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
27%
  
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
10%
  
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
6%
  
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
35%
  
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done
22%
  



Alan 11:51 Fri Sep 17
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Chelsea's Germany striker Timo Werner, 25, is one of four players being considered by Borussia Dortmund should 21-year-old Norway forward Erling Braut Haaland leave the club next summer. (SportBild - in German)

Germany defender Antonio Rudiger's contract at Chelsea runs out next summer and talks over extending the 28-year-old's deal have stalled. (Times - subscription required)

Barcelona are still hopeful of capturing France midfielder Paul Pogba on a free transfer next summer if the 28-year-old decides against signing a new contract at Manchester United, though they would likely face competition from Paris St-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is set to promote academy midfielder Charlie Patino to the first-team squad amid reports Barcelona are monitoring the 17-year-old England youth international. (Mirror)

Juventus are interested in Arsenal's French forward Alexander Lacazette, 30. (Calciomercato)

Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso is unsure whether Serbia's 21-year-old striker Dusan Vlahovic, who has been linked with Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, will extend his deal beyond June 2023 with the Italian club. (Calciomercato, via Goal)

Newcastle assistant manager Graeme Jones and English striker Dwight Gayle, 30, were involved in a heated training-ground argument, with captain Jamaal Lascelles having to separate the pair. (Mail)

Everton manager Rafael Benitez has prioritised signing a top centre-back during the January transfer window. (Football Insider)

A number of Barcelona board members have asked club president Joan Laporta to sack manager Ronald Koeman after Tuesday's 3-0 Champions League defeat at home to Bayern Munich. (AS - in Spanish)

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28, will not be leaving the club according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Sky Sports)

Paul Pogba, 28, is said to be more comfortable with the idea of staying at Manchester United after being impressed by the club's summer signings. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are interested in Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter but face competition from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid for the 27-year-old Germany international's signature. (Calciomercato - Italian)

Leeds have opened talks over a new contract with midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 25. (Football Insider)

Former Swansea City manager Steve Cooper is a leading candidate to become Nottingham Forest's new boss after the Championship club sacked Chris Hughton. (Guardian)

Italian Antonio Conte managed Morocco international Achraf Hakimi at Inter Milan and says the 22-year-old right-back, who joined Paris St-Germain in the summer, dreams of playing for Real Madrid.(Marca)

Spanish forward Ansu Fati, 18, has moved a step closer to a contract extension at Barcelona after his agent arrived for talks with the La Liga club. (Marca)







Guardian

Michail Antonio and Declan Rice fire West Ham to victory at Dinamo Zagreb

Jacob Steinberg at the Maksimir Stadium


Michail Antonio expresses his delight after putting West Ham on the path to victory in their Europa League tie at Dinamo Zagreb. Photograph: Simon Dael/Shutterstock

It was some way for West Ham to silence the doubts about their inexperience on the European stage. They answered the questions by playing like seasoned travellers. There were no stumbles from David Moyes’s players as they took their first steps into the unknown and in the end, with Dinamo Zagreb confounded by West Ham’s organisation, it was hard to tell which team were supposed to be the novices at this level.

Moyes could not have asked for a more commanding away performance. West Ham were sharper and savvier throughout, their maturity and inventiveness key as they started their Europa League campaign with a memorable win. Dinamo were outplayed and had no answers to goals from Michail Antonio and Declan Rice, who killed the game as a contest with a stunning solo effort early in the second half.

Rice was outstanding in midfield, excelling on his European debut, but the England international was not alone. West Ham were impeccable. This was their first appearance in the main draw of a European competition since 2006, when a side containing Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano were bundled out of the first round of the Uefa Cup, but there was no sign of any nerves. Sitting back was not part of the plan from West Ham, who backed themselves on a bobbly pitch, passing with crisp assurance against opponents who have humbled Arsenal and Tottenham here in recent seasons.

“I was really pleased,” Moyes said. “Zagreb have a really good history. I knew it was going to be a tough game. We made the players aware of what it would be like. It’s certainly new to Declan Rice. He’s played international football for his country, but not for his club. He’s a terrific player.”

Playing in Europe for the 16th consecutive season, Dinamo looked put out to be pushed back in front of their boisterous fans. The Croatian champions struggled to get anything going during the first half. Quick to impose their muscular game on the hosts, West Ham were dominant. Tomas Soucek and Rice set the tone by establishing control in midfield, Aaron Cresswell and Ryan Fredericks attacked from full-back and it did not come as a surprise when the breakthrough arrived in the 21st minute, Kévin Théophile-Catherine’s back-pass gifting Antonio his fifth goal of the season.

It was a woeful error from the former Cardiff defender, who was replaced by Deni Juric at half-time. Too fast and strong for his markers, Antonio was on to the loose ball in a flash and the striker had the composure to finish, rounding Dominik Livakovic before tapping into the empty net.


Declan Rice celebrates with Pablo Fornals after scoring West Ham’s second goal. Photograph: Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images

Dinamo, who were knocked out of qualifying for the Champions League by Sheriff Tiraspol, could have conceded again moments later. Antonio held the ball up before releasing Fredericks and Livakovic denied West Ham’s right-back a rare goal by saving with his feet.

At that stage the only concern for West Ham was their inability to make more of their supremacy. Dinamo were bound to improve eventually. There were flashes from Mislav Orsic, whose hat-trick stunned Spurs in the last 16 of this competition last season, and a shot from Bruno Petkovic that whistled just wide as the half drew to a close.

West Ham had to concentrate at the back. Kurt Zouma, who had an impressive debut alongside Issa Diop in central defence, was in the right place to block a shot from Dinamo’s captain, Arijan Ademi. There was a shift in the mood, a sense that Dinamo were gearing up for a rousing fightback, and Moyes was wise to sense danger early in the second half, removing Manuel Lanzini shortly after he had risked a second booking with a lunge on Stefan Ristovski.

Fortunately for Lanzini, West Ham had already doubled their lead by the time he made way for Saïd Benrahma in the 52nd minute. Rice had just produced something special, surging clear after intercepting a pass intended for Petkovic near the halfway line. It was a remarkable run from West Ham’s captain, who shrugged Petkovic aside before rumbling into the box and firing an angled shot through Livakovic’s legs.

Rice, making his 150th appearance for West Ham, celebrated by running to the corner and goading the fans behind Dinamo’s goal. Ademi was furious; West Ham were defiant. Luka Ivanusec twice went close for the hosts, sending shots just wide, but in the end the home fans were reduced to whistling the former Hajduk Split midfielder Nikola Vlasic when he made way for Jarrod Bowen.




Mail

West Ham make a dream start in Europe as Michail Antonio and Declan Rice cap an impressive display by firing David Moyes's men to victory at Dinamo Zagreb

Michail Antonio intercepted a back-pass to open the scoring in the first half
Declan Rice made it two with a brilliant solo goal in the second half
The Hammers dominated the game and were good value for their win
Latest Europa League news, including live action and results

By Kieran Gill

West Ham are winners in Europe once more. It’s been a long time. Too long, really, but at the Stadion Maksimir last night their 2,000 supporters were partying like it was 1999.

That was the last time this club won a European tie which wasn’t a qualifier — a 3-1 victory against another Croatian side, Osijek. Dinamo Zagreb were likewise no match for West Ham here.

The party started with a gift — an under-hit back pass by Kevin Theophile-Catherine — but that was also prompted by West Ham’s high press. Michail Antonio stole the ball and scored his fifth goal in as many games this season as he continues to show why he’s now wearing that No 9 shirt.


Antonio capitalised on a defensive error to break the deadlock in the Europa League clash

Declan Rice, captaining the team, made it 2-0 in the second half. The 22-year-old England international won the ball in his own half then strode towards the opposition’s goal, scoring through the goalkeeper’s legs.


The English midfielder won the ball in his own half before driving towards the goal


Rice then finished though the keeper's legs to double his side's advantage on the night

On paper, Zagreb away was West Ham’s toughest game in a group which also includes Genk and Rapid Vienna. For those who travelled, this was worth dusting off the passports and paying for those fit-to-fly Covid tests. They saw a superb performance against a side used to competing in Europe.

West Ham manager David Moyes deserves credit for playing it perfectly. From how his side hurried their opponents in the first half, to their more compact shape in the second, to removing the already-cautioned Manuel Lanzini when he looked like a walking red card.

‘It’s something which is new,’ Moyes said of West Ham in Europe. ‘Certainly new to Declan Rice, for example. He’s played international football for his country but not for his club.’

Moyes feels West Ham have entered the unknown. ‘I’m really excited by not knowing how good they can be,’ he said after the match.

West Ham looked at home, and not only because Zagreb’s ground had a garish running track to rival the London Stadium’s. The visitors quickly imposed themselves on a side who beat Tottenham 3-0 six months ago, keeping the ball for much of the opening 20 minutes.

Yet it was when they were out of possession that West Ham finally pounced. Theophile-Catherine, looking uncomfortable with the ball at his feet, tried to play it back to keeper Dominik Livakovic, but didn’t put enough on the pass.

Antonio darted in and pinched possession ahead of Livakovic to score into the empty net.

After his dismissal at Southampton last weekend — described as ‘stupid’ by his boss — the striker had some making up to do. This went some way to winning forgiveness.

In the 50th minute, Moyes’ men doubled their advantage. Rice won the ball in his own half and then he ran, and ran, and ran some more. He was looking for a team-mate but with no one presenting themselves for a pass, he had a go himself. The ball flew through the legs of Livakovic and it was 2-0.

During his celebration, Zagreb skipper Arijan Ademi charged towards Rice, unhappy that the midfielder, making his 150th appearance for his club, was celebrating in front of the hosts’ fans.

With his work done, Rice was replaced by Mark Noble. He has made more than 500 appearances for West Ham, but this was his first in the main draw of a major European competition. Antonio was also substituted, and how they wish he wasn’t suspended for Manchester United this Sunday.

West Ham did a proper job on Zagreb, who didn’t trouble the visitors with a single shot on target.

Moyes said they weren’t only in the Europa League to be tourists. They want to compete, and this victory was a fine start.

MATCH FACTS

Dinamo Zagreb (3-4-1-2): Livakovic 6; Sutalo 5.5, Lauritsen 5.5, Theophile-Catherine 5 (Juric 45, 6); Ristovski 5.5 (Moharrami 63, 6), Ademi 6, Misic 6 (Tolic 75, 6), Franjic 6; Ivanusec 5.5 (Gojak 84); Petkovic 5.5, Orsic 5.5 (Menalo 83)

Subs (not used): Zagorac, Stefulj, Andric, Bulat, Baturina, Dilaver, Spikic

Booked: Misic

Manager: Damir Krznar 5.5

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski 7; Fredericks 7, Zouma 7, Diop 7, Cresswell 7; Rice 8.5 (Noble 83), Soucek 8; Vlasic 7.5 (Bowen 69, 6), Lanzini 7 (Benrahma 52, 6.5), Fornals 7 (Yarmolenko 83); Antonio 9 (Masuaku 83)

Subs (not used): Areola, Randolph, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Johnson, Kral

Scorers: Antonio (21), Rice (50)

Booked: Lanzini

Manager: David Moyes 8

Referee: Ruddy Buquet 6




Football London

Declan Rice and Kurt Zouma lead the way for David Moyes' superb West Ham as European tour begins

West Ham put in a fantastic team performance to take all three points against Dinamo Zagreb

By Tom Clark

Team performance

From the first to last whistle West Ham were in control.

A flurry of early corners was followed by long spells of possession for the Hammers with Dinamo Zagreb barely seeing any of the ball in the West Ham half.

The scoreline at the break was only 1-0 but the difference between the two sides was vast. West Ham produced a near perfect performance in Zagreb, they dominated their opponents and restricted them to a handful of half-chances.

Yesterday saw a novice side in European football against one which has played in continental competition for 16 successive seasons. A layman would most certainly have said West Ham were the experienced side based on the display they produced.

David Moyes was rightly pleased with his team and if this is, as the manager suggested, their toughest assignment in the group the Hammers are well on their way to progressing.

Moyes pointed out it is only one game and he is correct to do so but if the Hammers continue in this vein they will surely hit their manager's ambitions of being in Europe after Christmas. And do so with ease.

Declan Rice

The West Ham captain for the night was simply superb. As David Moyes said he is continually stepping up his game and has taken it to another level with his excellent performances for both England and West Ham.

On the big stage, Rice stepped up once more driving his team forward and taking the game by the scruff of the neck.

The powerful run that resulted in his goal was reminiscent of his strike on the final day of last season against Southampton and shows an aspect to his game he has worked on.

If there is one weakness in his game it is the lack of goals and if the 22-year-old can add that to his repertoire he really will be the complete player.

Rotation

Moyes made five changes to his starting line-up and the team looked just as strong as it had been in the opening weeks of the Premier League season.

Ryan Fredericks proved himself a capable deputy for Vladimir Coufal, Nikola Vlasic is quickly settling into his new team and Kurt Zouma was superb alongside the equally excellent Issa Diop.

Last season the Hammers' push for Champions League football was hampered by injuries to key players.

At crucial times in the season, Angelo Ogbonna, Michail Antonio and Declan Rice all missed games. Whilst losing those same players this season would again cause Moyes headaches he at least has more strength to call upon in reserve this campaign.

Injuries and suspensions are a part of the game but West Ham look far better prepared to deal with them than have done in many seasons.

Kurt Zouma

The French international was a standout performer against Dinamo Zagreb. He was composed on the ball, dominated the Dinamo attackers in the air, and knew exactly when to step in and challenge for the ball on the ground.

The defender oozed calmness and this spread to those around him. In the aftermath of Manuel Lanzini's yellow card emotions were heated with Rice wading in and it was Zouma who stepped forward and took his captain to one side.

The former Chelsea man is still getting to know his new teammates at West Ham but already you can see he has their respect and Rice listened to him and stepped away.

Zouma was a big outlay for West Ham and is on a sizeable salary, but on this display, he will be worth the money. Moyes generally likes to give his new signings time to settle in but Zouma is making a strong case to be included in the manager's first-choice XI.

Goalkeepers

Moyes made five changes to his starting XI from the draw with Southampton, but he did not hand Alphonse Areola a Hammers debut.

News of Areola's absence broke on Wednesday with many West Ham fans convinced what was being reported was incorrect. Lukasz Fabianski did nothing wrong against Dinamo, in fact, he barely had anything to do at all.

Which begs the question would this not have been the perfect time to hand Areola a start?

After a comprehensive 2-0 victory it is churlish to question Moyes' judgement but what the manager is actually waiting for before giving the French World Cup winner a start is a curious one.

Back-to-back clean sheets for Fabianski makes him hard to drop for the Premier League match on Sunday against Manchester United. However, a Carabao Cup tie against the same opposition on Wednesday evening seems the perfect opportunity to give Areola some game time.

Then again, so did yesterday.




Football Insider

Sources: West Ham set sights on Rangers star Goldson after offers rejected

West Ham are keeping tabs on Rangers defender Connor Goldson amid the uncertainty over his future at the club, Football Insider has learned.



The Glasgow giants are yet to secure their star centre-back, 28, to a new contract and risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club are monitoring Goldson’s contract situation and could look to make a move in the new year.

The London club signed Kurt Zouma from Chelsea in a £25million deal towards the end of the summer window.

But first choice centre-back pair Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson will be 34 and 32 by the end of the season.

Goldson made his own return for Rangers in their Europa League group stage match tonight after being absent last weekend due to an enforced Covid self-isolation.

As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers rejected late-window interest in Goldson.

Ibrox chiefs wanted the central defender to put pen to paper before the window shut last month but a new contract has yet to be agreed.

The Glasgow giants made it clear to Goldson and his representatives that they would not entertain any offers, even the ones that came in late.

Gerrard has built his team around the centre-back, whose absence against St Johnstone last weekend was the first league match he has not started in two-and-a-half years.

Now in his fourth season, Goldson has racked up a remarkable 171 appearances for Rangers and has started nine of their 10 fixtures in all competitions this season.













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Texas Iron 5:03 Sat Sep 18
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Texas Iron 5:02 Sat Sep 18
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Mex Martillo 9:14 Fri Sep 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Rice already on 150 games!
That is impressive.
Thanks Alan

Irish Hammer 7:45 Fri Sep 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Your a legend Alan, thanks

ted fenton 6:58 Fri Sep 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:16 Fri Sep 17

Thanks Alan 12:16 Fri Sep 17
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Thanks Irish 12:02 Fri Sep 17

Thanks Irish 12:02 Fri Sep 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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