West Ham agree loan deal for Fenerbahce’s Emmanuel Emenike – Sky Sports
West Ham have agreed a deal with Fenerbahce to sign Emmanuel Emenike but a loan move for Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz appears to be off.
Sky sources understand Turkish club Fenerbahce have accepted West Ham’s loan offer for the Nigerian striker and Dubai-based Al Ain, where he had been on loan, no longer have Emenike registered as one of their three foreign players.
It is understood Emenike will travel to London for a medical on Thursday and the club will also prepare a work permit application.
The deal for Yilmaz is less straightforward, with Galatasaray reluctant to sell their Turkey international striker and likely to demand a fee in the region of £8m.
West Ham have so far only offered a loan deal which is thought to be of no interest to the selling club or the player, and it is also understood the Londoners do not want to bring in both players.
Crystal Palace had been interested in Emenike but have abandoned their pursuit after agreeing a contract with Emmanuel Adebayor on Tuesday.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic knows the player from his time in charge of Besiktas.
From the Treatment Room – West Ham Official Site
Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke with his latest update – in association with Spire Roding Hospital…
We will start this week with an update regarding Carl Jenkinson, who unfortunately suffered a significant knee injury in Saturday’s 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with Manchester City.
For the moment, Carl’s medical procedures are handled by Arsenal.
We wish Carl all the best at this difficult time.
James Tomkins picked up a groin injury at Newcastle United. James returns to full training tomorrow and should be available for this Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Liverpool.
Michail Antonio was one of a few players who picked up knocks in the Manchester City game, but all of them will be recovered in time to play at Liverpool. Michail injured his wrist and will wear some protection in the next few games.
Andy Carroll is close to full fitness. He will be training with the squad from the beginning of next week.
Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho have started working on the pitch individually and are coming into the final stages of their rehabilitation. We are still on target to recover them by the middle of February.
We have five days remaining of the Transfer Window and we will have to see what happens with regard to any new players coming in, which will necessitate a medical taking place at Spire Roding Hospital.
Head of Medical and Sports Science
The Big Interview – Enner Valencia – West Ham Official Site
Enner Valencia is arguably in the best form he has shown in a West Ham United shirt.
Fully recovered from the high ankle sprain which ruled him out earlier this season, and with fellow forwards Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho nursing their own injuries, the No11 has risen to the challenge of becoming the Hammers’ first-choice centre forward.
Two wonderful goals in the thrilling Barclays Premier League victory at AFC Bournemouth – one a volley and the other a wickedly dipping free-kick – were followed by two more in Saturday’s rollercoaster 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City.
With West Ham sitting sixth in the table with 15 games to play and looking forward to Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup fourth-round trip to Liverpool, whufc.com continued Enner Valencia Week by chatting to our outstanding Ecuador international.
Enner, with four goals in your last three matches, do you feel like you are in top form?
“Yes, I am very pleased to be among the goals again and have been able to help the team. I am feeling fully fit and I have a lot of confidence, so it is a bit of everything as to why I am feeling so good. All these things help! I feel very happy at the moment. I have had to cope with two very difficult injuries but now I’m fully fit and doing all I can to help the team.”
It is a cliché, but are we now seeing the ‘real’ Enner Valencia, the ‘real’ Superman, as you are known in your homeland?
“Maybe they are! Obviously in terms of my goals and helping the team stay as high we can in the league, I feel I am doing well, but I can be giving more to the team in the future.”
You have been playing as a No9, as our centre forward. Are you enjoying that position?
“Yes, that’s the position I really enjoy playing in and of course I am much nearer to the goal, so that makes it much easier to score goals.”
We have seen the full repertoire of goals from you in recent matches – a volley, a free-kick and a couple of first-time finishes…
“The free-kick was a goal I have been wanting to score since last season, then there was the volley and obviously the goal against Manchester City where I managed to hold off the defender Nicolas Otamendi. I am happy with them and I hope there are lots more to come.”
Can you explain the technique you used for the free-kick at Bournemouth, because the ball was travelling so quickly and dipped so sharply…
“Yes, it is a technique I have seen Cristiano Ronaldo use many times, and also Juninho Pernambucano who played for Lyon for many seasons. I have been trying and trying and it finally came off against Bournemouth. You have to hit the ball the centre of the ball with the point of your toes. It’s about the angle you hit the ball and getting it up and down very quickly. Thank God it worked against Bournemouth. You must hit the middle of the football and that way it goes up and down very quickly.”
For the second goal against Manchester City, we also saw your strength?
“Yes, it all happened very quickly. Michail Antonio threw the ball over the top of their defence and I managed to get my body in front and hold off the defender Otamendi and put the ball away.”
You have won trophies with Emelec and scored lots of goals for Pachuca, but Is this the best club side you have played in?
“Maybe. We have been in great form and are beating some top teams and are near the top of the Premier League, so we’re doing very well. It is fantastic playing in the team as players like Dimitri Payet, because of course he is a wonderful teammate to have. You know he can play you in with one pass and it’s my job to make the most of that.”
Can we finish the season in the top six?
“Of course the best scenario would be to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League, so of course we’re putting in all the hard work we can and we hope we can finish in the Champions League position.”
Finally, we have an FA Cup fourth round tie at Liverpool on Saturday. We have beaten them twice in the Premier League, so can we make it a memorable hat-trick?
“Yes, we have beaten them in the last two games we have played them, but every game with Liverpool is different and we know this one will be very difficult, so we have to concentrate if we want to get the win.”
Carl Jenkinson update – West Ham Official Site
West Ham United can confirm that Carl Jenkinson injured his left knee during the early stages of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Manchester City.
Unfortunately, it appears that Carl has suffered a significant injury and he will be assessed by a specialist in central London on Wednesday.
A further update will be provided when the full extent of the injury has been confirmed.
Boleyn Insider – West Ham Official Site
The Boleyn Insider brings you exclusive insight into the behind-the-scenes goings on at the Boleyn Ground.
We are fast approaching the end of the January transfer window, but it is my understanding that the Club are still working hard behind the scenes to add another player to the squad.
With Mauro Zarate joining Fiorentina last week, there is the option for the Club to sign another forward and there have been strong reports in the media linking Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike with a move to the Boleyn Ground.
My sources have indicated to me that the Nigerian international could be arriving in England in the next 24 hours and the Hammers are hopeful that a deal can be finalised.
The Club have also been linked with a move for Galatasaray forward Burak Yilmaz, but I have been told there is no interest in the experienced Turkish striker.
It is my understanding that the Club are not prepared to take a risk on a player of his age who has never played outside of Turkey.
Looking ahead to the summer, the Hammers have made it clear that they want to sign a big name striker who has a proven track record.
Reports are suggesting that Marseille forward Michy Batshuayi is one of the main targets, but it has been made clear to me that the French club will not be selling him during this current window and the Hammers will review his situation at the end of the season.
Slaven Bilic made it clear at the start of the January window that he was happy with his squad and would only consider something if an exceptional player became available.
The signing of Sam Byram from Leeds United came about earlier than expected due to Everton’s late interest and he has already proved to be a great signing for the Club.
With the Hammers set for a big move to the new Stadium during the summer I have been told that work has already started on identifying new players in the summer and that significant funds will be made available again.
Denizli unsure over West Ham & Tottenham target future – TurkishFootball.com
Galatasaray boss Mustafa Denizli has revealed that he is uncertain over the future of Burak Yılmaz.
Speaking to reporters after the Lions 4-1 victory over Kayserispor in the Turkish Cup Denizli stated that he wants Yılmaz but was unable to rule out a January exit.
“Burak Yılmaz won’t leave. If we receive a serious offer will be consider it… even that would be difficult,” Denizli said.
Yılmaz was not included in the squad for the cup game and sparked controversy when he waved to fans following his goal in the 3-2 defeat against Osmanlıspor on the weekend.
The experienced striker has been closely linked with Premier League trio West Ham, Tottenham and Stoke City.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic even confirmed that Yılmaz is on his transfer list and that his addition to the squad would be welcomed.
Bilic told Hürriyet reporter İzzet Çapa: “There is a striker problem right now at West Ham and if the board agree to sign a forward Burak Yilmaz is on my transfer list.”
West Ham interest revealed in League One midfielder after ‘senior’ scouting visit – London 24
West Ham are monitoring the performances of Swindon’s international midfielder Yaser Kasim, according to the club’s chairman. The 24-year-old Iraqi was a key figure as the Robins reached the League One play-offs last season and was linked with a string of clubs. He is out of contract in the summer and is sure to attract plenty of interest and chairman Lee Power says ‘senior people’ from the Hammers, along with Swansea, have been attending games to scout his progress. “Swansea were at a game I believe, and we always have a look at the list of people, so Swansea were there and also West Ham was there at a game,” Power told BBC Wiltshire. “We don’t say they are looking at Yaser, but we make sure we have a look to see what scouts are there and they were senior people, so we’ll just wait and see. “He had a decent game and we’ll see what happens with him.”
West Ham’s James Collins: I feared my career was over in 2008 after knee injury – Evening Standard
West Ham defender James Collins has admitted he feared his career was over after suffering a serious injury in 2008.
The 32-year-old damaged his cruciate knee ligament while playing for the Hammers’ reserves seven years ago and was initially told he would have to spend up to 12 months on the sidelines.
But the Wales international was worried his playing days were to be brought to an abrupt end and was “virtually in tears” during a scan on the injury.
“That’s all that was in my head. I’m thinking this is never going to be the same again,” he told Sport Wales.
“I remember at my age looking at the fact that a cruciate knee injury – you used to see players not come back from it.”
Despite the centre back’s worst fears, he has made a full recovery from the injury and returned to first-team action for both club and country.
Collins has made 13 Premier League appearances for West Ham this season and is also set to play a key role in Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign.
The veteran defender has 46 senior international caps and is relishing the chance to test himself in an international tournament in France this summer.
“A while ago, looking at my Welsh career I thought it would probably never happen and to be involved and hopefully going into it [Euro 2016] playing well in a tremendous Welsh team is very exciting.”
West Ham are set to miss out on signing Hajduk Split teenager Andrija Balic – Tutto Mercato Web
According to a report from Tutto Mercato Web, Hajduk Split teenager Andrija Balic will be joining Udinese, despite interest from West Ham United.
The Hammers have added a couple of young, up-and-coming players since Slaven Bilic’s arrive as manager, with Martin Samuelsen and Luka Belic arriving at Upton Park.
It now seems that Bilic was hoping to add another, and was going back to his former club Hajduk Split – who he played for and managed – in search of new talent.
Tutto Mercato Web report that West Ham were hoping to sign Hajduk wonderkid Andrija Balic, who has earned comparisons to Andrea Pirlo – partly for his ability from midfield, and partly because he looks somewhat similar to the Italian legend.
The 17-year-old has already played almost 50 games for Hajduk, and is tipped as a star of the future for the Croatian national team; something Bilic will no doubt be well aware of.
However, West Ham – as well as Roma, Stuttgart and Real Betis – will be left frustrated, as TMW suggest that Udinese have made a offer to Hajduk for Balic as well as to the player himself, which has seen off the competition, making a move to Serie A seemingly imminent for the promising midfielder.
It will now be interesting to see whether Bilic continues to search for young talent in his homeland of Croatia, given that he is such a big name and the Premier League has a huge draw, even though he has allegedly missed out on Balic’s signature.
West Ham defender more relaxed in England – Gazzetta World
The Premier League may be intense, but no double training and the occasional day off is making it an enjoyable experience for Angelo Ogbonna
During a debate at King’s College London, West Ham centre-back Angelo Ogbonna admitted he is happier in England due to the relaxed atmosphere around football.
The former Torino centre-back, who joined the Hammers last summer, was invited to a debate organised by the institute’s Italian Society.
He spoke about the differences between the footballing cultures of the two countries, flanked by British football expert Roberto De Fanti, former sporting director of Sunderland.
“Here it is more relaxed,” he revealed, “there aren’t the pressures of Serie A. We worked more with sessions every day and double [sessions] once a week, while here we sometimes get Wednesdays off.”
Having joined the Hammers from Juventus in the summer, Ogbonna is still a relative newcomer to Britain, which he admitted is a difficult situation.
“I’ve had difficulty with the language,” he explained. “Although my roots are Nigerian, my background has always been in Italy. The other thing that has made me think is the unsociable nature of the British. It is not easy to establish human relationships.
“Over here, the captain has a great personality, and he’s a leader. In Italy, sometimes you choose a captain for reasons other than his personality. [Gianluigi] Buffon is an English captain, he’s charismatic, knows the dressing room and can inspire the team.”
The defender’s switch from one side of Turin to the other also allows him an insight into both teams, which he shared during the conversation, particularly focusing on the coaches he played under.
“[Giampiero] Ventura is a master with a capital M,” he noted. “He sees football in a particular way. [Antonio] Conte is a phenomenon, a coach of intensity. He drives men, not prima donnas. He holds the whip constantly because he feels it is the best way to extract the most from his players.
“[Paul] Pogba is the most talented player I had as teammate but Buffon and [Andrea] Pirlo are two champions and [Fabio] Quagliarella has some amazing gifts.”
Exclusive: West Ham defender open to January loan switch after injury hell – London 24
West Ham defender Joey O’Brien admits he could leave the Hammers on loan to get some much needed game time. The 29-year-old has been out for the entire season so far with an ankle injury but returned to training last week and is back with the squad. However, Sam Byram has arrived from Leeds United and is likely to jump ahead of O’Brien in the pecking order, meaning the Ireland international may see his game time cut. The Euros in France this summer is still an aim for the former Bolton man who admits he could leave on loan to get games. “I need to go and play games,” O’Brien told London24Sport. “The Euros are in the summer. I need to be playing games to try and get into the next squad for the friendlies. “Then we can see what happens from there but I need to be playing. “Ireland hasn’t been to many major championships, so this is a big deal. “I will have to see what the manager thinks. If he sits me down and says he wants me to go out on loan then I will look at that. “It is down to the manager, if he wants me to hang around here then that’s what I will do. But if he wants me to go out on loan, then I will look at that.”
West Ham Cottee: That was the best debut I have seen in a very long time – London 24
What a cracker of a game it was at Upton Park on Saturday and though I had been suffering with a bit of ‘man flu’ from earlier in the week, I was delighted that I made my way over from Sky to see the match. Firstly I thought we did everything right in the game. Apart from maybe 15 minutes after we scored the first goal, when City began to take charge, I thought we were better than them in just about every department. I thought Dimitri Payet was absolutely brilliant. He ran the game from midfield and was only denied a deserved goal by a brilliant save from Joe Hart. For me, you have to go back to a Carlos Tevez or a Paolo Di Canio, or going even further back, an Alan Devonshire or Alan Dickens to see a performance like that from a Hammer. West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet attempts a overhead kick during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. I have always rated Enner Valencia as probably our best finisher at the club and it is great to see him hit the net, but I want to give some special praise to young Sam Byram. I have seen him a lot for Leeds United in the Championship, so I was keen to see how he did in the Premier League and I thought that was the best debut I have seen in a very long time. When you are a defender on the bench you condition yourself to not coming on early and just enjoy the game, but from the moment he stepped on to the field, he was superb. Within moments he had a ball coming at him from miles in the air and under pressure, but he controlled it and sent a stunning ball back across the pitch. From then on, he was strong and he kept things simple and for me he has to be an automatic pick for the Aston Villa game. West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet reacts during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. Before that, we go to Liverpool in the FA Cup and I am looking for us to field a strong enough team for at least a draw. You have to strike a balance with a Premier League game on Tuesday, something that is a complete nonsense and needs to be sorted. I think Jurgen Klopp will play a lot of his youngsters, so I would like to see at least six regular first-teamers for us at Anfield, resting just a few and if so, I think we can get a result. Villa have certainly picked up lately, despite not winning many games. You can’t take three points for granted in any game, they won’t just roll over and let us beat them, but again I think if we stay focused and work hard I believe we can win this game and move further up the table. I am on a good run with my predictions at the moment, so I will go for a 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday, giving us a nice replay, while against Villa I think we can get over the line 3-1. The top four is not just a dream – COYI!
Galatasaray want €8m for West Ham target Burak Yilmaz – TurkishFootball.com
West Ham are reported to have offered Galatasaray a €7 million offer for Burak Yilmaz but the Lions are reported to be holding out for a €8 million offer according to Lig Tv.
Trabzonspor will receive 25 percent of the transfer fee as a result of a clause in his deal from the Black Sea based club to Galatasaray in 2012.
The Lions would however, save €14.5 million over the next three seasons in terms of contract fees if they were to part ways with Yilmaz.
The board are considering letting go of the Turkish international in their bid to fall in line with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Galatasaray are the 21st richest club according to Deloitte in terms of revenues raised but are facing up to a two year ban from UEFA for falling to meet the FFP guidelines.
Alexandre Pato’s weekly wages at Chelsea are less than the Blues pay Victor Moses to be at West Ham – ESPN
According to ESPN Brazil, Pato, who is one of the highest earners in Brazil, will only have the 22nd highest salary on the books at Chelsea.
Pato is set to receive 33,000 pounds a week at the Blues, while Victor Moses, who is currently on loan at West Ham, gets £35,000 weekly from the club.
At least five players on Chelsea’s books earn more in week than Pato will earn in a month: Eden Hazard is on £200k a week, Diego Costa earns £185k, Cesc Fabregas is on £156k, John Terry earns £150k, while Radamel Falcao gets £140k.
In fact, only two players in Chelsea’s first team squad will earn less than Pato: Brazilian Kenedy, and young English talent Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
All this goes to show just how cheap the Pato deal is for Chelsea.
West Ham and Spurs consider Wilson swoop – Teamtalk
West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are both considering a summer move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, according to reports.
Wilson has been sidelined since September with a serious knee injury, meaning the forward has missed the majority of his first season in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old played a significant role in the Cherries’ Championship-winning campaign last season, gaining promotion to the Premier League for the first time.
Wilson began this season well, scoring five goals in the early stages of the campaign to see him top the goalscoring charts before his injury.
His stunning hat-trick sealed a 4-3 win for Bournemouth over West Ham at Upton Park in August, the Hammers’ last home defeat in all competitions.
The Cherries frontman is set to return before the end of the current campaign after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, and his return will be an added boost in their bid for Premier League survival.
The south coast side are currently 16th in the Premier League, and the Brentwood Gazette claim both West Ham and Spurs are considering summer bids for Wilson.
Eddie Howe has bolstered his attack with the acquisitions of £12million Benik Afobe and Norwich forward Lewis Grabban, and Wilson’s future may depend on whether the club avoid relegation to the Championship.
Slaven Bilic’s side have been marred by injuries to their strike force, while Spurs have reportedly been in the market for a striker as cover for top goalscorer Harry Kane.
Middlesbrough launch £11m Jordan Rhodes bid; but West Ham United also interested – The Sun
Middlesbrough and West Ham United are reportedly chasing Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes.
According to a report in The Sun, Middlesbrough have submitted a bid worth £11 million for Jordan Rhodes.
Boro have reportedly offered Blackburn Rovers £9 million plus £2 million in add-ons for the Scotland international, who they have made their number one January target.
Rhodes has been a prolific scorer at Championship level for a number of seasons, and Boro feel his addition would secure their promotion.
Aitor Karanka’s side are currently sat in the top two, but they have lost their last two matches – against Bristol City and Nottingham Forest.
Middlesbrough will have to fend off interest from West Ham United if they are to sign the 25-year-old, however.
If Rhodes does move to Middlesbrough for £11 million, he will become the joint-most expensive player ever to move in the Championship, matching the fee Fulham paid to sign Ross McCormack from Leeds United.
Carl Jenkinson heading back to Arsenal for treatment on serious knee injury suffered while on loan at West Ham – Daily Mail
Carl Jenkinson suffered the injury during West Ham’s match with Man City
Jenkinson injured his knee challenging Sergio Aguero
His loan deal at West Ham is expected to be terminated
He will head back to Arsenal and could miss the remainder of the season
Carl Jenkinson’s season-long loan at West Ham is expected to be terminated with the defender due to return to Arsenal for treatment.
The 23-year-old suffered knee ligament damage during a challenge with Sergio Aguero in their 2-2 draw against Manchester City on Saturday.
It was not thought to be serious but scans on Tuesday revealed he could be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
West Ham and Arsenal have been discussing the best way to treat Jenkinson, who had made 23 appearances this season.
He was sent to a specialist in central London on Wednesday, but it is believed that Jenkinson could require surgery and will see out his rehab at Arsenal.
With the right-back ruled out, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will turn to Sam Byram, who was signed from Leeds last week.
It was West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan’s son, Jack, who suggested on Twitter on Tuesday that Jenkinson looked to have played his final game for the club.
He tweeted: ‘Carl Jenkinson’s injury is far more serious than we thought and he is out for the rest of the season.
‘We wish Carl the speediest of recoveries.’