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 1:24 Sat Sep 30
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona have joined Liverpool and Real Madrid in being interested in 21-year-old RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner. (Mundo Deportivo, in Spanish)

However, Liverpool's hopes of signing RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita in January rather than next summer as agreed are slim even if the German club exit the Champions League. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, wants an extension to his Gunners contract after returning to first-team football. (Goal.com)

Tottenham are considering a move for 19-year-old Everton forward Ademola Lookman. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool and Tottenham target Geoffrey Kondogbia will join Valencia on a permanent deal from Inter Milan when the 24-year-old midfielder's loan at the Spanish club finishes. (Talksport)

Manchester City playmaker David Silva has put contract talks on hold, with AC Milan interested in signing the 31-year-old Spain international. (Tuttomercatoweb, in Italian)

West Ham United's 18-year-old defensive midfielder Reece Oxford will cut short his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach and return to the Hammers in December. (ESPN)

Bayern Munich are in talks with former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel over their vacant managerial position. (SportBuzzer, in German)

Tuchel flew to Munich on Friday and has been in contact with the club's chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. (Bild, in German - subscription required)

Chelsea managed to sell striker Diego Costa, 28, for as much as £57.5m to Atletico Madrid as they agreed to the Spanish club's unorthodox pay structure for the deal. (Times - subscription required)

Stoke boss Mark Hughes says 22-year-old defender Kurt Zouma, on loan from Chelsea, is worth £40m. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed rumours linking the Eagles with a move for ex-West Ham striker Carlton Cole, 33, who is a free agent. (Croydon Advertiser)

Newcastle United are yet to begin talks with manager Rafael Benitez, 57, over a new contract. (Newcastle Chronicle)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis remains interested in signing Watford striker Troy Deeney and could make a move for the 29-year-old in January. (Express & Star)

Watford boss Marco Silva says he called forward Richarlison a day before the 20-year-old was due to fly to Ajax to convince him to join the Hornets rather than the Dutch club. (Daily Express)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says he does not fear for his job, adding that the club "thought" they had signed Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 30, in the summer but that "didn't happen". (Daily Express)

Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker, 27 says it was "incredibly" tough to leave Tottenham in the summer but not being selected to start several big games towards the end of last season "hurt". (Times - subscription required)


Tottenham's training ground was evacuated on Friday after a suspected World War Two bomb was discovered. (Evening Standard)

Political party Ukip does not believe that its new logo - which features a lion - is in risk of breaching copyright, despite its alleged resemblance to the Premier League logo. (Independent)

Comments from Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the Premier League's annual general meeting last summer continue to rile clubs opposed to the top-flight's big six wanting more of the overseas television money. (Daily Mail)

Sacked Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp says Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce rang him two weeks ago, fearing for his own job. (Birmingham Mail)

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, 21, now feels "much more like a Chelsea player" and, even though he is "getting a lot of playing time" it is up to him to "keep going and show I am entitled to more". (Guardian)

The best of Friday's gossip

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. (Daily Mirror)


Slaven Bilic column: We need to be aggressive and confident today

We look forward to another big game at London Stadium today. Like us, Swansea haven’t made the start to the season that they would have hoped for, so I have no doubt that they will come here determined to go away with a positive result.

In that sense, we need to approach the game in the same way we did when Huddersfield came here earlier in the month. Treating the opponent with respect but also showing the right level of aggression and confidence to put ourselves in control.

To be fair, we did the same thing against Bolton, and we started that way against Tottenham last week, before we were forced to make a change that interrupted our momentum and took us some time to adjust to. By the time we did, we were 2-0 down, which I felt was harsh on the players.

Still, they showed great character to fight back, against a very strong team. This afternoon’s match will have a far greater impact on the shape of our season and, I have to say, everything I have seen from my players in training this week and recent matches gives me confidence that we will get the result we want today.

And if, this evening, we are able to look back on September and see a victory over Huddersfield, a point away at West Brom, a victory over Bolton in the Carabao Cup, a narrow defeat to Tottenham and a victory over Swansea, then I have to say I will be a satisfied man.

And when I say satisfied, I don’t mean that I will sit back, put my feet up and have a big smile on my face. It means I will go into the international break looking forward and feeling positive, ready for another big month ahead.

I said after the defeat at Newcastle last month that one of the most disappointing factors was that we immediately had two weeks until our next match and the chance to bounce back and put things right.

For any manager, that period is always much calmer and happier if you go into it with a positive result, and so our determination to get a result today is obvious.


Wilshere reveals his hopes

ack Wilshere appears to have put stores of his desperation to join West Ham firmly in their place.

The midfielder has been linked with a move to the London Stadium for months and had been reported as having instructed his agent to get him a deal.

And it has been believed the Irons will be going in for him during the January transfer window given he is out of contract next June.

A fee of around £10 million had even been mentioned but the reality is that the 25 year old clearly wants a new deal with Arsenal.

In an interview with the Mail he says: “ I am doing everything I can to stay fit, training well, so we will see. I am not looking too far ahead.

‘Do I see myself staying? Of course I do. I have always been at Arsenal, I love this club. They have been good to me over the years, I have a great relationship with the boss. He has played me since I was 17. He has put his trust in me since then. We have a great understanding and of course I want to stay.’

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Mex Martillo 3:52 Sat Sep 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

ted fenton 1:45 Sat Sep 30
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Thanks Alan 1:40 Sat Sep 30

Thanks Alan 1:40 Sat Sep 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 1:35 Sat Sep 30

The Stoat 1:35 Sat Sep 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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