Tuesday, September 1

We've only got one Song — and Jelavic to come too?

West Ham have re-signed Alex Song on loan from Barcelona. Not a lot of immediate use as he's injured until mid-October but a fully-fit Song, as he was during the first half of last season, would be a big boost to the squad.

Meanwhile Hull are reported to have accepted a £3 million bid for Nikica Jelavic. I've always thought Jelavic was a good player and the 30-year-old represents good value for £3m. He scored eight goals in 26 games for Hull last season and had he played every game they might not have gone down. After filling his boots at Rapid Vienna and Rangers he scored nine in 13 games for Everton when he first arrived in 2011-12 and after a slump at the Toffees looked to be back on form at Hull. The other advantage is that Bilic has selected him for Croatia and knows his game.

Meanwhile we're also rumoured to be interested in signing Chelsea's Moses, which should please my fellow season-ticket holder Matt, who is a vicar's son. Another claim is that we are bidding £5m for Nottingham Forest's Antono, though isn't he a character from Shakespeare? And the Daily Mail claims that Spurs have been told where to go after bidding £15m for Kouyate. Should be an interesting deadline day.


mj said...

Jelavic? Really? At least no Adebayor..yet

matt said...

I hope Moses can lead West Ham to the Promised Land of not losing every home game this season.

Decent transfer deadline day for us, I think. A fit Song is a good player, Jelavic is a reasonable squad player who has scored against us (mind you, who hasn't?)and two wingers to provide some width. Time for Moses to fulfill his potential; I've not seen Antonio, but he has a good goalscoring record. I hope Matt Jarvis does well at Norwich, but I think it was time for him to leave.

It does beg the question, what is the first team, if everyone is fit at the same time, which they won't be:

Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Song; Kouyate, Payet, Valencia; Sakho. Still leaving Randolph, Collins, Tomkins, O-Brien, Obiang, Oxford, Zarate, Lanzini, Antonio, Moses, Jelavic, Carroll....A half-decent looking squad.

Pete May said...

We also have the option of playing three centre backs in away games as Tomkins, Ogbonna and Reid worked well at Liverpool so a complicated choice. Luckily we never have a fully fit squad though!