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Who are West Ham’s right back targets?

ByramClaretandHugh understands that West Ham are in the market for a right back to cover Sam Byram before the transfer window closes on Wednesday but are keeping their short list of targets close to their chest.

West Ham were strongly linked with Newcastle’s Darryl Janmaat who joined Watford for £7.5m last week but in reality the Hammers are more likely to look for a cheaper option and maybe a loan for backup to Byram.

At the start of the transfer window we were strongly linked along with Southampton for Lyon right back Jeremy Pied. The free agent opted to join the Saints but injured his knee last week confirming on twitter “I need an operation on the cruciate in my knee”

Earlier in the transfer window, 31 year old Arsenal right back Mathieu Debuchy was linked to a loan to West Ham. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Bordeaux and could move on again this summer, reports claim. Recent reports say Debuchy’s desire to leave the Emirates is unlikely to become reality due to his ongoing calf injury problems.

West Ham are also said to have enquired about Arsenal team mate Calum Chambers for a season long loan but Middlesbrough are said to be very close to agreeing a such a deal for the Arsenal defender, who can play right back or centre back. Whether the Hammers can hijack the deal at the eleventh hour remains unknown.

Wolves right-back Dominic Iorfa is another right back option often linked with Hammers over the summer. The 21 year old England international can also play centre back. A ‘family source’ close to the player is quoted as saying in June: “It’s true that Iorfa is wanted by Southampton, Arsenal, West Ham and Crystal Palace but for obvious reasons he is more comfortable with a move to West Ham where he is most likely to get more playing time.” It is thought Wolves will want at least £7m for the 21-year-old defender. Wolves are reluctant to let him go and West Ham are said to reluctant to pay his full asking price.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

21 comments on “Who are West Ham’s right back targets?

  1. Well that’s clear then none of the above 😉

    • Can’t blame the club for getting £10m for Tompkins but he was a steady right back, I am glad we are not in for Debuchy and Chambers has looked a liability also why should we improve another clubs players better to improve Byram, as mentioned on the other thread if we are not going to get a World class player I think we should just get a genuine back up right back and put all the effort into making Byram better, allow him to make the mistakes and support him, he has a lot of ability on the ball, if you relieve him of taking throw ins in the opposing half and give that to Antonio who is much more of a threat that would also help him out a little.

    • Hahaha…..chambers might still decide that he’d prefer to stay in london so all is not lost lol

  2. “West Ham are reluctant to meet his asking price.”

    I wonder how many times that’s been said this summer. We all knew we needed a right back since JOB joined the club! Now, with less than two days to go, we are going to do something about it?!

    I think the chairmen and Brady need to decide whether all this talk of becoming a big club is just that, or whether we are going to start acting like a big club. They’ve had all summer to haggle, it’s not got us very far so, please, GIVE IT A REST (the irony of course being that in believing their own hype and turning their noses up at certain players they ended up missing the good deals)! At the end of the day it’s not rocket science, players need a full preseason to hit the ground running/know the tactics/know their team mates. Delaying/preventing their arrival for the sake of a few quid is more detrimental to the team. Pay the 7m and get Iorfa. Then let him and Byram push each other to be the best they can and let the best man win.

    Then either put Brady in charge of negotiation (the job she did on the OS was phenomenal) or get a sporting director in who’s well connected and is more fluent in yuppy so smug ponces like Aulas don’t waste our time.

    • Hmmm….sporting director? …..sounds good to me …

    • lol dj wouldn’t mind seeing Iorfa and yes Aulas seems to be a huge time waster, 7m is a lot of money for someone unproven, I think the business we have done so far has been good, we all would have liked to see Lacazette but they aint selling him and Bacca wasn’t a good long term option even though we did agree the fee for him. I just read the article by Masuaku on the official site and he has looked class but he is saying he can’t believe the intensity so it puts into perspective why Callieri and Tore as well as the others are taking time to find their feet. Whenever I feel frustrated with how long a deal is taking I think back to the windows under the Icelandics where other than Tevez/Mascherano we paid through the nose for has beens much like QPR and Villa in not so distant times, the deals got through but we ended up with dross, all the signings have had their moments other than Tore looking a bit short of pace and we are yet to see much of Ayew, I think and hope in a month’s time we will look as though we have had another good window. Time will tell but onwards and upwards COYI!!!

      • You’re right, compared to where we used to be we have really progressed and the chairmen and Brady do deserve the credit for that. But it’s just so frustrating at times. Completely with you on Masuaku and potentially all our signings could come good, but for me we need to give them the best chance possible to do good things. Everyone knew we wanted Tore so why not have the conversations between the chairmen done early so we sign him as soon as the window opens so we can get him fit? He looks like he has a classy touch but also like he is overweight and still getting in shape. Now some fans are on his back because he needs time and that’s far from an ideal situation for anyone.

        I know we had a few targets and that nothing happens overnight but I think maybe we weren’t at our most prepared this summer (which is something Chelsea and City do well and Arsenal are abysmal at). Sure, European clubs are taking the mickey at the minute and I don’t want the chairman to have his pants pulled down (unless he’s paid for that too 😉 ), but sometimes I think we also have to say “sod it, let’s get the deal done and move on to the next one for the sake of the team.”

        Iorfa is definitely a punt, and perhaps at 7m a pricey one, but the last couple of players we picked up from the championship didn’t turn out too bad 🙂

    • I wouldn’t pay £7m for Iorfa either as a back up when we have Byram.Silly money for him.He is ok but not worth that.

      • To be fair, I probably said something very similar about Antonio last year! Couldn’t be happier to have egg all over over my face though 🙂

  3. How about Walker at Tottenham? He might be tempted by a move to a bigger club.

  4. Imo the board have done well with the deals that have been made this summer. We have never spent so much & invested for the future at the same time, we have also tied down another couple of our top youngsters on long contracts. Byram is looking better every game. Some times I think fans expect too much too quickly. Just because we want player X doesn’t mean we just pick the phone up & job done. In an ideal world we would sign everybody we want 1st July.

  5. Our only problem is if Byram gets injured because I don’t think Slav will give up on playing Antonio there,
    1 He wants to prove even if it’s to himself that Antonio can play there,
    2 He wants to fit Tore in to the team after spending 2 years getting him here,
    Personally I can’t think of any RB available who will come unless he is young and intested and selling Tomo might comeback and haunt the club,because at the moment our Central Right side defender position is weak as well ,
    I would put off loaning Burke and also try Oxford at Right back in the league cup to see if they are the answer

    • Totally agree AGAIN!….Except that the club might have someone completely off the radar like Masuaku was…

    • I hope you’re wrong bubs , antonio’s a winger as we all can see ! Fingers crossed Bilic was told that at Daphne’s confession session at the parish midnight mass in the well known village of squeeky bottom in the eastern wetlands manor of barkingmad ! 🙂

      • Mr wimpey needs to get down to some graft , as well , nobody can knock a grafter a few more pervormances like that v city and he will get the thumbs down ?..to early to judge at present , he must read the negative reporting !!ww

  6. Considering the board did amke an offer of 45 odd million for Lacazette, and it sitll didn’t get him to come, they have had to cut their cloth according to who would be prepared to come. Frankly, whilst I’m not particularly keen on either Ayew or Zaza esp the cost, I would be completely delighted to be proved wrong (again!).
    I think the board’s business over the last 3 summers has been the envy of the Prem. They need to be given every credit going as far as I am concerned…There’s been hardly a dud one – and you usually get several when there are so many…Valencia + Sak were the dynamic duo at 1st don’t forget…there might be many supporters who still believe in the combo (I don’t!)….
    I just hope it doesn’t make DS ill….

  7. Micah Richards has come into the frame, umm.. could be a good choice!

  8. Let’s look at the reality of the situation.First off we left our Boleyn home in which we could build a fantastic and intimidating atmosphere and have taken up residence in a much bigger and better stadium,which unfortunately has a running track between the fans and players,so it will be hard to replicate that atmosphere.Secondly,we have brought in numerous new players who have had no experience of the Premier league and didn’t know what its about.Thirdly,we have played 3 games and are in the same position as last season,regardless of the list of injuries we have.In time these players will get used to the pace and physicality of the Premiership and will begin to make their mark,similar to last season.As for the atmosphere I believe all West Ham supporters will find a way of lifting the team in our fantastic new home.I have no fears for the future.COYI

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