Rene Muelensteen clearly wants him at Craven Cottage, but his derisory offers are becoming a little insulting. The owners and Sam Allardyce, if the big man has a say at all, must keep hold of him for the rest of the season and then tie him down with a new and improved contract in the summer. Once that’s done then Fulham can come back with an improved offer, although it might a four times the £6million they want to pay in order to secure the 20-year-old’s signature.
Jordan Spence is being increasingly linked with a move to QPR. Harry Redknapp is thought to be interested in the young defender and few would stand in his way should he ask to leave the club in order to gain regular first-team football.
He’s a talented player who has spent most of his West Ham career out on loan and has rarely been given a proper chance in the first team.
Meanwhile, it appears we’ve annoyed La Liga side Osasuna by pulling out of the deal to sign their midfielder Raoul Loe for €2.2million.
Osasuna’s sporting director Petar Vasiljevic has described the Hammers as two-faced following the incident and told the Spanish press: “He travelled to London with his agent where they waited and went to a hotel.
“Up until then everything went well. The following day when they had to undergo the tests they [West Ham] pulled out of the deal, blaming it on the fact that they signed someone else.”
If the above is true then it’s clear Loe was just a back up option and, perhaps, may not have proven to be a worthwhile signing anyway. But we may never know.
Borriello gives his first interview
Marco Borriello spoke for the first time about his move to the club and admitted he can’t wait to get going in the Premier League.
He told whufc.com: “When the opportunity arose to join West Ham in this transfer window I was very happy to make the move.
“I can’t wait to start playing in the Premier League – I know the fans are very passionate and I’m very excited by the challenge.
“I know a lot about West Ham in terms of Gianfranco Zola having managed here and Poalo Di Canio being a great idol at the club. I’ve read a lot about the history of the club and know they have the nickname of the Irons.”
Both Borriello and Nocerino appear to be very enthusiastic about their opportunity to make a difference at West Ham and in the Premier League. Let’s hope they can do their talking on the pitch, too.
A somewhat surprising development this transfer window has been the club’s decision to sell Pelly Ruddock to Luton Town for an undisclosed fee.
Ruddock impressed in the Capital One Cup games he featured in earlier this season, as well the whole of pre-season, and looked like he was edging closer to a more regular slot in the first-team.
But Allardyce appears to have backed up his claims that our Academy players are not good enough for first-team action by selling the youngster to a team four division below the Hammers.
I’m not football scout, nor do I claim to be the best judge of ability, but I’m sure Ruddock is better than conference football. I, for one, hopes he proves the club wrong and goes on to bigger and better things fairly quickly.
Here’s how a selection of fans reaction to Ruddock’s departure on Twitter…
Why have we let Pelly Ruddock go when we’re crying out for a centre half???????
— Dave Scourfield (@DGScourfield86) January 28, 2014
I’m actually really annoyed we let Pelly Ruddock go
— amy (@amylouisegodwin) January 28, 2014
Disappointed Pelly Ruddock has left, solid defender that managed to keep Ings + Vokes quiet and not many people have managed that this year!
— Tom (@Tjdunn92) January 28, 2014
That’s not a good move .Pelly Ruddock going to Luton . On the other hand we have got Roger Johnson happy days haha
— Paul (@Bellie62Paul) January 28, 2014
— Jack Lebeau (@JackLebeau66) January 28, 2014
West Ham World would like to wish Pelly the best of luck for the future.