|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
New Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has made AC Milan's Brazilian striker Pato and Portsmouth defender Glen Johnson his top targets. The Blues have bid £30m for Pato and have offered £12m for their former player Johnson.
AC Milan have hinted it will be hard for them to reject a substantial offer for their Brazilian playmaker Kaka, which could alert Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Everton manager David Moyes is offering Newcastle striker Michael Owen £50,000 a week to make the switch to Goodison Park.
Manchester City's Brazilian forward Robinho has ruled out a summer switch to his homeland club Santos.
Manchester United hope to sign striker Carlos Tevez on a permanent deal on Wednesday - but only on their terms.
Real Madrid will use rookie striker Negredo as bait in a bid for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso - but they will first have to buy back the forward from Almeria.
Birmingham have tabled a club record £6m bid for Santos Laguna's Ecuador striker Christian Benitez but face competition from several other Premier League clubs. (The Sun)
Fulham look set to beat Portsmouth to the signing of Brazilian left-back Felip Lopes, who plays for Portuguese side Nacional. (The Sun)
Tottenham are keen to sell defender Pascal Chimbonda to Blackburn for about £3m as the Londoners chase Marseille utility man Lorik Cana, who is valued at £5m. (Various)
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is keen to bring goalkeeper Paul Robinson back to the club, a year after he was sold to Blackburn. (Daily Star)
Sunderland will make a £5m bid for Wigan defender Titus Bramble, once Steve Bruce is installed as manager. (Daily Star)
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate wants to hand Manchester United defender Gary Neville a lead role in getting Boro back into the Premier League.
Hull boss Phil Brown is eager to sign Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan.
Wolves and Birmingham are set to battle for the signature of Bolton defender Danny Shittu. (Daily Mirror)
Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliott is a £2m target for West Brom but Blackburn and Wolves are also interested. (Various)
Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is to return to Holland, after opening signing talks with with PSV Eindhoven and FC Twente. (Daily Record)
The giant Dutch forward is also wanted by new Ajax manager Martin Jol. (Scottish Sun)
Hamilton have denied claims they will lose keeper Tomas Cerny, with Czech side Sigma Olomouc saying they have not received an agreed fee. (Daily Record)
Hamilton will give Clyde's Neil McGregor a rehabilitation deal before tabling a contract for the defender who has suffered from an ankle injury. (Daily Record)
Bristol City are set to offload striker Peter Styvar to Greek side Skoda Xanthi. (Daily Mirror)
Derby boss Nigel Clough is set to sign Exeter midfielder Dean Moxey in a £275,000 deal. (Daily Star)
Charlton are lining up a double defensive swoop, with Southend's Peter Clarke and Miguel Llera of MK Dons the targets. (Daily Star)
Gillingham are set to open talks with Oldham for midfielder Kevin Maher. (Daily Star)
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is keen on signing Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara. (Daily Star)
Leeds United look set to lose midfielder Bradley Johnson to Crystal Palace and forward Robert Snodgrass to Sheffield United. (Daily Mirror)
Dunfermline and Dundee lead the chase to sign Albion Rovers striker Bobby Barr. (Daily Record)
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich picked Italian Carlo Ancelotti as the club's new manager because he wants a yes man in charge. The Russian tycoon plans to be more hands-on at Stamford Bridge than before, deciding which players will come in and are let go.
England coach Fabio Capello has recommended under-21s manager Stuart Pearce for a new improved contract. (The Sun)
Alan Shearer still wants to become Newcastle manager on a permanent basis, despite owner Mike Ashley's sale plans causing meltdown at the club.
Former Aston Villa boss Graham Taylor believes current incumbent Martin O'Neill needs to sign five new players if the club are to challenge for a Champions League spot. (Daily Mirror)
Reading want to offer Watford boss Brendan Rogers their vacant manager's job. (Daily Mirror)
West Ham defender Lucas Neill has hinted he may stay with the club, despite rejecting one offer of a new deal. (The Sun)
Fears are growing for the viability of Setanta's financial commitment to the Scottish Premier League after the broadcaster defaulted on a £3m payment. (The Herald)
Celtic face competition from Wigan and Real Sociedad in their pursuit of Swansea manager Roberto Martinez. (Various)
Wigan may turn to Dundee United's Craig Levein if they miss out on Martinez. (Scottish Sun)
Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has lifted the lid on his team's pampered lifestyle - admitting he even rings someone to rush over and change a lightbulb. Evra says he can call player liaison manager Barry Moorhouse night or day.
Kaka and Frank Ribery are at the top of new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti's shopping list, while Steve Bruce wants Titus Bramble at Sunderland.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is trying to take England goalkeeper Paul Robinson back to White Hart Lane.
Real Madrid plan to sign Xabi Alonso in a £20million deal involving Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo.
Titus Bramble will be in Steve Bruce's sights when he finally completes his move into the Sunderland hotseat.
Tottenham flop Ricardo Rocha was last night told to pack his bags after being released by the club.
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is keen on signing 22-year-old Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara.
Alan Shearer broke his silence last night to insist that he is not holding Newcastle to ransom.
Niko Kranjcar has become the first Portsmouth player to pledge his future to the club ahead of Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim's £60million takeover.
Kaka and Frank Ribery are at the top of new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti's summer transfer list.
AC milan admitted last night that Kaka could follow Carlo Ancelotti out of the San Siro this summer.
Sir Alex Ferguson has told Paul Scholes and Gary Neville to forget about quitting Manchester United as they are in his plans for next season.
Blackburn have signed South Africa international Elrio van Heerden on a free transfer from Bruges.
Manchester United will have to splash almost a third of the £90million TV and prize-money jackpot they earned this season to secure Carlos Tevez.
Titus Bramble will be in Steve Bruce's sights when he finally completes his move into the Sunderland hotseat.
Real Madrid are set to offer Spanish star Alvaro Negredo as part of a lucrative package to lure Xabi Alonso from Liverpool.
Former Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has emerged as a strong contender to be the next boss of Portsmouth.
Carlo Ancelotti wants Brazilian Alexandre Pato and ex-Chelsea defender Glen Johnson to kick-start his Blue revolution.
Kaka's future at AC Milan remains in doubt after general manager Adriano Galliani admitted it would be hard for the club to reject a substantial offer for the Brazilian this summer.
Real Madrid will use rookie striker Negredo as bait in a bid for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.
Wigan owner Dave Whelan wants Roberto Martinez as manager when Steve Bruce departs for Sunderland.
Alan Shearer still wants to manage Newcastle despite Mike Ashley's sale plans causing meltdown.
Birmingham have made a club record offer £6million bid for Ecuador striker Christian Benitez.
Fulham are set to beat Portsmouth for the the signature or Brazilian left-back Felipe Lopes.
Hull are ready to offer £1million for Le Havre star Amadou Alassane.
Niko Kranjcar wants to be part of Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim's £80million Portsmouth revolution.
Juande Ramos' reign as coach of Real Madrid is over.
Everton boss David Moyes is offering Michael Owen a £50,000-a-week contract to make a dramatic return to Merseyside.
Lifelong Newcastle fan Steve Bruce is ready to take over as Sunderland manager.
Wigan owner Dave Whelan will pick his next boss on the cheap - with Roberto Martinez and Darren Ferguson facing a battle with old favourite Paul Jewell for the post.
Liverpool are weighing up a cash-plus-player offer from Real Madrid for Xabi Alonso.
Manchester City's record signing Robinho has ruled out an imminent return to Santos.
Manchester United hope to sign Carlos Tevez tomorrow - but only on their terms.
Alan Shearer admits D-day is approaching - after he presented the Geordies with an "honest" blueprint for getting Newcastle back into the Premier League.
Gareth Southgate wants to hand Gary Neville a key role in getting Middlesbrough back in the Premier League.
Hull boss Phil Brown wants to rescue old pal Kevin Nolan from relegated Newcastle.
Wolves and Birmingham will battle it out for Bolton defender Danny Shittu.
Reading want to offer Watford boss Brendan Rogers their vacant manager's job.
Leeds could be set to lose Bradley Johnson to Crystal Palace and Robert Snodgrass to Sheffield United.
West Brom boss Tony Mowbray is ready to pay £2million for Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliott.
Nicklas Bendtner is poised to sign a new four-year deal at Arsenal.
Bristol City are set to offload flop striker Peter Styvar.
Walter Smith says a £15million Champions League bounty won't save Rangers from a close season of top-team cutbacks.
Celtic have been joined by Real Sociedad and Wigan in the battle to land Swansea boss Roberto Martinez.
Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is set to clinch a return to Holland after opening talks with PSV Eindhoven and FC Twente.
Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson is sick about seeing boss Craig Levein linked with other clubs.
the guardian who wants who
Despite the suggestions of the board, Arsène Wenger believes he will have no more than £15m in the kitty, to be supplemented by sales. "If I have £100m, do you think I am stupid enough to keep it in the bank?" he said. His priority is a central defender with experience.
Possible departures Emmanuel Adebayor, Amaury Bischoff, Philippe Senderos
Possible arrivals Brede Hangeland (Fulham), Sébastien Bassong (Newcastle), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn), Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux), Jamie Edge (Cheltenham), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), Martin Angha-Lötscher (FC Zurich)
Not a huge transfer kitty but Martin O'Neill and Randy Lerner are under pressure to bring in both quality and quantity after the squad's lack of strength in depth was exposed last season. And then there is the not so small matter of replacing the now retired Martin Laursen and, if he moves on, Gareth Barry. A tough summer ahead.
Possible departures Gareth Barry, Marlon Harewood, Zat Knight, Craig Gardner, Ashley Young, Martin Laursen (retired)
Possible arrivals David Bentley (Tottenham), Brede Hangeland (Fulham), Sylvain Distin (Portsmouth), Daniel Sturridge (Man City), Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liège), David Wheater (Middlesbrough)
With Radhi Jaidi gone and Liam Ridgewell injured, signing two central defenders is a priority. Alex McLeish is also in the market for a creative central midfielder and a few younger legs to add some balance to an ageing squad, hence the interest in Aston Villa's Craig Gardner.
Possible departures Stephen Kelly, Marcus Bent, Martin Taylor, Gary McSheffrey
Possible arrivals Zat Knight (Aston Villa), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liège), Bobo Balde (Celtic), Lee Bowyer (West Ham), Barry Ferguson (Rangers), Roger Johnson (Cardiff), Djimi Traore, Sean Davis (both Portsmouth), Dave Kitson (Stoke City)
A resolution to the worst kept secret in Lancashire, that Roque Santa Cruz has had enough of Ewood Park, would be most welcome for Sam Allardyce as it would improve his modest transfer budget and remove a distraction. Allowing Chris Samba to return to central defence by signing a few strikers is necessary, as will be replacing the departed Tugay and the injury-plagued David Dunn in central midfield.
Possible departures Roque Santa Cruz, Andre Ooijer, Benni McCarthy, Zurab Khizanishvili, Jason Brown, Tugay (out of contract)
Possible arrivals Gael Givet, Renato Civelli, Modeste M'Bami (all Marseille), Joey Barton (Newcastle)
Using only 18 players Bolton comfortably secured their safety but fans unimpressed with Gary Megson's no nonsense football will be keen to see signs of progress next season. With nobody out of contract at the Reebok a mass exodus is unlikely but should Arsenal make an offer for Gary Cahill he may be sold to finance the purchase of a creative player such as Matias Fernandez.
Possible departures Chris Basham, Gary Cahill
Possible arrivals Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht), Sylvain Distin (Portsmouth), Matias Fernández (Villarreal), Kamel Ghilas (Celta Vigo), Paul Robinson (West Brom), Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough), Miguel Veloso (Sporting Lisbon)
Owen Coyle will be eager to expand and improve the 23-man squad that survived a 61-game season but he is under no illusions, with a budget of £15m, that he will have to spend cannily. Some money may be raised by the sale of big earners Gabor Kiraly and Remco van der Schaaf, who have been on loan for most of the season. A striker, possibly from the lower divisions, will be top of Coyle's shopping list.
Possible departures Gabor Kiraly, Remco van der Schaaf
Possible arrivals Russell Anderson (Sunderland), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds), David Connolly (free agent), Simon Cox (Swindon), Ched Evans (Man City), Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough)
Carlo Ancelotti pinpointed the signing of creative players last summer, principally Xabi Alonso and Franck Ribéry, and both would be dream arrivals. Yet Peter Kenyon has consistently indicated that the manager will have to generate the majority of his transfers through sales, with the odd 'gift' from Roman Abramovich thrown in if players become available at the right price. Ancelotti will have to reinvigorate an ageing squad
Possible departures Mineiro, Hilario (both out of contract), Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Didier Drogba, Scott Sinclair, Michael Mancienne, Ricardo Quaresma (end of loan)
Possible arrivals Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow), David Villa (Valencia), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Daniel Sturridge (Man City), Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal), Bruno Alves (Porto), Marko Arnautovic (FC Twente), Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Milan), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Diego Milito (Genoa), Carlos Tevez (Man Utd), Karim Benzema (Lyon), Adam Johnson, Ross Turnbull (both Middlesbrough)
Another difficult summer beckons for David Moyes as his club seeks the finance to meet their manager and supporters' rising expectations. There is room for improvement at right-back and on the right wing while the priority for last summer, a quality holding midfield player, remains on the agenda despite the emergence of Jack Rodwell
Possible departures Victor Anichebe, Lars Jacobsen, Segundo Castillo, Nuno Valente
Possible arrivals Joao Moutinho (Sporting Lisbon), Stéphane Mbia (Rennes), Joe Ledley (Cardiff), David Bentley, Darren Bent (both Tottenham), Kyle Naughton (Sheffield United), Michael Owen (free agent), Matthew Bates (Middlesbrough)
Roy Hodgson recognises that his squad lacks depth, particularly as Fulham have the additional demands of the Europa League next season, so, with £25m to spend, his summer will be busy. His priority is to keep Brede Hangeland, although the centre-half has his price
Possible departures Julian Gray, Giles Barnes (end of loan), Olivier Dacourt, Moritz Volz, Hameur Bouazza
Possible arrivals Gary Cahill (Bolton), Sol Campbell (free agent), David Wheater (Middlesbrough), Sylvain Distin (Portsmouth), Habib Beye (Newcastle), Oli Johnson (Stockport), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Marc-Antoine Fortuné, Landry N'Guemo (both Nancy)
Ensuring survival could depend on Jimmy Bullard's recovery from a serious knee injury and the recruitment of a decent striker to score the goals Hull struggled to muster during the second half of last season. Another right-back and a central midfielder boasting enforcement skills are also required. Expect Phil Brown to take a leaf out of his mentor Sam Allardyce's book and sign older, experienced, Premier League pros for low or nominal fees but on decent wages
Possible departures Michael Turner, Geovanni, Ryan France, Manucho (end of loan)
Possible arrivals Dean Whitehead, Paul McShane (both Sunderland), Federico Macheda, Danny Welbeck (both Man Utd, loan), Jonathan Greening, James Morrison (both West Brom), Mido, Chris Riggott, Tony McMahon (all Middlesbrough), Alan Smith (Newcastle)
Rafael Benítez wants to fine-tune, deal quickly and basically avoid the mess of last summer when he became embroiled in a stand-off with Martin O'Neill over Gareth Barry and none of his signings made an impact as the season unfolded. Quality support for Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard will be essential, as will a solution to the Alonso/Barry debate
Possible departures Xabi Alonso, Ryan Babel, Jermaine Pennant (out of contract), Andriy Voronin, Jack Hobbs (has signed for Leicester), Sebastián Leto, Andrea Dossena, Lucas Leiva
Possible arrivals Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), David Silva (Valencia), Carlos Tevez (Man Utd), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Stewart Downing, David Wheater (both Middlesbrough)
City's Abu Dhabi owners landed Robinho and almost secured the signature of Dimitar Berbatov in the one day they owned the club before last summer's transfer window closed, so it is reasonable to expect Mark Hughes will be most active in the market this summer. Roque Santa Cruz is likely to join, but Emmanuel Adebayor and Samuel Eto'o will take more convincing. Daniel Sturridge is sure to leave after his outlandish wage demands and he will be followed by others whose contracts have expired, such as Mills, Hamann and Ball
Possible departures Daniel Sturridge, Danny Mills, Michael Ball, Darius Vassell, Dietmar Hamann (all out of contract), Elano, Ched Evans
Possible arrivals Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal), John Carew (Aston Villa), Eljero Elia (FC Twente), Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona), Lucas Neill (West Ham), Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn), Carlos Tevez (Man Utd)
Sir Alex Ferguson is not likely to be as busy this summer as his rival across town. Antonio Valencia may well join, but whether it is as a replacement or cover for Cristiano Ronaldo remains to be seen. The sale of the Portuguese to Madrid might see United enter the bidding war for Franck Ribéry and similarly if the club decline to take up the option on Carlos Tevez they may move for Karim Benzema, a player Ferguson has long admired Scholes may move on to launch his coaching career while Gibson will be hoping he is offered a new contract.
Possible departures Carlos Tevez (end of loan), Darron Gibson (out of contract), Tomasz Kuszczak, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes
Possible arrivals Karim Benzema (Lyon), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Antonio Valencia, Maynor Figueroa (both Wigan)
Sulaiman al-Fahim's proposed takeover at Fratton Park, should it be ratified, will determine how much money is made available to the incoming manager, whether that be the current incumbent Paul Hart or not. Certainly, the Dubai property investor will have ambitious plans for the club and, if Sven-Goran Eriksson returns to the Premier League, expect a series of big-name arrivals to follow him. Should that scenario not come to pass, however, then days of ruthless cost-cutting under Alexandre Gaydamak lie ahead
Possible departures Sol Campbell, Hermann Hreidarsson, Lauren, Noé Pamarot, Jerome Thomas, Sean Davis (all out of contract), Nwankwo Kanu (released), Armand Traoré (loan end), Glen Johnson, Peter Crouch, Sylvain Distin, Djimi Traore
Possible arrivals Completely dependent upon who owns the club. They might be targeting established quality players at significant prices, or lower league bargains and Bosmans
Despite last season's success, Tony Pulis will make major changes to his squad this summer. The Stoke manager is set to move on at least half a dozen players, making room for the arrival of a centre-half, right-back, central midfielder to play alongside Glenn Whelan and another forward
Possible departures Salif Diao, Dominic Matteo, Dave Kitson, Andy Griffin, Ibrahim Sonko, Andrew Davies, Tom Soares, Seyi Olofinjana, Michael Tonge, Richard Cresswell
Possible arrivals Joe Ledley (Cardiff), Ched Evans (Man City), Kevin Nolan (Newcastle), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham), Fraizer Campbell (Man Utd)
Niall Quinn, Sunderland's chairman, argues that there is little wrong with the "talented" nucleus of his slightly overblown squad but that certain Sunderland players require a manager able to "turn them into proper men". Even so, the team lacks quality wingers capable of whipping in crosses from the byline and needs a new attacking partner for Kenwyne Jones and a fresh centre-half. A proper midfield enforcer would not go amiss either. It is thought the new manager will have around £60m to spend on turning Sunderland into a top 10 side
Possible departures Djibril Cisse, Calum Davenport, Tal Ben Haim (all end of loan), Marton Fulop, Dean Whitehead, Paul McShane, Michael Chopra, Jordan Henderson, Daryl Murphy
Possible arrivals Paul Scharner (Wigan), Miguel Veloso (Sporting Lisbon), Darren Bent (Tottenham), Julio Arca (Middlesbrough)
Harry Redknapp is never quiet during any transfer window but he will seek quality rather than quantity. He spent heavily in January so funds are likely to be dictated by what he can raise but he has a clutch of expensive under-achievers that he would like to move on
Possible departures Alan Hutton, David Bentley, Darren Bent, Carlo Cudicini, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Gilberto, Ricardo Rocha, Giovani dos Santos
Possible arrivals Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn), Djibril Cisse (Marseille)
WEST HAM UNITED
Gianfranco Zola has suggested he will have funds to strengthen this summer, despite the continued uncertainty over the future ownership of the club and its financial viability. He would like to add depth in all areas of the team having grown weary of seeing injuries decimate his options in midfield and up front, and of relying upon a productive youth system. A striker to aid Carlton Cole and the injury-prone Dean Ashton is a priority
Possible departures Walter López, Lucas Neill, Diego Tristán, Luis Boa Morte (all out of contract), David Di Michele , Jan Lastuvka (both end of loan), Lee Bowyer, Nigel Quashie, Kyel Reid, Jimmy Walker, Freddie Sears (loan), Matthew Upson
Possible arrivals Radoslav Kovac (Spartak Moscow), Matthew Bates (Middlesbrough), Eric Djemba-Djemba (Odense), Djibril Cisse (Marseille)
Wigan will be effectively starting from scratch again this summer. The squad is desperately short of strikers – Hugo Rodallega is the only one whose position is not in doubt – and Steve Bruce had several deals in place through his contacts in South America. It looks like back to square one, however, because of Bruce's dismay at having to dismantle a fine team
Possible departures Antonio Valencia, Maynor Figueroa, Paul Scharner, Antoine Sibierski, Marlon King
Possible arrivals Cristian Benítez (Santos Laguna), Hendry Thomas (Deportivo Olimpia), Matthew Bates (Middlesbrough)
Wolves need experience and lots of it. The club will take encouragement from the success Reading enjoyed in the top flight with a young, hungry side three years ago but Mick McCarthy knows that he needs to add quality right down the spine of the team to give Wolves a chance. He will not have much to spend
Possible departures None
Possible arrivals Marlon Harewood (Aston Villa), Nenad Milijas (Red Star Belgrade), Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Nancy), Fraizer Campbell (Man Utd), Michael Brown, Emmerson Boyce (both Wigan)
Doesn't LBM have another year to run ??
He's not out of contract.
(you know me ~ I wish he were though !!)
yes and bowyer is out of contract, no davenport/faubert on the list either and not 100% but i think walker is out of contract aswell, so they've really done their research.
That's a poor statement.
Cisse = Fast (Kanoute = Long stride)
Cisse = Poor Touch (Kanoute = Immaculate Touch)
Cisse = 1 goal every 20 shots (Kanoute = 1 in 5)
Two VERY different players
http://thegamesgonecrazy.blogspot.com/2 ... y-out.html
Collins on the way out
If the rumours are to be believed, it would appear that James Collins will be the next to catch the fast train out of Upton Park. Personally I believe this would be a terrible mistake.
Apart from his injury problems, Collins has been outstanding since we signed him. This season he has been a giant alongside Upson and, in some games, it has appeared as if his carrot topped head has been a magnet for any ball crossed into our box. After the Sunderland game at the Stadium of Dim Light, his head must have ached for a week. Time and time and time and time and time again it was Collins rising to head it clear as Blunderland pumped the ball into our box. He has also been incredibly brave whe closing down crosses, throwing himself in front of shots, risking injury in the team's cause.
Some contended that he and Upson could not play together but they were rarely exposed when partnered. We conceded three goals in just six games in the recently completed season - and Collins only played in one of those. Yes Tomkins shows a lot of promise but, if you look at the facts, we are more solid defensively when Ginge is in the team. Experience counts for a lot in a centre half!
And Collins does not get the credit he deserves for the Great Escape either. People forget that it was only when Collins and Ferdinand were united together in the centre of our defence that we went on our winning run. Yes, of course, Tevez grabbed the headlines but you win games by stopping the opposition from scoring as well as by netting yourself. Collins was a vital cog in our survival!
I desperately hope that the rumours are wrong. James Ginge Collins has a future at West Ham in my opinion. I only hope that Zola agrees!
i hope we keep ginger as well fantastic cover for any injurys we pick up at the back
Would be a terrible mistake, IMHO our best defender since Rio. When I watch he normally does more than Upson.
Plus we'd be bare bones at the back, unless Gabbidon's had a Bionics operation.
I think Collins is one of those who would rather have 1st team football than a huge wedge, plus I'd imagine his yearly salary wouldn't be much compared to some of more notable players, I could see him moving on, especially if we are going to keep Tomkins on and Gabbidon is ready to start pre-season.
Saying that I'd hate to see our Ginger Pele go, especially without a replacement.. a very solid defender.
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