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18 Dec 2018 19:07:09
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18 Dec 2018 15:02:38
so now jose is out of utd does that mean marko is no longer a utd target?

{Ed002's Note - MA was never going to be moving to MU.}

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17 Dec 2018 23:20:27
reece Oxford wanted by Borusia Man City and now Everton. Am I missing something or are West Ham If those 3 clubs want him he must have something - just hope this isn't another Quinna sotuation.

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17 Dec 2018 15:56:52
The Loftus Cheek rumours are still out there, Sky's top ten transfer rumour list has Loftus Cheek from Chelsea to West Ham at number 8, I know you've got to take with a pinch of salt but it's just nice to see us linked with a very good young player?

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16 Dec 2018 15:04:12
Mike what’s the chance of us signing loftus cheek from Chelsea?

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16 Dec 2018 15:55:42
Chelsea are VERY very reluctant to l part company with him that’s the problem, there is a small chance of a loan albeit very small WH would love him, IF Chelsea would part. They would want. Around. 28/ 30 m IRONMIKE.

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16 Dec 2018 19:59:22
I’d say pay the money! Exactly what we need.

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17 Dec 2018 09:00:26
RLC is exactly the type of player our midfield is missing true box to box player and an eye for goal too, if we could get Pereria too then that is a very competitive midfield with good passing and skill.

IRONMIKE any chance we are looking at Denis Suarez at Barça too?

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17 Dec 2018 14:14:43
It looks, from reports, that MP is impressed with Nasri in training. On a free and on an initial six month contract, it’s a no-brainer.

If we do sign him, then I can’t see any other midfield additions in January. It would be great to have Pereira, Almiron and Loftus-Cheek in the mix, but having spent so much in the summer.

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16 Dec 2018 14:33:28
PERERIA from Man United on loan is a possible, BUT the player doesn't want to sign a one year extension to his existing contract. Which United insist on before he could leave on loan and that club want so they can make a sale later on ( Both the player and club have a one year option ) . The Player wants to leave on a free at seasons end So we will see how this plays out IRONMIKE.

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15 Dec 2018 14:56:59
ALMIRON It seems Has chosen Newcastle over. WH. IRONMIKE.

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15 Dec 2018 16:44:55
He must be mad.

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15 Dec 2018 19:55:05
Suprisingkly West Ham haven't pressed this hard, so, they have different ideas. IRONMIKE.

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15 Dec 2018 21:37:20
Full backs would be ideal, a good solid center mid and another striker and we can really push for top 6.

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16 Dec 2018 08:52:28
One of three reasons for Almiron:

1. MP is ok with his squad

2. MP has other position priorities

3. There is no cash for this window

Shame, though. I rate him.

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16 Dec 2018 10:59:03
There’s cash. IRONMIKE.

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16 Dec 2018 19:09:06
Full backs have to. be first priority.

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17 Dec 2018 14:42:31
Priority issue, as we have other areas that need more urgent attention if we are to push for top six.
If we buy Almiron (or similar player), how do you keep Anderson, Snodgrass, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Antonio and Dianganna all happy while also ensuring there are opportunities for Holland and Silva to come through. Of that bunch only Antonio may be in danger of sale. Do not see us getting a winger (other than Nasri) until summer.
Pellegrini will be LOOKING for another powerful athletic striker similar to Arnie. I get a feeling Carroll doesn't do enough for MP's style, not mobile enough. At City he had Dzeko and Negredo supported by Aguero and Jovetic.

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14 Dec 2018 07:31:42
Great to read Hernandez talking so positively about playing and scoring goals for us, then looking to capitalise on our winning streak against Fulham on Saturday👍⚒ I am quite happy or admit that I have been a massive anti Hernandez critic on here, previously, simply because of his previous lack of enthusiasm and lack of effort on the pitch, no matter what his past statistics on goal scoring said!

But now WOW, completely reversed my opinion now having been given the chance by MP to play from the start in the last few games and scoring some good goals! I don't feel guilty over my previous remarks as to me any player should commit 100% for the sake of the paying fans and for himself👍He says " He. now feels the same excitement putting the WH shirt on and playing as he feels playing for Mexico" 👍👍⚒⚒.

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14 Dec 2018 11:08:21
Everyone is entitled to their opinions Chelms, its great when a player performs well enough to change our minds! let's hope JW does the same, as we all know your thoughts on him. Snodds is a great example, as I am sure all of us wouldn't have complained had he left in the summer. I am sure there are better players out there, but he is a player we can all be proud to see wearing the shirt, much like Nobes. Proper professional.
Chica's career stats always warranted his salary, as he is a proven player who has CONSISTENTLY scored more goals at the top level than anyone we have ever had. I do not begrudge the salary he is on. The fact is he has not done it for us so far, which is why many feel this way about him. HOWEVER, Chica needs a certain style of football to flourish, and that has not been provided by our teams under Slav and Moyes. MP is changing that though, and i really hope that this new style and confidence provides the platform for Chica to really flourish and score lots of goals for us. His effort on the pitch has always been there.

{Ed001's Note - I am confused, how is a player who was, by his own admittance, too fat to play well for more than a year a proper professional? I get Noble is, to a degree anyway, but Snodgrass only has himself to blame for his poor form.}

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14 Dec 2018 14:12:30
He was always that weight and played very well for other teams, those previous managers never required/ told him to loose the weight to perform better, so its a bit unfair to say he was un-professional, he was just never coached properly in order to get even MORE out of him. Turned out that the level he was at was not good enough for West Ham, and eventually a good manager came in (Pellegrini) and told him what he needed to do in order to improve, and he did it when he could have easily thrown his toys out of the pram and left (especially after the owners comments last year) . He is also great at the non-football stuff around the club. IMO that is a great attitude and a proper professional.

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14 Dec 2018 15:20:07
How did this go from Chicha to Snodgrass?

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15 Dec 2018 10:44:25
I, too have been very sceltical about Hernandez, who always seems to react sulkily if things don’t go his way. His turnaround in form is very welcome, though.

Let’s see if the Fulham game is hot or cold for him - if it’s the latter, I’m betting he will be caught offside consistently as he scowls and stares at the ground.

If it’s the former and he bangs in a couple, I’ll take it!

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15 Dec 2018 22:09:43
Make Ed right on this matter totally I know I go on far too much about astronomical wages but to be overweight is mostly his fault and the club for allowing to happen total lack of professionalism and duty to the football club and fans at least he's starting to earn his money and show us die hard SUPPORTERS some effort and commitment to the football club and lastly To CHELMSFORD it one thing to say what you think regarding CHIQUARITO saying you are anti the player but to then admit you may have been slightly wrong is nice to read so well done chelms it's all about opinion this game but to admit you could be wrong is not always forthcoming hope you andon't family are all good mate. COYI.

{Ed001's Note - and, by the way, he was never that weight previously by his own admittance. He has actually come out publicly and said so. I think Nickinho is living in some kind of dream world where Snodgrass was anything but a poor winger, prior to losing weight and improving his fitness. He did have fitness issues and was not training hard enough in the past and was overweight for a footballer, but not to the extent he was recently. The lad has never been a good pro at all. He has never put in the time on the training ground nor looked after himself properly away from the pitch in the past.

Fair play to him for realising it and working on it, but he should have been doing it ten years ago. That is partially on him and partially on previous clubs and managers.}

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17 Dec 2018 09:08:51
Well said Ed, cannot believe the change in him, a player I thought a poor signing and a worse squad player.
Makes you wonder what Allardici and Bilic were doing fitness wise.
On another note, Caroll looked the leanest I have ever seen him on Saturday, reckon MP is working them all very hard, hope it all works well for us.

{Ed001's Note - you have to give a lot of credit to Pellegrini, he has got through to players that other managers couldn't get through to. It is something he has done throughout his career and why he has been at the highest level. It is also good to see him succeed because he is a nice guy.}

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17 Dec 2018 16:50:29
I don't pretend to know Snodders' weight fluctuations prior to West Ham. You can only succeed at the tasks put in front of you, and he had succeeded at all his previous clubs (relative to their level) . When he arrived after Payet's departure, the team as a whole was not performing at all in the wake of the move to the OS and all the negativity surrounding the club. The manager did not have the ability to get a performance out of the team let alone Snods (I say that as a fan of Slav) and our owner was then completely out of order with his public comments which would ruin any player's motivation and commitment. Were it me at my job (regardless of money i was earning), if my manager or CEO made those re-marks publicly I would lose motivation also. He went away to Villa and was once again a success.
You are right, Pellegrini deserves the bulk of the credit for giving him the opportunity again at this level, and the direction on what to do in order to improve his game. But in my personal opinion I do not see the un-professional side to his story, and what he does now for the club is commendable.

{Ed001's Note - if you can't see what is unprofessional about being overweight as a professional athlete then I am wasting my time even talking to you.}

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18 Dec 2018 14:10:49
Not every player is Ronaldo esq when it comes to their own physique, that's precisely why clubs have dieticians and fitness trainers in order to manage their levels so that they can perform to the levels their manager demands. A player's professionalism regards how they look after themselves is therefore dependant on whether they can physically perform to the level their manager demands, and i have highlighted how Snods has looked after himself professionally enough throughout his career to have been successful at all his previous clubs.

He did not put on weight at West Ham United, that was not the reason he did not succeed at first. He came into a team that was performing terribly during a negative period after leaving Upton Park, he was played out of position, and was unforgivably slated publicly by his owner because he could not fill the boots of a world class player in Payet. His comment stated that he lost some condition while at Villa in the Championship, where the physical demands are different. But he was still in good enough physical condition to exceed his managers demands and be one of the best players in that league that season.

He has simply come back to a league that demands more, and to work under a manager who prefers all his technical players to be much leaner than other managers do. You can see it in all of our players this season, they have all gotten leaner, and could all therefore say they were previously "overweight", simply because this manager demands more. Snodds has responded to meet those demands yet again.

Professionalism in any profession is ensuring you are able to perform to the level that meets the demands set out for you by those higher up. Snodgrass imo has done exactly that with regards his condition, and has exceeded it in regards to his non footballing duties at WHU. Just because a player is not as fit as Ronaldo does not mean you question their professionalism.

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12 Dec 2018 17:13:21
Interested to know what everyone HONESTLY expects us to do in the Jan window?

My thoughts:
MP's mentality will always mean progress, even if we are effectively safe by Jan as he will be targeting 6th. Ironmike will be better at explaining what finances we have, and where we are with FFP, but i suspect we have to move players on before we can make permanent signings and accommodate Rice's pay rise.
Realistically, I see him improving SQUAD quality in a couple positions, UNLESS MP has an opportunity on someone he specifically wants for his long term plan.
Left back is the main issue. Masuaku is not good enough defensively. Sell if an offer comes and expect a young, or temporary addition (e. g. Monreal) to come and challenge Cresswell.
Oxford looks like he is going, and with Zaba retiring at end of season, and Fredricks injured, expect a RB to be on the cards.
Cover for Declan. With Sanchez out for the season and Ogbonna our only backup at CB then a backup DM is important. Interesting that Yaya Toure has had his pay-as-you-play contract cancelled amidst the Turkish financial crisis. Maybe a temporary option until end of season when Sanchez returns? We may well see reports of him training with us before the new year as his family is in London.
Creative player cover. With Snodders and Anderson our only established technical players fit, i expect Nasri to come in to provide depth and cover here. I do not expect us to spend big on anyone else here as we have Yarmolenko and Lanzini still to come back, and 3 very good youngsters in Diangana, Holland and Silva coming through.
Up front, I only see movement here if we sell players. Arnie rumours may be true, although i am not sure which club will want him RIGHT NOW. Many clubs need a Caroll in Jan, and we could see him go on loan until his contract runs out freeing up some salary.
Out - Oxford, Masuaku, Antonio, Caroll
In - RB, LB, Nasri, DM and Rice TO SIGN!
If funds available, MAYBE bigger signing.

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12 Dec 2018 18:17:42
I would go along with that Nickinho. It's a long shot to expect 6th place with current squad, much will depend on what budget Pellegrini has to play with when the window opens. Yarmalenko, Wilshire and Lanzini is a big loss but players have stepped up that have come in. If I was to be critical on team performances it has to be the tendency to step off the gas in periods of the game, allowing the opposition to take control. Pellegrini's philosophy is, if the opposition hasn't got the ball they can't score, and I've noticed that in recent matches the possession stats have taken a dive, not drastically, but enough to tell you that the team is conceding too much possession. Better opposition in those last three games would have taken advantage.

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12 Dec 2018 19:37:24
I would personally love us to try and sign Kieran Tierney I think he is fantastic, versatile and is a leader. Though I may be being unrealistically ambitious and he may have no interest in us.

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13 Dec 2018 00:24:29
Nice post Nickinho I think you have covered all the main points here, IT WAS the idea originally to have another spendfest this coming summer however injuries, and poor performances by some players demand more urgent attention, we don’t have to sell anybody to buy a couple of players as close to 35 m can be available However WH will look to sell on and reduce wage bill or at least keep it under control. IRONMIKE.

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13 Dec 2018 00:30:41
Not much point in loaning out Carroll he can help us when available I'f someone's that desperate to need him in January they can buy him.

He seems to come back play a few games then get injured but he always seems to make an impact, but yes I would sell we still have an option at the end of the season and we know if he can stay fit what an asset he can be. More likely a sale than a loan.

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13 Dec 2018 09:05:41
Lb- k Tierney
Rb- n clyne
Cm- a duncan
S- y poulson.

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13 Dec 2018 12:51:05
Well written post Nichinho.
I, too, think that Nasri might be our only recruit in January. Your points about our full backs make good sense, but my gut tells me that only Oxford will leave if we get a decent offer.
Our full squad, when all our fit, covers most bases and I am optimistic that we are on course for a top 10 finish.
The summer spending was so extensive that we won’t spend this window. I would really have liked Almiron to come in, but can’t see it happening realistically.
I’m sure that MP will not move Carroll on, as he’s good cover for Arnie, who l also think will stay at least until the summer - at which time there may be a major shake up in our strikers.
MP and Husillos will be constantly scouting for the players he wants in the summer to make the squad increasingly his.

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08 Dec 2018 18:37:05
Why is Anderson referred to as F. Anderson?

Who will he be confused with if he is simply Anderson?

{Ed033's Note - It depends what F. stands for :)

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11 Dec 2018 09:08:32
Brazilians have always been funny about the names on their shirts.

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11 Dec 2018 20:22:50
They have a different naming convention to us. his birth name is actually fillipe Anderson pereira gomes. Ronaldinho for example birth name is Ronaldo de assis morreria. I believe it's something to do with having many family names from both your parents in your name. Am not sure though. But the players tend to use one of their given fornames or just make a new name up entirely as in some cases.

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07 Dec 2018 10:51:27
Hi fellas Round up. Things work out sometimes very strangely as PEREZ had just agreed a deal in principle to go to BETIS on loan until seasons end, that's now been cancelled, WHILST WH where trying to make end of season deal for MAXI GOMEZ Athletico have stepped in to sink that prospect, SALA has been told he can go to WH if they meet the players asking price of 22 m euros ON RICE privately Pellegrini is troubled he could lose the player and is trying to convince the boss to sort this out pronto, WH have not followed up on Heaton from Burnley, and ALMIRON looks present, y to be Newcastle NOT WH bound as we look to Nasri for a short term fix, NOT the way forward for me, we need to constantly upgrade not use polyfilla. IRONMIKE.

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07 Dec 2018 11:46:07
Thanks for that update Mike I. Really think Rice is the start of another group of youngsters coming through as they did 20 years ago Diangana has proved sometimes you just need to be given the chance really need to tie him down

Any update on the Arnie situation.

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07 Dec 2018 12:05:19
ARNIE post new year probably around 10th jan. IRONMIKE.

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07 Dec 2018 13:41:21
Thanks for Update Mike

Concerning Rice it just goes to show how DGS are so out of touch, they have no problem paying 50k plus for average players than have no commitment and warm the bench and probably looking for a move, but for a young player who plays regularly and is such a talent they are haggling over silly money, I just don't get what is going on in there brain, as said before even if they don't rate him on his asking wages you need to get him to sign to protect a transfer fee, I still can't believe they are that stupid and something else going on.

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07 Dec 2018 15:41:07
It's hard to tell what's really going on with Rice and hard to imagine the club will let him slip away - looks like there is more to this than we know.
I would imagine that Nasri will be brought in as cover for Anderson - who can't play every game until the end of the season -Snodgrass and Wilshere (! )
Lanzini will be back in the Summer so an experienced player without a fee for cover for several players til the end of the season looks pretty sensible to me.

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07 Dec 2018 20:38:12
Perhaps Rice is not wanting to discuss and is waiting to see who comes for him? Agents are rewarded based on contracts players get so why would it be so hard to believe he is getting advice to say the right things in public but not negotiate on a contract? Been done before. Otherwise you would have to believe DGS are completely stupid.

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07 Dec 2018 22:08:00
It’s very possible. IRONMIKE.

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08 Dec 2018 12:11:21
Just shows we really should have pulled the trigger on Gomez when we had the chance. Rue missing that one he looks perfect for the prem.

Xande Silva and Holland both missing for the under23s last night, I hope it's not to soon for them after their hamstring injuries and they can take an opportunity if presented today. I hope they are %100 ready.

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