Hammers still facing Everton pressure


Olivier-Giroud1Everton remain very much in the frame  to rival the Hammers – for the signature of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.

The Hammers continue to cast their net far and wide for new front men  but are ready to go in hard for the Frenchman the minute Arsenal finally land a new striker – believed widely to be Alexandre Lacazette.

Confusing the position is the situation surrounding Alexis Sanchez who is a target for Manchester City and although the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger insists he’s going nowhere there remains a long way to go in the summer window and City could continue to pour the pressure on.

It could mean that were he to be prised away the north Londoners would be reluctant to leave themselves short up front by selling Giroud despite him being an entirely different type of striker.

However, the likelihood remains that Giroud will move on and the Hammers have felt for some time that they are out in front in the race.

They have been encouraged by talks with agents and believe the London factor is working strongly in their favour despite Everton being on a spending spree.

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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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  • norfolkhammer says:

    Everton are signing players because they are in Europa league which we were last season we brought in quantity over quality perhaps the toffee men are hoping of having a good run in that competition & some of there signings there hope to hit the ground running

  • Stan The Man says:

    If a player has a pulse he is going to Everton if the press are to be believed.

  • markro says:

    They won’t be interested in Carroll, then.

  • James says:

    So begins another week of gossip and specualtion,swiftly followed by fans jumping out of their prams as they are suckered in by it.Accusations of the owners running the club as their toy….Now dont get me wrong i am not a Gollivan supporter…i think they have done some daft things but the stupid comments directed at them are sometimes nothing more than you would expect from pre-school toddlers who had their lollipop taken away from them.

    • Garysmith says:

      I make you right james but what IS going seems yet again our club are not being serious enough in the transfer window. Evertons spending is likely to be close to £100 million by the end of their spree and what i see on sky transfer is talk of almost every team bar us. Thinking big is not enough. Acting big is what we need right now. We are in danger of achieving nothing yet again if the heirachy dont get it right and get it done.

      • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

        It’s 92.5 million already Gary and Michael Keane is having a medical today to secure a reportedly £25 million move so that would take it to 117.5m, putting it in perspective they may sell Barclay and Lukaku which combined could come close to levelling the books, so there is possibly a degree of spending going on similar to what Spurs did with the Gareth Bale money in advance of transferring him to RM.

        • James says:

          If you take Everton out of the equation with their spending,ignore the bigger clubs and very little business has been done…i for one would rather have signed no one yet than have signed a Jay Rodriquez for £15 million…a good player but comes with an injury record.
          I think Newcastle fans are the ones who should be more concerned when promoted and going in to July with no new faces.What is going on there..not that we should care Lol

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    To my surprise it looks like Arsenal might get Lacazette and Aulas is finally going to stick with a price, even so as mentioned previously Lacazette isn’t a replacement for Giroud they are completely different players, if Arsenal wanted to sell him they don’t need Lacazette on the books to do so, I think Wenger wants to keep him for those games when he wants or needs to lob long balls into the box, he is a game changer from that perspective, unless Giroud kicks off and insists on a move I expect he will still be at Arsenal at the start of the season.

    • RayStewartsRightPeg says:

      You’re overlooking that the new season is a World Cup season, so players like Giroud will want to be playing on a regular basis. I doubt he’ll hang around if he’s just going to be an occasional set piece substitution.

      • Stan The Man says:

        Fair point i know Ray but I dont see France not taking him to the world cup anyway.

  • Stan The Man says:

    I tend to agree with you on that no32.I know he wants regular footie but i still think he will reach some sort of understanding with wenger to stay there.Im sure in his heart of hearts he doesnt really want to leave.Purely speculation on my behalf of course.
    On your point James if the club wasnt so important to us fans my wicked side would love to see a foreign buyer or consortium come in and make a right horlicks of it.Then lets see how the preschool ranters react then.A few of the whtid lot would fall off their perches lol

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      Yeah the frustrating thing for me is that Arsenal have two strikers on their books which would really improve us in Wellbeck and Luca Perez, I would suggest Wellbeck might be available if they sign Lacazette and keep Sanchez god only knows what they think of Perez but I doubt he will want to be a 5 or 6th choice striker for another season with a World Cup upcoming.

  • James says:

    Indeed STM.Broken record springs to mind on there.

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