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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 11:14 Wed Sep 14
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain are planning to offer Lionel Messi a new contract and Barcelona are interested in re-signing the Argentina forward, but the 35-year-old will not make a decision on his future until after the World Cup. (Fabrizio Romano)

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund's England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19. (AS - in Spanish)

Barcelona have denied they are close to agreeing to reduce the purchase clause on Antoine Griezmann's loan deal with Atletico Madrid from £35m to £22m. Atleti have only been using the France forward, 31, as a late substitute so they do not trigger the clause. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Liverpool made a move to sign Federico Valverde just before the transfer deadline and were willing to pay Real Madrid £87m for the Uruguay midfielder, 24. (AS - in Spanish)

Kylian Mbappe's contract extension at Paris St-Germain - announced in May as running until 2025 - is actually a two-year extension with the France forward, 23, having the option of a third year. (L'Equipe - in French)

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he has "given up" answering questions about whether Mbappe will join the club when he leaves PSG. (Marca - in Spanish)

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has offered PSG's sporting director Luis Campos £7m a year to join the Premier League club immediately. (Le Parisien - in French)

A German club, a Spanish club and two English clubs are interested in signing N'Golo Kante if the France midfielder does not sign a new deal at Chelsea. The 31-year-old's contract expires next summer. (Bild - in German)

Barcelona opted to sign Raphinha from Leeds United instead of fellow Brazil winger Antony, 22, because they felt the 25-year-old is a more complete player and would cost less. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal are trying to agree new deals with England winger Bukayo Saka, Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli and France defender William Saliba, who are all 21 and whose contracts run until 2024. (90 Min)

Watford's Austria goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann, 28, says Manchester United attempted to sign him in the summer transfer window. (LAOLA1 - in German)

Inter Milan are to open contract extension talks with Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 27, after interest from Paris St-Germain this summer. (L'Interista - in Italian)

Leicester City are looking to sign Lens and Belgium forward Lois Openda, 22, after his bright start to the season. (MediaFoot - in French)

Uruguay winger Facundo Pellistri, 20, has been asked to leave Manchester United because he is not a part of Erik ten Hag's plans. (TeamTalk)

Brighton's shortlist of candidates to be their new manager includes Franck Haise of Lens as well as Bodo/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen and ex-Shakhtar Donetsk coach Roberto de Zerbi. (Guardian)

Sampdoria president Marco Lanna says England midfielder Harry Winks "wants to prove that Tottenham made a mistake" after the 26-year-old's move to the Serie A club on loan this summer. (Express)

AC Milan and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 40, has stated he has no plans to retire and "won't give up" as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Sky Paper Talk


Real Madrid's pursuit of Kylian Mbappe is set to start again next summer after full details of his Paris Saint-Germain contract emerged.

Barcelona star Gavi has already agreed to a new contract that includes a €1bn release clause, according to reports.

Chelsea are reportedly set to dive into the transfer market again this January.

Former Barcelona star Miralem Pjanic has hit out at the club after leaving for United Arab Emirates-based side Sharjah FC.

Chelsea offered Paris Saint-Germain football advisor Luis Campos a whopping £7m salary to move to Stamford Bridge and spearhead their next transfer spree, while Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants him to spearhead Manchester United's future recruitment if he takes over the Old Trafford club.


Liverpool attempted a late £86.5m swoop for Real Madrid star Federico Valverde before the transfer window slammed shut earlier this month.

Wrexham co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have both had potentially dangerous benign growths removed from their colons after Reynolds lost a bet that McElhenney would be able to learn any Welsh during their time at the National League side, with the loser having to broadcast a live colonoscopy, which McElhenney also grudgingly underwent.


Jorginho has admitted that Chelsea's players were at fault for Thomas Tuchel's sacking as they prepare to embark on their new era under Graham Potter.

FIFA has summoned Byron Castillo to attend Thursday's hearing of their Appeals Commission following revelations that the Ecuador international confessed to being born in Colombia in an official investigation four years ago.

Jose Mourinho has demanded more from Tammy Abraham despite the fact the 24-year-old scored Roma's winner against Empoli on Monday night.

Liverpool's most famous ball boy Oakley Cannonier has taken another step towards representing the Reds' first team by scoring a hat-trick against Ajax for the under-19s in the UEFA Youth League.

Arsenal are reportedly confident they won't have to forfeit their Europa League game against PSV following the game's postponement after the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

Marcus Edwards is being tipped for a future in England's senior setup after his starring role in Sporting Lisbon's Champions League win over former side Tottenham.

Andy Carroll has turned down a move to play in Iran with Tractor SC and continues to instead look at other free agent signing options.

Andy Murray is not expecting to play for Great Britain at the Davis Cup in this week's playoff round in Glasgow simply because of the strength of other options available to captain Leon Smith.


Bayern Munich supporters have taken aim at UEFA for their late decisions to significantly alter the arrangements of Champions League and Europa League fixtures following the death of The Queen.

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has rejected claims that a compromise is being worked on with Barcelona over an end to the situation with Antoine Griezmann, who is yet to start a game this season because of a clause in their loan deal signed in 2021.

Cameron Percy says Open champion Cam Smith and Australian compatriot Marc Leishman are no longer answering his phone calls after he inadvertently broke the news that both players would be joining the rebel LIV Golf series.


Brighton will step up their efforts to recruit Graham Potter's replacement as head coach in the coming days after assessing a shortlist of potential candidates that includes the Norwegian Kjetil Knutsen and the former Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto De Zerbi.

Preston North End have issued a lifetime stadium ban to a supporter for a derogatory tweet about the Royal Family.


Senior figures at Women's Super League clubs want football authorities to consider showing live games during the 3pm Saturday blackout window with the idea potentially being part of Karen Carney's review into women's football.

Lancashire have called for county umpires to be made more accountable after describing the two minor transgressions which have seen them docked six championship points as "unduly harsh".


Arsenal director Edu is stepping up his efforts to avoid losing three of his first-team stars by tying them down to new and improved contracts as a matter of priority, according to reports.

Sampdoria chairman Marco Lanna claims Harry Winks is determined to make a success of his loan spell in Serie A to prove Tottenham boss Antonio Conte wrong.


Hibs striker Mykola Kukharevych is edging closer to a debut after finally arriving in Scotland.

Gus MacPherson is set to return to top-flight football as new Head of Football Operations at St Johnstone.


Steve Finn and Nick Knight have emerged as the leading contenders for the role of England national selector, which is being reintroduced.

Sport Witness

€50m request stalled transfer to West Ham – Deal could be revived when January window opens

By Lucas Sposito

West Ham United are reportedly one of the clubs who tried a late summer attempt to sign Ruslan Malinovskyi from Atalanta.

It’s Calcio Mercato who claims that following ‘excellent results’ for the Serie A side, the midfielder ended up being chased by a few clubs in the final stretch of the transfer window.

It’s said West Ham are one of those who ‘tried the coup’ and were stopped by the €50m request from Atalanta. The Italian side were said to be ‘determined more than ever’ to keep the player in the squad, and so they did.

However, there’s now a tense relationship between Malinovskyi and manager Gian Piero Gasperini. With a strange situation ‘not only on the pitch’, that means a January transfer is still possible.

Should Atalanta change their demands in view of a winter transfer, then the wheels could start moving.

There’s no indication of what West Ham were willing to pay in the summer, and that could be key come the winter market. On Transfermarkt, the Ukrainian player is valued at €28m.

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Texas Iron 2:28 Wed Sep 14
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Banjo 1:07 Wed Sep 14
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Thanks Alan 12:41 Wed Sep 14

Thanks Alan 12:41 Wed Sep 14
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ted fenton 11:37 Wed Sep 14

ted fenton 11:37 Wed Sep 14
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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