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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 11:36 Wed Dec 1
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Italy head coach and former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has emerged as a candidate to be appointed Manchester United manager next summer. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Barcelona have offered Manchester United the opportunity to sign Brazil winger Philippe Coutinho, 29. (Sport - in Spanish)

Real Madrid are optimistic about their chances of signing Chelsea and Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger, 28. (Goal)

Barcelona have a "total agreement" in place to sign Manchester City and Spain forward Ferran Torres, 21, but hope City will lower their asking price of £60m. (Sport)

Chelsea and Liverpool are both eyeing a move for 22-year-old Barcelona and Uruguay defender Ronald Araujo. (Sport)

Ajax want to sign Tottenham and Netherlands forward Steven Bergwijn, 24, on loan. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Flamengo and Brazil forward Gabriel Barbosa wants a return to Europe with Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle keen on the 25-year-old who had spells with Inter Milan and Benfica. (90min)

Chelsea have received a transfer boost with Juventus having pulled out of the running to sign Monaco's France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 21. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Manchester City have stepped up their efforts to extend the contract of Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 30, who has 18 months left on his current deal. (Sun)

Manchester City and England midfielder Jack Grealish, 26, says he hopes to return to former club Aston Villa one day and will not celebrate if he scores against the Midlands side when he faces them on Wednesday. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Burnley will not allow England defender James Tarkowski, 29, to leave in January. (Football Insider)

Brentford, Crystal Palace and Watford are interested in 25-year-old Rangers and Nigeria midfielder Joe Aribo. (Mail)

Gavin Strachan, 42, has rejected an offer to become manager of League Two Hartlepool United to remain first-team coach at Celtic. (Football Insider)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says the club are not planning to make any signings during the January transfer window but he has not ruled out the prospect of players leaving. (Goal)

Sky Paper Talk

daily telegraph

Roberto Mancini has emerged as a wild card candidate to take over at Manchester United next summer.
Thomas Tuchel has issued Andreas Christensen with an ultimatum to sign the contract that Chelsea have twice thought they had agreed.

daily mail

Ralf Rangnick must convince an FA panel of his managerial credentials to secure a work permit, although Manchester United remain optimistic the German will be able to take charge of his first game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Arsenal star Gabriel fought off a robber wielding a baseball bat who tried to steal his £45,000 Mercedes from his garage.
Thomas Tuchel insists Saul Niguez was not a signing forced on him by the club.
Kalvin Phillips has flatly denied any notions of a rift between him and Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Real Madrid are growing ever more optimistic about their chances of signing Antonio Rudiger this summer, reports claim.
Max Kilman is on the radar of England manager Gareth Southgate after a series of impressive performances for Wolves this season.
The chances of the Ashes schedule being reworked have increased massively after Western Australia premier Mark McGowan took a hard-line stance on Omicron variant measures.

the guardian

Kick It Out has accused beIN Sports of amplifying homophobia and questioned whether members of the LGBTQ+ community should travel to Qatar for the World Cup after a former Egypt footballer said homosexuality was "against human nature" during a punditry appearance for the Qatari broadcaster.

daily express

Ousmane Dembele has issued a contract ultimatum to Barcelona as a potential move to Newcastle United gathers pace.
Arsenal are more likely than Tottenham to sign Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski in January, according to reports.
Chelsea have received a boost in their hopes of signing Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, reports in Italy claim.

the independent

Bruno Lage has insisted his transfer plan is clear and vowed Wolves will not waste their money in the January sales.

daily mirror

Lionel Messi has fallen ill with a stomach bug just one day after he was presented with a seventh Ballon d'Or.
Cristiano Ronaldo's bodyguards are under investigation on suspicion of working illegally in Portugal, according to local reports.
New Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick reportedly implemented a "wheel of misfortune" at his previous club RB Leipzig to punish misbehaving players.
Mohamed Salah has revealed he had to quit Chelsea to find his footballing level because the Blues wanted him to change his game.

the sun

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Bryan Robson was his greatest captain.
Barcelona have reportedly offered Philippe Coutinho to Manchester United in the hope of signing Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani.
Thomas Tuchel has delivered a stark ultimatum to Andreas Christensen over his contract stand-off with Chelsea, saying there is "no good news".
Real Madrid are growing ever more optimistic about their chances of signing Antonio Rudiger this summer, reports claim.
Crystal Palace, Brentford and Watford are targeting Rangers star Joe Aribo.
Tottenham are reportedly preparing a mega January bid for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.
Liverpool target Adama Traore could be on the move for as little as £20m with Wolves reportedly slashing his asking price.
Manchester United are competing with Everton and Southampton for Anderlecht's Spanish star Sergio Gomez.

daily record

Celtic have been told it'll cost around £10m if they want to activate an option to sign Cameron Carter-Vickers on a permanent deal.

scottish sun

Some Bundesliga matches could proceed without fans as early as this weekend after local politicians in Germany brought forward plans to discuss how football should respond to the emerging Omicron Covid-19 variant.

Football London

Jarrod Bowen to start, Aaron Cresswell decision made - West Ham predicted XI vs Brighton

How football.london's West Ham writer Tom Clark expects the Hammers to line up against Brighton in the Premier League

By Tom Clark

West Ham manager David Moyes has some big calls to make for his team to take on Brighton on Wednesday evening in a bid to get back to Premier League winning ways.

Moyes has a fitness doubt in Aaron Cresswell after the defender injured his back colliding with the post on Sunday afternoon, and the manager confirmed in his press conference that the left-back might not be ready in time to face Brighton.

If as expected Cresswell is not back in time for the match Vladimir Coufal is set to return to the team. The Czech international will take up his usual spot at right-back with Ben Johnson switching to the left, a role he is comfortable playing.

The only other serious injury in the West Ham squad is that of long-term absentee Angelo Ogbonna who is not expected back again this season.

In the heart of the defence Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson are likely to continue their partnership with Issa Diop an option should Moyes feel three games in a week is too much for Dawson.

Behind the back four, Lukasz Fabianski will continue in goal with the Pole in fine form despite coming under pressure for his spot from Alphonse Areola.

Ahead of the defence Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek look set to start in Moyes' preferred 4-2-3-1 formation after switching to a 4-4-1-1 against Man City.

The change in formation on Sunday saw Jarrod Bowen lose his spot to Arthur Masuaku but the Englishman is expected to return to the team this evening with Masuaku dropping to the bench.

Said Benrahma was hobbling against City but the Algerian is fit for tonight's clash and will keep his spot with Pablo Fornals and Bowen in the attacking trio behind lone striker Michail Antonio.

Predicted West Ham XI - Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Dawson, Johnson; Rice, Soucek; Fornals, Benrahma, Bowen; Antonio.

AreaNapoli (Translated)

Insigne, not only Inter: also West Ham and two other English clubs on the captain of Napoli

Lorenzo Insigne has not yet renewed his contract with Napoli and it is not certain that he will. To date, the talks with Aurelio De Laurentiis have stopped at the offer of 3.5 million euros plus 1.5 of bonuses that are very complicated to achieve: a lower proposal, compared to the current engagement (today he earns about 5 million euros per season, ed). Consequently, the captain and his entourage look around, to broaden the range of possible choices. Rumors about Inter are constant, even if with the Nerazzurri - says calcioomercato.it - ​​there would be nothing definite.

With Napoli, the road is long, there is a need for De Laurentiis to clarify himself with Insigne and Pisacane for some discussions held during these months and then above all for a higher offer than the one presented at the end of September.

Inter have frequent contacts with Vincenzo Pisacane, Insigne's attorney who also manages Danilo D'Ambrosio's interests, but there hasn't been any sinking so far.

There is not only Inter, however: some draft would also come from the Premier League, with Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham having already tested the ground for the former Foggia and Pescara.


David Moyes makes West Ham transfer vow as two top targets emerge

West Ham manager David Moyes celebrates two years in charge at the London Stadium next month, having transformed the club from relegation strugglers to top-four contenders

By Darren Lewis

David Moyes has confirmed he'll dip into the January transfer market to beef up his West Ham squad.

The Hammers boss celebrates two years in charge next month, having transformed the club from relegation strugglers to top-four contenders.

He is now expected to move in January for Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard and Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski with the Irons still in Europe and competing for a place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

Moyes said: “You have to buy the right players. Of course, we want to strengthen and keep improving to challenge the teams at the top.”

The Scot insisted he would maintain his careful approach to recruitment to ensure any new signings buy into the hard-working mentality of his current squad.

Which positions do West Ham need to strengthen?

"If it were as easy as just buying players, we'd all go and do it,” he added. “Here at West Ham, we've bought a lot of players in the past, but if you don't get the right players, it doesn't always work.”

Despite defeats in their past two games, at Wolves and Manchester City, West Ham still sit fourth in the table ahead of Wednesday night's game against Brighton.

Moyes believes it is the biggest indicator of the progress the club has made since he returned after seeing his job taken by Manuel Pellegrini.

He added: “We've been away to Wolves, Rapid Vienna and Man City, so having three home games now, hopefully we'll use it to our advantage. The wins and the way we've been playing has given us huge belief.

“Our start to the season is right up there with the best. The big thing I've got is a really good team - a group of players who are competitive and working on changing the mentality.

“When it comes to 28 December, I'll have been here two years. The turnaround the players have made in that time has been great, so they deserve huge credit for what they've done.

"I'm still trying to build the Club. 18 months at the moment isn't a long period to be at any club, but the players - and us as a staff - have made decent progress."

Nonetheless, Moyes is adamant his squad needs a fresh injection of quality and West Ham are ready to target red hot FC Basel marksman Arthur Cabral.

The £15million-rated Swiss striker, 23, has a formidable scoring record over the past two years with 20 goals in 36 appearances last season and 25 goals for his club so far this term.

Main man Michail Antonio remains first choice for the club because of his all-round game. But the 31-year-old has not scored for the Hammers since his winner to sink Spurs on October 24.

Moyes has also been tracking 22-year-old FC Copenhagen frontman Jonas Wind. The 6ft 3in Dane is rated at £11.5million and has scored 11 times for this season after 20 goals for club and country last season.

Backed by new Czech investor Daniel Kretinsky, there is a belief that the east Londoners will add the depth to ensure their promising first half of the season does not fizzle out.

Moyes is expected to move again for Manchester United forward Lingard, who decided against making his successful loan move last season permanent in the summer.

Lingard had scored nine goals and four assists in just 16 Premier League games. His electric form saw him force his way back into the plans of England head coach Gareth Southgate.

But after opting to stay at Old Trafford over a permanent move to the London Stadium, 28-year-old Lingard has once again found himself a fringe player with the Reds.

Meanwhile, West Ham are also set to move again for Burnley defender Tarkowski in January - with the Clarets prepared to sell for just £7million to prevent him leaving for nothing.

It comes just over a year after the Hammers bid over £30million for the central defender, now 29. The massive offer was the last of a string of bids submitted with Burnley refusing to budge from their £50million valuation.

West Ham held their nerve and instead turned to loan signing Craig Dawson, whose impressive displays helped them into the Champions League. Burnley are now set to be left out of pocket while Moyes could yet pick up a bargain.

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Alwaysaniron 4:13 Wed Dec 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Alan 3:44 Wed Dec 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BillyJenningsBoots 1:49 Wed Dec 1

"Does the idiot Darren Lewis think we are in the Chapions League?"

He knows we're a shoo-in for next season.

Mr Logic 2:58 Wed Dec 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank Alan

BillyJenningsBoots 1:49 Wed Dec 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Does the idiot Darren Lewis think we are in the Chapions League?

Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:09 Wed Dec 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 12:27 Wed Dec 1

ted fenton 12:27 Wed Dec 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 11:38 Wed Dec 1

Mr. Burns 11:46 Wed Dec 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
West Ham held their nerve and instead turned to loan signing Craig Dawson, whose impressive displays helped them into the Champions League. Burnley are now set to be left out of pocket while Moyes could yet pick up a bargain.

Irish Hammer 11:45 Wed Dec 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks a million Alan.

The Stoat 11:38 Wed Dec 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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