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TV Stream for Europa League 2nd leg possible

Estadi_Comunal_AixovallWest Ham media officer Rob Pritchard has confirmed that FC Lusitans has the rights to sell broadcast rights for Thursday night’s 2nd Leg Europa league first qualifying round match but he admits if they don’t exercise that right West Ham could ask them permission to stream it themselves.

However he does add on his personal twitter account “Obviously it also depends on the internet connection at the stadium, which we plan to investigate on arrival tomorrow”

The Estadi Comunal d’Andorra la Vella is situated in the mountains and has a seated capacity of around 1,100 fans.

West Ham own coverage via WHUFC.com last Thursday was beset with technical problems with many fans unable to watch the match on the club’s own website although it was possible to watch the stream live on West Ham’s youtube channel.

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Twin Reids born

Winston Reid’s wife Yana has given birth to twins the club have announced this evening.  The twins have been named Arianna and Damien.

Claret and Hugh wishes Mr and Mrs Reid all the best for their new life adventure.




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Payet ‘nicked ‘ on speeding rap

payetWest Ham United’s Dimitri Payet is tonight reported as having received a driving ban and been summoned to appear in court in September after being caught by police driving at 170km an hour (105 mph).

West Ham’s new playmaker is reported in L’Equipe as having recorded the speed after travelling back to his birthplace, Reunion, for a short break ahead of pre-season training.

He was allegedly ‘nicked’ while driving in a zone where there is a 110km limit. L’Equipe explain that speeding is a big problem on the island and causes an increasing numbers of deaths.

That court appearance would be on Reunion, off Madagascar, not exactly a short hop from Chawell Heath and it’s not clear whether he can send a legal representative to avoid any headaches for the Irons.

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Ogbonna medical imminent

Angelo-OgbonnaAccording to GianlucaDiMarzio.com, defender Angelo Ogbonna has rejected a move to Everton in favor of West Ham. They claim the centre back will sign a 4 year deal with the Hammers earning more than €2 million (£1.4m) net a season around £26,000 per week after tax.

The report suggests Juventus will receive €12 million (£8.5m) plus performance related bonuses. Once the last few details are settled with Juve they say  he will travel to London to take his medical which they claim could be as early Wednesday or Thursday.

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Report: Ogbonna agrees Hammers terms

Multiple media sources are currently reporting that Angelo Ogbonna has agreed to join West Ham ahead of Everton in an £8million deal.

It is understood that he held talks with the club today and has agreed a four year contract with us.

The left-sided was reported this morning to be a target for Everton but it seems from the unanimous coverage that he is now set to become the first choice partner to Winston Reid.

Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna has agreed to join West Ham ahead of Everton in an £8million deal

The player was an unused substitute for Juventus when they were beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League final in May, and he has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs this summer.


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‘Arry’s backing Slav

Bilic smokesFormer Irons boss Harry Redknapp believes Slaven Bilic is headed for good things at Upton Park.

Redknapp, of course , brought the new manager to the club as a player back in the nineties and said: “I think West Ham will do very well.

“I think Slaven will do well there. They’re a team that could finish around about halfway again.

“I signed Slaven, and I sold him. He’s a good lad and he was a good player, and I’m sure he’ll do a good job there.

Speaking to Express Sport he added: “Absolutely (the right man for the situation), I think he’ll do very well. There are lots of good players at West Ham. “

“He’ll be given time, I’m sure he will, they’ve got the nucleus of a really good team I think. I think the front two of Sakho and Valencia  have got pace. I think they’ll finish round about tenth.”

He’s not surprised to see Julian Dicks on the backroom staff saying: “Its good to get former players back and around the place. I did it with Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand at Spurs.

“And I know one thing – with a bench featuring, Slaven, John Hartson and Dicksy, there will only be one lot of winners if it comes to a bit of aggro.”


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Hammers clear up Downing talk

Steve_Gibson_1411748cWest Ham are in no mood to allow Stewart Downing to leave the club despite Middlesbrough being ready to offer him incredible personal terms.

Riverside chairman Steve Gibson (right) is ready to turn Downing’s head as he bids to make him top man at the Championship club.

But West Ham are nowhere near ready to allow the player to depart the Boleyn as their own summer recruitment campaign continues.

Gibson is attempting to talk the Irons into a deal but ClaretandHugh has learned the Irons board is playing hard ball with the North Eastern outfit.

A top Boleyn insider made the position clear to us in an exclusive comment declaring: “It may be a massive deal for Stewart but it’s not for West Ham United.

“He will only be allowed to leave if we get better players. He wants to go home to the North East but that doesn’t mean we have to let him go.”

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£15m Townsend/Irons link

Andros-TownsendAndros Townsend is a regular arrival in the West Ham silly season transfer news.

He is again raised as a possible arrival in some morning newspapers although the stories look like a near repeat of those we were seeing in October 2014.

Back then he was seen as a replacement for Matt Jarvis who – it was claimed – is edging towards the exit door . In fact he wasn”t THEN  and he isn’t NOW as ClaretandHugh reported yesterday.

Indeed as we explained, the club have had no offers for either either a permanent or loan deal offered in the case of the former Wolves winger who cost us a cool £10 million.

Today, however, despite the arrival of Dimitri Payet at £10 million and with talks going on for Carl Jenkinson, Angel Ogbonna and Alex Song, we are apparently ready to talk around a £15 million deal for the Spurs wide man.

Given that Payet can play either on the left or right side it seems unlikely the position is currently a priority and it’s a central striker the club is looking for anyway.

With £20 million spent on Payet and a minimum £10 million set aside for a central defender only around £5m or £6 million will be left in the kitty – some way short of the reported £15 million Spurs valuation for Townsend.

This one looks unlikely to put it kindly.

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Irons favourites as Toffees enter Ogbonna race

Angelo_Ogbonna_BGR-ITA_2012Everton are this morning being linked with West Ham central defensive target Angel Ogbonna as a replacement for Sylvain Distin.

The north western club have been monitoring the progress in talks between ourselves and Juventus and according to some reports will make a firm offer over the next few days.

However, according to the Liverpool Echo, Ogbonna is on his way to London for talks with the Irons as manager Slaven Bilic aims to conclude his third signing since taking over as boss.

The Hammers interest first became known via a case of mistaken identity when co chairman David Gold bizarrely welcomed Pedro Obiang, to the club.

Gold tweeted: “I am delighted to announce the signing of 23 year old midfield Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria. Pedro, welcome. dg.” but included a picture of Ogbonna rather than Obiang – before quickly deleting the message.

According to one morning report, however,  Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is willing to “spend big” in his bid to snatch Ogbonna away to Goodison.

But West Ham insiders remain confident they are in the driving seat to conclude a deal with Juventus reported as wanting  €10m plus a potential further €2m in bonus payments for Ogbonna

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Dimitri Payet to start training

payetWest Ham coach Julian Dicks has revealed new signing Dimitri Payet will commence full training with the Hammers for the first time this morning. The player flew out to Cork, Ireland on Sunday to meet up with his fellow team mates but the actual hard work begins today.

Yesterday Slaven Bilic told the club’s official website:

“He is a great player and did really well at a big club like Marseille. He was fantastic last year and I really wanted him. The Club did a great job to get a player who had so many offers. We are expecting big things from him and we will help him to adjust. Everyone who is connected to West Ham will enjoy seeing him. The French League is one of the big five and we have seen so many good players who have come over from France and done well in the Premier League.He is a great player and was my number one target. I am delighted that he has joined us.”

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