Tuesday, January 29

Poga joins the Irons

Emanuel Pogatetz has joined Hammers from Wolfsburg on loan until the end of the season. Don't know too much about him but he played 158 games for Middlesbrough in the PL from 2005-2010 and featured in their run to the UEFA Cup Final, so has plenty of experience. He's also possibly the first Austrian to play for WHU.

On the evidence of the Emirates we definitely need experience at the back. It was worrying the way Tomkins lost Giroud for the second goal and Reid is starting to make mistakes too, costing us a goal against QPR through stepping up too soon. With Demel and O'Brien still trying to catch up the Arsenal forwards from the third goal when the Gunners' scored the fourth on Wednesday, we also need more full backs. West Ham were after Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock too, who a few years ago was number three in the England squad behind Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines, though now it seems he's gone to Leeds who offered a longer contract. And let;s hope Mo Diame has had his phone confiscated for the next two days.

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