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Austin to Hammers odds crash

Charlie_austin_3147013bBookmaker SkyBet has dramatically reduced the odds of Charlie Austin joining West Ham making him the 6/5 second favcourite. Newcastle remains odds on at 4/5.

Just 48 hours ago you could get odds as high as 15/1 for the QPR striker to join the Hammers.

You get can odds of 16/1 for Mario Balotelli to join West Ham while the Irons remain the unlikely favourites at 11/4 to sign Kevin Mirallas even though there appears to be no prospect now.

West Ham are also second favourites to sign Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez at 6/1 with Spurs as the 5/2 favourites. The Hammers are also listed as 20/1 outsiders to sign Yannick Bolasie from Crytsal Palace.

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Irons monitoring United’s Hernandez “very closely”

Javier_-Chicharito-_Hernandez_vs_MLS_All_StarsWest Ham are continuing to monitor No 1 striking target Javier Hernandez very closely.

Despite being linked with a number of possible loan signings, boss Slaven Bilic loves the Manchester United youngster and wants to bring him to Upton Park.

It’s being rumoured that we have offered United around £11.9 million for the player, although a top level source told ClaretandHugh a few minutes ago: “That’s not true, but we are very keen indeed and he remains the No 1 target.

“We very much want to bring him to Upton Park, but our understanding is that Manchester United will only sell if they can bring in two strikers.”

The Hammers are likely to go as high as £14 million for the Mexican if the correct scenario develops, exceeding – by about £5 million – the funds they have available in the transfer kitty.

The two Davids usually dig into their own pockets during the transfer window, and it’s our understanding they will happily do so again if there is a realistic prospect of luring Hernandez to east London.

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Breaking news: Collison to manage Posh U21s

CollisonFormer Hammer Jack Collison has become a manager at the age of just 26 – taking charge of Peterborough’s Under 21 squad.

Collison, who made 104 league appearances for West Ham – scoring 11 goals – has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons. But he believes he still has a future in the game as a player AND a manager.

As well as his new U21 responsibilties, Collison will also take charge of  Peterborough’s first team for Tuesday’s pre-season friendly against Bishop’s Stortford – but he insists his priority is getting Posh promoted to the Championship as a player rather than fulfilling his long-term ambition to pursue a career in football management.

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Europa exit can’t come soon enough for Corden

Celebrity West Ham fan James Corden says he will be delighted if the Hammers get knocked out of Europe on Thursday evening.

“I would be over the moon if we got knocked out,” the comedian told Talksport. ‘I just don’t know what we gain from it, apart from the stress in puts on the squad and on the team.”

The Hammers are currently tied 2-2 with FC Astra, heading into Thursday’s crunch clash away from home.

And comedian Corden, co-creator of the Gavin & Stacey hit TV series, added: “I read an interview with Mark Noble, who said when they got back from Malta they arrived back at 5am and then had warm-down training three hours later – it can’t be great for the team.

“Look at Everton, they have a strong squad of players, but it was only once they were knocked out of the Europa League that they started to climb out of trouble [domestically] last year.

“All that matters for West Ham is that when it comes to our first game in the Olympic Stadium, we’re playing in the Premier League, because it will be a catastrophe if we’re not.”

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Breaking news: ‘fit again’ Carroll to rejoin squad

carroll earWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic has been handed a massive pre-season boost with the welcome news that Andy Carroll is ready to rejoin training.

The big man has been out since February, but after posting videos of himself on Twitter running unrestrained and free, he is set to rejoin the first team squad.

The former Newcastle and Liverpool striker was forced to go under the knife and it had been feared he could be out of action for a further two months.

The video shows the 26-year-old tackling shuttle runs, sprints and general ball control as he closes in on a return to action.

They also give fans a glimpse of what they have been missing as he juggles the ball before turning and volleying it impressively into the goal behind him.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic will be hoping to have Carroll back sooner rather than later after learning that striker, Enner Valencia, will be ruled out for 12 weeks – and may yet require surgery.

The club had revealed a couple of weeks back that the centre forward may be held back until October. But the race now appears to be on to get him fit asap.

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Injury update: videos show Carroll making progress

Andy Carroll appears to be making great progress as he heads towards his long-awaited Hammers comeback.

The big striker has posted a series of vidos on his Twitter feed, which shows him carrying out resisted running and, in the latest, running down the touchline.

The news will delight all Hammers fans, who have been hoping to hear some good news about the England hitman before the start of the Premier League campaign.

Well, Andy’s now a long way down the road to recovery. So check out his videos at his at his Twitter address: @AndyCarroll also below



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Former Hammer hitman Zamora signs for Brighton

zamoraFormer Hammer Bobby Zamora has re-joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a one-year contract.

Zamora, who left Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season, scored 83 goals in just over three seasons between 2000 and 2003 for the Seagulls.

He passed a medical with them yesterday evening, before signing the paperwork to complete his move back to the south coast.

Zamora joined West Ham in 2004, from Spurs, making 152 appearances in all competitions for West Ham – and scoring 40 goals.

In July 2008, Zamora and team-mate, John  Paintsil, were sold to Fulham for a joint fee of £6.3 million.

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Breaking news: Irons linked to Inter’s D’Ambrosio

Danilo+D+Ambrosio+JgfSG-JlL70mDanilo D’Ambrosio’s agent is in town – and is apparently looking to tie up a deal with the Hammers. Or that’s what at least one news organisation is claiming this morning!

The 26-year-old Inter Milan defender’s adviser, Vincenzo Pisacane, flew in to London last night for talks with West Ham officials that are scheduled to take place later today, reports TMW.

Pisacane is also in contact with Bundesliga side Schalke, with Inter keen to sell at a price of around £8-£10 million.

But with the Hammers’ hands full chasing a striker, this may be one of those silly season stories that turns out to be more silly than it is a story!

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Gold is ‘99% certain’ Valencia won’t need an op!

Britain West Ham ValenciaDavid Gold, the West Ham Chairman, has taken to social media to claim it is “99% certain” Enner Valencia will not need an operation.

The confusing merry-go-round surrounding the state of Valencia’s injuries took another twist today when Gold revealed to his 119.000 Twitter followers he was certain the surgeon’s knife would not be required to aide the striker’s recovery – despite the club’s head of medical and sports science saying the exact opposite!

Stijn Vandenbroucke told the official West Ham website on Monday that Valencia could be set to return to action in 10-12 weeks.

“There is now a very small chance that he will need an operation and that we instead hope to treat the injury to his fibula using conservative treatment, which we hope to start in three weeks,” revealed Vandenbroucke at the beginning of the week.

But Gold is adamant he has the inside track on the player’s health – and is a lot more confident the injuries will heal without the need for surgery.

Fingers crossed, let’s hope the Chairman is right!


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Oxlade-Chamberlain: Irons have ‘corrupted’ Jenks!

jenkoArsenal midfielder, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has blamed West Ham for his mate Carl Jenkinson’s love of Country Music – claiming West Ham have corrupted his former team-mate and pal!

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s eagerly anticipated Gunners versus clash at the Emirates, the Arsenal flier joked to Arsenal TV: “Carl Jenkinson’s music is the worst type of music. He really has taken a turn for the worst, I really am worried about him.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jenks are long-standing friends. And the two regularly share a lively bit of banter.

Added the Gunners ace, whose goal won the Community Shield for Arsene Wenger’s team on Sunday: “I have been watching his Snapchats and he’s [been] at a concert in Salt Lake.

“Chequered shirts on, he’s got his shades, flip-flops and his shorts, and he is there in Salt Lake City living it up to Mr Country Man and I’m just looking thinking ‘he’s changed. West Ham has corrupted him’.”

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