WHO Poll
Q: 2018/19 Wolves (H)
a. At last we have a win now let's make it two, Win
b. A win against 10 men and two leagues below us is fine, but this will be much harder I'll take a point, Draw
c. Who are we kidding, a win against Wimbledon and all is rosy, forget it we're getting our arses kicked in this one, Lose
d. It's at times like these when you really do miss Love Island
e. I was all over this game until I found out it's not on the box, the broadcasting companies really don't care about us hard core fans do they, I might pop off to Thorpe Park for the day instead, obviously in my WHU shirt

Alan 10:56 Thu Aug 17
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham are not expected to entertain offers from Chelsea for full-back Danny Rose, 27, with the Blues ready to double his salary. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United are no longer interested in signing Rose, although the England international is desperate for a move to Old Trafford. (Daily Star)

Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, says midfielder Dele Alli, 21, would not be sold even for £150m, with Barcelona and Manchester City both interested. (Sun)

Spurs have been outbid by Lyon for Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop, 20. The Premier League side offered £9m for the Senegal-born Spanish youth international (Daily Mail)

Chelsea have not given up on signing Alex Sandro, 26, from Juventus, but are relying on the Brazilian left-back handing in a transfer request. (Evening Standard)

The Blues have made a new £73m bid for Sandro, but Juventus have rejected the offer. (Calciomercato, via Daily Star)

Antonio Conte's side are to offer £25m plus add-ons for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27, but the Foxes want £40m for the player. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona have offered Liverpool £118m for 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho. (Goal.com, in Spanish)

Barcelona are a step closer to securing a deal for Ousmane Dembele, 20, from Borussia Dortmund after the French forward was pictured packing his bags. (Daily Express)

Manchester City have made a £60m bid for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, with Real Madrid also interested in the 28-year-old Chilean. (Don Balon, via Daily Star)

Arsenal have already rejected a £45m bid from City for Sanchez, according to the player's agent Fernando Felicevich. (El Mercurio, via Daily Express)

Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has told Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, that he wants him to stay for "a long time", with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United interested in the England winger. (Sun)

Wenger has admitted Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain could both be sold this summer. (Daily Star)

Championship side Aston Villa, who are in the relegation zone, are interested in signing Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25. (Daily Mail)

Southampton are closing in on a £15.4m move for Lazio's Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt, 23. (Daily Mirror)

Everton Ronald Koeman says the club still has business to do before the transfer window closes, despite breaking their transfer record to sign £45m Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea. (Guardian)

Manchester United are ready to offer striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, a coaching role as part of their move to re-sign him. (Independent)

Napoli have turned down a £55m bid from Barcelona for Italy's 26-year-old forward Lorenzo Insigne. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via IB Times)

Tottenham are lining up a £27m bid for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez. The 23-year-old Spaniard looked to be heading to Italian side Napoli. (Mundo Deportivo, via Metro)

Chelsea pulled out of a deal for Paris St-Germain's Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 27, because PSG were too busy handling the arrival of Neymar from Barcelona. (L'Equipe, via Daily Express)

Juventus have agreed a £18.2m fee for PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 30. The Frenchman will become the Serie A club's 10th summer signing. (Guardian)

Brazilian defender Gabriel is set to join Valencia from Arsenal in a £10m deal. Gabriel, 26, joined the Gunners for £15m in January 2015. (Daily Mirror)

Watford are close to agreeing a season-long loan deal for Benfica's Peruvian 26-year-old winger Andre Carrillo. (Daily Mirror)

Leeds' New Zealand striker Chris Wood, 25, fears his club's demand of a £20m fee could stop a dream move to Burnley. (Daily Star)

The Clarets have been quoted £20m to sign midfielder Sam Clucas, 26, from Hull having already had a £10m bid rejected for the player. (The Sun)

Sheffield Wednesday will reject a second bid from Leicester City for forward George Hirst. The 18-year-old is the son of former England striker David Hirst. (Sheffield Star)

West Brom have no intention of selling Nacer Chadli, but are lining up a replacement in case Swansea make an offer too good to refuse for the 28-year-old Belgian winger. (Birmingham Mail)


Diego Costa could be sued by Chelsea if he ignores their requests to return to training. (Daily Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain's new world-record £198m signing Neymar has hired a UFC fighter as his personal bodyguard. (Sun)

Manchester United are among a number of clubs to have expressed reservations about a proposal to close the transfer window before the start of the season. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Juventus and Ajax midfielder Edgar Davids has successfully sued a gaming franchise after one of their characters resembled the Dutchman. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has three games to save his job. (Daily Star)

A photo of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk in London was posted on Instagram, only to be deleted soon after. The 26-year-old has been linked with Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has sent a letter (with marriage advice) to a lifelong Spurs fan before his wedding day. (Daily Mail)

Best of Wednesday's transfer news

Chelsea are lining up a £50m move to sign Tottenham Hotspur and England full-back Danny Rose, 27, after the player angered Spurs by criticising the club's transfer and wage policies. (Sun)

Spurs have reached an agreement with Paris St-Germain defender Serge Aurier, 24, who was a target for Manchester United. (L'Equipe, via IB Times)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club will resist any bids for forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, and Oxlade-Chamberlain and expects them to honour the final year of their contracts. (Daily Mirror)

Gunners and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, is wanted by Championship side Aston Villa. Wilshere has one year left on his Arsenal contract. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool want Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 29, included in negotiations with the Spanish giants over playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25. (Diario Gol, via Daily Express)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Shortly after Real Madrid paraded the trophy with which they’d just been presented for thrashing Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup, the general manager of their vanquished opponents emerged with some consolatory news for his club’s fans. “[Philippe] Coutinho and [Ousmane] Dembélé are both close,” said Pep Segura in an interview with Spanish television. “We are hopeful that they will end up wearing the Barça shirt. Until deals are closed I can’t say anything. We know we have to help the team and reinforce it and that’s what we are doing.”

While Borussia Dortmund forward Dembélé remains suspended indefinitely by his club (presumably until they are no longer his club), Coutinho has been reporting for duty at Liverpool’s training ground despite being sidelined from meaningful action with a “back complaint” that the Mill feels just a little bit guilty about putting in inverted commas. Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo say Coutinho is ready to emulate his compatriot Diego Costa by downing tools in an effort to force a move, even if it means spending a season rotting in the stan … ah, let’s not kid ourselves, he’ll be a Barcelona player by close of play on deadline day.

Arsène Wenger’s attempts to free up a few dressing room pegs and training ground parking spaces look set to receive a significant boost when Gabriel agrees to join Valencia for £10m. Some or all of Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere, Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs could follow the Brazilian central defender out the Emirates exit door. Reports yesterday linked Wilshere, who returned from injury to play for Arsenal’s under-23s earlier this week, with Championship side Aston Villa, although Wenger has said “I plan for him to be here for the season”. According to France Football, Debuchy is wanted by Marseille.

Spanish sports weekly Don Balon say Manchester City are mulling over a move for currently knacked Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard in the face of Arsenal’s lack of willingness to offload Alexis Sánchez, while Antonio Conte is still hoping to bring Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater and Juventus full-back Alex Sandro to Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere, Tottenham are hoping to hijack Napoli’s purchase of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suárez and are also reported to be interested in Celta Vigo’s Pape Cheikh Diop. The Senegalese midfielder is keen on a move to Tottenham, but Lyon have outbid the Premier League side in the stampede to secure his services.

And finally, Hull City have told Burnley to double their original offer of £10m if they want to bring midfielder Sam Clucas to Turf Moor, while Watford are about to sign Benfica winger André Carrillo on loan.


West Ham chairman David Sullivan working 20 hour days during summer transfer window, reveals Karren Brady: 'It's an incredibly stressful situation'

West Ham have signed five players this summer including Marko Arnautovic
The Hammers continue to work behind the scenes to add new faces to squad
Karren Brady revealed chairman David Sullivan 'is working 20 hours a day'
Brady also explained how the window is an 'incredibly stressful situation'

By Matt Maltby

Karren Brady has lifted the lid on the 'incredibly stressful' summer transfer window at West Ham — by revealing club chairman David Sullivan 'is working 20 hours a day'.

The London Stadium outfit have had a busy summer, adding five players to Slaven Bilic's squad including the £24million club-record signing of Marko Arnautovic.

But the Hammers are still working hard on deals, with Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho among the targets, before the window slams shut on Thursday, August 31.

And Brady, the east London club's vice chairman, admits Sullivan is working through the hours to ensure the club have a squad capable of winning silverware this season.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Debate show, Brady said: 'A lot of supporters don't understand how stressful that whole period [the transfer window] is.

'My chairman is working 20 hours a day getting very little sleep, taking phone calls, morning, noon and night. He's doing all of that to try and improve things for West Ham. It's an incredibly stressful situation.

'I don't deal with agents, my poor chairman has to deal with them — and I can tell you it's incredibly stressful.

'There are people who come into the market who purport to represent players but don't, that are working behind your backs, talking to players and turning their heads.

'They're talking them out of deals, talking them into deals, talking you into deals — it's stressful.'

Along with the signing of Arnautovic, who signed from Stoke City, Javier Hernandez, Sead Haksabanovic, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart have also arrived this summer.

And Brady admitted the money is available for Bilic to improve his squad, with the club keen on bringing £37.5m-rated Carvalho to the Premier League.

She added: 'We are ambitious and want to win things.

'We realise we needed extra players in the team. The manager has identified who they are, the money is there and the chairman is working very hard to bring them in.

'All of our ambitions are for West Ham. But we can't put on the football boots, play the games and score the goals.

'We have to rely on other people to do that and that's where the money comes in, the negotiations and the tactics — and the way it all works is very important.'

West Ham striker Andy Carroll back in training and closing in on a Premier League return but unlikely to face former club Newcastle

West Ham's Andy Carroll has been suffering with a thigh injury since last season
The 28-year-old is back in training with his team-mates at Rush Green
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is unlikely to risk him for upcoming trip to Newcastle

By Kieran Gill for the Daily Mail

Andy Carroll is back in West Ham first-team training at Rush Green with the striker closing in on his Premier League return.

Slaven Bilic will have to decide whether to risk the striker for their trip to Newcastle United in two weeks but the Hammers boss is likelier to wait until after the international break.

The 28-year-old, who left Newcastle for Liverpool in a £30million move in 2011, has been suffering from a thigh injury since last season.

The 28-year-old England forward has been suffering with a thigh problem since last season

Carroll's last appearance was on April 15 against Sunderland as he then missed the last five matches of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

The forward, who has not given up on his England international career, trained on Wednesday and got through the session without any hiccups.

He will have to fight for his place up front after the high-profile arrival of former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez for £16million.

Meanwhile, Michail Antonio has been back in training since last Monday and is in line for a return to the match-day squad against Southampton this weekend.

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deanfergi 4:53 Thu Aug 17
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Glad to see Andy is training without any hiccups as he'd probably dislocate his larynx..!

BubblesCyprus 4:51 Thu Aug 17
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

pdbis 12:30 Thu Aug 17
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Andy who?

Thames Ironworks 12:19 Thu Aug 17
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Blimey that picture of Carroll, is that really a sprint even though it is a still? Looks like he is tip toeing with the ball.

Thanks Alan

Fivetide 12:13 Thu Aug 17
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Dave Boozle 11:36 Thu Aug 17
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Agreed Branded.

Guess you could argue that you could start conversations in April or May - sure the likes of Carvalho don't just become available now, but I don't envy Sullivan on this front.

BRANDED 11:27 Thu Aug 17
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Dealing with the agents must be a mare. Clubs need to find another way.

ted fenton 11:23 Thu Aug 17
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 10:56 Thu Aug 17

Takashi Miike 11:04 Thu Aug 17
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Thanks Alan

The_Phantom 11:02 Thu Aug 17
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 10:56 Thu Aug 17
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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