Ground Hog Day Or A New Dawn?

The clamour and anxiety most football fans have before the beginning of each new season invariably relates to the incomings and outgoings at their clubs, West Ham's acquisition of senior players have been conspicuous by their absence recently, so what's going on?

Hammers More Shtick Than Schick?

Money bags Everton, how much their fans must have fantasised about hearing that back in the days when they didn't have two coins to rub together, are 'pursuing' Patrik Schick and just about everyone else who has a pulse, as well as the need for an even fatter bank account than all the other hugely paid performers in the Barclays Premier league.

Free Agents & PWP For Irons

PWP? Players with potential, essentially youth players with future potential or mavericks who need 'converting'. Irrespective of the spin emanating from the London Stadium, it is clear for anyone to see that West Ham are broke, the club doesn't have a pot to p**s in.

Are Lazio Having A Giraffe?

We know it is silly season for transfers, a period of time when ludicrous transfer rumours are the order of the day and when the press never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Well at least that's what most Hammers fans will be thinking when they read that the club which sold Felipe Anderson to West Ham for close on £40 Million, want to take him back for free, but with a 50% sell on fee!

Anderson Says It All

To describe Felipe Anderson's loan spell at Porto as a disaster is an understatement, the once flamboyant Brazilian looked a shadow of his former self while in Portugal and returned to West Ham a 'chastened' player. The player has expressed a desire to return to his former club Lazio, the club sold Anderson to the Irons for £36 Million excluding add ons, they are now looking to re-sign him for just 15% of that fee, thus making a profit of around £30 Million.

Claret & Spew!

David Sullivan and the Hierarchy's pet site didn't waste much time in coming up with a way to 'explain' the party line, one that was as predictable as it was onerous. A mandate which infers that they, GSB, have done their upmost to 'satisfy' the 'hyper inflated' demands of their in demand talisman. The tone being that Declan Rice's representative, his Dad, is demanding a wage that is commensurate with a player of much greater reputation and ability.

Caution Doesn't Always Favour-Rice Fear

The 'Declan Rice scenario' has taken on new impetus, courtesy of an article in the Telegraph which has been amplified and regurgitated by the general media, but also backed up by the usually reliable Ex WHU employee. To those not in the know, the situation is quite simple and is a classic example of both time moving and the recalcitrancy of a once bitten twice shy board of directors.

Irons To Sign Crouchy 2:0?

West Ham United have been 'linked' with just about every striker that has a pulse during the club's 'eternal' search for striker NUMBER 50! Yes, 49, is the eye watering amount of strikers signed during the tenure of the current owners, a figure only matched by some of the eye watering payments they made to buy, what were, in most cases, 'duds'.

Dec's Half & Half

Hammers captain in all but name, Declan Rice, had an 'interesting' game for England in the epic 2-0 victory over ze Germans at Wembley. Dec's Jekyll and Hyde performance was split in to two halves, during the first half Declan looked very uneasy, got himself booked early doors and spent a lot of time with his arm in the air looking like he was trying to hail a London Taxi!

So Why Do Hammers Need A New Centre Back?

The 'Angel of Ogbonna' is 34 years old, 'Les Dawson' is 32 and Fabian Balbuena has left the club, so there would appear to be a centre back crisis, with there being only two ageing incumbents. Obviously two centre backs are not enough, especially as neither one is a spring chicken.


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