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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 1:06 Thu Aug 31
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Al-Ittihad are preparing a £118m bid for Mohamed Salah, despite Liverpool insisting their 31-year-old Egypt forward is not for sale. (Mail)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would be "furious" if the Reds are tempted to accept Saudi side Al-Ittihad's offer for Salah with the transfer deadline on Friday. (Star)

Tottenham Hotspur are also considering a move for Crystal Palace's England forward Eberechi Eze, 25, after a move for Nottingham Forest's Wales forward Brennan Johnson, 22, stalled. (Independent)

Manchester United want to sign a midfielder before the transfer deadline, with Fiorentina's Morocco international Sofyan Amrabat, 27, their prime target. (Mirror)

Fiorentina have rejected United's £1.7m loan offer for Amrabat but will consider a deal with an obligation to buy. (Mail)

Manchester United have also contacted Tottenham over a deal for 28-year-old Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. (Sky Sports)

Bayern Munich have looking at 28-year-old Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha, who is open to the switch and is valued at 90m euros (£77m) by the London club. (Sky Sports Germany)

Bayern are set to offer up to £50m for Palhinha and have turned to the Portugal international because there are doubts over their move for Chelsea's 24-year-old English defender Trevoh Chalobah. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Borussia Dortmund have reached a verbal agreement to sign Southampton and Germany defender Armel Bella-Kotchap, 21, on a loan deal with an option to buy. (Sky Sports Germany)

Inter Milan are looking at making a move for Tottenham's 26-year-old French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, who spent last season on loan at Napoli. (Tuttomercatoweb - in Italian)

Wolves have made an initial 25m euro (£21.5m) bid for Strasbourg's 19-year-old French midfielder Habib Diarra but have yet to receive a response from the Ligue 1 club. (L'Equipe - in French)

Luton Town are set to sign Manchester United's 21-year-old English defender Teden Mengi. (Mail)

Nottingham Forest are closing in on a deal to take 22-year-old England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea. (Guardian)

Sheffield United are leading the race to sign Manchester City's England Under-21 midfielder James McAtee, 20, for a second loan spell at the club after spending last season at Bramall Lane. (Football Insider)

Al-Ittihad have sounded out Liverpool's 24-year-old French defender Ibrahima Konate over a possible move. (RMC Sport - in French)

Arsenal agreed a 17.5% sell-on clause in the £35m deal that took 22-year-old United States forward Folarin Balogun to Monaco. (Mirror)

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Brighton are set to hijack Tottenham's loan move for Barcelona forward Ansu Fati.


Harry Kane was barred from Tottenham's training ground in the hours leading up to his move to Bayern Munich, meaning he was unable to say a face-to-face goodbye to long-time team-mates.

Bayern Munich will offer up to £50m for Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha while doubts are growing over their ability to complete a deal for Chelsea's Trevoh Chalobah.

France's preparation for the World Cup opener against New Zealand suffered another blow with an injury to centre Jonathan Danty.


Al-Ittihad are ready to test Liverpool's resolve to keep Mohamed Salah with an offer worth just under £120m and they believe the Egypt striker is keen to move to Saudi Arabia, whose Pro League chief executive Saad al-Lazeez will be based in France for the rest of the European transfer window to make negotiations easier.

Fulham are hopeful of securing a £20m deal with Everton for forward Alex Iwobi.

Talks between Crystal Palace and Leicester City over a deal for striker Kelechi Iheanacho have stalled over his £18m price tag. The player is reported to be interested in a move to Selhurst Park.

Luton Town are set to sign Manchester United defender Teden Mengi on a permanent deal.

Bayern Munich's Ryan Gravenberch has agreed personal terms with Liverpool as the Dutchman seeks regular minutes - and the Bundesliga side's pursuit of Joao Palhinha could pave the way for a move to Liverpool.

Raheem Sterling is available for England selection after missing the two previous squads amid fitness concerns.

Atletico Madrid have revived talks with Tottenham over a loan deal for midfielder Pierre Emile Hojbjerg with an obligation to buy.

Everton's hunt for investment is facing another setback after Government officials expressed concerns over the club agreeing a deal with US firm 777 Partners.

Brentford have resurrected talks with Nottingham Forest over Brennan Johnson after initially appearing to pull out of the race for the 22-year-old.

Wolves are in talks to sign Strasbourg pair Habib Diarra and Jean-Ricner Bellegarde but opening offers were knocked back on Wednesday night.

Fiorentina have dismissed Manchester United's initial loan offer for Sofyan Amrabat because the club want a guaranteed permanent fee for the midfielder.

Brentford have asked about West Ham target Hugo Ekitike at Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille midfielder Azzedine Ounahi.

Inter have made a loan approach for Tottenham's Tanguy Ndombele, with the midfielder's future uncertain in north London.

Manchester United are in discussions with Galatasaray over a loan move for Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek as the player edges nearer to a departure.

The world's top golfers will be invited to play in a unified global tour featuring 18 tournaments as part of golf's extraordinary peace deal with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund.


Arsenal are reported to be the "unnamed club" who made a world record bid for England goalkeeper Mary Earps and they are expected to soon make a second proposal to Manchester United.

Jordan Henderson is set to be included in England's squad on Thursday despite his move to Saudi Arabia.

Manchester United have made contact with Nice over a deal to sign centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo as they look for additional cover at the back.

Chelsea will smash through the £1bn spending mark under Todd Boehly if they are able to complete a £45m deal to sign Manchester City midfielder Cole Palmer.

Marc Cucurella is open to a loan move to Manchester United because of his "disappointment" over the chances he has been given in over a season at Chelsea.

Manchester United are beating off competition from Chelsea to sign Benfica teenager Joao Neves, a midfielder who has been dubbed "the next Bruno Fernandes".

Turkey looks like being the only destination for Mason Greenwood if he is able to secure a loan move away from Manchester United with multiple clubs being "scared" of signing him.

Manchester United transfer target Marc Cucurella was booed by Chelsea fans ahead of Wednesday's Carabao Cup clash with AFC Wimbledon.

Eden Hazard has received an offer to play in Scotland, according to reports.

Controversial Spain manager Jorge Vilda is reportedly being lined up to take charge of Saudi Arabia's women's team.


UEFA's director of football Zvonimir Boban has called new stoppage-time rules "absurd" and "crazy" and insisted they will not be used in the Champions League this season.

Erling Haaland has revealed that he sleeps with his mouth taped shut and wears light-blocking glasses for three hours before going to bed.


Manchester United are pressing on with their bid to sign Sofyan Amrabat despite having their initial loan offer of only £1.7m turned down by Fiorentina.

Villarreal have rejected a loan offer from Manchester United for left-back Alfonso Pedraza, who is keen to stay in Spain to further his bid for a place in the national team squad.

Former Liverpool and Rangers winger Ryan Kent splashed out £145,000 on a racehorse at the sales earlier this week and hopes his colt by Mehmas will be able to run at Royal Ascot next summer.


Jesse Lingard is closing on a return to the Premier League but will only get a short-term deal from West Ham and might not officially sign until after the summer window has closed.

Mauricio Pochettino has moved to allay fears of a serious injury to Levi Colwill, insisting the defender only has a "small problem" after suffering a knock in the 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon.


Reports in Spain have suggested Liverpool will try to sign Barcelona pair Ansu Fati and Abde Ezzalzouli if the sale of Mo Salah to Al-Ittihad is sanctioned.


Former Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is close to signing for Danish top-flight side Lyngby more than two years after he played his last competitive game.

Liverpool are likely to rebuff loan interest in young midfielder Tyler Morton as they might need him for cover if they are unable to replace their already departed stars.

Two matches in the first round of UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying have been flagged to European football's governing body because of suspicious betting patterns.

Barcelona are in advanced talks on a deal to sign centre back Mamadou Fall from LAFC.

An inquest has been opened into the death of the construction worker who died after an incident at the site of Everton's new stadium.


Jeff Hendrick is among the options Aberdeen are considering to add experience to their midfield, but they fear English Championship sides might scupper their interest in the Newcastle man.

Neil McCann is surprised Celtic didn't look closer to home in their search for striker competition and feels Hearts' Lawrence Shankland would have made an ideal signing for Brendan Rodgers.

Celtic are set to seal a new long-term deal for Liel Abada.

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Time is of the essence for clubs because there is limited amounts of it left in the summer transfer window, which closes at 11pm BST on Friday. If a deal stalls, it could leave squads and balance sheets short of what is required.

Tottenham have seen their move for Brennan Johnson hit the skids, so are looking at alternatives. One winger that could fit the bill is Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze, although the Eagles will put up a fight to keep hold of their star man. Another candidate is Ansu Fati after the winger was told he could leave Barcelona for pastures new. Contrarians Brighton, however, might have stolen a march on Spurs and could snap up the winger on loan.

West Ham are aiming to bolster their striking options in the next 48 hours and Hugo Ekitiké of Paris Saint-Germain is in talks. The French forward is available on loan or a permanent deal and could arrive in London before the close of the window, though Eintracht Frankfurt, Brentford and Crystal Palace are also keen. The Hammers are also working on a deal for Yuri Alberto – discussions are ongoing with the Brazilian club Corinthians over the 22-year-old. David Moyes is likely to offer Jesse Lingard a short-term deal too after the former Hammers midfielder proved his worth in training after leaving Nottingham Forest this summer. Another target for West Ham and their crack negotiators is Ronnie Edwards of Peterborough, who will inevitably be available for the right price.

Tanguy Ndombele is set for another season-long move to Italy after Tottenham entered talks with Genoa over a loan deal for the midfielder, who is not part of Ange Postecoglou’s plans in north London. There could be another option for the Spurs man, with Internazionale enquiring about his availability.

There is an obvious need for reinforcement in the Manchester United midfield but they do not seem too eager to pay for the privilege. Sofyan Amrabat is a key target for Erik ten Hag but Fiorentina want £30m to let their man go and United are offering a head shake in return.

Relegation does little for most clubs but Southampton have had a field day selling their stars this summer. The latest to attract big-money interest is the defender Armel Bella-Kotchap, who is wanted by not one but two German giants in the form of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Speaking of Bayern, they would not mind splashing out €60m on Fulham’s João Palhinha.

One midfielder possibly heading away from the Allianz Arena is Ryan Gravenbach after Bayern entered into talks with Liverpool over a potential deal. The Dutchman has never been a regular in Germany and could be tempted by the lure of the Premier League and playing under Jürgen Klopp.

Having qualified for the Champions League group stages, Galatasaray are looking to add a bit more quality to their ranks. One man mentioned in dispatches is Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek, who has been angling for a move for quite a while without success. There is, however, an alternative option for the Dutchman after Ligue 1’s Lorient offered to loan him for the campaign. Fellow United squad player Teden Mengi is set to join Luton, while Hannibal Mejbri is a target for Sevilla and Anderlecht.

Everton are lacking goals but are still willing to allow young striker Tom Cannon to depart for Norwich in exchange for £7m. The striker knows the Championship well after spending last season with Preston.

Sports Witness

West Ham ‘leap to the front’ of queue for player – He’s approved moved, agents working to ‘find a solution’

By Sean Lunt

West Ham United have leapt to the front of the queue for Juventus defender Filip Kostic, with the player giving his approval to the transfer.

That’s according to Calciomercato.it, who say there are ‘hot hours’ ahead for the player as he’s made it clear he is happy to join West Ham before tomorrow’s deadline.

The website explains that the Hammers ‘leap to the front’ of the queue of suitors for Kostic, who also has admirers in Spain.

There are several possible exits on the table for the Serbian and clubs in either country could ‘conclude an operation’ worth around €15m.

According to CM.it’s information, it is West Ham who have a ‘concrete chance’ of closing the information and there is a belief that they could ‘lead an assault’ in the coming hours.

Kostic is very popular with manager David Moyes, who wanted to sign him last season, and would value his experience being added to his squad.

There are plans today for the various parties and intermediaries to sit down and ‘find a solution’ that sees Juventus sell, something they are happy to do.

They’re asking for West Ham to pay at least €10m, a figure the Hammers are willing to pay, although they need to secure a sale first.

The experienced winger contributed to 3 goals and 12 assists across all competitions last season.

He has proven his quality at the highest level over the years and he is certainly good enough to play for a club like West Ham.

Work is seemingly underway to make that happen, and they are boosted by the fact Kostic has given his preference to them, and a move to the Premier League in the process.

West Ham authorise official to ‘present proposal’ for signing – Hammers accept key condition for transfer

By Naveen Ullal

On Wednesday, iG Esporte stated West Ham United have shifted their focus to Flamengo star Pedro after Corinthians rejected their offer for Yuri Alberto.

SBT Sports journalist Lucas Pedrosa claims former Werder Bremen defender Naldo Rodrigues is representing West Ham in Brazil, and he negotiated a deal for Alberto but the operation didn’t take shape.

He adds David Moyes’ side have now set their sights on Fluminense’s André, who had received an offer from Liverpool earlier this month.

Pedrosa claims the Europa Conference League winners have informed the Brazilian club they’ll match the Reds’ offer.

The figures aren’t mentioned but earlier claims stated Liverpool tabled a €30m bid for the midfielder. The journalist adds Naldo was authorised by the London club to ‘present the proposal’ to sign André.

Fluminense want to keep the 22-year-old until the end of this year and the reporter says West Ham have accepted this condition.

Pedrosa has approached Fluminense for an update but hasn’t received a response from them yet.

West Ham have less than 48 hours to strike an agreement with the South American club, and if they do, Pedrosa claims the Hammers will allow André to continue at Fluminense until the end of this year.



Sport Witness

West Ham handed transfer chance as club ‘desperately looking’ for a sale – Opportunity there to get Moyes target

By Sean Lunt

West Ham United may have been handed their opportunity to finally get striker Youssef En-Nesyri from Sevilla, with the Spanish side ‘desperately looking’ to secure a sale.

That’s according to Mucho Deporte, who say Sevilla need an exit before Friday’s deadline to do their own business and En-Nesyri is part of the list of players who could move on.

He’s again found himself as the subject of interest this summer, specifically from West Ham, who have tried very hard to sign him over the last two years.

The Moroccan striker has rejected them on both occasions, but it was reported earlier this month that he was now more receptive to the idea than he once was.

That was followed by claims West Ham were talking to Sevilla about a move, with them needing to add a striker to David Moyes’ squad after selling Gianluca Scamacca to Atalanta.

There’s been little to no progress on the matter since then and Mucho Deporte do insist that for now ‘there on no movements’ when it comes to En-Nesyri.

However, they make it clear that Sevilla are ‘desperately looking for a sale’ before the end of the window as they need to make room in their salary cap to finish adding players to ‘shore up’ their squad.

They’re currently blocked from doing so but getting rid of a player like En-Nesyri, who is a big earner and can bring in a big sum, would help to unblock matters. They can’t do any business ‘unless there is a sale’.

That means there is a perfect opportunity in front of West Ham to make another bid and strike an agreement with Sevilla for a player they’ve long been after.

Sevilla certainly need the money and the Hammers have it to spend after selling Scamacca, so En-Nesyri may be a name to keep an eye on once again in the final hours of the window.

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Heavi995 12:00 Fri Sep 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 3:18 Thu Aug 31
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Mex Martillo 2:38 Thu Aug 31
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:09 Thu Aug 31

Fortunes Hiding 1:57 Thu Aug 31
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Is Kostic a defender or a winger.

Sports witness haven’t proof read their article

Banjo 1:26 Thu Aug 31
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank you Alan

Thanks Alan 1:09 Thu Aug 31
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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