Hammers window gears slowly click into place


So finally the Hammers gears are starting to click into place as the season gets closer and closer.

We have learned over the last 24 hours Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher, Man U’s Scott McTominey and James Ward-Prowse are players for whom bids have been placed.

Gallagher is the one who excites most of us and the Hammers – despite having their first bid turned down – remain confident of getting the player.

Ward-Prowse would certainly be a good fit from a set piece tactical point of view which is the way the manager tends to play it a lot of time.

So whilst it’s not my kind of game I see the point and he isn’t too bad a player anyway.

The surprising statement to come out of our contact this morning was that we have six offers in at the moment and will take the first three on whom we have agreements.

There’s either a hint of desperation there or the Irons are sending a message to clubs to get their fingers out and accept our offers or miss out.

Having said all that I still can’t get my head round the fact that knowing months ago that Declan was leaving this summer we hadn’t lined up the midfielder or two we needed to replace him.

That for me remains out of order!

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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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  • johnham1 says:

    I would rather sign nobody this summer, if it means we dont sign players like ward prowse, mctominnay so on.. These are the consequences of keeping Moyes in charge. The board are a disgrace for not backing the new DOF.

  • IronSupport says:

    These are proven prem Players, if we just buy youngsters then we face relegation.
    Everyone wants the shiny unknown Alvarez but how often do these players end up garbage. MCTomminay is better than Van der Beek.
    Gallagher and the Man City youngster are likely DoF and Moyes joint choices.
    Ward Prowse scores assists, is a captain,set piece taker and can win games on his own in the prem. 25m is a steal IMO.

  • johnham1 says:

    The cost of sacking Moyes is minimal to the 100s of millions he is going to cost the club in terrible signings. Can the club do the right thing for the club, for the fans and sack him before he blows this money on very average pjayers.

  • stevekaotixx says:

    Ok jonham1. Whilst I agree with your Moyes stance I would be happy to see any of these signings.
    Firstly, if they don’t work Moyes would possibly be booted out sharpish. That would leave us with some decent players and a new manager who will work UNDER a Dof.
    Win win!

  • Buster says:

    Frankly I don’t want any Man United cast offs at West Ham. Would rather see the signing of Ward Prowse – a very good player who wants to stay in the Prem, and Gallagher, a younger player who isn’t guaranteed a start at Chelsea.

  • hammerpete6 says:

    These bids don’t sound like thought out plans more throw away lowball bids which make it look like we are active but really won’t be accepted. Saying we have bids in for six players means little if they are low bids. I honestly think we don’t know what we’re doing.

  • Clive says:

    These names were supposed to be bidding for (literally a day after reports we’re not even anywhere close to bidding for anyone) are all good signings. All premier league proven quality players. I’ll be happy if we get any of them. Plenty of time left in the window though. Other players may become available.

  • Clive says:

    Ward Prowse is going to be an excellent signing. Every free kick like a penalty just like in the Payet days. Potential Captain too. Scamacca to be sold back to Italy pretty obvious. Antonio to Saudi? Not on a free but if he does go that only leaves Ings up top which makes me think Mubama is going to be given a chance with potentially Cornet or Bowen up front as a striker because as we know Moyes loves to convert wingers into strikers as he did with Antonio and Arnoutavic before that. Or we’re going to bid for a new striker? Interesting times.

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