West Ham United have re-signed midfield player Gary O’Neil on a free transfer after the player was officially released by The Hammer’s at the end of last season.
O’Neil’s contract expired at the end of the 2012/2013 season and was put in the free agent pool as the club had not agreed an extension with him.
However, after being free to discuss terms with other clubs the 30-year-old midfielder has signed on again with West Ham United.
Graham Dorrans: Linked with West Brom exit
A number of clubs are ready to launch moves for West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans.
The Scotland international was told in January that he could look for a new club, but the 26-year-old remained at the Hawthorns and completed the season with the Baggies.
He played over 20 games for West Brom, but it is still understood that boss Steve Clarke will not stand in his way should an offer come in.
Sky Sports understands that a number of Premier League clubs are ready to make offers.
Amongst them are West Ham, who have previously had bids rejected, and they remain abreast of the situation along with newly-promoted Cardiff City.
Dorrans currently has two years left on his deal with the Baggies.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew could have suffered a Hammer blow in bid for James Tomkins
Newcastle United have been quoted a £6million asking fee for West Ham defender James Tomkins – a figure that could well spell the end of Alan Pardew’s interest in the 24-year-old Londoner.
East end sources say that the Hammers aren’t going to budge on what many see as an expensive price tag for a player who suffered with shin problems last season and last appeared for West Ham in the middle of April.
The Chronicle understands that Tomkins is well aware Pardew is keen on signing the former England Under-21 and Great Britain defender and has spoken openly about the prospect to team-mates.
United owner Mike Ashley is still thought to be keen on ploughing the majority of summer spending into the acquisition of a centre-forward.
However, Tomkins’ name was on the top of a wish-list handed to new director of football Joe Kinnear before he jetted off to Italy for a family break.
West Ham United, Last updated: 1 hour 9 minutes ago West Ham look to have missed out on signing striker Wilfried Bony after Swansea agreed a fee with his club Vitesse Arnhem. Hammers to miss striker The Hammers have been strongly linked with a move for the striker but, since the record-breaking arrival of Andy Carroll things have cooled, and it now looks like the Swans have won the race for his signature. Reports claim that a fee of £12million has now been agreed between the two clubs and Bony could be confirmed at the Liberty Stadium before the week is out. Personal terms are thought to have been hammered out last week and Bony will just have to pass a medical at the club before putting pen-to-paper in the coming days. West Ham are still on the lookout for a player to play alongside Carroll following the departure of Carlton Cole earlier this summer
Owners tell West Ham fans to behave themselves
West Ham joint-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have urged the club’s fans to show impeccable behaviour in the clash against Chelsea after they were heard viciously abusing Tottenham fans last week.
Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over their London rivals at White Hart Lane last weekend saw a section of Irons travelling supporters mocking the stabbing of a Spurs fan in Rome. While they were also heard hissing – mimicking the sound of Jews being gassed during the Second World War – and chanting the name of Adolf Hitler.
Now, Gold and Sullivan have written an open letter to the club’s fans, urging them to “show the world what being a West Ham fan is all about”
Their open letter, published on the club’s official website, read: “Saturday’s match with Chelsea promises to be thrilling affair and we know we can count on all of you to provide the customary passionate backing for the team that we have witnessed in every game since we arrived at the club.
“That is why we were disappointed to read about the actions of the small section of fans that let the club down during last Sunday’s game at Tottenham Hotspur. We were not only disappointed because they reflected badly on our club, but they misrepresented the tens of thousands of outstanding supporters who follow the team home and away throughout the season.
“We have both been sent hundreds of emails and have personally spoken to a number of fans, who have all told us that they share our sentiments and are angry that the reputation of their club has been besmirched by the actions of a few mindless individuals.
“We have said to them what we will say to you now – it is up to us all to not tolerate anything that we deem to be unacceptable when supporting West Ham United. In the rare case that you do see or hear anything inappropriate, there are a number of ways you can report the matter.
“Two of the easiest ways are to speak to your nearest steward at the stadium or use the Boleyn Ground’s anonymous fan phone number – 07860 404 069 – where all calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
“We have made it very clear over the past week that we will not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour and one by one we will root out those fans that do not deserve to represent this great club of ours.
“Everyone at West Ham United is looking forward to Saturday’s visit of the champions of Europe, Chelsea, and given the news reports of this week, it is inevitable that much focus will be on our club this weekend. This fixture will hopefully provide us with the perfect opportunity to show the world what being a West Ham fan is all about – supporting with pride, passion and respect.”
The east London club have already taken swift action, with one of their fans banned for life because of the chanting and two supporters cautioned by police for a racially aggravated public order offence.
The Hammers’ tough stance has been praised and Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick it Out, said: “Kick It Out is encouraged by the swift action taken by West Ham United in the wake of Sunday’s fixture.
“Clubs have the power to show leadership and set an example for the vast majority of its supporters to follow in instances like this. Here, they’ve done exactly that.
“Kick It Out has seen first-hand the appetite the club has in embracing anti-discrimination initiatives, with David Gold and James Tomkins both acting as campaign ambassadors in 2012. By doing this they’re helping to send a message as to what is and what isn’t acceptable.
“It is clear they feel abuse of this kind won’t be tolerated and, in a period where the issue is high on the agenda, this approach is something we applaud.”
Sam Allardyce’s West Ham are thought to be keen on signing the young Irish striker Sean Maguire
The 18-year-old Waterford United striker had another trial with Blackpool last week and has been thoroughly scouted by the likes of Brighton, Peterborough and Derby.
Despite a wonderful start to the season, Allardyce’s West Ham have struggled for goals from their strikers. Marquee loan signing Andy Carroll, who was brought in with the hope of guiding the Hammers to a midtable finish, has found the net only once so far.
Cash strapped West Ham will be looking to add to their shallow and underperforming attacking lineup, with the cut price signing of the talented Irish starlet from Waterford United.
The highly rated youngster would not only add another options up front for the Hammers but could be a potent back up for the main squad players. Getting regular games would be a worry for the youngster but a move to a Premier League club would certainly mark a progress in his career. Moreover, under the guidance of such an experienced manager, he would also develop into a good player in future, so the deal makes a lot of sense from all possible angles.