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Alan 11:38 Sun Aug 11
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Juventus are not giving up hope that they will be able to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 26. (Express)

Pogba insists he will not split the dressing room despite claims he wanted a move away from Old Trafford. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are interested in a deal that would see Real Madrid buy Brazil forward Neymar, 27, from them in exchange for £149m and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, 33. (Times - subscription required)

Real Madrid offered £85m and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, for Neymar this summer but the deal was rejected by PSG. (Mundo Deportivo, via Express)

Bayern Munich are close to signing Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic, 30, from Inter Milan. The two sides are finalising an agreement that will see the player move initially on loan with an option to buy in a deal worth £23.5m. (Sky Italia via Sky Sports)

Tottenham defender Serge Aurier wants to leave the club, with AC Milan and former club PSG both interested in signing the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international. (Mail)

Manchester United are still unclear whether keeper David de Gea will sign a new contract with them. The 28-year-old's current deal expires next summer and the Spaniard is free to talk to foreign clubs in January. (Mirror)

Manchester United had a £24m bid for Dinamo Zagreb's 21-year-old Spanish midfielder Dani Olmo rejected before Thursday's transfer deadline. (Sportske Novosti via Mirror)

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes is on a shortlist of managers to lead David Beckham's Inter Miami. (Mirror)

Juventus' Argentine forward Paulo Dybala, 25, travelled with the team for their final pre-season match against Atletico Madrid in Stockholm despite interest from French side Paris St-Germain. (Mail)

Juventus are frustrated with Germany midfielder Sami Khedira after the 32-year-old turned down several transfer offers - including from Wolves - in favour of holding out for an offer from Arsenal that failed to materialise. (Calciomercato via Sun)

Celtic, Besiktas and Rennes are all chasing Everton and DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie, 30, who has already turned down one option for a move to Russian side CSKA Moscow. (Goal)

Jose Mourinho has taken up a role as an analyst with Sky Sports and his first assignment will be Sunday's match between his former teams Manchester United and Chelsea. (Sky Sports)

Scottish full-back Kieran Tierney, 22, has already impressed his new Arsenal team-mates by breaking a standing jump record despite being injured. The deadline-day arrival from Celtic performed a huge 55cm leap in the vertical jump test, beating the club's previous best mark - set by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - by one centimetre. (Sun)

Portsmouth fans got a "classy" surprise at their League One match against Tranmere on Saturday when Hollywood actor Will Ferrell watched their 2-0 win from the director's box. The movie star accepted an invitation from Pompey's owner - former Disney supremo Michael Eisner.







** Rings buddhist gong - thinks only positive thoughts - "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" **

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West Ham United U23 3-0 Fulham U23

West Ham United U23s kicked off their Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign with a resounding 3-0 victory against Fulham U23 at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

In a match packed with West Ham chances, goals from Dan Kemp, Alfie Lewis and Oladapo Afolayan secured a winning start to the campaign for Dimitri Halajko's men. You can see images from Friday night's match above.

West Ham U23's next Premier League 2 fixture is against Newcastle on Saturday 17 August.

Highlights

U23s Head Coach Dimitri Halajko has urged his side to retain their momentum following a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Fulham U23 this evening.

With his team opening their Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign with an emphatic victory – secured by first-half strikes from Kemp and Lewis, and a second-half Afolayan tap-in – Halajko urged his young players to continue to enjoy their football moving forwards.

Speaking after the match, he said: “We’re very happy. A 3-0 win, a clean sheet, good individual performances and a good team performance.

"We just said remember the feeling they got after today’s game. Keep that and remember it, and try and repeat it, because that’s what football’s all about, days like today. If we can have as many of those as possible, that’s a good thing.”

The U23s started with an abundance of energy that yielded two goals in the first opening fifteen minutes. The first came when a quickly-taken free-kick found Dan Kemp, who slotted past the keeper, and the second when a low cross found Alfie Lewis to side foot home.



The third also embodied the team’s desire and hunger, when Oladapo Afolayan dispossessed the Fulham U23 goalkeeper before finishing into an empty net.

Such intensity impressed Halajko, who praised “the way we pressed the ball in one half of the pitch, the way we broke lines with our passes to play forward, and then the chances we created.

“We could’ve had more: we missed a penalty and the goalkeeper’s made a few good saves, so we were clinical in terms of creating our chances, but we could finish a higher number in terms of the number of chances we create.”

While the result proved the perfect opening to the campaign for the U23 side, Halajko is aware that bigger tests will come – and more frequently – in the months ahead.

He said: “We want to test the boys. I like to play a game every four to five days really, so it is a lot of games, but that’s what we want, we want to test the boys, we want them to come thick and fast, so that it’s the best challenge for them.

“The team needs to be picked on merit in terms of the people who are training well and working hard, but to be fair to our squad at the moment that could be pretty much everyone, because everyone’s doing well.”




Keen off to winning start with West Ham U18s

Goals from Sebastian Nebyla and Kai Corbett were enough to give West Ham United U18s a winning start under Kevin Keen in the U18 Premier League South.

Taking on Swansea U18 at a windswept Little Heath Sports Ground this morning, the young Hammers fell behind to a 19th-minute effort from the visitors’ striker.

Having missed the opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot shortly afterwards, Nebyla would go on to level the scores in the 29th minute.

It then fell to Corbett to win the game within the first-half, striking a top-quality free-kick from 25 yards in the 41st minute which granted Keen the perfect start to league life as Lead Coach of the Academy side, having returned to the club in early July.

The 2-1 victory places West Ham U18s fifth after the first round of U18 Premier League South fixtures, as Keen looks to build on their eighth-placed finish last season.

The Hammers’ next fixture in the U18 Premier League South will be against Chelsea U18 at Cobham Training Ground at 11am on Saturday 17 August.



Calciohellas

Who is David Sullivan, the new potential investor of Verona

The West Ham co-owner could be interested in the majority stake of the Gialloblù club, and according to the Arena he would have already met Setti

There could be big news regarding Verona: as reported by L´Arena, businessman David Sullivan would even be interested in acquiring the majority stake of the company.

But who is David Sullivan? And why would he want to join Hellas? Waiting to verify how much there is actually concrete, let's go through a little of his "curriculum".

SOCCER, RED LIGHTS AND A GOLDEN HEART. Born in Cardiff, a former film actor and entrepreneur in the same environment, the Welshman has also invested in sports publishing (he was the owner, among others, of the tabloid Daily Sport) and in football. From 1993 to 2009 Sullivan was in fact co-owner of Birmingham City, while today he is the owner of West Ham. He is also famous at home to be very active in charity, particularly in the context of the fight against cancer and autism.

APPEAL. What would have attracted the interest of Sullivan is the now famous stadium project: according to the Arena, in fact, the construction of the Arena Stadium would be a sort of "insurance" for the British entrepreneur, who however would like to do so that Hellas became the only company that owns the plant. Then there is the Serie A, which has always been a guarantee of visibility in Italy and abroad, but probably also the negotiation with Balotelli, which is guaranteeing Verona a good deal of attention from the Italian and foreign press.

Always according to what was reported by the Scaliger newspaper, in recent days Setti would have met the businessman several times: the patron of Hellas has in fact never hidden from being in search of partners, and the great economic availability of the counterpart (it is estimated a patrimony of about 500 million euros) would guarantee Hellas an excellent extra liquidity injection that would allow the Gialloblù to settle steadily in the top flight. Obviously, however, we repeat it a second time for safety, there is first to be seen how much there is truth in this negotiation ...



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Mex Martillo 10:23 Mon Aug 12
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Fivetide 10:02 Sun Aug 11
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Top hole!

Thanks Alan :)

happygilmore 1:05 Sun Aug 11
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ha ..thanks Alan

Just like I thought, reports of a hammering by Man City were Fake News!

norwaytips 1:05 Sun Aug 11
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
.....and nothing in the papers, about a 5-0 thrashing? 😂😂

ted fenton 12:50 Sun Aug 11
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 11:53 Sun Aug 11

Thanks Alan 11:53 Sun Aug 11
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 11:45 Sun Aug 11

The Stoat 11:45 Sun Aug 11
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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