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Declan facing devil or the deep blue sea

Declan Rice could soon be approaching – if he’s not already at – that dreadful place between the devil and the deep blue sea. Talks continue between the club and his advisers continue with an offer on the table of which everybody will take a different view. The teenager arrived in the first team during […]

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Boss Pelle so happy with business

Manuel Pellegrini is thrilled to have captured his No 1 priority player Felipe Anderson. He doesn’t quite put it that way but it’s well known that the former (how good that sounds) Lazio star has arrived and could easily become the player around whom he builds his side. Talking of the 25-year-old Brazil midfielder – […]

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£450,000 wasted in London Stadium sponsorship failure

Nearly £450,000 of taxpayers’ money has been spent trying to find a sponsor for the London Stadium home but a backer has yet to be found. The stadium’s owner, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), has been accused by the BBC of wasting cash in its search for a naming rights partner with a sponsorship […]

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Rice contract update

West Ham are continuing their efforts to sort a deal out with Declan Rice’s new advisers ahead of the season. But if they can’t – having been talking over the last couple of weeks – they will wait until the turn of the year before trying again. Having appointed a new agent, Declan finds himself […]

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West Ham Podcast: Summer Transfer Discussion

The Moore Than Just A Podcast crew is back this week recording another closed season podcast episode discussing the latest summer transfer news including the signing of  Felipe Anderson and Fabian Balbuena and a roundup of the Summer transfer business. Listen to Claret and Hugh Associate editor Sean Whetstone, Nigel Kahn and guest presenter West […]

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Hammer Dean’s brilliant new Irons image

  Lovely piece of artwork from Dean Marsh  – a Hammer to his backbone – and a follower of ClaretandHugh since its infancy back in 2014. Respect to you Deano a great piece of work featuring all our new boys  and it’s great having you around for those moments when we might not share the […]

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The devilish tactical mind of Irons boss Manuel!

Mike Manera is the No 1 Hammers funny man and has become a bit of a legend for his excellent Mike on Monday videos in which he sends up and  knocks down everything in sight in his alternative look at all things Hammers. But there’s far more to our Mike than meets the eye and he […]

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Mad Mike’s pleads: ‘Don’t be the new Matt Jarvis Felipe’

Mike’s back after all the excitement and is as overjoyed as any of us with what’s going on at our club. He’s thrilled with the new signings but reckons Armolenko could be a bit of a Scrabble nightmare and adds that but for the fact “it’s not” Fabian Balbuena would at one time have been […]

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Furious Irons say Arnie rumour “100% untrue”

Reports that Marko Arnautovic is being hawked around Serie A clubs have this afternoon been condemned by the Irons who have made it clear the Hammers ‘top man’ is 100 per cent not for sale under any circumstances.” For the second tome this summer the Hammer of last season is being linked with a move […]

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Hammers target signs new deal with his club

Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles is to remain at the Toon and thus confirmed that West Ham’s big business has all been done. The defender was at the centre of a £25 million bid by the Irons but has now committed himself the Tyneside outfit after it looked – at least for a while – that he […]

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Balbuena’s high ambitions

South American’s and West Ham have often been a decent mix and new boy Fabian Balbuena is hoping he will be one of those who follows what has often been a successful tradition. In his first inteview he declared: “The South Americans that played here have always left a good impression, like both Tevez and [Javier] Mascherano, […]

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New arrivals may not be quite over

West Ham’s major transfer business has been done as we reported over the weekend but don’t be surprised if one or two more players appear before transfer deadline day. Manuel Pellegrini is still taking a good look at his squad and we are hearing that a couple of fringe players and a back up striker […]

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Keepers to battle it out for number one spot

Adrian has been told by Manual Pellegrini there will be no automatic number one keeper choice despite forking out over £7m for former Swansea keeper Łukasz Fabiański. Adrian has been told to fight for his place and that form will dictate who starts in between the sticks. Fabiański remains on holiday after finishing his international duty with Poland […]

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Hammers split over Newham council’s U-turn on statue

West Ham supporters are split right down the middle whether the World Cup statue on the corner of Barking Road and Green Street should move to Stratford close to the London Stadium or stay where it is close to the where the Boleyn Ground once stood. With over 1,700 voting 49.8% want it to move […]

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Video: Gonzo to the rescue after Wycombe stream failure

Claret and Hugh’s big mate Gonzo has stepped into the breach to give an after match report on the game at Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon. With the club’s ‘live stream’ proving a dead loss Gonz has put together a ten minute video which tells you all you need to know about the events at Adams […]

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West Ham v Wycombe Wanderers team news

Manuel Pellegrini starts against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park with a lineup of Adrian, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble. Obiang, Cullen, Snodgrass, Yarmolenko and Arnautovic Subs bench is Trott, Oxford, Rice, Byram, Coventry, Fernandes, Samuelson, Haksabanovic, Holland and Hugill. Injury news:  Jack Wilshere is not match fit such yet as he is one week behind […]

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Brazilian’s pay demands kills deal

West Ham have tonight knocked back reports that Shaktar Donetsk winger  Bernard is on his way to the club The story is being reported across Europe as fact but ClaretandHugh has been told an attempt to land the player failed a month ago on account of his personal terms. We pulled out when his representatives […]

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Antonio exit may be on hold after Carroll injury

Andy Carroll’s not unexpected injury issue may have thrown a different perspective on Michail Antonio’s position at the club. It’s been widely speculated that the former Hammer of the Year will be on his way this summer with Palace favourites to grab him. But the Carroll news means that we are now down to two […]

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No rest for Irons as boss makes the going tougher

Manuel Pellegrini – currently flying back to England with the squad from the Swiss training camp – has become the hardest manager any Irons squad will have worked under in recent seasons. After intensive three sessions a day training routines in Europe there will be absolutely no let up in the boss’ super-tough training regime […]

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West Ham announce new shirt sponsor

West Ham will wear a lion rampant on their shirt next season after the club signed their new sleeve sponsor. The logo of Basset & Gold, a financial services firm in London, will feature on the left sleeve of the first team, academy and PL2 players. Basset & Gold will also become West Ham’s eSports partner. A […]

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Andy Carroll suffers malicious false rumours

Andy Carroll has suffered malicious false rumours on social media in how he has suffered his latest injury blow. Verified Instagram and Twitter accounts are falsely claiming the 29-year-old West Ham striker ruptured his ACL after falling off a balcony in Switzerland while sneaking back into his hotel room after curfew. Club insiders have confirmed the rumour is 100% […]

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Cancelling Carroll’s contract achieves absolutely nothing

Andy Carroll’s incredible injury woes have again given rise to the cry among many for his contract to be cancelled! It’s a natural emotional knee jerk reaction with people fed up that he is never available and he doesn’t help himself when saying things like: “I hope I get a full pre-season ” following the […]

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Very early days but is this the line up as it stands?

I may be a little early with this piece bearing in mind that Felipe Anderson is still a couple of days away and according to the manager there could well be more players arriving at the club. But with five new faces on board it’s an interesting exercise to trying working out the sort of […]

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These are extraordinary Irons moments – relish them!

It’s almost impossible to believe the business West Ham have been doing since the summer started. The massive and still key arrival was manager Manuel Pellegrini on £10 million  a year deal and we have to accept that everything that’s followed has been as a result of the Chilean agreeing to take over at the […]

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Hammer is a now a big bookies favourite to leave

Michail Antonio is now a massive odds on bet to leave the club before the sumer is out. The arrival of Andriy Yarmolenko and imminent alleged appearance of Felipe Anderson looks to have made the former Nottingham Forest man surplus to Hammers requirements. Crystal Palace have had a long reported interest and both they and […]

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Report: Anderson to arrive in London today

The Daily Mail claim that West Ham have now been granted work permit for Felipe Anderson as they prepare to smash their transfer record in a deal worth in region of £40million. The move is set to be announced in the next 24 hours claims Simon Jones for the tabloid. The paper quotes sources in Italy claiming that a deal […]

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