ExWHUemployee Q & A 17th July 2016

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  • #10156

    Ben Cooper
    Keymaster

    Hello and welcome to our first live Q&A.

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    COYI

  • #10158

    Rozza56
    Participant

    Do you know if we’re interested in Islam Slimani?

    • #10164

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      We have been in the past yes but I don’t think so at this point

  • #10159

    clarky89
    Participant

    Ex how long have we given bacca to make up his mind?

    • #10179

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I dont think a deadline has been set but I we will certainly push for an answer next week

  • #10162

    billyboylan5
    Participant

    So what’s the latest situation on Bacca?

    • #10181

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      As it has been for a number of days. Offer in, he is considering (hoping for other clubs to come in). We are hoping we can persuade him

  • #10165

    hammer4life
    Participant

    What has happened to the surprise signing which is being kept under wraps? Any progress?

    • #10321

      Ben Cooper
      Keymaster

      ExWHUemployee : Some progress but they are both very very ambitious so it will take a masterstroke to pull off.

  • #10166

    Talliss
    Participant

    With us looking for a top quality forward could we already of signed one in Toni Martinez it Ashley fletcher?

    • #10185

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Some progress but they are both very very ambitious so it will take a masterstroke to pull off.

      • #10190

        Talliss
        Participant

        Thanks for the reply, would really love to see a young striker starting for us up top next season

    • #10214

      TexasHammer
      Participant

      From what I saw at the Sounders game Martinez has a long way to go.

      • #10244

        Talliss
        Participant

        Just hope we do get a striker who can score us a lot of goals, felt like last season we were relying on our midfield a bit too much

  • #10167

    ChrisB
    Participant

    Really like what the club have been doing with the youth team. Are there any more youth signings in the pipeline? Have heard we’re interested in Tyrese Campbell from Man City, is that one true?

    • #10186

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      We were interested in him and a player from Arsenal. We will be making a number of new youth team player signings and they could be some of them. It is a great policy.

  • #10160

    bishbashbosh7
    Participant

    Hi Ex, are the club still hopeful on the Bacca deal or are they assuming this is now dead in the water and moving onto other targets?

    • #10324

      Ben Cooper
      Keymaster

      ExWHUemployee: Still hoping, this does not mean we have stood still though and we have one offer accepted elsewhere and seven other bids on the table

  • #10169

    Grizzly
    Participant

    With so many fans on the ST waiting list do you know if the club is still looking to increase the capacity? If so do you know how many it may be possible to hold?

  • #10170

    Rozza56
    Participant

    Any news on calleri or Ben yedder?

  • #10172

    irishiron
    Participant

    Ex what position does our secret signing play?

    and in your opinion is the deal possible?

    Love the idea of a surprise snatch and grab as you desribed in an earlier daily article

  • #10173

    TheQuietMan
    Participant

    How solid is the interest/bids for Sakho & valencia? Both in their own ways have more or less sealed moves away, just unfortunate that valencia has flopped & Sakho has had a mental breakdown.

    • #10192

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      We have had solid offers but they have not met our evaluations yet.

  • #10174

    Rozza56
    Participant

    Any truth in James Rodriguez links?

    • #10195

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      This would be an extremely ambitious signing

      • #10219

        taptapboom
        Participant

        This must be the secret signing 😭 If offers have been submitted recently & rumours only surfacing recently…
        No smoke without fire!

  • #10161

    westhamdan16
    Participant

    Hello Mr Ex, Do you think Ben Yedder is somebody that we will actually manage to get over the line?

    • #10197

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Hi mate! Decent chance IMO but can never be certain.

  • #10176

    taptapboom
    Participant

    Why are we trying to sign a LB when we don’t have a solid RB?! puzzles me so much!

    • #10201

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Bilic sees Antonio as his right back and believes he can make him the best in the country. We also have Byram and Nordveit who can play there. We only have Cresswell and young Page at the moment for left back.

  • #10177

    hammer4life
    Participant

    Are we working at offering Samuelsen Burke and Oxford new deals?

    • #10203

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Yes mate but both do not technically need them yet but it is to stop other club’s interest.

  • #10178

    Iron Reader
    Participant

    Hi ex , how many towards will we sign if sakho and Valencia leave ?

    • #10204

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I would guess 3 but an absolute minimum of 2

  • #10180

    Iron Reader
    Participant

    Hi ex , do we want Mandzukic he would be a great signing ?

    • #10205

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Bilic is obviously very aware of him and has put his name forward in recent days.

  • #10182

    payet3104
    Participant

    Evening ex, any idea when the season tickets are being sent out?

    • #10208

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I am not sure, I have not heard his name for ages so I guess not.

  • #10183

    Mjolnir
    Participant

    Is Fekir still on the radar?

  • #10184

    Benji
    Participant

    Hi, are there any plans to replace the remaining black seats within the stadium to claret/blue?

  • #10187

    payet3104
    Participant

    Your a legend mate, love the columns and keep up the good work you do for your followers and for the club.

    • #10211

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Thanks a lot I appreciate you saying.

  • #10193

    bishbashbosh7
    Participant

    Any more news on our interest in Rico Henry . Do you think it will happen ?

  • #10196

    Dan Chapman
    Participant

    Who was the player that we had a bid accepted for?

    • #10216

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      A very good forward who I have covered in my columns

  • #10198

    bishbashbosh7
    Participant

    Are Gabriel Barbosa and Baston Borja strikers we have a real interest in ?

    • #10220

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I do not think so

    • #10228

      Markus
      Participant

      What’s the plan for Doniel Henry? I believe he could be a top player in the future but he needs playing time, and he won’t get any here. Any chance he’ll be loaned out if that injury he sustained in Carolina wasn’t too bad?

  • #10199

    JackRian27
    Participant

    Have we completely given up on Lacazette now? I know you said before that Lyon were too difficult to deal with!

    • #10222

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I think so yes. Lyon seem determined not to accept our bid and I don’t think he wants to come anyway.

  • #10194

    Markus
    Participant

    Hopefully you haven’t been asked this question already, but is James the “mystery player” you mentioned a few articles back that you said we’d be putting a bid in for and it was unlikely we’d sign them, but you had to keep quiet?

    Also, are there any plans to sign a new defender? When I look at our potential starting 11 the defense is the area that need the most improvement. Thanks for all you do Ex!!!

    • #10223

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I can not say either way I am afraid. I think we will sign a left back and remember we have the two Reece’s who can play centre back as well as the three first team ones plus Kouyate and Harvard who can too.

  • #10202

    whitehorse
    Participant

    I know you’ve said the club aren’t interested in Berahino because they think his attitude isn’t right but with a contract he wants and if he agrees to come to us then surely I can’t see why he’d be a problem and he’s proven already. Could this be a possibility?

    • #10226

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Last I was told was no he will not join us. I guess if we run out of options we could turn to him but I think the club would rather sign other players.

    • #10230

      TexasHammer
      Participant

      The last thing we need is for Berahino to become a little cry baby like Sakho has become IMO. Also I think he’d start whining cause he’d be coming off the bench and hardly getting first team football.

  • #10207

    Iron Reader
    Participant

    Ex are we interested in a central defender ?

    • #10227

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I do not think so as we believe we have enough cover there.

  • #10210

    alex.standish
    Participant

    Hi ex! Just wondering who the 2nd striker we’ve had an offer accepted for is? The one the clubs itk mentioned in his column. Rumours flying around that it is Mandzukic? Thankyou

    • #10229

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I think it is another forward but he has certainly came into the mix recently

  • #10218

    hammer4life
    Participant

    Any interest in Bony?

    • #10231

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Yes there is but he is not one of the top targets at the moment.

  • #10221

    Iron Reader
    Participant

    Heard we want Ryan shawcross , is this true ?

  • #10215

    alex.standish
    Participant

    Is Javier Hernandez someone on our list of targets?

    • #10234

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Last year we massively wanted him. He was the top target. I do not think we have go back this year.

  • #10225

    taptapboom
    Participant

    Has DS looked into players you’ve suggested??

    • #10237

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      He has never looked at ones I have suggested because I do not have a great knowledge. I speak to the Sullivan’s about players and who I think we should get but they do not really pay attention ha. They do to some of my close mates though, which is handy for me!

  • #10233

    taptapboom
    Participant

    Have we looked at Gabriel Jesus?

  • #10236

    Iron Reader
    Participant

    The other striker is babacar right ?

    • #10241

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      He is a target but I do not think it is him

  • #10239

    taptapboom
    Participant

    We ever looked at Grealish?

    • #10242

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      When he first broke onto the scene because the Sullivans are close to his agent but they do not believe he is good enough now

  • #10240

    alex.standish
    Participant

    Is the ‘other striker’ Mario Gomez? Someone you have mentioned in previous columns but I recall his wages being the stumbling block

    • #10248

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      No it is not him. Again he is a target but yes as I said his wages are extremely high.

  • #10245

    Dan Chapman
    Participant

    I would imagine it is Ben Yedder that we have had a bid accepted for then?

  • #10246

    Are we in for a new Goalkeeper 😉

  • #10247

    Iron Reader
    Participant

    Atiba Hutchinson ? Josip ilicic?

    • #10257

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Hutchinson we bid for but they wanted too much. Nothing on the other fella.

  • #10249

    taptapboom
    Participant

    Do you think we’d go in for Alan Halilovic again? Bilic would make him the next luka modric

    • #10259

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Not at the moment no but things could change as Bilic really rates him but for now we have other targets.

  • #10251

    matrixhammer
    Participant

    Hi Ex, do you think we have been overly ambitious in the striker hunt and the fact bids have been made public has disappointed the fans?

    • #10263

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      We have been extremely ambitious but if you do not shoot, you do not score. The same may have been said about Payet.

  • #10258

    Iron Reader
    Participant

    Can you give us a clue to the striker we’ve had a bid accepted for ? Ex are we close to anyone?

    • #10264

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      He has been covered extensively in my column and now this thread.

      • #10269

        MBryant91
        Participant

        Gonna guess it’s Ben Yedder

      • #10270

        taptapboom
        Participant

        Calleri?…

      • #10274

        MBryant91
        Participant

        One of those 2 I reckon. Has to be.

  • #10260

    taptapboom
    Participant

    Mario götze an option? Could get him cheap for a World Cup winner, 30-40m

  • #10261

    Ben Cooper
    Keymaster

    Well this is brilliant! Thanks to everyone for getting involved.
    We will go for another 15 mins so get those questions in!

  • #10262

    Rozza56
    Participant

    are we still interested in Icardi?

  • #10256

    alex.standish
    Participant

    How much spending money does the club actually have? A rough estimate?

    • #10273

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      This sounds like I am avoiding an answer but it does depend on what we can get. If we suddenly had a bid for Lacazette accepted then it would be a lot higher than it is now for example.

  • #10271

    Iron Reader
    Participant

    Benteke ? Alacer? Bakambu ?

    • #10276

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      There was in Benteke but not anymore and none in the other two.

  • #10272

    Bunn80
    Participant

    Any interest in bony?

  • #10275

    hammer4life
    Participant

    Who is telling the truth? The Sun or Payet’s agent?

  • #10277

    Gabber987
    Participant

    What has been the club’s reaction to the fairly poor fan opinion on the kit launch? It was awful and cringeworthy…

    • #10287

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I have only spoke to a couple of people about it and they were not directly involved. I will know more tomorrow.

  • #10279

    Talliss
    Participant

    If a bid for Ben yedder has been accepted, will he want to play for us or will he be like bacca and demand too much?

    • #10289

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I cant say for certain because I do not know what other clubs will do and I have never spoke to Ben Yedder. He isn’t as high profile I guess as Bacca and does not play for as big a club so I guess there should be more chance of getting him.

  • #10282

    bishbashbosh7
    Participant

    Hi Ex, Are the club intending to extend Bilics deal anytime soon ?

  • #10283

    mjb1979
    Participant

    Hi Ex! Will you be travelling to the Europa League away leg?

    • #10294

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I doubt it but Baz will be and he will take the West Ham Way Tv with him. He will do a programme on it and interview the fans, we are excited about his involvement now.

  • #10280

    taptapboom
    Participant

    In order for the club to get a world class striker, I think we’ve got to stop trying to be smart and put money where the mouth is.
    What’s your thoughts???

    • #10296

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      In some ways but it is not that easy. There is a wage budget to stick in so you do not upset many other players.

  • #10286

    Iron Reader
    Participant

    What are our chances of signing Mandzukic , bacca and Ben yedder? Do we want another attacking midfielder to ?

    • #10298

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Hard to say with all three but certainly we want the first two and possibly the third but that depends on whether we sign the first two I guess ha.

  • #10288

    Gabber987
    Participant

    What’s happening with Sakho? Is he being fined? Hope we ship him abroad so it doesn’t come back to haunt us

    • #10301

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      We want him to leave. We will cover this a lot in our radio show this Wednesday on Phoenix 98fm

  • #10284

    alex.standish
    Participant

    Would the ambitious ‘smash and grab’ deal be very expensive for the club? Or is the unlikeliness simply down to the high calibre of the player

  • #10293

    danjw17
    Participant

    Realistically, how many forwards are we looking to sign if sakho and Valencia depart the club?

  • #10295

    irishiron
    Participant

    How many positions will we sign players for?

    Left back and 2 strikers or any more?

    • #10308

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Yeah and probably one more midfielder.

  • #10297

    Ben Cooper
    Keymaster

    Just time for a couple more!

  • #10290

    Cockneyboy76
    Participant

    Evening Ex!! Great Q&A!! If you were a betting man who would say will be our striker signing and also should we be worried about the retractable seating situation?? Cheers mate!!

    • #10311

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Not sure at moment but Calleri and Ben Yedder would be tips and its a concern but should be fixed.

  • #10302

    sharkhammer
    Participant

    Hey Ex, after all the movement and we sign strikers and a cover left back are we all done and dusted or could there be a suprise signing at the death of the window?
    Thanks as always for your immense effort

    • #10312

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      With DS anything is possible and as I have said there is some extremely ambitious targets. There is also a domino affect with transfers so by the end of the window there could be new players available who were not before.

  • #10304

    Iron Reader
    Participant

    Do we want another attacking midfielder ?

    • #10313

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Could be yeah. There are a couple on the list.

  • #10305

    lbutler91
    Participant

    Hi ex , was told about a South American who’s had his papers agreed , and has been in personal contact with ds . Wasn’t told who the player was but he’s South American . Can you shed any light on this . Cheers

  • #10300

    alex.standish
    Participant

    Are we at all interested in another attacking midfielder?

  • #10309

    westhamdan16
    Participant

    Do you think we will be taking the Europa league seriously this year? I would love to stay in until at least the group stages. I mean, we did beat 1 of last years finalists 3 times last season. 😉

    • #10314

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      I think we will take it seriously and use it to play fringe players as well.

  • #10310

    Ben Cooper
    Keymaster

    That should do it people. Thanks to all who got involved with our first live Q & A. See you all next time!

    COYI

    • #10315

      ExWHUEmployee
      Keymaster

      Thanks a lot for that everyone. We will do this again. Jack Sullivan and some of our Ex Players have agreed to do the same for us so it should be a regular feature. Also make sure you check out our radio show on Wednesday where lots of this will be covered in more detail. Phoenix 98fm Wednesday evening at 8 but we will put it on the site too.

  • #10332

    Hammerpat
    Participant

    Just like to thank Ben for sorting out my issue with my password. Cheers

    • #10353

      Ben Cooper
      Keymaster

      No problem mate, enjoy the forum.

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