Hammer-tastic part V - Bobadilla, Viviano and Tevez
By Uncle Dave
Friday 27 Jun 2008 18:07:00
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Hello, or bonjour for the more French-y minded among you. It’s the latest, and according to independent tests, greatest episode of the daily round up.

What’s happening today? Well, a master class in how to twist out a story based on absolutely no fact. The Mirror reported West Ham were interested in an 21-year-old scoring sensation from Argentina.

Raul Bobadilla, currently of Grasshoppers Zurich, is reported to be ‘the type of player Gianluca Nani is being told to sign’. So no actual reason to believe he may be coming to Upton Park, no reports of talks being held or contracts being drawn up, just he’s the right type of player.

Of course, the story could be completely true and he will be banging them in by the truckload next season. But when over ten other sites pick up on the story, it somehow makes it real, and then the club gets in hot water for ‘missing’ another signing.

But then again, we have just reported the same thing…so pot, kettle black?

For a bit more substance, let’s go back to the Emiliano Viviano story that has reared its head once more. The Italy Under-21 ‘keeper has said he is open to a move to the Premier League, though Tottenham is a more likely destination.

However, with them about to move for PSV goalkeeper Hereulho Gomes, a look to West Ham seems more likely.

"The reality, at least at the moment, is that nobody wants me in Italy," he said to Italian news service Bresciaoggi.

"I wouldn't mind an experience abroad at all.

"Tottenham should be good.

"We have to see if they come to an agreement. It is not a mystery to me as they've been following me for some time but from here to closing a deal is a long way.

"For the time being, I cannot exclude keeping goal for Brescia again. It is not something where I would suffer."

And remember Carlos Tevez? You know, the striker that plays for Manchester United now? The one that scored all the goals to keep West Ham up?

Apparently, the results of the arbitration between Sheffield United and the Hammers won’t come to light until August, when the new season starts.

“This is a private arbitration between two parties at which the FA has no involvement," an FA spokesperson told The Star in south Yorkshire.

"It would be up to the parties to decide as and when they wanted to announce any outcome."

Having not managed to get any money or blame apportioned to West Ham thus far, it seems weird the Blades will be pushing ahead to get compensation.

It’s unlikely anything will happen, but if they do manage to extract the £40 billion or whatever they want, then the only sign Hammers fans will see will be all the team being sold, as well as probably the Boleyn Ground and beggars looking suspiciously like the reserve team sitting outside the stadium.

Until next time…

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