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 10:06 Fri Oct 30
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona presidential frontrunner Victor Font wants to bring Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola back to the club. Guardiola is into the final year of his contract at Etihad Stadium. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are willing to double the wages of 26-year-old Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, who is out of contract at AC Milan in the summer. (Todofichajes - in Spanish)

Tottenham's 31-year-old Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld could leave when his contract expires in 2023, says his father. (Teamtalk)

Liverpool are still interested in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and will make another bid for the Senegal international, 29, in January. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Manchester United and Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero's proposed move to Inter Miami has fallen through. The 33-year-old will stay at United until January at least. (Mail)

England manager Gareth Southgate is ready to recall Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, 20, after he was dropped for breaking coronavirus regulations in Iceland, but Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood, 19, may be left out. (Mirror)

West Ham forward Michail Antonio's hamstring injury is worse than feared and the 30-year-old will be sidelined for at least a month. (Talksport)

Lille and United States forward Timothy Weah, 20, could join Saint-Etienne on loan. (L'Equipe - in French)

Former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen believes former manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking at a role back in the Premier League, potentially with Manchester United. (Star)

Arsenal's French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 21, says team-mates Mesut Ozil and Bernd Leno encouraged him to go on loan to Hertha Berlin. (Kicker via Goal)

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho's hamstring injury is not as serious as first thought. The Brazil international, 27, will miss at least three matches. (Mirror)

Juventus will stick with manager Andre Pirlo, despite criticism in the Italian media of the club's start to the season. (Mail)

Everton forward Theo Walcott says he is keen to work more with Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl on a more permanent basis. The 31-year-old former England international is on a season-long loan at Saints. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs says they could go up to 20 years without winning the Premier League title again. (Metro)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he never doubted that American winger Christian Pulisic, 22, would thrive in the Premier League. (ESPN)

Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek could become Manchester United's version of Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller, says former midfielder Owen Hargreaves. (BT Sport via Independent)

Football London

West Ham dealt major injury blow ahead of Liverpool match after Michail Antonio ruled out

The West Ham forward has been in brilliant form since switching to a striker position

By David Byrom

West Ham's hopes of taking advantage of Liverpool's defensive injury crisis on Saturday have been dealt a huge blow with Michail Antonio set to miss the clash.

Antonio, West Ham's top scorer so far this season, suffered a hamstring injury in last weekend's draw with Manchester City.

talkSPORT report that his injury is now worse than first feared and scans revealed he could be out for up to six weeks.

The 30-year-old has been in fine form since switching to a centre-forward role when last season resumed in June, scoring 11 goals in 13 matches.

He has netted three times in six Premier League games this season, helping the Hammers to four matches unbeaten.

Yet their unbeaten run will now face a huge test against defending Premier League champions Liverpool on Saturday.

The Hammers had been hopeful that they could take advantage of Liverpool's mounting injury crisis in defence through Antonio's good form.

Liverpool are set to be without Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Fabinho for the game, leaving Joe Gomez as their only recognised senior centre-back.

It means Jurgen Klopp could well be forced into playing an inexperienced youngster against West Ham, but Antonio is unlikely to be able to take advantage.

Hammers boss David Moyes spoke of Antonio's importance after last weekend's draw against Man City, revealing that the versatile forward was key to their good form.

He said: "Micky has become so important, a bit like Marko Arnautovic was a couple of years ago when we were here.

"We needed somebody to get us goals and play up from tin a way to get us up the pitch. Micky can do that because he's so powerful and quick.

"We've got to hope the injury isn't too serious because he's a really good player and he's doing great."


Harrison Ashby: I look up to Declan Rice as an example

West Ham United defender Harrison Ashby is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Declan Rice as he looks to make a further impression this season.

The 18-year-old right-back, who made his Irons debut against Charlton in the second round of the EFL Cup in September, doubled down on that achievement a week later with his full debut in the third round against Hull City.

He has since gone on to become an established Scotland Under-21 international, following his first two caps – and first goal – at that level earlier this month.

Ashby has also been a regular fixture of West Ham United’s Under-23s side so far this season, forging forwards impressively from right-back.

Having seen fellow Academy footballers Ajibola Alese and Emmanuel Longelo make debuts in the game against Hull, as well as graduates Conor Coventry, Ben Johnson and Nathan Holland all make impressions at first-team level in the last season, there is one colleague that Ashby in particular hopes to emulate in Claret and Blue.

“I work with Declan Rice closely,” Ashby explained. “I was actually in digs with him when I was 14, so to see him doing so well both in domestic and international football is really pleasing. That encourages me and lets me think I have got a chance if I follow his example.

“We were both in the Academy but he is a year older than me. I saw him go from a centre back to a massive star in midfield for England and he has now made over 100 appearances for West Ham.

“I look up to him and if I needed to motivate myself, I just need to look at how well it’s gone for him. Certainly, I look at him as a big example.”

The defender had known that there was every chance he could be involved in the EFL Cup tie against the Tigers last month.

Having already made his Irons debut against Charlton in the second round of the competition, Ashby was hoping to add to those impressive eight first-team minutes from the bench once again, having been initially named among the substitutes for the Hull City match.

But opportunity, the 18-year-old right-back has since admitted, came around sooner than expected.

Following late enforced changes to the side, Ashby was promoted from bench to starting berth for his full West Ham United debut – with less than an hour to go before kick-off.

Normally the first to let father Barry – the former Watford, Brentford and Gillingham centre-back – know of such career milestones, Ashby instead opted to focus immediately on the task ahead of him.

“The gaffer said he wanted to put a couple of young boys in the team because we were missing a defender and a midfielder,” Ashby recalled,

"He put me in at right-back. I only had 40 minutes to prepare myself, but that was probably a blessing because I didn’t have time to overthink things.

“I played well, so it was a good two weeks for me. Normally, I would be telling my dad, but I didn’t have time, so I had about 50 missed calls from him asking me why I didn’t tell him!

“It’s nice because that’s what I have been working for since I was a young boy, playing Sunday League and working hard every day. I’ve been at West Ham since I was ten.

“I’m happy I have taken my first small steps in football. David Moyes praised me after the game in his interviews and that gave me a massive confidence boost.”

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Texas Iron 8:42 Sat Oct 31
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ted fenton 1:05 Fri Oct 30
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bill green 11:40 Fri Oct 30

bill green 11:40 Fri Oct 30
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Thanks Alan 11:13 Fri Oct 30

Thanks Alan 11:13 Fri Oct 30
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Thanks Alan

Mad Dog 10:13 Fri Oct 30
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You shit the bed Alan?

Mr. Burns 10:09 Fri Oct 30
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Thanks Al

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