Henry starts to call transfer target shots

Javier Hernandez of Mexico in action against Angola - Photo MEXSPORT/Back Page Images UK SALES ONLY.....West Ham’s player target list has been finalised and director of recruitment to the board Tony Henry is the man calling the shots.

Henry’s presence is being felt more and more inside the club and it’s him who is believed to already be working on the deal to bring Sampdoria’s Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang to the club.

And stories published in the national press a couple of weeks back that Sam Allardyce’s uncertain position may scupper a deal for 23 year old Basle central defender Fabian Scher are also wide of the mark given that again as Henry is the man behind it.

The former Everton chief scout has also identified Javier Hernandez as a top target at around £7 million and he is – as reported elsewhere – very much on the radar.

It won’t escape the attention of many that the 26 year old Mexican is not perhaps the usual Sam Allardyce target which may give an insight into current thinking in the club

The suggestion that we are also pursuing  Senegal striker Moussa Konate was however knocked back by a Hammers source this morning.

He said: “That one is not a priority but the others are possibilities.”



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13 comments on “Henry starts to call transfer target shots

  1. I think chicharito is a great player, he has the killer instinct; Obiang is another good player, he’s doing very well with Sampdoria.

    I think this is the right direction.


  2. All good, I hope this means his friend David Moyes is coming too.

  3. Does this mean a new manager has no input into who we sign ?
    Or has BFS given them his wish list ?
    Or from now on does the directors think they pay so they choose ?
    All a bit up in the air for me if we sign new players without the manager want them we end up with a Nene,Zarate,Rav situation.
    Well at least the people on the list are better than what we have.

    • ahah… Bubs remember all my comments take it for granted that BFS IS ALREADY IN THE SPACE and all the new players will be managed by the new manager.


  4. If only I had your faith Matte but I have this bad feeling in my gut and I don’t think it was the Beer or tapas,
    I will keep up the faith bit same as you all the time BFS is part of our setup I will never pay for a seat,
    For all you loyal fans in England that follow our club I hope he is gone in 4 games time,
    BFS FOR MARS let the aliens try and make out what he is ?


  6. These players cant be much to do with Sam,most are 22/23ish,with The Little Pea being 26.If Sam was involved it would be Adebayor & other tried & trusted old war horses.We need a blend of the youth & experience.Certainly not part of Sams Ethos as he has proved this morning in his statement.We have lacked some pace in midfield this season,really hope we can get a decent m/f player in the summer.Never know,if we get a new manager we might even get to see a creative player come on as a sub sometimes.Not OBrien,Nolan or Demel.Its a slow process but incredible to think that sometimes with injuries are bench still reads like The Championship team of four seasons ago.Nolan,Demel,O’Brien,Cole & so on…

  7. I agree with Bubs, this does trouble me… Is it normal for chief scout/chairmen to buy players that the manager has no intention of playing?

    Either you have an agreement that the manager plays these players or, more realistically you’d sit down and draw up a list together.

    The only Sullivan player I’m aware of getting a chance was Sakho right? All the other South American players with flair rot in the reserves or have splinters from the bench in their behinds…. Something just doesn’t add up to me…. As an employee you wouldn’t deliberately go against your employer and not play someone they have bought or go against the “more attacking style needed” demands from end of season meeting?

    Help me out here!

  8. I don’t know Jeff, I really hope this is not a Fatman’s wish list.
    I hope the owners have already discussed with the next manager about his wish list.
    Players like Hernandez and Obiang I think are always welcome, independently of the manager.
    Ok, BFS would be able to destroy them too, but Moyes or someone else will find a way to make ’em sing.

    I hope to be right.

  9. I would sooner see a list of players for sale and if Nolan was top then we all would know what was coming,
    We keep being told about how much money can be used on wages and transfers so surely before you can spend you must know how much you have removed from the wages and how little you will receive for the ones going ?
    How much is Nolan,Demel,O,Brien,Jarvis,Cole worth 8 mil or 10 at most ?
    What’s that buy just Hernandez, we are going to need a lot of freebies

    • We have to sell Carroll. Nolan and him could follow their dad to his next team.
      Dad Sam will change their diaper and sing them to sleep and clean the spit-up…


      • The first line says what I have said for ages.Carroll is a liability financially and physically.Nolan goes without saying.

  10. If Allardyce goes i hope he steps straight into a new job.Atleast we will know we would have no problems unloading Nolan,O’Brien & Carroll.Incredible to think we pay a combined total of 135k a week to AC & Nolan.What a f*cking joke!

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