WHO Poll
Q: 2017/18 Watford (a)
a. Moyes first game & like the postman he'll deliver, win.
42%
  
b. A tough first game for Moyes it'll be a test alright & I expect a point, draw.
21%
  
c. Different day and it'll be the same shit, lose.
19%
  
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 12:58 Sat Oct 28
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Barcelona are ready to make an £89m summer move for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 26. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

However, Barcelona must reduce their "crippling" wage bill if they want to sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25. (Daily Mail)

Coutinho has turned down a move to Paris St-Germain in January 2018 and told his agent to secure him a move to Barcelona. (Sport - in Spanish)

Liverpool are also weighing up a £22m move for Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri, 23, after his recovery from knee surgery. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has called former employers Real Madrid to tell them he will not be making an approach for 28-year-old forward Gareth Bale. (Diario Gol via Daily Mirror)

Real have drawn up a three-man shortlist to replace 32-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo: Paris St-Germain's Goncalo Guedes, 20, Gremio midfielder Lincoln, 18, and Palmeiras star Alan Souza, 20. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are interested in signing 25-year-old Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro. (Diario Gol in Spanish)

Chelsea are preparing an 80m euro bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, 22. (Don Balon in Spanish)

Ally McCoist says he would be interested in returning as Rangers manager, having led them to back-to-back promotions during his spell in charge from 2011-2015 (Talksport)

Leicester City's 25-year-old midfielder Papy Mendy - on loan at Nice - has a future at the club, says new manager Claude Puel. (Leicester Mercury)

PCP Partners have made an initial bid of £300m to buy Newcastle United. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Moves for Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, 22, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 23, and West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 28, were discussed at a meeting as Newcastle representatives met with PCP Partners to discuss potential signings. (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is planning to add to his squad in January as he tries to avoid relegation. (Guardian)

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is set to meet the £2m release clause in the contract of Groningen forward Mimoun Mahi, 23, but faces competition from Swansea, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest. (Sun)

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 28, is set to sign a new five-year contract with the club. (Daily Express)

Everton striker Henry Onyekuru, 20, could return to Goodison Park in January from a loan spell at Anderlecht. (Het Nieuwsblad via the Daily Star)

David Unsworth says there is no timeframe on his role as caretaker manager at Everton but could get until the next international break in November to stake his claim for the job on a full-time basis. (Guardian)

Meanwhile...

England Under-17s manager Steve Cooper says his side will not be motivated by revenge in the World Cup final against Spain on Saturday after losing to their opponents in the European Championship final this summer. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said former assistant Steve Holland texted him to say reports that Blues players had messaged him over the Italian's training methods were not true. (Daily Express)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has responded to critics of defender Dejan Lovren. (Belfast Telegraph)

Klopp revealed Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane should return from injury after the next international break. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has compared the "here and now" mentality of modern football to Brexit. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking at taking his squad on a warm-weather training camp to Abu Dhabi in the New Year. (Sun)

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, who has been out with a calf injury since August, is set to return to training in 10 days. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has kept his promise to dye his hair blue after scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace. (Goal.com)

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the name of his fourth child in a family Instagram video. (Daily Mirror)

The best of Friday's gossip

Barcelona winger Jose Arnaiz, 22, is a target for Manchester United and Arsenal. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Chelsea want to sign £53m-rated Lazio striker Ciro Immobile, 27, in order to keep manager Antonio Conte happy. (Sun)

New Leicester City manager Claude Puel wants to sign forward Hatem Ben Arfa, 30, from PSG. (RMCSport - in French)







OS

Slaven Bilic column: I am expecting a big performance today

Hello everyone,

We have certainly seen the contrasting emotions that football can bring over the course of the past seven days.

There is no denying that our defeat against Brighton at London Stadium was a painful experience, and there was not much I could say after the game to make things seem better.

But in this game there is simply nothing to be achieved from dwelling on negatives or feeling sorry for yourself, and our victory on Wednesday at Wembley was a reward for the character and belief that the players showed.

It is not the first time we have come from 2-0 down to win - it happened in my first season as manager up at Everton.

And I have to say that there were similarities between the two games, in that even when we were 2-0 down, I saw signs that convinced me that we were still in the game. We had enough of the ball and dealt with the opposition well enough to be in a position to turn it around.

Of course, goals change games, and the main thing on Wednesday is that we took our chances when we got them, but it wasn't a complete shock to me that we managed to produce a fightback.

I was also happy with what I saw in the dressing room following the game. After a victory like that, it is important to let the players enjoy the moment and share the celebration together - that is how a team builds a special bond.

But there was a determination and focus among them, that we all want to carry into this afternoon's game at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace, like us, haven't had the start to the season they would have hoped for. They are a club who have already made some big changes this season, and they are desperate for a positive run.

We go into the game on the back of very different results - us beating Tottenham in the way we did, and them losing 4-1 to Bristol City. They are a wounded animal, as we were after last Friday's game.

For that reason, we have to be completely focused and make sure that we start the game in the same way we finished off on Wednesday.

But that doesn't mean it automatically happen, and it isn't just a case of putting out the same players who came from behind against Spurs.

My job is to pick the team that I believe has the best chance of beating Crystal Palace, based on how we expect them to set up and which of our players we believe are best suited to the type of encounter we are likely to face.

Of course, confidence and form is a big part of that selection process, and there are some players who came into the team on Wednesday and performed well enough, in the second half particularly, to deserve to be considered for today's game.

But, as a manager, that is what you hope for. That you get to a position where players who haven't been in the team regularly take their chance when given an opportunity and give you a selection headache for the next game.

I don't ever take anything for granted, but I am hoping and expecting a big performance today. We go into the match fresh from the positive experience of Wednesday and having beaten Crystal Palace twice last season.

Manu Lanzini scored in both those victories, and he is a big player for us. Wednesday was an important game for him - he is now reaching the physical levels he needs to be at his best, and that is a very promising sign.

I know that the majority of our fans at Selhurst Park today will have been at Wembley on Wednesday, and I hope we can all share and feel that momentum once the game kicks off today.

It is another London derby, another huge game, and we are all determined to repeat that feeling we had walking back into the dressing-room at Wembley after the final whistle in midweek.

Come on you Irons!

Slaven




Mail

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is West Ham's No 1 target should Slaven Bilic fail to keep his job at London Stadium

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is the leading candidate to take over West Ham United
Slaven Bilic remains in charge at West Ham but is under a lot of pressure
Bilic could be out of a job if the Hammers don't perform well at Crystal Palace

By Ian Ladyman

Slaven Bilic takes his West Ham team to Crystal Palace on Saturday still under huge pressure, with Burnley's Sean Dyche the leading candidate to replace him if and when he does leave the club.

Bilic's side staged a brilliant comeback to beat Tottenham 3-2 in the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Wednesday.

Two goals down at half-time, West Ham somehow managed to turn the game round.

But it is understood that the West Ham board had already decided before that game to see how Bilic's team got on at Palace this weekend before beginning to make their mind up about his future.

Owners David Sullivan and David Gold were dismayed at the calamitous and spineless nature of West Ham's performance as they lost 3-0 at home against Brighton in the Premier League last Friday.

And it is that display that continues to dominate their thoughts ahead of Saturday's derby at Selhurst Park.

The West Ham board want to see concrete evidence that the crisis has passed before they decide to move forward with Bilic and it is also understood that Dyche's name has already been seriously discussed as a possible successor.

Dyche is also prominent on the list of names being considered as a replacement for the sacked Ronald Koeman at Everton and has not ruled out a move away from Turf Moor at some stage.

West Ham are known to have established how much it would take to prise Dyche away from Burnley and how much he would need to be paid.


Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Thanks Alan 9:41 Sat Oct 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 1:17 Sat Oct 28

Texas Iron 3:01 Sat Oct 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Wishing you well Alan...

The Stoat 2:26 Sat Oct 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Dyche ? ..... Really ?

Takashi Miike 1:17 Sat Oct 28
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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