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#AskDS: in summary


Filed: Friday, 25th July 2014
By: Staff Writer


For the second successive summer, co-owner David Sullivan took to Twitter to answer fans' questions regarding West Ham United.

You may read a summary of the questions and answers below. Last year's #askDS questions and answers may be found here.


The Academy

@DICEY1972: Why are our top young players signing for Arsenal and Man Utd?

DS: Sadly they are offered crazy wages by clubs far richer than us, but we are working on reversing this trend.

@Dazzairons: what's the future of Oscar Borg and Reece Oxford?

DS: Oscar Borg has turned down a contract but Reece Oxford is only 15 and we hope he will be a West Ham United player for many years to come.

@RioHoye: Will youth be given a proper first team chance this year? E.g Lee, Chambers, Potts and Lletget?

DS: The manager picks the team, not me, but I believe in youth development.

@RioHoye: Which youth player do you think is most likely to break into the first team?

DS: I think it would be wrong for me to say.

@FatSamOut: Will Elliot Lee ever be given a chance?

DS: Yes.


Transfers

@hands_lee: How many more players are you bringing in?

DS: Two more, unless someone leaves.

@MitchellClark: Will we be signing any other full backs this summer?

DS: We hope to sign one more full back as we are short in that position.

@Lewis_PM: Do you expect us to sign any players other than a full back?

DS: Yes. Another striker.

@Adam16WHU: When do we expect Enner Valencia to sign?

DS: He has signed, but it is subject to a work permit on the 29th.

@FatSamOut: Any chance of the Enner Valencia deal falling through?

DS: The deal is done subject to a work permit, but we are very very optimistic.

@daviesconnor43: Was Enner Valencia scouted before the World Cup and are you confident he will justify such a hefty fee?

DS: Yes. We've scouted Valencia since January.

@maggs10: Why not try and sign a proven Premier League goalscorer who isn't injury prone?

DS: Bony is 19million and we don't have that sort of money. I wanted him a year ago but no one else at the club did!

@Stef_Goodridge: Has a new contract been offered to Ravel Morrison?

DS: Discussions are ongoing with Ravel and his agents.

@ironviews: Do you expect Diego Poyet to feature heavily next season?

DS: It is the managers choice, not mine, but I think Diego is a fantastic player for the future.

@spencerb222: Is there any chance that Andy Carroll will be sold? If so, who would you like as his replacement?

DS: No, but I will update regarding AC at the end.

@_sportscoverage: Is it true Jussi Jaaskelainen has asked for a transfer away from the club?

DS: No, this is false.

@_CarltonCole9: Is Stephen Henderson still alive?

DS: His contact has been terminated and he's going to Charlton.

@FatSamOut: Jenkinson, Shelvey, Rhodes IN, Nolan + Carroll OUT.

DS: I cannot comment on players at other clubs as it is deemed "tapping up".


Merchandise & Marketing

@Terry78WHU: How much will you be hiking season ticket prices in the final season at the Boleyn?

DS: Hopefully prices won't rise at all.

@whusmudge: Will fans ever be able to buy the replica kits in sports shops like other teams' fans?

DS: We hope that will be the case next season.

@LBritainGooner: Are we going to have a pre-season game in the far-east in next few years? Like China?

DS: It's unlikely, but I would love to spread west ham to Asia, USA and everywhere In between.

@WHU_MR2013: Which country are we likely to visit for pre season next season?

DS: USA.

@Gavlar_04: Will fans both from the UK and abroad (I live in Ireland) ever be able to buy shares in the club?

DS: Possibly at some time In the future.

@grahamwhu: How come your loyal season ticket holders no longer get the 10 per cent Adidas discount?

DS: We work on tiny margins on the kit and it is almost not viable with this discount, but we will do special discount days for season ticket holders.


Next Season

@sewellyboyx: What is the expectation for the coming season?

DS: A top-half finish and a cup run.

@sewellyboyx: Are we actually going to play a more expansive style of football next season or have the fans been lied to?

DS: [re-tweeted, reply left blank]


Miscellaneous

@MarkHarrison23: Who is better - Benni McCarthy, Modibo Maiga or Frederic Piquionne?

DS: I think Maiga, because when his head is right he is one hell of a player eg Southampton at home and Spurs in the Cup.

@Tweet_Trist: Can I have your hat that makes you look Russian pls ;)

DS: No - that is my lucky hat because it was a Christmas present from my family!

@JonjoHeuerman: What did you want to be when you were my age ?

DS: A footballer or a boxer, but when I was 15 I realised this wasn't going to happen!

@Adoodledude: Who is your favourite player who doesn't play for West Ham?

DS: Ronaldo, as he has the same birthday as me and I think he is the best player in the world.

@levi_whufc: Apparently you support Grimsby Town, is this true?

DS: No. I have no affiliation with Grimsby.

@rossihammer78: How about a Q&S with our dopey deluded manager next time? It seems he's untouchable.

DS: We will try and arrange it, as well as a fans forum!

@MCjingle: Indian or Chinese food?

DS: Neither, I like fish and chips and pie and mash!

@Daveyboymarra: Will there ever be any boxing events at Upton Park?

DS: I hope so as I love boxing and just lost out on the Chisora v Fury fight.

@Hammer197952: Are we ever going to have a state of the art training facility?

DS: [re-tweeted, reply left blank]

@Andrew_whufc: Do you miss this man [picture of Avram Grant]?

DS: Avram is the nicest man but unfortunately failed to delivery as a manager at West Ham.


And some of the questions that remained unanswered...

@slippery101: How do you justify having the fourth most expensive season ticket prices in the Premier League?

@FatSamOut: Why are ticket prices the fourth highest in the Prem, when we play the worst football?

@JackDaley8: @jsullivanwhu How are we funding the current transfers? TV money or further personal investment from David Gold and yourself?

@DaveGrantWHU: Would you consider selling the club? Do you think we have a chance of being the next Man City?

@ironsjack: Are there any updates on further potential investment into the club i.e the purchase of the C&B holding shares?

@c0xy1988: Can you put people's minds at rest? how much DID we pay for Valencia?

@da_ledi: Why did we stop pursuing Konoplyanka?

@glenngal: Any word on Diame's contract offer?

@RealBarno: Why is Allardyce wanting more money than most of Europe's top managers, for doing a below average job?

@bennett1984: Do you enjoy watching the football Sam serves up week in, week out?

@Hodgo88: Not one question answered on Nolan. Is he undroppable?

@MrTwisticles: Have you looked into our medical staff? Players appear to be getting injured far too frequently.

@whu_sam: Would we consider Paolo Di Canio back to the club as manager or in another position?

@deanhall8: Why can't we sell our tickets back to the club if we can't make a game, even if its not sold out to help fans financially?

@WHUnited91: View on the new cartoon badge that fans supposedly voted in?

@whuscott: Will season ticket prices be lowered significantly after the move to the Olympic Stadium?

@BayJayZus: I have always supported the OS move but I am getting increasingly frustrated at the lack of updates. Why is this?

@sam_whufc_1991: Would the club be willing to look into safe standing for the Olympic Stadium?

@DamianADavis: Why were none of the questions about the Olympic stadium answered?





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