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23 May 2021 08:42:32
So woke up this morning and two things in the paper talk on sky. Chelsea to push for rice if they secure champions leauge, and Lingard hinted strongly at not staying at West Ham. Any life in these Ed's or is it pure paper talk?

{Ed002's Note - (a) Chelsea have been finalising the list of summer targets and trying to reduce the numbers, as have many sides, but Rice was very much a Frank Lampard preferred target, and there are at least two other players preferred by the club. I think it unlikely they will be making an offer. However, Manchester United remain keen and if they let Matic leave this summer they have him at the top of their list of options if a proce can be agreed. (b) Jesse Lingard (AM) West Ham want loan to permanent but Brendan Rodgers is keen on taking him to Leicester. Manchester United know that they have Juan Mata leaving and other priorities so there may well be a regular place for him at Manchester United and may look to stay - but he will want to be a regular starter.}

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17 May 2021 11:10:27
Hi Ed002,
Any interest in Declan Rice?

Also, would United be interested if Lingard moves to WHU?

{Ed002's Note - Declan Rice (DM) come the summer the player may well want to move on and the club is harder hit by the pandemic than most in the PL and may have to offset costs by selling (albeit at the right price) to one of the Manchester sides.}

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17 May 2021 12:33:25
Ed, why have West Ham been hit worse than other PL clubs?

{Ed002's Note - Because of the way the finances are structured the pandemic has hit West Ham very hard financially which means they may need to sell, regroup and buy. In terms of revenue streams the income is not huge and the gate receipts have been gone for more than a season, the broadcast income for last season dropped by £45M - and commercial income for West Ham is pretty low compared to other clubs. Overall the club lost more than £50M last season which was only hit in part by the pandemic compared to the previous season. This season will be far worse.}

17 May 2021 18:51:59
I think they actually posted losses of £65M of which I believe £30M was offset by an injection of equity from a rights issue deal.

Also the new TV deal ensured that clubs wouldn't see a drop in the annual revenue they have received from domestic broadcasters since 2019.

Add to that the securing a £120M loan facility and the club - in the short term at least, isn't in as bad a shape as it could've been.

To give a bit of perspective as to how the C.V. has hit every club not just WHU, Spurs posted losses of £68M, Arsenal £48M and Everton a whopping £140M.

I'm not insinuating that the club hasn't taken a massive financial hit - of course it has but it's not a case of HAVING to sell Declan Rice, rather it's a case of WANTING to sell him and that's a distinct difference in my book. A difference which speaks volumes regarding the actual ambition within the club's hierarchy.

I hope I'm wrong, we keep Rice, buy wisely and bring in genuine talent capable of taking the team to the promised land of CL qualification. The sceptic in me however foresees a summer of loans, freebies and John Lundstram.

18 May 2021 07:10:20
BillyDWizz, I am very impressed with your sensible, informative and in depth post, for which you have done your research?
You’ve got my vote for the job👍 Let’s hope we can keep Rice and moreover, Rice wants to keep us? I will be very disappointed if he wants to go, but he will owe us nothing and would have been a great investment for us, so good luck to him if he moves on, he certainly is a Rolls Rice of Footballers!
However we mustn’t disregard others that have had a fantastic season to push us up to dizzy present heights, Soucek, Coufal, Lingard, Ogbonna, Cresswell, in fact all of the regulars👍👍⚒⚒⚒⚒.

18 May 2021 17:11:49
What kind of budget are we looking at?

19 May 2021 16:01:12
I've read somewhere, can't remember where that there's a summer budget of £50M + player sales. So if we sell Rice for £80M we may well end up with a budget of £52M.

19 May 2021 17:17:47
It's more about who you buy than who you sell. If you sell well and buy wisely it works.
Leicester sold Mahrez, Kante, Maguire, Drinkwater and Chilwell for top money and look where they are.

19 May 2021 19:48:53
Yeah but they bought in players like Fofana, Castange, Perez, Tielemans, Soyuncu and Maddison. I'm not all that convinced we'll sign as wisely should we sell any of our players.

20 May 2021 09:59:05
Wouldn't sell rice for less than a 100m anyway and I wouldn't be overly confident we would spend the money wisely either. I hope this summer we don't waste loads of time trying to get players who don't really want to come. I think 50 million plus money from sales of the likes of Yarmo, Anderson, lanzini should give us enough to create a squad good enough to compete in the prem but Europe and prem is a stretch on that budget.

24 May 2021 04:32:59
I don't think clubs have the money west ham want apart from city i can't see him leaving the only way i think is abroad and i don't think there has been any interest in him there.

10 May 2021 16:20:38
Eds, we have been linked with a handful of players from the Czech league after the success of Soucek and Coufal, but is Lukas Provod one of them by any chance?

If not, is there any team currently interested in Provod?

I think he'd be a great addition to our squad, versatile, can play anywhere on the left, can also play central midfield, strong, works hard and good in the air as well as with his feet.

Lukas Provod (LW) Inter enquired about his availability in January but he is well down the list of targets for them and would likely be no more than cover. Arminia Bielefeld were interstested before he moved last year. He would likely not get a Work Permit in England without an exemtion being requested.}

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28 Apr 2021 22:23:19
Arnautovic linked with a return. Why am I not surprised?

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03 May 2021 23:14:52
we have been linked with everyone and his dog nothing i see online or in the press surprises me.

05 May 2021 20:33:52
Well as stated we are and have been linked with a lot of players but for me only one stands out and the only one that has played in the premiership who scores regular is Abraham. If we can't afford him then look for someone in the lower leagues but don't get anyone who hasn't
played in any of our leagues. Learn from our past mistakes with overseas players. If we qualify for Europe we need another centre forward to complement Micky so make your mind up board if u want to play with the big boys find the money for Moyes
Also a priority is get Lingard in,
What do the rest of u guys think?

06 May 2021 08:43:54
Have to ask why Abraham isn't getting into the Chelsea side whilst Werner isn't scoring goals. Would love to hear from Chelsea fans what they think of him

He can obviously score goals but is their an attitude problem.

We have a great dressing room at the moment wouldn't like to see that change.

06 May 2021 11:32:58
Mercerl, if you look at the stats, Abraham and Giroud both score more goals than Werner, but they don't create anywhere near as many chances for their team mates. in that stat alone, Werner is in a league of his own when compared to the other two.

06 May 2021 14:08:45
It is to do with Style of play. Tammy does not have the attributes to play in a Tuchel team, just like Haller was not suited to the style of play WHU had to play.
At PSG Tuchel had Neymar, Di Maria and Mbappe, while at Chelsea he clearly prefers a combo of Werner, Haevertz, Pulisic and Zyech with Mount in behind them. Abraham and Giroud both stand out as completely different types of player to the other mentioned. He clearly likes thee quick and technical players up front as they are quite a conservative team who are set out not to concede.
This is why i am not 100% sold on Tammy. Very expensive numbers being touted about for him, and he may not be ideal.

{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with style of play.}

19 Apr 2021 12:02:31
Don't know if true or not but just read that Lingard to join West Ham on a permanent deal for £21.5m.

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20 Apr 2021 10:36:49
Read that also but right now I don’t pay attention to any story until it comes true. No doubt tomorrow there will be a story that Man Utd want to keep him, the next day will be he agreed with Arsenal then it will be PSG etc. only time we will know is in the summer.

27 Apr 2021 21:43:58
News on web saying PSG in for Soucek.

24 May 2021 04:36:21
I hope that the rumours on SOUCEK aren't true, he's a must for west ham to move heaven on earth to keep him.

14 Apr 2021 20:22:36
I've seen a couple of reports saying West Ham are in pole position to sign Celtic striker, Edouard?

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15 Apr 2021 07:58:43
If you read hammers. news they publish 3rd party reports that link us with everyone lol.

Hypothetical though: would you swap Rice for Lingard and Dean Henderson if Man Utd came calling?

{Ed077's Note - Dean Henderson has seemingly become first choice at Man Utd so why would they offer him as part of a deal for Rice?

15 Apr 2021 08:12:50
Stevie, rumours are everywhere as we know, I dislike them until a deal is done so try to ignore, but sometimes you there may be some some truth or hope not!
Edouard has played for Rogers at Celtic, so they know each other, so providing Rogers rated him, surely that puts Leicester in pole position, but situations and circumstances change, but I wouldn’t be unhappy with him going by his goal scoring record!
More worryingly for me on BBC gossip today, it says, Lingard is undecided about whether to return to ManU, also Rice is considering ManU as well!
Well if that’s the case, Poor DM must wonder what he has to do to retain our most influential players and hope it doesn’t unsettle our other signings if that was to happen! ⚒⚒⚒⚒⚒.

{Ed077's Note - why would you worry about anything on the BBC gossip page? It is just the collection of transfer headlines/rumours in other rags, don't lose much sleep over them.

15 Apr 2021 10:15:04
Ed077. Oh they wouldn’t offer Henderson but that would be my hypothetical price for Rice.

{Ed077's Note - personally I dont see Rice leaving WHU this summer with European footy looking very very likely for WHU (IMO). And nor do I think he should if WHU get to Europe.}

15 Apr 2021 20:31:20
Agree Ed, if we are able to close out the season well and make Europe, even if only the Europa League, I can see him staying. He would get to play in Europe, would be playing in a team which is hopefully still improving and will attract some new players, and will be captain. But mostly unless it all turns back to a relegation struggle why would he leave London to live in Manchester?

{Ed077's Note - agreed on most part. Cant comment London or Manchester conundrum.}

24 Apr 2021 22:54:13
If rice is a west ham player next season i would be truly astounded i really believe he would be atrracting all the top clubs in europe and at home with personally UTD and CHELSEA favourites as fred and co ain't up to it and besides kante chelsea are light in that department but he'd get in any of the top german spanish and english clubs he's that good and if we accept anything less than 80 million then we are crazy even in the current climate.

10 Apr 2021 22:10:25
Results haven’t gone our way this weekend, but things are in our hands.

I am, however, concerned about our lack of depth in the squad. Rice and Antonio are serious absentees.

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11 Apr 2021 03:36:47
I think we all agree with you Marko, Moyes is still building and i'm sure he has his eyes on who he wants to sign in the summer, we are going in the right direction which we haven't done for a long time.
[The likes of big Sam who thinks staying in the premiership is good enough for WH] well Sam it wasn't.
Its been a great journey with Moyes and his backroom, let's see where he takes us, and see who arrives in the next transfer window.

11 Apr 2021 21:59:20
weekend ain't over yet markro.

08 Apr 2021 20:59:45
with mikael antonio being ruled out for 4-6 weeks meaning we play with a false 9 or jarrod bowen leads the line with so much at stake is it worth looking at taking a look at a uncontracted player short term deal with some good bonuses subject to them being in a good fitness state sturridge/ costa might be worth a cheeky punt also puts the player back in the window.

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08 Apr 2021 22:19:28
I don’t think any would be able to hit the ground running. Perhaps get Lingard in the false 9 role and rotate it during matches with Bowen, maybe even, dare I say it, Benrahma.

09 Apr 2021 13:36:26
whats the worse thing that could happen if they come and train with us at least gives dm/ ai a chance to have a look at there fitness levels gives us a different option some players do keep them selves in good condition.

08 Apr 2021 08:25:30
Morning all,

One for the Ed's if you're able to help me - what sort of additional money would we be looking at by qualifying to the champions league? Is there a rough estimate of the breakdown of what money we'd recieve for

- Qualifying
- Getting out of the group Stage
- Making it to quaters, semi, final etc?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated - cheers.

{Ed002's Note - It is something like this:
For qualifying for the Group Stage: €15M
Assuming West Ham win their 6 group stage games: €16M, if they win four and draw 2 it will reduce about €12M
Getting to the last 16 will bank the club around €10M
and another €10M for getting to the quarter finals another €10M
Getting in to the semi-final will boost the coffers by €12M
Each finalist will get €15M
And WHU will get a further €4M when they lift the cup in Saint Petersburg on May 28.

Given a little rounding, West Ham winning the CL next season will €82M and the benefit of attracting considerably more sponsorship.}

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08 Apr 2021 11:48:19
We can all dream Hahaha.

08 Apr 2021 22:22:15
Is that all, damn not really worth going for then is it 😂.

05 Apr 2021 12:05:31
Declan out for 2 Games with knee injury so one assumes Noble comes in he's going to have to be at his best.

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05 Apr 2021 14:06:31
We have been very lucky with Rice/ Soucek fitness, but this is a real blow
and highlights how desperately we need CM back up like Kral.

05 Apr 2021 17:53:53
Could Coufal play in midfield alongside Soucek with Johnson at right back, Coufal gets forward and knows how to defend and has got the legs to go 90mins unlike Noble?

05 Apr 2021 21:42:02
Here we go again 3-0 up and now 3-2.

06 Apr 2021 12:46:43
Do you ever have anything positive to write?
Every hammers fan on here may have been fearing the worse when it went to 3.1 but the fact we held on and by all accounts were very good in the first half, should be something to be pleased about. I just feel some people just can’t wait to knock us and whilst I don’t think everything Moysie has done has been great he has helped put this club back on the map and I’m sick of whinging hammers. I’m sure if we won the league you would still be moaning.

06 Apr 2021 22:41:32
its noble or the youngster coventry whom a few of the staff have been raving the fact he ain't even made the bench surprises me.


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