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 11:38 Sun Aug 20
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is planning to spend £200m on Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, and three defenders from Southampton: Virgil van Dijk, 26, Cedric Soares, 25, and Ryan Bertrand, 28. (Express)

The Blues have also enquired about central defender Toby Alderweireld's interest in leaving Tottenham, with the 28-year-old's talks about a new deal progressing poorly. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Atletico Madrid are prepared to offer up to £50m for Chelsea's 28-year-old striker Diego Costa. (Daily Mail)

Costa has turned down loan offers from Shanghai SIPG and Tianjin Quanjian that would have earned him £13m between now and November. (Sun)

Manchester City are ready to pay Arsenal £70m for their 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez. (Mirror)

City will offer Sanchez a contract worth £400,000 a week. (Sun)

Barcelona have told Liverpool they have until Sunday to accept their £118m bid for 25-year-old attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, or the offer will be withdrawn. (Times - subscription required)

The Spanish club have made signing Coutinho their number one priority. They are working to reach an agreement with Liverpool, and the Brazil international believes he will eventually leave. (Sport - in Spanish)

Barca will improve their bid for Coutinho to £130m, although they will have to offer more than a guaranteed £80m before add-ons to tempt Liverpool, who value the player at £140m. (Express)

Liverpool's hopes of signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26, could be thwartedby Juventus.(Gazzetta dello Sport via Daily Star on Sunday)

Paris St-Germain have finally reached agreement with Monaco over the 200m euro (£182m) signing of their 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Newcastle are considering making a bid for their former striker Andy Carroll, 28, now with West Ham. (Mirror)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all interested in signing 23-year-old winger Julian Draxler from Paris St-Germain.(Mirror)

Barcelona are stepping up their interest in Nice's 26-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri. (Sport - in Spanish)

Barca will pay Seri's 40m euro (£36.5m) release clause and the Ivory Coast player will sign on Monday. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Borussia Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc says 20-year-old forward Ousmane Dembele will only be sold at the right price. (Four Four Two)

Barcelona will have to offer 150m euros (£137m), including add-ons, if they are to sign Dembele. (RAC 1 - in Catalan)

Real Madrid want to increase Marco Asensio's release clause to 500m euros (£456m). The 21-year-old midfielder's current contract has a release clause of 350m euros (£319m). (Marca)

Burnley are closing in on the club record £15m signing of Leeds United striker Chris Wood, 25, with a deal to be completed by Monday. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is targeting several more signings. But he does not want to bring back defender Mamadou Sakho, 27, from Liverpool, and winger Andros Townsend, 26, could be sold. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid have rejected a 75m euro (£68.5m) bid from Juventus for their 23-year-old midfielder Mateo Kovacic, (AS)

Valencia's 23-year-old right-back Joao Cancelo is set to join Italian club Inter Milan. (Efe -in Spanish)

Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City are all keen to sign 18-year-old Fenerbahce midfielder Oguz Kagan. (Sun)


Everton forward Wayne Rooney, 31, and Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, 22, are in contention to make England manager Gareth Southgate's squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Twelve-year-old forward Youssoufa Moukoko has scored eight goals in three games for Borussia Dortmund's under-17 side this season. (ESPN)

Diego Costa is refusing to return to Chelsea to clear out his locker, and has told team-mates they are welcome to take what they like. (Sun)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez says Huddersfield counterpart David Wagner is doing "a great job" and backed the 45-year-old to get better. (Sunday Telegraph)
Best of Saturday's transfer news

Barcelona's latest £119m offer for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25, was made up of a guaranteed £80m with rest for the Brazilian reaching targets, including winning multiple trophies and the Ballon d'Or. (Mirror)

Manchester United will allow goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, to join Real Madrid next season if they can sign 18-year-old Italy international Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan. (Sun)

West Ham are becoming frustrated in their attempts to sign 25-year-old Portugal midfielder William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon, with the clubs £5.5m apart in their valuations. (Telegraph)

Manchester City have been told they must pay at least £30m to sign West Brom's 29-year-old Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans. (Times - subscription required)


Southampton 3 West Ham United 2: Charlie Austin breaks visitors' hearts with injury-time winner

Nick Szczepanik

Two teams who had failed to hit the net on the Premier League’s opening weekend served up a five-goal farrago of errors, idiocy and instinct at St Mary’s on Saturday. Southampton, in fact, had not managed to score at home in their previous six games, but lamentable defending by West Ham handed them a two-goal lead, and a reckless red-card offence by Marko Arnautovic gave them a man advantage.

Two goals from Javier Hernandez drew West Ham level and showed why Slaven Bilic paid Bayer Leverkusen £16 million to secure the Mexico and former Manchester United striker’s services. But Southampton substitute Charlie Austin broke East London hearts with an injury-time winner from the penalty spot.

West Ham might have known it was to be one of those afternoons when Winston Reid was ruled out with a calf injury during the pre-match warm-up, and their defence was at fault after 11 minutes when Nathan Redmond was allowed too much time to play Manolo Gabbiadini in on the left of the penalty area. He drove the ball low across Joe Hart before former Saints captain Jose Fonte could lumber across to stop him.

Arnautovic shot narrowly wide and saw a diving header saved by Fraser Forster before he was laid out by the elbow of Mario Lemina. That may have riled the Austrian into an ugly challenge on Jack Stephens after 33 minutes, leading with his elbow and catching the Saints defender in the neck. Arnautovic was the only person shocked when referee Lee Mason produced a red card.

Five minutes later, West Ham were 2-0 behind. Steven Davis was brought down just inside the area by a combination of Fonte and Reid’s replacement, Angelo Ogbonna. It was another easy decision for Mr Mason, but Tadic made hard work of the penalty, shooting in off Hart’s legs.

Most would have bet on a West Ham collapse, but instead they halved the deficit when the excellent Michail Antonio squirmed past Oriol Romeu and shot hard and low with his left foot. Forster could only parry and Hernandez was on to the rebound to score.

And Hernadez levelled in the 74th minute when substitute Diafra Sakho’s header from Aaron Cresswell’s cross came back off Forster and the crossbar.

A draw seemed certain until Pablo Zabaleta pushed Maya Yoshida as he went for a James Ward-Prowse cross, and Austin rolled in from the spot.

“When the referee makes a decision for you, as in this case, you are happy,” Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino said. “When it’s against you, you ­suffer.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said: “Of course we are gutted that we lost a point, but we gained a lot of things. We showed character and quality to play with 10 men for such a long time.”


Newcastle pondering sensational swoop for Geordie West Ham striker Andy Carroll

The £130,000-a-week West Ham striker has emerged as an option for his old club with an emotional, season-long loan on the cards

By Tom Hopkinson

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is considering a sensational swoop for Geordie boy Andy Carroll.

The £130,000-a-week West Ham striker has emerged as an option for his old club with an emotional, season-long loan on the cards.

And in a double raid on London, Benitez could take Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who will be allowed to leave Arsenal this summer, on loan as well.

But it is a move for Carroll six years after he left the club which will really appeal to the Gallowgate faithful.

Carroll has been plagued by injury and the Hammers were willing to sell the 28-year-old to China in January.

A move for the player did not materialise but if Newcastle firm up their interest then it is likely that West Ham will let him return to St James’ Park.

Meanwhile, West Ham are lining up a move for out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes. Club representatives are due to meet the 24-year-old’s agent this week to see if a deal is possible.

Sport Witness

Player piles pressure on over West Ham move, response to claims of faking an injury

By Lucas Sposito

We’ve got to the point that William Carvalho’s saga doesn’t need an introduction.

The negotiations between Sporting and West Ham have now became public, although they seem far from an end.

Portuguese newspaper Record this weekend claim the gap between what West Ham are offering and what Sporting are asking for is still big.

West Ham’s last bid was €32m, and Sporting want €38m plus €5m in bonuses. The London side would have to sell some of their players to get to that amount.

The outlet claims negotiations should advance after Sporting’s Champions League game against Steaua Bucharest, which will be played on Wednesday.

That had already been said before the first leg, and nothing happened that time.

Newspaper O Jogo also brings some updates, and claims that the player has been putting pressure on Sporting directors for the transfer to happen. Manager Jorge Jesus is using Carvalho as a fullback in training, as a clear sign he doesn’t expect him to be in the squad for the rest of the season.

But William Carvalho has been missing training in the past few days due to a leg injury. Most of the fans don’t believe the reason, and Sporting had to release an official statement signed by a doctor to show the player is really unable to work.

West Ham may be encouraged to speed up negotiations after their poor start to the Premier League.


West Ham, West Brom and Burnley chase £12m Lorient and Ghana forward Abdul Majeed Waris

Abdul Majeed Waris is rated at £12m by French club Lorient
West Ham, West Brom and Burnley have all made enquiries in the past week
The Ghana international can operate as a winger or a striker

By Simon Jones

West Ham, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley are showing keen interest in Lorient forward Abdul Majeed Waris.

Lorient forward Abdul Majeed Waris is attracting interest from three Premier League clubs

The pacy Ghana international is rated at £12m by Lorient and the Premier League trio have all made enquiries in the past week.

The 25-year-old, who can operate as a winger or striker, first came to England as a 17-year-old to study at Hartpury College and the Nike academy and had trials with Manchester City.

He has scored 21 goals in 58 games for Lorient and has been tracked by Celtic, Brighton and Fulham too in recent months.

He made the move to France after just a single season in Turkey, where he scored four times in 29 games for Trabzonspor.

Waris has earned 22 caps for Ghana, scoring four times and making the squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


West Ham arrange talks for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes

Dan Coombs

West Ham are looking to add another midfielder.

Gomes is a central midfielder who signed from Valencia a year ago, who he previously joined from Benfica.

The 24-year-old would be an alternative to his Portugal international colleague William Carvalho.

Gomes failed to win over Barcelona fans last season and finds his place at the Nou Camp under threat from new signing Paulinho.

The defensive midfielder is potentially a long term replacement for Mark Noble at West Ham.

Slaven Bilic's side have bought well this summer but have lost their first two Premier League games, and are still looking for fresh faces to give the squad a boost.

The Mail reported last summer that Barcelona paid £42 million to sign Gomes.

He only managed to make 17 La Liga starts, with a further 13 appearances from the bench, scoring three times and providing one assist.

Gomes started the first leg of Barcelona's Spanish Super Cup loss to Real Madrid and was not picked for the second.

Sport Witness

Insistence that acceptable offer from West Ham has arrived, club say they can prove it

In July, Lazio president Claudio Lotito revealed a West Ham offer had arrived for Keita Baldé Diao.

With Keita having just one year left on his Lazio contract, and refusing to renew, the Italian club are looking for a sale, but Keita is being picky about his destination.

Keita told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Many bids have come on his account, now it is up to him to decide what to do, I’m waiting. Which offers? West Ham is public, then there are others from abroad, all responding to our requests. Inter, Juve? No, neither of them have come up with a proposal.”

Since then there have been further offers, some around the same figure as West Ham. Juventus have also put their bid in for the forward, and Keita wants to join the Turin club, but the Bianconero have offered much less than the others.

After suggestions he’d been fabricating the West Ham offers and those from others, Lotito has spoken to Gazzetta dello Sport again and insisted he can prove it: “There were three offers, all documentable. Milan would have given us €35m, West Ham €32m, Napoli €30m. Keita and his representative have replied that he didn’t care about any of the three, that Juventus was the welcome destination.”

Lotito doesn’t see why he should sell Keita for less than half what West Ham have offered, with Juventus’ proposal being worth €15m.

Lazio are clearly very angry with the situation, but they can’t force Keita to join West Ham, or anyone else he doesn’t want to

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

jimbo2. 11:26 Sun Aug 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
A very late "thanks Al".

pdbis 6:21 Sun Aug 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Hope the Carroll to Geordieland is true and can they chuck Snodgrass in as a BOGOF?

BubblesCyprus 6:21 Sun Aug 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Crassus 11:59 Sun Aug 20 Beliveable theory !!

BubblesCyprus 5:57 Sun Aug 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 12:57 Sun Aug 20

ted fenton 12:57 Sun Aug 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 11:41 Sun Aug 20

Crassus 11:59 Sun Aug 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Conclusive evidence that Rafa is coming to WH - buy Andy then jump ship having sold a problem before he arrives

Love a fanciful conspiracy theory me

Far Cough 11:46 Sun Aug 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Benitez to swoop for Andy Carroll?

Yes fucking please

Thanks Alan 11:41 Sun Aug 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 11:40 Sun Aug 20

Takashi Miike 11:40 Sun Aug 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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