West Ham Friday Transfer and News Update

West Ham United returned to pre-season training this week and immediately flew out to Cork in Ireland to work on their fitness for the coming campaign.

It’s been a busy week of  transfer speculation and rumours for West Ham without a lot actually happening.

Bony, Lukaku and Ba

West Ham were accredited with a £10 million bid for Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony this week after Swansea made moves to sign the striker, since then it has gone quite on that front, however David Gold confirmed that West Ham United were indeed trying to sign Bony, speaking to Sports Direct News Gold said:

We are slowly building a top team of top names and there is a strategic policy in place for that to continue.

Kevin Nolan arrived as the first marquee signing in 2011, followed by Matt Jarvis last season for what was a record club transfer fee at £10 million plus.

We smashed that by several millions this season when we brought Andy Carroll to the club and it’s now known we have also been trying to make the Wilfried Bony move happen.

The Guardian however believe they know something, insisting the bid for Bony has been turned down and that West Ham’s attentions have turned toward a loan deal for Lukaku.

Demba Ba was another player believed to be on the club’s radar, however SSN believe Ba is in talks with mega rich Russian club Anzhi and has already rejected the chance to return to West Ham this window.

With all these rumours about strikers it got me thinking about where they would actually fit in at the club, we all know Allardyce prefers to play one striker up front, so is he looking for quality backup for Carroll or is he pondering a formation change?

Gary O’Neil

What has happened with Gary O’Neil? West Ham were apparently happy to let the player go and he was added to the free transfer list at the end of last season, however on Saturday news broke that O’Neil was set to stay at West Ham after agreeing a new deal and passing a medical.

All went quite and it appears O’Neil has had a changed of heart with TalkSport suggesting Crystal Palace are on the verge of signing both Gary O’Neil and another former Hammer in Carlton Cole.

David Gold also confirmed on Twitter yesterday that Gary O’Neil will not be coming back to the club and wished him well for the future.

David Gold Tweet Regarding Gary O'Neil

Massimo Ambrosini

West Ham were linked with signing Ambrosini to add experience and quality to the midfield after the player left AC Milan, however this deal is now dead as the player has signed for Italian Serie A club Fiorentina.

Ravel Morrison

Morrison is back from his loan spell at Birmingham and looks to have set his sights on impressing Allardyce and making strides in the first team, speaking to WHUFC.com Morrison said:

Pre-season has been good and I’ve enjoyed the whole trip so far. I’ve just enjoyed the work and the whole group has done well.

Hopefully I can get an opportunity. I’ve just got to carry on working hard in pre-season and show the manager what I can do.

I hope Morrison stays with the club and gets the chance to show what he can do in West Ham’s midfield this season as he has the attributes to be a great player.

Mark Noble making Olympic Stadium history

Mark Noble made some Olympic Stadium and West Ham United history today by becoming the first Hammer to kick a ball in what will be West Ham’s new home come the 2016 season.

Talking to the clubs official site Noble said:

It’s a privilege to be the first West Ham player to kick a football inside the Olympic Stadium and as a lifelong West Ham fan it was great fun to film the video,” said Noble.

Hopefully I will be one of those players walking out of the tunnel soaking in the atmosphere, with 54,000 West Ham flags and banners waving. The noise is going to be amazing and it’s going to be a fantastic stadium to play in. 2016 just can’t come quick enough.

Have a look at the video below or check it out on WHUFC.com here.

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  1. Happy that Ravel is getting his chance, Gary O’neil leaving won’t do us any harm but for cover purposes he was a decent player. I remain adamant that we need another Striker as a cover option and to compete with Andy Carroll.

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  2. Tommy Hamm says

    Cracking read.Much enjoyed.

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