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 12:56 Mon Oct 2
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is on the verge of being sacked following his side's 1-0 home defeat by Burnley on Sunday. (Sun)

The Dutchman says his future at Goodison Park is out of his hands. (Daily Mirror)

And Koeman says striker Wayne Rooney, 31, was "really positive" despite being dropped for the 1-0 loss. (The Times)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will get until the end of the season to prove his worth at the Hammers. (Daily Mirror)

Everton will not renew their interest in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 31, when the transfer window opens in January. (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace are considering a move for former AC Milan striker Alberto Gilardino. The 35-year-old is a free agent after leaving Pescara. (ESPN)

Aston Villa are keen on signing Manchester United loanee Sam Johnstone, 24, on a permanent basis in January. (Manchester Evening News)

And Villa boss Steve Bruce has said midfielder Conor Hourihane, 26, will not leave unless the club are offered "ridiculous sums of money". (Birmingham Mail)

Financial entrepreneur Amanda Staveley was at St James' Park on Sunday amid speculation she could be involved in a Newcastle takeover attempt. (Sun)

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 29, says this could be his last season with the Bundesliga side. (Telefoot, via Calciomercato)

Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole, 33, would be open to a move to Crystal Palace. (Sky Sports)

Striker Neymar, 25, was told to turn down a world-record move to Paris St-Germain and stay at Barcelona by his father. (Telefoot, via Goal)

Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta says the Italian club had a bid rejected for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, 23, in the summer. (Premium Sport, via Calciomercato)

Watford boss Marco Silva says he convinced the Hornets' board to sign 20-year-old Brazilian winger Richarlison in the summer. (Squawka)

Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue, 34, is set to resurrect his career with Cypriot side Turk Ocagi Limassol. (Sun)

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 26, says he has no regrets over leaving Chelsea. (Guardian)

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says his old club did not fix their problems in the transfer window and are not title contenders. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, is recovering well, says his surgeon, but they will not rush his return from a serious knee injury. (Manchester Evening News)

Birmingham City are interested in signing Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams, 23, who is on loan at Sunderland. (Birmingham Mail)


West Brom boss Tony Pulis has been given a unique look in the new Fifa 18 video game. (Stoke Sentinel)

A Crystal Palace fanzine set up a goal of the month vote for September, when the Eagles scored one goal. (Twitter)

Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, should only return to action "when he is fully fit" amid talk of an early comeback, according to his surgeon. (South China Morning Post)

Kilmarnock are prepared to search "globally" for their next manager after Lee McCulloch's exit. (Daily Record)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted defending the league title in his native Italy was easier than in England. (Telegraph)

Former England captain Bryan Robson says Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, not Tottenham striker Harry Kane, should skipper the national side. (Daily Mail)

The best of Sunday's gossip

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 26, is set to sign a £300,000-a-week deal to make him the highest paid player in the Premier League. (Sunday Express)

But manager Antonio Conte could leave Chelsea at the end of the season, according to sources close to the 48-year-old Italian. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Carlo Ancelotti wants to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager after being sacked by Bayern Munich. (Mediaset Premium, via Metro)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is lining up a £20m January move for West Ham striker and ex-Liverpool forward Andy Carroll, 28. (Sun on Sunday)

AC Milan are plotting a January transfer move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28. (Don Balon, in Spanish)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

Perhaps because he’s a thrill-seeker who gets a buzz out of flirting with the sack, Ronald Koeman will turn to Andy Carroll to transform Everton from a sorry stodgy mess into a high-energy total-footballing pressing machine. Because if one man personifies the words high-energy total-footballing pressing machine more than any other, it’s the 28-year-old hirsute Geordie with Darren Anderton legs. He’ll cost the Goodison club £20m in January if Koeman’s not been replaced by David Unsworth or David Wagner by then. Another Everton employee who may be gone by 2018 is Ademola Lookman. It says here that Tottenham are sniffing around the teenage striker and wouldn’t mind bringing him home to his city of birth as extra cover in case Harry Kane injures himself in the process of scoring his 127th perfect hat-trick.

Reports in Spain suggest Milan are gathering together every last penny they can find in San Siro before tabling a £75m offer for Alexis Sánchez in January, presumably luring him with an offer of an in-house dog walker, short shorts and an Italian take on the Europa League. If the Chilean left, Arsenal would still have Olivier Giroud to rely on now that Everton have the hots for Carroll instead of the Frenchman. It’s likely Sánchez will end up at PSG though. They’re readying a £10m signing-on bonus – and that kind of cash can buy a lot of dog-care.

Jürgen Klopp’s hopes of giving Timo Werner regular bear-hugs at Anfield have been dealt a blow after Liverpool were joined in the queue for the 21-year-old RB Leipzig forward’s signature by Barcelona and Real Madrid. Meanwhile Klopp, who continues to focus on the front of his car while the back end is hanging off, has the hots for Trabzonspor playmaker Yusuf Yazici. But the 20-year-old’s name is also on Ed Woodward’s ‘To Do’ list so he could pitch up at Manchester United.

Geoffrey Kondogbia was one player who may have been able to plug that giant gap between Liverpool’s midfield and defence that Jonjo Shelvey made the most of on Sunday. But the Inter defensive midfielder doesn’t want to take on that mammoth task so will snub Liverpool – and Tottenham – in favour of signing a permanent deal at Valencia, where he is currently on loan.

Inter, meanwhile, hope to swoop in on the Etihad in January and make off with David Silva and Eliaquim Mangala. Let me rewrite that. Internazionale will probably sign Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala in January.

Chelsea have been told by Steau Bucharest that they will have to part with a cool £88m to sign the second coming of Gheorghe Hagi, Florinel Coman. Meanwhile, it says here that Antonio Conte wants to head off back to Italy at the end of the season because the Premier League’s too hard and, to be fair, the coffee is much better there.

Carlton Cole would love a move to Crystal Palace but even Roy Hodgson can see sense on that one. And Emmanuel Eboué has agreed a one-year deal with the Cypriot side Turk Ocagı Limasol.

And in the latest managerial fun and games, it says Thomas Tuchel looks set to jump in to Carlo Ancelotti’s warm spot at Bayern Munich while West Ham would happily give Ancelotti Slaven Bilic’s parking space at the London Stadium.


Manager on Monday

Bilic: Rejuvenated Sakho, seeking improvement and a welcome break

Slaven Bilic says Diafra Sakho’s return to full fitness has rejuvenated the striker.

The Senegal international missed virtually the whole of last season after undergoing surgery for a long-standing back problem, but is now free of pain and West Ham United are reaping the rewards.

Sakho has been in Bilic’s matchday squad for all nine matches this season, featuring in eight and scoring three goals, including Saturday’s late match-winner against Swansea City at London Stadium.

“Sakho, there have been stories about him in the transfer window and all that, but he stayed and he’s balanced his head here. He is training good and that’s why he is playing in most of the games, because he looks good and sharp in training. That’s why he came on, on Saturday, and he did his job. That’s why he’s in my plans.

“I spoke to him a couple of times but it’s more about him. His problem was that, the whole of last season, he was out and he was injured and had problems and an operation. Now he feels fit and he is training better and more regularly and, because he is training better, I am using him and that is balancing his head.

“We didn’t want to let him go. He had a couple of talks with the Chairman and with me and it all helped, but it was mostly him, because if the person doesn’t want to do it, you can’t make it good enough to play the game. It was him who wanted to be here, for him and for us.”

Bilic says West Ham United’s seven-point September has given his squad the basis to kick on with improved performances after the international break.

The Hammers went into the last break a month ago without a Premier League point, having conceded ten goals in defeats at Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle United.

But September has been more fruitful, with top-flight victories over Huddersfield Town and Swansea City at London Stadium, a deserved point at West Bromwich Albion and a dominant Carabao Cup third round win over Bolton Wanderers.

While results have got markedly better, the manager is demanding more, much more, when his players reconvene for October fixtures with Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.

“Points-wise, since the last international break, which we went into with zero points after three games and conceded against Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle, this is a big improvement.

“In four games we have seven points, three clean sheets, a good comeback against Spurs, which is definitely much better, but I am the first one to say that we have to play better and we have do to better.

“I’m expecting now, with the players coming back [for us to improve], and I know it sounds very shallow because you hear it from managers on a weekly basis that they have lost confidence or don’t have confidence, but it is the truth and it happened to us on Saturday because of the situation and importance of the game and everything.

“We didn’t play good in the first half, apart from the first ten minutes – and we always start good – and then as soon as you feel the opponent can hurt you, can harm you, not with a goal but by keeping the ball, switching sides or striking from 20 yards, you go ‘Oh!’ and you block and first half we were quite poor.

“Now, I’m expecting us to use this improvement, especially with points and three clean sheets, to do much better, to play better, to continue to gain points but also to produce better performances.”

When asked if he would rather his players were not disappearing to all corners of the planet for international fixtures after picking up their second Premier League win of the season, Slaven Bilic was in pragmatic mood.

Rather than trot out the old cliché about ‘wishing we had another game tomorrow’, the manager pointed to the need to work on improving the fitness of players who have either recently returned or are on the cusp of making their comeback from injury absences.

“I wouldn’t say the break has come at the wrong time. Some of the players have gone with their national teams and the others can work on their fitness.

“Manuel Lanzini has come back and anyone who follows West Ham knows how important he is to us, so he can work on his fitness also. Pedro Obiang and some other players will come back, while Michail Antonio will use the time to improve his fitness.

“It’s good to have a break now to sort it all out, to say ‘OK guys, this was good, that was good, this is what we need to improve’, so it’s not bad to have it.”


Oxford set to stay in Germany despite reports

Reece Oxford is happy and settled in Germany and stories that he will be on his way back to West Ham in January look wide of the mark.

Academy boss Terry Westley has told ClaretandHugh that he has no idea where the story that he is set to return to the East End has come from.

Speaking exclusively to CandH the academy boss said that his conversations with Borussia Monchengladbach have remained entirely positive and given they have only played seven games and are tenth in the Bundesliga everyone believes Reece’s time will come.

He said: “I have no idea where the story has come from but Gladbach tell me they like him and were pleased with his performances in two friendly games and like his attitude in training. There is certainly no suggestion of him coming home unless they know something they haven’t told me.”

Reece in fact is having a German lesson every week and Westley said: “He has his own apartment and is really enjoying that and his life in the country.”

Meanwhile he and goalkeeper Nathan Trott have been called up for England under 20s during the international break with Nathan Holland on standby

Among the others drafted in to their national sides are Declan Rice and Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland U21), Martin Samuelsen (Norway U21), Rihards Matrevics (Latvia U19), Anthony Scully (Republic of Ireland U19) and Dan Kemp (England U19).

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Gazza_AZ 11:16 Mon Oct 2
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Heres hoping that Koeman stays with Everton until Feb and that Andy Carroll stays fit until January window.

PwoperNaughtyButNot 7:49 Mon Oct 2
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I reckon if I trained to 2pm each day I would squeeze in a German lesson more than once a week

Thanks Alan 2:17 Mon Oct 2
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Whitester.. 1:43 Mon Oct 2

Whitester. 1:43 Mon Oct 2
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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