Saturday, 24 January 2009

West Ham United: Daily News Report (7)

"Concentration, concentration and more concentration." According to Chris Turner it is the elixir of FA Cup giant-killing and the mantra he has been hammering into his Hartlepool United players as they prepare for the visit of West Ham United on Saturday.

"In terms of pure football ability, there's often not a lot between many Premier League players and those in League One," said the former Manchester United goalkeeper turned Hartlepool caretaker manager. "The real difference is that Premier League footballers are mentally, and sometimes physically, far stronger, with much better powers of concentration.

"Quite a few of this Hartlepool team could play for West Ham in the Premier League, no problem – but only on a one-off basis. I think you'd find they wouldn't have the consistency and concentration to do it week-in week-out. Those are the qualities which give top-level players their edge. A lot in League One can definitely play but are way too inconsistent." (The Guardian)


Sligo Rovers full-back Seamus Coleman is hopeful of sealing his move to British football very shortly. The right-sided defender is reported as being close to a deal to join West Ham United, though it is believed that several other British clubs, including Everton, Championship sides Burnley, Ipswich Town and Birmingham City, as well as the Scottish Premier League's Celtic, are also keeping close tabs on the promising 20-year-old.

Known as an attacking right-back, the player has won four caps at Under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland, and one at Under-23 level. It is unclear as to what sort of fee Sligo might be able to command for the player, whom they snapped up from amateur outfit St Katherin's of Killybegs after he performed well in a friendly against the League of Ireland side.

Coleman himself was revealing nothing when speaking to Irish media earlier though, and was clearly trying to keep his feet on the ground as speculation mounted about his future. (Goal)


Bryce Moon claims to be a target for West Ham United Football Club.

It was reported earlier this month that Gianfranco Zola was keen on the Panathinaikos defender, and the South African has revealed he is aware of the interest from the Premier League side.

"I know about the interest of West Ham but I have nothing official yet in my hands," Moon told the Greek media. "My agent Mike Makaab is working on it.

“I will hear from him soon. I am a Panathinaikos player now. I don't know what is going to happen in the near future, but now I am focused on Panathinaikos." (Fans FC)


West Ham United Football Club are looking to bolster their back four.

Gianfranco Zola may be willing to let Calum Davenport leave Upton Park this month, but he is also keen to sign another defender before the end of the month.

Reports in the Daily Mail suggest the Italian coach has turned his attention to Algerian defender Antar Yahia, who is currently contracted to German club Bochum.

The 25-year-old is an important member of Marcel Koller’s side, but the Hammers hope they can make an offer the Bundesliga club can’t refuse. (Fans FC)

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