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 2:04 Thu Jul 15
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

England and Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier is desperate for a return to the Premier League as the 30-year-old waits on a Manchester United move. (Telegraph - subscription needed)

Everton have made an opening bid for Napoli and Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, 30, who is said to be one of new manager Rafa Benitez's top targets. (Calciomercato)

Liverpool are reportedly preparing a £60m bid for Inter Milan and Italy's Euro 2020 winning-midfielder Nicolo Barella, 24. (La Repubblica)

The Reds may include one of Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri in a deal to bring Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez to Anfield. (Daily Express)

Chelsea want to offer English forward Tammy Abraham, 23, to Borussia Dortmund as part of the deal to sign 20-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland. (Mirror)

West Ham are close to agreeing a loan deal, with an option to buy, for French Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, 28. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has yet to agree personal terms with Inter Milan but the Italian side are considered favourites to sign the 26-year-old Spaniard. (Football.london)

Meanwhile Gunners midfielder Joe Willock, 21, has reportedly told the club he would prefer to rejoin Newcastle on loan for the new Premier League season. (Daily Express)

But Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Emile Smith Rowe will not be sold this summer despite reported interest from Aston Villa. (HITC)

Leicester City have offered Belgium international Youri Tielemans, 24, a new long-term contract and are confident the midfielder will stay at the club, despite interest from Liverpool. (Telegraph - subscription needed)

Meanwhile, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is close to signing a new deal at the club. (HITC via Here We Go Podcast)

Barcelona have almost finalised a deal to send France striker Antoine Griezmann, 30, back to former club Atletico Madrid in return for Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, 26. (Mail)

Tottenham are one of four Premier League clubs interested in signing American Schalke forward Matthew Hoppe, 20, who scored six goals for the German side in the Bundesliga last season. (The Boot Room)

Defender Brandon Williams, 20, could see his loan move to Southampton in jeopardy due to Manchester United's financial demands. (talkSPORT)

Roma boss Jose Mourinho could look to Old Trafford to boost his squad this summer, with the former United manager considering Brazilian left-back Alex Telles, 28, as cover for the injured Leonardo Spinazzola. (Daily Star)

Arsenal are set to miss out on signing PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands forward Donyell Malen, 22, after he reached an agreement to join Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for Jadon Sancho. (Just Arsenal via Sports Bild)

Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Bologna and Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, 22, with the fee expected to be in the region of £15m plus add-ons. (The Athletic - subscription needed)

Newcastle target Boubacar Kamara, 21, has turned down a new contract with French side Marseille. The Magpies would look to bring the France U21s midfielder to St James' Park for around £15m. (HITC via Alfredo Pedulla)

Leeds United face competition from an unnamed Premier League team, plus a side from La Liga in Spain, to sign goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson, 20, from Norwegian side Valerenga. (Mirror)

Edinburgh Live

Josh Doig transfer latest as West Ham ‘show interest’ in Hibs starlet

The young defender has attracted plenty of interest this summer and West Ham are the latest club to consider a move for him.

By Mark McDougall Live Sports Writer

West Ham have become the latest club to show an interest in highly-rated teenager Josh Doig (19), according to a report.

Watford were believed to be the team most likely to make a bid for him but after an initial offer was turned down by Hibs, they've turned their attention elsewhere.

But now West Ham and Nottingham Forest are believed to be keeping a close eye on the left back, who has struggled with injuries during pre-season.

The Athletic report that both clubs are keeping close tabs on him and could make a move for him this summer and Hibs could need to brace themselves for more offers.

It's believed the Easter Road side want around £5million for the teenager, who signed a new long term deal earlier this year to tie himself to the club.

The 19-year-old burst onto the scene last season and kept club legend Lewis Stevenson out of Jack Ross' team for the majority of the season.

Now he has a chance to hold down the place for himself again this season as he looks to keep continuing his development at the top level.


Sam Johnstone: West Ham have £10m bid for West Brom and England goalkeeper rejected

West Ham have had a £10m bid for England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone turned down by West Brom.

The 28-year-old has one year left on his contract and new Baggies manager Valerien Ismael has said Johnstone is likely to leave this summer.

However, West Brom sources are adamant they have no need to sell players cheaply despite their relegation from the Premier League.

The club want around £20m for Johnstone, who has one England cap.

Brazilian playmaker Matheus Pereira, 25, is also likely to leave The Hawthorns.

After making his England debut in the Euro 2020 warm-up win over Romania in June, Johnstone is keen to keep his place and believes the best way of remaining in the frame under Gareth Southgate is by staying in the Premier League.

However, he has no interest in becoming a second-choice goalkeeper.

West Ham are looking for a goalkeeping reinforcement given current first-choice Lukasz Fabianski is now 36.

Fabianksi did sign a one-year extension in March, but Hammers boss David Moyes is looking to the future.

Given the massive gap in valuation on Johnstone, West Ham are likely to focus on their other top target, Alphonse Areola, who was part of France's World Cup squad in 2018 and spent last season on loan at Fulham.

The 28-year-old is again available on loan after Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma completed his move from AC Milan to Paris St-Germain.


West Ham's highly-rated England youth international goalkeeper Nathan Trott set to join Nancy on a season-long loan to play more regular football

West Ham goalkeeper Nathan Trott is poised to join Nancy on a season-long loan
Trott, 22, is viewed as one of the most promising emerging English stoppers
He is set for move to France to continue his development in France's second tier

West Ham goalkeeper Nathan Trott is poised to join Nancy on a season-long loan.

Highly-rated England youth international Trott is set for a move to France to continue his development with former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel's side.

Trott, 22, viewed as one of the most promising emerging English stoppers, impressed while on loan at AFC Wimbledon during the 2019-20 season.

He spent last year back at the London Stadium as part of David Moyes's group of first-team goalkeepers.

That meant his senior game time was limited though West Ham have agreed to let him leave temporarily for the forthcoming season allowing Trott to secure regular football in France's second tier.

Trott joined West Ham in January 2016 has progressed through their youth setup to the first team, making his debut in the Hammers' 4-0 FA Cup win against Doncaster in January, and has also appeared on the bench a number of times.

Bermuda-born Trott has also represented England at Under 19, 20 and 21 levels.

West Ham have Lukasz Fabianski, Darren Randolph and David Martin as senior goalkeepers.

They are also in talks with PSG over a loan deal for Alphonse Areola.

West Ham will reportedly offer Declan Rice a new deal to fend off heavy interest from Chelsea and Man United, with the Hammers making use of funds freed up from Felipe Anderson's departure to tie down their star man.

Rice has already rejected two bumper new offers from West Ham but the approximate £100,000 weekly wages recovered from Anderson's sale could help get an agreement over the line.

The Englishman has three years left on his current deal, with an option of a fourth, and West Ham boss David Moyes has previously stated that his star man is worth in excess of £100m.

Sport Witness

West Ham ‘lining up’ to sign PL side’s attacker – Player gives preference to game time over ‘bag of money’

West Ham United and Fulham are among the clubs ‘lining up’ to sign Chelsea’s Ike Ugbo, according to Het Belang van Limburg.

After coming up through the ranks of the west London club’s academy, the 22-year-old spent the past few seasons out on loan.

The forward spent the previous campaign with Cercle Brugge, where he managed 17 goals and an assist in 34 matches across all competitions.

He has entered his final year on his contract and the attacker may/must leave the Blues this summer.

David Moyes’ side and the Cottagers have joined Genk, Frankfurt, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven in the player chase.

Ugbo would give preference to regular playing time instead of ‘bags of money’. This, as per the report, would indicate the Chelsea man prefers the Jupiler Pro League side over the likes of West Ham and others.

Genk will need to bring in a new forward if Paul Onuachu leaves them this summer, and this is why they are looking at Ugbo.

HBVL state Ugbo could cost between €3m and €5m plus a percentage on his future sale.

One needs to wait and see if Ugbo will continue in Belgium or decide to make a move elsewhere.

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chim chim cha boo 3:09 Fri Jul 16
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Actually Alan not only am I grateful for your posts that mean I don't have to trawl NewsNow and its click-bait bollocks but as someone who has only worked intermittently during lockdown it actually helps me remember what day it is.

Texas Iron 6:55 Thu Jul 15
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bill green 4:07 Thu Jul 15
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brabrook 3:46 Thu Jul 15

Kaiser Zoso 3:54 Thu Jul 15
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chim chim cha boo 3:48 Thu Jul 15

chim chim cha boo 3:48 Thu Jul 15
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Indebted Sir.

brabrook 3:46 Thu Jul 15
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Thanks Alan 2:34 Thu Jul 15

ironsofcanada 3:34 Thu Jul 15
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank you Alan

Good move for Trott, if true. Bermuda are hoping he will commit to them, as a side note.

Thanks Alan 2:34 Thu Jul 15
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With Kind Regards 2:24 Thu Jul 15

With Kind Regards 2:24 Thu Jul 15
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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