WHO Poll
Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way

Alan 1:08 Thu Oct 31
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to return to English football because of a desire to win major trophies with a third Premier League club. (Sky Sports)

Mourinho would be interested in the Arsenal manager's job if it became available. (ESPN)

Manchester City want to re-sign England forward Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, but the 19-year-old, who was at City's academy before moving to Germany, would cost more than £100m. (Sport Bild, via Sport Witness)

Bayern Munich are looking at Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as a possible replacement for manager Niko Kovac. (Sport1, via Sun)

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, 32, said some of the club's players offered to change the structure of their salaries to help the Spanish outfit to re-sign Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, 27. (AS)

LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese plans to meet Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, to discuss the Swedish striker's future with a view to keeping him at the club. (ESPN)

AC Milan are ready to make another move to try to sign Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, 30. (Tuttosport, via Mail)

Juventus are willing to sell Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, 33, to Manchester United or Sevilla in January, but want £4.6m. (Calciomercato, via Mirror)

Wolves and Watford are set to make a January move for Royal Antwerp's £5m-rated Portuguese right-back Aurelio Buta, 22. (Mail)

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, retains the support of his Real Madrid team-mates. (Marca)

Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, has rubbished rumours that the Welshman is set to leave Real Madrid and join a Chinese club. (Independent)

Manchester City and Arsenal are vying to sign Real Madrid and Spain playmaker Isco, 27. (Mundo Deportivo, via Manchester Evening News)

German side Schalke want to keep Everton loanee Jonjoe Kenny at the club beyond this season. The 22-year-old right-back is on a season-long loan. (Liverpool Echo)

Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, 27, must change his ways to be treated with more respect and has "the sensibility of a child", says former team-mate Dani Alves. (Spor TV, via Independent)

Brazilian striker Joao Pedro, 18, has finally been granted a work permit and will join Watford in January. The Hornets agreed a £2m deal with Fluminense in October 2018, but have been waiting on his work permit application. (Standard)

Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona are interested in Valencia's Spanish winger Ferran Torres, 19. (Sport Bild, via Metro)

The agents of some of Tottenham's players are looking into whether their clients should be paid extra for appearing in an Amazon documentary about the side's season. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

The future of Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been the subject of speculation since the final whistle of last season’s Champions League final and Bayern Munich are the latest club reported to be interested in offering the Argentinian a fresh start. While there currently seems little danger of him being dismissed by Spurs despite their poor start to the season, Pochettino has the air about him of a man who could do with a change of scenery and German TV channel Sport1 say Bayern are eyeing him up as a potential replacement for Niko Kovac. Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and Ralf Rangnick, head of Red Bull’s football wing have also been linked with the Bayern job.

When he’s not offering opinions for spare change in the Sky Sports studio on Sunday afternoons, José Mourinho can be found in an underground bunker plotting his next move into management. According to the Sun, his desire to become the first manager to win major trophies at three English clubs “could be of huge interest to Arsenal if they find themselves looking for a new manager soon”. While Mourinho himself has had nothing to say pm the matter, unnamed “sources” seem to have been putting the word out that he would be open to replacing Unai Emery should the Spaniard find himself out of work after a decidedly underwhelming start to the season.

Valencia winger Ferran Torres is turning heads at Tottenham, Liverpool, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund. The technically gifted 19-year-old, considered one of the most exciting prospects in Spain, is already in his third season as a senior professional in La Liga. While he is contracted to Los Che until 2021, reports suggest they are prepared to move him on in exchange for around £17m.

Paris Saint-Germain are pondering moves for Borussia Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek, having clearly not listened two years ago when he said he would end his career at the Bundesliga club when his contract expires at the end of this season. The 34-year-old right-back has since said he would be open to signing an extension, should he be offered one but moving to PSG on a free for a hefty signing-on feee next summer might have a certain appeal. The French side’s boss, Thomas Tuchel, is also believed to be interested in signing Emre Can.

And finally, already impressed with Everton right-back Jonjoe Kenny, who is playing for them on a season-long loan, Bundesliga side Schalke are hoping to sign up the 22-year-old for at least another season in North Rhine-Westphalia. “We are happy that we have him,” said the club’s sporting director, Jochen Schneider, in a chat with Bild. “Not only as a player but as a person of a type that suits Schalke. I hope we will have the chance to keep him longer.”

Football London

Winston Reid makes comeback after 19 month injury nightmare for West Ham U23s

The Kiwi defender has finally returned to action after some serious injury issues

By Sam Inkersole

Winston Reid made his long-awaited injury comeback for the West Ham U23s on Tuesday night after 19 months out injured.

The Kiwi centre back played a little over an hour for the youngsters in their 3-2 Premier League International Cup defeat to Wolfsburg B at the Rush Green Training Ground before being replaced by someone at the complete opposite end of their career - 15-year-old Jamal Baptiste.

Football.London learned on Thursday morning that Reid had no ill-effects from the outing and was replaced as he was on a minutes restriction to ease him back into action.

Reid hasn't played in the Premier League since he suffered a serious knee injury and was also knocked unconscious during a loss at Swansea City under David Moyes in March 2018 when the visitors to the Liberty Stadium were thumped 4-1.

He made it back for the first pre-season of Manuel Pellegrini's reign but broke down with another knee injury while at a training camp in Switzerland that sidelined him for the entire 2018/19 season.

He made another comeback this pre-season, featuring for 45 minutes in both Premier League Asia Trophy games in China and also in the very first friendly win over SCR Altach but hasn't been seen since appearing in Shanghai against Newcastle United.

It is believed some unspecified muscle problems had hindered Reid's initial comeback this summer but after the club played it very carefully and patient with the experience centre half, he finally returned to action on Monday night.

In a topsy-turvy encounter at Rush Green, the Hammers youngsters were beaten 3-2 by their German counterparts as Reid lined up alongside summer recruit Goncalo Cardoso at centre back.

It's not thought that Reid will be in contention for a first team squad place straight away and may well continue to get back up to speed with the U23s, who have a PL2 clash on Sunday and also a Leasing.com trophy outing against Exeter City next week.

The 4th Official

West Ham United Still Keeping Tabs On This Defender: Can He Add More Security At The Back?

West Ham scouts travelled to Greece to watch the progress of Pape Abou Cisse on Sunday. But, they were left disappointed as the defender did not feature in Olympiacos’ game against AEK Athens. But, the defender, himself, has revealed that the Hammers were one of the few clubs who were interested in securing his services in the summer.

Why is Cisse such a sought-after defender in Europe?

Cisse has been a part of Olympiacos since January 2017, when he joined the club from AC Ajaccio. Although he didn’t feature in a single match during his debut campaign in Greece, his 17 appearances during the 2017/18 season helped Olympiacos finish third, behind PAOK and AEK.

Since then, Cisse has become a key component of the Olympiacos backline, having already notched up 54 competitive appearances for the Greek giants. Although the Senegalese defender has failed to help his club lift the Greek Super League in any of his three seasons at Piraeus, his contributions in defence have been critical.

Last season, in particular, Cisse made 19 appearances as the club from Attica narrowly missed out on the league title. His performances also helped him earn his first cap for the Senegalese national team in October of last year.

West Ham have stuttered a little in recent weeks despite enjoying a promising start to the campaign, and it is mainly due to their lack of defensive solidity. The centre-backs have often failed to track the opponent’s runner while the marking has also been pretty awful.

Issa Diop has done well and has been one of the busiest defenders in the league. But, the youngster can be beaten quite easily at times while Angelo Ogbonna has struggled with inconsistency as well. As for Fabian Balbuena, his development under Pellegrini has been derailed. The Paraguayan has featured in only three league matches so far.

Cisse, in that regard, could be a welcome addition to the squad. The Senegalese international can be considered as an alternative for Ogbonna. His towering 1.97m figure could combine well with Diop, who also stands at 1.94. This will give West Ham a considerable advantage in both ends of the pitch.

Moreover, Cisse’s no-nonsense style of defending bodes well for Pellegrini’s pragmatic approach and at the age of 24, he could be a smart long-term investment for the Hammers.

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Russ of the BML 9:49 Fri Nov 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Good luck Winston. Let's hope we see you fighting fit for the first team again.

Queens Fish Bar 11:53 Thu Oct 31
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147man 2:15 Thu Oct 31

blueeyed.handsomeman 5:39 Thu Oct 31
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THankyou Alan

Texas Iron 2:33 Thu Oct 31
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147man 2:15 Thu Oct 31
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My thanks go to you Alan

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