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25 Jan 2021 08:19:45
Ed's, has there been genuine interest from West Ham in Adam Hlozek from the Czech Republic?

I am aware he was spoken about by Coufal and Soucek but are West Ham actually interested?


{Ed002's Note - There is a great deal of interest in the kid from across Europe, particularly from two German clubs but at 18 this is not really the right time to be moving and making it into the first team. The advice to the player is to stay where he is for now and develop. Although he is a player who will no doubt do very, very well in the future, he is not the solution to the immediate striker problem that West Ham have.}



08 Jan 2021 19:59:23
Is there any truth in the West Ham links to Moises Caicedo eds?


{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware and WHU have others they will look to to replace Declan Rice if he leaves.
Moises Caicedo (CM/DM/AM) My understanding is that he impressed when Manchester United were following up on looking at another player who they had first seen in the Real Sociedad reserves. There has been interest in Caicedo from other sides including Ajax, Atlanta, Inter Miami, PSV and Chelsea. Someone senior at Chelsea is very keen. I am not aware of any approach by Everton but an independent scout who has worked for Everton in South America attended games to watch him in September and October.}

1.) 08 Jan 2021 21:20:18
Thanks Ed.

2.) 08 Jan 2021 22:56:13
Excellent info. Thx Ed 002.



18 Sep 2020 09:08:52
Eds, could you see West Ham selling Declan Rice this summer?

I can't shake the feeling that he is going to want to leave due to a lack of signings the club have made and the fact that is likely to mean the club languishes in the bottom half of the table, if not another relegation battle again.

I also can't shake the feeling that if the club are going to sell Declan Rice, we are going to leave it so late in the window, that we actually have very little time to sign players that will actually be worth the investment.

Surely if the club do intend to sell Declan Rice, it would be best to do it now, then reinvest the money we get in replacing him, signing a cb, lb, rb and back up forward.

Even £50m for Rice would give us a decent wedge to reinvest (added on top of the £30m we are apparently looking to spend on Tarkowski.


{Ed002's Note - The club will resist selling him unless a very good offer is made. Players do not typically leave because of the lack of signings.}

1.) 18 Sep 2020 12:53:46
Fair enough. Thanks Ed.

2.) 21 Sep 2020 12:17:18
The problem is if a good offer is made late on in the window do we suddenly start over paying for players as the funds will be available and the fact we desperate, Although as Ed has explained on many occasion's that transfers are a difficult procedure it always baffles me that we never cease to have drama in everything we do,

Although I would not dare question the business abilities of DGS considering how much there worth, it has been shown time and time again that running a football club is a lot different than flogging a pair of knickers, it always seem that Sullivan thinks he always know best, but when u have paid millions for something I suppose you want the errors to be made by yourself rather than entrust advisors with your money, maybe that's where he may be going wrong!



19 Nov 2019 19:24:55
This is a message to the Ed's. If Manuel Pellegrini is sacked, who are the contenders to replace him?

Is there any chance we'd look at Julian Nagelsmann?


{Ed002's Note - I would put Benitez at the top of the list - but timing will be critical.}

1.) 20 Nov 2019 19:23:59
A storm is brewing at the London stadium and md thinks benitez may already have been lined up.

2.) 24 Nov 2019 10:38:35
Morning ed,
I'm guessing anymove for Benitez would involve large compensation monies for the Chinese club, do whu have the funds I wonder or more importantly the commitment to spend it?

{Ed002's Note - It would not be an enormous amount and yes WHU can afford it. It will be more to remove MP and his staff.}

3.) 24 Nov 2019 23:56:40
Thanks ed.

4.) 17 Dec 2019 06:46:50
Benitez has put it on record he won't be returning to england no matter what job becomes available fact.



04 Mar 2019 09:09:59
Does anyone know if we intend to try and sign Maxi Gomez again in the Summer?

I personally think it was a mistake not signing him in January and allowing him to stay at Celta Vigo until June.

Also, are we going to look at Stanislav Lobotka again?

I know we have been linked to Shelvey recently, and whilst he is homegrown, he isn't the box-to-box player we need.

We have Lanzini as the creative midfielder in the middle of the park, we have Rice as the defensive midfielder. now we need the engine. Lobotka is the better option.

If we insist on signing a homegrown engine, then I'd rather go for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.


1.) 04 Mar 2019 11:01:35
I agree.

2.) 04 Mar 2019 18:26:35
Reports that Liverpool looking at Gomez after Suarez reportedly recommended them.




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25 Jan 2021 08:32:17
Ed's, can you cast a little light and help me understand the loan situation at the moment please, because I am a little confused.

The Premier League loan rules currently state that Premier League clubs may not register more than two players on loan at any one time. The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four, and, under no circumstances, shall more than one be from the same club at any one time.

The reason I am asking, Arsenal have supposedly agreed a deal to sign Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid, with Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid already, is that possible? Are they signing Ceballos permanently to facilitate this loan?

Also, with Matt Ryan also on loan at Arsenal from Brighton, that would make three loan players at Arsenal at the same time?

I understand there was talk that the loan restrictions would potentially be relaxed during the C.V. as a result of financial restraints, but I just wanted to clarify with you guys.


{Ed002's Note - The loan rules you mention apply to players from English and Welsh sides.}

1.) 25 Jan 2021 12:20:32
Thanks Ed.

So I am assuming that means we could technically loan two players from foreign clubs this window?

{Ed002's Note - Sure.}



07 Oct 2020 10:13:59
We have seen eight players leave permanently this summer.

GK. Roberto - Free Transfer
RB. Pablo Zabaleta - End of Contract
CM. Carlos Sanchez - End of Contract
CM. Jack Wilshere - Released
CM. Josh Cullen - Sold to Anderlecht
W. Grady Diangana - Sold to West Brom
F. Albian Ajeti - Sold to Celtic
F. Jordan Hugill - Sold to Norwich

and three players on temporary deals.

CB. Winston Reid - Loaned to Sporting Kansas City
W. Felipe Anderson - Loaned to Porto
F. Xande Silva - Loaned to Aris

Yet we have only signed two players this transfer window.

RB. Vladimir Coufal - Signed from Slavia Prague
CM. Tomas Soucek - Signed from Slavia Prague

I feel like we are leaving ourselves short in our squad should we get injuries or suspensions. I think it is obvious David Moyes wants a new centre back and that'll be a position we look to sign someone in before next Friday, and I think we might also be looking at a left back and a winger / forward still.

I kind of feel we need a central midfield player too.

Names being thrown about for incomings.

CB. Craig Dawson - Watford
CB. Joe Rodon - Swansea
CB - Steve Cook - Bournemouth
LB - Ryan Manning - QPR
W/ F - Said Benrahma

Are there any others?


1.) 07 Oct 2020 11:14:06
Josh king.

2.) 07 Oct 2020 11:15:02
DM no 2 has already said that we are light and they are looking to rectify that if we pick up 2 good championship players there some good free transfers out the offer a yes contract with the incentive of a 2nd yr if they perform.

3.) 07 Oct 2020 12:29:13
The players he has let down are: too old, too injury prone or not good enough. The only one who didn't fit those catagories was Diagarna who was obviously sold as we needed money.

4.) 07 Oct 2020 16:27:29
I agree Mark, but at the same time, that is still a hefty number of outgoings compared to incomings and does still leave our squad short of numbers in my opinion.

5.) 07 Oct 2020 18:47:11
Alan Irvine no2 has already said squad is light so I believe they will try to buy 2 championship players and maybe one or 2 free transfers.

6.) 07 Oct 2020 19:11:26
Well with 136 million wage bill we can’t afford for the season to stop again.

7.) 07 Oct 2020 21:19:01
At least we sold Roberto for more than he was worth 😂.

8.) 07 Oct 2020 23:16:11
When everyone says they was back up only Anderson zabs got any real playing you can’t rely on wheelchair.



07 Oct 2020 10:03:16
Based on what I have read, we seem to be after a centre back and maybe a left back still.

With the outgoings of three central midfielders in the shape of Carlos Sanches, Jack Wilshere and Josh Cullen are we looking to replace them? If not I feel like we might be looking a little light in central midfield should injuries or suspensions kick in. I know Fornals, Lanzini and Snodgrass can slot in, but I don't feel they have the same impact.

Likewise with Diangana and Anderson leaving on the wings and Ajeti, Hugill and Silva leaving up top. We haven't signed anyone to replace them.

I think our squad is looking a little thin if we get injuries and suspensions.

Likewise with.


1.) 07 Oct 2020 18:51:03
Most of them never played and moyes seems to favor 541 at the moment but I think we bring in / 2/ 3 players.



05 Aug 2020 14:34:55
Lets face it we have a lot of deadwood at our club and I can see a large number of the following players leaving for pastures new this transfer window.

Fabian Balbuena
Winston Reid - decent servant but can't be relied on
Arthur Masuaku
Aaron Cresswell
Jack Wilshere
Josh Cullen
Manuel Lanzini - shame really, injury really has set him back
Andriy Yarmolenko
Felipe Anderson
Albian Ajeti
Jordan Hugill - I'd use him in a deal for Eberchi Eze from QPR
Sebastian Haller

I am not saying we will get rid of them all this summer, but I can see a large number of them being allowed to go if offers come in for them. I just hope its early enough for us to actually sign some decent, hungry, young players for the start of the new campaign.


{Ed002's Note - Deadwood eh? It is a tremendous pity that some supporters show so much disrespect for players at West Ham.}

1.) 05 Aug 2020 16:12:13
Absolutely agree with Ed here. So many on here talk about the game and the club like we are playing championship manager. I think it was Chelmsford who said everyone on here plays fantasy football. If we did the transfers recommended by most of you we wouldn't have a team. I'd be looking for my shinpads and then we would be in trouble.

2.) 05 Aug 2020 16:56:21
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I don’t think, for the money that those players earn, they are pulling their weight and performing.

Winston Reid has not played a competitive game since the 2017-18 season. Not saying he isn’t a decent defender on his day, but he doesn’t play

Jack Wilshere has played 18 competitive games for the club in two seasons. He’s a decent player but he is a waste of our wage bill.

Albian Ajeti doesn’t play because he isn’t thought highly enough, so get rid of him. The same can be said for Roberto, Balbuena and Cullen.

Players like Anderson just don’t cut it in the league and some fans (myself included) Are tired of seeing him pull on the shirt and make little effort.

I also said that we have a lot of deadwood at the club but never specified who I was deem deadwood. You’re assuming I meant all that list. I wasn’t. I was merely saying that those are the players I could potentially see leaving

I wonder if this will get posted?

{Ed002's Note - You start putting stuff like "I wonder if this will get posted?" and it is easier to delete your account than bother responding. You have no respect for players at West Ham - that is clear. Were you one of the vegetables abusing the board and throwing coins? They also had no respect at all.}

3.) 05 Aug 2020 22:52:54
With all due respect there are 13 players listed there as players who you claim could be seen to be surplus to requirements at West Ham. With 0 potential additions bar Eze. That is simply not a sustainable way of building a club. Evolution not revolution spring to mind?

4.) 05 Aug 2020 23:19:34
A couple of those I agree with, the majority I don't. Yarmolenko for example has been injured but when he has had chances he has had some glimpses of what he can do. Anderson has the ability he just needs a manager to get him to show it and have confidence. Haller definitely is capable and people up and down the country said when he came he would be a big hit in the Premier League, again he needs to be played, played with the right service and be managed. Cresswell Hammer of the Year only a few seasons ago and in the England squad. I could go on, but I think the biggest issue is we chop and change managers, we chop and change approach, the players need to be playing under a manager for a while and be given opportunity for stability. Success won't come overnight. We won't buy a winning side, we aren't Man City or Chelsea, we need to build and be stable.

5.) 06 Aug 2020 02:13:13
you CANNOT keep changing your squad every transfer window with 6 or 7 players 2or 3 is all that's needed as players can take a little while to settle and you need stability and consistency. COYI.

6.) 06 Aug 2020 09:36:22
I do think there are players at the club that are surplus to requirements and should be moved on. I do think there are players that we are paying a wage that contribute very little on the pitch.

As I said in my previous message (not the original post) I was not saying that the entire list of players are deadwood at not needed at the club.

It is my opinion that there are a couple of players on that list that are unlikely to ever pull on the shirt again (Roberto for example) and those are the players I deem to be surplus to requirements.

I also wasn't saying in my original post that all of those players are going to leave. In fact what I actually said in both my original post and my follow up post was that those were the players I could see the club allowing to leave if suitable offers come in.

I've been a season ticket holder now for 17 years, I have already renewed for next year, I will always support this club, I always get behind the team when they're playing and actually I have tremendous respect for the players. I don't think it is unreasonable of me to suggest there are players that I perceive lack the effort of some of the others when compared to others.

Lastly, to answer your question, no I wasn't "one of the vegetables" that threw coins and abused the board. I think the abuse and violence shown towards Gold, Sullivan and Brady is disgusting, they took the club from the brink of administration to a financially stable position. Do I agree with all of the decisions they made? Not by a long shot.

Do I think they are too vocal and would I prefer they conducted the clubs business in a more "behind closed doors" fashion, absolutely. Do I think they should sell up and let another investor pump money in to the club to take us to the next level? What football fan wouldn't like to see their club taken over by a rich consortium or individual that is willing to simply throw money at the club in order to win trophies?

However, if they end up staying for a few more years I am not going to complain, they deserve respect in the same way you do, I do and everyone else on this planet does. No human being is worth more or less than any other.

7.) 06 Aug 2020 10:14:55
It is true that we all have views and that the range is wide. I don’t have a problem with that, in general.

We also have leanings towards certain players. For me, though I know it’s not necessarily a popular view, I would like to see us keep Lanzini. The fact that Moyse kept selecting him in the run in, shows that Moyse thinks he was fit and capable. He must be doing enough in training to impress. I am also a Haller fan. He wins more headers than anyone else and has an excellent first touch, BUT he does need other players around him to be at his most effective.

The Wilshire experiment has failed so far, but his wages and injury history mean that there will be no takers. The only way to move him on would be to buy out his contract at huge cost. I feel sorry for him as his body has simply let him down time and time again.

Anderson is an enigma. We know what he can do - he had a very encouraging first season. But he has not been on his game for a long time. If Moyse can’t get the best out of him, it makes sense to consider offers for him, but we will not get what we paid and that would be bad business.

If Roberto can get another gig in Spain, that would suit both parties.

Cresswell is pretty reliable and we should keep him.

Reports are that we have very little, or nothing in the transfer kitty, so we would have to move some on to raise funds.

However, I for one, would not be devastated for us to start with the same match day squad we finished with.

New players are always nice to think about, but reality doesn’t go away.



12 Jul 2020 11:39:54
West Ham are on the cusp of safety, another 3-4 points from our remaining games (Watford, Manchester United and Aston Villa) and I think we are good.

Below is our current squad and what I would like to see us do with each player.

GK - Lucas Fabianski - KEEP
GK - Darren Randolph - KEEP
GK - David Martin - KEEP
GK - Roberto - OUT ON LOAN - SELL

CB - Fabian Balbuena - SELL
CB - Issa Diop - KEEP
CB - Angelo Ogbonna - KEEP
CB - Winston Reid - SELL

LB - Aaron Cresswell - SELL
LB - Arthur Masuaku - SELL

RB - Ryan Fredericks - SELL

CM - Declan Rice - KEEP
CM - Jack Wilshere - SELL
CM - Josh Cullen - OUT ON LOAN - KEEP
CM - Mark Noble - KEEP

AM - Manuel Lanzini - SELL
AM - Pablo Fornals - KEEP

W - Andrei Yarmolenko - SELL
W - Felipe Anderson - SELL
W - Grady Diangana - OUT ON LOAN - KEEP
W - Jarrod Bowen - KEEP
W - Michail Antonio - KEEP
W - Robert Snodgrass - KEEP

F - Albian Ajeti - SELL
F - Jordan Hugill - OUT ON LOAN - KEEP
F - Sebastian Haller - KEEP

Squad improvements for next season, I think it's fair to say we aren't going to have a big budget, but at the same time with player sales, I think we should have enough to sign a few players in problem areas as well as promote a few players from the under 23s. I think these three players are deserving of being called up a level.

CB - Goncalo Cardoso - PROMOTE FROM U23s
RB - Ben Johnson - PROMOTE FROM U23s
F - Xande Silva - PROMOTE FROM U23s

Signings for next season, I really hope we predominantly go for young, hungry players from these shores. Maybe signing one or two from abroad. Don't necessarily have to be home grown, but players that are actually driven to succeed and want to play and improve but predominantly already have experience of the rigours of English football.

With the out goings and promotions from the under 23s I highlighted above, I think it's fair to say we are in need of a centre back, 2 left backs, a right back, a central midfield, an attacking midfielder, 2 wingers and a forward.

The list of players I'd go for in those positions.

CB - Axel Disasi - Reims
CB - Malang Sarr - Free Agent
LB - Antonee Robinson - Wigan
LB - Jamal Lewis - Norwich
RB - Max Aaron - Norwich
RB - Nathaniel Clyne - Free Agent
CM - Matty Longstaff - Free Agent
AM - Angel Gomes - Free Agent
AM - Eberechi Eze - QPR
AM - Emiliano Buendia - Norwich
W - Ryan Fraser - Free Agent
W - Said Benrahma - Brentford
F - Callum Wilson - Bournemouth
F - Josh King - Bournemouth
F - Ollie Watkins - Brentford.


1.) 12 Jul 2020 13:07:32
Brilliant post die 4 absolutely spot on with the sell ons and u23. Wouldn't neccesary agree with the buys particularly some of the Norwich and Bournemouth players especially Calum Wilson, injuries and Josh King, not proved this season. Would add Matty Cash to the fullback requirement and just a reminder Ben Johnson can play either side.

2.) 12 Jul 2020 14:45:43
Die-4, great post mate, rude not to comment😂My only contribution is Haller sell, Get Mitrovic if possible, maybe keep Yarmelenko, at least he runs& can score👍Well done again👍⚒⚒.

3.) 12 Jul 2020 23:27:33
I agree with you Chelmsford. Mitrovic would suit us, and in turn sell Haller.

4.) 14 Jul 2020 04:15:42
I'm not being confrontational DIE4WHUFC but you've suggested 3 NORWICH players 3 AFC players 3 championship players and the rest are free agents and free for a reason they ain't good enough and the rest are from relegation threatened teams so IMO you need to look at your list again and find players that will IMPROVE us and not players of the standard we've already got. COYI.

5.) 12 Jul 2020 21:09:47
So you replace half our team with 3 norwich players who are relegated 2 AFC players who are battling relegation 5 free agents who are free for a reason and the rest championship players thank god die 4 whufc you ain't our boss because we need to improve our squad mate and not with those sorts of standard of players and JOSH KING is injury prone I rate him but we've enough sick notes in WILSHIRE. COYI.




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12 Jan 2021 16:20:24
Hahaha. That would be why then Ed. Thanks.




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12 Jan 2021 09:09:13
Not doubting what you are saying Ed, not in the slightest. but is it because of the fact he has been registered by two clubs already this season?

If West Ham do recall Anderson, surely we would know this? hahaha.

I may have dreamed this but is it not a case of the whole C.V. and the financial restraints it has inflicted on clubs that Fifa and Uefa are willing to be a little more relaxed in their loan rules?


{Ed002's Note - Everton has no interest.}



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08 Jan 2021 21:20:18
Thanks Ed.




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08 Jan 2021 15:33:23
I agree Nick, a Forward, a central midfielder and a defender are probably needed.

Josh King seems like he is going to be an expensive signing this transfer window given the other clubs interested. So I am not sure he is who we'll go for. However, I would love to see us go for him or at least some one similar to him.

Alex Kral would be a great shout and he seems like a realistic option.

I am not sure a left back is the priority at the moment, I think Masuaku is the first choice left wing back and if we were to sign a centre back this window, Cresswel could potentially be used as a Masuaku back up?




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07 Jan 2021 10:47:28
Eds. is there any interest in Anderson this window?


{Ed002's Note - The player is very keen to return to Lazio but Andreas Pereira on loan so a vacancy won't arise in his preferred AM position until the summer. WHU can pay off Porto and look for someone else to take him on loan as they have no need for him - which they may well do, else they know his value will fall away.}




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02 Feb 2021 10:36:32
He apparently wanted £100k plus in wages. I imagine that is why.

I am amazed we didn't sign a replacement for Haller, but at the same time I wouldn't want to throw money at someone just for the sake of signing someone. I can only think we are MAYBE looking at a free agent that can be signed outside the transfer window on a temporary basis only to sign someone permanently in the summer.

Ivan Toney would be my choice in the Summer. With Reid going to Brentford in January, maybe a deal is being lined up for him already.




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25 Jan 2021 12:20:32
Thanks Ed.

So I am assuming that means we could technically loan two players from foreign clubs this window?


{Ed002's Note - Sure.}



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25 Jan 2021 08:17:47
I am assuming Dave means the young Reading attacking midfielder Michael Olise

He is a decent prospect, only 19 years old and has had a stellar season so far in the championship. I’ve seen him play a couple of times on the tele and he looks composed on the ball and an eye for a pass.

I am not sure Reading will sell though. I think a more likely player (albeit more of a central midfield player) would be Jason Knight from Derby, they’re in financial difficulty.




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07 Jan 2021 10:58:04
Ondrej Kolar from Slavia Prague would be a great shout in goal too, probably cheaper than buying Pope, or other already established names in the Premier League.




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07 Jan 2021 10:56:44
Do you think Soucek is getting paid as a scout as well? haha.

Hasn't he recommended a few Czech nationals and other players from Slavia Prague?

Ondrej Kolar - 26 - Goalkeeper
Alex Kral - 23 - Defensive Midfielder
Abdallah Sima - 19 - Forward
Adam Hlozek - 18 - Forward.