The latest West Ham Podcast MooreThanJustAPodcast has been published and is available to listen or download for free. This week Claret and Hugh Associate Editor, Sean Whetstone speaks to Ryan, one of the founders of the West Ham youtube channel ‘West Ham Fan TV’ about the recent success of the social media video channel. We also cover the West Brom draw and look forward to the weekend’s match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Claret and Hugh is now working with West Ham Fan TV to bring you the latest videos on fan reaction after the final whistle blows whether home or away.
West Ham have published how much they paid to football agents in accordance with Premier League rules.
The total amount paid to Agents/Intermediaries during the period 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 was £7,049,001.18. This included two new signings in January and February 2015 and twelve arrivals during the summer.
West Ham were the sixth biggest spenders to agents in the past twelve months behind Liverpool £14.3m Manchester United £13.8m Manchester City £12.4m Chelsea and Arsenal both on £11.9m. Watford paid the least at £1.6m while second place Leicester spent £4m.
Premier League clubs have been required to publish the amount they pay to agents since 2008 and West Ham have paid £30.9m since records begun in 2008/2009. West Ham did not have to reveal agent fees in 2011/2012 as they spend one season in the Championship.
In 2013/2014 West Ham paid £6,380,339 in agent fees
In 2012/2013 West Ham paid £4,169,134 in agent fees
In 2010/2011 West ham spent £4,436,992 in agent fees
In 2009/2010 West Ham spent £3,419,089 in agent fees
In 2008/2009 West Ham spent £5,527,548 in agent fees
West Ham were tonight refusing to panic-stricken media reports that Diafra Sakho could be missing for up to 10 weeks.
ClaretandHugh was told by two separate top level insiders that nobody has a clue how bad the injury problem is until he’s been scanned and diagnosed.
Although the medical staff have given bleak early reports they are clearly – as is always the case -refusing to raise false hope – it’s called covering their backs!
Outlining various scenarios we were told: “There’s absolutely nothing we can do before January anyway by which time it’s possible we could have Enner Valencia back.
“Sakho’s problem is not one we can discuss until we have the diagnosis but the media is responding as if it already knows the score. We don’t so I’m not sure how they can!”
Sakho has suffered either a thigh strain or quadriceps strain which is a tear in one of the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh. It can range from a mild discomfort to a full blown tear of most of the muscle resulting in severe pain and inability to walk.
Thigh strains are graded 1 to 3 depending on how bad the injury is with a grade 1 being mild and a grade 3 involving a complete or near complete tear of the muscle.
Our source said: “WE hope for the best and plan for the worst but it’s best to avoid scare stories at this stage because nobody knows.””
West Ham Fan TV interviewing Hammers fans directly after the final whistle outside the Boleyn ground told of their disappointment.
One fan called Dom said “I am very bitterly disappointed, they were there for the taking today and on paper we should have won that and we haven’t and it was another defensive error leading to a goal. I am just very disappointed! If it weren’t for Myhill in goal we would have been out of sight by half time, the saying is you have to take your chances or you will get punished and that was the story today”
On the second Half Dom added “I don’t know what went wrong to be be honest, just nothing happened, we weren’t clinical enough and it didn’t help that Sakho got injured. I just pray he ain’t out for long because Carroll and Jelavic up front is what nightmares are made of. Jelavic tries his hardest. Today we should have won, I see it as two points dropped instead of one point gained because I don’t think West Brom are that good”
It is looking increasingly likely that Diafra Sakho could be out for months rather than weeks according to unconfirmed reports this afternoon by various sources.
His injury will be assessed over the next 24 hours when he is due to see a specialist to ascertain the full extent of the injury.
The early signs are not good and there are claims circulating that he could be out until February. Bilic admitted after the clash with West Brom that it didn’t look good saying.“The specialist will see him to give an opinion. It looks like a muscle injury and the first news is not the best. It is a big blow,”
KUMB.com have claimed the striker could be out for 10 weeks.
Sakho has scored five goals in 13 appearances in all competitions this season.
The Hammers are interested in SC Braga winger, Rafa Silva according to football website Bola.com
The 22 year old is also wanted by Manchester United, who have been scouting him in Braga games for some time.
Silva has played 15 matches this season scoring four goals and making five assists so far. His buyout clause is believed to be around 20 million euros.
He has been a key part of Braga’s unexpected rise to the Premiera Liga top-four, and has been likened to Eden Hazard and former Chelsea midfielder Deco with some dubbing him ‘the Portuguese Hazard’. Liverpool are also thought to have watched the 22-year-old in action. Any deal to bring him to the Premier League is likely to cost in the region of £15 million.
As we have said before, and we will say it again, there is no official budget for the January transfer window for West Ham and we have been told that funds will only be available in the unlikely scenario a player is sold in January.
Should that happen there many more positions in need of strengthening than bringing in another winger so we are going to take this rumour with a large pinch of salt.
Tony Pulis took as by surprise by going 4-4-2 at the start of the second half and we didn’t handle it because nobody would have imagined he’d do such a thing.
Pulis is a crafty old dog but let’s be honest West Brom still needed a massive piece of luck to get back into the game and Winston Reid was desperately unlucky to get that deflection into his own net.
After the way we had controlled things in the first half it was all so bitterly disappointing. Like all of you I feel flat, disappointed and let down and now we have to grind out a win – somehow, somewhere – we have to break this cycle.
Some of the problems we are suffering remain self-inflicted because we are losing the ball in good positions. Having said all that there were good things to admire.
The goal of course was sensational and in the first 45 minutes Lanzini and Zarate as a pair looked as good as it gets. I was also delighted that there had been no hangover from the Spurs defeat which there quite easily could have been.
There will be criticism of our performance – there always is when so much more looks possible – but we are being hit with some colossal bad luck such as that Albion goal but far more importantly the loss of Diafra Sakho.
I have always seen him as the key player in this team and Slaven said the same in his post-match press conference which is why I was surprised when he played him down the right previously.
We now have a major problem on our hands and I have to put my hands up and say I’m not sure how the manager will sort things out.
At a club like ours to lose one important player makes life difficult – to lose three of them is a real problem. I have a great deal of faith in the manager and every passing week sees Payet and Valencia on the way back.
I’m sure the boss will work things between the likes of Lanzini, Zarate, Carroll and Jelavic but we’ll need to see the extent of the Sakho injury before exploring the various options available.
Former Hammer Carlton Cole hasn’t lost his touch in front of goal. Cole scored a scrappy and slight bizarre goal for Celtic on his debut as a substitute even though record books will record it as an own goal after he fell over trying to score and the ball trickled over the line.
“It would be hard to stop Carlton from claiming that goal,” claimed Calum McGregor, “The boys were all delighted for Carlton because he’s a lovely big guy.Even without playing, he’s been a massive help to the boys in his short spell here.”
The ball came off the boot of Inverness defender Danny Devine last after Cole fell on his backside trying to turn it in from eight yards. Embarrassment, as much as pain, forced his teammates to haul the striker back to his feet nursing a seriously bruised ego.