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 11:34 Sun Sep 10
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco in January. The 21-year-old France midfielder will sign a five-year deal worth £250,000 a week. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester United are prepared to rival the Gunners in the chase for Lemar. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal remain interested in Manchester City's 22-year-old England winger Raheem Sterling. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is targeting Tottenham's £60m-rated defender Toby Alderweireld, 28, as a long-term successor to Belgium team-mate Vincent Kompany, 31. (Sun on Sunday)

West Ham believe highly rated Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is the man to replace manager Slaven Bilic. (Sunday Express)

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is hurt by Barcelona's lack of effort to complete his signing in the summer transfer window and the 25-year-old Brazil international is now prepared to turn down a move to the Nou Camp.(Don Balon - in Spanish)

Atletico Madrid sent a delegation of officials to meet Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia on Saturday in order to finalise the signing of striker Diego Costa, 28. (Sunday Express)

Spain international Costa has moved his family to Madrid to push through his transfer to Atletico. The player - who has not returned to the club and remains in Brazil - has still given no indication of a return to the Blues, despite being included in their Premier League squad. (Sun on Sunday)

Leicester City and Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva, 28, is training with his brother as he is not allowed to train with his new club following his move from Sporting Lisbon, after paperwork missed Fifa's deadline. (Leicester Mercury)

The Foxes and West Brom are keen to sign 34-year-old France defender Bacary Sagna, who is a free agent. (Mail on Sunday)

Juventus will compete with Liverpool to sign Southampton and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 26, in January. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo says his Chile team-mate Alexis Sanchez, 28, feels bitter after his move from Arsenal to Etihad Stadium broke down on transfer deadline day. (Manchester Evening News)

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has asked winger Ivan Perisic to take on more responsibility and praised on the 28-year-old Croatia international following his decision to sign a new contract despite strong interest from Manchester United. (Goal)

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will need to "bring something to the table" if he is to be good enough to succeed at Liverpool following the 24-year-old England midfielder's £35m move during the transfer window. (Sky Sports - via Metro)

AC Milan made a bid to sign 24-year-old Italy striker Andrea Belotti in the summer, according to Torino's director of football Gianluca Petrachi. (Football 365)


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed he inherited a club that had "stopped in time" and refused to evolve when he took over last summer. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is seemingly starting his own assist business. After his side's win over Liverpool, the Belgium international tweeted team-mate Gabriel Jesus and said just "call me" if you need a goal to be set up. (Twitter)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he will not be appealing against Sadio Mane's red card from the 5-0 defeat, saying it would be "another waste of time, like the game". (Independent)

Marseille forward Dimitri Payet has described Slaven Bilic as like a "father" figure to him during his time at West Ham, but the 30-year-old France international said he had several reasons to leave. (So Foot - via Evening Standard)

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno has expressed his delight at Philippe Coutinho staying at the club despite being the subject of bids from Barcelona during the transfer window. (Mundo Deportivo - via Four Four Two)


EXCLUSIVE: West Ham earmark Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as Slaven Bilic's replacement

WEST HAM have earmarked highly-rated Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri as the man they want to replace Slaven Bilic.

By Neil Fissler

Bilic is seen as a dead man walking after The Hammers slumped to the bottom of the Premier League table after losing their opening three games of the new season.

West Ham visit Premier League new boys Huddersfield tomorrow night with time running out for Bilic who survived crisis talks two weeks ago.

The Croat blasted chairman Dave Sullivan on Friday for claiming he turned down the chance to sign Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak on deadline day.

It was a clear sign that Bilic, who is out of contract at the end of the season, feels that his time at the London Stadium is coming to an end.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez was the early favourite for the job but it appears that he will be staying at St James' Park for the immediate future.

Sullivan and co owner David Gold have now got Sarri in their sights who spent a decade coaching a series of grassroots clubs in Tuscany before getting his big chance with Napoli.

The 58 year-old ironically replaced Benitez at the Italian club and even though he is relatively unknown in this country he is seen as being one of the best tacticians in Italian football.

Sarri has another two years left to run on his Napoli contract but has a buy out clause of around £7.5 million which is well within the Hammers' price range.


No boardroom appetite to fire Slav

Reports and speculation that the Hammers are globetrotting in search of a new boss are nonsense and can be totally forgotten by the fans.

The West ham board have no intentions of firing the manager despite the unwise public announcement from David Sullivan that it is now down to the boss to do the job.

That is the root cause for all the reports that he will soon be on his way and although there may be an understandable tension between the two men as a result, a sacking is not on the agenda.

That’s why the claim that the Hammers are looking at Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is so far wide of the mark. The truth is there is absolutely no appetite to sack Bilic within the Irons boardroom.

Sarri has a buy out clause of around £7.5 million should another club want him and in West Ham terms that is an unthinkable amount to pay anyway.

The Hammers face four games at home out of the next five – including the League cup match against Bolton – and things could look much healthier at the end of a period.

League games against Huddersfield, West Brom, Spurs and Swansea offer the opportunity for the team to collect a reasonable number of points and leave the poor start as an unfortunate memory

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 8:14 Sun Sep 10
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Good to see the reporters have the fate of Bilic clear
Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 12:38 Sun Sep 10
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

ted fenton 12:03 Sun Sep 10
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 11:47 Sun Sep 10

Sven Roeder 11:57 Sun Sep 10
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan !

Thanks Alan 11:47 Sun Sep 10
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Far Cough 11:42 Sun Sep 10
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
That's odd, two diametrically opposed reports on whether Bilic stays or not

Thanks Big Al

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