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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
8%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
6%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
30%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
27%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
28%
  



Alan 12:21 Sun Nov 22
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester City are set to offer England forward Raheem Sterling, 25, a new contract. (Sunday Mirror)

City are also poised to offer Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus, 23, improved terms worth £150,000 a week. (Star on Sunday)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made finding a successor to Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 32, a priority and Benfica's Uruguay forward Darwin Nunez, 21, is on his shortlist. (Sunday Telegraph - subscription required)

Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, is keen on a return to Real Madrid. (Marca)

Manchester United are ready to sell out-of-favour Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 33, in the January window at a reduced £2.5m. (Star on Sunday)

The Old Trafford side could also lose second-choice goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 23, for the rest of the season, with the England international pushing for another loan move away. (Sun)

Manchester United risk losing out on highly rated Icelandic midfielder Isak Bergmann Johannesson with Juventus stepping up their interest in IFK Norrkoping's 17-year-old. (Sunday Mirror)

Chelsea's France forward Olivier Giroud, 34, has emerged as a January target for David Beckham's Inter Miami. (Sunday Mirror)

Inter Milan are also monitoring Giroud, plus Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30. (Corriere dello Sport, in Italian)

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, 24, will request a loan move in January in a bid to secure his place in England's Euro 2020 squad. (Football Insider)

Spain midfielder Isco has informed Real Madrid of his desire to leave and the Spanish giants are willing to sell for around £45m, with Arsenal and Manchester City reportedly keen on the 28-year-old. (Marca)

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane insists France defender Raphael Varane, 27, is not for sale, following links with Manchester United. (Goal)

Inter Milan would be interested in a swap deal with Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 28, moving to Old Trafford and Manchester United's Brazil midfielder Fred, 27, moving the other way. (Football Italia)

Inter coach Antonio Conte insists Eriksen has already had "many opportunities" to cement himself in the side and will not consider a switch in position to accommodate the midfielder. (Goal)

Manchester United agreed in principle to sign Spain winger Ansu Fati for 150m euros (£133m) last summer, only for Barcelona to call a halt to transfer discussions for the 18-year-old. (Sport)

RB Leipzig's France defender Dayot Upamecano, 22, has liked an Instagram post linking him with a move to Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Paris St-Germain may decide to sell Brazil forward Neymar, 28, in order to prepare a big new deal for France forward Kylian Mbappe, 21. (Sport)

England captain Harry Kane believes that on-loan Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart have made a big impact in the Tottenham dressing room with their experience of winning trophies. (Football London)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is not interested in the Germany job if current boss Joachim Low is sacked following the 6-0 defeat by Spain last week. (Sunday Mirror)

Utrecht are interested in bringing in former Netherlands midfielders Mark van Bommel as head coach and Wesley Sneijder as his assistant at the Eredivisie club. (Fox Sports Netherlands - in Dutch)








Guardian

Sheffield United v West Ham: match preview


Sheffield United v West Ham: probable starters in bold, contenders in light

Sheffield United have one point from eight games and have scored four goals. On the positive side, five of the seven defeats Chris Wilder’s side have suffered have been by a single goal, but unless the Blades sharpen their attacking efforts they will continue to prop up the Premier League table. While Rhian Brewster has the potential to be a future goalscoring solution he has not found it easy to adapt quickly to a step up in level, and may be taken out of the front line spotlight against West Ham. Paul Wilson

Sunday 2pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue Bramall Lane

Last season Sheffield United 1 West Ham 0

Odds H 2-1 A 7-5 D 9-4

Referee Martin Atkinson

This season G7 Y14 R1 2.14 cards/game

SHEFFIELD UNITED

Subs from Verrips, Sharp, Brewster, Fleck, Norwood, Bogle, Foderingham, Jagielka, Rodwell, Burke, Osborn, Stevens

Doubtful None

Injured Fleck (back, 28 Nov), Mousset (ankle, Dec), O’Connell (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y11 R1

Form LLDLLL

Leading scorer McGoldrick 2

WEST HAM

Subs from Randolph, Martin, Diop, Dawson, Johnson, Coventry, Noble, Snodgrass, Benrahma, Lanzini, Haller

Doubtful Antonio (hamstring)

Injured Yarmolenko (coronavirus, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y15 R0

Form WWDDLW

Leading scorers Antonio, Bowen 3





OS

Under-18s hold on to clinch win at Reading


Sonny Perkins

West Ham United Under-18s picked up their third win in four league games after seeing off a second-half fightback from Reading to win 2-1 on Saturday morning.

A proverbial game of two halves took place at Bearwood Park Training Ground, with the Irons fully deserving of a 2-0 half-time lead given to them by England youth internationals Divin Mubama and Sonny Perkins.

The hosts came roaring back in the second half, however, netting early on through Michael Stickland, before drawing a fine penalty save from West Ham goalkeeper – and fellow Young Lion – Serine Sanneh, later on.

The three points move West Ham up to eighth in the U18 Premier League table.

More significant, perhaps, was the quality of the performance, in keeping with the steady improvement that lead coach Kevin Keen’s players have exhibited as the season has gone on.

The Hammers were particularly impressive in the first half, zipping the ball about with pace and purpose, and could have gone ahead early on through Jayden Fevrier’s well-struck effort.

Good chances came and went for both Perkins and Fevrier – captain for the day – but when the breakthrough arrived on 38 minutes, it was from a finish of real quality.

Picking the ball up 30 yards from goal, Fevrier drove towards the Reading defence and slipped a pass through to 16-year-old striker Mubama, who allowed the ball to run across his body before spinning and firing high past the hosts’ ‘keeper.

A similar move led to the Hammers doubling their lead just before the half-time whistle, some neat interplay around the Reading area allowing Perkins time and space to swivel and strike into the corner with his right foot.

Reading came out with a point to prove, however, and after making three substitutions in the opening minutes of the second half, went direct in search of a route back into the match.

They got it just before the hour mark when Stickland bundled the ball home inside the six-yard box, before having a huge opportunity to draw themselves level when West Ham defender Regan Clayton conceded a penalty late on.

Sanneh – who celebrated his 18th birthday on Friday – provided the heroics, however, producing an impressive diving save which ultimately proved crucial as the Hammers saw out the closing waves of attacks.

There was still time for West Ham U15s midfielder Liam Jones – son of former striker Steve, who represented the Club over two spells during the 1990s – to make his debut at youth team level, coming off the bench in injury time.

“I think we deserved to win for our dominance in the first half,” U18s assistant coach Mark Phillips reflected afterwards.

“We could have been four or five up quite comfortably, but fair dues to Reading – they changed the way it was and brought themselves back into the game.

“We were a really young side again today and only had three players on our bench. At the end of the day, it’s testament to the quality of our Academy players that U15s and U16s are getting used to youth team football. For development, that’s exactly what you need.

“Every game’s a good game to win, of course, but this was a particularly good win today. We’re climbing the table a little bit now, which is great.”

The U18s’ next fixture will see them travel to West Bromwich on Saturday 28 November.

West Ham United: Sanneh; Robinson, Thomas, Forbes, Clayton, Potts, Woods, Perkins (Jones 90+1), Fevrier, Mubama, Coddington (Earthy 75)
Subs: Knightbridge

Goals: Mubama 38, Perkins 45

Booked: Mubama







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