Player News - West Ham United

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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

West Ham are already active on the transfer market as they've signed winger Sofiane Feghouli.

The Hammers promised to spend as they move to their new stadium and they have begun the summer well. They have signed Feghouli from Valencia on a three-year contract, and he should bring much needed speed and creativity on the wing. The 26-year old has impressed at Valencia in recent years, and has shown he can play well even with sub-par teammates with the Algerian National Team. Great signing by the Hammers.
Source: BBC
Jun 14 - 11:04 PM

Diafra Sakho has personally asked Slaven Bilic to be sold this summer.

Sakho has been relegated to a bench role with West Ham and he is unhappy being a squad player. West Ham are in the hunt for a top striker, showing further unhappiness about the state of their squad. Sakho can be a starting striker for a lesser Premier League team, and he could be a fantasy option if he ends up in a favorable Premier League spot.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 13 - 9:43 AM

Ecuador advanced to the knockout stages of the Copa America with a 4-0 win against Haiti in the final group stage match.

In fact, Ecuador may have gotten the better of the draw despite finishing second behind Peru with the U.S. lined up as their quarterfinal opponent from the corresponding group rather than Colombia. West Ham forward Enner Valencia and Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia led the charge with a goal apiece on either side of half-time to help Ecuador finish ahead of Brazil, who drop out of the tournament following a 1-0 loss to group winners Peru. Enner Valencia put on a show following comments that he would be willing to leave West Ham to head to La Liga following a down year marred by injuries.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 13 - 4:27 AM

West Ham announced that the club won't be re-signing defender Joey O'Brien once his contract expires this summer.

The 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international joined the Hammers on a free transfer in the summer of 2011, helping the team earn promotion back into the Premier League. Over the course of five years, O'Brien made 105 appearances for the first team, but faded in his final year at Upton Park with only one FA Cup appearance to his name this past season. The full-back joins youth forward Elliot Lee and a trio of loan players (Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, and Alex Song) on the club's released list.
Jun 11 - 6:08 AM

Dimitri Payet his a beautiful shot from just outside the box to win the Euro 2016 opener for the hosts France.

It was looking like France might be disappointing in the opener as a Patrice Evra penalty allowed Romania to equalize which they kept until the 89th minute. It was Payet to the rescue receiving the ball on the edge of the box and turning himself free to shoot from distance with no run up or momentum. It will likely prove to be one of the goals of the tournament as well as the one that ensures that France opened the big event on a high note.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 10 - 4:55 PM

West Ham forward Diafra Sakho faces an anxious wait on his English Premier League future after a bid from Sunderland.

Outlets across England report Sunderland has submitted an £11 million bid for the Senegalese international, who made only 16 Premier League appearances this season after enduring an injury-plagued season on the field followed by controversy off of it. Sakho scored five Premier League goals this season, half of what he managed in his debut season in the top flight when he scored 10 league goals under Sam Allardyce. But now, Allardyce wants the forward he took away from Metz two summers ago, with Sakho's only request being that a decision is made quickly so he can participate fully in preseason training.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 5 - 6:30 PM

Reports have emerging star Reece Oxford looking for a significant weekly wage and a signing bonus to tie his near future to West Ham United.

With a ton of money coming into the Premier League in general and West Ham specifically, it's hard to blame the youngster for his big ask. His seemingly outlandish request becomes even more reasonable if the rumors of Manchester City and Manchester United being interested in him are true. Apparently one virtuoso performance against Arsenal at a young age is worth quite a lot.
Source: The Sun
May 19 - 1:12 PM

Winston Reid turned in Dimitri Payet's set piece past David De Gea for the winner as West Ham beat Manchester United 3-2 to close the Boleyn Ground.

West Ham are on track to join Manchester United in the Europa League next season after moving up to sixth on the strength of their 3-2 win on Tuesday. Dimitri Payet, West Ham's player of the season, added twice to his assist tally with set pieces for the Hammers' second and third goals. In addition to his dramatic winner, Winston Reid put in a fantastic tackle on Marcus Rashford in the box with time running down to prevent a potential United equalizer.
May 10 - 5:27 PM

A calf strain will bring an early end to Adrian’s season. The Spanish goalkeeper missed the home defeat to Swansea, and today, Slavan Bilic confirmed the 29-year-old would not be ready for the visit of Manchester United on Tuesday.

Despite dislocating his finger last season, Saturday was the first match Adrian had missed through injury since joining the club in the summer of 2013. Darren Randolph will deputise in his absence with the Republic of Ireland international expected to fill the void on the final day as well. Bilic reports no fresh injury concerns, but following the shock 1-4 loss to Swansea, the Croatian coach may look to freshen his side. Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia, James Collins and James Tomkins all make a strong case for a recall as the Hammers push for a Europa League qualifying spot.
Source: Sky Sports
May 9 - 11:04 AM

After a run of nine league games without a loss, West Ham United were humbled today with a 1-4 loss to Swansea City.

For the first 25 minutes of the match, the Hammers created many scoring chances and it looked as though it would only be a matter of time before they put another crooked number up on the scoreboard but Swansea were able to withstand the early barrage and find themselves the opening goal. A second goal just a few minutes later dampened the mood at the Boleyn Ground as the Irons showed cracks in their defense. Eventually down 0-3, they pulled a goal back when it appeared to have been scored by Diafra Sakho but it was judged to be a Swansea own goal. Darren Randolph was given the task to mind the net for West Ham today but he deserved little blame for the four goals that would eventually be shipped past him. Slaven Bilic's side may have entered the day with thoughts of a late push for a Champions League spot but now they must regain their composure and make sure they at least wrap up a place in next season's Europa League.
Source: NBC Sports
May 7 - 12:13 PM

Mark Noble led West Ham to a huge win over West Brom by a score of 3-0.

Noble scored twice to give West Ham a very comfortable lead. He remains a solid midfielder but fantasy managers shouldn't expect to see this type of performance more than once a season. The other goal came from Cheikhou Kouyate, who is worth playing in very deep leagues only.
Apr 30 - 12:08 PM


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