German gaffer Thomas Tuchel has allegedly rejected an opportunity from West Ham United to become their manager. Tuchel was sounded out by the Hammers board as a potential candidate to replace the under pressure Slaven Bilic, but he has said no to the offer to move to the London Stadium.
West Ham have had a tough start to the new season. While one could argue it was due to the fact that they played their first few games away from home (owing to Athletics commitments for the London Stadium), WHUFC fan blogs like this one have indicated that Bilic’s tactics have sometimes left much to be desired- for example playing Javier Hernandez on the wing instead of utilising his real potential at centre forward.
West Ham are currently third from bottom in the league standings and after their weekend loss to Tottenham Hotspur, the upcoming fixture against Swansea is being talked about as a “must win” for Bilic.
Other candidates being considered by the West Ham board allegedly include Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner, Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic and even Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri (although few would expect him to move given the Partenopei’s stunning start to the season)
Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes has revealed his delight at securing the services of England goalkeeper Rob Green.
The West Ham United shotstopper was strongly linked with a move away from Upton Park, with his current deal set to end on July 1, and a number of Premier League clubs were believed to be interested in the 32-year-old.
However, Rangers, who are 9/2 to be relegated from the top flight next season with bet365, have won the race to sign Green and Hughes was pleased to have the veteran keeper on board at Loftus Road.
He told the club’s official website: “It was important we brought another quality keeper into the group.
“Rob is obviously someone with vast experience at international and Premier League level and his pedigree speaks for itself.
“He’s got all the characteristics of a top keeper and he’ll be a huge addition for us who will stimulate the goalkeeping group, which can only be good for the squad as a whole.”
Tottenham Hotspur hope to complete a double swoop from West Ham in the signings of Robert Green and James Tomkins according to The Metro.
Harry Redknapp is keen to strengthen his squad this year and after West Ham Co-Chairman David Gold confirmed Robert Green would leaving the club, negotiations have seemingly started between the 32-year-old and Tottenham but they won’t stop there with defender James Tomkins also on the radar.
The Metro report that a £5million bid has been tabled by Tottenham and West Ham are currently considering it and with Harry Redknapp looking to seal a deal for Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen later this month, it seems that the back 5 are all being strengthened this summer.
Nicolas Anelka looks set for a sensational return to the Premier League. The Daily Mail reported today that London rivals West Ham, QPR and Tottenham are battling for the striker’s signature. The Frenchman only signed for Shanghai Shenhua in January from Chelsea but has not experienced the most joyful of times since leaving Stamford Bridge.
The paper suggests that much of the potential transfer depends on what, if any, transfer fee the Chinese Super League side ask for, but suggestions that Anelka could be available for free will be sure to alert the more financially astute managers. In recent weeks there has been much speculation that the 33-year-old would attract former strike partner Didier Drogba to Shanghai, as of yet that deal has failed to materialize.
Winning the play-offs was just the beginning for Sam Allardyce as he now turns his attention to making West Ham a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League. According to the Daily Mirror the former Bolton and Newcastle manager intends to do just that by bringing in highly rated Real Madrid attacker Joselu, with a bid in the region of £7 million.
Although born in Germany, Joselu has featured for Spain’s U19, U20 and U21 squads, making 16 appearances and scoring in 4 of them. He has featured twice for the Real Madrid senior team, netting on both occasions, but has spent most of his career playing for Real Madrid Castilla, getting an impressive 38 goals in 71 games for the Liga Adelante side.
West Ham Manager Sam Allardyce begins his preparations for the Premier League and is hoping to bring in a familiar face this summer.
Jaaskelainen lost his starting place to Adam Bogdan this year and has since struggled to play regularly for Bolton Wanderers, though it looks as if Big Sam could over him a lifeline after West Ham appear to have failed to negotiate a new contract with Robert Green.
According to the Daily Mail, West Ham are frontrunners to sign the Finish free agent after West Bromwich Albion’s attempts to sign the 37-year-old stalled due to the manager situation at the club.