Hammers Close On Modibo Maiga

The Mail reports West Ham are close to a £4.5m deal for Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.

If we are to believe the reports then Maiga also has offers from Stoke and Reading sitting on the table.

I confess I don’t know too much about the player but managed to find a YouTube video of him scoring some goals, he seems to come alive in the box and can certainly head a ball as well!

He looks like he could be a handy player for us so lets hope there is some truth to the report.

 

Hammers Close On Kieran Richardson

News today is that West Ham United are understood to be close to completing the signing of Sunderland left sided player Kieran Richardson.

West Ham have been strongly linked with a move for the former Manchester United player since the end of last season, and it now looks like Sam Allardyce is closing on one of his transfer targets.

Since Martin O’Neil took over as Sunderland boss, Richardson who is now 27, has found it tough to get a game for the Black Cats. A fee in the region of £2.5Million has been mooted.

McDonald happy with Hammers performance despite loss

Neil McDonald says he is happy with the Hammers’ performance against Austrian club FK Austria Wien despite losing to them 3-1.

This was the Irons’ opening game of the pre-season and it’s early days and Macca says that he’s happy and it was more about the taking part than winning.

Another thing about the game was that the Austrian side have 3 weeks fitness over the hammers’ and it showed despite the lads going 1 nil up.

The goal from West Ham United came courtesy from a header by Sam Baldock but once the Austrians found their groove the fitness levels started to show.

McDonald had this to say to West Ham news:

The game went very much the way I thought it would go,” McDonald confirmed to West Ham TV. “We started off well and scored a really good goal through Sam and then their passing and moving took over.

“We conceded two poor goals in the first half. The goal they scored in the second half was a really good strike so probably, all in all, we’re pleased.

“We said before the game that it was all about improving our fitness and getting our endurance up and a lot of them played 45 minutes-plus so it finished off a good week, even though we got beaten 3-1.”

The Hammers were out of the blocks fast and furious and Baldock’s goal came from a nice little chipping cross from Carlton Cole. That was it as far as more goals from the irons I’m afraid and the Austrians scored courtesy of Roland Linz and Dare Srvic in the first half who were unfortunately allowed to put the ball away from inside the box.

The Austrian side’s second-half goal came 15 minutes from time from substitute Tomas Jun and this put the game beyond West Ham. New signing Jussi Jaaskelainen was well beaten by the strike, too.

Okay, so it’s early days, it’s been just one game so no panicking 🙂 Neil McDonald also confirmed that West Ham would be working hard to strengthen the squad ahead of the opening Barclays Premier League fixture at home to Aston Villa on 18th August.

West Ham Games On Sky TV

Sky Sports today announced it’s televised fixtures and West Ham will be screened live seven times by November.

West Hams first ever trip to Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium has been moved to a 12.45pm kick-off on Saturday, August 25 for The Hammers first live appearance on Sky of the season.

Fullham at Upton Park on September 1st has also been brought forwards to 12:45pm for Sky coverage.

Monday Night Football

West Ham will take on QPR at Loftus Road on October 1st for an 8pm kick off, and Stoke City will visit Upton Park on November 19th, also an 8pm kick off.

ESPN Fixtures

Arsenal visit West Ham on October 6th, and we will also host current champions Manchester City on November 3rd, both games kick off at 5.30pm.

Guti Joins West Ham Training Camp

News coming out this evening is that former Real Madrid star Guti has joined West Hams training camp in Austria.

It was rumoured a few weeks back that Sam Allardyce was interested in bringing the Spanish veteran to Upton Park, it now seems that Guti is on trial after joining the rest of the squad in Austria.

Guti was the first of a string of veteran midfielders mentioned in the press mentioned as a possible signings for West Ham to add some experience and guile in the middle of the park, other players mentioned were Clarence Seedorf and Dejan Stankovic.

Transfer Roundup

Lots of rumours and speculation this week, but nothing concrete to bring you other than some departures.

Players Out

 

Pablo Barrera

The Mexican winger has gone back home to join Cruz Azul for an undisclosed fee after failing to impress at West Ham or any of the clubs he went on loan to.

Oliver Lee

The 20-year-old academy product and son of former Hammer Rob Lee has moved to Barnet after loan spells with Dagenham & Redbridge and Gillingham last season.

Possible Players In

 

Burak Yilmaz

The 26-year-old Turkish international scored 35 goals in 41 games last season and has a €5 million release clause. Rumours are West Ham are battling with Lazio and Tottenham for his services. This guy is prolific so could be a fantastic signing if we pull it off.

Dejan Stankovic

Another player being linked is Inter Milan’s Dejan Stankovic, Sam Allardyce is desperate to add some quality and experience in midfield, after seeing a deal for Clarence Seedforf go south it appears he has turned his attention to classy veteran Stankovic.

Definite No Deals

 

Grant Holt

The Norwich striker who West Ham have been persistently linked with has now signed a new contract with The Canaries to put this one to bed. Considering the large transfer that would have been involved that’s good news to me.

Kader Mangane

Monster Centre Back Mangane was apparently in London this weekend and reports are that he failed a medical, if true this would be a shame as the man is a beast and would have been formidable in the back four for us.

No other news to bring you at present, deals for Zaha and Clyne could still very much be on but this week should see the signing of at least one new quality player.

West Ham Sign George McCartney

West Ham this morning have signed George McCartney on a permanent two-year contract.

The  left-back returns to The Boleyn for the third time, following a two-year spell between 2006 and 2008, as well as a season long loan season last year where he was a solid defender for us.

Speaking with WHUFC.com McCartney said:

“I am delighted to be coming back to West Ham and this time on a permanent basis.”

“It was great to be part of the side that won promotion for the club last season. It was a fantastic way to end the campaign last year and I am really looking forward to being back in the Premier League with West Ham.”

McCartney found himself surplus to requirements at Sunderland and boss Martin O’Neill was happy to let him move on.

Welcome back George let’s hope you have a great season.