Bruce excited by the chance to unleash Gyan

Asamoah Gyan will make his first start for Sunderland tonight as his side host West Ham United in the Carling Cup and his manager, Steve Bruce, is excited about the prospect.

Green rises above his Rustenburg moment to make Hammers' point

Stoke City 1 West Ham United 1

West Ham off the mark at last after draw at Stoke

Stoke City 1 West Ham 1

Grant to miss West Ham match

West Ham have confirmed manager Avram Grant will not take charge of the team for Saturday's Barclays Premier League match at Stoke so he can observe the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

Ben Haim to sit out Stoke game due to religion

The Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim is to miss West Ham United's vital trip to Stoke City on Saturday because the match falls on the Jewish holy day Yom Kippur.

Scott Parker not tempted to leave West Ham

West Ham captain Scott Parker claims that the lure of Champions League football was never strong enough to tempt him to leave Upton Park.

West Ham see Jacobsen deal completed

West Ham have completed the signing of Denmark right-back Lars Jacobsen from Blackburn after the Premier League approved the deal.

West Ham await Jacobsen clearance

West Ham were today awaiting Premier League approval to complete the free transfer of Denmark right-back Lars Jacobsen from Blackburn.

Highly rated MacDonald thrust into Villa spotlight

Up till now Kevin MacDonald has been content working away behind the scenes at Aston Villa, responsible for the early tutelage of fledgling talents such as Gabriel Agbonlahor, Nathan Delfouneso and Marc Albrighton. During his successful period working as reserve-team manager at the club he has generated a reputation as a talented and forward-thinking coach by leading his side to three successive Premier League reserve finals.

Cotterill refuses to be downcast at threadbare Pompey's plight

Coventry City 2 Portsmouth 0

Ben Haim joins Hammers

West Ham have signed Portsmouth defender Tal Ben Haim on loan until January.

Grant states he's in charge at West Ham

New West Ham manager Avram Grant claims his relationship with the club's owners is good but remains firm that he will be the one in charge of first-team matters.

Boa Morte mends fences to sign new deal

Luis Boa Morte has surprisingly been handed a new two-year deal by West Ham United despite his verbal attack on the club's co-owner David Sullivan at the end of last season.

Work permit holds up Grant arrival

New West Ham manager Avram Grant will not begin his reign at Upton Park until later this month as he waits for a work permit.

Appointment of Grant will bring stability to West Ham, says Gold

West Ham United are expected to appoint Avram Grant as their new manager today after concluding their search for Gianfranco Zola's successor.

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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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