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Bilic rules out move for striker

sturridgeWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic has ruled out Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge as a summer transfer target.

Despite learning that the Hammers are ready to consider any striker with a top six club on the fringes of the first team, Sturridge is not on the Irons wanted list.

With Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll having both been unfit for much of the season – or in Sakho’s case more or less all of it – Bilic is unready to consider any front man whose track record is suspect..

The Hammers are now counting Carroll and Sakho as “one” according to an insider who said: “It has to be like that because the best scenario is when one fit is available the other usually isn’t.

“Sturridge was obviously discussed but we really can’t afford to take on another striker who has had more than his share of injuries.”

Ideally, the club want to take a top striker as a permanent signing and another on loan.

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Sullivan offers help to homeless hero man

steve2The story of a homeless man in Manchester called Steve Jones who helped after the cowardly terrorist attack which killed 22 people has touched West Ham United’s co-owner, David Sullivan.

Speaking on ITV, Steve told viewers: “Just because I’m homeless doesn’t mean that I’ve not got a heart. I’m still human still. They needed the help, I’d like to think that someone would come and help me if I needed the help. It’s just instinct to go and help, if someone needs your help and it was children. I mean, it was children with a lot of blood all over them.”

Sullivan is desperately looking to find Steve because he wants to give him six months free accommodation and some money to help him out. Sullivan was a guest on BBC Radio 5Live yesterday and said: “It looks like he needs some help, so we are desperate to find who he is and give him six months free accommodation and a little bit of money to help him on his way.”

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Rice gets international call up

RiceMartin O’Neill has drafted West Ham teenager Declan Rice into the Republic of Ireland squad for the end of season internationals. Rice, who turned 18 in January, made his Premier League debut for the Hammers as a late substitute in last Sunday’s 2-1 win over Burnley spending four minutes on the pitch.

It was the first time that the Hammers used a teenager in the first team all season after Rice had three stints on the bench as an unused substitute.

Named Ireland Under-17 Player of the Year for 2016 last month and captain of West Ham’s U23 team who won Premier League 2 promotion to the first division, he can play in defence or midfield. Released by Chelsea as a schoolboy, he qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents. He was awarded the Dylan Tombides award in May at the West Ham Players’ awards for the best Academy player after winning the Young Hammer of the year (U18) the year before.

Academy Director Terry Westly believes Rice has a big future ahead of him.

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Cullen sets his sights on bigger things

CullenWest Ham midfielder Josh Cullen has his sights set on propelling himself into the first-team with the Hammers next season after his loan to Bradford City ended at the weekend after a defeat at Wembley at the weekend to Millwall.

“Hopefully, I will be in West Ham’s plans. But if not, then a Championship club is probably the next step for me. There are discussions to be had and we will see where we go. I could not have really wished for a better club to come on loan to. It (Bradford) is a really great club with great people and I wanted to come back for a second spell to try and get us promoted. We have got one step closer than last year, but just come up short again. It is a club I really felt the passion to play for. It is a tough one to take and we will have to come again.” Cullen told the Yorkshire Post.

Speaking about his appearance at Wembley Cullen said:  “I had a lot of family and friends here and my girlfriend and everyone has been brilliant to me because it has been a tough time; the first time I have been away from home for a permanent period of time. It was nice to have them at the final and I would have loved to have won it for them as well as ourselves. We have come up a bit short.”

 

 

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Poll: Sofiane Feghouli: Stick or twist?

west_hams_sofiane_feghouli_celebrates_scoring_their_third_goal_317515Should West Ham consider selling Sofiane Feghouli over the summer transfer window or has he proved his place in the squad?

French-born Algerian Feghouli started his career in France with Grenoble before he got his big move to Spanish giants Valencia in 2010. He became a key player for Valencia, scoring 30 goals in 198 appearances for the Club.

Last June the 27-year-old joined West Ham on a free transfer on a three-year deal and has been a figure who has caused different opinions among the fans.

He managed 1040 minutes on the pitch this season scoring three goals and making three assists.

So do you want him to stay or should he be sold at a valuation of around £8 million.


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London Stadium could be protected by army

ArmyThe London Stadium could soon by protected by Army troops again after the country’s threat level was raised to critical by MI5’s Counter-Terrorism Analysis Centre this evening following the tragic terrorist events in Manchester yesterday.

This means that security arrangements known as Temperer come into play, whereby as many as 5,100 military personnel would take over from the police in guarding and protecting sensitive places, freeing up the police to be more visible and active on the streets.

The former Olympic Stadium along with the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford are considered significant terrorist targets. With a army2number of music concerts, this June followed by Athletics including the IAAC World Championships in July and August at the London stadium, the venue will be on full security alert. West Ham will not play again at the London Stadium until September after getting special dispensation to play their first three games away from home.

In 2012 London was protected by a consignment of 13,500 military personnel during the Olympic Games which included the Olympic Stadium.

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West Ham’s first signing by Friday

ZabWest Ham should officially announce their first signing of the summer by Friday.

And it should come as no surprise to most that Pablo Zabaleta is set to sign a two-year contract after agreeing on personal terms with the Hammers.

Well-placed Ken Dyer writing in the London Evening Standard claims it could be completed within the next forty-eight hours after heavy hints from Karren Brady of an experienced player joining in her Sun football diary at the weekend and further hints of an early quality signing by Director of Recruitment, Tony Henry.

And ClaretandHugh has learned that but for a few details which need to be tied up with agents the deal is now all but done.

Zabaleta earned £90,000 per week at Manchester City and his total package with the Irons is said to be similar to land the 32-year-old right back.  His package is said to include a lower basic so not to break the current wage structure but is boosted by appearance fees plus performance related bonuses in a similar way that Payet’s wages were structured.

Zabaleta was offered to Serie A side AC Milan in the past few weeks but decided to move to the London Stadium.

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West Ham Survey – Have your say

StadiumNightJan726West Ham United Independent Supporters’ Association (WHUSIA) is conducting an online end of season survey on West Ham’s fortunes both on and off the pitch this season, the results of which will be presented to members of the Hammers board at tomorrow’s Supporters Advisory Board (SAB).

The quick survey  designed for WHUISA members can be completed at:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/?sm=LDE5FURFl2hnGXM1aBV_2FMw_3D_3D

West Ham Vice Chairman Karren Brady will chair the West Ham Supporters’ Advisory Board tomorrow evening alongside the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Tara Warren, new operators director, Steve Gotkine, Head of Ticketing Nicola Keye, Head of concessions, Nick Kendall together with Michael Temple from London Stadium 185.

Items for discussion with supporters include  Accessibility, Stewarding, IAAF world athletic championships, Transport and Ticketing renewals and relocations as well as other issues affecting supporters this season.

The SAB includes eighteen season ticket holders who act as representatives of various West Ham groups including WHUISA and stadium stands including Claret and Hugh Associate Editor, Sean Whetstone who is a representative of West stand lower.

Any constructive burning issues you want to be raised to Mrs Brady and her team about the club from a supporters’ point of view leave a comment below or email  Sean in confidence at mrwesthamfootball@gmail.com

The previous SAB minutes from January this year can be found here

If you are not a member of WHUISA you can join at http://www.whuisa.org/  and choose apply to join.

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Hammers wave goodbye to striker

jonathan-calleri-800x504Jonathon Calleri has been released from the Irons and will now return to Argentina after his year’s loan at the London Stadium.

Callieri, along with Gokhan Tore and Alvero Arbeola, have all been removed from the Irons wage bill following the season’s end.

The striker received a run of games towards the end of the campaig in the absence of Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho as Slaven Bilic attempted to make a decision on whether to make his stay permanent.

But the 23 year old failed to sparkle and the decision not to renew was agreed at yesterday’s end of season review meeting held at David Sullivan’s Essex home.

Arbeola was a deadline day signing during last summer’s transfer window and Tore returned to Turkey after a poor start followed by injury.

The Hammers will make a decision on Havard Nortveidt’s future at the club over the next few weeks depending on any offers they may receive.

 

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Irons looking hard at top six striker targets

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West Ham are looking at every striker with a top six club unable to get regular first team football as targets this summer.

As reported here earlier the Irons remain very keen on Chelsea’s Michy Batshuyai but Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho (above) is another top target with both expecting to cost between £25 – £30 million.

However, the terms of reference could include Manchester United’s Anthony Martial while highly rated City prospect Patrick Roberts (20) – who scored 11 times for Celtic while on loan this season – could be invited to spend another campaign on loan – at the London Stadium.

Iheanacho has been mentored by ‘on-his-way to the Hammers’ Pablo Zabaletta with a source telling us only minor details remain to be tied up with the player’s agent.

The Argentine international right back has been a big admirer of the 20 year old Nigerian who featured in a video singing the defender’s praises on his farewell from City last season.

Iheanacho is currently on a wage of around £35,000 a week but will get a hefty rise should he agree to a London Stadium move which could double his personal terms.

A Hammers source said: “Ideally we want a new front line striker as a permanent signing and another on loan or bought if the selling club insists.”