West Ham Friday Roundup

West Ham United have had a busy time in the transfer market this week and the rumour mill is starting to go into overdrive as silly season starts to kick off.

So let’s start with the big news which we all wanted to hear, and that is the permanent signing of Andy Carroll from Liverpool for a fee in the region of £15m. This is fantastic news for West Ham and really puts down a marker of our intent to consolidate in the Premier League and push higher up the table than last seasons 10th place finish.

The most unlikely story coming out regarding Carroll was the bizarre story run by the Daily Star suggesting Arsenal sought to hijack the deal and sign the big number 9 for themselves! [Read more…]

West Ham agrees on price for Andy Carroll

Great news for Hammers fans everywhere is that big Geordie Andy Carroll is part of West Ham United setup after the Irons agreed a £16million fee with Liverpool to sign the striker.

The Hammers hope that the promise of regular first team football would persuade Carroll to join the Londoners on a permanent deal especially as the World Cup in Brazil is just around the corner, so to speak. [Read more…]

Andy Carroll scores awards double

Hot on the heels of his brace against West Bromwich Albion, Hammers striker Andy Carroll scooped yet another double yesterday – the club’s SBOBET Player of the Month and Goal of the Month honours.

The Geordie lad was a clear victor in both surveys, scooping 42 % of the whufc.com poll for the SBOBET Player of the Month award, and a whopping 75 % on the club’s Facebook page vote for Goal of the Month. [Read more…]

Will Andy Carroll’s return from injury reignite West Ham?

Andy Carroll arrived at West Ham on a year-long loan last summer with big things expected from the powerful striker.

Manager Sam Allardyce was convinced Carroll could fire West Ham United up the league table with his bustling all action performances and teamed him with winger Matt Jarvis. [Read more…]

Carroll inspires West Ham to victory over Swansea

Andy Carroll inspired West Ham to victory on his return from injury, with a vital 3-points secured in the 1-0 Premier League victory over Swansea at The Boleyn Ground.

West Ham have been in poor form of late and were desperate to get 3-points this weekend to arrest the slide towards the relegation scrap that is clearly emerging. [Read more…]

Allardyce: Fans Behind Carroll

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has stated that the fans are well and truly in support behind striker Andy Carroll.

23-year-old Carroll has yet to see the back of the net bulge in his West Ham career, however Allardyce is convinced that Carroll’s bustling committed displays have the fans 100% behind him.

The fans at West Ham love committed players and they love players who give their all and I think Andy wears his heart on his sleeve, Allardyce said.

I think a part of Andy’s frustration has been the amount of times he seems to be fouled these days but doesn’t seem to get the free-kicks against him that he deserves.

He has to understand that’s probably always going to be the case but for him it’s not to get frustrated by that it’s about making runs in the right positions and just keep showing that commitment and eventually it will pay off for him and for us.

What I do think is that he’s not just a goal scorer. That’s 90% of his game. I think he’s an all-round frontman in terms of his hold-up play and his movement as well as his ability to score goals.

I don’t know why any fans would be on Carroll’s back after such a short time and surely it’s only a matter of time before the big man gets on the end of a wicked Matt Jarvis cross and sticks one in, lets hope he can start by delivering against our toughest opponents of the season so far, the visit of Champions Manchester City for a Premier League tie this Saturday!

Carroll in, Maynard out

West Ham pulled off a major coup last night with the signing of Andy Carroll from Liverpool.

The deal will see Carroll join on loan initially with West Ham retaining the right to buy the striker next summer for an undisclosed fee.

West Ham have been chasing Carroll all summer and have now landed their man after Liverpool were initially reluctant to let the player they paid £35 Million for go out on loan.

It looks like Big Sam’s vision for West Ham is finally piecing together with Carroll the man to finish the crosses that will be laid on by fellow new signing Matt Jarvis.

This is a huge signing for West Ham and shows the clubs ambition, in the past we have been linked to many a good player just to be let down, now it looks like the tide is turning and we can be even happier Hammers!

Carroll himself can’t wait to get started and told WHUFC.com:

It’s great to be here at West Ham and all signed up – I just can’t wait to get started now.

I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some goals. I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice for me to come to a place where I know people.

I’m hoping to add a lot of goals and create a few chances. I know Sam from Newcastle and he was a massive reason for me coming. When I worked with him at Newcastle it was great so it was a no-brainer really.

Sam Allardyce is delighted to have finally signed Carroll for West Ham and believes he has acquired an all round talented footballer and not just a great header of the ball. He spoke to WHUFC.com:

 I think for all parties this is a great signing. Andy is an all-round footballer, but because he is 6’3″ and one of his strengths is his aerial power, everybody dismisses the ability he possesses on the floor.

Hopefully he can score goals for us and we will be in a very good position at the end of the year in the Barclays Premier League.

Maynard Out

With Andy Carroll coming in this spelt the end for January signing Nicky Maynard who has been sold to Cardiff for £3 Million.

Maynard still needs to agree terms and pass a medical but this looks to be a formality.

It’s a shame for me personally as I liked Maynard and thought he looked very lively and had a great eye for goal and believe he would have done well for us in the Premier League. Maynard follows fellow striker Sam Baldock out the door and I will be interested to see how they are both doing this year and whether we made a mistake in letting them go.

Transfer Deadline Day

It’s that day again where everyone is glued to SkySports News and watching Jim go delirious with excitement over the clubs transfer dealings, don’t pretend you don’t watch it and love it!!

Anyway I hear West Ham are still in the market for a creative midfielder, maybe Joe Cole, and additional defensive reinforcements which I believe we need, especially at fullback.

Let’s hope West Ham can spring a few surprises and we have even more to coo about on the terraces against Fulham on Saturday!

Iron Bobby