We Thought 'Tapping Up' Was Banned

We at the Org never claim to know all the correct current legislation, FIFA, The FA and the Barclays Premier League rule changes are like shifting sands, recent controversies over the 'ludicrous' hand ball rules hoicked on teams are a classic example. However one 'law' that has existed, but has been constantly flouted, is the 'Tapping Up' ruling, generally the larger and better financed 'elite' clubs have managed to get away with 'cheating' for years.

Sheep In Wolves Clothing!

Doom and gloom prevailed at the London Stadium ahead of what was supposed to be a mauling of the Irons by the Nuno Spririto's predatorial Wolves, having just acquired even more expensive 'Portugeezers', the midlands outfit were here to compound what had been an entirely miserable week off the field for West Ham.

Report: West Ham Utd v Wolves Starting Line Ups

West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Bowen, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Antonio. Subs: Randolph, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Lanzini, Noble, Haller, Johnson.
Wolves: Patricio, Troare, Boly, Coady, Semedo, Saiss, Moutinho, Neves, Neto, Vinagre, Jimenez. Subs: Ruddy, Hoever, Silva, Vitinha, Dendoncker, Shabani, Kilman.

Rice Has NOT Agreed Personal Terms

Talk about click bait, those bastions of honesty the Daily Star are doing their upmost to usurp that other 'source of truth' (sic) The Sun with their "Declan Rice has already agreed personal terms of a five year deal with Chelsea" report. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story was the old lower end of Fleet Street modus operandi, one that was always particularly exploited by the previously mentioned 'publications' if that's what you want to call them, in addition to their equally vile Sunday counterparts.

Move Over-Let Other Deals Take Over

Hammers' on off pursuit of James Tarkowski from Burnley now looks dead and buried, Burnley won't budge off their upper level £50 Million asking price and West Ham, quite rightly are unwilling, but are also unable, to match such a 'premium' valuation. While Tarkowski is indeed a top player Burnley's valuation is a bit top heavy, particularly in light of the current financial restrictions that have resulted owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, and there are other players available, so perhaps it was time to walk away.

Hammers v Wolves Fixture Not In Danger

Using the word 'positive' to describe someone who has just been confirmed as having a serious viral illness is a bit of a contradiction, there is nothing positive emerging from the London Stadium except for a pretty fine Carabao Cup performance against Hull City. Of course the backdrop to the convincing 5-1 victory was the sudden withdrawal of Issa Diop and Josh Cullen from the published starting line up, in addition manager David Moyes was forced to leave the Stadium as quickly as possible as were the players.

EFL Cup West Ham United v Hull City FC Line Ups

West Ham: Darren Randolph, Ben Johnson, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Josh Cullen, Ajibola Alese, Robert Snodgrass, Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Andryi Yarmolenko, Sebastien Haller Subs: Nathan Trott, Harrison Ashby , Emmanuel Longelo, Conor Coventry, Xande Silva, Jarrod Bowen.
Hull: Long; Coyle, A Jones, McLoughlin, Fleming; Smallwod, C Jones, Batty; Mayer, Magennis, Scott. Subs: Ingram, Burke, Honeyman, Wilks, Lewis Potter, Emmanuel, Samuelsen

Hammers Must Be Realistic Now

Aside from the 'click bait' offers to 'entice' James Tarkowski away from Burnley and other ludicrous supposed targets, there is an acceptance among fans that there will be very few new faces, if any, arriving at the club during the current transfer window, in fact most fans are just praying that Declan Rice doesn't get sold!

London Stadium To Be Mothballed

Perhaps the good weather that coincided with the gradual reduction of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic gave supporters false hope that they would be able to attend Barclays Premier League matches soon, if not at full capacity at least 30%. Unfortunately those hopes have been dashed by the government's latest directive that has pushed the chance of attending games way past the beginning of the new year.

TraVARsty! Gooners Got Away With It

At the Org we pride ourselves on being as accurate as possible regarding events surrounding West Ham United, discarding the claret and blue spectacles is not always an easy task, however it has taken nearly 24 hours before it was possible to 'write up' yesterday's travesty of footballing justice that played itself out at the Emirates Stadium, and in front of millions of football fans around the World.

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