Transfer Gossip

Introducing Sebastian Haller

This is Sebastian Haller, the Eintracht forward who West Ham are keen to sign. Looks quality, judging from this video.


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Marko Arnautovic Has Left the Building

I’m sure you’ll join me in asking him not to close the door on the way out.

That is all.


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West Ham Sign Exciting Spanish International Playmaker

West Ham have confirmed the signing of the 23 year old Spanish international playmaker Pablo Fornals. Judging from the video on the official website he looks a very exciting prospect indeed.

Fornals played 59 times for Malaga, scoring 7 times, and made 70 appearances with Villareal, scoring 5 times. He has made two appearaces for the Spanish national side. He’s an attacking midfield playmaker, which is interesting, given we already have one of those in Manuel Lanzini. The club have said that he’s most certainly not a replacement for Lanzini, and they will play together. Hmmm.

Pablo told WHUFC.com

I’m very happy to be part of West Ham,” Fornals told whufc.com from Madrid, where he has been preparing for the tournament. I feel very good, very happy and very grateful for the opportunity that has been provided to me. I want the Club to continue giving opportunities to young and ambitious people, people who want to do well for the long term. “I know about the loyal fans and the stadium, which is a beautiful stadium. The fans fill the stadium every weekend and that is something admirable, especially with the passion with which football is lived there. I think it is important to play with the support of your fans at home. I have worked with Mario before – I know him from when I was in Malaga. With Manuel, only when I saw him and admired him on TV. Of course, Manuel was a big influence because in the end he is one of the best coaches in the world and who doesn’t want to work with people like that?!”


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West Ham Fixture List Published

Nice easy one to start with…


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West Ham Sign Number Two Goalkeeper Roberto

One Spaniard out, one Spaniard in. West Ham have confirmed our first pre season signing. They have signed Roberto Jiminez Gago, known simply as Roberto, from Espanyol. He’s signed on a two year contract with a third year option. He has a reasonable track record with Athletico Madrid, Benfica and Olympiakos, but in his three years as Espanyol he’s only made 4 appearances. You don’t get the feeling he’s a signing who will push Fabianski very much. It looks as if we might also sign another keeper, heavily rumoured to be Millwall’s David Martin (see Nigel Kahn’s column below)

He told WHUFC.com…

From the beginning when I knew I was going to come here, I was very excited about the new experience," said the stopper, whose full name is Roberto Jimenez Gago. "I consider this step a big step in my career. I think everyone who follows football knows the importance of this Club, so I’m really excited. I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League, of course. It’s a big challenge as I consider this to be one of the two best and biggest leagues in the world, with our league in Spain, and I think it’s a dream for every player to come here and play in the Premier League, so I’m looking forward to getting started.

Also from WHUFC.com…

Director of Football Mario Husillos is familiar with Roberto’s work and believes West Ham have signed a top goalkeeper. “I worked with Roberto during my time at Malaga," he confirmed. "He is a fantastic goalkeeper, who has a great deal of experience in football, having played at the highest level. “During his time at Olympiakos, I spoke regularly with the coaches and many of them spoke about Roberto as one of the biggest goalkeepers in the history of the club. “He is at a brilliant age for a goalkeeper, and we are extremely happy to bring him to West Ham United. He is a brilliant professional and a brilliant person. He has all the qualities to play in the Premier League and be very successful.”


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