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 1:38 Tue Nov 17
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United remain interested in Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho and are trying to secure a deal to bring the 20-year-old to the club before next year's European Championship. (90 min)

Paris St-Germain will make a bid for Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos. The 34-year-old is free to negotiate with other clubs from 1 January. (AS)

PSG are also trying to secure contract extensions for France striker Kylian Mbappe, 21, and Brazil forward Neymar, 28. (Goal)

Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are both interested in signing Napoli's Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik and the 26-year-old could be available for as little as £10m in January. (Sun)

Celtic are interested in signing Manchester United and England goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 23, on loan in January. (90 min)

Barcelona are considering a move for Arsenal and Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi. The 28-year-old is Barca's second option if they cannot sign Chelsea's 27-year-old Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger. (Express)

Inter Milan and Barcelona are interested in Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, though the Reds have offered the 30-year-old Netherlands international a new deal to try and persuade him to stay at Anfield. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and AC Milan are in the race to sign 20-year-old Red Bull Salzburg and Hungary midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai. (Mail)

Manchester United and Arsenal remain keen on signing 23-year-old France forward Ousmane Dembele, who has 18 months left on his contract at Barcelona. (Sport)

Miguel Almiron's agent says the Paraguay forward, 26, is ready to leave Newcastle United and probably would have done in the summer if not for the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic (Chronicle)

West Ham United are still interested in England defender James Tarkowski but are refusing to meet Burnley's £35m valuation of the 27-year-old. (Football Insider)

Saint-Etienne are considering a January move for Leicester City's Algeria striker Islam Slimani, 32. (L'Equipe - in French)

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Spain forward Adama Traore, 24, believes he is not starting matches because he has turned down a contract extension. His existing deal runs until 2023. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Former Chelsea and England defender John Terry is one of the candidates to become the new Derby County manager. (Mail)

Manchester United have been linked with Sporting Braga's Portuguese defender David Carmo, 20. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Chelsea are aiming to sell a number of players to fund a £67m move for West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 21. (Express)

France manager Didier Deschamps says Olivier Giroud needs to leave Chelsea if the 34-year-old striker is to keep his place in the international squad. (Sun)

Leicester have opened talks with Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 32, over a new contract. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Barcelona are willing to sell four players in January - Spanish left-back Junior Firpo, 24, France centre-back Samuel Umtiti, 26, Brazilian midfielder Matheus Fernandes, 22, and Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite, 29. (Sport)

Australian side Melbourne Victory want to sign 32-year-old Benin striker Rudy Gestede, who has previously played for Cardiff, Blackburn, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough. (The Age)


Unsuccessful modern stadium move

London Stadium, West Ham United

Opened: 2016 | Capacity: 60,000

In February 2011, the Olympic Park Legacy Company made a decision with seismic ramifications. Eighteen months before the 2012 Games began, it was decided that West Ham, rather than Tottenham, would benefit from an Olympic Stadium tenancy, secured in a cut-price deal. Almost a decade on, it is clear who really won that day.

West Ham’s struggles at the rebranded London Stadium have raised the bar for difficult relocations. The club’s decision to work around the running track, rather than rebuild the stadium as Spurs had planned, has not paid off. Sight lines still focus on the track, or at least the giant claret carpet that covers it up, with managers traipsing several yards across it from dugout to touchline.

Sections of retractable seating, connected to the main stands by awkward gangways, do nothing to help an atmosphere that switches between forlorn and febrile. The stadium has seen fighting between rival fans and protest pitch invasions, enabled by inadequate matchday security. The idea of relegation and playing Championship football in this vast white elephant is unthinkable.

The stadium saw so many joyful moments in 2012 and has gone on to host elite athletics, both rugby codes and Major League Baseball. There has been precious little for West Ham fans to cheer, however – leaving their beloved Upton Park behind has been a painful experience.


West Ham reportedly want to sign Real Madrid ace Mariano Diaz

Olly Dawes

According to Defensa Central, West Ham United are interested in signing Real Madrid striker Mariano in January.

It’s claimed that Real have learned of West Ham’s interest in Mariano as well as teammate Luka Jovic as they seek a new striker.

This report claims that Real prefer to loan out Jovic and sell Mariano, believing that Jovic has more potential and just needs to regain some confidence.

However, Jovic may be more opening to leave in January, with a belief that it would have to be the perfect transfer for Mariano to leave.

Whether he thinks West Ham ticks his boxes remains to be seen, but they certainly seem to be keen on signing another striker in January.

Sebastien Haller hasn’t yet convinced David Moyes, and Michail Antonio may need more competition in the second half of the season.

Mariano, 27, has only played 14 minutes of action this season, and has only scored five goals in 27 games since re-signing from Lyon in 2018.

The Dominican Republic striker did though smash 21 goals in 45 games for Lyon in the 2017-18 campaign, showing his goalscoring ability – and West Ham would have to hope they can get that form out of him again.

West Ham United have had second thoughts about signing Luka Jovic from Real Madrid with the La Liga benchwarmer’s £85,000-a-week wages putting off his many suitors, according to Defensa Central.

It’s always handy when you’ve got a £59 million Galactico to bring off the bench – just ask Serbia.

While they might have been denied a place at the European Championships by the fingertips of David Marshall last week, Serbia’s hearts would have been broken a lot earlier if it wasn’t for Jovic’s last-gasp equaliser in normal time.

The former Eintracht Frankfurt talisman has endured a miserable time at the Santiago Bernabau but, clearly, a man Lionel Messi called “magical” hasn’t lost his predatory instincts.

Form is temporary, after all.

Reports from Madrid claim West Ham, AC Milan, Roma and Monaco were all queuing up to offer Jovic a fresh start, hoping the striker can rebuild his reputation away from the Bernabau a la Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart and James Rodriguez.

But unless Jovic is willing to take a pay cut, with his £85,000-a-week wages proving prohibitive in an era of major financial uncertainty, his benchwarming days with Los Blancos are likely to continue.

Furthermore, Madrid will demand a fee of about £2.5 million from any club keen to sign Jovic on loan from January to June.

If the Bosnia-born 22-year-old can rediscover the form that once made him one of Europe’s hottest strikers, having plundered 27 goals for Frankfurt in 2018/19, he will be worth every penny.

But after just six starts in almost a year-and-a-half in Spain, is Jovic really capable of hitting the ground running during a short-term loan spell?

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bill green 3:12 Tue Nov 17
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:28 Tue Nov 17

Alan 2:54 Tue Nov 17
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Lee Trundle 1:48 Tue Nov 17

It was part of a longer article about good and bad stadium moves.

Thanks Alan 2:28 Tue Nov 17
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Chinkey Weasel 2:24 Tue Nov 17
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Texas Iron 1:50 Tue Nov 17

Lato 1:58 Tue Nov 17
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
At the Guardian that is!

Lato 1:57 Tue Nov 17
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Lee Trundle

It must have been a slow news day

Thanks anyway Alan

Texas Iron 1:50 Tue Nov 17
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Meanwhile...G S B ... Laughing all the way to the bank....


Lee Trundle 1:48 Tue Nov 17
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Bit of a strange article form the Guardian there. Just goes over the same old stuff we already knew about ages ago.

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