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Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done

Alan 1:24 Sat May 29
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are prepared to sell England forward Raheem Sterling, 26, this summer after six years at the club. (Mail)

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland, 20, says he has respect for his contract in an apparent hint the Norway striker will not be moving this summer. (Viaplay, via Independent)

Barcelona are confident of completing the signings of Manchester City's Argentina forward Sergio Aguero, 32, and Liverpool's Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, on free transfers within the next week. Both players are out of contract this summer. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 28, is seen as a "dream signing" for Juventus. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is ready to commit his future to the Blues by signing a new contract. The 47-year-old German's current deal only has a year to run. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Liverpool can raise £80m by selling eight players this transfer window including Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 29, Belgium forward Divock Origi, 26, and Japan forward Takumi Minamino, 26. (Liverpool Echo)

Ajax are interested in Tottenham Hotspur and Netherlands winger Steven Bergwijn, 23. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Real Madrid's 28-year-old centre-back Raphael Varane, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, insists he is fully focused on France and the European Championships, not any transfer talk. (Mail)

West Ham United have told Paraguay centre-back Fabian Balbuena, 29, he is free to find a new club when his contract expires at the end of June. (Football Insider)

Aston Villa want to sign Burnley's England Under-21 winger Dwight McNeil, 21, and Norwich City's Argentine forward Emiliano Buendia, 24. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar, 29, wants to return to Stamford Bridge - four years after the Brazil playmaker left for Chinese side Shanghai Port. (Goal)

Brighton are in talks to sign Ajax's former Netherlands youth keeper Kjell Scherpen, 21, for a fee of around £4m. (The Athletic)

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo is being considered for the vacant Lazio job after Simone Inzaghi left the Serie A side with Inter Milan expected to be his new club. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Wolves chairman Jeff Shi says strengthening the team is the top priority rather than redeveloping Molineux. (Express & Star)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche, 49, is favourite for the vacant Crystal Palace managerial role after reported contact between the clubs. Dyche has one year left on his current contact at Turf Moor. (Sporting Life)

Leeds United have missed out on some income after Tottenham released England full-back Danny Rose, 30, on a free. Leeds included a 10% sell-on clause when Rose left Elland Road for Spurs in 2007. (Leeds Live)

Watford are in talks with Ashley Young's representatives over a return to Vicarage Road for the 35-year-old former England winger. (Sky Sports)


West Ham lead race for 27-year-old Moyes bid for in January, he’s amazing in the air

According to L’Equipe, West Ham are in pole position to sign Montpellier striker Gaëtan Laborde this summer.

The French news outlet claims that Laborde is definitely leaving the Ligue 1 side this summer, as he wants to play in Europe.

That desire has seemingly put West Ham in the driving seat for his signature, after David Moyes secured Europa League football.

L’Equipe add that Zenit St Petersburg are also in a good position to sign the 27-year-old, so the east Londoners will face competition from the Russian outfit.

Laborde enjoyed an excellent season with Montpellier, scoring 18 goals in 43 appearances across all competitions.

Montpellier’s No.10 also provided nine assists for his teammates.

The interest in Laborde isn’t a surprise.

Back in January, the Evening Standard revealed that West Ham had a bid rejected for the Frenchman.

The offer was an initial loan move, with an obligation to buy the striker this summer.

However, Montpellier only wanted to entertain permanent bids rather than any loan moves, and no transfer to England materialised.
If West Ham are successful this time around, they’ll be getting a serious aerial presence.

Ligue 1’s official website describe him as one of the most successful players in the air in France’s top-flight.

Seeing as Laborde stands at just 1.81m (5 ft 9 in), that is quite impressive.

Keep an eye on this transfer saga, as it seems certain Laborde will leave.


West Ham turnover could pass £250m next season

West Ham’s turnover could be set to reach or pass the £250 million mark next season if supporters fully return to the London Stadium.

A top ten finish for the Hammers next season should get close to £145m of TV broadcast revenue or more.

Ticket revenue should return to at least £27m as should commercial activities at around £28m, add in retail revenue of around £10m on the back of European qualification.

In addition, West Ham could earn around £40m off potential prize money, TV rights and European ticket revenue from the Europa League group satges and you get to the magic figure of around £250m for the season.

Earlier this week we revealed that the Hammers are set to earn up to £210m of revenue for the most recent campaign despite the pandemic.

The Hammers are set to receive a massive £155m from broadcasters for last season. Each Premier League received a £38m share plus for domestic TV rights £47m in overseas rights. As every game was broadcast on TV every club also received another £38m in lieu of facilities payments. Finally, the Hammers received £30m as a merit payment for finishing in sixth place.

Add to the £155m broadcast income £26m of TV income from the previous season that was deferred plus £20m in commercial activities and sponsorship and £8.5m in retail sales. Ticket revenue for the year was reduced to around £500,000 with just two restricted games played in front of season ticket holders.

Both last season and this coming season are set to break the previous record turnover of £191m set in the 2018/2019 season.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 3:31 Sat May 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 2:30 Sat May 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:27 Sat May 29

Thanks Alan 2:27 Sat May 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Far Cough 1:56 Sat May 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
For a small bloke, Pop was great in the air as well as Pele

Thanks Alan

SDKFZ 222 1:50 Sat May 29
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Billy Jennings was also only 5’9”, but he had a good ‘leap’ and also scored many headers during his time with us.

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