Thursday, November 23, 2006

West Ham Transfer Rumours

Now that West Ham are under new owners the transfer rumours are starting to fly. Today's Daily Mirror quotes Eggert Magnusson as saying,

"I want every year to be competing for places in the Champions League. That is my ultimate ambition. It will not happen today or tomorrow or the day after. We will take it slowly and build on the foundations already here."

With such lofty ambitions presumably Magnusson will be handing Pardew a fairly substantial transfer kitty in January. Pardew himself is quoted as warning the players,

"They are going to have to get on their toes and perform. That's what happens when new owners take over."

The rumour that seems to have the most legs is that Shaun Wright-Phillips will be soon winging his way to West Ham and then up and down the right flank. Wright-Philips has made no secret of his unhappiness at being used as a bench warmer at Stamford Bridge and The Independent, along with nearly every other newspaper, claims that the player will join West Ham for £10 million. The paper claims he will join on loan in January and that a permanent deal will be made in the summer. Alan Pardew has been looking for a right winger for a while and Wright-Phillips certainly fits his preference for young British players. Add to that Wright-Philips' discontent at his current club and what The Independent claims is Pardew's good relationship with Jose Mourinho and this story certainly rings true.

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