WHO Poll
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
24%
  
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
17%
  
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
19%
  
d. Moyes out
37%
  
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
3%
  



Alan 1:40 Fri Dec 24
Christmas Eve Newspapers ( includes West Ham)
BBC

AC Milan hope to sign Chelsea and Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 28. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Liverpool are eyeing a move for Real Madrid and France midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, 19. (El Nacional - in French)

Newcastle United have made contact with the representatives of Barcelona and France forward Ousmane Dembele, 24, even though the Spanish side are still trying to extend his contract. (Fabrizio Romano)

Tottenham are considering a move for Juventus and Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, 22. (4-4-2 via Sun)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says there is a "cloud" hanging over the futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah. France forward Lacazette, 30, and former England Under-21 forward Nketiah, 22, are both out of contract at the end of the season. (Guardian)

Nketiah, 22, wants to leave for regular first-team football despite the Gunners being keen to extend his contract. (Mail)

Sevilla have joined Barcelona in the race to sign Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 34, from Manchester United. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Brazilian club Corinthians are also interested in signing Cavani, who is unhappy at his lack of game time. (Mail)

Barcelona's £849m debt will not stop them completing the £55m signing of Manchester City's 21-year-old Spain forward Ferran Torres. (Mail)

City originally wanted £70m for Torres before settling for £55m, which will be paid in four instalments - the first one to be paid next summer. (Marca - in Spanish)

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has decided Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn, 24, still has a future at the club despite interest from clubs overseas. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea are interested in a move for Barcelona and USA defender Sergino Dest, 21. (El Nacional - via Metro)

Ralf Rangnick could be set to contact former club RB Leipzig for Malian midfielder Amadou Haidara, 23, as he seeks a replacement for Nemanja Matic, the 33-year-old Serb, at Manchester United. (Mirror)

Juventus are keen on signing Manchester United's French forward Anthony Martial, 26, and Arsenal's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 32. (Gazzetta dello Sport, subscription required)

Martial's £240,000-a-week wages is making his departure from United complicated. (The Athletic)

Juventus are also interested in a surprise move for Fulham's 27-year-old Serb striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. (90min)

Tottenham are leading the race to sign AC Milan and Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie. The north London side will have to fight off interest from Paris St-Germain, who are also keen on the 25-year-old. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Brentford are in talks with Nottingham Forest over a January deal for 20-year-old Wales winger Brennan Johnson. (90min)





Sky Paper Talk

DAILY EXPRESS

Tottenham hope to beat Manchester United and Liverpool to the signing of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who will be able to speak to suitors in January as an impending free agent.

Juventus are waiting to hear back from Arsenal after offering midfielder Arthur on loan to the Gunners, according to reports.

THE SUN

Barcelona have tabled fresh terms to Ousmane Dembele and are increasingly confident the Newcastle United and Manchester United target will stay at the Nou Camp.

Ajax and Barcelona are talking about a possible swap deal which would see Sergino Dest return to Amsterdam and Noussair Mazraoui move to Catalonia.

Arsenal's renewed interest in using striker Eddie Nketiah more frequently might not pay dividends with a January move to West Ham or Brighton still possible.

Chelsea have been given a much-needed boost after Hakim Ziyech was left out of the Morocco squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations amid his blazing row with the national team boss.

Jonathan David will leave Lille at the end of the season - putting Premier League clubs on notice, his agent said.

Robert Page has given the thumbs up to Joe Rodon leaving Tottenham in January.

Zak Crawley will replace Rory Burns at the top of England's batting order for the must-win third Ashes Test in Melbourne on Boxing Day and there will also be a recall for Jonny Bairstow.

DAILY STAR

Brentford target Vanderson is reported to have written an apologetic email to the Premier League club after snubbing them at the 11th hour to join Monaco in January.

Romeo Beckham has broken with family tradition and signed a clothing deal with Adidas' competitors Puma.

DAILY MAIL

Premier League players and managers have told top-flight officials that footballers are being run into the ground.

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has suggested Premier League clubs should scrap their involvement in the Carabao Cup - and also laid out drastic ideas, such as bringing back the five-substitute rule in the Premier League, to revamp the sport.

Chris Armas' arrival at Manchester United could give the club a boost in their pursuit of RB Leipzig star Tyler Adams after they worked together for three years at New York Red Bulls.

England supporters could end up at "glamping" sites in Saudi Arabia as World Cup 2022 organisers continue to explore options for hosting many more people than Qatar could ever hope to accommodate.

John Barnes feels Frenkie de Jong's blend of defensive awareness and attacking impetus would make him an ideal signing for Manchester United.

Wayne Rooney has warned Derby's unvaccinated players that they risk losing their places for good due to England's isolation rules.

Mohamed Salah is reported to have demanded Liverpool sign another attacking option during long-standing talks over a new contract.

Edinson Cavani could be on his way to Brazil with Corinthians interested in the unsettled Manchester United striker.

DAILY MIRROR

England are set to make four changes to their side for the third Ashes Test in Melbourne with both James Anderson and Stuart Broad potentially among players who will not be involved.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Gordon Taylor's final year at the PFA saw him take home more than £3m in pay, which included £1.4m in bonuses.

Emergency talks are underway to try and save Women's Championship side Coventry United.

Manchester United could follow the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid by building a second stadium to host their women's and academy teams.

THE SCOTTISH SUN

Feyenoord are attempting to sign Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman, who has been a long-time target for Rangers.

Rangers striker Kemar Roofe is facing five driving charges and will stand trial next summer.

Rangers star Josh McPake is set to move on loan to Tranmere next month.

Stoke City are in pole position to sign Hearts defender John Souttar.

Hibs have 'booted out' a bid for Martin Boyle from Saudi Arabian Pro-League side Al Faisaly.

DAILY RECORD

Dunfermline are considering a move for full-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, who has been a free agent since leaving Livingston in the summer.

Partick Thistle are trying to sign James Maxwell, currently out on loan with Ayr United, from Rangers on a permanent basis.






BBC

Callum Marshall: Blues teenager Marshall to join West Ham in January


Callum Marshall shows his disappointment after Linfield's defeat to Ballymena in the League Cup last month

Linfield striker Callum Marshall is set for a big move to the Premier League after signing a three-year deal with West Ham.

The 17-year-old broke into the first team earlier this season and scored his first goal for the Blues against PSNI last month in the League Cup.

Marshall will join the Hammers in the January transfer window.

He is expected to play for Linfield Swifts in the Steel & Sons Cup final against Newington on Christmas Day.





Evening Standard

West Ham January transfer guide: David Moyes must find new striker and defensive cover in defining window

By Jack Rosser

West Ham are having another spectacular season, but next month may define just how high they can fly.

The Hammers go into the January window with fresh investment following Daniel Kretinsky's purchase of a 27 per cent stake in the club and a new head of recruitment, Rob Newman, leading the way.

Kretinsky has warned fans not to expect big spending in the first window following his investment, but the club are now in a far better place financially should they decide to act - and that is exactly what David Moyes wants to do.

The Scot, always careful when it comes to spending money wisely given West Ham's record under predecessor Manuel Pellegrini, has not hidden his desire to invest in the New Year.

West Ham dropped out of the top four when losing to Arsenal in December, but remain within touching distance of the Champions League places - a rare chance they do not want to waste through a lack of action.

Moyes has been hit by injuries at the back - losing Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna to significant injuries - while it has now been almost a year since Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax, leaving Michail Antonio as the only senior striker.

The areas in need of addressing are clear. Moyes wants to bring in a player who can provide a "burst of energy" to keep them in the top-four hunt, just as Jesse Lingard did last season.

Lingard is a target once more for the east Londoners, though there is a suggestion that the 29-year-old would prefer to move in the summer when his Manchester United contract expires. Whoever comes in, an attacking option is on the wish list.

As well as a creative addition, Moyes is looking to bolster at the back following the losses of Zouma and Ogbonna. The former could be back in February but Ogbonna is out for the season and, at 33, will need replacing sooner rather than later.

Liverpool's Nathaniel Phillips is being considered and has been open in his willingness to leave during the January window.

In terms of outgoings, offers may be considered for Andriy Yarmolenko, though there are some within the club who feel that his European know-how could prove valuable come the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Ryan Fredericks may also be looking for a new club, though fitness issues at the back could see him stay until the end of the season.





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Sydney_Iron 9:41 Fri Dec 24
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Cant get said enough but this daily thread is WHO gold especially for us expats.

Thank you Alan.

Meerkat 4:41 Fri Dec 24
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Mr Logic 3.53

Texas Iron 4:02 Fri Dec 24
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Mr Logic 3:53 Fri Dec 24
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Thanks Alan, Merry Christmas ☺️🎄

cheesebgt 2:20 Fri Dec 24
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Thanks Alan 1:54 Fri Dec 24

the exile 2:18 Fri Dec 24
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Thanks Alan. Happy Christmas!

Tomshardware 2:16 Fri Dec 24
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Thanks Alan 1:54 Fri Dec 24

ted fenton 2:14 Fri Dec 24
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Thanks Alan 1:54 Fri Dec 24

gph 2:07 Fri Dec 24
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Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 1:54 Fri Dec 24
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bill green 1:47 Fri Dec 24

bill green 1:47 Fri Dec 24
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mallard 1:44 Fri Dec 24

mallard 1:44 Fri Dec 24
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Thanks Alan and Merry Xmas





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