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West Ham goal hero has his tyres slashed

West Ham four-goal hero Michail Antonio has had his car tyres slashed today.

The 30-year-old Hammer took to social media to tell his 155,000 followers Instagram that his car had been vandalised in Wapping.

He posted a video of the perpetrator and said I really don’t understand… There is a guy going around Wapping slashing tires! 😡 Anyone know who he is? He got a few cars including mine so if you’re in the area keep an eye out.”

The criminal damage appears to be random and not targetted at the West Ham footballer who single handled relegated Norwich City last Saturday.
Michail re-posted the message on Twitter to his 97,000 followers asking if anyone knew who the criminal was and warned others in the Wapping area to be alert.
The video shows a cyclist at 2.40 am on Tuesday morning with a purple backpack puncture tyres of an Audi and a Landrover vehicle.

 

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Poll: Which two clubs will join Norwich in the Championship?

Norwich City was relegated by West Ham after Michail Antonio ripped their defence apart and became the first club to drop down into the Championship next season.

Two relegation places remain with three games each for the four games still in danger of relegation.

West Ham remain 16th place on 34 points with a goal difference -15 six-goal better than Watford on the same points

Bournemouth remain three points behind West Ham with a goal difference of -24 nine goals behind the Hammers

Aston Villa remains four points behind the Irons with a goal difference of -27 twelve goals behind the Hammers.

Bookies make Villa and Bournemouth odds on favourites for the drop with Villians 1/10 odd-on and Cherries 1/12 odds-on.

Watford are odds of 4/1 to be relegated while West Ham are the outsiders of the bottom five at 8/1

In this evening’s Claret and Hugh poll we ask which two clubs from West Ham, Watford, Villa and Bournemouth will be relegated?

 

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Season ticket holders could be balloted

West Ham season ticket holders could be put into a ballot if a reduced capacity is enforced on the Premier League in September when nest season starts. Spurs have already written to their season ticket holders on what renewal would look like for the rival London clubs.

Spurs say there will be a ballot for matches on reduced capacity games,  all season tickets will be sent electronically on mobile phones.

Season ticket holders are due to pay a 20% non-refundable deposit on renewal and the full balance by Monday 7th August. The renewal window opened yesterday on Monday 13th July.

All tickets are non-transferable with potential checks with photo ID to adhere to strict track and trace regulations

Spurs season ticket priority points will be frozen while pandemic restrictions remain in place.

Last weekend West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady said she hoped to have supporters back in September but many are doubtful we can achieve full capacity by then.

It will be interesting to see whether other Premier League clubs including West Ham follow Spurs lead.

 

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Supporters confident of Premier League survival

West Ham supporters remain confident of Premier League survival even after other results didn’t go their way last weekend.

The Hammers won 4-9 against Norwich City relegating them but those 3 points were wiped out by wins for Watford, Aston Villa and Bournemouth.

In a Claret and Poll of 1,562 readers, 77% say the Hammers will not be relegated with just 23% fearing the drop to the Championship.

West Ham remain 16th place on 34 points with a goal difference -15 six-goal better than Watford on the same points

Bournemouth remain three points behind West Ham with a goal difference of -24 nine goals behind the Hammers

Aston Villa remains four points behind the Irons with a goal difference of -27 twelve goals behind the Hammers.

Bookies make Villa and Bournemouth odds on favourites for the drop with Villians 1/10 odd-on and Cherries 1/12 odds-ons.

Watford are odds of 4/1 to be relegated while West Ham are the outsiders of the bottom five at 8/1

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Hot Hammers to roast the Hornets

 

 

By CandH’s top blogger Allen Cummings

 

It’s already been dubbed the £50m game – a match that will almost certainly ensure the victors another season in the ridiculously lucrative Premier League.

So as games go West Ham v Watford at the London Stadium is definitely a ‘big one’ but it’s a challenge I believe David Moyes’ team is ready for – and more than capable of rising to.

Nigel Pearson’s side won’t make it easy that’s for sure. They are a big, strong and physical outfit and not afraid to show it. No-one is expecting them to be brushed aside the way Norwich City were last Saturday.

But with the confidence gained from that emphatic victory at Carrow Road, and the fact that despite the obvious pressure, the team now appear to be playing with a spirit and a desire absent for so much of the season, I believe we will have just too much for the Hornets to handle.

There won’t be anyone on the pitch on Friday with a bigger swagger than Michail Antonio. Mickey has been such a workhorse in that lone striker role since the restart, now the goals are starting to flow for him.

Time for Jarrod Bowen to reopen his goal scoring account

He’s on a roll and I see no reason why that shouldn’t continue. Thomas Soucek is another who has thrived since the restart – so too has Jarrod Bowen. Unlike the other two, Jarrod hasn’t got his reward in the shape of goals yet – but he’s been pretty damned close at times – which suggests the first since the resumption can’t be far away.

Friday would be perfect timing for him to re-open his account.

Watford arrive on the back of a win themselves in their last game, but it took two Troy Deeney penalties to claim the points. Deeney is vital to Watford as a player and captain, but his manager reluctantly admits he’s carrying a “grumbly” knee.

Let’s hope when he leaves the London Stadium it won’t only be his knee that’s grumbling! The Hertfordshire club have conceded 10 goals in the six games they have played since the restart, which suggests they are not exactly water tight at the back, giving encouragement that we can add to the nine we’ve scored in the last four games.

For the record we’ve met Watford on 78 previous occasions – the first being back in the old Southern League days – there’s a name from the past.

So far we’ve won more than twice as many encounters as we’ve lost – 44 wins to 21 defeats, with 13 draws. Most recently we enjoyed a fine 3-1 victory at Vicarage Road back in August. I’m guessing Rush Green will have been a pretty happy place this last week.

Our last home game against Burnley was disappointing for the result, not necessarily the overall performance. Before that of course we savoured the jubilation of beating Chelsea – again, with a clinical display on the night!

A similar performance will be more than enough to secure another vital three points for ‘Moyes’ boys!

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Insiders bemused at £27m keeper link

Club insiders are bemused that West Ham have been linked again with AS Roma keeper Pau Lopez

According to a report from Calciomercato, the Serie A club have dropped their valuation 25-year-old stopper by ten million Euros.

Lopez, only with the club since last summer, has been a regular between the sticks making 35 appearances in all competitions.

The report suggests the Hammers and  Newcastle United have enquired about Lopez, who previously had a short spell with Spurs.

Roma could now take €30 million/£27 million according to the report, having previously valued him at around €40 million/£36 million. West Ham has a 12-month option on Fabianksi who has one year left on his contract and with Darren Randolph, Nathan Trott and  Joseph Anang it would be very surprising if David Moyes were to prioritise this position over the summer .

The suggestion that the Hammers are about to shell out £27m for a keeper this summer is completely daft.

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Moyes secret to obtaining a clean sheet revealed

West Ham obtained a clean sheet against Norwich City last Saturday, the first time they have done so since New Year’s Day when Moyes took over the reins again beating Bournemouth 4-0 in the process.

Before the Hammers 4-0 win over Norwich City last weekend Moyes told reporters pre-match that he had reminded his defenders not to concede goals.

The Hammers have let in 54 goals so far this season with only seven clean sheets, only Norwich, Bournemouth and Aston Villa have done worst. Now it appears Moyes has worked out the secret to a clean sheet is asking his defenders not to concede goals. Who knew it was that simple?

So a message to Aaron Cresswell, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Ryan Fredericks please don’t concede any goals for the next three games! The same goes for Fabian Balbuena, Arthur Masuaku and Ben Johnson please, just in case they get a chance to shine.

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Report: West Ham could land cut price Barcelona right back

A report from Radio Catalunya claims West Ham boss David Moyes could sign Barcelona right-back Moussa Wague for under £9 million this summer.

The Hammers initially lodged their interest in the Barcelona right-back in January, but a loan deal failed to materialise as the Senegal international opted for a move to French side Nice.

The 21-year-old Barca-loanee managed just five appearances for Nice prior to the cancellation of Ligue 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak, and the French side are said to have passed on the opportunity to exercise their right to buy the youngster. Barcelona are understood to be open to a loan deal or a permanent one if the right price can be negotiated.

Wague is now back in his native Senegal and awaiting news on where he will be next season, with the Catalan club considering his future.

Wague joined the Blaugrana in the summer of 2018 in a move worth in the region of €5m from Belgian club Eupen and spent last season in the Barcelona’s B team.

Valued at €20m last winter he could be available at half that sum this summer.

His age, position and price certainly match the kind of player Moyes is looking to target after losing Pablo Zabaleta and Jeremy Ngakia.

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Fresh Scottish interest in Hammer

West Bromwich Albion would love to sign Grady Diangana on a permanent deal but the £20 million-rated West Ham winger also has admirers at Celtic, according to The Sun (13 July, page 47).

Should either club submit a bid around that level it would smash either club’s transfer record.

David Moyes is not short of wingers but Grady’s loan to the Baggies could convince the manager that the youngster is worthy of a regular first-team start next season.

West Ham would be reluctant to let one of their Academy stars go but a big bid could persuade them with next to nothing in the summer transfer budget.

The transfer market is likely to be suppressed this summer so it would surprise if West Brom or Celtic could afford a £20m player but the Hammers are not prepared to sell any opf their prized assets on the cheap and will hope Grady is prepared to stick around and compete for a first-team place.

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Irons Injury update ahead of vital match

Us Irons fans are really good at moaning about injury problems so let’s put a small smile on our faces this morning because there aren’t any.

We have learned that David Moyes will again have a full set of options when he comes to make his selection decisions for the Friday night match against Watford.

And our bet is that – extraordinary though it would have seemed a few months back – skipper Mark Noble will take up the position usually reserved for the  so called creative players Felipe Anderson and Manu Lanzini.

Seeing the team ahead of the match on Saturday’s eyes – including mine – glazed over at Noble’s inclusion but it turned out to be a Moyes master stroke as a good peformance including two assists demonstrated.

And with Mark freed up for the role as a result of a stronger defensive midfield I would imagine the same scenario will unfold against the Hornets.

With former injury absentees, Wilshere, Yarmolenko, Noble himself and now Arthur Masuaku available, there can be no excuses should the worst occur on Friday.

A Hammers source told us by e mail: “As things stand they are all available and fit. Ony an injury on the training ground before the game would change things.

Likely team and bench: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, Noble, Antonio. Subs: Randolph, Johnson, Balbuena, Masuaku,  Yarmolenko, Wilshere, Anderson, Lanzini, Haller.