Hammers face Tore rivals

gokhan-tore-551520Southampton are being reported as having joined the Irons in the race to sign Gokhan Tore.

Turkish newspaper Sabah is making the claim and say Saints are preparing a £7 million bid for the explosive winger.

West Ham have been locked in talks with Besiktas over a loan deal which insiders have told us “currently involve a loan fee of millions” and are still negotiating.
Sabah confirms that saying the deal the Hammers want would include a buyout clause option similiar to that which saw us land Manu Lanzini.
However, Besiktas would prefer a transfer fee on a permanent deal if Tore is to leave the club although the winger is desperate to team up with his former manager and friend Slaven Bilic and that’s where the Irons hold a trump card.

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£30m striker? We score from everywhere!

Dimi - 12 goals

Dimi – 12 goals

Only three teams scored more goals than West Ham’s 65 last season – Man City (71), Spuds (69) and champions Leicester City (68). We are next in line with 65 equalled only by Arsenal.

But here’s the interesting thing. We are regularly being told we need a 20-25 goal a season striker at enormous expense and thus far don’t appear to have had a lot of success in that area.

West Ham showed last season that thir goals come from virtually everywhere and that has always been the sign of a good team.

We are not a one dimensional outfit heavily reliant on one or two players to score our goals like Harry Kane who got 26 or Leicester who relied on Jamie Vardy’ who scored 24 for Leicester.

AC grabbed nine goals

AC grabbed nine goals

At Upton Park our goals came from all over the place and here are the MAIN scorers over the season:

O Dimi Payet 12

O Andy Caroll 9

O Michail Antonio 9

O Mark Noble 7

O Manu Lanzini 6

Antonio - nine goals

Antonio – nine goals

O Cheik Kouyate 5

O Diafra Sakho 5

O Enner Valencia 4

How many more we would have scored had Payet not been out for three months and Antonio’s season had started a but before November 29 is worth thinking about isn’t it.

If we can settle Mr Sakho down and demonstrate he doesn’t need to become a drama queen whenever he gets the hump we won’t be in bad shape.

I really admire the club’s ambition is wanting a big striker. That’s a given and I seriously hope it happens but I have to say it’snot going t be a major disaster if we don’t find him.

I can almost here the “eff off Southon” shouts as I write such are the expectation levels but if Andy Carroll can stay fit and yest that is a BIG IF, we can settle Sak and we can move Enner Valencia in and bring in a decent replacement we won’t be so badly off.ts.

Yes of course we need to go on improving and a top striker would be brillint but I really don’t want us to sign someone who is way over priced simply in order to been to be honouring a pledge.

We are a very good team these days and as David Gold tweeted yesterday: “It’s not about being tight…it’s about being right.”

We got it right last season and I totally trust – as I have written before – Slav to do so this time around.


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England job – Irons ‘bosses’ waiting

avram_grant_1763410bSome are worried Slav will be offered the England job… That won’t happen but former Irons bosses Sam Allardyce would take it in a heartbeat….and Avram Grant would be ready to swap Ghana for the Three Lions at a stroke. As for Harry, well do you know need to ask?

So our new fun poll asks the question: “Which of these three characters does England deserve as their new manager? LOL

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Excited Noble on his marks for pre-season

NobleSelfie (1)Mark Noble and the lads return to training at the end of the week and the skipper is massively excited about the pre-season trip to the United States.


The Irons  face the Seattle Sounders,  claimed to be the best-supported and most-valuable franchise in Major League Soccer (MLS), on Tuesday 5 July, before facing North American Soccer League (NASL) team Carolina RailHawks on Tuesday 12 July.

And speaking to the official site Mark said: “I am over the moon. I enjoy pre-season and you get to see different places. I have always looked at other clubs over the last few years.

“I know we went to New Zealand a couple of years ago which was a long journey, but to do these American trips and see these fantastic places is great and I cannot wait.”

“It is pre-season and the results are not the major factor. Nobody wants to lose but the main thing is that the boys get through it and stay fit.

“You obviously work hard but everyone is together and we spend a lot of time with each other, so that is where the team spirit kicks in.”

Mark may well have the chance to catch up with former Hammers youngster Tyrone Mears who is part of the Seattle set-up and he said: “I have not seen Tyrone for years. He was here for a short while and I used to give him a lift to Little Heath when we used to train there.

“He is a nice fella and I can imagine he is really enjoying his time out there.”

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Slav and the England job – Gold speaks out

Slav and David G - as one!

Slav and David G – as one!

EXCLUSIVE by Hugh Southon

David Gold has calmed growing worries among West Ham fans that Slaven Bilic could be tempted to take the England job were the FA to approach the club.

Social media has been alive with the rumour since England’s shocking exit from Euro 2016 but in an exclusive interview with Claret and Hugh, Gold claims he doesn’t believe for a second it will happen.

He said: “He has managed his own country and I don’t believe he would be the slightest bit interested in taking on England.

“He told us at his interview for this position that his mission was to manage at the highest level in England – the Premier League – with the club he loves West Ham United. England is simply not part of Slaven’s mission.

“He is a very very loyal man. He is loyal to his backroom team and to the board. We have backed him 100 per cent and he us – our committment to each other is total.

“This is his club and he is on his way to great thing at the Olympic Stadium. I don’t believe he will be tempted away by anything.”

Gold added: “I don’t believe either the FA will come for him as they have been down the foreign manager route and it hasn’t worked. I don’t believe they will go there at all.

“Slaven has clearly caught the imagination not only of West Ham fans but those around the country with his TV appearances but England? NO…I am totally convinced that won’t happen .

“The most important issue is whether he would want it and I  don’t believe he would. His passion and committment to this club is total.”

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Byram linked with interest from Arsenal

sambyramwhu_1The Daily Express have linked Hammer Sam Byram with possible interest from Arsenal. 22-year old Byram only joined the Hammers Championship side Leeds in the January transfer window on a four and a half year contract costing West Ham a reported £3.75m transfer fee.

Byram made just four appearances last season clocking up 286 minutes on the pitch in a West Ham first team shirt

According to Italian site Tuttomercatoweb, Arsenal are now interested in a move for the right-back. The report claims Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will target Byram if Barcelona succeed in signing Hector Bellerin.

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West Ham set to sign Arsenal winger

goonerWest Ham are set to sign Arsenal youngster Tyrell Robinson on a permanent deal according to an Arsenal blog called arsenalyouth.wordpress.com

The 18-year-old, who can play at left-back or as a left winger, was absent from training at London Colney today and is set to conclude his move to the Hammers shortly says the blog. Robinson will sign a two year professional contract with West Ham.

Robinson progressed through Arsenal’s academy system before signing scholarship terms two years ago. He quickly went on to sign a professional deal, but came close to leaving Arsenal last season after falling out with coaching staff as he was frustrated at constantly being asked to play at left-back.

He featured for Arsenal at U21 level last season, while he was also involved in the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup, but he feels that he is much better suited to playing as a winger.

Robinson is close friends with George Dobson, who left the Gunners to join West Ham last year, and is thought to be encouraged by the opportunity on offer to him.

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Planning application gives away OS naming partner

MStadiumPlanning permission documentation published this week for the alternative wrap on the former Olympic Stadium has given away the name of the new naming rights partner. Although the stadium has recently been renamed the London Stadium this appears to be short lived.

Planning application confirms “The Stadium Partner has not been announced, although the application drawings accurately reflect the colour, size and number of letters proposed”

mahindra-logo-squareThis statement confirms the mystery naming partner has a red logo with eight letters just like Indian firm Mahindra.

S P O N S O R S    S T A D I U M

M A H I N D R A  S T A D I U M

The LLDC are understood to have concluded mahindra-e2o-nepala £6m a year deal with the Mahindra Group, an Indian technology giant and car maker. The Hammers will be entitled to a percentage of any stadium naming rights deal and would receive around £1m annually from the Mahindra deal.

While not a major player in the UK the Mumbai-based Mahindra generates annual sales of £11bn and operates businesses spanning energy, defence and farm equipment. The company’s profile is expected to rise in the UK where in recently launched its new electric car.

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Hammers issue a Payet update

payetarmsoutWest Ham have not received a single inquiry or offer for their superstar midfielder Dimi Payet.

Not a day passes – seemingly – without the star of Euro 2016 being linked to any one of a number of top clubs with Real Madrid being linked to a £40 million bid a few days ago.

However, ClaretandHugh was told exclusively this evening: “We understand it’s early days and that the window still hasn’t opened but for all the speculation there has been no inquiry and certainly no offer.

“We have absolutely no desire to let him go anywhere and the bottom line remains as it always has been – Dimi Payet has a five year contract at this club.”

The Hammers have made it clear privately that any offer will need to be around £60 million for it to be considered and they continue to believe that at his age of 29 that’s unlikely to happen given there is no sell on value.

But our source said: “It is right to give another assurance because we know the fans are naturally anxious – there have been no offers, no inquiries and we remain confident he will be playing hs football at West next season and beyond.”

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Slav – Too good for England

32-joatleyITV/BBC sports reporter and director of Women in football, Jacqui Oakley has suggested Hammers fans should do the right thing by releasing Slaven Bilic in his role as Hammers manager to become the next England manager.

West Ham's Slaven BilicShe tweeted from teb Euros in France “Come on, Hammers fans. Do the right thing. Let Slav go. Your country needs him”

West Ham fan and Talk Sport presenter Ian Abrahams  better known as the Moose replied “Errr Lady O please leave Slaven’s name out it….he wont leave as we go into the OS”

Jacqui replied saying “Sorry Moose, but Slaven Bilic has the credentials: ability, int’l experience, man-management skills, knows Eng game/players, etc.”

Moose replied “But he is West Ham manager”

Jacqui final words confirmed “BUT….I agree. Can’t see him leaving West Ham as he’s on to a good thing there….”

Sorry Jacqui! Hands off! Club before country. He has only just got started at West Ham. There is a lot more to come….

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