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Trying to make sense of Arnie’s U-turn

The day after Marko Arnautovic’s apparent change of heart and commitment to the Hammers and I am still trying to make sense of it and understand what the real story behind his statement. Just days ago the club were bracing themselves for a further bid from China with a minimum valuation set at £45m before […]

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Fernandez may hold the key to West Ham Gomez deal

Celta Vigo have agreed to sign Uruguayan forward Gabriel Fernandez from Penarol this summer in a €4m deal, claim reports in Spain. Various media reports in Uruguay in recent days say the deal between the clubs is done and personal terms agreed in principle. Fernandez has netted 13 goals in 36 appearances this season for the […]

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Poll: Will West Ham win lose or draw in FA Cup draw?

West Ham faces AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup Fourth round proper at the Kingsmeadow stadium in Kingston, Surrey. The match will be televised live on BT Sports with a kick off time of 7.45pm The game is an echo a similar cup draw played in August last year when the Hammers were drawn away to […]

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Hammers aim for two signings before window closes

West Ham are hoping to complete two signings before transfer deadline day despite the news that Marko Arnautovic is remaining at the club. However, as reported elsewhere on CandH, they remain intensely keen on bring in Celta Vigo’s Mazi Gomez, and that could indeed happen before the window closes. A senior Hammers source, talking to […]

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AFC boss knows the score

Former Hammers coach Wally Downes is ready to swap blows with Manuel Pellegrini and knows exactly why today’s Cup clash is on the box – because the broadcasters want the minnows to win. The AFC Wimbledon manager will certainly not be the victim of mixed emotions when the two teams run out this evening despite […]

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Report: Pellegrini “not convinced” by Arnie in training

West Ham are continuing talks with Celta Vigo despite Marko Arnautovic’s change of heart in deciding to stay at the London Stadium. The news that the maverick striker is ready to stay at the club has received a mixed reception on the forums despite the striker’s plea to let the bubbles fly. Many still believe […]

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Irons resolute there would be no Payet repeat

So in the end it was all about his gratitude that West Ham had pointed his career in the right direction and that although he was tempted by the Chinese offer he decided against the move. Now that’s SOUNDS great but I’m not sure I’m ready to swallow that hook line and sinker after watching […]

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Arnie announces he’s staying at West Ham

Marko Arnautovic has thrown one of the biggest curved balls in recent football history by declaring that he is staying at West Ham. In a personal message starting ‘Dear West Ham Fans‘ he has defied all our beliefs by saying that he wants to repay the club for pointing his career in the right direction.” […]

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New twist in Arnie saga – all to become clear in 24 hours

Marko Arnautovic looks set for a move to China after both the player and club revealed this afternoon there has been a new development in the on/off saga. The player has posted on his Instagram account that there will be news “very soon” on his situation and ClaretandHugh sources inside the club confirmed to us […]

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West Ham retain top 20 richest club place

Deloitte’s Football Money League (‘DFML’) is now in its 22nd edition of the in which they profile the top twenty highest revenue-generating clubs in world football each year. West Ham remains in the top 20 (just) after dropping down three places to 20th position with €197.9m in revenue. Newcastle is a new entry in 19th […]

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AFC and it really is “a kinda magic!”

By CandH blogger Allen Cummings The Magic of the Cup! It’s a phrase we’re all familiar with despite it have become the cliche of cliches. The BBC are using it to help promote their own FA Cup coverage across this weekend although I suspect some Manchester United supporters wont think there’s much magic […]

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Cheer up Arnie my old China

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this photo of Marko Arnautovic with Angelo Ogbonna during training at Rush Green this week may tell one of its own. Yesterday, Manuel Pellegrini refused to confirm whether Marko would play again for West Ham telling reporters: “[On Friday] we will see the squad and which […]

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Pundits predict FA progression for Hammers

Football pundits predict the Hammers will progress through to the fifth round of the FA Cup this weekend BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson wrote readers on the BBC website “AFC Wimbledon are bottom of League One and are without a league win since 26 December but they will not have been thinking about their struggles in […]

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Hammers set to ‘blank’ midfielder

Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka appears to have little chance of joining Manuel Pellegrini at the London Stadium this month. Lobotka has been linked with a move away from the club this month based mainly on his desire to work with our manager. The story arose at the same time as it became clear that […]

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Maxi Gomez update

Celta Vigo’s sporting director Felipe Minambres says he hopes his club will keep hold of their best players in the winter transfer window but hinted that their star player Maxi Gomez could leave if an English club matched the release clause thought to be €50m (£43.5m) At a press conference reported by Football.London to unveil the […]

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TV looks for a shock as Oggy gets ready

Angelo Ogbonna is taking nothing for granted when the Irons go into TV action against AFC Wimbledon tomorrow evening (Sat). The match kicks off at 7.45 pm in from of the BT Sport 2 cameras and the Italian central defender is looking for a similar result to the win over the League One outfit in […]

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Balbuena names the strongest Hammer

Michail Antonio has had his share of criticism this season but is again showing the sort of form that has made him a huge favourite with the the claret and blue army. Injury has played a big part in his problems during the first half of the season but Manuel Pellegrini has been calling on […]

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Pelle reveals the Lanzini timetable

Manuel Pellegrini is watching Manu Lanzini’s progress after a dreadful injury with the utmost caution and preaching patience daily at the Argentine playmaker. The midfielder suffered a devastating cruciate injury during his nation’s World Cup build up but is now back in light training and according to the boss would play tomorrow if it was […]

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Pelle avoids giving Cup match answer on Marko

It’s easy to get the impression from the manager’s comments on Marko Arnautovic’s involvement or otherwise in Saturday’s Cup match that this will be another game the Austrian sits out. I c hope I’m wrong but Manuel Pellegrini’s comments when asked the question were entirely dissimilar to those in previous weeks when asked about the […]

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Lanzini returns to first team training

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Manuel Lanzini has returned to training with the first team this week. Pellegrini told reporters assembled at Rush Green training ground at lunchtime “We had good news that Lanzini started training with the squad, just the warm-up. He is recovering well. Fredericks is working too, we will […]

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Pellegrini answers Andy Carroll rumours

Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed Andy Carroll rumours linking him with a move away from West Ham this winter. Carroll was linked to an unlikely move to Spurs earlier this week by a red-topped tabloid. Pellegrini confirmed he didn’t think Andy Carroll before the end of the season when his current contract expires. Pellegrini told reporters at […]

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Pellegrini says it is impossible know Marko’s future

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini says it is impossible to know Marko Arnauotvic future as a Hammer. When asked by reporters at Rush Green this lunchtime whether Marko could play on Sunday Pellegrini answered: “On Friday, we will see the names of the players in the squad list. Marko is working with us without any problems. It […]

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Bookies Rice/City odds just daft

Bookmakers have heavily slashed the odds of Declan Rice joining Manchester City this January but the chances of that happening can be taken with a large pinch of salt. Several of the High Street bookies have slashed the odds from 20/1 to 5/2. At the start of the window was 1/18 to stay with the […]

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Irons reveal striker target unavailable until summer

West Ham have this morning publicly confirmed their interest in Maxi Gomez for the first time. There have of course been many media reports covering the story but until now the club has given no official word on whether the speculation is real or simply transfer window gossip. However, with new stories emerging today that […]

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Hammers wait on new China “activity”

West Ham are expecting late developments from China on the Marko Arnautovic transfer saga towards or on Transfer deadline day! Despite the window in the orient remaining open until the end of February the Hammers will not entertain any bids after our transfer window closes as it will be impossible to replace the Austrian. A […]

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Andy Carroll puts his house up for sale

West Ham striker Andy Carroll has put his Chigwell house up for sale with an asking price of £5m. The 30-year-old Hammer who has less than six months remaining on his West Ham contract is selling his nine-bedroom Essex mansion with the details listed on Rightmove.co.uk Estate agents John Thoma describe the home “A spectacular nine bedroom […]

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