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Alan 12:33 Sun Sep 1
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Neymar's return to Barcelona has fallen through, with the Brazil forward, 27, agreeing to stay at Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain. (Sun)

As a result, Denmark's 27-year-old midfielder Christian Eriksen's £72m move from Tottenham to PSG is off. (Football.London)

But Eriksen could still leave Spurs, with Juventus gearing up for a last-minute move and the playmaker still hoping for a switch to Spain. (Express)

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, will resist Manchester United's attempts to convince him to sign a new contract in a bid to secure a move to Real Madrid. (Mirror)

But United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Pogba will stay at Old Trafford amid interest from Real. (Express)

Bayern Munich still want to sign Manchester City's Leroy Sane - even though the German winger, 23, is set for a lengthy injury lay-off. (Mirror)

Manchester United could be looking to sell Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, in January as their scouts are scouring Europe for a new keeper. (Sun)

Rangers and Roma have enquired about taking Manchester City's England Under-21 midfielder Phil Foden, 19, on loan. (Mirror)

West Ham and Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, 31, has handed in a transfer request as he edges closer to a move to Sevilla. (Mail)

Alexis Sanchez, 30, joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan after Manchester United boss Solskjaer told the Chile forward he would only play in cup games and the Europa League. (Sun)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has given up on signing winger Ryan Kent, 22, from his former club Liverpool. (Express)

Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, had agreed a move to Tottenham from Sporting Lisbon, but the Primeira Liga club blocked the switch. (GQ Portugal via Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund are the latest club to show an interest in Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan, 18, with the Bundesliga outfit keen to bring in more English talent alongside Jadon Sancho. (90min)

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 26, is threatening to sue the Serie A club, because the Argentina international is unhappy about being dropped from the first team. (ESPN)

Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25, will not be leaving the club before Monday's transfer window shuts, the club's chairman says. (Goal)

Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico, 25, could be on his way to Paris St-Germain from Sevilla as an understudy for starting keeper Alphonse Areola. (Le Parisien)

However, France's Areola, 26, could be on his way out of PSG in a swap deal with Real Madrid and Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas, 32. (AS)

Everton assistant manager Luis Boa Morte is giving Brazilian winger, 26, Bernard extra finishing practice in training. (Liverpool Echo)

Salford City co-owner Gary Neville is interested in moving the League Two club into Manchester City's Carrington training facility after the demise of previous tenants Bury. (Sun)


Sébastien Haller on target again to guide West Ham to easy win over Norwich

Sébastien Haller slides in to score West Ham’s first goal. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters

In his programme notes, the West Ham captain Mark Noble wrote that he wanted his club to give Norwich “a taste of what the Premier League is all about”.

That is what came to pass in a match that was ultimately far from a contest. Sébastien Haller scored his third goal of the season and Andriy Yarmalenko his first in 11 months as West Ham eased to victory. They were too sharp for the visitors, too strong and – just as importantly – too cute.

To top it off there were signs that their front four, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini alongside the scorers, are starting to purr.

Manuel Pellegrini felt this performance was a sign his team are “starting to play in the way I believe they can”. For the Chilean, however, it was less about Lanzini’s lay-offs and Anderson’s gliding runs, but the mentality his team showed and the gritty way they nullified a Norwich side who had arrived in the Premier League scoring goals.

“The key thing is personality, the attitude to play as a big team,” Pellegrini said. “When you score a goal you don’t come back to the edge of your box to defend. The forwards have the freedom to do what they want, our full-backs always attacking. But we try to be a complete team, all defending when we don’t have the ball.

“We conceded too many goals last season. Today everyone worked to get in position to recover and get the ball against a team that is very technical and attacking.”

That seemed a fair reading of the game. After an opening quarter-hour of low intensity when Norwich dominated the ball, West Ham began to snap around their opponents, and sometimes at them, to upset their rhythm.

As the game went on the visitors were more and more rattled, with West Ham able to control proceedings exactly as they wanted.

That was not the way Daniel Farke saw things, however. The Norwich manager was furious at a challenge by Haller on the centre-half Christoph Zimmermann that had left the German injured and exposed in the run-up to the opening goal.

“We were dominating [the] first 20 minutes. There was just one team who were playing then,” said Farke. “Then there was a challenge against my centre-back when the ball was three yards away, and the outcome was two minutes later they had a counter, my defender is not able to sprint back and the player who committed the foul scores the goal.

“It was not even a free-kick and the outcome is my player is going to hospital and the other player is on the shoulder of his teammates.”

This felt like an attempt at deflection. Farke could have withdrawn Zimmermann after the challenge had he wanted, after all.

The assessment of the goal underplays its quality, a pass on the turn from Anderson taking out not only Zimmermann but the typically advanced Max Aarons. Arthur Masuaku sprinted past them both and found the pass to Haller, whose positioning and finish were spot on.

The second goal came 10 minutes into the second half. It started with a corner, hit deep to Yarmolenko on the left. The winger crashed a volley on to the post and Norwich cleared, but almost immediately possession was turned over again. The Ukrainian traded passes with Noble, this time on the right, got a deflection off Emi Buendía and made no mistake with his shot.

The winger missed the majority of last season with an achilles tendon injury and he celebrated his long-awaited goal by hunting down his medical team in the stands.


Andriy Yarmolenko scores first goal in a year as West Ham down Norwich

Andriy Yarmolenko has had a difficult time with injuries at West Ham Credit: Getty images

Arindam Rej, at the London Stadium

Manuel Pellegrini did not offer assurances that Javier Hernandez will still be at West Ham next week, but two of his other forwards are looking increasingly assured.

Andriy Yarmolenko ended his year-long wait for a goal, after an injury struggle, and £45m striker Sebastien Haller followed his two goals at Watford with another one here.

Haller looked cool as he dispatched the opener, while Yarmolenko was emotional, racing up the steps to thank the club’s medical staff after his strike. Pellegrini, meanwhile, had to answer claims Hernandez had asked for a transfer and is heading to Sevilla.

Pellegrini said: “Javier was not on the squad list because he was coming back from an injury. We have rumours about Sevilla. I expect that what happens will be best for the player.”

On the performance, the West Ham manager added: “Maybe the margin could have been bigger but the goalkeeper has saved four or five.”

Norwich manager Daniel Farke, though, was angry that a foul on Christoph Zimmermann, who later went off with an ankle injury, was not given in the build-up to Haller’s first goal. Farke said: “I’m a fan of VAR but this was an example that it does not work always.

“We were dominating the first 20 minutes. But there was a tackle against my centre back and there was no red, yellow or even a free-kick. And the outcome was my centre back was injured.

“We could not substitute him. They had a counter and my centre back could not sprint back. ”

Pellegrini’s men took the lead when Arthur Masuaku crossed for Haller to finish from six yards.

Yarmolenko gave a warning early in the second half when he hit the post. The Ukraine made amends by striking in after Mark Noble’s cross was not cleared. West Ham were rampant after that, with Tim Krul producing a superb save to deny a Manuel Lanzini header.

Myfootballwriter (Canaries)

West Ham too good for the stuttering Canaries on a bad day in Stratford

We knew there would be bad days. We told ourselves we must keep our heads when they happen. And that Daniel Farke and his players had done more than enough last season to earn our trust this.

That keeping your head lark, when all about you are losing theirs is no quite so easy when the time comes though is it.

And sure enough…

That’s not to say there were too many plus points to cling onto because there weren’t – other than Tim Krul’s excellence that kept the score down to a sober level.

It will take some sifting for City’s team of analysts to try and pull together a positives package from what became an increasingly nightmarish afternoon in Stratford.

But afternoon’s of this ilk have been rare of late and not since last September have we had to indulge in this much naval-gazing, the type you do after games where it feels as if almost nothing clicks and little goes right.

So – analysts, you can have this one for nothing – to have headed home off the back of a 2-0 defeat when it could have easily been 5 -0 or 6-0, was in itself something of a result. But for Krul’s heroics, it would have been.

And there’s the rub. It wasn’t the 2-0 defeat that was disappointing – a 2-0 defeat to an expensively assembled but also pretty good West Ham is no disgrace – but rather the level of performance when we know our heroes are capable of so much better. This wasn’t one of those defeats where we were left still feeling proud.

If teams like West Ham, blessed with the likes of Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini in their squad, perform well then it is going to be tough for City to live with them, especially away from home. That’s a sad fact.

That’s not to say City won’t pick up points away from, I feel sure they will, but we do need to find a system and a level of performance that doesn’t permit the opposition of the day time and space to play themselves into the game and then impose themselves on it.

Other than a decent opening 15 minutes in which City did look threatening, it all just looked a little too easy for the Hammers, who as the game wore on were able to knock the ball around in little triangles almost at will with our ailing midfield, in particular, barely able to lay a glove on them.

It was a midfield mix designed for City to have more than their fair share of the ball. Against Newcastle, who were happy to not press and let us have the ball, it worked beautifully with the two Germans at its base instrumental in everything good that we did.

But when you set up to have the ball, then don’t have enough of it the problems occur. Tommy Trybull and Mo Leitner as the ballast in that midfield are not going to thwart wave after wave of attacks. They’ll both compete, both put their foot in, but neither are physically equipped to deal with Premier League midfields who use physicality as well as top quality technique to outnumber and outpower.

Farke doesn’t need telling that that particular mix needs addressing.

Ball retention too was an issue yesterday and it was an afternoon unbefitting of a team that has passed the ball with such precision over the last year. The system demands that it’s passed with accuracy and tempo, and when neither of those things happen it tends to fall over.

The mitigation, of course, is that to play with the swagger we did in the Championship in the top division is that much more difficult, with the intensity and pressure on the ball being that much greater. What’s a simple pass in the second tier becomes that little bit more tricky to execute in the Premier League.

To give the ball away in the Premier League invariably ends badly. Either you have to wait patiently before you get another turn to play with it again, or you get punished bu conceding a goal. Todd Cantwell will not need reminding that his nothing pass that led to Yarmolenko’s goal was just asking for trouble.

But again that’s something that will be analysed by Team Farke over the next fortnight and has to be remedied. Oddly, it’s the one area I expected us to be okay with, with it being our thing and all, and in the last couple of seasons when engaging with Premier League teams in the cups we passed the ball beautifully.

Hopefully, on that score, yesterday was just a bad one.

The Christoph Zimmermann incident was obviously disappointing and potentially costly but mustn’t be used to disguise the paucity of the performance. Paul Tierney should have booked Haller, no question, but I’m not convinced he was ‘out of control’ sufficiently for a red.

In a true twist of Norwich City fate, it had to be Haller who put the Hammers 1-0 up just three minutes after fouling our captain, with Zimmermann unable to make up the ground due to the impact the foul.

We didn’t lose because Tierney and VAR screwed up though. We lost because on the day we weren’t good enough.

But, *perspective klaxon*, the season is just four games old and in those four games, we have played the Champions League and Europa League Champions. The game we had pencilled in for possibly picking up points we won, and yesterday was the only genuine Premier League disappointment we have suffered so far.

So, let’s keep the toys in the pram for now and not slate Stuart Webber for not buying another centre-back, when it was perfectly fair to assume he had four available, five if we include Ibrahim Amadou.

The theory of giving those who got us to the Premier League a chance to play there should surely apply equally to central defenders. No one could have legislated for the injuries – that’s football.

The international break has, on this occasion, probably come at a good time. Time to take stock and go again in a fortnight against… eerrr… Manchester City.


Chicharito Sevilla exit – The Finances

Chicharito is undergoing a medical today on the verge of joining La Liga club Sevilla before tomorrow’s Spanish transfer deadline day.

Sevilla will pay West Ham a transfer fee of €7.8m (£7m) for the 31-year-old Mexican plus an additional potential €1m (£900,000) in add-ons.

The Hammers will pay the normal 5% of the transfer fee to FIFA in a solidarity payment leaving a net transfer payment of around £6.6m.

Hernandez has taken a large pay cut as he was desperate to return to a Spanish speaking country having turned down lucrative offers from Russia & Turkey.

With ten months remaining on his contract, the Hammers will save another £6.4m in wages as Hernandez was the highest earner in the first-team squad.

Chicharito will lose all claim to his remaining signing-on/loyalty bonus after slapping in a transfer request on Thursday.

West Ham signed striker Chicharito from German club Bayer Leverkusen for a £16 million fee in July 2017 on a three-year contract reported to be worth up to £145,000 per week to the 31-year-old Mexican.

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Russ of the BML 11:06 Mon Sep 2
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I also have to give credit for the Canaries report which I think is very articulately written and offers a fair summary. I don't normally read those as you get one of the following:

They were lucky
If only we had scored that first chance
He should've been sent off
The referee's a wanker

To read that is refreshing and the fella deserves a lot of credit for it.

Texas Iron 3:18 Sun Sep 1
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SDKFZ 222 3:02 Sun Sep 1
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After Farke’s outburst on Match of the Day last night and after reading some match reports in today’s papers, I thought that the Norwich fan’s report was much more fair and subjective.

Mex Martillo 2:59 Sun Sep 1
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Thanks Alan
Was a good report by the Canary. I thought they were better than he said though, I don’t expect them to be a passing team and have so much possession.

COOL HAND LUKE 12:55 Sun Sep 1
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Hmm... quite reversal to read the opposition's view and see RESPECT for our team written right through it. They didn't so much lose as we beat them, even if Farke had the usual Germanic difficulty in swallowing failure.

Sven Roeder 12:49 Sun Sep 1
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Thanks Alan

A very realistic and honest summary by the Canaries writer. The Norwich manager should read it

happygilmore 12:47 Sun Sep 1
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:37 Sun Sep 1
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Thanks Alan

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