|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
Appears to be alot of positivity surrounding the club on possible transfers. Shame about Nouble, always liked him as a player, he gave 100%, it just never really worked out for him I guess. Very surprised that they allowed him go on a free transfer though?
BOTD, I think we have very similar tastes in our women CH
Good luck to Rob Green at QPR....I think.
Can anyone answer the question why contracts expire on 1 July and not at the end of May? It feels like we are paying Rob Green's wages all of June although he has signed for another team and it has been known all along that he wasn't going to stay!
It has been a difficult morning for the Mill, trying to erase the tedium of "who is better, Ronaldo or Messi?" that has been scarred forever on to its mind since Portugal's victory over Czech Republic. As a distraction the Mill has been racking its brain to come up with a more interesting question – is Alberto Aquilani the worst Premier League transfer in recent memory?
Well, 28 appearances since signing for Liverpool in 2009 may be a fine record in Winston Bogarde's book, but a £20m outlay for a player who has made more appearances in Serie A since his arrival on Merseyside suggests otherwise. Milan are interested in signing the midfielder on a permanent basis following his loan at San Siro last season, when he scored one goal in 23 league appearances.
But fear not Liverpool supporters, it is not all bad news. Brendan Rodgers is hoping to agree a minimum £10m deal for the Roma striker Fabio Borini this summer, having coached him as a youngster at Chelsea and having signed him on loan at Swansea.
Away from Anfield and Arsenal are closing in on Montpellier's forward Olivier Giroud, with Arsène Wenger claiming a deal is "90% done". The Gunners manager mused: "I think he has exceptional potential and will integrate very well," sounding eerily similar to when Marouane Chamakh made the switch to north London two years ago: "Chamakh is a striker of real quality and has all the attributes suited to come to England and do very well." Oh dear.
Nigel de Jong is sharpening his studs as contact negotiations with Manchester City remain a no-go, and City are prepared to let the Dutchman depart when his contact expires next summer, the league champions failing to grasp why a player with such flair and skill does not deserve the measly salary of, err, £100,000 a week.
Out-of-contract Danny Murphy could make a return to the north west with Blackburn Rovers interested in bringing him to Ewood Park to spearhead their attempt at bouncing back to the Premier League. Steve Kean has apparently been told that he will be getting "top-flight" quality players into his squad, but then again we are still waiting for Ronaldinho's arrival.
Olof Mellberg, fresh from scoring two goals against England at Euro 2012, could make a return to these shores with Everton after contract talks with Greek side Olympiakos broke down.
And after realising that Rangers are packing their bags and looking to move to any Football League club that might have them, Steve Davis could be tempted to move as far away from Glasgow as possible, as Southampton continue to sniff, not literally, around the midfielder.
Arsenal are set to reward England teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a bumper new deal.
Joey Barton will discover his Queens Park Rangers future in the next few days - after the club launched an internal investigation.
Manchester City are prepared to risk losing Nigel de Jong for nothing next summer.
Liverpool have made an approach for young Italian striker Fabio Borini.
Robert Green snubbed a last-ditch attempt to keep him at Upton Park before agreeing to join QPR yesterday.
Blackburn are offering Danny Murphy a staggering £2.5million contract to snub the Premier League and sign for them.
Manchester City are ready to send Swedish attacker John Guidetti back to Feyenoord on loan.
Sweden defender Olof Mellberg is a target for Everton after contract talks with Olympiacos broke down.
Keith Andrews is set to snub Celtic and Huddersfield to join Bolton on a free transfer from Blackburn.
Southampton are increasing their efforts to lur Rangers skipper Steve Davis to the South Coast.
Blackpool have to fight Celtic, Middlesbrough and Bristol City for Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie.
Shinhi Kagawa is set to jet into England today ready for a medical at Manchester United.
Nigel de Jong looks set to be given a chance to prove he is worth a new long-term deal at Manchester City.
Fenerbahce are ready to offer £1.5million for Everton defender Joseph Yobo.
Paul Lambert wants to make Senegal striker Ibrahima Balde his first Aston Villa signing.
Sweden star Anders Svensson, 35, is keen to return to Southampton.
Barnsley have signed former Tottenham, Middlesbrough and Ajax striker Mido.
New West Brom boss Steve Clarke wants Cardiff winger Peter Whittingham.
Real Madrid are prepared to pay Tottenham £30million for Luka Modric.
West Ham are back on the trail of £4million-rated Evian striker Yannick Sagbo.
Liverpool are poised to make an offer for Parma's former Chelsea and Swansea striker Fabio Borini.
Fulham have made an enquiry about Bayern Munich forward Toni Vastic.
Reading are hoping to pip Fulham for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes.
David Moyes insists he only has eyes for Everton.
Tottenham and Fulham face a fight from Lazio for Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz.
Hull boss Steve Bruce has made free agent Brad Guzan his main goalkeeper target this summer.
Stephen Dobbie last night opened the door on a switch to Celtic after the Parkhead club were linked with a move for the Swansea striker.
Hearts and Dundee United last night ganged up on Rangers in a bid to boot the troubled club out of the SPL.
THE SUN: Wayne Rooney is convinced England can carry off their own Italian job on Sunday. Also: Roberto Mancini has begged Mario Balotelli not to be a 'pain in the backside' for Italy.
DAILY MIRROR: Joe Hart last night vowed to break Italian hearts - by repeating Bruce Grobbelaar's 1984 Roman antics. Also: Roy Hodgson has warned his players not to be afraid of the yellow peril.
DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini has warned that Mario Balotelli will be a pain in the a**e for England on Sunday. Also: Wayne Rooney insists England's team spirit has never been stronger and can ultimately lead them to Euro 2012 glory.
DAILY MAIL: Roy Hodgson asked England's players to sing the National Anthem in unison in one of his first initiatives as manager. Also: England are planning to defeat Italy on a computer screen before they even get on the pitch.
DAILY EXPRESS: Wayne Rooney has hailed England's new-found unity and insisted Roy Hodgson's side boast the quality and conviction to inflict their own Italian job. Also: Joe Hart's mental strength has put him well on the way to becoming the greatest goalkeeper in the world, according to England legend David Seaman.
THE TIMES: Roy Hodgson has introduced a rigorous system of practice to make sure England's players are well prepared for the possibility of a penalty shoot-out in Sunday's European Championship quarter-final against Italy. Also: Michael Laudrup has earmarked Thomas Kahlenberg for his first signing as Swansea City manager after saying that he had no plans to persuade Gylfi Sigurdsson to join the Welsh club.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: : Roy Hodgson will tell the five England players who are on a booking to "play their normal game" in Sunday's Euro 2012 last-eight encounter with Italy even though they will be suspended for a semi-final should they collect another yellow card.
THE INDEPENDENT: The England goalkeeper Joe Hart said yesterday that he is ready and prepared to face a penalty shoot-out against Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-final on Sunday and would even take a penalty himself as he did successfully for the Under-21s three years ago. Also: Laurent Blanc, the France coach, has been forced to play down reports of a dressing-room row in the aftermath of his team's 2-0 defeat to Sweden on Tuesday.
THE GUARDIAN: Roy Hodgson will urge his captain Steven Gerrard and a quartet of England team-mates to play their normal game against Italy on Sunday despite being one yellow card from missing a potential Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany. Also: Queens Park Rangers have signed the England goalkeeper Robert Green on a two-year deal.
Most likely to give time to find a new club. Contracts ending that time are football standard and not everyone is going to find a club before their contract runs out. Of course some might not find a new club at all.
Ending in May could cause distractions as players get desperate at the end of the season.
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