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27 Jan 2019 19:29:42
Anybody heard anything on this rumoured stanislav lobotka who half of Europe are after.


1.) 27 Jan 2019 19:53:43
£44M release clause apparently. Celta de Vigo are certainly smart when it comes to protecting their talent.

2.) 27 Jan 2019 20:13:57
There’s been some media buzz that he wants to come to us because of Pelle, who he sees as a manager who can move him to the next level. Probably made up stuff, but it’s interesting, because it shows that either the media, or Lobotka (if true) respect MP’s reputation.

Would be nice to do a double raid on Vigo, but I can’t see it happening.



23 Dec 2018 09:47:25
Chelsea looking to do 5 deals in January with loftus cheek, michy batshuayi, Cahill, Moses and drinkwater all being involved. Palace are very interested in batshuayi. Having watched our midfield struggle yesterday I'd suggest as well as full back we get strong young midfielders with legs that can run a game.


1.) 23 Dec 2018 10:21:53
If the money was available I’d take them all. lol. Obviously it won’t happen though.

2.) 23 Dec 2018 10:44:44
I wonder who we could loan.



18 Nov 2018 16:00:54
It seems Chelsea are looking at Arnie with giroud and morata not scoring regularly. What about real including giroud, Cahill and lotus cheek for Arnie?


1.) 18 Nov 2018 18:07:19
Nice idea but for me giroud and Cahill to old need to get away from old players but if it was rlc and batsuayi I'd be on board.

{Ed002's Note - I am afraid you are all living in some strange fantasy world again.}

2.) 19 Nov 2018 06:54:26
I'd take rlc all day long. in reality though surely he's destined for a bigger move?

3.) 19 Nov 2018 11:28:22
I think we should use Arnie as he’s used us! I will be sick to see him go, but we have to get used to playing without him, football and clubs move on! I would now play him as little as possible in order not to further damage his dodgy knee, as he clearly does not want to commit himself to us, see how he copes with not being in the limelight, sell him in January! I am extremely disappointed to see how he is hiding behind his agent/ Brother in this moving on saga, as if his brother dictates where and who he plays for without him having any say in the matter😠 Come on Arnie, take some responsibility and own up to wanting to get away for more money, but I will never understand how much is enough or not enough in the Premiership? When I moved on in my working life for more money, I never told my employer “ I leave it all to my wife to manage my employment” I know it’s maybe not the same situation, but that’s how I see it, how embarrassing😉😉⚒⚒⚒.

4.) 19 Nov 2018 14:52:41
To be fair, he deserves a shot at trophies and we are still a few years away from that. This is not like payet, Arnie has done well for us and wants to take the next step *up*
payet wanted out because he was a naughty boy.
If we can get 50m for a 30 year fair enough and good luck to him, hope he stays until the summer but understand if he wants out now (might get more money too)

5.) 19 Nov 2018 16:40:52
I think you misspelt years. should spell decades.

6.) 19 Nov 2018 23:38:29
Haha, fair point!
Kind of expecting the Dave's to sell up soon so hoping for some excellent owners to step in with a bit of money and run it better.



17 Oct 2018 12:30:22
Rumour that we may want Dzeko in January?


1.) 17 Oct 2018 17:16:14
This apparently was the subject of discussion last Friday, the owners whilst wanting to back Pellegrini. Are not wildly excited about spending big money on a player who will be 33 this season with obviously no sell on, fee it’s totally dead money two year deal would cost 27 m in all without added fees, good player but we can spend money on younger players surely. IRONMIKE.

2.) 18 Oct 2018 10:22:27
£27m for a 2 year deal for Dzeko, yes really decent player but how do they arrive at these silly amounts of money, we know it’s supply and demand and goalscoring players are at a premium but that’s excessive for a 33 year old, we’re not that desperate are we? Some of the other possibles need to step up to the plate and start weighing in with some goals instead of relying on Arnie to much!

3.) 18 Oct 2018 12:44:08
Think it will be the end of Carroll if we signed Dzeko as they've both got similar playing styles, (a target man with no pace and good in the air), just can't see how we could accommodate both of them.

4.) 18 Oct 2018 13:05:27
Considering the policy that IronMike has suggested we are planning to adopt I find this to be a non-runner. If they can make it work with these contract terms in place then well done, it doesn’t hurt to ask after all. But, even getting shot of Carroll I don’t see them changing a policy for one footballer to the detriment of the rest of the squad’s morale.

5.) 18 Oct 2018 17:16:25
To buy Dzeko would cost 20 m euros plus the charges and taxes we now have 27 m euros PLUS 7 m euros wages equals 34 m euros (29 million pounds ) nuts for a 33 year old in my opinion I don’t care who they are, there’s Aton of people far better value than that, IRONMIKE.

6.) 19 Oct 2018 06:30:06
Oh I totally agree. I meant if they can get it done with the contract terms they are attempting to sign Rice up to then I’m all for it. As in a lower base wage then performance and appearance bonuses. They cannot keep giving these older players a massive payday as it has a negative effect on the mentality of the side, which I’m sure we all know is a huge problem as it is.

7.) 19 Oct 2018 09:05:52
I would like us to look at yussef poulson at rb Leipzig, he's a target man with loads a pace and is still quite young.

8.) 22 Oct 2018 08:41:54
I would say our priority is LB, CM, and a Striker first!

9.) 25 Oct 2018 00:19:16
I know it's early in his career but IMO Declan rice is a better footballer than Jordan Henderson and it won't be long until RICE is called into the full England squad I am utterly amazed at the difference and improvement since the Liverpool game at the start of the season I was the first to slag him off for his performance but he must have really put a tremendous amount of work and coaching to get him to a level at which he is now he's unrecognisable as a midfielder since that Liverpool game and even from last season his movement awareness and range of passing is fantastic I thought his best position was C/ B how wrong I was I'm not saying he can't play there if needed but he's more than needed in midfield and is our best midfielder by far I don't want to temp date but he for me has the ability to become a £100 million pound player given the right progression and luck injury wise and that's not me being over enthusiastic but IMO in today's market and inflation that's my views and we are going to find it difficult to keep hold of him but we must if we have got lofty ambitions what is it with CHELSEA letting theses players go LUKAKU DE BRUYNE AKE RICE . COYI.



22 Aug 2018 16:12:01
I don't really care what we do but MP has to have seen what a sham our defence and midfield is and has to be making changes. NOBLE has had it in the premier league and sentimentality has no place and cannot be carried by any team. His time has come and gone much like his legs. A dedicated servant who I am afraid must see out his days in a lower league. Unfortunately the same has to be said for Zabaletta who has also now seen the best days of his career behind him. Their is no room or the time and luxury to carry players anymore and therefore its time to be ruthless and drop to the reserves those we cannot get rid of. Hindsight is a fine thing, but we HAD to get at least one CDM in the transfer window and we didn't. The defence looks vulnerable when players run at us and there is no tackling from anyone. TIME FOR CHANGE and don't spare the tears.


1.) 22 Aug 2018 18:48:24
Technically not a rumour?

Definitely a fact


2.) 23 Aug 2018 01:20:40
your absolutely bang on phil I've been saying this for a couple of seasons regarding NOBLE mate and been told he's top of the stats in everything he does which is very little and if he starts saturday then the worlds gone mad i mean MP has, the NOBLE lovers phil i seen haven't commented for a week or two gone to eat some pie with a humble filling imo he was finished in hippos tenure and while it was great signing the flair players i was always concerned about not filling the midfield we have been crying out for two athletes in cm who can also play football when i stated you needed PACE in midfield a few people piped up and said PIRLO wasnt quick but they was missing the point i wasnt on about pace to go by people but merely saying to get up and down the pitch which NOBLE hasn't got and has never had PHIL i am truly grateful what's he's done for west ham helping us win em nothing but give 100% which if someone paid me 50,000 a week that's the least you should do at least DICK TURPIN wore a mask, my mate got 5 years for fraud NOBLE hasn't been sentenced yet but if he pleads not guilty hope he gets away with it like he has for the past 3 years but enough of my immaturity people but i will feel for DIOP if he's pitched in against ARSENAL but that's what he's paid good money for anyway i'd bring back FREDERICKS ANTONIO AND RICE to the matchday squad and drop NOBLE and SNODGRASS from it alltogether my team would be a 4-1-3-2 as follows FABIANSKI, FREDERICKS, BALBUENA, DIOP, OGBONNA, OBIANG, ANDERSON, WILSHIRE, YARMOLENKO, ARNAUTOVIC, ANTONIO what's your views phil. COYI.

3.) 23 Aug 2018 08:22:51
Couldn't agree more buddy. For too long players have been carried in this team based on who they are and not how they perform and its become comfortable for them to collect £50k a week and not be able to perform at the level required. I've not been convinced with the way any of the defenders have started this season so I'd shake it all up. Maybe start with a back 3? MP knows what he is doing so I have faith in him but not in some of the players. AC is another along for the nice fat easy cheque he can get and he should be on his way also. Bring in Holland and Fredericks on the right. I'd also drop Antonio who is like a headless chicken and start Perez on the right, Matsuaku is another liability and the sooner we get cresswell back the better. Clearly in the next window we need CDM and a left back. All in all, things have to change and NOW.

4.) 23 Aug 2018 11:21:17
I wonder how much better our defenders would look with a quality CDM or two in front of them. Aside from the Callum Wilson goal that really was just comic from all involved our defence is overworked due to a lack of CDM.

5.) 23 Aug 2018 12:36:40
YEP, agreed again but we were linked with about 50 of them during the window and we didn't take advantage of it. Perhaps IRONMIKE can shed some light as to why not when it was a glaring need after losing KOUYATE (No great loss there)

6.) 25 Aug 2018 21:56:51
Not long been back just watched the game it's going to take DIOP AND BALBUENA TIME to gel but we have to stick with them because they will be ok when they've adapted to life in premier league trust me i'm very optimistic. COYI.

7.) 26 Aug 2018 11:51:39
I see Thomas REPKA has been given a stay at HMP in the CZECH REPUBLIC for bashing his Porn star wife I wonder did Sully aquire her for him as part of the deal to sign him given his connections in the industry but we need fighting qualitys but hitting a women is the lowest of the low and he was lucky to just get that he should have got 10 years.




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12 Feb 2019 07:57:10
So we going to finish mid table ish. Let's have a bit if fun. What positions do we need to strengthen in the summer and who are we likely to target and will. we release.


1.) 12 Feb 2019 09:45:02
If the current squad were fully fit, we should be well catered for in attacking mid/ wingers:- Lanzini/ Anderson/ Nasri/ Antonio/ Yarmolenko (I still think Diangana needs to go on loan and get regular playing time to hone his game) . Slightly further back, a fit Wilshere would make the match day squad, but we need a strong box to box tackler/ disruptor to support Rice.

Up front is a bit of a lottery - we are all led to believe that Arnie is leaving, that Chicha wants out and that Perez is on his way. Carroll has done absolutely nothing to justify a contract extension. Where do we go from there?

If there is a complete clearout, we will need two new high quality strikers. At least one, if not both, must be big, strong and fast. Xande will be back up unless he, like Diangana, goes out on loan.

The back four will need further reinforcement. Zaba is getting on and will not play as much and Fredericks has yet to prove himself at this level, though I think he will get there, once he is trained to defend properly. Masuaku will be sold so Cresswell will need a deputy at left back. Diop and Balbuena will form out first choice CB pairing, but we will need squad backup and that won’t be Ogbonna, as he to should be on his way.

Adrian should move back to Spain, so we’ll have to buy a No.2 keeper.

As for the names of the potential incomers (? ) we are always linked with a zillion players every window, but I’m sure that MP and Husillos have already got their targets well and truly marked.

We now need a strong end to the season to make us look an attractive proposition.

2.) 12 Feb 2019 17:23:18
Agree with everything you have layed out Mark. I still think that Anthonio can play up front (as well as anywhere else to fill in) and is it about time Trott is given a chance occasionally - if not maybe Pope from Burnley to replace Adrian.

3.) 13 Feb 2019 12:48:22
Bang on Markro.
Iv done a bit of a u-turn on Antonio recently, I think he has been great at right wing lately, and if his form continues i would keep him despite his final ball not being quite good enough.
Centre mid is SO important, we urgently need to get the player that is going to take over from Noble ASAP. Obiang is not good enough and may even leave, so that would mean we need 2. Backup for Rice would be nice, but i hope Sanchez is fit and maybe he can play some games in the final year of his contract.
Depending on who goes, i can see 7 players incoming. The below assumes Carroll, Chica, Arnie, Obiang, Masuaku, Oxford and Adiran all leave, and Zaba signs for another year.
2 x First team quality strikers
1 x Top quality CM
1 x Backup CM (could be Edi Fernandaes if MP likes him)
1 x Backup LB
1 x Backup GK (heard a lot about Trott, but not seen him)
1 x Backup CB (maybe 2 if Ogbonna goes and Ried is not fit)
This all ASSUMES Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Wilshere and Sanchez all come back to full fitness.



31 Jan 2019 18:35:05
What happened to our "apparent" interest in dzeko, lobotka etc it's a shambles and now we scratch around for any player available shocking.


1.) 31 Jan 2019 19:04:46
Typical West Ham window.

2.) 31 Jan 2019 20:47:34
We can thank the arnautovic brothers for this mess. Really disrupted our season and the window.

3.) 31 Jan 2019 20:53:18
No news on Gormless, Lobotomy or Cheque-o.

As usual, the clubs keeps us up for it until deadline day then fails to deliver.



29 Jan 2019 18:19:21
Somebody please explain to me how maxi gomez is now in too mind's about joining us after the continued on going saga we've had with him for this entire window? We clearly need a left back and midfielder so wtf is going on. Usual wezt ham smoke and no fire.




26 Jan 2019 20:24:23
Andy Carroll is a disgrace and clearly unfit. Chicharito don't look interested, mstsuaku useless and a poor first half by all. Best Pellegrini gives them a rocket.


1.) 26 Jan 2019 20:41:44
Simply shocking. Gomez must be having a whale of a time watching this.

2.) 26 Jan 2019 21:32:43
Questions have to be asked over our starting 11. 4-2 down to wimbledon I'm ashamed of this lot.



19 Jan 2019 17:13:50
What a shocking performance today. Carroll is abysmal and has no rights to call himself a footballer. Toothless pathetic show against a team. ghats lost 11 of last 14. Wtf was Pellegrini doing whilst this crap was going on. If ever we needed a performance to show how badly we need quality strikers this was it. Sell the lot and start again.


1.) 19 Jan 2019 18:08:54
We were creating chances with a lot of possession around the area but having Carroll in the side is counter productive. He literally doesn’t move, so no matter how much build up play you do. you won’t achieve anything with him. I’d rather have seen silva start up front, lots of pace and will run his socks off and fit into our style of play!

That chance Carroll missed was an absolute howler. Shocking performance from him. Get him out.

2.) 19 Jan 2019 23:20:22
You know when you have to look for positives the one I took from it from a personal perspective is I expected right to the end that we might still get something from it. Well right up till the second goal. I think the fact even with losses I don’t have that ‘here we go again’ feeling as soon as the other team scores must come but for something and that perhaps you can see we are going in the right direction but are just a few players short of what we need to be 6th or so. I wonder if others have those same feelings during games now that they perhaps once didn’t have?

3.) 20 Jan 2019 09:13:02
I totally agree yesterday was only time I felt we wouldn't get back mostly due to Carroll being inept but it's a great feeling having faith though out the game I feel we are a top midfielder, striker and lanzini away from being top 7 consistently with hopes of pushing the top 6.




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06 Feb 2019 18:40:04
Appreciated article as always.




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01 Feb 2019 07:39:46
What a joke of a window. We needed defenders and cdm and we chased strikers am done.




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31 Jan 2019 18:33:23
It's a mockery and a joke. The entire window wasted again chasing a striker when clearly we have more needs in defence. Wtf is going on. And now we are after diouf from stoke piss take.




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31 Jan 2019 17:32:26
What flppin joke.




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31 Jan 2019 15:08:12
Gomez to Barcelona?





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12 Feb 2019 21:54:13
sad sad loss of a true gentleman of the sport and one of the greatest goalkeepers I had the pleasure to. watch and that ever lived. A true legend who will. be sadly missed.




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03 Feb 2019 10:04:22
42 points finish 14th or 15th.




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01 Feb 2019 18:00:41
Truthfully we have to let about 6 go in the summer and replace them. Matsuaku, obiang, ogbonna, Carroll, Hernandez and Perez need to all go and onwards and upwards. If necessary let Marko go and start fresh up front.




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31 Jan 2019 18:35:46
Vincent Janssen is ok.




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30 Jan 2019 18:10:29
Any more news on lobotka.