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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 1:30 Sat Jul 24
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea are poised to submit a £130m bid for Borussia Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 22, after owner Roman Abramovich gave his blessing to proceed with what would be a club-record deal. (Football Insider)

Inter Milan are demanding at least £102.5m from Chelsea for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 28, if the Blues are unable to sign Haaland. (Metro)

Manchester City have reached an agreement with Jack Grealish and are ready to offer Aston Villa £90m for the England attacking midfielder, 25. (Football Insider)

Manchester City say reports they have agreed a £160m deal for Tottenham striker Harry Kane are nonsense. (Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham maintain they have no intention of selling the 27-year-old England captain this summer. (Football London)

Although Kane is increasingly confident Tottenham are willing to let him move on. (Times)

Manchester City have agreed personal terms with Kane of £350,000 a week and are willing to bid as much as £120m. (Star)

Manchester United anticipate a formal approach from Paris St-Germain this summer for France midfielder Paul Pogba, 28. (Telegraph)

France striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, has told PSG he does not intend to sign an extension to his contract, which runs to 2022, and wants to leave the club this summer or next. (AS - in Spanish)

Rennes' France midfielder Eduardo Camavinga favours a move to Spain after talks between Manchester United and the 18-year-old's representatives were described as "not encouraging". (Manchester Evening News)

Barcelona believe if Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, leaves Juventus this summer, the Italian club would be willing to take their France forward Antoine Griezmann on loan, with an option to buy the 30-year-old. (Sport - in Spanish)

Barca president Joan Laporta says the club "value Antoine a lot" but "there's a market for Griezmann" and the Spanish club are "open to all proposals". (Goal)

Arsenal will not be offering a new contract to 30-year-old French striker Alexandre Lacazette and are inviting bids of about £15m for their former record signing to help fund a move for 23-year-old Chelsea and England forward Tammy Abraham. (Sun)

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has reiterated the club's desire to sign England Under-21 midfielder Joe Willock from Arsenal but says the Magpies are waiting for the Gunners and 21-year-old to make a decision about his future. (Sky Sports)

Rangers manager and former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 41, says he was "shocked and surprised" he was linked with becoming Everton manager before Rafael Benitez's appointment and that such a prospect "is never a possibility". (ESPN)

Liverpool are looking to tie forward Mohamed Salah, 29, down to a new deal in the near future with the Egyptian's contract running until the summer of 2023. (Liverpool Echo)

Fulham are closing in on a £10m move for Liverpool's Wales winger Harry Wilson, 24. (Sun)

Bayer Leverkusen have rejected a £30m offer from Aston Villa for 23-year-old Jamaica winger Leon Bailey. (Football Insider)

Manchester City's 24-year-old Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus tops Juventus' list of summer targets. (Calciomercator - in Italian)

Juve are also set to relaunch their attempts to sign 23-year-old Italy and Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli. (Mail)

Argentina forward Paulo Dybala's agent is to hold talks with Juventus about a new deal for the 27-year-old, who has a year left on his contract with the Serie A side. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

South American clubs Boca Juniors, Flamengo and Club America have all shown interest in Inter Milan's Arturo Vidal, but the 34-year-old Chile midfielder wants to play for one more European club before returning to Colo-Colo to finish his career. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)


Thierry Nevers hits hat-trick for West Ham United U23s in convincing victory at Southend United

Southend United 1-5 West Ham United
Pre-season Fixture

Thierry Nevers scored a hat-trick – his first goals in Claret and Blue – as West Ham United U23s recovered from an early deficit to hit Southend United for five in pre-season.

The Hammers were off-key in their defeat to National League side Ebbsfleet United last week, and made a slow start in Essex when loose passing allowed Matthew Rush’s early shot across goal to find the bottom corner.

But rather than allow their heads to bow, the young Hammers rose to the challenge, equalising through Nevers’ smart header after Amadou Diallo had seen a shot from distance parried out.

Jamal Baptiste then headed the Hammers in front before half-time from an Emmanuel Longelo corner, before another Nevers header and a tap-in arrived either side of Mesaque Dju’s thunderbolt.

Kicking off in front of a noisy returning crowd at Roots Hall – a rendition of ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ was followed by ‘We’re All Going on a European Tour’ - but it was a trip to much nearer Essex which attracted a vocal band of Claret and Blue-clad supporters.

It was the home team, whoever, who had the first chance early doors, West Ham ceding possession on the halfway line and inviting a counter-attack which led to Southend’s Matt Rush striking the side-netting following a deflection off Will Greenidge.

The young Hammers were looking sharp in the tackle, but occasionally slack in their passing, and it was some loose distribution at the back which saw Southend win it high through James Dunne, who laid off for Rush to strike.

Although his initial effort was mishit, it still required clearing off the line by West Ham’s Harrison Ashby – yet the striker made no mistake with the rebound, tucking it low into Krisztian Hegyi’s far corner.

Moments later, and Southend ought to have doubled their lead. A swinging ball in from Jason Demetriou picked out Rush in plenty of space, but the striker got his head beneath it and the ball ballooned over.

Struggling to find their final ball, it took until a quarter of the game gone for the young Hammers to muster their first shooting opportunity.

A clever exchange of passes between Mesaque Dju and Thierry Nevers set Amadaou Diallo running down the left, and when he played it back to Pierre Ekwah on the edge of the area, the midfielder – on his weaker foot – blasted over.

That move seemed to inject more confidence – confidence enough for Diallo, perhaps unexpectedly, to hit a dipping shot from 25 yards which Southend goalkeeper Harry Seaden could only juggle into the air.

Thierry Nevers, wearing No9 for the first time, was on his toes, finding himself ahead of the trailing defenders and heading accurately back across goal for the equaliser.

A clever set-piece routine then gave Ekwah the chance goalwards from 30 yards, but his left-footed effort was always fading away from the top corner, rather than towards it.

Southend’s supporters got behind them as they looked to reassert their greater experience on the game, Jamal Baptiste and Emmanuel Longelo being called upon to make two timely interceptions from balls into the box.

And after the young duo – who both made first-team debuts last season – combined well defensively, a foray forward with the ball from Baptiste saw the duo combine to put West Ham ahead for the first time five minutes before the interval.

The goal was a simple one: a delightful in-swinging corner from Longelo, met by a free – but clean – header back across goal from Baptiste from the edge of the six-yard box.

Having finished the first half strongly, the young Hammers started the second equally brightly. A superb curling cross from Ashby picked out the stooping Nevers at the far post, and despite Seaden getting a hand to his header, the effort crashed over the line, much to the 19-year-old’s obvious delight.

Southend came close to pulling a goal back moments later through Louis Walsh’s piledriver, but the shot fizzed wide of Hegyi’s goal – the Hungarian looking to have it covered.

After 55 minutes gone, Nevers had a good opportunity to seal his hat-trick. Dan Chesters’ overlapping run ended with a deflected cross which fell invitingly into the No9’s path, but Nevers – perhaps put off by the ball’s deviance – miscued.

The Hammers’ tails were up, and Nevers soon after turned provider when Diallo intercepted a loose pass on the halfway line. Blessed with a three-on-three, the move concluded with Nevers passing along the edge of the box for Dju to side-foot goalwards – but Seaden produced a spectacular save to deny the Portuguese forward.

But he was not to be denied. Just moments after Southend manager Phil Brown had made a raft of eight changes at Roots Hall midway though the second half, one substitute’s slack pass set Diallo running at the heart of the defence.

Working the ball out to Chesters, the low cross deflected towards Dju at the far post who – twisting his body – produced a fine top-corner finish from a difficult position, making it four for the Hammers in Essex.

As is often the case, momentum slowed following Southend’s substitutions as West Ham enjoyed long spells of possession.

But the crowning moment was still to come for Nevers, who took full advantage of an unconvincing save from Ekwah’s powerful drive to shuffle the ball home inside the six-yard box – capping an impressive individual and collective performance all-round.

West Ham United: Hegyi; Ashby, Greenidge, Baptiste, Longelo, Rosa (Trialist 87), Ekwah, Chesters, Dju, Diallo, Nevers (Woods 83)
Subs: Trialist, Forbes, Coddington

Goals: Nevers 28, 49, 83, Baptiste 39, Dju 66

Attendance: 1,943


Report: Hammers make offer for City midfielder

West Ham has made an offer for Manchester City and Venezuela midfielder Yangel Herrera, according to FUTVE English.

The Twitter account specialises in Venezuelan football and they have had Venezuelan footballers on their podcast

On Friday they wrote: “There are ‘offers on the table’ for Yangel Herrera from four Premier League clubs.

“FUTVE English have been reliably informed Crystal Palace, Southampton, West Ham and Leeds are all after the Manchester City midfielder.

“The strongest offer is from Crystal Palace.”

Herrera moved to City in 2017 from Atletico Venezuela but he has yet to make a single appearance for Pep Guardiola’s side.

He was immediately loaned out to City’s sister club, New York City, for two years making 38 appearances and scoring one goal in the MLS.

He has since gone on loan to both Huesca and Granada in Spain making 62 appearances and scoring 10 more goals.

The 23-year-old is a relatively experienced head for his age, winning 23 caps for Venezuela, and he has also made over 70 appearances in La Liga.

Herrera is a versatile presence too, as he can play in defensive midfield, attacking midfield, or central midfield.

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Tomshardware 10:28 Sat Jul 24
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:32 Sat Jul 24

Texas Iron 9:27 Sat Jul 24
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Texas Iron 9:27 Sat Jul 24
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Texas Iron 9:27 Sat Jul 24
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Texas Iron 9:27 Sat Jul 24
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Texas Iron 9:27 Sat Jul 24
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BillyJenningsBoots 6:08 Sat Jul 24
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Matthew Rush scores for Southend.. Any relation?

DukeofDevo 5:15 Sat Jul 24
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Great stuff Alan always a good read

Thanks Alan 1:32 Sat Jul 24
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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