David Gold Not Ruling Out January Departures

Reading the exclusive interview with David Gold on WHUFC.com and it was interesting about his take on players leaving the club:

There have been a couple of stories about players going out in January. Do you need to sell players or are there prospects that some players might go out?

You could put the questions the other way around. Can we afford to bring in new players? All new acquisitions will have to be paid for by David Sullivan and myself. It’s not our intention to burden the football club with any further debt. It’s important that we reduce debt and not increase it or at least hold it to its current level.

Do players have to go? It’s not a question of ‘do they have to go’; we don’t want them to go. We want to keep our best players, we’ve got a very tough four months to go and we’ve got through the first half of the season and we’re in good shape as we’re equal top as we speak. There was a massive closing of the gap on Monday and I know that we felt that we might struggle to beat Coventry but if their keeper hadn’t had the best game of his life we’d have probably won the game two or three nil. We don’t want to lose any of our best players.

It’s very difficult for a Chairman of a football club to say ‘That’s definitely not going to happen’. No supporter wants to lose any of their good players and we want to keep our best players as our focus is 100 per cent on promotion and you don’t gain promotion if you start selling your best players.

So lets hope that none of our best players decide they want pastures new!!

Potts Wins SBOBET Player of The Month

News coming out from West Ham’s official:

Dan Potts has completed a remarkable December 2011 by being voted West Ham United’s SBOBET player of the month.

The 17-year-old, who beat a life-threatening bout of leukaemia less than two years ago, was handed his début by manager Sam Allardyce in the 1-0 home npower Championship victory over Barnsley on 17 December. Potts kept his place for the 1-1 Boxing Day draw at Birmingham City and 2-1 New Year’s Eve defeat at Derby County.

The teenager has impressed with his poise, composure and willingness to get forward and has been tipped for a very bright future by both Big Sam and Academy Director Tony Carr.

Potts took 34.9 per cent of the vote, with Robert Green second on 24.4 per cent and James Tomkins third on 23.5 per cent.

Good on you Pottsy! Let’s hope this is a small taste of things to come!

Transfer Window Open

So the madness begins!! What most clubs have been waiting for, that pesky window to open so they can strengthen their squads!

Looking at our squad I think we are desperately short of some fire power, with Carlton Cole, Fredi Piquionne, John Carew and Sam Baldock hardly banging the goals in for fun. If we are serious about getting promoted automatically we need to get a proven goalscorer in. I don’t think it’s reasonable to keep relying on midfielders and defenders to pop up with goals to win us matches, it’s nice but we need to load to be put on the forwards!

If you look at Southampton they have Ricky Lambert notching up goals for fun and that is something I think we need desperately!

Anyway enough of my ramblings, let the craziness commence! Although I am sure it will be quite until January 31st!!

The Rhode To Nowhere?

West Ham are reported to have submitted a £3million bid for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes.

The highly-rated 21-year-old has been the subject of a bid by West Ham. The Manager Sam Allardyce is said to have handed Chairman David Gold a list of 25+ potential transfer window targets.

The striker has already scored 20 goals this season for Huddersfield  including four braces, two hat-tricks and one four-goal haul! So some serious fire power from the forward!

West Ham’s initial bid is said to have been rejected, although the Hammers are hopeful that an improved offer in the region of £4million will be enough to land Rhodes.

I am not too optimistic that Rhodes club will be willing to cash in on their main man at this stage of the season, especially as they think a bidding war may erupt with plenty of interest from The Premiership clubs as well.

Potts Signs Pro Contract

New from the club is that West Ham United’s Dan Potts has signed a two-and-a-half year professional contract.

Signing his first pro deal marks the next step in the career of a player who, less than two years ago, was given the all-clear following a successful battle with leukaemia.

The teenager, who is comfortable at either left-back or centre-back, is in Sam Allardyce’s 20-man matchday squad for Saturday’s npower Championship visit of Barnsley, was naturally delighted to put pen to paper.

“I’m overjoyed with it, to be honest,” Potts told West Ham TV. “When I first heard, I just wanted to get it done and sorted. It’s a big weight off my shoulders and now I can push on with that sorted and try to break into the first team. That’s now my main objective.

“I think the length of the contract at my age is important. You can get year-long contracts and the end of your deal soon comes around and you’re thinking ‘Will I get the next one’. Now I can concentrate on the football side of things.

“It’s been a great experience being around the first team boys. They are a great bunch of lads and the gaffer gives me tips too. It’s good that they’re talking to me because I know that they want to make me a better player. It’s good to hear from experienced people.

“Kevin Nolan is a great player to have around the place because he’s great with the young lads. It’s pleasing.”

Good news as I have seen him play and he looks a great prospect.

Hammers Linked With Barca Striker

Is it Lionel Messi? David Villa? Pedro?

No, none of the above, we can dream can’t we? West Ham are however being linked with a move for Barcelona ‘B’ striker Jonathan Soriano.

The 26-year-old striker scored 32 goals in Spain’s second flight last season as he fired Barcelona B team into the play off’s.

And according to Mundo Deportivo the Hammers are just one of up to ten clubs to express their interest in signing the player, with a list that includes German and Portuguese clubs.

With Sam Allardyce looking to reinforce our goal shy forward line this guy could be the answer, whispers are his contract is up in June so he would be low cost and low risk!

West Hams European Record Trumped By Barca

West Ham United’s 30-year-old European record was finally beaten by Spanish champions FC Barcelona.

The current Champions League holders equalled West Ham’s unique record of scoring in 27 consecutive European ties last month with a 3-2 win against Milan, meaning that should they have scored against FC BATE in the Nou Camp the record would be theirs.

Unfortunately Barca found their scoring boots as they always do with the plethora of attacking talent at their disposal, and they have now moved on to 28 having finally overturned The Hammers unique record.

Well done Barcelona (through gritted teeth!)

Henri and Gary Make Comebacks

Good news for Sam Allardyce today as both Henri Lansbury and Gary O’Neil made appearances for West Hams development squad.

The match ended 3-0 against Brentford, with Big Sam watching the match hoping the mid-fielders would soon be back featuring for the first team.

Ian Hendon spoke to WHUTV:

“Henri has been training really well and his quality is there for all to see,” Hendon told West Ham TV. “As soon as he is back ready and fit, which I think he is now, it will be a bonus for the gaffer come Saturday afternoons.

“Gary is a bit stiff and tired at the moment but he’s come through. He’s worked his socks off to get back to fitness and will continue to do so. It was a nice step for him to get out on the pitch and one of the goals came from him hitting a shot and we followed it in.”

Good news as we could do with some more competition in the middle of the park.