Player News - West Ham United

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West Ham United will have to wait another week to get their season going, as they had little chance against Liverpool in a one-sided contest that saw the Irons lose 4-0.

Five of Manuel Pellegrini's summer signings made the XI today, but only Lukasz Fabianski stood out, and that was despite coughing up four goals. It was all Liverpool in this one, with the Hammers continually scrambling to try and contain them. Fabianski did his part, looking confident in the box despite constant pressure. There was little he could do to stop the opening goal and he did well to keep West Ham in it, saving a free kick that was heading into the top corner and blocking a Salah blast with his chest from point-blank range. Marko Arnautovic's name was hardly heard during the broadcast while Felipe Anderson showed some glimpses of what he can provide the attack, but not on this day.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 12 - 10:36 AM

West Ham completed the signing on Colombia international midfielder Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina in the closing stages of Deadline Day.

The experienced 32-year-old defensive midfielder has joined the Hammers on a two-year contract, arriving from Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee. The move represents Sanchez's second spell in the Premier League, having made 48 appearances for Aston Villa between 2014 and 2016. "It's an amazing opportunity and an amazing project the club are leading, being ambitious and keen to achieve good things," Sanchez told the club's official website. "I decided to come here because, first, it is the Premier League, second, it's a beautiful club and the fans are always helping the club." Sanchez becomes the ninth new arrival at the London Stadium since manager Manuel Pellegrini was appointed.
Aug 9 - 9:13 PM

West Ham have completed the signing of striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal on a three-year deal.

The 29-year-old becomes the second former Arsenal player to move across London following Jack Wilshere's arrival earlier this summer on a free transfer. Lucas made a big-money move to Arsenal in August 2016 from Deportivo La Coruna but struggled for regular playing time and spent last season on loan back at Deportivo, scoring eight goals in 35 La Liga appearances. Lucas arrives to round out a well-stocked attack with summer signings Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, as well as Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez. "He has great technical quality, and can play as both the main striker or the second striker in a deeper role. His style is different from the other strikers we have available to us," said Director of Football Mario Husillos.
Aug 9 - 8:37 PM

West Ham United midfielder Sead Haksabanovic has joined Segunda División club Malaga on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old Montenegro international joined West Ham last summer from Halmstads BK on a five-year deal but spent most of the 2017/18 season playing for the U23s. Haksabanovic made two first-team appearances last season, starting in the Carabao Cup and coming off the bench in the FA Cup, but will now spend a year with Malaga in his first loan spell away from the London Stadium. The youngster wasn't in Manuel Pellegrini's plans for the upcoming season given the wealth of options the Irons have in midfield.
Aug 7 - 4:49 PM

West Ham United confirmed the signing of Portuguese forward Xande Silva from Vitoria de Guimaraes.

Silva joins West Ham on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, becoming the 8th arrival of the summer since the appoint of Manuel Pellegrini. The 21-year-old made 26 Liga NOS appearances during a three-year spell at Vitoria de Guimaraes. Most notably, he helped Portugal reach the quarter-final of the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup, scoring twice in five appearances. Silva will now link up with the Hammers’ U23 squad and is set to debut in Friday’s training ground friendly against Watford. Academy Director Terry Westley said: "I would like to welcome Xande Silva to West Ham United and wish him a successful future with the club. He has shown good promise in his early career with Vitoria de Guimaraes and through the youth levels with Portugal."
Aug 2 - 4:33 PM

West Ham United midfielder Marcus Browne has joined League One outfit Oxford United on a season-long loan.

Browne, an attacking midfielder who can also play as a forward, made his West Ham debut and only senior appearance against Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in a Europa League qualifier in 2016. The 20-year-old impressed for West Ham's U23s last season, scoring six goals and providing two assists in 13 appearances. Browne joins Oxford for what will be the second loan spell of his career, having spent the second half of the 2016/17 season at Wigan Athletic.
Jul 24 - 3:59 PM

Marko Arnautovic scored his second and third goals of the pre-season as West Ham United drew 2-2 with Preston North End on Saturday.

Arnautovic, who scored the lone goal in the previous outing, was again on target, netting a pair of first-half goals against the Championship outfit. The opening goal came inside seven minutes when Mark Noble clipped quick free-kick over the top for the Austrian who controlled and slotted past the goalkeeper. Preston equalised in the 40th minute, but Arnautovic restored the lead just before the break. Andriy Yarmolenko cut inside and feed the striker, who spun off his marker before sending a low left-footed strike inside the far post. West Ham, however, had to settle for a share of the spoils. Noble was denied from the penalty spot with the Hammers leading 2-1 in the second half, and Preston scored with 14 minutes left to play. Arnautovic has now scored three goals in 119 minutes of pre-season action.
Jul 23 - 6:43 PM

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the "new dimension" club-record signing Felipe Anderson will bring to West Ham United's attack.

The highly touted 25-year-old joined West Ham last week in a deal worth up to £47 million with add-ons, shattering the previous record £22 million signing of defender Issa Diop earlier this month. A technically gifted winger with an eye for goal, Anderson arrives having supplied 34 goals and 42 assists in 177 appearances during a five-year spell at Lazio. Priced at 7.0m in FPL, Anderson represents an exciting option with Manuel Lanzini out injured. The Brazilian was involved in a goal for Lazio every 104 minutes last season, scoring seven goals and adding nine assists in 1,670 minutes. "Felipe has a very natural and skilful ability, in the traditional style of Brazilian football, but has proven at Lazio that he also has the strength and mentality to play at the top level in European football," said Pellegrini.
Jul 17 - 5:45 PM

West Ham United have completed the signing of Felipe Anderson from Lazio for a club-record fee.

The 25-year-old joins the Hammers on a four-year contract in a deal worth up to £42 million with add-ons. Anderson scored eight goals and provided ten assists in 32 appearances for Lazio in the Serie A last season, and led the league in dribbles with an average of 5.4 per game. In total, the Brazilian supplied 25 goals and 33 assists in 137 league appearances for the Italian club. Anderson becomes the club's seventh signing of the summer window and breaks the club record fee set when Issa Diop completed his move (£21.9m) earlier this month. Said the attacking midfielder: "I want to thank the owner, David Sullivan, because he made a big effort to bring me here. I know how difficult it was, so I have to thank him a lot, and I hope I can repay his faith in me on the pitch with goals and winning games."
Jul 15 - 6:11 PM

Marko Arnautovic scored the lone goal of the match as West Ham United claimed a 1-0 friendly victory at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini made seven changes to the starting XI from the 3-2 defeat against FC Winterthur. Andriy Yarmolenko, who made his debut just four days after signing as a Hammer, fellow summer signing centre-back Issa Diop and midfielder Robert Snodgrass were among the changes. Also making his first appearance of the pre-season was Arnautovic, who fired home the winner after 34 minutes. Adrian retained his place in between the sticks and made a pair of saves late on to secure the club's first win of the pre-season. West Ham's next pre-season match is next Saturday against Championship side Preston North End.
Jul 14 - 4:35 PM

West Ham United have announced the permanent signing of Paraguay international defender Fabian Balbuena on a three-year deal.

Balbuena has joined the Irons from Brazilian top-flight side Corinthians for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be in the region of £6.5 million. An imposing 6ft 2in centre-back with an eye for goal, the 26-year-old scored six goals in 58 appearances in all competitions for Corinthians last year. Balbuena is West Ham's sixth signing of the summer and fourth in defence, after Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski. With Winston Reid sidelined for the start of the season, Balbuena will compete with Diop for minutes in central defence. "I’m really excited for this new challenge, and my target is to meet the demands of the Premier League," he said. "Obviously to be at West Ham is an extra motivation, and I want to do my best to help the team."
Jul 14 - 3:04 PM

Winston Reid is expected to miss a minimum of three months after suffering a setback in his bid to recover from a knee injury.

The 30-year-old has returned from West Ham's pre-season training camp in Switzerland to undergo a follow-up operation to address the fallout of a knee injury he suffered at Swansea City last season. Reid's absence means new signing Issa Diop could be handed a starting role alongside Angelo Ogbonna in central defence, with Declan Rice and Reece Oxford providing additional depth. Speaking on Reid's injury, Head of Medical Richard Collinge said: "Winston has been suffering some swelling around the knee, following the injury that he sustained at Swansea last season, and is in need of explorative surgery to clean up the area."
Jul 12 - 6:00 PM

Andy Carroll will miss at least the first three months of the season after suffering an ankle injury in West Ham's 3-2 friendly defeat against FC Winterthur on Sunday.

The 29-year-old missed three months last season due to an ankle injury but appeared to be on his way back to full fitness, starting and scoring in West Ham's first friendly match on Sunday. Unfortunately, Carroll reported some discomfort in his ankle after the game and will need "minor" surgery to correct the issue. The injury marks another chapter in the long list of fitness problems the striker has had since joining West Ham in 2013. With Carroll likely sidelined until October, new manager Manuel Pellegrini will probably use Marko Arnautovic as a striker when the season begins. On a more positive note, Michail Antonio has returned to full training, and Manuel Lanzini is making good progress in his recovery from a knee injury.
Jul 12 - 5:11 PM

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Borussia Dortmund winger Andriy Yarmolenko on a four-year contract.

Yarmolenko becomes new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini's fifth signing of the summer, joining the club for a fee said to be around the £17.5m. The 28-year-old moved to Dortmund in August 2017 but failed to establish himself as a regular in the Bundesliga. Despite his down year last season, Yarmolenko has an enjoyed overall successful career. Before his move to Germany, the winger scored 137 goals and provided 90 assists in 340 total appearances for Ukrainian Premier League outfit Dynamo Kyiv. He also boasts 35 goals in 77 caps for Ukraine. With Manuel Lanzini sidelined until early 2019, Yarmolenko could be handed a significant role when the season begins.
Jul 11 - 1:07 PM

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has joined West Ham United on a three-year deal.

Having left Arsenal following the expiry of his contract at the end of June, Wilshere joins West Ham on a free transfer and becomes manager Manuel Pellegrini's fourth signing of the summer. The 26-year-old made 38 appearances in all competitions last season for the Gunners but was deemed surplus to requirement by new manager Unai Emery. In Wilshere, the Hammers have added a technically gifted midfielder facilitator who could see tons of minutes if he can stay fit. Wilshere, a lifelong West Ham support, said: "It feels good, it feels special. Many people know that I’ve had a special bond with this Club growing up. Many people know that I’ve had a special bond with this Club growing up. People will have seen the picture of me in a West Ham shirt, and I’ve got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham, watching them at Upton Park."
Jul 9 - 11:19 AM


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