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West Ham striker a shock target for Chelsea

Getting towards the end of the transfer window and all is quiet on the West Ham transfer side, of course there have been rumours, there always are, but not many worth listening especially all twitter but there have been a few worth noting. First Darren Fletcher, Big Sam has confirmed his interest and has said that there a lot of clubs interested so in the end it will be down the player. There has as always been very mixed…

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JONJO HEUERMAN: 800 Mile Fundraising Challenge

JONJO PREPARES FOR 800-MILE FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE FUNDRAISING dynamo Jonjo Heuerman is gearing up for his biggest challenge yet – 800 miles on two legs and two wheels. Jonjo, 13, from Wilmington, near Dartford, Kent, has been raising money for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK for 4 years and has already raised £191,000. This year his football-themed challenge will be going mobile. Over two weeks in February, Jonjo, dad Gary, and mum Donna, will be cycling and walking …

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Everton v West Ham – Post game musings

West Ham vs Everton – Post game musings I was tempted to call this article “Kids say the darndest things!”, but this would be disparaging to my girlfriend who knows her football and despite having grown up in a Glasgow Rangers house, supports West Ham with the rest of us. I was amused in the build up to another lacklustre performance in the FA Cup last night against Everton as my fine lady picked up on …

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Is Big Sam going back to his old ways?

Why Big Sam’s Plan Against Chelsea Was a Mistake As much as anyone I have been loving the style of football played by West Ham this season and feel vindicated in the belief that if you play to win you will win more games. The likes of Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Alex Song, Zarate, and Stewart Downing have all shown great attacking football this season and Andy Carroll has also been beastly…

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Oppositions View: Interview with a Sunderland fan

Are Sunderland currently playing as well as you’d like them to? At the moment, not quite. Whilst we’re still picking up points, we just aren’t good enough in attack and don’t score enough goals. We’ve drawn 9 games so far this season, and need to be turning more of those into wins if we’re going to avoid a serious relegation battle. On the other hand, we’re relatively sound in defence, which is promising, as if we can get a striker who can…

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The English Premier League – An American View

English Premier League: An American View It is the day after the American holiday of Thanksgiving and I am oh so thankful to be a Hammer. West Ham is enjoying a great year despite numerous injuries and with a new attacking attitude and style of play being implemented I don’t have any expectation that it will stop. West Ham has a favorable run of fixtures between now and Christmas though …

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What to expect before the New Year

What to Expect Before the New Year I don’t think anyone expected this team to be sitting in 4 th place 11 games into the season. The pre-season looked bleak and when Andy Carroll went down, again, many hammers were terrified. I remember one specific conversation in which a fellow fan told me that neither Valencia nor Sakho were true strikers and that Big Sam wouldn’t change anything. I disagreed vehemently on the first point but hated to admit that I…

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Zarate to stay!

Amid speculation Mauro Zarate was to leave the club in the January transfer market after failing to guarantee himself a permanent spot in the West Ham first time, I thought it would be the perfect topic to talk about this evening. Various West Ham ITK’s have been suggesting that Mauro Zarate is unhappy as of late, so they stuck with the story and even attempted to quote his Agent, which turned out to be utter…

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Winston Reid’s contract situation

Winston Reid announced today that he would not be going on international duty so he doesn’t aggravate a ‘dead leg’ injury he sustained early on in our game against stoke. Of course if this is the case the best place for him to be is at the club and resting his leg which leads to the questions is West Ham the best place for him anymore? The fans have really taken Reid into their hearts but everyone…

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Alex Song on a permanent deal?

Alex Song has provided very good and professional performances for the Hammers since he first stepped onto the Boleyn Ground turf. Song moved to the Boleyn Ground from European giants FC Barcelona on loan and he hasn’t looked back. His performances have deservedly been rewarded with the Man of the Match Award nearly every match this season. Before his first match for West Ham, he admitted that he had no plans on going back …

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West Ham to get new kit sponsor

West Ham are delighted to announce that Umbro will be the club’s new sponsor from next season as part of a 5-year deal. Umbro will be taking over from Adidas. West Ham have been with Adidas this season and it’s fair to say, no-one wants to leave Adidas as they’ve produced three excellent kits with us. Next season will be West Ham’s final season at the Boleyn Ground so surely there will be some kind of remembrance of the ground itself…

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Why West Ham’s goal difference could be crucial

Goal Differential Redux Last year I wrote an article about the statistic of goal differential and what it mean for West Ham, who at the time was sitting in the relegation zone and had fans bemoaning another list season. At the time I argued that our goal differential revealed that we were a mid table team that should finish around -8 in goal differential and between 9 th and 14 th in the table. We wound up …

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Player ratings against Man City

Adrian: 8. Made two crucial saves from Sergio Agüero and Yaya Toure in the Second Half. Kept us in the game massively and he’s made up for his error at Burnley last week. Jenkinson: 7. Attacked well and defended well, what more can I say? Jenks has excellent stamina so gets up the pitch a hundred times a match… Superb performance from the England Youth. Collins: 8. So many crucial interceptions that kept West Ham in the match…

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Carlton Cole, Diafra Sakho and The West Ham Legend

Carlton Cole, Diafra Sakho, and The West Ham Legend Today’s game against Burnley was another great victory for West Ham taking us to the heady heights of 4 th place before Sunday’s games. One of the big reasons for this is Diafra Sakho, who has been a revelation for West Ham. He is the first player since Carlton Cole to score 5 in 5 EPL games. He is on 6 in 6 counting his first appearance in the League Cup. Obviously, it is too early …

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Will West Ham make it into Europe?

With West Ham’s decent enough start to the Premier League season, we are going to discuss whether West Ham can make a break for the Europa League spots. David Sullivan has admitted that he sees West Ham as a massive club who deserves a European tour and he honestly believes that this season could be the season for a European break. New signings such as Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia, Alex Song and Morgan…

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Ex-Hammers set for return

With the arrival of Queens Park Rangers on Sunday Afternoon, the debate that needs to be discussed is: Will Ex-Hammers such as Ferdinand, Zamora and Green get good receptions at the Boleyn Ground? We’ll start off nice and easy by stating that all three players enjoyed a great few years each with the Hammers and each to their own left on a good note. Ferdinand moved to Leeds United for a substantial fee (£18million) which all West Ham fans…

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West Ham’s new strike force

It’s important not to get too carried away with these early games of the season, however from the last two games there is so many reasons to be positive about what’s to come this season. The excitement is mainly coming from two players in particular, alongside the amazing Stewart Downing. The first player to mention is Diafra Sakho, when it was announced West Ham were finally signing him after a lengthy transfer deal that could …

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Is this the strongest West Ham team for a while?

Since the transfer window has closed, several of our first team signings have had some game time and lived up to expectations of the fans, manager and the board. The likes of Sakho, Valencia and Amalfitano have all scored for the Claret and Blue already. Sakho has scored 3 goals in 3 matches so far, whereas Valencia has scored just the once but impressed every match he’s played in. Lastly, Amalfitano finished the Scousers off on Saturday to complete a famous…

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Were West Ham right to let Diame go?

It’s been just over a week since Mo Diame left West Ham for the orange and black stripes of Hull City. Since Mo Diame left, we all know what has happened. He has scored two good goals, one of which was against West Ham and the other was a screamer vs Tim Krul at a subdued St James’ Park. I don’t believe it is a bad move by Sam Allardyce and he soon replaced the …

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MATCH REVIEW: Hull v West Ham

West Ham were going into the match having just won 1 match in their last four competitive matches, whereas Hull were slightly better in their results. West Ham lined up with a diamond formation as Valencia and Downing played very narrow at times and not stay on the wing as such. Nothing happened in the first 30 minutes of the match until Abel Hernandez headed it from 12 yards out. The Uruguayan only managed to play due to a last-day work permit which…

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MATCH PREVIEW: Hull v West Ham

With the match versus Hull City at the KC Stadium soon coming round, it would be in our best interest to look at our current injuries heading into the Monday Night Football match. Matt Jarvis and Andy Carroll are our only absences for the match so that is a boost as Morrison, Valencia, Song and a few others have all come back from not being 100% fit. Good news on the Andy Carroll front, as a …

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West Ham’s midfield mystery

With the new signings West Ham have made in midfield and hopefully the return of Ravel Morrison fans are now left wondering who will be starting in midfield and how that will affect the formation we will play. Our main options are of course Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Alex Song, then in front of them, Ravel Morrison, Kevin Nolan and Mauro Zárate. Kouyate has been the stand out performer so far this season so he is highly unlikely to…

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West Ham during the international break

With no match until Hull Away next Monday, I saw the international break as a time to sit back and enjoy some stress-free football. Current West Ham players and internationals such as Cheikou Kouyate, Winston Reid and Enner Valencia all played for their respected countries. Winston Reid captained his side to a devastating 3-1 loss to Uzbekistan in a key international match. Meanwhile, Cheikou Kouyate played an encouraging 87 minutes before being substituted in …

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What are the current team lacking?

What we have….and what we don’t As the closing minutes of a terrible showing against Southampton wash away Twitter is, as usual, showing the rightly held frustration of Hammers everywhere. Frustration at Big Sam’s reliance on Carlton Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te are everywhere along with righteous anger at the general malaise that seems to take hold of the team. One can’t help but wonder, what does it all mean? This is a team that is not short on talent, …

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MATCH PREVIEW: West Ham vs Southampton

West Ham face Southampton at Upton Park just days after they faced Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup 2nd Round. Southampton, who are without the likes of Shaw, Lambert, Lallana and Chambers, have signed some potential world class players in Pelle, Forster and Tadic. Injury news: West Ham. – Enner Valencia (Not 100% fit) – Diafra Sakho (Not 100% fit) – Ravel Morrison (Hernia) – Andy Carroll (Ankle) – James Tomkins (Ankle) – Carl Jenkinson (Hamstring) Suspensions: – James Collins (3 matches) Southampton aren’t …

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Should West Ham cash in on this centre back?

James Collins, known to West Ham fans as ‘ginge’ hasn’t been having the best of times on the pitch recently, but is continuously called into action due injuries to Tonks and last season Reid. We had signs in pre-season that he wasn’t quite up the challenge this year despite scoring a great penalty in the shoot-out, which we could have done with on Saturday but it wasn’t meant to be. At our home pre-season game he was …

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Manchester City 35
2 Liverpool 34
3 Chelsea 33
4 West Ham United 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur 25
6 Manchester United 24
7 Arsenal 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21
9 Brighton & Hov… 20
10 Aston Villa 19
11 Leicester City 19
12 Everton 18
13 Brentford 17
14 Crystal Palace 16
15 Leeds United 16
16 Southampton 16
17 Watford 13
18 Burnley 10
19 Newcastle United 10
20 Norwich City 10

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