Filed: Friday, 10th June 2011
By: Matthew Hagland
KUMB issues a warm welcome to newest recruit Matthew Hagland who will be keeping a close eye on the transfer market throughout the summer, bringing you all the latest rumours and gossip from West Ham and the wider footballing community.
West Ham United
It is thought that West Ham are hoping to land their first new signing of the summer within 24 hours. The player in question is understood to be an experienced defender well know to Sam Allardyce and is just one of two players West Ham are hoping to seal within the next few days. Abdoulaye Faye, recently released by Stoke City is hotly tipped to be one of the two.
Rumours have been rife regarding a move for the Liverpool-born midfielder, with claims that a £3 million pound bid has been turned down; ex-Hammers boss Pardew is said to be holding out for a fee in the region of £6 million. Nolan scored 29 goals in the last two seasons and has experienced the fight for promotion twice, with both Bolton and Newcastle. This could be the first quality signing of many under the reign of Allardyce and signals his intent.
The rumours about Alan Smith seem to be nearly dead and buried, with only Leeds actually going on record as saying they want their former striker back. Smith's glory days are long gone and his goalscoring seems to have dried up, as he has failed to score in the last three seasons. Would it be worth taking a chance? With his injury record, lack of a recent scoring record and wages said to be ‘stratospheric’ by Leeds owner Ken Bates it seems very unlikely when funds could be used on purchasing a striker with a proven track record.
Zavon has turned down a new contract. Sam Allardyce told Sky Sports: "That doesn't mean that is the end of the matter and he will leave the club. As far as I am aware talks are still ongoing and he could stay." It is understood the 22-year-old striker would like to keep his options open and has stalled on making any long term commitment to his childhood club.
The Welsh international was this week the subject of purported interest from Stoke City earlier this week. However it is understood that Collison has now confirmed that he intends to remain at West Ham next season.
The 18-year-old central midfielder is cousin to Rio and Anton and is currently plying his trade with League two outfit Southend United where he has made 22 appearances and scored two goals. Club scouts have reportedly been to watch him on several occasions and he could be subject to a £750,000 bid if Allardyce sees him as a future player for West Ham. With Allardyce's desire for a British core of players, Ferdinand could fit the bill nicely.
Parker is widely expected to leave West Ham so he has the best chance possible of retaining his England place, with Liverpool, Aston Villa and Tottenham all interested in the holding midfielder. After spending four seasons with the Hammers he has gained admiration and respect from the footballing world - but also critics from within having only recently signed a new four-year contract. The three time Hammer of the Year has told the Telegraph his future is out of his hands and he has not set himself a deadline to decide whether he will stay or leave. Would the funds gained be better invested in other players, with a fee between £8-£12million expected?
The Senegalese hit man scored seven goals in 12 games since arriving in east London in January. However Ba is thought to be of the opinion that he needs to ply his trade in the Premier League and with a free transfer clause in his contract, he looks set for a move. He has said he will decide his future when he gets back from holiday; whether this is simply to keep the fans onside remain to be seen.
Matthew Upson has left West Ham (as confirmed by Sam Allardyce on the 1st June) after he turned down numerous contract offers. With Big Sam seemingly uninterested in the England defender, it looks like Upson’s future rests elsewhere. QPR and Wolves have already been cited as the two clubs considered most likely to grab his signature.
The midfielder is deciding whether he should stay at Upton Park, as he believes he owes West Ham at least one full season. With a reported double-your-money contract being offered, he could well see fit to remain Der Hammer. After only making 11 appearances due to an injury received whilst on international duty, many thought his season was over but he returned and made a number of commendable performances - and showed he still possesses a sledgehammer of a left foot. It would be a coup to keep the 6ft German.
Championship round up
*Birmingham have signed 27-year-old Chris Burke on a free trasnfer after he failed to agree terms with Cardiff. Sticking with City, Marlon King has agreed personal terms after turning down a new deal at Coventry. Birmingham have agreed to a £15,000-a-week deal for the controversial striker.
* Reading's Shane long is reportedly a transfer target for Everton's David Moyes.
* Nottingham Forrest are lining up a move for Fulham ace Jonathan Greening.
* Ipswich town have made an offer to Cardiff for 11-goal Michael Chopra.
* Cardiff have announced that they will have selected their new manager by next week with Hughton, Di Matteo and Mackay all in the running for the Bluebirds hot seat.
Top transfers in the footballing world
* Alexis Sanchez has signalled his intent to leave Udinese and has stated he would prefer a move to Barcelona over all the interested clubs.
* Carlos Tevez has told the press that club owner Sheik Mansour has permitted him to leave, with Real Madrid and Inter Milan eyeing the Argentinean striker. But the decision could be reversed if Manchester City fail to sign Alexis Sanchez from Udinese. It is reported that only an offer in excess of £40 million would be accepted for the City star.
* Aston Villa are bracing themselves for a bid from Premier League giants Manchester United for their star winger Ashley Young with a reported £15 million bid set to be made. Recent reports are saying that England regular is being offered a £130,000 a week contract to leave Villa Park.
* Sunderland confirmed earlier in the week via their official website that they had accepted a sizeable offer for young England international Jordan Henderson. Niall Quinn said: "Jordan is a credit to himself, his family and Sunderland’s Academy - and everyone here wishes him the very best for the future." Liverpool have now completed the deal for Henderson with the fee reported to be close to £20 million.
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.
by Paul Lynch
07:16PM 10th Jun 2011
by stephen wolfe
03:01PM 10th Jun 2011
''Wes Hoolahan ... the Nowich star may move to Upton Park for a £3.5million fee.''
by Tony P
02:17PM 10th Jun 2011
''I am led to believe that Sam is after Abdoulaye Faye who has been released by Stoke. Ricardo Gardner of Bolton is also on the radar.''
01:22PM 10th Jun 2011
''Alan Smith now plays as a midfielder, not a striker.''
by Francois Van der Elst
12:00PM 10th Jun 2011
''The second signing will be Ricardo Gardner from - guess who - Bolton.''
11:55AM 10th Jun 2011
''Ba thinks his contract says he can have a free transfer but West Ham disagree and it's being argued by both sets of lawyers.''
11:47AM 10th Jun 2011
''If Alan Smith comes back to Leeds it will only be to play midfield as Leeds don't need any more strikers.''
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