CandH Exclusive: Big Hammers midfielder signing date



West Ham have this afternoon revealed to Claret and Hugh that they will add one of two midfielders to the squad within the next 72 hours!

It had been widely assumed that James Ward-Prowse was due at the club for a medical over the next few hours and would join Edson Alvaraz as our second signing in that area of the pitch.

But the Hammers are in fact still deep in negotiations to bring in Scott McTominay from Manchester United who would join the alleged soon to be a Hammer – and probably skipper  – Harry Maguire.

Our key source told Claret and Hugh exclusively a few minutes ago: “We’ll sign Ward-Prowse or the Scottish midfielder from Man Utd  in next 72 hours, but sadly not Friday in time to get either registered for the game at Bournemouth.”

Should the Irons get McTominay and Maguire it would mean with Alvaraz nearly £125 million would have been spent following the £105 million sale of Declan Rice.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Steven Harvey says:

    So are you saying we might not be signing the player whose fee has been agreed, as well as personal terms and has left for his medical tomorrow?

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    If rumours on the net are true City have offered 101m euros for Paqueta which we have also knocked back, would be interesting to see if we could get a serious amount of money and Cole Palmer, we would need to sign a genuine playmaker because we don’t have one if Paqueta goes or we could slot Benrahma in there I suppose.

  • Buster says:

    If West Ham sign Maguire, who will be required to step aside, unless the plan is to play three at the back. Is he that much better than Zouma? Did Aguerd make more errors last season than Maguire did for Man United? There’s still the very capable Ogbonna for come in when needed and the versatile Kehrer who will also get his fair share of starts to upset Coufal and Johnson at right back, when he’s not selected in the middle. From where I’m sitting, West Ham don’t need another central defender, and especially not the lumbering Maguire.

    I question the interest in signing McTominay. West Ham will have Alvarez, Soucek, Fornals, Cornet, Ward Prowse, Benrahma, Bowen and hopefully, Paqueta to pick five from for the midfield areas in the coming season.

    So, do West Ham really need to spend £60m plus on these Man United cast offs when they are so depleted up front? West Ham desperately need a ’20 goals a season’ striker (or two) with Scamacca having already been transferred, Antonio widely tipped to go soon, and the disappointing Ings not the calibre of player needed (Geo, you’ve been proved wrong!). Mubama might still get more chances than we expect, if things are as reported.

  • PhilA says:


    If we buy the 3 players it won’t be 125mio …will be around £100mio so less than Rice’s sale

  • David66 says:

    £30 Million for the laden lumbering oil tanker who identifies as Maguire
    £30 Million for McTominay
    £30 Million for JWP
    £35 Million for Alverez

    Total £125 Million

    My question is, is that money well spent?

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