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The Reality Has Finally Hit Upton Park

Written by Brad Pinard

I was standing inside Upton Park on Monday afternoon watching a dire game of football which West Ham managed to win 1-0 over the Championship’s bottom side Coventry City; when I looked around and saw scenes that I thought would be irrelevant this season.

As Kevin Nolan headed home a deserved winner for the Hammers, there were nail-biting conversations circling around the ground, desperately trying to find out the scores from other Championship games. What a difference a year has made to the mentality of the everyday West Ham fan. The announcement that both Southampton and Middlesbrough had lost was met with just as bigger cheer as the one that met Nolan’s goal and that made me extremely worried.

It felt like it was the final game of the season and the club were depending on other teams’ results to sneak into the promotion places, but the fact that it is the beginning of January shocked me. It is now that the majority of Hammers fans have realised that not only are West Ham a Championship side but the fact that promotion is anything but guaranteed.

Sam Allardyce is desperately hoping to add numbers to his remarkably thin squad in January but the names linked with the club once again show what level the club is now on. The likes of Billy Sharp and Peter Whittingham are two of the top targets branded about in the media in the past few days, and they would probably get into the majority of Championship sides and as of this week, West Ham fans have realised they are no longer above that sort of signing. A modest attitude is now a must from everyone surrounding the clubs as they are no longer a big fish in a small pond.

A naivety that was lingering around before has been dismissed and the supporters are now set for  a long, tough second half of season where the club will do everything it can to return to the top flight at the first attempt. On paper the East Enders have the best side in the division, but the opening few months of the season has shown anything but that and although the club moved back into the top two on Monday, they are a million miles from any Premier League quality.

This time last year West Ham secured the signing of Demba Ba, who as everyone knows has gone on to have a stunning 12 months and with the likes of Wayne Bridge and Robbie Keane also coming through the door last January, you can understand the underwhelming attitude towards the prospect of Doncaster’s Sharp’s possible arrival. But West Ham fans are a realistic bunch and Allardyce appears to have the full backing of both the board and the fans for the first time in a while to drag the club from the doom and gloom of waiting on Middelsborough’s results to the thrill of hosting Manchester United and Chelsea next year.

 
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Newcastle United increase offer to £4m for West Ham defender

by Doocey on January 5th, 2012

James Tomkins in action for West Ham at Upton Park against ArsenalTomkins – Second offer lodged for West Ham defender after £2.5m was rejected

It’s believed that Newcastle United have made another bid for West Ham defender James Tomkins after their initial £2.5m offer was rebuffed over three weeks ago. With Steven Taylor out for the season following an achilles injury, Alan Pardew and his recruitment team have been out in full force looking for a replacement, with the Championship defender their number one target. Tomkins is regarded as one of West Ham’s better prospects at the moment and former Toon manager Sam Allardyce, now the main man at the Hammers is adamant that he can keep the former England U-21 international at the London side.

The interesting thing about this is; a retired football agent who I won’t name, although you might know his name already, is claiming that Tomkins will hand in a transfer request at West Ham in order to force a move away – based on guidance from one of Tomkins advisors. That advisor happened to be involved in Andy Carroll’s famous move away from St.James’ Park where Carroll reportedly handed in a transfer request as well. All very convenient to say the least.

Either way, Tomkins isn’t expected to be a West Ham player by the end of January, with West Ham trying to get the best price they can for one of their main performers of the season so far, despite David Gold claiming that the defender ‘is not for sale’ just today.

Tottenham are expected to join the race for him, and up the ante, as well as upping the price. If they do want him then he’ll be a Spurs player by January’s end – we won’t match their price if they do bid, and he’ll opt for a stay in London as well, not to mention Spurs’ formidable Premier League position.

It’ll be interesting to see how this fares out, I for one would love to see the 22 year old join NUFC as he’s well able to hold his own against the best of them, at least it seems so from what I’ve watched of him in both the Premier League and the nPower Championship.
Time is a great teller..

 
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