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Journalists Despair! Fanni Looks Set To Stay In France

Headline writers of the world despair: Hammers target Rod Fanni - that's a proper noun in case you're wondering  - looks set to stay in France for the time being. Ansd the player has also spoken of his desire to play for Olympique Marseille, close to his native region in the south of France.. Article continues below Acccording to La Provence newspaper 27-year-old Fanni is ....

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Brooking Backs Upson As Skipper

Trevor Brooking reckons Matthew Upson would make a perfect West Ham skipper should Lucas Neill leave the club as expected. But he also reckons Scott Parker has the attributed required for the job. Article continues below "Matty Upson is a great lad. He's got a good attitude, is a reliable defender and more than anything his character is fantastic," he told wharf.co.uk. "You can see ....

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Zola Is The Heir To Greenwood And Lyall: Brooking

Gianfranco Zola has returned West Ham to their pure football roots according to a man who should know: Sir Trevor Brooking. After making more than 600 appearances for the club in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s the classy midfielder knows better than most what Ron Greenwood and John Lyall brough to the club in terms of football style, but Sir Trev reckons Zola's got that too. And he had words of ....

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Sir Trevor Gives New Owners Some Sound Investment Advice...

Sir Trevor Brooking, Hammers Legend no less, has told new owners CB Holdings it is vital the club stay in the Premier League if they hope to get their money back. Consequently they need to ensure they invest in the team being built by Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke, starting with a proven striker. Article continues below "Obviously there's a bit of concern with the takeover by ....

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Tangled Financial Web Makes Us Wonder Where Signings Are Coming From

The ink is only just dry on the takeover deal to supposedly secure West Ham's immediate future and already it seesm that things may yet get worse before they get better. In short the club will be doing well simply to stand still in the immediate future. Talk of signining players like Chilean striker Luis Jimenez seems somewhat pie-in-the-sky unless one or two can be off-loaded for decent money. ....

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Hammers Far From Out Of The Financial Woods Yet

West Ham fans can breathe a little easier now that the long-awaited takeover of the club by CB Holdings has been completed. However, none of us here at uptonsparks are doing somersaults just yet. The arrangement is unashamedly a holding operation by Icelandic bank Straumur, who have picked up the pieces, until the financial markets pick up. Article continues below The people ....

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Green And Upson Can Start Thinking Of The World Cup Finals

Rob Green and Matthew Upson played their part as England cruised to a 4-0 win against Kazakstan in the World Cup qualifier. It wasn't plain sailing for England though and Green was called on to make a few saves, especially as England made a rather rocky start, with former Hammer Glen Johnson looking particularly shaky. Article continues below England regained their composure though ....

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West Ham Not Fanni-ing About Over This Transfer?

West Ham are apparently interested in Rennes full back Rod Fanni - stop tittering at the back - whose agen has been sounded out about a transfer. The France international - two times at least - has played for his home town team Martigues, Nice and Lens in his career.  Article continues below Dominique Six, his agent, said: 'It's true we've spoken with the West Ham recruitment agent Roger ....

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Hammers Fans 'third Worst Behaved'. Is That Really A Bad Thing?

West Ham's fans are the 'third worst behaved' in the Premier League according to some table or other which has been released this week. Apparently the match delegates at the Premier League grade fans according to how they respond to the opposition fans and players and match officials.. Article continues below The great shame is that we were actually eleventh in 2007-08. Here at ....

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Collison Is A Zola Fan, But Injury Will Cost Him A Wales Cap

Jack Collison may have been ruled out of Wales' World Cup qualifier with injury, but that hasn't stopped him signing the praises of Gianfranco Zola. A knee injury will keep him out of the game in Azerbaijan at the weekend, but the youngster paid tribute to his manager whose faith in him has projected him onto the international stage. Article continues below "He’s a joy to play ....

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Neill To Man City? They're Welcome To Him

Lucas Neill has joined Robert Green as a West Ham 'contract rebel' but we have to say we aren't losing much sleep over this one. Over 30. Over paid. Over and out. To be honest if Man City want to sign him , then they are welcome to. Not that Neill didn't do a decent-enough job for the Hammers. He did. But in these credit crunch times, a bit of performance base in your contract wouldn't go ....

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All Quiet On The West Ham Front, So It's Left To 'arry To Make Us Laugh

It's quiet out there. Too damn quiet for our liking. At this rate we're going to have to resort to making stuff up like we have in the past [Don't you mean 'like other websites'? - Ed] So what's going down? Lee Bowyer to Brum permanently is in the offing. No tears shed over that one it it come off. Greeny, hang on we can't really call him that, our England goalie is stalling over a new ....

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Clarke To Celtic? You Couldn't Make It Up. Could You?

Steve Clarke is apparently on Celtic's wish list to replace Gordon Strachan as manager. The Daily Mail even 'understands' - read 'guesses' - Clarke would be keen on the idea. Somehow we can't see it. Even though he was a 'Celtic fan as a youngster'. Having wrenched himself away from a long-term relationship with Chelsea to join Gianfranco in the autumn, to now suddenly up sticks and move to one ....

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'eric Is Happy At Odense'. Thank Goodness For That

West Ham haven't made an offer for Odense midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba. Good we say. The 28-yearold Cameroon international has enjoyed a catastrophic career since leaving Nantes for Man U is 2003. If it's come to signing the likes of him, we're doomed. Article continues below “Neither Odense nor I know anything about any offers,” said his agent. “There are a lot of ....

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Green The Premier League's Best 'keeper: Official

Robert Green has been shown to be the best goalkeeper in the Premier League... well, for the last weekend at least. Opta' statisticians (which it was recently revealed are mostly made up of students and other part-timers... good or bad thing?) showed the Hammers custodian to be the best in his position after his display cast Sunderland further into the mire. He managed to pull off seven saves, ....

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Hammers To Get 200,000 For Carlton Cole

West Ham look set to receive at least a little good news from Carlton Cole's nightmare England debut as the FA will pay his wages while he's out. The forward looks set to miss the next five weeks with a groin injury, andapparently the FA's insurers will pay his wages providing he plays again this season. We bashed the numbers into our super computer / asked John from Accounts who sits near us, ....

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Hammer-tastic Special - We Hate Warnock

Dear God we're bored of reading about this whole affair. Tevez doesn't play for West Ham any more, the club got peanuts for him... why are we subjected to this whole hoopla? (Yes, hoopla.) And now we have to put up with the bile from Neil Warnock. No offence chap, but we really, really don't care what you think. We don't care about anything you have to say any more. "Even West Ham fans know, if ....

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Hammers Ready To Lay Old And Boring Ghosts To Bed?

The Hammers are finally ready to lay the boring, boring boring spectre of the Sheffield United Court case to rest after the two clubs thrashed out a deal. After the saga with Carlos Tevez 'apparently' getting Blades relegated singlehandedly (nothing to do with the team losing at home on the last day of the season or blowing a significant points advantage) a figure of £10 million has been ....

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Zola's Head Could Still Be Turned By Chelsea Job

Despite maintaining that he is happy at Upton Park, Gianfranco Zola could still be on his way to Stamford Bridge after Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked. Fans have been joined by some media outlets suggesting that Zola could be in the frame for the Blues job, despite lacking the necessary experience. Zola himself, despite maintaining he was happy at the club, refused to rule himself out of the ....

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New Rumours Surface Over Hammers Bid For Yahia

According to the wonderful news sources in France, apparently West Ham's interest in Algerian defender Antar Yahia is still ongoing. So, rather than just spout the same three lines of drivel that will undoubtedly course its way through the internets and turn into 'fact', here's the spangly new TRANSFER-O-MATIC from UptonSparks, giving you all the info and our unique analysis on whether or not we ....

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Italian Media Says Savio Is Done Deal For Hammers

According to multiple news sources in Italy, the deal for Brescia's Ugandan attacker Nsereko Savio is all but tied up.Mediagol is reporting that a fee of around £9 million has been struck for the 19 year old, who learned his trade playing in Germany. Even the president of Brescia, Gino Corioni, is saying the deal is done.The Italian press is rife with quotes that Nani, who worked with the ....

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Cole: Craig Must Stay A Hammer

Carlton Cole is desperate for West Ham to keep hold of firebrand strike-partner Craig Bellamy. Bellamy is a transfer target for a number of West Ham's Barclays Premier League rivals and Cole has urged the club to continue to stand firm in the face of any interest. Bellamy is not shy to point out where his team-mates have gone wrong during a game and in a routine 3-0 FA Cup win over Barnsley it ....

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Zola: Kids Are Better Than Prem Superstars

Gianfranco Zola has decided that laurels are a bit too uncomfortable and has decided to look more at the future of the Hammers. Since the arrival of Gianluca Nani, the onus has been squarely on rebuilding the 'superstar factory' that yielded the likes of Ferdinand, Lampard and Cole. And Zola says that's what is important, rather than investing in the ageing stars. He said: "When I came here ....

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Hammers Mull Over Di Michele Deal

Despite possibly losing half their strike force in the January transfer window, West Ham are mulling over a deal for David di Michele. Gianluca Nani has said the club, which has an option to sign the forward on a permanent deal following his loan, are considering whether to make the deal permanent. Nani also found it necessary to jump to the defence of Gianfranco Zola, whose position at the ....

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Zola Is Not Ready To Manage In The Premier League

Last night's loss to Tottenham Hotspur has got some tongues wagging on the West Ham grapevine... has Zola got what it takes to manage in the Premier League? There are those that believe that ex-players, with their knowledge of the game and understanding of how it feels to be a squad member, are the best placed to become top managers. It's true in most cases, with Alex Ferguson, Steve Bruce, ....

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