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Daily WHUFC News - 2nd July 2015

Hendrie ready to impress

West Ham United's new signing Stephen Hendrie has wasted no time settling into his new surroundings and says he is ready to play a major role for the Club in both domestic and European competition next season. Hendrie was one of the standout players in Scotland last season and earned rave reviews for Hamilton. The Scotland Under-21 international jumped at the chance to make the move into the Premier League when West Ham made their move to sign the talented full-back. And with a new manager being appointed and the club returning to European action for the first time since 2006, Hendrie says he could not be joining the club at a better time. Hendrie said: "When I signed contract I was eager to come down and meet the new boys and manager. It has been great. "I know Slaven is a great manager and taking Croatia to the quarter-finals of the Euros shows the qualities he has. "It is brilliant for me to join West Ham when we are playing in Europe and it will be great for the players to express themselves in the Europa League. "I like to get forward and whip in crosses but also be solid at the back. There is great competition for places and Aaron Cresswell obviously won the Hammer of the Year last season but I am looking forward to the challenge."

Boleyn Insider

Our man on the inside lifts the lid on the latest transfer speculation...

With the players preparing for the start of the Europa League on Thursday night these are certainly busy times for the Club but I have been told that there is plenty of work going on behind the scenes as Slaven Bilic looks to bring even more players into his squad. I can exclusively reveal that the Club are close to making two more signings and hope to announce them in the next 72 hours. Darren Randolph, Pedro Obiang and Dimitri Payet have already arrived at the Boleyn Ground this summer and I believe the Club are doing everything to make the squad as strong as possible as they prepare for a busy schedule in both domestic and European competition. There has been a lot of speculation linking the Club with Aymen Abdennour and although he is highly regarded, my understanding is that the Monaco defender will be joining a top European club for a fee believed to be over £20m. There have also been stories linking West Ham with moves for defenders Aleksandar Dragovic and Angelo Ogbonna. I have been told that the Club are looking to sign another central defender and they are keeping all their options open at the moment. Rumours are also circulating that West Ham are in a battle with Crystal Palace to sign Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye, but my understanding is that the Club have other targets and he looks set to join another Premier League Club.

West Ham United, a season in review: January 2015
Filed: Wednesday, 1st July 2015
By: Graeme Howlett

Throughout the football season, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett pens a weekly column for Echo Newspapers.

Join us as we take a look back at the highs and lows of the 2014/15 season, with our eyes today rooted on January 2015. And it had all been going so well, too...

Column #18: 11 January 2015

On the face of it, a point at Swansea isn't a terrible result. However there were few West Ham fans returning from the Liberty Stadium on Saturday night not feeling slightly disappointed that the Hammers hadn't taken all three.

For the third game in succession, West Ham had taken the lead only to have to settle for a draw. Andy Carroll temporarily silenced his critics with a wonderful solo effort on the cusp of half time before Mark Noble's own goal, with just 16 minutes remaining, gave the Jacks a share of the spoils.

Having opened the scoring through Carroll, it was an all-too-familiar tale as the Irons sat back and invited pressure on. After conceding the (inevitable) equaliser, West Ham took the game to their hosts and were unlucky not to grab a late winner with one of several opportunities - but it was a case of too little, too late.

That's been the story for Big Sam's boys since the New Year; three games - West Brom, Everton and Swansea, three leads spurned and three draws. In some ways, it's reminiscent of last season's dark(er) days, when United's modus operandi - away from home, at least - was to grab a goal and then attempt to hang on for dear life.

Sometimes the policy works, often it doesn't, but either way supporters are generally left dissatisfied with the standard of fayre on offer - especially this season, given the strength of the current squad and lack of reason to play in such a cautious manner.

It's long been joked that West Ham are like Christmas tree decorations, as they come down after Christmas. Laughable or otherwise, the Hammers are yet to pick up a win in the five games since Yuletide and need a win soon, if for no other reason than to calm a few nerves.

That streak of winless games has resulted in West Ham dropping from third to seventh in the Premier League - and it doesn't get any easier. Following the visit of struggling Hull next weekend, Liverpool (a), Man Utd (h), Southampton (a), Tottenham (a), Chelsea (h) and Arsenal (a) provide six of the next seven opponents.

Before that of course, we have a transfer window to navigate; young centre half Doneil Henry has already arrived via Apollon Limassol for £1.5million, but further business duing January is likely to be limited due to the restrictions imposed by Financial Fair Play (FFP).

Column #19: 18 January 2015

There was no column #19 in anything but name, as I had a week off. So naturally, that's the weekend West Ham picked to secure a 3-0 win against Hull City.

Column #20: 25 January 2015

"We're in the hat - and that's what matters", declared Sam Allardyce after his West Ham United side beat Bristol City 1-0 in their FA Cup tie at Ashton Gate on Sunday afternoon.

Taking into account FA Cup results elsewhere at the weekend, it's hard to be critical of Sam's succinct summary - even if the Hammers produced a largely insipid performance in scraping through against a team two divisions below them.

In a fourth round littered with shock results West Ham avoided the pitfalls suffered by the likes of Chelsea, Swansea, Manchester City and Tottenham - beaten 24 hours earlier by Bradford, Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Leicester respectively - to reach the last 16 for the first time since the 2010/11 season.

Of the teams above West Ham in the Premier League currently, only Manchester United and Arsenal remain in this year's FA Cup. It is therefore no surprise that Allardyce, who fielded arguably his strongest XI against Bristol The Robins, believes this is a competition he can win.

Oddly perhaps United's victory - secured through a late Diafra Sakho header - was the first FA Cup match Big Sam has won in regulation time since becoming West Ham's manager in 2011. Defeats against Sheffield Wednesday (2011), Man Utd (2012) and Nottingham Forest (2013) were followed by the dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Everton a fortnight ago.

For the first time since arriving at the Boleyn Ground, Allardyce and his squad have engineered a situation whereby West Ham's Premier League status is all but assured by mid-January. This has allowed the Hammers to take a real shot at Cup glory - rather than rest key players and risk repeating the embarrassing scenes witnessed at the City Ground a year ago.

So having started 2015 with a treble of draws, the Hammers have now won three on the spin. As a result, confidence in the camp is high ahead of next weekend's trip to Liverpool - where West Ham will once again attempt to break their Anfield hoodoo.

The Beatles were at number one in the music charts with 'She Loves You' when Ron Greenwood's side left Merseyside with 2-0 win in September 1963, courtesy of goals from home grown youngsters Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters. Since then a succession of West Ham teams have tried and failed (usually miserably) to emulate that success.

Could this finally be our year?

Dicks' delight tinged with sadness
Filed: Wednesday, 1st July 2015
By: Staff Writer

Julian Dicks joy at becoming part of Slaven Bilic's new back room team was bittersweet, after it was revealed that he had lost his father on the same day. Dicks' daughter Jessica, posting on Twitter this afternoon revealed that her grandfather passed away on the same day her father discovered that he had been appointed as first team coaching assistant. "I wouldn't usually put personal things on Facebook," she wrote, "but I have received hundreds of lovely messages regarding my dad's new job. I am sorry that I haven't replied to any but I am so grateful.
"On Monday not only did we have the best news this year, but also really sad news as my dad's dad passed away. He passed away not only having the most wonderful, caring wife but he also got to hold his first great grandchild Teddy. "On his last day he was smiling as he was so proud of my dad's new job. Rest in peace, granddad."

Dicks, speaking via his former column for revealed back in 2012 that his father had played a major role in his son's development as a footballer during his youth. "My dad was a big influence on me when I was growing up. He was a good player [for Frome Town] and well known around Bristol, but he never forced me to play football," Dicks recalled. "He'd watch me at the weekends and encourage me - he'd never shout at me, unlike some parents now. If I'd done something wrong he'd tell me - that's what parents do. But he wasn't like 'you've got to do this' - he'd just let me get on with it. "

Irons still chasing top Monaco defender
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on July 1, 2015 in News, Whispers

West Ham are continuing to pursue their interest in Monaco central defender Aymen Abdennour. The Irons have been on the Tunisian's case for some time and were they to beat Liverpool to the £15 million target the club would have staged a major coup. Newcastle are also interested but the Irons are ahead of the Geordie club having already made two bids which have been rejected.
Slaven Bilic has made it clear since his job interview that a world class central defender is a priority and the club's negotiators have been holding discussions and making proposals for some time as a result. It's an indication of the board's readiness to back their new manager as far as is humanly possible as he bids to reshape his squad. And the player's agent Abdelkader Jilani has explained on several occasions in the past that the Premier League is his client's preferred option saying: "There are some proposals from England and Spain but only an enquiry from Italy."

Irons target' Cabaye "close" to Palace switch
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on July 1, 2015 in News, Whispers

Yohan Cabaye – regularly linked as a major target for West Ham – is this morning reported as being close to a switch to Crystal Palace. The Mirror claims that the former Newcastle midfield ace is ready for a premier league return after his spell at Paris St Germain following a £19 million switch to the French champs. He is now apparently available at a cut price and is keen to link up with Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park. The Mirror understands a deal is set to be done in the next week in time for the Eagles' pre-season. The Hammers – despite reports claiming that he is a target – have revealed to ClaretandHugh that they have not been chasing the 29 year old. We were told: "We have done zero on the player." Former Irons boss But Pardew is also claimed to be interested in Charlie Austin who also interests West Brom and has again been linked with us. But the £15 million asking fee is too much for the Irons who would only possibly become involved if it were to be dropped.

33 goal striker to have Hammers trial
Posted by Sean Whetstone on July 1, 2015 in News, Whispers

AFC Wimbledon striker Daniel Agyei will have a trial at West Ham tomorrow reports Sky News. The young striker scored 33 goals for AFC Wimbledon Under 21 team after being fast tracked from the U18 team, He has been monitored by Chelsea, Fulham and West Ham. The 17-year-old is said to have impressed Hammers scouts.


West Ham have agreed a deal with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for the transfer of right-back Luis Advincula.
The Peruvian has impressed at the Copa America.
Michael Oliver

West Ham are said to be close to signing Hoffenheim right-back Luis Advincula after agreeing a deal with the Bundesliga club, according to Libero. The Hammers were in 'advanced talks' with Hoffenheim for his transfer last month, but it now seems like the deal is close to being completed. Portuguese news outlet Record says that the Hammers, impressed by the player's performances at the Copa America this summer with Peru, have opened talks with the Bundesliga side over a possible transfer. The 25-year-old is made 27 appearances in all competitions on loan in Portugal last season, and the report claims that Advincula is set to leave as 'the chances of Advíncula return [to Vitoria Setubal] are practically nil'. Vitoria Setubal narrowly avoided relegation from the Primeira Liga last season, and Advincula is said to want to take the next step as a player and not return for a second loan spell despite their interest.

West Ham set for frustration in bid for World Cup winning Spaniard
Heath Chesters

West Ham have been linked with an approach for Alvaro Arbeloa. Following the arrival of Brazilian right-back Danilo from FC Porto, plus the growing importance of Dani Carvajal at Real Madrid, the future of Alvaro Arbeloa at the Santiago Bernabeu has become uncertain. At the weekend, The Sunday Times suggested that West Ham United are interested in Arbeloa, conscious that the wealth of experience the player has at the highest level of the game, could prove an excellent addition to their team. Although the reports from England indicated the 32-year-old World Cup winner might be interested in a switch to The Hammers, contrasting views have emerged from Spain. Whilst regular action for Arbeloa during the 2015-16 season at Real Madrid is looking complicated, according to radio network Cadena COPE, Arbeloa is set to snub any offers received this summer, in order to stay with Los Blancos and fight for his place. The Spanish radio network also believe that Arbeloa has made that intention perfectly clear to new Real Madrid boss, Rafa Benitez, who he also worked with during a previous spell in the Premier League at Liverpool. During the 2014-15 season, Arbeloa still made a total of 35 appearances in all competitions, and despite the competition from Carvajal and Danilo, he still feels he has a role to play with Real Madrid. As such, the player intends on proving his worth to Benitez during pre-season with Real Madrid. With that intention, it's only by being told he's surplus to requirements, that could lead to Arbeloa considering other offers and only towards the end of the summer transfer window. Given that West Ham have other irons in the fire, whether they're prepared to wait that long for the Spaniard to consider what they have to offer, remains to be seen.

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian admits he had never heard of new signing and fellow Spaniard Pedro Obiang
Damien Lucas

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian has admitted he had never heard of the club's £4.4 million signing Pedro Obiang, despite being from the same country. The Hammers snapped up the former Spain Under 21 midfielder from Serie A side Sampdoria earlier this month, just 24 hours after naming Slaven Bilic as their new manager. Obiang had left Atletico Madrid as a youngster before joining Sampdoria's youth academy where he progressed to become a permanent fixture in the Italian club's first team. However, the East Londoners' number one has told West Ham's official website his compatriot was unknown to him before he joined the Premier League side but that has not stopped them striking up an instant friendship on their return to pre-season training. "I don't know him before," he told "But I know he's a great guy now and today is the first time I have met him in person and he's a very funny guy and I think we have a lot of Latin players now as we have Enner (Valenica), Mauro (Zarate), Diego Poyet, Pedro and me."
Adrian is something of a cult hero to Hammers fans for his goalkeeping skills and the passion he brings to the number one shirt at the Boleyn Ground. He cemented his place in West Ham folklore last season when he threw his gloves to the floor before stepping up to score the winning penalty in an epic FA Cup replay against Everton. But off the pitch he is proving a true team player too as he is helping players, including Obiang, to learn the language as his wife Tamara is an English teacher. West Ham fans will be hoping that Obiang leaves a lasting impression on Adrian when the new season gets under way. The Hammers start competitive football before any other Premier League side tomorrow night when they take on Andorran minnows FC Lusitans in the Europa League and the 23-year-old midfielder could feature.

West Ham, Liverpool and Newcastle battle for 'one of the best defenders in Europe'
London 24
08:04 01 July 2015 Brad Pinard

Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour has numerous offers on the table and could make a decision on his future in the next week or so. The Tunisian hard man is interesting West Ham, Liverpool and Newcastle in England, while clubs in Spain and Italy are also keen. Monaco want around £15million for their centre back but so far West Ham have twice fallen short of that figure in discussions. Agent Abdelkader Jilani has been quoted on numerous occasions claiming a move to England was the preffered destination of his client and things haven't changed. "Abdennour is one of the best defenders on the European stage and it's only natural he is admired," he told Italian site Calciomercado. "There were some proposals from England and Spain, while in Italy there were only enquiries, so no official offer on the table or negotiations in progress. "At the moment he has a contract with Monaco, so anyone who wants him must speak to the Principality club. They deserve respect. "What I can say right now is that there is nothing concrete with Italian clubs. "Italy is an option, but the right offer must come in."

Pardew eyes £10m Cabaye reunion as West Ham and Saints stumble on former Newcastle man
ALAN PARDEW will be reunited with Yohan Cabaye if PSG accept an estimated £10million offer from Crystal Palace for the midfielder.
PUBLISHED: 07:29, Wed, Jul 1, 2015 | UPDATED: 07:38, Wed, Jul 1, 2015

Eagles boss Pardew signed Cabaye for Newcastle back in 2011 but was powerless to stop him leaving for Paris for £19m in January last year. Eighteen months down the line and Cabaye is set to move back to the Premier League, with Southampton and West Ham keen on the player. But the Guardian claim Palace have stolen a lead over their rivals in the race for the talented France international, who struggled to keep his place in the PSG side last season. Pardew is on a scouting mission for new recruits after keeping Palace in the Premier League last term. They are yet to land a player this summer but have been linked with a number of new signings, including Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye and Newcastle's Tim Krul.

By Tony Hanna 1 Jul 2015 at 08:00
West Ham Till I DIe

With all the talk at the moment concentrated on possible new signings and the Europa League, one thing that has not had much air time is who is going to be the club captain for this coming season? Since the arrival of new boss Slaven Bilic and his back room staff there has been an air of the new broom sweeping clean. The appointment of a new captain is one that Slaven I am sure will be deliberating over and there are a few possibilities.

Captain for the past four seasons has of course been Kevin Nolan. Whilst he is still with the club at present the signs are that he probably won't be come the start of the season. When the club unveiled its new 2015/16 kit on the official website recently, they paraded five players wearing the new design and no, Kevin was not one of them. Quite a telling statement and a lot heavier than a subliminal message! This past week he has been linked with a move back to Bolton but it would seem that our Kev will have to take quite a drop in wages to leave the Boleyn. If he does decide to stay and "take the money" I am sure it will only be in a bench warming position. It would appear either way that Kevin will not be our captain any longer.

Up to now the most obvious choice to take over from Nolan has been Mark Noble. Approaching ten years at the club he is our current Mr West Ham, coming through the youth system along with James Tomkins. In the matches where Nolan was out of the side last season it was Noble who took the armband if he was available. But, one has to ask, will Noble even be a regular in the side next season? The arrival of Dimitri Payat and Pedro Obiang, and the probability of Alex Song signing on a permanent deal further begs the question whether Noble will get enough game time to command the position? After an impressive first season it would be doubtful that Kouyate would not be one of the first names on the team sheet. Could he be a candidate?

Now if Song does sign a deal to permanently join West Ham he could also come into calculations. He skippered the side on several occasions last season in the absence of both Nolan and Noble. Given that he was only on loan at the club last season and he still got a gig in the role, you would have to imagine he has a good case. Another possibility could be Winston Reid. He has shown his commitment to the club by signing a long term deal recently and perhaps Bilic would favour a defender as skipper?

If passion is what you want from a captain then many would not look further than Adrian? It has never been my cup of tea having a goalkeeper as captain but it would not be a total surprise if he became the choice. However, it may even be possible our new captain is someone who has not even signed yet? With the promise from the club of one more major signing this transfer window who is to say our new captain is yet to join the club? It will be a decision that Slaven Bilic will be giving a lot of serious consideration to over the next few weeks. Mark Noble is an obvious favourite at the moment but who would be your choice?

Report: West Ham still in race for Yohan Cabaye, Tottenham not interested
Olly Dawes

Crystal Palace are reportedly in talks to sign Yohan Cabye - but West Ham are still in the race for his signature. According to The Guardian, Crystal Palace have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a deal to sign midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Cabaye, 29, left Newcastle for PSG in January 2014, but has struggled to nail down a regular spot in Laurent Blanc's first team in the French capital. A return to the Premier League could be on the cards, with The Guardian reporting that Crystal Palace now opened talks with PSG over a deal to bring Cabaye back to England. Eagles boss Alan Pardew signed and worked with Cabaye at Newcastle, and a reunion - costing £10m - is in the pipeline according to reports. However, The Guardian also note that West Ham United are still in the running for Cabaye's signature, even after the signings of Dimitri Payet and Pedro Obiang earlier this summer. The report also states that Tottenham are currently not interested in Cabaye, though Southampton could make a move should Morgan Schneiderlin move to Manchester United.

Crystal Palace v West Ham

It seems that the race for Cabaye's signature could now come down to a fight between Crystal Palace and West Ham, but who should he join? West Ham likely have higher immediate ambitions, but Palace are clearly a club moving in the right direction under Pardew, and Cabaye's relationship with the Eagles boss should come into play here. It would be something of a coup for Palace to sign Cabaye, with the French international possessing great quality in midfield - and whilst West Ham are an attractive proposition, Palace may well be his best option.

West Ham 'in transfer talks to sign world-class defenders Aleksandar Dragovic and Angelo Ogbonna'
Jamie Sanderson for
Wednesday 1 Jul 2015 12:23 am

West Ham are in talks to sign defenders Aleksandar Dragovic and Angelo Ogbonna, according to reports. The Hammers are looking to strengthen their whole team ahead of the new season and defence is a key area. Reports in Italy say Slaven Bilic wants two proven stars, with Dynamo Kiev ace Dragovic the surprise choice. Manchester United and Arsenal are also keen on a £15million deal for him, while Juventus star Ogbonna is also believed to be in advanced negotiations to sign for £12m. West Ham are assembling a quality side and have already spent big on the signing of Dimitri Payet from Marseille.

West Ham cult figure Adrian says fans are in for an exciting but emotional season
Damien Lucas

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian says the club are in for an exciting but emotional season under new boss Slaven Bilic. Speaking to West Ham's official website on his return to pre-season training after a summer break which saw him tie the knot with his wife Tamara, the cult figure admitted it will be tough to say goodbye to the club's Boleyn Ground home of 112 years. The Hammers will leave Upton Park next summer to move down the road to the 54,000 seater Olympic Stadium in Stratford. And despite having only been at the club for two seasons, the 28-year-old Spaniard is fully immersed in east London life and will miss what he now calls his second home. But it is also exciting times for West Ham who are back playing in Europe for what is one of the landmark seasons in the club's long history. Ironically, the shot stopper helped former La Liga club Real Betis qualify for the Europa League but did not get to play in the competition after leaving to join the Irons in 2013.
Now he hopes to finally taste a big European night under the Boleyn lights before they are no more. "It is an exciting time for everybody, for West Ham fans and for all the players because we have new manager, new staff and new players," he told "It's exciting for two things, from sporting side because we play for the Europa League and also emotional and sentimental as it is the last year at Upton Park."
Adrian secured cult hero status with the West Ham faithful last season when he threw his gloves to the floor and scored the winning penalty in an epic FA Cup replay against Everton.
Hammers fans also love his enthusiasm and passion on the pitch and tendency to use social media to give an insight into his life at West Ham off it. He has played 58 times for the club so far and was even praised for his Premier League form last season by Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque. The club has brought in Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph on a free transfer from Birmingham City to provide competition for Adrian after the departure of Jussi Jaaskelainen.


West Ham have submitted an undisclosed bid for Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye. Crystal Palace and Marseille have also made moves. West Ham have made an undisclosed offer to Lille for the signing of midfielder Idrissa Gueye, reports RMC. Crystal Palace have also been linked with a move for the 25-year-old, with the report claiming that the Eagles have also made a similar offer, with both bids understood to be between €8-10m. It wasn't too long ago that the Senegalese international was set to join Southampton as a replacement for the outgoing Morgan Schneiderlin, but the Saints have since cooled their interest. Marseille are also interested in purchasing Gueye from their fellow Ligue 1 club, and have made a €7m offer for the player as well. However, it's understood that Gueye, much like former Marseille star Dimitri Payet who's now turning out in claret and blue, would favour a move to England and the Premier League due to the attractive financial packaged teams are able to put together in comparison to those in French football.


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