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30 Nov 2021 11:13:32

Our record with signing players from the Swiss league isn’t great.


1.) 30 Nov 2021 17:31:01
Bloke would be great signing

2.) 30 Nov 2021 21:58:23
I read Leeds were after him too, and possibly Barca?



16 Nov 2021 13:50:02
Just a stray thought on FFP etc.

If Kretinsky sanctions a Sparta loan of Hlozek to us, would that ease potential FFP issues for this season, or is it a wages thing?


{Ed002's Note - He would not be in a position to do that. If WHU want him then they may yet be able to by him.}

1.) 18 Nov 2021 08:55:27
Blimey, looks like I was prescient. There are now reports that West Ham are interested in a loan to buy deal for Hlozek in January.

2.) 18 Nov 2021 13:35:10
“? #WHUFC want to sign Adam Hlozek in January and also a centre-back to cover the injured Ogbonna.

Hlozek could be an initial loan with conditions to make an obligatory purchase, similar to Soucek's 2020 deal. Kretinsky could be key.”

{Ed002's Note - There is a need to fill both positions and AH is one of the options West Ham have looked at.

Adam Hlozek (F) has been scouted by West Ham, RBL, Milan, Liverpool, Dortmund, Arsenal and others but has a desire to move to West Ham where Soucek, who he shares an agent with, plays. Has made clear that he will want assurances of game time.}

3.) 18 Nov 2021 15:47:28
Thx. That sounds really encouraging. The lad can play.



09 Nov 2021 11:29:00
Both Milenkovic and Caleta-Car rumours recently.

If reports about Ogbonna’s ACL are true, we’ll need to reinforce CB in the winter window.


{Ed002's Note - {Ed002's Note - There is another club already in discussions with Marseille over Caleta-Car.}

1.) 09 Nov 2021 12:02:56
Thanks, Ed. I’d read that. There’s so much up for discussion at the moment at the club: Kretinsky investment, current involvement in three major competitions, the striker quandary, unprecedented, successful times at West Ham.

However, I think Ogbonna’s injury will focus Moyse’s mind on CB reinforcement.

2.) 10 Nov 2021 20:18:27
Yes a CB and a Striker if we can somehow find money. Not sure we need Lingard back over those two positions.

3.) 11 Nov 2021 10:38:24
Adam Hlozek from Sparta Prague to provide back up to Antonio would be a dream signing for me, he can play anywhere across the front 3 and in some respects reminds me a lot of Bowen.

We need another centre back if Ogbonna is out for a while, but I could see this being a loan option and sticking with Zouma and Dawson to start, with Diop as the preferred back up. Don’t forget Karl and Cresswell could potentially slot in there too. I actually wouldn’t be too surprised to see someone like Phil Jones brought in on loan to cover (I said not surprised, not that it is what I would want).

4.) 25 Nov 2021 16:39:03
I've got to be honest and admit that I'm far from convinced that Hlozek is the solution to our striking problems that people think he is. Besides, isn't he currently out with a knee injury?

I could be wrong, but after watching him quite intently during the Euros, I just think he'll struggle in the PL. Julian Alvarez may be a better shout should we be able to convince him over Real, AC, Juventus or Villa.

5.) 27 Nov 2021 21:19:18
Hlozek normally actually plays in a wide position rather than a striker. He scores cutting in. As said, not sure he will solve the issue unless converted to an out and out striker, but that isn’t his game.



28 Oct 2021 14:39:10
Rumours of Kretinsky investing £700m for a 27% share in the club may be exaggerated.


1.) 28 Oct 2021 15:20:08
Mark the way I read the article was a 27% stake valuing the club at £650 million I e he would be investing around £160 million initially with the intention of taking s majority stake after 2023

Ed's any confirmation in you knowledge.

{Ed002's Note - There have been discussions for a while but your understanding is that the stake that is available is apparently just under 27% of the total shares and that your calculation is correct that it values the club at something like £600+M in total - not his share. There is a separate issue to resolve in relation to UEFA and his ownership of Sparta Prague in respect of European competition. But that can be fixed.}

2.) 28 Oct 2021 16:01:51
Thx for the info. Any serious investment would be welcome. The Daves aren’t getting any younger. Kretinsky is, I believe, about 46.

3.) 29 Oct 2021 09:02:09
Thanks Ed brilliant as usual.

4.) 29 Oct 2021 10:25:48
So, if he buys 27%, that will be for something like £150m to £180m approx. Who is he buying the shares from? If it’s from the Davids, then that money becomes theirs. That means talk of boosting the Jan war chest for buying players depends on whether the Davids want to spend their new money.

Will they?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, the shares are from the owners and the money will be theirs. They could choose to invest some in the club but are constrained by FFP.}

5.) 29 Oct 2021 21:35:58
Thank you.

6.) 30 Oct 2021 21:10:39
C&H reporting Kretinsky is one of several interested in buying a stake in west ham. Any truth in that? Are sparta Prague ran well?

7.) 01 Nov 2021 01:48:49
No matter how much money somebody pumps in to a football club there is always them very powerful three letters FFP and everybody must obide to them as Newcastle thought they were instantly going to be up to winning the premier league unfortunately it takes time to develop a squad to do this and the reason city and Chelsea, Liverpool are there is the whole squad not just the starting 11 the bench has to be strong I'm not saying I'd rather not have the billionaire owner as that would be crazy as that's the way football is, and if your club hasn't got that billionaire owners then you just cannot compete with the top clubs and every season will be survival which isn't enjoyable so I welcome the CZECH billionaire with open arms as the three (well so far 2 ) haven't been bad to put it mildly so COYI.

8.) 01 Nov 2021 03:55:29
I read the likelihood is paying down the 120 million debt that is at high interest rates to begin with. That would make a big difference as payments on it eat into the amount able to be spent on playing staff.

9.) 01 Nov 2021 11:34:19
Whorya48,?? good to see you back posting, was wondering not seeing you on here for so long if you were OK????⚒⚒⚒⚒.

10.) 02 Nov 2021 20:21:24
Wonder what the sparta fans think of him. I've read recently he can be overly involved with team matters ie tactics, lineups. If true I wouldn't want him.

11.) 03 Nov 2021 00:25:34
Did read that too Iron.Al, supposedly not hiring a manager because the manager couldn't explain to him how the overlapping fullbacks would be able to recover in time if the ball was lost. Wonder how much truth to that though? I think Moyes or any other PL manager that might come in would tell him to (space to fill out any two words of your choosing) .

12.) 18 Nov 2021 18:32:30
Hiya chelmsford i'm ok just been super busy mate hope you are well also?



31 Aug 2021 09:11:07
Vlasic deal done. No need to fuss about Lingard anymore.


1.) 31 Aug 2021 10:15:32
Yes great, let’s hope he settles in and does as well as Soucek and Coufal, that would be amazing👍still feel we’ll be getting another in to help the Antonio out? ⚒⚒⚒⚒.

2.) 31 Aug 2021 10:46:31
He puts a shift in if the euros are anything to go by
How many loans can we have?
2 from the uk and is it also 2 from abroad
Hope we can get a couple in 🤞.

3.) 31 Aug 2021 12:13:46
We need a midfielder if they’re letting Coventry go out on loan.




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28 Nov 2021 10:28:12
Tough game today. We need to give it a go.

Moyse will concentrate on hefty defence and trying to hit them on the break, or from set pieces.


1.) 28 Nov 2021 15:08:30
Listening on Radio5 Live, Fabianski apparently a bit shaky with his distribution, lucky to get away with the disallowed VAR decision! Hopefully we can still get something, but conditions awful, staff are clearing the pitch before 2nd half start!⚒⚒⚒

2.) 29 Nov 2021 16:01:41
Wasn't lucky Chelmsford he was offside no contention.



25 Nov 2021 19:56:17
Good win.

Some pleasing work from Vlasic and, later, Kral.

Great to see Perkins get some time.


1.) 26 Nov 2021 01:49:10
Shame Perkins didn’t knock that header home.



07 Nov 2021 20:08:03
Magnificent result against a very high quality side.

Credit to Dawson, who barely put a foot wrong when he came on and to Zouma for switching sides at the back. He has been such a good buy.

Bowen ran and ran, producing a superb assist for Fornals - and as for Fornals he just goes from strength to strength. What an engine that bloke has got. His control is excellent and his eye for a pass in cramped areas is terrific.

There were no weak links.

Rice, as the fulcrum of the side, is the envy of every other side in the Prem, to say nothing of Europe.




24 Oct 2021 18:52:27
Another good win today. I like how well Moyse has organised our defence. Zouma was a great buy and Ogbonna is playing at the top of his game. Soucek and Rice are simple powerhouses in midfield.
There’s still work to do up front, but Antonio is a beast.




21 Oct 2021 21:53:50
A comfortable win in the end. Starting with Rice and Soucek gives us such a solid base in midfield. Nice to see Chesters get a couple of minutes.


1.) 22 Oct 2021 00:19:50
Chesters looked very keen when he came on, a couple of really good efforts battling back to win the ball.




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05 Dec 2021 11:35:25
Yes, we have plenty of youngsters who could play. It would be a real vote of confidence for them to be in the starting XI, as well as on the bench to come on later.

I’d start Perkins, Alese and Ashby, with Noble as Captain. Kral should start, too.

The bench should have experience as well as new faces like Oko-Flex.




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05 Dec 2021 10:47:21
That game was the PL at its best and why it’s revered around the world.




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05 Dec 2021 10:44:57
Not at 400k a week, thanks.




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04 Dec 2021 11:45:09
Great info. Thank you.




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04 Dec 2021 10:55:20
I think the majority of fans would be very pleased to see Lingard back in Jan.

As usual, we’ve been linked with a bucketload of strikers. I really rate Hlozek, but I doubt he is the main target.

If Lingard comes, then the other front man must be an out and out established goal scorer. If Lingard doesn’t come, then Hlozek plus that striker works fine for me too.

I’m still not sure that we need another CB. Both Baptiste and Alese have shown they’re good enough.


{Ed002's Note - The options right now look something like this:
Giovanni Simeone (F) Cagliari need to sell to cover themselves financially and will listen to offers. They had hoped that Atletico would come in with a good offer but that hasn't happened. West Ham have a long-term interest and spoke again with his representative but he would need to be matched with a Centre Forward due to his size. Sevilla have had an offer rejected but could return.
Adam Hlozek (S) has been scouted by West Ham, RBL, Milan, Liverpool, Dortmund, Arsenal and others but has a desire to move to West Ham where Soucek, who he shares an agent with, plays. Has made clear that he will want assurances of game time. Dortmund will push.
Sardar Azmoun (F) Out of contract in the summer and available as a Free Agent. Emerging as an option for Everton to replace either Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison if either were to leave. Prior interest of Leicester, Lazio, PSV, Liverpool and Marseille has gone - but he been playing very well for Zenit and that has also attracted the interest of Milan and West Ham. Expect a move this summer.
Mohamed Bayo (S) Clement Foot have no interest in selling cheaply although have noted that Brighton, Chelsea and West Ham have had scouts at games watching him. It is difficult to see how a Work Permit would be obtained for England unless paying well over the odds for a player often described as clumsy. Don't rule out a West Ham offer.
Youssef En-Nesyri (S) West Ham and Manchester United apparently, via a third party, have made an approach to ask about availability and price for the player who has done well this season, but has not set the world alight previously. Will be off the AFCON when it comes around. Makes little sense given Sevilla are not looking to sell and would demand around €50M but there remains the thought both sides could will look again. It would be doubtful he would be a starter for Manchester United. Arsenal has also shown interest in the player as a replacement for Lacazette but they need to raise funds to balance the books and could only be a viable option if a significant sale were made or a player used in exchange.
Folarin Balogun (S) is frustrated at the lack of opportunities at Arsenal and his "agent" is again offering him around with interest from West Ham and Bayer Leverkusen. A loan seems more likely.}




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05 Dec 2021 10:43:43
Foden on the other wing would be nice too.




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04 Dec 2021 18:17:35
Givin’ it large, Mark?




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04 Dec 2021 10:56:45
Interesting thought, though it would be a sad loss to the game if it were banned.




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26 Nov 2021 13:43:38
I hope that means that fans get their flight and hotel money back.




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13 Nov 2021 10:31:12
I think Moyse will go with Dawson. Diop and Baptiste will be on the bench for PL games.

It seems Moyse still has doubts about Diop’s consistency and how he reads the game. If we do go for another CB in Jan, then Diop should be sold on.

Baptiste should play in the next two Euro games to increase his experience. He is a seriously good prospect.