West Ham’s Best Starting XI

Today I was asked by a foreign journalist what West Ham’s likely formation would be and what I would consider our best line-up.

This got me thinking as we have made numerous signings already and are hoping to add a few more quality additions.

Having gone over all the players we have signed and players we have already I came up with the following synopsis.

West Ham will be playing 4-3-3, however this can turn into 4-5-1 if we are defending a lead with the two wide players coming back into midfield, but the majority of the time it will be 4-3-3.

GK Jussi Jaaskelainen – We signed Jussi from Bolton on a free transfer to replace England keeper Rob Green who has moved to Fulham.

LB Matt Taylor or George McCartney – Taylor is a better player who is a set piece specialist but prefers to play midfield, McCartney has signed for West Ham for the second time from Sunderland and is a solid player.

CB James Tomkins – England U21 defender who is also playing for GB in the Olympic Games, fans favourite and best defender we have produced since Rio Ferdinand.

CB James Collins – Welsh international signed from Aston Villa this week for his second spell with West Ham, good solid defender.

RB Guy Demel – Ivorian player who struggled last season after moving to England from Germany, big strong and quick but I think West Ham will look for another RB.

DM Mohamed Diame – Signed from Wigan on a free transfer, good things are expected as a lot of teams were trying to sign him with rumours of Manchester Utd being interested at one point.

CM Kevin Nolan – Captain and one of Sam Allardyces favourite players, scores a lot of crucial goals and is a fantastic influence on the players off the pitch, is known to be used by Allardyce as his eyes and ears when with the players away from the club, players seem to love him.

CM Mark Noble – Noble is a local lad, had his best season last year for West Ham and was the player of the season just ahead of Tomkins, loves West Ham and the fans love him, works hard and is always looking for the ball.

Left Wing Ricardo Vaz Te – Signed from Barnsley in January after scoring a lot of goals in the first half of the season, Vaz Te was amazing for West Ham scoring lots of goals including a hat trick as well as the winning goal in the play-off final at Wembley, is very skilful and has one of the hardest shots I have seen, expecting him to be the surprise package of the PL.

Right Wing Modibo Maiga – Signed this transfer window, has a great record of scoring goals in the last few seasons in France, can play up front or on the wing, Newcastle were looking to sign him before they purchased Papis Cisse but he failed a medical.

Striker Carlton Cole – West Ham need a new striker as Cole does not score enough goals, has the ability and attributes to be a much better player but has never quite done it for West Ham with goals, good link player but I can see a new striker being signed before the league starts.

So what do you guys think? What would your best team be? Do we need another striker or are you a Carlton Cole lover?


Thursday Transfer Update

West Ham are very busy in the transfer market this window with seven players already in the door and more to follow.

Let’s kick off with Spanish defender Ivan Ramis who was all set to move to West Ham after a fee was agreed with his club Mallorca, however after passing his medical he got a call from a certain Roberto Martinez who whispered sweet nothings in Spanish in his ear and now he looks set to move to Wigan.

So was we being used by Mr. Ramis to get Wigan to sweeten the deal? Either way we signed James Collins so we haven’t been left high and dry as we have a good defender who crucially has Premier League experience.

Carlos Tevez

Apparently a deal to take the Argentinian striker on loan for 6 months is in place, however it’s conditional on City signing a top quality striker, who I am assuming is Robin Van Persie who wants out at Arsenal.

I wasn’t paying much attention to this but betting on this transfer has shortened all the way to 3/1 joint favourites with AC Milan. I usually find when the odds turn around like that then there is usually something to it. Whether or not all the pieces fall in to place to make this deal happen is another thing.

Andy Carroll

Carroll was left out of Liverpools Europa squad yesterday citing injury, however that says to me Rodgers isn’t keen on the player and wants him to move to West Ham as soon as possible or get on the phone and try and get Newcastle to offer the same package so they can cash in and get some replacements in.

Carlos Sanchez

Sanchez is a defensive midfield player who is interesting Bolton, West Ham are now looking to scupper the deal for the man known as ‘The Rock’.

How about you guys? Heard anything on the down low you would care to share?

James Collins Signs

Breaking news this morning is that James Collins has signed for West Ham United.

The Welsh International centre back has re-signed for West Ham following a spell of three seasons with Aston Villa.

Collins, 28,  was sold to Villa for £5 Million but is thought to have cost West Ham £2 Million to secure his services for the second time.

Jack Sullivan, the son of West Ham Co-Owner David Sullivan confirmed the signing of Collins on Twitter.

Collins, who is affectionately known as Ginge, or The Ginger Pele, will add much needed experience to West Hams defence for their first season back in The Premiership.

Speaking to whufc.com he said:

“As soon as I knew the interest was there from West Ham I couldn’t wait to get down and sign. I had a great affinity with the club and the fans when I was here the first time and I enjoyed my time here so much last time that it wasn’t a hard decision to make, to be honest.

“I think everyone knew that I didn’t really want to leave when I did [in 2009] because I was enjoying my time here so much. I’ve come back and I’m a much better player this time around so I can’t wait to get cracking and show the fans that I am a better player and can put in the performances on the pitch.”

Despite suffering injuries during his first spell with West Ham, Collins has averaged 36 games per year for Aston Villa so we should be seeing Ginge regularly this season.

News first broke a few days ago that Collins was on his way back – Read About It Here – to West Ham along with several other defenders including Ivan Ramic, well the deal for Collins is now sewn up so lets hop the signing of Ramis is not far behind.

What do you guys think? Good signing?

Iron Bobby

Andy Carroll To Be Offered Crazy Wages

In an attempt to lure Andy Carroll to Upton Park, West Ham are willing to shatter wage cap.

West Ham continue their pursuit of Andy Carroll today with the club ready to break all transfer and wage records to get the big striker to ply his trade at The Boleyn.

The Daily Mail are reporting that an 8-year contract worth an eye watering £36 Million is on offer to get the England international to sign for the club, this would put Carroll on £90k per week.

Liverpool have already agreed to the £2 Million loan for this season with a further £17 Million to be paid on the condition that West Ham are still in the Premier League. Considering that Carroll has only scored 6 goals for the reds since his record breaking £35 Million move back in 2011 I think that’s the best deal they could have hoped for, especially now Newcastles interest appears to have waned now that Demba Ba’s £7 Million release clause is no more after no clubs activated it by July 31st.

It appears Sam Allardyce is desperate to get Carroll on board with a source telling The Daily Mail:

‘The manager wants him badly and the board are backing him to the hilt.’

What’s strange is that West Ham Co-Owner David Sullivan only recently commented that the club would never pay over the top wages again as the previous Icelandic regime nearly bankrupt the club by doing exactly that.

I am not sure what other fans think about this but paying this kind of money for Carroll is crazy, surely we could get the spine of a great team together for the same amount we would spend on one player? If we want strikers then Ba was available for £7 Million, Berbatov is reportedly available for £5 Million and then you could try and pry Defoe away from Tottenham as he really needs to move on to get some playing time. All three combined would cost less than Carroll and if you offered the kind of wages being talked about I am sure you would get two out of three of them!

In other news James Collins is set to complete his move to West Ham today, more news as soon as I get it.

Iron Bobby


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.


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.