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21 Sep 2017 20:06:04
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19 Sep 2017 23:02:16
I know it was just bolton but arnies performance tonight increases the reason to put him in team for carroll and move chicharito to main striker.

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20 Sep 2017 06:27:09
Spot on. I agree to. We should play our left midfielder on the left and our main striker as a striker. Or. what about if we play arnoutovic rwb. hernandez cdm and zabaleta centre forward?

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19 Sep 2017 18:26:27
hi fellas, I understand that Marseille ( and ED 02 is the expert on this club ) had made late overtures to get hold of Chicharito, in the last window, the player wanted to return to the premier league, so, that swung it, in WH favour HOWEVER although the player seems content at present, IF BILIC keeps playing him out of position, the player might try to get away in the next window which would be a great loss, our manager best tread a bit lightly here, otherwise, trouble could start to brew IRONMIKE.

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19 Sep 2017 21:20:18
I would not be surprised if this happened. I said this the other day that he must be wondering why he signed. Bad times.

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19 Sep 2017 22:21:00
Its weird but if he left we wouldn't miss him as he's out of position anyway. if he was our main forward man like we all want then different story!

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20 Sep 2017 00:00:17
He will not be playing lw/ lf when Carroll returns to the treatment table.

Get him up top with Antonio arnautovic and lanzini supporting I'm sure he will be happy. While lanzini is out it gives others a chance to stake a claim. I wouldn't mind seeing arney playing CAM with ayew given a run in the LM position which I thought was supposed to be his strongest position and rarely played there for us. Also quina Haskanovic and Holland looking likely to get some cameos in the cups I think it's looking alright.

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20 Sep 2017 12:27:43
So its ok what we are doing because we just wait till carroll gets injured then put him up there?
How about as you said put him up there NOW then lanzini arnautovic and antonio behind him and put carroll as a plan b if the games not going our way?
Cant rely on carroll no other team does this so why are we?

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20 Sep 2017 12:46:52
He loves Carroll that's why. Such a waste if Hernandez continues to play there.

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20 Sep 2017 15:31:05
Looking at our next run of 5-6 games I'm confident we will pick up plenty of points regardless who plays up top, what's our strongest 11 at the moment I'm not so sure hopefully that will be clearer as the weeks go on. At least it's not a choice between zaza and calleri up top.

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13 Sep 2017 16:54:30
Hi fellas for those that wanted the news on a certain midfielder JUVE are interested now in Carvalho ON the second question I personally would leave this formation as it is for the start of the WBA game see what occurs IRONMIKE.

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12 Sep 2017 09:27:38
Someone has to say it
That stadium produces as much atmosphere as a morgue!
Watched it back on sky and all you can see is white seats and hear huddersfield fans.
Im totally ecstatic with the team and slav for producing when it mattered and hope they kick on but this stadium thing is bugging me.

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12 Sep 2017 09:40:01
Btw I am a season ticket holder and was there and am there every game!

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12 Sep 2017 10:29:00
i thought the atmosphere was pretty good tonight compared to a lot of games last year, especially the first half. I still think there's a lot of rose tinted glasses about the atmosphere at upton park, I've been there plenty of times when its been flat and quiet. The team have to do something to get the fans up like they did in the first half and its down to us as fans to create an atmosphere. End of the day we're here, upton parks gone and we have to move on and get on with it.

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12 Sep 2017 11:02:29
I didn't say upton park was amazing although away fans and teams always say it was. its just the general feel of the os its just not right and even when they interview every away fan that goes there they say its not the same and its very quiet and so far away from players. I suspect the 50000 waiting list for season tickets may be another porkie to lol.

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12 Sep 2017 12:09:18
it'll take time to get used to, it'll never replace upton park, it was typical old school stadium, times change and you have to move with the times or get left behind. in terms of the waiting list, it may very well be less than 50k, not everyone whos on a waiting list will end up takin the oppurtunity. We still have a massive support there, more than most would get in there, something we as a club should be proud of. How many chelsea fans would be in there new 60k stadium if they had a mid table team like ours? no way near as much I suspect.

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12 Sep 2017 13:14:32
Us old timers find it hard to move with the times, and when you say get left behind? we have always been mid table and behind and that's not going to change in that stadium, having this stadium will NOT get us into champions league so tell me what does it do that betters us apart from letting more fans watch?
And chelsea wouldn't be in our position because they get pumped full of money to get them to the top before they get their new stadium!

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12 Sep 2017 15:55:53
i was at the game last night and the atmosphere is not the stadium. issue its the fans. simple as that.

we started singing 2-0 and we still don't sing did anybody join in. NOPE the stadium is not great but the fans make the atmosphere not the ground.

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12 Sep 2017 16:05:42
Fully well said hardcore hammer.

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12 Sep 2017 17:51:52
Yh agreed we will always be around mid table but if you don't move forward and stay the same other clubs will take over and we'll fall by the way side.
I agree hardcore. I thought maybe this year would improve now people have had the chance to relocate so the fans that sing and chant more would be together.

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12 Sep 2017 18:46:27
It def is us fans who make the noise and not the stadium but u just have to see with most big stadiums like Utd, Chelsea and even arsenal that there all boring aswell and fans don't bounce all over the place there, I don't care what anyone says this stadium will never be like Upton Park and won't have the same feel and buzz about it, it's bad enough it's not even our own stadium, I do hope it all changes and we make it a fortress and get it lively but I just don't think most of us fans see it as our home yet and not excited about it.

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12 Sep 2017 19:04:01
Whilst I agree with your sentiments, you have to remember that the only reason we have the kind of spending power to bid for big players is because of the new stadium. Like it or not football is a business and we would not be in the position we are now to bid for top players if we had stayed at Upton Park. I have very fond memories of the place, my dad used to sit me on his shoulders at the back of the old west enclosure, I watched Moore, Hurst, Peters, Sissons, Byrne, and all that came after them, I have reluctantly accepted that the new stadium is a necessity of the modern game but hope one day we will have a proper stadium again.

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12 Sep 2017 22:51:21
Spending power?
Our net spend was 4th lowest I think and we bid 15 mil below a players true value!
No good having money from new stadium if its all lining the dildo brothers pockets.

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13 Sep 2017 05:05:39
Yea it might make us a more attractive team to want to come and play for and make us better financially but that's no good if you don't spend the money and give is fans false hope, carvhlo would of been prob the biggest signing we have ever done and them two prats let him go because there to tight and now I very much doubt Lisbon will ever do business with us, don't get me wrong it's great that we are financially stable but they promised us top 5 finishes with champions league football and challenging for the title all within 5 years but sorry to say it I don't see that happening under these two especially as they don't like to break the bank on the players we actually need.

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13 Sep 2017 07:29:59
My point exactly cockney30!

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13 Sep 2017 17:05:54
I honestly believe they will sell the club within 3 years and we will move stadium within 5.once everyone is fit bilic will have a difficult time picking our first 11 because Monday did look a good set up for us but that means where does lanzini or arnoutovic fit in if it was me I would play kouyate in a back 3 then obiang just in front with lanzini ahead of him and Antonio on right, arnoutovic on left with Carroll and Hernandez up top we could be really dangerous in attack and especially set pieces, let's just hope we can kick on now and get up the table.

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14 Sep 2017 13:51:56
I can you tell you from experience UPTON PARK 15-20 years ago was electric and very daunting and fearful for away teams you ask any top pro from these times will tell you that Upton Park would be in the top two or three grounds they wouldn't like to play against especially night games for some reasons and the old chicken run where I use to stand was very daunting some of the things that was shouted was sickening and should never been said but in general the atmosphere was brilliant and truly missed by me.

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14 Sep 2017 23:05:15
Exactly gkg66.

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08 Sep 2017 16:20:24
Bilic totally denying sullivans claims!

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09 Sep 2017 19:38:20
Final nail in his coffin.

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09 Sep 2017 19:42:39
Monday night I feel we are going to play 442 and use either sakho or Carroll to support Hernandez I recon bilic is willing to take this risk to get the result the problem we have is the cm position does bilic have the balls to drop noble if it was me u need to play kouyate and obiang abit more defensive help if needed Antonio on right and I would take a chance on Holland on the left what do u think.

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10 Sep 2017 06:39:06
I think if he plays Carroll I would be tempted to put masuaku in at left back and cresswell on the left midfield, simply because we need a good crosser of the ball, this gives Carroll and Antonio chances to attack and chicarito will feed of them. Just a thought. I would have kouyate and rice or holland in midfield, not a great fan of obiang i'm afraid, he looks good in a few games but then looks out of his depth as soon as a top 6 team arrive. COYI.

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10 Sep 2017 08:13:39
I might even be tempted to start- haksabanovic, he could be that bit of creativity and spark we need without lanzini, this boy could prove to be a bargain buy and I recon give him ago. but we all know bilic is desperate for a result but a little feeling inside me is saying he won't change it much and your see noble start and he will get the formation wrong, I do hope I'm proved wrong and he really puts out our strongest side and get us the 3 points especially being at home.

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10 Sep 2017 10:09:36
A big risk playing the youngster. If he doesn't so anything then more pressure will be on. let's try to get stable first. I understand your point though.

We need big changes. Drop noble and let's get a result!

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10 Sep 2017 14:00:40
It's a tough one as noble and bilic are the same as alladyce and Nolan don't want to drop them, and yea we all love noble and has been great servant but he isn't good enough no more and yea sometimes obiang and kouyate don't play well but I feel they have to be our main two cm because on there day they are amazing, the mistake we did this window was not getting cover for lanzini, once we have our squad fully fit I think we can start getting up the table.

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10 Sep 2017 16:17:38
theres no way he drops Noble. just don't think he has the balls or vision to do it.

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10 Sep 2017 17:28:06
Surely drop ayew for sakho and noble and rice for obiang and kouyate with reid coming in?
When lanzini and arnautovic to come back into that midfield we look stronger so stick with bilic and if its same with fully fit squad after a month then time for change.

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11 Sep 2017 12:49:45
Agree with you bobby but the other way round masuaku could be very affective on the left in a more advanced role as he can't defend cresswell is a better defender.

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11 Sep 2017 12:54:13
If he doesn't drop noble then he will lose his job but who in their own mind would work with today's as an owner because I certainly wouldn't but money talks and the current NAPOLI coach is very good but unless he fancys the premiership then you never know but surely a top job beckons and at this precise time we are a million miles from being that watch this space. COYI.

{Ed002's Note - Maurizio Sarri will not be moving to WHU.}

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11 Sep 2017 19:20:39
I'd never say nothing is possible in football when money's mentioned because that's all that matters at this time and age money full stop no morals or loyalty just money I'm afraid Ed nothing is set in stone nothing fact.

{Ed002's Note - You are juist whining - are you a Liverpool supporter?}

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11 Sep 2017 22:52:37
West Ham united through and through Ed and a Londoner through and through and if that's whining then you need English lessons my old son, I think you're the northerner and not so keen on WHUFC if you're being true to yourself.

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12 Sep 2017 06:47:56
Surprise so surprise we play 3 ch's keep a clean sheet and win! . Jesus Bilic we've only been shouting this for months! . stubborn git!

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08 Sep 2017 13:47:16
Hi ironmike and ed's hope all are well. read that we will go back in for carvalho in January, is there any truth in this? surely sporting won't want anything to do with us ever again due to the slagging match also if we were to go back in surely they would make it near on impossible to get a deal done?

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09 Sep 2017 16:17:28
I can't see doing business with sporting Lisburn now that they have had a public row.

{Ed002's Note - West Ham's unprofessional approach to the transfer business and the lack of a Director of Football who knows the game is going to continue to foul things up.}

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10 Sep 2017 02:54:42
Couldn't agree more ed posted on here s couple of years back saying we needed a dof.

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10 Sep 2017 09:20:55
100% ed!

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11 Sep 2017 19:21:47
YES YES YES YES YES YES he's FINALLY DROPPED NOBLE YES YES YES.

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11 sep 2017 22:54:10
noble apparently is injured and not dropped dam i knew it was too good too be true.

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06 Sep 2017 14:30:33
Guys is Lanzini out for the Huddersfield game - fantasy football needs!

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07 Sep 2017 22:22:38
40 million pound debt written off by Newham council so that's more money sully is saving wonder if he'll admit to that or come out with load of b------s again I know what I think.

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06 Sep 2017 11:51:42
I'm no architect so wouldn't know how to do it but COULD the London stadium be redeveloped to be a football ground? Or would it need a complete rebuild?

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06 Sep 2017 12:51:21
I'm hoping it can be done as uk athletics are considering moving to a purpose built stadium in Birmingham therefore leaving us to maybe redevelop the London stadium, watch this space, (but we do need a team to play in it first) .

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06 Sep 2017 14:12:44
Haha true stevie, I wonder if any plans are out there ( for both) lol lol.

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06 Sep 2017 15:18:56
Phil parks was saying that West Ham should've built a proper football stadium on land between the A13 and A25 which would've had enough space for shopping complex, hotels etc, he could be right, but David Sullivan Jr. has said it is still possible that his dad could buy the stadium outright, (believe it when I see it) and Frank Mcavennie has said they should sell the club and leave the stadium for a purpose built one elsewhere, so there's a few that are not happy with the stadium situation at the moment but your guess is as good as mine as to what will happen.

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06 Sep 2017 16:18:33
I remember a feed ago that the old West Ham post office site was touted as a possible new ground site but it never happend . Who could finance a new ground? What they cost? 300m more less?

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06 Sep 2017 16:36:46
They was going to buy the Olympic stadium at first with the help of Newham council before Herne and Levy put a stop to it so they must be able to finance it.

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06 Sep 2017 17:00:00
I heard they WAS looking at the land where the lakeside hammers race near the shopping centre.
We need a ground just for US not to share with athletics or concerts or for anything else, upton park was our home and its just not the same we need a new place to call home to look to the future.

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06 Sep 2017 19:50:46
I do believe that we will sell the club within 3-5 years and hopefully to a billionaire who could take us to next level like citeh, we do need a home, Upton park was a special place and it'll take time to ever replace that were ever we end up.

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07 Sep 2017 07:07:31
Regards the stadium, it would easy to convert into a football couldren!

The roof is in place, and with the running track gone, it would just be a matter of re-profiling the stands to a steeper angle.

Everyone would be closer to the pitch, and the atmosphere would crank up a few gears.

Add a few more bars, and a smoking terrace, and it would be the best in Europe!

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07 Sep 2017 10:17:46
With the biggest screen in Europe!

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07 Sep 2017 10:24:55
It would be an impressive stadium and it needs to be done but we have to buy it outright and make it our home if that's the plane.

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07 Sep 2017 13:44:16
It's actually much harder than that.

The roof only extends to cover the current stand positions in 'football mode' so wouldn't be suitable if the stands were nearer the pitch.

The angle of the lower stands is shallow already so changing the rake if brought forward (and with the roof sorted) would make them more shallow not steeper. The rear stands are fixed so would need totally demolishing to re-angle.

The current ground will never be a football only stadium as if purpose built. Sad but true.

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07 Sep 2017 19:24:20
Shame really because if we do want to grow then a bigger stadium is needed . I know a lot of people have said there piece in the move and Miss UP and want to go back ( if still there ) but don't forget that 20000 more West Ham fans can now see there team play! They have a voice too and should be allowed to voice it . Personally I would like a proper football designed ground but in the meantime I will enjoy going and supporting home and away :) now then let's beat hfield and kick on:) :) :)

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07 Sep 2017 22:52:25
Its awesome that more fans come to watch but its not OUR home and never will be, if we moved to our own purpose built stadium which was made to be intimidating and feel like home like upton park then none of us would have a problem, this is all a cash train for the davids before they sell and they have sold our club and history down the river, i'm a season ticket holder and will support the team whoever plays and will continue to do so but this is not my west ham as I knew it.

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08 Sep 2017 13:36:25
if we were to buy the ground we could copy Barcelona and have the pitch below ground level. That way we could create a whole now lower tier and all tiers/ rows would be on the same angle or rake from top to bottom. I imagine it would be bloody expensive to do and the back rows would be further from the pitch, but would surely be cheaper than starting again somewhere else?!

Could even copy Barcelona with the stadium name. the Newham Camp?!?!

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10 Sep 2017 06:00:37
I agree Joe the only way to improve the stadium would be to lower the pitch but then there's also the matter of the roof. Massive project!

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05 Sep 2017 11:35:55
I'm hearing that Fernandes is injured with a broken foot? Any truth at all?

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04 Sep 2017 17:53:34
Hi fellas, well the media train is pushing the lsame two names repeatedly for the new manager should BIlic not survive SORRY, in my own view taking Benitez or Mancini, is like putting a plaster on a serious wound that needs an operation, WE need a younger manager with different ideas younger players with pace, THAT is the way forward, Either of those two managers will see us back in the same position two seasons down the line IRONMIKE.

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04 Sep 2017 19:01:10
Tuchel would'nt be a bad shout?

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04 Sep 2017 19:46:57
Fret not Mike, neither of them will come to West Ham and wreck their great managerial credentials working for that liar Sully.

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04 Sep 2017 19:50:23
Sean dyche?
Maybe we need a good man manager and he's worked wonders at burnley and never had money to spend.

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04 Sep 2017 19:55:32
Sean dyche?

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04 Sep 2017 20:11:50
Richelle would be immense the tactics he uses would benefit our squad and he likes using youth and has an eye for talent he bought dembele for £12 million and just sold for a tad more.

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04 Sep 2017 21:03:23
Tuchel.

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04 Sep 2017 22:17:13
We should of got silva before he went to Watford I can see this guy managing one of the big clubs, Watford is a similar mould to hull they get buy with what they got and improve when they can, if he was at us he would have that talent plus get more talent and I'm pretty sure he would of got us to top 6.the way things our at moment I can only see one manager coming to us and that jokanovic of Fulham, yes he does have potential and is young but will he end up the next bilic, I don't see us getting anyone big, but knowing Sullivan we will end up with the Mafia boss. I know if mentioned silva but what about Eddie Howe just a thought.

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04 Sep 2017 22:58:57
Any manager worth their salt should stay well clear of West Ham! Even Curbs never managed again. Roeder, ok he was ill. Pardew came back, but Zola finished.

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05 Sep 2017 10:28:57
Benitez is the best we can hope for.

Tuchel and others of that I'll would be great but they'll feel they are destined for bigger things, and a damaging spell at the helm of our poisoned chalice could knock their careers back.

Benitez is sufficiently established and far forward in his career to be able to take that chance on a "project" club, and has a history, however tenuous, of relations with the board (plus had agreed to take us on previously) .

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05 Sep 2017 11:52:39
Mancini want happen unless he gets a director of football and that dgs will not accept .

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05 Sep 2017 12:09:01
When I mentioned Silva about 4 months ago I was shot down. He's a class manager who we should of gone for.

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05 Sep 2017 14:54:43
Stubborn benitezs record at Real Madrid was 61% yes Real Madrid I could have got a better percentage than that there's only 3 teams in Spain I'd move heaven and earth to get EDDIE HOWE the mans a tactical genius and will 100% manage one of the bigger teams if not in England then in Spain I rate him that highly Benitez is so negative it's unreal.

{Ed001's Note - to be fair to Rafa, you have to look at the circumstances surrounding his time at Madrid. It was a period of serious unrest amongst the players, he was brought in to sort out the issues behind the scenes and he did that. He was never going to be allowed to carry on as Madrid fans didn't like the system he played with Casemiro sitting in front of the defence to protect it. Those same people that criticised Rafa for doing that are now hailing Zidane as a genius for playing Casemiro sitting in front of the defence to protect it......}

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05 Sep 2017 15:15:38
I totally understand ED we're your coming from but ain't know we haven't got a choice but given one EDDIE HOWE in my opinion although very early in his career is far and away the most talented and tactically astute manager around that could become available although Ido think he's very loyal I think he'd see West Ham as a more ambitious club if things improve result ways.

{Ed001's Note - how is he tactically astute? I fail to see in what way he is better than say Dyche. Howe has had a lot more money to spend and yet he has not exactly taken Bournemouth forward with his buys. Most of his team is still the same players they came up with. Surely Dyche has to be a better option? He has not just kept the team up but diverted most of his funds (through his own choice) into the infrastructure of the club, rather than using it to buy players.}

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05 Sep 2017 20:32:55
I like Howe, no question. But he had one other gig away from Bournemouth and failed and went running back.

Whereas Benitez has managed at the top clubs all around Europe and won things.

Howe would be a punt. Benitez is an established sure thing. He's not perfect but is tactically very astute.

One of the problems I see with British managers, whether Howe or Dyche is a lack of knowledge of foreign football. Klopp, and other top managers are showing that top players will move to clubs to play under top managers. It's a key part of recruitment.

A high profile manager will help with player recruitment.

{Ed002's Note - Someone like Martinez.}

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05 Sep 2017 22:18:58
Ed. hell no not Martinez. Took Wigan down, failed to demonstrate his ideas could work successfully at Everton.

We need to be made solid at the back but with a man in charge who has a belief he can win games against anyone.

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