Transfer Gossip

Ross McCormack or Dani Osvaldo?

The latest reports are claiming that West Ham will submit a revised £5m offer to Leeds Utd for Ross McCormack. Last week, a bid of £3.5m was submitted for the player, which was duly rejected by the Leeds Utd board. However, the speculation is that Leeds Utd would seriously consider selling the Championship’s leading goal scorer, but are holding out for a higher fee. It appears that West Ham may be about to test that theory with a revised offer. Although the player only signed a new contract last summer, it is thought that McCormack is keen for another crack at the Premier League. McCormack has scored 17 Championship goals so far this season in a average Leeds Utd team. He may be well worth a £5m punt, in the absence of other options. I would argue that Jordan Rhodes is a better long-term prospect, but the estimated £10m fee to secure his services is likely to be too rich for West Ham’s blood in this January window.

It was good to see the club finally making some significant progress in the transfer market. The double loan deal for Roma’s Marco Borriello and AC Milan’s Antonio Nocerino was a welcome development. Both players have a good pedigree, having played for some of the biggest names in Italian football. However, it is also something of a gamble, in the sense that both midfielder Nocerino and striker Borriello have had been in indifferent form for their respective Serie A clubs this season. Nocerino had lost his regular starting place to Nigel De Jong and would have been pushed further down the AC Milan midfield pecking order with the impending signing of Michael Essien from Chelsea. While Borriello has been less than prolific in front of goal, scoring 1 goal in 11 appearances for Roma.

However, if the players had been in top form this season, would we have got them in this transfer window? Most probably not. We have to hope that both Borriello and Nocerino respond positively to a new club environment and quickly recapture the form that previously saw Borriello score regularly at Genoa and Nocerino rise to prominence at Palermo. Borriello has been characterised in Italy as ‘inconsistent,’ although it is probably true to say that he is a confidence player who responds positively to the adulation of the crowd. He will need careful handling by the coaching staff, but if they get it right then Borriello will score goals. While Nocerino is a powerful box-to-box type of player and if he can regain his form he will be a a very good addition. Significantly, this is, of course, a World Cup year and both players nurture ambitions to make the Italian squad. What greater incentive do they need to make an impact at West Ham?

Elsewhere, it appears that West Ham have pulled out of the deal to sign Osasuna’s defensive midfielder, Raoul Loe. It was reported that the player had attended for a medical and the clubs had agreed a £1.5m deal. However, it transpires that West Ham have pulled out of the deal, much to the annoyance of Osasuna. It seems that Loe was a back up deal in case they could not agree terms with AC Milan and Nocerino. And when the latter deal went through, Loe was surplus to requirements it appears. While, the rumours still circulate regarding our alleged interest in, ex-Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder, Raul Meireles and, Man City central defender, Joleon Lescott. Of the two, the need for Lescott is probably the greater. However, to make the deal happen, the West Ham board will need to commit to paying his £90,000 a week wages for the remainder of this season and offer a £70,000 a week, three year deal, if he helps us to escape relegation. Will they ‘bite the bullet’ and agree to that? Its expensive, but relegation will cost a lot more and Lescott is a player that can make a real contribution to our PL survival.

Finally, there is a story in the Monday morning papers that West Ham Utd are going to make a surprise bid to sign Southampton’s out of favour striker, Dani Osvaldo, on loan to the end of the season. It seems pretty unlikely, on the face of it, but stranger things have happened! It’s more likely that Southampton will seek to to retrieve the majority of Osvaldo’s £15m fee by offloading him to Juventus or AC Milan. That would probably be the player’s preference. And in all honesty, do we need such a potentially problematic signing, who has only managed 3 goals this season?

SJ Chandos.

Transfer Gossip

S"Ince" Of The Father - Tom Ince to West Ham?

Just seen this on a site called

Sam Allardyce is prepared to face the wrath of some West Ham fans by signing the son of Paul Ince, Tom, in a deal that will be completed prior to the end of the transfer window.Allardyce is looking to add some attacking impetus to his struggling squad and is confident that Tom Ince is the right man for the job.

Sam Allardyce is prepared to face the wrath of some West Ham fans by signing the son of Paul Ince, Tom, in a deal that will be completed prior to the end of the transfer window.Allardyce is looking to add some attacking impetus to his struggling squad and is confident that Tom Ince is the right man for the job.Ince, whose contract expires in six months time, will be looking to make a transfer this month away from Blackpool and secure his current team some funds.Ince’s father, Paul, used to play for the Hammers in the 80’s but left in contentious circumstances and is still considered a hate figure for many Hammers fans.

Can’t see it myself. He’s a winger. We have quite a few of those already. But if it’s true, would he be welcomed to Upton Park with open arms? There’s no doubt he’s a quality player, and personally I don’t believe in visiting the sins of the father on the son. Not sure I am typical though…


Talking Point

Paolo Di Canio wants to manage West Ham before he dies - It is his destiny

When Paolo Di Canio was asked about a potential return to West Ham during a BBC Football Focus interview over the weekend, he replied: “They chant my name all the time, even years ago before I was a manager. Because of my experiences there, they were always my family. Everybody know it’d be special for me to return. But I don’t want to say now, it’s not fair. All I can say is one day, before the end, before I go up or down or whatever place they’re going to send me, it has to happen. It’s obvious. That is my destiny.”

See the interview below

UPDATE: Writeup in The Guardian HERE

Transfer Gossip

Nocerino Signs & Marco Borriello to have a medical today

UPDATE FROM IAIN: The official website has confirmed the signing of Antonio Nocerino from AC Milan until the end of the season. More HERE

West Ham appear to be very close to signing a back up striker on loan with Marco Borriello expected to have a medical today with West Ham after flying into London.

In a sign the deal is close Borriello followed West Ham United’s official twitter yesterday then sent a tweet to Roma fans thanking them which looked like a a farewell note.

The medical is expected to take place at Holly House Private Hospital in Buckhurst Hill, Essex. There is a possibility two medicals will take place today according to sources close to the hospital.

Borriello has scored 82 career goals from 290 appearances. 12 of those for Roma from 52 appearances.

Antonio Nocerino signs for West Ham on loan

5.30pm UPDATE:

West Ham United are delighted to announce the loan signing of Marco Borriello from AS Roma More HERE

Transfer Gossip

Transfer News - Four on the Radar

Whilst the first few weeks of the January transfer window have been disappointing, the last 24 hours has seen West Ham strongly linked with no less than four players. It is reported that Marco Borriello, a 31yo Italian striker from Roma, has signed a temporary deal that will keep him at Upton Park until the end of this season. Reports suggest he will have a medical over the weekend. Borriello made his debut for Milan in 2002 and played 54 matches for them over the next 9 seasons. The reason for so few appearances with Milan was that he spent the majority of the time out on loan to no less than seven other clubs! He signed a permanent deal with Roma in 2010 and since then has been loaned out to Juventus and Genoa. Nuff said – we will almost certainly get him with that track record.

The second player we are being strongly linked with is Italian midfield player Antonio Nocerino. The 28yo midfielder has flown in to London today and is expected to accept a similar deal as Borriello. Nocerino made his debut in 2003 for Juventus and played 32 times for the club in five years. Again, like Borriello, he spent most of his time out on loan to six different clubs. He enjoyed a good spell at Palermo before becoming a Milan player in 2011. He was used as a holding midfielder in his time at Palermo but his move to Milan saw him play a more attacking role from midfield. Nocerino has not been in good form of late and Squawka stats show that when he dribbles he has a 90% chance of losing the ball, his tackle success is 48% and he loses 75% of aerial duels. On the positive side, both Borriello (pictured) and Nocerino have represented Italy at National level.

The third player we have made a move for us Leeds striker and captain, Ross McCormack. It is believed we have made a 3 million pound offer for the Scottish player but Leeds are holding out for a bigger offer. Leeds director David Haigh has confirmed West Ham made the bid and it is likely we will sign the player if we up the ante. Over the past five seasons McCormack has averaged a goal every three games for Cardiff and his current club Leeds United. He has represented Scotland on ten occasions scoring two goals.

Finally, sources claim that Cameroon midfielder Raoul Loe has flown to London to undergo a medical before a possible 2 million pound move from Spanish club Osasuna. Loe is a defensive midfielder who has one cap for the Cameroon National side. He is 24yo and stands at 6’4”. With two midfielders and two strikers on the radar it would seem that Maiga and Diarra would be two players we are hoping to offload prior to the deadline.

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