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Top Twenty West Ham Transfer Rumours
So, here is a roundup of the latest transer rumours from the papers, Bradley Palmer and Clunge. I do think some false hares are being set running. But that's all the fun of the transfer window. The one thing we do know is that eight or nine new players will be coming in and I'd bet there will be the odd sale as well...
1. We're apparently in negotiation with Crystal Palace for Zaha and are offering Sam Baldock on a one year loan, as part of a £5 million deal.
2. Hull City are set to table a £3.5 million bid for Sam Baldock.
3. We are bidding for Yakubu and/or Kenwyne Jones.
4. We are bidding for Real Madrid reserve strike Joselu, plus an unnamed foreign striker, according to Jack Sullivan.
5. Tottenham want to steal, sorry sign sign James Tomkins for £5 million.
6. QPR, West Brom, Southampton and Tottenhama are all interested in Rob Green.
7. If Rob Green leaves, West Ham will try to sign Paul Robinson, giving us an impressive trio of goalkeepers.
8. We are looking at Leeds winger Rob Snodgrass as an alternative to Zaha.
9. Matt Jarvis and Michael Kightly from Wolves are said to be of interest.
10. Charlton full back Chris Solly is said by KUMB to interest the Hammers, but Charlton are demanding Sam Baldock in part exchange.
11. Sixteen year old Wycombe left back Nathan Mabi-Mavila is close to signing for West Ham.
12. Yossi Benayoun could return to Upton Park, or, depending on who you believe, he is heading for Ajax.
13. Celtic striker Gary Hooper and Rangers forward Stephen Naismith are also said to interest West Ham, as does Norwich hitman Grant Holt.
14. Demba Ba .... no, it's really stupid to even contemplate it, but some people believe he may come back. And pigs might fly.
15. Argentine International Claudio Yacob is said to be interesting West Ham, Arsenal and Manchester United.
16. Loic Remy, a previous target for West Ham and Spurs is said to be the subject of a £12 million bid from West Ham. Er, right....
17. Freddie Sears will be sold, possibly to Colchester United.
18. Christopher Samba is a defensive target. He is apparently not happy in Russia.
19. Nicolas Anelka wants to join us but won't take a cut in wages from £200k to £40k a week. Who'd have thunk?
20. If Sam Baldock goes, we will try to sign Jordan Rhodes.
How many of those are true? I'd guess 3 or four of them..
nothing else going on this morning
AC Milan say they will not be making a bid for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.
Kevin Strootman has been likened to Roy Keane for his style of play
Manchester United are considering making a £14m move for PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman, with long-term absentee Darren Fletcher's future still uncertain.
: Daily Mirror
Meanwhile, the Old Trafford side are believed to be close to signing highly-rated 18-year-old Crewe forward Nick Powell for a fee of £4m.
Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their bid to sign Arsenal's Robin van Persie, with his father saying the striker will not join another English club.
Fulham are looking at Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes as a possible replacement for Clint Dempsey, who only has 12 months left on his Craven Cottage contract.
Full story: Daily Mirror
West Ham are hoping to tie up the signing of Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen within the next 24 hours.
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, opening scorer at Euro 2012, is being targeted by Manchester United, according to Poland's coach Franciszek Smuda.
Brendan Rodgers has Nicklas Bendtner, Mohamed Diame and Matt Jarvis in his sights as he looks to begin spending at Liverpool.
Discarded Rio Ferdinand admits his international career could be over after being overlooked twice by new boss Roy Hodgson.
Roy Hodgson may take a gamble on John Terry's fitness by playing him against France on Monday, with the Chelsea defender in danger of being sidelined for the entire tournament if his groin and hamstring injuries get worse.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is in confident mood ahead of the Netherlands' opening game against Denmark on Saturday.
French frontman Louis Saha says Euro 2012 is a special tournament and must not be spoiled by the spectre of racism.
Arsenal have suffered a blow with the news Bacary Sagna's broken leg will definitely see him miss the start of next season.
Former Birmingham winger Jose Dominguez, who played for Tottenham in the 1990s, is thought to be keen on the vacant manager's post at St Andrews.
The new Juventus home shirt will feature the words "30 on the pitch", in reference to the two titles taken away from them in the past.
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So we've got a transfer thread going of hundreds of pages that can be whittled down to just 20 lines. The rest of that thread is just innane drivel!
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THE SUN: Rio Ferdinand fears his England career is over. Also: Danny Welbeck is set to get the nod ahead of Andy Carroll for England's Euro 2012 opener against France.
THE GUARDIAN: If it carries on the way it started, Euro 2012 will be an absolute cracker. For that we have to thank the players of Poland and Greece, who set aside the tradition of the safety-first stalemate with which major football tournaments so often begin and instead hurled themselves into a maelstrom of non-stop action
DAILY MIRROR: Roy Hodgson fears he will be forced into a massive gamble on John Terry's fitness. Also: Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off as Poland were held 1-1 in a row-packed Euro 2012 opener with Greece.
DAILY EXPRESS: Danny Welbeck is set to be entrusted with the task of spearheading England's attack against France at Euro 2012.
DAILY STAR: Joleon Lescott is nursing secret groin and knee problems - adding to England boss Roy Hodgson defensive woes. Also: Manchester United are poised to make Poland sensation Robert Lewandowski their second summer signing.
THE TIMES: Roy Hodgson will go on the attack today by launching a strong defence of his decision to omit Rio Ferdinand from his European Championship finals squad. Also: More of that, please. Not the Spanish referee with the card fetish, but the drama that set Euro 2012 off to a thrillingly unpredictable start yesterday.
DAILY MAIL: Danny Welbeck looks to have won the race to be England's centre forward when their Euro 2012 campaign begins against France on Monday. Also: Daniel Sturridge is set to be handed the centre forward role he craves at the London Olympics.
Manchester United are poised to make Poland sensation Robert Lewandowski their second summer signing.
Michael Laudrup has opened talks to become Swansea's new manager.
Newcastle are ready to reward Alan Pardew with a new contract.
Bayern Munich will table a £20million bid to take Edin Dzeko back to Germany - and Manchester City reckon that could prove the ace up their sleeve which sees Thomas Muller move in the opposite direction.
Tim Krul insists he is at Newcastle for the long haul.
Former Blues winger Jose Dominguez is after the vacant manager's job at Birmingham.
Sir Alex Ferguson is weighing up a £14million move for Dutch midfield enforcer Kevin Strootman, currently at PSV.
Roberto Di Matteo will be offered a one-year chance to prove himself as Chelsea manager.
Robin van Persie will hold the key to his future when he returns to Arsenal after the Euros - the Gunners will sell if it becomes clear the Dutchman is willing to force the issue.
Everton boss David Moyes is making a last-gasp bid to sign Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez before Southampton.
Jussi Jaaskelainen has agreed a two-year deal with West Ham.
Newcastle are pursuing Ajax left-back Vurnon Anita.
Celtic were hit with a hammer blow last night when it emerged Victor Wanyama wants to land a summer switch to England.
Cha Du-ri called time on his Celtic career yesterday by completing a free transfer to German Bundesliga new boys Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Celtic face fresh competition from Huddersfield for the signature of Ireland star Keith Andrews.
Sergejus Fedotovas admits Hearts already have a shortlist for the vacant manager's post - and hope to have Paulo Sergio's successor in place before pre-season training starts.
New Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is set to make a move for Leeds' Scotland star Robert Snodgrass.
Hibs target Paul Cairney is waiting by the phone to find out if his move to Easter Road is on. The Partick midfielder "would love" the chance to play for the "massive club".
Relegated Dunfermline have brought in three new signings - Arbroath midfield man Josh Falkingham, East Fife striker Ryan Wallace and Ayr midfielder Andy Geggan.
Stevie May is ready to pledge his future to St Johnstone.
Friends reunited: Jaaskelainen follows Big Sam to West Ham
Veteran keeper is staying in the Premier League after refusing a new deal with relegated Bolton that would have meant taking a pay-cut
Getting Hammered: Jaaskelainen's deal means he can celebrate staying in the top flight Getting Hammered: Jaaskelainen's deal means he can celebrate staying in the top flight
Jussi Jaaskelainen has agreed a two-year deal with old boss Sam Allardyce to join West Ham.
The veteran keeper has accepted terms after rejecting an offer to stay with current club Bolton on a reduced salary following their relegation to the Championship.
Allardyce picked Jaaskelainen ahead of Blackburn’s Paul Robinson as a replacement for England's Robert Green, whose contract ran out without an extension being agreed.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is now looking for Jaaskelainen’s successor.
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Amidst the torrent of rumours, there are a few deals that I think definitely could happen. In this article, I will focus on a few players who may less familiar to fans, and try to give an idea of the likeliness of us signing the player.
Nathan Mabi-Mavila – Wycombe Wanderers – Left Back. Who? I hear you ask. Don’t worry, I come with reassurance that this won’t be our flagship signing this summer. Sam Allardyce is clearly building for the future with this one, and the highly rated 16 year old has caught the attention of the West Ham scouts. After breaking into the Wycombe side last year, the youngster, who can play either left back, or in a more advanced position as a left midfielder, he has agreed terms, and will sign a contract subject to passing a medical. Rumour Rating – 10/10
Joselu – Real Madrid – Striker. Usually, at the first mention of “Real Madrid” in the same breath as”West Ham” is reason enough to ignore the rest of the sentence. But perhaps this is one to keep an eye for. The German born striker, who is just 21, seems fairly high on Allardyce’s wishlist, and has already been in contact with the Spanish champions. Initially a loan target, Real told us that they were only interested in a permanent deal, wishing to cash in on the youngster. Top scoring for the B team with 22 goals, he must be frustrated that he only made one appearance for the First Team, and scored a late goal after coming on as a substitute. You may also be surprised to hear that he is 6′ 3 and looks as if he could adapt to the English game. Don’t write this one off, especially considering we seem willing to meet Madrid’s valuation of £5mill for the player. Rumour Rating – 7/10
Claudio Yacob – Free Agent – Defensive Midfielder. This is another ambitious one, but an exciting one nonetheless. As a highly rated Argentine international (where have we heard that before?), he has caught the attention of top clubs such as Manchester United and Arsenal, but now it seems that West Ham are hot on his tail. If you believe some reports, we’ve even contacted him to offer him a deal. This could just be a rumour, but it does appear he is certainly a target, and after missing out on Mohamed Diame, he could be an excellent addition to bolster our midfield. Rumour Rating – 6/10
Chris Solly – Charlton Athletic – Full Back – Staying in the Npower Championship, we are keen to sign another promising defender in Chris Solly. The 21 year old is fully established as the main man in the Charlton defence, winning both the Player and Young Player of the season last year. After coming through the youth ranks at the South London club, and making 74 appearances for the first team, he may now be tempted to step up to the top flight by making the short journey across the river to East London. This deal is in its very early stages with no official approach having been made yet, but this is another one to watch out for. Rumour Rating- 6/10
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace – Winger. Perhaps the most well known name on this list, and one who I have mentioned before with regard to our exploits to sign him. We are at loggerheads with Palace, who seem to be staying firm on their valuation of him. Talks keep stalling, but reports suggest we are preparing to table a final offer for him, comprising of £5mill & a year loan deal for Sam Baldock. This does seem to fall short of their valuation of the player who want £8mill & Baldock on a permanent deal. (Credit to BP for that) Perhaps this fee is too large, but I distinctly remember his performance at Upton Park earlier in the year, in an otherwise dreadful match, he was the stand out player on the pitch, and Palace are understandably trying to hold out for as much money as possible. Rumour Rating – 4/10.
Robert Snodgrass – Leeds United – Winger. If we fail to pick up Zaha, don’t be surprised to see us turn our attentions to the talented Leeds winger. Although I am not a fan of his personality, there’s no doubting he has talent, and would be a great addition to our attacking side of our team. He is the sort of player who makes things happen, and if we are willing to spend a chunk of money (probably around £5mill) this could go somewhere. Rumour Rating – 6/10
I hope I’ve shed some light on the players who may not be household names, and those deals that are more likely than others to happen. Follow me at @tom29whu and let me know what you think of these deals.
While we’re all enjoying the Euros on TV, sat at home with our feet up, spare a thought for those scouts and football managers in overdrive, feverishly trying to secure their transfer targets ahead of next season. They’ll be hoping their Euro 2012 targets flop, so their value remains low, while also frantically negotiating deals with players who aren’t involved in Poland and Ukraine. Here, the Life’s A Pitch team assesses the likelihood that three transfer rumours will become realities this summer, giving each a mark out of 10. We’ve got Clint Dempsey’s proposed £4million move from Fulham to Liverpool, Arsenal’s interest in Barcelona misfit Ibrahim Afellay at £7.5million, and a mooted switch to West Ham for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
Former Arsenal player turned journalist Adrian Clarke would love to see Ibrahim Afellay at the Emirates, but suspects it’s highly unlikely. “Unless they sign him now, I can’t see it happening,” Clarke says. “He’s an integral part of the Holland side. He’s top quality, he’s going to have a good European Championships, I feel. And that £7.5million valuation could rocket. Plus the new Barcelona coach will probably see him in action for his country and say, ‘I fancy him too’. I don’t see much hope, sadly from the Gunners’ perspective, so I’ll give that one a four [out of 10].”
The reported £4million price tag on Fulham’s Clint Dempsey makes his move to Liverpool a safer bet, says Ian Ridley of the Daily Express. “It’s a good price, a very tempting price. The Liverpool owners will want Brendan Rodgers to get the best out of what is already there. They’ve paid a lot of money for the likes of [Andy] Carroll, [Stewart] Downing and so on. And I think that Rodgers will also want [Gylfi] Sigurðsson. But I wouldn’t rule out Dempsey, because he’s proven: he has scored goals and been a good, consistent player for a long time in the Premier League. I think that one should have a six.”
The likelihood of Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha moving across the capital to Premier League West Ham, however, is almost non-existent, says The People’s Janine Self. “It doesn’t make sense to me. He’s 19, he’s playing every week in the Championship, he’s getting a fantastic football education. I’m sure there will be proper big clubs after him. West Ham? Would he want to swap attrition for stardom in the Championship? I would say three.”
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