Antonio strikes again as Hammers deal blow to West Brom survival bid

Antonio, who scored the only goal of the game against Burnley at the weekend, struck again as the Hammers climbed to seventh following a 2-1 win.

The controversy started however before a ball was kicked with the omission of Robert Snodgrass from the West Brom squad. The Scot had impressed in the Baggies 3-2 victory over Wolves at the weekend but was left a spectator because of an agreement between his new employers and the Hammers with the Premier League now reportedly “looking into” the matter.

The story on the pitch was better for West Ham who had plenty of the ball in the first half but struggled to breakdown Allardyce’s defensive line.

Craig Dawson perhaps should have opened the scoring against his former side but planted a free header wide at the far post from a corner and just when the first half was meandering towards a goalless conclusion, Vladimir Coufal burst into the area from the right.

The Czech full-back drilled in a cross which Bowen, with little time to react, managed to divert in with his chest from four yards out.

Early in the second half Lukasz Fabianski kept out Conor Gallagher’s angled shot, but moments later the Poland keeper was beaten. West Ham’s defence backed off Pereira as he reached the edge of the box and the Brazilian winger made them pay with a low shot which arrowed into the bottom corner drawing the game level – despite calls from the West Ham defence that Gallagher was interfering with play in an offside position.

West Ham continued to press for the winner and it arrived on the 65th minute when Aaron Cresswell’s cross found the head of substitute Andriy Yarmolenko. His header back into the danger zone was heading behind Antonio but he twisted his body well to hook the ball in from six yards out.

The Baggies rallied late on with a series of freekicks pumped high into the West Ham area but they came to nothing and West Ham win their first four fixtures in a calendar year for the first time since 1958 whilst West Brom remain 5 points from safety in the Premier League.

West Ham United 2 – 1 West Bromich Albion.

Italian giants enter race for long-term Leeds target

The Whites have long been linked with the Udinese playmaker, and were close to signing him in the summer. They agreed a deal with the player but ultimately couldn’t agree a price with the club, who were holding out for over £36m.

Six months later, interest in the former Valencia man has spiked again, but Leeds are no longer at the front of the queue for the 26-year-old.

It’s believed that Inter Milan want to sign the player, providing they can offload Christian Eriksen to a willing buyer. Eriksen joined the Nerrazurri in the summer from Spurs, but has failed to hold down a regular place in the side and Antonio Conte is trying to negotiate his leave, with a return to England possible.

Once he’s off the wage books, Inter want De Paul to replace him, having been impressed with his tally of four goals and three assists from midfield this season.

It’s a blow for Leeds, who look in need of fresh inspiration after losing all three of their games in 2021. With just ten days left of the transfer window, time will tell if they can get any fresh faces through the door in time for the second half of the season.

Michail Antonio edges West Ham to crucial 1-0 Burnley win

In a game of sporadic chances at both ends it was fans favourite Michail Antonio’s early strike that made the key difference.

The Hammers looked positive in the opening minutes in East London and Antonio seized his opportunity to put them ahead on nine minutes.

Pablo Fornals’ whipped cross deceived Clarets defender James Tarkowski and Antonio kept his cool to fire past Nick Pope.

Moyes’ hosts could and should have extended their lead just before the break but Angelo Ogbonna’s header clattered back off the post.

West Ham continued to edge things after the restart with Jarrod Bowen flashing an effort just wide and Declan Rice testing Pope.

But despite dominating the majority of the game, West Ham’s inability to find a second goal almost came back to bite them as Dwight McNeil and Jay Rodriguez both wasted half chances but the Hammers had just enough to hold on.

Full Time from the London Stadium it’s West Ham 1 Burnley 0

Moyes confident Antonio injury is not serious

Antonio was on hand to score a sensational acrobatic effort to give the Hammers the lead, but was withdrawn after 52 minutes with a knock, which Moyes is confident won’t keep him out for too long.

The 57-year-old said he is confident Antonio was just suffering from cramp, hinting that he should be available for West Ham’s next game, which is away at Premier League champions Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Antonio has been in excellent form since the resumption of the league last season, scoring seven goals as he almost single-handedly dragged his side clear of the relegation battle, and has added three already this season.

Moyes will be hoping his top scorer can return to full fitness in time to help the Irons continue their impressive recent form, having picked up two points from two tough-looking fixtures against Spurs and Man City, enough to leave them sitting in 12th position after six games.

West Ham secure 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Manchester City

Moyes’ team staged a dramatic recovery to draw 3-3 at Tottenham last weekend and they survive a late scare to snatch a draw in this one.

Neither side created much in a scrappy opening at the London Stadium before Michail Antonio ruthlessly put the Hammers in front on 18 minutes.

Vladimir Coufal whipped in a cross from the right and Antonio was too strong for Aymeric Laporte as volleyed past Ederson.

City struggled to respond to that setback with tame efforts from Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero failing to test Lukasz Fabianski.

Pep Guardiola threw on Phil Foden at the break in an attempt to turn the tide and the England international produced an instant equaliser.

Joao Cancelo’s cross was just behind him but he showed brilliant calmness to tuck past Fabianski.

That tipped the balance in City’s favour as Guardiola brought on Kevin De Bruyne to try and turn the screw on West Ham.

Sterling was presented with a brilliant late late chance to win it but Fabianski stayed sharp to preserve a vital point.


West Ham outclass Leicester City in 3-1 King Power Stadium win

Despite being the underdogs at King Power Stadium, goals from Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen secured all three points and a bad day at the office for Brendan Rodgers.

With neither side able to gain a foothold in the early stages, Antonio’s opener was the first effort on target.

Aaron Creswell’s cross drifted over a line of Foxes defenders, and Antonio peeled off at the back post to head past Kasper Schmeichel.

But if Leicester’s defence were caught short for West Ham’s first goal, they were completely AWOL for the second.

Creswell’s clearance caught them too high up the pitch, and Fornals raced on and on and fired past Schmeichel.

With the Foxes unable to drag themselves into it after the break, the Hammers pushed for a third, as Declan Rice rattled the crossbar.

The visitors did finally secure three goals and three points in the closing stages, as Bowen slotted home Fornals through ball.


Arsenal snatch late 2-1 Premier League win at home to West Ham

Alexandre Lacazette netted for the second game running, but Michail Antonio first half equaliser set up a nervy second period, before Eddie Nketiah stole all three points late on.

Both sides struggled to create any meaningful rhythm in the opening stages, but Arsenal showed their efficiency as Lacazette buried their first chance on 25 minutes.

Bukayo Saka’s quick ball released Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gunners skipper hung up an inviting cross, and Lacazette powered past Lukasz Fabianksi.

But with Arsenal unable to build on Lacazette’s opener, the pragmatic Hammers found a deserved equaliser just before the break.

Ryan Fredricks showed pace to burst in behind Saka and the squared for Antonio to poke past Bernd Leno.

The Hammers were the better side after the break, with Leno called into action to bravely deny Antonio and former Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen.

David Moyes’ side certainly looked the more likely to nick a winner, but Arsenal again showed a killer instinct in front of goal, as substitute Nketiah latched onto Dani Ceballos’ pass to curl past Fabianski.


World Cup Winner Kante targeted by Inter Milan

N’Golo Kante and Emerson Palmieri are being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge to join Antonio Conte at Inter, who signed both while in charge of Chelsea between 2016 and 2018.

Michy Batshuayi could also be on the move – the Belgian has just one year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge, meaning that the Blues are likely to be looking to sell him this summer. Leeds United and Crystal Palace are said to be interested in the striker, with Chelsea looking for a fee of around £25 million.

Chelsea will hold contract talks with midfielder Conor Gallagher amid interest from Newcastle and Crystal Palace. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Swansea.

As for coming into the Bridge, there is increasing speculation surrounding Brighton captain Lewis Dunk, who has been linked with a move. One deal that is almost certain to go through is for Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz, who is expected to sign a five-year deal within the coming week.