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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 11:45 Wed Sep 1
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid were unsuccessful with a fresh 220m euro (£189m) bid for Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, 22. The France international will now be free to negotiate a pre-contract deal with the Spanish club in January before joining them on a free transfer next summer. (Goal)

Manchester United's French forward Anthony Martial, 25, rejected the chance to join Lyon in a last-minute move on deadline day. (L'Equipe, via Mirror)

Unlike Martial, United midfielder Donny van de Beek, 24, wanted to leave Old Trafford - only for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to block the Netherlands international's loan move to Everton. (AD - in Dutch)

Atletico Madrid knocked back an £18m bid for England right-back Kieran Trippier, 30, from Manchester United, which prompted the Premier League club to block 22-year-old Portugal defender Diogo Dalot's move to Borussia Dortmund. (Sport1, via Star)

Tottenham did not return with an improved bid for winger Adam Traore after having had a £30m offer rejected on Monday. Wolves demanded £50m for the 25-year-old Spain international.(Athletic)

Wolves pursued a deal for Marseille and France Under-21 midfielder Boubacar Kamara, 21, after an attempt to sign Portugal's Renato Sanches, 24, from Lille fell through. (Athletic - subscription required)

West Ham were keen on signing England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28, from Manchester United following his successful loan spell last season, but were not willing to meet the Old Trafford club's £25m asking price. (Talksport)

Newcastle failed with their attempt to sign former England Under-21 midfielder Hamza Choudhury, 23, from Leicester after discussions between the two clubs broke down. (Sky Sports)

Rayo Vallecano are to sign former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao, 35, on a two-year contract. The Colombian successfully negotiated the termination of his contract with Turkish club Galatasaray and rejected several offers from Italian clubs to join the La Liga side. (Marca)

Olympique Lyon secured the deadline-day signing of former Bayern Munich centre-back and World Cup winner Jerome Boateng on a free transfer. The 32-year-old joins the French side on a two-year contract. (Kicker, via Sun)

France international Houssem Aouar, 23, will remain a Lyon player despite interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Real Madrid. (Sky Sport Italy, via Mail)

Crystal Palace were hopeful of signing Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, 22, but could not agree personal terms with the England Under-21 international, who will remain at the Emirates. (Star)

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West Ham sign Spartak Moscow midfielder Alex Kral on loan with an option to buy at £12m after failing to bring Jesse Lingard back to east London as he joins Czech team-mates Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal

West Ham wrapped up their transfer business by bringing in Alex Kral on loan
Spartak Moscow midfielder Kral completed medical abroad ahead of the move
He has been on West Ham's radar for several months and played at Euro 2020
David Moyes has also recruited Kurt Zouma and Nikola Vlasic over recent days

By Simon Jones

West Ham have snapped up Czech international Alex Kral on a season-long loan with an option to buy at £12million.

The Spartak Moscow midfielder completed his medical abroad as West Ham rushed through the paperwork before tonight's 11pm deadline.

The 23-year old has been on West Ham's radar for several months and played for the Czechs during Euro 2020, and he will now link up with his international team-mates Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal.

West Ham have finalised a loan swoop for Spartak Moscow midfielder Alex Kral

Hammers boss David Moyes said: 'I am delighted to welcome Alex to West Ham United,' said Moyes. 'He will provide good competition in the centre of midfield. He is another young, talented player who we feel has a big potential and will be capable of adapting to the demands of the Premier League.

'We've brought him in on loan initially and, hopefully, over the course of the season he will make a valuable contribution, particularly with our busier schedule of fixtures.

'Alex is another established international player with the Czech Republic, and we hope he has similar characteristics and hunger to that of Tomas and Vladimir.'

Kral began his career with Teplice in his homeland, and spent three years there - playing 48 times - before then joining Slavia Prague.

His spells there and in Moscow have seen him become a regular for the Czech Republic, and he has been awarded 22 caps.

He made 29 appearances in the Russian Premier League last season and helped Spartak to finish second.

This term, he has already played seven times, picking up one assist.

David Moyes has been able to rely on Declan Rice and Soucek at the heart of his team this season, but West Ham have been touted to buy another midfielder.

Soucek is set to become a team-mate of Kral's for both club and country, having already played alongside him this summer at the Euros.

Moyes has also overseen the signings of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea and Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow in the past few days.

Kral now completes their business in this window, it is understood.

They tried on Sunday to revive a deal for Jesse Lingard, however, and maintained hope of striking an agreement.

But the fact he has just one year left on contract at Manchester United made the transfer difficult, taking into account West Ham's limited budget.

Lingard is now expected to stay at United, despite Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational return to the club from Old Trafford being officially confirmed.

Evening Standard

West Ham transfer window verdict: Squad built for European adventure but there is still a striking gap

POOL/AFP via Getty Images

By Jack Rosser

David Moyes set out this summer wanting to build a squad capable of surviving the rigours of a Europa League campaign, and the Scot looks to have done just that.

Each of West Ham’s first-team signings has experience either of the Champions League or Europa League while defender Kurt Zouma was crowned champion of Europe with Chelsea last season — not a bad starting point to inspire his new side this term.

The Frenchman is a big upgrade on Craig Dawson, West Ham’s soft spot this season, while Croatia international Nikola Vlasic and the Czech Republic’s Alex Kral bring much-needed depth and competition in midfield.

The arrival of Alphonse Areola will keep Lukasz Fabianksi, who last season was unchallenged as No1 and suffered injury problems, on his toes.

The one glaring hole is behind Michail Antonio. The famously fragile centre-forward has no cover should there be more injury problems this summer and Moyes’s conviction that he can used Jarrod Bowen through the middle will certainly be put to the test at some stage this season.

Ins and outs


Alphonse Areola (PSG, loan)

Kurt Zouma (Chelsea, £29.8m)

Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow, £25.7m)

Alex Kral (Spartak Moscow, loan with an option)


Felipe Anderson (Lazio, £4m)

Fabian Balbuena (Released)

Xande Silva (Nottingham Forest, £200k)

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threesixty 3:16 Thu Sep 2
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

"I can't quite believe Madrid offered £190m for a player they can sign for nothing next summer window."

I dont think you should believe it really. Sounds like a performance rather than a real bid. Makes Perez look fearless and keeps the whole "galactico" thing going.

Madrid couldn't afford to do that deal, simple as.
No one in Spain has bid crazy amounts for players as far as I'm aware. They league is tightening its belt really.

Driz 2:32 Thu Sep 2
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Vlasic, better value over the contract, lower wages, much much better age, potential sell on fee, similar attributes is my opinion.

Limgard probably wanted to ultimately play with Ronaldo too

Mex Martillo 8:14 Thu Sep 2
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I find it strange that we would not pay 25M for Lingard, but paid 25.7M for Vlasic?
Irish Hammer 2:32 Wed Sep 1

LAF 7:39 Wed Sep 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
No doubt Zouma is an upgrade, but still, harsh comment on Dawson who has surprised us all since breaking into the team.

Russ of the BML 4:55 Wed Sep 1
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Ta Al.

I can't quite believe Madrid offered £190m for a player they can sign for nothing next summer window.

I also can't believe PSG turned it down for a player they will lose for nothing next summer window.

Not sure which club is more bonkers.

Texas Iron 3:12 Wed Sep 1
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Irish Hammer 2:32 Wed Sep 1
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Thanks Irish 1:18 Wed Sep 1

Thanks Irish 1:18 Wed Sep 1
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ted fenton 1:03 Wed Sep 1

ted fenton 1:03 Wed Sep 1
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bill green 12:35 Wed Sep 1

bill green 12:35 Wed Sep 1
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Thanks Alan 11:45 Wed Sep 1

Thanks Alan 11:45 Wed Sep 1
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Thanks Alan

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