Tuesday, May 27

Daily WHUFC News - 27th May 2014

On this day - 27 May
A South African Hammer became the first from his nation to turn out for his country today in 2010

Classic match
South Africa 2-1 Colombia
International Match
27 May 2010
Benni McCarthy became the first West Ham United player to represent South Africa when he came off the bench in their 2-1 win over Colombia four years ago today. The Bafana Bafana were preparing to host the FIFA World Cup the following month when they welcomed their South American opponents, and it was the home support who would be happier at the end of the 90 minutes. It was a game of three penalties, with successful conversions from Teko Modise and Katlego Mphela cancelling our Giovanni Moreno's spot kick leveller, McCarthy, who played eleven league games for the Hammers, won 80 caps for his country in a distinguished career, but missed out on final selection for that year's World Cup.

Cole thanks Hammers fans
Joe Cole has thanked the Claret and Blue Army for their support on his departure from West Ham United

Joe Cole has thanked the Claret and Blue Army for their support on his departure from West Ham United. The midfielder will leave the Boleyn Ground for a second time when his contract expires on 30 June, having made 37 appearances and scored five goals since rejoining the Club in January 2013. Now 32, the Academy graduate and former Hammer of the Year, FA Youth Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup winner became a firm favourite among West Ham fans after emerging as a teenager in the late 1990s. After spells with Chelsea, Liverpool and French side Lille, Cole returned to east London 18 months ago and has contributed to West Ham re-establishing themselves in the Barclays Premier League during that period. Throughout both spells at the Club, Cole has enjoyed an outstanding relationship with the backroom staff, his team-mates and supporters due to his outstanding talent, professionalism and engaging character. As he prepares for the next chapter in a career that saw him earn 56 England caps and represent his country and four major tournaments, the midfielder found time to thank the Club where he learnt his trade. "It's a great Club," said Cole. "Returning West Ham, it was a fantastic opportunity to play for the Club again. We finished 13th this year and we'd have liked to have finished higher, but we move on and hopefully next season they'll continue to keep their place in the Premier League and move onto a top-ten finish. "Every day is great to play and train at West Ham. It was a pleasure to play with the lads and I can't thank them enough, they were fantastic. "The fans are always great with me and I wish them all the best for the future."

West Ham United would like to thank Joe for his outstanding contribution to the Club and wish him all the very best for the future.

Transfer latest: Monday
Filed: Monday, 26th May 2014
By: Staff Writer

Although the vast majority of players and managers are now on their holidays, the transfer rumour mill is in full swing...

* The Daily Mail are linking West Ham with a move for Almeria attacking midfielder Aleix Vidal. Born in Catalonia, the 24-year-old made 38 appearances for the Andalusia-based club in the 2013/14 season, helping them narrowly avoid relegation from the Primera Liga (by a single point).

According to the tabloid, West Ham are considering making a £4million bid for Vidal, who is also said to be interesting a number of La Liga clubs including Seville and Villareal.

* Another name to emerge from this weekend's transfer tombola is Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate. Still only 23, the 6'4" international team mate of Mo Diame's is said to have plenty of potential Premier League suitors, one of which is West Ham.

Kouyate has been in Belgium since the age of 16 when he was signed by Brussels before joining their Pro-League rivals Anderlecht. Although primarily a centre half, he has also operated in midfield for his country.

* There are no updates to report on the situation with Milan striker M'Baye Niang, who is currently on holiday despite a loan fee for the 19-year-old being agreed between the Italian club and West Ham.

AC and the Hammers have agreed a €300,000 loan fee for the 2014/15 campaign with view to a permanent €5million transfer at the end of the season, should all parties agree.

* On the coaching side, it has being reported that former West Ham striker Teddy Sheringham has been offered the newly-created position as attacking coach. Sheringham, who spent threee seasons at West Ham as a player has no notable coaching experience but is lining up a crash course ahead of potentially taking the part-time role.

* Although no transfers are complete as of yet, co-owner David Sullivan's son Jack - who has long been charged with breaking West Ham transfer news - posted a message via Twitter last night stating: "We have not signed any deals with any players yet but in the next 7-10 days, 1 or 2 players will be signed hopefully".

Zarate arrives in 'beautiful' London
Filed: Monday, 26th May 2014
By: Staff Writer

Mauro Zarate has arrived in London ahead of talks with West Ham United over a permanent move. As previously revealed here on KUMB, a deal to bring the 27-year-old forward to England was agreed with Zarate's current club Velez Sarsfield last week. Earlier this morning, the 5'10" Argentinian flew into the UK from where he will be heading for talks with the club. Expected to be involved in those discussions is David Sullivan, who first signed Zarate for Birmingham City six years ago. The player himself was in a positive mood; speaking to SSN following his arrival in the country, Zarate said: "It's a new chance for me at West Ham. They were the first team to call me and I want to play [for them]."

And asked whether he had spoken with West Ham's former Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez, he replied: "Yes, a little bit. The city, the training ground - all is good. It's beautiful."

Zarate played 18 times for Birmingham City whilst on loan in 2008 when the club was still owned by West Ham's current owners. After the 2008/09 season ended he spent the next four years in Italy with Lazio and Inter before returning to Velez Sarsfield in 2013, the Argentinian club with whom he started his professional career back in 2004. Zarate's goals helped Sarsfield to a third place finish in this season's Tourneo Inicial and sixth spot in the Torneo Final. He ended the season as the Primera A's top goalscorer with 18 goals to his name from just 28 appearances.

Argentina's Mauro Zarate excited about West Ham move
Last Updated: 26/05/14 10:17am

Former Birmingham City striker Mauro Zarate admits he is desperate to sign for West Ham United after jetting in from Argentina to complete a proposed move from Velez Sarsfield. The 27-year-old was in prolific form for Buenos Aires-based Velez Sarsfield, finishing the season as the Primera Divison's top scorer with 13 goals, four more than closest rival Guido Carillo of Estudiantes. And the former Lazio and Inter Milan forward revealed he is excited about following in the footsteps of compatriots Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano ahead of his imminent move to West Ham. "Yes," Zarate told Sky Sports News when asked if he had agreed terms on a three-year contract with West Ham. "It's a new chance for me. West Ham called me. They are a fierce team and now I think I want to play (there)." When asked if he had spoken to Tevez and Mascherano ahead of his proposed move, he added: "Yes a little bit. Now we will talk (with West Ham's owners) and maybe I will sign." Zarate scored four goals in 14 appearances during his last stint in England - a loan move to Birmingham from Qatari side Al Sadd. Current West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan were in charge at St Andrew's during Zarate's spell with Birmingham. A source told Sky Sports: "Mauro is very excited about a move to England. "He enjoyed his spell last time with Birmingham and is ready to play in the Premier League again."

West Ham join Everton and Arsenal in race to land Gareth Barry
Daily Express
Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

WEST HAM have joined the race to sign free agent midfielder Gareth Barry. The 33-year-old has offers from Everton and Arsenal, but the Hammers are putting together improved terms over a two-year deal. Everton have offered Barry about £50,000 a week, while Arsenal's deal is similar, but Barry knows his playing opportunities would be more limited at the Emirates.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp wants to sign Ravel Morrison on a permanent deal
May 26, 2014 22:30 By John Cross
The Mirror

Harry Redknapp wants Ravel Morrison on a permanent basis. QPR boss Redknapp is targeting the West Ham midfielder, who he had on loan as one of his first signings following promotion to the Premier League. The future for Morrison, 21, is still uncertain after his fall-out with Sam Allardyce at West Ham and he was shipped out on loan to boost QPR's promotion push. West Ham may still want the ex-Manchester United trainee to be integrated back into Allardyce's long-term plans. But QPR believe they can pounce on the uncertainty with Redknapp an admirer of the England Under-21 starlet's skill and potential. And QPR are determined to try to bolster their squad on a budget with the likes of Rob Green and Bobby Zamora out of contract this summer.

Legend Parkes out of hospital after cancer op
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on May 26, 2014 in Whispers
Claret & HUGH

Big Phil Parkes is out of hospital and recovering at home after surgery for bowel cancer. But the club's legendary keeper is waiting for the start of the season with as much enthusiasm as the outcome of his final health tests! He said: "I came out on Saturday evening and I have to go back to the hospital in two weeks to ensure there was no spread of the cancer and then I have the final checks two weeks to a month after that. "The surgeons are very confident that all is well and I'm starting to feeling a little stronger although I was rough for several days. "I know there's been a lot of goodwill towards me out there and I am very grateful to everybody who passed on their good wishes through the ClaretandHugh website." Despite facing a massive operation 'Parksie' has been keeping abreast with developments at the Boleyn. He said: "It's all very interesting isn't it? There's been plenty going on and we all have our own opinions on it all.
"Personally, I can't wait for the start of the season – it's going to be fascinating watching how things work out."

West Ham offer Gareth Barry big bucks in bid to pip Everton and Arsenal to free agent
Gareth Barry is wanted by host of Premier League clubs but West Ham are ready to trump them with £65,000 a week offer
Daily Mail
PUBLISHED: 14:55, 26 May 2014 | UPDATED: 16:41, 26 May 2014

West Ham have joined the race to sign free agent midfielder Gareth Barry. The 33-year-old has offers from Everton and Arsenal but the Upton Park club are trying to improved terms over a two-year deal. Everton have offered Barry around £50,000 a week while Arsenal's is similar but Barry knows his playing opportunities would be more limited at The Emirates. West Ham are looking to push closer to £65,000 a week and would offer regular football. Barry has been a roaring success at Goodison Park in his anchor midfield role and Roberto Martinez wants him to continue aiding the younger players in the squad to develop. However, their concern that Barry could move elsewhere is reflected in the fact they are exploring potential deals with other players. West Ham are understood to be considering bringing in former Everton chief scout Tony Henry as part of a revamp on recruitment. Henry used to work as an agent with Paul Stretford's Formation Group and helped Jorge Mendes to establish links in England. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is also interested in Joleon Lescott and is looking at a possible deal for Martin Olsson at Norwich. He will find out later today if Mauro Zarate has signed his three-year contract after arriving to finalise his move from from Velez Sarsfield. Chelsea's Demba Ba is still of interest to West Ham although he has an offer from Besiktas.



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