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18 Jan 2022 23:38:14
Here are my thoughts on what is happening ATM.

1. we were handed a stiff one from the FA. We should NOT have played wedesday vs Norwich as we only had one game to catch up while Leeds still have 2. Against such an energetic team like Leeds it is a disadvantage, and at the least Leeds should have played one of their games on the wednesday also.

It is a disgrace what is going on with clubs getitng games called off, they should be made to play them during INT breaks when players are away for INT duty, or players who are new or were injured should not be allowed to play, only the players who were positive for covid should be alloed to come back into the squad for the rearranged game.

2. Man U are not letting Jesse come to us until either the last min in Jan, or potentially not at all until his contract ends, we are their competitors now LOL. This of course causes problems to our transfer strategy.

3. I am not sure what wages we have to play with until end of season now that we have Johnson, Coufal and Antonio on new contracts. Any ideas? and we need to get rid of Yarmo, Masuaku and Fredicks.

4. we obviiously need a striker, but I am SO glad we did not get Chris Wood, he simply would not fit our style just like Haller didnt. £25m is a lot (more than we sold Haller for who is top CL scorer currently) and would ruin our long term progress. I get the feeling Moyes knows what he wants but can't seem to get it right now and its more about timing and what can we afford as a bandage until we can get one of the main targets in. There are a lot of contracts ending this summer, and clubs/players may be positioning themselves for better deals in summer.

5. A left sided CB is very important. I like Tarkowski but he's not left footed, so this is odd. I like Diop, but he has been way below his own standards recently, maybe a deal with Burnley for him and Tarkowski? I'd like Diop to go on loan maybe rather than sell as he is still young. £10m and Diop on loan for Tarkowski? Also, why not play Alese in the Kiddeminster game and see how he gets on! he IS left footed after all!

6. Kral clearly hasn't met the expectations Moyes had, and he is clearly trying to make sure he does not play enough games to trigger our obligation to buy. Why not play Ekwah though?

I would take punt on buying Bayo or Onuachu as second striker, and Aaron Hickey as left back in this window. ST depends on price, and if it prevents someone like Belotti or En-Nesyri from coming in summer then should we struggle on with just Antonio? We should 100% be interested in Broja as well!


1.) 19 Jan 2022 03:54:38
Well thought through Nickinho - my thoughts

1. Yes it is tough but now we play Man Utd three days after they play Brentford. I recall 85/86 the fixture backup hurt us, I think it will hurt Spurs too.

2. I think Jesse will want to wait till the end of the season. He then can dictate where he goes and what he gets paid and he will still have a few months before the World Cup. I don't know anything really but I think he doesn't want to join us at all.

3. I see Shevchenko has just been sacked which was our best chance to sell Yarmolenko. The wage budget I don't know but assume we must have some space as we have been seeking a striker for some time and would need to pay them. We would also have some space no doubt to offer Rice more if he wants to talk about a contract.

4. Yes Wood wasn't for us. Don't know much about Kamara but his name is popping up a lot now.

5. I like Ake myself, but hard to get anyone to sell that doesn't have to. I would be surprised if Burnley sell any more. Surely they want to try to stay up and see what happens at the end of the season as staying up is worth more than we would pay them.

6. If he isn't going to play Kral he should send him back. It makes no sense to have him there and not use him.

2.) 19 Jan 2022 10:36:26
Apparently brereton Diaz is the striker Moyes likes but with them challenging for promotion its unlikely. However if they do get promotion then for me it's going to be even more unlikely in my opinion if this is the man you want given the situation Blackburn are in you will need to throw money at it or it will turn out another Ivan toney situation.

Hlozek we should get this done Moyes can take a good luck at him then if he's not ready to contribute send him out on loan in the summer maybe even back to Prague.

I know they don't want to throw money at it but it's without doubt we need a striker and a left sided CB. Ogbonna might not be the same player when he comes back look at how long it's taken Lanzini to get back to good enough level to challenge for a first team place.

As for lingard he's asking ridiculous wages, make him a good offer and move on we already have a plethora of attack midfielders to choose from and I think someone younger would be a better choice anyway.

Kamara is quality would take him in heart beat, I'm sure the EDs posted that the lady from Marseille doesn't want to deal with our board however we do now have someone working for us that was previously at Marseille.

all in all I think moyes needs to grow a pair stop dithering and make moves.

3.) 19 Jan 2022 17:56:10
Hlozek would be my main target.

Yes, CB and LB are positions at the forefront of many minds at the moment, but Zouma’s imminent return and Cresswell now fit eases that, so no panic there.

I like Hickey and Kamara, so, if they’re available and want to come on mutually satisfactory deals, so be it.

If we cannot get a quality target man this window, I can understand DM’s reluctance to spend on a temporary partial solution, who will simply warm the bench.

Stop playing Masuaku. His distribution/passing is horrendous and his decision making is naive. He is simply not up to what we are, let alone what we wish to become.

Back to my first point…GET A HLOZEK DEAL SORTED pronto.

4.) 22 Jan 2022 21:23:11
If clubs are ridiculously stupid to pay wages for a 29 year old then that's why footballs gone crazy especially in the current economy its only a rumour anyway.



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.


{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.


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.


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:

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.


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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29 Jul 2021 10:05:32
Does anyone feel that there are quite a few players with one year left on their contract with their clubs still demanding what is a LOT of money in this market for a player they could lose for nothing next summer?
Pogba, Bakayoko, Lingard, Nketiah, Stones, Rudiger, Christensen, Longstaff (the good one), Tarkowski, Lacazette, Ings, Origi, Batshuayi and Kolasinac to name just a few in their last year.
Maybe a lot of clubs are being cautious this summer because selling clubs are asking so much for these players. Maybe the strategy is to do what they can to just stay in the prem in hope of picking players up next summer or in Jan on the cheap. Or maybe players are tired of their clubs demanding such high fees and not having any control on their careers and maybe feel running down their contract would be better for them financially and for their career.
Ed - any truth in this thought?


{Ed002's Note - No Nick. Clubs have players who they will renew in this list, there are players who are for sale in this list and there are one or two who will look to run down their contracts. I can see several in the list where discussions about their futures are already in hand.}



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.


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?


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:

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
Martin (before Trott)
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!




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.


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.




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20 Jan 2022 10:11:11
Hlozek looks decent . where do people see him playing though?
As our 2nd striker to Antonio?
As backup to Bowen?
Left side we seem stocked up with Benrahma and Vlasic, while centre is Lanzini's and Fornals, and right is Bowen's all day long. I only see him fitting in at WHU as Bowen backup, as iv not seen him play ST before. This COULD free Bowen up to rotate with Antonio some more until Summer and ease our striker issues a little.
As a Moyse winger, the big question i think is about his defensive ability and workrate. As we know Moyes likes workers and wingers who contribute defensively, I've not seen enough of Hlozek outside of the Euros (where he got little game time) and he doesn't seem to be in the Bowen model to me (could be wrong tho). He seems very attack focused, not quite a luxury player but certainly not your all action wide player. Certainly a talent though, and i see he has played up top before so maybe ST could be his future?




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09 Sep 2021 12:59:00
I think Jesse is doing the right thing. I think UTD were asking too much for him considering his age, we got Vlasic for the same price and he has 5 years more in him so a chance we could profit or break even, with Jesse it was not the case.
Jesse may not play as much as he wants at UTD this term, but he WILL have offers either in Jan or at end of contract. Whereas if he signs for UTD he is basicaly accepting backup/ rotation player status as they will only spend big on new arrivals over time that will get ahead of him.
We get time to assess others, and maybe Yarmo/ Lanzini go next summer and Jesse is the man. or maybe he has beter option elsewhere. I know he tailed off slightly last season, but he was still brilliant!




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02 Aug 2021 16:11:39
he'd be their replacement for Shakiri, that's all.




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02 Aug 2021 16:10:22
I wouldn't pay Tammy that amount per week. Even 90k a week is a push. He and his agent can push for whatever they want, they have the right to. But Tammy has at no time proved himself to be a 100k a week striker for a non-top 6 side. He did ok at other clubs and has done OK at Chelsea with all that talent around him, but that is it. 90k for a club outside of the top 6 is like 150k at Chelsea in terms of how much it means to the club. Got to be realistic, and personally i don't want a player to break the wage structure that is being built at WHU, especially if he key motivator is more cash. Declan is the only player we could consider breaking the structure for, he has proven to be brilliant for us AND on the internaitonal stage, sorry but Tammy just isn't worth that and if he flops then we would never be able to get rid of him.
Move on to the next one. Embolo, Sima etc.




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28 Jul 2021 11:42:31
Absolutely agree we desparately need a ST and a CB as an absolute min. Failed transfer window if we do not. I do not want us to buy squad players just for the sake of Europa league though, I would rather get those fringe players and top dev players some more game time.
Injuries are a huge concern of course, but that's normal unless you are Chelsea or City.
Fair correction on Leicester LOL, but i think its fair to say they are way ahead of us in their progression, and as a striker i would much prefer to go there right now over us.


{Ed002's Note - Chelsea and Manchester City have the same size squad as West Ham.}




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11 Aug 2021 15:03:07
Strikers we target will know Antonio will not be fit for a whole season, or even capable of playing 2 games a week. So ANY striker we target will know that they WILL get gametime, and ultimately if they perform they will keep their spot. It is not like Spurs where Kane was inevitably going to be in the 9 role whenever fit, Antonio will be rested on the bench in many games and will also have an infury period out of the squad. Even if Antonio stays fit, a player like Origi/ Abraham would get MUCH more gametime with us plus EU football, and a leading striker at a smaller club will get guranteed time at a higher level.
Dont think we need to worry too much about this being an issue IMO.




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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.