|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
Not really, no.
He's saying if rivals that big can manage it, then why can't smaller clubs like Orient and West Ham, so the opposite really.
Not agreeing with his logic btw.
i get mrs ch to do that for me and all you can do is slag her off your out of order mate
The Athletic Bilbao frontman Fernando Llorente has emerged as Arsenal's chief target to replace Robin van Persie if it turns out that Robin van Persie needs replacing which he may or may not do. The 6ft 5in 27-year-old slammed in 28 goals last season and has a £28m escape clause built into his contract, which is quite a lot really, considering. Also under consideration for the potentially vacant role leading Arsenal's attack are Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic and Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski. Not under consideration is Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner. Sorry Nicklas.
Then there's Paulo Henrique Ganso, the 22-year-old Santos midfielder who Gunners scouts have labelled the new Andriy Arshavin, though they presumably hope that he turns out to be better than the old one (who might end up joining Al-Sadd this summer, we're now told). A £15m bid is in the offing for the Olympics-bound starlet.
Llorente is unlikely to be the only Spanish recruit to the Premier League this summer, what with West Ham, Blackburn and QPR scrapping over £2m Getafe right-back Miguel Torres. "English football is a paradise for any player," trilled the 26-year-old. "I believe my sporting future will be there."
He should have a word with Luka Modric, who appears to believe that Spanish football is a paradise for any player and that his sporting future will be there. They can't both be right. The nimble-toed Croatian might never have a chance to find out, what with Real Madrid playing hardball over his transfer fee. Their president, Florentino Pérez, has insisted they will not meet Tottenham's £35m valuation: "The limit for the Modric deal is €35m," he blasted. "We will not pay any more than that for him."
In further bad news for Spurs, Emmanuel Adebayor is stalling over his much-trumpeted move from Manchester City because he's done some sums and he doesn't like the results one bit. Not one bit. The clubs have already agreed a £6m deal, but the player needs to be convinced that leaving a club where he is paid £175,000 a week to join one where he will be paid barely £5.5m a year would be worth his while. Spurs are also after Lyon and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, though the French club want £4m more than the £12m they're offering.
Back to City, where Roberto Mancini is even now rummaging in his pockets looking for spare change to help his club trump rival bids from Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal for 13-year-old prodigy Foday Nabay. Looks like he found quite a bit of loose change in there, as the Mail report the offer will "eclipse anything of its kind in British football history" and "blow United's offer out of the water". Specifics unsupplied.
QPR will sign Junior Hoilett from Blackburn today – with Jamie Mackie possibly going the other way – and will then set out to land the Vitesse Arnhem left-back Alexander Buttner – also a target for Fulham. Southampton were also keen, but even though they have gone rather cold on the idea all of a sudden those scouting trips to Holland weren't all wasted – they're going to sign PSV Eindhoven's 24-year-old striker Jeremain Lens instead. Talking of Dutch people, Twente's Douglas – a defender who's actually Brazilian, but will qualify for a Dutch passport next month, conveniently – is a target for West Ham and Fulham.
Swansea are mulling over a move for Bolton's Mark Davies as a replacement for potentially Liverpool-bound Joe Allan. Spartak Moscow may resurrect their failed January swoop for Everton's Johnny Heitinga, and with Joseph Yobo close to a £2.5m Fenerbahce switch there may suddenly be enough money in the Goodison Park safe for Steven Pienaar to be re-signed (though that might leave them a bit short on defenders). Talking of defenders, Wigan want Blackpool's Rocky Baptiste.
Finally some cricket news, and Katy Perry performed a concert in India to open the new IPL season in April, during which she invited Australia's Doug Bollinger on stage and engaged in such a provocative pose that she is now being investigated by public prosecutors in Madras for the crime of lewdness. True story. Which is almost certainly more than can be said for most of the other ones you've just read, sadly.
Sir Alex Ferguson says Kenny Dalglish got himself sacked for his mishandling of the Luis Suarez row.
Nottingham Forest last night sprang a surprise by naming Sean O'Driscoll as their new manager.
Junior Hoilett is poised to leap back into the Premier League at QPR - and clear the way for Jamie Mackie to go the other way to Blackburn.
Wigan supremo Dave Whelan is ready to sell Victor Moses to Chelsea - if Roman Abramovich comes up with a £10million package.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has begun negotiations to land France captain Hugo Lloris.
Derby have signed Coventry defender Richard Keogh in a £1.1million deal after agreeing a fee last night.
Emmanuel Adebayor is threatening to see out the remaining two years of his Manchester City contract.
Crawley boss Sean O'Driscoll was last night named Nottingham Forest manager.
Southampton are closing in on a £3.5million deal for PSV Eindhoven striker Jeremain Lens.
Sir Alex Ferguson claims Rio Ferdinand will never play for England again.
Kevin Phillips is re-thinking his decision to retire next summer.
Arsene Wenger will today make a decision on whether Robin van Persie travels with Arsenal on a pre-season Far East tour.
Swansea are considering a move for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies as Liverpool intensify their efforts to sign Joe Allen.
QPR were last night trying to secure a work permit for Junior Hoilett before completing the Canadian's signing from Blackburn.
Fulham and West Ham have made offers for Twente defender Douglas.
Wigan are interested in Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste.
Spartak Moscow are set to revive interest in Everton defender Johnny Heitinga.
Porto's Brazilian defender Danilo has criticised Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas for meeting his club-mate Hulk at Brazil's team hotel after they arrived on Tuesday.
Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin is wanted by Al Sadd of Qatar.
Manchester City are willing to offer Foday Nabay the most attractive package for a 13-year-old in British football in a bid to gazump rivals United.
Brendan Rodgers is set to raid his old club Swansea for £15million-rated midfielder Joe Allen.
Luka Modric took a step closer to quitting Tottenham yesterday after talks with new boss Andrew Villas-Boas.
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins is lining up an ambitious swoop for PSV attacker Jeremain Lens.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Kenny Dalglish got himself sacked by Liverpool for mishandling the Luis Suarez race row.
Stoke have agreed a £1.6million fee for Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron.
Swansea expect to tie up a £2million deal for goalscoring midfielder Michu from Rayo Vallecano.
Junior Hoilett was reported to have agreed to join QPR from Blackburn last night.
Neil Lennon has admitted Celtic won't be signing any more players until they know whether they are in the Champions League.
Manchester United have had a bid turned down by Arsenal for Robin van Persie.
Arsene Wenger is sending scouts to check on Brazilian midfielder Ganso in their Olympic warm-up match with Team GB.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is closing in on Marseille's Cesar Azpilicueta as his new No.1 right-back.
Wigan supremo Dave Whelan is ready to sell Victor Moses to Chelsea – if Roman Abramovich comes up with a £10million package in the next 24 hours.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has begun negotiations to land France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has warned fans their bid for Spurs' Luka Modric could hit a £7million stumbling block.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas will replace Luka Modric with Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla if Porto continue to play hard-ball over Joao Moutinho.
Brendan Rodgers has admitted for the first time that he would be interested in bringing Wales midfielder Joe Allen to Anfield.
Junior Hoilett is poised to leap back into the Premier League at QPR – and clear the way for Jamie Mackie to go the other way to Blackburn.
Arsenal will pursue a move for Atletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente if Robin van Persie leaves this summer. (Daily Mail)
Manchester City and Zenit St Petersburg are ready to pounce for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel after he revealed contract talks with the reds have stalled. (Times)
Manchester United have turned their attentions to Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin after growing increasingly frustrated in their pursuit of Lucas Moura. (Goal.com)
Heading to Old Trafford? Are Manchester United set to move for Nuri Sahin of Real Madrid?
Tottenham target Emmanuel Adebayor is threatening to see out the remainder of his contract at Manchester City to avoid a £3million a year pay cut. (The Sun)
Qatari side Al-Sadd hope to beat Zenit St Petersburg to the signature of Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin. (Daily Mail)
Southampton are closing in on a £3.5million deal for PSV Eindhoven striker Jeremain Lens, 24. (Daily Star)
Swansea are considering a move for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies, 24, as Liverpool intensify their efforts to sign key man Joe Allen. (Daily Mail)
West Ham, QPR and Blackburn are in a fight to sign £2million-rated Getafe star Miguel Torres. (The Sun)
Stoke have agreed a £1.6m fee for Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron – but must still settle on personal terms and gain international clearance. (Daily Express)
Manchester City are willing to offer Foday Nabay the most attractive package for a 13-year-old ever in British football as they bid to gazump their bitter city rivals United to the Birmingham wonderkid. (Daily Mail)
Steven Nzonzi has put Arsenal and Chelsea on alert by demanding to leave Blackburn. (Daily Star)
Real Madrid have been put off signing Micah Richards because of Manchester City's €32 (£25) million asking price. (Goal.com)
Rumours linking Arsenal with Brazilian midfielder Ganso could turn out to be true after all. Sort of. The latest is from the Mirror, who claim the Gunners will have scouts in attendance tonight when Brazil take on Great Britain in an Olympic friendly warm-up tonight. Ganso is a player touted as one of Brazil's finest prospects, but his progress has slightly faded over the past year, and he is in a contract dispute with Santos. With his teammates linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, Lucas and Oscar, it was surely only a matter of time before Arsenal got in on the act. Ganso would likely cost in the region of £15 million to £20 million, and the 22-year-old would be a fine addition to the Premier League if the Gunners act on their interest.
Ganso to Arsenal?
The Mail is reporting that Tottenham have raised an interest in Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla, as a replacement for Luka Modric. Malaga are currently working through a financial issue relating to their tax affairs, with Spanish papers reporting players have not received wages owed to them. The sticking point for this deal is that Real Madrid are interested in signing him too, but they could surely only sign one of he and Modric, and they would have to prioritise. Cazorla cost Malaga £17 million last summer, from Villareal - who suffered an improbable relegation without him.
Cazorla to Spurs?
West Ham striking prospect has seen his chances at the club diminish further next season with the arrival of Modibo Maiga in midweek. The East Anglian Daily Press reports that Ipswich Town want to take him on loan for the season, in a deal which makes sense all round. Baldock needs regular football, which he is unlikely to get, and the Championship is the right level for him right now. Plus the drive from Essex to Suffolk is simply a drive up the A12, so the striker would not have to uproot either.
Baldock to Ipswich?
Liverpool were linked with Bolton midfielder Mark Davies last month, but it is Swansea City who have emerged as the latest contenders for his signature. His performances last season did not deserve to be for a relegated side, and the talented midfielder would fit perfectly into the Swans playing style, and his cost - expected to be in the region of £5 million, would be affordable. Rumours linking Swansea with Spanish midfielder Michu have seemingly progressed, with reports in Spain claiming he is due for a medical at the Liberty Stadium shortly.
Davies to Swansea?
Roque Santa Cruz - Remember him? He is still a Manchester City player, with one year left on his deal, and lets face it, nobody is going to buy him to match his high wages. The striker himself has said he would be open to a loan move to QPR and there is one man who presents possibility it could indeed happen; manager Mark Hughes. The QPR boss managed him at Blackburn, and then signed him for City, and if he could get the best out of him then it would mark an unlikely return to the big time for a striker who has been one of City's costliest flops.
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