Wednesday, May 28

Daily WHUFC News - 28th May 2014

Junior Ladies claim League Cup
West Ham United Ladies U13s rounded off a successful season with victory in
the Essex County League Cup

West Ham United Ladies Under-13s ended their season in style to lift the
Essex County League Cup. The Hammers gave an outstanding performance to put
league champions Great Danes to the sword by a commanding 5-1 scoreline. The
Danes had only been defeated once all season, but they had no answer to West
Ham on the afternoon, who started at a great pace and struck first through
Amber Denton. West Ham continued to push their opponents back with wave
after wave of attacks, and although Great Danes held out at 1-0 until the
break, it was not long after half time that West Ham really took control.
Kelly Wealthall crashed home her first of the game, and that was swiftly
follwed by a goal from Maddie O'Connor. The Danes profited from a breakdown
in communication in the Hammers' backline to pull one back but West Ham kept
their foot on the pedal and Hannah Landen's great individual goal restored
the three-goal advantage. Wealthall then capped off a fine goalscoring
season by notching the fifth to ensure the Hammers would retain their cup.
As this season comes to a close the Ladies' junior section will be looking
for new players, with trials being held on 8 June. Anyone interested in
attending trials should see the below details:

Trials age banding
Under 11 - school years 5 & 6
Under 13 - school years 7 & 8
Under 15 - school years 9 & 10
Under 18 - school years 11, 12 & 13

Trials will be held at West Ham United Community Ground at Beckton on 8 June
2014. For full details contact Lea Hodges at

West Ham to land Mauro Zarate on a free transfer
Filed: Tuesday, 27th May 2014
By: Staff Writer

Velez Sarsfield have confirmed that West Ham's interest in Mauro Zarate has
triggered a release clause in his contract. According to the Argentine club
tonight [Tuesday], Zarate's contract with Velez included a clause whereby he
would be released from his contract should a foreign club wish to sign him.
This was confirmed in a statement on their website in which Sarsfield
confirmed that Zarate had been officially released last week having waived
any fees that were due to him. The 27-year-old forward will also make a
substantial contribution to a new sports centre. "Last Friday, the contract
that bound Mauro Zarate with Velez Sarsfield was terminated by mutual
agreement," read the press release. "This possibility was included in the
contract providing that the player received an offer from abroad. "Mauro
Zarate has agreed to waive all remuneration obligations Velez had with him.
As further evidence of the feeling he has towards the club, he has promised
to make a significant donation to a new gym for amateur football being built
in the Olympic Village. "Gestures like this should be highlighted and
remembered always. It is not common for a football idol to actually play for
love of the shirt. For all this, thank you very much Mauro."

Whilst this is potentially good news for West Ham, who could now land Zarate
for nothing, it could alert other Premier League clubs as to his
availability should the move hit a snag.

Transfer latest: Tuesday
Filed: Tuesday, 27th May 2014
By: Staff Writer

Argentinian forward Mauro Zarate is expected to complete a medical ahead of
his move to West Ham today. The 27-year-old Velez Sarsfield striker jetted
into London yesterday ahead of talks and a medical, which is taking place

* Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has been linked with a move to the Premier
League by the Mail with West Ham, Swansea and Sunderland all said to be
keeping tabs on his situation.

Gomis, 28, currently plies his trade in Ligue 1 with Lyon and is out of
contract next month. The striker, who had also been referred to as 'Baby
Drogba' has represented France on 12 occasions and hit 17 goals for Lyon
last season.

* Gareth Barry is said to be a target of Sam Allardyce's by the Daily Mail.
Released by Manchester City at the end of the 2013/14 season, the
33-year-old former England international is also reported to be interesting
Arsenal and Everton, where he spent last season on loan.

West Ham are reported to be willing to offer Barry up to £65,000 per week in
order to beat off the competition. The Mail's scattergun approach has also
linked West Ham with a move for perennial favourites Martin Olsson of
Norwich, Demba Ba (Chelsea), Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hertha Berlin) and
Joleon Lescott (Man City) today.

* A deal to sign Milan's teenage striker M'Baye Niang may have been agreed
between the two clubs, but the player himself is not rushing to secure his
immediate future. Having been deluged with messages all week after news of
his potential move to London was revealed, 19-year-old Niang took to Twitter
in order to address the queries.

However Hammers fans hoping for positive news were left disappointed when
the player simply posted: "I'm on vacation so the man to contact is my agent
Stephane Courbis thanks !!"

* Harry Redknapp is keen to sign Ravel Morrison on a permanent basis,
according to the Daily Mirror. Although Morrison was left our of QPR's
Wembley team for their 1-0 Championship play-off final win over Derby last
weekend - and despite rumours suggesting the pair had fallen out - the
Mirror insist that the Rangers boss is keen to do a deal.

Morrison spent just over four months on loan at Loftus Road, scoring six
goals in 17 appearances.

* Valencia's Argentinian midfielder Ever Banega is siad to be eyeing a move
to the Premier League by a number of sources. The 25-year-old fell out with
the Spanish club last season and spent the latter half of the campaign back
in Argentina on loan with Newell's Old Boys.

Banega's English representative Jonathan Hope told SSN: "We have had immense
interest. I can confirm I am personally speaking to two clubs who have
expressed real intent in capturing the player. He is top quality and is
still only 25; I believe he would be a major success in the Premier League."

By Sean Whetstone 27 May 2014 at 18:53
West Ham Till I Die

Everton's chief scout Tony Henry is poised to be named as West Ham's new
Director of recruitment. Henry has overseen player recruitment at Goodison
Park in recent times as they have moved to a stylish brand of football under
Roberto Martinez. Henry used to work as an agent with Paul Stretford's
Formation Group and helped Super agent Jorge Mendes to establish links in
England. Jorge Mendes represents Cristiano Ronaldo so who knows what targets
he could have lined up for his good mate Tony Henry if he comes to East

By S J Chandos 27 May 2014 at 12:00
West Ham Till I Die

There were various news reports yesterday that West Ham were seeking to
trump the likes of Arsenal and Everton, by offering Gareth Barry a
substantial c.£65,000 a week, two year, Bosman deal for his services. If you
believe the reports, Roberto Martinez and Arsene Wenger, have offered the 33
year old midfield veteran deals somewhere in the region of £50,000 per week.
Now, Barry had a very good season last campaign on loan at Everton, playing
a midfield anchor role, but would West Ham really offer such a lucrative
deal? Moreover, does this deal fit in with the new alleged age profile
recently specified by David Sullivan for our summer transfer business (i.e.
19 to 27 years maximum)?

Elsewhere, the club have also been linked with deals for a number of other
players. Amongst these, is an alleged £4m move for Almeria's attacking
midfielder, Aleix Vidal, who played a key role in his club avoiding
relegation in 2013-14. However, a number of Spanish clubs are also allegedly
interested in acquiring the player, including Seville and Villareal. So,
there is likely to be significant competition for the player's signature.
Another link has emerged with Anderlecht's 6ft 4 inch centre-back/defensive
midfielder, Cheikhou Kouyate, who is an international team mate of Mo Diame.
One can only hope that this interest is true, as Kouyate is undoubtedly a
major talent in the making.

There has been no further reported progress in the loan deal with AC Milan
for M'Baye Niang. The last reports were that the loan fee had been agreed
with AC Milan and it was now just a matter of the player agreeing to the
move. Significantly, West Ham are reported to have included an option for a
£5m permanent deal if the player impresses during his loan period. We need
to keep a watching brief on that one. While, both the Hammers and Spurs have
been linked with a move for Leyton Orient's powerful and pacy winger, Moses
Odubajo. If there is concrete interest from either club, they are likely to
encounter initial resistance from Orient, who have expressed their
determination to retain the 20 year old prospect. However, with Odubjo's
current deal allegedly expiring at the end of 2014-15, the Division One club
may be forced to cash in this summer, if they cannot agree a contract
extension with the player.

Finally, we are also reportedly in direct competition with Swansea City,
Newcastle Utd and Sunderland for the signature of powerful Lyons striker,
Bafetimboi Gomis. The 28 year old has scored 70 goals in 186 matches for the
French club and is available on a Bosman deal this summer. Whoever closes a
deal will have secured a very good striker, but could that be West Ham? Or
does the aforementioned age criteria rule out our interest? We shall see. A
possible alternative is Hertha Berlin's Pierre-Micheal Lasogga, who could
arrive on loan, with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

SJ. Chandos.

By Sean Whetstone 27 May 2014 at 09:08
West Ham Till I Die

Teddy Sheringham has confirmed he has been approach as part time attacking
coach. Speaking to the Daily Mirror Teddy said:

"I spoke to Sam and asked for a few days to think it over. It certainly
appeals. The job is on a part-time basis, a couple of days a week and I'll
be on the bench for home games.The club is not far from me and one for which
I have a lot of affection. I really enjoyed my time there. It is also a
chance for me to experience the coaching side of the game, something I have
never really done before. I would enjoy working with the front players."
The Daily Mirror claim Sheringham is going to Ireland to get his coaching
badges on a two-week course.

Teddy Sheringham was previously bought to West Ham by Alan Pardew in 2004.
He played 76 times for the hammers netting 28 goals in three years. We will
try to forget he started his career at Millwall and had two spells at Spurs.
In another sign Teddy is being lined up as attacking coach was a surprise
interview on West Ham's official site backing the manager.

Teddy said

"I've spoken to a lot of the players at West Ham and they love Sam. That's
the main thing – that the players are responding to the manager.A lot of
times when you're struggling down the bottom, the players say things like
'I'm not having the manager' and all that. When the players openly say he's
good to play for and he looks after you, that's half the battle."
What has surprised me is this hyped role is part time just two days per week
according to Sheringham and the coach will be on the bench for home games
only. Rumours that they do not want Teddy starting up his old Poker card
school on the coach to away grounds are completely unfounded. After leaving
West Ham Sheringham won several hundred thousand pounds playing the
professional poker circuit including two world series of poker.


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