WHO Poll
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 12:49 Sun Oct 20
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are preparing a £450,000-a-week deal for Raheem Sterling in a bid to fend off interest from Real Madrid in the 24-year-old England forward. (Star)

Paris St-Germain are to rival Real Madrid in trying to sign Tottenham and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would consider his future at the club if the Norwegian thought he was damaging the Old Trafford outfit. (Metro)

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was seen chatting to Solskjaer at the club's training ground in the build up to the side's match against Liverpool on Sunday. (Manchester Evening News)

Meanwhile Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is keen to heal his rift with former right-back Gary Neville, 44. (Mirror)

Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted "there will come a time" when the club have to sell 28-year-old Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been linked with Manchester United. (Sky Sports Italia, via Sunday Express)

Manchester United are bracing themselves for a third bid for the club by Saudi royals, who have already had two offers turned down. (Star on Sunday)

Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, has held talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez about turning his loan move with Arsenal into a permanent switch. (El Desmarque, via Mail on Sunday)

Tottenham are to target West Brom defender Nathan Ferguson, while Crystal Palace are also interested in the 19-year-old English full-back. (Sun on Sunday)

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says the club have no intention of selling Scotland international John McGinn, 25. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City and Barcelona are both interested in Anderlecht's 19-year-old midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, who has been linked with a move to Sevilla. (Marca)

Manchester United are considering triggering a one-year contract extension in Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic's contract to avoid losing the 31-year-old, who is a target for Inter Milan, on a free transfer next summer. (Corriere dello Sport, via Sunday Express)

Newcastle fans are turning away from St James' Park, as new figures show a drop in home home attendance. (Mirror)


Paul Wilson at Goodison Park

Perhaps Marco Silva was right not to panic after all. The Everton manager’s job looks a lot safer after his side inflicted a first away defeat on West Ham, climbing out of the bottom three in the process.

This was by no means West Ham’s most convincing performance of the season; despite their league position they were disappointingly ponderous so it might be a little early for anyone to get carried away, though here at least was evidence that Everton can play in the way Silva keeps insisting he demands.

The manager made five outfield changes from the dismal display at Burnley and was rewarded by the sight of players in blue passing quickly, finding each other well and putting pressure on the visitors’ defence from the outset. If one had to be critical it could be said that Everton’s decision-making in the final third was not as impressive as the application and appetite they showed over the rest of the pitch, which was one reason why their superiority did not show in the scoreline until Gylfi Sigurdsson made victory certain with only seconds remaining, but a crowd-pleasing win was exactly what was needed after a miserable few weeks.

“We should have scored more goals, but it is important to talk about the way we played,” Silva said. “Pressure is normal in football, whether you are winning or losing. Our last few results were not good enough, so we had to react. We controlled the game and created a lot of chances. It was good to see.”

Manuel Pellegrini could not disagree. “They played better than we did,” the West Ham manager said, after admitting he felt like making 11 changes at half-time. That would have been hard on his goalkeeper, actually, but it was a fair comment on a vapid outfield showing. “Everton gave more than 100%, while we were not at our best.”

Bernard scored the goal that mattered early in the first half, fastening on to Theo Walcott’s delightfully disguised pass and appearing to take the wrong option in disdaining a first-time shot, only to outwit Arthur Masuaku and then Roberto Jiménez to find the net from an improbably narrow angle.

West Ham could not complain; they could easily have gone behind 10 minutes earlier when a corner found its way to Tom Davies at the far post and an indecisive finish allowed Jiménez to make a point-blank save.

Time and again in the first half Everton made rapid progress down the left through Bernard and Lucas Digne, only to run out of ideas on the edge of the West Ham penalty area. Richarlison hit a post but shots from Walcott and Alex Iwobi were from too far out to cause Jiménez any problems.

The same pattern continued in the second half, which began with an otherwise crisp finish by Richarlison being denied by an offside flag. Walcott hit the bar from 25 yards, Yerry Mina saw a couple of headers from corners saved and Iwobi missed a glorious chance to seal victory after excellent work by André Gomes and Djibril Sidibé, who ghosted unchallenged into the area but put his shot far too close to Jiménez.

West Ham were largely dormant for more than an hour, though as full time approached with a draw still a possibility they stepped up their effort for an equaliser. They might have had one too but after a quiet afternoon Jordan Pickford’s reflexes were still up to keeping out a close-range effort from Angelo Ogbonna in what amounted to the visitors’ best chance.

By the time Sigurdsson came on to bring a dramatic save from Jiménez at the other end before beating him with another shot from outside the area in added time, Everton could reflect on the fact that they ought to have won by three or four clear goals.

While work on finishing and final delivery is obviously required, the main positive for Silva was a midfield that clicked. Behind the front line Davies and Gomes operated smoothly and stylishly. Spectacular as Sigurdsson’s late right-foot strike was, the Iceland international may no longer be able to take a place in the starting lineup for granted.


£80m compensation due if club was sold for £600m

Yesterday’s Daily Mail non-story about West Ham being available for sale has raised fresh questions about the financial penalties the owners would face if the club was sold before 2023 and whether they plan to buy the London Stadium before that date.

Suggestions that the club is up for sale at £600m were described as ‘complete nonsense’ by one senior club insider yesterday but it is true that the owners would need to pay out compensation if the club as sold before 2023.

Should the club be sold to say he King of Saudi Arabia before 2023 for £600m then the owners would need to hand over just under £80m to the stadium owners. There is no compensation on the first £125m, £1.875m compensation on the next £25m, £5m on the next £50m, and £12.5m on the next £100m, anything above £300m attracts a further 20% compensation so at a £600m sale it would a further £60m.

As for the club buying the London Stadium before 2023, while the stadium is experiencing losses as high as £30m per year there is almost zero chance of the club taking over ownership of the stadium unless a heavy government subsidy was provided with it. Even with naming rights and without athletics the stadium would lose £20m with the current long term contracts in place.

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The Stoat 2:48 Sun Oct 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Looks like the papers are heading the same way as SSN

Man Utd this Man Utd that

Fuck em

Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 2:30 Sun Oct 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Blimey... £600million...

gph 1:06 Sun Oct 20
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

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