West Ham United lose 3 nil at Swansea

Michael Laudrup’s Swansea boys gave our lads a thrashing today and we helped them out with a couple of defensive mistakes, too.

Ok, so the Irons came through on the first game of the season and now we’ve been done by 3 goals. Swansea have also scored eight goals in two games and that just rubs it in, doesn’t it?

Two defensive mistakes by West Ham were punished effortlessly within 30 minutes by Angel Rangel and Miguel Michu.

West Ham tried to get their groove back in the second half but their efforts were wiped out by Swansea’s Danny Graham on 64 minutes. That basically put the game to bed and the Hammers were left picking up the pieces.

Hit man Miguel Michu

Laudrup has found his new hit man in the form of Spaniard Miguel Michu – who is quite the striker at the moment.He came from Spanish side Rayo Vallecano and has only made two appearances for the Swans. Apparently he is the talk of the Spanish press at the moment and the premier league may have a new hero.

All seemed to be going well for the Hammers and Swansea were only just ahead before Rangel’s cross-shot slithered under West Ham’s new keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. Just nine minutes later James Collins miss hit his back pass enabling a nimble Michu to sneak in through the back door and put it past Jaaskelainen who was rushing out to meet him.

The Hammers were offered some hope in the form of new boy Matt Jarvis who had some nice touches but nothing came from them. One of his best chances was a nice volley that kept Swans keeper Michel Vorm on his toes.

All credit goes to Swansea for an impressive display that takes them top of the league with six points. No one said the premier League was going to easy, did they?

Jarvis completes West Ham transfer

West Ham United officially confirmed the signing of Matt Jarvis from Wolves on a club record fee.

26-year-old winger Jarvis completed his move to West Ham for a fee which is believed to be in the region of £10.75 Million and in some further good news will be available for Saturday’s trip to Swansea.

The winger has penned a 5-year-deal with the option for a further year is now West Ham’s new record signing, eclipsing the £9m the club paid for Savio Nsereko back  in 2009.

Jarvis, who has been handed the No7 shirt, had a productive season for Wolves last year scoring eight goals in a relegation doomed campaign.

Speaking with WHUFC.com Jarvis confirmed his delight at joining up with the mighty Hammers:

I’m delighted to have signed. It’s a fantastic club and I’m pleased to be here. It’s a great club and it’s got great history and tradition. I know about Bobby Moore and the history and tradition that go with that.

I’ll be playing with some fantastic players and it’ll be great to get into training and I’m looking forward to playing with them. Hopefully I will add a bit of pace, crossing and deliveries that will provide some assists.

Sam Allardyce was equally delighted that the deal has gone through and had nothing but praise for Jarvis:

From my point of view it is a big piece of business for a terrific young man who will add a lot of quality to our team.

Certainly from an attacking sense he is one of the best final-third crossers in the Premier League and his stats were very good at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He delivers in the business end of the field and creates a lot of chances and is a player that can give opposition defences an awful lot of trouble. We are hoping he will produce that for us.

So Matt Jarvis is officially a West Ham United player and will now be terrorising full backs at The Boleyn, it feels as though this transfer has been drawn out for some time and I am glad he has finally signed and look forward to Jarvis paying back his transfer fee with some fine performances in claret and blue.

Iron Bobby

West Ham to sign Matt Jarvis

News coming out this morning is that West Ham have finally agreed terms with Wolves for the transfer of Matt Jarvis.

The deal is apparently £7 Million up front with a further £3 Million of add-ons and appearance related payments for the winger, this represents a huge profit for Wolves on the £600k they paid to Gillingham for his services in 2007.

West Ham have been chasing Jarvis for some time and have had three previous bids rejected, but it looks like their persistence has finally paid off with Sam Allardyce hoping to have Jarvis available for Saturday’s trip to Swansea.

Reports are varying over that status of his medical, with some saying he has already completed it and others saying he is due to undertake it today.

No doubt Jarvis is a good player but is £10 Million too much to pay for the 26-year-old? Why do English players cost so much more than an equally good foreign import? The way I am looking at it is if Liverpool can spend £20 Million on Stuart Downing then Jarvis is a bargain 🙂

I am not sure how the Jarvis deal will impact on deals for wingers Royston Drenthe and Razak Boukari, hopefully Drenthe will still be brought in on a Bosman free transfer from Real Madrid as he can play left wing and left back so could provide cover for Jarvis or be first choice left back. Boukari as I understand it is a right winger which again I feel we are light on so it would be nice if we could get all three!

In other news I hear that the plug was pulled on Moussa Konate who has now joined Russian club FC Krasnodar. I believe the club still has numerous irons in the fire so to speak so we could still see some more fresh faces at The Boleyn.

Iron Bobby

Royston Drenthe set to sign for West Ham

Royston DrentheNews coming out is that Royston Drenthe is set to sign for West Ham on a free transfer.

Royston Drenthe is a Dutch international who was released by Real Madrid this summer, some of you may remember him from last season as he was on loan at Everton where he had an impressive spell.

Everton decided not to sign Drenthe on a permanent deal because of some of the field antics, and the 25-year-old has reportedly rejected several lucrative offers from clubs in the Middle East in favour of returning to England to ply his trade in the Premiership.

Drenthe can play left back or left midfield and during his time at Everton he made 27 appearances, scoring four goals and making seven assists.

It is believed Drenthe is set to sign a three-year deal with West Ham United but we await official confirmation.

 

West Ham make £10 Million Jarvis bid

West Ham have gone back to Wolves again with another bid of £10 Million according to the BBC.

Wolves have already turned down three previous bids from West Ham for their prized winger.

Sam Allardyce’s West Ham have been tracking 26-year-old Jarvis all summer and hope to finally secure his signing in time for the trip to Swansea on Saturday.

Jarvis, the one cap England international played in Wolves 3-1 win over Barnsley in the Championship last night.

Manager Stale Solbakken said after the match:

It’s not my money so someone will make a final decision. I don’t know if the two clubs are still talking.

I’ve had my say and the final call will be taken. We do it together and we’ll do the best for Wolverhampton.

So Jarvis could well be turning out for West Ham sooner rather than later, having been at the game on Saturday against Villa I think we desperately need a good wide player to deliver some ammunition for the strikers.

£10 Million is a lot of money though and would prefer to put a cheeky bid in for Adam Johnson of Man City to see if we could acquire him for a similar fee.

What do you guys think? Good transfer dealings or waste of money if it goes through?

Iron Bobby

Sam Baldock Leaves West Ham

West Ham United confirmed this evening that Sam Baldock has joined npower Championship club Bristol City.

Baldock, 23, joined West Ham from MK Dons in August 2011 and made 22 appearances and scored five goals for the Hammers, has joined Bristol City on a three-year contract.

Speaking to WHUFC.com Baldock said:

I would like to thank the fans for always supporting and encouraging me. The fans are what make the club so special and are the driving force behind its success.

There are some really great people involved in the football club who I wish every success for, and I also wish the team every success in the future.

The striker is believed to have cost Bristol City in the region of £1.5 Million plus add-ons.

Having started off very well for West Ham the goals dried up for Baldock, coupled with injury and the signings of Ricardo Vaz Te and Nicky Maynard in January, Baldock never really threatened playing for the first team again.

Piquionne departing?

Fredi Piquionne, remember him? Well hopefully he will also be on the move soon with offers apparently being accepted from both Brighton and Leeds United.

Iron Bobby