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Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
d. I'm not sure about this one, I'll wait until SKY is back to hear what Gary Neville thinks, then I'll voice my opinion

Alan 1:06 Mon Sep 11
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former England manager Roy Hodgson is favourite to replace Frank de Boer if the Dutchman is sacked as manager at Crystal Palace. (Daily Mirror)

Sam Allardyce is also being linked with a return to Palace if de Boer leaves. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are keeping their number seven shirt free for 26-year-old striker Antoine Griezmann, whom they believe they can eventually sign from Atletico Madrid for £100m. (Daily Star)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has relocated his family to Madrid as the 28-year-old expects a deal to be finalised which will allow him to rejoin Atletico. (Football 365)

Chelsea are prepared to battle Barcelona to secure the signature of highly rated Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Atakan Akkaynak, 18. (Daily Express)

West Ham have earmarked highly rated Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri as the man they want to replace manager Slaven Bilic. (Daily Express)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Neymar's decision to leave Barcelona for Paris St-Germain was based on money not ambition. The Gunners' boss says the decision shows the 25-year-old does not want to play with the best team-mates. (BeIn Sports - via Goal.com)

Arsenal's transfer market dealings could change as the man who leads the pursuit of players - Dick Law - is set to leave the role, but Arsene Wenger has denied chief executive Ivan Gazidis will take over Law's responsibilities. (Evening Standard)

Wenger has revealed it was the "values" at Arsenal that persuaded him to turn down Manchester United when they asked him to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as manager at Old Trafford. (Independent)

Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward will use the club's commercial prowess to lure Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, 28, and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, 26, to the club next summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes could face a fine for pushing Jose Mourinho on the touchline during his side's draw with Manchester United on Saturday. (The Times)

Bayern Munich legend Stefan Effenberg believes the German champions should think about selling Robert Lewandowski after the striker "attacked the philosophy" of the club in the media. (t-online.de - via Goal.com)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has identified Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, 28, as the long-term central defensive successor to Vincent Kompany. (Football 365)

Guardiola is furious with Kompany after his captain played a full 90 minutes on international duty with Belgium despite picking up a calf injury. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool's Danny Ings looks to have suffered another injury setback after failing to last 90 minutes for the club's under-23 side. The 25-year-old striker has struggled with knee injuries throughout the past two seasons. (The Sun)

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was planning a year's sabbatical but he could be back in a job as early as January with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua having contacted him over the possibility of replacing Gustavo Poyet. (TMW - via Marca)

Carlo Ancelotti could leave Bayern Munich as soon as January, according to the club's former player Mario Basler, who says the Italian has signed a deal to move to a Chinese club. (Sport1 - via Daily Mail)

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says the club need to sign another striker. (Daily Mail)

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp says Renato Sanches' confidence looks "shattered" after the midfielder's Swansea debut against Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium. (Sky Sports)

Former Brazil and Barcelona striker Romario has shared a video of his beach football skills. (Instagram)

The best of Sunday's gossip...

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

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)

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)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

With Vincent Kompany’s run of rotten luck with injuries showing no sign of abating, Nicolás Otamendi looking a total liability and Jonnny Evans still playing for West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City will attempt to lure Toby Alderweireld to the Etihad Stadium from Tottenham in January.

The Belgian central defender is reported to be unhappy with his current weekly stipend of £50,000 and is refusing to sign a new contract. His agent, Stijn Francis, said last week that Alderweireld deserves “either a correct contract from Tottenham or a transfer”. Interestingly, the Mirror reports that City manager Pep Guardiola is angry with Kompany for exacerbating the calf injury that ruled him out of Saturday’s thrashing of Liverpool by playing a full 90 minutes on international duty with Belgium. How could anyone stay cross at the big friendly Belgian for long, eh?

With Arsenal having failed to wrap up the deadline day signing of Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, who was inconsiderately playing a World Cup qualifier for France at the same time Emirates suits thought he should be undergoing a medical with them instead, the north London club will step up their efforts to sign the 21-year-old in the January window. British tabloid reports say that Arsenal have agreed a £100m deal in principle with Monaco, for a player who will earn £250,000 a week when he moves to London.

Reports in today’s papers also suggest Atlético Madrid have sent a “delegation” to Stamford Bridge to sort out the inevitable return to the Spanish capital of Diego Costa for once and for all. Unable to sign new players until January due to a well documented transfer embargo, these briefcase-toting representatives of the Spanish club will up their bid for the sulking, striking striker to £32m and are already reported to have agreed a deal worth £175,000-per-week with Costa, who is believed to have moved his family to Madrid in preparation for his return from his extended summer holidays in Brazil.

Having had their efforts to bring Antoine Griezmann to Old Trafford torpedoed by the aforementioned Fifa-imposed embargo, Manchester United will renew their efforts to sign the France international striker next summer, according to the Daily Star, but will have to fend off interest from Chelsea, who are also interested.

Despite sacking his former agent Donato di Campli to go into cahoots with Mino Raiola, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti failed to secure a move to Barcelona this summer. Verratti ended his association with Campli after his former advisor described him as “a prisoner” at Paris Saint-Germain but remains at the club despite feverish speculation he’d leave during the last window. As for the Italian’s next move? Nobody seems to know, not least his new representative. “Verratti will stay at PSG, at least for the moment,” said Raiola. “I can’t say about the future because I am not a magician,” he added, before disappearing in a puff of smoke.


David Sullivan’s salvo bursts Slaven Bilic’s fragile bubble at West Ham

The bizarre recriminations following the failure to sign William Carvalho ramp up the pressure on the manager after West Ham’s poor start to the season

Jacob Steinberg

David Sullivan, to quote an increasingly demob happy Slaven Bilic, likes to talk. West Ham’s co-owner wants to have his say, regardless of what his manager thinks. He makes headlines by not holding back in interviews. Just this past week, with the dust still settling on the non-signing of William Carvalho, Sullivan released a statement on the club’s website detailing how close West Ham had been to a swoop for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder on deadline day. He also revealed that Bilic, under fire after an awful start to the season, had turned down deals for Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches, who joined West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City respectively.

Plenty has happened since that statement, much of it bizarre even by football’s standards. Sporting responded by denying receipt of any offer for Carvalho, prompting West Ham to hit back at accusations of dishonesty by announcing, in a tweet from one of Sullivan’s sons, a lawsuit against their Portuguese sparring partners. The sorry episode reached a farcical peak when Bruno de Carvalho, Sporting’s president, livened up the international break by calling West Ham’s owners “offended virgins” and “the Dildo Brothers”.

“It’s funny,” Bilic said on Friday. “It made me laugh.” Speaking in an atmosphere reminiscent of an unruly classroom, Bilic did not exactly rush to defend the honour of his bosses when Carvalho’s disparaging comments about Sullivan and David Gold came up. If loyalty is a two-way street, what was he supposed to make of Sullivan’s comments about Krychowiak and Sanches? The suggestion that he rejected midfielders from Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich hardly spoke volumes for his judgment. Unless there were shades of grey. “That is not exactly what happened with those two you mention,” Bilic said. “I wanted Carvalho.”

Bilic went on to question why Sullivan could not have spoken to him in private and already there is a sense of the PR war beginning, of hands being washed of blame and battle lines being drawn. It is not hard to see which way the wind is blowing. There is little prospect of Bilic’s contract being extended beyond this season and he knows that losing to Huddersfield Town at the London Stadium on Monday night could be the end. He had fears of being sacked at the end of last season and West Ham’s links with Rafael Benítez refuse to disappear.

What cannot be lost in this debate is how poor Bilic’s side have been in their first three league matches, even though they have all been away. The bottom side have conceded 10 goals in defeats by Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle, and after more than two years in charge it remains difficult to work out what Bilic wants from his players. What is their style of football? Are they solid and physical? Are they a counterattacking team? Do they favour possession? One thing is indisputable: they cannot defend. There are concerns about a lack of tactical planning and intensity in training.

Bilic finished seventh in his first season but inspiration often arrived from Dimitri Payet, a mercurial talent motivated by the challenge of making the France squad for Euro 2016. West Ham have floundered since Payet returned to Marseille for £25m in January, winning six out of 21 league games.

At the same time, there is a sense that Bilic is being made a scapegoat to deflect attention from the questionable recruitment strategy that has held the club back since the move to the London Stadium. Payet’s replacement, the £10m Robert Snodgrass, joined Aston Villa on loan last month. José Fonte, an £8m 33-year-old centre-back, has struggled. The search for a top striker in the summer of 2016 brought links with Carlos Bacca, Michy Batshuayi and Alexandre Lacazette. All proved unattainable. Jonathan Calleri, Ashley Fletcher and Simone Zaza arrived instead but none of that trio wear claret and blue any more.

West Ham’s business was initially encouraging this summer. They recruited Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City and bought Javier Hernández for £16m, while Marko Arnautovic is their record signing at £24m. But Bilic had spoken about needing more pace and power. They were short-term buys, while the 32-year-old Pablo Zabaleta has yet to impress after signing on a free from City. An ageing defence has looked cumbersome against fast attacks.

What Bilic wanted most was a top defensive midfielder. Carvalho was expensive – Sporting wanted £37.5m – but Bilic let go of squad players in order to make room in the budget for the Portugal international. Come deadline day, West Ham had signed four senior players and sold nine. Their squad looked short of depth, but they signed no one. Carvalho stayed in Lisbon.

Sullivan has assumed the role of director of football, which means he shares culpability with Bilic for the mess. Bilic is on borrowed time. It is no secret that West Ham hope to prise Benítez away from Newcastle, where the Spaniard has grown tired with working for Mike Ashley. Yet their treatment of Bilic, who is experiencing what Sam Allardyce and Gianfranco Zola went through, runs the risk of putting off prospective hires.

Sometimes the quietest person in the room is the smartest. For all the noise coming out of east London, how much of it is worth listening to?

Evening Standard

West Ham’s terrible start is hurting Mark Noble more than most, but he’s confident they will turn it around


Mark Noble has played in more than a few must-win matches in his 12 years as a first-team player at West Ham.

The latest crisis might have come a little early this season - after just three Premier League games to be precise - but that’s modern football for you. Win three and you’re a magician - lose three and you’re a mug.

The captain knows the truth lies somewhere in between but it hasn’t stopped him hurting inside since the 3-0 defeat at Newcastle two weeks ago.

Tonight, after three Premier League defeats on the road, Noble and his team-mates are back for the first time this season at the London Stadium.

The temporary seating is back in place, the West Ham branding is restored, and the World Athletics Championships are a fading memory.

Now, all that is needed - badly needed - for beleaguered manager Slaven Bilic on his 49th birthday, is a win over buoyant Premier League newcomers Huddersfield.

“It’s another ‘must-win game’ as some people see it,” admits 30-year-old Noble with just the hint of a sigh. “And to be honest, up until now, we’ve managed to get through the others okay - Spurs last season, Swansea, Burnley and Hull at home, Crystal Palace away.

“It’s been a long time since that Newcastle game.

“I’ve played more than 400 games for this club and, yes, it means more to me than most people.

“Sometimes that goes against you though. I’ve not played and done my best because I’m a home-grown player, we’ve had lots of those over the years. I’ve played all those games because I’ve been picked by a succession of managers. I’ve started every season over the past 10 years.

“That’s one of the proudest things for me but because I’m so attached to this club, I go home every day and I’m thinking, ‘I just want us to do well, I just want everyone to be happy.

“A lot of players here and at every other Premier League club, have no real affiliation with where they are.

“They lose a game, they go home and it’s still sweet because they know if something bad happens, their agents will find them another club.

“That’s not what I want. I want West Ham to do well and that’s just the way it is.

“The last place we want to be is going into tonight’s game with the pressure already firmly on - it’s not ideal but we do need to get a result.

“We need to be on our game right from the start because Huddersfield haven’t conceded a goal yet in three games.

“That sort of start comes from hard work and adrenalin following their promotion and they will come to our stadium tonight and think - ‘this is amazing, what a place in which to play football’ - so we need to be prepared.”

Noble understands how it works and knows that the focus will be sharpest tonight on his manager Bilic, in the final year of his contract at West Ham.

“It was as low as I’ve seen the manager after the Newcastle match. We were all pretty low and it was a feeling that we had not only let ourselves down but him also,” says Noble. “It would be nice to have a season where we don’t have these crises - where we can go out and enjoy our football.

“The season before last was like that and if you look back it all seems great, finishing seventh in the last season at Upton Park.

“There were times, around Christmas I remember, though, when even then the manager was being questioned, we had lost away to Newcastle and people were saying we were in a massive slump.

“That’s modern football, though, and you have to take it on the chin.

“Yes, managers are well paid these days but they’re still human beings and just because you have a good salary, that doesn’t mean there is a wall built around you which deflects all the criticism.

“Sometimes you take it to heart and it hurts. The manager here is in the last year of his contract and there is a bit of uncertainty.

“For him it’s not ideal but it is the decision of the chairmen.

“As far as we’re concerned all we can do as players is try and do better for the manager.

“He can’t be out there with us. He gives us his ideas and it’s up to us to put them into practice.

“We’re not too negative, though. We know we have some good players here and I believe we’ll get out of this.

“We’re going to need the crowd though, for sure.

“I’d much rather they used all their energy to back us rather than being negative towards whoever.”


West Ham missed out on former Chelsea star Andre Schurrle amid Deadline Day transfer chaos

German international was keen to return to Premier League after two years away and work under Hammers boss Slaven Bilic

Exclusive By Warren Haughton

WEST HAM missed out on a deadline day deal for former Chelsea star Andre Schurrle.

Sources in Germany have told SunSport the attacker was keen on a return to the Premier League after two years in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund.

A loan deal with an obligation to buy the German international for £26million was proposed to the Hammers, 24 hours before deadline day.

German sources claim the Hammers took their eye off the ball on the final day of the window.

The confusion surrounding a proposed move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho ensued while Schurrle was left in limbo.

Club co-chairman David Sullivan said: “It’s no secret that we made a club record bid for William Carvalho, but unfortunately that offer was rejected.”

The 2014 World Cup winner has failed to make an impact since moving to Dortmund last summer for £18m.

Schurrle, 26, made just eight appearances last season under Thomas Tuchel and is close to a return to action after recovering from thigh injury suffered in a German cup game last month.

Schurrle moved to Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 for £18m and established himself as a fans favourite, before Blues boss Jose Mourinho sold him to Wolfsburg.

Despite his injury absence, Schurrle looks surplus to reqirements at the Westfalenstadion and Bilic could look to revive the deal in January.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 5:07 Tue Sep 12
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 4:48 Mon Sep 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated.

JAC 4:00 Mon Sep 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Nobes...lets face it, he is no longer good enough for the Prem ,nor has he been for last season or so...Get your coaching badges and help out Southend/Daggers....

Its like watching Only Fools and Horses after they became rich,painful.

gph 1:16 Mon Sep 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

I can't see why Benitez would leave Newcastle to get away from his poor relationship with Ashley, to enter into a worse one with the Daves.

Takashi Miike 1:11 Mon Sep 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:10 Mon Sep 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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