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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 12:15 Mon Aug 23
Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)

Manchester City are set to make a final push to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane this week. The future of the England captain, who made his first appearance of the season as a substitute in Spurs' win at Wolves, remains uncertain with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy determined to hold on to the 28-year-old. (Telegraph)

Tottenham are also weighing up a possible £40m offer for Wolves winger Adam Traore with Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo keen to be reunited with the Spain international, who he managed for three years at Molineux. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, whose £64m contract clause will become active in January. (Marca - in Spanish)

Tottenham remain interested in Lyon and France midfielder Houssem Aouar, 23, who is also wanted by Juventus. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal failed in an attempt to sign Manuel Locatelli before the 23-year-old Italy midfielder joined Juventus on a two-year loan, despite offering Sassuolo more money than the Serie A giants, according to the Neroverdi's CEO Giovanni Carnevali. (Gazzetta di Modena - in Italian)

Rennes have made highly rated French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, 18, available for 35m euros in the final days of the transfer window after he refused to sign a new contract at the club. (Fabrizio Romano)

Tottenham are chasing England Under-21 attacking midfielder Noni Madueke, but PSV Eindhoven have told the north Londoners it will take a bid of £40m to sign the 19-year-old, who left Spurs to join the Eredivisie club in 2018. (Mirror)

Chelsea have resumed talks with Sevilla over French defender Jules Kounde, 22, and will make room in their squad by allowing Italian Davide Zappacosta, 29, Frenchman Kurt Zouma, 26, and English striker Ike Ugbo, 22, to leave. (Mail)

Zappacosta is set to join Atalanta on a four-year deal. (Sky Sport Italia - in Italian)

Spurs also look set to sign highly rated Senegalese midfielder Pape Matar Sarr, 18, from Metz with French club's president Bernard Serin confirming they are in "advanced talks" with the Premier League side for a deal that will exceed 10m euros. (Le Republicain Lorrain - in French)

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke accidentally revealed that captain Granit Xhaka has signed a new contract with the club in his match programme notes before Sunday's defeat by Chelsea. Switzerland midfielder Xhaka, who has been linked with Roma, has penned a new "long-term" deal according to Kroenke. (Mail)

Tottenham are pushing to sign Juventus and USA midfielder Weston McKennie, 22. (Tuttosport via Goal)

Southampton are edging closer to completing a 7.5m euro (£6.4m) deal to sign Torino defender Lyanco, 24, as the Saints continue their search to replace Jannik Vestergaard. (Tuttosport via Sport Witness)

Manchester United will attempt to strike a deal for Wolves' Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves, 24, for less than their £40m asking price. (Mirror)

Everton have had an approach for 19-year-old Scottish defender Nathan Patterson knocked back by Rangers and it is unclear if the Toffees will return with a second bid. (Liverpool Echo)

Burnley are prepared to make a club record £15m move for Lyon left-back Maxwel Cornet, 24, with the Turf Moor club in talks over a four-year deal for the Ivory Coast international. (Sun)

Roma are interested in signing France defender Clement Lenglet from Barcelona with Jose Mourinho keen to bolster his defensive options before the transfer window closes. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Guardian Rumour Mill

John Brewin

Cristiano Ronaldo is unsettled. We know this because he asked to sit on the Juventus bench against Udinese on Sunday night, and thus must want a transfer.

Not so, say Juventus manager Max Allegri and Pavel Nedved, these days a Bianconeri suit, though one who retains his Patrick Swayze mane. Both say the great man just didn’t feel fit enough to start a game (in which he came on to score a header that would have been the winner had it not been ruled out by VAR).

That’s that? No, this is the Rumour Mill, silly, and therefore we must consider all possible destinations, ranging from Sporting Lisbon, his alma mater, to Tottenham. Yes, Tottenham, where Daniel Levy might well have been looking at those pictures of Diego Maradona in a Spurs’ Holsten-era kit and thinking this might actually work. After all, Gareth Bale spent last season at Spurs in an arrangement though that ended up lacking the romance it had been hoped for.

As it is, there are other pressing concerns for Levy, namely the Harry Kane affair. That nears its final week with the suggestion being that Manchester City are preparing a bid – whatever preparing a bid means – for the Spurs and England skipper, who came on at Wolves on Sunday for a few minutes and got booked for, rather ironically, time-wasting. More of that tale throughout this week as we career towards that dread moment when the transfer window SLAMS SHUT.

The Nuno connection at Tottenham has introduced the idea that their new manager, two wins to the good, fancies linking up with a former Wolves charge, Adama Traoré, to add speed, skill and more speed to the Spurs wing. Other Spurs links include Kvicha Kvaratskhelia of Rubin Kazan and a swap deal involving Tanguy Ndombele and the Bayern Munich midfielder, Corentin Tolisso. It would be a shock to see Ndombele play any part for Tottenham this season, and he may be involved in a deal including Lyon’s Houssem Aouar which may return him to his former club.

Beyond the business at Tottenham, what else is there? Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes, wanted by everyone, will cost €35m to whoever will pay it. He’s a longstanding target for Manchester United, who want a midfielder but who are also looking at Rúben Neves of Wolves, though don’t want to pay the £40m he would cost. Camavinga also interests Paris Saint-Germain, and that means United may not be able to compete on the teenager’s wages.

Camavinga is seen as a ‘new Paul Pogba’ while the old Paul Pogba is being linked with Real Madrid, as he has been for some years. The old Paul Pogba has previously been reported to be heading to PSG at the end of his United contract, which has one year left to run.

Chelsea have started the season in rare form, but their business may not be done. As ever at Stamford Bridge, there are decks of unwanted players to clear. Tiémoué Bakayoko is set for another Milan loan, while Davide Zappacosta will join Atalanta on an initial loan with view to a permanent move. Ike Ugbo is set for Belgian club Genk while Malang Sarr may join Bologna on loan. The removal of that quartet will apparently make room to buy defender Jules Koundé from Sevilla.


West Ham v Leicester: match preview

West Ham v Leicester: probable starters in bold, contenders in light

These sides will be hoping to kick on after challenging for Champions League qualification last season. They almost upset the established order – Leicester only missed out on the final day – and both have made winning starts to the new campaign. West Ham mounted a strong comeback at Newcastle after a poor first half and Leicester, who hope to have James Maddison available, beat Wolves thanks to a goal from the evergreen Jamie Vardy. It should be a tight game. Jacob Steinberg

Monday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue London Stadium

Last season West Ham 3 Leicester 2

Referee Michael Oliver

This season G1 Y0 R0 0 cards/game

Odds H 13-8 A 25-14 D 13-5


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

Doubtful None

Injured Masuaku (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y0 R0

Form W

Leading scorers Antonio, Benrahma, Soucek 1


Subs from Ward, Jakupovic, Thomas, Benkovic, Albrighton, Soumaré, Daka, Choudhury, Dewbsury-Hall, Praet, Iheanacho, Amartey

Doubtful Maddison (back)

Injured Evans (ankle, Sep), Justin (knee, unknown), Fofana (calf, unknown), Bertrand (Covid-19, unknown), Mendy (groin, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y1 R0

Form W

Leading scorer Vardy 1

Sport Witness

Club say transfer ‘moving forward’ – West Ham likeliest destination of two options

West Ham were repeatedly linked with a move for Gaëtan Laborde during the January transfer window, with Montpellier going public about the Hammers making contact with the striker’s representatives.

Towards the end of the winter market it was reported the Premier League club had been sent an ultimatum over the deal and were told not to leave things until deadline day.

Ultimately a move didn’t happen, with there seeming some hesitation at West Ham over what they really wanted to push for.

Inevitably, as the summer window approached there were further claims from France about a potential move to London for Laborde, and those are continuing as the current window edges closer to closing.

L’Equipe report Montpellier again going public, saying things are ‘moving forward’ for the player’s exit. Only two clubs have been named, and of course West Ham are one of those.

The other option is Sevilla, although that looks less likely given they’ve just completed a move to sign Rafa Mir from Wolves.


Benrahma and Diop could miss Saints clash

Said Benrahma and Issa Diop could both be absent from West Ham’s clash with Southampton.

The Irons take on the Saints in the fourth gameweek of the season.

Benrahma is an Algeria international and his country face Burkina Faso in September in Morocco.

However, Morocco is reportedly set to be placed on the UK government’s red list, per The Independent, meaning that anybody returning from the country will face a 10-day quarantine.

If Benrahma is involved, he will likely be in self-quarantine during the preparation for the game, as reported by Hammers News.

The same goes for Issa Diop, who has declared his international allegiance for Morocco; they face Sudan on the 2nd of September.

Benrahma would even potentially be a doubt for the clash with Manchester United, so David Moyes will be hoping that there is a U-turn from the government on their travel restrictions.

All we can do is wait and see over the next few weeks.

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