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
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 2:19 Thu Mar 21
Thursday news (includes West Ham)

Tottenham are preparing a move for Chelsea's England midfielder Conor Gallagher, 24, whose contract expires in 2025. (Teamtalk)

Liverpool, Tottenham and AC Milan are among the clubs interested in Fulham's English defender Tosin Adarabioyo, 26, however the Cottagers want to offer the former Manchester City player a new contract. (Standard)

Tottenham are also interested in Barcelona and Brazil winger Raphinha, 27, whose future at the La Liga giants is unclear. (Sport - in Spanish)

Chelsea are leading the race to sign Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen but Paris St-Germain remain interested and Napoli want 130m euros (£111m) for the 25-year-old to fund a move for a replacement. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in Shakhtar Donetsk's 21-year-old Ukrainian midfielder Georgiy Sudakov, who is valued at 100m euros (£85m). (Teamtalk)

Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are among the clubs interested in Nottingham Forest's Brazilian defender Murillo, 21. (Mail)

Liverpool could make a third attempt to sign 25-year-old English defender Lloyd Kelly from Bournemouth. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United's English midfielder Kobbie Mainoo, 18, is close to signing a new contract with the Red Devils. (HITC)

Brazil defender Thiago Silva, 39, is in regular contact with former club Fluminense as he looks to secure a return home when his Chelsea contract runs out at the end of the season. (Sun)

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe, former Chelsea manager Graham Potter and Wolves' Gary O'Neil could all be in the running for the England job if Gareth Southgate leaves for Manchester United. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich could turn to Jose Mourinho, who is out of work after being sacked by Roma, to replace the departing Thomas Tuchel if they are unable to land top target Xabi Alonso. (Mirror)

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is also wanted by Bayern Munich. (La Repubblica - in Italian)

Arsenal are set to offer Italy midfielder Jorginho, 32, a new contract. (Football Insider)

Benfica's Argentina winger Angel di Maria, 36, is considering a return to his boyhood club Rosario Central. (ESPN)

Manchester United's Swedish defender Victor Lindelof, 29, says he has no desire to play in Saudi Arabia yet, despite having been linked with a summer move to the country's Pro League. (Fotbollskanalen - in Swedish)

Leeds United are set to offer midfielder Archie Gray, 18, an improved contract in the summer amid interest from top-six Premier League clubs. (Football Insider)

Sky Paper Talk


The rift that led to Ben White's self-imposed England exile began with a barbed comment from Gareth Southgate's assistant Steve Holland in front of team-mates at the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

The International Cricket Council has been urged to take control of technology away from broadcasters and introduce greater transparency in ball-tracking by Simon Taufel, one of the game's most respected umpires.

Liverpool's hunt for Jurgen Klopp's successor will accelerate following confirmation of Richard Hughes' appointment as sporting director.

Timo Werner is very keen to make his move to Tottenham permanent with a deal likely to only cost the Premier League club around £16m.

Louis Rees-Zammit has admitted he was disappointed to only run 4.44 seconds in his 40-yard dash in front of NFL scouts in Florida as he looks to secure a roster spot ahead of the 2024 season through the International Player Pathway.


New Bayern Munich sporting director Max Eberl has revealed why he won't be making a fanciful attempt to appoint Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as their next manager.

Bruno Fernandes has responded to criticism over his leadership style as Manchester United captain, insisting it is just his "intensity" showing on the pitch.

Rasmus Hojlund has hit out at "fake news" after a report emerged that his teammates had questioned him over conducting an interview with a Manchester United fan channel.

Jarrad Branthwaite has revealed his football dream nearly ended before it even began because he suffered with Osgood Schlatter disease as a teenager, a condition which causes knee trouble and sidelined him for 18 months before joining Carlisle.

Former professional Gareth Farrelly has lifted the lid on football's staggering £1bn bankruptcy crisis with an estimated 40 per cent of players at risk within five years of retirement because of bad investments.


Luke Littler has been forced out of the Nordic Darts Masters in June due to family commitments.

Paul Scholes' son, Arron, has taken a cheeky dig at England boss Gareth Southgate on social media after he was spotted with Kobbie Mainoo.

Chelsea's owners have been slammed by their own supporters and warned they face a tide of "irreversible toxicity" unless drastic changes are made.

San Marino missed out on the chance of their first win in 20 years when they gave up an early lead to lose 3-1 to fellow FIFA minnows St Kitts and Nevis - the teams play again on Sunday.


Chelsea and Man City could both be booted out of the Premier League if they are found guilty of Financial Fair Play breaches, according to reports.

World Rugby - the game's governing body - is considering bringing in a global trial of a 20-minute red card as part of a number of law changes designed to improve its appeal.

Premier League clubs' attempts to comply with spending rules by selling players this summer could be thwarted by international managers' refusal to grant access to their squad members at the European Championship.

England plan to take the three special fragrances which permeate the air at their home base St George's Park with them to their German training base for Euro 2024.

Brazil are set to ditch their classic yellow shirts for Saturday's friendly against England at Wembley and will instead play in their blue away strip.

Olympic sailing great Sir Ben Ainslie has lifted the lid on what makes Manchester United part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe tick and expects him to have a massive impact on the club.


Fulham are ready to make Tosin Adarabioyo one of their top earners in a bid to stop him leaving Craven Cottage.

Antonio Nusa has revealed he is over the injury concerns that scuppered a January move to Brentford.


Kai Havertz should have been shown a second yellow card for diving in Arsenal's victory over Brentford before he scored the winning goal that sent his team top of the Premier League.

Courtney Lawes believes the RFU should scrap the overseas rule that will soon render Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi, Kyle Sinckler and Lewis Ludlam ineligible to represent England.


A strange-looking statue of Harry Kane is still waiting for a home after four years sat hidden away in storage.

The first man behind the adored Gunnersaurus has opened up on being made redundant by Arsenal after spending 26 years as mascot.


Chelsea could reportedly solve their Romelu Lukaku woes by using him as a makeweight in a swap deal this summer

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he does not expect England to host a World Cup in his lifetime because English football is 'too successful'.

Casemiro was reportedly told he was fit by Manchester United medical staff before eventually missing out on their FA Cup quarter-final against Liverpool with a hamstring issue which was picked up when he sought alternative advice in Spain.

Arsenal appear set to miss out on Ajax teenager Jorrel Hato this summer because his recently-signed new contract does not include a release clause.


The USWNT's Olympic path was set on Tuesday - the team will face Germany, Australia and either Zambia or Morocco in this summer's group stage, playing matches in Marseille and Nice. The tournament will be the first under incoming head coach Emma Hayes, following her debut on the touchline at a pair of friendlies in June.


Aberdeen have moved a step closer to making their next managerial appointment.

Former Celtic defender Carl Starfelt, who has struggled with illness since his move to Celta Vigo last summer, has revealed his issues were caused by mould in his home. He has since moved into hotel accommodation while the problem is resolved.

Hearts have been dealt a double blow with both Peter Haring, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and Craig Halkett facing knee surgeries.


West Ham have just entered the race for £26m playmaker, already at the front of the queue

Will Butcher

Albert Gudmundsson is one of a number of breakthrough stars in this season’s Serie A, as he shines in a Genoa shirt – alerting attention from a number of Premier League clubs ahead of the summer.

Gudmundsson, 26, has been excellent for Genoa. The 35-time Iceland star has a specific style, roaming about the pitch with his socks low, Jack Grealish style. Aggressive, passionate, incredibly technical.

This season, he is in the form of his life. He has had a hand in 16 goals in 29 games for Genoa. Such form is all the more impressive given Genoa sit way down in 12th place in Italy’s top tier in 2023-24.

It comes after scoring 15 goals in 50 games prior to this season, for Genoa. So, a top player in a mid-table side. He deserves to be playing a lot higher, at least for a club that are in European competition.

West Ham join race for Genoa playmaker Albert Gudmundsson

They are not the only Premier League club showing interest. London rivals Tottenham are also said to have enquired after the Iceland attacker – who has a £26m release clause in his contract at Genoa.

You would imagine that Spurs are well-positioned to get him. They have just done a deal with Genoa, which saw Radu Dragusin join the club – while Djed Spence has gone to Gudmundsson’s side on loan.

But, a new report from Italian site CM claims that West Ham have joined the race to land Gudmundsson and are alongside Tottenham at the front of the queue for his signature. Juventus and Inter are keen.

Certainly, his bargain release clause is only going to generate more interest between now and the end of the season. But would he start for Spurs? A move to West Ham would see him remain first choice.

What has been said about Albert Gudmondsson, an Arsenal fan…

Indeed, Gudmundsson has said in the past that he is an Arsenal fan. Hardly one to stop a move to Spurs but one that will instantly have fans worried. Not something that will deter West Ham in a possible move.

Gudmundsson – who is best as a 10 or playing off a no.9 but can play out wide, too – has been likened to Mo Salah by Kevin Strootman. He shares an agent with Dragusin, as well as stopper Guglielmo Vicario.

With West Ham possibly preparing to wave goodbye to Lucas Paqueta with Manchester City’s interest still present – the Hammers will be in the market for a playmaker. Gudmundsson fits the Hammers bill.

Especially, as West Ham will likely rake in a near-£100m fee for Brazil star Paqueta. They can get a top replacement for a quarter of that. Spurs cannot let West Ham land the ace without putting up a fight.

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Heavi995 1:58 Fri Mar 22
Re: Thursday news (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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