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LIVE BLOG: Transfer Deadline Day - Evening Edition

Evening all! This is the last part of our live blog extravaganza. Sorry it’s not been more exciting, but you can only deal with the material you’re given. And there hasn’t been an awful lot of that today. If you have any news, links or gossip to impart please email them to me directly via the Contacts link at the top of the page.

23.17 If you doubted me click HERE

23.13 We are now Maigaless.

22.35 Seems it is indeed true. Tweet from Jack Sullivan: “IT LOOKS LIKE MAIGA IS GOING TO QPR ON LOAN, paperwork should be finalised within 15 mins.
Its not done yet”. Fingers crossed.

22.25 Can it be true? Could Modibo Maiga really be moving to QPR? Can they be that desperate?!

20.40 Any hopes of signing Jesse Vollen from Genk were scuppered when they upped the price to £8 million. That’s according to the Mail.

20.30 Anyone care to comment that so far this transfer window we haven’t actually spent a single penny on a permanent signing. Every player who has come in has been a loan signing. I shall return to this in a full blogpost over the weekend.

20.26 Oops, I see McDermott has just been sacked. How quickly these things change.

20.24 I’m told Ross McCormack has just been on SSN more or less begging clubs to come and get him, despite professing loyalty to Brian McDermott. Not totally sure he’s what we need, but there you go.

20.23 Oooh, Joleon Lescott has just tweeted: “A loan move was never on the cards for me it had nothing to do with wages just simply a chance to win 4 trophy’s with #City this season”. OK, if you say so, Joleon. Keep taking the tablets.

20.21 So, I am on the 8.10 back to Tonbridge and thinking, surely something interesting must have happened while I have been on the radio, but it seems not. For shame. Still, at least we have kept Ravel Morrison. There is a God.


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LIVE BLOG: Transfer Deadline Day: Afternoon Edition

Afternoon! We’re running live blogs from now until the early hours of Saturday morning bringing you the very latest news and gossip from the last day of the January transfer window. If you have any news, links or gossip to impart please email them to me directly via the Contacts link at the top of the page. Our other contributors will be joining in the fun too and we’ll use our initials so you know who has posted what. If there are no initials, it’s Iain!

18.53 Harry Redknapp has made a late enquiry for Maiga.

18.14 Apart from Razvan Rat being paid up and released today it appears all transfer business is now done for West Ham unless some last minute offer comes in for one of our players. I understand there have been no offers for Maiga or Diarra so far with less than 5 hours left (SW)

17.40 QPR have had a bid for West Ham midfielder Mo Diame rejected says West London Sport after being told Diame is not for sale. (SW)

17.30 WHUFC.com officially announce the signing of Colombia international Pablo Armero on loan until the end of season. HERE (SW)

17.25 Razvan Rat is to be released! Rat could set for a move to Turkish club Besiktas – just six months at West Ham. According to Lee Clayton, the defender is being allowed to leave West Ham following the arrival of Pablo Armero on loan from Napoli. Hugh Southon claims that Rat’s contract had a clause which earnt him a new contract if he played in 60% of matches this season. So far he has played in 20 of the 27 required.

16.57 Sam Allardyce will now turn his attention to Genk striker Jelle Vossen as the transfer clock ticks down claims Tony Beaker on Sports Direct News.Vossen, 24, has scored 12 goals for Genk this season but after recent defeats, the Belgian forward is apparently looking for a way out of the club. (SW)

16.11 Napoli appear to have officially confirmed Pablo Armero loan to West Ham on their official twitter account. Google Translation: Napoli announced that he had yielded to the @ Armero7 @whufc_official until end of season (SW)

16.07 Big Sam on Sky Sports News being interviewed through a Car Window to rival Harry, He said “If we do any more business it’ll be be one more on loan. We’ve concentrated on this one due to the injuries we got on Wednesday, so we’ll try to replace those with a defensive player and he will be from abroad.” When asked about whether the Lescott deal was dead he replied “Yes; it looks like that.” Video of his interview below (SW)

16.05 It must Transfer Deadline Day as Harry Redknapp is speaking through a car window LIVE on Sky Sports News and the quote “that is pretty much us for the day” (SW)

16:00 Biggest transfer news at West Ham so far is the departure of Andy Carroll’s beard. (SW)

15.27 Mitrogliu signs a four and a half year deal with Fulham. Bugger.

15.18 West Ham United will turn to Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse if they fail to hijack the deal for Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou claims Tony Beaker on Sports Direct News (SW)

15.02 West Ham remain in fierce negotiations to sign Napoli’s Pablo Armero. Hugh Southon on his Claretandhugh blog understands that talks have been going on throughout the day with the player’s agent and that a deal is now starting to look likely. However, a well placed source close to the negotiations said the club was hopeful it could get the deal done before the end of the day.Armero is still in Napoli and should the two sides agree will have his medical in Italy before travelling to London.
And there will be no problems with a work permit as he has played in 93 per cent of Colombia’s internationals. (SW)

15.01 RUMOURS that Newcastle were about to make an approach for West Ham’s Mark Noble have been played down.The midfielder is well known to Alan Pardew and some stories last night appeared to have the London born man coming in as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye.However it has been confirmed that Noble is currently training with West Ham and there are no plans for either him or his agent to travel to Tyneside. (SW)

14.53 ExWHUEmployee has said “If Jelle Vossen is on his way to London then there is a strong chance it could be to talk to us. I know the club were interested recently” (SW)

14.30 Sky Sports News live from the Boleyn Ground with footage of David Gold & PR manager Paul Stringer looking anxious. They report two signing expected at Upton Park today (SW)

14.10 Turkish side Besiktas are considering a move for West Ham target Joleon Lescott claims the Daily Mail (SW)

14.06 West Ham are close to signing Napoli’s left-sided player Pablo Armero, “The deal should have gone through within hours,” a source in Italy told SportsDirect News (SW)

14:00 Neil McDonald is expecting Ravel Morrison to stay at West Ham this January and says there has been no new offer from Fulham. He said: “I would imagine Ravel will be staying until I’m told otherwise.He has been training and is a creative player who we will need.” (SW)

13.58 Right, that’s me done until 8pm as I have a radio show to prepare for and present. Sean will keep you informed as much as he is able between now and then. Or I might try to pop in occasionally and multitask!

13.57 Slim pickings at the moment. Rickie Lambert is apparently a definite no go, now that Osvaldo has left Southampton for Juventus. The Mail say any hope of Loeon Lescott coming to Upton Park depends on them signing another defender.

13:05 TalkSport are claiming that Ravel Morrison will be involved in a swap deal with Manchester City for Joleon Lescot. Really? (SW)

12.33 West Ham assistant boss Neil McDonald remained coy over a deadline day move for Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott. He said “Joleon Lescott is Manchester City’s player and, until that changes, I cannot comment, It’s all speculation, we’re trying to improve and if we can get anybody else in, that would be a bonus. We’ll have a look at what our reports say and, if there is anything going, the manager is dealing with those enquiries.” (SW)

12.26 West Ham United are eyeing a deadline day swoop for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani. Link here (SW)

12.19 Well, a relatively quiet morning. Will we see some comings or goings this afternoon? It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that nothing will happen today at all. Says he, pessimitically.


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LIVE BLOG: Transfer Deadline Day: Morning Edition

Morning Campers! We’re running live blogs from now until the early hours of Saturday morning bringing you the very latest news and gossip from the last day of the January transfer window. If you have any news, links or gossip to impart please email them to me directly via the Contacts link at the top of the page. Our other contributors will be joining in the fun too and we’ll use our initials so you know who has posted what. If there are no initials, it’s Iain!

11.49 The rumour mill has gone a bit quiet. Shall I make some up?
11.46 TalkShite are suggestng that Ravel Morrison will form part of a swap deal with Man City for Joleon Lescott. Course he will. Lol.
11.01 Partick Thistle sign George Moncur from West Ham More here (SW)
10.41 Sky Sports News claiming Pablo Armero is having his medical in Italy
10.16 In his Friday Evening Standard column Sam Allardyce reveals he has looked at signing more than 100 players.
10.05 As GrahamAussie points out in the comments, 5 years ago today Julien Faubert signed for Real Madrid. Lest we forget.

10:00 For those expecting a late deal for Joleon Lescott today I am reliably told it is a dead deal from both sides with 0% chance of happening, West Ham are not prepared to pay £90,000 per week. The player is not prepared to drop his wages and Manchester City do not want to subsidise a loan deal. Manchester City have no replacement so need him as cover for cup games. Just managing expectations (SW)
09.52 I had it confirmed a few minutes ago that the Max Gradel deal has collapsed despite paperwork being in place and him flying him over to London (SW)
09.26 Sports News Direct report that we are after Shaun Wright-Phillips. I think we can safely say that is bollocks.
09.22 Sky Sports report that Pablo Armero is currently having a medical.
09.18 I keep seeing reports that the Max Gradel deal has collapsed. Our information is very far from that.
08.57 Lee Clayton (a very reliable source) writes on the Daily Mail Deadline Day page that West Ham were offered Adel Taarabt before he went to AC Milan. If anyone has read Harry Redknapp’s book, you’ll be relieved that we didn’t take him. Hugely skilful but his attitude is a real issue. As Fulham discovered.
08.55 The Mail reckon we’re back in for Lescott today. I;m not so sure. Sources tell me that this deal is dead as a dodo. The Mail also speculates that we may be moving for Spanish international Fernando Navarro who plays for Seville.
08.41 I hope we don’t see any ‘tanties’ from Ravel Morrison today. My one great hope for today is that we don’t mention him at all. He’s such a major talent, we need to keep him. The most likely sales are Diarra, Maiga, Collison, Taylor, Rat, Vaz Te and Joe Cole, I’d have thought.
08.29 Tom Ince is signing for Crystal Palace. I always thought him coming to us was a long shot. Pity though. He knows where the goal is, unlike our wingers!
08.23 The Mirror reports that to fund the Mitroglou deal Diame will be sold to QPR and Maiga to St Etienne. But can anyone really see Diame dropping down to the Championship? Me neither.


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Transfer Deadline Day - Preview

We’ll be running live blogs from now until the early hours of Saturday morning bringing you the very latest news and gossip from the last 30 hours of the January transfer window. If you have any news, links or gossip to impart please email them to me directly via the Contacts link at the top of the page. Our other contributors will be joining in the fun too and we’ll use our initials so you know who has posted what.

00.21 This Mitroglou character looks a bit tasty, but I am sure we’re either just trying to piss off Fulham or there’s nothing in it. After all, where are we going to find £12.4 million?

23.25 Diame to QPR. No, really. Click HERE if you want a laugh.

23.12 Sky Sports say talks with Max Gradel have broken down.

23:05 Lacina Traoré rejected West Ham move in favour of more style at Everton says the Guardian (SW)

22.42 The Mirror say that West Ham are set to hijack Fulham’s move for Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou. Serves ’em right.

22:05 According to Sky Sports Journalist Pete O’Rourke Newcastle are eyeing a move for Mark Noble (SW)

22.00 Looks like George Moncur is off judging from some cryptic messages on Twitter. On loan or permanently

21:30 Pablo Armero’s agent confirmed Napoli and West Ham “still have to exchange documents, but he appreciated the proposal.” more here? (SW)

21:00 Ridiculous rumours have been sweeping twitter after a photo of Ashley Cole at a West Ham training ground emerged this evening (SW)

20:00 Agent Barry Silkman on Talksport Radio claims the deal to ship Maiga out to QPR has collapsed due to a work permit issue. (SW)

19.51 The Mirror’s Darren Lewis says we are after Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani. He also says we will listen to offers for Mo Diame, Maiga and Vaz Te.

19.31 In case you missed it earlier MK Dons have re-signed Jordan Spence on loan for the rest of the season.

19.05 The Daily Star reports that we are after Colombian international Pablo Armera. Nope, me neither.

19.03 Paul McCallum has joined Hearts on loan until the end of the season according to SkySports

19.00 Various sites confirming the arrival of Max Gradel from St Etienne. I’m told the deal was done this morning. Unclear whether it is a loan or permanent move. We tried to get him in the Summer but he wouldn’t come. Claret & Hugh reckon it’s just a short term loan signing. A bit odd considering we have plenty of wingers, but if it works, why not? (ID)

Ashley with West Ham Academy Players tonight


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Max Gradel to be announced as new signing tomorow

Saint-Etienne winger Max Gradel has agreed to move to West Ham United on a loan deal until the end of the season and will be announced tomorrow as the latest West ham signing I understand.

The 26 year old Ivory Coast international has previously played for Leicester City, Bournemouth and Leeds United before moving to France in 2011.

He scored 25 goals from 77 appearances at Leeds while managing 10 goals from 53 appearances at Saint-Etienne.

He signed a four contract which takes him up to August 2015 at Saint-Etienne but he is out of favor and managed just 9 appearances this season.

The Ligue 1 side’s manager Christophe Galtier revealed earlier this month that he would allow the winger to leave the club if a suitable offer was received.


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