Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Super, Super Tom & other news

Super Tommy Repka has signed a two-year deal with the Irons, on what his agent calls "considerably less" than what he previously earned. I don't doubt it, Pardew wouldn't sign him on the same terms. His agent said, "Tomas signed a new deal with West Ham o­n Friday. He had a lot of offers, from Panathinaikos, from Duisburg in Germany, from Leverkusen, Trabzonspor, Shakhtar Donetsk. But he spent four years at West Ham and was successful last year. He loves the club and he loves the fans, he is very happy to stay in the Premiership. If he wanted more money, he would have signed for Shakhtar, but in his eyes the quality of the Premiership is the best in the world." It's good news as we needed both a right back and a centre back and Repka plays well and is experienced in both positions. He's committed too - a good player and a good example to the youngsters (except his temper of course, but he's been much better in that respect in recent seasons). Put a tenner on him scoring his first for us against Arsenal - you heard it here first.

Tomas, still a little hung over from the promotion celebrations

In other news, Warnock has "warned" us off Jagielka. "If you try to sign him, there will be dire consequences. Look out, I'm warning you - you'll regret it. If you even make an offer for him, you don't even want to think about the unnamed things that will happen to you, but let me assure you they will be nasty," said Warnock. Well, no, but he did babble a bit.

Anton Ferdinand
Meanwhile, our Anton has pledged his commitment to the team. "I have been with West Ham since I was eight years old and I am happy there. Yes, there is talk in England that Liverpool are going to buy me. But that's just talk at the moment. For me, it's just sensational to be part of taking West Ham back to the Premiership." Good lad.

Ze "don't call me Fidel" Castro
Rumours say that Pardew is about to offer £1m to Academica Coimbra for Portugese U21 centre half Ze Castro with the view to signing him on a four-year deal.

Fan favourite (ahem) Glenn Roeder has gone back to Newcastle as youth coach. "I am looking forward to unearthing some talented youngsters who I hope will eventually make it into the first team," he said. Lousy manager, but a good coach - shame he didn't stay at West Ham as coach instead of being shoved into a managerial position he didn't really want.

Finally, Wigan may have won the race for Helguson. Wigan will pay abound £1m. Sunderland and Sheffield offered more, but didn't want to pay it all up front. West Ham and Fulham didn't make a bid but showed some interest. No great loss for us, perhaps.

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