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Reports coming in that the Hammers have accepted a £16m bid from West Bromeich Albion for striker Diafra Sakho. That would represent a healthy profit for a player who knows where the back of the net is but always seemed to carry an unhealthy attitude with it.
The sale of Sakho would suggest Ayew or another striker is imminent.
Bad news for the Hammers with the news that left back Aaron Cresswell is out for up to four months with ankle ligament damage.
Cresswell sustained the injury in a not so friendly match against Slaven Bilic’s former side, Karlsruhe. The challenge was met with a severe reaction by West Ham players with Mark Noble being immediately subbed, lest he react later in the game. West Ham are likely to have sign a replacement for the influential left back.
Another addition to the West Ham united squad has arrived in the form of Ashley Fletcher. The promising 20 year old arrives from Manchester United, where presumably he has fallen in the pecking order underneath Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford. New manager Jose Mourinho is also not known for promoting youth from ranks, whereas Hammers boss Slaven is much more of a fan of young talent.
Fletcher spent last season on loan at Barnsley where he scored 6 goals in 23 appearances. He also has 2 in 2 for England Under 20s. He is certainly onefor the future and we wish him all the best at the Olympic Stadium.
West Ham have announced the signing of GokhanTore, on a loan deal from Besitkas which gives us an option to buy after the season. Tore has worked under Slaven Bilic before and is excited to be working with him again, stating
“Slaven was also a big factor in me coming here and he is a great manager. He is the main man and knows me very well. I could not have said no to him.
He is the best manager I have worked under and he is like a father to the players. You feel like you are family.”
Tore is a strong winger, with a bit of a reputation for being a sandwich short of a picnic, but should provide plenty of entertainment at the Olympic Stadium.
The Guardian are reporting on interest in Juventus and Italy striker Simone Zaza. Zaza is currently plying his trade at the Euro 2016 Championships where he has been impressive if not exactly setting the tournament on fire. However, his 5 goals in 19 appearances for Juventurs last season caught the eye of manager Slaven Bilic and Zaza is definitely on the radar.
In terms of who will make way for the Italian, we understand that Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho will be on their way from Upton Park. Valencia made various mistakes when coming on as a substitute towards the end of the season and Sakho’s somewhat stroppy demeanour has not sat well with the coaching staff who are all keen on a united changing room.
West Ham have made their second signing of the summer, with the addition of Sofiane Feghouli to the teamsheet at the Olympic Stadium. Sofiane joins us from Valencia where his attacking right wing play was appreciated by fans. He had a number of options in terms of teams to sign for, but he chose the Hammers, as he was very excited by the project that we are building.
Welcome to West Ham Sofiane…
The speculation regarding the departure of Diafra Sakho to Sunderland seems to be building, and amid all the rubbish rumours circulating this Summer, it seems the most likely. It was not a great season for Diafra, whilst a 1 in 4 goal/appearance return was not disastrous, injury followed by rumours of a falling out with super Slav may mean the end of his West Ham career.
A move to Sunderland would make sense, as they were heavily reliant on Jermaine Defoe last season. I’d imagine Sam still has a cordial enough relationship with the board and can negotiate a deal out of them. This is not likely to be a huge blow if he leaves the Hammers, with a £20m striker signing being lined up soon.
Alan Pardew’s loss, alongside his dignity, is West Ham’s gain, as Manchester United’s FA Cup victory results in a Europa League adventure for the Hammers. It will mean another early start to the season for West Ham, with a 15th July followed a couple of weeks later by the matches.
This could also scupper the plans of the owners, who had hoped to open the stadium with a friendly against Juventus. It would now appear that the curtain raiser for the Olympic Stadium will a competitive fixture rather than a friendly, which seems fitting. This complicated as the keys to the stadium are not supposed to be handed over until after our first UEFA cup is completed. We’ll await to see what the owners have to say.
Bournemouth have turned down an audacious move by West Ham for Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson. The bid, said to be £25m, is likely to turn quite a few heads, but in the same vein as last season, the Hammers appear to want to do their business early.