Hello Hammers. Here is today’s lunchtime round up.
Michail Antonio will be out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. (BBC Sport)
This is a big blow for us, but I believe we have enough in our squad to get through to the end of the season. Hopefully Michail will come back even stronger next season.
Mark Noble says he expects 39 points to see West Ham to safety this season. (Evening Standard)
I agree with Mark on this one. I think we will be pretty much safe if we come away from Sunderland with all three points on Saturday.
Andy Carroll is expected to start for West Ham against Sunderland this weekend. (Daily Star)
I love Andy Carroll, and he is one of my favourite players at the club. However, I think it would be incredibly harsh on Jonathan Calleri to not start him at the weekend. He came on against Swansea and I thought he was brilliant, so he deserves a run out in this game over Carroll in my opinion.
Joe Hart is set to be sold by Manchester City this summer, with West Ham being linked with the England goalkeeper. (Football Insider)
I would love it if we were to sign Joe Hart, but I cannot see it happening. I think we need a new goalkeeper in the summer, but I think we should look at Jordan Pickford. He is a young goalkeeper who is already showing real quality, and he is also more of a realistic target for us. I think we should start building for the future and sign some younger players, starting with him.
Former Besiktas director of football Onder Ozen says Mario Mandzukic will be a West Ham player next season. (Shoot)
Mandzukic is a very good player in my opinion, but I wouldn’t want him at West Ham. He is a target man, but we already have Andy Carroll for that role. He is also on the wrong side of thirty now and as I just said, I think we should start to build a younger side.
Havard Nordtveit is set to be given a final chance to save his West Ham career against Sunderland this weekend. (HITC)
I hope Nordtveit is given a chance towards the end of the season, because he is a real quality player. Sadly, he is another who just hasn’t been given a chance at the club. He is a tough tackling midfielder and I think with Noble and Obiang both missing, he would fit in perfectly.
Slaven Bilic has suggested that a permanent deal for Jonathan Calleri could be on the cards. (TalkSport)
I would not be against this deal at all. I know he hasn’t had a season that would warrant a permanent deal, but the game against Swansea has changed my opinion on him. However, I do believe that he deserves a run of games to prove himself properly in this league before any final decision is made on him.