WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 11:53 Sun Sep 6
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 29, has dismissed reports linking him with a move away from the club this summer, despite the Spaniard attracting interest from Liverpool and Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid are still refusing to rule out the prospect of 31-year-old Wales winger Gareth Bale leaving the club this summer. (Sport - in Spanish)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are on fresh alert to sign Barcelona's French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann, 29, after Lionel Messi's decision to stay at the Nou Camp. (Mail)

Liverpool have told Barcelona it will cost them £15m if they want to sign Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 29. (Mirror)

Wales manager Ryan Giggs believes 19-year-old defender Ethan Ampadu has a big decision to make over his Chelsea career because of a lack of game time at club level. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle have made a bid of £20m for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and want to finalise a deal for the 28-year-old Englishman before next weekend's Premier League season-opener against West Ham. (Sunderland Echo)

Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, wants to return to Juventus, which why he has not yet signed a new deal at Old Trafford - even though his contract runs out in 2021. (Tuttosport)

United goalkeeper David de Gea has posted a picture with fellow Spaniard Sergio Reguilon on his Instagram page, leading to speculation that the 23-year-old Real Madrid defender could be on his way to Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Talks between Chelsea and Rennes over a move for the French side's Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 29, have reached a critical stage. (Sun)

Tottenham are preparing a £13m bid for Watford's English midfielder Will Hughes, 25. (Mirror)

Sheffield United are favourites to sign Bayern Munich forward Leon Dajaku, 19, on loan with Swansea and Torino also interested in the Germany youth international. (Goal)

Chelsea are set to hand Michy Batshuayi, 26, a new deal before offering him out on loan, with Crystal Palace, West Brom and Newcastle keen on the Belgium international. (Sun)

Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal, both 33, trained separately from their club-mates on Saturday as both players prepare to leave the club - the Uruguay forward for Juventus and the Chile midfielder for Inter Milan. (ESPN)

Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rafinha, 27, is a transfer target for Leeds United. (Talksport)

Crystal Palace are lining up Jeremie Boga, 23, as a replacement for his fellow Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha, 27, although Napoli, Rennes, Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen are also interested in the Sassuolo forward. (Sky Sports)

Leeds are close to securing a £17m deal for Croatia Under-21 centre-back Josko Gvardiol, 18, from Dinamo Zagreb. (Mail)

Sheffield United are closing in on a £10m deal for Derby's English defenders Jayden Bogle, 20, and Max Lowe, 23. (Mail)

Bristol City have agreed terms to sign English centre-back Alfie Mawson, 26, on a season-long loan from Fulham. (Football Insider)


West Ham's misery goes from bad to worse after they suffer 5-3 defeat to Championship side Bournemouth... after Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere and Co had earlier hit out at the club for selling Grady Diangana

West Ham suffered pre-season 5-3 defeat to relegated side Bournemouth
Jarrod Bowen scored a brace as Felipe Anderson scored a late consolation
Dominic Solanke was among Cherries goalscorers as the Hammers crumbled
The embarrassing loss comes hours after players expressed anger with club

By Ieuan Ivett

West Ham suffered an embarrassing defeat as their pre-season preparations come to an end against relegated Bournemouth at the London Stadium.

The Hammers lost 3-5 to the Cherries, who ran rampant in London as they prepare for life in the Championship this season.

Jarrod Bowen brought the home side back on level terms with a brace following a slow start as Arnaut Danjuma and Dominic Solanke scored inside the opening 17 minutes.

Drawing at the start of the second period, Sebastian Haller wasted a golden opportunity to give West Ham the lead and complete the comeback, but his volley firing over the bar came back to bite them just minutes later.

Dan Gosling put Bournemouth back in the lead after good work from Solanke and the home side failed to clear the danger.

Adam Smith and Jaidon Anthony added to the Hammers misery before Felipe Anderson scored a consolation goal with his head after a cross from Robert Snodgrass.

The defeat has added insult to injury after the club's players shared their anger over the sale of winger Grady Diangana to West Brom on Friday night.

In response to Diangana's move to their Premier League rivals, West Ham captain Mark Noble tweeted: 'As captain of this football club I'm gutted, angry and sad that Grady has left, great kid with a great future!!!!!'

Declan Rice 'liked' Noble's tweet in a show of support from the Chelsea target, whilst Jack Wilshere had a sly dig at the club hierachy for the decision.

On a post that the 22-year-old posted thanking West Ham for his time with the club, the former Arsenal man did not hold back as he commented: 'Go and do your thing in a club that respects you. big player with a big future.'


'I'm going to give you a team to be proud of, something that is not going to be flaky: West Ham boss David Moyes vows to deliver fans consistency they crave from Hammers

David Moyes has pledged to give West Ham fans a team they are proud of again
He wants the supporters to recognise that their side is full of commitment
But pre-season has not been smooth and they lost 5-2 against Bournemouth
There is also player unrest at the £20million sale of Grady Diangana

By Jack Kinnersley

David Moyes has issued a rallying cry to West Ham fans ahead of the new season, pledging to give them a team they can be proud of.

The Hammers boss is seeking much needed consistency and wants players hungry to fight for the shirt.

He told the Times: 'What I'd like is to build. To say to supporters, 'I'm going to give you a team to be proud of. Something that is not going to be flaky. Something with consistency.

'The ends [seating areas] have been brought in closer to the pitch at the stadium and I want fans to come back thinking, 'We've got a team with exciting young talent that every week will give us total commitment.

'The model has to change. I want a club that's looking longer into the future. I don't want players who turn up at West Ham thinking, 'I'm going to put some money in my pocket and have a couple of nice years in London.'

'I want players arriving like Soucek did [from Slavia Prague]: hungry to take the next step.'

Despite the Moyes' declaration of intent, the season is fast approaching and preparation has not been as smooth as it could have been.

West Ham suffered an embarrassing defeat on Saturday as their pre-season came to an end against relegated Bournemouth at the London Stadium.


Under-23s strike late to win at Maidenhead

Maidenhead United 2-3 West Ham United U23s
Pre-season match

West Ham United Under-23s won their fourth consecutive – and final – pre-season match with an entertaining 3-2 victory at Maidenhead United on Friday afternoon.

Coming up against more experienced and physically developed opponents in the form of the National League outfit, the young Hammers were forced to dig in for long stretches of the first half, but scored twice through Mesaque Dju in the second before a late own-goal secured victory.

Lead coach Dmitri Halajko will be pleased that the fixture provided the sort of test he had anticipated from the home side, ahead of the Under-23s’ opening game of the season at League Two team Southend United in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday evening.

The Hammers had a good shout for a penalty turned down after ten minutes when, following a mazy run between full-back and central defender, Emmanuel Longelo went over an outstretched leg – but nothing doing from the referee.

Moments later, and the National League team really should have been ahead, Maidenhead United’s trialist unmarked from a corner – but somehow volleying over inside the six-yard area.

Maidenhead kicked on from there, however, playing some sharp football to force a succession of corners which led to several presentable chances, the best of them a close-range header which Parry sent over the bar under pressure from Josh Okotcha.

West Ham were struggling for a foothold in the game in blustery conditions at York Road, and Maidenhead came close once again when Dadomo-Orsi showed neat feet to step inside Gonçalo Cardoso, firing low past the far post.

The Irons did eventually create an opening after half-an-hour. After Sean Adarkwa was picked out running the channel by Longelo, the striker laid off to Alfie Lewis, 25 yards from goal, who curled over on his weaker foot.

That gave West Ham greater confidence, and they nearly took the lead on the counter-attack when Adarkwa squared for Mipo Odubeko. The striker, seeking two add to his two goals against Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, saw his effort well smothered by Maidenhead keeper Ashby-Hammond.

Maidenhead did eventually take the first-half lead their play had merited. A cute ball over the top from Smile found winger Kelly with too much time in behind the back line, and he cut it back for Dadomo-Orsi to convert from close range.

The goal sparked the Irons into life, and they could have been level a minute later when Louie Watson managed to pick out Odubeko in the area, but with his body angled away from goal, the 18-year-old couldn’t quite direct his finish between the posts.

Moments later, and a well-measured pass from Watson put Longelo in down the left. The wing-back stood the ball up high towards the far stick where Adarkwa was able to volley it cleanly goalwards, but Ashby-Hammond was well positioned to block with his feet.

The Hammers came out after half-time with a new shape – and a renewed sense of purpose.

Within minutes of the restart, they had an equaliser, a clever ball over the top picking out substitute Mesaque Dju. The Portuguese forward took one touch to set himself inside his marker before curling a beautifully arcing finish into the top corner.

Moments after that, a fine Harrison Ashby pass found Adarkwa on the inside right channel, who squared the ball for Odubeko. The forward took a moment to dig it out from under his feet before firing fiercely towards goal, but Ashby-Hammond plunged to his right to beat the ball away.

The home team employed all their experience to reassert themselves in the contest and take the lead once more. A well-worked throw-in saw the ball find Sparkes on the penalty spot, and the Maidenhead man had too much time to find the bottom corner.

The Hammers were not deterred, however, and emphasising the end-to-end nature of the contest, drew themselves level within moments of the restart. Another swift move put Dju in on goal down the left channel, and the West Ham man gave the keeper the eyes before sliding it past his legs at the near post.

The game was well and truly open and both teams could have taken the lead as the game ticked towards the final 20 minutes; Ashley came within inches of getting a toe onto Longelo’s driven cross, before Daniel Jinadu produced two fine reflex saves at his near post to deny Sparkes on the stretch.

After such an exhilarating period, the game settled in its closing stages, but the Hammers still had time to find a winner with four minutes remaining when Bernardo Rosa’s fine long ball set Will Greenidge away in space down the right flank.

His pull-back looked for all the world like it would be converted by Dju for the hat-trick, but a Maidenhead trialist – attempting to clear – tapped the ball into his own net instead, giving West Ham U23s a hard-fought victory - their fourth pre-season win in four.

West Ham United: Jinadu; Ashby (Greenidge 67), Akinola (Baptiste 45), Okotcha (Dju 45), Cardoso, Longelo, Lewis (Rosa 60), Forson (Ashley 45), Watson, Odubeko (Trialist 63), Adarkwa
Subs: Roach

Goals: Dju 51, 64, Trialist (o.g.) 86

Maidenhead United: Ashby-Hammond; Sheckleford, Parry, Trialist (Trialist 45), Wells (Twumasi 45), Donnellan, Smile (Keetch 61), Kelly (Smith 70), Upward, Sparkes, Dadomo-Orsi
Subs: Coley, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist

Goals: Dadomo-Orsi 38, Sparkes 63

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Texas Iron 5:42 Sun Sep 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Mex Martillo 4:04 Sun Sep 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:19 Sun Sep 6

Thanks Alan 1:19 Sun Sep 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:04 Sun Sep 6

ted fenton 1:04 Sun Sep 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 12:17 Sun Sep 6

Cicero 12:37 Sun Sep 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

goose 12:23 Sun Sep 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan

bill green 12:17 Sun Sep 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

goose 12:02 Sun Sep 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The ends [seating areas] have been brought in closer to the pitch at the stadium and I want fans to come back thinking, 'We've got a team with exciting young talent that every week will give us total commitment.

Oh the seats have moved a few feet? Oh well that makes everything ok then.

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