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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 12:33 Wed Sep 29
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona and Real Madrid would be among the clubs interested in Leicester City's Youri Tielemans if the Belgium midfielder, 24, is available next summer. (Athletic - subscription required)

West Ham United are working on a deal to sign Juventus' Weston McKennie, 23, with talks having already taken place over the United States midfielder. (Football Insider)

Arsenal have been handed a transfer boost with Ajax cutting off talks over a contract extension for their Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, 25. (Voetbal International - in Dutch)

Former Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma, 24, is being closely monitored by Liverpool after the Netherlands player's impressive start to the season with new club Villarreal. (Voetbal International - in Dutch)

Liverpool have been watching Porto's Colombian midfielder Luis Diaz, 24. (Independent - subscription required)

Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in Newcastle and France winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 24. (Calciomercato via Express)

Borussia Dortmund are considering signing Manchester United's France forward Anthony Martial, 25, should Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, leave the club in the summer. (Sport1 - in German)

Tottenham Hotspur are tracking Juventus forward Dejan Kulusevski with a view to a January transfer. The 21-year-old Sweden forward is out of favour at the Serie A club. (Sun)

Arsenal face competition from AC Milan to sign Bruges' former Netherlands Under-21 forward Noa Lang, 22. (Voetbal24 via Mirror)

Tottenham are likely to wait until next summer, rather than January, before trying to sell Dele Alli again, given how much the 25-year-old England midfielder's value has dropped. (Football Insider)

Barcelona have received an offer from a company in Dubai to buy the club's debt of 1.5bn euros (£1.2bn). (8tv via Mirror)

Barca have joined Bayern Munich in pursuit of Ajax's Brazilian winger Antony, 21. (Sport - in Spanish)

Chelsea and Bayern Munich are not considering a swap deal between United States winger Christian Pulisic, 23, and 25-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane. (Fabrizio Romano)

Roma manager Jose Mourinho wants to bring Tottenham's France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 24, to the club. (Calciomercato via FourFourTwo)

Spurs and France captain Hugo Lloris, 34, has called for patience with manager Nuno Espirito Santo and to give him time to make things work. (Evening Standard)

Real Madrid are interested in Inter Milan centre-back Alessandro Bastoni, although the Italy defender, 22, is valued at 60m euros (£51.7m). (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Real are also interested in Ivory Coast captain and former Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier, 28. (Star)

Real Betis have begun negotiations over a contract extension for in-form France playmaker Nabil Fekir, 28. (Marca - in Spanish)

Dutch amateur club HC'03 could be sanctioned after playing former Real Madrid and AC Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar just four months after the 38-year-old's last professional game for Schalke. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Arsenal look set to continue their spending in the January transfer window with technical director Edu interested in three more deals as the rebuild continues at the Emirates. (Express)

One player Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta remains interested in is Real Madrid's Marco Asensio. The Gunners had a £34m offer rejected in the summer, but are keen to bring the 25-year-old Spain forward to north London. (Star)

Crystal Palace are keeping tabs on Everton's Tom Davies. The 23-year-old midfielder is contracted until 2023 but is yet to start a match under Rafael Benitez. (Football Insider)


Time to Bulldoze London Stadium

By Martin Samuel

Covid-19 prevented a major athletics meeting taking place in London in 2020; the cost of converting the London Stadium from its football configuration scuppered this summer’s event and there will likely be no athletics in the capital next year, either.

‘The biggest weakness is London,’ said Sir Brendan Foster. ‘To not have the sport in London is a big problem. London was White City, London was Crystal Palace. ‘Crystal Palace was the spiritual home of British Athletics. Events there were electric. You can’t have a major sport that doesn’t exist in London. It feels like athletics is in danger of losing its soul.’

Yet whose fault is that? There is an egotistical obsession with the grandiose London Stadium when a purpose-built, smaller home that can be identified as athletics’ base is needed. Crystal Palace was perfect. The focus on the London Stadium has seen it fall into decay and disrepair. Weeds have overwhelmed turnstile areas, pigeons nest in the stands, the concrete crumbles, the paint peels, there are potholes in the track.

Any maintenance investment exists merely to stop the place falling down. The exorbitant costs of converting the London Stadium for one meeting a year are a disgraceful misuse of funds, when athletics’ spiritual home is collapsing.

At the time when the legacy of the Olympic Stadium was being discussed, Daniel Levy’s plan was for Tottenham to buy it, convert the site for sole football use and restore Crystal Palace to its former glory for athletics’ purposes.

For obvious reasons, the idea was dismissed. Imagine if days after the 2012 Games ended, the arena that hosted Super Saturday was bulldozed to the ground for a Premier League football club. It would have felt as short-sighted as the decision to turn the original Cavern Club into a car park.

With the passing of time, however, that would now be the way forward.

Let West Ham, the London Stadium’s primary tenants, purchase and develop the site for football, and ring-fence some of the funds to make Crystal Palace the home of athletics again.

It used to have a capacity of 15,000, maybe increase that to 25,000. Athletics really doesn’t need much more.

It certainly doesn’t need to stay clinging to the memory of one glorious night nine years gone. It is this indulgence that holds back the sport.

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ted fenton 8:52 Wed Sep 29
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Declan Reaffirms Commitment to West Ham.


Crassus 5:08 Wed Sep 29
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan, top work as usual

The ludicrous nature of our 'deal of the century' is that we will never need to buy the place. There will come a point in time where the mitigation of the ongoing liability will involve settlement of the lease by at worse giving us the stadium or even paying us to take it
It's not just the athletics, it's the continual maintenance - down to the bloody corner flags even
Truly the 'deal of the century'

BillyJenningsBoots 2:02 Wed Sep 29
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

The piece from Martin Samuel I have mixed feelings about.

The current owners are not going to buy the stadium so unless we get a billionaire owner in thats not going to happen, especially as work is being done to further improve the experience for fans ie standing and squaring the stands off.

I think athletics will stop expecting to use the stadium, Birmingham have an athletics stadium being built for the Commonwealth Games so why would you need LS to continue as the number 1 venue.

Why of all people does Brendan Foster think Athletics needs a home in London... Why not Birmingham or Newcastle or anywhere as long as it has a home.. No one really watches athletics except during the big events. If the Olympics did come back to UK then spend the money on temporary conversion back at the The LS for that one event if Birmingham is too small...

Thanks Alan 1:02 Wed Sep 29
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 12:50 Wed Sep 29

ted fenton 12:50 Wed Sep 29
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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