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Alan 10:20 Sun Oct 29
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City decide against making a bid for Arsenal's 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez in January, preferring to sign him on a free in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

Everton's major shareholder Farhad Moshiri wants to make a £30m move for Chile international Sanchez in January. (Sun on Sunday)

Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright would like David Unsworth to be given an extended run in charge of the side, while major shareholder Moshiri would prefer a bigger name to replace Ronald Koeman. (Sunday Mirror)

Everton are planning to bring in former England, Crystal Palace and Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce. (Sun on Sunday)

Barcelona believe they can sign 25-year-old Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho for £132m in the January transfer window with a down payment of £75m. (Sunday Express)

Liverpool's board have told manager Jurgen Klopp he will be allowed to re-invest the entire fee from the sale of Coutinho. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City are set to make 26-year-old Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne the highest paid player in their history with a new contract worth £250,000 a week. (Daily Star Sunday)

Crystal Palace are interested in signing Besiktas' 26-year-old Turkey striker Cenk Tosun, who is valued at £20m. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, is still waiting to hear from the club about contract talks. (Daily Star Sunday)

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is "worried" about Marouane Fellaini's contract situation. The 29-year-old Belgium midfielder's deal expires at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Mourinho is keen to sign Paris St-Germain's 26-year-old Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier. (Sunday Express)

Everton are interested in signing Sheffield United's teenage centre-back Sam Graham. (Liverpool Echo)

Barcelona and Argentina defender Javier Mascherano, 33, is set to leave the club at the end of the season and has plans to play in the MLS. (Sport)

Liverpool are tracking Club America's 17-year-old Mexican midfielder Diego Lainez. (ESPN - in Spanish)


Newcastle's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez says it is easier for an English coach to get a job managing England than at a top-six club in the Premier League. (Mail on Sunday)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was linked with taking over at Leicester City before Frenchman Claude Puel was appointed and he says "at the minute, it's unlikely that an English/British manager will get the big jobs - but it doesn't mean they definitely won't". (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling were upset to discover Sturridge is only rated 76 for pace in Fifa 18. (FATV)

The government has "no current plans" to allow safe standing at Premier League and Championship grounds, with the issue considered of low priority. (Sunday Telegraph)

The best of Saturday's gossip

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)


Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham: Wilfried Zaha rescues point for Roy Hodgson's side with dramatic equaliser deep into stoppage time at Selhurst Park

Javier Hernandez broke the deadlock as he curled in the opener for West Ham with the outside of his boot
Andre Ayew doubled Hammers advantage on stroke of half time with scorcher from 20-yards out
Angelo Ogbonna fouled Andros Townsend in the box and Luka Milivojevic scored penalty to make it 2-1
Joe Hart was called into action with some brilliant saves for Slaven Bilic's side to maintain their lead
Deep into added time Wilfried Zaha netted equaliser to send Selhurst Park beserk and claim a point

By Sami Mokbel

Slaven Bilic was on his knees while captain Mark Noble wanted to fight anyone who fancied it. For West Ham it was al too much to comprehend.

Thirty seconds from a job saving victory, Bilic could only watch as Wilfried Zaha fired home a equaliser for Crystal Palace in the last of six minutes of stoppage time.

The West Ham manager knew the score: victory against would keep him in a job. Defeat…and who knows? This draw should be enough to keep the wolves from his door for now. But how West Ham contrived to throw this one away will keep Bilic awake on Saturday night.

Zaha twisted and turned on a mazy run before creating enough space for himself to lash a shot into the corner

Indeed, it was all too much for Noble who was involved with an angry confrontation with Palace midfielder Reuben Loftus-Cheek after the final whistle and had to be led away.

But Bilic shouldn’t take the flak this time. That responsibility lies squarely with two players: Angelo Ogbonna and Michail Antonio.

West Ham were cruising before Ogbonna made a senseless challenge on Andros Townsend in the box to hand Palace a 50th minute lifeline.

Similarly, Antonio’s decision to cross into Julian Speroni’s arms instead of keeping the ball in the corner in the final minute of injury time defied logic.

Seconds later Zaha fired the Eagles level. Fine margins define football matches; stupidity defined this one for West Ham.

Andre Ayew scored with a powerful drive to put West Ham two goals to the good away from home at Selhurst Park

Ayew's effort was too strong for Julian Speroni who narrowly missed landing a palm on the rocket from 20 yards

The West Ham players surrounded Ayew who is on red hot form after his performance in midweek against Tottenham

Javier Hernandez wheeled away in celebration after scoring the opener for West Ham in front of the Crystal Palace fans

Bilic felt the same, criticising Antonio for his costly error, saying: ‘All we had to do was keep the ball for five more seconds.

‘Of course I spoke with him. He knows that now. He is the one who should keep the ball one against one on the line. Forever. But he opted for a cross.

‘Do I expect more? Of course, it shouldn’t happen at this level of football.

‘But it’s a team game. But we were naive. You take the good and bad.

‘It’s very emotional, we knew how important this was. So to concede like that is a killer. It feels like a defeat.’ For Roy Hodgson it felt more like a win, his side staging a stirring second half comeback to breath life into their survival bid.

Palace remain five points from safety but this should galvanise the Eagles.

‘It showed me this team has got more character than maybe sometimes been credited with,’ said Hodgson.

‘It would have been very easy for people to feel a bit sorry for themselves. But I thought it was a strong performance in the second half to put that 2-0 behind us and get out and do what we did and come back.

Andros Townsend was tripped by Angelo Ogbonna and Roy Hodgson's side earned a penalty in the second half

‘I’m hoping that will give a bit of confidence. A bit of security in the minds of the players who know even when things are going against us luck wise they can still come up and turn it around.’ West Ham took a 31st minute lead with an incisive move that ended in Chicharito expertly finishing Aaron Cresswell’s cut-back.

The move was swift and incisive. Palace, in contrast, were slow and indecisive reacting. If it wasn’t for Joe Hart’s lightning reactions, Palace would have levelled just five minutes later.

The England goalkeeper’s point-blank stop for James Tomkins’ close range header was good enough, but to follow that up with a breathtaking instinctive save to deny Jeffrey Schlupp’s follow-up was brilliant.

And to complete Palace’s nightmare first-half, the Hammers doubled their advantage two minutes before half-time as Andre Ayew took full advantage of Luka Milivojvevic’s horrendous error to blast home with an unstoppable drive.

Ogbonna, though, gifted Palace a route back into the game just five minutes after the restart.

Quite why Ogbonna felt he had to challenge Townsend deep inside his own area is anybody’s guess.

Townsend was going nowhere, yet Ogbonna still felt the need to nudge the Palace attacker.

The Italian pleaded his innocence, but he knew - so did his team-mates. Most importantly of all, so did Bobby Madley, who pointed to the spot.

Milivojevic stepped up to atone for his earlier costly error by sending Hart the wrong way.

Suddenly, Selhurst Park was jumping; Yohan Cabaye hit the post while Hart - who was having his best game since joining on loan from Manchester City - was in inspired form.

The keeper twice denied Zaha and saved Cabaye’s goal bound free-kick before James Tomkins hit the cross bar in the 90th minute.

The Hammers probably thought they were home an hosed by that point.

But Zaha had other ideas, mesmerising Ogbonna and Declan Rice before firing past Hart just seconds after Antonio’s ridiculous error.

Heartbreaking for Bilic. Galvanising for Hodgson.

Slaven Bilic looked a broken man as he watched his side concede the equaliser in the most cruel and dramatic fashion


Palace (4-3-2-1):

Speroni 6.5; Ward 6 (Sako 62, 6), Tomkins 6.5, Dann 6.5, Van Aanholt 5 (Fosu-Mensah 12, 6.5); Milivojevic 6.5, Cabaye 7, Loftus-Cheek 7; Townsend 7.5, Schlupp 7; Zaha 7.5.

Subs: Hennessey, Delaney, Kelly, Puncheon, Riedewald. Booking: Dann

Hodgson: 7.5

Bookings: Dann

Goals: Milivojevic (50), Zaha (90+6)

West Ham (3-5-2):

Hart 8.5; Fonte 6.5 (Rice 76), Kouyate 7.5, Ogbonna 6; Zabaleta 6 (Antonio 62), Noble 7.5, Fernandes 7, Lanzini 6.5, Cresswell 7 (Masuaku 46, 6.5); Ayew 8, Chicharito 7.5.

Subs: Adrian, Arnautovic, Carroll, Obiang. Booked: Zabaleta, Masuaku

Bilic: 7.5

Bookings: Zabaleta, Masuaku

Goals: Hernandez (31), Ayew (43)

Referee: Bobby Madley - 6.5

MOM: Hart


Wilfried Zaha’s 97th-minute goal ends West Ham’s resistance at Crystal Palace

Jacob Steinberg at Selhurst Park

The clock had ticked past the allotted minimum of six minutes of added time when the ball reached Wilfried Zaha deep on the left. Crystal Palace had given everything in their demented pursuit of an equaliser in the second half. Joe Hart had made save after astonishing save, including one from James Tomkins in the 91st minute, and they had hit the woodwork twice. They were falling agonisingly short. As Robert Madley prepared to blow for full time, a ninth defeat in 10 matches beckoned for the Premier League’s bottom side.

This, however, was football at its barmiest. West Ham were coasting at half-time, smart goals from Javier Hernández and Andre Ayew setting them on course for their first away win this season, but they were reduced to a rabble in the end, Zaha’s moment of opportunism the spark for a total loss of composure from Mark Noble, who had to be pulled away from Ruben Loftus-Cheek shortly after the final whistle.

You could understand the West Ham captain’s irritation at the way his team had blown a chance to pull clear of the bottom three. Moments before the leveller, Michail Antonio had possession deep in Palace territory. He just had to eat up a bit more time, but instead his needless cross found Julián Speroni. “To concede in that manner is very frustrating,” Slaven Bilic said. “All we had to do is keep the ball for five seconds. It’s very frustrating. It feels like a defeat.”

It felt like a win for Palace, even if they remain in deep peril after this draw. “I don’t know if it’s sweeter than the win over Chelsea,” Roy Hodgson said. “But I do think it’s showed me this team has more character than they’ve sometimes been credited for.”

Hodgson was right. It would have been easy for Palace to capitulate when they trailed 2-0. There was a tinge of sympathy to the applause that greeted the home players as they made their way down the tunnel at the break, even if it was meant as a show of support, and an unmistakable air of resignation filled Selhurst Park when Ayew, a man transformed after his midweek heroics against Tottenham Hotspur, rocketed a brilliant left-footed drive past Speroni from the edge of the area in the 43rd minute.

Not that Palace deserved to find themselves two goals down at the end of a slow-burn first half. There was not much between the sides during the opening stages and the game took a while to ignite after Palace lost Patrick van Aanholt to an early hamstring injury.

Nothing went Palace’s way in the opening period. After 30 minutes of scrappiness, one sharp burst summed up their misfortune. They were still seething at Zaha being refused a penalty for Jose Fonté’s clumsy challenge when West Ham countered, taking advantage of a loss of focus that offered space to Manuel Lanzini for the first time. The ball ran from Lanzini to Ayew to Aaron Cresswell and the left wing-back’s pass reached Hernández, who demonstrated his poaching instincts with a classy stabbed finish.

Without the injured Mamadou Sakho, Palace’s defence started to creak and West Ham doubled their lead after Hart’s spectacular double save from Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp. Ayew robbed Luka Milivojevic near halfway, ran at the exposed Palace defence, stepped past Scott Dann and notched his third goal in two games.

Bilic looked like a condemned man a week ago. Now the pressure was lifting on West Ham’s manager, who had inspired that sensational fightback against Tottenham, but he ended up accusing his players of naivety.

Palace might have lacked a recognised forward, with Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham injured, but they had heart. Angelo Ogbonna foolishly tripped Andros Townsend in the 50th minute and Milivojevic halved the deficit from the spot. “Teams at the bottom need two things,” Hodgson said. “Character and ability.”

With West Ham tiring, Fonté and Cresswell went off injured and the visitors lost their shape. Palace poured forward. Cabayé hit the post and threatened with a free-kick before Hart pushed a Tomkins header on to the bar. Bakary Sako somehow turned the rebound over.

It seemed that Palace’s chance had gone, but Zaha kept pushing. Hart had denied him twice before he embarked on one last dribble. He cut inside, his low shot squirmed through the mess of legs and this time Hart had no answer. For a second there was disbelief and then there was earsplitting noise, taunts towards the away end and wild celebrations. These are the moments that save seasons.


Joy for Roy Hodgson as late Wilfried Zaha strike earns deserved point

Arindam Rej, Selhurst Park

Slaven Bilic held his head in his hands and shook it helplessly, as his West Ham United team conceded in the seventh minute of injury time to bottom-placed Crystal Palace.

While that happened, his men lost their’s, with West Ham captain Mark Noble having to be restrained as angry words were exchanged between the two sets of players at full-time, with Crystal Palace revelling in a gutsy fightback. Earlier, Michail Antonio had also lost his head, gifting Palace the opportunity to score their late leveller.

It was a painful blow for West Ham, piling pressure back on their manager, who faces a battle to show he is still the man for the job, after his men threw away a 2-0 half-time lead. For normally reserved Roy Hodgson, waving his fists joyfully, it was a release of strain as they gave a commendable show of character, with dangerous Wilfried Zaha producing the decisive late blow to the visitors’ hopes of holding on. Zaha had looked the man most likely to break through and, when a cool head was needed in a Palace shirt, he did not disappoint.

The circumstances of the result led to those contrasting emotions, rather than the draw itself. It was all the more hurtful for West Ham as they were tantalisingly close to the feat of back-to-back wins in challenging circumstances, having defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup in midweek, and knew that their manager was desperate for results this week.

The strain, though, had been building at the end of this game and West Ham finally cracked, as Antonio was brutally punished. Both managers claimed they had not seen the scenes at the end, centring on Noble, but the ill-feeling was very visible.

Bilic himself showed how hurt he was in his press conference. It took the Croatian a few seconds to start speaking after the first question was asked to him. Antonio, eventually, was not spared Bilic’s criticism.

“That was just a bad decision and shouldn’t happen at this level of football,” the West Ham manager said. “Nobody can say they did not deserve it. Conceding like that is a killer.

“In the last few minutes, we made wrong decisions. In the last second, what you have to do is keep it and we didn’t. That makes it very frustrating.

“Of course we [Bilic and Antonio] spoke. He’s the one who knows he can keep the ball.”

West Ham, though, could count themselves fortunate to be 2-0 ahead at the break, having sat back for much of the half. They were also indebted to an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Joe Hart, which kept them in the game.

Discussing the result, Hodgson said: “It showed me that this team has got more character than they have sometimes been credited with. It would have been easy at half-time to feel sorry for themselves and think it’s not fair. But you don’t always get what you deserve. I thought it was a strong performance in the second half to put that 2-0 behind us.

“We got a point - a point that we deserved. I’m hoping it will give confidence and security in the minds of the players when things are going against us.”

Palace had gone on the front foot in the early stages but struggled to make in-roads - and they were not helped by the scrappy, stop-start nature of the contest. One of the stoppages came when Patrick van Aanholt fell awkwardly, leading to him being substituted, and he showed his frustration when stepping towards the bench.

Zaha had an appeal for a penalty in the 30th minute, when he went down in the box while tussling with Jose Fonte, although there was minimal contact. The Palace fans were vocally protesting about the failure to award a spot-kick and their moods were promptly soured further when, on a rare venture forward, West Ham snatched the lead. Aaron Cresswell’s square pass teed it up for Javier Hernandez, who tucked in from 10 yards.

Palace reacted well to that blow initially, with Hart producing an impressive double save to deny James Tomkins then Jeffrey Schlupp.

Hodgson’s men were about to be stung again though, as Andre Ayew took possession at the halfway line, advanced, then twisted and turned beyond Scott Dann before letting fly with a 20-yard strike.

There was a better start to the second half for Palace though, as they promptly cut the deficit. Andros Townsend was brought down by Angelo Ogbonna, leading to a penalty, which Luka Milivojevic successfully struck in, sending Hart the wrong way. That breakthrough enlivened Palace and they almost rapidly found an equaliser as Yohan Cabaye produced a fierce hit from 20 yards that beat Hart but struck a post.

West Ham tried to take some sting out of the game but there was a rocky finale and they needed Hart to rescue them at times. Palace’s last chance looked to have gone when Tomkins’ header hit the bar then Bakary Sako hoisted the ball over, but Antonio could not hold his nerve, allowing Zaha to delivered with a low shot. Antonio looked embarrassed. For Bilic, though, it would have felt even worse.

He's not a happy bunny


Martinez and Holland strike again as U23s beat Manchester City

West Ham United U23s continued their bright start to the Premier League 2 Division 1 season with a scintillating 2-1 win over Manchester City.

The Hammers and the Citizens combined to create well over 30 goal attempts during a hugely entertaining game at Dagenham & Redbridge FC’s Chigwell Construction Stadium.

And it was leading scorer Toni Martinez who stole the headlines again, slamming an unstoppable low drive into the bottom left-hand corner with just seven minutes remaining.

Saturday’s victory means the newly-promoted Hammers now have 17 points from nine games and are up to third in the table.

That there were just three goals scored – Nathan Holland had levelled Taylor Richards’ 20th-minute opener before half-time – was largely down to the performances of goalkeepers Nathan Trott and Aro Muric.

West Ham’s England U20 stopper and City’s Swiss youth international were both in inspired form, producing a succession of saves to keep their respective teams in the game.

The two sides created chance after chance, although it was Terry Westley’s hosts who will be more frustrated to have to settle for a single point, rather than all three.

Trott was truly outstanding in the opening half, denying Richards, Rabbi Matondo and his 2017 UEFA European Championship-winning teammate Lukas Nmecha, who also side-footed wide when it looked easier to score.

Even when City did finally beat the Bermuda-born ‘keeper, Trott saved Nmecha’s initial shot with his feet and Richards reacted quickest to find the roof of the net.

Having fallen behind, West Ham responded superbly, pinning City back and causing untold problems for centre-half Tosin Adarabioyo, who played 90 minutes in the midweek Carabao Cup win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The chances continued to flow, with the Hammers’ exciting attackers – Holland, Sead Haksabanovic, Daniel Kemp, Domingos Quina and Toni Martinez – catching the eye with their quick feet, movement and combination play.

Conor Coventry curled over before Muric denied Holland on no fewer than three occasions. Then, seven minutes before the break, Trott denied Nmecha and the Hammers broke the length of the field to level when the England U20 winger converted from Haksabanovic’s pass.

The chances continued at both ends as half-time approached, with Pask’s superb challenge stopping Richards, Nmecha firing wide, Trott saving from Matondo, Haksabanovic firing wide and Kemp testing Muric with a rising drive.

The fun continued into the second half as West Ham went close five times in the opening five minutes as Holland saw two more shots blocked and a third saved by Muric, Kemp dragged wide and Quina’s drive was charged down.

City were struggling to contain the home side and Martinez saw a low shot saved comfortably before cutting back for Kemp, who smashed a rising effort agonisingly wide.

At the other end, Trott had a much calmer time as City threatened sporadically, with Benjamin Garre’s low shot into the side netting and Conor Coventry blocking Richards’ effort.

Academy Director Westley sent on Martin Samuelsen and Grady Diangana for the closing stages, and it was the Norwegian who teed up Martinez to win it with an unstoppable low drive with seven minutes remaining, leaving Muric grasping at thin air.

Even then, Trott was called into action again, saving superbly from substitute Jairo Dilrosun moments after Martinez’s winner to secure three deserved points for his side.

Next up for the Hammers is a Checkatrade Trophy group-stage fixture at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday evening.

West Ham United U23s: Trott, Johnson, Pask ©, Pike, R.Longelo, Coventry, Quina (Diangana 73), Holland, Kemp (Samuelsen 72), Haksabanovic (Hector-Ingram 87), Martinez
Subs not used: Scully, Wells

Goals: Holland 38, Martinez 83

Manchester City U23s: Muric, Oliver, Adarabioyo, Francis, Davenport, Smith, Matondo, Dele-Bashiru, Nmecha © (Bolton 66), Richards (Gonzalez 82), Garre (Dilrosun 59)
Subs not used: Sokol (GK), Diallo

Goal: Richards 20

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Takashi Miike 5:07 Sun Oct 29
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

rumford 2:46 Sun Oct 29
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Alan

chim chim cha boo 2:44 Sun Oct 29
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. Hope you are feeling okay.

yngwies Cat 10:59 Sun Oct 29
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan .Ha ha.not a happy bunny indeed..Thought he was going into cardiac at the end.

Westham67 10:54 Sun Oct 29
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 10:41 Sun Oct 29
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ted fenton. 10:23 Sun Oct 29

ted fenton 10:23 Sun Oct 29
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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