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06 Apr 2019 14:59:19
I've seen a lot of reports stating that we've agreed a deal with Dzeko?

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06 Apr 2019 20:14:15
I’ve read those, too.

He has been and still is (just about) a quality front man, but Roma’s valuation for a player of his age is ridiculous.

MP knows him as well as any, so bringing him on board makes sense - at a sensible price.

07 Apr 2019 02:44:47
To old . Too pricy.

07 Apr 2019 20:23:17
Apparently according to Media, MP. willing to offer Dzeko £160k a week! Offload some of the overpaid players either not playing or doing F. A. I don’t think it would be a bad deal, depending on contract length?

{Ed002's Note - The coach does not decide the wages that will be paid.}

07 Apr 2019 21:23:36
Ed002, just quoting in the Media it states “ Pellegrini is prepared to pay him £160k a week”.

{Ed002's Note - It is not how it works I am afraid.}

08 Apr 2019 10:38:27
Yeah, reckon our owners will balk at that price.

08 Apr 2019 10:52:38
That would smash our wage structure and have others clamouring for more. Sully won’t do it.

08 Apr 2019 10:18:52
Would it be fair to say that Birmingham blaming Redknapp and Zola for playing a massive part in their current situation is a little out of line?
Managers ask for players and what not but ultimately the signing and final terms any players are offered are down to the owner/ chairman.

{Ed002's Note - They are scratching around for excuses. It is rarely the owner or chairman who get involved closely in transfers, and not the case at Birmingham - although it is at West Ham and the primary reason the club has been held back in recent years.}

08 Apr 2019 13:49:37
We are such a strange club. Even our own fans are weird these days. Don’t know what we want and currently no idea as to how to progress at all.

Until the miracle happens and we become a stable club we should be happy with the odd win over the top 5. I miss getting a result against Chelsea one week then losing to cheltenham a week later and the world not ending over it.

08 Apr 2019 14:25:53
Ed, will it be Husillos acting on behalf of west ham now?

Was he the man behind last window?

{Ed002's Note - One of the owners still has far too much involvement with the transfers at West Ham United, but I have zero confidence that Mario Husillos can fix anything at all - it was a hopeless appointment as I said at the time.}

08 Apr 2019 14:43:51
To be fair, I miss those days too.
Am pragmatic enough to realise that we are mid table at best.
Our signings and the amount spent on them has been a little strange though - I see clubs buying smart and learning, yet we only ever seem to make the same mistake.
Either old/ payday players or temperamental players who will leave the moment things go against them.
I would much rather the club go back to its roots and develop youth for a fraction of the cost and get some sort of business model going. If we ever want to compete with Chelsea (41 youngsters loaned out) or Man City (28 players loaned out)
I know that Fifa wants to stop this but cannot see them beating the combined might of some of Europe's top clubs and think this is what we *must* do.

08 Apr 2019 18:38:08
I agree but it’s out of our hands. So why worry?
Just hope for a time in which the players try for an extended period and play entertaining football. Regardles of how they came to play for us and for how much etc.

Hope used to be important in football. Now the overriding feeling is despair with the majority of fans. It’s a shame.

06 Apr 2019 07:53:44
Spuds are reported to be willing to sell Trippier, he'd sort our right side out.

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06 Apr 2019 11:40:43
I can’t see any deals between the clubs. Too much bad blood.

07 Apr 2019 14:24:31
There was a lot of talk about Trippier joining us a few years back before he became a regular first team spud I seem to remember he being seen in a few hostelleries with a few of our lads.

08 Apr 2019 10:04:31
Trippier would be a great addition for us, but yes unfortunately with the hostile feeling between the clubs that won’t happen! I am obviously not privy to all the reasons for the bad blood between us, apart from being rival capital clubs, but am aware that Levy tried to block us from getting the London Stadium but so did others at the time!

08 Apr 2019 10:54:49
There are many reasons Jermaine to the animosity. 😏.

08 Apr 2019 14:46:17
Yeah, Levy hates us for some reason. The Adebayor stuff probably didn't help either.

{Ed002's Note - Spurs tend to over value sales which make them very difficult to deal with. But WHU maintain a serious interest in Mahlon Romeo and I expect they will follow it up.}

08 Apr 2019 15:28:44

05 Apr 2019 09:03:18
WHU inquiring about a replacement for MP?
What is that all about!

{Ed002's Note - Not to my knowledge; and I am pretty certain they are not.}

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05 Apr 2019 09:46:10
Newspaper nonsense. Ignore it.

05 Apr 2019 10:12:55
Nessy, I see that as well, the Lyon boss apparently?

{Ed002's Note - Bruno Genesio will be leaving in the summer, but I am pretty sure there has been no approach from WHU.}

05 Apr 2019 21:52:06
Agree ed, sounds like waffle.

06 Apr 2019 02:45:33
It’s getting near the end of the season. More and more rubbish will appear on the internet and newspapers until and during the transfer window.

08 Apr 2019 10:40:08
Pelle has done quite well considering the players/ situations happened this season, why get rid of a decent manager?

03 Apr 2019 13:21:31
According to one report, personal terms have been agreed with Gary Medel?

{Ed002's Note - Certainly WHU made enquiries in early December and I appreciate Sanchez is injured - but he will be available next season. That means the addition of Gary Medel would be a short-term solution if Declan Rice were to leave, which he shouldn't do as he won't get the playing time he gets elsewhere.}

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03 Apr 2019 15:21:35
Any truth in us being interested in Dani Olmo?

{Ed002's Note - Dani Olmo 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. I am not aware of any renewal of interest but given previous interest, it would not be a surprise.}

03 Apr 2019 19:19:44
Thanks ed.

04 Apr 2019 12:40:25
great feedback Ed002, thanks!

05 Apr 2019 09:36:59
Cheers Ed_002, voice of reason as always - really appreciate your input.
Just out of interest, do you know if there is likely to be interest in Arnautovic/ Perez? Assuming Carroll will go as well?

{Ed002's Note - Arnautovic has obviously disrupted West Ham's season with the issues he caused in January. Right now I am not aware of any interest in him, although his brother may well still be talking to the Chinese - I don't know. Again, I am not aware of interest in Perez. Regardless, West Ham need to sort out the forwards and get settled. I am told that the club think that Xande Silva has a great future and hope to give him opportunities in the first team when fit. As we have discussed, in addition to the December and January flirting with Maxi Gomez, the club has looked at the likes of Said Benrahma, Edin Dzeko and Max Kruse but there is a risk with each due to experiance or age. However, Aleksandar Mitrovic 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.}

06 Apr 2019 02:47:45
Arnie seems to be playing like a guy that doesn’t want to be there and has fallen out with team mates and club. His problem is that if he wants away unless he picks up his game no-one will want him. Our problem is we have him an improved contract which we will have to keep paying with his value dropping based on his performances.

08 Apr 2019 10:42:09
Cheers Ed002, as normal you have got through the waffle :-)
Interesting about xande too, I quite like him as a player and would only require us to buy one and keep one if he gets promoted which would be a touch.

28 Mar 2019 07:19:26
Looks as though the papers are linking us to Maxi Gomez again, any idea which clubs are interested in him Eds?
Doubt very much he would come to WH but even less likely if big clubs are sniffing.

{Ed002's Note - Barcelona see Gomez as a Suarez replacement but the lack of an EU passport makes it very unlikely even if Malcom is sold, and their attention is elsewhere.}

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28 Mar 2019 14:59:07
If the report is true that his buy out clause drops to £21m (approx) if he drops a division, surely they’ll be a huge queue at that money.

30 Mar 2019 17:16:24
id like to see us go after chris wood, similar kind of player to gomez but with a proven record in the prem and also home grown status despite the fact he is a kiwi.
him and grealish would sure help boost our home grown quota which is diminishing rapidly.

31 Mar 2019 23:04:19
Celia Vigo has a late win this week so still a chance of staying up.

01 Apr 2019 15:53:11
Would love to see us at least try but don't think we will get better players until we can keep our best players and are in Europe (Uefa - we are still miles off champs league)

03 Apr 2019 19:23:27
But are we close to Europe? We lack squad size and class and more importantly a winning attitude, the soft underbelly is always there, I think that infuriates me more than anything else!

05 Apr 2019 09:38:52
Aye, you are right, no where near Europe at the moment. Need to be developing youngsters for cheap good players and profit for now.

06 Apr 2019 11:52:15
Need to be doing something lol.

24 Mar 2019 14:34:20
There are strong rumours that we will sign Maripan (central defender) this summer £12m?

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24 Mar 2019 17:41:54
Chilean, like the gaffer.

24 Mar 2019 18:07:59
I've seen a bit of him looks a good strong player if we could add kessie, Gomez Adams and koutrais that's the spine strengthened and age massively reduced with the likes of yarmolenko to come back and youth knocking on doors the squad would look good and Deadwood gone.

26 Mar 2019 08:32:34
I love the sound of all those players. with one exception.

I can’t get excited about the prospect of signing left back Koutrais from Olympiakos. I mean we signed Masuaku as a promising left back from the same club and that hasn’t exactly gone well.

People were saying in earlier posts about signing Tierney from Celtic would be a risk because it’s a dodgy league. the Greek league isn’t exactly a dominant league.

26 Mar 2019 12:20:40
I agree with you but with our possible modest budget he could be the best for price range and he does look good I'd prefer a young English player but prices are crazy,

27 Mar 2019 19:38:31
I mentioned Jamal Lewis of Norwich on another post but since they're starting to look destined for promotion a £4.5M player will all of a sudden become a £25M one. Ok, he's not English but he's home grown so boom! Up goes the price. Shame though, as he'll end up playing for a bigger club than Norwich (no disrespect) sooner rather than later.

28 Mar 2019 14:59:56
I’m surprised we didn’t go for Marzipan at Xmas. ☺️.

31 Mar 2019 18:32:15
Dont realy matter who we go after the ones we got only play when they feel like it dreadfull yesterday always gona be a midd table team always have been.

22 Mar 2019 06:14:23
It's clear we need a left back. What about that teirny from celtic?

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22 Mar 2019 21:48:19
I'm always a bit suss about players from the SPL who shine in a league about equivalent to League One. Besides, a figure of £25M is being banded about. That's Ben Chillwell money and I know who I'd rather we spend that kind of cash on.

22 Mar 2019 22:55:39
True. But established players like chillwell go to man city. I think Tierney would be decent. Would be someone I'd get in. Got to be better than what we have surely.

23 Mar 2019 19:54:13
Your point is valid but I'm still struggling in all honesty.

Didn't we sign a "destined for great things" Scottish left back in the shape of Stephen Hendrie? That worked out really well for us. Not! He's part of my reluctance to sign Scottish players - especially ones being talked up by their club.

For every Andrew Robertson (who we sniffed around but didn't go for) There's a Stephen Kingsley. £25M is a lot to splash to find out we've bought the latter rather than the former.

I'd rather we looked at someone like Jamal Lewis who I think can easily make the step up and at around £4m looks a bargain.

24 Mar 2019 06:36:50
Yea get that mate. Spl is a dodgey league. There are some absolute gems in the lower leagues at a fraction of the price. We just need to find them lol.

24 Mar 2019 18:11:55
He plays for Celtic, not Hamilton like Hendrie who was a prospect. He's wanted by Arsenal and Man Utd, so won't be coming to us.

26 Mar 2019 20:52:25
hes a Celtic fan through and through aswell must be loving life playing for a club you support decent money and european footy every year.

15 Mar 2019 15:41:18
I've just read that if Fulham get relegated we could move for Mitrovic, that's not a bad replacement for Carroll?

{Ed002's Note - He will certainly be available but the revised asking price after declared interest from two Chinese sides will scare off Spurs who want him as cover and a replacement for Llorente.}

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15 Mar 2019 15:53:40
I suppose it’s down to the player, then. Does he want to play regularly, or warm the bench and watch Kane?

And, of course, who will pay him the most?

{Ed002's Note - There has been no approach from West Ham, and no "bid gone in".}

15 Mar 2019 15:58:26
I’m sure you’re right and I wouldn’t want him anyway IF we’re genuinely considering the likes of Gomez and/ or Marega.

I can see a serious clearout of our current 4 strikers.

{Ed002's Note - I very much doubt either will be joining West Ham.}

15 Mar 2019 16:28:35
Is your doubt based on the idea that they are too high profile for WH? If we don’t strive for better players than we currently have, we will never improve.

It is indisputable that the overall squad quality went up last summer because the owners invested heavily and the new manager had the clout to bring in better upgrades.

I don’t know what our budget will be for the summer, but the departure of a tranche of high earners and their transfer price should put us in a decent position to upgrade yet again.

It might be a longish road, but as the squad improves and our results improve correspondingly, surely the higher profile players elsewhere might consider moving to us.

It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on strikers who you think should be realistic targets for the summer.

15 Mar 2019 18:23:12
Markro, if the foreign players currently linked with us are bounty hunters then we have a chance, but realistically any of those that have ambition for European football, I don’t think we have any chance, unless we are a stepping stone? I know you are the eternal optimist Mark, which is great, I seem the opposite I know, but unless we put ourselves in the limelight for the right reasons, we will stay a mid table Premiership club, but it could be worse realistically! ⚒⚒⚒.

15 Mar 2019 19:47:42
Oi! Stop raining on my parade!

I know, I know - but I can’t help but hope.

19 Mar 2019 10:27:59
Don’t worry about being optimistic, it’s easy to say such and such isn’t interested, won’t happen, no bid etc as 90% of the time the rumours don’t come to fruition for any club. But I wouldn’t give up hope on Gomez just yet, but it will be harder than if we reached agreement in January.

19 Mar 2019 11:57:27
To be fair, Ed is right - we seem to only want ready made players where weshould be buying young and selling big for a few years.
Look at what Southampton have achieved over the years and we can do it on a larger scale.

{Ed002's Note - OK, so to help out a little, I can give a small update on West Ham and some players they have shown interest in:

Mahlon Romeo (RB) West Ham have watched Romeo on a number of occasions this season and it is looking very likely that they will look to making an offer for a summer move
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 expet TA to leave
Guillermo Maripan (CB) 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
Francisco Ferreira (CB) - Benfica won't want to sell Ferro and would want far too much for WHU to pay
Franco Vazquez (CM) 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
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
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.}

19 Mar 2019 12:35:28
Thank you Ed002 much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

19 Mar 2019 13:18:45
Thanks Ed!

19 Mar 2019 19:40:26
Thanks Ed.

19 Mar 2019 22:38:36
That is helpful and interesting.

20 Mar 2019 10:17:02
Thank you ED :-)

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

13 Mar 2019 17:04:40
Congratulations, Declan Rice!

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10 Mar 2019 19:11:39
I am hearing from certain "Sources" that the club have 25 Million to spend in the summer. I assume we will sell Marko, Hernandez, Perez, Obiang, Adrian and others?

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10 Mar 2019 20:07:22
I hope the funds chest is a bit bigger mate or we got issues lol.

10 Mar 2019 23:19:32
So do I. Just checking as its become click bait on a West Ham fans forum I use. Many in outraged at an unsubstantiated transfer fund figure. Nothing unusual for a West Ham forum hahaha.

11 Mar 2019 11:12:37
might be 25mill to start
but chuck in masuaka, chico and obiang will raise another 30mill and all have youth players ready to fill there spots
byram, fernandes, hugill, byram and oxford will raise another 30mill
so we then sit at 85mill and only lost really
masuaku-johnson ready to replace
obiang-coventry ready to replace
chico-silva ready to replace
then chuck in the likes of perez maybe marko, antonio, ogbonna, snoddy and god knows who else pelle deems not good enough we could be sat on 150mill
even with the intial lists 85mill is a good sum of cash if spent wisely and there are some real good free agents out there this summer
brahimi and herrera from porto
pereira and darmian from man u
all 4 would improve our starting 11 and we haven't even touched the 85mill.

11 Mar 2019 11:49:36
Sounds doable for them players I'd say a good summer would be Gomez, kessie from Milan or someone similar, brahimi and a left back all would be starters so squad and bench would have viable options instead of the walking dead.

11 Mar 2019 12:29:24
Of the 'sell list' I would rather keep Masuaku and Fernandez.
I have always been led to believe it is the wages causing the problem and if we get rid of Chicha, Perez, Carroll I think it is about 400k saved in wages. The rest will probably go as well so your logic is fairly sound and can see around 100m spending power and 500k in wages.
Purely speculation of course.

11 Mar 2019 13:22:54
As long as you've got all summer to teach Masuaku how to defend - even if used as a winger he needs to learn marking, following your man, heading, tackling etc . actually just flog him cheap.

11 Mar 2019 13:23:37
"byram, fernandes, hugill, byram and oxford will raise another 30mill"

Sorry mate, I think you're being massively over optimistic there.

Byram is far to injury prone, Hugill isn't even being considered for a contract by Boro so God knows who else is going to come in for him, Fernandes has had like 2 ok games this season and Oxford got his backside handed to him in the 3 full games he's played (conceding 11) so far and got dropped.

We'd be lucky to get anywhere near £15M for that lot and that takes in to account the fact you're trying to sell Byram twice!

11 Mar 2019 15:05:16
Guyser, when he plays well Masu is brilliant. Maybe you are right but don't think he is any worse than cresswell and younger.
Not up to me though.

12 Mar 2019 06:52:13
Sorry Glen but i think your missing the point Masuaku was brought as a defender but he can't defend. We have a lot of Dross and once we get rid of the dross the Manager could be in a good position to upgrade the team. Some of our players woulds stuggle to get into a Championship side, its all very well saying we will get this amout of money for these players but i find it hard to beleive that any clubs woud pay anything for some of our so called players.
PS. Carrolls house is up for sale that mebe a point in the right direction sor a start.

12 Mar 2019 09:13:43
You are right with valuation of players, of our players only Chicha and Arnie will net more than 10m. I doubt we will sell Antonio but he would also be more than 10 - rest of the players we will be lucky to get rid of without giving them away.
Yes! Loving it :-) You seen the state of his house? Its on rightmove at the moment and looks absolutely tasteless!

12 Mar 2019 13:48:20
Masu has tweeted about his position not being LB in the past. He will be gone in summer 100%
85m is a realistic budget for this summer considering what is available and who we COULD sell. And that is 98% reliant on Arnie being sold, and realistically all the funds we get for him would go on replacing him, so does not effect budget for other positions we need.
What is exciting is the potential wages we could free up! Whatever happens i expect a relatively busy summer.

12 Mar 2019 20:17:45
No way Arnie leaves in the Summer.

No one is going to pay 45m for him at 30 years old. Especially not in China where the transfer tax would take the fee to 90m!

13 Mar 2019 13:18:26
We have apparently agreed £35m with the team in China, so I agree that £45m will not come from anywhere. But i can see us accepting £30m plus for him, which will not be out of reach for a number of clubs.

13 Mar 2019 13:18:46
I wouldn’t be surprised to see an entire striker clearout. Carroll will leave for nothing and Arnie, Chicha and Perez are, effectively, depreciating assets at their respective ages. If he keeps fit, Arnie has 2 or 3 years left at the top, so he still has pretty good value. How attractive a proposition he is for a club elsewhere depends on how he performs for the rest of this season, so the incentive is there for him to do his best. However, bearing in mind his recent new, better deal with us, with the exception of China, who could afford his wages or offer him enough to make him want to leave?

Others will be sold as mentioned above.

For me, I would like to see an entire new strike force, but when Arnie scores a hat-trick next game, I’ll reconsider!


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