Hammers set to regret the one who got away


Ronnie Edwards

By Hughie Southon

West Ham United have clearly entered only the big name business in transfer windows these days and their modest offer for Peterborough United’s Ronnie Edwards  – immediately rejected out of hand – appears to prove the point.

I have known Posh’s director of football Barry Fry for a long time as a mate and started my football reporting carer on the local evening newspaper under the former Hammers hero Noel Cantwell when became manager.

“Bazza” is a top man who knows a decent player and if he – as he did on CandH – claims  that Edwards could reach the Mooro level I’m not going to disagree. Peterborough United is a decent player producing club which has included former Hammer Matthew Etherington in its list of big names.

Others down the years include Ivan Toney,  Dwight Gayle, Jimmy Bullard and another former Hammer Jimmy Quinn who joined the Posh later in his career after leaving the Hammers.

Now it seems apart from Flynn Downes, who has been farmed out to Saints this season as part of the James Ward-Prowse deal, the Hammers are only seemingly interested in the big names who arrive for much bigger money.

Knowing Bazza’s record and love of the Hammers I’m actually quite socked the Hammers chose not to do business on Edwards.

At around £6 million they may well regret it and Edwards will be the one who got away

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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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  • Hammeroo says:

    Thanks for keeping this story alive, Hugh. I hope your friends in high Hammers places are reading this and have second thoughts on their lack of enthusiasm for such a promising youngster. Then again, they don’t seem to be doing very much to promote the careers of in house talent either. I am thinking in particular Divin Mubama.

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