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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 1:41 Sat Sep 14
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona may switch their attentions to Paris St-Germain's 20-year-old France striker Kylian Mbappe after missing out on Brazilian team-mate Neymar, 27. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

West Ham outbid Bayern Munich in order to sign 25-year-old French striker Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer in a club record deal worth up to £45m. (Mail)

Watford sacked Javi Gracia because he was unable to tighten up their defence and was reluctant to play several of the club's summer signings. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is replaceable and other goalkeepers can "fill the void" as contract negotiations with the Spain international continue. (Marca - in Spanish)

De Gea, 28, has reportedly signed a new five-year deal at Old Trafford. (Record)

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 32, wants to sign a new contract at Tottenham with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. (Football Insider)

Spurs have also offered midfielder Christian Eriksen a new contract worth £230,000 a week to tempt him to stay amid interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid. (Mail)

Southampton are interested in signing 18-year-old Belgian midfielder Yari Verschaeren from Anderlecht. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Cardiff's Ivory Coast defender Sol Bamba, 34, is a candidate to succeed Neil Warnock when he steps down as manager next year. (South Wales Evening Post)

Leeds United offered captain and Scotland defender Liam Cooper, 28, a new contract in order to fend off interest from Premier League clubs. (Football Insider)

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is hopeful midfielder Emile Hojbjerg will sign a new contract with the 24-year-old Denmark international's current deal due to expire at the end of next season. (Daily Echo)

Manchester City and Manchester United are both interested in signing young Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis, 20. (Mirror)

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says he tried to sign Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 28, while manager at Hull. (Guardian)

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has "all the conditions" to be successful as manager at Stamford Bridge. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham and Republic of Ireland Under-21s forward Troy Parrott, 17, is a target for Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Former Valencia boss Marcelino claims he is "absolutely certain" that last season's Copa del Rey win led to his sacking by the La Liga club earlier this week. (ESPN)

Mino Raiola is among a number of agents interested in representing Crystal Palace's Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha after the 26-year-old gave notice of his intention to leave current management company USM. (Mail)

Valencia and Benfica are interested in signing Crystal Palace's 15-year-old English midfielder Jadan Raymond, who has yet to sign professional terms at Selhurst Park. (Mail)


West Ham 'outbid Bayern Munich' to sign striker Sebastien Haller in £45m deal from Eintracht Frankfurt

Sebastien Haller left Eintracht Frankfurt to join West Ham in £45million deal
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich were interested in signing the striker
The German giants were not willing to match the Hammers' huge bid

By James Ayles

West Ham United were able to see off interest from Bayern Munich to secure the club-record signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for £45million this summer.

The reigning Bundesliga champions wanted Haller as they looked for back-up to frontline striker Robert Lewandowski and negotiated with Frankfurt over a deal.

However, the Hammers offered a fee that Bayern were not willing to match and were able to sign the striker, who found the net 20 times for his club last season.

While Haller was on the list compiled Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, coach Niko Kovac and chief scout Marco Neppe, they opted against a move.

The club did bring in young striker Fiete Arp from Hamburger instead, while Ivan Perisic has joined on loan from Inter Milan.

The Frenchman has enjoyed an impressive start to life in east London, scoring three goals in his first three games.


ASTON VILLA v WEST HAM: Premier League's original 'Claret and Blue' derby returns as hosts look to prove steel against high-flying Hammers

West Ham travel to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa in Monday night's action
Villa head into the game on the back of a narrow 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace
West Ham comfortably beat Norwich 2-0 last time out at the London Stadium
The Hammers have enjoyed their best start to the Premier League since 2012-13
Aston Villa v West Ham, Villa Park, Monday 8pm

By Sam Mcevoy

Monday night's game welcomes back the Premier League's original 'Claret and Blue' derby when newly-promoted Aston Villa welcome West Ham to Villa Park.

And Villa boss Dean Smith might be excused for reaching for the claret given his side's start to the season.

While the performances have certainly been there, the results haven't - but he can take solace from the fact Villa ended the Premier League's longest-ever losing streak against Everton last month.

The Hammers, meanwhile, are enjoying their best start to a season since the days of Sam Allardyce during the 2012-13 season, where they also accumulated seven points from the first four matches.

West Ham rolled over newly-promoted Norwich 2-0 last time out at the London Stadium as new boy Sebastien Haller got on the scoresheet alongside Andriy Yarmolenko.

But Manuel Pellegrini's side know it will be tough as Villa look to get their vengeance after their controversial disallowed goal right at the death against Crystal Palace denied them what would have been a confidence-boosting 1-1 draw.

So they can expect a raucous occasion at Villa Park under the lights from the home faithful as the hosts aim to show the Premier League that they are made of sturdier stuff in their bid for survival.

And the omens leading into the game are with them. They have lost just two of their last 18 home league games against West Ham (W8 D8 L2) – 1-2 in January 2006 and 0-2 in February 2014.

Team news

Aston Villa will be without striker Jonathan Kodjia when they take on West Ham on Monday.

The Ivory Coast international suffered a fractured cheekbone in a training-ground clash of heads with team-mate Marvelous Nakamba and faces several weeks out.

Egypt winger Trezeguet is suspended after his red card against Crystal Palace last time out.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini reported no fresh injury concerns following the international break.

Winger Michail Antonio has undergone surgery on a hamstring problem suffered during the Carabao Cup win at Newport and so faces a lengthy spell of rehabilitation.

Defender Winston Reid is closing in on a return to action following some 18 months recovering from a serious knee problem.

Aston Villa provisional squad: Heaton, Steer, Targett, Hause, Konsa, Mings, Engels, Chester, Guilbert, Taylor, Elmohamady, Lansbury, McGinn, Hourihane, Grealish, Nakamba, Jota, El Ghazi, Luiz, Wesley, Davis

West Ham provisional squad: Fabianski, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Masuaku, Anderson, Lanzini, Noble, Rice, Yarmolenko, Haller, Roberto, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Snodgrass, Sanchez, Fornals, Ajeti
What the bosses are saying

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said: 'There's a burning desire from them to right the wrongs. I can sense that.

'I've given them a few days off over the last few weeks during the international break, while some have been away with their countries. You always wonder what the quality and intensity of sessions is going to be like when players are away, but it's been very, very good.

'We've had some really tough sessions, as well as some double ones. We've also had training games as well. They're itching for that next game.'

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini said: 'If we can repeat the last game in the next 34 games then we will be fine!

'We are trying to find a balanced team that can keep more clean sheets, try to score the most amount of goals, but football is about moments.

'You have players who get injured, maybe sometimes their confidence is not there but at this time, we are in a good general moment and we must try to extend it in the next game. But we must be sure that we did against Norwich will not be enough against Aston Villa.

'We need to repeat that game with a higher performance.'

What the bookies say

With the Villans proving a tough test for opponents so far in the English top flight, it is not a surprise that the two teams are evenly-matched with the bookmakers.

The visitors are slight favourites at 6/4 while the hosts are priced at 13/8. The draw is 13/5.
MailOnline Sport prediction

The final scoreline could prove to be a narrow margin with Villa having the added advantage of playing at home in front of their supporters. And a score draw is valued at 3/1. For a LONG SHOT, both teams to score in both halves is 9/1.


Aston Villa have lost just two of their last 18 home league games against West Ham (W8 D8 L2) – 1-2 in January 2006 and 0-2 in February 2014.

Aston Villa have won just one of their last 16 Premier League games on a Monday (D5 L10), beating Sunderland 6-1 in April 2013.

West Ham's return of seven points (W2 D1 L1) from their opening four Premier League games is their best start to a season since 2012-13, when they also won seven points under Sam Allardyce.

Aston Villa have lost 15 of their last 17 Premier League matches (W1 D1 L15), including three of their four this season (W1 D0 L3).

West Ham striker Sebastien Haller has scored three goals in three Premier League games this season and has been involved in 21 goals in his last 25 top-flight appearances across spells at Eintracht Frankfurt and the Hammers (15 goals, 6 assists).

The two most-fouled players in the Premier League this season are Aston Villa midfielders John McGinn (15) and Jack Grealish (13).

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini lost his first match against Aston Villa in September 2013 but has won five of his subsequent six in all competitions against the Villans (W5 D1 L0), all as Manchester City manager.

In all competitions, Aston Villa have won seven of their last nine home games (W7 D0 L2), having won just six of their previous 20 at Villa Park (W6 D10 L4).

West Ham's Manuel Lanzini has created 14 chances for his team-mates in the Premier League this season – only Man City's Kevin De Bruyne (16) has created more.

West Ham are looking to secure back-to-back league victories against Aston Villa for the first time since January 2006, having beaten them 2-0 in their last meeting in February 2016.

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The Stoat 8:50 Sat Sep 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 3:51 Sat Sep 14

ted fenton 3:51 Sat Sep 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 3:44 Sat Sep 14

Thanks Alan 3:44 Sat Sep 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
mallard 2:07 Sat Sep 14

Thanks as Thanks Alan Alan

Mex Martillo 2:58 Sat Sep 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

mallard 2:07 Sat Sep 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks as always Alan

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