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Alan 11:56 Wed Aug 28
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 37, says he would welcome a return to Manchester United, where he scored 29 goals in 53 games before leaving for the United States. (Daily Star)

Tottenham are unsure of Christian Eriksen's intentions after a breakdown of the relationship between chairman Daniel Levy and the 27-year-old Denmark midfielder's agent. (Guardian)

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes Eriksen should start for Spurs despite uncertainty over his future. (Talksport)

Roma are preparing to make a fresh move for Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, 30. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Napoli are holding off offering a two-year contract to 34-year-old free agent Fernando Llorente as they await an outcome from 26-year-old Mauro Icardi's summit talks with Inter Milan. (Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia)

Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela, 30, has revealed he was close to moving to Barcelona on loan from current club LAFC. (BS Podcast via Goal)

Real Sociedad want to push through a rapid deal for Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal so he can train with the club and make his debut on Friday night. The 33-year-old has been offered a two-year contract with an option for a further 12 months. (Express)

Leicester are in talks with Olympiakos over a deal to sell 27-year-old winger Rachid Ghezzal to the Greek side. (Sky Sports)

West Ham are close to agreeing terms on a new contract with Argentina midfielder Manuel Lanzini, 26. (Sky Sports)

Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku, 26, wanted to leave Manchester United because he was bored at Old Trafford, according to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez. (Mirror)

Brighton's Dutch winger Jurgen Locadia, 25, could make a loan move to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. (Argus)

Paul Pogba's brother Mathias, 29, a forward for Club Deportivo Manchego in the Spanish fourth tier, says his 26-year-old Manchester United sibling would be "great" for Real Madrid. (AS)

Everton and Turkey striker Cenk Tosun wants to stay at the club despite rumours linking the 28-year-old with a move to Eintracht Frankfurt. (Turkish Football)

Liverpool say they have no plans to sell forward Bobby Duncan and have rejected an approach from Fiorentina for the 18-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City are tracking Hearts defender Aaron Hickey with a view to a £1.5m January swoop for the 17-year-old. (Sun)

West Brom's England Under-19 midfielder Rekeem Harper, 19, is a big part of Slaven Bilic's plans this season and will get his chance soon, the head coach has promised. (Express and Star)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

The summer’s hottest transfer saga shows no sign of fizzling out. No, not Neymar to Barcelona. Or Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid. Or Alexis Sánchez to Inter. Come on: it’s Dejan Lovren to Roma, who remain dead set on signing the Liverpool defender, even though he’s Dejan Lovren.

That’s probably the biggest rumour of the day, though the Mill is intrigued to learn that Paul Pogba’s brother, Mathias, reckons the Manchester United midfielder would do well at Real Madrid. Not that he’s biased or anything. Meanwhile Barcelona continue to pursue a deal for Neymar and are offering £150m for the Paris Saint-Germain forward. The La Liga champions are also willing to have someone drive Ousmane Dembélé to Paris as part of the deal. It will give Ivan Rakitic something to do.

Having lost Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller this summer, Eintracht Frankfurt have decided it would be less hassle to have a striker who never scores. As such they’re in for Everton’s goalshy forward Cenk Tosun. However Tosun saw Theo Walcott’s horror miss against Aston Villa at the weekend and reckons he could yet have a chance of establishing himself at Everton.

Nacho Monreal, described by some Arsenal fans as the best left-back in England, is so good that he’s off to Real Sociedad. Meanwhile Manchester City are planning a £1.5m swoop for Hearts whizzkid Aaron Hickey, a 17-year-old defender.

Apparently Rachid Ghezzal still plays for Leicester. Not for much longer, though – Olympiakos are closing in on a deal for the winger. Elsewhere Brighton disappointment Jürgen Locadia could join Hoffenheim on loan.


Jack Wilshere kickstarts West Ham’s Carabao Cup victory over Newport

Stuart James at Rodney Parade

It has been a long time coming but the wait is finally over for Jack Wilshere, who opened his West Ham United account in the rather inauspicious surroundings of Rodney Parade and in the process scored his first goal in 19 months. The last, for the record, came for Arsenal against Chelsea, when the stakes were a little higher.

Jack Wilshere opens the scoring for West Ham. Photograph: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty

At least it was a step in the right direction for Wilshere, whose West Ham career has never really got going since he joined the club last summer. He lasted 81 minutes here, by which time West Ham were two goals to the good courtesy of a tap-in from Pablo Fornals, a £25m summer signing from Villarreal, midway through the second half.

While it was hard to see a way back for Newport County at that point, Michael Flynn’s players deserve credit for the way they continued to threaten. Kyle Howkins, who was at fault for the first goal, twice came close to pulling a goal back with headers and Josh Sheehan thumped a late shot against the crossbar.

Ultimately, though, West Ham’s class told on a night when Felipe Anderson had to be summoned from the bench with only eight minutes on the clock after Michail Antonio, sprinting clear of the Newport defence, pulled up with a hamstring injury. Anderson would go on to set up West Ham’s second goal at a stage of the game when the Premier League club had started to take control.

“Happy for the result, happy not to concede goals and happy with the performance, especially the last 45 minutes of the game, I think that we dominated,” Manuel Pellegrini, the West Ham manager, said. “The first 45 minutes was more equal because we knew before that Newport are a difficult team here, with such a direct style, with so many crosses, but I think that we played a good game.”

Newport’s reputation precedes them these days. They have become well known for their giantkilling exploits, after knocking Leeds, Leicester and Middlesbrough out of the FA Cup across the previous two seasons, and the home supporters had arrived hoping for another scalp. Maybe it could have happened again had Padraig Amond not shot straight at Roberto, the West Ham goalkeeper, in the 24th minute.

It was an excellent chance and came about after Tristan Abrahams, who was a lively presence up front for Newport, robbed Issa Diop of the ball. Diop, who was the only survivor from the West Ham team that won at Watford on Saturday endured another anxious moment shortly after the half-hour mark, when he nearly turned a cross from Corey Whitely into his own net.

In the end, though, it was a bad mistake at the other end of the pitch that led to the breakthrough. Howkins, the Newport centre-half, got the ball stuck between his feet after he cut out Wilshere’s attempt to find Albian Ajeti, who made his West Ham debut up front. Wilshere pounced on the loose ball before calmly slotting a low left-footed shot beyond Nick Townsend.

Fornals, who had earlier hit the upright, then squandered an opportunity to double West Ham’s lead on the stroke of half-time when Townsend raced from his line to smother at his feet. The midfielder’s reward would come, though, when Anderson’s pass ran through for him to convert his first goal for West Ham with the minimum of fuss.

Flynn sounded a little frustrated afterwards. “I thought they were very good but you can’t make those mistakes like we did,” the Newport manager said. “They’re good enough anyway; they don’t need any help.”


Jack Wilshere scores first West Ham goal as they edge into Carabao Cup third round with victory over Newport

Jack Wilshere and Pablo Fornals struck their first goals for West Ham to ensure they avoided becoming Newport County’s latest Premier League scalp.

The Rodney Parade crowd came in expectation of another famous cup upset, but Wilshere’s sucker punch before half-time knocked the fight out of Mike Flynn’s plucky League Two promotion hopefuls.

And Spanish midfielder Fornals made the most of his audition for a starting place in the Premier League with his first goal since his £24 million move to East London.

Manuel Pellegrini was clearly unfazed by Newport’s recent history of cup upsets as he made 10 changes to the side that overcame Watford to secure their first Premier League victory of the season.

Summer strike-force addition Alban Ajeti and goalkeeper Roberto came in for full debuts while Wilshere was handed a start in midfield.

It was a different story for Newport manager Flynn, who made just a single change after their smash-and-grab victory over Crewe.

He kept faith with the 10 outfield players who made it 15 league games unbeaten, but rewarded goalkeeper Nick Townsend with a starting spot after his penalty heroics at Gillingham booked them this glamour tie with the Premier League heavyweights.

Pellegrini was given an early headache after Michail Antonio appeared to pull his hamstring charging onto a Fornals pass that would have put him clean through on goal.

Felipe Anderson entered the fray in his place with only seven minutes gone and almost immediately carved the defence apart with an inch-perfect through ball to Aaron Cresswell down the left wing.

Fornals arrived late in the box to meet Cresswell’s cut-back but could only steer his effort onto the post.

It felt like a West Ham goal was imminent until Newport’s tenacity presented them with a golden opportunity.

Tristan Abrahams wrestled Issa Diop off the ball deep inside West Ham territory and crossed to the feet of strike partner Padraig Amond, but the hero of last year’s Leicester triumph hit a weak shot straight at Roberto.

Newport’s hard work was undone by a mistake two minutes before half-time. Wilshere nipped in after centre-back Kyle Howkins miscontrolled a simple ball at the back and calmly side-footed the ball into the net for his first West Ham goal.

Abrahams was a whisker away from equalising for Newport when he slid in to get on the end of Robbie Willmott’s wicked cross, but he failed to make a solid contact. But their fate was sealed in the 65th minute when another Hammer got his first goal in claret and blue. Fornals was in the right place at the right time to convert Anderson’s cross after the ball sprang loose from a melee in the six-yard box.

That goal sucked the belief of an unlikely comeback from the Rodney Parade terraces as the comfortable visitors starved the hosts of possession.

It looked like there would be one more twist in the tale when Josh Sheehan went clear through on goal, but his fierce strike rattled the cross bar.

In the end it was job done for West Ham, who will have to look ahead to Saturday’s clash with Norwich without the injured Antonio.
Match details

Newport County (4-4-2): Townsend; McNamara, Howkins, O’Brien, Haynes; Whitely (Maloney 66), Sheehan, Dolan (Bennett 66), Willmott (Collins 83); Abrahams, Amond.

West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Roberto; Zabaleta, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Sanchez, Wilshere (Coventry 83) ; Antonio (Anderson 7), Snodgrass, Fornals; Ajeti.

Referee: Stephen Martin

Attendance: 6,382.


Horrendous Antonio update

Michail Antonio is facing the prospect of an operation and three month lay-off after hobbling out of the match against Newport County last night.

There are real fears that the 30 year old – who has made such a great start to the season – may have snapped his hamstring.

He broke down after six minutes when bearing down on goal and the immediate reaction was that he was in big trouble although that was played down a little by manager Manuel Pellegrini after the game.

He suggested that Michail could be off for two weeks before making it clear that there could be no realistic prediction until today.

However ClaretandHugh learned this morning that such is the extent of the injury and associated bleeding that the player can’t be scanned for another two days at least.

And we were told by a highly placed source via e mail there were real fears that, just as was the case on his previous long term hamstring injury on the other leg, he would go under the knife and face a likely three months on the sidelines.

Sam Inkersole

A posterior crucial ligament strain for Mesaque Dju. Not as serious as first thought but likely to be out for 4 months. No surgery required.

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jimbo2. 4:44 Wed Aug 28
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Why is it that when our “in form” players inevitably get injured, it’s always a bad injury? Thanks Al.

ted fenton 2:41 Wed Aug 28
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Sydney_Iron 12:30 Wed Aug 28

Sydney_Iron 12:30 Wed Aug 28
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Thanks Alan 12:12 Wed Aug 28

Thanks Alan 12:12 Wed Aug 28
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Mad Dog 12:08 Wed Aug 28

Mad Dog 12:08 Wed Aug 28
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Thanks Alan

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