Song signs one year deal

Alex Song has tonight rejoined the Irons.

He is understood to have signed a one year deal with a year’s option with a source telling us exclusively: “Yes it’s a one year deal but the player has indicated he’d like to stay longer.”

 ClaretandHugh had said earlier in the afternoon that the player was due to rejoin the club on a permanent deal before the window closed and that has since been confirmed on Jack Sullivan’s Twitter account..

David Sullivan’s son tweeted the player saying: Alex Song ‘ I’m so happy to have joined West Ham again,” and that was followed by a plug for the new movie ‘Rise of the Krays!!!’

The player is not expected to be fit for action until November at the earlier but as we have been reporting for several weeks the club were determined to move the player in before the window closes

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Silkman’s Hernandez ‘belter’

SilkyBarry Silkman – entering into the dubious spirit of the transfer window’s final hours – came out with a belter a few minutes ago.

Guesting on Sky Sports – as has become Baz’s habit at this time of the year – the agent declared boldly that there remained a 50 per cent chance of Javier Hernandez still becoming a West Ham player.

As the collected audience of TV presenters and anchormen’s jaws hit the deck, ClaretandHugh decided it really ought to make a quick check.

It’s always an easy call to claim something stands at fifty/fifty because, let’s be fair, you are in a win win position – nobody can prove you wrong if it doesn’t happen and if it does you become a five minute legend.

On this occasion, however, we are told ‘Silky’ may be a bit off track with our regular and very reliable Boleyn source proclaiming it a non starter .

He said: “Zero chance. He’s going to Germany.”

Sorry Baz me old buddy – that one seems done and dusted.

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Song looks done deal

Song-edited1_3197599Alex Song looks certain to become a Hammer before the end of the transfer window.

The player is still recovering from ankle surgery on a floating bone which affected the second part of his season and has put the move in doubt at various times.

But ClaretandHugh’s highly placed source  has just explained to us that the move is set to go through.

He said: “There’s some madness out there right now as is usually the case at this time of the year but Song looks 90 per cent certain to be joining us.”

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Irons caught in Moses gazumping raid

MosesWest Ham have been forced to move very quickly for Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio after an unnamed club moved in on Victor Moses.

The Hammers were close to clinching a a year’s loan deal in excess of £5 million which was made up of £70k a week in wages and a £2.5 million loan fee.

But ClaretanHugh  received a phone call a few minutes ago explaining that the club – whilst not giving up on the deal – had been forced to go back to Forest as “an unnamed club cam in bidding to gazump us.”

It’s a typical close to deadline situation and the latest word from inside Upton park is that talks aimed at making the exciting Forest winger a Hammer are continuing.

The Hammers have increased their first £5 million bid of a few weeks ago to £7 million but that the talking is continuing.

ClaretandHugh was told: “All options are still open but we are not alone in our interest for Moses. A club is trying to gazump us ”



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Irons locked in talks on Forest winger

antonioWest Ham are continuing to negotiate with Nottingham Forest for exciting winger Michail Antonio.

Word from the Boleyn within the last few minutes is that negotiations are continuing despite the Nottingham Evening Post claiming the deal had been done at £7 million.

ClaretandHugh was immediately told exclusively on publication of that story by a top Irons source: “Sadly that isn’t the case but we’d like to think we are close and we are still negotiating.”

The Evening Post reported that the player was  expected in the capital for talks today, with a view to completing a move to the Premier League side.

The potential transfer does not include a loan deal for winger Matt Jarvis, who is not thought to have been keen on a move to the Midlands.

Forest had previously rejected bids of £4m from West Brom and Derby for the player – and a previous £5m bid from the Hammers.

It is not clear at this stage where a deal for 25 year old Wandsworth born Antonio would leave the Victor Moses talks which are continuing.

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Leroy: Why straight red is good news for Noble

RedleroylogoThe discussion over Mark Noble’s red card has been held and the outcome is unanimous – it has to be rescinded.

And the good news is that having received that, rather than two yellows, he has every chance of seeing referee Kevin Friend’s horrendous decision turned round.

There’s no appal for two yellows but a straight red means the club has every right to do so and for the sake of football they have to win. It was a terrible decision.

It wasn’t a foul…he didn’t touch Danny Ings but the former Burnley man’s reaction was awful and I wonder if retrospective action will taken against him for such awful play acting. It should be!

We had no real chance of seeing Adrian’s red card overturned but for the good of the game, Mark Noble, West Ham and our fans this has to be overturned.

It was wrong and Danny Ings was the main offender.

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Leroy: Moses? Yes please…Jelavic? No thanks!

leroylogoI have mixed views on the two signings which the Hammers appear ready to make!

Victor Moses is a very good player and will bring a lot to the team  – even at over £5 million for the season which Hugh is reporting. It’s  good business and I’m looking forward to seeing that one completed.

I’m not sure about Nickicia Jelavic from Hull though. He hasn’t impressed me too much on the few occasions I’ve seen him.

His touch really isn’t all that and he doesn’t hold the ball up too well. However, he’s a fouth striker option as far as I can see and at around £2.5 million would be one for emergency situations as far as I can see – HOPE!

A fantastic win of course on Saturday. To score three times up there and win after so long was fabulous but Liverpool really should look at their attitude.

They were shocking and looked very cocky and arrogant to me believing they would stroll past the Hammers at the end of what had been a shocking week for our boys.

There was the Diafra Sakho arrest and the injury issues following a horrible defeat by Bournemouth but we went up there and produced a spot on performance, taking full advantage of a Liverpool team that just didn’t perform – that was so encouraging.

Slaven has got things spot on away from home but the players have let him down at home. He will get it right but the player must cut out awful mistakes and loss of possession in dangerous.

Once that’s sorted we are gonna be quite a team.

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Jelavic fee almost settled

nikica-jelavic_2164437c-2066864West Ham will tie up a deal for Hull City’s Nikica Jelavić as a fourth striking option at around £2.5 million plus add ons.

Jelavic has been on Irons radar whilst they carried on negotiations for Javier Hernandez who is now believed to have signed a three year deal with Bayer Leverkusen.

The Croat is well known to Slaven Bilic who has told the club’s negotiators to bring in the former Rangers and Everton front man.


ClaretandHugh has learned exclusively that the deal will be permanent and that the fee of around £2.5 million will be topped up with add ons including league position and the like.

Jelavic’s goal scoring record shows him as having netted 30 from 45 appearances at Rangers, 16 from 59 at Everton and 13 from 46 at Hull.

A source told us :”The package will be sorted – all being well – at around £2.5 million plus the bits and piece – add ons.”

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Moses loan: The massive financial details

Chelsea's Victor Moses celebrates after scoring a goal against Shakhtar Donetsk during their Champions League group E soccer match at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, Nov.  7, 2012.(AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

Chelsea’s Victor Moses celebrates after scoring a goal against Shakhtar Donetsk during their Champions League group E soccer match at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.(AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

West Ham are close to clinching a seriously pricey deal for Victor Moses.

As ClaretandHugh revealed last night via a top club insider, this is to be a “very very expensive” loan deal.

And just how expensive has been exclusively revealed to us this morning as the Hammers and Chelsea prepare to put the finishing touches to the package.

The same club insider told us: ” The deal exceeds £5.5m for a year with wages, Chelsea turned down £9m from us to make it a permanent signing saying they wanted £15m.

“We are paying wages of £70k a week and a loan fee of £2.5k million

“Its gone mad because when we started the deal we offered £6 million but we were told the price was £10 million. The longer we have negotiated the steeper it has got.”

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Hammers yet to meet Jelavic valuation

jelHull City manager Steve Bruce has admitted Jelavic is edging ever closer to the exit door as he left him out of the squad that faced Preston on Saturday.

Hull will take a hit on the £7m they paid Everton to sign the 30-year-old in January 2014 but West Ham are yet to meet the club’s valuation according to Bruce, believed to be in the region of £4m.

“I had a conversation with Jelavic, which was only right,” Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail. “How could he play when his head was elsewhere?

“Now let’s see if the two clubs get to the valuation. He has a buy-out clause but they have got nowhere near that. Come Tuesday, I would still expect him to leave.”

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