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 12:22 Sun Jun 21
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Juventus have joined Manchester United and Real Madrid in wanting to sign Wolves and Mexico striker Raul Jimenez, 29. (Calcio Mercato, via Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool and Senegal winger Sadio Mane, 28, could feature in a £200m-plus-player swap deal for Paris St-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe, 21. (Sun on Sunday)

Inter Milan want to sign Manchester City and England full-back Kyle Walker, 30. (Sun on Sunday)

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 33, and Belgium defender Thomas Meunier, 28, will not extend their deals with Paris St-Germain beyond 30 June, which means they will miss the rest of the French club's Champions League campaign, which begins in August. (RMC, via Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are interested in Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, with the 22-year-old Jamaica international valued at about £40m by the German club. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United have been told they will have to pay a new world record fee of £355m if they want to sign Barcelona and Spain under-21 winger Ansu Fati, 17. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United want English goalkeeper Dean Henderson to sign a new deal but Chelsea are interested in the 23-year-old, who is currently on loan at Sheffield United. (Sun on Sunday)

Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 33, has been told by Burnley his contract will not be extended past 30 June. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea have turned down the offer of a swap deal from Juventus which would see Italy midfielder Jorginho, 28, leave the Blues, with Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 30, moving to Stamford Bridge from the Serie A side. (Calcio Mercato, via Sunday Express)

Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, will stay on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid until the end of the season but accepts he may have to leave the Spanish club if Zinedine Zidane remains in charge at the Bernabeu for next season. (Marca)

Arsenal have agreed a deal worth around £14m to turn Pablo Mari's loan from Flamengo into a permanent move, despite the 26-year-old Spaniard facing a lengthy spell out with an ankle injury. (Mail on Sunday)

Everton and Newcastle are interested in AC Milan and Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, 23. (Tuttosport, via Football Italia)

Newcastle and former England striker Andy Carroll, 31, will stay at St James' Park for another season after signing an appearance-related contract. (Sunday Mirror)

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says the club are in the process of extending the loan deals of 37-year-old Spanish keeper Pepe Reina, who joined from AC Milan, and 30-year-old Chelsea and England midfielder Danny Drinkwater. The current contracts for both players run out on 30 June. (Birmingham Mail)


Adama Traoré adds sprinkling of magic as Wolves leave West Ham deep in mire

Barney Ronay at the London Stadium

It took Adama Traoré seven minutes to flick the switch on this half-speed game, to create the incisions that set up a 2-0 victory for Wolves, and to confirm that West Ham face a relegation-haunted mid-summer.

Football’s return has been fraught with oddities and new protocols. But here some certainties returned. West Ham looked like a team short of speed and devil. The London Stadium felt like a vast empty plastic flying saucer upended in the middle of a dystopian urban park. And Traoré appeared to be playing a different game at a different shutter speed to everyone else.

Wolves’ prized right-winger entered the pitch as a substitute on 64 minutes, with the score 0-0 and the game to that point a mess of trapped energy and sideways passing, football played through a blurry lens.

A fresh Traoré looked an understandably daunting prospect for a leg-weary West Ham left flank, and so it proved to be. Traoré’s first touch saw him slalom away from two defenders, a man completely in control of his movements and the space around him. His second saw him pick out Raúl Jiménez with a perfect right footed cross, released at high speed with a lovely dip and curl. Jiménez buried the header, his 23rd goal of the season.

Ten minutes later Traoré was involved again, producing a lovely little shift of feet and feeding Matt Doherty on the right. His cross was spanked with fearsome power past Lukasz Fabianski by Pedro Neto on the volley. West Ham had tried to raise their tempo between the goals, but only looked more vulnerable as space opened up behind the thin claret lines.

Victory for Wolves shunts them up the table to fifth spot. They are now level with Manchester United on points, and look formidably placed, with a lean squad well-rested after the break. An eighth home defeat left West Ham looking anxiously at Bournemouth’s evening kick-off to see if they would end the day in the bottom three after a sequence of one win in their last 10 games. There is a well-worn name for this kind of run; and it’s not “staying up form”.

David Moyes’s team missed the attacking presence of Sébastien Haller, a scorer in both lockdown friendlies, but injured here. They missed Declan Rice in midfield as he covered the vacancy left by Angelo Ogbonna at the back. But this is a team lacking speed, mobility and any real edge.

At least the London Stadium handled its own return to action with commendable efficiency. The endless walkways and hangar-like interior seem well suited to social distancing. The match-day staff were impressively drilled. There were flags in the Billy Bonds stand and the usual musical treats. But at kick-off the London Stadium was still an eerie place, its huge empty spaces echoing with shouts and yelps, the entire occasion weirdly plasticised and synthetic: some sense of normality there, at least, for the home players.

Mark Noble led the West Ham midfield’s attempts to shut down Wolves’ counterattacking game, that “express train” style that looked ominously well-suited to an evening stroll in those wide open spaces.

In the event this wasn’t an issue in the opening minutes as West Ham barely had a kick, instead dropping deep as João Moutinho and Rúben Neves dominated the midfield and Wolves forced a series of corners.

West Ham began to play a little, too. Michail Antonio made some fine runs down the right flank and it was Pablo Fornals who had the first real chance on 13 minutes, running on to Noble’s cute long pass and punting the bouncing ball on to the plastic tarpaulins behind the goal.

Otherwise it was a lukewarm first half, with plenty of effort but an absence of any kind of edge. A slow-burn game in a deserted Olympic bowl, played out in an empty concrete park just along from a semi-deserted shopping labyrinth: at times it was hard to imagine a more definitely lockdown-football spectacle.

West Ham began the second half more brightly. Noble seemed more capable than most of dredging up some urgency. He won the ball and played a nice pass square to Jeremy Ngakia, who shot low but straight at Rui Patrício.

Otherwise this was thin gruel, a game of clogged midfields and sideways passing. The players seemed to tire around the hour mark, when there was a sudden volley of fouls. “Come on let’s push it!” Conor Coady could be heard shouting repeatedly. Wolves did push it. As the clock passed the hour mark, enter Traoré and a moment of ignition.


Moyes gives new injury update

David Moyes has given an injury update on several missing players

The manager explained that he lost Sebastien Haller to an injury on Wednesday, although he didn’t expand on any detail, it is thought to be a groin strain suffered in training.

He also revealed Robert Snodgrass absence explaining he felt a problem in his back which might be a disc problem adding that the fellow Scott has also twisted his ankle.

On Angelo Ogbonna’s absence, he revealed that the centre back picked up a hamstring injury very early in the return to training but the gaffer added he shouldn’t be too far away from a return, maybe a couple of games.

Although he didn’t mention Arthur Masuaku he is also understood to be recovering from a knock he suffered in a practice game against QPR.

Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Sanchez whose contracts expire nine days time were not mentioned so their absence appears to have nothing to do with injuries.

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Cheezey Bell-End 4:07 Mon Jun 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Another news item with a tenuous West Ham connection.. Frank McAvennie's brother Jim just died according to Frank on twitter.

ted fenton 9:17 Sun Jun 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 5:11 Sun Jun 21

Mex Martillo 5:54 Sun Jun 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
Have to say I assumed we also had a fully fit squad and was rather surprised when the team selection came out.

Thanks Alan 5:11 Sun Jun 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
blueeyed.handsomeman 12:33 Sun Jun 21

andyd12345 4:42 Sun Jun 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Every other team in the premier league have got fully fit squads to choose from. And we manage to injure THREE of our regular starters at our ore historic training ground. Laughable

Texas Iron 3:13 Sun Jun 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers ...

CanningTownWA 12:38 Sun Jun 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
You can see what’s going to happen, Zab and Sanchez (no problem) will be released, Ngakia will leave and Fredericks will get injured. Leaving Johnson having to play every game trying not to get injured

blueeyed.handsomeman 12:33 Sun Jun 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankYou Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 12:33 Sun Jun 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankYou Alan

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