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West Ham respond to anti-African recruitment allegations

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The Daily Mail’s Matt Lawton has an outrageous story coming out of West Ham United.

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Lawton reports that West Ham director of recruitment Tony Henry is not interested in signing African players with the blanket reasoning that they “cause mayhem.”

An email leaked to Lawton has Henry declining a potential transfer target with the reasoning, “We don’t want any more Africans and he’s not good enough.” He also says it’s a policy supported by club management.

“It’s nothing racist at all. It’s just sometimes they can have a bad attitude. We had problems with Sakho, with Diafra Sakho. We find that when they are not in the team they cause mayhem. It’s nothing against the African race at all.

“I mean, look, there are top African players. There’s not a problem with them. It’s just sometimes they cause a lot of problems when they are not playing, as we had with Diafra. He’s left, so great. It’s nothing personal at all.”

Henry went on to credit Cheikhou Kouyate as a top player in defending his point, adding that he felt Russians and Italians also failed to settle in England.

West Ham issued a lengthy response calling itself an “inclusive, respectful, and diverse football” club, laying out their reasoning. As for the alleged email from Henry, the club told the Mail:

‘We take any allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and are now in the process of ascertaining the full facts behind this accusation.’

Ulloa joins Brighton; Sakho leaves West Ham

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Done deals are starting to trickle through as we edge closer to the January transfer window closing on Wednesday.

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Two deals for Premier League strikers were completed on Monday with Leonardo Ulloa heading back to Brighton & Hove Albion, plus Diafra Sakho has left West Ham and joined Ligue 1 side Rennes.

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Ulloa, 31, has joined the Seagulls on loan for the rest of the season after falling out of favor at Leicester. He put in a transfer request last January but wasn’t allowed to leave amid reports of unrest behind-the-scenes with then boss Claudio Ranieri. Ulloa signed a contract extension in the summer but has played just six times this season.

The Argentine striker spent 18 months at Brighton from 2013 to 2014 when they were in the Championship and became a fans favorite as he scored 26 goals in 58 appearances in all competitions. Ulloa was sold by Brighton to Leicester for $11.2 million in 2014 and scored six goals in 29 appearances during Leicester’s title-winning season in 2015-16, including plenty of crucial late goals in their incredible title success.

Overall he’s scored 20 goals in 102 appearances for the Foxes but has seen his chances become extremely limited with Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Islam Slimani now all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Brighton are the second-lowest goalscorers in the Premier League and Ulloa’s arrival will add plenty of experience alongside new club-record signing Jurgen Locadia.

Diafra Sakho has finally got his move from West Ham with the Senegalese striker joining Ligue 1 side Rennes for $11.2 million

Sakho, 28, has wanted out of the Hammers for quite some time and was caught up in a bizarre case on Transfer Deadline Day back in the summer when he flew to France to complete a medical with Rennes… without West Ham’s permission.

He has scored 24 goals in 71 appearances in all competitions since arriving at the Hammers from Metz in the summer of 2014 but he’s fallen out of favor over the past 12 months under Slaven Bilic and now David Moyes with injures also playing a big part.

Sakho started his West Ham career in fine fashion, scoring six goals in his opening six games for the club which saw him named the Premier League player of the Month for October 2014. Since then he’s found minutes tough to come by with Andy Carroll and several other forwards placed ahead of him.

With PL clubs such as Crystal Palace and Swansea City said to have been interested in signing Sakho, the Senegal international was also keen on a return to France. He’s got his wish and West Ham have got plenty of cash for a player who has struggled with injuries and form.

However, with Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic out injured, it does leave Moyes very short up front at a pivotal stage of the season. Surely the Hammers have a new forward lined up to arrive before Wednesday’s deadline and help bolster their chances of staying up.

Moyes says January transfer window should be 1 week

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West Ham boss David Moyes is fed up with the January transfer window unsettling players midseason and wants it to be cut to just one week.

“I don’t think we need a month,” Moyes said in his pre-match press conference ahead of West Ham’s visit to Huddersfield Town. “I think we should probably take it down to a week and then we wouldn’t have all the problems.”

“A week where the work has to get done and if it doesn’t then you don’t do it. It can be unsettling for players.”

To make his idea more realistic, Moyes cited his experience overseas. “In Italy all the clubs come to same hotel for one day, all the chief execs and all the people, and they do the transfer business in the one day. You have to get it done by midnight to rubber stamp the deals, agents, everybody is in there. Maybe it would be better if we had a day like that here in England.”

A host of West Ham strikers have been linked with moves elsewhere, chief among them Mexican frontman Javier Hernandez, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United among other clubs. Fellow striker Diafra Sakho has been connected with a move to Crystal Palace. But Moyes said they need to keep players to have a chance at staving off relegation.

“We have got no players here that we want to leave,” Moyes said. “We need to add to our squad so ideally we strengthen. My intention is not to let anybody go.”

Stoke City 0-3 West Ham United: Arnautovic embraces villain role

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  • Controversial PK helps WHU in front
  • Arnautovic booed all day, makes it 2-0
  • Irons out of the drop zone

Marko Arnautovic got the last laugh on a subplot heavy day at the bet365 Stadium, scoring a goal and constantly threatening his old club as West Ham United beat Stoke City 3-0 on Saturday.

The match was delayed an hour thanks to a power outage, but Arnautovic had the electricity ramped up early and he certainly celebrated his second half goal against his former club with vigor.

Mark Noble converted a controversial Manuel Lanzini-won penalty to make it 1-0, and Diafra Sakho completed the scoring off a Lanzini feed in the win.

David Moyes and West Ham move out of the drop zone with the win, moving 15th with 17 points. Stoke is now just a point ahead of 18th place Newcastle United.

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The home crowd was all over Marko Arnautovic, who left Stoke for West Ham this summer, and the early tackles for both teams showed an ornery nature.

Yet it was Stoke who saw an effort bound off the post in the 17th minute, though the optimism was short-lived as a counter attack saw Manuel Lanzini dive into Erik Pieters to earn a penalty.

Noble converted the penalty, and West Ham was up 1-0 in the 19th.

Butland got the crowd in full throat when he saved villain Arnautovic’s breakaway shot. Then Lanzini knuckled a shot at Butland which the English goalkeeper turned away.

Arnautovic had another chance to burn his old team, but Kevin Wimmer got a slight deflection on his countryman’s 59th minute attempt.

He’d continue to do everything but score, cranking a left-footed shot off the crossbar in the 68th.

Charlie Adams crossed for Ryan Shawcross in the 72nd minute, but the big man couldn’t head the ball down on goal.

Arnautovic finally got his goal on a cute 1-2 with Lanzini, and he certainly celebrated against his old side.

It should’ve been 3-0 thanks to deft work from Chicharito, but Diafra Sakho needed too many touches before back heeling a shot wide of the far post.

Sakho would get his goal off a neat feed from

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West Ham 1-0 Swansea City: Sakho scores late

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  • Subs Sakho, Masuaku combine
  • Swans into drop zone
  • Irons win shots 9-6

Diafra Sakho‘s 90th minute goal lifted West Ham United out of the drop zone with a 1-0 win over Swansea City at the London Stadium on Saturday.

West Ham is 15th with seven points, while Swans drop into 18th with five.

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There was plenty to like in the first half. For Swans, it was new boy Renato Sanches lively all over the midfield and Wilfried Bony cranked a shot at Joe Hart.

For the Irons, Andy Carroll mishit a promising chance from just outside 18 yards and Michail Antonio saw a bounding shot stopped by Lukasz Fabianski.

Carroll had another opportunity in the second half, but couldn’t quite get his boot to Antonio’s cross.

The late goal from substitute Sakho from fellow sub Arthur Masuaku then added to the below statistic.

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