1 Wissam Ben Yedder in action for Toulouse West Ham are ready to turn to Toulouse star Wissam Ben Yedder as they continue their search for a new striker.The Hammers are desperate to land a forward this summer and the club have already failed with a number of approaches for different targets.Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette turned down an offer from them in June, while a deal for AC Milan hitman Carlos Bacca has stalled.And now, according to RMC, the Hammers are ready to make a move for Ben Yedder instead.The 25-year-old, who bagged 23 goals last season, is available for around £10m and several other clubs are interested too.Leicester City are keeping tabs on the Frenchman, while Lazio and Real Betis are also willing to meet Ben Yedder’s asking price.
CHICAGO – Their second celebration in a little more a week behind them, the White Sox came home Saturday to await their first trip to the AL Championship Series since 1993, two years before wild cards were added. They’ve been hearing a lot about history lately. The subject popped up when they clinched the AL Central with a league-best 99 wins and again when they swept the defending champion Boston Red Sox. A sign-waving crowd estimated at 1,000 jammed a street next to a terminal near Midway Airport on Saturday to welcome the White Sox from Boston. The White Sox will work out today and Monday and wait to hear who they’ll play in the next round beginning Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf wants his team to savor its accomplishment for at least another day and then worry about the next round. He has no preference on the opponent, adding that matchups often go askew in the postseason. “I don’t care,” Reinsdorf said. “Last year the Red Sox had an offensive machine and they beat the Cardinals with pitching. Go figure.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They’ve heard how the franchise hasn’t played in a World Series since 1959, hasn’t won a title since 1917 – the last time until Friday the White Sox had even captured a playoff series – and even about the 1919 World Series, when eight players were charged with conspiring to fix the outcome. Enough, already. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “This team is the 2005 White Sox. It’s not trying to change what’s happened in the past and all that,” said first baseman Paul Konerko, whose homer Friday propelled the White Sox to a 5-3 victory. “We’re just trying to be this team, play our best and see what happens.” After staggering through September and nearly losing a 15-game lead that dwindled to 1, the White Sox have more than regrouped. They won their final five regular-season games and will take an eight-game winning streak overall against the Angels or the New York Yankees. Surviving the shaky stretch, when the words “collapse” and “choke” were being mentioned daily, seems to have been a boost. “This team’s real loose, and that starts with Ozzie,” said Konerko, referring to manager Ozzie Guillen. And the city that has been baseball hungry for decades is caught up in Sox mania with skyscrapers near Lake Michigan lit up with team lettering.