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 11:16 Fri Aug 12
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain are in talks with Marcus Rashford's representatives over the possibility of signing the England striker, 24, from Manchester United. (L'Equipe - in French)

United also have a meeting scheduled with Adrien Rabiot's mother and agent after agreeing a fee with Juventus for the France midfielder, 27. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester City are interested in signing Atletico Madrid's Brazil left-back Renan Lodi, 24. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Arsenal's Scottish left-back Kieran Tierney, 25, is also among the names on Manchester City's shortlist. (90min)

Spain centre-back Pablo Mari, 28, has agreed a switch from Arsenal to newly promoted Serie A side Monza on a season-long loan. (Sun)

Former Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, would prefer to stay at Barcelona than return to the Premier League with Chelsea. (Sport, via Metro)

But Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is pressuring club owner Todd Boehly to sign Aubameyang from Barcelona. (Sport, via Star)

Nottingham Forest have made an opening bid for Watford's Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis, 24. (The Athletic)

Atalanta will rival Forest for the signing of Italy wing-back Emerson Palmieri, 28, from Chelsea. (Standard)

Southampton's Che Adams is interested in a move to Everton, but there is competition from Leeds United, Wolves and Forest for the Scotland striker, 26. (Mail)

Everton hope to finalise a deal to sign Guinea striker Serhou Guirassy, 26, from Rennes before the end of the week. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United's former interim boss Ralf Rangnick has suggested that Stuttgart's Austria striker Sasa Kalajdzic, 25, should reject a move to Old Trafford. (Star)

West Ham remain in talks with Paris St-Germain over a deal for Germany defender Thilo Kehrer, 25. (Express)

Croatian forward Nikola Vlasic, 24, has signed for Serie A side Torino on loan from West Ham, with an option to move permanently. (Sun)

Roma have cooled their interest in selling 23-year-old Italy winger Nicolo Zaniolo, who has been a target for Tottenham. (Standard)

Everton are keen to secure their fourth signing of this week, with talks progressing well with Strasbourg's 28-year-old French striker Ludovic Ajorque. (Foot Mercato, via Express)

Juventus are close to finalising a deal for Barcelona's Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 28. (90min)

Marseille have made contact with Manchester United over a loan deal for Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 28. (L'Equipe - in French)

Bayer Leverkusen's Spanish winger Iker Bravo, 17, will join Real Madrid on a season-long loan. (Bild - in German)

Championship clubs Watford, Burnley, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United are vying to take Liverpool's Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg, 20, on loan. (Mail)

Former Chelsea and Spain striker Diego Costa, 33, is returning to Rayo Vallecano after being without a club since terminating his Atletico Mineiro contract in January. (Marca)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Will Magee

Asked about the dawn of the Erik ten Hag era last month, Marcus Rashford said: “For me it is a fresh start, something I am looking forward to.” Now, after a tumultuous pre-season, a deflating defeat to Brighton and much flailing about in the market by the Manchester United hierarchy, we’re about to find out whether he still feels the same. According to L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain have the England international in their sights. Speaking earlier this week, Christophe Galtier, the latest manager tasked with crafting a coherent team out of vast stacks of Qatar’s money, confirmed: “We want another striker to come in. With a busy schedule, we want arrivals.”

United, meanwhile, are still thrashing about desperately in search of their next signing. Sasa Kalajdzic is the latest forward to be touted for a move to Old Trafford, but, in another absurd turn of events, it seemed Ralf Rangnick, now Kalajdzic’s manager at international level, has suggested the Austria international would be better off sticking with VfB Stuttgart. “It is important that Sasa remains injury-free this season and trains and plays at the highest possible level,” said Rangnick, in quotes carried by Sky Germany. “If he stays in Stuttgart this season, it will not be detrimental to his development.”

Over at the Etihad, things seem relatively serene. Manchester City are still in the market for a left-back, however, with the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal leaving Pep Guardiola without the overwhelming strength in depth he has become accustomed to. Having spent a meagre £93m this summer while racking up cash from player sales, no doubt he can stretch his budget a little further. Renan Lodi is one of the names on his shortlist, while he has also been credited with an interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Raphaël Guerreiro.

Then there’s Kieran Tierney which, given that Mikel Arteta has only just struck a delicate competitive balance at left-back by signing Zinchenko, would effectively be an act of vandalism. Admittedly, though, it would also be very funny. Meanwhile, City are edging closer to a deal for Sergio Gómez, another left-back, for a fee which could rise as high as €15m (£12.7m). At 21, the Anderlecht youngster will presumably come in as back-up.

Elsewhere, it seems that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would prefer to stay at Barcelona than move to Chelsea. Xavi still rates the former Arsenal man and would rather pull the economic lever known as Memphis Depay instead, with Tottenham and Juventus among those linked with the Netherlands international.

Having only just agreed to make Remo Freuler their 14th signing of the summer, Nottingham Forest are now looking for their 15th. They have offered Watford around £20m for Emmanuel Dennis, who produced a reasonable return of 10 goals in 33 appearances in the Premier League last season. Forest face stiff competition for another target, Emerson Palmieri, who is wanted by Atalanta having previously impressed in Serie A with Roma.

Everton also look set for a busy spell, with Southampton’s Che Adams and Rennes’ Serhou Guirassy on their radar. Of course, Frank Lampard won’t want to “Che” over the odds! No, but seriously, it’s very important they get their transfer business done as soon as possible.

Sky Paper Talk


Manchester City are plotting a late swoop to sign Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney this summer following Oleksandr Zinchenko's move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Premier League is being urged to take "rapid action" to help combat climate change as clubs brace themselves to play at the height of the UK's second heatwave of the summer this weekend.


Southampton stars have reportedly become disillusioned with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and were surprised he was not axed in the summer.

New pictures have been released highlighting the progress being made on Everton's new £500m stadium at the Bramley-Moore dock.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has declared Barcelona's supposed revival as 'good' for world football.

Juventus are edging closer to the capture of Barcelona forward Memphis Depay as the Catalan giants continue their mad rush of attempting to register their summer signings ahead of the new campaign.

Manchester City are interested in signing Atletico Madrid defender Renan Lodi as they attempt to solve their left-back issues.

Leeds United are weighing up a move for Philadelphia Union left back Kai Wagner.

Former Newcastle United starlet Yasin Ben El-Mhanni is on trial at Championship club Reading as he looks to resurrect his career.

Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg is the subject of loan interest from a host of Championship clubs.

Everton have made a move to sign Southampton striker Che Adams.

West Ham are threatening to sue the owners of the London Stadium if there is no cut in beer prices before the next home game.


Burnley have moved on from their interest in Rangers forward Fashion Sakala with the Zambian international to remain a part of Giovanni van Bronckhorst's squad this season.

Crystal Palace defender Nathan Ferguson is expected to be out for around eight weeks with a foot injury.

Manchester United will play their Women's Super League home fixture against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.


Ralf Rangnick has suggested that Sasa Kalajdzic should reject a move to Manchester United.


Paris Saint-Germain officials met the agent of Marcus Rashford last week as they attempted to gauge whether he is willing to leave Manchester United.

West Ham United are embroiled in a row with their landlord over beer prices after fans expressed anger at paying £7.30 for a pint at the London Stadium.

Chelsea's hopes of signing Wesley Fofana have received a boost after Brendan Rodgers suggested the centre-back could leave Leicester City this summer - but Barcelona are determined to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, another target for the London club.

Nottingham Forest are confident of signing the Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis for a fee of up to £25m.


Manchester United's share price saw its biggest daily rise in nine years as Michael Knighton announced a takeover bid.

Arsenal failed to secure a sell-on clause when they allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave for nothing to join Barcelona.

Chelsea are reportedly interested in a swap deal that would see Christian Pulisic go to Roma - and see Tottenham target Nicolo Zaniolo head the other way.

Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign Memphis Depay on a free transfer from Barcelona, according to reports.

Hakim Ziyech is reportedly ready to accept a wage cut in order to seal a move to AC Milan.

Marseille have reportedly made contact with Manchester United over a loan deal for Eric Bailly.

Brighton are keen on Fleetwood wonderkid Paddy Lane.


Tottenham will trigger their option to sign Cristian Romero on a permanent deal this month in a deal worth £46.5m.

Manchester United have agreed a season-long deal for Ethan Laird to join QPR and be part of their Championship promotion campaign.

Grassroots sport is in a tug-of-war over heatwave season delays, as clubs express resistance to moving games despite lawyers warning they may be liable for injuries.

World Rugby has hit back in its first public response to the concussion lawsuit brought by former players, casting doubt on the numbers involved and criticising their tactical recruitment.


Juan Mata is still searching for his next club after leaving Manchester United and is reportedly highly regarded by Leeds.


Malik Tillman could have been a Celtic hero instead of taking Rangers within 180 minutes of a £40m Euro windfall.

Rangers skipper James Tavernier is 'on a different level' and is good enough to play for a top-six English Premier League side, according to Jim Duffy.


Kirk Broadfoot has revealed he almost signed for Celtic before going on to win trophies with Rangers.

Record (Translation)

West Ham makes proposal for Matheus Nunes

The English formalized an offer of 30 million plus 5 for goals, but the value does not convince Sporting, which only accepts to negotiate for 50 M€ for the 23-year-old midfielder.


West Ham 'submit £25million offer' for £51m Wolves target Matheus Nunes... after Liverpool pulled out of race to sign Sporting Lisbon star

West Ham United have submitted a bid of £25million for Matheus Nunes
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has caught the interest of a host of English clubs
Liverpool pulled out of signing the midfielder while Wolves remain keen
The Portuguese club are demanding at least £42million for their young star

By Simon Jones

West Ham United have submitted an audacious bid in the region of £25million for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Matheus Nunes.

However, the Portuguese club are reportedly demanding a minimum of £42million for the talented 23-year-old, as reported by Record.

That price would make Nunes - who is also a target for Wolves - West Ham's second biggest transfer fee after they paid £45million for Sebastien Haller in 2018.

Nunes does have a £51million release clause in his contract but no club currently looks likely of meeting that valuation for the player.

Chelsea have also registered their interest but are yet to submit a bid, while fellow Premier League outfit Wolves are also interested in acquiring Nunes' signature, however the Brazilian doesn't favour a move to join the Midlands club.

Liverpool were previously keeping tabs on the playmaker but pulled out of a move despite the club's current injury crisis in midfield.

Nunes impressed in last season's Champions League and shone so bright that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola even singled him out for praise.

The Manchester City manager said: 'I would say that Matheus Nunes is one of the best players in the world today.'

Lisbon view their player as a traditional No 8-style box-to-box player, an area that West Ham have lacked creativity in with Declan Rice viewed as the type of player that would allow Nunes to thrive in attacking areas.

Sporting have often leaned towards a 3-4-3 or 4-2-3-1 with Nunes at times being deployed on the left side of the central two.

Nunes has also caught the attention through his exquisite range of passing - offering long-range balls across the pitch as well as close and connected passes.

Interestingly, Nunes is a client of Jorge Mendes' Gestifute agency and it was Mendes who met with Boehly recently with the topic of a move for Cristiano Ronaldo on the agenda.


West Ham accelerate Thilo Kehrer talks as bid anticipated for Fenerbahce ace Attila Szalai

WEST HAM are looking to bolster David Moyes' defensive options after selling Issa Diop to Fulham

By Ryan Taylor

West Ham remain in talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a deal for Thilo Kehrer after the Ligue 1 champions rejected an opening proposal from the Irons. The London Stadium hierarchy remain determined to strike an agreement for the German international defender, although they will have to raise their offer and see off interest from Sevilla in order to push a transfer over the line.

Kehrer is thought to be open to a move to West Ham as he seeks regular football ahead of November's World Cup in Qatar.

Replying to a supporter on Twitter, Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg has shared a potential boost for the Hammers in their bid to sign the Germany international.

When asked if Kehrer would be interested in joining West Ham this summer, the reporter simply replied ‘yes’ – gifting West Ham supporters what could be a significant update as the player’s stance becomes known.

The Hammers remain in negotiations with the French giants and are expected to raise their opening offer imminently after initially tabling around £10million.

Sevilla are also at the table but so far neither club are yet to satisfy PSG's £16m valuation of the 25-year-old.

West Ham are in the market for additional cover at centre-back after sanctioning the £15m departure of Issa Diop to Fulham.

The club have also held talks over move for Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai, who is deemed capable of playing at both centre-back and left-back.

Szalai caught the eye for his national side Hungary in their two Nations League victories over England at the back end of last season.

Russian side Zenit St-Petersburg are also interested in the 24-year-old as Fenerbahce continue to discuss a potential deal with both interested parties.

Sources have told Express Sport that Fenerbahce have discussed West Ham's interest with the player ahead of the Europa League play-off second-leg against FC Slovacko in Brno, Czech Republic.

It's understood that West Ham's pursuit of Kehrer is not directly related to their interest in Szalai and signing both players is not out of the equation.

Leicester City full-back Luke Thomas has also attracted admirers at West Ham, who are yet to firm up their interest with a formal offer.


Ex urges faithful to keep an eye on Dieng

Joe Karadzas

ExWHUemployee has claimed that West Ham United might reconsider going in for Bamba Dieng this summer.

There have been reports from 90min that claim West Ham United are interested in luring Bamba Dieng to the club this summer, but other Premier League sides are also interested in his services.

Dieng was in impressive form last season for Olympique Marseille, he featured 25 times in Ligue 1 where he scored seven goals and chipped in with three assists, at just 22 years old.

With West Ham being linked to Dieng this summer, ExWHUemployee claimed that his current side have said that he can leave and he is a player worth keeping an eye on for the Hammers this summer.

“Another player worth keeping an eye on is Bamba Dieng of Marseille. The forward can play across the front line and we have had an interest in him before. It is rumoured that his club have said he can leave. Whilst I don’t believe we have made any moves for him now, he is someone that Moyes might reconsider,” Ex said.

TIF Thoughts on Ex’s comments…

Dieng, who has been called one of the potential ‘bargains of the summer’, is a 22-year-old that can play anywhere across the front three but have featured primarily down the middle for Marseille, so he can provide competition/backup for Michail Antonio and new signing Gianluca Scamacca.

The Hammers were also short on options out wide, but David Moyes opted to bring in Maxwel Cornet, so again Dieng could provide much-needed cover in that area of the pitch for West Ham.

West Ham have made five additions this summer, but after a defeat on the opening day of the season against Manchester City, Moyes might feel like he wants to make a few more signings before the transfer window shuts, and with Ex claiming that his current club have said that he can leave, Dieng could be a suitable option.

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jimbo2. 1:22 Sat Aug 13
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Surely we must sign one or two of the 20+ players we are being linked with! Thanks Al.

Texas Iron 4:06 Fri Aug 12
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Russ of the BML 3:40 Fri Aug 12
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West Ham remain in talks with.......

Blah blah fucking blah.


El Scorchio 3:04 Fri Aug 12
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This reported Nunes bid is exactly what I despise about Sullivan. Offering a derisory amount for a player who probably doesn't want to come in the full knowledge it'll end with him not spending any money and he can then go and parrot his favourite lines in the media. 'We tried' 'We did everything possible' and all that rubbish, and blame everyone else for his failings/cheapness.

Banjo 2:44 Fri Aug 12
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Mex Martillo 12:04 Fri Aug 12

Thanks Alan 2:24 Fri Aug 12
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Mex Martillo 12:04 Fri Aug 12

Mex Martillo 12:04 Fri Aug 12
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ted fenton 11:47 Fri Aug 12

ted fenton 11:47 Fri Aug 12
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bill green 11:33 Fri Aug 12

bill green 11:33 Fri Aug 12
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Thanks Alan

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