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Benteke to slip down Irons wanted list

Christian Benteke could be off the Hammers striker list following grim news on his injury front. For according to well respected freelance injury data analyst @BenDinnery, he could miss the rest of the season which will put all interest firm;y on hold throughout the summer. Dinnery – who has a great record for getting things right […]

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Slav: Things are happening too fast!

Slave Bilic has taken the sting out or any fans complaints the promises to make star signings to encourage season tickets saying: “We’ve sold them already!” Every season a minority of supporters make that charge against the club but the manager has once again drawn fire with a masterly overview of the club’s position. But […]

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Report: Irons inquiry for Spaniard

Spanish publication Fichajex reports that we have targeted Levante midfielder Victor Camarasa.as they begin to prepare for their first season in the Olympic Stadium. The report says we have made an inquiry about the Spain Under-21 international, who has previously attracted interest from the likes of Atletico Madrid, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United. Reportedly, […]

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The Final Farewell – the old girl did me proud

    By Pete Ellis Farewell Boleyn – that’s your lot! (for me anyway) So, on a sun drenched Bank holiday afternoon, I made my last ever trip to the Boleyn for Nobes’ special day. What a celebration of West Ham that was eh? I was never really overly bothered by us moving. For me […]

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Irons could rule roost without ref howlers

When Slaven Bilic moaned that the penalty wrongly awarded against West Ham at Chelsea was merely the latest in a long line of injustices to strike his side this season, he had a point. In fact, the disgruntled Irons manager may have had four points – going by the calculations of national newspaperman HARRY PRATT’S […]

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Wrong Paolo! Dimi is already a legend

It’s been a marriage made in heaven! Dimi Payet loves West Ham United with a passion and as made the fact very clear indeed via some quotes in today’s mwdia at the end of the week which saw him make a sensational international return for his country. He declared: ““It’s such an exciting time to […]

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Pundits agree with West Ham Winning Way

All three football pundits agree this weekend  believing that West Ham will beat Crystal Palace this Saturday afternoon to rise to a 53 point total and potentially leap frog above Manchester City into fourth place for a chance of Champions league football. BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson “Crystal Palace’s long wait for a league win this […]

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Hartson: ‘West Ham can get in champions league’

Former Hammer, John Hartson has told the BBC Sport website that  West Ham will finish in the top four in the Premier League table this season. “West Ham are flying, and they do not look in danger of running out of steam despite the fact their season started weeks before everyone else’s did – on 2 July […]

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Gold tweets a message to Trump

David Gold has whipped up a storm of reaction on Twitter and the issue has absolutely nothing to do with football. Instead the co chairman has stepped into a political minefield by making his feelings known on the attempts of Donald Trump to become President of the United States. It’s a topic that gets everybody […]

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Olympic Stadium Naming rights delayed

Hopefully you have all worked out by now that Ann Summers will not be the new naming parter of the Olympic Stadium and it was our poor attempt at an April Fools joke. Sorry but in reality no naming rights partner will be revealed in the near future. When Claret and Hugh spoke to the […]

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Sullivan on Cup or CL qualification?

David Sullivan can’t make up his mind whether he wants fourth place in the Premier League or an FA Cup triumph at Wembley. Asked on talkSPORTwhich of the two he wanted most he made it clear he found it a near impossible task but said: “If you asked me whether it was third place or […]

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Slav frets as Palace beckons

Slaven Bilic admits to some deep concerns over tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace. He fears the international break has disrupted the team’s preparation and is worried the game will come too soon for some players. He said: ““This international break, on one hand we didn’t want it because we had that momentum and we want […]

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Pardew’s ‘stop Payet’ plan easier said than done

Palace boss Alan Pardew is running scared of Dimi Payet – or more accurately – his free kicks. And the former Irons boss has told his team to make sure they concede no set pieces against the deadly Hammers hero anywhere near goal. Dimi’s conversion rate from free kicks to goals is around 50 per […]

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DG’s “we’ll win” wind-up at his Palace work staff

Exclusive David Gold is expecting his largely Palace-supporting workforce to arrive pretty miserable on Moday morning after being beaten by the Hammers. He explained that being positioned where it was the company had attracted many Palace fans down the years and that there’s always plenty of banter between him and them. He said: “Of course […]

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Olympic Stadium naming rights partner revealed

Claret and Hugh understands that high street lingerie retailer, Ann Summers has won the bid to become the naming rights partner for the former Olympic Stadium. The Olympic Stadium will be renamed the Ann Summers stadium this summer ahead of West Ham’s first match in August. As part of the estimated £3m per year sponsorship […]

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Irons to join ‘magnificent seven’

West Ham are all set to join the “Magnificent Seven.” The move to the OS will  push them into the football stratosphere after th capacity was increased to 60,000 on pure public demand. The club look likely to sell out every game next season and that will make it the seventh highest attended stadium in Europe, […]

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Slav closes in on Palace decisions

Michail Antonio is likely to hold onto the right back position against Crystal Palace this weekend. With Sam Byram carrying a knock and unavailable until the Arsenal game, manager Slaven Bilic is reluctant to risk James Tomkins from the start although he is likely to be on the bench. Tonks played for a while in […]

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Bilic rules out defensive duo for Palace clash

West Ham defenders James Collins and Sam Byram will play no part in the London derby with Crystal Palace on Saturday. Slaven Bilic has revealed.has taken a knock and the game will come too soon for James Collins recovering frm a hamstring However the pair are likely to be ready when the Irons  host Arsenal […]

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Payet would not be banned from UK

A misinformed piece in the Daily Mirror has suggested Dimitri Payet would not be able to play for West Ham if the UK were no longer part of the European Union. The article by Joe Mewis says: “Britain goes to the polls on June 23 and a Brexit vote could radically change the face of […]

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DS exclusive: Martinez will join Irons

Chairman David Sullivan has confirmed exclusively to ClaretandHugh that Valencia wonder kid Toni Martinez is on his way to the club. Despite denials last night on social media, David told us a few minutes ago: ” Yes, I can confirm he will sign in the next 7 days. “There is a large fee if the player […]

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Di Canio: “Here’s the next Irons legend”

Paolo Di Canio reckons Dimi Payet is all set to follow in his own legendary footsteps. Upton Park hero Di Canio said: “Payet is a fantastic footballer. He can be a cracker for a few years to come. He works hard for the team, off-the-ball as well as on it. “Look at the top footballers, the […]

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Your chance to win the greatest Hammers shirt ever offered on the internet – take your chance

It’s the biggest and best giveaway ever on social media. ClaretandHugh and Hammers Chat have been handed a shirt signed by the entire West Ham legends dressing room. It includes the likes of Paolo Di Canio, Julian Dicks, Ludo Miklosko, Dean Ashton, Rio Ferdinand – and the others…the greatest names in Hammers history. It was […]

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Talk a Good Game – it’s Crystal Palace and the boy Baz makes a special appearance

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Bonds honoured at the Olympic Stadium

West Ham Legend Billy Bonds has been honoured at the Olympic Stadium as his shirt is the first to go up at the converted stadium as part of the Hammers WestHamification of their new home continues. WHUFC.com revealed yesterday  “On Wednesday, the construction team set about installing a prototype model of the shirt, this one in […]

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Wilfred linked with the Hammers

West Ham has added Wilfried Bony to their shortlist of strikers the club will work their way through if they cannot land Michy Batshuayi claim the Daily Telegraph The broadsheet claims Marseille striker Batshuayi is still West Ham’s top summer target, but the Irons will face considerable competition from rivals Spurs. The paper say Dimitri […]

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Video blog: Win this priceless signed legends shirt in Part Two of a great Hammers Chat interview

Our top man Ian Bishop concludes his thoughts on West Ham 2016 and FINALLY gives his view on whom he wants to grab fourth place of his two favourite clubs – us and Manchester City. Bish has always been unable to separate his emotions on the two clubs but this time around he comes down […]

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