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18 Sep 2020 21:18:40
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18 Sep 2020 09:08:52
Eds, could you see West Ham selling Declan Rice this summer?

I can't shake the feeling that he is going to want to leave due to a lack of signings the club have made and the fact that is likely to mean the club languishes in the bottom half of the table, if not another relegation battle again.

I also can't shake the feeling that if the club are going to sell Declan Rice, we are going to leave it so late in the window, that we actually have very little time to sign players that will actually be worth the investment.

Surely if the club do intend to sell Declan Rice, it would be best to do it now, then reinvest the money we get in replacing him, signing a cb, lb, rb and back up forward.

Even £50m for Rice would give us a decent wedge to reinvest (added on top of the £30m we are apparently looking to spend on Tarkowski.

{Ed002's Note - The club will resist selling him unless a very good offer is made. Players do not typically leave because of the lack of signings.}

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18 Sep 2020 12:53:46
Fair enough. Thanks Ed.

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17 Sep 2020 10:18:40
Is that right what I've just read, Haller and Diop swap for Lyon striker Dembele, where would that leave us defensively?

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17 Sep 2020 12:14:01
Not sure I could believe that.

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17 Sep 2020 14:18:34
Not in a million years.

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17 Sep 2020 14:18:56
Defence is the priority.

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17 Sep 2020 10:03:27
It looks like a third bid for Tarkowski has been rejected, is it time to move on and forget this one?

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17 Sep 2020 11:59:08
Absolutely, with Everton looking to shed Keane, Sigi and Walcott et al I would think Moise Keane and a defender would be better value for £31. Burnley jacked the price because we "need" him.

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17 Sep 2020 12:25:39
I'd move on. What about going for Keane and Smalling? You may get both for £30-35 million?

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17 Sep 2020 14:20:08
Matviyenko and Takehiro would sort out both FB positions and give increased options for CB and DM.

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17 Sep 2020 15:39:20
Unless I have it wrong. West Ham offered Burnley £30m for Tarkowski a few days ago and they said no. Also made it clear that somewhere near £50m is asking price.
I don’t believe for a minute West Ham only upped their bid by £1m on latest offer.
I know DGS take chances, but not like that. I think this is mischief making by the media to cause a major fallout so they have something else to report on.

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17 Sep 2020 18:17:40
I think the last bid was £30m with about £10m up front but the new bid was £31m with £25m u front?

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17 Sep 2020 23:30:24
I think that’s right Stevie, they structured it differently to try to test whether it was money up front I’m guessing. Appears walk away time unless there is something we don’t know.

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16 Sep 2020 17:59:12
Hi guys, I don't know what to make of this, especially after what Ed has already told us, but I've just read that there's interest in the club from China and a bid is imminent?

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17 Sep 2020 09:51:05
As many bids as possible please, until one is accepted.

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17 Sep 2020 12:07:53
Hi Ed have Burnley named their price as this stinks of typical west ham transfer business trying to get the player for way off what he's worth its boring now same old same old. COYI.

{Ed002's Note - They would want something much closer to his £50M asking price.}

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17 Sep 2020 23:29:41
Many thanks ED. COYI.

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16 Sep 2020 22:06:11
so claret and hugh claiming that CAA are the ones involved in this very timely takeover bid. kind of strange how the news broke after season ticket deadline was extended.

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17 Sep 2020 09:51:34
Hahaha. You cynic, you.

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14 Sep 2020 10:34:15
i'm not going to blame the board for this one, this season will show what Moyes is about,

Im not going to get on the bandwagon on this but we are just going backwards, I really hate to say this but I honestly think this may be our year to go down, we need a total reset, we have lost our way as a football club, the fans hate the board, the board don't care what the fans think to a point, it won't be long before the fans get on Moyes back than what?,

We are a dysfunctional club at the moment, were sinking quicker than the Titanic and I just can't see any hope until new owners come in, which may be next year but I read more than likely 2023.

Dear oh Dear, its going to be groundhog day of last season, I just can't see any light not just in the players but as a club as a whole.

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14 Sep 2020 11:25:54
Newcastle game looked to me like a team not match fit, and this was evident from both teams. Rice and Soucek have both not had any sort of ideal "pre-season" and both did not hit the levels they were after lockdown. One plus side is that I thought the same after lockdown, and Moyes got us going soon after.
I have NO IDEA why Noble played so deep. I remember after lockdown he played much further up the pitch behind Antonio, and it worked ok. Vs Newcastle he seemed to come deep when we had the ball, this left us bare in the pocket as Soucek is not a passer, he is a box to box player who times his runs into the box. For me, FORNALS should play in the pocket or even go 2 up top. If NOBES is to play CAM then tactically get him to stick to that role. Even Bowen there works well with Yarmo out wide. With all our CAM's I think we can afford to bench Nobes in games like this.
Newcastle were not great by all means, they just took opportunities.
vs Charlton we could play Haller, Yarmo RW, Lanzini CAM and Anderson LW with Cullen and Rice/ Soucek behind. Could be a very good front line!

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14 Sep 2020 12:11:08
I think the problem is people only focus on the club they support. Newcastle fans hate their owner, a sale fell through, if they didn’t buy Wilson they had no fit striker, yet they outplayed us because why? Other clubs have their problems too, but our biggest issue is all the pi$$ing and moaning by not just the fans but even now the players. On paper we have a good enough squad to be mid table they just need to be motivated and the fans need to stop acting like their is some white knight that will fly in with billions of pounds and they should realise we are not rich and that we need to bring in just a couple of solid defenders. We are where we are, no different to the 60s, 70s, 80s etc and all this rubbish the club is counter productive. Yes it will be a fight but that is what we have done for as long as I can remember.

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14 Sep 2020 13:20:05
NOBLES legs are gone mate its sad to see him getting turned inside out and now is the time to tell him he ain't good enough otherwise we are going down that i di know. COYI.

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14 Sep 2020 15:26:23
Agree to both points above.
SDL - you are right, this is normal and always has been. Why fans expect to be chasing europe as their base expectation every year is beyond me.
Whorya - I think we knew a while ago that he had slowed, and that we needed athleticism and improvements in CM, even more so now the game has become even more about running. Problem is, he is still our best passer, and by far our best captain. Last year it was a great move from Moyes to get Soucek in and then put Nobes further up where his lack of pace can be accomodated, and players could still benefit from his leadership and attitude.
New season now though, and Nobes should be an impact sub going forward. He should have been last year but this position was NEVER ADDRESSED previously. We have SOO many options in CAM Lanzini, Fornals, Snods or even Cullen who all have better legs. Get them on from the start. Note - only Cullen from the above is someone i believe can play as a 2 man CM. All other are CAM with TWO players behind them in CM.
LOVE Nobes, but we should use him sparingly and tactically corretly in today's athletic game.

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15 Sep 2020 19:50:51
Correct me if i'm wrong but we are the 7th wealthiest club in england i truly understand the way the economy is at the minute but i don't see other clubs not spending money EVERTON are 8th in the list and they have bought in a couple of new faces so why can't we we've sold €25 million pound in transfers so that has freed up a little in the wage bill so we need at least 3 new faces otherwise things are going to go south very quickly and ni one in claret and blue wants that. COYI.

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16 Sep 2020 13:04:23
Those richest rankings mean little when it comes to buying players, it is about the available cash. Don’t pay too much attention to the rich list.

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16 Sep 2020 13:29:42
Was surprised to see bones in the squad to be honest.

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16 Sep 2020 18:46:06
I see other clubs aren't holding back VILLA have managed to find players and when you buy players you don't put all the money up front its normally paid in stages. COYI.

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16 Sep 2020 20:56:59
Hiya NLCKINHO you can't afford to have any weak links in the premier league especially a struggling outfit like us NOBLE has been a good servent but he's championship level at best along with CRESSWELL and he was playing for england not too long ago ableit only vaguely, I've always liked a diamond formation in midfield. COYI.

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13 Sep 2020 23:18:58
Come on Ed give us some up lifting news about some kind off movement on ins and outs 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻.

{Ed002's Note - The situation remains that West Ham United need to sell to raise money for purchases - well Genoa have opened talks about two players from England, one is Jack Wilshere. West Ham has sold Grady Diangana and Xande Silva could follow him to West Brom. Felipe Anderson, Lanzini and Rice could bring funds in. Marcos Paulo (S) West Ham have asked about taking the Fluminese forward, but he is expensive.}

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14 Sep 2020 09:14:58
Ed002.why is it that West Ham appear to be the only club in this position?

All the teams around us are strengthening. and seem largely unconcerned in their spending by the impact of the virus.

Yet West Ham with owners who aren't THAT different in their wealth position to the Everton owners, plead absolute poverty and are looking into flogging the family silver (quite literally in Gold's case) . Ashley who doesn't even want to be at Newcastle seems able to find a few beans to throw into players that would clearly improve their side.

We have owners with no appetite, a manager with no pulling power, and a club that has been relentlessly been madea toxic location overtime since leaving the Boleyn Ground.

Even when the owners tried to go big their incompetence showed (bringing in a manager who had started his retirement wind down in China, bringing in a director of football who sat below the manager and was off the back of a disastrous season at Malaga) . and then when it goes unsurprisingly wrong, they blame the model rather than being able to spot their own failings and reverse to a busted flush who quite literally couldn't find a job at any level of the game.

The club is going down - wouldn't surprise me if we're in league one within 5 years. No strategy, no competence, and reducing assets not gaining.

{Ed002's Note - There are numerous clubs in the position of West Ham. Take Liverpool as an example, they also have to sell to buy. Real Madrid are having to recover €190M through sales to cover their losses before making any significant purchases. Barcelona and most Italian sides are using player trades more than they would do normally. Businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic and there is not money to throw at clubs - who should be largely self sufficient.}

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14 Sep 2020 13:14:17
Trouble there is you're talking about the Champions (who worst case end up top 4) and some of the biggest sides in Europe.

West Ham aren't in the position to not invest in their squad at a time when all around them are.

The bottom line is the billionaire owners need to do what football club owners do and invest in their asset (not cross their fingers and hope for the best, as has become their trademark) .

{Ed002's Note - The club has to comply with FFP rules - they cannot simply throw money at the club.}

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14 Sep 2020 15:38:22
Ummm. I thought that they kinda can though since the removal of the Short term Cost Control rule.

Not saying that there aren't still FFP rules to be followed but it's not quite as cut and dried as "No. We can't spend any money. "

The world of Premier League club's finances is pretty murky at the best of times and FFP does manage to muddy the waters even further but I'm not convinced it's the stingy chairman's get out clause it once was.

I will say this though, my comments are all purely speculative and without having a nice long look at the club's latest books - will remain as pure speculation.

That said, if the club really doesn't have a bean to spend then surely something, somewhere within the finance and planning departments has gone wrong, no?

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16 Sep 2020 21:07:24
This would be my starting 11


FABIANSKI
FREDERICKS RICE OGBONNA JOHNSON

SOUCEK
BOWEN FORNALS
ANDERSON

ANTONIO HALLER


SUBS: LANZINI, YARMOLENKO, BALBUENA, SILVA, CULLEN, MASUAKU

. COYI.

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16 Sep 2020 20:02:31
Are the rumours flying about that 2 Chinese and an american consortium are very interested in buying west ham I understand your views on this Ed but when is the earliest the club can be sold please Ed. COYI.

{Ed002's Note - Realisrically 2021.

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17 Sep 2020 11:40:39
Are we really that bad, how many teams looked good this weekend?
Everton, Chelsea, Leeds, Arsenal!
Nearly all the teams looked tired and unfit, no excuse for it in my books, but everybody looked unfit.

I think players like Cullen and Snodgrass should get a go against Arsenal, even Anderson looked like he wanted to run a bit against Newcastle, which we did not see last year, if he wasn’t ready last year they should not of played him.

Realistically we are a mid table team, have been for last few years. All fans that think we should be challenging for Europe needs to get tested!
Let’s support the team, protests against the board do not help the players, if the right offer comes in they will sell, will we be better off, who knows!
COYI.

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17 Sep 2020 12:13:36
Thanks Ed.

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13 Sep 2020 01:32:38
Mark N. was short of pace but by knows means was he the worst player. Cresswell was at fault for the 2nd Fornals was not in the game same as Bowen very disappointing no energy Fredricks saved a certain goal with his pace. if it wasnt for Ogbonna we could have lost by a cricket score.
The board can see the problems what we see so they had better come up with some money or prepare for the championship.

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13 Sep 2020 10:02:18
At least none of our new signings underperformed lol.

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13 Sep 2020 10:14:29
What we've all been saying came true. Our full backs are terrible. Cresswell was woeful and we clearly need a strong centre back. Nobles best days are over and clearly we need a striker. Take £50m and Berkley for rice. Berkley can replace noble and use the remainder to get what we need. The club is more important than one player.

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13 Sep 2020 12:41:21
Berkley Abraham’s + £20-30m for Rice. It would allow us to buy Tarkowski.

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13 Sep 2020 14:12:20
We still then need full backs cause fredericks and cresswell are not premier league quality.

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13 Sep 2020 15:21:29
We didn’t turn up.

Ogbonna and Antonio are the only two who really meant it.

Everybody else was AWOL.

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13 Sep 2020 16:13:52
I said last week we ain't signed 0 players and we need 5 don't listen or believe club bids like tykowskie burnley bids . All lies to pacify us fans! And on last nights showing our club is going Down and the blame falls on dsg even though some on this site don't blame those two . We are the only club who ain't signed 0 players while we plead poverty.

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13 Sep 2020 20:26:50
Apparently 3 days ago we were PREPARING a bid of £8m for souceks team mate lukas masopust.

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14 Sep 2020 08:19:11
And its still being prepared. This is how we roll.

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15 Sep 2020 20:05:02
I really don't agree with the bad posts about FREDERICKS and i don't agree with markro about ANTONIO having a decent game, the only player with any credit from that game was OGBONNA I've said this till i'm blue in the face but as long as we are continuing to start with NOBLE then we are under pressure from the start and i think MOYES got it wrong starting with 3 C/ M and defensive minded players in SOUCEK and RICE and NOBLE hasn't got the legs to continue to attack so there wasnt any attack minded midfielders in the centre of the park i know SOUCEK gets in the box but for me MOYES is never going to get the best out of HALLER as he won't play with 2 or 3 up front so HALLER will be sold in the next window unless he's used to his strengths. COYI.

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12 Sep 2020 13:41:52
Ex WHU employee recons we have been offered Ryan Brewster on loan he scored 1 in 2 at Swansea last year.

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12 Sep 2020 15:56:15
We'd be a bit silly not to have a good hard look at Rhian Brewster. 10 goals in 20 league games last season for Swansea (which is what I assume you meant to type but yer 0 fell off) albeit in the Championship isn't a bad return for then 19yo. I'd much rather him than Fernando bloody Llorente that's for sure!

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12 Sep 2020 18:18:27
Any chance of a loan with an option to buy?

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12 Sep 2020 18:55:38
Take him with or without an option to buy! Offers something differnt to both haller and Antonio.

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12 Sep 2020 11:59:15
Hi chaps, just read that West Ham have opened talks with Brighton for Solly March?

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12 Sep 2020 20:11:08
Solly march isn't an improvement on what we already have and he can't even get in the BHA starting 11 so why do we want him also i see HALLER is not starting so bang goes the rumours that moyes was going to play 2 up front. COYI.

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12 Sep 2020 21:16:47
This is a worse a performance thus far 56:33 wilson just scored i know its the first game but come this is a far cry from what is needed and they ain't very good either. COYI.

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