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Deadline Day Live

11:08 am: Kostas Mitroglou’s representative’s are at Fulham’s training ground. it seems as if Fulham are in the driving seat to sign the striker at the moment. 10:55 am: Reliable Italian source @dimarzio has tweeted that “Armero had a medical for West Ham today in Italy, and is now waiting for details from the clubs” 10:45 am: Neil McDonald has just finished his press conference for the Swansea game. Here are a few quotes “I would imagine Ravel will be staying…

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Two West Ham players on the way out?

Maiga and Diarra departures could free up space for new arrivals With Sam Allardyce claiming yesterday that he had filled his quota of 25 players for registration for the Premier League, could the possible departures of both Modibo Maiga and Alou Diarra free up space for a couple of new arrivals to The Boleyn Ground. With the transfer window closing on Friday, Bordeaux and Nice are expected to increase their interest in the West Ham striker. With the return …

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Allardyce or Moyes, who has had the worst season?

League Cup losers David Moyes’ transitional Manchester United team may only have narrowly lost on penalties in last night’s League Cup Semi-Final, but the defeat – for a club of United’s stature and after the turmoil Moyes has endured so far – felt just as embarrassing as West Ham’s 9-0 capitulation to Manchester City over two legs. This begs the question: who has had the worst season so far, Moyes or Allardyce? Fans, pundits and whatever-Michael-Owen…

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The most crucial transfer window yet?

The most crucial transfer window yet? This January’s transfer window started off in a bad way for West Ham. We were met with the rejection of Heitinga and also Lacina Traore. It left us fans wondering if we were ever going to sign someone of some quality. To add to our pain, we ended up signing Wolves defender ROger Johnson, a League One player. So, now as we near the end …

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The impact of Andy Carroll

The return of Andy Carroll should have brought a confidence boost to the team and it did look that way at Cardiff, but unfortunately that wasn’t carried over for Newcastle. Andy Carroll did get to play 30 minutes which is good because he can’t be expected to play a whole game yet. He needs to build up and when he finally came on, after a little scare because he wasn’t on the bench just after half-time, he …

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All we ask for, passion

It’s nice to be writing something positive about West Ham for the first time in a while. The game at Cardiff gave the fans what they wanted to see, the players showing some passion and fight. Of course no one is saying one game will change everything but I’m hopefully that the performance will give us the boost we need to go on and try and climb the table because we have an extremely good run of games coming up and can get points out of most of them…

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Onwards and Upwards

What a week it has been for us Hammers!! The mixture of the U21s & a few first team players being beat 5-0 then the horrific first leg at the Etihad on Wednesday was very painful for us BUT what a win it was away from home at Cardiff! Three vital points that lift us out of the bottom three and hopefully a springboard to kick us on. I will be honest after Wednesday, I thought we would…

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Striker close to joining West Ham on loan

West Ham close to signing the “Gentle Giant” Lacina Traore is close to signing a loan deal at West Ham United which will end at the end of the season. The 6ft8 “Gentle Giant” signed on loan from Monaco who he had just joined for a fee reportedly to be around €15 Million from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. With West Ham struggling with Strikers Traore seems like the perfect short term fix although Andy Carroll is back from his long 7 months out, it will…

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To be a West Ham fan

To be a West Ham fan Being a West Ham fan is the best feeling in the world. It can also been the worst feeling in the world! Ecstasy, thrill, happiness, overwhelming and a joy are just some words that spring to mind when I think West Ham but they also comes with the feelings of dread, despair, sadness and disappointment but do you know what… I wouldn’t have it any…

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Parker, Zola and me

As the snow pounds on an already winter weary Toronto, I’m thinking about July 24th 2008. That was the day I became a fan of West Ham United. That evening under a cloudy sky, and a relatively balmy night the MLS All Stars defeated the Hammers 3-2. The score didn’t matter, the Hammers were in training mode, and I saw a real football club in person for the first time. To be fair I had followed TFC from MLS, but this was different. Even David…

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Fade and Dying

I woke up today with the reminder of why I supported West Ham. It was 14th April 1991, I was eight sitting on a coach with my dad and brother heading to Villa Park, Birmingham. What a day it turned out to be. Not the score, as the ref Keith Hackett ruined the game by wrongfully sending off Tony Gale and we lost 4-0. However, our fans continuously sang “Billy Bonds’ Claret and Blue Army”. I remember thinking I will love…

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West Ham goalkeeper dilemma

West Ham have been swapping goalkeepers a lot the last few games which isn’t really a good sign but I think it’s a complicated situation, Jussi didn’t deserve to be dropped he’s been an amazing keeper for us but his distribution was poor.  Adrian was so good against Spurs, coming up with key saves but also has very good distribution, so after the Spurs game he got his chance in the Premier League and…

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West Ham loan League One defender

West Ham loan League One defender According to Sky Sports and Jack Sullivan, West Ham have signed League One defender Roger Johnson on loan until the end of the season. This is a player that doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence, especially in the times that we are in. After all the talk of us getting Heitinga and also our apparent interest in Lescott, this is somewhat of an anti-climax. Same old West Ham. With all the defensive problems at the moment, I expected a…

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A new year, a new hope

I often say West Ham never play two half’s the same, if we play well in the first half then we won’t play as good second half. More often than not that seems to be the case so as we are getting to half way through the season, I’m hoping we don’t play the same way as we have been doing and I think there is reason to be hopeful that we won’t. I know it keeps being delayed but Andy Carroll really shouldn’t be too far…

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QPR interested in West Ham pair

QPR interested in West Ham pair Once again, former manager Harry Redknapp is after our players. No surprise there. This time the players in question are Carlton Cole and Joe Cole. These are two players that are quite popular figures at West Ham, with some people regarding Joe Cole as a legend.  Redknapp is looking to reinforce his squad, to try and push his side’s promotion campaign further. Let’s first look at Carlton Cole. Redknapp wants the striker to ease…

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West Ham submit bid for striker

Since the window opened on Wednesday, the rumours have been coming in thick and fast as West Ham. It seems as if we are looking at players in two position primarily, centre back and striker. Well, it appears as if West Ham have lodged a bid for a striker, according to reports this morning. The sum is rumoured to be around the £6 million mark, and the player in question is none other than former Hammer Demba Ba. Demba …

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West Ham Transfer Update (03/01/14)

West Ham Transfer 03/01/14 Transfer Rumours: VARIOUS SOURCES: West Ham target Johnny Heitinga will not be signing for us, and says the sudden change is not to do with money. DAILY MAIL: West Ham are set to sign Monaco’s new striker, Lacina Traore, on loan until the end of the season SPORTS DIRECT NEWS: West Ham are interested in Manchester City defender, Joleon Lescott, on loan until the end of the season CONFIRMED: Highly rated striker Jaanai Gordon, 18, …

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Who would strengthen our current squad?

As January Window Opens, let’s hope no Doors Close. If there is one thing that recent performances have shown us, it is that our squad is in desperate need of strengthening. Whilst I think its fair to say that we have a fairly strong first eleven – on the rare occasion that they’re all fit at the same time – it has become apparent that beyond the obvious starting line up, there is a serious imbalance in the squad. However, if the…

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Where do we find the points?

Where Do We Find The Points? We are just two games away from the halfway point and sit on 14 points. Wins in our next two games put us on pace for 40 points, which is of course the mythical number that guarantees safety from relegation.  The reality is that in the last ten years (I did not look further back than that) the most points any relegated team has had is 39 and it is usually about 37 points to really be safe. However, since the traditional number is 40 …

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Is Gyan the answer to our problems?

Is Gyan the answer to our problems? The press have linked West Ham United with a move for Ghanian striker, Asamoah Gyan.  Gyan is currently playing for Al Ain in the UAE, where he has been extremely prolific, and he is also remembered for some outstanding performances forGhana in the 2010 World Cup. Gyan has previous Premier League experience, after signing for Sunderland in the summer of 2010 – a player who was also strongly linked with West Ham that summer too.  Gyan signed …

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A player I would look to sign in the January window

A player I would look to sign in the January window With West Ham struggling this season, everyone has been quick to point out that we lack goals and that a striker is crucial in the coming window. This is something I totally agree with, we are missing the presence of Carroll up front and we can’t guarantee when he will be back, with a recurring ankle injury. However instead of pointing out the obvious in this …

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Stick or Twist – The Great Managerial Gamble

Stick or Twist – The Great Managerial Gamble As it currently stands, West Ham are the only team in the bottom 5 of the Premier League who have not made a managerial change. An alarming statistic for those who believe change is a good thing. However, it might also lead to you ask if there is any merit in the wisdom of our fellow relegation battlers decisions. After all…they are still all in the bottom 5. Following the bore draw against Sunderland – themselves having made a managerial change …

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COMPETITION: Win a shirt from Campo Retro

Moore Than Just A Club and Campo Retro have come together to offer all West Ham United fans around the world a fantastic opportunity to win a Hammers retro shirt with any name & number on the back. Campo Retro has a wide range of West Ham United retro shirts available.  With classic shirts and track jackets ranging back from 1958 to 2000, not only that, but Campo Retro will also print any name and number that you want …

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What should the club do with James Tomkins?

What should the club do with James Tomkins? Following the recent press coverage of the arrest of James Tomkins at the weekend, what should the club do about it?  It certainly puts West Ham United boss, Sam Allardyce, in a difficult position. As supporters, we don’t know the full facts of the case, but to be arrested for being drunk and disorderly, assaulting a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest, doesn’t really look very good does it?  I was surprised to hear that it was James Tomkins in trouble, as…

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A word of warning before Arsenal

A word of warning after Spurs: inconsistency I had a niggling feeling after we beat Tottenham on Wednesday evening. After the initial buzz; the flurry of gloating texts; the incessant retweets and the replays, I was reminded of the shambles of the home game to Sunderland a few days before. But also, I was mindful of something little spoken of under the tenure of Sam Allardyce: the inconsistency. Allardyce’s West Ham reign – in our Premier League seasons – has been marked by a bizarre roller…

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Who could be leaving West Ham in January?

West Ham are always linked with every player going when the transfer window comes around. Likewise our own players always seem to be linked with moves; two in particular have been frequently mentioned. The first player that is always linked to be leaving  is Winston Reid. Arguably our best player,  who we’ve really struggled without the last few games and I really hope he can start playing again soon but it…

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Chelsea 22
2 Manchester City 20
3 Liverpool 18
4 Brighton & Hov… 15
5 Tottenham Hotspur 15
6 Manchester United 14
7 West Ham United 14
8 Everton 14
9 Arsenal 14
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13
11 Brentford 12
12 Leicester City 11
13 Aston Villa 10
14 Watford 10
15 Crystal Palace 9
16 Southampton 8
17 Leeds United 7
18 Burnley 4
19 Newcastle United 4
20 Norwich City 2

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