WHO Poll
Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
33%
  
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
50%
  
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
15%
  
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
3%
  



Alan 11:56 Mon Nov 27
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Barcelona will target Tottenham and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, 25, in the January transfer window. (Don Balon - in Spanish)

Manchester City are considering making a bid for Real Sociedad's 26-year-old Spain defender Inigo Martinez in January. (Sun)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says Wales winger Gareth Bale, 28, will not be sold in the January transfer window. (Daily Star)

Champions League winners Madrid intend to make an £80m bid for Manchester United's 21-year-old France forward Anthony Martial next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal will consider reasonable offers for Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, and midfielders Mesut Ozil, 29, of Germany and England's Jack Wilshere, 25, in January. (Daily Express)

Tottenham are checking on Bologna left-back Adam Masina, 23, as they line up a possible replacement for England defender Danny Rose, 27, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has urged the Blues to be decisive in the January transfer window if they are to keep up with Premier League leaders Manchester City. (Daily Mail)

Paris St-Germain have made contact with Nice's Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Seri, 26, over a possible move. (Le Parisien - in French)

Liverpool's Serbia midfielder Marko Grujic, 21, will leave Anfield on loan in January but only for another English club, according to his agent. (Blic via Daily Mirror)

Robert Lewandowski's wife has suggested the Poland and Bayern Munich striker, 29, plans to end his career with LA Galaxy. (Business Insider - in German)

Meanwhile...

Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku could be banned for three games - including the Manchester derby - if the FA decides to punish the 24-year-old for an apparent kick at Brighton defender Gaetan Bong. (Daily Mail)

Belgium striker Lukaku has been praised by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, despite not scoring in nine of his last 10 games for the club. (Guardian)

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, 28, says he had "offers from clubs in foreign countries" but "wanted to stay in the Premier League" and is now fit and "capable of providing a big second half of the season". (Times - subscription required)

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has called for calm after his side suffered a fourth top-flight defeat in a row following their loss to Watford at the weekend. (Daily Telegraph)

Brighton striker Tomer Hemed got Zlatan Ibrahimovic's shirt after his side's 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday and posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: "You don't change shirts with Zlatan, Zlatan's shirt changes you #zlatanfacts." (Instagram)

A Bosnian club sprayed their white footballs orange after heavy snowfall shortly before a home fixture. (SC Sport - in Bosnian)

Real Madrid winger Bale is planning to book Beyonce to sing at his wedding next spring. (Wales Online)

Paris St-Germain forward Neymar earns more in a single season than every professional player in the top seven women's football leagues combined. (Guardian)

Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris says Spurs are "sloppy" and need to show more aggression. (Daily Telegraph)

Torino striker Andrea Belotti gave his shirt to AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci's son - who supports Torino - after Sunday's 0-0 draw in Serie A. (Sun)

Best of Sunday's gossip

Paris St-Germain are the favourites to sign 28-year-old Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez. The French club want him to replace their Brazil forward Neymar, 25, who is likely to leave for Real Madrid next season. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is set to open talks with Barcelona, although Manchester United are also keen to sign the 29-year-old Germany international. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea are considering an approach for Stoke's 24-year-old England goalkeeper Jack Butland, as contract talks with their Belgium international Thibaut Courtois, 25, have stalled. (Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal are expected to make a new bid for Monaco's 22-year-old France winger Thomas Lemar in January, but it will be well below the £90m they offered in August. (Mail on Sunday)

Stoke are planning to make a £2.5m bid for Augsburg's 27-year-old Ghana right-back Daniel Opare. (Sun on Sunday)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Following a weekend in which a Twitter spat involving self promotion’s Piers Morgan, scared popster Olly Murs, his waspish fellow crooner James Blunt, the real Toni Kroos and somebody masquerading as Kolo Touré was a surreal highlight, the Rumour Mill finds itself increasingly less sure what to believe anymore. Is Luke Shaw going on loan to Newcastle? The Mirror certainly seems to think so. Rafael Benítez is understood to be interested in ending the full-back’s Manchester United purgatory by bringing him to St James’ Park and José Mourinho should sanction a loan move.

Such a move would free up a dressing room peg and car-park space for Atlético Madrid central defender José Giménez, a 22-year-old Uruguayan who is wanted by the Manchester United. Juventus are also interested in bringing Giménez, to Turin and Atletico will sell to the highest bidders. United may also have a fight on their hands to hold on to Anthony Martial, with Real Madrid believed to be lining up a summer bid of £80m bid for the 21-year-old. Out of sorts midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan may also be on his way out of Old Trafford if reports that Borussia Dortmund are interested in taking him back are to be believed.

A summer target of Barcelona, Real Sociedad central defender Iñigo Martínez is now wanted by Manchester City. Barca made three separate approaches for the 26-year-old last August, before deciding against paying his €32m release clause and he has been monitored by City scouts in recent months. Elsewhere in Spain, Atlético Madrid are hitching their skirts in the direction of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore, but will have to fend off interest from Inter to get him.

Eric Cantona has also urged Manchester United to come in for the PSG outcast. Pastore’s current employers remain interested in bringing Alexis Sánchez to the French capital and the Mirror say they’ve edged ahead of City in the tedious ongoing race to secure the Chilean’s services. Julian Draxler is another player who looks likely to end his association with PSG sooner rather than later and is being tipped with either a return to his native Germany or a move to Liverpool or Arsenal. The Gunners also remain interested in Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar and will try to lure him to the Emirates again following the failure of their €90m August deadline day bid.

In managerial news, Martin O’Neill has emerged as the surprise favourite to sort out the mess at Everton. The 65-year-old has been in charge of Ireland since 2013 and has agreed a new deal with the Football Association of Ireland. With the feeling in Ireland being that he has perhaps taken the team as far as they can go under him after their failure to qualify for the World Cup, he could almost certainly take the Everton job with the nation’s blessing.

Meanwhile at the Hawthorns, Alan Pardew looks likely to succeed Tony Pulis. And in news that suggests they may not realise Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew are currently available, Borussia Dortmund are not going to fire their under-fire and beleaguered manager Peter Bosz, because they can’t think of anyone better to replace him.





C&H

Hammers to hand Moyes January warchest

West Ham are set to hand David Moyes around £20 million in the January window as he bids to strengthen the Hammers squad.

And that could be bolstered by around another £10 million if Rennes come back for Senegal striker Diafra Sakho who has appeared only as a late sub under Moyes at Watford and against Leicester City.

Despite the club having been ready to listen to offers for Andy Carroll, it’s more likely that Sakho will be allowed to move on should the right offer be received.

Moyes is renowned for playing with a big striker and is determined to get the very best out of the AC. However a return to his injury prone days could cause a re-think by the new boss.

Sakho – despite being reported as being much happier under the new set up at the club – is 28 on Christmas Eve and has to kick start his career either at the London Stadium or a new club.

Meanwhile, Moyes, along with his former Everton colleague Tony Henry, is busily compiling a list of targets notably in midfield and up front.




HITC

West Ham's chances of landing Adam Masina dealt blow as Tottenham join race

Jordan Harris

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Adam Masina, who was recently linked with West Ham United.

Back in September, West Ham sent scouts to have a look at Bologna full-back Adam Masina, according to Tuttomercatoweb, as they seemingly considered potential targets who could strengthen the back line.

Masina has been impressive this season, so it would be no surprise if the Irons still had some interest in the 23-year-old, who has helped the Serie A side put themselves seventh in the top flight.

However, could their potential hopes of landing the former Italy under-21 international have now been dealt a blow with the Daily Mirror now reporting that Tottenham and Sevilla both want Masina?

Masina has just 18 months left on his contract, according to the Mirror, so he could be available for a smaller fee than a player of his quality and potential may normally command.

With that in mind, both Spurs and Sevilla are surely likely to think that pursuing a move for Masina comes with little risk - even if he only proves to be an understudy for their respective first-choice left-backs.

And with both sides able to offer Masina Champions League football and with West Ham currently looking as if they are facing a fight to stay in the Premier League this term, it seems that the Hammers may struggle to put themselves near the front of the queue - unless they suggest that Masina is most likely to enjoy regular first-team football if he heads to the London Stadium, and that is ultimately what appeals to the left-back.




101


Nightmare for Everton: Ten players out v West Ham

By Benjamin Newman

There’s an enormous match scheduled for Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

Everton host West Ham in what can only be described as a relegation six-pointer.

Everton and West Ham are fighting it out to be the worst team in the Premier League this season.

Fans of the Toffees will believe their side are winning that race. On Sunday they were thrashed 4-1 at Southampton as David Unsworth’s misery continued in the dugout.

Everton have now conceded nine goals in two matches. Perhaps even more worrying than that, they’ve let in at least two goals in their last nine games.

As for West Ham, a 1-1 draw against Leicester on Friday night was small improvement.

David Moyes is still searching for his first Hammers win.

West Ham are third bottom of the division. Everton are two points above them, fifth from bottom.

Two new Everton injuries before West Ham

Not only did Everton lose points and pride at Southampton, they also lost two key players at the back.

Leighton Baines was subbed out the game midway through the first half. He was replaced by the hapless Ashley Williams.

With 15 minutes left against Southampton, Michael Keane was also replaced by Nikola Vlasic.

After the match Unsworth confirmed both Baines and Keane suffered setbacks.

Baines has a calf injury which will likely see him miss the West Ham game. As for Keane, he’s being checked for concussion. That could mean the centre-half is sidelined for at least a week.

Everton’s injury crisis

Adding Baines and Keane to the mix, Everton have a staggering ten player out right now.

Those absentees include Ramiro Funes Mori (knee), Seamus Coleman (calf), Yannick Bolasie (knee), Maarten Stekelenburg (hip), Ross Barkley (thigh), James McCarthy (thigh) and Oumar Niasse (suspended).

Elsewhere, Mason Holgate is nursing a groin problem.

The only upside is that Tom Davies will return against West Ham from a one match ban.




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Side of Ham 10:14 Mon Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
War PIGEON chest more like......they wouldn’t mention that if it was one of the top 4 yet write it like it’s a football fortune for us.

That fucking ground warrants a lot more than a poxy 20 mill.

Cicero 8:22 Mon Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

y2smif 2:04 Mon Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
£20m is essentially 1 premier league player in todays market, especially in the January market. So they think we'll be safe with 1 additional signing?
Jonny Evans was being touted around as a £30m player not so long ago!

Thanks as always Alan

tazman 1:01 Mon Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
20mill might get you 2 or 3 1st division players.

Thanks Alan

The Stoat 12:56 Mon Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Not sure getting shot of Sakho over Carroll is the right thing to do tbh

Banjo 12:47 Mon Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank you very much Alan.

You know that footballers are paid too much when one of the (planet of the Apes Gareth Bale) is booking Beyoncé for his wedding. The world has gone bonkers.

ted fenton 12:34 Mon Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:01 Mon Nov 27

BubblesCyprus 12:23 Mon Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated as always.

LeroysBoots 12:05 Mon Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Queue Tom Davies to score the winner !

Thanks Alan 12:01 Mon Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

boleyn8420 12:00 Mon Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Warchest. More like a teeny tiny trinket box. Honestly what does £20m get you nowadays. Not even an Arnie





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