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13 May 2022 11:40:40
I wrote a post that was turned in to an article by the Eds (proud day for me) a couple of months back entitled "Where I would love to see West Ham United come the start of next season" and in it I went through the current squad, highlighted the outgoings and who I thought we should target in January and over the Summer. This article is version 2.

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1.) 13 May 2022 12:31:43
I fear we are going to be linked with every player and his dog again in another typical west ham transfer winbdow. Sullivans recent "Declan Rice Contract Rumour" is a typical example of how he likes to be in the news


2.) 13 May 2022 13:18:58
Thanks for posting Eds

{Ed033's Note - Thanks for posting, DIE_4_WHUFC.


3.) 13 May 2022 22:23:31
Good article and some interesting opinions on who we should get. One correction though, the club had a two year option on Ben Johnson contract which they triggered when negotiations were not successfully concluded, so his contract does not run out this June, but I read they will negotiate again in the summer.


4.) 14 May 2022 20:20:21
Not a fan of JOHNSON to be fair he needs coaching on how to cross the ball but for me not good enough


5.) 20 May 2022 15:42:53
Die-4, fantastic article and really well considered . I like all your priority choices but having seen him on Wednesday night I’d add Bassey to that list of players to purchase . Thanks for writing it, great discussion piece!


 

 

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

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1.) 07 Jan 2022 14:39:19
Thanks Eds


2.) 07 Jan 2022 19:50:39
Really good read that.

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

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

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

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


3.) 08 Jan 2022 21:33:55
Thanks Al


 

 

09 Jun 2021 11:06:37
Apparently David Moyes is not looking to sign a goalkeeper this window because he believes Fabianski is good enough to still be our number one for a year and Randolph adequate back up.

Instead he is choosing to invest the money he has in other areas of the squad. Which I don't mind at all.

However, Arsenal have apparently made an approach for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.

Now, Onana is currently looking at a 12 month suspension from football as a result of taking a banned substance. He is appealing the decision as apparently it was a mistake as he took his wife' medicine rather than the one he was meant to take in error.

He is a superb goalkeeper, still only 25 and apparently available for as little as £7 million even if the ban is lifted. This figure is likely to fall further if he loses his appeal to have the ban lifted.

When you consider Chelsea were looking to sign him for significantly more money prior to signing Mendy. and when you consider he is still young, has bags of potential and still to see and has Champions League and Europa League experience, I think we should be all over this and trying to get him in.

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1.) 09 Jun 2021 14:02:23
Hi Die 4 I think it's a bit short sighted not to sign a keeper as Fab only has 1 year left and has had a few injury probs. I really like Johnstone and evidently he likes west ham. Listening to the England game where Stuart Pearce was commentating it was clear he likes him as well.


2.) 10 Jun 2021 07:52:22
Hey mercerl, I would rather we did sign a goalkeeper and that is what my post was about. I think we should be all over Andre Onana. I have also said in previous posts that Tomas Veclik the Czech no. 1 who is a free agent after leaving Sevilla is a "free" signing agents fees and bonuses etc aside that I think we should look at.

I have just seen a few reports recently that Moyes is looking at spending his budget on improving other areas of the team first.

I also saw a report the other day that apparently the Sam Johnstone link is off because we deem him too expensive.


3.) 10 Jun 2021 15:46:09
Don't know much about onana but all poked at Veclik a couple of weeks ago he seems to have lost his place at Seville due to Injury and wasn't offered a guaranteed 1st place, hence him turning down a new contract. You do worry about goalies who have had injuries. I watched Trott a free times a couple of years ago and thought he had promise. Do perhaps Moyes has a long term plan for the position.


4.) 10 Jun 2021 21:49:10
If Arsenal go elsewhere then Ryan could be a good backup.


5.) 11 Jun 2021 16:08:41
Let’s face it, onana cannot possibly get away with appealing the decision saying he thought it was his but it was actually his wife’s medicine, I would laugh that out of the room if I was on that board!


6.) 11 Jun 2021 23:12:00
His ban has been reduced to 9 months.

I still think we should go for him… let him settle in with the squad, settle in with the country and the culture… he is a class goalkeeper worth a lot more than the numbers being mentioned and still only 25 years old.


7.) 13 Jun 2021 09:10:05
Do not really see the point in signing a player who is ineligible to play for 9 months, that is a waste of 9 months pay!

Sam Johnstone all day long for me, proven keeper in premier league.
My priority would be a keeper and a couple of strikers, if we can pick up another cb then that’s a bonus.


8.) 13 Jun 2021 17:42:44
I see what you’re saying Bobby, but giving him a contract that pays him a fraction of any weekly wage we agree while he is suspended, or signing him with no signing bonus to off set against the wages we’d pay out during his suspension.

Given the money we’d save on transfer fee as a result of the suspension (Chelsea were rumoured to be looking at signing him for £30 million, he’s now available for £2-7 million depending on what article you read) I think we’d be foolish to not at least gauge his interest.

Signing a £30 million goalkeeper for a fraction of the price and not being able to play him for 9 months, would be like signing someone that subsequently gets injured.


 

 

10 May 2021 16:20:38
Eds, we have been linked with a handful of players from the Czech league after the success of Soucek and Coufal, but is Lukas Provod one of them by any chance?

If not, is there any team currently interested in Provod?

I think he'd be a great addition to our squad, versatile, can play anywhere on the left, can also play central midfield, strong, works hard and good in the air as well as with his feet.

Lukas Provod (LW) Inter enquired about his availability in January but he is well down the list of targets for them and would likely be no more than cover. Arminia Bielefeld were interstested before he moved last year. He would likely not get a Work Permit in England without an exemtion being requested.}

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20 Mar 2021 20:30:30
Ed's, is there any truth in the "nikola Maksimovic has agreed to join West Ham in the summer" reports I've read online?

29 years old, Serbian international who currently plays for Napoli. Not sure what to make of it, free agent in the summer so is he to cover the squad position of Balbueba who's set to move on a free?

Have we completely given up on the idea of Caleta-Car from Marseille or Milenkovic from Fiorentina? (both linked with Liverpool and Manchester United respectively, so may be long shots any way) .

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{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any agreement but it would make sense as he will be out of contract. Maksimovic is a well respected player.}


1.) 24 Mar 2021 16:31:09
Hardly the Red Bull approach that's been oft touted but as you say, he's a decent player and on a free is sensible business.

What I'm not so enamoured with are the rumours linking us to freebies Marega, Aboubakar and Lundstram. The first two are 30 this year and aren't exactly prolific in defensively inferior leagues, so I'm highly doubtful either would have much, if any success in the PL.

As for Lundstram. meh, he's proving this season exactly why Everton had him running around in Leagues 1 and 2 for so many years before finally offloading him to Oxford. Nowhere near good enough to be a PL player despite one flash in the pan season last time out.

More worryingly, you'd have to suspect that he'd be being eyed as an alternate for Rice rather than Noble. Could you imagine the uproar in the Summer if Rice goes for big money and we sign Lundstram on a free as a replacement?!

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure what you mean about Red Bull.}


2.) 24 Mar 2021 16:49:47
The Red Bull model that Moyes bangs on about, younger players for the future etc. To quote the man himself:

“I don’t see our model that we should go and buy all the most expensive players in the world, because I don’t see that as a long-term future for West Ham, ” he said.

“I use the Red Bull model as an example, because I see them buying in young players for the future. "

Nikola Maksimovic may well end up being an astute signing but he's in no way, at 30 this year a younger player for the future. That was what I meant by the Red Bull comment.


 

 

 

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03 Sep 2021 13:14:29
So, who will be in the starting XI in our game against Southampton?

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1.) 03 Sep 2021 14:43:00
We need to get over these bloody Qualifiers first to see who comes back injured or knackered! âš’âš’âš’âš’.


2.) 07 Sep 2021 08:59:15
I expect both Kral, Vlasic and Masuaku to be on the bench. At a guess, If there are no injuries during the game, I reckon Vlasic will come on for Bowen. Maybe Arthur will get some time too (on for Cresswell) . I can’t see Kral on unless Rice or Soucek get injured, or we are defending a slender leading (in which case he’ll come on for a AM and support Rice/ Soucek) .

Moyse habitually sticks with the team that is doing well.


 

 

31 Aug 2021 19:57:02
This has been a good window, I won't lie though, I am really curious to see how Abdullah Sima does. He joined Brighton today from Slavia Prague but was immediately loaned to Stoke.

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01 May 2021 19:36:51
Ed's, could you shed some light on something for me please.

If Man City or Chelsea win the Champions League and both finish top 4, and Manchester United win the Europa League and finish top 4. does England get an additional Champions League spot in the league (so 5th)?

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{Ed002's Note - No. The 5th place goes to one of those sides winning in Europe and not being in the top four.


1.) 01 May 2021 22:13:07
Thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.]


 

 

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.

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{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?

DIE_4_WHUFC

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.


 

 

 

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21 Jul 2022 13:52:21
and even if Lingard doesn't sign with us, if we sign someone else instead, then it will still have been a decent transfer window. In my opinion

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21 Jul 2022 13:48:37
I understand the frustration, at the same time, I am actually quite relaxed about where we are currently.

We had a deadline to turn Alphonse Areola' loan deal to a permanent one on the 30th of June. So we got that deal done. Great Signing!

We signed Nayef Aguerd as a left footed central defender, who will be the long term replacement to Oggy. Great Signing!

We have signed Flynn Downes as a replacement for Alex Kral. In my opinion we are still light in the middle of the park and another central midfielder is needed.

With 5-6 weeks of the transfer window left, we still, in my opinion need a left back, a central midfielder, an attacking midfielder and a forward. If those four additions come in, I won't see this transfer window being anything other than a success.

David Raum at left back is being looked at. He'd be a great addition.

Amadou Onana in central midfield. He'd be a great addition.

Jesse lingard as the attacking mdifield. Whilst I hate the way it is being reported and the fact it APPEARS he is lookiing for the best financial package, who on this site can honestly say if you had the money to be picky about your next job, you wouldn't explore every option before making a decision? He'd be a great addition.

Armando Broja as the forward signing. Again, he'd be a great addition.

With all those players coming in, be it before the Manchester City game or not, that would have been an outstanding transfer window and our starting line up come September would have been strengthened from back to front, with decent back up.


GK - Areola / Fabianski

RB - Johnson / Coufal
CB - Kurt Zouma / Craig Dawson
CB - Nayef Aguerd / Angelo Ogbonna
LB - David Raum / Aaron Cresswell

DM - Amadou Onana / Flynn Downes

CM - Declan Rice
CM - Tomas Soucek / Pablo Fornals

RW - Jarrod Bowen

LW - Jesse Lingard / Said Benrahma

F - Michail Antonio / Armando Broja


Thats assuming we let Issa Diop (Fulham), Arthur Masuaku (anyone that wants him), Manuel Lanzini (Besiktas) and Nikola Vlasic (Torino) leave the club.

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27 May 2022 09:00:32
Aaron Hickey would be an exceptional signing. He would be a long term successor to Cresswell and frankly, we should be all over it.

Tyrick Mitchell at Crystal Palace and Borna Sosa from Stuttgart are other left backs we should be all over.

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13 May 2022 13:18:58
Thanks for posting Eds

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28 Mar 2022 05:31:59
I think Calvert-Lewis is the type of player we should be targeting and I could see him being brought in and believing he is good enough to oust Antonio, whilst being mature enough to see that Antonio is an important part of the squad.

If it were someone like Richarlison, I would agree, we’d be better off selling Antonio first.

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11 Jul 2022 14:59:02
I'd like to say its because we are offering £25 million with add ons to be discussed, but. hahaha

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30 Jun 2022 07:52:53
Whilst I understand what you are both saying about our scattergun approach but there is an air of difference this window compared to previous windows.

We are being linked to all and sundry because journalists know we need players and therefore link us to all and sundry.

We have signed our first choice left footed centre back and our first choice goalkeeper already this window. Admittedly, it might have taken longer than people anticipated, but both were on international duty and signed within a short period of being back.

We have a first choice striker target it would appear and that’s Armando Broja but Chelsea aren’t going to sell just because we are interested, especially now Lukaku has rejoined Inter Milan, they’re going to want to see what the lad can do in pre-season or at least sign a forward or two of their own before letting him go. Apparently they have bids in for Raphinha and Sterling, so it might not be all that long we have to wait.

I get the impression we have our preferred targets in mind, we’ve probably approached their respective clubs and we are prioritising those whilst still looking at other options if our preferred choice doesn’t work out.

Borja might not happen so we’re exploring the possibility of Danjuma from Villarreal instead. Perfect example.

Most of what you are reading or seeing online is journalists and news outlets and sports pages simply throwing names about because they’re a player West Ham MIGHT be interested in should they like to sign a player in a position.

What I don’t understand and I am struggling with this window is the lack of central midfielders we are looking at. We lost Noble and Kral at the end of the season and apparently we’re willing to sell Soucek. Which would leave us with Declan Rice as our only real central midfielder (Lanzini, Fornals and Vlasic are more attack minded).

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27 Jun 2022 07:04:27
Markwhu and Sdl… player exchanges for Rice might be worth considering but I think the idea of losing yet another central midfielder and only leaving us with Soucek would be a mistake.

If we’re playing, like you say Sdl, then Broja + Gallagher + Hudson-Odoi + cash for me.

That gives us a forward, a central midfielder and a player that can play as a wing back or further up the field. All are young and have bags of potential too.

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06 Jun 2022 17:16:12
Trying to look at this in a positive light, I could see that players being on international duty might be putting their international responsibilities before their club. Let’s face it, if players are negotiating terms or whatever while away, that would obviously be a distraction

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28 Mar 2022 05:29:13
Phillips might not be a player you’d consider as a priority, but when you consider Noble is retiring and Kral is going back to Moscow because he has failed to impress, we need more central midfielders and Phillips would be a class addition.

Phillips as the base of a three with Rice and Soucek having slightly more advanced roles would see the best out of both Rice and Soucek.

I’d love us to sign Phillips.

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