June 13, 2008
Are we having a fire sale, or something? According to various newspaper reports Bobby Zamora is being sold to QPR for a mere £2.5 million. Firstly, it is difficult to believe that an established Premier League player is only worth such a trifling sum and secondly it is incredulous that he would want to move to a middling Championship club when a couple of Premier League teams have already expressed interest in him.
I accept the need for one or two of our strikers to be moved on, and even though I will be sad to see Bobby go, he must be sold at the market price (£4-5 million iMHO) and for his own sake go to a higher profile team than QPR.
June 7, 2008
I feel it in my water. Eidur Gudjohnsen will be a Hammer withi a few weeks. THIS piece has all the details. Gudjohnsen has set out his stall, so if West Ham want him, all they have to do is go and get him. There’s no doubt about it, he is a good player, but I wonder if his best days are behind him. His goalscoring record isn’t prolific, but he would bring a lot to the team. If he does come, it would seem that would spell curtains for either Carlton Cole or Bobby Zamora, as I still think Bellamy and Ashton would be the first choice front two.
June 4, 2008
I was sceptical about the signing of Nobby Solano last year, but he totally won me over. His effort was tremendous and his deadball skills were something we desperately needed after Tevez went to Man U. So I am sorry to see the club let him go. However, I can see why. Assuming Dyer and Faubert are fit, they would be the first choice down the right. There’s also Lee Bowyer who can play there too.
The Sun also reports that Dean Ashton will sign a five year deal this week. I just hope that’s true.
May 30, 2008
Various websites and newspapers are reporting that West Ham are willing to entertain bids of £5 million for Anton Ferdinand. I’d like to think these reports are rubbish, but there is a degree of consistency about them. Surely to God he is worth more than that, not that I think he should be sold in the first place. His form last season was consistently good, with fewer of the howlers which he has in the past been prone to make. His partnership with Matthew Upson in the first half of the season blossomed to the extent that we had the best defensive record outside the Top Four.
If we are to sell him, he is surely worth at least £8 million.
May 25, 2008
The News of the World again links us to Everton’s Andy Johnson. I like Johnson as a player, but he is incredibly injury prone, and I cannot see why we would need a player like him unless we were planning to sell Dean Ashton.
March 3, 2008
This week’s News of the World is touting Mark Noble as a replacement for Flamini at Arsenal. The Gunners apparently considered an approach for Noble in the last transfer window, says the article. We shouldn’t be surprised that Nobes is attracting attention. Even though he’s not the finished article yet, it’s clear that he is going to be one of the best midfielders in the country. I fully expect him to make the England squad within twelve months. Arsenal apparently value him at £8 million.
Mark Noble is West Ham born and bred. It’s now up to the club to make it clear to him that they intend to build a side ready to challenge for honours, and that they will build the squad around him. If his head was turned by a move to one of the big four, it would be a tragedy. If that is not to happen he needs to be confident about the club’s ambition. It still breaks my heart to think what might have been if we had been able to hold onto James, Sinclair, Cole, Carrick, Lampard, Kanoute, Di Canio, Johnson and Defoe. Best not to go there.
February 15, 2008
A constant theme on this blog in recent weeks in the comments has been the desire for a new striker. Admittedly our goals ratio hasn’t been what we might have expected this season, and people are laying the blame at the feet of Dean Ashton. It’s clear he is not on form and siffering a crisis of confidence. The reaction of sections of the crowd is not helping. Along with Zamora, Bellamy and Cole, you’d have thought we would have our best ever strike force. With Camara also available and Ljungberg and Boa Morte also able to play up front, why on earth would we need a new striker. That, of course, is to ignore all the injuries our players have suffered.
With Zamora ready to return I am fairly optimistic about the rest of the season. It is a shame Bellamy is now out, but if Dean Ashton can get some form back, and Carlton stays in the great form he’s been in (and can get a few more goals) I think we’ll be OK.
But if we DID buy a striker in the summer – and had up to £10 million available, who would you urge Curbishley to go for?