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 10:19 Wed Jun 24
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Juventus have agreed a 80m euro (£72.5m) fee with Barcelona to sign 22-year-old Brazilian Arthur - but must still convince the midfielder to join them. (Sky Sports)

The Serie A side are also interested in Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, but the 28-year-old Italian is unlikely to leave Stamford Bridge. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is open to offloading French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 21, because of questions about his attitude. (Mail)

Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho, 28, has reached an agreement with Leicester City, with the Premier League club now just needing to agree a fee with Real Betis. (Marca)

Crystal Palace are getting closer to signing Nathan Ferguson after West Brom confirmed the 19-year-old English defender had rejected a new contract. (Guardian)

Arsenal are expected to agree an extension to Portuguese defender Cedric Soares' loan from Southampton and want to sign the 28-year-old permanently on a free transfer this summer. (ESPN)

English striker Andy Carroll, 31, is expected to sign a one-year extension to his current Newcastle United deal. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manchester United's English midfielder Dion McGhee, 19, is wanted by West Ham, Rangers and AZ Alkmaar. (Manchester Evening News)

The owners of West Ham are not actively looking to sell the club after reports of interest from a group from the United Arab Emirates. (Star)

Football's authorities in England are exploring the possibility of using the Community Shield as a test event for the return of fans before the start of next season. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Martinelli, 19, could miss the rest of season after suffering a knee problem in training. (Mirror)

There was a big step taken towards a new San Siro stadium after a meeting between AC Milan, Inter Milan and city planners. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Rennes have offered Monaco 15m euros (£13.55m) for French defender Benoit Badiashile, 19. (RMC Sport - in French)

Inter could lose loanees Nigeria midfielder Victor Moses, 29, and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 31, for the remainder of the season because parent clubs Chelsea and Manchester United do not want to grant an extension to their deals. (Sky Sports Italia, via Star)

Former Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, 50, is keen to become Dundee United's next manager. (Dundee Evening Telegraph)


José Mourinho hails 'fundamental' Harry Kane as Moyes hits out at VAR

Kane scored second goal in 2-0 victory over the Hammers
David Moyes unhappy Spurs’ first goal was not ruled out

Louise Taylor

José Mourinho emphasised that Harry Kane is “fundamental” to his Tottenham side after watching the England striker score his first Premier League goal of 2020 in the 2-0 home win against struggling West Ham.

Kane’s return to fitness follow a six-month injury lay off has proved timely with his 82nd-minute contribution not only helping Mourinho’s side secure a first win in eight games but reviving their European hopes which had flagged before football’s shutdown.

“I said before the game I wouldn’t be surprised if Harry scored,” said a delighted Mourinho. “He’s fundamental for the team, so tonight was very good for Harry and even better for us.”

Tottenham rise to seventh – a point behind Manchester United in fifth, and six in arrears of fourth-placed Chelsea. “To win tonight was crucial,” said Mourinho. “It was three points or nothing. If we had not won tonight I don’t think we could have thought about Europe.”

Kane registered his 137th top-tier goal on his 200th Premier League appearance and the striker said he felt close to peak fitness. “I feel as fit as I’ve probably ever done before, “he said. “I’m in good shape. Scoring is one of the best feelings in the world, and it’s been a while since I’ve done it, so it’s great to do that.”

West Ham’s relegation fears intensified. David Moyes’s side were left 17th, level on points with third bottom Bournemouth and out of the relegation zone only on goal difference. They have lost both their games since emerging from lockdown but Moyes hailed an improved performance and rued bad luck. This involved both Jarrod Bowen hitting a post and the failure of VAR to intervene in Tomas Soucek’s opening own goal which gave Spurs a 64th-minute lead.

Replays suggested it should have been ruled out after the ball brushed Davinson Sánchez’s arm and Moyes was unhappy. “I don’t believe the first goal should have stood,” said West Ham’s manager. “There was a handball, it wasn’t a goal. I can’t believe they allowed that to stand. Who was on VAR tonight?’

Moyes was also aggrieved that the Premier League had not allowed the game to be played later this week, thereby affording his team an extra day’s recovery following Saturday’s defeat at home to Wolves. “It was a terrible decision by the Premier League and I’m disappointed the broadcasters couldn’t have helped,” he said.

Mourinho, whose side drew with Manchester United on Friday, sympathised, agreeing it was harsh on West Ham that Spurs had an extra day to prepare.


Harry Kane scores in Spurs win as David Moyes fumes about controversial West Ham own-goal

Matt Law

Harry Kane may have been rusty, he may have been shattered, but he proved that he will always retain that killer instinct.

Having already missed one great chance to score his first Tottenham Hotspur goal for almost six months, Kane could have been forgiven for thinking his night was done and looking at the bench for a breather.

But the man christened “Hero Kane” desperately wanted that goal, no matter how much his body might have been objecting, and it finally came in the 82nd minute to kill off West Ham United.

Substitute Erik Lamela won the ball brilliantly in his own half and found Son Heung-min, who played the perfect pass for Kane to stride through on goal.

It would have normally been the easiest of chances for Kane to ­dispatch, but following nearly six months out and approaching his second full 90 minutes in five days, his legs must have been heavy.

But the England captain steadied himself to score before collapsing to the ground, partly in celebration and partly through exhaustion one would presume.

These may not be normal times and this was certainly no ordinary derby between two fierce rivals, minus the fans, but it does not get much more normal than Kane scoring against London opposition.

The goal against West Ham was Kane’s 30th in 48 Premier League appearances in London derbies and means he is behind only Teddy Sheringham, Frank Lampard (both 32) and Thierry Henry (43) in the London derby scoring list.

More important to Kane, however, will be the fact that his goal helped Tottenham keep their uphill chase for Champions League qualification alive.

For West Ham, the defeat plunged them into further relegation trouble and it proved to be a night to forget for midfielder Tomas Soucek, who will not want to be reminded of his first goal in a West Ham shirt.

January signing Soucek turned a corner into his own net to gift Spurs a second-half lead after West Ham had weathered a storm at the end of the first half and seen a Son goal ruled out by Var.

West Ham can now slip into the bottom three if Bournemouth collect at least a point against Wolverhampton Wanderers or Aston Villa win at Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

David Moyes, the manager, will have been pleased with the way his team attempted to start the game on the front foot, as Michail Antonio laid the ball off for the vocal Mark ­Noble, but Eric Dier got across to block his way to goal.

He will also rue the fact that a powerful Jarrod Bowen shot smashed against a post not long ­before Kane put the game to bed.

Jose Mourinho, the Tottenham head coach, was boosted by the return of Dele Alli and Lucas Moura, and had all six of his attacking ­players available for the first time since joining the club.

But Spurs struggled to make much headway during the first half-an-hour, as goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski only had to make a smart save from Moura and comfortably gathered a Kane shot.

Kane had looked well short of match fitness against Manchester United, but the striker was more ­involved here and produced a ­wonderful pass with the outside of his boot that nearly sent Son away.

Kane also got his head to a Serge Aurier cross from the right but, under pressure from Fabian Balbuena, he could only steer the ball high over the bar.

West Ham retreated further back as the half drew to a close and they spent the last 10 minutes camped around their own goal.

Balbuena was brave to block a powerful shot from Dier before Son thought he had given Spurs the lead on the stroke of half-time, when he collected Giovani Lo Celso’s pass and fired past Fabianski.

But a Var check showed Son’s left foot had been offside when Lo Celso played his pass and the goal was ruled out.

There was still time in the first half for Spurs to miss a great chance to take the lead, as Moura shot wastefully wide after being picked out by a Ben Davies cross from the left.

It seemed for all the world that Kane would open the scoring just short of the hour mark, when Tottenham broke brilliantly from defence. Son played in Lo Celso on the left, who produced the perfect pass for Kane. The England captain just needed to find the corner of the net, but he swept the ball wide.

But his moment would still come after Soucek had diverted Lo Celso’s corner, which appeared to take a nick off the arm of Davinson Sanchez, into his own net. Var gave the goal and there was further bad fortune for the visitors when ­Bowen’s effort hit the upright.

As he has done so many times, Kane took full advantage and Tottenham can feel a whole lot better that their home-grown hero is well and truly back.


Meet the young Irons: Will Greenidge

“When I signed my first contract at West Ham, there were two pros there: James Tomkins and Mark Noble – two Academy graduates.

“I’ve got a picture of me and Mark Noble when I was eight, so hopefully I’ll be in the first team soon enough to play with him, which would just be incredible! What he’s done to be able to play for so long at the highest level for West Ham… that’s what I dream of doing.”

Earlier this month, defender Will Greenidge was one of seven Academy of Football scholars to sign their first professional contracts as footballers.

A model of consistency for the Under-18s this season under Lead Coach Kevin Keen, Greenidge has featured in all but one game for the youth side, making 20 appearances in all competitions prior to the campaign’s curtailment.

Ever-conscientious, however, the 18-year-old is aware that this first professional contract is just the first chapter in what everyone hopes will be a prosperous career in football.

“It’s probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had, to be honest,” Greenidge told whufc.com, recalling signing his contract.

“For all of my hard work across the years, it’s a good reward, but now I know I have to keep pushing on to get another one in the future.

“The first time I came to Chadwell Heath was when I was five! I signed my first contract at the end of Under-8s, so it’s been ten years up to this professional contract. It’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but the reward for all the hard work is this professional contract, and it’s paid off really.”

As well as citing Keen amongst his influences, Greenidge recognises how much his family and Academy coaches have contributed to that journey.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without my family, especially my Grandad who would take me to and from training. There were late nights but he was always there. Even if I would finish at seven ‘o clock, he’d get there at five just to make sure he didn’t miss anything. He and my Dad were probably the most important.

“Kevin Keen has come in this year and put in a lot of confidence in me and helped my game a lot. Jack Collison at Under-16s level was a real positive coach for me as well. When I was really young I struggled with my confidence, and coaches like Jimmy Hampshire and Dave Hunt really pushed me to trust myself. Ever since then, I’ve come on leaps and bounds, and have ended up where I am today.”

Reflecting on the campaign just gone, Greenidge was pleased to play his part in the U18s’ title tilt – before curtailment, they sat second in U18 Premier League South – as well as get his maiden taste of senior football with the U21s in the Leasing.com Trophy.

The full-back recognises that each and every experience is a learning opportunity – and development is the focus of his game at present.

“I think this season has been one of my best,” he explained.

“I’ve been able to stay injury-free and play all but one game, and in those games I feel like I’ve come a long way. I think Kevin Keen coming in has done a lot for me through the way he coaches, and he’s really helped me secure a professional contract.

“Throughout my whole career, I’ve played left-back and right-back, but I think this year is the first year I’ve felt fully comfortable on the left as well as the right. I’ve developed my versatility, being able to affect the game on both flanks.”

As for his highlight so far: the kind of occasion Greenidge hopes to make habitual.

“When I was 15, I played in the Under-23s’ friendly against Billericay [in 2018] in front of about 5000 fans,” he recalled.

“The atmosphere and the crowd and all of that… it was just a surreal moment to be able to play in that game, and against some top pros like Paul Konchesky, as well. It was a good challenge – the best game I’d say I’ve played in.

“The crowd were there supporting a first team, and it was a proper game. It just gives you the motivation to say you want to be doing it every week in front of those crowds.

“Next season I would love to be able to fight for a starting place in the Under-23s team, and show [U23s coaches] Dmitri [Halajko] and Steve [Potts] what I can do for the team. I just want to do myself proud and know that I have given everything I can.

“I’d love to be able to finish my career and have played for West Ham for however many years, and for the fans to say ‘Will Greenidge – what a player.’ Just to be loved by West Ham fans would make my career worth it.”

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Texas Iron 4:30 Wed Jun 24
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Mex Martillo 1:45 Wed Jun 24
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:42 Wed Jun 24
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blueeyed.handsomeman 10:51 Wed Jun 24

blueeyed.handsomeman 10:51 Wed Jun 24
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THankYou Alan

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