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 12:47 Fri Sep 22
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City fear Paris St-Germain are now favourites to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, who is out of contract next summer and is reported to want £400,000 a week in wages. (Sun)

Liverpool are plotting a move for 18-year-old Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano. (Bild, via Metro)

Manchester United are considering a move for 27-year-old Santos midfielder Lucas Lima, who is out of contract at the start of this year. (Talksport)

Juventus chief Beppe Marotta says the Italian club will be powerless to prevent forward Paulo Dybala leaving for Barcelona if the 23-year-old wants the move. (Sun)

Manchester United will miss out on signing Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 26, as the France international has decided to stay with the La Liga side. (El Confidencial, via Mirror)

Arsenal have made an approach to sign 19-year-old Marseille defender Christopher Rocchia (Foot Mercato, via Metro)

However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says the club are no longer interested in signing West Brom's 29-year-old centre-back Jonny Evans, who was linked with them this summer. (Daily Star)

Aston Villa are one of five Championship clubs reported to be keeping tabs on Rangers' Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos, 21, following a goal-laden beginning in Scotland that has seen him score eight times in 10 games. (Birmingham Mail)


Wayne Rooney has hired an ex-Manchester United bodyguard known as 'Big Ginge', who has been driving him to Everton training after his two-year driving ban. (Daily Mail)

Midfielder Paul Pogba, 24, has being ordered to take a 10-day holiday by Manchester United ahead of his rehab for a hamstring injury. (Sun)

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez says he has seen "a big difference" in Romelu Lukaku's performances since the 24-year-old striker joined Manchester United in the summer. (Talksport)

Antoine Griezmann utilised the lyrics to Three Lions on Twitter to welcome striker Diego Costa back to Atletico Madrid, after it was announced he would be returning to the Spanish club from Chelsea. "Is coming hooome, is coming hooome," wrote the French forward.

Chelsea's sale of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid means the club have made nearly £500m by selling players they no longer need since January 2014. (Daily Mirror)

Costa is a better striker than the man who replaced him up front at Chelsea, Alvaro Morata, according to ex-England international Phil Neville. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 23, crashed his car on his way home from training - but escaped serious injury. (Sun)

Before he left for Chelsea, striker Alvaro Morata, 24, warned Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that manager Zinedine Zidane's preferential treatment of players would hinder the La Liga champions this season. (Don Balon - in Spanish)

Former England manager Steve McClaren is one of the favourites to succeed Harry Redknapp as the new Birmingham City boss. (Birmingham Mail)

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says Tottenham are the most attractive side to watch in the Premier League. (London Evening Standard)

Arsene Wenger admits he was keen on bringing Gareth Barry to Arsenal back in 2009, but the now 36-year-old midfielder opted to move to Manchester City from Aston Villa instead. (Metro)

Former Everton defender Kevin Ratcliffe says manager Ronald Koeman's decision to play three central defenders is one of the reasons behind the club's poor start to the season. (Liverpool Echo)

The best of Thursday's gossip...

Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard, 26, has ruled out a big-money move to French club Paris St-Germain. (SFR Sport via Express)

PSG have offered striker Edinson Cavani to Real Madrid after the 30-year-old Uruguayan was involved in a bust-up with team-mate Neymar, 25. (Sport via Star)

Chelsea and Everton are also interested in Cavani but face competition from Napoli. (Mail)

Manchester City could try to swap England winger Raheem Sterling, 22, for Arsenal's 28-year-old Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window. (Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Those canny folk at RB Leipzig have learned their lesson from a summer of wild haggling with Liverpool’s transfer-negotiating team over Naby Keïta – which ended with the English club agreeing to pay the midfielder’s release clause in full with an additional extra bonus for being nice. Thus they have reacted speedily to rumours that Liverpool are now interested in their French defender Dayot Upamecano – by offering the 18-year-old a new contract with an eye-watering €100m buy-out option, and then gathering to celebrate their own ingenuity in a shadowy basement bar heated entirely by the friction caused by rubbing their hands together and the hot air released as they discuss what to do with their next Premier League-related windfall.

A host of Premier League clubs queueing up for a chance to seduce Schalke’s Leon Goretzka are about to be seriously disappointed, as Barcelona prepare to barge, elbows flailing, to the front of the line. The midfielder’s contract in Germany ends next summer, and Mundo Deportivo winningly describe the wild transfer frenzy that is resulting as “un bingo espactacular” for the 22-year-old. On Thursday Bild suggested the player intends to move either to Bayern Munich or Barça, and a day on we hear that to guarantee sealing the deal Barcelona are not going to hang around until next July, but will offer €10-€15m to sign Goretzka in January. They will clear space in their midfield ranks by shifting out Arda Turan, André Gomes and Rafinha.

That means one Rafinha’s on the market. Chelsea’s dreams of signing the other, Bayern Munich-based Rafinha however lie in ruins after the defender announced that he has “Bayern in my heart” and the club “can always count on me”. However he went on to reveal that his grasp of the full meaning of the word “always” is somewhat disappointing, adding that “I really want to play, otherwise I will have to think about my future”.

Talking of talented midfielders who could be available on a free transfer, as we were just a paragraph or two back, Manchester United are hot on the tails of the Santos 27-year-old Lucas Lima, whose contract in Brazil ends in January. The player’s agent, Luccas Badia, says that Barcelona, Roma and Internazionale are also keen, as well, slightly less prestigiously, as Crystal Palace and Fenerbahce, who both tried to snap him up in the summer. “I think he would be well suited to Serie A but we will see,” Badia said.

Neymar’s ongoing fall-out with Edinson Cavani looks potentially terminal for the Uruguayan’s chances of an extended Parisian sojourn, with the Spanish paper Sport asserting that the Brazilian “has already communicated to Nasser al-Khelaifi that his coexistence with Cavani is totally impossible and he has asked for the transfer of the Uruguayan striker”. This development has, according to the Mail, “put Everton, Chelsea and Napoli on high alert” – a list of clubs that may well have been compiled with reference to yesterday’s Mill – while Juventus, Internazionale and Borussia Dortmund are potential rival bidders.

Finally Victor Lindelof’s wife, Maja Nilsson, has blasted Manchester United for coercing their players into renting executive boxes – “If you don’t buy one, you’re considered a loser” – while charging eye-watering prices for them – “I’m not even going to tell you how much, but a disgusting amount”. However, as quoted on the back page of the Express, despite her misgivings over the whole box-rental thing she does rather like the experience. “Having a box is wonderful. You get your own waiter.”

Ghana Soccer

West Ham working around the clock to secure work permit for talented Ghanaian goalkeeper Joseph Annan

West Ham are understood to be pressing ahead to complete a move for goalkeeper Joseph Anang as they work around the clock to secure a work permit for the Ghanaian stopper.

The 19-year-old started his career in Ghana with Danbort FC before making the move to fellow domestic side Wa All Stars where he seemingly caught the eye of the Hammers scouting team.

The young keeper linked up with Slaven Bilic's side during pre-season in a bid to impress the manager to earn himself a permanent move, which he subsequently did as he was offered a three-year contract last month.

The deal has yet to be officially completed as Anang needs a work permit in order to legally play for West Ham, which the club are working hard to finalise.

After making a positive impression on both players and coaches at the club, the 19-year-old is said to be continuing his impressive start as he is still in East London and is currently training alongside fellow goalkeepers Joe Hart and Adrian.

Despite the drawn out process, West Ham are reportedly confident that their application for Anang's work permit will be accepted and that he will be able to feature for the club in the near future.

Anang - who identified his kicking and reflexes as his main strengths - is set to be the second Ghanaian at West Ham alongside forward Andre Ayew, where he will also join a list of young talent who have all made the move to the Hammers in recent times.

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jimbo2. 10:21 Fri Sep 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ta muchly Al!

Takashi Miike 3:42 Fri Sep 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 2:14 Fri Sep 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated.

ted fenton 12:55 Fri Sep 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:51 Fri Sep 22

Thanks Alan 12:51 Fri Sep 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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