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
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
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
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

Alan 12:19 Wed Nov 15
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United will consider offers for Brazil midfielder Casemiro, with the Saudi Pro League targeting a big-money move for the 31-year-old. (Talksport)

Chelsea are unlikely to put a bid in for Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 24, in the January transfer window. (Football London)

Osimhen is said to be open to a move to Stamford Bridge but Chelsea will have to wait until next summer. (Standard)

Nice and France centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, 23, has emerged as the primary January transfer target for Manchester United. (Football Transfers)

Juventus contacted Manchester United last week over a loan deal for 23-year-old English winger Jadon Sancho. (Mail)

Manchester United and Tottenham have joined Liverpool and Arsenal in the race to sign 22-year-old Fluminense and Brazil midfielder Andre. (90min)

Barcelona have set 26-year-old Brazil forward Raphinha's transfer fee at 70m euros (£60.8m). (Football Transfers)

Arsenal have been alerted to the possible January availability of Al-Hilal and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 26. (90min)

The Gunners will move for Aston Villa's Brazil midfielder Douglas Luiz, 25, in January. (Mirror)

Fulham's 28-year-old Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha said his failed deadline-day move to Bayern Munich "really affected me". (Mail)

Newcastle United will look to bring in a striker in January and could target VfB Stuttgart's 27-year-old Guinea forward Serhou Guirassy. (Chronicle)

Arsenal midfielder Jorginho, 31, says he would like to return home and play for an Italian club before the end of his career. (Metro)

Leeds United will soon begin contract talks with 17-year-old English midfielder Archie Gray amid interest from Liverpool. (Football Insider)

Charlton and Leyton Orient are interested in signing teenage forward Jamie Donley, 18, on loan from Tottenham. (Teamtalk)

Bayern Munich and England striker Harry Kane, 30, has a clause in his contract that if he scores more than 40 goals across all competitions in a single season, he will receive 250,000 euros. (Sport Bild via Christian Falk)

Barcelona want to make 24-year-old Portugal forward Joao Felix's loan move from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid permanent. (Sport - in Spanish)

Sweden midfielder Emil Forsberg, 32, has verbally agreed to join New York Red Bulls from RB Leipzig in January. (Fabrizio Romano)

US billionaire Leon Cooperman has invested in Manchester United, purchasing shares valued around £13.5m. (Sun)

Football's lawmakers are considering adopting introducing a 10-minute sin-bin for dissent. (Times - subscription required)

Sky Paper Talk


Juventus are ready to offer Jadon Sancho an escape route from Manchester United in the January transfer window.

Harry Kane reportedly has a special clause in his Bayern Munich contract that could see him earn an extra windfall on top of his wages.

David Moyes is expected to leave his position as West Ham manager in the summer.

Euro 2024 organisers are worried that computer bots have swept up tickets for next year's major tournament after claiming that "millions" of ballot applicants were black market touts.

Staff members from Brazilian side Corinthians attempted to storm the VAR room after a controversial red card in their league clash with Gremio on Sunday.

The Cricket World Cup has been plunged into an astonishing row amid claims the Indian board have switched the pitch for their team's semi-final on Wednesday against New Zealand in Mumbai without the ICC's permission.


Football's lawmakers are to consider trials of sin-bins for dissent in professional competitions and adopting rugby's rule where only the captain can approach the referee as part of a drive to tackle misbehaviour.

Tom Curry is battling a hip injury that could keep him out of action until Christmas in the latest setback of a difficult year for the England flanker.

Rory McIlroy has warned that even a deal between the PGA Tour and Saudi Public Investment Fund might not lead to peace in golf's enduring power struggle.

Spectators at the ATP Finals in Turin were left incensed on Tuesday when the sudden retirement of Stefanos Tsitsipas after only three games was followed by a replacement exhibition set featuring an injured Taylor Fritz.


Conor Gallagher was surprised when he was called up for the World Cup last season, then had doubts over his Chelsea career in the summer, but just a few months later feels he is proving himself at the highest level.

Emma Hayes will become the highest-paid female coach in world football after being appointed as the new head coach of the United States women's national team on a £1.28m-a-year [$1.6m] contract - three times more than England's head coach Sarina Wiegman.

Andrew Flintoff is expected to take over as head coach of the men's Northern Superchargers team in the Hundred in a landmark moment following his recovery from a devastating car crash.

World Rugby has become the first sports governing body to take action against fans responsible for extreme online abuse of referees by passing dossiers of evidence to law enforcement and government agencies.

Rory McIlroy is planning on moving back to the UK on a permanent basis, reversing the trend of British superstars upping sticks to sunnier, not to mention more tax-efficient climes.


Former Arsenal star Alex Song has announced his retirement from football - hanging up his boots at Djibouti Premier League side Arta Solar 7.

Arsenal have been handed a major boost as they try to hijack Newcastle's move for Ruben Neves, according to reports.

US billionaire Leon Cooperman has invested in Manchester United in an unexpected twist in the takeover saga.

Brighton have slapped a British-record price tag on Evan Ferguson following his contract extension.

Chris Kirkland has revealed he took the "equivalent of six shots of heroin a day" during a battle with addiction.


Harry Kane has given Liverpool transfer target Leroy Sane a glowing endorsement ahead of the January transfer window.

Manchester United are increasingly resigned to losing Andre Onana to the Africa Cup of Nations early next year.

David De Gea - who has been without a club since departing Manchester United - has been seen visiting second-tier Spanish side Eldense.

Victor Osimhen admits he has Chelsea and Manchester United shirts in his wardrobe amid continued links with the Premier League.


Arsenal star Thomas Partey's injury is reportedly worse than first feared in a major blow to Mikel Arteta.

Manchester United bidder Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly set to demand that Erik ten Hag offers an olive branch to outcast winger Jadon Sancho.


Chelsea face fresh questions over how its former owner Roman Abramovich funded the club's success, after leaked files revealed a string of secret payments that may have breached strict football rules, including those on financial fair play.

Erling Haaland has been tipped to become the first footballer to earn £1bn.


Michael O'Neill is backing Ross McCausland to make a major Northern Ireland impact after forging his way firmly into Philippe Clement's Rangers plans.

Hearts have announced a record turnover of £20.8m in their latest set of accounts.


Liam Scales is set to land a new long-term Celtic contract.

Scott Brown is still weighing up his options as he awaits his return to management after being sacked by Fleetwood in September.

The Athletic

How Jarrod Bowen learned to use his head – and keep West Ham looking up

By Roshane Thomas

Jarrod Bowen and Erling Haaland are not forwards who will be compared often.

For a start, West Ham United’s star man is 5ft 9in (175cm) and Manchester City’s is 6ft 4in, bullying defenders at will. But Bowen’s aerial presence has shone this season — despite his diminutive frame — to such an extent that he is level with Haaland for headed goals scored (three) in the Premier League.

Bowen has netted this way against Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Luton Town. It is a significant turnaround for a player who failed to score a header in the whole of 2022-23.

It’s not as if West Ham fans need another reason to venerate Bowen, given the striker has been recalled to the England squad, signed a new seven-year contract with the club and recently became the first player in Premier League history to score in his side’s first six away games of the season — and not to mention Bowen scoring the winner against Fiorentina in the Europa Conference League final in June.

“He’s a lot better in the air than people give him credit for,” said his manager David Moyes. “His timing is down and he can get in front of people. The reason he’s up front is because we’re not surprised by his ability to score. When you’re playing up front, you want to get goals and he’s been able to do that.”

The danger Bowen poses aerially is impressive considering he is West Ham’s smallest forward; Divin Mubama is 6ft, Michail Antonio is 5ft 11in and Danny Ings is 5ft 10in. Instead of height, Bowen relies on game awareness, technical quality and determination to make sure he works an advantage over his marker in the air.

Before his header against Nottingham Forest, which pulled the scoreline level at 2-2, Bowen produced a soaring leap above defender Murillo, who is around four inches taller than him.

As Sky Sports commentator Don Goodman, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker, observed: “Jarrod Bowen isn’t the biggest West Ham player out there, but he’s the one that attacks (the ball) the best.”

In the 3-1 loss away to Liverpool, Antonio mistimed his header moments before Bowen’s goal. It was a case of Bowen showing his team-mate how it’s done as he signals to Vladimir Coufal to cross…

Despite Bowen initially creating space between him and Virgil van Dijk, the Liverpool defender manages to get goalside. But Coufal whips a cross towards Bowen’s midriff, which allows him to score a diving header. Had it been a normally contested header, Van Dijk’s height (6ft 4in) means he would have likely won that battle.

In the 2-1 victory against Luton Town, Bowen is outside the box before Lucas Paqueta threads a pass to him.

The forward advances into the box and places himself between defenders Amari’i Bell (5ft 11in) and Ryan Giles (6ft) to score.

Bowen has always had the predatory instinct of a forward but his recent consistency in the role is why Moyes feels inclined to now play him through the middle, rather than on the wing.

“I’m loathe to say he’s suddenly a No 9 because we might need him to play No 7 and do the job that he’s doing there,” said Moyes. “But in time, I see it changing for Jarrod. Hopefully, people would have seen my thoughts over a few months. I actually think Freiburg (in the Europa League in October) was probably the night: he was terrific and that made me feel it.”

In the four Premier League seasons between 2019 and 2023, Bowen only attempted nine headed shots — three of which were on target. This season, however, the forward has registered eight headed shots, with five on target.

Moyes’ backroom staff, particularly technical advisor Alan Irvine and the former first-team coach Stuart Pearce, challenged Bowen to become a more rounded player. His best goalscoring campaign for West Ham was in 2021-22 when he scored 18 in all competitions. Still, West Ham staff felt Bowen was capable of improving.

They believed that his tendency to cut in on his left foot made him predictable to defenders and would make him less of a threat. But since then, Bowen has improved this aspect of his game to take more shots with his right foot. A similar proportion of his efforts on goal come via his stronger foot, but he is taking more shots in general, including with his right foot.

Moyes is a manager who appreciates the value of a headed goal more than most. During his spell in charge of Everton between 2002 and 2013, Moyes often relied on Tim Cahill, Duncan Ferguson and Marouane Fellaini to be his main aerial targets.

Ferguson (36) and Cahill (31) are in the top 10 for most headed goals scored in the Premier League, while former West Ham forwards Les Ferdinand (40) and Teddy Sheringham (36) also feature.

Nobody is suggesting Bowen is likely to challenge that company any time soon, but he is certainly making his presence felt. He now has 35 Premier League goals for the club and is only two away from Trevor Sinclair, who is fifth in the club’s top scorers list in the division.

It has been a season of milestones for Bowen — and he is showing no signs of slowing down.

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Mex Martillo 8:46 Thu Nov 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:27 Wed Nov 15

BillyJenningsBoots 6:51 Wed Nov 15
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks for remembering 😉

Chairman Alf 3:06 Wed Nov 15
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Billy Jennings was also only 5’9” and his heading prowess was exceptional when he played for us during the mid 70’s.

Texas Iron 2:23 Wed Nov 15
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The Fonz 1:38 Wed Nov 15
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

I don't mind Bowen up front and I think we press much better with him leading the line. But for me is best on the right!

Thanks Alan 12:27 Wed Nov 15
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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