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
71%
  
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
12%
  
d. Did you know that Eurovision 1974 was held in Brighton and launched ABBA onto the world stage with Waterloo
6%
  
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 12:45 Sat Aug 26
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Tottenham are trying to sign Paris St-Germain's Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier, 24, for £23m before next Thursday's transfer deadline. (Guardian)

PSG have concluded an agreement with Monaco to sign forward Kylian Mbappe, 18, and defensive midfielder Fabinho, 23, from the Ligue 1 champions. (Daily Record)

Chelsea plan to hold talks with Everton over a £30m deal for 23-year-old England midfielder Ross Barkley after the two teams clash on Sunday. (Sun)

The Blues are also weighing up a late bid for Swansea City's 32-year-old forward Fernando Llorente, who is interested in playing under manager Antonio Conte again. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal will sell Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi, 25, before Thursday's deadline if they receive an offer of £35m - the fee they paid Valencia a year ago. Juventus and Inter Milan are interested. (Daily Mail)

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is ready to make a club record bid of £30m for 27-year-old Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho. (Daily Telegraph)

However, Crystal Palace are confident of re-signing former PSG defender Sakho, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park. (Times - subscription required)

Newcastle and Watford are weighing up moves for Leicester's 29-year-old striker Islam Slimani. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal could make a bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 29, if Alexis Sanchez leaves Emirates Stadium. (Diario Gol)

The Gunners are also ready to start the bidding at £35m as Chelsea and Liverpool compete for winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24. (Daily Mirror)

Oxlade-Chamberlain's future at the north London club remains in doubt following the latest talks between the player's representatives and officials. (Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, ex-England defender Danny Mills has claimed that "Liverpool fans have to realise that they are not quite the pull they used to be". (BBC Radio 5 live In Short)

Paris St-Germain have rejected Barcelona's 35m euro (£32.4m) bid for their 29-year-old attacking midfielder Angel di Maria. (As - in Spanish)

Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi, 25, and Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala, 26, remain Inter Milan's two defensive targets. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Barcelona will continue in their bid to try to bring Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, to the Nou Camp. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Swansea City have been linked with a loan move for Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 30, but the Welsh club cannot seal a move for the Frenchman as it would breach Premier League rules. (Wales Online)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is confident of more signings before transfer deadline day on 31 August. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke is not expecting to bring any more players to Carrow Road before the close of the window. (Norwich Evening News)

Meanwhile...

The Manchester City squad took a plane to travel down to Bournemouth for this Saturday's fixture at the Vitality Stadium - the same aircraft used earlier in the day by the Leicester squad to make a 14-minute journey to Manchester for their game against United. (Sun)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has named the six people who could succeed him as Ballon d'Or winners, including Manchester United's Marcus Rashford. The others are club-mate Marco Asensio, Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, Paris St-Germain's Neymar, soon to be Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, and Chelsea's Eden Hazard. (Sun)

John Stones and Kyle Walker may be earning a combined wage packet of £230,000 a week at Manchester City but the pair opted for a low-key approach by turning up for training in a Mini worth around £5,000. (Daily Mail)

Who needs enemies with friends like these? An Aston Villa fan was abandoned at a service station en route to Bristol City for Friday's Championship game as part of his stag-do celebrations. Fortunately, his mates left a note with instructions on where to drop him off, along with the hashtag #abandonedstag, which you might want to check out to see how the adventure ends.

Best of Friday's transfer news

Liverpool are preparing to make a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, 20, who has also been on Manchester United's radar. (Kicker via Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are confident of signing Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, for £35m before this summer's transfer deadline next Thursday. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal face the prospect of having to sell England player Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is out of contract next summer and is set to reject a new Gunners offer. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are also trying to push through the £15m signing of Swansea City's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, 32, who played under Blues boss Antonio Conte at Juventus. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City have given up hope of signing Monaco's 18-year-old France striker Kylian Mbappe for £150m. (Sun)







OS

Slaven Bilic column: Our supporters deserve three points at Newcastle

We were all pleased to get our first win of the season on Wednesday night. It doesn’t matter that it was in the Carabao Cup, or that the opposition were Cheltenham Town from League Two. All that mattered was that we won, because after two defeats we needed a boost.

I thought we played well in the second half at Southampton last Saturday, but of course we had given ourselves a lot to do after going down to ten men and then conceding two goals.

The spirit we showed to get back to 2-2, with two brilliant goals from Chicharito, was good. But we were hit right at the end by their third goal. It was difficult to take.

So, it was very important that we won at Cheltenham, and that’s what we did. I was pleased with how we approached the game, with our two goals and with the clean sheet.

Like I said, it doesn’t matter who the opposition were. We experienced that feeling of winning and that can only be good. We hope to have the same feeling at Newcastle United on Saturday.

This will be our fourth away match in a row and I must say thank you to the supporters who have travelled all over the country already, and it is still August!

We have been north to Manchester, south to Southampton, west to Cheltenham and now we go north again to Newcastle, and our sections in the stands have always been full.

It may sound like a cliché or whatever, but the singing and the support do make a difference. They give the players that little extra motivation to go out there and do well.

Last time we went to Newcastle, two seasons ago, we did not produce a performance that our supporters deserved, especially in the first half.

At the time, we were doing really well and were fifth in the Premier League, while Newcastle were down in the relegation zone, but those positions didn’t matter when we kicked-off.

Newcastle scored two early goals and we really struggled, with Jonjo Shelvey playing brilliant on his debut. We got one back through Jela [Nikica Jelavic] and played much better in the second half, but we couldn’t turn it around.

Shelvey will be suspended on Saturday, but we still need to start better than we did in that game if we want to get our first Premier League win.

Newcastle is a massive club like West Ham and, like us, they and their supporters are desperate for some success after a long time without a trophy.

I played at St James’ Park for West Ham and for Everton and I lost both times. I don’t want that record to continue on Saturday and, if we can show the same commitment and quality we showed in the second half at Southampton and in our win at Cheltenham, I am confident it won’t.





C&H

Andy Carroll will be in today’s squad for the game against Newcastle so long as he looks fit enough.

The Irons injury ravaged striker has been in full training this week but has travelled to the north east and has an outside chance of making his presence felt.

Slaven Bilic has admitted that it’s very tempting to throw the big fella in against his former club but needs to be absolutely certain he’s ready.

The Newcastle Journal reports Bilic as saying: ““It’s very tempting to play him. “If he looks to me fit enough, of course he’s going to be in the squad.

If he doesn’t look fit enough he isn’t going to be in the squad – it’s that simple. When he is fit we all know he is a major player.”

However, assessing the match, the manager quipped: “But do you think it’s like Mayweather against McGregor? No. It makes no difference.”



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

gph 1:30 Sat Aug 26
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Ossetians are said to be descended from the Alans.

Thanks, Proto-Ossetian.

charleyfarley 1:23 Sat Aug 26
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks alAn

Coffee 1:01 Sat Aug 26
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Is there no synonym for 'Alan'?

Thanks, Alan.

gph 12:51 Sat Aug 26
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
My gratitude is due to you, Alan

Thanks Alan 12:47 Sat Aug 26
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

lowlife 12:47 Sat Aug 26
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan, thanks.





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