|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
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MATTHEW Etherington has been wining and dining his old Hammers team-mate James Collins to try to convince him to join Stoke.
But his efforts still hang in the balance as Stoke try to resurrect the deal after it stalled over personal terms earlier this week.
"I'm very good friends with James," Etherington, below, revealed, "and I've kept in touch with him ever since leaving West Ham.
"He was up at the weekend with me when I told him about everything here at Stoke. I spoke highly of the club, but at the end of the day it's down to him."
Birmingham are hoping to snap up Aston Villa midfielder Craig Gardner, while Hull want David Nugent and Daniel Agger is facing surgery.
Tottenham are preparing a £2million swoop for Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.
Everton boss David Moyes has made a late move for Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin.
West Ham are trying to rush through the sale of James Collins to Aston Villa and the signing of Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh before Sunday's clash against Tottenham.
Brighton could name Dennis Wise as their manager if current boss Russell Slade doesn't turn things around quickly.
Birmingham are trying to finalise a £3.5million deal to sign Craig Gardner from Aston Villa.
Sol Campbell has held talks with Sven-Goran Eriksson to discuss a switch to Notts County.
Espanyol have made a cheeky bid for Newcastle defender Fabrico Coloccini - but want the Magpies to carry on paying part of his wages.
Ashley Cole has signed a new four-year deal at Chelsea to make him the world's highest paid full-back.
Hull boss Phil Brown will bid £4million for Portsmouth striker David Nugent after being snubbed by Alvaro Negredo.
Portsmouth are in talks to sign Bolton duo Danny Shittu and Gavin McCann.
Spurs have handed Le Havre midfielder Kevin Anin a one-week trial.
Fulham are set to sign West Brom's Jonathan Greening on a season-long loan.
Everton are considering Newcastle defender Steven Taylor as a replacement for Manchester City-bound Joleon Lescott.
Frank Lampard believes Manchester United would have to sign Lionel Messi to stand any chance of replacing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Aston Villa have been offered West Ham defender James Collins in a move that threatens Stoke's hopes of landing him.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger faces up to two months on the sidelines after being booked in for surgery on his back injury.
Everton are closing in on a move for Steven Taylor and are considering a bid for Robert Huth in a double move that could pave the way for Joleon Lescott's move to Manchester City.
Alex McLeish is ready to boot out Marcus Bent and Gary McSheffrey as he battles to raise transfer funds at Birmingham.
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is edging closer to signing Bordeaux forward Marouane Chamakh.
Theo Walcott is set for a shock comeback for Arsenal against Portsmouth tomorrow after an injury-hit start to the campaign.
Wigan are ready to make a double swoop for Sheffield United defender Matthew Kilgallon and Crystal Palace forward Victor Moses.
Reading's fourth and final offer of £1.8million for winger Tommy Smith has been accepted by Watford.
Celtic striker Georgios Samaras has emerged as a surprise signing option for West Ham.
Hibernian defender Sol Bamba claims Liverpool are one of three clubs who want to sign him.
Lyon defender John Mensah is on the verge of sealing a season-long loan move to Sunderland after passing a medical.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is making a new £2m bid to bring Portsmouth goalkeeper David James to White Hart Lane.
Another player leaving Portsmouth could be defender Sylvain Distin, who is attracting interest from Everton. (Daily Mirror)
Meanwhile, Pompey defender Sol Campbell has held talks with Sven-Goran Eriksson over a move to Notts County. (Daily Mirror)
Pompey are in talks to sign Bolton centre-back Danny Shittu and midfielder Gavin McCann.
Chelsea aim to lure Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato from AC Milan in a £40m deal - but not until next summer. (Daily Mirror)
Everton have agreed a £6m deal with Newcastle for centre-half Steven Taylor but the England Under-21 international's wage demands could be a stumbling block. (Daily Mirror)
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is plotting a last-ditch bid for West Ham defender James Collins.
The Hammers are trying to rush through the sale of Collins to Villa and the signing of Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh before Sunday's game against Tottenham.
West Ham are confident of agreeing a deal to sign Chamakh after raising their offer to about £7m plus a 20% sell-on clause.
Hull boss Phil Brown will bid £4m for Portsmouth striker David Nugent after being snubbed by Real Madrid forward Alvaro Negredo.
Brown is aiming to make Lokomotiv Moscow striker Haminu Draman his fifth signing this summer, with the Ghanaian likely to cost around £3m.
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is ready to release forwards Marcus Bent and Gary McSheffrey.
Wigan are close to a £3m deal for Crystal Palace winger Victor Moses.
Latics manager Roberto Martinez is set to step up his bid to sign Sheffield United defender Matthew Kilgallon in a £4m deal. (Daily Star)
Spanish club Espanyol have made a bid to sign Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini - but want the English club to carry on paying part of the Argentine's £40,000-a-week wages.
Derby striker Rob Hulse has ruled out a switch to Middlesbrough after being linked with a £5m move to the Riverside.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger faces up to two months on the sidelines after being booked in for surgery on his back injury.
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has signed a new four-year contract to make him the world's highest-paid full-back on £120,000 a week.
Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung has moved closer to his £81.5m takeover of Birmingham after putting down a £3m deposit and making clear his intention to offer £1 per share.
Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias believes a consortium being led by local businessman Barry Moat are closing in on a £100m deal to buy the Championship club.
Magpies owner Mike Ashley has given Moat a deadline of 1700 BST on Friday to buy the club. (The Times)
Steve Bruce has revealed his ambition to one day manage Manchester United and admits he is using Sunderland as a stepping-stone to the Old Trafford hotseat. (Daily Express)
Premier League stars have opened a campaign to get all African children into schooling. Portsmouth's David James, Kanu and Aaron Mokoena and Mikael Silvestre and Gael Clichy of Arsenal pledged support for the 1 Goal initiative linked to next year's World Cup in South Africa. (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says Manchester United will never make up for the loss of winger Cristiano Ronaldo, unless they sign Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.
what the hell is a snook? The Mill has no idea, yet it can tell you right now that Arsène Wenger is cocking one. Wooaaah, don't jump to the wrong conclusion there folks, perhaps we should elucidate. Which brings us to the next question: erm, what the hell is an elucidate?
Blimey, it's not easy this English thingamajig. Numbers are much easier than words. Say, maybe a snook is an economics degree? Yes, that must be what Wenger is brandishing in a proud and slightly triumphalist way this morning as Arsenal's refusal to submit themselves to the whims of investors of dubious intent begins to contrast ever more favourably with the sales of Liverpool and Manchester United to American arrivistes.
Just look at what's going on at Anfield where, despite the £30m windfall following the loss of Xabi Alonso, Rafael Benítez is reportedly threatening to either resign or go busking along Albert Docks as he attempts to wangle funds for a centre-back. And the only reason Sir Alex Ferguson isn't taunting Rafa about that is because:
a) the only striker he brought in this summer was a freebie who was dropped by Newcastle last season even though they were desperately fighting relegation and the manager was his best mate
b) Glazer scrimping is starting to bite so hard that after last night's slump at Burnley the Scot could only give his charges a vigorous rub-down with a face towel, rather than his famed hair-dryer treatment
c) Ferguson is seriously considering strengthening his defensive options by resorting to out-of-work coin collector Bobo Baldé. The only hitch is that the Guinean may turn down United to take a better offer from – and this is said to be the bit that really set Wenger cocking – Middlesbrough.
The player Liverpool and United really wish they had at the moment, of course, is Matthew Upson, but with Manchester City finally poised to prise Joleon Lescott from Everton, West Ham will instead sell Upson to Aston Villa.
What will David Moyes do with the £30m he'll get for Lescott? Why, he'll resist appeals from the Goodison faithful to wave it provocatively in the direction of Anfield and instead he'll lure either Abdoulaye Faye from Stoke, Philippe Mexès from Roma or Sylvain Distin from the sinking ship that is Pompey. Then he'll totter over to Real Madrid and make a £10m offer for Rafael van der Vaart, first having done a double-take to make sure that didn't say Van der Meyde.
And that's not all! The Everton manager will atone for a summer of inertia by hiking over to Russia to pick up winger Vladimir Bystrov from Spartak Moscow and then skedaddle back to France just in time to trump West Ham's bid for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh.
Bolton, meanwhile, plan to bolster their attack by signing David Nugent from Portsmouth, and hope to strengthen their defence by sending Danny Shittu in the other direction. Bolton are also facing off Sam Allardyce as both he and Gary Megson attempt to wile their way into the affections of wantaway Newcastle stalwart Steven Taylor.
And now, because we all have better things to do, or at least like to pretend we do, let's just race through the last couple of gems: winning the first two games of the season hasn't convinced Harry Redknapp he needs to stop spending so he's about to make an offer for Boro's Adam Johnson; Roy Hodgson has a Clint in his eye and it's not Dempsey – no, he wants to make peace with Crystal Palace sometime-striker Clinton Morrison; oh, and Chelsea are about to fork out £55m for Sergio Agüero.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez's proposed £15million move for West Ham United defender Matthew Upson collapsed due to concerns from the club's bankers about the size of the fee. Would that have been too much to pay for the centre-half?
Cole to sign new Blues deal - The Sun
Ashley Cole is to sign a new four-year contract with Chelsea in a deal which will make him the highest-paid full-back in the world. Is Cole the best in the business?
Toffees target Distin - Daily Mirror
Everton are to make a late move for Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin as a replacement for Joleon Lescott. Would Distin be a suitable replacement?
Villa turn to Collins - The Sun
Aston Villa are ready to hijack Stoke City's move for James Collins by making a bid for the West Ham United defender. Would Collins add good cover to Martin O'Neill's squad?
Spurs in for James - Daily Mirror
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will make a £2million raid on former club Portsmouth for David James after losing Heurelho Gomes to injury. Will James be the next player to leave Pompey?
Hammers chase Samaras - Daily Record
West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola has made an enquiry for Celtic striker Georgios Samaras. Should the Greece international return to the Premier League?
Tigers look to Nugent - Various
Hull City are ready to make a £4million bid for Portsmouth striker David Nugent. Is Nugent the man to help keep the Tigers up?
Latics plot Kilgallon bid - Daily Star
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is ready to offer £4million to sign Sheffield United defender Matthew Kilgallon. Would this be a fair price?
Rafael Benítez left frustrated after money men scupper Liverpool bid for Matthew Upson
A proposed move by Liverpool to sign Matthew Upson from West Ham United for up to £15 million appears to have collapsed because the Anfield club's bankers are concerned about the scale of the fee.
Up for it: Matthew Upson is willing to leave West Ham in his quest for Champions League football
The failure to sign the 30-year-old England international is believed to have been one source of the frustration being felt by Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez, who is keen to bolster his defensive options but does not appear to have the money available.
West Ham have been prepared to sell Upson, who has two years left on his present contract, if their valuation of £15 million for the central defender is met
Liverpool's interest comes as a major surprise given the size of fee and the age of the player. Benítez has previously made inquiries about Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross – and is believed to have bid £5 million for the defender who Stoke rate at £8 million – and Hull City's Michael Turner, falling £4 million below their £10 million asking price.
Upson has made no secret of the fact that he is prepared to leave West Ham and is desperate to play for a club in the Champions League. His sale would ease West Ham's financial position – and help provide manager Gianfranco Zola with funds to improve his squad – but will be questioned by supporters.
West Ham have now agreed a deal with Bordeaux to sign striker Marouane Chamakh for around £7 million but the deal is conditional on the club raising funds.
Much to West Ham's frustration they had agreed a deal to sell James Collins to Stoke City for £5 million but that move has stalled because the defender has failed to agree terms at the Britannia Stadium.
It's unclear whether West Ham would sanction the sales of both Upson and Collins in the same transfer window and although Zola would be expected to bring in more defensive cover if he did allow their departures, it would appear to be a risk.
Benítez is also feeling the squeeze. When he signed a new five-year contract in March the Spaniard thought he had been promised a transfer fund of £20 million by the club's American owners.
The £17 million spent on Glen Johnson has been recouped by sales while Xabi Alonso was sold for £30 million and his replacement, Alberto Aquilani, cost £20 million. It means Benitez is in profit.
The Liverpool manager has now agreed a £2 million deal to sign the Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos from AEK Athens. However, the Merseyside club face a lack of defensive cover with both Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger out, while Sami Hyypia, is yet to be replaced after joining German outfit Bayer Leverkusen in May.
have a great weekend every one lets hope we can beat the filth
Last edited by cockney hammer on Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:10 am, edited 1 time in total.
upson possibly going
samaras coming in :
zola edging closer to signing chakakhan ???
cheers CH though!
Cheers CH as ever
Is it me or has this been the most uneventful transfer window ever. Even the press seem bored. They keep regurgitating the same tripe day in day out
A host of Premier League clubs are battling to sign Argentine striker Mauro Boselli, skysports.com understands.
The 24-year-old front-man is currently plying his trade with Estudiantes - who he helped to the Copa Libertadores title earlier this year.
Boselli finished as top scorer in the tournament with eight goals and he impressed a host of scouts as he scored the winner in the final against Cruzeiro of Brazil, with Manchester Cityeven linked with a move earlier this year.
Boselli has an Italian passport which means he does not need a work permit to play in England, and that has seen him attract a great deal of attention.
Blackburn and Sunderland had been keen, but they now look to have satisfied their striking options for the new season, which has left the likes of Bolton, West Ham, Hull City and Wigan to battle it out for the player.
Boselli's British representative Barry McIntoshconfirmed there was substantial interest in the player.
"Mauro is one of the best strikers in Argentina and it is little surprise there is such interest in him," he told skysports.com.
"We cannot go into details at this point, but a move before the transfer window shuts does look possible."
3rd party contract??
Appreciating that it is, of course, the silly season regarding rumours and scurrilous b*llocks concocted by journos with nothing else to do, but we're well and truly ****ed over if we spunk any money on that useless ****, Samaras.
The fella is absolute pony, and if he's let anywhere near our glorious club it sends out all the signals that we are indeed as desperate as we appear to be.
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