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Duxbury Aims To Soothe Hammers' Fears

West Ham are not about to go into financial meltdown according to Chief Executive Scott Duxbury A leaked internal memo denied rumours of an impending financial problem in the light of recent Icelandic bank collapses, not to mention travel firms. Although it would have been unusual to have heard anything other than such a statement from the man running the show, the words are reassuring at ....

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Ghana Ace Heading To West Ham?

FIFA has thrown something of a banana into the fruity football mix when it announced that Ghanaian international Stephen Appiah is now officially a free agent. This means the likes of Arsenal, West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham, all previously linked with the player, could get their hands on him for nothing. His former club, Fenerbahce, are holding up the transfer due to contract wranglings, ....

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Boss Is Worried As Hammers Crash Again

Gianfranco Zola has admitted West Ham need a change in fortune after three late Everton goals sent them spiraling to another defeat. The Hammers’ good start to the season seems a long time ago and they entertain Portsmouth next Saturday knowing they can ill-afford another slip-up. Zola said: ‘We are now looking over our shoulder. It's not the first time we've spoiled a good job and ....

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Zola Calms Fears Of Player Fire Sale

Gianfranco Zola has tried to calm the muddy waters swirling around Upton Park at the moment by saying he is not being forced to sell his squad in the January transfer window. Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson's business situation has led many media outlets to state the whole squad will be put up for sale to stabilise the club's finances, but Zola pffftt'ed in his little Italian way at the notion: "The ....

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Starlet Aims For Home Hammers Bow

Jack Collison hopes to make his home debut this weekend against Everton after a strong show at Middlesbrough. Collison started his first game under Gianfranco Zola after impressing as a substitute at Old Trafford. The 20-year-old midfielder's only other two appearances for the first team were also away from home - last season at Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal - and he has told the Hammers' ....

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Ashton Follows Ronaldo's Lead To Get Back Into The Squad

Dean Ashton has been to see the same surgeon as Ronaldo in Holland in a bid to overcome his latest injury problems. He saw  Van Dyke, the surgeon who fixed up the Portuguese winger in a bid to return to fitness. "I have had ankle problems in the past but I'm not sure if this is a flare-up of the old injury, even though it is the same ankle I broke in England training," he told ....

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Tristan Injury Not As Bad As Initially Feared

Gianfranco Zola will be probably smiling his big crocodile smile this morning when he hears Diego Tristan's knock in the reserve game against Tottenham is not as bad as initially feared. Or he may just shrug his shoulders and go 'Hmmph' when he hears the news that an ageing striker with no Premier League experience fancies a game. Who knows? But the news is at least good becuase it means the ....

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Zola Won't Be Downbeat Over Struggles

Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola is unfazed by the recent poor run of results - and says all that's needed to turn around fortunes is a little more confidence. The Italian had a storming start to life in the Upton Park hotseat but results have fallen away since. But he says he will not get angry about it, nor get things out of proportion when he knows his players will get it right. 'I keep smiling ....

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Tristan Injured In Reserve Team Defeat

Diego Tristan will be downbeat after not only playing a part in a Hammers reserves defeat to Tottenham, but also limping off injured in the process. Tristan injured his foot during the game, which saw Tottenham beat the Hammers 2-0. Zola will be lamenting the loss of a player he was hoping could have the same impact as David di Michele, who was much maligned when his signing was announced, but ....

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Zola Offers To Help Maradona's Management Team

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has offered his services to the Argentinian legend Diego Maradona as he takes his first steps on the international management scene. It's uncertain whether Zola wants a formal part int he coaching set up, which is apparently to be run partly by committee. "I wish him all the best because he's a person that deserves to have satisfactions and if he needs my help ....

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Zola Seeks Spanish Replacement For Ashton

West Ham target Antonito has admitted he has heard the rumour about his possible transfer to the East London club, but says nothing concrete has been heard. The Xerez DC star would be seen as an ideal, albeit short term, replacement for Dean Ashton, whose comeback from injury does not have a definite date as yet and could extend into the new year. Antonito, 30, said: 'I've heard the rumours but ....

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There Is No News In This Article. Not About West Ham, Or Anything For That Matter

We weren't lying in that headline, we literally cannot be bothered to put together an article on things that have been happening on West Ham. You may have noticed that every day (ish) we try and get you all the juiciest news. But, having looked around and chatted to our sources, there's nothing. We could write something on Upson saying something or other, but hey, we can't be bothered. Did you ....

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Zola To Ditch Bowyer But Holds Onto Mullins

West Ham's exodus of players looks set to start with a broom in the face of the fring players, with Lee Bowyer set to be the first to fall in the clear-out. The Echo is reporting that while Hayden Mullins has apparently been told he has a future at the club, the likes of Boywer, Calum Davenport and James Collins are all heading for the exit. They would be the first of up to eight, with a large ....

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Hammers After Irish League Star

West Ham are apparently after Irish League star Keith Fahey after his outstanding performances for St Patrick's Athletic this season. The midfielder - tipped to be the side's player of the year despite the team failing to gain any honours - will be watched by representatives of West Ham in the FAI Ford Cup Semi-final this week, according to a report in Wednesday’s Irish Sun. Apparently ....

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Fa Ready To Shut Down West Ham's Appeal

Despite being granted the right to appeal to CAS over the Sheffield United affair, the FA could be set to shut it down. The decision was expected at the end of the month over the billions and billions of pound fine that was going to get every other team in the world a slice of compensation from the Hammers, and inevitably lead to a credit crunch meltdown. We're paraphrasing, but it seems some ....

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West Ham To Announce Short Sponsors This Afternoon

Reports are coming in that West Ham are about to announce a new shirt sponsor this afternoon. The deal is set to be around £4 million per year, which would easily eclipse that of the failed XL company. Free! UptonSparks has tried in vain to get our logo on the front of the West Ham shirts for the remainder of the campaign, but for some reason our offer of providing FREE half time ....

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West Ham Wouldn't Sell Top Players For 30 Million

Gianluca Nani has reiterated the club's stance on their top players: they're not for sale. Speaking about the rumoured sale of Valon Behrami to Roma, he said: "I am tired of responding to questions on Behrami. I repeat - Behrami is not for sale and Roma have never asked for the player. "Behrami is our player, we have high hopes for him so I see no reason to sell. "Even if an offer arrived ....

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West Ham Out To Steal Charlton's Buyers

West Ham are apparently hoping Zabeel Investments, the buyers looking to table a bid for Charlton, will be attracted to another London club. The Hammers have been looking for a cut price buyer, and with the price falling to a fraction of what Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson paid for the club, the Dubai group could be willing to switch their interest. They are said to have already tabled a bid for the ....

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Cheer Up. Meltdown May Never Happen...

Another Sunday. Another tabloid expose of West Ham's financial problems. Don't get me wrong. This credit crunch is for real and things are going to be sticky for a bit. But come on. I'm not going to be slitting my wrists just yet. West Ham have a good squad to stand oine or two departures in January should the need arise. And the doom-laden scenario that somehow West Ham might end up in ....

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Diego Still Training With West Ham As Zola Makes His Mind Up

Spanish striker Diego Tristan is still on trial at West Ham, despite reports to the contrary. The 32-year-old could provide some short-term cover for the crocked Dean Ashton and in these credit crunching times might well be the short-term future in terms of targets from now on. Spanish international Tristan's career has been on the wane since about 2002 and he now finds himself a free agent ....

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Bilic Still Wants Job In Premier League

Slaven Bilic is still angling for his 'dream move' to the Premier League as a manager, despite Gianfranco Zola steering the ship at Upton Park. However, it seems that now the Italian has taken over, the Croation boss will stay where he is until the 2010 World Cup. Harry Redknapp, who worked with the player in his days as West Ham boss, said he ran into the Croatian at a training session, where ....

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Plans For New Stadium Run Aground

West Ham's plans to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games were over have been shelved due to cost problems. However, the London Development Agency is looking for the Hammers to move to a 50,000 stadium next to the tube station, according to the Echo. The cost of the Olympic stadium would be nearly £400m when the necessary retractable seating had been installed, and in today's ....

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Sears Abandoning Hammers For Arsenal?

The Guardian is reporting in its daily email round up that Sears is looking to abandon West Ham for Arsenal in order to join the Wenger brigade of young 'uns. OK, look, we'll lay our cards on the table with this one before it's even started. This is just rumour we've picked up on the grapevine, but one that makes more than a teeny bit of sense. Hey! If you're thinking 'hey, but he's barely ....

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Blades' Players Speak Out Over Tevez Affair

Sheffield United's players have confirmed they were never interested in sueing West Ham, and have said that no meeting over the matter ever took place. United captain Chris Morgan has spoken out over the reports, which stated the Blades were looking for 'loss of earnings' compensation after being relegated by the Hammers. Effectively. “Where it's come from I've no idea," said Morgan. ....

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Is An Apology From Cole Enough?

Carlton Cole has spoken out about his arrest for drunk-driving last week, and has earned the respect of his manager for doing so. "I let the club down and am sorry to the fans," he said in an attempt to clarify the events of the last week which led to him being arrested and scoring."It hasn’t been the best week for me but I will take my punishment. You can’t do things like this. You ....

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