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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? ⚒⚒⚒.


{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.



17 Dec 2020 18:21:58
Just seen on BBC football gossip text today,
"Declan Rice wants to move to Chelsea in January" True or False? We'll have to wait and see? ⚒⚒⚒.


1.) 17 Dec 2020 21:40:33
Chelsea will put him in the back four. With us there’s guaranteed game time, captaincy, CAM / CDM versatility and probably England captaincy eventually. WHUFC need to remove the salary issue I guess.

2.) 17 Dec 2020 21:42:48
Also we play Chelsea in 4days time. Convenient mind games to unsettle our stalwart.

3.) 18 Dec 2020 07:41:12
We need to accept if if he moves, that’s life, if we are offered opportunities in our own working lives, especially with big increases in salary, coupled with a huge signing on fee, no uprooting to move away, it’s got to be a win, win situation for him! He’s a stunning exceptional player with a huge future, we were destined to lose him at some time to Chelsea with his previous connection as well. We just need to get the right fee plus maybe a player or 2 to capitalise on a one off player? Big, big loss, but although seriously missed if he goes, no player is bigger than the club! ⚒⚒⚒.

4.) 18 Dec 2020 08:04:21
I have just looked at our players salaries for 2020/ 21 season! According to this list Declan Rice has 17 players earning more than him😮😮😮top earner Yarmelenko, followed by of all people Haller earning a whopping over 4 times Dec’s salary, I would stick my fingers up to the board, Taxi.
Absolutely insulting, what a way to run a club! If you’ve never seen the wage structure have a look online! 😮😮🤔🤔⚒⚒⚒.

5.) 18 Dec 2020 15:37:01
To add to the fire, there’s a rumour that Rice has just made his father, a season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge, his new agent.

6.) 18 Dec 2020 15:39:34
Also, in such a physical sport, when the next game you play could be your last, he needs to earn as much as he can while the sun still shines.

7.) 18 Dec 2020 17:36:12
At the top spheres of Football there are fortunes to be made by talented players and also the not so talented players! But yes you need to keep reasonably injury free and yes you are always only a game away from a career threatening injury! As long as you look after your fortunes and don’t gamble it away. Robbie Fowler owns a few streets in Oldham apparently, also lots of others been very shrewd, but others have drunk& gambled their lives into oblivion! However I see Rice as not remotely in the latter mould, seems to have his feet firmly on the ground! Good luck to him if he goes, but he will badly missed to say the least! The board are in for a bad time if it happens and the money isn’t reinvested wisely in the supporters opinions! ⚒⚒⚒.

8.) 19 Dec 2020 08:26:37
If he goes he goes WH will still be in good shape, yes of course we all want him to stay but it will be down to his decision. The good news is DM should have a good amount of money to invest in the team.
i do believe he will leave either Xmas or the summer and i for one will wish him all the best, its not all doom and gloom though is it, i don't think anyone thought last year we would be 7th in the Premiership approaching Christmas DM has done fantastic job on limited funds if DEC leaves at least DM hopefully will have a decent budget to work with.

9.) 19 Dec 2020 14:24:08
I’d like to see G&S pledge that any money raised from selling players will be reinvested in new players.

10.) 20 Dec 2020 05:23:13
Don’t think he will move in January. The important thing for me is how we go second half of the season and what gets communicated to him about his position, captaincy, and club ambition, as the summer is when the pressure will come on.

11.) 01 Jan 2021 19:31:24
I truly believe that rice is the most improved midfielder in the country look when he was taken off at H/ T against liverpool early in the season (rightly so) since then he's been superb and i think he's a C/ M and not a C/ B i'm my opinion.



19 Nov 2020 08:14:34
Anderson could return in January window if Porto get Hulk according to BBC text gossip? ⚒⚒⚒.


1.) 20 Nov 2020 14:10:20
No. I’ve read that that scenario is not in the loan agreement.

2.) 20 Nov 2020 14:57:55
Oh 👍 OK, not aware of the intricacies of the agreement, just a statement on the BBC Gossip text👍⚒⚒⚒⚒.

3.) 29 Nov 2020 17:23:34
I really hope that Anderson comes good at Porto to put himself in the international shop window. I think Moyse is done with him and we’ve got plenty of attacking mids.



11 Sep 2020 14:24:13
Whorya, Re your Wilshere post, not to rub your nose in it mate, but when I even heard the rumours about us after him, I was amazed, he was never likely to break into a sweat even if he actually was ever involved in a game! He got to used to his sickbed, Nice work if you can get it and he certainly did! ⚒⚒⚒⚒.


1.) 11 Sep 2020 21:02:43
Fair play chelms mate i was wrong and you was spot on credit where its due, i use to feel a bit for WILSHIRE concernings his injurys but he in the last two or three years has looked out of shape and not interested in getting his carerr back on track now i know that's hard but you have to apply yourself ti try and stay fit and imo he hasn't . COYI.



07 Sep 2020 11:56:31
Lots of pre season speculation as usual on who we need in this position or that position and disgruntled comments on lack of funds, also Diangana sale against DM's and other players wishes! My view although laid back is, it is what it is, we are WH for goodness sake, there always has to be those that are in the bottom 6 coming towards end of season, as long as we're not in the bottom 3 come the finish, I am not too unhappy!
Yes we huffed and puffed against Burnley and Villa, but did the job against Watford in fine style when they were really up against it for survival!
I think we may simply have to make do with who we have when the window closes, in my view it's the grit, fight and application that brings rewards, those that aren't prepared to show that shouldn't be playing? We have enough forward players that could and should be capable of scoring goals! I will remain optimistic about the new season until the results go against! By November we will be getting a reasonable idea of the direction we're heading towards? Bit of a boring post chaps, but I see no point in being downhearted before we start, just remember the posts some put on here when we were supposedly signing Marquee players that MP wanted, look at some of them now, so it works both ways! ⚒⚒⚒⚒.


1.) 07 Sep 2020 12:26:08
Well put Chelmsford a lot hinged on the fabs injury then trying to rush him breaking down and finding out the no 2 wasn’t good enough. a dodgy goalie will make defenses shaky and lack confidence.

2.) 07 Sep 2020 13:00:37
Couldn’t agree more, Chelms.

I think I’m going to ignore who we might or might not buy, until something actually happens (or not. )

3.) 07 Sep 2020 14:06:49
A very well reasoned post Chelmsford 👏.

4.) 07 Sep 2020 16:54:16
Upon reflection, I agree Chelmsford

I was initially angered and quite sad that Grady had been sold, but I've just adopted the mentality that the owners won't change. They're experienced, thick skinned and hardened business men. A few tweets and protecting fans will not bother them in the slightest.

We just need to get behind the team and see how we start the season. As long as the hardworking mentality is there, you can't fault them. We absolutely have to get behind Moyes because he has absolutely earned it.

5.) 07 Sep 2020 17:00:39
Nicely said Chelms. Although i am not 100% sure Diangana was sold completely against Moyes' wishes. While I do not think he would have ACTIVELY sold him this summer in a normal climate (non the virus), i do not think he put up a HUGE fight to keep him in this climate. For the record i would have LOVED Diang to have stayed, I rate him and he has potential to be decent, but ultimately we ARE lacking in other areas that desparately require attention and Moyes clearly thinks that too, and he understood that selling him may be the ONLY option to move us forward.
This summer we are at the mercy of what other clubs bid for our players for multiple reasons, the virus's impact on finances is one of them. If someone bid for Anderson first i think we would have seen Grady stay and Anderson go, but we didn't get offers and that has forced the club's hand to accept the bid for Grady. Selling Grady may have been the ONLY option to improve the squad, so i am sad to see all this uproar again creating negativity around our club AGAIN for something that, whilst unfortunate, was possibly the boards ONLY option and given the virus has played a HUGE part in the short and long-term finances.
A Rice/ Soucek backup is ESSENTIAL, the Bmouth game showed that. None of Noble, Wilshere or Lanzini can play in a 2 man midfield. Cullen i thought did ok, and can do well as rotation, but there is still another backup required (my choice would be Hayden if he indeed wants to move back to London)
BKKHAMMER is also right, we had injuries in what turned out to be key areas last season and the backup was terrible. Keeping Diang does not solve this, in fact it possibly would have PREVENTED us fixing it.

6.) 07 Sep 2020 22:26:59
Sorry Chelm your piece is well written but i agree with a lot what you say but i will never agree that 6th from bottom is acceptable i do beleave WH should be a mid table or a top half team. i do support DM and his backroom who was shafted when they appointed Pel. Like all West Ham supporters we will always support our loved club know matter who is playing for us.
But as you said its what it is, if we get relegated DM and his team will be fired and the cycle goes on.

7.) 08 Sep 2020 09:21:52
Grady Diangana was a great championship player, last time he played in premier league he hardly set the world alight, he was good.
We need a Tarkowski more than a Diangana at the moment, without Ogbonna we were in a load of trouble last year, shame nobody has been in for Diop!

Let’s get behind and support, we are a bottom half/ mid table team at the moment but if we play like we did after lockdown we have the players to get in top half easily.
Too many on here already relegated without kicking a ball.




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19 May 2021 20:23:33
I just guessed Rice would blow it👎👎⚒⚒⚒hope it's not too costly? 🤞🤞🤞⚒⚒.


1.) 19 May 2021 21:19:06
Same Chelmsford, why don’t an attacking player take them, it would boost their goal tally?

2.) 20 May 2021 05:07:24
Antonio or lingard should be on those.
Fornals was the best player on the pitch for me tonight, his work rate is unbelievable, very under rated player although he needs to work on his finishing or final ball pass.
West Brom played well as they did at Liverpool so was not an easy game and did well to get it 3-1 in the end, final push Sunday to finish above spuds and straight into the europa league, then time to get a few players in and a natural goal scorer would be nice please.

3.) 20 May 2021 07:55:38
Easy as an armchair critic I know, but I am amazed Managers don’t instruct or insist would be penalty takers that unless they are confident of smashing the ball hard and high into the net, don’t bother! Train them in the old Geoff Hurst, Julian Dicks, Ray Stewart style, we have one of the best in Stuart Pearce to do that?
If they are not confident of doing that, don’t step up for the sake of glory or just to stop another taking it? ⚒⚒⚒⚒.

4.) 20 May 2021 13:38:09
he looked a bit edgy i thought he was going to miss it.



04 May 2021 07:57:04
⚒⚒⚒Thar was some performance last night at Burnley, possibly one of our best games played even without Dec! Ant was super as was they all, pity he caught his standing leg for the misses hat trick😮Goal scorers always get the limelight, ut the whole team were magnificent.
Benrahmas best game so far.
Although it was nervy for the final 15 minutes, I could not see Burnley equalising, but a one goal advantage very precarious, defence terrific, well done all👍👍⚒⚒
DM has us rocking, let's hope we maintain and improve our squad over the summer👍👍⚒⚒.


1.) 04 May 2021 09:23:06
Moyse’s decision to play Lanzini in that deeper role was spot on. He was outstanding.

Also worth a mention was Lingard’s work rate up front. He ran and ran and consistently harried their defence when they tried to play out from the back.

Superb whole team performance.

2.) 04 May 2021 09:42:54
Could have scored a hatfull last night Coufal crosses turned into goals would have given us double figures. Interesting to listen to Moyes comments about Benrahama last night as well.

3.) 04 May 2021 10:08:07
I am a big critic of benrahma but he turned up to the party last night, and it was good to see!
Also I am a big fan of lanzini and he makes things happen, if rice is not available Sunday then lanzini should be in.
With lanzini, Antonio, benrahma and lingard going forward there are not many teams that would contain them.
We just need to start putting the chances away as that game should of been over after 40 minutes.


4.) 05 May 2021 00:20:53
I really believe there is a seriously top draw footballer in benrahma. I think he was shocked and a touch surprised and how difficult and the standard of the premier league is so good as he's the type of footballer that finds things so easy and I'm guessing has had a reality check and thought things are a tad better in this league compared to the championship.

both are very competitive leagues but he's a very talented footballer and I'm glad we've got him we have some talented midfielders. probably the best midfield I've seen at west ham. Rice, Souchek, Bowen, formals, lanzini, benrahma and hopefully lingard so things are very bright and dandy at west ham all we need now is new owners though I ain't totally anti SGB but why not dream that the bill gates of potential football owners is out there.



06 Apr 2021 07:57:57
Fantastic 3 points last night at Wolves, well done all involved and DM plus his team!
We are all in dreamland at the moment, we're not used to this success in the Premiership! Something that baffled me was to make room for Lingard, we agreed to sign Benrahma, why did we not sign Dawson to make way for him? Benrahma is a decent Championship player, but doesn't cut it for me.
It will be a huge miss if Lingard doesn't join us, his fee would have been far better utilised than on Benrahma if we needed it?
Let's hope Rice is back ASAP and also hope during the Summer we manage to retain the nucleus of our squad, with some exceptions, namely Yarmelenko on £117k, plus some others⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒.


1.) 06 Apr 2021 10:58:34
Agreed, but I think the Benrahma deal was already must buy so we had to take him at some point. Shame we didn't get to assess him as I think the price was way over the odds. Hope in the next season he comes good and proves me wrong but he will need more than a few tricks and a dribble or two to survive in the Premiership.

2.) 09 Apr 2021 22:38:21
I have serious doubts about benrahma, he has quick feet but his final delivery is dreadful.
I would be tempted to look at more slavia Prague players, get a lot for your money from them.
Looking increasingly like Antonio going to miss a few of our last games so hopefully Bowen and lingard can do the business.
Let’s not get a lead and then sit back and invite pressure, need ogbonna back with his calming influence. I like diop but he goes missing far to often for my liking.



27 Jan 2021 17:26:23
Should Rice still hand Noble the Captain's armband to him when he comes on as a sub, it is a very respectful gesture on Rice's part, but not so good imo for Noble to accept it? He may be the club Captain, for whatever that means when you're not on the pitch, so I cannot understand why Rice is not the Captain, full stop!
I personally think it would be a nice gesture for Noble to refuse it? We all know Noble will not play another full game, time to step back from the status of Captaincy on the pitch imo? ⚒⚒⚒.


1.) 27 Jan 2021 20:08:09
Absolutely Rice should hand over the armband. This is not even a debate. Noble is club captain. Noble will run that dressing room. Being a captain is more than playing your part on the pitch.

2.) 28 Jan 2021 08:10:04
Not for me! ⚒⚒⚒.

3.) 28 Jan 2021 10:54:11
I think it’s between the two of them and I think it’s a very respectful gesture that doesn’t affect what happens on the pitch, so it’s ok with me.



26 Jan 2021 20:24:19
OMG JW has scored for B'mouth tonight😂🤣he will want to ram that down WH's throat😂🤣👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻But it is against Crawley Jack even if they did beat Leeds😂🤣⚒⚒⚒.


1.) 26 Jan 2021 21:03:21
And we are 4th in the Premier League after letting him go 🤣 good luck to him and let him say what he wants but scoring against Crawley isn’t running the midfield against Manchester United.




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18 May 2021 07:10:20
BillyDWizz, I am very impressed with your sensible, informative and in depth post, for which you have done your research?
You’ve got my vote for the job👍 Let’s hope we can keep Rice and moreover, Rice wants to keep us? I will be very disappointed if he wants to go, but he will owe us nothing and would have been a great investment for us, so good luck to him if he moves on, he certainly is a Rolls Rice of Footballers!
However we mustn’t disregard others that have had a fantastic season to push us up to dizzy present heights, Soucek, Coufal, Lingard, Ogbonna, Cresswell, in fact all of the regulars👍👍⚒⚒⚒⚒.




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15 Apr 2021 08:12:50
Stevie, rumours are everywhere as we know, I dislike them until a deal is done so try to ignore, but sometimes you there may be some some truth or hope not!
Edouard has played for Rogers at Celtic, so they know each other, so providing Rogers rated him, surely that puts Leicester in pole position, but situations and circumstances change, but I wouldn’t be unhappy with him going by his goal scoring record!
More worryingly for me on BBC gossip today, it says, Lingard is undecided about whether to return to ManU, also Rice is considering ManU as well!
Well if that’s the case, Poor DM must wonder what he has to do to retain our most influential players and hope it doesn’t unsettle our other signings if that was to happen! ⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒.


{Ed077's Note - why would you worry about anything on the BBC gossip page? It is just the collection of transfer headlines/rumours in other rags, don't lose much sleep over them.



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29 Jan 2021 08:26:54
Just seen this myself on BBC text gossip, definitely feel we should do that, it will give Dawson extra confidence and security as well knowing he’s wanted permanently, that’s a no brainer for me! ⚒⚒⚒.




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29 Jan 2021 08:11:16
I love this site for all our varying comments as to how we see certain players, such complete opposite opinions at times, suppose all sites are the same!
It must surely work that the bigger the squad the more beneficial it will be, knowing DM’s choice of players as we have already seen, also he restricted on his budget obviously for signings!
He’s not going to sign another lazy H player that’s for sure, he’s a canny disciplined experienced Jock that will not tolerate slackers or those with no team ethic. Whatever is his choice will do for me, we should know by now all players will have their inadequacies, if they didn’t they wouldn’t be playing for our club⚒Simple! ⚒⚒⚒.




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28 Jan 2021 21:02:20
Be really disappointed if we lose Fornals for Lingard, we ain’t gaining anything, how long to get Lingard up to match fitness for a start? ⚒⚒⚒.





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19 Jun 2021 16:21:30
We were bloody rubbish and will be mostly under Southgate, he doesn’t want to win, he just wants to try not to lose, which against the likes of the big boys will be unlikely!

His statement said it all about the way he intends to play, he said “If you can’t win, you have to make sure you don’t lose”. So when does he know he’s not going to win a game, first minute, half time, 89 minutes? Bloody boring rubbish, sideways, backwards, back to keeper, roll out, back to keeper!

Attacking defenders frightened to pass forward, front men frightened to attack, Southgate plays like his personality, not very exciting!

New Manager needed long ago, ASAP please after the Euros if we want any respect in International Football! ⚒⚒⚒.




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14 Jun 2021 16:07:57
Daisy, we all know it to well🤮If Lingard can’t or doesn’t want to come, is it the end of our club, NO! Be more disappointed if any of, Rice, Soucek, Coufal, moved on! ⚒⚒.




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14 Jun 2021 08:34:44
Sdl, I said only if the very worse was to happen whilst the tournament was on! I am not religious in any way, but it would be the utmost insult to his poor family to just disregard the incident, just so hope he recovers, I know this so well after have this happening to me when I was 48! This is only a Sport, or supposed to be, what would be sporting about continuing in the worst eventuality!

How would it be even be fair for the Danish team to compete after that, also all the other National players that knew him well, unfair disadvantages to play in such tragic circumstances with the whole of the Football world seeing the incident! Also the integrity of the game would be tarnished for a a long time imo! However hopefully this all seems to be hypothetical at the moment, just hope it continues! ⚒⚒⚒⚒.




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12 Jun 2021 18:52:18
OMG, what a tragic happening, the whole tournament should be abandoned out of respect if he doesn’t survive during the Tournament!
We’ll all be praying for him and his family🥱🤞🤞🤞.




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12 Jun 2021 08:28:07
Agreed, even less if needed just to get him off the wage bill, his lack of application wouldn’t be tolerated in any working class company! ⚒⚒⚒.