'Boro In For Antonio, Are They Having A Giraffe?

Silly season is about to kick off at the beginning of June when the transfer window opens, however that doesn't stop a raft of spurious rumours surfacing at every opportunity. This leads us to the Michail Antonio to Middlesborough 'distortion' currently doing the rounds, firstly 'Boro are in no way to blame for this 'story', all that has happened is that a 'spokesperson' for the club replied yes when asked if Antonio would be the sort of player they were looking at following their promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Fixture Pile Up That Liverpool & Chelsea Would Love To Be In

Manchester United's narrow Emirates FA Cup victory in extra time over Crystal Palace has opened the door for West Ham United to enter the Europa League, thus ensuring some kind of European football for the inaugural season at the Olympic Stadium. Hammers will enter the Europa League at the same stage as they were knocked out this season, victory over Stoke City on the last day of the season would have meant going straight in to the group stage, instead of having to play in the third qualifying round.

The Sun Are At It Again!

Printing false or spurious information seems to be the bye word for those working at News International's Sun newspaper, what initially looked like lazy journalism is actually a rather unpleasant occurrence of 'media led' player destabilisation. The Sun's report claims 17 year old Reece Oxford, Slaven Billic's favourite young player, wants £40,000 per week in wages and a 'signing on' fee of £1 Million! Wait a minute, a 'signing on' fee for a player who is already signed up? Confused, you should be, as is Oxford himself.

Hammers Hopes Held By Van Gaal? How Horrible!

It is rather typically West Ham United that the club's European competition qualification rests out of their hands, those who woke up today thinking that Southampton couldn't possibly have pipped Hammers to the final Europa Cup berth yesterday will begin having to accept the fact that Manchester United and Crystal palace will dictate whether European football comes to the inaugural season at the 60,000 seat Olympic Stadium.

Stoke City v West Ham United Confirmed Team Sheets

Stoke: Given, Pieters, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Cameron, Whelan, Imbula, Bojan, Arnautovic, Walters, Joselu
Subs: Haugaard, Bardsley, Muniesa, Adam, Diouf, Shaqiri, Crouch
West Ham: Randolph, Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Antonio, Lanzini, Sakho, Carroll
Subs: Spiegel, Byram, Collins, Obiang, Moses, Emenike, Valencia

Payet Mystery Deepens Will He Or Won't He?

As has been widely reported, Dimitri Payet did not train with the rest of the squad yesterday and did not join them on the coach for the visit to Stoke City, there has been no official confirmation that the Hammers talisman will not be playing but it looks increasingly as if that is the case. Top joint scorer Payet was substituted towards the end of the 3-2 victory over European rivals Manchester United, and apparently has a 'niggle', however it is unlikely that a small injury would prevent the mercurial french man from at least featuring at some point in the match.

Hammers Escape Euro Sanction But Still Might Miss Out!

The European football governing body UEFA have confirmed that West Ham United will escape sanction following the ugly scenes outside the Boleyn Ground ahead of the club's final ever game. The disturbances, that included visitor's Manchester United coach being pelted with bottles, were not the direct responsibility of the club according to a UEFA spokesperson. However had the disturbances occurred within the ground then a competition ban could and would have been sanctioned.

Pond Life Do Their Best To Ruin Night ,Chairman Statement

David Sullivan co-owner and main share holder of West Ham United has had to issue a statement on behalf of the club following the unsavoury events and images that preceded what was supposed to be, and finally was a wonderful night of football and celebration. Mr Sullivan's statement on the club's official site www.whufc.com in response to the events is as follows: "If we were to have scripted how our final game at the Boleyn would have played out, it wouldn't have been much different to last night's match.

Confirmed West Ham United v Manchester United Team Sheets

West Ham Utd: Randolph, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Sakho, Lanzini, Payet, Carroll.
Subs: Spiegel, Tomkins, Valencia, Obiang, Collins, Moses, Emenike.
Manchester Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Rooney, Mata, Rashford, Martial.
Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Jones, Carrick, Lingard, Januzaj, Memphis.

The BBC Needs You! Going To The Game And Want To Tell All?

Well, the final countdown has begun, everyone who is anyone in media wants a piece of the Boleyn pie (and mash!), including our old pals at the Beeb. Although this message is meant for Orgers, it applies to anyone who lives and breathes West Ham. The Victoria Derbyshire TV programme would dearly like to speak via Skype, or in person at their central london studio, to anyone who attends tonight's match about the match itself but also about the impact of leaving the Boleyn, you know the type of thing, the hopes, the fears and the memories, stories from the past etc.

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