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 11:50 Fri Feb 26
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Paris St-Germain sporting director Leonardo says is nearly time for a decision to be made as the club attempts to agree a new deal with 22-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe. (France Bleu - in French)

PSG's talks with Brazil forward Neymar, 29, are "on the right tracks", according to Leonardo. (Mirror)

Manchester City are set to be Chelsea's main competitor as they attempt to sign Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20, from Borussia Dortmund this summer. (Star)

Paris St-Germain and Inter Milan are interested in signing Liverpool's Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, as a free agent this summer. (Le Parisien - in French)

The Reds will pursue a striker in the summer transfer window. (Echo)

Manchester United plan to offer West Ham United either English midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28, Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 32, or 29-year-old English defender Phil Jones in a potential deal for the Hammers' 22-year-old England midfielder Declan Rice. (90min)

Burnley would want about £50m for England goalkeeper Nick Pope, 28. (Lancs Live)

French forward Odsonne Edouard, 23, is set to leave Celtic and is being linked with several Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa. (Birmingham Live)

Inter Milan's 20-year-old Uruguayan forward Martin Satriano says he is flattered by interest from Arsenal and Chelsea and would like to move to the Premier League one day. (Mail)

Greek side PAOK could be willing to sell Manchester United target Christos Tzolis for £17m. The 19-year-old Greek winger has attracted interest from Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund. (Sun)

Norwich City's £35m asking price for 21-year-old English full-back Max Aarons may put Manchester United off a deal. (Express)

Former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri agreed to return to Stamford Bridge in January before the Blues appointed Thomas Tuchel as Frank Lampard's successor. (RAI Sport, via Star)

Roma are considering making Real Madrid's 23-year-old Spanish striker Borja Mayoral's loan move permanent. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

AC Milan are concerned a club will trigger the 50m euro (£43m) buyout clause included in 23-year-old Algeria winger Ismael Bennacer's contract. (Calciomercato - in Italian)







C&H

Irons Slavia striker target stuns Leicester

West Ham striker ‘target’ Abdallah Dipo Sima drilled home a fantastic 25 yard goal to ensure there was now way back for Leicester City in the Europa Cup clash against Slavia Prague this evening.

And in so doing, Sima’s four goals in the competition became the most by a teenager in this season’s Europa League.

Sima’s 79th minute goal came after Peter Olayinka plays the ball to the striker who shuffled the ball onto his right foot to smash home an incredible effort into the bottom corner.

It took the 19 year old’s goal tally to 15 from 22 games to ensure there will be big summer interest in one of Europe’s most on-fire young hitmen.

His contract at the club runs out in 2023 but the Hammers have been extremely aware of the player for months via Tomas Soucek.

With prices lower in the Czech Republic than elsewhere in Europe, and with the midfielder and Vlad Coufal arriving at the London Stadium for less than £30 million, the Hammers will fancy their chances.

The key issue could easily be that Tomas and Vlad will be around to help the youngster settle into a new environment. European involvement next season would be a big inducement.

The Irons dealings with Slavia Prague over the last couple of years have certainly given them room for optimism.





Evening Standard

David Moyes dismisses links with Celtic job: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

By Jack Rosser

West Ham boss David Moyes has dismissed reports linking him with the Celtic job, insisting: ‘I’m not going anywhere’.

Celtic parted ways with manager Neil Lennon this week, with the club trailing Old Firm rivals Rangers by 18 points in their bid for an historic tenth straight title.

Lennon’s assistant, John Kennedy, has been placed in interim charge but Scotsman Moyes had been linked with the job when it comes to appointing a permanent manager.

Moyes has worked wonder at West Ham so far this season, with the east Londoners currently fourth in the Premier League and dreaming of Champions League football next season.

And when quizzed about the Celtic job, the 57-year-old was quick to commit his future to the Hammers.

“I’ve got no intentions of going anywhere,” Moyes said. “I’ve spoken to David Sullivan and things are quietly ticking along. I don’t want anything to get in the way of what we’re doing.”



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Vexed 10:14 Fri Feb 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

CARTERS 3:05 Fri Feb 26

Nobody is going to pay that much for a holding midfielder.

CARTERS 3:07 Fri Feb 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Oh .and thanks as always Alan best read on here anyday.

CARTERS 3:05 Fri Feb 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
VEXED
Jones has spent more time in the treatment room than Wilshire, Carroll and Dyer combined .Worth? SFA
Matic, agreed never the same since he left Chelsea.
Combined total 5m plus dinner for 2 with the poisoned dwarfs.
Rice will be worth 150m by the end of 2022.IMO.

Vexed 2:10 Fri Feb 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Matic and Jones, combined worth about 20m.

Matic was a player a few years ago, Jones not so much.

Get this Sima lad in, but only if Soucek says so.

Lato 2:01 Fri Feb 26
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Really.......Jones and Matic......I hope those days are over.

Thanks Alan.

Russ of the BML 1:44 Fri Feb 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
That Rice link to Man Utd. It has to be lazy journalism. Even Man Utd are not arrogant enough to think that would be an acceptable swap.

Jones - The worst player in PL history
Matic - Over the hill

Alwaysaniron 1:36 Fri Feb 26
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Blimey, I'm nearly as quick as Matic and Jones. Poor journalism in my view.

Mike Oxsaw 1:11 Fri Feb 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"Man United (and/or the media) still believe that they are THE Billy Big-Bollocks in the football world" shocker!

ted fenton 12:50 Fri Feb 26
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bill green 12:28 Fri Feb 26

Ron Greensward 12:48 Fri Feb 26
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Henderson, McTomminay and Lingard are for Rice and we can start talks but none of their rubbish.

bill green 12:28 Fri Feb 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:00 Fri Feb 26

BillyJenningsBoots 12:27 Fri Feb 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Yeah right - we want £100m for Rice... so thats Lingard, Matic, Jones and £90m...

Thanks Alan 12:00 Fri Feb 26
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CanningTownWA 11:58 Fri Feb 26

CanningTownWA 11:58 Fri Feb 26
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Thanks Alan
Phil Jones or Matic in a deal for Rice, yea right





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