Hammers complete Arnautovic signing

West Ham have officially completed the signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City, with the Austrian international becoming the Irons’ record signing as Slaven Bilic seeks to bolster his side ahead of the new Premier League season.

The 28 year old has moved for a fee of £20m, with a further £5m potentially payable in addons to the Potters, taking the total value of the deal to £25m.

Stoke signed Arnautovic four years ago from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for just £2.3m.

Here are some quotes from Marko while putting pen to paper a five year contract [Read more…]

Randolph opts for Boro switch

Following the arrival of Joe Hart on loan from Man City, Darren Randolph has opted to further his career in the Championship after agreeing an £5m switch to Middlesbrough.

Randolph competed with Adrian for a position under the sticks at the London Stadium and while he had his good moments, he didn’t exactly inspire confidence among Hammers fans.

A key reason for Randolph’s departure was the 2018 World Cup, with the 30 year old keen for regular football in order to stay as Ireland’s No.1 ahead of Keiren Westwood. [Read more…]

West Ham sign Joe Hart on loan

West Ham have completed the signing of Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City. The England stopper spent last season in the Italian top flight with Torino and will spend the whole of 2017/18 at the London Stadium.

Hart, who is on a £4.5m contract with City, will get paid £2.5m by West Ham (allowing the club to operate within their wage structure), but the Hammers will also pay £2m as loan fee to City, who will in turn bear the remaining part of the 30 year old’s wages. [Read more…]

George Dobson Sparta Rotterdam- WHUFC youngster moves to Eredivisie

Sparta Rotterdam have completed the signing of West Ham youngster George Dobson. The 20 year old midfielder spent last season on loan at Walsall and was a summer target for the Saddlers but has opted to further his career in the Dutch top flight after signing for the Rotterdam outfit. [Read more…]

Slaven Bilic Must Move For Javier Hernandez This Summer

West Ham United failed to inspire confidence for the most part of last season, eventually finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table just one year after qualifying for the Europa League. The Dimitri Payet saga was an unwelcome distraction prior to his move back to Marseille and Slaven Bilic’s men never really recovered in what was a very disappointing campaign.

But that was then and this is now. To compete in England’s top flight, you have to spend money – it is as simple as that. One player who has attracted plenty of interest in the media this month is Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez. The former Manchester United man is looking to move back to the Premier League and reports claim that the Mexico star has a buyout clause of just £13 million.

Over his five-year tenure at Old Trafford, ‘Chicharito’ earned a reputation as one of the best poachers in the business. He scored a number of important goals for United, helping the Red Devils win two Premier League titles during his time at the club. Hernandez scored 33 goals in 77 league games – a decent return made even better when you remember that the Mexican came on as a substitute in 44 of those fixtures. [Read more…]

Lanzini earns maiden Argentina call up

Manuel Lanzini has been rewarded for his great form in West Ham colours with a maiden call up to the Argentine national team for their upcoming friendlies vs Brazil and Singapore next month.

Lanzini has represented Argentina at U20 level, but has never made a senior appearance for the Albiceleste.

We reckon this is well deserved for him- he was West Ham’s Players Player of the Season for 2016/17, and probably the club’s most creative player following the departure of Dimitri Payet. It took him a while to settle down, but he really came into his own in the 16/17 season.

It’s a strong Argentine squad- the likes of Lionel Messi, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain are all in it. [Read more…]

Antonio named Hammer of the Year, Lanzini Players’ Player of the Year

Michail Antonio has been named the Hammer of the Year at the Player Awards ceremony at the Intercontinental. The 27 year old edged out Manuel Lanzini and Pedro Obiang to the award. Lanzini however did get the Players’ Player of the Year Award.

Edimilson Fernandes won the Signing of the Year award, perhaps a testament to how poor the club’s signings have been this season when the winner has started only 3 games.

Antonio, who has also been linked with a switch away from the London Stadium in the summer, also appeared to quell those rumours when he mentioned that “he’d like to win it again” in his acceptance speech. [Read more…]