Yarmolenko boosts Irons’ options

West Ham are confident that they have added a quality, versatile attacking option by signing Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund.

The 28-year-old Ukraine international has signed a four-year contract with the Hammers, having ended his stay with BVB after just a single campaign which saw him score six goals in 26 appearances in all competitions.

And Irons director of football Mario Husillos believes that a change of scenery will help Yarmolenko rediscover the sort of form which saw him score 137 times in 341 games for Dynamo Kyiv.

He told the club's official website: "When we had the opportunity to sign him, we did not hesitate, because he really is the kind of player that we were looking for.

"He is a left-footed player who can play on the right and is very quick, very good one-on-one against a defender.

"He gives the team a lot of attacking options and scores goals, is fast on the counter-attack and provides aerial threat with his height.

"At Dortmund, he had some good matches but perhaps didn't quite show his very best. However, I think Manuel Pellegrini is the perfect coach for Andriy and his style of play."

The arrival of Yarmolenko comes a couple of days after the Hammers completed the signing of England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who opted against signing a new contract at Arsenal.

The Irons are priced at 9/4 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table next season and are available at 4/11 to end up in the bottom half.

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Fabianski relishing new chapter at West Ham

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says he's joining West Ham at an "exciting time" after completing his £7million move from Swansea City.

The Hammers have been busy in the transfer window following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as head coach and Mario Husillos as director of football, bringing in centre-back Issa Diop and defender Ryan Fredericks.

They have now made their third signing of the summer with the capture of Fabianski, who is currently at the World Cup 2018 with Poland, watching from the bench as they lost 2-1 to Senegal on Tuesday.

The Londoners were in need of a new goalkeeper after Joe Hart's loan spell from Manchester City came to an end, while Adrian struggled when called upon last season.

The 33-year-old has signed a three-year deal to bring the curtain down on a four year stint with Swansea, signing off at the Liberty Stadium by winning the Player of the Year award last season as the Welsh outfit were relegated.

The former Arsenal shot stopper is happy to be making the move to West Ham and is eager to play a big part of the Pellegrini era.

"I'm really happy to be joining at such an exciting time here," he said.

"I will do my best on and off the pitch to help the team to achieve the best results possible and can't wait to start this new chapter of my career."

Meanwhile, director of football Husillos added: "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level.

"He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position."

Having flirted with relegation last season, West Ham are 20/1 for a top six finish next season under Pellegrini.

The Hammers kick-off the campaign away at Liverpool and are 10/1 to win the game, with the Reds 2/7 and the draw 4/1.

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Fabianski close to Hammers move

Lukasz Fabianski, who is currently representing Poland at World Cup 2018, has revealed that he is set to sign for West Ham United.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper has been with Swansea City for the last four seasons but will leave the Welsh side following their relegation to the Championship.

The 33-year-old is expected to sign a three-year-deal with the Hammers after completing a proposed £7million switch.

Last season West Ham used both Joe Hart, who was on loan at the club from Manchester City, and Adrian as their goalkeepers.

Fabianski said: "We need to wait a bit, but I won't be lying – something is going to happen.

"Now I need to wait and be patient. If I leave Swansea, I will regret that it will happen after relegation to the Championship.

"I spent a lovely time there. They helped me in a tough moment, when I didn't play for Arsenal. I will have good memories for the rest of my life from Swansea."

Swansea can be backed at 10/3 to be promoted from the Championship in 2018/19 while West Ham are 10/1 to win the opening match of their campaign against Liverpool at Anfield on 11th August.

Pellegrini welcomes Fredericks deal

Manuel Pellegrini believes that he has made a good addition to his West Ham squad by snapping up full-back Ryan Fredericks on a four-year contract from Fulham.

The 25-year-old helped the Cottagers secure a return to the Premier League via the play-offs, but has chosen to move on immediately, with his current deal running out this summer.

And new Hammers head coach Pellegrini is pleased to have made his first signing since taking charge at the London Stadium a few weeks ago.

The Chilean told his club's official website: "I am very pleased to welcome Ryan as our first signing this summer. He joins having had a successful season with Fulham and is a player who will bring great qualities to our squad.

"He has good experience, with more than 150 senior appearances already but at 25 he is still a young player with his best years ahead of him.

"Ryan has good character, is hungry to succeed and has shown me that he has great desire to be a West Ham player. I look forward to working with him."

Former Manchester City boss Pellegrini has been charged with trying to improve on a 13th-placed finish last season, when the Irons eventually finished nine points clear of the relegation zone.

They can be backed at 9/4 to finish in the top half of the table next season, while they are 4/11 to finish in the bottom half and 6/1 to be relegated.

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Hernandez hints at Hammers exit

Doubts remain about Javier Hernandez's future after the Mexico international refused to commit his future to West Ham United.

The 29-year-old former Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen striker signed a three-year contract last summer following his £16million move from the Bundesliga outfit but failed to impress with the Hammers.

Former boss David Moyes hardly used him in the closing weeks of the campaign and, despite West Ham appointing Manuel Pellegrini as the Scotsman's successor this week, Hernandez looks set to leave the club this summer.

"Of course I am a West Ham player still, but we'll see," Hernandez said ahead of Mexico's friendly against Wales on Tuesday.

"Right now what can I tell you? I'm glad there's a new manager? I'm sad there's a new manager?

"It's not the moment to speak about this. My mind is 100 per cent on the World Cup."

Hernandez scored eight Premier League goals in 16 starts and 12 appearances from the substitutes bench for West Ham in 2017/18.

Mexico are 8/15 to beat Wales and 5/1 to record a 2-0 victory against Ryan Giggs' side.

Meanwhile, Mexico are available at 11/10 to qualify from their group at the World Cup in Russia and at 2/1 to be eliminated from the tournament at the last-16 stage.

Experienced duo leave Hammers

West Ham United have confirmed that James Collins and Patrice Evra have played their last games for the club.

Former Wales international Collins spent 10 years with the Hammers in two spells with the club, making 214 appearances.

The 34-year-old struggled with injuries this season though and new manager Manuel Pellegrini has decided that the defender is not part of his future plans.

Owners David Sullivan and David Gold said: "We would like to place on record our sincere thanks for the outstanding service James has given West Ham down the years.

"His bravery and commitment were never called into question and he has played his part in establishing the club in the Premier League since his return in 2012.

"We appreciate just how popular James is among supporters but with the appointment of a new manager, we felt together the time was right to go our separate ways."

Meanwhile, former Manchester United, Monaco and Juventus defender Evra will also leave the club when his contract expires at the end of next month.

The 37-year-old ex-France international joined West Ham on a short-term contract in February and made five appearances for the club.

West Ham are 6/1 to be relegated from the top-flight in the 2018/19 season, while Wolves are 6/1 to go down, Huddersfield Town 6/5 and Cardiff City 8/11.

Hammers turn to Pellegrini

Less than a week after deciding not to hand David Moyes a new contract, West Ham United have named Manuel Pellegrini as their next manager.

The experienced Chilean has enjoyed spells in charge of Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga and Manchester City in the past.

The 64-year-old, who won the 2013/14 Premier League title with Manchester City, has signed a three-year contract with the Hammers.

After parting company with City in the summer of 2016, Pellegrini had been in charge of Hebei China Fortune but he left the Chinese Super League club on Saturday.

West Ham's joint-chairman David Sullivan said: "I am delighted to welcome Manuel Pellegrini to West Ham United. He is one of the world's most respected football coaches and we look forward to working with him.

"It was important that we appointed someone with knowledge and experience of the Premier League, who already has an understanding – not only of the teams and players we face – but of West Ham United and our ambitions.

"Manuel brings a reputation for attacking football and getting the best out of his players. We believe he will attract new talent to the London Stadium as well as improving the current squad."

Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic as Hammers boss in November 2017 and guided them away from the relegation zone and to 13th place in the Premier League table.

West Ham are 6/1 to be relegated next season, while Huddersfield Town are 6/5 to go down, Bournemouth 5/1 and Cardiff City 4/5.

Hammers to move in new direction

West Ham United have decided not to hand David Moyes a new contract and the former Everton and Manchester United boss has left the club.

The 55-year-old replaced Slaven Bilic as Hammers boss in November and managed to steer the club to a mid-table finish after they had flirted with relegation for much of the campaign.

They eventually finished 13th, nine points clear of the bottom three, after winning two and drawing one of their last three matches.

There were some very low points during the campaign including a 3-0 home loss to Burnley in March and a 4-1 capitulation to Manchester City just over a fortnight ago.

However, there were some highlights as well including a 4-1 victory at Huddersfield Town and 3-0 home triumph against Southampton.

Moyes' assistants Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay have also left the club with immediate effect.

Joint chairman David Sullivan said: "I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League.

"When David and his team arrived, it was the wish of both parties that the focus be only on the six months until the end of the season, at which point a decision would be made with regards to the future. Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete, we feel that it is right to move in a different direction.

"We are already taking steps to identify and recruit the manager we believe can take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions. We aim to appoint a high-calibre figure who we feel will lead the club into an exciting future for our loyal supporters within the next 10 days."

West Ham are 6/1 to be relegated next season, while Huddersfield are 6/5 to go down and Cardiff City 4/5.

Gold hopes Moyes will stay

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has indicated that he would be happy for David Moyes to sign a new one-year contract with the club.

The former Preston, Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland boss was appointed on a short-term deal in November after the Hammers had parted company with Slaven Bilic.

Moyes guided West Ham away from the relegation zone but his contract expired on Sunday after his side had beaten Everton on the final day of the Premier League campaign.

The Hammers have been linked with Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca but Gold has handed his backing to Moyes.

He said: "I've enjoyed David Moyes. I've enjoyed his company, I've enjoyed working with him. He's a proper professional – his record speaks for himself.

"As we speak David Moyes is on the list of managers and we'll be selecting one in due course. I'd like to think it was David Moyes, I really hope so.

"We were disappointed at our performance right the way through the year. We changed our manager which is always a difficult time for us.

"But if you look at the injury list right the way through the season, there was a time just before Christmas we had 12 senior players injured, unavailable for selection. No team can suffer that kind of situation."

West Ham are 6/1 to be relegated next season, while Huddersfield Town are 6/5 to go down, Wolves 5/1 and Southampton 7/1.

Arnautovic key to Hammers survival

David Moyes believes the contribution of Marko Arnautovic has been pivotal in ensuring West Ham's survival in the Premier League this season.

Moyes chose to deploy the Austrian international in a centre-forward role when he replaced Slaven Bilic in November and was rewarded by seeing him score ten times.

The 29-year-old was signed from Stoke City last summer in a big-money move and had predominantly been playing out wide in the early part of his Hammers career.

"He's been a sensation up front, he's been playing as well as most strikers," said Moyes.

"Maybe he wasn't doing as much and not tracking back on the wing. Him going up front made a big difference."

Arnautovic is not noted as the hardest-working of professionals, but his mercurial skills are often game-changing when he is on song.

Moyes insists that his teammates were fully behind him, and willing to credit him with their survival.

"The team think Marko has been the outstanding factor," added Moyes. "He's a big threat to whatever centre-half he is up against.

"Whoever he's up against he looks as if he can beat them, outrun them, he is stronger than them.

"At Stoke his technical abilities weren't in question. His attitude and commitment, at times you would look and think 'is he really interested?'

"But he looks a different man up front, it's given him a bit of freedom, maybe not the responsibility of playing wide.

"It's made a big difference to the team."

West Ham are 11/8 to win their final league game of the season on Sunday at home to Everton. Arnautovic can be backed at 9/2 to score the opening goal.

The Toffees are 11/5 to end their season with a win.

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