WHO Poll
Q: 2022/23 You are the Chairman what do you do with Moyes?
a. Stick with him obviously, he's delivered two good seasons back to back and will see us out of this dip in form
32%
  
b. If we're still lingering around the bottom three by the start of the WC then that's the time to get rid
28%
  
c. What are we waiting for 2 wins in the last 20 PL games is reason enough to sack him, go now
33%
  
d. I've just got my new Orange & White 3rd Kit with Moyesinho on the back, I can't wait to wear it down to the supermarket, they call me Mr West Ham around here
7%
  



Alan 1:03 Thu Jan 13
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester United are in interested in Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey. Brighton want £40m for the 21-year-old, who has played for England U21s. (Mail)

The Old Trafford club have also made contact with representatives for Borussia Monchengladbach and Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria, 25. (Christian Falk - Sport Bild)

Arsenal have made contact with Juventus over a loan deal for Brazil midfielder Arthur Melo, 25. They are also targeting Leicester's Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans, 24. (Goal)

The Gunners are also still interested in Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, 21, but will struggle to finance a move for the Serb by the end of the month (Sky Sports)

Fiorentina want most of their 75m euro (£62.6m) asking price for Vlahovic up front but Arsenal want a compromise on the payment structure of the deal. (Independent)

Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, with the 28-year-old Frenchman also keen to move to the Ligue 1 club. (L'Equipe - subscription required)

Meanwhile PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is still in contact with Manchester United over a move in the summer. Current interim manager Ralf Rangnick, however, is keen on Ajax boss Erik ten Hag. (Le Parisien, via Sun)

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is now planning to stay at Stamford Bridge. The German, 28, is out of contract next season and had been linked with a move away. (Bild, via Teamtalk)

Aston Villa are chasing the signature of Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, 25. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Ousmane Dembele is set to leave Barcelona at the end of the season and Manchester United are keen on the 24-year-old France international. (Mirror)

Burnley have held talks with Lens about signing Ivory Coast midfielder Seko Fofana from the French club. Leeds and Newcastle have also been linked with the 26-year-old. (Mail)

Newcastle are in talks to sign Reims striker Hugo Ekitike and the 19-year-old Frenchman is keen on a move to Tyneside. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are hoping to sign Spain winger Adama Traore on a loan deal with an obligation to buy from Wolves, who are likely to prefer a straight £20m deal for the 25-year-old. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Leicester City and Filip Benkovic have agreed to cancel the 24-year-old Croatian defender's contract. (Leicester Mercury)

Newcastle are preparing a bid for 23-year-old RB Leipzig and Mali midfielder Amadou Haidara. (Mail)

Leeds are interested in Torino and Nigeria full-back Ola Aina, 25. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Newcastle have made a new £28m offer for Sevilla and Brazil defender Diego Carlos. The Magpies previously had a £25m bid for the 28-year-old turned down. (Talksport)

AC Milan are weighing up a move to sign Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly on loan from Manchester United but the Old Trafford club may be reluctant to let the 27-year-old leave. (Times - subscription required)

Juventus are interested in a loan move for Barcelona and Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 27. (Di Marzio)

West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to sign a one-year contract extension with the club. The 36-year-old retired from international duty with Poland last year. (Sun)

Brazil striker Gabriel Barbosa was the subject of an offer from West Ham earlier this month and the 25-year-old is set to tell Flamengo that he wants to leave the club to move to England. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United will prioritise a new contract for England striker Marcus Rashford. The 24-year-old's current deal runs out in June 2023. (ESPN)

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says it will be difficult to ensure key players stay at the club, despite the recent takeover. (Independent)





Sky Paper Talk

DAILY MIRROR

Barcelona are close to giving up on hopes Ousmane Dembele will sign a new contract and expect to lose him to the Premier League in the summer.

Manchester United are plotting a move for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria who has also attracted interest from Liverpool.

Arsenal are considering a summer move for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, who will then be entering the final year of his contract.

Arsenal are desperate to beat other clubs to the punch by wrapping up a deal for Dusan Vlahovic this month but must meet Fiorentina's requirements, with the Italian club valuing him at £75m.

Georginio Wijnaldum is reported to have become "isolated" at Paris Saint-Germain because of speculation surrounding his future.

Lukasz Fabianski is set to sign a new one-year deal with West Ham to remain part of their goalkeeper team next season.

Sunderland are set to make a move for Peterborough striker Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Team GB athletes have been told not to take mobiles to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics because of fears over spying and will instead be provided with throw-away phones.

Arsenal are in talks over a possible loan deal for Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo.

Manchester United are to go head to head with top-four rivals Arsenal in their pursuit of Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey this month.

THE SUN

Chelsea have revived their interest in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde and are also looking at fellow Frenchmen Presnel Kimpemba and Aurelien Tchouameni.

Newcastle are trying pull off an audacious £80m swoop for RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Massimiliano Allegri was "one step" from becoming Real Madrid manager when Zinedine Zidane left his role last year.

Alan Shearer has contacted Marcus Rashford to help him through his alarming slump in form.

Arsenal and West Ham are battling it out for the signature of Eintracht Frankfurt winger Filip Kostic.

Blackburn are getting creative in their bid to sign Matt O'Riley from MK Dons and could offer a player swap deal.

DAILY MAIL

Antonio Rudiger could perform a U-turn and stay at Chelsea on fresh terms, according to a report in Germany.

Newcastle have launched a fresh bid for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos and want him on board in time to face Watford this weekend.

Everton have been handed a timely boost with the return to training of key players Richarlison and Yerry Mina.

Burnley have held talks with French side Lens for £14m-rated midfielder Seko Fofana who has also attracted interest from Leeds and Newcastle.

Manchester City set a Premier League record for wage expenditure last season and are liable for up to £228 million in potential add-ons and bonus payments, according to their latest accounts.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Manchester City are targeting young Brazil left-back Abner Vinicius who plays for Athletico Paranaense.

Gabriel Barbosa at Flamengo is attracting interest from European clubs including West Ham.

Oldham's Benny Couto has broken into the first team and has been watched by Wolves.

DAILY STAR

Manchester City are ready to try and tempt Flamengo sensation Matheus Franca to come to the Premier League but the teenage midfielder has an £83m release clause.

Barcelona initially wanted Philippe Coutinho's loan deal with Aston Villa to run until the end of the 2022/23 season.

THE TIMES

Manchester City set a Premier League record for wage expenditure last season and are liable for up to £228m in potential add-ons and bonus payments, according to their latest accounts.

DAILY EXPRESS

Barcelona could offload Memphis Depay in a swap deal with Juventus for Alvaro Morata.

Samuel Umtiti could still leave Barcelona for Newcastle United this month despite signing a new contract earlier this week, which was designed mainly to allow the club to register Ferran Torres.

THE SCOTTISH SUN

Rangers tried to make a last-ditch move to sign Arsenal defender Harry Clarke on a permanent deal before he completed his loan switch to Hibs.

DAILY RECORD

Rangers have leap-frogged Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United in the race to sign Hearts defender John Souttar.

Hibs look to have won the fight to keep Martin Boyle -as Al Faisaly move for another attacker.

USA boss Gregg Berhalter has confirmed Cameron Carter-Vickers is back on his World Cup radar after his impressive start to life at Celtic.






Guardian Rumour Mill

John Brewin

Manchester United’s malaise continues, but moves may well be happening to restore the club to former glories. Whoever succeeds Ralf Rangnick – and remember it is Rangnick who gets to choose that – may get the use of Brighton’s former Chelsea full-back Tariq Lamptey, who will cost £50m. Rangnick has not been impressed with Aaron Wan-Bissaka or the credentials of Diogo Dalot to be the first-choice right-back.

Ousmane Dembélé could leave Barcelona on a free transfer this summer and can thus join United’s ranks of indolent flank forwards. How might such players’ wages be met? The answer is the departure of Paul Pogba to Paris Saint-Germain, as has long been trailed. Another exit may be Eric Bailly, who Milan would like on loan this month. Antonio Rüdiger, an upgrade on Bailly, may not be possible as he seems set to sign a new contract with Chelsea.

As it stands, and despite some poor performances of late, the plan is to keep Marcus Rashford on board and talks are afoot that he will sign an extension to stay. And in that gaping hole where midfield once was, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria continues to be heavily linked.

Tottenham’s defeat to Chelsea in the Fizzy Energy Cup on Wednesday included a team selection that left many a Spurs fan aghast. Neither full strength nor reserve team it appeared an attempt by Antonio Conte to show new boss Daniel Levy that fresh blood is required. And Conte sure does like a transfer or two. Will any arrive in January? The most likely seems to be Adama Traoré, who Wolves appear resigned to losing, though not on the initial loan Levy has proposed. The fee is £20m and Tottenham have been asked to pay it.

Newcastle corner: following the flagship capture of Chris Wood, the new ownership are not prepared to stop there. Interest in Sevilla defender Diego Carlos continues with a £28m fee wafted at the Spanish club. Leipzig and Mali midfielder Amadou Haidara is also linked, and so is a teenage striker in Hugo Ekitike of Reims, one of Ligue 1’s freshest talents with eight goals scored in 18 matches this season. A further player linked is Norwich’s Todd Cantwell, in a possible repeat strategy of weakening a relegation rival, in the style of luring Wood from Burnley.

Any Arsenal moves this month seem unlikely, though there appears an acknowledgment there is a Granit Xhaka-sized hole in midfield, and Juventus’s Arthur Melo is being floated as a candidate to fill it. In the long term, and this would be a costly business, a move for Youri Tielemans of Leicester is being mooted. As with Dusan Vlahovic, the finance is not there to engineer a move this month. On the way out may be Pablo Marí, the forgotten centre-back ready to join Udinese on loan.

Another club brimming with ambition are Aston Villa, already Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne to the good. Yves Bissouma, Brighton’s often excellent midfielder, is the next target for Stevie Gerrard.









Guardian

Jarrod Bowen strikes twice to extend Norwich misery at the bottom

Nick Ames at the London Stadium

Jarrod Bowen began this game as if on a mission and finished it with his claim to wider recognition looking more convincing than ever. Norwich could not get near him here: his movement was simply out of their league all night and that is to say nothing of his finishing, which came good twice to ensure the visitors’ hapless campaign plumbed another depth. He could have had several more and it was not hard to see why David Moyes fancies him for an England call-up, because there are few wide forwards in the country operating with such intelligence and consistent menace.

A goal towards the end of each half ensured West Ham won by a margin that, while comfortable enough, still flattered Norwich. They return to fourth place for now, having won three in a row, and Moyes would certainly have taken this after a December slump that saw them threaten to slip out of Champions League contention. He had not been happy with the scheduling of this fixture, postponed from 18 December, and might have cursed it further when Tomas Soucek was ruled out with Covid-19. Ultimately, though, he may appreciate the boost to their momentum.

“A really professional performance,” Moyes said. “We had opportunities to make it a bit easier but we deserved our victory, it was the right result in the end.”

It was rarely in doubt once Bowen met Vladimir Coufal’s precise cross three minutes before the interval, glancing across Tim Krul and making West Ham’s increasingly concerted pressure tell.


Bowen headed home Vladimir Coufal's cross just before half-time to break the deadlock

Bowen had seen a goal disallowed shortly beforehand, his cross going straight in while an offside Nikola Vlasic strayed across the keeper’s line of vision, but he had been relentless since the opening exchanges and it seemed inevitable he would eventually strike gold.

It came as a surprise afterwards that Moyes did not think much of Bowen’s first-half performance. He could have done better with a second-minute opening, shooting at Krul after smart play by Manuel Lanzini, but caused frequent havoc with his darts in from the right. Bowen has not always finished consistently but reliably shows up to seek weaknesses: Norwich have plenty of those and, to the less educated eye, he exposed them keenly throughout.

“When you look at the competition for England it’s a decision for Gareth Southgate,” said Moyes, who had first addressed Bowen’s international prospects after he scored against Leeds on Sunday. “But he’s getting closer to people saying: ‘We should have a look at him and see what he can do’. I don’t think he’ll be too far away, but the biggest thing is to keep playing well for West Ham.”

He did that to his manager’s liking after the interval, clipping the bar and striking the base of a post in a frantic sequence either side of the hour. When he finally doubled his tally, flicking in Arthur Masuaku’s low cross to complete a move he had begun by sweetly laying off Lukasz Fabianski’s long pass, it took a VAR review to avoid another offside call. Once he was given licence to celebrate, the stats flashed up: his involvement in 16 goals in all competitions this season, scoring eight and assisting as many, outdoes any English player at a Premier League club.


The Hammers star then netted a second late on that was initially given offside until VAR gave it

On this evidence no Norwich players will fit that description after May although, as Dean Smith pointed out, they somehow remain three points from safety despite six straight defeats without scoring. Fabianski tipped Adam Idah’s fine effort on to a post as they sought an equaliser but they should have lost by more, Michail Antonio missing twice.

“We got beaten by a top-six team with better quality,” Smith admitted. West Ham are looking confident of their station once again.






Telegraph

Jarrod Bowen steals the show as West Ham consign Norwich to sixth successive Premier League defeat

Sam Dean, at the London Stadium

Bowen scored twice, had a goal ruled out by Var and hit the woodwork twice
Norwich were on the back foot throughout with West Ham well deserving of the win

If it is on goals and assists that forward players should be judged, then Jarrod Bowen could hardly be doing any more to earn the England call-up he so craves. Decisive contributions are fast becoming a weekly occurrence for the West Ham United winger, who seems to be improving with every game and once again made the difference in his team’s pursuit of Champions League football.

Three days after David Moyes tipped Bowen to one day become a fully-fledged England international, the 25-year-old struck another two goals to secure another victory for West Ham. Bowen’s brace took him to four goals and three assists in his past six matches, and confirmed the latest defeat for a Norwich City team which continues to head in one direction.

This loss was the sixth in a row in the Premier League for Dean Smith’s side, who had a few moments of promise but considerably more moments of panic. The scoreline would have been far worse for them if West Ham had taken more of their chances, and the sad reality for Smith was that there was little to suggest his players were ever going to be capable of recovering from Bowen’s first-half opener.

There was clear dissatisfaction in the away end at the final whistle, which contrasted sharply with the delight that flowed down the stands from the home supporters at the London Stadium. Bowen was the last off the pitch after the game, soaking up the praise after his goals had pushed West Ham back into the top four.

The only criticism of Bowen was that he should have scored more. As well as his two goals, he struck the woodwork twice and had another effort disallowed. “It would have been nice to get a hat-trick,” he said afterwards. “With our attacking threat we have always got a goal in us.”

Especially against opposition as disjointed as Norwich. The problems with Smith’s side are not hard to identify: they do not threaten in attack (they have not scored in the league since November) and they give away a huge amount of chances. It is a draining state of affairs for all involved, and they played like a team without belief.

"We get battered from pillar to post from people outside saying that we're not fit to grace the Premier League, but we're still only three points from safety,” said a defiant Smith. “I have got a committed and honest bunch of players."

There was just one opportunity of note for the visitors, when Adam Idah struck a fierce effort from range. Lukasz Fabianski was alert to it, though, and Bowen soon put the game beyond Norwich’s reach with his second of the night. The West Ham winger has now been directly involved in 16 goals in all competitions this season, the most of any English player in the Premier League.

“He is always working on his finishing, and is really keen to watch back all his actions,” said Moyes of Bowen. “It is great that we are spreading the goals around and he has made a big difference.”

Bowen’s first came at the end of a dominant first half for West Ham, who could have taken the lead on numerous occasions before it finally arrived in the 42nd minute. Darting between two Norwich defenders, he glanced Vladimir Coufal’s cross beyond Tim Krul in the Norwich goal. “I was disappointed with the manner of the goal,” said Smith. “Bowen has not even had to jump in our six-yard box.”

West Ham continued to threaten after the break. Michail Antonio spun in the box and fired over, before Bowen dinked an effort onto the bar when he had just Krul to beat. Bowen then went on to strike the foot of the post as the home side threatened to turn this into a thrashing.

It had long been obvious that Norwich lacked the requisite quality to take control of this game, or to create any spells of meaningful pressure. But that is not to say there was no individual talent on show, with Idah almost pulling them level with a powerful effort from the edge of the box. Fabianski, on his 300th Premier League appearance, was able to tip the shot onto his post.

The chance was a nudge for West Ham, a little prompt for their attacking players. Bowen got the memo, converting Arthur Masuaku’s cross from close range and further underlining his own status as one of the Premier League’s in-form attackers.




Sport Express (Translation)

West Ham and Newcastle are interested in Fomin

Dynamo midfielder Daniil Fomin can move to West Ham or Newcastle, reports TV journalist and columnist SE Ilya Kazakov in his Telegram channel.

According to the source, the FM Sports Agency has been following the 24-year-old Russian since the take of Krasnodar. During negotiations with the famous Italians from GG11, the dossier on the midfielder ended up in two Premier League clubs.

This season, Fomin has scored seven goals and provided three assists in 19 games for Dynamo. His contract with the Moscow club runs until June 30, 2025.

Earlier it was reported that West Ham is interested in AS Monaco midfielder Alexander Golovin.





Give Me Sport

West Ham transfer news: 'Really exciting' claim emerges over £11.7m Moyes target

By Sam Brookes

Journalist Conor Clancy believes West Ham target Aaron Hickey has a very exciting future ahead of him.

The teenager is currently playing his football for Bologna in Serie A, and has made a positive impression since moving to Italy last year.

What's the latest news involving Hickey?

Hickey has had a fine start to the season at Bologna, scoring four goals for the side who are comfortably sat in mid-table. He has also helped the team keep seven clean sheets during this period.

His form has not gone unnoticed, with it being reported that West Ham are keeping tabs on the left-back, who does not turn 20 until June, and could make a move for him in the current transfer window.

What has Clancy said about Hickey?

Clancy has pointed out that Hickey's long-range shooting is a particularly eye-catching attribute, and he feels that there is plenty more to come from the defender, who is valued at £11.7m by Transfermarkt, in the coming years.

He told GIVEMESPORT: “All of his goals, I think, have been from outside the box too, so that is promising. I am really excited by the levels that Hickey can reach.”

Would Hickey go straight into West Ham's starting XI?

West Ham boss David Moyes has largely relied on experience to help push the Hammers up the table over the last two years, with the likes of Michail Antonio and Lukasz Fabianski establishing themselves as key figures at the club.

The side's first-choice left-back, Aaron Cresswell, is also into his thirties and has done very little wrong over the years, so Hickey may have to bide his time for opportunities initially if he does move to east London.

However, Moyes has handed young defender Ben Johnson some game time this season, while he also gave a host of teenagers their senior debuts in the Europa League last month.

This indicates that he is willing to give youth a chance, and with Cresswell being hampered by a back problem over the past couple of months it may be time for Moyes to look to the future by bringing in a long-term replacement for the England international.

If he does go down that route, Hickey looks to be a fine alternative to Cresswell, and he could go on to cement his place in the team for years to come at the London Stadium.




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 5:38 Thu Jan 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers…

Thanks Alan 3:14 Thu Jan 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 2:58 Thu Jan 13

ted fenton 2:58 Thu Jan 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 1:05 Thu Jan 13

gph 2:11 Thu Jan 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

With Kind Regards 1:59 Thu Jan 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
TonkaToy 1:28 Thu Jan 13

TonkaToy 1:28 Thu Jan 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan....

We already have a fine alternative to Cresswell! Just need Moyes to give him a game or two.

bill green 1:05 Thu Jan 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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