With the January transfer window fast approaching and the recent big changes upstairs at the club in recent weeks, a lot of attention is now falling on The West Ham Ways ‘man-in-the-know’, ExWHUemployee.

On this weeks podcast with co-host Dave Walker, Ex provided his regular update of the goings on at the club and to provide fans with insight on what could be on the horizon.

The West Ham Way is delighted to share some of the insights disclosed in this weeks show.

Takeover:

Following the recent acquisition of 27% of the club by Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky, there has been a lot of speculation around the prospect of a future full takeover.

Ex has confirmed that the club is officially valued at £650m, which is agreed by all parties. The agreement in place means that shareholders are able to purchase others, so although not confirmed at this stage, Kretinsky could well purchase the remaining shares of David Sullivan and David Gold, to take full control of the club.

If this is to happen then March 2023 is believed to be the time with the agreement in place surrounding the London Stadium and LLDC.

Sam Johnstone:

At the end of the season we will look into signing West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. He is out of contract in the summer and the West Midlands club are now looking for a replacement, as its expected that he will leave.

We are a firm favourite, with Darren Randolph likely to leave this January. However, Newcastle also hold a firm interest, and their buying power could well sway him to move up North instead.

Adam Hlozek:

We have held an interest in the Czech Sparta Prague forward Adam Hlozek for some time, as previously reported by Ex. However, this has ramped up significantly in recent weeks.

With Kretinsky now on board and being Chairman of Sparta Prague, we are very much set to place a concrete offer for his services this January.