Daily Archives: July 12, 2012

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In James Tomkins and Winston Reid the Hammers centre half pairing for the future looks secure, but with the young pair the only 2 accomplished centre backs at the club. We need experience to not only add a calm head to the backline, but also aid both Reid and Tomkins in their future.


With reports circulating about a raid of Tottenham Hotspurs backline, with moves for William Gallas gathering pace it appears Sam Allardyce is also moving to bring experience into the defence. A move for his Spurs partner Sebastian Bassong the Irons it would appear he has chosen his two targets and is homing in on the pair.

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Olympic Stadium: West Ham and Leyton Orient Both Want To Move In

LBC 97.3 can reveal both West Ham Utd and Leyton Orient football clubs are bidding to move into the Olympic Stadium after London 2012.

The London Legacy Development Corporation has confirmed it received four official bids by this lunchtime’s latest deadline.

It’s the third time the bidding process has been run, after the LLDC re-opened the process in May and the Hammers were thwarted with taking over of the stadium last year because of legal challenges.

Whoever is chosen will be ‘concessionaries’ or tenants sharing the stadium along with UK Athletics. The 2017 World Athletics Championships will also be staged in Stratford.

A decision isn’t expected til September at the earliest with the aim of using the Stadium in 2014. A spokesperson for the London Legacy Development Corporation said “The London Legacy Development Corporation has received four bids from parties interested in becoming concessionaires of the Stadium after the Games. The Legacy Corporation will assess the bid submissions to determine the winning concessionaires to occupy the Stadium alongside athletics.”

But our Olympics Correspondent John Cushing’s understands both West Ham Utd and Leyton Orient are definitely 2 of the 4.

It’s believed the Premier League newboys see their long term future away from Upton Park and in the Olympic Park with the aim of creating a long term legacy for the Stadium. The O’s have also re-entered the process with a source telling us it would be a ‘dream’ to move in but admits it would be a gamble too. Both clubs are restricted from talking about it officially because of confidentially clauses.

But the University of East London has confirmed to LBC 97.3 its withdrawn its bid, in partnership with Essex Cricket Club, for the latest process.

A University of East London spokesperson said “The University of East London has decided that it will not be proceeding with its submission in relation to the Olympic Stadium. As a university, we continue to have a strong interest in ensuring students and staff can gain full benefit from the world-class facilities within the Olympic Park, as well as contributing to the overall legacy of the London 2012 Games.”

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West Ham fail to agree terms with Guti

Real Madrid star Guti


West Ham’s hopes of making a sensational swoop for former Real Madrid star Guti have been ended after the midfielder announced he is set to retire instead.

The 35-year-old had been training at Upton Park and was a free agent having been released by Turkish side Besiktas.

The Hammers were hopeful of agreeing a deal for the playmaker, who is regarded as a legend and one of the original Galacticos at Real, having spent 15 years at the club where he made more than 500 appearances.

But Guti was unable to agree terms with West Ham and has now told Spanish newspaper AS that he will stop playing and take a coaching course at Real’s Valdebebas training ground instead.

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Maynard: I made the right move

Nicky Maynard says his decision to move to West Ham United has been justified by their promotion to the Premier League.


Maynard: Happy with decision to join Hammers Maynard: Happy with decision to join Hammers

The Hammers striker was criticised for leaving Bristol City last January, with some suggesting his reasons for moving were money-motivated.

“It is every English footballer’s dream to play in the Premier League and that is the main reason I left Bristol City,” the 25-year-old told London 24.

“I wanted to play in the Premier League as quickly as possible. West Ham came in for me, who were in the Championship at the time, but I knew that they would go into the Premier League.

“I am here now and it is down to me to produce and stay in the top flight with West Ham.”

Maynard hit three goals for the Hammers as they clinched promotion via the play-offs, and he is confident he can hold down a regular starting berth next season.

“I believe in my ability and I believe I can do the job,” he stated.

“The gaffer has got so many strikers he can choose from, so it is down to us to catch the eye in pre-season and try and win a place for the opening game.”

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