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08 Jan 2021 13:31:58
What do we need in this window? And let's be realistic, it comes down to two positions really, and maybe a 3rd.
1 - A striker now that Haller is gone and we cannot rely on Mikey's fitness. Josh King for me would be good at the right price as he has PL experience and the right attributes. Just means we would have two strikers who have for a long part of their careers been wingers. Whoever we get, i'd like to see some PACE and strength.
2 - CM compteition/ cover for Dec and Soucek. We have been linked with Kral and Diawara, BOTH look decent. Diawara for me, but only becasue I know more about him. Ed's, any chance of these?
3 - Left back cover for Masuaku. Johnson can play there, but we need genuine left footed cover.

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{Ed002's Note - (1) Josh King (S) Newcastle have had an offer for JK rejected and offers may well be coming from West Ham and West Brom

(2) Amadou Diawara (DM) Leicester may provide an option if Roma sell. If Rice were to leave West Ham they could also look to him.
Alex Kral (DM) who would be an out-and-out Declan Rice replacement from Spartak. He shares an agent with Vladimir Coufal and there has been a dicscussion.

(3) I am not sure WHU see this as a priority. Is there nobody in the U23s who can cover?


1.) 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?


2.) 08 Jan 2021 16:31:25
I’m not convinced by King, though Moyse likes PL ready made players, as opposed to those he has to wean in.

If it’s not King, then I think Moyse will push for Arnautovic. I know he’s no longer a young ‘un, but Moyse knows him inside out and he’s a centre back’s nightmare.

Coufal should give him confidence that Czech players are tough enough to put Kral firmly on the menu.

I think we’ve got enough cover in the back 4/ 5.


3.) 08 Jan 2021 16:49:29
i think we all agree J. King is who we should go for. not sure we need someone else in the back line as Masuaku will be back hopefully next week i would sooner have another mid fielder as we need cover for Dec. and Soucek but the good news is Hallar has gone i do hope he does well in the dutch legue.


4.) 08 Jan 2021 17:08:27
Bideford, you might not wish H so much luck if you read Stevie’s post on H first statement on arriving at Ajax👎👎.


5.) 08 Jan 2021 20:52:52
Personally, I don’t rate King. His injury record is not the best. We’d be better off with Giroud or Abrahams.


6.) 08 Jan 2021 21:49:03
I don't think Giroud would get the service with the way moyes sets up. I agree kings injury record isn't the best we might end up playing with makeshift strikers if him and Antonio were both injured.

Pace is what we need someone always making runs creating space for the attacking midfielders and providing an early out let. Antonio is soo good at it with his pace power and work ethic. Many times we have knocked the ball into the channels and he somehow gets on the end of it.

Definitely light in midfield soucek and rice playing 90 minutes every week and they are non stop last thing we need is an injury to either one of those.

Longelo could do a job at LWB. Was it Harrison Ashby the young RB that did well for us then for injured? i'd also like to see Coventry get some opportunities ahead of Noble.

Youd think we would have a concrete replacement lined up for Haller. Considering antonios injury record.


7.) 10 Jan 2021 09:45:02
We offered Bournemouth £13m for King last summer allegedly. He now has 6 months left on his contract, therefore the £13m would be reduced considerably to £8 or £9m. In today’s market £8-9m is small fry. At that price King is worth a wager. I’m not a fan of his, yet for the amount it’s a no brainier.
Haller makes his debut today at Ajax, what’s the odds he scores a hat-trick!


8.) 11 Jan 2021 05:14:15
What about ismalia sarr from watford plays as a winger or up front where i think its hus best position his pace is frightening i understand he's out with an ankle injury whilst playing for senegal.


 

 

28 Jul 2020 15:18:15
Rumour after rumour, crazy season is in full swing! My thoughts on OUR players, but by no means confident ANY of them will be correct, such is the unpredictability this summer.
Lanzini is unlikely to go. Moyes got great stuff out of him in his first spell and he may think he can do so again, and he has also been quoted as speaking with Montiel about WHU (the ARG right back we are heavily linked with) . For me, his best position is the one Mark plays ATM at no.10 but he can cover LW.
Yarmolenko, also unlikely to go. Moyes has used him as his no2 to Bowen and while defensively not great he does run. Some incredible one touch interplay between him and lanzini vs Villa at one point. He is also a player who can make something happen.
Anderson could well be off. His off the ball play is not a Moyes fit at all, and his style does not suit Haller, plus Diangana (free) is hot on his heels. Fornals AND Lanzini played LW ahead of him vs Villa which should tell us a lot. Unless Moyes feels he can adapt, he will be off as he is also a player we could get +20m for.
Masuaku - will be gone
Wilshere - Really do not know what Moyes can/ will do here. i'm a big advocate of playing players in their best positions and IMO we have 4 playeres all best suited to the 10 role ATM in Nobes, Lanzini, Fornals and Wilshere. Jack is not natural enough defensively to play in a CM two, he is a CAM only.
Snods - Love his effort and commitment, as will Moyes, but not sure what he can offer any more on the wing, and in CAM we are flooded. I expect just one of Yarmo or Snods to stay. Could be Snods as Yarmo would collect more money if we need funds.
Ajeti looks gone, and i'd move on Hugill also. Haller, KEEP as he needs a crack at the PL with players getting around/ beyond him and strikers are not cheap!
Fredricks - Move on if we get a new RB.
Declan - I think he will stay, as he is getting Captains experience ATM which he will not get anywhere else. If we do not get Europe tho he will be gone next summer.
Cullen - Get this kid in the squad! His attidtude is Moyes style all over, and our biggest weakness last season was the lack of a partner and cover for Dec. Nobes, Sanchez, Wilshere and Snods all not good enough there and/ or not their natural position. Now we have Soucek we have a partner, but no adequate cover for either of them. Cullen fits the bill for cover and is FREE! Fans will like him.

NIckinho_10

1.) 28 Jul 2020 19:07:29
Agree with some of that but not all:

Lanzini unfortunately is a busted flush since his injury and will continue to struggle in the PL. A move to a slower, more technically minded league would be best for all parties imo.

Cullen ain't a kid anymore, he's 24 and in all brutal honesty, if he was good enough he'd have made more of an impact on our 1st team squad by now. I think we'll sell him should an offer come in, he's decent enough to have a good career in the Championship but unless he's a late bloomer he isn't going to cut it in the PL.

As for Masuaku, Fredericks, Anderson and Wilshire, ideally we'd like to sell them all but I can't see many teams busting our door down for any of them - (maybe Anderson but at a huge loss) so there's a fair chance we'll be stuck with them, which in turn will cripple any transfer plans Moyes may have.

As for Rice, will he be a West Ham player next season? I really hope so but in all reality the first team that comes in with a bid north of £45M will get him despite protestations to the contrary from within our club.


2.) 28 Jul 2020 19:12:15
Excellent post Nick. Agree 100%.


3.) 29 Jul 2020 05:36:11
Heard Ajeti to Celtic on loan?


4.) 29 Jul 2020 13:18:03
I like most Nick but do agree with Billy perhaps Cullen will prove me wrong [i hope so] don't forget we have Grady Diangana available too which i like very much.


5.) 29 Jul 2020 18:36:51
Don’t worry still at least 5-6 weeks before we begin to get linked with unheard of South Americans who no one has heard before.


6.) 30 Jul 2020 15:15:28
BillyDWizz all very valid points on Josh Cullen. Although his contract is pretty much run out so we would not get anything for him. i'm saying we keep him as backup, it makes me think there is something in him if MP did not sell when we would have got some much needed money for him a year ago. Clearly they saw something in him and the thought was that he needed more game time. He's a battler and a runner, and has a great attitude, and that is what we need as backup in CM. Charlton fans love him and would sign him in a heartbeat, and IMO he would be better than Sanchez, Noble, Snods and Obiang all were in that role.
Any CM coming to us this summer will know they are backup to Rice and Soucek and would still cost £10-£15m, so I don't see how we get someone better who will have such a good attitude and know the club, and Josh is free!
He was in the Charloton team that got promotoed from Lg1, and IMO they would have stayed up were he not to have got injured. They won just one game in the 11 game spell when he was injured. For me, he should come in as a squad player on a 2-3 year contract as we will not get much better with our budget given requirments to improve the 1st eleven in other positions.


7.) 31 Jul 2020 22:32:59
Totally agree billywhizz CULLEN ain't a premier league player to be brutally honest he's championship at very best like you say billy we need players of the sransard of RICE and SOUCEK otherwise what's the point. COYI.


 

 

23 Jul 2020 17:23:04
Be interesting to get people's thoughts on what Moyes may do this window. I think it is the hardest one to predict in YEARS. There is so much "potential" in Wilshere, Lanzini, Anderson but will they fit the system and run the miles Moyes wants. Vs Villa i would play Haller, Anderson, Lanzini or Wilshere and Yarmolenko and just see how they get on.

For me, Masuaku must go and we must get someone pacey who works hard like Antonee Robinson or similar at LB. Cress will be good in rotation. I'd be ok with Johnson and Fredricks on the other flank given I think this window will be VERY tough going. But Fredricks does lack in crossing and movement when we have the ball.

Rice, Soucek, Cullen and one new CM/ DM would be good IMO (maybe Isaac Hayden, or if Bmth go down Billing? ) .

Looks like a CAM is part of Moyes plans and Noble currently plays there. He's OK for some games but too slow to support Haller IMO. We also have Fornals who is probably better suited to this position, and then we also have Wilshere and Lanzini. VERY crowded here ATM so I expect to see something change here.

My dream person here would be John McGinn from Villa if they go down, WHAT a player.
I am not sure where Snods fits in any more, as he isn't quick enough for wing play, and we have so many CAM's.

Personally, unless I was 100% confident in getting what i wanted from Anderson i would sell for the right price and bring in Grady Diangana. Fornals has been great out left and can continue there while Grady improves in the prem.
SELL AJETI and Hugill as soon as offers come in.

In short, SELL Masuaku, Ajeti and Hugill, and if a decent offer comes sell Anderson. BUY a LB, CM / DM and a striker (maybe loan someone like Jovic) . If possible ship some of the finge AM's and go all out on John McGinn.

NIckinho_10

1.) 23 Jul 2020 21:35:32
If we could sell haller, ajeti, Anderson masuaka and lanzini and Wilshere, i would like us to go in for the following:
Benrhama
Watkins
Eze
Lb
Cb

I'd be very happy if that happened. Obviously won't though.


2.) 23 Jul 2020 23:06:39
I’m with you Hammerdave. Get money in and lose the high rollers.


3.) 23 Jul 2020 23:15:38
Nicko the players you listed would not bring in much money transfer wise and then that team will have to match the wages. and a lot of teams will chasing free transfer and loans and a couple of buys if we sell haller and Anderson we will recoup next to nothing back haller needs another season we ain’t always going to play 4231 system everyone has said he needs support.


4.) 23 Jul 2020 23:54:43
LB needs sorting I'd get antonee Robinson in straight away as he's young and a ridiculous athlete if he can improve his passing he could be solid most of all if the papers are to be believed he's cheap!

Then if masuaku and or cresswell leave we should get Ryan Manning technical solid can also play in midfield.

Ajeti out - Benrahma or Watkins in

Lanzini out - Eze in

RB - I'd say we need to strengthen here purely because johnson and Frederick's both have had injury problems. Maybe Wague on a loan with option to buy would give us good competion/ cover here.

We have so many wingers and attacking midfielder it's silly.

I generally think it's going to come down to who we can actually get rid of without being burnt to much or of those attacking players teams might actually want?


5.) 24 Jul 2020 17:36:46
Al I brought this up about 4 years having far to many options in midfield and because most are on stupid wages they are are difficult to shift most teams knowing we have to shift the player they want a loan know we need to keep the wage bill down but that won’t help replace the player or improve the position . we just lost Jeramy ngaki spelling because of a wage cap which I understand why not add incentive bonuses. when you look at the squad those players who we could get an half decent fee for are ones we want to keep.


6.) 24 Jul 2020 21:36:01
Like i predicted that WATFORD had the hardest run in i predict that all the HALLER doubters will eat their words he needs another year uninterupted and played in the right formation and you will see a real player. COYI.


7.) 24 Jul 2020 22:59:23
Haller’s technical ability can not be argued. Sadly he is too often no where near the 6-12 yard area where we need him. If Monaco do come in with a £38m offer we should snap their hand off.


8.) 25 Jul 2020 08:57:01
So many predictions coming true. Although, pretty much everyone saw that Watford had the hardest run in. hardly a prediction. but, as your predictions are amazing, can you give me some lottery ticket numbers please?


9.) 25 Jul 2020 09:18:42
I'm against selling Haller I think he's quality. When the team was playing well he was then fabianski got injured and the whole team started defending deep to protect Roberto which meant he got no support and I think he lost momentum from a good start from then. He also looked dangerous when we had players that could get around him especially Antonio from wide then he got injured.

As for replacing him with championship strikers always a risk involved they won't step up.

BBK your right that's the problem we are going to try sell players when the market will probably be deflated. We will no doubt have to pay agents to try and shift these players.

I have a feeling maybe fornals will go I remember a story linking Napoli with interest if true and they actually want him then we can command a decent fee. I like fornals he's really put the graft in for Moyes, I think with a second season he could really start racking up the assists and create a lot of chances but i do think moyes might prefure someone more physical imposing or with abit of pace so if a decent offer comes in I wouldn't be suprised to see him go.

Aa for lanzini Anderson yarmolenko they aren't bad players and we know they can do the business at this level but for the wages they are they can't be sitting on the bench as impact subs lime yarmolenko has been. Lanzini you hate to see it but his recovery has been a slow one and rightly so but can we afford to gold onto him and hope that he reaches precious levels? Probably not.

As for Anderson he was quality first season for Pellegrini this season not so great but you could make the argument he had to track back far too much to cover weak fullbacks when he really should be played as a winger. The whole team has been shocking for large parts of the season.

Ajeti obviously needs game time but he isn't going to get it here.

I'm suprised everyone wants rid or balbuena he's not a bad 3rd choice CB or the players we've been linked to much better? Considering we have to buy to sell we haven't got a great deal to spend on upgrades.


10.) 25 Jul 2020 12:10:17
Al, what a great post . voice of reason. We started this season really well and we finished this season really well, it was the middle when Roberto was in goal that cost us massively. 24 points lost from winning positions, how many did he cost us? We’ve had 2 great signings in January and to be honest think we need replacement full backs and that will do. I don’t care that we have expensive players warming the bench as it shows that we have quality in the squad, not just the starting 11. Why replace proven quality like Haller with someone like Watkins when we don’t know if they can perform at that level. Haller will come good next season and is still young, if you want to sell him do it in a couple of seasons when his value has doubled or tripled if you must. As for the Noble hater on here did you watch his performance against Utd on Wednesday when he out ran, out tackled, out passed and out performed Pogba? He ain't got no legs no more . my backside!


11.) 25 Jul 2020 14:56:30
Haller, Lanzini, Anderson, ect have a lot of potential but these players caused the problems. Portential don't win matches. Haller might come good in fact all 3 might come good but do we want to wait and see if they perform as they should.


12.) 26 Jul 2020 10:30:42
Thanks Dabber. I agree having these players on the bench does show we have good depth, I remember a few people saying start of the season it was the strongest squad we have had in the premier league unfortunately it's to over crowded with attacking players which left holes and weakness in other parts of the squad. Also those players are on really high wages I think Anderson's wages are double than a lot of who is actually starting maybe that could cause problems and i doubt the board would want that.

I think the key to if they will be pushed out and sold will be if Moyes thinks they won't put the hard yards in and obviously if anyone else wants them.

I don't think we need a panick fire sale just some tweaks and a rebalancing of the squad. Better full backs particularly Lb. An upgrade on Ajeti. Funded by his sale and a same of lanzini and or yarmolenko would be my choice.

I just hope we don't sell Rice need to see him and Soucek complete a full season in midfield.


13.) 26 Jul 2020 12:18:24
Hi Al

I think Xande Silva Or even Hughill would be my upgrade on Ajeti and I’d keep Diagana as back up to Bowen. We definitely need defensive improvement at full back and another quality CB wouldn’t go amiss. I’d keep Yarmelenko on the basis he can turn matches and has shown glimpses of true quality. Lanzini, Anderson, Balbuena and Ajeti would arguably generate £35-£45 m funds giving us £12-15m each on a RB, LB and CB from the Championship. On another note I can’t believe the bookies have made Villa favourites today . how rude!


14.) 26 Jul 2020 16:05:12
Hopefully we see silva today. I'm thinking with balbuena if you put him in the championship wouldn't he be one of the best CBs there? If we can sign a good young CB as replacement I would but i wouldn't say we are desperate. I'd imagine rice is going to have to be cover there if we get injuries.

I'd give up hugill and ajeti for a good championship striker but I wouldn't sell haller to fund them.

It seems like 1 or 2 of yarmo anderson or lanzini will be going to fund where moyes thinks we need strengthening. Guess we will have to wait and see will be interesting to see what happens.


 

 

12 Dec 2018 17:13:21
Interested to know what everyone HONESTLY expects us to do in the Jan window?

My thoughts:
MP's mentality will always mean progress, even if we are effectively safe by Jan as he will be targeting 6th. Ironmike will be better at explaining what finances we have, and where we are with FFP, but i suspect we have to move players on before we can make permanent signings and accommodate Rice's pay rise.
Realistically, I see him improving SQUAD quality in a couple positions, UNLESS MP has an opportunity on someone he specifically wants for his long term plan.
Left back is the main issue. Masuaku is not good enough defensively. Sell if an offer comes and expect a young, or temporary addition (e. g. Monreal) to come and challenge Cresswell.
Oxford looks like he is going, and with Zaba retiring at end of season, and Fredricks injured, expect a RB to be on the cards.
Cover for Declan. With Sanchez out for the season and Ogbonna our only backup at CB then a backup DM is important. Interesting that Yaya Toure has had his pay-as-you-play contract cancelled amidst the Turkish financial crisis. Maybe a temporary option until end of season when Sanchez returns? We may well see reports of him training with us before the new year as his family is in London.
Creative player cover. With Snodders and Anderson our only established technical players fit, i expect Nasri to come in to provide depth and cover here. I do not expect us to spend big on anyone else here as we have Yarmolenko and Lanzini still to come back, and 3 very good youngsters in Diangana, Holland and Silva coming through.
Up front, I only see movement here if we sell players. Arnie rumours may be true, although i am not sure which club will want him RIGHT NOW. Many clubs need a Caroll in Jan, and we could see him go on loan until his contract runs out freeing up some salary.
Out - Oxford, Masuaku, Antonio, Caroll
In - RB, LB, Nasri, DM and Rice TO SIGN!
If funds available, MAYBE bigger signing.

NIckinho_10

1.) 12 Dec 2018 18:17:42
I would go along with that Nickinho. It's a long shot to expect 6th place with current squad, much will depend on what budget Pellegrini has to play with when the window opens. Yarmalenko, Wilshire and Lanzini is a big loss but players have stepped up that have come in. If I was to be critical on team performances it has to be the tendency to step off the gas in periods of the game, allowing the opposition to take control. Pellegrini's philosophy is, if the opposition hasn't got the ball they can't score, and I've noticed that in recent matches the possession stats have taken a dive, not drastically, but enough to tell you that the team is conceding too much possession. Better opposition in those last three games would have taken advantage.


2.) 12 Dec 2018 19:37:24
I would personally love us to try and sign Kieran Tierney I think he is fantastic, versatile and is a leader. Though I may be being unrealistically ambitious and he may have no interest in us.


3.) 13 Dec 2018 00:24:29
Nice post Nickinho I think you have covered all the main points here, IT WAS the idea originally to have another spendfest this coming summer however injuries, and poor performances by some players demand more urgent attention, we don’t have to sell anybody to buy a couple of players as close to 35 m can be available However WH will look to sell on and reduce wage bill or at least keep it under control. IRONMIKE.


4.) 13 Dec 2018 00:30:41
Not much point in loaning out Carroll he can help us when available I'f someone's that desperate to need him in January they can buy him.

He seems to come back play a few games then get injured but he always seems to make an impact, but yes I would sell we still have an option at the end of the season and we know if he can stay fit what an asset he can be. More likely a sale than a loan.


5.) 13 Dec 2018 09:05:41
Lb- k Tierney
Rb- n clyne
Cm- a duncan
S- y poulson.


6.) 13 Dec 2018 12:51:05
Well written post Nichinho.
I, too, think that Nasri might be our only recruit in January. Your points about our full backs make good sense, but my gut tells me that only Oxford will leave if we get a decent offer.
Our full squad, when all our fit, covers most bases and I am optimistic that we are on course for a top 10 finish.
The summer spending was so extensive that we won’t spend this window. I would really have liked Almiron to come in, but can’t see it happening realistically.
I’m sure that MP will not move Carroll on, as he’s good cover for Arnie, who l also think will stay at least until the summer - at which time there may be a major shake up in our strikers.
MP and Husillos will be constantly scouting for the players he wants in the summer to make the squad increasingly his.


 

 

 

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02 Jun 2021 15:28:06
Interested to know what positions people think we need to sign this summer?
My thoughts below:
CB - Sign Dawson and at least one more. This is going to cost us £15-£25m total to fill both spaces (assuming Dawson is £5m of this amount)
LB - I thought Arthur was great last season when fit and playing as a LWB when fit. But he cannot play in a back 4 which leaves us with one proper LB in Cresswell. Not essential, but will be needed for Europe unless we play Johnson or a youth player on occasion £10m-£15m
CM - 100% no brainer we need to bolster here and Kral is ideal. Do we keep Lanzini to play CM also, especially in EURO games? I personally love him in CM. £15-£20m
AM - Assuming we sell Anderson and Yarmolenko (£20 mil tops IMO) we will need a WG/ AM to compete with Bowen, Fornals and Benrahma. £20m-£30m
ST - Absloute MUST £25m-£30m
£115m max, OR, £85m if we buy at the lower end of each. Where do we get this money from?
This does not address the GK issue, and assumes no loans. Manage your expectations this summer, we simply do not have the funds.

NIckinho_10

1.) 02 Jun 2021 15:58:08
If we get Kral, both he and Rice are very comfortable as CBs. I can see both in the first team as well as Soucek. It would give real flexibility.

We need another top keeper and a CF (if not two) .

Generally we need quality players to give more depth to the squad.


2.) 02 Jun 2021 18:27:37
Dawson already signed.


3.) 02 Jun 2021 22:24:32
Box 2 box mid is essential as much as sticker. Me personally. I'd try daka hlozek and billing.


4.) 03 Jun 2021 08:30:04
Craig Dawson was signed earlier this year.

Apparently we have £85 million plus player sales for this summer.

David Martin and Balbuena are both leaving this summer on frees after their contracts finish and I would suggest that we sell the following

Reid is apparently wanted by Brentford on a permanent deal now they’ve got promotion, so could get £2-3 million there?

Yarmolenko is apparently out the door this summer with Dynamo Kiev interested for £5 million. Also, a big earner off the wage bill.

Anderson is apparently being looked at by one or two clubs in Italy and Galatasaray in Turkey. If we could get £5 million for him and get him off the wage bill, superb.


We need a goalkeeper, a centre back, a left back, a central midfielder, an attacking midfielder and a forward (if not two) .

Goalkeeper - free agent - Tomas Vaclik from Sevilla. Another Czech international. He’s the National sides number one I believe and with the contingent we currently have I am sure he’d settle in well.

Centre back - free agent - Nikola Maksimovic from Napoli. He is 29 years old so not a young up and comer but someone with international experience and a decent pedigree.

Left back - £16 million - Junior Firpo from Barcelona. He is very fast, strong and can play at left back and left wing back.

Central midfielder - £14 million - Alex Kral from Moscow. He looks class, can play in defence and midfield, so he is versatile and in a midfield three with Rice and Soucek would actually allow Soucek to push a little further up.

Attacking midfielder - £20 million - Jesse Lingard from Manchester United. Not really sure I need to say anything about this.

Forward - £20 million - Adam Hlozek from Sparta Prague. This lad is young, hungry, strong, fast and a good finisher. He is being scouted by every man and his dog but is apparently interested in a move to West Ham because of the opportunities for game time and I am sure a little to do with the Czech contingent.

Forward - £5 million LOAN TO BUY - Tammy Abraham from Chelsea. Chelsea want £40 million for Abraham but that is too steep for us with other positions still needing reinforcements.


And there is also nothing stopping us from signing another player (maybe two) on loan. Although I think we are only allowed two domestic loans at any one time so a third loan would have to be from abroad?

It’s also worth pointing out Buffon is a free agent looking for another chapter and he has said himself that he’d play for West Ham (google it, it’s written in his book) . He’d be a decent signing in a year deal to alternate games with Fabianski and would be EXCEPTIONAL as a tutor to our younger goalkeepers.

We could also look to sign Josh King or Cristian Benteke on a free to save transfer fees for elsewhere.


5.) 02 Jun 2021 23:22:15
What's the plan on daka ED.

{Ed002's Note - Patson Daka (S) the player signed a new contract at RBS last season when he was assured of the chance to replace Haaland - a chance he has taken very well under Jesse Marsch. RBL could be interested in taking him in the future but the timing is not right now as RBS have no intention of selling unless a very significant offer were made. He is a player who would depart for AFCON which puts many clubs off. His agent and his assistant (Freddie Kanoute) have offered him around without the permission of RBS - this will be driven by the far higher wages offered elsewhere and certainly London-based clubs have been approached including Crystal Palace who have previously made an offer for him and Spurs. I suspect West Ham and Arsenal will also have been approached and West Ham are clearly in need of such an addition but have a huge list of strikers they have looked at and enquired about. It is pretty clear there will be interest in him in the summer from a number of sides, perhaps including Manchester United and Liverpool. Jesse Marsch moving to RBL may give a hint to his immediate future.}


6.) 03 Jun 2021 17:52:19
Claret&hugh website seem to be playing the amount we have to spend down again. Aswell as saying we are not looking at Kral or any defensive mid but looking to get lingard, 1 maybe 2 strikers and a couple of defenders.

The idea of going into this season without adequate cover for Rice and soucek with the extra games is ridiculous.

Reports we are looking at young Swansea cb Ben Cabango.


7.) 03 Jun 2021 17:52:43
I think a lot of us might be a bit disappointed this summer.


8.) 03 Jun 2021 19:14:12
‘‘Twas ever thus.


 

 

06 May 2021 14:20:39
Lets talk about Lanzini.
I really do not think we should be selling this lad, he should be playing more in that CM role IMO. I think it was Bilic who said he is more of a Modric type player in CM and i have always liked him in a CM role so long as there are box to box players around him to balance the team. He should be ahead of Nobes in that role 100%. He turns well on the half turn which helps transition our play so much. He is not direct enough to be an out and out winger/ AM in my opinion, but perfect for the creatve CM.
what does everyone else think, sell? or not sell?

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1.) 06 May 2021 22:05:25
Definitely not sell!
He has been recovering from a serious injury for the last couple of years and finally looks to be getting back, with lanzini, rice and soucek in midfield he would be your creative link and would not have to worry to much about defending!
My first team:
Fabianski

Cresswell, Dawson, ogbonna

Rice, soucek, lanzini, coufal, benrahma ( if maintaining form) .
Lingard and Antonio

Lingard, Antonio/ Bowen.


2.) 07 May 2021 09:36:59
One swallow doesn't make a summer as they say. Lanzini played well against Burnley but he will need to show consistency. He was great when playing in the same team as Payet but then seemed to lose his way plus the Injury hasn't helped

He will always come after Rice and Szoucec in the present team. If he can be consistent then great.


3.) 07 May 2021 20:41:37
An exceptional player at his best, but we haven’t seen that for quite some time. Moyse obviously saw enough in training to play him deeper v Burnley and it worked like a dream. Lanzini had more time on the ball and space to look up before passing. Hence his terrific stats for the game.

He has never been a Hazard/ Sterling type player - far more Morris/ Pirlo.

I would really like to see him have another chance in that position.


4.) 08 May 2021 08:55:09
Lanzini would be last on my move on in summer list
Yarmo top to free wages
Anderson
Randolph
Martin (before Trott)
Balbuena
Fredricks prob before Lanzini though RF reasonable squad cover.


5.) 08 May 2021 11:44:10
Meant Modric, not “Morris”.


 

 

26 Apr 2021 13:02:01
Certainly not all over for our hunt for 4th, we have a good run in while Chelsea have a tough set of games. Liverpool also have an easy run of it, but are they anywhere near where they were last year?
Have to say I thought we matched Chelsea a lot on sat, but while saying that i could not see how we were going to break them down even with 11 men.
The red was a complete JOKE though, if anything it is Chilwell fouling our player by coming in so very late. Usually if contact is made on a follow through then its a late challenge, how was this different? The only person putting Chillwell in danger is Chillwell himself by coming in so late.
Moyes was spot on highlighting Coufal one later on, and AGIAIN i thought that was a foul by Rudiger. Both were late, and that's why they got caught, it was their own fault!

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16 Apr 2021 13:50:34
For a few games now i have thought Antonio has been below his usual high levels, he was not his usual menace and troubling defenders like he usually does. Then, Leicester came and i thought he was back to 100% and i was loving it . until he sadly went off injured.
Anyone else think he had been playing at 80% as a precaution to injury? then as soon as he turns it up to 100% BAM, his hamstring goes?
Bowen fortunately has done incredibly well up top when asked. Really like Jarred, and he is more than capable with the likes of Jesse, Pablo and Said playing behind him.

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1.) 16 Apr 2021 22:38:26
Personally, I think the time has come to cash in on Antonio. He still has value, therefore, sell and buy a younger model. Time for sentiment is over. We are a club going forward.


 

 

10 Feb 2021 16:25:35
I think Liverpool, Man U and Fulham confirmed me a few things.
1. Noble is still a West Ham legend and his effort cannot be faulted, BUT Moyes has not got a formation/ tactic where we are effective going forward while Nobes is in the middle. Nobes was great vs Man Utd, BUT he had a lot to do becasue we couldn't push forward, and that was because we played HIM and not a more offensive quicker player tasked with putting pressure on UTD's back line in tandem with Yarmo. In the end we gave them NOTHING to worry about.
2. Moyes is still just a little too cautious/ negative. Start a game too cautious and you get dominated and isolate/ frustrate your front man (a familiar story ATM) . Ultimately, unless you get a lucky break you will stay in that defensive mentality because you are being dominated. For me (and i said it when we had to play Haller) Moyse needs to change it up as we do not have 2 Antonio's and the one we have is not 100% and has been walking A LOT in games recently. Maybe he has been asked to do this to protect himself, but unfortunately what makes Antonio great is when he is 110%.
3. Moyes needs to adapt tactically for us to reach/ maintain this league position long term. Why Nobes came on vs Fulham and not Fonals/ Lanzini when we knew Fulham would push for a win made no sense. We were a top 4 team bringing on a DM to cling on to a 0-0 vs a relegation candidate desparate for 3 points. Surely the chances for more counters was getting higher, but we go and put our slowest player on and went MORE defensive just 56 mins into the game! . Pep, Ole or Jurgen would be destroyed for this. I'm 100% behind Moyes, but this is 100% somewhere that he/ we can improve on and be more ambitious. Rice and Soucek can handle a 2 man midfield, they are one of the best CM duo's iv seen, I believe we are so close to something very good if Moyes can just get that balance in attack right. i'm not saying a complete philosophy change or going all out attack, all it needs is a tweak.
As for strikers, Diafra Sakho is a free agent currently? or the old Leicester striker Musa, or even Niasse? LOL . oh dear.

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1.) 10 Feb 2021 17:19:20
sturridge pay as play costa still available loves to bully the oppo back line has an eye for goal sahko can he play how DM wants him to play would he return after what G/ S done to him i'd be surprised.


2.) 10 Feb 2021 18:26:36
We are currently work in progress. Moyes has started from the back and midfield first. The attacking options will now come in the next few windows. Yes we are desperate for a striker but in our current position no need to panic buy this is why Moyes said wait till we get the right players. You have to say all he is record so far bringing in players has been excellent. Currently I do not feel we are a top 6 side but we are progressing in the right direction. I know which season I am enjoying more this or last season, think you will all agree.


3.) 10 Feb 2021 19:21:18
Agree nick regarding Moyes. Think its the safety first approach has left us pretty inept from an attacking point of view at times. He needs to free up the wide men a abit so they can support and create for the striker.

We get away with it when Antonio is up top because of his physical attributes but when he's not available we definitely need to get those players forward or who ever fills in for mick will be isolated.


4.) 10 Feb 2021 20:12:48
Agree with most of what you wrote Nickinho but Sakho? No way. He isn’t the player who used to play for us. He couldn’t score a goal in the Swiss league and hasn’t been good for a few seasons.


5.) 10 Feb 2021 22:22:02
sturridge on a pay as play deal.


6.) 11 Feb 2021 08:11:06
There's a reason why they a free agents. Most its attitude. Maybe surridge on a pay as you play might be OK but when was the last time he played?


7.) 11 Feb 2021 20:49:28
What I cannot get around is why did they let Xande Silva go out if we were short of strikers, I personally would love to see the youngsters given a chance, Antonio is not a striker as he needs 15 chances to put one away, a costa would of buried the chance he had against Liverpool and its a totally different game.
Odubeko let the game pass him by against Utd, he should of been throwing himself about a bit and getting on the ball, granted we did not set up to compete but just to try and take the game to penalties.
Noble and Yarmalenko are not premier league players, noble has been a great servant but picking him in front of lanzini or benrahma is just silly (Rice, Soucek and Noble in midfield gives you no flair, just workers) .
Fredericks has done well last couple of games and should keep his place as he offers pace!
Moyes has bought himself time with the league position but too many poor performances and he will be under pressure, how come we can look so good against villa and so poor against Fulham and Man Utd!


8.) 12 Feb 2021 04:27:57
Agree with what you say but for me Moyes plays one up front period, but his tactics do not bode to play with one up front for me I don't know if odubeko is use to playing up front on his own in the u-23 if anybody knows please let us know, I'm not a lover of two defensive mids I like 3-5-2 always works for me 3 good C/ B 2 wing backs defend when needed with 3C/ M and 2 strikers proper strikers not yarmolenko and Moyes seems to be ultra negative against the bigger teams, you will never in a million years beat these teams when stargazing and giving them starstuded time on the ball and sitting back inviting them on to you we all know how good teams like Liverpool, utd, city are, going on what nlckinho10 said on Antonio is 100% correct he isn't fit when he's playing and walking a lot in games he's playing with injury's and being patched up to play if we weren't in a good league position would DM have loaned out Silva, Afolayan, and sold Haller if we were struggling no when you are in this strong position you keep your squad and bring in a loan or two, when playing one up front he has to have pace for me playing DM style of football not a hold up no 9 anyway I will be intrigue to see what ins and outs for next season.


9.) 12 Feb 2021 11:13:32
Costa would struggle in our setup, no pace so wouldn’t be able to chase the lost causes Antonio does. It was the same with Haller and will be the same with any striker who doesn’t play with pace and strength. If we keep the system we need a strong quick forward, not too many of them around that could score 15 goals in the Premier League that will cost less than Haller did.


10.) 12 Feb 2021 14:31:05
Just for clarity i was not suggesting Sakho, just highlighting that the free agent market is thin. Even Costa would be a questionmark given the style we play.
I felt for Odubeko, he is apparently a very talented lad and that was his first taste of this level, so it was a HUGE ask at 18. Not sure if anyone follows him but his comments after the game were very positive, and I am sure Dec and Nobes etc will help him learn from it and focus on getting better. Dec showed the character to learn and improve, I hope Mipo does as well. Character is often more imortant than talent.
I am fine with Moyes' solid foundation approach (and he needs time to change the rest), the issue with it is that it limits our out ball down to one player, and the opposition just has to plan on how to stop that one option. Yes you will get the odd break, but you need to be clinical with it and we often rely on set pieces too much. I'd much prefer a double option. I remember when we played Sakho and Valencia in tandem up top with Downing behind them and teams struggled with us on the transition as we could go to either striker who can also move wide and/ or play in behind.


11.) 12 Feb 2021 23:22:07
Personally, I feel Moyes is doing an excellent job. We need a couple of years of this, top 8 premiership football to entice players to come to us.
Maybe, Moyes didn’t totally push for a forward in January. He maybe holding out for a specific player. I read Ings was on Moyes radar. He’s a Moyes sort of player, doesn’t stop running and scores.
I think we’ll be 8th this year which is decent.


12.) 15 Feb 2021 14:21:10
I agree Markwhu, think Moyes is doing great, and there is no question that he has been a great appointment by the board. Hope he stays long term.
I would love us to be more ambitious though, and get the most out of players like Benrahma, Bowen, Lanzini and Lingard. I think this is Moyes' biggest weakness area that he can improve on long term. He has set up VERY well against a lot of teams, but we shouldn't respect some teams TOO MUCH, and we need to pose a threat. I worry the long plan ultimately means Dec and Soucek leave, and we will stuggle to replace them. Achieving better balance now could be key, doesn't have to be perfect yet, but show the signs and players will stay.
Not sure if anyone watched the Leicester game vs Liverpool, but they often broke/ transitioned from defence into attack with TWO options ahead of the ball in Barnes and Vardy, it made it easier for Leicester to move up the field and subsequently made it harder for Liverpool to attack them without fear of exposure. This is the balance we are JUST missing ATM. They play a ST with 3 attackers (like we do) with Vardy as striker and Barnes, Albrighton and Maddison as AM's, but they allow one at a time to stay high with Vardy and occupy another center half or drift in behind a full back giving them options when they do win the ball. I think we are defensivesly just as strong as Leicester, so i'd be taking a leaf from their offensive playbook. Not sayimg we match their formation, but leaving two up top to break with could really give us a boost.


 

 

 

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06 May 2021 14:08:45
It is to do with Style of play. Tammy does not have the attributes to play in a Tuchel team, just like Haller was not suited to the style of play WHU had to play.
At PSG Tuchel had Neymar, Di Maria and Mbappe, while at Chelsea he clearly prefers a combo of Werner, Haevertz, Pulisic and Zyech with Mount in behind them. Abraham and Giroud both stand out as completely different types of player to the other mentioned. He clearly likes thee quick and technical players up front as they are quite a conservative team who are set out not to concede.
This is why i am not 100% sold on Tammy. Very expensive numbers being touted about for him, and he may not be ideal.

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23 Feb 2021 10:29:26
For me it's Pope all day long. However Henderson is also a very good keeper. BOTH would be very hard to get i think, and neither will come cheap at all.

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28 Jan 2021 17:46:50
Not sure i get the Lingard deal either. Only way it makes sense is if Moyes cannot get his top striker target this window and wants to keep/ play Yarmo as his backup to Antonio until the summer. Jesse is therefore seen more to replace Yarmo's position than anything else.
Personally, i'd 100% prefer us to go for a CM, even over a striker. I see this position as more of an issue/ risk for us. Yarmo or Odubeko COULD step in for Antonio (although not as good), but nobody we have can get anywhere close to Rice and Soucek ATM, and our backup is Nobes. We should not have sold Josh Cullen IMO, seems to be doing well under Vincent Kompany in Belgium.
Dawson and our DF is doing well ATM, good siging, but i think this is more down to having sorted the CM and some decent organisation. If we lose one CM then this could all come apart, much like Liverpool did when they lost Virgil.

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25 Jan 2021 11:57:58
I do like Josh, but no way is he worth what is quoted:
- Age (29)
- Contract expires in summer
- Wage demands 120k is ludicrous. I can imagine him getting near that when he is free, but paying 10m-16m AND 120k a week is not a good financial deal for anyone.
- performance stats. Unfortunately for him, he has moved positions a lot and never solitified himself as a lone striker. I believe he could do it well but there is risk involved with no guarantee, which means a dropped price.
For me, i'd pay £7m-£10m but a salary of 60k-70k MAX with some goal/ appearance bonuses, as he is on 45kish now. Sounds like we are nowhere near this.
Josh King will be the one losing out here, he could do well for us and i think he would be a good fit for the right price.
Regardless who we get, i just hope it is the right type of player AND they are someone Moyes wants. Getting no striker would be a mistake, but it would be a bigger mistake to get a player who is wrong for us and the PL.

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19 Jan 2021 14:23:46
Agree to some degree Chelms, I would HATE for us to rush into a player that turns out to have NONE of the attributes we need (Hugill rings a bell) . I think Moyes is wiser now and he has already stated he wants PACE which is a relief. This said, I do not want us spending big on someone in this C.V. era, £20m is a real push/ risk for me. Personally I do not think we can stretch that far on one player, as we need a CM as well. So the Haller money needs to stretch over 2 players really, wise spending not BIG spending.
The point I disagree with is that we could cope without another striker as we are safe from relegation. I agree we are safe, but if we slip away from Europe this season then our star players Rice and Soucek WILL have offers and WILL be tempted if we are not close enough to Europe. We need to progress or we stand to lose these players.
Odubeko has talent but i doubt he is ready just yet (maybe we will see more vs Doncaster) and I'd love to see more of him as we need a striker urgently. We have been brilliant this season, but to get into Europe we need to score our chances. Here is some perspective; we should have been 3-0 up vs Man Utd before Pogba's goal that should have been a throw in, if we'd have won that game (and we should have) then we'd be 3 points off TOP right now. Top 4 is potentially achievable if we put away our chances. Antonio is key to our forward play ATM, and we cannot rely on his fitness so we need someone to compete.

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02 Jun 2021 14:58:38
Kral would be a good signing, no dout.
We can only HOPE that Dec stays. I think if Moyes can get Kral and the striker position done early then it certainly looks like we will progress for an even better season next year, which would be attractive for Dec along with the fact he will be captaining a team in Europe, this is HUGE experience for him that he won't get elsewhere. When we stop progressing, he leaves.
Out of the strikers we are linked with (could all be rumours tbh), i am not sure who i prefer.
Hlozek i like a lot, but we need a CF and he plays right and left wing as well. I have not watched him play so cannot say if he will be what we need. Un-educated thumbs up from me though on the assumption that he can play the CF role the way we need a striker to play.
Daka is also a very good player, love how pacey this guy is. His only weakness could be his strength/ power in the PL. Thumbs up from me though.
Sima looked decent in the EUROPEAN games i watched. Strength again is the wory for me.
Arnie is someone I personally would welcome back on a short contract providing there is no big financial outlay for WHU. Seems the players liked him a lot, and he certainly would add strength and depth to our team if not be even be better than Antonio. Wages would need to be realistic again, and I completely understand other fans opinions on him returning as well.
Ultimately, I trust Moyes will do the homework and we won't end up with a striker who cannot play in our system (like Haller) . In reality, ALL of the above would be an improvement as we have no backup right now!

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02 Jun 2021 14:34:15
He could have taken Michail Antonio, he's played right back before.

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20 May 2021 13:16:17
I completely agree Stevie, i actually thought last night was the first genuine poor performace we have had recently. We gave the ball away a lot and seemed to be losing a LOT of aerial duals which is unlike us. Recent games i think we have played well, but just not been clinical in the final 3rd.
I think its clear that we struggle vs teams that play 3 at the back against us (Newcastle, Chelsea, Everton and Brighton) and end up hitting US on the counter. Jesse has only been OK recently, and maybe it is because of the fact we struggle vs these opposition tactics as we are on the counter less. Moyes needs to have plan for this. We need Arthur Masuaku and match the 3 at the back!
Antonio definately had a poor game last night, he's allowed a few though IMO, we desperately need more quality up front.
Personally i would have left Benrahma on last night and taken Jesse off. Moyes seems to be showing a favouratism and if Benrahma keeps getting subbed when playing well it will impact his mentality.

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18 Mar 2021 14:31:51
Looks like a very good player. We must take the goal stats with a slight pinch of salt though, just look at Bowen and Benrahma goal records in the Champ vs the Prem.
Not saying they are poor, they are both playing in very different systems and leagues, and are subsequently getting far fewer goalscoring opportunities at WHU than they did at their previous clubs. In fact they are two of my fav players and i think they have a lot more to come and they are improving. Iv been very impressed with Benrahma's attitude to how he has come in and adapted to Moyes's demands from players. The goals will come for them both given the chance i'm sure.
Ivan Toney (like Benrahma and Bowen) plays in a very attacking team who will sore goals. Will he suit Moyes's game? We've seen first hand that a striker not suiting the playing style of the team can be a waste. Personally, i think he will be better than Haller from a mobility perspective, so that is good. If the price is right then he should be on our shortlist.
id really like Moyes to get someone with GENUINE pace in our front line. Someone with the pace of Rashford, Son, Bale, Moura etc would be great.

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15 Mar 2021 14:36:11
I agree Stevie and Ed, Moyes just got the balance completely wrong last night. I can accept us going slightly more defensive vs Utd, especially given that the last time we played them they ripped us up after they brought on Fernandes and Rashford (albeit we should have been 3-0 up and their Pogba goal was a) an epic finish, but b) should have been called for a throw in) . He went WAY too far though, and left us unable to even push up and get dangerous freekicks or corners. Noble should never have started, and Formals/ Lanzini should have played there. We looked the more dangerous once Lanzini and Benrahma came on (i understand UTD were also protecting their lead more) . I would have accepted a cautious approach, but that was beyond cautious for me.
I think the reason he said a simple "NO! " when asked would he have done anythiny different was because ultimately we were VERY close and only an own goal separated us. Small margins and maybe we'd have won the game is how he will justify it. Fabianski saved his skin though with those saves.
Still, Moyes has done GREAT and maybe in time he will change his approach for these games. He did say it takes time to change the ethos/ mentality of a club, and part one he said was always to engrain in the long term that we are hard team to beat. He is delivering on that, and we must trust that he will improve us further and take on these teams.

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