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Live Hammers transfer debate

Join myself and Geo as we discuss all the transfer dealings following the Europa exit to Astra.

Will Zaza be any good, should Samuelsen go out on loan, do we have too many midfielders and will we be able to offload a very downbeat Enner Valencia.

 

All this and more discussed live at 8:30 although the broadcast will be available for viewing afterwards.

 

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Adrian speaks on Spain call-up joy

adrian12Proud Adrian has spoken of his joy at being called into the Spain squad for the first time in his career.

Speaking to the official Hammers site he said: “I was on the standby list for a couple of squads before Euro 2016, but this time around I didn’t ask my agent if I was included, then when I finished training on Thursday I got back to the dressing room and checked my phone, I had 360 WhatsApp messages, emails, texts and missed Facetime calls!”

“It’s great news and a great moment. For me, for my family, my friends, my wife, my baby and for West Ham United, I am really happy for this news. It’s so exciting to go there and train with all the international players and to give my best, as I always do here. My grandfather recently passed away and he was probably the proudest person of all about where I have got to, and he was always looking after me and called me after every game. This is a great moment for him, also, and I’ll give everything to play in the national team.

“The work has paid-off for me because I work hard. I made my debut in Real Betis and after a season I came to West Ham and have played most of the games in the starting XI.

“It’s a great moment for me. I’m still only 29, which is so young for a goalkeeper who can play for a long time, so with the new manager [former Barcelona goalkeeper Julen Lopetegui] he has given opportunities to new players to show they are ready for the national team.”

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Fan faces life ban after throwing punch

West Ham United fans stand up in behind the goal during the UEFA Europa League - Play Off match at the London Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire

West Ham United fans stand up in behind the goal during the UEFA Europa League – Play Off match at the London Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire

WEST HAM will ban a fan who was filmed punching another supporter in the face during Thursday’s Europa League defeat.

The Sun reports police have identified and arrested the culprit and his details have been passed onto the club.

A video on social media showed a man throw a punch at what is believed to be a fellow Hammers supporter.

The relationship between fans and stewards over the standing issue has seen some ejected after abusing those around them when they complained their views were compromised.

Ahead of the culprit being identified a Hammers website statement declared: “This behaviour has no place in football and we will work with the police and other stakeholders to identify the individuals involved.

Once identified, they will be banned from attending any West Ham United fixture for life and we will request the courts serve a banning order to prevent these individuals attending any football.”

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Adrian get first Spain call-up

 

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Irons cult hero Adrian has been called into the Spain international squad for the first time.

New Spain coach Julen Lopetegui hs named Adrian in a squad which alo includes David De Gea and Pepe Reina with the Iron replacing Spain’s most capped player Iker Casillas.

The squad has been named for the games against Belgium in a freindly on 1 September and Liechtenstein in their opening World Cup qualifier four days.

ClaretandHugh sends its congratulations to our Number One keeper!

 

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Zaza set for “first choice” Bilic talks

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Simone Zaza will sit down to talks with Slaven Bilic later today aimed at discovering how he is set to be used should he finally commit to put pen to paper and join the Irons.

The player has agreed personal terms of around £100k a week and the Hammers will dig deep to find the £24 million fee in what has become a complicated deal – should Zaza be satisfied after talks with the manager.

ClaretandHugh understands Zaza will need assurances from the manager that he will be his first choice striker whenever fit and available.

He will sit down with the Croat later today as the club bid to vault the final hurdle in bringing their ‘marquee ‘ striker to The London Stadium.

Our top source told us exclusively just a few minutes ago. “We are close and  getting closer but a lot depends on how meeting with manager goes as obviously the player needs to know he’s wanted and is first choice.

“IF it goes through it will be a very expensive loan that automatically becomes permanent given certain provisions. It’s complicated –  almost a permanent deal, but not quite.”

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Bilic: ‘Zaza likely to sign today’

Simone Zaza looks set to sign for the Irons later today, Slaven Bilic has confirmed.

The manager said personal terms have been agreed with the Italian as well as a deal with Juventus, which is reported to be a club record of £24 million although it could be preceded by a loan period.

Bilic said: “The Zaza situation looks very likely to happen and should happen today, and as far as I know the deal is agreed between the clubs.

“The personal terms are also agreed and he is due in London today, so we hope it will be done.”

Bilic added: “It’s very positive and it’s a boost. We’ve been trying for a long time now to get a top-quality striker and he was always mentioned.”

 

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Ex United ‘Fletch’ wants to crush Man City

West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth - Premier LeagueAshley Fletcher caught everybody’s eye on a dark dark Hammers night and made it crystal clear afterwards he can’t wait to play more games.

Speaking to the official site after the time was dumped out of Europe he declared: “It is a sickener for a massive club to go out at this early stage and we are all disappointed. It wasn’t our night. I had a great chance which I should have scored and other players have had chances.

“I cannot put my finger on why it happened and it is hard to accept, but we have to move on. We felt in the first leg that we didn’t put on a performance that we are capable of, but it was a positive result. We came back to the London Stadium expecting to play them off the park, but it didn’t turn out like that and it wasn’t our night.

“We will go again on Sunday and try to do our best in the league and the other cup competitions.”

 Fletcher was the best Hammer on display and said: “It is a small thing that I can take from the game, but it is a team effort and unfortunately we have not got the right result. I am just happy to get out there and get more minutes under my belt and show the West Ham fans what I am about. Hopefully I can put the next one away.”

As a former Man United player the striker would love nothing more than to put it across City on Sunday and said: “I watched that game last year and it was a massive win for West Ham. Hopefully we can go up there and repeat it.

Having played for United, it would be nice for me to put one over City as well! I am sure the United fans will want me to do that, as well as the West Ham fans and it is a game I am looking forward to.

“I am loving my time here and the players, staff and fans have made me feel very welcome. I cannot wait to show the West Ham fans what I can do. I have settled in really well and cannot wait to play more games.”

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That was the Irons week that was!

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Another interesting week in the Claret and Blue bubble.

Confirmation on Sunday morning that Andy Carroll is injured once again, meant that the staff at twitter had another manic day, trying to save  the site from  going into meltdown.

The injury is a 4-6 week lay off, although rumours that he threw a shoe in Rio, while Nick Skelton was riding him to dressage gold are both unkind and false.

Clearly, the striker situation needs to be addressed, as Diafra Sakho has been trying, and failing, to keep himself fit over the summer using a Benni McCarthy fitness DVD.

Add to that the fact that Enner Valencia has less confidence than a turkey in December, and you can see why we are linked with more footballers than Katie Price.

The one fit striker we have brought in, Calleri, did  made a cameo versus Bournemouth, and apparently Carlos Tevez advised him to watch footage of some West Ham striking legends.

Judging from his one on one at the end of the Bournemouth game, I can only assume he’s started with Carlton Cole….

Another wonderful story from a Sunday’s win is that of the phantom seats.

noseats1Fans were left bemused as to why their tickets led them to some untouched concrete blocks at the back of the stand.

An admin error was apparently to blame for the seats not being there, and leading them to stand around Stratford’s own tribute to Stonehenge.

I think that marquee striker comment may have been issued by the same admin dept, because that’s not turned up either.

Anyway, any fans wishing to complain should write to their local MP, or better still, Jeremy Corbyn, who has first hand experience of “phantom seating” issues.

Footage has emerged of Hammers fans , jumping into one of the many canals that surround the stadium after the Bournemouth game.

The irony was not lost on me that some West Ham performances have made me want to jump off a bridge too, although Bournemouth at home wouldn’t have been one of them.

I’m sure Captain Gonzo, and 1st mate Geo would have been on hand to fish them out on their West Ham beer barges, so no harm done.

The number of people in the drink after the Astra game is still unknown.

As our Romanian friends came and conquered once again, those t-shirts that that club made to celebrate the Hammers on tour will be seen at a certain market in Peckham before the week is out.

When Ginger Pele is plucked from the bench to save a game up front, you know things are pretty grim.

Ashley Fletcher can hold his head up though, the one bright spark in an otherwise dull, dark evening.

Bilic has confirmed that Zaza was due to fly to London to finalize his move on the Friday, although I hear he was on his knees praying before take off.

He’s not a nervous flyer, just more the case he was asking for a volcanic ash cloud or engine failure…..

On a serious note, its been another lack lustre week.

We bundled our way over the line vs 10-man  Bournemouth, and the Astra debacle was another gem that will go straight into the West Ham history books.

The number of Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal shirts on clear display on Thursday tells you  this season  will have its infuriating moments, but if you took 5/6 first team players out of any club in the league,most would struggle (Chelski and City aside).

The season doesn’t feel it has started for us yet and probably won’t until be get a good number of players back. Until then, for me, its almost like its damage limitation. Not ideal, but probably all Bilic can do at the minute.

When we have most of them back though, I think these dark days of disappointment will be a distant memory….

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Fed-up Leroy points to reasons for shock defeat

LEROY (1)Hold on before we get too carried away in our disappointment!

Slaven Bilic made eight changes to a team that hadn’t played very well on Sunday and although he’s too big a character to blame the injury crisis we have to realise the man’s in a dreadful position.

I’ve read all sorts of stuff about players not being good enough and if I’m honest I haven’t been over impressed with some of the signings.

But several were brought in – like Tore for example – on short term deals because we thought we’d be in Europe. We needed bodies and that was the only reason they are here.

What happened last night was the result of players who aren’t used to life at the club being thrown together after a couple of training sessions and although many will say they should have beaten the Romanians, life in this game isn’t always like that.

EIGHT CHANGES! That is not easy to handle at this stage of the season.

Beyond that I still think there may be a hangover from the Chelsea match where although we didn’t play well we were so close to a draw and that could have made a huge difference to our attitude and confidence levels.

It’s a huge frustration to have gone out of the competition though but being absolutely honest I have to say that if it was a choice between losing on Sunday or last night I would have taken the Astra defeat.

There’s lots of talk about a new striker arriving and Wilfried Bony’s name has been mentioned but I wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole.

Good player at Swansea but his body language and attitude since arriving at City has been wrong for me and his move to China in January tell me a lot. It looks to be all about “show me the money.”

I hope and believe we will get Simone Zaza despite our exit from the Europa League. The guy will relish the opportunity of playing in the PL and the money is far greater than in Serie A.

Slaven is already facing the biggest challenge of his West Ham career and needs players back quickly so let’s not start rushing to judgement.

Things will improve and I trust the man!

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Hammers Chat boys tear into Irons display

“Horror…shock…disgust…beaten by a pub team, unacceptable” and far far worse.

They are just some of the responses to last night’s performance in the second leg of the second qualfying round of the Europa Cup.

Let’s not hide from the fact that West Ham United were utterly appalling and beyond the late arrival of the excellent Ashley Fletcher there was nothing to admire.

And worryingly this was another in a series of slow performances which shows us to be a mile away and more from where they were last season.

Here, the Hammers Chat boys pour it out – nobody is spared and there’s some special venom for Gokhan Tore described as “lazy” and a player the fans could quickly turn against as a result.

There’s some excellent views expressed here – give it a listen.

 

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