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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 1:22 Sun Mar 31
Sunday news (includes West Ham)

Chelsea are planning to sell two of their England internationals - right-back Reece James, 24, and midfielder Conor Gallagher, 24 - this summer to avoid breaching the Premier League's profitability and sustainability rules. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

West Ham are edging closer to signing Brentford and England striker Ivan Toney, 28, in a "statement" deal for the club. (Football Insider)

Paris St-Germain manager Luis Enrique still hopes he can convince Kylian Mbappe, 25, to stay at the club rather than join Real Madrid when the France forward's contract expires at the end of the season. (Goal)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is not worried about Brazil winger Vinicius Jr leaving the club, after speculation the 23-year-old could move because of the racist abuse he has experienced. (Diario Sport - in Spanish)

Ruben Amorim says he remains focused on Sporting Lisbon and winning trophies with the club amid rumours he could replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager. (Star Sunday)

Getafe boss Jose Bordalas says he is unclear on Mason Greenwood's future at the club, with Manchester United yet to make a decision on whether the English striker, 22, will return. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United are leading the chase for Port Vale's 17-year-old England youth striker Baylee Dipepa. (Sun on Sunday)

Sporting Lisbon want £68.5m for in-form Swedish striker Viktor Gyokeres, 25, amid interest from Arsenal and Chelsea. (Sunday Mirror)

Bayern Munich have confirmed German midfielder Joshua Kimmich, 29, will not extend his contract at the club until they find a new manager to replace Thomas Tuchel, who is leaving at the end of the season. (Sky Germany, via 90min)

Barcelona and Chelsea are both working on a move for Palmeiras' 16-year-old Brazilian Estevao Willian, with the winger's release clause reportedly set at £51m. (Sunday Mirror)

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 32, is frustrated by his lack of game time at Manchester United and will be allowed to leave the club this summer. (Sunday Mirror)

Inter Milan see Fiorentina's 19-year-old Italian defender Michael Kayode as a potential replacement for Denzel Dumfries, if he moves away from the club. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Barcelona's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is set to remain at the club despite interest from Saudi Arabia in the 35-year-old. (Sport - in Spanish)

Sunderland and Northern Ireland defender Trai Hume, 22, is attracting interest from Premier League sides Aston Villa and Bournemouth as well as Serie A club Napoli. (Sunday Life)

Feyenoord have made an approach for West Ham full-back Ben Johnson, 24, who is now permitted to speak to overseas clubs. (Sunday Mirror)

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Chelsea are preparing to sell the England internationals Reece James and Conor Gallagher this summer in an attempt to bring the club's strained Financial Fair Play position into line.

English coach Anthony Barry, Thomas Tuchel's No 2 at Bayern Munich, is high on Sporting Lisbon's shortlist of candidates to replace Ruben Amorim should Amorim depart to become Liverpool's next manager.


Manchester United will allow Christian Eriksen to leave Old Trafford this summer as one of the first casualties of the club's desire to build a younger squad.

Sporting Lisbon will demand around £70m for former Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres if he is to be sold this summer.

Thiago Silva's time at Chelsea appears set to come to an end this summer with the veteran defender expected to leave on a free transfer.

FIFA is likely to come under increased pressure from human rights organisations after 12 people were jailed for religious chanting during matches in Saudi Arabia, the likely 2034 World Cup host nation.

Tottenham are likely to need another solution for club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele this summer with current loan club Galatasaray expected to pass on their £13m buy option for the midfielder.

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is cashing in off the field with a reported £5.4m in profit coming from his commercial deals on top of his £400,000 weekly wage.

Chesterfield coach Kieron Dyer has admitted his thoughts turned straight to the person whose sad passing allowed him to undergo a life-saving liver transplant last year after the Spireites secured promotion back to the EFL.

England fans have been warned of a new terror threat for Euro 2024. The Islamist attack in Moscow has raised "dangers to a new level", said German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, just 75 days before kick-off.


Declan Rice has claimed he is playing for a new Arsenal who are ready to change what people say about them.


Liverpool's hopes of landing Ruben Amorim as their next manager have been boosted as he is understood to be considering a move away from Sporting Lisbon in the summer even if they win the Portuguese title.

West Ham fans criticised Kalvin Phillips on social media after his forgettable appearance off the bench in the 4-3 defeat at Newcastle with one claiming he could be "the worst loan signing of all time".

Disgraced former Netherlands footballer Quincy Promes is reported to be enduring brutal living conditions in a United Arab Emirates prison while he waits to find out if he will be sent back to Russia or extradited to his home nation to begin a jail term for smuggling cocaine.


Kalvin Phillips reacted with obscenities and a lewd gesture after he faced abuse from angry West Ham fans as he boarded the team coach following Saturday's 4-3 defeat by Newcastle United.

Research has revealed Manchester City would lead the Premier League by five points if no added time had been played this season with Chelsea down in a lowly 13th place

Jesse Lingard's first start for FC Seoul looks like being delayed as he is struggling with a knee injury ahead of their clash with Gangwon on Sunday and might not feature at all.


Liverpool star Conor Bradley has revealed it was Real Madrid-era Gareth Bale who he idolised as a footballer while he was growing up.

Bath will lodge complaints with the Premiership Rugby and RFU after controversy during their clash with Harlequins on Saturday when the hosts' Irne Herbst's sin-bin period lasted only seven minutes rather than the scheduled 10.

Oxford rower Leonard Jenkins complained of an outbreak of E.Coli in the camp after defeat against Boat Race rivals Cambridge


Manchester United will not sway from appointing Dan Ashworth as their next sporting director despite his current club Newcastle digging their heels in over any deal.

Excitement is growing that Arsenal have found their next young star after 14-year-old prodigy Max Dowman made a dazzling appearance for their U18 side in a 5-2 win over Fulham on Saturday.


Celtic face a club versus country row with South Korea after Hyeon-Jun Yang was named in their Olympic squad for the Asian U23 Cup next month despite previous hints from manager Sun-Hong Hwang that he would be omitted.


Brendan Rodgers has no regrets over calling referee John Beaton incompetent. The Celtic boss has been hit with a one-match ban (with a further one suspended) following the remarks he made about the whistler following his team's 2-0 defeat at Hearts earlier this month.


Harvey Barnes’ late double helps Newcastle sink West Ham in thriller

Louise Taylor as St James' Park

Harvey Barnes has spent much of the season sitting on a physiotherapy table at Newcastle’s suburban training ground but, having finally stepped off it, he forced open a window offering tantalising glimpses of exciting European vistas.

The forward scored two fine late goals, the second a 90th-minute winner, during a brief substitute’s cameo, turning an often crazy game that West Ham had led 3-1 upside down.

Newcastle’s victory revives the previously fast fading possibility of a Europa League odyssey after all, even if the race for continental qualification seems set to go right to the wire.
The Newcastle manager, Eddie Howe, celebrates after the 4-3 victory against West Ham.

West Ham remain very much in it too but their optimism will have been shaken by a game that destroyed their manager, David Moyes’s Easter.

Thanks to stellar performances from not merely Barnes but Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon – although the latter let himself down by being sent off for a second yellow card for kicking the ball away after conceding a 95th-minute free kick – Newcastle dragged themselves back into a match initially dominated by West Ham’s impressive Mohammed Kudus and Michail Antonio.

That pair conspired to cancel out the early home lead secured when Isak sent Alphonse Areola the wrong way from the penalty spot.

The spot-kick was awarded after Gordon marked his return from England duty by manoeuvring himself between Vladimir Coufal and the ball. Sure enough, the defender was provoked into conceding what briefly, and deceptively, appeared an afternoon-defining penalty.

For a few minutes it seemed as if the game would run away from West Ham but Newcastle lost their rhythm after Jamaal Lascelles limped away from the heart of defence with a knee injury.

Shortly after the defensive reshuffle featuring Emil Krafth’s introduction at right-back, Lucas Paquetá lifted a sublime through ball over the top of the rearguard. An onside Antonio, swivelled away from Fabian Schär and made the most of Martin Dubravka’s initial indecision about whether or not to back off by shooting expertly beyond the goalkeeper.

Bruno Guimarães had become increasingly embroiled in a midfield duel with Paquetá and, evidently desperate not to be eclipsed by his Brazil teammate, responded by striking the bar.

By then Gordon should probably have already restored Newcastle’s lead but after connecting with Jacob Murphy’s cross the winger headed wide with Areola wrongfooted.

Kudus proved rather more accurate when meeting Jarrod Bowen’s delivery and directing a rising shot past Dubravka after Paquetá’s swiftly taken free-kick.

That prompted an outpouring of fury from the Gallowgate End as they reminded the referee, Rob Jones, Schar had been down with a head injury as the Ghanaian scored. Somewhat ironically Schar sustained the damage while conceding that goal prefacing set piece by fouling Kudus.

Dubravka was left cursing for a third time after Bowen stroked his 15th Premier League goal of the season past him from the edge of the area two minutes into the second half.

A particular slapdash passage of defending left an accelerating Bowen clean through as he was played in by Kudus’s smart counterattack after a home corner.

Eddie Howe responded with a triple substitution, introducing Miguel Almirón, Elliot Anderson and Lewis Hall. His team duly perked up, forcing Konstantinos Mavropanos into a couple of important defensive interceptions, only for Almirón to pull up injured and inadvertently create a stage for Barnes to conjure his magic.

Moyes replaced Antonio with a forlorn looking Kalvin Phillips, who probably wishes he had remained on the bench. When Gordon reprised his first-half party trick and squeezed himself between Phillips and the ball in the area a foul was drawn, the video assistant referee intervened and a penalty was awarded. Phillips was later seen on social media gesturing at a fan who criticised him as he boarded the team coach.

Once again Isak stepped forward and delighted in beating Lukasz Fabianski – a half-time replacement for the injured Areola – from 12 yards. It was his seventh Premier League goal in eight games.

An unexpected equaliser beckoned and it duly arrived when Barnes’s bending run culminated in a low shot that nutmegged Fabianski.

The substitute goalkeeper was soon beaten again. Barnes, cued up by Gordon, directed a 20-yard shot swerving beyond his reach.

Not content with making sense of the chaos Barnes, a £38m signing from Leicester last summer, had finally morphed from invisible man to local hero.

Jeff Stelling
Interesting that MotD decided the second Newcastle pen was not worth discussing despite it being prob the most controversial decision of the weekend. Not the fault btw of @AlexScott
just terrible production decision.


Newcastle and West Ham fans seemingly united online after Match of the Day analysis

Newcastle United and West Ham United were involved in the game of the season yesterday at St James' Park.

The game had everything, seven goals, a red card, contentious refereeing decisions and injuries galore. There was barely a moment to rest and so much to discuss, it should have been a pundits' dream.

However, Match of the Day, hosted by Alex Scott alongside Martin Keown and Stephen Warnock, spent hardly any time breaking down the game, and the things they did choose to focus on were barely even worthwhile mentioning.

From a Newcastle point of view, it was horrendous by the BBC team as they chose to focus on Newcastle's defence, seemingly ignoring the fact that they just put on one of the greatest comebacks in recent history.

Match of the Day missed an open goal not going into any detail about the game

It just smacked of laziness. Almost like they were overwhelmed by how much there was to cover so they just decided to not bother at all and simply rolled out the age-old criticisms that could have applied to almost any game this season.

Meanwhile, West Ham fans were shocked to find that absolutely no time was spent covering the penalty decisions. David Moyes and the Hammers fans were adamant that the second penalty shouldn't have stood, and seeing the debate online from pundits and fans, there are a lot of points to discuss around it.

It was an open goal for a bit of discourse in the studio that would have made for compelling viewing, but instead, they chose to not even bring it to anyone's attention.

ESPN showed Match of the Day how it's done

As I said in the post-match write-up, I felt that the decision to award Newcastle a penalty, while gratefully accepted, was probably a bit harsh on West Ham. Gordon just stuck his foot between Kalvin Phillips' foot and the ball giving him no option but to kick him - it was clever by Gordon, careless by Phillips but also probably unavoidable. Had it gone against us we'd have been livid, and seeing a similar one not given in the game between Bournemouth and Everton, it just shows how lucky we were.

We dare bet that had Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards been on duty on MOTD last night they'd have launched into a big discussion about it.

Fans were quick to point out the poor show on X calling out the lack of coverage as "poor" and one fan going all-in:

"Sorry, you don’t think that the second penalty was worth a bit of a chat between the analysts? Is this your first day? It’s the moment that swung the game."

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Texas Iron 12:05 Mon Apr 1
Re: Sunday news (includes West Ham)

terry-h 4:06 Sun Mar 31
Re: Sunday news (includes West Ham)
The substitute presenters of MOTD last night proved to be totally incompetent.
Alex Scott appears everywhere these days, Football focus,The One Show,todays Women’s League Cup Final and on and on…
Promotion beyond her ability perhaps?

JayeMPee 1:57 Sun Mar 31
Re: Sunday news (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan, re BBC

No point whatsoever in West Ham signing Toney or any other decent striker whilst moyes is in post. He is capable of destroying the confidence of any striker at any level, utter pr#ck!

Mex Martillo 1:50 Sun Mar 31
Re: Sunday news (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:38 Sun Mar 31

Thanks Alan 1:38 Sun Mar 31
Re: Sunday news (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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