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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 1:32 Fri Oct 22
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are set to miss out on Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Braut Haaland, with Manchester City, Paris St-Germain or Bayern Munich the most likely destinations for the 21-year-old. (AS - in Spanish)

Manchester United and Chelsea are also interested in the Norway striker, who will demand more than £30m a year in wages. (ESPN)

Borussia Dortmund are angry that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has openly talked about his club's interest in signing Haaland. (Bild, via Mirror)

Newcastle United are interested in Porto and Colombia winger Luis Diaz, 24, and are preparing an offer to meet his release clause of 80m euros (£67.4m). (Sport TV, via Marca)

Everton want to sign Manchester United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28, in January. (Football Insider)

Barcelona want to beat Real Madrid to the signing of 22-year-old PSG and France forward Kylian Mbappe, whose contract expires next summer. (AS - in Spanish)

Belgium winger Eden Hazard, 30, could leave Real Madrid next summer and move back to former club Chelsea.(El Nacional)

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini says it would have been better if Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, left the club to join Manchester United earlier. (DAZN, via Goal)

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek, 24, will not be going back to Ajax but there is a strong chance he will leave Old Trafford. (Fabrizio Romano)

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the club did not receive a bid from Everton for Netherlands international Van de Beek, despite speculation. (RTL7, via Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes says the Old Trafford club's players are behind Solskjaer and believe in the Norwegian. (TNT Sports, via Metro)

Liverpool, Manchester United and PSG offered Ansu Fati more money to join them before the 18-year-old Guinea-Bissau-born forward, a Spain international, committed to Barcelona. (Cope)

Former Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 29, is open to a move to Major League Soccer with Inter Miami. (Talksport)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he was not worried 21-year-old English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, who was the subject of two bids from Aston Villa in the summer, would leave the Gunners. (Metro)

Arsenal have denied they have officially signed a four-year-old who became an Instagram sensation and instead say the kid dubbed 'Little Messi' is playing at one of their development centres. (Sun)

Sky Paper Talk

daily telegraph

Newcastle are to offer Paulo Fonseca £6m a season after he impressed Amanda Staveley in an interview.
Chelsea fear Romelu Lukaku will not be able to play again before the next international break with the striker expected to miss at least two to three weeks with the ankle injury he suffered against Malmo.
The Rugby Football Union will on Friday unveil hugely ambitious plans to challenge France for the right to host the Women's World Cup in 2025.
The All Blacks' famous haka, Ka Mate, has been granted surprise protections in the UK's new free trade deal with New Zealand.
The stark impact of Covid 19, and the associated lockdowns, on the nation's fitness is laid bare in a major new report which shows one million more people became inactive.

the sun

Bruno Fernandes is a shock injury doubt for Manchester United's game against Liverpool.
Romelu Lukaku faces a month out - dealing Chelsea a serious blow in the title race.
Former Everton boss Roberto Martinez is interested in returning to the Premier League to manage Newcastle, according to reports.
Phil Neville is plotting a mass clear out at Inter Miami as the problems engulfing David Beckham's club continue.
Jack Grealish is on fire for England and Manchester City - thanks to the ritual of burning sage to banish bad energy.
Giorgio Chiellini has criticised the timing of Cristiano Ronaldo's high-profile Juventus exit.

the times

Marc Overmars has emerged as a potential director of football at Newcastle United.
Romelu Lukaku is expected to be sidelined until at least the international break next month after twisting his ankle in Chelsea's 4-0 Champions League win over Malmo.
Max Verstappen has refused to take part in this season's Netflix documentary on F1 as he believes the producers have faked storylines in the past.
England will practise with balls soaked in buckets of water to prepare for the high humidity and dew at the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
UK Athletics sunk further into crisis with Britain's leading athletes reacting with fury after finding out on social media that chief executive Jo Coates and performance director Sara Symington had announced their resignations.

daily mirror

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been snapped with his agent Ramy Abbas Issa ahead of this weekend's clash with Manchester United.
Liverpool will hold talks aimed at reducing the time their key players are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Versailles prosecutor's office has requested a 10-month suspended prison sentence and €75k (£63k) fine for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema on charges of complicity in blackmail.

Marcus Rashford is hopeful of being fit to play for Manchester United in Sunday's clash with arch rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati reportedly turned down Manchester United, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain to commit his future to the Nou Camp.
The wounds from this year's failed European Super League coup are set to be re-opened thanks to plans to release a multi-part Netflix-style documentary on the 48 hours that rocked football.
New York Red Bulls' head of sport Kevin Thelwell has emerged as a surprise candidate for the role of sporting director at Newcastle United.

scottish sun

Karamoko Dembele has suffered a fresh setback in his bid to return from injury and has had to have surgery.
St Johnstone look set to swoop for Israeli star Tomer Altman after he impressed on trial ... if they can get a work permit for him.
Former Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson is in the frame to take over as Charlton Athletic manager, reports say.

daily record

Hampden bosses will meet next week as they step up efforts to oppose FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and his controversial bid to introduce biennial World Cups.


Jarrod Bowen rounds off West Ham’s comprehensive victory over Genk

Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium

West Ham's Jarrod Bowen scores his side’s third goal in the victory over Genk at the London Stadium. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

It says much for David Moyes’s coaching that a heavily rotated West Ham were able to maintain their tactical discipline, hold their nerve and withstand some difficult early moments before using their set piece prowess to cruise to another emphatic victory in the Europa League.

Ultimately West Ham triumphed because they had far too much substance and intensity for Genk, who were dangerous in attack but utterly hopeless at defending crosses. Aaron Cresswell’s deliveries caused havoc in the away defence and although the game was in the balance before Craig Dawson opened the scoring just before half-time, there was no doubt that Moyes’s tough, efficient and skilful side deserved to win.

It was a powerful, resilient performance from West Ham, who refused to lose their shape when they were under pressure during a tricky opening period. They gradually imposed their will on their Belgian opponents, who had chances before falling behind, and were comfortable in the end, edging closer to a spot in the last 16 after rising six points above Dinamo Zagreb at the top of Group H. “There were lots of good things for us,” Moyes said. “I want us to be in Europe after Christmas.”

Belief is coursing through West Ham, who made their superiority count with further goals from Issa Diop and Jarrod Bowen in the second half. Genk could only wish for such conviction. They were lively in the final third, using their wingers to good effect early on, but their defence was an accident waiting to happen and their neat attacking patterns would have counted for nothing had Bowen not produced a comical miss in the 26th minute, missing his kick after fine full-back play from Ben Johnson on the right.

Craig Dawson celebrates his goal with Declan Rice. Photograph: James Griffiths/West Ham United/Shutterstock

Bowen’s air shot summed up the uncertainty that hung over West Ham during the first half. They looked a little thrown together after making five changes from Sunday’s win over Everton and could not have complained if they had fallen behind, particularly when the flag went up for offside against Junya Ito after the winger’s foray down the right ended with Théo Bongonda heading in after nine minutes.

West Ham, who have been fined £50,000 after crowd trouble marred last month’s home win over Rapid Vienna, were cut open too easily. Ito was causing problems and there was another warning for the hosts when they were caught out by a long pass from Genk’s goalkeeper, Maarten Vandervoort. Alphonse Areola had to be alert as Diop and Dawson dithered in front of him, racing out to tackle Bongonda.

That was not the end of it as far as Genk were concerned. They continued to probe and almost went ahead when Areola misjudged a high cross, only for Paul Onuachu’s header to drop just wide.

West Ham, who went close when Declan Rice’s cross set up Thomas Soucek for a header that Vandervoort clawed away, had to sharpen up. They were not convincing without the rested Michail Antonio leading the line. Bowen was a lightweight presence through the middle in the first half, Andriy Yarmolenko overcomplicated things on the right and Nikola Vlasic was quiet on the left, though there was a moment of promise when the Croatian bent a shot wide early on.

Nonetheless there was always a sense that Genk, who have struggled to defend set pieces this season, would not keep a clean sheet. They were fearful of West Ham’s aerial power and they eventually cracked, giving Dawson too much room to head Cresswell’s corner high into the net.

Moyes must have hoped that the goal would help his side play with more freedom. Instead the better football came from Genk at the start of the second half, a deft move ending with Kristian Thorstvedt seeing a deflected shot saved by Areola. The dangerous midfielder, whose father, Erik, once played in goal for Tottenham, knew that it was a good chance.

West Ham soon made Genk pay for their profligacy. Again they profited from a set piece, Cresswell’s free-kick from the left finding Belgian defence in total disarray. This time Diop rose above Onuachu – all 6ft 7in of him – and the defender’s header bounced in off the underside of the bar.

Two goals down, Genk completely fell apart. They have been in poor form of late, dropping to sixth place in Belgium, and they gave up after West Ham’s second. They could not match West Ham’s hunger and they conceded again shortly before the hour, Jhon Lucumí far too cumbersome in the centre as Bowen swerved into space from the right, cut into the area and drove a low shot past Vandervoort.

With the points safe, West Ham could turn their thoughts to hosting Spurs on Sunday. Rice was given a breather after another accomplished showing and the final stages played out with Moyes’s players protecting their third consecutive clean sheet in this competition.


West Ham's set-piece power overwhelms Genk to maintain perfect Europa League record

West Ham are cruising through their Europa League group Credit: Getty Images

By Sam Dean, at the London Stadium

Just how far could West Ham United go in Europe this season? The drama of the Europa League knockout stages is within their grasp already and, on another jubilant night under the management of David Moyes, it felt like anything could be possible for a group of players who will cause genuine difficulties for any opponent they face in this competition.

There are few teams in England who can cope with West Ham’s strength from set-pieces, and the same will be true of the majority of sides in Europe. There is height and power across the West Ham lineup, especially through the spine, and with Aaron Creswell providing the deliveries from wide there will always be danger for opposition defences.

Poor Genk, admittedly not the most formidable team in this season’s Europa League, could do nothing to stop West Ham’s defensive titans from connecting with these crosses. First it was Craig Dawson, attacking Cresswell’s corner to give West Ham the lead, and then it was Issa Diop doing the same to double it.

Since the start of last season, no Premier League player has assisted more goals from dead-ball situations than Cresswell. And no Premier League defender has scored more goals in all competitions this year than Dawson, who has struck five times in 2021.

Such statistics only tell part of the story, but they underline what can be seen so clearly with the naked eye: when West Ham have free-kicks and corners, their opponents have problems. “It may be more effective in European football,” said Moyes of his team’s set-piece prowess.

All this is before one considers the other attacking options in this team, with Jarrod Bowen adding the third here at the end of a rapid attack. Flexibility, versatility, strength and speed: it is not hard to see why West Ham are doing so well in Europe this season, with this their third win from three matches so far.

“If we can stay strong and keep the confidence, then I think teams will be fearing us,” said Bowen. “We could be the team to look out for.”

Results elsewhere mean that West Ham now sit six points clear at the top of their group. Their record so far reads three games played, three games won, seven goals scored and none conceded. The last team to win their opening three Europa League group games without letting in a single goal was Sevilla in 2019/20, who went on to lift the trophy.

If that is a good sign for West Ham, then so is the fact that they won so comfortably here without the rested Michail Antonio, their primary goalscorer. Bowen filled in as the central striker, with new signing Nikola Vlasic impressing behind him, and there was even time for Daniel Chesters, a teenage academy graduate, to make his debut at the end.

“I am not going to take anything for granted,” said Moyes. “I said I want to be in Europe after Christmas. That is my plan for this year and the players have done a brilliant job. We have got to keep working to get those extra points to make sure we qualify.”

The Europa League has occasionally been an afterthought for English teams, with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur instead dreaming of playing in the Champions League, but West Ham are fully embracing the challenge this season. There was another light show before kick-off and the stadium was rocking when Bowen converted the third, just seconds after Diop’s header had made it 2-0.

Issa Diop's header was West Ham's second on the night and another one from a set-piece Credit: Getty Images

Given how the match ended, it was strange to think that West Ham had actually started slowly. Genk were dangerous on the break in the early stages, with Theo Bongonda only denied an opener by the tightest of offside calls. Their gangly striker Paul Onuachu also had an opportunity, heading just wide with a looping effort.

On such fine margins do European games swing, and it would have felt gruelling for the visitors when Dawson converted a similar opportunity a few moments later. Once again it was a Cresswell delivery which caused chaos in the Genk box, and West Ham repeated the trick a few minutes after the break when Diop crashed his header in off the bar.

Just seconds later, straight from the kick-off, the home side were in again. Bowen seized on the ball, with space to run into and an opportunity to cut inside onto his left. The subsequent finish was not his most accurate effort, but it was too powerful for Genk goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt.

That was job done and game won for West Ham, who cruised through the remainder of the night with minimal fuss. There are tougher nights to come, but on this form they will take some stopping on their increasingly thrilling European adventure.


‘They’re a good team’: Genk coach gives honest verdict on West Ham

Danny Owen

Genk coach John van den Brom was relieved his side only lost 3-0 to a rampant West Ham United in last night’s Europa League tie at the London Stadium, speaking to Het Nieuwsblad.

It’s hard to believe, given the lopsided nature of the scoreline, there was little to separate the sides until Craig Dawson nodded an Aaron Cresswell set-piece into the back of the visitors’ net in first-half stoppage time.

Genk had come close to taking the lead in the capital – the much-admired Paul Onuachu looping a header narrowly wide of the post. And Van den Brom was left to rue a pair of quick-fire goals after the interval as the game quickly moved out of his reach.

“Before the break, I thought we were fairly equal to West Ham. We were good. They had more of the ball but they are a good team and we knew that,” said the former AZ Alkmaar coach. His Genk side conceded twice in the space of two minutes just before the hour, however, with Issa Diop and Jarrod Bowen finding the net.

“You concede a goal from a corner in the 46th minute. That was decisive. The players struggled to get over that.

“Then it’s 2-0 from a free kick and it quickly becomes 3-0. You hope it won’t be a real punishment. We can be happy it only stayed 3-0.”

Genk coach thinks West Ham were ‘scared’ in Europa League clash

Van den Brom believes West Ham were running scared at times in the first-half, the speed of Theo Bongonda and Junya Ito causing big problems on the counter, while 6ft 7in Onauchu gave Alphonse Areola plenty to worry about in the air.

“We kept Ito and Bongonda in the front to create more space. The first three or four corner kicks went very well. You noticed doubt in the opponent, who had not expected it,” Van den Brom adds.

Despite the heavy defeat, Van den Brom believes Genk can still qualify from the group, even if the Hammers are unlikely to be caught.

“The battle for second place is still open. There are three teams with three points. West Ham have clearly left (qualified for the knock-out stages),” he said.

Three wins out of three means West Ham have one foot and four toes in the round of 32, with post-Christmas European football surely heading to the London Stadium.

Sport Witness

‘A gift of talent’ – West Ham and Southampton following player, Hammers ‘above all’

Southampton and West Ham United are keeping an eye on Filip Đuričić’s situation at Sassuolo.

The 29-year-old first arrived in Italy when they signed him from Benfica in 2016. During his time with the Portuguese side, he had a loan spell with the Saints in the second half of the 2014/15 season.

Although he struggled to shine at St Mary’s, the attacking midfielder has drawn attention from Southampton, West Ham and others, mainly due to his contract situation with the Serie A side.

His contract runs down at the end of the current season and according to Calciomercato, ‘there is no agreement’ to extend it beyond 2022. This has ‘increased the list of clubs interested’ in the Serbia international.

Several Premier League clubs are following the player, including Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side and, ‘above all’, the Hammers.

Apart from the English duo, Shakhtar Donetsk must not be forgotten. Inter Milan, Napoli and AC Milan have thought of the player at different times over the past few years.

When describing Đuričić, Calciomercato state he is ‘a gift of talent’. He has two goals and an assist to his name this term, and can make one ‘last jump’ of his career when his contract with Sassuolo expires.


Hammers land £4.6m UEFA bonus

For the 2021–22 season, group stage participation in the Europa League is awarded a base fee of €3,630,000 with each group win worth €630,000.

The base fee was worth £3,066,636 to West Ham when converted with a group win translating to around £532,000.

With another £532,000 win bonus last night over Genk the Hammers bonus pot has already reached almost £1.6m in win bonuses plus the £3m base fee bringing the running total to £4.6m.

Winning the remaining group games will earn the Hammers another £1.6m while there is also a €1,100,000 (£929,000) bonus for winning the group meaning another £2.5m is up for grabs at this stage of the European competition.

West Ham are on target to earn over £7m from the group stage, add to that ticket revenue of two London Stadium home so far off 50,000 and 46,000 with a third likely to be very similar.

The Hammers can also expect to get a share of the TV broadcast rights market pool meaning the group stage alone could earn West Ham over £10m.

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Mex Martillo 8:49 Fri Oct 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:38 Fri Oct 22

Alan 4:37 Fri Oct 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Not guilty

Irish Hammer 4:27 Fri Oct 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan, my older brother is actually called Alan

are you an angry 50 year old perchance ?

Vexed 3:06 Fri Oct 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Irish son

Alan 3:03 Fri Oct 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
UEFA bonus story added

gph 1:43 Fri Oct 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 1:38 Fri Oct 22
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ted fenton 1:34 Fri Oct 22

ted fenton 1:34 Fri Oct 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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