Tuesday Update

Lots going on with West Ham regarding players but very little official news coming through.

Let’s kick off with Andy Carroll, everywhere was buzzing yesterday with lots of respectable sources suggesting it was a done deal with £2 Million being paid up front for the loan of Carroll for the season, with a further £17 Million to be paid subject to West Ham retaining their Premier League status, however rumours are the player himself is reluctant to head to West Ham, although nothing has been confirmed by Carroll himself.

Not sure about this personally, I feel we have been courting the player who has shown little or no desire to come to us, so maybe time to put this to bed and focus on quality players who do want to play for West Ham.

As I understand this deal is now dead and we will not be pursuing this further.

Ivan Ramis

The player is apparently having a medical at Upton Park today and a deal will hopefully be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

James Collins

A fee has been agreed with Aston Villa to bring ‘The Ginger Pele’ back to West Ham, I always rated Collins so am happy to see him heading back to ply his trade in claret and blue.

Sebastian Boenisch

The Polish international full back is in discussions with West Ham after leaving Werder Bremen last month.

Demba Ba

No news on the player but his contract stipulates a £7 Million release clause until midnight tonight, surely worth activating as the man is a goal scorer, not sure if he would come back to West Ham but definitely worth a punt in my opinion.

Finally

I can’t help but think the whole Andy Carroll pantomime is really a smoke screen for other signings, I think it’s obvious he has no interest in joining us so hopefully we’re working on signing someone like Demba Ba or even Dimitar Berbatov behind the scenes.

What about you guys? What’s your view on our transfer dealings and who would you like us to bring in?

Andy Carroll Transfer Agreed

Breaking news is that West Ham have agreed a deal for Andy Carroll.

Reports are coming out that West Ham have agreed a £2 Million deal for Carroll to join on loan initially with a fee of £17 Million to be paid at the end of the season.

Very good sources are backing this up, however SkySports news are reporting that West Ham have denied that any has been done and the players agent is distancing himself from the deal.

Liverpool Accept Bid

More coming out this morning about this transfer is that Liverpool accepted the offer from West Ham for Andy Carroll but the player himself is not interested in a permanent move to Upton Park.

Carroll is thought to favour a return to Newcastle for obvious reasons, but sources close to the player have suggested he will only leave Liverpool for an English club playing in Europe. Quite high standards from a man who could not hit a barn door most of last season and whose club is willing to take a massive loss on him.

Collins, Ramis and Boenisch Transfer News

West Ham are looking to tie up deals for three defenders over the next 72 hours, with James Collins, Ivan Ramis and Sebastian Boenisch coming in.

Having recently signed forward Modibo Maiga and midfield enforcer Mohamed Diame, Big Sam Allardyce appears to have set his sights on getting the defence strengthened.

Ivan Ramis will be the marquee signing of the three having good form and pedigree for Mallorca and is a big imposing centre back who we will need in our first season back in the Premier League. Rumours earlier were that Wigan were still in the hunt but it now looks like the Spanish player is set for Upton Park.

James Collins or The Ginger Peleas he is known in the east end is well known to Hammer fans and is poised to re-join us for a nominal fee from Aston Villa, the club we sold him to a few years back.

Sebastian Boenisch is a Polish international who is without a club having left German club Werder Bremen last month, he has had no shortage of offers from German outfits but he would like to try his hand in the Premier League with West Ham his likely destination.

The Twitter universe has also been going crazy today with some even mentioning Carlos Tevez for a dramatic return, as much as I would like that I can’t see it happening, but I never thought Tevez and Mascherano would have signed for us on that dramatic deadline day a few years back so you can never say never, just highly unlikely!

 

 

 

Monday Talking Points

Lots to discuss today from friendly results, possible transfers and the Olympic GB team.

Lets start with Ivan Ramic, reports started surfacing over the weekend that West Ham were looking to gazump Wigan to his signature, and this was backed up on Sunday with Mallorca stating on their website they accepted a bid from West Ham for the player – Read More Here – but this morning I am hearing reports that Roberto Martinez has personally got involved and has now swayed the players decision to instead move to the JJB. Could it be like Eidur Gudjohnsen all over again!

Andy Carroll

From being the man Brendan Rodgers couldn’t wait to show the door to, with Rodgers seemingly willing to carry the player on his back to any club that batted it’s eyelids at him, there now seems to be a bizarre U-turn from the Liverpool boss who was quoted saying:

“There has been a lot written about Andy, but you saw today he’s happy to be here and he’s worked very well since he’s been here.

“The reality is he’s still a Liverpool player, he can fit into how I want to play, and he’s happy here.

“I’m certainly not wishing to push him out of the door.”

Bit of an odd turn around, seeing as Carroll was deemed a player who would not play the beautiful football Rodgers wants to implement, maybe it’s a case of the reds manager trying to use an industrial sized drum to drum up some more interest in the player?

James Tomkins Performances

I was expecting good things from our young CB at the Olympic Games, telling all and sundry who didn’t know about him that West Ham have a classy defender coming through and that their teams can keep their grubby little mits off him. Well I think Tomkins must not want any interest in himself as he has hardly covered himself with glory, I hope he has some better games as we don’t really need a player coming back for the start of the new season low on confidence!

Weekend Friendly Game

This weekend saw The Hammers come up against the mighty German team Energie Cottbus and walk away with a 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down to Ze Germans.

Sam Baldock was on target again which is becoming a familiar sight this pre-season, however it was the on trial Colin Kazim-Richards who scored the goal of the match with a volley from outside the box, cheeky!

Sam Baldock

Speaking of the little man, reports circulating today are that Bristol have had a bid of £1.5 Million accepted for him, if true I am assuming Allardyce only has room for one striker of his type and chose to keep Nicky Maynard.

Finally, Bubbles!

Did anyone else see the rendition of I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles at the Olympics Opening Ceremony? If not check this out:

 

Ivan Ramis Bid Accepted

Ivan Ramis on his way to West Ham after RCD Mallorca accept bid.

Breaking news this evening is that RCD Mallorca have announced on their website that they have agreed a deal with West Ham United for the transfer of defender Ivan Ramis, with the player now on his way to Upton Park for a medical.

Ramis has been in the Mallorca first team for eight years and will leave the club as one of their most important players.

The statment on Mallorca’s website reads:

For Ramis there is a new challenge in the Premier League. After eight years in the first team of RCD Mallorca and two more in the reserves, he has become one of the most important players in the team.

The coaching staff led by Joaquin Caparros, all partners of the wardrobe, employees of the club, fans and environment we wish Ivan the greatest fortune in his new era.

Well this is very good news as West Ham have been crying out for a quality defender to join the ranks and Ivan could be an excellent foil for James Tompkins.

How about you guys? Pleased with this move?

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