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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
7%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
3%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
22%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
33%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
34%
  



Alan 2:12 Tue Dec 31
News Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Chelsea are investigating the details of a rumoured release clause in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner's contract. The 23-year-old has scored 23 goals in 24 games for his club this season. (Telegraph)

England striker Tammy Abraham's new contract talks with Chelsea have stalled because the 22-year-old wants to be on the same wage - £180,000 a week - as winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19. (Goal)

Everton and England Under-21 striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 22, is a summer transfer target for Manchester United. (Sun)

Manchester United are also considering a January move for Benfica and Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes, 20. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal could move for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, 21, after new Gunners boss Mikel Arteta prioritised strengthening his defence. (Mirror)

But Arteta faces a struggle to convince Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, to stay at the club after the end of the season. (Telegraph)

Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 29, is preparing to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is resigned to losing England midfielder Adam Lallana, 31, at the end of the season. (Telegraph)

The Reds are in talks with Sevilla about 26-year-old defender Diego Carlos, who has a £65m release clause and is viewed as a long-term partner for Virgil van Dijk. (Eldesmarque via Mirror)

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, has accepted that Manchester United will not be selling him in January. (Sky Sports, via Metro)

Thierry Henry will be a contender to become Barcelona manager if current boss Ernesto Valverde leaves the club in 2020. (Sport - in Spanish)

Everton are leading the race to sign Colombia winger James Rodriguez, 28, from Real Madrid. (El Desmarque - in Spanish)

Norwich, Everton and QPR are among the sides monitoring Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland, 24. (Scottish Sun)

Fiorentina want to sign Wolverhampton and Italy striker Patrick Cutrone, 21, on loan until the end of the season. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Real Madrid will recall Spanish defender Jesus Vallejo, 22, from his loan spell at Wolves in January because of a lack of playing time. (AS - in Spanish)

Aston Villa are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater on loan in January. The 29-year-old, who has three England caps, is currently on loan at Burnley. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool are monitoring Vitesse Arnhem left-back Max Clark. The 23-year-old has represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 level. (Mirror)

Arsenal will recall England Under-21 striker Eddie Nketiah, 20, from his loan spell at Leeds in January. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Swansea have made an approach to sign Liverpool's 19-year-old striker Rhian Brewster on loan for the rest of the season with Aston Villa potentially also interested. (Sky Sports)






Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Not content with having Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez to choose for the role of AN Other central defender to play alongside Virgil van Dijk, Jürgen Klopp is pondering a move for £65m-rated Sevilla stopper Diego Carlos. A £13.5m signing from Ligue 1 side Nantes last summer, the 26-year-old has also turned heads at Real Madrid.

With just three appearances to his name in the past two seasons, it’s safe to say the career of Danny Drinkwater career has stalled. On loan at Burnley from Chelsea, the midfielder may move to Aston Villa in January, according to Sky Sports.

Everton fans are unlikely to be impressed with reports that Manchester United are mulling over a summer move for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. With 10 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions this season, the Sun claim the 22-year-old features prominently on the ‘Most Wanted’ list at Old Trafford.

Currently on loan at Leeds, Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah is going to be recalled by his parent club before being farmed out to a club that will give him more game time. The Yorkshire Evening Post say Arsenal are concerned with the lack of minutes the 20-year-old is getting from Marcelo Bielsa, and may send him to Bristol City instead.

Meanwhile at Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard would quite like to add RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner to his portfolio of strikers and is investigating how much it would cost to trigger the 23-year-old’s release clause. Having had their transfer embargo lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Telegraph claim Chelsea are planning a January trolley dash that could also see them try to sign Jadon Sancho, Moussa Dembele, Leon Bailey, Wilfried Zaha and Samuel Chukwueze.

Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen is a man in big demand and may secure a move to the Premier League in the coming weeks. Aston Villa, Brighton, Southampton and Newcastle are all reported to be interested in the 23-year-old who is valued at £15m. Villa are also sniffing around Brentford’s Algerian forward Said Benrahma, who would cost them somewhere in the region of £20m.

Unable to nail down a place in Liverpool’s starting line-up for obvious reasons, Rhian Brewster may be farmed out on loan to Swansea City. On the verge of returning to full fitness after a spell on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury, Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne may also be sent elsewhere on loan.

Elsewhere on Merseyside, Everton are cautiously optimistic that they can make a Premier League player of James Rodriguez, who is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid.

And finally, rumours abound that Mikel Arteta wants to bring French midfielder Adrien Rabiot to Arsenal, while talk persists that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ready to quit the Gunners next summer in favour of a club that will afford him the opportunity to play Champions League football.








Talksport

Window shopping - How West Ham could look under David Moyes after the January transfer window – featuring Olivier Giroud and Franck Kessie

By Joe Coleman

David Moyes claims he has ‘unfinished business’ after returning ‘home’ to West Ham United, but the Scot will be all too aware he must hit the ground running if he wants a welcome return.

The former Manchester United manager has returned to the East End 18 months after he was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini in the London Stadium hotseat.

The tables have turned though and now it is the Chilean collecting his p45 being usurped by Moyes.

The 56-year-old kept the Hammers in the Premier League during his last spell in charge, even guiding them to 13th place, despite the awful start made to the season under Slaven Bilic.

Although his appointment has been met by a somewhat lukewarm response by fans, it is worth remembering Moyes definitely made a poor West Ham side far better in his short space of time and much more difficult to beat.

Fans will point to a low win percentage, but the fact of the matter is West Ham were actually more compact in a 3-4-2-1 formation which got the best out of the limited squad he had.


Here’s how the Hammers lined up in Moyes’ last game in charge against Everton in May 2018

Arthur Masuaku can be a defensive liability, but his dribbling ability and pace in a left wing-back position were utilised to the fullest under Moyes.

In behind him, the Scot entrusted Declan Rice and Aaron Cresswell to play as makeshift centre-halves to allow for Pablo Zabaleta on the opposite flank to also get forward as best he could.

But perhaps the greatest success story from Moyes time in east London was the partnership between Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini which began to blossom, seemingly out of nowhere.

The Austria international arrived as a surly £27m signing, but finished the season looking lean and with a newfound purpose in a centre-forward role which seemed tailor-made for his creative abilities.

Lanzini too was afforded more freedom with the natural width provided by the wing-backs and the defensive cover of two sitting midfielders in front of a back three.

His form for the Hammers towards the tail end of the 2017/18 season saw him bag twice against Everton on the final day of the season in a 3-1 win against Everton and also earned him a place in Argentina’s World Cup squad.

There is undoubtedly more quality in this West Ham side than the one Moyes inherited two years ago, with the likes of Pablo Fornals and Felipe Anderson capable of providing more of a creative spark than Cheikhou Kouyate or Andy Carroll were able to during Moyes’ previous tenure.

The trick will be to get the best out of them in the same way he did Lanzini and Arnautovic during his last reign.

Moyes will also know full well he is more likely to get financial backing this time around as opposed to the meagre budget he was afforded during his first and only January transfer window.

The Scot was only able to sign Patrice Evra on a free and Jordan Hugill in the January 2018 transfer window but, after getting a far longer contract this time around, the owners have to back him.

There are a number of players linked with the club, even so soon after Moyes’ return to the club.

Check out the latest names linked below and see how the Scot could integrate them into this Hammers side.

Olivier Giroud – Chelsea

Quite astoundingly, Giroud cannot get a game for the Blues but is still the No.1 striker for World Champions France under Didier Deschamps.

According to The Sun, Moyes wants to make Giroud his first signing at the London Stadium after seeing Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi assume total control of the striking positions at Stamford Bridge.

The 33-year-old former Arsenal striker has a host of top clubs chasing his signature, including Juventus. But the fact he can stay in London could be a swing factor for the Hammers.

Plus, given he is out of contract in the summer, he could cost as little as £3m.

Franck Kessie – AC Milan

After signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a loan deal, Milan must trim their squad and have already begun identifying players who could leave.

Midfielder Kessie is one such player, with Wolves and the Hammers having previously enquired about the Ivory Coast international.

As reported by Tuttosport (via MilanNews.it), West Ham recently made new contacts with the Rossoneri to probe the ground for a potential transfer.

If Moyes can present a good offer in the January window, there is a good chance he could well nab the 23-year-old.

How could they fit in?

Taking Moyes’ previous shape at West Ham as a template, we can assume the first thing Moyes will look to do is work on scoring goals.

The Hammers have kept five clean sheets this season, one less than league leaders Liverpool, but have scored just 21 goals in 19 games.

Getting the best out of their attacking players is a must, with £45m signing Sebastien Haller crying out for service. Runners off him in the form of the creative Lanzini and the rapid Anderson will be crucial.

The midfield has become somewhat cumbersome and stagnant this season, with teams finding it too easy to play through the Hammers. As well as Rice has performed there, he is still a centre-back first and foremost and Moyes may see fit to bring the 21-year-old back to his natural position in order to consolidate in midfield.

An axis of Kessie and Fornals could work perfectly together, given how well the pair could complement one another. The Spain Under-21 international loves to get forward and attack, while Kessie is an enforcer by trade.

As mentioned above, Masuaku is best deployed as a wing-back to relieve him of his defensive duties and Ryan Fredericks could also benefit from more defensive liberation on the opposite flank given his electrifying pace.


Here are two possible ways West Ham could line up under Moyes





Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Gazza_AZ 3:13 Wed Jan 1
Re: News Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
Happy New Year to the True Westham Fans. Not the Russian Trolls - you know WHO you are...

Gazza_AZ 3:11 Wed Jan 1
Re: News Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
David Moyes is replacing Manuel Pelligrini. NO that is not alright....sorry Mark - but we might need you to leave, if you truly possess that much power. This is not a step in the right direction at all....

Mark had looked the fittest I had seen him, but something went rotten at West Ham, and I would like to hear the full story someday...

ted fenton 8:26 Tue Dec 31
Re: News Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan and thank you for yet another year of delivering the papers to WHO it's much appreciated.

Happy new year to you.

The Stoat 4:53 Tue Dec 31
Re: News Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
Kessie sounds like just what we need ..... NOT



On December 3rd, MilanLive.it reported West Ham Uniteds interest in AC Milans Franck Kessi.

Two days later, we covered claims made by Tuttosport explaining the Hammers interest and it was also suggested a transfer in the winter market remains a possibility.

Kessi has made 15 appearances in the league for Milan and Calciomercato now claims the 23-year-old has been nothing short of a DISAPPOINTMENT this season.

Jasnik 4:47 Tue Dec 31
Re: News Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
and Why is it a LB and Not a CB?

Jasnik 4:47 Tue Dec 31
Re: News Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
bloody hell they are doing all the work for him.

charleyfarley 4:28 Tue Dec 31
Re: News Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al

LAF 2:27 Tue Dec 31
Re: News Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
No Antonio in those line ups? Our most potent player over the latest cluster of games? Whereas lightweights Lanzini and Anderson feature? Good luck with that.

Takashi Miike 2:25 Tue Dec 31
Re: News Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank Alan, and I hope you have a good new year

The Stoat 2:21 Tue Dec 31
Re: News Year's Eve newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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