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Report: Irons table bid

West Ham have made a formal bid for Spezia defender Jakub Kiwior, according to a report from Italian outlet Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Hammers are scrambling to sign a centre-back after Issa Diop forced through a move to Fulham by refusing to play against Manchester City last weekend and Kiwior appears to have become a target.

Kiwior plays primarily as a centre-back but can also play at left-back and in defensive midfield.

He is 22 and joined the Serie A club last year, making a total of 24 first-team appearances for the club, having previously played for Slovakian club MSK Zilina.

The Irons are reported to have made an offer of €12m (£10.1m) for the Poland international, who has won two caps for his country, and it looks as though his versatility appeals to boss David Moyes.

However, the report also claims Kiwior is currently minded to stay in Italy as opposed to making the move to England.

The Irons face Nottingham Forest on Sunday and are likely to again be forced to play Ben Johnson as a makeshift centre-back.

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Everything you need to know: Hammers v Forest

West Ham continue their Premier League campaign away to newly-promoted Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

The Hammers kicked off their season with a 2-0 loss to Manchester City, while Forest were beaten by Newcastle by the same scoreline.

Here’s everything you need to know as the Irons go in search of their first win!

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Nottingham Forest v West Ham United – Premier League.

Where?

The game will take place at the City Ground.

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The game will kick off at 2:00pm in the UK on Sunday.

Stream/TV

The game will air live on Sky Sports in the UK.

The match will be aired elsewhere in the world with a full list HERE and will be available on internet streams

Injury news – West Ham

Nayef Aguerd is definitely out. Angelo Ogbonna faces a late fitness test, as do Lukasz Fabianski, Craig Dawson, and Mikey Antonio.

Injury news – Nottingham Forest

Omar Richards is out with a calf injury; Ryan Yates, Steve Cook and Scott McKenna need late fitness tests.

Last five meetings

The two sides last met in 2014, when Forest beat the Hammers 5-0 in the FA Cup. The four games before that all ended in wins for West Ham, in 2012, 2011, twice, and 2004.

Match Officials

Stuart Atwell will be the referee.

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Nonsense Marca transfer claim

An absolutely nonsensical Marca report has linked West Ham with a move to sign James Rodriguez.

The Colombia international has played for the likes of Real Madrid and Everton and is currently on the books at Qatari club Al-Rayyan.

He joined them in 2021 after leaving the Toffees, and has made 15 appearances for the club, scoring five goals.

Marca now claims that he could be on the move again, with the Irons getting a remarkable mention.

Turkish side Galatasaray and a pair of unnamed Greek sides are also said to be interested in doing a deal for the 31-year-old.

He is said to be earning around £200,000-per-week in Qatar, though, and it would be a remarkably expensive deal for the Hammers to do, especially for a player who was such a pariah at Everton towards the end of his spell.

He decided he wanted to leave once Carlo Ancelotti departed to manage Real Madrid, and was limited to just 26 appearances for the Goodison Park club.

There’s next to no chance of him ending up in east London.

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Hammers the third biggest spenders

By Dave Langton

West Ham are the third-biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer.

 

The Hammers have been active throughout the transfer window and have yet to complete their business, with boss David Moyes still aiming to add further new additions to his squad.

Thus far, Gianluca Scamacca has been signed from Sassuolo to bolster the forward line, while Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd arrived to beef up the defence, only to sustain an injury in pre-season.

Maxwel Cornet has arrived from Burnley, too, and can play both on the wing and at wing-back, while Flynn Downes has boosted the midfield numbers after coming in from Swansea. Alphonse Areola has also come in permanently from PSG after his successful loan spell last season.

The Irons have spent just over £100m, coming in at £100.5m, with the only two bigger spenders being Chelsea and Arsenal. The Blues have spent £167.9m, while the Gunners have splashed out £118.9m.

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London Stadium catering share is nominal

By Sean Whetstone

West Ham earn next to nothing from their share of London Stadium catering from Delaware North.

The American firm won a 25 year contract from London Stadium 185 who owns the stadium but a small percentage of the profits are shared with other stakeholders.

Yesterday the Times benefited thirty percent of all catering profits but this is certainly the case.

At best the Hammers earn 1.6% of the catering income and that is only if income hits £10m netting the club just £162,500 for the whole season.

In the 2018/2019 last full season West Ham received just 1.1% of the catering income giving them a small payout of £79,281.

London Stadium 185 receive 12.5% of any net income from Delaware North and are guaranteed the first £500,000, West Ham only earn 30% of that 12.5% cut and only for for amounts over half a million.

In 2019 gross catering income reached  £7.3m with £6.1m deemed net income,  LS 185 received 12.5% worth £764,271 while West Ham got 30% of £264,271 above £500,000.

To suggest that West Ham would benefit from high beer and food prices at the London Stadium would be wrong.

Last week London Stadium beer prices made headlines as it was revealed they were the most expensive in the Premier League.

The Hammers have informed London Stadium 185 and Delaware North they are in breach of the comparable club clause which says the price and quality of food and drink cannot not be more the mean average of Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Accordingly prices are expected to drop next Thursday for the Europa Conference League home game or the stadium owners will face legal action.

Arsenal’s cheapest pint is £6.35 while at Chelsea it is £5.70 and Spurs charge £5.19, that would create a mean average £5.75 which is what many expecting to the new price at the London Stadium next week.

 

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Report: Derby eyeing young Hammer

Derby are closing in on a deal to sign Joseph Anang from the Hammers this summer.

TalkSPORT journalist Alex Crook reports that the goalkeeper is wanted by the League One club as they continue to strengthen after their relegation from the Championship.

Anang spent the first part of the year at St Patrick’s Athletic and played for them in Europe, and now appears poised to move to League One.

The 22-year-old is an England Under-20 international, although he has struggled to make a real breakthrough in his time in east London.

Anang has yet to make his Irons first-team debut but he has played consistently for the youth teams, making 49 appearances for the Under-21s and 12 for the Under-18s.

He has also gone on loan to Stevenage, playing 18 times for the club, while making a total of 29 appearances for St Pats in the Republic of Ireland.

It remains to be seen if this deal will be done in the coming days.

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Report: Hammers moved for Portugal int’l

West Ham made a move for Portugal international Matheus Nunes earlier this summer, according to a new report.

Record reports that the central midfielder became a target for the Hammers earlier in the window but the Irons were unable to convince him to make the move to London.

The club are reported to have made a bid to sign Nunes, sending a delegation to Portugal to try to negotiate the deal.

The Irons were willing to triple his wages although the bid was reported to be well below the €50m that Sporting were demanding. That equates to £42.2m.

Nunes is said to have rejected the offer, anyway, as he is bidding to join a club who are playing in the Champions League and are competing for the highest honours.

Targeting the 23-year-old does make sense, as the Irons have only signed one midfielder thus far this window: The young prospect Flynn Downes from Swansea City.

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Kral speaks out on his West Ham disaster

Alex Kral has spoken for the first time about his West Ham experience after being frozen out of the first team reckoning last season while on loan.

Kral only managed  255 minutes of action in the campaign and only 60 seconds of those came in the Premier League whilst a total of  21 West Ham players played more minutes than him (Transfermarkt).

It was all incredibly difficult to understand and – remaining entirely professional in his comments – the player refuses to blame anyone for the scenario,

However, it remains difficult to understand just how underused he should have been in a season when Tomas Soucek was clearly below his best and Mark Noble being chosen ahead of him on various occasions.

The former Slavia Prague man has joined German side Schalke since leaving the Hammers.

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However, he remains at a loss to explain being snubbed so almost completely saying: “I didn’t get a clear answer from the coach (over my lack of opportunities at West Ham),” he told WAZ.

“Mentally, the time in London was difficult because I didn’t get a chance to show myself.

“Despite this, I always behaved professionally and never caused a bad mood.

“Only in the car after training could I let my emotions out.”

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Split reported over Depay move

David Sullivan and David Moyes are reported to be split over a move for  Barcelona forward Memphis Depay.

The Daily Mail  has reported in its print edition [13 August, pg. 113] that David Moyes has made it clear  he wants the Irons to pursue other striker targets whilst the co chairman may br ready to push ahead with a possible deal.

Depay is believed to earn  over £200,000-a-week and we reported yesterday via a London Stadium source there was only a five per cent chance of the deal going through given the manager’s reluctance.

Writing in his latest column for the Daily Mail, Matt Hughes shared the split in differences behind the scenes over a potential new move.

With Moyes reported to be keen on other targets another striker can be added to his hopes to bring in a central defender, midfielder and left back before deadline day.

He told reporters yesterday that he wouldn’t put a figure on how many he wanted in despite knowing his requirements but it can be assumed from this that at least three are on his mind.

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Moyes explains Scamacca/Antonio scenario

Gianluca Scamacca is hopefully the striker we have been waiting for all these years and set to put on pressure that will see Mikey Antonio returning to his very best.

And manager David Moyes’ early thoughts appear to stretch further than which of the pair will play when, instead believing there will be  games when they are involved in the team together.

With the manager preferring a one-up system the pressure has been on the 32 year old week in week out but he looks likely to remain a big part of things.

Scamacca though looks a certain starter at Forest this weekend with the manager expressing admiration for the player in training.

He told reporters:  “I’ve got to say he’s been a very pleasant boy to work with so far. Speaks good English. The first thing is he has a big stature about him Technically very gifted, receiving the ball into feet and linking things up.

His finishing looks good. So we’re hoping he’ll do it. But if we played him instead of Mick we’re talking about two different strikers and it has an impact on the team and how we play.

This is where we’re heading hopefully in the future but it’s going to take time for all this to work together but I’ve been impressed.

We might play them together, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of times they play together. But you look at most teams in the  Prem and there’s probably not a lot who play with two out and out centre-forwards but Mick can play as a winger.

He can play another role and give us flexibility and competition and it means we’re not relying on Mick for every game.”