WHO Poll
Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
31%
  
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
52%
  
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
16%
  
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
2%
  



Alan 1:24 Sat Feb 17
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Arsenal are the latest club interested in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, 21. The Germany international - already a target for Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United - is valued at £50m and has rejected a new contract offer from the Bundesliga club. (Sun)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has identified Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir as his number one summer target. Wenger is willing to sanction a £45m bid for the 24-year-old Frenchman. (Mail)

Liverpool are monitoring Tottenham's 26-year-old Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama amid uncertainty over 24-year-old Germany midfielder Emre Can's future at Anfield. (Mail)

West Brom manager Alan Pardew's position is under threat following four of the club's players apologised after a taxi was stolen from outside a fast-food restaurant in Barcelona on Thursday. (Sun)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club did not do anything wrong in their failed attempt to try to sign Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez. (Telegraph)

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 24, is not a target for Real Madrid. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are interested in 26-year-old Nice and Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri, who has a release clause of £33m. (Mail)

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, who is on loan at Borussia Dortmund, says he "did not have a good time" while with the Blues but the 24-year-old feels "trusted by everyone" at the German outfit. (Sporza, via Mirror)

Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez, 22, who is on loan at Sevilla, has told Everton he does not want to return. (Mirror)

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta, 33, could leave the club in the summer. The Spaniard has been being offered a £31m-a-season deal by Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian. (Diario Sport - in Spanish)

Crystal Palace are considering signing 35-year-old former Liverpool goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri, who is available on a free transfer. Eagles manager Roy Hodgson needs cover for Wayne Hennessey as Julian Speroni is out with a knee injury. (Evening Standard)

Striker Romelu Lukaku, 24, plans to return to Belgium to his boyhood club Anderlecht when he finally leaves Manchester United. (HLN, via Manchester Evening News)

Former Leicester City midfielder Ethan Hodby, 19, has taken a modern-day approach to finding a new football club - by advertising his availability on LinkedIn. (Metro)

Neymar's father has accused critics of his son's performance in Paris St-Germain's defeat by Real Madrid of being "vultures". (Express)

Arsenal are planning a first-ever sleeve sponsor from next year as they try to compete with the commercial strength of Manchester United. (Telegraph)

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 32, says Barcelona's style of playing out from the back is more "advanced" than at his former clubs and "similar" to how Manchester City play under manager Pep Guardiola. (Guardian)

Best of Friday's gossip

Real Madrid will make a move for Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, but they will need to offer more than £120m for the 24-year-old, who was a world-record signing when he moved to Old Trafford. (Sun)

Liverpool are trying to get a deal agreed to sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson, 26, before the summer transfer window opens, but the Brazilian is valued at £62m and they face keen competition for him. (Sky Sports)

Malcom, the Brazil forward targeted by Arsenal and Tottenham, has confirmed he has an agreement with current club Bordeaux to leave in the summer. (UOL via Sky Sports)

Tottenham may consider offers for Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld, 28, this summer but are confident they will keep all the players they wish to retain. (London Evening Standard)







HITC

West Ham would be making a huge statement by beating Tottenham to Andre Gomes

Antony Martin

The Barcelona ace has been linked with moves to West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

West Ham have seriously underperformed this season, and if they are to make genuine progress, they need to start acting like a big club in the transfer market, and bring top quality players to the club, rather than cheap, short-term options.

Whether David Moyes is still in charge of the Hammers in the summer remains to be seen, but he should already be lining up potential targets, with the mindset that he will be at the club for the long-term.

One of his potential targets is Barcelona ace Andre Gomes, according to Spanish media outlet AS, who claim that Tottenham are also interested in signing the Portugal international.

The 24-year-old has struggled at the Camp Nou, since making his £48.8 million move from Valencia in the summer of 2016, but he still has so much to offer at the very highest level, and the Hammers would be making a huge statement if they managed to usurp their London rivals in the race for his signature.

The east London outfit have reached a turning point in their evolution as a football club. Are they happy with being at best mere also rans, and at worst a yoyo club? Or do they really want to make their mark in the game, and push on for glory both domestically and on the continent?

Hammers fans will be hoping that their club's owners back up their promises with hard cash this summer, and there would be no better way to prove their intent than by bringing Gomes to the London Stadium.

The 24-year-old possesses impeccable technique, is calm when in possession and is an expert passer of the football.

Given the opportunity of regular first-team action at West Ham, he could turn out to be a real coup for the Hammers, and it would be all the sweeter for them, if they did in fact manage to beat Spurs to his signature in the process.




Football London

How West Ham could line up against Liverpool with the imminent return of Manuel Lanzini

Where is the Argentine going to fit in the team as he makes his comeback?

By Sam Inkersole

Manuel Lanzini is set to return to full training with West Ham next week and eyeing a return for the daunting Premier League trip to high-flying Liverpool next weekend.

The Argentine has missed the past four games after picking up a hamstring injury in the second half of the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth last month. Marko Arnautovic picked up the same injury in that game but returned for the 2-0 win against Watford last weekend.

Lanzini's absence has seen Javier Hernandez step up to the plate with three goals and an assist during that time and on-loan midfielder Joao Mario has settled into the team fairly well too.

The Argentinian is West Ham's most creative player and his absence has been sorely missed, especially after he and Arnautovic showed incredible signs of causing damage in the 4-1 thumping of Huddersfield Town on January 13.

With the midfielder's return, someone will have to make way or there will have to be a change of formation if manager David Moyes wants to keep both Arnautovic and the in-form Hernandez in the side.

What are the options for the Moyes if Lanzini is back for the trip to Anfield or the visit to Swansea a week later?

5-4-1



This is the same formation as what we have seen recently but there is one notable omission and that's of Chicharito. It's obviously harsh on the striker but unless Moyes decides to bench either Kouyate or Joao Mario - he won't bench Arnautovic - it's the only realistic choice to get Lanzini back in if he persists with playing five defenders.

4-4-2



It's not your traditional 4-4-2 with Lanzini on the left but in his usual floating role but it does mean that the trio of him, Arnautovic and Hernandez can all play in the same side.

The player to make way is Michail Antonio as Aaron Cresswell plays in a more orthodox left back spot. Moyes could feasibly drop one of the midfielders to allow Antonio to come in for them, maybe Kouyate the most likely candidate but it'll be a tough decision for the manager to make.





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Texas Iron 8:24 Sun Feb 18
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Mart O 6:29 Sat Feb 17
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
*shudders at thought of Cresswell/Antonio up against Salah*

Mart O 6:27 Sat Feb 17
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Vexed 2:00 Sat Feb 17
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Antonio at left back? Have a day off.

Alan 1:37 Sat Feb 17
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Not sure why he's got Hart in the 4-4-2 team.

Queens Fish Bar 1:34 Sat Feb 17
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cicero 1:30 Sat Feb 17

I like the look of the 4-4-2 from an attack perspective. Won't start like the against the mickeys though.

Cicero 1:30 Sat Feb 17
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

Thanks Alan 1:29 Sat Feb 17
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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