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England could face Kouyate

England could be facing Cheik Kouyate’s Senegal in the next round of the world cup. The 6-1 win over Panama means England will progress to the final sixteen to face either Japan or Senegal from group H.

England and Belgium jointly top group G at the moment on the same points and goal difference. England faces Belgium on Thursday evening for the decider on the top two places of the group.

The drawing of lots could be used to decide which of England and Belgium wins World Cup Group G if they draw Thursday’s head-to-head in Kaliningrad.

Japan and Senegal played each other yesterday with a 2-2 draw, Hammer Cheik Kouyate and Senegal captain came on as a 65th-minute substitute after his first world cup group match was limited to just 3 minutes.

Senegal face Columbia on Thursday afternoon for their final group match while Japan faces hapeless Poland who lost 3-0 on Sunday.

All English eyes will be on these games to see who they will face in the next round.

The Winner Group H will play Runnerup Group G and Winner Group G will play Runner-up Group H.


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Hammers pair on summer fitness regime

Robert Snodgrass will be among the players returning to Rush Green early next month as the squad get down to serious pre-season training.

The Scot is determined to make an impact on Manuel Pellegrini and has already released images of himself working hard on the treadmill while on holiday under a caption: “Does it ever get any easier.”

Snodgrass is known to have wanted to remain at Villa where he spent last season on loan but the opportunity of trying to impress the new Hammers boss appears to have given him a fresh lease of life.

He is seen as one of those who may well be leaving the London Stadium but it’s clear he is determined to be as fit as possible as he tries to get a new Hammers lease of life.

He’s not alone in letting the world know that he’s ready to show his worth as another potential transfer window departure Edmilson has done the same. He too posted that he was hard at it whilst back in Switzerland on his summer break.


London Stadium to deploy facial recognition

Facial recognition software claimed to be as accurate as the human brain will be deployed at a London stadium for the first time so that fans can go ticketless. Although the Stadium hasn’t been named industry insiders say the London Stadium already has the CCTV cameras and software capable of facial recognition.

A system from AnyVision, a company based in Tel Aviv, Israel, uses artificial intelligence to scan the whole face. Eylon Etshtein, the founder, has revealed that the technology “will be available at a London stadium this summer, but we can’t say where just yet”.

 Speaking at the Ifsec International Security Show at the ExCel in Newham close to the former Olympic Stadium, Mr Etshtein dismissed concerns from campaigners about his technology being invasive, saying people were increasingly open to trading their privacy for convenience. In this case the scanners could help sports or music fans get to their seats quicker, he said.

Cameras can get a reading up to three metres away in 0.3 seconds, Mr Etshtein claimed, adding that the chance of a false-positive was “once in a million”. The software also comes with a “privacy mode” for operators to pixelate faces and bodies. “People want seamless access to a stadium and for everything to be super-simple,” he said. “They want to enter without stopping, without waiting to scan a barcode or for the card reader to work.” He added: “Using your face means no one can fake it.”

Whether West Ham will form part of a future trial is unknown but plastic season ticket access cards could soon a thing of the past as technology improves.


All the transfer rumours rated -midsummer round up


The rumour mill continues at full pelt – here’s how things are looking right now

Felipe Anderson: They want more,  we say no…game of bluff and counter bluff



Alfie Mawson: Slipped right down the priority list as Pellegrini doesn’t want relegated players



Jack Wilshere: It keep coming up but wer’e told it’s a non starter



Javier Pastore: No chance at £170k a week



Jack Butland: Hammers reconsidering need for another keeper so no better than middling bet


Jean Seri: The attacking midfielder has a £40 million release clause in his contract – maybe next port of call if Anderson finally falls through.


Armando Izzo: A live option right now at around £12 million from Genoa but looks a cheap and second choice option


Jordan Ayew: His brother doesn’t like us much so don’t hold your breath



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Chicharito leaves Spurs player in tears

Spurs forward Son Heung-min left the World Cup game against Mexico in tears after failing to qualify for the next round.

Chicharito’s winning goals left the Spurs player upset for more reason for one. Son scored a late goal in South Korea’s 2-1 defeat to Mexico at the World Cup on Saturday , but the loss has all but eliminated them from the tournament following their opening defeat to Sweden. South Korean law dictates that all males from the country must be conscripted before the age of 28, with Son turning 26 on July 8. However, exemptions are made for high-profile sports stars who achieve success for the country.

The South Korean team which reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2002 were all granted exemptions, as are Olympic gold medal winners and gold medal winners at the Asian Games. The South Korea men’s team which won bronze at the London 2012 Olympics were also granted exemptions. Instead of the two years’ service, they are required to do four weeks of basic training as long as they remain in their sport for three years.


Hammers reach limit on fee

West Ham are no closer to signing Felipe Anderson despite reports in the Italian press that we are close to agreeing terms.

Lazio are remaining insistent that only £40 million will get him – possibly with add ons – and the Hammers aren’t having that.

Lazio have their own financial problems – and with no other interest from the Premier League – they are unlikely to get the fee they want.

The Hammers today vehemently denied reports  that they are ready to move beyond the fee they have offered but claim that the two clubs are still in contact.

They believe given the lack of interest from elsewhere in the Premier League they have gone as high as reason expects.

However, the two sides are still in contact although the Irons have made it clear they are ready to move on to other targets despite coming to an agreement with the player and his representatives on persona terms.

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Conflicting and confusing reports on Anderson and Seri

Italian and Spanish reports say that the Felipe Anderson deal is almost done again adding it is only a matter of time before he is announced as a Hammer.

Spanish newspaper Marca says “It  is believed to be just a matter of time before West Ham announces the signature of Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for €40M”

However, another report says a final problem with Anderson now lies almost completely in the sell-on percentage. Originally West Ham wanted 10% and Lazio wanted 20%, now West Ham have improved their offer to 15%, however, Lazio have increased their demands to 25%.

In yet another report by La Repubblica in Italy they add “West Ham have agreed a fee for Felipe Anderson, but now also want to add Jordan Lukaku to the deal as well. Lazio want €60m for the pair, however the Hammers have accordingly offered closer to €50m”.

In a competing report in France West Ham are said to have met the €40m (£36m) release clause of Nice star Jean Michael Seri, and talks are ongoing to finalise the deal. West Ham have offered the Ivorian midfielder a 5 year contract.

The Hammers are being tight-lipped about the real state of negotiations regarding Anderson and Seri but it would be unlikely that both will be signed.

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Lanzini decides on a change

Injured Manuel Lanzini has decided to dye his hair blonde such like Hammer of the year Marko Arknautovic.

Lanzini is recovering from surgery by Dr Ramon Cugat on his torn anterior cruciate ligaments. He has been staying at Hospital Quirón Barcelona in Spain under the watchful eye West Ham’s new head of medical, Richard Collinge.

Lanzini became injured in the warmup to World Cup explaining: “I received a pass from Marcos Rojo and tried to give it to Javier Mascherano who was behind me. When I turned, I didn’t set my foot firmly on the ground and all my weight fell on my knee. I knew instantly that it was going to be very bad.”

He is expected to miss this coming season although it too early to give a return date.


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Hammers in action

Cheik Kouyate and Lukasz Fabianski go into World Cup action on Sunday when Senegal and Poland sides take on Japan and Colombia respectively.

Senegal meet  Japan, with a 4pm kick-off in Yekaterinburg.

Senegal got their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start by defeating Poland 2-1 on Tuesday, with Kouyate coming off the bench for the final three minutes as Aliou Cisse’s side held out for the three points.

Now, with four days’ full training behind him, Senegal skipper Kouyate will be hoping to start against Japan, who also triumphed in their first game – 2-1 against Colombia.

Fabianski’s Poland, meanwhile, face Colombia in the day’s third game, at 7pm in Kazan.

The new Hammers signing was on the bench as Poland suffered that defeat to Senegal first time round and they go into this game knowing they cannot afford another defeat.

Senegal’s game will be broadcast live in the UK on BBC One, while Poland’s fixture is on ITV1.