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 1:07 Mon Jan 16
Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)

Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for England forward Raheem Sterling, despite the 28-year-old only moving to Stamford Bridge last summer. (Football Insider)

Arsenal have made contact with Barcelona to explore deals for Brazil winger Raphinha, 26, and Spain forward Ferran Torres, 22. (90min)

Arsenal have been offered Brighton and Belgium winger Leandro Trossard, 28, who is set to leave the Seagulls this month. (Independent)

Barcelona have put a 100m euro (£88.7m) price tag on Raphinha, who moved to the Nou Camp from Leeds in July. (Sport - in Spanish)

Barcelona want to re-sign Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, from Chelsea but fear they are legally unable to do so. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Chelsea are ready to spend more than £100m on three further signings during the January transfer window after completing a deal for Ukraine forward Mykhailo Mudryk. (Football Insider)

Liverpool could move for Wolves and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 25, in January with England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Guinea's Naby Keita's time at the club running out. (Mirror)

Arsenal are interested in signing Real Valladolid's Spanish right-back Ivan Fresneda, 18. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester United and Arsenal will compete to sign Brazilian winger Luiz Henrique, 22, from Real Betis. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

West Ham have made a £25m bid for Lorient and Nigeria striker Terem Moffi, 23. (Sky Sports)

Leeds are interested in Club Bruges' 20-year-old Belgian goalkeeper Senne Lammens. (Mail)

PSV Eindhoven have made an enquiry for Norwich's English midfielder Todd Cantwell, 24. Rangers are also interested. (Football Insider)

Discussions are ongoing between the Polish football association and Steven Gerrard over the former Aston Villa boss becoming manager of the Poland national team. (Fabrizio Romano)

Nottingham Forest have joined the list of clubs interested in signing Villarreal and Netherlands forward Arnaut Danjuma, 25, on loan. (Mail)

Everton have opened loan talks with Atalanta and Colombia forward Duvan Zapata, 31. (Mirror, via TEAMtalk)

West Ham are considering replacements for manager David Moyes, with Nuno Espirito Santo and Rafael Benitez among the contenders. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Moyes is working on a game-by-game basis, but is expected to be in charge of West Ham's next game against Everton on Saturday. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

John Brewin

Now that Mykhaylo Mudryk has been unveiled as a Chelsea player, one of this winter’s great transfer sagas comes to its unexpected end. But will that stop Chelsea under Todd Boehly spending like Viv Nicholson? The answer is very probably not.

An offer of £26.5m for PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke is still on the table, and spending what could reach a €100m fee on Mudryk has not prevented interest in signing Enzo Fernández from Benfica or Moises Caicedo from Brighton, even if both deals will be difficult to pull off. Raheem Sterling, who cost almost £50m last summer but has struggled since may be shipped out. As yet, no takers are forthcoming.

Another player they’d like to jettison is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Barcelona wanting him back to support Robert Lewandowski. The problem is that La Liga transfer window regulations may kibosh that deal. Aubameyang has already played for Barça this season and the previous precedent was Dani Ceballos being prevented from going on loan to Betis from Real Madrid five years ago having already played earlier that season as a full-time Betis player. The Spanish club are seeking further complications in doing one of those swap deals you hear about but only happen at Barça. Franck Kessié on loan in exchange for Internazionale’s Croatian World Cup star Marcelo Brozovic is the proposal.

With Mudryk off the table, Arsenal are still looking for someone to bolster their forward line. Leandro Trossard, who left the UK on Friday after a row with Brighton coach Roberto De Zerbi, is a possibility, and out of contract this summer. On Saturday De Zerbi said he was willing to end hostilities: “I am ready to open the door for him because he is a good guy and he is a very good player for us, very important player.” Tottenham are another club linked with Trossard. Mikel Arteta’s club are elsewhere linked with Raphinha and Ferran Torres of Barcelona as it becomes clear Gabriel Jesus will be out for a while yet. Raphinha will cost almost as much as Mudryk, according to reports in Spain. Another possibility is Luiz Henrique of Real Betis, who Manchester United also want to add to their collection of wingers. And there’s an old favourite, too: Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, who would cost Arsenal £71m, having been their big target 12 months ago but failed to settle in Turin.

The Trossard development came after Brighton’s hammering of Liverpool on Saturday, and that result, and dreadful performance, may be the end of a couple of players’ time at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was an ineffectual starter on the left of the attack while Naby Keïta came on as an ineffectual sub. Any takers? Liverpool hope so, and want Rúben Neves from Wolves. It wouldn’t be the transfer window without Neves being linked to one of Liverpool or United.

Wolves, with Julen Lopetegui presiding over a revival, want to spend, and Pablo Sarabia of PSG, the Spanish international, available at a cut-price, is wanted. A deal for João Gomes, the Brazilian from Flamengo, is imminent, too.

Leicester, who seem to be going in the opposite direction to Wolves, are also looking to add to their squad, but Nicolás González, the Argentinian forward, is not for sale, say Fiorentina. And neither is World Cup star Sofyan Amrabat, who has been linked with filling the vacuum that has lately become Liverpool’s midfield.

Sky Paper Talk


West Ham have drawn up a four-person shortlist to potentially replace under-fire David Moyes, It includes two "dream" appointments in Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel.

Barcelona are seeking legal clarity over a potential deal to re-sign striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Chelsea.

Tottenham could follow up an initial inquiry for Brighton winger Leandro Trossard this week as doubts over his future at the Amex Stadium continue to grow.

Australia international Keanu Baccus, who joined St Mirren last summer, is attracting interest from several Championship clubs, including Norwich, Middlesbrough and Cardiff.

Jack Nowell and Jonny May could be the major omissions when Steve Borthwick names his first England squad on Monday, which is likely to see veteran hooker Dan Cole recalled.


Real Madrid and Barcelona are reportedly locked in a transfer battle to sign one of Argentina's hottest prospects, 16-year-old Velez Sarsfield winger Gianluca Prestianni.

Tottenham are considering a January move for Roma midfielder Niccolo Zainolo, whose recent performances have been criticised by the club's supporters.

Crystal Palace will make one final effort to tempt Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher back to the club on a permanent deal this month.

Richarlison failed to hide his frustration in the North London derby following a tense coming together with Takehiro Tomiyasu.

David Moyes will be in charge of West Ham's crunch relegation clash with Everton on Saturday.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have reportedly received a boost in their bid to sign Jude Bellingham.

Arnaut Danjuma has arrived in England in order to seal a transfer to the Premier League, according to reports.

Chelsea successfully hijacked Arsenal's move for Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk - doubling the Gunners' wage offer in the process.


Rangers boss Michael Beale says Scottish football needs to present itself in a better light after the Viaplay Cup semi-final weekend was marred by a heavy Hampden Park pitch and VAR issues.

Raphael Varane believes "everything is possible" for Manchester United when he was asked about his team's potential title hopes this season.

Liverpool are at a low ebb after their loss to Brighton, according to captain Jordan Henderson.


Tottenham will face investigations by the FA and Met Police after the unsightly attack on Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale by a supporter following Sunday's North London derby.

Wout Weghorst could be in line for his Manchester United debut against Crystal Palace on Wednesday after training with the squad for the first time on Sunday.

Nottingham Forest have joined the list of clubs interested in signing Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma, who is in England looking for a new club after being made available for loan.

Barcelona have proposed a swap deal to Inter Milan which would see the Serie A side take Franck Kessie on loan in exchange for another midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.

Chelsea have shown interest in Brighton pair Moises Caicedo and Leandro Trossard as they weigh up their next moves.

Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City must find a way to get Erling Haaland more involved in their play.

Newcastle United are stepping up their bid to sign highly-rated Spanish full-back Ivan Fresneda.

Xabi Alonso has likened his Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz to Lionel Messi.


Arsenal have reportedly been offered the chance to end Leandro Trossard's unsettled spell at Brighton.


Raphinha has no interest in leaving Barcelona for a Premier League return with Arsenal, according to reports in Spain.

Chelsea are expecting to make at least two more signings by the end of January.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag reportedly wants to keep Facundo Pellistri at the club this month despite the winger not being included in the Manchester derby matchday squad.

Leeds' transfer pursuit of Club Brugge goalkeeper Senne Lammens moved a step closer after the Belgian club signed England under-21 shot-stopper Joe Bursik.


A series of football managers have raised fresh questions over the ownership of Everton FC after claiming they were interviewed for the top job in the presence of the now-sanctioned oligarch Alisher Usmanov.


Mikel Arteta set Arsenal a target of 90 points to lift the Premier League title after they moved eight clear with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Bruno Fernandes thinks that Marcus Rashford is one of the best players in the world - and has been for some time.

The new England head coach, Steve Borthwick, is set to recall Ben Earl, Elliot Daly and Dan Cole and select Owen Farrell as his captain for the Six Nations Championship.


Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has emerged as a potential transfer target for Mexican club Tigres.

PSV Eindhoven are ready to battle Rangers over their January transfer target Todd Cantwell, who appears to be on the way out of Norwich City.

Ange Postecoglou wants at least one more signing in this transfer window.

Rangers boss Michael Beale admits he's facing an anxious injury wait over Hampden hero Kemar Roofe.


Malik Tillman says there is nothing to report on chances of him joining Rangers on a permanent deal from Bayern Munich.

In-form Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet says getting involved in new contract negotiations right now would be "a distraction", saying that he will leave his agent to do any talking with the Easter Road hierarchy.


Elias Melkersen is set to leave Hibs and join Sparta Rotterdam.


'If you've got any class or style, you have to give bad news well': David Moyes hits out at former Man United chief Ed Woodward over his sacking in 2014, as West Ham boss reveals he found out through the media

David Moyes has blasted Manchester United for the way he was sacked in 2014 
Moyes, now West Ham boss, was axed at Old Trafford after 10 months in charge
And the Scot, 59, hit out at former United chief Ed Woodward over his departure 
He insisted he was not told about the sacking 'in the right way' by the top brass
And Moyes revealed he found out he was leaving from the media - not the club 

By Max Mathews

David Moyes has blasted Manchester United over the way he was sacked as manager in 2014. 

Moyes, now West Ham boss, was axed at Old Trafford after 10 months in charge following his arrival from Everton.

And in a YouTube interview with businessman Steven Bartlett, the Scot hit out at former United chief Ed Woodward over the manner of his depature, insisting he was not told about the sacking 'in the right way' by the top brass. 

He said: 'I always think you have to give bad news well. You're the boss, you run a really big business like Manchester United. If you've got any class or any style, when you're having to give bad news out, it has to be done in a good way. 

'I felt the way I was told (about the sacking) wasn't done as well as it should've been. It could've been done better and made a lot easier. Looking back now, you think 'hey, that's life, get on with it' but if you're one of the biggest sports businesses in the world, if not the biggest, you would hope you would do things correctly.  

'I found out about my sacking through the media. I tried to make contact and say 'why don't we meet up' but it didn't suit and before I knew it they called me in the day afterand the whole world knew about it before I got to know. 

'Sometimes people want to get it done right and I didn't think it was right. But I genuinely don't have any real gripe about it because of the industry I'm in.'

Moyes is under pressure as Hammers boss, with his side currently in the relegation zone and level with bottom side Southampton on 15 points after a 1-0 loss against fellow strugglers Wolves.

On Saturday, he admitted he 'was not winning enough games' and called for fans to stand behind the team through the difficult period they are experiencing. 


West Ham advance talks with Lorient over striker Terem Moffi, with the 23-year-old Nigeria international expected to be available for around £25 million

West Ham have dipped into the relegation zone after a worrying run of form
They have not won for seven league games, a run that streches back to October
David Moyes' side re looking at brining in Terem Moffi to help stop the rot
The 23-year-old Nigerian striker has 12 goals in 18 games for Lorient this season 

By Simon Jones

West Ham have held further talks with Lorient over a potential £25million deal for striker Terem Moffi.

The proposal is understood to be £20m with a further £5m for Moffi, a Nigeria international, who has scored 12 goals in 18 games this season. 

Having arrived at the French club in 2020, the 23-year-old has racked up 59 goals in 135 games and helped them avoid a relegation scrap last season.

That experience could come in handy if he was to move to East London, with the Hammers currently sat 18th in the Premier League after an alarming run of form. 

David Moyes' side are now winless in their last seven games, with their last victory coming against fellow strugglers Bournemouth in October. 

Bringing in a fresh striker with experience battling at the wrong end of the table could be vital if the East London side are to turn their season around. 

It comes as Moyes has been looking to add fresh impetus amid interest from Wolves and Chelsea in Michail Antonio. 

Chelsea considered taking Antonio on loan last week but that idea was rebuffed. West Ham may however consider permanent offers. 

The Blues may have not interest after completing the signing of Ukrainian winger Mykhaylo Mudryk. 

Sport Witness

‘No secret’ Newcastle, West Ham and Nottingham Forest in picture for huge signing

Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest and West Ham United are all labelled as potential destinations for AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.

This scenario is reported by Voce Giallorossa, who claim the Serie A side are currently wondering about what they’ll do with the player.

Market rumours are said to be surrounding Zaniolo lately, and the website points out that it’s ‘no secret’ that Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and West Ham are all interested in his signing.

Roma are said to be open to negotiating his transfer, and according to the report, they could ‘seriously consider’ his sale in case an offer of around €20-25m is submitted.

The club’s priority is actually said to be different, as they’d like to first extend Zaniolo’s contract, which expires in 2024, and only then negotiate a transfer for €35-40m.

One problem is that the player’s agent Claudio Vigorelli has been in phone calls with Premier League clubs and testing the ground for the transfer. That’s why Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and West Ham all stand a chance in the battle for him.


Report: West Ham consider Cornet replacement

West Ham are this morning being linked with PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke and his potential arrival at the London Stadium could finally provide a solution to the Maxwel Cornet saga.

The report suggests the Irons are one of several Premier League sides who have been watching the 20-year-old winger, who has thrived since switching to the Eredivisie side from Tottenham Hotspur three seasons ago.

Madueke had recently been linked with a move to Chelsea, but this now seems unlikely following their signing of Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Since then, he has made nearly 80 senior appearances for the PSV, contributing 20 goals and 14 assists, despite suffering a number of injuries.

Whilst the form seems decent enough it’s hard to make a case for the inflated price tag the Dutch club are asking. If West Ham really are lining up Madueke as Cornet’s replacement it would seem foolish given his injury record.

The young winger is quick, tricky, athletic and a certainly someone PSV would be reluctant to release. Reports have indicated that Madueke could cost as much as £40m,

It remains to be seen how much truth is in this rumour but it’s certainly less believable than yesterdays Terem Moffi links.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

bill green 5:27 Mon Jan 16
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
ted fenton 4:31 Mon Jan 16

ted fenton 4:31 Mon Jan 16
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:19 Mon Jan 16

Chopper Toshack 2:59 Mon Jan 16
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
I think we should go for Tapem Uppi up front, even if he cost more.

Thanks Alan 1:19 Mon Jan 16
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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