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
22%
  
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
17%
  
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
24%
  
d. Moyes out
34%
  
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
4%
  



Alan 12:43 Mon May 15
Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester United are back in the hunt for midfielder Adrien Rabiot as the 28-year-old Frenchman approaches the end of his contract at Juventus. (L'Equipe - in French)

Real Madrid remain interested in signing French striker Kylian Mbappe from Paris St-Germain but will not pay a transfer fee for the 24-year-old. (Marca- in Spanish)

Mauricio Pochettino is set to sign a three-year deal to become Chelsea's new head coach. (Telegraph)

Pochettino's arrival at Stamford Bridge is coming too late to save contract negotiations with England midfielder Mason Mount, 24. (Sun)

Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi is expecting Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo, 21, and Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, 24, to leave the club this summer. (Metro)

Dutch striker Wout Weghorst will hold talks with Burnley manager Vincent Kompany once his loan spell ends at Manchester United. (Sun)

Crystal Palace are interested in signing Lyon's French striker Moussa Dembele, 26, this summer. (Football Insider)

Manchester United have joined Arsenal in the race to sign RB Leipzig's 23-year-old French defender Mohamed Simakan. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

AC Milan remain keen to keep Real Madrid's on-loan Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz, 23, at the club next season. (Calciomercato)

Thiago Silva's wife Belle has confirmed that the 38-year-old Brazilian defender intends to stay at Chelsea next season. (Evening Standard)

Paris St-Germain are set to make their loan deal for French striker Hugo Ekitike, 20, permanent but Eintracht Frankfurt remain interested in the player. (L'Equipe - in French)

Spain midfielder Gavi, 18, has denied links with a move to the Premier League and says Barcelona are "the club of his dreams". (Barca TV via Fabrizio Romano)

Real Madrid want to sign 24-year-old Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen. (Fichajes - in Spanish)




Sky Paper Talk

L'EQUIPE

Manchester United are ready to reignite their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot this summer but Newcastle are also keen on signing the 28-year-old.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Mauricio Pochettino is returning to London from Barcelona this week to sign his contract as Chelsea's new head coach, which is expected to be an initial three years, and immediately start planning for next season.

Leicester City have scrapped their end-of-season awards dinner with the club facing relegation from the Premier League, while their players face wage reductions of up to 50 per cent if they go down.

DAILY MIRROR

Arsenal are on alert after Ferland Mendy was told he can leave Real Madrid this summer.‌

John Barnes claims he has heard that Virgil van Dijk has 'told' Jurrien Timber to snub Manchester United and join him at Liverpool - just as he did with Cody Gakpo.

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has refused to confirm whether his side will sign Joao Cancelo permanently this summer.

Todd Boehly has allegedly admitted he might have made a mistake by sacking Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea prepare to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager.

Jobe Bellingham is set to quit Birmingham and sign for Sunderland, according to reports.

DAILY EXPRESS

Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi has admitted Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister could leave the club this summer but insists Kaoru Mitoma is going nowhere.

Roy Keane has questioned Manchester United's reported interest in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as Erik ten Hag looks to recruit a new goalkeeper.

Gilberto Silva has urged Mikel Arteta to consider whether Oleksandr Zinchenko is the player he needs in his Arsenal midfield rather than a new signing.

Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer was typically tight-lipped when asked by reporters over the status of the club's potential takeover after attending the Women's FA Cup final on Sunday.

Southampton's relegation from the Premier League could have come at the perfect time for Chelsea, with incoming boss Mauricio Pochettino potentially reuniting with the player he once described as a "role model" when they worked together a decade ago.

Notts County are bracing themselves for big-money offers for striker Macaulay Langstaff despite securing their own return to the EFL on Saturday via the National League play-offs.

DAILY MAIL

Thiago Silva's wife has quashed reports the Brazilian could leave Chelsea this summer.

Burnley boss Vincent Kompany will hold talks with Wout Weghorst when he returns to the Clarets in the summer.

Union Berlin are braced for summer offers for their star forward Sheraldo Becker amid interest from Premier League clubs including West Ham, Fulham and Burnley.

Joan Laporta has again vowed to bring Lionel Messi back to Barcelona next season even though he is likely to need to get £180m in salary off the books to make it happen.

Leeds United are waiting to find out whether they will be charged over one of their supporters confronting Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe in his technical area at Elland Road during Saturday's 2-2 draw.

Toulouse and Nantes both dropped players - Zakaria Aboukhlal and Mostafa Mohamed respectively - after they refused to participate in Ligue 1's campaign against homophobia at the weekend.

MMA star Mauro Chaulet has been shot dead by military police in Porto Alegre, Brazil, local media has reported.

THE SUN

Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham has reportedly turned down a move to Manchester City.

Ajax's trip to Groningen on Sunday was abandoned after multiple smoke bombs were thrown onto the pitch.

Mauricio Pochettino's arrival at Chelsea appears unlikely to change Mason Mount's mind on staying, with relations between his representatives and the club reportedly at an all-time low.

Paul Pogba's Juventus injury hell continued on Sunday when he was forced off in tears after 24 minutes in his first start of the season against Cremonese.

Real Madrid are hopeful Eduardo Camavinga will be available for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City despite limping off against Getafe on Saturday with an apparent knee injury.

MARCA

Real Madrid are set to cool their interest in Kylian Mbappe amid Vinicius Junior's impressive form.

SPORT

Aston Villa are interested in signing Real Madrid star Marco Asensio and Barcelona forward Ferran Torres this summer.

SCOTTISH SUN

Rangers target Luis Palma has dropped a massive hint about his future ahead of the £4.3m battle for his signature.

Allan McGregor's exit from Rangers has been all but confirmed by boss Michael Beale.





Guardian

Mbeumo and Wissa guide Brentford to victory against distracted West Ham

Sam Dalling at the Gtech Community Stadium

If this is what life without Ivan Toney is to look like, would it be so bad? Thomas Frank suggested last week that his leading scorer would command a nine-figure sum, but he was absent here with a minor hamstring ailment. That gave Brentford – fans, Frank and players alike – a Sunday portal to peek into a potential future.

What they saw brought plenty of sunshine and smiles: they strolled past West Ham, with Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa on the scoresheet. Being hypercritical, both should have scored more than one apiece.
Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan, center left, scores his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester City at the Goodison Park stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, May 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

“It was a very dynamic front three today,” Frank said when speaking of the pair and Kevin Schade. “It looked very exciting, they complemented each other. The only disappointing thing is we didn’t score at least two more goals.”

No matter. For only the second time this season Brentford were victorious having dominated possession. A side so used to success through pressing is evolving. Should the unthinkable happen and Toney depart, or should any of the 262 alleged breaches of Football Association betting rules result in a lengthy absence, an alternative way can be found.

“It was the most convincing 2-0 win we’ve witnessed for a very long time,” Frank said. “Clear dominance on big chances, and just the flow of the game, how we controlled it. Very, very happy with that.”

While they have lost just twice here in the league this season, Brentford’s reputation for last-gasp winners is one they would love to shift. So most pleasing in these parts was perhaps the regularity of the victory. Brentford would love it to become the rule rather than the exception.

Brentford’s stadium was not quite at its fortress‑like loudest but it did not need to be. It was an afternoon for acoustic over electric, accompanied by a half-time rendition of Hey Jude by Alex Vargas of Ted Lasso fame. Apparently.

With these three points, European football remains a mathematical possibility, if not one with much chance of realisation. That Brentford have not been glancing worriedly at the teams below them for some time now, though, should be considered remarkable. A top‑10 finish has been secured. “I don’t think people understand how big an achievement that is for us,” Frank said.

Brentford’s opening goal was simple, West Ham seemingly content with shadow defending. Nayef Aguerd’s half‑baked pass put Flynn Downes in trouble, and Mikkel Damsgaard won possession. A pair of one-touch passes later, Mbeumo was rolling the ball calmly into the net. Frank simply stroked his chin. The second goal came from a long throw. David Moyes had been gesticulating furiously towards his defenders but his warnings were ignored: Ben Mee flicked on, and Wissa glanced in. “We’d done a little bit of work defending long throws but you wouldn’t have thought so by watching today,” Moyes said.

After the break Brentford had several opportunities to extend their lead. The best came when Tomas Soucek – one of two players, alongside Aguerd, to retain their West Ham places from the Conference League semi-final first leg last Thursday – was sloppy in possession. Wissa’s right foot, though, was not quite educated enough. Damsgaard, too, was guilty of a glaring miss when unmarked from a corner.

Brentford’s success here must be tempered by their opposition. West Ham’s attention was clearly focused elsewhere. Moyes said as much, and his pre-match claim that they had just “one eye” on Thursday night in Alkmaar felt a little economical with the truth. There is no criticism there: league safety is all but secured, and priority therefore is the 90-minute shift required to bring a first European final in 47 years.

“I didn’t enjoy the first half performance. I thought we were soft. I thought we were easy to play against,” Moyes said, in what was about all there was to say on the matter.

Later the introduction of Declan Rice, Saïd Benrahma and Divin Mubama brought an uptick, and arguably should have brought a nervy finish when Danny Ings stooped to head in. Michael Oliver, though, was invited to consult the VAR screen. While Mubama’s hands were up to prevent him colliding with the post, Oliver determined that the ball had hit his fingers.

“Very strange,” Moyes said. “I think the Premier League have come out and called it deliberate handball. I think everybody would need to get an explanation on that ... I’m amazed it was chalked off.”

Still, while this was one to forget for West Ham, that could happen this week should an early June trip to Prague be confirmed.



Mail

West Ham, Fulham and Burnley all keen on £15m forward Sheraldo Becker after his goals took Union Berlin to the brink of surprise Champions League place in Germany

Suriname international Becker has scored 12 goals and set up a further 10
His contributions have taken Union Berlin close to a top four Bundesliga finish
A trio of Premier League clubs are interested in the forward ahead of next year

By David Kent

Union Berlin are braced for summer offers for their star forward Sheraldo Becker amid mounting Premier League interest.



West Ham, Fulham and Burnley, who will be back in the top flight next season, are among the clubs who have been alerted by Becker's form for surprise Bundesliga package Union.

Union are on course to qualify for the Champions League for the first time and reached the Europa League last-16 this season, with Suriname international Becker their biggest source of both goals and assists.

Attacker Becker, who is valued at around £15m, has top scored for Union this campaign scoring 12 times and setting up 10 further goals in 46 appearances.

The 28 year-old inspired Union to a crucial win in the battle for a top four finish on Saturday against fifth-placed Freiburg scoring twice and claiming two assists in a 4-2 win that left his side third with two games to go and on the brink of clinching a spot in Europe's biggest club competition.

His contribution against Freiburg also made him the first Union player ever to be directly involved in four goals in a Bundesliga game and the first to achieve the feat across the entire league this season.

Ideally Union would like to keep Becker, a player considered tailor-made for the Premier League and where he now has his admirers.

But with his current deal running out in 2024 there is an acceptance that the upcoming window represents their last chance to secure a significant fee for Becker.

Becker, who can play out wide as well as through the middle, was born in Amsterdam and started out at Ajax before joining Union in 2019 following a three-year stint at ADO Den Haag.

He represented Holland from under-16 through to under-20 level but is eligible for Suriname through his parents and has scored twice in six appearances as a full international.




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Texas Iron 3:04 Mon May 15
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
Cheers…

bill green 2:17 Mon May 15
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
Lee Trundle 1:50 Mon May 15

Lee Trundle 1:50 Mon May 15
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
Alan 1:44 Mon May 15

ACE work there.

Alan 1:44 Mon May 15
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
Becker story added

Thanks Alan 12:53 Mon May 15
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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