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 12:52 Fri Sep 29
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Carlo Ancelotti wants to return to the Premier League after being sacked as manager of Bayern Munich. (Daily Telegraph)

Ex-Chelsea boss Ancelotti "had five players against him" at German champions Bayern "and that could not be maintained", said the club's president Uli Hoeness. (Sport1 - in German)

And the 58-year-old could be a surprise contender for the West Ham job as pressure builds on current manager Slaven Bilic. (Daily Mail)

Bayern Munich could be poised to appoint Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann as their new coach. (The Times - subscription required)

England manager Gareth Southgate says some players in the squad "do not deserve to be there". (Daily Telegraph)

And Southgate will not allow his players to go on nights out in Russia next summer if England qualify for the World Cup finals. (The Times - subscription required)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, is a transfer target for Serie A side Inter Milan. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal and Liverpool cannot block the proposal to move their Premier League fixture at the Emirates Stadium to a 16:00 GMT kick-off on Christmas Eve. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool have been angered by the idea, and have registered strong opposition with the Premier League and Sky Sports. (Guardian)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says French midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 28, wanted to quit Spurs in the summer. (Daily Star)

Former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka is to turn down the chance to become Birmingham City's new boss. (Sun)

The Blues' Chinese owners want to make an appointment in the next 24 hours, with former club assistant boss Steve Cotterill favourite for the job. (Mirror)

Uefa will count any future transfer fee Paris St-Germain pay Monaco for on-loan France striker Kylian Mbappe, 18, within the same period as their £200m deal for Brazil forward Neymar. It is a potentially damaging development in terms of possible financial fair play sanctions the French club could face. (Bild - in German)

Watford boss Marco Silva is still unsure how serious 22-year-old midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah's knee injury is. (Watford Observer)

Real Betis are planning to tie their highly rated 21-year-old midfielder Fabian to a new contract with a release clause of 30m euros (£26m). (Marca - in Spanish)

Swansea, Brighton and Sunderland are all keen on 18-year-old West Brom striker Tyler Roberts, who is on loan at Walsall. (Mirror)

Manchester United can recall 21-year-old on-loan midfielder Andreas Pereira in January, according to Valencia director Mateu Alemany. (Daily Star, via Marca)

Arsenal's latest financial results reveal that the club's revenue exceeded £400m for the first time. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United have signed five Huddersfield Town youth players after the downgrading of the Yorkshire club's academy. (Daily Mail)


Striker Alexandre Lacazette, 26, used his absence from Arsenal's Europa League action on Thursday to pop to the supermarket for some shopping - in his £250,000 red Ferrari. (Daily Mail)

Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen, 27, says he tries to switch off from obsessing over his side's recent results by reading crime novels and watching action films. (The Sentinel)
The best of Thursday's gossip

Crystal Palace are keen to sign free agent Carlton Cole, 33, as none of their senior strikers are fit. (Mirror)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sent scouts to watch 29-year-old Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan. (Sun)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton had scouts watching England Under-20 forward Keinan Davis' latest impressive display for Aston Villa. The 19-year-old scored his second Championship goal in Villa's 4-0 win at Burton. (Mirror)

Gareth Southgate will include Dele Alli in his next England squad on Thursday - despite the 21-year-old Tottenham midfielder potentially facing a suspension. (Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Spanish assist-machine David Silva is believed to be flattered by interest from Milan, who spent €175m on an overhaul during the summer, but are currently languishing in seventh place in Serie A, already six points off the pace set by Napoli and Juventus. Silva has two years left on his contract at Manchester City but is dilly-dallying on inking an extension and utterly baseless speculation suggests he may agitate for a move elsewhere next summer.

Currently letting his contract run down at Arsenal, Mesut Özil will be free to discuss his future with foreign suitors in January and conflicting reports in the past 24 hours suggest Internazionale may or may not be keen to offer him a new home. Some say the Italian club’s chairman, Erick Thohir, has dismissed any such talk as “just gossip”, which is invariably grist to the Rumour Mill’s … er, mill. “Who knows who is behind that one,” he said. “A lot of signings in the winter aren’t optimal, I know from experience after we brought Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri.” Elsewhere, however, Thohir is quoted as saying the Arsenal midfielder “is definitely one of those players we’re looking at”, so you can understand that we’re feeling a mite confused.

Having been shown the door at Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti is already being linked with Slaven Bilic’s job at West Ham United. The mere availability of the Italian seems to be the key factor, given the apparent determination of Davids Sullivan and Gold, West Ham’s owners, to replace the Croatian, who has long been considered a dead man walking and the axe may fall if his team lose against Swansea City at the London Stadium on Saturday. “Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you are angry, sometimes you are down and other times it makes you more motivated,” Bilic said, when asked how it feels to see your job constantly linked with other candidates. “It affects you, of course it does, you are human. Sometimes it makes you more pissed off when it happens to your colleagues. I can’t moan about my job. I am only fed up talking about it. When you are doing good, average or bad, you can’t switch off.”

Barcelona may have to ask Camp Nou regulars to keep the noise down if they succeed in their aim of signing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner. Last spotted asking to be substituted because of dizziness amid the din at Besiktas’s Vodafone Arena, the 21-year-old subsequently left the field during his side’s Champions League match against the Turkish side.

And finally, Werner may need to cover his ears as we sound our “done deal” klaxon, having just heard the news that the striker Ross McCormack’s disastrous spell at Aston Villa has been punctuated by a loan move to Melbourne City that will keep the Scotland international there until January.


Anderlecht ace Lukasz Teodorczyk in demand as Liverpool and West Ham joined in chase

Torino have joined Liverpool and West Ham in the race for Anderlecht star Lukasz Teodorczyk.

The striker enjoyed a brilliant campaign last season and he ended up being the top scorer in the Belgian top-flight after netting 22 league goals.

The 26-year-old's performances have caught the eye of Liverpool and West Ham, with both clubs tracking him in the summer.

But, according to Tuttosport, Torino are now trying to sneak in and win the race for Teodorczyk.

The Italian club are on the hunt for a new striker as they fear their star forward Andrea Belotti could leave soon.

The 23-year-old scored 26 goals last season and he is a target for AC Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United.

And, if Belotti does decide he wants to leave, Torino are ready to swoop for Teodorczyk as a replacement.


West Ham youngster Reece Oxford cuts short Gladbach loan - sources

Mark Ogden

West Ham United's Reece Oxford will return to the club in December after cutting short a season-long loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, sources have told ESPN FC.

Oxford, 18, moved to the Bundesliga club in the summer in order to gain first-team experience.

But the England under-20 international, who can play in both defence and midfield, has yet to make an appearance for Monchengladbach, remaining on the bench for six successive league games.

Sources close to the player have told ESPN FC that Oxford, West Ham and Monchengladbach have agreed to terminate the loan deal, with the teenager returning to the London Stadium in December.

FIFA regulations mean he would be unable to play for West Ham until January, being eligible for Slaven Bilic's squad from Jan. 1.

Both Oxford and West Ham have grown frustrated by Monchengladbach's failure to give him an opportunity, with sources claiming the German club do not appear to need him.

Oxford will return to West Ham on Dec. 16, the date of his 19th birthday.

Evening Standard

Slaven Bilic: No one mentions it when substitutions work, but get it wrong and you're alone

Slaven Bilic

When I was asked at the start of this season for one wish to be granted, I replied that I wanted stability. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet achieved that goal. We are still in a period of turbulence, but I remain confident about the future.

The season didn’t start well for us — there is no sense in denying it — so it was never going to be calm and cool after that.

We had to do something — and we did. We changed things a little and the result was four points and two clean sheets from two games — three if you count the League Cup win over Bolton. That calmed things down a little, but then one defeat, at home to Spurs last Saturday, and the winds are blowing again.

At one time in the match it was 3-0 and it looked bad. It was never a 3-0 game, as we proved when the players showed great character to battle back to 3-2. If anyone was going to score another goal at the end it was us, but time ran out.

We were very disappointed. I thought we had done well until a 10-minute spell when we made mistakes for the first two goals. You can’t make avoidable errors against Spurs because they are clinical. They will punish you, as they showed against us and in the Champions League this week in Cyprus.

Now the turbulence is once again with us, but we are determined not to let that one result blow us off course.

We lost, yes, but, as against Southampton, we came back from conceding early goals. That, for me, shows we have good character and that we are a fit team.

We must keep that concentration. You can’t afford, when you play against the top teams, to lose your concentration and discipline, to leave the position where you should be for 90 minutes.

There was some criticism, also, of my decision, when Michail Antonio had to leave the field, to bring on Andy Carroll. We had options and I decided on that one. I also brought on Arthur Masuaku, who crossed the ball for our second goal, but no one seemed to mention that, just as they didn’t talk about me bringing on Andre Ayew for Chicharito against Huddersfield before he scored.

That is football. When a substitution works — and they don’t always work, no matter who is the manager — everyone would have done it, but when it doesn’t immediately go well, then you are on your own.

That’s life.

We have some matches in October which, on paper anyway, give us an opportunity to pick up points, move up the table and switch off that spotlight which is on us, at least for a while. After Swansea at home on Saturday, we have the international break, and then we go to Burnley, followed by Brighton at home and then Crystal Palace away. We also play Spurs in the Carabao Cup.

These are crucial games and, with everyone back from international duty fit and well, we are confident. We shouldn’t think too far ahead, though. Let us just focus on this match against Swansea and see where we are after that.

The match on Saturday is the final one before the players — and we have a lot of them — go away to represent their countries. Sometimes teams are a bit cautious in these pre-international break games. No-one wants to lose because, if they do, they have to live with it for the next couple of weeks; you don’t have another game to make it up a few days later.

We are not absolutely sure how many players will be going. We are still waiting for confirmation on some, because they are on stand-by.

Back here, we will have a couple of days off, but then be back training. In the last international break, we also worked on fitness levels, and it worked well because we looked strong against Huddersfield. Winston Reid, for example, has to go to Japan for a friendly for New Zealand but he has to play because their next game is a qualifying tie.

The same questions about my future resurfaced after the Spurs game. There is no way for me to change that, and I am not going to moan about it because I have a job I love at a club I love, so what good does moaning do?

It’s a simple story. If we win some games, those sorts of questions will be packed away in a drawer — but it will never be locked. It’s been going on for a long period now but I’m not tired, it won’t affect what I do.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

pdbis 5:37 Fri Sep 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
You made the decision to bring that sicknote carthorse on who is finished instead of Sakho who would caused them more problems by running at their defence. Can't see Carlo A ever consider coming to us whilst the Dildo Brothers are in charge as we are too much of a circus and are very unstable both on and off the pitch. Even if he did he would want a lot more money than what they would release for signings.

BubblesCyprus 4:24 Fri Sep 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Mex Martillo 3:57 Fri Sep 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

ted fenton 1:32 Fri Sep 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:56 Fri Sep 29

Takashi Miike 1:10 Fri Sep 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:56 Fri Sep 29
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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