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Hammers to block Fiorentina swoop

Fiorentina are back on the trail of Pedro Obiang. The Serie A outfit have been casting envious eyes in the midfielder’s direction almost from the day he joined the Irons but have little or no chance of wooing the player away. After media reports had surfaced in Corriere dello Sport that he was very much the […]

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Allardyce escapes police investigation

Police have opened a criminal investigation into an allegation of bribery after reviewing material from the Daily Telegraph’s investigation into suspected corruption in football but have excluded Sam Allardyce from the investigaton. The former Irons boss left his job as England boss after the newspaper investigation claimed he offered advice on how to “get around” […]

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Besiktas confirm Gore return terms

Besiktas have confirmed ClaretandHugh’s morning story that Gokhan Tore will only return to the club from his West Ham loan if the Hammers surrender the £2.5 million loan fee. And we understand that the Irons are ready to do so and save the £40,000 a week wages we are paying the flop winger. We reported […]

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Ogbonna can’t wait to taste the atmosphere

Angelo Ogbonna can’t wait for the next big test – against Spurs at White Hart Lane next weekend. The Italian reckons the vibe over last season’s clash against them at the Boleyn was one of the best he’s felt in the English game. The central defender said: “We all know the next game is a […]

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Gold gunning for Hammers hopeful

David Gold fears that if Aaron Cresswell doesn’t get on for the start against Scotland this evening he won’t get on at all. The co chairman is thrilled our  left back has received his international call up declaring: “No player deserves it more – he has worked so hard and been brilliant for this club […]

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Gold will call for safe seating at PL meeting

David Gold will be giving full backing to a safe seating proposal which will be discussed at thet Premier League meeting next Wednesday. The Hammers co chairman – speking from Portugal to ClaretandHugh a few imutes ago – made it clear the time had come for the experiment to be given the go ahead by […]

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Hammers resolute on star’s future

West Ham have still received no inquiries about Dimi Payet and won’t be selling the player in January even should there be. Despite Payet having become Europe’s most admired playmaker, no Premier League clubs have approached the Hammers and there has been no interest from abroad. Dimi’s future became an issue recently when he apparently […]

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Hammers set to offload expensive flop

Gokhan Tore is virtually certain to be sent back to Besiktas in the January transfer window. The Irons have accepted they will lose the £2.5 million loan fee agreed with the Turkish club which was believed to be proving an obstacle between the two clubs. Besikitas had recently gone public in claiming they would not […]

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Cottee: “This is a joke and an embarrassment”

Tony Cottee reckons he would have been anticipating leaving West Ham if he hadn’t scored a goal in 17 games. After 17 games this season we still haven’t seen a striker hit the net and one of the club’s  greatest ever forwards considers it “an absolute joke.” Writing in his Newham Recorder column TC said: “West […]

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Poll result on Cresswell’s England start chance

The vast majority of Irons fans do not believe Aaron Creswell will get a start in tomorrow night’s match against Scotland. Gareth Southgate has called up the Hammers left back but most of those voting in a ClaretandHugh poll believe our left back will be cold-shouldered just as our wideman Michail Antonio was before eventually […]

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Stadium Airwave upgrade is a waste of money

Headlines about the lack of  a Police radio system have made the newspapers in recent months. Police reportedly refused to enter the London Stadium over a long running argument of who would pay to upgrade the Airwave system within the stadium. We were first told the system would be upgraded by the Arsenal home game […]

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CandH rates every Iron used this season

Slaven Bilic has used a remarkable 24 players during our 11 Premier League matches so far. With the international break upon us ClaretandHugh’s regular ratings man NIALL McDONALD runs the rule over our key performers and under-achievers: Antonio: Been played at right-back, left-wing, right-midfield and centre forward with varying success but still scored 6 vital […]

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West Ham v Chelsea debriefing

ClaretandHugh attended a meeting with the Metropolitan Police football unit yesterday in Lambeth as part of a debrief about the policing and security on the night of the West Ham v Chelsea EFL Cup match. The supporter meeting arranged by Football Supporters Federation case worker, Amanda Jacks included representation from operators London Stadium 185 and […]

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Stadium ban appeals to be independent

Operators London Stadium 185 and West Ham United will introduce a new independent appeal process for anyone facing a stadium ban. Anyone banned from the London Stadium this season has been the result of collaboration between the Stadium Safety Officer and West Ham’s Chief Operating Officer. Once the evidence is collated a letter is sent […]

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London Stadium WIFI abandoned

Plans to install stadium wide WIFI in the London Stadium have been abandoned after the collapse of the naming rights deal with an Indian company. Mahindra Tech were awarded the technology contract to install and manage the new stadium wide WIFI but that deal also collapsed when Mahindra pulled out the naming rights deal with […]

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Report: Hammers stadium costs could rise

West Ham will be asked to contribute to the cost of policing the London Stadium on match days according to a new media report. The Daily Mail’s sports business journalist Charlie Sale reports that the requestw ill follow the need for a vastly increased police presence at the London Stadium Our deal with the London […]

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Randolph’s frustration as Irons No 2

Darren Randolph admits life in Adrian’s shadow is intensely frustrating but says he is not ready to seek a move or go knocking on the manager’s door. Speaking while on international duty the goalkeeper said: “There’ll be a time when it does come – I don’t think anyone wants to just sit and not play. […]

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Poll: Will Cresswell get his England debut on Friday?

Aaron Cresswell has been called up to the England squad to face Scotland on Friday but will Gareth Southgate hand Cressie his England debut on Friday? Will Gareth Southgate hand Aaron Cresswell his England debut on Friday?

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Fernandes gets a boost

Edmilson Fernandes has been called up for the first time by his nation and one has to assume his form for the Irons since his move is responsible. The midfielder has been one of the few Hammers to impress since he arrived in the first team and is delighted to get the call from Switzerland. […]

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Slaven’s position strengthens

Slaven Bilic looks entirely safe in his position despite the team’s uncertain start to the season. The bookies had him at near odds on for the sack a month ago but he is now priced at 11/1 against the bullet with some frms. And ClaretandHugh has been told by club insiders that he will oversee […]

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Hopes high for striker return at Spurs

Hopes are now high that Diafra Sakho will make his long awaited squad return for the match against Spurs at White Hart Lane next weekend. The news has come direct from Stijn Vandenbroeuck, Head of Medical and Sports Science in his latest update on the club’s walking wounded. He said: “Diafra Sakho has been training with the […]

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Irons track Chelsea scoring sensation

West Ham are tracking Chelsea’s on loan teenager Tammy Abraham who is proving a goalscoring sensation at Bristol City. With class strikers so thin on the ground, the Irons scouting staff have been watching the 18 year old who has been scoring for fun with the Championship outfit Since agreeing a season long deal with […]

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Fact and fiction but this striker claim is fantasy

New stories are floating around this afternoon claiming West Ham are ready to sell Diafra Sakho in the transfer window. Now I know there’s an international break right now and hard news stories are difficult to come by but come on let’s get a grip. There’s fact and fiction but this claim is fantasy! Diafra […]

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Cressie talks of the day his ‘bubble’ exploded

Aaron Cresswell has been talking about his early days in the game and it’s clear he didn’t have things easy. He has recalled being released by the Liverpool’s academy side at just 15 years old before going back to playing for his Sunday league team, which eventually got him spotted by a scout at Tranmere […]

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Slav needs to find a Plan B and Dimi must catch fire

CandH blogger Rich Sprent is a worried man and doesn’t expect this piece to be popular or meet with universal approval but finds he has quite a lot he needs to get off his chest! We are happy to give him the opportuty of doing just that. This week the focus has been on Adrian’s […]

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Keep or sell Payet poll – THE FINAL RESULT

West Ham fans have voted for talisman Dimi Payet to stay at the club. ClaretandHugh ran a poll on whether the club should sell or keep the player should what may be considered a proper offer be made by some club in January. The poll followed a controversy over an interview given by the player […]

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