West Ham sound out candidates to replace boss David Moyes – Paper Talk


The top stories and transfer rumours from Tuesday’s newspapers…


West Ham head coach David Moyes’ future is under increasing pressure as the club start the process of sounding out candidates to replace their manager. Among the candidates believed to be interesting the Hammers are Julen Lopetegui, Steve Cooper and Graham Potter.

West Ham have appointed Moritz Steidten, brother of sporting director Tim, as their new head of international scouting and recruitment.

West Ham fans hold up 'Moyes Out' signs during the Premier League match at the City Ground, Nottingham. Picture date: Saturday February 17, 2024.
West Ham fans hold up ‘Moyes Out’ signs during Saturday’s defeat at Nottingham Forest

Gareth Southgate is closely following the performances of three uncapped midfield players – Manchester United teenager Kobbie Mainoo, Everton’s James Garner and Fulham’s Harrison Reed – ahead of next month’s friendlies against Brazil and Belgium amidst concerns over the form of Kalvin Phillips.

Liverpool’s injury crisis has intensified with Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones ruled out of this weekend’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.

Turkish side Besiktas have terminated the contract of a young player after his dating profile was spotted online before spreading across social media.

Everton are this week expected to learn the fate of their appeal regarding a 10-point deduction they received in November for breaching the Premier League’s spending rules.

West Brom have handed a deal to former France international Yann M’Vila until the end of the season, who has previously worked with Baggies boss Carlos Corberan.

MLS commissioner Don Garber believes Inter Miami will continue to try and add further stars of world football to their squad despite a senior executive from another team recently claiming they were “screwed” financially by adding Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez.

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Highlights from Everton’s match against Crystal Palace in the Premier League


Manchester United insist they will not be held to ransom by Newcastle United over Dan Ashworth and are ready to look elsewhere for a sporting director if their Premier League rivals play hardball.

Chelsea fear Kylian Mbappe’s decision to leave PSG at the end of the season will impact their efforts to sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen because of interest in him from the French club.

Surrey fast bowler Gus Atkinson has withdrawn from his Indian Premier League contract after consultation with the ECB.


West Ham are refusing to make any rushed decisions on David Moyes’s future but they are under pressure to convince Tim Steidten not to leave his technical director role at the end of the season.


The Rugby Football Union considered selling Twickenham and buying 50 per cent of Wembley Stadium, leaked documents have revealed.

Alex Mitchell’s knee injury will rule him out of the rest of the Six Nations, but the scrum-half should return to club action for Northampton Saints within two months after avoiding a worst-case scenario.

Manchester United are braced for a compensation battle with Newcastle over Dan Ashworth after finally making a formal approach for their highly-regarded sporting director.

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Gary Neville discusses how important it is for Manchester United to acquire a sporting director as the club have been rumoured to sign Dan Ashworth who is in the same role at Newcastle United.

Everton’s prospective new owners are still addressing 11th-hour queries from the Premier League amid new uncertainty that board approval is within sight.

World Athletics is considering the most radical overhaul of the long jump since it became one of the inaugural events of the first modern Olympics in 1896.

England are preparing to stand by Jonny Bairstow for Friday’s fourth Test and encourage him to embrace his natural “power game” to end a string of low scores in India.

Scotland scrum-half Ben White has revealed how a series of WhatsApp messages from head coach Gregor Townsend persuaded him to switch allegiances after previously playing for England, including a senior game against the Barbarians.


Steve Bruce is interested in becoming the next South Korea manager, with the former Newcastle boss keen to move overseas for his next job.

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Former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce tells Sky’s Retrospect Podcast his former club need more stability at the top

West Ham appear to have no plans to sack David Moyes, despite the club’s poor form and mounting pressure from the fanbase.

Dwight Yorke has put his hand up to be the next manager of Sunderland.

Roberto Firmino finally ended his Al Ahli goalscoring drought as the Saudi Pro League returned, after going 18 matches without a goal.


Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes Phil Foden is England’s best hope of winning the Ballon d’Or.

Manchester United are demanding £34m from any team who wants to sign striker Mason Greenwood on a permanent basis, according to an outlet in Germany.

Former Bournemouth owner and chairman Eddie Mitchell has died, aged 69.

Harry Smith is free to play for Wigan against Penrith in the World Club Challenge on Saturday after avoiding a ban for a tip tackle during the opening round of Super League games.


Eden Hazard has revealed the extent of his weight problems during his playing career, admitting he put on five kilos in pre-seasons and could not resist Belgian beer after matches.

Premier League yellow cards are being shown at a faster rate to managers this season than they were to players 30 years ago.

Josh Wander, the co-founder of 777 Partners, was at Goodison Park on Monday to watch Everton’s match against Crystal Palace as more concerns emerged over the proposed takeover of the club by the American investment company.


Minnesota United is nearing a deal to appoint Manchester United assistant coach Eric Ramsay as their new manager.

Bayern Munich are targeting a move for Xabi Alonso should Thomas Tuchel be sacked as head coach.

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Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp hailed potential successor Xabi Alonso as a ‘standout’ manager after his incredible season so far with Bayer Leverkusen

Nottingham Forest are exploring the possibilities of becoming the next Premier League club to introduce safe standing.

Arsenal have announced an increase in their season-ticket prices for the 2024-25 season.

A documentary following the final days of Roger Federer’s tennis career is set to be released.


Celtic will speak to Liel Abada’s agent this week in a bid to resolve his future.

John Henderson’s World Seniors Championship win was thanks to salads after his remarkable four-stone weight loss.


Hibs have stated the decision to not award the club a penalty in the draw with Aberdeen has led to an apology by the SFA.

Backtracking Jung Ho-Yeon has opened up on a potential move to Celtic – declaring he wasn’t good enough to merit a firm offer from the Scottish champions.

Rangers captain James Tavernier has warned team-mates against complacency after they finally toppled rivals Celtic off the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

Pape Habib Gueye’s brief stint at Aberdeen might be over after he secured a loan move back to Norway with Kristiansund.


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