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 12:43 Mon Sep 26
Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)

Manchester City have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract for England attacking midfielder Phil Foden, with the deal believed to be over six years and worth about £250,000 a week. (Football Insider)

Belgium international Romelu Lukaku does not plan to return to Chelsea at the end of his season-long loan at Inter Milan, who are expected to renew the 29-year-old's deal. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia)

Brighton and Belgium forward Leandro Trossard, 27, says he would be willing to follow former Seagulls boss Graham Potter to Chelsea, but he would want to play and not sit on the bench. (Het Nieuwsblad, via Mail)

Liverpool centre-back Vigil van Dijk, 31, believes fellow Dutch defender Jurrien Timber, who was linked with a summer move to Manchester United, is further along in his development than he was at the same age of 21. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United are targeting England and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 28, as a possible replacement for Spain's 31-year-old David de Gea. (Metro)

Juventus are prepared to make a move for France forward Antoine Griezmann, 31, if Atletico Madrid do not make his move from Barcelona permanent. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mail)

Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez, 24, says he did not pay attention to criticism of him during the early part of the season following his summer move to Manchester United from Ajax. (TyC Sports, via Metro)

Leicester City could make a move to try to sign 28-year-old Germany international Robin Gosens, who can play at left-back or left midfield, from Inter Milan in January. (FC Inter News)

Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, who joined Roma in the summer after his Manchester United contract expired, is on track to trigger an automatic contract renewal at the Serie A side. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia)

Rangers are prepared to sell 26-year-old Finland midfielder Glen Kamara in the January transfer window. (Football Insider)

Sky Paper Talk


Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic will not be joining Arsenal in January after rumours of a reported swoop.

Manchester United reportedly plan to trigger a 12-month extension on Marcus Rashford's contract.

Arsenal are reportedly battling three Premier League rivals for Alex Baena after identifying the Villarreal winger as a possible alternative to Mykhaylo Mudryk.


Family members of three of England's 1966 World Cup heroes have called on football to stop heading among young children and a major public education campaign about the national game's "irrefutable" dementia link.

Staff at Worcester Warriors have been asked to come and collect their personal belongings from Sixways before 4.30pm on Monday afternoon as club directors anticipate their suspension from all competitions.


Liverpool have been handed a major boost with talisman Mo Salah set to be rested for Egypt's friendly against Liberia on Tuesday.

Argentina are set to ask Premier League clubs to not field their players in the final game before the World Cup, according to a report.

Midfielder Toni Kroos is expected to be offered a contract extension at Real Madrid.

Paul Pogba is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery and is hopeful of playing for Juventus next month as he looks to bolster his chances of making France's World Cup squad.


More than half of the 18 first-class counties have indicated that they will not vote in favour of Andrew Strauss's proposals to overhaul county cricket.

Nick Easter accepts Worcester Warriors' international players including Duhan van der Merwe, Ted Hill, Ollie Lawrence and Rory Sutherland could be lost even if a new financial backer saves the club.


Moises Caicedo has hinted he would pick a Manchester United transfer over Chelsea or Liverpool moves.


Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has bought a football club in his native Ivory Coast and, according to his brother, has plans to lead them to the country's top tier.

Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard opened up on his bout with depression, induced by the Coronavirus lockdowns.


Louis van Gaal has questioned Frenkie de Jong's fitness ahead of the World Cup in Qatar - a problem that may concern Erik ten Hag.

Real Madrid star Federico Valverde has evolved into one of Europe's top midfielders at the Bernabeu, but he almost signed for Arsenal after being spotted as a teenager.


Nemanja Matic has spoken out in defence of former Manchester United team-mate Harry Maguire, describing social media criticism of the England international as "a disaster".


Midfielder Scott Arfield has issued a 'never say never' message to Canada over an international retirement U-turn.

Lee Wallace has retired from football, hanging up his boots after an 18-year professional career.


Celtic ace Liel Abada has dismissed speculation linking him with a possible transfer to the Premier League.

Celtic star Reo Hatate has admitted major disappointment at being left out of the Japan squad for the friendly against the USA.

London World

‘Very bright’ - West Ham man impresses manager after first start for loan club

How did this West Ham man get on over the weekend?

By Harry Mail

West Ham youngster Dan Chesters was handed his first start for loan side Colchester United over the weekend.

The midfielder put in a ‘very bright’ performance according to the U’s interim head coach Steve Ball.

They ended losing 1-0 at home to Rochdale though and have sunk to 21st in the League Two table.

Ball delivered his verdict on Chesters’ performance, as per the Gazette News:

“I thought he was very bright.

“Dan has come into the group and this was his first start.

“I thought he made an impact and for the new manager that comes in, Dan I’m sure will be a really strong option off that right side.

“I think if we can get him and Bez (Lubala) and people like that on the ball in wide areas, we can definitely hurt teams this season.”

Chesters, 20, has been on the books at West Ham for his whole career to date and has risen up through the academy of the London club.

He has been a regular for the Hammers at various youth levels over the past few years and was handed his first professional contract in June last year.

The Hertfordshire-born man then made his first-team debut a few months later in a Europa League clash against Genk and has since played once more for David Moyes’ side.

Chesters was given the green light to leave on loan when Colchester came calling near the end of August and will be hoping to get plenty more game time under his belt after making his first start on Saturday.

Sport Witness

Agent suggests West Ham player should be at ‘top European club’ – Not sat on Hammers bench

Alphonse Areola has had just over 400 minutes of action for West Ham United so far this season, being the second choice option for David Moyes.

He’d been on loan at the Hammers last season, and that move was made permanent in June of this year.

Sunday’s edition of L’Equipe had a feature on the goalkeeper and how he’s not hit the career peaks that were expected of him as a youngster. He’s been a starter for France during the current international break, after injuries to Hugo Lloris and Mike Maignan meant Didier Deschamps had to turn to his third choice.

The French newspaper insist Areola had long kept his dream of being first choice for PSG and at times he came close to that. Unfortunately for the player, he wasn’t able to fulfil that dream, and went out on loan to Lens, Bastia, Villarreal, Real Madrid, Fulham and then finally found a longer term home at West Ham.

L’Equipe quote Areola’s former agent, Franck Belhassen, as saying: “He has all the qualities, the size, the game, he was the goalkeeper of the future. I sometimes wonder how it is possible that he is not a starter at a top European club. But for that, you need character.”

The West Ham stopper started for France on Sunday evening as they lost 2-0 to Denmark. L’Equipe rated his performance as worthy of 5/10 but that was still the best mark given to any of Deschamps’ team.

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Russ of the BML 10:52 Tue Sep 27
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
L’Equipe quote Areola’s former agent, Franck Belhassen, as saying: “He has all the qualities, the size, the game, he was the goalkeeper of the future. I sometimes wonder how it is possible that he is not a starter at a top European club. But for that, you need character.”

Because he just got a 5 out of 10 for a poor performance for France?

Texas Iron 4:34 Mon Sep 26
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Banjo 1:47 Mon Sep 26
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ted fenton 1:21 Mon Sep 26

ted fenton 1:21 Mon Sep 26
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:43 Mon Sep 26

Thanks Alan 12:43 Mon Sep 26
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Thanks Alan

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