Friday Transfer Update

Not much to bring you today as it’s been a bit quite the last few days regarding inbound transfers, but here are the main rumours circling the web today.

William Gallas

The Sun reports that Tottenham’s veteran could be on this way out of White Hart Lane and pitching up at Upton Park.

Gallas, who is 34, would be available on a free transfer and is deemed surplus to requirements at WHL. This is backed up by the fact the club have been trying to sign Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen. 

Sam Allardyce has been desperate to add more experience and options at centre back since the club has been promoted.

Clarence Seedorf

Not sure about this one personally but, The Sun are also reporting the Dutch legend that is Clarence Seedorf is also wanted by Big Sam, who is a long-term admirer of the veteran midfielder.

Seedorf, who is now 36, has made it clear he would like to play in the Premier League before retiring.

Modibo Maiga

The Daily Mail is suggesting West Ham have made a £5million bid for Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.

However, it looks like we will have a fight on our hands with Southampton and Stoke who are also rumoured to be interested in the forward.


Marek Stech Leaves West Ham

Marek Stech has left West Ham United by mutual consent according to David Gold.

In response to a question posed by a fan on Twitter to David Gold regarding Marek Stech and whether he has left the club he said:

@DavidGoldWHU Is Marek Stech still a West Ham player?? No he has left by mutual consent. DG

I guess the opportunity of playing first team football with West Ham was looking limited with the arrival of two new goalkeepers in Henderson and Jaaskelainen in the last few weeks.

When he arrived at The Boleyn I remember him being labelled as the “new Peter Cech” , well time will tell if he will be that good but one thing is for sure it doesn’t look like he will be getting to that standard with The Hammers.


Another Day Another Holt Bid

Reports from around the web suggest West Ham are going back to Norwich with a fourth and final bid of £6 Million for the want away striker.

Holt who scored 15 Premier League goals last season for Norwich in his début in the top flight, and is also attracting interest from his former boss Paul Lambert who is now with Aston Villa.

Holt is due to hold a face to face meeting with new boss Chris Hughton in a bid to keep him at Carrow Road.

However there are claims in the media that the real beef he has is with Chief Exec David McNally who told him that he did not deserve a new contract because he was too old.

Anyway I think we should leave this one alone as £6 Million for a 31 year old with no resale value is too big a gamble for me as we are not the richest club in the league by a long shot!

Barrera On His Way Out

Barrera who you say? Well I am talking of our Mexican winger Pablo Barrera who we signed a few years ago for £4 Million.

He came from his native Mexico with a good reputation and shone for his country in international tournaments, however he has never really settled at West Ham and having made only six league appearances for us I don’t think he has been given the chance to.

He was on loan to Real Zaragoza last year but didn’t do enough for them to want to take him permanently. He is still shining for Mexico though, and scored a double against the United States in the Gold Cup last summer.

It now appears though that Barrera’s time in East London has come to an end, with Mexican club Cruz Azul looking to seal the wingers signature in the coming days. It’s a shame as I would loved to have seen more of him and what he could do but I guess it just was not to be. Good luck Pablo!


Tuesday Transfer Update

Not much transfer activity to report of late so lets hope there is some activity behind the scenes we don’t know about.

However I will round up all the news and rumours I have heard about so far this week.

1. Wilfred Zaha

The rumour mill has been non stop with this one with some sources suggesting a deal could be struck this week. Not sure myself but would be an excellent signing as I believe Zaha is an outstanding prospect.

2. Nathaniel Clyne

Another day another young Crystal Palace player! Reports in some of the papers suggest a deal for Zaha was unlikely, so West Ham are instead focusing on Clyne who is a right back which is definitely a position we need to strengthen in and is another fantastic prospect, if we could pull off a deal for both Clyne and Zaha that would be something of a coup.

3. Nathan Redmond

Reports in the press are that The Hammers have launched a £1 million raid for the Birmingham City youngster. Redmond who is 18 made 24 appearances for Brum last year in The Championship scoring 5 goals.

4. Alberto Botia

The Daily Mail reports that West Ham are tracking Sporting Gijon centre back Alberto Botia, 23. Botia is a product of the famous Barcelona academy and is in a position West Ham are light after letting players like Faye go.

These are the main rumours and there is still talk of Luc Castignos, Elia, Gamberini, Matt Jarvis, Grant Holt and a whole list of other players! I will keep my eyes and ears open and any more exciting news I will be sure to let you know.

Green Finally Does One To QPR

Former West Ham keeper Rob Green has finally completed his move to QPR after several weeks of speculation of where he would end up after rejecting the chance to stay at West Ham.

Green who is currently with the national team at Euro 2012 was a free agent after his deal with The Hammers expired after our promotion winning campaign.

Hoops Manager Mark Hughes said:

Rob is obviously someone with vast experience at international and Premier League level and his pedigree speaks for itself.

He’s got all the characteristics of a top keeper and he’ll be a huge addition for us who will stimulate the goalkeeping group.

Green leaves Upton Park after a 6-year stay in the east end to join up with fellow London Premier League club QPR. The man himself said:

I’m excited about the challenge ahead and hugely encouraged by the direction in which the owners and Mark Hughes are looking to take the club,” said Green.

It’s an exciting period for everybody connected to QPR and I can’t wait to get started.

What he really means is “It’s a shame ‘Arry left Spurs as I was sure to go there as he loves a West Ham player, but seeing as he got the old tin tack I sold my soul to the highest bidder”!

I am only joking I am sad to see Greeny go, he was a good servant for us and I wish him all the best, it’s just a shame he has left us now we are on the up yet stayed through all the terrible Avram Grant times!


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.