Hammers sign Andriy Yarmolenko

The signings continue to come in at the London Stadium! After Jack Wilshere, the Hammers have now completed the signing of Andriy Yarmolenko. The Ukrainian international moves from German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and has signed a four year deal with the club. The transfer fee was not revealed, but is rumoured to be somewhere around the 17-18 million pound mark.

Yarmolenko is Ukraine’s second highest scorer of all time (35 goals in 77 games), only behind the legendary Andriy Shevchenko.

Yarmolenko announced on his social media page that the life of the footballer “had thrown him another challenge” which he had “decided to accept” [Read more…]

Wilshere to West Ham | Hammers confirm 4th signing under Pellegrini

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of midfielder Jack Wilshere on a free transfer. The 26 year old, who supported the Hammers as a boy, was a free agent after leaving Arsenal at the end of the 2017/18 season. Wilshere, who was with the Gunners for 17 years, was told by new manager Unai Emery that he did not feature prominently in the latter’s plans for the upcoming season.

Wilshere was linked with a switch to Fenerbahce (apparently a deal that offered more money), but a late intervention from new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, plus the chance to continue staying in London, saw the deal swing the Hammers’ way.

What is the length of Wilshere’s West Ham contract?

He has signed a three year contract till the end of the 2020/21 season [Read more…]

West Ham players at World Cup- Hernandez out in Round of 16

It’s been a somewhat disappointing World Cup for West Ham’s stars. Hopes were high that Manuel Lanzini and Argentina could go far in the tournament, but the playmaker suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of the tournament.

That effectively left three West Ham players at the WC- Mexico’s Javier Hernandez, Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Portugal’s Joao Mario [Read more…]

WC update- Hernandez’s Mexico stun defending champions Germany

West Ham striker Javier Hernandez played the full 90 as his Mexican side stunned reigning champions Germany in Moscow. It was the first time that Germany had lost an opening game in the defence of their World title, with Hirving Lozano’s 35th minute strike sinking Die Mannschaft.

Chicharito was in tears at the end of the game- this was a massive win for Mexico’s Ro16 hopes (Sweden and Korea are the other two teams in their group). [Read more…]

Hammers to begin season with trip to Anfield

Manuel Pellegrini’s first league game as West Ham manager will see his side make the trip north to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Hammers have a home fixture against Bournemouth sandwiched between two tough games away at Liverpool and Arsenal respectively.

While that’s most definitely a tough start to the season, the festive period seems to have given a decent round of fixtures- Newcastle, Cardiff, Palace, Fulham, Watford, Southampton and Burnley, all of whom are definitely beatable on paper. [Read more…]

Lanzini out of World Cup after suffering knee injury in training

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of the World Cup after rupturing his knee ligaments. The ACL injury was picked up in training, just six days before Argentina begin their World Cup campaign.

The 2018 World Cup would’ve been Lanzini’s first, and this injury also puts him in serious doubt for the start of the new Premier League season.

Argentina have not announced a replacement yet- there doesn’t appear to be a like-for-like replacement in Sampaoli’s 23. Mauro Icardi’s name will always get taken, but the Inter striker doesn’t play the same role as Lanzini and is unlikely to be called up [Read more…]

Umbro & West Ham unveil 2018-19 season shirts

West Ham have become the second Umbro outfitted Premier League club to reveal their new shirts for the 18/19 season. Everton were the first to do so last month and the Hammers have followed suit now, shortly after announcing Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss. While the Toffees only chose to unveil their new home kit, West Ham have gone one step ahead and revealed both home and away kits for the new season.

While there’s been some mixed feedback from fans regarding the lack of blue on the sleeves, we think the home one is a pretty good effort from Umbro! The away though feels like a bit of a let down. Were yellow socks the best idea? Should it have been “dark teal” all through? [Read more…]

Lanzini one of six Premier League based players in Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentine squad

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini is one of six Premier League based players in Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli’s final 23 member squad. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly for some), there is no space for in form Inter striker Maurio Icardi (nor for Icardi’s soon to be teammate Lautaro Martinez), with Sampaoli chosing to go with Messi, Higuain, Dybala and Aguero upfront. [Read more…]

Three key issues for the club to resolve this summer

With the Hammers avoiding Premier League relegation for another season, there is much to be done off the field this summer. West Ham fans want and expect better than another dogfight, so here’s a look at some key issues the club must resolve before the new campaign gets underway in August. [Read more…]

West Ham 3-0 Southampton | Abysmal Saints crash to defeat at the London Stadium

A disappointing performance from Southampton, perhaps one of the worst you’d see from a Premier League team this season, saw West Ham pick up a vital win in this effective six pointer game and ease their relegation fears at the London Stadium.

Saints were expected to give West Ham a run for their money in manager Mark Hughes’ first game in charge, but produced a shocking first half display, allowing a struggling West Ham side to look utterly dominant.

For West Ham, injuries meant David Moyes went with a Cresswell-Ogbonna-Rice back three, with Joao Mario and Michail Antonio in support of Marko Arnautovic. The game also saw the return of Arthur Masuaku after the conclusion of his ban for spitting at Nick Powell. [Read more…]

International Round up- Lanzini, Arnautovic score, Rice MOTM for Ireland

There was some good news for West Ham fans in the first set of matches during the March international break. Star playmaker Manuel Lanzini made his first start for Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in a friendly against Italy and scored an absolute screamer to help Sampaoli’s men beat the 2006 World Cup winners. His goal came shortly after Ever Banega had finished off a team move to put Argentina 1-0 ahead.

Marko Arnautovic netted twice as Austria beat Slovenia in a friendly.

Versatile midfielder Declan Rice was named Man of the Match in the Republic of Ireland’s game against Turkey, despite them ending on the losing side thanks to Mehmet Topal’s second half strike.

Lanzini is however expected to be a doubt for Argentina’s next game after picking up a knock in the fixture against the Azzurri. [Read more…]