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Hammers ‘warm’ up for Europe!

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The Hammers squad trained at Rush Green  before flying out to Cyprus where the weather was somewhat different to what we are experiencing in the UK right now.

And hopefully to warmer temperatures will give the Hammers a welcome boost ahead of tonight’s  UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16 first leg at AEK Larnaca tonght (Thursday) and indeed Villa on Sunday..

The Irons got down to work on a cold Wednesday morning in east London as they resumed their quest to overcome the disappointment of last season’s Euro League defeat at the semi final stage.

Moyes and his players then arrived on the Mediterranean island last night evening before visiting AEK Arena which will be broadcast live in the UK by BT Sport 3 at 5.45pm GMT on Thursday.

With temperatures on Cyprus around 21C (70F), the weather will make a welcome difference to the snow and sleet which welcomed the Hammers to Rush Green on Wednesday!

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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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