WHO Poll
Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
d. I'm not sure about this one, I'll wait until SKY is back to hear what Gary Neville thinks, then I'll voice my opinion

Alan 11:51 Mon May 29
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are in talks with with Inter Milan over a £36m bid for their 28-year-old Croatian midfielder Ivan Perisic. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been told they will have to pay £48m if they want the winger. (Daily Mail)

Atletico Madrid are interested in re-signing 28-year-old striker Diego Costa from Chelsea this summer.(Independent)

The Spain forward is set to have talks with the Premier League champions over his future.(Daily Telegraph)

Claude Puel "expects to be sacked" at Southampton and has already held secret talks with French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne.(Sun)

Chelsea's departing captain John Terry, 36, has urged the club to invest heavily in the transfer market to compete in the Champions League next season. (Guardian)

Manager Arsene Wenger will tell the Arsenal board on Tuesday that they should ignore fan opinion and focus on the facts when they consider whether they want him to stay on. (Daily Express)

West Ham have made a bid for Manchester City's £20m-rated striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20.(Daily Mirror)

Long-term Manchester United target, 30-year-old midfielder Blaise Matuidi, has refused to commit his future to Paris St-Germain.(Manchester Evening News)

West Ham are reported to be preparing a cash-plus-player offer worth around £25m for 22-year-old Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.(Newcastle Chronicle)

Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp was at Hampden Park for the Scottish Cup final to check on 29-year-old Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes.(Birmingham Mail)

Ernesto Valverde, who is set to be announced as Barcelona manager on Monday, is keen to sign 27-year-old Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera. (As.com - in Spanish)

Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, 22, is set to enter negotiations with Manchester City about a move to Pep Guardiola's side. (SFR - in French)

And City are confident of beating rivals Manchester United to a second Monaco signing after their deal for Bernardo Silva. (Daily Express)

And finally

Chelsea's Victor Moses had to pick himself up after his FA Cup final red card for diving to get married the next day. (Daily Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Scott Murray

Welcome to a special spring-bank-holiday edition of the Rumour Mill. Think of it in the same way you would another great British bank-holiday service, the rail replacement bus. It’s the same old journey, just even more tedious, long-winded and painful than usual. But we’ll get there in the end.

The list of players Manchester United fancy continues to grow and grow. Internazionale winger Ivan Perišić is the latest diacritic-heavy name on the list. United have been given a price of £36m for the Croatian international, a fee they consider a bit steep despite his ability to go outside a man. So imagine how Chelsea feel: they’ve been quoted £48m for some reason.

United are also after Paris St-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi. They have been for some time, but the 30-year-old has refused to sign a new contract with the French giants, and José Mourinho’s eyes are suddenly on stalks.

It hasn’t really worked out for Claude Puel at Southampton. Just a top-10 finish and the club’s first League Cup final for 38 years. He’s waiting to be bundled out of the door in disgrace, and has set up a contingency plan with St Etienne just in case he’s read the runes correctly.

Manchester City are close to stealing off with another of Monaco’s young stars. Having already signed Bernardo Silva, they’re now in for left-back Benjamin Mendy. Across the road, Mourinho, having also expressed an interest, fumes impotently.

All change at Woking.

Atlético Madrid are stepping up their interest in FA Cup final goalscoring hero Diego Costa. You can still be a goalscoring hero on the losing side, right? It’s all about taking part.

Here’s another rumour we’ve heard before, but it’s a quiet day, so. West Ham United are ready to place a £20m order for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho. The Hammers also want Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford, and are preparing a £25m cash-plus-player package to fend off Everton. The identity of the player they’re planning to offload to Wearside is as yet unknown. Former Newcastle favourite and boyhood Toon fan Andy Carroll? Please let it be former Newcastle favourite and boyhood Toon fan Andy Carroll.

Birmingham City wheeler-dealer Harry Redknapp is very interested in Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes, who came as close as anyone this season to undoing the Celtic Invincibles at Hampden on Saturday.

And the toilet on the bus to Exeter St Davids is out of order, apologies for any inconvenience but that’s the way it is.

Football London

Gold reveals West Ham targeting 60,000 capacity at London Stadium from next season

The Hammers are looking to fully utilise their new home

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has said he is ~"hopeful" that the Hammers will be able to properly fill the London Stadium from the start of next season.

So far, West Ham have only been allowed to have a maximum of 57,000 for home games thanks to crowd troubles early last season and the licence for the full capacity of 60,000 was rejected.

Things came to a head during the EFL Cup win over Chelsea last year when crowd violence turned very ugly indeed and since then, the club has implemented different security measures and has seen very little - if any - trouble since then.

The club has been continuing to liaise with stadium operators LS185, owners E20, Newham Council and LLDC plus the Met Police to try and increase the capacity back to it's full potential.

As seems to be the norm these days, Gold revealed on Twitter when asked by a fan if the numbers would go back up at Stratford after a reduction in issues a the ground involving fans and stewards.

We are hopeful of starting next season with a new capacity up from 57k to 60k dg https://t.co/pQSjaBvqll
— David Gold (@davidgold) May 29, 2017

West Ham will play the first three games of the 2017/18 Premier League season away from Stratford as the World Athletics Championship is taking place at the London Stadium and with the amount of time needed to re-fit the retractable seating, it would eat into the start of the campaign.

Snodgrass linked with shock West Ham exit less than six months after signing with Brighton interested

The former Hull winger hasn't settled in at West Ham just yet

By Rob Guest

Robert Snodgrass could be set for a swift exit from West Ham with Brighton & Hove Albion said to be eyeing up an £8million move for the Scotland international.

The 29-year-old only moved to the London Stadium in January for £10 million after impressing for Hull City in the first part of the season.

However, he has failed to shine during his first five months with the club and an early exit looks to be on the cards.

Snodgrass has yet to score for Slaven Bilic’s side and he has spent the majority of his fifteen games for the club on the substitutes’ bench.

The winger could get some valuable match action under his belt next month after he was named in Scotland’s squad for their World Cup qualifier against England.


Pablo Zabaleta - Manu Lanzini convinced me to join West Ham United

Pablo Zabaleta has revealed that Manuel Lanzini played a big role in persuading him that his future lie with West Ham United.

The two-time Premier League champion, who will join the Club on 1 July, has experience to burn after a successful career that has seen him lift seven major trophies, earn 56 international caps and start a FIFA World Cup final.

With 230 Premier League appearances under his belt, Zabaleta has appeared more times in England’s top-flight than any other Argentinian player, and becomes the seventh player from the South American country to pull on a Claret and Blue shirt.

The defender revealed he had spoken to two of them, Manuel Lanzini and Jonathan Calleri, before turning down offers from leading clubs in Italy, Spain and England in favour of the Hammers.

“I spoke a few times with him and of course I’m so happy to see Manu doing that well,” Zabaleta, who has signed a two-year contract, told West Ham TV. “I think he had an incredible season and is in the list for the two games for the national team, which is really good for him.

“Manu is one of the main players for this Club and for the team and hopefully I can meet him as a teammate very soon.”

Indeed, Zabaleta revealed that the recent call-up to the Argentina national team had played a big part in convincing him that his future lie at London Stadium.

“I spoke to Manu, especially because when West Ham showed interest in signing me, it was a good opportunity for me to have some information about the Club, especially from someone inside,” he explained. “It was something we don’t know from outside, of course.

“He told me really good words about everyone at the Club, that he was enjoying himself as a West Ham player and enjoying life in London, so it was good for me to have that information to help me make my final decision.”

Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano, Mauro Zarate and Lionel Scaloni have also plied their trade in east London and Zabaleta believes there is a special bond between West Ham supporters and his fellow countrymen that he hopes to strengthen.

“This is something we really appreciate and, as you know, Argentinian players are always 100 per cent committed to the club we are playing for and of course this is something we have to show on and off the pitch,” he confirmed.

“That connection between Argentinian players over the last ten years with West Ham Football Club is something really good and I have to make sure I continue with that relationship over the next two years.”


Davie Selke wanted by Werder Bremen

Michael Oliver

Davie Selke would’ve hoped to play a much more prominent role in the Red Bull Leipzig first-team this past season than he ultimately did.

Having arrived at Leipzig in the summer of 2015 in a £6.8m deal from Werder Bremen and notched up 10 goals and three assists in 30 league appearances to help fire Leipzig into the Bundesliga, Selke surely though he’d have a major role to play in their first season back in the German top flight.

The Germany U21 international, who has seven goals in 11 games at that level, made just 21 appearances this past season, only two of which were starts, and scored just four goals.

According to German news outlet Kicker, Bremen are interested in bringing the striker back to the club in the summer transfer window.

Leipzig are now said to be considering offloading the striker who scored two goals at last summer’s Olympics for Germany, and West Ham are also among those keen.

That being said, Everton and Swansea are also interested in a move for the 22-year-old.

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BubblesCyprus 4:21 Mon May 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
So an obviously half talented CROATIAN is available but our CROATIAN Manager is not even linked to him in Transfer gossip ??

BubblesCyprus 4:03 Mon May 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Great job as always Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 2:02 Mon May 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Most welcome, Lars.

lars 2:00 Mon May 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Great job, thanks Alan

Mart O 1:42 Mon May 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

The Stoat 1:16 Mon May 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
time needed to re-fit the retractable seating

Retractable seating my arse !!!

GreenStreetPlayer 12:51 Mon May 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Really not sure about Pickford.

Looked decent as was kept busy with the worst team in front of him. Made some howlers too.

Remember central defender Paul Hilton. Played for Bury and we beat them 10-0 in the cup and we bought him because apparently we would have scored more.

Could be the same scenario where a player has a lot of action and looks decent as they make a number of interceptions/saves, but in reality the quality isn't there.

zebthecat 12:20 Mon May 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Not sure Snodgrass going is all that much of a surprise, The fact that there are takers is though

Thanks Alan 12:13 Mon May 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton. 11:59 Mon May 29

Takashi Miike 12:06 Mon May 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Peresic would be perfect for us down the left

not sure what Southampton are doing sacking Puel, another deluded boardroom

I'd love Wenger to tell Arsenal to stick their new contract and move on to another club

Thanks Alan

ted fenton 11:59 Mon May 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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