|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
SAM ALLARDYCE'S £4.5M BID FOR GRANT HOLT
WEST HAM have bid £4.5m for Norwich striker Grant Holt.
The Canaries will reject the offer for their star striker.
But he repeated his intention to quit the club yesterday.
And Premier League new-boys West Ham tried to muscle their way to the front of the queue.
Aston Villa, on the verge of appointing Canaries boss Paul Lambert as their new manager, are tipped to make it a double raid by landing Holt too.
But Hammers boss Sam Allardyce tried to sign Holt before Lambert gets his feet under the table.
Holt, 31, bagged 15 goals this season to help keep Norwich up and earn the club’s Player of the Year award for a third year running.
Hearn gets Hammered
WEST HAM have laughed off Leyton Orient chief Barry Hearn’s suggestion that the two clubs share the Olympic Stadium.
A statement released by the Hammers said: “West Ham United has not held talks with Leyton Orient in respect of ground-sharing — and nor is it our intention to do so.
“We do not wish to comment on recent statements made by Barry Hearn, not least because we can’t keep up with his ever-changing position.
“They continue, however, to provide us with a constant source of amusement.”
No, Really! West Ham line up £7million swoop on the Bernabeu
Striker Joselu stars for the Real Madrid B team but only managed one sub appearance for the firsts last season
Special one? Allardyce wants to raid Jose Mourinho's reserves Special one? Allardyce wants to raid Jose Mourinho's reserves
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants Real Madrid ‘reserve’ striker Joselu – but he will have to shell out £7million to land him.
Allardyce has asked the Spanish giants about the 22-year-old, who is a star of their B team but will be sold this summer for the right price.
The Hammers chief first asked to take him on loan, but that request has been turned down – so now Allardyce will have to stump up the cash.
Skilful and 6ft 3in tall, Joselu looks ideal for the Premier League and is at a stage where he must move on to further his career.
He made just one appearance for Real’s first team last season – scoring as a late substitute in a cup tie.
No dice: West Ham are not interested in sharing
Vision: West Ham hope to bring football to the Olympic Stadium
Hands off! West Ham reject Olympic Stadium groundshare with Leyton Orient
West Ham have rejected a suggestion from Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn to consider groundsharing at the Olympic Stadium.
Hearn has been a fierce critic of West Ham's bid to become stadium tenants after the Olympics but said recently he would consider a ground-share arrangement for his League One club.
The Hammers insist there have been no talks about such a possibility - nor will there be.
A West Ham statement said: 'West Ham United has not held talks with Leyton Orient in respect of ground sharing and nor is it our intention to do so.
'We do not wish to comment on recent statements made by Barry Hearn not least because we can't keep up with his ever-changing position. They continue, however, to provide us with a constant source of amusement.'
The Hammers said the demand from fans for tickets for the recent Championship play-off final at Wembley showed the Olympic Stadium will not be too big for their supporter base.
The statement added: 'We are the only football option able to fill the stadium to capacity on a regular basis.
'Our recent Wembley play-off final win, which secured our promotion back to the Premier League, saw a level of demand from our supporters that could have sold out Wembley Stadium to West Ham fans alone.
'The noise and atmosphere created by our fans on May 19 gave a mouthwatering taste of what the Olympic Stadium could offer to supporters week in, week out.
'We also bring the opportunity for the regeneration of the Olympic Park - people, prosperity, opportunity, exposure, economy and expertise from our very first match in 2014. This provides far wider benefits for the local community and the nation as a whole.'
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Hammers Bid for Grant Holt?
The Daily Star has reported that West Ham have made a £4.5m bid for Norwich City striker, Grant Holt. The suggestion is that Sam Allardyce has sought to take advantage of the fall out at Norwich, created by Paul Lambert's pending managerial move to Villa Park. The objective being to strike a deal before Lambert can engineer a Villa move for the player. Norwich City are likely to reject the bid, but Holt appears to be firm in his resolve to leave Carrow Road. Although 31 years of age, Holt performed very well in his first season in the PL, scoring a creditable 15 goals.
Elsewhere, a number of interesting players were released by their current clubs yesterday. Included amongst these were: Rodallega at Wigan, Kalou & Bosingwa at Chelsea, Cuellar at Villa, Klasnic at Bolton, Hargreaves at Man City and Shorey at WBA. I am sure West Ham supporters would love to see the likes of Kalou and Rodallega at Upton Park next season!
Nani is thinking about leaving Manchester United even though the Portuguese winger, 25, is being offered a pay rise from £90,000 to £130,000 a week over the next four years.
Jan Vertonghen, 25, says he does not care that Tottenham will not play in the Champions League next season, as the defender closes in on a £14m move from Ajax to White Hart Lane.
Once he is confirmed as Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert plans to go back to his previous club Norwich for captain and star striker Grant Holt, 31.
Paris St Germain are preparing a £100m bid to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 26, according to sources on the continent.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wants Real Madrid striker Joselu, 22, but will have to invest £7m to secure his signing after a request to sign the player on loan was rejected.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly ready to make a bid to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 24.
Diego Maradona's Al Wasl say they are "serious" about a bid for 34-year-old Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says the club will move for £25m-rated striker Robin van Persie, 28, this summer if Arsenal fail to persuade the Netherlands international to sign a new deal.
Southampton are planning a £3m move for Jack Butland, the 19-year-old Birmingham keeper who is in England's Euro 2012 squad.
Real Socieded want to sign Arsenal forward Carlos Vela, 23, on a permanent deal after he impressed during his loan spell.
Inter Milan have made the first move in the race to land Chelsea target Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo by tabling a £19m bid for the 19-year-old midfielder - but the offer has been rejected.
Chelsea and Manchester United have both registered their interest in Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele, 24, and have opened talks over a £10m move.
Roy Hodgson is looking at Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as a possible future England captain.
England manager Hodgson is set to hand Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, and Danny Welbeck, 21, starts after challenging his team to deliver a rousing statement of intent against Belgium ahead of Euro 2012.
QPR manager Mark Hughes says Hodgson should have attempted to persuade Paul Scholes, 37, out of international retirement ahead of Euro 2012. "I know Paul drew a line under his international career, but it would have been a call worth makining," said Hughes.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, 65, wants three more years to build a Champions League dynasty at White Hart Lane. Redknapp has one year left on his contract.
But Spurs defender Ledley King, 31, is close to announcing his retirement after 13 years in the team.
Aston Villa are attempting to avoid paying compensation for Norwich City manager Paul Lambert - because they believe there is a clause in the Scot's contract allowing him to talk to interested parties in the Premier League if the Norfolk club are approached.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says his striker Sergio Aguero, 23, can be like Lionel Messi and score in every game.
England captain Steven Gerrard described a speech by Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper, who addressed Roy Hodgson's players at the Grove, as "inspirational". "All the lads were focused and concentrated, which is not very usual with a group of footballers in a room for more than 10 minutes, but it was very interesting," said Gerrard.
Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, 33, was left longing for the days of partnering Didier Drogba after Shanghai Shenhua owner Zhu Junb started himself alongside the Frenchman in a recent match.
JORDI ALBA has handed Alex Ferguson his second transfer snub of the summer by choosing a £9million switch from Valencia to Barcelona.
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Spain left-back Alba, 23, followed in the footsteps of Chelsea-bound Belgian Eden Hazard by turning down Fergie’s Manchester United.
SOUTHAMPTON are ready to offer Craig Gordon a Premier League lifeline.
Scotland keeper Gordon, 29, has been released by Sunderland only five years after they paid Hearts £9million for him.
SIMON GRAYSON wants Nottingham Forest defender Joel Lynch to join Championship new boys Huddersfield.
Lynch, 24, has been offered a new contract by Forest but is yet to sign — and Terriers boss Grayson is ready to pounce.
SHEFFIELD UNITED boss Danny Wilson has lined up Dave Kitson as his replacement for axed strikers Ched Evans and James Beattie.
He is close to a £300,000 deal with Portsmouth for the ex-Reading and Stoke hitman, 32.
CELTIC reject Darren O’Dea has Bolton, Burnley and Peterborough battling for his signature.
Republic of Ireland defender O’Dea, 25, was released by the Hoops despite having 12 months left on his contract.
PORT VALE have rejected an approach from League Two rivals Gillingham for manager Micky Adams.
The ex-Fulham and Leicester boss played for the Gills from 1979-83.
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If anyone wants to check on Joselu's skills, check out the Cadiz 0 - 3 RM Castilla vid here (but don't forget it's 3rd division opponents): http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/ ... a/News.htm
what is our club record transfer fee paid is it seven and a half million? makes you wonder if we will ever break it that is peanuts in todays market..
We're not going to be breaking any transfer records in this window, that's for sure. But good players were available last summer on the cheap: Vorm, Cabaye, and, of course, Demba Ba. Just a question of picking up one of those rather than a Pablo Barrera.
The key to that is our enquiry to Real take Joselu on loan. Now that they want the full £7m, that will be the last you hear of that
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Big Sam's big year
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£7m is simply to get a headline. No way anyone is paying that for a 3rd division player. I'd expect him to land at Espanyol on a similar sale-and-buy-back deal that took Callejon there a few seasons ago (though they only brought him back after their option had expired).
Manchester United star Nani has confessed he could quit Old Trafford.
Belgian superstar Eden Hazard came desperately close to joining Liverpool.
Paul Lambert, set to be named Aston Villa boss today, is ready for another bitter battle with Norwich as he prepares a £3million bid for grant Holt.
Ledley King has been left in limbo after becoming the surprise name on the Premier League's free transfer list.
New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned their is only one man in charge - him.
West ham have bid £4.5million for Norwich striker Grant Holt.
Jan Vertonghen is ready to sign for Tottenham after playing for Belgium against England today.
Harry Redknapp wants three more years to build a Champions League dynasty at Tottenham - he's held contract talks with chairman Daniel Levy this week.
Steven Gerrard has taken a swipe at Wigan owner Dave Whelan and insisted Brendan Rodgers was always Liverpool's first-choice boss.
Nani could be tempted to quit Manchester United.
Diego Maradona, in charge of UAE side Al Wasl, is ready to hijack Didier Drogba's move to China.
Norwich are facing a backlash from angry players following Paul Lambert's departure. Grant Holt still wants out with the club having turned down a £3million bid by West Ham.
Aston Villa could refuse to pay any compensation for manager Paul Lambert and then rub more sale into the wound by buying striker Grant Holt.
Tottenham were keen to stress yesterday that Ledley King's White Hart Lane career is not necessarily over despite his name being omitted from the 'retained' list submitted to the Premier League.
Roberto Mancini has indicated that Manchester City will move for Robin van Persie this summer if Arsenal fail to persuade their Holland striker to sign a new deal.
Graeme Jones is expected to be confirmed as the new manager of Swansea City early next week.
Chelsea and Manchester United have both registered their interest in Moussa Dembele and opened talks over a £10million move for Fulham's attacking midfielder.
Aston Villa are attempting to avoid paying compensation for Norwich manager Paul Lambert.
Southampton have become the first club to enquire after Jack Butland, the Birmingham keeper called up by England.
Tottenham were left perplexed after the Premier League claimed Ledley King had been released - just minutes after the club had confirmed he was considering a new contract.
Norwich City last night assured Celtic they are not interested in bidding to make Neil Lennon their new manager.
Rangers' players returned to full wages yesterday and their union has insisted they will not take another pay cut.
Freddy Shepherd has told Charles Green he is still prepared to pump his millions into Rangers - but only if he receives a written guarantee his cash won't be gobbled up by the taxman.
Hearts are hopeful they may be able to make an announcement next week on the future of Scottish Cup-winning manager Paulo Sergio.
Barry Bannan says he would be a happy man if Paul Lambert is unveiled as Aston Villa's new manager.
Hibs have opened talks with Coventry City as they bid to land loan star James McPake in a deal worth £100,000.
Scotland international striker Chris Maguire, currently with Derby, is a £500,000 target for Sheffield Wednesday.
Ross Tokely accused Inverness Caley Thistle of making him a "disrespectful" contract offer as he ended his 16-year career at the club under a cloud.
Target: Norwich rejected West Ham's offer for Grant Holt
West Ham bid for Holt rejected so Big Sam moots move for Madrid striker Joselu
West Ham have had a £3million bid for Grant Holt turned down by Norwich and have instead turned their attentions to Real Madrid striker Joselu.
Sam Allardyce was hoping to procure the Canaries striker who scored 15 goals this season and was their player of the season.
Holt wants to leave the club and, although his transfer request was rejected, is likely to depart in the summer.
He could be reunited with manager Paul Lambert at Aston Villa - the Norwich boss is trying to leave the club as well and would consider signing the striker.
Allardyce is interested in Madrid B's 22-year-old striker Joselu.
West Ham attempted to sign him on loan but the request was declined and they may end up paying £7m to sign him permanently.
The 6ft 3in forward made just one appearance as a substitute for Madrid's first team this season, but still managed to find the net.
7.5m for Bellamy. I don't believe the 9m for Savio bollox - I think that was Duckers blowing out of his arse once again.
Ta as ever for the news CH.
Paul Lambert plans to go back to previous club Norwich for captain and star striker Grant Holt once he's confirmed as Aston Villa manager.
Southampton are planning a £3m move for Jack Butland, the young Birmingham keeper who is in England's Euro 2012 squad.
West Ham are eyeing Joselu, a striker with Real Madrid's B side who has struggled to break into their star-studded first-team.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has hinted at a move for Robin van Persie, pointing out the Arsenal captain's contract situation is exactly like those of his then team-mates Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri, who the Gunners sold to City last summer because they had just one year left on their deals.
Nani has said he may have to leave Manchester United with talks over a new contract stalled.
Ajax and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen hopes to join Tottenham "within weeks or even days"
Bologna want £20m for Gaston Ramirez, a target for Liverpool and Manchester City, because 30% of any fee will go to his old club in Uruguay.
Manchester United have agreed a fee with Crewe for outstanding young forward Nick Powell (Crewe Chronicle)
United's move for Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa is facing work permit trouble because the Japanese midfielder has not won the requisite number of international caps (Goal)
United and Chelsea have opened talks with Fulham over a £10m move for midfielder Moussa Dembele (Sun)
Brendan Rodgers is set to upset the Blue half of Merseyside with a Liverpool move for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini (CaughtOffside)
Inter Milan are trying to hijack Chelsea's move for Sao Paolo's Luca Moura but have had their £19m opening bid rejected (Talksport)
Didier Drogba could be linking up with Diego Maradona after Al Wasl said they were "serious" about landing the Chelsea striker on a free (Sport350)
Peter Løvenkrands, Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie have all been freed by Newcastle (Chronicle)
Arsenal's Carlos Vela could join Real Sociedad on a permanent deal (Talksport)
Harry Redknapp wants a two-year extension to his Tottenham contract, which has one year remaining (Sun)
Aston Villa hope to avoid paying Norwich compensation for Paul Lambert as they believe a contract clause with the Canaries allows him to talk to interested Premier League clubs (Mail)
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