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09 Jul 2019 22:59:42
Hey Ed. Was your comment about Borja Iglesias based in rumblings or murmours you've heard or of solid interest on West Ham's part you know about?

Others who have club sources stating a number of names definitely not coming, and it sounding like Marega and one other mystery named player in the frame (and you're the onky one to have put Borja Iglesias in the frame) .



{Ed002's Note - This is what I have said:
Maxi Gomez (S) First choice and needs to be resolved
Salomon Rondon (S) Need to push now given the uncertainty at Newcastle
Callum Wilson (S) emerging interest as Gomez is looking difficult
Duvan Zapata (S) - the player was not keen on a move to West Ham in January and the €50M asking price has already scared off Newcastle and Inter Milan - WHU could return but I doubt he would be viable, certainly not at the asking price.
Moussa Marega (S) looking for a move to the PL with interest from Wolves, West Ham and Leicester - interest of Aston Villa has gone after signing Wesley.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (S) was a realistic target and very much the Andy Carroll type player - but there is a lot of competition - and WHU did not take the time to talk with Fulham as other clubs are already doing so - he will head elsewhere or opt to stay at Fulham with a one year get out at a low price in case there is no promotion
Borja Iglesias (S) watched by WH playing for Espanyol and an option to Gomez - but Everton are keen
Florian Aye (S) makes little sense
Edin Dzeko (S) - heading elsewhere
Max Kruse (S) - has been watched by West Ham but heading elsewhere
Dario Benedetto (S) is a Plan C for Roma and RBL and suggested WHU move makes no sense given his goals have dried up, his injuries over the past couple of years and he will only be able to get a one year Tier 5 work permit initially.}

1.) 10 Jul 2019 11:07:10
so not much to look forward to then ed haha.

2.) 10 Jul 2019 12:55:05
Thanks for the info Ed (and apologies if I've made you repeat yourself) .

3.) 10 Jul 2019 18:47:55



26 Jan 2019 16:29:10
"Sky Sources" stating Gomez deal close with "more to follow".

Interesting times!


1.) 26 Jan 2019 18:45:24
It is interesting if nothing else,
Ed would whu be able to buy Gomez ( or anyone ) and loan back to the same club without needing to make squad space at this time?

{Ed002's Note - I don’t think that is plan.}

2.) 26 Jan 2019 20:34:10
Who in earth would join us after watching this rubbish tonight. Shocking disgraceful performance which just shows how much we need to get rid of lots of players.

3.) 26 Jan 2019 19:11:58
Ed - so dies this mean this is actually real and we could sign him this window?
Or just idle newspaper/ Twitter rubbish?

4.) 26 Jan 2019 21:40:17
Thanks ed,
100% Phil awful throwback to the old days, west ham, v little club? Only one winner.

5.) 26 Jan 2019 21:41:43
Embarrassing! Hernandez, Carroll, Obang clearly have their minds set on playing somewhere other than West Ham! MP got it badly wrong tonght badly wrong .

{Ed0333's Note - I have no idea who caroll thinks he has a hope in hell of playing anywhere else?

6.) 26 Jan 2019 21:48:08
At least we drew the second half. 😳.

7.) 26 Jan 2019 22:16:54
He was trying to impress AFC WIM because that's about his level it's fraud that he's on 100,000 roughly a week he should wear a mask absolute robbery he's gone and must never pull a hammers shirt on again.

{Ed0333's Note - I would rather have Harry redknapp with a dodgy heart up front than Andy Carroll.

8.) 26 Jan 2019 20:12:25
So can you elaborate on your understanding of the 'plan' Ed (novel us having one! )

{Ed002's Note - The plan is to try and buy him.}



06 Jul 2018 08:41:45
So the "rumours" of an "exciting" ex player returning are back on.

Can't see it being Payet. Sakho or Song maybe?

Any clues Mike?


1.) 06 Jul 2018 10:08:43
Tomkins would be my shout!

2.) 06 Jul 2018 11:17:31
Carlton cole obviously haha.

3.) 06 Jul 2018 11:21:40
Sorry mates i wouldn't touch him with a barge pole. We don't need players like him in our club.



05 Jun 2018 22:25:39
Interesting Pellegrini stating in Chile he's trying to get Sullivan to loosen up and sign a "great player" to help with attracting others.

Guessing he's talking about Pastore, though not convinced we should me matching his 190k a week while Lanzini who made the Argie squad over Pastore sits on 35k.

But, the premise that he's aiming high must surely be a good thing.


1.) 05 Jun 2018 23:35:51
Lanzini earns more than 35 pal 😂.

2.) 06 Jun 2018 14:36:48
Hi STUBBO he was on 35,000 he had a wage increase apparently. COYI.



30 Jan 2018 22:43:46
Antonio left out of the squad on disciplinary grounds tonight.

Trouble 't Mill?!


1.) 30 Jan 2018 23:16:19
Bust up with Noble?

2.) 30 Jan 2018 23:19:54
Over inflated ego after all the new contracts Sullivan has given him.




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07 Sep 2020 18:25:26
Rumour doing the rounds Moyes will be out the building (resign) by Friday (as posted by Bill Gardner via a couple of reporters) .

Ed. any substance in this to your knowledge?

Weird he's done no press since the Diangana sale - neither before nor after the "Betway Cup" drubbing by Bournemouth, and he's never skipped his press calls with us.

Thoughts anyone?


{Ed002's Note - I don't know who Bill Gardner is and know nothing of it.}

1.) 07 Sep 2020 22:09:03
He did do press and said he wants to build a team that is not flaky.



17 May 2018 20:57:21
Mike. anything at all you can do to assuage fears and rule out Ranieri?


1.) 17 May 2018 21:09:15
Stubbo, I’ve just seen Ranieris odds are shortening?

2.) 17 May 2018 21:20:46
Nothing on this one at present, let’s hope not, IRONMIKE.

3.) 17 May 2018 21:21:33
Odds shorten just because people place bets. Don't read anything into the odds.

4.) 18 May 2018 16:47:53
What’s up with Ranieri? Pl experience, has won it, knows the players and speaks English . SKybet have him at 12-1, got to be worth a punt in more ways than one.

5.) 19 May 2018 10:24:49
Dabber it's PELLEGRINI mate 100%.



13 Mar 2018 09:04:43
IRONMIKE not sure if I missed an update or not, but do you have any knowledge of what the response to Tabor and Group's enquiry was with respect putting investment in to the club, and have any insight on whether they will return?

Given current fan sentiment, the group would surely only need to make their interest known at the public level to receive vast support?


1.) 13 Mar 2018 11:47:52
New investment would be good IF THE money was used amongst other things to get us a professional director of football to deal with transfers, this would go a long way towards taking the club forward.



21 Nov 2017 06:04:33
Who do we think the "players with big reputations" are Moyes was referring to?

I'm thinking Carroll, Lanzini, Kouyate.

Really hoping for a shake up on Friday with some lesser lights like Rice, Ayew, Haksabanovic and Sakho being given the chance to stake their claims.

It's a shame it's a short week from a training perspective.


1.) 21 Nov 2017 11:05:07
I honestly can’t see Moyes changing the team
I feel rice should play centre half, I’d play
sakho up top wif ayew one side and Antonio
the other.

2.) 21 Nov 2017 17:38:52
If I'd play AYEW his all round play is awful but one thing he's suprised me with his he's a great finisher in the box so that's where I'd play him on the last man and get in the box at all costs a wide man he ain't if you look back at his Swansea days and against us he scored a great touch in the six yard box.

3.) 21 Nov 2017 21:56:41
Ayew is in my opinion a poor man's Chicharito.

His only issue is we expect him to be a talented ball playing winger as that was the perception.

Sniffing out goals from 6 yards he's very good at.

4.) 24 Nov 2017 11:46:35
I'm by no means an ayew fan but one thing I can't take away from him is that at least he tries and works hard, even if he ain't got the quality, and like u said stubbo he does seem to get in the right place to nick a goal from 6 yards.




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12 Oct 2020 19:32:14
Sounds like it's a row between Brentford and Benrahma's representatives about loyalty payments. All we can do is sit on the sidelines and see if they sort it out.




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12 Oct 2020 06:49:05
Markro - did you really suggest Lanzini as LWB cover? I guess technically anyone could cover, but an injury damaged number 10 seems an unlikely candidate!

Biggest trouble with all this is it smacks of the underhand on-going insistence on signing players with strong links to a single agent only. Seems pretty nefarious and not without some kind of "motivation".

Strange we've suddenly got the money for these two but were always a few mil short of the European CBs that weren't via the favoured agent from across Europe, despite them being cheaper than others bid for.

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck. it's probably a duck!




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08 Oct 2020 07:08:53
ED02 - Sullivan's car crash TalkSport interview basically said we had a budget of 40m. We've spent 5.5m of that whilst also savig 700k in wages with the release of Wilshere, 100k per week with Anderson on loan to Porto and 7 figure loan fee on top.

We don't have a massive budget, but maybe enough for:

- Cook (8m)
- Manning (3.5m)
- Billing (12m)
- Grant (15m)

Or something along those lines?!


{Ed002's Note - They are not going to spend money on players they have no interest in just for the sake it.}



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03 Oct 2020 22:08:47
No great surprise if City have been sniffing around and Marseille are in the Champions League. Payet probably told him about our car crash owners too!




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14 Sep 2020 13:14:17
Trouble there is you're talking about the Champions (who worst case end up top 4) and some of the biggest sides in Europe.

West Ham aren't in the position to not invest in their squad at a time when all around them are.

The bottom line is the billionaire owners need to do what football club owners do and invest in their asset (not cross their fingers and hope for the best, as has become their trademark) .


{Ed002's Note - The club has to comply with FFP rules - they cannot simply throw money at the club.}




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13 Sep 2020 19:39:01
The main difference is the squad actually suits the kind of football Howe tries to play. Moyes is finished and has been for a very long time. It's negligent that he's anything like in charge of our club.




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13 Sep 2020 19:37:22
I'll agree that Moyes kept us up the first time. Second time round he got the same number of points in the same number of games Pellegrini did.

He's a punch drunk busted flush of a manager, who shouldn't be anywhere near our club - but unfortunately the owners have shaped West Ham into their own image, and they and Moyes deserve each other.

Our club wouldn't surprise me if we are in League One in five years time.

GSB are asleep at the wheel, are leaches where we need benefactors, and are negligent in their management of the club. The one thing they absolutely are not is fans.

Moyes is the embodiment of their incompetence.

We're going down.




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24 Nov 2018 22:17:35
We had a large spend for a single window, but 100m is not big money for an entire squad overhaul.

That's the difference. Thought we played well today, created chances, but defended poorly in the first half (Masuaku the worst culprit) .

Antonio and Arnautovic did what they do well well, and did what they do badly as per as well.

Sadly we lack a true high quality goalscorer (Arnie is a very high quality forward but his finishing is average) and Antonio has enough about his game to get in good positions but lacks quality to capitalise.

We're a work in progress but at least worth watching again. This is the West Ham way really. having a go, olaying some decent stuff, but ultimately not being at the same level as the big sides.




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21 Aug 2018 07:40:43
Time to retain some perspective I think.

- Wilshere is a known quantity with only his injury recird the overriding concern. So far has two 90 mins under his belt.

- Anderson was expensive by our own standards, but by market standards was just about above average. Lazio fans were sad to see him leave. 2 games is far too early to judge. look what happened to Arnie last year!

- Yarmalenko has barely played yet but looks promising when he has.

- Fabianski looks an excellent acquisition.

- Sanchez, Perez, Diop. no evidence to judge them on yet, and it would be too early anyway.

- Fredericks > Byram so an upgrade whether he plays or not

As for Pellegrini he needs to be given a bit of time (and lucky for him we have owners who, for whatever reason, will do that) . Is he a better manager than Bilic, Moyes, Grant, Zola, Redknapp, Roeder, Curbishley, Macari? His record certainly suggests so!

So no matter how you look at it we have the tools in place to be better than recent seasons but need to give some time.

Let's not judge too early on. As was seen last year, Everton, Palace and us all had dire starts but then got going and all finished comfortably mid table, so there is no need to panic after two games.

This season is about changing the club's culture and way of playing, and we all need to stick with that programme and show a bit of moxie!

Two games in is the time to keep the faith, not start crying to Mummy that the new shiny thing doesn't work properly out the box without needing some assembly first!




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29 Jul 2018 19:23:57
Totally agree with Mike about the other end. Played a series of bang average sides so far and conceded every time.

We've got 3 primary centre halves who don't speak the same language. god only knows what the communication is like, plus the current improvement in our midfield cover is reliant on the progress of a 19 year old.

Lastly we have a guy looking like being at left Back who whilst playing well in pre season is renowned for being a terrible defender.

We're going to need to do a lot of defending from the front at this rate.

Really hoping we can shift Kouyate and replace with better, although given he's probably 4th in line at centre back it will be like losing two players (a poor midfielder and decent centre back) .

Silkman was in the radio today saying this shortened window is hard, as players clubs want rid of no one will offer money for, and everyone else is at a massive premium.

We certainly need a centre midfield upgrade before we start as currently with replaced Lanzini with Wilshere, Mario with Yarmalenko, finally replaced Payet (with Anderson) . Diop for Reid (given injury) and Balbuena for Collins, with Fabianski for Hart means realistically only Fredericks is a really significant upgrade over where we've been the last couple of years.

Hopefully Yarma will prove better than Mario. It's unlikely Anderson will be as good as Payet. The others are pretty like for like.

The major upgrade is Pellegrini. Let's hope he can make a telling difference. But please please please let us get in a decent centre mid.

As for outs, i'm expecting:

Byram (sale), Hugill (loan), Oxford (loan), Kouyate (knock down price), and Martinez (loan), Fernandes (loan) .

Anything more than that we can't really afford to lose.