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Alan 12:52 Sat Aug 24
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid remain interested in Neymar but are seeking assurances from Paris St-Germain over 27-year-old Brazilian forward's injury-prone metatarsal. (Marca - in Spanish)

But some reports claim Real and La Liga rivals Barcelona are put off by Neymar's high wage demands. (AS - Spanish)

The father and agent of Arsenal's 27-year-old centre-back Shkodran Mustafi says the German is working on a move away from the club. (Mirror)

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, 28, is expected to sign a new contract with the Reds which will double the Netherlands centre-back's wages to £250,000 a week. (90min)

Manchester United are hopeful of selling Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 30, before the European transfer windows closes. (Mirror)

United players want England striker Marcus Rashford, 21, to take penalties after 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba had a spot-kick saved against Wolves. (Mail)

Tottenham will consider selling Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, if a bid of at least £50m comes in. (Mail)

Manchester City's Germany winger Leroy Sane, 23, could return to action this season despite an anterior cruciate knee injury suffered during the Community Shield earlier in August. (Sun)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says 19-year-old English winger Dwight McNeil will outgrow the club at some stage. (Sky Sports)

Real Sociedad are trying to sign Arsenal's Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal, 33. (Mundo Deportivo)

Tottenham may have a chance of signing forward Paulo Dybala, 25, in January if the Argentina international remains at Juventus. (Football.London)

Juve are said to be open to the idea of letting Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 29, leave the club during this transfer window. (Calciomercato)

Crystal Palace are negotiating a new deal with Belgium striker Christian Benteke, 28. (Evening Standard)

Bayern Munich are set to replace Portugal international Renato Sanches, who has joined Lille, with 22-year-old Espanyol's Spanish midfielder Marc Roca. (L'Equipe - in French)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane does not expect 32-year-old goalkeeper Keylor Navas to leave the club, despite the Costa Rican being linked with Paris St-Germain. (Marca)


Hammers have one doubt for Watford clash

West Ham have one doubt beyond Winston Reid as they prepare for the match at Watford this afternoon (Sat).

Striker Chicharito reported with a sickness bug and his squad involvement will rely entirely on how he feels this morning.

Should he be ruled out, that could allow Swiss striker Albian Ajeti to make his second appearance on the bench after being an unused substitute at Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend.

However, we have been told this morning that the three players missing form last week’s squad – Sebastien Haller, Felipe Anderson and Mark Noble – are fit and ready for inclusion.

Noble’s involvement from the start looks doubtful given lack of match fitness and the alternative looks likely to be Jack Wilshere continuing alongside Declan Rice from the start today.

With a full squad to select from only the possible holding back of Noble may prevent the manager from naming what he will see as his preferred first team and leaves him with a strong bench.

However, that leaves him under some pressure to bring home points with Watford short of three regular first teamers.


Halajko: Tonight's U23 result is one to be proud of

West Ham United U23 Lead Coach Dmitri Halajko was delighted to attain a 3-0 victory against a strong Reading U23 side on Friday night.

Speaking after his side won their third Premier League 2 Division 2 game out of three through goals from Alfie Lewis, Joe Powell and Dan Kemp, Halajko mentioned that, while room remains for improvement, his side should take pride in their achievement on the evening.

He said: “Reading are a good team, so we knew it was going to be tough tonight.

“They’re a team that we think will be fighting for the play-offs, or will be in and around the promotion spots, so to get such a good result against them is something to be proud of.”

In a largely even first half, both teams played the ball around at a fast tempo to counteract one another’s high pressing, trading chances throughout.

It was the Hammers’ off-the-ball work that ultimately paid off, however, when they forced Reading into defensive errors to take a 2-0 lead; the first a composed finish from Lewis, the second an emphatically-taken penalty by Powell.

Both sides continued to have chances in the second half, however, and despite Kemp’s breakaway goal settling the result early on, Halajko mentioned that he’ll be looking for his side to shut games like these down moving forwards.

“We felt we could have controlled the game a little bit more in the first half,” he said.

“After we’d scored the third, we thought we could have settled it down and dominated the ball a little bit more, but I think some of our attacking play, to create the chances, was very good.”

“We scored at crucial times – they were crucial goals at crucial times, both well-taken. One was from a penalty – but we missed one the other week, so it was good to put that right – and then there was a really good counter-attack for the third goal that sealed the game.”

The evening also saw Hammers fans enjoy their first glimpse of young Portuguese defender Gonçalo Cardoso, who signed for West Ham from Boavista at the start of the month, and started in central defence alongside Aji Alese.

Halajko said of the 18-year-old’s debut: “He got a clean sheet, and that’s what you want from your defenders. He’s obviously a good player, that’s why he’s been brought to the football club.

“He trained with us yesterday and then played today, so he hasn’t had time to get to know everyone totally, but as you can see, he slotted straight in.”

Another star on the evening was lone centre forward Oladapo Afolayan, who played a significant role in all three goals through his constant pressing.

“His work rate in all three league games has been exceptional. We’ve managed to build from that – he’s set the standard of how to press,” Halajko said of the striker.

“His work rate is tireless, he never lets the centre-halves have a minute, and now he’s starting to add in hold-up play, runs in behind, and being a goal threat for us. He’s been great not just tonight, but in all three games.”

Looking forward to next Friday, when West Ham U23 will visit the famous stadium Old Trafford to face only other side with a 100 per cent record in the division – Manchester United U23 – Halajko says that the team will go there, above all else, prepared for the occasion.

He said: “We want to play in big games at big stadiums against big teams, and next week we’ll have that. That’s where development happens, which is what we’re here for.

“We go there with confidence. We go there looking forward to a great game of football, which I’m sure it will be.”

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DukeofDevo 5:46 Sat Aug 24
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Too much Mexican food, refried beans and Burritos washed down with a crate of Sol = sickness

jimbo2. 2:16 Sat Aug 24
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Ta very much Al, 2-1 to us today!

Texas Iron 2:10 Sat Aug 24
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Little Pea...again with mysterybbug...
Is it the Powder...???

ted fenton 1:29 Sat Aug 24
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Sydney_Iron 1:07 Sat Aug 24

ted fenton 1:29 Sat Aug 24
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Sydney_Iron 1:07 Sat Aug 24

geoffpikey 1:12 Sat Aug 24
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Thanks Alan. Hernandez appears to be the most non-specific "sickness" man alive.

Sydney_Iron 1:07 Sat Aug 24
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tr3bor 12:59 Sat Aug 24

tr3bor 12:59 Sat Aug 24
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Thanks Alan

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