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 12:55 Fri Oct 25
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former Manchester City and England midfielder Jack Rodwell, 28, who is currently a free agent, is in talks with Roma over a move to Serie A. (Mail)

Manchester United are interested in a January move for Bayern Munich's German striker Thomas Muller, 30. (Bild, via Star)

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has dismissed rumours that former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be taking charge at the German club. (Sky Germany, via Mirror)

Manchester United are unlikely to sign Leicester City's England defender Ben Chilwell, 22, or midfielder James Maddison, 22, in January. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea are increasingly confident that the club's transfer ban will be lifted and are looking at signing Bournemouth and England striker Callum Wilson, 27, and RB Leipzig's German forward Timo Werner, 23. (Sun)

Monaco cannot recall France defender Djibril Sidibe, 27, from his season-long loan at Everton, following rumours that the French side were considering terminating his spell at Goodison because of interest from AC Milan. (Liverpool Echo)

Paul Scholes believes his former club Manchester United should attempt to sign Arsenal's out-of-favour ex-Germany international playmaker Mesut Ozil, 31, to help solve their problems in attack. (BT Sport, via Evening Standard)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery refused to discuss why he left Ozil out of his squad for the Europa League group game win against Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday. (Mirror)

Leicester are being linked with Trabzonspor's Turkish midfielder Kerem Baykus, 19. (Fotospor - in Turkish)

The future of Liverpool's kit deal is set to be confirmed on Friday when a judge decides whether New Balance or Nike have rights to the lucrative contract. (Liverpool Echo)

Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell says a loan move would not suit English midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White, insisting the 19-year-old "has not stalled". (Express and Star)

Crystal Palace have secured a £22.5m boost after they sold an instalment owed on the deal which took England Under-21 defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, to Manchester United to an Australian bank in order to receive the money now. (Evening Standard)

Manchester City almost lost out on Pep Guardiola becoming their manager because he struggled to find suitable accommodation, a new book has revealed. (Independent)

Former Netherlands midfielder Ronald de Boer, 49, almost joined Manchester United in 2000 but was advised against it by then Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who went on to manage United in 2014. (FourFourTwo)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Rob Smyth

The Mill gave up drinking throughout 2018. It had a profound impact on our mood, our weight, our blood pressure, our liver and our bank balance. As the clock ticked midnight on 31 December, we proudly reflected on our achievements, and then took care of a bottle of Macallan 1926 in one sitting.

Chelsea know the feeling. The transfer ban has been the best thing to happen for them in years, forcing the emergence on Frankie’s Foetuses, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t ready to pay big as soon as it is lifted.

According to the super soaraway, Chelsea are increasingly confident that will happen in January. If so, they will swoop for one or both of Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, and allow Olivier Giroud to take the DO1 shuttle train to Crystal Palace.

Manchester United are also considering importing some German goods in the new year. Bayern Munich space invader Thomas Müller, who has been marginalised since the arrival of Philippe Coutinho, is their main target according to assorted rags.

They are also keen on Denis Zakaria (still), Mario Mandzukic (hang on, that rings a bell), Ben Chilwell (yep), Moussa Dembélé (what’s the French for deja vu?) and James Maddison (groundhog day!).

Having spent the last 10 years diligently slagging everything to do with Arsenal Football Club, Paul Scholes thinks Manchester United should sign Mesut Özil. That’s not a rumour so much as a fact, to be fair, but we’ve got space to fill and the grapevine is quiet this morning.

Roma, who have an injury crisis in midfield, are set to sign free agent Whatever Happened To Jack Rodwell, who was last seen playing for Blackburn in April.

And Leicester’s social experiment of building a 2027 World XI in the year 2020 will continue with the signing of teenager Turkish midfielder Kerem Baykuş from Trabzonspor.


Holland first team decision later today

Nathan Holland’s first team dreams this weekend will be known to the young man by now and the rest of us by this evening.

For with the Under 23s involved in a Premier League game against Norwich and the teams set to be announced later today we will all see where he is headed – for the Colney Training Centre or the London Stadium.

The odds have to be against a squad appearance, although we#d love to see it, as with the team in a poor spell it may be unfair to launch him into action at this stage.

However, we know he has been training with the first team all week and the manager regularly takes us by surprise with his selection policy.

We think it’s more likely he will stick by the squad which went under so poorly at Everton hoping that he will get a response from a group of players who have much to put right.

Pablo Fornals will be fortunate to retain a place in the starting line up and we expect Andriy Yarmolenko to get the shout with a return for Aaron Cresswell likely at left back.

Likely team: Roberto; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Yarmolenko, Anderson, Lanzini, Haller.


Conor Coventry: Teams struggle to match our intensity

Stopping West Ham United U23s’ high-tempo football is one thing in theory – and entirely another in practice, according to captain Conor Coventry.

Ahead of the squad’s latest Premier League 2 Division 2 clash – a Friday night trip to Norwich’s Colney Training Centre – Coventry believes that intensity is at the core of all the good work his side have put in so far this season.

The U23s put in an excellent team performance on Monday night at Stoke U23’s bet365 Stadium, storming into a two-goal advantage with just 11 minutes played after brilliant strikes from Joe Powell and Nathan Holland.

Rapid starts have been a common feature of Dmitri Halajko’s side’s games this season – nine of their 33 goals have come inside the first 20 minutes – and Coventry believes it stems from the team’s work on the training ground.

“I think it’s something we’ve spoken a lot about in training, never coming out and taking time to get into sessions,” Coventry revealed.

“It’s something that we’ve really just been trying to focus on, with the pressure and the pace we have up top. I think teams see us press in their analysis videos, but then they don’t realise how hard it is to live with when it comes to the game.

“Our coaches got their tactics right to counter Stoke’s two different systems, and we gave everything to carry them out. If I’m being honest, they couldn’t live with our intensity and the speed of our play.”

Holland would subsequently strike again in the second half against Stoke, before Anthony Scully’s tenth competitive goal of the season, deep into injury time, put the gloss on the 4-0 win.

The Hammers were particularly clinical in their finishing on Monday evening, with four goals from seven shots in the match, and Coventry believes that building on that cutting edge could elevate his teammates to another level.

“They’ve always been great players, the attacking players we have here,” he said. “But I think they’ve just added an extra clinical edge to their game recently.

“It’s taken them up another level really. If they keep going like this, they’re just going to turn into even better players.”

As for Friday evening – the U23s’ second Premier League 2 Division 2 game in the space of five days – Coventry espies an opportunity to build on the Hammers’ three-point advantage over Manchester United at the top of the table.

He said: “We know Manchester United and Stoke are the two teams behind us, and they play each other on Friday night as well.

“One of them’s got to drop points, so if we go to Norwich and win, we’ll be in a great position at the top, so we’re really looking forward to it.

“Of course it’s tough [playing twice in a week], but it’s what you want – you want to play games. It’s a big game because Monday doesn’t matter if we go there and lose, so that’s the challenge now: can we deliver another performance like the one against Stoke?”

West Ham United U23s against Norwich U23s kicks off at 7pm on Friday night; as always, you'll be able to follow the game through whufc.com's live blog, with video highlights available the following day.

West Ham United sign prolific striker Mipo Odubeko

West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated young striker Ademipo ‘Mipo’ Odubeko.

Odubeko joins the Hammers after spending his schoolboy years at Manchester United, where he scored 35 goals and netted on his U18 Premier League debut last season, and will now continue his development at the Academy of Football.

The powerful centre forward, who turned 17 on Monday, was born and raised in the Republic of Ireland, for whom he has been capped at U17 international level.

“It’s a really exciting day,” said Odubeko, who will initially work with West Ham’s U18 squad. “I’ve been waiting for this move for a while, so I’m looking forward to getting started.

“West Ham is a club with a lot of history behind it. It promotes its young players, so it’s a great opportunity for me to develop my game and help the team.

“I’m looking forward to moving to London – it’ll be a little different to Manchester, so it’s an exciting challenge.”

Academy Manager Ricky Martin hailed the capture of the sought-after frontman in the face of competition from some of Europe’s leading clubs, and is looking forward to seeing him progress at Chadwell Heath.

“Mipo signing for West Ham is another really positive story for the Academy,” he said. “He is a promising player we are looking forward to working with and this move is a great opportunity for him to join us and continue his journey.

“It will naturally take Mipo some time to settle in, but we believe West Ham is the perfect environment for Mipo to flourish and fulfil his undoubted potential.

“We’re really trying to work hard here at the Club to push players on at the right time and give them the right opportunities.

“He’ll start with the Under-18s and will enjoy opportunities to work, develop his own game, and act as a focal point in attack for different age groups, including the Under-23s.

“I’m sure Mipo will want to make a big impact by scoring goals, so we’re really looking forward to seeing him working with two teams who’ve started the season really well.”

Odubeko, who won the Victory Shield with Ireland at U16 level, is aiming to continue his prolific form when he pulls on a West Ham shirt.

“I’m a goalscorer, I’m quick, and I work hard for my team,” he said, when asked to describe himself as a player. “I always set high expectations for myself, so I’m looking to score a lot of goals for West Ham this season.

“I’ve been out for a while now, so now I’m just excited to get going – and get scoring.”

West Ham United would like to welcome Mipo to east London and wish him every success for his career in Claret and Blue.

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ted fenton 6:00 Fri Oct 25
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Thanks Alan 4:34 Fri Oct 25
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Bill Green 1:52 Fri Oct 25

bill green 1:52 Fri Oct 25
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Takashi Miike 1:12 Fri Oct 25
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thanks alan

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