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24 Sep 2020 17:34:13
Apparently our offer of £23m for Fofana is to be paid in six annual installments, so I don't know if they are going to accept that?

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24 Sep 2020 19:13:30
My knowledge of him is nil, but this seems as if it’s another club knowing we are bidding that has seen WH, let’s cash in, they are desperate? I smell another £23m down the drain, if he’s that good why are another top few 8 PL clubs not interested and why would he come to us apart apart from the usual bounty hunting! Sorry posters but my usual cynical post! ⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒.

24 Sep 2020 18:31:31
How close is the FOFANA deal please Ed. COYI.

{Ed002's Note - I have no way to measure close.

Wesley Fofana (CB) RB Leipzig have another who seen as a Dayot Upamecano replacement for next summer but have Fofana on their list as an alternative. Leicester City and West Ham have shown an interest in Fofana, but with Saint-Étienne making it clear that they will sell only under the same condition as they did with William Saliba and he would need to stay for another season on loan, the clubs may need to look elsewhewre. Milan has Fofana somewhere down their lengthy list of CB options but a move there is unlikely right now - and cost would be a driver. Lyon and Monaco provide more attractive solutions but neither would commit the funds this summer for a player who they would not get until next summer - and Monaco's need would only be as a replacement for Benoit Badiashile if he were to leave.}

25 Sep 2020 11:21:29
I know he’s very young, but dictating a player’s future by putting such a restriction on a transfer, would irritate out of me, if I wanted to move to progress my career.

Who is his agent and what is he playing at?

23 Sep 2020 17:35:13
West Ham have made £23m offer for Wesley Forfana from St Etienne. That’s one out of the blue. Only concern of course is his age of 19.

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23 Sep 2020 20:35:55
That’s £23m plus £10m in add ons but he’s a good young age and he will have to hit the ground running, we need him to be top draw from day one.

23 Sep 2020 21:23:19
The problem will be his injury record. (He hasn’t got one yet, but we haven’t signed him yet, either. )

23 Sep 2020 22:59:41
I just worry he will be another one for the future and there goes the kitty on someone who will be sold in a year or two without having played. Hopefully I am wrong.

24 Sep 2020 08:06:17
Sdl, Agreed, also Premiership or at least Championship experienced, as COYI said we need them to seamlessly slot in immediately if possible! Buying young is good but not for the future, we need them NOW! ⚒⚒⚒.

24 Sep 2020 12:34:57
Don’t know what truth is in it but in the paper talk on sky it said that sully has said to a tabloid that there is little chance of us making any signings. So god knows.

24 Sep 2020 14:24:08
Whitby, hope you are well👍Also read he said he trusted MP to much with his expensive signings which has sucked most of our finances, but he said Managers have to Manage, said we have money for maybe a couple of signings, but DM has specific targets, he also said who he would sign, but didn’t name any players but did not want to start a “Civil War” within the club by interfering, so obviously not the same as DM is targeting? Big test against Wolves🤔🤔, hope Irvine picks a front 2 to experiment instead of Antonio on his own⚒⚒⚒⚒.

25 Sep 2020 11:22:37
I don’t know. Haller, perhaps?

22 Sep 2020 23:32:00
Benrahma never played for Brentford tonight.
The fact that sky sports have reported that West Ham have 3 bids in for players, I’m wondering if he’s one of them.
After going on about how good Diangana is and how I’d rather have him than Benrahma, he missed a penalty tonight. I cursed the poor sod.

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21 Sep 2020 16:07:34
I've just read that we have ended our interest in Tarkowski?

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21 Sep 2020 18:43:06
He’s a good solid centre back, but at £35m I’m not sure he’s worth that money, although City paid £41m for Ake and he is better than him imo.

Why don’t we look at Smalling £10m and Keane £20-25m. It would shore our defence.

21 Sep 2020 22:48:02
Smalling would have made sense, not sure Everton would have any interest in selling Keane though, aren't they a bit barebones at CB themselves at the moment?

23 Sep 2020 20:41:14
Hiya MARKWHU TARSWOSKI is a very good player and is a massive reason why Burnley are always safe in the premiership IMO . COYI.

19 Sep 2020 07:42:05
Hi Eds.

Sky sports reported last night that David Moyes has stated he will possibly be signing two new players within the next week.
Would you care to speculate who that may be? You seem a lot closer to the truth than some of the drivel I’ve been reading. I’m not going to hold you to it.

{Ed002's Note - James Tarkowski remains the number one choice for David Moyes but there is a financial issue that might be difficult to resolve. Omar Colley may provide an option. JOsh Maja remains of interest - and something could be doe with Moussa Marega. Again much will depend on outgoings - and there are wildcard options like Benrahma, Sanson and even Mario Goetze if space can be found.}

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19 Sep 2020 11:33:30
So I need to give up on Matviyenko and Takehiro.

Ah, well.

{Ed002's Note - Mykola Matviyenko (CB) West Ham, Leeds, Wolves and Fenerbahce have shown an interest. Arsenal looked at him in January but stepped back as it seemed a Work Permit would need to be applied for under the exemption scheme.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (RB) Roma and Newcastle have had enquiries turned away. So I would suggest scratch him as it is not going to happen.}

19 Sep 2020 11:34:46
Thanks Ed. Appreciate your efforts in responding. Strange about Marega. Thought that horse had bolted last season.

{Ed002's Note - There are a whole bunch of other options as well. But sales and space in the squad are the issues.}

19 Sep 2020 14:24:11
COYI64, he must be quite sure or he is leaving himself open to criticism, or he might regret saying “promise less, deliver more”, can’t see him leaving himself open to that though but we’ll see?
See Diangana scored today, I wonder if that’s a case of “giving someone a chance”? ⚒⚒⚒.

19 Sep 2020 19:04:26
Haller AND Antonio tonight please, with Anderson in the hole.

21 Sep 2020 23:29:27
Chelmsford. Yes it wasn’t just a goal by Diangana. It was a premier league quality goal. Bilic is no mug and used to play him in the team when he managed West Ham albeit sparingly.

The fact that he played him regularly in championship and is now willing to offer £18m for him as a premiership player would suggest to me he feels he’s now more than good enough to compete in premier league. You may or may not remember my posts in the past supporting DGS and saying they had clubs best interests at heart and I STILL believe this.

But letting Diangana go was a massive mistake and if they ever bring in Said Benrahma I’ll be mightily hacked off with them. Diangana is as good as Benrahma and younger: also Diangana was a local lad who wanted to play for us.
Watch this space though.

I think DGS will soon be on my sh*t list!
Either they are stupid or they are asset stripping before a potential buyer takes over the club.

22 Sep 2020 12:51:53
I still think letting Diangana go was a necessary evil and at times tough decisions need to be made that won’t please everyone. I am not saying Diangana is a bad player only we need players in other positions and he is the only one we got an offer on.

18 Sep 2020 09:08:52
Eds, could you see West Ham selling Declan Rice this summer?

I can't shake the feeling that he is going to want to leave due to a lack of signings the club have made and the fact that is likely to mean the club languishes in the bottom half of the table, if not another relegation battle again.

I also can't shake the feeling that if the club are going to sell Declan Rice, we are going to leave it so late in the window, that we actually have very little time to sign players that will actually be worth the investment.

Surely if the club do intend to sell Declan Rice, it would be best to do it now, then reinvest the money we get in replacing him, signing a cb, lb, rb and back up forward.

Even £50m for Rice would give us a decent wedge to reinvest (added on top of the £30m we are apparently looking to spend on Tarkowski.

{Ed002's Note - The club will resist selling him unless a very good offer is made. Players do not typically leave because of the lack of signings.}

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18 Sep 2020 12:53:46
Fair enough. Thanks Ed.

21 Sep 2020 12:17:18
The problem is if a good offer is made late on in the window do we suddenly start over paying for players as the funds will be available and the fact we desperate, Although as Ed has explained on many occasion's that transfers are a difficult procedure it always baffles me that we never cease to have drama in everything we do,

Although I would not dare question the business abilities of DGS considering how much there worth, it has been shown time and time again that running a football club is a lot different than flogging a pair of knickers, it always seem that Sullivan thinks he always know best, but when u have paid millions for something I suppose you want the errors to be made by yourself rather than entrust advisors with your money, maybe that's where he may be going wrong!

17 Sep 2020 10:18:40
Is that right what I've just read, Haller and Diop swap for Lyon striker Dembele, where would that leave us defensively?

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17 Sep 2020 12:14:01
Not sure I could believe that.

17 Sep 2020 14:18:34
Not in a million years.

17 Sep 2020 14:18:56
Defence is the priority.

17 Sep 2020 10:03:27
It looks like a third bid for Tarkowski has been rejected, is it time to move on and forget this one?

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17 Sep 2020 11:59:08
Absolutely, with Everton looking to shed Keane, Sigi and Walcott et al I would think Moise Keane and a defender would be better value for £31. Burnley jacked the price because we "need" him.

17 Sep 2020 12:25:39
I'd move on. What about going for Keane and Smalling? You may get both for £30-35 million?

17 Sep 2020 14:20:08
Matviyenko and Takehiro would sort out both FB positions and give increased options for CB and DM.

17 Sep 2020 15:39:20
Unless I have it wrong. West Ham offered Burnley £30m for Tarkowski a few days ago and they said no. Also made it clear that somewhere near £50m is asking price.
I don’t believe for a minute West Ham only upped their bid by £1m on latest offer.
I know DGS take chances, but not like that. I think this is mischief making by the media to cause a major fallout so they have something else to report on.

17 Sep 2020 18:17:40
I think the last bid was £30m with about £10m up front but the new bid was £31m with £25m u front?

17 Sep 2020 23:30:24
I think that’s right Stevie, they structured it differently to try to test whether it was money up front I’m guessing. Appears walk away time unless there is something we don’t know.

16 Sep 2020 17:59:12
Hi guys, I don't know what to make of this, especially after what Ed has already told us, but I've just read that there's interest in the club from China and a bid is imminent?

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17 Sep 2020 09:51:05
As many bids as possible please, until one is accepted.

17 Sep 2020 12:07:53
Hi Ed have Burnley named their price as this stinks of typical west ham transfer business trying to get the player for way off what he's worth its boring now same old same old. COYI.

{Ed002's Note - They would want something much closer to his £50M asking price.}

17 Sep 2020 23:29:41
Many thanks ED. COYI.

16 Sep 2020 22:06:11
so claret and hugh claiming that CAA are the ones involved in this very timely takeover bid. kind of strange how the news broke after season ticket deadline was extended.

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17 Sep 2020 09:51:34
Hahaha. You cynic, you.


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