West Ham will be without Cheikhou Kouyate, Javier Hernandez and Łukasz Fabiański for today’s trip Preston North End. The trio remains on extended leave after World Cup action. All are due to report back for training on Monday at Rush Green and could be included for Wednesday’s game against Aston Villa.
Manuel Pellegrini could hand debuts to Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Fabian Balbuena.
Ryan Fredericks and Aaron Cresswell who missed last week’s game with a sore ankle and slight groin strain respectively have trained all week and are expected to be available to play. Michail Antonio has not been spotted in full training this week and is not expected to have recovered enough yet to be match fit yet.
Domingos Quina is also missing as he is on International duty after scoring in the UEFA European U19 Championship finals.
Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid and Andy Carroll are all out with knee and ankle injuries. Lanzini is likely out for the season while Carroll is likely to face 4 months out after surgery and Reid could be out for up to 9 months after an operation on his knee.
The squad will be a mixture of senior players and youngsters. Kick off is at 3 pm this afternoon.
After last week’s disaster on the youtube streaming of the pre-season friendly, there has been no confirmation of a stream for the game but we understand it could still be announced at the last minute subject to successful technical tests.
I was about to turn the laptop off a few seconds ago – it’s been a long and very hot day and a bit of Sherlock catch up on Netflix seemed like a good idea.
Then I made the mistake of taking a quick look at NewsNow/West Ham and saw us being linked with a full back, read of Sampdoria’s interest in Pedro Obiang AGAIN and various other rumours which frankly aren’t worthy even of the word.
So as it’s Friday night and the end of a long old week in the heat let’s just get things straight in our heads.
Between now and the transfer deadline day prepare yourselves to see the club linked with any amount of names regardless of position.
BUt its only when you see West Ham and a striker target mentioned that you need get excited because thus far the boss has bought a keeper, three defenders and three midfielders.
We don’t need anymore in any of those departures but CandH has had it confirmed as reported earlier that a back-up striker is now very much on the agenda.
I’d like to say I’m shocked when we are linked to players with whom we clearly hold no interest given we have bought in those positions but I’m not.
At this time of the summer any old story will do because there are media outlets around who adopt the attitude: “Give them what they want and expect.”
Don’t swallow it – we need a striker – that’s it.
Right off to bed and a bit of Sherlock. Night all and COME ON YOU IRONS
Jordan Hugill hopes he gets the chance to show his former Preston fans that he has become a better player since he arrived at West Ham.
Despite regilar bulletins that he’s on his way this summer the young striker is having none of it saying: ““It’s brilliant for me and now I feel as I’ve settled in with all the lads. It’s a brilliant changing room to be involved in.
“I’d like to think I’ve improved since I came here. Training with better players week-in, week-out you’ll get better and personally I do feel as though my game has expanded over the past few months.
“For me, as a whole, I feel good about myself at the moment and hopefully there is a lot more to come.”
He has loved life under the new boss saying: “It’s gone really well and I think everyone is enjoying it so far, even though it’s been tough
. “We’ve been worked hard and going through our paces and the manager has been getting his ideas into us, so we’ve been building on that, as well as getting the fitness work behind us, so it’s been good.
“I’m really enjoying working under the manager and his coaches. His honours speak for themselves, so I can only learn from someone of his stature. It’s brilliant for me to come in and be around him and hopefully pick up everything that I can from him.”
And of his return to Preston he added: ““It’s going to be good to go back there and hopefully I’ll get a good reception!. It’ll be interesting to be in the away team this time, but it’s a place where I made a lot of good memories and friends, so it’ll be good to see them. I’m looking forward to it.”
Manuel Pellegrini is set to get his first sight of gifted young striker Toni Martinez at Preston tomorrow (Sat) should he decide to give the Spaniard a run out at Preston North End.
The 21 year old has joined up with the first team squad since returning from a loan spell at Real Valladolid and is hoping to get a chance to impress the manager on a first appearance.
Martinez has been highly touted over recent seasons and it will be interesting to see how his spell on loan has helped his game should the boss decide to run the rule over him.
The Hammers will be without both Chicharito and Lukasz Fabianski for the game as they return from their extended post World Cup breaks on Monday.
So this is a big chance for Martinez in particular to show what he’s got as the manager addresses the front position after strengthening at the back and in midfield.
The match from North End will be shown either on West Ham’s Facebook or You Tube channel with an announcement to be made close to kick off.
West Ham have denied any interest in Croatian central defender Domagoj Vida who enjoyed an impressive World Cup campaign with finalists Croatia
Reports arose out of Turkey this morning that the Besiktas central defender had been the subject of a €22 million bid but that was immediately knocked back by Hammers insiders.
A senior source said that the manager was now happy with his central defensive position and that the club was now looking for a back up striker.
That is the last piece of the Hammers squad jigsaw puzzle to be fixed and although there are no names available, ClaretandHugh has been assured that’s the one area the club is now looking at hard.
Our source: We have reinforced at the back but it is clear that with Andy Carroll injured we need to take a look at that situation.
“We want to bring in another striker and will be working hard on that over the next weeks before the window closes.”
West Ham United are reported to have made a bid to sign Besiktas central defender Domagoj Vida according to Bein Sports Turkey .
The 29 year old Croatian international has – they say – been the subject of a €22m and they even suggest that the club charman Fikret Orman is now flying to England to finalise a possible deal.
According to Bein Sports Turkey, after these talks it’s expected Vida will leave the club, but Orman is still looking to negotiate the transfer fee with West Ham for the former Dynamo Kiev player.
Reports from Turkey have been notoriously off the mark over recent seasons and that the club president would be flying to the capital seems a bit OTT.
These things are usually tied up by CEO’s at long distance with agent participation always involved.
Given that we have the two central defenders manager Manuel Pellegrini wanted plus Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice and the injured Winston Reid this looks like one to take with a pinch of salt.
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The season is less than a month away and the excitement is building over here just as it is everywhere else as the big day approaches.
And we have made one or two appointments to the CandH team to ensure that we are bang on the ball as we start the build-up to Liverpool at Anfield and all that lies beyond under Manuel Pellegrini.
We will continue to bring you the best Hammers coverage around combined with the most forthright opinions:
Here’s our team for the season ahead – stay in touch with all things Irons via your Hammers ‘daily paper’ CandH 24/7 every day:
Hugh Southon: Founded the site back in 2014 and although he’s getting on a bit is still chasing the exclusives and setting the agenda with his associate editor Sean Whetstone.
Sean has been in front with all the Stadium and financial stories since he joined CandH from West Ham til I Die back in 2015. A newshound of the highest order and probably the sanest bloke on the team.
Mike Manera – of Mike on Monday fame who also becomes CandH’s formation, tactics and system analyst
Allen Cummings – lifelong Hammer – never misses a game blogs his provocative and nostalgic views
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Details for West Ham’s first game of the Premier League have been published on the club’s website. The Hammers have an allocation
3,000 at Anfield on Sunday 12 August as they face Liverpool. Tickets go on sale to the 808 Bondholders this Friday with Season Ticket Holder holders with 14 points or more able to buy tickets from Monday 3 pm.
The announcement also sees the return of the 10% ticket ballot which saw trials last season. The new scheme is unpopular among some season ticket holders and earlier this year a Ticket Survey by WHUISA revealed that while 53% were in favor of the new 10% allocation system on a first come first served basis nearly 47% were against the new scheme.
Liverpool away Tickets will be available via www.eticketing.co.uk/whufc
Bondholders 3pm, Friday 20 July
Season Ticket Holders with 14+ points 3pm, Monday 23 July
Season Ticket Holders with 13+ points 9am, Tuesday 24 July
Season Ticket Holders with 12+ points 12pm, Tuesday 24 July
Season Ticket Holders with 11+ points 3pm, Tuesday 24 July
Season Ticket Holders with 10+ points 9am, Wednesday 25 July
Season Ticket Holders with 9+ points 12pm, Wednesday 25 July
Season Ticket Holders with 8+ points 3pm, Wednesday 25 July
Season Ticket Holders with 7+ points 9am, Thursday 26 July
Season Ticket Holders with 6+ points 12pm, Thursday 26 July
Season Ticket Holders with 5+ points 3pm, Thursday 26 July
Season Ticket Holders with 4+ points 9am, Friday 27 July
Season Ticket Holders with 3+ points 12pm, Friday 27 July
David Seaman is convinced that Jack Wilshire’s arrival at West Ham is something of a masterpiece and that the midfielder will have a serious impact at the club.
The legendary Gunners keeper and 34-times capped England international believes Manuel Pellegrini has done great business to lift the midfielder out of the North london club where he was valued highly for many years .
Seaman told Paddy Power.“Jack is a player who can unlock defences. He’s got that little bit of magic.”
“I hate seeing good players depart. The fact that we (Arsenal) let our best players go was really annoying and I feel like we’ve done that again with Jack.
“Now he’s gone to West Ham – they’ll be a better team with him in it.”
Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Trent Alexander-Arnold could well be ready for the first clash of the season against the Irons despite his involvement at the 2018 World Cup.
Klopp has already effectively already ruled Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren of the Premier League curtain raiser on August 12 given their involvement in the later stages of the competition.
Alexander-Arnold featured just once for the Three Lions and is clearly keen to be back in action as soon as possible.
And Klopp has told the media that the 19-year-old will have a two-week holiday before potentially joining up with the squad.
He said: “With Trent, I have a special agreement. He wanted to be in earlier as well. As he’s very young, I said ‘OK, have two weeks’ holiday and then we’ll speak and see’.