WHO Poll
Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham

Alan 1:22 Wed Mar 16
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool's Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 29, is not desperate to leave Anfield this summer and could instead depart for free next year when his contract ends. (Fabrizio Romano)

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will not talk to Salah and his agent amid a stand-off over a new deal for the forward. (Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, will ask for a release clause to be written into any contract, should he move clubs this summer. (Sun)

Manchester City are prepared to make Haaland the highest-paid player in England with a salary in excess of £500,000 a week. (Mail).

Paris St-Germain do not intend to let Brazil forward Neymar, 30, leave this summer despite interest from his former club Barcelona. (Le10Sport - ESPN)

Manchester United's links with a £90m move for England captain Harry Kane, 28, depend on Paris St-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino - his former boss at Tottenham Hotspur - becoming the new Red Devils manager. (GiveMeSport)

Kane says he is "motivated to get even better" under manager Antonio Conte, amid interest from Old Trafford. (Sky Sports, via Mirror)

Atletico Madrid's Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 35, wants to play at least one more season in Europe before a move to the MLS, and the former Liverpool forward would consider a return to England, with Aston Villa keen. (Mail)

Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign 18-year-old midfielder Toby Collyer from Brighton. (Mirror)Collyer will join United on a three-and-a-half year deal. (Express)

AC Milan's 25-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie will be Barcelona's first signing of the summer transfer window, with Chelsea's Denmark centre-back Andreas Christensen, 25, to follow, both on free transfers. (ESPN)

Manchester United have approached Borussia Dortmund over a move for 26-year-old Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji. (Express)

Fulham are interested in signing Liverpool's England defender Joe Gomez, 24, and Wales right-back Neco Williams, 20, who has impressed on loan at Craven Cottage. (Express)

Uefa has made assurances that Chelsea's last-16 second-leg tie against Lille in the Champions League will still go ahead. (RMC Sport - in French)

Arsenal face competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona for Napoli's 25-year-old Spain midfielder Fabian Ruiz. (Corriere dello Sport, via Express)

Arsenal will raise £20m towards signing a new striker from the sales of 22-year-old France midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to Marseille and 26-year-old Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira to Fiorentina. (Mirror)

The Gunners have enquired about a deal for Real Madrid's 31-year-old Belgium winger Eden Hazard. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Arsenal are set to hold talks over a new deal for 20-year-old French defender William Saliba after he impressed during his loan spell at Marseille. (Mail)

Barcelona will target Wolves' Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 25, as a replacement for Spain's Sergio Busquets, 33. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Barcelona are also hoping Chelsea will allow Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 32, to depart Stamford Bridge for free this summer. (ESPN, via Express)

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes the Old Trafford club should attempt to sign Paris St-Germain's Brazil centre-back Marquinhos, 27, and Barcelona's Uruguay defender Ronald Araujo, 23, to strengthen their defence. (MEN)

Sky Paper Talk


Arsenal are expected to hold preliminary talks with William Saliba over a new contract as the club review the situation, according to reports.

Chelsea fans are now being told they are unable to attend a memorial service for club icon Peter Bonetti this week, even though tickets were due to be given away for free, under the terms of government sanctions.

Manchester City are ready to make Erling Haaland the highest-paid player in England, should he join from Borussia Dortmund.

Everton have reached an agreement with the Premier League in which they will consult over player signings and new contracts to avoid breaching spending rules.

Gareth Southgate is considering a clutch of first-time picks when he names his first squad of 2022 on Thursday with Crystal Palace duo Tyrick Mitchell and Marc Guehi among those on his radar.

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag smirked off suggestions he is ready to take the Manchester United managerial job this summer.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is in line for a new contract at Leicester after establishing himself as a mainstay of Brendan Rodgers' team this season.

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston says the sanctions placed on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich should act as a 'wake-up call' and lead to 'significant change' over who can own football clubs.


Erling Haaland is expected to ask for a release clause to be written into his contract if he moves clubs this summer.

Atletico Madrid had a huge pre-match panic after leaving their tactics board at Old Trafford on the eve of Tuesday's clash with Manchester United.

Roman Abramovich is thought to have landed in Moscow after fleeing his mansion in Israel, it has been reported.

Chelsea face losing their next generation of stars unless the government changes its mind on signing new contracts.

A megabucks pal of Donald Trump is launching an eleventh-hour bid for Chelsea.

Middlesbrough have announced they will be selling Chelsea's ticket allocation for Saturday's FA Cup clash to their own fans.

Diego Simeone was pelted with missiles by Manchester United fans after dumping the team out of the Champions League.

Arsenal have reportedly contacted Real Madrid regarding a sensational summer move for superstar Eden Hazard.

Manchester United are set to make a new contract offer to Manuel Akanji to persuade him to leave Borussia Dortmund.

Barcelona have reached a "total agreement" to sign AC Milan star Franck Kessie as a free agent in the summer, reports suggest.


Premier League clubs have asked Chelsea's under-fire chairman Bruce Buck whether the pledge by Roman Abramovich to wipe out the club's outstanding £1.5billion debt could hand the club itself, and the Russian's successor as owner, a competitive advantage.

Chelsea are facing a gruelling 10-hour-plus round trip to Middlesbrough and back for their FA Cup quarter-final after not booking flights for the game before Roman Abramovich was sanctioned over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Manchester United could potentially continue to play at Old Trafford while a new stadium is built on surrounding land if the club decided to demolish their famous old ground.

Leicester Tigers have escaped a points deduction following the conclusion of the investigation into salary-cap breaches over five seasons between 2016 and 2021.

Daniil Medvedev and other Russian and Belarusian tennis players face being banned from Wimbledon unless they publicly denounce the Ukraine invasion, the government has confirmed.


Mikel Arteta has dropped the clearest hint yet Arsenal are ready to give Alexandre Lacazette a longer deal.

Former Chelsea striker and Ukraine international Andriy Shevchenko will house child refugees in his London home and assist 150 Ukrainians settle in the UK.


Chelsea's Champions League match against Lille on Wednesday night is expected to go ahead despite Roman Abramovich being sanctioned by the European Union - but UEFA is seeking clarification over whether there could be any impact on future European fixtures.

Anthony Martial has given his strongest indication yet he is determined to seek a permanent transfer from Manchester United this summer.

Antonio Conte has suggested he could leave Tottenham Hotspur if the club does not match his ambitions for rebuilding the squad.

There is growing concern among a number of county chief executives that an independent panel could recommend reducing the number of first-class sides.


Jurgen Klopp has called for Mohamed Salah to receive more protection from referees after saying it is "crazy" how few free-kicks the forward is awarded when fouled.


Fulham are plotting a double raid on Liverpool this summer - to capture both Neco Williams and Joe Gomez.

Mikel Arteta has asked Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke to fund three new high-profile signings in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

Barcelona are hoping Chelsea will boost their chances of snapping up Cesar Azpilicueta by allowing their skipper to quit Stamford Bridge in the summer.


Aaron Ramsey looks set to be pushed further out of the picture at Juventus with manager Max Allegri reportedly eyeing another new midfielder.


Owen Coyle has moved into pole position to become the new Queen's Park boss.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke is bracing himself for an unprecedented six games in June.

Fabrizio Romano @FabrizioRomano

Darwin Núñez will be another big name to watch in the summer. West Ham made an official bid for him on Deadline Day in Jan: €48m turned down by Benfica. #UCL

…Hammers alongside other clubs will be back in the summer for Núñez, this time with good chances.

Sport Witness

“I could’ve done much better at West Ham” – Experience with Hammers was still ‘wonderful’

David Di Michele is not a name which will go down much in the history books of West Ham United, but the Italian forward had a reasonable impact in the short period his was with the English side.

He joined the Hammers on a loan deal from Torino in 2008, and the London club had an option to make the move permanent. Gianfranco Zola was the manager at the time, and decided against using the buying clause, which meant Di Michele had to return to Italian football.

Following the West Ham loan, he moved to Lecce on the same basis, however, they did use the chance to make the move permanent. That stay still didn’t last long, and Di Michele, who has represented Italy six times, went on to play for Chievo, Reggina and Lupa Roma, before hanging up his boots in 2016.

Speaking to Italian radio, and asked about his period in English football, Di Michele is quoted by Il Napoli Online as saying: “West Ham? I could have done much better at West Ham in terms of scoring, I scored four goals and made 15 assists. I helped them do it, so it compensates for the situation: it was a wonderful experience, if I had done it earlier it would have been better.”

A nice period in his career, if tinged with a little regret.

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lowlife 10:30 Wed Mar 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
A bit like when Johnathan Calleri scored 12 goals for us.......

Agent Scud 2:46 Wed Mar 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

4 assists apparently.

Texas Iron 2:06 Wed Mar 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

bill green 1:54 Wed Mar 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Vexed 1:48 Wed Mar 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ag! yeah I raised an eyebrow at that 15 assist claim. He was fairly useful on occasion though. Well, in comparison to some of the other strikers we had at the time. Glad we dont scrape around for strikers like that anymore.......oh hang on.

Lee Trundle 1:33 Wed Mar 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"West Ham? I could have done much better at West Ham in terms of scoring, I scored four goals and made 15 assists"

15 assists? You sure about that DAVE?

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