WHO Poll
Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done

Alan 12:55 Sun Sep 12
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City have added Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham to their wanted list and will challenge Liverpool for the 18-year-old England midfielder. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester United are set to face a challenge from Manchester City in the battle to sign West Ham's England midfielder Declan Rice, 22, next summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Norway and Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, does not intend to rush a decision over his future when a release clause of just under £70m kicks in during 2022. (90 Min)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says there is "no disappointment" at the club after they failed to sign France striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, from Paris St-Germain in the summer. (Goal)

Arsenal are looking at Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers and Nice boss Christophe Galtier as possible options if they decide to replace Mikel Arteta. (Transfer Window Podcast, via Teamtalk)

Former Chelsea and England defender John Terry is keen on the Nottingham Forest job if the Championship strugglers part company with Chris Hughton. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says it was "a very easy decision" not to let England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 20, leave on the last day of the summer transfer window. (Football London)

Barcelona turned down signing French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 24, and Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier, 28, as part of the deal that saw them sell Brazil right-back Emerson Royal to Tottenham. (Fabrizio Romano, via Sunday Express)

Millwall attacking midfielder Jed Wallace is out of contract next summer and the 27-year-old English player is attracting interest from Brentford, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, West Ham as well as Celtic, Rangers and West Brom. (Football League World)

West Ham are monitoring Preston North End midfielder Lewis Leigh, with Everton also keeping an eye on the 17-year-old English player. (Football Insider)

Chelsea held talks to sign Germany wonderkid Karim Adeyemi, 19, three years ago but failed to land the Red Bull Salzburg striker. (Sunday Express)

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars says he would prefer to take on the same role at Barcelona rather than Arsenal. (Ajax Life, via Marca)


Michail Antonio sent off as West Ham scrape a draw at Southampton

David Moyes branded Michail Antonio “stupid” over his late red card in West Ham’s goalless draw at winless Southampton. Antonio arrived on the south coast as the Premier League’s leading scorer and having been crowned the top-flight’s August player of the month on Friday. But his first club appearance in September ended in ignominy after he picked up a second yellow card in the fifth minute of added time as the unbeaten Hammers missed the chance to go top of the table.

“Look, it can happen in football,” said Moyes. “Having been booked the first time, he was stupid to lunge in but these things in football happen, so we’re not going to make too big a deal of it.

“He’s got himself sent off and at the time it looked like the referee probably got it right. We always knew these sort of things could happen and they have done today.”

Antonio – who had scored four goals and provided three assists in West Ham’s opening three games – collected his first booking for throwing Jack Stephens to the ground in frustration after a 71st-minute tangle. The one-time Southampton loanee was shown a second yellow card by referee David Coote for a late tackle on Moussa Djenepo, prompting cheers from the home crowd.

With a Europa League campaign to contend with this season, Moyes had spoken in the buildup to the game of needing to manage Antonio’s minutes having failed to recruit a direct understudy during the transfer window.

The 31-year-old will now be suspended for next Sunday’s league clash with Manchester United and Moyes suggested that could affect his planning for Thursday’s European opener away to Dinamo Zagreb.

Asked if the trip to the Croatian champions was a chance to try other options, Moyes replied: “I think maybe you might think the other way and think you should play [him] because he’s not available for the Manchester United game, so there are a couple of ways to look at it. We don’t want Mic to go weeks and weeks without playing.”

Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in the lunchtime kick-off had opened the door for West Ham to climb to the summit with victory at St Mary’s. Yet they were fortunate to escape the south coast with their unbeaten record intact as the lively Saints substitute Armando Broja struck a post and had a late header hacked off the line by Declan Rice.

“I actually thought today that we played some really good football in the first half but the forward areas didn’t produce, didn’t connect, it looked like they had all been away [on international duty],” said Moyes.

The stalemate was a third successive draw for Southampton. Ralph Hasenhüttl felt his side deserved more than a point after the flurry of late opportunities, which included the two near misses from Chelsea loanee Broja. “The way we defended deep was very good and in the end we had the bigger chances today and normally we should win the game,” said the Southampton manager. “Yes, we had less possession, but no we didn’t have less chances to win the game.

“Today the defensive work of all of our team was amazing and this is the key of staying in the game and getting a chance to win it. I don’t think we have ever been so close to beating West Ham, a team we struggle against.”


Southampton 0-0 West Ham: Premier League Player of the Month Michail Antonio SENT-OFF as late Declan Rice goal-line clearance saves Hammers' unbeaten start... but Ralph Hasenhuttl's side remain winless

West Ham travelled to face Southampton on Saturday in the Premier League
A poor quality first-half went without a goal as both teams struggled to get going
Declan Rice cleared off the line late as the Saints contained West Ham's attack
Michail Antonio then saw a second yellow for a wild challenged in stoppage time

By Kieran Gill

The first was like something out of the wrestling arena as he threw Jack Stephens to the ground. The second was a lazy sliding tackle on Moussa Djenepo.

With that, Michail Antonio had two yellow cards and now West Ham will be without their main supplier of goals for the visit of Manchester United next weekend.

‘He was stupid to lunge in,’ David Moyes explained afterwards, honest as ever. ‘But these things in football happen. He’s got himself sent off. These things can happen.’

Antonio endured one of those annoying afternoons. Southampton centre backs Stephens and Mohammed Salisu hardly gave the Premier League’s top scorer an inch, as West Ham’s forward players struggled to create any kind of connection.

After this stalemate, Southampton remain winless this season, and West Ham remain unbeaten. Yet the hosts left St Mary’s Stadium clearly feeling they ought to have won.

Armando Broja, the 19-year-old forward on loan from Chelsea, was introduced in 74th minute. In the 81st, he hit the post. In the 90th, he saw a header cleared off the line by Declan Rice.

‘We had the chances,’ said Ralph Hasenhuttl. They did, but still the wait for a win goes on.

So West Ham were fortunate, but they can look on the bright side. Four games in, they’ve managed two wins and two draws, and next up is a trip to Croatia for their first proper taste of European football since 2006, for which Antonio will be available, despite his dismissal.

West Ham face Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday but if they are to get their Europa League campaign off to a smart start, they’ll need to play better than they did here.

Maybe the energy-sapping international break played a part in the performance, as Moyes said: 'Our forwards didn't connect. It looked like they'd all been away. It looked like we lacked a real connection.’

There was only one attempt on goal in the opening 20 minutes and that was a low drive from Adam Armstrong which warmed the hands of West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Other than that, there was nothing worthy of discussion. Apart from Hasenhuttl’s attire, that is, with the Austrian’s cream chinos and dark waistcoat making him one of the Premier League’s more dapper managers yesterday.

Moyes, in his tracksuit, was looking frustrated. There was a disconnect between West Ham’s attack and the rest of the team.

As half time approached, there had not been a single goal in any of the six 3pm kick-offs. If Southampton or West Ham would be the ones to end that drought, an influx of energy was needed.

Moyes must have given his men a grilling at the break, as West Ham emerged with much more intent and Antonio tested Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for the first time.

Nikola Vlasic was introduced for his West Ham debut and looked lively. He was among those involved in a scramble which resulted in Jarrod Bowen forcing McCarthy into tipping over.

After 70 minutes, there was some handbags between Antonio and Stephens, with the West Ham forward throwing his counterpart to the ground. He’d pay for that later.

After 80 minutes came Southampton’s greatest chance of the game so far, as Broja sprinted forward and struck a shot, only to see it bounce back off the post.

As five minutes of stoppage time was announced, Southampton swung in a corner. Broja rose highest and the ball was flying into the far corner. Thankfully for West Ham, Rice was stationed at the back post to clear.

Then Antonio, already booked, flew into Djenepo. Referee David Coote rightly produced a second yellow card and West Ham finished the game with 10 men.


Southampton (4-1-4-1): McCarthy 6.5; Livramento 7, Stephens 8, Salisu 7.5, Perraud 6; Romeu 6 (Broja 53, 7); Redmond 6, Ward-Prowse 6, Elyounoussi 6, Djenepo 6; Armstrong 6 (Diallo 74, 6)

Subs (not used): Forster, Walker-Peters, Lyanco, Adams, Tella, Bednarek, Valery

Booked: Romeu, Stephens, Salisu

Manager: Ralph Hasenhuttl 6

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski 6.5; Coufal 6, Dawson 6, Ogbonna 6, Cresswell 6; Soucek 6.5, Rice 6.5; Bowen 6 (Yarmolenko 83), Benrahma 5.5 (Vlasic 63, 6), Fornals 6; Antonio 5

Subs (not used): Areola, Zouma, Lanzini, Noble, Diop, Fredericks, Kral

Booked: Antonio, Rice

Sent off: Antonio (90+5)

Manager: David Moyes 6

Referee: David Coote 6

Football Insider

Sources: West Ham set sights on beating Everton to Leigh signing after deal agreed

West Ham have set their sights on Preston North End sensation Lewis Leigh, Football Insider understands.

The midfielder, 17, has caught the eye of Premier League clubs with his performances for the Championship club’s age-group teams.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider the club’s talent spotters have seen Leigh in action this season and have been hugely impressed.

They are set to keep further tabs on time over the coming months and he is regarded as a target capable of developing into a Premier League player.

But there is strong interest in the young central midfielder from other top-flight teams.

Everton are among those who are also monitoring the situation of Leigh.

Preston secured Leigh to a professional contract last month, which runs until the summer of 2024.

The second-tier outfit have a clear plan for developing the teenager, who is a boyhood North End fan and watched from the terraces before joining their academy at the age of 14.

Leigh had previously been on the books of Liverpool but was released after failing to make the grade.

The youngster has yet to make his first-team debut for Preston but he made the bench for a Championship match last season.

Leigh was also promoted to train with the senior squad since they returned for pre-season in July.

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ted fenton 3:25 Sun Sep 12
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Thanks Alan 2:55 Sun Sep 12

Thanks Alan 2:55 Sun Sep 12
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With Kind Regards 12:59 Sun Sep 12

Irish Hammer 2:00 Sun Sep 12
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks very much Alan

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mallard 1:01 Sun Sep 12

mallard 1:01 Sun Sep 12
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Thanks Alan

With Kind Regards 12:59 Sun Sep 12
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Thanks Alan.

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