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Benitez speaks out on ‘£100m Hammers’

Rafa Benitez is wary of the talent of West Ham after their summer of investment. The Hammers brought in nine players in the summer, including the likes of Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko. And Benitez is concerned about the amount of talent in the Hammers’ ranks as Newcastle prepare to welcome Manuel Pellegrini’s […]

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Geordie protest may give the Irons an edge

Rafa Benitez has told planned Newcastle protesters he is not at the club to tell them what they should or shouldn’t do. Instead the United boss said they will “do what they have to do” to support the team – as a group plans walk-in protests against owner Mike Ashley. The Magpie Group want fans […]

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Report: Villa to sign former Hammer

Aston Villa are set to sign former West Ham defender James Collins, per the Daily Mail. Ginge was our cult hero in east London and took in two spells at the club, first between 2005 and 2009 and then from 2012 to 2018. He is currently without a club after leaving the Irons at the […]

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Striker admits he could leave West Ham

Javier Hernandez has admitted that he could leave West Ham in either January or the summer. The striker has played just eight times in the Premier League this season, scoring once, in a 4-2 win over Burnley. He has scored 10 goals in 43 appearances in total for the Hammers, and has now revealed that, […]

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Plain talking Pelle makes his point clear and loud

Manuel Pellegrini has again stressed the importance of the Hammers adopting exactly the tight attitude when they go into action at St James’ park tomorrow (Sat). The manager has made it clear on several occasions this campaign that every team has to be treated in the same way and it has reached the stage where […]

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Pellegini admits a Zabaleta problem

The Hammers left back problem may be more than troublesome but manager Manuel Pellegrini is equally concerned about the right side and isn’t afraid to say so publicly. The injury to Ryan Fredericks couldn’t have come at a worse time with the busiest time of the season in front of us and with Pablo Zabaleta […]

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Balbuena looking for festive pick-me-up

Fabian Balbuena is confident that West Ham can kick off their festive period with a win over Newcastle this weekend. The defender has been ever present for the Irons thus far this summer, including a goal against Leicester in the 1-1 draw in October. And Balbuena is sure that he and his team-mates have the […]

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Report: West Ham eyeing loan for Liverpool star

West Ham are considering a potential loan move for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke, per Sky Sports News. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has said that Solanke could be allowed to leave on a short-term deal in January. He has yet to play a single minute of senior football this season, as he finds himself behind the […]

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Media pundits predict Magpie misery

Media pundits Mark Lawrenson and Paul Merson predict misery for the Hammers when they travel to North West this weekend. Lawro has predicted a 2-0 loss for West Ham on the BBC website by saying: “When Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez puts a run of good results together, it is not for just two or three games […]

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Liverpool hero reveals West Ham snub

Vladimir Smicer has revealed he snubbed the chance to join West Ham from Liverpool. The former Reds midfielder left the club after they won the Champions League in 2005. Of course, Smicer scored in one of the greatest comeback victories of all time, as Liverpool fought back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 and eventually […]

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Hammers adopt ‘wait and see’ policy on midfielder

West Ham are adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach to Samir Nasri despite reports that he needs to shift a lot of weight if he’s to get a deal at the club. Morning reports in The Sun claim he needs to shift five kilos and quote insiders as saying there is little chance he can expect […]

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Report: Fulham battling Irons for Inter star

Fulham are battling West Ham to sign Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva, per Inside Futbol. The 31-year-old has been struggling for game time this season at Inter. And the two London clubs are reportedly taking a keen interest in signing him in January. Fulham, however, are said to have made an enquiry in relation to […]

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Claret and Hugh joins West Ham supporters board

Claret and Hugh were part of the inaugural meeting of the new West Ham United Supporters Board last night held at the London Stadium Club Store. C&H was one of three supporters groups chosen by an independent panel consisting of Sir Trevor Brooking, Carlton Cole and Mandy Lane from Visit Football which is the Premier League’s Quality […]

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Hammer targeting clean sweep in next three!

Grady Diangana says West Ham want nine points from their next three games! The Hammers face Newcastle this weekend before games against Cardiff City and Crystal Palace. And Diangana is confident that he and his team-mates can start racking up wins. He told the club’s official website: “We’re aiming for nine points. “We know the teams […]

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Pellegrini cast serious doubts over Oxford’s future

Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear that Reece Oxford is facing a bleak future at West Ham declaring: “It is a difficult moment for him and he must work very hard.” Oxford’s position has been widely reported but for the first time the manager has made it clear that he may have to move on […]

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Murdered Hammers fan ‘mistaken identity’ victim

The father of a law student stabbed to death in what is thought to be a case of mistaken identity has appealed for witnesses to come forward. Sami Sidhom, 18, was walking back from a West Ham match to his home in Forest Gate, east London, on 16 April. A BBC report says: Police say […]

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West Ham have say on Newcastle protests

Manuel Pellegrini insists West Ham will not be affected by protests from Newcastle fans at St James’ Park this weekend. The two sides meet this weekend, with a “walk-in” planned by Magpies supporters. “The Magpie Group” have urged fans to “have an extra pint before going to the match”, per Sky Sports, as they look to […]

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So many Arnie injury worries but just the two absences!

Once again injury doubts about Marko Arnautovic appear to be receding for the fifth or sixth week on the trot if not more. During the international break with no match to concentrate on and therefore no injury issue with which to preoccupy ourselves all the chat was about Arnie and whether he would be staying […]

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Hammers struck by defensive headache

Manuel Pellegrini admits the Hammers are short at right-back ahead of the clash with Newcastle. Ryan Fredericks’ injury means that Pablo Zabaleta is the club’s only fit right full-back. And Pellegrini admits that the the 26-year-old’s fitness problems leave him with a headache. He told reporters, per Football.London: “Unfortunately we have just one right full […]

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Pellegrini spells out the requirements

Manuel Pellegrini has explained the team’s weekly training regime and indicated that defensive duties have been prioritised although there were clearly problems at the other end against City. Speaking in his pre-Newcastle presser he said: “We work every week, it doesn’t matter against who we play, to try to improve our performance. After that we […]

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Obiang hopes dead in the water

Pedro Obiang’s hopes of a move back to Sampdoria look dead in the water following an investigation into his transfer from the Italian club to West Ham Samp president Massimo Ferroro is at the centre of a fraud investigation along with five others after police seized more than £2.3million from Samp as part of a fraud […]

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Hammers boss gives verdict on improved Newcastle

Manuel Pellegrini says he is unsurprised by the revival of Newcastle under Rafa Benitez. After enduring a torrid start to the season, the Magpies have won their last three games ahead of their encounter with the Irons this weekend. And Pellegrini insists the revival has been coming. He told reporters, per West Ham’s official website: […]

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Importance of Newcastle game played down

Manuel Pellegrini has played down the importance of West Ham’s clash with Newcastle this weekend. The Hammers and the Magpies are locked level on points in the Premier League, with Rafael Benitez’s side 12th and the Irons 13th due to goal difference. West Ham have not won at St James’ Park since 2012, but Pellegrini […]

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West Ham boss in bold statement

Manuel Pellegrini insists he always backs West Ham to win! The Hammers face a tricky test this weekend as they take on Newcastle at St James’ Park. The game comes on the back of a 4-0 loss to Manchester City, but the Irons boss is ebullient about his side’s chances. He told reporters, per Sky: […]

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Ex-Arsenal star advises midfielder to join Hammers

Aaron Ramsey has been told to join West Ham! Former Arsenal defender Lauren believes the midfielder should shun interest from abroad in favour of staying in London with the Irons. Ramsey’s contract situation is complicated but it appears as though he will be a free agent in the summer. Bayern Munich have been linked with […]

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Newcastle winning run comes at worst possible time

Newcastle are on something of a tear at the moment. Having spent the start of the season in dire relegation trouble, failing to win any of their first 10 games, they have won their last three fixtures. Wins over Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley have taken the Magpies to 13th in the Premier League, level on […]

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