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Q: 2022/23 You are the Chairman what do you do with Moyes?
a. Stick with him obviously, he's delivered two good seasons back to back and will see us out of this dip in form
b. If we're still lingering around the bottom three by the start of the WC then that's the time to get rid
c. What are we waiting for 2 wins in the last 20 PL games is reason enough to sack him, go now
d. I've just got my new Orange & White 3rd Kit with Moyesinho on the back, I can't wait to wear it down to the supermarket, they call me Mr West Ham around here

Alan 1:45 Mon Aug 29
Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)

Chelsea have revived their interest in Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 29, but Barcelona and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, remains their number one priority. (Guardian)

Arsenal are also interested in signing Zaha, should deals for Wolves' Portugal winger Pedro Neto, 22, or Villarreal's Spain midfielder Yeremy Pino, 19, fall through. (Dean Jones, via Express)

And Manchester United have also enquired about a potential transfer move for Aubameyang. (Caught Offside)

The agent of Manchester United and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Chelsea investigating whether a move to Stamford Bridge is possible for the 37-year-old. (Independent)

Ajax are targeting Chelsea and Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 29, as a replacement for Antony, 22, after accepting a bid from Manchester United for the Brazil international. (Mail)

Chelsea have offered Everton Albania striker Armando Broja, 20, and England midfielder Conor Gallagher, 22, plus £25m in return for 21-year-old English attacker Anthony Gordon. (Football Insider)

England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 21, is to have a medical at Bayer Leverkusen after the German Bundesliga side agree a season-long loan deal with Chelsea. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 25, is expected to stay at the Nou Camp this summer, despite interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. (CBS Sports)

Liverpool are considering a move for Sheffield United and Norway midfielder Sander Berge, 24. (Yorkshire Post)Leicester and Everton are considering a late move for Al Hilal's Brazilian attacker Matheus Pereira, 26. (Sun)

Valencia are confident of beating Real Sociedad to the signing of Edinson Cavani, 35, and are set to offer the Uruguay forward a two-year deal. (Fabrizio Romano)

Tottenham and Spain defender Sergio Reguilon, 25, is set to join Atletico Madrid on loan with no buy option included. (Fabrizio Romano)

Spurs and England midfielder Harry Winks, 26, is closing in on a move to Sampdoria after initially holding out for possible Premier League interest. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea have decided their English defender Trevoh Chalobah, 23, will not leave the club this summer despite holding talks with Inter Milan, AC Milan and RB Leipzig over a possible loan deal. (Fabrizio Romano)

Chelsea are hoping to beat Tottenham and Crystal Palace to the signing of Peterborough's English defender Ronnie Edwards, 19. (Football Insider)

Spezia are set to sign Wales midfielder Ethan Ampadu, 21, from Chelsea on a loan deal with an option to buy worth around 15m euros (£12.7m). (Fabrizio Romano)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

The tug of war between Everton and Chelsea over Anthony Gordon continues to get ever more ridiculous. In fact, it is getting seriously trippy. It says here that the hope at Stamford Bridge is that by dangling Conor Gallagher, Armando Broja and £25m in front of Goodison Park suits, Frank Lampard might be convinced to finally let go of Gordon’s feet. The Mill’s not brilliant at maths but this kind of deal would appear to make the attacking midfielder, who is yet to get into double figures for goals at Everton, worth around £75m to £80m. Far out, man.

Across Stanley Park, Liverpool have midfield problems of their own to sort out. Despite emphatically ending talk of a crisis with their nine-goal evisceration of Bournemouth, Jürgen Klopp is still keen to add a middle man who can last more than one game without getting injured to his ranks. With Frenkie de Jong looking likely to stay at Barcelona, a deal for long-time Borussia Dortmund target Jude Bellingham might be brought forward to January, but Wolves’s Ruben Neves, RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer and Sheffield United’s Sander Berge are more immediate options.

The boos that are still ringing in Steven Gerrard’s ears have prompted him to intensify efforts to strengthen his Aston Villa defence by bringing in Jan Bednarek from Southampton on loan. Ajax will move for Hakim Ziyech to replace Manchester United-bound Antony, who will do well at Old Trafford if his prolific mentions in this gossip column are anything to go by.

Brendan Rodgers wants to inject a bit of life into his stale Leicester squad by snaffling Matheus Pereira away from Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal. The flying winger last made headlines in England by becoming embroiled in a row with former West Brom manager Valérien Ismaël over his commitment to the club. Could be interesting.

Harry Winks is this close to joining Sampdoria from Tottenham and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is just a medical away from a season-long loan move to Bayer Leverkusen. Ethan Ampadu is on his way out of Stamford Bridge, too. The Wales utility man is set for a loan move to Spezia, who have the option to buy at a cool £12.5m. Reports here say that Cristiano Ronaldo is knocking at the Stamford Bridge door hoping to play Champions League football. Won’t somebody just let him in?

And the word is that Manchester City will hand £100m to Pep Guardiola and tell him to “go and buy yourself something nice” if anyone catches his eye at the Qatar World Cup.

Sky Paper Talk


Chelsea are weighing up a late move for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.

Paul Pogba's brother, Mathias, has vowed to reveal 'explosive' information about the Juventus midfielder in a bizarre video posted on Twitter.

Under-pressure Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard says fans were justified in booing his players after their home defeat to West Ham on Sunday.

Bruno Lage revealed Willy Boly sensationally chose to boycott Wolves' draw with Newcastle, despite being selected for the matchday squad, in a bid to force a move away.

Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed frustrations about having to take a 25 per cent pay cut after Manchester United missed out on a Champions League spot, according to a report.

Ajax have revived their attempt to sign Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea, who has been targeted as Antony's replacement.

Chelsea have informed Trevoh Chaloboh and Kepa Arrizabalaga they want them to stay at Stamford Bridge this season, according to reports.

Aston Villa have made a move for West Ham's Craig Dawson, but Hammers manager David Moyes doesn't want to lose the 32-year-old defender.

Aston Villa have sold winger Anwar El Ghazi to Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven for £2.5m.

Burnley are among the clubs keen on Aston Villa youngster Caleb Chukwuemeka who could leave just weeks after his brother Carney's £20m switch to Chelsea.

The Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has joined some of its defectors in their lawsuit against the PGA Tour, although an amended complaint shows four golfers have removed their names from it.


Former Manchester United star Edinson Cavani is set to join Valencia. The striker is available on a free transfer this summer after his contract expired after two years at Old Trafford.

Leicester and Everton are weighing up a late move for ex-West Brom star Matheus Pereira.

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo could still join Chelsea with his agent Jorge Mendes reportedly returning to hold talks with the west Londoners.

PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo has confirmed Manchester United are keen on signing him.

Newcastle are desperately hoping for Home Office clearance to play new striker signing Alexander Isak at Liverpool on Wednesday.

Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu is set to join Serie A side Spezia Calcio on a season-long loan, according to reports.


Steve Cooper was deeply unimpressed by Richarlison's juggling antics during Nottingham Forest's defeat by Tottenham. "I wouldn't want my players to do that, what Richarlison did," the Nottingham Forest manager said. "If that is accepted at Spurs that is nothing to do with me, but it wouldn't be accepted here."

Nottingham Forest face a decision over whether to add Serge Aurier to the list of new arrivals after agreeing a deal for the Ivory Coast defender.


Rival managers have already been calling each other to talk about just how dangerous Erling Haaland is, fearful of the damage he can do, startled by his physical and technical attributes, hoping to pick each other's brains to try to work out how to contain the new weapon at Pep Guardiola's disposal.

Sunderland are set to appoint Tony Mowbray as their new manager as they look to restore some stability after a fraught 36 hours on Wearside.


Man Utd have 'failed' in their attempts to hijack Chelsea's move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Stan Collymore has called for Aston Villa's CEO to 'go' if Steven Gerrard is sacked this season.


Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks are each poised to seal their exits from Tottenham, with Atletico Madrid and Sampdoria respectively set to net the duo on loan.


Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl has confirmed the club have received no offers for Jude Bellingham this summer and insists they will fight to keep the England sensation in 2023.

Liverpool are considering a move for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge ahead of the deadline.

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has apologised after angering manager Thomas Tuchel with his red card against Leicester City.

Mario Balotelli provoked a furious reaction from his Adana Demirspor boss Vincenzo Montella as the two almost came to blows on the pitch after Saturday's Turkish Super Lig game.

Manchester United's deal that will secure the signing of Ajax attacking star Antony caused internal conflict within the Dutch club.


Brighton & Hove Albion expect to be without Adam Lallana for a further four matches after he missed the 1-0 home win against Leeds United.


Liverpool have seen their hopes of landing Ruben Neves before Thursday's transfer deadline dashed after Wolves manager Bruno Lage said he is "99 per cent" sure the Portuguese midfielder will stay at Molineux this summer.


Hearts boss Robbie Neilson wants two more players in before the window closes.

Nottingham Forest winger Alex Mighten has been linked with a loan move to Hearts.

The price of seeing Los Galacticos in Scotland has gone into orbit - with scalpers seeking more than £1000 to watch Celtic take on Real Madrid.


Gerrard faces up to Aston Villa boos after Fornals grabs West Ham winner

John Brewin at Villa Park

Losing a game heading for a goalless draw is nothing like a positive sign. Losing against West Ham in such a fashion was a desperately bad look for Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa. A dire first half had suggested a stalemate set in stone, only for Pablo Fornals, via the heel of Ezri Konsa, to end West Ham’s scoring drought.

In climbing off the bottom of the table to 16th, behind Villa on goals scored, West Ham avoided becoming only the second team in Premier League history to lose their first four matches without scoring a goal. The previous team, Crystal Palace in 2017, removed their manager Frank de Boer immediately afterwards. David Moyes will be suffering no such fate.

“The performance was not the most important thing; the result was,” said Moyes, who confirmed Lucas Paqueta had taken a medical with a view to completing a move from Lyon. “It’s one win but you have to start somewhere.”

The pendulum of pressure swings instead to Gerrard ahead of six days in which his team face Manchester City, then Arsenal. “I’ve got ears,” said Gerrard, acknowledging Villa fans’ post-match rancour. “I’ve been in the game long enough to know if you lose three games from four it’s not the start you want.”

The winning goal was a litany of small details: the previously shackled Declan Rice allowed to surge onwards, Matty Cash slow to track Fornals’ run and Konsa also perhaps slow to read the danger. On such margins tight matches are won and lost and pressure comes to bear on managers.

Pablo Fornals' second-half strike gave West Ham their first goal and first points of the season

Emiliano Martinez was left with no chance after the deflection carried the ball away from him

It barely helps when an attack is as blunt as Villa’s was against a West Ham defence that for the first half struggled with an unfamiliar shape. Having lost to Brighton last week, Moyes employed a back five, Emerson Palmieri debuting at left wing-back. Moyes also handed Gianluca Scamacca a first Premier League start at centre-forward but both experiments would prove short-lived. “Villa thrived in it,” Moyes admitted of his first-half blue-sky thinking.

Gerrard said: “You can say it was cruel and it was bad luck but we had 90 minutes to score goals.” said Gerrard. He added that his team had lacked that “bit of imagination” in proving incapable of opening up an opponent undergoing a first-half identity crisis.

Risking Emiliano Buendía in creative tandem with Philippe Coutinho continues to be off-limits and a big part of Coutinho’s detail was to stick as close to Rice whenever Villa were out of possession, the West Ham captain struggling with such close attention. Coutinho was, though, far less successful in finding the runs of Danny Ings. Villa did get the ball in the net in the 14th minute, Konza stabbing home, but their celebrations were curtailed when the assistant referee pointed out Lucas Digne’s corner had bent out of bounds.

West Ham’s five-man defence became four at half-time as Emerson was replaced by Saïd Benrahma. An improvement followed and only Digne’s last-ditch intervention stopped Jarrod Bowen breaking away on the counter.

Said Benrahma's inclusion at half-time was the catalyst for the Hammers in the second period

Just past the hour Scamacca got a first sight of goal, only for Calum Chambers’ challenge to take the sting out. The hulking Italian was soon subbed off for Michail Antonio, Moyes admitting: “We gave him nothing. Scamacca left the field just as Coutinho, pulling up with cramp, departed to be replaced by, of course, Buendía.

And when Rice strode forward to set up Fornals’ goal he was no longer being shadowed. Clearly missing the memo, Buendía was nowhere near and Emiliano Martínez could only watch as the ball spun beyond his reach and in. Loud disquiet from Villa Park’s Holte End soon followed and there were further groans as Leon Bailey and Jacob Ramsey smashed late shots wide.

The final whistle brought relief for West Ham and Moyes and yet angrier boos for Villa and Gerrard. “We saw our supporters’ frustration,” said the beaten manager. “There’s no one more frustrated than me. I’m all in to make it work, and my staff are, too.”

Caught Offside

Barcelona considering surprise move for West Ham star

Matthew Smith

Barcelona are considering a surprise move for West Ham attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals.

Fornals has played a pivotal role in West Ham’s success in recent years, since signing from Villarreal in 2019.

The Spanish international has recently returned to the Spain squad, but a move back to his home country could help him cement his place on the plane heading to Qatar for the World Cup in November.

Now, according to Fichajes, Barcelona are considering making a move for West Ham’s Fornals if they miss out on Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva.

The chances of West Ham allowing Fornals to leave the club seems slim, but with Fabrizio Romano confirming to CaughtOffiside his Substack column that the London club are looking to sign Lucas Paqueta, Fornals may find himself falling down the pecking order at the club.

When a club like Barcelona come knocking, it’s difficult for any player to turn it down, especially a Spaniard such as Fornals.

We’ve seen with Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, and Raphinha this summer, that even with financial troubles and interest from other clubs, the attraction of Barcelona is too much to turn down.

Voetbal Belgie

Higher offer on the way for Hans Vanaken?

West Ham United throws no less than 60 million euros on the table for Lucas Paquetea. The attacking midfielder comes from Olympique Lyon. The Hammers would make an attempt to bring in Hans Vanaken in the final phase of the English summer mercato.

Club Brugge threw a bid of 10 million euros in the trash. West Ham United then indicated that they wanted to pay 11 million euros plus 2 million in bonuses. Which was also laughed at in Bruges. They are counting on 15 to 20 million euros for the 30-year-old Red Devil.

Hans Vanaken sees a transfer to West Ham United. David Moyes still wants the former player of Lommel and Sporting Lokeren to join. If it does not come to a transfer, he will receive an adjustment to his contract with Club Brugge.

De Limburger played against Sporting Charleroi on Friday and was well into the match. Club won 1-3.

If Vanaken moves to West Ham United, he will play against Anderlecht in the Conference League. At Club Brugge he can taste a new adventure in the Champions League.

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Mex Martillo 5:29 Mon Aug 29
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ted fenton 5:23 Mon Aug 29
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Kaiser Zoso 1:56 Mon Aug 29
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On The Ball 1:52 Mon Aug 29
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There's something about Ethan Ampadu's face that really makes me want to run him over.

Lee Trundle 1:49 Mon Aug 29
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Can you check your WHOMail, Alan, then I'll be saying THANKS ALAN?

Thanks Alan 1:47 Mon Aug 29
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Thanks Alan

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