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Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way

Alan 12:27 Sun Dec 2
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are ready to spend £70m on Everton's England international Jordan Pickford, 24, if they lose Spaniard David de Gea, 28, to Paris St-Germain. (Sunday Mirror)

De Gea will resist any attempts by Manchester United to sell him before he leaves on a free in the summer of 2020, although he could stay at the Old Trafford club if they make him their best-paid player. (Times - subscription required)

Napoli have turned down Manchester United's £91m offer for Senegal international defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 27. (Corriere dello Sport, via Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, 30, could consider his options next summer with Inter Milan a possible destination. (Sun on Sunday)

Real Madrid could make a surprise move for Arsenal's Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, in January. (Sunday Mirror)

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has asked Liverpool to let him have England defender Nathaniel Clyne, 27, on loan for the rest of the season. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea are keen to sign to Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic, but want to lower the £70m price tag set by the Bundesliga leaders for the 20-year-old USA international. (Goal.com)

Chelsea have joined a number of clubs, including Everton, Juventus and Manchester United, in following Brazilian defender Eder Militao, who plays for Porto. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip, 27, has moved down the pecking order at Anfield but is determined to stay at the club and fight for his place rather than leave the club. (Star on Sunday)

AC Milan have joined Arsenal and Chelsea in being interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, 24. (Sunday Express, via Calciomercato)

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez wants to make two signings in the first two weeks of the January transfer window. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Watford, Cardiff and West Brom are among the teams interested in Nottingham Forest's English winger Joe Lolley, 26. (Mail on Sunday)

Tottenham's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld, 29, says the north London derby is not the biggest game of the season for his team. (Observer)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche dismissed a reporter's view that his team's performance in the 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace was unacceptable. (Talksport)

Manchester United midfielder Fred, 25, said he was "annoyed" after his struggles for the club cost him his place in the Brazil squad. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says other teams are too scared of Manchester City and do not show his side as much respect as they do to the Premier League champions. (Sunday Express)

Claudio Ranieri says facing Chelsea and Leicester as Fulham manager will be emotional, but his sole focus will be to avoid relegation. (London Evening Standard, via Gazzetta dello Sport)

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says the Seagulls are not big spenders in Premier League terms. (Argus)

Real Madrid have sent their members an email offering tickets for the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate after it was moved to their Bernabeu stadium. (AS)


Javier Hernández double helps West Ham end Newcastle’s winning run

Felipe Anderson will surely haunt DeAndre Yedlin’s memory for some considerable time. The Brazilian’s devastatingly intelligent change of pace periodically unhinged Newcastle’s entire back four but, as his specific marker, the USA right-back endured a particularly chastening match. His sense of self-esteem may take a while to recover.

If Anderson destabilised his hosts, Newcastle suffered the further indignity of dissection by Robert Snodgrass’s left-footed precision and were grateful Javier Hernández converted only two of the chances that came his way. By the time Anderson claimed a merited stoppage-time third, the sense of Geordie optimism engendered by a recent three-game winning run had long since evaporated.

West Ham started the game in impressive fashion and opened the scoring when Hernandez managed to find the net

“Felipe’s still learning the Premier League but he’s improving with every game,” said a contented Manuel Pellegrini who revealed Hernández’s recent appearances have been restricted by a virus. “I’m so happy for Javier,” said the West Ham manager. “He’s been five weeks ill.”

All in all it was a day on which the £100m invested by West Ham last summer seemed shrewd business, while Newcastle’s £20m transfer market profit appeared high-risk folly rather than prudence. “West Ham spent money on offensive players and that made the difference,” said Benítez, pointedly. “It’s a reminder of how tough things can be for us. If you don’t take your chances and another team has quality, this is what happens.”

Fortune began frowning on Newcastle as Hernández gave West Ham an 11th-minute lead, his goal coinciding with the late arrival of a minority of fans who had delayed their entry to the ground to precisely the same moment. The idea was to stage a “walk-in” protest to highlight the overall awfulness of Mike Ashley’s 11-year ownership but it rather backfired. As West Ham celebrated, the stragglers took their seats to a volley of boos from the majority of supporters who feared the demonstration would undermine the home performance.

Sure enough, as soon as the militants started shuffling in, Newcastle’s defence suffered a concentration lapse and Javier Manquillo allowed Snodgrass sufficient space to curl in a gorgeous left-foot, right-wing, cross. All that remained was for the unmarked Hernández to time his connecting run perfectly before extending his right foot and sweeping the ball beyond Martin Dubravka from close range.

Newcastle may claim they were distracted by those ripples of movement in the Gallowgate End but Manquillo, recalled for a rare outing at left-back, already looked a weak link against Snodgrass. Had Rafael Benítez really been right to disregard the old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” maxim and abandon the back three who had served him so well at Burnley last Monday? That trinity’s dismantling left Ciaran Clark, very much the hero of Turf Moor, warming the home bench alongside Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey. As Anderson’s incisive advances down the left of Pellegrini’s 4-4-2 formation illuminated the rainiest and gloomiest of Tyneside December afternoons, the latter pair surely saw their chances of swift recalls enhanced.

With a sodden, awkwardly tricky surface ensuring chances came and went at both ends, no one was entirely in control and Ayoze Pérez spurned three decent openings for Newcastle. Until Hernández registered his second, West Ham’s lead always looked fragile. When Declan Rice hooked a ball forward, the sporadically brilliant Marko Arnautovic flicked a header down into the path of Hernández, whose surge into the area concluded with a low shot, side-footed beyond Dubravka. Like Pérez, the Mexican had missed some decent openings but he finally scored again by converting surely the most difficult of the lot.

Anderson capped off an encouraging performance with an impressive goal as West Ham returned to winning ways

Not to be eclipsed, Anderson appropriately enjoyed the last word, connecting with the substitute Jack Wilshere’s slick counterattacking pass and shooting left-foot into the bottom corner. By then Pérez had been withdrawn – and jeered off – after fluffing a close-range header and a couple of shots – not to mention looking an ersatz No 10. Small wonder Benítez is desperate to sign Atlanta United’s £25m-rated Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almirón next month. Much may hinge on Ashley’s willingness – or reluctance – finally to speculate to accumulate.


Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Dubravka 6; Yedlin 6.5, Schar 6, Fernandez 6, Manquillo 6.5; Ritchie 5 (Atsu 54 5.5), Diame 5, Ki 6.5, Kenedy 5 (Shelvey 70 5); Perez 5.5 (Joselu 78 6); Rondon 6

Subs: Woodman (Gk), Clark, Lascelles, Longstaff

Booked: Schar, Ritchie, Yedlin

West Ham (4-4-2): Fabianksi 6.5; Zabaleta 6, Balbeuna 6 Diop 6, Cresswell 6 (Masuaku 54 6); Snodgrass 6.5, Rice 7, Noble 6 (Wilshere 85), Anderson 7.5; Arnautovic 6 (Obiang 71 6), Hernandez 8

Subs: Adrian (Gk), Carroll, Ogbonna, Perez

Goals: Hernandez 11 & 63, Felipe Anderson 90

Booked: Snodgrass, Zabaleta, Noble

Referee: Paul Tierney 6.5


West Ham run riot as Newcastle United fan protest falls flat on afternoon of misery for St James' Park faithful

Luke Edwards, St James’ Park

If Newcastle United’s disgruntled supporters did not deliver the sort of mass protest that would put pressure on owner Mike Ashley to rectify the mistake he made in the summer, the team did it for them.

This was a timely reminder of Newcastle’s many limitations after three successive wins had lifted the sense of dread on Tyneside. Having tried to arrange a protest that would see fans refuse to take their seats until the 11th minute, symbolising the frustration that has built over 11 years under Ashley, the only thing of note that happened in that minute was West Ham taking the lead through Javier Hernandez – not what anybody had in mind.

Those campaigning for change at Newcastle, either in ownership or direction, cannot be faulted for their effort or the intentions, but the numbers involved were disappointing. The fact there were also some boos from fellow supporters as they belatedly took their seats shows how difficult it is to convince others that a more militant approach is needed.

Although Newcastle responded well on the pitch to conceding the first goal, they have never been good at chasing a game under Rafael Benitez. As their desperation grew, they were undone by West Ham counter-attacks, Hernandez scoring again just after the hour. Felipe Anderson added a fine individual goal in stoppage time.

“It was a reminder of how hard things can be for us,” said Benitez. “You can see the players they have up front, the value of them. They took their chances. We were too open and were punished.

“We have won three games, the team was doing well, and we tried to be more adventurous, but we made mistakes, we didn’t take our chances and the difference was the players West Ham have up front.”

West Ham finished below Newcastle last season but spent more than £100 m to rectify that, also appointing Manuel Pellegrini as manager. In contrast, Newcastle kept Benitez but ludicrously ended the summer window more than £20 m in profit after telling him he had to sell to buy.

Had Ayoze Perez taken one of his three chances before half-time, things might have been different, but even if Newcastle had equalised, West Ham’s pace and precision in transition meant they were a constant threat.

“We gave a complete performance,” said Pellegrini. “We gave a complete performance. We scored three good goals, we were solid and our play on the counter-attack created so many chances.”

Premier League

Chicharito closing in on Cahill record

West Ham striker's double edges him towards best PL total of goals scored exclusively in the penalty area

By scoring twice for West Ham United against Newcastle United on Saturday Chicharito not only helped his side on their way to a rare 3-0 away victory at St James' Park, but he closed in on a Premier League record.

Chicharito's goals in the 11th and 63rd minute of the match gave the Hammers their greatest Premier League victory at Newcastle since October 1998, which was also a 3-0 triumph.

They also helped the Mexican striker to close in on an individual landmark set by Tim Cahill.

Australian midfielder Cahill is the player to have scored the most PL goals exclusively from inside the penalty area, with 56.

Chicharito's double took him to 48 goals in the competition, all of which have been scored in the 18-yard box.

Most PL goals only in penalty area

Player Goals only in box

Tim Cahill 56
Chicharito 48
John Terry 41
David Unsworth 38
Kevin Doyle 37

Top-ten performer

Chicharito is also among the very best when it comes to his goal ratio.

He is in the top 10 for goals scored per minute in the Premier League, with an average of 141.5 minutes per strike.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero leads the way (108.1 minutes per goal) for those who have scored at least 20 PL goals.

Player Goals- Mins played- Mins/goal

Sergio Aguero 151- 16329- 108.1
Mohamed Salah 41- 4570- 111.5
Harry Kane 115- 13364- 116.2
Thierry Henry 175- 21313- 121.8
Ruud van Nistelrooy- 95- 12178- 128.2
Gabriel Jesus 21- 2703- 128.7
Luis Suarez 69- 9577- 138.8
Robin van Persie 144- 20155- 139.7
Hernan Crespo 20- 2813- 140.7
Chicharito 48- 6794- 141.5


Anderson on his Irons expectations…and it’s all good

Felipe Anderson received rave reports last night and this morning after a brilliant display at Newcastle which was probably even better than his outstanding display against Burnley.

The Brazilian showed a vast array of skills against the Geordies and probably, with the rest of the team, demonstrated that the time for looking over our shoulders soon become a thing of the past.

It has taken nearly half the season but his performances are becoming more regular and exciting confirming another of the manager’s predictions.

He explained when our nerves were rattling early on as bad result followed bad result that things would take time to improve, the same remark was applied to Anderson although he added he couldn’t put a timetable on such things .

That Felipe is running into form as perhaps less demanding fixtures (on paper anyway) are on our agenda is more than encouraging for as he showed yesterday he has the beating of most players when at his best.

And after the game he told www.whufc.com: “I’m very happy because we played a good match and I scored a goal and the most important thing, that the team got the three points.

“I think that the potential was always there but we managed to get a very important victory against a very hard rival.

“It was great to be able to score first so we could use my characteristics and my teammates to launch counter-attacks and we were very happy to be able to dictate the rhythm of the game.

We managed to withstand their pressure when we were leading 1-0 and we were clever looking for the second to close the game.

“Certainly, this season we haven’t been able to be consistent. We play very well one match and then the next one we can’t manage to sustain the same level of performance but now we expect to change that flow and manage to have a streak of victories to realise our potential. We have the will and the quality to do it.”

He added: “The fans are incredible! Always supporting, at home and away, even with this cold!

“The atmosphere in the games that they create is amazing and I’m very happy for their support and to be able to count on them.”

Arsenal midfielder would be a good fit for Hammers

Aaron Ramsey will depart Arsenal for free at the end of the season after the club told him in person why he will not be offered a new contract.
The Wales midfielder is understood to have accepted this will be his last season at the club, having made 341 appearances and scored 59 goals since he joined from Cardiff City for just under £5m in 2008. Lauren told Sky Sports News: “He wants to play. The club are looking at other ways but as a player you have to find your own way. If you don’t have the first-team shirt you have to go elsewhere. If I was him I would stay in London because he knows the city.

“Somewhere like West Ham would fit him. It would give him the leadership he needs and he is based in London so I think he has to stay at a London club.”

When I first heard this story I thought I don’t want a thirty-something Arsenal has-been at the club, Ramsey seems to have been around forever at Arsenal so I was utterly surprised to find out he is still only 27 years of age.

Ramsey is a box to box midfielder with an excellent dribble success rate, he performs his defensive duties diligently and is capable of driving from deep to turn defence into attack, while also being a threat in the final third and his average speed is still up there with the best.

Perhaps the most important stat, however, is the number of minutes spent on the pitch. The Welshman has regularly struggled with injuries in the past. His recent injury record isn’t too bad after his horror leg break in 2010. He suffered from a small groin injury earlier this year which kept him out for one game and a hamstring injury this time last year kept him out for nine games.

Ramsey’s £110.000 per week wages means he would need to become one of West Ham’s top earners to join the Hammers and he is likely to want a massive signing on fee and a big fee for his agent in lieu of a transfer fee in the Summer.

Double injury worry for Irons ahead of Cardiff clash

West Ham will be without Aaron Cresswell and have also been hit with another injury concern ahead of the Tuesday night visit of Cardiff City.

There is a doubt over highly impressive central defender Fabian Balbuena who has a dead leg after the exertions of the match against Newcastle yesterday afternoon and looks set to be replaced by Angelo Ogbonna.

And with Pablo Zabaleta – in all probability taking a rest – it means that the team will include Michail Antonio in the right back spot.

ClaretandHugh has learned from our senior source by text message that Cresswell faces a scan on a hamstring this week and that it’s a wait and see situation as far as Balbuena is concerned over the next 48 hours.

It’s a pity for Cresswell in particular as he was enjoying one of his best games for a long while before being forced off in the second half to be replaced by Arthur Masuaku who looks booked to continue against Neil Warnock’s outfit.

Likely team: Fabianski; Antonio, Ogbonna/Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku; Noble, Rice, Snodgrass, Anderson, Arnautovic, Chicharito

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 12:20 Mon Dec 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Nurse Ratched 9:43 Sun Dec 2
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
This doesn't mean I've forgotten, Alan...

gph 4:03 Sun Dec 2
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

Nurse Ratched 1:25 Sun Dec 2
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Much obliged, Alan.

Thanks Alan 1:22 Sun Dec 2
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 12:30 Sun Dec 2

Sven Roeder 12:30 Sun Dec 2
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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