WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 12:46 Sun Sep 13
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has made Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 28, his top transfer target. (Sunday Express)

France forward Kylian Mbappe, 21, has told Paris St-Germain he intends to leave at the end of this season to further his career elsewhere and is targeting a move to La Liga or the Premier League. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Manchester United could move for Real Madrid and Wales winger Gareth Bale, 31, as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old England forward Jadon Sancho. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham Hotspur have had a loan bid rejected for 26-year-old Torino and Italy striker Andrea Belotti. (Sky Italia - in Italian)

Arsenal are ready to increase their bid for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya and will offer £10m for the 24-year-old Spaniard. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea could sell four players in an attempt to raise funds for a move for West Ham United's England midfielder Declan Rice, 21. (Daily Star Sunday)

Spain left-back Sergio Reguilon, 23, would prefer a loan spell at Sevilla over a move to Manchester United. (AS - in Spanish)

United are prepared to pay £23m for Monaco's French defender Benoit Badiashile, 19. (L'Equipe, via Sunday Express)

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte wants to bring Chelsea and Spain full-back Marcos Alonso, 29, to the Serie A club. (Sky Italia, via Mail on Sunday)

Tottenham are considering a move for Braga's Portuguese striker Paulinho, 27. (90min)

Manchester City and Ukraine left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, 23, would be open to being part of a swap deal for Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29. (Radio Marte, via Sun on Sunday)

Former Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, 37, has no plans to retire and wants to play in Serie A. He is a free agent after leaving Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai in January. (Tuttomercato - in Italian)

West Ham are interested in a move for Brighton and Hove Albion's 26-year-old English winger Solly March and talks are under way. (90min)

Dijon's French forward Mounir Chouiar, 21, is a target for Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal. (France Football - in French)

Leeds want to buy Chelsea's English midfielder Conor Gallagher, 20. (Mail on Sunday)

Aston Villa have had a 17m euros (£15.7m) bid turned down for Lyon and Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore, 25. (Footmercato - in French)

Burnley will make an £8m move for Mainz and Sweden attacking midfielder Robin Quaison, 26. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool have agreed a £1.8m deal for Fluminense's 17-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga. (Globo Esporte - in Portuguese)

Sunderland have won the race to sign Hartlepool midfielder Josh Hawkes. The 21-year-old was also on the radar of Leeds, Newcastle and Middlesbrough. (Team Talk)


Wilson and Hendrick off mark to help Newcastle burst West Ham's bubble

Jacob Steinberg

It was the sight of Jeff Hendrick, a sensible signing on a free transfer by Newcastle, finishing off a rapid break with a firm shot in the dying moments that summed up West Ham’s dysfunction. How many times has it happened since the move to the London Stadium in 2016? How many times have West Ham lost their shape chasing an equaliser and allowed visiting sides to punish them on the break?

Regular watchers of West Ham, who lack pace and positional sense in too many positions, were not surprised when Hendrick sealed a deserved win for Newcastle. This is what happens to teams who fail to address obvious flaws.

At least David Moyes managed to find a solution to West Ham’s lack of oomph in midfield when he signed Tomas Soucek in January. Yet they have still not signed a commanding centre-back and remain frail in both full-back positions; it was entirely predictable that Newcastle’s opening goal, claimed by another debutant, Callum Wilson, came from a cross.

The only consolation for West Ham was that no supporters were present to turn their ire on the board. Small mercies, though. Under pressure after the controversial sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom, there was little sign of any spark from West Ham. Mark Noble, author of a mutinous tweet after Diangana’s sale, wore a thunderous look as he sat on the bench for the final 23 minutes. The captain’s teammates looked fed up as well.

“It wasn’t something I saw coming,” Moyes said. “The players were in good spirits. I didn’t think we played well tonight. One or two decisions could have gone our way. But that wasn’t the difference.”

There has to be a response before the window shuts next month. Signings are required to lift the mood. “I don’t think we could have played any worse,” Declan Rice said. “Grady Diangana went 10 days ago. He is a big miss for us. But in our minds the dust has settled.”

Not in the minds of supporters, though. Two hours before kick-off a group turned up to protest against against David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady. They could see the warning signs when West Ham lost 5-3 to Bournemouth in their final pre-season friendly.

Their fears look justified. While Newcastle’s summer has been dominated by their failed Saudi Arabian takeover, they have had a productive window. Unlike West Ham, who have done nothing, Newcastle have made some smart additions. Their owner, Mike Ashley, must have been impressed as he watched Wilson and Hendrick make decisive impacts and Jamal Lewis shine at left-back.

Initially the issue for Newcastle, who kept Ryan Fraser on the bench after his move from Bournemouth, was taking their chances. Desperate to impress after his £20m move from the relegated south-coast club, Wilson snatched at a few chances in the first half. Jonjo Shelvey also missed a decent opening and Andy Carroll, who partnered Wilson in attack and rattled his old side with his aerial prowess, saw a volley deflected over.

West Ham threatened sporadically. Angelo Ogbonna and Pablo Fornals struck the woodwork and Soucek headed wide. Yet West Ham always struggle when opponents attack down the flanks and it was not a surprise when they cracked in the 56th minute, even if there was an element of fortune to Javier Manquillo’s delivery from the right deflecting off Pablo Fornals and allowing Hendrick to set up Wilson.

Hendrick was alert as he headed on at the near post and Wilson grabbed a poacher’s goal, studding the ball past Lukasz Fabianski. “Callum enjoys playing against West Ham and it was good to see them two get off the mark,” Steve Bruce said. “We were worthy winners.”

Moyes threw on Sébastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko. The equaliser almost arrived, West Ham screaming that Hendrick had handled Haller’s shot off the line. Mostly, though, the hosts huffed and puffed. Hendricks’ poise killed them off.

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Texas Iron 4:46 Sun Sep 13
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

wansteadman 3:57 Sun Sep 13
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We sell diangana because we have too many supposedly wide men and are looking at an older one at Brighton, you really couldn’t make it up

Sven Roeder 12:48 Sun Sep 13
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:47 Sun Sep 13
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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