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
b. If we're still lingering around the bottom three by the start of the WC then that's the time to get rid
c. What are we waiting for 2 wins in the last 20 PL games is reason enough to sack him, go now
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

Alan 12:11 Thu Aug 25
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Newcastle United have made a club record £60m bid to sign Real Sociedad's 22-year-old Sweden striker Alexander Isak. (Mail)

The Magpies could eventually pay in excess of £60m for Isak. (Mirror)

Chelsea may move for Manchester United and England defender Harry Maguire, 29, if they are unable to sign French centre-back Wesley Fofana, 21, from Leicester. (Evening Standard)

Ajax are holding out for £84m for 22-year-old Brazil winger Antony, who is determined to push through a move to Manchester United. His representatives are staying in England to help get the deal done. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Antony handed in a transfer request on Wednesday in order to make his desire to leave official. (Mirror)

Liverpool have made an offer to Barcelona for 25-year-old Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong. (Futbol Total, via Forbes)

West Ham have had a 50m euro (£42.2m) bid for 24-year-old Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta rejected by Lyon. (L'Equipe, via Metro)

Arsenal are not expected to move for Paqueta despite reports they were interested. (Express)

West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Arsenal and England midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 24, in the closing weeks of the transfer window. (Mail)

Southampton and Bournemouth are also discussing a possible deal for Maitland-Niles, with Arsenal potentially open to a loan move with an option to buy. (TalkSport)

Manchester United have held talks with Newcastle United over the signing of Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, 33. (Mail)

The clubs are yet to reach an agreement but Manchester United have submitted a loan offer for Dubravka. (Athletic - subscription required)

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has ruled out the possibility of Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, 28, leaving the club this summer. (SER Catalunya, via 90min)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says it is "true that Bernardo Silva really likes FC Barcelona". (Goal)

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is attracting interest from Sampdoria but the 26-year-old England international would prefer to stay in the Premier League. (Evening Standard)

Ajax's 20-year-old Dutch striker Brian Brobbey says he rejected the chance to join Manchester United after his former boss Erik ten Hag sent him a message. (Voetbal International, via Star)

Aston Villa have lowered their asking price for defender Frederic Guilbert as they look to sell the 27-year-old Frenchman. (L'Equipe, via BirminghamLive)

Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier, 29, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Villarreal. (Sun)

Chelsea's 21-year-old England midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to join Bayer Leverkusen on loan. (Guardian)

RB Leipzig are interested in signing Chelsea's English defender Trevoh Chalobah on loan, with Aston Villa, Inter Milan, Roma and Tottenham also keen on the 23-year-old. (Mail)

Everton are in discussions with Manchester United over a move for 21-year-old English midfielder James Garner. (Athletic - subscription required)

Everton have launched a formal move for Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz and are understood to be prepared to pay £12m for the 23-year-old Chile international. (Times - subscription required)

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Tom Davies

Wesley Fofana may be sulking in the stands and missing the odd training session at Leicester as he holds out for a move but Chelsea are currently still no closer to reaching an agreement to sign him, which has prompted the west London club to cast around elsewhere. And one potential central defensive alternative is scapegoating’s Harry Maguire. According to the Evening Standard, Maguire is no longer seen as indispensable by the Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, and could be tempted by a move before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.

The decades-long Frenkie de Jong saga has been a study in who might be the most ineptly-run megaclub in Europe, out of potential buyers Manchester United and putative sellers Barcelona, but what’s this? Liverpool are now thinking of stealing in with a cheeky bid of their own for the Dutch midfielder. Futbol Total reports that Liverpool have slapped in a bid of £53m plus £7m in add-ons for De Jong. This, in turn, would free up Barcelona to pursue Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva before deadline day, though City’s chief executive, Ferran Soriano, says such a move is not a goer.

Manchester United may have better luck with their pursuit of the Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who has dropped down the pecking order at St James’ Park since the arrival of Nick Pope.

The south coast could be calling for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles, for whom Bournemouth and Southampton are tussling. Talk is that a loan deal with an option to buy would be the likeliest deal. West Ham have also been linked with the player, mind, and may be more focused in their hunt for a midfielder now that Lyon have rebuffed their £42m bid for the Brazilian Lucas Paquetá.

Over in Serie A, Juventus are closing in on the signing of the Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik from Marseille, on a year’s loan with an option to buy, having seen their pursuit of Barcelona’s Memphis Depay falter over the forward’s wage demands. And Sampdoria are sniffing around Harry Winks but the soundings are that the Spurs midfielder is happy enough to stay put in north London.

Wednesday’s daily dose of Nottingham Forest news has them linked with a couple of Ivory Coast internationals: Serge Aurier, who is available on a free after leaving Villarreal, and the Wolves defender Willy Boly. Wolves have apparently knocked back a £1m bid for Boly, who has only a year remaining on his contract, but Forest may persist, as they do these days. For Wolves’s part, Bruno Lage is hoping to bring the £20m-valued Galatasaray defender Victor Nelsson to Molineux. Nelsson might be joined by Stuttgart’s Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic, for whom Wolves are looking to get a £15m deal over the line.

And finally … RB Leipzig, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Roma and Internazionale are all jostling over a possible loan deal for the Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah.

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Manchester United are plotting an outlandish £8m swoop for ex-flop Memphis Depay just five years after his dismal spell at Old Trafford.

The Swansea ball boy who was infamously booted by Eden Hazard now has a net worth of £40m thanks to his booming vodka business loved by Floyd Mayweather and Ronaldinho.


Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with moves for Lucas Paqueta during various stages of the transfer window.

Chelsea have internally discussed the prospect of signing Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Edmond Tapsoba as an alternative to Wesley Fofana.


Antony is on the brink of becoming an £84m Manchester United signing.

Chelsea might have to sacrifice either Conor Gallagher or Armando Broja in a loan deal with Everton to get Anthony Gordon.

Arsenal have offered West Ham the chance to snap up utility man Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Newcastle are interested in signing Ajax star Edson Alvarez.

Steve Cooper is looking to add former Spurs defender Serge Aurier to his ever-growing Nottingham Forest squad.

Manchester United could be willing to sell promising midfielder James Garner for £14m, with the chase hotting up for his signature.


Arsenal have set their sights on Pedro Neto but fear that the Wolves winger could prove to be too expensive this summer.

Manchester United have cooled their interest in Kevin Trapp after baulking at Eintracht Frankfurt's €25m (£21m) asking price for the Germany goalkeeper.

Bayer Leverkusen are interested in a deal for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to join them on a season-long loan.

Chelsea have embarked on a frantic dash to secure their long-term transfer targets after lodging bids totalling £130m for Wesley Fofana and Anthony Gordon.


Newcastle United are set to smash their record transfer fee with the £60m signing of Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad.

There is a strong chance that an English club will end up in the same group as the Champions League winners Real Madrid in Thursday's draw in Istanbul for this season's competition.

Lauren James, the uncapped Chelsea forward, is bidding to make history with her brother Reece as the first siblings of different genders to play football for England at senior level.

Angel Di Maria's wife has revealed that she begged the Argentina winger not to make his ill-fated move to Old Trafford in 2014 while launching a stinging criticism of Manchester's food, weather and women.

Everton have launched a formal move for the Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton Díaz and could sign James Garner from Manchester United.

US Open organisers have come under pressure to end a gender inequality in tennis balls after Paula Badosa, the world No 4, became the latest player to question why women are using a lighter version then men at Flushing Meadows.


Manchester United have held talks with Newcastle United over the signing of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

International footballers face exorbitant bills of £300,000-plus to secure accommodation for their families at the World Cup.

Arsenal will narrowly stay within Financial Fair Play spending limits, financial analysts expect, despite being placed on a watchlist by the European football governing body, UEFA.

Sunderland have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain to sign midfielder Edouard Michut.

Ajax forward Brian Brobbey has revealed he turned down a move to Manchester United and reunite with Erik ten Hag this summer in favour of boyhood side Ajax.

Aston Villa have been offered the chance to sign £8.4m-rated PSG defender Abdou Diallo as Steven Gerrard looks to bolster his defensive options following a long-term injury to Diego Carlos.

RB Leipzig have joined Inter Milan asking about Trevoh Chalobah on loan.


Moussa Dembele has rejected a final contract offer from Lyon, fuelling speculation about a summer transfer to Manchester United.

Ander Herrera is set to re-join boyhood club Athletic Bilbao this month, with his Paris Saint-Germain contract expected to be terminated shortly.


Chelsea's manager, Thomas Tuchel, was "largely culpable" for his clash with his Tottenham counterpart, Antonio Conte, with his behaviour deemed "highly provocative", the Football Association's independent regulatory commission has ruled.

Ajax are keen to re-sign Hakim Ziyech if they sell Antony to Manchester United and further talks with Chelsea are planned.


Rangers outcast Alfredo Morelos has piled the pressure on the club to sell him before the end of the summer window with Sevilla reportedly waiting in the wings.


Sevilla have emerged as favourites ahead of Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Leicester to sign Alfredo Morelos from Rangers after he was axed from the squad by boss Gio van Bronckhorst.

Rangers have been left fearing for one of their brightest prospects after Alex Lowry was stretchered off after being on the receiving end of a horror challenge.

Sport Witness

‘West Ham not yet finished’ – Hammers using ‘tried & tested’ tactic to get multiple players in

By Naveen Ullal

On Wednesday, multiple reports from Belgium stated West Ham United have made a new offer of €11m plus €2m bonuses to sign Hans Vanaken.

Later that day, these claims were confirmed by David Moyes.

Reports from Brazil yesterday stated West Ham have made a €40m bid for Lucas Paquetá, while Lyon ask for more money.

The Premier League side’s interest in the 30-year-old and the Ligue 1 man are discussed in today’s Belgium newspapers.

Het Belang van Limburg explain West Ham remain interested in the Belgium international, but have found an alternative to him in the form of Paquetá.

Over at Het Nieuwsblad, they say the Premier League side are still trying for Vanaken, who turned 30 years of age on Wednesday. Their interest in the Brazilian, who is six years younger that the Club Brugge captain, is also mentioned.

Despite this, the report adds the Belgian ‘doesn’t mourn yet’ because Moyes still wants him at the English club.

Meanwhile, Het Laatste Nieuws explain it is a ‘tried & tested tactic’ from Moyes’ side to bid for more than one player, as has happened with Vanaken and the Lyon player. With these two players, ‘West Ham are not yet finished’.

If West Ham want to sign Vanaken, then they need to make a new improved bid since the Jupiler Pro League winners want more that what they offered [€11m plus €2m] yesterday.

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FEATURE | The Turnaround of Lucas Paqueta

Lucas Paqueta is one of those players that feels like he has been around forever. Some may even be surprised to know he has only recently turned 23 years old. Not since the days of Santos and Neymar, has there been a Brazilian that has garnered so much hype and excitement. Yet it has taken nearly four years for the former Milan midfielder to regenerate some positive headlines.

During the enforced lockdown break in Italy, Get Italian Football News published a great article retracing Paqueta’s steps in his career up until May 2020. It questioned where Paqueta would go from that specific point in his career; not being picked by Milan manager Stefano Pioli and contributing just three goals in 47 Milan appearances.

“For the quality he has, he has to become more decisive, in the final phase either you score goals or assist.” Those were the last words spoken from Pioli regarding Paqueta, who in 2019/20 made just 10 Serie A starts after Pioli took over. Paqueta failed to add any goal contributions after the resumption of football in Italy. In terms of where his career would go, the answer appeared to be “nowhere.”

So, when AC Milan were chasing Wesley Fofana in August/September of 2020, needing to raise funds, Paqueta was one of the players left to the scrapheap. This still made Lyon’s interest in the perceived “flop” peculiar. Get French Football News even found out that agents within French football thought it was part of a ridiculous “made in Brazil recruitment” strategy, from Lyon sporting director Juninho. Milan were happy to part with Lucas Paqueta for €20m, making a loss of around €19m on the original transfer from Flamengo.

Bouncing back at Lyon

Despite this, Lucas Paqueta has transformed his performances at Lyon. He has started nine times out of a possible 12 games (across all competitions). Rather than negative quotes popping up from club staff like at Milan, Paqueta has been very open about his happiness in France. On the surface though, not much has changed; Paqueta has not contributed more than a single goal in France. Explaining what exactly has improved requires a deeper look.

Lucas Paqueta heat maps, from Serie A (2019/20) at AC Milan (left), Ligue 1 (2020/21) at Lyon (right) – source: SofaScore

On the face of it, Paqueta has been deployed in the same position at Lyon as he was at Milan. He plays as one of the two forward-thinking midfielders in a 4-3-3. The heat maps above show something else though. At Milan, Paqueta would roam across the field, and tended to move into the channels. For a central midfielder, he spent a relative short amount of time in the middle of the pitch. At Lyon though, he almost exclusively plays on the right-hand side of the centre of midfield. The darker areas show Paqueta is having a big influence in the middle third of the pitch. To highlight this, statistics from fbref show that in 2019/20, 37% of Paqueta’s touches came in the final third. In 2020/21, that has fallen to 27%.

The effect of new instructions

Changes to Paqueta’s role & instructions on the pitch, has been a driving force for the turnaround in France. Far gone are the days of his boastful rainbow flicks at Flamengo. Though his mesmerising close control is still there, his role is more aimed at retaining possession than beating a man. As seen in the chart below, Paqueta is attempting the fewest number of dribbles per 90 in his entire senior career.

Darker bar is attempts (i.e. attempted shots), brighter bars are accurate/successfulness (i.e. shot accuracy) – source: WhoScored

This chart is great at further explaining how different his instructions are at Lyon. Paqueta’s dribbling and shooting output is at its all-time lowest. However, his tackles & interceptions per 90 are at their all-time highest.

It also goes to show the step-up from Brazilian to Italian football. In 2018, Paqueta’s first coach at Milan, Genaro Gattuso, proclaimed “His head works well even in a tactical sense, we made a great signing.” Yet Paqueta’s pass accuracy and tackle-success rate majorly dropped in his first season in Europe. It has taken the trip to France for those statistics to finally recover.

Other more focused statistics show how Lucas Paqueta has really matured at Lyon. In 2019/20, he lost the ball on average 2.8 times per game. In Ligue 1, that statistic has halved. That is not to say Paqueta is passive in possession though. Even at Flamengo, Paqueta showed vision beyond his years. There were games where he was able to pinpoint balls through the lines of defence, sending teammates through on goal. That vision remains strong, and he has completed more shot-creating-actions per game than Lille’s high-flying Jonathan Bamba.

How Rudi Garcia is improving Lucas Paqueta

This different role is a big reason behind Paqueta performing much more impressively. He is clearly being told to be more controlled in possession, and less direct than he was at Milan. However, the increase of his tackling & interception output comes down to dedicated work off the pitch. Paqueta’s transformation is reminiscent of Lucas Leiva’s. A once skilful Brazilian midfielder, converted into an industrial powerhouse by a famously pragmatic manager. For Leiva, it was Rafa Benítez.

Now though, it is Lucas Paqueta adding industry to his game. While the topic has not come up publicly, clearly Lyon assistant manager Cacapa is helping Paqueta. A former Brazilian & Lyon defender, Cacapa has been working at the club since 2016. Since Paqueta has joined up with him and the rest of Garcia’s coaching staff, Paqueta has noticeably grown in frame. Against PSG, he was seen holding Verratti and Gueye off the ball. His stamina has improved too, helping him keep up with the pace of Ligue 1. In Lyon’s 3-0 win at Reims, a team who last season were famously difficult to play against, Paqueta charged up and down the pitch. He won possession more times than anyone else in that game.

With this physical improvement, and clear defensive work being put in at the training ground, Paqueta has evolved into a fantastic player. Having just turned 23 years old, he still holds the eye-catching, beautiful skill from his days at Flamengo. AC Milan may have been a turbulent icebreaker for European football, but it has prepared Paqueta well. Ligue 1 is a place which often catches new arrivals off-guard, such as Jonathan David. With the help of Lyon’s coaching staff though, and smart man-management from Rudi Garcia, Paqueta joins Renato Sanches as one of Ligue 1’s top all-rounded midfielders.

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Thanks Alan 4:31 Thu Aug 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Banjo 2:28 Thu Aug 25

Texas Iron 3:39 Thu Aug 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Heat Maps…


Hot Air…


Banjo 2:28 Thu Aug 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:14 Thu Aug 25

ted fenton 1:14 Thu Aug 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
mallard 12:12 Thu Aug 25

Mad Dog 12:22 Thu Aug 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Tried and tested?

Oh you mean the we give shit bids for players and the put out the " we tried" message.

Tries and tested isn't necessarily a successful method

mallard 12:12 Thu Aug 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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