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Tax raids: The Demba Ba connection

Former Hammer Demba Ba is the player whose transfer believed to be at the heart of the football tax probe as he allegedly pocketed nearly £1million for image rights when he joined Newcastle on a “free transfer” after leaving West Ham according to a report by the Sun.  Ba’s cash was part of a £2million fee […]

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Former Hammer conned pensioner out of seventeen grand

Former West Ham youth player Blair Turgott is accused of conning an elderly man out of £17,000. Blair Turgott is accused of using the victim’s card to withdraw £16,936 in cash slips at the casino on Old Park Lane in London’s Mayfair. Turgott, who now plays for Bromley, then converted the slips to cash and […]

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Six Antonio facts which get to heart of the matter

You wake up thinking it will be a slow news day and then Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper The Times runs a very old Michail Antonio story. The new twist was that  he’s fallen out with the board because he isn’t happy at the treatment of his hamstring injury before slipping back into the ancient line that […]

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Michail Antonio: The financials

Michail Antonio joined West Ham in September 2015 for £7.5m on a four-year contract said to be worth £25,000 per week at the time until the end of June 2019. His wages effectively doubled overnight when compared to the £12,500 per week he received at Nottingham Forest as he made his first jump to the Premier League in 2015. […]

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Antonio “unhappiness:” THE TRUTH

West Ham have flatly denied a Times story from this morning in which it is claimed Michail Antonio is attempting to force his way out of the club. It was declared that Michail’s relationship with the board had broken down over the treatment of his hamstring injury and that he was unhappy that such as […]

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Report: ‘Antonio wants out of Irons’

A report in this morning’s Times claims that that Michail Antonio has issues with West Ham over his current injury and contract situation. The injury angle is the only new element of the story and we will of course be checking the story out during the course of the day with our usual sources and […]

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Leroy: AC issue must be driving Slav insane

So Andy Carroll is missing again and Diafra Sakho with just half an hour behind him looks likely to start for the Hammers tomorrow. Here’s the truth the Hammers board will surely know by know we can’t go on like this. And that means at the end of the season they have to assess every […]

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Lazy…sloppy and so irritating

Mark Lawrenson continues to irritate and yes I know it’s a childish reaction but there we are – can’t help it. It’s not merely that he is again predicting a West Ham defeat tomorrow – that’s honestly no surprise. Almost a given these days. It’s more a case of him not giving a single reason […]

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Hammers frustration ahead on keeper

The Hammers look to be set for frustration as they move for Brighton keeper David Stockdale. The Mirror are reporting this morning  that he will knock back both ourselves and Leeds  by signing a new two-year contract with the newly promoted Premier League outfit.. Stockdale has been one of the stars of the south coast […]

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Bilic talks on Sturridge connection

Slaven Bilic has refused to rule out a summer move for Daniel Sturridge and has admitted: “We are going to see. We have our list of strikers.” At one stage during an interview the Irons boss described the Liverpool front man as “unbelievable” adding: ““They have a lot of quality there and I don’t like […]

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Bilic hammers out the gambling message

Slaven Bilic has made it clear publicly his squad are banned from gambling following Joey Barton’s 18-month suspension for placing 1260 bets. Bilic said: “I haven’t reminded them. The players know it is a rule, like the rule that you can’t use your hands on the pitch. “You can’t be involved in any sort of […]

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Hammers could be safe this weekend!

Slaven Bilic refuses to write off the threat of relegation but claims squad confidence is growing. Speaking at his weekly pre-match presser he said: “No, I don’t feel safe from relegation. Only when you are mathematically safe, you are safe. That’s the only truth. “Maybe 38 points will be enough and people will say ‘what […]

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More arrests in Anglo-French £5m tax investigation

Wednesday’s HMRC investigation into Newcastle, Chelsea and West Ham dealing with Marseille has seen former Newcastle midfielder Sylvain Marveaux arrested. French newspaper Le Parisien report that their information is that they know of three football agents being arrested along with Marveaux and all four taken in for questioning as part of the all-encompassing investigation. One […]

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Bonzo receives massive ‘Hall of Fame’ honour

  Billy Bonds has revealed his pride at being inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame. The Club’s record appearance holder and former manager was bestowed the honour this week along with several other famous names in English football – including former Wales midfielder and manager Gary Speed, former Hammers and England midfielder […]

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