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
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 1:39 Tue Apr 12
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain have made Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 29, a priority signing. (Footmercato - in French)

Wolves and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 25, is a target for Arsenal. (Sky Sports)

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski plans to leave Bayern Munich in the summer and has agreed terms on a move to Barcelona. The 33-year-old's deal with Bayern runs out in summer 2023. (TVP Sport, via Mail)

Lewandowski could leave Bayern Munich in the summer but talk about an agreement with Barcelona is premature and he is set to hold initial talks over a new deal with his current club in the coming weeks. (Goal)

Manchester City are ready to trigger Real Sociedad's £50m (60m euros) release clause for Spain and former Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino, 25. (El Confidencial, via Manchester Evening News)

Pep Guardiola is also keen on adding River Plate midfielder Enzo Fernandez to his squad, having monitored the 21-year-old Argentine after Manchester City signed his team-mate and compatriot Julian Alvarez, 22, in January. (Goal)

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte wants to make Sweden midfielder Dejan Kulusevski's loan deal from Juventus permanent. The 21-year-old would cost Spurs £29m (35m euros) on top of the 10m euros they have already paid for the 18-month loan. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Besiktas left-back Ridvan Yilmaz, 20, could link up with Turkey international team-mate Caglar Soyuncu at Leicester, with the Foxes preparing an £8.3m (10m euros) bid to beat off competition from Torino and Stuttgart. (TGRT Haber - in Turkish)

NBA chairman Larry Tanenbaum and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin have joined a consortium headed by Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca bidding to buy Chelsea. (Sky News, via Mirror)

Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez, 22, will leave Benfica in the summer for 80m euros (£67m). (Fabrizio Romano)

Despite their strong interest in Nunez, Arsenal have slipped down the pecking order for his signature, behind Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Liverpool and Belgium striker Divock Origi, 26, has agreed a deal with AC Milan to join the Italian club on a free transfer in the summer. (Sport Mediaset, via Football Italia)

Aston Villa's English striker Danny Ings, 29, could be offered to Brighton in a swap deal for 25-year-old Mali international midfielder Yves Bissouma, as Steven Gerrard plans further clear-outs and a rebuilt squad at Villa Park. (Mirror)

Brighton's Belgium winger Leandro Trossard, 27, is a target for Newcastle. (Mail)

Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku could end up back at the San Siro as former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says the Serie A club have a difficult decision to make between signing the 28-year-old Belgium striker and Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 28. (Rai, via Goal)

Manchester United are lining up their former striker Robin van Persie as a coaching assistant to incoming manager Erik ten Hag. (Mail)

Tottenham could take advantage of Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado's stalled contract talks to snatch the 33-year-old from Juventus. (Team Talk)

Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini's agent has not ruled out the 37-year-old Italy international moving to Major League Soccer in the United States. (Sky Sport Italia, via Football Italia)

Sky Paper Talk

Paris Saint Germain are in talks to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.

Arsenal have launched a £25m bid to land Alvaro Morata ahead of Juventus, according to reports.

Wolves are looking at Benfica B starlet Martim Neto to potentially fill Ruben Neves' boots.

Wayne and Coleen Rooney are breathing a sigh of relief after travellers who set up camp next to their £20m mansion have finally been ordered to leave.


Allan Saint-Maximim is set to be sold by Newcastle and the money reinvested in their rebuild.

Newcastle United have added Brighton's Leandro Trossard to their list of potential wing targets.

Cutting out sweets and fizzy drinks and relaxing dog walks are the keys to Dejan Kulusevski's early Tottenham success.

Up to 12 former Yorkshire staff are to be charged by the ECB in light of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.


As Manchester United look to move closer to appointing Erik ten Hag as their next manager, it has emerged that they may be able to bypass the Dutchman's Ajax release clause.

Arsenal have suffered a setback in the pursuit of Darwin Nunez as Manchester United emerged as one of the front runners to sign the Benfica striker.

Andriy Yarmolenko 's boyhood club in Ukraine have had their stadium left in ruins as a result of Russian shelling.

Former England schoolboy footballer Sam Harding has sadly died aged 20 after being struck by a vehicle at a "car meet" in Warrington, Cheshire.

Novak Djokovic has been labelled the "king of stupidity" by former World No 1 Marcelo Rios over the Serb's vaccination stance following a tough year for him.

Durham have said they will investigate claims made about their head coach James Franklin by India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

Former Australia head coach Justin Langer is reportedly open to the prospect of coaching England.

One of America's brightest young talents Alysa Liu has announced her retirement from skating aged just 16.


World Rugby will consider rolling out the 20-minute red card as a global law trial after a weekend featuring a number of controversial refereeing decisions.

Mike Brown has revealed the extent of his expletive-ridden spat with Eddie Jones in 2019, which occurred as the former England full-back was being dropped for the World Cup after being punched by drunk team-mate Ben Te'o.

A Manchester United supporters group say they are planning a wave of "constant, relentless" protests against the club's owners, the Glazer family, starting at Saturday's game against Norwich City at Old Trafford.


The Premier League has been accused by the former sports minister Tracey Crouch of an "unacceptable conflict of interest" for using a law firm run by its interim chairman to carry out checks on club takeovers.

All four bidders on the shortlist to buy Chelsea would pass government checks to allow a takeover of the club, it has been reported.

Evening Standard

Kurt Zouma: ‘Difficult’ for West Ham star to feature in key Lyon Europa League clash after ankle injury

By Dan Kilpatrick

Kurt Zouma is facing a race to be fit for West Ham's Europa League game at Lyon on Thursday, with the defender's chances of playing rated as "difficult".

Zouma was forced off with a twisted ankle during West Ham's 2-0 defeat to Brentford on Sunday, leaving him a doubt for the crucial Europa League quarter-final second leg in the south of France.

The centre-half had a scan yesterday and, while West Ham are remaining tight-lipped on his condition, sources close to the player have said it will be "difficult" for him to feature in his homeland.

The Hammers will definitely be without the suspended Aaron Cresswell against Lyon following his controversial red card at the London Stadium last Thursday, while centre-half Angelo Ogbonna remains sidelined as he works his way back from an ACL injury.

If Zouma is unavailable, Issa Diop is expected to start in central defence alongside Craig Dawson, while Ben Johnson is set to deputise on the left.

West Ham manager David Moyes has been boosted by right-back Vladimir Coufal coming through unscathed on Sunday in his first start since hernia surgery.

The tie is finely poised at 1-1 after Tottenham loanee Tanguy Ndombele cancelled out Jarrod Bowen's goal in last week's first leg at the London Stadium.

Lyon have their own injury concerns after goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and midfielders Tanguy Ndombele and Houssem Aouar limped off in their 1-1 draw with Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Sunday.


Robson: U23s showed real quality in Leeds win

Mark Robson took great delight in West Ham United U23s’ efforts and quality in Monday’s 5-1 win over Leeds United.

A fantastic Hammers showing clipped the Peacocks as two finishes from Armstrong Okoflex and goals by Dan Chesters, Sonny Perkins and Manny Longelo secured the development team’s place in the Premier League Cup quarter-finals.

Having been disappointed with the performance in defeat to Blackburn Rovers last Friday, Robson was thrilled with both the work-rate and overall ability on show from his young side, who came back from a goal down to secure a pulsating victory.

“I thought we started the game really well,” the lead coach told whufc.com. “We were on the front foot from the first whistle and the effort the boys put in throughout the game was excellent. I was very pleased with our performance.

“We missed one or two chances before Leeds scored and, on another day, we put those away. But we showed good character to come back in the first half.

“I thought we played really well in the second half. Armstrong took his penalty really well. The funny thing is we practised those in training yesterday and he missed! But he’s a good penalty taker and, once he put that away, maybe it eased a bit of tension.

“There were a couple of bits in the first half we thought we might be able to do better, but we found it in the final third in the second half, particularly for Manny Longelo’s goal. Regan Clayton came in from the U18s and I thought he did excellent when he came on and added some quality, and it’s great we get that level from these lads coming into the U23s.

“I thought there were some really good performances from the lads and, not only did we work hard, but we showed some real signs of quality as well. We’re getting back to where we were in terms of quality, which is really pleasing for me and the coaching staff. I’m just delighted with how the boys approached this game. To play on Friday and last Monday, they probably worked even harder today.”

The Irons had undeservingly gone behind through Mateo Joseph’s first-half strike as Leeds caught the Hammers on the counter-attack, but quality finishes from Okoflex and Chesters put the U23s 2-1 in front at half-time.

Okoflex would get his second from the penalty spot before Perkins added another from 12 yards, with Harrison Ashby being fouled for both spot-kicks.

Longelo secured the win with the goal of the game, rounding off a terrific team move to power home a first-time effort from just inside the 18-yard box.

Robson noted the number of chances the U23s created in victory and believes such a result will do wonders for confidence heading into the final weeks of the 2021/22 campaign.

“When I go back to a few months ago, we were creating so many chances in games; as many as we have done in this game against Leeds. I’m not sure the exact number of chances we created but it was a big amount and if you can convert two or three of those, you’re in with a big chance of winning the game.

“A win like this is great for our boys because we have the quality here, and it was clear to see in this match.”

West Ham’s reward for victory is a place in the quarter-finals, against Fulham. The Cottagers are certain of promotion to Premier League 2 Division 1, sitting top of Division 2 by a clear 20 points, and Robson knows they will be a difficult test in the last eight.

He added: “We play Fulham in the last eight, who are top of their division, and no doubt they will be full of confidence as well.

“I think that will be a really good game here and, like everyone, we want to try and get to the Final and go on and win it. It would be great for the lads if we can, but we’ll take it game by game, round by round.”

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With Kind Regards 7:47 Tue Apr 12
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 6:09 Tue Apr 12

Thanks Alan 6:09 Tue Apr 12
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ted fenton 3:23 Tue Apr 12

Feed Me Chicken 3:51 Tue Apr 12
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Fernandinho confirms he’s leaving City, Rice to City rumours incoming…….

ted fenton 3:23 Tue Apr 12
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Texas Iron 3:11 Tue Apr 12
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blueeyed.handsomeman 2:31 Tue Apr 12
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THankYou Alan

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