WHO Poll
Q: 2017/18 Watford (a)
a. Moyes first game & like the postman he'll deliver, win.
41%
  
b. A tough first game for Moyes it'll be a test alright & I expect a point, draw.
20%
  
c. Different day and it'll be the same shit, lose.
20%
  
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
3%
  



Alan 11:45 Sun Oct 22
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Former Everton boss David Moyes is being lined up for a return to Goodison Park as the pressure increases on Toffees manager Ronald Koeman. (Sunday Mirror)

Real Madrid are convinced they will sign 24-year-old Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane next summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is interested in Benfica's Spanish left-back Alex Grimaldo, 22. (Metro)

United are also prepared to offer Real Madrid and Brazil midfielder Casemiro, 25, a huge salary to convince him to leave the Bernabeu for Old Trafford. (Sunday Express)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez could get £500m in the next two transfer windows if British businesswoman Amanda Staveley is successful in buying the club. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he had to re-focus midfielder Eric Dier after the 23-year-old England international had been "destabilised" by an approach by Manchester United. (Mail on Sunday)

West Ham want former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini - in charge of Russian side Zenit St Petersburg - to replace Slaven Bilic if the Croat fails to turn around the Hammers' poor form. (Sunday Mirror)

Alternatively, if West Ham decide to sack Bilic, they could face a battle with Leicester City in their pursuit of another ex-Manchester City boss - Manuel Pellegrini. (Sunday Telegraph)

Barcelona are preparing to offer 30-year-old Argentina forward Lionel Messi a lifetime deal at the club. (ESPN FC)

Manchester United are trying to sign Spain Under-21 midfielder Carlos Soler, 20, from Valencia in a £30m deal. (Mail on Sunday)

Newcastle want to bring 30-year-old France midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa back to St James' Park from Paris St-Germain. (Sun on Sunday)

AC Milan chief executive Marco Fassone says the Italian giants will have to sell star players if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League. (FourFourTwo)

Basel forward Dimitri Oberlin, 20, has confirmed he turned down the chance to move to Manchester United in 2014 because he wanted to play first-team football. (Metro)

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can says it is "an honour" to be linked with a move to Juventus as the 23-year-old Germany international continues to stall on a new deal at Anfield. (Independent)

RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner, 21, says he dreams of playing for Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)
Meanwhile...

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he does not fear being sacked by the Premier League champions. (Observer)

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves has criticised Chelsea's loan system. (London Evening Standard)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed the club will remain in La Liga - even if Catalonia is granted independence. (ESPN)

The best of Saturday's gossip

Barcelona are preparing a January move for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, 28. (Don Balon, via Daily Express)

United will trigger a one-year option on Spain international Herrera's contract if he fails to agree new terms by the end of the year. (Manchester Evening News)

Barcelona will make a final attempt to sign Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp says the club are striving to create circumstances that ensure 25-year-old Coutinho wants to stay at Anfield beyond this season. (Telegraph)

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 29, wants to join Manchester United when his deal with Arsenal expires at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)






C&H

Slaven replacement dilemma revealed

A lack of good managers with proven Premier League experience is the dilemma facing the West Ham board at the moment as they consider Slaven Bilic’s future at the club.

The bookies have Manuel Pellegrini, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez, Sean Dyche, Roberto Mancini and Slavisa Jokanovic as their top runners as the next permanent West Ham manager but we look at their current situation and availability.

Manuel Pellegrini is the manager of Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune since August 2016. He is thought to be on a lucrative contract in China worth £30m over three years. He is the bookies Odds on favourite to join Leicester City. Difficult to match his current package.

Carlo Ancelotti says he will take at least a 10-month break after the Bayern Munich axe. Was paid £12.6m per year on a three-year contract at Bayern. Even if we could afford him after his sabbatical he is unlikely to consider West Ham as a realistic option as he won’t be short on offers.

Rafa Benitez says he is committed to Newcastle until the end of the season. He signed a new three-year contract in May this year worth £4.2m per year so West Ham could end up paying a compensation of around £10m should they tempt Rafa to leave the North East. With Newcastle up for sale, he is said to be keen to wait and find out what a new owner could bring to the Magpies in terms of backing in the transfer market.

Sean Dyche signed a contract extension at Burnley in 2016 and is one of lowest paid managers in the Premier League on £420,000 per year. He joined the Clarets in 2012 and in his five-year tenure has led them twice to Premier League promotion. Whether Dyche would leave Burnley and whether he would be an improvement on Slaven Bilic are all unanswered questions.

Roberto Mancini took over as Zenit St Petersburg manager this summer on a three-year contract thought to be worth €4.5m a year. He has the option of a two-year extension. Whether Mancini has a clause to leave if a Premier League club came in for him is unknown but there is likely to be a large compensation to persuade Zenit to part with him.

Slavisa Jokanovic took over at Championship side Fulham in 2015 and signed a two-year contract extension to stay in West London earlier this year. He has no Premier League experience despite previously getting Watford promoted to the Premier League. His lack of experience makes him somewhat of a gamble and would cost £5m in compensation to Fulham which makes him an unlikely candidate.


Slaven Bilic confirmed in his column in the Evening Standard on Friday that his players would benefit from having the area surrounding the pitch in the colour of claret, with the club prepared to pay the estimated cost of £200,000.

“We have a great stadium but we want to improve it even more though, to make it like, for example, the Parc des Princes, home of Paris Saint-Germain,” wrote Bilic. If you look at their stadium, they have changed the colour of the area around their pitch to blue. We want to do something similar and change to a darker colour – claret. Let me explain it like this. It is impossible to bring the crowd closer but we can improve things by changing the perspective.

“Imagine you are a player, you are running back to defend or you are joining the attack – you look up and it is not easy, because everything is green ahead of you, to appreciate exactly where is the end of the pitch and that can psychologically affect your willingness to do it. We have done everything we can to receive permission to do this, especially our vice-chairman Karren Brady. I am mentioning it almost every time I meet her.

We have even offered to pay for the work which, so I understand, would cost around £200,000.”

Claret and Hugh understand that Stadium owners E20 Stadium have repeatedly turned down club requests to fund a change of colour to Claret initially saying it would clash with the red of Vodafone, the proposed naming rights partner at the time. A similar alternative request to make the surround Sky Blue instead was also rejected by the Stadium owners even though it would reduce the financial burden on the taxpayer to fund the current green surround. Likewise, there has been no progress on the capacity increase request to 60,000 which the club requested to E20 some time ago which remains in a stalemate.

The stadium owners decision-making process appears to be frozen in paralysis awaiting the outcome of a London Mayor review of the stadium by Moore Stephens. The future continued existence of E20 and London Legacy Development Corporation remains in doubt and one or both could cease to exist in the future. The ownership of the London Stadium also remains in future doubt although it likely to remain in public hands whatever happens.




OS

Trott hopeful for Chelsea win after Manchester United statement

Nathan Trott is desperate for his West Ham United U23 side to follow up last weekend’s win over Manchester United with another when they travel to Chelsea on Sunday.

The goalkeeper believes his team put down at statement with their 4-2 victory over the Red Devils last Sunday, courtesy of Toni Martinez’s hat-trick and Joe Powell’s first of the season.

The Blues have recorded just one win so far in the league this campaign in comparison to West Ham’s four and Trott thinks with the confidence high, the Hammers are well set to continue their good form.

He said: “Manchester United are obviously a really big club who have produced excellent players in the past, so I think that it was a big statement by us to win that game 4-2.

“I think it now tells us how good we are as a team and that the players we produce are up there with the best.

“Everyone is in good spirits now. It was a big win and hopefully we can use this as momentum and keep winning games from here on, starting with our match against Chelsea.”

Terry Westley’s men will travel to Aldershot Town’s Recreation Ground to face the Blues, whose one and only Division 1 win so far came against Derby County back in mid-August.

With England U20 international Trott now the Club’s third choice stopper behind Joe Hart and Adrian, much of his time in training and on matchdays is spent with the first team.

The youngster insisted, though, he remains as focused as ever when it comes to U23 games.

“I try not to think too much before games,” he continued. “I have the same routine before every game, so I block things out and just stay focused.

“Being in and around the first team has given me a different picture. Being with them on so many matchdays this season has been a great experience so far and it gives me a chance to see all the lads preparing and see how they do that.

“For me, I look at the keepers Joe and Adrian, how they train beforehand and how focused they are and I try to take on as much as I can.

“They have both helped me a lot. They are very different keepers so I can take different things from both of them, which is good. Both have the same mentality, staying tough and blocking out any distractions.

“It’s good having that blend between them, and they are both experienced guys and experienced in the Premier League.

“If I can take that into my own games, it will only help me improve.”

The Hammers currently sit in fourth place in Premier League 2 Division 1 in their first campaign since promotion last May.

Should other results go their way on Saturday, Westley’s men could move up to third with maximum points against Chelsea. Supporters can follow, from 11am, live blog coverage of the clash on whufc.com Sunday.




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Thanks Alan 5:47 Sun Oct 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 11:51 Sun Oct 22

COOL HAND LUKE 1:35 Sun Oct 22
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Thanks Al

ted fenton 12:47 Sun Oct 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan hope all is going well.

Takashi Miike 12:32 Sun Oct 22
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Thanks Alan

happygilmore 12:28 Sun Oct 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers

Crassus 12:17 Sun Oct 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Sven Roeder 11:51 Sun Oct 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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