Hammer-Tastic pt II - Kightly, Ferdinand and Ljungberg
By Uncle Dave
Tuesday 24 Jun 2008 17:53:00
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Let’s just refresh the amount of transfer activity from West Ham so far this close season, one which has seen (hang on while I check) TWENTY-SEVEN players linked with the club since the last game of the Premier League season.

Lest we forget the massive board moaning about the need to reduce the wages players are on too, for that will obviously have contributed to the mass exodus:

Players out - Nolberto Solano (released)

Players in - None.

Well, put me in a lemon yellow hat and call me a meringue. Seems there’s not truth in every rumour after all.

Which kind of puts the kibosh on this little rumour round up really, but hey, you’re here and reading it, so I’ll just take that as a compliment.

Well, we begin at the very top of the rumour pile, and this one might actually have legs. Anton Ferdinand is being courted by a number of clubs after his availability was touted around; Tottenham were hotly tipped to grab his signature on a contract.

But then Aston Villa moseyed into town with only two central defenders (and one of them is Zat Knight) and said they wanted him for £6 million.

Guess what The Mirror reported according to an ‘insider’? "West Ham would not be interested in any figure under £8m.

"They don't want Anton to go but his agent has not been in looking for a new contract so something might happen."

Vague isn’t even the word.

Michael Kightly isn’t on his way to West Ham, which is a shame as he is a real bright talent.

The England Under-21 star winger has signed a four year deal at Molineux (which takes him to 2012 for the less maths-minded of you), so is unlikely to come.

More likely is he’ll stay for another season then go for a huge sum if Wolves don’t make it to the top flight this year.

Read more at our sister Wolves site.

On to brighter things, and moneybags West Ham have been linked with another player in the shape of Ipswich’s Danny Hayes, the Darren Bent-a-like striker, for £2 million.

Not a lot in this one. The reasons (as far as we can see) are: he’s from London. Like West Ham. He’s for sale. (Like West Ham?). He plays football. Like West Ham (sometimes).

Other clubs in for him? Wigan, Everton and Celtic. Wow, concrete proof he’ll be pulling on the claret and blue next season.

The last one isn’t really a transfer rumour…more a committal. Freddie Ljungberg’s agent has said his client isn’t going anywhere this season.

"I met with [chief executive] Scott Duxbury and the new general manager Gianluca Nani and they explained Fredrik is very important for the future," Claes Elefalk told Setanta.

"He is one of their most important players so they don't want to lose him."

Nothing to do with the fact nobody else would be stupid enough to pay the sky high wages. And most important? Don’t you have to play more than 10 minutes to be labelled like that?

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Looking forward to hearing all your ramblings…drunken or not.


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