What has happened to Rors?

Posted in Golf with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2013 by jackpinnock

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Currently, the world number 1 golfer in the world according to the PGA Tour world rankings, Rory McIlroy has by far and away, endured his toughest season to date, and his struggling to hold down his place at the top of the tree in the standings.

When he burst onto the scene and turned pro in 2007, people were ranting and raving about this kid, and said that he was the next big thing to spring out of the golfing world. He helped the European team win the Junior Ryder Cup in 2004, and during that period, also won a string of tournaments to add to his promising accolade.

When amateur in the 2007 era, more people knew who he was by the end of the Open Championship in Carnoustie, after carding a bogey free last round, and winning the Silver Medal, which is won by the leading amateur at the end of the tournament.

By 2009, he excelled himself into the top 50 after finishing well in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the HSBC Hong Kong Open, and his first victory on the PGA Tour in the Dubai Desert Classic, after beating well renowned Englishman, Justin Rose in a tight play-off. After this fantastic achievement, the Ulsterman was now considered a top 10 golfer in the rankings, and was the first 20 year old, other than Spanish ball striking sensation Sergio Garcia, to reach this magnificent milestone.

His only major slump was the 2011 Masters Championship, when leading the first three rounds, fell in the final round after carding a miserable 80, and putting out of contention to be the youngest player to win a major tournament after Tiger Woods. However, this was soon forgotten, when in 2012, blitzed the field in the US Open at Congressional, when his major tournament drought was over, and claimed his first major win.

Nevertheless, all of these fantastic achievements and victories have come under the famous golf manufacturer and sponsor, Titliest, where he was sponsored and supplied with equipment even when he was an amateur.

Now, under the even more famous brand, Nike, where he joins a partnership with his all time golfing hero and golfing great, Tiger Woods, and is on a multi million pound deal, earning £77million over a five year period (earning £31,000 a day), surely he has not just joined Nike for a brand new set of clubs!

His start at Nike has not been the greatest, notably when he walked out of the field at the Honda Classic, claiming he was not in the right frame of mind. As you can clearly see, McIlroy had no reason to leave Titliest and may have even progressed into a better golfer and win more major titles. Now with Nike, it looks as though he is being used as a marketing and promotional tool with Woods, who caused one of the most controversial talking points in this era, off of the golf course, and may have scuppered his chances of remaining with Nike. Let’s just hope McIlroy does not get dragged into any controversy under the Nike name, which will hinder his exciting prosperous future.

Dwain Chambers- Should he have been picked for Team G.B.?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2013 by jackpinnock

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The London 2012 Olympic Games in London bought out the best, not only in athletes from around the world, but especially athletes from the Great Britain team. Unfortunately, there is one exception from the illustrious list, Dwain Chambers.

A statement made by UK athletics said “It is extremely frustrating to leave young athletes at home – eligible for Beijing, in possession of the qualifying standard and committed to ongoing participation in a drug-free sport. In contrast, we have to take an individual whose sudden return, especially when considered against his previous actions and comments, suggests that he may be using the whole process for his own ends.”

UK Athletics Performance director, Dave Collins also said “There is a strong feeling among the committee that we would like to see greater penalties for drug cheats. That’s obviously something that will need to be addressed after this and going forwards.”

These are the comments made by officials after The British Olympics Association (BOA) overturned the rule of lifetime bans for alleged drugs cheats, in order to choose Chambers for the Great British Olympic team. Chambers was banned in 2003 after testing positive for the performance enhancement drug, THG.

On his return, Chambers ran in the Olympic trials in Birmingham. He won his event in the 100m sprint; however, he was still outside the ‘A’ standard qualification time needed in order to compete in the 2012 Olympics. Another standard requirement needed in order to run in the Olympics was to run in the 100m at the European Championships in Helsinki, which Chambers never participated, in order to rest.

However, by breaking almost every rule in the book, he still competed in the most coveted games to date, finishing in 5th in his 100m race. Known for being Great Britain ‘fastest’ sprinter, did Chambers deserve to compete in London 2012?

Conference- The Table Toppers and Relegation Threatened

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2013 by jackpinnock

Blue_Square_Bet_Premier_logoWith teams firmly condemning where their aim at the end of the season will be, we take a look at who will challenge for that all important promotion prize, and who will have an even longer season ahead battling against the drop.

Grimsby Town currently lead the Blue Square Premier League, with a game in hand on second place, Wrexham, by which the two teams are level on points, and are only separated by goal difference. The Mariners, who are joint managed by Paul Hurst and Rob Scott, are on a tremendous run of form, with their last defeat coming way back in November last year. With their next 3 games easily winnable, and come against teams in mid table and in a relegation scrap, it is safe to say that Grimsby Town will be back in the Football League come May.

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Wrexham are on Grimsby’s tail, and are looking to avoid the dreaded play offs and pip the Mariners to the post to the title. With a good FA Cup run to proud of, crashing out to Premier League side, Liverpool, it looks as though they have transformed this to league form. Andy Morrell’ last defeat in the league came against Grimsby back in December last year, and with a similar run of the next 3 games to Grimsby, it will be very tight for the chance to become Champions of the Conference.

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As well as Wrexham, Forest Green, Newport and Kidderminster currently occupy the other play off positions to clinch promotion to the Npower League Two. Forest Green, who are unbeaten in their last four, are on 53 points and only 5 points behind Wrexham, while Justin Edinburgh’s Newport are 3 points behind with top scorer, Aaron O’Connor on fire with a great return of 17 goals for the season so far. Kidderminster lie in the last remaining play off place, with Paul Buckle’s Luton Town, and Mansfield, whose Chairman, John Radford, gave manager, Paul Cox, a £85,000 Aston Martin after their 8-1 rout over Barrow, close behind in 6th and 7th position respectively.

MANSFIELD Town chairman John Radford gave his Aston Martin car to manager Paul Cox

At the other end of the table, Ebbsfleet are 8 points adrift of safety and with a baron run of form of only 2 wins from their last 10 games, it maybe time for manager Liam Daish to accept the Fleet’s fate is already very much sealed. Nuneatan sit one place above Ebbsfleet in the table, on 28 points, while Barrow, who have conceded a monumental, 62 goals, the worst in the division, are in 22nd position. After somewhat of a bright start to the season, Telford are on their worst run of form in the division. Not picking up maximum points in the last 10 games, and are yet to win under new manager, former Peterborugh gaffer, Mark Cooper, AFC Telford are struggling to regain their mid table birth. With games against Mansfield, Newport and Macclesfield all to come, can Cooper pull the Bucks out of trouble. Northern side, Gateshead, are just above the relegation zone, while former West Ham legend, Alan Devonshire’s Braintree side are only 6 points above safety, with the Essex side losing their last 3 games on the spin.

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What does the 2013 F1 season have in store?

Posted in Formula One with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2013 by jackpinnock

In 2012, Sebastian Vettel won the championship for the third time, the youngest driver to win 3 championships on consecutive occasions; Lewis Hamilton agreed to join Mercedes from McClaren and Kimi Raikkonen drove superbly in his first season back since retiring. Now testing is well and truly underway in Jerez, but who is better equipped ahead of the much anticipated 2013 season.

Red Bull

Following on from last year successes by clinching the drivers’ championship and constructors championship, Red Bull looked to have created a much improved car that is well and truly capable of doing exactly the same in 2013. The new RB9 is said to be hugely consistent, with no mechanical glitches, and is setting a consistent and fast pace that is averaging 1:18:565 in Jerez by both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. However, as the season approaches, due to Vettel proven record, can Webber produce more of a threat to Vettel and other drivers in 2013?

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Ferrari

Ferrari had a troublesome time last season. Spaniard, Fernando Alonso was pipped to the post by Vettel, after the F2012 was pegged back in the closing stages of the season. Fellow Ferrari driver, Felipe Massa was nowhere to be seen in 2012, finishing with a rather disappointing 122 points, considering his tremendous ability to drive. However, the new F138 is proving to be a very quick car for 2013, clocking in at 1:17:879, and one of the fastest cars in practice, with improvements still to be made. However, is it still the case for Massa, in that he will always be 2nd best to Fernando Alonso?

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McClaren

After setting the pace in Jerez, Jenson Button and co put McClaren as the fastest in practice. Jenson Button recorded a time of 1:18:861 on hard tyres in the first couple days of practice. However, other teams, including Lotus, have caught up, and Martin Whitmarsh may be quacking in his boots. Sergio Perez, who replaced Hamilton, is still to find his feet with the new model, and the new car has had its fair share of problems. The fuel pump and front suspension are the main concerns for McClaren, but can recoup and get it together ahead of the first race in Austrailia?

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Mercedes

Despite Nico Rosberg experiencing one of his best seasons to date in 2012, with a win, and a couple of pole positions, and Mercedes recruiting Lewis Hamilton as their other driver, the new WO4 has not proven its worth. A fire to Hamilton’s car was not the start Ross Brawn would have wanted for Mercedes, and a brake failure the following day caused Hamilton to crash into the barriers. Looking at the new car, Hamilton said the car needs more work. Are Mercedes ready for the new season, and has welcoming Hamilton on board been too much of a gamble?

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Lotus

It looks as though there could be a dark horse in the 2013 season, and a challenge for Vettel and Red Bull to face, as Lotus look like a force to be beckoned with. The first 2 days of testing saw Frenchman, Romain Grosjean and the ever eccentric, Kimi Raikkonen produce the fastest times for Lotus. The new E21 is said to carry more petrol than usual and keep a fast speed, which is quite a surprise, according to technical director, James Allison. With a win to his name last season, ending on a staggering 207 points last season, and driving a much improved car for 2013, can Raikkonen rekindle the glory days for Lotus F1?

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Sauber

Nico Hulkenburg is back in the hot seat with Sauber, alongside new recruit, Esteban Gutierrez, and it looks as though the new C32 can become a threat for 2013. After missing the whole of last season, Hulkenburg has said the new car is’ aesthetically pleasing’ and a ‘fast car’.  Well renowned for its fast cornering and great tyre performance over long runs, the C32 is looking like it may be up for the challenge next season, however, can it sustain amount of pressure to challenge the big hitters of F1?

Nico Hulkenberg          1 Gutierrez

Force India

Young and promising British driver, Paul Di Resta, was tipped to replace Hamilton at McClaren, and continue the all British drivers for the British team. However, he still remains at Force India, and with VJM06 in full swing, from the four days of testing so far, there will not be many changes from last season. Nevertheless, co-driver, and new recruit, Jules Bianchi, looks a driver to look for in the future, setting the second fastest time of day 2 in Jerez and Ferrari are already keeping tabs on the youngster.

1 Di Resta          1. Bianchi

Williams

Pastor Maldonado and new driver, Valtteri Bottas, have been made to wait before driving the new FW35, as the Williams have decided to skip testing in Jerez, and focus more on testing in Barcelona. Despite a win in Spain, after a pole position on the grid last season, Maldonado rather dipped in form finishing with only 45 points to his name. With Maldonado’s from, an unknown driver in Bottas in the driver’s seat and skipping testing in Jerez, is it time to panic for the Williams team?

1 Bottas          1 Maldonado

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne has said that there are substantial changes from the predecessors of last term, however, at the moment, there has been a slight change in the times, which have gone slightly faster. With Daniel Ricciardo and Vergne confirmed as the Toro Rosso drivers for 2013, it looks as though they have to push the car to its very limit, come 2013. Unless Toro Rosso make substantial changes to the new STR8, Ricciardo and Vergne are in for a long season ahead.

1 Vergne          1 Ricciardo

Caterham

With Heikki Kovalainen gone, Vitaly Petrov not even involved for 2013 and Jarno Trulli rejecting advances from Caterham, it looks as though Frenchman, Charles Pic and debutant, Giedo Van Der Garde are in for a long and perilous voyage for Caterham. Furthermore, with lap times tumbling, and a new exhaust filter that was dubbed illegal, it is not the start that Caterham would have wanted. Can they pull it back, in order to mainstay there chances in the upcoming season?

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Marussia

Marussia’s new line up of Englishman, Max Chilton, who came from Formula 3 racing, and Brazil’s Luiz Razia, a breath of fresh air is set to grace the F1 tracks, with the new drivers and new car. With Marussia not expected to finish in a high position, they can come away with the fact they have completed all four days of testing in Jerez with no major problems, and have finally installed the new KERS system to the new car. Can the Marussia prove most people wrong and finish higher than expected?

1 Chilton          1 Razia

 

 

LEYTON ORIENT v Notts County

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2013 by jackpinnock

Leyton Orient v Notts County at The Matchroom Stadium Npower League One

Leyton Orient moved into the top 10 of the Npower League 1 table and ended Notts County 22 game unbeaten away run, after a 2-1 victory at the Matchroom stadium.

David Mooney put the hosts in front just after the hour mark after heading from close range, from winger Lee Cook’s sublime cross.

The O’s instantly doubled their lead, when Cook’s corner was cleared, straight to the feet of Frenchman Mathieu Baudry, who lashed home in the bottom right corner.

Keith Curle’s men persisted with constant pressure, and it was finally rewarded when Neal Bishop’s cross found Enoch Showumni. He saw Lee Hughes unmarked, who simply could not miss.

The win for Russell Slade’s men was certainly deserved, dominating possession and missing countless scoring chances.

Mooney could have put the East London side ahead much earlier in the game, when his fierce effort went narrowly wide of Bartosz Bialkowski goal.

Striker Charlie MacDonald’s full blooded challenge on goalkeeper Bialkowski left the goalkeeper unable to carry on and was replaced by Fabian Speiss, which resulted in a staggering 8 minutes added time in the first half. Leyton Orient failed to capitalise on the injury, and both teams went in at 0-0.

Long serving O’s shot stopper, Jamie Jones, was quick to deny County’s Showumni and winger Alan Judge with fine saves, with Hughes beating Jones, but missing the goal as his header went wide of the post.

With a further 7 minutes injury time in the second half, both teams still failed to take advantage, and the Brisbane Road outfit hung onto the 2-1 lead to gain a priceless 3 points.

Leyton Orient’s next game is a tough encounter with high flying Swindon Town, before a trip to mid table Stevenage awaits Russell Slade’s men.

TEAM:

Leyton Orient– Jamie Jones, Scott Cuthbert, Ben Chorley, Mathieu Baudry, Gary Sawyer, Moses Odubajo, Martin Rowlands, Lloyd James, Lee Cook, David Mooney, Charlie MacDonald.

Subs– Dean Cox, Antony Griffith, Michael Symes, Jimmy Smith, Charlie Grainger, Afolabi Obafemi, Elliot Omozusi

MATCH UPDATES:

Leyton Orient 1 Notts County 0 (David Mooney 65)

Leyton Orient 2 Notts County 0 (Mathieu Baudry 68)

Leyton Orient 2 Notts County 1 (Jeff Hughes 78)

Top 10 managers that should replace Fergie

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by jackpinnock

We are all fully aware that Fergie’s incredible tenure as gaffer as Manchester United is not going to last forever. Here are the top 10 managers that should be considered to replace him.

Steve Bruce

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The former Red Devils stalwart and current boss of Championship side HullCity has had plenty of managerial experience. since retiring in 1998, he has previously coached at Sheffield United, HuddersfieldTown, Wigan Athletic, CrystalPalace, BirminghamCity and Sunderland.

His manager style is simple, if you don’t concede, you don’t lose games. However, will his style of play suit with the Old Trafford faithful?

Mark Hughes

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Another former player in the pipeline, and another who has had plenty of experience. After his illustrious career, mainly with Manchester United and Chelsea, Mark Hughes has previously managed Blackburn Rovers, ManchesterCity, Fulham, QPR and the Welsh national team.

However, what is different about him to Bruce, his attacking ambitions and motive to score plenty of goals will surely attract the Red Devils. One stumbling block maybe, there has been no real success with Hughes, especially with QPR and Fulham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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As known by the Man United fans as the ‘baby faced assassin’, Solskjaer is now managing in his native Norway, with Molde. He also managed the Man United reserves for a short stint, before taking the Molde hot seat. During his playing days, he was considered a legend with every club, scoring 237 goals in 382 appearances with Manchester United, Molde, and Clauseenengen.

I think it’s obvious that everyone associated with the Red Devils will have Solskjaer back in a heartbeat, but one issue that may occur, experience. He has only been in the management business since 2008, and would surely need some more matches under his belt.

Jurgen Klopp

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Another young manager, who is a very good candidate to consider, Jurgen Klopp. Still very young for a gaffer, at the tender age of 45, the German gone on leaps and bounds with Borussia Dortmund. Winning the double in the 2011-2012 season is his career highlight, and regular qualification for the Champions League is another incredible achievement.

Despite his youth for a manger, I defiantly think that Klopp has all of the credentials to succeed Ferguson, and take the reigns at Old Trafford.

Laurent Blanc

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Former player Blanc who first job in management was with Ligue 1 side, Bordeaux, did an extraordinary job, winning 60% of his matches and leading them to a league and cup double. The French national team was his next destination, guiding them to the top of Euro 2012 in the qualifying stages, and reaching the Euro 2012 quarter finals.

Now without a job, the Frenchman is now looking for the right opportunity, however, it has been known for players and board members to be frustrated with Blanc at times. Can he be the right man at Manchester United?

Joachim Loew

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The stylish German has many admirers, and is possibly favourite to replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. However, he suits Manchester United down to the ground. He has previously managed Stuttgart, Austria Wien, and Fenerbache, but his notoriety comes from managing the German national squad. Semi finalists at Euro 2012 and 2010 World Cup are his most coveted achievements.

Nevertheless, for him being recognised as one of the best managers on the planet, has he under achieved with Germany? Is this good enough for Manchester United?

David Moyes

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Probably the favourite to replace Sir Alex, David Moyes has emerged as one of the best mangers in the Premier League. Since he took over in 2002, he has guided Everton to countless top 10 finishes, not to mention on a minimum budget. His greatest accolade, was guiding Everton into the Champions League for the first time in their history.

The stumbling block is Moyes has already declared that he is a keen admirer of the German Bundesliga, and would not managing in the Geramn topflight, could he really turn down the Red Devils for Germany?

Ryan Giggs

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The Manchester United legend, who has chalked up 926 appearances for the Red Devils, would be a competitive contender for a place in the old Trafford dugout. The winger knows United inside out, and knows what suits Manchester United, and what doesn’t. Despite undergoing his UEFA coaching badges, Giggs has no managerial experience. Could the Welsh wizard bring more success to Manchester that what Sir Alex did?

Eric Cantona

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The controversial Frenhman is just as much as a legend as Giggsy. The dream signing from Leeds United made 143 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 80 goals. His only involvement in management is with the French beach soccer side. Currently director of Footbal with newly formed New York Cosmos, the extravagant midfielder would defiantly be welcome back at Old Trafford.

He is well known for lashing out at a CrystalPalace fan after being sent off. Is controversy surrounding Cantona what Man United really need?

Jose Mourinho

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Despite all of the great managers and Manchester United legends that have been mentioned, this is the man every Red Devils fan wants to see take to the helm. His early retirement as a player has rewarded him with being the very best manager in the world. Winning 20 trophies in with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, he is the first manager to win the traditional top three European league championships.

His record speaks for itself, and is by far and away the best candidate to replace the great Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten players West Ham should sign this window

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2013 by jackpinnock

Top Ten players West Ham should sign this window

Martin Olsson

With George McCartney injured, youngster, Dan Potts is the only recognised left back for the Upton Park outfit, and with Olsson’s Premier League experience, it will be a real coup if Big Sam can pull this signing off. With the Hammers struggling for goals, Swedish international Ollson can provide the added ammunition West Ham desperately need, with his attacking prowess and ability to cross and shoot from range, you can defiantly see why West Ham want him in a claret and blue shirt.

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Rio Ferdinand

With the return of the very skilful, Joe Cole, maybe Allardyce should think about bringing another old face back to the Boleyn Ground. It is apparent that West Ham are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements, with James Collins out for up to 6 weeks with a hamstring injury and James Tomkins being linked with a move to Newcastle, Ferdinand could become a real stalwart in the Hammers backline. The United defender is out of contract this summer, and with no extension offered to him so far, his leadership ability and all round presence could greatly benefit the Hammers.

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Charles Kabore

With many top flight clubs tracking West Ham’s player of the season so far, Mohammed Diame, 24 year old Marseille midfield enforcer, Charles Kabore could be an ideal replacement if Diame was to depart. Kabore has recently stated that he would be interested in a move to England, and with Marseille strapped for cash, the bargain of the January Transfer window could be made, as it is understood he could be available for as little as £2 million. On the basis of his age, and raw talent Chales Kabore could potential be the bargain of the season.

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Charlie Austin

The Burnley hitman has endured a fine start to the season, notching up 23 goals already this season, and on current form, he’s not finished yet. His goals have gone unnoticed this season, with the likes of Newcastle and even Arsenal ready to pounce for the 23 year old striker. However, I think it’s West Ham that are more in need of goals, with one of the lowest goals tally in the Premier League this season, Allardyce needs a clinical finisher and an eye for goal in order to secure their of a top 10 finish. With his notability for goals, and his young age, it looks as though a bid of around £7-8 million could be realistically acceptable for the Championship’s joint leading scorer.

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Anthony Pilkington

The Norwich winger has been nothing short of a revelation since joining from Huddersfield Town nearly 2 years ago, and his remarkable ability to cross accurately and score a few crackers in the meantime, Allardyce should surely be thinking that his crossing ability, and set piece delivery should provide perfect substance for Carlton Cole, Andy Carroll and Maroune Chamakh. But with the Canaries going steadily in the top flight, and not far off West Ham in the league table, would Pilkington really make the move to East London?

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Danny Welbeck

Reports suggest that because of superstar Robin Van Persie’s incredible form, and Sir Alex Ferguson reluctant to leave fellow England forward out of the team, it looks as though Welbeck could be available for a short term loan deal. With his pace and endeavour, this is definatly an attractive option that Big Sam would gladly take up. Nevertheless, because of his proven ability, many clubs higher than the Hammers in the table will also be looking to sign him, and I very much doubt that because of West Ham’s hefty wage budget, Welbeck will be far too expensive. If the deal was to happen, the question lies, where will this leave Carlton Cole?

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Darren Bent

Out of favour at struggling Aston Villa, Darren Bent has the capabilities of still producing some of his best form, maybe reproducing what he did in his playing days at Sunderland. His natural instinct at being in the right place at the right time, raw pace, which is something West Ham lack, and proven goal scoring record, West Ham should without a doubt be looking into getting Bent on board. The snag is Bent has already rejected West Ham twice, first at Charlton even though a staggering £16million bid was accepted for him, and then at rivals Tottenham Hotspur where he wasn’t playing at his best. Is it a case of it really was not meant to be for Darren Bent and West Ham United?

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Fernando Amorebieta

The 6”3 defender is out of contract with Spanish La Liga outfit, Athletic Bilbao, this summer, and is thought to be looking for a move elsewhere. Amorebieta came through the famous Bilbao youth system, where only players of Basque decent are allowed to play for the club. He has been one a few players from the Bilbao academy that has been consistently solid throughout his career and has got plenty of admirers, including Manchester United and Everton. With West Ham in desperate need of defensive cover, Amorebieta could be the perfect fit for the Hammers. Known for his heading capabilities and positioning, can the Spanish stalwart be a success in England’s top flight?

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Lucas Biglia

Lucas Biglia is a creative midfielder who likes to show off his flair and play the game at his own pace. The Argentine maestro is with Belgian champions Anderlecht, but if reports are correct, which is he has gone AWOL or in other terms ‘doing a Tevez’, Biglia could become a shining star for the Upton Park side. Avaiable on a free transfer in the summer, the Belgians will be looking for a quick fire sale, and maybe a bid of around £3million could be enough to tempt Anderlecht to sell the silky Argentine. Furthermore, he could become an ideal replacement for French anchorman, Alou Diarra, who looks as though he could be set for a six month loan deal with Espanyol. Is Biglia the right choice to replace Diarra?

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George Friend

The 22 year old, who can alternate between left back and centre back, has impressed since joining Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough from Doncaster Rovers. The lanky defender has many Premier League suitors, including Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic and Fulham, and since he has never been given the chance at the highest level, maybe it is time to give him a fair crack of the whip. Allardyce will like his versatility as he is short of numbers at the back, and with strength in depth in desperate need for the Hammers, West Ham should probably be looking at about a £2-4 million bid to prize the English defender away from Teeside.

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