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Alan 12:52 Sun Sep 2
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho urged the club not to sign Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer. The 33-year-old moved to Juventus from Real Madrid. (Sunday Mirror)

Mourinho said he knew in the summer it would be a "very difficult" season for Manchester United. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, is hoping to push through a January move back to Juventus because of his deteriorating relationship with Mourinho. (Tuttosport, via Manchester Evening News)

Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness says Manchester United midfielder Pogba is "only in the team to maintain his transfer value until United can sell him, because he doesn't merit his place for any other reason". (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Paris St-Germain forward Neymar, 26, would prefer a move to Arsenal or Chelsea if he ever moved to the Premier League as he "loves" London. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, 31, could leave the club in January to join Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan on a three-year deal worth £192,000-a-week. (Sun on Sunday)

Spurs midfielder Eric Dier, 24, has defended the club not signing anyone in the summer transfer window and says they have a "fantastic squad". (Mail on Sunday)

England manager Gareth Southgate may not receive a knighthood because the government intends to block honours for people who avoid tax. (Sunday Times)

Southgate has ruled out the prospect of the England team doing a behind-the-scenes documentary similar to Manchester City's All or Nothing. (Sunday Telegraph)

West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere is not good enough to make the England squad and Southgate says the 26-year-old has to start "playing well" if he wants an international recall. (Sunday Telegraph)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is ready to play long-ball football, despite his preference for a short-passing game. (Sunday Mirror)

Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina, 23, picked Everton ahead of Manchester United because Toffees boss Marco Silva called him, and Red Devils counterpart Jose Mourinho did not. (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham are taking a close look at highly rated Ajax and Netherlands Under-21 midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour met a London club to discuss a potential deal before taking over at Etihad Stadium. (Mail on Sunday)


Athletics would come off worse if E20 goes bust

U.K Athletics would come off the big losers if E20 Stadium LLP is forced into administration as speculated in recent weeks.

The athletics 50-year contract is only with E20 with no contractual protection from the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) or central government.

In contrast, West Ham’s contract is underwritten by the LLDC who are listed alongside E20 in their 2013 concessionaire agreement.

LLDC owns the freehold to the Queen Elizabeth Park with assets worth many billions and a clause in the Hammers deal says that central government must honour the 99-year contract with West Ham even if LLDC ceases to exist in the future protecting West Ham’s position for years to come no matter who owns the stadium.

Stadium operators London Stadium 185 owned by French company Vinci also have a 25 year contract with both E20 and LLDC giving them some protection also should E20 go bust.

Former LLDC CEO David Goldstone once told a London Assembly scrutiny committee that it could cost up to one billion pounds to buy themselves out of onerous contracts relating to the London Stadium including West Ham and London Stadium 185

Hammer exit could hint at new addition on Monday

West Ham must submit their squad list to the Premier League on Monday. It must contain no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player” (HGP) criteria. The rest of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be Home Grown.

An HGP means a player who, irrespective of nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21). Changes to the squad list of 25 may be made during the period of a transfer window. Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.

Ryan Fredericks, Aaron Cresswell, Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere, Michail Antonio and Andy Caroll count as the first six homegrown players but the Hammers need to find two more over 21. Last season Moses Makasi and Josh Cullen filled those roles but with Cullen going out on loan West Ham are now one homegrown player short.

That could mean James Collins is about to be given a squad place on a short-term contract until January.


Adama Traoré strike in injury time earns Wolves victory at West Ham

Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium

With the seconds ticking away, it fell to Adama Traoré to provide a crucial moment of incisiveness. The Wolves winger has rarely been noted for his composure in the final third and it was difficult to shake off the suspicion he would fluff his lines when he ran through in the third of four added minutes.

Yet he kept his focus and fired a low shot past Lukasz Fabianski, sparking delirious scenes in the away end and a mass exodus in the home sections. Wolves had their first victory in the Premier League and, by leaving it so late, Nuno Espírito Santo’s jubilant side deepened Manuel Pellegrini’s growing unease.

This is the first time West Ham have lost their opening four fixtures since 2010-11 and it will not have escaped their attention that they finished that campaign in 20th place, relegated with a game to spare and wondering what on earth possessed them to hire Avram Grant as their manager.

Pellegrini, of course, has a much better track record than Grant and it remains difficult to envisage the Chilean leading West Ham into a survival scrap. Yet the Chilean’s new side already find themselves in an awkward position: bottom of the league despite spending £100m on nine players in the summer. They walked off to boos after yet another demoralising afternoon at the London Stadium. “We need to reduce the amount of mistakes,” Pellegrini said.

The problem for West Ham is they might have to wait a while before they get off the mark. They will have visited Everton and hosted Chelsea and Manchester United by the end of September and Pellegrini will be confronted by a major crisis if he cannot inspire an improvement soon.

Pellegrini did not attempt to defend this uneven performance. West Ham had secured their first competitive win under him earlier in the week, fighting back from a goal down to beat AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup, but they failed to muster any intensity in the first half and Wolves had already spurned a couple of glorious opportunities before Traoré scored his first goal since his £18m move from Middlesbrough last month.

The home fans had roared during the early stages, sensing Wolves were vulnerable when Felipe Anderson forced Rui Patrício to make a fine save in the fourth minute. Yet it was a flawed start from both sides and Anderson’s influence quickly waned. The visitors refused to be cowed after that early flurry and they were dangerous on the right, taking advantage of Michail Antonio’s failure to protect Aaron Cresswell.

Buoyed by holding Manchester City at Molineux last weekend, Wolves looked slick in their 3-4-2-1 system and it was not long before they heard the first rumblings of dissent from the stands. The groans were audible as West Ham conceded possession with alarming regularity.

Pellegrini paid Wolves a compliment by replacing Robert Snodgrass with Andriy Yarmolenko during the interval. The change led to a brief period of improvement, Patrício clawing Antonio’s looping header away after a cross from the Ukrainian.

Yet while Yarmolenko saw a goalbound volley blocked by the excellent Conor Coady with 20 minutes remaining, it would be pushing it to say that West Ham dominated the second half. Wolves had their moments because they kept attacking. “It is special for the boys because we didn’t change since day one last season,” Espírito Santo said. “I don’t know any other way to play football. When it is in your character to want to achieve things, you have to believe.”

When Raúl Jiménez tore down the left, Leo Bonatini looked certain to score. Fabianski sped from his line to deny the substitute, however, and West Ham would breathe another sigh of relief when Jiménez tripped over his own feet after being released by Rúben Neves.

Wolves survived a scare when Patrício denied Arnautovic and they pounced when West Ham took a quick free-kick near their own box, with Carlos Sánchez guilty of dawdling on the ball. Neves and Bonatini combined to release Traoré and his shot was too powerful for Fabianski.

“We need to defend better and score more goals,” Pellegrini said. It sounds so simple.


WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Fabianski 7; Fredericks 6.5, Balbuena 7, Diop 7, Cresswell 6.5; Sanchez 5, Wilshere 6 (Obiang 64, 6); Snodgrass 5 (Yarmalenko 46, 6), Anderson 6.5, Antonio 6 (Chicharito 75); Arnautovic 6.5

Manager: Pellegrini 6

Subs not used: Adrian, Zabaleta Noble, Rice.

Booked: Fredericks, Cresswell

WOLVES (3-5-2-1): Patricio 7; Bennett 7, Coady 7.5, Boly 7; Doherty 6.5, Moutinho 7.5, Neves 8, Jonny 6.5; Costa 6.5 (Bonatini 72, 7), Jota 6.5 (Traore 62, 7.5); Jiminez 7 (Vinagre 87)

Subs not used: Ruddy, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Hause

Manager: Santo 7.5

Referee: Chris Kavanagh - 6

Attendance: 56,947

Man of the match: Neves

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Mex Martillo 9:02 Sun Sep 2
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 3:42 Sun Sep 2
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan in other news I had Porridge for my Sunday Breakfast.

Sven Roeder 1:22 Sun Sep 2
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
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Thanks Alan 12:53 Sun Sep 2
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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