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 12:42 Mon Nov 11
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United could be tempted to try to bring striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Old Trafford. The 38-year-old ex-Sweden international will be a free agent as his contract with MLS side LA Galaxy is about to end. (TuttoMercatoWeb, via Mail)

Arsenal's hierarchy are "100%" behind manager Unai Emery and plan to wait until the summer before making a decision on the Spaniard's future. (The Athletic - subscription required)

The Gunners say Emery is not in imminent danger of being sacked. (The Times - subscription required)

Former Spain manager Luis Enrique, who has been linked with replacing Emery at Arsenal, would not consider a return to management at present. (ESPN)

Tottenham will move for Ajax and Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 26, if and when Denmark international Christian Eriksen, 27, leaves the club. (90min)

Brazil international Neymar's father says he will not be holding talks with Barcelona over his son returning to the Nou Camp club and that the 27-year-old forward will be staying at Paris St-Germain. (ESPN Brazil, via Mail)

Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 28, has distanced himself from a move to Real Madrid and says he could finish his career at Stamford Bridge. (Sun)

Burnley are set to end 29-year-old Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater's loan spell at the club in January. (Sun)

Inter Milan are interested in 32-year-old Belgium forward Dries Mertens, whose contract with Napoli runs out next summer. The San Siro club are also keen on Paris St-Germain's 28-year-old Thomas Meunier, of Belgium, and his fellow defender Layvin Kurzawa, 27, of France. (Calciomercato)

Wolves forward Adama Traore is at the centre of an international tug-of-war after the 23-year-old was called up by both Spain and Mali. Traore was born in Spain to Malian parents. (Sun)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has questioned whether he was properly backed by Liverpool's owners during his time in charge at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate has suggested that criticism aimed at him on social media could be coming from Newcastle United and Sunderland fans. (Evening Gazette)

Leeds United's English midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 23, and compatriot Ben White, the 22-year-old defender on loan at Elland Road from Brighton, are being monitored by Manchester United. (Football Insider)

German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 27, defends his criticism of his Barcelona team-mates. (Bild Sport - in German)

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 34, left the Allianz Stadium before the end of Juventus' 1-0 win over AC Milan on Sunday. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Former England manager Fabio Capello says Ronaldo's displays have dropped in standard during the past three years. (Marca)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Niall McVeigh

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, less than 50 days until the January window creaks open, which means there may (or may not) be some actual substance to the latest chunks of hot gossip to splatter against the glass. While you process that image, let’s move on to Manchester United.

Ole’s back at the wheel, his minibus full of whippersnappers alighting at Old Trafford for a convincing win over Brighton. With his youthful side finally starting to click, it’s the perfect time to (checks notes) bring back 38-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Well, the understated Swede is a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy, and United could use a spare centre-forward – but Juve’s Mario Mandzukic might be a more likely winter arrival.

Speaking of which, United may press ahead with a £42m January move for Christian Eriksen rather than waiting for a summer free transfer, with Real Madrid interest simmering away. Spurs are understandably keen to get some wedge for their melancholy Dane, and could reinvest it to bring Ajax string-puller Hakim Ziyech to the Premier League. Mauricio Pochettino is also reportedly keeping an eye on Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini and Celta winger Brais Mendez. Well, it beats looking at the league table.

Over in Italy, Antonio Conte has Internazionale in the title race, but that hasn’t eased the Italian’s relentless inner rage. Conte launched into a furious rant after their Champions League defeat to Dortmund, attacking the club for signing him “a group of players who haven’t won anything”. Spittle-flecked Inter suits have come back with a long list of names, including PSG full-backs Layvin Kurzawa and Thomas Meunier, Napoli winger Dries Mertens, four-time FA Cup winner Olivier Giroud and former Europa League champion Matteo Darmian.

Finally, let’s whip through some other rumours in the manner of A.G. Partridge judging vegetables at Swaffham County Fayre. Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is on the Manchester United radar, Crystal Palace are after Rangers hothead Alfredo Morelos, and PSG are expected to allow Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani to leave the club for free at the end of the season.


Pellegrini/Husillos wanted Roberto as No 1

Manuel Pellegrini and Mario Husillos identified the stunningly poor Roberto as their chosen goalkeeping option ahead of the Hammers board moving for Lukasz Fabianski!

The manager and his director of football had agreed that at between £3m – £4 million he would be their chosen No 1 stopper when arriving at the club.

But negotiations for Fab were already well in process at £7 million and the board decided that he would be the better option.

The situation was outlined by ExWHUFCemployee on his radio show and has since been confirmed to CandH by a top club source on e mail.

We were told: “They wanted to buy him a year earlier for £3-£4m but we bought Fabianski instead for more as we thought he was a far better option for more as we thought he was better.”

Now, with the situation collapsing around them there’s every possibility that No 3 David Martin could be called up for the match against Spurs.
Unbelievable seems to be the only suitable word.

As we revealed, Manu will go into surgery tomorrow whilst Mark will receive a scan to see the extent of the problem on his injured ankle.
The official site didn’t confirm – but we can – that he is expected to be out of action for a minimum of eight weeks although the injury sometimes takes up to 12 weeks to heal.

Meanwhile Lukasz Fabinski could be back after Christmas and the manager will be hoping for more central defensive reinforcement via the return of Winston Reid who is now off to join New Zealand’s international week.

Michail Antonio is now recovered and set to rejoin the squad this week at Rush Green.


Report: West Ham United working behind the scenes to sign a new goalkeeper & a holding midfielder in January

According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, West Ham United are working behind the scenes to sign a new goalkeeper and a holding midfielder when the transfer window opens in window.

The Hammers brought in Roberto Jimenez on a free transfer from La Liga side Malaga to replace Adrian as their back-up goalie during the summer, but the 33-year-old – who director of football Mario Husillos described as a fantastic goalkeeper – has failed to impress.

West Ham haven’t won a Premier League game since Lukasz Fabianski got injured against Bournemouth, losing four games and drawing one.

Apart from committing laughable errors against Newcastle United and Burnley, Roberto has shipped 17 goals in eight appearances across all competitions so far, and a number of the first-team players have reportedly lost confidence in his ability.

Husillos is said to have drawn up a shortlist of players who may be equipped to replace Declan Rice should he leave the club, and having played every minute of the Premier League campaign thus far, manager Manuel Pellegrini will definitely love to have another quality midfielder to provide the England international with cover and competition.

With the 32-year-old Mark Noble beginning to age and Carlos Sánchez failing to impress, the holding midfield department is one in need of further strengthening, and how they fare in the market in January will definitely have a huge say on their campaign.


West Ham take Malcom Ebiowei on trial

Olly Dawes

West Ham United are leading the race for Malcolm Ebiowei.

According to All Nigeria Soccer, West Ham United have taken Arsenal teenager Malcolm Ebiowei on trial ahead of a potential move to East London.

Ebiowei, 16, has been coming up through the Arsenal ranks in recent years, and made his debut for their Under-18's against Southampton in August.

The attacking midfielder was given his chance after two goals and three assists in his two previous games with the Under-16's, but he looks set to leave the club.

All Nigeria Soccer claimed last month that Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton were all keen on Ebiowei, whose scholarship with Arsenal will be ending soon.

Now though, West Ham look to have pushed themselves to the front of the queue, having taken Ebiowei on a two-week trial ahead of a possible move.

Ebiowei started and scored in an Under-16 win over Leicester City on Saturday before impressing as a substitute in the Under-18's later in the day.

Ebiowei is taking his chance with West Ham right now, and given the major interest in his signature, it could be a real coup for the Hammers.

They have the best chance at a deal with Ebiowei already in the door, and a move across London may well be appealing to the teenager should he impress.

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Mex Martillo 8:11 Mon Nov 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Both those stories had me chuckling.
Roberto 1st choice and all plugs pulled for a keeper and DM in Jan. Did Sir Alf have a hand in those stories?
Good to have a laugh at times like this.
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 7:35 Mon Nov 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Have to seriously doubt Husillo's scouting ability...

Dr Matt 7:19 Mon Nov 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Surely no one believes that Roberto story.

Why would you even waste time making that up?

Pellegrini is hated enough as it is. This just turns it back on to Gold and Sullivan!

Alan 3:34 Mon Nov 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ebiowei story added.

ted fenton 3:09 Mon Nov 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:46 Mon Nov 11

PwoperNaughtyButNot 2:57 Mon Nov 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
C&H doing the boards work there i see

Manuel is on the way out and all blame will be on his shoulders

Probably some truth in it to be fair but some integrity from the board for once would be welcome

nich the d 2:24 Mon Nov 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
And, Thanks Alan

nich the d 2:23 Mon Nov 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
That's classic undermining of the manager...

First shots fired!

Sniper 12:53 Mon Nov 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
That roberto story sounds like it was written by Sullivan

‘Look how amazing I am, compared to our stupid manager’

Load of crap

Thanks though Alan!!

Percy Dalton 12:50 Mon Nov 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
God help us if their judgement of Roberto is a correct story.

Thanks Alan 12:46 Mon Nov 11
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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