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. 



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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.

http://www.thewesthamway.co.uk/

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. 

Friday evening news

West Ham United have reportedly released Scottish left back Stephen Hendre, although there has been nothing official to come from the club’s Twitter or website.

If the news that has been reported in several news outlets is true then I’d like to personally wish Stephen the best of luck in finding a new club. 

Also looking to be on his way out the club is goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel who is apparently set to fly out for a medical with Royal Excel Mouscron. Excuse my lack of knowledge here but I’m presuming he’s not flying out to the London Excel Centre!

Any apparent interest The Hammers had in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has now apparently ended. 

The apparent interest West Ham United showed in Middlesbrough’s winger Adama Traore lately has been stepped up in recent days with reports saying that both clubs have agreed a price with bookmakers suspending bets for the former Barcelona player to join The Hammers. West Ham officials are to sit down with the player to discuss terms very soon. 

From one Traore to another. Any interest Hammers once showed in bringing Bertrand Traore on loan to the club from Chelsea is over for the time being with the striker agreeing a season long loan with Lyon.

Birmingham City are apparently set to test the water with West Ham in the race to sign Henry Onyekuru. As I stated in Thursday’s transfer news, West Ham United a Premier League team will find it hard enough to push through a work permit for the Nigerian, I do not image Birmingham City stand as chance. Although the work permit is for the player, to my knowledge the football clubs normally send officials to sway the decision in the their favour as it benefits both player and club. 

Michy Batshuayi is alleged to be willing to stay at Chelsea at fight for his services place which will be a hammer blow to West Ham United who placed the Belgium as one of their top targets this summer. 

Sofiane Fegouli admits to having his worst season in career at West Ham last season. 
http://www.footballinsider247.com/worst-of-my-career-west-ham-27-year-old-makes-honest-admission-about-last-season/

Sam Allardyce made Kevin Nolan his first West Ham United signing for a reported £3 million six years ago today.  Kev went on to help The Hammers get promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, scoring 31 goals before parting ways with the East End club in 2015.

“Three Hammers” have released a podcast with “ExWhuEmployee” on YouTube. 

Jack Sullivan, as reported, has been trying to create sponsorship and bring in more money into the women’s football club, so far so good from the young man. 

Full story below: http://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2017/june/16-june/rich-energy-become-official-energy-drink-west-ham-united-ladies#655gW2fGDO8RUwwO.99

If you have a bit of spare time then Jose Fonte has a column on the official West Ham United website. 

http://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2017/june/16-june/jose-fonte-column-why-were-giving-ronaldo-hard-time

Thursday morning transfer round up. 

Firstly I’d like to say that I have no relationship with any football club, nor do I claim to be “in the know” but I will pull together realistic and confirmed rumours by sources I know rather than the rubbish that you normally read online to sell newspapers. 

The Hammers have shown some interest in Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore, the club have enquired about the player. 

The board have been long admirers of Olivier Giroud, whether the striker will leave Arsenal or not is still to be seen. If the French international does leave The Gunners  then West Ham United will be willing to match any offer that gets made, the striker is said to want to play regular football with the World Cup approaching in a year and he would prefer to stay in London if he were to move away from The Gunners. 

The situation with Michy Batshuayi remains the same, at the moment Chelsea are only looking to loan the Belgium out. That might change if Chelsea sign a new striker, Romelu Lukaku being rumoured to get Chelsea’s top target. 

The situation with Kelechi Iheanacho also remains to be the same with striker being told he can move on although the striker wants to stay and fight for his place. Manchester City also want a rebuy clause added to the deal. The Hammers will hope that their new signing Pablo Zabaleta will be a factor in bringing Pablo’s former team mate to The London Stadium. 

There has been some rumblings that West Ham United are interested in signing Chris Smalling. This could be a matter of putting two and two together with Hammers manager Slaven Bilic not shying away from his admiration for the English centre back whilst there appears to be a door open at Old Trafford for ex Fulham centre back to leave the club. Although it might seem lazy and eaay journalism, it seems to person that broke this story seems to be very trust worthy. 

Personally I think he would be a great signing for The Hammers, I first saw him play about ten years ago for Maidstone against Dover when Maidstone was ground sharing with Sittingbourne before he was signed up by Fulham. 

Arsenal and West Ham United have been linked with Henry Onyekuru for a while now, the Nigerian was due to travel to meet West Ham officials this week but any deal for the player seems very complicated and will take a lot of hard work to get done due to his work visa. Arsenal would find it easier to sign the one time Nigerian international due to their bigger status than The Hammers. 

Unfortunately the above picture won’t be picture seen my Hammers fans next season as the interest The Hammers showed in Joe Hart seems to be cooled, if not over due to the English ‘keeper’s wages seemingly putting the club off. If the player is to be seen playing for West Ham next season then the two clubs and player will have to come to an agreement to lower the players wages. 

Havard Nordtveit will more than likely be moving on in the summer, the club are willing to listen if a move is made for him. To my knowledge no English club have show any interest so a move abroad is more than likely. The Norwegian signed on a free transfer in June 2016, he made 16 appearances for The Hammer during the 2016/17 season with most seeing him feature at right back. 

If you were unaware, the Premier League fixtures were released yesterday morning. The Hammers first three games will be away from home due to the athletics going on this summer at The London Stadium. The home game against Southampton should be switched which would see the away game in March played at The London Stadium instead of St Mary’s. IF for some strange reason The Saints do not agree to The Hammer’s request then the game will rescheduled to a later date. 

The Hammers will also see themselves in the League Cup second round draw for the first in two seasons as they are Europa League free this season, the last two seasons they entered at the third round. The Hammers will likely see the same situation happen if they were drawn at home. 

Last night’s “The West Ham Way” radio show which was broadcast on Phoenix FM featuring Sex Drugs & Carlton Cole and “ExWhuEmployee” talking about the latest West Ham United news and rumours and talking to boxer and Hammers fan Sam Mcness has been uploaded. This is always an interesting listen. 

http://www.phoenixfm.com/listen-live/

Season in pictures: April.

After a very disappointing month The Hammers had no less than six games to take business of in April. First up was a trip to the KCOM Stadium which saw Andy Carroll’s 50th Premier League goal count for nothing with Hull City coming back from a goal down to win the game with a late winner.

Next up was a Wednesday night trip across London to The Emirates, The Hammers survived the 45 minutes​ without a mark on their armour but ultimately couldn’t survive the full 90 minutes without conceding. Arsenal were deserving winners in the end.

Slaven Bilic’s men now haven’t won in seven games, they host relegation rivals Swansea City at the London Stadium in a huge six pointer that could see The Hammers sucked into the relationship dog fight if any result went in the visitors favour. Fortunately West Ham won the match thanks to a single goal from Cheick Kouyate, The Hammers winless run was over! Video below.

The next three games would see The Hammers winless but undefeated, another three draws for Bilic’s men.

West Ham yet again conceded another late goal that saw them squander yet more points late on, this time a late Borini equaliser at The stadium of Light that condemned The Hammers to yet another draw. This was the second straight season that Sunderland and West Ham played out a 2-2 draw at The Stadium of Light, the likelihood of it happening three seasons in a year will be very unluckily with Sunderland being relegated to the Championship just a few weeks later.

The Hammers then participated in two 0-0 draws, first hosting Everton at The London Stadium then finishing the month traveling to Stoke City. West Ham should have beaten a very poor Everton side that that didn’t show up or have a shot on target all game. A week later the Potters and The Hammers seemed to be happy to play for point with the season drawing to a close. 

April’s fixtures:

Hull City 2-1 West Ham United

Arsenal 3-0 West Ham United

West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham United

West Ham United 0-0 Everton

Stoke City 0-0 West Ham United

Season in pictures: March.

This was probably the most frustrating month for The Hammers, West Ham lost three out of three games.

The Hammers started their winless month against top of the league and eventual league winners Chelsea. Having been out classed and out smarted by Chelsea, The Hammers fought for 90 minutes and were rewarded with a late consolation through Manuel Lanzini.

The second game of the month saw The Hammers score a late goal at The Vitality to draw level against Bournemouth, unfortunately ​Joshua King scored a later goal than West Ham which sealed the three points for the south coast side and the match ball for the striker despite missing an earlier penalty.

The current and reigning Premier League Champions albeit for just a few more weeks traveled to The London Stadium in a rich run of form since parting ways with Claudio Ranieri less than twelve months after winning the Premier League title. The Hammers seemed to be watching the Jamie Vardy movie or last season’s season reviews because they certainly wasn’t watching Mahrez or Huth who put The Foxes two nil up within the first seven minutes. Despite being 3-1 down at half time The Hammers tried to get themselves back into the match and perhaps they should have when Andy Carroll was one on one with Kasper Schmeichel but blasted the ball at the keeper when it seemed harder to miss. In the end Ayew’s goal in the 63rd minute was just a consolation as West Ham ended the month with three straight defeats. 

March’s fixtures:

West Ham United 1-2 Chelsea

Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham United

West Ham United 2-3 Leicester City

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