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06 May 2019 06:40:25
Ed's any idea if we are looking at another centre back?
Despite being woeful at defending think we have other priorities - unless of course we are letting Ogbonna and Reid go?

{Ed002's Note - I would certainly expect Winston Reid go Glen. In terms of those looked at there have been several I am aware of:
Guillermo Maripan (CB) the very much preferred option but as I have previously explained, discussions are already in hand between Alaves and Roma - so West Ham would need to act quickly and figure out a way to persuade the player that a move to East London is more attractive than a move to Rome, but he remains the preferred option and with Roma in a bit of turmoil with the coaching situation, perhaps we can see something happen
Diego Llorente (CB) has been watched by Marseille, Spurs, Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, West Ham, Fulham and Sevilla since joining Real Sociadad in the summer - Spurs could be tempted to make an offer as they expect TA to leave
Gary Cahill (CB) out of contract in the summer and Chelsea will let him talk to other English sides now about a move - West Ham could renew previous interest in the player who would be a useful addition for a season, or perhaps two but they have enquired about the wages required and may step back - but at the very least his demands would need to drop down a peg or two before an offer were made
Francisco Ferreira (CB) - Benfica won't want to sell Ferro and would want far too much for WHU to pay - scratch him from the list
Ciaren Jones (CB) would be one for the future.}

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06 May 2019 10:59:12
Thanks Ed0002. Any news on midfielders?

{Ed002's Note - There is nothing new to what I explained the other day. The club gave Manuel Pellegrini quite a free hand last summer and provided a large amount of money, and whatever way you look at it, it has not been a success. A couple of players have already been moved on and the likes of Carroll and Adrian are out of contract. I would doubt the club will look to taking up the option on Samir Nasri and fringe players will also me moved on, but none of that will bring in significant funds. Some money will come from the club and some money will come from the sale of Obiang and one or two others so they need to sell wisely - and they need to figure out a way to sell the club with no European football, little hope of European going forward in the short or medium term and no clear plan that is being shown to work - and that is what they will need to do to get Dani Ceballos to East London to kickstart his career.}

06 May 2019 13:26:32
Cahill would be a good acquisition.

{Ed002's Note - I think for a year or perhaps two he could help the club stabalise - there is interest from elsewhere but, even though wages would be reasonably high that should not be a problem with outhers leaving. There would be a signing on fee but no huge transfer fee or other costs.}

07 May 2019 11:48:15
Cheers ED002 as always brilliant insight :-)
Hopefully we can develop and blood some youth next year, you are quite right, we are miles away from European football at the moment.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

29 Apr 2019 08:46:43
Great win on Saturday. Two very winnable games left. It would be good to end the season on a high.

For me, Chicha and Perez leave this summer. (Carroll too, obviously) . Arnie is the enigma - if he stays and rediscovers his mojo, I would be more than happy, but I’m sure that MP and Husillos have been tracking plenty of strikers to add to our firepower up front.

I wonder what will happen with Masuaku, too. He’s not a natural LB, but seems to have upped his game recently. I can see Fredericks, Diop and the General as the go to three of the starting back four next year.

We need a CM powerhouse with vision to dovetail with Rice and to take over from an ageing Noble ( though I have to say Noble was terrific v the Spuds. )

With a fully fit squad next yr and one or two additions, I will start the new season with my annual optimism.

{Ed002's Note - Franco Vazquez or Dani Ceballos for example.}

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29 Apr 2019 19:58:19
I think with Yamalenko and Lanzini due back to proper 100% fitness we’ll be ok in Midfield. Personally, I like the balance of Snods, Rice and Noble in the centre. What we need is a clear out up top. Lose them all and start again.

29 Apr 2019 21:31:24
I would personally sell all the strikers and start again but I can’t see anyone being interested in arnautovic so I think we will end up being stuck with him.

30 Apr 2019 02:16:57
Noble and Snodgrass both in their 30's we definitely need another midfielder as a long term replacement for Noble. If Ceballos was willing to come to us we should be all over that he's a class above and only 22. I'd be very Suprised if we could actually get him.

30 Apr 2019 09:38:19
Cheers Ed, so both are likely?

{Ed002's Note - No, both are not likely. West Ham have shown an interest in both players. In terms of midfield players three have the sustained interest of the club:

Dani Ceballos (CM) would not be cheap but he wants to kick start his career and would be a big step up from Obiang - WHU may look to an initial loan

Franco Vazquez (CM/AM) has been of interest to West Ham since last summer and he made clear that he was not interested in a midseason move when West Ham made an approach in January - but the interest remains and I would expect another approach in the summer.

Dani Olmo (AM) was looked at by West Ham last season when Dinamo Zagreb were happy to profiteer with interest from Borussia Dortmund, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Cagliari and most noticably Milan. They wanted too much and he is spending the season in Zagreb. Given previous interest, it would not be a surprise if WHU returned with an offer. Would be an option to Vazquez.}

30 Apr 2019 13:26:35
Thanks Ed
There is no doubt we need another CM, and of the ones I have read our interest in, Ceballos would be far and away my top pick. Young, hungry and the type of player we need to play alongside Dec. I like Nobes and Snods in the middle, but they cannot be fit every game and we need an upgrade and younger legs. Obiang i suspect will go back to mainland Europe, and MP will assess Cullen and Fernandes in summer.
Iv slated Masuaku on here in the past, and i have to say he has been very good in the last 3 games. Will be interesting to see what MP does with him. We need consistent players.
Ben Johnson looks more like a 2021 challenger at RB, Fredircks and Zaba will do fine next year for me.
Striker, I have no Idea what could happen here given our budget and the limited level of interest in the players we have there currently. Gomez would be great, but 40m is a huge part of our budget and we won't get much for the strikers we have! In MP we trust!
Ed, are any teams interested in Zapata and/ or Belotti?

{Ed002's Note - Roma see Andrea Belotti as their preferred Edin Dzeko replacement, but that has to be ratified by their new coack and Director of Football. Duvan Zapata - the player was not keen on a move to West Ham in January and the €50M asking price has already scared of Newcastle and Inter Milan - WHU could return but I doubt he would be first choice, certainly at the asking price.}

30 Apr 2019 15:04:29
Cheers again ED002, really good to hear honest answers on our transfer plans - are we still doing our transfers the same way?
(like headless chickens. )

{Ed002's Note - In terms of strikers, this is where I think WHU are:
Aleksandar Mitrovic (S) is a now realistic target and very much the Andy Carroll type player - but there will be a lot of competion - time to talk with Fulham
Said Benrahma (S) Brentford are looking for £25M with both Spurs and West Ham showing an interest - the question will remain can he step up
Maxi Gomez (S) very unlikely as he wants European football
Florian Aye (S)
Edin Dzeko (S) an enquiry has been made with his agent and if the price is low enough WHU may look to an offer, leaving enough funds to add another striker - but both Inter Milan and Everton are looking to him as well
Max Kruse (S) - has been watched by West Ham
Dario Benedetto (S) is a Plan C for Roma and RBL and suggested WHU 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
Duvan Zapata - the player was not keen on a move to West Ham in January and the €50M asking price has already scared of Newcastle and Inter Milan - WHU could return but I doubt he would be first choice, certainly at the asking price.}

30 Apr 2019 18:43:15
dario benedetto sounds like the perfect david sullivan signing.

09 May 2019 19:53:24
RICE apart if we are going to improve and challenge for a top position outside the top four we have to replace NOBLE AND SNODGRASS who are average and look good against average sides but against the top sides you need athletes who can close down players in midfield and not give them a chance to look up two or three times before they are closed down which I go every game and see it with my own eyes NOBLE is ok on the ball but closing down he ain't mobile enough there are plenty of midfielders out there that are leaps and bounds above what we've got. COYI.

29 Apr 2019 03:00:57
Any truth in the links to Dani Ceballos?

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30 Apr 2019 08:41:55
We definitely need a strong box to box midfielder as Noble and Snograss are to slow both would be very good squad players and very reliable when needed.

09 May 2019 19:54:42
Bang on KING68 everything I support on noble and snodgrass. COYI.

22 Apr 2019 16:05:10
Hello Eds,

Do you know of any interest of Liverpool’s in Issa Diop? I figure he d be better off playing regularly for WHU rather than being 3rd choice for LFC.

{Ed002's Note - I am pretty sure that Liverpool has never shown any interest in Issa Diop.}

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22 Apr 2019 16:16:25
Thank you Ed, have a nice day.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

23 Apr 2019 10:43:18
Thank you Ed, any idea of interest in Arnautovic at all? Seems to have gone very quiet (understandably) on that front.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any.}

23 Apr 2019 14:53:34
Bugge4 - so will not play to best of his ability and cannot flog him. Great news. Thanks for the info ED :-)

20 Apr 2019 17:06:21
Re dzeko inter milan have got him.

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21 Apr 2019 18:22:20
I think we are loosing quite a bit players this summer and we should be smart in replacing them and getting better, look to replace Rice with an Emre Can or Amadou Diawarra, bring in a forward like Hirving Lozano or Moussa Dembelle, and improve our midfield.

21 Apr 2019 23:43:04
Not sure we should be replacing Rice, I think we should be retaining him for at least another season. Players that we need to replace are at least two decent strikers, still another defensive midfielder, a left back, another right back if we can, and maybe another centre back. Lanzini will be better for a pre-season, Yarmolenko will be back. Strikers and defence are the big issue.

23 Apr 2019 10:41:53
Yeah, agree. Rice needs to be playing regular club football and we can give him that opportunity. Wait until he is 22/ 23 and then move on if we have not improved by then.

24 Apr 2019 10:25:57
Do you honestly think that we are only in need of improving up front and in defence?

I don't disagree that both are lacking, but we have so few options in central midfield.

Rice is doing very well, but we have very little in the way of competition. we cannot rely on Wilshere being fit and obiang has either been ok or poor this season. Carols Sanchez is on the verge of returning to the squad, but he isn't a world beater.

Sell

CB - Reid
LB - Masuaku
RB - Byram
CM - Obiang
W - Snodgrass
F - Perez
F - Hernandez
F - Arnautovic

Release

GK - Adrian - expiring contract
RB - Zabaleta - expiring contract
F - Carroll - expiring contract

If money is tight this coming transfer window, there are a few decent options to sign on a free. (and I am not saying sign them all)

CB - Gary Cahill
RB - Rafael - premiership experience, still only 28
CM - Hector Herrera - VERY unlikely signing I know, but still
W - Yacine Brahimi
W - Andreas Pereira - Man U prospect
F - Danny Welbeck
F - Daniel Sturridge
F - Mario Balotelli - hothead, but still a good option

Buy

CB - Guillermo Maripan from Alaves
LB - Kieran Tierney from Celtic
CM - Stanislav Lobotka from Celta Vigo
CM - Aaron Mooy from Huddersfield
F - Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo
F - Aleksandr Mitrovic from Fulham.

24 Apr 2019 12:54:50
Why sell Masuaku?
Agree with the rest though.

24 Apr 2019 23:13:06
I did say another defensive midfielder but the attack and defence are the biggest issues.

25 Apr 2019 08:01:40
I am saying to sell Masuaku because he is extremely inconsistent. He either plays well or poorly.

I think he is more of a winger than a left back if the truth be told and frankly there are better wingers in the squad already, and signing Pereira and / or Brahimi would only push him further down the pecking order higher up the field.

Cresswell is currently our best left back in my opinion and signing Kieran Tierney as competition would give us ample defensively.

We simply wouldn't need Masuaku.

26 Apr 2019 18:53:01
Be foolish to sell Snodgrass. He’s always fit and naturally left footed.

28 Apr 2019 11:47:59
Sell Snodgrass are you having a laugh he’s been immense this season I was shocked he came back but he’s been a totally different player like a new signing. i agree with Masuaku though and give Zabba one more season just as a squad player.

06 May 2019 21:49:48
Bring in Sturbridge, Welbeck and Balotelli!?!?! The first two manage about 12 minutes before getting injured, and the latter implodes at every club he goes to!

09 May 2019 21:14:03
SNODGRASS one thing I wouldn't categorise is immense I know we are starved of immense footballers at west ham butcome on the guys bang average and if we are going to get to the next level then players like NOBLE SNODGRASS ZABALETTA CRESSWELL have to be replaced i'm not saying NOBLE hasn't had a good few games lately but ball at feet he ain't bad but closing down and hisfitness and pace are shocking he's UNABLE to SPRINT at any time and we need too move on from this standard of player i'm afraid why do you never see any clubs coming in for our players right LANZINI was rumoured to atracting interest a couple of windows ago and this season ARNIE and RICE the reason why they are QUALITY when they are at it but on this site a majority of people are bang in love with NOBLE when have you heard of anyapproaches since he's been at west ham I cannot recall 1 reason being he's average fact. COYI.

16 Apr 2019 20:12:36
Sky Sports saying we've been offered Dzeko.

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16 Apr 2019 21:12:19
Utter madness if we do go for him. Roma want far too much for him, (£20M according to some reports) he'll want silly wages (£165k a week's been banded about fcol!? ) and at 33 what value is there in signing him?

He'd only ever be a short term fix at best and we'd have to finish something like 2nd as opposed to our usual 11-15th in the league and win a cup just to cover in prize money what we'd have spent on him - and with the best will in the world Edin Dzeko alone just ain't going to make that happen!

Surely it makes much more sense to sign a younger player who will still have value in 3,4 or 5 years time?

16 Apr 2019 23:16:30
Well said Billy, hopefully no more sticking plasters.

17 Apr 2019 06:53:21
Agree entirely with Dzeko comment, these agent / players are such greedy b———-s, all trying to get on the The Premiership gravy train👎 I would say yes for £2m and £25k a week or on yer bike, I wish MP would get these prospective pensioners off his radar, he seems to love some of the ones that played under him years ago! We all know the Premiership is a very tough competitive demanding league, it needs players with stamina and pace in all positions to compete, he as a Manager looking at WH hospital beds should see only to well what a waste of time signing has beens or those with historic injury problems!

17 Apr 2019 18:11:41
I have no problem with Dzeko, if he’s FREE and requires no more than £100k per week. He’s rarely injured, guarantees goals and his wage would be funded from Carroll leaving, therefore I think it’s a goer.

17 Apr 2019 18:35:09
Mark, the only problems are, he wants £165k, plus obviously he’s now 33 and the Premiership is tougher from when he was playing in it!

18 Apr 2019 18:39:51
Dzeko now decided he wants to stay where he is, think he wants an easy life in Italy rather than the tough spotlight of the Premiership, so just as well we didn’t sign another player that wants an easy life on huge wages!

18 Apr 2019 22:40:06
What about a straight swop Chico for Shelvey.

19 Apr 2019 10:52:23
Surely we need to aim higher than Shelvy? Ok player. but is he someone that will change out team massively? I'm not too sure.

20 Apr 2019 08:19:47
See we’ve upped our bid apparently for Medel to £7.7m, am I the only one that is thinking Husillos and MP are far to blinkered in their recruitment policy, Medel approaching 33, Chilean! That’s not cheap for me, experienced yes, but for the bloody Premiership, how many more £7/ 8m’s are we going to throw away on players that are simply not good enough for the Premiership and are short term patch up jobs that will end up on the treatment table picking up their £70k weekly!

20 Apr 2019 19:35:23
Exactly. When you spend those 7 mil plus wages on these players who will never really play . adds up.

28 Apr 2019 00:11:33
We cannot help ourselves by signing or loaning a total has been stiff and giving him his retirement wages for a year or too for 80,000 a week with **** all in return excuse my French but when will we learn our lesson ARBELOA EVRA to name a few and dave is spot on we should be aiming higher than SHELVEY and SNODGRASS needs replacing as you can't fault his work rate but he's just a squad player at best . COYI.

15 Apr 2019 12:10:31
Has anyone else seen us linked with Perisic, thought he was the wrong side of 30, do we need older players?

{Ed002's Note - I don't know of Perisic but Benito Raman (LW/F) - WHU have watched Raman on a couple of occasions.}

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15 Apr 2019 13:04:48
Thanks for that Ed.

16 Apr 2019 18:23:55
Sorry lads but i do think we should stick to buying younger plaers. Look at the players we are stuck with over 30 No resale value at all.

16 Apr 2019 23:19:40
Is Raman any good? See he plays for Leverkusen but have no idea about German league.

16 Apr 2019 21:08:46
is he any good ED heard the name but have no idea if he is any good or not.

{Ed002's Note - There is already interest from several sides and that will grow as we get closer to the end of the season. He plays for Fortuna Dusseldorf and is a well respected LW who can play as a more central forward and on the right. He is very well liked.}

14 Apr 2019 16:05:14
I see you lot are having a fantastic season after spending millions in the summer, a few more wins and you could be pushing 10th place 😁.

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14 Apr 2019 20:51:29
The women’s team have given us something to look forward to at least.
Another season resigned to believing we should be doing better. At least there were a few decent performances thrown in there I suppose.
Can’t be spending much more I reckon and that’s probably a good thing given our recruitment history.

15 Apr 2019 07:42:33
Bucky, think you are a bit harsh on our Saturday performance, it was the best we have played since I can remember imo! We played with great energy and cannot fault anybody for lack of effort, Masuaku who has taken some real stick had a great game, no he can’t defend but he can fly down the flank with some decent crosses, so that’s his position for me in every game! can only say, it is Pellegrini’s first season, you have to get to know the team you have inherited, then assess what you have. I agree he made some awful signings imo but also some really good ones. Several were signed in desperation just to make up the squad numbers which I can understand! Sorry but can’t get enthusiastic about Women’s football, would rather cut my garden grass🤣 We need to recruit younger fitter signings, the oldies are knackered and can take longer to recover from knocks, yes they will cost more but we need a team than can sustain Premiership status and even more!

15 Apr 2019 10:07:06
Let’s hope we take points of off your lot meaning u miss out on champions league.

15 Apr 2019 11:05:17
Don’t worry we will it’s what we do! Anyone for lasagne :)

15 Apr 2019 18:11:04
Oh don’t get me wrong Chelmsford. Saturday was one of the positive performances I was speaking of. Whilst the result was not positive I believe that performance is more of what it is to be a West Ham. A very good effort after weeks of failing to achieve those standards against teams around us. Then failing to pull it off due in part to luck not being on our side. It’s classic West Ham and I loved it.

Masuaku I like and hope he finds his from from the first season under Bilic when he seemed to play so free and with more confidence. It’s up to the manager to get him performing again.

16 Apr 2019 23:21:48
quietly happy that people are starting to see the positive with Masuaku :-)

14 Apr 2019 08:11:29
I've seen that Real Madrid are talking to Rice and his family over a move to Spain, all I can say is because of his young age and length of contract he's only going to get better and better so IF he goes anywhere then the price should be in the 100s of millions?

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14 Apr 2019 10:20:07
Anything is possible Stevie, but I'm not sure the source is credible, one for the Ed's opinion I'd say.

{Ed002's Note - He is represented by his family and I don't know if they have approached them or not. They cannot speak directly to the player and if they have West Ham can make a formal complaint to UEFA. Sides have taken a look as he is having a very good season. The sides include Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Spurs - and Real Madrid were present at the Chelsea game, and they may well be looking to an offer, certainly if Casemiro were to leave.}

14 Apr 2019 12:44:09
Thank you ed.

14 Apr 2019 15:07:01
How could he refuse if the offer is credible? Good luck to him, Madrid seems rather more attractive than Stratford😂🤣 he maybe able to ask for family arrangements etc as he seems a very family orientated man and May insist on that if they want him enough they will accommodate his wishes, we just need to make sure we capitalise on the fee obviously!

{Ed002's Note - I think West Ham should do what they can to hold on to him longer - perhaps explaining that he would likely not be a starter at RM or MU.}

14 Apr 2019 15:26:50
Ed002, At that age in in a different climate with life seeming like one long holiday, earning a fortune, phew that might hard to refuse depending on your personality and dedication!

{Ed002's Note - If he is bright enough he will understand (at least I hope he would).}

14 Apr 2019 15:41:15
Agree ed, at any huge team he could be a project and not an automatic pick, if he wants first team football then I hope he stays put.

{Ed002's Note - I hope so to. It will be good for both the club and the player.}

14 Apr 2019 17:52:44
Another season or 2 with us would probably be best, if he continues at this rate man u and real are the only 2 teams that could afford him out of the ones you mentioned. He was superb yesterday, countless brilliant tackles always intelligent in his play, he keeps getting better in a attacking sense too. Would love him to do a Billy Bonds but the lure of competing for the champions league with real is more than understandable.

15 Apr 2019 03:09:00
Too many next big things have gone to Real Madrid and ended up never playing. If he is good enough he will get offers later, right now he needs to be playing and only likely place that will happen every week next season is West Ham. After that unless we push top 6 I fear he will be off.

15 Apr 2019 10:15:57
Iron. Al - don't forget we bought Billy Bonds from Charlton (he played 95 times for them) - he didn't come through our youth system.

All footballers think they will be or should be starters. You don't get to where Rice is now without tremendous self-belief and he will believe he will get game time at a big club of they pay a fortune for him.

15 Apr 2019 12:09:37
Yes Bonds only got the captains armband because Lampard was looking for a transfer.

08 Apr 2019 17:11:57
Antonio dead leg keeps him out of tonight’s match squad.

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08 Apr 2019 19:14:08
I would like to diop start over ogbonna.

 


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