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.

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!