Brentford director Phil Giles raged after West Ham target Scott Hogan received phone calls regarding his future on the eve of Brentford’s last TWO games. The Bees’ co-director of football made it clear that he was NOT criticising the 24-year-old striker and understood that it would impact on Hogan’s preparation. The Bees have rejected multiple bids from more than one club.
He raged against the agents in the game who have interfered in head coach Dean Smith’s match preparations with Brentford losing 2-1 against Newcastle and Wigan respectively.
Giles explained: “Before the Newcastle game, Scott was meant to be involved. On Friday night, he got a call saying a club were going to make a bid. It’ll be done on Saturday night. He’s completely distracted. It’s not his fault. He’s completely distracted – it’s not his fault but his focus is not on the game anymore. This week, he trains all week. He had a slightly tight hamstring. He was going to be involved – the same thing last night happened.”
“He got a call saying there were things moving and he got a call and I got a call. No criticism of Scott. He wants to play and needs to play. It’s unfair on him and Dean who is trying to make plans for the game today. The whole thing is completely out of control. The whole system needs looking at. All clubs are getting affected by this.”
He added: “Agents are making the calls telling him you’re going to get a big move, it’s your big chance. Of course, he’s going to get distracted by that. No criticism of him whatsoever. We support him and he wants to play and I support Dean and the way he deals with it. The whole system is completely crazy. He was meant to be involved today and then he gets a phone call. It changes our plans completely.The whole thing is ridiculous. We’re looking ahead to next week – what are we going to do then? We want to pick our best players. We’re paying our best players to play a big game.”
West Ham are thought to have made a offer of £9m for Hogan with £4.5m of potential add ons. The deal is thought to have been agreed in principle but the West Ham board are still awaiting final approval from Slaven Bilic.
West Ham are this morning reported to be considering a possible loan deal which would see Dimitri Payet join French outfit Nice .
Nice lead Ligue 1 and are believed ready to make an offer after the Irons again turned down Marseille’s on the ‘cheap attempts’ to get the playmaker.
The deal would see West Ham, offload his £125,000-a-week wages. and carry other encouraging possibilities. It gives him his return to France, and should Nice win a Champions League place, the Irons could land a big bonus on such a clause in the deal.
And were Nice to attempt making the deal permanent in the summer it would take the ball out of Marseilles court or at the very least set up a bidding war which would push the price upwards.
Nice were taken over by Chinese and American investors last summer and still have significant funds after bankrolling moves for the likes of Mario Balotelli to the club.
O Good commitment Ogbonna playing through the pain COYI
OHope to see you back soon Ogbonna ⚒⚒
O Now will people stop the criticism of signing Fonte
O Brave lad would explain a few moments possibly
OSome have been slating him thou not realising he has been injured
O Thanks Angelo – you really are a Hammer.
O At last the Fonte singing adds up. Not that I don’t rate him, just didn’t understand it until now. COYI.
O Very bad news has been a great centre back since signing hopefully he comes back even stronger!! Forza Ogbonna
After the Payet saga, this is a pleasant reminder that we do have players that are committed to the Club, the fans and each other.
O Really puts things into perspective when you have lazy and ungrateful Payet getting paid bucket loads stropping around while Ogbonna has played injured for the whole season and giving absolute 100% and playing well without a single complaint. Anyway I think it’s made it clear why we bought Fonte.
Slaven Bilic’s smile is firmly back in place after another fine performance from his happy Hammers.
After victory at Middlesbrough the boss said: “It was a good week for us after Palace, the confidence we played with, and we used that momentum to come here and put out a strong performance and get three massive points.
“Week in, week out he (Andy Carroll) is a brilliant player. Not only goals. He makes an impact with his presence. His work rate is quality and he is unbeatable in the box. It is very hard to stop him.
“He loves it. He gives you everything. Hopefully he is going to stay fit.”
Mark Noble was forced to hobble off in the second half and Bilic said: “We have to wait to see the results of a scan, to lose the skipper who is a leader and a mentor in the middle, he keeps the team in shape, it was a blow.
Carroll revealed: “I didn’t train all week and had a couple of days off, so I didn’t want to risk anything.
“I’m all good, looking forward to the next game. The lads played well and the goal at the end to kill the game was fantastic.”