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
20%
  
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 1:08 Fri Nov 3
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Real Madrid want Chelsea captain Reece James but the Blues will demand a big fee for the 23-year-old England right-back. (Teamtalk)

AC Milan are interested in signing 25-year-old English defender Lloyd Kelly from Bournemouth, although Tottenham want him too. (Tuttosport - subscription needed, in Italian)

Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Fulham and West Ham United are among the other teams interested in Kelly, whose deal expires next summer. (90min)

Arsenal could make a £13m move for Royal Antwerp midfielder Arthur Vermeeren in January, but Barcelona are also keen on the 18-year-old Belgium international. (Sport - in Spanish)

Manchester United are exploring alternatives to manager Erik ten Hag, who is considered to be "on thin ice", with Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim and ex-Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane possible replacements. (Times - subscription needed)

It would cost Manchester United more than £15m in compensation if they were to sack Ten Hag this season. (Football Insider)

A number of Manchester United players have not agreed with the strict way Ten Hag has treated the England duo of winger Jadon Sancho, 23, and 30-year-old defender Harry Maguire, although there are also those in the squad who believe in the Dutchman's authoritarian approach. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester United want to recruit another striker to support Denmark's Rasmus Hojlund as concerns grow over the development over the 20-year-old. (Mail)

Brentford's Ivan Toney is one option being looked at by Ten Hag, as well as Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 24, and Iran and Porto forward Mehdi Taremi, 31. (Express)

England striker Toney has confirmed to Brentford that he would like to leave once the January transfer window opens, with Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly interested in signing the 27-year-old. (90min)

Everton are in talks with Tottenham over changing the transfer agreement for English midfielder Dele Alli, 27. They will owe Spurs £10m if Alli plays seven more games. (Mirror)

Manchester United could bid for Porto and Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa, 24, with Cameroon's Andre Onana likely to go to the Africa Cup of Nations. (Todo Fichajes - in Spanish)

Tottenham are prepared to sell Argentina midfielder Giovani Lo Celso in January and would accept an offer of £15-20m for the 27-year-old. (Football Insider)

Uruguayan Gus Poyet, 55, admits there is a "possibility" he will be contacted over the Republic of Ireland job with his future as Greece boss unclear. (Livescore)

England forward Eberechi Eze, 25, will treble his salary with a new Crystal Palace contract which will contain a substantial release clause. (Teamtalk)

Aston Villa and Spain defender Pau Torres, 26, says he was close to joining Real Madrid from former club Villarreal in the summer of 2021. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona are interested in signing Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich with the 28-year-old unlikely to sign a new contract with the German club. (Fichajes - in Spanish)





Sky Paper Talk

DAILY MAIL

Manchester United are aiming to recruit a support striker for Rasmus Hojlund in January amid concerns over their £72m signing's development.

Inter Miami are poised to sign Luis Suarez for the 2024 MLS season, according to numerous reports from well-regarded journalists in South America.

Former Premier League striker Asamoah Gyan has been told to pay compensation to his ex-wife after it was determined that he is the biological father of their three children.

Rafael da Silva has reignited his feud with Carlos Tevez, claiming he has "never been a fan of his" because he would "pick on" youngsters while at Manchester United.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Manchester United players are questioning Erik ten Hag's strict methods in his handling of Jadon Sancho and Harry Maguire with the Dutch manager heading into a crucial run of matches that could potentially decide his fate.

The YouTube football phenomenon Hashtag United have a player in an England World Cup squad - goalkeeper Ted Curd, who has been selected for the FIFA U17 tournament in Indonesia this month.

Sir Pelham Warner "did not have a racist bone in his body" and MCC must hold its nerve before renaming the Lord's stand in his name, his grandson has said.

Two-time Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur spoke emotionally about the situation in the Middle East on Wednesday, saying that she would donate part of her prize money from the WTA Finals to help Palestinians.

THE TIMES

Erik ten Hag is considered to be "on thin ice" at Manchester United after overseeing the club's worst start to a season in 61 years.

Everton have held talks with Tottenham over renegotiating the terms of the deal which would oblige them to pay £10m for Dele Alli should he make seven more appearances.

Barcelona football club fans can be "forever" linked to their team by having their cremated remains stored at the Nou Camp stadium.

DAILY MIRROR

Zinedine Zidane has already ruled himself out of taking the Manchester United job, though well before the pressure began ramping up on Erik ten Hag.

Aaron Ramsdale has been tipped to take his place back on the substitutes' bench for Arsenal's trip to Newcastle on Saturday evening by club legend Ray Parlour, who also thinks Arsenal will not win the Premier League with just Eddie Nketiah up front.

Police are appealing for witnesses after two teenage football fans were attacked and had to receive medical treatment in the aftermath of Middlesbrough's clash with Stoke City.

THE GUARDIAN

Roy Hodgson has said that Crystal Palace are "very confident" Eberechi Eze will sign a new contract despite interest from Manchester City in the England midfielder.

Former Wallabies Andrew Slack and Justin Harrison, along with high-performance expert Darlene Harrison, will conduct a review of Australia's dismal 2023 season and World Cup failure under departed coach Eddie Jones.

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will fight for the undisputed world heavyweight championship in Saudi Arabia early next year, Frank Warren, Fury's promotor, has confirmed.

THE SUN

Erik ten Hag has ordered his players to have one-to-one sessions with him to mend Manchester United's broken dressing room.

Ex-Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is tipped to buy Headingley and slap Sports Direct branding on Yorkshire's iconic cricket stadium.

Ex-Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has quit Montpellier over a "lack of respect" - a week after an incredible bust-up with their manager.

SCOTTISH SUN

SPFL chiefs slammed the Rangers pyro louts - as police warned it is a matter of time before a fan is seriously hurt.

Craig Levein has emerged as a shock contender to become St Johnstone's new boss.





Caught Offside

West Ham man almost certain to join Champions League club in January

Although West Ham have gone off the boil a little of late, if they can pick up a couple of decent results to bring the confidence back, there’s no reason why they can’t push on from that point.

Currently sat in ninth position on 14 points, they’re only three behind Newcastle United in sixth so not even close to being taken out of the conversation with regard to another finish in the European places at this point.

Given that there’s only 10 games played anyway, even if the Hammers were down in the lower half of the table, there’s plenty of time to get points on the board.

Once the Irons pick up a head of steam again, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with once more.

One player that could help them if he was given half a chance by David Moyes is Pablo Fornals, but for some reason, the Spaniard rarely gets a look in under the Scot.

WhoScored note that he’s only played 142 minutes for the club in the Premier League this season, and at 27 years of age, he has to make a move now in order to resurrect his career or risk it going to waste.

Vamos Mi Sevilla say that one of the first things that Champions League outfit, Sevilla, will do once the window opens is to ‘advance’ Fornals’ arrival, and the player is almost certain to jump at the chance to move back to sunnier climbs.

David Moyes’ West Ham side got back to winning ways in the best possible fashion against Arsenal in midweek, banishing the memories of a few recent performances that were less than pleasing.

The Hammers have always tended to take two steps forward and then one back no matter which players they have in situ, but the Carabao Cup win against the Gunners was so comprehensive that supporters will be hoping that it’s a stepping stone to better things in 2023/24.

One thing that Moyes could certainly do to help is stop chopping and changing his players around, both from a starting and positional perspective.

It’s arguable that by doing just that it lost them their unbeaten record in Europe against Olympiacos.

One player that’s hardly been getting a look in and when he does it’s to plough a lone furrow which isn’t really his game, is Danny Ings.

The striker has managed just 268 minutes of action this season according to WhoScored, and perhaps unsurprisingly hasn’t been able to contribute any goals or assists during that time.

Journalist, Paul Brown, thinks enough is enough and it’s time for Ings to leave the London Stadium.

“I think Danny Ings realises from how it’s gone at West Ham that he’s going to need to get out because he’s never really been used in the way that gets the best out of him,” he said to Give Me Sport.

“He’s not a lone striker. He can’t really play the same sort of game that Michail Antonio does.

“They’re very different. Ings likes to feed off a frontman, and he’s not going to get that in West Ham’s current setup.

“So I think he knows that if he wants to play regular minutes in the Premier League, which he does at his age, he’s going to need to find a new club. I don’t think West Ham would stand in his way, to be quite honest.

“He’s not done enough for West Ham to suggest that he’s got much of a future there and I think it’s probably best for all parties if he leaves.”

Were the club willing to allow Ings to go he would need to be replaced, and with 33-year-old Michail Antonio getting no younger either, a further striking replacement is also likely to be needed shortly.




Mail

West Ham valued higher

Vanessa Gold’s valuation of West Ham appears to be significantly higher than that of her fellow board members David Sullivan and Daniel Kretinsky, which may explain why the joint-chair is making some of her shares available on the open market.

Sullivan and Kretinsky have declined the chance to purchase a portion of the 25 per cent stake Gold inherited from her late father, David, which has led to the appointment of American bank Rothschild to seek an alternative buyer.

Kretinsky is the club’s most recent investor, with the Czech paying around £200m for 27 per cent two years ago in a deal which valued the club at £650m, but Gold is understood to want a higher price.




Caught Offside

West Ham eyeing up a move for versatile Serie A midfielder

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing the Sassuolo midfielder Daniel Boloca in the coming months.

A report from Tuttosport claims that the London club are keen on the 24-year-old Italian midfielder and it remains to be seen whether they can agree on a fee with his club.

Boloca can operate as a central defender as well as a defensive midfielder. He will add defensive cover to the West Ham side if he joins them.

The Hammers have recently recently signed Edson Alvarez to replace Declan Rice and it remains to be seen whether Boloca is signed as a partner for him in the middle of the park. Tomas Soucek has been linked with a move away from West Ham in recent months and the Hammers will have to replace him adequately.

West Ham are currently competing in the UEFA Europa League and they will need quality players in order to do well in the European competitions. They will be hoping to secure European football for the next season as well and signing the right players in January will help them finish the season strongly.

The 24-year-old Italian could be tempted to move to the Premier League and the opportunity to play for West Ham will be an attractive proposition. Regular football in the Premier League will help him improve further and fulfil tremendous potential in the coming seasons in the coming seasons.




The Hard Tackle

West Ham United keen on Isak Hien

West Ham United are interested in acquiring the services of the 24-year-old Hellas Verona centre-back Isak Hien.

According to a report by Tuttomercatoweb, West Ham United are keen on having Isak Hien in their ranks. The 24-year-old has been doing wonders of late and his performances have attracted a lot of attention from across Europe.

Hien joined Hellas Verona in the summer of 2022 for a fee of €3 million. He has gone from strength to strength since. The 24-year-old had an impressive debut season at the club as featured in a total of 39 matches and was on the pitch for over 3,200 minutes.

Within months of joining the Italian club, the Swedish defender managed to establish himself as one of the mainstays of the team. His impressive performances in the heart of the defence didn’t go unnoticed.

A lot of clubs wanted to sign him in the summer. Atalanta came very close to his signatures but Hellas Verona managed to keep hold of their star. But, post that things haven’t gone according to plan. The 24-year-old hasn’t had the best of starts to the new season. He has been out injured in quite a few matches so far and has only featured in five matches.

Despite that, there is still a lot of interest in his services. And, the report suggests that the player could part ways with the club in the upcoming transfer window. Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus have also been linked with the Swedish international. Even West Ham United are interested in having Hien in their ranks.

The Hammers have had a decent start to the new season. But, they have identified a few areas that need reinforcement. As a result, they are looking to bring in a new defender in the winter and have their eyes set on the Hellas Verona centre-back.

Hien’s arrival will give David Moyes’defence a lot of depth. And, he has all the qualities to push for a place in the starting XI. Given that he is still 24, he could go on to be one of the mainstays of the Hammers’ team. But, there is a lot of interest in him from across Europe and West Ham won’t find it easy to land him at the club.


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norwaytips 2:04 Sat Nov 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. ⚒⚒

Texas Iron 8:24 Fri Nov 3
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers…

Mex Martillo 4:21 Fri Nov 3
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:30 Fri Nov 3

Thanks Alan 1:30 Fri Nov 3
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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