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Valencia in for Zabaleta? West Ham could do worse

By Scott Johnson First published by greenstreethammers.com WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers is tackled by Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United at Molineux on January 29, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) West Ham must not let Fulham believe by Scott Johnson It’s a long way from summer, but West Ham should be looking at their future. If Zabaleta leaves, will Valencia be a viable replacement? January came and went without too much positive in the transfer market for West Ham, so it’s understandable that the management and fans alike would be looking ahead to make the best of the summer. And with Pablo Zabaleta potentially retiring in the summer, a replacement is one of the first courses of action. With Fredericks already making a claim for that position, I think we have one or two options. Do we replace Zabaleta in a like for like, with an experienced right back who can lead the line? Or do we start building for the future and spend on a younger player who can start to push Fredericks from that direction? Want your voice heard? Join the …read more

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Report: West Ham receive huge quadruple boost ahead of Fulham clash

By Antony Martin As published by hitc.com, Four of West Ham United‘s key men are reportedly closing in on a return to the first-team fold. According to a report from Football.London, West Ham have received a huge quadruple boost ahead of their clash with Fulham on Friday night, with the news that four of their key players are set to return from injury. The Hammers currently sit in 10th spot in the Premier League table, six points adrift of seventh placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, and their season has been undermined by a whole host of injuries to some of their most important players. Many are tipping West Ham to make a real push for the Europa League spots during the final third of the season, and according to Football.London, they could be in a great position to do just that. The football website claims that Jack Wilshere, Samir Nasri, Manuel Lanzini and Fabian Balbuena will all be available for selection in time for Fulham’s visit to the London Stadium on Friday. If the report is correct, and all four players are fit and available for …read more

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Pellegrini can dream of Europa League football if West Ham sealed big money coup – Opinion

By Andre Huisamen As reported by footballtransfertavern.com West Ham United could receive a massive attacking injection should they secure the services of Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata in the summer. According to Tuttomercatoweb, via HITC, Zapata could become available for a reported fee of around £43m. The 27-year-old joined Atalanta on loan from Sampdoria last summer and could be open for a move to the Premier League should the Hammers offer him the correct amount of money. Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio recently reported that West Ham were keen on pinning him down in the January transfer market but had a bid of £35m rejected. Atalanta, though, want to cash in Zapata but first have to sign him on a permanent deal from Sampdoria before eventually selling him again. Indeed, the Hammers looked set to lose Marko Arnautovic in the January window but the Austrian international decided to stay put at the London Stadium, until the end of the season at least. Should he, however, leave West Ham in the summer then the club will have a massive void to fill and the talent of Zapata should make him an obvious target. Manuel Pellegrini’s first season in charge of the East London club hasn’t gone the way he would’ve …read more

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O’Shea praises ‘top class’ West Ham star Declan Rice

By Ben Guest First published by thefootballfaithful.com John O’Shea has praised Declan Rice’s attitude and temperament as ‘top class’ following the controversial news that he has switched international allegiances to play for England. The news that Rice had finally made a decision on his international future was received very differently on either side of the Irish sea, with the 20-year-old having already received three caps for the Republic of Ireland. However, having been born and raised in London, the West Ham midfielder had pondered his future for a good number of months, before finally deciding to commit his future to England. Having played with Rice in his final international appearance, former Manchester United utility man John O’Shea hailed Rice’s attributes, saying that he could improve Gareth Southgate’s side…although he did send him a warning too. “I saw him involved with the Ireland squad and he looked the real deal – then England came calling and his mind was changed,” O’Shea told BBC Radio 5 Live “He’s a very good player – his temperament, attitude is top-class. “At the minute, he looks like he could get into England squad and improve it, but that could change very quickly. “You don’t know what is around the corner, …read more

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West Ham must not let Fulham believe

By Scott Johnson First published by greenstreethammers.com LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Mark Noble of West Ham United acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on February 9, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) West Ham may struggle to sell Jordan Hugill in the summer after form by Scott Johnson West Ham take on Premier League stragglers Fulham in a Friday night London derby this week. What the Hammers must avoid is letting Fulham get a foothold. Manuel Pellegrini and his side are currently enjoying some warmer weather training in Malaga as they prepare for derby against Fulham this weekend. He will want to improve on the inconsistency shown by West Ham so far this season, and this game gives us a perfect opportunity. A home derby against the side second bottom in the league? Golden. However Fulham know now that every point is crucial. A loss here, after a two week break to regain focus, will be a big kick to Ranieri’s side. What the Hammers must do is get on top early, and refuse to relent. We only have the league to focus on. We must be ruthless. Want …read more

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Revealed: Who Hammers most want to see return

By Sean Whetstone A poll of nearly 1,800 Claret and Hugh readers has revealed that over 64% of supporters can’t wait for Manuel Lanzini to return to first team action. Fabian Balbuena came second on over 25% of the vote which is good news as both are in contention to return to the squad for selection this Friday […] …read more

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Poll: Your thoughts on the new seating proposal?

By Sean Whetstone West Ham and stadium owners E20 this morning announced a proposed change to the seating configuration to the Sir Trevor Brooking and Bobby Moore Lower stands at the London Stadium. The proposal would see 700 extra seats as the lower stands behind the goals are squared off and slightly widened leaving 300 seats without the […] …read more

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Opinion: Clever freebie swoop can help West Ham build Ryan Fredericks into something great

By Uttiyo Sarkar As reported by footballtransfertavern.com A new era might’ve dawned at Manchester United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival, but it seems to have set the sun on Antonio Valencia’s Manchester United career. Indeed, the Ecuadorian is out of favour with the Norwegian manager and seems destined to leave the club in the summer. While Valencia’s services are wanted by multiple European heavyweights West Ham United are the latest contenders for his services (according to the Sun). The Hammers aim to bring him as a replacement for Pablo Zabaleta, who might leave in the summer. It’d be a like for like change and like Jack Wilshere last season, they’d like to make Valencia their big free signing in the summer. Age might be catching up to Valencia, but the Ecuadorian still boasts of experience which West Ham could really use at the moment. Manuel Pellegrini needs an experienced candidate to help stabilize the Hammers. The Ecuadorian might be a topsy-turvy defender, but he’s still impressively quick and can add a bite to their attack. While he’ll be rotated with young Ryan Fredericks – whom he can guide forward – Valencia can be a valuable squad player with his trickery and knowledge. Having played in the Premier League …read more

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This 33-year-old Ecuadorean wing-back would be the ideal person to come in and take over from Pablo Zabaleta at West Ham – Agreed?

By thedroid According to reports from The Sun, West Ham United are eyeing up a possible summer move for Manchester United wing-back Antonio Valencia in the event of veteran Pablo Zabaleta’s departure from the London Stadium. An Ecuadorean international, the now 33-year-old joined the Old Trafford ranks under the managership of Sir Alex Ferguson for under £20m. At the end of this season, he would’ve successfully completed his 10th year at United. Having initially joined as a right-winger to try and fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo, he was converted into their first-choice right-back when it became necessary. He has been consistently impressive in the United colours having played 338 matches while scoring 25 times and assisting 62. His contribution to United’s two title-winning seasons was also quite commendable. He came from Wigan Athletic, a club he joined after impressing on loan from Villarreal. His pace and dribbling skills have always been an asset to the United attack while his experience and defensive know-how makes him a massively valuable property. Although he has been a fan’s favourite at Old Trafford for many years now, his age could restrict him from performing at the highest level for much longer …read more

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