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 11:03 Mon Sep 25
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are set to open contract talks with goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, and are confident he will remain with the club despite interest from Real Madrid. (Independent)

Everton made a £70m attempt to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, in the final days of the summer transfer window. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, thinks it will be tough for Alvaro Morata, 24, to replace outgoing striker Costa but he has made a good start. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid want to sign Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli and will offer Mateo Kovacic in a swap deal. Alli, 21, is under contract at Spurs until 2022. (Don Balon, via Daily Star)

Arsenal are one of four teams interested in signing Le Havre defender Harold Moukoudi. Nice, Bordeaux and Red Bull Leipzig are also keen on the 19-year-old. (Sun)

Real Madrid will offer forward Marco Asensio a new contract containing a world-record release clause to deter any approaches for the 21-year-old. (AS, via Daily Express)

Chelsea are set to renew their interest in Juventus full-back Alex Sandro, 26, in the January transfer window. (TransferMarketWeb)

Manchester City are ready to offer winger Raheem Sterling, 22, a new deal to ward off interest from Arsenal. Sterling has three years left on his contract. (Daily Star)

Midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 26, is also after an improved Manchester City contract following an impressive start to the season. (Sun)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto, 25, who has a 40m euro (£35.3m) release clause in his contract. (Don Balon, via Calciomercato)

West Ham are considering a January move for defender Francesco Vicari, 23, from Serie A side SPAL. (Calciomercato)

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, 30, believes Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 24, is worth at least £100m. (Daily Express)

Liverpool and Everton could battle it out to sign Charlton Athletic centre-back Ezri Konsa, 19. (Sun)


Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen returned to Ajax, the club where he spent six years before joining the Toffees in the summer, to say goodbye to the fans. Ronald Koeman gave Klaassen permission after he played 55 minutes in Saturday's 2-1 win over Bournemouth. (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace, the Premier League's bottom club, will play a friendly this week in a bid to rebuild the players' confidence. (Daily Mirror)

Steven Gerrard says he talked former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez out of signing midfielder Gareth Barry when Xabi Alonso left in 2009. (Goal.com)

Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho has had a tough time since his failed move to Barcelona. (Daily Express)

Fenerbahce midfielder Souza has offered to buy a frustrated fan a new TV after he smashed the screen during the Istanbul derby win against Besiktas. (Sun)

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistlerooy left the club after a disagreement with Cristiano Ronaldo left manager Sir Alex Ferguson with no choice but to sell him. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says former Gunners players do not improve upon departure and has highlighted the poor performances from Liverpool summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24. (Daily Star)

Daniel Adshead, who became the youngest player in Rochdale history this week, was not allowed to get changed with his team-mates. The midfielder, who is 16 years and 17 days old, could not use the changing rooms because of child protection regulations. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes appears to have ruled herself out of the vacant England women's job after vowing to stay with her club for the long term. (Sun)

The best of Sunday's gossip...

Midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, is set to turn down Arsenal's offer of a new contract because he is 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)

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

Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

Having watched his Everton side transformed from a pedestrian pudding into a pesky and punchy force with the introduction of Oumar Niasse’s pace on Saturday, you’d have thought a cartoon lightbulb might have pinged into view above Ronald Koeman’s golden locks. But no, the Everton manager apparently wants to be the first manager to take a walking football team into the top six – and he plans to do this by returning to Arsenal in January with £40m for Olivier Giroud, a player who is 31 this week and about as mobile as Wayne Rooney. And it says here that Niasse – who has never had it easy under Koeman – will be cast out again and told to find another club in January, with Bournemouth’s Josh King – who scored against the Toffees on Saturday – a possible £25m target.

Down the M62, José Mourinho won’t be satisfied with his Manchester United midfield until it resembles a field of towering young trees. The latest big man on the club’s radar is Lazio box-to-boxer Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. But the Serbia enforcer, who measures up at almost 6ft 4in, wouldn’t come cheap. He’d cost a cool £75m. Or maybe that is peanuts these days. Your poor old Rumour Mill just can’t keep up. There’s some fluff wafting around here that says Juventus playmaker extraordinaire Paulo Dybala is on Ed Woodward’s shopping list too. But Juve would want £155m for him – and even we know that’s a big number. But we just can’t see that one happening. No way José. He’s only 5ft 9in tall. He’d suit Barcelona, where he’d resemble a giant. And apparently, the Catalans are keeping a watchful eye.

Manchester City are worried that they will have to pay Alexis Sánchez a lot more beans to persuade him to play football in east Manchester instead of west Paris after they got wind of news that PSG are willing to replenish the Chilean’s bank account with £400,000 per week. In exchange they will get a player who regularly pulls his shorts up really high to expose his shiny thighs in between energetic sprints and a sprinkling of goals. Pep Guardiola has also got wind of news that Barcelona have left a flimsy £35m release clause wafting around in Sergi Roberto’s release clause – and unless the club secure the midfielder on a new deal – he’ll trigger it quick-sharp this summer.

As he has done throughout his Arsenal career, Arsène Wenger will look to a teenage Frenchman to solve all the club’s problems. So he’ll do battle with Nice, Bordeaux and Red Bull Leipzig for 19-year-old Le Havre centre-back Harold Moukoudi, who is presumably strong enough to help Wenger carry the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Ross McCormack is going to take a pair of leads to Australia where he’ll attempt to jumpstart his career at Melbourne City. The 31-year-old, who cost Villa £12m from Fulham back in the days when he was the Championship Gerd Müller, had been wanted by Sunderland but The Mill’s presuming he saw sense over that one.

Milan want a marauding chest-beating hunk up front and they reckon Edinson Cavani is the man to fill that role. The 30-year-old is feeling a little left out at PSG since Kylian Mbappé and Neymar pitched up there. Maybe he’s not in their WhatsApp group or whatever it is that grinds kids’ gears these days. And the Rossoneri reckon a stonking wage offer could lure him to Serie A.

And Roy Hodgson has identified the man who might score a goal for Crystal Palace this season. Step forward Khouma Babacar, Fiorentina’s 24-year-old striker who would cost them around £10m. Only three more months to wait, Palace fans.


Manager on Monday

Bilic calls for greater ruthlessness from Hammers

Slaven Bilic believes with a little more quality in their delivery, his West Ham United side would have claimed at least a share of the spoils from Saturday’s derby with Tottenham.

The Hammers were edged out by the odd goal in five at London Stadium, their comeback from 3-0 down not quite enough to secure a point.

Harry Kane’s double and Christian Eriksen’s strike looked to have taken the game away from West Ham, but Chicharito’s header and Serge Aurier’s red card set up a thrilling finish.

Cheikhou Kouyate then gave his side real hope with a bullet header three minutes from the end, but Bilic’s men ran out of time in their bid to deny the visitors.

The boss had praise for the application of his side, although he felt they were the architects of their own downfall in the period before the break.

Bilic said: “In the first half hour we were playing good, we were not giving them space between the lines, in the pockets, and we took a lot of balls from them in good areas

“Up until the first goal it was a very even game. I spoke to the lads and we can talk about the quality of crosses after the red card for Aurier when we had the advantage down the wings.

“We did one brilliant cross and it was the goal from Cheikhou, but we were in those positions ten times.

“We can talk about that bit of quality, but apart from that the only period of the game that I am disappointed about is after we conceded the first goal. In those ten minutes, suddenly from being on top of the game, closing them down and being on the front foot, [we weren’t].

“First goal is credit to them, but the second goal is our sloppiness rather than brilliant movement.”


Proof West Ham were right to opt for Slaven Bilic over Marcelo Bielsa after astonishing rant

Damien Lucas

When West Ham United appointed Slaven Bilic as Sam Allardyce's successor he was one of three managers in the running.

West Ham's co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold wanted a manager who was committed to a more attractive playing style.

To that end the job was between then Sevilla boss Unai Emery, Marseille's Marcelo Bielsa and Bilic.

Emery ended up staying at Sevilla before being recruited by mega rich Paris St Germain a year later.

But former Argentina and Chile coach Bielsa was a serious contender to take the Hammers helm.

The 59-year-old had plenty of experience on his side and his style of football would have undoubtedly excited West Ham's fans as he is something of a footballing eccentric who is famous for deploying a 3-3-3-1 formation with an aggressive pressing style.

His stats were impressive too and at the time he boasted a winning ratio of just under 50%.

Known as a strict disciplinarian, his preference for all out attack endeared him to Marseille fans, but he was also criticised at times for being too inflexible and naive.

Bielsa walked out on Marseille and was appointed manager of Lazio while West Ham went with a former player in the shape of Bilic.

He walked out on the Rome club after just two days, though, insisting the club were not doing enough to bring in new players.

After almost a year out of the game Bielsa was back in France at Lille when he was appointed as boss back in May.

But just a month into the new season he has caused a stir once again with an astonishing rant at reporters during a press conference.

Lille are fourth from bottom in Ligue 1 with just one win from their opening six games.

And when Bielsa was questioned about his stomach to roll up his sleeves and fight, he launched a tirade against the French media, singling out reporters and even suggesting some of them were not worthy of confronting him, as reported by Get France Football News.

So it seems like sensible Slaven was the wise choice all along.


West Ham have Thomas Tuchel and Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri on shortlist to replace struggling Slaven Bilic

Huddersfield’s David Wagner and Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic have also been looking good in England

Exclusive By Alan Nixon

WEST HAM will look at the CVs of German coach Thomas Tuchel and Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.

Hammers are set to axe boss Slaven Bilic if results do not improve soon.

Tuchel is a free agent after leaving Borussia Dortmund.

Sarri has caught the imagination as West Ham consider a boss with no Premier League experience.

Huddersfield’s David Wagner and Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic have also been mentioned.

When West Ham were 3-0 down to Tottenham on Saturday, the away fans were singing “you’re getting sacked in the morning”.

But the Hammers pulled two back to look more respectable and Bilic felt his side looked decent.

He said: “We are disappointed with the result.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 7:32 Mon Sep 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

jimbo2. 7:24 Mon Sep 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al!

Takashi Miike 12:46 Mon Sep 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
if love Sarri but I can't see him leaving Napoli any time soon, Tuchel I can take or leave

Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 11:06 Mon Sep 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton. 11:04 Mon Sep 25

ted fenton 11:04 Mon Sep 25
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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