Archive | December 2013

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Berbatov/Taarabt in fitness race for Irons clash

Dimitar Berbatov (groin) and Adel Taarabt (ankle) face late fitness tests ahead of Wednesday’s Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham at Craven Cottage.  London 24.com reports that defender Phillipe Senderos and midfielder Scott Parker are both fit to play. Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is expected to continue with Hugo Rodallega up front should Berbatov […]

Diame ‘window’ speculation!

There’s a very quiet murmur doing the Boleyn rounds right now regarding possible outward movement of Mohamed Diame during the January transfer window. One or two observant individuals have mentioned that maybe the midfielder isn’t putting himself about quite as much as they would like. And with Liverpool reportedly watching from the sidelines there’s a […]

Collins may be fit for Fulham

EXCLUSIVE James Collins could make a surprise comeback to the heart of the Hammers defence for the New Year’s Day clash at Fulham. The Wales international picked up a calf injury against Arsenal on Boxing Day but may be ready to slot into central defence. However  James Tomkins is reported unlikely to make the game […]

Irons braced for Morrison bids

               EXCLUSIVE Ravel Morrison’s mystery groin injury is causing a few creased foreheads in the West Ham medical department! Claretandhugh has spent much of today attempting to discover exactly what the extent of this problem is and whether the midfielder is likely to make it for the Fulham match […]

Cole/Petric exits to free £50,000 a week!

  EXCLUSIVE    The Irons are all set to create  a £50,000 savings in their wage bill as they bid to attract a top striker into the club. Claretandhugh learned today (Mon) that the departure of Mladen Petric will save £30,000 a week in wages and that he is “99 per cent certain” to be […]


                          EXCLUSIVE Modibo Maiga is set to remain at Upton Park after showing “amazing strength of character” in revitalising his form and performance levels. The striker is seen as getting better with every game as he adjusts to a system which he admits […]


Football gossip is an inexact science which is why the rumours and counter rumours surrounding Ravel Morrison are difficult to comment upon – but let’s try. There’s been a story doing the rounds for several weeks that the youngster has had a fall-out with Sam Allardyce. I was told this was the case about six […]

Happy Maiga: “We’ll be OK”

Thrilled Modibo Maiga has turned around  a dismal run of form in terrific style and produced a second half performance to rank alongside his best since arriving at Upton Park on Saturday. The Mali scored one and then used his prodigious leap to allow Kevin Nolan to fire the Hammers into the lead and not unnaturally took […]

Sam: ‘The players we want aren’t available’

Sam Allardyce has more gloom and doom for the fans tonight admitting to the official site: “Most of the targets we hoped to sign by 2 January are now not available.” Allardyce drops the bombhell deep into an interview with the club’s media team declaring that the players he was after have “either decided not to […]

Sam: “New faces won’t be stay up factor – we need fit players back

Sam Allardyce – not unnaturally – believed the injury to James Tomkins was the reason the Hammers failed to grab three points at Upton Park against West Bromwich Albion. After the two teams had fought out a 3-3 draw he said: “The game was very frustrating. There is a reason why that happened, none of our […]