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 2:06 Thu Dec 31
New Year's Eve newspapers

Manchester United have renewed their interest in Norwich defender Max Aarons, 20 - but may have to wait until the summer for the England Under-21s international. (Sun)

Wolves have joined the race to sign Liverpool's Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mirror)

Emili Rousaud has made moves to bring Borussia Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20, to the Nou Camp if he is elected as Barcelona's new president. (Marca)

Arsenal target Isco, the 28-year-old Real Madrid and Spain midfielder, has admitted having a soft spot for London rivals Chelsea. (Mirror)

Chelsea are set to join Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, 20. (Que Golazo, via Football London)

Argentina playmaker Lionel Messi, 33, could stay at Barcelona until 2023 before joining David Beckham's Inter Miami. Messi has bought a £7.25m apartment in Miami and is thought to want his children to go to school in the US. (Cadena - in Spanish)

Manchester United and Netherlands defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 22, has rejected a new three-and-a-half year deal. (Mirror)

Marseille and Hertha Berlin are both said to be prepared to pay a small transfer fee to secure Fosu-Mensah next month. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal's Bosnia and Herzegovina left-back Sead Kolasinac, 27, is discussing a loan deal with former club Schalke. (Mail)

Juventus are interested in bringing veteran Spanish striker Fernando Llorente back to the club. The 35-year-old is currently at Serie A rivals Napoli. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Turkish giants Galatasaray want to sign Aston Villa and Egypt midfielder Trezeguet, 26, on loan in January. (Vatan, via AS)

Borussia Dortmund are targeting Manchester City's academy for another promising youngster in 18-year-old Dutch winger Jayden Braaf, who could be allowed to leave next month. (Bild, via Manchester Evening News)

Stoke, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry are in contention to sign England Under-20s winger Jack Clarke, 20, on loan from Tottenham next month. (Football Insider)

Napoli are working on a loan deal for Chelsea's Italy full-back Emerson Palmieri, 26. (Corriere dello Sport)

Brighton have told Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan, 28, he is free to leave in January if they "get a good offer". (The World Game, via The Argus)

Preston are in advanced talks to sign Fleetwood Town's Welsh striker Ched Evans, 32. (Football Insider)

Sport Witness

Claim ‘there have been contacts’ from West Ham United for signing – Club yet to receive ‘concrete’ offer

Barcelona’s Junior Firpo has been handed only two starts in all competitions this season as the left-back has struggled to get ahead of Jordi Alba in the pecking order.

The 24-year-old’s situation at the Camp Nou has attracted interest from elsewhere and that includes West Ham United.

Earlier this month, we relayed news from Spain that the Hammers have ‘long shown interest’ in the defender.

It was also stated David Moyes’ side have made a proposal to sign the former Real Betis man.

Today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo talks about the speculation linking West Ham and Inter Milan with the fullback.

It’s claimed the Catalan club admit they ‘handle the interest’ of several clubs in the Premier League and the Serie A, but they refuse to disclose the details of those claims.

West Ham get a mention. This is followed by a claim that ‘there have been contacts’, most likely with the London club and other suitors. However, there is ‘nothing concrete’.

Ronald Koeman’s side are ready to sanction the player’s sale in the mid-season window, but they ‘emphasise vehemently’ Junior Firpo will only leave Barcelona if the ‘proposal is high enough financially’.

Mundo doesn’t mention the figures needed to convince the La Liga giants, but make it clear Barca have so far not received concrete offers for Junior Firpo.


West Ham must change offer to land brilliant ex-PL man in January

By Harry Sherlock

Christian Eriksen needs a way out of Inter Milan.

The Denmark international’s struggles at the club have been well documented and it seems that the January transfer window could finally offer him an escape route.

Indeed, under Antonio Conte, he has made just four starts in Serie A and has failed to last the 90 minutes in any of them.

It seems that he will be heading out of the club in the coming weeks, then, and Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness, reports that West Ham United are potential suitors.

This would naturally be a surprise, purely because of the Dane’s history with Tottenham Hotspur.
Still, it seems a gap needs to be bridged if Eriksen is to end up in east London.

The Irons are said to have only made loan proposals for the playmaker thus far, with their enquiries firmly rebuffed.

If Eriksen is to end up at the London Stadium, then, it seems the Irons will need to part with some proper cash and make a formal transfer bid.

It remains to be seen if they are willing to do that in the January transfer window.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Eriksen is an ambitious target for the Irons but what a signing he’d be.

The club need an injection of creativity at No.10, with both Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini seeming to struggle this season.

The pair have provided just three assists between them in 23 games and a move for the Dane would mean they had plenty more avenues to create chances.

Even during his worse full season at Spurs in terms of chance production, he registered two assists, in 2014/15. He also scored 10 goals.

If they can make a deal work, West Ham would be pulling off a remarkable coup.

Corriere dello Sport

West Ham on Nzola

GENOA - La Spezia must lock up the surprise M’Bala Nzola (already seven goals this year) who arrived from Trapani on a free transfer last summer, signing a three-year contract. Polls from the Premier League would have arrived, in particular West Ham would have taken information on the boy: the eagles want to keep him and it is likely that in the coming weeks there will also be discussion of a well-deserved adjustment of the striker's salary.

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SecondOpinion 2:31 Fri Jan 1
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ted fenton 5:39 Thu Dec 31
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With Kind Regards 12:44 Fri Jan 1
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Thank you for all your effort in doing this Alan - it is much appreciated. Have a great 2021.

Meerkat 9:17 Thu Dec 31
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Thanks Alan for all the year’s work .
Happy New Year to you .

one iron 9:17 Thu Dec 31
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thanks alan for all your hard work.

Hello Mrs. Jones 9:16 Thu Dec 31
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Ta Al

Texas Iron 6:41 Thu Dec 31
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ted fenton 5:39 Thu Dec 31
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Thanks Alan.

Amazing that you provide us all with this service day in day out year in year out along with all the Kodi streaming information all I can say is

Thanks Alan.

Mickey Rat 5:37 Thu Dec 31
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Thanks and a very Happy new Year Alan, your hard work is much appreciated! :-)

matchless 5:13 Thu Dec 31
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End of another year so time to offer my thanks once again Alan.
A "must read" of every upload - good change from all the other childish backbiting going on elsewhere on this site.
Hope you have the stamina to keep going.

PwoperNaughtyButNot 3:48 Thu Dec 31
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Why does M’Bala Nzola sound like a player sat in West Ham reserves on every version of football manager since 2000

Side of Ham 3:24 Thu Dec 31
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Thank you indeed Alan this is not an easy commitment to make by any score....year after year!

Lee Trundle 3:18 Thu Dec 31
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Thanks for the news this year, Alan.

Lily Hammer 2:46 Thu Dec 31
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Thank you, Alan, for another year of priceless service. You are one of our greatest resources.

All the best for 2021.

Mr. Burns 2:31 Thu Dec 31
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Thanks Alan 2:09 Thu Dec 31

Thanks Alan 2:09 Thu Dec 31
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Thanks Alan

Also for yet another year of first class service.

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