Jose Fonte leaves West Ham to join Dalian Yifang in £5m deal

A little over a year after signing him from Southampton, West Ham have agreed to let Portuguese defender Jose Fonte leave the club, with the 34 year old set to move to Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang for £5m.

Veteran Fonte, a Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, reportedly had his eyes on one last hurrah with the Portuguese national team at Russia 2018, and felt that regular football would stand him in good stead ahead of the quadrennial extravaganza.

Fonte last played for the Hammers in October against Crystal Palace and his departure effectively leaves West Ham with five options for 3 CB spots- Angelo Ogbonna, James Collins, Winston Reid, Aaron Cresswell and young Declan Rice. It is, one would say, a slight gamble for an injury hit squad that is fighting to stay up, but manager David Moyes reckons he has enough cover at the back. [Read more…]

Adrian nominated for Best Goalkeeper at London Football Awards

Goalkeeper Adrian is the only West Ham player to be nominated for the 2018 London Football Awards. LFA 2018 will raise money for the Willow Foundation, founded by Bob Wilson back in 1999.

Adrian is up against Thibault Courtois, Hugo Lloris, Dan Bentley and Heurelho Gomes in his category.

The LFA’s take performances from 13 London clubs- AFC Wimbledon, Arsenal, Barnet, Brentford, Charlton, Chelsea,
Crystal Palace, Fulham, Millwall, QPR, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and West Ham, into account. [Read more…]

Ex Hammer Watch- Diafra Sakho scores two goals v Caen for Rennes

Former West Ham striker Diafra Sakho seems to have settled quite well back in France and scored his first league goals (to add to his Coupe de la Ligue effort) for Stade Rennais against Caen over the weekend. The game was quite an eventful one, featuring a brace from Sakho, two missed penalties from Caen, a late equaliser from the home side and Swiss officials in the middle and running the sidelines for this fixture, as part of a swap deal between the Swiss and the French Football Federations. [Read more…]

Hammers confirm Evra signing- former United defender to wear No.27 jersey

West Ham United have officially confirmed the signing of Patrice Evra on a free transfer. The French defender has inked a short term deal that will keep him at the London Stadium till the end of the 2017/18 seasn. He is expected to compete for a spot along with Aaron Cresswell, who has been employed both as part of a flat back three and as left wing back, and the suspended Arthur Masuaku, who will miss the next four games owing to his ban for spitting at Nick Powell.

The move reunites Evra with David Moyes, his former manager at Manchester United, although the move will come as a surprise to some given that the two didn’t exactly part on happy terms.

The 36 year old Evra was a free agent after having had his contract terminated by French club Marseille in November for an altercation with a fan. His actions also earned him a UEFA ban, but that does not affect his participation in domestic competitions like the Premier League. [Read more…]

Liverpool (A)- Hammers return to league action after break

After a fortnight’s break, West Ham United will return to Premier League action when they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side dismantled the Hammers 4-1 at the London Stadium earlier in the season- a result that cost Slaven Bilic his job. Current boss David Moyes is in no such danger, but points at Anfield will certainly help the visitors take a step closer to survival, which was his task when he took over the reins from the Croat in November. [Read more…]

West Ham’s conquerors Wigan stun Man City in FA Cup

Losing 2-0 to Wigan suddenly doesn’t appear that bad! The Latics, who beat West Ham in the fourth round, stunned in form Man City 1-0 at the DW to book a last eight clash against Southampton. Saints could become Wigan’s fourth Premier League scalp (after AFCB, WHUFC and MCFC) in this season’s FA Cup campaign if they go down to Paul Cook’s League One side in March. [Read more…]

Festive season period under Moyes- a look back

West Ham had a torrid (mildly put!) start to the 2017/18 season and replaced Slaven Bilic with David Moyes at the beginning of November 2017 on a six-month contract to salvage their season. The Hammers have been in the PL since 2011/12 and will be hoping for Moyes to preserve their top flight status for a seventh consecutive season. The festive season is often a decisive period for most clubs, with the crammed fixture list testing the squad depth of most teams and injuries taking their toll. [Read more…]