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 11:57 Mon Sep 18
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City will open talks with Kevin de Bruyne, 26, over a new contract and the Belgium midfielder could double his existing £6m-a-year wages. (Daily Telegraph)

City are also interested in signing Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 29, as Pep Guardiola is keen on being reunited in January. (Sun)

Real Madrid have started talks with Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, 28, over a move in January - but senior players at the Spanish club don't want the Chilean to join. (Don Balon - in Spanish)

Leicester rejected bids from both Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth for 21-year-old winger Demarai Gray this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente, 32, says he was offered a new Swansea City contract but could not turn down the chance to join Spurs. (Wales Online)

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25, has spoken about his failed move to Barcelona and says he was "honoured" to have been wanted by the La Liga side. (EPSN)

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 30, says Arsenal passed up on the opportunity to re-sign him when he returned to England from Barcelona in 2014. (Metro)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has identified either Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 29, or Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez, 22, to replace Michael Carrick at the end of the season. (Daily Star)

Mourinho dismissed the suggestion that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 24, faces 12 weeks out as "complete nonsense". (Daily Mail)

The United manager also believes former striker Wayne Rooney, 31, will return to Old Trafford in the future after leaving for Everton in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman insists he will leave the club's January transfer window planning to director of football Steve Walsh as he focuses on stopping the club's poor form. (Liverpool Echo)

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown, 32, hasn't ruled out signing another contract extension at the age of 34 despite only penning a new two-year deal last week. (Daily Record via CelticTV)

Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles, 23, thinks the club's inexperience is a "strength" following their work in the summer transfer market. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, 26, could face a lengthy lay-off after limping off with a suspected groin tear in the 73rd minute against Chelsea. (Daily Telegraph)


Striker Oumar Niasse put a smile on some Everton fans' faces on Sunday, by sitting in the away end at Old Trafford during their defeat at Manchester United. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko's former youth club Montrouge are getting two minibuses as part of his £40m move from Monaco. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain could run out of Neymar shirts after selling 120,000 in the last month. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, has reportedly sold his fleet of cars as he prepares to leave Stamford Bridge and return to Spain. (Daily Mirror)

Everton fans are questioning their club's decision to sign a sleeve sponsorship deal with Angry Birds as they are worried the logo may contain red. (Daily Mail)

Former England manager Sam Allardyce, 62, could appear on ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here' for a six-figure sum. (Sun)

The best of Sunday's gossip...

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, 25, interests Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus. (Sunday Mirror)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has started talks with 28-year-old Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez over a possible move. (Don Balon via football.london)

Tottenham are interested in Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, 24, which could put any move for Everton's Ross Barkley, 23, in doubt. (Sun on Sunday)

Leicester are set to complete the £22m signing of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva after approval from Fifa. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United fear midfielder Paul Pogba could be out for longer than first thought as he faces being sidelined for up to 12 weeks with a hamstring injury (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Not content with causing Liverpool fans no end of summer torment with their relentless but ultimately unsuccessful pursuit of Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona are ready to put them through the wringer again by courting Sadio Mané in the coming months. Real Madrid and Juventus are also reported to be interested in the speedy Senegalese forward, who is currently sidelined through suspension on the back of that red card he received for accidentally booting Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson in the head. Losing Mané would be a nightmarish scenario for Liverpool, who conspicuously failed to fire on all cylinders when he was away playing in last season’s Africa Cup of Nations. It may have been no coincidence that they could only draw with Burnley over the weekend as he sat out the first game of his three-match ban. Time will tell.

Michael Carrick isn’t getting any younger and with his current deal at Old Trafford set to expire next June, Manchester United are eyeing up potential replacements. United scouts are understood to have killed two birds with one stone last week, running the rule over Atlético Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez and his Roma counterpart Radja Nainggolan when the sides met in the Champions League last week.

Having upset his employers at Bayern Munich by complaining about their lack of ambition in the transfer market, Robert Lewandowski took time out after Saturday’s shellacking of Mainz to not really address his apparent obsession with joining Real Madrid. “I don’t have to comment every time on every bit of nonsense, whether it means something or not, and I don’t have to say something about this bullshit,” said the potty-mouthed striker, who seemed in chirpy form after netting a double to take his tally for the season in all competitions to nine goals in seven appearances. Sensing that Lewandowski may have dressed in Lederhosen, raised a stein of pils and posed with his team-mates at Oktoberfest for the last time, Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in bringing him to the Premier League.

Tottenham quite like the look of Barcelona midfielder André Gomes, who endured a difficult first season at Camp Nou and has yet to endear himself to the supporters who call it home. Despite his failure to impress, Barcelona are believed to have turned down several offers of more than £30m for a player who scored only three goals and provided one assist while becoming an object of derision for Barça supporters, who made him a scapegoat for last season’s failures. Having failed to sign Ross Barkley in the summer, Spurs may now turn their attention to the 24-year-old from Grijó.

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola could be off to Crystal Palace or Newcastle United in January, while Leicester winger Demarai Gray will be going nowhere once his employers push a lucrative, improved £50,000-per-week contract under his nose and hand him a pen later this week. Meanwhile, at the Etihad, Kevin De Bruyne is also expected to ink a new and improved £200,000-per-week contract to tie him to Manchester City and dissuade other clubs from trying to turn his head in the next transfer window.


Bilic: Time on the pitch can only benefit Carroll

Slaven Bilic says Andy Carroll’s threat will only grow with the amount of time he spends on the pitch.

The centre forward again led the line in Saturday’s goalless Premier League draw at West Bromwich Albion, where he unleashed three of West Ham United’s six goal attempts.

And Bilic believes the No9, who returned to action in the home win over Huddersfield Town after four months on the sidelines with a hip problem, will get sharper and stronger as he gets more game-time minutes under his belt.

“Andy is always a threat and he was good in the air and also with stopping the balls and laying it off to the flanks,” said the manager. We put a lot of balls in where he couldn’t find a position to get a clean header, which is also down to West Brom, because they are known to defend well from those situations.

“It is very important for him to get the games under his belt. He looks good now, touch wood. This was his second game and he looks fit and he looks competitive and the quality will come through the games. It’s a big boost for us and hopefully long may it continue.

“He looked unhappy [to come off] but we have quality players on the bench and we changed the whole three up front because, as I said, we had Ayew, Arnautovic and Sakho, and I was very happy with the way they kept the shape, defended and pressed.

“We wanted to score a goal, which is why we put three quality players up front.”

While Carroll led the line with typical determination, he was upstaged by a truly audacious strike from Pedro Obiang, which was the width of the crossbar away from winning the game for the Hammers.

The Spaniard allowed the ball to roll across his body just inside the West Brom half before opening up and curling a wicked, dipping 45-yard effort that beat Ben Foster and cannoned back off the woodwork.

“It was special quality from Pedro,” his manager observed. “That was great individual skill and great vision that he noted that Foster was out from the line a little bit and it was a great strike, of course, and he deserved a goal for that wonderful piece of skill.

“Unfortunately, it did not go in for him, because it would have been a magnificent strike.”


Bilic defends playing Hernandez out of position

Slaven Bilic has defended playing Javier Hernandes out of position insisting he didn’t play him out wide like a winger but explained he was more off the main striker.

“We are getting that confidence back as a team,’ Bilic told the press. ‘We were attacking. But to get three points you need quality up front, which we didn’t have. The strikers were fighting and were part of the team but we could do more. We played with three strikers. There were a lot of positives by pressing them, keeping the ball, but if we are talking about shots on target there wasn’t much of that.
‘Hernandez was not wide-wide, we are playing with three or five at the back so he is more off the striker. Of course in defensive work they were coming deep, which is why I am praising them.

Football London

Manuel Lanzini set to provide West Ham with massive injury boost ahead of Bolton clash - report

He's been missed so far this season

By Adam Jones

Manuel Lanzini could be set to provide West Ham with a major fitness boost going in to this week's fixture against Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup.

The playmaker has missed the majority of the campaign for the Hammers so far in 2017/18 - with his only appearance coming in the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United last month.

His influence has been sorely missed by Slaven Bilic's side for most of this season too after being influential for West Ham last campaign with eight goals in 39 games in all competitions.

Now, according to Claret&Hugh, Lanzini could be about to give the Hammers a welcome boost and could be involved against Bolton this week.

The Argentine international is now back in training with the club, but will be lacking match fitness.

However, the report suggests that Slaven Bilic may well be willing to give Lanzini some much need game-time as he continues his recovery from injury.

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jimbo2. 8:43 Mon Sep 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks as always Al, I will take the point at WBA!

DukeofDevo 7:31 Mon Sep 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks for this Alan excellent read as always!

We must have enough to put a good side out against Bolton It will be a mistake to risk Lanzini against Bolton, give him a bit longer to train and prepare for Spurs!

Mex Martillo 7:13 Mon Sep 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Gph, have a look at the stats the average position of all 3 forwards was in the middle.
Thanks Alan

gph 5:01 Mon Sep 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Playing Hernandez just off of Carroll sounds a splendid idea.

I wonder why we didn't actually do it

Thanks, Alan

englandinireland 12:41 Mon Sep 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
“Andy is always a threat and he was good in the air and also with stopping the balls and laying it off to the flanks,” said the manager. We put a lot of balls in where he couldn’t find a position to get a clean header, which is also down to West Brom, because they are known to defend well from those situations.

And there we have it. Many on here were saying this would happen against WBA that they would relish this approach and could mop up accordingly
Obviously Bilic noticed but did nothing to change things till the 82nd minute......too late. AGAIN

Thanks Alan 12:39 Mon Sep 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton. 12:02 Mon Sep 18

BubblesCyprus 12:24 Mon Sep 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 12:13 Mon Sep 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

save Lanzini for the spurs game please Slaven

Alwaysaniron 12:08 Mon Sep 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Hernandez looked wide wide wide to me!

ted fenton 12:02 Mon Sep 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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