Collins, some Icelandic guy and Johnson - Hammer-tastic Part VI
By Wes Evans
Sunday 29 Jun 2008 12:05:00
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You know, they say there’s no such thing as a certain thing in football. Well, they also say there’s no such thing as a free lunch…and I just found half a ploughman’s sandwich in a bin. So maybe ‘they’ are wrong, eh?

This introduction has no real relevance to the following; in fact, this is all essentially partial fact, partially speculation and mostly made up by somebody out there. But hey, let’s all dance and not worry about it.

So, onto brighter and better things. The first is some good news, and we always like a bit of that first thing. James Collins has decided that his cruciate ligament is on the mend and he’ll be back stopping strikers from scoring before you know it.

'I hoped to come back for the start of the Wales campaign,' said Collins. 'The way I'm going it looks do-able so as long as I keep progressing I don't see a reason why I can't have a chance of playing in those games.

'If someone had told me when I did it I'd be back playing again at the start of September I'd have taken it. I may play a few reserve games in the middle to the end of August and then be available for full first team games, probably at the start of September.'

So that’s another on the ‘returning from injury’ list then; Hammers fans can start to believe a fully fit squad could be on the way.

The second one is a tricky name to write…Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson. He currently plays for HK in Iceland, and the reports in the last transfer window that the teenage superstar was close to coming to West Ham appear to be true, as he is set to sign

At the time, it seemed like the usual line: foreign owner buys club, then proceeds to use it to sign players from his homeland.

But the fact this one actually is about to sign shows the Hammers have at least thought about it. Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson can play all through the midfield and has featured at almost every international level bar full first team squad.

The player initially spent a week’s trial at Upton Park, and clearly impressed enough to be unveiled next week.

And last but not least (and we do hate repeating ourselves here) the Andy Johnson saga dribbles on. Now manager David Moyes, who was supposed to be willing to let the striker leave according to sources, has issued a hands off.

Moyes told "Andy Johnson is not for sale - it is that simple. He is a highly-valued member of my senior squad and I look forward to seeing him when the players report back for pre-season training."

So it looks like he won’t be coming to Upton Park…but then again, we’ve heard that one before, eh?

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