WHO Poll
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 1:20 Fri Nov 12
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are willing to sell forward Raheem Sterling and value the 26-year-old England international at about £45m. (Metro)

Arsenal have been given a boost in their quest to sign the England winger with Barcelona reportedly stopping their preparations for the transfer. (Express)

New Barcelona boss Xavi will have less than €10m (£8.6m) to spend on strengthening his squad in January. (ESPN)

Newcastle are targeting three Manchester United players in January - Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 24, England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28, and English goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 24. (Mirror)

Real Madrid want Leicester's Nigeria international defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, 24, in January. (Leicestershire Live, via Fichajes)

Tottenham are not planning a move for Wales and Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, despite reports linking the 32-year-old with a return to north London. (Football London)

Roma manager Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot in January, a player he bought during his time at Old Trafford. The 22-year-old Portuguese defender has struggled to establish himself at the Red Devils since arriving in 2018. (Calciomercato - via Mirror)

Sevilla are tracking Manchester United's Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 34, who has made just two Premier League starts this season, and 30-year-old Arsenal and France forward Alexandre Lacazette. (Mirror)

Spurs are interested in signing 21-year-old Juventus and Sweden winger Dejan Kulusevski. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal are also looking at Kulusevski, who has been out of favour at Juventus this season. (Sky Italy - in Italian)

French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 22, wants to stay at Marseille when his loan from Arsenal ends. (RMC, via Mirror)

Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has been linked with a move to Manchester United. The 21-year-old France midfielder has made 20 appearances this season. (Express)

Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic is being monitored by a number of Premier League clubs with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool all interested in signing the 21-year-old Serbia forward. (Talksport)

German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 33, has been told to focus on football rather than "commercial interests" by Fenerbahce president Ali Koc. (Fenerbache TV, via Goal)

Barcelona will not be re-signing 38-year-old Brazilian right-back Dani Alves, who is a free agent and was linked with the club. (Goal)

Arsenal are interested in RB Leipzig and USA midfielder Tyler Adams, 22. (Mirror, via Sport Bild)

Fenerbahce's 23-year-old Hungarian central defender Attila Szalai is wanted by both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. (CNN Turk, in Turkish)

Sky Paper Talk

the sun

Gareth Southgate has been offered a double-your-money £6m contract to remain as England manager but the FA fears there will be Premier League suitors after Qatar 2022 if a deal is not agreed in time.
Manchester United hope to steal AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie from under the nose of Barcelona on a free transfer next summer.
RB Leipzig midfielder Dani Olmo and Manchester City forward Ferran Torres are on Xavi's shopping list for his first transfer windows since taking over as Barcelona head coach.
Chelsea have reportedly been told they will need to find £42m to beat Manchester City, Juventus and Real Madrid to the signature of Monaco's in-demand midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.
League Two side Barrow have been unable to get in contact with striker Dimitri Sea after he failed to return to training from a brief spell back at home in France.
Sam Allardyce has not ruled out taking another job in the game.
Paris Saint-Germain's women's team will train behind closed doors on Friday and they have also cancelled their planned press conference following the arrest of Aminata Diallo in connection to an attack on a team-mate.
West Ham will trigger an extension to defender Angelo Ogbonna's contract if he is ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told he needs back-up from his backroom if he is going to survive as Manchester United manager by Sam Allardyce.
Dutch sensation Ryan Gravenberch has dealt a blow to Manchester United and Liverpool - by declaring his aim to sign a new contract with Ajax.

daily mail

Mercedes are considering having Lewis Hamilton take another grid penalty in Brazil this weekend as their engine worries continue to threaten his bid for an eight drivers' championship.
Premier League clubs have rejected plans to wear their away kits at home matches over Christmas to raise awareness for homeless charity Shelter.
Newcastle United are confident they will be able to agree sponsorship deals with Saudi Arabian companies by the end of November and will soon have all Sports Direct branding removed from St James' Park.
Everton have placed chief medic Danny Donachie on leave, with boss Rafa Benitez ordering a review of the club's medical department in the wake of a series of long-term injuries.
Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that Man City spent just 10 minutes training on tactics ahead of their 2-0 victory over Manchester United.
Former Germany manager Joachim Low was honoured by supporters and players before their World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein.
The Met Police have increased the number of officers on duty at Wembley on Friday night after the crowd disturbances that marred England's World Cup qualifying draw against Hungary last month.

daily mirror

Matteo Guendouzi has admitted he does not want to return to Arsenal at the end of his loan spell with Marseille, where he sees his long-term future.
Manchester United could use Edinson Cavani as a bargaining tool in their bid to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
Mauricio Pochettino's recent comments appear to suggest he has very little interest in the Manchester United manager's role should it become available anytime soon.
Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez has been handed his first transfer budget at the club but a major dent has been made due to sacking Ronald Koeman.
Jose Mourinho has instructed a Roma club chief to pursue a deal for Diogo Dalot, a player he signed during his Manchester United tenure.

daily star

Liverpool's star full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has named Eden Hazard as the toughest player he has faced in a Reds shirt.

daily express

Chelsea officials have growing fears that they will lose defender Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer next summer with contract talks at an impasse.
Arsenal could soon be given a clear run at the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City after Barcelona's scouts were instructed to halt their preparations for the January transfer window, according to reports.

daily telegraph

England captain Harry Kane has launched a strong defence of using his brother, Charlie, as his agent during this summer's failed attempt to leave Tottenham and will continue with his family representing him.
Eddie Howe arranged the first away trip as Newcastle United manager on Thursday - with a staff-bonding session at the pub.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson is set to move to Florida in an effort to rebuild her heptathlon career, linking up with new coach Petros Kyprianou.

the guardian

Harry Kane has admitted for the first time that his turbulent summer took a toll on him mentally.
Steve Clarke has aimed a thinly veiled swipe at Ryan Fraser after the Newcastle winger pulled out of his Scotland squad for Friday's crucial meeting with Moldova.

the times

Barcelona are considering a move for Raheem Sterling when the transfer window opens in January.
Sale Sharks have confirmed their interest in bringing England fly-half George Ford to the club ahead of the 2022-23 season.

scottish sun

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has emerged as frontrunner to replace Steven Gerrard.
Lorenzo Amoruso believes Giovanni van Bronckhorst would be the perfect replacement for Steven Gerrard.

daily record

St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson is one of the candidates being considered by Rangers after a series of impressive displays from his side, with competition coming from Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Derek McInnes.

The 72

West Ham appoint Peterborough United assistant Mark Robson as U23s boss

West Ham United have appointed Mark Robson as their U23s manager – he leaves his position as assistant manager at Peterborough United to take the job.

Peterborough United are already in a relegation battle in the Championship this season and now, Darren Ferguson’s side have been dealt a cruel blow in the form of Robson.

Ferguson’s no.2 has been poached by West Ham. Formerly of the England U20 set up, Robson leaves his position as assistant manager at Posh to take charge of West Ham’s U23 side.

Former Hammer Matthew Etherington will step up from U23s boss to assistant manager at Peterborough United now.

Speaking to Peterborough Telegraph about the move, Ferguson said:

“It is never ideal to have to make a change within the management structure midway through the season, so the changes that have been made are designed to make as minimal impact as possible and we will see how it goes as we move forward.”

Peterborough earned a third promotion from League One under Ferguson last season. After 17 games of this Championship season they find themselves in 21st-place of the table, having claimed just 15 points from those 17 fixtures.

They were heavily backed to struggle in the Championship this season and so far, they have – last season’s top-scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris hasn’t taken to the second-tier how many expected he would, with Posh having scored just 17 goals in the Championship so far.

Now with the departure of Robson, Posh face a new challenge in continuing on with their season as they were before – they resume their campaign with a trip to Stoke City after the international break.

The Week

How West Ham United is stepping up to join the big boys

Once notoriously flaky under pressure, they are now a ‘team unafraid of the hardest work’

The Czech energy billionaire Daniel Kretínsky was among those present on Sunday to watch West Ham take on Liverpool, said Henry Winter in The Times. What he saw “was a perfect advertisement for the club he is considering investing in”: not only was there a great atmosphere at the London Stadium, but the afternoon was capped by a thrilling 3-2 victory, which took David Moyes’s team to third in the Premier League, three points behind leaders Chelsea.

West Ham were undoubtedly assisted by Liverpool’s goalkeeper, Alisson, who endured an uncharacteristically torrid afternoon, said Martin Samuel in the Daily Mail. They also benefited from one or two questionable refereeing decisions. But, overall, “the better team won on the day”: West Ham were simply more resilient and determined than their opponents. Once notoriously flaky under pressure, they are now a “team unafraid of the hardest work”.

Since becoming their manager in 2017, Moyes has turned West Ham into a side of “discernibly Moyesian virtues”, said Jonathan Wilson in The Guardian. Superbly well organised, they frustrate opponents by “sitting deep and absorbing pressure”. Yet when opportunities arise, they are adept at deploying the “surging counter-attack”.

They also “make the most of what they have” – a prime example being set pieces. While some top sides are rather snooty about set plays – seeing them as “an adjunct to the real business of holding possession” – West Ham have doggedly focused on this area: they’re now the Premier League’s foremost dead-ball exponents. Last season, they scored 16 goals from set plays – the most of any team – and the value of the strategy was again clear on Sunday, two of their goals being scored that way.

This match marks a new development in Moyes’s team, said Jeremy Wilson in The Daily Telegraph. Last season, they finished only two places off Champions League qualification – but largely as a result of their “relentless consistency against those clubs around and below them”. Sunday’s win over Liverpool, by contrast, “was a victory against one of the best teams in the world”, one that arrived in east London hoping to set a new club record of 26 undefeated matches in all competitions.

The big question is whether West Ham are contenders for more than just a Champions League place, said BBC Sport. Leicester’s title win in 2015-16 showed remarkable things can happen when “everything comes together” at a club. West Ham have much in common with that Leicester team: an “astute manager” with a knack for getting the most out of his players; and a group of players who are “clearly fighting for each other in every game”. What a “closely fought and unpredictable title battle” this is shaping up to be.

Sport Witness

“Office at Olympic Stadium” – Czech expert on why Daniel Křetínský has invested in West Ham

After lots of speculation, and the Czech businessmen showing up at West Ham’s most recent Premier League match, this week saw the confirmation Daniel Křetínský has purchased a stake in the London club.

Taking 27%, Křetínský isn’t a majority shareholder, but his share is still significant, and there’s even been suggestions it could be part of a longer term plan to take a bigger stake in the Hammers.

The Czech media have been covering the situation closely, but are struggling to get anything from Křetínský himself. Thursday’s edition of DNES, a major newspaper in the country, explained the businessman used to be quite happy to speak to the media, but has become more secretive in recent years.

Therefore, DNES approached Petr Zahradník, who is described as an economics expert in Czechia, to ask what he believes the motives are behind the move to take a shareholding in West Ham.

Zahradník explained there are several reasons, and it’s not simply related to football.

DNES quote him as saying: “First, he invests in a country where football is an alternative to religion. As a result, he is trying to gain favour in the huge masses.

“Second, he sees his capital invested in the football club as a useful way to get an even bigger share of the market in which he is good. And thirdly? I would say it is a new form of philanthropy. He supports something that is strong and has a cut.

“As purely an investor return, it is very risky, but achievable. And as an expansion of his portfolio in the UK, it’s a perfect move. I can imagine how he invites potential business partners: Where will we meet? My office at the Olympic Stadium!

“I see everything as a thoughtful connection. In addition, traditional. It is said that every successful businessman should have his own newspaper and his own football club.”

Křetínský already owns a chunk of Sparta Praha, although he doesn’t have a newspaper yet.

DNES point out the businessman has shares in Royal Mail and Sainsbury’s, with the suggestion the West Ham move could be aimed at raising his profile in the UK, and perhaps aiding further investments.


How much Hammers can spend

West Ham can spend £71m in January and the summer without falling foul of Financial Fair Play regulations, according to analysis from financial expert Kieran Maguire.

Maguire has crunched the numbers for the Daily Mail, revealing just how much every single club can spend without having to raise any funds beforehand.

And the Hammers can spend £71m if they want to bring in new recruits in the next two transfer windows.

We know that David Moyes will target a striker and he could also have cash left over to pursue a centre-back if he decides he needs to.

There are plenty of clubs with a much higher ceiling of spending; Spurs, for example, can splash £400m with absolutely no consequences but who’d trust them to spend that money wisely?!

Newcastle, Burnley, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool can all spend in excess of £100m but it’s bad news for both Everton and Aston Villa; Villa can spend £5m, Everton actually need to raise £35m before they can spend anything!

It could be worse, then!

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Alwaysaniron 4:44 Fri Nov 12
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

THE WEEK Article:

Frankly, in now well over 50 years of remembering being a West Ham fan, I can not remember reading an article with such pride and hope! I just wish my dear old Dad had been around to see us in this shape.

Texas Iron 4:21 Fri Nov 12
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Thanks Alan 1:50 Fri Nov 12
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bill green 1:37 Fri Nov 12

bill green 1:37 Fri Nov 12
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The Stoat 1:24 Fri Nov 12

The Stoat 1:24 Fri Nov 12
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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