WHO Poll
Q: 2018/19 Wolves (H)
a. At last we have a win now let's make it two, Win
b. A win against 10 men and two leagues below us is fine, but this will be much harder I'll take a point, Draw
c. Who are we kidding, a win against Wimbledon and all is rosy, forget it we're getting our arses kicked in this one, Lose
d. It's at times like these when you really do miss Love Island
e. I was all over this game until I found out it's not on the box, the broadcasting companies really don't care about us hard core fans do they, I might pop off to Thorpe Park for the day instead, obviously in my WHU shirt

Alan 1:32 Tue May 2
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Southampton manager Claude Puel's job is in danger after a series of rows with some of his players. (Daily Star)

Liverpool are resigned to losing Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, 24, this summer and want to bring in 25-year-old Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Isco, 25.(Don Balon, in Spanish)

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, 28, has twice rejected a new contract and wants to insert a release clause if he is to sign a new deal with the club. (Times - subscription required)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 24, is close to a move to Tottenham but his decision to represent Ivory Coast rather than England could stop the switch, as he may miss six weeks of every other season to play in the Africa Cup of Nations. (Telegraph)

Manchester United are favourites to sign Leicester City and Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 30, but face competition from rivals Manchester City. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, United expect to lose injured left-back Luke Shaw for the rest of the season, with the 21-year-old also set to miss England's World Cup qualifier against Scotland on 10 June. (Telegraph)

Inter Milan want Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to replace current boss Stefano Pioli, with the Serie A side ready to demote Pioli to managing their sister club, Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Daily Express)

Chelsea are favourites to sign 22-year-old Monaco and France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. (Calciomercato)

The Premier League leaders are also close to signing Southampton's 25-year-old Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk for £50m as he would prefer to join Chelsea than Arsenal. (Sun)

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, was spotted talking to Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo after Sunday's game between the sides. Emenalo was behind the Belgium international's move to Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011. (Times - subscription required)

Atletico Madrid's France forward Antoine Griezmann, 26, is attracted by the prospect of signing for Manchester United - but has reservations about leaving Spain. (ESPN)

United will have to make Griezmann the Premier League's best-paid player, on about £300,000 a week, to tempt him to Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)

West Brom want to sign Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 25, but face competition from Arsenal and Manchester City. (Daily Express)

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, 28, kicked a door in frustration following the Gunners' 2-0 defeat by Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)

Germany international Ozil, who currently earns £140,000 a week, has been offered a wage rise to around £250,000 to sign a new deal with the Gunners - but feels he deserves closer to £300,000. (Daily Mail)

Ozil has yet to sign a new contract with Arsenal but only Fenerbahce have shown an interest in signing him, with the Gunners willing to listen to offers. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane could leave the Bernabeu if they fail to land a major trophy, as he has yet to agree fresh terms on his contract which expires in the summer. (Sun)

Tottenham will offer right-back Kieran Trippier, 26, a new deal at the club to ward off interest from Everton.(ESPN)

Kyle Walker, who was replaced by Trippier for the north London derby, is lining up a move to Manchester City - and the 26-year-old England right-back could double his £55,000-a-week contract if he leaves Spurs. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic will hold talks with England striker Andy Carroll, 28, at the end of the season over his injury record, as he has completed only 12 games this season.(London Evening Standard)

Stoke City striker Saido Berahino, 23, will take just one week's holiday this summer in an attempt to get sharper for next season. Berahino, has yet to score since a £12m move from West Brom in January. (Stoke Sentinel)

Everton's Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady, 31, wants to return to Preston North End next season after a successful loan spell at the Championship club.(Lancashire Post)

And finally

Former Everton and Arsenal forward Francis Jeffers, 36, is to step into the boxing ring for a "Merseyside derby" charity fight against ex-Liverpool winger David Thompson, 39. (Daily Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Elephantine-memoried readers will know that we have featured rumours concerning Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho before. In February 2014 we said he might go to Manchester United, and in August to Chelsea for £35m. In November 2015 he was on his way to Arsenal, in May 2016 to newly-crowned league champions Leicester City or United again, and that October Arsenal were linked once more, while this January he was being monitored by Liverpool. And all the while he has remained in Lisbon, waiting for the right suitor to come along. Well now he’s being linked with West Bromwich Albion so, William, how about it? According to the Sun Tony Pulis himself watched him play against Benfica a couple of weeks back, and is mulling over a possible £30m bid – that’s thirty million pounds, comfortably more than double the Baggies’ current transfer record, which stands at a Nacer Chadli-shaped £13m – to snaffle him away from Arsenal and Liverpool, who continue to idly monitor him.

The Sun have details of the £50m-rated offer that it says is going to swing the fight for Virgil van Dijk in Chelsea’s favour, and which will allow Southampton to both bank a barrowful of cash and land a replacement centre-back, all in one canny manoeuvre. The Blues are willing to hand over the 21-year-old Danish defender Andreas Christensen, currently completing his second season on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach, as part of the deal, while Van Dijk has decided to snub Arsenal’s £150,000-a-week contract offer in favour of signing for a side that occasionally wins trophies.

But perhaps Van Dijk could be persuaded to remain in Southampton if the club’s current manager, Claude Puel, does not: the Star this morning reports that “a host of Saints stars including England duo Ryan Bertrand and Nathan Redmond have fallen out with their French boss”, leading to “genuine fears that Van Dijk will leave if Puel doesn’t”.

Manchester United bean-counters have worked out the full cost of a potential move for Antoine Griezmann, reports the Mail, and over five years it would be at least £155m – £76m or so in transfer fees, and £77m or so in wages at an all-time Premier League-high of £300,000 a week. Though if they can convince someone to take £290,000-a-week Wayne Rooney off their hands this summer they would almost be quits. Meanwhile Sky Sports is reporting that United have made Kasper Schmeichel their official No1 toppermost choice to replace David de Gea if the Spaniard is snaffled by Real Madrid come summer, which given that Real Madrid will apparently make the very same Kasper Schmeichel their official No1 toppermost choice if they don’t snaffle David de Gea from Manchester United come summer suggests that, in short and to summarise, Schmeichel should probably start packing.

Tottenham could end their interest in Wilfred Zaha because of his decision to represent the Ivory Coast, which will mean he misses a chunk of alternate top-flight seasons while his national team competes in the pesky African Cup of Nations.

The club could have £30m lying around, though, with the Independent revealing that Kyle Walker “has decided that his future lies away from Tottenham Hotspur” and is “attracted by the possibility of a big move and frustrated by recent events” (namely Kieran Trippier taking his spot in the team for various big recent matches), with Barcelona joining both Manchester clubs in the race for the speedy England full-back who “would cost at the very least £35m, if not closer to £50m”. The race for his signature might be nearly over already, though, with the Mail reporting that “Manchester City are increasingly confident” that they will sign him.

The former Manchester City trainee Ahmad Benali could return to England on a free transfer this summer, when his contract at Pescara comes to an end, with Southampton and West Ham both interested in giving Premier League fans their very first glimpse of a Libyan international. The 25-year-old has offers from Atalanta, Bologna and Genoa, says the Sun, but the Manchester-born maestro would prefer to return to these shores.

Football London

Wallsall want "influential" West Ham starlet back on loan next season

Dobson enjoyed a successful stint with the Saddlers this season

By Sam Inkersole

Walsall boss Jon Whitney wants to take West Ham youngster George Dobson back on loan next season after the teenager flourished for the Saddlers this past campaign.

The 19-year-old enjoyed his loan spell at the Banks's Stadium, making 26 appearances in League One in what was his first season of senior first team football.

Boss Whitney said of Dobson: "He can be an influential player for us.

"I would like to try to keep George in some way if I can and I will speak to West Ham in the next week to try to make that happen.

"Our loan players are being spoken to about other clubs. Everybody is trying to fill their jigsaw really quickly and I'm doing the same with certain players and that's the way of football.

"George is someone I'm going to try to get and with another pre-season under his belt, he can be that influential player for us."

Dobson has previously admitted he would be keen to return to the Saddlers on loan next season as well.

The midfielder said: "I'll go back to West Ham at the end of the season and I've got one more year left on my contract and we'll see what happens from there.

"I want to be able to go back out on loan next season and Walsall is definitely a club I am interested in coming back to.

"I don't know what West Ham want to do but I am open to everything."


Rafa Benitez to West Ham: Pundit makes big call about Newcastle boss

WEST HAM will have been admiring Rafa Benitez’s achievements at Newcastle, according to
Stan Collymore.

By Alex Wood

The Toon have secured promotion back to the Premier League after just one season in the second tier.

And with Slaven Bilic struggling in east London this term, Collymore reckons West Ham bigwigs will be taking a look at Benitez.

He told The People: “It is certain Rafa’s promotion with the Geordies won’t have gone unnoticed elsewhere in the Premier League, especially at West Ham, where Slaven Bilic is under the cosh.

“The Hammers can offer Benitez London life, a higher profile and more money in the transfer market.”

Despite the lure of a move back to London, Collymore says Benitez should stay put - although only if he’s backed in the transfer market.

He added: “If I were him, though, I would stay put at St James’ Park – but only if owner Mike Ashley opens the cheque book.

“If he does and Benitez adds to talent such as Ayoze Perez, Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle, then Newcastle fans can expect a top-10 finish.”

West Ham and Southampton in transfer tussle: Offers made for ex-Man City midfielder

WEST HAM are reportedly ready to rival Southampton this summer for former Manchester City trainee Ahmad Benali.

By Marc Williams

Benali came through the ranks at City, spending 11 years with the club, before leaving in 2012 without ever making his senior debut.

Now at Italian side Pescara, the 25-year-old is reportedly attracting plenty of interest.

The Sun claim Premier League duo West Ham and Southampton are both keen on the £3m-rated midfielder.

It is also said that Serie A trio Atalanta, Bologna and Genoa have all tabled offers for Benali.

But the Libya international would prefer to return to the Premier League and finally take his bow in the competition.

Benali has scored six goals in 31 league appearances for Pescara this season but his side have already been relegated to Italy’s second tier.

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Gazza_AZ 3:39 Wed May 3
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
But that's a big NO from me for Benitez - the Spanish Allardyce imho. (Its only a collywobble rumour)
What about that nice Italian chap - Ranieri - he is still available I believe.

stoneman 9:39 Tue May 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
There is already a thread for all of you Bilic haters to spill your guts.

Texas Iron 6:04 Tue May 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
And a Yes for Benitez...

Bilic not up to it...inconsistent and poor overall management re: Player Fjtness...motivation...preparation...tactics...subs...player recruitment ...defensive preparation..etc

Oh and...misuse of Antonio at RB...no proper striker...no proper RB...poor handling of GKs...piss poor Europa League...

He talks good football strategy and tactics...but doesn't do well in games...

But he did handle the Paget situation well..

So...what will be our final position this season...???

BubblesCyprus 3:02 Tue May 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much better reading than about Maddie McAnn

The Stoat 1:40 Tue May 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:37 Tue May 2

ted fenton 1:37 Tue May 2
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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