James Collins’ move to Ipswich Town amid rumours that the Hammers defensive hero could be on the move back to his former club Aston Villa.
The Ginger Pele was offered a contract with The Tractor Boys and it was thought nailed on that this would be the move for which he would go.
But Town boss Paul Hurst confirmed that the former Welsh international, who is available on a free is no longer a potential signing.
He is quoted as saying: “I’ve been made aware he won’t be signing for Ipswich Town. I’m surprised we’ve not seen anything in the press in some shape or form. I had a message from James and that deal is dead and buried now.
“I made no secret of the fact we wanted to do something there but I stand by the fact he wasn’t fit at the time. That was what was best for the football club. But if what I’m led to believe is happening, is happening then I wish him well.
“He was here and genuinely did enjoy his time here. The [contract] offer was common knowledge between parties and it was more about being fit. In between another club showed interest. It won’t be long, I won’t imagine.”
There is no confirmation at this stage but the Villa option is being widely discussed.
Phil Parkes may just know what’s required at the back of a team and he believes we started to sort it against Everton.
Yes, there’s a growing relationship between centre backs Balbuena and Diop which he likes but that wasn’t the main aspect of the performance as far as he was concerned.
He reserves that place for Declan Rice who he believes is the finest prospect he’s seen anywhere in many many years.
Parkesy is a ‘no fear or favour’ man as he demonstrated when declaring the Joe Hart mess a total disaster but in the 19 year old he sees the entire Hammers future.
He explained: “Listen, this boy has absolutely everything. I’ve said it before and I have no fear saying it again – he’s the closest I’ve seen to Bobby Moore since Bobby Moore!
To perform as he did against Everton with the international situation swirling around him along with contract talks was incredible for one so young but the composure he showed was remarkable.
In my mind the manager should start building the team around him because he was central to all the good things that were going on and it was his protection of the back four which was central to the victory.
Balbuena and Diop are beginning to look good but they will want Declan in front of them – that’s a certainty.
It was clear that with so many players coming into the club things were going to take time to develop and that’s happened.
I see things starting to work, relationships forming such as the pair I’ve mentioned plus Arnautovic and Yarmolenko but you Declan is the man – he really is.”
Manuel Pellegrini has told his squad they need the same level of performance at home as away if they are to take Chelsea’s notable scalp on Sunday.
It’s almost a cliche but confidence he declares has to be the key – the knowledge that they are capable of playing at home as the team did at Everton.
He said:”Every game is different in the Premier League. We must be confident that we can play at home or away in the same way that we tried to do in the last game.
We need to concentrate in defence, because they have very good players that can make the difference in small spaces. But I am confident that our team can play a good game.”
The growing relationship between Diop and Balbuena will be another vital factor in a game which truly could set the Irons on their way this season.
With a strong midfield three performing as they did at Everton all things are possible on Sunday.
Manuel Pellegrini saw something at Everton that may have been missing until now – BELIEF!
The first three points were such a relief for everybody associated with the club but there had been so much loose chat about the Pellegrini system that a shadow had undoubtedly been thrown over things.
But the manager never doubted as he continued to drill his ways into the players heads and suddenly the rewards started to appear.
Despite being sixty five years young the Chilean boss reckons he is still learning and the process ahead of grabbing that first win was one of those learning curves.
He said: “I think it is in those moments that you have to grow as a manager. It’s very easy to think or say that we must change everything.
It’s more difficult to try to continue believing in the way you work when the results are not what you want or not what you expected.”
His attitude has clearly rubbed off on the players and he said: “I saw the players all week that I know, with their experience, they believe in what we are doing and they trust, and I’m happy with how they showed that.”
Jack Wilshere has been left “very upset” by an injury which looks set to sideline him for between four and six weeks.
Wilshere’s stop/start career is again on stop after again as he finds himself back on a hospital bed as his miserable catalogue of injuries continue.
Manuel Pellegrini, along with most fans, will clearly sympathise for the unfortunate former Gooner with the manager making it clear this setback is particularly hard for the midfielder to accept.
The boss said: “He was working so well that of course he was very upset about what happened. I spoke with him before he started the week. He felt the pain in his ankle.
“He is a player, who is maybe not too old, but he has a lot of experience with injuries. I hope he will know what is the best way to recover as soon as he can.”
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is being linked with a move to the Irons in the January transfer window.
The former Juventus and Real Madrid front man has hardly set himself or the Blues alight since his £58 million deal last summer and was linked with a move back to AC Milan.
That failed to materialise at a time when the south west London outfit were believed to be looking at a loan move for Andy Carroll.
Now the 25-year-old could be given a chance to kick start his career at the London Stadium.
TransferMarketWeb, report a temporary loan switch could well happen in the new year although there is other interest in him.
Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and the Milan are all said to be interested in a temporary switch.
Morato found the net in 11 Premier League goals last season but picked up seven yellow cards and fell out of the fans.
Manuel Pellegrini stoked up the guessing game over Marko Arnautovic’s involvement in the clash against Chelsea on Sunday during today’s pre-match pressre.
The manager was in no mood to give a view either way although ‘leaks’ have been emerging suggesting that the striker is more likely to be involved than not.
However, Pellegrini appeared to play them down when claiming that we will all have to wait and see.
He said: “Marko finished with a problem behind his knee. We will see if he is fit for Sunday. He played well against Everton and we hope he will recover.”
Arnautovic, who scored West Ham’s third and final goal at Everton shortly before being replaced is West Ham’s leading goalscorer so far this season, with three to his name from his first five appearances.
But it took Andriy Yarmolenko one hame to move within one goal of that when grabbing a brace against Everton.
Manuel Pellegrini has singled out three players for an honourable mention ahead of the Sunday clash against Chelsea.
As the league leaders prepare to arrive at a London Stadium where their recent record is not great the manager reminded us: “It’s impossible to make a better start than Chelsea.”
However, confidence is growing in the squad and the boss was ready to pay tributes to Declan Rice, Pedro Obiang and Andriy Yarmolenko.
He said: “”Declan did very well last time, as did Pedro Obiang. You never know which players will be fit but you know you need the maximum availability from your squad.”
And after two goals and something of a dream debut the manager fired a clear warning to the rest of the Premier League over Yarmo.
He said: “I said before that it would take Yarmolenko a few weeks to get used to the Premier League. He has a lot of quality and he demonstrated that. This performance showed he is a top player.”
Lukasz Fabianski has probably made a bigger consistent impression on Hammers fans this season than any other new signing.
Even at Everton he was called upon to make some fine stops in what eventually became a comprehensive victory but without him life could have been a lot more difficult.
His recent form has prompted questions about where he might eventually stand in the list of Hammers stoppers.
And perhaps our greatest, Phil Parkes, isn’t surprised saying: “He really is an excellent keeper – good shot stopper, not frightened to leave his line or punch if necessary, plus his distribution is excellent.
“When you saw the fees being mentioned for the likes of Pickford and Butland at one stage the £7 million we paid for Fabianski was a fantastic bit of business.”
But Parkesy is disappointed that Adrian hasn’t got a lot better since his arrival explaining: “He reached a level and hasn’t gone on and that surprises and disappoints me.
“With Fabianski in his current form it’s difficult to see a way into the team for him but after last season we are in a much healthier situation.
The Joe Hart disaster is in the past and it’s great to see a seriously good keeper between the posts for the club.”