West Ham face tough talks over Sevilla striker

After the departure of £45m signing Sebastien Haller to Ajax earlier this month, the injury prone Michail Antonio is left as the Hammers only recognised first team striker.

As such, West Ham have made the capture of a replacement for Haller a top priority in the remaining two weeks of the transfer window.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein has suggested that Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri, who has scored 12 times in 25 games so far this season, is a target for David Moyes.

Ornstein claims that West Ham have been putting together a €30m package to bring the Morocco international to the London Stadium, but according to local Seville newspaper Estadio Deportivo, the La Liga side are after a much more substantial fee than the one the Hammers have been readying.

As picked up by website Sport Witness, the article translated in to English claims that West Ham would need to go ‘significantly higher’ in order to secure El-Nesyri’s services.

Furthermore, Sevilla are keen to have a replacement sorted before sanctioning any possible move to London.

With 12 days to go until the transfer window closes, this deal is currently looking quite unlikely – but as we saw two summers ago with recently-departed Seb Haller, West Ham haven’t been afraid to spend good money on forward players in recent times.

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

Premier League: West Ham v Burnley

This campaign has been a far cry from last season’s endeavours for the Hammers, with the club certainly looking up rather than over their shoulders after narrowly avoiding the drop in 2019/20.

David Moyes has got a much sweeter tune out of West Ham this time around and he will be looking to steer his 10th placed side closer to the European spots with a favourable result against Burnley.

Although unbeaten in three in the league, two of those games have resulted in draws and a win will be most welcome for the East London club who got a valuable three points against close contenders Everton last time out.

Visitors Burnley meanwhile were on the receiving end of a 0-1 home defeat to Manchester United midweek, a result which sent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side top of the Premier League.

However, despite the defeat, there were again signs of a much improved team display from Sean Dyche’s side relative to some of their early-season showings.

The recent upturn in form has seen the Clarets elevate themselves out of the Premier League relegation places for the time being, currently hovering above the drop in 16th position.

No doubt Burnley will be eyeing up this encounter as a great opportunity considering they did the double over West Ham last season and have come out on top in the last three games between the sides.

Three points at the London Stadium will move the Clarets level on points with an abject Newcastle United side who at present look all at sea.

Any such result against the Hammers though may have to be secured without Charlie Taylor – the left-back is rated touch-and-go to feature due to a hamstring complaint.

Dwight McNeil may be called upon again after featuring against Manchester United – his recovery means that there are very few injury concerns for Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

West Ham aren’t as fortunate when it comes to fitness, however, with defenders Arthur Masuaku and Fabian Balbuena both doubts to feature against the Clarets.

Issa Diop is also rated 50-50 and is likely to go through a late fitness test before Moyes makes a decision on his inclusion.

Ryan Fredericks has been battling coronavirus and isn’t expected to be involved, while Lukasz Fabianski may return from a thigh injury which has kept him out for a fortnight.

Michail Antonio is back to fitness which is a boost, although there is pressure to keep the forward fit considering West Ham look threadbare in that region following Sebastien Haller’s departure to Ajax earlier this week.

West Ham United v Burnley is a 3pm kick off on Saturday 16th January.

West Ham fight back to secure 2-2 draw with Brighton

Neither side covered themselves in defensive glory in the capital as errors at both ends led to an exciting climax.

It was the visitors that dominated the first 45 minutes, with Danny Welbeck lashing an effort past the post, before Neil Maupay edged them in front before the break.

Dan Burn’s low cross caused problems in the Hammers box and Maupay stay alert to fire past Lukasz Fabianksi.

David Moyes threw on Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini after the break and the pair combined superbly to set up Ben Johnson’s first ever senior goal for the club.

Yarmolenko’s clever ball released Lanzini inside the area and his cutback was cushioned home by Johnson.

But despite growing into the ascendency in the final 20, West Ham shot themselves in the foot, as Lewis Dunk hauled Brighton back in front.

Solly March’s whipped cross caught the Hammers defence fast asleep from a corner and Dunk wriggled free to blast home.

But in the spirit of the season Potter’s team returned the favour to Moyes with another defensive clanger as Tomas Soucek powered home for a point.

Full Time at the London Stadium it’s West Ham 2 Brighton 2

Premier League Preview: West Ham United v Brighton

The Hammers have seen their form tail off in December with David Moyes winning just once this month.

But despite that indifferent run of results, Moyes is like to keep faith with the bulk of his stars against the Seagulls with Said Benrahma the only likely change.

As for Brighton, Graham Potter’s team have slipped down to the brink of the drop zone of late and the visitors are in desperate need of a result here.

Goals have been the real issue for Potter over the last run of matches, and he could bring Danny Welbeck in from the start.

But it’s bad news for flying full back Tariq Lamptey who misses with a thigh problem.

And Kick Off in this one is at 2.15pm on December 27th at the London Stadium.

Premier League: West Ham v Crystal Palace

The Hammers are currently 6th in the top flight standings after 12 games, something which even the most optimistic West Ham fan might have been surprised at considering the club’s flirt with the drop last season.

With 20 points so far, David Moyes’ side are halfway to the ‘magic 40 point mark’ so often touted as the tally tantamount to Premier League survival.

But the Hammers may have more lofty ambitions than that, considering their recent form and the current make-up of the table.

Victory over Leeds United on Friday means West Ham have had two days extra rest than their opponents Crystal Palace, who are themselves riding a wave of confidence after a strong performance against league leaders Tottenham on Sunday which yielded a point.

Although there is three points difference between the sides heading in to Wednesday’s game, Palace may be looking up at the Europa League mix this season rather than over their shoulders.

Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has picked the same starting eleven twice in a row and may do the same at the London Stadium following the impressive display against Spurs.

However, Tyrick Mitchell may return to the fold if he can recover from a bout of illness which caused him to miss Palace’s last game.

Mahmadou Sakho is a major doubt for Hodgson though, and will undertake a late fitness test to determine his availability.

West Ham have one of the freshest squads in the Premier League right now, with only injury-prone Michail Antonio and Arthur Masuaku absentees – Masuaku is having surgery to correct a niggling knee issue which he says has been bothering him for two years.

West Ham v Crystal Palace is an 8pm kick off on Wednesday 16th December.

Manchester United battle back to win 3-1 away at West Ham

United struggled to get going at the London Stadium but the half time introduction of Bruno Fernandes inspired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to a fourth straight league win.

It was the confident hosts who made the better start in East London with Pablo Fornals forcing a brave early stop from Dean Henderson.

The Spaniard continued to pose a threat, as his poked effort came back off the post, before Tomas Soucek deservedly put the Hammers in front.

Declan Rice flicked on Bowen’s corner and the Czech midfielder held off Alex Telles to scramble home from close range.

David Moyes’ side were then presented with a perfect to go in 2-0 up at half time, but Sebastien Haller lost hit nerve at the crucial moment.

Both sides looked busy after the restart, as Bowen was inches away from converting Vladimir Coufal’s cross, and Scott McTominay powered wide.

But with the visitors slowly edging themselves into the game, Paul Pogba produced a fantastic equaliser on 65 minutes.

Henderson’s sweeping clearance released Fernandes and his pull back was expertly swept home by Pogba.

That goal successfully tipped the balance in United’s favour as Mason Greenwood netted a quick-fire second shortly after.

Telles’ driven cross evaded a string of Hammers defenders and the teenager showed a Solskjaer-esque touch to slot past Lukasz Fabianski.

That strike opened the floodgates for a rampant United, as Marcus Rashford scuffed an effort against the post.

But the England international was not to be denied his big moment as he wrapped up the fight back with a superb finish from Juan Mata’s cross field pass.

Full Time at the London Stadium it’s West Ham 1 Manchester United 3

Premier League: West Ham United v Manchester United

The coronavirus pandemic has seen fans prohibited from watching football matches in stadia for over 8 months, but with the UK Government easing the current restrictions, up to 2000 supporters will be present at the London Stadium to watch the Hammers and the Red Devils do battle.

It’s a welcome sight off the field, but West Ham fans will be pleased with what they’ve seen on it, too.

The Hammers head in to the encounter 5th in the Premier League table, with a chance to briefly break in to the Champions League places with victory.

Manchester United meanwhile have had an indifferent start domestically, sitting 9th after 9 games albeit just a point behind their opponents on Saturday.

Defeat in the Champions League to PSG midweek leaves their qualification hopes hanging in the balance, but attentions must switch back to the Premier League – Solskjaer’s side could also break in to the top four for a short period with a win.

Man United’s Edinson Cavani is the subject of an FA investigation after a controversial social media post following the late win over Southampton last week – any findings from the FA are not expected to be published before the weekend and the striker is likely to feature.

Teammate Marcus Rashford might not, though – he was forced off against Paris Saint-Germain after the recurrence of a niggling shoulder injury which he has been carrying recently.

Bruno Fernandes is looking to break a Manchester United record against West Ham. Having scored in 5 consecutive away league games, a sixth against the Hammers would make him the first person to achieve that feat since United legend Denis Law in 1964.

The Hammers meanwhile have enjoyed their encounters against ‘big 6’ clubs, with David Moyes’ men having taken points from league leaders Spurs and Manchester City already this season, with West Ham having lost just one of their last eight top flight matches.

Forward Michail Antonio has been key to the Irons’ improvement, but he does spend a lot of time injured. Although he returned recently, it may still be too soon for him to start against Manchester United.

Former Red Devils gaffer Moyes has a healthy squad to choose from otherwise, with only Andriy Yarmolenko an expected absentee for the Hammers.

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meanwhile is only expected to be missing Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones, with several players overcoming doubts to feature against Paris midweek.

West Ham v Man United is a 5.30 kick off on Saturday 5th December.

West Ham ride luck in 2-1 win vs Aston Villa

The Hammers have made their best start to a season since they moved to the London Stadium four years ago but won’t have many fond memories from this lacklustre display other than the three points they take from the match.

A missed penalty from Ollie Watkins and a disallowed goal courtesy of VAR could easily have swung the result the other way but as it stands two goals, early in each half, was enough to seal the win for David Moyes.

West Ham started well with a goal inside the first two minutes of the game when Ogbonna headed home from a Jared Bowen corner after Tomas Soucek’s early shot was deflected wide.

Villa slowly grew into the game with Ezri Konsa heading over and Conor Hourihane tested Lucas Fabianski with a tasty free-kick before Jack Grealish levelled things up on 25mins with a deflected shot from 20 yards.

With West Ham offering little in the half outside of the goal, David Moyes rang the changes at half time hooking the returning Michael Antonio and Arthur Masuaku in favour of Sebastian Haller and Said Benrahma – the latter of which set up what turned out to be the winning goal within 30 seconds of the restart – swinging in a pinpoint cross with his right foot that was met by the head of Jared Bowen to net.

Aston Villa responded with Ollie Watkins laying a guilt edge opportunity on a plate for Trezeguet who somehow found Lucas Fabianski’s outstretched arm when it would have been easier to score.
Watkins then had the opportunity to score himself after Declan Rice was adjudged to have fouled Trezeguet in the box for the slightest pull on the Egyptians shirt but instead, Watkins missed the resuting penalty kick, striking the crossbar high to the keepers right.

The summer signing from Brentford thought he had rescued a point for the Midlands outfit in stoppage time as he tapped home Matt Targett’s cross but the VAR officials thought otherwise judging the striker to be marginally offside and handing West Ham a third straight win that takes them above Manchester City, Manchester United, Wolves and Southampton in the table.

Premier League Preview: West Ham v Aston Villa

The Villains have come off the rails a bit in recent weeks, with just one win in four, and the former Brentford boss will need to rotate to arrest their worrying dip in form.

However, with seven stars sidelined through injury, his options are reduced ahead of the trip to the capital.

Conor Hourihane could come in to stiffen up the midfield, with fit again Bertrand Traore in line to replace Ross Barkley in attack.

The hosts head into this on the back of some solid form, with back to back 1-0 wins over Fulham and Sheffield United.

And that consistency means David Moyes is set to stick with the old reliable here and name an unchanged team for the third game in a row.

And it’s a late one to wrap up the Premier League weekend with an 8pm start at the London Stadium.

West Ham granted permission to build statue of legends at London Stadium

The statue will specifically celebrate the Hammers’ 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup triumph, and is part of the club’s 125th anniversary season celebrations.

Gold wrote on Twitter: “I am delighted to confirm that planning approval has now been confirmed for the installation of a new statue at London Stadium honouring our three greatest sons – Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters – and our greatest triumph, the 1965 European cup winners victory.”

Plans for the statue were first unveiled in June, when Gold said it would be erected outside the Bobby Moore Stand, subject to approval.

A statue of the trio already stands close to the Hammers’ former home of Upton Park, where it will remain.

Moore, Peters and Hurst all starred in the Hammers’ 2-0 final win over 1860 Munich, before going on to play integral roles in England’s World Cup success the following year.

West Ham secure late 1-0 Premier League win over Fulham

David Moyes’ side bossed the match against the Cottagers, but they were forced to wait until the 91st minute for Tomas Soucek to finally break through

West Ham were on the front foot early on in this one as Fulham keeper Alphonse Areola produced a two brilliant stops from Arthur Masuaku and Jarrod Bowen.

With Fulham clinging on in the opening stages they had the woodwork to thank on 10 minutes as Sebastien Haller’s header beat Areola but thumped back off the bar.

After withstanding that early wave of pressure, Fulham did grow into the game before the break as Aleksandr Mitrovic headed wide.

But it was to be the hosts that retook control after the break as Areola launched an early contender for save of the season.

Aaron Creswell’s drive free kick flew over the wall but the Frenchman produced an outrageous stop to tip into onto the bar.

Scott Parker’s side once again began to tiptoe into the game in the final 20 as Ademola Lookman and Bobby Reid tested Lukasz Fabianksi.

However, just as the game looked to be creeping towards a disappointing goalless draw, Soucek popped up in the right place at the right time in the Fulham box.

Haller’s cross was only half cleared by Fulham and Said Benrahma poked a pass into the Czech international and he confidently stroked home into the bottom corner.

But continuing the theme of last gasp drama, Fulham were handed a 95th minute penalty.

Mitrovic stepped aside to let Lookman take responsibility from the spot, but his limp Panenka was casually saved by Fabianksi, with Parker left fuming on the touchline.

Full Time at the London Stadium it’s West Ham 1 Fulham 0