WHO Poll
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 1:32 Sat Jan 4
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 29, could move to Manchester United as part of a deal taking France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, to the Spanish club. (Sun)

Meanwhile, Juventus will offer French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 24, in a player-plus-cash deal for their former midfielder Pogba. (Sun)

Arsenal have joined the race to sign Norwich's English defender Max Aarons but Tottenham remain favourites to sign the 19-year-old. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal are also interested in signing Bayern Munich and Germany defender Jerome Boateng, 31. (Sky Sports)

The Gunners have turned to Boateng amid concerns they may be priced out of a move for RB Leipzig's French defender Dayot Upamecano, 21. (Evening Standard)

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he was interviewed for the Liverpool job in the aftermath of Brendan Rodgers' sacking in October 2015, losing out to Jurgen Klopp. (Telegraph)

Manchester United attempted to bypass agent Mino Raiola when they attempted to sign Norwegian striker Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg. The 19-year-old ultimately joined Borussia Dortmund. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham's Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, is closing in on a move to Inter Milan. (Ekstra Bladet, in Danish)

Borussia Dortmund will not consider selling England winger Jadon Sancho, 19, to Chelsea until at least the end of the season and the Blues will also have to wait to sign RB Leipzig's Germany forward Timo Werner, 23. (Goal.com)

Ex-England captain David Beckham's new Major League Soccer team Inter Miami are set to appoint much-travelled former Football League midfielder Anthony Pulis - the son of ex-Middlesbrough manager Tony - as assistant coach. (Telegraph)

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has not ruled out 24-year-old France midfielder Thomas Lemar - who has been linked with Tottenham and Arsenal - leaving the club. (Mirror)

Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Brighton are among the clubs interested in CSKA Moscow's Russian striker Fedor Chalov, 21. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa could move for Burnley's former England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 32, after losing his former Clarets team-mate Tom Heaton to a long-term injury. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid are closing in on Flamengo's highly-rated 17-year-old Brazilian midfielder Reinier. (Goal.com)

Besiktas want to keep German goalkeeper Loris Karius, 26, on loan from Liverpool for the 2020-21 campaign. (Fanatik, in Turkish)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed that Spanish defender Jesus Vallejo, 22, will cut short his loan and return to Real Madrid during the January transfer window. (Sky Sports)

Hull have rejected a seven-figure bid from New York Red Bulls for Portuguese midfielder Leonardo da Silva Lopes, 21. (Hull Daily Mail)

Billionaire tycoon and former Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov is considering joining forces with his business partner and Everton owner Farhad Moshiri by investing in the Merseyside club. (Times, subscription required)

Manchester United's England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 27, and France forward Anthony Martial, 24, were sent home from training on Friday after being struck down with illness just 15 minutes after arriving. (ESPN)


Brady tells tabloid: We fired him for the fans!

Karren Brady has chosen to use her column in The Sun to claim that the reason “the most important reason” the board chose to sack Pellegrini and install Moyes was”in the interests of our supporters.”

To go down such a road in a column which presumably is worth more than a few bob to her and, which like everybody else we believe to be entirely entirely out of order, is frankly laughable.

Choosing to comment at length anyway – presumably at the suggestion of the sports news editor – is equally wrong but to claim the decision was mainly for our sake is ludicrous.

It suggests that but for us the board may have happily allowed the situation to end up in near certain relegation and possible eventual financial loss of huge proportions.

Just a joke and rather like her Prime Minister pal claiming from his Caribbean winter sun holiday that we’re all in this together!

Writing in The Sun she said: “Our board are not natural manager sackers. Making the decision to change a manager is never an easy one and it was with disappointment that we had to part company with Manuel Pellegrini after the Leicester loss.

When we appointed Pellegrini on a handsome three-year contract, we hoped it would be for many years and accompanied by some success — plus we invested heavily in the squad.

Joint chairmen, David Sullivan and David Gold, had the usual dilemma in such a circumstance, whether to be patient and wait or move in time to give his successor a realistic chance of dragging the team away from the relegation pit.

They chose Moyes who had done the job for us previously.

So we became the third Premier League club in six weeks to dispense with a manager. The most important reason for doing so was, we felt, the interests of our supporters.

David was a ready answer for West Ham once it was clear the team were struggling and confidence had not been restored by a couple of wins among far too many defeats.

The risk in keeping Pellegrini, an admirable man, became just too great. In David Moyes returning to the club, we know where his strengths lie. He convinced us of his hunger to succeed, and that’s why we were keen for him to return.”

David Moyes has offered an injury update ahead of West Ham United’s FA Cup match against Gillingham on Sunday.

Moyes told reporters “Mark Noble didn’t train today and, Aaron Cresswell didn’t train today, both are a little bit touch and go. You could see Cress was limping at the end of Bournemouth and Nobes got his metatarsal stood on. The other one is Michail Antonio. I saw him on the grass today, but I don’t think he will be ready for the game. Ogbonna didn’t train today either, so he’s another one we will keep an eye on. Lukasz Fabianski didn’t train today, but if Lukasz is fit he would start in goal at the weekend.”

There was also further updates on Jack Wilshere and Winston Reid from the boss.

“Jack Wilshere is still inside at the moment and Winston Reid has been around. He trained today. I think, with Winston, it’s about getting him some football. He’s back training with the first team and he looks okay.

“We just need to see about getting him some game time. He’s been a first-team player and, if I could get Winston an opportunity, it would be good to find out how he’s doing.”

Claret and Hugh say:

Moyes seems to be giving some big hints here that there will be a number of senior first-team players will be rested for the FA Cup. It looks like Roberto will be back in goal with Fabianski not training and David Martin still suffering from a thigh injury. If Mark Noble and Aaron Cresswell are also rested we are likely to see Arthur Masuaku and maybe Carlos Sanchez replace them.


Koulibaly, the race reopens: Psg at work with City and West Ham

Thiago Silva's heir is fishing in Italy, a championship he knows very well. Leonardo wants to snatch Kalidou Koulibaly from Naples and wants to do it next summer to treat himself to an element of absolute value and to give the right continuity in defense of the French project. According to what reported by FootMercato, the conversations between the Parisian manager and the player's entourage have reopened in recent weeks.

Still no offer, but the PSG could also think of including some technical compensation in the offer to lower the price of the tag. Among the hypotheses also that of Thiago Silva, which Koulibaly would replace in France. On Kalidou, in recent weeks, the attentions of Manchester City and West Ham who would like to bring him to the Premier League.

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Queens Fish Bar 11:45 Sun Jan 5
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mex Martillo 2:18 Sat Jan 4

Mex Martillo 6:31 Sat Jan 4
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Exile, I’m so sure your right, but will agree you probably are right. If that makes any sense?

ted fenton 3:54 Sat Jan 4
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mex Martillo 2:18 Sat Jan 4

the exile 2:32 Sat Jan 4
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mex - I think Brady was right in terms of thinking that most supporters had had enough of Pellegrini. Not sure what C&H's problem is with that article.

Mex Martillo 2:18 Sat Jan 4
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:48 Sat Jan 4
Brady was certainly wrong doing it for this supporter and obviously I didn’t think we would get relegated with Pellegrini. Perhaps I live in a strange microcosm but I went to Leicester, with a season ticket holder and a fan like myself and we all agreed we would like a win and Pellegrini to stay, neither happened.

Thanks Alan 1:48 Sat Jan 4
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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