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 11:13 Sun Aug 22
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

David Beckham has held talks with Lionel Messi about joining Inter Miami when the 34-year-old Argentina striker's PSG contract expires in 2023. (Mirror)

West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 22, is unhappy at the £100m price tag the club have put on him, effectively pricing him out of a move this summer. (Sunday Telegraph)

AC Milan want to sign Manchester City and Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, 27, in £45m deal. (Star Sunday)

Fiorentina and Serbia's 21-year-old striker Dusan Vlahovic is Tottenham's top target if Harry Kane leaves this summer. (La Repubblica - in Italian)

Tottenham turned down a swap deal involving Bayern Munich's France midfielder Corentin Tolisso, 27, that would have seen France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 24, join the Bundesliga giants. (Sky Sport Germany - in German)

Ndombele wants a move to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich. (AS - in Spanish)

Tottenham transfer chief Fabio Paratici has opened talks with Juventus over a move for Ndombele, in a swap deal that would see United States midfielder Weston McKennie, 22, join the north London club. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Everton have joined Bologna and Eintracht Frankfurt in the race to sign French defender Malang Sarr, 22, from Chelsea. (Gianluca Di Marzo - in Italian)

Chelsea are considering a move for Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 21. The Blues are weighing up whether to complete a permanent deal now and then allow the Frenchman to stay the Stade Louis II until next summer. (90min)

Manchester United remain interested in Wolves and Portugal's 24-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves. (Sunday Express)

Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out a move for Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 28. (Manchester Evening News)

Newcastle will hold talks with Everton over a move for Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, 30, at the request of manager Steve Bruce. (Calcio In Pillole, via Star)

AC Milan are close to finalising a deal for Chelsea's French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 27. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Manchester City would be keen on Barcelona's young Spanish midfielder Ilaix Moriba, but only if they could sign the 18-year-old on a free transfer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Anderlecht are working on a deal to sign Manchester City's English midfielder Liam Delap, 18, on loan. (Football Insider)

Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender David Luiz, 34, is a target for Flamengo. The Brazilian is a free agent after leaving Arsenal at the end of his contract this summer. (Globo, via Sun)

Southampton hope to finalise a deal for Torino's Brazilian defender Lyanco, 24. (Mail on Sunday)

Burnley will compete with Crystal Palace in their pursuit of Watford's English midfielder Will Hughes, 26. (Mail on Sunday)

Southampton are hoping to complete a cut-price deal for Celtic's Scotland midfielder Ryan Christie, 26, whose contract expires in January. (Sun)

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Atalanta, Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham among clubs interested in Lille’s Jonathan Bamba

Fabrice Hawkins reports this evening that Lille’s Jonathan Bamba could be set to make a move before the end of the summer window, with a range of European clubs interested in bringing in the winger.

Three clubs in particular are monitoring the 25-year-old’s situation right now – Atalanta, Bayer Leverkusen, and West Ham. L’Équipe had reported earlier this month that Bamba was among the Lille players on the market, as the club looks to recover from financial difficulties.

The former France youth international has been with Lille since 2018, and notably contributed to the club’s Ligue 1 title win last season under Christophe Galtier, beating PSG to the trophy by a single point.


OM, Nice, West Ham… Montpellier stripped

A victim of its own success, the Montpellier club have a good chance of being looted before the end of the summer transfer window ... The departures of Andy Delort and Gaëtan Laborde are mentioned in particular.

On Sunday, Andy Delort will be at the forefront of MHSC’s attack in the game against Lorient. But not sure that the Hérault captain receives an ovation from the public of La Mosson. Considering that for the past few hours, his case has drawn a lot of ink in the transfer window. It must be said that Nice went on the offensive to sign the 29-year-old forward. Through its trainer Christophe Galtier, the Gym has even officially revealed its recent interest in Delort. A way of doing things that did not please Laurent Nicollin at all, who will therefore not make any gifts to the OGCN.

Delort between Nice and OM

“We have enough connections to each other to call each other. And to say, I've been your player for a while, I want to. But, don't pretend you found out by looking at Amazon. It has been going around in circles for two months, it is becoming painful. When Andy Delort, who has a salary that the club has never offered to anyone, and he has three years of contract and he changes agent, there is a ball in the pie. You imagine that he has an idea behind his head. Or that we put an idea in his head, "balances, on the Midi Libre, the president of the MHSC, who knows that Delort now has the same agent as ... Galtier. In any case, for Delort, everything remains to be done as OM have also joined the ranks in the last few hours. But maybe a little too late to get ahead of Nice…
Leaving abroad for Laborde?

Regarding Gaëtan Laborde, a departure is also relevant. Since West Ham will make an offer to Montpellier early next week, knowing that Sevilla FC are waiting to "sell one of their players" to go on the attack in this case. Which therefore means that the MHSC will find it difficult to resist all these offensives, especially as Nicollin finds himself forced to sell to balance his club's books during this time of the Covid crisis.

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jakehammer 10:57 Sun Aug 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks Alan, you sporty newshound you.

muskie 4:31 Sun Aug 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Volatility reigns at West Ham as club braces itself for second takeover bid
PAI, whose first bid was rejected in February, hopes new offer will allow them to close a deal in the coming weeks

22 August 2021 • 8:00am
Sam Wallace
Co-owners of West Ham United David Gold and David Sullivan pose for a picture before the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at Olympic Stadium
At the London Stadium on Monday the stands are fully open for the first time since February last year, when the supporters of West Ham were in rebellion and a spell behind closed doors, for all the financial disadvantages, was not without its benefits for majority shareholder David Sullivan and his associate owner David Gold.

What has changed since then? Everything you might say, under the David Moyes revolution which propelled the team to sixth place last season and a first-ever spot in the Europa League group stages. And also, nothing at all - the Sullivan and Gold partnership, overseen by vice-chairman Karren Brady remains largely reviled by the fanbase. From the concerns over relegation 16 months ago, as West Ham went into the critical Southampton game that was won, there is now disquiet at the absence of a single new cash signing this window.

Last season’s unexpected success has been followed by a damp summer reality check. Moyes has little squad depth. His star midfielder Declan Rice is restless. While the club are adamant that signings will arrive in these last days of the window it all feels unmistakably West Ham: a volatile club, always on the precipice of fresh boom or fresh bust. The dream itself just slightly out of reach.

The consensus is that there must be someone who can run West Ham better, coupled with that the fear that there are those who could somehow run it even worse.

Into the picture have come PAI Capital, led by the Azerbaijan born, British-educated Nasib Piriyev, 40, who says a first bid for the club was rejected in February by Sullivan. A spokesman for PAI told the Sunday Telegraph that a new bid will be made this week which it says it hopes will “allow us to close a deal in the coming weeks”.

For their part West Ham are dismissive of PAI’s capacity to meet their valuation. Their statement remains that they have received “no formal offers to buy the club”. West Ham will not confirm PAI’s claim that proof of funds was demonstrated in February in return for access to the club’s private financial data. In a series of answers to questions this weekend from PAI it was clear that the two parties find themselves at loggerheads over the proposed takeover.

A spokesman for PAI said that the gap in valuation between the two parties was “relatively small – say 20 per cent”. “It [the takeover] is absolutely not a ‘property play’ as has been suggested by the club’s current majority shareholder, who - lest we forget - bought the club and sold Upton Park in order to move to a rented ground. That same owner now seeks an asking price for the club as if it still owned its stadium”.

There is no love lost between PAI and the current West Ham ownership, and there is reason to be sceptical of both sides. The PAI plan centres upon renegotiating the club’s tenancy deal with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to redevelop the London Stadium as well as the Olympic Park. “More sporting and cultural life and vibrancy”, it says, amid a general confidence that the whole site has been underexploited. Whether it is a solution to life at what is one of the most perennially dysfunctional clubs in the Premier League is another matter.

Among the many details on the PAI website about Piriyev’s business life is his time establishing an oil refinery in Afghanistan under the auspices of the Taliban in the early 2000s. “Those were really wild times, during the Taliban regime in the country – a very peculiar government to deal with!” recalls Piriyev, which is one way of putting it. He says the oil refinery is still there although the interview was published 12 days ago, which is a long time in football and an even longer time in the history of Afghanistan.

As well as the stadium, PAI has laid out the things most new owners promise including a better transfer strategy, and investment in the training ground and academy. It claims that in February there was no commitment on price from Sullivan “with the prospect of the team qualifying for the Champions League.” On Friday, PAI secured the endorsement of Tony Cottee although supporters need a lot more than just the reassurance of an old favourite. At West Ham they have been burned before.

What is the club worth? West Ham’s last financial results noted that Forbes rated them as the 17th most valuable club in the world – although it is hard to take that to the bank. Sullivan is understood to have rejected a £400 million valuation by PAI, a figure unconfirmed by both sides. In sixth place in the Premier League, they felt like a more valuable asset. Less so in 18th place back in February 2020, with the Championship beckoning

Like all major venues, the London Stadium was hit hard by Covid. Its most recent losses for the last financial year of £28 million will be borne by the taxpayer. Its current tenancy agreement with West Ham, with an annual cost of around £3 million, has 94 years left to run. Although the LLDC would not comment there seems to be a mood that it would listen to a new offer if it meant reducing the burden on the public purse.

The London Stadium
The London Stadium and surrounding Olympic Park is at the heart of the question - PAI says it has the expertise to convert into a much more profitable and popular destination than has been achieved CREDIT: FEDERICO MARANESI
As for the questions on PAI’s side, it says that there is no ongoing investigation into Piriyev’s father Nizami who was arrested in Azerbaijan in 2015 and subsequently released. It says the episode was linked to the collapse of a state-backed bank which then recalled loans to companies including those owned by Nizami. “A difficult decision”, PAI says, was made to sell the family’s main asset in the country, a petrochemical plant, to “enable the release” of Nizami . An Interpol arrest notice against his son Nasib, PAI says, has since been revoked.

Needless to say, this proposed takeover is not straightforward. Nor does it have the financial might of those at Chelsea or Manchester City. There are lots of claims of expertise, of being able to do things differently, all of which pre-supposes a deal can be done for the club. As for West Ham, recent history suggests that there is never an easy fix

Texas Iron 1:17 Sun Aug 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Irish 12:33 Sun Aug 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

bill green 11:49 Sun Aug 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Irish Hammer 11:41 Sun Aug 22

Irish Hammer 11:41 Sun Aug 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks very much Alan

With Kind Regards 11:16 Sun Aug 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 11:14 Sun Aug 22

Thanks Alan 11:14 Sun Aug 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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