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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 12:32 Mon Nov 25
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Everton boss Marco Silva's Goodison Park fate has been sealed, with David Moyes set to return as manager. (Mirror)

Chris Hughton and Rafael Benitez are candidates to take over at West Ham United - who are without a win in seven games - if manager Manuel Pellegrini is sacked. (Guardian)

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is also in the frame to be the next Hammers boss after guiding the newly promoted side to sixth in the Premier League. (Mirror)

Another Premier League manager under pressure is Arsenal's Unai Emery, with former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta both touted as a potential replacement. (Mail)

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti had been in the frame to take over from Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur, but was "too expensive" and Spurs opted for Jose Mourinho instead. (Mail)

Borussia Dortmund's 19-year-old England forward Jadon Sancho - who is a target for Manchester United - says he is not looking to leave the German club in January, despite feeling like a "scapegoat" for his side's poor run of form. (The Athletic, via Metro)

Manchester City's England forward Raheem Sterling, 24, is refusing to sign a new contract with the Premier League champions - worth £450,000 a week - unless manager Pep Guardiola also commits his future to the Etihad Stadium club. (Talksport)

Leeds United have joined Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in showing interest in taking in Liverpool's 19-year-old England Under-21 forward Rhian Brewster on loan in January. (Star)

Arsenal could miss out on Barcelona's 26-year-old centre-back Samuel Umtiti, with the France international preferring a return to former club Lyon if he leaves the Nou Camp. (L'Equipe - in French)

Tottenham are monitoring Bournemouth's Netherlands defender Nathan Ake, with the 24-year-old a candidate to replace 32-year-old Belgium centre-back Jan Vertonghen, whose contract at Spurs expires in summer 2020. (Football Insider)

Talks to extend Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe's contract are ongoing, with the French club's president Leonardo making 20-year-old's future a priority. (L'Equipe - in French)

Real Madrid and Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, says he hopes France international Mbappe joins him at the Bernabeuwithin the next couple of years. (Marca)

Everton boss Marco Silva has ruled out a January loan move away from Goodison Park for 19-year-old forward Moise Kean and insists the Italian has the right attitude to succeed at the club. (Star)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is fully involved in running things at Stamford Bridge and will not entertain "bargain bids" for the Premier League club. (Guardian)

Wolves' 18-year-old under-23 centre-back Owen Otasowie - who qualifies for England, Nigeria and the United States - is wanted by French champions Paris St-Germain, German side Schalke, as well as Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool.(Sun)

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been told to expect a transfer battle for Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama because a number of Premier League clubs will be interested in signing the 28-year-old Kenya international. (Express)

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce wants Hull City's Jarrod Bowen, 22, and could test the Tigers' resolve with a January move for the English winger. (Star)

West Ham are preparing to sell 33-year-old Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who is out of contract at London Stadium next summer, in January. (Sun)

Newcastle United are monitoring Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile after scouts watched the 18-year-old Frenchman play against Bordeaux. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Aston Villa and Scotland midfielder John McGinn, 25, is staying at Villa Park despite reports he will leave in January. (Star)

Bournemouth's Scotland winger Ryan Fraser has been linked with Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal when his contract expires next summer, but the 25-year-old is not yet close to making a decision about his future. (Mirror)

Brescia's Italian striker Mario Balotelli, 29, has been told to show more "enthusiasm" if he wants to win his place back in the team. (Mail)

Returning Spain head coach Luis Enrique will appoint Jesus Casas as his assistant. (Marca - in Spanish)

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One of several Premier League managers whose days look numbered, Unai Emery is cutting an increasingly isolated figure at the cauldron of seething dissatisfaction that is the Emirates Stadium. Max Allegri and Mikel Arteta are both being touted as potential replacements.

Elsewhere in London, Manuel Pellegrini’s countenance is looking even more haunted and gloomy than usual and the Guardian’s man in the know says Chris Hughton, Rafael Benítez and Chris Wilder have all been identified as possible successors for when he’s shown the door.

With Everton boss Marco Silva also on borrowed time following his side’s capitulation to Norwich City over the weekend, the word on the streets of Merseyside is that David Moyes may be brought in on a short-term deal to steady that particular listing ship.

Having come up agonisingly short in their commendable efforts to take something from their game against Liverpool over the weekend, Crystal Palace hope to boost their firepower by taking Rhian Brewster to Selhurst Park on loan from the league leaders. Aston Villa, Leeds and Swansea City are also interested in the 19-year-old, who Jürgen Klopp has said will be allowed to seek first-team football elsewhere in January.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Irish striker, Troy Parrott, is another teenager turning heads, with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich both rumoured to be monitoring his situation at White Hart Lane.

Sitting on a contract that is due to expire come season’s end, Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser is likely to be the subject of several tempting offers in January. The Scottish international has previously been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton, while his manager, Eddie Howe, says the 25-year-old is “keeping his options open”.

John McGinn is another Scottish international in big demand, but rumours of an imminent departure from Aston Villa have been greatly exaggerated, according to his boss. Despite firm interest in the midfielder from Manchester United, Dean Smith insists his employers want to establish Villa as a Premier League force and have no interest in selling their best players.

And with Jan Vertonghen still planning to leave Tottenham Hotspur next summer, the club are eyeing up Bournemouth central defender Nathan Aké as a potential replacement. Whether or not the Dutch international will be interested in working under José Mourinho, a manager who dropped him to the reserves during his time at Chelsea, remains to be seen.


Chris Hughton remains a marginal favourite to should the board decide to fire Manuel Pellegrini as first reported in ClaretandHugh.

But although Bournemouth may be approached for permission to talk to fans favourite Eddie Howe, there are no great expectations the 41 year old will be ready to leave the south coast where he has spent most of his career in the game.

The attitude currently is “you don’t know until you try” but all are aware that Howe loves living in Bournemouth and that he’s unlikely to be ready for a switch of club.

Beyond a two season spell at Burnley, Howe has spent 25 years in the area as a player and manager with the Cherries, Porsmouth and Swindon and has shown no ambition to leave the club.

Rafa Benitez is also a non starter for the job and even were he to be sacked in China after a poor run of results he would prefer to make a move to Everton where Marco Silva is on thin ice given the various roots he has in Liverpool including a house on the Wirral.

Hughton heads the list of favoured candidates although Sean Dyche is also in the frame although compensation would be due should he be appointed given his contract runs out in 2022 at Turf Moor.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is another name who has apparently been discussed as a possible replacement for Manuel Pellegrini.

According to the Mirror the 52 year old Blades boss has been discussed inside the club after his promotion from the Championship and now holding down sixth place in the Premier League.

The team were involved in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Manchester United yesterday taking their points tally to 18.

The Blades were a team from whom we really should have taken three of our own rather than one in the recent London Stadium 1-1 draw.

But we understand that whilst – like most – the Irons have been impressed with Wilder’s performance thus far, they would not be ready to make an approach for him at this stage.

They believe he would need to show sustained form over a long er period of time in the Premier League before making any sort of move for him.

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Mex Martillo 3:04 Wed Nov 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Russ of the BML 10:52 Tue Nov 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Personally I think this job is screaming for Benitez. IMHO.

Texas Iron 5:50 Mon Nov 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Oh dear...Crap...Mgr. replacements...

Must try harder...

gph 4:13 Mon Nov 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

gph 4:12 Mon Nov 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Carlos Sanchez probably had one of his best games against Tottenham.

Not many in the side can make that boast.

On the other hand, it shows how shit he was in the other games he's played.

Kelly Smunt 3:47 Mon Nov 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
y2smif 1:24 Mon Nov 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Bloody autocorrect, *shoot*.

The Stoat 3:37 Mon Nov 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 3:20 Mon Nov 25

ted fenton 3:20 Mon Nov 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:37 Mon Nov 25

Sniper 1:27 Mon Nov 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Does high really think that Bournemouth and Portsmouth are near Swindon?!?! He’s more senile than I thought

Thanks Alan

y2smif 1:24 Mon Nov 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"West Ham are preparing to sell 33-year-old Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who is out of contract at London Stadium next summer, in January. (Sun)"


Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:37 Mon Nov 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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