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Arbeloa hangs up his boots

Former  West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa has revealed he is retiring from football. The 34-year-old Spaniard made three Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season before being released. In an interview with Marca he said: “It’s time to say goodbye. Physically I was okay to keep playing.” The full-back spent three years with Liverpool […]

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Antonio on target …and can’t wait to get started!

There’s great news from Michail Antonio as the pre-season edges ever closer – he believes he will be ok for the start of things after suffering a hamstring injury towards the end of the campaign. Speaking to the official site the Hammer of the Year declared: “The rehab is going well, I’m on schedule and where […]

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Your Shout: Get involved with these ‘goodies’

We’re back with the third edition of our new show ‘Your Shout’ and we’d like for you to get involved in this fans opinions feature. All you need to join in is your camera phone and yourself, then simply record your views and send them to gonzohammerschat@gmail.com. In this episode we have a couple of […]

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‘Ginge’ is a Hammers stayer

James Collins is set to complete the final year of his West Ham contract at club. ‘The Ginger Pele’ was among those who it was believed the club would entertain offers for but the Hammers loyalist is all set for another season in the claret and blue. It means that he will be just a […]

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Irons linked with Portugal international

Reports that West Ham are eyeing a move for Portugal keeper Rui Patricio this summer can be dismissed. The stopper is also being linked with Watford but as CandH have reported on several occasions this summer, the club is keeping faith with its current keepers. The 29-year-old Patricio helped Portugal to the Euro 2016 title […]

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Giroud – the fans view!

Speculation that Olivier Giroud could be on his way to the London Stadium is causing much debate on the ClaretandHugh Facebook forum @https://www.facebook.com/groups/363174467150521/ The “will he won’t he” debate intensified with news that Arsenal are set to tie up a £44 million for Aleandre Lacazette over the next few days. Here’s some random views from […]

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Cautious Sakho optimism

Slaven Bilic remains cautiously hopeful that Diafra Sakho will return to training fit and ready for pre-season after “encouraging” reports on his progress. Nobody is getting over excited as there have been so many false starts following surgery on his back injury. But there is optimism  that he will be ready for the start of […]

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Antonio takes aim

Michail Antonio saw his 2016/17 season cut short but can’t wait to get back into action in August. Having returned from a hamstring injury in March his campaign ended in the 1-0 home win over Swansea but he now looks forward and hopes ” a great season” is in prospect. He explained: “I am so […]

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£44m Gunners ‘deal’ boosts Hammers hopes

Reports have emerged in France tonight that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger  has agreed to meet Lyon’s asking price of £44 million for last season’s West Ham target Alexandre Lacazette which if true ifs great news for the Hammers. The reports claim that the transfer will be confirmed by both clubs next week, with just  one […]

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“Just go and buy him”…err it’s not quite that simple

It’s that time of the year again – frustration and anxiety mixed together in temperatures approaching the nineties to cause maximum gasket blowing among us Hammers. It’s transfer window time – if anyone needing reminding. A time of the year when we all suddenly become experts in the negotiating business and knowing far more about […]

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Irons wingers await their fate

Sofiane Feghouli looks the most likely next departure from the club as Slaven Bilic’s search for a speedy winger continues. With moves for Adama Traore and Henry Onyekuru still very much underway, the  question is whether the Algerian or Robert Snodgrass is the more likely departure from the London Stadium. It could be both of […]

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Noble anxious over new signings

Mark Noble has admitted the Hammers face a bigger and bigger battle to get the players they need summer. The captain is watching as keenly as every other Hammer with the club involved in moves for the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi but says it gets harder and harder. He knows that […]

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Sanchez factor puts Giroud Irons move on ‘hold’

West Ham have learned that despite Arsene Wenger’s declaration that there remains a role at the Emirates for Olivier Giroud, the Gooners are ready to release the Frenchman once they have landed their new target. However, that could prove more difficult than previously with the north Londoners likely to be involved in a battle to […]

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Hammers face rival for target

West Ham appear to be in a tug of war with Newcastle United for the signature of Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore. According to national media reports Rafa Benitez has made his first move for the player after agreeing a deal for Christian Atsu – who was on loan to the club last season. Now the Mail […]

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Get your pre-season tickets

West Ham have put tickets on sale for a number of the club’s pre-season matches and all are available by visiting the club site. We take on Werder Bremen in a two-legged Betway Cup clash in Schneverdingen on Friday July 28 and Lohne on Saturday July 29, before meeting Altona 93 in Hamburg on Tuesday […]

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West Ham Third kit to copy Hearts shirt

West Ham’s third kit which is due out in September is to copy a theme from Scottish club Heart of Midlothian’s  new Umbro home kit for the 2017/2018 season according to EXWHUEmployee speaking on his Phoenix FM radio show last night. The third kit is claimed to be Sky Blue in colour but follow the […]

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