Player News - West Ham United

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Manuel Lanzini is targeting a comeback against Liverpool on February 24.

The Argentine playmaker has been sidelined since limping off versus Bournemouth last month, but the player is bang on schedule to return for the clash at Anfield when the Premier League fixtures resume. "If we're talking recovery time, maybe four to six weeks," said a despondent David Moyes after losing Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic back in game week twenty-four. The Austrian marked his return with a goal in the 2-0 win over Watford last weekend, and the Hammers will be looking for something similar from Lanzini who was in excellent form before his injury. Speaking to West Ham TV, goalkeeper Adrian revealed. "Manu is ready to come to the team," providing Moyes with a major boost ahead of the season run-in. "We hope all the injured players will come back as soon as possible," he continued. However, West Ham are likely to be without Pedro Obiang, Edimilson Fernandes and Andy Carroll for most, if not all, of the remaining fixtures.
Feb 15 - 5:06 AM

Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic both returned to the starting eleven for West Ham as the Hammers cruised to a 2-0 victory over Watford.

The Hammers got a goal from Arnautovic and an assist from Antonio as they welcomed back two key attacking contributors and picked up three very important points. David Moyes had overseen a turnaround at the East London club but in recent weeks they had given back much of the ground they'd gained as they saw injuries devastate the first team. With Antonio and Arnautovic back they were potent once again and used that potency to great effect scoring through first Chicharito and then Arnautovic to easily handle the Hornets at the London Stadium.
Feb 10 - 12:02 PM

Marko Arnautovic is in contention to make the squad to face Watford on Saturday after returning to training this week.

Arnautovic was back in training this week after missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury he sustained during the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on January 20th. While it is likely the Austria international will start from the bench if included, his return would be a much welcomed boost. Arnautovic had scored six goals and tallied three assists in the eight matches prior to picking up the injury. Meanwhile, Michail Antonio could be recalled to the starting XI after making a substitute cameo in the defeat at Brighton last weekend. Expect Javier Hernandez and Joao Mario to lead the attack, while Antonio could come in for Sam Byram on the right wing.
Feb 9 - 4:03 PM

West Ham has confirmed the signing of Premier League veteran Patrice Evra on a short-term contract until the end of June 2018.

Evra has been without a club since he was released by Marseille in November and banned from UEFA competition for an altercation with a fan. Capped 81 times by France, the 36-year-old arrives at West Ham having previously worked under David Moyes at former club Manchester United. The 36-year-old won five Premier League titles and made 379 appearances during his eight-and-half-years at United, with 30 of those matches coming under Moyes in 2013/14. With Arthur Masuaku serving a six-match ban, Evra will likely serve as a vastly-experienced back-up on the left side of defense.
Feb 7 - 11:00 AM

Manchester United legend and free agent Patrice Evra is expected to sign with West Ham on Wednesday.

Reports across England have confirmed that Evra has been in talks to sign with the Hammers on a free with Everton also interested in a move. The French international last played for Marseille in November, before he was released by the club and banned from UEFA competition for an altercation with a fan. The 36-year-old will bring a wealth of experience to the side after making 379 appearances for Manchester United, where he played under current West Ham boss David Moyes.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 6 - 9:17 PM

West Ham confirm Pedro Obiang has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

The Hammers midfielder was stretchered off during the FA Cup fourth round defeat at Wigan after suffering extensive damage to his medial collateral ligament. Gary Lewin – Head of Medical - revealed Obiang was sent to see a specialist in Barcelona for the operation and he is confident that the Spaniard will return stronger. "He is in the best possible hands as the rehab process gets underway." Typical recovery is around 3 months, but West Ham will aim to get the 25-year-old ready for when the squad reconvenes in July. "He is likely to be out for a little while, but we are confident that he will return fit and strong in ample time for pre-season." Injuries have decimated David Moyes’ squad in recent weeks and this latest setback has seen Pablo Zabaleta pushed up alongside Mark Noble with Cheikhou Kouyate playing in a more advanced role with Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini both out.
Feb 6 - 4:40 PM

West Ham's six-match unbeaten run came to an end after a 3-1 defeat at Brighton on Saturday.

Hernandez has been the lone source of offense with Marko Arnuatovic and Manuel Lanzini unavailable. Trailing 0-1 after an early goal from Brighton striker Glenn Murray, the Mexico international brought the Hammers level on the half-hour mark with his second goal in his last three matches. Recent arrival Joao Mario provided a nifty flick to Hernandez, who took a composed touch before hammering in off the underside of the crossbar. However, the finish was the lone bright spot as the defense struggled and conceded two second half goals, both strikes from distance. The defeat means West Ham remain on 27 points, now level with Brighton in 13th.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 3 - 1:19 PM

Michail Antonio, Winston Reid and new signing Jordan Hugill could all be available for Saturday's trip to Brighton.

The trio will boost a David Moyes side missing a significant number of key regulars through injuries and suspension, with Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll and Arthur Masuaku all unavailable for the trip to the Amex. Antonio has a good chance of being involved after being omitted from the squad on Tuesday due to a disciplinary issue, while Reid could make the bench after recovering from a groin problem. "We hope Michail Antonio will have a chance of being available," said Moyes. "Winston Reid coming on a bit, and they would probably be the main ones [coming back]." Hugill, who arrived from Preston North End on deadline day, is expected to be named to the bench with Javier Hernandez the only other fit forward.
Feb 2 - 4:03 PM

West Ham have reinforced their frontline with the signing of forward Jordan Hugill from Preston North End.

Hugill moves West Ham on a four-and-a-half-year contract in a deal reportedly worth £10 million. The 25-year-old target man emerged as one of the Championship's rising talents over the last two-and-a-half seasons. After scoring a career-high 13 goals last season, Hugill carried his form into this term, netting 10 times in 29 appearances in all competitions. He arrives with the Hammers in need of a striker; with Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll injured, Diafra Sakho sold to Rennes and Andre Ayew sold to Swansea City. "I'm going to give absolutely everything for this Club and for my teammates," said Hugill. "It's a new challenge for me, playing in the Premier League, but they are going to get nothing less than 100 per cent."
Feb 1 - 4:19 PM

Reece Oxford has returned to Germany on loan with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.

The 19-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan with the German club before he was recalled by the Hammers in January. Oxford made two appearances in the FA Cup and a brief substitute cameo in the Premier League following his return, and will now head back to Monchengladbach for the reminder of the campaign. Joining the England Under-20 international out on loan is midfielder Moses Makasi, who has completed a move to League One side Plymouth Argyle until the end of the season.
Jan 31 - 2:28 PM

David Moyes confirmed the absence of Michail Antonio against Crystal Palace was due to ‘disciplinary reasons’ and not because of his recent injury.

The West Ham winger has been sidelined since suffering a calf strain before Christmas and had been targeting a return at the end of January. Antonio trained with the group during the build-up to the game on Tuesday and his omission from the matchday squad was initially put down to a lack of sharpness, but post-match, Moyes revealed the player was absent after he was reprimanded just hours before kick-off. "For disciplinary reasons he was not involved tonight. He turned up late this morning for a meeting and it wasn’t the first time. I’m not having it at the club. I’ve said right from the start what it’s going to be like. It’s too often so I didn’t involve him." However, and providing Antonio can turn up for training on time(!) for the remainder of the week, he will be involved at Brighton on Saturday.
Source: BT Sport
Jan 31 - 5:54 AM

With Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, and Arthur Masuaku amongst West Ham's long absentee list, many commentators saw this encounter as a golden chance for Crystal Palace to win three points on the road.

The Hammers did go behind mid-way through the first half after Christian Benteke headed The Eagles in front off a Townsend cross but were level just before the break. Though Joao Mario was making his full debut for the club, it was his strike partner Chicharito Hernandez who won his side a penalty after he was fouled by James Tomkins. Mark Noble made no mistake from the spot. Andros Townsend had Palace's other good chance of the game but Adrian was equal to hit whilst James McArthur could have done more with a header which missed the target. Moyes' West Ham are undefeated since before Christmas while Palace are now three points clear of the drop zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 30 - 4:54 PM

West Ham have confirmed forward Diafra Sakho has joined Ligue 1 club Rennes on a permanent basis.

Sakho nearly completed a move to Rennes in the summer and now joins the French club for a fee believed to be £8m. The 28-year-old departs West Ham after three-and-a-half seasons, during which he scored 24 goals in 71 total appearances. The Senegalese international began his career in east London by scoring on his first six Premier League starts after joining from Metz in 2014, but injuries and competition for minutes limited him to just 18 league appearances since the start of 2016/17 season. The departure of Sakho leaves manager David Moyes with just one fit striker in Javier Hernandez, though it is believed the Hammers are in talks to sign Russia captain Fedor Smolov from Russian Premier League side Krasnodar.
Jan 29 - 1:18 PM

Arthur Masuaku was sent off and Pedro Obiang injured as West Ham crashed out of the FA Cup following a 2-0 defeat at Wigan.

West Ham travelled to the DW Stadium unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches, but David Moyes' side were ousted by the League One leaders. Wigan led inside 10 minutes when Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg thumped home a towering header and added a second from the penalty spot in the second-half. The defeat means the Hammers can now solely focus on climbing the table, but the injury to Obiang and dismissal of Masuaku means Moyes has been dealt additional blows to his already thinned squad. Obiang was stretchered off in the first-half following a robust challenge by Max Power. "We think it’s his medial ligament, but we will have him sent for a scan to tell us exactly what’s wrong," said the Hammer boss post-match. Masuaku looks set to serve a six-match ban for spitting at Wigan midfielder Nick Powell.
Jan 27 - 1:55 PM

Arthur Masuaku has been ruled out until the end of March following his sending off at The DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers struggled throughout against their League One counterparts and were deservedly beaten 2-0 by a Wigan side aiming for promotion back into the Championship. A mounting injury-list forced David Moyes into making six changes for the FA Cup tie with 11 first-team players ruled out of the fourth-round clash. Already a goal down, things went from bad to worse for the Premier League visitors after Masuaku was dismissed on 49 minutes following an off-the-ball incident with former Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell. Speaking after the game, Moyes confirmed the player will be fined following his red card. ‘I asked him did he spit? And he said yes. What he done was despicable. He will get something off us’. The 24-year-old has been one the club’s standout players in recent weeks, but it will be March 31 before he is available again as the offence carries an automatic six match ban.
Jan 27 - 1:26 PM

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