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Q: 2022 Summer Transfer Window - How many 1st team players will we sign before August 6th
a. None as Sullivan will wait until the last week before he gets his scattergun out the cupboard
b. A couple of freebies paraded as superstars, usual hype to follow
c. I'm more optimistic as surely they know we need to strengthen, 3-4 with decent money spent.
d. Who gives a toss as we have a great squad already, I've already ordered the new replica kit, socks and all and can't wait to wear it at our first game, down the pub of course, I bleed claret & blue

Alan 11:18 Thu Nov 2
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte retains the support of the board despite Tuesday's Champions League defeat at Roma. (Mirror)

Everton are ready to pay the £2.5m release clause in Burnley manager Sean Dyche's contract. (Sun)

Nuno Espirito Santo is considering an offer to take over at Everton following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, but is inclined to stay at Wolverhampton Wanderers.(Guardian)

Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist is a contender to take charge of Sunderland following the sacking of Simon Grayson. (Daily Star)

Gremio's 24-year-old attacker Luan, who is a target for Barcelona, Liverpool and Arsenal, has signed a contract extension to stay in his native Brazil until 2020. (Goal)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, feature on a six-man shortlist as possible replacements for Unai Emery at Paris St-Germain. (Paris United - in French)

Barcelona are hoping to sign striker Timo Werner, 21, and defender Dayot Upamecano, 19, from RB Leipzig. (Mundo Deportivo via Mirror)

Southend boss Phil Brown says taking charge of Sunderland would be his "dream job". (Basildon, Canvey and Southend Echo)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down rumours linking the club with a move for 21-year-old Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. (Evening Standard)

Wenger wants to have resolved contract talks with 25-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere by December. (Mirror)

Everton's caretaker boss David Unsworth believes he has two games to convince the club's owners he deserves the job on a permanent basis. (Liverpool Echo)


Former Bochum striker Tommy Bechmann won almost £600,000 on the Danish lottery. (Sun)

Besiktas fans thought they had spotted Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini meeting with officials from their club in an Istanbul hotel - but it was Fellaini's twin brother Mansour. (Daily Mail)

Egyptian club Al-Ahly's training session on Tuesday was cancelled because too many fans showed up to watch. (Video 7 via Guardian)

Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley, 28, could be recalled to the England squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil in November. (ESPN)

FA bosses are making the staff behind England Ender-17s' World Cup winning campaign reapply for their jobs. (Mirror)

Leeds United have appointed a free-kick specialist to their backroom staff. Gianni Vio built his reputation as an expert with set-piece routines during spells with Fiorentina, AC Milan and Brentford. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

The best of Wednesday's gossip

Former England boss Sam Allardyce is to hold talks with Everton over their vacant managerial position, but he wants a lucrative contract. (Sun)

Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in signing former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, 27, from RB Leipzig. (ESPN)

Manchester United are favourites to sign Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, 20, and 21-year-old striker Moussa Dembele. (Daily Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

Towards the end of Tottenham’s victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday night, the camera picked out a weeping fan in the away end. This supporter cannot have been upset about her team losing a game because that would be ridiculous. It’s not like she supports Sunderland. Maybe, then, she was shedding tears for the plight of the poor marginalised British manager.

It cannot be long before Sam Allardyce returns to the Qatari sofa to chew with Keys and Gray, to bang on about being a protected species after being overlooked for the Everton job. He had an interview with the club’s suits earlier this week but it seems they’re planning to make an offer to Burnley’s Sean Dyche. Outrageous! Another British manager overlooked in favour of the latest flavour of the month! It’s a disgrace! There’s only one thing for it if Big Sam wants to work in England again: he really needs to cultivate his Samuele Allardici character, develop an Italian accent, introduce the word trequartista to his vocabulary and work on the hand gestures.

Ally McCoist wants the Sunderland job. He plans to bring in Sue Barker and John Parrott as assistants.

Alan Pardew is apparently giving “serious consideration” to being linked with Rangers, who are looking for a new manager after axing Pedro Caixinha. An Old Firm derby between Pardew and Brendan Rodgers? The dream is on.

Liverpool are eyeing up a move for Keylor Navas after coming to the conclusion that neither Simon Mignolet nor Loris Karius are the answer in goal. Florentino Pérez doesn’t rate Navas and selling the goalkeeper could allow Real to revive their interest in David de Gea or Gianluigi Donnarumma.

José Mourinho plans to bring Andreas Pereira back from his loan at Valencia in January. He’s warmed up a nice spot on the Old Trafford bench for the midfielder.

Arsenal are preparing a shock swoop for Charly Musonda in another blow for crisis club Chelsea, while new European champions Tottenham want Celtic’s Kieran Tierney.

And finally, Gareth Bale’s Chris Coleman is ready to walk out on Wales if they don’t meet his demands of 10 more Gareth Bales.


Watch the Martinez goals as double decision looms

Martinez goals

West Ham have a double decision looming on Toni Martinez’s future as the club heads towards the second half of the season.

The goal machine Spaniard – signed from Valencia last summer for £2.75 million last year – has a clause in the contract which involves a further payment to his former club once he breaks into the first team.

West Ham are keeping that under wraps claiming it to be “confidential ” but it is thought to be in the region of around £1.5 million.

However, with his current deal expiring in June 2019, he will soon be approaching it’s halfway mark and the club need to see him performing at the highest possible level before deciding on a new deal.

The alternative is to send him out on loan to a top Championship club after his spell at Oxford where he scored just once in eight starts and seven substitute appearances last term.

That suggests the youngster still has some uestions to answer as he steps into the higher grades of the game.

He is of course the first Iron to score a hat-trick at the London Stadium – grabbing the match ball after the 4-2 win against Manchester United last month.

He scored two more in the 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy match on to add to the nine he has scored for the under 23s ths season and the 34 in 36 games since he arrived at the club.


James Collins bows out from international duty

Wales' James Collins has announced his retirement from international duty.

The West Ham centre-back turned 34 in August and has decided to focus solely on his club career after winning 50 caps and scoring three goals for Wales.

Collins has not played for Wales since September 2016

" Unfortunately for us he wants to spend a bit more time on himself to try and extend his domestic career.

He has said if we're absolutely desperate he would come out of retirement - and it speaks volumes for 'Ginge' he has given us that option.

His attitude has washed off on everybody because he is always so positive.

He did not play all the games at Euro 2016, but 'Ginge' was brilliant for us in France because he was such a loud voice and big character."

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

Evening Standard

Michail Antonio ruled out of Liverpool clash with rib injury


Michail Antonio, who was heavily criticised for his part in Crystal Palace’s late equaliser against West Ham last weekend, has been ruled out of his team’s Premier League clash against Liverpool this Saturday.

Antonio, who has endured a stop/start season so far after recovering from a summer operation to repair a torn hamstring, has suffered a recurrence of a rib injury sustained during West Ham’s 3-0 recent home defeat by Brighton.

Antonio’s pace and power will be missed by Slaven Bilic, even though the West Ham manager had criticised his England star following the Palace match, saying that it was a mistake which “should not happen at this level.”

Bilic, who remains under pressure after failing to beat the Premier League’s bottom club Palace, will also be forced into making changes to his defence for Saturday’s home match against Liverpool.

Right back Pablo Zabaleta is suspended after picking up his fifth booking while both central defender Jose Fonte and left back Aaron Cresswell were injured at Selhurst Park.

Of the pair, Cresswell has the better chance of recovering in time while New Zealand international Winston Reid, who missed the match with a calf strain, could return.

Experienced defender James Collins though, who has announced his retirement from international football with Wales, is still not ready to return following an ankle problem.

West Ham’s in-form 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez meanwhile, is unlikely to be included in Bilic’s squad for the Liverpool match. The former Valencia front man, who joined the East London club for a £2.4 million fee in April 2016, scored twice as West Ham’s Under-21 side beat Bristol Rovers 3-1 on Monday night to qualify for the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy


Liverpool player Rhian Brewster is sad proof West Ham's famed Academy is dying

Damien Lucas

West Ham United are famous for their Academy roots but Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster has highlighted a major worry.

Liverpool may have a glorious history but West Ham are not called the Academy of Football for nothing.

However the Hammers' reputation in real danger.

Yes the East Londoners may be the self-styled Academy of Football, but it is with good reason.

The club has a long and proud history of producing top professional footballers who have gone on to represent their country, none more famous than World Cup winning trio Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

So when it emerged this week that England U17 World Cup winning hero, tournament top scorer and Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster was born and raised literally right on West Ham's doorstep it shocked supporters to their core.

Brewster shot to prominence last month as he scored eight goals to help England U17s to World Cup glory.

But having grown up on the border of London and Essex, and attending Chadwell Heath Primary School before developing his talents at Chadwell Heath Academy how was he not recruited by West Ham?

Should Brewster go on to make it as a Premier League star it is a question that will haunt the club for years to come.

It was bad enough that London rivals Chelsea got their hands on the striker before West Ham, despite Hammers scouts having watched him play.

But when he saw no realistic pathway to first team football in West London, Brewster instead saw Liverpool as a more realistic prospect, as reported by the BBC.

That is a damning indictment of West Ham's status as a club which gives an opportunity to emerging talent.

It also sums up the frustrations of fans who have bemoaned a lack of identity which is intrinsically linked to a lack of youth development from Sam Allardyce and Slaven Bilic.

Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com last year, Brewster said: "I was at Chelsea from the age of seven to 14 but then I told them I wanted to look at my options because I didn't see a pathway to become a first-team player there.

"There were a few clubs interested but once I knew Liverpool were one of them it was an easy choice. Liverpool is a club that does give young players opportunities and it's a great feeling to play for this club. I love it up here."

It was not so long ago those were words regularly spouted about West Ham, much to the pride of the Hammers faithful.

Four years of stunted development under Sam Allardyce looked to have changed when he was replaced by Bilic, who memorably made 16-year-old Reece Oxford the club's youngest ever player as he turned in a man of the match display on his debut and the Croat's first Premier League game in charge.

But Bilic has rarely turned to what is a talented emerging crop of young players since.

Instead West Ham now have the second oldest squad in the Premier League and it is showing on the pitch where the club is incapable of doing it for 90 minutes.

It doesn't help that co-owner David Gold has publicly admitted teenagers are unlikely to get their chance in the Premier League at West Ham.

A sad state of affairs for a club already suffering an identity crisis after leaving its Boleyn Ground home of 112 years.
A penny for the thoughts of legendary former Academy director Tony Carr...

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Thanks Alan 10:14 Fri Nov 3
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Son of Sam 1:46 Thu Nov 2

Mex Martillo 7:15 Fri Nov 3
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

bowboy 4:38 Thu Nov 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The club is now run all the way trough by amateurs.

Takashi Miike 2:57 Thu Nov 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
cheers Alan, I hope you're feeling OK mate

Kelly Smunt 2:50 Thu Nov 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Re Martinez.

Wasn't Kane considered 'touch and go' at Spurs after some less-than-successful loans before getting a chance in the first team? Look where he is now. If you don't give the kid a chance how will you ever know how good he really is... unless you're going to spend good money on a proven international striker, someone like Zaza maybe?

Oh, wait...

Son of Sam 1:46 Thu Nov 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 11:34 Thu Nov 2

claret59 12:03 Thu Nov 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks alan
all the best

COOL HAND LUKE 11:46 Thu Nov 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers, Al.

Catch 22 with Martinez. It would appear we've negotiated a stupid deal which means we pay more if he makes the first team, but we don't find out until AFTER that event if he can cut the mustard, by which time we'll have triggered the extra payment...

How did the Daves EVER become successful..?

Westham67 11:45 Thu Nov 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan hope you're feeling better

ted fenton 11:34 Thu Nov 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
JonWHUFC 11:27 Thu Nov 2

JonWHUFC 11:27 Thu Nov 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. Hope things are going o.k. for you.

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