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Reid’s international team mate in Hammers frame

Chris-Wood-719827West Ham has reportedly reignited interested in signing Winston Reid’s International team mate Chris Wood, according to calciomercato.com. The Hammers were linked with the Leeds striker back in January.

The 25-year-old has gone on to score 25 goals in the Championship this season, making him the league’s top scorer, and his form has once again interested the Hammers. Calciomercato say that Everton, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Burnley and West Ham could all make bids, with the player valued by Leeds around £15million.

In January West Ham decided against a bid for Brentford’s Scott Hogan who was eventually snapped up by Aston Villa for £12m

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Hammers linked with Brazilian winger chase

CafuWest Ham is claimed to be the latest club to join the pursuit of Jonathan Cafu. The 25-year-old Ludogorets winger is a target for a number of Premier League sides.

After 10 goals in 24 league outings for the Bulgarian club, Cafu is ready to seek a fresh challenge and the Hammers could be one club ready to hand him a shot at English football.

However, Sporting Lisbon appears to have the upper hand at present.

Cafu told reporters: “I have a contract with Ludogorets, but I do not rule out the possibility of going to Sporting. It’s a team that plays in the Champions League and is in a Championship better and more visible than the Bulgarian.If I go to Sporting, I will be very happy and hope to demonstrate good football.”

He is thought to be available in the summer for around £10 million.

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West Ham’s Pre Season European Tour

TourWith the London Stadium out of bounds, this summer due to the World Athletics Championships West Ham will do a mini tour of Europe pre-season.

Previous negotiations to play in Australia or the Asia Trophy in China and Hong Kong came to nothing and instead the Hammers will travel much closer to home by staying in Europe.

Claret and Hugh understand that West Ham will do a mini tour of Germany like they did in 2014 when they played in the Schalke 04 Cup. On that occasion, West Ham joined Newcastle, Malaga and Schalke 04 in a mini-tournament in which they finished third.

The event was remembered for all the wrong reasons after German police arrested 21 West Ham and Newcastle United football fans after they were involved in violent clashes after fighting broke out after around 300 fans were drinking in bars in Dusseldorf city centre.

AvitaHotelMirroring last year the Hammers will also set up a training camp in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria as well as playing a number of pre-season friendlies in the vicinity.The state of the art football camp facilities includes a main pitch and an artificial pitch. The players and staff stayed at the luxury Avita Resort hotel just next door last year.

West Ham is also thought to be planning to visit Iceland in a yet to be announced pre-season friendly against an unknown opposition.

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Gonzo launches “A beer with the boys”

Top man Gonzo – of ClaretandHugh’s partners Hammers Chat  – has launched his latest video series – ‘A Beer with the Boys’ – where  you the punters have  your say on all things West Ham.

In this first edition Gonzo opens up with an ind depth discussion on Slaven Bilic’s future and along the way they touch on the training ground issues which has been very much under the microscope and much else including Slav’s selection procedure and tactical approach.

And taking his place over a pint is Kriss Akabusi who has a very strong view on whether UK Athletics should be paid off and told to go to Birmingham leaving the London Stadium as an exclusive West Ham stadium.

It’s a great new series and you will see each new ‘episode’  here on ClaretandHugh first from the Hammers Chat boats outside the stadium.

It’s aimed solely at giving the fans a voice – Gonzo doing what he loves…talking Hammers to the people that matter – you the fans.






Chelsea London Stadium groundshare update

london-stadium-fansThe chances that West Ham could ground share with Chelsea or Spurs have been described as extremely unlikely despite reports in a tabloid last week.  The Sun newspaper claimed Chelsea were holding talks with West Ham over moving to the London Stadium for three years while they rebuild Stamford Bridge.

However, a stadium insider described the chances as extremely remote. They admitted that both Chelsea and Spurs had approached operators London Stadium 185 with a view of renting the stadium and both were shown around the facilities on offer.

Both clubs wanted larger corporate areas with the London Stadium only offering 3,600. Wembley Stadium, by comparison, has 15,000 Club Wembley corporate seats. Either incoming club would need to fund millions to build additional corporate facilities.

Despite agreeing to ground share the Stadium West Ham would need to give permission for another Premier League club to share the London Stadium so they effectively have right to veto.

If a ground share of another football team ever does take place West Ham’s rent would half to £1.25m per year and the incoming team would need to pay the Hammers a fee of £7.5m compensation.

How Chelsea fans would great sharing with a West Ham branded stadium is another matter entirely.

On 13th of May last year Karren Brady wrote in her Sun football diary ” Chelsea
asked to come and have a look at our new home and I showed their people around. They commented it was one of the best football stadia in the world and that’s because it is. I have very good relations with Chelsea and, yes, they have enquired about a ground share in 2018.Any final decision on letting the Blues move in will be ours and not the London Legacy Development Corporation’s, or indeed Chelsea’s.”

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Report: Hammers move for right back

Kévin Malcuit

The Irons are oday being reported as having made an offer for Saint-Etienne full back Kévin Malcuit, but appear to be in competition with Newcastle.

FranceFootball claims both clubs have made offers for the defender – who is in his second season with the French club – ahead of a potential summer switch

 The Irons have been linked with the player for some weeks and prices of between €8-10m, are being quoted.
The club now has good links inside the French game but there is no confirmation from the club other than CandH being told that “he is one of many who have been scouted.”

Malcuit has played 20 times at right-back this season, with a few appearances across the board when needed – in midfield and on the wing.



Hammer wins four awards at Bradford

CullenWest Ham midfielder Josh Cullen has won FOUR awards at the Bradford City end of season awards night.

The loanee midfielder was chosen as the JCT600 Players’ Player of the Year by his fellow squad members. He also picked up the Club’s Social Media Player of the Year, Supporters’ Trust Under 25s Player of the Year and the White Abbey Supporters’ Branch Player of the Year.

 Reece Burke virtually swept the board at last season’s Bradford City prize-giving ceremony.

Fifth-placed Bradford City booked their place in the League One play-offs for the second season in a row with help from Cullen who won a penalty against AFC Wimbledon over the weekend. Cullen has started forty times this season for the Bantums scoring one goal after previously making fifteen appearances last season for Bradford.


Turkish stopper scouted as replacement for Adrian

KivrakWest Ham been linked with a move for Turkish goalkeeper Onur Kivrak.

According to media reports in Turkey, the Hammers are in talks with the 29-year-old Trabzonspor captain ahead of the summer transfer window.

Kivrak has kept 13 clean sheets in 27 appearances this term and has reportedly been scouted by West Ham

Slaven Bilic tried to sign the Turkey international during his spell in charge of Besiktas.

The report also claims that Trabzonspor have already turned down an initial approach from West Ham for their prized shot-stopper.

In other reports, there are claims that two La Liga clubs are planning on raiding West Ham for Adrian.

The Spanish stopper has a year left on his contract after the Hammers triggered an option in his contract to keep him at the club for another season.

However, the Daily Mirror claims that La Liga sides Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao are hoping to pay £3million to land the 30-year-old at the end of this term.


Magnificent young Irons reach play-offs


The young Hammers confirmed their place in the Premier League 2 play-offs with an emphatic 4-0 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion last night.

The U23s travelled to the Hawthorns knowing their fate wasn’t in their own hands with result elsewhere needing to work in their favour.

But they seriously turned on the style with goals from Dan Kemp, two from Martin Samuelsen  and a quite magnificent free kick from Nathan Holland (pictured above).

And afterwards boss Terry Westley said: ““It could have been our last game tonight, and we wanted to really play well. We wanted to see evidence of all the work that’s been done over the last three years, and that culminated in a brilliant win away from home and also qualification [for the play-offs] with Blackburn and Villa drawing. We got both things we wished for.

“Tonight, all credit to the players because it was some performance. We started right on the front foot. The front four really caused their back players problems. That was the difference.



West Ham need to fight for £14m bonus

money_in_footballWest Ham will need to fight for every point to earn a bigger share of the new TV deal this season.

Just four points separate 9th to 16th place in the Premier League table as it stands with West Ham currently in 14th place on 38 points. Each Premier place is worth £2m this year as a merit payment so the difference between finishing 9th to 16th is a massive £14m!

The Hammers have just four games to earn as many points as possible to overtake Bournemouth, Stoke, Crystal Palace, Watford and Southampton to reach a possible ninth place to earn them a £24m bumper merit payment.

Dropping down to sixteenth place would see our merit payment drop down to £10m.

2016-17 is the first season under new record-breaking three-year TV deal which made Premier League the most lucrative football domestic league in the world. SkySports and BT Sports share the broadcasting rights of Premier League in the UK for the next three years with a huge £5.136 billion deal signed last year. Premier League also signed massive overseas tv deals around the world which take the total TV income to more than £8.5 billion for the next three seasons.