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Wanted Iron midfielder told he’s going nowhere

West Ham will reject all bids for Pedro Obiang in the winter market despite Fiorentina and Sampdoria continuing to track the player. Reports in Europe are that he remains very much on the wanted list of both clubs but the Hammers – who have him under contract until 2022 – won’t entertain offers. The club […]

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Hammers set for better Euro chance

West Ham’s chances of reaching Europe are likely to be increased by the introduction of a new Uefa-organised competition. The plan was first mooted three years ago and the aim is to give clubs such as ours a better opportunity of hitting the Euro level. The Uefa plan still needs the approval of its executive […]

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Hammer makes bright start to Italian Job

West Ham midfielder Edmilson Fernandes – loaned to Fiorentina for the season – has made an exciting start to life in Serie A. The 22 year old was also involved in the international between England and Switzerland on September 11 as he continues his progress following his break away from the London Stadium . Having […]

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Hammers close door on winter sales

West Ham’s owners are in no hurry to start clawing back their summer expenditure by selling players in the next window. As reported earlier Pedro Obiang has been told he is going nowhere and summer speculation over Michail Antonio and Crystal Palace has now been put firmly to bed. A CandH source revealed: the club’s […]

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Will Rice thrive in Wilshere’s absence?

Declan Rice seized his opportunity against Everton, and with Jack Wilshere out for up to six weeks, the versatile 19-year-old has a chance to stamp his authority in the West Ham side, writes Michael Hincks.

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Irons gets Hazard/Luiz compliment from Chelsea boss

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has paid West Ham a big compliment by leaving Eden Hazard and David Luiz at home as the team go into action against PAOK in Greece tonight. The south west London outfit have a poor record against the Hammers having lost two and drawn one of their last four games against […]

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West Ham Ticket exchange compared in Premier League

The West Ham ticket exchange scheme compares reasonably favourably with the rest of those in the PL offering deals although some clubs offer nothing at all! Amid some complaints that it could be improved CandH compared the Irons scheme to the rest of the Premier League to see where it stood – the answer is […]

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Hammers looks sorted for Chelsea clash

West Ham are now more than hopeful that Marko Arnautovic is set to line up against Chelsea at the weekend. Claret and Hugh first reported that he was comfortable on Monday after reporting some pain behind his knee after coming off against Everton. There has been no scan but the medics advised him to simply […]

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Zaba: “We hope this is the beginning of something”

Pablo Zabaleta is hoping the Hammers are on the cusp of something great and is looking forward to Chelsea. The right back produced a solid as usual performance at Everton and must be favourite to keep his position over Ryan Fredericks. He’s a realist but seriously hopeful for Sunday declaring: “Chelsea have a lot of […]

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Major decision could rest on next three games for Iron

Declan Rice could start to cement his international future – and probably with England – if he can perform against Chelsea as he did at Everton last weekend. The 19 year old was deeply impressive against the Toffees and looks certain to be involved on Sunday against the team that rejected him as a kid. […]

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Pundit’s change of heart rewards two Irons

Alan Shearer has been responsible for a couple of devastating attacks on the Hammers during his Match of the Day gigs this season. But the team – and a couple of performances in particular – forced him into a change of heart this week following the victory over Everton. In fact it saw him include […]

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Snoddy calls for a players/fans stadium bond

Robert Snodgrass hopes the fans who were doubting the Hammers after the awdful start have found some reassurance after the fine win at Everton. And he insists: ““We are a very good team and when you get the confidence from winning away from home, you need to take it back to your home stadium and […]

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Settled Pellegrini has easy Sunday job

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini s unlikely to change a thing as he prepares for a key match against Chelsea on Sunday. And that would be the first time since the season started that he has been able to name an unchanged side after arriving at a starting X1 and formation which looks set to […]

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Hundreds of tickets remain for unsold for Chelsea

This weekend I am off to Prague for a fellow West Ham season ticket holders stag week so will miss the West Ham v Chelsea derby, after the recent news that up to 12,500 season ticket holders are missing from each West Ham game played at the London Stadium I decided to re-list my West […]

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Fighting Yarmo gives fans assurance

ive long in the memory of those who witnessed it at the game on TV and inside Goodison Park. He even found himself being compared with Gareth Bale in an element of his game which brought the sensational strike. But for him the result at Everton and his part in it was all about the […]

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Chelsea teen Ampadu signs new contract

The highly rated 18-year-old has committed to the London side until 2023 after making his international breakthrough with Wales

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West Ham sell out all 12,675 away tickets

Brighton away has sold out the initial 90% of 3,000 allocation this week with the ballot for the remaining 10% heavily oversubscribed. The 90% allocation quickly sold out in hours on Monday to Season Ticket Holders with 13 or more Priority points meaning a sixth away sell out in a row. West Ham have sold out every one of […]

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Noble backs claret and blue army on Sunday

It’s Chelsea time and Mark Noble is happy about it and ready to help the team to continue their decent record against the Blues over the last couple of seasons. The Hammers have beaten them twice in the league, once in the Cup, drawn at the Bridge and been beaten at home since the 2016/17, […]

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West Ham face Bristol Rovers in trophy clash

West Ham U23’s take on Bristol Rovers tonight in the Checkatrade Trophy. The invited clubs (which are Academy sides of 16 Category One academy clubs) are all U21 sides. However, teams are permitted to field five players in the starting XI who are over the age of U21, although only two of those five are permitted […]

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West Ham Podcast: West Ham beat Toffees

The Moore Than Just A Podcast team is back from the International break to review Manuel Pellegrini’s first Premier League win for West Ham. In episode six of the new season listen to Claret and Hugh Associate editor Sean Whetstone with fellow presenters Nigel Kahn, John and George Bucci review the Everton away win. We […]

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Rice “legally bound” to Irons as agent stays silent

ClaretandHugh this afternoon attempted to learn from Declan Rice’s agent precisely where things stood as far as he was concerned on the 19 year old’s current contract negotiations. The club had made their position clear and explained that they have an offer on the table but that Rice’s new agent Neil Fewings was not responding. […]

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Everton/Hammers rewind: Enough words – the action again

Ok we’ve been talking about it since Sunday so let’s just remind us exactly how good it was. And that second goal gets better with every viewing as Yarmo crashed an unstoppable effort past England keeper Pickford, This is what we think may be the start of something big but unfortunately this was the only […]

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