Robert Snodgrass is reported to have given a novel explanation of his innocence after being punished by a recent one match ban.
The Hammers midfielder swore at FA doping officials on a visit to Rush Green but claimed in a letter to the ruling body that he Scottish accent may have caused the problem.
The report appears in The Sun so we treat it with some caution but they claim he wrote that he “speaks quite quickly so it is possible that the Doping Control Personnel picked up wrongly what was being said amongst the players in the corridor.”
Well, ten out of ten for originality Snoddy but of course in the end it made absolutely no difference and the one match ban was accompanied by a £30k fine.
With drugs officials making regular visits to training grounds Snoddy’s punishment may well act as a warning to other players ready to use ‘language.’
However, we can’t help feeling that a £30k fine for such an offence is way over the top and one is left wondering quite what the FA does with the cash it collects for a variety of petty offences.
Such rules would certainly not apply in the courts and it’s basically pretty scandalous that people can be punished so severely.
The report adds Snodgrass he was found guilty on the balance of probability but it was never proven 100 per cent.
Out of contract Danny Welbeck is being tipped to join Everton despite an alleged interest from The Irons.
The Evening Standardis reporting the Toffees will even increase his £100,000-a-week wages as long as he passes a medical following his troubled past with injuries.
The Standard usually has a record for getting things right and it’s to be hoped that’s the case on this occasion for Welbeck’s injury record and lack of goals is as frightening as Andy Carroll’s.
According to www.transfermarkt.com the striker has been off injured for a total of 776 days (just over two years of course) since he joined Arsenal in 2014/15.
And last season his only Premier League goal in 12 Premier League appearances came against us on August 25 before another injury damaged spell began which kept him out for a total of 199 games starting in November.
In total he has managed 27 PL goals since he arrived in North London from Manchester United in 2014.
There has been no confirmation the Hammers were interested but Manuel Pellegrini was bitten by another former Gunner Jack Wilshere last season and is unlikely to be overly interested in another ‘sick note’ striker.
Hammers past and present played a massive role in the most dramatic of play-off finals at Wembley as Charlton Athletic returned to the Championship this afternoon (Sun)
On-loan Josh Cullen and manager Lee Bowyer were central figures as the Addicks came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 – the winner coming 20 seconds from the end.
And it was Cullen who was the the architect – knocking off a very quick free kick as time ran out – for Patrick Bauer to meet a cross from the left and crash his shot home.
The Hammers midfielder’s football brain was behind the goal after a game in which he had been prominent throughout.
At the end former Hammer Bowyer, who started both his playing and managerial careers at Charlton, said: “I’m so proud of the players – they kept going and going and gave me everything. This is probably the greatest moment of my career.”
Cullen meanwhile will now be heading back to the Hammers for pre-season where he has given Manuel Pellegrini a big decision to make on his future.
Watching on was another former Hammers boss Alan Curbishley as the south Londoners completed the most incredible of comebacks.
West Ham are ready to start upping their offers for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.
The club confirmed to ClaretandHugh this afternoon by a senior source via e mail, that the club want Gomes and will remain very much in the market for the Portugal international.
In a realistic statement of intent we were told : “He’s a player we want but we will need to go higher than the £18 million on offer.”
The club will face stiff competition from Everton where the 25 year old spent a stellar season on loan and although Marco Silva would like to keep him the Goodison boss has no preferential option on him.
And that has let the Hammers in with a big chance of grabbing the player so long as they put their money where their mouths are.
Barcelona paid Valencia £40 million for the central midfielder three years ago but he has failed to live up to their expectations and the Catalan giants are now ready to let him go.
Tottenham were reported to have had held an interest in the 25-year-old but have now switched their attentions to Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.
With the transfer window rushing down upon us, the cries to ‘splash the cash’ are rising equally as quickly!
It’s an understandable reaction but ClaretandHugh follower Emlyn Underhill offered an alternative view on the site’s Facebook Group which may be hard to swallow given that Spurs are involved but is none the less well worthy or reporting here.
Emlyn wrote: “What surprises me is that (gulp) Spuds aren’t taken as an example.
They have bought ‘nowt’ in the past two windows and yet had more success. There seems to be some great young talent coming through.
Our “first” team can play great football and IF Arnautovic is settled for the start of the season then hopefully we kick on for a great season.
That whole episode unfortunately put a bit of a stop on the season but when he’s on form he’s outstanding. The level we are at we have to accept mavericks.
Consistent performers are going to be going to top six Champions League clubs.
It bugs me when people say “they should just go and buy him”. Like the player has no say in the matter.“
West Ham have all but ruled out a much reported move for Porto striker Moussa Marega.
The 28 year old has been linked with the Hammers for several weeks but at a price of around £40 million the club seemingly continues to look elsewhere.
With Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio forming a serious strike force towards the end of the season with Felipe Anderson and Manu Lanzini behind them there are voices in the club downplaying the need for a marquee signing.
Marega is a decent option but the club remain focused on bringing in another front man or two with Premier League experience and Marega is now looks to be out of the picture.
A source inside the club talking to us by e mail revealed that the entire situation was being left in the hands of the manager and Mario Husillos but that Marega’s name had not been mentioned at any stage so far.
West Ham’s left back position has been under fierce debate for months with both Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku being accused of a lack of defensive qualities.
And as the summer transfer window approaches many believe that this is a priority position to be be filled by Manuel Pellegrini.
Both players had their chances during the 2018/19 season with Masuaku finishing strongly having held the job down for the last five games when he turned in some impressive performances.
Cresswell’s form had appeared to improve prior to that but there remained question marks over his defending at times.
Various reports have emerged that Mario Husillos is chasing at least one new left sided defender and as a result it has been assumed that one or other of the current pair could be on their way with Cresswell recently being linked with Liverpool.
ClaretandHugh conducted a poll among it’s followers to see which of the two they would sooner leave and Masuaku was the choice with just over 62 per cent (953) preferring him to leave with Cresswell getting the vote from 583 of the 1500 who cast a vote.