Irons “coming closer” on defender talks

OgbonnaWest Ham are continuing talks with Juventus over the prospect of Angelo Ogbonna making a switch to Upton Park.

Manager Slaven Bilic is keen to get a new central defender drafted into pre-season training as soon as possible but ClaretandHugh understands there is still some way to go in negotiations.

The two sides were last night described to us as “coming closer” but reports that the 27 year old had given his farewells to the Juventus team mates were described asΒ “clearly premature.”

No firm offer has been made by the club and with clubs unwilling to put the first price marker down in negotiations these days some “fencing” is going on although there is a willingness on both sides for a deal to be done.

We were also told that both Monaco’sΒ Aymen Abdennour andΒ  Aleksandar Dragovic of Lokomitiv Moscow were both on the Hammers wish list but that fees were ‘very high’.

However, our source said: “At the moment things are proceeding at the sort of pace we would expect and that a fee of around 10 to 12 million euros for Ogbonna was a likely starting point. There’s some fencing going on.”



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19 comments on “Irons “coming closer” on defender talks

  1. We need to get one of these players on board,he looks a good deal for the price,
    But are we after 1 or 2 ?
    I like Italian defenders because they make keeping a clean sheet their priorities

  2. Respect the point bubs…. πŸ˜‰ lol

  3. Tette Baz,but I must say yours looks more Italian,but just checked your word on google and that’s correct but in brackets it says vulgar mate
    Matte obviously does not use incorrect words,
    Sorry if respect the point brought back bad memories to everybody

  4. bocce Matte ( Balls ) or in English lawn bowls might be and old timer like me playing one day,
    Is it hot where you are,38% here been like it for 4 days

  5. I thought i was still in bed having a nightmare & all this past 6 weeks were just in my head. Thank #### for that…….!!!

  6. All i know is my italian mate used to tell me it was tits,haha,he was probably trying to get me slapped by an italian figa,haha πŸ˜‰

  7. Don’t quite understand it myself tits are tits what would we say differently for vulgar,
    But you need to take a trip to Italy to find out or your local Italian bistro
    Make sure there no Mafia connection first Baz,

  8. Lol,good conversation for a monday morning,haha,lots of variations aint there,knockers,funbags just as an example.Maybe Matte is a well educated fella who doesnt know such vulgar terms in italian.Though i dont believe that for a sec,lol πŸ˜€

  9. That’s good you all seem to have kept abreast of the main points of this story,we’d all feel proper melons if boobs were made and it went tits up lol

  10. Must be a lot of confusion on Wetpants looking through their Italian recipe books ?
    Chicken Brest covered in ham,
    Not heard from Hamburg for a long time,

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