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 12:36 Sun Nov 15
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City remain interested in signing Barcelona's Lionel Messi when his contract expires next summer - and a spell with New York City FC in the United States could also tempt the 33-year-old Argentina forward. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is moving closer to signing a new contract with the Premier League club. The Spaniard's existing deal expires at the end of this season. (Sunday Telegraph - subscription required)

Aston Villa and England midfielder Jack Grealish, 25, has moved to the top of City's list of transfer targets, while the Etihad Stadium club are also considering whether to trigger a £25m buy-back clause for Villa's 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Ajax director of football and former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars says he is ready for a new challenge alongside the Dutch club's chief executive Edwin van der Sar, the former Manchester United goalkeeper. The pair are linked to a possible switch to United. (Sunday Mirror)

Both Liverpool and Everton are interested in Torino's Brazilian centre-back Gleison Bremer, 23. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United have been told by defender Eric Bailly's representatives that the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international may need to "assess" his future if his Old Trafford situation does not improve. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says 21-year-old Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes' loan spell from Benfica could end in January. (Sport TV, via Sky Sports)

Some Manchester City fans believe a short-term move for their 34-year-old Bosnian former forward Edin Dzeko, who now plays at Roma, could be a wise decision when the transfer window reopens in January. (Manchester Evening News)

Juventus are leading the race for Bayern Munich's 28-year-old Austria defender David Alaba, whose contract runs out next summer. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Crystal Palace are looking at Chelsea and Spain left-back Marcos Alonso, 29, as an option if Netherlands defender Patrick van Aanholt, 30, does not extend his deal with the Eagles beyond the end of this season. (Mail on Sunday)

Everton's Ivorian midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, 25, could leave the club on loan in January after failing to make an impact at Goodison Park. (Football Insider)

Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 24, says 27-year-old forward Patrick Bamford, his Elland Road team-mate, is close to joining him on the international stage. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish believes Reds manager Jurgen Klopp will find the perfect solution to his defensive crisis after injuries to first-choice centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. (Liverpool Echo)

Southampton may look to sell Mohamed Elyounoussi to Celtic, with the 26-year-old Norwegian forward in his second spell on loan at the Scottish club. (Hampshire Live)

The English Football League has placed a number of clubs under a transfer embargo after they took out a bridging loan with the governing body. (Mail on Sunday)

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Noel Whelan Tips West Ham To Land This English Defender: What Will He Add To Moyes’ Side?

In a recent interview with Football Insider, ex-Leeds United forward Noel Whelan tipped West Ham United to land Burnley centre-half James Tarkowski as he said, “When you start getting players running down contracts to a year then you start getting worried as a football club.

“Burnley are a football club that really can’t afford to let a player of that quality go on a free transfer.

“I think that will force their hands, that’s a little signal to Burnley as well that if you can’t pay him the wages that he wants then him moving club is imminent. It’s as simple as that.

“You don’t really get too many football players coming out publicly and saying that.

“He’s obviously made his mind up that he wants out and you know he wants a fresh start and a fresh challenge somewhere and West Ham seem to be the leaders in that race.

“This could be final season for James Tarkowski because financially I’m not sure whether they can match what he wants.”
Tarkowski’s Season At The Turf Moor Thus Far

Tarkowski has endured a tough season with the Clarets so far as he has struggled to help his team grind out any wins in the Premier League. Despite Burnley’s poor run of results, the English defensive ace has done well to continue performing at a high level on the defensive end of the field.

The 27-year-old deserves a little bit of credit for averaging 2.0 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 4.0 clearances and 1.0 shots per 90 minutes in the English first division. However, he can still improve his accuracy when distributing the ball after completing 76.4% of his attempted passes in the top tier of England (stats via whoscored).

The Manchester-born centre-back will embark upon the final year of his contract at the Turf Moor next season, so the Clarets will have no choice but to consider cashing in on him at the end of this campaign or else risk losing him for free in the summer of 2022.

What Will The English Defender Add To David Moyes’ Team?

Tarkowski is often quick to sense the danger and can make some important clearances for his side when required. He is also not afraid to go in for tackles and can time them well to earn the ball back inside his half.

Standing at 1.85m, the Burnley centre-half can use his strong frame to win a lot of aerial duels at the back but as mentioned earlier, he needs to be more careful when interchanging possession with his teammates. Plus, the English powerhouse can also score the odd goal from time to time and can be considered as a potent goal-threat from the indirect set-pieces in the attacking third.

Tarkowski has established himself amongst the best centre-backs in Premier League football by giving a good account of himself under Sean Dyche’s stewardship. The Burnley first-teamer will add some bite and steel to the West Ham backline and will increase competition for places within Moyes’ squad if the Hammers can win the race to recruit him next summer.

At 27, Tarkowski is playing at his peak, so Moyes will fancy getting the best out of him in the coming seasons. He is good enough to rival Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna for a regular first-team spot at the London Stadium.

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Sven Roeder 1:15 Sun Nov 15
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Yes, as said missing out on Gedson Fernandes was an absolute blessing
18 month loan which will be chopped 6 months early ... 13 appearances (mostly in dead games) and 0 appearances in the Premier league this season
Has looked way off the pace when he has appeared

And the alternative... Soucek !

ted fenton 1:11 Sun Nov 15
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 1:06 Sun Nov 15

bill green 1:06 Sun Nov 15
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:49 Sun Nov 15

twoleftfeet 12:55 Sun Nov 15
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Gedson Fernandes getting the boot from Spurs I see, we dodged a bullet there.

If we had signed him and not Soucek we would have been relegated.

Thanks Alan 12:49 Sun Nov 15
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Exiled In Surrey 12:40 Sun Nov 15

Exiled In Surrey 12:40 Sun Nov 15
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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