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19 Aug 2021 09:53:22
Hi Eds

Any insight into the defender situation? Milenkovic seems to be staying at Fiorenetina (or going elsewhere? ), same with Zouma? Is Caleta-Car the only option being looked into? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Nikola Milenkovic will sign a new contract. West Ham have a price for Zouma but think it too high and now Spurs are keen. There is plenty of interest in Nat Phillips - including West Ham. The lady from Marseille is in England at the moment and has some transfer business she is trying to complete today and will then move on to sales - she awaits a better off for Caleta-Car and West Ham may oblige. There is interest in Nayef Aguerd and Kortney Hause but interest in others such as Jens Styger Larsen, Joe Worrall, Mohamed Ali Camara and James Tarkowski seems to have gone.}

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21 Aug 2021 09:03:25
Thx, Ed.

17 Aug 2021 16:57:07
According to Manchester News, the EPL website states Jesse Lingard as a West Ham player loan for 2021/ 22 season, just saw this online trawling for WH news?

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17 Aug 2021 17:30:50
Yes, I saw that too. It’s a strange one. I wouldn’t make too much of it.

17 Aug 2021 18:12:39
Hasn't he only got 1 year left on contract? Makes no sense man u would want to loan, someone being mischievous probably or a simple typo.

17 Aug 2021 19:35:38
I don't see it happening well not this window anyway
Scored for them tonight.

15 Aug 2021 08:06:30
Imo I think Think we will get Lingard before the window closes? After reading the D Mail interview with J Redknapp there seemed to be innuendos there was a possibility of him coming to us? I think the "10%" chance was another smokescreen from DM.
I definitely don't want to see Bowen used in any deal with the Scousers or anybody, he is DM type of player that grafts in a game so I can't see DM sanctioning that?
Keep what we have at WH, it's not a big squad, but big enough for the PL even if not for Europe, that would take seasons of consistency of top 6 finishing and investing, not 1 season! Can see us getting 3
Points today at the Toonâš’âš’âš’âš’ COYI.

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15 Aug 2021 10:41:12
Pointless us getting in Europe in the first place then wasn't it and shows the true ambition of the club?

15 Aug 2021 11:13:29
Our squad isn't even bug enough for pl, 1 striker, 3 cbs, not much to talk about when covering Central midfield either.

15 Aug 2021 11:30:40
Rather a silly statement to make that it’s “pointless getting into Europe” no club plays to lose, if you get to a Euro position in the PL, that’s great, but you can’t magic funds, I think they may be holding back money for Lingard transfer?

15 Aug 2021 12:01:50
Even with lingard we are still short squad wise, the first team is decent enough but as soon as injuries kick in we will be in trouble, as usual our transfer strategy is ponderous and seems to have no focus on what we need, we will just go for what's left ie what's cheap as clubs couldn't shift elsewhere.

{Ed002's Note - There is also a huge issue with the age of the squad.}

15 Aug 2021 13:06:16
Chelmsford as always you make very sound and reasonable points but I think we might have to sacrifice the likes of Bowen to be able to increase squad numbers. As mentioned on a previous post I think Bowen is worth Phillips and Origi …. not a bad deal. The only clubs really investing in new players at the moment are those with very rich owners or those that have a commodity to sell (Grealish etc) . I really don’t want us to sell our top commodity, Declan therefore we need to look at other ways to generate funds for deals. In PL terms we are skint, C.V. has hit hard and this will not be a normal transfer window. Areola, Phillips, Origi, Lingard and Rice retained with the loss of Bowen, Andersen and Balbuena would constitute a good window in my book. Any additional loans/ frees on top would be a bonus.

15 Aug 2021 15:08:39
Lingard and Milenkovic, will sign this month! 😀 Origi possible, 45 million the three!

15 Aug 2021 15:58:17
Chances of joining HAMMERS this month, lingard 95%, Milenkovic 75%, origi 50%! 😀. What do you think Eds?

{Ed002's Note - I am not going to give percentages but there is interest from elsewhere from Lingard but I suspect there is a good chance WHU will win out. Not so sure about Nikola Milenkovic but keep an eye on Duje Caleta-Car with the lady from Marseille arriving back in England yesterday. Origi is of interest to others but WHU might win out as they are a more attractive option in terms of game time. But the scattergun approach continues.}

15 Aug 2021 16:39:58
Thanks ed02.

15 Aug 2021 17:02:10
Thanks Ed 002.

15 Aug 2021 18:57:42
Bowen is worth more than origi and phillips.

I don't think it would be out of the question for us to sign lingard, origi and either Milenkovic or Zouma. I would be happy with that it would give us attacking options and plenty of cover. I do really like the combination of benrahma fornals and bowen they all give us something a little different and complement each other well but we will need to rotate and both lingard and origi would give us options. Between lanzini fornals noble ad Coventry they can support/ cover rice and soucek.

13 Aug 2021 17:44:34
And in true west ham fashion moyes has apparently done a u turn on milenkovic (if u believe what u hear) and spurs are now in talks. I think we can forget this window guys and just hope the club is sold ASAP. Apparently the club also owe £54m in transfers through bad deals.

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13 Aug 2021 18:30:49
This was always going to happen, it was very unlikely sulli wasn't going to budge on the agent fee and neither was the agent.

That left one of 2 options he would leave for a free in the summer or another club would come in and pay the fees.

The fact that it's tottenham rubs salt in the wounds.

If we make no outfield signings this summer everyone involved with running the club should be ashamed of themselves including Moyes and Pearce.

After last season myself and I'm sure and many other fans were extremely optimistic feeling now is the time to push on make some good signings and establish ourselves as a team that is regular challenging for the European places, unfortunately we have actually weakened the squad with the loss of Balbuena, Lingard and Haller.

13 Aug 2021 18:43:45
first time writing on here, i like reading all your posts i now need to vent all my frustrations about this summer transfers after hearing moyes saying he doesn't think us west ham fans are frustrated only us can spend weeks trying to get milenkovic over the line for only to let spurs supposedly come in for him, can anyone tell me why the other clubs around us can get there transfers done as quick as possible and we cant, look at leicester getting vestergard within days of having there bid accepted the club needs new owners for us to move on, gsb need to back us or move on they claim th love this club well prove it then and put your hands in your pockets and get thes transfers over the line . vent over lol.

13 Aug 2021 23:11:03
Agree goldfinger, Moyes is saying he would be happy to go into this season with the team we have now and that it may be another window before we sign a striker, we are looking for players that tick all the boxes unfortunately we can't afford those or the daves won't put up the cash.

There are 100% players out there that tick enough boxes one of the boxes being someone to actually rotate and play when Antonio is injured which will happen and could be our for months at a time. What happens when we slide down the league get knocked out of Europe because we have no striker and end up playing Cresswell and baptiste CB. The talent pool for strikers that will come to us will shrink very quickly. Now is the time to pull the trigger 100%.

14 Aug 2021 00:48:38
I'll tell you why goldfinger because we were never in the hunt for these players its a smokescreen IMO probably instigated by sully he thinks we are stupid to believe we were ever in for these players and if we were we always try and low ball the clubs selling these players from what they are asking even when the club says they want more sully has his price and his price counts as he's a control freak .

14 Aug 2021 07:02:21
Maybe Sullivan is a control freak because he’s the majority shareholder, wouldn’t you be? Also he let Pellegrini loose with plenty of funds and look what happened! ⚒⚒⚒⚒.

14 Aug 2021 07:11:33
The board backed Pellegrini TOTALLY, therefore, we may have little money in the pot. Fortunately, Moyes hasn’t wasted money, yet he is suffering due to the poor miss buying of the previous regime. If you ran a company and lost serious amounts of income due to poor investment you would ‘pull your horns in’. Any sensible person would. Apart from City, no one’s going mad buying. Villa are doing it with Grealish money, Spurs will soon with Kane money. We’ve just got to be wise, and both Moyes and the board are.

14 Aug 2021 08:14:20
Apart from City, Chelsea have sign lukaku, United have signed sancho and varane, even Newcastle have spent 25 million on wilcock, we sold haller in January Moyes stated then he would be replaced in summer, a move along with not strengthening midfield that arguably cost us a CL place, there's no way he cannot have identified a striker in all that time, Balbeuna has since been shifted with no replacement, we must have the smallest European squad ever

And yet again it's the same garbage "it was hard to get over the line"
, blame previous managers no doubt when this season all goes wrong DSG will blame moyes.

14 Aug 2021 08:46:52
Markwhu, I find it difficult to understand why posters commenting about no new signings fail to understand the reasons for it? I am confident we will have additional players, but you don’t shop at Harrods when you have an Aldi budget! ⚒⚒⚒⚒.

14 Aug 2021 11:20:32
REDROBBO, clueless as ever. Why have Newcastle spent money? Because Mike Ashley took a non refundable £19M as a deposit for a takeover that appears to have failed.

14 Aug 2021 12:12:28
Not really the point is it Mikesiron, fact is we are the only club that hasn't strengthened our squad, we've signed a goalkeeper that we didn't really need and a 31 year old cb that was on loan anyway, we are going into euro comp with a paper thin squad, is this really the "big club " you keep banging on about?

14 Aug 2021 15:20:40
Imo we haven’t signed anyone yet as we have limited funds available and Moyes has been waiting to see what happens with Lingard. Now he hasn’t even made the Utd squad I expect us to make another move this week and to take stock after that. If we get JL Moyes might think that Bowen could be made available to Liverpool in exchange for Phillips and Origi ……its a chess game guys and sometimes you just have to wait for a move to be made …….

14 Aug 2021 18:58:47
I wouldn’t want to see Bowen go, JL and Bowen cover striker somewhat. I’d rather lose Yarmo for a bit of cash against a CB.

14 Aug 2021 19:41:38
We can look at previous managers and debate the positive and negatives all day. What has ran consistent is the owners and the buck stops with them if they had installed a director of football maybe we would have brought in managers that would suit the players we've got and wouldn't have to make drastic changes to the squad everytime a new man is brought in. Ie Anderson q pellegrini player fantastic in his first season, average in the second but the whole team was crap then. Moyes takes over doesn't fit into the team now we sell a player we paid around 40m for 2.5m for me that's an example of a poorly run club and we can't afford to be doing that.

No club gets every transfer right but if we had a director of football I bet we wouldn't have wasted so much money.

14 Aug 2021 21:52:19
Wasn’t Husilos Director of Football during Pelegrinis tenure?

15 Aug 2021 00:35:20
Yes 1 season and that was who pellegrini wanted.

Director of football should be appointed by the owners with a vision of how the club should be run over the long term. They should work with the manager but ultimately be above him.

Husillos was demanded by pellegrini basically to act as buffer between him and sulli. I'll tell you who I want you and you can speak to the midget so I don't have to.

12 Aug 2021 09:04:56
Apparently we're in talk with sima, good young winger / striker. If we can add him, milenkovic or Phillips and get a good center mid like skhiri or tolisso I'd be happy with that.

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12 Aug 2021 12:53:05
We are where we are. match coming up quickly now vs the Toon. How did they do last season in comparison to us? I. E. they are there for the taking ; we should come out attacking from the traps. IMHO.

12 Aug 2021 13:27:24
They done us ho. e and away . Newcastle always turn up vs westham.

12 Aug 2021 18:38:29
Both games I thought they were extremely lucky how many times did we hit the wood work in the first half of first game. We dominated the second with 10 men after going behind again due to a huge slice of luck on their behalf and after a great come back they nabbed it at the end.

Maximan and Wilson will cause us problems I think. Wouldn't be surprised to see Frederick's and coufal start to stop maximan like moyes did for grealish.

12 Aug 2021 20:03:17
We will loan some players near end of window that other clubs can't shift I rekon, ie they won't improve team at all.

13 Aug 2021 14:20:50
Would it be fair to say that we are a weaker team this season than we were last season? We don't have a direct replacement for Haller and as yet, our best player from last season (Lingaard) has not been directly replaced. Yes, we have Benrahma but we had him last season. We still only have Antonio up front which is a position of real concern considering the fixture load we will have this season!

13 Aug 2021 17:50:43
Balbeuna has gone aswell, considering we are in europa league we definatly have a weaker squad at the moment, the cheap incoming loans will be awesome though 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 phill jones and Martin Braithwaite.

14 Aug 2021 00:51:54
GrantG62 we never beat Newcastle they are one of our bogey teams mate.

14 Aug 2021 15:07:25
Whislt i have interests in the spiritual and New Age - "bogey team" is pure superstition in the context of the down to earth logic usually associated with football. Toon are there to be beaten ; but on 2nd thoughts going up for a point does make sense in an opening game. Think i meant Toon almost relegated, and their squad and management not changed significantly since.

11 Aug 2021 22:05:25
Reports that we are moving on from Milenkovic because we can't agree agent fee. Also moving on from zouma to other targets.

Absolutely disgraceful a few injuries and we will struggle in the prem never mind Europa league on top of it could be disastrous.

We will end up with another teams dead wood with no sell on value. Phil Jones, Gary cahill spring to mind. Bunch of clowns running our club! Milenkovic could be worth double that after a good season if not more with the silly amount the rich clubs pay for their top targets.

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11 Aug 2021 22:41:11
Mate it really is about time SGB sold the club, it’s getting stupid now, it ain’t fair on us fans that they poss about like this every time, yea I know they have done well for the club, but we got into Europe, we’ve moved on a run on the ladder, they need to do the same, if not, move over and let someone in who wants to move us to the next run, starting with transfers, I know Ed has said about the funds because of C.V. but for god sake if u can’t make the team better, stop being greedy and selfish because u know that u will have to pay back to the taxpayer if u sell, just do the right thing, if u want to stay with the club so be it, but sell the majority and let someone else have a crack at the whip who is willing to spend the money, and I aren't saying I want them to go daft and buy everyone for silly money but at least follow deals through, it’s getting annoying now.

12 Aug 2021 09:27:21
It's absolutely appalling, I know the claret and hugh has become a bit of mouthpiece for the club and they do always try to shut down anything anti board. The bloke that runs it commented saying to look at his agents history trying to justify it but surely we would have known exactly who his agent was from the start are we going to suddenly take the moral high ground now because we don't want to pay him his fee.

12 Aug 2021 12:32:03
Same old story guys. Milenkovic was apparently nearly a done deal, now they can';t agree agent fees! What a joke. Moyes apparently don't fancy Origi. TALKS ongoing for SIMA which we will pull out of for another BS reason. Same old same old every window. TIme they moved on and let somebody run the club properly. Every report I've read from ex playesr and so called experst has said the same "West Ham will struggle this season". Clubs have to invest in players hence why they have transfer windows. This don't mean buy every player under the sun but at least invest properly in positions of need, in this case we NEED A STRIKER.

12 Aug 2021 12:58:36
One must play to one's strengths - if we get to a situation whereby we cannot play a back 3 then we play a back 4 instead ; lots of "full back" types in our possession!

12 Aug 2021 13:29:30
@daisy c&h poured cold water on the sima deal aswell all in the same day they've crossed off Milenkovic, zouma, Origi, Sima.

Who on earth are we looking at?

@grant we have 3 senior CBs mate two of which are over 30. We are also in the europa league simply not good enough!

14 Aug 2021 01:09:01
I think somebody should tell SGB and DM that this season is our longest and if successfull very long being in Europe they are playing with the clubs wellbeing and future of WHUFC.

11 Aug 2021 01:06:59
Ed, will Rice stay at West Ham this season? Thank you, sorry for the confusion on the other page.

{Ed002's Note - The club don't want to sell him and unless he were to ask for a transfer he would not be available - and the price would be prohibitive to all but a handful of clubs.}

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12 Aug 2021 10:10:45
We will not be holding on to Rice for much longer if our current transfer business is anything to go by.

06 Aug 2021 17:12:01
Odsonne Edouard looking set to go to Brighton.
Adam Armstrong to crystal palace.

Both of these teams already have 3-4 strikers.

Where as we have 1 injury prone striker that was converted from a winger.

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07 Aug 2021 00:32:33
yes but we are looking at 30+ strikers and 27 defenders.

07 Aug 2021 09:00:13
That would be funny if i never thought there was some true in it.

07 Aug 2021 11:54:26
Knowing us we will get crystal Palace cast off.

08 Aug 2021 17:16:06
Another name to add the the list is Divock Origi if this is true he has got vital Premiership experience and is young and strong. I do like him.

What do u lads think.

08 Aug 2021 18:26:20
Looked good when he plays i'd be happy with that, depends if he can do it over the course of a season really.

09 Aug 2021 18:16:52
I'd be pleased if we got him. His stats don't look that good on paper but he's been a bit part player for a while now.

I reckon he'd easily be a 10-15 goal a season striker for us given an extended run in the team. £15m isn't exactly massive money for a 26 year old international either.

Heart hopes we sign him, head says Sullivan will find a way not to.

09 Aug 2021 20:49:55
Would definitely take Origi I think he would be a quality signing ticks all the boxes for me and no doubt with a run of games he would do very well for us.

09 Aug 2021 23:20:15
We have to try our hardest to get Origi who at 26 is the right agepremier league experience if only very little he has tasted the league before if liverpool ain't asking silly money then its a win win for both partys unless he has his sights set a tad higher than us but surely not playing much lately he could get back in the belgium squad again.

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps offer Bowen for Origi and Phillips and fix the two big problems, then add Danjuma to replace Bowen. It fixes the scattergun approach issues and might suit everyone.}

10 Aug 2021 10:20:02
Nice Ed. Can you please run our transfer business lol :-)

10 Aug 2021 12:18:58
Ed02 I think you’re definitely on to something here. The rumour mill seems to be Sima is favoured again which kills 2 birds with one stone if he was bought instead of Danjouma. Sima can play out wide, covering the loss of Bowen and centre forward as additional back up to Antonio and Origi. Areola, Manjankovic (apologies if mis-spelt but you know who I mean), Origi, Phillips and Sima would be a good transfer window.

{Ed002's Note - Abdallah Sima (RW/LW/F) Not seen as more than average but has been watched by several Premier League clubs including West Ham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United following a recommendation by the father of an international teammate. At the right price Slavia Prague will sell, but he would be another off to AFCON. West Ham are interested but they could do far better.}

10 Aug 2021 14:46:21
Benrahma form vs Atalanta would seem to suggest he can cover the needed midfield cum forward slot we've been trying to buy way out of solving.

10 Aug 2021 14:59:53
Not to run down Antonio ; but in interest of accuracy - he was more recently a full back when converted to striker! Mind you i guess one could cite Gareth Bale in principle (not comparing the 2 players here! ) .

06 Aug 2021 10:36:48
Expect Moyes to go for ex Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley; whi is apparently surplus to requirements at Chelsea.

{Ed002's Note - Ross Barkley (AM/CM) will be available for sale. Aston Villa are not looking to keeping him on a permanent deal whilst Newcastle offer an option if they cannot sign Willock, probably on a loan to buy basis, and the thought is that West Ham or Everton may offer a loan option. Knuckle-dragging bonehead Chelsea want shot of.}

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06 Aug 2021 17:08:50
Really hope not wasn't good enough for villa don't see why he would be good enough for us. Chelsea can keep this over paid injury prone player.

07 Aug 2021 00:50:41
Spot on AL he's washex up and finished at the top level for me we have got to look at promising or established players with real potential.

10 Aug 2021 14:47:22
Addendum - did not mean i especially fancied him - just that Moyesy may be tempted! Hence began rumour mill.

05 Aug 2021 15:01:48
Posted last night but it's not here. Due to Leicesters CB injury they'll now be in for Milenkovic and reportedly Juventus now want him. If we got this done quickly we wouldn't now be looking at a 35 year old Gary Cahill the circus continues.

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05 Aug 2021 15:57:10
Doubt he'd want to come to us either
To be honest i'm wondering why anyone would
Wouldnt blame rice putting in a transfer request as why would you want to stay at a club that doesn't invested in the team
Theyve turned our club in to a laughting stock.

05 Aug 2021 18:36:39
Well we stated by looking at some decent players now we are down to looking at what's left.
What is going on at our club.

05 Aug 2021 18:57:48
Same old same old that's what's going on.

05 Aug 2021 19:24:20
Cahill while not the most inspiring signing is still a decent defender to be fair we could do a lot worse.

{Ed002's Note - West Ham could do far better.}

05 Aug 2021 19:43:33
I agree ED just saying Cahill wouldn't be the worst we could do, money is tight post C.V. so he would fill a hole in squad for season or two.

{Ed002's Note - Yes he would but West Ham need to snap out of this short-term view and fine=d a good young CB and a striker or perhaps two.}

05 Aug 2021 22:00:46
Again agreed, I would add a midfielder to that aswell, if anything happens to rice or souchek I think we would struggle there its nobles last season and lanzini is quite lightweight.

06 Aug 2021 10:10:15
CAHILL? you are having a laugh? Picking up players like Cahill on a free just shows how far we have come if this is the limit of our ambition. I think its time to accept that we are going nowhere with the chuckles in charge. We got into Europe and let's face it, we would have been better off finishing 11th for all the difference it will make and now of course as its coming to the end of the window, we are reaching out to try and grab anything that's cheap, the usual West Ham money saving approach. And if I'm honest, without Lingaard last season we would have struggled. Only one striker who can't stay fit, A right back not happy with the contract being offered, A CM who really wants to go to Chelsea and the 15 goalkeepers and teenagers we beought in.

06 Aug 2021 10:13:27
Get Cahill if cheap on fee and wages ; cannot he and the other centre backs help bring on one of our youngsters?

CF old fashioned now try to get a good attacking MF / Forward if possible. (Shame we miss out on Ings though) . Periera not bad - Dad follows W. Brom, so he's on my personal radar.

07 Aug 2021 00:54:36
We finished 6th last season not 16th Cahill is a player for a club like brentford who need premier league players with league experience not a team who are well and truly established in the premier league.

10 Aug 2021 14:50:28
Brentford mention reminds me of Ivan Toney - he's been linked to us by speculation in the tabloids?


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