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Great news on Lanzini

Manu Lanzini is looking forward to returning to the Hammers squad before the end of the season. The great news comes after there were big suggestions that the play maker could be facing an end of career scenario on his badly damaged cruciate...
West Ham - 2018-08-18 19:48:31

Hammers keeper hunt on the cards

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is likely to be hunting a new goalkeeper between now and January as Adrian’s contract runs down possibly with the Spaniard still No 2 at the club. The 31 year old’s current deal runs out in July next year and the...
West Ham - 2018-08-18 12:48:30

Pellegrini’s power squad of 20 poses big question

Declan Rice is missing from the squad of 20 named by manager Manuel Pellegrini last night. It’s not known at this stage whether the teenager has sustained a knock but unless the boss has a late minute change of heart the defender/midfielder will...
West Ham - 2018-08-18 08:48:18

Hammers break silence on legal dispute

West Ham have released a statement today on the legal action it took against London Stadium owners E20 after Claret and Hugh first broke the story ten days ago. The statement on WHUFC.com says “The Club continues to make improvements in line with...
West Ham - 2018-08-18 12:48:30

The season starts here.

As I sit and write this blog at 9pm on Friday night I find myself with a sort of boyish Christmas Eve type excitement. I know that I should probably be be a bit more downbeat following the drubbing at Anfield but I’m actually quite excited. The...
West Ham - 2018-08-18 08:48:18

Vengeance is ours today – the Pellegrini way

    By Allen Cummings     For me the season starts today at the London Stadium. The visit of Bournemouth will provide us with a far better guide to how our new look team is taking shape under Manuel Pellegrini. The Cherries might not have the...
West Ham - 2018-08-18 12:48:30

Vote for your West Ham player ratings versus Bournemouth

Please give your ratings for West Ham players who played ten minutes or more in the West Ham v Bournemouth game. Select a score between one and ten where one is low and ten is high, leave any players who didn’t play or played under 10 minutes...
West Ham - 2018-08-18 08:48:18

London Stadium receives upgrades

Ahead of today’s match Bournemouth on Saturday, West Ham haveannounced a range of new enhancements to the look and feel of London Stadium that have been carried out over the summer, to enhance the matchday experience for all Hammers fans....
West Ham - 2018-08-18 12:48:30

Poll: What will the West Ham result with Bournemouth be"

West Ham and Bournemouth have two wins each in six Premier League meetings. Both matches last season were drawn. Bournemouth’s first Premier League victory came at West Ham, a 4-3 triumph in August 2015 featuring a Callum Wilson hat-trick. The...
West Ham - 2018-08-18 08:48:18

Irons v Cherries – how the CandH team see it

First home game of the season and CandH introduces a new Saturday morning feature. Here you can take a look at what each of our team reckon is going to happen to the Irons this afternoon. We will bring you our views every weekend. Well be fair,...
West Ham - 2018-08-18 12:48:30

Wimbledon tickets unlikely to go on sale

West Ham are likely to get an away allocation of less than 500 tickets for the away game against AFC Wimbledon in the League cup in late August. The EFL rules say that a minimum of 10% of the available tickets must be made available to the away...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 12:48:31

Defender has no complaints over Irons rejected bid

Lyon central defender Marcelo has spoken for the first time of the interest displayed in him by the Hammers this summer. The Brazilian was one of the first possible signings identified by Manuel pellegrini but at 31 the 30 million fee demanded was...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 12:48:31

Hammers want new Rice talks

West Ham are still pressing hard to sort out an acceptable deal for Declan Rice but his position within the squad will have an influence on the final package. We understand that his representatives are still pushing for a 30k a week contact but the...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 19:48:38

Pundit sends a “don’t write off the Irons” message

Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen has sent a “don’t write the Hammers off” to the world at large. Owen – although admitting the gave a mediocre performance against his former team – reckons the claret and blue army will see...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 16:48:41

The weekend prediction game starts here

Mark Lawrenson has found some easy reasons to avoid tipping the Irons for a win against Bournemouth tomorrow (Saturday). He bases his prediction on last weeks performance at Liverpool declaring: “I was at Anfield on Sunday and they (West Ham)...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 12:48:31

Video: West Ham v Bournemouth Press Conference

Manuel Pellegrini told reporters at the pre-match press conference that he has no new injury worries saying “The same three players with injuries are Andy Carroll, Reid and Lanzini. All the other players are OK.” On the Liverpool defeat he...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 08:48:36

High line critics need to watch and wait

Manuel Pellegrini has faced some highly predictable questioning over his decision to adopt a high line in the first game of the season. One noticeable high profile critic is of course Mark Lawrenson who, in his latest BBC website deliberations,...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 16:48:41

Pitch surround colour doesn’t matter but the principle does

The latest disagreementbetween West Ham and stadium owners E20 has been aired in yesterday’s papers and with the Times, London Standard, Sun, BBC, Sky Sports and the Daily Star each giving it column inches and coverage. Personally, I am not...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 12:48:31

Pellegrini insists there can be no home sickness

Manuel Pellegrini believes the Hammers squad has the “personality” to go for the three points against Bournemouth on Saturday. Speaking at his pre-match presser he said:? Away, you may have to defend more but at home you must be aware of...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 08:48:36

Anderson heading for peak fitness

Felipe Anderson is working desperately hard as he bids to reach peak fitness but he reckons it will take a few games to reach his peak. Speaking to the official site ahead of tomorrow (Sat’s) game he said:?I believe that I will be 100 per cent of...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 19:48:38

Possible lineup for Bournemouth

Manuel Pellegrini is likely to make a few tweaks to the side that lose 4-0 at Anfield last week. Lukasz Fabianski was West Ham’s best player last Sunday and despite letting in four goals he did nothing wrong and is likely to keep his place. Ryan...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 16:48:41

Chicharito leaves it with the boss

Chicharito is ready to help grab three points from Bournemouth tomorrow (Sat) but declares : “We need to adapt.” The 30 year old explained to www.whufc.com: ?I know fans would like immediate success and we are doing everything we can. It?s in...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 12:48:31

Hammers brush off striker rumours

Speculation that Mario Balotelli will become a Manuel Pellegrini target in the January window seems pretty wide of the mark. The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker is being discussed as a potential replacement up front for either Marko...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 16:48:41

Hammers in new bid to settle stadium ‘claret’ dispute

West Ham are willing to pay up to 380,000 to change the pitch surround at London Stadium to claret. The BBC website has this morning picked up the story CandH originated earlier in the week and has neatly summed up the issues at stake. So for those...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 12:48:31

Hammers to face Wimbledon

West Hamhave been drawn to face AFC Wimbledon in the second round of the Carabao Cup. Thursday evening’s draw sends the Hammers to the Cherry Red Records Stadium, in Kingston, Surrey to take on the League Oneside in the week commencing 27...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 08:48:36

No new injury concerns for Bournemouth

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confirmed that he has no fresh injury worries ahead of West Ham this weekend saying he that he?ll ?wait and see? on a potential debut for Jefferson Lerma. Lerma arrived at Bournemouth for a club record fee during...
West Ham - 2018-08-17 16:48:41

No chance of Yaya Toure

Reports this morning that West Ham could sign free agent Yaya Toure this year are wide of the mark we understand. Despite new Premier League rules West Ham could potentially sign a free agent at any stage as long as the player in question was out of...
West Ham - 2018-08-16 16:48:46

Irons midfielder may be heading out

Hammers midfielder Josh Cullen has admitted that he could again be heading out on loan as part of his bid to eventually become part of the Hammers first team set-up. Deadline Day for loans to League Cups and the academy prospect may be on his way...
West Ham - 2018-08-16 12:48:36

West Ham to be drawn in cup tonight

West Ham have been allocated the number 23 and will be drawn tonight in the Carabao Cup Southern Group on Sky Sports at 7pm The Hammers will enter the cup at round two with games commencing on week commencing Monday 27th August. Dates: Round...
West Ham - 2018-08-16 12:48:36

Pellegrini gets boost for Cherries clash

Aaron Cresswell is available for the weekend game at the London Stadium although it is not a given he will take over immediately from Arthur Masuaku on the left side of defence. Cressie was left out of the squad last weekend as the manager Manuel...
West Ham - 2018-08-16 08:48:26

Bournemouth hints from Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini has plenty of options as he ponders his team selection for the Bournemouth game on Saturday. The manager – speaking in his pre-match presser – gave little away but maybe indicated that it’s unlikely either Carlos Sanchez or...
West Ham - 2018-08-16 16:48:46

Wilshere looks forward to link-up with former Gunner

Jack Wilshere is very happy to see his fellow Gunner Lucas Perez join him in the claret and blue. Despite never playing in the same Premier League side as the striker, the Hammers midfielder is convinced he front man is set to bring real quality to...
West Ham - 2018-08-16 08:48:26

E20 and the Harry Enfield teenager complex

A substantial number of media outlets are this morning latching on to the latest piece of commercial whinging from E20 – that they appear to want a ‘Spurs navy’ surround at the London Stadium. Regular readers will know that ClaretandHugh...
West Ham - 2018-08-16 16:48:46

Honest Rice owns up

Honest Declan Rice admits he wasn’t at his best against Liverpool but obviously wants another chance against Bournemouth on Saturday. The teenager was hauled off at half time at Anfield but as we have come to expect took it on the chin telling...
West Ham - 2018-08-16 12:48:36

Hammer may not be allowed to leave on loan

Josh Cullen says he is open to the idea of going out on loan but may be required to remain at West Ham to fulfill the eight player homegrown rule. Cullen told the London Standard earlier this week ?It?s not that I?ve decided totally whether I am...
West Ham - 2018-08-16 16:48:46

Podcast: ITK Ex on the week’s events

The West Ham Way – show 99 Here’s the latest podcast from Phoenix 98 FM and The West Ham Way. Popular ITK@ExWHUemployeeis featured in this weekly show and in this edition gives his views on the events at Anfield on Saturday before turning his...
West Ham - 2018-08-16 08:48:26

West Ham player ratings results revealed

The first Claret and Hugh West Ham player rating results are in with 254 valid submissions and 36 votes were rejected as they had voted for players who didn’t play or they had made general selections with all tens or all ones. Each score is a mean...
West Ham - 2018-08-15 08:48:27

Oxford could be offered a German lifeline

Reports in Germany suggest that another German club is considering a loan for him before the 31st Augustdeadline. German magazine Kicker says that Hannover are considering a loan for the 19-year-old Hammer. Gladbach pulled out of the race for the...
West Ham - 2018-08-15 12:48:51

Carroll update

West Ham’s medics believe Andy Carroll will be back in action before Christmas. He is expected to become the first of the long term injury victims to return with no date yet having been put on central defender Winston Reid’s comeback. If the...
West Ham - 2018-08-15 12:48:51

Pellegrini upset and unhappy with performance

Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he was upset in the way West Ham defended against Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield but said he was equally unhappy with the way we attacked and lacked possession. He told reporters: ?I was so upset with the way we...
West Ham - 2018-08-15 08:48:27

E20 may insist on ‘Spurs navy’ surround at stadium

West Ham could find themselves playing inside their own stadium with a surround in the navy colour of Spurs if the owners E20 get their way! Despite the Hammers winning every point at an expert determination on the issues over which the two sides...
West Ham - 2018-08-15 12:48:51

Grow up Sutton…the Irons aren’t in the elite

  By Allen Cummings I wasn?t exactly in the best of moods as I travelled back down the M6 last Sunday. Understandable after witnessing our 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. But I was seething by the time I reached the M1, listening to Chris...
West Ham - 2018-08-15 08:48:27

Anderson sees Hammers investment paying off

Felipe Anderson insists the club has big expectations for the season and that the players are determined to make the investment in the summer window to pay off. He told the official website: “We knew that the [Liverpool] match was going to be...
West Ham - 2018-08-15 08:48:27

E20 need to understand WHUFC is a global brand if they intend to protect their commercial rights!

The possibility that owners of the London Stadium E20 have allegedly asked the Hammers to pay 170k a year for a claret surround has gone down like a lead balloon among the club’s fans. Earlier today ClaretandHugh revealed that instead there was a...
West Ham - 2018-08-15 19:48:47

Hammers track young winger

The Hammers – along with Arsenal and Spurs – are being reported as holding an interest in Republic of Ireland youth international Elvis Azah. The 17-year-old winger has been with Cardiff City’s under 18s for his pre-season where he scored two...
West Ham - 2018-08-15 12:48:51

West Ham player sends message to the board

Usually, when a West Ham player sends a message to the board it is for all the wrong reasons but Edimilson Fernandes has posted a message on Instagram to thank the board in allowing him to move on loan to Fiorentina with an option to make it...
West Ham - 2018-08-15 08:48:27

Quick Silva grabs hat-trick against Spurs

Xande Silva?s first goal of three tonight against Spurs, scored in six minutes. Put your foot through it, lad. pic.twitter.com/I6vpmnTcCP — Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) August 13, 2018 West Ham’s 2 million capture from Portugal – young...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 08:48:32

Mike on Monday …err Tuesday :-)

Mike opens a new season on all things West Ham with a shock series of hitherto untold revelations. O Who will be on the front line should another major protest break out – Mike has video ‘evidence’ to back up his shock exclusive! O Finally a...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 19:48:40

Make Billy Bonds the greatest ever Hammer

West Ham have been counting down their fifty greatest Hammers on the official website and social media channels over the past two months. It is not clear who voted for and how they came up with the positions of 11-50 but they are now giving West Ham...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 12:48:36

Snoddy tells it as it is!

Fair play to Snoddy! While the rest of us are making allowances and trying to forget some obvious problems from the Liveerpool games, the Scottish midfielder is telling it as it is! And the message from the man whose Hammers career many thought was...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 08:48:32

Leipzig scouts watch Oxford and Co v Spurs

Reece Oxford may have been at the centre of attention of RP Leipzig scouts who watched last night’s Under23s match between the Irons and spurs at Stevenage. The German club – having been expected to mount a bid for the player last season when he...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 16:48:40

Pellegrini muses midfield issues

Manuel Pellegrini will wrestle with some midfield problems after being disappointed at seeing the team over-run in that area of the pitch by rampant Liverpool on Sunday. The clash against Bournemouth on Saturday is a key fixture given Arsenal (a),...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 12:48:36

West Ham Podcast: We Pellegrini we trust

The Moore Than Just A Podcast is back to review the first game of the 2018/2019 Premier League season. In episode two of the new season listen to Claret and Hugh Associate editor Sean Whetstone with Nigel Kahn with guest presenters Iain Dale and...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 08:48:32

Bargain buy striker a “serious handful”

Bargain boy Xande Silva has became an instant hit with academy boss Terry Westley who reckons the Portuguese striker could achieve great things in the claret and blue. Westley was as impressed as everyone else as the 21 year old smashed home a six...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 19:48:40

Hammer backs the introduction of VAR

On Monday morning BBC match of the day hostGary Lineker gave his thoughts on Twitter about the opening weekend of the Premier League season by saying “First thoughts of the opening weekend of the season. All fairly predictable: Manchester City...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 12:48:36

West Ham striker returns to Spain

West Ham striker Toni Martinez has joined Spanish Segunda Division side Rayo Majadahonda on loan for the 2018/19 season the club has confirmed tonight on WHUFC.com. Martinez returns to his home country for a second loan spell in the second tier,...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 08:48:32

Mr Manera talks tactics, Liverpool and Bournemouth

Mike Manera has swapped his comedian’s hat to become CandH’s tactical analyst this season and in his first piece here he looks back on the Liverpool match and comes to some interesting conclusions.   In pre-season Pellegrini seemed to prefer a...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 19:48:40

West Ham makes profit without fans

Half of Premier League clubs could have played in empty stadiums and still made a pre-tax profit in the first season of the current broadcast deal, BBC research has found. In 2016-17, during which clubs benefited from a record 8.3bn in global TV...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 12:48:36

Ogbonna recalls memories of Groundhog Day

If you never tire of hearing the same thing said in slightly different ways then listen to footballers after a defeat …or even maybe a victory. I knew it was going to be another long old winter doing this job when I read Angelo Ogbonna’s quotes...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 12:48:36

West Ham player ratings launched

Claret and Hugh are launching a new feature for the 2018/2019 Premier League season. Player ratings are an emotive subject and often there is safety in numbers when it comes to understanding an average rating for each player. This season we are...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 19:48:40

Hammers hotshot going nowhere

Xande Silva grabbed a hat-trick on his Hammers under 23 debut andthen learned he is going nowhere this season. After a massively important performance in the 3-1 victory at Stevenage, manager Manuel Pellegrini will not be allowing the 21 year old...
West Ham - 2018-08-14 12:48:36

Club members win legal battle to be recognised

West Ham United Supporters’ Club members have won an important legal battle to save the 70-year-old social institution from extinction. In May forty-three members of the social club were rejected entry to vote at an EGM which planned to dissolve...
West Ham - 2018-08-13 12:48:36

‘Mr Versatility’ explains how he will keep his place

Michail Antonio is confident his ability to perform in multiple positions gives him a real chance of keep his place in the Hammers team this season. The former Hammers of the year made his first appearance – probably ahead of Andriy Yarmolenko...
West Ham - 2018-08-13 12:48:36

CandH seeks major answers from stadium owners

E20 – owners of the London Stadium run the risk of a player becoming seriously injured as a result of the ‘carpet’ for which they are suddenly demanding sponsorship money! With the first game of the season against Bournemouth four days away we...
West Ham - 2018-08-13 19:50:13

Not so ‘Fab’ but time to draw ‘smart’ conclusions

Lukasz Fabianski didn’t enjoy his Hammers baptism at Liverpool but hopes the team draw some “smart conclusions ” into training this week. Commenting on the official site after the game he said: ?Obviously nobody likes to start the season by...
West Ham - 2018-08-13 08:48:39

How the ‘wider world’ saw that defeat

Here’s how a few of the journos saw the 4-0 thumping at Anfield yesterday afternoon. It’s par for the course for most to come to a conclusion about a team’s seasonal chances after 90 minutes of action. By and large it’s what they are paid to...
West Ham - 2018-08-13 12:48:36

Pellegrini vows to keep high defensive line

Manuel Pellegrini insisted he will persist with a high defensive line tactic and refused to blame it as the reason for the nature of the Liverpool loss on Sunday. Challenged by a Sky Sports reporter that West Ham players haven’t got the high...
West Ham - 2018-08-13 12:48:36

Hammer departs for Italy

Hammer Edimilson Fernandes has signed for Italian Serie A side Fiorentina on a season-long loan the club have officially confirmed on WHUFC.com. Fiorentina will pay all of the 22-year-old Swiss midfielder wages plus a loan fee of 750,000 Eurors with...
West Ham - 2018-08-13 16:48:55

Is this why Declan got the half time hook"

Those of you who watched Match of the Day 2 last night will have heard Jermaine Jenas dissecting his way through West Ham’s performance…and I have to say it was an excellent appraisal. I often don’t need any help in making myself look stupid...
West Ham - 2018-08-13 12:48:36

Hammers at Liverpool – the plus points!

  Our hard man ratings expert Niall McDonald takes a break from handing out his marks to offer the final post mortem on yesterdays defeat at Anfield and finds some plus points to ponder on.   With all the new arrivals and positivity surrounding...
West Ham - 2018-08-13 19:50:13

Irons beaten but let’s not have a panic attack

By Hugh Southon Those of us who live their lives in a Hammers bubble rather than the wider football world (err that may be a memo to myself) will have been bitterly disappointed this afternoon. Having spent the summer focused on the enormous and...
West Ham - 2018-08-13 08:48:39

Liverpool loss was inevitable

It was perhaps inevitable that a small majority of West Ham naysayers would come out of hiding after the 4-0 defeat predicting relegation, claiming Pellegrini wouldn’t stay and some even blaming the board. Of course no-one likes to lose 4-0 on the...
West Ham - 2018-08-13 12:48:36

Liverpool v West Ham match report

Liverpool 4 Irons 0 By Sean Whetstone It would easy to overreact to a West Ham four-nilloss after the first game of the Premier League season . But this was against the team I am tipping for the title this term and a squad who didn’t lose a...
West Ham - 2018-08-12 19:48:48

A message from the Chairmen via Canning Town Len

On the eve of this football season ? A message from the Chairmen. pic.twitter.com/tnWGVQW6Ri ? Canning Town Len (@CanningTownLen) August 10, 2018
West Ham - 2018-08-12 12:48:29

Another midfielder set to leave the Hammers

Edi Fernandes looks likely to be the next departure from the Hammers but once again it will be on a loan deal rather than a permanent arrangement. The Switzerland midfielder is strongly fancied by Fiorentina and the Hammers are ready to let the...
West Ham - 2018-08-12 08:48:25

Klopp wrestles with injury worries as Irons await

Liverpool have a major worry at central defence for the Hammers visit this afternoon with only Virgil van Dijk the one senior defender available at 100 per cent fitness. His regular partner at the heart of defence is Dejan Lovren who has not been...
West Ham - 2018-08-12 12:48:29
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