West Ham are tonight understood to have sold Sam Byram for around £750,000 although the club is keeping his destination quiet until the buying club have made the announcement.
The luckless defender was strongly fancied by Nottingham Forest and that could be the club he has rejoined after spending time on loan at the City Ground last season.
We bought Byram from Leeds United under Slaven Bilic for £3,5 million so are taking quite a hit on the 25 year old but it will see the club shed £25k a week from the wage bill.
An official announcement is expected in the morning.
However, hopes that Wigan would but striker Jordan Hugill collapsed during the day after the clubs had agreed terms.
Wigan were unable to match the former Preston North End striker’s wage demands and he will now remain at the London Stadium although there are hopes that a compromise offer will be made by the Championship club
Last week West Ham missed out on signing Maxi Gomez despite a club record bid of £45.8m. Tonight the Hammers appear to be moving closer to signing Sebastien Haller from Frankfurt Eintracht and so our question to you on this evening’s Claret and Hugh poll is ‘Will West Ham sign Sébastien Haller?’
West Ham in conjunction with Barratt London and the families of those remembered have unveiled the latest proposed designs for the Memorial Garden, located on the site of the former Boleyn Ground, along with key milestones for the site throughout the rest of the year and beyond.
The club says having carefully and respectfully considered all feedback from family members on the initial proposals for the Memorial Garden, the sketch above provides a feel of how the new Memorial Garden will look. The Club has worked closely with Barratt London on the design principles and considerations that have led to this point.
As proposed previously, the Memorial will include a line of text dedicated to all loved ones remembered at the site: “This area is dedicated to the memory of all the West Ham United supporters who are remembered at the Boleyn Ground, the Club’s home from 1904-2016.”
The names of those remembered will also be included on a series of angled engraved plaques, which will be more easily readable on the side of the corten steel planter. This will give the Memorial Area a similar look and feel to that of a war memorial – something that was requested as part of the feedback during the consultation.
The thoughts and feelings of family members have always been of uppermost importance throughout the design process, which has been driven by the consultation conversations. It is important to note that this is not the final design, and it is subject to change, however both the Club and Barratt London feel that this is a strong basis for a fitting memorial to those who are remembered at the Garden. The Club will provide an update on the final designs at the appropriate time ahead of the Garden reopening formally.
It is currently planned that the Memorial Garden will be replaced by a temporary area of reflection at the end of January 2020, to enable the site to be necessarily reconfigured during the redevelopment. This will mean that there is no access to the current memorial area from this point until the new Memorial Garden reopens, which is anticipated to be in 2022.
In early January 2020, West Ham United will hold a ceremony at the existing Memorial Garden, at which the Club will carefully and respectfully collect items which have been left, to keep them safe. The Club will do everything possible to contact and reunite families with their items to understand how they would like the memorial items to be preserved.
The Club and Barratt London are dedicated to ensuring the process of closing the existing Garden is a transparent and open. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the Club at Supporter Services at email@example.com,and we’d welcome the opportunity to discuss the plans with you.
Manchester City have finally taken off for China today to face West Ham on Wednesday after a weekend of delays.
Pep Guardiola’s squad were due to depart for the first leg of their two week tour of Asia on Saturday but were made aware of an issue that led to the cancellation of their private flight to Shanghai.
Players were told not to turn up to the airport once the issue came to light and City blamed an “unforeseen administrative issue” on the delay. The flight was pushed back just over 24 hours, to 8pm on Sunday, but the issue remained unresolved and the Aeronexus flight was again cancelled.
But Thomas Cook Sport, who arrange City’s travel, have confirmed the issue has now been cleared up and the squad were free to fly. “Due to an administrative error with third parties Manchester City’s flight with Aeronexus was delayed by two days,” a spokesman told the Press Association.
With China seven hours ahead and a fourteen-hour flight City will only arrive at their hotel on Tuesday just 24 hours before their opening Asia Trophy match with the Hammers.
Sebastien Haller is keen to join the Hammers and the club are deeply involved in negotiations with Eintracht Frankfurt over the terms of payment.
English-speaking Haller has made up his mind that a move to the Premier League is the next stage of his career and a highly placed source inside the club have told ClaretandHugh they consider the chances now better than 50/50.
We were told by e mail: “The player really wants to come to West Ham – he has made that clear to us so we have to believe this is now possible.”
Hammering out a deal with the German outfit may be a little more problematical as we understand Frankfurt are looking for closer to £42 million for the player plus various add ons which would include sell on percentages.
The Irons have no problems meeting the player’s personal terms and are hoping to know more from Frankfurt over the next 24 to 48 hours.”
Hammers director of football Mario Husillos’ decision to make the trip to China is causing a few questions to be asked as vital transfer negotiations continue over striker Sebastien Haller’s proposed switch to east London.
It’s hard to understand why he should have chosen to accompany Manuel Pellegrini and the squad at such a time or to accept an explanation from one insider that “the boss likes to have him around when games are being played.”
Speaking to Claret and Hugh on the phone our source said: “Talks are continuing and it’s helpful that Haller speaks very good English but the manager and Mario like to be together watching everything on the field of play at this stage of the season.”
He added: “Everybody keeps in touch by e mail and mobile phone so it doesn’t represent a major problem.”
However, that overlooks internet censorship in China which is a big issue and the time difference is also a problem with the UK seven hours ahead and Germany six.”
It may well be that we are now beyond issues over the player’s personal terms and that a fee and payment plan has to be arranged with Eintracht Frankfurt.
And should that be the case it would be more likely that co chairman David Sullivan will be doing the negotiating whilst Husillos is in China.
One thing is for sure, the Hammers are in intense discussions with Eintracht Frankfurt although our source admitted that a fallback position had been prepared should talks collapse.
He said: “We have around four strikers we are looking hard at although Haller is obviously the one at the top of our list.”
Mark Noble is looking forward to getting an early glimpse of Manchester City in China declaring: “It’s only our second game in preseason so we’re still not fit and we need to get some minutes under our belts.
So playing against the champions will help because they are really good – they always are!”
The PL champions have had flight delays and may not arrive in the Far East until Tuesday, but the Hammers skipper knows City present the toughest of tests, no matter the circumstances.
He said: “They’ve had a lot of players away on international duty, so I don’t know what sort of squad they’ll bring, but they’ve got a fantastic squad. You want to test yourself against the best and they are the best.”
Nobes is enjoying his Chinese experience as City bid to reach the country declaring: “It’s exciting and we’re looking forward to it.
We knew it was going to be a long journey, of course, but to be here now in a beautiful place is great and we’re looking forward to the game on Wednesday.
He was part of the Hammers squad which took part in the same tournament in Beijing ten years ago – the last time the competition was held in mainland China – and says he cannot wait to step back on the pitch in the world’s largest country again this week.
“Was it ten years ago?!” he smiled. “I just remember how hot and humid it was, but it was a fantastic occasion for us, especially for me as a young boy of 22 back then.
“Seeing different parts of world, as we did in Beijing back then and Nanjing and Shanghai this time around, is special.
“We know the Premier League goes around the whole world and is such a global brand now, which is why we get the opportunity to come to places like this and play.
This year, we’ve already been to Switzerland and Austria and now we’ve come to China and we’re really looking forward to training, playing, seeing some sights and having an enjoyable week.”
Wednesday’s Premier League Asia Trophy semi-final will be broadcast live in the UK by Sky Sports, with kick-off at 1.30pm BST.
The Dutch Daily Telegraaf are claiming that West Ham has made their move to sign Ajax defender Joel Veltman.
The 27-year-old is under contract with Ajax until 2020 and was restricted to just 14 matches in all competitions for Ajax.
The Telegraaf also published quotes from Veltman confirming he’s happy to leave Ajax this summer:
“I am open to a transfer. I am now 27, I have a one-year contract after this and this is a good moment in itself. There is certainly some interest, but not really concrete yet.
My matches in the Champions League last season have been a good calling card. I showed that after my injury I can take that level again. I am in top shape and have never been as strong as now. Fortunately, I was able to show that in those competitions.”
Claret and Hugh says:
It is difficult to believe this report when a striker or two has to be the main priority this summer with limited funds available. Manuel Pellegrini seems happy with the right-back position with Ryan Fredericks earning the number one spot and Pablo Zabaeleta signing a one-year extension as back. We also have the talented Ben Johnson waiting in the wings who made his debut last season for the first team and has been included in the pre-season tours of Switzerland/Austria and China. Although he could only be valued about £10m it money that would be put to better use in for a striker.
We are going to give this one a low rumour rater suggesting that agents see West Ham as a soft target to be linked to to tour their client’s availability. Watch out for our exclusive rumoir rating feture on the remainder of the window speculations.
Man City’s Pre-season trip to the Far East is under serious threat after City players were told to stay at home for a second successive night.
Manchester City’s plane to China had been rescheduled for a second successive day, causing further disruption to their pre-season plans.
They were due to leave for Shanghai at 8 pm Sunday night after the flight was initially due to depart at 6.30pm on Saturday was cancelled due to lack of paperwork being filed to enter Chinese airspace. The same problem happened on Sunday night meaning the flight could not depart.
City is hoping to fly out to China on Monday but does not yet know when on whether the vital paperwork will be completed. It remains to be seen whether they are able to compete in the Premier League Asia Trophy, with their first match against West Ham scheduled for Wednesday in Nanjing where the Hammers have been since early hours of Sunday morning.