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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 12:16 Sun Sep 24
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Mesut Ozil is set to turn down Arsenal's offer of a new contract, with the 28-year-old midfielder keen to join Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool asked Barcelona to "stop harassing" playmaker Philippe Coutinho during the summer, after making it clear they would not sell the 25-year-old. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City are worried they will be outbid by Paris St-Germain for 28-year-old Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United have been told they must pay £75m to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and beat Manchester City to the 22-year-old's signature. (Sunday Express)

Everton are determined to sign striker Olivier Giroud in January, and are prepared to offer Arsenal £40m for the 30-year-old. (Sunday Mirror)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman also wants to sign Bournemouth forward Joshua King, 25. (Sun on Sunday)

Everton offered £66m - plus a 'bonus' - for Chelsea's Diego Costa but the 28-year-old striker only wanted to play for Atletico Madrid. (Marca)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said it "hurt" him more to sell left-back Kieran Gibbs, 27, to West Brom than let midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, join Liverpool. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says defender Luke Shaw, 22, has to improve if he is to make the starting line-up following his return from injury. (Sky Sports)

Southampton winger Nathan Redmond believes the club were never under pressure to sell 26-year-old defender Virgil van Dijk, as Premier League clubs are now stronger financially and can hold on to their best players. (Daily Star Sunday)

Arsenal are monitoring Le Havre centre-back Harold Moukoudi, 19, as they look to replace 32-year-old Per Mertesacker, who will retire at the end of the season. (Mail on Sunday)

Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack is in talks with Melbourne City, with the 31-year-old set for a loan move. (Express and Star)


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says "there are not many interesting games" in the the group stages of the Champions League and "it has lost some attraction". (Sunday Telegraph)

Manchester United will decide next week whether midfielder Paul Pogba will have surgery on his hamstring. (ESPN)

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot says he has "fallen in love" with the city and leaving the club would break his heart. (Sunday Express)

Gary Cahill and John Stones' Instagram accounts were mixed up by their PR agency, with Stones congratulating Chelsea on their win over Stoke. (Sunday Mirror)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo tried to persuade singer Madonna to take her adopted son, David Banda, to the Sporting Lisbon academy where he began his career. Madonna, however, opted to take him to Benfica. (Sabadao, via AS)

Diego Costa looked pretty pleased as he watched his new team Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla.

The best of Saturday's gossip...

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 chase 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)


Tottenham hang on to beat West Ham with 10 men after Harry Kane double

Barney Ronay at the London Stadium

On a slow-burn afternoon at the London Stadium, West Ham United summoned a late, doomed charge, but Tottenham Hotspur were always just about beyond their reach. Slaven Bilic’s rejigged team scored two late headed goals, the last after Serge Aurier had been sent off with 20 minutes to go, drawing a belated crackle of noise from the home crowd. By the end a 3-2 scoreline had provided a hopeful gloss. The problem for West Ham was that by the time they started to play the game had already been put to bed by opponents who were simply a class apart.

Spurs had started cagily, perhaps expecting a little lunchtime derby fury, before realising with half an hour gone that they were pushing at an open door. At which point Harry Kane scored twice in the space of four minutes as Tottenham showed the best of their high-speed attacking gears, both goals coming from a turnover in midfield, both finished ruthlessly.

Afterwards Mauricio Pochettino said he was “in love” with his centre-forward, who continues to bloom under his hand. Kane now has 11 goals in his last five Premier League away games and eight in all competitions since August turned to September. He could have had four here without ever really seeming to extend himself that much.

On a slightly clammy autumn day in east London both teams started with three at the back and a pair of roving wing-backs. For Spurs the presence of Moussa Sissoko as a kind of false No7-cum-right-sided something-or-other left Eric Dier the only dedicated central midfielder. It looked a slightly strange, and indeed untranscribable, 3-2-1-2-1-1 formation, albeit one that West Ham never really tested when it might have mattered most.

The game took a while to thrum up through the gears. Spurs had their best moments down the Sissoko-Aurier right flank, which was also the source of the most glaring miss of the game after 20 minutes. Sissoko’s neat pass inside a square West Ham defence gave Aurier space to fizz a low hard cross that Kane miskicked in front of an open goal.

With 26 minutes gone Andy Carroll came on for Michail Antonio, who looked to have twanged his groin. It was a change that shifted the dynamic of West Ham’s attack, and not in a good way. Antonio can run all day, a relentless bullocking presence. These days Carroll tends to unsheathe his elbows, find a nice part of the attacking half and put his towel down there for the rest of the afternoon.

Just past the half-hour mark the game began to wake up, Sissoko and Mark Noble bumping chests and yelling into each other’s faces after Noble had slid in a little roughly after a loose ball. Three minutes later Kane opened the scoring. There was a beautiful severity to the move, with four touches from the centre circle to back of the net. Christian Eriksen played an instant pass to put Dele Alli in space. He took a touch, crossed and Kane flashed a header into the corner.

Moments later it was two. This time the move came down the right, Jan Vertonghen striding away from Carroll’s limp challenge and setting Alli galloping off into space. Joe Hart’s block sent the ball straight to Kane’s feet. He had time to stop, yawn and roll the ball into the net. It was not a disastrous goal to concede, just strangely sloppy and loose, a combination of half-hearted, low-pressure interventions and a lack of pace in that West Ham back three.

For a while at the start of the second half it was hard to believe a Premier League match was actually taking place, as half the stadium seemed to be finding its way back from the refreshment galleries, a football stadium that at times in practice seems like a vast, craning, cantilevered act of dilution.

For a while this became the Alli-Eriksen show, Spurs’ two most impish creative players finding space in awkward areas. Alli was tripped outside the area. Kane hit the post with a fiercely spanked free-kick, and from Aurier’s deflected cross Eriksen placed the ball low into the corner past Hart to make it 3-0.

West Ham pulled one back with 25 minutes to go, Javier Hernández heading in at the back post after José Fonte’s flick. It was a classic piece of poaching, Hernandez’s first shot at goal, and only his 20th touch of the ball.

Finally we had something that resembled in shape and sound a London derby, as West Ham set about Spurs with a little intent. Aurier was sent off, drawing a second yellow for a hack on Carroll from behind. Cheikhou Kouyaté headed in from the substitute Arthur Masuaku’s fine cross, and by the end West Ham might even have snatched a point. This, though, was a game that was lost in that half-speed opening, and killed off by Kane’s lovable, cold-eyed precision.


Harry Kane wins battle of the strikers as Mauricio Pochettino declares 'I am in love with him'

Matt Law, Football News Correspondent

Mauricio Pochettino admitted he is in love with Harry Kane after two strikers swung this game for Tottenham Hotspur. Unfortunately for West Ham United and their manager Slaven Bilic, the other one was Andy Carroll.

Bilic’s decision to replace the injured Michail Antonio with Carroll in the 28th-minute ultimately cost the Hammers the match and piled more pressure on to his own position.

West Ham had been on top before the change, but all their good work was undone just over 10 minutes after Carroll stepped off the bench as Bilic’s team fell two goals behind and Kane took his tally in Premier League London derbies to 20 in 29 appearances.

First, Carroll played a blind pass into the middle of the pitch straight to Christian Eriksen and Tottenham’s ‘big three’ did the rest. The Dane picked out Dele Alli and he crossed for Kane to head the ball into the net.

Four minutes later, Carroll was caught out again and West Ham had given themselves a mountain to climb. He failed to hold the ball up, Jan Vertonghen took it off him and strode forwards before playing in Alli. Joe Hart saved from Alli, but Kane tapped in.

No wonder Spurs manager Pochettino eventually just flat out declared he has fallen head over heels for his star man.

“He is one of the ­­best strikers in the world,” said Pochettino. “I am in love like the fans are in love, like the players are in love, not only because of his goals, because he is professional, he keeps all the values like managers like me appreciate a lot. I am in love with him.”

Carroll was the man Serge Aurier fouled twice in seven second-half minutes to earn a completely pointless sending off and set up a West Ham fightback, but Tottenham hung on and it now remains to be seen whether or not Bilic can.

Bilic defended his decision to send on Carroll and West Ham’s performance by saying: “When a player goes into a game, with that rhythm, where it’s 100 miles an hour, they need a few minutes to get into it.

“There was the injury to Antonio and then that one ball - we lost it in a dangerous area but still with enough players behind. Pass, pass it was a brilliant finish.

“Then we conceded again - we lost our shape and conceded a second goal, we weren’t there like we were before the first goal. I was disappointed, but it was not a 2-0 game at half time.”

Alli had not particularly been in the game before the first-half goals, but his ability to come alive when it matters and his telepathy with Kane once again proved crucial. Of his 17 Premier League assists, 11 of them have been for Kane and Alli has now been directly involved in 22 goals in 26 League games this calendar year.

Bilic can argue that losing Antonio to such an early injury was bad luck, but his decision to replace him with Carroll and send Javier Hernandez out to the right wing backfired. Andre Ayew or Diafra Sakho would surely have been better options to fit into his tactical plan, but Bilic fell into the trap of sending on the big man.

Alli wanted a penalty in the 56th minute after trying to check back past Winston Reid, but referee Michael Oliver spared West Ham and Bilic more pain by allowing play to continue. Replays suggested Reid had made contact without getting the ball.

But it soon got worse for the home side. Jose Fonte was judged to have fouled Alli and Kane was only denied his hat-trick from the free-kick by a post. Aurier’s follow up shot was charged down, but Eriksen drove the ball past Hart.

Tottenham were threatening to run riot and Hart had to stick out a foot to deny Kane as the visiting fans chanted ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ at Bilic. There was some hope for those in claret and blue, however, as Tottenham made life difficult for themselves in the final 25 minutes.

Hernandez pulled a goal back from close range after Fonte had headed on a corner and then Aurier received his marching orders in only his second Premier League appearance for Spurs. Having picked up his first booking for a foul on Carroll seven minutes earlier, Aurier produced a brainless challenge on the striker right in front of the technical areas to earn his second yellow card.

Pochettino, who had witnessed the incident from only a few yards, appeared to have few complaints as Aurier passed him on his way down the tunnel, but had words for consolation for the Ivory Coast international afterwards.

“I think the first yellow card wasn’t a yellow card,” said Pochettino. “Of course, I am disappointed because he got a second yellow card and a red card but that is football.

“But I am happy with him, the club and his team-mates are happy with him, he has settled well. In football, sometimes it can happen this situation.”

The West Ham fans who were heading for the exits with three minutes remaining double backed on themselves, when substitute Arthur Masuaku crossed from the left and Cheikhou Kouyate set up a grandstand finish with a thumping header.

Carroll had a stoppage-time chance to redeem himself, but managed to head the ball behind him, instead of towards the Spurs goal, at the back post.

“We ended with good fighting and trying from our side, but, unfortunately, after 3-0 there was not enough time to do something in the game,” said Bilic. “There was also a lot of time wasting - long balls, fouls, throw-ins. “I have mixed emotions about the game - disappointed but proud of the fight the players showed.”


Serge Aurier's kamikaze red card didn't cost Tottenham at West Ham... but the defender showed why some fans fear he will prove a liability

Tottenham moved up to third in the Premier League with a 3-2 win at West Ham
Serge Aurier was shown a red card on 70 minutes after two bookable offences
The Ivorian defender received two yellow cards in the space of only five minutes
Harry Kane scored two first-half goals before Christian Eriksen secured victory

By Adam Shergold

Serge Aurier plays football as he lives life - on the edge.

The Tottenham right-back reminds you of a surfer riding the crest of one of those monstrous Hawaiian waves.

One wrong shift of balance on the board, a few inches misjudgement and it’s game over, tumbling face-first into the surf and swell. But get it right and it’s beautiful, a mastery of nature’s ferocity.

Serge Aurier was shown red by Michael Oliver following a nasty challenge on Andy Carroll

The mis-timed tackle earned Aurier his second yellow card in the space of only five minutes

On this occasion, Aurier ended up rather wet. A red card on his first Premier League start was not how he - or anyone else at Tottenham - envisaged it.

Two yellow cards in the space of five kamikaze second-half minutes gave weight to those who fear the £23million summer signing from Paris Saint-Germain might prove to be a colossal liability.


West Ham fans react to Aaron Cresswell's performance against Tottenham

Vincent Ralph

West Ham United narrowly lost to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

West Ham United mounted a late fightback against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, but it was ultimately not enough for Slaven Bilic's side to take a share of the spoils.

The visitors took a three-goal lead courtesy of a brace from Harry Kane and a strike from Christian Eriksen, but goals from Javier Hernandez and Cheikhou Kouyate - either side of Serge Aurier's red card - meant the Hammers were in it right up to the final whistle.

While Tottenham held out, there were plenty of positives for West Ham to take from this encounter, and if they play with the same attacking intent they should win plenty of games over the next few months.

That said, Bilic needs to work on his defence and full-back Aaron Cresswell came in for plenty of criticism, not for the first time in recent seasons.

Fellow full-back Arthur Masuaku is a fan favourite at the London Stadium and yet he started on the bench, ultimately replacing Jose Fonte with 16 minutes of normal-time remaining.

In his place, Cresswell did little to impress and the 27-year-old's regular inclusions are fast going the way of skipper Mark Noble, whose presence in the starting XI ahead of players better suited to West Ham's current predicament are overlooked.

The West Ham left-back has played every minute of the club's last five league games and he looks like keeping his place for some time to come, even if he is undeserving of it.

After the match we took to Twitter to see what West Ham fans thought of Cresswell's latest performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:

We really miss Lanzini in the middle. Nobody creating or moving in front of goal. Cresswell has been very quiet as well. #WHUFC
— Bradley Wells (@welsyb) September 23, 2017

Get Cresswell off ffs
— Aran (@AranNicolWHUFC) September 23, 2017

That's such a good cross. Too many floaty nothing crosses from Cresswell. Whip it in and BAM #whufc
— Daniel Prescott (@DanielDPrescott) September 23, 2017

And that's why Masuaku > Cresswell
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) September 23, 2017

Calm your nuts. You can crit. Bilic for every descision he makes. Cresswell did poor and he will not start next game
— Jurac (@54fc875286444f7) September 23, 2017

You could say that about most of the players, cresswell was non existent the whole game. That delivery was pinpoint.
— Ben Jaycock (@ben_jaycock) September 23, 2017

Cresswell's a shadow of himself, but still brings more stability to the defence than Masuaku. Hype around Masuaku is baffling
— Rhys Paul (@WHUFC_rhyspaul) September 23, 2017

Arnoutovic looks lazy Not interested and cresswell not good enough. The team were slow predictable and clueless. Who's to blame !!! Slav
— Kevin lock COYI (@Kevin64927003) September 24, 2017

Cresswell has cost us too many goals these last two seasons
— West Ham COYI (@TheHammers_) September 23, 2017


West Ham scouts ‘impressed’ by promising Serie A defender

West Ham are looking for some reinforcement at the back and after the signing of Angelo Ogbonna in 2015 the Hammers could decide to take another Italian in East London.

As we’ve reported earlier this week, scouts of the Hammers had been monitoring promising SPAL defender Francesco Vicari last week. Representatives of the Premier League side attended SPAL’s away clash against AC Milan to monitor the performances of the promising 23-year-old centre-back who is playing his first Serie A campaign.

Sources have told Calciomercato.com that Vicari has impressed the scouts of the Premier League side who will return to Italy to scout the promising centre-back once again. The Hammers could also make a new attempt to sign Vicari in the January transfer window.

The Italian did also play in yesterday’s 2-3 home defeat of SPAL at hands of Napoli.
Vicari has one goal in six appearances in all competitions so far this season.

Football Italia

West Ham still want Sarri

West Ham United continue to be linked with a bid for Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri as a future replacement for Slaven Bilic.

The Mirror had already suggested Sarri as a target for the Premier League side several weeks ago and this story is not going away.

A far more likely option would be former Borussia Dortmund tactician Thomas Tuchel, who is currently a free agent.

Sarri’s style of football, nicknamed Sarrismo, has impressed clubs all over Europe.

Napoli are joint top of the Serie A table with Juventus, enjoying a 100 per cent record after six rounds.

They scored 22 goals and conceded five, including last night’s 3-2 victory over SPAL.

Sarri has always said he’d love a Premier League experience, but this season is targeting Scudetto success.

Napoli are also in the Champions League, where they face Feyenoord on Tuesday night.


Real Sociedad give West Ham hope over future redevelopment of London Stadium

Damien Lucas

A large section of West Ham United fans are unhappy with how the club's heralded move to the Olympic Stadium has panned out.

The Hammers' move to Stratford from their beloved Upton Park has been beset by problems from the start.

The first season at the London Stadium was marred by in-fighting among the club's fans to segregation issues, violent scenes between home and away supporters, a general dissatisfaction with the distance from the stands to the pitch and concerns over the atmosphere at a ground many refer to as 'soulless'.

Many supporters felt there were broken promises over the move and that has seen a lot of vitriol directed at co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady.

Ahead of the move, Hammers fans were promised a genuine retractable seating solution in communications from the club.

In reality they have been left with a temporary lower tier built on a complex scaffolding which will reportedly take weeks to deconstruct and reconstruct each season at a cost of £8 million - some £7.7m more than the original estimate.

The distance from the stands to the pitch is a major bone of contention for many fans with the bowl shape of the venue the biggest problem as the stadium was not built with football in mind.

This season things do seem more settled and the Hammers fans have proved once again how loyal they are to the club by selling out 52,000 season tickets once again.

But having signed a 99-year lease many supporters are disillusioned at the prospect of a long-term future at the ground in it's current state.

Supporters have been led to believe that even if the owners did one day buy the stadium outright - as Dave Sullivan revealed is a serious consideration for his dad David - redeveloping the ground to be closer to the pitch and more suited to football is an impossibility.

However, there could be hope for the Hammers from the unlikely source of Real Sociedad in Spain.

That's because the La Liga club are in the process of undertaking a major reconstruction of their own inherited bowl shaped athletics stadium into a football arena with the stands right next to the pitch.

Estadio Anoeta officially opened on the 29th of July 1993 with the European Youth Athletics Championships. The first match at the stadium was played a few weeks later when Sociedad entertained Real Madrid in a friendly.

But supporters have never been happy there, primarily due to the distance between the spectators and the pitch which has resulted in a cold atmosphere.

In the mid-2000s the club put forward plans to remove the athletics track and redevelop the stadium, a project dubbed Gipuzkoarena, but it failed to get off the ground.

They tried again in early 2014 with proposals for Anoeta, which includes the extension of the lower tier closer to the pitch, increased hospitality areas and an enlarged roof, and an increased capacity to 42,000 seats.

Those plans got the go ahead in 2016 and the works are now underway and are scheduled to finish by the start of the 2019-20 season.

A series of images and videos on stadiumdb.com show just how Sociedad plan to achieve the redevelopment and they will give Hammers fans great hope for the future.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 2:29 Sun Sep 24
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I agree with those journos, Carroll is giving the ball away too much and Masuaku before Cresswell for me.
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:57 Sun Sep 24
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mad dog 12:34 Sun Sep 24

gph 1:53 Sun Sep 24
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

charleyfarley 12:44 Sun Sep 24
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al

Mad Dog 12:34 Sun Sep 24
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks alan

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