Good afternoon Hammers. Here is today’s afternoon round up.
Michail Antonio is unhappy at West Ham and will seek a move away from the club in the summer. (The Times)
If I am being honest, I cannot see this rumour being true. Michail is a very down to earth man, and I do not believe he would seek to leave us. We have given him a chance in this league, and he has repaid us with some excellent performances. He is a fan favourite and you can see that he genuinely enjoys being here too. I believe that he and the board will sit down in the summer and he will sign a new deal with us.
Diafra Sakho is expected to make his first start since Novermber against Stoke tomorrow. (Daily Star)
I have been a huge critic of Sakho for his actions. Whilst I do not forgive him for what he has done, he still plays for us. He needs to put in some good performances in order for me to forgive him.
Slaven Bilic has revealed that West Ham have a list of striker targets for the summer. (Evening Standard)
Daniel Sturridge is on the radar on West Ham manager Slaven Bilic. (Telepgraph)
It is good that we have a list of striker targets for the summer, but I hope that Sturridge isn’t at the top of that list. I believe that we should be looking at other options in the Premier League before considering Sturridge. I think he is brilliant on his day, but I have already explained my thoughts on any potential deal for him. If we can guarantee 30 games a season out of him then of course I would take him.
Sol Campbell says he believes that Jermain Defoe could return to West Ham this summer. (Daily Star)
We have been crying out for someone like Defoe for a while now. He is 35, but he still scores goals. He will also be available on a free transfer in the summer too, and you cannot go wrong with that.
West Ham and Leeds are set to miss out on Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale, as he looks set to sign a new deal with newly-promoted Brighton. (Daily Mirror)
Stockdale has had a very good season for Brighton, but I do not believe that he is better than what we have. If we are to sign a new goalkeeper, then it has to be someone who is better than our current options. Names like Joe Hart, Jordan Pickford and Asmir Begovic are players we should be targeting in my opinion.
West Ham and Bournemouth are targeting Reading winger Paolo Hurtado. (The Sun)
I have not seen too much of Reading this season, so I do not know what this player is like. We do need a winger in the team, but again I think there are probably better options than someone at Reading.
Slaven Bilic has assured Edmilson Fernandes that he will get more playing time next season. (Squawka)
Edmilison Fernandes has been one of our shining lights this season. He has really impressed me when he has played, and I believe he has a bright future ahead of him. I am looking forward to seeing more of him in the team next season.