11.00pm: The deadline has passed and West Ham have got their man. Morgan Amalfitano is a West Ham player.
10.52pm: Less than 10 minutes to go and Morgan Amalfitano is a done deal according to L’Equipe! £800k fee and three year contract.
10.10pm: Just you know, the Italian transfer window has now closed, so Ciani to West Ham won’t be happening. Technically West Ham could still buy the player, but to get the medical/paperwork etc done in the next 45 minutes is impossible.
10.05pm: So with less than an hour to go here’s the latest:
Jack Sullivan has confirmed West Ham have a 50/50 chance of signing Morgan Amalfitano before the window slams shut. It’s not Tevez/Mascherano drama, but it’s something.
9.45pm: The rumours continue to fly! RMC Support are claiming that after his move to Hull City broke down, Andrew Ayew is in London talking to QPR…and potentially West Ham. Unconfirmed at this stage but David Gold and Jack continue to post mysterious tweets…
8.50pm: In an exciting late twist Jack Sullivan has sent out some rather cryptic tweets, urging West Ham fans to get down to Upton Park ahead of the deadline. While I now feel foolishly excited, whatever happens, I’m glad Jack put those tweets out. It certainly gives us some fun for these last few hours. I wonder if something bigger than Amalfitano genuinely could be happening…
7.40pm: According to RMC, Morgan Amalfitano has arrived in London and wants to join West Ham for free. The only issue is that he has yet to come to a mutual termination agreement with Marseille. Thus, Sky Sports are now reporting that the deal will be a season-long loan.
7.00pm: It’s official: Mo Diame has signed for Hull City for £3.5m on a three-year deal. He’ll undoubtedly do well for them for at least a season and score against us in two weeks time, but he’ll be no real miss. It’s a shame his potential was never fulfilled in claret and blue but with our crowded midfield it was the right decision to let him go. So long, Momo.
6.35pm: The clock is quickly ticking down and as of yet there’s still no official movement at West Ham. As everyone knows, Mo Diame has a heart condition that will result in his Hull City medical taking longer than usual ones. That deal is very much still expected to go through.
A new name has been thrown into the hat for West Ham this evening with the agent of Getafe winger Pedro Leon stating his client is coming to London for talks with a Premier League side. West Ham are the favourites.
4.30pm: According to Ed Aarons of Guardian Sport, Morgan Amalfitano has agreed a three-year deal with West Ham. Only a medical to complete before it’s official.
4.20pm: The Mirror are bizarrely linking us with a move for Lassana Diarra after his move to QPR fell through. I doubt this has a smudge of truth given all our options in central midfield, and frankly I think it would be a waste of our wage budget.
4.07pm: It appears that a deal for Amalfitano is progressing well. Sky Sports are now reporting that the former West Brom man is travelling into London for a medical at West Ham.
The Mail have published a full article on the Ciani link, saying the Hammers are understood to be in advanced talks with the Frenchman over a one-year loan, with a view to a permanent deal.
2.50pm: I’ve just spoken to @ExWHUemployee on the phone and there’s a few interesting updates coming through.
West Ham are locked in negotiations with Morgan Amalfitano and his agent. The issue at the moment is that the agent wants a large % of the wages being offered and this is causing problems. If this deal fails to go through then Matty Etherington is the backup option.
West Ham have been looking at numerous defensive reinforcements abroad, with Ciani from Lazio looking most likely at this moment. We’ve also made another loan offer (not Nastasic) to a top 4 club but at present it is not clear what player we are after or which club has been contacted.
Arsenal may yet make a move for Winston Reid. We are doing our best to fight off interest.
2.30pm: Well this is interesting. According to a source close to OM, Morgan Amalfitano is still in discussions to release him from his Marseille contract. Both sides are optimistic about a termination of the player’s contract. Reportedly, meanwhile, the player is in advanced discussions with West Ham
@ExWHUemployee is also suggesting we are still working hard to get things done. The club is trying to secure a defender on loan, as well as bringing a potential winger in.
2.18pm: The Daily Express suggest that Aresnal are eyeing a double swoop for Swansea’s Wilfried Bony and West Ham’s Winston Reid before the end of the transfer window. The article suggests that Arsenal will be able to pry Reid for as little as £3m, however.
1.47pm: It’s all very quiet, but we finally have a tweet from the man himself – Jack Sullivan.
It simply reads: #Coyi
It could mean nothing. It probably does mean nothing. But it’s something.
1.00pm: Lee Clayton reporting that Mo Diame has arrived in Hull ahead of contract talks and a medical. £3.5m deal. Remains to be seen whether we will reinvest that today.
12.40pm: A few rumours floating around now. Both Lewis Dunk and Jonny Evans are being touted as potential targets after a move for Nastasic fell through.
12.13pm: Sky Sports have confirmed that Man City defender Matija Nastasić has rejected a loan move to West Ham. Big blow in our hunt for a new centre back.
12.00pm: We’re at midday and these are the latest rumours:
Stoke City are supposedly interested in making a late move for West Ham striker Carlton Cole, while Sky Sports are reporting that Mo Diame is all set for his Hull City medical .
On the incoming front, L’Equipe are suggesting that West Ham are interested in 30-year-old Lazio centre back Michael Ciani.
10.20am: According to the Telegraph “WEST HAM have turned their attention to Matija Nastasic after withdrawing their interest in his Manchester City team-mate Micah Richards. The Hammers are still in the market for a defender during today’s final day of the transfer window, but were put off Richards by his £80,000-a-week wage demands. Central defender Nastasic is already interesting Arsenal, but City may not want to let him join a rival. West Ham still have one domestic loan to use and could try to tempt Nastasic with the promise of first-team football until the end of the season.”
9.55am: Sky Sports are reporting that West Ham are still looking for a defender, despite losing out on Micah Richards. No indication who that could be, as of yet.
9.08am: According to Mail head of sport and West Ham fan Lee Clayton, “West Ham won’t let Vaz Te go today. He’s in the last year of his contract but is needed as cover #groan”
9.00am: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to what promises to be a storming transfer deadline day; if not for West Ham, then for the rest of the Premier League. The last two deadline days combined have seen West Ham sign only one player: Pablo Armero on loan form Napoli. While there isn’t much hope for a repeat of the Tevez/Mascherano madness of 2006, there are enough rumours floating around to keep up sufficiently entertained for the day. Here’s the latest at present:
West Ham pursuit of Micah Richards is over according to the Daily Mail. They quote that “Richards, 26, is set to join Fiorentina in Serie A on loan. His wages of around £75,000-a-week proved too big a stumbling block for the Hammers.”
On the departure front, Mo Diame looks to be the only plausible outward mover. Crystal Palace, QPR and Hull are all reportedly after the midfielder, with the Mail again suggesting that the latter have moved into prime position. QPR’s chances, meanwhile, depend on whether they are able to snap up first choice target Sandro from Spurs.
It’s definitely worth noting that Jermain Defoe is back in England today. Toronto are allegedly happy to let him leave with QPR and West Ham leading the race for his signature.
Oh, and Leeds United are set to complete the signing of former West Ham (if you can call someone who never played for us ‘former) striker Brian Montenegro. Deadline Day. It’s full of surprises.