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New OS fees “don’t run to millions”

OlympicStadiumWest Ham are remaining tight-lipped over the additional cash they will need to pay the London Legacy Development Corporation for success on the field at the the Olympic Stadium.
A new version of the Olympic Stadium Agreement was revealed today at http://t.co/QDY0b8lHS3 showing that additional fees will hve to be paid by the club f the Hammers finish 10th or above in the Premier League.
In fact there appears to be a clause to pay further money  in addition to £2.5m per year rent for each Premier League place from 10th up to 1st place. The actual figures have been blacked out.West Ham will also pay extra if they win the FA Cup, Europa League or the Champions league. Extra cash is also due if we qualify for Europa League or Champions League also which could be worth millions extra.We asked a senior member at the club how much this could add up to but were told the club is comfortable with the figures involved.

He told us exclusively: “It’s  a confidential agreement but  what I can tell you is that the figures don’t run into millions.”

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Upbeat fitness report

Valencia_3191610Enner Valencia (above), Angelo Ogbonna and Andy Carroll have been training all week and Alex Song is working hard on his comeback and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

That’s the good news reported at www.whufc.com from Stijn Vandenbroucke, Head of Medical and Sport Science

Stijn also reports that Doneil Henry is recovering from a groin injury and that Winston Reid has been struggling for a while with a minor injury.

He said: “Winston came off in the game against Sunderland, but we are positive for a recovery for the next game.”

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Unbackable Sam all set for a return to PL

Former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce ‘s odds on taking over Sunderland have crashed to a ridiculous 10/1 ON with William Hill.

Big Sam has been in the Black Cats frame since Match when ClaretandHugh first reported that a move to the north east was on either ‘now or later.’

And a rush of money for the 60 year old has seen his odds shorted up on oddschecker.com to as short s 1/10 with the best available being 1/4.

The bookies have made him all but un-backable such is their certainty that he is on his way to the Stadium of Light.

If the bookies turn out to be correct then the former manager will appear again before the West Ham hordes on February 27 when we entertain the current strugglers to the Boleyn.

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Moses talks of ‘unbelievable quality’

VictorMosesWestHam-605225Victor Moses has been around long enough to make an informed opinion on the virtues of players.

The guy has played along the best and his excitement at what he is seeing at the Hammers right now should be taken seriously.

Discussing the squad on the official site at www.whufc.com Moses makes it clear that h believes the Irons can have a big season declaring we have a top manager for whom everybody wants to play.

And he said: ““The quality of the players we have got in the forward line are definitely going to help us.

“Sakho will get us goals and Payet and Lanzini are quality. If you look at the quality they have it is unbelievable and they are good lads as well.

“We just want to keep working hard together as a team and keep scoring goals.”


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Boleyn Forever: Great pic – First game under lights

1st floodlight gameWith some of the best games being played under the lights we go back to the 16th of April 1953 for this picture, the date of the very first game at the Boleyn to be played under the floodlights.
We have to say that of all the pictures Nigel Khan has supplied for this so far, this is without question ClaretandHugh’s personal favourite.
You can feel the atmosphere of a packed Upton Park leap off the screen at you –  one great image!
The match was a friendly against Spurs and the Hammers ran out 2-1 winners. Our fans of the time  didn’t have long to wait for the second game under lights, it was literally just fur days later against Scottish side St Mirren.
Words and pictures from lifelong supporter Nigel Kahn with thanks.
Follow Nige on Twitter @mywhufc

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Nolan huge help to Irons youngster

martin-samuelsen-west-hamWest Ham youngster Martin Samuelsen has spoken about how former Irons skipper Kevin Nolan took time out to help him after his arrival at Upton Park.
In an exclusive interview @ http://www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk/read-our-latest-issue.html>, it appears that Hammers fans could owe the former Bolton and Newcastle midfielder a major debt of thanks if the 18-year-old becomes the next big name to play in claret and blue.
He said: ‘I always try to get as much input on my game as I can, and obviously the senior players with their experience can teach me a lot. The one who taught me the most before he left was Kevin Nolan.’
Blowing Bubbles also midfielder Cheikou Kouyate who said the team need to start quicker and be more ruthless if they want to replicate their superb away form.
He said: We always improve in the second half, but we need to play the whole game at that same level,
like we did against Newcastle, when we were focused and played hard from the start. We want to win the games, just like the fans do.’
Blowing Bubbles also asks whether Victor Moses will finally live up to the hype, if Andy Carroll is now drinking in the very last chance saloon and if James Tomkins has done enough to become our main right back.
The latest issue of Blowing Bubbles Monthly is now available to read for FREE on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

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Lanzini deal on the cards

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David Gold has confirmed the Manuel Lanzini loan deal confirming that the club has an option to buy at the end of the season.

And ClaretandHugh has learned that even the fee has been arranged with his parent club Al Jazira  and is believed to be in the region of £5-£6 million.

We were told: “He looks a real player and the fee is agreed should we take up the option. He’s looking the part and a deal could now be on.”

Slaven Bilic has declared his admiration for the player explaining that he has made a real impact and that he and Dimi Payet are a real force.

And Gold – in his latest ‘From the Boardoom ‘ piece on the official site at www.whufc.com declared:  “We have an option on him at the end of the season and you need to see him over the whole year and see someone perform at this level on a consistent basis.

But if he keeps putting in the displays that we are seeing at the moment, then the manager will keep picking him.”



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LLDC publish West Ham OS agreement

os5Today the London Legacy Development Corporation have published a new version of the Olympic Stadium Agreement with West Ham United with more details revealed for the first time.

You can read all 207 pages of this agreement at this link below  http://t.co/QDY0b8lHS3 

The first new information to stand out is additional fees to be paid by West Ham if the Hammers finish 10th or above in the Premier League. In fact there appears to be a clause to pay further money  in addition to £2.5m per year rent for each Premier League place from 10th up to 1st place. The actual figures have been blacked out.

West Ham will also pay extra if they win the FA Cup, Europa League or the Champions league. Extra cash is also due if the Hammers qualify for Europa League or Champions League also which could be worth millions extra..

The stadium naming rights partner will be able to buy West Ham tickets at face value before the tickets go on general sale to the public.

Access to events at the Stadium for residents of the London Borough of Newham, both as spectators and attending community events, including the provision to Newham Legacy Investments for distribution to Newham residents of up to 100,000  tickets to be provided by Stadium users. Such tickets must be for professional sport or music events taking place at the Stadium. This means not all 100,000 free tickets will be for West Ham games as originally thought.

West Ham will be able to play two youth matches and two friendly matches at the Stadium but will need to pay more if they want to play additional friendlies or youth games beyond that.

West Ham only have permission to name the South and North stands so a Billy Bonds stand or naming of the East stand appears to be out of their control.  West Ham have the right to have the words WEST HAM UNITED illuminated on the outside of the stadium up to 2 metres high.

West Ham will keep an undefined percentage of the pitch side LED advertising for West Ham games.

West Ham have no right of veto to another football club , although the club can complain if it believes any other event (including football) gets in the way of its events.

The clause says “The Grantor (Stadium Owners E20 LLP) acknowledges and agrees that, during the Football Season, any Other Concessionaires (such as another football club) use of the Pitch for sporting activities (such as, but not limited to, the playing of Football or rugby or gridiron football) must not adversely affect the use of the pitch by the Concessionaire (West Ham United) for the staging of events


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Irons games changes

Hammers badgeThree Irons games in December and early January have new dates or kick-off times.

www.whufc.com have announced that the game at Swansea City will now be played on Sunday December 20 with a 4pm kick-off.

The  home game with Southampton will kick-off at 5.30pm on Monday 28 December rather than the original time of 3pm, and the visit of Liverpool on Saturday 2 January will now kick-off at 12.45pm.

Please note the game against Southampton has been moved due to their televised match with Arsenal two days earlier.

Spurs v West Ham has moved to Sunday, November 22nd at 4pm  and West Ham v West Bromwich Albion has moved to Sunday, November 29th at 2.05pm due to Sky coverage


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Morrison moans…Lanzini performs – NEXT!

Ravel-Morrison-2Some things in this world never change…like Ravel Morrison.

A few of you may have noticed that the West Ham flop, former so called bad boy ( I prefer, nuisance) and injury stricken midfielder has been giving it large to The Sun over the last couple of days.

It will come as no surprise to you to begin to understand why the management of that publication is currently offering to deliver it FREE to your door!

Ravel – unlike another midfielder named Manuel Lanzini who is the same 22 years old – has been moaning this morning about West Ham messing with his head.

He whined: “At times I wanted to stop playing because I felt I had done everything right to be playing in the team. I started to dislike the sport because it didn’t matter how hard I worked, I wasn’t in the team”

Get the violins out!

Interestingly, he is not in the Lazio team either, a situation apparently down to injury but he adds in defence of himself that whilst in the UK he’d only ever wanted to play for West Ham and had sorted his attitude out but still wan’t in the first team.

Happens to loads of players mate – they tend to get on with it. No one has a divine right to a first team place.

Of the loan move to Cardiff he added: “Cardiff is a great club but I didn’t really want to go out on loan. I wanted to play at West Ham and be in the Premier League. My heart was not in it”

Heart wasn’t in it? He’s a professional footballer for goodness sake. Again… just get on with it son.

In fairness we should mention that there were alleged problems between himself and the former manager but many have suffered the same and stuck it out until things change!

Compare Ravel’s approach to Lanzini’s – and I’m not making a direct comparison in playing style although there are similarities.

This lad has arrived from halfway across the world, has produced a series of fine performances and is on his way to becoming a major Irons talent.

Apart from his arrival interview he has had nothing to say to the media and allowed us to judge him purely on performance.

Ravel -watch and learn. Pointless interviews get you nowhere.



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