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Hammers in the Heart - Tue Aug 14 8:44 PM
Liverpool 4 West Ham 0 Luckily I was up on Castle Crag in the Lake District whole this was happening. There seems to be a new PL rule that WHU have to lose the opening game 4-0 as it’s happened two seasons running. It was always going to be a difficult game but Robertson was given a worrying amou...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Aug 10 12:20 PM
So it’s ten men in now West Ham have signed Lucas Prez and defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez. The Colombian is micknamed The Rock and comes from the rainiest city in the world. Not a lot of people know that. He’s 32 and played in a relegated Aston Villa side but has had a long career so let’s h...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Aug 8 11:13 PM
Jordan Hugill has left for a season-long loan at Middlesbrough as the Hammers move closer to signing Arsenal's Lucas Perez. At around £5 million Perez is a decent price considering he cost Arsenal £17 million from Deportivo two seasons ago (he was back on loan at Deportivo last season). He wouldn...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Aug 5 11:44 AM
My West Ham preview can be found in today's Observer , and, strangely, it's almost optimistic. I've predicted we'll finish eighth, boosted by our new signings. Sure a few actual games will soon cure me of this though… Click on the link to read.
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Aug 3 11:52 AM
Young forward and Portugeezer Xande Silva has joined West Ham for £1.8 million from Vitoria de Guimaeres. It's our eighth signing of the summer, albeit a fairly minor one. Zande's only 21 and has starred for the Portugal under-20 side so is clearly one for the future. He'll be more on an addition...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Aug 2 10:10 AM
So Cheikhou Kouyate has finally gone to Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee, which is probably around £10 million or so. He's been a pretty good servant to West Ham over his four seasons, although he never quite became the player he could have been. He started off really well after joining in 2...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Aug 2 9:09 AM
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Hammers in the Heart - Wed Aug 1 10:45 AM
West Ham have won their first trophy of the season, the most prestigious piece of silverware in world football, the Betway Cup. We beat Mainz 7-6 on penalties. Issa Diop scored the last penalty with Mainz then firing over, while Tony Martinez scored our goal from a Snodgrass (remember him?) cross...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Jul 31 6:50 PM
It's quite hard to pick a best eleven from the WHU squad after the summer signings. My line-up would probably be this: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Anderson, Obiang, Wilshere, Yarmolenko; Arnautovic, Hernandez. Plus a very strong bench selected from Noble, Antonio, Zabaleta,...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Jul 26 11:29 AM
Meanwhile an impressive 3-1 win for the Hammers at Aston Villa in last night's friendly. Anderson played a lovely reverse ball to set Masuaku free and create Arnie's goal, giving us a glimpse of those Brazilian feet. Also good to see Antonio get on the scoresheet through a typically strong run an...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Jul 26 11:08 AM
Reports on Sky Sports suggest that Crystal Palace are interested in signing Cheikhou Kouyate and that West Ham are in talks with Sampdoria about the sale of Pedro Obiang. While we could probably afford to lose one of these players, to sell both would leave the Hammers looking very light in centra...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Jul 25 12:30 PM
The Evening Standard has outed Francesco Molinari as an unlikely Hammers fan after his Open triumph. The brilliant golfer adopted West Ham when he moved to London and his fellow Italian and golfing buddy Gianfranco Zola was manager. So he's no fair-weather fan, as he then lived through the Avram...
Hammers in the Heart - Sat Jul 21 3:27 PM
Interesting to see the recent revelation that the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has spent nearly £450, 000 employing two separate agencies to find a name sponsor for the London Stadium. The result after two seasons is sweet FA, as we say in the corporate sponsorship trade. This sug...
Hammers in the Heart - Sat Jul 21 12:19 PM
Interesting to see the recent revelation that the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has spent nearly £450, 000 employing two separate agencies to find a name sponsor for the London Stadium. The result after two seasons is still no naming rights agreement. This suggests the price being...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Jul 15 12:19 PM
And still the signings keep coming. First it's Fabian Balbeuna from Corinithians, the Paraguayan centre back who is nicknamed The General (which should go down well with the ICF) and has his own goal celebration. Today comes the real statement signing, Felipe Anderson arriving from Lazio for a ma...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Jul 12 8:39 PM
Well, it wouldn't be a proper pre-season without news of another long-term injury for Andy Carroll — and now Winston Reid is out too. Both have failed to fully recover from last season's injuries and require further surgery, ruling both Andy and Winston out for three months. You've got to feel fo...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Jul 11 5:27 PM
Never mind some minor World Cup fixture. West Ham have made another big signing in Andriy Yarmolenko. The 28-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger/striker has cost a rumoured £17.5 million. He's certainly got a good scoring record, being the Ukraine national team's second top all-time top scorer with...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Jul 9 4:41 PM
So the Jack Wilshere signing has happened. He's arriving on a three-year-deal and he's been talking about growing up as a West Ham supporter. Jack will have to be managed carefully, but he does seem to be very much a West Ham type of player and possess the flair the Irons' fans appreciate. Wilsh...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Jul 9 4:06 PM
Pre-season friendlies are much more about fitness than results, but Pellegrini's first game in charge has ended with a 3-2 defeat to FC Winterthur in Switzerland, with Andy Carroll scoring but also missing a penalty and Mark Noble netting the other goal. My pal Fraser watched it on the live feed,...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Jul 6 2:19 PM
Strong rumours West Ham will be signing Arsenal's Jack Wilshere soon. I've always thought he's a West Ham-type player and indeed he comes from a family of West Ham supporters in Hitchin. On the other hand, he'd be an old-style West Ham signing, a Harry Redknapp-stye gamble as Arsenal are getting...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Jul 4 10:19 AM
Great news from last night's meeting of Newham Council. The World Cup statue's staying home. Bike from Boleyn comment: "We're so thrilled to say that today Newham Council made the decision to save our statue. Our beloved statue known to many as the 'Bobby Moore statue ', the 'Cha mpions statue '...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Jul 3 11:04 AM
As a West Ham fan it's very difficult to feel optimistic about any football match and in particular an assured march to the World Cup Final. As W B Yeats, the bloke who started all those wine bars, might put it, "the centre forward fails to hold, things fall apart…" I didn't get where I am today...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Jun 26 3:00 PM
Today's Daily Mirror claims that Manuel Lanzini could be out for 15 months and will miss the whole of next season. The Mirror states that his injury is more serious than anticipated, a "cruciate plus". This is terrible news for player and club. We've lost a £40million player (on today's prices wh...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Jun 24 9:58 AM
Good to see Chicharito score Mexico's winning goal against South Korea. He might even get in a David Moyes side on this form. When was the last time a West Ham player scored in the World Cup finals? I've consulted Mystic Matt and he reliably informs me that it was Matthew Upson in England's 4-1 d...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Jun 21 5:50 PM
My Swansea-supporting pal Huw thinks we've got a good goalkeeper and a decent bloke in Lukasz Fabianski. He was regularly serenaded by Swansea fans with chants of "we've got a big Pole in our goal!" and after relegation he shed genuine tears as the fans implored him to stay. Fabianski also thanke...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Jun 20 10:38 AM
Proof that West Ham and Manuel Pellegrini mean business in the transfer market this summer has come wit the double signings of Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski. Diop cost a club record £22 million from Toulouse (though Arnie cost £20 million plus add-ons amounting to an eventual £24 million). Ce...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Jun 18 11:53 AM
Congratulations to a tearful Chicharito on Mexico's great World Cup victory against Germany. Hernandez had a fine game, leading the line superbly and playing the through ball for the winning goal. Hard to believe he is a West Ham reserve striker. As my pal Matt texted: "It's all very well destroy...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Jun 15 2:14 PM
I know it's that time of the season, but according to the press today West Ham are about to sign Lucasz Fabianski and Alfie Mawson from Swansea City, Chris Smalling from Man United, Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund, Lazio's Brazilian Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere from Arsenal, Barcelona's Marl...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Jun 14 10:35 AM
But WHU do now have a new Director of Football. He's Manuel Pellegrini's old mate from his Malaga days, Mario Husillos. As someone said on Facebook, he looks a bit like an older Robbie Williams. Mario's from Argentina but also has good Spanish links, so we could be in for some interesting signing...