Daily News Report-Serie A star linked as well as a £15m forward!
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 28 November 2015 at 5:50pm
Bilic on Michail Antonio talks
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admits it has been tough to give winger Michail Antonio his first-team chance but it is not far away.
The winger joined for around £7million towards the end of the summer transfer window from Nottingham Forest but has made just one cameo sub appearance so far under Bilic.
With Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia out injured until the new year, Antonio could now get his chance and Bilic has been impressed with his training ground attitude.
“He came in when we were short of players at that time, on the wing, then we got a few,” Bilic said. “He hasn’t had a chance because of the number of players who have been playing well and we haven’t changed around the team that much. “I had a few chats with him and he is working very hard, he is a good player, that is why we bought him. “Now with a few injuries to Payet and Valencia, we are just a bit short and I have told him his chance will come. “Like every other player he has to convince me in training, he is working hard and probably his chance will come soon.”
Antonio could get a chance on Sunday as the Hammers host West Brom and the XI from last weeks thumping at Spurs didn’t cover themselves in glory. West Brom were keen on Antonio in the summer.
West Ham eye D’Ambrosio again
According to Football Italia, West Ham United are reviving their interest in Inter full-back Danilo D’Ambrosio.The Hammers had already approached the 27-year-old over the summer, but could not agree terms.According to SportItalia, D’Ambrosio has again emerged as a January transfer target for the Premier League side.He has struggled for playing time with the Serie A leaders. D’Ambrosio is seen by West Ham as second choice to fellow Inter full-back Davide Santon.
Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham ready to battle for prolific £15m rated striker Andy Gray
The Mirror claim the trio are monitoring the 24-year-old following his impressive form for Championship outfit Burnley. The Hammers reportedly considered a move for the gifted striker before he switched to the Clarets from Brentford. Gray was snapped up by Sean Dyche’s men after there was a scramble for his signature during the summer transfer window. Burnley fought off Hull and Bristol City to secure his services for around £6m.
But since bagging nine goals in only 12 starts, Gray’s valuation has reportedly risen even more. It’s thought any potential suitors will need to splash out around £15m if they want to secure their man. Despite his impressive goal-scoring exploits, It seems unlikely that any deal will be formalised in January. Players can be registered with three clubs in one season, but FIFA rules state they can only play for two. Gray played two games for the Bees in August which could scupper any prospective New Year switch.
Victor Moses confident Hammers will bounce back against Baggies
Victor Moses says he and his teammates are confident of bouncing back from the defeat to Tottenham when they host West Bromwich Albion on Sunday 29 November.
The winger has been an skilful addition to the Hammers’ squad since joining on loan from London rivals Chelsea on transfer deadline day. Since then, the 24-year-old scored a cracking goal to help the Claret and Blues secure a famous 2-1 win away at Manchester City, and has impressed in his nine appearances so far. Speaking ahead of the game with the Baggies, Moses said: “We’re ready for West Brom, we’re all looking to bounce back from last weekend. We all believe in ourselves and the players we’ve got. “I think we need to work harder than we did against Spurs and make sure we stick together. We’ve got a game plan and we need to make sure we execute that. “We got good players up front who can score goals – Diafra and Andy are both big threats but also we’ve got good players all over the pitch.” Just as the Hammers did in wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and City, Moses says scoring as early as possible will be crucial in overcoming Tony Pulis’ side.
He continued: “We need to make sure we start well and score early, then see the game out as early as possible. “West Brom will be a difficult opponent, there are no easy games in the Premier League anymore, they beat Arsenal last weekend so that shows how good they are.” While still relatively young at 24, Moses has already built up a wealth of playing experience at a range of different clubs. Having enjoyed loan spells at Liverpool and Stoke City, Moses insisted he has settled in at West Ham and is enjoying his football more than ever. “I’m really enjoying my football here at West Ham, all the players, the manager, coaches and staff are all good people. I just want to play football, as long as I’m out there on the field, I’m happy. I enjoy what I do and that’s the most important thing. “To be honest moving around clubs is just part of football, you’ve got to expect it really. It’s not that hard to gel with a new group of players, you start bonding from the first day. We’re all footballers so we have a similar mentality and focus to our roles. Like I said, I’m really enjoying my football. “I learnt a lot from each club I’ve played for, now I’m fully committed to West Ham and I want us to do as well as possible.” Ahead of a hectic Christmas schedule, Moses praised manager Slaven Bilic for the impressive start the Hammers have had. Currently sixth in the Barclays Premier League, Moses identified the next month as the defining period of the season. Moses explained: “Slaven is a great manager; he’s played here before so he understands West Ham but also English football. He understands what it is like to be a player which is very important; he wants us to enjoy ourselves as much as possible and not to worry about making mistakes. Players do make mistakes, that’s a part of football but he wants us to be adventurous and try things. “We weren’t expecting to get off to such a good start, but we always believed we could beat the big teams. “Around Christmas with all the fixtures, I think that’s when a lot of seasons are decided. We need to recover from each game quickly; I think we’ve got enough quality to maintain our position. But Christmas will be the crucial time, wherever we are by early January is unlikely to change too much by May.”
David Gold – From the Boardroom
There is no question that we are looking to bounce straight back against West Brom on Sunday following the defeat against Spurs. I am sure we will see a much improved performance. We have to find a way to be at our best without Dimitri Payet and it is about finding a formation that works without him. I am sure that Slaven would have worked that out. We looked very comfortable before Tottenham scored their opener and you could easily argue that it was a bit of luck that led to the first goal with a ricochet that fell perfectly for Harry Kane. The ball bounced around in the box and on another day it would have fallen nicely for one of our players to clear. You could feel the disappointment among the players and we need to bounce back quickly. I still felt at 2-0 down that we could get back into it but the third goal just minutes after the break killed the game.
But we have a new game to prepare for on Sunday and we will have great determination to get straight back on the winning trail. It will not be easy as West Brom had a good result against Arsenal last weekend and we know how Tony Pulis makes his side hard to beat.
But we have enough talented players to break them down and we want to make the Boleyn Ground a fortress again and make us hard to beat. We also want to attack teams and have an attacking formation. You can see the quality from players like Zarate, Song, Lanzini who can unlock a defence. It is a great boost for us to see Alex Song back in first-team action and on his day he is unplayable. I don’t think anyone doubts his quality. He is as fit as can be, but just needs more game time as he has not had a lot of match fitness over the last six months. But I would not bet against a man of his experience coming straight back into the team as if he has never been away. I know we are welcoming back some of our Cult Heroes to the Boleyn Ground on Sunday. There is no doubt of the fondness and the relationship that fans have with former players and it is great that there is a platform for them to experience coming back to the stadium and sharing some of their memories once again with the fans. My Cult Heroes go back a long way, but I will never forget looking up to people like Eric Parsons, who was nicknamed ‘The Rabbit’ and Ken Tucker who was a left winger. He was someone who I tried to emulate. n recent times my heroes would be Sir Trevor Brooking and Alan Devonshire. Like many supporters I will never forget Sir Trevor’s winning goal against Arsenal in the Cup Final. I hope everyone has a great day on Sunday and we can come away celebrating another victory.