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Tottenham vs West Ham result: Player ratings as Hammers pull off incredible comeback against Spurs

Sissoko – 6: Solid in the centre for most of the game.

Hojbjerg – 6: Tidy showing from the new recruit for the most part.

Ndombele – 7: Played with a visible confidence that has evidently come from his increased game time.

Bergwijn – 8: Looked lively from the opening whistle and gave the West Ham defence yet another threat to consider.

Son – 9: Took his goal with supreme confidence; as soon as he cut inside, there was no doubt he would find the net. Elsewhere caused Balbuena plenty of problems.

Kane – 10: Two goals and a terrific assist, and he hit the post late on. The England captain is as potent a playmaker as he is a striker at the moment.

Bale – 6: Came on late. Looked fit and motivated, which is the main thing, but missed a great chance to put the result beyond doubt.

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Fabianski – 6: Could do little about any of the goals and exhibited some courage and sharp decision-making at times.

Masuaku – 7: Dribbled forward purposefully with every opportunity he got.

Cresswell – 6: Rather anonymous in a fixture in which every player needs to turn up and his deliveries were sup-par – all until he assisted Balbuena’s header, that is.

Ogbonna – 5: Centre-back didn’t quite look up for it – or up to it, during Spurs’ fast start.

Balbuena – 5: Painfully mismatched against Son and severely lacking in confidence, it seemed. Improved as the game progressed, however, and redeemed himself slightly with a headed goal to give West Ham a shot at a draw.

Coufal – 6: After his team’s dreadful start, the defender was one of the first to show some spirit and help the Hammers get a grip on the game. His cross caused Sanchez’s own goal late on.

Rice – 6: Tried to drag his team back into the game as a matter of pride.

Soucek – 7: Physical presence was notable in the centre, as ever.

Fornals – 6: Passing and deliveries were tidy enough as West Ham tried to get back into the game.

Antonio – 6: Applied himself with as much vigour as usual, but was not often enough put in the positions to make a difference.

Bowen – 6: Like Antonio, struggled to impact the game as much as he usually would, but not for a lack of trying.

Lanzini – 7: A late substitute, the Argentine gets such a high grade purely for the quality of his equaliser – the last kick of the game and as fine a hit as you’ll ever see.

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Tottenham vs West Ham LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Premier League fixture today

Alexis Mac Allister salvages a point for Brighton amid blood and thunder at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton: Lewis Dunk was sent off at the end of a hard-fought derby in which the spoils were shared

Some pre-match reading:

Gareth Bale returns to give Spurs another kick-start a decade on from putting the whole project in motion

Seven years on from his £85.3m departure and a breakthrough that took Tottenham Hotspur from also-runs to genuine contenders, Bale prepares for his second debut tasked with lifting the club once again

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports: “The message and the philosophy we want is here. We don’t speak about finishing top four or top six or top ten or winning a cup. Just every match we go to win. It doesn’t matter where or against who, we go to every match to win it. Old Trafford was a good example of that. 

“[On Gareth Bale] We have three incredible attacking players on the bench: Gareth, Vinicius, Lucas, and we have Dele and Lamela and Lo Celso also injured. We have lots of talent in the last third of the pitch.”

It’s time for another derby now, this time from London. Tottenham host West Ham, looking to build on their 6-1 victory over Manchester United last time out.

The Hammers are in good form, too, heading into this game on the back of impressive wins over Wolves and Leicester.

The big team news is that Gareth Bale is on the bench, perhaps ready to make his second debut for Spurs.

That result sees Brighton stay in 16th, with four points from their first five games. It’s a return that doesn’t really reflect how well they’ve played.

Palace climb to 12th, three points above the Seagulls.

Brighton would have justifiably felt robbed had they not scored late on…

Full time

That’s it! A dramatic end to a derby that got progressively more hostile as time went on. Mac Allister’s late equaliser earns a point for Brighton, who deserved something from the game. Monk’s red card will have sullied things a little, while Palace will be disappointed to have held on for so long and then surrendered the lead. In the end, though, a draw feels like a fair result.

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Brighton want a penalty as Connolly goes down under a challenge from Kouyate in the box. It seemed more like the striker just lost his balance and fell over, so the referee waves away his appeals.

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West Ham complete signing of Said Benrahma from Brentford after deadline day drama


West Ham United have completed the signing of Said Benrahma on loan with an obligation to buy the player next summer after protracted deadline day talks. West Ham will pay an initial £5m for the winger’s signature and a further £20m at the end of the season.

David Moyes dismissed reports that the 25-year-old Algerian international had complications during his medical examination on Friday morning, as the deal switched from a permanent move to a loan. Reports suggested the transfer could fall through, but after West Ham submitted a request for an extension to the 5pm deadline, Benrahma signed just in time.

Benrahma was part of a prolific front three which fired Brentford to the Championship play-off final last season, scoring 17 goals and making nine assists. He will add competition and added firepower to West Ham’s in-form trio of Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio and Pablo Fornals.

“I’m very, very happy to be a part of this team,” said Benrahma, who will wear the No9 shirt. “West Ham is a historic club, which has been in the Premier League for a very long time. It included and still includes good players. It’s a massive club in England.

“I spoke to the manager, so I know exactly what he expects from me. I’ll try to meet his expectations on the pitch because he’s put faith in me and hopefully I can give it back on the pitch.

“I like this prospect [of playing in the Premier League]. I play football to enjoy myself first and foremost, but it’s always enjoyable to know you’re joining the most-watched league in the world, so I’m definitely looking forward to showing what I can do.”

Moyes said Benrahma will bring a different dimension to his attacking options.

“I’m delighted to welcome Said to West Ham United,” he confirmed. “He is a player who has had a lot of recognition for his performances with Brentford in the Championship. There has been a lot of interest shown in him so we are very pleased that he has decided to join us.

“We have been looking to bring in players who are hungry and determined to progress and get better. Said is an exciting talent with a lot of ability and the right qualities, who will complement the other attacking players we have at the club.

“We need to give Said some time to settle in, but the step up to the Premier League is one I am confident he will be able to make. We are really pleased to have him here and looking forward to getting the best out of him.”

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Said Benrahma: West Ham sign winger on loan from Brentford

West Ham have completed the signing of Said Benrahma on a season-long loan from Brentford.

The 25-year-old winger had been due to sign a permanent deal, but complications with his medical prompted West Ham to renegotiate the terms of the transfer.

It is understood West Ham have paid £4m to sign Benrahma on loan and have agreed to make the deal permanent at the end of the season for £21m, plus £5m in add-ons.

The agreement will be subject to further tests on the issues that showed up in his medical.

Manager David Moyes insisted Benrahma had not failed his medical in his news conferences on Friday ahead of the Super Sunday clash against London rivals Tottenham.

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“I’m very, very happy to be a part of this team,” Benrahma told the club’s website. “West Ham is a historic club, which has been in the Premier League for a very long time. It included and still includes good players. It’s a massive club in England.

“I spoke to the manager, so I know exactly what he expects from me. I’ll try to meet his expectations on the pitch because he’s put faith in me and hopefully I can give it back on the pitch.

“I like this prospect [of playing in the Premier League]! I play football to enjoy myself first and foremost, but it’s always enjoyable to know you’re joining the most-watched league in the world, so I’m definitely looking forward to showing what I can do.”

Moyes added: “I’m delighted to welcome Said to West Ham United. He is a player who has had a lot of recognition for his performances with Brentford in the Championship. There has been a lot of interest shown in him so we are very pleased that he has decided to join us.

“We have been looking to bring in players who are hungry and determined to progress and get better. Said is an exciting talent with a lot of ability and the right qualities, who will complement the other attacking players we have at the club.

“We need to give Said some time to settle in, but the step up to the Premier League is one I am confident he will be able to make. We are really pleased to have him here and looking forward to getting the best out of him.”

Benrahma, who will wear the number nine shirt, becomes Moyes’ fourth major signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Craig Dawson and Vladimir Coufal as well as the permanent addition of Tomas Soucek.

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Benrahma scored 17 goals in 46 appearances for Brentford last season as they reached the Championship play-off final – suffering a 2-1 defeat to Fulham at Wembley.

The Algeria international began his career in France with Ligue 1 side Nice and made 18 appearances for the first team before moving to Brentford in July 2018.

Benrahma featured 94 times for Brentford, scoring 30 goals during his stint at the west London club.

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Said Benrahma set for West Ham medical ahead of £30m move

Said Benrahma set for West Ham medical ahead of £30m move after agreeing a five-year contract – while David Moyes is also hopeful of landing Josh King before Friday’s deadline

  • Said Berahma is set to undergo at medical at West Ham on Thursday
  • The forward has agreed personal terms for a five-year contract
  • David Moyes is also hopeful of signing Josh King before the deadline 

West Ham are hopeful of concluding a £30million deal for Brentford’s Said Benrahma and remain in the hunt for Bournemouth’s Josh King.

Benrahma has ironed out issues over a bonus payment with Brentford and is scheduled for a medical with West Ham on Thursday after personal terms on a five year contract were discussed on Wednesday evening.

Manager David Moyes is hopeful of signing King also though Bournemouth are holding out for £16m for the Norway international after rejecting an offer of £13m earlier this week. King has interest from other Premier League clubs.

Said Benrahma will undergo a medical at West Ham on Thursday ahead of a £30million move

David Moyes is also hopeful of landing Bournemouth’s Josh King before Friday’s deadline

Benrahma enjoyed a standout season in the Championship last term with 17 goals and 10 assists.

Brentford have already lost  Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa in a £33m deal, with the young Englishman scoring a first-half hat-trick against Premier League champions Liverpool earlier this month. 

King, who scored six goals and made four assists in an injury-hit campaign, was close to completing a move back to Manchester United in January but a deal failed to materialise.

King was wanted by Manchester United in January and Tottenham also looked at the forward

Tottenham also explored the option of signing the forward as a back-up to Harry Kane but have since signed Carlos Vinicius.  

West Ham’s transfer activity has been quieter in comparison to their fellow Premier League sides.

Moyes had been desperate to sign an experienced defender and his wishes were granted on Monday with the arrival of Craig Dawson on loan from Watford.

The club’s other signings include Tomas Soucek, whose loan deal became permanent this summer, while Vladimir Coufal arrived from Slavia Prague.  

Elsehwere in the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday, have rejected a bid from Brentford for Barry Bannan.




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West Ham 'make breakthrough in £30m deal for Brentford star Benrahma'

West Ham ‘make breakthrough in £30m pursuit of Brentford star Said Benrahma’… days after David Moyes looked set to miss out on winger ‘with deal on brink of collapse’

  • West Ham are reportedly closing in on a deal for Brentford star Said Benrahma
  • The 25-year-old is one of the most sought-after players in the Championship
  • David Moyes is keen to add greater attacking threat to his side this summer
  • The deadline for domestic deals closes on Friday and so time is against them 

West Ham’s hopes of landing Said Benrahma have reportedly been boosted with a ‘breakthrough’ made for the Brentford winger. 

Just days after it was reported that a deal for the 25-year-old was ‘on the brink of collapse’, the Evening Standard report the two sides have edged closer to finalising a deal to take him to the London Stadium. 

West Ham boss David Moyes is determined to bolster his attacking options before the domestic transfer deadline on Friday at 5pm.  

West Ham have ‘made a breakthrough’ in a deal to bring in Brentford winger Said Benrahma

David Moyes is looking to bolster his attacking options after a positive start to the season

Fears of the deal collapsing were revealed by the Mirror but it is now said that sticking points are being sorted to allow Benrahma a dream move to the Premier League.

It is believed that £25m would be paid up front for Benrahma with the remaining £5m made up in future add-ons.

The Algerian winger was one of the top players in the Championship last season and led the Bees to the Championship play-off final, where they lost off to Fulham. 

The 25-year-old scored 17 times for the Bees as they finished third in the second tier last term

He netted 17 goals and registered 10 assists last season and was part of the thrilling ‘BMW’ front line for Brentford alongside Bryan Mbuemo and Ollie Watkins. 

Brentford have already lost striker Watkins to Premier League side Aston Villa in a £33million deal, with the young Englishman scoring a first-half hat-trick against Premier League champions Liverpool earlier this month. 

West Ham saw a £13m bid rejected for Bournemouth striker Josh King and so are now looking to push on for a deal to get Benrahma to east London. 

Benrahma has been away on international duty with Algeria and that is reported to have slowed down a switch away from Brentford but he has now returned to London. 

The Hammers saw a £13million bid for Bournemouth striker Josh King rejected (pictured)

Moyes saw Tomas Soucek’s loan deal become permanent this summer while Vladimir Coufal arrived from Slavia Prague and Craig Dawson joined on loan from Watford. 

While West Ham’s outlay has been more modest than rivals in the transfer market this summer, they look set to be busier in the coming days.

The sales of strikers Jordan Hugill and Albian Ajeti, allowing winger Felipe Anderson to leave on loan to FC Porto and Jack Wilshere having his contract cancelled a year early, has helped free up funds for Moyes.

Benrahma has barely featured for the Bees since the 2-0 defeat to Fulham at Wembley in August due to transfer speculation, though has made two substitute appearances for the west London side against Millwall and Preston North End this term. 




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Bournemouth reject West Ham's £13m bid for Josh King

Bournemouth reject West Ham’s £13m bid for Josh King as Hammers look to sign striker alongside Brentford star Said Benrahma

  • West Ham have had an offer of £13million rejected for Bournemouth’s Josh King 
  • They are are weighing up a fresh move for King, who is valued at around £17.5m 
  • The Hammers are also attempting to bring in Brentford star Said Benrahma 
  • David Moyes wants to add to his squad before closure of the domestic window 

West Ham have had a £13m offer for Josh King rejected by Bournemouth.

The Hammers have been knocked back in the first move for King who they want to sign along with Brentford’s Said Benrahma.

Forward King, 28, is into the final year of his contract and has already held talks with West Ham.

West Ham have had a bid of £13million rejected by Bournemouth for striker Josh King

That has left Bournemouth furious, with no fee agreed between the clubs, though the Hammers insist that they have not gone behind the south coast club’s back and personal terms have not been agreed.

West Ham have are still in the hunt for reinforcements and hoping to take advantage of the fact the domestic window is still open until Friday.

Although strengthening their defence was the priority, the exits of Grady Diangana and Felipe Anderson have left manager David Moyes seeking attacking additions too.

The Hammers are pushing ahead with their attempts to sign Brentford’s Said Benrahma

West Ham manager David Moyes is looking to add to his squad before the domestic deadline

King is keen to seal a return to the Premier League after Bournemouth’s relegation and has also attracted interest from West Brom and Brighton.

While West Ham weigh up a fresh move for King, who is valued at around £17.5m, they are pushing ahead with their attempts to sign Brentford’s exciting winger Benrahma with talks ongoing between the two clubs.

Brentford want £25m for Benrahma.  

After missing out on a string of centre-backs before the first deadline passed, they are keen on Watford’s Craig Dawson with Tottenham in pole position to sign another of their targets, Swansea’s Joe Rodon.




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West Ham 'ready to double Declan Rice's wages to huge £120,000-a-week

West Ham ‘ready to double Declan Rice’s wages to huge £120,000-a-week’ after fending off Chelsea as they bid to keep their star man at the club

  • West Ham will increase Declan Rice’s wages from  £60,000 to £120,000-a-week 
  • The 21-year-old is currently contracted with the club until the summer of 2024
  • But the new deal will look to extend his stay at the London Stadium beyond that

West Ham are ready to double Declan Rice’s wages in a new deal after fighting to keep the England midfielder at the club.

Rice had been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea this summer – with Frank Lampard an admirer of the player who was released by the club aged 14 – but West Ham’s £80million valuation proved too much for the Blues.

As it stands, the 21-year-old is under contract with the Hammers until the summer of 2024, but David Moyes keen to reward Rice for his commitment to the club and prevent any potential suitors from stealing his prized possession.

West Ham are prepared to increase Declan Rice’s wages from £60,000 to £120,000-a-week

Therefore, according to The Sun, West Ham are prepared to double Rice’s wage – taking him from £60,000 per week to £120,000 per week.

The contract will not only give Rice a lucrative new salary, but will look to extend his stay at the London Stadium.

Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are committed to keeping Rice at the club, having already raised his salary from £3,000-a-week to £60,000-a-week in the first two years of his five year deal.   

Rice linked with a move to Chelsea but West Ham’s £80million valuation proved too much

After switching allegiances from Republic of Ireland, Rice has been an England mainstay

Despite having a host of European clubs interested in his signature, Rice has continued to perform on the pitch. 

Rice has established himself as an integral part of West Ham’s midfield and last season was named their Young Player of the Year for the third season running. 

At international level, after opting to switch allegiance after three caps for the Republic of Ireland, he has been a mainstay in Gareth Southgate’s England squad since making his debut last year. 




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Southampton 2-0 West Brom: Romeu scores stunning second half volley

Southampton 2-0 West Brom: Oriol Romeu scores stunning second half volley after Moussa Djenepo’s opener to give Saints convincing victory as Baggies slump to third defeat

  • Southampton beat West Brom 2-0 to get their second victory of the season   
  • Goals from Moussa Djenepo and Oriol Romeu secured the three points
  • Djenepo opened the scoring with a smart finish just before half-time
  • Romeu met Stuart Armstrong’s cross to produce a stunning second half volley

ON THE DAY Southampton sealed the signing of a new central midfielder, Oriol Romeu picked a good time to steal the show.

A spectacular and rare goal from the Spanish anchorman put the seal on a thoroughly satisfying afternoon for the south coast club and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in particular.

Three points to make it successive wins and clean sheets, Southampton getting off the mark for the season at home, two goalscorers easing the burden on Danny Ings and Ibrahima Diallo’s £12m capture from Stade Brestois completed.

Southampton beat West Brom 2-0 to earn their second victory of the season at St Marys

Oriol Romeu met Stuart Armstrong’s cross with a stunning one touch volley to make it 2-0

The midfielder’s sensational strike came just as West Brom had been mounting some pressure

After Southampton’s concerning start to the season – three defeats on the bounce – today as a whole was another step in the right direction for Hasenhuttl and his men.

Moussa Djenepo got them on their way against a West Brom side who posed them few problems with an eye-catching goal of his own before Romeu’s flying volley wrapped up all three points at St Mary’s. Ings had previously scored all three of Southampton’s league goals.

Romeu is more renowned for the dirty, unnoticed work he does in front of Southampton’s defence than hitting the net and this was just the eighth goal of his career. 

Moussa Djenepo opened the scoring with a low strike through a crowded penalty area

Djenepo’s goal came just before break after the Saints had dominated much of the first half

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Southampton (4-4-2): McCarthy; Walker-Peters; Bednarek; Vestergaard; Bertrand; Armstrong; Ward-Prowse; Romeu; Djenepo (Redmond 51); Adams (Long 84); Ings

Subs not used: Stephens; Obafemi; Valery; Smallbone; Forster 

Scorers: Djenepo 41; Romeu 68

Booked: Djenepo 

West Brom (4-2-3-1): Johnstone, O’Shea; Ajayi; Bartley; Townsend; Livermore; Sawyers (Krovinovic 64); Edwards (Field 45); Pereira; Diangana; Robinson (Robson-Kanu 60)

Subs not used: Furlong; Harper; Ivanovic; Button 

Booked: Livermore 

But his improvised volley was a beautiful strike that earned him the deserved acclaim of his teammates and staff.

His first goal since February 2019 was also a timely contribution with Diallo’s arrival confirmed and potentially further midfield additions before tomorrow’s deadline.

Southampton began like a side buoyed by their first win of the season last time out at Burnley, with intent and purpose in their sharp passing.

There was also more evidence of why West Brom had conceded a record 11 league goals in their opening three games.

Twice Southampton got in down their right hand side, with far too much ease for Slaven Bilic’s liking.

Ryan Bertrand’s thumping drive was repelled by Sam Johnstone on the first occasion, the start of a busy first half for West Brom’s goalkeeper.

Stuart Armstrong then shrugged off a flimsy challenge before smacking a shot against the post holding up Johnstone’s net. Ten minutes later he was called into action twice in quick succession.

Firstly he got down sharply to prevent Semi Ajayi turning Kyle Walker-Peters’s cross into his own net and was up quickly to prevent Che Adams turning in the loose ball, sticking out a foot to send the ball over his bar.

The Baggies felt they could have had a penalty at 1-0 when the ball hit Ryan Bertrand in the box

The Saints made it back-to-back victories after beating Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend

That was good, but Johnstone’s next contribution was even better. James Ward-Prowse whipped in one of those vicious free-kicks that seemingly only needs the slightest touch to result in a goal.

Danny Ings added that with a glancing header but Johnstone flung himself to his right to fingertip the ball wide.

But then came the warning before the goal. Adams fired inches wide after Southampton robbed West Brom of possession in midfield.

The visitors did not learn their lesson. The same happened again just before half-time, Adams and Ings kept the attack going and the latter’s cross deflected to Djenepo who took a touch, fooled two defenders with a Cruyff turn and found Johnstone’s bottom corner.

It was going to take something pretty good to beat Johnstone. Djenepo’s first goal since last September was just that.

A one goal half-time lead was the least Southampton deserved. West Brom, meanwhile, had offered little. Their lack of cutting edge and threat in open play was clear.

Sam Johnstone produced a stunning save to prevent Danny Ings scoring in the first half

The result means Slaven Bilic’s side have now lost three of their first four fixtures this season

So too was why Bilic is so determined to increase his firepower with Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant his top target.

They did threaten from set pieces after the break, Bertrand almost turning one free-kick into his own net, Grady Diangana seeing an effort kicked clear by Alex McCarthy and Ajayi and Kyle Bartley both failing to get the decisive touch on Matheus Pereira’s free-kick.

Southampton were not having as much joy creating chances in the second half as they did in the first.

And from what was only half an opportunity Romeu put the game to bed. He had plenty to do when Stuart Armstrong lifted a hopeful ball into a dangerous area.

But Romeu charged into a gap he spotted in the area, forcing Adams out the way, before meeting the ball perfectly mid-air and directing a volley past a helpless Johnstone with the outside of his right foot.




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West Ham confirm signing of Slavia Prague right back Vladimir Coufal

West Ham confirm £4m signing of Slavia Prague right back Vladimir Coufal as he becomes David Moyes’ second arrival alongside fellow Czech Republic star Tomas Soucek

  • West Ham have announced the signing of Vladimir Coufal from Slavia Prague  
  • The right back joins for a fee of around £4m and is the club’ second signing  
  • He promised he would ‘do everything so that West Ham will be successful’ 

West Ham have announced the signing of Vladimir Coufal from Slavia Prague, with the right back agreeing a deal until 2023.

David Moyes’ side have secured the Czech Republic international for a fee of around £4million as he becomes the club’s second transfer of the window and joins his compatriot Tomas Soucek.

Coufal will wear the No.5 shirt at the London Stadium and vowed to give his all to David Moyes to propel the team up the table.  

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Slavia Prague right back Vladimir Coufal 

‘I’m very happy I am part of the West Ham family,’ he told the club’s official website. ‘I will do everything so that West Ham will be successful.

‘I know about the interest West Ham had in me for a long time but now finally I am here and I am so happy.

‘Tomas [Soucek] told me on the best things, that it’s a good stadium with good fans and perfect teammates and staff. Tomas is my very good friend and I hope he will help me here.’

He will join fellow Czech Republic star and close friend Tomas Soucek at the London Stadium 

Moyes said he was pleased to get the deal over the line after monitoring the player ‘for some time’ and backed the ‘hungry and ambitious’ star to adapt quickly to Premier League football. 

‘We are delighted to welcome Vladimir and his family to West Ham United,’ he said.

‘He is a player we have been tracking for some time now and all of our reports have been very impressive. He has a lot of attributes and qualities that we believe will enable him to adapt quickly to the demands of the Premier League

David Moyes praised Coufal as ‘hungry and ambitious’ and believes he will adapt quickly 

‘Vladimir fits the profile of the type of player we want to bring to the football club – hungry, ambitious and determined. 

‘He is a proven talent with Champions League and international experience, but we believe his best years are still ahead of him here at West Ham.

‘We need to give Vladimir some time to settle in and get used to his new surroundings but having Tomas Soucek here will help him in that sense, and we are confident that he will make a positive impact and prove to be a great addition to the squad.’ 

The 28-year-old has eight caps for his national side and has played his entire career in his native Czech Republic – starting his career with Hlucin before moving on to Slovan Liberec – where he spent six years. He has spent the last two years with Slavia, making 81 appearances and scoring 7 goals. 

Coufal spent his entire career in the Czech Republic and has eight caps for his national side

Meanwhile, West Ham are ready to press ahead with their pursuit of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Southampton – who along with the Hammers have been linked with Liverpool’s Marko Grujic – and Fulham are also keen on the Chelsea midfielder who Frank Lampard is ready to let leave on loan.

But while his wages may represent a stumbling block for some of his suitors West Ham have not been deterred.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another player West Ham are hopeful of signing before the deadline

They also remain in discussions with Jack Wilshere and hopeful of reaching an agreement over his exit.

Wilshere has less than 12 months left on the three-year contract, worth around £100,000-per-week, that he signed when he joined on a free after leaving Arsenal in 2018.

However he has been restricted to just 18 appearances due to injury. West Ham would ideally like to find a buyer for Wilshere that would allow them to recoup some cash.

However, if there are no takers before the window closes they aim to reach a compromise to cancel his contract by mutual consent. 




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