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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 1:11 Tue Oct 22
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he fears being sacked after his side's poor run of form. (Mirror)

Juventus and Atletico Madrid are chasing West Brom's 19-year-old defender Nathan Ferguson. (Sun)

Ferguson is also target for Leeds, who plan to scout him regularly. (Football Insider)

Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, is wanted by Crystal Palace - and could make the move across London as early as January. (Sun)

Real Madrid will not try to sign Tottenham's Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, in January unless they can sell fringe players first. (AS)

Real will offer Spurs their Spain midfielder Isco, 27, and Dominican Republic forward Mariano Diaz, 26, in an attempt to secure Eriksen's signature. (El Desmarque - in Spanish)

Chelsea and England striker Tammy Abraham, 22, is close to signing a new contract to stay at Stamford Bridge after scoring eight Premier League goals this season. (Star)

Tottenham are "seriously thinking" about making a move for Juventus and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 24. (Calciomercato via Sport Witness)

Crystal Palace are preparing a £20m bid for Rangers and Colombia forward Alfredo Morelos. The 23-year-old is also a target for Aston Villa. (Scottish Sun)

Barcelona have ended their dispute with Atletico Madrid over summer signing Antoine Griezmann, 28, by paying an extra 15m euros for the France forward. (El Mundo - in Spanish)

Manchester United's 26-year-old Brazil midfielder Fred - who cost £47m from Shakhtar Donetsk in June 2018 - believes he is slowly adapting to English football. (Telegraph)

Derby will give former England captain Wayne Rooney, 33, a strict training regime to make sure he is ready for the Championship when he joins from DC United.(Mail)

Leeds reportedly have no plans to offer Switzerland defender Gaetano Berardi a new contract. The 31-year-old's current deal will expire in the summer. (Football Insider)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says he wants to stay at the club forever. (Marca)

Arsenal are leading the chase for RB Leipzig's France Under-21 defender Dayot Upamecano, 20, who is valued at £50m. (Mail)

Italy manager Roberto Mancini could include Juventus' veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 41, and Boca Juniors' 36-year-old midfielder Daniele de Rossi in his squad for Euro 2020. (Rai Sport via Mail)

Former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell, 45, is in talks to become manager of League One Southend - two months after leaving League Two Macclesfield. (Sky Sports)

Football chiefs are considering introducing new concussion substitutes after research found former players are more than three times more likely to die of dementia. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Alex Hess

Juventus, storied heavyweights of the European game and a club who knows a decent defender when they see one, are scanning Europe for their next recruit and have zoned in, a tad improbably, on The Hawthorns. Reports this morning suggest that the Old Lady is eyeing a young man in the form of West Brom prodigy Nathan Ferguson. The 19-year-old has stood out for the Championship leaders in the past few weeks, so much so that he could be playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo rather than Hal Robson-Kanu come January – although not if Atlético Madrid have any say on the matter. Leeds are also interested, it seems, so all the best to them.

Olivier Giroud is apparently desperate enough to flee Chelsea that he’s considering heading to Crystal Palace, backing himself to succeed where Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi, Loïc Rémy, Connor Wickham, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Marouane Chamakh, among others, have all failed. If Palace can’t lure him, they may turn their attentions to Rangers’ red card machine and occasional goalscorer Alfredo Morelos.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have looked forensically over their last six years of transfer activity and discerned that hurling fistfuls of cash at the sexiest name on the market mightn’t be the best way forward. They’ve earmarked RB Leipzig’s bullish goal-getter Timo Werner and Leicester’s James Maddison, a shortlist that seems suspiciously sensible. The latter might have to, erm, wrestle a starting berth off Fred, who is determined to prove himself at Old Trafford despite early struggles. And after halting the winning streak of his old pals down the East Lancs Road, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has reportedly nipped ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign the long-lost-wonderkid-but-still-only-20-year-old Martin Odegaard, who has impressed this term for Real Sociedad on loan from Real Madrid.

And while we’re talking all things Bernabéu, Real are reported to be ready to offer bearded bedazzler Isco to Spurs in part-exchange for the longtime apple of their eye, Christian Eriksen. And Zinedine Zidane has reacted to Saturday’s shock defeat to Real Mallorca by claiming he wants to stay at the club for ever. Pipe dreams are good, Zizou.

Finally, at the other end of the glamour spectrum, is some news emanating from Tyneside. “The most important thing for us to work on is at the top end of the pitch,” said Newcastle head honcho Steve Bruce after Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea. “We can improve on that.” As such, he’s after Burnley’s no-frills centre-back Ben Gibson for £15m.


Dmitri Halajko: Stoke win was our best yet

West Ham United U23s’ performance at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium tonight was their best of the season so far, according to Lead Coach Dmitri Halajko.

Facing a Potters side unbeaten in Premier League 2 Division 2 since August, the development squad raced into a 2-0 lead after eleven minutes through a Joe Powell wonder goal and a powerful drive by Nathan Holland.

Halajko’s men then showed impressive discipline to restrict an experienced Stoke U23s side - marshalled by experienced campaigners such as Ryan Woods, Tommy Smith and Jordan Cousins - to few clear-cut chances.

The Hammers then closed the game out in the second half through clinical finishes by Holland and Anthony Scully, and Halajko was effusive in his praise for the display afterwards.

“I think that’s our best performance of the season,” he said. “They’d won four games in a row, they were joint second in the league. We knew they had an experienced team – they had over 500 league appearances on the pitch with the three senior players they had in, so a real tough test.

“I thought we controlled possession really well, we were clinical when we needed to be, and kept a clean sheet through our hard work and great defending.

“We controlled the game with and without the ball. When they had the ball, we had a nice, compact shape and were hard to break down. When we had the ball we were nice and calm. We had long spells on it, and showed real moments of quality when we needed it.”

The impressive display came off the back of the team’s first competitive defeat of the season – a 4-3 reverse to Cheltenham Town in the Leasing.com Trophy just under a fortnight ago.

Halajko was pleased with the lessons learned from that evening at Whaddon Road, and believed they helped motivate his side’s excellent Monday evening performance.

“It’s pleasing for us, because in the last game against Cheltenham, we were 3-1 up at half-time, and then in the second half we got overawed a little bit,” he explained.

“I think the lads showed today that they’d learned from that experience. We were in a similar situation at half-time in this game, and we came out in the second half, and showed calm, cool heads and good quality football.”

Halajko was also full of praise for his youthful defence, which featured full-backs Bernardo Rosa and Emmanuel Longelo – normally more offensive players – and Sam Caiger, usually a full-back but playing centrally alongside Gonçalo Cardoso.

“We had a really young back four, all teenagers,” Halajko said. “Some of them haven’t been playing in defensive roles that often.

“Probably three out of the four were slightly out of position from what they would normally play, and to keep a clean sheet and to limit shots on goal as well shows the improvement they’re making as a back four that’s so young. They’re learning really fast and developing really well.”

As for Powell’s opening strike – an opportunistic and inspired 35-yard lob - Halajko smiled: “That’s his second time this season where he’s lobbed the keeper from well near the halfway line. He did it in pre-season against Anderlecht, a little bit further out actually.

“He’s got that technical ability, so it wasn’t too much of a shock really because we know he can do it.”

Having maintained their three-point advantage at the top of the league table, West Ham U23s continue their Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign away at Norwich on Friday evening.

West Ham United U23s defender Gonçalo Cardoso was pleased not only by their 4-0 victory over Stoke City U23s on Monday evening, but also the manner in which they achieved it.

Speaking after possibly his finest performance in a Claret and Blue shirt to date – the West Ham summer signing made several goal-saving interventions to help his team to a well-earned clean sheet – Cardoso was full of praise for the team’s overall display.

That it came after their first loss of the season two weeks ago – a 4-3 loss to Cheltenham Town, which Cardoso was absent for – was all the more pleasing for the Portugal youth international, who was also celebrating his 19th birthday.

“I think in football the best way to react to a defeat is with a win, especially this kind of win,” he reflected afterwards. “4-0 at an amazing stadium was the perfect way to react.

“It was a great game against a difficult team. They were in third, and had players who had already played in the Premier League, so we knew beforehand that it would be a difficult game.

“It was a top-of-the-table league game and we won, so we are very proud of our performance. It was a brilliant performance as a team.”

After the Hammers took an early 2-0 lead, the home team poured forward in search of a way back into the match, only to find Dmitri Halajko’s side in resolute defensive form.

Cardoso impressed at the heart of defence alongside Sam Caiger, and spoke afterwards of his pride in keeping Stoke City at bay in such a testing fixture.

He said: “The clean sheet was pleasing of course for all the team, but especially for the defence, because you always want to keep one.

"I think the team go into every match really concentrated. We know that we need to always be switched on.

“They had experienced players, so we knew that if we waited to get into the game, we would concede goals rather than score them. I think we started the game really focused, and as a result scored very early.”

West Ham U23s went on to seal the result with second-half goals from Nathan Holland and Anthony Scully, maintaining their unbeaten start to the league season.

With their three-point advantage at the top of Premier League 2 Division 2 also intact, the Irons next face a trip to Norwich U23s on Friday evening – and Cardoso is pleased that the games are coming thick and fast.

“It’s a challenge to play twice inside a week, but when we become professional, senior players, we will always be playing two,” he reflected.

“It’s a good way to prepare us. Right now, we’re enjoying the win, but from tomorrow we’ll start thinking about the next game away at Norwich.”


West Ham fans blown away by performance of Nathan Holland

By Dom Toner

Nathan Holland helped West Ham’s Under-23s side record an emphatic victory on Monday night – and some of the club’s supporters were raving about his performance and want to see him in the first-team.

The Hammers produced a clinical display to beat Stoke’s Under-23s side 4-0 at the bet365 Stadium in the Premier League 2 fixture.

Joe Powell opened the scoring for the visitors from long-range, before Holland added a second into the bottom corner inside the opening 11 minutes.

Holland and Anthony Scully scored second-half goals to wrap up three impressive points on the road for the young Irons team.

West Ham have a number of special talents coming through their ranks and they will be hoping to emulate first teamer Declan Rice of breaking into the first-team at the London Stadium.

Holland has been tearing it up at youth level already this season and is a serious goal threat cutting in from the left flank.

The rapid winger has featured once for the senior team so far this campaign in the Carabao Cup defeat to Oxford United and is having to be patient waiting for his next opportunity with the main group;.

A selection of West Ham supporters on social media are convinced that manager Manuel Pellegrini should take another look at Holland following his latest outing.

Here are some West Ham fans on Holland:

mark noble’s legs@BeauismeFriend

Need holland to get a shot soon

Ⓟⓗⓘⓛⓘⓟ 父 Ⓦⓘⓛⓚⓘⓝⓢⓞⓝ 父 @PW57WHU

Another 2 from Nathan Holland and Another one from Scully... Well Done Lads..

Simon Brewer @SimonBrewer20

He's exactly like Anderson...... Except he takes people on, runs around, cares a bit, and can finish.

Rob Bryan @RobBryan1987

Seriously get @NHo11and in that first team crying out for his pace and directness.

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