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Bilic looks forward to a “different ” West Ham

Slaven Bilic is looking forward to putting out a very different West Ham team after the international break but praised today’s squad on their gutsy second half display at the Etihad. The West Ham boss decared: “We showed character, spirit and quality up front but the formation didn’t work in the first half. “We didn’t […]

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Man City v Hammers Video Reaction

Not a great deal to shout about today I’m afraid and much to be critical about.   Myself and Geo say some nice things about Antonio and unfortunately speak a few home truths on what was a pretty insipid performance. It’s great to see Lanzini of course but we’ll be needing a lot more where […]

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Final whistle verdict: Irons season started here

Manchester City 3 Irons 1 At last we can feel confident for the first time since the lads re-assembled in pre-season. It seems odd to be talking like that after a 3-1 defeat but for the first time since last season we really started to play with purpose and passion in the second half and […]

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Rate the players against City

The plug in below will allow you to have your say, rating players, the manager and the ref after each and every Premier League game through our partners Zebra metrics. Over the course of a season, these ratings will at long last give you, the people who matter, a voice in the public debate over […]

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Zaza – a taste of what we are getting!

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Hammers summer spending reaches £70m

West Ham have spent £35m more in transfer dealings this summer than for the whole of last season figures have revealed. West Ham co-chairman David Gold wrote on WHUFC.com earlier today that summer transfer spending has now reached £60m. Yesterday Vice Chairman Karren Brady wrote in her Sun Football diary “So far this summer have spent […]

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Zaza could cost Hammers nearly £50m

West Ham has officially confirmed the signing of Simone Zaza and the finances included in the deal. Zaza will cost £4.2m (€5m) fee, with a permanent fee of £17m (€20m) automatically triggered after 15 or 16 Premier League appearances this season plus a further (£2.5m) €3m in performance related payments totalling £23.8m. Because the deal is […]

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Ayew told he can be fit in two weeks!

Ghana FA chiefs have told Andre Ayew to return home so he can be treated by HERBAL MEDICINE and cut his time on the sidelines to TWO WEEKS! The club’s record signing – at £20.5million – has a thigh injury which he has been told will keep him out until the end of the year… or […]

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PIC: Zaza and DS shake hands and cross arms

And so – as we told you – it’s job done. The beaming Simone Zaza poses for the now traditional pic with David Sullivan displaying himself as the latest Hammer. Negotiations started at 7.30 am this morning and it was at around 9pm this evening that a text appeared on my phone from a source close to […]

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Zaza talks update

ClaretandHugh understands that Simone Zaza has agreed to join the Irons in a loan deal which will eventually be worth £26 million. It will become a record breaking deal and the negotiations – which started at 7.30 am this morning – have now come to a successful conclusion. At this stage it is not clear […]

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Valencia hesitates on big offer

CandH Exclusive Enner Valencia is dithering about a move to Aston Villa despite being made a massive personal terms offer. The new Chinese owner businessman Dr Tony Xia is desperate to sign the Ecuador striker and has offered the Irons around £10 million over three years. ClaretandHugh has learned that Valencia’s personal terms would dwarf what […]

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Hammers stick to guns on Zaza deal

West Ham remain locked in negotiations with Simone Zaza and his advisors this evening as the two sides try to edge towards a deal which will see the Italy international become a Hammer. As is always the case in these circumstances the social networking systems – Twitter in particular – are alive with stories that […]

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Slav faces a Payet poser

Manu Lanzi will definitely be part of the squad for tomorrow afternoon’s clash with Manchester City but there remain doubts surrounding Dimi Payet’s fitness. Lanzini may feature from the start but given the manager’s care with returning players more likely as a sub with Gokhan Tore possibly the one to be subbed or dropped depending […]

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Bilic could have four back for City

Mark Noble is expected to be available for the clah at Manchester City tomorrow after saving himself the embarrassment of being a part of the horrible midweek defeat by Astra. And Arthur Masuaku will take over from Reece Burke at left back after being Cup tied for the Europa Cup clash. Manager Slaven Bilic indicated […]

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Westley happy despite defeat

Development team boss Terry Westley refused to criticise any of his players despite them losing 2-0 at Swansea last night (Fri). The team entered the game with two wins from two although the Swans also boasted a 100 per cent. Owain Jones and Botti Bia Bi were their scorers although the report on the official […]

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Samuelsen to Blackburn but Fletcher on hold

Martin Samuelsen has joined Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan but plans are on hold to send out Ashley Fletcher.The 19-year-old Norwegian – , who has signed a new four-year contract with the club, will link up with fellow Hammer Stephen Hendrie, who is also on loan at Ewood Park, for the 2016/17 campaign. Samuelsen […]

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Leroy’s verdict: ‘Write nothing in our out at Etihad!’

On the face of it – having seen everything we think we need to see – you would have to be utterly crazy to back the Irons to get anything at Manchester City tomorrow. We have been poor – very poor – lethargic, injury hit and unable to pass their way into anything but quick […]

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Bony still on Hammers radar

West Ham are still keen to bring Wilfried Bony to the club on a potential loan deal despite the imminent signing of Simone Zaza. Slaven Bilic is determined to sort out the striker problems before the transfer window deadline but remains angry at the Europa League humiliation by Astra Giurgiu. He will spend the final week […]

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Live Hammers transfer debate

Join myself and Geo as we discuss all the transfer dealings following the Europa exit to Astra. Will Zaza be any good, should Samuelsen go out on loan, do we have too many midfielders and will we be able to offload a very downbeat Enner Valencia.   All this and more discussed live at 8:30 […]

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Adrian speaks on Spain call-up joy

Proud Adrian has spoken of his joy at being called nto the Spain squad for the first time in his career. Speaking to the official Hammers site he said: ““I was on the standby list for a couple of squads before Euro 2016, but this time around I didn’t ask my agent if I was […]

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Fan faces life ban after throwing punch

WEST HAM will ban a fan who was filmed punching another supporter in the face during Thursday’s Europa League defeat. The Sun reports police have identified and arrested the culprit and his details have been passed onto the club. A video on social media showed a man  throw a punch at what is believed to […]

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Adrian get first Spain call-up

  Irons cult hero Adrian has been called into the Spain international squad for the first time. New Spain coach Julen Lopetegui hs named Adrian in a squad which alo includes David De Gea and Pepe Reina with the Iron replacing Spain’s most capped player Iker Casillas. The squad has been named for the games against Belgium […]

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Zaza set for “first choice” Bilic talks

CandH Exclusive Simone Zaza will sit down to talks with Slaven Bilic later today aimed at discovering how he is set to be used should he finally commit to put pen to paper and join the Irons. The player has agreed personal terms of around £100k a week and the Hammers will dig deep to […]

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Bilic: ‘Zaza likely to sign today’

Simone Zaza looks set to sign for the Irons later today according to Slaven Bilic has confirmed. The manager said  personal terms have been agreed with the Italian as well as a deal with Juventus, which is reported to be a cub record of £24 million although it could be preceded by a loan period. […]

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Ex United ‘Fletch’ wants to crush Man City

Ashley Fletcher caught everybody’s eye on a dark dark Hammers night and made it crystal clear afterwards he can’t wait to play more games. Speaking to the official site after the time was dumped out of Europe he declared: “It is a sickener for a massive club to go out at this early stage and […]

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Fed-up Leroy points to reasons for shock defeat

Hold on before we get too carried away in our disappointment! Slaven Bilic made eight changes to a team that hadn’t played very well on Sunday and although he’s too big a character to blame the injury crisis we have to realise the man’s in a dreadful position. I’ve read all sorts of stuff about […]

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