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Club sell shirts off of their players backs

auctionWest Ham is selling shirts off their player’s backs in a new auction site launched in association with Germany company Sportnex.

The proceeds of the sale appear to go straight to the club as there is no mention of any charity or even the West Ham Academy as beneficiaries of the sale.

The new scheme follows the same idea launched by Arsenal in 2014 and some of those same directors who worked for our North London rivals at the time are now in charge at West Ham.

In addition to Arsenal, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Millwall have identical auction sites for their players worn shirts with the same German auction company.

Andy Carroll’s shirt in which he made the famous scissor kick against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium is currently listed on the auction site at £1260 with David Noyes as the highest bidder with just over a day to go.

In other live auctions promoted by the club on social media Antonio’s home shirt against Palace is currently listed at £263, Reid’s shirt is £220, Byram’s shirt has reached £165 while Feghouli’s home shirt is at just £130 so far.

The new website says “West Ham United Official Fan Auction Store is the auction portal for original sports goods and memorabilia operated by Sportnex GmbH under licence from West Ham United.”

The auction site can be found https://www.officialwesthamauction.com

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Nortveidt reckons we need to bring more!

havnorHavard Nortveidt is looking for a big finish to the season after producing his best display in a Hammers shirt against Everton.

He said: “We played well and might have got more than just a point. We kept a clean sheet and also had a couple of chances to score, but we’ll take the one point against Everton – they’re a good team and we know that.

“We were superb defensively. I don’t know if they had any chances, not any big ones certainly, and that’s really good for us.

“For me personally I hadn’t played 90 minutes for a while so it was tough, but the whole team worked well together defensively and offensively, so it was a good system.

“I was a little bit nervous at the start, but this is my position and I felt that I came more and more into the game as it went on, especially in the second half.

“We have some big games to come, and this result stands us in good stead for them.

“We need to bring what we did on Saturday, with a little bit more, and I’m pretty sure the points will come.

“It was a great atmosphere here on Saturday, and we are growing into this Stadium as our home now. We’re looking forward to the next game.”
Read more at http://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2017/april/24-april/nordtveit-we-have-big-games-come#kAPQww1kM64ZzuZ0.99

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Irons duo look at exit door

jonathan-calleri-800x504Jonathon Calleri  will not be offered a permanent West Ham deal at the end of the season and Sofiane Feghouli is another the Irons are ready to offload if they receive the right offer..

Slaven Bilic has been uncertain of Calleri’s future at the club but has had little chance to make a judgement until recent games.

However, we understand the manager has decided that the Argentine will be allowed to return to his parent club having seen him make little impact.

Bilic is keen to bring in a top line striker with Michy Batshuayi his favoured target either on a permanent or 12 month loan deal.

Feghouli is currently injured and has revealed earlier in the season that he is heading for talks on his future at the end of the campaign.

He explained the club had received offers in January but that they had turned them down and that with clubs interested both sides would sit down to talks.

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Slav surgery can wait as points chase continues

slavbilSlaven Bilic isn’t considering the surgery he faces on his hip as the team limp towards the safety line this season.

The manager is ready to face that issue in the summer declaring: “My hip is nothing worse than it was last year. I don’t have time [for surgery]. You need six weeks for the operation – but I am not a player!”

And he added: “We need points. As long as I can remember, it is about 40 points. But I don’t think that way. You cannot calculate how you will get them. Not even Chelsea can say that. It is the greatest thing about this league.”

“I’m not talking only about getting out or keeping the distance [from the bottom three]. I’m talking also about climbing the table.”

Only then will he be able to think about this season saying. “I don’t like to moan about the obstacles we had.”

 

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Hammers eyeing keeper prospect

West Ham are monitoring Fleetwood Town keeper Alex Cairns as a possible summer signing

Slaven Bilic is today reported to be monitoring  Fleetwood Town goalkeeper Alex Cairns.

The Mail reports that Cairns – released by Leeds United in 2015, has broken into Fleetwood’s side this season and played a pivotal role in their rise into League One promotion contention with 15 clean sheets.

Cairns is seen as a keeper of rich promise who could eventually challenge for a first team place.

Although he failed to appear in October he has since cemented his place as first choice starting each of the last 28 league games for the club and refusing to be beaten in over half of those fixtures.

West Ham remain keen to sign Joe Hart from Manchester City though the England international also has interest from the likes of Chelsea and Everton.

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Bilic doesn’t want to turn the radio on!

bilic-gloomSlaven Bilic has made it clear he doesn’t want to go into the last couple of games “with the radio on” as the Hammers bid to put the finishing touches to their climb into safety.

Speaking in his Manager on Monday column on the official site he says: “Maybe 38 points will be enough, but maybe not. For every team, every game is going to be extremely hard to win because almost every team is fighting for something.

“You don’t want to go into the last couple of games or the last game with the radio on, wanting to know what the score is there and there.

“We want to avoid that and, to be comfortable, we need a few more points. We want it, not only to avoid [that situation] but also to climb up the table. Still we can finish really high if we win a few games.

“We need to approach every match game-by-game and try and win it. Or at least don’t lose it. Then, move on to the next one and try and try.

“I’m not talking about only about keeping the distance, but also about climbing the table.

“Ronald [Koeman] said after the game, and he’s very honest and straight, that only one team played today and only one team deserved to win. That was us.

“We were better than them on Saturday, they are not happy with their performance. If they played like that [regularly] they wouldn’t be where they are.

“Part of the reason why they played like that was us. You can’t say that they were a team without motivation to play for something. They are not middle of the table and waiting for the season to finish, but we were on top of them and aggressive.”

 

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Bilic eases the pressure on himself

Bilic1Slaven Bilic did himself a power of good and strengthened his position as boss as a result of the clever 0-0 draw against Everton last weekend.

There is still work to be done of course but the brilliantly organised defensive performance carried out to perfection by a motivated team at last brought smiles.

And key insiders recognised that in a desperately difficult situation with injuries, the manager got his tactics spot on and with more firepower could have won the match with a degree of comfort.

We were told by a key insider: “We have been looking for a good displays as well as results and that was one of our best despite it being a nil-niller.

“And you have to be honest and say it was down to the manager who came up with a terrific game plan. He did hmself some good

“It was good to see Havard (Nortveidt) playing in his best position and the formation was spot on all round. Masuaku and Collins got most of the mentions  but we were solid everywhere.

After recent performances it was a really encouraging 90 minutes and the manager certainly lifted any pressure he may have been feeling – now we want to see more of the same over the last four games.”

 

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Reid tells how Lukaku was kept under lock and key

ReidyWinston Reid was thrilled that the Irons defence kept Romelu Lukaku under lock and key throughout the 90 minutes on Satuurday afternoon.

The central defender made his return to the side after injury against the fearsome Toffees striker and was played a massive part during a brilliant defensive performance.

Speaking to the official site he said:  “With a player like Lukaku, you have to keep tight to him and if he can’t turn, then he can’t score and it’s going to be difficult for him. You try and keep him away from goal – it’s pretty boring but it’s simple and effective!

“You have got to be on him when he’s in the box and I think we did well today. Jose and Ginge were great at the back but also people in front were great; Harv [Nordtveit] put in a really good shift and that was good to see.

“But Everton are more than just Lukaku, they have a good team. It was first about working out where they’re good, and that’s through the middle of the pitch.

“They have good combinations and we minimised them to just a few chances. There weren’t many, and it was that type of game.”

“We’ve had a lot of injuries so first and foremost, we had to stop them scoring. Then, going forward, we had to get Manu [Lanzini] and Dre [Ayew], those types of players on the ball and try to get into good positions.

“I guess that final ball wasn’t always there today and the sharpness, but these games earlier in the season we would have lost and we’re pleased to have come away with the point after working hard.

“It was a decent performance from the team. As long as we keep up this good work then we can get the points that we need from now until the end of the season.”

He added: “We need to finish the season strongly. Things haven’t been easy this season, and it’s not an excuse, but the new stadium, we had a big turnaround in the squad…we will learn from these things next season.

“It gives us experience. We have a young squad and I’m sure the young players will learn from these things.

“It was good to be back out there today. I had just three or four days’ training with the team so I was never going to be 100 per cent fit, but the two old boys next to me did all my running, so that was nice!”

 

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Masuaku so happy with his monster display

arthurmArthur Masuaku enjoyed a brilliant game against Everton and clearly nobody enjoyed it more than the man himself.

Speaking to the official site he said: “I think that was my best game for West Ham. In my opinion I’m better when I’m on the wing because I can go forward and I can come back and defend. This is my best position, I think.

“It’s nice to have played four games back-to-back. I can play without pain after having trouble with my injury [earlier in the season].

“Now everything s behind me, hopefully I can keep going and play like I did on Saturday.

“I think it was a good point for us against a top team. We played very well as a team and that’s the key to success.

“We defended well, we were strong, we were solid and we didn’t give them the opportunity to score. We have to keep going like that in the next game against Stoke City.”

 

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Vlog: Gonzo at large on match day v Everton

Join Gonzo on match day in his latest vlog as he watches the Irons grab a precious point against Everon.

Join him in the build-up with Geo sat alongside and another Hammers Chat regular spotted in the crowd.

Once again it’s a must for all Irons fans.