Tuesday, July 4

Daily WHUFC News - 4th July 2017

Hammer Nathan Trott says England U19 debut would 'mean everything'

Nathan Trott says it would 'mean everything' if he could make his England debut at the UEFA European U19 Championship finals. The tournament kicked-off in Georgia on Sunday, with England and West Ham United goalkeeper Trott starting their campaign with a Group B opener against Bulgaria in Tbilisi on Monday afternoon. Bermuda-born Trott, who converted from a winger to a stopper just a few years ago, is one of two goalkeepers in Eric Steele's squad alongside AFC Bournemouth's Aaron Ramsdale – and he is eager to earn a starting spot for the Young Lions. "It would mean everything [to make my debut] because I've been around three of four camps with England so it's been a long wait and I've been patient," he said. "If I make my debut in this camp then it will be great." "I am enjoying everything about being in the England squad. It's a new experience for me travelling with an international team like this. We're travelling quite a lot and getting used to playing in a tournament so everything is new to me."

Trott and his 17 squad-mates travelled to Georgia last week and the 18-year-old, who started for the Hammers' U23 side last season, is enjoying being part of a high-quality England set-up. "I think it's been a good camp because it's a different challenge with the heat and everything," he confirmed. "I think I've impressed everyone and done as much as I possibly could have done so hopefully I can get a couple of games or a game at least and make my debut for England. "I think it's been wonderful here. Everything is first-class. The hotel is really nice and the pitch is really good too, it's been a nice atmosphere."

Temperatures in the Georgian capital are tipped to hit 36C (97F) on Monday, and the Bermudan has been the butt of a few jokes from his teammates about being able to handle the intense heat in the build-up to the tournament. "I always get the Bermuda jokes all the time!" he smiled. "I am used to heat like this but every type of heat is different so I'm just adapting to this type of heat."

England will face highly-rated Germany and Netherlands in their other two group-stage matches, so Trott knows the Young Lions will need to hit top form if they are to emulate the U21s, who reached their own European Championship final last week. If they can, they could even follow the U20s by lifting a trophy, after the older age-group side won the FIFA U20 World Cup in June. Under the guidance of former Manchester City and Manchester United coach Eric Steele, the teenage Hammer is confident of success on both a collective and individual level. "I enjoy working with Eric Steele, he's a great coach and I think he's really enthusiastic," Trott confirmed. "He aims to get the most out of you so I think it's really beneficial working with him."

Monday's Group B opener will be screened live in the UK by British Eurosport 2 from 4.45pm.

Lanzini honours former River Plate teammate Cavenaghi

Manuel Lanzini joined a who's who of Argentinian football at a match to mark the retirement of his former River Plate teammate Fernando Cavenaghi. The West Ham United playmaker was one of more than 60 footballers, sports stars and celebrities to turn out in front of a capacity crowd at the Buenos Aires club's La Monumental to honour the former River, Spartak Moscow, Bordeaux and Villarreal striker. Lanzini and Cavenaghi teamed up to help River Plate win the Argentinian Primera Division Torneo Final in 2014, edging out great rivals Boca Juniors by five points to lift the trophy. The 33-year-old is the all-time tenth highest scorer in River's history with 112 goals. On an emotional Saturday night at the ground they both graced, the pair joined forces again alongside the likes of Javier Saviola and Martin Demichelis for the Reds to tackle a Whites squad including Ariel Ortega, Marcelo Salas, Pablo Aimar, Enzo Francescoli and former tennis stars David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria. Lanzini posted a photograph of himself and his old friend on Instagram, writing: "What a nice farewell, you deserve it and much more because you're Gordo. Thank you for letting me share this moment with you something unforgettable."

For Lanzini, who recently made his senior Argentina debut alongside Lionel Messi, his appearance at the Farewell Fernando Cavenaghi match continued a memorable year which has also seen him score the London Stadium winner against Tottenham Hotspur and be voted West Ham's Players' Player of the Year.
For the record, Cavenaghi scored twice for both teams, with Saviola, Ortega and current River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo also on target as the Whites defeated the Reds 6-4.

Quina helps Portugal make winning Euro U19 start

Domingos Quina helped Portugal get off to a winning start at the UEFA European U19 Championship finals in Georgia. West Ham United youngster Quina played the opening 72 minutes as the Portuguese kicked-off their challenge with a hard-fought 1-0 Group A victory over the hosts in Gori. FC Porto striker Rui Pedro scored the only goal of the game from Portugal's sole shot on target, converting a penalty after he himself had been fouled. Quina's side were also reduced to ten men late on after Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes was sent-off for two bookable offences. Portugal tackle the Czech Republic on Wednesday 5 July before completing their group-stage commitments against Sweden on Saturday 8 July. The 17-year-old, who made two UEFA Europa League appearances for the Hammers last summer, was also part of the Portugal squad that won the UEFA U17 European Championship in 2016 and is therefore hoping to complete a memorable personal and national double. Elsewhere at the Euro U19 finals, West Ham goalkeeper Nathan Trott was an unused substitute as England began with a 2-0 Group B victory over Bulgaria in Tbilisi on Monday afternoon. England face the Netherlands on Thursday before rounding out their group-stage fixtures by tackling Germany on Sunday.

'Even West Ham fans have sent me cards!'
Filed: Monday, 3rd July 2017
By: Staff Writer

Roy Larner, the hero of the Borough Market terrorist attack has revealed that he has received praise from the most unexpected quarters... The 47-year-old Millwall fan, who has spent the last few weeks recovering in hospital after receiving between 80-100 stitches for various knife wounds returned to the pub in which he was attacked earlier today. And the lifelong Lions fan admitted that whilst he had been surprised to receive cards and gifts from wellwishers all around the globe, none surprised him more than those sent by Hammers fans! "The hero thing is a bit embarrassing for me," Larner told the BBC. "But it's nice. People have been giving me loads of praise and sending me cards. "Even West Ham fans have sent me cards and money - which is quite nice!" A crowdfunding campaign set up to help Larner - who has been tipped to win the George Medal as a result of his bravery which is said to have saved several lives - has raised in excess of £55,000.

Give us a clue, what's the plan?
Filed: Monday, 3rd July 2017
By: Paul Walker

Like it or not at West Ham of late, there's always been a plan, a golden vision on the skyline that was supposed to propel our club to the land of plenty.

For the past five years or so, the plan for our future from the owners has been bludgeoned into us all, so relentless has the quest been for the new stadium, the new level that will bring the top players to Stratford, the holy grail of the Champions League.

We may not have liked the way our owners forced through the move from the Boleyn, their ruthless desire to make us all believe that following the yellow brick road would take us to fame and fortune (well them at least) and that we would all love it in the end.

The logic of greater revenue and a bigger stadium was pretty obvious, so the majority of us gritted our teeth and went along with it all. Some have liked it more than others. Our owners got their way, their (dubiously worded) vote in favour, so opposition seemed pretty pointless in the end, it was going to happen.

Nothing was going to stop them with a cheaply-rented new stadium on offer and the chance to flog the Boleyn and pay off the mortgage, and the first year's rent and renovation. What was not to like?

But now we are a year down the line, does anyone really believe the Champions League is attainable, that we can bounce our way in amongst the country's elite, that money alone will conquer all? Surely not.

We don't seem to have a believable plan any more. To progress the way we were promised means we have to overtake the likes of our current top seven clubs. Do our owners really believe we can stand shoulder to shoulder with the Manchester giants, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, now even Everton?

We have done the easy bit. We are the 15th most valuable club in the world, at around £490million. We are in the top six best supported clubs in Europe (tickets sold if not bums on seats). Our revenue is amongst Europe's top 20, our turnover the same. Our wage bill amongst the highest in the Premier League.

But it's all a fraud really, isn't it? Look at that list of the world's top 20 valued clubs and only ourselves and Leicester are not playing European football next season.

OK, I accept this is the toughest league for qualification. The top four by right, Manchester United because they spent £250million and Jose bored the pants off everyone to get in the back door with the Europa League. Plus Arsenal and Everton.

So I ask again, can we get close to Everton or Arsenal? Maybe, probably not. Can we catch the top five. Not a hope, sorry. The original plan, something I have commented on before, was flawed from the start, the naive and gullible were conned into believing the Champions League was just around the corner.

But sometimes the expectation of our fans is laughable; do people really believe we can buy £50million players, or that they'd come? That Romelu Lukaku, for example, is attainable? We may be able to tempt him or his like with money, but we are not in Europe and that's the level top players aspire to.

To play against the best, to be in that exclusive club, to be at a club with genuine hopes of being the best, or near to it.

We cannot offer anyone that. We can throw money at them, but it's not enough. We need to show players a realistic plan, something that is attainable in a couple of years. And the trouble is the best players look at us and don't believe our owners' dream.

We have a big stadium (but then so do Sunderland and Aston Villa). Big players perform in big stadiums all the time, so a converted athletics stadium does not impress them. I flinched when I heard David Gold describe it on TV earlier this year as 'near perfect' and then a month later on twitter tell someone that it was never meant to be a football stadium.

We look like we have money, but a variety of financial regulations stops us spending shed loads of it. We have owners who, between them, are worth upwards of £1.5billion (pretty much the same as Everton's new benefactor Farhad Moshiri has to his name).

But until our new found commercial wealth, the corporate bonanza that has come our way, can work its way into our budgets, we can't put any real plan into operation. And do our chuckle brothers really spend? Well, no.

Without European football we are going nowhere, slowly. Leicester managed it a season back when the top clubs were all bloated and self-important. And taking everything for granted. That has all changed now. Leicester was a fluke and won't happen again any decade soon, it's certainly not sustainable.

So now we are left bouncing from one transfer window to another, hoping for that big breakthrough, another Dimitri Payet maybe, and that was improbable enough, taking advantage of a club in cash meltdown at the time.

But Marseille have got their new money man now, they are back in Europe and Dimi--for whatever other reasons he wanted out from us--sure as hell didn't want to be playing in the lower reaches of the Premier League, he could maybe see through the dream ticket that was sold to him.

As for our current battles in the transfer market, let's just wait and see. We have only just started, players could not be officially bought until July 1.

All the noise so far has been generated by agents' bling chinking away as their stubby fingers pound mobile phone keypads. They all look the same, I find. The uniform, that is.

Expensive loafers (no socks), too tight designer jeans, far too tight slim-fit white shirts with double cuffs and gold links plus the fake tans, streaked hair and sunglasses in their foreheads from February onwards. You can tell they are my favourite people, can't you!

They are generally crooks and fans should not believe 95 per cent of the summer garbage they generate. David Sullivan just loves all that.

But our owners are very, very aware that they have a simmering fan base who have lost most, if not all, of our faith in them to have the ability to make anything like the top signings we were promised.

So far we have sorted a couple of big new contracts for Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna, and there has to be another three in the pipeline for Winston Reid, Pedro Obiang and Manuel Lanzini or we could lose them.

We have dumped four youngsters, all of whom will be replaced by promotions from within the age group academy ranks, while Reece Oxford certainly, and probably, Reece Burke and Josh Cullen will all be out on loan.

So far six players have gone from the senior squad and Pablo Zabaleta signed. That to me suggests we need to sign five players just to bring the squad depth up to last season's numbers. Anything less will leave Slav very short. Again.

But Sullivan is finding this window harder than ever to negotiate. And then there's Everton making life difficult. They have become the club we would wish to be.

Our owners have always, I believe, had a soft spot for Bill Kenwright and admiration for the tight ship he ran on limited funds. Now he has finally got the new money he has sought for ten years, or so.

Moshiri, a 60 year-old Iranian, has bought 49.9 per cent of the club, Bill still has 12.2 per cent, but there is also a legally-binding agreement that Bill and the other shareholders always vote with Moshiri on important matters. Bit like the DUP without the bigotry and terrorist funding. Sorry, couldn't resist.

Suddenly Everton, who were our attainable rivals, have surged away from us. And financially they are doing it in just the way our owners would like at our place, with new money coming in without the takeover.

Yes, they are expecting £100million for Lukaku, but it is more than that. They have a plan. They have been able to buy Jason Pickford, once our target but not at £30million, Davy Klassen (£23million), Michael Keane (probably) for £25million, Sandro Ramirez (£5.2million) and Henry Onyekuru (£8million). Pretty good business all that, and then (maybe) Olivier Giroud.

And of course, Everton now have proper plans for a new stadium that they will own, right on the Liverpool waterfront, with help from local council and redevelopment loans. How we would like to be that lucky. And they are not getting the players just because of money, they have Europe and a very viable plan for the future. And we don't.

Missing out on Onyekuru has looked embarrassing for us, but frankly we had no choice. We need a player to be in the side now, and the young Nigerian can't get a work permit for a year, at least. We are not in the position of being able to buy a player for £8million and then loan him straight out. Everton are now. Frankly he was of no use to us in those circumstances.

All this will no doubt irate Gold, who twice this summer has had a little dig at Everton when pressed by our fans on twitter over their success with youth players. This at a time when it was hard to find a West Ham youngster in any of the England youth and age group sides doing so well. Danny Kemp and Nathan Trott was about it.

Gold said, as we know, how hard it is for kids to break into the Premier League. All true, but he did so in the week our development squad managed to win promotion back to the top flight via the play-offs. Not much encouragement there.

And he also pointed out that Chelsea won the title without using any kids, and Hull went down by using the most in the division. Too black and white that, David.

Everton's under 23s, coached by David Unsworth, won the reserve Premier League ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, who stockpile kids so other clubs cannot get them.

And Everton kept a clutch of kids training with the first team and not out on loan, so when they had an injury crisis in January, they were able to use them and still reach European qualification. Unlike us. Maybe Mr. Gold should keep quiet on this subject for a while.

So here we are again, same place, same time, same problems, same struggle to improve. And we have lost punters along the way. Just where are the West Ham 5,000? The fans who chucked in their season tickets this summer.

I'd love to know whether they were long-term Boleyn refugees or some of the new intake, or just fans dumping their kids' tickets. If they are, as I fear, a majority of long-term fans turning their back on the club, our owners should be concerned and want to know why.

At the moment they are long-forgotten, ignored. Made to feel like 'churn', the wonderful word Sky use to describe their daily loss of subscribers who are pretty soon replaced by newcomers. Nobody knows their names, or cares. They are just numbers. I hope our owners don't feel like that.

It's a bit personal now because we, our motley group of a dozen lads who travel together, drink together, moan together, have lost one of our number, a good friend of my son, long standing but now gone after almost 30 years as a season ticket holder.

I respect totally his decision, but find the logic difficult. Watching football is a group thing, it's all about the day out with mates, a twice-monthly pass from the missus for a piss-up. Ok, so some people don't like the owners, the new stadium, the colour of the plastic sheeting or even the long haul back to Stratford station.

But we are West Ham. Regardless. We are bigger than the people who own us. So to throw all that away, as well as the riotous away trips, saddens me. He will be missed, and 'probably thinks this song is about him.'(but don't tell him I said that!)

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

West Ham hold talks about signing Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen
Last Updated: 03/07/17 2:13pm

West Ham United have held talks about signing Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen, according to Sky sources. The former Manchester United striker has a £13m release clause in his contract. West Ham are planning on signing at least one striker this summer and Hernandez has the Premier League experience they are looking for. Hernandez scored 39 times in the past two seasons for Leverkusen after he moved to Germany from United in a £7.3m deal in August 2015. The striker, also known as 'Chicharito', became Mexico's all-time leading goalscorer in May when he hit his 47th goal for his country in a 2-1 defeat to Croatia.
West Ham have also held talks this summer about signing Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City, Olivier Giroud from Arsenal, Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi and Anthony Modeste from Koln.

Could West Ham finally replace Payet with Alejandro Gomez?
Antony Martin

The Argentine would be an excellent addition to the West Ham United squad. Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has a lot of work to do this summer, if he is to build a squad capable of making a sustained challenge for the Europa League spots. As much as West Ham fans won't like to admit it, Dimitri Payet's acrimonious exit from the club in January had a real detrimental effect on Bilic's side's performances, and their lack of creativity and goals in forward areas during the second half of last season must be a real concern for the Croatian. With this in mind, the acquisition of an established attacking midfielder must surely feature highly on the West Ham manager's agenda, as he looks to finally fill the void left behind by the enigmatic Frenchman, and an interesting option for the Hammers could be Atalanta star Alejandro Gomez. The diminutive Argentine enjoyed a wonderfully successful season in Serie A last term, scoring 16 goals and chipping in with 10 assists in 37 league outings. He is exceptionally gifted from a technical perspective, and the intricate manner in which he expresses himself in the final third would most definitely offer West Ham an added level to their attacking play. He is also somewhat of a set-piece specialist - something that the Hammers have desperately craved since Payet left the London Stadium. One potential concern for the east Londoners over a move for Gomez will be his small frame, with the Atalanta man standing at just 5ft 5in tall. West Ham have previous in bringing small Argentine's to the club, however, with the capture of Manuel Lanzini now beginning to look like a master-stroke. The 29-year-old does still have three years remaining on his current deal with the Italians, however, so he will not come cheap, but the Hammers should take advantage of their financial superiority over the Serie A side, by offering them an amount of money that they cannot refuse.
And if Bilic does manage to bring Gomez to West Ham this summer, it could turn out to be the signing that makes all the difference for the Hammers this season.

Revealed: Sakho, Carroll, Antonio & Obiang to report for West Ham pre-season training on Wednesday
The quartet missed the end of last season through injury but will be back this week
Football London
20:00, 3 JUL 2017

football.london has learned that Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll, Michail Antonio and Pedro Obiang are all expected to return to training on Wednesday when West Ham head back to Rush Green. The quartet missed the final few weeks of the season through long-term injuries - Sakho missed a lot more than that - but all four are expected to be at Rush Green for the first session of the new pre-season. Sakho was plagued by back and hamstring injuries last season and made just three appearances all season long as he enters the final year of his current contract. Antonio picked up a hamstring injury against Leicester City which required an operation and ruled him out for the last couple of months of the campaign, but he still picked up Hammer of the Year at the end of season awards.
Pedro Obiang suffered a serious ankle injury in the same game as Antonio and missed the rest of the season, which required an operation but he is expected to return. Carroll missed time due to an adductor problem but is also expected to be back on Wednesday. Angelo Ogbonna will also continue his rehab from a knee injury after returning for the final game of the season at Burnley having missed five months with a knee injury. Also, maybe more importantly, manager Slaven Bilic will also be at the session having recovered sufficiently from his off-season hip replacement - his second one - to be able to take his place overseeing the training.
It will be the first time the players will get to meet up with new head of medical Gary Lewin, who will no doubt be keeping a close eye on Sakho, Carroll, Obiang and Antonio. West Ham will have five days of training at Rush Green before they head off to Austria for the first of two training camps this month on July 10.

Date: 3rd July 2017 at 9:12pm
Written by: Forever Westham

Jordan Pickford, reportedly set for West Ham move. Joins Everton.

Henry Onyekuru, faces work permit challenge before announcing Hammers switch. Joins Everton.

Olivier Giroud, subject to potential club record fee. Everton plan shock raid.

See the pattern?

The latest names on an admittedly long list of players to be linked with West Ham this summer are strikers Andre Gray and Javier Hernandez, of Burnley and Bayer Leverkusen respectively. Both players have been noted as men that could fill the void in Slaven Bilic's lacklustre front line, with the Croatian desperate to find a new striker amidst injury problems and bad form amongst his current crop of frontmen. No doubt the rumours, especially the latter, has had West Ham fans excited, however there are those who are holding their horses – whether it be in jest or not – because of the aforementioned 'misappropriating Merseysiders'.
Hernandez to West Ham? Signs for Everton. Or least thats what the fans think will happen …

Barnaby Lane @BarnabyLane_
West Ham in talks to sign Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen.
2:47 PM - 3 Jul 2017

West Ham Central @WestHam_Central
BREAKING: Everton have bid £13m for Javier Hernandez.

BREAKING: Everton have won the race for Javier Hernandez. https://twitter.com/westham_central/status/881861161150558209
2:11 PM - 3 Jul 2017
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Harry @WhuHxrry
@WestHam_Central We literally won't get him as soon as the papers find out West Ham want someone Everton or someone hijack
2:12 PM - 3 Jul 2017
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Iwan Jones @iwan_jones5
West Ham target = Everton bound https://twitter.com/skysportsnewshq/status/881860562791038976
2:13 PM - 3 Jul 2017
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West Ham Central @WestHam_Central
Elliot Brimage @brimage_elliot
@WestHam_Central That he'll join Everton
2:15 PM - 3 Jul 2017

West Ham Central @WestHam_Central
BREAKING: Sky sources: West Ham have held talks with Bayer Leverkusen about signing striker Javier Hernandez, who has a £13m release clause. pic.twitter.com/dxLYwWNYB4

IMRANO © ⚒ @1mrano
@WestHam_Central @davidgold bet you go in at 7 million or some poxy loan ...
Then we get bumped by @Everton #davidgold #WHUFC #COYI
2:16 PM - 3 Jul 2017

Kaveh Solhekol ✔ @SkyKaveh
West Ham have held talks about signing ex Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. Has £13 million release clause at Bayer Leverkusen
Alex Bicknell @AlexBicknell89
@SkyKaveh @martelliditalia Today: West Ham bid £10m - Rejected
Tomorrow: Everton bid £13m - accepted
Wednesday: West Ham sign Carlton Cole on free transfer
2:44 PM - 3 Jul 2017

West Ham refusing to give up on Iheanacho; Manchester City unwilling to sell until replacement is signed
Vincent Ralph

West Ham United continue to be linked with the Manchester City forward. According to a report from Own Goal Nigeria, West Ham United are refusing to give up in their ongoing pursuit of Kelechi Iheanacho, although his current club Manchester City are now unwilling to sanction a deal until they have signed a replacement.
The report states that West Ham have agreed to the buyback clause City insist is included in any contract for the Nigerian international. However with Leicester City also circling, it remains to be seen if the Hammers will ultimately get this deal over the line. There is no doubt the 20-year-old would be an outstanding addition to Slaven Bilic's squad, having already scored 21 goals for City despite rarely starting for them. Some West Ham fans fear their board have waited too long to agree to City's demands, and that they will have to watch helplessly as yet another target slips through their fingers. However, the latest report from Own Goal Nigeria at least offers them hope. It also states that City manager Pep Guardiola will meet with the coach of the Nigerian national team later this week to discuss the best option for Iheanacho. Gernot Rohr is said to be concerned at how many games Iheanacho will start if he remains at City next season, with another World Cup fast approaching. At West Ham he would be a regular starter, but only time will tell if the Hammers get their wish.

Turkish giants move to hijack West Ham efforts to sign £13m striker directly involved in 79 goals during his time an Man United

Besiktas have joined the race for Bayer Leverkusen striker Chicharito according to reports from Turkey. Fanatik claim that the Black Eagles are keen on signing the Mexican international. Per the source, the reigning Turkish champions want Chicharito as a replacement for Vincent Aboubakar. The Cameroon international striker is set to return to Porto following the end of his loan. Demba Ba will also return from his Besiktas loan to China. The Eagles are lacking options upfront and want to invest in a proven, experienced striker with Champions League experience. The Istanbul giants are expected to face competition from the Premier League.
BILD report that West Ham and Tottenham have shown a great interest in the 29-year-old. Chicharito does have another two-years left on his contract but has a £13 million release clause. The Hammers have entered talks with the striker according to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol.

Kaveh Solhekol ✔ @SkyKaveh
West Ham have held talks about signing ex Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. Has £13 million release clause at Bayer Leverkusen
1:50 PM - 3 Jul 2017
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Chicharito has years of Premier League experience under his belt having directly been involved in 79 goals during his time at Manchester United – 59 goals, 20 assists. The striker enjoyed one of his most successful spells at the Red Devils, winning two Premier League titles between 2010-15. The striker's Premier League scoring record makes him an attractive prospect for West Ham and Spurs but also Besiktas who want a forward with a proven track record at the highest level.

West Ham take on Liverpool for Mexico's Raul Jimenez - who was sent off in Confederations Cup 3rd play-off
The Irons have a long-standing interest in the £19million-rated striker
The Mirror
01:07, 3 JUL 2017

West Ham are rivalling Liverpool's interest in Mexico and Benfica marksman Raul Jimenez. The Irons have a long-standing interest in the £19million-rated striker, 26, for whom his club are willing to listen to offers. Jimenez has been in action for his country at the Confederations Cup, scoring in Mexico's 2-1 win over New Zealand before being sent off against Portugal in the third place play-off defeat. He moved to Benfica from Atletico Madrid two years ago, after complications prevented in a potential move to east London. He scored 11 goals in all competitions for his club last season and has 12 goals from his 54 international caps.



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