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Hammers in the Heart - Fri Feb 23 2:23 PM
Press reports suggest Jose Fonte could be on his way to Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifeng for €5 million. It would be strange to lose Fonte now, when he can't be replaced until the summer and would leave West Ham reliant on centre backs Reid, Ogbonna, Collins and Rice, with Kouyate and Evra...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Feb 20 3:39 PM
Enjoyed Marko Arnautovic's TV interview after the Watford win when he opined: "I want just to show the critical people, all the people who don’t think I’m good, that I’m good and I want to give everything for this club, that’s why I play football. I’m surprised some people don’t like me. I think...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Feb 16 4:19 PM
David Moyes isn’t perfect, but he’s been a pleasant surprise since taking over from Slaven Bilic. It’s not always been attacking football and he could improve by using substitutes earlier and not running Antonio into the ground, but Moyesy has certainly done a lot of things right since arriving t...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Feb 14 7:05 PM
Some of the protests seem to be getting through to David Sullivan to judge by his video statement on the club website. It’s significant that he has pledged to restructure the transfer system, though the proof will be in what happens next summer. It’s not identifying targets which has been the pro...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Feb 11 11:16 AM
West Ham 2 Watford 0 The Overground is closed and so too is the Best Café, awaiting refurbishment. So it’s off to meet Matt and Lisa at Gerry’s Kitchen, which is closed, due to “operational issues”. So we head off for hasty noodles at Chopstix in the Stratford Centre, where my daughter Lola joins...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Feb 7 7:11 PM
Just informed my pal Matt he'd better not shout at Patrice Evra, though if Patrice can get to the crowd at the London Stadium he'll have done well. And if he does reach Row 44 we'll let Nigel sort him out. No doubt his signing from Marseille (where he kicked a fan in the head during the warm-up,...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Feb 6 7:09 PM
It's been a shoddy week with Masuaku's ban for spitting, Henry's sacking with old-fashioned racism, some botched signings on deadline day and a defeat at Brighton all combining to cause massive unrest among the away fans, who these days are the real hardcore fans with 21 plus priority points. Wel...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Feb 4 2:47 PM
Brighton 3 West Ham 1 After the week we've had it's not really a surprise to lose this. Murray sprung West Ham's offside trap too easily to get behind Collins for the first. Credit to the Hammers for a first-half comeback though, with Hernandez scoring a great goal after a dribble across the box....
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Feb 2 10:43 AM
It's an embarrassing morning to be a West Ham fan. "Race storm engulfs West Ham" was the headline on the front page of last night's Evening Standard and today's papers have more coverage of Africa-gate. Jacob Steinberg in the Guardian writes that Tony Henry's alleged comments about not signing Af...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Feb 1 10:54 AM
Firstly, let's give Jordan Hugill a chance. It's not his fault if the club has messed up more high-profile targets like Slimani and Smolov. No-one has heard of our £8m signing, but he's certainly going to have a better attitude than some of our stars, having come into the game late. He played non...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Jan 31 3:15 PM
West Ham 1 Crystal Palace 1 The Clyde Best Café is “closed for refurbishment” — something that never used to happen at Ken’s Café. I’m joined by my daughter Lola and a bemused Lisa as we opt for the Best Kebab shop’s falafel wraps. Michael joins us having had a snifter or two due to the Theatre R...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Jan 30 12:02 PM
Diafra Sakho has finally left the building. It seems he's wanted to leave West Ham since about 1643, and now he's got his wish. With such an injury-prone player it's decent business to get £4.5 million up front and a possible £3.5 million in add-ons. It all rather sad too, as he was potentially t...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Jan 29 11:51 AM
Some West Ham fans have been saying Arthur Masuaku should be sacked, which is a little over the top. Spitting is horrible and he was incredibly stupid to do it. But it was out of character and he has apologised. Masuaku will suffer a likely six-match suspension and a probable club fine and will...
Hammers in the Heart - Sat Jan 27 8:30 PM
Wigan 2 West Ham 0 (FA Cup) Well, an injury-ravaged Hammers side was never likely to get much out of this and it hardly ranks as a shock. Burke allowed Grigg to get on the wrong side of him for the first, but was unlucky to have a penalty awarded against him for the hadball. Something happened wh...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Jan 26 10:26 AM
Pablo Zabaleta is a bit of a heavy metal headbanger judging by his choices in the Bournemouth programme's Play List. My pal Nigel is ecstatic that Pablo has chosen some of his favourite songs, such as AC/DC's Highway to Hell , Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast and Metallica's excellent cover of...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Jan 25 10:18 AM
Reports suggest West Ham are close to signing Inter Milan's Joao Mario on loan for the rest of the season. The Portuguese midfielder looks a Lanzini-like creative midfielder who can create and score goals. He's got a 2016 European Championship winners' medal with Portugal (mind you so has Jose Fo...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Jan 23 11:27 AM
More bad news on the injury front. Andy Carroll is out for three months following an operation on his fractured ankle, while it's reported that Manuel Lanzini could miss four to six weeks with his hamstring injury and Arnautovic also has a hamstring problem. West Ham urgently need a replacement f...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Jan 21 12:32 PM
West Ham 1 Bournemouth 1 Hackney Wick is damp and grey on the way to Forman’s, where my pal Jackie joins me for a coffee next to the smoked salmon eaters. We watch the rain ripple the River Lea rather like we’re in a Smiths video. Inside the stadium we find Michael, who’s just dined at Ken’s Café...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Jan 19 11:22 AM
So Andy Carroll's ankle has intervened in the strange tug-of-love with Chelsea. He's going to be out for at least a month with his latest ankle injury and that should be enough to kill any deal with Chelsea. In fact now the Blues are considering Peter Crouch… But thinking about Andy has made me r...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Jan 17 11:09 AM
West Ham 1 Shrewsbury Town 0 (FA Cup, after extra time) It’s in to the Clyde Best Café to meet Lisa, where we admire the menus for the “Stradford coffee house”. We’re joined by old school pal Mark and his son Duncan. Mark has to get up at 5.45am the next morning and hopes it doesn’t have to go to...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Jan 15 9:40 PM
One of the more outlandish transfer rumours seems to have some currency, with the Evening Standard reporting that West Ham will block any move by Chelsea to bring in Andy Carroll on loan. It does make some kind of sense from Chelsea's viewpoint. Carroll would be an impact sub and play when Morata...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Jan 14 7:08 PM
Huddersfield Town 1 West Ham 4 (four) A great result up in Yorkshire — it seems an age since West Ham tonked anyone. Admittedly the Terriers helped gift West Ham the opener with a misguided goalkeeping clearance from Lossi (a dead Lossi ball in fact). But credit to Arnautovic and then Noble for c...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Jan 12 2:56 PM
The Evening Standard claims that West Ham have agreed a fee of £10-£12 million with Crystal Palace for Diafra Sakho. It seems that Sakho is so homesick for France he might move to south London — which is at least a bit closer. It's always risky to sell to rivals, but there seems little choice but...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Jan 10 7:44 PM
Tonight's Evening Standard reports that new MLS club Los Angeles FC is interested in signing Javier Hernandez, though West Ham would want to recoup his £16m fee. Now Hernandez might not be in the starting line-up regularly, but I'd rather see him stay until the summer. It's taken us years to recr...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Jan 8 3:13 PM
Love Joe Hart's explanation for being capless at Shrewsbury, given in today's Guardian . Seems it was all a result of banter. Hart explains: “We have one cap in the kit but Aaron Cresswell’s hair is that bad that apparently after the last game he took it and he is rocking the Umbro cap. I would...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Jan 7 5:51 PM
Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0 (FA Cup) The only positive is that West Ham are still in the 4th round draw. It's off to the Stapleton Tavern to meet Matt and Lisa who have just been dining on Ken's Cafe-style sourdough hummus toasties in The Deli at 80. Shrewsbury have two good chances in the first...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Jan 7 10:48 AM
Thanks to my trivia expert Matt for wondering if Moyes will be parking the coracle at Shrewsbury. A swift Google reveals that a coracle is " a small round boat made of wickerwork covered with a watertight material, propelled with a paddle." It looks a bit like going to sea in an upturned washing-...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Jan 5 10:41 AM
Tottenham Hotspur 1 West Ham United 1 Another two days, another game… It's off to the World's End to watch this one over a pint of Camden Pale Ale. The first half is a solid defensive performance with Kane restricted to one shot that Adrian does well to tip away and the defence blocking everythin...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Jan 4 12:22 PM
A shame that much of the media coverage after the West Brom game centred on Jake Livermore's altercation with a Herbert in the Betway Stand. The actions of one idiot have detracted from a good night. The club are right to act against whoever it was. You can understand why Livermore reacted the wa...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Jan 3 4:06 PM
A late Christmas Carroll. Andy celebrates his winner Picture: Michael The Whovian West Ham 2 West Brom 1 It’s early into the London Stadium with daughter Lola, where we find Alison and Scott watching the warm-up and thinking that everything must surely go wrong against a team that hasn’t won in...