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 11:35 Fri Aug 26
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

West Ham have made a fresh bid for 24-year-old Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta after their opening offer of 50m euro (£42.2million) was rejected by Lyon. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester City have rejected a 70m euro (£59m) bid from Paris St-Germain for Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, 28. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea are preparing a new bid for Leicester defender Wesley Fofana, 21. (Telegraph - subscription required)

The Hammers have also had a £10m bid for Belgium midfielder Hans Vanaken, 30, turned down by Club Bruges. (Evening Standard)

Ajax head coach Alfred Schreuder says he is still confident winger Antony, 22, will not be sold to Manchester United despite the latest £76m bid. (Metro)

Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid and Spain winger Marco Asensio, 26, for 30m euros (£25.3m). (Telegraph - subscription required)

United are set to submit a £25m offer for PSV Eindhoven and Netherlands winger Cody Gakpo, 23. (Football Insider)

The Old Trafford club have made a failed bid for Bayern Munich right-back Benjamin Pavard, 26. (L'Equipe - in French)

Real Sociedad have entered the race to sign Uruguay and former Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani, 35, who is a free agent. (COPE Radio - in Spanish)

Manchester United have held further talks with Newcastle over a loan move for Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, 33, that would include a £5m option to buy. (Mail)

Liverpool's pursuit of 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham could be helped by Borussia Dortmund's interest in Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, 27, who joined the Reds in 2018. (Express)

Everton are in advanced talks with Brighton over a deal for French forward Neal Maupay, 26. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, 22, is on Jose Mourinho's midfield shortlist at AS Roma as he looks to replace the injured Gini Wijnaldum. (AS Roma Live, via Express)

Former Tottenham and Villarreal right-back Serge Aurier, 29, has reportedly agreed a move to Nottingham Forest. The Ivory Coast international left the Spanish club at the end of last season and is available on a free transfer. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Fulham and Lazio want to take Tottenham and Spain's 25-year-old defender Sergio Reguilon on loan. (Mail)

Wolves have enquired about Galatasaray and Denmark centre-back Victor Nelsson, 23. (Mail)

Bordeaux are interested in signing Fulham's out-of-favour French winger Anthony Knockaert, 30. (Football Insider)

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says forward Che Adams, 26, is not for sale this summer. (Southern Daily Echo)

Manchester City and England Under-21 midfielder Cole Palmer, 20, is wanted on a season-long loan by Borussia Dortmund. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

There is not long to go until the transfer window “slams shut” for a few months but while summer is still with us, so too is the scent of cash being readied to thrash out last-minute deals. The first whiff we got this morning took us to the London Stadium, where David Moyes is desperate to bring in a midfielder good enough to keep Declan Rice happy at West Ham for another season. The Brazil and Lyon trickster Lucas Paquetá is the target, but they will have to raise an opening bid of £42m to make it a reality. Arsenal and Newcastle also have the hots for the 24-year-old. Moyes recently bemoaned his bad luck in this window and after Club Bruges rejected a £10m bid for experienced Belgium midfielder Hans Vanaken he will have had more reason to feel sorry for himself.

In the most tedious transfer saga this summer, Chelsea are preparing a 1,374th bid for Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana. They’re also going to try to snaffle Anthony Gordon from Everton for an improved offer of £60m because the last time they signed a talented young scouse midfielder from Goodison Park it went so well. Isn’t that right, Ross? If Gordon does make the move south, Everton will try to replace him with Brighton’s Neal Maupay.

Sticking with midfielders, Manchester United have been asked by Real Madrid if they want to sign Marco Asensio for £26m. The Spaniard would probably be worth bringing in if it was 2017. But it’s not. In any case United are more focused on bringing in the zippy Brazil winger Antony from Ajax, but they will have to raise their initial bid of £76m to give Erik ten Hag his man. Other United-related fluff links the club with moves for Bayern Munich right-back Benjamin Pavard, PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo and Newcastle’s back-up goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Manchester City have laughed off a £59m bid from PSG for Bernardo Silva, though the Premier League champions are likely to be more amenable when Borussia Dortmund come calling with a loan offer for Cole Palmer.

It says here that Liverpool’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham has been boosted by news that the young England midfielder’s employers, Dortmund, like the cut of Naby Keïta’s jib. So a player-plus-cash deal could be on the cards. Mind you, a transfer is unlikely to be thrashed out in this window which means Jürgen Klopp will have to make do with his limited midfield options for a while longer and find a way to get rid of the training ground witch he keeps banging on about.

Albert Sambi Lokonga may make the move from Arsenal to Roma after José Mourinho was left vexed by an early-season injury to Gini Wijnaldum. Some fluff here says that free agent Serge Aurier is even closer to signing for Nottingham Forest than he was yesterday, despite the fact they just brought in a much less erratic marauding right-back in Neco Williams.

And Fulham will fight it out with Lazio for the loan signing of Tottenham outcast Sergio Reguilón.

Sky Paper Talk


Man City have rejected a £59m bid from PSG for 'unsettled' midfielder Bernardo Silva, with officials in France believing the offer has been turned down out of fear that the player could help the Ligue 1 side win the Champions League ahead of his current employers.

Man Utd are ready to test Ajax's resolve over Antony, who wants to move to the Premier League, with a bid close to the Dutch club's £84.5m valuation of the winger.

West Ham have seen a bid worth almost £50m rebuffed by Lyon for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

Paula Badosa has become the latest player to question why women will play with lighter, "horrible" tennis balls than their male counterparts at the US Open.

McLaren will pay the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo £8.5m after mutually agreeing to end the Australian's F1 contract a year early.


Erik ten Hag laid down the law to Man Utd forward Cristiano Ronaldo by brutally axing him from their starting XI to face Liverpool during a team meeting ahead of the game, it has been revealed.

Man City midfielder Cole Palmer is wanted by Borussia Dortmund on loan for the season, but manager Pep Guardiola is reluctant to let him leave the club.

Robert Page is set to sign a new four-year deal as Wales manager after leading his country to the World Cup, and take over permanently from Ryan Giggs in the process.

Stoke want Sean Dyche as their new manager after sacking Michael O'Neill on Thursday.

Manchester United have been rebuffed in late efforts to sign Bayern Munich's France international full-back Benjamin Pavard according to reports in his homeland.

A 10ft statue depicting Manchester City's summer signing Erling Haaland, which was installed earlier this month in his home town of Bryne, has been stolen before the businessman who commissioned it had the chance to auction it off for charity.


Barcelona forward Memphis Depay could secure a surprise return to Manchester United after a proposed move to Juventus fell through this week.

Both Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc may have to start from the back of the grid at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix owing to using a fourth engine and reliability issues respectively.

Manchester United, Arsenal and other suitors have been alerted to reports that Lyon are ready to cash in on Moussa Dembele.


Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech would prefer a move to Tottenham than to rejoin former club Ajax, with the Moroccan 'desperate' to leave Stamford Bridge.


Worcester Warriors' owners have hit out over 'conspiracy theories' regarding the club's financial situation.

Antony remains Manchester United's leading target in the forward area although they have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid's Marco Asensio.


Manchester United have poured cold water on a report claiming Cristiano Ronaldo is 'on the verge' of a sensational return to Sporting Lisbon.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have been dragged into the legal quagmire of golf's civil war after being subpoenaed over a PGA Tour players' meeting last week.

Newcastle United and Manchester United have held further talks over a deal to send goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to Old Trafford on loan while the Reds are set to knock back any Newcastle interest in a loan deal for midfielder Scott McTominay.

Leicester City are weighing up a loan move for Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji as they await further interest from Chelsea in Wesley Fofana.

Fulham and Lazio are in talks to sign Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon on loan.

Rennes and Roma are interested in signing out-of-favour Leicester City midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

The Football Association has come under fire from Amnesty International for failing to publicly support stricken migrant workers ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

Chelsea are already mulling over 2023 plans for summer signing Gabriel Slonina, who is staying with the Chicago Fire for the remainder of the MLS campaign. A return to Chicago or a move to a European side are being considered for the teenage goalkeeper.


F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has warned races in Europe will have no guarantee of their place on the sport's calendar in future.


Former Celtic and Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths has opened up on plans to use Mandurah City as a stepping stone for a long-term career in Australia.


Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin has said he is baffled by managers and clubs who are still scrambling about to fill key positions at the end of the transfer window, and will not be rushed into panic transfers.

Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon was targeted by a missile during his side's Europa League play-off clash against FC Zurich.


Viborg 0-3 West Ham (agg 1-6): Hammers ease through to Conference League group stages as Gianluca Scamacca, Said Benrahma and Tomas Soucek strikes provide welcome respite from poor Premier League form

West Ham are in the Conference League group stages after beating Viborg 3-0
The Hammers, who won 6-1 on aggregate, cruised to victory in Denmark
Gianluca Scamacca opened the scoring with smart finish on the half volley
Said Benrahma added a second before Tomas Soucek rounded off the win
The result lifts West Ham after a woeful start to the Premier League season

By Kieran Gill

West Ham will embark on a European adventure this season after a night in which Gianluca Scamacca showed David Moyes why he should start against Aston Villa on Sunday.

The club's new £35.5million signing was the standout performer as the Hammers defeated Viborg 3-0 in Denmark, and 6-1 on aggregate, to ensure they will compete in the Europa Conference League this season.

West Ham are the only side in England's top four leagues yet to score, but they shoved their domestic concerns aside to dismiss their Danish opponents.

Scamacca was a handful throughout, producing a striker's finish to open the scoring as the visitors won this two-legged play-off tie.

This represented a banana skin for West Ham. Memories of losing to Romanian minnows Astra Giurgiu – twice – in 2015 and 2016 to miss out on Europe remain vivid.

But they encountered no such trouble on Thursday night, scoring their opener within 22 minutes.

Tomas Soucek crossed and Scamacca's near-post run saw him score, easing any nerves among the 1,100 travelling fans from London.

In the 51st minute, Scamacca's header found Maxwel Cornet, who flicked the ball in behind Viborg's back line for Said Benrahma to chase. Benrahma cooly beat Lucas Lund Pedersen by finding the far-left corner.

After 63 minutes, Aaron Cresswell's cross saw Timo Kehrer's header saved. Tomas Soucek nipped in to tuck away the rebound.

With that, Scamacca was substituted for Michail Antonio – perhaps with Sunday's Premier League trip to Villa in mind.

Cornet should have bagged his first goal for the club when Benrahma selflessly played the ball into his path instead of shooting. With an empty net, he skied his shot.

That was the only downside to an otherwise straightforward night as West Ham made sure their fans will enjoy a few away days in Europe this season.


West Ham 'agree personal terms' with Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta after seeing a second £42m bid rejected, with the French side holding out for £50million despite 'positive talks' on Thursday night

West Ham have reportedly agreed personal terms with Lyon's Lucas Paqueta
The Hammers have had two bids rejected with the second worth £42million
Paqueta's agents have been in London as David Moyes and Co push for a deal
But Lyon aren't budging on their £50million valuation for the Brazil international

By Lewis Browning

West Ham have agreed personal terms with Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta, according to reports.

A second bid of £42million was rejected by the French side on Thursday, but further talks were reportedly positive, with the Hammers looking to complete a deal sooner rather than later.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Paqueta's agents have been in London to seal a deal for their client, but the two clubs are still yet to agree on a fee despite talks progressing well.

David Moyes' side have been chasing an attacking midfielder all window, and have made Paqueta their main target as the end of the transfer window nears.

Lyon value the 24-year-old at £50million, so West Ham's offer was not too far off the asking price, but the Ligue 1 side are not budging.

Several other Premier League clubs have also been monitoring his situation.

Paqueta is a 33-cap Brazil international who is set to feature at the Qatar World Cup after winning the Copa America in 2019. He has spent the last two seasons in France after signing from AC Milan in 2020 and has three years left on his contract.

The 25-year-old is best suited to the number 10 role, but can also play wide right or as a centre-forward, and has registered 21 goals and 14 assists in 80 appearances for Lyon.

Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken remains an alternative for the London-based side.

Fabrizio Romano

West Ham have new round of talks scheduled today for Lucas Paquetá deal. Personal terms agreed but difficult negotiation with OL yesterday - final late night call was positive. 📲🇧🇷 #WHUFC

West Ham are trying their best to get it done. Talks are still ongoing.

Olympique Lyonnais

Paquetá close to West Ham

Lucas Paquetá's case at West Ham picked up speed on Thursday. The attacking midfielder is now very close to joining England.

Will Lucas Paquetá be traveling to Reims on Sunday? This Friday morning, when Peter Bosz is due to appear at a press conference at the end of the morning, nothing is less certain. As L'Equipe claim, the Brazilian is now one step away from signing for West Ham. First of all, he is very close to finding a contractual agreement with the English team. The former Milanese should commit for 5 years.

As for the clubs, they are, again according to the national media, almost on the same page about the transfer amount. After two proposals at 49 and 57 million euros rejected, the Hammers could win the bet with an offer of nearly 60 million euros.

If he feels good in Lyon and was not necessarily doomed to leave the Rhône this summer, a few months before the World Cup, Paquetá saw the Rhone leaders open the door to a sale, he then decided to s engulf it. Its agents have been across the Channel for several days to prospect. Under contract until 2025 with OL, the playmaker could therefore find his former teammate Emerson, who recently arrived at West Ham. With still many elements capable of evolving in the midfield, Olympique Lyonnais should not replace him position for position


West Ham in talks with free agent, travelled to London with imminent Newcastle signing

Will Butcher

Dean Jones has told Give Me Sport that West Ham are in talks for free agent Adnan Januzaj in a potential reunion with David Moyes – Januzaj has travelled to London with imminent Newcastle signing Alexander Isak.

Januzaj, 27, left Real Sociedad this summer. His five-year spell with the Spanish side has come to an end, in which he clocked up 44 goal involvements in 168 appearances. He has formed a strong bond with Sweden striker Isak.

Of course, reports claim that Isak is set to complete a club-record £58million move to Newcastle from Sociedad. It is claimed that he has been training for much of the summer with Januzaj, and the two have travelled to London.

That has prompted talks with West Ham. Januzaj, of course, played under Moyes at Manchester United and Sunderland. The two also share Sociedad on their CV, but Januzaj went to the Spanish club after Moyes had gone.

Now, the two could work together for a third time at West Ham. Jones claims the Hammers are in talks to land Januzaj in a move that is not constrained by time, given Januzaj is currently without a club.

“Januzaj and [Alexander] Isak have actually been very close throughout the summer. They’ve been training on their own for a lot. They both travelled over together and they stayed in the same hotel in London last night.

“Januzaj has been looking to join West Ham. About a month ago, it looked like that a deal might be close. Then West Ham switched to other options. I’m told that negotiations are going on right now with Januzaj.”

It is a sensible move from the hammers. Last season, West Ham lacked depth and it told, as they reached the Europa League semi-finals. It affected their Premier League form, especially in the second half of their campaign.

With West Ham likely to be one of the bigger clubs in the Conference League, they will have ambitions of winning the trophy. Januzaj would not start above the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals or Said Benrahma.

But what he does offer, is plenty of depth in the final third. His versatility allows him to play on either flank or as a false nine, and as a no.10. A reunion with Moyes, on a free, makes utter sense for all parties involved.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

COOL HAND LUKE 12:36 Sat Aug 27
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan, always first port of call when I log onto WHO.
Blimey, all this activity is mind boggling... let's hope these new guys actually get onto the pitch and we start to see the benefits.

Texas Iron 3:16 Fri Aug 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 12:26 Fri Aug 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Kaiser Zoso 12:14 Fri Aug 26

Kaiser Zoso 12:14 Fri Aug 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Banjo 12:08 Fri Aug 26

Banjo 12:08 Fri Aug 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tomshardware 11:52 Fri Aug 26

Tomshardware 11:52 Fri Aug 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 11:49 Fri Aug 26

bill green 11:49 Fri Aug 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 11:38 Fri Aug 26

ted fenton 11:38 Fri Aug 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Copyright 2006 WHO.NET | Powered by: