West Ham To Appeal Against Kouyate Red Card

West Ham United will contest the red card Cheikhou Kouyate received during Sunday's 5-1 FA Cup win at Blackburn. Kouyate was given a straight red card for apparently denying a goal scoring opportunity to Blackburn defender Adam Henley, and if Henley had legs that were two metres long then that might have been the case, however there is no way on god's earth that either (a) the player would have reached the ball or (b) Goal Keeper Darren Randolph would not have easily reached the ball first!

Shrewsbury Town Or Manchester United FA Cup Quarter Final

Hammers reward for a blistering 5 - 1 away assault on Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup is a slightly underwhelming away fixture against the winners of League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town and Premier League strugglers Manchester United. The exact date of the fixture is yet to be confirmed due to Manchester United's Euro League commitments and the vague if unlikely possibility of the fixture needing to be replayed. - Ed

Blackburn Rovers v West Ham United Teams And Streams

Blackburn: Steele, Marshall, Duffy, Ward, Henley, Bennett, Lenihan, Akpan, Conway, Taylor, Brown
Subs: Raya, Kilgallon, Hanley, Watt, J. Gomez, Evans, Jackson
West Ham: Randolph, Antonio, Collins, Obgonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Obiang, Payet, Emenike, Moses.
Subs: Adrian, Song, Henry, Lanzini, Oxford, Parfitt-Williams, Browne

Build It And They Will Come

David gold has confirmed that we have asked for the capacity of the OS to be increased to 60 thousand because of demand which is fantastic news if your not a taxpayer in London!.

Two Steps Forward One Step Back!

West Ham United are about to lock horns with Tottenham in a bidding war for £25 Million rated Michy Batshuayi from Marseille, the striker might want to link up with his old team mate Dimitri Payet at the Olympic Stadium as opposed to joining the North London outfit. The final results for both teams will also be a massive factor in where the player ends up, but it does seem that any deal will prove 'difficult' to conclude without splashing the cash!

Norwich City v West Ham United Team Sheets

Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Klose, Bassong, Brady, Howson, O'Neil, Redmond, Hoolahan, Naismith, Jerome.
Subs: Rudd, Mbokani, Bamford, Jarvis, Dorrans, Olsson, Pinto.
West Ham : Adrian, Byram, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Song, Noble, Obiang, Antonio, Payet, Valencia.
Subs: Randolph, Oxford, Moses, Browne, Carroll, Emenike, Parfitt-Williams.

Payet Nailed Down For Two Extra Years

As every West Ham fan knows, unless they have been asleep or on a desert island, Dimitri Payet's deal with the club has been extended by two years and the player will receive a further £20,000 per week in wages. This might seem like a huge pay hike, but it still means that Slaven Billic's 'main man' will be earning less than Andy Carroll, who was signed for £85,000 per week following his £15 Million transfer from Liverpool.

There Must Be An Angel (o)

Angelo Ogbonna broke Scouser hearts seconds away from a penalty shoot out during extra time against Liverpool in an enthralling and entertaining FA Cup 4th round replay that saw both sides able to win the tie. Hammers prevailed in the end in what some would see as a Karmic balance of a footballing match, of course the last time both teams met in the FA Cup proper was the 2006 Gerrard/Scaloni Cup final, a match that still has the West Germany 3-2 England 1970 Mexico world cup finals parallel firmly embedded in certain Hammers fans memories.

West Ham United v Liverpool FC FA Cup Replay Team Sheets

West Ham: Randolph, O'Brien, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Obiang, Antonio, Kouyate, Payet, Valencia.
Subs: Adrian, Carroll, Collins, Moses, Oxford, Cullen, Parfitt-Williams.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Flanagan, Lucas, Ilori, Smith, Stewart, Chirivella, Teixeira, Coutinho, Ibe, Benteke.
Subs: Ward, Enrique, Milner, Henderson, Sturridge, Origi, Randall.

An Unfair Advantage, Chinese Clubs Can Swoop!Even Payet?

It is a strange anomaly, that while Barclays Premier League teams are intoxicated by the fiscal windfall they are about to receive, that they may have taken their eye of the proverbial ball! The signs were there when Chinese clubs were the biggest shakers and movers in the transfer market recently, but because they are not party to the same legislation as European clubs, they are allowed to sign players outside of the transfer window. This situation does ask the question as to the possible advantage the Chinese clubs have over their European competitors.

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