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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 12:05 Mon Apr 24
Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain are considering selling Neymar this summer - with Chelsea and at least one other Premier League club pondering a move for the 31-year-old Brazil striker. (Mirror)

PSG striker Lionel Messi wants to return to Barcelona but the Spanish club need to raise £88m through player sales and activate another 'economic lever' in order to re-sign the 35-year-old Argentina captain. (Mail)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is on Bayern Munich's shortlist this summer, although the 29-year-old England captain is believed to be reluctant to leave the Premier League. (Bild - in German)

AC Milan are looking at making a move for 32-year-old England right back Kyle Walker, who has a year left on his contract with Manchester City. (Times - subscription required)

Juventus are planning a move for Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 31, who is unhappy after just one season at Chelsea. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, 24, says he will discuss any "good" offers that might come in for him this summer but, if there aren't any, the Argentina international "will continue to be very happy" with the Premier League club. (ESPN via 90 Min)

Liverpool have cooled their interest in 21-year-old Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol as they believe Red Bull Leipzig's £80m valuation is too high. (Football Insider)

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is a target for Liverpool but Manchester City are also interested in trying to sign the 24-year-old England international, whose contract with the Blues runs out in summer 2024. (Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sport Germany)

Manchester City are planning a move for Brentford's 20-year-old Scotland full-back Aaron Hickey, who is valued at £30m. (Sun)

Former Spain boss Luis Enrique is out of the running to become the new Chelsea manager. (Fabrizio Romano)

Chelsea's players are excited by the prospect of former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino becoming their new manager. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann, who pulled out of the running to become Chelsea boss, is interested in taking over as Tottenham manager for next season. (Bild - in German)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have registered an interest in Valencia's 20-year-old United States defender Yunus Musah. (90 Min)

Chelsea have no interest in selling England Under-21 defender Levi Colwill, 20, this summer despite interest from Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City. (Football Insider)

Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler is considering applying for the vacant manager's job at League Two Tranmere Rovers. (Sun)

Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Brighton are tracking Blackburn's highly rated England Under-19 midfielder Adam Wharton, 18. (Sun)

Sky Paper Talk


Chelsea players are excited by the prospect of Mauricio Pochettino becoming the club's next permanent head coach.


Tottenham have made contact with Sporting CP over the potential signing of Pedro Goncalves, reports claim.

Manchester City plan to swoop for Brentford's Scotland full-back Aaron Hickey as part of a Pep Guardiola shake-up.

Newcastle's transfer supremo Dan Ashworth is personally tracking Blackburn teenager Adam Wharton.


Julian Nagelsmann is reportedly tempted by the opportunity to manage Tottenham next season.

Phil Neville has said he needs to turn Inter Miami's form around 'ASAP' after seeing his team lose for the sixth straight game in Major League Soccer this weekend.


Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is overseeing a change in approach at the club which is likely to see Lionel Messi leave at the end of his contract this summer - with the futures of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe also likely to come under scrutiny.


Southampton director of football operations Matt Crocker is set to be named the US Soccer Federation's sporting director.

Real Madrid will change the pitch at the Bernabeu before the Champions League semi-final with Manchester City.

Romelu Lukaku has reiterated he wants to focus on Inter Milan amid continued speculation over his long-term future.

Daniel Levy watched on in the stands as his Tottenham Hotspur team were thrashed by Newcastle United in their Premier League meeting on Sunday.

The English Football League have contacted Burnley over their team selection for their Championship fixture with Reading earlier this month.


Beer thrown from the crowd caused a 15-minute stoppage to PSV Eindhoven's 3-0 home win over Ajax on Sunday - the second such incident of the weekend in the Dutch Eredivisie.


The agent of Tottenham flop Emerson Royal claims he 'wants' his client to join a club that fights for titles this summer.

Chelsea have completed the signing of Benfica winger Diego Moreira with an 'announcement coming soon', per reports.


Aberdeen's Connor Barron has been attracting interest from across Europe with Belgian side KRC Genk preparing a summer move, according to a report..


Bristol City are closing in on a £2m deal for Aberdeen's Ross McCrorie.

Rangers reject Juan Alegria has claimed he never got a chance at Ibrox and accused the club of being disrespectful.


Fornals flick finishes off Bournemouth as West Ham ease relegation fears

David Moyes said his players “have to keep stepping up” after West Ham ended the perfect week with a vital 4-0 victory at Bournemouth to boost their survival chances.

Moyes’s side fought back from two down to draw with Arsenal, the Premier League leaders, last Sunday and followed it up with a 4-1 win against Gent on Thursday to book their spot in the Europa Conference League semi-finals.

Relegation has remained a distinct possibility, though, but they eased those concerns with a clinical display where first-half goals by Michail Antonio, Lucas Paquetá and Declan Rice put them in control. Pablo Fornals, on as a substitute, added a fourth midway through the second half to help West Ham to move up to 13th and six points clear of the bottom three.

Declan Rice celebrates his second goal in two games, West Ham’s third. Photograph: Robin Jones/AFC Bournemouth/Getty Images

Despite their Thursday exploits, Moyes made only two changes at the Vitality Stadium and one was to recall his first-choice goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski. It meant Antonio got another opportunity to lead the line and he rewarded his manager’s faith with a fifth-minute opener.

For Bournemouth it was all too easy, with Aaron Cresswell’s near‑post corner powered home by the unmarked Antonio for his 12th goal of the season (though only his fourth in the league). The visitors doubled their advantage eight minutes later and, again, it must have frustrated Gary O’Neil, the Bournemouth manager.

Vladimir Coufal won possession from Marcus Tavernier and controlled Jarrod Bowen’s pass before his looping cross was headed in at the back post by Paquetá, who easily outjumped Jack Stephens. It continued Paquetá’s encouraging form since the World Cup break and backed up his goalscoring display in the Hammers’ triumph last Thursday.

West Ham’s travelling support were enjoying their trip to the south coast and soon singing about rivals Tottenham, who were 5-0 down at Newcastle inside 21 minutes. Bournemouth were not prepared to throw in the towel, however, and Chris Mepham tested Fabianski with a header moments later.

Jefferson Lerma was next to try his luck and Fabianski was again equal to it, but his best stop was to come. Dominic Solanke muscled his way past Nayef Aguerd and raced into the area but Fabianski saved well with his feet to preserve West Ham’s two-goal lead after half an hour.

Having withstood Bournemouth’s fightback, Moyes’s team then provided a sucker punch two minutes before half-time through their midfield talisman. Another Cresswell corner caused problems and, while it was cleared to the back post, Rice was first to the loose ball and on hand to drill home via a deflection to make it back-to-back goals this week. The West Ham captain was serenaded by the away fans soon afterwards, with chants urging him to stay amid talk his future could lie away from the London Stadium.

O’Neil responded with the Wales forward Kieffer Moore introduced in place of Joe Rothwell at half-time, but it failed to have the desired effect. A triple substitution followed on the hour for Bournemouth with Dango Ouattara, the stoppage-time hero at Spurs last weekend, brought on but, while he initially caused problems, West Ham were soon celebrating a fourth goal.

Bowen did well down the right and, while his cross was slightly behind Fornals, the substitute managed to back-heel into the far corner to make it 4-0 after 72 minutes. Maxwel Cornet had a stoppage-time effort ruled out for offside and the West Ham fans finished the game still chanting for Rice to stay one more year, with this win at least going a long way to confirming their place in the Premier League next season.

Asked about Rice after the game, Moyes tempered his praise with constructive criticism. “I told him that I didn’t think his passing had been good enough in the opening part of the game and that is because his standards are so high,” he said. “But I am not just going to pat him on the back all the time, too much praise makes you soft. I have been saying it for a long time, he’s a top player. But look, I can’t say too much because I talk so glowingly about him and I want to make sure the other players realise they are as important, if not more important. They have to keep stepping up, we all have to keep stepping up to make sure we keep going.”

Bournemouth, now 15th in the table, will aim to regroup quickly for the trip to Southampton, their south-coast rivals, on Thursday. “We obviously dominated the ball but if you watch West Ham they have real strengths,” O’Neil said. “We weren’t able to cope with them, basically.”

The Athletic

West Ham building momentum and confidence with Bournemouth win — Declan Rice

By Ben Burrows

Declan Rice believes West Ham are “starting to build momentum and confidence” as they move closer to Premier League safety.

Goals from Rice, Michail Antonio, Lucas Paqueta and Pablo Fornals earned a 4-0 win at Bournemouth on Sunday and what could prove a priceless three points in the battle to beat the drop.

West Ham are now six points clear of 18th-placed Everton having played a game fewer.

Victory on the south coast moves them up to 13th in the table ahead of a midweek meeting with Liverpool.

Rice was on the scoresheet in the Europa Conference League quarter-final victory over Gent on Thursday and feels the side are edging closer to where they want to be.

“We have been starting to build momentum and confidence, you saw that midweek and today we could have had more,” he said after the game.

“That’s the first time we’ve scored within 15 minutes all season, it’s hard to not get comfortable, but I thought we saw it out really well and think we saw a team pushing to get out of where we are in the table.”

It’s two goals in four days for Rice, an aspect of his game he knows he must try to keep improving with plenty still to play for this season.

“I’m scoring again, two in a row, back-to-back,” the England international added.

“There have been a lot of question marks over my scoring ability. A few games to go and hopefully I can keep notching.

“The benchmark for [staying in the Premier League] standard season is 40 points, so it is important we don’t get too comfortable.

“We have Liverpool next and we relish those kind of nights.”

West Ham next face Liverpool at the London Stadium on Wednesday.

The Athletic

Signs West Ham are getting back on track: Rice goal, productive full-backs, scorpion kick

By Roshane Thomas

Question: So where were you when West Ham United scored four at Bournemouth and potentially secured their Premier League safety?

My answer: About 50 miles away on platform one of Havant railway station.

Train cancellations from Waterloo station meant most supporters missed the emphatic and impressive 4-0 victory. Others were hopeful of making it in time for kick-off, but train delays led to a premature end to their trip. Some pursued alternative routes and dashed to Victoria coach station to embark on a two-hour-and-40-minute journey.

For those who made it, it was a rewarding day. Here are just some of the reasons why…

Rice continues to silence critics

Declan Rice, the club captain, was criticised by Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness who said the midfielder only has one standout quality – his ball-winning ability. In March, following the fifth-round FA Cup loss to Manchester United, Roy Keane also found fault with the England international.

“For all the talk about him, a lot of good PR coming out of West Ham about how much he’s worth, I think he needs to do a lot more,” said the former Manchester United midfielder. “He doesn’t score enough goals, doesn’t get enough assists.”

But Rice, who has attracted interest from Arsenal and Newcastle United, led by example against Bournemouth. The 24-year-old smashed past Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto just before half-time for his fourth goal in 41 appearances across all competitions.

“I’m scoring again!” said Rice. “Two in a row, I think it’s the first time it’s happened back-to-back for me. Obviously there have been question marks over my goalscoring ability, but I think that’s my top (Premier League) tally that I’ve managed to get in a season with three.

“It was the ideal way to round off a great week. I said in an interview a few weeks ago that we had started to build the momentum again and build confidence — I think you saw that in midweek with four goals and then we’ve scored four more today and probably could have had more. It was an outstanding performance at both ends of the pitch.”

Rice has attempted 32 shots in the league this season — the most he has registered in a campaign and he’s finally being rewarded. But before his goal, David Moyes summoned the midfielder over to the dugout and his words had the desired effect.

“I told him that I didn’t think his passing had been good enough in the opening part of the game,” Moyes said. “His standards are so high. I’m not just going to pat him on the back all the time. Too much praise makes you soft.”

Full-backs returning to form

Since January 2020, Aaron Cresswell has assisted 10 of the 49 goals West Ham have scored from set-plays. The 33-year-old has only started four of their last 14 league games due to loss of form. But delivery is one of his main strengths — and it was his corner which led to Antonio scoring the opener.

His assist for the Jamaica international was his 30th in the league for West Ham, with only Mark Noble (35) and Paolo Di Canio (31) providing more. Four of those 30 have been for Antonio.

Fellow full-back Coufal was the provider for Lucas Paqueta’s goal. The defender produced a man-of-the-match display against Arsenal and initiated the attack for West Ham’s second goal against Bournemouth.

In the screen grab below, Coufal sprints towards Marcus Tavernier before the winger has possession.

Coufal tackles his opponent then threads a pass to Jarrod Bowen and makes an overlapping run.

he defender whips a cross towards the back post where Paqueta arrives to power home a header. The last time two West Ham players scored headers in the same league fixture was in January 2021 v Crystal Palace (Craig Dawson, Tomas Soucek).

“I think he’s (Coufal) played so, so well,” said Moyes. “The boys who have watched us more often will know he’s had a dip undoubtedly, but I think he’s come back. Really determined. I actually think he’s improved greatly in the last [few months]. He’s probably been the one who kept his head above water, he played really, really well today.”

Coufal’s performances have also coincided with Bowen getting back to his best; the right winger’s partnerships with Ben Johnson or versatile defender Thilo Kehrer are not as fruitful.

Although Bowen did not score on Sunday, he was the provider for Pablo Fornals’ scorpion kick — a second assist to go with his goal, against Arsenal, in his last four Premier League games. In matches against Nottingham Forest, Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa and Southampton, Bowen had a paltry return of one assist. Coufal only played 45 minutes across those four games.

Ten of Coufal’s 16 assists since 2020-21 have been when Bowen is in the same XI. While 18 of Bowen’s 39 league goals for West Ham have been when Coufal is in the XI. The duo often get the best out of each other.

Offensive flair

One of the most pleasing elements was that so many players were involved in the goals: Cresswell, Coufal, Paqueta, Fornals, Rice, Soucek, Antonio and Bowen.

Fornals capped off the performance with a terrific goal to move Moyes’ side six points clear of the relegation zone. West Ham are unbeaten in their last five games and the win capped off a memorable week following the 2-2 draw against Arsenal and Europa Conference League quarter-final victory over Gent.

Moyes played a 4-3-3 formation and it is a system he is likely to stick with. The attacking contributions of the front six and full-backs will be key with upcoming fixtures against Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Moyes’ side suffered a narrow 1-0 loss against Liverpool in October, but they will be encouraged by their recent performances and Wednesday will provide another barometer of their recent improvements.

Travel to Bournemouth may have proved difficult for many, but the journey towards Premier League safety is starting to gather pace.


Journalist assesses West Ham's chances of signing Coventry City star attracting interest from Spain

By Adam Jones

Coventry City star Viktor Gyokeres is attracting interest from clubs in Spain

The Sweden international has been a prolific figure in goal for the Sky Blues this season, with Saturday's game against Reading clearly not representative of the season he has enjoyed on the whole.

Recording 21 goals and nine assists in 44 competitive appearances for the Midlands outfit this term, he has managed to build on a very strong 2021/22 campaign and has only generated more interest in his signature with that.

Premier League interest

Regardless of whether Coventry are promoted at the end of the season or not, Gyokeres has a good chance of playing Premier League football next season with several teams in the top tier believed to be interested in luring him away from the CBS Arena.

AFC Bournemouth, Everton, Fulham and Leeds United have all been linked with a move for him in recent months, although the likes of the Cherries, the Toffees and the Whites could be forced out of this race if they find themselves in the Championship next season.

Although he has just one year remaining on his contract, the Sky Blues will be keen to generate as much revenue for him as possible and this means only top-flight teams are likely to be able to afford him.

Burnley are another team who are reported to be interested in him and their chances of recruiting him may have been boosted by their return to the top flight, with The Sun also reporting West Ham's interest.

Pete O'Rourke's comments on Viktor Gyokeres' links to West Ham

Although they are just one of several teams in the race for the 24-year-old ahead of the summer, with interest from Spain now being revealed, journalist O'Rourke believes the Hammers should be hopeful about the possibility of getting a deal over the line.

Speaking on Football Insider's YouTube channel, he said: "His goalscoring exploits have brought attention from Premier League clubs and clubs from abroad as well. Obviously, Coventry would hope that they would have a great chance of keeping him if they were to win promotion to the Premier League.

"But yeah, I think right now, there’s going to be a lot of clubs ready to try and sign the Sweden international. Some clubs tried in the last couple of transfer windows to sign him but Coventry priced them out of a move and were determined to keep hold of him.

"I think West Ham, from the clubs that in the Premier League that are interested in him, I’m sure they’ll be pretty hopeful that they could persuade Gyokeres to make the move to the London Stadium.

"A chance to play in the Premier League, a move to London and also to a progressive club like West Ham who, who knows, come next season, could be the winners of the Europa Conference League and still in the Premier League so I’m sure they’ll be an attractive proposition for any player, not just Viktor Gyokeres."

Following their 4-0 win against Bournemouth, David Moyes' side have boosted their chances of survival and will now be optimistic about their chances of remaining at the top level for another season.

What next for Viktor Gyokeres?

The 24-year-old just needs to focus on the Sky Blues until the end of the season - because they still have a good chance of securing a play-off place following last weekend's win against Reading.

He can then assess his future in the summer, with the player likely to have a decent amount of power in the summer.

The forward may have another year remaining on his contract after this season, but Coventry owner Doug King won't want him to leave for free so the Sky Blues may be open to selling him this summer if he doesn't sign an extension.

In terms of where he should go if he does move on, he needs to prioritise game time because he won't continue developing unless he's a regular starter.

Staying at Coventry for another 12 months wouldn't be the worst outcome for him considering he has thrived under Mark Robins in the past couple of years - but a move to West Ham could be good for him if he's guaranteed to start there.

However, Gyokeres may want to know who will be in charge of the Hammers next season before potentially deciding to move to the London Stadium.


Prem clubs eye Stevenage hotshot

Stevanage's record-breaking starlet Makise Evans is a Premier League target.

Aged 16 years and 248 days, the teenage striker is the youngest ever player to appear in Stevenage’s first team in its 47-year history. And he now has the top-flight quartet of Chelsea, Brighton, West Ham and Aston Villa monitoring him closely.

Makise joined the League Two club in September 2022 on a two-year scholarship from Enfield Borough. He is yet to sign a professional deal and only has another year registered with Stevenage as a scholar.

He came off the bench for boss Steve Evans in the closing stages of promotion-chasing Stevenage’s 1-0 defeat to Mansfield on Saturday. Earlier this season , Evans also became the youngest ever player to score for Non League Potters Bar against Lewes while on loan.

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norwaytips 7:23 Mon Apr 24
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

Texas Iron 3:23 Mon Apr 24
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 1:13 Mon Apr 24
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bill green 12:53 Mon Apr 24

bill green 12:53 Mon Apr 24
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Thanks Alan

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