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KO 7.45pm
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Police Appeal for Info Over Missing Hammer Jack Morrad

This post is copied from Claret & Hugh

Essex Police have released CCTV footage of missing West Ham season ticket holder Jack Morrad this evening.

A statement on Facebook by Essex Police reads:

Officers looking for a missing man in Basildon are planning to drain a lake in Gloucester Park as the search continues. Jack Morrad, 28, was last seen in Broadhurst Place at around 2.30am on Sunday, December 23. We are releasing new CCTV footage of Jack, taken at a similar time on Blake Avenue, in an appeal for further information about his movements that morning. Throughout the festive period, our officers and Jack’s family and friends have been carried out an extensive search, including of Gloucester Park and other waterways in the town. Specialist search teams have carried out an extensive search of the park and all bodies of water within it at the weekend. Following the conclusion of those searches the main fishing lake will now be drained, which will begin on January 2, ready to be searched on January 4, 2019.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Pitcher, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:

After prolonged investigations over the past nine days, one of our main lines of enquiry remains that Jack’s movements led him to Gloucester Park. Officers from across the county, volunteers from Essex Search and Rescue, and specialist teams, have worked over Christmas and New Year to try and piece together what we believe are Jack’s last known movements. We will continue our search for Jack by draining the fishing lake. Night fisherman have stated they heard a man in the area of the lake at around 2am and, to further our enquiries, we need to do a thorough examination of the fishing lake. The draining will be led by the Environmental Agency, who will ensure that minimum disruption is caused to the nature in the lake and its surroundings. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and I cannot imagine the pain Jack’s family are feeling today. Their bravery and determination throughout this search has been commendable, and I hope that our ongoing enquiries will give them the answers they need. I would like to thank everyone in the local community for coming together to support our efforts during this difficult time. The public support in this case has been overwhelming. To everyone who has supported Jack’s family, made fliers, or taken part in searches around the town – thank you for your hard work, your hope and your dedication. Our investigation has identified a sighting of Jack in Blake Avenue around 2.30am. We are still keen to hear from anyone who lives or was driving in that area and has available CCTV or dashcam footage, which shows from 1am to 6am on December 23. Please also check your gardens and sheds for any signs that someone may have taken shelter there. I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Jack in the town centre and may have information as to which direction he went. We would ask drivers in the town with dashcam to check your footage and get in touch with any believed sightings. Anyone with information or footage can send it into us via a portal HERE. I hope the ongoing search can provide us all with much-needed answers over the coming week.

Transfer Gossip

West Ham Sign Samir Nasri

As predicted by many, West Ham have today announced the signing for Samir Nasri. He’s been training with the club since early November, and given Manuel Pellegrini has always been a fan, and signed him for Manchester City, it was inevitable he would join. He is signed until the end of the season with an option on the club’s side for a further year.

There’s no doubting his credentials, but he hasn’t really played regular top level football since his loan spell at Sevilla where he played 23 times, scoring 2 goals in 2016-17. He was then sold by Manchester City to Anatalyaspor in Turkey. He scored two goals in eight games. On 22 February 2018, Nasri was given a six-month ban from football by UEFA, for breaching WADA rules in December 2016 by receiving an intravenous drip of 500 millilitres of water containing nutrients. On 1 August 2018, Nasri’s ban was increased by an extra 12 months following an appeal from UEFA’s ethics and disciplinary inspector. Given that, I’m not quite sure how and why has ban comes to an end today, but there you go!

There’s no doubt that Nasri was a hugely talented footballer in his day. He is now 31, but has only played 362 games in his career so far, so there ought to be soe fuel in the tank still. But it’s hard to see him ever becoming a first pick, and is surely destined to fill in as and when and be an impact player from the bench. If he does make it to being a regular starter we’ll all be incredibly pleased, I guess, as it will mean he’s come into form. It’s even possible he could play some part in the match against Brighton on Wednesday, given we’re down to the bare bones.

Nasri commented today…

“You choose a club and a project because of the ambition, and I think that West Ham has everything to be one of the biggest clubs in London, for sure. I mean, 60,000 people every game at home. We play in the Olympic Stadium. The training ground is there and you have owners who wants to invest and have a good team. Everything is there to be doing great things. Coming back to the most competitive league in the world, with a team full of ambition with a manager that I know. It’s the best job in the world, and I’m really excited about it.

Manuel Pellegrini commented…

I am very pleased to welcome Samir to West Ham United. He is a player I obviously know well from our time together at Manchester City and I am happy to be working with him again. He has been working very hard here in recent weeks to build up his fitness and condition after a long period without playing, and he is now very determined to return to his best. Samir will give us another dimension in our attacking play. He is a very technical player, with excellent quality on the ball, and the ability to create big moments in important matches. He already has very good experience of the Premier League and we hope that he will have a positive impact on the team between now and the end of the season.

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Burnley v West Ham
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KO 2.15pm
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Player News

Declan Rice Signs New Contract: What a Great Christmas Present!

It’s just been announced that Declan Rice has signed a new five year contract at West Ham. Could we really get better news than that?

The new contract runs until Summer 2024 with an option for the club to extend it by a year. It’s been a long, drawn-out saga but than God it’s now come to an end. Declan is quoted on as saying…

“I’m absolutely delighted to have got the contract done, signed and to commit my future to the Club until 2024. I’m absolutely ecstatic”.

Without a doubt, the plan was always to stay at West Ham. I’ve had the support from the fans, from the players and from the manager and now, to get it done and commit myself to this Club is a very special moment and I’m over the moon. I’ve now played 50 games for the first team and I’m progressing week-in, week-out, learning from a top manager and top players. I’m still young, so to put more years on my contract and keep developing here is the best thing for me to do now. With the support of the manager, the players, everyone, it was the right thing to do.

David Sullivan said…

Signing Declan to a new long-term contract is something we have been planning for and working round the clock on and I, the Board, the manager and Declan himself are all very happy that everything has now been completed. Finalising contracts takes time but it has always been our intention to keep our best players – particularly those who have come through our Academy – at West Ham United and build our Club for the future. I finalised the deal on Christmas Day and have been working to get the paperwork done as quickly as possible and I’d especially like to thank Club Secretary Andrew Pincher, one of our great unsung heroes, for working with me through Christmas to get this over the line. I’d also like to give a special mention to Academy Director, Terry Westley, who has been instrumental in working with Declan over the years to develop and nurture his talent. Declan’s new contract comes hot on the heels of Mark Noble also extending his stay at the Club. That news, along with the outstanding form of the team and the increase to a 60,000 capacity at London Stadium are all signs that we are moving in the right direction.

Tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am well gruntled!

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