Andy Carroll To West Ham?

SkySports and various other newspapers are reporting that West Ham are looking to take Andy Carroll on a season long loan with the view to a permanent transfer.

Carroll who is 23, signed for Liverpool from Newcastle for £35 Million in 2011, but has struggled scoring only 6 league goals in 42 games. His form did pick up towards the end of last season and this earned him a call up to Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad.

Yesterday new reds manager Brendan Rogers appeared to be open to letting Andy Carroll go out on loan for the season, with AC Milan thought to have been a possible destination.

However it now appears West Ham have thrown their hat into the ring to take the forward for the new season, with some sources saying we will look at making his loan move permanent if it works out with fees ranging between £10-£15Million for the burly striker.

The Nolan Factor

This deal could have legs due to our captain Kevin Nolan having kept a close eye on Carroll when he was having some personal problems when back at Newcastle.

The only thing I am not too sure on at present are the large fees being mooted for a permanent transfer if the loan is successful, these seem very high for West Ham considering the amount of debt the club currently has, and seeing as our transfer budget for this window was £20 Million according to the owners, then a £15 Million deal next season would be a huge chunk if not all our budget on one player!

Hammers Close On Modibo Maiga

The Mail reports West Ham are close to a £4.5m deal for Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.

If we are to believe the reports then Maiga also has offers from Stoke and Reading sitting on the table.

I confess I don’t know too much about the player but managed to find a YouTube video of him scoring some goals, he seems to come alive in the box and can certainly head a ball as well!

He looks like he could be a handy player for us so lets hope there is some truth to the report.


Hammers Close On Kieran Richardson

News today is that West Ham United are understood to be close to completing the signing of Sunderland left sided player Kieran Richardson.

West Ham have been strongly linked with a move for the former Manchester United player since the end of last season, and it now looks like Sam Allardyce is closing on one of his transfer targets.

Since Martin O’Neil took over as Sunderland boss, Richardson who is now 27, has found it tough to get a game for the Black Cats. A fee in the region of £2.5Million has been mooted.

McDonald happy with Hammers performance despite loss

Neil McDonald says he is happy with the Hammers’ performance against Austrian club FK Austria Wien despite losing to them 3-1.

This was the Irons’ opening game of the pre-season and it’s early days and Macca says that he’s happy and it was more about the taking part than winning.

Another thing about the game was that the Austrian side have 3 weeks fitness over the hammers’ and it showed despite the lads going 1 nil up.

The goal from West Ham United came courtesy from a header by Sam Baldock but once the Austrians found their groove the fitness levels started to show.

McDonald had this to say to West Ham news:

The game went very much the way I thought it would go,” McDonald confirmed to West Ham TV. “We started off well and scored a really good goal through Sam and then their passing and moving took over.

“We conceded two poor goals in the first half. The goal they scored in the second half was a really good strike so probably, all in all, we’re pleased.

“We said before the game that it was all about improving our fitness and getting our endurance up and a lot of them played 45 minutes-plus so it finished off a good week, even though we got beaten 3-1.”

The Hammers were out of the blocks fast and furious and Baldock’s goal came from a nice little chipping cross from Carlton Cole. That was it as far as more goals from the irons I’m afraid and the Austrians scored courtesy of Roland Linz and Dare Srvic in the first half who were unfortunately allowed to put the ball away from inside the box.

The Austrian side’s second-half goal came 15 minutes from time from substitute Tomas Jun and this put the game beyond West Ham. New signing Jussi Jaaskelainen was well beaten by the strike, too.

Okay, so it’s early days, it’s been just one game so no panicking 🙂 Neil McDonald also confirmed that West Ham would be working hard to strengthen the squad ahead of the opening Barclays Premier League fixture at home to Aston Villa on 18th August.

West Ham Games On Sky TV

Sky Sports today announced it’s televised fixtures and West Ham will be screened live seven times by November.

West Hams first ever trip to Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium has been moved to a 12.45pm kick-off on Saturday, August 25 for The Hammers first live appearance on Sky of the season.

Fullham at Upton Park on September 1st has also been brought forwards to 12:45pm for Sky coverage.

Monday Night Football

West Ham will take on QPR at Loftus Road on October 1st for an 8pm kick off, and Stoke City will visit Upton Park on November 19th, also an 8pm kick off.

ESPN Fixtures

Arsenal visit West Ham on October 6th, and we will also host current champions Manchester City on November 3rd, both games kick off at 5.30pm.

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.