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Maynard – I’m ecstatic

Hammers’ latest recruit delighted to join big club

Last Updated: February 1, 2012 2:48pm

Image text hereNicky Maynard: Overjoyed with move to Upton Park

West Ham United’s new striker Nicky Maynard is ‘ecstatic’ after managing to seal a late deal to join the club on transfer deadline day.

The 25-year-old was the subject of much interest in the January window after netting 46 times since joining Bristol City in 2008.

The prolific centre-forward left Ashton Gate on Tuesday night after penning a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Hammers.

Maynard, who has 81 goals on his professional tally, has a proven goalscoring record and is eager to get his career underway at Upton Park.

“I’m ecstatic,” he told the club’s official website. “It’s been a long day but I’m delighted to put pen to paper and can’t wait to get going.


“West Ham are a massive club. They’ve got everything geared to get to the Premier League and the Premier League is where I want to be.

“I’m a quick player who likes to get behind and thrives off chances. I’ll keep plugging away all game as I’m not happy unless I’m scoring.”

Maynard enjoyed a schoolboy spell with Arsenal before moving to the Crewe Alexandra academy where he graduated and went on to score 35 goals in 67 appearances for the Railwaymen.

The striker’s impressive form was the reason Bristol City spent £2.25 million to secure his services and despite the side’s poor form this season Maynard has still managed to bag eight goals.

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Tonee Cottee’s Column

Heavy Ipswich defeat could give West Ham the kick-start they need

Tony Cottee, London24 West Ham Columnist
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
3:23 PM

“You will never win a game of football at any level if you are not in the right mindset.”

There is no getting away from it, Tuesday night was the worst West Ham performance of the season, and it is a real shame that we could not take the opportunity of being top of the league and push on.

With Southampton being held at home by third-placed Cardiff City, the Hammers could be five points clear at the top which would have given us a nice cushion.

Instead, it is just two points and it is so important that we show the character to bounce back from the defeat.

I did say last week that it would be a difficult game under the lights at Portman Road and so it proved to be.

Ipswich have been such an up and down side this season but they do possess some good players with the ability to hurt sides that are not on the top of their game.

Something just didn’t click for the Hammers on Tuesday and from the off, the home side were on top and dominating the game.

I’m not sure if the players were switched on from the beginning, but you will never win a game of football at any level if you are not in the right mindset.

I think that some people expected us to roll up there and brush Ipswich aside because we were top of the league.

But that just isn’t how it happens in the Championship and West Ham got what they deserved.

We may be top of the league, but we did not defend well at all.

I am just hoping that the players can forget about the game, and not dwell on it too much.

A heavy defeat can sometimes be the turning point in a team’s season, and I think Sam Allardyce will be keen for his players to turn a negative into a positive.

I am sure that the squad will use the defeat as motivation to bounce back stronger this weekend.

There was mixed emotions for me after the game, as although the Hammers had lost, we had also signed three very exciting young players.

We have been struggling to create chances for some time and when we do create them we just aren’t taking them at the moment, and I think that the additions of Ricardo Vaz Te and Nicky Maynard will add some real quality to the squad.

I haven’t seen too much of Ravel Morrison, but I have heard about his talent and I think that Allardyce is the man to iron out any potential attitude problems.

We now have eight forwards at the club and I am sure that we have enough firepower to get us automatic promotion back to the Premier League, and I would not be surprised to see the likes of Freddie Sears and Freddie Piquionne leave Upton Park in the loan window.

However, the midfield is also pivotal, and we have been lacking that creative spark. I think that is where the likes of Morrison and Vaz Te will shine, creating opportunities for others.

We now have the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways this weekend against arch-rivals Millwall.

And I hope that the football on the pitch does the talking and there is no trouble and both sets of fans can get to and from the game safely.

Millwall are not in the best of form themselves coming into the game, so I am hoping the fans create an electric atmosphere and really get behind the team.

If the players don’t get up for this one, then I am sure that the fans will let them know about it.

Tony Cottee was talking to Nathaniel John

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Morrison targets promotion

Morrison targets promotion

Hammers new boy keen to get the fans on their feet

Image text hereRavel Morrison: Midfielder is happy to have joined West Ham United from Manchester United

Ravel Morrison is hoping to help West Ham United win promotion to the Premier League after completing a move to Upton Park from Manchester United.

The teenage midfielder signed a three-and-a-half year contract at West Ham on deadline day after being the subject of a bid from Newcastle United earlier in the transfer window.

Morrison had made two substitute appearances in the Carling Cup for the Red Devils this season, but was out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the campaign.

He is happy to have linked up with Sam Allardyce’s side and the talented 18-year-old is eager to impress the Hammers faithful.

“I’m really pleased to have signed,” Morrison told the club’s official website.

“The move has happened very quickly and I’m looking forward to hopefully moving up to the Premier League with West Ham soon.

“I’m an attacking player and I’m hoping to get the fans on their feet.

“I met with Sam Allardyce this morning and he welcomed me to the club.

“I also played with Robert Hall in the England team and I know him well so that will be really helpful to have someone here that I know.”

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Bobby and Billy among best business

Zamora: Pick of the Premier League deals

Zamora: Pick of the Premier League deals


QPR recruit Bobby Zamora and Southampton signing Billy Sharp feature as TEAMtalk guest Nick Hext picks his best January transfer window deals.

Nick’s been looking at the deals from the top divisions of English football during the January transfer window.

Here he picks out his four best pieces of business from each league.


Bobby Zamora (Fulham to QPR, undisclosed)

No surprise to see we start with a deal in the Premier League where the fee is undisclosed. That has become a real trademark of the transfer world in recent years but QPR fans won’t be too worried by that after this move was completed. The transfer fee is thought to be around £4.5million and, even at the age of 31, that represents a good deal. QPR boss Mark Hughes puts it best with his view on what the England international will bring to the Loftus Road outfit. “Bobby is a guy that makes things happen on the pitch, be it scoring goals or creating chances for others,” he said. “He’s a great foil for any team. We needed a player of his ilk at the football club and I couldn’t be more delighted.”

Nedum Onuoha (Manchester City to QPR, undisclosed)

It is another new face at Loftus Road that features in second place on our Premier League list. Onuoha was definitely underrated by Roberto Mancini at Manchester City but Hughes is certainly a fan of the versatile defender. The 25-year-old’s stock is sure to rise with regular first-team football and we reckon he will play a big part in QPR’s climb up the standings. It shouldn’t be too big a worry for Hughes that he missed out on Alex from Chelsea as this is a much better deal.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Hoffenheim to Swansea, loan)

The Iceland international cost Hoffenheim £6.5million when he made the move from Reading in 2010. It hasn’t quite worked out for the midfielder in Germany but anyone who saw him perform for the Royals knows Brendan Rodgers has a very talented player on his books. Glimpses of his class have already been shown at the Liberty Stadium and expect plenty more where that came from.

Emmanuel Frimpong (Arsenal to Wolves, loan)

It’s tough for Wolves at the moment but Mick McCarthy deserves credit for signing Frimpong on loan. The 19-year-old provides extra bite to the midfield and has already proved his commitment to the cause when he was accidentally caught by Aston Villa midfielder Stilian Petrov in a brave challenge. Wolves’ bid for safety will go right down the wire and the youngster may well be the difference between a spot in the Premier League or Championship next season.

Best of the rest: Steven Pienaar (Tottenham to Everton, loan); Keith Andrews (Blackburn to West Brom, free); Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy to Everton, loan).


Nicky Maynard (Bristol City to West Ham, undisclosed)

This is the pick of the deals on a busy deadline day at West Ham. Maynard oozes class in the Championship and he brings guaranteed goals to Upton Park. It wasn’t a surprise to see various Premier League clubs linked with a swoop for his services so this acts as a real statement of intent from Sam Allardyce. Expect the Hammers now to convincingly secure a spot in the top two.

Jason Roberts (Blackburn to Reading, undisclosed)

The takeover of Reading by Thames Sports Investment has given boss Brian McDermott new power with the chequebook. He used it wisely to bring in Roberts from Blackburn with the experienced forward sure to provide nous to a young and vibrant squad. The Royals are well positioned for a promotion push so head to the Madejski for some entertainment during the rest of the campaign.

Billy Sharp (Doncaster to Southampton, undisclosed)

The first two Championship selections show that deals for top strikers are to be valued. That is certainly the case with this transfer as goals win you games and victories win you promotion. That makes the purchase of Championship goalscorer extraordinaire Sharp smart business for the Saints. Nigel Adkins has already got the best out of the forward during his time at Scunthorpe and more of the same will see St Mary’s hosting Premier League football next season.

Ben Mee (Manchester City to Burnley, undisclosed)

One by-product of Manchester City’s mega-rich status has been the falling by the wayside of plenty of promising youngsters from the club’s youth set-up. Mee was captain of City’s youngsters when they won the FA Youth Cup but failed to make an impression in the first-team. Now he finds himself at Turf Moor permanently and should benefit from the opportunity of regular football.

Best of the rest: Ravel Morrison (Man Utd to West Ham, undisclosed); Ben Marshall (Stoke to Leicester, undisclosed); Adam Smith (Tottenham to Leeds, loan); Wes Morgan (Nottingham Forest to Leicester, undisclosed).


Nicky Ajose (Peterborough to Chesterfield, loan)

One of the stars of Bury’s promotion to League One last season alongside Ryan Lowe has found the going tough this term. He joined Peterborough in the summer but hasn’t been able to make an impression in the Championship and his loan move to Scunthorpe didn’t go to plan either. The striker still has the talent to make a big impression and he will give a big boost to Chesterfield’s battle for survival after joining on loan until the summer. They have badly missed Craig Davies since his departure for Barnsley in the summer so could be the missing part of the Spireites’ jigsaw.

Luke Freeman (Arsenal to Stevenage, undisclosed)

Freeman is one of many Premier League youngsters who are forced to journey down the Football League for regular football. The forward joined Arsenal from Gillingham as a 15-year-old but it didn’t lead to fame and fortune at the Emirates. He has already impressed during his time in Hertfordshire and he is in a great position to prove himself as a fantastic leaving present from former Boro boss Graham Westley before he departed for Preston.

Alan Smith (Newcastle to MK Dons, loan)

Smith is definitely the ‘big name’ in the League One January deals. The former England international has tasted plenty of Premier League success during his career and we all remember just how good he was at the peak of his powers. He is a different player now but this deal makes sense for MK Dons as they only pay a fraction of the wages and get a player who will make a big difference in the promotion hunt.

Will Hoskins (Brighton to Sheffield United, loan)

Sheffield United have also bolstered their ranks for the promotion race. Hoskins hasn’t managed to become a first-team regular at Brighton since joining in the summer so a move back to South Yorkshire – where he enjoyed great success with Rotherham – is a good move. The Blades now have a plethora of attacking options and that will leave their rivals with plenty to worry about as winter turns to spring.

Best of the rest: James Harper (Hull to Wycombe, loan); John Bostock (Tottenham to Sheffield Wednesday, loan); Connor Jennings (Stalybridge to Scunthorpe, undisclosed).


Sanchez Watt (Arsenal to Crawley, loan)

This is one of the deals that definitely caught people by surprise. Watt played on loan for Leeds last season and League One promotion contenders Sheffield Wednesday earlier this term but now finds himself in the bottom rung of the Football League. He has already helped Crawley to the fifth round of the FA Cup on his debut in the 1-0 win over Hull and he can expect to take on an even more vital role after Matt Tubbs’ big-money departure to Bournemouth. He should be just what the Red Devils need to get over the automatic promotion line.

Jo Kuffour (Bristol Rovers to Gillingham, free)

This deal certainly didn’t catch anyone by surprise. Kuffour spent the first half of the season on loan at Gillingham and scored seven goals in 13 games. He didn’t have a future at League Two rivals Bristol Rovers so is now back at Priestfield on a permanent deal and will be after more of the same following his success at the back end of 2011.

Luke Guttridge (Aldershot to Northampton, free)

Northampton need to find form quickly if they are to avoid the dreaded drop to non-league football and will desperately hope the arrival of former favourite Guttridge is the spark to climb the table. The midfielder had become frustrated at Aldershot but it isn’t long since he was a vital cog in the Shots’ impressive Carling Cup run. The loan signing of Question Time favourite Clarke Carlisle is another deal to add experience at Sixfields and boss Aidy Boothroyd needs this approach to work before panic really kicks in.

Jermaine McGlashan (Aldershot to Cheltenham, undisclosed)

Cheltenham’s main transfer-window signing will be the man to keep their promotion campaign on track. The midfielder provides a new threat for the Robins and that will be vital as clubs start to show more respect to them after a fine first half of the season. Mark Yates has already made very strong loan signings during the campaign so don’t be surprised if has a few more aces up his sleeve before temporary moves are halted later on.

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High interest in Olympic Stadium

Feb 1 2012

West Ham are believed to be one of 16 parties interested in moving to the Olympic Stadium after this summer’s London Games as the January 30 deadline passed.

The original deal for the Hammers to take over the Stratford venue collapsed in October amid concerns over delays caused by the legal dispute with Tottenham and Leyton Orient.

The new bidding process to use the stadium opened on December 20, with West Ham the favourites to become the tenants, although the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) confirmed they would accept a ground-share bid from a football and a rugby team, and said retaining the athletics track was non-negotiable.

A spokesperson for the OPLC said: “There have been 16 registrations from parties interested in bidding to use the stadium after the Games. They now have until March 23, 2012, to submit their full bids.

“The Legacy Company plans to appoint the winning bidders in May 2012 and remains on track to reopen the venue in 2014.

“Each successful bidder will add to the athletics legacy already secured for the stadium, including the new national centre for athletics and host of the 2017 World Athletics Championships.”

Spurs, meanwhile, scrapped their plan to challenge West Ham to become tenants and have instead committed themselves to their initial idea for a new stadium known as the Northumberland Development Project (NDP)

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West Ham United sign Manchester United rebel Morrison

Ravel Morrison has completed his move from Manchester United to West Ham United.

The midfielder, who has courted controversy of the field, refused to sign a new deal at Old Trafford prompting boss Sir Alex Ferguson to offload him.

The 18-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Upton Park believed to be worth around £1 million including add-ons.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce believes Morrison will benefit from a ‘change in environment’.

“Ravel is a talented lad and if he really wants to be a player then we will help him as much as we can along the way,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“Perhaps a change of environment will be beneficial to him and help him make that step up to first team football quicker than perhaps would have been the case at Manchester United.

“There is no doubt he has exceptional talent.”

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Allardyce hammers Hammers defence

Last Updated: Wed, 01 Feb 2012 10:46


West Ham boss Sam Allardyce lamented his side’s defensive frailties as they were trounced 5-1 at Ipswich.

The Blues, who had been on a seven-game winless streak, led through Michael Chopra and then Daryl Murphy’s goal and a penalty from Lee Martin – either side of a consolation from Jack Collison – made it 3-1.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas smashed a fourth just after the hour and then added a fifth in stoppage time to shock the league leaders.

“I was bitterly disappointed. I didn’t expect us to put on such a poor performance defensively,” said Allardyce.

“That’s been our ultimate strength this season, especially away from home, but as a defensive unit we just disintegrated.

“They struck their chances away when they came their way, so from a football point of view it’s been a shock and a really bad day.”

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West Ham seal signings of Bristol City’s Nicky Maynard & Barnsley’s Ricardo Vaz Te

Both players described the Upton Park outfit as a great club and hope to be playing Premier League football next season, as they join Ravel Morrison in east London

Nicky Maynard

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West Ham United have completed the signings of Bristol City’s Nicky Maynard and Barnsley’s Ricardo Vaz Te.

Both players have arrived for an undisclosed fee and signed two-and-a-half year deals with an option for an extra year.

Maynard’s 45 league goals in just three-and-a-half years at Bristol City has seen him become a much sought after player, with Wigan reported to have been interested in the former Crewe man.

However, the Hammers secured his signature, and Maynard says he cannot wait for his career at Upton Park to begin.

“I’m ecstatic,” Maynard told the club’s official website.

“It’s been a long day [transfer deadline day] but I’m delighted to put pen to paper and can’t wait to get going.

“West Ham are a massive club. They’ve got everything geared to get to the Premier League and the Premier League is where I want to be.”

Maynard believes he can bring something different to West Ham’s promotion push as well.

He continued: “I’m a quick player who likes to get in behind and thrives off chances. I’ll keep plugging away all game and as I’m not happy unless I’m scoring goals.”

Similarly, Vaz Te is delighted to join the club and is looking forward to working with a few familiar faces.

“I feel great,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’m very excited to work with Sam again and it’s great because I know a few players here.

“I’m very thankful and excited and looking forward to it.

“I spoke to Sam on Tuesday and went to see him at his office. He told me what he’s looking for. I’m very excited and I think he’s very excited too. I’ve played with Kevin Nolan and Joey O’Brien before and I also know Neil McDonald and some of the backroom staff.”

While the 25-year-old is relishing the prospect of playing for such a big club, he also took time to thank his former employees, Barnsley.

He continued: “I had a fantastic time at Barnsley. I’m very grateful for the opportunity they gave me and I hope the fans can understand why I left as West Ham is a great opportunity for me.

“I have a great respect and love for the Barnsley fans and I wish them the very best.”

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