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Alan 11:28 Fri Oct 4
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Bournemouth and England striker Callum Wilson, 27, and Juventus' 33-year-old former Croatia international Mario Mandzukic are high on Manchester United's list of attacking targets for the January transfer window. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen's hopes of a move to Real Madrid could still be a possibility, with the 27-year-old's agent expected to travel to Spain for talks with the La Liga giants this weekend. (Star)

Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri hopes to be reunited with 31-year-old forward Willian at Juventus - but Blues manager Frank Lampard has revealed the Brazilian is in talks with the Stamford Bridge club over a new contract. (Calciomercato)

Real Madrid's 20-year-old Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard - on loan at Real Sociedad - is aiming for a return to the Bernabeu club amid interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.(Goal)

United turned down the chance to sign Arsenal's 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli in the summer, with the Brazilian striker going on to score four goals in three games for the Gunners. (Mirror)

Former England manager Fabio Capello has revealed he tried to sign Barcelona's Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, 32, on loan when he was Juventus manager. (Sky Sports Italia, via Mail)

Former Brighton boss Chris Hughton has turned down an offer to take over at struggling Championship side Stoke City. (Mirror)

Inter Milan did not include a future transfer fee in their negotiations with Manchester United over Chile forward Alexis Sanchez's loan deal because other clubs were interested and they feared missing out on the 30-year-old completely. (Calciomercato)

Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy are monitoring Rangers' Colombia striker Alfredo Morelos, 23. (Star)

Real Madrid considered making Antonio Conte their head coach last year, before ex-Chelsea boss returned to management with Inter Milan. (Fichajes.net, via Calciomercato)

Leicester City may make a move for 15-year-old Turkish midfielder Burak Ince, who has also attracted interest from Manchester City,Lille and Freiburg.(Fotospor - in Turkish)

Former Arsenal player Lukas Podolski has joked that Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry - who also used to play for the Gunners - should be the Premier League club's player of the month, after the 24-year-old German scored four goals against their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Rob Smyth

Spurs are on tenterhooks about Harry Kane. They are terrified the next time he opens his face, the words “We need to talk” will fall out. The word on the street is that Kane will join FC Do One in the summer.

Christian Eriksen’s move to Real Madrid is also still alive and wheezing.
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Goals are to Manchester United what love was to LL Cool J; what a vacation was to the Terminator; what a little time to think it over was to the Beautiful South. To that end, they will attempt to alleviate dry, goalless January by signing Callum Wilson from Bournemouth. If that fails, they will continue their policy of buying young British talent by making a move for Juventus geriátrico Mario Mandzukic.

United are also keen to plug the almighty hole in the centre of the pitch by signing one-man midfield Thomas Partey from Atlético Madrid. Partey reportedly has a release clause of €50m. If the Mill hadn’t blown the savings on the emergency baked beans supply, we’d buy him ourselves.

United’s alternative midfield target is West Ham’s Declan Rice, who will cost £80m, or €90.01m, it says here. They are also interested in James Maddison, Jadon Sancho and absolutely anybody who isn’t in their current pile of wrong.

Maurizio Sarri was sufficiently impressed with Willian’s ability to run and stuff that he wants to take him from Chelsea to Juventus.

Leicester want to sign Burak Ince, a precocious 15-year-old midfielder who is already in the first team at the Turkish club Altinordu.

Bolton are not dead, but they will sign Joseph Dodoo subject to clearance. Dodoo, the former Rangers striker, is a free agent.

Southend have interviewed Sol Campbell for their vacant manager’s job. And somewhere in the world, Phil Brown looks longingly at a picture of the Southend crest, and solemnly inserts his Nothing Compares 2 U CD.


West Ham United.v Crystal Palace: All you need to know

Where and when

West Ham United v Crystal Palace
Premier League
London Stadium
Saturday 5 October 2019, 5.30pm BST

How to follow

Saturday's match will be broadcast live on in the UK on Sky Sports, across the Main Event and Premier League channels. If you live overseas, you can check broadcast listings in your territory here.

Live match updates will be provided through the official West Ham Twitter account.

You can also follow the game live via our Matchday Blog on whufc.com.

You can also follow the match on our official Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat channels.

Live audio commentary will be available on whufc.com and our Official Mobile App. You will also be able to pick up commentary in the London area on BBC Radio London.

Match highlights will on whufc.com two hours after the final whistle.

Team news

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed in his pre-match press conference that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will be sidelined for a period by the muscle injury he sustained in last weekend's draw at AFC Bournemouth.

A decision will be made shortly on whether the injury will require surgery and the manager expects to have him available again within three months.

The Hammers' other injured players at present are Michail Antonio (hamstring) and Winston Reid (knee), but the manager is hopeful Reid will be able to make his comeback in an U23s match soon.

What they say

"For me, there are a lot of different things from this season compared to last season. First, the atmosphere of London Stadium feels absolutely different. You feel, when you go in, that we are all together." - Manuel Pellegrini

Match Officials

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt, Gary Beswick
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes
VAR: Paul Tierney
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday

Last time out

Crystal Palace 1 - 1 West Ham United

How to get there

The Central and Jubilee Lines, London Overground, DLR and TfL Rail services are running as normal. Greater Anglia services into and out of Liverpool Street are also running normally, but trains via Tottenham Hale will be diverted to Liverpool Street


Palace to miss duo for West Ham clash

Crystal Palace is unlikely to without Mamadou Sakho who is doubtful through injury while Luka Milivojevic is suspended after picking up five yellow cards.

Former Hammers Academy product James Tomkins who made 243 appearances for West Ham is unlikely to play on Saturday evening as he yet to make an appearance this season for the Eagles. He moved to Palace for £10.5m in the summer of 2016. He has made 87 appearances for Palace scoring 7 goals since his move.

Another former Hammer in the form Cheik Kouyate is likely to start and has been a regular. The Senegal midfielder joined the Eagles after four years in a claret and blue shirt. He made 147 appearances for the Hammers scoring 15 goals before moving across London in August 2018 for £11m. He has made 42 appearances for Palace so far without a goal to his name as yet.

I am sure both former Hammers will receive a warm welcome back at the London Stadium whether they play or not.


Reece Oxford wishes he did more gym work to keep fit while at West Ham United

In August 2015, English defender Reece Oxford became West Ham United’s youngest league debutant aged 16, putting in a man-of-the-match performance in the season opener against Arsenal.

Shockingly, the Hammers’ academy graduate only played seven more league games for the club – six of which came that same season – before joining FC Augsburg permanently during the summer after a temporary stint last term.

Oxford had loan spells at Reading and Borussia Mönchengladbach as he sought regular playing minutes after dropping out of the first-team picture, and has revealed one of the major reasons he thinks led to his failure to keep up with the pace at the London Stadium club.

The versatile Augsburg man attributes his lack of gym work to his West Ham struggles and he wishes he did more of them while at the club.

“Since the age of 15 I had been playing/training with the first team so I missed so much of the stuff I needed like the gym work, which a lot of young players do,” Oxford told The Athletic.

“I played the Leicester City game the week after the Arsenal game and my body was finished. I had so many hamstring injuries and back injuries and that was because I was hardly doing any gym work. In the first team, they don’t do as much gym work as the under-16s or under-18s who need to build up their strength and endurance.

“I wasn’t doing enough of that and looking back now I wish I did because I would’ve been able to handle it a bit more.”

Oxford was tipped to go all the way and establish himself as a key member of the West Ham starting XI following that Arsenal game, but it all came too early and sudden for his development, and he would hope to use that lesson to spur himself on going forward.

Sport Witness

West Ham initiate contact to sign midfielder – Decision to be made on transfer today

West Ham United are interested in the signing of Bolivian midfielder Daniel Camacho, according to several reports in the country.

Eju! claim that the Hammers are keen on the 20-year-old, and have already been in contact with current club The Strongest about a move.

Diez back that up, saying that the Bolivian club will decide on the potential transfer today, adding that Camacho wants to make the move to the London Stadium.

This has all been confirmed by the club’s president, Ines Quispe, who, while not namechecking West Ham, confirmed that he’s spoken to a club.

“A representative from the English club (West Ham) called me to let me know that they are interested in Daniel Camacho,” he claimed.

“The offer is for a sale. We’ve agreed that I will check the player’s contract and the conditions in which he is on loan with Aurora.

“For The Strongest, it is a great joy that international clubs see the club as a showcase. We already have Henry Vaca playing in Peru. It is a great satisfaction for us.”

Camacho is currently on loan at Bolivian side Aurora from The Strongest and Eju explain that is how the transfer has come about.

Aurora’s current goalkeeper Agustín Cousillas is the son of Rubén Cousillas, who just so happens to be Manuel Pellegrini’s assistant at West Ham United and that’s where the interest in Camacho has originated from.

There’s no mention of a transfer fee from either newspaper, although it is explained that Camacho would be a signing for West Ham’s Under 23 side, with Eju! stating he is ‘one of the most outstanding young players in the country.’

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gph 12:21 Sat Oct 5
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

gph 12:20 Sat Oct 5
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Is this bloke sure about moving from the Strongest to the Inconsistentest? The we-can-give-anyone-a-game-and-anyone-can-give-us-a-game-es?

Alan 4:05 Fri Oct 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Camacho story added

ted fenton 2:49 Fri Oct 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 11:53 Fri Oct 4

Texas Iron 12:59 Fri Oct 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Roberto needs to be error free...

Thanks Alan 11:53 Fri Oct 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Lee Trundle. 11:47 Fri Oct 4

Lee Trundle 11:47 Fri Oct 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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