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 1:54 Sat Aug 14
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham are ready to make their move for Villarreal's 24-year-old Spain defender Pau Torres, who has been valued at £55m and attracted interest from Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United. (Times - subscription required)

Spurs are also in talks with Fiorentina over a deal for 23-year-old Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic, whose proposed move to West Ham broke down. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid are prepared to sell Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard this summer, with Arsenal ready to make a move for the 22-year-old who had a successful spell on loan with the Gunners last season. (Goal)

Odegaard will not be part of Real Madrid's opening La Liga fixture, but could cost in the region of £35-40m. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for 32-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Times, subscription required)

Tottenham's England striker Harry Kane, 28, will make himself available to face £150m suitors Manchester City on Sunday, despite potentially putting his move at risk. (Mail)

City could submit a fresh bid for Kane following this weekend's meeting with Spurs. (MEN)

Liverpool remain interested in signing Wolves' Spain winger Adama Traore, 25, before the transfer window closes. (90min)

Real Madrid are preparing to make a 120m euro (£102m) bid to sign 22-year-old France striker Kylian Mbappe from Paris St-Germain this summer. (Cadena SER - in Spanish)

PSG could move for Napoli and Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, 30, as cover for the injured Sergio Ramos. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Juventus want to sign Sassuolo and Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli, 23, on an initial loan with an obligation to make the deal permanent. (Le 10 Sport - in French)

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl does not expect England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 26, to leave the club. Saints have turned down a bid of £25m from Aston Villa. (Daily Echo)

Southampton's Irish striker Michael Obafemi, 21, has turned down a move to Championship side Blackburn Rovers. (Football Insider)

Inter Milan's Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 23, has decided he wants to remain at the club amid interest from Tottenham and Arsenal. (Mirror)

Inter see Lazio and Argentina forward Joaquin Correa, 27, as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku, and talks have reportedly started. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Roma general manager Tiago Pinto has "drawn all his cards" to try to convince Chelsea's 23-year-old England striker Tammy Abraham to join the Serie A club. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Chelsea have put a 50m euros (£42.5m) price tag on Abraham, with Arsenal also said to be interested. (Le 10 Sport - in French)

Borussia Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, is 'dreaming' of a Premier League move. (Sky Germany, via Star)

Chelsea turned down the chance to sign 32-year-old Poland frontman Robert Lewandowski for 80m euros (£68m) from Bayern Munich earlier this summer. (Bild, via Goal - in German)

Lyon are up against Italian clubs AC Milan and Napoli in their pursuit of Chelsea's 26-year-old France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has had a request to sign two players turned down by club bosses as he tries to make up for the loss of Argentine Lionel Messi, 34, and the injury to compatriot and fellow forward Sergio Aguero, 33. (Sport)

Barcelona are willing to pay half of Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho's salary in an attempt to secure a loan move to Lazio for the 29-year-old. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Besiktas have made Chelsea's 27-year-old Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi their main transfer target this summer. (Footmercato - in French)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could turn to Newcastle United's 24-year-old English goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, after failing to sign Sheffield United and England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, 23. (Chronicle)


Newcastle v West Ham: match preview

Louise Taylor

When Newcastle emerged comfortable 2-0 winners from their first match of last season at the London Stadium, few imagined West Ham would end the campaign in sixth place. Or that, despite ultimately finishing a reasonably comfortable 12th, Steve Bruce’s team would look like relegation candidates for prolonged periods. Much here hinges on how Newcastle’s first large crowd – almost 50,000 are expected – since late February 2020 react to Bruce. Many fans still want him replaced but Joe Willock’s £25m arrival from Arsenal should help pacify dissent, while Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson and Miguel Almirón offer more than sufficient attacking flair to pose West Ham problems.

Sunday 2pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue St James’ Park

Last season Newcastle 3 West Ham 2

Referee Martin Atkinson

Last season G26 Y62 R2 2.46 cards/game

Odds H 23-10 A 23-18 D 45-17


Subs from Gillespie, Manquillo, Schär, Krafth, Shelvey, Hendrick, M Longstaff, Joelinton, Gayle, Fraser

Doubtful None

Injured Dummett (calf, 21 Aug), Darlow (match fitness, 21 Aug), Dubravka (foot, Sep)

Suspended None

Discipline Y62 R3 (last season)

Leading scorer Wilson 12 (last season)


Subs from Areola, Randolph, Martin, Fredericks, Coventry, Alves, Noble, Johnson, Baptiste, Odubeko, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Silva, Masuaku

Doubtful Lanzini (groin)

Injured Ogbonna (hamstring, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y49 R3 (last season)

Leading scorers Antonio, Soucek 10 (last season)


Calciomercato Napoli - Estupiñán prefers blue to West Ham: the details

The Napoli market appears more blocked than ever, especially with regard to incoming transactions. Some sales - including loans and definitive titles - have been made, now it's time to make up for some absence in some areas of the field. Among these is the left-back, given that Mario Rui does not guarantee reliability and Ghoulam does not give safety from a physical point of view.

At the top of the list for left-handed is Pervis Estupiñán, left-back owned by Villarreal. The formula to take him away from Spain provides for a loan of 1.5 million euros with the right of redemption. There is also West Ham on his trail but the player prefers the destination Naples. The Corriere del Mezzogiorno reports it today.


Irons linked with Slavia swoop

West Ham have again been linked with a raid on Slavia Prague!

The Czech club have been knocked out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage, meaning they have dropped into the Europa League qualifiers instead.

And Ex WHU Employee insists that there could be a chance for the Hammers to again raid the club after snaffling away both Tomas Soucek and Vlad Coufal.

That pair have been nothing short of brilliant and Ex now claims that there could be a chance to bring in a defender from the club, by the name of David Zima.

The 20-year-old is already a Czech Republic international, and he can play as both a centre-back and a defensive midfielder.

Zima already has 50 appearances for Slavia under his belt, scoring once and laying on an assist, and Ex believes he could become a target for the club, especially after seeing the talks with Nikola Milenkovic stall.

Speaking on his Patreon, he said: “Slavia Prague (where we got Soucek and Coufal from) were knocked out of the Champions League this week. This could present us with some transfer options.

“Firstly in defence, they have a young defender called David Zima. He is only 20 but has already impressed in the heart of their defence and got himself an international cap.

“We could explore a deal for him and his fellow teammate Abdallah Sima.”

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

bill green 3:53 Sat Aug 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:18 Sat Aug 14

Thanks Alan 2:18 Sat Aug 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thecockneyb 2:07 Sat Aug 14

thecockneyboy 2:07 Sat Aug 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al

Mad Dog 1:58 Sat Aug 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I like the way that team line up integrates all our new signings...... oh

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