WHO Poll
Q: 2017/18 Watford (a)
a. Moyes first game & like the postman he'll deliver, win.
44%
  
b. A tough first game for Moyes it'll be a test alright & I expect a point, draw.
25%
  
c. Different day and it'll be the same shit, lose.
13%
  
d. We should be pleaed the football's back but after the last humiliation and the Board's ineptitude, my passion for WHU has been sucked out of me
14%
  
e. I can't wait me, I'm our biggest fan and once again will be down the Rub a Dub kitted out and belting out David Moysie's Blue & Claret Army, I know all the songs me
4%
  



Alan 11:54 Mon Oct 16
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he will not end his career with the club and has hinted he would like to move to Paris Saint-Germain when he finishes his time at Old Trafford. (The Times)

Mourinho is frustrated there have been no discussions over extending his three-year contract, which he is already halfway through. (Daily Record)

Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are tracking Barcelona's highly-regarded 17-year-old B team forward Abel Ruiz, who has a £3m release clause in his contract. (Mirror)

Manchester City are considering making a bid for Southampton's 28-year-old left-back Ryan Bertrand in January. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona scouted three Bayer Leverkusen players on Sunday: 21-year-old centre-back Jonathan Tah, 20-year-old winger Leon Bailey and 21-year-old winger Julian Brandt. (Sport - in Spanish)

West Brom manager Tony Pulis believes defender Jonny Evans, 29, has been unsettled by the interest in him during the summer transfer window. (Mirror)

Liverpool will not allow 17-year-old forward Rhian Brewster to go out on loan in January, but winger Lazar Markovic, 23, and 22-year-old centre-back Lloyd Jones will leave. (Sun)

Liverpool are interested in signing Fortuna Sittard's 17-year-old Dutch defender Perr Schuurs. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona could turn to Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 26, if their pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, fails in January. (Don Balon via Daily Express)

Villarreal are keen to sign 17-year-old attacking midfielder Diego Lainez from Mexican club America. (ESPN - in Spanish)

Lazio want to reward defender Stefan de Vrij, 25, with a new deal to ward off interest from Liverpool. (FourFourTwo)

Nottingham Forest are tempted to make a January move for St Mirren and Scotland Under-21 winger Lewis Morgan, 21, who also interests Celtic, Rangers and Birmingham City. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile...

Antonio Conte has warned that Chelsea will find it difficult to defend the title following their defeat at Crystal Palace and questioned whether his squad is strong enough to compete on several fronts. (Guardian)

Watford's Richarlison could become the first Premier League player to be banned retrospectively for diving. (Daily Express)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and wife Antonella Roccuzzo have announced they are expecting their third baby. (Daily Mail)

Wigan are set to be taken over by a wealthy Chinese consortium. (Sun)

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare says all managers are "four games away from a crisis". (Telegraph)

West Ham striker Andy Carroll will be fined £180,000 by the club for his red card against Burnley. (Mirror)

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier said he could have signed Cristano Ronaldo for the club in 2003 but thought the wage demands were excessive. (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool's mayor has questioned Ronald Koeman's position as Everton manager. (Telegraph)

The best of Sunday's gossip

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 one of them in the January transfer window. (Star)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

With Benjamin Mendy expected to be sidelined until mid-April with the knee injury he suffered while playing against Crystal Palace in September, Fabian Delph has been filling in at left-back for Manchester City, while Pep Guardiola has also pointed out that Danilo, Fernandinho and “even Oleksandr Zinchenko can play there”.

Such a wealth of options hasn’t stopped City being linked with Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand and tabloid reports suggest the player could swap clubs during the January transfer window. Already a Champions League winner with Chelsea, having made his debut in the 2012 final against Bayern Munich, Bertrand is also being linked with a return to Stamford Bridge and could join Cedric and Virgil van Dijk in a potential exodus of defenders from St Mary’s that is unlikely to please Southampton fans should it come to pass. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is also reported to be keen on Cedric, who was also linked with a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur, while Van Dijk’s eagerness to leave Southampton for Liverpool, Chelsea or Barcelona has been well documented.

Cristiano Ronaldo has decided that Real Madrid need a new goalkeeper and has drawn up a three-man shortlist of potential replacements that he believes his employers should think about trying to sign. Quite what current Real stoppers Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla will make of speculation that their team-mate would rather see David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois or Marc-André ter Stegen lining up between the sticks at the Bernabéu remains to be seen, but it ought to make for a frosty atmosphere at training this week. Should Real try to secure longtime target De Gea, they could offer Gareth Bale to Manchester United in some sort of exchange deal.

Fairly or unfairly, the much-maligned Mesut Özil is being scapegoated for yet another Arsenal defeat after spurning a glorious opportunity to put his side 2-0 up against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday and the consensus now seems to be that he’ll be sold in January. Internazionale and Manchester United are both believed to be interested in the German international, but would rather wait until the summer when he will be available on a free transfer. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain may offer Arsenal up to £20m during the January window.

Ronald Koeman wants to add some much-needed backbone to his Everton side and has identified Sporting defensive midfielder William Carvalho as the man to do a job. Reports from Portugal suggest Everton will bid £31m for a player Sporting say is “untransferable”, while West Ham and Real Madrid are also interested in testing the Primeira Liga side’s resolve. Whether Carvalho rocks up at Goodison Park or not, Everton midfielder James McCarthy’s days at Everton look numbered and Newcastle, West Brom and Crystal Palace are reported to be interested in throwing the injury-prone Republic of Ireland international a career lifeline.

And finally, having failed in their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho during the summer, Barcelona could switch their attention to Thiago Alcântara instead. The elegant midfielder was among the goalscorers as Bayern Munich crushed Freiburg 5-0 at the weekend, to give Jupp Heynckes his fourth winning debut in as many spells in charge of the German champions.





Mirror

West Ham's Andy Carroll to be fined 2 weeks' wages by furious Slaven Bilic after 2-bookings-in-2-minutes red card

Burnley dismissal was the striker's first in over three years but manager and team-mates could not defend him

David Anderson

Andy Carroll will be hit with a £180,000 fine by West Ham for his red-card madness against Burnley.

Slaven Bilic was furious with striker Carroll for stupidly being sent off at Turf Moor on Saturday for two bookings inside two minutes.

Manager Bilic will clobber the Geordie powerhouse with a two-week fine — even though it was his first red card since February 2014.

Carroll smashed into Ben Mee with his forearm, just minutes after being booked for catching James Tarkowski with his elbow and Bilic could not believe he would be so reckless.

The Hammers' boss was also fuming because Carroll’s dismissal cost West Ham the chance to record their first Premier League away win as Burnley equalised late on against their 10 men and the match ended 1-1 .

“For a player of Andy’s experience... basically, you can’t do that,” fumed Bilic. “It was a big blow for us. I’m very disappointed and angry as well.

“I’m very disappointed, but not with the referee’s decision. The first one 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’s out of reach, but he went to win that ball. It was just an unbelievably bad decision and bad challenge to even go there.”

Carroll would be perfect as the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz because he doesn’t have a brain.

He’s clearly lacking between the ears for smashing into Mee with his forearm raised, just two minutes after being booked for catching Tarkowski with his elbow.

His reckless, selfish act cost West Ham a precious first ­Premier League away win of the season and Pablo Zabaleta was not impressed with his brainless actions.

Zabaleta is the ultimate clubman, but he could not ­defend Carroll as he described the striker’s challenges as “a bit nasty.”

The West Ham right-back said: “From my point of view, it looks aggressive, ­especially the second one when he knew he was on a ­yellow already.

“We can talk sometimes about situations with the ­referee and we can complain about some fouls, but there is nothing to say about the ­referee today. I think these two ­challenges, Andy’s challenges, were a bit nasty.”

Carroll’s behaviour is even more stupid, because he was talking up an England recall 24 hours earlier.

That sounds laughable, and Gareth Southgate is not going to pick him five years after winning the last of his nine caps when his ­temperament is so suspect.

Carroll’s red card underlines a worrying problem at West Ham and his dismissal is their 12th in the Premier League in Bilic’s two-and-a-bit seasons in charge – three more than any other team over this period.

Marko Arnautovic was guilty of another hair-brained ­dismissal in the defeat against Southampton and Zabaleta says they must be more ­disciplined.

“It’s the second time we have had a player sent off after a few minutes in the first half,” said the dismayed Argentinian. “We need to be more careful because in the Premier League, playing with one player less for 80 minutes is really hard.

“Then, we were 1-0 up and we need to be a bit more clever in these ­situations.”

The seasoned Zabaleta also advised Michail Antonio not to forget his defensive duties after the winger pushed his claims for an England recall by opening the scoring with his first goal since March.

“Playing with 10 men, it was sometimes hard for him to track back and work all the time, but you need to do that,” said the former ­Manchester City stalwart. “When you play as a winger, you have to be dangerous going forward – but you also have to come back to your ­position and help the team ­defensively.”




OS

Manager on Monday

Slaven Bilic expects his West Ham United side to ‘pick up many, many points’ if they continue to play as they did at Burnley on Saturday.

The Hammers looked on course for a maiden away Premier League win of the season at Turf Moor, where Michail Antonio netted his first goal of 2017/18 and the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Chicharito and Marko Arnautovic contributed to an attractive performance.

West Ham’s performance was slowed by Andy Carroll’s 27th-minute red card, but Bilic’s team continued to create chances, defended resiliently and were only denied a win by a well-crafted Chris Wood equaliser five minutes from full-time.

‘We are looking forward with optimism’

Slaven Bilic was able to select a starting XI from his strongest squad of the season at Burnley.

Manuel Lanzini (pictured, below) made his first start of the campaign, while Michail Antonio looked up to full speed and Marko Arnautovic returned after missing the 1-0 win over Swansea City through illness.

The result was a fluid, attractive and incisive first-half performance that was only slowed after the Hammers were reduced to ten men by Andy Carroll’s red card.

The manager believes his team’s display at Turf Moor is a sign of things to come.

“If you are comparing how we played in the last game with how we played on Saturday, especially when it was eleven against eleven, we were much better on Saturday.

“We were dangerous, we were attacking with many players and that’s why we had really missed players like Lanzini and Antonio, who is now back to his fitness and everything. It was really good and we have to build on this.

“I knew we would have a difficult start, because we had to play three away games, but more than that we were playing without three or four important players for us, especially if we’re talking about the players who are game-changers when we have the ball.

“Now, with Lanzini back, with Arnautovic back and with Michail Antonio getting into his really good fitness after a long break, it is looking much better.

“We are really looking forward with a lot of optimism, if we continue to play like this and work like this, then we should get many, many points.”

Bilic was not only happy with the way his team created chances, both before and after being reduced to ten men, but also with how hard they worked to restrict Burnley’s own opportunities.

“It’s a good point for us. It’s like kind of mixed emotions because we were so close to getting three points but playing with ten men for so long is not easy.

“We were really good when it was eleven against eleven. We were winning the game, we were better and not only controlling the game, but we were also really dangerous.

“It was a big blow for us when Andy got sent-off, but in the first 15 minutes of the second half, when we had done one change, we were very close to scoring a second one.

“We defended well, we defended deep and we had to because they were putting bodies up front and it was hard to stop them coming to the situations to cross the ball or have a shot from 25 yards. We defended those crosses really well until the last one, from which they scored.

“It’s a good point for us. We wanted three because we were really good, but I can only praise the players for their effort, for their quality and for their performance.”

Bilic was asked repeatedly about Andy Carroll’s red card after Saturday’s game, as he fulfilled a series of interview requirements with Premier League broadcast partners, radio reporters and newspaper journalists.

The consistent message was that the manager was not impressed with his No9’s decision to challenge Ben Mee for the ball just moments after he had been booked for a similar incident with James Tarkowski.

“I have no complaints about the two yellow cards, to be fair. He is an experienced player.

“OK the first one can happen, but the second one, he has experience and he cannot go into that challenge, especially when you are playing away from home, two minutes after you got booked.

“I’m very disappointed with what he has done. It is important, but at the end of the day it’s not very important if it was deliberate or not, but you can’t do it with that experience that you have.”






Westley on win over Manchester United: It was a great day

West Ham United U23s boss Terry Westley labelled Sunday a “great day” as 1,483 supporters watched the hosts thrash Manchester United 4-2 at London Stadium in Premier League 2.

Spanish striker Toni Martinez was the standout player, taking home the match ball after scoring a superb hat-trick, while Joe Powell also got on the scoresheet for the Hammers.

United were twice in the lead – after just two minutes of play, the first time – but the Irons, roared on by the home support, turned the game on its head to teach Ricky Sbragia’s men a lesson.

Westley was naturally delighted after the full-time whistle and praised the whole squad, in particular the first team players who turned out on Sunday afternoon.

“The win is important, and it could have been wider,” he said. “It was a great day for us. You play here [London Stadium] three times, so to play here against Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs, and with a great youth tradition, and win emphatically, is great.

“We have a good group, like we’ve always said. It may have taken three years to collectively and culturally get what we want, but it the team performs collectively, you have a better chance individually to stand out.

“The team comes first and I have to congratulate the three senior ones, although they’re all young. Edi [Fernandes], Sam Byram and Declan [Rice] came into the team and really stamped some authority on the match, showed some class and played properly.

“That sets the standard when you come and play here.”

Rice, who captained the side to promotion last season, took the armband again on Sunday and slotted back into the centre of defence as though he had never been away.

Fernandes grabbed two assists in an impressive display, while Nathan Holland was also on top form, crossing marvellously for Martinez’s second goal.

And of course, Westley could go without praising the striker who took his goal tally to eight in ten games with the hat-trick.

“He’s the first West Ham player to score a hat-trick at London Stadium and you won’t take that ball off him!” the Academy Director continued. “He’s dangerous and effective at this level. There aren’t many who are scoring the volume of goals he is.

“It was great to have Dec back, but we don’t want him back too long! You want him to progress, you want him to play first team football.

“You want him, when you come back down, to be the outstanding player. He’ll be disappointed for the first goal. But put that to one side, his overall performance, you’d pay money to come and see him play.

“Holland can go past anybody, and I’ve not seen a better player with the ball who is quick for a very long time. He has to get better with movement and out of possession but he’s a huge threat.

“We thought with Byram, [Josh] Pask, Rice and [Vashon] Neufville, that we had a solid back four and with Nathan in goal, probably our strongest this season, and with Edi, Kemp, Nathan and Toni we were dangerous going forward.

“I also though Conor [Coventry] and Powelly controlled the game – they stopped and thought and were more effective.”

The U23s are next in action in a week’s time, when they travel west to take on Chelsea in Division 1. Westley is hoping one or two things can be ironed out before the clash, but is confident his side can pick up where they left off.

“We let a goal in after 15 seconds against Villarreal last week and it was just about a minute here, so we need to get out of that.

“You’ll be out of Premier League games if you do that. But our response and particularly second half, we took control. They got frustrated and it left space for us in the wide positions.

“We’ve now set the standard, it’s a great result, and we’ll rest tomorrow before going to look forward to playing Chelsea next weekend.”


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Texas Iron 9:57 Mon Oct 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Texas Iron 9:57 Mon Oct 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Cicero 8:30 Mon Oct 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

Thanks Alan 12:11 Mon Oct 16
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Eddie B 12:10 Mon Oct 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan, thanks.

charleyfarley 12:04 Mon Oct 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Merci beaucoup indeed Alan

Takashi Miike 12:03 Mon Oct 16
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Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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