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09 Jan 2020 21:31:02
Fellaini is a filthy player.

There isn’t a barge pole long enough.

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10 Jan 2020 07:34:05
Get a smaller pole as he's cut his hair so about 5ft 8 should do markro. COYI.

10 Jan 2020 11:34:51
Giroud agrees deal to inter milan.

10 Jan 2020 11:35:32
Piatek on his way to spurs for £28m.

10 Jan 2020 11:45:43
Sorry chaps, not being contentious with you, but I see no problem in our position with Fellaini😂🤣 Some posters have the view got to be young, young, young, WHY? We need players that can play now, not 2 seasons time, I like a tough rugged defender / Midfielder that takes no prisoners, Fellaini’s knocking on but if he can do a solid job and is relatively injury free, why not? I’ll now wait for the flood of poster abuse to hit me, 😂🤣👍👍⚒⚒⚒.

10 Jan 2020 13:33:39
TBH Chelms I would not be too negative about an older CM player coming, but only if TWO conditions are met.
1. They are not overly expensive leaving us considerably less money to spend on a younger long-term asset. At the end of the day if they make the difference or make the risk of relegation smaller then long term it pays for itself.
2. They WILL actually make a difference.
At the moment, with just Nobes and Rice we have NO backup, and an injury to either would be catastrophic. Joe Allen for 18 months would not be terrible, neither would Fellaini, BUT ONLY AT THE RIGHT KNOCK DOWN PRICE. No more Sanchez types!
This is not my preference though, I would still prefer a Gedson Fernandez or Sander Berge, as i think they are good enough to get us to mid table, AND they represent players that are likely to go UP in value.

10 Jan 2020 14:06:44
Sorry Chelms, I’ve seen Fellaini do too many seriously unpleasant things on the pitch. Being tough is one thing (Bonzo for example) ; being violent and not caring about whether you seriously injure a fellow professional is well beyond what I want in any player representing my team.

10 Jan 2020 14:16:41
I think Fellani would be fine, experienced player with an edge, that grabs a few goals too, I totally agree with you chelms people seem to think players are good just because they are young.

10 Jan 2020 19:05:15
Fellers, been a while. Happy New Year all! Playing devils advocate on the Fellaini situation, and I do agree he has done some unpleasant things, he does provide security defending from set pieces which we are notoriously bad at and for a big man has surprisingly good feet.

I think he could play well in a Moyes system for us. In terms of Fernandes what worries me is the unknown quality and ability to play in the premier. Swansea pinned hope on another Portuguese starlet Renato Sanches and got relegated . sometimes better the devil you know.

11 Jan 2020 19:35:18
He's still on a £200k a week contract in China which won't be affected by the wage cap until it expires dec 2021. I suspect someone's just decided to fling out a load of click-bait. Fellani + Moyes = transfer. I reckon the whole story is just hogwash.

11 Jan 2020 20:50:04
If Myes want him and the price is right give Moyes the players he wants to keep us in the Premiership, let's stand behind him and give him a chance to save us from relegation.

12 Jan 2020 10:41:23
Will be going to the Everton game of Saturday for the first time this season, hope I’m not put off ever going again🤣I want to see that expensive Statue Haller do some running running and hassling as a proper striker should do, if not get shot of him, he was bought as goalscorer, his lack of movement and effort are not acceptable to me, cannot understand the posts “not getting the service” that’s b———- to me, make it happen! Watched the Sheffield Utd goal at least 15 times on replay to try make a decision in my own mind, think I was harsh on Martin although the pass out was at least a yard wide of Balbuena but the defender should be so aware when calling for the ball, reiterates that these passes in your own territory can change the game! Martin kept goal well apart from the miscued pass, hope it hasn’t damaged his confidence!

09 Jan 2020 20:09:53
I've just read that we have a £32m option to buy on Fernandes?

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09 Jan 2020 22:08:10
That’s fine by me.

09 Jan 2020 22:11:29
We have no clause in to buy or option to buy Stevie66.

09 Jan 2020 23:59:54
My prediction if he joins is that he will play a few games in the U23s and not do a lot initially but then will have some flashes of brilliance score a couple of goals and people will suggest he should get some first team games. He will then get a little niggling injury that will keep him out for three or four weeks and then will get back into the u23s and do well. Deep in a relegation battle Moyes won’t want to risk him in the first team and will say he isn’t ready yet. Start of next season he will play a couple of league cup ties and maybe an appearance in the league off the bench but will back non the 23s. A few more sub appearances a couple of injury spells and the loan period will be over and he won’t have shown enough. He will then join Celia Vigo or some such side and go on to win the Europa League and start to get international caps. He will then be picked up by a Champions League side and be a mainstay if their midfield - such is West Hams experience with international young players - I hope it’s different but I do not think we will ever see the best of these players we bring in as “starlets” and “one for the future”.

10 Jan 2020 06:04:22
Not According to Italian reporter Nicolo Schira.?

09 Jan 2020 13:26:55
Sky sports mentioning that Issa Diop is Chelsea's main CB target,

Had a feeling it would be him when they mentioned Chelsea after a CB from a rival club,

I hope we can keep hold of him, he does make the odd mistake here and there but in my eyes he can be a top top CB in the prem.

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09 Jan 2020 17:35:42
For 40 million I would put him straight away, if he cannot get in before balbuena and go on a then that tells you something!
He goes walkabout during games and makes rash challenges!

09 Jan 2020 18:34:42
Agreed for the right price let him. go and give the money to moyes fir players cause I get the feeling there isn't much in this window.

09 Jan 2020 18:41:54
He’s very young yet, Bobby and will only increase in value. I think hanging on to him is the best option, especially if Moyse is likely to use three at the back more often.

09 Jan 2020 19:50:13
Seems like spurs and liverpool also showing interest in sander berg.

09 Jan 2020 20:00:49
The price of players nowadays and the shortage of quality CB’s in the Uk (and considering it’s old money bags Chelsea and that Lampard traitor is there), I’d hold out for £50m. However, with Moyes eyeing Fellaini right now, I would t give him a penny to spend until he pulls his head out of his behind and is sensible about who he wants to buy. Isn’t Moyes the one who bought Jordan Hugill? Note sure about his choices of players.

09 Jan 2020 20:32:28
If Chelsea bid is 40 million then we are definitely going to hold out for more, once the player gets it in his head then we should cash in.
Fellaini is not really inspiring but I think he’s a massive improvement on Sanchez as a squad player,
Ogbonna and balbuena have started to look more solid lately and we have Cordosa to fill in if needed, I have heard good reports on him for the u23’s.

10 Jan 2020 07:29:35
COYI, bit harsh singling out DM buying Hugill, how many do you want named that MP and his mate bought, that have have been garbage, besides Hugill hardly ever played for whatever reason! Think we will have reason to moan when relegation beckons, but let’s give DM a chance for goodness sake! ⚒⚒⚒.

10 Jan 2020 07:41:06
If we sell DIOP we are flippng stupid and it will happen with us offering a has been now just picking up €80,000 a week about 32-36 bit of experience goes a long way so doe's his flucking ridiculous wages. COYI.

08 Jan 2020 21:44:26
Just a point of view but Joe Allen is 30 in a couple of months. Should we be signing him at his age? Great if our aim is to just stay up but is he an improvement on what we have? I don’t think so.

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09 Jan 2020 07:18:42

This is a West Ham signing of the past, or so we we´re led to believe!

09 Jan 2020 07:52:47
Costa/ COYI, I appear to be in the minority on here with approval of Joe Allen😂🤣Possibly my age😀For me I like the experience and no nonsense type with Premiership or Championship experience, I really do feel it’s a minefield spending £100’s millions on a players that have never had the rigorous experience playing over here, it’s known to be the toughest league in the world? Once that contract’s signed for 3/ 4 years for stupid money, that’s it, I tend to look at the foreign failures more than the successes we have signed and still have, that have nowhere near lived up to the silly price tags we paid for them! ⚒⚒⚒.

09 Jan 2020 09:25:09
Morning All

Joe Allan, well his a tidy player but is he not the same kind of player as Noble?, I appreciate if MN is injured we do suffer a little and I suppose for £8m in today money he would not be that bad a acquisition as a squad player, I can understand why some think it would be a move backwards, but we have to be realistic about things, we are in a no better position than we were 4 years ago under Bilic, we have not progressed if anything gone backwards.

Im not a Moyes fan BUT if he can steady us i'm willing to give him 3 years to see where we are, No one will get near Liverpool for the next 5 years, Man C will be the nearest challenger and can see Arsenal under Arteta progressing and obviously Leicester, but IMO apart from Liverpool and Man C its up for grabs for 3rd 4th etc, and sometimes having a so called super manager is not answer especially when your on a budget as WH and the cost of players,

So if Moyes recruitment is not the so called wonder players but steady professional who know the game and more importantly know the PL that may be our way forward, as well of course of integrating our promising young players, He has a decent squad of players who can all score and play, its getting the balance right with flair and good old fashion defending. Any Comments?

09 Jan 2020 12:20:22
Warrington, yes agree mate with your comments, MP tended to want flair, DM wants stability, that’s my preferred option as well! I can honestly see DM turning us into a good stable position before the season finishes, I am totally convinced we will not be relegated with him in charge, that has to be our first stepping stone, then consolidate for next season! Sheffield Utd will be an interesting game to see how we deal with a strong workmanlike team that Chris Wilder has instilled in his players. ⚒⚒⚒⚒.

10 Jan 2020 21:33:29
Im sorry but NOBLES legs are gone we are bang in trouble if you have SNODGRASS off the bench as our saviour LANZINI doesn't seem interested cresswell cannot miss the first man when crossing same applys to ANDERSON and the thing is we have a top top top player in HALLER but its the same senario we had with hernandes pumping balls round his throat he wants it on the floor he's a player just because he's tall doesn't mean everything has to be long. COYI.

08 Jan 2020 09:35:48
Rumours circulating about Gabigol and Piatek.

Not that we’ll get either, but which is your preference?

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08 Jan 2020 18:42:55
Piatek all day.

09 Jan 2020 06:02:36
I would go for Gabigol, he looked good playing against Liverpool a few weeks ago. He seems to know how to put a shift in which is what we need!
If he, Anderson and haller link up it could be a good top line. Let’s hope we get one over on Chelski and Fernandes comes to London Stadium!

07 Jan 2020 08:18:53
I would like to see us sign this Sander Berge from Genk
Looks like a solid CM with a lot of potential as he is still very young, I'm sure a decent offer on the table would persuade them, but in my eyes I can't see us offering it,
Any thoughts?

And with Randolph coming in this must free up roberto to head back to the la liga, I don't mind paying for his travel LOL!

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07 Jan 2020 13:32:03
Sander Berg and Gedson Fernandes would be two solid investments and along with Rice would be the heart of our midfield for years. We should be going all out for both of these! Never replaced Kouyate, Obiang or edi fernandes and with noble aging this is much needed and logical unfortunately logic doesn't seem to come into the equation with the Daves.

07 Jan 2020 21:44:14
Gedson fernandes deal has "surprise surprise" stalled and genk are looking at keeping sander berge unless a realistic offer is received but there may be good news on joe Allen typical west ham transfer news.

08 Jan 2020 07:01:37
Mac, I think Joe Allen would be a really good signing, proven Premiership and International experience, prefer a player who’s ability we know, providing he’s injury free, still has a few years in him yet!

08 Jan 2020 09:26:16
¨still a few years left in him¨

Now i thought that was precisely the type of player that Sullivan said we were steering away from.

He is not a box to box player with pace to burn and full of energy that we´ve needed for that last 3-4 seasons!

Not the answer for me. we need to get the age down in this team and the energy up, not keep doing the West Ham thing and sign players at the tail end of their career!

08 Jan 2020 14:57:13
Costa, why are we not blooding the youngsters then? When you look at the rubbish we’ve wasted money on, I do feel there’s not enough time in the Premiership when you’re hovering around the relegation zone to bed players in, the new recruits need to hit the ground running, that’s why I prefer experienced Premiership players when you’re in a dogfight to stay up! ⚒⚒.

08 Jan 2020 15:31:44
Totally agree Chelmsford Holland gone to Oxford for rest of Season with Coventry problsbly going to Lincoln and Powell also poss on loan. So much for top of the PL2 league.

08 Jan 2020 18:45:24
More to the point what happened with the gedson fernandes deal that was a virtual certainty cause he has family in london. Your having a laugh and now we all ho through the same rubbish with berge and piatek and gabigol. The must think we stoopid.

08 Jan 2020 20:16:32
Chelsea just bid £22M more than we did for Fernandes, so that's that done.

We'll end up with Joe Allen for a ridiculous £10M. Stoke fans will be laughing their heads off.

08 Jan 2020 21:46:02
Rather than Joe Allen who’s almost 30 we should be looking at Marcos Alonso, who in my opinion is still in the top 10 left backs playing in England. Chelsea want shot of him I hear and for me, we need a left back and right back desperately, so he fits the bill for me. Short 2 year contract.
If I have to see Masuaku come on to the pitch one more time I’m going to sh@t my pants again!

09 Jan 2020 01:18:42
Chelsea in for Gedson could just be a made up article. When the first people to break these stories are the likes of the sun and the daily Express I'm always sceltical. Same idiots printed we were in for 70 million koulibaly. Until people like the Ed's on this site or exwhuemployee shed some light on the transfers I wouldn't believe some of the rubbish they print, although Chelsea beating us to gedson wouldn't be a suprise the papers will have him linked to arsenal and Tottenham next.

As for allen its typical west ham! talk about signing younger talent then signing a 30 year old from the championship. No doubt he could do a job for us and I'd rather have him than Sanchez but I don't think he's what we need as mentioned above we need someone more dynamic in our midfield.

Surprisingly January has thrown up 2 solid possibilities of berg and gedson if we can get them now we should jump at the opportunity they would soon be out of west ham's reach if they continue to develop towards their potential.

09 Jan 2020 07:22:12
Chelmsford 08 Jan 2020 14:57:13

Because they are deemed not good enough!

09 Jan 2020 13:39:11
Costa, it’s all about opinions but were any given much of a chance, I agree if not good enough, that’s it, but when we are playing players not already good enough, what do you do then other than give others a fair chance! have never seen any of the youngsters play so am not in a position to comment on their abilty really, But look at the rubbish we are actually paying or have had game time that have been employed, Roberto, Sanchez, Wilshere (biggest mistake ever! ) Yarmolenko, that’s who comes to mind! Could any have done much worse? ⚒⚒⚒⚒.

05 Jan 2020 22:49:33
That ended up being a reasonable win as we got to grips with what we needed to do in the second half.

There were some positives, including 2 x Pablo goals!

Moyse - 2 games, two wins, six goals scored, none conceded. That’s simplistic, I know, but you can only play who’s in front of you and it’s a very decent start.

Fredericks was terrible tonight. His injury (unfortunate for him, of course) will add to the pressure to add a far better RB this window. Johnson was heir apparent, but is also injured.

Masuaku continues to frustrate. He simply cannot defend and his frilly surges forward rarely create chances.

So that’s both full back positions that need attention and we also need CM reinforcement. Berge would be my favourite - the lad can really play.

Finally, we can’t put all of our striker eggs in the Haller basket, otherwise we’re an injury away from a serious problem. Antonio can be good, but is far too inconsistent to be reserve CF.

There is Gabigol talk in the media and, I think he could do really well in the PL, playing either with (if Moyse goes two up front) or instead of Haller as the squad rotates.

In spite of the terrible last few months we had in 2019, I’m still optimistic about the rest of the season.

I wonder what funds the David’s will make available for both this window and the summer.

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06 Jan 2020 11:15:02
Morning Mark just 1 point Johnson returned to the u23s in November unless he is injured again.

06 Jan 2020 11:57:05
I've seen that Chelsea are also interested in Gabigol - if that's the case, then he won't be signing for us!

I agree with the other points though Markro.

06 Jan 2020 12:54:42
Good points Markro, given Moyes's 3 at the back vs Gils we can assume he will adopt this in some/ most PL games as well. I agree with the full back assessment 100%, but i think this is not the time to fix it. I'd like to see Johnson play some more before the end of the season, and Fredricks' injury may now pave the way for his development. Zaba also looks better as a wing back now than as a Full back, as his lack of pace can be slightly covered by the third CB.

For me, its CM for immediate focus. Snodds does not look comfortable there, and Sanchez is also not up to it, leaving us just Nobes and Rice. Get a solid partner for Rice and imagine the freedom we could give the attacking players. We should go all out to loan Gedson Fernandez with an option, and then also replace Sanchez (with e. g. Sander Berge or Abdoulaye Toure) . We would need to free up a non-UK place in the squad to get Fernandez though, which is why Randolph is coming in. Just fixing CM blows the budget i reckon, and leaves nothing for a striker. My ideal realistic Jan based on players we are linked with.

In: Gedson Fernandez (loan with option), Sander Berge £15-£20m, Randolph £3m.
Out/ terminate (or just don't register in squad) : Roberto, Sanchez
The fact Randoph is close to coming tells me neither Diangana or Cullen are coming back to us in Jan. Up front we will have to make do with Haller, Ajeti, Antonio and Yarmo (for me Yarmo may do better up top with less defensive work to do) . Supported by Anderson, Lanzin, Fornals and Snodds. We should be ok IMO.

06 Jan 2020 21:49:36
Merce, I think you are right. Claret&Hugh are reporting that Fredericks is out for 6 weeks and that Johnson is training with the first team.

07 Jan 2020 08:29:17
Morning All,

Rice is class but I think now he needs to add more to his game, IMO he has more ability to what he is actually showing and although his comfortable on the ball I feel he is hesitant to push up and, he seems to give it sideways or back far to often, Moyes should encourage a more dominant role, I have seen glimpse of him start to take a more prominent role when pushing up but not enough, I appreciate its been hard for him to do nothing but defending to way we were playing but just want to see more improvement, hopefully DM will give him a little more freedom

I don't want him to be another Eric Dyer who frankly IMO has just gone backwards.

05 Jan 2020 15:06:09
So, we have apparently bid in excess of £10m for sander berge who is valued quite a bit higher. Smacks of dendoncker all over again. We will mess about trying to save a few quid and along will come wolves and offer the asking price and sign him but sully will say we tried, AGAIN. If we want this kid Gove them. the asking price.

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05 Jan 2020 15:41:07
As a norwegian I've seen him play alot. Very good player. Big, got pace and can bring the ball forward. Remember him having a trial/ training with us a couple of years ago.
I know you said unlikely, ed. But I think its likely he moves this window. Genk just signed 2 midfielders ladt week (both norwegians)

05 Jan 2020 16:33:37
Looking at the you tube clips (and I know it’s always the very best bits) Berge is streets a head of Dendonker. He would make a great foil for Rice, as Noble plays fewer games.

Gedson is another on our radar, who has had a lot of positive coverage. Looks pretty decent and has a stupid release clause of £102m. Many scouts think he’s the real thing, so doing a loan deal for him might be good business. His mother lives in London, so that may count in our favour negotiation wise.

05 Jan 2020 18:27:48
Imagine getting them both.
I know Seville has been heavily linked to Berge for some time now. Is that the most likely destination, ed?

{Ed002's Note - There is a lot of interest in Berge and he is expected to move this month if someone comes up with an acceptable price - but I cannot say where he is "likely" to end up.}

05 Jan 2020 19:01:09
Wouldnt think £10m is even half of what's an acceptable price for Genk.

05 Jan 2020 19:39:19
Agreed. Nearer £20m from what I heard. Also everton are now very interested in gedson Fernandes sounds like the Gomes saga again.

03 Jan 2020 10:52:32
Gedson Fernandes linked with West Ham 18month Loan spell with option to buy

Could be moyes first signing,
Don't know to much about him to be fair but has fallen out with benfica manager so could be a bit of a hot head!

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03 Jan 2020 19:18:44
Looking at his Wiki entry only played 40 games for the Benfica B team and 23 for the first team no goals

Would have thought we have players already coming through the u23s or on loan Cullen for example.

03 Jan 2020 20:47:31
We’ve apparently submitted a bid and are looking to get the deal pushed through quickly

This is only from an Instagram source so not sure how accurate it is though.

04 Jan 2020 10:34:17
If we can get an option to buy on this kid, or get him on a permanent deal, it would be a HUGE coup. Perfect partner to play alongside Rice in CM. TAKE mercer's point, but he's a CM so goals are not his contribution. Think Kouyate but far better on the ball, or a slightly larger Kante. High energy, strong in the challenge, pace, and good on the ball as well. Not sure his vision or passing is as good as Noble, but he's only 20! Not sure how true the rumours are, or how much chance we have of getting him, but I know he is highly thought of by Man Utd fans, they have even made "welcome to Utd" videos on YouTube lol.

03 Jan 2020 10:34:59
DM will not be making the same misguided approach against Gills on Sunday that MP made on our last 2 embarrassing defeats in cup games against Wimbledon and Oxford? Good article in D. Mail today (Fri) interviewing Gills manager, he and Moyes are both Scots who played together as kids, he thought he had a great chance when drawn against us when MP was in charge, now not so happy🤣! He will field a strong squad as he will not want an embarrassing upset, he will take this cup seriously to show he means business! ⚒⚒⚒.

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03 Jan 2020 10:58:56
When I first read what you wrote I thought you meant Gillingham will field a strong squad and will not want an embarrassing upset :D.

05 Jan 2020 21:08:23
Very professional performance from the team tonight what a difference to MP tactics and approach keep up the great professionalism from MOYES i for one didn't think it was the right appointment but he's looking like i'm wrong its early days but encouraging. COYI.


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