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Chicharito won’t be risked for cup games

ChicharitoShirt726Chicharito is due to fly to Germany on Thursday to meet his new team mates but is unlikely to feature in the Betway cup against Werder Breme in a two legged final on Friday and Saturday.

The Mexican is already match fit after finishing his international duty in the Confederations Cup earlier this month.

His last competitive match came on  July 2 against Portugal as Mexico were edged out to fourth place in the competition.

ClaretandHugh understands that the Hammers are unlikely to risk him in either game after the freak incident with Chiek Kouyate which left him out for the beginning of the season. They is also a train of thought that the player needs to completely recuperate before the gruelling long Premier League season.

Whether Chicharito features in friendlies against Altona 93 and Manchester City remains to be seen but you can guarantee he will make his proper competitive debut at Old Trafford on Sunday 13th August against his old club.

 

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Fletcher linked with £7m West Ham exit

West Ham United v FC Astra Giurgiu - UEFA Europa LeagueMiddlesbrough are said to have entered the race to land Ashley Fletcher from West Ham new reports claim today.

With the arrival of Javier Hernandez and Diafra Sakho said to be 100% fit Fletcher was expected to go out on loan this season to get some game time. Those who want him on loan are said to include Brighton, Huddersfield, Watford, Reading, Wolves and Leeds. 

Fletcher moved to West Ham last summer after his contract ran out at Manchester United for compensation of around £1m.

Now it is claimed Boro want the Hammers 21 year old on a permanent deal and are ready to offer up to £7m and hope that will give them the edge in the battle for his signature.

The youngster made 20 appearances last season for the Hammers but only started in two Premier League games.  West Ham may be reluctant to sell but could well insist on a sell on clause and/or a buyback clause to reduce the risk of letting him go.

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Hernandez ready to put screws on United

HernandezChicharito is desperate for the season to get underway as he ponders a return to Manchester United.

The Little Pea could hardly be happier having made the switch to us and told West Ham TV: “Of course I will be very happy to go back there and play. Hopefully I can do as well in that stadium for West Ham as I did when I played for United.

“And hopefully we can get the three points to make a great start to the season.”

“I am very excited. The last three years – the loan in Madrid and the two years with Leverkusen – were fantastic for me, and they helped me to improve a lot.

“But before then I was in England for four years – it was my first chapter in my European career – and now to be back makes me very happy.

“For me it is the most competitive in the world. There are no easy games, you can see that the top 10 can change a lot. The Premier League challenges you and that is why I am here – I want to improve.

“I’m very desperate for the season to start now, and help the team to achieve their objectives next season.”

 

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Adrian linked with £3m summer exit

Adrian_3164087bReports suggest Crystal Palace are in talks in an attempt to get Adrian to swap London clubs with West Ham getting a transfer fee of around £3m in return. Palace has reportedly turned their attentions to the Spaniard after failing in initial move to land Jasper Cillessen.

Adrian has been at the Hammers for four years since arriving on a free transfer from Real Betis in June 2013. He has made 123 appearances for the club but only made 19 starts last season.

Sky Bet make Palace the 6/4 favourites to Land Adrian with Newcastle 100/30, Brighton are 20/1 with Watford 25/1 and Real Betis 33/1. The keeper is 11/10 to stay at West Ham.

TransferMarket value the stopper at £6.8m while valuing Darren Randolph at £2.1m who sold for £5m.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is said to have already started his search for another goalkeeper to come in as cover for England international Hart should Adrian decide he wants out.

One rumour to resurface is possible interest in Brentford stopper Daniel Bentley who has recently signed a new contract with the Bees. The 24-year-old was born in Basildon and said to be a boy hood West Ham fan. He was often linked with a move to the Hammers while at Southend before his £1.1m switch to Brentford last year.  John Ruddy was another name linked as backup for the Hammers earlier this summer but he joined Wolves earlier this month.

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Late twist in Feghouli exit

west_hams_sofiane_feghouli_celebrates_scoring_their_third_goal_317515Sofiane Feghouli was missing from training in Germany yesterday with a club source insisting he was injured and it is not a smoke screen to mask his imminent exit.

Speculation says Feghouli days are still numbered at West Ham as he prepares for a summer exit.

Stade Rennais are the latest team who are said to be interested in the Algerian winger although his high wages could prove an obstacle for them claims Le Quipe in France this week.

According to the Turkish outlet Fotomac, Galatasaray have reached an agreement with Feghouli on a four-year deal with the 27-year-old earning €3 million per season. Fotomac goes onto state that the transfer is expected to be completed this week.

Ideally, Slaven Bilic would like to keep both Feghouli and Snodgrass but he has been told he must let one of them go if he wants to bring in Senegal midfielder Badou N’Diaye for £8.5m

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Is this the Hammers first team?

BilicI sat down to complete what I thought would be a relatively simple task this morning – selecting the Hammers starting line up for next season – err wrong…it’s actually a tough old call.

I started from the premise that everybody is fit although in the Hammers world that would represent something of  a major miracle.

However one of my new mottoes for the season is #trustlewin!

It was also necessary to ensure that no allowances are made for a player’s position – so sorry Mark Noble, the captaincy role doesn’t guarantee you of a place in my team.

Obviously game conditions will dictate the manager’s choices but mine are very personal choices based on what I believe is a team that looks safe at the back strong in midfield and can cause damage up front with a bench of real strength.

So here we go and please send your teams – looking forward to seeing them:

WE ARE PLAYING 4-5-1: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Obiang, Kouyate; Antonio, Lanzini, Arnautovic; Hernandez.

Bench: Adrian, Byram, Rice, Cresswell, Noble, Fernandes, Sakho

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Sullivan hails Chicharito as “potentially our greatest”

David-Sullivan-arrives-at-006David Sullivan has made a claim that Javier Hernandez could be one of the greatest players to have ever signed for the club.

And given the Mexican’s record at the top of the game it would be very hard to disagree with such an assessment.

Chicharito becomes the 33rd striker signed by the club since Sullivan and David Gold took over and we are due to hit the jackpot!

Sullivan said: “He is potentially the best player to ever come to the club. He is probably the best proven goalscorer we have signed.

He’s done it in the Premier League with Manchester United. His goal-scoring was a goal every two-and-a-half games, so that’s a pretty good record.”

Sullivan also refused to rule out a move for England and Arsenal star Jack Wilshere, among others in August.

The Hammers chief added: “I can’t comment on players from other clubs and we have a lot of good midfielders at the club, but never say never.”

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Poll: How many goals can Chicharito score?

ChicharitoShirt726Chicharito scored 11 league goals from 20 starts in the Bundesliga last season for Bayer Leverkusen last season and overall he has scored 28 league goals from 45 starts for the German outfit since joining from Manchester United in 2015.

For Man United he scored 37 goals from 49 starts and managed 7 league goals from 7 in the League while on loan to Real Madrid.

Today we are running a poll to see how many goals fans think he can score in all competitions for West Ham this coming season.

Vamos Hammers!


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Fans gamble on Chicharito as top PL goalscorer

ChicharitoShirt726Chicharito all the rage in top scorer betting market in the last 24 hours.

Since the news of Chicharito’s move to West Ham was confirmed, Oddschecker punters have been piling in on the Little Pea to top the goal scoring charts next season. Mexico’s all-time record goalscorer also boasts the fifth best minutes-per-goal ration in Premier League history and it appears supporters envisage him picking up where he left off after leaving Manchester Utd in 2014 after scoring 59 goals in 157 games for the club.

In the last 12 hours, Hernandez has been the most popular selection with punters in the Top Goalscorer market accounting for just over 26% of all bets and 42% of all stakes. West Ham fans snapped up the 40/1 on offer with most bookmakers now offering just 25/1 for West Ham’s new £16m signing, implying a 3.8% probability.

Hopes are high the Mexican can thrive in a traditional ‘big man, little man’ partnership with all of his Premier League goals to date coming inside the box and his potential partner in crime Andy Carroll is the next Hammer in the market at 80/1 (1.2%)

Information kindly provided from Oddschecker

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Bilic confirms ‘one out, one in’ transfer policy

BilicSlaven Bilic has confirmed the ‘One out, one in’ policy for the remainder of the summer transfer window.

Speaking on WHUFC.com yesterday evening he said “Now, something else can happen, if someone goes then someone will come in, but the majority of the team and squad are set. It’s exactly what I said at the end of last season – we didn’t need squad players unless someone goes out, then someone comes in. We needed players who are going to improve our game and our first eleven, by that I mean our first 14, 15 or 16 players who are there, and these four players are exactly that.”

goldsullivanpng“All of them are at a good age and all of them are very hungry and very, very motivated and have something to prove so, on paper, it looks very promising and optimistic.”

On Monday West Ham Co-Chairman David Gold thanked Slaven, Sullivan, Henry and Pitcher for their work over the transfer window saying on twitter:

“A great window. A big thank you to David Sullivan, Slaven Bilic, Tony Henri, Andrew Pincher and the team. dg”

And David Sullivan also managed expectations of future big name signing in his Talksport interview yesterday by adding:

“We hopefully may still buy one or two young players, one or two investments for the future and rejuggle the pack a bit more. All the time we are trying to do what is best for the club.”