Irons in Inter link


Andrea-Ranocchia-InterWest Ham are tonight being linked with a move for Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia

The 27 year old defender only recently signed a contract extension but is being named as a candidate for a clear out as the club looks to raise funds for new squad additions.

Tuttomercatoweb claim the Hammers and Crystal Palace have both shown interest in signing the 27-year-old Italian.

And in a [piece of speculation which looks somewhat bizarre given that a striker is the main requirement claim that he could become part of an all central defensive pairing by moving for the Inter captain.

However, a Hammers source told ClaretandHugh: “That looks an inspired piece of creative writing – we are now sorted at the heart of defence.”

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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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  • boys of 66 says:

    Cant see it myself,just another story doing the rounds.Will be someone else tomorrow.Another centreback,no chance unless it was on loan.They aint going to fire any more cash at a cb,not at the price wanted anyway.

  • Ironworker says:

    We Need a top notch STRIKER – nothing less !

  • hammers64 says:

    Defence and midfield look strong now.We desperately need a class striker.Yesterday proved yet again how short we are of a proven striker when injuries and suspensions hit.

  • bubs says:

    Can only see this happening if Reid goes to Man U in exchange for Hernandez,
    Which personally I don’t have a problem with
    Something needs to move in the striker front just hope it’s not a Reid for Borini swap,
    We still need Right back cover and a winger,

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    phew that was close.
    We need a striker and a good attacking midfielder to replace Downing.

  • TysonM says:

    Where has this Reid to Man.Utd come from.I aint seen anything about it.Am i missing something?

  • boys of 66 says:

    Havnt got a clue Tys,im also in the dark on this.I havnt seen or read anything about it apart from on here,lol 😉

  • Simple The Best says:

    Lmao.I think it is just fans playing Fantasy Football transfer time.Why the hell would we sell Reid & why the hell would Man.Utd want him either.If they want a cb they will go out & spend large on whoever they fancy.Reid isnt going to be one of them 😀

  • bubs says:

    It comes from comments from the club that CH put out earlier where we are trying to do a deal with player exchange,
    Everyone was guessing weather it was Jarvis and Nolan for Austin or
    Reid for Hernandez
    Can’t think of any other players we have or deal that would included a swap
    It’s not going to be Magia for Messi
    The guessing on Reid is because we are looking at other Center Backs,
    And it might be the only way we can get a deal done for a CF that’s not cash

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