Midfielder returns for pre-season training: But for how long?

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Today marked the start of pre-season, 45 days after the last game of the 23-4 campaign against Manchester City. Some great images of new signings Luis Guilherme and Wes Foderingham along with news of lesser publicised loanee Andy Irving who returned from his own loan at S K Austria Klagenfurt also attending for the first time.

Also returning from a successful loan spell with Southampton was Flynn Downes, who helped the Saints to promotion via the Wembley Play-off. The midfielder – who in my opinion didn’t get a massive run in the West Ham team under the previous manager- could yet become an important component of our squad this season. He had limited opportunities for the first team but looked to be alert and snap into tackles when he played for us. Of course -like Alvarez – he’d a bit of a reputation for picking up yellow cards: I’d be interested to hear other opinions.

With Edson Alvarez looking at protracted lay off with a hamstring injury, let us hope that Lopetegui sees in Flynn Downes enough to keep him at the club, which could save us many millions in another transfer market foray to bolster the midfield. Difficult to be objective, as we all tend to have our ‘favourites’ and ultimately the Coach and Director of Football get to make the hard calls.

Downes has been linked to a full – time transfer to Southampton which would certainly be Saints’ preferred option. However, rumours already discussed by C and H suggest Downes maybe heading off down the M3 to Southampton with Kyle Walker Peters heading to the London Stadium as part of a cash plus player deal.

Ings & Downes look delighted to be reacquainted but both could be off soon

One of a handful of negotiations underway at present: I’d like to be a fly on the wall just now to see how these negotiations progress. Difficult, too, to be patient and await news. I wonder how hard it is as a player to remain focussed and train with a group who you might be leaving any day.

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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.


  • Anon says:

    No doubt the master of the transfer marker Sullivan and Brady will swap him for KWP and we play a £20 million top up

  • Clive Risbridger says:

    Yes Saints are hoping for Flyn to sign on permanently, he loves yhe club & has expressed a desire to work with Russell having played for him at Swansea

  • Peter Moorehurst says:

    I hope that we keep him. He is strong in the tackle and always keeps the ball moving very rarely giving it away and West Ham through and through.

  • Cueball says:

    I think the real question is “do we want a team or do we want a squad?”. In my humble opinion Flyn is premiership quality (although not up to Alverez quality) and I love his attitude and work ethic. Also we shouldn’t ingore the fact that he is a hammer through and through. Keep him and treat him well.

  • Matt says:

    Hopefully he can impress and we keep him. Loves this club and supports them, what’s better than that

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