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Alan 12:28 Sun Oct 15
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid have told Manchester United that if they want to sign Gareth Bale, 28, they will have to let goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, move to to the Bernabeu in return. (Mirror)

Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez could leave Newcastle to join Everton if the Toffees part company with Ronald Koeman. (The Sun)

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, 28, and Alexis Sanchez, 28, are both out of contract at the end of the season and the Gunners are planning to sell of them in the January transfer window. (Star)

Manchester City have targeted a left-sided defender for the January transfer window and may turn to Southampton's Ryan Bertrand, 28. (The Sun)

Liverpool will have to compete with Barcelona if they want to sign Southampton's 26-year-old defender Virgil van Dijk in January. (Mirror)

Everton are ready to bid £31m for Sporting Lisbon's 25-year-old midfielder William Carvalho despite the Portuguese club saying he is not for sale. (Daily Mail, via Record)

Toffees forward Henry Onyekuru, 20, has confirmed that he met with club officials last week to discuss an early return from his loan at Anderlecht. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal and Tottenham both want to sign Leicester's 26-year-old winger Riyad Mahrez. (Mirror)

Torino's 23-year-old striker Andrea Belotti, a target for Manchester United and Chelsea, is set to be offered a new contract at the Italian club. (Daily Mail, via Tuttosport)

Juventus are competing with fellow Serie A club Napoli to sign Porto's 18-year-old full-back Diogo Dalot. (Mediagol - in Italian)

Rennes are keen to sign Hatem Ben Arfa from Paris St-Germain. The 30-year-old former Newcastle midfielder has not made a single appearance for the French club this season. (L'Equipe - in French)

Real Madrid are tracking several players at the Under-17 World Cup, with Lyon's 17-year-old striker Amine Gouiri top of their list. (Marca)

Schalke have offered 22-year-old midfielder Leon Goretzka a lucrative new contract. His current deal expires in June and there has been interest from Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona. (Bild - in German)

Sampdoria and Marseille are interested in signing 18-year-old midfielder Joris Mallet from Belgian club Sint-Truiden. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho turned down an offer from Liverpool to become their manager when he was in charge at Chelsea. (Yahoo Sport)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he would like to manage England one day. (Daily Mail)


Former Manchester United striker Memphis Depay, 23, who is now at Lyon, believes his next step is "going to Real Madrid", adding: "That's my serious goal." (Daily Star, via De PSV Supporter)

A Bosnian second-tier side upset with the referee staged a sit-down protest in the final minutes of their league match on Saturday, during which their opponents scored twice to secure a 3-0 win. (Source.ba - in Bosnian)

Peru has suspended its domestic league for a month to give the national team more time to prepare for their World Cup qualification play-off with New Zealand in November. (Clarin - in Spanish)

Borussia Monchengladbach's innovative sporting director Max Eberl believes England have the best players in the world at under-17 level. (Times - subscription required)

Borussia Dortmund's 12-year-old striker Youssoufa Moukoko scored his second hat-trick of the season as the club's under-17 side drew 4-4 with Schalke. (Bundesliga.com)

Chelsea's 23-year-old midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko - who scored on Saturday - promised to dye his hair blue when he got his first league goal for the club. (Sun)

The best of Saturday's gossip

Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, 21, is set to test his club's strict wage structure in order to earn a major pay increase - with Real Madrid monitoring developments. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, is Barcelona's top transfer target in the January transfer window. (Marca, via Daily Mirror)

The Reds will do battle with Arsenal to sign midfielder Thomas Lemar, 21, from Monaco next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil, 28, will have to fight for his midfield place in the team's starting line-up. (Daily Express)


Burnley 1-1 West Ham: Chris Wood rescues Sean Dyche's side with late header to earn a point against 10-man Hammers after Andy Carroll sees red

Michail Antonio opened the scoring with a close-range finish to give Slaven Bilic's men an early advantage
But West Ham's task got a lot harder after Andy Carroll received his marching orders for getting two yellows
Burnley were knocking at the door and finally equalised through Chris Wood to earn a share of the spoils

By Jack Gaughan

These are the days when you wonder whether Andy Carroll is really worth the hassle. All that expense, all that hard work managing his injuries. There are days when he is talismanic, West Ham's full-blooded hero, but those seem ever fleeting.

His red card, for two cautions inside 99 first-half seconds, was the act of sheer idiocy. After flooring James Tarkowski with an errant elbow, Carroll decided Ben Mee was for it. Older but certainly not wiser.

Wound up, his emotions took over. They are never absolutely in check and the episode finished with Mee in a heap after a nasty challenge worthy of a straight red.

Chris Wood jumps the highest to head home and break West Ham hearts with an 85th-minute equaliser

The West Ham forward received a second yellow card shortly after his first for an aerial challenge on Burnley's Ben Mee

West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio danced and smiled as he celebrated after bagging the opener in the 19th minute

Antonio latched on to a long ball from Joe Hart and rounded Burnley keeper to slot home and give the away side an early lead

Carroll left West Ham defending Michail Antonio's 19th-minute opener. He did Slaven Bilic no favours whatsoever.

The rest of Bilic's team did though. They were exceptional, breaking at pace — fashioning the better opportunities — and looked defensively solid until the 85th minute. Chris Wood nestled between defenders, planted a header past Joe Hart and masked their own home deficiencies.

Carroll cost West Ham dear and simply cannot be trusted. Bilic was livid with him but only after berating fourth official Mike Dean — who was bizarrely signing autographs as he arrived at Turf Moor — on the touchline.

Stuart Attwell had lost control after an early refusal to punish fouls sufficiently and West Ham were merely pushing the boundaries. That is a must here in East Lancashire and Carroll cannot truly be faulted for the first foul.

He was giving back what Tarkowski had laid on moments before. Unfortunately, Marko Arnautovic had his own brush with the officials too and cards were on Attwell's mind. Attwell's performance, upsetting everybody, is the sort which comes with police escorts on the continent.

Carroll's second foul, however, was reprehensible. The action, with eyes fixed on Mee, coupled with the proximity made it completely brainless. Inexcusable, Bilic thought.

Cheikhou Kouyate closes down Burnley defender Stephen Ward on the left flank as the Hammers boss Bilic watches on

Robbie Brady (left) and West Ham's Winston Reid battle for possession of the ball during the first half at Turf Moor

Mee is left clutching his head and in a heap on the floor following a challenge from Carroll as the Burnley players complain

Jose Fonte steps out and makes an important interception as he dispossesses Burnley's Jeff Hendrick

'I'm angry. Not with the referee,' Bilic said. 'For a player of Andy's experience, you can't do that.

'What can I do? I don't know. The second booking happens in training. Don't go for that ball, it's out of reach for you. It's an unbelievably bad call.'

Carroll's team-mates were left to guard a one-goal lead for 63 minutes having won away just once since February.

That lead was secured via Antonio and an uncharacteristically poor goal for Dyche's side to concede. A long, hopeful punt by Hart somehow split the two centre halves, Mee failing to mop up and missing the routine ball altogether. Antonio rounded Nick Pope with ease.

Nick Pope jumps the highest to claim the ball under pressure from West Ham United's goalscorer Antonio

Burnley midfielder Jack Cork skips past the challenge of Antonio and looks to set up an attack for the home side

Then came the mad two minutes when Carroll's senses took a leave of absence. Burnley struggled but Attwell was in the game soon enough, turning down Wood's appeal for a penalty when Hart pulled his hands away, actually nicking the ball accidentally.

'It looks like one from where I am,' Dyche said. 'Pulling away is usually a sign. It's rare you don't see them given.' Bilic surprisingly agreed.

There were glimmers for Dyche. Near misses, crosses slightly over-hit, back post runs slightly mistimed. He rocked back in angst right on the edge of his technical area, particularly when Johann Berg Gudmundsson's shot cannoned back off the post, hit the sprawling Hart but somehow stayed out. Hart giggled as he grasped his ball.

The goalkeeper was not later on, though. Gudmundsson made room down the right, swung a ball across and Wood saved the day with Carroll stuck inside the dingy away dressing rooms.

And to think he was talking up his England chances earlier this week.

West Ham forward Javier Hernandez tries to score as he curls a shot from outside the box towards the Burnley goal

The referee signals the physio's on as Hart and Burnley substitute Ashley Barnes lay on the floor after colliding

They finally caved in to the pressure with just five minutes remaining as Burnley's talisman Wood heads in to level the scores


Burnley (4-4-1-1): Pope 6; Lowton 6, Tarkowski 6, Mee 5.5, Ward 6 (Barnes 81); Brady 6, Cork 6, Defour 7, Arfield 5 (Gudmundsson 46, 7); Hendrick 5 (Vokes 46, 6.5); Wood 7

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Taylor, Westwood, Long

Scorers: Wood (85)

Booked: Defour (41), Wood (86)

Manager: Sean Dyche

West Ham (4-4-1-1): Hart 7; Zabaleta 6, Fonte 7, Reid 6, Cresswell 6; Antonio 7.5, Kouyate 6, Lanzini 6.5 (Masuaku 88), Arnautovic 6 (Obiang 46, 6); Hernandez 6 (Sakho 75, 6); Carroll 4

Subs not used: Adrian, Sakho, Noble, Ayew, Ogbonna,

Scorers: Antonio (19)

Booked: Carroll (25), (27), Obiang (80) Reid (85)

Red Card: Carroll (27)

Manager: Slaven Bilic

Referee: Stuart Attwell 5

Attendance: 20,945


Chris Wood equalises late for Burnley to thwart 10-man West Ham

Richard Jolly at Turf Moor

Some games are defined by false nines. This was a match that, for better and worse, revolved around old-fashioned target men. Long before Chris Wood headed Burnley’s equaliser, Andy Carroll had made a dramatic departure, dismissed for two challenges that evoked earlier eras and invited suggestions of idiocy. His Burnley counterpart ensured it eventually cost West Ham and the points were shared in a fixture some had dubbed “El Claretsico”.

Not that it resembled a classic. West Ham were denied back-to-back victories, Burnley a chance to defy footballing gravity and break into the top four, if only for a couple of hours. Each, in their own way, could feel they showed spirit; typically, in Burnley’s case, and importantly, for Slaven Bilic.

“I am proud of the players,” said the Croat. West Ham’s often beleaguered manager took solace from his side’s dogged determination. Pronouncing himself frustrated and disappointed, he rued the fact they needed to show such resolve. For the second time in four away league games, Bilic saw one of his supposedly destructive players show a self-destructive streak. If Marko Arnautovic’s sending off at Southampton seemed set to be the most senseless of West Ham’s season, Carroll rivalled it in a display of staggering stupidity.

He collected two yellow cards in 99 seconds, both for clattering into Burnley’s centre-backs. First he elbowed James Tarkowski. Then he smashed into Ben Mee, elbow raised again. “An unbelievably bad decision,” said Bilic, faulting Carroll rather than the referee Stuart Attwell. “You are asking for trouble.” Sean Dyche concurred. “The second is possibly a straight red,” said the Burnley manager.

If Carroll’s aggression felt like a throwback to another time, so did Bilic’s tactics. There was an illogical element to West Ham’s prowess; they started with a side overloaded with attackers and ended up defending valiantly, just as, when they had five forward-thinking players on the pitch, their goal was created by their goalkeeper.

Pep Guardiola had his doubts about Joe Hart’s distribution but the England international recorded a rare assist, albeit with a simple punt forward. A stretching Mee missed it. Michail Antonio met it, skipped past Nick Pope and slotted a shot into the unguarded net. “A really poor goal. That is unlike us,” added Dyche, whose defence had been virtually flawless this season.

Then Carroll exited. Javier Hernández, the penalty-box poacher who had been an ersatz midfielder when Bilic tried to crowbar his most potent players into a system, was then allowed to lead the line. He combined slickly with Manuel Lanzini and Antonio when the Englishman could have doubled the lead. Pope saved instead.

Burnley felt they could have been level before then, citing Hart’s challenge on Wood. “Joe touched the ball but if we were in that situation I would expect a penalty,” admitted an honest Bilic. The expectations changed for Burnley, too. Accustomed to excelling without the ball, they rarely enjoy 62% of possession or face the burden of being favourites against 10-man teams. Dyche, normally an advocate of continuity, made a double change at half-time. One of those introduced, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, struck the base of the post with a low drive and crossed for Wood to extend Burnley’s longest unbeaten run in the top flight since 1975 and help repay his club record £15m fee. “He is scoring goals,” said Dyche. “It is a great habit.”

It left Bilic lamenting the interventions of two strikers. “We defended well for 95%,” he added. “If it stayed 1-0 it would be heroic.” Instead, he was left to ponder the actions of his resident villain.


Andy Carroll recklessness 'ruins' Slaven Bilic chance of rare away-day victory

Steven Sutcliffe, Turf Moor

Ninety-nine seconds cost West Ham dearly here. Ninety-nine seconds in which the red mist descended on Andy Carroll and he was dismissed biliously attempting to deliver his own retribution.

His anger appeared to have been stirred by an earlier challenge but surely he could have imagined that question marks would undoubtedly surface over his temperament, as he propelled himself towards Ben Mee in the 27th minute.

Flattening the Burnley central defender, less then two minutes after being cautioned for a less serious but similar offence on James Tarkowski, amounted to negligence towards his team-mates and the opponent he recklessly endangered. It is certainly not the sort of approach that is likely to endear him to the England manager, Gareth Southgate.

With a full complement of players, the visitors had assumed command until Carroll “ruined” their momentum and ensured the probability of West Ham recording their first away victory this season was significantly reduced.

Slaven Bilic’s men have been guilty of exhibiting a certain frailty outside London. Yet despite shipping 10 goals, en-route to three defeats from four on the road, there were few signs of infirmity during this full-blooded contest.

And when Burnley were guilty of defensive folly on a Sunday League scale they fully capitalised to gain the richly-merited advantage that their play had warranted.

Joe Hart’s long punt forward travelled 70-yards down the centre of the pitch and when it deceived Mee, Michail Antonio’s darting run was rewarded, as he flicked the ball beyond Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope to open the scoring.

Then came Carroll’s crude interventions, much to Bilic’s despair.

“I’m very disappointed and angry as well. We were passing the ball, we were dangerous with the ball and then we scored a goal and had that momentum,” Bilic said.

“That momentum was ruined by those bookings in the space of two minutes. For a player of Andy’s experience basically you can’t do that. It was a big blow for us. It’s very hard for such a long time to stop an opponent that has an extra player from getting in positions to put a good ball in, or to shoot from 25 yards.

“If it had stayed 1-0 it would’ve been heroic, but one moment doesn’t make it less heroic. I’m very disappointed, not with the referee’s decision. The first one (booking) can happen but the second one?

“You can’t do that a couple of minutes later. Especially when you play away you are asking for trouble. You don’t go for that ball normally because it is out of reach but he went to win that ball. It was just an unbelievably bad decision and bad challenge to even go there.”

Antonio twice spurned opportunities to add a decisive second goal after the interval and as the game drew to its conclusion Burnley’s numerical advantage finally told.

“We deserved to get something that’s for sure,” said Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who watched Substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson hit the woodwork before their reprieve was confirmed by the head of Chris Wood in the 85th minute.

It maintained Burnley’s best start to a Premier League campaign and assured the focus reverted back to Carroll.

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gph 10:10 Sun Oct 15
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

Thanks Alan 12:46 Sun Oct 15
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Yes he will. Be quiet.

Nurse Ratched 12:36 Sun Oct 15
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You won't get away with this, Alan.

Thanks Alan 12:33 Sun Oct 15
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ted fenton. 12:32 Sun Jan 15

ted fenton 12:32 Sun Oct 15
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Thanks Alan.

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