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If Celtic want to beat West Ham to 17-year-old trialist, they must move now

By Olly Dawes As published by hitc.com, Celtic target Elvis Azah is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs. Celtic are reeling after their Champions League exit on Tuesday night, but it may just spark the Bhoys into life in terms of additions to Brendan Rodgers’ squad. The Bhoys were beaten 2-1 by AEK Athens on Tuesday, meaning they have crashed out of the qualifying round with a 3-2 aggregate defeat after two disappointing displays. With a 1-0 defeat to Hearts sandwiched in between those AEK losses, Celtic need a boost, and Rodgers is desperate for additions to his squad. It may not be an addition with an instant impact in mind, but Celtic have been looking at winger Elvis Azah this year, and may need to move quickly to secure him. The Daily Mail reported earlier this year that Celtic had taken winger Azah on trial, and he scored once and set up another goal in a 4-1 win for the Bhoys’ youth team against Partick Thistle. Now, the Mail report that Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham United are among the clubs interested in landing Azah, meaning Celtic will have to move quickly The post If Celtic want to beat West Ham …read more

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West Ham round-up: Carroll update, Silva shines & Spurs stadium share

By Josh Challies As reported by tbrfootball.com, Christmas Carroll In an update that cues the most obvious pun in the history of football, Claret & Hugh state that forgotten striker Andy Carroll is expected to return to first-team action before the festive season – ahead of defender Winston Reid. Carroll’s latest injury setback may have seen him tumble down the pecking order at the club as Manuel Pellegrini moved to sign Felipe Anderson and Lucas Perez in the transfer window, both of whom could play centrally as an alternative to Javier Hernandez. It is positive for the Hammers though, as Carroll returning before January means there is a chance he could be offloaded in the mid-season window. Spurs at the London Stadium In what could be the most least popular pieces of news to ever break in east London, WestHamFans.org understand that Tottenham Hotspur have requested to play their clash against Manchester City on 28th October at West Ham‘s stadium. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) The Lilywhites’ planned move to a new stadium has proven to be a shambles, with delays meaning that Spurs will have to remain at Wembley for longer than initially planned – with …read more

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West Ham should avoid £4m decision in Bournemouth clash

By Josh Challies As reported by tbrfootball.com, West Ham‘s spell under Manuel Pellegrini did not get off to the best of starts on Sunday and Declan Rice could suffer as a result. The Hammers were torn apart by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in a 4-0 defeat, with Pellegrini’s squad full of new recruits struggling to hit their top gear at Anfield. The Chilean boss spent heavily in the summer to rejuvenate his squad at the London Stadium and further changes to his side are expected ahead of this weekend’s hosting of Bournemouth, as he seeks to secure a first win with the club. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images) However, it is concerning that reports from Claret & Hugh suggest that Pellegrini is mulling over dropping Declan Rice for Carlos Sanchez, who was signed from Fiorentina last week for a fee of £4m – a decision that could have lasting consequences that the club will be desperate to avoid. 19-year-old Rice was one of few shining lights for the Hammers in last season’s disappointing campaign, earning 26 Premier League appearances in his breakthrough year and showing signs that he could become a long-term asset for the club. Now capped at senior …read more

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Michail Antonio: Not a big game player?

By Adam Smith First published by greenstreethammers.com West Ham midweek review: The only way is up by Scott Johnson Liverpool’s drubbing of West Ham to start the Premier League season has been eye-opening on many levels. A player who has received a high level of criticism for his performance has been Michail Antonio for disappearing during the match. So, is Antonio not a big game player? The criticism of Antonio is warranted, but it was just one game for West Ham. With Bournemouth on the horizon, we should be able to see a different Michail Antonio if Pellegrini does select him. Why? Because the non-elite, non-top-6 teams don’t boast the skillful fullbacks that can stymy Antonio’s speedy game. Want your voice heard? Join the Green Street Hammers team! Write for us! Antonio works off of a pretty simple formula, flick the ball on, battle shoulder to shoulder with the defender, and beat them with his strong pace. Physicality and speed. It’s tried and true and works in the Premier League, but Antonio is let down by his technical abilities. Even on his goal against Aston Villa on preseason where he beat four defenders to slot home a terrific goal, he did …read more

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Claim West Ham made approach for Premier League flop during window

By Tom Coast As reported by sportswitness.co.uk Still trying to fully rekindle his career after his Newcastle mishap, Rémy Cabella managed to restore some of his stock on loan at Saint-Etienne last year. So much so, in fact, that the former Premier League midfielder is on the verge of completing a permanent move there, as the Ligue 1 side have found an agreement with Marseille over his transfer. However, his summer could have gone a lot differently, according to L’Equipe, as the French newspaper claim West Ham tried to bring him back to England. Manuel Pellegrini’s side were very busy over the transfer window, trying to add some more creativity to their midfield/attack. Embed from Getty Images The signings of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko will certainly go a long way in that department, as will Jack Wilshere’s passing if he stays fit, and it seems they thought Cabella could do a job too. Nothing came from the interest, obviously, as the 28-year-old had made a permanent move to Saint-Etienne his summer priority after his successful loan spell there. The post Claim West Ham made approach for Premier League flop during window appeared first on Sport Witness. The post Claim West …read more

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West Ham news today: Injury latest, transfer rumours, Xande Silva’s hat-trick & Bournemouth XI

By Sam Inkersole Reported by football.london Sunday’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool is firmly in the back of West Ham minds as Manuel Pellegrini prepares his players for their first home game of the 2018/19 season this weekend. The Hammers take on Bournemouth, who secured an opening weekend victory over newboys Cardiff City 2-0, in E20 with the home side looking to kickstart their campaign early doors. We’ll hear from the manager at his pre-match press conference at Rush Green on Thursday afternoon where he will give us the latest injury news and other goings on around the club. The boss keeps his cards fairly close to his chest but we’ll get something out of him, don’t worry. In preparation for tomorrow, Wednesday is usually a quiet day in the world of West Ham (we haven’t said that for while) as the boss is probably working out what he’s going to say to the press, as well as putting the players through their paces of course. Read More That hasn’t stopped the rumour mill linking the Hammers with signing the next wonderkid (apparently) and remember, players can still leave the club on loan before August 31. Reece Oxford is still heavily rumoured to be making …read more

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Perez, Yarmolenko, Sanchez – the 4 key decisions for Pellegrini ahead of West Ham vs Bournemouth

By Sam Inkersole Reported by football.london West Ham will be looking to bounce back from their opening weekend thumping at the hands of Liverpool when they take on Bournemouth at the London Stadium on Saturday. Goals from Mo Salah, Sadio Mane (2) and Daniel Sturridge condemned the Hammers to a heavy defeat at Anfield as they were brutally swept aside by Jurgen Klopp’s title contenders. While more was expected from Manuel Pellegrini’s expensively assembled squad, going to Merseyside for you first game of the campaign was always going to be a tough ask and so it proved. Putting that game firmly to the back of our minds now, focus has turned to the visit of Eddie Howe’s side to E20 on Saturday afternoon, Pellegrini’s first match in charge at the arena, and the Cherries arrive off the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Premier League newboys Cardiff City last Saturday. There were a few questions thrown up during the performance at Anfield on Sunday, no doubt being worked on over the course of this week at the training ground at Rush Green, so what are the key things Pellegrini might have been working on on the outskirts of Dagenham? Read More Potentially starting two further new signings The …read more

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Betting: West Ham just 2/1 to sign Pellegrini favourite on free transfer with deadline passed

By Olly Dawes As published by hitc.com, West Ham United could still add a new face to their squad this summer. The transfer window may have closed, but that doesn’t mean that Premier League clubs are done just yet, as free agents are still available to be signed. After the flurry of activity before Thursday’s transfer deadline, most Premier League clubs are now focused on the new season and any targets will have to wait until January – but free agents do pose something of a thinker for managers. One of the top free agents still on the market is Yaya Toure, who was released at the end of last season after eight years at the Etihad Stadium. The Ivorian midfielder became a City hero following his 2010 move from Barcelona, racking up 79 goals in 316 games whilst winning three Premier League titles with the club. Toure’s role somewhat diminished under his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, and it was no great surprise when City allowed him to move on when his contract expired this summer. The 35-year-old now finds himself without a club for the first time in his career, but bookmakers are The post Betting: West Ham just 2/1 to sign Pellegrini favourite …read more

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Perez, Yarmolenko, Sanchez – the 4 key decisions for Pellegrini ahead of West Ham vs Bournemouth

By Sam Inkersole Reported by football.london West Ham will be looking to bounce back from their opening weekend thumping at the hands of Liverpool when they take on Bournemouth at the London Stadium on Saturday. Goals from Mo Salah, Sadio Mane (2) and Daniel Sturridge condemned the Hammers to a heavy defeat at Anfield as they were brutally swept aside by Jurgen Klopp’s title contenders. While more was expected from Manuel Pellegrini’s expensively assembled squad, going to Merseyside for you first game of the campaign was always going to be a tough ask and so it proved. Putting that game firmly to the back of our minds now, focus has turned to the visit of Eddie Howe’s side to E20 on Saturday afternoon, Pellegrini’s first match in charge at the arena, and the Cherries arrive off the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Premier League newboys Cardiff City last Saturday. There were a few questions thrown up during the performance at Anfield on Sunday, no doubt being worked on over the course of this week at the training ground at Rush Green, so what are the key things Pellegrini might have been working on on the outskirts of Dagenham? Read More Potentially starting two further new signings The …read more

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Betting: West Ham just 2/1 to sign Pellegrini favourite on free transfer with deadline passed

By Olly Dawes As published by hitc.com, West Ham United could still add a new face to their squad this summer. The transfer window may have closed, but that doesn’t mean that Premier League clubs are done just yet, as free agents are still available to be signed. After the flurry of activity before Thursday’s transfer deadline, most Premier League clubs are now focused on the new season and any targets will have to wait until January – but free agents do pose something of a thinker for managers. One of the top free agents still on the market is Yaya Toure, who was released at the end of last season after eight years at the Etihad Stadium. The Ivorian midfielder became a City hero following his 2010 move from Barcelona, racking up 79 goals in 316 games whilst winning three Premier League titles with the club. Toure’s role somewhat diminished under his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, and it was no great surprise when City allowed him to move on when his contract expired this summer. The 35-year-old now finds himself without a club for the first time in his career, but bookmakers are The post Betting: West Ham just 2/1 to sign Pellegrini favourite …read more

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