Monday, June 18

Chicharito's on fire

Congratulations to a tearful Chicharito on Mexico's great World Cup victory against Germany. Hernandez had a fine game, leading the line superbly and playing the through ball for the winning goal. Hard to believe he is a West Ham reserve striker. As my pal Matt texted: "It's all very well destroying the world champions but you've got to do more than that to get into a David Moyes team." I have some sympathy for Moyes in that he was trying to solidify a poor defence in a relegation struggle, but watching this, you think Pellegrini must be seeing Chicharito as central to his plans. Javier needs reassuring that he'll play most games. He's too good a goalscorer to let go.

It's been a good tournament for West Ham links. We've seen Javier Mascherano still turning out for Argentina, Portugal's Jose Fonte getting bullied by Diego Costa, Joao Mario coming on a sub for Portugal and 33-year-old Valon Behrami still looking super-fit for Switzerland. Plus a much more-relaxed looking Slaven Bilic starring as a pundit.

Friday, June 15

I heard a rumour…

I know it's that time of the season, but according to the press today West Ham are about to sign Lucasz Fabianski and Alfie Mawson from Swansea City, Chris Smalling from Man United, Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund, Lazio's Brazilian Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere from Arsenal, Barcelona's Marlon Santos and Toulouse defender Issa Diop. Which would give us a hell of a squad. So in reality we'll probably end up with Australia's 38-year-old Tim Cahill if he has a half-decent World Cup…

Thursday, June 14

Super Mario is Director of Football

But WHU do now have a new Director of Football. He's Manuel Pellegrini's old mate from his Malaga days, Mario Husillos. As someone said on Facebook, he looks a bit like an older Robbie Williams. Mario's from Argentina but also has good Spanish links, so we could be in for some interesting signings. It seems David Sullivan has finally relinquished control of player purchasing and Husillos will have "complete strategic control" of recruitment. This is the right thing to do and what the fans have been asking for. And if it all goes wrong, at least we'll have a nw person to complain about.

It's all kicking off at Anfield

The fixtures are out and West Ham kick off the 2018-19 season with an easy fixture way to Liverpool. We won't even have the hope of playing against a dodgy keeper if Klopp makes the predicted big signing. First home game is Bournemouth, which is winnable, but it's a difficult start with Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United in the first six games. Still, we're too good to go down…

Wednesday, June 13

West Ham-themed stamps?

Good to see that the Royal Mail has issued some West Ham-themed stamps featuring Dad's Army. There's even one of Captain Mainwaring telling off that that stupid boy, Geoff Pike.

Sunday, June 10

Bonds and Brooking get shirty

Bonds and Brooking salute West Ham's new star signing from the blogosphere

Went along to the London Stadium Store today to see Sir Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds at their signing to coincide with the new kit launch. In the queue was Tom from Erith, who recognised me as the author of the book Hammers in the Heart and said hello. We were all given numbered tickets in the queue. One punter asked what we would win, so a steward quipped, "This is West Ham, no one ever wins anything!"

After a long wait we were eventually ushered through to the top table. Trevor was sporting a pair of shades because of an eye infection, but both Bonzo and Brooking looked like they could still do a decent job for the Irons. Bonzo hadn't heard that Manuel Pellegrini had been mugged at gunpoint when I mentioned it, so me and Trev put him straight and Broking quipped that it would be good preparation for managing West Ham. Both men were very affable with the 400 or so fans and posed for myriad photos — including this one with me.

Friday, June 8

Absolutely Fabianski? What's it all about Alfie?

Slightly better news is the fact that West Ham have had bids for Swansea City's Alfie Mawson and Lukasz Fabianski rejected. There was nothing much wrong with the Swans' defence last year, it was a lack of goals that sent them down. 

Mawson is a Londoner and a promising ball-playing centre back, while Fabianski is an underrated goalkeeper and was Swansea's player of the year last season. It would be a shame to see Adrian leave, as he might, but Polish international Fabianski is a better keeper than Hart was last season. Should we end up with both Adrian and Fabianski there would certainly be great competition for the number one spot. No one knows what offer West Ham put in (one twitter user suggested £10m and a box of last year's sex aids) but we'll certainly have to up it. 

My Swansea supporting pal Huw rates both players and suggests Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins will want £20-25 for Mawson, a Chelsea fan who might fancy a move to a top eight club if he can get it. While he says Fabianski is better than either of Liverpool's current keepers (admittedly not difficult) and would benefit most clubs, despite being 33.