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Thursday Bubbles – 21.8.14

By on August 21, 2014 in Daily Bubbles

Sam Allardyce on his striker pursuit: “We’ve done that search and they’re here. The problem is that they’re not quite ready yet but we will use them if and when we can. Now Sakho has arrived as well as Enner [Valencia], they’re moving along with their fitness on a daily basis and will certainly be used as quickly as possible. If not against Crystal Palace, they’ll certainly be used against Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup and hopefully they can hit the ground running. There’s no search for any more strikers from our point of view. My problem and my difficulty is more at the other end. We don’t have James Collins because he’s suspended and we may not have James Tomkins because of injury, and that leaves a massive hole for us in the central defensive position where we only have Winston Reid. That’s my biggest concern moving into the Crystal Palace game.”

West Ham have signed 18 strikers during Sam Allardyce’s time at the club – that’s one every 9.3 weeks.

Gus Poyet on why he didn’t sign his son: “There was a family issue. I would love to coach him, but at the same time it would be unfair on him. Do you think the players on the bench would accept it if I’m playing my son?”
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Thursday Bubbles – 21.8.14

Sam Allardyce on his striker pursuit: “We’ve done that search and they’re here. The problem is that they’re not quite ready yet but we will use them if and when we can. Now Sakho has arrived as well as Enner , they’re moving along with their fitness on a daily basis and will certainly be...

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By on August 20, 2014 in Daily Bubbles
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By on July 18, 2014 in Opinion
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West Ham’s most important piece of summer business

By on July 16, 2014 in Opinion
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Stop the badgering

By on July 13, 2014 in Latest News, Opinion
With the recent news that the club are looking to ‘evolve’ the current club badge it is safe to say that fan reaction – on social media at least – has been firmly against it. The club has run several SAB (Supporters Advisory Board) meetings to gauge interest in person, rather than just trying to...