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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United want Atletico Madrid and Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 29, to replace current number one David de Gea. (Jeunes Footuex - in French)

Manchester City are set to join Chelsea in the race to sign AC Milan and Portugal forward Rafael Leao, 23. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Chelsea made an informal bid for Leao in the summer transfer window, according to Milan director Paolo Maldini. (Sky Sports via SempreMilan.it - in Italian)

AC Milan are looking for replacements for Belgium and former Liverpool striker Divock Origi, despite only signing the 27-year-old this summer. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Newcastle have agreed terms with Egypt-born forward Garang Kuol, 18, who plays in Australia for Central Coast Mariners. (BeIn Sports)

Former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recommended striker Erling Haaland to Manchester United when both were at Norwegian club Molde, but the Red Devils chose against a move for the player. (Athletic - subscription required)

Former Everton and Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez, 31, has completed a medical before a move to Greek club Olympiakos. (Fabrizio Romano)

Liverpool will not hesitate to terminate Arthur Melo's loan deal from Juventus if they identify a midfielder to replace the Brazil international, 26, in the January transfer window. (Tuttomercato - in Italian)

New Wolves signing Diego Costa, 33, has an outside chance of making his debut for the club in their game against Manchester City on Saturday after the former Spain international took part in a full training session. (Mail)

Chelsea have been holding talks about buying a club in Portugal as part of chairman Todd Boehly's multi-club ownership plan. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Chelsea are in talks to appoint Red Bull Salzburg's Christoph Freund as their sporting director. (Star)

Sky Paper Talk


Antonio Conte hauled his Tottenham players in for a morning training session just hours after their late capitulation against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday night. Conte is also believed to have tore into his players in the dressing room after full-time.

Former Real Madrid and Everton star James Rodriguez is reportedly closing in on a loan deal with join Greek side Olympiakos.

Two amateur football teams are under investigation for appearing to play a friendly game on the weekend after the Queen's death despite the cancellation of all football as a mark of respect.

Ollie Pope says he now feels like England's No 3 after a summer in which coach Brendon McCullum helped him remove the fear of losing his wicket and he has set his sights on playing 100 Tests.


Mainz 05 head coach Bo Svensson is on Brighton and Hove Albion's shortlist of potential replacements for Graham Potter.


Ivan Toney is in Gareth Southgate's thoughts as the England manager prepares to name his final squad before the World Cup - for the upcoming Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany.


Steve Finn and Nick Knight have emerged as the leading contenders for the role of England national selector, which is being reintroduced.

Brendon McCullum has said both James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be given an Ashes swansong next summer when England play against Australia.

Worcester Warriors' first home fixture of the season against Exeter Chiefs on Sunday was on Wednesday night thrown into doubt after a 5pm deadline to pay matchday medical staff was missed, leaving the club facing a potential forfeit and raising further questions over their future.


Paul Pogba's older brother was placed under arrest on Wednesday on suspicion of participating in a plot to kidnap the France international footballer.

Alec Stewart has emerged as a leading contender to become the new England national selector.

Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are unlikely to be part of England's Test tour to Pakistan in December despite initial suggestions they would both make themselves available for a return to red-ball cricket.


Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller had his house burgled during their empathic 2-0 victory over Barcelona on Tuesday.


Celtic fans were left furious following their Champions League fixture with Shakhtar Donetsk this evening as they were held at the stadium for 80 minutes after the final whistle.


Newcastle, Wolves & West Ham eye ‘golden boy’ talent likened to Bale

Dylan Walsh

Newcastle United and West Ham are both reportedly looking at signing Ukrainian international Viktor Tsygankov, with Wolves also in the mix for the 24-year-old winger.

According to Jeunes Footeux, the Dynamo Kyiv superstar is a target for many top sides around Europe with the attacker’s contract set to expire next summer, with the likes of Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves all looking to sign a bargain forward in 2023 in Tsygankov.

The wide-forward is regarded by many as one of Ukraine’s best players, with Scouted Football even labelling the attacker as a ‘golden boy’ of his generation, yet despite huge praise, Tsygankov is yet to leave his homeland in search for a bigger move, yet next year could change all of that.

Whilst football in Ukraine has resumed with Dynamo Kyiv even competing in the UEFA Europa League this season, Tsygankov’s contract situation could mean that some clubs might smell a bargain when it comes to signing a top forward, an opportunity the likes of Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves will not want to pass up on.

All three Premier League clubs added to their attacks this summer, yet more quality out on the wings could be needed for the trio, which is something Tsygankov will bring in spades given the 24-year-old’s ability to play on both the left and the right, a versatile skill that will be desirable for interested parties.

Once compared by UEFA’s official website to former Real Madrid and Tottenham superstar Gareth Bale, Tsygankov will be on the radar for many clubs heading into the January window, and for the Premier League threesome interested in the winger, their work will be cut out if they’re to win the race for the attacker.

Tsygankov has been one of Europe’s hidden gems for quite some time, yet now seems to be the time where his abilities and his potential has now finally come into the limelight, and this January could see a Premier League battle between Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves to see who signs the attacker.

With a cheap transfer fee likely to be Dynamo Kyiv’s demand given Tsygankov’s contract situation, a bidding and wage war could breakout between the three aspiring English sides, with the attacker a player who can provide a lot of quality and depth to either side in the top-flight looking to add another winger to their ranks.


Evening Standard

Europa Conference League can give West Ham much-needed Premier League momentum

By Simon Collings

Last season, playing in Europe turned out to be the highlight of West Ham’s campaign.

The Hammers defied the odds to make it all the way to the semi-finals of the Europa League and came agonisingly close to reaching the final.

It is, of course, early days this season but the value of West Ham playing in Europe - despite dropping down to the third-tier competition - is clear as they look to kickstart their campaign.

David Moyes’ side have struggled in the Premier League, winning just one of their opening six games to sit 18th in the table, but in the Europa Conference League it is a different story.

The Hammers have won all three of their matches in Europe and they will want to extend that 100 per cent record tonight when they face Danish side Silkeborg.

“It gives you a big chance to make a lot of changes as well and I think certainly these games at the moment, we’d like to give players who we want opportunities to play,” said Moyes.

“But we’re also in the process of trying to find a bit of our own form and get into the rhythm and try and be playing in a good fashion.”

Finding that rhythm about which Moyes speaks is understandably taking time given West Ham this summer signed eight players for around £170million.

Integrating those players will take time and European football gives Moyes the chance to do just that, and that is particularly the case with tonight’s game which comes off the back of West Ham having no Premier League match last weekend.

That means Moyes can go strong against Silkeborg, with summer signings Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta two of those hoping to start.

“We’ve probably got a stronger group of players [this season], and talking about the squad I’ve probably got a bigger choice now than I’ve probably ever had,” said Moyes.

“But also partly because we didn’t have a game at the weekend means that I could quite easily play any one of the players tomorrow night.”

The only concern tonight for Moyes will be the plastic pitch being used. Artificial surfaces have historically aggravated injuries for some players, in both football and rugby, and it is why Moyes will think carefully about bringing Aaron Cresswell and Craig Dawson straight back into the team.

“We’ll have a look at them and obviously we have to check out what is best for them regarding the surface, etc, but we’ve brought them with us and they’re both getting nearer to fitness,” said Moyes.

“Craig had had six weeks out and Cressy’s only probably had two weeks out really, so we just need to make sure that their injuries are okay, but they have done a bit of training.”

Tonight’s match against Silkeborg is one of just two games for West Ham before next week’s international break and Moyes will be keen to build up momentum.

They face Everton on Sunday, who have made an equally slow start to this season after failing to win any of their first six League games, and victory over them would help get West Ham back on track.

There is no panic among the Hammers, though, with the squad also aware it will take time for them to gel.

“The new additions are exciting and interesting for everybody and for us to play our best game, it needs some time for us to find each other and know each other in the best way,” said defender Thilo Kehrer.

“We’re doing it in the best way possible and are working on it together with the coaching staff. I think we’re on a good way.

“The manager has to take the decisions and for us as players we have to give everything to make the decision as hard as possible for the first eleven. At the end this will only be positive for the team.”

Silkeborg vs West Ham is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Thursday, September 15, 2022.

JYSK Park in Denmark will host the match.

Where to watch Silkeborg vs West Ham

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website or app from 7.45pm ahead of an 8pm kick-off.

Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Silkeborg vs West Ham team news

West Ham will have had a week off come kick-off due to the postponement of Premier League fixtures in the wake of the Queen's death, so David Moyes could limit the number of changes previously expected.

Moyes has confirmed both Aaron Cresswell and Craig Dawson are in contention to face Silkeborg. The defensive duo have trained after injuries, with Dawson only just returning from a thigh injury by making a late cameo against FCSB. Ben Johnson, meanwhile, is not fit to travel.

Maxwel Cornet is also in contention, although the artificial pitch West Ham are set to play on could complicate matters further. Tomas Soucek is in the squad but would have been a doubt had Sunday’s meeting with Newcastle gone ahead, raising a question as to how likely he is to start.

Silkeborg vs West Ham prediction

West Ham will know they won't have it all their own way in Denmark, with Silkeborg proving last week they are no whipping boys and the Hammers hardly lighting up east London this season.

But, the gulf in class cannot be ignored and the Hammers, even with significant changes, should run out fairly comfortable winners.

West Ham to win 3-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results

This is the first meeting between the two teams.

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Texas Iron 3:57 Thu Sep 15
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Mex Martillo 3:34 Thu Sep 15
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Thanks Alan 2:19 Thu Sep 15

Thanks Alan 2:19 Thu Sep 15
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Banjo 1:49 Thu Sep 15

Banjo 1:49 Thu Sep 15
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bill green 1:11 Thu Sep 15

The more I read what Kehrer says and see him play leaves me thinking he may well be our next captain should Rice leave in the summer.

bill green 1:11 Thu Sep 15
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ted fenton 12:46 Thu Sep 15

ted fenton 12:46 Thu Sep 15
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Thanks Alan.

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