Jota Silva-new update or news rehash?

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Another one of those ‘on-off’ stories, which has rumbled on almost as long as the En-Nesyri ‘possible – probable – doubtful’ saga, is the ‘news’—and I use inverted commas here for a reason—being reported by a couple of outlets that ‘West Ham are still pursuing the Portuguese forward Jota Silva.’

The possibility of bringing him to the London Stadium is definitely exciting. At 24 years old, he is valued at £12 million. His club is apparently seeking closer to £17 million, which still fits our budget. Plus, he is a bona fide left winger. It makes a lot of sense, and of course, we’d all love to see some definitive transfer window action.

However, the sources and references quoted do seem a bit lacking. The Portuguese outlet Abola made an oblique reference to ‘West Ham and Fenerbahce continuing to be the teams that have shown the greatest interest.’ And that was dated June 29. While I’d love for the rumour/story (depending on your viewpoint) to gather momentum, without some sort of corroboration, I don’t feel it’s appropriate to banner it as a transfer rumour.

Across the whole internet, very little of substance has been added in the last week regarding this player. Twitter also draws a blank for fresh news regarding the Portuguese forward since June 19. There has been nothing new for four days on various Facebook accounts of in-the-knows. However, one outlet reported that personal terms had been agreed upon between West Ham and the player last week.

Now, all of this might be true, or it might not. I’m simply trying to respond to some of the many and varied comments on C and H in recent days that claim our pieces are either ‘made up by AI bots’ or created on the hoof from cutting and pasting other news sources simply as filler. Consider the hour-plus taken on research for a story—or non-story—regarding ONE player, mentioned by ONE media source this morning as being back on West Ham’s radar. Multiply it twenty-five fold daily as the rumors fly around, and you have an idea of the challenge.

Of course, I’m going to keep on top of the news outlets and the rumour mill to see if anything develops either on Jota Silva or other ‘targets.’ At least you can rest assured that this’ll come from my laptop via research and enquiry rather than from ‘AI Bots,’ as one commenter suggested.

C and H differs from many fan sites as there is still the option to post your comments, which are, on the whole, engaging, entertaining, and occasionally witty. At the very least, many of them put a smile on my face as I try and patrol the obscenities and profanities. Keep them coming; maybe let’s all aim to be respectful and—who knows—even positive in this new era. There’ll be signings and games to watch soon enough.

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Like everyone else, lifelong WHU fan and season ticket holder in old BMU stand at Upton Park from 2003. Billy Bonds these days with my adult son and impatiently waiting for my Grandson to be old enough to initiate him before his mum grabs him for Man U. All opinions are my own very biased ones.


  • Paul Taylor says:

    Can we please move on, the Zaha nonsense is the new Lingard, bigger and better fish in the see.

  • JOHN says:

    please no more!!!

  • TONY S says:

    I beg to differ. I read these articles while I am having my lunch. I must admit some of them are the repeats of others but I would rather be kept informed that any enquiries about players is still going on or not. I watched every West Ham game last season and some of the stories are running more than some of our players my son said watching West Ham sometimes is like self harming. I must admit I agreed. God bless all West Ham fans. ⚒

  • Pongo says:

    There will be no big name signings at West ham you can take my word as gospel, it’s likely we will make 2 more signings at most add they will be younger cheaper players or free transfers only, as signing kilman is just a late April fools joke, we all know wolves won’t sell for less than 40 million because they know sullivan won’t pay it. NY west ham fan who believes otherwise is seriously deluded. And we will be in massive trouble this coming seso because lopetugui will walk just as he did at wolves but we can’t blame him because sith wolves and ourselves he was given assurances that will not be kept to.

    • Steve says:

      Well you’re a bundle of fun aren’t you? ? Why do you and so many other fans just want to be negative?
      Let’s wait and see what happens eh?
      And no, don’t take your word as gospel unless you have any inside information

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