Player News - West Ham United

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With Dimitri Payet dropped from the West Ham squad for Saturday's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, Michail Antonio shouldered the creative responsibilities and recorded three assists.

Despite the omission of Dimitri Payet, who manager Slave Bilic stated "does not to play" for West Ham, Antonio stepped up and was easily the best Hammer on the pitch. Antonio's first contribution to the match saw him glided around Crystal Palace's goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey before setting up Sofiane Feghouli with a close-range finish. The English international was also the provider of the cross for Andy Carroll's stellar mid-air volley and feed Manuel Lanzini in the 86th-minute who sealed the match with a sublime chip. After his man of the match performance, Antonio has now scored eight goals and added three assists in 20 league appearances. Given the uncertainty surrounding Payet's future and Antonio's current form, the 26-year-old is a must-start in all formats of fantasy for Saturday's trip to Middlesbrough.
Source: BBC Sports
Jan 17 - 5:35 PM

While West Ham United topped Crystal 3-0 on Saturday, Andre Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate both got off to a winning start at the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

Ayew was the star for Ghana as he scored the match-winner to lift the Black Stars over Uganda 1-0 on Tuesday. Ayew, who has scored one goal in 12 appearances for the Hammers this season, converted from the penalty spot to score his 13th international goal in their opening match of Group D. Elsewhere, Chiekhou Kouyate captained Senegal to a 2-0 win over Tunisia in Group B. While Ghana will host Mali and Senegal will take on Zimbabwe in their second fixtures of the AFCON group stage, West Ham will try to capture their second-straight win when they travel to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Jan 17 - 4:59 PM

The disappointing loan spell of forward Simone Zaza at West Ham officially came to an end on Sunday.

Juventus and West Ham mutually agreed to cut short the Italian's loan in east London after 11 matches where Zaza failed to score a goal. Reports claim, had Zaza reached 14 appearances, a clause in his loan deal would have been triggered to make the loan permanent in a £20 million move, which led manager Slaven Bilic to announce Zaza would no longer feature for the side. The striker will now join La Liga side Valencia on loan for the rest of the season while the Hammers actively look for another forward in the current window.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 15 - 2:50 PM

West Ham got back on track with a dominant showing at the Olympic Stadium in a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Despite all of the noise surrounding the Dimitri Payet transfer saga at West Ham this week, the Hammers looked sharp against the south London visitors. Without Payet, manager Slaven Bilic went with Sofiane Feghouli, who ended up breaking the 0-0 deadlock in the 68th minute after connecting with Michail Antonio. If it wasn't for Andy Carroll's wonder goal in the 79th, all eyes would be on Antonio and his three assists. But Carroll's strike will be on loop for the next week after he spotted a looping cross from Antonio and, with his back toward goal, hit a thunderous bicycle kick over a helpless Wayne Hennessey. Just minutes later, Manuel Lanzini rounded out the scoring with a West Ham third after another assist from Antonio, who was originally a doubt due to illness.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 12:18 PM

This week's update from West Ham's treatment room focused on their defense, as it was revealed that James Collins will be available for selection against Crystal Palace after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Collins has been cleared to return to action after missing the last seven matches across all competitions, due to a calf injury against Arsenal on December 3rd. The club's fitness report revealed that Collins returned to full training this week and will be in contention for Saturday's match at the London Stadium. The report also noted that fellow defenders Sam Bryam and Reece Oxford had successful returns in the Premier League 2 match against Norwich City on Monday.
Jan 12 - 6:59 PM

Amazing revelations from West Ham manager Slaven Bilic on Thursday morning who was speaking ahead of his sides game against Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Hammers boss stated that Dimitri Payet does NOT want to play for the club. However, Bilic insists the France star is going nowhere: "I spoke to the chairman and this is not a money issue. We gave him a long contract because we want him to stay." Payet signed a new £120k per week contract last February which runs until 2021. Bilic went onto add: "This team, the staff, we gave him everything, we were always there for him. I feel let down. I feel angry." The availability of Payet over the coming weeks is in question and unless both parties can come to some amicable agreement, you sense the player will find himself in a similar situation to Saido Berahino, who, for all intents and purposes has been left to rot at West Brom after trying to force a move away from the club.
Source: ESPNFC.co.uk
Jan 12 - 6:04 AM

According to Sky Italia, A.S. Roma remain keen on West Ham winger Sofiane Feghouli despite their failed bid to sign him on loan for the rest of the season.

Sky is reporting that Roma launched a bid to sign Feghouli on a six-month loan but the Hammers rejected their proposal. Despite the failed move, Roma seem determined to continue their pursue of the Algerian international. According to Sky Italia, the Serie A club has identified Feghouli as an ideal signing to make up for the absence of Mohamed Salah, who is currently with Egypt at the African Cup of Nations, and the recent sale of Juan Iturbe to Torino. Feghouli joined West Ham on a free transfer from Valencia this summer and signed a three-year deal at the London Stadium, but has started just one Premier League match. The 27-year-old was also omitted from Algerian squad for this month's African Cup of Nations.
Jan 10 - 10:46 PM

West Ham United have their sights set on Joe Hart as a primary transfer target and are willing to let Adrian leave during the January transfer window, according to reports.

The Sun is reporting that West Ham is willing to meet Manchester City's £15million price tag to sign Joe Hart, who is on loan at Italian side Torino until the end of this season. The report also revealed that London Stadium chiefs have given the green-light to match Hart's £100,000-a-week wages in order to secure the England international. Meanwhile, the Hammers are willing to listen to offers for Adrian, who has just six months left on his current contract and has been dropped from the starting XI in favor of Republic of Ireland international Darren Randolph.
Source: The Sun
Jan 9 - 8:24 PM

West Ham United have reported that youngster Josh Cullen has extended his loan with Bradford City until the end of the season.

Cullen has been on loan with Bradford City since August, making 23 appearance this season after spending last campaign on loan with Sky Bet League One side. The Ireland U-21 international told Bradford City's official website he was excited to continue his development with the Yorkshire club. "It was quite an easy decision for me and I've enjoyed playing my football here," Cullen said. "Everything about the club - the staff, the players, the fans - they have all been brilliant with me both last season and this season so far."
Jan 6 - 7:17 PM

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Simone Zaza will not play for the club again due to the terms of his contact.

Zaza has failed to impress since he joined West Ham on a season-long loan from Juventus at the cost of €5m. On Zaza, Bilic said: "He [Zaza] is still our player until he goes somewhere but mainly because of the situation with his contract he is finished here." The situation Bilic referred was an automatic transfer fee of €20million that would triggered if Zaza made a certain amount of appearances for West Ham. "Unfortunately we had to judge him on six, seven, eight games which is not a big pattern to judge a player in general," Bilic added. Zaza was unable to find the net in 11 appearance for the Hammers this season. Given the abrupt end to Zaza's playing time at London Stadium, West Ham could use the January transfer window to reinforce their frontline.
Source: The Mirror
Jan 6 - 7:08 PM

Manager Slaven Bilic said his side "weren't good enough" as West Ham United were beaten 5-0 by Manchester City in the FA Cup on Friday.

Bilic recalled goalkeeper Adrian to the starting XI but the change made little difference, as the Hammers crashed out of the FA Cup Third Round in disappointing fashion at London Stadium. The floodgates opened after Yaya Toure converted a penalty in the 33rd minute, as Havard Nordtviet's own goal was followed by strikes from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and John Stones. Bilic voiced his displeasure with the result after the match, siting the fixture as a bad defeat. "What disappointed me the most is that after the first goal, we chased them all over the pitch and then in those ten or 15 minutes we conceded two more," Bilic said. "As a team, it was not good enough and nowhere near the performance we had here a few days ago against Manchester United." Bilic and West Ham will look to bounce back in their next Premier League match, a home clash with Crystal Palace next Saturday.
Jan 6 - 6:18 PM

Sofiane Feghouli will not serve a three-match suspension after West Ham United's claim for wrongful dismissal was upheld by a Football Association Regulatory Commission.

Feghouli was sent off for a challenge on Red Devils defender Phil Jones in the 15th minute of Monday's defeat by Manchester United, with the match goalless at the time. West Ham United has confirmed that a Football Association Regulatory Commission upheld the club's appeal and therefore Feghouli not serve a three-match ban. The 27-year-old will now be eligible to play against Manchester City in the FA Cup third round on Friday and in the upcoming Premier League fixtures with Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough.
Jan 4 - 10:03 PM

Sofiane Feghouli was red carded in the fifteenth minute and from there West Ham were always going to lose to visiting Manchester United which they did 2-0.

Sofiane Feghouli has been a huge disappointment for West Ham and after barely contributing in the first half of the season he started match 20 and was shown a red card in under 15 minutes. Being down to ten men against one of the form teams in the Premier League was not where Slaven Bilic wanted to be. The Hammers put up a good fight into the second half until Juan Mata and then Zlatan scored although the big Swede was offside when he did. The offside on the second goal went uncalled and Manchester United cruised to an easy victory to start off the second half of the season. In fairness to Feghouli didn't really deserve the red card for a tackle that wasn't great but also wasn't either dangerous or rash.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 2 - 2:40 PM

West Ham United were defeated by Leicester City 1-0 on New Year's Eve at the King Power Stadium.

West Ham saw their three-match winning streak come to an end at Leicester City on Saturday. The Hammers played from behind as Leicester took the lead when Islam Slimani converted a perfect header in the 20th-minute. West Ham attempted to claw back but saw Michail Antonio's well-struck volley smash off the bar, while later Dimitri Payet's worthy free-kick strike was denied by Kasper Schmeichel. As the match neared its end Andy Carroll came close, however, his headed attempt from close range flashed wide. West Ham will look to get back on track when they face Manchester United at the Olympic Stadium on Monday.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 12:50:00 PM

West Ham United has confirmed that defenders Arthur Masuaku and Alvaro Arbeloa will be out for several more weeks are they recover from injury.

Masuaka injured his knee in training, while Arbeloa suffered a nasty contusion against Arsenal on December 3rd. Masuaka and Arbeloa are both currently in the rehabilitation process but are expected to miss several more weeks. Meanwhile, West Ham were handed a defensive boost with the news that defenders Reece Oxford and Sam Byram are both back in training with the first team. Given West Ham's current list of injuries, Oxford and Byram will both be in contention for the match day squad for Saturday's trip to Leicester City.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 06:58:00 PM



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