Brady: West Ham Have Transfer Target List

Karen Brady disclosed to Sky Sports News today that West Ham have a strategic plan drawn up by Sam Allardyce with a comprehensive list of players which the club are working towards bringing in.

West Ham have already concluded the signing of three players since their promotion to the Premier League, they are Mohamed Diame from Wigan, former Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson from Portsmouth.

Speaking to SSN Brady said:

We hope to bring in a few more significant signings to improve our team and increase our chances of remaining in the Premier League and really ‘have a go’.

We want to compete and really make a contribution to this league. West Ham are a great club who deserve to play in the greatest league in the world.

Sam has made a very strategic plan. We have a comprehensive list of players we hope to bring in and we are working to do that.

During the interview she would not be drawn on the Grant Holt situation and said the club was still very hopeful of getting the Olympic Stadium.

So we have three good players already signed and none other than Henderson have commanded any kind of fee, lets hope we can now sign some exciting attacking talent to boost the squad further.

 

Breaking News: Diame Signs

Breaking news is that West Ham United have confirmed that they have reached an agreement to sign Senegal international midfielder Mohamed Diame.

The 25-year-old dynamic midfielder is extremely highly-rated and was being pursued by a number of clubs in the Premier League and abroad. He decided to move to the Boleyn Ground though after meeting manager Sam Allardyce in London this week.

Diame is our third signing so far behind goalkeepers Henderson and Jaaskelainen.

Speaking to WHUFC.com Diame said:

 “I’m very happy and very excited to have joined the club and I’m looking forward to the start of the season.

“I know the fans here get behind the team all the time and I’m looking forward to showing everybody what I can do on the pitch.”

Allardyce also speaking to WHUFC.com said:

“His potential is really good and he’s ready to go and compete in the first team straight away as he’s had three years in the Premier League already.

“He’s 25 and can only get better and I hope he can go on to prove that to me and all of the West Ham United fans. He will be a very exciting addition to the squad.”

Great news in my opinion as this guy looks the real deal and will be a fantastic addition to our midfield and will plug that enforcer role vacated by Scott Parker. COYI!

Grant Holt Move Edging Closer

The Grant Holt transfer saga is still rumbling on, with news today that West Ham have increased their bid to £5.5million as they look to sign wantaway Norwich hit man.

The 31-year-old looks desperate to quit Carrow Road for pastures new despite the arrival of  a new man at the helm in Chris Hughton.

Manager Sam Allardyce has already seen a bid of £3.5m rejected for Holt, who scored an impressive 17 goals in his début season in the top flight.

I am not sure what Allardyce and co see in this guy to keep going back with improved offers, but £5.5million seems a lot of money for someone who will have a limited shelf life and no sell on value. Should we really be pushing the boat out and spending more than a quarter of our rumoured £20million transfer kitty on this guy?

If he signs I will support him and if he bangs in 20 goals and helps us into the top 10 then I am sure it will seem like a good gamble, but what if it goes south and we have another Benni McCarthy or John Carew?

Personally I would love to see the money used to sign Wilfred Zaha who could be a real star in the making. Crystal Palace have the knack of producing some great young talent of late and I see him as a very exciting addition to our squad who would add a new dimension to our forward line.

What do you think? Is Holt worth chasing for this kind of cash or am I being overly sceptical?

West Ham closing in on Olsson

News coming out today is that West Ham  are hoping to complete the signing of West Brom’s Swedish International defender Jonas Olsson after Euro 2012.

Allardyce has been keen to strengthen at the back with a more experienced partner for James Tompkins after West Ham gained promotion to The Premiership.

Tottenham were accredited with an interest in the Swede but since Harry Redknapp has been canned it remains to be seen if they are still a viable option for him. Other teams linked with him are Fullham,  Aston Villa, Everton and Turkish side Galatasaray.

West Ham now look to have stole a march on their rivals with the 29-year-old set to sign after the Euro’s.

Still I will wait until I see him in a West Ham shirt as we all know transfers are never straight forwards. He looks a good defender so I hope it comes off as he could be a great foil for JT.

 

Who else wants the Hammers to stay in the Premier League?

Obviously all us Hammers are desperate for us to stay in the Premier League but what about fans of other clubs?

Would you prefer a trip to Upton Park for a great atmosphere and some cheeky east end banter, or would you prefer a game up at Blackburn or Wolves?

I am asking the question as when I was younger I remember everyone having a soft spot for The ‘Appy Hammer’s and those cheeky chappies from The Boleyn and we was most peoples second team, this and the fact we used to play some lovely attractive football and single handedly won the World Cup for England in 1966.

But since the whole Carlos Tevez affair it seems as though peoples opinions have changed of The Irons. I understand how the whole Tevez Gate and the hate campaign against us from Sheffield United could have changed peoples views back then but I am still hearing people complaining about us now and that we are cheats.

Bottom line is West Ham never really capitalized on staying in The Premiership that season and were relegated just two seasons later with probably the worst manager in our history in Avram Grant and left in a mountain of debt by our Icelandic owners, so if people wanted us punished I am pretty sure we got  that in spades.

So how about now? Are peoples opinions changing again for the better and are we welcomed back at the top tier with open arms? Time will tell but there is a feel good factor about West Ham that I haven’t seen in quite some time.

COYI!

Big Sam To Take Ex Real Madrid Star Guti On Tour

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Now here’s a piece of news that’s interesting: Big Sam is set to take ex Real Madrid and Besiktas star Guti on a pre-season tour of Austria.

I quite like the guy myself and has shown some real class over the years for Real Madrid. The only thing that might cause a bit of concern is his partying. He might be able to put even Mario Balotelli in the shade 🙂

The 35 year old Guti  will be offered a two year deal by Allardyce if he can prove he’s fit enough to play and i suppose that’s fair enough, isn’t it. His experience will no doubt come in handy for the hammers who are back in the big time and plan to stay there.

Apart from always being in the press in Spain and always being seen “out and about”, Guti has won many trophies with Real Madrid and Spain. For Real Madrid he’s won 15 titles including an astonishing five La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies. Guti has also made more than 500 appearances for both club and country.

Allardyce wants a player with a cool head and Guti is the man. he’ll add poise and experience to a young Hammers side that’s itching for glory.

“West Ham will make a final decision before the next season starts. I cannot discuss what terms could be offered.”

said Barry O’Connor, who looks after Guti’s affairs in England.

Guti, whose real name is José María Gutiérrez Hernández would be a nice summer catch for West Ham providing he passes a fitness test of course. Guti moved to Besiktas after new boss Jose Mourinho said he would not be counting on him in his future plans. What are your thoughts on the Spaniard?

Breaking News: Jussi Signs

SkySports News are this morning reporting that Jussi Jaaskelainen has signed a 2 year contract with West Ham to be reunited with his old manager Sam Allardyce.

The Finnish Stopper turned down the chance of staying at Bolton after rejecting their offer of a new contact in favour of a move down south to be between the sticks for the mighty Hammers!

West Ham are officially expected to confirm the deal shortly, with the 37-year-old  joining us on July 1 when the transfer window reopens.

The news comes hot on the heels of the transfer update from the club yesterday confirming they are close to two excellent players available on a bosman, and also the news Rob Green looks set to sign with QPR.

Good news in my opinion and will be an excellent role model for Henderson as Jussi has been a top keeper and still has a few good years left in the tank.