Dear Mr Wenger

Dear Mr Wenger,

In regards to your claim that certain teams are on holiday, taking a dig at West Ham United in particular, I would like to cast your memory back to 2006.

It was the 2005/06 season, the season in which we had a great holiday at Highbury, we had an absolute ball, if you remember? We were the last team to win there and Bobby Zamora sent Sol Campbell home at half time to get his new CV typed up. I’m sure you’ll remember that very well Arsene.

Later that season, the last game of the season and your last game ever at Highbury to be exact, and yes I’ll remind you again that we were the last team to win there, again! West Ham United were more than safe in the Premier League and had an FA Cup final in Cardiff six days later, yet we gave you the biggest party you’ll ever have, we beat Tottenham Hotspur, a certain North London rival that you know very well.

We could have “gone on holiday” but instead we upped our game and won 2-1 which secured Arsenal finished in 4th place and a guarantee of Champions League football at The Emirates next season. Highbury went out with a bang, it’s okay Arsene, we accept your gratitude.

I’ll just leave the match report here!

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The board: Transfers

Firstly, I’m writing for the first time in what seems months, I’ve felt best not to write until after the transfer window had been shut, then I felt that things were too negative to express my feelings without destroying the keyboard or touchpad!

Do the board really know what they are doing?

Ill try to put my honest opinions out there but also try to put a counter argument out there too.

Signings:

First of all, I will start with my personal opinion of our latest record signing. I was quite worried by the signing of Marko Arnautovic. You may ask, why?!

After the Payet saga it’s all so clear to see that the board and the manager lack man management especially when it comes to strong minded troublesome individuals. Marko is no stranger to controversy, nor do I see him being anywhere close to being an improvement to the team. Paying £20/25 million on Marko is a HUGE gamble in my opinion, what happens when he falls out of favour with the manager like others have done before him? Does he get his contract terminated, does he go on strike, does he travel abroad to try and fashion a transfer without the club’s knowledge?

The sending off in his second game for the club was quite honestly shocking, it proved he had no respect for his team mates, his manager, the fans and most shockingly of all he obviously has no respect for any man after elbowing a fellow professional in the side of the head from behind. Cowardly if you ask me. If I did that to someone in the street, I’d be doing porridge for my crime.

So after the recent William Carvalho nonsense, why don’t we have a little look back at the signings we’ve had under the current board. I could have added the signing price and selling price but I think it makes it more fun without transfer fees.

Which signings have been a success and which haven’t?

  • Benni McCarthy
  • Ilan
  • Thomas Hitzlesperger
  • Pablo Barrera
  • Frederic Piquionne
  • Winston Reid
  • Lars Jacobsen
  • Gary O’Neill
  • Demba Ba
  • Paul McCallum
  • Abdoulaye Faye
  • Kevin Nolan
  • Matthew Taylor
  • John Carew
  • Sam Baldock
  • Pape Bouba Diop
  • Guy Demel
  • Ricardo Vaz Te
  • Nicky Maynard
  • Ravel Morrison
  • Stephen Henderson
  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
  • Mohamed Diame
  • George McCartney
  • Modibo Miaga
  • Raphael Spiegel
  • James Collins
  • Alou Diarra
  • Matt Jarvis
  • Sean McGuire
  • Joe Cole
  • Razvan Rat
  • Adrian
  • Cheikhou Kouyate
  • Martin Samuelson
  • Aaron Cresswell
  • Deigo Poyet
  • Enner Valencia
  • Morgan Amalfitano
  • Doneil Henry
  • Nene
  • Darren Randolph
  • Stephen Hendrie
  • Dimitri Payet
  • Pedro Obiang
  • George Dobson
  • Angelo Ogbonna
  • Nikica Jelavic
  • Micheal Antonio
  • Diafra Sakho
  • Sam Byram
  • Moses Makasi
  • Sofiane Fegouli
  • Manuel Lanzini
  • Ashley Fletcher
  • Harvard Nordveit
  • Antonio Martinez
  • Andre Ayew
  • Arthur Masuaku
  • Edimilson Fernandes
  • Alvaro Arbeloa
  • Jose Fonte
  • Nathan Holland
  • Robert Snodgrass
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • Marko Arnautovic
  • Javier Hernandez
  • Sead Haksabonovic

I’ll let you be the judge of which are successful signings and which aren’t. Please feel free to comment on your five favourite signings and your five worst signings.

On This Day 13th July

Tuesday 13th July 1965

The final of West Ham United’s tour in the American Soccer League ended with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Brazilian side Portugesa. The tournament had been a poor one for The Hammers, a cracked ankle bone to Jonny Byrne didn’t help matters.

 

Friday 13th July 2001

Former striker and fans’ favourite Paul Goddard was installed as the assistant to Hammer’s manager Glenn Roeder. Goddard left Upton Park in 2003 following the arrival of Alan Pardew.

 

Tuesday 13th July 2004

Having lost the Play Off Final just over six weeks previously to Crystal Palace,  The Hammers kicked off their pre-season tour of Sweden with a 5-0 win over Umea FC. Fan Favourite Bobby Zamora netted a hat-trick with the other two goals coming from Marlon Harewood and Youssef Sofiane.

Wednesday evening update

Hello fellow Hammers, sorry for the lack of updates and uploads during the past few weeks, for a few reasons I’ve not had the time or the motivation to blog.

The past few weeks I’ve tried to distance myself from anything with the club on social media due to some disgraceful actions from our own “fans” directed at a life long fan, ITK blogger and a good friend of mine through social media. I’ve never met “Exwhuemployee” but I fully respect what he does for the fans of the football club I love and support as well as the help and support he has given me throughout the few short months that we have been in contact with each other.

With Ex gone from Twitter my source had disappeared and the abuse and negativity on social media seemingly was redirected in another direction, mostly to the owners, their sons and anyone else involved in the club got an even more heated abuse especially with the Nigerian striker signing with Everton. I will just say that if West Ham had signed the striker and loaned him out like Everton had to due to his work visa, I know there would be so much negativity directed at the owners for signing a player that can’t play for at least one year!

With all the negativity on social media around the owners and transfers or lack of transfers it was best for me personally to step away or a week or two especially with a busy personal life recently with a search for a new job and a new car. I’m not for one minute agreeing with the owners, the transfer policies, any opinions or anything else, nor am I disagreeing with it, I’m simply saying the way people go about their business online and on social media has certainly rubbed me up the wrong way recently. Anyway, let us move on to the news!

1410880020995_wps_91_SEPTEMBER_15TH_2014_HULL_Enner Valencia seems to be all but confirmed to be moving back to the Mexican League.

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As stated before, Manchester City Kelchy Ineanacho has interest from multiple clubs including West Ham but the player is said to be having a dispute with a former agent, the player would prefer to sort out these agent issues before moving to a new club if he were to move from away from The Etihad.

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Staying in Manchester, Former United striker Chicharito Hernandez seems to have a £13 million release clause, The Hammers were linked with the striker in the past and if the club were to stand any chance to sign the Mexican international then they would have to make him their highest earner.

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Another striker the club have been long admirers of is Burnley’s Andre Gray. The club are looking to bring in two strikers, a winger and a central midfielder but signing a striker is top priority.

 

If the club were to sign a central midfielder then Josh Cullen would most likely move on loan, there have also been several loan offers made for other West Ham youngsters.

 

Friday evening round up

It’s been a pretty quiet week for West Ham related news compared to previous years, it seems that the club have learnt from last year and have become slightly more hush hush on certain things. With that said, the club have seen a few departures this week with the Hammers letting Raphael Spiegel leave permanently, Reece Oxford on loan and Håvard Nordtveit for a fee believed to be around the £4 million mark. 

It is rumoured that a few more players may be loaned out in the coming weeks with Reece Burke being the most notable names loaned out. It seems as if Bolton are the most interested in Reece at this moment in time. 

Arsenal are rumoured to be close to agreeing a deal to sign Alexandre Lacazette, West Ham will be hoping this helps in regards to signing Gunners French striker Olivier Giroud

On this day: Sunday June 1963.

The Hammers were in New York for a group match against French side Valenciennes in the American Soccer League. The star of the match was Geoff Hurst who netted a hatrick in the 3-1 win. 

Wednesday evening round up

Firstly let’s start of with the home kit launch this morning. I thought the video package looked pretty good, a definite improvement from last seasons kit launch! When I saw the leaked pictures a few weeks ago I originally thought the shirt wasn’t attractive at all but it’s starting to grow on me now I’ve seen official pictures.

For those that missed the video, here it is. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B00DBUYaGko

Håvard Nordtveit signed for Hoffenheim on a deal worth £4 million, potentially rising to £5 million dependant on appearances. 

With the sale of Håvard it frees up 45k a week in wages, an earning of £4 million on a player that we signed for free 12 months ago and it gives players like Josh Cullen a chance to get some first team action with The Hammers.

Today the club confirmed Reece Oxford has signed on loan for the team in which The Hammers signed Håvard Nordtveit from 12 months ago on a free transfer. Borussia Mönchengladbach wanted to loan the player for two years but The Hammers only wanted the player loaned out for one year. Reece has been handed the number 3 shirt so hopefully that’s a sign that the youngster is looked upon favourably by the German Bundesliga team and he can get some well needed matches under his belt. 

Olivier Giroud is said to be interested in listening to The Hammers but Arsene Wenger wants to keep the French striker with The Gunners having to take on a bigger schedule this coming season with the Europa League. 

Leicester City and Swansea are said to be interested in Manchester City striker Iheanacho, The Hammers and The Citizens are still yet to agree on any kind of a fee regarding the buy back clause which Manchester City are insisting on having included in any deal for the player. 

Adama Traore is said to be cutting his holiday short to fly to England, the player will meet with officials from two Premier League clubs, West Ham United being one of them.

Mark Noble has welcomed the arrival of Pablo Zabaleta to West Ham United and cannot wait to line-up alongside the Argentina international in claret and blue. Full article: http://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2017/june/21-june/noble-welcomes-all-round-good-fella-zabaleta-west-ham#3YGrOvhHDy7LOixb.99

Below is some more pictures of the new kit. 



Håvard Nordtveit 

As reported by a well known West Ham ITK blogger, for a while now it seemed that the former Borussia Mönchengladbach player would be on his way out of London with a return to Germany looking most likely with several teams in the German Bundesliga showing interest. Today Hoffenheim completed the signing of the 26 year old on a five year deal, the fee is undisclosed but we do know that with the Norwegian off the books it frees up some more funds and wages for Slaven Bilic. 

Hoffenheim finished fourth last season, their highest league finish and will be playing in the Champions League if they can win their play off to qualify. 

Håvard will he leaving The Hammers after just twelve months in East London, making 21 appearances for the club. The versatile midfielder earnt mixed reviews during his short stint at the club but personally I can not be too critical due the fact Håvard played out of position on so many occasions, besides the whole team underperformed last season. 


I’d like to thank Håvard for his playing at this fantastic football club and I’d like to wish him all the best in his return to Germany. 

Season ticket waiting list. 

I’ve been hearing for what seems like years now that West Ham have a 50k+ waiting list for season tickets. 

I’m sure you have your own views and opinions on this but I’ll just put this out there: both me and my Dad are season ticket holders, both me and my Dad are on the season ticket waiting list. 

I’m not sure if anyone paid to join the waiting list several years ago despite being season ticket holders, I’m not 100% sure why I did but it was probably because of the club’s usual scare mongering to get fans to pay for their season tickets well in advance of the deadline. 

Tuesday morning round up

Reece Oxford looks to have completed a season long loan deal to play for German side Borussia Mönchengladbach. Gladback ply their trade in Germany’s top division, having finished 9th in The Bundesliga last season it looks like a valuable challenge for the West Ham academy graduate. 

There seems to be a story that Cheik Kouyate wants to leave the club, I’m not 100 per cent sure if his agent or the player has been misquoted but it is important to remember that Nigerian news outlets shouldn’t be seen as anywhere near a reliable source of information. Kouyate is happy at the club and has no plans to leave The Hammers. 

Various news outlets are reporting that Huddersfield Town and Leeds United are interested in Hammers striker Ashley Fletcher. It may well be true but it’s best to take this with a pinch of salt as I’ve been hearing similar stories regarding Ashley Fletcher since last August now. 

Last week it was reported that despite previous interest in Joe Hart, The Hammers had seemingly cooled interest due to the pleura wages. Various news outlets are now reporting that the Manchester City goalkeeper would be interested in moving to The Hammers, despite this being reported the club are still not prepared in paying the full amount of the goalkeeper’s wage whether a loan or permanent deal could be constructed or not. 

It is now official that West Ham and Southampton’s fixtures have been reversed. The Saints will host West Ham on the second weekend of the season whilst Saints will take on The Hammers at The London Stadium on the last weekend of March. Please note that both fixtures can be changed at any time due to Sky and BT not releasing their live televised matches yet. 

Yesterday news broke that West Ham Co owner Dave Sullivan’s House was broken into. Dave Sullivan Jnr has stated that there is a £25k reward for anyone that comes forward with the information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the individual. 

Saturday evening news

As suggested yesterday, Hammers are believed to have made a bid in the region of £8 million for Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, although it is feared Boro may want almost double that figure. Despite this bookmakers have suspended betting due the belief that West Ham United will sign the ex Barcelona player.

Yesterday saw a newspaper break the news that Stephen Hendrie has left the Hammers by mutual consent and Rafael Spegiel appearing to be on the way out too. There may well be more departures out of East London too with a number of Premier League clubs interested in taking Robert Snodgrass off the Hammer’s books with the likes of newly promoted sides Brighton and Huddersfield said to be interested parties. 

It is also believed that Sofiane Fegouli may also leave if the right offer came in for the Algerian. If the club do see any attacking midfielders depart then the Hammers may well look at bringing in Southampton’s Tadic or Jonathan Cafu, a player that plays for Ludogorets whom played in the Europa League last season. It is believed many clubs have been scouting the player for some time including West Ham United. 

The Hammers are said to still be interested in Henry Onyekuru but as suggested the other day there could be complications with the player being able to obtain a work visa. 
 Another Nigerian that The Hammers have been linked with is more known to fans having played in the Premier League for a while now. The stumbling block in negotiations are said to be Manchester City demanding a buy back clause for Kelechi Iheanacho. It looks like Leicester City may be more welcome to entertain The Citizen’s buy back clause but West Ham haven’t completely closed to door on the possibility of signing the Nigerian. 

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud appears to be West Ham’s top target now with the French international seemingly not having a future at The Emirates. As mentioned before The Hammers have stated they will look to match any offer and the striker said to prefer a move to a London club as he’s settled in London. 

TheWestHamWay have been running pre match events before home games for the past year, next season they already have planned appearances from Bobby Zamora, Alan Devonshire and Billy Bonds for the upcoming season.

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Hammers fan Sammy McNess will be fighting three weeks today as he challenges for the southern area super-welterweight championship. For more information see the above picture of get in contact with Sammy on Twitter, @sammymcness is his twitter handle. 

Last night The London Stadium hosted Guns N Roses, tonight is the second night of the tour. Below are some more pictures from the event. 

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