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 12:38 Wed Sep 13
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, 25, still wants to join West Ham despite the breakdown in relations between the two clubs. (Mirror)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has told midfielder Yaya Toure he must force his way back into his first-team plans, revealing the 34-year-old has been left out for "sporting" reasons. (Telegraph)

Arsenal have not held contract negotiations with midfielder Mesut Ozil since February. The 28-year-old Germany international has one year left on his deal. (SportBild via Metro)

Reports in Germany say Ozil is preparing to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer. (Sun)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, has finally left Brazil and has arrived in Madrid to try to force through his transfer to Atletico. (Gianluca di Marzio via Metro)

Atletico are set to make a revised offer of £40m, plus £9m in add-ons and a £4m bonus payment, for the Spaniard's early release. (Mail)

Barcelona are set to renew their interest in Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, 26, in January after calling off the deal to pursue Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, 25. (Sport via Sun)

Carlo Ancelotti will be replaced as Bayern Munich coach at the end of the season by Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann, says German football writer Raphael Honigstein. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Newly appointed Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson turned down two bids from China for the chance to prove himself again in English football. (Mirror)

Newcastle United's bonus dispute has been settled by a phone call between owner Mike Ashley and captain Jamaal Lascelles. (Shields Gazette)

Jose Mourinho said there was no specific reason behind his decision to leave out midfielder Ander Herrera, 28, from the Manchester United squad for their Champions League win over Basel. (Manchester Evening News)


Tuesday was a big day for the Premier League as three title-chasing teams revealed their third kits... and they all featured a camouflage design. (Mail)

New aerial photographs showed the rapid progress being made on Tottenham's new stadium in North London. (Mirror)

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua says Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo would beat Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi in a fight. (Daily Mail)

But Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed Zappacosta's first goal for the club was supposed to be a cross. (Metro)

The best of Tuesday's gossip...

Manchester United would be Champions League contenders if they signed 28-year-old Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, says Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs. (Daily Mail)

Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 23, will leave Juventus and is likely to end up in the Premier League, at one of Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea, according to super-agent Mino Raiola. (Rai, via Independent)

Leicester are confident winger Demarai Gray, 21, will sign a new contract worth £50,000 a week. (Daily Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Ames

The morning after Celtic Park staged a glittering celebration of all the wholesome good our transfer market can achieve, let’s salivate over a little more. Chelsea needed neither Neymar nor Kylian Mbappé to help them dispose of inadequate opposition and Diego Costa was, as is now usual, kept very much at arm’s length too. He could – at long last – agree a £53m return to his old club Atlético Madrid as soon as this week, thus keeping himself away from that scary round white thing for a few more months until the Spanish side are allowed to make it formal.

Proving that the Mill is not cowed by thorny legal ground, we proceed next to the saga of William Carvalho to West Ham, made hilarious in its own right by the sex toy-invoking squabble between the Hammers and his current club, Sporting Lisbon, over whether they ever really made an offer for the Portugal international. Anyone really care? West Ham’s supporters might if, as reports suggest this morning, whoever is managing the team at the time gets his man in January. Both parties will presumably have to kiss and make up over some port and pastel de nata first.

Where would you send an injury-afflicted Premier League star who, ravaged by time and not the scintillating prospect he once was, simply wants to play some footy? Fenerbahce, apparently, in the case of Jack Wilshere – who could link up with his old chum Robin van Persie and supply bullets for Vincent Janssen after Christmas, talks having apparently begun. Wilshere has, though, already rejected the overtures of another Turkish side, Trabzonspor.

If Wilshere leaves, Arsenal fans might yet be able to console themselves with the continued presence of Mesut Özil, whose contract is ticking down at a fair lick. With serious interest from other big clubs not really materialising, Arsène Wenger is yet to give up hope on the German prolonging his stay. Over to you, Alexis.

Barcelona may well get their hands on the Nice playmaker Jean Michael Seri when January kicks in; presumably the Spanish side are suitably contrite after apparently failing to make up their minds between the Ivorian and Philippe Coutinho in the dearly departed summer window.

The current Barça crop seem to have spooked Juventus into an attempt to bolster their back line. Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over Juve at the Camp Nou was pretty resounding and perhaps the Italian champions will respond by intensifying their reported interest in the Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj.

Finally, if you were Roy Hodgson would you take the road home to Croydon or seek one final megabucks pay deal in China? The new Crystal Palace manager decided on the former, rejecting two offers from the Chinese Super League in order to get down to brass tacks on the training ground with Damien Delaney.

Evening Standard

£40m loan for West Ham to move into Olympic Stadium 'may never be repaid to council'


An East London borough has admitted that a £40 million loan which helped Premier League club West Ham move into the Olympic stadium may never be repaid.

Newham council said the loan was “damaged” and would only be recouped if the sports and music venue started making money. But town hall insiders said the borough appeared to have given up any hope of getting back the cash because of the poor financial performance of the stadium.

Newham insisted that it had not “written off” the loan and that downgrading its status was merely “prudent and responsible” accounting in response to the stadium’s “challenging” first year in its new guise. But councillors and residents expressed concern as the borough, one of the most deprived in the country, is facing cuts.

Newham Labour councillor Rokhsana Fiaz, a member of the audit board and the council’s chairman of scrutiny, said: “It’s alarming for residents to read about a £44.4 million impairment relating to a loan Newham council has given to refurbish West Ham’s stadium via a company it owns. I’ve asked for urgent clarification and details including any further financial implications facing Newham council.

“Residents need reassurances that their money hasn’t been wasted and that the financial benefits promised from this much-heralded council investment continue to flow.”

The £40 million deal was agreed by the council in 2012, through its subsidiary company Newham Legacy Investments Ltd, with the London Legacy Development Corporation.

The joint venture, through the umbrella company E20 Stadium, was to pay for the refurbishment and transformation costs of the stadium after the Games to make it suitable for football.

The LLDC originally invested £257 million for refurbishment costs and West Ham just £15 million. A year later West Ham was granted the 99-year stadium lease by then-Mayor Boris Johnson in a deal which has been mired in controversy ever since.

A spokesman for Newham said: “The loan is shown, for accounting purposes, as currently ‘impaired’, or damaged, due to the current financial performance of the stadium. It is not a write-off of the loan... it was widely anticipated that the first full year of trading would be particularly challenging.

“Newham council is working with the Greater London Authority, the London Legacy Development Corporation and our other stadium partners on a range of options to improve the financial performance of the stadium. The future value of our loan, and its treatment in our accounts, is directly linked to that future performance.”


West Ham transfer target William Carvalho has not given up on the move despite clubs' massive falling out

Deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Slaven Bilic wants alongside Cheikhou Kouyate now set to be revived in January

By Darren Lewis

William Carvalho still wants to go to West Ham — even though there has been a complete breakdown in relations between them and his current club, Sporting Lisbon.

Boss Slaven Bilic still wants the 25-year-old Portugal international to form a midfield partnership with Cheikhou Kouyate — and Carvalho remains keen on a move to the Premier League.

It means the deal, which was aborted on Deadline Day last month, is set to be reignited in January.

But it also means the Hammers could be forced to bury the hatchet with Sporting chief Bruno de Carvalho, despite the row which saw them threatening to sue the Portuguese club, and Sporting threatening to report the Londoners to world governing body FIFA over an alleged illegal approach.

Last week, De Carvalho called on West Ham fans to question their club’s motives for insisting they had made a bid for the Euro 2016 winner.

He also urged them to use an insulting jibe to describe Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan.

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DukeofDevo 2:29 Thu Sep 14
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
He must have got the 'insulting jibe' by reading it on WHO, it's been used on here virtually since they took us over!

Mex Martillo 10:58 Wed Sep 13
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Carvalho urged West Ham fans to use an insulting jibe to describe Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan!!??

It will be a strange day that we do not, have we ever had owners we do not insult, come to think of it who do we not insult.

Stupid cunt, hope we buy him.

Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 3:35 Wed Sep 13
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

ted fenton 1:29 Wed Sep 13
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:43 Wed Sep 13

Thanks Alan 12:43 Wed Sep 13
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
cholo 12:42 Wed Sep 13

cholo 12:42 Wed Sep 13
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks alan

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