham Mail)

Napoli and Roma are interested in signing Italy defender Emerson Palmieri, 26, from Chelsea - but not for the €20m (£17m) asking price for a player whose contract runs out in June 2022. (Calciomercato, via Football Italia)

Defender Kurt Zouma is expected to leave Chelsea this summer, with Everton, Tottenham and Jose Mourinho's Roma all interested in the 26-year-old Frenchman, who has already turned down an approach from Wolves.(Telefoot on Twitter)

Newcastle United, Tottenham, Wolves and Southampton are preparing bids for Schalke's 20-year-old US striker Matthew Hoppe. (90min)

Sampdoria are determined to keep a hold of Denmark forward Mikkel Damsgaard for at least another season, with Liverpool and Tottenham as well as Juventus and Barcelona among a host of clubs interested in the 21-year-old. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Spanish goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, 34, wants to leave Leeds United to join La Liga side Elche because of a lack of game time at Elland Road. (Mirror)

Tottenham's managing director of football Fabio Paratici has made a new long-term contract for South Korea forward Son Heung-min, 29, one of his top priorities. (90min)

Manchester United are said to be "very tempted" to try to sign Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, with Arsenal also linked with the 27-year-old France international. (El Gol - in Spanish)

The Foxes are also close to signing free agent Ryan Bertrand. The 31-year-old full-back did not renew his contract at Southampton. (Fabrizio Romano, via Leicester Mercury)

Barcelona and Tottenham have joined Manchester United in being linked with 23-year-old Argentina defender Cristian Romero, who is on loan at Atalanta from Juventus. Atalanta have an option to buy Romero for about £14m and could cash in with an asking price of about £51m. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Tottenham and Manchester United have an eye on Lyon's 25-year-old Denmark defender Joachim Andersen, who spent last season on loan at Fulham. (Footmercato - in French)

Former Manchester City, West Ham and Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez, 37, who left Boca Juniors in his native Argentina earlier in July, has said he wants to finish his career in the United States and has already had three offers. (ESPN Deportes - in Spanish)

Liverpool defender Ben Davies, 25, does not want to leave the club despite links with Celtic and Bournemouth. (Mail)

Former France winger Franck Ribery, 38, says "it is a pity" that Fiorentina did not offer him a contract extension beyond the end of June as he would have liked to have stayed with the Serie A club. (Toscana TV, via Football Italia)


Pre season is underway! West Ham come from two goals down to draw against Dundee... with Jamal Baptiste and Jarrod Bowen netting against Scottish Premiership side following week-long training camp in St Andrews

Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam gave Dundee a deserved lead
West Ham then went two goals down when Paul McCullan scored a fine effort
Jamal Baptiste halved the deficit after the hour mark with a powerful header
Jarrod Bowen then won and dispatched a penalty to earn the Hammers a draw


West Ham have kicked off pre-season for Premier League sides by coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Dundee.

The Scottish Premiership side looked set to consign the Hammers to defeat in their opening pre-season game when Charlie Adam scored within a quarter of an hour before Paul McMullan's second eight minutes into the second half.

Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam headed Dundee in front from a corner

Paul McMullan (second from right) then added a second eight minutes into the second half

But West Ham were level after two second-half goals in six minutes from Jamal Baptiste and Jarrod Bowen, as the east London side capped off a week-long training camp in St Andrews with a stalemate.

Jamal Baptiste headed home a corner to halve the deficit before Bowen won and scored a penalty

Jarrod Bowen scored a penalty as West Ham came from two goals down to draw with Dundee

David Moyes had a mix of youth and experience at the Kilmac Stadium, with the likes of Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Andriy Yarmolenko unavailable as they still are or have just finished competing for their countries at Euro 2020.

But Dundee - just four days away from the start of their Scottish League Cup campaign - started the brighter and took the lead when former Liverpool midfielder Adam rose and headed Declan McDaid's corner past Nathan Trott.

Michail Antonio went close to an equaliser just before the half-hour mark, thudding a shot into the chest of Adam Legzdins after good work from Nathan Holland.

Dundee stopper Legzdins was called into action again in stoppage time of the first half, this time sticking out his right boot to divert Bowen's drilled strike away from danger.

Moyes made seven changes at half time, but suffered another blow eight minutes into the second half when an unchallenged McMullan unleashed an effort past with Darren Randolph's left hand.

Eight minutes later however the Hammers were back in the friendly, as Baptiste powered a header past Legzdins after Bowen had forced a corner with a free-kick.

The duo then combined to win a penalty for West Ham six minutes later, with Bowen collecting a lofted pass from Baptiste before going down under Ryan Sweeney's clumsy challenge inside the box.

Bowen then picked himself up and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot kick, picking out the right hand corner to draw the Hammers level.

The former Hull forward was then replaced by Xande Silva and he along with had chances to win the game for their sides, but were off target with their efforts.

West Ham will now return south of the border, with the first team squad split between a double header against League Two sides Leyton Orient and Northampton on Tuesday at the same time.


Dundee: Legzdins (Trialist A 73), Kerr, Ashcroft (Elliott 77), Sweeney (Fontaine 68), Marshall (Trialist B 68), Byrne, Adam (Robertson 73), McGhee (Anderson 73), McCowan (McMullan 52), Mullen (Jakubiak 8), McDaid (McGowan 52)

Goals: Adam 14, McMullan 53

West Ham: Trott (Randolph 46), Fredericks (Baptiste 46), Alves, Ogbonna (Dawson 46), Cresswell (Alese 46), Noble (Ekwah 46), Coventry (Diop 71), Bowen (Xande Silva 71), Lanzini (Johnson 46), Holland, Antonio (Odubeko 46)

Subs not used: Hegyi, Felipe Anderson

Goals: Baptiste 61, Bowen pen 67


DECLAN NICE West Ham could not be prouder of our England Euro 2020 hero Declan Rice, says Karren Brady

Karren Brady

AMID the scenes of unbridled joy that engulfed Wembley after the final whistle, West Ham’s own Declan Rice once again demonstrated why he is one of the brightest young sporting personalities this country has produced.

With emotion running wild and team-mates leaping around him, Declan — with that familiar beaming grin stretched across his face — revealed he had become an uncle again at virtually the same moment Harry Kane fired the ball past Kasper Schmeichel in extra-time to send England into their first major tournament final in 55 years.

He said: “My brother has literally had a baby as the second goal went in. He’s crying his eyes out. He’s had a little girl.

“It’s a special night all round. It’s our first final since ’66 so I want to do it for the people at home. I’m a fan as well — I wish I was with them cheering.”

And that, in essence, sums up Declan.

A genuine, polite and humble young man, absolutely dedicated to his family and his football. A fan at heart who — had he not been playing a key role in Gareth Southgate’s midfield engine room on Wednesday — would have been in the stands or in front of the TV with the rest of us, cheering on the Three Lions.

For us at West Ham United, it is no surprise to see Declan representing himself, his family and his nation with such character and integrity both on and off the pitch.

He has been representing his club in exactly the same way, showing that unassuming yet commanding leadership with the willingness to keep learning and improving ever since he first came through the doors of the academy at Chadwell Heath and we couldn’t be prouder.

He epitomises the Never Give Up attitude that has been instilled as a key pillar of the West Ham Way since Arnold Hills formed the club.

Despite his rise to fame since his first-team debut just over four years ago, he has remained the same popular, likeable and unaffected ‘Dec’ — adored and admired by team-mates, coaches and staff alike.

When our Under-23 academy team are playing, you will often see him in the stands, there to support the lads he came through the junior ranks alongside, while he regularly pops back to Chadwell Heath to chat with the coaches who steered his early development or offer a word of advice to the youngsters.

Of course, he has learned from the best in Mark Noble, who has guided him in understanding what it takes to wear the armband and lead our club, not only on the pitch but off it, too.

His efforts to support our community during the pandemic, be that a call to the over 70s or our Any Old Irons, have been a true demonstration of his character.

In my almost 30 years of working in the professional game, I can safely say Declan is up there with the greats.

A young player who reaches the very pinnacle of the game, representing his country on the biggest stage of all, yet at the same time retaining the endearing, down-to-earth qualities that earn such respect and admiration among both his peers and public. He is a superstar, yet still the boy next door.

Now he can follow in the footsteps of three of his West Ham academy predecessors by helping England to tournament glory for only the second time in our nation’s history.

Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters earned immortality at Wembley on July 30, 1966.

Tomorrow, Declan Rice can secure his own place in the pantheon of greats. Nobody deserves it more.

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Texas Iron 9:40 Sat Jul 10
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Wot no Felipe...???

Billy Blagg 7:31 Sat Jul 10
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:43 Sat Jul 10

bill green 7:08 Sat Jul 10
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
brabrook 2:40 Sat Jul 10

brabrook 2:40 Sat Jul 10
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
charleyfarley 12:56 Sat Jul 10

charleyfarley 12:56 Sat Jul 10
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:43 Sat Jul 10

Thanks Alan 12:43 Sat Jul 10
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:43 Sat Jul 10
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Thanks Alan

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