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 12:42 Wed Apr 5
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea have made contact with former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann, 35, and ex-Spain manager Luis Enrique, 52, over becoming the club's new manager. (Telegraph - subscription required)

However, Chelsea could appoint their former midfielder and manager Frank Lampard as caretaker boss until the end of the season after he was seen in the stands watching Tuesday's draw with Liverpool. (Sun)

Brighton's Italian boss Roberto de Zerbi, 43, is not being considered as a potential manager for Chelsea following the sacking of his Seagulls predecessor Graham Potter. (Athletic - subscription required)

Having been sacked by Chelsea, Englishman Potter, 47, is a candidate to become the next West Ham boss with the club set to consider the future of current manager, Scot David Moyes, 59, in the summer. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Both De Zerbi and Nagelsmann have indicated they are not interested in the vacant Tottenham manager job. (90min)

Former Crystal Palace manager, Frenchman Patrick Vieira, 46, could become Nottingham Forest's manager if the club decide to sack 43-year-old Englishman Steve Cooper. (Mail)

Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, is unlikely to reach an agreement with Paris St-Germain to extend his stay at the club. (ESPN)

Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal have made an official offer to Messi worth more than 400m euros (£350m) a year. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have expressed an interest in activating the £40m release clause of Napoli's South Korea defender Kim Min-jae, 26. (Mail)

Southampton'sEngland midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 28, is a summer target for Manchester United. (Football Insider)

Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Everton, Wolves, Burnley and Middlesbrough are considering a move for Rangers' Colombia striker Alfredo Morelos, 26. (Teamtalk)

Liverpool have switched their attention to Brighton and Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, 21, after Wolves removed a clause from Portugal midfielder Matheus Nunes' contract that would have allowed the 24-year-old to join the Reds for £44m this summer. (Mirror)

Wolves are preparing to make a move for Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, with the 26-year-old out of contract this summer. (90min)

Ajax are keen to bring Manchester United and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 25, back to the club this summer. (Football Insider)

Serbia forward Dusan Vlahovic, 23, would be open to joining Arsenal this summer, having rejected the Gunners for Juventus last January. (FourFourTwo)

Liverpool will allow Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, 28, to leave the club on a free transfer this summer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Sampdoria will not make their loan deal for Tottenham and England midfielder Harry Winks, 27, permanent because of financial problems at the club. (Sun)

Sky Paper Talk


Patrick Vieira is a leading contender to become Nottingham Forest's next manager if the Premier League strugglers sack Steve Cooper.

Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have expressed an interest in activating the £40m release clause of Napoli defender Min-Jae Kim.

Chelsea have made contact with Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique as they step up their search for a new head coach.

Tottenham outcast Harry Winks will likely be on the move again once his loan spell at Sampdoria comes to an end in the summer.

Italian league leaders Napoli are ready to rival Tottenham for highly rated teenage striker Adama Bojang.

Wilfried Zaha is facing four weeks out with a groin injury picked up in Saturday's 2-1 win over Leicester.

Winning the Europa Conference League is the only way to save West Ham's season and David Moyes fears the club's fight for Premier League survival will get in their way.

Burnley boss Vincent Kompany has made a personal check on Brondby goalkeeper Mads Hermansen.

LaLiga has called for an urgent board meeting on April 19 to assess the state of officiating in Spain and question Barcelona over their alleged payments to ex-referees chief Jose Negreira.


Dusan Vlahovic may consider a transfer to Arsenal this summer after previously snubbing Mikel Arteta's project for Juventus.

Wolves have removed a clause in Matheus Nunes' contract that would have allowed him to join Liverpool for £44m.

Officials from the UK Government have raised concerns about Manchester United bidder Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

Lionel Messi's time at Paris Saint-Germain is set to come to an end at the end of the season after a chastening period for the club.

Aleksander Ceferin says UEFA will have "a very serious conversation" about changing the much-criticised handball law after a string of poor decisions.


Chelsea are considering Frank Lampard as a caretaker boss for the rest of the season with the club legend in the crowd for their clash with Liverpool.

The Manchester United ownership saga took a huge twist as it was claimed senior Government officials have concerns about Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Chelsea will not be making a move for Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi.

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper's job is on the brink after Tuesday's devastating defeat to relegation rivals Leeds United.

Lionel Messi has reportedly been offered £350m a year to join Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal.

Italian police have made four arrests over Charles Leclerc's stolen £265,000 watch.

Tiger Woods has ruled out winning a sixth Green Jacket as the former Masters champion admitted his glory days are behind him after his car crash in February 2021.

Kell Brook has raged at Amir Khan for his "disgusting" positive drugs test.


Erik ten Hag has demanded his Manchester United players turn into "robots" to ensure a top-four finish this season.

FA bosses are seeking an even harsher punishment for Fulham duo Aleksandar Mitrovic and Marco Silva after an independent regulatory commission ruled on their red card meltdowns against Manchester United at Old Trafford.


Chris Woakes will seek talks with Ben Stokes and direct instructions on England's new style of play as he looks to force his way into this summer's Ashes plans.


The DP World Tour has won its legal battle against the LIV rebels and will now be able to suspend and fine players who participate in conflicting events without a release.


Chelsea have made contact with Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique after the club started the process of finding the permanent successor to Graham Potter.

Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from next week's Monte Carlo Masters, in a move which will add to fears that he has reached a physical tipping point.

Premiership Rugby's losses nearly doubled to £36m last year in another sign of the economic turbulence in English rugby.


Douglas Park has stepped down as Rangers chairman with John Bennett replacing him.


Michael Beale fears a ban on away fans for Saturday's Old Firm clash will heap huge pressure on derby referee Kevin Clancy.

Crystal Palace are set to move for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos in the summer.

Evening Standard

West Ham can burst Newcastle bubble as David Moyes plots statement win

By Malik Ouzia

The mood among West Ham fans leaving the London Stadium on Sunday was rather like that of a group of students emerging blinking into the sunlight after a two-hour lecture.

Relieved to have got through it, they regaled one another with tales of the exact moment they drifted off and ummed and ahhed about whether or not to pop down the pub.

However crucial they might be, grim 1-0 wins over Southampton do not, it turns out, evoke extreme emotion.

A lack of showpiece successes and famous nights has been just one of many glaring failings in comparison to last term, when the Hammers beat Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool at home, knocked both Manchester clubs out of the Carabao Cup and toppled Sevilla and Lyon in Europe.

This season, the Hammers have won only seven times in the Premier League, the early-October win over newly-promoted Fulham standing out as the only one of those to come against a team in the top half at the time.

Otherwise, there was Steven Gerrard’s struggling Aston Villa back in August, then Wolves, earning Bruno Lage the sack, followed by Bournemouth before Christmas and Everton (the doomed Frank Lampard vintage), Nottingham Forest and Southampton since.

To call the Hammers flat-track bullies would be far too complimentary, but the more recent of those results, coupled with some helpful ones last night as Leicester, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth all lost, have presented David Moyes’s side with an opportunity to at last put some daylight between themselves and the drop when Newcastle visit the London Stadium tonight.

To do so, though, they will have to do something they have not managed all season — beat a genuinely good team.

Eddie Howe’s side have rediscovered their mojo in recent weeks, having gone five League games without a win either side of a day at Wembley that, the manager conceded, had dominated too much of their focus.

The Magpies head to east London third, within sight of a Champions League berth, and denting their charge with three points tonight would be surely the most commendable feat of West Ham’s campaign.

A 1-1 draw at St James’s Park in February was not far off that at the time, but if the Hammers are to upset one of the big boys before the season is out, it will surely come at home, where they have taken 11 points from 15 since the turn of the year, a run without which they would be all-but down and Moyes, more than likely, sat in a beach bar with Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers.


West Ham may beat Crystal Palace to Mbala Nzola thanks to David Sullivan

Dan Owen

West Ham United have a big advantage over Premier League rivals Crystal Palace in the race to sign Serie A and Spezia hotshot M’Bala Nzola for a bargain £5 million.

As Tuttosport point out, there is one man at the London Stadium who could pave the way for one of the most in-form strikers in Italian football to end up in the English capital. It’s not David Moyes, however, or indeed anyone in the West Ham dressing room.

Owner David Sullivan, the report explains, has an ‘excellent relationship’ with Giovanni Branchini; Nzola’s agent.

Branchini represents Angelo Ogbonna, the long-serving West Ham centre-back, and could see another his clients end the summer in claret-and-blue. Nzola’s contract at Spezia expires in 2024. As such, Tuttosport believe that an offer of £5 million may be enough, even if other publications have indicated that bids closer to £20 million may be forthcoming.
Crystal Palace and West Ham like Serie A striker M’Bala Nzola

Either way, Nzola could be a potentially inspired addition to a West Ham side struggling for goals. Only Ademola Lookman and Victor Osimhen have more than him in Serie A; the Angola international netting 14 in all competitions.

Nzola is also reportedly a Crystal Palace target. The well-travelled centre-forward was turned down by Palace as a youngster but remains on their radar. The Hammers will hope that the Sullivan factor is enough to see them snatch Nzola from under the noses of a direct London rival.

West Ham’s track record when it comes to getting the best out of talented number nines is, to put it simply, pretty miserable. Nzola, however, looks well-suited to English football due to his physicality, power and ability to link the play effectively while leading the line. A skill-set not too dissimilar to that of Moyes favourite Michail Antonio.

Nzola has even drawn comparisons to a ‘young Didier Drogba’ at times.

“He’s a reserved, shy boy. It’s a strange thing because he doesn’t seem like that,” Angola coach Pedro Soares Goncalves tells Portuguese publication ZeroZero.

“He has physical power, but this doesn’t take away from his concentration and desire to succeed. Nzola has tremendous potential.

“The biggest challenge now is maintaining consistency. If he succeeds, I think he can make the leap to one of the best European clubs.”

“(Nzola) is is a fast striker,” adds former Spezia coach Vincenzo Italiano. “(He is) good at attacking the box and making the team play well. I have known him since the days of Trapani (in 2018/19).

“I see Drogba in him as a young man.”

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Jasnik 9:14 Thu Apr 6
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Things are so bad .. Alan won't post another newspaper thread until the story is Moyes is sacked....

Texas Iron 5:53 Wed Apr 5
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bill green 1:07 Wed Apr 5
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Thanks Alan 1:04 Wed Apr 5

Thanks Alan 1:04 Wed Apr 5
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Thanks Alan

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