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21 Jul 2016 10:00:50
Heard that Gomez doesn't want to return to Turkey due to the issues there, worth going back in for him? Do a job, and certainly with Carroll injury record we have 2 guys?


{Ed002's Note - Besiktas would like to keep hold of Mario Gomez and make his loan permanent - but they are aware that the right offer from elsewhere would tempt both the player and they are aware the player does not wish to return with local issues making the headlines. A number of sides took a look at him in the second half of the end of the season including Manchester United, Real Madrid and Spurs. Fiorentina are not expecting him to return their at any point but they, like the player and Besiktas, are an involved party in any potential transfer as the provisions of the second year of the loan mean that Besiktas will need a payment. Interest is limited with only Wolfsburg declaring that they would like to discuss a transfer. At 31 and with the timing not right for the MLS, where at least one club are interested, a decision needs to be made quickly.}

1.) 21 Jul 2016 11:13:52
We haven't won a pre season game yet so not a good start for us. jack Sullivan needs to stop keeping us fans excited about new signings because they don't seem to happen, he recons by Friday we will have signed a striker hope he is right but I'm sure we would of heard about it, if we do I recon it is calleri.

2.) 21 Jul 2016 11:20:31
It seems according to multiple sources that Carlos Bacca is on his way to West Ham. Callieri deal has also been agreed but he must wait for work permit.

3.) 21 Jul 2016 11:13:12
Thanks Ed. I'm not panicking like some, but if not too pricey I would be happy with his proven quality, especially if we can get one of our other big money targets too.



04 Apr 2016 15:48:14
Just when I thought they couldn't get any more crazy I read this! . This paper should be banned from writing about the Hammers ever again!

West Ham United are set to make a sensational £20million offer for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling (Brentwood Gazette)


1.) 05 Apr 2016 08:53:17
I'd love to know what the columnist that writes these articles is smoking. Lol

2.) 05 Apr 2016 11:58:52
I live in Amsterdam, and trust me, nothing you can smoke here would make me say this kind of rubbish they come up with!



21 Mar 2016 13:37:51
West Ham are lining up a £20m bid for Roma striker Edin Dzeko.

The reports suggests the Champions League chasing Hammers are keen to bring in a marquee signing as they prepare to move to the Olympic Stadium, and Dzeko has been identified as a potential target.

The former Manchester City striker moved from the Etihad to join Roma in a permanent deal last summer and has scored nine goals in all competitions for the Italian club so far this season.

Assume this is just another crazy Brentwood gazette thing. where on earth do they get these from. Drunk guys in the Nags head?


1.) 21 Mar 2016 17:20:03
this one has been around before personally I think he's a good player that would regularly for us

but again ssn is saying we want one from benteke, lacazette or batschuayi

after what sullivan said about strikers we will be linked with everyone

if it was up to me I'd like to see us have a real go for zaza from juve.

2.) 21 Mar 2016 18:57:49
Hope not. I think dzekos a bit of a donkey to be honest and approaching the end of his career. 20m would be way overpriced for his age and ability.

3.) 21 Mar 2016 19:27:49
45 goals in 76 internationals wouldn't call him a donkey lol and he's 30 more than young enough for 3 or 4 decent seasons I would've thought.

4.) 21 Mar 2016 21:05:05
Personally I'd rather go for some of the other names we've been linked with instead of Dzeko. Bony is also someone I'd look at.

5.) 22 Mar 2016 08:47:14
International records don't always mean a lot. There's plenty of strikers who have great records for there country but don't have the same club record eg. Peter crouch, David healy, stern John.
So would you pay 20m for a 30 year old? If so I'm glad you ain't in charge of transfers.

6.) 22 Mar 2016 09:56:50
I personally want to see West Ham sign two forwards in the Summer. Ideally someone that can play out wide if needed and an out and out forward.

There are a few versatile forward options I'd like us to look at.

Alexander Lacazette
Mohamed Salah
Kevin Volland
Ahmed Musa
Andre Ayew
Paul George-Ntep
Ousmane Dembele

Then for the out and out forward options I'd like us to look at.

Javier Hernandez
Wilfred Bony
Cristian Benteke
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Mischy Batshuayi

I'd also like to see us go all out for Nicholas N'Koulou (centre back playing for Marseille) and Sofiane Feghouli (right winger playing for Valencia) . Both have been linked to some big names already as they're Both available on a free, but I think we should be aiming to sign quality players.

7.) 22 Mar 2016 09:50:51
50 goals from 130 man citeh appearances many as a sub is still pretty good I'd say and 66 from 111 in wolf's burg I think proves he can score at the top level and if I thought he could fire us into champions league then he would be worth every penny of 20 million but let's face it he would cost nearer to 10 million anyway and I'd rather spend it on a 50 year old than benteke lol

plus if you see what I read I already said I'd prefer zaza.

8.) 22 Mar 2016 10:48:51
Lol agree on benteke. Defo not keen on him.
Dzekos record was good at wolfsburg but that was a long time ago now. I think we need to look to someone younger personally and maybe zaza could be ideal.
If there's any chance of us luring lacazette then that would be my preference as he's got pace and would be able to play across the front line.

9.) 22 Mar 2016 11:07:37
I think lacazette would be a great signing but I think there could well be a few clubs in for him so this might be difficult to pull off

don forget we have the euros this summer swell which could well throw a couple more names in the hat aswell!

10.) 22 Mar 2016 11:40:19
Yh lacazette is a long shot. But you never know, I'm sure payet was as well last season. It'll all depend on where we finish the season. It'll be an interesting summer for sure.

11.) 30 Mar 2016 20:28:59
I think payet is key to this transfer as much as our new stadium which will attract top players we are 3-4 players short of challenging for top honours next season, I also think billic could be touted for a top job next year but I don't think he'd leave as his heart is 100% west ham let's spank the eagles saturday COYI.



08 Aug 2015 10:57:17
Just seen this on Sly

West Ham target Raul Jimenez is inching closer to playing for Benfica this season after the Portuguese side acquired 50 per cent of his playing rights, according to AS.

The Hammers have an injury crisis up front and manager Slaven Bilic admitted that his side were close to signing Jimenez from Atletico Madrid.

However, he looks set for Lisbon and not east London, with Benfica in pole position to land the Mexico international.




04 Aug 2015 15:21:59
Just seen Anders Lindegaard has been told he can leave on a freebie. not a good shout for backup GK?


1.) 04 Aug 2015 16:03:11
Yes, but for reasons mostly unknown,wh have Randolph as second string, don't ask me why,? The common consensus, is he is jittery, unsighted, and short tempered , with his defence. He is a poor choice wh could do SO much better, IRONMIKE

2.) 04 Aug 2015 21:20:21
We won't be signing another keeper this window Randolph is back up keeper wether we like it or not

3.) 05 Aug 2015 12:15:43
After that save the other day, Spiegel may have put himself in contention for the second string spot!




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07 Aug 2018 09:59:46
Just wondered on peoples opinion. So many people divided on the London stadium, but have to ask the question. would we have had
1) the income to sign these players
2) been such an attractive prospect to recruits
I think not. but interested to see what others think.


1.) 07 Aug 2018 12:16:50
Whilst many, many fans hated leaving the Boleyn, it would be very hard to argue that this remarkable transfer window is not a result of the move.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 12:39:35
Without the finances of the stadium this type of window would have been fairy tale stuff IRONMIKE.

3.) 07 Aug 2018 13:28:12
If you were a good player and was looking for a move and was looking to win a trophy would you opt to play for Manuel Pellegrini in a 35000 seater stadium on say 60 grand a week or would you like to play for Avram Grant in a 80000 seater stadium on a 100 grand a week? I know which one I would choose. Yes stadiums bring in extra cash but they don't win you trophies and build successful teams managers do that.

4.) 07 Aug 2018 13:56:44
MP isn’t Avram Grant that’s ridiculous. I fully understand the melancholy for the Boleyn. However in football as in life you either move forward or you become a dinosaur and we know what happened to them. IRONMIKE.

5.) 07 Aug 2018 14:34:33
Thats my point exactly MP is a far superior manager than Avram Grant and is far more likely to win a trophy regardless of what stadium he is in. Successful managers attract good players simple as that. If in 5 years time we have not won anything the good players will not come just to play at the LS it is absurd to think otherwise unless they are mercenaries and who wants a team like that.

6.) 07 Aug 2018 15:23:37
Well IMHO I think we need all in place. Don't think we could afford MP and all his signings without the London stadium, so I think the whole package of extra income, 21st century stadium and finally some ambition on both manager and players will hopefully get us competing at least for top 6.

7.) 07 Aug 2018 15:45:21
I 100% agree with IRONMIKE. Stadium move was very emotional, but we have to move forward. We MOVED to Upton Park, and now we MOVE to The Olympic Stadium. We are the best fans in the PL (IMO) and have already shown how loud it is when we all sing and cheer on the team.
Expectations got WAY out of hand when we first moved, and that was the fault of the owners. However, to quote Sullivan back in Jan 2015 "I would be disappointed if we don’t join the so-called top six within the next five years", they are making a statement to try and get there with this window! And technically have two more seasons to meet that target.
If they can sort out the legal stuff with Khan etc then they may well be able to make changes and make it more like our home. The fact we rent it limits what they can do, I hope this is now Sullivans focus while MP and Husillos work on the football side.

8.) 07 Aug 2018 16:07:12
We had opportunities in the past at Upton park we just failed to build on good seasons. You would have to be foolish not to see the bigger stadium is a great opportunity to build, but I will reserve judgement until we have actually won something or are regularly in the top seven "fortunes always hiding" . One thing is for sure the fans can't do it for them. We can spend our money and cheer but at the end of the day it will be down to MP and whether he can turn these players into a team.

9.) 07 Aug 2018 21:03:12
Suprise suprise RICHARD KEYS predicts west ham will struggle not as much as he has since degrading the linesman who was female along with his other filthy scotchman andy gray what a tool he is. COYI.

{Ed007's Note - Scotch is a drink mate but I agree with you about Keys and Gray.}

10.) 08 Aug 2018 21:36:59
Ha ha ed scotsman i got there in the end mate.

{Ed007's Note - I think it's funny when people do it, it can be an egg as well :)



23 Jun 2017 12:25:41
Oh Great. This shows a lot about our scouting. According to ssn shows this at the U21s

Number of scouts Premier League club
4 Arsenal, Southampton, Tottenham, Watford
3 Chelsea
2 Everton, Huddersfield, West Brom
1 Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Man City, Newcastle, Stoke
0 Brighton, Burnley, Liverpool, Man Utd, Swansea, West Ham.


1.) 23 Jun 2017 14:55:09
Typical and there is some decent quality out there.

2.) 23 Jun 2017 16:14:48
Yeah, see what potential stars of the future available at decent prices could be there.
So frustrating, surely sending 1 scout to Poland wouldn't break the bank! : (.



09 Jun 2017 15:46:31
Jesus Navas just been released from City. now there's some pace!


1.) 09 Jun 2017 17:05:29
No brain though.



17 Mar 2017 08:43:30
So, 2 strikers out injured, and no Carroll for England? Also no Cresswell or Antonio either? What happening Southgate?


1.) 17 Mar 2017 10:01:31
Antonio is in the squad I believe.

2.) 18 Mar 2017 08:43:54
I've said many times if a player ain't making the full squad I wouldn't want them called up for friendly only games just because Liverpool Man U etc only want there players to have a run out.

3.) 22 Mar 2017 17:13:52
I'd be astonished if a number of clubs won't be trying to sign LANZINI in the summer and I think he could play for a top team home or abroad I hoping not as I think he'd be missed more than the BORED FRENCHMAN.



23 Feb 2017 09:19:41
So Zaza scores a wonder goal to sink Real Madrid. shame he never wanted to come to us and could never settle. You don't become an Italian international if you're rubbish (well most of the time), would have been good to see what he could do, but alas was not to be.


1.) 25 Feb 2017 18:10:14
And in true west ham fashion we don't replace him and then Andy Carroll gets injured again and of course we have been found out again at rb tonight against watford.

2.) 25 Feb 2017 21:42:20
Once again another goal conceded from
our RB area, still don't understand the logic
of a RB on the bench and playing our best
midfielder in his position.
Then we have the striker situation, carol
gets injured and we play our best winger in
his position, would rather we played players
in there correct position!
Apart from that thought we played well especially in
the second half.
So looks like carol and now also Antonio both
be out for Chelsea!

3.) 26 Feb 2017 07:44:27
Great post and that rb area causing us problems again and now Antonio out wonderful.




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01 Oct 2018 10:56:06
Thanks Raver. let's hope. But I am not as confident now Kane found his scoring boots again. we can but keep our fingers crossed.




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01 Oct 2018 10:54:57
Well said Warrington. I voiced my concerns a while back on this
Yay - We're brilliant, great appointment, great signings - excited
Then overnight
Rubbish - Manager is past it, terrible signings, sack everyone, usual Hammers doom and gloom again
Yeah of course I was worried after first few games, but I did really hope that it was really just a matter of time to settle down, find a system, lots of new signings from abroad etc.
Yeah as a Hammers fan I'm used to false dawns and lack of ambition but also I have patience. Not got excited much since 1986, so I'm pretty easily satisfied.




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07 Aug 2018 12:10:35
Just had a quick look, we serious? This is indeed totally bonkers.




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11 Jul 2018 15:38:50
Mike, seen we've applied for a work permit. He's not got Italian passport due to being in Italy for so long?




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07 Jul 2018 18:37:00
If he’s a MP target, he was always rated, so I’d trust the manager. and that’s not too pricey in today’s market.





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10 Oct 2018 07:58:03
Isn't he quite injury prone too?


{Ed001's Note - very. Sounds perfect signing for West Ham these days!}



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19 Sep 2018 13:27:44
I was thinking Yarma just looks like that, his body language etc reminded me of someone like LeTissier. scruffy, looks slumped over, shirt out. Waddle was the same. didn't mean they weren't class.




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11 Sep 2018 12:42:09
Really, I'd hope not BFS at any costs. imagine how smug he would be, could not handle that!
Interesting reading a lot of articles on line, very different opinions mainly to here. Give it time, new players, gelling etc etc.
I have to say I'm on here less and less now as it's depressing me. we were screaming, got what we wanted, most of the time happy with the signings apart from LB and CDM and now everyone is doom and gloom again. Lots of 'we saw this coming' and 'terrible signings'.
We wanted a director of football - got one, general feeling was 'wow' with many of the signings and now saying 'told you so'. really? I don't think you did!
Sorry but that's my take on all this.


{Ed002's Note - I think I have been consistent with my views on the manager, the Director of Football and most of the players. If WHU get tothe point they need to be in serious recovery mode then SA would be idea. You may not like the football but he would stand the best chance of getting the club out of trouble and that is worth a great deal to the club and the players. It would be a season written off but would you prefer to be playing the same football Pellegrini is encouraging in the Championship for two or three years?}



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04 Sep 2018 08:04:04
You don't rate Anderson? He's looked impressive from what I've seen. needs a bit of adjusting to EPL but looks like he has something.




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28 Aug 2018 22:07:54
I thought we did ok to be honest, poor goal conceded but had the game under control for the rest of it, just need better finishing. Yarma think will be good when he gets match sharp. Anderson different class when he came on. Great finish by Diop.