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Sunderland look set to return with an improved bid for West Ham winger Stewart Downing…

West Ham have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet for a fee reported to be in the region of £12 million. This could suggest The Hammers are ready to do business for Downing, despite him being one of West Ham’s best performers last season. The sometimes maligned wide man man (who has 35 England caps) only missed one match last season scoring six goals and providing eight assists. Playing some of his most effective football in the number 10 role. It’s believed Downing was planning a return to his native Teeside if Middlesbrough had been promoted, but nearby Sunderland might be a suitable compromise. Downing spent a short loan spell there in 2003 and Dick Advocaat has already had a bid of £5 million turned down.
Jun 26 - 4:57 PM

West Ham forward Enner Valencia continued to produce for Ecuador as he scored the winner against Mexico in Group A play.

Valencia was only ok for West Ham United last season but when he puts on the Ecuador shirt, he's a star. He scored his second in three Copa America group stage matches. His efforts weren't enough to see Ecuador through to the knock out stage but it was enough to eliminate Mexico.
Jun 20 - 10:49 AM

Sunderland have secured the services of Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson on a season-long loan…

The signing represents good business for Sunderland as there was competition for the England Under-21 defender. After a successful loan period last season, West Ham were looking to make the move permanent but Arsenal are keen to keep Jenkinson under contract so only prepared to listen to loan offers. An enquiry was also made from Southampton, who look resigned to losing Nathaniel Clyne. The Saints turned down an initial £10 million bid from Liverpool, but Manchester United have also declared an interest. But now he has been exposed to conversations about what players are earning in the England squad, a move to a bigger club/ salary (choose one) looks inevitable.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 16 - 10:40 AM

West Ham forward Enner Valencia flashed the quality for Ecuador that got him his move to Upton Park after the World Cup but he couldn't get Ecuador a win as the went bottom of their Copa America group.

Bolivia are something of a surprise package at this summer's Copa America sitting atop Group A tied with host nation Chile. They moved into that spot by tying Mexico in their opening round and then beating Educador 3-2 yesterday. Featuring a team of almmost all domestic league players, Bolivia beat an Ecuador team boasting Valencia, Jefferson Montero of Swansea and Juan Carlos Paredas of Watford. A shocking result to be sure.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 16 - 9:32 AM

Chelsea are reportedly after Barcelona midfielder Alex Song.

Song spent last season on loan at West Ham and was solid throughout the year. With Chelsea set to part ways with John Obi Mikel, it makes sense for them to be going after a player of Song's caliber at only £6million. If he does indeed end up at Chelsea, Song will likely be used as a backup to Nemanja Matic and in late game situations when the Blues are holding onto a tight lead and choose to go with two defensive minded midfielders. His fantasy value at Chelsea will be incredibly low, but he could play a big part in their title defense.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 14 - 6:35 AM

Jussi Jaaskelainen has been released by West Ham United.

Jaaskelainen was the Hammers backup goalkeeper this season but age has caught up with him and this is likely the end of his career. He just recently turned 40 in April and is highly unlikely to be picked up by another Premier League team. There are rumors he might be picked up by a lower league team but he is probably not fit for a starting role at this time.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 13 - 1:21 PM

Slaven Bilic hasn't been around long but he already has a new player in the form of holding midfielder Pedro Obiang signed from Sampdoria.

With Alex Song presumably not returning to Upton Park after a loan spell from Barcelona, the Hammers needed to fill the gap in midfield and they moved to do that today when they signed Spain youth international Obiang. Obiang has only featured 35 times in the top flight in Italy but it seems clear that his is a decidedly defensive presence. Unlike Alex Song who likes to get forward from time to time, Obiang will likely be more of a "stay home" holding midfielder for his new club. At 23-years-old he is also someone that can develop into a key member of the squad as opposed to the declining Song.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 10 - 12:07 PM

Cheikhou Kouyate showed off his versatility with West Ham this season.

Kouyate played a number of positions this season including central defender(4), defensive central midfielder(9), central midfielder(16), and even left midfielder(1). He was good in almost all aspects of the game and provided the Hammers with a solid piece on the defensive side of the ball and on set pieces. He still has problems with committing fouls and his long passes aren't great, but he brings enough to the Hammers to be a constant in their rotation. He will go into next season as a primary piece and someone who can be decent in fantasy as well considering he averaged 7.2 points per 90 minutes this season.
Source: WhoScored
Jun 10 - 6:08 AM

Aaron Cresswell had a very impressive season for West Ham this season.

Cresswell did many good things for West Ham this season and deservedly finished as their best defender. He helped them to nine clean sheets and 270 fantasy points on the way. His points came from a wide variety of stats, including 23 blocked shots, 33 fouls won, 29 tackles won, and 28 passes intercepted amongst a number of other contributions. To top it off, he had two goals and four assists. Cresswell goes into next season as one of the top defenders in fantasy after finishing 13th in defender scoring in the Yahoo! game this year.
Jun 10 - 5:56 AM

West Ham United have finally settled on the successor to Sam Alardyce in the form of former Hammers player Slaven Bilic.

The Croatian played for only one season at the East London club but developed enough of a following that his return as a manager is being welcomed as a prodigal son returning. Bilic rose to managerial prominence despite a questionable track record. Bilic managed a failed World Cup qualifying attempt for his native Croatia during the 2010 World Cup cycle and failed to get out of the group stage at Euro 2012. He transitioned to club management after the Euros ended and moved to Lokomotiv Moscow where he was sacked after leading Lokomotiv to their worst ever finish in the Russian championship established in 1992. His tenure at Besiktas was equally unremarkable.
Jun 9 - 1:49 PM

Steward Downing was the driving force for West Ham United's season and was a big part of them finishing in 12th in the Premier League.

Downing finished with six goals and eight assists but was constantly a threat to the opposition and averaged 1.9 shots and 2.3 key passes per game. He played in 37 matches and despite slowing down, was important to everything West Ham did in attack, especially with their strikers often injured. If their strikers can stay healthy and finish his chances next year, he can improve upon his 308 fantasy points, which was good enough for sixth amongst all midfielders.
Source: WhoScored
Jun 7 - 2:05 PM

West Ham have signed Darren Randolph as a backup goalkeeper.

Randolphs comes from Birmingham City and has played all but one of their matches in the past two season. He has two Republic of Ireland caps and more than 300 senior appearances. Despite his resume, he is not going to be challenging Adrian for a starting spot and can happily be left on the fantasy waiver wire unless Adrian goes down with an injury. Adrian had a very solid season for West Ham and won them a few points by single handedly keeping the opposition out despite a number of injuries to their defense. He was the sixth best goalkeeper in the Yahoo! fantasy game and can probably improve on that next season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 1 - 2:54 PM

Manchester City do love former Arsenal players and Alex Song could be next in a long line of former Gunners to feature for City.

Alex Song's season-long loan at West Ham started very well but faded along with the Hammers' overall form as the season progressed. With the loan spell concluded and the Hammers seemingly uninterested in pursuing a permanent deal, Song's future is up in the air. Manchester City have been mentioned as having interest in bringing the player to the Etihad. If the deal happens, Song would join former Arsenal teammates Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, and Bacary Sagna on the blue side of Manchester. City are likely looking for players to replace Frank Lampard who is definitely leaving and James Milner who is out of contract and has indicated that he'd like to start regularly. Song counts as a home-grown player after coming to Arsenal at the age of 17.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 1 - 11:03 AM

Carlton Cole has been released by West Ham for the second time.

Cole was let go by the Hammers in 2013 but returned to the club a few months later. The 31 year old striker is not the player he once was and it's unlikely he can find a home in the Premier League, at least not as a starter. He scored three goals in 26 matches last season, which isn't good enough in this league. Avoid Cole in all formats next year.
Source: Sky Sports
May 30 - 1:35 AM

David Sullivan, the West Ham owner, has promised the club two big signings and an exciting new boss.

With Sam Allardyce now gone and West Ham moving to the Olympic Stadium, there is reason to be excited as a Hammers fan right now. The club have some good pieces already in place but have been absolutely killed by injuries in the past couple of seasons and if they bring in two more big signings, they could have a lot to cheer for next season. The first big signing should be coming soon, so stay tuned.
Source: Sky Sports
May 30 - 1:21 AM



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