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

 

Match Report: West Ham 1 Aston Villa 0

West Ham captain came to the Hammer’s rescue yesterday with a decisive goal that has got the irons out of the Premiership starting blocks with a win over Aston Villa.

Kevin Nolan came to West Ham’s rescue yesterday against Aston Villa and got us off to a great start. it happened just after 40 minutes when the West Ham captain found Ricardo Vaz Té’s cross and all Nolan had to do was guide the ball into an open net. Nolan’s goal get’s the Hammers off to a flyer – that all important first game of the season, too!

Big Sam Allardyce had this to say of his captain after the game:

“Kevin’s a goalscorer. A lot of people look at him as a midfielder.
“But he is a David Platt. He gets on the end of things, ghosts into the box without people understanding how he got there. It was through instinct he found that chance. While all the other players are standing watching, Kevin is on the move and he pops it into the back of the net.
“Kevin is as good as any striker in the box. He’s a great finisher and that’s his outstanding quality, proven over many years.”

Nolan’s goal caused a bit of a stir, too. The linesman raised his flag as he thought Vaz T´was in an offside position from Mark Noble’s free kick up the right side of the box. Vaz Té kept a cool head as Ref mike Dean over ruled the linesman and found Nolan running toowrds the net to slot home the only goal of the match.

The controversy was later extinguished as video footage found the ref to be totally correct in his decision. Before Nolan’s goal the Hammers were pretty poor and many a fan could be heard complaining about Allardyce’s long ball game. it’s early days yet lads, let’s see what Sam has got in store for the season!

West Ham had more chances than Villa and although the Brummie outfit had the greater possession they never looked like bothering West Ham too much.

So that’s round one over and West Ham have a win in the bag

Third Matt Jarvis Bid Rejected

Wolves have rejected another West Ham bid of £9.5 Million for winger Matt Jarvis.

West Ham increased their last offer by a further £500k from the last rejected bid.

You can’t accuse Wolves of not playing hard ball can you? Usually when teams go down Premier League clubs can grab a bargain, but Wolves are having none of it and want top dollar for all their prized assets.

Jarvis is understood to be very keen on a move to West Ham and negotiations with the player will not be a problem once a fee with his club can be arranged. I can’t see this not going through as Wolves are holding out for £10 Million so it’s a matter of haggling over £500k now.

Natural Width

I think Matt Jarvis would be an excellent signing for us and would provide natural width, pace, dribbling and crossing ability that we haven’t had since Matty Etherington was on form. We need to be supplying our front men with quality balls to get on the end of and Jarvis will provide those in spades.

The last few seasons we have had too many central players out wide who have tended to tuck inside all the time and give us a real lack of width, so hopefully this deal will get sorted as Jarvis would give us some real width which we will need in the Premiership.

Terrible News

I almost spat my coffee out earlier when reading on Goal.com that Sam Allardyce is chasing Tal Ben Haim!

He was outstanding for Bolton under Big Sam which prompted Chelsea to bring the Isreali defender to London, however he has been dreadful ever since and Portsmouth couldn’t get him out of their club with a crowbar!

Transfer News

I understand Konate is still awaiting a permit before he can complete his transfer. Other deals for Loic Remy and Clint Dempsey are dead as a doornail.

Royston Drenthe, the Dutch winger who was on loan at Everton from Real Madrid last year, has been offered a contract by us as he is currently available on a free transfer and would be a very shrewd bit of business if we can get it done.

The new season has come round very quickly for me, I think I was getting too involved with the Olympics so took my eye off the ball slightly and the first game of the season has sneaked up on me! Anyway I can’t wait for Saturday and hope for a bit of revenge over Villa! COYI!

Iron Bobby

 

West Ham Tuesday Transfer Update

West Ham are still looking to sign several players including a marquee signing.

Not much official news to bring you at present but there is plenty of news making it’s way round the rumour mill.

Loic Remy

Let’s start with the biggest name in Loic Remy, rumours are rife that West Ham are close to agreeing a fee for Remy the jet heeled French striker, with fees of up to £18 Million being talked about.

I am not sure where we are getting the money for these bids as it was only last week we agreed on £17 Million for Carroll, not that I am complaining though as Remy would be a fantastic signing.

Would Remy be interested in playing for West Ham though? He currently plays for Marseille who were in the quarter finals of the Champions League last season so would he want to play for a promoted club? I would love this to happen but can only see him playing for a team in some sort of European competition.

Anyone who has used him on Fifa will know he has lightening pace and lethal finishing 🙂

Matt Jarvis

West Ham are still chasing Jarvis after having their initial deal of £6 Million + £3 Million of add-ons turned down, Wolves are apparently seeking £10 Million with a larger portion of the transfer up front.

This is the closest deal to being done from what I know with the club not a million miles apart in their valuations, can’t see Wolves missing out on a nice pay day over a small amount of cash personally.

Adam Johnson

The winger is becoming surplus to requirements at Manchester City, with City said to be trying to sign Scott Sinclair from Swansea, a loan to permanent transfer could be on the cards for Johnson, however Everton may be in pole position with first refusal as part of the Jack Rodwell deal.

Moussa Konate

This deal looks to be all tied up with us waiting on a work permit for the in form striker.

There are several other stories and rumours banding around but these are the main ones, I think we will end up with Konate and Jarvis and Sam will spring a surprise with a few defenders.