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…]