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 12:46 Sat Sep 23
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says getting Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck to sign new deals is "something we want to address" but expects "more and more players going into the final year of their contracts". The 26-year-olds' contracts run until the summer of 2019. (Guardian)

Real Madrid are constantly monitoring the progress made by Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, 25. (Diario Madridista, via Daily Express)

Chelsea are leading Liverpool, Tottenham, Southampton, Manchester City and Manchester United in the hunt for Elye Wahi, 14, who is already scoring goals for Caen's under-17 side and comes from Courcouronnes, the same Paris suburb as Blues midfielder N'Golo Kante. (Sun)

Arsenal were keen to sign Napoli forward Dries Mertens, 30, this summer and the Gunners could try to sign him again, taking advantage of a 30m euro (£26.5m) release clause in his contract. (Calciomercato)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says 28-year-old striker Andy Carroll, who has two years left on his Hammers deal, needs to prove he can stay fit if he wants a new contract with the club. (Daily Mail)

The odds on Paris St-Germain winger Julian Draxler, 24, moving to the Premier League in January have fallen. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has urged Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to sign midfielder Andre Gomes, 24, from Barcelona next summer. (Don Balon - in Spanish)

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, 20, is set for a significant pay rise after opening negotiations over a new deal just nine months after his £27m move from Palmeiras. (Manchester Evening News)

Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, says he has no idea if he has a future with the Blues. (Daily Star)

Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, has said he never seriously considered leaving Borussia Dortmund for the Chinese Super League last summer. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid are in talks to sign 22-year-old Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. (Don Balon - in Spanish)

Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy, 23, says he and former Monaco team-mates Kylian Mbappe, 18, Tiemoue Bakayoko, 23, and Bernardo Silva, 23, agreed they would send pictures of themselves at the point of signing for a new club this summer. (Telegraph)


Mark Sampson is considering suing the Football Association following his sacking as coach of the England women's team. (Times - subscription required)

Diego Costa is moving everything out of England after quitting Chelsea to return to Atletico Madrid - including the nightclub he had installed in his Surrey mansion. (Sun)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has demanded that fellow striker Gareth Bale be dropped to make room for 21-year-old Marco Asensio. (Daily Express)

Heavyweight boxer Hughie Fury dropped in on Manchester United's training session on Friday before his world-title fight with WBO champion Joseph Parker this weekend. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino took his players and chairman Daniel Levy out to dinner this week - and picked up the £7,000 bill. (Guardian)

Alternatively, the bill was actually £10,000 for the meal, which was for 50 players and staff at posh West End restaurant The Beast. (Daily Star)

Nigel Pearson says he has put aside his differences with Leicester's Thai owners after agreeing to work with them again as head coach of another of their clubs, Belgian second-tier side OH Leuven. (Daily Mirror)

American president Donald Trump's 11-year-old son, Barron, has signed a deal to join MLS side DC United's under-12 team. (Sun)

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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 player has decided to stay with the La Liga side. (El Confidencial, via Mirror)


Manager on Matchday

We have to be on top of our game for 90 minutes to beat Spurs

I must start by saying thank you to everyone who supported us so magnificently on Tuesday night as we beat Bolton Wanderers to progress to the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.

To have a crowd of over 35,000 for a midweek cup tie during a month of three Premier League home matches once again shows what loyal and devoted fans we have, and that support was greatly appreciated by my players and staff.

I would also like to congratulate Sead Haksabanovic and Nathan Holland on making their debuts for the Club on Tuesday – both players deserved their opportunity on merit for the quality and progress they have shown in training recently.

Along with Declan Rice and Domingos Quina, it meant we had four young players who all did well, and it is great that we are able to give them experience of senior competitive football.

Our reward for beating Bolton is a trip to Wembley next month to face today’s visitors Tottenham Hotspur. I’m sure it will be a fantastic occasion and, of course, we hope that it isn’t the last time we visit Wembley in the competition this season!

However, our focus since Wednesday has been entirely on today’s game. The victory means that we have again trained with confidence and momentum, which is important for what will be another very tough game against Tottenham.

Of course, we have the recent memory of beating Spurs at London Stadium to look back on. It was a fantastic night, and a fantastic performance, but it will mean nothing when we kick-off today.

What is more relevant is the fact that we have now kept three clean sheets in a row, because that is the starting point for what we hope to achieve. Tottenham are a very strong team, they have quality players in every department, and we know that we have to be on top of our game for 90 minutes if we are to gain a positive result.

We are feeling confident, though. I have had some tough decisions to make with my starting line-up for this game – which is the kind of headache every manager wants. Every player knows that he must be at his highest level to keep his place, and there will be no doubt about our motivation and desire today…

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BubblesCyprus 1:22 Sat Sep 23
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 1:12 Sat Sep 23
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 12:48 Sat Sep 23

Takashi Miike 12:48 Sat Sep 23
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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