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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 1:34 Tue Oct 27
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to re-integrate Antonio Rudiger into his first-team plans following heart-to-heart talks with the 27-year-old Germany central defender, who has been linked with Tottenham and Paris St-Germain. (Mail)

Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi, 28, rejected Arsenal's offer of a contract extension in the summer and has informed the club he plans to leave when his current deal expires at the end of the season. (Football London)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta disagreed with technical director Edu over the deadline-day signing of Ghanaian Thomas Partey, 27, from Atletico Madrid, with Lyon's 22-year-old France international Houssem Aouar his preferred midfield target. (L'Equipe via Sport Witness)

Three Premier League players failed a drugs test during the 2019-20 season but escaped punishment as they were granted a therapeutic use exemption, which allows an athlete to take a prescribed substance for medical reasons. (The Athletic)

Liverpool have no interest in signing Schalke defender Ozan Kabak and were bemused by reports linking them with the 20-year-old Turkey international over the weekend. (Liverpool Echo)

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke raised the threat of a European breakaway by top clubs at the start of talks over Project Big Picture back in February. (Guardian)

Crystal Palace have opened talks with English winger Andros Townsend, 29, over a new contract after fending off summer interest from West Brom. (Football Insider)

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic is fuming with Baggies chiefs after Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi, 29, was allowed to join Saudi Professional League side Al-Ittihad behind his back. (Sun)

Tottenham hope to negotiate an early termination of English left-back Danny Rose's contract, but the 30-year-old intends to demand the full £2.5m-plus remaining on his deal, which runs until June next year. (Football Insider)

The Premier League may sideline the Football Association to persuade the Home Office to bring in a special visa system, as the row over post-Brexit quotas continues. (Mail)

Premier League chiefs will discuss making a U-turn over the pay-per-view row after "disastrous" viewing figures. (Mirror)

West Ham players are backing manager David Moyes to be handed a contract extension following the club's resurgence since lockdown but the club's owners may delay opening talks until they are fully convinced the club will not be dragged into a relegation fight. (Mail)

Barcelona and France centre-back Samuel Umtiti, 26, has dismissed suggestions of a move to Arsenal. (Canal+, via Football London)

Italy sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has said Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, is being investigated for returning to the country having tested positive for coronavirus. (Star)

English midfielder Henri Lansbury, 30, has turned down an offer from Aston Villa to end his contract at the club. (The Athletic, via Birmingham Mail)

Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City considered signing a striker in the summer transfer window but could not find the right deal. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has backed Frank Lampard to find the right formula at Stamford Bridge after an inconsistent start to the season. (Goal.com)

Arsenal fans have raised £34,000 for a local charity by donating to it instead of paying to watch Sunday's pay-per-view game against Leicester. (London Evening Standard)

An Everton supporter is hoping to find a wall in Liverpool city centre after crowdfunding £5,000 for a new mural to celebrate the club. (Liverpool Echo)


‘This would be a good piece of business’ – West Ham eye transfer move for 27-year-old EFL star: The verdict

By Sam Rourke

West Ham are among a cluster of Premier League sides keeping tabs on Reading centre-back Liam Moore ahead of the January transfer window, as per TEAMTalk.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a superb start to the 2020/21 season with the Royals as they sit top of the Sky Bet Championship table, having conceded just one goal in seven league games with Moore’s defensive nous proving to be a key reason behind that statistic.

The Hammers are joined by the likes of Leicester, Newcastle, Wolves and Crystal Palace in the race to sign Moore, who looks a man in demand as January approaches.

So, what do you make of this? Is Moore good enough for West Ham? Would he be a good addition for the Hammers?

The team here at FLW discuss……

Toby Wilding

This could be a decent option for West Ham.

They are clearly not adverse to recruiting from the Championship, with Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma and Craig Dawson all joining the Hammers from second-tier clubs this year.

As a result, you feel this is a move they will be confident about making, particularly given Moore’s past performances suggest he could be a solid option for David Moyes’ side were they to bring him to the London Stadium.

But having only just signed the aforementioned Dawson to provide cover in the centre of defence, you do have to wonder slightly whether this is a signing they really need to make, especially given Reading are unlikely to let one of their key men go on the cheap.

Alfie Burns

More than good enough to step up.

This would be a good piece of business for West Ham, in my opinion.

Moore is a player that’s consistently impressed at Reading over the years, even when the side around him has struggled.

He continues to be at the core of their impressive start in the Championship and that’s bound to get Premier League sides taking notice.

A move to West Ham is an attractive one and this looks a solid fit.

Alfie Burns

This would be a good signing for the Hammers.

David Moyes doesn’t have the biggest budget in the league and he has to instead search for bargains and he’s managed to make a few shrewd additions over the past 12 months, including Jarrod Bowen from the Championship.

So, he knows the quality in this league and Moore is another player ready to make the step up. He has the physicality and power to cope, whilst his leadership has been impressive for the Royals.

It’s hard to see a deal happening if Reading are in the promotion mix but if West Ham could pull it off it would be a smart move as he gives them additional depth and quality in an area they’re probably a player short.


Moyes clamping down hard on Hammers leaks

David Moyes’ influence is being felt very much off the field as much as on it right now!

The 57 year old has briefed everybody inside the London Stadium with information on sensitive team issues that he will not stand for the condition of his players and team selections escaping into the public domain.

With Michail Antonio undergoing scans he is doing everything in his power to ensure nothing gets out and there will be the witch hunt of witch hunts should it happen.

His demand goes from board members down to academy level with numerous individuals coming into possession of such information.

He was well known at his previous clubs for the same attitude but has his work cut out at West Ham which is widely regarded as one of the leakiest clubs in the Premier League.

He is particularly focused on team selection matters. Whereas Manuel Pellegrini, and other managers were and are, unconcerned if crucial news got out, Moyes has been known to hand out brutal dressing downs.

Pellegrini’s attitude – on the record from the bloke himself on team selection matters in particular – was that it made no difference and that oppositions should worry about his team rather than vice versa.

He was entirely laid back about that as he was in most matters but Moyes is a different kettle of fish entirely and believes that any information of that kind gives an advantage to the team we are playing on a particular day.

He is currently having his work cut out to keep things quiet on key man Michail Antonio’s injury or otherwise in order to give Jurgen Klopp no clue on what to expect at the weekend.

It’s going to be interesting to see how successful he is on a matter that has caused plenty of issues at West Ham in the past.

Claretandhugh says: Moyes’ hard line approach – despite it working against the media’s interests – is actually to be welcomed. Michail Antonio’s position will already be known to three or four people inside the club and in the past this will have been passed on to their media contacts. Thus far nothing has appeared and we at Candh have decided we will not be publishing such information as we believe it unhelpful to the manager and the club. Nor do we fancy confrontations with a Scotsman who apparently has a fearsome temper. Good luck to those who choose otherwise

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Vexed 3:55 Tue Oct 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I'm coming round to Moyes.

Lee Trundle 1:52 Tue Oct 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

We were linked to Liam Moore a few years ago, weren't we?

ted fenton 1:42 Tue Oct 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:35 Tue Oct 27

Thanks Alan 1:35 Tue Oct 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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