Cheltenham Town v West Ham United


Cheltenham Town v West Ham United

The Sun reported over the weekend that Newcastle, who have failed to land a number of priority targets amid well-documented friction between manager Rafael Benitez and owner Mike Ashley, were considering a shock move to bring the former England worldwide and Gateshead native back to St James' Park.

UNDER pressure West Ham United manager, Slaven Bilic, was satisfied with his side after they saw off Sky Bet League Two Cheltenham Town outfit at Whaddon Road in a competitive Carabao Cup second round tie.

"Only with the players like [Michail] Antonio - who came back after a long injury and played on Saturday - will we be thinking about the Newcastle game. You have to fill the papers and I think that's the case, as far as I'm aware".

"Today in training, for instance, we had all the other players available for training. He should be fit for the Huddersfield game after the worldwide break".

Bilic, though, is confident his players can come through at Whaddon Road to give themselves the flawless tonic going into Saturday's trip to Newcastle ahead of the global break.

Meanwhile, Winston Reid, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll and Cheikhou Kouyate all remained sidelined, which could hand youngster Declan Rice another chance to start.

Bilic admitted the importance of changing the dynamic.

Bilic also confirmed he would still like to add another body before the transfer window closes, with Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho one reported target while Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass looks set for a loan move to Aston Vila.