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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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28 Feb 2024 16:08:15
Are there any other golden oldies posting on here like myself, if so what were your first memories of our beloved ⚒'s? My first idol would have been about 1952 ish as an 8 year old taken over with my Dad, Uncle, Cousin, he was a lightning right winger named Harry Hooper, I wanted to be a winger the same?
Was upset when he was sold to Wolves?
Big Ernie Gregory was the Keeper, Bond, Cantwell, Brown, Dick, Keeble, Grice, etc, etc! Then on through the decades!

Before each game they had a small Band in the Centre Circle, then just as the Team made there entrance one of the Band played the Post Horn Gallop on the Hunting Horn,
as ⚒'s made there entrance, I was enthralled as kid of 8ish in 1952, hooked on the Football and the ⚒'s from then on! COYI




10 Feb 2024 15:52:53
Pleased to see Fornals score for Real Betis??Hope he said that one's for you Moyes!⚒⚒⚒⚒


1.) 11 Feb 2024 10:38:30
Typical and shows what our players are capable when let of the moyes leash!



22 Dec 2023 08:41:50
If anyone hasn't seen the Ray Winstone video slating our non performance against Liverpool, I suggest you have a look at it, sums Moyes and the attitude of the team perfectly at Anfield!


1.) 22 Dec 2023 15:17:02
Yeah watched it Chelmsford. He is not a happy life long season ticket holder



20 Dec 2023 20:36:15
Absolutely boring useless set up, Moyes gone to roll over, embarrassing, turned it off after 30 minutes????⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒


1.) 20 Dec 2023 21:32:05
3 0 we never looked like being in the game and that is why Moyes must go

2.) 20 Dec 2023 21:50:15
I didn't last that long chelms I had 3 bets in the game after watching 5 mins I had 4-0,5-0,6-0 and typical our only shot on target we score and to rest very important players in a 1/4 final of a cup that man needs to go now, and I ain't buying it's down to the players they were disjointed and set up wrong, he plays OGBONNA who's played virtually no football all season and JOHNSON who was dreadfully defensively and SOUCEK I never see put a challenge in or play a single pass of note that team selection is down to 1 man and nobody else I'm disgusted with that and embarrassed.

3.) 20 Dec 2023 21:53:05
10 goals conceded in our last 2 away games. Still, not to worry, there are people out there that assure us that the defensive God that is David Moyes knows what he's doing.

Newsflash people. He doesn't.

He hasn't got the very first clue how to get the best out of this side.

Sure, he might bump in to a few results every now and again but for a bloke that's spent almost half a billion quid rebuilding the squad, winning a tin pot trophy and maybe finishing in the top 13 in a league with the likes of Luton, Burnley, Forest and Sheff U in it ain't really cutting it is it?

4.) 20 Dec 2023 21:55:45
And Jamie carragher said that's the best liverpool have played all season come on jamie your better than that they played against shadows and MK DONS would have beaten us tonight that was worse than the fulham game shocking shocking performance simple as that.

5.) 21 Dec 2023 02:13:55
Liverpool had 29 shots compared to our 2 shots. Quick, give Desperate Dave a new contract.



14 Dec 2023 08:23:13
According to C&H, fewer than 47, 000 tickets have been sold for the home game tonight against Freiburg, an insider apparently said,
"It's extremely disappointing considering the importance of the game and they can't understand why, as they were expecting 60, 000"
Are they having a laugh? I'm surprised so many are still so loyal after the rubbish they have had to put up with, especially with the game on TV! Obviously they don't pay to watch the game whoever the insider was?⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒


1.) 14 Dec 2023 08:48:46
Hugh Southon (Claret and Hugh) is usually considered to be a reliable source as his contact at the club is believed to be none other than David Sullivan.

2.) 14 Dec 2023 11:44:14
The fact he can't understand why is concerning.

3.) 14 Dec 2023 15:25:50
Confirmed that less than 47,000 tickets sold for tonights game. Moyes expected to field a side not to lose in the first instance so it could be a long, boring dreary night. God help those who paid good money to attend

4.) 14 Dec 2023 22:02:11
Played pretty well tonight. Professional performance and much more interesting to watch. Alvarez my MoM but pretty much everyone played ok. Until Danny Ings. That man is robbing a living, came on and after 2 mins looked completely knackered and devoid of any ability whatsoever to play the game of football.

We've had some utter dross as CFs over the past few years, but Ings must be at least at the levels of Zaza when it comes to footballing incompetence. Shocking "player".

5.) 15 Dec 2023 08:54:22
ALVAREZ is our most important player imo along with BOWEN but no ALVAREZ against Fulham and boy it showed I'm not saying we'd have won the game at all but it wouldn't have been 5-0.⚒⚒⚒




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02 Feb 2024 15:01:44
To top it all, Fulham get Broja on loan and says he’s delighted and can’t wait to get started to show the fans what he can do! What a f——- joke that is, not that players should automatically choose us but why not join us, can only be the type of defensive Football we play each and every week plus a Manager like Moyes, that’s all I can think! So pleased I’m an armchair watcher only and not travelling to sit through that lot of tripe that Moyes and Sullivan has turned this club into! ⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒




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17 Dec 2023 15:08:48
Why Coufal? What’s he done wrong? I’m not seeing the same player you are, so who other in the present squad? ⚒️⚒️⚒️⚒️⚒️




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05 Aug 2023 14:54:41
Must have been David Nixon ?if you’re old enough to remember who he was??⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒




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28 Jul 2023 14:58:49
Spike, I am not unhappy at Cress& Ant staying at all, both been good for the club??⚒⚒⚒⚒




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30 Jun 2023 17:48:12
Daisy, you’re making a lot of assumptions or looking at too many rumours, I cannot see the board sanctioning all of those possible moves?
Agree with Iron.Al regarding Ward- Prowse, decent set piece player, no more!
Don’t even consider who we’ll sell or sign, no point until whoever pictured with our shirt, the only certainty is Rice to Arsenal, all else conjecture?





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28 Feb 2024 08:58:26
Welcome to the fold Dicksy1973, well said, you’ re like that unexploded Bomb in Plymouth waiting to go off only you didn’t need towing away and being dumped in the Sea! Yes lots feel the same mate, me similar to you!
Don’t go at all now due to age and travel time etc, only been to 4 games at London Stadium, but watched our beloved ⚒’s from about 1959 after I started work, all home and evening games, but worst performance’s in all that time despite DM’s stats which he is entitled to mention!




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27 Feb 2024 15:19:12
Yeah great entertainment for a change coupled with 3 points as a massive plus??Never saw the result coming as didn’t a lot of us? That’s what happens DM when you play attacking Football as if you need to be told, its insulting to say that towards a Manager with such vast experience behind him in Management!
I worry when Areola throws it out to Zouma 10 yards out with opposition breathing down his neck, he’s too slow because of his knees!
Delighted for the team as whole, well done Bowen on your first Hat ? Trick and great hedge hammer strike from Emerson worthy of winning any match!
COYI ⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒




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24 Feb 2024 08:49:40
Agree, Such a shame when the shackles are off what some forwards can do, unfortunately it will remain that way until we get an attack minded Manager that knows you need to score goals to win matches!




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20 Feb 2024 07:12:31
Whorya, I like a front runner who frightens defenders and in my view Ant did exactly that against Forest, so I was watching a different Ant to you!
I haven’t seen anyone up front who roughs up defenders like him when he’s not playing, yes he makes a lot of f—- ups, who doesn’t?
Agree Areola has been our best player since he’s been our number 1 which I thought he should have been since we bought him, so that goes to show how bloody rubbish Moyes tactics are which we all know?




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18 Feb 2024 09:06:58
Contrary to most posts on here re Forest game, I thought overall we played really well! We played better than I have seen for a while, yes the usual problems with lack of shots on goal, I thought Antonio had a great game up front considering the time he’s been out, hustling and giving defenders a hard time!
What’s the point in moaning for the sake of it, I would prefer to see Moyes out, but he ain’t going yet so get used to it, I see no point in the same posts being typed every time, sorry chaps but that’s how I see it! ⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒