Wednesday, June 21

Daily WHUFC News - 21st June 2017

2017/18 Season Ticket Waiting List update

West Ham United are delighted to confirm that a number of our loyal and
patient supporters on the Season Ticket Waiting List will soon be reserving
their seat at London Stadium for the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

Following record-breaking renewal figures and a successful relocation
period, supporters on the Waiting List will be contacted by email in the
coming days and allocated a window to call the Ticket Office and purchase a
Season Ticket.

The pricing structure for new Season Ticket holders from the Waiting List
has also been confirmed, and we are pleased to announce that the £99
Under-16 Season Ticket remains available in both Bands 4 and Band 5,
following supporter feedback on how the long-term organic growth of the
stadium can assist in bringing together like-minded Season Ticket holders.

In addition, the Club are continuing to offer concession and junior rates in
Bands 1, 2 and 3, as part of our ongoing commitment to providing affordable
family football at London Stadium. The adult price in Band 5 also remains at
£289, meaning that a family of three West Ham United fans – one adult and
two children – can enjoy a season of Premier League football for the
equivalent of just £25.63 per match.

2017/18 new Season Ticket prices:

Season Ticket Prices
Adult O65s & U21s U16s Disabled Adult Disabled Concession
1966 £1,155 £1,155 £1,155 £1,155 £1,155
Band 1 £945 £475 £300 £475 £300
Band 2 £840 £420 £250 £420 £250
Band 3 £630 £315 £200 £315 £200
Band 4 £525 £265 £99 £265 £175
Band 5 £289 £145 £99 £145 £145

Supporters at the top end of the Waiting List will be allocated a window in
line with their position on the List. These supporters will receive an email
notification of their window, advising when they can call the Ticket Office
to purchase their Season Ticket.

Please note that if you are allocated a window to call the Ticket Office
that this does not guarantee you a Season Ticket and that seats are subject
to availability.

Supporters are reminded to have their client reference number to hand when
calling the Ticket Office and must be ready with payment at the time of the
call. Tickets cannot be placed on reserve.

Supporters do have the option to pay for their Season Ticket on a four-month
0% payment plan* through our partner V12 Season Ticket Finance.

While we do not wish to disappoint supporters, due to the extraordinary
demand for Season Tickets and with such a large number on the Waiting List,
we will not be able to offer everyone on the list a Season Ticket for the
2017/18 campaign, and the available seats are expected to sell out very

However being on the Waiting List will ensure you are in the best position
to secure a Season Ticket in future seasons and take advantage of additional
benefits such as priority on match tickets after Claret members and
exclusive competitions.

To join the Waiting List, click here.

Once all available Season Tickets are sold out, further information will be
communicated via our official channels.

*Admin fee of £30 applies

Michail Antonio and Karren Brady unveiled as Ladies team ambassadors

West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady and Hammer of the Year Michail
Antonio have been unveiled as ambassadors for West Ham United Ladies.
Earlier this month, it was announced that the Hammers were making
significant improvements to the Ladies set-up, with a number of full-time
appointments and ambitious plans to reach WSL1 in the next five years. Now
they have received the backing of two of the club's most recognised figures,
with Baroness Brady and top goalscorer Antonio becoming official ambassadors
for the Ladies' side.

The roles will see the pair offer their support, guidance and time to help
the Irons achieve success on and off the pitch. Karren Brady said: "My Board
have been very keen to bring the Ladies Team in house so we can really help
them establish themselves as a real force in the women's game. "From the
top down, West Ham United is passionately committed to equality which is why
I am extremely happy to become an ambassador for West Ham United Ladies at
such an exciting period in the team's development. Michail Antonio said: "I
couldn't be happier to offer my support and time to help West Ham United
Ladies hit their ambitious targets over the coming years. "Women's football
is the UK's fastest growing sport and a club the size of West Ham should
have a thriving and well-supported Ladies side to compete alongside the men
and inspire the next generation of girls to get involved in playing
football. "I have met most of the players and I know how much this added
infrastructure will mean to them, not to mention the kind of platform it can
give them to climb the leagues. "I will be doing everything I can to help
them achieve their goals, and with Karen Ray, Greg de Carnys and Jack
Sullivan all working full time on the project, I have no doubt it will be an
overwhelming success."

West Ham United Ladies managing director Jack Sullivan said: "We are
absolutely delighted to have the backing of two of the club's most
recognised and well respected figures as ambassadors of the Ladies side at
this exciting time. "Karren is a true pioneer for women in football in this
country, and is without doubt one of the most inspirational figures for
young women across the sport and beyond. "Michail has been one of our star
performers for the last two seasons, and has this summer pledged his long
term future to the club. He is a huge advocate of the women's game and is
thriled to be able to lend his support and time to the Ladies. "With the
help and support of both Karren and Michail going forwards, the future looks
even brighter for West Ham United Ladies."

Havard Nordtveit signs for Hoffenheim

Havard Nordtveit has completed a transfer to German Bundesliga side
Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee. The Norway international midfielder, 26,
returns to Germany a year after leaving Borussia Monchengladbach to sign for
West Ham United on a free transfer.
Nordtveit played 21 games in all competitions for the Hammers, after making
his debut in the UEFA Europa League tie at Slovenian side NK Domzale last
July. He has spent most of his career in the Bundesliga after leaving
Arsenal for Germany in 2011 and now joins Hoffenheim, who achieved their
highest-ever league position of fourth last term. Hammers boss Slaven Bilic
said: "I would like to thank Havard for his commitment and hard work last
season. He is an excellent professional and we wish him all the very best at

Bilic put me under unnecessary pressure, says Kouyate
Filed: Tuesday, 20th June 2017
By: Staff Writer

Cheikhou Kouyate has claimed that Slaven Bilic ordered him to play at right
back against his wishes during the 2016/17 campaign. KUMB revealed yesterday
how Kouyate was unsure where his immediate future lay, having experienced a
disappointing season at West Ham - his third since moving from Anderlecht in
And one of the reasons for the uncertainty was Bilic's decision to ask him
to play at right back during an injury crisis at the start of last season -
despite having previously told Kouyate that it was only a temporary
arrangement, according to the Senegal international. "I reminded him [Bilic]
what he had told me, but he insisted that I stay at the position," Kouyate
told Sen360FR. "My friend Aliou Cissé called me and said, 'Cheikhou, that's
not you. You can play as central defender but not right back because there
you are bored'. "Indeed, he was right because I did not feel good in
everything I did. It is true that I had fire [in my belly] and I took my
responsibilities to tell the coach that I could no longer continue. "My
performance was catastrophic, all the TV pundits said so. I fully agree with
that criticism. I was a spectator. I did not know when to cover or to
attack. "I also received a lot of positive messages from the fans and it
was then that the coach brought me back to my original position. But
frankly, he put me in a difficult situation because there was enormous

West Ham begin talks with Pedro Obiang over a new deal as Everton, Sevilla
and AC Milan circle
The Hammers are determined to fend off interest from Everton, Sevilla and AC
Milan by tying him down on new terms
The Mirror
19:02, 20 JUN 2017

West Ham are in talks with midfielder Pedro Obiang over a new deal. The
Hammers are determined to fend off interest from Everton, Sevilla and AC
Milan by tying Obiang, 25, down on new terms. Discussions are underway and
a new agreement could be reached for the £15m-rated ace in the next
fortnight. Obiang's current deal runs until 2019 and persuading the Spaniard
to stay beyond that will be a big boost for the Hammers. He has proved to
be a bargain coup since his £4.3m move from Sampdoria in July 2015. And his
displays last season saw him finish as runner up in the race to be crowned
Hammer of the Year.

Oxford passes medical
Filed: Tuesday, 20th June 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham teenager Reece Oxford has completed a medical ahead of a
season-long loan move to Borussia Monchengladbach. The 18-year-old Hammer
passed his medical tests without a hitch yesterday and is expected to be
confirmed as a Monchengladbach player imminently.
Oxford's new club finished ninth in the Bundesliga last season, with 45
points from their 34 league games.

Season ticket price hike for new fans
Filed: Tuesday, 20th June 2017
By: Staff Writer

New season ticket holders face paying an average of five per cent more than
existing supporters when they purchase their first annual pass at the
Olympic Stadium. Prices for new adult fans have been raised by an average of
five per cent across the top five price bands, from Band 4 up to the 1966
section - as you can see from our table below. However that price increase
is dwarfed by the rise in prices for Under 16s in Bands 1-3, where costs
have risen by up to 203 PER CENT. The price of children's seats in Bands 1-3
has been hiked dramatically, as the club seek to push younger fans towards
the cheaper Band 4 and Band 5 areas (which remain available at £99 each).
The price of a child seat in Band 1 has been raised from £99 to £300 (203
per cent rise) for new season ticket holders, from £99 to £250 in Band 2
(153 per cent) and from £99 to £200 in Band 3 (102 per cent).

Season Ticket Prices 2017/18
(For new season ticket holders only, prices frozen for renewals)

1966: £1,155 (+5%)
Band 1: £945 (+5%)
Band 2: £840 (+5%)
Band 3: £630 (+5%)
Band 4: £525 (+5%)
Band 5: £289 (No change)

Over 65s/Under 21s
1966: Concessions unavailable
Band 1: £475 (+6%)
Band 2: £420 (+5%)
Band 3: £315 (+5%)
Band 4: £265 (+6%)
Band 5: £289 (No change)

1966: Unavailable
Band 1: £475 (+6%)
Band 2: £420 (+5%)
Band 3: £315 (+5%)
Band 4: £265 (+6%)
Band 5: £145 (No change)

Under 16s
1966: Concessions unavailable
Band 1: £300 (+203%)
Band 2: £250 (+153%)
Band 3: £200 (+102%)
Band 4: £99 (No change)
Band 5: £99 (No change)

Good enough for Monchengladbach but not West Ham - Why Reece Oxford's latest
loan deal stinks
The teenager has been allowed to join Monchengladbach on loan for the season
Football London
11:10, 20 JUN 2017

Reece Oxford's loan deal to Borussia Moenchengladbach hasn't been confirmed
by West Ham yet, but his agent has pretty much done that anyway. It's
another step on the development ladder for the highly talented 18-year-old,
who recently penned a new four-year deal at the Hammers last December. But,
come the end of this latest spell away, he will have spent 18 months of that
on loan - six nigh-on pointless months at Reading and 12 months in the
Bundesliga. Borussia Monchengladbach finished ninth in the German top-flight
last season, West Ham finished 11th in the Premier League after struggling
all season defensively. Were it not for a switch to five at the back for the
final few games of the season, the Hammers would have had one of the worst
defensive records in the league. So, that means a defender tipped to be a
future West Ham and England captain - and who was courted by Manchester
United, Manchester City and Arsenal before he committed his future to the
Hammers - has been allowed to leave on loan again?

It's a ridiculous move. Oxford is good enough for Monchengladbach but he
can't get in the West Ham starting line up having broken through nearly
three years ago now? Really? Statistically, Monchengladbach are better than
West Ham, they will be laughing at being able to borrow one of the brightest
talents in English football for the next season.
This is West Ham - the Academy of Football - yet our best talent in over a
decade is not being given a chance in claret and blue. This isn't Chelsea,
where the loan pool of talent is enormous but nearly none of them make the
grade and are eventually sold on. This cannot happen to Oxford. Slaven Bilic
brought in Jose Fonte in January and sent Oxford off to Reading for six
months following Angelo Ogbonna's injury. Why wasn't Oxford handed a chance
then? The Euro 2016 winner has not been anywhere near what was expected of
him when he signed. Oxford is a replacement for Andreas Christensen, who has
gone back to Chelsea after two years in the Bundesliga but is he going to be
Antonio Conte's first choice centre back this season? No. Josh Cullen has
spent two years away on loan, Reece Burke a similar amount, what do their
futures hold if Reece Oxford of all people can't make it?

Phil Doran @PhilDoran21
hope Reece Oxford goes onto a bigger club and succeeds, will serve us right
for not playing him, age is nothing these days if ya good enough
8:30 AM - 20 Jun 2017
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Jack Lebeau @JackLebeau66
Hope Reece Oxford gets good game time at Borussia Monchengladbach, but it's
a very strange move given they're better than us.
8:52 AM - 20 Jun 2017 · Chersonisos, Greece
2 2 Retweets 22 22 likes

Chris @woodersworld
I'm sure Reece Oxford should be playing in the West Ham First Team by now
not going out on loan again.
7:54 AM - 20 Jun 2017
1 1 Retweet likes

West Ham were the worst team in the division at giving teenagers minutes in
the Premier League last season - Declan Rice was the only one and he got a
paltry two of them in the final game of the season at Burnley. Co-chairman
David Gold's ill-timed and frankly ludicrous comments saying it's hard for a
teenager to break into a team of seasoned internationals riled up the
Hammers faithful, and rightly so, and Oxford's loan move has done nothing to
dispel the myth that the youngsters won't get into the first team. Kids
aren't the be all and end all, but this is Reece Oxford, who has already
proven more than once that he has the ability to play regular minutes in the
Premier League. Look at Everton and their youth set up, and where they
finished in the table last season. Oxford could quite comfortably be in the
starting line up for Slaven Bilic at Manchester United on the opening day of
the 2017/18 season but if anything, he has regressed in the past 12 months.
The club will say this is for Reece's development, but he's already good
enough, he doesn't need to go on loan to Germany to progress. It's no way to
treat the best player the club has produced in years. Good enough for ninth
in the Bundesliga but not for 11th in the Premier League. This latest loan
deal stinks.

West Ham should try one last time for Carlos Tevez as striker considers
future after China disaster
Damien Lucas

West Ham United are desperate for a top striker this summer and it looks
like Carlos Tevez could be on the move again. The Hammers have made signing
two top strikers a priority this summer after their failure to land a big
name marquee forward last summer. Slaven Bilic has been linked with moves
for the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Kelechi Iheanacho, Michy Batshuayi,
Onyekuru Henry and Olivier Giroud but it seems the club are no closer to
adding to their solitary signing of Pablo Zabaleta so far this summer. So
should the club reignite a longstanding interest in bringing Hammers hero
Carlos Tevez back to East London, and make the striker's wish come true at
the same time.
Back in 2010, Tevez - then at Manchester City - told the Daily Mail: "Their
(West Ham's) supporters feel football; they are passionate, these people
invested great support in me. "I wish to play again for West Ham before I
finish my career. I have some unfinished business there."
A successful spell at Juventus followed before his long-awaited return to
hometown club Boca Juniors, which was meant to be the place he would see out
his playing days. Then came the mega money offer from China which made the
Argentine the highest paid player in world football. But just six months
into that deal the man who scored the goals which saw West Ham pull off the
Great Escape in 2007 has admitted his future is up in the air. Currently
playing for Shanghai Shenhua, Tevez should be set for two lifetimes so money
should not be an issue when he decides his next destination. Since moving to
China, the 33-year-old has scored just once in six Chinese Super League
games with his side sitting four points above the relegation zone. And Tevez
admits he does not know what his next move will be, in an interview with TyC
Sports. "I left not to hurt Boca," Tevez said. "Honestly, I do not know what
I'm going to do at the end of the year. "If I'm not hungry for glory, it's
very difficult to stay in the club. I have to find myself to go back, I know
I gave them everything."

Hammers co-owner David Sullivan revealed last year that he wanted to make
Tevez the highest paid player in the club's history by offering the striker
£150,000 per week to leave Boca and return for West Ham's Olympic Stadium
adventure. But Sullivan claimed the striker demanded £250,000 per week, a
figure he felt was unreasonable, as reported by Sky Sports. Instead West Ham
ended up with Italian flop Simone Zaza on loan and the deal was cancelled
less than halfway through so he could join Valencia.

Sofiane Feghouli considered January exit from West Ham until Slaven Bilic
convinced him to stay
Evening Standard

Sofiane Feghouli has confirmed that he considered leaving West Ham in
January before Slaven Bilic convinced him to stay. As Standard Sport
revealed earlier this year Feghouli was the subject of interest from Roma
after a frustrating start to life in the Premier League.
However Dimitri Payet's shock exit from the club forced West Ham to
re-evaulate their stance on Feghouli, who they had been open to selling only
six months after he joined on a free transfer from Valencia, and the
Algerian winger rewarded Slaven Bilic with a string of impressive
performances during the closing months of the season. And Feghouli revealed
that showdown talks with Bilic were enough to convince him to spurn interest
from elsewhere and commit to West Ham. "During the winter transfer window, I
had quite a few offers, and I decided to have a frank discussion with the
manager to see if he counted on me or not since I needed time on the pitch
to show what I was worth," Feghouli told Competition. "He reassured me,
telling me that I shouldn't leave and that he trusted me. He even told me
that he would give me a shot and that I needed to continue to work like I
was doing."

Speaking last month Feghouli admitted that West Ham fans had not seen the
best of him in a campaign plagued by injuries but vowed that supporters
would see the best of him during his sophomore season.

Wenger deals dagger blow to West Ham in pursuit of Arsenal striker Olivier
The Arsenal boss has hinted the French striker could be staying at the club
Footrball London
10:17, 20 JUN 2017

Arsene Wenger has said Arsenal "need" Olivier Giroud next season in a dagger
blow to West Ham's hopes of signing the striker. The French striker has been
heavily linked with a £20m switch to east London this summer, especially if
Arsenal sign either Kylian Mbappe or Alexandre Lcazette in the transfer
window, leaving Giroud way down the pecking order. Slaven Bilic is
desperate to bring in at least one new striker this summer and the 16-goal
frontman from last season at the Emirates is at the top of the shopping
list. But, Gunners boss Wenger appears to have suggested he doesn't want to
sell the 30-year-old any time soon. "It has been a frustrating season for
him because he has not played a lot. And when he has played well, he has not
always played the next match," he said. "He has won us a lot of points when
he has come on because he has scored lots of times. He has qualities that
our team need."
Giroud started just 11 Premier League games last term but still scored more
than 15 goals, which is six more than the best West Ham goalscorer of last
season, Michail Antonio, who bagged nine in an injury-hit campaign. Giroud
has said he wants to stay in London and the Premier League ahead of the
World Cup in Russia next year. Kelechi Iheanacho and Michy Batshuayi are
also on the target list for Bilic this summer as he looks for a more
reliable option up front than the injury-prone Andy Carroll and Diafra
Sakho. The 30-year-old penned a new two-and-a-half deal with the Gunners in
January and has scored 98 times for the club in 226 appearances, winning
three FA Cups.

West Ham midfielder explains the reasons behind his debut season struggles
in east London
The Hammers star is preparing for a big campaign this year
Football London
09:56, 20 JUN 2017

West Ham star Sofiane Feghouli thinks that an early-season injury seriously
hampered his first season at the London Stadium - but that he will use his
experiences to his advantage next campaign. The midfielder picked up an
injury in a pre-season match against Juventus last season which kept him out
of the first month of the league season. The les to a rather mixed first
season in east London for the 27-year-old - who moved to West Ham from
Valencia last summer. Speaking recently whilst on international duty,
Feghouli has explained how the early injury affected him - and why he is
ready to kick on going in to the 2017/18 campaign. He said: "I had a very
good pre-season but unfortunately I hurt myself just before the first day of
the league against Juventus, a friendly. "I played, and in halfway in I
realised that I had seriously injured myself, which caused me a month and a
half of unavailability. It ruined my start to the season. "The league began
the following week, and it was necessary to get back in shape, then get back
into shape with a team already in place, and it's never easy. "In the
winter, I had a lot of offers and decided to have a frank discussion with
the coach about whether or not he was counting on me since I needed time to
demonstrate my value. "The coach reassured me, assuring me that I should not
leave and that he was counting on me. He even told me he was going to give
me my chance and that I had to keep working as I did. "It was a new
challenge with a new kind of football that I discovered. It's a year where I
have acquired a lot and will definitely be used for this season.

Let's Talk: The inside scoop on Joe Hart and Kelechi Iheanacho to West Ham
from @ExWHUEmployee
ByStuartPosted on June 20, 2017

West Ham could sign as many as THREE Manchester City players this summer if
the rumour mill is to be believed. One of them, club legend Pablo Zabaleta,
has already arrived at the London Stadium on a free transfer, but youngster
Kelechi Iheanacho and England goalkeeper Joe Hart are also being heavily

To get an update on what is going on with those two, plus a rather tenuous
Wilfried Bony rumour, we caught up with the always well-informed
@ExWHUEmployee of The West Ham Way and asked him a few questions.

What's the status on Kelechi Iheanacho to West Ham? A few weeks ago it
looked a dead cert, now Leicester are odds-on at the bookies and things have
gone a little quiet. I understand City's demand for a buy-back clause could
be causing problems?

The problem with Iheanacho, like you say, is that City have demanded a
buy-back clause to be part of the deal. The player himself doesn't want to
leave and this is also seen as a way of appeasing the transfer. The buy-back
clause is said to be quite low and with Kelechi making it clear he only
really wants to stay in Britain so he can obtain citizenship – and this has
made us rethink our offer. A bid has been made and we are still keen but
further negotiations are still required.

West Ham are also keen on Olivier Giroud of Arsenal. Would it be the end of
your interest in Kelechi if you sign him up or is Bilic after multiple

I think Bilic would like to sign both Giroud and Iheanacho. We struggled
massively last season for not having enough forward options throughout the
campaign, with first choice Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho spending more time
on the treatment table than the pitch! If both forwards could be obtained
for around £20m-£25m then I think we would sign both seeing as we offered
£35m for one forward last year.

City are struggling to find buyers for Joe Hart because of his excessive
wages, and there have been a few reports that West Ham would be happy to
take him on loan. What's your information on that?

West Ham are keen on Hart although City would have to pay a significant
percentage of his wages because on his current salary he would earn more
than double any of our players, which would shattered our wage structure!
Should this percentage be reduced I think we would make a move.

A pretty well known site in France, Foot Mercato, claims West Ham are one of
three clubs keen on Wilfried Bony. I know there has been some West Ham
interest in the past, but is that active?

I do not believe we are interested in Bony anymore. We have concerns that he
isn't the forward he once was at Swansea and this has been shown by a poor
loan spell at Stoke. With his wage demands as well it means the deal is a no
go for us at this point.

by Iain Dale 20 Jun 2017 at 08:45

It's been confirmed that Reece Oxford is heading to German Bundesliga side
Borussia Moenchengladbach for a season long loan. I have mixed feelings
about this. If he gets a full season in the first team it's obvious that
will help his development, and that's to be welcomed. However, when he went
to Reading last season he only made five appearances. I struggled to
understand this as he ought to have been head and shoulders over what
Reading already had, but Jaap Stamm had other thoughts.

When Reece made that amazing debut against Arsenal in August 2015, where he
dominated the match, I think we all thought we had found the next Rio
Ferdinand. Since then, he's only made six further appearances, something
which leaves us all scratching our heads. It's not as if we haven't been
beset by injury in the positions he plays in, yet he's barely been given a
chance. The club obviously rate him, otherwise why would he already be on
£45k a week, but if he returns from Germany at the end of the season having
barely played, you just wonder where he goes from there.

For me, he and Reece Burke could be real stars of the future, but they need
game time. I'd be gutted if Burke went out on loan again. He looks ready to
challenge for a first team place and should be given the chance to shine.


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