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20 Mar 2021 20:30:30
Ed's, is there any truth in the "nikola Maksimovic has agreed to join West Ham in the summer" reports I've read online?

29 years old, Serbian international who currently plays for Napoli. Not sure what to make of it, free agent in the summer so is he to cover the squad position of Balbueba who's set to move on a free?

Have we completely given up on the idea of Caleta-Car from Marseille or Milenkovic from Fiorentina? (both linked with Liverpool and Manchester United respectively, so may be long shots any way) .

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any agreement but it would make sense as he will be out of contract. Maksimovic is a well respected player.}

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24 Mar 2021 16:31:09
Hardly the Red Bull approach that's been oft touted but as you say, he's a decent player and on a free is sensible business.

What I'm not so enamoured with are the rumours linking us to freebies Marega, Aboubakar and Lundstram. The first two are 30 this year and aren't exactly prolific in defensively inferior leagues, so I'm highly doubtful either would have much, if any success in the PL.

As for Lundstram. meh, he's proving this season exactly why Everton had him running around in Leagues 1 and 2 for so many years before finally offloading him to Oxford. Nowhere near good enough to be a PL player despite one flash in the pan season last time out.

More worryingly, you'd have to suspect that he'd be being eyed as an alternate for Rice rather than Noble. Could you imagine the uproar in the Summer if Rice goes for big money and we sign Lundstram on a free as a replacement?!

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure what you mean about Red Bull.}

24 Mar 2021 16:49:47
The Red Bull model that Moyes bangs on about, younger players for the future etc. To quote the man himself:

“I don’t see our model that we should go and buy all the most expensive players in the world, because I don’t see that as a long-term future for West Ham, ” he said.

“I use the Red Bull model as an example, because I see them buying in young players for the future. "

Nikola Maksimovic may well end up being an astute signing but he's in no way, at 30 this year a younger player for the future. That was what I meant by the Red Bull comment.

16 Mar 2021 17:23:43
Hi chaps, I know we've been saying about maybe signing a keeper, would it be worth keeping an eye on Sam Johnson at WBA, especially if they get relegated, do you think he's good enough?

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20 Mar 2021 20:26:30
Personally I’d rather see us go for players with a winning mentality. I think Soucek and Coufal have been excellent additions and their pedigree as winners (albeit a lesser league), has really shone through. Ondrej Kolar would be my number one choice. 77 clean sheets in 142 games at Slavia Prague. Obviously this would be dependent on him recovering from the fractured skull he got in the Rangers game.

24 Mar 2021 16:40:35
He'd have been my first choice as well. He's flown under the radar a bit but I'd not be at all surprised to see one of the usual big European club suspects to be sniffing around once he's recovered.

26 Mar 2021 03:56:01
Our main agenda in the summer is keeping RICE and SOUCEK as I truly believe there will be big bids for both so sort that future problem and then I think an attacker a goalkeeper and another holding midfielder and we will give anybody a challenging game.

28 Mar 2021 17:15:25
with a lot of clubs have limited funds due C.V. 19 and lack of spectators I've seen post saying we have between 40-50 mill to spend plus what DM generates from sales anderson lanzini amongst a couple of others who maybe are on there way out, what's required 2 strikers DM cover for RB and if funds are available GK to challenge for top spot don't think that will happen in this window. good chance to also bring through the youngters.

13 Mar 2021 16:42:29
Remenissing the other day about the Ludo Miklosko song the other day and started wondering which of today's squad you could apply it to and what would the lyrics be.

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03 Mar 2021 19:54:29
Dunno what truth is in it but some papers saying we r going to push for abrahm from Chelsea (apologies for the spelling) I like the kid be good if this is true. Have you heard anything ED or is just what it is, paper talk?

{Ed002's Note - It is no more than supposition - if Abraham does not sign a new deal, if chelsea are happy to let him leave, West Ham need a striker, if there are not more attractive offers from, say, Milan etc., etc.. It is right now generally throw away stuff but it would be fair to say he will be asked to sign a contract extension but he is being a bit of a prima donna and a bitch right now, which the club won't tolerate, so if he threatens to leave then the club will say yes.}

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03 Mar 2021 23:17:12
Nice one Ed cheers mate.

05 Mar 2021 05:56:00
Would they want rice as part of any deal!
That would be my only concern, if we get CL then I think rice will give it another year, if not then let him leave to further his career.
We would get top money for him now and hopefully they will put money back in to transfers.

{Ed002's Note - No. Rice was always a target of Frank Lampard.}

05 Mar 2021 23:21:12
We shouldn't be banking on CL, great if it happens but still not the most likely outcome and to be fair we wouldn't sustain that level yet. We need to grow and selling Rice would not be growing as what we would buy would not replace him. If an Abrahams comes available that would be great, but I think right now Moyes knows what he needs. He clearly needs a striker, clearly needs some strong players coming through that can challenge for some of the established positions like central midfield in case we get injury but not necessarily a star who wants to play every week. We really need another left sided defender. Probably another strong keeper as Fabianski is not getting any younger. If we can get Europa League and then sustain a similar push next season I think we can say that would be ideal.

08 Mar 2021 05:38:05
Spot on Ed Abraham is a prima Donna and I'd steer clear and look elsewhere.

22 Feb 2021 20:47:06
Apparently we have expressed our interest to Man Utd for goalkeeper Dean Henderson?

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22 Feb 2021 21:39:08
Good keeper and he wants gam time. Pope would be another of interest to us.

23 Feb 2021 10:29:26
For me it's Pope all day long. However Henderson is also a very good keeper. BOTH would be very hard to get i think, and neither will come cheap at all.

23 Feb 2021 14:21:07
These goalkeepers are all very top class I admit but we have fabianski playing out of his skin and these others will want to be number 1 so what do you do?

24 Feb 2021 05:03:03
id go with pope over henderson would have more of a chance prising him away from burnley on a much lower price that man u would demand for there GK.

24 Feb 2021 18:02:15
Rumour is that Man it'd will let up to 4 keepers go and the want Pope

Ed you heard anything on this?

{Ed077's Note - you mean Man United? Romero is out of contract and leaving in the summer for free I believe, Lee Grant is going to retire and move into a coaching role and Joel Pereira is probably going to be let go as well. So Man Utd don't want to lose either of De Gea or Henderson but Dean might become more restless and things might change. And Pope will not be the first choice GK at Man Utd and he most likely wouldn't move there to be 2nd choice I would think.}

25 Feb 2021 11:24:38
Thanks ed always great to get you guys perspective rather than MSM rumours.

{Ed077's Note - well I don't have any insight info so my "perspective" is mostly my opinion. But then the MSM are mostly full of cr@p and seem to throw random names around linking them with any club they please without any info or corroboration.}

02 Mar 2021 23:34:10
Pope would be like a Phil Parkes signing. It’d make everyone see we are serious.

21 Feb 2021 22:27:40
What has been refreshing for me (and I hope I don't jinx it) is that players have been on the bench unused and then come in and done a job. Diop as an example seems to have gotten better in terms of positional sense from last year and has played brilliantly after being on the bench for most of the season. But best of all is normally at West Ham we would have had stories of unrest, players not playing wanting out, players not wanting to be Pty of the squad. Haven't had a negative story in a while.

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22 Feb 2021 05:01:40
I agree mate also we would have caved in under the pressure of spurs. We now have a team to be proud of. TRUE GRIT.

22 Feb 2021 07:09:34
There is unity in the squad and back room staff.

Unsurprisingly this happens when we hear less from the owners.

22 Feb 2021 20:02:15
all credit to moyes and the coaching staff. rice was on talk sport this morning talking about how good the mood is within the squad and how great the coaching staff have been and also how fast lingard has settled into the team. long may it continue.

08 Mar 2021 05:41:43
We just have to battle to keep rice and build a team around him and soucek I truly believe we are a couple of very good signings away from being challenging for top 6 what are the latest rumours if you know please ed on rice and soucek leaving west ham?

15 Feb 2021 19:44:50
Good victory tonight against a dogged Sheffield Utd side. 18 months back we'd have drawn or lost.

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10 Feb 2021 14:27:39
I've been reading that we could be dipping into the free market for a striker, Odubeko had the chance to show what he could do but he didn't really put himself about that much, I know he didn't have a lot to feed off but he just wasn't strong enough and lost possession quite a lot, so I think that's why we're looking to get someone in!

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10 Feb 2021 19:31:23
Costa? Would he come? Could GSB afford the wage demands.

{Ed002's Note - I think it very unlikely that he will show up at WHU this season and the Dildo Brothers are not in a position to make it happen easily. He is back in Brazil right now and has some short-term options.}

11 Feb 2021 20:48:29
Thanks Ed great info and insight as always.

11 Mar 2021 04:27:14
Hiya stevie66 you can't judge odubeko on a couple of substitute appearences mate, he's only just old enough to play the lottery and get pissed let's judge him after a run of i believe 10 or so games then we can get a feel for if he's good enough but i can see it being an ashley fletcher signing who we got from utd and he couldn't trap a bag of blue circle, pity we didn't get Rashford or Greenwood that's why Utd are where they are and they know a good player when they see one, but they did let pogba go for silly money first time round.

03 Feb 2021 22:55:00
Ed just a quick question, is there an obligation or even a chance to purchase Lingard come the end of the loan do you know? Hand on heart if it was me in his shoes at any club after being left in the cold, if I have a good six months with the club I would be telling my agent to ring Woodward and say empty my locker, Man U is not everything. But that's just me, I would love to think he had a good six months and does just that and wants to stay. That being said the whole team played well, great tactics on grealish who to me is a great player but one of the biggest cheats in our leauge, he is going down 90% of the time before the contact comes. Where I live up north u come across a player on a saturday or Sunday, he's going to get smashed for being that way out.
Sorry ED was supposed to be a quick question.
I digress 🤣🤣🤣
Great win COYI ⚒⚒⚒.

{Ed002's Note - There is no obligation or option, but he only has a year to run and I expect they will be open to offers.}

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04 Feb 2021 05:09:41
The issue is Lingard is Man Utd through and through and been there since he could walk just about, if he felt he was going to get opportunities he would still be there, he will also no doubt like the idea of playing Champions League. Let's see how he goes between now and May, one swallow is not a summer, but hopefully he continues in the same vane.

05 Feb 2021 15:02:16
He is a professional footballer not a supporter with a couple of years left to make as much money as he can - so he will come if we pay enough and he plays (which gives him a better chance with England) .

Not much point in being at a CL club if you aren't in the team.

Anyway - we might be in the Champions League next season!

06 Feb 2021 20:19:21
Well let’s hope we are CL but I doubt that.

It’s not about being a fan it’s about him wanting to play at Manchester United. As much as we would like to think differently, playing at a club like Man U, Liverpool, Man City, is appealing as it isn’t about making lots of money, he has that and knows wherever he plays he will get a reasonable salary. It will be about opportunity to play (which yes we give him) and being involved in big matches. My comment was saying if he sees opportunity at Man U it would be hard to move him, if he doesn’t see opportunity or they don’t offer him a new contract, then it will be that much easier.

But as said elsewhere, one swallow doesn’t make a summer, and everyone knows he has ability it is his commitment and drive week in week out that have been questioned. Today no-one was much good so he wasn’t alone but we saw what he can do in one game, let’s see him do it in 10-15 games.

01 Feb 2021 20:15:12
I think we might be trying to get Idrissa Gueye?

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