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 11:45 Mon Nov 9
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte remains determined to sign the Blues' France midfielder N'Golo Kante for Inter Milan next summer - but Real Madrid are also monitoring the 29-year-old. (Canal, via Sun)

Former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, 26, is frustrated at Lyon and the Netherlands forward still interests Barcelona. (Sun)

AC Milan are trying to ascertain whether Manchester United would be willing to sell Portugal Under-21 full-back Diogo Dalot, 21, following the end of his loan spell with the club. (Tuttosport, via Inside Futbol)

Manchester City and England midfielder Phil Foden, 20, is set to sign a new contract that will triple his current wage. (Star)

England's Nations League game with Iceland on 18 November may be moved to a neutral country because of Covid restrictions on travel to the UK from Denmark. (Times, subscription required)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has the backing of his players despite the team's inconsistent form. (Mirror)

Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 28, says his "heart was gone" from Arsenal before Mikel Arteta returned to the club to take over as manager following the departure of Unai Emery. (Mirror)

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 25, is among the players set to miss Denmark's home matches next week because of coronavirus isolation protocols surrounding a return from their country. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool's Champions League game with FC Midtjylland next month could be in doubt because of the government's new travel ban on non-UK visitors arriving from Denmark. (Liverpool Echo)

Jose Mourinho is showing he is the right man to take Tottenham to a trophy-winning level using his "very direct" method of dealing with players, says recently retired former Spurs and Netherlands goalkeeper Michel Vorm. (AS)

Manchester United and Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 33, is training on his own and wants to leave the club on a free transfer in January. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel says former Manchester United and Spain midfielder Ander Herrera "died in the dressing room" for the team as he praised the 31-year-old's performance in the win over Rennes. (Mirror)

Everton's Italy striker Moise Kean - who is on loan at Paris St-Germain - has been described as "very important" by Tuchel, after the 20-year-old scored five goals in five matches. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal's English midfielder Joe Willock, 21, would benefit from a loan move to gain more playing time, according to ex-Gunners defender Martin Keown. (Independent)

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha says the Red Devils need four new recruits of the calibre of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes in order to challenge for titles. (Mirror)

Former Chelsea and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o is said to be recovering after being involved in a car accident in the Nkongsamba-Littoral Region of his homeland. (Star)

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker admits he "deserved to be dropped" by England after breaching lockdown rules in the spring. (Sun)

Former leading referee Keith Hackett says the current handball law "is a joke - and not a very good one". (Telegraph - subscription required)

Premier League club support manager Nick Haycock, who has worked at West Ham United and Manchester City, is to become Aston Villa's head of technical and player development. (Birmingham Mail)

Guardian (from Friday - before the Fulham match)

West Ham need to recognise David Moyes has been a force for good

Manager has bought well, improved players and deserves a new contract after the unfocused extravagance of the Pellegrini era

Jacob Steinberg

David Moyes celebrates with West Ham players including Manuel Lanzini (right) after the spectacular comeback to draw at Tottenham. Photograph: Neil Hall/AFP/Getty Images

West Ham underestimated David Moyes last time. Under pressure to challenge the elite after moving into the London Stadium, they blinded themselves to their structural flaws and chased a quick fix. They wanted fantasy football and their self-indulgence was not lost on Moyes, who could sense which way the wind was blowing as the end of his first spell at West Ham approached.

He ended up departing with a warning, telling West Ham that “everybody always thinks the grass is greener” after closing out the 2017-18 season with a win over Everton. “I would say, more often than not, it’s proved wrong,” Moyes added.

The Scot, who failed to convince West Ham to extend his six-month deal despite saving them from relegation, read the situation well. West Ham moved on, hiring Manuel Pellegrini, but the rewards were minimal. They spent heavily, signing Sébastien Haller and Felipe Anderson for record fees, but still ended up in relegation trouble.

Unable to instil a “big-team mentality”, Pellegrini lost his job last December. But when Moyes returned, promising stability, many supporters were aghast, judging the appointment as further evidence of broken promises from West Ham’s owners, David Gold and David Sullivan.

Yet Moyes kept West Ham up again. He has turned them into a better side: tougher to beat and more effective going forward. His signings have settled and he has helped the club navigate a daunting fixture list at the start of this campaign. They have taken eight points from their first seven games after smashing Wolves and Leicester, holding Manchester City and fighting back from 3-0 down to draw with Tottenham.

Somehow the doubts endure before Saturday’s home game against Fulham, demonstrating that perceptions are hard to alter once a narrative takes hold. Over the course of 11 years at Everton, Moyes developed a reputation for shrewdness. But that all disappeared after he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2013 and his status took another hit after he took Sunderland into the Championship in 2017, since when he has been written off as a tactically clueless dinosaur.

It is a strange misreading. Moyes was too cautious for United and oddly pessimistic at Sunderland. Yet he was excellent for Everton and has been a force for good at West Ham. He impressed during his first spell in east London, turning Marko Arnautovic into a deadly striker, and has had a similar impact on Michail Antonio this time.

Antonio has scored 12 goals since the end of February, and Moyes bought well in January. Tomas Soucek has impressed in midfield and Jarrod Bowen has added speed and quality on the right flank after joining from Hull.

Moyes, who inherited an unbalanced squad after the unfocused extravagance of the Pellegrini era, wants to sign hungry young players. Yet it has not been straightforward. Turmoil is never far away at West Ham, whose supporters turned on the board after the £18m sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom in September. The transfer window was fraught and although Diangana was sold to raise funds for defensive reinforcements, West Ham failed to secure most of their targets and eventually signed Craig Dawson on loan from Watford.

The signs were ominous when West Ham lost their opening game to Newcastle. Mark Noble, the captain, fumed about Diangana. Yet team spirit has never wavered under Moyes, who remained calm. Switching to a back three after the defeat to Newcastle has led to a massive improvement, with Vladimir Coufal impressive at right wing-back since joining from Slavia Prague for £5.4m.

Plenty of players have grown in stature. Pablo Fornals, the £24m Spaniard, is more efficient in attacking midfield. Angelo Ogbonna is back to his best in central defence, with Aaron Cresswell and Fabián Balbuena resurgent next to the Italian. Declan Rice has a strong partnership with Soucek in midfield.

As ever, though, West Ham do not quite look ready to push for more than a mid-table finish. The squad remains light in certain areas, with the reliance on Antonio up front exposed when the forward missed last week’s narrow defeat at Liverpool with a hamstring injury. The 3-4-3 system malfunctioned without Antonio, who makes it work with his speed and hold-up play, and did not suit Haller, who was has struggled since his £45m move from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019.

The problem could have been predicted given that Antonio, who is far more mobile than Haller, has a long history of hamstring problems. Yet after raising funds by shifting Anderson and Jack Wilshere, West Ham chose not to add depth up front by signing Bournemouth’s Joshua King. They moved for a winger instead, signing Brentford’s Saïd Benrahma on loan with an obligation to buy, and Haller will be under pressure to shine on Saturday.

Perhaps it will work out and Benrahma, untested at this level, will add another layer of creativity. The Algerian could make his debut against Fulham, who are likely to test West Ham’s ability to seize the initiative against smaller sides, and a less reactive approach could bring the best out of Haller.

Yet the worry is that West Ham have fallen into an old trap, prioritising flair over substance. Perhaps they are in the same place as Benrahma: in need of Moyes’s pragmatism. The manager’s 18-month contract runs out at the end of the season and talks over a new deal are yet to commence. This time West Ham need to show their appreciation.

Evening Standard

West Ham sweating over Angelo Ogbonna groin injury after Aleksandar Mitrovic collision

By Jack Rosser

West Ham have been left to sweat over a groin injury to Angelo Ogbonna after the Italian defender was forced off during their win over Fulham on Saturday night.

Ogbonna, who has been one of West Ham's standout players since David Moyes's return to the club, sustained the injury which "opened his groin up" in a collision with Lukasz Fabianski, the Hammers goalkeeper, and Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic.

"We're a little bit worried about Angelo," said Moyes. "Because it was a challenge in the box where I don't think the player should have made the challenge on the goalkeeper, and it has opened his groin up a bit so we'll get him scanned and see what the outcome is."

After falling down the pecking order a touch under Manuel Pellegrini, the 32-year-old has been at the heart of Moyes's turnaround, crucial after lockdown last season and imperious at the back in wins over Wolves and Leicester City earlier this season.

Ogbonna is due to undergo a scan to asses the damage, with the Hammers hopeful the international break will allow him the time to be ready for Sheffield United when they return to Premier League action later this month.

Should the Italian not be ready, it may present Issa Diop the chance to regain his spot in the side.

Diop has fallen out of favour since testing positive for coronavirus, with Fabian Balbuena grabbing his chance to impress.

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