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Sears Looking Forward To Eagles Challenge

Hammers starlet Freddie Sears has completed a season-long move to Crystal Palace.   Eagles boss Neil Warnock has got his man despite strong interest from Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough United after boss Gianfranco Zola was quoted on the club website as saying that the youngster needed regular first team football.   Zola realises he did not give Sears many opportunities but he ....


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Chilean Hoping For A Hot Streak

West Ham United have recently completed the signing of Chile forward Luis Jimenez from Italian champions Inter Milan on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer.   The 25 year old will arrive at Upton Park on July 1 ready for the season opener at Wolves, and he told the club’s official website that he was: ‘Very happy, very excited and very determined to show ....


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Saint Kelvin Set For Hammers Move?

Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, whose St Mary’s contract has ended, has been speaking to West Ham about a possible free transfer move to Upton Park.   He has Premiership experience from previous spells with Sunderland and Ipswich Town and it is thought that if he does join the Hammers it will be as the understudy to current first choice Robert Green.   Discuss this in ....


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Hammers Ponder Toulouse Striker Move

West Ham are in the queue to sign out of contract Toulouse striker Bryan Bergougnoux. The player is much in demand in England as Birmingham, Bolton and Sunderland are also following his situation. Article continues below Reports from France suggest that the 24-year-old former Lyon striker is looking for a new challenge. He signed for Toulouse for 4 million euros in 2005 ....


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Youth Given Its Head

Four of the club’s youngsters have earned the opportunity to press for further honours after signing new one year Hammers contracts. Midfielder Ollie Lee is the latest to commit; following in the footsteps of youth side skipper Matt Fry, defender Tony Brookes and forward Anthony Edgar. Article continues below And Lee told www.whufc.com  that he was ‘delighted, and ....


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Owen To Leave Newcastle... West Ham Interested... Surely Not?!?

Uptonsparks is back after a heavy weekend away. Just coming out of a hangover our eyes alighted on the headline and a snatch of copy. Owen to leave Newcastle... West Ham interested... What! Now I know Michael has had more than his day and ten years or so ago he was the next big thing, but this news didn't exactly fill us with joy. In fact the opposite sentiment was true. So you can imagine our ....


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Splash Of Cold Water From Icelandic Court Room Reminds Us Of What's At Stake

We've been banging on for a bit that the takeover of West Ham by Straumur is far from a panacea and the latest reports emanating from Icelandic court rooms fail to make us feel an less concerned. Football has come to something when we have to be wondering how a court case in Reykjavik turns out to determine our mood for the morning, but so be it. So much for only having to winder whether Patsy ....


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Wolves Away. To Be Honest We'd Prefer Arsenal At Home

So it wasn't Arsenal at home. Instead it's Wolves away. Can't get much different to he honest, either alphabetically or in terms of class of opposition. To be honest, Wolves at Molineux is about the worst possible fixture we could have hoped for. Article continues below Normally a newly-promoted side is seen as potential points fodder, but the opening day is something else apart. It ....


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Journalists Despair! Fanni Looks Set To Stay In France

Headline writers of the world despair: Hammers target Rod Fanni - that's a proper noun in case you're wondering  - looks set to stay in France for the time being. Ansd the player has also spoken of his desire to play for Olympique Marseille, close to his native region in the south of France.. Article continues below Acccording to La Provence newspaper 27-year-old Fanni is ....


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Brooking Backs Upson As Skipper

Trevor Brooking reckons Matthew Upson would make a perfect West Ham skipper should Lucas Neill leave the club as expected. But he also reckons Scott Parker has the attributed required for the job. Article continues below "Matty Upson is a great lad. He's got a good attitude, is a reliable defender and more than anything his character is fantastic," he told wharf.co.uk. "You can see ....


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Zola Is The Heir To Greenwood And Lyall: Brooking

Gianfranco Zola has returned West Ham to their pure football roots according to a man who should know: Sir Trevor Brooking. After making more than 600 appearances for the club in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s the classy midfielder knows better than most what Ron Greenwood and John Lyall brough to the club in terms of football style, but Sir Trev reckons Zola's got that too. And he had words of ....


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Sir Trevor Gives New Owners Some Sound Investment Advice...

Sir Trevor Brooking, Hammers Legend no less, has told new owners CB Holdings it is vital the club stay in the Premier League if they hope to get their money back. Consequently they need to ensure they invest in the team being built by Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke, starting with a proven striker. Article continues below "Obviously there's a bit of concern with the takeover by ....


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Tangled Financial Web Makes Us Wonder Where Signings Are Coming From

The ink is only just dry on the takeover deal to supposedly secure West Ham's immediate future and already it seesm that things may yet get worse before they get better. In short the club will be doing well simply to stand still in the immediate future. Talk of signining players like Chilean striker Luis Jimenez seems somewhat pie-in-the-sky unless one or two can be off-loaded for decent money. ....


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Hammers Far From Out Of The Financial Woods Yet

West Ham fans can breathe a little easier now that the long-awaited takeover of the club by CB Holdings has been completed. However, none of us here at uptonsparks are doing somersaults just yet. The arrangement is unashamedly a holding operation by Icelandic bank Straumur, who have picked up the pieces, until the financial markets pick up. Article continues below The people ....


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Green And Upson Can Start Thinking Of The World Cup Finals

Rob Green and Matthew Upson played their part as England cruised to a 4-0 win against Kazakstan in the World Cup qualifier. It wasn't plain sailing for England though and Green was called on to make a few saves, especially as England made a rather rocky start, with former Hammer Glen Johnson looking particularly shaky. Article continues below England regained their composure though ....


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West Ham Not Fanni-ing About Over This Transfer?

West Ham are apparently interested in Rennes full back Rod Fanni - stop tittering at the back - whose agen has been sounded out about a transfer. The France international - two times at least - has played for his home town team Martigues, Nice and Lens in his career.  Article continues below Dominique Six, his agent, said: 'It's true we've spoken with the West Ham recruitment agent Roger ....


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Hammers Fans 'third Worst Behaved'. Is That Really A Bad Thing?

West Ham's fans are the 'third worst behaved' in the Premier League according to some table or other which has been released this week. Apparently the match delegates at the Premier League grade fans according to how they respond to the opposition fans and players and match officials.. Article continues below The great shame is that we were actually eleventh in 2007-08. Here at ....


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Collison Is A Zola Fan, But Injury Will Cost Him A Wales Cap

Jack Collison may have been ruled out of Wales' World Cup qualifier with injury, but that hasn't stopped him signing the praises of Gianfranco Zola. A knee injury will keep him out of the game in Azerbaijan at the weekend, but the youngster paid tribute to his manager whose faith in him has projected him onto the international stage. Article continues below "He’s a joy to play ....


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Neill To Man City? They're Welcome To Him

Lucas Neill has joined Robert Green as a West Ham 'contract rebel' but we have to say we aren't losing much sleep over this one. Over 30. Over paid. Over and out. To be honest if Man City want to sign him , then they are welcome to. Not that Neill didn't do a decent-enough job for the Hammers. He did. But in these credit crunch times, a bit of performance base in your contract wouldn't go ....


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All Quiet On The West Ham Front, So It's Left To 'arry To Make Us Laugh

It's quiet out there. Too damn quiet for our liking. At this rate we're going to have to resort to making stuff up like we have in the past [Don't you mean 'like other websites'? - Ed] So what's going down? Lee Bowyer to Brum permanently is in the offing. No tears shed over that one it it come off. Greeny, hang on we can't really call him that, our England goalie is stalling over a new ....


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Clarke To Celtic? You Couldn't Make It Up. Could You?

Steve Clarke is apparently on Celtic's wish list to replace Gordon Strachan as manager. The Daily Mail even 'understands' - read 'guesses' - Clarke would be keen on the idea. Somehow we can't see it. Even though he was a 'Celtic fan as a youngster'. Having wrenched himself away from a long-term relationship with Chelsea to join Gianfranco in the autumn, to now suddenly up sticks and move to one ....


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'eric Is Happy At Odense'. Thank Goodness For That

West Ham haven't made an offer for Odense midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba. Good we say. The 28-yearold Cameroon international has enjoyed a catastrophic career since leaving Nantes for Man U is 2003. If it's come to signing the likes of him, we're doomed. Article continues below “Neither Odense nor I know anything about any offers,” said his agent. “There are a lot of ....


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Green The Premier League's Best 'keeper: Official

Robert Green has been shown to be the best goalkeeper in the Premier League... well, for the last weekend at least. Opta' statisticians (which it was recently revealed are mostly made up of students and other part-timers... good or bad thing?) showed the Hammers custodian to be the best in his position after his display cast Sunderland further into the mire. He managed to pull off seven saves, ....


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Hammers To Get 200,000 For Carlton Cole

West Ham look set to receive at least a little good news from Carlton Cole's nightmare England debut as the FA will pay his wages while he's out. The forward looks set to miss the next five weeks with a groin injury, andapparently the FA's insurers will pay his wages providing he plays again this season. We bashed the numbers into our super computer / asked John from Accounts who sits near us, ....


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Hammer-tastic Special - We Hate Warnock

Dear God we're bored of reading about this whole affair. Tevez doesn't play for West Ham any more, the club got peanuts for him... why are we subjected to this whole hoopla? (Yes, hoopla.) And now we have to put up with the bile from Neil Warnock. No offence chap, but we really, really don't care what you think. We don't care about anything you have to say any more. "Even West Ham fans know, if ....


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