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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 1:16 Wed Sep 20
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Neymar, 25, has demanded Paris St-Germain sell fellow forward Edinson Cavani, 30, after their on-pitch dispute on Saturday. (Sport via Daily Mail)

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is set for a new deal, with the club preparing to double the 20-year-old's wages to £150,000 a week. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, 28. The Chilean also interests Manchester City. (Sun)

Barcelona failed with a £124m move for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, 26, in the summer. Manchester United also wanted the France international. (Mundo Deportivo via Talksport)

Tottenham are considering a January move for Besiktas' 26-year-old striker Cenk Tosun, who interested Crystal Palace and Newcastle in the summer. (Talksport)

Manchester United are interested in signing Genoa's 17-year-old striker Pietro Pellegri, who scored twice against Lazio on Sunday. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Metro)

Manchester United and Manchester City are among the clubs keen to sign Lazio striker Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 22. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, wants to move to West Ham in January as the Gunners have not opened talks about a new deal. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid are considering selling striker Karim Benzema, 29, to Arsenal. (Don Balon via Daily Star)

Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini believes he still has a future in the game. The 33-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season. (Sun)


Former Middlesbrough striker Fabrizio Ravanelli is among more than 30 applicants for the manager's job at Chesterfield. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea are being investigated by Fifa for breaching regulations around youth players. The club says it "complies with all Fifa statutes and regulations when recruiting players". (Daily Mail)

Manchester City have been using the persuasive powers of Brazil midfielder Fernandinho to help secure their transfer targets. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba credits Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes as the two players who have had the biggest impact on his Old Trafford career. (Daily Mirror)

Wayne Rooney will still be offered the chance to become a Manchester United ambassador despite admitting drink-driving. (Daily Star)

Barcelona players showed their support for team-mate Ousmane Dembele, who has had hamstring surgery, by wearing shirts featuring the message 'Courage Ousmane' before their match against Eibar. (Daily Mirror)

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The best of Monday's gossip...

Atletico Madrid have given Chelsea a final "take-it-or-leave-it" offer worth £57m for 28-year-old striker Diego Costa. (Marca via Talksport)

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 21, is not in negotiations with the club over a new contract, according to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Express)

Sunderland have said the £30m sale of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 23, to Everton in the summer was needed to keep the club running. (Daily Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

Neymar is unhappy. More than unhappy, in fact. He’s FURIOUS! He’s been in a right old mood ever since Edinson Cavani wouldn’t let him take a penalty against Lyon on Sunday, which follows on from Cavani not giving the Brazilian all his Lego, refusing to let him have the top bunk and refusing to hand over the last fish finger on his plate at dinner the other night, even though Neymar said please.

Seriously, didn’t this Cavani schmuck get the memo? What Neymar wants, Neymar gets. Otherwise it’s tantrum time! And it’s tantrum time now! Neymar is going to thcweam and thcweam and thcweam and stamp his feet and sulk and frown until Paris Saint-Germain placate him by chucking Cavani into a swimming pool full of sharks equipped with lasers. Or they could just agree to sell him, whatever. But the first option’s cool too. Just saying. Who’d dare take a penalty off Neymar after that?

Definitely not Julian Draxler. The German has already seen which way the wind is blowing in Paris and is thinking about leaving in January, especially as he has a World Cup spot to win. He could find a new home at Arsenal. This is the point where the Mill should make a gag about Arsenal totally needing a new creative midfielder – the joke is that they have a lot of dainty playmakers! – but Draxler is better than what they have.

José Mourinho has decided that Ronald Koeman is nowhere near as fun to wind up as Arsène Wenger. Which is why Manchester United are putting together a £25m package to tempt Alexis Sánchez to Old Trafford when the Arsenal forward’s contract runs out next summer. United will also battle Manchester City for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. City only want the midfielder because they miss Stefan Savic.

Birmingham City want Aitor Karanka to replace The Wheeler Dealer. Everyone needs some cold, hard boredom in their lives now and then.

Barcelona suit Josep Bartomeu has been letting everyone know who the club didn’t sign this summer. Turns out that Philippe Coutinho was too expensive. The Mill isn’t sure what Bartomeu hopes to achieve with this revelation. Well … done? This should get everyone to … like him again?


West Ham 3-0 Bolton: Record signing Marko Arnautovic shows his class against Championship's bottom club

Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho both scored in the first half for West Ham
Ogbonna converted an early corner before Sakho hit home a powerful shot
Arthur Masuaku capped off the victory in injury time to seal a fourth-round berth
Marko Arnautovic ran rings around the Championship side with two assists

By Kieran Gill

It was the Marko Arnautovic show at the London Stadium as West Ham's club record signing toyed with Championship bottom boys Bolton in the Carabao Cup.

A month to the day since his sending off at Southampton, Arnautovic went some way to winning back the trust of manager Slaven Bilic, securing two assists on his home debut.

Bilic had told his £24million signing he had some making up to do after his elbow at St Mary's in August. Evidently, he listened.

West Ham players celebrate with Angelo Ogbonna (centre) after his goal gave them the lead

Ogbonna powered a header past the Bolton goalkeeper in the opening four minutes of the tie

Ogbonna celebrates scoring the opening goal with team-mate Sakho

Sakho of West Ham United scores his side's second goal at the London Stadium

Sakho of West Ham United celebrates scoring his side's second goal with Marko Arnautovic

Arnautovic provided the assists for both of West Ham's first-half goals to mark a fine display

Arnautovic set up Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho and created an abundance of chances, before a stoppage-time screamer from Arthur Masuaku completed the 3-0 scoreline.

'He's got that quality,' Bilic said of Arnautovic. 'He's that kind of player. He knows that. He knows I like him. I want him to do more.

'I want him to continue like this, to push the boundaries, because he's unstoppable when he's in that kind of mood. I know what he's capable of.

'And we ended the game with a wondergoal from Arthur. It was a good night.'

This was the first of three successive home fixtures for West Ham following their early-season exile from the London Stadium.

Bilic had spoken about it being a chance to establish consistency and in turn ease the pressure on his shoulders. Bolton made it easy.

West Ham took the lead after less than four minutes via Ogbonna's bullet header and Arnautovic's cross drew plaudits as the players ran to him to celebrate.

Moments later, he had another chance to cross. This time Arnautovic tried to fool Mark Howard by shooting, though he could only find the side-netting.

Arthur Masuaku scores his side's third goal in injury time

West Ham face Tottenham at home in the Premier League this Saturday and Arnautovic was perhaps attempting to show Bilic why he should feature in his first-team thoughts.

He was certainly in the mood here. In the 10th minute, the summer signing from Stoke wriggled his way through Bolton's back line and fired a shot that was saved by Howard.

'How s*** must you be? It's only 1-0,' sang the away supporters, who had seen their side suffer some heavy losses this season.

Arnautovic then found himself one on one with Howard in the 27th minute, though the 28-year-old opted for a lob that landed over.

Adam Le Fondre of Bolton Wanderers tackles West Ham captain Mark Noble

West Ham United's Javier Hernandez reacts to a foul from Bolton's Darren Pratley

Arnautovic salutes the remaining West Ham fans after putting in a fine performance

West Ham doubled their advantage ahead of half time when Arnautovic sprinted towards the six-yard box from the left wing. He cut the ball back for Sakho, who buried it into the bottom corner.

Sakho had attempted to force through a transfer to Rennes in the summer, passing a medical without the club's permission. Bit by bit, the striker will have to win back the fans. Scoring will help.

Bolton tried several shots from distance but it wasn't to be as Masuaku put the icing on the cake in stoppage time.

The Carabao Cup is a chance for West Ham to forget their Premier League shortcomings and focus on getting closer to some silverware.

Here the win was never in doubt against a Bolton side who have bigger problems in the Championship.


West Ham (4-2-3-1): Adrian 7; Byram 7, Rice 7.5, Ogbonna 7.5, Masuaku 7; Noble 7 (Quina 77, 6), Kouyate 7.5; Ayew 7, Haksabanovic 7 (Holland 62, 6), Arnautovic 8.5; Sakho 8 (Hernandez 70, 6)

Subs (not used): Hart, Cresswell, Fonte, Antonio

Scorers: Ogbonna (4), Sakho (31)

Booked: Holland

Manager: Slaven Bilic 7.5

Bolton (3-4-3): Howard 5; Dervite 5.5 (Wheater 45, 6), Beevers 5, Taylor 5; Morais 5, King 5.5 (Armstrong 80, 5), Pratley 5.5, Robinson 5.5; Noone 5 (Earing 71, 6), Wilbraham 5, Le Fondre 5

Subs (not used): Turner, Madine, Brockbank, White

Booked: Taylor

Manager: Phil Parkinson 5.5

Referee: Simon Hooper 6

Man of the match: Marko Arnautovic


Marko Arnautovic helps West Ham to easy victory over Bolton Wanderers

Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium

West Ham United could have been forgiven for checking the terms and conditions on the receipt when Marko Arnautovic pressed the self-destruct button in only his second match for the club. That preposterous red card against Southampton last month was certainly not what West Ham had in mind when they made him their record buy in the summer.

They thought they were getting a player with the craft and guile to make them forget about Dimitri Payet, not a £24m hothead who has to issue public apologies after leaving his team-mates in the lurch.

This was more like it from Arnautovic, though. Yes, he will encounter much tougher opponents than Bolton Wanderers this season, but the crowd at the London Stadium enjoyed their first look at the former Stoke City forward, who had a strut in his step as West Ham cruised into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup at the expense of their limited Championship guests. “This is a good beginning of the comeback for him,” the manager, Slaven Bilic, said.

It was difficult to read too much into an easy 3-0 win for West Ham. Bilic made 10 changes to the team that drew at West Bromwich Albion, although his players could not be accused of complacency against the Championship’s bottom side. Winless in their opening eight league matches, it soon became apparent why Bolton have struggled since winning promotion from League One.

Phil Parkinson’s side cracked after four minutes, allowing the unchallenged Angelo Ogbonna to meet Arnautovic’s free-kick from the right with a powerful header that flew past Mark Howard. “We struggled to contain some really talented players,” Parkinson said.

Arnautovic sparked the majority of West Ham’s attacks during an embarrassingly lopsided first half. He was desperate to put on a show, although he was too eager to impress at times, indulgently sending an ambitious lob over the bar. Bilic was thinking about that wasteful miss when he spoke about his desire to force the Austrian to maximise his talent.

“I want him to do more,” Bilic said. “He’s got that quality. He knows I like him. Sometimes he gets happy with a few things he does and I want him to push the borders. Sometimes he is happy just to pass it back or do a little trick. I know what he is capable of. But did he do the job today? Of course.”

But what about doing the job when Tottenham Hotspur visit on Saturday? “I bet every one of you thinks he should be playing‚“ Bilic said. “He impressed me. This is going to make us go into the Spurs game with more confidence.”

Arnautovic was prominently involved when West Ham killed off Bolton’s hopes 14 minutes before half-time, racing on to Mark Noble’s astute pass and finding Diafra Sakho for a straightforward finish.

Sakho is another West Ham forward striving for redemption after trying to engineer a move to Rennes last month. He played well here, but West Ham’s fans have not forgiven the Senegal international’s conduct judging by the boos that greeted his late substitution. “Sakho’s attitude is spot-on,” Bilic said. “That is why he is playing for us.”

Otherwise it was a relaxed evening for West Ham. A third consecutive clean sheet was welcome for Bilic after a fraught start to the season, especially as his team contained two teenagers. Sead Haksabanovic, a Montenegro international, earned praise from his manager for an unfussy debut in midfield, while Declan Rice was assured in central defence.

By the time Arthur Masuaku beat Howard with a stunning rising drive in stoppage time, thoughts had already turned to the plan for Tottenham.


West Ham United 3 Bolton Wanderers 0: Hosts pick off Championship side with ease in one-sided League Cup tie

Sam Dean, London Stadium

West Ham United’s return to form continued with the most comfortable of 3-0 victories over Championship stragglers Bolton Wanderers.

Goals from Angelo Ogbonna, Diafra Sakho and Arthur Masuaku ensured a second consecutive home win for Slaven Bilic’s side, who are beginning to build some momentum after a dreadful start to the campaign.

WIth Bolton marooned at the bottom of the Championship after six defeats and no victories in their first eight games, manager Phil Parkinson made seven changes from Saturday’s loss at Ipswich Town.

If that provided an early indication of where the League Cup ranks on Bolton’s priority list, then so did their defending for Ogbonna’s goal after just four minutes.

Marko Arnautovic curled in a free kick from the right and Ogbonna was totally unchallenged as he powered his header past helpless Bolton goalkeeper Mark Howard.

Andre Ayew nearly made it two soon after, and then the impressive Arnautovic ballooned over a speculative lob. The second was never far away and it soon arrived when Sakho extended the home side’s lead after he was found by Arnautovic, who was thoroughly enjoying himself on his first home appearance since his £24m move from Stoke City.

Bilic had actually made 10 changes of his own after the draw with West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, but the game was played at such a doleful pace that his fringe players are unlikely to have found it much more taxing than a training session.

At least there was time for Arnautovic to get used to his new home, and for youngsters such as Declan Rice, Sead Haksabanovic and Nathan Holland to pick up first-team experience. There will of course be tougher tests ahead for them than this Bolton side, who improved in the second half but could do nothing about Masuaku's stoppage-time screamer.
Match details

West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Adrian; Byram, Rice, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Noble (Quina 78), Kouyate; Haksabanovic (Holland 62), Ayew, Arnautovic; Sakho (Hernandez 70).
Subs: Hart, Cresswell, Fonte, Antonio.
Bookings: Holland.
Bolton Wanderers (3-4-3): Howard; Dervite (Wheater 45), Beevers,Taylor; Morais, Pratley, King (Armstrong 80), Robinson; Noone (Earing 71), Wilbraham, Le Fondre.~
Subs: Turner, Madine, Brockbank, White.
Bookings: Taylor.
Referee: Simon Hooper.


West Ham fans react to Sead Haksabanovic's performance against Bolton

Jordan Harris

West Ham United strolled into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a victory over Bolton Wanderers.

West Ham continued their resurgence following the international break with an emphatic 3-0 win over Bolton at the London Stadium in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Slaven Bilic made 10 changes for the visit of the Trotters, but goals from Angelo Ogbonna, Diafra Sakho and a contender for goal of the round from Arthur Masuaku during the final minutes saw the Hammers stroll into the fourth round at the expense of the Championship's bottom side.

One player who impressed the supporters with his display was summer signing Sead Haksabanovic, who was making his first-team debut following his move from Halmstads during the recent window.

Though the 18-year-old did not get on the scoresheet, the fans were pleased with what they saw from the teenager as he looked lively and appears to possess plenty of quality already when he has the ball at his feet.

Haksabanovic's display was especially encouraging given that it came just after it was announced that Manuel Lanzini will miss the next month due to a setback as he recovered from a knee injury - as reported by the Daily Mail.

That has led some to even ask Bilic to throw the Montenegro international in for this weekend's Premier League clash with Tottenham - which is undoubtedly a major vote of confidence.

Here is the best of the reaction...

Special mentions to Rice, Arnautovic and Haksabanovic tonight. I was very impressed with all three of them.
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) 19 September 2017

FYI there's something about Haksabanovic.
— MC (@LeBigHouse) 19 September 2017

Solid win tonight. Good to see Haksabanovic and Holland get debuts and what a goal from Masuaku. Onto Spurs Saturday. #COYI ⚒
— Dave Scourfield ⚒ (@DaveScourfieId) 19 September 2017

Haksabanovic is gonna be the next lanzini, looks very skilful and pacey #WatchThisSpace #IRONS
— Randall (@Randyy5678) 19 September 2017

Haksabanovic needs to start Saturday can do lanizi job.⚒#COYI
— Adam Dowie ⚒ (@1990_Dowie) 19 September 2017

Very impressed with Haksabanovic
— Chaz ⚒ (@ChazWHU) 19 September 2017

Haksabanovic looks like a decent little player. Bags of skill, quick, strong & intelligent on & off the ball. Had a good game I thought. ⚒
— MOEZINI (@MOEWHU) 19 September 2017

Haksabanovic was class today
— Joshua (@joshuahardy__) 19 September 2017

Looks like a training match out there, Bolton really are terrible.

That Haksabanovic kid looks alright to be fair, want to see more of him.
— ˗ˏˋ JΔMES ˊˎ˗ (@JameswhufcJones) 19 September 2017

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 9:35 Wed Sep 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

ted fenton 1:40 Wed Sep 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:17 Wed Sep 20

gph 1:30 Wed Sep 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

Neymar is bigger than PSG.
Neymar is bigger than football.
Neymar is bigger than the planet.

Well, his head is

Far Cough 1:19 Wed Sep 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
What a wanker, Neymar DEMANDS they sell a player he fell out with?

Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:17 Wed Sep 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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