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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 1:54 Tue Oct 20
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid or Liverpool could sign Kylian Mbappe next summer with the 21-year-old France striker unwilling to extend his contract at Paris St-Germain. (Le Parisien - in French)

Borussia Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20, is viewed as an alternative if Real Madrid fail to agree a deal with PSG for Mbappe. (Sport)

Tottenham are preparing to increase Son Heung-min's weekly wages to £150,000 a week in a bid to persuade the South Korea forward, 28, to sign a contract extension (Mail)

Southampton and England striker Danny Ings, 28, is close to signing a contract extension to keep him at St Mary's amid interest from Tottenham. (Athletic - subscription required)

Liverpool are interested in Brighton's English defender Ben White after Leeds United failed to sign him despite lodging three bids for the 23-year-old in the summer. (Football Insider)

Uefa is considering expanding the Champions League to 36 teams from the 2024-25 season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

European football's governing body is also set to cut prize money in European club competitions for the next five years because of the losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester City had a 60 million euro (£54.6m) bid for Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, rejected by Napoli over the summer. (Calcio Mercato - in Italian)

Arsenal made a bid to sign Sporting Lisbon's 17-year-old Portuguese winger Joelson Fernandes during the summer transfer window. (Football London)

Former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is in pole position to take the Fiorentina job should they decide to sack Giuseppe Iachini. (Calcio Mercato - in Italian)

Manchester City are open to their former defender Pablo Zabaleta returning to the club in a non-playing role following the 35-year-old Argentine's retirement last week. (Mail)

Barcelona want to offload France forward Ousmane Dembele, 23, and Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite, 29, to make way for two Netherlands forwards - Lyon's Memphis Depay, 29, and AZ Alkmaar's Myron, 19. (Todofichajes - in Spanish)

Juventus are confident they can persuade Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 26, to sign a contract extension (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Manchester United defender Phil Jones, 28, wants to leave the club in January, with the former England international unhappy at being left out of their Champions League squad. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain will attempt to sign "world class" Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen, 28, for 20m euros (£18.1m), with the Denmark international struggling to land a regular spot in the Serie A side. (Todofichajes - in Spanish)


Report: “Greed” wrecked Hammers hopes of deal

Mohamed Simakan’s failure to join West Ham in the winter window was down to “greed” according to a French media source.

The defender was later expected to swap Strasbourg for AC Milan but no agreement was finalised when Italy’s window closed at 8pm.

L’Equipe then reported West Ham had pushed €17m forward for the player, the same as Milan’s.

Strasbourg were said to be looking for €20m, and West Ham had very little time to decide whether to match that. In the end, the Hammers appeared to move on.
However, this week’s edition of France Football says they did get to the €20m figure with the Hammers returning and offer £17 million plus £3 million in extras..

That still wasn’t enough, with France Football stating Strasbourg were ‘greedy’ and had managed to convince themselves €30m+ was the fair price.

ClaretandHugh says: France Football may have come to the greed conclusion but realistically the near ritual of offering extras on top of a fee is always going to be a problem and lead to rejections from clubs. Strasbourg’s £30 million valuation may well have been over the top anyway but the Hammers – or any other outfit – will always have a better chance of getting their targets if they offer more realistic up front fees. The extras thing is something which often appears to wreck our chances of getting a deal over the line. It eventually worked in the case of Said Benrahma but has – in several cases – been responsible for failed bids. It’s interesting of course that with David Moyes stating for so long that he needed defenders that he eventually decided to go for £30 million Benrahma rather than Simakan at the same price.

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Sniper 4:33 Tue Oct 20
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Oh and thanks Alan

Sniper 4:25 Tue Oct 20
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
So it was the greed of Sullivan that was the problem then, not Strasbourg!

Texas Iron 3:50 Tue Oct 20
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ornchurch ammer 2:09 Tue Oct 20
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
It’s interesting of course that with David Moyes stating for so long that he needed defenders that he eventually decided to go for £30 million Benrahma rather than Simakan at the same price.

As if it was his choice.

Thanks Alan 2:07 Tue Oct 20
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:56 Tue Oct 20

ted fenton 1:56 Tue Oct 20
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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