Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

West Ham United close in on former Wigan midfielder


Mohamed Diame is close to a move to the Hammers: Action Images Mohamed Diame is close to a move to the Hammers: Action Images

West Ham United are believed to be on the verge of signing former Wigan midfielder Mohamed Diame.

The 25-year-old, whose contract expired at the end of last season, is close to agreeing a deal to move to Upton Park.

The Senegalese midfielder is one of Sam Allardyce’s top targets and would be a powerful addition to the newly-promoted side’s squad.

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Nolan ‘can’t wait’ for West Ham opener

Skipper targets home win as promoted Hammers face Aston Villa on return to top flight

West Ham's Kevin Nolan

Kevin Nolan scored 13 goals as West Ham were promoted from the Championship

West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan is relishing his club’s return to the Barclays Premier League after the Hammers were pitted against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season.

The Villans will travel to Upton Park on August 18th with new manager Paul Lambert in charge for the first time but Nolan believes home advantage can prove crucial for the Hammers.

“It is a home game to get us started, which is great for us,” Nolan told West Ham’s website.

“Aston Villa are a very good side and have a new manager so their players will be looking to impress, but we will be aiming to kick off the new campaign in a positive way on our own ground and look to try and win the game.”

Nolan, 29, moved down a division from the Barclays Premier League to the Championship last summer when West Ham signed him from Newcastle United.

“I am sure our fans will do their best to help us get off to a good start”
Kevin Nolan

He scored 13 goals in the campaign as the Hammers sealed an instant return to the top flight following their 2011 relegation, and now the midfielder is excited about being back.

“After getting promoted and everything calming down, people go away for a bit of a break. But seeing the fixtures come out, it brings the new season to everyone’s attention again and I for one can’t wait to get started,” said the former Bolton Wanderers man.

“I am sure all our fans can’t wait for the season to begin and to know we are back in the Premier League only makes it more exciting. I am sure our fans will do their best to help us do what we can to get off to a good start.”

West Ham finished bottom of the table in their last Barclays Premier League campaign in 2010/11 but Nolan believes a good start to the coming season will lay the foundations for a successful year.

“There can be some strange results early in the season as all the teams look to settle into their routines, but if we can make a solid start, then that will be good for us,” he said.

“Nothing is sorted early in the season, but if we can start as well as we can do, then we give ourselves something to build on.”

West Ham travel to Swansea City for their first away fixture on 25 August, before coming back home to face London neighbours Fulham on 1 September.

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Yakubu Looks a No-No!

Looking a gift horse in the mouth but having your hands, financially, tied behind your back are poles apart.

But that`s what appears to be the case with regards to any possible pursuit of the Blackburn Rovers forward Yakubu.

Last season, despite being involved in a relegation fight, Yakubu netted 17 times and with there being a clause inserted in his contract that he could be sold for as little as £1 million in the even to Blackburn being relegated, his possible availability alerted several clubs in the same boat as us, namely seeking a cheap, but proven Premier League scorer.

But it seems we are all about to be thwarted with the red-top press reporting that Yakubu is set to head east and is on the verge of signing a mega-money, £5 million a year, deal with the Chinese side Guangzhou.

Gift horse, hands financially tied; now you get the gist of what I mean!
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West Brom dismiss reports of Olsson’s move to West Ham

Jonas Olsson in action for Sweden against England

West Brom have dismissed speculation that Jonas Olsson is close to completing a move to West Ham.

The Swedish defender has just one year left on his contract at the Hawthorns and has been linked with a move to the newly-promoted east London club.

But the Baggies’ sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth insists no move is imminent.

“Jonas is still under contract and nobody has contacted me or anybody else at West Bromwich Albion about a transfer,” he told the Wolverhampton Express & Star.

“He is one of our most important players and we would like to keep him like we did last year with Youssouf Mulumbu and Peter Odemwingie.

“We’re trying to build a squad, not sell our best players.”

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