Filed: Wednesday, 19th May 2010
By: Staff Writer
West Ham continue to be linked with a number of players as speculation regarding the new manager and his potential squad hots up.
With almost every source happy that Avram Grant will be announced as the club's 13th full-time manager imminently, attention has turned to the players likely to follow the Portsmouth boss through the gates at the Boleyn Ground.
Tottenham right-back Alan Hutton is one player mentioned in passing by both the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror in Tuesday's editions; the Scottish defender, who spent time on loan with the Wearsiders last season is said to have seen a permanent switch to the Black Cats collapse, alerting the likes of West Ham to his availability.
However Tottenham are said to be holding out for around £6million for a player that cost them £9million less than two years ago. Sunderland are said to have refused to go higher than £3million.
The Sun meanwhile are linking West Ham with moves for Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng and Aston Villa's Nicky Shorey, who has been on loan with Fulham. Boateng, 23, cost Pompey around £4million when they signed him from Tottenham although he is likely to cost around half that figure as Portsmouth look to recover some of their massive deficit. 29-year-old Shorey, unwanted by Villa boss Martin O'Neill, is said to be available for around £2million.
Carlton Cole has had a £15million price tag placed upon him, according to the Daily Telegraph - who add that the Hammers have already rejected three bids for the 26-year-old. The Telegraph are also linking Fabio Daprela with a move to Inter and add that none of Ilan, Mido or Guillermo Franco will be offered contracts for next season.
Back to the Mail and one midfielder the club are said to be keeping tabs on is Atalanta's Tiberio Guarente, a highly-rated 24-year-old Italian. Mancester CIty are also said to be monitoring the player, who is likely to command a fee in the region of £3.5million.
However one player unlikely to be strutting his stuff at the Boleyn next season is Sidney Govou, who some sources (the Mail, to be precise) had claimed was set to agree a deal to move to London. The Lyon winger has informed United that he will be moving to Turkey to play for Galatasary, according to the Telegraph.
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03:40PM 20th May 2010
''Hugh Jass, while I agree with your thoughts on strengthening the defence, I think you're being very optimistic - I don't see Cahill or Shawcross coming to WHU. We finished below both Stoke and Bolton this year, so that would be off-putting for the players, plus both clubs would slap high price-tags on their two key centre-backs, so realistically signing these players would cost £8-10m each or about £18 million for the pair - and that's just not going to happen.
Maybe someone like Ricardo Carvalho, who has been frozen out at Chelsea - he might be 32-odd now, but he'd still easily be our best centre back if we got him. Belhadj is perhaps more likely, and I agree would be a good signing. Joe Cole would be a great signing, but he'll almost certainly join Tottenham as we can't pay the wages he'll want.''
09:14AM 19th May 2010
''I would think that if Avram Grant joins us he would bring some Portsmouth players with him. Right back Steve Finnan and central defender Mokoena - captain of South Africa, would solve two problem positions from our last season.''
by Hugh Jass
06:57AM 19th May 2010
''West Ham need to get rid of some dead-wood and players who don't want to be at the club. I think that if the reports about Stoke being interested in Noble are true, I think that they should take them up on that and try and get Shawcross as part of the deal. Also Upson isn't exactly jumping at the prospect of signing a new deal, so I think he should be offered as part of a swap deal for Bolton's Gary Cahill.
The key to West Ham doing well is a solid defence - look at Aston Villa with Collins and Dunne. If it is possible to take both Shawcross and Cahill, I believe West Ham would have a brilliant campaign next season. Finally from the relegated sides, Kevin-Prince Boateng could perhaps slot in, but we absolutely must get Belhadj. Natural left-footed and put in some excellent crosses against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final.''