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Hammers look at striker market

West Ham are looking to bring in a striker before the window slaps shut although there are claims from an insider well known to ClaretandHugh that the manager has the squad he wants.

Anderson looks for much improvement

Felipe Anderson has been talking up the Hammers squad whilst admitting whilst admitting they all now they need to “improve a lot” from where we are right now.

Our Hammers pre-season ratings so far

It’s  too early to be too hard and fast about anything and these ratings are as much for general interest rather than as true critical assessments.

Morelos hat-trick sparks new speculation

Hammers-linked Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos made his presence felt in a big way as the transfer window countdown continued when grabbing a hat-trick against St Joseph’s in a Europa League qualifier.

Haller reveals fans and stadium helped decision

Seb Haller has admitted the Hammers fans and the “beautiful stadium” played a big part in his decision to join West

Pellegrini plants signing poser

Manuel Pellegrini made an almost throwaway remark towards the end of his post match press conference today after the Newcastle match was probably as important as anything he has said in pre-season.

Declan admits he must improve

Back in the days when he was academy chief I remember Terry Westley telling me that Declan Rice showed all the hallmarks of a top professional because he is never happy with his game.

Pellegrini’s pre-season verdict so far

Manuel Pellegrini has delivered a ‘fitness and preparation’ over performance verdict as the Irons pre-season leaves Switzerland and China and returns to the UK.

London Stadium persistent standing to be reviewed

The government Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) have announced that they will be bringing in a new enforcement policy on persistent standing for next season and will be looking at the risk assessments and high-risk areas at West Ham games.

Report: Obiang £7m exit looms this Sunday

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that Pedro Obiang will fly to Italy tomorrow to complete his transfer Sassuolo.