Should I stay or should I go
The Gomez Saga
And so the Maxi Gomez saga continues. He is off to Valencia, he prefers Valencia, we offer to double his wages so now he wants to join us, back to Valencia again and so on. The latest is that we have now triggered his €50m release clause which suggests that we or maybe even both us and Valencia have not yet had an offer accepted. If so, then no negotiations with the player can have taken place, so where he is off to is just speculation or his agent trying to up the deal.
No doubt this is going to drag on into next week, leaving us with just Hernandez and Hugill as our only recognised strikers for the our first friendly against SCR Altach next Thursday. Of those two players, one appears to be wanting away (or does he - more later) and the other was sent out on loan most of last season. With Arnie on his way out we clearly need reinforcements up front
As for Gomez, if he is only joining us for the money, some are saying that we shouldn't sign him. However, isn't that what most of us do when we change jobs. Yes, we may leave due to lack of opportunities but most times its for the money. If he can take us to the next level, such as challenging for a top six place, then if we can get him in, let's do it.
No doubt there will be more twists and turns in this story but hopefully there will be positive news by the time of my update next week.
I wont be back
So, after getting himself a nice pay rise in January after threatening to leave and then putting up a strange message on social media about him being back, the stroppy Austrian Arnautovic appears to be out of the door and finally on his way to China. It would appear that things have got so desperate that the Irons are willing to let him go at a reduced price just to get his toxicity away from the players. The club are hopeful that a deal can be struck so that he doesn't return to pre-season training next week and, providing reports from TalkSport are true, the player signed for Shanghai SIPG Sunday evening.
Another ongoing saga is whether we will sign Salomon Rondon from West Bromwich Albion. Reports said that we had a bid of £10m plus Sam Byram and Jordan Hugill was rejected and that we had returned with another bid, this time more cash and only Byram. To date there is no indication whether this rumour is true and, if so, whether it has been accepted.
In the meantime, former Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez wants Salomon Rondon to become his first signing as Dalian Yifang manager. It appears that the Chinese have in for West Ham
Should I stay or should I go
Javier Hernandez released a video saying that it was time for him to part company with West Ham. He said that his agent was ".. searching for a club, if we can move. If not I will stay with West Ham easy, happy. I have one year left, but West Ham and I have decided it would just be easier to go out.” So you can imagine my surprise to see the first video out of the training camp in Swiss Alps being an interview with Hernandez sounding very positive about being back in training and looking forward to West Ham progressing this season. This was followed up today with another interview on the clubs official site where he said that he is looking forward to the clubs forthcoming matches in China. Is this a change of heart or is this another for the Chinese takeaway.
Snodgrass agrees new deal
I, for one am, pleased to see Robert Snodgrass agree a one year extension to his current deal with the Irons. At the beginning of last season it looked like his days at West Ham were numbered but he rose to Pellegrini's challenge and became a major part of the team last term, playing in 38 games in all competitions. Commenting on signing, Snodgrass said: “I’m delighted to commit my future to this great club. Sometimes you get a chance to play for that one club that’s special, going through that special time, and I believe at this moment that’s West Ham. We’re trying our best to keep progressing and keep moving forward.”
Irons manager Pellegrini was also happy to see Snoddy commit his future to the Hammers saying: “I am very happy that Robert has signed an extension to his contract, which is thoroughly deserved after a very impressive and consistent season. “Robert brings many qualities to the team – great ability on the ball and at set-pieces, fantastic energy and work-rate, and excellent character and mentality in the dressing-room." “He has proved himself to be a very important player for us, a good influence on those around him, and I look forward to seeing him make a big contribution again this coming season.”
It's a shame some of the so called super stars don't show this type of commitment.
Back to work
Some of the players returned to training this week in the Swiss Alps, with others returning next week when we take on SCR Altach in our first pre-season fixture. With some of the main stars still missing and Pelligirini having said that everyone will be given a chance, this will give the likes of Jordan Hugill, Nathan Holland, Ben Johnson and Josh Cullen a chance to stake claim for a place in the first team squad .
However, for two of our centre backs it is make or break time. Reece Oxford looked like he was heading out of the club but has now been given a final chance to prove he is worthy of a place. Also, Winston Reid is returning from an injury that has kept him out for over a season and, with last seasons new signings proving such a success, he too will need to prove that he is still worth a place at West Ham.
That's all for this week. Looking forward to seeing the boys back in action this Thursday. Hopefully we will be able to pick up a stream of the game.