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Payet…are you watching Daniel Levy?

Pete Ellis takes a typically sideways and wacky look at the Payet saga Dimi Payet? To be honest, I think it’s more than a little cheeky his agent to want more dough, BUT, Payet didn’t grow up playing football on the streets of Reunion Island, dreaming about pulling on the shirt and emulating Dale Gordon’s […]

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West Ham second cheapest in per goal scored table

West Ham came out second in a table watching each home goal scored this season. The cost of attending every home game this season based on the cheapest ticket has been divided by the total number of goals scored. Each goal has cost the average Hammers fan £8.82 to watch just behind Leicester fans who paid […]

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Spurs looking to hijack Batshuayi deal

Reports from France suggest Spurs are in advanced talks to sign West Ham’s summer target striker Michy Batshuayi. The 22-year-old has scored 21 goals in 46 appearances for Marseille and was subject to intense speculation in the January transfer window linking with West Ham, Stoke, Newcastle as well as Tottenham. Despite Marseille’s insistence they want to […]

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Were West Ham right to offer Payet a new deal?

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Hammers talk on OS investment rumours

West Ham have responded to speculation that whoever gains the naming rights to the Olympic Stadium is ready to invest in the club. The rumour has been circulating on social media and various websites for some time but there is no agreement in place with anyone at this stage. It’s no secret the Davids have […]

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Payet explains why he signed

Dimi Payet has made it clear that West Ham’s ambition was the key card in convincing him to commit to the club until he heads for his 34th birthday! After greeing his new deal he told West Ham TV: ““I think there is everything here to make West Ham a big club. You need time […]

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Payet’s new deal – the fans react

West Ham fans at the ClaretandHugh Facebook group have been responsing to the news that Dimi Payet has signed a new deal to 2021. Here’s what some of them are saying:   O We don’t get to reduce players wages when their form dips or if they are injured. I don’t really understand why a […]

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Payet deal? Even Mooro negotiated very hard!

So Dimitri Payet as landed himself a new Hammers deal worth over £100,000  week ( for the first year at least) and two camps appear to be arising over the wisdom and ethics of the decision. There are some who believe that it shows a mercenary attitude and that wages are more important to him […]

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Slav backs affordable ticket prices

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has weighed into the debate about ticket pricing after fan protests at Liverpool forced their owners to have a rethink on their pricing strategy. Slaven told reporters “It is business. Football clubs are business. On the one hand I can understand it, on the other I saw a great picture […]

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New Payet Deal – The Finances

The Daily Mail are reporting that the new five and a half deal signed by Dimtri Payet this evening will keep his basic wages at £68,000 per week but add-ons will push his pay package over £100,000 per week at least for the first year of the new deal. Payet is understood to be receiving an add-on […]

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Hammer Cullen joins Bantums

Hammer Josh Cullen has joined League One side Bradford City on loan initially until Saturday 12th March.The 19-year-old youngster, who can play as a holding midfielder as well as a number 10, joins West Ham teammate Reece Burke in West Yorkshire. Cullen is expected to go straight into the Bradford squad for Saturday’s game away […]

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We signed Payet! I just don’t think you understand!

West Ham have released an official statement to confirm Dimitri Payet has signed a new long term contract with West Ham which will keep him a Hammer until 2021. On WHUFC.com  the club website says “West Ham United are delighted to announce that Dimitri Payet has signed a new long-term contract with the Club.“The outstanding […]

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West Ham squad could be worth £170m

West Ham spent a total just under £86m in transfer fees assembling it’s current first team squad. Football website TransferMarkt.com who often Football website TransferMarkt.com says the current market value of the West Ham squad has increased to over £102m. Our completely Hammers biased valuation takes into account age of player, length of  remaining contract, […]

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Hammers: Payet deal “very close”

Dmitri Payet is right at this moment (Thursday evening) “very close to signing an improved deal with West Ham United. As we reported via our insiders yesterday the brilliant midfielder has been presented with a variety of new contract options and is now in the process of bringing the short saga to an end. Speculation […]

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Bilic brings brilliant Lanzini news

Slaven Bilic believes the players can shake off the fatigue at Norwich because of the feelgood factor. We head for Carrow Road on the highest of highs but beyond that  the manager had more good news saying: “On Sunday, Manuel Lanzini will train with the team which is obviously a big boost for us. “If […]

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Further delays to OS agreement publication

The London Legacy Development Corporation’s appeal against  a ruling by the Information Commissioner obliging them to release the full details of the 99-year lease agreed between the corporation and West Ham has been adjourned until the 17th March Claret and Hugh understand. The three person panel headed by tribunal judge, Melanie Carter met two weeks ago on […]

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Olympic Stadium pitch to be laid in February

A new state-of-the-art pitch will be installed at the former Olympic Stadium with work scheduled to commence at the end of February. The pitch used during the 2015 Rugby World Cup has been ripped up and work has begun to prepare the ground for a new one to be laid. A new Desso Grassmaster pitch will be installed […]

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Mixed news on injury front

Winston Reid will be scanned for a hamstring problem today and the club has revealed this morning that Joey O’Brien has a similar problem. But delivering his latest injury update, the club’s top medic Stijn Vandenbroucke said that Cheikhou Kouyate – after losing consciousness against Liverpool during a challenge with their defender Jon Flanagan – […]

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Fry talks to DS about Samuelsen

Exclusive Peterborough’s director of football Barry Fry told ClaretandHugh this morning that Martin Samuelsen’s appearance in the FA Cup Final fourth round replay against West Brom last night was his first full match since joining Peterborough United on loan from the Hammers last year. Samuelsen was in fabulous form but Fry said: “He’s still a […]

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Samuelsen heartbreak but Irons contract ahead

Young Hammer Martin Samuelsen suffered the ultimate heartbreak last night as he missed a spot kick in the penalty shoot-out which saw Peterborough slip out of the FA Cup to West Brom. However, he might have got away with it when vastly experienced Albion star Darren Fletcher dribbled an awful shot wide immediately afterwards in […]

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West Ham United Pay League

West Ham’s wage bill has created a lot of discussion over recent months with claims of FFP and all the rest of it. So ClaretandHugh has taken a look at what we believe to be the situation at the club and has based our Pay League table on information we have received recently and in the […]

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OS cheap season tickets go on sale

Band 5 season tickets for £289 have now gone on sale at the West Ham reservation centre in Stratford this week. One new West Ham season ticket holder at the front of the priority list snapped up his cheap season ticket in block 214 today. The cheapest season tickets in the Premier League are located […]

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Payet’s had a troubled time but he’s set to fly again

Dimitri Payet’s financial arrangements and dip in form from his own incredibly high standards have dominated West Ham United affairs this week interrupted only by a magnificent 120 minutes of Cup football. Sadly his form dip – which is what we will be addressing here – has coincided with the club claiming they initiated talks […]

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Gold gripped by Boleyn’s “perfect storm”

Exclusive David Gold has dubbed this amazing last season at the Boleyn as perhaps being in the grip of “a perfect storm.” He said: “The win last night in the final seconds and everything else that has happened so far seems to be fate – it’s as though everything in the footballing stars is falling […]

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US president visits virtual OS

A  marketing video put together by West Ham’s 3D digital partner www.iCreate3d.com appears to show US president Barack Obama among the West Ham fans visiting the former Olympic Stadium presumably to watch West Ham. The video published by Icreate3D on video site Vimeo has since been taken down after Claret and Hugh highlighted it’s existence early […]

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Payet ponders range of contract packages

Dimitri Payet has been offered a wide range of  improved pay deals and is now facing ‘make your mind up time.’ After the club had revealed in an official website statement yesterday that talks had been initiated with the playmaker’s agents, ClaretandHugh  has discovered that he is being ‘spoiled’ for choice But one thing is […]

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