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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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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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!
Read more: http://www.westham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=285103#ixzz1yG2ZeSTa

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Gold eyeing revenge over Villa

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold admits he is hoping for revenge against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season.

 

Gold: Is eyeing revenge against Villa Gold: Is eyeing revenge against Villa

The Hammers are back in the top flight after just one year in the Championship and once again begin their campaign against Villa, the team they played on the opening day of the season two years ago.

Back then Avram Grant’s side were thrashed 3-0 at Villa Park, with the season ultimately ending in the heartbreak of relegation.

Gold admits he is keen to see his side gain revenge on the Midlanders when they arrive at Upton Park on August 18.

“It’s going to be extremely exciting; we’re back in the Premier League,” Gold told Sky Sports News.

“It’s Aston Villa first, I’m pleased about that for a number of reasons, one being the last time we played them on the first game of the season two years ago they beat us 3-0 at Aston Villa, so I’m looking forward to them coming here and hopefully we can reverse the score.

“I think it is important to get off to a good start; the season before last in the Premier League I think we lost our first four games because we were playing big clubs.

“But at home to Aston Villa and away at Swansea, they are winnable games or games you can expect to get something from so we are very excited about it.”

When quizzed on the rest of West Ham’s fixtures, Gold admitted he sees every game as a highlight, such is the prestige of playing in England’s top division.

“I think the Spurs game at home will be exciting, Arsenal at home too, Manchester United, Manchester City, I could go on and on,” he added.

“We’re back in the Premier League, every game is a club with history, whether it is one we are seeking revenge as we are against Aston Villa or that it is just a great club coming to Upton Park.

“Whether we are playing super clubs or teams that have come up with us like Reading or Southampton, I could make a case that they are all exciting.

“This is the Premier League, the most exciting league the world has ever known, I really don’t mind who we play.”

Gold also revealed that the club’s finances have recovered significantly since he and co-chairman David Sullivan bought the club from Icelandic group CB Holding in 2010.

The previous ownership had laden the club with significant debts and a spiralling wage bill which Gold admits had pushed the club perilously close to administration.

However, the 75-year-old is much more optimistic about the club’s future, saying: “The club gets stronger with every passing day, when we first arrived it was scary times, the club was close to administration.

“We are clawing our way from that from those issues, we are getting stronger financially.

“The morale is high and the future is bright.”

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Gold reveals transfer ambition

Co-chairman admits Hammers are keen to strengthen

David Gold: Has revealed West Ham hope to sign up to four players this summerDavid Gold: Has revealed West Ham hope to sign up to four players this summer

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has revealed the club hope to sign up to four players during the summer transfer window.

The Hammers are back in the Premier League after just one season in the Championship thanks to their 2-1 play-off win over Blackpool at Wembley last month.

The summer re-building has already begun, with Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen agreeding a move to east London in July.

A number of other players have been linked with a switch to Upon Park, including former Real Madrid midfielder Guti, who is available on a free transfer after being released by Turkish club Besiktas.

Gold refused to be drawn on any individual targets but did admit the club intend to be busy right up until the deadline at the end of August.

“We’re connected with about 20 players,” Gold told Sky Sports News.

New season

“What we hope to do is to maybe bring in two, three or maybe four players by the close of the window as we start off in the new season.”

Gold also revealed that the Hammers did everything they could to try and persuade goalkeeper Robert Green to stay at the club.

The England international rejected the offer of a new deal and will leave when his contract expires at the end of the month.

“We did our very best and we’re very sad that we have lost Robert, “added Gold.

“We wish him well, and wherever he goes I’m sure he will be a great servant to that club.”

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Wedstrijden 2012/2013

Sat 18 Aug Aston Villa H
Sat 25 Aug Swansea City A
Wed 29 Aug Capital One Cup Round 2
Sat 1 Sep Fulham H
Sat 15 Sep Norwich City A
Sat 22 Sep Sunderland H
Wed 26 Sep Capital One Cup Round 3
Sat 29 Sep Queens Park Rangers A
Sat 6 Oct Arsenal H
Sat 20 Oct Southampton H
Sat 27 Oct Wigan Athletic A
Wed 31 Oct Capital One Cup Round 4
Sat 3 Nov  Manchester City H
Sat 10 Nov Newcastle United A
Sat 17 Nov Stoke City H
Sat 24 Nov Tottenham Hotspur A
Tue 27 Nov Manchester United A
Sat 1 Dec Chelsea H
Sat 8 Dec  Liverpool H
Wed 12 Dec Capital One Cup Round 5
Sat 15 Dec West Bromwich Albion A
Sat 22 Dec Everton H
Wed 26 Dec Arsenal A
Sat 29 Dec Reading A
Tue 1 Jan Norwich City H
Sat 5 Jan F.A. Cup Round 3
Wed 9 Jan Capital One Cup Semi-Final (1)
Sat 12 Jan Sunderland A
Sat 19 Jan Queens Park Rangers H
Wed 23 Jan Capital One Cup Semi-Final (2)
Sat 26 Jan F.A. Cup Round 4
Wed 30 Jan Fulham A
Sat 2 Feb Swansea City H
Sat 9 Feb Aston Villa A
Sat 16 Feb F.A. Cup Round 5
Sat 23 Feb Tottenham Hotspur H
Sun 24 Feb Capital One Cup Final
Sat 2 Mar Stoke City A
Sat 9 Mar Manchester United  H F.A. Cup Round 6
Sat 16 Mar Chelsea A
Sat 30 Mar West Bromwich Albion H
Sat 6 Apr Liverpool A
Sat 13 Apr Southampton  A F.A. Cup Semi-Final
Sat 20 Apr Wigan Athletic H
Sat 27 Apr Manchester City A
Sat 4 May Newcastle United H
Sat 11 May F.A. Cup Final
Sun 12 May Everton A
Sun 19 May Reading H

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

West Ham United start Premier League season at home to Aston Villa

Sam Allardyce's side open the season against Aston Villa: Action Images
Sam Allardyce’s side open the season against Aston Villa: Action Images

West Ham United will start their Premier League season at home to Aston Villa on Saturday, August 18.

The Hammers’ first away game is at Swansea City on Saturday, August 25.

Sam Allardyce’s side end the campaign at home to fellow newly promoted side Reading on Sunday, May 19.

The Irons will visit Arsenal on Boxing Day before hosting Norwich City on New Year’s Day.

Champions Manchester City travel to Upton Park on Saturday, November 3 while Manchester United are scheduled to travel to West Ham on Saturday, March 9.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Hammers close on Olsson

Premier League new-boys hoping to snap up defender after Euros

Jonas Olsson: Currently representing Sweden at Euro 2012Jonas Olsson: Currently representing Sweden at Euro 2012

Sky Sports sources understand West Ham are hoping to conclude the signing of West Brom defender Jonas Olsson after Euro 2012.

The centre-back, who has been representing Sweden in Group D of the tournament opposite England, France and Ukraine, is out of contract at The Hawthorns next summer.

Olsson has previously hinted he would be open to a new challenge away from the Baggies, who recently appointed Steve Clarke as their new boss.

Tottenham were reported to be chasing his signature but it is uncertain whether he is still a target following the sacking of manager Harry Redknapp.

Aston Villa, Fulham, Everton, and Turkish side Galatasaray have also been linked with the stopper but it appears the Hammers could beat them to the punch.

The 29-year-old, who joined the Baggies from NEC Nijmegen in 2008, has previously said he will make a decision on his future after the Euros.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen to strengthen his options after guiding the club back into the Premier League last season.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Could Ba Be Heading Back To Upton Park?

 

West Ham have launched an ambitious £8m bid to re-sign Demba Ba from Newcastle United.

The Hammers are looking to strengthen their strike-force ahead of the new Premier League season and see Demba Ba as the perfect man to lead the line next campaign.

The striker enjoyed his previous time at West Ham, and although it was short, it was very promising. Demba Ba notched up seven goals in just 12 appearances.

The London club allowed Ba to leave as a free agent when they were relegated as David Sullivan did not want to pay a striker £50k whilst in the Championship. A decision that David Sullivan describes as ‘his biggest mistake in football’. It’s understandable that a relegated club would look to cut the pay bill, but had Sullivan have known just how good Demba Ba was, there is no doubt about it, Ba would have remained a Hammer.

Ba really did like playing for The Hammers; he appreciated the huge support from the fans, he liked London and also made some very good friends at the club. He still meets up with Carlton Cole whenever he plays in the capital and despite wayward rumours it wasn’t a straight forward decision to leave. But when the Chairman didn’t want to pay his wages he had to leave, and Ba decided to join Newcastle.

Demba Ba has been phenomenal in his first season at St. James’ Park, scoring 16 times. His goal scoring ability has caught the eye of most clubs, and the bad news for Newcastle is that he could leave for very cheap. In order for Newcastle to secure the services of Ba they had to put a buyout cause into his contract that would allow him to speak to any other club.

David Sullivan spoke about the contract and said: “I’m told he’s got a £7 million get-out at Newcastle and he gets half the money over that. They keep denying it, but I think you’ll see in the summer he will leave Newcastle, or he’ll get a monstrous rise to stay there.

“If they get about £4 million, half will go to him, so if they sell him for £7 million, they’ll only net about three because they paid his agent £2 million to get him out of here. Getting £3 million is not bad, but for a player of his quality, it’s not fantastic.”

Knowing that such a little sum can open up talks with the player, Sullivan has lodged a bid of £8m bid in the hope that he can persuade the Senegalese forward to come back to Upton Park. It is thought that Demba Ba’s management team, which is headed by his brother, are interested in what the London club will offer. West Ham will offer near enough anything to bring Ba back and this is what makes Demba Ba’s management team interested.

However, the good news for Newcastle is that despite the bid, and the possible talks Ba is unlikely to want to give up Europa League football. The chances of Ba re-joining West Ham are very low; the player himself has said he is happy at the Toon.

Although he loved life in London he has admitted that the Newcastle faithful have been the best supporters he’s ever played in front of.

The striker said: “The season has been very great for the club and the whole city.”

“For me personally, I had a very good season.

“I scored 16 goals in half a season. It was very good. We play in the Europa League next season, so we’re very happy.

“The Premier League, for me, is probably the best league in the world.

“Nobody expected us to do so good. At the end we were there in fifth place, and it was absolutely amazing.

“I have to say these fans are just amazing.

“The best fans I’ve seen, and the best stadium I’ve played in so far.

Perhaps a more lucrative move to the likes of Arsenal, Man Utd of somewhere abroad mayt urn Demba Ba’s head but for the time being, West Ham is not interesting him.

But, money can anything, can’t it?

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2012 in Uncategorized