Tuesday, May 5

Daily WHUFC News - 5th May 2015

Former Hammer Greaves suffers stroke
Filed: Monday, 4th May 2015
By: Staff Writer

Former West Ham United and England striker Jimmy Greaves has been admitted
to hospital after suffering a severe stroke. The 75-year-old, who spent just
over a season at the Boleyn Ground during the latter stages of his career
was admitted yesterday after falling ill.
A statement released on behalf of the Greaves family read: "His wife Irene
and four children have asked for privacy during what is a worrying time.
Jimmy had a minor stroke in 2012, but appeared to have made a full

Greaves - who'd already enjoyed spells with Chelsea, Milan, Tottenham and
England, for whom he remains the fourth-highest goalscorer of all time -
joined West Ham in 1970 at the age of 30 and lasted just over a season at
the Boleyn Ground before he moved on to Brentford.
He marked his debut with a brace against Manchester City at Maine Road in a
5-1 win - a match that was voted #98 in KUMB.com's 100 Greatest West Ham

Football legend Jimmy Greaves suffers severe stroke
Last Updated: 04/05/15 11:36am

Former England and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves is in intensive care
after suffering a severe stroke. The 75-year-old, who suffered a minor
stroke in 2012, was admitted to hospital on Sunday. Greaves scored 266 goals
in 379 matches for Tottenham, with whom he collected two FA Cup winners
medals in 1962 and 1967. He was also part of their side that lifted the
European Cup-Winners' Cup in 1963. During his international career he
scored 44 goals in 57 appearances and was part of the England squad which
won the World Cup on home soil in 1966. Greaves started as a teenager with
Chelsea, before moving to Italy to play for AC Milan. He ended his
top-flight career at West Ham in the early 1970s. After retiring from the
game, Greaves co-hosted the popular Saturday lunchtime football show Saint
and Greavsie alongside ex-Liverpool forward Ian St John.

A statement issued on behalf of his family read: "Football legend Jimmy
Greaves suffered a severe stroke on Sunday May 3 and is in intensive care in
hospital. "His wife, Irene, and four children have asked for privacy during
what is a worrying time for the family. They will issue a bulletin on his
condition when it is appropriate. "England's greatest ever goal scorer was
75 on February 20, and has been working regularly on the personal
appearances circuit in harness with his friend and agent Terry Baker. "Jimmy
had a minor stroke in 2012, but appeared to have made a full recovery. He
was due to be inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame on May 13 at
a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane. "This is all we wish to say at the
present time."

Tottenham's official Twitter feed posted: "Everyone at the club wishes Jimmy
Greaves a speedy recovery after he suffered a stroke yesterday. Our thoughts
are with Jimmy and his family at this difficult time."

Ex-Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar also tweeted: "Get well soon Jimmy."

And Sir Geoff Hurst, who replaced Greaves during England's journey towards
winning the World Cup in 1966, tweeted: "Thinking of my friend and one of
our greats this morning. Wishing him all the best and hoping for a speedy

Chelsea, the club with whom Greaves began his professional career, posted:
"Thinking of former Blue Jimmy Greaves and his family at this time. We wish
him a full and swift recovery."

REPORT: Newcastle snatch Moyes
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on May 4, 2015 in Whispers
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Twitter is alive with stories this afternoon that David Moyes is on his way
to Newcastle. Despite the Sunday Mirror claiming he's set for a move to West
Ham, ESPN @JacksonESPN claims the deal has been done to take him to
Tyneside. He tweeted: BREAKING: David Moyes set to be named Newcastle United
manager in the next 24 hours. Will take over in the summer. More online
soon. At the same time as The Mirror was reporting that Moyes was for the
Irons job, their sister paper The People claimed that Steve McClaren would
be named Necastle boss within 24 hours. Interesting times!

However to date nothing has appeared on line and it maybe that this is the
work of another Twitter hoaxer.

Irons shrug off Moyes/Newcastle link
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on May 4, 2015 in Whispers
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West Ham are all but writing off stories that David Moyes has accepted the
manager's job at Newcastle! Stories emerged on Twitter earlier this
afternoon that the Scot was on his way to Tyneside after a tweet allegedly
from an ESPN reporter said his appointment would be announced within 24
hours. It promised that more would appear on line but not a word has been
added to the original tweet on the ESPN site or anywhere else. In fact the
only story on the site concerning Newcastle has been up now for several
hours and says that caretaker John Carver will remain in charge until the
and of the season.

Reaction to the original tweet inside Upton Park was of such amazement that
we concluded immediately that talks with Moyes must be progressing. A top
level source told us: "You never know but in all honesty we'd be absolutely
amazed were that to be the case. I think it's safe to say that David would
prefer us over Newcastle."

Benitez agent gives contract update
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on May 4, 2015 in Whispers
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Rafa Benitez's uncertain future has today been discussed by his agent in the
Italian media but West Ham has so far remained unmentioned.
Mauel Garcia Quillon has revealed that there's a possibility the former
Liverpool and Chelsea boss will sign a new deal with Napoli.
He told Calciomercato.com "There is a chance,"(of him signing a new Napoli
deal) At the moment, there is no update on the contractual situation of
Benitez." Benitez's current contract with the Italian club runs out at the
end of the season, and no new deal is in place.
West Ham remain keen to bring him back to the Premier League but their
problem concerns a transfer budget which is expected to be restricted to
around £25 million this summer. That may not be sufficient for Benitez to
sign the players he believes he would need to set the team up for their
first Olympic Stadium season.

Irons close to signing midfielder
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on May 4, 2015 in Whispers
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Alex Song's West Ham departure looks nailed on as negotiations with
Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang continue to press ahead. News that the 23
year old Obiang is on his way to the club seemed all but confirmed this
morning when ClaretandHugh was told: "We can't comment on players until
after deals are done or not done!" That's football speak for "negotiations
are in progress" and it means that Song has now all but been discarded as an
option. It's not all about his post-Christmas loss of form either and has as
much to do with £70k wage demands when Obiang is seen as a top player who
can possibly be wooed into a deal for around 45k a week With an £8.5 million
transfer deal involved it would represent a financial package of around £17
million over four years.. Recruitment director to the board Tony Henry is
driving he deal and it looks certain the player will become the first
signing of the summer.

Reid names toughest PL opponent
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on May 4, 2015 in Whispers
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Winston Reid has named Luis Suarez as the toughest Premier League striker he
has ever faced. Speaking to Fanzbookz.com Reid gave the former iverpool hit
man ahead of Robert van Persie Garth Bale (Spurs), Argentina's Sergio Aguero
and Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)
Reid said: "In his time at Liverpool he was in his prime, scoring loads of
goals week in, week out. He could do anything in the penalty area, both when
he had the ball and when he didn't have the ball, his movement was
phenomenal. Of Bale he declared: "He was playing up front against us in his
latter days at Tottenham Hotspur, and his record speaks for itself. He moved
to Real Madrid the summer after we played against him, and you don't become
the most expensive player in world football for nothing," Reid said of Bale.

And of Defoe he added: "The times I've played against Jermain Defoe he was
always so hard to mark. He's always on the shoulder, and running in behind,
and when he gets half a chance he's always getting a shot off and he gets
goals wherever he's played.

Gold: Irons Euro deadline close
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on May 4, 2015 in Whispers
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West Ham will discover next week whether they will be involved in a European
campaign next season. We currently sit at the top of the Fair Play league
with Burnley and Liverpool in second and third places. However it's a tight
race with the Irons on 249.8 points and a an average of 8.3, the Clarets on
247.8 and the Reds on 247.5. David Gold has revealed to ClaretandHugh that
the club will almost definitely take up the European option should they
finally get the opportunity. He said: "I think the fans would want that in
our last Boleyn season. I thnk it's the way we would go." added: "The end of
next week."

Downing: "Villa will see this as winnable "
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on May 4, 2015 in Whispers
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Stewart Downing – grateful to see the team win against Burnley is hopeful we
will finally start to hit the net in the weekend game against his former
club Aston Villa. There, Tim Sherwood's scored a 3-2 win over Everton at the
weekend which lifted them to fourteenth place although they remain just two
points above the relegation places.with three games remaining. After us they
travel to Southampton and Burnley before meeting Arsenal in the FA Cup Final
so they will see their last home game as a hugely important affair. Downing
knows there is a tough test ahead saying:" They have done ever so well since
Tim Sherwood came in. They had a big result against Liverpool in the FA Cup
and it's helped us in the league. "They'll probably target us as a winnable
game, but if we create our chances like we do and take them better than we
have done, I think we can go there and beat them."



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