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Breakthrough season beckons for this Hammer

Sam Byram will be making a major pitch to clinch the right back position for himself this season with the backroom staff seeing him as the real deal. Many are anxious that with Sofiane Fegouhli having arrived and Gokhan Tore on his way to the Hammers,  Michail Antonio will be continuing at right back this […]

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Sakho’s transfer request – the fans react

Diafra Sakho has handed in a transfer request to the club. The Senegal striker is believed by many to be the best striker at West Ham so how have the fans at ClaretandHugh’s Facebook Group responded. Here’s some views after allowing the news to sink in properly over the last few hours. O Get rid. […]

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Galey’s Blog: Sakho’s best striker at the club

Tony Gale was proud to be a  Hammer again last season admitting  this was a squad really going places. And he has been watching every development at the club this summer. In this EXCLUSIVE blog for CLARETANDHUGH he explains is happy with the way things are going and is glad  Slav won’t be swapping his job […]

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LIVE Transfer Chat here tonight…do not miss!

This is the link you need if you want to keep updated on everything that’s happening on the Irons transfer scene. The lads in charge are Gonzo and  Geo…the time is 7.30 pm…the day is Saturday July 9 …it’s live and it’s exclusive only with ClaretandHugh’s partners Hammers Chat – the best in the business. […]

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Gold fuels striker signing excitement

David Gold has giving impetus to the growing excitement surrounding the possible signing of AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca. It is becoming increasingly likely that the 29 year old Colombian international is set for a move to east London. Although names are still being kept under wraps there seems little doubt he is becoming the main […]

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Olympian Manu excited at Rio challenge

Manuel Lanzini has spoken of his delight at being called into the Argentina 18-man squad for Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He is one of the star names in a squad which will open its challenge with a game against Portugal on 4 August, with matches against  Algeria and Honduras to follow. The young Irons star misfielder […]

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Irons ‘Insider’ gives huge striker clue

West Ham’s board always relentlessley insist that they are unwilling to discuss any particular player who is at the centre of negotiation until a deal is done. And the official site’s “source” the ‘Insider’ in using the expression in his/her latest column virtually confirms that Carlos Bacca may well be close to hitting the road for the […]

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50 years on…Hammer holds key to major trophy

It will become the crowning moment in an extraordinary year for Dimi Payet. And just as they did when England won the World Cup in 1966 the Hammers will have a massive stake in a France Euro 2016 victory against Portugal in Paris tomorrow night (Sun). Precisely 50 years on West Ham look to provide […]

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Hammers talks on striker progressing

West Ham are due to continue negotiations for AC Milan striker Carolos Bacca after the weekend. We understand a meeting in planned for Monday when the  club will attempt to bring down his wage demands of around £125k a week. They are also likely to offer performance related clauses in a deal which could see […]

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Hammers give striker a firm thumbs down

The Irons have told Robin van Persie he’s not wanted the the Olmpic Stadium despite the former Arsenal and Manchester United striker’s readiness to accept a huge pay cut. ClaretandHugh revealed a week ago that despite 16 goals in the Turkish League, the Irons were not interested in the 32 year old. The Hammers believe […]

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Silliest rumour of the window …and no it’s not true

Twitter has produced some of the most absurd transfer gossip ever down the years but none more ridiculous than a story that was doing the rounds yesterday. I was on my way to the kazi – precisely the right place – when the phone rang and I was told; “You won’t believe this (got that […]

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West Ham made £3m bid for Hutchinson

Besiktas president Fikret Orman has confirmed that West Ham have made a £3m bid for Atiba Hutchinson. But Orman revealed that the Hammers will have to increase their offer if they want to sign the Canadian international but he confirmed that Atiba  does want a Premier League move. Speaking at a press conference today Orman said: “I […]

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VIDEO: Who are yer? Gokhan Tore!

We’ve heard his name 100 times or more and he’s been rumoured to be joing us ever since Slaven Bilic mentioned that he was a great admirer. Now, today it’s finally been anounced officially – some time behind most of us – that Beskitas winger Gokhan Tore has signed for the Irons on lon with […]

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Besiktas confirm loan of Tore to West Ham

Besiktas president Fikret Orman has officially confirmed the loan transfer of Gokhan Tore to West Ham. Orman told Turkish media at a press conference: “We have loaned Gokhan Tore to West Ham, they made an offer and it appealed to us. We have a lot of competition for a place on the right wing with Andreas Beck, […]

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Sakho transfer request update

ClaretandHugh can confirm that Diafra Sakho has indeed asked for a transfer. The club has confirmed to us that the early reports claiming he wants to leave and has now put in a transfer request are true but we were told : “His request means nothing.” The report initially broke via Sky Sports sources and […]

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Agent breaks silence on Valencia situation

Enner Valencia is attracted by an offer from Lazio, according to his agent, who confirms the forward would like to leave West Ham this summer. His agent Gonzalo Vargas told Italia site Lalaziosiamonoi.it “We’re going to England in the next few days with Enner to talk to West Ham, he wants to leave, although he is […]

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A new Antonio is born

OK so we don’t usually do baby pictures here at ClaretandHugh but we just wanted to add our congratulations to Hammer Michail Antonio and his family on the birth of his baby daughter. Antonio was given special permission not to travel with the first team to US cities of Seattle and North Carolina as his […]

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Olympic Stadium wrap update

With just 26 days before our first Europa League match on the 4th August at the former Olympic Stadium, work is continuing at pace to install the alternative wrap around the outside of the stadium before the first event of the summer which starts next weekend. Construction workers have been busy over the last few […]

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Sakho: This is the problem

Reports that Diafra Sakho has handed in a transfer request remain uncomfirmed but there is no issue that he and the club are involved a tense battle of wills. The striker – having missed the trip to the US because of a “sickness bug ” – is concerned at his immediate future with the determination […]

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Report: Sakho hands in transfer request

Sky Sports are claiming that Diafra Sakho has handed in a transfer request at West Ham. The striker was the subject of a failed bid from Sunderland last month. That bid was made up of a ridiculously low basic fee plus add-ons to bring it closer to the club’s valuation. One condition was that the striker […]

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US tour looks a total waste of time

I am sorry and  maybe I am in the minority but I fail to see the footballing or business value of this US pre-season tour to Seattle and North Carolina. I am sure the former Arsenal directors who occupy senior director positions at West Ham persuaded the owners  it would be a great idea to […]

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Hammers say “no” to striker offer

West Ham have rejected the chance to send striker Enner Valencia on a season long loan to Lazio. Stories rose in the media earlier today that the Italian outfit had made an offer to take the Hammers striker on a permanent deal at around £8 million. But ClaretandHugh has learned that this was not the […]

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Hammers to take part in Trophy with Wembley final

The English Football League (EFL) has confirmed a change of format of the EFL Trophy 2016/17 which, for the first time, will include 16 invited teams from clubs with Category One Academies which includes the Hammers. A total of 64 clubs will compete in the competition beginning with 16 groups of four teams, each of which […]

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School to be named after Hammers Legend

Hammers Legend Bobby Moore is set to inspire a new generation in an East London school bearing his name. The Bobby Moore Academy is set to open in September next year and will eventually see 420 primary school pupils and 1,000 secondary school students on the register. Fittingly, it is located very close to the […]

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Big four don’t need Dimi …and here’s why?

So much has been written about Dimi Payet’s future that you would imagine the subject had been exhausted. But one aspect hasn’t it’s this…who would want the 29 year old at any of the top four clubs. Forget Chelsea, they have Eden Hazard; forget Arsenal where Arsene Wenger has a rule on the over 30s […]

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Tore passes medical

We understand that Gökhan Töre passed the second part of his medical at Spire Roding Hospital today after completing part one yesterday. The 24 year has already to personal terms which just leaves the actual signing of the contract and the big announcement which should happen today or tomorrow. The in-form midfielder had three years left on […]

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