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Match Thread: West Ham v Newcastle United

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Match Preview: West Ham v Newcastle United

Let’s be clear, Newcastle have had a great season after a somewhat shaky start. Alan Pardew has got them firing well, but they do keep having off days. Let’s hope they have another one today and allow us to score back to back victories for the first time since we have been back in the Premier League. We have our tails up after last week’s win against Cardiff, but one win doesn’t mean we are out of the woods, At 5 O’Clock tonight we could either be bottom of the league or as high as thirteenth.

As far the team selection is concerned, Sam Allardyce has quite a few decisions to make, not least whether to restore Ravel Morrison to the starting lineup. I hope he does. I really think he could combine well with Carlton Cole, whose confidence must be sky high at the moment. That’s assuming Cole starts ahead of Andy Carroll. It would be a bold, and possibly reckless, move to start with Andy Carroll, but Allardyce may feel his presence would so discomfort that it would be worth it even if he only lasts until half time.

In defence, I imagine Adrian will start. Everyone seems really impressed with his form. Apart from me. Yes, he’s made some great shot-stops, but he gives away too many soft goals. I hope I am proved wrong.

Let’s hope James Collins really is ready to come back and is not being rushed, otherwise we really will be in trouble. I doubt whether many people have been convinced by Roger Johnson so far, so it will be interesting to see how he performs in his first home game.

I’m taking a friend to his first ever game today, so let’s see if the Hammers can impress him. He says he has supported Tottenham in the past but doesn’t know why and has gone off them. So we might have another supporter by the end of the afternoon. He swears he’s not fickle…

PS Let’s hope Arsenal stuff Fulham today. Someone needs to shut their new manager up.

Talking Point

Lennox Lewis to give motivational team talk

Lennox Lewis recently declared his love of West Ham in an article in the London Evening Standard following West ham’s 6-0 defeat to Man City in the league cup semi final

“They are still my team, even after things like the 6-0 defeat against City. You just don’t walk away, do you? There’s probably a lot I could say about the team and the way they are going but I’m not sure how much I want to comment. I think I might regret it! But I’m over in London again soon and I’ll go to a game. Maybe I can go in for a team talk?!”

Replying in his weekly Friday column Sam Allardyce has replied by saying “Lennox Lewis said in this newspaper that when he comes over to England, he wants to come to the Boleyn Ground and give a team talk to the lads. My reply? You’re more than welcome, Lennox — any time.”

The three-time heavyweight champion of the world was born in West Ham in 1965 before he moved to Canada when he was 12.

Sounds like we have a new motivational speaker for the team’s pre-match talk. Maybe he could take Ray Winstone in with him?

Transfer Gossip

Harry Redknapp denies interest in Modibo Maiga

Modibo Maiga has been linked with a move to QPR from West Ham on loan in recent days, but there have also been media reports that Redknapp had pulled the plug on an agreement or that Maiga rejected a loan move to QPR.

Not so, says the former West Ham manager despite dubbing the striker as an “interesting player”.

“Nothing happened really”, Harry Redknapp told a press conference this morning when questioned about Maiga. “We’ve not asked to take him on loan and the lad hasn’t refused to come on loan. There was something in the newspaper saying we didn’t want him, that’s not true.He’s an interesting player for sure, but at the moment we haven’t spoken to anyone about him.”

Modibo Maiga joined West ham in July 2012 from Sochaux in a deal believed to worth £4.7 million and is believed to earn £38,000 per week. It is understood that West Ham are keen to move him off their wage bill during the January transfer window and are prepared to let him go out on loan or sell him at a huge discount as long as the money is received up front. His four year contract takes him to July 2016.

Redknapp confirmed that QPR are interested in West ham target Ishak Belfodil from Inter Milan. He stated that Phil Beard and Tony Fernandes were attempting to secure the deal for QPR. West ham are thought to have agreed a loan fee for Belfodil last week before the deal hit a snag over the 50% ownership rights of Parma.

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