WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
9%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
10%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
31%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
24%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
26%
  



Alan 12:40 Fri Jan 22
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Leicester City have ruled out a loan move for Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen, 28, because of the Denmark international's £300,000-a-week wages. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Bayern Munich have confirmed their intention to sign RB Leipzig's 22-year-old France defender Dayot Upamecano, who has a £40m release clause. (Mirror)

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all displayed interest in Upamecano, for whom any deal will not take place until the summer. (Goal)

Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, has asked chairman Daniel Levy not to block a potential move to Paris St-Germain. (90min)

Chelsea and England defender Fikayo Tomori, 23, is on the verge of joining AC Milan on a six-month loan with the Serie A leaders having an option to make the move permanent in the summer. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal want to sign a back-up to Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney, 23, before the end of the January transfer window. (Express)

Despite interest from elsewhere, Real Madrid's 22-year-old Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard is very close to completing a loan move to Arsenal. (Sport - in Spanish)

West Ham have ended their pursuit of Sevilla and Morocco striker Youssef En-Nesyri. The Hammers had a £27m bid for the 23-year-old rejected, with Sevilla wanting £35m. (Talksport)

Crystal Palace's Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, 30, is a target for Scottish champions Celtic. (Mail)

West Ham could lower their asking price for England midfielder Declan Rice, 22, to around £50m because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. (90min)

The Hammers are preparing an improved bid of £16m for Bournemouth's Norway striker Joshua King, 29. (Sun)

However, Burnley have joined West Ham and West Brom in the race to sign King, who is out of contract in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Ex-Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 35, says he has been "excited" by watching his former team this season and has backed them to win the Premier League. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo, 19, is expected to fly to England on Friday to finalise a £4.5m move to Brighton from Independiente del Valle. (Sky Sports)

Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil expects to have Brazil forward Willian Jose, 29, available at the weekend, despite interest from Wolves. (Marca, via Birmingham Mail)

Wolves would have to pay around £17m to sign Jose on a permanent basis. (Express & Star)

Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has called Aston Villa's offer for French midfielder Morgan Sanson, 26, "pathetic". (Mail)

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says there is no chance of the club selling Germany winger Leroy Sane, 25, despite limited first-team appearances since his move from Manchester City. (Manchester Evening News)

Everton will ask for £9m if they are to sell Brazil midfielder Bernard, 29. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Former Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is set to take his first steps into coaching at Ukrainian side Olympic Donetsk. (ESPN)

Manchester United are winning the race to sign Brazilian 'wonderkid' Gabriel Veron, 18, who plays as a forward for Palmeiras and has a £53m release clause. (Sport, via FourFourTwo)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

Reports in Spain say that the world’s 74th best player, Martin Ødegaard, is this close to completing a move to Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid. The 22-year-old former child star has been kicking his heels this season after being recalled from two-year loan spell at Real Sociedad a year early only to be stored in a cupboard to collect dust. He’s made his fresh and funky feelings clear and Zinedine Zidane will happily watch the Norwegian playmaker follow the Dani Ceballos route to north London for the rest of the season.

Bundesliga behemoths Bayern Munich have come steaming into the picture to sign Rumour Mill favourite Dayot Upamecano. It says here that the France centre-back wants to become a leader at a regular Champions League-challenging club and Bayern are ready to massage the big man’s ego with some sweet-talk and then trigger his €40m release clause this summer. Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are also keen on the 22-year-old but the German Treble winners just have a habit of getting business like this done.

In better news for Chelsea, West Ham are considering marking down their prices because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Strapping midfield general Declan Rice could be included in the Hammers special summer sale for as little as £50m, a whopping £30m less than the club demanded for him last summer. However, Chelsea would be keen to play Rice in defence, which could be a problem when trying to convince the 22-year-old that life back at Stamford Bridge would be one big chunk of fun. Manchester City and Liverpool, both of whom also have a habit of playing midfielders in defence, are hungrily circling the London Stadium as well.

For some reason, Josh King (no league goals all season) is going to be the prize for the winner of a tug of war between David Moyes and Sean Dyche. With £16m in his back pocket our money is on the wiry West Ham manager sealing a deal for the Bournemouth striker and then turning him into a pound-shop Gerd Müller. All hail the Moyesiah!

Pocket-sized Everton winger Bernard could be skedaddling his way out of Goodison Park this month if either Roma or Al Nasr are willing to stump up £9m for the 28-year-old. Over in France, former rally star André Villas-Boas has spat his morning coffee out all over his newspaper after reading about an Aston Villa bid for Marseille metronome Morgan Sanson. “We had a very, very weak offer from Aston Villa which we turned down. It was pathetic,” he fumed. “I hope that he [Sanson] continues to remain professional.”

Premier League table-toppers Manchester United are going to party like it’s 2001 again by signing Veron. Gabriel Veron. Some hot steam in the Spanish tabloids suggests that Ed Woodward has upped his admin game to make United the favourites to pip Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City to the sizzling 18-year-old Palmeiras striker this summer for a cut-price £35m.

And another talented South American youngster who looks to be set for the Premier League is Moises Caicedo. The 19-year-old midfielder has got a host of European club managers hot and bothered but the offer of doing pilates with Graham Potter has convinced him that a £4.5m move to Brighton from Independiente del Valle is his destiny.








SportsLens

West Ham and Celtic want James McCarthy

A host of Premier League clubs are interested in signing Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy who will become a free agent at the end of the season.

According to reports from The Daily Mail, four Premier League clubs – Burnley, West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion and Brighton & Hove Albion are battling for the Republic of Ireland international.

Scottish giants Celtic are also looking to lure him to Celtic Park.

The vastly experienced midfielder is out of contract in the summer and the Hoops are interested in signing him on a pre-contract.

Several Premier League clubs feel that he could be a reliable option in midfield as a free agent.

Championship outfit AFC Bournemouth are also looking to add him to the squad next summer.

SL View

McCarthy would be a very good signing for the Hammers. The 42-times capped international has a wealth of Premier League experience, and he still has plenty to offer at the top level.

He has enjoyed a good career, managing over 100 appearances for both Wigan Athletic and Everton. However, he has managed only eight appearances this season for Palace, and it seems he is heading out of Selhurst Park next summer.

Celtic could be an interesting option for McCarthy but the Bhoys will need to meet his £50k-per-week wages.

McCarthy is a fantastic midfielder who is very good with his delivery and loves to dictate the tempo of the game.

Palace are looking to lower the average age of their squad, and it makes sense for McCarthy to look for a change of scenery.












Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 7:26 Fri Jan 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

The Stoat 6:40 Fri Jan 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
West Ham could lower their asking price for England midfielder Declan Rice, 22, to around 50m because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. (90min)



WHAT A FUCKING LOAD OF OLD TOSH

Crassus 2:55 Fri Jan 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Bill, snap and yes it was, I can still see the ugly gurning bleeder in the aftermath as Payet was carried off

Crassus 2:53 Fri Jan 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I fucking hate that Paddy with a vengeance, the Payet ruining then smiling, shit kicker
Oh and I don't fancy King or the rest of the rumours either, except us dropping interest in the sand dancer

Other than that, thanks Alan

BillC79 2:48 Fri Jan 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Was it McCarthy who injured Payet that time - those few months cost us Champions League qualification. Or was it James McCarthur? I always get them mixed up.

Saying that, we are short in centre mid and I used to hate Steve Lomas before he signed for us, so I'm sure he'd do a job.

Vexed 2:34 Fri Jan 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I could see Moyes bringing in McCarthy. Moyesy sort of player, no nonesense, got 'Mc' in his name so Scotcher friendly, midfield backup. You'd hope for better though.

Billy Blagg 2:30 Fri Jan 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

bill green 1:07 Fri Jan 22

boleyn8420 1:18 Fri Jan 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Never seen such a waste of ink as the McCarthy bollocks, slower than Noble and thats saying something, is Mark off the pitch yet from the last game

bill green 1:07 Fri Jan 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:44 Fri Jan 22

Thanks Alan 12:44 Fri Jan 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Lee Trundle 12:42 Fri Jan 22

Lee Trundle 12:42 Fri Jan 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

I'm hoping all those rumours on West Ham are newspaper bollocks.





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