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West Ham – Transfer News

West Ham Football club has been in the news a lot recently, mostly because of the takeover that has just happened. Simon Austin says he thinks it could be the least exciting takeover in the history of the premier league. I would agree with him, however there has been split opinion on whether the clubs has any money to spend in the transfer window. This, as imagined has brought about the talk of potential summer targets. The clubs new owner says that Gianfranco Zola will be given money to spend but when the new company CB Holding are in dire financial problems you can understand when there is speculation. However Andrew Bernhardt, the new non-executive Chairman has promised to give Zola a transfer budget to work with. So who has been linked with the Hammers?

Steven Taylor – Newcastle

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Age: 23

Position: Defender
Current Team: Newcastle
Cost: £4 million
Why?: With the whole Newcastle team “up for sale” it seems that a lot of Premier League teams are looking for a bargain and it looks like Steven Taylor is on West Hams’ radar with Zola hoping to bring him in for around £4 million.
My Opinion: Now that Neill has gone we need someone to replace him and Taylor looked good last season for Newcastle even if they did get relegated. I would be pleased if we signed him.
 
Matthew Bates – Middlesborough
 
Age: 22
Position: Defender
Current Team: Middlesborough
Cost: ??
Why?: Replacement for Lucas Neill.
My Opinion: Same as Taylor, he would be a good replacement for Neill so I would be pleased.
 
Rod Fanni – Stade Rennais
Age: 27
Position: Defender
Current Team: Stade Rennais
Cost: £6 million
Why?: Another potential replacement for Neill who Zola has reportedly been keeping tabs on.
My Opinion: We should definitely sign him, he seems like a great player with a bit of flair.
 
Luis Jimeniz – Inter Milan
Age: 24
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Current Team: Inter Milan
Cost: £3.5 million
Why?: Add some creativity to a fairly defensive West Ham midfield and continue to create competiton for a midfield place.
My Opinion: He would be a valuable player but I am not sure he is needed. With players like Collison and Savio coming through the ranks I am not sure the youngsters would get much of a chance if Jimenez came.
 
Daniel Sturridge – Manchester City
Age: 19
Position: Forward
Current Team: Manchester City
Cost: ??
Why?: To bolster the attacking options that Zola has with Dean Ashton and Carlton Cole.
My Opinion: He would be a worthwile singing and probably quite useful but shouldn’t be first on Zola’s list.
 
Possible Loan Deals
Mario Balotelli – Inter Milan
Age: 18
Position: Striker
Current Team: Inter Milan
Cost: LOAN
Why: Gianfranco Zola has worked with him and knows what he is capable of but buying him would be difficult as Mourinho sees the potential as well.
My Opinion: It would be a great signing if we are able to loan him and West Ham would pose huge attacking threats to the oppositon.
 
Overall it looks like the Hammers could be a real force to be reckoned with in the season to come. If Dean Ashton can stay fit then even without any of the possible signings the strikeforce will be strong but without Lucas Neill the defensive line has a huge hole in it which needs to be replaced. Hopefully a few of these deals will happen and if they do then I will be extremely confident for the upcoming season!
 

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