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David Haye return Manchester June 29

Haye announces Manchester return after growing tired of waiting for Klitschkos

as he beat British rival Dereck Chisora at West Ham's Upton Park stadium, with his belief at the time that the success would lead to a fight with Vitali for the WBC belt.

Return: David Haye announced that he will fight in Manchester on June 29

Return: David Haye announced that he will fight in Manchester on June 29

British former WBA heavyweight boxing champion David Haye and his trainer, Adam Booth

David Haye announces his return to the boxing ring

That was not to be but Haye is now ready to go in search of the mandatory challenger tag by beating an opponent in June.

Haye's trainer, Adam Booth, has confirmed talks are ongoing with five fighters, all ranked in the top 15, none of whom are British. The Klitschko brothers are not among the five though.

'I believe they have their strategy for this year and it doesn't involve me. Instead of sitting around and waiting another year I want to get back in there,' Haye said.

'Why wait around and stagnate when you don't have to I'm happy to be back – a year is long enough time to wait for someone to phone you. I want that heavyweight title back and I will get it.

Back again: Haye will fight in Manchester, scene of his victory over Audley Harrison in 2010

Back again: Haye will fight in Manchester, scene of his victory over Audley Harrison in 2010

'I was hoping Vitali would be a man of his word and fight me after I did what he and his team wanted me to do and beat Dereck Chisora.

'We have been sitting around, waiting for the phone to ring, but that hasn't happened. We have sent some e-mails but they have fallen on deaf ears.'

Haye felt he was in line for a title fight against Vitali late last year after his display in beating Chisora in the fifth-round of their fight in impressive style, but it did not come to fruition with Manuel Charr selected ahead of Haye.

'The Chisora fight was a carrot dangled by Vitali Klitschko,' Haye said.

Knockout: Haye was last in the ring when he stopped Dereck Chisora in the fifth round at Upton Park

Knockout: Haye was last in the ring when he stopped Dereck Chisora in the fifth round at Upton Park

Knockout: Haye was last in the ring when he stopped Dereck Chisora in the fifth round at Upton Park

'He said, 'You beat Dereck Chisora and I will fight the winner', you can look back on the footage. I knew it would be a good fight [with Chisora] and the British public wanted to see it. Dereck is a tough guy and has the style that can give many people a few problems.

'A lot of people actually tipped Dereck to beat me, winning on points was never an option and I said that to anyone who would listen.'

Haye maintains he will not fight purely for money and is more interested in collecting titles, claiming a spell out of the ring which saw him make an appearance in the ITV reality TV show 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here' has seen his fan-base swell.

Jungle fever: Haye made an appearance on I'm A Celebrity... Get me out of here!

Jungle fever: Haye made an appearance on I'm A Celebrity… Get me out of here!

Jungle fever: Haye made an appearance on I'm A Celebrity... Get me out of here!

'The fans all over the world, wherever I travel to, people want to see me back in the ring and ask me when they can see me. Well, on June 29 they will be able to see me do it,' Haye said.

'I want to get out there and put on a good show – 100 to 200 times a day people are walking up to me in the street.

'Strangely a lot of them are people who have never actually seen me fight live and I have reached out to a different demographic now after doing the TV show last year. It is a nice opportunity for me to do what I do best and knock someone out for the millions of my fans around the world.

Brawl: Haye and Chisora came to blows in Munich before settling their differences in the ring

Brawl: Haye and Chisora came to blows in Munich before settling their differences in the ring

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'I'm in it for the right reasons – I don't have to box. That is the difference between myself and a lot of the other heavyweights out there who have to box to pay the bills.

'I'm in it because I genuinely want to do it, I don't need to do it. I want to win that title back and I'm willing to put my body through the pain of a hard training camp to secure this fight.'

Defeat: Haye lost to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg but blamed the result on a broken toe (below)

Defeat: Haye lost to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg but blamed the result on a broken toe (below)

David Haye's broken toe after the fight

Kevin Nolan broken foot: West Ham captain faces to months out

Hammer blow! Crocked skipper Nolan faces eight weeks out with broken toe

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

08:40 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:14 GMT, 28 February 2013

West Ham have been dealt a huge blow with the news that captain Kevin Nolan faces two months on the sidelines after suffering a broken toe.

The midfielder, 30, limped off after just 35 minutes during Monday night's 3-2 London derby defeat by Tottenham at Upton Park following a clash with Mousa Dembele.

Nolan now faces an agonising wait to discover his fate after Hammers assistant boss Neil McDonald confirmed this morning that the club have not yet learned the results of his scan.

Tough luck: Kevin Nolan (left) tackles Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham before going off injured

Tough luck: Kevin Nolan (left) tackles Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham before going off injured

The former Bolton and Newcastle star will definitely miss this
weekend's Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke and it is reported, by
The Sun, that he may have to wait for two weeks to find out if he can
make it through the rest of the campaign with
pain-killing injections.

McDonald said: 'We're still waiting for the results to come back, his toe is very, very sore.

'He's had problems in the past with it, all season really. And he got a real good kick on it.

'So I'd imagine he won't be available for Saturday and then we'll see how the results come back and see where he's at.

'As I said, he has had problems with his foot all season, and he has been playing through the pain barrier. It's probably worse than it has been with him having the kick right on it.'

Despite a fine start to the season,
the east London club's form has suffered an alarming slump with just one
win in their last seven league games.

Sam Allardyce's side, who promotion
from the Championship at the first time of asking last season, have
slipped to 14th in the table and are just six points clear from the drop
zone.

But defender James Collins insists relegation has not been mentioned.

We are looking up and onwards,' the Wales centre half told the club's official website.

'There are more tough matches coming
up, but we have a great squad and great team spirit. We have to go to
Stoke and give it a good go and I feel we have more than enough in the
team to do that.

'The way we started the season showed
what we are capable of. We are training hard, we want to win every game
and that is no different against Stoke, who we know will be tough on
their own ground.

'But I strongly believe if we keep playing the way we are playing, the results will come.'

Getting involved: Nolan is an important player for the Hammers and now faces missing many of their remaining fixtures

Getting involved: Nolan is an important player for the Hammers and now faces missing many of their remaining fixtures

West Ham 2 Tottenham 3: match report – Gareth Bale scores winner

West Ham 2 Tottenham 3: Brilliant Bale hits last-gasp stunner to hand Spurs all three points

PUBLISHED:

21:54 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:16 GMT, 25 February 2013

Gareth Bale scored another stunning goal to ensure Tottenham left Upton Park with all three points.

Jussi Jaaskelainen appeared to have kept the Hammers on terms after some remarkable second-half saves, but the Welshman carried the ball to the edge of the box in the 90th minute before letting fly with an unstoppable curling shot, notching up his ninth goal in seven games for club and country.

Bale had opened the scoring before Andy Carroll equalised from the spot. Joe Cole put the hosts ahead, but Gylfi Sigurdsson put Andre Villas-Boas' side back in the game, making things 2-2 with his close-range effort 14 minutes from time.

Unbelievable: Gareth Bale rushes to the bench after scoring his stunning match-winning goal

Unbelievable: Gareth Bale rushes to the bench after scoring his stunning match-winning goal

Unstoppable: Gareth Bale lets fly late in the day to clinch the match for Tottenham

Unstoppable: Gareth Bale lets fly late in the day to clinch the match for Tottenham


No chance: Bale's strike flew over West Ham's defenders before hitting the back of the net

No chance: Bale's strike flew over West Ham's defenders before hitting the back of the net

Too much space Hammers defenders stood off the Welshman, allowing him to aim his killer blow

Too much space Hammers defenders stood off the Welshman, allowing him to aim his killer blow

MATCH FACTS

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Reid, O'Brien, Collins, Demel (Pogatetz 72), Nolan (Taylor 35), Jarvis, Diame, J Cole, O'Neil, Carroll

Subs not used: Spiegel, Collison, Taylor, C Cole, Vaz Te, Chamakh

Goals: Carroll 25 (pen), J Cole 58

Booked: Diame, J Cole, O'Neill, Collins

Tottenham: Lloris, Vertonghen, Dawson, Walker, Caulker, Lennon, Parker (Livermore 88), Bale, Holtby (Sigurdsson 56), Adebayor, Dembele (Carroll 75)

Subs not used: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Assou-Ekotto, Sigurdsson

Goal: Bale 13, 90 Sigurdsson 76

Booked: Dembele

Referee: Howard Webb

Attendance: 35,005

More to follow…

Come here you! Bale hugged his manager Andre Villas-Boas (right) after scoring his second goal

Come here you! Bale hugged his manager Andre Villas-Boas (right) after scoring his second goal

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Carnage: Gylfi Sigurdsson popped up in the box to score Tottenham's equaliser against West Ham

Carnage: Gylfi Sigurdsson popped up in the box to score Tottenham's equaliser against West Ham

Main man: Gareth Bale scored Tottenham's first goal after just 13 minutes

Main man: Gareth Bale scored Tottenham's first goal after just 13 minutes

In front: Joe Cole put West Ham in the lead after latching on to a long ball

In front: Joe Cole put West Ham in the lead after latching on to a long ball

Just about: Cole hit his shot into the floor as Hugo Lloris (right) was wrong-footed

Just about: Cole hit his shot into the floor as Hugo Lloris (right) was wrong-footed

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In it goes: Gareth Bale opened the scoring for the visitors

In it goes: Gareth Bale opened the scoring for the visitors

No mistake: Andy Carroll fired his shot home from the spot to equalise

No mistake: Andy Carroll fired his shot home from the spot to equalise

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Putting the boot in: Carroll was brought down by Scott Parker (left)

Putting the boot in: Carroll was brought down by Scott Parker (left)

On fire: Jussi Jaaskelainen (centre) made a number of saves to keep West Ham in the game

On fire: Jussi Jaaskelainen (centre) made a number of saves to keep West Ham in the game

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Nice try: Bale tries a bicycle kick, to no avail

Nice try: Bale tries a bicycle kick, to no avail

Game for a laugh: Sam Allardyce (left) and Andre Villas-Boas embrace before the match

Game for a laugh: Sam Allardyce (left) and Andre Villas-Boas embrace before the match

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Tussle: Aaron Lennon (right) tries to resist the challenge of Matt Jarvis

Tussle: Aaron Lennon (right) tries to resist the challenge of Matt Jarvis

Flying the flag: Moore's Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) led the two teams out

Flying the flag: Moore's Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) led the two teams out

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Appreciation: The players gathered round the centre circle to mark the 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore's death

Appreciation: The players gathered round the centre circle to mark the 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore's death

Icon: Fans held up posters to make a mosaic which read: MOORE 6

Icon: Fans held up posters to make a mosaic which read: MOORE 6

In memory: Posters were stuck to fans' seats for supporters to lift to pay their respects

In memory: Posters were stuck to fans' seats for supporters to lift to pay their respects

Respect: Tributes to West Ham legend Moore were pinned to the gate outside Upton Park

Respect: Tributes to West Ham legend Moore were pinned to the gate outside Upton Park

West Ham Bobby Moore tribute: Grandchildren lead teams out at Upton Park

'20 years gone, never forgotten': West Ham pay tribute to Moore as grandchildren lead teams out at Upton Park

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

17:56 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:17 GMT, 25 February 2013

Bobby Moore's grandchildren led the teams out before West Ham entertained Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League at Upton Park on Monday night as his former club marked the 20th anniversary of his death.

Poppy, 21, Freddie, 16, and 13-year-old Ava placed the ball on the spot for the kick-off and fans of both clubs provided an impeccably-observed minute's applause for England's 1966 World Cup-winning captain who died of cancer aged 51 on February 24, 1993.

Emotional night: Moore's grandchildren Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) lead West Ham and Spurs out at Upton Park

Emotional night: Moore's grandchildren Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) lead West Ham and Spurs out at Upton Park

Emotional night: Moore's grandchildren Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) lead West Ham and Spurs out at Upton Park

West Ham fans also held aloft cards making up a mosaic reading 'Moore 6'.

West Ham also made a special tribute to Moore on their shirts, with the words: ‘Bobby Moore OBE, 20 YEARS GONE, NEVER FORGOTTEN’ stitched on the front.

Hammers stars were seen training in shirts paying tribute to Moore last week.

Tribute: West Ham players wore a shirt paying respect to the late Bobby Moore

Tribute: West Ham players wore a shirt paying respect to the late Bobby Moore

Tribute: West Ham players wore a shirt paying respect to the late Bobby Moore

Six of the best: Fans lifted cards to unveil a mosaic reading 'Moore 6'

Six of the best: Fans lifted cards to unveil a mosaic reading 'Moore 6'

Six of the best: Fans lifted cards to unveil a mosaic reading 'Moore 6'

A 100-page programme was also on sale with 50p from each one sold going towards the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

Moore's family, club officials and
supporters gathered to pay tribute on Sunday with his former West Ham
and World Cup-winning team-mate Martin Peters and club co-chairman David
Gold attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the World Cup 'Champions'
statue near West Ham's ground.

Minute's applause: Fans and players remembered Moore before the start of the game

Minute's applause: Fans and players remembered Moore before the start of the game

Minute's applause: Fans and players remembered Moore before the start of the game

Watching brief: Moore's daughter Roberta and his grandchildren watch on from the sidelines

Watching brief: Moore's daughter Roberta and his grandchildren watch on from the sidelines

'He was our England World Cup-winning
captain, but also more personally for all of us here at West Ham, a
legend at our club and always will be,' Gold said.

'It
was great to see so many West Ham fans turn out in what was bitterly
cold weather. But they wanted to pay their respects to a man we hold
very dear at this club.'

Moore
played 646 times for West Ham between 1958 and 1974, leading them to
victory in the 1964 FA Cup final and 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup
final.

Tribute: Martin Peters laid a wreath at the 'legends' statue as Moore's family watched on

Tribute: Martin Peters laid a wreath at the 'legends' statue as Moore's family watched on

Tribute: Martin Peters laid a wreath at the 'legends' statue as Moore's family watched on

Club legend: Bobby Moore played over 500 games for West Ham

Club legend: Bobby Moore played over 500 games for West Ham

Aston Villa v West Ham live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Aston Villa v West Ham – as it happens from Villa Park

for their last triumph on the road.

Villa will be desperate for three points in their bid to escape the clutches of the bottom three but they will also be keen to avoid a repeat of their clash with the east London side from earlier in the season when Sam Allardyce's side recorded a 1-0 win at Upton Park to start the 2012/13 campaign.

Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Half-time: Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham

45+2min: Carroll has lacked service so far, despite West Ham winning a number of free-kicks, and his frustration in the first 45 minutes is summed up by one wild left foot swing from 25 yards that flies well off target.

45+1min: There will be four minutes added on.

44min: The first booking of the afternoon goes to West Ham's Emmanuel Pogatetz after the defender chops down Charles N'Zogbia to bring an immediate half to an Aston Villa counter attack.

42min: After a spell of West Ham pressure, Villa are once more looking the more likely to score. But as we approach half-time, all the goalmouth action has taken place inside the first 120 seconds.

39min: I thought it would be West Ham who would be closer to scoring from set-pieces but Villa nearly score from one of their own. A corner to the near post finds Ron Vlaar, whose half-volley on to the greasy surface bounces a yard over the bar.

37min: Terrific defending from Clark. West Ham do well to find Demel in space on the right, and his low cross is destined for an unmarked Joe Cole in the centre before the Villa defender gets a vital touch on the slide to intercept and allow Guzan to gather.

35min: The last five minutes have seen West Ham come back into this game, but despite winning a couple of free-kicks, the Villa defence has coped comfortably with Guzan keen to come off his line to punch clear any aerial bombardment.

32min: Another sign of the threat Carroll possesses as the striker wins a header inside the Villa box from a cross. The striker is off balance though and his effort loops comfortably into Guzan's arms.

30min: A rare charge forward from West Ham, and it comes form a neat passing exchange on the ground too as Matty Taylor releases Mohamed Diame down the left wing into the penalty box.

From there though it very quickly falls apart as the midfielder blasts a low cross into the near post side netting. Huge waste.

27min: Villa are starting to gain more control in this game but every time they get near the West Ham box there are a wall of bodies denying them a shot on goal. The Hammers are struggling to get out of their own half.

24min: With O'Brien's day done, Guy Demel has come on for the Hammers.

23min: This is turning into a war of attrition. Joey O'Brien has limped off the pitch for West Ham while Tomkins takes an accidental boot to the face from Delph after making a superb sliding tackle on the touchline. The West Ham medical team are making sure he still has all of his teeth after that one.

20min: The game has stopped momentarily as Baker receives more attention as blood starts to seep out of his Vaseline covered head following that earlier clash with Carroll.

Meanwhile the home fans as usual applaud in unison in the 19th minute to observe club captain, Stiliyan Petrov's battle against illness.

18min: Good footwork from Fabian Delph sees him dodge a couple of challenges in the West Ham half before he wins a free-kick 35 yards out. The ball is swung towards the back post but Benteke heads the difficult chance wide.

16min: It's been a nervous affair so far. West Ham remain content with a more direct playing style while Villa for all their effort just lack quality trying to pierce the West Ham backline.

13min: From InfostradaLive:

West Ham United have scored three opening goals in their away PL matches this season, together with Wigan, Norwich and Fulham least of all clubs. Villa have scored the opener in four of their home matches this PL season, only QPR (2) have less.

Miss of the season Andreas Weimann reacts after missing a golden opportunity to open the scoring for Villa

Miss of the season Andreas Weimann reacts after missing a golden opportunity to open the scoring for Villa

10min: James Tomkins produces a neat sliding tackle to deny Weimann a chance to cross from inside the box and Villa win their first corner.

It's cleared but shortly after winning a second corner, Nathan Baker and Carroll clash heads trying to head the ball and play has stopped for a minute or two while they receive treatment. Both look like they will be okay to continue once they stop seeing stars.

8min: Villa are showing the more attacking purpose so far but apart from that horror miss from Weimann ( I wonder what Darren Bent made of that on the sub's bench) we haven't seen any more chances.

5min: Otherwise it's a bright start from Villa who have controlled possession, but they do concede a free-kick in the centre-circle and you know what comes next.

West Ham pump a long high ball into the box for Andy Carroll, who wins a flick on and pounces on a loose ball to loop a shot just over Brad Guzan's crossbar.

2min: Miss of the season, there I said it! It's a horrible moment all round as Christian Benteke's low shot towards the near post from 20 yards is ludicrously fumbled by West Ham keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, only for Andreas Weimann to somehow place the rebound wide of the post with an open goal staring him in the face.

1min: From OptaJoe:

1 – West Ham have taken one point from the last 21 available on the road, scoring just five in their last nine PL away games. Travels.

Kick-off: Villa get us going.

Greetings: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce (left) and his opposite Aston Villa number, Paul Lambert shake hands before kick-off

Greetings: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce (left) and his opposite Aston Villa number, Paul Lambert shake hands before kick-off

13.27: Out come the players and speaking of claret and blue there are many empty seats inside Villa Park.

13.24: The players are in the tunnel with Aston Villa standing in claret and blue opposite West Ham…who are also in claret and blue.

The Hammers are in their more blue based away kit but this could hurt my eyes.

13.19: From InfostradaLive:

West Ham have failed to win in their last five PL visits to Villa Park, failing to score on four occasions. Their only victory in the last 14 visits was in January 2006 (2-1) when Bobby Zamora and Marlon Harewood (penalty) scored. Lee Hendrie netted for Villa.

13.14: We know about Villa's troubles this term but what happened the last time they went down Sadly the team of 1987 share many similarities with Paul Lambert's strugglers from this season as I found out here.

13.09: Gabriel Agbonlahor is ruled out through illness by the way. Still though it says much about Paul Lambert's faith in Darren Bent that he picks a forward who cost 23.4m less in his starting XI over him. At least Villa have some sort of firepower on the bench though.

Team news

Team news

13.06: Full line-ups from Villa Park:

Aston Villa v West Ham
Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Weimann, Westwood, Delph, Bowery, N'Zogbia, Benteke. Subs: Given, Bent, Holman, Sylla, Dawkins, Bannan, Bennett.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, Pogatetz, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Taylor, Joe Cole, Carroll. Subs: Spiegel, Jarvis, Carlton Cole, Vaz Te, Demel, Chamakh, O'Neil.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

13.03: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hands a first Barclays Premier League start to striker Jordan Bowery, a 600,000 summer signing from Chesterfield, against West Ham at Villa Park.

Midfielder Fabian Delph, who has recovered from an ankle injury, and left-back Nathan Baker are recalled as Villa looked to end a run of eight league games without a win.

On-loan Wolfsburg defender Emanuel Pogatetz is given a first start by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, with Joe Cole also brought back into the starting line-up.

Main threat: West Ham will rely on their on-loan striker Andy Carroll in attack

Main threat: West Ham will rely on their on-loan striker Andy Carroll in attack

13.00: From OptaJoe:

2 – Aston Villa have scored just two goals in their last seven Premier League matches at Villa Park. Shy.

12.57: If there is one avenue we can see West Ham scoring from today, it is through set-pieces. Judging by Aston Villa's poor record at defending them it seems a West Ham corner + Andy Carroll's headers = goals.

Villa captain Ron Vlaar claims though that he and his teammates are aware of their set-piece struggles and targeting to put things right.

12.54: Sadly of course the big talking point this morning is not about the football but about Paul Gascoigne who has been rushed into intensive care in the USA.

The former England international is said to be out of immediate danger but let's continue to hope Gazza can make a full recovery.

12.51: The Villa Park pitch looks very tidy this afternoon but the less said about the weather, the better. It's wet, cold and overcast in the West Midlands but I guess we shouldn't be too surprised – it is February folks.

12.48: Speaking of Manchester United they will attempt to go a dozen points clear at the top of the table when they take on Everton at 4pm. You can follow live coverage of that match from around 3.30pm with myself straight after the action here at Villa Park.

12.45: Yesterday's results have given Villa a big incentive to take three points today as it would see them climb out of the bottom three into 17th.

West Ham may reside in mid-table but on 30 points they are not quite out of the relegation fight. A win today though and they would be 12 points clear of the bottom three. If a gap like that would be good enough for Manchester United, then I think Sam Allardyce's team would be content too.

Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, Pogatetz, Noble, Diame, Nolan, J.Cole, Taylor, Carroll.

12.35: Aston Villa starting XI:

Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Westwood, Delph, N’Zogbia, Bowery, Weimann, Benteke.

12.30: Apart from Manchester United (and we will get to them in a minute) one of the big winners from yesterday were Aston Villa, who saw the majority of their rivals battling relegation fail to pick up any points.

That's not quite job done for Paul Lambert's side this weekend though. Sitting one place off the bottom of the table they need to start winning points of their own. Today they host West Ham – a side suspect on their travels this term. Team news coming up.

Sunday's opener: Aston Villa will hope to ease relegation fears when they host West Ham at Villa Park

Sunday's opener: Aston Villa will hope to ease relegation fears when they host West Ham at Villa Park

Wellington Paulista goal: New boy scores for West Ham youth team

Paulista on target for Hammers as new boy makes first appearance

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

19:36 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:37 GMT, 28 January 2013


Hard worker: Wellington Paulista scored for the Development Squad

Hard worker: Wellington Paulista scored for the Development Squad

Wellington Paulista scored his first goal in a West Ham shirt as the club's Development Squad beat Arsenal 2-0 at London Colney.

The 29-year-old Brazilian, who scored 28 in 40 appearances last year at Cruzeiro, signed on a six-month loan deal and worked hard up front.

His header opened the scoring before Matthias Fanimo grabbed the second as Nick Haycock's youngsters helped the site start their U21 Premier League Elite Group Stage campaign with a bang.

Haycock was pleased with Paulista's efforts and praised him after the game for his work rate and determination.

'He's a good lad first and foremost. I've picked that up in training,' said Haycock.

'He wants to do extra, he wants to work, he wants to get fit, he's hungry. I thought he showed that in his performance today.

'You sometimes get players who are used to playing at a higher level in their own minds, and they come down to this level and don't put the performance in, but I couldn't question Wellington.'

Helping hand Paulista will boost Sam Allardyce's striking options

Helping hand Paulista will boost Sam Allardyce's striking options

Paulista is confident he will be able to make a strong impact at Upton Park and will not succumb to any pressures.

He said: 'The pressure will not be a problem for me because I am used to it from my time in Brazil, where the fans were really addicted to the club.

'The manager also put pressure on the players too, so it will be the same playing here.

'What I am interested in is the passion of the supporters for their team, the way they keep going with the club and the way they make the players perform better.'

He continued: 'I am strong, I am a fighter and I can score with both feet. I run a lot on the pitch and I can play as either a first or second striker.

'I think I can do my best here and I am coming to England to prove to everyone that I am one of the best strikers in Brazil and to get better and better.'

Carlton Cole latest: Norwich and Reading want West Ham striker

Norwich and Reading set to battle it out for Cole with Hammers striker up grabs

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

10:51 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 12 January 2013

Norwich and Reading have joined the race to sign Carlton Cole with West Ham reportedly ready to listen to offers for the striker.

The one-time England international, however, is determined to stay at Upton Park and was said to be disappointed when he learned of the club's plans to cash-in on him, according to the Daily Mirror.

Cole's contract expires this summer and West Ham have added Marouane Chamakh and Wellington Paulista to their growing contingent of on-loan strikers this month with Andy Carroll soon to be fit again.

Furious: Cole has been told he can leave the club

Furious: Cole has been told he can leave the club

Cole has scored twice in 19 games this season and manager Sam Allardyce prefers both Chamakh and Carroll, despite Carroll scoring just once in 14 games for the east Londoners.

The 29-year-old moved to Upton Park from Chelsea in 2006 after loan spells at Wolves, Charlton and Aston Villa.

West Ham have also been linked with Manchester City striker John Guidetti.

City are keen for him to gain Premier League experience but Southampton and Fiorentina are also interested in the 20-year-old striker.

Andy Carroll of West Ham United shows his frustration during the Barclays Premier League

Marouane Chamakh of West Ham United looks on ahead of the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round

Options: Carroll (left) and Chamakh (right) have both joined the Hammers on loan

FA Cup third round: A view from the sofa

View from the sofa: No naked butler but heroes aplenty as it goes bananas

By
Riath Al-samarrai

PUBLISHED:

23:42 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:28 GMT, 7 January 2013

As is so often the case, it was Jeff Stelling who delivered the sentence that best summed up the day. ‘O’Brien is in for Matt Armstrong-Ford, the naked butler who failed a fitness test this morning. He’s become an instant hero.’

It’s just gone 3.17pm and the wise men of Sky Sport’s Soccer Saturday are getting excited. Middlesbrough have won a penalty and Ishmael Miller has stepped up to take it. Liam O’Brien, the stand-in goalkeeper for Hastings, ranked 18th in the Ryman League, makes the save and it stays 0-0.

Instant heroes; new and unusual stories. If it’s not a new story, it’s a good old one. In a nutshell, that’s the ‘magic’ and the ‘charm’ of the FA Cup’s third round. It’s the novelty, the lop-sided match-ups, the possibilities, the temporary seating, the quirks of history. Often, the fixtures serve up a belter, but it’s usually context over content.

Providing the drama: Jeff Stelling and the Soccer Saturday team keep the viewers up to date with the 3pm kick-offs

Providing the drama: Jeff Stelling and the Soccer Saturday team keep the viewers up to date with the 3pm kick-offs

And on Saturday, as always seems to happen on the first weekend of January, there was no shortage of context.

Joe Cole was back at West Ham, restarting his career almost 14 years to the day after making his professional debut for the club in the same competition. Manchester United were once desperate to sign him. Their interest had long since died by the time they arrived at Upton Park.

Bournemouth’s Wes Fogden has overcome a tumour that ate into his spine and he spent months in a body cast. The paper talk is of overcoming adversity, leading into a discussion of Bournemouth’s prospects against Premier League Wigan. Then there’s Hastings again, with puns on 1066 and all that, and Mansfield, whose manager, Paul Cox, got married two days before taking on Liverpool.

Instant hero: Liam O'Brien saves a penalty from Middlesbrough's Ishmael Miller

Instant hero: Liam O'Brien saves a penalty from Middlesbrough's Ishmael Miller

Southampton’s Jack Cork has been saying how desperate he is to match and silence his dad Alan, who won the FA Cup with Wimbledon; Southampton are 4-1 down against Chelsea after an hour. But Fogden goes close for Bournemouth against Wigan, before Eunan O’Kane puts the League One side in front. Non-League Luton are leading against Wolves. Goldberg pulls one back for Hastings.

So far only Brighton have banked what, on paper, is an upset. ITV certainly saw the 2-0 win coming, hence the live coverage.

But then Macclesfield of the Blue Square Premier pull level with Cardiff, the leaders of the Championship. Matthew Barnes-Homer, who has scraped a living playing in the US, Sweden and the Midland Alliance, scores the goal. And then the winner. The gap between the sides is 81 places.

Back on the pitch: Wes Fogden plays for Bournemouth after recovering from a tumor

Back on the pitch: Wes Fogden plays for Bournemouth after recovering from a tumor

‘It’s all gone bananas, Jeff,’ says Soccer Saturday reporter and occasional manager Iain Dowie. Kieron Dyer has scored for QPR in injury time against West Brom. Is that irony or magic Joe Cole looks reborn as West Ham draw 2-2 with Manchester United.

By the close of play on Saturday, there are a couple of fruity upsets — notably Macclesfield over Cardiff and Luton over Wolves — but no genuine giant has been knocked on his backside.

On the phone-ins, some Cardiff and Wigan fans aren’t happy with the changes that their managers made to their respective sides.

But that doesn’t matter so much. Barnes-Homer, Robbie Simpson of Oldham, Brighton’s Andrea Orlandi and Alex Lawless of Luton are instant heroes. ‘Magic,’ as Stelling said.

Alex Ferguson says his priority is Europe, not the FA Cup

Keeping it Real: Fergie wants the FA Cup but Europe remains the priority

By
Chris Wheeler

PUBLISHED:

22:43 GMT, 4 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:48 GMT, 4 January 2013

For all Manchester United’s desire to lift a trophy they last won nine years ago, the simple fact is that the fifth and sixth rounds of this season’s FA Cup fall in the same week as the Champions League.

‘Let’s be honest,’ said Sir Alex Ferguson on Friday. ‘Would you rather be at West Ham or Real Madrid’

He did not expect an answer.

Priorities: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be trying his hardest to win the FA Cup, but the reality is that the Champions League tie with Real Madrid falls between the fifth and sixth rounds of the competition

Priorities: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be trying his hardest to win the FA Cup, but the reality is that the Champions League tie with Real Madrid falls between the fifth and sixth rounds of the competition

It’s traditional at this time of year to talk up the old competition and the romance of the third round.

But even if he can navigate a difficult trip to Upton Park today and then the fourth round, it’s clear the United manager will have to dig deep into his reserves to successfully take the next two steps on the road to Wembley with Jose Mourinho’s Madrid providing a sizeable distraction.

The Spaniards apart, though, Ferguson is sincere in his ambition to win the FA Cup for the first time since beating Millwall in 2004.

Drought: United have not won the FA Cup since beating Millwall 3-0 in 2004

Drought: United have not won the FA Cup since beating Millwall 3-0 in 2004

His fondness for the competition was clear in the press conference as he recalled the two Cup final defeats by Arsenal and Chelsea since then, and went even further back to 1996 when United met Liverpool’s Spice Boys in their creamy white suits.

‘That horrible final,’ said Ferguson. ‘One of the worst in the history of mankind. I saw Roy Evans’ face, looking around at the bakers’ XI. Roy was mortified. I thought it was a 1-0 victory for us straightaway!’

Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs played in that one. But along with Darren Fletcher, who played in the win over Millwall in Cardiff, and Robin van Persie, who scored in Arsenal’s penalty shootout victory over United in 2005, they are the only members of the current squad with winner’s medals.

'That horrible final': Ferguson remembers the 1996 final, in which Eric Cantona (right) scored the only goal of the game, none too fondly

'That horrible final': Ferguson remembers the 1996 final, in which Eric Cantona (right) scored the only goal of the game, none too fondly

Rio Ferdinand, a United player for more than 10 years, is still waiting.

‘It’s amazing, we’ll have to do something about it,’ said Ferguson.

Missing: The FA Cup remains the only club honour missing from Rio Ferdinand's (pictured) collection

Missing: The FA Cup remains the only club honour missing from Rio Ferdinand's (pictured) collection

‘Rio mentioned it in the dressing room before we went out against Liverpool last year so it means a lot to him and will do to someone who has been in the game for that length of time.

‘The Champions League, without doubt, is the bigger challenge. You have all the big clubs in there now and we are playing Real Madrid.

'It’s a fact of life, but the FA Cup is still the best domestic cup in the world.

‘It still holds the romance about it when you are waiting for the draw. West Ham away is a particularly hard one.

'We’ll play a strong team and hopefully we can get through.’

Wayne Rooney will play no part after he was ruled out for another two weeks with his knee injury.

Ferdinand could also be rested, but Ferguson insisted the veteran is coping with his back problem better than in recent years, and is confident he will sign a new deal even though he is free to speak to foreign clubs.

‘I don’t think Rio wants to leave and I don’t think he is panicking about that,’ said Ferguson. ‘We’re comfortable with it.’

Joe Cole latest: West Ham to beat QPR to Liverpool flop

He's coming home! Kop flop Cole set to chose West Ham over old boss Harry at QPR

By
Matt Fortune

PUBLISHED:

14:36 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:06 GMT, 2 January 2013

West Ham are confident they can beat QPR to the permanent signing of Joe Cole from Liverpool, and want him back at Upton Park in time for the weekend FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

The midfielder has endured a torrid two and a half years since leaving Chelsea, and was farmed out on a season-long loan deal to Lille last season.

Cole's the goal: West Ham look set to beat QPR to the signing of Joe Cole

Cole's the goal: West Ham look set to beat QPR to the signing of Joe Cole

He returned with the hope of forcing himself into Brendan Rodgers' plans, but has once again fallen short of expectation.

Sources at Liverpool are hopeful a deal can be agreed for the severance from the 18 months left on Cole's 90,000-per-week deal. If West Ham want Cole to play this weekend, he must be registered by midday on Friday.

Last week, Harry Redknapp admitted his interest in luring the former England international to Loftus Road

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

'I’ve got a lot of time for Joe as a
player and as a person,' said Redknapp, of the player who have him his
competitive debut in 1998. 'I’d like to bring Joe here if I can but the
deal would have to be right for the club.

'We couldn’t do a deal as it [Cole’s
wages] is at Liverpool. I’ll have to speak to Brendan Rodgers. We’ll
have a chat when the time’s right.'

But now the Hammers, Cole's first
club, have jumped ahead of their London rivals in the race for a player
with 56 international caps to his name.

The No 26 shirt, worn by Cole during his time in east London is currently vacant in Sam Allardyce's squad.

But what will Harry say: Cole get his chance under old boss Redknapp

But what will Harry say: Cole get his chance under old boss Redknapp