WEST HAM WANT MOYES TO STAY ON
David Moyes has taken 24 points from his 20 matches in charge of West Ham. You might think that such a return would be viewed as pretty meagre, and that Moyes should be thanked for his help if West Ham stay up but then quickly told that the club will be looking for other options. No hard feelings. Maybe this is a country for old men, after all.
If you did think that, you would be wrong. The Daily Mirror report that West Ham are so impressed by Moyes that they consider him their best long-term option, and will award him a new contract in the summer. Given the availability of so many other managers, that would be absolutely mental.
We did like this evidence for Moyes’ grand job at West Ham:
‘England keeper Joe Hart has also responded positively to being dropped for Adrian, earning a recall against Burnley in the final game before the March international break.’
Oh well, if he made a goalkeeper more sh*t but stopped him from kicking off about it then he must be the man for the job.
MAN UNITED LINE UP GHOULAM
Another day, another player linked with a move to Manchester United who has previously been linked with a move to them because every bugger has.
This time it’s Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam whose name is conjured up, courtesy of the ever-reliable (this is sarcasm) RMC Sport. They reckon that Ghoulam will be the subject of a £26m bid from United this summer. His agent is Jorge Mendes, so that is something.
We do like it when transfer rumours go pan-European. A French outlet with a rumour about an Algerian who has a Portuguese super-agent and plays for an Italian club and is reported to be moving to England. Lovely stuff.
BIG CHARLIE AUSTIN NEWS (YEAH, QUIET DAY)
With Southampton hovering close to the trapdoor, the rumours have started regarding their best players leaving the club. That’s when you know you’re in trouble.
There is a long line of players who would surely be after a move if they do go down. Mario Lemina, Ryan Bertrand, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oriol Romeu, Dusan Tadic, Nathan Redmond, Sofiane Boufal and Manolo Gabbiadini are just a few.
And then there’s Charlie Austin, who the Daily Mirror reckon will be in demand if the worst does happen. They believe that Bournemouth, Leicester and Aston Villa all want Austin. Villa love spending around £10m on strikers, so that fits.
AND THE REST
Don’t know if you just saw, but we just had Charlie Austin as one of the big stories. Think you’re getting more than that, do you?