|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
It wasn't always meant to be like this. Sure, being the Fleet Street's fourth best footballer relocator rumour ruminator has it perks – like the pulchritudinous women of Stockwell's most exclusive nightclubs projecting themselves with abandon at the pointed toe of the Mill's size-seven spats – but this was not how the Mill originally envisaged its working life. Like 11 percent of kids these days, it wanted popularity, it wanted plenitude, it wanted its name in the most coruscating of neon lights above the community centre in Barnsley on a Saturday night: it wanted to be a rapper.
Inspired by such luminaries as Nas, the Notorious B.I.G. and Tony Mortimer's verse in Let in Rain, the Mill abandoned its youthful hours to performing in front of a suburban looking glass – adorned in a pointing-sidewards Raiders cap and a flabby, off-white vest borrowed from its Pee – hip-hopping until rosy-fingered Dawn peeped over the eastern panorama. Alas to no avail, it seems raps about soil erosion in Hemsworth just ain't what the radio wants, and so the Mill has been left with a life's labour of ceaseless transfer talk so all-consuming that these days it is lucky if it can find half an hour a week in which to get funky. But with the weekend fast approaching, the Mill is determined to get out this rut and back into the groove, just as soon as Friday's flapdoodle is done away with. So let's get it over with then, shall we?
Not content with the midfield mastery of David Silva, Yaya Touré, Samir Nasri and, er, James Milner, the Manchester City top dog Roberto Mancini is looking to strengthen his side's obvious weak spot by lavishing £14m worth of dead presidents on Bologna's dynamic and dazzling midfield diamond Gastón Ramírez. "Ramírez is a good young player, with great potential," fluttered the Italian, eyelashes hopping up and down like an albatross on a pogo stick, but he faces stiff competition from Juventus and Wolfsburg for the young man's John Hancock.
On the other side of city, Sir Alex Ferguson is doing his best to convince Valencia's Jordi Alba that he would be better off in the tea-towel red and black of Manchester United rather than the dinophobia-inducing number Barcelona will be sporting come next August. The full-back will say thanks but no thanks just as soon as he stops laughing. However, in some good news for the Scot, it seems he is no longer going to be stuck sharing the bench with Dimitar Berbatov after Paris Saint-Germain decided that the 31-year-old Count von Count impersonator was just the sort of striker that could lead them to the glory.
Like the Mill missing its funky time, José Mourinho misses Didier Drogba and the Special One is "desperate" to be reunited with his buddy of old. In truth, Mourinho has been a mess without him. He misses him so damn much. He misses being with him. He misses being near him. He misses his laugh. He misses his scent. In fact, when all the contract negotiations are done between the Ivorian striker's Mr 15% and Real Madrid, Mourinho wants the two to get an apartment together. Far from being freaked out by this prospect, Drogba is ready to give an almighty two fingers to Shanghai Shenhua and their £300,000 a week contract in order to move to the Spanish capital. Two players who are not saying no to China, however, are the Blackburn duo of Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Gaël Givet.
Meanwhile, deep in the bowels of the Britannia, Martin O'Neill and David Moyes are holding their glasses to boardroom door as they do their darndest to hear how talks between Robert Huth and cap-wearing's Tony Pulis are progressing. If there is the slightest hitch, both will burst in and offer the wall-shaped human battering ram a shiny new contract. Should Moyes get there before O'Neill, the Northern Irishman will solve all of Sunderland's defensive problems by throwing money in the direction of Carlos Cuéllar. Yeah, The Mill had a laugh at that one
THE TIMES: The sense of crisis surrounding England's midfield deepened last night amid growing concerns about Scott Parker after Frank Lampard followed Gareth Barry in being ruled out of Euro 2012. Also: John Terry is considering an appeal after Uefa imposed a three-match ban for his dismissal during Chelsea's Champions League triumph in Barcelona in April.
THE INDEPENDENT: England are still harbouring doubts about Scott Parker's fitness for the European Championship and face entering the tournament with only one fully-fit first-choice midfielder, after Frank Lampard's withdrawal from the squad last night. Also: Paul Lambert is on the brink of becoming the manager of Aston Villa after offering his resignation at Norwich City.
DAILY MIRROR: Brendan Rodgers has been given until 2015 to mastermind Liverpool's return to the Champions League. Bolt .Roy Hodgson admits he has been dealt a "huge blow" to his Euro hopes after Frank Lampard was ruled out...Harry Redknapp is seeking assurances over his future in a showdown at Tottenham.
THE SUN: Jose Mourinho believes Brendan Rodgers can bring back the glory days to Liverpool. Also: Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 plans are in tatters...John Terry has been banned for an extra two European fixtures for his red card in last season's Champions League semis...Norwich are ready to target Celtic manager Neil Lennon to replace Aston Villa-bound Paul Lambert.
DAILY EXPRESS: England are worried about Scott Parker's fitness and face going into Euro 2012 with only one fully-fit, first-choice central midfielder following Frank Lampard's withdrawal from the squad. Also: Brendan Rodgers has agreed to work within a new management structure at Anfield as he prepares to be officially unveiled as the new Liverpool manager..
DAILY STAR: Paul Lambert is set to be named Aston Villa boss in the next 24 hours - after the club won their tug-of-war with Norwich. Also: England are facing a midfield crisis after Frank Lampard became the latest star to be ruled out of Euro 2012.
DAILY MAIL: Roy Hodgson is facing a midfield crisis ahead of Euro 2012, with Frank Lampard now ruled out of the tournament along with Gareth Barry while concerns persist over Scott Parker.
England's central-midfield options weakened considerably yesterday when Frank Lampard was ruled out of Euro 2012 amid continued concerns within the England camp about Scott Parker's sharpness.
THE GUARDIAN: Chelsea have agreed a fee of £38million for the Porto striker Hulk and the deal is ready to be closed. ..Liverpool, having decided on Brendan Rodgers as their manager, are expect to announce within weeks they intend to stay at Anfield, not build their long-planned new stadium on Stanley Park.
Brendan Rodgers has been given until 2015 to mastermind Liverpool's return to the Champions League. But he faces a battle to win over the dressing room after Pepe Reina claimed "many" players wanted Rafa Benitez back.
Roy Hodgson admits he has been dealt a "huge blow" after Frank Lampard was ruled out of Euro 2012.
Harry Redknapp is seeking assurances over his future in a showdown at Tottenham.
Graeme Jones has emerged as the shock favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers at Swansea.
Chelsea last night agreed a staggering £38million deal for Porto striker Hulk.
Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner is ready to pay £1million compensation for Paul Lambert - and then hand him a £25million budget for this transfer window.
Jose Mourinho is putting together an amazing offer to lure Didier Drogba to Real Madrid.
Robert Huth is poised for crunch talks with Stoke over a new deal.
Kyle Walker is set for a dramatic Olympic call-up after his Euros heartbreak.
Dutch ace Luuk de Jong will become Newcastle's No 1 summer target if Demba Ba is lured away by Tottenham.
Bayern Munich are ready to test Manchester City's nerve over Edin Dzeko.
Tottenham scouts are on the trail of Widzew Lodz's Polish Under-17 striker Mariusz Stepinski.
Blackburn boss Steve Kean could add club legend Colin Hendry to his coaching team in a bid to appease angry fans.
Hull will make a new bid to talk Steve Bruce back into management.
Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 plans are in tatters with Frank Lampard ruled out and concerns mounting over Scott Parker.
Jose Mourinho believes Brendan Rodgers can bring back the glory days to Liverpool.
Norwich are ready to target Celtic manager Neil Lennon to replace Aston Villa-bound Paul Lambert, who will be handed a £20million war chest at Villa Park.
Wigan have given Graeme Jones permission to hold talks with Swansea about replacing Brendan Rodgers.
Manchester City are in a £15million fight with Juventus and Wolfsburg for Bologna ace Gaston Ramirez.
Robert Huth is poised for crunch contract talks with Stoke next week.
Mali midfielder Seydou Keita is still hoping to join Liverpool despite Kenny Dalglish's sacking.
Striker Pavel Pogrebnyak will decide his Fulham future next week.
West Ham reject Julien Faubert is wanted by Lazio.
Roy Hodgson is facing a midfield crisis ahead of Euro 2012 with Frank Lampard now ruled out of the tournament along with Gareth Barry while concerns persist over Scott Parker.
Liverpool expect to unveil Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers as their manager today and he is believed to be considering a bid for the Welsh club's young midfielder Joe Allen.
Paul Lambert has quit Norwich and is expected to be confirmed as Aston Villa's new manager in the next 24 hours.
Andre Villas-Boas has been paid a staggering £12million in compensation for being fired by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
Blackburn striker Yakubu is ready to quit England for China and a £5million-a-year contract - and could be followed by Gael Givet.
Roma are keen on Newcastle defender Davide Santon.
QPR are ready to step up interest in Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster by making a £5million offer.
Sunderland are considering a move for Manchester City striker John Guidetti on loan.
[color=#800000] West Ham are keen on Senegal defender Abdoulaye Ba
Tony Pulis insists Stoke will not be cashing in on central defender Robert Huth, even if he cannot persuade him to sign a new deal.
Steve Kean has moved to protect his Blackburn future by approaching Colin Hendry about a coaching role.
Romelu Lukaku would rather go on loan than spend another season on the Chelsea bench.
Paul Lambert is set to be named Aston Villa boss in the next 24 hours - after the club won their tug-of-war with Norwich.
England are facing a midfield crisis after Frank Lampard became the latest start to be ruled out of Euro 2012.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has added Uruguay star Gaston Ramirez to his summer shopping list.
Liverpool will unveil Brendan Rodgers as their new manager today after paying Swansea more than £5million in compensation.
Manchester United will complete the signing of Japanese star Shinji Kagawa next week.
Robert Huth is poised for crunch talks with Stoke next week in a bid to thrash out a new deal.
Under-fire Blackburn boss Steve Kean wants to use club legend Colin Hendry as a human shield.
Stuttgart striker Pavel Pogrebnyak will decide in the next week whether to make his loan move to Fulham permanent.
Defender Carlos Cuellar is in talks with Sunderland.
Bristol City and Cardiff have been told to stump up £1million for Coventry defender Richard Keogh.
Winger Gary Roberts is set to join Sheffield Wednesday for free from Huddersfield.
England are worried about Scott Parker's fitness and form going into Euro 2012 with only one fully-fit first-choice central midfielder following Frank Lampard's withdrawal from the squad.
Brendan Rodgers has agreed to work within a new management structure at Anfield as he prepares to be officially unveiled as the new Liverpool manager.
Graeme Jones, the Wigan No 2, is the surprise choice to replace Brendan Rodgers at Swansea.
Paul Lambert will become Aston Villa manager today, backed with £20million to revive the club.
Bayer Leverkusen will take Old Trafford outcast Dimitar Berbatov - if Manchester United let him go for a cut-price fee.
Robert Huth is poised for crunch talks at Stoke next week over a new deal. Everton and Sunderland are keeping tabs on him.
The sense of crisis surrounding England's midfield deepened last night amid growing concerns about Scott Parker after Frank Lampard followed Gareth Barry in being ruled out of Euro 2012.
John Terry is considering an appeal after UEFA imposed a three-match ban for his dismissal during Chelsea's Champions League triumph in Barcelona in April.
England are still harbouring doubts about Scott Parker's fitness for the European Championship and face entering the tournament with only one fully-fit first-choice midfielder, after Frank Lampard's withdrawal from the squad last night.
Paul Lambert is on the brink of becoming the manager of Aston Villa after offering his resignation at Norwich City.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
England's central-midfield options weakened considerably yesterday when Frank Lampard was ruled out of Euro 2012 amid continued concerns within the England camp about Scott Parker's sharpness.
Chelsea have agreed a fee of £38million for the Porto striker Hulk and the deal is ready to be closed.
Liverpool, having decided on Brendan Rodgers as their manager, are expect to announce within weeks they intend to stay at Anfield, not build their long-planned new stadium on Stanley Park.
With Scottish football's rage about Rangers at boiling point, the SFA last night moved closer to booting the beleaguered club out of the game.
Jorge Claros is determined to stay at Hibs to see out his 12-month loan despite failing to impress.
St Johnstone have beaten off interest from Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and several clubs down south to sign former St Mirren striker Nigel Hasselbaink.
David Silva is poised to return to his homeland with Portuguese outfit Beira Mar set to sign the freed Kilmarnock winger.
Jim Jefferies admits he faces a battle to hold onto Dunfermline midfielder Mark Kerr.
Dundee are set to sign St Johnstone striker Carl Finnigan
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Abdoulaye Ba, yeah cause that's gonna end well. Both were good players and both ended up leaving after a season (alright Faye was to old but you get me point)
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Fans Get a Result
Earlier this week we ran an article highlighting an injustice!
Back in the dark days when the Icelandic owners got in a tizz, after the Icelandic banks collapsed, some supporters clubbed together to buy five year season tickets.
They did so on the premise that for the 2012.2013 season, they`d receive a hefty 20% discount on a season ticket.
Unfortunately, the club tried to renege on the deal and only offered a 5% discount for the next four years.
But, common sense has prevailed and those supporters will be granted 20% for next season although the club has added that they are:
"Surprised, disappointed and a little saddened"
by their attitude. They also infer that the cost to the club will be the same as a high quality Premier League player.
But, as Dan King points out in The Sun, it didn`t stop the club paying out huge promotion bonuses did it!
We`ve got what, we believe, to be rightfully ours!
Read more: http://www.westham.vitalfootball.co.uk/ ... z1wX4rvWtr
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An Interesting Stat
Lurking in the pages of the leading tabloid in the UK is a fact that may surprise some people.
Whilst Big Sam may have picked up some criticism for his style of play from the Hammers faithful, it`s worth pointing out that in the top two divisions, only Manchester City, Manchester United and Southampton scored more goals than us.
City notched up 93, United scored 89, Southampton got 85 whilst we scored 81.
Read more: http://www.westham.vitalfootball.co.uk/ ... z1wX7Y3VR8
Thank you CH. For me, your daily updates are a big part of what makes KUMB such a great site.
Well played Winston. Let's hope it boosts his confidence & that it is carreid forward into next season
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Are the Hammers Weighing Up a Bid for Ba?
West Ham are allegedly weighing up a bid for Senegal International Ba. That's centre-back Abdoulaye Ba, not a certain Newcastle Utd striker of the same surname and nationality!
Abdoulaye Ba is a 21 year old international defender, who is contracted to Porto, but has earnt extremely good reviews for his performances, last season, while on loan to Academica. A deal is possible with Porto, but the big 'fly in the ointment' is a question mark over whether he can secure a UK work permit. We will have to see whether the club can circumvent that particular obstacle, because by all accounts he looks to be is a very promising player.
Talking of promising players, West Ham have also been linked with a £5m move for Fulham goal keeper, David Stockdale. Obviously, Rob Green has yet to make a final decision on the new contract currently on the table. But reports suggest that QPR are ready to give Green a 3 year contract, worth £50,000 a week. If so, then it is not likely that West Ham will match those terms. That means securing a new keeper sudden becomes a higher priority. We already have Henderson of course, who is a very good prospect and could very well take his first team chance next season. There is a strong possibility that a certain Finnish veteran international keeper, who has just rejected a new contract at Bolton, could soon arrive at Upton Park on a free transfer. If that is the case then would the club commit £5m of the transfer kitty on acquiring Stockdale?
I have no objections, in principle, to securing David Stockdale's services, but I think I would prefer to keep Green (if at all possible), bring in Jussi Jaaskelainen and get them to fight it out with Henderson for the goal keeper's jersey. That combination would give us the strongest stable of keepers that we have had for many a year and keep all three on their toes, performance wise. Whether it happens is another matter? I am certainly looking forward to seeing Henderson in action, as he has a reputation as a outstanding young keeper. Is he ready for next season? He probably needs to start as No.2 and get the opportunity to ease himself in to PL football during the course of the season.
A brace of players that I would like to acquire are Nathan Clyne and Wilfred Zaha from Crystal Palace. There is a rumour that a West Ham bid for Zaha has been submitted and is awaiting a decision by Palace. While Clyne is at the end of his contract and is able to move in the summer on a Bosman. Man Utd are reported to be in poll position position to snap him up and that is the move that the player allegedly wants. However, if he were available, and we cold entice him to Upton Park, then the Clyne-Zaha combination would significantly augment the options on our right flank. On the left, I would be minded to go with McCartney and Potts at left-back, but if a reinforcement is required the outstanding candidate is probably Olsson at Blackburn Rovers. Olsson is a very good left-back, with pace and the ability to get up and down the flanks. Unfortunately, Chelski are also reported to be running the rule over him. We are supposedly considing a move for left-back come left-winger, Kieran Richardson at Sunderland. He is not a player that I particularly fancy bringing to the club, Although I recognise that Richardson does have a certain utility value, being able to play right along the left flank. For me, the outstandng young left-winger up for grabs is Matt Jarvis at Wolves. Wolves apparently want £8m for his signature, but £5-6m should be enough to clinch a deal.
Another player reportedly available this summer is another Olsson, this time Jonas at WBA. Jonas Olsson is a strong centre-back, who can also play at left-back. He would provide good competition for Tomkins and Reid and also cover at left full-back. However, for me, the 'stand out' centre-half currently up for grabs is Roger Johnson at Wolves. It has been suggested in some quarters that West Ham might move for Scott Dann at Blackburn Rovers, but personally out of the two I would prefer to sign Johnson.
Elsewhere, it is still unclear where Junior Hollett is headed? Rumour has it that either Arsenal or Spurs are favourites to secure his signature, but if Sam Allardyce could pull off a deal for his former young charge at Blackburn, then it would be a real coup. In midfield, I have not given up on securing Henri Lansbury for next season, either via a permanent transfer or a further season long loan. Overall, Lansbury did a good job for us in the last campaign, but injury disrupted his progress, and I think that he would have a major role to play in our forthcoming PL campaign. An alternative option could be signing Andy King at Leicester City, who is more than capable of stepping up to the PL. However, the midfield position that does concern me is the lack of a good, experienced defensive anchor man. Whilst O'Brien, O'Neill or Noble could do a good job there, I would still like to see us bring in a dominating, defensve midfielder, in the mould of the recently released Diop.
It looks very much as if we have missed the boat with Jay Rodriguez, which is something that we may come to regret. Southampton are reported to have had a c.£7m bid accepted and a deal is imminent, subject to the player agreeing personal terms with the Saints. So, we must look elsewhere to bolster our strikeforce. In Cole-Vaz Te-Maynard we have reasonable quality up front. In addtion, we also have Hall and Baldock, who look likely to start the season out on loan. Certainly, Robert Hall needs to spend the period up to Christmas on loan at a decent Championship club. This would facilitate sharpening up his finishing in preparation for more anticipated first team game team..The speculation is that Baldock is due to go out on loan to Ipswich Town, although it is also possible that West Ham might cash in on him if the money on offer is sufficient.
The move for Yakubu could be a good one if the player continues in the same vein as last season. He resolved his outstanding fitness issues and rediscovered his goal scoring form. Yakubu would provide good competition for Cole and potentially combine well with either Vaz Te or Maynard. Of course, one hopes that our bid for Bas Dost is successful, but if not Yakubu could do a job. Another striker up for grabs this summer is Berbatov, who is due to exit Manchester Utd. The Bulgarian International is a player I would love to see at Upton Park, he is just the type of striker that would inject that crucial bit of extra class in to our forward line. Whether we could secure his services is another matter. It would certainly be a statement of the club's ambition if we could land a striker of his status and ability. But as always, the bottom line is the transfer and wage budgets available, that inevitably must limit our ambition in acquiring players!
Finally, where is Sam Allardyce's 'wild card' acquisition likely to come from? Allardyce has a reputation for attracting good quality foreign players, some of them top players entering the veteran stage of their careers. Is it beyond the bounds of possibility that there might be one or two of those type of deals in the pipeline? There could well be!
Is Allardyce Really Set To Blow Good Money On This Donkey?
Despite a largely dreadful season at Ewood Park amid the backdrop of hapless owners and fan anger one man did manage to drag himself out of the doldrums and prove that class after all may be permanent, and that man was Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
Understandably after regaining his form and turning back into the formidable front man of old, after his career appeared to be stalling embodied by loan spell at Leicester, the big Nigerian is eager to remain in England’s top division despite his current club’s relegation.
The Mail Online suggest that Blackburn are ready to bow to Yakubu’s wishes and let him leave as long as there valuation of £1 million is met. £1 million seems a bargain price for a man who managed better than a goal every other game in the Premiership last season, with 17 goals in 30 appearances, and has a history of consistent goal scoring. Plus at 29 years old, although it does seem he’s been around forever, he should still have plenty of seasons of scoring ahead of him.
Unsurprisingly the £1 million asking price has set the pulse raising of prudent owners everywhere and all three of the Premiership’s newly promoted sides (Reading, West Ham and Southampton) are reported in the Mail Online as being interested in the Big Nigerian.
The attributes of Yakubu; big, powerful, strong immediately strike you as fitting the criteria of a Sam Allardyce front man and the Yak would easily slip into the West Ham team. Of the three newly promoted clubs West Ham are probably the biggest club with an established fan base and a strong footballing history, so if wage demands can be met the Hammers could well end up being Yakubu’s new home
Julien Faubert's definitely got some agent - first Real madrid now Lazio - although I have a feeling he might just be raising his 'Clients' profile - I wouldn't put any money on the Lazio move!
PS - I've just read CH's news in 'the Snug' - cheers mate I hope it works out for you and yours!
So how does that make him a donkey ? headline wrtiers who wants them !
Well done Winston, top achievement.
Grant Holt set to leave Norwich...a cheeky bid for his services methinks! Him, Cole and Vaz Te up front, with Maynard and Baldock coming off the bench would be a great front line for us.
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