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Window moans start with weeks to go

It’s not entirely surprising the mood is changing as each day ticks by without a signing or even it seems a new rumour!

The fact that many moan when stuff is leaked but seem to get the hump when they believe nothing is APPARENTLY going on represents a serious contradiction in terms.

David Moyes has made it clear over and over that there would be no information escaping into the public domain if he had anything to do it.

So as a result serious transfer gossip this summer is severely limited beyond the fantasies going on in the  heads of websites, newspapers and ITKs.

The result is that outrage is heaped on names that will probably never appear in a West Ham shirt with all sort of accusations being made against the manager and the board by those with axes to grind.

However, when I hear criticisms that the investment isn’t going to happen before learning that Bowen is liked by Jurgen Klopp, Rice is allegedly wanted by Chelsea and hearing Soucek becoming a target in the Bundesliga I realise just how clever the investment was last term.

I can’t remember a time when the Irons have had players linked with major clubs so it might be a good idea to wait until the end of the window before mouthing off as usually happens ever year.

Anything else just represents a yearning to have everything our own way! Everyone loves a moan up but hold on the window doesn’t close until August 31.

It seems only yesterday we were celebrating a magical season – shall we just relax a little more.

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Moyes is getting back to his roots

Born in Glasgow, Scotland Moyes joined the club he supported as a boy at the age of 17 in 1980, having been scouted playing for local side Drumchapel Amateurs.

The young centre-back went onto to represent Celtic 35 times in all competitions and was part of Billy McNeill’s squad when they won the Scottish Premier Division title in 1981/82, edging out an Aberdeen side managed by a man who would go on to become Moyes’ mentor and friend, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Moyes moved to England in 1983, joining then-Second Division Cambridge United and, aside from a short spell playing for Hamilton Academical in 1993, has spent the entirety of his playing and coaching career south of the border.

While he may have been away from home, the 58-year-old’s love affair with his boyhood club has endured, while his father David Sr., who was his coach at Drumchapel and is also a lifelong supporter, still lives in Glasgow and will be at Celtic Park to watch his team take on the Irons on Saturday afternoon.

With up to 18,000 Celtic supporters permitted to attend as Scotland loosens its COVID restrictions, it promises to be a memorable occasion for Moyes and his family, while the fixture and atmosphere will help prepare the Hammers for the challenges ahead in a busy 2021/22 season.

“Anybody who knows anything about football would say they’re excited about going to Celtic and I think there will be about 18,000 home supporters allowed in, which is fantastic,” the manager told West Ham TV.

“I actually thought it was good to have supporters back at Reading on Wednesday night because the players are having to get used to it again.

“What we’re really hoping for is for the first game of the season to get the go ahead with full stadiums, because that’s what we really want, so let’s hope that the way it is.

“We’re looking forward to the next game now. Anybody who knows anything about football would say they’re excited about going to Celtic.”

Moyes Senior was previously quoted as how proud of his son he is saying “So many people have said to me I must be proud of David and I am.

“I’m proud because he has been such a fantastic son to me and his mother. He is a great dad and husband and has always had time for people.

David has never forgotten where he comes from and hasn’t changed one bit through his career. He has grown into a great citizen and that’s what makes me really proud

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Dylan’s mum reflects on late star’s Hammers legacy

Dylan Tombides mum has opened up about the way West Ham supported her late son, and his family, throughout his tragic battle with testicular cancer.

The Hammers have retired only two numbers in their history; the number six and the number 38, the former being the old number of World Cup winner Bobby Moore, and the latter being worn, only once, by Dylan before his death.

Tombides was a talented young player who represented Australia at U23 level and came on as a substitute in 2012 to make his Irons debut.

At that point, he had already been through treatment for cancer, but he had bravely fought his way back to health, and he lived out his dream of pulling on the claret and blue at the highest level.

Only three months later, though, the cancer returned, and he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.

Since his death, his mother, Tracy, has set up the DT38 Foundation, which aims to ensure that there is early diagnoses of the disease, after Dylan’s cancer was initially misdiagnosed as being a harmless cyst.

Speaking on the Man Marking podcast, she explained: “The original diagnosis was in April 2011 and that was a year in which West Ham were struggling to stay in the league and were in a relegation battle and Dylan told me the mood around the club was a little sombre and he did not want to make it any more sombre or impose on anybody so he decided to go to a GP.

“As a 17-year-old boy, mum and dad don’t come in with him to see the doctor and the doctor told him it was just a cyst and people come in with cysts every day and it was nothing to worry about.”

His cancer was actually diagnosed while he was on Australia duty at the U17 World Cup, where he was selected for a random drug test.

She added: “I was numb for about five to ten seconds and then just went into mum mode, which was no worries leave it with me.

“I got in touch with the West Ham doctors, they turned around and organised everything for him to do on the Monday after he got back on the Friday and from Monday onwards everything was planned and ready to go.

“We got confirmation it was testicular cancer, he had his testis removed and then we started treatment as soon as we could and the whole treatment was as smooth as it could possibly be and they [West Ham] have been fantastic ever since.”

And Tracy has revealed just how special West Ham’s response was, both to his treatment and, ultimately, to his heartbreaking death.

She added: “I don’t know what we would have done without them. 

“I have nothing but admiration for Karren Brady, David Sullivan and David Gold and the team below them, they reached out to us and offered us whatever the family needed.

“From the moment they brought Dylan home from Germany when he passed away, put the service on here, flew Dyan out to Australia they just took a lot of the pressure off us because we were numb.

“We just could not believe we could go from this point to this point in three years and lose a son.”

Dylan died in 2014.

Tracy goes on: “We were just numb. 

“I remember flying back the next day and I rang up the team at West Ham and spoke to the Doctor and within a day they had reached out to us and said ‘we play a game on Saturday against Crystal Palace and this is what we would like to do, we would like to retire Dylan’s number, we would like Dylan’s shirt to be walked out by Jim [Dylan’s father] and Taylor [Dylan’s brother], do you think you will be able to do that? This is what we would like to do if it is okay with you?’

“The only reason we were able to do it is because we were numb, we were just going through the motions, we did not have time to fall in a heap or anything like that.

“But looking back on it I just think to myself, how special that they knew in that 24 hours that that is what they wanted to do. That this kid had made such an impression on the club and everyone at it that this 20-year-old boy was going to have his number retired.”

Dylan remains sorely missed by all at West Ham.

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Keeper speculation continues

Reports continue at pace that either one of two keepers could West Ham this summer.

The Hammers continue to be linked with England’s number two Sam Johnson from West Brom suggesting that the club have gone back with an £11m bid.

Conflicting reports suggest bids of £6m or £1om have been turned down previously.

The Baggies had previously valued their keeper at £20m but are now rumoured to be prepared to accept less.

Sam Johnstone posted a photo of himself with Hammer Declan Rice on a golf course towards the end of June leading to further speuctaltion.

The latest speculation on the English keeper has not stopped reports from France saying the Hammers are staying in the race for PSG keeper Alphonse Areola.

Parise based media outlets say the keeper will be leaving PSG this summer with West Ham in pole position to sign him.

The French club would prefer an outright sale of the 28-year-old stopper while the Hammers would prefer a loan with an option to buy next summer.

Both keepers are reported to be keen to move to East London.

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Report: Hammers in race for Gambian defender

West Ham are reported to be one of three Premier League in the race for Gambian defender Omar Colley who has been told he can leave the Sampdoria this summer according to SampNews24.com

Omar Colley returned yesterday to Ponte di Legno , where he began his pre-season training preparing for next season. The future of the Sampdoria centre back is still uncertain and his sale would guarantee some incoming investment.

The report claims club president Massimo Ferrero will give no discounts and wants at least  10 million euros (£8.5m) t convince him to sell the former Genk player.

Leeds United and Newcastle United are the other two Premier League clubs said to be monitoring the situation in addition to the Hammers.

Colley started out playing youth football with Wallidan FC who are a part of his home country’s top flight GFA League First Division in Gambia. After he started playing for the first team he trialled with Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City on two occasions in 2010 and 2011 but the American club refused to pay any form of transfer fee or training compensation to his Gambian club so Colley instead moved to Real de Banjul where he helped the team become Gambian champions in 2012.

In 2013, he signed a two-year contract with KuPS. During the time between his two seasons in Finland, he trialed with a couple of Bundesliga clubs.

In 2014, Colley signed a three-year contract with Swedish side Djurgårdens IF, starting the first of January 2015

In 2016, Colley travelled to Belgium to complete a medical with top-tier club K.R.C. Genk and by doing that Colley missed the training session ahead of the match versus IF Elfsborg which was against the will of Djurgården. Colley was sold to Genk for 2 million (£1.5m) with a resale clause. He was later sold to Samdori in 2018 for £7.3m.


Hammers boost from Pereira news

A new report claims today that Hammers target Matheus Pereira is being kept out of West Bromwich Albion’ pre-season game in the light of a possible move.

Whilst the Hammers remain focused to some extent on Jesse Lingard, Claret and Hugh reveled earlier this week that the Baggies playmaker has become a possible target given the Manchester United player’s uncertaii status right now.

And it’s always a better idea to listen to the local newspapers than many nationals as they reman much closer to the situation locally.

“Pereira’s form has attracted lots of admiration and Aston Villa and West Ham United are said to be interested in luring him away from The Hawthorns,” Birmingham Live reports per Hammers News.

“Pereira hasn’t been involved in any of the fixtures and it’s understood that Albion are happy for the playmaker to continue sitting out friendlies while he awaits his transfer.”

That is  exciting news as many Hammers fans are beginning to believe that he is the player required rather than 28 year old Lingard who appears to be having some trouble making up his mind where he wants to be. next season

The Hammers have been in touch with Albion but according to an agent source talking to usthings have not gone too far but he confirmed definite interest in the player.

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Moyes bidding to go four unbeaten

David Moyes takes the Hammers squad back to his beloved Glasgow at the weekend for a prestige friendly which should see around 18,000 fans inside Parkhead.

Moyes, having been a player for the Buoys – is keenly looking forward to a match – which should show the Irons exactly where they are right now,

Unbeaten in pre-season with seven goals scored and three against, the squad will be looking for another top result before heading into games against newly promoted Brentford and the London Stadium clash against Atalanta on August 7.

With up to 18,000 Celtic supporters permitted to attend as Scotland loosens its COVID restrictions, it promises to be a memorable occasion for Moyes and his family, while the fixture and atmosphere will help prepare the Hammers for the challenges ahead in a busy 2021/22 season.

Commenting on the game the manager said: ““Anybody who knows anything about football would say they’re excited about going to Celtic and I think there will be about 18,000 home supporters allowed in, which is fantastic,”

“I actually thought it was good to have supporters back at Reading on Wednesday night because the players are having to get used to it again.

“What we’re really hoping for is for the first game of the season to get the go ahead with full stadiums, because that’s what we really want, so let’s hope that the way it is.

“We’re looking forward to the next game now.”

David Moyes in Celtic colours

“I wouldn’t put myself down as a heck of a player, but I played in a really good team and I got myself a Scottish Premier Division medal,” he smiled.

“The days I had there were great days. I played with some great players, stunningly good players, most of whom played for Scotland, and at that time Celtic was as big a club as any club in Britain.

“Glasgow is my city, so I know it well. I’ve got a lot of friends there, I’ve got my Dad coming to the game, so it’s great to be able to do that as well.”

Saturday’s pre-season match between West Ham United and Celtic will kick-off at 3pm. You can follow the game live via whufc.com and our social media channels.

Please note that NO away tickets are available for West Ham United fans, in line with Covid-19 restrictions still in place in Scotland, and supporters are advised not to travel to Glasgow.




Report: Rice would reject third offer

Daily Telegraph Journolist Matt Law claims Declan Rice would reject a third contract offer from West Ham should one be made.

Speaking on Chelsea podcast London is Blue the reporter added: West Ham would have to have a serious think about any bid that came in over £60m because of the situation.’

In recent days and weeks, it has become obvious that people close to Declan Rice are briefing friends in the press  fueling further speculation over the Hammer’s future.

The 22-year-old is said to be represented by his father Sean Rice but  West Ham’s stance remains the same. Declan ,  is a contracted player for another three years, he is not for sale, and no formal bids or inquires have been received to date.

It is only natural for one of the stars of England’s progression in Euro 2020 to get so much attention in the media but the player is yet to speak himself on the matter so let’s give him the benefit of the doubt until he confirms otherwise.

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Hammers linked with Liverpool defender

Sky Sports have claimed that David Moyes retains an interest in Liverpool centre back Nat Phillips

The British broadcaster says Bayer Leverkusen sounded out Phillips over a return to the Bundesliga but no bid has been received by Liverpool.

They claim an interest was registered with the players agent. Brighton, Burnley, Newcastle and West Ham could also move for the 24-year-old claim Sky.

Liverpool are said to be ready to sanction the sale of Phillips, the 24-year-old has put himself firmly in the shop window for a new club after his stellar performances last season. Amid a host of defensive injuries for the Reds, the Englishman stepped up to lead Jurgen Klopp’s line.

However, having had a taste of first-team football, Phillips could look to move on this summer. With Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all returning to fitness, the Reds have also signed £36million Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

That has relegated Phillips to fifth choice in Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order. Liverpool will demand £15million for Phillips.


CandH lawyer explains ST digital plan legalities

ClaretandHugh’s legal team – led by Hammers season ticket holder Chris Hart -wants West Ham to offer a physical season ticket to supporters rather than simply offering a digital alternative.

A number of fans contacted Candh asking if they had any legal recourse against the club after learning that the traditional ST looks likely to be removed.

Chris – chief executive of the large west country law firm Wollen – believes believing that if fans have to queue for ages at the ticket office ” as may well be the case there is a high chance/likelihood of things going wrong.”

Chris – a fan and ST holder for many years – told CandH: “ In terms of the spirit of the issue I agree  some ST holders won’t be able to manage the tech and as an alternative shouldn’t have to queue for ages at the ticket office.

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If tickets are being issued on a match by match basis then there has to be a high chance/likelihood of things going wrong, or an email not arriving, or being deleted accidentally, which will lead to issues, and frankly way more stress for ST holders travelling to matches, and increased workload for the ticket office staff.”

Whilst he doesn’t see fans having any legal position against the club he declares: “Ideally I would say ST holders should be given a choice.

Those that want/need an actual season ticket should be able to select that option.  Even if they still need to be able to show the NHS App to get in.

Chris added: “In terms of a legal argument against the Club I fear there is little in the way of grounds.  I accept that the Terms & Conditions of ST membership do indeed refer to a ST as a “season ticket booklet or season ticket smartcard”.

However the definition goes on to say “and/or (my underlining) any rights arising out of or in connection with any of the foregoing”.

In other words, as an alternative to the booklet or card they can simply provide the ST holder with the rights that go with being a ST holder – that is the right to attend matches and sit in a specific seat.  “

Chris also looked at the suspicion a reason for the switch to digital is to enable the Club to switch seats of ST holders for COVID capacity or any other reason.

Clause 4.3 of the Ts & Cs covers this – “The Club has the right to change or modify your seating arrangements on a seasonal or match by match basis”.  4.3.2 states that in the event the Club does change seats then “no refund will apply”.

Overall therefore, my view is that if the Club does switch to digital tickets ( and I see that isn’t actually confirmed yet although it appears likely to be the case), there would be no grounds for a claim against the Club on a legal basis.