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How does West Ham’s finance scheme compare to others?

West Ham’s finance plan is compared to other Premier League clubs who offer similar schemes who allow season ticket holders to pay for their seat in instalments over a period of time. West Ham currently uses V12 financing who charge a 6% arrangement fee when paying over 10 months (14.35% APR) or a £30 flat arrangement fee when paying over 4 months (APR % would vary)

Cardiff City (21.7% APR) with V12 finance over 9 months

Huddersfield (16% APR) with Zebra Finance over 10 months

West Ham (14.35% APR) with V12 Finance over 10 months

Fulham  (13.5% APR) with Zebra Finance over 9 months

Chelsea  (13.3% APR) with Zebra Finance over 4 months

Manchester United (10.9% APR) with Zebra Finance over 9 months

Everton (10.4% APR with £30 admin fee, Direct Debit over 12 months)

Arsenal (7.7% APR) with Zebra Finance over 10 months

Spurs (7.42% APR) with V12 Finance over 10 months

Liverpool (5.25% APR) with Zebra Finance over 10 months

AFC Bournemouth (3,75% APR) with V12 Finance over 10 months

Southampton (0%*  £37 admin fee with V12 Finance over 10 months) APR not published as would vary

Wolves (0%* Interest-Free but £20 admin fee Direct Debit over 12 months) APR not published as would vary

Watford (0% No fee / Direct Debit over 10 months)

Leicester City (0% No Fee /  Direct Debit over 1o months)

Manchester City (0% No Fee /  Direct Debit over 1o months)

Newcastle (0% APR / No Fee Direct Debit Scheme)

Crystal Palace (0%  No Fee / Direct Debit over 12 months)

Burnley (0%  No Fee/ Direct Debit over 12 months)

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Chicharito looks a stayer

Chicharito looks set to see out the final year of his contract at the club next season and remains very much a favourite of the manager.

The Mexican has been seen to great effect over recent games and has now taken his goal tally for the season to eight and with the run of games has been hitting his stride.

The Hammers made it clear in the winter window that there was no chance of him leaving on a loan deal to Valencia and were insisting on a £12 million fee.

That decision looks to have been justified and the striker himself is demonstrating much better body language than earlier in the season.

Pellegrini is a big fan and will be reluctant to let a player whose goal tally could enter double figures leave as he enters the second year of his contract.

A well placed source at the club told us by e-mail : “Javier looks a much better player with the run of games he is getting and has also been good when arriving as a sub.”

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Lanzini transfer dubbed “impossible”

Manuel Lanzini has admitted that a return to his first club River Plate would go back if the club allowed him too but Hammers fans need not fear – he’s going nowhere, least of all back to Argentina.

He was teased about the possibility when he returned to the country on international duty and speaking to the local media the 26 year old admitted  the Buenos Aires side still ‘make him happy’, and he would go back if ‘the club allows him to’.

Not unnaturally the quotes created a stir locally but a rather daft non possibility was quickly confirmed there would be no comeback.

River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio.speaking to DirecTV Sports (via AS), declared such a transfer would be be ‘impossible’ for the Argentine club at the moment, as Lanzini would be far too expensive to be bought from West Ham at this stage.

He added: “He’s worth between 40 and 50 million euros, it’s impossible to return now.”

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Wilshere loan can be way forward

News from Jack Wilshere that he is back in full training with the implicit suggestion that he could make a return before the end of the season is good news …for the club hierachy at least.

Although there seems little chance of the midfielder making it onto the pitch for anything other than a came appearance given the presence now of Manu Lanzini it does at least send a message to other clubs that he’s fit and dare we say it …available.

Jack was bought in the first place as a replacement for Manu when the manager’s seasonal planning fell about around him with the news that the Argentinian had injured himself in World Cup training.

Wilshere – having played plenty of games for Arsenal last season – looked like a decent replacement but his old injury woes came back to haunt him and being realistic didn’t look that great against Liverpool, Bournemouth, Arsenal and Wolves.

However, assuming that he really is fit to do a job it could well be that like Arsenal before us, a loan club can be found who at least pay a percentage of his wages .

Manuel Pellegrini of course may be ready to keep the faith but if it doesn’t work out for the player given the competition he faces from Lanzini, Samir Nasri and any newcomers the boss may bring in a loan could be a useful way out for him and the Irons.

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Irons midfielder fit but frustrated

Deeply frustrating of course but it’s hard not to feel some sympathy for Jack Wilshere who after four games at the start of the season has been injured ever since apart from a brief appearance as sub.

The common wisdom is that Manuel Pellegrini’s determination to take him on a three year contract was both wildly optimistic and foolhardy.

It was perhaps the manager’s only mistake of a season which for all its frustrations has been heading in the right direction.

Recent thoughts have been that Wilshere can look forward to pre-season and the 2019/20 campaign but the midfielder has given a more optimistic view of how things stand with him.

And it seems that he believes he has a chance of making a comeback as he spoke about the situation ahead of the Everton game.

But there’s a downside to even that as he makes it clear that April is not really the best time to be making a return to action after so long out.

He is quoted on www.101greatgoals.com as saying: “I am back in full training – it has been a long time, frustrating but it was something I had to do.

“I am trying to get fit [but] it is not a great time to come back because you maybe play a couple of games and then the season finishes.”

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West Ham Club London members feel left out

Club London Corporate Members feel left out of the recent renewal deadline change negotiated by the Official Supporters’ Board (OSB).

West Ham general season ticket holders, away scheme away members and payment scheme supporters have all had their deadlines moved out but the corporate hospitality deadline remains the same on 17th April.

One Club London member called Stuart took to social media to ask West Ham on social media: “Anyone who has a lounge ticket found out about the 11% price rise one week after general admission and have a deadline of April 17th!!! was this discussed at all?”

Corporate members have been asked to commit to three years before the 17th April if they want to keep their hospitality lounge access.

Another Club London member called Andy Dennis also took to Twitter to say: “As a Club London member I just got a text saying if  I commit six grand to 3 years BY 5PM TODAY – i get entered into a prize draw for a tiny chance of a signed shirt – Now, where’s my bank details. No Thanks !”

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Declan Rice pokes fun at Spurs

Hammer Declan Rice poked fun at Spurs telling West Ham TV at Wembley post-match “I thought we beat Spurs here last season,” in reply when asked what was going through his mind as he warmed up before the game ahead of his debut.

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Report: Hammers are big admirers of Milan star

According to a report by Calciomercato.com West Ham are said to be big admirers of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie who is wanted by Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs this summer.

The Ivorian moved to the San Siro from Atalanta in summer 2017 in a two-year loan deal, with Milan expected to pay €20m this summer to make it a permanent move.

The Italian has have implied that recent events have left Kessie’s future at the club in doubt. They have hinted that the midfielder’s recent struggles for form, as well as a spat with team-mate Lucas Biglia on the bench during Sunday’s defeat to Inter, could have changed Milan’s mindset. It has been reported that an offer of €40m would tempt the Rossoneri to sell.

Claret and Hugh say:

There is no doubt that this guy has talent but to spend over £34m on a midfielder and therefore seems unlikely and we would also need to sell to buy. With the loss of Andy Carroll and Andy Carroll and the possible loss of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez as well one would think that strikers will be the main priority this summer and where the majority of the transfer budget will go.

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Obiang scores in Sudan

Hammer Pedro Obiang scored his first international goal for Equatorial Guinea as the midfielder helped his side to an easy 4-1 win over Sudan. The Hammers midfielder broke his International duck and fired home in the 85th minute in his nation’s side win, capping a strong performance away from home in Friday’s African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Obiang started the fixture, earning his second cap for Equatorial Guinea since declaring for the country last year, and helped the team to take a 2-1 lead at half-time. Sudan took the lead through Mohamed Mukkhtar but two penalties, tucked away by captain Emilio Nsue, gave the away side the advantage.

Pablo Ganet added a third for Equatorial Guinea four minutes after the restart, before Obiang struck to secure an emphatic win.

Despite the victory, Equatorial Guinea did not qualify for the 2019 AFCON Finals in Egypt after finishing third in Group A with six points from six matches.

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Hammer seeks to secure Copa America Brazilian place

Felipe Anderson is looking to impress Brazil’s manager this weekend as he seeks to secure his place in the team’s Copa America squad this summer.  The Hammer joined up with the national team for Saturday’s friendly at home to Panama and the trip to play Czech Republic on Tuesday.

“I can’t wait,” Anderson told WHUFC.com. “It has been a long time since I was called up to the Brazilian national team and that’s very important to me.  I want to thank West Ham because this club has allowed me to showcase my abilities. As a consequence of playing well I got a call up after a long time, so I’m very excited to go there and show my worth there too. We have this competition [the Copa America], but there’s a lot of things that can happen before then. I have to keep on playing well here with West Ham and then go there and show what I can do.

“For sure, going to the competition is one of my goals but I have to keep on doing my job here and good things will ensue as a consequence.”