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21 Jan 2022 14:51:27

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20 Jan 2022 06:55:57
Newcastle have put a deal together for Lingard, £2m loan fee and paying his wages, why are West Ham not all over this, if Utd think that Lingard could get us into top 4 then why aren't Utd playing him?

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20 Jan 2022 09:18:07
Because Man U don’t want to loan him to us or Spurs and prefer he go to Newcastle maybe. I would guess Man Utd would tell us if we were any him we have to buy, no loan.

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20 Jan 2022 09:24:16
Whats the betting that something happens with Lingard to us AFTER this weekend when we play UNITED. I reckon they don't want him to come to us until after we play them?

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20 Jan 2022 11:14:05
C&h reporting Newcastle have offered a 10m signing on fee and 200k a week for him to sign in the summer if they stay up.

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20 Jan 2022 11:35:39
Hmmm, They got LEEDS, EVERTON, VILLA and then us and then they face Brentford and Brighton before they they then get CHelsea and the rest of the big boys. If by some miuracle Burnley win the 3 games in hand they got it would leave toon 5 points adrift of safety. Would you really go to them? Not me, not if I had ambition cause they winning nothing this year

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20 Jan 2022 13:20:02
It looks like Utd will let him go for a £3.5m loan, that’s nothing, after what he did for us last season how can we say no?

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20 Jan 2022 13:37:22
Burnley - yeah how could they afford to sell Chris Wood?! I see they are after some 29 yr old AM as replacement.

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20 Jan 2022 15:12:20
He had a release clause that was met nothing they could do.

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20 Jan 2022 18:56:30
Just read Man U don’t want to loan Lingard they want to sell him, Newcastle still Interested, as are spurs and West Ham, but Man U have no intention of letting him go to a top four rival team apparently, also Lingard is keen to go to Newcastle after they signed his friend trippier…. (he wants a bigger pay packet then)

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20 Jan 2022 19:47:28
Heard Newcastle have bid 12m to sign lingard out right. Scrap lingard, invest in fabio Carvalho instead.

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21 Jan 2022 00:11:28
He would no doubt want a relegation release clause, but will likely go to Newcastle if he can get that.

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21 Jan 2022 08:47:59
Howe apparently won't sign a player that wants a release clause

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21 Jan 2022 14:42:27
If that’s true about Howe not wanting to sign players with a release clause good on him, there’s to much player power and greed considering their wages in the PL!
There are perhaps certain conditions to be considered but how about a few clauses in players contracts that clubs under certain circumstances clubs shouldn’t have to tolerate?
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19 Jan 2022 22:01:44
Apparently Moyes hasn't agreed on any of the options put infront of him but we could make a big signing in a position we don't necessarily need.

Wonder who that could be Kamara?

Bayern and dortmund still looking at hlozek but moyes doesn't fancy him very strange I'm sure when he came in moyes said he wanted to bring in young talent, Hlozek being one of the most promising teenage strikers in Europe and us needed a striker I can't make it make sense.If it wasn't for the czech connection we would probably have little to no chance of actually bringing in hlozek.

If he goes and fulfils his potential we are going to look very stupid. If he comes to us and doesn't set the world alight I'm sure no one could really blame Moyes at all.

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20 Jan 2022 06:31:31
A new tea lady from Man City maybe? I understand she has the best access to biscuits and is part of why they have achieved so well. But we have offered a loan to buy so will be interesting to see if Man City respond positively as Pep likes his tea.

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20 Jan 2022 10:11:11
Hlozek looks decent . where do people see him playing though?
As our 2nd striker to Antonio?
As backup to Bowen?
Left side we seem stocked up with Benrahma and Vlasic, while centre is Lanzini's and Fornals, and right is Bowen's all day long. I only see him fitting in at WHU as Bowen backup, as iv not seen him play ST before. This COULD free Bowen up to rotate with Antonio some more until Summer and ease our striker issues a little.
As a Moyse winger, the big question i think is about his defensive ability and workrate. As we know Moyes likes workers and wingers who contribute defensively, I've not seen enough of Hlozek outside of the Euros (where he got little game time) and he doesn't seem to be in the Bowen model to me (could be wrong tho). He seems very attack focused, not quite a luxury player but certainly not your all action wide player. Certainly a talent though, and i see he has played up top before so maybe ST could be his future?

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21 Jan 2022 00:12:14
He plays generally as a wide player cutting in so not really a target man. Can't see Moyes going for him really.

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21 Jan 2022 09:11:28
I think he's played more as a second striker this season or even as CAM more of a creator than an out and out goal scorer but he's definitely capable of doing both looks really talented if he was playing out wide for us he would be expected to track back maybe not his strong point now but he's 19 and Moyes could definitely coach that into him when you look at how much said, fornals and Bowen have improved in that sense. However I think his natural progression would be to play Central.

He would definitely help with rotation and give us options I'd much rather bring on a young promising forward than Yarmolenko and masuaka and I think there would be plenty game time in the cups for him.

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18 Jan 2022 23:38:14
Here are my thoughts on what is happening ATM.

1. we were handed a stiff one from the FA. We should NOT have played wedesday vs Norwich as we only had one game to catch up while Leeds still have 2. Against such an energetic team like Leeds it is a disadvantage, and at the least Leeds should have played one of their games on the wednesday also.

It is a disgrace what is going on with clubs getitng games called off, they should be made to play them during INT breaks when players are away for INT duty, or players who are new or were injured should not be allowed to play, only the players who were positive for covid should be alloed to come back into the squad for the rearranged game.

2. Man U are not letting Jesse come to us until either the last min in Jan, or potentially not at all until his contract ends, we are their competitors now LOL. This of course causes problems to our transfer strategy.

3. I am not sure what wages we have to play with until end of season now that we have Johnson, Coufal and Antonio on new contracts. Any ideas? and we need to get rid of Yarmo, Masuaku and Fredicks.

4. we obviiously need a striker, but I am SO glad we did not get Chris Wood, he simply would not fit our style just like Haller didnt. £25m is a lot (more than we sold Haller for who is top CL scorer currently) and would ruin our long term progress. I get the feeling Moyes knows what he wants but can't seem to get it right now and its more about timing and what can we afford as a bandage until we can get one of the main targets in. There are a lot of contracts ending this summer, and clubs/players may be positioning themselves for better deals in summer.

5. A left sided CB is very important. I like Tarkowski but he's not left footed, so this is odd. I like Diop, but he has been way below his own standards recently, maybe a deal with Burnley for him and Tarkowski? I'd like Diop to go on loan maybe rather than sell as he is still young. £10m and Diop on loan for Tarkowski? Also, why not play Alese in the Kiddeminster game and see how he gets on! he IS left footed after all!

6. Kral clearly hasn't met the expectations Moyes had, and he is clearly trying to make sure he does not play enough games to trigger our obligation to buy. Why not play Ekwah though?

I would take punt on buying Bayo or Onuachu as second striker, and Aaron Hickey as left back in this window. ST depends on price, and if it prevents someone like Belotti or En-Nesyri from coming in summer then should we struggle on with just Antonio? We should 100% be interested in Broja as well!

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19 Jan 2022 03:54:38
Well thought through Nickinho - my thoughts

1. Yes it is tough but now we play Man Utd three days after they play Brentford. I recall 85/86 the fixture backup hurt us, I think it will hurt Spurs too.

2. I think Jesse will want to wait till the end of the season. He then can dictate where he goes and what he gets paid and he will still have a few months before the World Cup. I don't know anything really but I think he doesn't want to join us at all.

3. I see Shevchenko has just been sacked which was our best chance to sell Yarmolenko. The wage budget I don't know but assume we must have some space as we have been seeking a striker for some time and would need to pay them. We would also have some space no doubt to offer Rice more if he wants to talk about a contract.

4. Yes Wood wasn't for us. Don't know much about Kamara but his name is popping up a lot now.

5. I like Ake myself, but hard to get anyone to sell that doesn't have to. I would be surprised if Burnley sell any more. Surely they want to try to stay up and see what happens at the end of the season as staying up is worth more than we would pay them.

6. If he isn't going to play Kral he should send him back. It makes no sense to have him there and not use him.

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19 Jan 2022 10:36:26
Apparently brereton Diaz is the striker Moyes likes but with them challenging for promotion its unlikely. However if they do get promotion then for me it's going to be even more unlikely in my opinion if this is the man you want given the situation Blackburn are in you will need to throw money at it or it will turn out another Ivan toney situation.

Hlozek we should get this done Moyes can take a good luck at him then if he's not ready to contribute send him out on loan in the summer maybe even back to Prague.

I know they don't want to throw money at it but it's without doubt we need a striker and a left sided CB. Ogbonna might not be the same player when he comes back look at how long it's taken Lanzini to get back to good enough level to challenge for a first team place.

As for lingard he's asking ridiculous wages, make him a good offer and move on we already have a plethora of attack midfielders to choose from and I think someone younger would be a better choice anyway.

Kamara is quality would take him in heart beat, I'm sure the EDs posted that the lady from Marseille doesn't want to deal with our board however we do now have someone working for us that was previously at Marseille.

all in all I think moyes needs to grow a pair stop dithering and make moves.

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19 Jan 2022 17:56:10
Hlozek would be my main target.

Yes, CB and LB are positions at the forefront of many minds at the moment, but Zouma’s imminent return and Cresswell now fit eases that, so no panic there.

I like Hickey and Kamara, so, if they’re available and want to come on mutually satisfactory deals, so be it.

If we cannot get a quality target man this window, I can understand DM’s reluctance to spend on a temporary partial solution, who will simply warm the bench.

Stop playing Masuaku. His distribution/passing is horrendous and his decision making is naive. He is simply not up to what we are, let alone what we wish to become.

Back to my first point…GET A HLOZEK DEAL SORTED pronto.

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17 Jan 2022 15:52:47
Images of Andy Carroll at rush Green have emerged lol can it be we are so desperate lmfao u couldn't write this lol

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17 Jan 2022 20:58:07
I understand he still owns a house nearby so I think people are putting one and one that get her and coming up with seven in this case

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18 Jan 2022 10:01:28
Sdl, never say never because it just might happen🤣Martinez sacked by Everton, now they may have him back, players and Managers can return, I wonder how many posters on here have left then returned to previous jobs?
To me the only problem with Carroll was his injuries, a bruiser up front, but I like that in a centre forward, as long as he keeps those elbows down, better than no-signing at all up front for me, also he’ll have something to prove to WH imo? Now I’ll sit and wait for the flack I’ll be given🤣😂⚒⚒⚒⚒

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18 Jan 2022 11:26:27
Who knows but don’t think he fits the Moyes view of a worker and so unless it was thrust upon him not sure he would ask for it.

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18 Jan 2022 11:27:37
I agree Chelms, I think Carroll would be a good option from the bench for last 15 mins

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18 Jan 2022 12:07:55
Robbo, thanks for at least having one in agreement 🤣He still has Rod Stewart’s ex House in Epping which as local ⚒ fans will know is only 11 miles from Rush Green training ground 25 mins away or more like 10 mins if he has the same car thieves chasing him for his Range Rover when he was last at WH🤣😂⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒

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11 Jan 2022 14:04:39
Hmmmm is Lingard on his way to SPURS meaning we will probably end up with Deli Alli Very odd not movement on Lingard

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11 Jan 2022 14:49:06
From what I've read it's a summer move when he's out of contract so will get a massive paycheck for it plus signing on fee

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11 Jan 2022 14:50:27
Yes very odd

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11 Jan 2022 15:47:02
Thanks Robbie. Very strange that moyes loves him so much but no move from west ham?

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11 Jan 2022 18:17:19
200k a week and a massive joining on fee he can go if true,its not like he can sign a pre contract so I think we will try for a late move in this window.

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11 Jan 2022 18:42:47
I must admit we are doing ok without him and to be honest, he had his chance and could have stayed but he decided to return to united

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11 Jan 2022 18:47:52
Honestly, if he joins he joins. if he doesn’t he doesn’t. I wouldn’t lose sleep over it. Bowen, Lanzini and to a lesser extent Fornals and Benrahma have done OK and I do t think we’ve missed him that much.
We are creating enough chances and just need a striker to help finish them.

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11 Jan 2022 18:53:22
Fornals and benrahma have done more than OK big part of the reason we are 5th in the league and into the last 16 of europa they had a little dip in form but they play through the international breaks and played a lot of minutes in the europa.

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11 Jan 2022 20:21:15
We will likely wait till Man U are desperate at the end of the window. If he joins spurs in the meantime so be it, but right now it is just agents talking trying to get him a move.

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11 Jan 2022 22:07:05
The other interesting thing with Lingard is that he played the final few minutes of the FA Cup match v Villa so is now cup tied - strange they brought him on for a few minutes if he is leaving this window. Not a problem if he goes to Arsenal or Newcastle I guess.

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12 Jan 2022 14:32:50
Sdl… haven’t seen those articles mate. Would be interested in reading them. Where did you read it?

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12 Jan 2022 20:01:44
I just have a look on news now each day - not sure which article you specifically mean?

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13 Jan 2022 10:27:37
I’m ambivalent about Lingard now.

As has already been said, if he comes, he comes.

We really need to concentrate on bringing in a front man/goal scorer. I know we have done well scoring goals this season (4th most in the PL, I think), but Antonio needs proper competition and, worse, if he becomes unavailable, our shape isn’t good enough without a central focus.

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13 Jan 2022 15:19:51
Spot on iron.Al Fornals is turning out to be the player i saw at villareal not just a workhorse but a killer passer of the ball and benrahma has all the ability just taken time to settle and on lingard he could have come back but because he played well for 9 or 10 games he sort of used us to get a bigger move so i wouldn't want players who don't want to play for west ham look at the unity with all the players when we score a goal he should take a look at RICE who we know is going to leave very soon but nobody can comment on his commitment to west ham he's been superb.

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14 Jan 2022 11:26:09
Fornals grafts like mad has a lovely weight of pass, always seems to make the right choices and doesn't give the ball away cheaply.

Always back benrahma to beat his man was getting frustrated with his crosses from deep on his right foot but eventually one came off.

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16 Jan 2022 16:02:54
Not sure we will bring anyone in to be truthful. Clearly we need players but I think they are happy woth our progress and willing to wait till summer

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11 Jan 2022 14:01:27
It seems that Spurs are showing more than a passing interest in Lingard. I wonder if Moyes is so interested in him, and he wants to leave, why we've not done anything to get him yet?

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12 Jan 2022 16:49:18
I take absolutely no interest in speculation at all, although I have my own thoughts on them, but prefer to comment when you see whoever it is has put pen to paper!
However as soon as Lingard came on as a sub with 4 minutes to go against Villa, to me that said we won’t be getting him in this January window!
Whoever else we are linked with is uninteresting to me until it’s a done deal!
We’ve done great with what we have so far, way beyond what we are used to at WH, so if we do nothing in this window, as long as we don’t sell, I don’t care!⚒⚒⚒⚒

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17 Jan 2022 08:34:51
Urmm but Ex did break it a month before? As he proved. He named the other players getting contract renewals because they are the ones getting contract renewals? What’s he meant to do make up ones that are not. It’s so funny to people like me that go to his events and actually know him when people try to rubbish his sources. It happens every window when no news is actually happening and them you find out he did actually call it, that’s casualty forgotten, then the next window people start up again. Why does it give people satisfaction to try and be little hun so regularly when he has already broken loads this last month anyway?!

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08 Jan 2022 21:32:07
Was good news that Antonio signed a new contract and Moyes hunting others were already done. Obviously won't be Rice as the news would be too big to keep quiet but likely a couple of those expiring contracts Ed mentioned.

Was funny to see exWHU Employee "break" the news a day after Moyes did and then go on and suggest others MIGHT be the names we all expect. Seems the club really are playing cards closer to their chest which is a lot more professional than it has been in the past, but also shows these so called insiders really aren't that far inside and just trawl rumours and then call a friend.

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10 Jan 2022 07:17:44
Yeah, for me the pinches of salt get bigger, the louder the “news” is shouted.

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11 Jan 2022 18:54:56
I’ve taken flak on here before for expressing my views about ex-employee. Too many people put too much faith in his posts. His “I heard” “someone told me” is all too convenient and hazy. There’s never a definite “this will happen” weeks before a signing. His posts that are accurate a generally somewhere in the public domain already. He’s a click and get paid journo if you ask me. More people who open his posts the more he gets paid and recognised.
With Moyes in charge, there is a purposeful intention NOT to divulge his targets. I also believe (and possibly so does Moyes) that young Jack Sullivan was giving information beforehand and this would have changed now. Hence less leakages relating to our real transfer targets.
I would suspect when he does sign someone, it will be more surprising and not related to a great many of the targets we are rumoured to be linked with. Keep the faith lads. Moysie is no mug. He knows what he’s doing with his new scout Newman.

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11 Jan 2022 20:22:37
I also see he is tryouts ng to wage war with David Sullivan in a couple of articles and Sullivan has bitten back.

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08 Jan 2022 06:10:00
The Sun are reporting that Newcastle want Diop. I have no problem with that, if true, assuming there is a replacement ready. Diop has been below average since returning. If DM could get Philips or Tarkowski then they would improve our back line.

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08 Jan 2022 14:40:25
We have been linked with loads of CBS his window. With Zouma and Oggy out, we are thin on the ground, so DM won’t let Diop go in Jan unless he gets a replacement. Ideally he’ll want a long term partner for Zouma.

I do wonder though, what the plans are for Alese and Baptiste, both of whom look real prospects.

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08 Jan 2022 14:42:27
We shouldn't be anywhere near Tarkowski, he looks every inch a League 2 defender rather than a former England international. When Burnley fans are offering to drive him anywhere but to Turf Moor then it's time to look elsewhere.

Do like the Nat Phillips link though, just I can't help but think that there would be provisions dealing with Liverpool in the shape of Jarrod Bowen.

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08 Jan 2022 21:23:36
Diop could leave but we would want replacements first which might be hard to come by. I don’t see anyone agreeing to sell just now.

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07 Jan 2022 14:00:01
Eds Note - DIE_4_WHUFC's post is now an article on our Football News Views site, entitled: Where I would love to see the West Ham United squad come the start of next season.

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07 Jan 2022 14:39:19
Thanks Eds

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07 Jan 2022 19:50:39
Really good read that.

Those midfielders you mentioned in zakaria, Kessie and Koumara would all be upgrades on kral and noble. I feel like one of those would be good enough to replace both in the squad.

Another player we were linked to years ago I thought would be a quality signing was Sangare before he went to PSV his stats are insane.

As much as i like lanzini If he continues his form it might be the right time to cash in on him and replace him with someone younger although I'd be happy for him to stay I'd have no qualms if we brought in one of those attackers you mentioned someone like a a damsgaard or a Doku, there are some good young attacking midfielders in championship aswell the likes of Lewis Potter and brennan Johnson.

We've been linked to a few new CBs today in, Gleison Bremer, Nayef Aguerd and Abdou Diallo who can also play LB. I think Botman would be my number one choice but it looks like he's been lured to Newcastle for money.

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08 Jan 2022 21:33:55
Thanks Al

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04 Jan 2022 10:45:17
West Ham has nine players out of contract in the summer and a further seven entering their final year. Like most clubs, money remains tight, and they could look to cashing in on primary assets (such as Rice or Bowen) to help raise transfer funds. The club could look to a couple of loans to help out and need to assess the youngsters they already have on the books as the out of contract and aging players will not be around for much longer. There needs to be a plan and that has been lacking for a long time. I would think it remains frustrating for West Ham fans not to have seen the striker position not resolved as we go from window to window.

Players who might depart before next season or have been of interest to other sides:

Alphonse Areola (G) WHU Have an option to buy but the player may resist citing lack of opportunities and may look for a high-profile club. West Ham would like to keep him - will need persuading.
Lukasz Fabianski (G) Out of Contract in the summer and available as a Free Agent.
David Martin (G) Out of Contract in the summer and available as a Free Agent.
Ryan Fredericks (RB) Out of Contract in the summer and available as a Free Agent.
Ben Johnson (RB) Out of Contract in the summer and available as a Free Agent.
Angelo Ogbonna (CB) Out of Contract in the summer and available as a Free Agent.
Declan Rice (DM) Price may block a move but there remains interest from Manhester United and there is interest from Manchester City. West Ham will resist a move, but if the player were to push for it they would have to reconsider that position.
Mark Noble (CM) Out of Contract in the summer and available as a Free Agent. Perhaps he will retire and join the staff.
Jarrod Bowen (RW/LW) I am still not aware of any formal approach to West Ham by Liverpool, but Bowen is a player who would be an ideal replacement for the now departed Shaqiri - and he is HG. Liverpool have a good relationship with his agent and have apparently spoken with him. I don't know if West Ham would be open to selling. Their focus is on other positions. So it makes some sense if West Ham are open to a sale and if the player accepts a bit-part role. Previously Leicester had an approach turned down by West Ham. Spurs want to add competition to Moura but Bowen would want to be a starter so any club signing him would need to convince him of their project.
Andriy Yarmolenko (RW) will be available to be sold in January or will leave as a Free Agent in the summer. Trabzonspor offer an option.

Players where some level of interest has been shown by West Ham United:

Alphonse Areola (G) WHU Have an option to buy but the player may resist citing lack of opportunities and may look for a high-profile club. West Ham would like to keep him - will need persuading.
Emiliano Martinez (G) Aston Villa will resist a sale but Spurs see Martinez as a Lloris replacement and West Ham see him as a Fabianski replacement. Manchester United want to avoid signing a new goalkeeper but could be forced to look to him. If WHU were to make an offer the player would likely look to the role of Areola before deciding. Unlikely as the cost will be significant.
Sam Johnstone (G) Will not be sold in January but Spurs, West Ham and Southampton may look to offers in the summer. Possible.
Nathaniel Phillips (CB) West Ham interest remains. An ideal Ogbonna replacement at a good price - would be a good buy for West Ham. Something can be done.
James Tarkowski (CB) options are Newcastle and Wolves. I suspect the long-term interest of Werst Ham has gone after failing to sort out a transfer previously. One for next summer perhaps.
Niklas Stark (CB/DM) Hertha want a new contract agreed rather than see the player depart as a Free Agent in the summer. They will also promise him the role of full-time captain in the future. There have been enquiries Rubin Kazan and West Ham. Would be great but don't be surprised by an offer from Dortmund - so unlikely.
Duje Caleta-Car (CB) Newcastle and Wolves have approached Marseille about a January transfer. There is sustained interest from West Ham with ex-Marseille scout Georges Santos joining West Ham. The player sees these clubs as a step down and wants Champions League football. Marseille simply want him gone. West Ham have messed around the lady who does the negotiations on behalf Marseille in the past and she sees them as unprofessional, so it will be more difficult to reach any agreement.
Nathan Ake (CB) Time to move on with the player expressing an interest in a return to London - West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace may offer solutions.
Sven Botman (CB) Milan or Newcastle could look to him. Will be available, but not until the summer, and many PL clubs have been scouting Lille including West Ham who were told they would not discuss Botman. Emerging as first choice CB for Newcastle.
Boubacar Kamara (DM/CB) is doing himself no favours by not commiting to a new contract. Bayern Munich are still keen and may well have a pressing need to replace Marc Roca in January. Marseille have been approached by a third party on behalf of Newcastle but they will be seen as a less than attractive option. Milan may just bite and look for a pre-contract but Marseille could look to a January sale with ex scout Georges Santos joining West Ham and recommending the player - but he would probably be a Declan Rice replacement if anything were to happen, so it is unlikely. Interest of Chelsea has shifted elsewhere but Barcelona remain keen on taking Boubacar Kamara and a member of the Marseille staff. The member of Marseille staff says she is still hopeful that agreement can be reached to extend his contract. If there is no decision by the end of December then Marseille accept he will move on - possibly as a Free Agent. Manchester United have spoken with his agent, which would be as a Matic replacement. Manchester City, like Chelsea, have a preferred option now. Roma offer an option. I cannot see West Ham being able to sign him.
Alex Kral (DM) West Ham will likely sign him on a permanent deal.
Guido Rodriguez (DM) The club have said that if someone comes up with his €75M release clause then he can be sold. There is no interest at that price but Arsenal have watched the player but without further departures do not need another DM player. It seems very unlikely the player would want the move after only being in Spain since January 2020, although Real Betis would be open to a sale. A reasonable fee might be €20M-€25M - but that may not be enough for them. If Liverpool are interested, it would not be as a Wijnaldum replacement but more likely a Fabinho replacement - makes no sense. Potentially on the list for West Ham as a Declan Rice replacement. I cannot see a move to West Ham being possible.
Harry Winks (DM/CM) Spurs have told interested sides he is not for sale but if the player were to ask to leave the coach would be supportive of that. Aston Villa moved on from Pape Sarr and made an enquiry about his availability in the summer. If West Ham were to sell Rice they might offer an option - as perhaps Manchester United might as a possible Matic replacement. He would provide an interesting option for Everton. Leicester might also be a possible destination if they were to lose Ndidi, but they have a preferred target in mind. Southampton have declared an interest. Likely to stay under Conte.
Weston McKennie (CM) Fiorentina would like to take the player and Juventus are looking to add a leading CM and need to raise funds and offload, ideally Ramsey and Arthur - but an option would be to sell Weston McKennie to Spurs or Bayern Munich who have both have shown an interest - although it seems to be waning. A representative of Juventus was in London for talks with Chelsea and was asked to meet with West Ham who have declared an interest. I am not so sure the player would be interested. Juventus will keep him if they cannot raise €30M from a sale. Won't move to West Ham.
Aaron Ramsey (CM) agent prompted a WHU enquiry - nothing will happen with West Ham.
Jed Wallace (RW/AM) Rangers have an advantage as they can negotiate his signing as of January when West Ham and Newcastle will need to wait until he leaves Millwall in May. Seems very unlikely.
Jesse Lingard (AM) Needs to move on. Everton, Newcastle and West Ham may offer options. Something can be done with West Ham potentially as early as January but the player may continue to look for different options - they won't arise if he is not playing.
Antonin Barak (AM) West Ham see the player as an option to Jed Wallace and Jesse Lingard. Newcastle has an interest. Will stay in Italy.
Guus Til (AM) Spartak purchased the player from AZ after a significant return in terms of goals. Sadly, he did not settle and the goals dried up. A loan back to the Eredivisie with Feyenoord has been very successful and attracted the attention of a number of clubs. Marcel Brands was very keen on taking the player to Everton to replace Gylfi Sigurdsson but the interest may have left with Brands. Wolves provide an interesting option as it is a position they would like to strengthen. Feyenoord and the player would like a permanent deal but the funds required would likely be too much of a stretch for them. West Ham are another side looking for an AM player, and although they are one of many clubs to have scouted the player, they have preferred options. Ajax have not declared an interest, but they are fearful of losing Naci Unuvar and that could prompt them. The player has made no secret of his desire to move to Germany if he cannot stay at Feyenoord. It will be interesting to see what happens with what is a potentially significant talent. Very unlikely but a potentially significant talent.
Dele Alli (AM) PSG were open to taking him on an initial loan last January - Spurs wanted him to see out the season and had no intention of letting him leave on loan. Spurs have been open to selling since the summer and would now accept a loan with an obligation to buy to ensure he moves on. It is difficult to see any side taking a risk on a straight loan with an obligation to buy - if it were an option then perhaps Aston Villa, West Ham and Newcastle might provide options. Newcastle seem a less likely option. Huge baggage - West Ham should steer clear.
Anwar El Ghazi (RW) Roma interest has gone. As he is available, an option for WHU if they lose Bowen. Makes no sense.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (LW) Torino, Borussia Dortmund and Lokomotiv Moscow have spoken with Rubin Kazan who were not looking to sell in the summer. However, his agent is hawking him around the Premier League clubs with, according to him, West Ham, Southampton and Leeds showing some interest.
Eden Hazard (LW/RW) Real Madrid have problems one way or another with most of their wingers. He will be another that Real Madrid listen to offers for and has been offered to several Premier League sides. West Ham indicated at the right price they would be interested but the player would not be interested. It is difficult to talk of the timings of transfers but Hazard is, like most of the wingers at Real Madrid and Chelsea, potentially available for a transfer. Whilst there is some support from someone senior at Chelsea, others are not keen to pay the €50M asking price for a 30 year old. I think a move unlikely unless the fee drops considerably. May well be offered to Lille as part of another transfer. Has been offered to Newcastle as well.
Keane Lewis-Potter (LW) Hull youngster who has attracted scouts from Leicester and West Ham.
Giovanni Simeone (F) Cagliari need to sell to cover themselves financially and will listen to offers. They had hoped that Atletico would come in with a good offer but that hasn't happened. West Ham have a long-term interest and spoke again with his representative, but he would need to be matched with a Centre Forward due to his size. Sevilla have had an offer rejected but could return. Everton and Leeds have sent scouts to watch him. Player will look for a team playing European football.
Sardar Azmoun (F) Out of contract in the summer and available as a Free Agent. Emerging as an option for Everton to replace either Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison if either were to leave. Prior interest of Leicester, Lazio, PSV, Liverpool and Marseille has gone - but he been playing very well for Zenit and that has also attracted the interest of Lyon, Newcastle, Milan and West Ham. Expect a move to Lyon as a Free Agent this summer.
Gabriel Barbosa (F) Agent has been doing the rounds in England offering the player on a loan with obligation to buy deal to at least Aston Villa, Newcastle and West Ham. West Ham wished to discuss an 18 month loan with an option to buy. Flamengo have no interest in such an idea. Now being offered around mainland Europe - most sides still see the risk as high.
Mohamed Bayo (S) Clement Foot have no interest in selling cheaply although have noted that Brighton, Chelsea and West Ham have had scouts at games watching him. It is difficult to see how a Work Permit would be obtained for England unless paying well over the odds for a player often described as clumsy. Don't rule out a West Ham offer.
Adam Hlozek (S) has been scouted by West Ham, RBL, Milan, Liverpool, Dortmund, Arsenal and others but has a desire to move to West Ham where Soucek, who he shares an agent with, plays. Has made clear that he will want assurances of game time which will likely rule out any interest from Bayern Munich. He is a Plan B for Dortmund if the move for Karim Adeyemi falls through. West Ham should have progressed this in the summer and as time passes other sides will push for him. Something could still be done with West Ham.
Jonathan David (S/AM) Lille, like many French clubs were hit hard by the loss of broadcast revenue and will need to sell some of their more valuable assets even though they do not want to. Jonathan David is valued by Lille at an unrealistic €60M with Real Madrid keen if a deal cannot be reached for Haaland. Another option for Madrid might be to pay a deposit on a transfer for 2023 and leave him at Lille. Real Madrid may try and negotiate Eden Hazard being included in a deal. There is likely to be plenty of interest in him for a summer move if his price comes down a little - West Ham, Inter and Arsenal are three clubs cited having sent scouts to watch him, no doubt there have been many more. It is difficult to see the player being interested in a move to West Ham.
Youssef En-Nesyri (S) West Ham and Manchester United apparently, via a third party, have made an approach to ask about availability and price for the player who has done well this season, but has not set the world alight previously. Will be off the AFCON when it comes around. Makes little sense given Sevilla are not looking to sell and would demand around €50M but there remains the thought both sides could look again. It would be doubtful he would be a starter for Manchester United. Arsenal has also shown interest in the player as a replacement for Lacazette but they need to raise funds to balance the books and could only be a viable option if a significant sale were made or a player used in exchange. Seems unlikely.
Divock Origi (S) The interest of Cercle Brugge has gone due to asking price. Fenerbahce were interested in a loan with an option to buy. Crystal Palace had him on a list of potential Batshuayi and Wickham replacements but moved on. He will be somewhere down the extensive list of strikers West Ham were considering but might be a realistic option as they need to fix two key problems. Wolves offer an option but not at the asking price. Mainz have an interest. Liverpool will keep him if they cannot get the price they want. I think West Ham could do better.
Patrik Schick (S) Bayer Leverkusen do not wish to sell but know the interest of Manchester City, Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus could see the price rise significantly. Interestingly, whilst all have a declared interest, none have him as their first choice. West Ham and Manchester United have both sent scouts to watch him although seem unlikely destinations.
Folarin Balogun (S) is frustrated at the lack of opportunities at Arsenal and his "agent" is again offering him around with interest from West Ham and Bayer Leverkusen. A loan seems more likely with interest from the Championship and, surprisingly Saint Etienne who want to replace loanee Ignacio Ramirez.
Cyle Larin (S) Brighton are keen with West Ham and Everton enquiring after the availability of the Canadian.

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04 Jan 2022 11:26:55
This has to be the longest post I have ever seen o. "Rumours" absolutely brilliant thanks Ed002

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04 Jan 2022 17:33:36
Thx, Ed002.

Really helpful information.

Hlozek is a real talent: excellent with assists and scores with both feet as well as being a very good header if the ball. He is fast, strong and has great control and fast feet.

We should snap him up.

There is a lot of buzz about Cabral, who plays in Switzerland, but he hasn’t either the football talent or the football brain Hlozek possesses.

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04 Jan 2022 18:58:29
With you on that markro, he ticks all the boxes he's just a bit young but if we wait to long he will go somewhere else and could become a star.

Feel like Moyes will wrongly dig his heels in on this one. I do think he might struggle to lead the line on his own consistently but can play anywhere across the front and could easily play off Antonio.

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04 Jan 2022 18:59:04
Great info. I don’t see the club cashing in on either Bowen or Rice till summer when decisions will need to be made. I don’t see Areola staying unless he gets assurances he is going to get more game time. Like us I can’t see too many clubs willing to let their players go in January so if we can get someone it is likely to be a surplus to requirements like Lingard, or from a league where twenty million is too much to pass up. All the talk in the world won’t force some teams to sell without a replacement or the player being so upset that they are concerned it will upset the team.

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04 Jan 2022 21:21:58
Kral is also out of contract I believe in the summer and not sure what the terms on the loan to buy are? But not seen enough of him. Next season we also have a lot of players finishing contracts Randolph, Creswell, Antonio, Dawson, Coufal, Diop, so some decisions to make this summer for sure.

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06 Jan 2022 21:58:43
Areola would be a good replacement for Fabs.
We must get Johnson to sign a contract.
Purchase of a centre back; Tarkowski or Philips would both be solid options.
We need a forward and a left back. If we were lucky enough to get Digne that would be a great signing. Being a French international alongside Zouma would certainly show progress.

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07 Jan 2022 00:42:08
I've read somewhere ben johnsons contract has an option to extend his current deal. I think they will improve the deal and extend even further but there is no rush at the moment.

Digne is quality but 20m-30m for a 28 year old on high wages might be to rich for our blood. We should be looking at long term replacements for Cresswell, Digne would be a proven fix for maybe the next 3-4 seasons and with Cresswells contact nearing an end we would also need an understudy to Digne.

Long term Ogbonna replacement is needed.

Replacing yarmolemko with a young and hungry winger would be ideal if we don't get lingard.

Obviously we need a striker.

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