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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 12:34 Mon Oct 5
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal's French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 21, is set for a move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, after falling out of favour at Emirates Stadium. (Mirror)

Tottenham Hotspur are to make a final effort to sign Inter Milan's 25-year-old Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar. (Mirror)

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman refused to rule out forward Ousmane Dembele, 23, leaving on deadline day. The France international has been linked with Manchester United. (Evening Standard)

Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 26, has agreed terms to join Barca from Lyon and could complete a move on Monday. (Telefoot via Goal)

Juventus are preparing a loan bid for Chelsea's Italy left-back Emerson Palmieri, 26. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal are not prepared to met the £45m buyout clause for Atletico Madrid's 27-year-old Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey. (Mirror)

Southampton have made a loan enquiry for Manchester United and England Under-20 full-back Brandon Williams, 20. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Sheffield United are set to beat West Bromwich Albion to the signing of 25-year-old Metz and Senegal forward Habib Diallo. (Le 10 Sport - in French)

French centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, 20, could be on his way out of Barcelona on loan. The 20-year-old would prefer a move to Fulham and Everton are also interested. (Le 10 Sport - in French)

Bayern Munich will turn their attention to Juventus and Brazil winger Douglas Costa, 30, if they fail to land Chelsea's 19-year-old England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi. (Kicker - in German)

Germany defender Antonio Rudiger's loan move to AC Milan is all but done, with Chelsea happy to let the 27-year-old go before negotiating a extension to his contract, which has two years left to run. (90min)

Celtic are interested in signing West Ham United's Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass, 33, on loan - but are also open to a permanent deal. (Sun)

Meanwhile, Anderlecht are close to a deal for the Hammers' Republic of Ireland midfielder Josh Cullen, 24. (Het Laatste Nieuws - in Dutch)

Brighton and Hove Albion are preparing a 11.5m euro (£10.4m) bid for Poland midfielder Jakub Moder, 21, before loaning him back to Lech Poznan for the season. (Super Express - in Polish)

Valencia and Central African Republic midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, 27, is the subject of a 25m euro (£22m) bid from an unnamed Premier League club. (Marca - in Spanish)

Roma and Netherlands winger Justin Kluivert, 21, is heading to RB Leipzig on a season-long loan. (Fabrizio Romano, via Football Italia)

Paris St-Germain have put in a loan bid for Porto and Portugal defensive midfielder Danilo Pereira, 29. (Goal)

Werder Bremen attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen, 27, is set to return to boyhood club Ajax, after an 11m euro (£10m) fee was agreed for the Netherlands international. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, 31, will sign a two-year deal at Bayern Munich, after leaving Paris St-Germain. (Kicker - in German)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Rob Bleaney

Oh yes! For the Mill, this is as good as it gets. After the unadulterated joy of Sunday’s shellackings, transfer deadline day comes careering into view like a whisky chaser on the back of a pint of mild. The inflatable dildos, the car windows, the panic-buys, the last-minute hijack, the missing paperwork, the unlikely Galacticos and the Peter Odemwingie 125-mile drives. This is what we live for, so where better place to start than your friend and ours, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

The Mill has shared an agent with the Cameroon striker ever since his Mr 15% persuaded Paris Saint-Germain to pluck his client from Stoke reserves after they were relegated to the Championship in 2018. Two years, not many goals and possibly the worst miss of all time later, Choupo-Moting is on the cusp of another stunning deadline-day move, this time to Bayern Munich. The 31-year-old is a free agent after his contract at the Champions League runners up expired, but no matter as the winners like the cut of his jib and have offered him a gig as Robert Lewandowski’s back up.

Manchester United will get over their Tottenham nightmare by finalising deals for Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani. When Luke Shaw called for new signings he probably didn’t mean a replacement left-back but the Sun say the Brazilian has “arrived at Old Trafford in the back of a car” after Ed Woodward agreed an £18m fee with Porto.

United are racing against the clock to make Jonathan Wilson happy by making it a triple deadline day swoop with the signing of either Ousmane Dembélé or Jadon Sancho. It is unlikely the England winger’s Covid-19 breach will affect Borussia Dortmund’s no-deal stance on Sancho, but “confidence is rising” that Dembélé will arrive on loan. The 23-year-old winger has played 52 games since 2017 but Big Ed may be the man to persuade him to put down his Play Station and take the Old Trafford millions.

Memphis Depay has agreed personal terms with Barcelona and could seal a move today, according to Lyon‘s sporting director Juninho Pernambucano. But Arsenal’s bid to prise away Hossem Aouar for a pittance looks to be dead in the water after the midfielder scored the equaliser in Lyon’s 1-1 draw with Marseille on Sunday then told Telefoot La Chaine he is staying at his hometown club. “I felt that I could still bring things to this team and the club, the club that raised me,” he said. Instead the Gunners may trigger Thomas Partey’s release clause, or send 30m big ones the way of old friends Lille for 21-year-old Boubakary Soumaré.

Those moves depend on Arsenal raising funds and space in their squad and after being sent to Coventry by Mikel Arteta, a year in Berlin looks like a mighty fine proposition for Matteo Guendouzi. The France Under-21 midfielder will spend the season thinking about his behaviour at Hertha after the Gunners were unable to persuade anyone to take him on a permanent deal. Guendouzi may line up alongside Marko Grujic in the Hertha midfield, with the Bundesliga hoping Liverpool will loan the Serbian back to them for a third season. West Ham are also keen on Grujic, or anyone else who won’t reject them.

Tottenham will make one final push to sign Milan Skriniar from Internazionale. Daniel Levy has so far failed to meet the £50m asking fee for the Slovakia centre-back and the Italian giants don’t want to negotiate. Negotiating with Levy is never advisable. Antonio Rüdiger will be making the opposite trip from London to Milan if Inter’s city rivals can agree a loan deal for Chelsea’s best, but least wanted, centre-half.


Jarrod Bowen adds gloss as West Ham end Leicester's unbeaten start in style

Paul Doyle at the King Power Stadium

David Moyes’s remote control seems to be working a treat. With their manager again watching from his sofa after testing positive for coronavirus, West Ham marched to another impressive victory thanks to goals by Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen. Those were well-earned rewards for a commanding performance.

After demolishing Wolves 4-0 last week in Moyes’s first match away from the touchline and firing five past Hull in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, West Ham rendered Leicester impotent from the start. Brendan Rodgers’s team had scored 12 goals in their previous three league matches, including five at Manchester City, but could not muster a shot on target.

These sides may have lined up with the same formations but that was as far as the similarities went in a match in which West Ham were physically, technically and tactically superior. All over the pitch they outmuscled the home side, so much so Leicester seemed intimidated and their passing disintegrated, especially in the first half.

It is at times like these that Rodgers must really rue the absence of Ricardo Pereira and Wilfred Ndidi, as well as James Maddison, who had to pull out because of a calf injury suffered in training.

Nampalys Mendy has generally done a decent job replacing Ndidi in a defensive sense but West Ham knew the Frenchman has none of Ndidi’s creativity so they were perfectly happy to let him have the ball around halfway, whereas any other Leicester player who got it was immediately engulfed by opponents.

West Ham opened the scoring after Antonio quickly took a free-kick that he had won wide on the right, Caglar Soyuncu reacting to being overpowered by the forward by taking him down from behind.

Having beaten Soyuncu for strength, Antonio then dashed into the box and beat Soyuncu with guile, giving the defender the slip as he directed a low header into the net from a cross by Aaron Cresswell.

Michail Antonio watches his header go past the despairing Kasper Schmeichel to give West Ham the lead at Leicester. Photograph: Alex Pantling/EPA

Leicester tried to respond but found themselves stifled by authoritative opponents. Ayoze Pérez made no impact on the right-hand side of Leicester’s attack and Harvey Barnes, freshly called up to the England squad, fared little better on the left, where he was subdued by Vladimir Coufal, the defender who arrived at West Ham from Slavia Prague on Thursday.

Coufal turned up on the left in the 22nd minute to foil Leicester’s first dangerous attack, thwarting Thomas Castagne’s attempted cut-back to Jamie Vardy. Most of their other moves foundered on Fabian Balbuena, who played as if fitted with a tractor beam that pulled Leicester’s passes towards him.

But it was Creswell who got in the way of another aimless Leicester attack in the 34th minute – and his hoofed clearance turned into a perfect through ball to Fornals, who was kept onside by Soyuncu. The Spaniard raced into the box and rammed a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester’s hopes of clawing their way back into the game just before the interval were foiled by Declan Rice, who scampered back to meddle in a promising move involving Barnes and Vardy.

Leicester had more of the ball in the second half but still struggled to pick a way through West Ham. Antonio remained a constant menace, forcing Schmeichel to save a header from a corner and then, five minutes later, scorching past Soyuncu before feeding Fornals, whose shot was blocked by Jonny Evans.

Leicester’s afternoon worsened when Daniel Amartey, who has recently returned from a two-year injury-enforced absence, pulled a hamstring. Rice nearly made it 3-0 in spectacular style but after a 60-yard run he thrashed his left-foot shot against the crossbar.

Leicester’s reprieve did not last long. When Fornals split the home defence with a fine pass, Bowen finished emphatically. Vardy had a chance to do likewise in the dying seconds but dinked a shot wide after being sent clear. Worse came in stoppage time, when a goal by Barnes was chalked off after a VAR review because of an offside against Vardy.

“You could see by the celebrations of Lukasz [Fabianksi] and Angelo [Ogbonna] when the goal was ruled out how much the clean sheet meant to them,” said West Ham’s assistant manager, Alan Irvine. “They understand that is the basis on which you build good performances. After that, we have the firepower to hurt teams.”

Rodgers was less happy. “We lacked intensity and aggression, we were below our level,” he said.


Rampant West Ham halt Leicester City's winning start

Leicester did not manage a single shot on target all afternoon, a week after annihilating Manchester City

By John Percy at the King Power Stadium

Pablo Fornals celebrates scoring West ham's second goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES

David Moyes would rather have been standing at the King Power Stadium, shivering in the rain, but working from home does not appear to be holding back West Ham United.

Moyes’s experience of remote management has seen West Ham secure three victories from four matches and, watching at home on his own screen, this was his vision of football in high definition.

It was Moyes’s second weekend in isolation after displaying mild signs of coronavirus, following his positive test on September 22, but he will return to training early this week with his team in rude health.

Brendan Rodgers’s 100% start to the Premier League season was brutally ended by the rampant visitors, a week after Leicester had annihilated Manchester City.

After scoring five goals against Pep Guardiola, Leicester did not manage a single shot on target all afternoon.

Rodgers said: “There was a lack of intensity from us and we were way below our levels. If you don’t perform to your best and your maximum in the Premier League you suffer.

“There was no complacency from us [after the City win], we’re not good enough to be complacent. We have to be on our game every time.

“The team showed great potential last season but we need to improve on that consistency, which will come in time.

“We’re disappointed with today but we’ve still got an exciting season ahead of us and we’ll get it right for the next game.”

Moyes will have enjoyed watching this. Michail Antonio was a menace all afternoon, operating as a lone forward and frequently pulling Leicester’s centre-halves Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu out of position with his movement.

Declan Rice, the West Ham captain, commanded the midfield areas and offered extreme protection to his defence, coming agonisingly close to an outstanding individual goal after a 65-yard run from his own half.

Rice remains a target for Chelsea but West Ham have maintained that he is not for sale at any price and it would be frankly ridiculous to consider his departure now.

West Ham’s previously maligned defence were barely untroubled by the likes of Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes, who was called up to the England squad for the first time on Thursday, with debutant Vladimir Coufal appearing a shrewd signing at £5million.

Moyes’s assistant, Alan Irvine, said: “I believe he was dancing around his apartment for the last game and I’m sure he will have been happy today.

“David has been heavily involved in everything, he picks the team and the substitutions. We deliver the messages and it has been fantastic for the players to accept this situation as well as they have done.

“We’re training again on Tuesday and all being well, David will be there. We’re in a good position at this moment and I’ve certainly enjoyed standing there for the last three matches.”

Moyes will have been celebrating at home after 14 minutes when West Ham took the lead with their first attack.

Aaron Cresswell swung in a deep cross to the far post and Antonio was unmarked to head the ball across Kasper Schmeichel and into the corner. Antonio has now scored in West Ham's past six Premier League away games.

Leicester were curiously flat and this was the hangover after the champagne sparkle of that win at Manchester City. Vardy was isolated and Leicester continue to struggle against teams employing the low block, with James Maddison absent after suffering a calf strain.

West Ham increased their lead 11 minutes before half-time after further suspect defending from the home team.

Cresswell’s huge clearance was hit in expectation rather than precision but completely caught out Leicester’s back three, with Pablo Fornals afforded too much space to advance into the area and beat Schmeichel. The first touch from Fornals to bring the ball down, from such a great height, was exquisite.

Rice almost added a brilliant goal in the 72nd minute, driving forward from his own half and into the Leicester penalty area before firing a shot against the underside of the crossbar.

But the third goal came seven minutes from the end as Leicester were ruthlessly exploited again. Fornals’s pass dissected the defence and sent Jarrod Bowen clear, who confidently swept the ball into the corner.

Leicester’s excruciating afternoon was complete in added time when Barnes had a goal disallowed for offside.


West Ham’s understated front three provide the perfect contradiction to the club’s fickle transfer strategy

Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals are not the first attacking trio that springs to mind but they are providing relief at a club that will take anything it can to soothe the soul

Vithushan Ehantharajah

Jarrod Bowen broke through the middle of the Leicester City half, not for the first time, with two options. After a couple of looks, he decides against continuing on himself and chooses to find the teammate on his right. But the pass is not what it should be.

His usually trusty left foot has let him down. Not by much, but enough that teammate Michail Antonio has to readjust his stride to collect. Enough to allow the opposition a fraction more of a second to catch up. Having sorted his feet out effectively, Antonio would make the next mistake.

With a defender to shake off to ensure there is open turf between him and the goal, he opts for a heavier touch to allow him room to gallop beyond his marker. But this one is too heavy, allowing Kasper Schmeichel to come and dissipate any threat. Just like that, the moment is lost.

Both Antonio and Bowen puff in dismay. Both irritated that two relatively simple moves they usually execute perfectly were off-key. As one apologises to the other and their teammates, hands raised and heads bowed, both see Mark Noble and Sebastian Haller begin their enthusiastic on-the-spot jogs on the touchline. Before the fourth official has raised his board, they begin trudging over.

These did not look like satisfied men. Certainly not two who, along with Pablo Fornals, contributed one each of the 3-0 scoreline against a side who challenged for a Champions League spot last season and, more recently, turned over Manchester City 5-2. It was, however, reflective of the relentlessness attitude of this trio. That even though the game was won, their standards should not slip.

In the world of front threes, Antonio-Bowen-Fornals is hardly one to remember. It doesn't get the heart racing like the supercars of Salah-Mane-Firmino. Nor does it let your imagination run wild like the puppy love trio of Haaland-Sancho-Reyna. It barely makes its way off the tongue without making you double-take. Them? Really?

But for West Ham United fans existing in a constant state of paranoia, whether fearful of being a few dud results away from the anxiety of a relegation scrap or what the latest boardroom-induced drama might be, these three are doing their bit to soothe those souls. Sunday was the latest example of how and why.

On a weekend of freak results, this one at the King Power Stadium lies somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. West Ham had just over 30 per-cent possession but out-shot and out-hustled a Leicester side who had won all three of their first two matches. Of the 14 shots taken by the visitors, eight came from their front three, including five of the six on target.

The leader of this East End rat-pack is Antonio, the arch agent of industry. There is little mystery to his work, just unpretentious regard for football's whims. He will try what he's going to try and, if it doesn't work, he'll just try harder.

His performance was a snapshot of how he earned David Moyes' favour at the start of the 2019/20 resumption. No battle was shirked, whether on the floor (where he contested 18 duels) or in the air (11). The four fouls he sustained were textbook examples of where and when to take contact to quell any enthusiasm Leicester were trying to build.

Even his goal – a header rising at the back post after 14 minutes - came from being fouled, spreading the ball to the opposite wing and immediately darting into the box to make himself available for Aaron Cresswell's deep cross. It was his 10th goal since the return of the Premier League in June, and his fifth successive away match on the scoresheet.

A phase before the opener, Bowen had provided one of his highlight-reel moments. Seemingly blocked in at the right-back position by blue shirts, a drop of the shoulder, a roll of his boot and flick somehow maintained him as the centre of their attention yet with the ball safely out of danger and making its way up the West Ham right flank.

Bowen’s craft exists beyond a left foot that could sign his autographs. In an XI set-up for reliability, the 23-year old is encouraged to use his imagination, and trusted to use it sparingly. He attempted just 20 passes, 13 of them with a view to pushing things along in the opposition half.

What's more, he is responsible for providing almost all of the creativity from the right. And though sometimes that can be predictable given his penchant for cutting inside, once the game was stretched, it was here where his goal would come: picking up a perfectly weighted through-ball to neatly tuck past Schmeichel for the third, and his third of the season after a brace in the 4-0 win over Wolves.

That assist was one of three key passes made by Fornals. He now has seven assists since the start of 2019/20, the most of any West Ham player across this period. Not bad considering he is not on set-pieces.

Of the three, the Spaniard is perhaps the hardest to peg. At times over the last 12 months he has looked lost, an image not helped by the kind of ruddy-cheeked impishness that’s frowned upon in the fairylands of English football. But he has emerged as the counterpoint to the other two. Efficient with the ball at his feet, facilitating as best he can in the final third.

His emergence as a regular starter is probably the most surprising, and there will be some West Ham fans who will need to see more to commit themselves to him fully. But another busy performance capped off by a goal and an assist should help.

Beyond their starting positions and effectiveness under Moyes, Antonio, Bowen and Fornals are bound by something greater. They are all representations of how fickle transfer strategies are in modern football.

Fornals arrived from Villareal last summer, his £24m fee as a reflection of European ambition of Manuel Pelligrini. With the Chilean sacked and West Ham forced to look over their shoulders at relegation, Bowen arrived as a £20m-plus sticking plaster in January. All the while the club was hoping they could outgrow Antonio, a player whose linear ways saw him start 2019/20 in the shade of record-signing Haller, before he carried them to safety.

Yet here these glorious misfits remain. Not simply commanding their starting places but keeping out the £97m trio of Haller, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko while doing so.

After two defeats in the opening two league games and the sale of Grady Diangana, the discontent in east London was palpable even without the opinionated crowds at the London Stadium. And though these two wins does not mean West Ham fans will rally any less against the ownership of David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady, it does offer them cautious optimism into the international break. As #GSBOut continues to stir, #ABF up top provide some much-needed relief from the woes upstairs.


Report: West Ham youngster Xande Silva set to join Aris on loan

West Ham United youngster Xande Silva is reportedly set to join Greek side Aris on loan for the 2020/21 season.

According to Sky Sports’ live blog (05/10, 09:05), the 23-year-old is primed to depart the London club to begin a temporary new adventure.

Silva signed for West Ham from Vitoria Guimaraes on the watch of Manuel Pellegrini in the summer of 2018.

To date, the star has made just one Premier League appearances, spending most of his time developing with the U23s.

That development was hampered somewhat last season, when the player required emergency bowel surgery, causing him to miss the start of the 2019/20 season.

Having been playing youth football most of the time he has been in England, the club are now ready to let Silva head out to get regularly minutes playing senior football.

TBR’s View – A chance for Silva

West Ham are probably making the right decision loaning Silva out.
Some supporters will have hoped to see Silva turn out more times for the first-team after he made a really bright start with the U23s shortly after his move.

It hasn’t panned out that way, and he still seems some way off playing for the West Ham first-team.

Hopefully, the player can make the most of a move to Aris – who currently top the Greek Super League – if he can secure a move before the deadline.

West Ham hopeful of £5m Ryan Manning move

West Ham United are hopeful of signing Queens Park Rangers ace Ryan Manning for around £5 million, according to a report from the Daily Mirror (5/10; page 42).

The Hammers have endured a quiet window. Vladimir Coufal has been the only new face to arrive at the London Stadium.

And despite their recent results in the Premier League, the fans would be forgiven for hoping that the club are going to secure further reinforcements while they have the opportunity.

Manning is a player who does not have to be signed by Monday to secure a move this month. And it does appear that David Moyes is hopeful that there is a deal to be done.

According to the Daily Mirror (5/10; page 42), West Ham are hopeful that they will be able to sign Manning for £5 million. It is noted that Moyes scouted the 24-year-old – who can play at left-back or in midfield – regularly last season.

It remains to be seen if West Ham make their move today, or are willing to wait until later in the month.

But it arguably makes sense for all parties to reach an agreement as soon as possible. Manning is yet to make an appearance in the Championship this term due to the uncertainty over his future (via Mirror).

So it is doing Mark Warburton’s men few favours keeping Manning if a departure is likely.

And West Ham should be looking to build on the positivity of their weekend result by getting a new signing in as soon as possible.

Evening Standard

West Ham hunt for defensive transfers in Championship as deadline looms

Jack Rosser

West Ham are likely to go shopping in the Championship as their search for defensive reinforcements continues.

Despite Sunday's superb display at Leicester, assistant manager Alan Irvine says the Hammers are still short of numbers at the back. However, after keeping back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since September 2019, there will be no desperate scramble to land a signing on deadline day.

If a satisfactory deal can be agreed in the final hours of the window, there is interest in Bayer Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah on loan with an option to buy.

Premier League clubs are still able to sign from the Football League - a favoured hunting ground of manager David Moyes - until October 16, and West Ham are interested in both Watford's Craig Dawson and Swansea's Joe Rodon.

"It was more the fact that we were light in terms of numbers and competition, rather than it being that we don’t have good defenders. It is more a case of if we lost a defender over the season through injury or suspension then we are light," Irvine said yesterday.

"When you sit down as we do every day and plan training, looking at the squad and thinking “we need more defenders”, we certainly do."

Midfielder Josh Cullen, 24, will join Anderlecht on a permanent deal today while youngster Xande Silva is set to move on loan to Greece

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Hammer and Pickle 3:05 Mon Oct 5
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That Indy piece - not really sure any West Ham performance lends itself to the PG Wodehouse style however good it was.

Texas Iron 3:04 Mon Oct 5
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Kaiser Zoso 2:53 Mon Oct 5
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ted fenton 2:33 Mon Oct 5

ted fenton 2:33 Mon Oct 5
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bill green 1:18 Mon Oct 5

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Thanks Alan 12:36 Mon Oct 5

Thanks Alan 12:36 Mon Oct 5
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Thanks Alan

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