£5 Million And £20K Per Week For Oxford They're Having A Giraffe!

The Oxford to leave West Ham story has been doing the rounds just ahead of the January transfer window opening, it is widely believed that Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini doesn't 'fancy' the 6'3" midfielder and has given his verdict on the once incredibly coveted youngster. The Oxford situation is a strange one, essentially the club, especially Slaven Billic, thought that Oxford was going to be the next Rio Ferdinand and therefore cosseted him and gave him a very substantial £20,000 per week contract in order to head off interest from a whole host of top clubs.

Loan Move For Pereira In Jeopardy Due To League Parity

West Ham have been considering a January loan move for Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, the midfielder has been used sparingly by Jose Mourinho this season and has rejected the club's offer of a new three-year contract. United do have an option to extend it by a further year, which they are set to take up although apparently only to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

Eight Players Out Yet Hammers Looking For Fifth Straight Win

When Manuel Pellegrini became West Ham United manager he immediately set about completely revamping the squad, so many new players arrived it was obviously going to take time for them to gell. At the time Pellegrini's wisdom of bringing so many new players in at once was questioned, however with Hammers now looking towards European qualification despite having eight players currently sidelined. If the squad assembled had not had so much strength in depth things would have been completely different.

Live Fulham FC v West Ham United Team Sheets

Fulham FC: Rico, Odoi, Mawson, Chambers, Ream, Bryan, Seri, Schurrle, Cairney, Kamara, Mitrovic.Subs: Bettinelli, Kebano, Johansen, Ayite, Vietto, Christie, Cisse.
West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Anderson, Hernandez, Antonio. Subs: Adrian, Cresswell, Carroll, Obiang, Ogbonna, Costa Silva, Diangana.

Pellegrini Needs To Be Wary Of The Tinkerman Ranieri

Reading and listening to some of the 'gungho' comments made ahead of West Ham's match against Fulham you would think the game had already been won! How very far from the truth can that be? Just because Hammers have managed to win three matches on the spin why on earth do fans and pundits think Craven Cottage is going to be an easy place to play at?

Hammers Dodge One As Pellegrini Confirms No Interest In Yaya

Having been taught a painful lesson with regards their recruitment due to 'Wheelgate', it is only natural that Manuel Pelegrini and Mario Husillos are recalcitrant when discussing possible new arrivals at the club. However Pellegrini was at pains to confirm Hammers LACK of interest in signing Yaya Toure, Toure was a pivotal member of Pellegrini’s title winning Manchester City side and is a free agent after leaving Olympiakos by mutual agreement on Tuesday after only three months and just five appearances.

Jack Wilshere Continues To Live Up To 'Wheelchair' Moniker

Ahead of Hammers televised match against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, Manuel Pellegrini attempted to put a positive spin on squad fitness: "I think one of the merits of this team is having six or seven injuries, and winning the last three games, I hope we continue with the same spirit." He then discussed individuals by saying "Lucas Perez has a pain. We are reviewing it. Jack Wilshere continues his treatment. He will not play in this game, tomorrow we will know exactly who will be in the squad. Every player who recovers from injuries is an important player for us."

Rafael Benitez v Manuel Pellegrini

Rafael Benitez v Manuel Pellegrini: Would Rafa thrive once again if given the spending power of West Ham United?

After their recent 3-0 defeat to West Ham United at St James Park, Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez insisted that the Hammers spending power was the difference between the two sides.

Generous West Ham Enable Noble To Finish Career At Club

There is always something unnerving and yet satisfying for supporters when a long serving player says that they want to end their career at the club, in Hammers case it is Captain Mark Noble. Noble debuted in 2004 as a 17 year old and has gone on to play around 450 games for the club, the option to extend his contract keeping him at the club until 2021 has been taken up, it is also envisaged that his services will be retained in a coaching capacity once he has hung up his boots for good.

I'm All Right Jack - For Now

Hammers injuries sustained list has grown alarmingly during the course of the season and pre-season, the latest to succumb being Lucas Perez with a foot injury that looks as if he were shot! So another player down but at least one is due back, only problem is that the player in question is Jack Wilshere. The midfielder is available for selection against Fulham this weekend having recovered from yet another injury sustained while recovering from an earlier ankle operation.


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