Filed: Monday, 17th August 2009
By: Staff Writer
James Collins could be on his way to Stoke City according to a report in this morning's Sun.
The Welsh centre-half is being linked with a £5million move to the Potters who have money to spend having survived their first season in the Premier League last term.
* Morrocan striker Marouane Chamakh has hinted that he may remain at Bordeaux for the final year of his contract in order to land a free transfer next summer.
The 25-year-old striker, who has been heavily linked with Arsenal all summer was rumoured to have been the subject of a £5million bid from the Hammers who are desperate for additional firepower.
However Chamakh was quoted in this morning's press as saying: "We will try to sort out a transfer. Maybe I will stay, but for me there is no question of signing an extension."
* Stories linking Matthew Upson with a move to Manchester City gathered apace after the England defender refused to rule out a move at the weekend. Talking about United's purported precarious financial position following the 2-0 win at Wolves, the 30-year-old said:
"Whether or not that means someone will have to be sold, I don't know, but I don't think the outlook is great financially. It hasn't been mentioned to me that we need to sell but, if there was a situation where they accepted an offer and it was down to me whether I wanted to move, I would have to look at the club in question and make a decision."
* Hammers target Luca Toni is reportedly interesting Serie A outfit Roma. The 32-year-old striker, who is considering his future with current club Bayern is on West Ham's hit-list but could be tempted by a return to his homeland.
"At the moment, there is no negotiation - only an interest on Roma's part", said football agent Jose Alberti. "Both the club and the player have been informed and Roma are awaiting a response from Bayern Munich. Toni is very willing to return to Italy."
* Going the whole hog today is the Mirror's Paul Smith, who claims that the Hammers are being forced to sell up to six first team players in order to appease owners CB Holdings who Smith claims have ordered the sales.
However Smith's rather far-fetched offering has already been dismissed by an unnamed Straumur spokesman, who is reported to have told the Mail that the story is 'nonsense'.
Who'd have thought it.
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08:44AM 19th Aug 2009
''Just a note, Jose Alberti is not Luca Toni's agent, Tullio Tinti is. Tinti has denied any affiliation between Toni and Alberti (romanews.eu). ''
09:14AM 18th Aug 2009
''No he is a Sheffield United fan, it says so on the web. Paul Smith, what a joke!''
06:13PM 17th Aug 2009
''I don't know how they get away with it year after year, all they are interested in is selling units. I get all my info from KUMB.com run by proper football people!''
01:53PM 17th Aug 2009
''Paul Smith you are a disgrace to the journalist profession. Get back under the stone you crawled out from. All Hammers should boycott buying the Mirror.
You are always writing adverse stories about us. Are you from White Hart Lane?''