Harry Redknapp reckons Jermain Defoe is “built for football” and insists that he would still sign the Sunderland striker to any Premier League club he managed despite his age of 34.
The former Hammers boss reckons the Hammers are spot on in targeting the Sunderland and England striker as a summer signing.
And he said: “If I was a manager in the Premier League next year — which I doubt I’m going to be by the way — then you would take Jermain all day long.
“I’ve known him since he was a young boy. He is a totally dedicated professional and easy to manage. He is not a drinker, he looks after himself and always trains fantastically well. He is built for football, really.”
The Hammers have regularly made it clear to ClaretandHugh that the former player could be a very live target in the summer.”
Raging Tony Gale has slammed the Hammers recruitment strategy last summer as a “a load of rubbish” and has torn into the club..
The Hammers brought in the likes of Gokhan Tore, Alvaro Arbeloa, Havard Nordtveit, Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri over the summer.
Zaza departed without a goal , Calleri has managed just one, Gokhan Tore has barely done anything because he’s been injured, Nordtveit can’t get in the team and Arbeloa has spent the majority of his time on the treatment table.
Gale snapped: “They got a lot of rubbish at the start of the summer. The recruitment was poor from West Ham and as good as it was the season before it’s been bad in the last recruitment and that’s shown in the results.
“You can only do with what you’ve got as players.”
David Gold has again been moved to make it clear there are no plans whatsoever for the present owners to sell the club.
A poor season and the move to the London Stadium have conspired to produce suggestions on social media that the club could (or should ) go on the market.
But after David Sullivan’s regular announcements that HE has no intention of selling, Gold has added his emphatic denial that the club will leave his and his co chairman’s control.
He was asked by a Twitter follower: ” Mr Gold how are the board going to sort out the problems at West Ham or are you just waiting to sell the club for profit.”
His reaction was fast and to the point as he retorted: “We have no plans to sell the club. dg”
Not surprisingly, since this is Twitter, he was then trolled and praised by a queue of individuals- a situation to which he has clearly become quite accustomed.
West Ham have been reported this morning as lining up a move for Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu.
The Daily Star is bringing the “news” despite the hammers currently being overloaded with wing men in the shape of Michail Antonio, Robert Snodgrass and Andrew Ayew.
The 22-year-old initially signed for the Toffees Everton on loan in the summer of 2013 but has failed to claim a regular place since the arrival of Ronald Koeman as manager.
Deulofeu was sent out on loan to AC Milan in January where he has re-discovered some form having the most shots and creating more chances than any other Rossoneri player since joining them.
Havard Nortveidt has spoken of his summer move to West Ham and claims to have no regrets.
The holding midfielder has had a torrid season with injuries and indifferent form but remains committed to the Hammers cause.
Speaking to Romsdals Budstikke this week the Norwegian has spoken about his first season in English football which after failing to make one at Arsenal.
He made it clear he did not regret the move, saying: “That’s the way football is. It turns pretty quickly. It’s about being stable over many games, so I know myself that I’m taking level.
“Something has been negative, but all in all I do not regret that I went to West Ham.
Jermaine Defoe is available on a free transfer and as a result could be on his way to the Irons.
We reported a few days ago the Hammers remain interested and are exploring his contractual position as it was believed he could leave on a free should the Black Cats be relegated this season.
David Moyes’ team are now stranded in bottom place with 20 points and looking doomed.
And we have been told this morning by sources close to the player that he is available on a free. However, his current wages are around £80k a week which were the Irons to offer a two year deal the deal would cost around £7 million with agents fees and National Insurance.
However, that would be £3 million less than Sunderland’s January requirements which had it gone through would have cost closer to £17 million on two years
Defoe would be keen to return to the Hammers as his career swan song and we have been told Irons officials intend to take a good look at him when we meet the relegation strugglers on April 15 at the Stadium of Light
Having discussed Slaven Bilic’s difficult season and given him his backing, former Hammers striker John Hartson today turns his attention to a player of whom he has seen a lot – Andrew Ayew.
As a Swansea boy Harts knows the £20 million signing’s game inside out and here discusses his strengths and virtues plus how he can be of most assistance to the Irons cause.
By John Hartson
I have said before that I believe my club saw the Hammers coming when a fee of £20 million was agreed for Andre Ayew.
My personal valuation would be about half of that or just above but the Irons were desperate for a front man and in those circumstances inflated deals get done.
However, Andre Ayew is not a striker, nor is he a number 10 to play alongside Andy Carroll – neither of those roles represent what he is about.
Having watched a lot of Swansea his best position for me is clearly wide left player which is where I’ve seen him produce his most effective performances.
He is not a Mezut Ozil or a Dimitri Payet – he doesn’t have that wake up pass in behind. He is quick and has clever feet but is removed from the two I’ve mentioned.
In fairness, he’s had a big injury to get over at West Ham and has managed some goals and assists but the best of him is yet to come.
Slaven has had many injury issues and has had to mix and match a bit but if he wants the best from Andre my opinion would be to play him in that wide left role with Lanzini tucked in behind Carroll.
However, to make my point again ….£20 million was too much for the the player.
Jack Sullivan has confirmed ClaretandHugh’s story earlier in the week that the chance of the Irons signing Wayne Rooney are worth odds of about 100/1.
We quoted a key source as telling us when the story broke: “You look at everything and everybody who you feel can do a job but I would price a Rooney move to West Ham move at about 100/1.”
Sky Sports News correspondent Kaveh Solkehol reported on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that the Hammers are “interested” in signing Rooney and the word he has had from club sources is “never say never”.
However Sullivan jnr responded to the reports by saying that pursuing the England and United record goalscorer was basically a non-starter for the Hammers.
And he confirmed almost to the word out story when tweeting: “The chances of us getting Rooney is 100/1, contrary to reports. Sky clearly had a poor day for news.”
Oggy …on his way back!
West Ham’s medical chief Stijn Vandenbroucke has given a detailed update on the Hammers walking wounded and it doesn’t make pretty reading.
He revealed: “Michail Antonio suffered a muscle injury and will be unavailable for the first team for three to four weeks.
“Winston Reid also suffered a muscle injury early in the game. Winston will be out for five weeks whilst Pedro Obiang suffered a high ankle sprain injury has undergone surgery last night and is now recovering at home.”
He confirmed, however, that he will be unavailable for a significant period, and will be ready for next season’s preparation in July.
He reports that Mark Noble will resume training with the first team later this week and be available to face Hull City on 1 April and that Angelo Ogbonna is progressing well after his knee surgery in late January.
He said: “If his rehab remains on schedule, he will return to training with the first team in around four to five weeks.”
Diafra Sakho returned to training with the Under-23s this week in controlled sessions which means sessions will be tailored to manage his workload, ” gradually building him up.”
Stijn added: He has worked hard this week and will join the first team soon. However, we must be mindful that Diaf is essentially at the start of his own personal pre-season.”
New reports are emerging this evening that the Hammers are ready to move in on Michy Batshuayi this summer.
Claretandhugh first reported the possible switch on March 11 under @ http://www.claretandhugh.info/west-hams-no-1-striker-target-named-not-sturridge/
Now, it appears the general media are catching up with the Mail confirming the Irons want the young Belgian on a year’s loan.
We of course missed out with a £38 million bid last summer but with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte snubbing the the player all season, the 23 year old is desperate to get first team football and the Hammers want to give it to him.
The Mail reports we are ready to throw our hat into the ring on the basis of a year’s loan and the interest has been confirmed by a key Hammers insider.
He said: “It wouldn’t be rocket science to work it out – yes we would be interested in the player. Of course. We were last summer and would be this.”