Palace To Make Bid For Hammers Keeper

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has made enquiries about taking West Ham United's current second choice goal keeper, Adrian Saint Miguel, on loan until the end of the season. Allardyce, who bought Adrian to West Ham while he was manager, is keen to shore up his leaky defence and sees the Spain reserve goalkeeper as a good start in his campaign to restore strength at the back.

Middlesbrough FC v West Ham United Confirmed Team Sheets

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Chambers, Bernardo, Gibson, Friend, Clayton, Forshaw, De Roon, Traore, Stuani, Negredo Subs: Guzan, Fabio, Leadbitter, Downing, Fischer, Bamford, Gestede
West Ham: Randolph; Byram, Reid, Obiang, Cresswell; Noble, Ogbonna; Feghouli, Lanzini, Antonio; Carroll Subs: Adrian, Collins, Fletcher, Calleri, Fernandes, Oxford, Quina

Wham Bamm Fonte Man! Hammers Sign Saints Captain

West Ham United have signed Southampton captain Jose Fonte for £8m on a two and a half year deal, the 33 year old Portugal centre back who spent seven years at Southampton made a transfer request with 18 months left to run on his current Saints deal, to some west ham fans this may seem an extortionate amount of money to pay for a player who is well past his sell by date, but those in the know seem to think differently. The transfer includes a possible £1m in add ons and gives Fonte the option to extend his contract for a further year.

Payet Offered 'Insane' Deal

Ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has upped the stakes in the Dimitri Payet transfer saga enormously by arranging for the Chinese super league club Hebei China Fortune that he now manages to offer Payet an 'insane' deal. The terms of which are off the scale, £500,000 per week on a three year deal! That equates to over £75 Million, and will be a test for his home sickness, it will also be a test for other parties involved, particularly Payet's agent and also West Ham's hierarchy. Imagine how Jacques-Olivier Auguste, Payet's agent, feels at the moment?

The Dance Begins Over Payet Transfer Fee

It was obvious from the outset that there would be plenty of posturing from all parties once West Ham star Dimitri Payet decided to throw his dummy out the pram, co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold along with manager Slaven Billic were quick to act like fans and say Payet is not for sale.

West Ham United v Crystal Palace FC Confirmed Team Sheets

West Ham: 1 Randolph 2 Reid 8 Ogbonna 4 Collins 30 Antonio 16 Noble 14 Obiang 3 Cresswell 10 Lanzini 7 Feghouli 9 Carroll Substitutes 19 24 Fletcher 28 Calleri 13 Adrian 35 Oxford 36 Quina 31 Fernandes Byram
Crystal Palace: 30 Mandanda 2 Ward 5 Tomkins 27 Delaney 34 Schlupp 18 McArthur 16 Ledley 10 Townsend 42 Puncheon 11 Zaha 17 C Benteke Substitutes 7 Cabaye 9 Campbell 13 Hennessey 14 Lee Chung-yong 19 Fryers 21 Wickham 26 Sako

Billic Payet (Piat) Bombshell

Bang, there goes the 'beautiful' friendship between Hammers boss Slaven Billic and last year's hero Dimitri Payet. Billic came straight out with it during his weekly press conference, Payet has refused to play or even train with the rest of the team in order to force through a return to newly rich Marseille, the club that sold him to West Ham for £10.75 Million. Rumours of Payet's discontent have been rife, and these along with his recent body language and languid performances meant the player once seen as West Ham's talisman was always going to leave the club sooner rather than later.

Hogan Hammers Hero?

Back in the day there was a TV series called Hogan's Heroes in which a ramshackle bunch of P.O.W's led by Captain Hogan, including an appalling Dick Van Dyke sound alike 'cockerney', rang rings round ze germans, one of which named Schultz would famously say "I saw nothing!"when outfoxed by the cheeky chappies. Fast track to the present day, and the entertainment known as the Barclays Premier League transfer window, in this particular episode Hogan rides to the rescue of West Ham United, a team sadly lacking goals.

West Ham United v Manchester City Confirmed Team Sheets

West Ham United: 13Adrián, 4Nordtveit 2Reid 21Ogbonna 3Cresswell 31Fernandes 14Obiang 7Feghouli 10Lanzini 30Antonio 9Carroll Subs: 1Randolph 16Noble 24Fletcher 27Payet 28Calleri 35Oxford 36Quina
Manchester City: Caballero, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Toure, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Aguero Subs: Nolito, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Delph, Iheanacho, Garcia, Bravo

West Ham United 0 - 2 Mike Dean

West Ham United were well and truly shafted at the London Stadium, not by opponents Manchester United but by that tour de force of refereeing known as Mike Dean! Not only did he incorrectly issue a straight red card to Sofiane Feghouli within the first quarter hour for an innocuous but commited tackle that Phil Jones milked from here to closing time, but he compounded the injustice by allowing Manchester Utd's second goal to stand despite scorer Ibrahimovic being clearly offside. An irate Slaven Bilic: "I was pleased with the performance, we fought hard and gave everything.


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