Transfer Gossip

Just what happened with the Lacina Traore loan?

It is has widely reported in the media that Everton have hijacked our loan deal for Lacina Traore. This now appears to be have been confirmed by Sam Allardyce after the match.

West Ham successfully applied for a work permit through the FA appointed appeal panel last week paying the required £1,000 + VAT fee as well as going to the expense of preparing the appeal with Sam Allardyce and secretary Andrew Pincher giving up their time to give evidence for the work permit. It is my interpretation of the UK Border Agency rules that West Ham would be named as the sponsor and the work permit issued is non transferable.

A certificate of Sponsorship is assigned to a player by the applicant Club which must be submitted to the FA. The work permit situation is further complicated that it went through on appeal. The regulations which can be found HERE seem to suggest “If a player is moving to another club on loan then the new club must make a fresh application before the player can play for them. If the player does not meet the criteria and the club have requested a panel, the panel will be arranged.”

That would mean the FA appointed panel would need to sit again to make a fresh recommendation to the UK Border Agency to issue a new work permit for Everton. The panel regulations forbid another appeal hearing for the same player within a four month period when the appeal has unsuccessful although it is less clear within the rules if the appeal was successful. This is this loophole Everton could use to get their own work permit building on West Ham’s effort to get the first one.

I understand West Ham agreed a loan fee with Monaco believed to be around £500,000 but had not agreed personal terms and it was still subject to a medical.

I also understand West Ham ‘s medical assessed Traore’s match fitness and possible hamstring injury which led them to believe he would not be fully match fit for up to six weeks.At that stage I am told West Ham tried to renegotiate the loan deal terms.

In the mean time the player had his head turned and decided he did want want to come to West Ham and preferred Everton.

It may be no coincidence that West Ham’s new Head of Sports Medicine and former Everton physio Dominic Rogan may have advised West Ham on Traore’s fitness.

Dominic Rogan was previously with Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala where Lacina Traore has just transferred from. Rogan would have been in a very good position to advise on Traore. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise as we need a striker now not in six weeks time.

In his post match press conference Sam Allardyce admitted that it is “unlikely by, the sound of it” that West Ham will be signing Lacina Traore, He hinted that the move for 23-year-old Traore collapsed unexpectedly on Friday. He said “We’re finding it extremely difficult (to bring players in) We had a terrible day yesterday (Friday) when I thought a player was signing for us and then I found out he wasn’t” You can see his post match interview below.

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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?

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