Player News - West Ham United

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Fantasy owners will have to look elsewhere for an attack-oriented left-back after defender Aaron Cresswell suffered a knee injury.

West Ham confirmed the left-back will miss around the next four months after sustaining ligament damage in his knee following a harsh challenge in a preseason friendly over the weekend against a second-division German side. Without Cresswell, Slaven Bilic could turn to Michail Antonio at the position while rumors swirled of a potential summer move for cover at the position. Meanwhile, midfielder Manuel Lanzini will also miss the start of the season due to injury.
Source: BBC
Jul 26 - 5:53 PM

The Argentina Football Federation [AFA] have confirmed that West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of this summer’s Olympic Games after suffering a knee injury during last week’s warm-up game against Colombia.

In a statement by the AFA they confirmed: "The West Ham man will remain in Miami from where he will leave for London." Lanzini was expected to miss to opening matches of the new Premier League season with the Olympic tournament due to run until August 20, but now the 23-year-old could make the trip to Stamford Bridge in game week one depending on the severity of his injury. Lanzini becomes the second West Ham player within a matter of days to be struck down, after Aaron Cresswell was ruled out for around four months, leaving Slaven Bilic without a naturally left-sided full-back until November.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 26 - 4:16 PM

West Ham face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the knee injury sustained by Aaron Cresswell during Saturdays 3-0 friendly win over German second-tier side Karlsruher SC.

Cresswell was left in a heap after a crunching challenge from midfielder Grischa Promel which required lengthy treatment from the West Ham physio. Although the full-back left the pitch under his own steam, there are concerns that Cresswell may have suffered serious knee damage with some reports suggesting up-to six months on the sidelines. Speaking post-match, Slaven Bilic said: "The only downside of this game is that we have to see what is [wrong] with Cresswell. He got injured and it didn't look that good. We will have to assess it." Co-chairman David Gold went as far as saying that claims made by West Ham fan site Claret and Hugh [stating between 4 weeks and six months out] "are accurate" but the precise nature of the injury won’t be known until the player has a scan.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 25 - 5:48 AM

There are conflicting reports emerging regarding the fitness of West Ham striker Andy Carroll who is said to have picked up a minor groin injury during the draw with the Carolina RailHawks last Wednesday.

Fan website Claret & Hugh claim that the injury-plagued 27-year-old was sent for a scan immediately after the match while Jack Sullivan [son of Co-chairman David Sullivan] confirmed on social media that Carroll would be side-lined for up-to 14 days. However, KUMB.com [another site dedicated to West Ham] say that they have spoken to Carroll while on tour in Austria and state he is injury-free and raring to go: "I talked to AC for a few minutes before the training and he said he isn't injured," Bratislava-based Mutis told KUMB. "After that, he took part in full training with the squad. The only player doing individual [fitness] work was Winston Reid. However he also said that he isn't injured." Carroll did not feature against FC Slovacko on Tuesday although the Hammers do play again tonight.
Jul 20 - 7:22 AM

Diafra Sakho refuses to go on West Ham's trour of Austria.

There have been rumors sending the striker to another club all summer and things are now heating up. West Ham publicly stated their need for a big-name forward and that lead to Sakho to hand in a transfer request. Now, he is making sure they take it seriously. Last month, a £11m bid from Sunderland failed to land the striker, and it looks like it will more money for his services. If he ends up at another Premier League team, he can be a mid-to-late round fantasy option.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 17 - 11:33 AM

West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has stated that he's committed to West Ham despite interest from other clubs.

Payet lead France to the Euro 2016 Finals and was as impressive as he was last season. There is obviously tons of interest in him, but the player wants to stay at West Ham. The Hammers can offer him money and a new stadium to play in, but cannot offer Champions League football. Until a new deal is done, Payet's future will be uncertain, but he is a top three pick in fantasy leagues as long as he stays in the Premier League.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 16 - 6:48 PM

The agent of West Ham's Enner Valencia confirmed that the forward is set to hold talks to leave the club this summer.

The agent, Gonzalo Vargas, also said that Serie A side Lazio have made an initial move for the 26-year-old, who struggled to beat out Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho for a starting role last season and will now have to compete with new signings Gokhan Tore and Sofiane Feghouli. Said Vargas: "He wants to leave, although he is not making an obsession out of it because, unlike some reports, he does have a good relationship both with the coach and with his teammates. He wants to play at the top - in Italy, Spain or England - and the decision over his future will be determined 100 per cent by sporting elements and not economic ones."
Jul 13 - 6:24 AM

West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet insists he did not set out to injure Cristiano Ronaldo in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final: "It was a challenge, that’s all, period. I regained possession and if I hurt him it was not intentional."

An emotional Ronaldo broke down during the opening exchanges as the reality of the situation began to sink in. Payet caught Ronaldo’s standing leg as he challenged for the ball early on, colliding with his knee, a tackle which left him in obvious discomfort on the turf. Following lengthy treatment, Ronaldo continued gingerly, before being stretchered off after 25 minutes. "It's not in my nature to be a bad guy on the pitch. There is no question about it," said Payet when fielding questions post-match. However, the injury meant that the eventual game-winner [Eder] came on for only his third appearance of the tournament and it was his goal [during extra-time] which sealed an unlikely European Championship trophy for Portugal.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 11 - 6:20 AM

The end of Diafra Sakho's career at West Ham seems to be approaching after the forward handed in an official transfer request.

The 26-year-old scored only five goals in 21 Premier League appearances last season after an outstanding debut season when he scored 10 league goals after arriving in the summer of 2014 from French side Metz. But Sakho endured a difficult season filled with the distractions of injury and off-the-pitch incidents and was left off the preseason tour to the United States reportedly due to illness after the Hammers admitted they are looking for a world-class striker this summer. Sunderland saw a £11 million bid rejected earlier this summer while West Brom is reportedly highly interested.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 8 - 5:51 AM

West Ham have released defender Joey O'Brien.

O'Brien hasn't played much in the past year and will not be brought back for next season. A mix of injuries and lack of form has prevented him from getting in the rotation and it's unlikely another Premier League team picks him up. He is not a fantasy option for next season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 3 - 12:40 PM

West Ham have made a €35m bid for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi.

Batshuayi is one of the more sought after strikers this summer and West Ham have the money now that they've moved to their new stadium. The new home comes with big expectations, and Batshuayi would be a perfect fit striker-hungry West Ham. Andy Carroll would likely be a second stringer if the move went through, while Diafra Sakho would likely leave.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 28 - 9:19 PM

Ecuador fought back after falling behind by two goals, but the United States were able to hang on to their lead, sending their opponents home in a 2-1 win for the US.

The two Valencias, Enner and Antonio, who were so dynamic in Ecuador's thrashing of Haiti in the final group stage match for the Ecuadorians were kept at bay today by the Americans. Swansea's Jefferson Montero had their best chance in the first half but his scoop shot landed above the bar. Watford's Juan Carlos Paredes and the Ecuador defense meanwhile were beaten twice while Antonio Valencia was sent off for a second yellow after a cynical foul. When the game went to ten-a-side, it was to Ecuador's advantage as the Americans looked fatigued. Michael Arroyo pulled one back by scoring from a free kick in the 74th minute and Ecuador looked like they would find an equalizer. Enner Valencia had a couple of good chances go astray though and the US managed to escape the victors.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 16 - 11:51 PM

It wasn't pretty but France secured passage to the knockout round with late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet to beat Albania 2-0.

It took until the 90th minute for France to register so much as a shot on target. Such was the sad state of their attack for most of the match. Olivier Giroud was particularly profligate with multiple solid opportunities failing to so much as trouble the goalkeeper. Griezmann, who didn't start the match, finally succeeded where Giroud had failed as he headed home a crossed ball in the 90th minute. Payet, the hero of Les Bleus' first group stage match, then sealed the match late in stoppage time dribbling through traffic at the top of the box and rifling home with authority.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 15 - 5:22 PM

West Ham will sign Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli on a free transfer with an official signing expected on July 1 when his current contract expires.

Feghouli's performance at Valencia last season gives him the look of a reserve as he arrives at West Ham. He started 13 matches and appeared as a substitute in eight others for his Spanish side with marginal attacking stats. His best position is right midfield but he is versatile enough to play right back or move up to a right-sided attacking role. A nice depth signing on a free but after ending last season at age 26 there isn't an upside where fantasy managers should be rushing to pick him up.
Jun 15 - 10:14 AM

West Ham are looking into placing one final bid for Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette.

The Hammers are unlikely to match Lyon's asking price, which is £40m, but it's likely they get somewhat close with how willing they are to spend this summer. If Lacazette comes in, that pretty much confirms Diafra Sakho will be leaving. Andy Carroll played well at the end of the season but cannot be trusted to stay healthy and the Hammers are badly in need of a reliable striker.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 14 - 11:19 PM


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