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Daily WHUFC News - 29th May 2014

Zarate signs
West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of prolific Argentine
forward Mauro Zarate

West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of prolific Argentine
forward Mauro Zarate. The gifted Zarate, who becomes the Hammers' first
summer capture, will join the Club on a three-year contract with a further
one-year option from Velez Sarsfield when the international transfer window
opens next month. The 27-year-old arrives at the Boleyn Ground having
enjoyed a prolific season in his homeland, where he finished as leading
scorer in the Primera Division Torneo Final with 13 goals in 19 appearances,
and 20 in 35 in all competitions A skilful attacker capable of playing in a
centre forward or withdrawn role and scoring spectacular goals, the
Haedo-born player also numbers Birmingham City and Italian giants Lazio and
Internazionale among his former clubs.
Having returned for a second spell in the Premier League, Zarate wants to
show West Ham fans exactly what he can do.

"My reaction is that I am very happy to be at West Ham," said the forward,
who becomes the fourth Argentine to represent the Club following Lionel
Scaloni, Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tévez. "This is a new chance for me
and I want to play. "I think I played well for Velez this season and that
was important for me. I had some good team-mates and they helped to make it
a fantastic season for me. "If you ask me what I can bring to the squad then
I say I hope I will bring goals! I will also bring dribbling skills and
other attacking qualities. "West Ham is a very important Club and we know
all about them and the Premier League in Argentina. This Club is a beautiful
Club. I know English football from my time at Birmingham and I hope I will
play well and reach the highest possible level."

After a fantastic season in his homeland, Zarate has big ambitions for his
new Club. "My aim is come here and do my best in order to help the Club to
climb as high as possible in the table and to reach European competition
again." Looking back at the new boy's career, Zarate joined Velez Sarsfield
as a schoolboy, making his debut against Arsenal de Sarandi in April 2004,
just a month past his 17th birthday. Strong, skilful and blessed with a low
centre of gravity, he quickly established himself in the El Fortín forward
line, scoring 47 goals in 135 appearances in all competitions. He won the
Argentine Primera Division Clausura title in 2005 and was top goalscorer in
the Apertura championship in 2006. Zarate joined Qatari side Al-Sadd in
summer 2007 before moving to Birmingham City in January of the following
year. At St Andrews, he netted four goals in 14 Premier League games.

The forward moved to Lazio, where he quickly enamoured himself by scoring
twice on his full debut at Cagliari and again on his home debut against
Sampdoria. In three seasons at the Stadio Olimpico, he netted 33 times in
119 appearances in all competitions. Summer 2011 saw Zarate move to
Internazionale, where he spent 18 months before moving back to first club
Velez Sarsfield in July 2013. At international level, he helped Argentina
win the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007, partnering Manchester City's Sergio
Aguero and scoring the winning goal in the final victory over Czech
Republic. "I speak with Sergio always and he told me to come to England
because it is the football for me," added Zarate, who will report for
pre-season training with his new team-mates on 3 July.

'It's a big summer ahead'
Martin Allen is looking forward to seeing how West Ham United strengthen
ahead of the 2014/15 season

As a man who has managed in four different divisions and never suffered the
pain of relegation, Martin Allen knows a thing or two about the challenges
of leading a football team. The former West Ham United midfielder has taken
charge of Brentford, MK Dons, Leicester City, Cheltenham Town, Notts County,
Gillingham and - on four occasions - Barnet, where he is currently the head
coach. Now 48, Allen knows both West Ham and his old Club's own manager, Sam
Allardyce, well, and has respect for what both have achieved over the past
three seasons. Following promotion at the first attempt in 2012, Big Sam has
stabilised the Hammers in the Barclays Premier League - despite having to
contend a horrendous succession of injuries last season - and is planning to
build on that base next term.

"It was always going to be a tough season. People seem to forget that that
West Ham only came out of the Championship just two years ago and everything
doesn't happen overnight," said Allen, who gained two promotions and endured
one relegation during his seven years at the Boleyn Ground between 1989 and
1995. "They need time to establish themselves. The big boys are getting
stronger and being able to spend more money. West Ham finished 13th in the
Premier League the season just gone, in the middle section. It was a tough
season with a difficult patch in the middle but, overall, I would say it was
successful in terms of what was needed to be done. "Sam has done exactly
what was needed to be done - Getting promotion at the first time of asking,
which is difficult enough, and now two full seasons in the Premier League,
with the second season always proving to be difficult for promoted teams."

Both Big Sam and the Board have stated their intention to make West Ham are
more entertaining, exciting and attacking proposition for their opponents to
deal with in 2014/15 - an approach welcomed by the man christened 'Mad Dog'
by the Claret and Blue Army for his own aggressive style. "There was a time
at Christmas and just after when it was particularly difficult, where the
first-choice back four was missing," reflected Allen. "They still went out
there and were competitive, while there are always going to be ups and downs
throughout the season in the Premier League and overall. "I would think the
owners would be happy - perhaps they would be chatting to the manager about
they can play more passing football but, as we all know, it costs money.
Maybe we need some strengthening in midfield but, that sort of player costs
a lot of money. These are things you have to look at. It's a big summer

In summary, Allen believes West Ham need to adopt a balanced approach to
their third season back in the Barclays Premier League, with excitement and
attacking flair coupled with pragmatism and defensive resilience. Should the
Hammers strike that balance, the man who has managed more than 400 matches
in senior football says the fans who still sing his name will be cheering
for their current heroes more often than not. "Fans on the whole back the
team, of course they do, while you will always get those who follow what a
group of them are saying after a game where the team has not played
particularly well - it happens at all levels, from the top to the bottom.
Likewise, there are games when you are the manager standing in that
technical area and you can't believe what you are watching. "As a manager,
you have to be patient, but it's not the society we live in these days,
while you also have the pressure from the media.
"The team has to be in the Premier League for the move to the Olympic
Stadium - it's a great and big step for everybody connected to the Club. The
die-hard football fans you have at West Ham know there is this big journey
ahead, moving from a stadium that is rich in history to a new stadium. For
me, there is no one better to deal with making that transition and all of
that and to lead the team through it than Sam."

Mauro Zarate signs for Hammers from Argentina

West Ham have signed Argentine forward Mauro Zarate on a three-year contract
from Velez Sarsfield. The 27-year-old will join with a further one-year
option when the international transfer window opens next month. The former
Lazio forward scored four goals while on loan for Birmingham in the Premier
League in 2008. He said: "I hope I will bring goals to the squad. I will
also bring dribbling skills and other attacking qualities." He was top
scorer in Argentina last season with 20 goals in 35 matches in all
competitions. "West Ham is a very important club and we know all about them
and the Premier League in Argentina," Zarate added. "This club is a
beautiful club. I know English football from my time at Birmingham and I
hope I will play well and reach the highest possible level. "My aim is come
here and do my best in order to help the club to climb as high as possible
in the table and to reach European competition again." Zarate returns to the
Premier League on top form, although his successful second stint at his
first club Velez Sarsfield followed a controversial four-year spell at
Lazio. In 2010, while serving a two-match suspension at the Biancocelesti
for insulting a referee, he was photographed giving a fascist salute amid
the 'Ultras' section of fans. Zarate's spokesperson later claimed the player
was unaware of the significance of his actions. And in April last year,
Zarate was spotted on holiday in the Maldives when he was supposed to be in
Argentina receiving medical treatment. At the time he was not training with
Lazio's first team because of persistent disciplinary issues.

Mauro Zarate signs three-year deal with West Ham
Filed: Wednesday, 28th May 2014
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United have completed the signing of Argentinian forward Mauro
Zarate. The 27-year-old has joined West Ham on a three-year contract with an
option for an extra year, according to club sources this afternoon. KUMB
reported on Monday that Zarate had arrived in London ahead of a move to West
Ham, after his club, Velez Sarsfield, released him from his contract due to
a clause that enabled him to be freed should a foreign club wish to sign
him. The former Lazio and Inter striker returns to English shores after six
years having first played in this country for Birmingham City in 2008, when
the club was owned by West Ham's current owners David Gold and David
Sullivan. Sullivan, who recently expressed a desire for a greater
involvement in the club's transfers is believed to have taken a lead role in
the deal. Zarate's stock had fallen in recent years after a loan spell at
Milan failed to bear fruit. That followed an initially successful spell with
Lazio, for whom he made more than 100 appearances. In July 2013 he returned
to Sarsfield, the Argentinian club with whom he started his professional
career back in 2004. Zarate's goals helped Velez 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.

Mauro Zarate passes medical ahead of West Ham move
By Emma Webb | Last Updated: 28/05/14 5:10pm

Sky sources understand that Mauro Zarate has passed a medical ahead of his
move to West Ham. The 27-year-old forward, currently playing for Velez
Sarsfield in Argentina, confirmed this week that terms for a three-year
contract at the East London club had been agreed. Zarate finished the
2013/14 season as the Primera Divison's top scorer with 13 goals. No
stranger to the Premier League, Zarate scored four goals in 14 appearances
on loan at Birmingham City in 2008 when current West Ham owners David Gold
and David Sullivan were in charge there. Zarate told Sky Sports News earlier
this week: "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)."

Teddy Sheringham returns to West Ham in coaching role
Last Updated: 28/05/14 8:57pm

Former England striker Teddy Sheringham has agreed to join West Ham in a
coaching role. Sky Sports News understands that Sheringham - who spent three
years as a player at Upton Park between 2004 and 2007 - will return to the
club on a non-contract basis. West Ham are yet to confirm his arrival, but
on Wednesday evening Hammers striker Carlton Cole tweeted: "Great news that
Teddy Sheringham has joined us." Sheringham, who scored 30 goals for West
Ham in just 49 appearances, will work with the club's attacking players. The
Hammers struggled to score goals last season, managing just 40 in 38 Premier
League matches. Their top scorer in the league was midfielder Kevin Nolan,
with seven, with their top-scoring striker Carlton Cole with just six. Boss
Sam Allardyce incurred the wrath of the supporters, who accused him of
employing a negative, long-ball style.

Mauro Zarate completes move to West Ham
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @graemebailey | Last Updated: 28/05/14 10:07pm

Mauro Zarate has completed his move to West Ham United, after signing a
three-year deal. Sky Sports revealed West Ham's move for Zarate earlier this
month, and he arrived over the weekend to finalise the deal. The 27-year-old
has now passed his medical and put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal which
also has an option to extend it. The move is Zarate's second to England
having spent time on loan at Birmingham City in 2008 and he is delighted to
be at Upton Park. "My reaction is that I am very happy to be at West Ham,"
said Zarate, who becomes the fourth Argentine to represent West Ham
following Lionel Scaloni, Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez. "This is a new
chance for me and I want to play. I think I played well for Velez this
season and that was important for me. I had some good team-mates and they
helped to make it a fantastic season for me. "If you ask me what I can bring
to the squad then I say I hope I will bring goals! I will also bring
dribbling skills and other attacking qualities. "West Ham is a very
important club and we know all about them and the Premier League in
Argentina. This club is a beautiful club. I know English football from my
time at Birmingham and I hope I will play well and reach the highest
possible level."

Zarate arrives from Velez Sarsfield, the club he began his career with
before a brief stint in the Middle East with Al Sadd. After his spell with
Birmingham he was snapped up by Lazio and also had a season with Italian
giants Inter Milan before he re-joined Velez last summer. He finished last
season as top-scorer in Argentina, which prompted West Ham to make their

By Iain Dale 28 May 2014 at 20:29
West Ham Till I Die

Guy Demel has certainly put the cat among the pigeons telling the Bild
Zeitung in Germany that he is open to a return to Hamburger SV, the club we
signed him from in 2011. I knew my degree in German would come in useful at
some point. Here's the translation of the Bild article.

One of Hamburg's new signings could be the former supporters' favourite Guy
Demel, currently at West Ham United. The Ivorian is flirting with a return
to Hamburg. Indeed, he flew in to attend Hamburg's crucial relegation game
with Furth. Demel told Bild: "I would love to help Hamburg." Despite his
contract he would be available on a free and would be prepared to take a cut
in wages.
I'm a fan of Demel, and I think overall he had a great season, but I think
it's pretty shabby to tout himself like this. Demel appeared 199 times for
Hamburg between 2005 and 2011. He is contracted to West Ham until next
summer but has so far only made around 70 appearances.

By Sean Whetstone 28 May 2014 at 08:20
West Ham till I Die

A spurs blog called HotspurHQ? caught my eye with a headline History
Repeating Itself – Are Southampton The New West Ham? The article looks at
the Saints successful youth setup and contribution to English national squad
when compared to the West Ham's contribution of the sixties when Moore,
Peters and Hurst lifted the 1966 World Cup.

The article talks extensively about 'the belief system.

The "belief system" involves the manager being prepared to pick the
youngsters who the scouts and coaches have identified as having the
potential to succeed in the first team. It needs the courage to stick by
them if they make naïve mistakes and give them the chance to learn without
banishing them to the stiffs. Mauricio Pochettino has done so at Southampton
and so has Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and Roberto Martinez at Everton.

Some might say that all three have been forced into that by thin squads and
a lack of resources but there is plenty of evidence of other clubs taking
the easy option of going for cheap proven foreign imports instead. Hence the
FA Commission's desire to restrict the number of foreign players.The other
part of Southampton's "belief system" has been to reward the dedication and
persistence of older players that have risen with them through the leagues,
Ricky Lambert being the obvious example. His selection for the World Cup is
widely regarded as a fairy story.

The article suggests that the man responsible for Southampton's recent youth
success is the former England technical director Lou Reed. He helped to
re-create the England production line after the club nearly went bust in
2009. He joined the club in 2010 after new owner Markus Liebherr "refined
and improved the belief system" including a hi-tec training base in

It makes you wonder what we need to do to restore a 'belief system' back at
West ham to warrant a tag line of 'The Academy of football'.

Teddy Sheringham returns to West Ham as club's new attack coach
May 28, 2014 05:26 By

Teddy Sheringham has returned to West Ham to become the club's new attack
coach. The ex-Manchester United striker played three seasons at West Ham
toward the end of his career.He scored 30 goals for the Hammers and is
looking forward to helping Sam Allardyce's team better their total of 40 in
38 Premier League games last season. Sheringham said: "I'm buzzing. I've had
offers to get back into football but this one seemed right." Allardyce has
been told that he must play a more 'attacking' brand of football.

Why Teddy Sheringham is the best signing West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will
make this summer
May 28, 2014 11:41
The Mirror

Sam Allardyce may just have made what could be the most significant signing
he will make in the close season. It was his choice to make Teddy Sheringham
the coach to work with his front players at West Ham – and when Sheringham
accepted the offer, a valuable asset was added to the coaching team. "I have
had other offers," Sheringham told me last night. "But this one appealed. I
am buzzing and I am really looking forward to it." By the time West Ham
report back, Sheringham will have his coaching badges but he is one of that
rare breed that really do not need instruction on how to play and how to
finish. His CV includes 51 caps for England which included a key role in
Euro 96 and two World Cup campaigns. He won the FA Cup and a Premier League
title. And he has played with some of the top strikers in the game – Ole
Gunnar Solksjaer, Dwight Yorke, Jurgen Klinsmann, Alan Shearer… an
impressive list.

And Ian Wright – a fierce enemy at club level when Sheringham was at
Tottenham and Wright was at Arsenal – recently said that he wished he could
have played more often alongside Sheringham for England. Teddy Sheringham of
England passes the ball before being closed down by Alessandro Nesta of
Italy during the World Cup Qualifier match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome,
Italy. The match was drawn 0-0 and England qualified for the World Cup
Finals. Oct 1997 And as well as a career as a striker of great ability,
Sheringham was a thinking footballer. Terry Venables will verify that as
well as Sir Alex Ferguson. Not bad judges. Sheringham also has a presence as
well as a pedigree. He was never a saint as a player but come match day, he
was always prepared. His professionalism was never in doubt. And there can
be no "what have you done in the game" from the West Ham players who are
allocated to his watch.

Sheringham has a presence. At 48, he now feels ready to go into his first
coaching job and he will bring an immense fount of knowledge with him to the
training ground at Chadwell Heath. He can communicate well and Allardyce has
not recruited a "yes man" to his staff. If Sheringham has something to say,
he will say it. He enjoyed his three seasons at West Ham and after the call
from Allardyce, decided to return to Upton Park. He was reared on attacking
football at Tottenham, Manchester United and West Ham. He knows what the
West Ham ethos is all about. Allardyce would have struggled to find a better


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