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West Ham promises manager with “proven record both in Premier League and Europe”

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West Ham is readying its successor to David Moyes, and making lofty claims about its work.

With current Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez seemingly on the lips on anyone naming candidates for the gig, a press release which includes quotes from West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has described some handsome characteristics on their next boss.

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West Ham United would like to assure supporters that the Board are extremely confident of appointing a high-calibre first-team manager, who has a proven record both in the Premier League and European football.”

Benitez has been often mentioned for the gig, but Manuel Pellegrini and recently available Claudio Ranieri also fit the bill (if we’re talking “both”).

“This is an exciting time for our football club. We are preparing to appoint a manager who has a proven record of success at the highest level of the game,” Sullivan said.

That sure sounds like they have their man. Benitez is rumored to have a release clause in his Newcastle deal.

West Ham may sue Sporting CP over Carvalho transfer

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West Ham has called baloney on Sporting CP’s claims that bids for William Carvalho were manufactured in the press.

The Portuguese powers took shots at West Ham for what it feels was play-acting in terms of interest in the combative Portuguese center midfielder.

Carvalho, 25, has been a transfer rumor mill fixture for some time, and perhaps this story shows us why he hasn’t made the move to West Ham, or Newcastle, or Everton, or Arsenal…

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Anyway, Sky Sports has published photos of emails that Sullivan sent to Sporting, making a $30 million bid on Aug. 11. The bid is shy of Carvalho’s $52 million release clause, but further emails promised bonuses and other add-ons.

Now West Ham is saying it will pursue legal action against Sporting, whose communications director Nuno Saraiva took some adult and below the belt jabs at the Irons’ hierarchy.

Late last week, Sky reported that Sporting called West Ham on transfer deadline day to try and revive the deal, but the Irons said it was too late.

West Ham owner has no plans to sell Payet

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Dimitri Payet hinted last week that he has no idea what January could bring, but West Ham’s owner thinks it’s a certainly that Payet’s not going anywhere.

The French wizard has transformed West Ham’s attack since arriving from Marseille last year, but the Irons were bounced from the Europa League at the qualification stage and seem very unlikely to challenge for a Champions League place this season.

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That’s led to talk of Payet skipping town, and the midfielder told Telefoot that he’s “closed the door to nothing” after the club’s difficult start. West Ham sits 17th in the Premier League, 13 points off the Top Four.

Here’s what Sullivan said, after praising Payet’s form and attitude, via Sky Sports:

“Dimi signed a new long-term contract in February, pledging his future to this club, and it is very much our intention that he remains with us for years to come.”

It’ll be hard for West Ham to keep Payet if results don’t improve dramatically, but picking up some wins would hold the dual bonus of picking up points while depriving big name rivals.

The Irons next face Spurs, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool. Yes, in a row, and only Arsenal is at home. Given the relative struggles at the Olympic Stadium, maybe that’s a good thing.

West Ham make “a statement of intent” with $34 million striker bid

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West Ham made a surprise run at the Top Four for the majority of this season after flirting with the top end for the early part of 2014-15.

It’s easy to forget that, like Southampton, the Irons have emerged as a consistent threat ahead of next year’s big money move into the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Co-owner David Sullivan hasn’t forgotten any of that, and isn’t too surprised by the club’s success under Slaven Bilic. And the Hammers are ready to splash some cash, already making offers for top strikers to feast off Dimitri Payet‘s creative genius.

From Sky Sports:

“We put in a bid today for €30m (£23.7m) for a player and other bids will be going in. We are going to make a £20m or £25m bid for a player in England this week. So whatever happens, we’ll bring a top striker in.

“It’s a statement of intent. We’ll spend between £30m-£50m on transfers this summer. But you’ve got to build it up gradually. You can’t compete with the likes of Manchester United overnight.”

While the article doesn’t state who the Hammers are after, the club has been widely linked with Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi. The big Belgian seems destined to make a move away from France, but has been tipped to wind up at any number of big name locations since the January window opened and closed earlier this season.

West Ham “on verge of big time” claim owners

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Are the Hammers getting ahead of themselves?

On Tuesday one of West Ham United’s co-owners, David Sullivan, was asked about the impending move from their historic Upton Park home to the Olympic Stadium.

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West Ham will move into their new 54,000 capacity venue — which was used for track and field events at London 2012 and could be expanded to 60,000 for soccer use — for the start of the 2016-17 Premier League campaign and Sullivan confirmed that the one item he would take from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium would be the famous iron gates… but they’re already going on show in the new team store.

Speaking to Sky Sports News as he and David Gold celebrated six years in charge at Upton Park on Tuesday, the ambitious owner also revealed West Ham — who currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League and are just four points off a UEFA Champions League spot — are thinking big for the future.

“I’m a great believer that you have to look forward. People who live their life in the past… the best times are ahead,” Sullivan said. “I believe the next five or 10 years will be the best the club has ever had. We really are on the verge of the big time.”

Now, Slaven Bilic has built a very good team — with Dmitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho leading the way — and has been backed heavily in the transfer market with the Hammers capable of finishing in the top six this season, but I’m assuming by the “big time” Sullivan means UEFA Champions League.

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Is that achievable in the next decade for the east London club?

If they sell out every game, the revenue generated from having the fourth-largest stadium in the Premier League means they could compete to a certain degree, financially, with the traditional big boys. West Ham’s last major trophy was the FA Cup in 1980 and they have three FA Cups all-time to their name, with their highest-ever finish in the top flight third, back in 1985-86.

Co-owners and co-chairmen Sullivan and Gold, along with Karren Brady as vice-chairman, have done plenty of good for the Hammers since taking over in 2010 and have used their business connections and acumen to run the club wisely. However, being cautious may hold them in good stead, long-term. Capacity wise, West Ham will have the second largest stadium of the Premier League clubs in London until Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur revamp their homes in the next few years.

Let’s see if they can take advantage of that boost in revenue and support in the meantime to reach the so called “big time” they crave.

This Saturday the Hammers will get the chance to do the double over one of the title contenders, Manchester City, as they met at Upton Park (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) in an eagerly anticipated clash. They’ve already beaten Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City away from home this season and Chelsea and Liverpool at home.