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No no no – not Nasri, real midfield money needed

West Ham’s midfield issues become more serious by the match and yet the one name mentioned as a realistic possible arrival is Samir Nasri!! With Lanzini, Yarmolenko and Sanchez on a long term injury list and with question marks hanging over captain Mark Noble, I find that pretty extraordinary and worrying. At 31 and with […]

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New twist in Carroll contract dilemma

It seems there is a solution for every problem when it comes to contracts in football and that may be good news for Andy Carroll and the club! Since we aired the story that the Hammers had to offer Andy Carroll the same money plus RPI increases to remain at the club on the basis […]

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Lest we forget West Ham players and supporters

11 am today marks the 100th year anniversary of Armistice Day. The moment we remember those fallen in World War One and also in other conflicts. Seven former West Ham players are included in that roll of honour and today we remember them below. Former West Ham players killed in WW1 Frank Costello William Kennedy […]

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New hope that Hammer can be sold

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini and West Ham had some good news from the north east as they bid to raise funds from a possible Jordan Hugill sale. After blotting his copybook with boss Tony Pulis in the game against Stoke by “going down to easily ” (that’s manager talk for diving) he was on […]

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Video: Pellegrini post match press conference

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Video: David Wagner on the 1-1 draw with West Ham

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The honeymoon period’s over Pelle – we need more!

By Sean Whetstone The honeymoon period is now well and truly over for Manuel Pellegrini and he should not be exempt from criticism. He is a world class manager reportedly earning £10m per year at West Ham; he spent over £100m in the summer but I was expecting much more by now. His team seriously […]

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Report: Hammers eyeing Liverpool striker

West Ham are this morning being linked with Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke who has yet to play a single game for the merseysiders this season. Reading-born, the 21 year old is apparently being seen as a player Jurgen Klopp is ready to allow out on loan and the Hammers plus Crystal Palace are apparently in the […]

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Balbuena leads the pack of lack lustre Irons ratings

The ratings tell a story when a defender gets the man of the match. Fabian Balbuena scored 6.73 in the Claret and Hugh player ratings which on a normal week would be pretty average but yesterday elevated him to the unlikely West Ham man of the match. Luca Fabianski was not far behind on 6.69 […]

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‘Marmite’ Iron is the unsung hero

Robert Snodgrass admits the Hammers are far from “the finished article” but believes they have the resources to do really well. He believes the there are players in the team who can score goals and characters who will keep going when things are looking bleak. Speaking after the game he declared the fans as being […]

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Irons striker between a rock and a hard place

It’s no big surprise to see a story emerge tonight that Chicharoto may be leaving the club in January. The Express is running it this time but it’s been around for a long time with the Mexican being unable to get a starting position from Arnie – well who would? The latest story says that […]

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Pelle explains why Huddersfield was a “dangerous game

Manuel Pellegrini nailed it again in an after match analysis which brings home how thoroughly simple things are when explained by somebody who has been doing the job for years. He never fails to shine a light into what many consider darkness as was the case early in the season when we were losing those […]

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Vote for your West Ham player ratings against Huddersfield

Please vote with your personal ratings for West Ham players who played for ten minutes or more in the Huddersfield Town v West Ham United match at the Kirklees Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Please only vote if you watched the game yourself and select a numerical score between one and ten where one is low and ten […]

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Anderson to the rescue with a beauty

By Hugh Southon Huddersfield 1 Irons 1 Felipe Anderson rescued the Hammers with a second half strike of epic quality after the Terriers had held the lead into the 74th minute. He started and finished the goal with with a fabulous shot into the top corner to ensure the Hammers remained unbeaten in […]

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Snoddy’s analysis looks on the money

Manuel Pellegrini admitted the team hadn’t played well in the first half after the hosts had scored. He admitted: We didn’t play well in the first half after their goal. You have to fight for every ball when you come here, they play with a great intensity and aggression. We also kept the ball too […]

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How we rated the Irons at Huddersfield

Hugh hands out the marks Fabianski: Probably unsighted for the goal and made some quite remarkable saves. Top keeper 7 Zaba: Captain again and did okay but the legs seem to be finding him out a bit and was subbed in second half 6 Diop: Top defending at times but out of position for one […]

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Disappointment for Grady in CandH PlayerWatch

PlayerWatch report Danny Leach had a cushy afternoon after we chose to follow young Grady Diangana at Huddersfield but of course he was subbed at half time. This this is something of an abbreviated look at the lad with Danny concentratiing solely on a first half performance. 3 – Picks the ball up in midfield […]

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Only one outcome for Irons in Yorkshire – it’s in our DNA

By Sergey Novysh I do believe in omens. I’m not from ancient Rome, but still I think there is something more than a sequence of coincidences behind some unexpected happenings in life. I know it’s weird and of course I’ve heard of critical thinking and scientific approach but.. when I see Lawro saying exactly: […]

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Injured Iron on way back

Injured Hammers on loan defender Sam Byram could return to action for Nottingham Forest early in the new year according to his City Ground boss Aitor Karanka. Following the arrival of Ryan Fredericks it became clear that Byram was not going to get many minuted and was allowed to join Forest for the season. However, […]

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Declan heads into the end game

Declan Rice is suddenly doing a lot of talk on his future to his chosen media vehicle The Times That he is doing so and chose to tell us that he wants to stay at West Ham United was music to everybody’s ears and it was greeted by one of ClaretandHugh‘s insiders – a regular […]

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Diangana “feels natural” at Premier League level

Grady Diangama has told Sky Sports that is feels perfectly natural to him that he is now playing in the Premier League. The youngster has taken the Hammers scene by storm over the last few games and the fans even voted him man of the match ahead of Felipe Anderson last week. His first interview […]

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Hammers face an acid test at Huddersfield

The game against Huddersfield comes at precisely the right time for the Irons and will demonstrate whether we truly have it about us to become a team which at last can show some consistency. The win over Burnley was attractive and determined. Today will show whether Manuel Pellegrini has been able to build his man […]

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Pelle starts to show the Iron fist within velvet glove

Manuel Pellegrini has declared that this is the moment for back to back wins having sorted out that appalling start. The manager – talking on www.whufc.com said: “This year we had a lot of different reasons why we didn’t have back-to-back wins but this is the moment to do it. “Now is the moment to try […]

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The Anderson factor: Cresswell explains

Aaron Cresswell got a close up view of Felipe Anderson’s incredible form last Saturday after winning his place back in the team over Artuhur Masuaku. And it confirmed what he has been seeing on the training ground for some weeks whilst the player has continued to frustrate Hammers fans with a series of performances bordering […]

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Video: David Wagner previews West Ham

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West Ham £10m players project is to be applauded

West Ham’s commit to the community via the new Players’ Project and the promise of the investment of £10 million to help in key areas of community life is to be applauded, Whilst of us are focused almost entirely on football and success on the field we forget that such areas as Canning Town are […]

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