Manuel Pellegrini and Mario Husillos have a target list of players known only to themselves as the transfer window approaches fast.
The pair are now entirely in charge of all arrivals and exits and at this stage the list of names Husillos in particular is involved in chasing are known to nobody outside the two of them.
The board agreed the final budget for summer a couple of weeks ago when the £30 million plus all sales was confirmed as the final package.
Husillos is currently talking to the agents of those players at the top of the duo’s list as he bids to strengthen the squad.
The only names – best described as fictional in most cases – appear courtesy mainly of the European media although both Salomon Rondon and Alexsander Mitrovic are known to be of interest.
However, a highly placed source Hammers source said: “There could be a surprise or two on the cards as Mario works very much alone in the transfer windows and only one or two people will know what’s happening once the management team have got together after a short summer break.”
Andy Carroll’s days at West Ham may not quite be at an end!
Although there is zero chance of him being offered a new deal, his ongoing injury problems mean that he has little or no chance of landing a deal elsewhere at this stage .
And in those circumstances he will need training facilities to ensure that he can get himself in condition to interest any clubs who may be eventually consider offering him a contract.
The Hammers are ready to let him use the Rush Green facilities to ensure that he can get himself into shape for the new season but that’s about as far as their involvement with him will go as he completes his time as a permanent squad member.
Stories that he could land a pay as you play deal emerged in the media a couple of weeks back which were immediately denied by a senior source to ClaretandHugh but he added today: “It would be mean spirited to say no should he need training facilities.
Blowing Bubbles’ massive Summer Annual will help you beat the post-season blues!
Our partners Blowing Bubbles Magazine are producing a monster Summer Annual which comes out in early June.
This will be a must have for all West Ham fans this summer to fend off the post-season blues, and it will be one of the biggest editions the team at Blowing Bubbles has ever pulled together!
There is some brilliant exclusive content as well as their best articles from the past season. There are interviews with existing Hammers Lukasz Fabianski, Robert Snodgrass, Conor Coventry, and ex Irons Harry Redknapp, Alvin Martin, Sir Trevor Booking, and Steve Lomas.
“Chuck in our somewhat controversial All-Time Premier League XI – and our worst West Ham XI and mix in pieces looking back at the fine careers of recently retired Joe Cole and Yossi Benayoun and we believe you’ll enjoy reading this bumper issue from cover to cover,” said Blowing Bubbles editor David Blackmore.
“There’s also our own End of Season Awards, Brian William’s excellent in-depth season review, Lucy Woolford’s funny end of year school report, and Emily Pulham’s hilarious A to Z of the season as well as much, much more content for you to enjoy – making this the perfect companion for when you are on holiday this summer.”
This extraordinary issue – the fifth annual they’ve pulled together – will cost £10 for UK residents (including postage and packing) and will be distributed to those who have pre-ordered in early June.
David added: “Every year we’ve looked to make our Summer Annual the biggest and best issue we’ve ever had and our team are excited about pulling together this massive edition.”
Following the huge demand from overseas Hammers for last year’s summer annual, they are once again making this issue available for people living in Europe and around the world to purchase.
Dutch international Kevin Strootman has been linked with the Irons over recent days.
The Marseilles midfielder is being offered to various clubs including the Irons and although Manuel Pellegrini has no serious track record on loan signings this one has been speculated quite heavily.
The 29 year old – with numerous international appearances – would appear to be a reasonable signing although the Hammers midfield looks pretty crowded at the moment.
We currently have Mark Noble, Manu Lanzini , Felipe Anderson, Robert Snodgrass, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez Andriy Yarmolenko and Declan Rice available so whether a move for Strootman is required is debatable.
Hammers fans appear to think it might be after we conducted a poll on the subject. Around 1,000 took part and there was a majority in favour of bringing him in.
Those voting that it would be a good move commanded just over 63 per cent of the vote with around 37 per cent voting against a move for the player.
Aaron Cresswell’s future at West Ham appears to be in the balance according to various reports which have leaked into the public domain.
Injury and loss of form over the past 12 – 18 months have put the once reliable left back in the frame for a possible move.
The defensive role has been under discussion for a long time now with neither he or Arthur Masuaku looking the answer in a role which continually creates alarm bells when we come under pressure defensively down that side.
He is one of the last Sam Allardyce signings and was bought essentially for his ability to provide aerial service to Andy Carroll.
But with Pellegrini playing an entirely different game (Thank God) his usefulness in that kind of role is now reducing considerably and to be quite honest it’s a quality which has been diminishing from his game for some time.
Defensively he often looks fragile and Masuaku is now a better option going forward so it could easily be that with just two years left on a seven year deal, this summer may be the time to sell.
Everton have been reported as being interested and after buying him for £4 million in 2014 the Irons would likely double their money.
This looks like the time to sell if the opportunity presents itself and to bring in a hard tackling defender behind the often exciting Masuaku.
Hammers midfielder Josh Cullen has a perfect opportunity to make an impact on Manuel Pellegrini’s thinking when he steps out for Charlton against Sunderland tomorrow (Sun) in the Leaue One play off final.
The 23 year old has enjoyed a fine loan spell at the Addicks this season and wants to round it off in style against Sunderland.
The player has already revealed that he is returning to the Hammers for pre-season and that his perfect scenario would be to stay at the London Stadium and force his way into the first team squad.
In the meantime he is on a mission for Charlton and himself as he bids to avoid the sort of play off disappointment he experienced when part of the Bradford team beaten by Millwall in the same level play off final.
And with Pellegrini likely to be watching he knows this is a superb opportunity to make a big impression ahead of pre-season.
He said: “I’ve been there and done it before and I know it’s a great occasion and a great arena to play in, but I want to make sure we get the win this time.
“Playing in front of a big crowd is obviously different and I should mention our fans have been fantastic and they’ve stuck by us and going to Wembley is for them. I’m sure they’ll pack it out again.
“The lads are buzzing to be playing at one of the best stadiums in the world will be ready. We will all prepare right and be mentally and physically ready to go on Sunday.”
West Ham this afternoon proudly announced that it had signed the biggest sponsorship deal in its history when renewing its partnership with Betway for another six years.
Sadly, however, the reality is that whilst it may be the biggest the club has ever agreed, it remains a million miles behind the big hitting Premier League outfits.
For CandH has learned that West Ham’s deal with the on-line betting company is worth around £7m-£8m a year or between £40-£50m over the terms of the contract.
Not unnaturally there was a a fair amount of spin surrounding the announcement but the truth is that the figures are tiny when compared to the likes of the Premier League big hitters.
In 2018 United, for example ,had a total of 68 commercial deals worth around £269 million a year – the world’s biggest -whilst City had nine global partners including the likes of Nike and Nissan.
Chelsea secured a new £50m sleeve sponsorship deal with car manufacturer Hyundai last year according to The Times.whilst Arsenal announced a new £300 million kit deal with giant adidas which willstarted last season according to The Independent.
Spurs renewed with AIA as their shirt sponsors on a deal worth £16 million a year back in 2014 and probably now in the region of £20 million plus.