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11 Jul 2019 05:27:36
I've read we could be after a loan move for Higuain?


1.) 11 Jul 2019 09:14:43
Massive wages yes
Career in decline yes
Pony all last season yes

Welcome to west ham son.

2.) 11 Jul 2019 09:17:46
I would be very surprised, however he does hold the ball up well, which suits MP style of play.
I like the Haller rumours though. I know Eds have said we have little chance, but MPH are good at what they do (e. g. none mentioned Fornals), so never say never. Gomez clearly wanted CL football, and preferably in Spain, and he got both at Valencia, not money motivated so unfortunately no chance. Haller on the other had has spoken about his desire to come to the Prem already, back in December, ironically linked with Newcastle. The key thing though, he would want to be first choice, and what top 6 prem club plays with a striker like him? He would be second choice at all the top 6, and won't fit any of their styles of play.
WHU are his best option in the prem therefore IMO, as we have a manager who builds a team around a player just like him, and MP is a manager most players would love to work with. He would be the hottest show in town at WHU, whereas at Man Utd he replaces Lukaku (if he goes) as backup to Rashford, and i don't believe Man Utd are building a style of team that plays to Haller's strengths, or if he is even their 1st choice replacement.
Money and trophies talk though, so he may be swayed to play no.2 at one of the top 6, which is (I think) why EDs say we have little chance. Would be a HUGE coup for us were it to happen.

3.) 11 Jul 2019 10:02:42
Well stated! I agree with all of that. As long as any Haller saga doesn’t go to the Gomez lengths.

4.) 11 Jul 2019 10:04:39
I really don’t want Higuain. He’s past it and couldn’t cope with the pace of the PL.

5.) 11 Jul 2019 10:30:13
100% Markro, i hate these drawn out sagas, Anderson was bad enough last summer, at least it ended well for us.
Furthermore on Higuain, Sarri is now manager there, who loved him at Napoli so much so that he brought him to Chelsea. Unless he cannot work both him and Ronaldo into his style, and doesn't want a reliable striker he knows like Higuain as backup, I think it is VERY unlikely.

If rumours are surfacing of WHU speaking to Juve about a player, then it is more likely to be speculation around Moise Kean, who (surprise surprise) Everton are reported to have bid for. We always get linked to the same players as them. Maybe we are interested, possibly as a loan opposed to Everton's purchase, or we are just bluffing/ interfering to make it harder for Everton.
Any other Juve players we could be linked with?

6.) 11 Jul 2019 10:29:00
Higuain at 31 valued at £36m!?
Don’t touch him with a barge pole. This happens every window, we lose out on our prime target and panic buy.

7.) 11 Jul 2019 11:10:47
Still a month to go, no worries.

8.) 11 Jul 2019 11:43:19
Haller is not going to happen.

9.) 11 Jul 2019 17:23:49
What about Diego Costa, I would have him all day long at the right price, Premiership experience, absolute nightmare for defenders, scores goals, fancies a return to the Premiership apparently, yes please, the fans would love him👍⚒⚒⚒.

10.) 11 Jul 2019 19:58:28
All. this time wasted AGAIN in another window chasing a striker who was never going to join. Smacks of lacazette and bacca all over again. Waste, waste and more waste.

{Ed002's Note - It happens all of the time to all clubs - there is an attempt made to sign a player - and it is unsuccessful. It is no big deal.}

11.) 11 Jul 2019 20:53:50
no big deal but just feels abit disappointing. i said at early in the window i think we are going to fall short here. still got time and would love haller/ werner/ kean etc but can't see anyone like that heading to us. we can't just have chica as we don't play to his needs can't hold to ball up and just gave up a bit to easily. i don't know where we go from here. i'd like to know eds opinion if they were in this situation who they would have their eyes on upfront and who would be affordable and who would be a viable option? cheers.

12.) 11 Jul 2019 22:26:21
Typical west ham buisness tell the world and his wife all our buisness bad buisness skills theyaint selling dolls let's put the word out get some buisness del boy sick to death of drumming up false targets just to say well we did try not for me just load of bollocks we will top up with a washed up decent player 5year ago only coming to pick up decent money and f--k west ham I will hold my hands up ifwe get HALLER my hands will be well and truly by my side. COYI.

13.) 11 Jul 2019 22:42:01
Diego Costa would want too much, but he’d be perfect.

14.) 12 Jul 2019 00:19:01
What surprises me with Gomez is that they have been after him since January and yet if reports are to be believed are shocked he didn’t want to join. I know we can’t tap up players but there are other ways of sounding a player out and knowing where you sit.

15.) 12 Jul 2019 10:28:55
Higuian and Costa would be typical West Ham signings!

I thought those days were behind us, going for the over 30 best days behind them players who´ll no doubt be on huge wages!

Younger hungry players showing some form to progress the club, plus sell on value that can be reinvested further into the club!

if we keep doing what we´ve always done will we just stagnate!

16.) 12 Jul 2019 13:41:10
Ed002 - “It is no big deal. ” Haha, loving the double entendre.



04 Jul 2019 16:24:36
Just read that Arnie is on the verge of leaving for £36m, that will do for me.


1.) 04 Jul 2019 16:51:52
Would love it to be true, but sadly, I suspect, it’s more media nonsense.

2.) 04 Jul 2019 17:49:47
🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞👋👋👋👋👏👏👏👏👏please, please be true🤣😂🤣😂⚒⚒⚒⚒.

3.) 04 Jul 2019 18:32:12
I’ve got everything crossed chelms, him and his brother should just do one they are both as bad as each other. I’d sell him for 6m the twit. Anyone heard anything from iron mike at all?

4.) 04 Jul 2019 18:45:52
Getting a bit short on strikers and the new season is just over a month away. Best we stop. messing about and pull our fingers out.

5.) 04 Jul 2019 18:54:05
I think the rumours are very stron and true but not €36million.

6.) 04 Jul 2019 21:31:55
My undertaking is that it’s 25m euros. Which will cover what we paid for him and the sell on fee.
I’ll be glad to see the back of the sulky bitch and his brothers who’s a nobody without Arnie.

I still question West Ham’s common sense having a release fee of £40 that expired on 14 June.

Bye bye Arnie. I wish you the worst of luck and hope you get what you deserve in China. obscurity and money which is all you seem to play football for.

I really have no reservations about letting him go. He’s worse then Payet was.

7.) 04 Jul 2019 23:10:44
Wished we had taken the money in January. don't believe in keeping anyone against their will as destroys team unity etc. Good riddance. Maxi Gomez and Rondon with (cant believe I am saying this) Hugill as back up and will be happy.

8.) 04 Jul 2019 23:22:22
COYI64 Worse than payet and not half the player either.

9.) 05 Jul 2019 06:20:00
get rid of him he's more trouble than he's worth WH has treated him very well its know time to pull the pin. I hope he likes rice because in my eyes that's all he's worth and as for his rotton brother i hope his rice is full of weavels.

10.) 05 Jul 2019 18:46:58
Cant wait for him to go now. Maybe Ed's can shed some light on this but does a player miss out on a percentage if he hands in a transfer request?

{Ed002's Note - 5% of the full transfer fee. So something like €1.25M - but I have no doubt his brother (who is the real culprit here) would look to have Shanghai SIPG pay a signing on fee. Also the rules on non Chinese players are tough - a maximum of six can be signed in a season; a max of four at any one time and a maximum of three on the pitch at any one time. So they need to make space as they are maxed out so one needs to leave.}

11.) 05 Jul 2019 23:33:13
I can see it taking some time. As Ed has said the rules around foreign players means they have to clear space if it is SIPG so won’t happen in the next few days. If that’s the case they need to have him moved away from the rest of the squad and train back in London. Having watched the Chinese teams over the last few years I can’t wait to hear his whining when he finds out what he is signing up to playing with.

12.) 06 Jul 2019 00:15:09
I read something about the Chinese government having a 100% tax on player transfers too not sure how true that is.

So if he hands in the transfer request does that mean he misses out on 5%. I couldn't see him making an official request as was reported if that means he misses out but as you say no doubt there will be a silly signing on fee for him and hefty agent fee for himself. I couldn't believe the statement he came out with I don't think he believes it himself, purely just saying these ridiculous things to drive a wedge between the club and arnautovic. don't want to see his type at west ham anymore but the way things appear in football with all these greedy agents I don't see it happening.

13.) 06 Jul 2019 09:55:33
Gomez situation is exactly the same as the carlos bacca one we made the best offer gomez wants his cake and eat it . Move on irons don't waste time we need 2 strikers big time.

14.) 06 Jul 2019 10:32:53
I'm hoping we have learnt our lesson bonzo. Fornals transfer Came largely out of nowhere and was done very quickly after it seemed we missed other targets, I have a feeling the same will happen again if we miss out on Gomez the second nd 3rd choice are done quickly no messing about I'm confident we are ready to pull the trigger on those where it seemed with bacca there was no one else lined up and we chased him right up to the end of the window.

Trust in Pellegrini and husillos.

15.) 06 Jul 2019 11:57:35
Looking more like Arnie going for less than 25m and less likely Gomez is going to come in - probably all change tomorrow but hopefully Plan B and C will be ready to go.

16.) 06 Jul 2019 13:57:45
It’s a balancing act at the moment. IF the Austrian goes to China, money is added to our warchest to either complete the Gomez transfer, or move quickly elsewhere. I am sure MP/ H won’t panic into a buy just because time is moving on. As has already been said, we may end up with a strike force none of us had an inkling about.

Trust in the management.



03 Jul 2019 11:47:22
Sky just reported that Maxi Gomez wants to join West Ham?


1.) 03 Jul 2019 12:26:24
So do I :)
The reporters will say anything to get another story, another twist etc. fact is he never has said he wants to play Champions League, he never has said he wants to stay in Spain, he never said anything about Spurs, it’s all just made up second and third hand gossip. Will believe he wants to sign with someone when he puts pen to paper.

2.) 03 Jul 2019 21:07:16
Sky news have a vested interest in incorrect transfer rumours, given that SkyBet is the pre-eminent transfer betting market.

Big pinch of salt with anything they put forward as a result of "Sky Sources"!



25 Jun 2019 11:05:36
Just seen a report saying we've offered, Hugill, Byram and £10m for Rondon.


1.) 25 Jun 2019 12:18:23
- and it’s been turned down. 😩.



21 Jun 2019 18:23:22
I've seen that Arnie wants to go back to Italy and we could be interested in Callum Wilson.


1.) 21 Jun 2019 20:08:53
Arnie can go. I don’t want Wilson.

2.) 21 Jun 2019 21:21:05
Wilson’s a good player, but he’s had both cruciate ligaments done.

3.) 21 Jun 2019 21:33:21
wilson is better than Gomez i'd love him but i doubt we could afford him.

4.) 22 Jun 2019 07:58:12
Yeah, Arnie can do one.
Seems we are being linked with Adebayor? Hopefully not.

5.) 22 Jun 2019 09:51:30
Glen, just read the Adebayor rumour as well on BBC Football Gossip Text, please, please NO, but could have the Pensioner/ Ex ManC hallmark all over it👎👎👎.

6.) 22 Jun 2019 10:15:32
Things have changed on the recruitment front. I can’t see us going for short term, long in the tooth, final pay day fixes anymore. MP and H are concentrating on young, up and coming players with decent contemporary records and room to develop as accumulating assets for the business.

If you look at the ages of the majority of those “linked, ” we seem to be going in the right direction.

7.) 22 Jun 2019 13:45:03
That Adebayor thing is complete dogs eggs.

8.) 22 Jun 2019 17:50:21
Just agent talk.

9.) 22 Jun 2019 06:38:52
The sooner Arnie goes the f——-g better, if Inter M want him f—- him off ASAP, what a spoilt and disruptive person he has turned out to be👎Overrated, overpaid, underperforms, lazy, a thoroughly unprofessional man, can’t wait to see the back of him! We’ll be lucky to now get £10m for him when we could possibly have got £30m if we had called his bluff and let him have his own whining way back in January, but of course their were other factors to consider, not the least being the outcry if we had deteriorated into serious relegation candidates after selling him?
The team play better without him imo anyway, 👍👍⚒⚒⚒.

10.) 23 Jun 2019 06:58:51
Nice one Chelm right on the nose mate get rid of him it will only get worse later in the season.
Isee Leeds are trying for Snoddy, he done a gt job for us last season but his contract only has 1 year left i think its time to recoup some funds.
Keep the faith with MP. doing a gt job as WH are going forward.

11.) 23 Jun 2019 07:55:42
Biddeford👍👍 Think most feel the same about Arnie now. Totally agree about Snoddy, did a great job for us, took some stick originally but MP kept the faith and it proved right as it did with Antonio, always been an Antonio fan, not elegant, but runs and tries as does Snoddy, we can’t have it all ways with our players! Hope Ant stays with us. Hope you’re enjoying the weather in your lovely part of the country👍🌞⚒⚒.

12.) 23 Jun 2019 11:09:13
I’m sure that MP was happy with Snoddy’s tireless contributions last season, but he is getting older and with various midfielders returning from injury plus Fornals, I can see him being moved on, unless MP could use him as a defensive mid to back up Noble. In which case Sanchez and Obiang will go.




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17 Jul 2019 05:08:56
Looks like Hugill is off to Wigan £3m, that's another striker gone, we need Haller signed and at least two more.




15 Jul 2019 16:45:57
Looks like Rondon is off to China to team up with Rafa, that's another one gone.


1.) 16 Jul 2019 08:49:56
Anyone know where ironmike is or where he now posts his info.



10 Jul 2019 14:44:57
I've seen one report saying Hernandez will be given the 9 shirt next season, what is that suggesting? I thought that would've been available for our new striker.


1.) 10 Jul 2019 15:16:10
Yes, he’s been given Carroll’s old number and Yarmolenko has the Austrian’s no. 7.



09 Jul 2019 19:45:42
Well, with the Gomez deal off, Who's next.


1.) 09 Jul 2019 21:37:22
I think they will have some half decent plan B C and Ds . I hope 🙏.



05 Jul 2019 23:49:43
Arnie in China for medical, glad to see to ****er go.





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20 Jun 2019 15:38:29
Agree with that, I'm up for a pint 🍺.




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14 Jun 2019 13:33:49
More signings like this please, and I can see us doing a Leicester, now wouldn’t that be nice 👍.


{Ed002's Note - This will work out very well I hope.}



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08 Jun 2019 14:39:39
Might not be a replacement for Rice as I can see Sanchez and Obiang leaving and with Noble not get any younger we could be looking to bring in a couple of midfielders at least, Lobotka and Jordan in, Sanchez and Obiang out, maybe?


{Ed002's Note - He plays in the same position as Rice.}



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04 Jun 2019 20:10:56
Well chaps, you know what will happen now Sturridge is a free agent?




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17 May 2019 17:14:27
who would you guys prefer, Rondon or Mitrovic, I also see Arsenal are in for Gomez?





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07 Jul 2019 20:08:37
It’s on sky that West Ham have completed the sale of Arnie, hope this means that the Gomez deal is close.




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02 Jul 2019 17:21:52
Didn't we turn down £35m in January, and it's not as if his contract is running down as he signed an extension, should've sold in January.




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02 Jul 2019 16:13:05
Think a £19.7m offer has been rejected mate.




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18 Jun 2019 07:45:17
I've just found out its Martial?




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16 Jun 2019 09:51:55
Great posts chaps, the reason we don’t like getting players in their 30s is because they will have no resale value, now we have a player early 20s teams will be interested and as Markro said football is a business and there is a chance to make a massive profit but on the other hand we don’t want to keep making the top teams stronger, after all we are trying to catch them up, I hope we now have the financial clout to keep hold of these players and make them realise that we want to break into the top 6 and start challenging for Europe and trophies.