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09 Oct 2023 08:38:44
Bowen signed new contract for £6.5m PA, great it ties him to the club until in his 30's with no buy out clause? Apparently loves it at the club, well done Sullivan?⚒⚒⚒⚒COYI


1.) 09 Oct 2023 19:50:33
Agree with you Chelmsford. Club is moving in a positive motion because everything is stable.

2.) 29 Oct 2023 15:10:36
Let's be honest, Bowen signing that contract only really guarantees the club a stronger bargaining position should someone come sniffing around in the next few transfer windows.



13 Mar 2022 12:00:36
Seems as if this is becoming a Political talk site? Would it not be better to keep it to the site it's intended to be used for, we all see so much information on the TV and must confess I tend to overdose on the News and current updates.
Tough game today against Villa, they have so many capable of scoring, will get commentary on Radio hopefully, we really need to get 3 points to remain in contention for a top 6 slot which I think realistically is the best we can hope for?⚒⚒⚒


{Ed002's Note - {Ed002's Note - I completely agree. There are huge amounts of misinformation being posted Chelmsford. As you say, a tough game against Aston Villa today. And to try and prompt some discussion on transfers and the needs the club have in the summer, we can start by looking at the GKs where there are issues:
GKs 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. West Ham could look to an additional year to ease a serious GK problem.
David Martin (G) Out of Contract in the summer and available as a Free Agent.

GKs where some level of interest has been shown:
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. Unlikely.
Bartlomiej Dragowski (S) Has asked to leave Fiorentina for more game time. Looked at by WHU as an option if Areola does not sign.
Gaëtan Coucke (G) Genk sold Coucke to Mechelen in 2020 as he was letting in a couple of goals per game - and he is still letting a lot in. His agent has said Ipswich Town and West Ham have asked after him - it is unclear why as it seems he is nothing like good enough.
Emiliano Martinez (G) Aston Villa will resist a sale but Spurs see Martinez as a potential longer-term 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) Spurs, West Ham and Southampton may look to offers to the player who is out of contract in the summer. Possible.

1.) 13 Mar 2022 13:56:34
Ed?Thanks for all the additional info as well on GK’s that we really do need to make our mind up with if we have no intention of buying Areola, which I can only suspect could be his current wage at PSG? I cannot see Fab being capable of retaining the number 1 spot past the end of this season?
I don’t want to seem to be unsupportive or heartless of the poor Ukrainian people, as I am as sickened and appalled as anybody by the mad, evil Russian slaughtering thousands of Ukrainians and other nationals for his own warped lying ideals, Where will this all end?

{Ed002's Note - I think I will move on to the RBs next.}

2.) 13 Mar 2022 16:11:04
Ed, I thought Fabianski signed for another year, maybe use him as a number 2, would Pope be available if Burnley go down?

{Ed002's Note - I thought the extra year ran out this coming summer.}

3.) 13 Mar 2022 19:08:12
Reasonably sure Fabianski is secured for next season.

{Ed002's Note - OK.}

4.) 13 Mar 2022 23:02:40
Pope or Meslier for me if either of those teams go down.

Johnstone is a good shot stopper but I hear his kicking is poor and he flaps at crosses. Would rather have areola.

5.) 14 Mar 2022 10:45:35
West Ham have been linked with Johnston got a couple of seasons now and I think he would be a good signing out of contract so no transfer fee and his distribution is good and quick something which Fab and Areola lack. What about Henderson who isn't getting game time at Utd

{Ed002's Note - There is plenty of interest from elsewhere, but none from WHU at this time.}

6.) 14 Mar 2022 20:50:48
Yes its sometimes dearth of other opem convos that leads to some of my politicking and maybe others' too. Goalie situ interests me greatly. Martin maybe shoulda had more of a chance - 36 not old for a keeoer vut kate to make ones mark ; he is mocing on in the summer?

7.) 14 Mar 2022 20:37:42
fabs recently signed a 1yr extension

8.) 14 Mar 2022 22:42:20
Martin is a training ground keeper no where near the level needed. He only got game time for us due to how bad Roberto was.

9.) 15 Mar 2022 10:33:21
Fabs signed a 1 year extension last March which runs out this June. I can't find any info anywhere to suggest he's extended again and every site I visit to check still has his contract expiration at June '22.

10.) 15 Mar 2022 19:53:59
Looking around the internet Billy and Ed you may be right. Seems lots of press that a deal was to be signed in mid Jan, but none saying it was signed. So maybe it does run out in June after all.

11.) 18 Mar 2022 16:28:03
As long as we don't wait til Sept, then panic it has not been signed; nor do we have a replacement on the horizon. This seems to be our Modus Operandus on transfer related stuff.

12.) 21 Mar 2022 00:10:50
Spot on iron.Al martin isn't very good and roberto was probably the worst keeper ever to pull on a west ham shirt thers a heck of a lot of good foreign keepers but if burnley go down which i don't think they will then POPE is a decent keeper and probably the best english keeper about as i don't rate PICKFORD one bit anyway EVERTON are candidates for relegation as they are shocking at the minute big frank relegated i'd laugh my bollocks off were he to get them relegated as he never once showed west ham any respect when he was sold.

13.) 23 Mar 2022 12:08:17
Whorya yes and Lampard is attacking his own team now too - it will all end in tears rather shortly - perhaps with, as you say, relegation.



17 Aug 2021 16:57:07
According to Manchester News, the EPL website states Jesse Lingard as a West Ham player loan for 2021/ 22 season, just saw this online trawling for WH news?


1.) 17 Aug 2021 17:30:50
Yes, I saw that too. It’s a strange one. I wouldn’t make too much of it.

2.) 17 Aug 2021 18:12:39
Hasn't he only got 1 year left on contract? Makes no sense man u would want to loan, someone being mischievous probably or a simple typo.

3.) 17 Aug 2021 19:35:38
I don't see it happening well not this window anyway
Scored for them tonight.



15 Aug 2021 08:06:30
Imo I think Think we will get Lingard before the window closes? After reading the D Mail interview with J Redknapp there seemed to be innuendos there was a possibility of him coming to us? I think the "10%" chance was another smokescreen from DM.
I definitely don't want to see Bowen used in any deal with the Scousers or anybody, he is DM type of player that grafts in a game so I can't see DM sanctioning that?
Keep what we have at WH, it's not a big squad, but big enough for the PL even if not for Europe, that would take seasons of consistency of top 6 finishing and investing, not 1 season! Can see us getting 3
Points today at the Toonâš’âš’âš’âš’ COYI.


1.) 15 Aug 2021 10:41:12
Pointless us getting in Europe in the first place then wasn't it and shows the true ambition of the club?

2.) 15 Aug 2021 11:13:29
Our squad isn't even bug enough for pl, 1 striker, 3 cbs, not much to talk about when covering Central midfield either.

3.) 15 Aug 2021 11:30:40
Rather a silly statement to make that it’s “pointless getting into Europe” no club plays to lose, if you get to a Euro position in the PL, that’s great, but you can’t magic funds, I think they may be holding back money for Lingard transfer?

4.) 15 Aug 2021 12:01:50
Even with lingard we are still short squad wise, the first team is decent enough but as soon as injuries kick in we will be in trouble, as usual our transfer strategy is ponderous and seems to have no focus on what we need, we will just go for what's left ie what's cheap as clubs couldn't shift elsewhere.

{Ed002's Note - There is also a huge issue with the age of the squad.}

5.) 15 Aug 2021 13:06:16
Chelmsford as always you make very sound and reasonable points but I think we might have to sacrifice the likes of Bowen to be able to increase squad numbers. As mentioned on a previous post I think Bowen is worth Phillips and Origi …. not a bad deal. The only clubs really investing in new players at the moment are those with very rich owners or those that have a commodity to sell (Grealish etc) . I really don’t want us to sell our top commodity, Declan therefore we need to look at other ways to generate funds for deals. In PL terms we are skint, C.V. has hit hard and this will not be a normal transfer window. Areola, Phillips, Origi, Lingard and Rice retained with the loss of Bowen, Andersen and Balbuena would constitute a good window in my book. Any additional loans/ frees on top would be a bonus.

6.) 15 Aug 2021 15:08:39
Lingard and Milenkovic, will sign this month! 😀 Origi possible, 45 million the three!

7.) 15 Aug 2021 15:58:17
Chances of joining HAMMERS this month, lingard 95%, Milenkovic 75%, origi 50%! 😀. What do you think Eds?

{Ed002's Note - I am not going to give percentages but there is interest from elsewhere from Lingard but I suspect there is a good chance WHU will win out. Not so sure about Nikola Milenkovic but keep an eye on Duje Caleta-Car with the lady from Marseille arriving back in England yesterday. Origi is of interest to others but WHU might win out as they are a more attractive option in terms of game time. But the scattergun approach continues.}

8.) 15 Aug 2021 16:39:58
Thanks ed02.

9.) 15 Aug 2021 17:02:10
Thanks Ed 002.

10.) 15 Aug 2021 18:57:42
Bowen is worth more than origi and phillips.

I don't think it would be out of the question for us to sign lingard, origi and either Milenkovic or Zouma. I would be happy with that it would give us attacking options and plenty of cover. I do really like the combination of benrahma fornals and bowen they all give us something a little different and complement each other well but we will need to rotate and both lingard and origi would give us options. Between lanzini fornals noble ad Coventry they can support/ cover rice and soucek.



25 Jan 2021 11:20:27
More rumours that Chelsea will sack Lampard, I wonder if that happens it will scupper the Rice rumour mill about going Westbound? Hopefully if Lampard goes he may stay? âš’âš’âš’.


{Ed002's Note - Rice was very much a target of Frank Lampard rather than the club.}

1.) 25 Jan 2021 12:18:00
Seems he has been sacked, such a shame.

Holding onto Rice will still be difficult with Man Utd and Liverpool possible interest in the summer. Will still depend on how we go second half of the season and who we bring in.

2.) 25 Jan 2021 12:44:41
He's now been sacked so expect to see him on telly punditry.

3.) 25 Jan 2021 13:06:37
Hes been sacked chelms. Brought a smile to my face aswell hopefully that sees Rice stay long term.

4.) 25 Jan 2021 13:25:46
Iron👍 Rice has been quoted as saying “I want to stay in London” the bad news is without Chelsea we still have Spurs and Arsenal to worry about, think we can rule out Fulham, QPR& Brentford😂🤣⚒⚒⚒.

5.) 25 Jan 2021 18:08:32
1. I can’t see the Davids doing any business with Spurs.

2. Why would Rice move to a lesser team like Arsenal?

6.) 25 Jan 2021 18:25:27
Given that FL has gone from Chelsea and the interest from may disappear from them but remain with other PL clubs maybe a new contract should start to negotiated with him and his advisors if west ham carry on performing as we have no reason why we shouldn’t resolve his aspirations for European football which will also attract a better quality of players.

7.) 25 Jan 2021 18:37:19
No business ever with spurs plus they couldn't afford him.

No point in going to Arse either and they again would not pay the minimum price of 80m.

Rice should stay and become a west ham legend we have the makings of a really good team with the correct investment and youngsters like odubeko, baptiste, diallo, johnson coming through in the next couple seasons we could be a European regular. Noble to lift the FA cup retire and become director of football.

8.) 25 Jan 2021 21:24:44
The him down to a new contract and reward him with better terms.




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27 May 2024 14:39:59
As a debate, what's the opinion of posters about families trying to take the FA to court over former players unfortunately dying with Dementia through constant heading of the ball?
How about Gymnasts taking their controlling body to court over Permanent Back, knee, all joint injuries or any sport that involves life permanent injuries whether life threatening or not but in some cases causing possible earlier death?


1.) 27 May 2024 16:14:48
Football is a contact sport. How many occasions do heads clash during a game, never mind heading the ball (which is so much softer and lighter than it used to be)?

Whilst I will always sympathise with players and players’ families if they suffer medically as a result of their sport, I don’t think a legal remedy is appropriate.

2.) 27 May 2024 18:05:30
It's hyperbole at its best.proclaiming the club will sue pacqueta. what's happened to innocent until proven guilty.



06 May 2024 11:59:45
So must of us wanting DM gone for one reason or another have now got their wish, but not everyone's choice which it was never going to be as we all have our differing opinions!
IMO no good moaning or whining about it, give the man a chance! ⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒


1.) 06 May 2024 13:21:51
Not my choice but the football can't be as bad as what is currently being dished up AND we might actually get some decent signings in now instead of looking at man.united cast offs every window! If Lopetegui and Steidten strike up a good relationship he might just surprise us after all, he has had some decent jobs

2.) 06 May 2024 13:30:13
I think you are right Chelmsford. I have spent the last few weeks venting my spleen about his impending appointment to my mates. A s from what I have heard he is not what we want but have to give the guy a chance, he might surprise us and can’t be worse than what we have. Hope for a major turnover of players especially the defence and maybe get an actual forward. Ever the optimist ?



03 May 2024 08:49:57
What is going on at our club with the news that Steidten has been banned from Rush Green and the Stadium dressing room? We must be a laughing stock amongst other clubs with the in house fighting, why are those on the board supposedly in charge and running the club not re enforcing some discipline amongst their employees, shameful imo!
It's common knowledge in all businesses and industries there are characters that clash just as in Parliament, but many fans paying hard earned cash having to read about this shambles! ⚒⚒⚒⚒


1.) 03 May 2024 12:52:28
More worrying is rumours about personnel falling out should not be coming out in the press. They should stay behind closed doors. West Ham should investigate who is releasing this information.

Furthermore, rumours regarding the manager are irrelevant, no-one will know who is being spoken to apart from the board. The likely hood is they already know who it is, and they are waiting to release the name once the season finishes out of respect to Moyse. If so, they is excellent and respectful business.

2.) 03 May 2024 13:03:57
There are a number of well known names who have known close ties to certain members of the board, and they don't accidentally find out what's happening. It doesn't take a genius to know who they are.

3.) 03 May 2024 14:44:47
It would be such a refreshing change if they could all be quiet and conduct business in a proper professional manner

4.) 03 May 2024 15:44:18
Osh, you’re forgetting the Sullivan aspect. The twit leaks half of what goes on behind closed doors. He does this in the misguided belief he can control the narrative! Idiot.

5.) 03 May 2024 16:12:07
Reading between the lines and as purely a personal opinion, is Steidten trying to take complete control of the club? I think Moyes has a right to get the hump, he is the Manager and should be allowed to Manage, apparently it was Moyes that banned him from the Dressing room saying “He’s got his job to do I have mine” the Board should decide who’s running the club!
Sullivan ate humble pie when he asked Moyes back after treating him like S—— when he kept us up after Pelligrini, he did a great job stabilising us and keeping plenty of Money in the Boards pockets, no matter what us fans think of his tactics!
Having respect for people is an admirable quality in a person and I believe Sully has this in mind with DM after waving ? goodbye the first time when he did the job asked of him! His way of repaying him maybe? ⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒

6.) 04 May 2024 14:23:27
I think you’re forgetting one major point - Steidten is Moyes’ direct line manager as Technical Director. Consequently, he doesn’t have the power to ban TS from anywhere. The truth is more likely in the subsequent rumour that it was TS himself who suggested he steer clear of the playing staff for the remainder of the season to avoid any disruption.
Moyes has blown millions for Sullivan and the board by his inability/refusal to use certain players correctly. (Haller, Scamacca, Ings, Cornet, Benrahma, Phillips, etc.) That’s why so many people refer to some players as being “Moyesed”. In my opinion, Moyes deserves one thing - his P45.



24 Mar 2024 08:48:56
RIP Hugh Southon founder of Claret and Hugh, true ⚒'s fan?


1.) 24 Mar 2024 09:44:16
Agreed RIP Hugh Southon long time top supporter of WH

2.) 24 Mar 2024 19:20:56
R.I.P Hugh. Very sad and very sudden………

3.) 26 Mar 2024 14:22:53
I didn't know. Oh, that is very sad. My sincerest condolences to his family and his friends.



02 Mar 2024 16:21:16
WTF usual story 1-0 down at Everton???Listening to Radio London Commey⚒️⚒️⚒️


1.) 02 Mar 2024 17:57:43
Amendment to my previous post??Great win in stoppage time with the 2 goals?But Areola was our MOM which says something, commentators were raving about him and his saves, had all the game on Radio London and we were being battered at times!
But a win is a win, Soucek goal brilliant as well apparently for all the knockers he has, that’s why DM sticks with him, rightly so?
COYI ⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒

2.) 03 Mar 2024 13:14:21
Lucky lucky lucky today. But 3 points is 3 points

3.) 03 Mar 2024 15:48:23
As much I'm no fan of Moyes .I'm delighted with the 2 most recent results. He's here until the end of the season. He won't be here next season. Absolutely nailed on . The club is going in a different direction.




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17 May 2024 13:45:09
Mmpr, in the context of money values that would sure be a pittance especially when we’ll get smashed anyway, unless Merson or Harry did the deal??⚒️⚒️⚒️




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11 May 2024 17:16:04
Joyful, imo Ramsdale is very suspect for me, he loves to wander outside his area with some alarming goals scored against him, no surprise Arteta prefers Raya! Still would prefer Fab as our number2 if he can still do it next season! Arsenal would want stupid money anyway for him which could be better utilised elsewhere?
Would have no qualms about Nketiah coming to us, think he’d be a good addition?⚒⚒⚒⚒




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09 May 2024 16:52:04
Joyful, haven’t seen Zaha since leaving Palace but I would love to him at our place, frightens defenders when he has the ball, yeah temperamental but Managers should handle that, they would be mugs to accept Ings in part ex but great for us?
Can’t remember too much of Downes as given little opportunity but apparently playing decent albeit in the Championship and local WH fan!
My son in law who is a Forest Fan is going on Saturday and praying we can do him a real favour and turn over Luton but they’ll be fighting for their lives!




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08 May 2024 08:49:55
Devon, all new Managers being their own entourage of yes men with them, hopefully those with strong connections to our club e.g. ex players will stay?
I have never seen much communication between Kevin Nolan and DM so I hope K.N. Stays?
I still hope DM gets a rousing reception come the final whistle on Saturday, I want him gone but that can’t detract from the job he’s done! He’s a very professional man that has conducted himself very well, but time for a new manager!
Like to see Paqueta go, a bloody liability and dirty player at times, also the very obvious so-called forwards that have been a complete waste that were DM signings if we can offload them?




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05 May 2024 16:50:37
Watched the game and it was embarrassing, can’t say much more, scoreline says it all! The shame is we can be good when we attack, the defence is non existent, it was a practice match for Chelsea!
Defeat is acceptable but not at the score levels we have been defeated by too many times, 4/5/6, that’s Schoolboy Football defeat levels!
But hopefully it will get overhauled in the close season? ???⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒





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04 Jun 2024 14:22:01
I want us to sign players that can hit the ground running, here and now, Kudus has been a massive signing but he hit the ground running! What do we have an Academy for, exactly that, how many have we nurtured to make us millions, not many? So who’s not doing a job with the youngsters!




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03 Jun 2024 19:59:41
So it’s all about how much he can make out of the transfers in the future, not the here and now, as well as the club potentially? Not for me unless I’m proved too cynical??⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒




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27 May 2024 15:54:41
Brooking 10, why wouldn’t he want to stay with Saints, he worked with the Manager at Swansea as well, so he was well aware of his character and capabilities as was Downes of the Manager!




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27 May 2024 11:59:12
Cannot the loaning club refuse the option if they’ve decided they want him to stay? I don’t know it’s just a question? Sure the Ed’s will know?⚒️⚒️⚒️⚒️⚒️⚒️


{Ed002's Note - Fynn Downs (CM/DM) Southampton want to turn his loan into a permanent deal but there is no Option to Buy listed on the TMS, so they would need to negotiate with West Ham.

Options can be refused but Obligations need to be met.}



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27 May 2024 07:45:51
Nothing to do with above posts, but followed Flynn Downes in the Championship final, thought he had a very good game and would love to see him back with us and given a real chance in the first team, which he wasn’t given previously?
Hope someone in the staff brings him to the attention of the new Manager, although he may be happy to stay with the Saints?