I don’t know how many of you look at the KUMB forums or are onthe West Ham Mailing List. For those that don’t, there is a chap called Brownfatwa on KUMB who is apparently quite reliable in his predictions. So I thought you’d be interested…
Right chaps and chapesses am now back from a rather splendid luncheon not too wankered to get to tonights shin-dig avec messrs Bonds, Cottee and Gayle.I’ll do my best to recount tales of matters claret (lots of it) and blue (no need to be). As I’ve said before the source is genuine but obviously he needs to keep some decorum as do i on certain matters.
but here’s the gist of things.
1. The Icemen are mustard. very ambitious, very committed and apparently absolutely loving it, Eggy big-time. Was saddened by the prospect of relegation but remained confident to all staff throughout and never flinched from the ‘just a setback’ line.
2. Backing for Curbs is very resolute and £30m gross (of sales) is not am unrealistic assessment of our fire-power if required. However…
3. it seems that the investment in the team is being prioritised for this year. The new ground will become priority from next year – big committemnt to this. So team overhaul this term then more of a ‘one or two here one or two there’ therefater.
4. Impression was that Curbs (and Day) were tough cookies and had very principled views on what the players should do, behave and be responsible for. Not keen on ‘individuals’ and ‘flash types’.
5. Transfer activity this summer will attempt to build the nucleus of a top 6 side for the next 2-3 years.
6. very positive feel about all aspects of the club and staff now. investment to be made in the academy and to broaden the overseas scouting resource.
Nothing to really add on the door marked exit and has been well trawled on this site already. The priority is to slim down the overall size of the squad and only bring in quality. Curbs believes that there are too many ‘Ok only’ players. maybe worth saying that Baby Rio has got a stay of execution until January at least. This is due to a) improivement in form at tail end and b) unable to get maximum value due to court case c) wants to stay. my man still gets the impression that Gabbs is the odd
one out of the 5 CBs. Pards loved him but Curbs sees him more as a RB – not big or striong enough for CB. expendable.
Dont be surprised to see a net reduction of about 7-8 this summer.
Tevez – could not really enmlighten us. Kia i sense holds the cards and its probably all in the hands of barca/real mad. We will fight damn hard to hold him but if we do then probably just for anither year on effectively a loan-fee basis.
Northern Monkeys etc – no worries. Eggy seems to have assurances fron FIFA itself that we are fine. Coulnt be arsed to debate this at length just kept saying ‘don’t worry your cotton socks’.
Transfer strategy &n targets – do i have your attention now?? Priority is midfield. NRC out and want 2 CMs plus a RM or one that can play either flank as a wing-man.
PARKER was Curbs #1 choice and that uis a done deal. terms agreed with both Newc and player in principle. Will sign after medical this weekend in early part of next week.
BARTON – not to my mans knowledge. if we have approached then it is via agent, no contact with City over fee etc. he did not see barton as Curbs sort of player i.e. trouble with a capital T for Tit – a complete one. And Curbs does not like to gamble on miscreants.
TOURE – name has been mentioned in-house but this one would be down to Eggy first and foremost. Interest could have well been registered but felt was likely to stay in europe with a top Spanish or Italian club .
MAKELE – possible. Are asking to be kept informed shopuld Chelski giove the green light. Fee is nop more than £1m wages high.
?? – also loooking at a Scandi kid (u-21s) to be brought in and grounded for 1-2 years time. cant recall the name i’m afraid but playing in sweden.
CAHILL – there is some fire to the smoke i detect. our stance here seems to revolve around NRC. we seem to be hoping the scouse want him and if so a px deal for cahill could well be a runner. Is on Curbs list and Lucas is desperate for a team mate to join us.
the wide player RM was hoped to be Giles Barnes buit now unlikely sionce Derby made it up. ( Poss go again in Jan if Derby struggling). Had dismissed koumas and offered Eagles and dismissed him. the names still on the list are Barnetta (agent informed), Routledge (as a back-stop) and surprisingly Young (Villa) still crops up. Looking outside Uk for this slot too.
LB – want a first choice over george macca. No surprise here SHOREY has been approached and i Reading contacted. Mullins may be bait here. fee is £4-5m. Will talk with player & agent within the next 10 days. Not imminent but hopeful. If that fails there is a target in germany – no name given. Baines is a no-no due to Wigan stand-ofv and Curbs not a bifg fan.
Robinson of WBA also on the list.
Strikers. Situation muddled by tevez and Ashton – should be ready fro August but hinted all is not yet 100% with him. Boobby stays, Cole goes and Hare is dispensible. No ineterst in Bellamy at all. Viduka wont shift family from NE though we were very keen.
thjere is clearly business to be donme with Charlton. bent is Curbs #1 choice and this is regardless of whether tevez stays or not. trying to tie up a deal before the Tevez situation clears so as not to be held to ransom. dDelegations meeting next week from clubs to discuss formal offers. Agent and player are aware and behind the scenes terms have been discussd alreadfy. Think its Tuesday. we would offer PX from Mullins, hare, gabbs, walker, davenport i.e.all players known to be liked by pards. Bent comes even if tevez stays. We are in poll position on bent but Charlton may play hard ball. Liverpool thought to have bigger targets
annd Yids only interested if defoe goes. Fee for cash is £12m minimum. very hopeful.
YAKUBU – is the second choice and he is thought to be gettable. No go on Gudjohnnson – he has no ineterst, we did.
Phew I need a drink.