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West Ham target 3 more signings in January

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2013 by jackpinnock

After the imminent home coming of midfielder, Joe Cole, from Liverpool, West Ham gaffer Sam Allardyce has set his sights on three more transfer targets in the January transfer window.

It was confirmed on Twitter by Jack Sullivan, son of Hammers owner David Sullivan, that three enquires have been made for players in England, Brazil and Germany.

The players thought to be in question are Aston Villa full back, Stephen Warnock, F.C. Twente’s centre half, Douglas and Stuttgart hitman, Martin Harnik.

Warnock, who has just completed a short loan spell at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers, is out of favour at Villa Park, and his Premier League experience is thought to be the key factor for Big Sam’s interest.

25 year old, Douglas is out of contract with F.C. Twente this summer and is believed to be keen on a switch to the Premier League. However, the Samba star has many other admirers in the top flight, with arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Newcastle and Everton waiting in the wings to grab his signature.

Harnik, who has scored 30 goals since joining German Bundesliga side Stuttgart in 2010, is a £5million target for the East London club, however, as he is still contracted to Stuttgart until 2016, a sum closer to £7million is thought to be the asking price. With strikers Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll misfiring, and Modibo Maiga said to be leaving the club for either Newcastle or Marseille, Big Sam would like to add Harnik, as he can player as a striker or a winger, and with the Hammers in desperate need for firepower, is Harnik the answer?

With injuries mounting, and a dip in form, West Ham hope to add strength in depth in order to consolidate Premier league survival, and maybe even compete for a top ten place.

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Aldershot U18 1 – 3 West Ham U18, F.A. Youth Cup

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2012 by jackpinnock

Speaking after West Ham U18 3-1 F.A. Youth cup victory over Aldershot Town U18, manager Nick Haycock expressed his delight of how his players performed, saying that they had ‘risen to the challenge’, but also said it was ‘a hard fought victory.’

Haycock said “In the end it was a great victory. All credit to Aldershot, because I thought they were well-organised, and had a game plan to try and upset us.”

Haycock also added “Sometimes coming away to a smaller club in an environment the boys are not used to, it took them time to adapt. Fair play to them, though, because they avoided a giant killing. It could have gone a different way at various stages of the game, so all in all, I’m pleased.”

A brace from captain, Elliot Lee, and a Jamie Harney header ensured West Ham U18 secured a place in the 4th round draw of the F.A. Youth Cup draw

Aldershot Town U18 boss, Terry Boyle described his side’s defeat as ‘harsh’, and also said he was ‘over the moon with how the players performed’.

Boyle said ” I thought the game was even stevens in the first half, and I actually thought for the majority of the half we outplayed West Ham which was a massive boost from our point of view, second half I think it’s fair to say that they had a little bit more quality in the final third and they capitalised on that, but I still think the score-line flatters them. We were chasing the game a little bit at the end but still managed to create plenty of chances but we were just a little bit too short on the day.”

The first half was fast paced, and intense, as both teams wanted to take an early lead. Aldershot linchpin, Reece Beckles-Richards forced Hammers shot stopper, Sam Baxter into an early save after 5 minutes. Shortly afterwards, Harry Cooksley, who is on the fringes of Dean Holdsworth’s first team plans, produced a free kick that went narrowly wide.

West Ham winger and Republic of Ireland U18 international, Kieran Sadlier, was involved in the Hammers best effort of the first half with a one on one chance that Shots keeper, Luke Williams commanded brilliantly.

On the 50th minute, Sadlier’s scuffed shot fell to Lee, who simply could not miss to put the Hammers in the lead. 1-0 quickly became 2-0 when Nathan Mavila, a summer acquisition from Wycombe Wanderers, swung a vicious corner that was met by the head of defender Harney.

With 15 minutes to play, Shots captain, Adam Brice headed past Baxter’s net after a sublime free kick from winger, Mitch McDonald.

However, Aldershot’s hopes of a remarkable comeback were dashed when the ever dangerous Lee pounced on a Beckles-Richards mistake and finished well to put West Ham safely through to the next round of the F.A Youth Cup.