Central defender NEVER a target


Nigerian defender Azubuike Egwuekwe is not in London and has never been a West Ham target!

Sam Allardyce has confirmed the ClaretandHugh story of several weeks ago when we revealed that the player was not remotely on the club’s radar.

In talking up the possibility of a Darren Fletcher  switch to the club, the manager let it be known that the 25 year old central defender was not a target for us.

And that suggests Winston Reid is set to stay with the club at least until the summer with a source telling us: “There have still been no inquiries for the player.”

Allardyce revealed: “We have not taken a Nigerian defender. It is not the case that he has flown in.”

And on the Darren Fletcher situation he added: ““I don’t know what the timeline is going to be but for me if any of the other packages we have offered are accepted then we will accept that.

“If someone else accepts and the other one hasn’t made their mind up, or they are negotiating somewhere else, then that would be it because we couldn’t wait for ever.

“At this stage of the window if you do get something nailed on you must take it because you might very well end up with nothing if you don’t.”

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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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  • bubs says:

    If he was never around where did they get that lovely WHU background for the photo ? I would like one if you know where they can be obtained ? Why when items hit the press don’t the club act quicker to clarify the situation,we are fast becoming a laughing stock with our transfer actions first Sakho returns to France in tears,luckily DG acted fast now we have the Kilmarnock bad press and many more players that came to London to finalise deals that never joined.is it a problem with 2 different policy’s one for the board and one for BFS ? Hugh find out through your insider who knows.

  • HammerJeff says:

    I was wondering about that photo too…. Could have bee a mock up/archive/photoshop job?! What do you think Hugh?

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