Hammer-tastic part III: Hammered again
By Uncle Dave
Wednesday 25 Jun 2008 21:45:00
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Welcome back Ham fans (for those into bacon, sausages or pork, check out your local butchers for all the news).

It’s been a fairly interesting day from the made-up transfer world, where journalists the world over love to make up random transfers (though the average punter can never know the truth behind each one...thus everyone keeps lapping them up.)

Regular readers might notice UptonSparks’ ire at the world at rumours...it’s so you realise we’re just reproducing all the interesting ones, not reporting them as fact.

Anyway, now that’s out the way, let’s move on to the meaty stuff. One from a couple of days ago here, Andy Johnson has said he would be interested in a move to West Ham and West Ham only should he be booted out from Everton.

During a recent visit to Birmingham by Mike Tyson, journalists quoted Mr Johnson as saying he would only come to Upton Park. Why was he talking to journalists on the subject, and what was Tyson doing in the second city?

Richard Wright, another we spoke about recently (though apparently then he was about to move to Southampton) is set to join ex-club Ipswich after Jim Magilton (the manager, for you non-Tractor Boys lovers) said he was after the stopper.

He said to the Evening Star: "Richard is a very good goalkeeper and I feel he would be at his best playing for Ipswich Town.

"There is no secret that I wanted him 12 months ago, but it did not happen possibly because something was lost in translation.

"You will have to ask him if he made the right decision to move to West Ham, who were of course in the Premier League.

"An approach has been made but it is early days and if it does not happen then we have other irons in the fire."

Irons in the fire? West Ham? Get it? Oh, I give up...

Here’s one we brought you a long time ago: Mark Bresciano from Palermo has said to an Australian TV channel he still wants to move to the Premier League, and has said West Ham are still in the mix.

The Melbourne winger, 27, would cost around £5 million if he does actually come...but with the injured Kieron Dyer back, would he be necessary?

Another long term target – Eider Gudjohnsen – is also back on the radar. KUMB reports a team of West Ham representatives to discuss a move from Barcelona back to London where he spent a few very productive seasons with Chelsea.

£6 million for the 29-year-old though? Is he really going to make that much of an impact? That said, as soon as West Ham let him go, Portsmouth will be in for him and he’ll become the Premier League top scorer...so the Icelandic board better get it right.

And last but not least: John Pantsil has pledged his future to West Ham. Following his £1 million from Israel last year, his energetic performances for the Hammers might have won over the fans, but not the manager as yet, as his starting place has not been guaranteed.

"Some clubs have made attempts to lure me," he told ModernGhana, "But what I can say for now is that I am happy at West Ham United and I am prepared to stay on.

"My manager Alan Curbishley is highly impressed with my output so far and is not prepared to let me go - therefore I will stay at the club."

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