A La Carte Hammers To Have Gallic Front Line

Having released so many players during their 'cull' at West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini and Mario Husillos set about recruiting players to take the club to that elusive 'next' level. The signings of Pablo Fornals and Sebastian Haller for a combined £69 Million showed real intent, unfortunately their purchase was a real transfer budget buster! It was already common knowledge that Hammers had a measly £35 Million net in the kitty so player sales and loans were going to be the only options.

Sending the incredible Sulk off to take away land released a further £24 Million and selling Edmilison Fernandez a further £10 Million, about another £5 Million became available due to the sales of Lucas Perez and Sam Byram leaving a balance of about £4 Million, hardly a penny in today's market. Large payments were due for the Felipe Anderson deal as well as the Yarmolenko deal, this is how teams not at the top table make ends meet, by having to pay for their players on H.P.

Hammers showed more than a little interest in Lorient's Alexis Claude-Maurice at the beginning of the transfer window, however Arsenal came sniffing and West Ham seemed content to pass on getting involved in a bidding war with their London rivals for the services of the 25 year old late developing striker. Now as news of a potential move to Spain for Javier Hernandez is looming, the need for an additional striker or two has become more acute and it seems the Irons' hierarchy have decided to pull the trigger on a permanent deal for Claude-Maurice.

The president of Lorient, the rather fiery Loic Fery, has broken the silence on Claude-Maurice’s future in an interview with French media and has confirmed the interest of two English clubs, believed to be West Ham and Arsenal as well as a club in France and one in Germany. Fery confirmed Lorient remain in discussions with two of the four clubs by saying “The club told him (Claude-Maurice) that he could leave this summer if everyone was satisfied, Alexis will have the choice between continuing to progress here or to go to clubs who have an agreement with FC Lorient, we don’t have any agreements at the moment, we have received four offers. One offer from Germany which is six weeks old, well under the value of the player, two offers are from England including one that was not a permanent transfer, and one offer from France. We are still in discussions with two of these four clubs and there are as well other teams, the fact that multiple clubs are after him shows that he is a player of great quality, with a very big potential.”

Hearing that one of the London clubs wanted a loan deal, viewers will assume that West Ham were the potential loanees, but Arsenal are 'cash strapped' as well, their boss Unai Emery is reportedly working on a restricted budget this summer as is clear to see by the pain staking progress of their attempts to complete their Dani Ceballos loan deal. A Hammers front line led by Haller with Claude-Maurice as either back up striker in Pelle's preferred one up front line up or possibly as one of a pair, would cause a lot of problems for Barclays Premier League defenders and have Hammers licking their lips in anticipation of seeing a greatly improved forward line.

Two Frogs up front? Sacre bleue c'est maginifique - Ed

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boogerscaravan's picture

Just as long as we don't end up down merde creek without le paddle....

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Gotta be better than the usual westham way - 2 donkeys!!

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nevillenixon's picture

deux ânes à l'avant 'Ugill et Andre Carroll

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mcbikeman's picture

i voted brexit please use the queens English like wot we all does

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Too right 65,we are talking decades of it,the boleyn could of been known as the sanctuary.

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Were the last wernt they? I'm struggling to think of even a half decent pairing apart from kitson/hartson!

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mcbikeman's picture

pulled us back from the brink of relegation i seem to rmbr a 3-2 win over chelski and 4-3 win over the spuds towards the end of that season and we somehow survived....as for TC/MacAvenie i doubt we will see a partnership like that again at West Ham and what did we do sell one to Celtic the other to Everton ahh yes we cannot have regular goalscorers at our club its just not on!

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Tbf to 'arry' they were inspired signings.

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

had it not been for injuries, Bellamy and Ashton would have been brilliant! Thanks again to Shaun Wright-Phillips

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I agree with that dartford,ashton was cut down in his prime.

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Deano the one that got away,he had everything & not only for us he would have had a great England career too

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moore 6 legend's picture

From Hermit road to Kermit road

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Hermit road,the marquis of sailsbury pub on the corner that was,been there a few times.

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moore 6 legend's picture

Nice 1 Essex,used to be run by the irons family would you believe back in the 1900's

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Love it moore 6,i like a bit of history like that,had friends and family that lived that way,been mentioning to 65 lately about other watering holes that i have been in,will soon be thought of as a beer swiller lol!!!! Well best you dont talk to the wife about that shes always getting it wrong lol!!!!

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moore 6 legend's picture

lol,all the old boozers as I knew it in canning town are gone mate.i bet the boleyn will be next turned into curry house or flats or something.

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Back in the day,don't even know if they are still standing - salmon & ball,green man & the Dundee arms amongst others

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moore 6 legend's picture

Yes mate I remember the salmon & ball most probably a mosque now ;)

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Stan!!

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