Player News - West Ham United

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West Ham United have turned down an offer from Mexican top-flight side Tigres for Enner Valencia.

While the Hammers rejected the initial approach by Tigres, the club are keen to offload the forward and remain hopeful a deal can be worked out. The 27-year-old joined West Ham from Mexican outfit Pachuca for £12.5m in 2014 after shining for Ecuador at the World Cup in Brazil, but struggled to make an impact in East London and spent 2016/17 on loan at Everton after being deemed surplus by manager Slaven Bilic. Valencia managed to score just three goals in 23 appearances during his spell at Goodison Park and the Toffees opted to not activate the option to make his move permanent at the end of last season. With West Ham expected to sign one or two new forwards this summer, it seems a forgone conclusion Valencia's days at the London Stadium are over.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 27 - 4:18 PM

Michail Antonio says his recovery from hamstring surgery in April is "going well" and he is on schedule to be ready for the start of the new season.

The West Ham winger is currently enjoying some time away from football after marrying his long-term partner. "Thankfully the injury didn’t put the wedding in doubt," he told Sportsmail. "I’ll be honest, I was close to having to walk up the aisle on crutches." Antonio did take his physio to the stag doo in Las Vegas "but thankfully" he didn’t need to take him on the honeymoon! The 27-year-old was one of several West Ham players to go under the knife last term with a view to being ready for the start of the new campaign. Cheikhou Kouyate [wrist], Mark Noble [hernia], Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid [both knee] and Pedro Obiang [ankle] are all expected to rejoin the squad when they reconvene for pre-season in July.
Source: Mail Online
Jun 24 - 2:03 PM

West Ham starlet Reece Oxford has completed a season-long loan move to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.

Oxford signed a new four-year-deal at West Ham in December, and will now spend next season at the German side in order to gain regular first-team football. The promising defender burst onto the scene in 2015/16, making his senior Hammers debut as a 16-year-old in the Europa League in July 2015, and then his Premier League debut just a month later on opening day, shining a 2-0 win at Arsenal. Oxford, who made one appearance in the Europa League last term before joining Reading on loan in January, will begin his loan spell with Monchengladbach on July 1. "This is a fantastic opportunity for Reece to continue his development and experience top level European football on a regular basis," Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said. "We believe Reece has a very exciting and successful future here at West Ham, and he now needs regular first team football to ensure his progress continues."
Jun 22 - 3:51 PM

West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher has been rumored to be the top target of Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town.

The Mirror are reporting that Huddersfield Town have turned their attention to the 21-year-old as manager David Wagner looks to fortify his attacking depth for the club's first-ever Premier League campaign. Huddersfield saw an attempted loan bid rejected in January window for the former England Under-20 international, but it is believed the Terries will return for the striker over the summer with a £5million offer in an attempt to sign him on a permanent basis. Fletcher, who signed with West Ham from Manchester United last summer for a compensation fee of around £500,000, made 16 Premier League appearances and 20 in all competitions. Though the Hammers rate the youngster highly, the club would pocket a substantial profit should they decide to sell him.
Source: HITC
Jun 20 - 6:12 PM

West Ham confirmed the departure of midfielder Havard Nordveit after just one season at the club.

The Norwegian international joins Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The versatile midfielder, who can also play in defense, joined the Hammers on a free transfer last summer from Borussia Monchengladbach and made 21 appearances in all competitions, mostly as a second-half substitute. But the bright side for Slaven Bilic is the profit made off Nordveit that will allow him to reinvest back in the transfer market. Said Bilic: "I would like to thank Havard for his commitment and hard work last season. He is an excellent professional and we wish him all the very best at Hoffenheim."
Jun 20 - 2:16 PM

Sources close to Enner Valencia have claimed West Ham are ready to sell the forward to Liga MX outfit UANL.

The 27-year-old spent last season out on loan at Everton, but the Toffees opted to not make his move permanent after he managed just five starts and three goals in 16 Premier Leagues. As a result the Ecuador international returned to West Ham, however, he might not be there for too long. The Hammers actively are reportedly shopping Valencia, who signed with West Ham from Pachuca in 2014 for a transfer fee of £12 million, in order to release his wages and generate further funds for manager Slaven Bilic's summer transfer plans. Speaking to West Ham news outlet Claret & Hugh, sources close to Valencia said: "There’s absolutely no chance of him [Valencia] finding a place in Slaven Bilic’s plans now and various plans are being looked into. Tigres is just one of them but the Chinese option is alive."
Jun 19 - 3:11 PM

Sofiane Feghouli has insisted he has no plans to leave West Ham this summer despite struggling in his first season in the English top-flight.

The Algerian international joined the Hammers from Valencia on a three-year deal last summer, but found playing time hard to come by as he managed just 11 Premier League starts. While he scored three goals and added three assists, manager Slaven Bilic preferred Manuel Lanzini, Andre Ayew and Michail Antonio ahead of the 27-year-old on the wings. However, Feghouli says he has no intention of quitting after enduring a difficult debut campaign. Speaking to RMC Sport, he said: "I have two years left at West Ham and as I said on social media, I see myself staying at West Ham. I’ll start again on the 10th of July with the team. I mean it when I say it, but you don’t control everything in football. I’m not looking for a way out, not at all."
Jun 15 - 2:46 PM

West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang says he is on track to be fit for the start of pre-season training.

The 24-year-old midfielder underwent season-ending surgery after suffering a leg injury in March and subsequently missed the final two months of 2015/16 campaign. Obiang, who made 30 appearances in all competitions last season, has revealed he will return to the club's Rush Green training complex in the coming days to ensure he's ready go when the Hammers return to the pitch in early July. "I'm coming back to Rush Green to continue my fitness work in a few days because I have to work for to be ready for the fifth of July," he told whufc.com. "I been on holiday with my family and some friends to Mykonos and Athens in Greece, Belgrade in Serbian and Montenegro, which was both interesting and relaxing, but now is the time to think about my work because I want to be ready to train and play."
Jun 11 - 5:26 PM

Robert Snodgrass is determined to prove himself at West Ham despite rumors his place in Slaven Bilic's squad could be in doubt.

The Scotland international joined in a £10.2million deal from Hull City in January but struggled to make an immediate impact at the London Stadium. While Snodgrass scored nine goals before leaving Hull halfway through last term, he failed to find the back of the net under Slaven Bilic and started only one of West Ham's final five league games of the season. However the 29-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Brighton, is convinced he has much to offer the Hammers next season. "It's not easy moving to a new club in the middle of the season but I chose to join West Ham above other teams because of their great tradition and fanbase and I'm determined to make it a success," Snodgrass said. "I'm really looking forward to meeting up with the West Ham boys for pre-season and starting again."
Jun 11 - 4:20 PM

West Ham United youngster Declan Rice says he's ready to leave on loan next season in order to boost his hopes of becoming a Hammers legend at the London Stadium.

In the wake of a superb breakthrough campaign, Rice said he's open to a loan next season in order to gain first-team experience and cement his long-term future at the London Stadium. "Playing either in the Championship or League One has to be the aim," he told the club's official website. "It would be a perfect way to gain experience and learn. That’s definitely the aim if I can’t break into the first team on a regular basis." The Republic of Ireland youth international was named Young Hammer of the Year award after captaining the West Ham U23's side to Premier League 2 promotion via the play-offs. The 18-year-old center-back, who also made his first-team debut for Slaven Bilic's side at the end of the term, added: "Some big names have won the award before, like [Mark] Noble earlier in his career. Hopefully I can make my mark in a similar way to him."
Jun 5 - 1:18 PM

Robert Snodgrass has been linked with a prompt exit from West Ham United with newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion considering a move for the out of favor winger.

The 2016/17 campaign was full of highs and lows for Snodgrass. The 29-year-old was stellar for Hull City in the first half of the season before joining West Ham in January for £10 million, where he failed to replicate his form and spent majority of his time on the substitutes' bench. And after no goals, just two assists and six months in London, the Scottish international could be on the move again. It is understood that Brighton are ready to make an £8 million bid for Snodgrass, but won't match the initial fee that the Hammers paid to bring the winger to east London. While the proposed move would mean a loss for West Ham, it would mark a reunion for Snodgrass with Albion manager and former boss Chris Hughton. During their two-year spell together at Norwich City, the Scotsman scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 67 Premier League appearances.
May 30 - 6:49 PM

West Ham announced its first signing of the summer with a move for Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta.

The long-time Manchester City defender left the Sky Blues after nine seasons, which included two Premier League titles, to join the Hammers on a two-year deal in a free transfer. The 32-year-old said he turned down offers from across Europe in order to remain in the Premier League and will now compete with Sam Byram for the starting right-back spot. ""Sometimes a new challenge is all you need as a person and as a player. I thought my time at City was done. It’s been a fantastic nine years, absolutely brilliant," Zabaleta said. :Manchester City gave me the opportunity to come to this wonderful league, the Premier League, something I’ve been enjoying a lot as a player and of course for me it was probably the right time to move on."
May 27 - 3:26 PM

Academy youngsters Moses Makasi and Noha Sylvestre have signed new one-years deals with West Ham United.

Having helped the U23s win Premier League 2 promotion this season, the duo have been rewarded with new contracts which will see them remain with the Hammers until 2018. Makasi, 21, who played 29 times for the U23s this term, also featured twice as an unused substitute for the first-team. Swiss 19-year-old Sylvestre was also a key man in the Hammers' PL 2 campaign, making 25 appearances in all competitions.
May 23 - 12:47 PM

West Ham United's bumpy campaign came to an end with a positive result as Andre Ayew headed the Hammers to a 2-1 victory over Burnley.

Slaven Bilic's side endured a rocky 2016/17, but an early strike by Sofiane Feghouli and late goal by Ayew were enough to salvage a come from behind win at Turf Moor. Burnley was first strike when Sam Vokes finished from close range to put them ahead inside the opening 25 minutes. However, Feghouli wasted no time drawing the Hammers level as he tucked a well-struck strike from the top of area underneath Tom Heaton. While the Clarets went on to control the majority of chances, it was the visitors who made their best opportunity of the second-half count. Edimilson Fernandes was the creator as he blasted a shot on net, which Heaton palmed off the bar and fell kindly for Ayew to head home. The result sees West Ham finish in 11th, on 45 points.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21 - 12:51 PM

Manuel Lanzini insists he is keen to remain at West Ham United and is already targeting a successful 2017/18 season.

Lanzini has been an elite performer for the Hammers this season, scoring eight goals, recording two assists and completing 87.2 per cent of his passes in 34 Premier League appearances. Stepping up to fill the creative void left by the departure of Dimitri Payet in January, the Argentine international's stand-out campaign has seen him linked with a summer move away from West Ham, with reports pinning Everton and Liverpool as potential suitors. However, Lanzini, who has two-and-a-half years on his current contract, says he is 'very happy' at the London Stadium and is eager to build off his success next season. "The season was good for me on a personal level," he told the club's website. "For now, I am thinking of the next game then thinking of having good holidays with the family. I am very happy here."
Source: Sky Sports
May 16 - 1:52 PM


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