WHO Poll
Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
24%
  
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
17%
  
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
18%
  
d. Moyes out
37%
  
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham
3%
  



Alan 1:50 Fri Oct 6
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Liverpool and Newcastle United are monitoring 26-year-old England forward Jarrod Bowen as negotiations over a new contract at West Ham continue to move slowly. (Talksport)

Manchester City plan to start talks with Norway striker Erling Haaland, 23, over a new contract in order to hold off interest from Real Madrid. (Telegraph - subscription)

Manchester City will compete with Barcelona to sign 20-year-old Netherlands midfielder Xavi Simons from Paris St-Germain next summer. (Fichajes - in Spanish)
Manchester United and England forward Jadon Sancho, 23, wants to rejoin Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window. (90min)

Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, 21, joined Chelsea instead of Liverpool because he had already promised them his signature when at Brighton. (Standard)

Chelsea are planning talks with 23-year-old England midfielder Conor Gallagher as he heads towards the final 18 months of his contract. (Mail)

Goalkeeper Andre Onana, 27, is reluctant to take time away from Manchester United to play for Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations. (ESPN)

West Ham are keeping tabs on Arsenal's 23-year-old England midfielder Emile Smith Rowe. (Teamtalk)

Japan winger Kaoru Mitoma, 26, is close to signing a new five-year deal with Brighton despite being linked with several Premier League sides. (Talksport)

Newcastle have opened talks to extend 25-year-old English midfielder Sean Longstaff's contract until 2028. (Nicolo Schira)

The Qatari group bidding for Manchester United will not increase its existing offer to £5bn despite the threat posed by a new deal being put forward by Sir Jim Ratcliffe. (Times - subscription required)

Everton are on the verge of agreeing a long-term contract with 21-year-old English defender Jarrad Branthwaite, who was a target for Manchester United. (Mirror)

Chelsea have told 24-year-old English defender Trevoh Chalobah he is free to find a new club in January, with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan interested. (Teamtalk)

Liverpool have made Fluminense's 22-year-old Brazil midfielder Andre Trindade a prime target in January. (Mirror)

Wayne Rooney could have only one more game in charge of DC United after a 3-0 defeat by Austin all but ruined their chances of reaching the MLS play-offs. (Sun)

Rooney is the leading contender to become Birmingham City's next manager, with John Eustace's position under threat. (Football Insider)

Manchester United and Tottenham are considering recruiting Atletico Madrid's transfer expert Andrea Berta but face competition from Paris St-Germain. (Independent)




Sky Paper Talk

DAILY MIRROR

Marcus Rashford's Manchester United place is under threat amid concerns over his ongoing loss of form.

William Saliba admits it was "really painful" to watch Arsenal lose out in the Premier League title race while he nursed an injury.

Brighton are close to tying Kaoru Mitoma down to a new contract to ward off transfer interest from Premier League rivals.

Everton are on the verge of agreeing a major new, long-term contract with one of their brightest young stars, Jarrad Branthwaite.

Former Ajax striker Kenneth Perez believes it's "not a crazy idea" to imagine Erik ten Hag back at Ajax amid growing pressure on the Manchester United boss.

Moises Caicedo's agent admits a summer move to Liverpool would have been the "more stable" choice than his record switch to Chelsea.

Brazil midfielder Andre Trindade is closing in on what would be a perfect Fluminense ending, with the 22-year-old a prime target for Liverpool in the January transfer window.

Climate campaigners believe FIFA are "totally detached from reality" after deciding to hold the 2030 World Cup across three different continents.

THE GUARDIAN

Gareth Southgate says he fears for the sporting integrity of the three-continent World Cup in 2030. Fifa announced on Wednesday that the tournament had been awarded to Spain, Portugal and Morocco but that Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay would host the opening three matches.

DAILY MAIL

Andy Carroll has revealed he hoped that he would fail his medical ahead of his £35m move from Newcastle to Liverpool.

Referees' chief Howard Webb will break his silence on the Tottenham v Liverpool VAR debacle when the second edition of Match Officials: Mic'd Up is broadcast next week.

Jurgen Klopp's call for Liverpool's game against Tottenham to be replayed has left rivals convinced he is trying to increase pressure on referees to give his side favourable decisions.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has shed light on his troubled relationship with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, revealing he parked his Ferrari outside his office after being told not to bring the sports car to training.

Chelsea are planning talks with Conor Gallagher over his Stamford Bridge future.

Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski is set for a period on the sidelines after spraining his left ankle during the team's 1-0 Champions League win over Porto.

Manchester United and Tottenham are reportedly eyeing up a move for Atletico Madrid's sporting director Andrea Berta.

Taylor Swift has been disinvited from the Super Bowl rematch on November 20 when her boyfriend Travis Kelce's Kansas City Chiefs travel to her native Philadelphia to play the Eagles.

Lewis Hamilton's car from his first Formula One title-winning season at Mercedes will be auctioned by RM Sotheby's ahead of next month's Las Vegas Grand Prix.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Manchester City are preparing to instigate talks with Erling Haaland over a new contract in what would deal a blow to Real Madrid's hopes of luring the Norway striker to Spain.

The former girlfriend of Manchester United winger Antony is due to be interviewed by police in Manchester next week.

The Cricket World Cup got off to an embarrassing start for organisers on Thursday with swathes of empty seats for the tournament opener between England and New Zealand.

Fred Couples, the United States Ryder Cup vice captain, has branded Rory McIlroy the "disrespectful" one in his furious bust-up with two of the American caddies during last weekend's contest.

Bath and Gloucester are vying to sign Henry Arundell for the 2024/25 campaign, should the England tyro decide to return to the Premiership after one season at Racing 92.

Nick Kyrgios has reacted to Prince George being in the Royal Box while he was "swearing his nuts off" during the Wimbledon final last year.

THE TIMES

The Qatari group bidding for Manchester United will not increase their existing offer of £5bn despite the threat posed by a new deal being tabled by Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Jarrad Branthwaite is close to signing a new long-term deal with Everton.

The RFU is in early discussions about organising a fixture between an England A side and Portugal.

DAILY STAR

Valencia's half-built 75,000-seater stadium has been handed a new lease of life by Spain's joint bid for the 2030 World Cup.

THE SUN

Gareth Southgate says the integrity of the 2030 World Cup will be trashed by Fifa's plan to stage it in six countries across three continents.

James Ward-Prowse aimed a thinly-veiled dig at England rivals Kalvin Phillips and Jordan Henderson after not being selected by Gareth Southgate.

Saudi Arabia is ready to suspend its alcohol ban to boost its unpopular bid to stage the 2034 World Cup.

Anthony Joshua could end up making his boxing return on the same night as Tyson Fury's proposed fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua Buatsi and Anthony Yarde struck an agreement to fight each other next year thanks to the help of rapper Stormzy.

SCOTTISH SUN

AZ Alkmaar boss Pascal Janse, one of the major contenders to replace Michael Beale as Rangers boss, has appeared to have ruled himself out of the running.

DAILY RECORD

Rangers have stepped up their search for a new manager with Frank Lampard and Kevin Muscat making it into the final round of interviewees.






Guardian

West Ham lead group after Lucas Paquetá and Nayef Aguerd sink Freiburg



Nayef Aguerd celebrates after scoring West Ham’s second goal. Photograph: DeFodi Images/Getty Images

West Ham continued their continental cruise as headers from Lucas Paquetá and Nayef Aguerd secured a 2-1 win at Freiburg and a record 17th match unbeaten in Europe.

The Hammers took control of Europa League Group A with a battling display in southern Germany. The match may have taken place on the edge of the Black Forest, but it was never going to be a piece of cake against a side eighth in the Bundesliga.

They were also up against 34,000 noisy fans, with no away supporters allowed to attend after incidents during West Ham’s Europa Conference League final triumph in June.

That march to Prague contributed to West Ham’s now record unbeaten streak, putting them one ahead of Bill Nicholson’s Tottenham, Don Revie’s Leeds and Pep Guardiola’s current Manchester City.

Freiburg’s nickname is the Breisgau Brazilians due to their flamboyant style of play, but it was West Ham’s Samba star Paquetá who put them ahead after only nine minutes.

Vladimir Coufal collected the ball from Mohammed Kudus and sent Jarrod Bowen scampering down the right. Bowen, buzzing after his recall to the England squad, drew his marker out before sending in a cross which Paquetá met with a towering header above two defenders at the far post.

Moments later a shot from Kudus was spilled by goalkeeper Noah Atubolu, who was mightily relieved to see the ball cannon back off the foot of his post.

Then Paquetá had the ball in the net after a surging run into the box from Pablo Fornals, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Freiburg’s cow field of a pitch was making it difficult for both sides to knock the ball around with any confidence. But West Ham had initially adapted better and could have doubled their lead when James Ward-Prowse got through on the stroke of half-time, but his shot was too close to Atubolu.

The Hammers should have been further ahead but sat back on their lead, so there was an all-too familiar feeling when Freiburg equalised after the restart. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was unfortunate, keeping out Roland Sallai’s shot and the follow-up from Lukas Kubler but Sallai smashed the ball home at the third attempt.

West Ham then had an almighty let-off when Kiliann Sildillia’s header bounced off the woodwork and Lucas Höler blazed the rebound over from six yards out.

Instead the visitors wrapped up the victory after 66 minutes, Aguerd rising highest to head home Ward-Prowse’s corner.

Bowen should have marked his return to the national squad with a sixth goal of the season – only to fire wide when clean through – but West Ham had done enough to sit top of the group with six points from their opening two matches.




Mail

Freiburg 1-2 West Ham: Hammers make it 17 successive European ties unbeaten thanks to fine headers from Lucas Paqueta and Nayef Aguerd against scrappy Bundesliga outfit

By Kieran Gill

Freiburg’s nickname Breisgau-Brasilianer – the Brazilians of Breisgau – is a nod to their historically pretty style of play. Yet it was Lucas Paqueta who sprinkled his Samba sorcery on this Europa League win for West Ham in Germany.

Paqueta was a live wire throughout as David Moyes’ men made it 17 European games unbeaten – a new record for an English side after they were tied on 16 with Don Revie’s Leeds from 1968 and Bill Nicholson’s Tottenham from 1972.

The Brazilian scored the most towering of headers from a Jarrod Bowen cross after a nice passing move. The visitors confirmed the victory with James Ward-Prowse securing his sixth assist of the season as Nayef Aguerd headed home his corner.

Pretty and pragmatic, the performance was particularly impressive as West Ham did it all without any visiting supporters due to a UEFA ban. Watching from their living rooms in London, they saw their team stand tall against 34,000 Germans who never stopped shouting.

‘Lucas Paqueta was terrific,’ Moyes said. ‘He drives me mad sometimes. There are moments where you’re saying, “What are you doing?” But everybody who watched him tonight will have said, "This player has got an incredible talent.” He’s a maverick.’


Lucas Paqueta (centre) opened the scoring for the visitors within just eight minutes in Freiburg

Jarrod Bowen, celebrating his England call-up, started as a striker flanked by Mohammed Kudus and Paqueta. All three were involved in West Ham taking an eight-minute lead. Kudus linked up with Vladimir Coufal, who fed Bowen. His cross – with his weaker foot – found Paqueta who leaped like Cristiano Ronaldo for 1-0.

In the 11th minute, Paqueta slid a pass into Kudus, whose shot was pushed on to the post by Noah Atubolu. After 14 minutes, Paqueta scored again, but it was disallowed due to an offside, verified by VAR.

Despite West Ham’s dominance, it was 1-1 after 48 minutes. Lukasz Fabianski denied Roland Sallai and Lukas Kubler in quick succession. But at the third time of asking, Sallai blasted the ball beyond him.


Jarrod Bowen (left) played a key role in orchestrating West Ham's opener from the right wing


West Ham controlled much of the tie, and looked to be cruising as the first-half came to a close

Freiburg’s fans should have been celebrating taking the lead in the 55th minute when Kiliann Sildillia’s header bounced off the crossbar. Lucas Holer had the goal at his mercy at the rebound, but ballooned the ball upwards.

Just as Freiburg were threatening to score, West Ham made it 2-1, courtesy of another one of their corner routines. Ward-Prowse swung in his cross and Aguerd thumped in his header, with Atubolu flapping.


A clever header from Nayef Aguerd pulled the visitors back into the lead on Thursday night


The Hammers have enjoyed a confident start to the season despite losing star man Declan Rice

Given the fact that this pitch resembled a cow field, and they had no fans, West Ham left Freiburg thrilled with this win.

MATCH FACTS

Freiburg (4-4-2): Atubolu 5; Sildillia 6, Ginter 6, Lienhart 6, Kubler 6 (Weisshaupt 76); Sallai 6, Eggestein 6 (Philipp 76), Hofler 6, Grifo 6 (Bruenig 87); Adamu 6 (Doan 45, 6), Holer 6 (Rohl 76)

Subs (not used): Muller, Uphoff, Schmidt, Gulde, Makengo, Rudlin

Scorers: Sallai (49)

Booked: Hofler

Manager: Christian Streich 6

West Ham (4-3-3): Fabianski 7.5; Coufal 8, Mavropanos 7.5, Aguerd 8, Kehrer 6 (Emerson 71, 6); Fornals 7 (Soucek 71, 6), Alvarez 7.5, Ward-Prowse 7.5 (Mubama 90); Kudus 8 (Benrahma 80), Bowen 8, Paqueta 9 (Ings 90)

Subs (not used): Areola, Anang, Zouma, Cornet, Ogbonna, Coventry

Scorers: Paqueta (8), Aguerd (66)

Booked: Alvarez

Manager: David Moyes 8

Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim 6

Attendance: 34,100




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 3:01 Sat Oct 7
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers…

Heavi995 12:51 Sat Oct 7
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Alan,
In my case Euskadi

Chairman Alf 8:34 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Don’t forget those supporters who were watching from various TV screens in the Canaries, … in my case, Fuerteventura!

With Kind Regards 6:58 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mex Martillo 5:20 Fri Oct 6

Mex Martillo 5:20 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:13 Fri Oct 6

El Scorchio 2:59 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Arsenal want 60 million quid for Smith Rowe? Yeah right.

Thanks Alan 2:13 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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