Daily Archives: July 11, 2012

Kazim-Richards Rumour


It`s looking like a stop of convenience rather than a possible signing!

What am I talking about you may ask!

Well it is being reported that Colin Kazim-Richards is training with the West Ham United squad as he looks for a move away from the Turkish side, Galatasaray.

Although highly experienced and a veteran of several Champions League campaigns something tells me that he`ll not be wearing a West Ham shirt next season, but I could be wrong!


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Andy Carroll should embrace West Ham’s apparent interest

The papers are obviously full of stories about Andy Carroll at the moment, and whether he’ll be heading out on-loan this season. By all accounts, and according to every mainstream daily in the country, West Ham are a possible destination for the targetman.

Carroll’s first impulse may be to ‘stay and fight for his place’ at Anfield, but that’s a kneejerk response to what will presumably be a long-term problem.

Not only has the forward disappointed during his time at Liverpool, the club have now parted with the manager who signed him and brought in a replacement whose preferred style of football renders Carroll almost obsolete.

It’s admirable that he wants to fight against this, but it’s unwise – Brendan Rodgers’ system will marginalise Carroll to be point where it may very well be an un-winnable battle.

People can allude to the success Danny Graham enjoyed under Rodgers at Swansea last season, but outside of their similar physiques, there aren’t too many parallels between the two players. Graham can stretch a defence, and plays off the shoulder of his centre-back – Carroll doesn’t, he needs to ball played into him.

West Ham may well be newly-promoted, and Upton Park may not be Anfield, but playing under Sam Allardyce could give Carroll the chance to rebuild his reputation. Powerful forwards thrive under the former Bolton and Blackburn manager – he sets up sides to play around them, and to operate around the strengths. At Liverpool, Andy Carroll will always be asked to fit-in, at a club like West Ham a team could be built to accommodate him. There’s a world of difference between those two situations, and the latter is a potential Godsend for a forward with a confidence problem.

Carroll’s still young, so it’s too early to conclude that the lights at Anfield are too bright for him, but in the short-term he needs to take the required steps to re-establish himself in the league. West Ham may feel like a step-down, but it’s really a significant upgrade on just being a bit-part player on Merseyside.

He has to play regular football, and that’s seemingly not going to happen under Rodgers. If West Ham’s interest is real, Carroll shouldn’t need a second invitation to head down the M1.

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Taylor’s West Ham survival aim

First target is 40 points, says experienced left-sided player

Matt Taylor: Believes survival must be the main goal for West Ham this seasonMatt Taylor: Believes survival must be the main goal for West Ham this season

Matt Taylor believes West Ham’s first priority for the coming season must be to stay in the Premier League.

Taylor played 28 league games for the Hammers in their Championship promotion campaign and expectations will be high on their return to the top flight.

But the 30-year-old left-sided player knows how difficult the league can be and is cautious about making grand predictions for the coming campaign.

He told the club’s official website: “From previous experience, when you get promoted or are a team that has less financial resources than the top teams in the league, you want to stay up first and foremost.

“That will be the first aim, as it will be for the teams not in the top six this season.

“We want to make sure we get to that magical 40 points as soon as possible and, if you look at the teams who came up last season like Swansea and Norwich, then you see that anything is possible.

“We don’t want to talk too much about where we want to finish next year – obviously we want to stay in the Premier League and if we can achieve that as quickly as possible then that would be a good season.

“There are no easy games in the Premier League.

“A lot of teams might go into a game against Manchester United in a different mindset to a game against a lesser team, which I personally think is wrong.

“We’re going to go into every game this season believing we can win, because if you don’t have that winning mentality then I don’t think there is any point in playing.

“For me, every game in the Premier League is not an easy game. I’ve never played in an easy game in the Premier League and this season will be the same.”


Sam Allardyce’s side were promoted through the play-offs last season but were still back in training early for the challenge of the new campaign.

Taylor admits that has been hard work but believes it could pay off for the Upton Park side.

He added: “We’ve got a couple more trips planned (to Germany and Portugal) as well. Pre-season has been going well. It’s getting harder, the older I’m getting, but I’m not going to complain!

“The whole point of last season was to get back to the Premier League and we’ve started earlier than the other teams because we want to hit the ground running.

“Hopefully we can do that and we can have a long summer next year.”

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Palace looking to sell Clyne

Crystal Palace are ready to offload defender Nathaniel Clyne, who has been linked with several Premier League teams.


Clyne: On his way out of Palace Clyne: On his way out of Palace

The 21-year-old defender is out of contract at Selhurst Park but Palace would receive a compensation fee due to his age.

Manchester United, Newcastle, Reading and West Ham have all been linked with a move for the England Under-21 international but a fee for his services remains a sticking point.

Eagles chairman Steve Parish said: “We need to do a deal with Clyne. There is a bit of action in the background and we know there is a lot of interest.

“It is just about sorting out who it is best to go to and who will put the right money on the table. We’re all working to get an outcome.

“Clubs don’t want to go down the tribunal route. It is a game of cat and mouse on the fee – we’ve just got to let that play out.”

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Morrison shines as West Ham are held

Another goal by Sam Baldock, plus appearances for new goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and precocious talent Ravel Morrison were the stand-out moments from West Ham’s opening pre-season friendly on English soil last night.

Baldock had scored the Hammers’ only goal in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat against Austria Vienna and playing up front largely on his own in the first half at Boreham Wood, he caused the home team plenty of problems.

First, he hit the base of the post from a first-time left foot shot, before he broke the deadlock on 27 minutes when Ricardo Vaz Te unselfishly laid the ball into his path and he struck a crisp shot into the corner of the net.

Manager Sam Allardyce, very much a peripheral figure on the night as he ambled around the Meadow Park ground signing autographs, opted to play two different teams in each half, providing a mix of youth and experience throughout.

There was plenty of experience from Jaaskelainen, who was forced to make two good saves in the opening 45 minutes as Boreham Wood showed that they were determined to make an impression in this match.

The Blue Square Conference South side were unlucky when Callum Reynolds headed over a corner when completely unmarked, while the Finland goalkeeper’s stops came from Graeme Montgomery and Mark Jones as the home side looked for the equaliser.

Leading 1-0 at the break, the Hammers made 11 changes and within six minutes of the restart, Boreham Wood were level.

Young defender Eoin Wearen saw his weak back pass intercepted by Omer Riza and when he squared it to giant substitute Inih Effiong, the striker beat Jake Larkins from just inside the box.

Morrison partnered Kevin Nolan in the midfield in the second half and both looked sharp, while Nicky Maynard played the lone striking role, with little success.

He did have one shot saved after latching on to Morrison’s pass, while he should have scored right at the death when Morrison’s long-ranger was parried into his path, only to stab the rebound wide.

Nolan came even closer a few minutes earlier. Matt Taylor’s cross from the left picked him out perfectly, but the skipper’s shot hit the ground and bounced up on to the bar.

Unfortunately, Boreham Wood did not possess goalline technology!

The home side came close themselves to snatching a winner when Reynolds had a shot well blocked, but in the end a draw was a fair result.

Assistant boss Neil McDonald declared himself happy with proceedings.

“It was a good workout and though it would have been nice to have won, it is not about results,” he said.

“This is all about building up the fitness, building up the endurance as well which we have been working on for the last week and a half.”

McDonald did have some words of praise for Morrison after his second-half showing.

“I think he is an exciting sort of player, especially when we have got the ball,” he said.

“He can play that final pass and drive on with the ball, which is certainly what you need in the Premiership. It was a good workout for him, another 45 minutes under his belt after 90 against Austria Vienna, so that is a good week for him and he has got to know the other players a little better.”



West Ham (first half): Jaaskelainen, Driver, McCartney, K Lee, Spence, Vaz Te, Moncur, Noble, Ruddock, Fanimo, Baldock.

Second half: Larkins, Chambers, Potts, Reid, Wearen, Turgott, O’Neil, Nolan, Morrison, Taylor, Maynard.

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Hammers keen on Carroll loan

West Ham are interested in a loan move for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, according to reports on Wednesday.


Carroll: Could be loaned out this season Carroll: Could be loaned out this season

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce appears keen to land the 23-year-old England international on a temporary deal after new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers hinted he may not be part of his future plans at Anfield.

Allardyce is looking to strengthen his squad following promotion to the Premier League and Carroll would suit his style of play.

Carroll would also be able to link up with his close friend and former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan at Upton Park.

AC Milan are also reportedly keen on Carroll, who joined Liverpool from Newcastle for £35m 18 months ago, and Fulham have been linked with a swap deal for Clint Dempsey.

But they may all be left disappointed after a close friend of Carroll told The Sun: “There is no chance of Andy leaving Liverpool. He is staying put.

“So AC Milan can forget it and he won’t be going back to Newcastle or joining West Ham either – on loan or otherwise.”

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