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 12:26 Sun Jan 5
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United want Leicester City's James Maddison, 23, and are prepared to offer the Foxes £45m plus fellow England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 27. (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham United will attempt to challenge Manchester City for Napoli's Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28. (Sunday Express)

The Hammers have scheduled a meeting with Benfica next week over the loan signing of Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes, 20. (Record, via Daily Star Sunday)

Inter Milan want to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen for £20m this month, despite the 27-year-old Denmark international being available on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United have told Inter boss Antonio Conte they want Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 22, before allowing their France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, to move to the San Siro. (Sunday Mirror)

Juventus have made contact with the representatives of Chelsea's Brazilian left-sided defender Emerson, 25. (Calciomercato)

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring Real Madrid's Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, 28, to Goodison Park on loan. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham are hoping to make permanent the loan of Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso, 23, from Real Betis in a £27m deal in the January transfer window. (Sun)

Crystal Palace have targeted a loan deal for Everton and Turkey striker Cenk Tosun, 28. (Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal and Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi, 27, could leave the Premier League club at the end of the month. (Sunday Mirror)

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers would not confirm or deny reports of a move for Juventus and Turkey defender Merih Demiral, 21. (Mail on Sunday)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says it is "highly unlikely" that senior players will leave the club during the January transfer window. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Tottenham hope Republic of Ireland striker Troy Parrott, 17, will commit his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract next month. (Evening Standard)

Leeds United have moved ahead of Nottingham Forest in the race to sign English striker Che Adams, 23, on loan from Southampton.(Football Insider)

Manager Steve Bruce says Newcastle United's priority is to sign a striker in January and revealed the club have "had a couple of knockbacks already". (Sky Sports)

Charlton Athletic are planning a loan move for Middlesbrough's English midfielder Marcus Browne, 22. (Football Insider)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has refused to rule out selling Italian forward Patrick Cutrone, 22, this month. (Birmingham Mail)


West Ham emerge as shock contenders to seal £70m Kalidou Koulibaly transfer - EXCLUSIVE (Ag Ag Ag)

West Ham want to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly but could face competition from Manchester City.

By Neil Fissler

West Ham have emerged a shock contenders in the race to land highly-rated Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegal international has been a long-time target for both Tottenham and Chelsea while Manchester United also looked before they signed Harry Maguire.

Koulibaly, 28, who helped his country to the final of the African Cup of Nations is seen as one of the best central defenders in European football.

He is rated at around £70million by Napoli is keen to move to the Premier League where Manchester City who want to strengthen their defence are also interested.

The Hammers are prepared to splash money during the transfer window after briefly dropping into relegation places over the busy festive period.

They have moved two points clear of third-bottom Bournemouth and will give David Moyes money to strengthen his squad over the next month.

Koulibaly has impressed again for Napoli this season, making 20 appearances across all competitions.

West Ham’s current centre-back options are Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna, Fabian Balbuena and Winston Reid.

Football Insider

Sources: West Ham to lodge £10m+ bid this weekend

West Ham are set to submit an offer for Genk midfielder Sander Berge this weekend, Football Insider can reveal.

The Hammers have prioritised the signing of a central midfielder this month and are working through a shortlist of targets.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club will make a formal move for Berge after indications his club in Belgium may be open to selling him this month.

The Premier League club are expected to offer in excess of £10million for Berge, who has a contract at Genk that expires in 18 months.

The Belgian club announced the signing of midfielder Kristian Thorstvedt, 20, yesterday and this has been interpreted in some quarters as an indication in-demand Berge may be sold.

The 20-times Norway international is firmly on the radar of West Ham as they look to provide competition and cover for central midfield pairing Declan Rice and Mark Noble.

The move for Berge comes after Football Insider revealed the Londoners are also tabling a bid for £15million-valued Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen.

The Hammers are keeping their options open in case potential deals fall through or a fee and terms cannot be agreed.

Berge does not have the extensive Premier League experience of 29-year-old Allen, who joined Stoke from Liverpool in 2016 after a previously distinguished spell at Swansea City.

But, aged 21, he is regarded at West Ham as having more potential than the Wales international.


West Ham want five-goal striker who once picked Arsenal over Hammers

Olly Dawes

West Ham United are again being linked with Chuba Akpom.

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United are again interested in signing PAOK Salonika striker Chuba Akpom during this month's transfer window.

It's suggested that Akpom is one of their targets this month, joining Chelsea's Olivier Giroud as a top striking target for the Hammers.

Sebastien Haller has endured his ups and downs this season but did score in David Moyes' first game back in charge of the club, but Albian Ajeti has barely been seen since joining from Basel in August.

Signing another striker should be a priority for West Ham, and they may well feel that Akpom can provide another option without breaking the bank.

Akpom, 24, hit eight goals in 33 games last season as PAOK won the league and cup double in Greece, justifying Akpom's shock move there.

The striker has bagged another five goals so far this term, and West Ham could offer him a return to the Premier League – just 18 months since he chose to leave Arsenal.

The Daily Mail reported back in August that West Ham were keen on a £5million deal, and now suggest that he is back on their radar for this month's window too.

What's interesting about Akpom is that spent three years training with West Ham as a kid, as admitted by Alex Iwobi to the London Evening Standard, before both picked Arsenal instead.

A move to sign Akpom in January would give him a chance to finally turn out for the Hammers after all, but having previously struggled in English football, there may be question marks about his suitability for the Premier League.


West Ham hold fresh talks over Milan midfielder; €25m offer on the table

There have been new contacts between West Ham and the entourage and Franck Kessie over a January move, a report claims.

We reported two weeks ago that the Rossoneri are ready to allow Kessie to leave if their asking price is met, as his agent had been told during a meeting that his client is no longer considered a cornerstone of Elliott Management’s project.

Vito Angele then told us that Premier League duo West Ham and Wolves are interested, while Calciomercato.com then agreed on December 31 that Kessie is no longer considered unsellable.

According to the latest update from il Corriere dello Sport – as cited by Calciomercato.com – there have been new contacts between Kessie’s representatives and the Hammers with a view to try to buy him from Milan in January.

The newspaper goes on to claim that an offer of €25million has been made, but Calciomercato recently reported that Milan are holding out for €30m for the 22-year-old Ivorian.

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Mex Martillo 9:20 Mon Jan 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
norwaytips 6:47 Sun Jan 5
A bit of stuttering again...

Mex Martillo 9:19 Mon Jan 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
norwaytips 6:47 Sun Jan 5

norwaytips 6:47 Sun Jan 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

eusebiovic 2:45 Sun Jan 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Joe Allen isn't what we need...funnily enough he doesn't appear to be what Stoke needs either

Queens Fish Bar 2:40 Sun Jan 5
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ted fenton 12:56 Sun Jan 5

Queens Fish Bar 2:40 Sun Jan 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 12:56 Sun Jan 5

ted fenton 12:56 Sun Jan 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:28 Sun Jan 5

ted fenton 12:56 Sun Jan 5
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Thanks Alan 12:28 Sun Jan 5

Alan 12:53 Sun Jan 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Kessie story added.

Thanks Alan 12:28 Sun Jan 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:28 Sun Jan 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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