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Forget Valencia – Irons the only Gomez show in town

News that Chicharito is reported to be high on Galatasaray’s list of summer targets turned my thoughts to Maxi Gomez and Valencia.

Let me explain!

According to reports on Saturday Valencia had gone in with a bid of £29 million for the striker on Saturday – an offer matched by West Ham although we were told later the offer was in fact £25 million.

How we all managed to swallow that the fourth placed La Liga team had such financial resources is a bit beyond me because this is the same Valencia who couldn’t raise £10 million for Hernandez in January.

Instead they wanted a loan because the reality is they are cash strapped and in no position to pay more  – in football terms – than pennies to strengthen their team for Champions League football.

Reports in Spain since say they in fact offered £10 million for Gomez plus a player – Santa Mina – who left Celta Vigo in 2015 and whom Valencia rate at around £20 million.

Vigo don’t want to play that game as they need cash and immediately reminded the Spanish club, and us, they were looking for close to Gomez’s release clause fee of £43 million.

So the reality is that unless Valencia can raise a very unlikely £43 million it is up to the Hammers to show precisely how serious they are in the much repeated declarations that they want the player.

The ball it seems to me is very much in the West Ham board’s court because analysed it seems the reality is that we are the only club capable of getting close to what Vigo want – we  look the only show in town for them

Watch this space!

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West Ham wage savings analysed

The loss of Adrian, Andy Carroll and Samir Nasri is thought to have already removed around £205,000 per week from the Hammers wage bill.

Edmilson Fernandes and Lucas Perez’s departures added another £95,000 per week meaning that £300,000 or £15.6m per year has already been slashed off the wage bill with the two new goalkeepers only adding £30,000 per week combined.

The potential further loss of Reece Oxford, Javier Hernandez, Pedro Obiang, Sam Byram and Jordon Hugill could slash a further £250,000 per week off the club’s wages could make the grand total now available is a whopping £28.6m per year.

The signing of Roberto, David Martin and Pablo Fornals are claimed to have added less than £85,000 per week meaning just £4.4m has been spent leaving over £24m or £461,000 per week to spend on wages.

There is no doubt West Ham are still in the market for more free transfers and this wage surplus should help land a player or two.

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Rice quashes transfer speculation

Declan Rice has taken time out while on holiday in Florida to quash of any talk linking him with a move away from West Ham this summer.

The Hammers midfielder has been linked with Manchester United by the Sun newspaper yesterday with reports suggesting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will lodge an £80m offer for the England international this transfer window.

Club sources have told multiple members of the media and Claret and Hugh that Rice isn’t for sale this summer.

In a message posted on the club’s Instagram account, the 20-year-old has now appeared to commit his future to the Hammers by posting a love heart with the message ‘See you all soon Hammers’ with two Hammers emojis.

Rice is in Orlando, Florida with his family visiting theme parks and posting his exploits on social media. Players are due back in July for their pre-season training including a training camp in Switzerland


Chichatrito looks a wanted man

Chicharito is today being strongly linked with a move to the Turkish Super League this window with Galatasaray keen to sort out a deal with the Mexican.

West Ham are keen to sell as they gather cash for reinforcements up front and a fee and around £10m-£12m would get the deal done.

Galatasaray’s vice president Abdurrahim Albayrak left a pre-arranged event in a hurry yesterday claiming that some Mexicans were waiting for him.

That was interpreted by local media as meaning either the player himself or his representatives, and a report as such emerged soon afterwards following days of speculation in the country that he is seen as a priority signing.

Futbol Arena are among those predicting a move but the snag could be wages with Chicharito earning £130k a week – the PL’s 20th highest paid player.

However, should the deal go through it would mean that so far this summer the Hammers will have made savings on wages of around of nearly £300k a week with his, Andy Carroll’s Lucas Perez’s and Edmilson Fernandes’ departures.

Currently, however, CandH learned from a source by phone that Chicharito himself is away on holiday and is currently out of contact with the club.

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Hammers hopes on Mitrovic to be dashed

West Ham striker transfer target Aleksandar Mitrovic could be on the verge of a move to Spain. Reports in the last forty-eight hours suggest that La Liga club Real Betis that are now favourites to sign him.

Fulham’s £24million signing impressed last season with his form at Craven Cottage, but was unable to keep his side from suffering relegation to the Championship. Mitrovic scored 11 Premier League goals for the struggling London side. The Serbia international has an impressive record of 25 goals in his 48 senior caps.

Fulham had set an asking price of £30m for the Serbian striker so that they can raise vital funds to reshape their squad but as it stands, Betis are only willing to pay £22m for Mitrović . It is claimed that both clubs are relatively flexible and hopeful of getting a deal done, though Fulham are hopeful of receiving a larger fee as he has four years remaining on his contract.


London Stadium baseball transformation revealed

Construction workers have installed over 141,900 square feet of artificial turf from France on top of West Ham’s grass playing surface at the London Stadium as it prepares for Major League Baseball later this month.

Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have played over 2,200 times in their history, but it will be the first time they have played each other on synthetic turf. A series of 18m-tall foul poles and over 400 metres of fencing have also been installed, while the build of a batter’s eye, backstop, batting cages, dugouts, and temporary clubhouses are on-going.

Materials such as clay for the pitcher’s mound and home plate area, and 345 tonnes of dirt for the infield diamond have been shipped from the US, while the fence padding for the field’s perimeter has been brought in from Toronto and shipped out of Montreal, Canada.  Following the series, it is expected to take five days for London Stadium to return to its more familiar state ready for Athletics in July before returning.

The London Stadium transformation expected to be completed by 27 June, ahead of the Major League Baseball two-game London series between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees on 29-30 June.


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Sky Blues snap up Hammer

Coventry City have signed former  Hammer Josh Pask on a three-year contract.

The 21-year-old academy product never made a first-team breakthrough with West Ham, but was loaned out to Dagenham & Redbridge in 2015 and Gillingham in 2016-17.

Pask joined the West Ham Academy at the age of eight and worked his way up the ranks at the Hammers. He signed his first professional deal at the age of 17.

Coventry manager Mark Robins said: “I’m pleased we’ve had the opportunity to add Josh to our squad, and look forward to working with him.He is a strong and versatile defender, who has a maturity to himself and his game beyond his years. Coming through the West Ham Academy, he is a player with great pedgree and has experience of this league already, and I hope Josh will prove a great asset for us.”

Pask talking to the Coventry’s official club website after signing said: “I’m proper excited, I found out a few weeks ago. As soon as I found out they were interested in signing me, I couldn’t not take the offer.”

“I thought it was a great club. Obviously, they were pushing for promotion but just missed out on it last year, so I was proper interested and glad I am here now. It was great at West Ham. I was there for a long time, from the age of 8 until now at 21, so a long, long time. I feel like they helped me a lot and got me to the place I am today, so I give them thanks.”

Pask is thought to have earned around £8,000 per week with West Ham but they will not receive any compensation from Coventry. West Ham did not offer Pask a new contract meaning they are not entitled to claim any compensation. Coventry would have been unlikely to offer a contract to Pask if compensation was due.


Hammers rumour round-up – the facts

It’s another day of rumour rumbles with the Irons as ever prominent so here’s a CandH update from our own sources on where we understand them to be right now.

The Maxi Gomez scenario has been well documented this morning but, effectively, whilst he may or may not have agreed terms a fee of around £44 million still needs to be agreed with Celta Vigo, although we reckon should a switch happen the fee will eventually be between £35m-£40m.

Issa Diop – allegedly wanted by Manchester United -is and set to remain a Hammers player with a senior London Stadium insisting to us by e mail the club has no interest in any swap deal or Anthony Martial, as mentioned in numerous reports.

Pedro Obiang is very much on the Hammers exit list with the club wanting around £8 million. He has been linked with both Fiorentina and Roma.

Chicharito: On the outward bound list with Valencia apparently interested despite their offer for Gomez.

Declan Rice is going nowhere despite constant stirring in The Sun that Manchester United are still fishing around. Our sources claim we have no intention of letting him go.

Reece Oxford and Andy Carroll: Possible Slaven Bilic interest at West Brom – no offers.

Sam Byram: Nottingham Forest sniffing but short of cash so little way to go

Jordan Hugill: No offers

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Gomez ‘terms agreed’ report means little

Maxi Gomez and West Ham are this morning being reported as having agreed terms for a switch to the London Stadium

Sadly, however, even if true and we have no confirmation of that being the case, at this stage of proceedings it is fairly meaningless.

The news has been broken by  http://www.fichajes.com/breves/posible-acuerdo-de-maxi-gomez-con-el-west-ham_150681   but this simply means that his agents, whilst giving the nod on wages, still have to await the final and more important outcome of Celta Vigo fee acceptance.

The Spanish website, who work alongside their French counterparts Foot Mercato, claim the Hammers and the Uruguay international have finally found a middle ground on a contract.

However, the same situation has arisen on many occasions previously and with the Celta Vigo president having insisted that ourselves and Valencia need to match the release clause of £42 million there is still a way to go.

It is of course feasible that we will be hearing that he and others are attending medicals as the urgency for a new media angle arises, but once again they are of no consequence until a deal is done with the selling club

The Hammers, like Celta Vigo, employ agents to do the nitty gritty work with club and player and the personal terms are usually the easiest to sort out.

This is because wages in La Liga – part from at such as Barca and Real – are generally around 40 to 50 pc lower than in the Premier League.

The Hammers have offered £25 million and will go higher but excitement levels should remain restrained for the time being.


Mixed messages on Maxi Gomez

There are mixed messages coming out of Spain as the media tries to second guess the latest situation between Maxi Gomez, Celta Vigo, Valencia and West Ham.

Journalist Kike Mateu in Valencia says negotiations between Celta Vigo and Valencia for Gomez have been frozen for a week now. The distance between the clubs is so great that Valencia has decided to stop. Celta wants double the amount Valencia is offering.  Valencia insiders claim the offer on the table is Santi Mina plus £10m but Celta Vigo disagree with Mina’s valuation. Valencia is facing their own challenges on FFP and is unlikely to compete financially.

Another Spanish media outlet Faro de Vigo claims Gómez is heading to Valencia instead of West Ham as he prefers to stay in La Liga and play in the Champions League.  They claim the deal will see Santi Mina go the other way plus £22m.

Yet another media outlet called Fichajes.com says Gomez had reached an agreement on personal terms with Valencia and now he has reached the same agreement with West Ham. The Hammers and the Uruguayan have finally found ground on a contract that suits all parties.

Yesterday, Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino has publicly said (reported by Mundo Deportivo) he wants West Ham and Valencia  (or any other suitor) to match his release clause by saying “We aren’t going to give Maxi away, and teams who want him need to start paying attention to the clause. From there, we can negotiate as equals, not with one party who consider themselves superior to the other.”

Gomez himself is away in Brazil at the Copa America competition, West Ham is known to have submitted an offer of £25m and are prepared to go higher but not the full £44.5m release clause.

If you split the difference then a bid of £35m might be a fair price for the La Liga striker. This story will hang on for while to come and we don’t see any quick resolution.