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This week sees Andy Carroll return from his summer holiday to make a decision on his future. Following a successful season on loan at West Ham United, where injuries restricted his appearances, Carroll will decide on whether to make his move to London permanent. A fee has been agreed between Liverpool and West Ham, believed to be in the region of £15 million. All that remains is for Carroll to decide to take up the Hammers’ offer or not.
Sam Allardyce expects Carroll to rubber stamp the move this week, believing …

Former West ham striker Carlton Cole, 29, and ex Aston Villa centre back Richard Dunne, 33, have been released by their respective clubs.

Carlton Cole spent seven years with the London club, and during that time he represented West Ham on 237 occasions; scoring 59 times.

In the 2012-13 campaign Cole played 29 games, but could however only find the net twice. The man with seven England caps told his fans on twitter the following,”Life is filled with ups and downs -today is a down but I’ll be back! Carlton Cole has left …

Adrian will join West Ham on the first of July for free. The Hammers snagged Adrian on a free as the day he is due to join the club he would be when his contract runs out. The Spanish goalkeeper has signed a three year contract, with the possibility of two more seasons.
“I am extremely happy and ecstatic to have joined such a legendary and historical club in both London and in England,” he toldWest Ham’s website. “I am really looking forward to being able to kick-off my career …

Raymond Doyle takes a look at the two years at Upton Park under Sam Allardyce and why Big Sam should be given more credit than he’s getting.
What a different two years makes at a football club. On the 15 May 2011 Wigan Athletic came from 2-0 down at half time to beat West Ham United and confirm the Hammers relegation from the Premier League.
The board decided to sack then manager Avram Grant and appoint former Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce. The 58-year-old quickly went about …

Arsenal bounced back from their back to back defeats in the league by producing a scintillating attacking display against West Ham to record the first win in the Premier League in 2013 in emphatic fashion. It was the sort of display which they so desperately needed having looked lacklustre and below par against Chelsea and Man City. The game started with a high tempo with both teams creating early chances which suggested it would be a close game. Arsenal started brightly and signalled their intent with an early opportunity created …

As Arsène Wenger might say, tonight saw Arsenal playing with the handbrake off. The Gunners put on a spectacular show, with superb link-up play, incisive runs and clinical finishing bringing four goals in the space of ten second-half minutes. The front four of Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud and Walcott were rampant, ripping through West Ham’s defence almost at will to record the Hammers’ heaviest defeat of the season. This sparkling exhibition of free-flowing football will have reminded Arsenal fans of the halcyon days of Pires, Ljungberg, Bergkamp and Henry, who exuded …

As I sat in the stands of the Chelsea Man City game I saw Benitez come out of the tunnel as everyone knows he came out to a chorus of hatred that (even though he won’t admit it) will have hit him hard. To rub in the hatred even more there was a lovely one minute standing ovation for King Robbie. Against Fulham on Wednesday Benitez came out to complete silence and right on the sixteenth minute the Chelsea fans once again got to their feet.
In my opinion before the …

Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Man Utd at Anfield on Sunday saw them complete their worst start to a league campaign in over 100 years. With just two points from their opening 5 games and the club sitting in 18th place it hasn’t been the most memorable starts to Brendan Rodgers tenure as coach. Now obviously as a result many fans are critical of their new manager and the way in which he has handled the club in his short time in charge. Most pundits and …

You always remember your first time.
I was not a little boy, I was a 26 year old Canadian going to his first Premier League game. I had seen numerous games on television throughout my life, but because of factors such as school, work and money I was never able to attend a game in person. But as all those factors aligned in December 2006 I decided to head across the pond and catch my first ever Premier League game in person.
Being Canadian it is pretty easy if I wanted to …

The premier league season began with a bang once more containing all the drama with which it signed off 98 days ago when Sergio Aguero’s last gasp goal decided the most dramatic title race for decades. Having a league table after the first round of fixtures may appear to be pointless, after all there are still 37 more league games for each to play but the opening weekend does give some early signs about what sort of season plenty of teams will have. So which of the perhaps lesser teams …