WHO Poll
Q: 2017/18 Brighton (h)
a. If e can stop being the masters of our own downfall we should take 3 points, win
75%
  
b. We seem too flaky at the moment and don't expect an easy game, draw
8%
  
c. We can't put teams away and have a soft underbelly, lose
9%
  
d. Did you know that Eurovision 1974 was held in Brighton and launched ABBA onto the world stage with Waterloo
5%
  
e. I love Friday Night Football, it gives me the chance to show everyone down the local just how big a West Ham nut I am, hat, scarf, shirt, you name it I'll be wearing it
3%
  



Alan 11:55 Thu Aug 24
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Barcelona are preparing an offer for 29-year-old Chelsea and Brazil winger Willian. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea have made a new £35m bid to sign Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24. (Telegraph)

Chelsea are also preparing a £32m offer for Leicester and England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27. (Sun)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, could leave the La Liga club before the end of next week. (El Pais via Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25, is considering making a public statement highlighting his discontent at the club in order to force an exit. (Yahoo Sports)

Inter Milan have made a bid for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, 25, on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent £20m-plus deal. (Mirror)

Lionel Messi's father has spoken to Manchester City about the 30-year-old Argentina and Barcelona forward moving to Etihad Stadium. (Sun)

West Brom defender Jonny Evans, 29, expects to complete a £30m switch to Manchester City next week. (Mirror)

West Ham are monitoring Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong but are yet to make a bid for the 23-year-old. (Sunderland Echo)

Sunderland could lose out to Aston Villa as they try to sign winger Robert Snodgrass, 29, from West Ham. (Northern Echo)

Former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, 27, has turned down the chance to join Brighton from Inter Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Talksport)

Paris St-Germain are looking to sign Napoli and former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 34. (AS)

Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal with PSG to sign former Real Madrid midfielder Angel di Maria, 29. (Sport via ESPN)

Tottenham are preparing a new offer for Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao, 22, who has also been linked with Juventus. (Corriere dello Sport via Talksport)

Stoke have held further talks with Club Brugge over an £8.5m deal for 22-year-old centre-back Bjorn Engels. (Mail)

Everton are ready to rival Newcastle United in their bid to sign midfielder Dennis Praet, 23, from Sampdoria. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, 25, has told the club he is reluctant to go back out on loan this season. (Guardian)
Meanwhile...

Barcelona 'announced' the signing of Angel di Maria after their social media accounts were hacked. (Telegraph)

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana was pictured wearing a leg brace during Liverpool's clash with Hoffenheim on Wednesday. (Express)

The National Union of Professional Footballers has backed Paris St-Germain forward Neymar over a "spiteful" complaint against him from former club Barcelona. (ESPN FC)

Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy has been fined £60 for parking his £250,000 Ferrari in a taxi rank in Manchester. (Mail)

Best of Tuesday's transfer news

Chelsea have identified former Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel as the man they want to succeed Antonio Conte amid reports of tension between the Italian and the Blues' hierarchy. (Bild - in German)

Barcelona will make a final £136m bid for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25, as they try to break Liverpool's resolve after three rejected offers. (Sun)

Chelsea are closing in on a £30m deal for England and Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27. The Premier League champions are also targeting Inter Milan's Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva, 30, who has been told he can leave for £25m. (Daily Mirror)

The Blues are also considering a shock bid for 30-year-old Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy. (Daily Mirror)

England left-back Danny Rose, 27, will hold talks with Tottenham this week, amid ongoing interest from Chelsea and Manchester United. (Independent)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

As Barcelona continue their increasingly unseemly and as yet unsuccessful pursuit of one or all of Nice’s Jean Seri, Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Camp Nou natives are becoming ever more restless. Their mood will not be improved by reports from Spain that Lionel Messi’s father has begun talks with Manchester City with a view to negotiating a move for his son to the Etihad Stadium next summer. Now in the final year of his contract at Barcelona with an extension resolutely unsigned, the Argentinian will be free to discuss his future with other clubs in January or leave on a free transfer next summer. It’s a sorry state of affairs for Barcelona, who had previously misled supporters by telling them Messi had agreed and signed a new deal.

“Quite apart from the situation with Messi and what happens next, they lied,” said Sid Lowe, the Guardian’s man in Spain in an interview with ESPN. “They lied to their fans and that is really problematic. It puts Messi in a position where he must be thinking: ‘What on earth is going on? Why has this been said when it simply isn’t true?’” Señor Sid went on to say he doesn’t think Messi will leave Barcelona but did speculate the player will bide his time before inking a new deal in order to see if a currently bad situation at the Spanish club gets better or worse. In other news pertaining to Barcelona, France Football reports they are interested in luring Willian away from Chelsea, while Sport says they have agreed a €50m deal with Paris Saint-Germain to sign Messi’s compatriot Ángel Di María.

As Roberto Martínez mulls over whether or not to include Eden Hazard in his Belgium squad for the internationals against Gibraltar and Greece, the Chelsea midfielder is being linked with a move to Real Madrid. Not quite fully fit after breaking his ankle while on international duty earlier this summer, Hazard has missed Chelsea’s opening games of the season and reports from Spain suggest he has been in contact with the Real manager, Zinedine Zidane, to say he would be amenable to a move if the Spanish champions make Chelsea a decent offer.

Having spent £32m to bring Eliaquim Mangala to the Etihad from Porto three years ago, Manchester City are preparing to ship the French central defender out on loan to Inter. City are also ready to up their bid for the considerably less erratic West Brom defender Jonny Evans, who looks a certainty to leave The Hawthorns before the transfer window shuts next week. The Baggies manager, Tony Pulis, will use whatever windfall lands in his lap to bring in Kevin Wimmer and Vincent Janssen from Spurs. Meanwhile at Old Trafford, José Mourinho plans to put the kibosh on Valencia’s attempts to take the midfielder Andreas Pereira on a season-long loan. The Brazilian, born in Belgium, spent last season on loan at Granada and has yet to feature in Mourinho’s first-team squad this season.

And finally, the Sunderland Echo says West Ham are hoping to sign the midfielder Didier Ndong from Sunderland, whose attempts to give the Hammers midfielder Robert Snodgrass a new home considerably closer to his native Scotland could be thwarted by Aston Villa.







Mail

Cheltenham Town 0-2 West Ham: Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew strike to ease Slaven Bilic's side into Carabao Cup third round

West Ham beat League Two Cheltenham to reach the Carabao Cup third round
Diafra Sakho gave the visitors the lead, latching on to Mark Noble's through ball
Andre Ayew added a cool finish into the corner before half-time to seal progress

By Kieran Gill

Anything but a win would have had Slaven Bilic wondering whether a list of replacements really is being drawn up by West Ham's board. Thankfully for him, there were no hiccups here.

After back-to-back Premier League losses, West Ham wanted a first win of the season and it arrived at League Two Cheltenham Town.

It was delivered by Diafra Sakho, who scored on his first start since November 2016 following a lengthy injury lay-off, and a strike by Andre Ayew.


Diafra Sakho scores the opening goal for West Ham in their win at Cheltenham Town


James Collins congratulates Sakho after the opening goal at the LCI Rail Stadium


Andre Ayew doubled the Hammers' lead with a low finish to ease West Ham through


Ayew is congratulated by Sam Bryam as West Ham secured their Carabao Cup progress

'We are dying for this kind of competition,' Bilic said afterwards. 'It helps our confidence. It wasn't easy but we didn't expect it to be easy.

'It's not a cliche but we are serious about this competition. We put out a strong team and we treated this game as a must-win.

'If you lose it affects your confidence in the dressing room, on the training ground... and in the press room.'

A special mention must also go to Declan Rice – the 18-year-old played at the heart of West Ham's 4-3-3 set-up and is showing signs of promise.

This televised Carabao Cup tie will serve as a morale booster for Bilic, even if it was against a team sitting 20th in England's fourth tier.

Though he left a few faces at home ahead of their game against Newcastle this weekend, West Ham's boss named a strong side with a bench that included Javier Hernandez. The £16million man was introduced for the final half-hour too.


West Ham manager Slaven Bilic signed an autograph for a Cheltenham fan in the dug-out


Cheltenham's Harry Pell tries to take the ball from West Ham youngster Declan Rice in midfield

There were two minutes of madness in the 29th and 30th when West Ham should have scored.

First, an Angelo Ogbonna header from a corner was cleared off the line by Kyle Storer. Then, Sakho seemed certain to score from six yards but his shot was smothered by Jon Flatt.

Ahead of half-time, though, West Ham got the opening goal when Mark Noble fed Sakho, who turned and shot into the far corner. The travelling supporters opted to sing: 'How s*** must you be? We're winning away.'

It was then 2-0 as a first-time pass from Sakho played in Ayew, whose slow shot trickled into the far corner amid poor goalkeeping from Flatt.


Collins picks out a pass down the line under the attention of Cheltenham's Mohamed Eisa

This was James Collins' 200th appearance for the London club and also his birthday as he turned 34. The so-called Ginger Pele seemed to be in the mood to mark it with a goal but he could not find the net from numerous chances.

Though there was no comeback from Cheltenham, there was one from Cheikhou Kouyate following his 'freak' knee injury. Brought on in the 64th minute, he made his first appearance of the season.

This was precisely what Bilic wanted. No danger, no drama. Now, he wants the same in the Premier League.

MATCH FACTS

Cheltenham Town (4-4-2): Flatt; Forster, Grimes, Boyle (Dawson 46mins), Cranston; Pell, Storer, Atangana, Winchester; Wright (Graham 64), Eisa (Holman 71).

Unused subs: Bower, Lovett, O'Shaughnessy, Thomas.

West Ham United (4-3-3): Adrian; Byram, Collins, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Noble (Kouyate 73), Rice, Obiang; Fernandes, Sakho (Hernandez 64), Ayew.

Unused subs: Cresswell, Fonte, Haksabanovic, Hart, Quina.

Goals: Sakho 40, Ayew 43.

Referee: Oliver Langford.

Attendance: 6,259.





Telegraph

Cheltenham 0 West Ham 2: Slaven Bilic breathes sigh of relief as Londoners progress into League Cup third round

James Candy

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic knew nothing but a win would do to quell questions over his future in their Carabao Cup visit to Cheltenham Town.

Goals from Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew successfully kickstarted their season at Waddington Road to send them into the third round draw.

And Bilic believes his men will have received a huge lift as they prepare to break their Premier League duck at Newcastle United, who are still winless this season after defeat at home to Championship side Nottingham Forest.

“If you lose, it affects your confidence, the atmosphere on the training ground, the atmosphere in the dressing room and the atmosphere in the press room,” said Bilic.

“The questions are different when you lose so it’s always nice to win, we were dying for this kind of competition and this kind of victory.

“It’s very important we got the first win of the season and also the way we played. We played the majority of the game by passing the ball well and playing good football.”

The Hammers put their opening defeats to Manchester United and Southampton to the back of their minds when Sakho latched onto Mark Noble’s pass to score on his first appearance in 10 months.

Sakho turned provider moments later to find Ayew in space, and he held his nerve to beat Flatt down to his right again.

Dan Holman had a golden chance to get Cheltenham back in the game, but he failed to connect with Harry Pell’s driven cross with the goal gaping in-front of him and it finished 2-0.

Match details

Cheltenham Town (4-4-2): Flatt; Grimes, Atanga, Boyle; Cranston; Forster, Pell, Storer (c), Winchester (Dawson 45); Wright (Graham 64), Eisa (Holman 71).
West Ham United (4-3-3): Adrian; Byram, Collins, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Rice, Noble (c) (Kouyate 72), Obiang; Fernandes (Quina 88), Ayew, Sahko (Hernandez 64).
Attendance: 6,529.




OS

West Ham United to host Bolton Wanderers in Carabao Cup third round

West Ham United will host Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Thursday morning's draw pitted the Hammers against the Trotters for the London Stadium tie, which will be played in the week commencing 18 September.

Slaven Bilic's men booked their place in the third round with a 2-0 win at Cheltenham Town on Wednesday, with Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew on target.

Bolton, meanwhile, have seen off Crewe Alexandra and Sheffield Wednesday to reach this stage of the competition.

They currently sit 22nd in the table, with two points from four league games, and last took on the Hammers when both clubs were in the Premier League in the 2010/11 season - Bolton winning 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground and 3-0 in Lancashire.

Phil Parkinson's team currently have Hammers duo Josh Cullen and Reece Burke on loan, although the pair will be ineligible for this cup tie,



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

BubblesCyprus 6:34 Thu Aug 24
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

ted fenton 1:08 Thu Aug 24
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:08 Thu Aug 24

BRANDED 1:03 Thu Aug 24
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Makes better reading. Thanks

terry-h 12:58 Thu Aug 24
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Is that a man or a woman asking for Bilic's autograph? Could be gender neutral I suppose.

Whitester. 12:20 Thu Aug 24
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 12:08 Thu Aug 24
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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