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Oladapo Afolayan scores first senior goal for West Ham United versus Doncaster Rovers
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Oladapo Afolayan scores first senior goal for West Ham United versus Doncaster Rovers

The English forward of Nigerian descent scored his first goal for the Hammers in their victory over Darren Moore’s Donny Oladapo Afolayan made a flying senior debut for West Ham United in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat of Doncaster Rovers in a fourth round FA Cup game. The 23-year-old, who returned to the Hammers after completing loan moves to Oldham Athletic and Mansfield Town, was brought on for Tomas Soucek in the 70th minute and he did not disappoint – finding the net just eight minutes after his introduction. Prior to this match, Afolayan had played for West Ham’s U23s against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night. Against the Donny, he showed no signs of fatigue as he ran into the box to score a rebound from goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe’s save off Ryan Fredericks.
Former Arsenal star Wilshere admits he never expected to play in Championship after rejoining Bournemouth
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Former Arsenal star Wilshere admits he never expected to play in Championship after rejoining Bournemouth

The 29-year-old returned to the South Coast club three months after terminating his previous contract with West Ham Jack Wilshere has admitted he never imagined himself playing in the Championship, but he is relishing the challenge of helping Bournemouth win promotion back to the Premier League. The former Arsenal midfielder dropped down to the second tier to join the Cherries after terminating his contract with previous club West Ham in October. Wilshere says he could have seen out his £100,000-a-week deal with the Hammers but was desperate to rediscover his spark on the pitch rather than become a spectator off it.  
West Ham 1-1 Manchester City: Foden cancels out Antonio stunner but City struggle again
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West Ham 1-1 Manchester City: Foden cancels out Antonio stunner but City struggle again

 Phil Foden equalised after a wonderful overhead kick from Michail Antonio but Manchester City were held by West Ham. Manchester City continued their stuttering start to the Premier League season with a 1-1 draw at West Ham. The Hammers last beat City in September 2015 but Michail Antonio's magnificent overhead kick gave them an 18th-minute lead. City produced more of the ponderous play that saw them drop points against Leicester City and Leeds United until Phil Foden came off the bench to inspire their most convincing passage of the match.
Diangana to West Bromwich Albion: What were West Ham thinking?
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Diangana to West Bromwich Albion: What were West Ham thinking?

The uproar provoked by the Hammers letting one of their prized assets depart has generated column inches...but was that decision reasonable? When West Ham United sent prodigious talent Grady Diangana out on loan to West Bromwich Albion last season, the plan was for him to get gametime, gain valuable experience and return to the London Stadium ready to push for a place in the first team...or so we thought. In fairness, two of those wishes were met: the exciting winger played 30 times for the Albion as they regained promotion to the top flight after two years away, and was probably Slaven Bilic’s second-most-important attacker behind the mesmeric Matheus Pereira. The third hope for the 22-year-old academy graduate seemed to be a mere formality after an impressive campaign at The H...
Jinadu: Nigeria teenager sets career target at West Ham United
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Jinadu: Nigeria teenager sets career target at West Ham United

In the wake of signing his first pro contract with the Hammers, the Nigerian goalkeeping sensation reveals what he craves to achieve in the sport Daniel Jinadu has set a three-pronged target at West Ham United, with his major priority a desire to feature in the Premier League. Achieving ambitious goals remains a possibility for the teenage goalkeeper who starred for Nigeria during the 2019 U17 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. Alongside Keenan Appiah-Forson, Harrison Ashby, Sam Caiger, Dan Chesters, Will Greenidge and Joshua Okotcha, the 17-year-old signed his first professional contract with the English top-flight side last week – a result of his consistency and diligence for the club’s U18s during the 2019-2020 season.
Nigerian youngster, Daniel Jinadu signs first professional contract with West Ham United
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Nigerian youngster, Daniel Jinadu signs first professional contract with West Ham United

The Nigeria youth international will continue with his development in Stratford having being handed his maiden pro deal by the English top-flight side Daniel Jinadu has signed his first professional contract, with English Premier League outfit West Ham United, a few days before his 18th birthday. The goalkeeper made five appearances with the U18s in the 2019-20 season and has been rewarded for his consistency and diligence with his first professional deal. Jinadu began his career at Chelsea before joining the Hammers in December 2017 and taking up a two-year scholarship in the summer of 2018. He joins Keenan Appiah-Forson, Harrison Ashby, Sam Caiger, Dan Chesters, Will Greenidge and Joshua Okocha in the list of seven West Ham United teenagers who put pen to paper. ...
West Ham United boss Moyes ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Ngakia exit
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West Ham United boss Moyes ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Ngakia exit

The DR Congolese descent turned down a new contract and he is set to leave the club at the end of the month West Ham United manager David Moyes has described Jeremy Ngakia’s decision to leave the club as a "kick in the teeth". Ngakia, who rose through the ranks at West Ham, was handed his first-team debut in January against Liverpool, and he made three more Premier League appearances before the league was suspended in March due to the coronavirus lockdown. He joined the Hammers at the age of 14 and he is set to seek a new adventure when his contract expires on June 30, after rejecting a new offer which is reportedly worth £5,000-a-week.
‘It was a massive regret’ – Defoe admits he was ‘naive’ to hand in transfer request at West Ham
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‘It was a massive regret’ – Defoe admits he was ‘naive’ to hand in transfer request at West Ham

The former England international recalls trying to force a move away from the club following the Hammers' relegation from the Premier League Jermain Defoe has described his decision to hand in a transfer request at West Ham in 2003 as a "massive regret". Defoe began his professional career at West Ham in 1999, and after a brief loan spell at Bournemouth, managed to establish himself as the club's first-choice centre forward. Unfortunately, the Hammers began to slip down the Premier League table in 2002-03, and were ultimately relegated after a 2-2 draw against Birmingham on the final day of the season. Defoe handed in a transfer request less than 24 hours after that result, which the club rejected, and the striker was bombarded with criticism from supporters and experts alike for...
West Ham defender Issa Diop excited by Spurs interest
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West Ham defender Issa Diop excited by Spurs interest

West Ham defender Issa Diop has welcomed interest from Tottenham. Fussball Transfers says Spurs boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring Diop across London to Tottenham stadium this summer. The Portuguese has been tracking Diop since his time in charge of Manchester United. And in France, sources close to Diop say he is excited by the prospect of joining Spurs. The young stopper would arrive as a direct replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who comes off contract at the end of June. Diop's contract with West Ham ends in 2023. The Hammers signed the defender from Toulouse for €25m in 2018
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‘Unbelievable’ Rice the Premier League’s best young player – Wilshere

The Hammers man has said that his team-mate has the potential to go "all the way" in the game Jack Wilshere has proclaimed that West Ham team-mate Declan Rice is the best young player in the Premier League currently. The 21-year-old midfielder was in the midst of his third season in senior football, having played 29 times in England’s top flight before the coronavirus pandemic interrupted the campaign. Nevertheless, the England international had won such acclaim that he was being linked with a potential summer move to Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
​West Ham midfielder Soucek makes donation in Czech Republic
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​West Ham midfielder Soucek makes donation in Czech Republic

West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek has donated to a charity in the Czech Republic amid the coronavirus outbreak. The 25-year-old, who came from Slavia Prague in the country in January, is the most renowned Czech player currently in the game. And it appears that he has joined with other Czech celebrities, such as former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, in donating to Wave for Hope. The charity is attempting to raise funds so they can buy medical equipment for nurses, doctors and other frontline staff as they battle the surge of COVID-19 patients. Soucek, who is on loan at the Hammers, is not their only player to make a charitable donation recently. Mark Noble also donated to his local borough Basildon
Liverpool Could be Crowned Premier League Champions in March
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Liverpool Could be Crowned Premier League Champions in March

Liverpool came from behind to beat West Ham 3-2 on Monday night. Gini Wijnaldum opened scoring in the 9th minute at Anfield, before Issa Diop headed in for 1-1. The Hammers then took a shock lead, after Pablo Fornals volleyed past Allison Becker. However, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane struck, to ensure Liverpool kept up their winning run. The win saw the Reds open a 22-point gap between themselves and second-placed Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp’s men would be confirmed champions, if they win their next four fixtures against Watford (A), Bournemouth (H), Everton (A) and Crystal Palace (A). The Palace game will be played on March 21 at Selhurst Park.
”We Were Continuously Beaten with Hammers, Planks, Knieves” – One of ‘Ikokwu 4’ narrates ordeal in police cell, says Chima was tortured to death
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”We Were Continuously Beaten with Hammers, Planks, Knieves” – One of ‘Ikokwu 4’ narrates ordeal in police cell, says Chima was tortured to death

The four men arrested and detained in the cell of the Eagle Crack, (E-Crack) Squad of the Rivers State Police have been narrating their ordeal following their release from detention. Recall that Victor Ogbonna, Osaze Friday, Ifeanyi Osuji, Ifeanyi Onyekwere and late Chima Ikwunado, were arrested on December 19, 2019. They were allegedly tortured in detention to admit that they stole one of the cars they were repairing. However, the owners of the cars, Eradiri Erepamo and Chinedu Ezenwaliri later said that their vehicles were not stolen but given to the arrested men for repair. While Chima died in detention, police allegedly continued to torture the men to force them to confess to theft of the cars and later arraigned them on spurious charges of robbery. The men known as 'I...
‘I don’t want to hear those songs’ – Lampard hits out at Chelsea chants
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‘I don’t want to hear those songs’ – Lampard hits out at Chelsea chants

Tottenham and West Ham fans were the targets of ugly chants from a section of Chelsea's travelling support at Reading on Sunday Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he doesn’t want to hear offensive songs sung by the club’s fan base after their pre-season friendly with Reading was marred by derogatory chants from the stands. London rivals West Ham and Tottenham were targeted by a section of the traveling Blues support at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday afternoon. One song in particular, which celebrates Lampard’s 200th goal for Chelsea against West Ham at Stamford Bridge back in 2013, describes the Hammers as ‘pikeys’ – a derogatory term used as a slur against English Gypsies and travellers of Irish heritage.
Wilshere planning to pile pressure on Arsenal by lifting West Ham above Gunners
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Wilshere planning to pile pressure on Arsenal by lifting West Ham above Gunners

The Hammers midfielder, who spent 10 years on the Gunners’ books as a senior star, sees no reason why his current club cannot climb the Premier League Jack Wilshere is looking to pile pressure on his former employers at Arsenal by helping current club West Ham to finish above the Gunners in the Premier League table. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are considered to be among those most likely to break into the top six during the 2019-20 campaign. The Hammers have invested wisely and boast proven performers in all areas of the field.
Chicharito happy to do preseason with West Ham
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Chicharito happy to do preseason with West Ham

Javier Hernandez is happy to do his preseason with West Ham United. The Mexico striker is being linked with a move away this summer. But he is happy to be part of the Hammers' tour squad, telling Marca: "I think it's going to be a good trip, to be with the Chinese fans of West Ham and many Chinese people who love watching the Premier League. "It's going to be great to be in China, I went with Manchester United five years ago and I saw that the fan base is incredibly passionate for the Premier League.  
Solskjaer Admits Man Utd Lucky to Defeat West Ham, Players Distracted by Barcelona
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Solskjaer Admits Man Utd Lucky to Defeat West Ham, Players Distracted by Barcelona

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has admitted his team was lucky to beat West Ham 2-1 on Saturday. Paul Pogba scored twice from the spot either side of Felipe Anderson’s finish, to give United all three points at Old Trafford. However, the hosts were outplayed for most of the game and had controversial decisions go their way. When the Hammers go through, they found goalkeeper David De Gea in inspired form. Solskjaer feels his players had the Champions League quarter-final second leg at Barcelona next week on their minds. “We got away with it, put it that way. It’s not easy because of Wednesday night and we made changes to the team, we got away with it: they deserved goals but we’re allowed to have a good goalkeeper. “Maybe the fact we have a game on Tu...
Marko Has Finished His issue – Pellegrini Raws line under Arnautovic Rumours
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Marko Has Finished His issue – Pellegrini Raws line under Arnautovic Rumours

Marko Arnautovic has signed a new contract at West Ham, with Manuel Pellegrini keen to move on from rumours about the forward's future. Manuel Pellegrini is keen to draw a line under Marko Arnautovic's future after the forward signed a new West Ham contract. Arnautovic's agent and brother had told the media that the Austria international, linked with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League, wanted to leave London Stadium. But, after days of speculation, Arnautovic committed his future to West Ham by signing fresh terms with the club on Saturday. News of Arnautovic's contract was announced after West Ham were knocked out of the FA Cup at AFC Wimbledon. Pellegrini, though, said the situation with Arnautovic should not be blamed for the Hammers losing...
Unai Emery Defends Ozil Omission After West Ham Defeat
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Unai Emery Defends Ozil Omission After West Ham Defeat

Unai Emery has defended his decision to omit Arsenal star midfielder, Mesut Ozil from the match day squad that lost to West Ham. Ozil, Arsenal’s highest-paid player, has returned to full training over the last week following a knee injury. But the former Germany international did not even make it onto the bench at the London Stadium where Declan Rice’s first senior goal gave the Hammers a 1-0 win. Ozil has missed games for a variety of reasons this season and Saturday saw Emery keep faith with the side that beat Fulham in their previous Premier League match. Emery was in defiant mood when asked why Ozil had not featured at all on Saturday, saying: “I decided the idea of the players that I think are the best for this match. “We win with him, we lose with him. I think it ...
Owen Predicts Winners Between Chelsea vs Newcastle, Arsenal vs West Ham, Others
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Owen Predicts Winners Between Chelsea vs Newcastle, Arsenal vs West Ham, Others

Former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker, Michael Owen has tipped Chelsea to defeat Newcastle United on Saturday evening in the Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge. He also predicted Liverpool to beat Brighton in the Premier League fixture on Saturday. According to Owen, West Ham will defeat Arsenal at the London Stadium in the Premier League fixture on Saturday afternoon. Owen told BetVictor: “Chelsea have scored 18 times in their last six home league games with Newcastle who have only scored twice in reply. “The Blues have failed to score in their last two home league games, but I just can’t see United keeping the hosts at arm’s length. The Magpies continue to struggle for goals – just four in their last 8 league games. “And I expect the hosts to win a...
Arnautovic Drops Shocking West Ham Transfer Bombshell
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Arnautovic Drops Shocking West Ham Transfer Bombshell

West Ham star striker, Marko Arnautovic has said that he wants to leave the club during the January transfer window amid interest from a Chinese Super League club. The Hammers were reported to have received a bid in excess of £35million on Wednesday but were adamant their prize asset would not be allowed to leave this month. However, Arnautovic appears determined to engineer an exit, on the evidence of a statement from the player’s brother and agent Danijel, given to talkSPORT. The statement reads, “West Ham bought Marko for peanuts. “They paid £20m for him, which is nothing in the current market. “They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that. He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players’ award. ...
Jack Wilshere Signs For WestHam United On A 3-year Deal
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Jack Wilshere Signs For WestHam United On A 3-year Deal

England international and Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere, has on Monday, completed his transfer to Westham United in a three-year deal. West Ham United have announced the signing of Jack Wilshere on a free transfer after he signed a three-year deal to join West Ham, the club he supported as a child after his contract at Arsenal had expired. “It feels good, it feels special,” he told the club's official website. “People will have seen the picture of me in a West Ham shirt and I’ve got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham, watching them at Upton Park. My family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone’s buzzing.” Wilshere said he did not have to think twice when he learned of West Ham’s interest in securing his services, with Pellegrini’s ambi...
Antonio Conte Gives Up On Chelsea Title Hopes
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Antonio Conte Gives Up On Chelsea Title Hopes

Antonio Conte said Chelsea’s hopes of defending their Premier League title are gone following a surprise 1-0 defeat by struggling West Ham on Saturday. The 48-year-old Italian told Sky Sports that Chelsea’s fourth defeat of the campaign had dealt a killer blow to their chances. Marko Arnautovic’s sixth-minute strike was enough to see off a lethargic Chelsea side and give West Ham only their third win of the season. “We have to consider that this is the fourth game we’ve lost in 16 games,” said Conte. “In my previous experience, it won’t be possible to fight for the title. With four defeats in 16 games, we must have another target.” That target, he told the BBC, is now to ensure there is Champions League football next season. “There are six top teams and four go to Champio...
West Ham Ready To Sell Top Youngsters To Fund January Signings
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West Ham Ready To Sell Top Youngsters To Fund January Signings

Hammers boss David Moyes will want to strengthen his squad and there is serious interest in the club’s best teenage talents. Teenage defender Declan Rice, 18, has made a handful of first team appearances and is seen as a big prospect with Arsenal one of several clubs keeping tabs. Republic of Ireland starlet Josh Cullen, 21, and Reece Burke are both impressing out on loan at Bolton. Reece Oxford, 18, is on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and is regarded as one of England’s best defensive prospects. Domingos Quina, 17, was a target for Arsenal and Manchester United before joining West Ham. The club will be reluctant to sell but they are stuck in a relegation battle and may have to cash in now to raise funds for the battle to beat the drop.
West Ham United’s Andre Ayew Delighted With Goalscoring Form
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West Ham United’s Andre Ayew Delighted With Goalscoring Form

Andre Ayew is delighted with his fine goalscoring form after scoring a goal in West Ham United’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in Saturday's Premier League game. The Ghana international continued a truly amazing run with a goal at the Selhurst Park to give Slaven Bilic’s men a two-goal lead in the first half after Javier Hernández had opened scoring for the visitors. Having bagged a brace against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, Ayew is thrilled with his third strike this week but expressed his disappointment after Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha’s goals ensured both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils. “Gutted not to get the 3 points. Happy to get my 3rd goal in the week. Lets prepare for next weekend. Thanks to our fans for their support,” Ayew wrote on Instagram. Ayew ...
West Ham Auction Shirts To Raise Money For Mexico Earthquake Relief
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West Ham Auction Shirts To Raise Money For Mexico Earthquake Relief

West Ham will auction shirts worn in this weekend’s London derby to raise money in aid of the Mexican earthquake. Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, 29, is leading the #YoXMexico initiative alongside international team-mate Miguel Layun. The Hammers will double the proceeds, which will help deliver food and supplies to victims of the disaster. “Seeing the suffering of our compatriots has been very painful,” said Hernandez. The 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico on Tuesday, leaving thousands of families homeless and killing 273 people. “We know that many see us as a source of inspiration, but in this case, what has inspired us is to see millions of Mexicans take to the streets and to lend a hand without asking for anything in return,” Hernandez said. “We hope, ...
David Wagner Admits Luck Has Helped Huddersfield Make Stunning EPL Start
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David Wagner Admits Luck Has Helped Huddersfield Make Stunning EPL Start

The Terriers occupy the dizzy heights of third place in the table after taking seven points from their first three games and they will head for the capital chasing a fourth straight clean sheet. Wagner's side are only the second newly-promoted team not to concede a goal in their first three Premier League matches. Only five sides have done so in their opening four games of the season. 'I will let the players know that they can write history in the Premier League at Huddersfield Town,' Wagner said. 'We know how difficult it is to get one clean sheet in the Premier League and now we have three in a row. 'This is fantastic, of course it is. They've done a lot of things right, but on the other side we know exactly - and first of all we have a great goalkeeper - but we were lucky in some si...
Iheanacho Becomes Most Expensive Nigerian Player After Man City Accept £24m Bid
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Iheanacho Becomes Most Expensive Nigerian Player After Man City Accept £24m Bid

Kelechi Iheanacho will undergo a medical tomorrow with English Premier League side West Ham after Manchester City accepted a bid of £24m for his transfer to the hammers. The price West Ham are paying for his services makes him the most expensive Nigerian player as his fee eclipsed the 20 million pounds Chanchung Yatai paid for Odion Ighalo for his transfer from Watford. Iheanacho will team up with West Ham on a permanent deal, with Manchester City having the option of buying him back after two years ‎according to reports gathered by Owngoalnigeria.com editorial team. The 20 year old lost his spot at Manchester City following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus, who pushed him further down the pecking order leading to the forward missing out on some of the matchday squad of manager Pep Gu...