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.

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West Ham target defensive trio ahead of transfer deadline.

There could well be a flurry of activity over the next few days however with David Moyes leaving it late to secure the defensive reinforcements he needs for the season ahead.

The club reportedly has three bids in for players including Burnley’s James Tarkowski who is said to favour a move to the East Midlands with Leicester City over a transfer to the London Stadium.

Napoli’s Nikola Maksimovic and Juventus out-of-favour Daniele Rugani are also on West Ham’s radar with bids lodged, the latter of which is also of interest to Valencia.

Rumours linking Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus Cheek with the Hammers have also intensified after Blues boss Frank Lampard admitted that he may look to send the player out on loan to find regular first-team football. Moyes would see the England player as a great way to strengthen the squad without depleting his already sparse transfer kitty. Aston Villa are also said to be interested in the 24-year-old.

Whether any deal for the player would include a move for Declan Rice the other way though remains to be seen.

Rice has been linked with a move across London all summer and, although no official approach has been made, its thought that there could be a last-minute attempt to poach the England midfielder before deadline day. The club remains resolute in their ambition to hang onto Rice, who captained the team in their empathic 4-0 win over Wolves at the weekend but could be tempted by an offer in the region of £60million.

West Ham Cruise to 4-0 Premier League Win at Home to Wolves

Moyes missed the visit of Nuno Santo as he currently self-isolating, with former England full back Stuart Pearce taking the reigns in East London.

The Hammers have endured a miserable start to the season, but two goals from Jarrod Bowen set them on course for a first three points of the campaign.

With neither side settling into a rhythm in opening stages, the home side drew first blood, as the impressive Bowen raced onto Pablo Fornals’ pass to fire them in front.

That gave the Hammers a vital confidence boost, as Michail Antonio and Thomas Soucek tested Rui Patricio.

With Wolves unable to muster a response after the break, West Ham stepped up the tempo, with two quick fire goals.

Bowen helped himself a second of night on the hour, after Fornals shot came back off the post, before Czech international Soucek headed home a third just after.

West Ham took their foot off the gas in the closing stages, as Wolves waited for the final whistle, but substitute Sebastien Haller did add some gloss for the Hammers with a deserved fourth in added time.

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Premier League: West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers

The club confirmed on Tuesday that the 57-year-old contracted coronavirus shortly before the Hammers’ eased past Hull City in the Carabao Cup, meaning he will quarantine for the next 10 days. Alan Irvine will be the man on the touchline on Sunday afternoon.

Issa Diop and Josh Cullen also contracted the virus and are out, with Irvine confirming both players and Moyes feel fine and are continuing to isolate. Fabian Balbuena is likely to deputise alongside Angelo Ogbonna in Diop’s absence. Mark Noble has recovered from a toe injury and should continue in midfield, while Sebastien Haller is pushing for a recall after another two goals in the cup in midweek.

Wolves have strengthened their squad with yet another Portuguese international this week, as Nelson Semedo signed from Barcelona for around £30m. The right wing-back should be involved in the squad after training with his new team mates all week.

Nuno Santo has just the two injury worries to deal with, but they both come at left wing-back. Jonny Otto remains out with an ACL injury that will keep him out for a long period, while Fernando Marcal went off early in the defeat to Man City. The Wolves boss confirmed in his press conference that the former Lyon man was taken off as a precaution to stop the injury worsening, so could be available for Sunday night.

Raul Jimenez will continue in attack and both he and Daniel Podence will be hoping to continue their 100% goal involvement record so far this season. Jimenez has two goals in two games, and both have been set up by Podence, as the former Olympiakos man continues to impress in the absence of Diogo Jota, who left for Liverpool last week.

West Ham take on Wolves at the London Stadium on Sunday September 27th, kick off is at 7pm.

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.

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Premier League: Arsenal v West Ham United

Both sides opening fixtures could not have gone more differently, with Arsenal opening their 2020/21 account with a convincing 0-3 win at Fulham and West Ham comfortably turned over by Newcastle United.

And you feel the Gunners will be even more confident heading in to this one following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s committal to the club for a further 3 years.

Arsenal’s talismanic captain has bagged 72 goals in 111 games since his arrival in North London in 2018 and will no doubt be looking to increase his tally against a West Ham side who looked all at sea last time out.

The Hammers’ transfer business has been a subject of frustration amongst the fan base, with the sale of promising academy graduate Grady Diangana being met with anger amongst supporters.

Coupled with a lack of incomings, frustrations have grown towards the club’s owners, who recently had a bid of £32m for Burnley centre back James Tarkowski knocked back by the Clarets, who are adamant the defender isn’t for sale.

There appears to be a grey cloud over the London Stadium right now, with the chances of it lifting against Arsenal looking slim considering West Ham have lost more times against the Gunners than any other opponent in the Premier League era.

Perhaps the only signs of encouragement for boss David Moyes is that West Ham have a relatively clean bill of health, with Manuel Lanzini seemingly over his latest injury concern and in line for selection.

For Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, defensive issues continue to be a concern, with David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Pablo Mari all out of the game at the Emirates.

However, Gabriel’s performance on debut last week will encourage Gunners fans, who have high hopes for the season.

Midfielder Granit Xhaka is touch and go for the fixture with the Hammers, after picking up a knock against Fulham.

Arsenal v West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium kicks off at 2000 on Saturday, 19th September.

West Ham considering Rob Holding loan move

Although David Moyes has not completely given up hope of landing Burnley’s James Tarkowski – and could well return with one final bid next week – the club are exploring other options, and have identified Arsenal’s Rob Holding as a possible addition.

The Gunners defender could find opportunities limited at the Emirates Stadium this season, and could be tempted by a move to West Ham with the fellow Londoners prepared to offer £5million to take the player on a loan deal for the season.

Another problem area for West Ham is left back, and the club are being linked in the Italian media with a move for Inter Milan’s Dalbert Henrique.

Newcastle United are also thought to be interested in the Brazillian who doesn’t appear to be part of Antonio Conte’s plans for the new season.

Dalbert spent last season on loan at fellow Serie A team Fiorentina where he managed 34 appearances and an impressive 9 goals, and is rumoured to be available for around £18m.

Elsewhere, West Ham’s opponents in the next round of the Carabao Cup have been confirmed.

A Sebastien Haller brace was enough to see off Charlton on Tuesday and book a place in the third round where they will face Hull City, who overturned Premier League side Leeds United on Wednesday night.

The game will be played on Tuesday 22nd September and will be Jarrod Bowen’s first chance to play against his old club since his move to London in January.

Tarkowski staying put at Burnley insists Clarets boss Sean Dyche

West Ham have had three offers – the last believed to be about £30million – rejected for the England international, with the Clarets in no mood to let the 27-year-old centre-back leave an already thin squad.

“There’s nothing relevant at the moment, we’re hoping it’s not obviously,” said Dyche.

“We want to keep our players in-house that’s for sure. With James Tarkowski I am not planning on anything else other than him being here.

“He is a very good player and has delivered for us on a consistent basis over a long period of time.

“As I’ve mentioned before I don’t see why any player would leave here at this moment in time and the numbers are considerable for that to be even considered.”

Dyche has transfer issues of his own as he tries to bolster a small squad which was severely impacted by summer departures.

Back-up goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielders Jeff Hendrick and Aaron Lennon have all left on free transfers, with Wolves goalkeeper Will Norris and Augsburg midfielder Marc Richter the only arrivals so far.

“The main difficulty is finance, it has always been difficult here,” added Dyche.

“It’s a challenge, we know that, the group needs reinforcements as we’ve lost players at the end of lockdown, good players who have served the club well.

“We are looking but it is not an easy situation when you are looking at the finances.

“We have done well in bringing in players who can challenge what we have here or we can mould into what we do here as well as what you would probably recognise as starters.

“We have found a way of making it work, the challenge is getting harder each season.”

Newcastle cruise past West Ham with 2-0 Premier League win

Newcastle were quick out of the traps at St. James’, with Wilson and Federico Fernandez both inches away from breaking the deadlock early on.

Those misses did give West Ham some encouragement as the half wore on, with Thomas Soucek heading wide and Pablo Fornals clipping a post.

With the points there for the taking after the break, Newcastle began up the tempo and push for a breakthrough.

Wilson was a thorn in the Hammers side all night, and the new £20m man found himself in the right place at the right time to poke home Hendrick’s flick on 58 minutes.

David Moyes responded by bringing on Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastian Haller for the final 20 minutes, but the visitors were unable to make any inroads against the Magpies.

And with the Hammers tiring in the closing stages, Hendrick rounded off his own first Magpies appearance with a thunderbolt past Fabianski.

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Newcastle cruise past West Ham with 2-0 Premier League win

Newcastle were quick out of the traps at St. James’, with Wilson and Federico Fernandez both inches away from breaking the deadlock early on.

Those misses did give West Ham some encouragement as the half wore on, with Thomas Soucek heading wide and Pablo Fornals clipping a post.

With the points there for the taking after the break, Newcastle began up the tempo and push for a breakthrough.

Wilson was a thorn in the Hammers side all night, and the new £20m man found himself in the right place at the right time to poke home Hendrick’s flick on 58 minutes.

David Moyes responded by bringing on Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastian Haller for the final 20 minutes, but the visitors were unable to make any inroads against the Magpies.

And with the Hammers tiring in the closing stages, Hendrick rounded off his own first Magpies appearance with a thunderbolt past Fabianski.

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Burnley set to reject West Ham’s £30m Tarkowski bid

The Hammers are still keen to land the centre back despite having a £27m bid rejected by the Clarets earlier this week.

The 27-year-old has been a consistent performer for Sean Dyche in recent seasons, earning a maiden England call-up in the process.

However, the Burnley boss insists that Tarkowski won’t be leaving Turf Moor unless the price is right, with the ‘Ginger Mourinho’ remarking that the club “aren’t in the business” of selling their best players.

Despite this, Dyche did confirm that every player does have a price – but it feels like West Ham will need to shoot even higher than £30m, with Burnley almost certain to reject the latest offer.

Burnley Boss Dyche Addresses Alleged Tarkowski Exit Amid West Ham Interest

The 27-year-old defender has been a major target for the Hammers this summer, and it’s believed a £27m bid was turned down by the Clarets last week.

Speaking about the future of one of his star players, Dyche said:

“The club is in a very, very strong position so there’s no overwhelming desire to be selling players.

“Do players have a price at any club? Yes, we’ve seen that across the whole of football. Eventually a day comes if someone’s going to hit a certain number then all clubs – not just Burnley Football Club – have to make a decision.

“If that comes then the chairman will make that decision. I don’t control those moments, the chairman does and the board, so we’ll have to wait and see but it’s fair to say we’re in a very strong position.

“Until that level is met then I’ve got no other thought than James Tarkowski and other players here will still be here operating for us.

“We’re not in the business of getting rid of our best players on the cheap, that’s for sure.”

It seems that a fee closer to £50m would be enough to prise Tarkowski away from Turf Moor, a sum that would smash Burnley’s record sale.

With Dyche also confirming that the club aren’t close to completing any deals for new players, it seems the Clarets are set to stick with what they’ve got this summer.