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 12:48 Sun Jul 11
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are eyeing a £17m move for Napoli's Italy right-back Giovanni di Lorenzo after Sunday's European Championship final against England. (Il Napolista, via Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants club chiefs to make an "immediate" move to sign Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, but the German club are planning to still have him at the Westfalenstadion next season as they are demanding 175m euros (£150m) for the 20-year-old this summer. (Bild - in German)

Manchester United are not working on a player swap deal to bring England striker Harry Kane, 27, to Old Trafford from Tottenham. (Sunday Express)

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are considering a swap deal involving the former's France forward Antoine Griezmann, 30, and the latter's Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, 26. (Football Espana, via Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea have contacted Rennes about a move for 18-year-old France midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who is also wanted by Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid but is said to prefer to stay in France with a potential transfer to Paris St-Germain.(Le Parisien - via Sun on Sunday)

Everton manager Rafael Benitez is keen to recruit a right back, with the Toffees looking at Norwich City's England Under-21 international Max Aarons, 21, and Dutchman Denzel Dumfries, 25, from PSV Eindhoven. (90mins)

Benitez could return to former club Newcastle United to try to sign French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 24, if Brazil forward Richarlison, 24, leaves Everton. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal have completed the signing of Belgium midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht in a deal worth £14.9m plus add-ons. The move will be announced after the 21-year-old completes a period of quarantine. (Fabrizio Romano, via Mail on Sunday)

Napoli will do all they can to sign 26-year-old Italy defender Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea, who Luciano Spalletti has identified as a top target this summer. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

West Ham have moved to pole position in pursuit of Chelsea's 23-year-old striker Tammy Abraham, with Aston Villa previously favourites to sign the England international while Wolves and Borussia Dortmund have both also been linked with him. (Football Insider)

Burnley are working on a £13m bid for Lyon's 24-year-old Ivory Coast defender Maxwel Cornet, who is also wanted by Hertha Berlin. (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham could make it difficult for Real Madrid to sign France defender Jules Kounde from Sevilla, with Spurs willing to offer as much as £51m for the 22-year-old which would be beyond what the Spanish club could spend. (Sport)

Chelsea have also declared an interest in Kounde and may try to hijack Spurs' efforts to sign him in the summer. (Eldesmarque, via Sun on Sunday)

Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 24, has not ruled out playing in the Premier League again after two seasons on loan at Arsenal, but is determined to break into the Real Madrid side having returned to his parent club. (Goal)

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, 49, will snub offers to return to club management and will instead hold out to one day potentially succeed 52-year-old Didier Deschamps as France manager. (L'Equipe - via ESPN)

The completion of France striker Olivier Giroud's move from Chelsea to AC Milan in imminent, with the 34-year-old agreeing a two-year deal with the Italian club. (Le Parisien - in French)

Everton boss Rafael Benitez has asked club chiefs to pursue the signature of Barcelona's 26-year-old France defender Clement Lenglet. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Karim Benzema, 33, will stay put at Real Madrid even if the Spanish club manage to sign his French strike partner Kylian Mbappe, 22, from Paris St-Germain this summer. (Marca)

Watford are keen to sign Denmark defender Jens Stryger, 30 from Udinese, the Italian club owned by the Pozzo family who are majority shareholders at the Hornets. (90mins)

Italian champions Inter Milan have won the race to sign Shamrock Rovers' highly-rated Republic of Ireland Under-16 international Kevin Zefi, 16, who was also wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, as well as sides in Germany and the Netherlands. (Sun on Sunday)

Barcelona have agreed a deal to sell 23-year-old Spanish midfielder Carles Alena to Getafe as the Catalan club continues its cost-cutting efforts to try ensure they can get Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 34, to commit to a new contract. (Goal)

Arsenal's efforts to try sign Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, 25, have been dealt a blow as as the Cameroon international is said to prefer a move to French side Lyon over the Premier League side. (Football London)

Sampdoria are considering making a move for 26-year-old Scotland midfielder Ryan Christie from Celtic. (Record)

Tottenham are confident they can offload 23-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, despite doubling their asking price to £5m. Both Newcastle United and Celtic are interested in the USA international. (Football Insider)


Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards

The Exchequer will also shell out £14.5m for fresh seating as the club redevelops its West Stand to bring fans close to the pitch

By Oliver Gill,

Taxpayers are to pick up a £35m bill for new seats and stewards at West Ham’s state-owned stadium in east London.

The Exchequer will shell out £14.5m for fresh seating as the club redevelops its West Stand to bring fans close to the pitch. Another £20.5m of public money will go on providing West Ham with stewards over the next four years, according to contracts disclosed by the Government.

Owned by millionaire duo David Gold and David Sullivan and run by Baroness Karren Brady, West Ham pays £3m a year to the taxpayer-backed London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) for its stadium, under an agreement dubbed the “deal of the century” when it was struck in 2016. LLDC shoulders the costs of the ground.

Initially built for the Olympics, the stadium racked up losses of £450m in the five years to March 2020, according to accounts filed at Companies House.

Converting it for use by West Ham cost taxpayers £323m, rather than the £190m originally estimated. A spokesman for West Ham United said the tender notice for the stand was at the “very early stage of a process examining costings and ideas for improvements”.

They added: “The club is always looking at ideas to enhance the overall matchday experience for our supporters... bringing them closer to the pitch.”

Lyn Garner, LLDC boss, added: “Due to the size of the stadium and its location within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we need enough stewards to keep people safe in the venue and escort them across the public park before and after events.”

This is Futbol

Exclusive: Expert Warns West Ham against Signing Long-Term Target

Get French Football News features editor Adam White has urged West Ham United to decide against pursuing Duje Caleta-Car as they already have better options at the club.

Marseille defender Caleta-Car has been a long-term target of the Hammers, with the east Londoners tabling bids last year before seeing the Croatian turn down a move due to wanting to feature in the Champions League.

However, with West Ham being able to offer Europa League football as a result of recording a club-record points total in the Premier League and finishing sixth in the standings, boss David Moyes has been keen to revisit the situation.

Despite already having the likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop as central defensive options, the Hammers have revived their interest because of wanting strength in depth ahead of a European campaign.

Caleta-Car, who featured for Croatia at Euro 2020, made 39 appearances for Marseille last season.

But Adam White believes West Ham should focus their attentions elsewhere as he would not beat Ogbonna, Dawson or Diop to a regular starting spot.

Speaking exclusively to TIF, White said: “I would argue Issa Diop is a far stronger defender and better technically despite being out of the team for spells of last season. He is more suited to the Premier League than Caleta-Car.

“He is quite good from set pieces but, in a quicker Premier League, he might be exposed.”

All-Nigeria Soccer

Nigeria-eligible winger scores on his non-competitive debut for West Ham youth

Summer signing Armstrong Okoflex got on the scoresheet on his non-competitive debut for the West Ham teams as the U23s thrashed Loughborough University 4-1 in their first pre-season game on Saturday afternoon.

The former Glasgow Celtic starlet inked a 2+1 year contract with The Hammers in June, news broken by allnigeriasoccer.com, and later confirmed by the club's official website.

Prior to today's fixture, Armstrong's last official game in England was against Tottenham Hotspur in the U18 Premier League while wearing the colours of Arsenal on April 24, 2018.

The Irish-Nigerian was named as part of a three-man attack in West Ham's starting lineup against the United Counties League side.

Okoflex, who started in a central role, won and converted a penalty kick in the 18th minute to make it 2-0.

West Ham's other scorers were Amadou Diallo, Bernardo Rosa and Mesaque Dju.

Nigeria-eligible duo Ajibola Alese and Mipo Odubeko, who are both age-eligible for the U23s next season, are currently training with West Ham's first team and were not involved against Loughborough University.


Dmitri Halajko: West Ham United U23s’ quality shone through in spells

West Ham United U23s lead coach Dmitri Halajko was generally pleased with his side’s output in their opening pre-season fixture of the season: a 4-1 win at Loughborough University on Saturday afternoon.

Having undertaken a six-day training camp at the University’s state-of-the-art facilities, the Hammers’ development squad went up against their United Counties League-based football club as an acid test of their progress up to that point.

They duly got off to the best possible start when a superb run from Amadou Diallo ended with a precise finish to match from the young winger, before new U23s signing Armstrong Oko-Flex won and converted a penalty kick with 25 minutes played.

Loughborough University offered stiff opposition, however, and despite Bernardo Rosa tucking home a simple finish to treble Halajko’s team’s lead after half-an-hour, the home team called the West Ham backline some strife in an entertaining first half.

Indeed, Loughborough went on to pull a goal back midway through the second period through Tongsoung Lee, before second-half substitute Mesaque Dju rounded off the scoring for West Ham late on.

Halajko told whufc.com: “It was a really good first match, and a good challenge point against a well-organised Loughborough University team. As university teams go, they’re probably the best in the country, so it was a good game.

“It was a tight match. Our quality shone through in the end, but it wasn’t easy and we had to work hard and press after the ball.

"We couldn’t break them down with ease – we had to work the ball with quality to break them down. At times we did that, and that was good.”

With the focus of the training camp being to instil a collective football philosophy in the group, Halajko feels the U23s demonstrated their progress in patches of the game.

“The intent was certainly there,” he explained. “The intent, what they were trying to do and how they were trying to play, was certainly there.

“Sometimes, the execution could be better, and that’s the bit we need to brush up on. When we did get the execution right, I thought we looked really good and really exciting, but sometimes that execution just let us down.

“We’re not there a hundred per cent on our execution but the intent and what they were trying to do, and the effort they put in, was top class.”

Goalscorer Oko-Flex was among a number of fresh faces representing the U23s during the victory, with the young attacker making his non-competitive development squad debut alongside fellow summer signing Thierry Nevers.

As the match wore on, Halajko also introduced a whole host of U18s players to the action from the bench, and the U23s lead coach was pleased with their general displays.

“The new boys were really good,” Halajko said. “They’ve joined in with the lads and feel part of it already in every way.

“They’re learning how we want to play, and they have taken that on board and we’ve seen improvement even in this week, so it’s been a really good training camp for them.

“I think the U18s can be really proud of their performances. They were playing against boys who were two, three or four years older than them and it didn’t look like it at times.

“They acquitted themselves really well, and that hopefully gives them a little taste of what this standard looks like. They’ll be hoping to get there on more occasions this coming season.”

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BillyJenningsBoots 3:21 Mon Jul 12
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Is that totally objective unbiased Telegraph report old news - I thought all the Seating changes had already taken place?

I miss Gavros!!!

Texas Iron 5:31 Mon Jul 12
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With Kind Regards 5:36 Sun Jul 11
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 5:07 Sun Jul 11

bill green 5:07 Sun Jul 11
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Kaiser Zoso 3:38 Sun Jul 11

Kaiser Zoso 3:38 Sun Jul 11
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:51 Sun Jul 11

Watched the U23 highlights on the official site. Nice move to do that so fans can see a bit more of the youth set up

Thanks Alan 12:51 Sun Jul 11
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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