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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 1:02 Sun Jan 19
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Everton are preparing a £30m bid for 26-year-old Germany and former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, who is out of favour at Juventus. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool will challenge Chelsea for 23-year-old RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner. (Sunday Mirror)

Lille director of football Luis Campos has emerged as the top candidate to take up a similar role at Manchester United. (Sun on Sunday)

Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel says the club need to keep left-back Layvin Kurzawa. The 27-year-old France international is a target for Arsenal.(Goal)

Manchester City are preparing for PSG to make a huge offer for manager Pep Guardiola, if the Ligue 1 side sack Tuchel. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United have lost out to Real Madrid in the race to sign Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 22. (Daily Star Sunday)

Arsenal technical director Edu has met representatives of Athletico Paranaense defensive midfielder Bruno Guimaraes over a possible deal worth up to 30m euros (£25.6m) for the 22-year-old Brazilian. (Goal - in Portuguese)

PSG are ready to offer Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, a contract worth 12m euros (£10.2m) per year to leave Napoli. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Italian side Roma want to sign former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj on loan from Real Sociedad, with an option to buy the 24-year-old Belgium international in the summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Crystal Palace have agreed a fee with Dundee United for 18-year-old Scottish winger Scott Banks. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to sign a striker in January, with England's Harry Kane out injured for up to three months. (Evening Standard)

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32, will ask Paris St-Germain to not pick him for Sunday's match against Lorient in order to force through a move to Atletico Madrid. (Marca)

Atletico could move for Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, 28, or Borussia Dortmund's Paco Alcacer, 26, if they fail to sign Cavani. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Newcastle United are close to signing 23-year-old Austria winger Valentino Lazaro on loan from Inter Milan, with a potential 20m euro (£17m) purchase option. (Tuttomercatoweb - in Italian)

Lazaro's agent has visited St James' Park to seal the loan deal but the Magpies have yet to agree the fee. (Chronicle)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is confident his side will sign a replacement this month for 22-year-old Italian forward Patrick Cutrone, who has joined Fiorentina on an 18-month loan. (Express & Star)

Juventus have offered Italy attacking midfielder Federico Bernardeschi, 25, to Barcelona as part of a deal for Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31. (AS)

Burnley are lining up a £10m move for Middlesbrough's English centre-back Dael Fry, 22. (Sun on Sunday)

Brighton manager Graham Potter will potentially go back to his former club Swansea to sign 23-year-old Kosovo midfielder Bersant Celina. (Sun on Sunday)

Real Madrid are turning down loan offers for James Rodriguez because they would rather sell the 28-year-old Colombia attacking midfielder. (Marca)

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says the club are very close to signing of Genk and Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta, 27. (Birmingham Mail)

Flamengo's Brazilian midfielder Reinier Jesus, 17, has met Real Madrid representatives to finalise a move. (AS)


Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s equaliser earns draw for Everton at West Ham

Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium

West Ham fans gathered outside London Stadium to protest against the club's ownership

Two hours before kick-off around 900 West Ham supporters gathered at the nearby Aquatics Centre to stage a protest against David Sullivan and David Gold. A decade of drift had sharpened the mood within an increasingly disgruntled fanbase and, as grievances were aired against the club’s divisive owners, it was hard not to fear that the London Stadium was going to witness one of its more chaotic afternoons.

In the event, however, a game that marked the 10-year anniversary of Sullivan and Gold buying West Ham trundled to a forgettable conclusion. There was no spark in the stands or on the pitch, merely a sense of ennui during a slog of a draw in front of supporters who lost faith in Sullivan and Gold’s ability to lift this unhappy club to the next level long ago.

West Ham were not supposed to be perennial relegation-battlers when they moved to the London Stadium in 2016. By now, however, talk of challenging the elite has faded. West Ham are locked in yet another survival fight, a point above 18th-placed Aston Villa, and this was a missed opportunity given that Everton’s players spent most of the first half taking it in turns to kick the ball into touch. “Our first half was better than the second half,” David Moyes said. “We had our chances and didn’t take them.”

Sebastien Haller misses an opportunity to open the scoring, heading over from six yards

It is less than a month since West Ham sacked Manuel Pellegrini and asked Moyes to return. Supporters viewed the change as further evidence of the club’s lack of ambition and the situation must feel like deja vu for Moyes, whose first spell at the London Stadium was marred by that infamous pitch invasion against Burnley in March 2018.

“I want the supporters to stay right behind the players,” West Ham’s manager said. “The football manager can ease any burden on the owners. What the manager needs is good support and good backing. I wanted it when I left last time and I want it again. I’ve been thrown in between Christmas and New Year. I need time. I can’t do it right away.”

West Ham lacked the wit to punish underwhelming opponents. Everton, their attacking edge blunted by the absence of Richarlison, were dire. After three minutes Jordan Pickford, England’s No 1, shinned a clearance out for a West Ham corner. The tone of the match was set and Everton were fortunate not to fall behind when Lucas Digne’s dithering allowed Mark Noble to release Sébastien Haller, whose low shot was saved by Pickford.

West Ham took a deserved lead in the 40th minute. Robert Snodgrass whipped in a free-kick from the right and Issa Diop, starting in central defence in place of Fabián Balbuena, stole in front of Moise Kean before glancing a header into the far corner of Pickford’s net.

Diop was left unmarked to head into the bottom corner from Robert Snodgrass' free-kick

Moyes’s celebrations against his former club did not last for long. Digne’s overlapping runs were a threat and the opening goal should have arrived for the visitors when the left-back’s cross found Theo Walcott, who failed to trouble the returning Darren Randolph with a timid volley.

It was an easy save for Randolph but the former Middlesbrough goalkeeper would not keep a clean sheet on his second West Ham debut. There were 44 minutes on the clock when Everton equalised thanks to another delivery from Digne, Mason Holgate flicking on the Frenchman’s corner and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a forward pushing for an England call, punishing West Ham’s slack marking by turning in his 11th goal of the season.

Robert Snodgrass had a goal ruled out for offside midway through the first half

“We didn’t deserve to equalise in the first half,” Carlo Ancelotti, Everton’s manager, said. “We were not in the game. The second half was better.”

West Ham almost regained their lead immediately, Pickford denying Pablo Fornals, and Ancelotti tweaked his side at half-time. Anthony Gordon replaced the disappointing Bernard and Everton improved. Digne fired over before Walcott fluffed a chance to give Calvert-Lewin a simple tap-in.

The quality dipped in the dying stages. Missing Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko, West Ham lacked creativity and Albian Ajeti’s only contribution after coming on was forcing VAR to check if he deserved a red card following a clash with Holgate.

Ajeti escaped and there was just enough time for one spectator to make it on to the pitch before being chased down by the stewards. Welcome to life at the London Stadium.


West Ham (4-2-3-1): Randolph 6; Zabaleta 6, Diop 7, Ogbonna 6.5, Cresswell; Rice 6.5, Noble 7; Snodgrass 6.5, Fornals 7 (Masuaku 60, 6), Lanzini 5.5 (Ajeti 84); Haller 6.5.

Subs not used: Reid, Balbuena, Martin, Cardosa, Ngakia

Goals: Diop (40)

Booked: Zabaleta

Manager: David Moyes 5.5

Everton (4-4-2): Pickford 6; Coleman 5, Mina 6, Holgate 6.5, Digne 7; Walcott 5 (Sidibe 57, 6), Davies 6, Delph 6.5, Bernard 6.5 (Gordon 46, 7); Calvert-Lewin 7, Kean 5 (NIasse 74).

Subs not used: Stekelenburg, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gibson

Goals: Calvert-Lewin (44)

Booked: None

Manager: Carlo Ancelotti 5.5

Referee: Andre Marriner 7

Att: 59,915


Dominic Calvert-Lewin on target as West Ham and Everton share points

It wasn’t much of a game. After 90 attritional minutes, Everton, the team to which David Moyes almost returned, prised a point from West Ham United, the team to which he actually did return. For all the effort and endeavour on display, it wasn’t pretty.

Despite both being under new management, these are unhappy clubs. On Merseyside, some fans visited Everton’s training ground to discuss their recent FA Cup exit to the bulk of Liverpool’s youth team. On Saturday, a pre-match Hammers United protest attended by hundreds of fans chanting “we want our club back” might be the nascent stirrings of regime change at West Ham after a decade of Davids Gold and Sullivan and Baroness Brady. “If I give them a team to be proud of, I can ease the burden on the owners,” mused Moyes afterwards. “I’m happy to do that, but I need time.”

Without the injured Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison and Michael Keane, Everton were missing both their maverick tendency and their most robust defender. As a result, they were firefighting from the off. West Ham’s Sebastien Haller fluffed a sprinkling of first-half chances, first heading Mark Noble’s cross just wide and then shooting at Jordan Pickford from a too-tight angle, much to the frustration of the better-placed Noble.

From Everton, there was only doggedness, but five minutes before the break, nature seemingly took its course, when Robert Snodgrass slung in a vicious free-kick. Issa Diop snuck in ahead of Moise Kean to nod his first goal since February past Pickford. Being ahead lulled West Ham into slumber and before that break Everton were level. Lucas Digne whipped over a corner. Mason Holgate headed on and Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed home from point-blank range.

“We didn’t deserve to equalise,” admitted Ancelotti. “We weren’t in the game, we made too many mistakes, but there are things we can improve immediately: we can be more intense, more precise and we need not be so shy.”

There was still first-half time for Pickford to distinguish himself with a flying save from Pablo Fornals’s downwards header after Pablo Zabaleta’s cross.

Both managers concurred that if West Ham owned the first half, the second belonged to Everton. Ancelotti introduced fearless local teenager Anthony Gordon and Everton were quickly out of the traps, their imperial phase subsided once Tom Davies planted a header wide and with clear-cut opportunities at a premium, the game slipped into niggle and there was even a cameo for the always willing Oumar Niasse, who had managed one Premier League minute for Everton since December 2018.

At the death, the future Moyes spurned almost trumped the one he accepted when Davies’s goalbound howitzer cannoned off Haller. Defeat would have been unfair on either team: so would victory.


'The heart, the soul and the culture of this club has been stolen' – How disgruntled West Ham fans are recapturing the spirit of Upton Park

West Ham fans protest before the game against Everton Credit: Jeff Gilbert

Matt Law, Football News Correspondent

Mark Ward introduced “the national anthem” and for 60 seconds the 250 West Ham United supporters packed into a Leytonstone pub were transported back to Upton Park as ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ rang out loud and proud.

It is the reason most of them started supporting West Ham, for a sense of community, shared spirit and pride of being part of something - qualities many believe have been stripped away by the move to the London Stadium and 10 years under the ownership of David Sullivan and David Gold.

“This is the best part of the day,” said Vince Harman, a season ticket holder for 30 years. “We come and have a great time here, and then you go to the game and it all goes downhill. There is no heart or soul at the stadium.”

Former West Ham midfielder Ward comperes the ‘West Ham Way’ pre-match events that he helped set up with two supporters to try to retain some of the atmosphere of the ‘old’ West Ham.

The events started three years ago in the East Ham Working Men’s Club, but were forced to move to Leytonstone, when, much like a lot of the old Upton Park pre-match venues, it closed down.

West Ham fans' event in Leytonstone before their game against Everton

Ward, who also played for Everton, explained how he happened on the idea by saying: “I went to a players’ bar just around the corner from Goodison Road and they used to get a player to talk to the fans. So I went to a guy called Dave Walker, who I had done a podcast with, and asked him to get me a venue to do it for West Ham fans.

“The club had moved to the new stadium and there was nothing around it, but this event gives the fans some of the history back and keeps the spirit of the place alive. The fans love it.”

The promise attached to the move out of Upton Park was one of Champions League qualification and top-level signings. The reality has been relegation battles and in-fighting.

“It’s a shambles,” said Eddie Adamson, who has supported West Ham for 45 years. “We were made so many promises when we left Upton Park. We’re going to have this, we’re going to have that. We were promised the Champions League and the way we are going we are more likely to be in the Championship.”

In the best possible sense, stepping into the pub for one of the pre-match events is much like entering a time warp.

Old West Ham shirts from every generation hang from the ceiling and footage of cult heroes and famous games is shown on a big screen. For their £25, those present get a question-and-answer session with an ex-player - John Moncur was the guest ahead of the Everton game - and as much lager as they can or want to drink for three hours.

Former West Ham players Mark Ward and John Moncur Credit: Jeff Gilbert

Moncur delighted the crowd with stories of Davor Suker’s failed get-rich-quick schemes, Harry Redknapp’s occasionally sideways approach to management and a profitable encounter with Eric Cantona.

But more important than the quality of the names booked to speak, or even the volume of beer on offer, is the opportunity the events give people to feel like West Ham supporters, rather than customers, again.

Katie Rivers, a 28-year-old season ticket holder of 14 years who used to watch games from the famous ‘Chicken Run’ at Upton Park, liked the events so much that she started working at them.

“This brought West Ham back a bit,” she said. “Everybody’s West Ham and hearing the stories of the older players is great. It brings everyone together in the same place. I usually enjoy this more than the game, even if West Ham win.”

Nobody left Saturday’s event early to join the pre-match protest against the West Ham board, which took place on a hill outside the London Aquatics Centre.

West Ham fans protest against the club's owners Credit: Jeff Gilbert

The mood among the estimated 900 protestors, organised by a group called Hammers United, was one of mutiny and yet it passed peacefully with repeated reminders to support the team inside the stadium.

A microphone was shared between four speakers, who outlined their grievances against Sullivan, Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady, and who were interrupted more than once by an expletive-ridden song about West Ham’s co-owners to the tune of Slade’s Cum On Feel The Noize.

One of the speakers was Stephen Cross, joint secretary of Hammers United, who said: “We’ve attempted numerous times to communicate with the club, including a meeting on December 23 where we were told they would come back to us in 24 hours. We’re still waiting.

“The heart, the soul and the culture of this club has been stolen. This was the people’s club and it’s been taken away. The club needs a change and this protest is just the start.

Hammers United are now planning their next course of action, while former striker John Hartson is already booked for the next West Ham Way pre-match event ahead of the FA Cup fourth-round clash against West Bromwich Albion.

The beer will flow again and ‘Bubbles’ will echo out on to Leytonstone high street before the tube transports supporters two stops up the central line to a reality most will claim they never signed up for. But, unlike the lyrics of West Ham’s famous anthem, the fans are making it pretty clear they will not fade and die.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 3:49 Mon Jan 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Russ of the BML 10:43 Mon Jan 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Texas Iron 10:50 Sun Jan 19

Of fuck off Tex. At least some of our supporters are doing their best to try and get the club back. Easy for you to criticise thousands of miles away.

Texas Iron 10:50 Sun Jan 19
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Futile Weak Protests...

Alan 10:06 Sun Jan 19
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Trying hard, Chim

chim chim cha boo 9:54 Sun Jan 19
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. Please don't Die...

ted fenton 8:25 Sun Jan 19
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:03 Sun Jan 19

Vexed 1:44 Sun Jan 19
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
That 'protest' looked a right cringe fest.

Thanks Alan 1:03 Sun Jan 19
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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