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Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham

Alan 12:43 Mon Oct 17
Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has ruled out signing Manchester United and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo because of the 37-year-old's age. (90min)

Magpies striker Alexander Isak, 23, is set to be out until after the World Cup following a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury. (Mail)

Manchester City would face no financial barriers in signing France forward Kylian Mbappe, 23, who wants to leave Paris St-Germain despite signing a new contract in the summer. (Marca - in Spanish)

Real Madrid are not planning to make another move for Mbappe after he chose to stay at PSG rather than move to the Bernabeu in the summer. (Marca - in Spanish)

England manager Gareth Southgate could collect a £4m bonus if he guides the Three Lions to World Cup glory in Qatar. (Sun)

Tottenham want to start talks over a new deal with striker Harry Kane but the 29-year-old is holding off from doing so, with the future of Spurs manager Antonio Conte - whose contract expires at the end of the season - one of the factors he is waiting on. (Football Insider)

AC Milan could move for Chelsea and England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 26, in January. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Juventus and Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, 35, has been linked with a move to Tottenham after asking to be sold in the January transfer window. (Football Italia)

Chelsea were always planning to offer England right-back Reece James, 22, and midfielder Mason Mount, 23 new long-term deals with the club, even before it was sold to a consortium led by American investor Todd Boehly in May. (CBS Sports)

Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 31, says 30-year-old Senegal forward Sadio Mane's departure to Bayern Munich is not to blame for their poor start to the Premier League season. (Sky Sports, via Mail)

Dutch defender Pascal Struijk, 23, says he wants to sign a new deal with Leeds United. (Voetbalzone - in Dutch)

Former Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards, who has been linked with Chelsea, wants time to consider his options. (Sun)

Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Miralem Pjanic claims Barcelona manager Xavi wanted him to stay at the club and that it was the 32-year-old's own decision to leave the Nou Camp for Emirati side Sharjah in the summer transfer window. (beIN, via 90min)

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Manchester United have joined the race for AC Milan forward Rafael Leao, who has 18 months left on his current contract at the San Siro and has so far rejected his club's offer of a new five-year deal amid interest from Chelsea.


Wolves are weighing up a move to make QPR boss Michael Beale their new manager.

England manager Gareth Southgate is in line for a £4m bonus if he can lead the Three Lions to World Cup glory.

Ryan Gauld admits he's given up on ever winning a Scotland cap after failing to hear from Steve Clarke.

England and Scotland are in a battle for former Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher's twin sons Tyler and Jack, who have already been selected for their dad's homeland.


Newcastle's £60m record signing Alexander Isak has suffered a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury and is likely to be out until after the World Cup.


Kylian Mbappe has insisted he has "never asked to leave" Paris Saint-Germain despite numerous reports that he intended to seek a move in the coming January transfer window.


Barcelona president Joan Laporta stormed the referee's dressing room following his side's defeat to Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season.

Luis Figo has admitted he "talked a lot" to Liverpool and was keen to join the club in 2005, only for the club to miss out to Inter Milan.


Argentina forward Paulo Dybala suffered a serious injury in Roma's 2-1 home win over Lecce and may miss the World Cup, according to Jose Mourinho.


Brendan Rodgers stormed out of a post-match media briefing following Leicester's 0-0 home draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday after a question about his wages.


Huddersfield ran the rule over St Mirren's World Cup hopeful Keanu Baccus at the weekend, with new Terriers boss Mark Fotheringham having a string of positive scouting reports on the Australia international.


Rice secures draw for West Ham at Southampton after Perraud’s opener

Will Magee at St Mary’s Stadium

If Ralph Hasenhüttl felt like the most vulnerable manager in the Premier League before kick‑off – other than perhaps Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard – this result will do little to shield him.

Southampton came into this game in dismal form: four defeats on the bounce, combined with Wolves’ 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, ensured they started the day in the bottom three. West Ham arrived at St Mary’s with momentum behind them after four wins in a row in all competitions. Were it not for their wasteful finishing, they would have made it five here.

Hasenhüttl stuck largely with the same side which was left chasing shadows at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, presumably because losing 4-0 to Manchester City elicits little more than a rueful shrug from most managers these days. Ibrahima Diallo and Stuart Armstrong made way for Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elyounoussi but, otherwise, Southampton were unchanged.

With Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson unavailable David Moyes was forced into a more extensive reshuffle. He made five changes to the team which beat Anderlecht in midweek.

Things were fairly even in the opening stages. Emerson sent a shot whistling wide of the post early on before a spell of pressure from the hosts ended with Che Adams scuffing one. West Ham had another half‑chance when Lucas Paquetá picked out Jarrod Bowen but he failed to direct his header goalwards. Other than that it was a messy start, all midfield headers, miscontrols and elusive openings.

The game burst into life with a quarter of an hour gone, Adams bullying Thilo Kehrer off the ball to go one-on-one, only for Lukasz Fabianski to make the save. Moments later West Ham were inches away from taking the lead when Gianluca Scamacca lined up a shot from distance which almost skimmed the stanchion. The home crowd barely had time to release their collective intake of breath before they were celebrating the opener.

Romain Perraud nicked the ball off Bowen’s toe and tucked the ball into the corner with help from a deflection off Ben Johnson. West Ham were furious that the referee, Peter Bankes, had got in Bowen’s way in the build-up, inadvertently helping Perraud to sneak in, but the goal stood.

Moyes was unhappy that Bankes did not stop play, also lamenting a “judo move” on Tomas Soucek in the box that he felt should have been a penalty. “The ball comes out, Jarrod Bowen goes to get the ball, the referee blocks him from getting it and the boy scores from it, ridiculous – maybe you have to say the referee was in a really bad position.”

The rest of the first half was end‑to‑end, with West Ham pushing for an equaliser. Scamacca continued to offer a threat, firing wide after a neat one-two with Bowen before going round Armel Bella-Kotchap and teeing up Paquetá for a header which fell the wrong side of the post.

Paquetá also sent a fierce drive over the crossbar, while Adams and Elyounoussi were denied by Fabianski.

West Ham laid siege to Gavin Bazunu's Southampton goal in the second half at St Mary's

While both sides were scattergun with their shooting, there was little doubt there would be another goal. It came after 64 minutes, Declan Rice playing a neat one-two with Said Benrahma, on as a substitute, before smashing a shot into the far corner.

Rice combined well with Said Benrahma before shooting from outside the penalty box

Declan Rice drew West Ham level in the second half with a curled strike from outside the box

West Ham had come close to scoring immediately after the restart, Paquetá and Scamacca both menacing the goal before the former forced Gavin Bazunu to palm away a stinging shot. Southampton had lapsed into a hesitant counter-attacking stance, seemingly unsure about how best to preserve their lead. This was only the third time this season they had scored the first goal in a league game and their discomfort showed.

Southampton wavered after the equaliser. Benrahma was denied by a desperate block from Kyle Walker-Peters before Rice had a shot deflected wide.

Hasenhüttl is fixated on his team’s “automatisms” – pressing triggers which are so well drilled they become instinctive – but the Southampton machine began to clank and shudder as the second half wore on. It was a sign of how close they were to a critical malfunction when he made a quadruple change with 15 minutes to go.

Two of those substitutes, Diallo and Samuel Edozie, went close, with the latter drawing a frantic save from Fabianski. At the other end Bazunu stopped Scamacca from nabbing a late winner. While Southampton brought their losing run to an end, a point was not enough to lift them out of the relegation zone.

Hasenhüttl, despite his best efforts, remains in a precarious position. “In the past week I have not had the feeling that we have not put every effort in what we should [have],” he said. “We have more quality, I think, and we can play better football.”


SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Bazanu 7.5; Walker-Peters 6.5, Bella-Kotchap 6.5 (Caleta-Car 42, 6.5), Salisu 7, Perraud 7; Aribo 6.5 (Edozie 74), Ward-Prowse 7, Maitland-Niles 6.5 (Diallo 74), Elyounoussi 6.5; Adams 6 (Mara 74), A Armstrong 6 (S Armstrong 74).

Subs not used: McCarthy, Lyanco, Djenepo, Larios.

Goal: Perraud 20'

Booked: Walker-Peters

Hasenhuttl: 7

WEST HAM (3-4-3): Fabianski 7.5; Johnson 7, Keher 6.5, Cresswell 7; Coufal 6.5, Soucek 7, Rice 8, Emerson 6 (Benrahma 60, 6); Bowen 6.5, Scamacca 7.5 (Lanzini 87), Paqueta 7 (Antonio 87).

Subs not used: Areola, Randolph, Fornals, Downes, Ogbonna, Coventry.

Goal: Rice 64'

Booked: Coufal.

Moyes: 7

Referee: Peter Bankes - 5

Sport Witness

West Ham ‘have been categorical’ – Hammers not in mood to give out discounts

West Ham United signed Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow in the summer 2021 transfer window. He’d been doing superbly for the Russian club but the move was still something of a risk given the player had failed to make an impact during his time with Everton.

Similar happened with the Hammers and given David Moyes didn’t feel he’d be using Vlasic regularly, the 25-year-old was allowed to join Torino on loan for the current season. He’s been impressing in Italy and has been a regular starter, so it would be assumed the Serie A club would be tempted to use their buying option, which is worth around €22m.

However, on multiple occasions Italian clubs have not gone through with buying options even when the player has justified the expense. Torino are one of those, allowing Dennis Praet to return to Leicester City in the summer after months of trying to negotiate his price down.

Torino may not be the only club keen on a permanent deal for the West Ham player next summer. CalcioPalois reports AC Milan are also interested, but the Rossoneri would be hoping for a discount.

As it stands, West Ham ‘have been categorical’ and will not entertain a sale for less than that €22m.

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