West Ham Bid For Berbatov

After the Andy Carroll trail seems to have gone cold West Ham appear to have turned their attention to Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Berbatov, 31, has announced his intention to leave on a social network site in search of regular first team football after becoming disillusioned with life being a bit part player last season.

West Ham are hoping a return to London will tempt Berbatov who spent several seasons playing here for Spurs.

What do you think? Good signing? Type of player we should be after? Leave a comment and get discussing.

West Ham Beat Southend 3-0

West Ham today won their first game of the pre-season with a 3-0 win over Southend United.

Nicky Maynard headed in a wicked Matty Taylor corner kick in the 22nd minute to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage.

Jordan Spence then doubled the lead as he romped clear of the Southend defence to fire home, and Sam Baldock came off the bench to score his 3rd goal in as many pre-season games to give The Hammers an emphatic victory.

After a loss in Austria and a draw to Boreham Wood it was nice to taste victory, lets hope the pre-season gets better and better for West Ham.

Allardyce Confirms Carroll Interest

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce confirmed with SkySports he would love the chance to bring Andy Carroll to West Ham United, but accepts any move will depend on the player.

Brendan Rogers hinted at the possibilty of £35 Million striker Carroll being sent on loan, and since then speculation has been rife with AC Milan, Newcastle and West Ham all being linked with moves.

Allardyce Unsure

However, Allardyce is not convinced the big number 9 would be interested in a move to Upton Park.

Speaking with SkySports Allardyce said:

You can’t say you wouldn’t be interested in Andy Carroll, he’s a player who has got great stature in the Premier League,”

“Whether Andy Carroll wants to come to West Ham is another matter.”

Asked if he would favour a loan move or a permanent deal for the 23-year-old striker, Allardyce added: “It depends on whether Andy Carroll wants to come to West Ham.”

Not sure if this deal is likely to come off and feel that this could be disguising the fact we are trying to sign Modibo Maiga.

West Ham Move For Maiga

According to SkySports West Ham have made a move to sign Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.

Rumours earlier this week suggested West Ham were chasing the highly rated Mali international whose move to Newcastle fell apart last season.

West Ham now look to have stole a march on their rivals for the strikers signature with Stoke and Reading rumoured to be interested.

£4 Million is the price being touted with the striker expected in England next week to finalise a deal if the rumours are true.

 Check him out in a video here.

Maynard: West Ham The Right Move

Nicky Maynard says he made the right move choosing West Ham and his decision has been justified with The Hammers winning promotion.

The striker took some stick following his move to West Ham with some disgruntled supporters suggesting it was purely for money reasons, as some Premier League clubs were also interested in him at the time.

Maynard didn’t make the kind of impact expected, partly because of the success of Ricardo Vaz Te who was a revelation, but still managed to score 3 goals including a cracker past Cardiff in the play-off semi-finals.

Speaking with London 24 Maynard said:

“It is every English footballer’s dream to play in the Premier League and that is the main reason I left Bristol City.”

“I wanted to play in the Premier League as quickly as possible. West Ham came in for me, who were in the Championship at the time, but I knew that they would go into the Premier League.

“I am here now and it is down to me to produce and stay in the top flight with West Ham.”

Lets hope he gets a chance and finds those prolific scoring boots for West Ham this season.

No Guti Deal For West Ham

Spanish veteran midfielder Guti who has been on trial at West Ham has announced his retirement instead of pitting his wits in The Premiership for The Hammers.

35 year old Guti had been training with West Ham since his release from Turkish side Besiktas and was available as a free agent.

Guti made over 500 appearances for Real Madrid and was part of their Galicticos squad of players which included Zidane, Ronaldo (The Fat Brazilian one), Beckham, Raul etc and spent 15 years of his career with them.

It looked like he was set to link up with West Ham but it now looks to have gone sour with the player telling Spanish newspaper AS that he is set to retire and take up a coaching role instead.

 

Andy Carroll To West Ham?

SkySports and various other newspapers are reporting that West Ham are looking to take Andy Carroll on a season long loan with the view to a permanent transfer.

Carroll who is 23, signed for Liverpool from Newcastle for £35 Million in 2011, but has struggled scoring only 6 league goals in 42 games. His form did pick up towards the end of last season and this earned him a call up to Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad.

Yesterday new reds manager Brendan Rogers appeared to be open to letting Andy Carroll go out on loan for the season, with AC Milan thought to have been a possible destination.

However it now appears West Ham have thrown their hat into the ring to take the forward for the new season, with some sources saying we will look at making his loan move permanent if it works out with fees ranging between £10-£15Million for the burly striker.

The Nolan Factor

This deal could have legs due to our captain Kevin Nolan having kept a close eye on Carroll when he was having some personal problems when back at Newcastle.

The only thing I am not too sure on at present are the large fees being mooted for a permanent transfer if the loan is successful, these seem very high for West Ham considering the amount of debt the club currently has, and seeing as our transfer budget for this window was £20 Million according to the owners, then a £15 Million deal next season would be a huge chunk if not all our budget on one player!