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Report: Hammers in race for Saints defender

fonteWEST HAM are reported to have bid £4 million for Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte.

Manager Slaven Bilic wants the 33 year to help solve some of the big problems thrown up at the back this season and is apparently ahead of  Crystal Palace and Everton in the race.

Fonte who joined the club in 2010 and has made approaching 300 appearances has made it clear he wants to leave St Mary’s this month.

And Bilic is now firmly in the race for one of January’s hottest properties as he looks to arrest the club’s slide. The Hammers have lost their last three games and have already conceded 35 league goals.

The Sun says Hammers officials have been in touch with Southampton and lodged a bid of around £4million to see if Saints are willing to sell.

About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon
 

30 comments on “Report: Hammers in race for Saints defender

  1. Non story won’t be happening he’ll be joining up with old square head at Everton 🙂 4m that’s a new number usually it 3m or 5m 🙂

  2. Yeah you can see him going to the blue noses & Koeman.I like him as a defender though he is ageing now.Southampton miss him when Yoshida plays instead.
    Not that i know anything about footballers of course,i dont play Fifa,use Youtube clips or have Stats sites at my finger tips.I found a novel way of rating a footballer GW i use my eyes.It seems to work as well,i wish i had thought of it before 😂😂

    • But your eyes have only been watching for 20 years Rads 🙂 Our new breed of fan who uses transfermarket.com, news now, plays FIFA 17 in their hippo onesies and post links via YouTube know so much more! In fact I’m going to start wearing a blindfold on a weekly basis home and away moving forward as my eyes obviously don’t work anymore 🙂

  3. The players we are being linked with is really worrying. Fonte is over rated, he had a very good partner at Southampton and an excellent keeper. Stinks of panic, Bilic ffs be brave and give Oxford a chance in a back 3 with Reid and Ogbanna. Secondly if the West Ham board think investing 12m into Hogan is good business then they are a bigger joke than I thought they were after a scandalous waste of money in the transfer market. Another panic buy just like Ayew etc. Sorry but this is our PL at stake so please stop the panic buys – have we not learned anything from the summer. A top RB, a top winger and a top CF is what we need and if we cannot buy quality now, get them in on loan. That is why I like the link to the Chelsea striker, he is good, will want to prove himself etc. Debuchy of Arsenal would be a good option at RB on loan and Schnupp from Leicester has a lot of pace and quality and if he is for sale I would go for him over Snodgrass. We need players who are fast and powerful as our pitch is a big pitch.

    • Debuchy is injured a lot

    • Sorry but i totally disagree about Fonte being overrated & considering the time he has been at The Saints & had many different stoppers behind him that doesnt hold much weight.
      I have also seen a few ex strikers talking highly about Hogans worth & ability.But perhaps you have that tiny bit more insight than they have….or maybe its just an opportunity to call the board a joke..i mean that is many fans MO these days.

  4. I would take him like a shot. He would partner Winston Reid very nicely. But how can I tell if this is genuine or not without the claret and hugh swingOmeter?

  5. Just want to say RIP Francois Van Der Elst who’s sadly passed away.

  6. Just had a read of our cheerful daily neighbourhood site of choice for Bobby and Ron and have come to the conclusion that some of our fan base must live on a diet of manic depression and Prozac 🙂

    • Sounds about wright GW

    • Youre not kidding there gw it makes grim reading these days.I suppose they are totally oblivious to how miserable they come across to others.All too busy giving the thumbs up to the newest rant that carries very little substance.

      • Panic over lads when i went shopping today i bought them a Best Of Des O’Connor CD.I posted it to the The WP mansion this afternoon.If that dont cheer them up tomorrow morning nothing will 😂😂

  7. Talking of that site what a pleasant comment by one of their users..

    “It’s just click bait, much like that moron Hugh Southon’s site.”

    What a lovely fella..

    • Lol thats nothing new.The superiority complex kicks in Big T.
      Of course if we were to mention Iain in detrimental or derogatory terms all hell breaks loose & we will be reprimanded by the loveable cuddly H Man 😁🙈🙉🙊

    • Thats a nice way to talk about Hugh.We do have some losers that support us its sad to say.
      Think what you like of the owner of one of the sites but dont say it.
      It appears the only moron in this case is the man who made the comment.

  8. Why are you surprised Colin? These are the same people who call our owners and CEO shocking names. It’s ok they’ll have one of their own to insult soon. Young, educated or Asian (or all 3) tends to bring the worst out in them. Horrible bullies.

    • You seem to have first hand experience John.They have clearly got right up your nose at some point Ha Ha

      • Would rather have a bit of click bait than countless days of **** chat 🙂

        • Im off down the pub to watch the football & listen to Benji The Boiler moan about the ground.Its a racing certainity as soon as me & my mate walk in he will look at us & say ‘that f*cking new stadium,its sh*t’ with a big smile on his face lol 😂
          Difference is i can tell him to deal with it or to p*ss off to the spuds if he dont like it & he doesnt start sulking about being disrespectful of his opinion or have a strop a throw his barbie on the floor 😁😁

      • Nah Tone I just hate the constant hate directed at our club. I’m off to the pub with Radia and his boilerman. I could do with a laugh.

  9. Don’t worry guys I’ve been insulted by experts.

    I like most am loathed and liked in equal parts

    Ta for the support!

  10. Hugh. Sir. Can I respectively say I think Colin was defending you, not insulting you? Not sure you needed to kick him off the site. Sir.

  11. He didnt im still here John..

  12. And there was me thinking they only had one imbecile on there.Nope it is an infestation.

  13. I had the privilege of seeing both Swatje and his younger brother Leo play. Swatje was more talented than Leo, and was probably ahead of his times. Had he been active now, he would have had a career “a la Hazard”, without doubt. Classy and silky player, who did not age too well (neither has Leo), I still remember the way he assassinated West Ham in that 75 final. Although Van Binst also scored, Swatje made the difference that evening and made a name for himself. May he not be forgotten.

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