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Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham

Alan 12:45 Fri Sep 10
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in 25-year-old forward Timo Werner, who has not started a Premier League match for Chelsea since the start of the season. (Express)

Chelsea are set to revive their interest in 22-year-old France centre-back Jules Kounde during the January transfer window if Sevilla lower their asking price to about 50m euros. (ESPN)

The Blues, along with Paris St-Germain and Liverpool, are also said to be keen on AC Milan and Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, 24. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal have reportedly identified Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri, 24, as the ideal long-term replacement for Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 32, but the Moroccan is determined to stay at the Spanish club. (La Colina de Nervion - in Spanish)

Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman is likely to reject any offers from the Bundesliga champions to extend his contract as the 25-year-old France international is "dreaming" of a move to the Premier League. (Le10Sport - in French)

Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans is being watched by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United as Leicester try to tie down the 24-year-old to a new contract. (AS - in Spanish)

The Foxes have also made contact with Serie A side Sassuolo about Italy winger Domenico Berardi, 27, over a possible January transfer move. (Leicester Mercury)

Barcelona made a £68m bid to re-sign forward Neymar, 29, before the reality of the club's financial problems saw Lionel Messi leave the Catalan side to join the Brazilian at Paris St-Germain. (Star)

Liverpool will target Valencia and Spain midfielder Carlos Soler, 24, as a replacement for Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, who left to join PSG this summer. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba thinks manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should sign Monaco's highly rated French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 21. (Express)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is happy Ainsley Maitland-Niles has stayed with the Gunners, and revealed he held private talks with the 22-year-old after the England midfielder publicly expressed a desire to leave the club in the summer. (Mirror)

Arteta has suggested English midfielder Jack Wilshere, 29, could train with former club Arsenal while he attempts to find a new club following his release from Bournemouth. (Mirror)

Everton tried to agree a deal with Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir to sell midfielder James Rodriguez, 30, but the Colombia international refused to leave Goodison Park. (AS - in Spanish)

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed a meeting is scheduled with the agents of Ousmane Dembele, 24, as the Catalan club look to tie the French forward down to a new contract. (Fabrizio Romano)

AC Milan are interested in signing Real Madrid and Spain winger Marco Asensio, 25, next summer. (TDFichajes - in Spanish)

Evening Standard

Kurt Zouma can be a game-changer for West Ham’s defence

By Jack Rosser

After a summer West Ham fans spent worrying that their club would not do enough in the transfer market, the final days of the window brought much-needed options for David Moyes but one new face stands out above the rest.

The deadline-day signings of Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral provide alternatives in midfield for Moyes. However, it it is the addition of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea that can make a real difference as West Ham’s schedule heats up following the international break.

West Ham face seven games in 23 days before the next international break, in October. After a trip to Southampton tomorrow, West Ham begin their Europa League group stage campaign at Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday before facing Manchester United twice in four days across the Premier League at Carabao Cup.

Zouma, who has signed a four-year deal with the option of a further two years following his £29.8million switch, has the potential to be a game-changing presence at the back for Moyes.

West Ham’s forward line have made a flying start to the season, with 10 goals across their opening three games, but there have been concerns in defence, meaning Moyes will be hoping for an instant impact from Zouma.

Craig Dawson proved a shrewd addition on loan from Watford last season before making his move permanent, but the 31-year-old has never been a long-term solution at the back and cracks have started to show.

There were wobbles late last season after a stellar start to his career as a West Ham player, and they appear to have slipped into the new campaign with mistakes at Newcastle and in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace before the break.

Moyes had little option but to start Dawson alongside Angelo Ogbonna. Issa Diop is not fully trusted by his manager and Fabian Balbuena left the club at the end of his contract over the summer. The next option is 17-year-old Jamal Baptiste.

Moyes has often eased in new signings but with Zouma’s experience and big games coming up thick and fast, he will hope the Frenchman, who returned from international duty to meet his new team-mates for the first time yesterday, can settle quickly.

Zouma not only bolsters West Ham’s ranks, but is a sign of the new market in which they are now shopping. Moyes warned throughout the window that, following the success of last season, he was looking to sign a higher level of player than 12 months ago.

They have that in Zouma, fresh from a Champions League triumph at Chelsea. That European pedigree will prove vital. West Ham have been drawn in a Europa League group alongside Dinamo Zagreb, Genk and Rapid Vienna.

With talents such as Zouma in their ranks, Moyes will be expecting nothing less than safe progress.

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jimbo2. 12:58 Sat Sep 11
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Cheers Al!

Texas Iron 4:47 Fri Sep 10
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ted fenton 4:43 Fri Sep 10
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bill green 1:40 Fri Sep 10

Russ of the BML 2:57 Fri Sep 10
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Ta Al.

bill green 1:40 Fri Sep 10
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Thanks Irish 1:08 Fri Sep 10

Vexed 1:21 Fri Sep 10
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I think Alan forgot the password to that account

Hermit Road 1:10 Fri Sep 10
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Cheers Al.

What ever happened to Thanks Thanks Alan?

Vexed 1:10 Fri Sep 10
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Thanks Alan Irish

Thanks Irish 1:08 Fri Sep 10
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Thanks Alan 12:46 Fri Sep 10

Thanks Alan 12:46 Fri Sep 10
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Thanks Alan

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