WHO Poll
Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way

Alan 1:14 Mon Mar 11
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea have put Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo on their list of managerial transfer targets. (Star)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, linked recently with Juventus, has told friends he is open to staying at Etihad Stadium for the next four years. (Telegraph)

Guardiola has cast doubt on Ilkay Gundogan's Manchester City future by revealing the 28-year-old Germany midfielder is holding out on signing a new contract. (Mirror)

Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, are increasing their interest in Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Isco, 26, after his relationship with manager Santiago Solari hit a new low. (Football.London)

West Brom will have further talks with former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic on Monday as the Championship club pursue a new head coach, following the dismissal of Darren Moore. (Telegraph)

Tottenham and Arsenal are likely to compete for Villarreal's Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals, 23. The Gunners may have to sell 30-year-old Germany international Mesut Ozil before making a move. (Express)

Paris St-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe, a target for Real Madrid, has played down speculation linking the 20-year-old with a move away from the Ligue 1 champions this summer. (Squawka)

Manchester City are monitoring Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele with a view to making a summer move for the 22-year-old France international, who has also been watched by Tottenham, Manchester United and Juventus. (Express)

Tottenham could move for Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso, who has scored 12 goals on loan at Real Betis from Paris St-Germain this season, if Denmark international Christian Eriksen, 27, leaves to join Real Madrid. (Talksport)

However, Betis look set to take up an option to sign 22-year-old Lo Celso - also wanted by Real Madrid - on a permanent deal for £21.5m in the summer. (Marca)

Kilmarnock have made a pre-contract offer to their former midfielder, Derby's Craig Bryson. The 32-year-old Scot's existing deal ends this summer. (Express)

Former Manchester City winger Rabbia Matondo, 18, says he joined Schalke in January because it increased his chances of making the Wales squad. (Manchester Evening News)

Ex-Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri says Italian side Roma were the only club he would have accepted a short-term role with. (Goal)

Celtic are keen to sign Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas, 25, who is on loan at Bristol City. (Daily Record)

Defender Sergio Ramos, 32, will seek to leave Real Madrid this summer if the club move to appoint former manager Jose Mourinho. (Mail)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer denies his Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, was distracted by his ongoing contract dispute during the 2-0 defeat by Arsenal. (Evening Standard)

Guardian Rumour Mill

John Ashdown

After football’s Day Of Shame™ we could all do with some cheering up, so how about we tuck into the one thing that can put a smile on the face of even the most disillusioned fan: a bucketload of wild transfer speculation!

Stand by for a large swirl of dust, a loud creaking noise and the sudden appearance of several elderly moths: Daniel Levy is opening his chequebook and Spurs are going on a summer spree. They’ll do battle with Juventus, Inter and Milan over Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, who has a £70m release clause.

Tottenham also fancy making a move for Newcastle defender Fabian Schär, though they’ll face competition from Arsenal and, presumably, Newcastle, while the club are also making plans for Hugo Lloris’s long-term replacement. Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha is their No 1 choice for No 1.

Elsewhere in north London, the news is a little less exciting. Arsenal appear to have missed out on Héctor Herrera, with the Porto midfielder closing in on a move to Atlético Madrid, though an £8m move for Ajax left-back Nicolás Tagliafico could be on the cards. Gunners youngster Gedion Zelalem, meanwhile, is off to Sporting Kansas City.

Celtic and Rangers are ready to do battle over Tomas Kalas, who nominally belongs to Chelsea but has had so many loan spells that it feels as though he belongs to us all. Around £5m should do the trick.

You may have heard this before and you’ll probably here it again but Philippe Coutinho has had enough of being underappreciated at Barcelona and wants out, out, out. Manchester United are keen. And speaking of big-money wantaways, Neymar and His Bemused Face could be heading back to La Liga with Real Madrid.

Liverpool’s top target is Bruno Fernandes. The good news: they may not need to stump up the £86m release clause. The bad news: the Sporting player is also being courted by Manchester United, Chelsea and Milan.

In managerial news, West Brom are pondering whether Slavisa Jokanovic or David Wagner can best rescue their flagging promotion campaign, while Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo could be the man to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea come the end of the season.

And Manchesters United and City are both “monitoring” Sochaux teenager Lucien Agoumé, who has been dubbed (though, as ever, it’s not entirely clear by whom) “the new Paul Pogba”.

The Boot Room

West Ham’s January transfer decision on Maxi Gomez now looks a masterstroke

By Sam Leveridge

West Ham may have unknowningly saved themselves £21.7 million by opting to delay a move for Maxi Gomez until the summer as SPORT claim that his release clause would fall from 50 million euros (£43.3 million) to 25 million euros (£21.7 million) should Celta Vigo be relegated.

The Evening Standard reported that the Irons would hold off until the end of the campaign given the lack of time available to conclude a deal in January, comforted by the knowledge that Marko Arnautovic would not leave mid-season.

Now, as Celta Vigo dropped into the bottom three of La Liga on Sunday after defeat to Real Betis, the club could have saved themselves a huge amount of money.

The news is a major boost for Manuel Pellegrini and company as they begin to look ahead to the summer to plan their transfer business for the 2019/20 season.

With an extra £21.7 million in the budget, Pellegrini may be able to bring in another player and secure one of his top targets at a knock down price thanks to the poor performance of Gomez’s current club.

Celta Vigo are one point adrift of safety with 11 games still to be played, having appointed Fran Escriba to try to keep them up only last week.

Sport Witness

West Ham named as ‘most likely destination’ for Portuguese player, best offer on the table

West Ham United are today named by Portuguese newspaper Record as the ‘most likely destination’ for the Sporting youngster Nuno Moreira.

According to the outlet, the Hammers are aware that the 19-year-old’s contract with the Lions expires at the end of the season, and have already made a contract offer for him.

Record says Sporting’s intention is to keep the youngster. They will only be able to do that if they increase their offer, as for now, West Ham’s terms are much better for Moreira.

Other clubs such as Leicester City, Celta Vigo and Genoa have all made contact for the midfielder, and that’s when Record says it’s more likely the Hammers would win this race.

Moreira still belongs to Sporting’s academy, so he hasn’t made his official debut for the club so far.

He’s had a few training sessions with the first team, but as he hasn’t been permanently promoted, that could also weigh on his decision to leave.

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jack flash 8:55 Mon Mar 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Alan
irisiris95 ~ Yes looks like we've paved the way for Barcelona or Liverpool to get Maxi Gomez for a knockdown price. Yes masterstroke!

irisiris95 6:12 Mon Mar 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Aren't Barcelona & other teams after Maxi Gomez now? Hardly a masterstroke :/

Texas Iron 4:33 Mon Mar 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Mex Martillo 4:18 Mon Mar 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Queens Fish Bar 1:30 Mon Mar 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:18 Mon Mar 11

Thanks Alan 1:18 Mon Mar 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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