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
24%
  
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
19%
  
d. Moyes out
37%
  
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
3%
  



Alan 2:01 Tue Oct 31
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Real Madrid will not pay more than £17.5m for 26-year-old on-loan Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who cost Chelsea a record £72m five years ago. (Sun)

Juventus could use the wages saved on 30-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba, who faces a lengthy ban over a failed drugs test, to sign Arsenal's 30-year-old Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey on loan in January. (Mirror)

Saudi Pro League officials want Manchester City's 32-year-old Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, who would cost about £50m, to join the league. (Football Insider)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has added Real Sociedad's 24-year-old Spain midfielder Martin Zubimendi and Real Madrid's France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 23, to his list of transfer targets. (Calciomercato - in Spanish)

Fluminense's 22-year-old Brazil midfielder Andre would be open to a January transfer, with Liverpool still interested despite having a previous bid rejected. (Mirror)

Liverpool will not sell Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 31, in January regardless of any offers from the Saudi Pro League. (Football Insider)

England forward Marcus Rashford, 26, may have upset Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag by going to a nightclub after Sunday's derby defeat by Manchester City. (Mail)

Chelsea and Manchester City are monitoring Bayer Leverkusen's 20-year-old Germany midfielder Florian Wirtz. (Express)

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is interested in Athletic Bilbao's 26-year-old Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Napoli are open to negotiating a new contract with 24-year-old Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, who has been linked with Liverpool. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Chelsea and England defender Trevor Chalobah, 24, has been offered a move to Borussia Dortmund. (Sun)

English forward Divin Mubama, 19, has turned down a contract extension at West Ham with one year left on his current deal. (Athletic - subscription)





Sky Paper Talk

THE TIMES

A Premier League investigation into secret transfer-related payments made by Chelsea during the Roman Abramovich era will include the scrutiny of financial transactions around the signings of Willian and Samuel Eto'o.

Erik ten Hag has claimed that Manchester United are incapable of playing like his successful Ajax team because the players in his squad are more accustomed to long-ball football.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Marcus Rashford partied in a nightclub after Manchester United's emphatic derby defeat - just hours before he was due to report for training on Monday morning.

Chelsea fans have been prevented from displaying a banner that features the Star of David, with the club and the Premier League at odds over who is to blame for the decision that has been branded anti-Semitic.

A grass-roots football club is facing claims that at least one of its junior players was stopped from taking the field because the members of the opposing team were Jewish.

THE SUN

Real Madrid are ready to do business with Chelsea over a permanent deal for Kepa Arrizabalaga less than three months into his loan.

Tyson Fury stuck up his middle finger after arriving back in the UK following his win over Francis Ngannou.

Tyson Fury could be forced into fighting Oleksandr Usyk on December 23 despite being left battered by Francis Ngannou.

Fuming Erik ten Hag ordered Man Utd flops to sit in silence and listen to Man City's celebrations after derby mauling

DAILY MAIL

Erik ten Hag retains the full backing of Manchester United's board despite their dismal start to the season, according to reports.

Chelsea are laying on free coaches for supporters for the club's Christmas Eve trip to Wolves to help ease their travel concerns.

Danny Drinkwater has revealed his arrest for drink-driving in 2019 was a wake-up call as he opened up on his boozing and partying during his ill-fated spell at Chelsea.

Carabao Cup set to switch to one-legged semi-finals next season for the first time... with clubs told of move as part of new £900m funding package from the Premier League

DAILY STAR

Former Premier League flop Tomas Brolin quit football at just 28 to sell vacuum cleaners just a couple of years after almost winning the Ballon d'Or.

SCOTTISH SUN

Neil Lennon has revealed he would consider taking over St Johnstone as their new manager.

Livingston boss David Martindale refused to be drawn on reports linking him with the managerial vacancy at St Johnstone.

Lewis Ferguson has set Serie A alight since moving to Bologna from Aberdeen last summer - so much so, some of the biggest names in European football are said to be suitors for the Scotland international.

Brendan Rodgers is planning a major January clear-out at Celtic - to free up space for potential signings.

DAILY RECORD

Barry Ferguson anticipates that new Rangers manager Philippe Clement will be backed this January - and he should be looking close to home for one of his first signings.

Alistair Johnston joined in Celtic training ahead of their clash with St Mirren as he appears to be over his concussion scare.

Diego Simeone admits Atletico Madrid are finding it difficult amid a relentless run of games - but momentum is keeping them smiling ahead of their Celtic rematch.

Brendan Rodgers is in no hurry to send James Forrest to the Celtic scrap heap - because the Hoops ace is the one man in his squad who can give speed merchant Daizen Maeda a run for his money.






The Athletic

Divin Mubama has turned down a contract extension at West Ham United.

By Roshane Thomas

Mubama, 19, is entering the final year of the deal he signed in October 2021, which does not include a one-year option. Discussions remain ongoing and the club hope he changes his mind.

The England Under-19 forward is yet to feature in the league and was not in the matchday squad for the 1-0 loss to Everton on Sunday — he has only played 24 minutes of first-team football this season under manager David Moyes.

Mubama had interest from six unnamed Championship clubs in the summer but with West Ham failing to sign a striker, they decided to keep him in Moyes’ squad.

The teenager was voted the club’s young player of the year in 2022-23 and scored during pre-season games against Perth Glory and Tottenham Hotspur in Australia this summer.

“I think Divin has given us something to think about,” first-team coach Billy McKinlay said in July. “The gaffer said in Australia that he was really pleased with his contribution, so he’s had good exposure.

“What we always say is, ‘You’ve got your opportunity and it’s really important you take it, because you don’t get too many’. He’s been really impressive, so it’s really important he keeps it going.”

Last season, Mubama made six senior appearances and became West Ham’s youngest first-team scorer (18 years, four months and 19 days) since Freddie Sears in 2008 with his goal in March, which came against AEK Larnaca in the Europa Conference League round of 16.

He was prolific in West Ham’s Youth Cup victory (the under-18s equivalent of the FA Cup) — the first time they have won that tournament since 1999 — and was the competition’s top scorer with eight goals.
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Sport Witness

Fulham and West Ham target set to cost a lot more than expected – Spanish claims dismissed

At the weekend, reports from the Spanish media claimed that Fulham and West Ham United are both interested in São Paulo midfielder Pablo Maia.

It was said the player could cost just €7m, and that made him an attractive option for the Whites and Hammers.

However, as journalist Jorge Nicola now features a video talking about that chase, he claims that Fulham and West Ham would actually need to pay a little more to get it done.

The reporter says the €7m request never existed. Not even last summer, when São Paulo had already been demanding at least €10m for his departure.

It’s claimed that the Brazilian club will only accept negotiating the midfielder’s sale for at least €15m next year.

The journalist also doesn’t confirm the interest from Fulham and West Ham, even though the player had been linked to the Craven Cottage side in the recent past.

It makes sense that Maia will only leave for €15m. The midfielder had a great year at São Paulo and will definitely be chased by several clubs, especially from English football, so São Paulo have no reason to let him go for so little.


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Mex Martillo 2:07 Wed Nov 1
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:55 Tue Oct 31

Heavi995 11:00 Tue Oct 31
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 5:16 Tue Oct 31
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers …

Thanks Alan 2:55 Tue Oct 31
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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