Transfer Gossip

His Name is Rio, Should He Come Back to Upton Park?

Rumours abound that former West Ham starlet Rio Ferdinand may make a dramatic return to Upton Park during the coming transfer window. He’s been told he won’t be a first choice at Manchester United and his contract finishes at the end of the season. It is thought he will probably retire at that point, at the age of 35. However, a last hurrah at his spiritual home might well give him a new lease of life.

From West Ham’s point of view we get a player with a proven track record and if he is signed on a ‘pay as you play’ basis until the end of the season it is difficult to see what there is to lose. With Winston Reid playing a similar game to Rio, he could clearly learn a lot from him, as could some of our younger defenders.

Would Rio be a good signing for us? Vote HERE


Poll

Poll: Select Your West Ham Team 2000-2010

OK, over the next three days I’m going to attempt to take your mind off our current travails. Back in 2009, I asked you to rate every player who had played for the club to any meaningful extent since the 1950s. We then came up with a team of the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. Well, four years on I thought we’d repeat the exercise as I imagine a majority of you weren’t reading the site at that point. The aim is on New Year’s Day to publish teams of the decade and then an all time West Ham team.

The format is simple. Just rank each player out of ten.

Click HERE to rate all the players who have played for West Ham since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. If you think I have left anyone out, let me know. I have excluded players who only played the odd game.

Also, click HERE for the team of the 2010s, which I posted earlier.


Poll

Poll: Select Your West Ham Team 2010-13

OK, over the next three days I’m going to attempt to take your mind off our current travails. Back in 2009, I asked you to rate every player who had played for the club to any meaningful extent since the 1950s. We then came up with a team of the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. Well, four years on I thought we’d repeat the exercise as I imagine a majority of you weren’t reading the site at that point. I’m also adding a team of the 2010s, so that’s what we’ll start off with, and over the next three days work back to the 1950s. The aim is on New Year’s Day to publish teams of the decade and then an all time West Ham team.

The format is simple. Just rank each player out of ten.

Click HERE to rate all the players who have played for West Ham since the beginning of the 2010-11 season. If you think I have left anyone out, let me know. I have excluded players who only played the odd game.


Financial

How Will Financial Fair Play Affect New West Ham Buys?

As we approach the January transfer window the term I am sure we will be hearing very soon is the restrictions enforced through the Premier League financial restrictions.

In a West ham statement on WHUFC.com dated 26th August 2013 stated that new rules state that “whatever a Club spent on wages last season, they are allowed to do so again, with an allowance for an extra £4m on top. If they did not spend £48m on wages last year, as was the case with West Ham United, they are allowed to go up to a new £52m limit.”

Despite claiming we were already at or very close to our £52m wages limit we went on to sign Mladen Petric and Carlton Cole who were free agents. It is understood we were budgeted to go “marginally over” the FFP limit.

David Gold was asked about financial fair play at the recent Season Ticket Holders’ fans forum

Mike, a West Ham season ticket holder asked “We seem to be ready to buy a striker now, therefore financial fair play must of changed in the last four months because before the start of the season we couldn’t sign a striker without breaking the restrictions of financial fair play, so what’s changed?”

David Gold answered

“Budgets move, you know in a business, you budget prudently then as you advance into your financial year so to speak, it changes and it doesn’t have change dramatically to be able to afford, for example a loan player in the second half, first of all he is half the price, well half the cost because you going to to bring in a loan, there might be a loan fee but that loan fee might be half of what you would of been in the first half of the season and to your credit there is another aspect of financial fair play you can use and that is generate wealth or income I should say, income for example via sales through the club shop or sales through a corporate deal, that can be added to the funds, I think people have done quite well because one or two of them are here I don’t want them asking for a salary increase, they have done very well and we have generated some extra money plus our budgets have been slightly better than forecasted. Don’t forget we are not talking about a £10 million player, we are talking about bringing someone on loan for six months maybe with a view what emerges, one possibility is you can encourage a quality player to come and join us with a view that in the event we stay up we sign him on a 2,3,4,5 year contract so that’s how it has changed over the period of time, does that help?”

Championship Financial Fair Play

However of possible bigger concern because our precarious position second from bottom at the moment is the Financial Fair Play rules already in place in the Championship. The rules for the championship is there is no wage cap but losses must be under £3m per season increased to £8m if the owners inject equity. Considering our losses were £25.4m for our season in the Championship we would find it difficult to buy our way out of the Championship as we did last time.

QPR appear to have ignored FFP rules and are set for a possible £60m fine if they get promoted at the end of this season as their losses are expected to be in the region of £80m. Championship clubs have been told they will have to pay a £1 fine for every £1 they lose over £18m in the 2013-14 financial year. If they do not achieve promotion to the Premier league they will be served with a lengthy transfer ban until they bring their losses under control.

Legal Challenge to Financial Fair Play

A Belgian sports agent representing a number of European footballers has launched a challenge against the legitimacy of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Rules. The allegation is that the rules breach fundamental EU rules on competition and free movement. It is also argued that the rules may reduce the number of big-money player transfers in the EU and that as a result it is more difficult for agents to make money by offering their services in relation to such transactions. If this legal action is successful you bet similar legal challenges against the football league and Premier League for an early end to financial restrictions.

My original article on Financial Fair Play from September can be found HERE


Book Review

Results: Player Performances v WBA

A sight many of us never thought we’d see – Maiga at the top of the chart. Well done to him. it clearly meant a lot to him as we became very emotional after he scored and could be seen wiping tears away from his eyes. Good to see Matt Jarvis near the top too. He did well today.


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