Carroll U-Turn, Marega Latest, Etheridge & Shelvey Interest: West Ham News Roundup

​It's an exciting time to be a West Ham fan.

A top-ten finish in Manuel Pellegrini's first season suggests things are going in the right direction, with some of the football on show pretty good to watch. The Hammers can't afford to rest on their laurels, though, and incomings this summer are essential to push on and compete for Europa League spots.

So what do we need? Rumours. When do we need them? NOW!

Okay, here's some...

Andy Carroll to Be........HANDED A NEW DEAL?!


Puffing your cheeks out eh Andy? Well, that was my exact reaction when news emerged from ​The Sun that West Ham might be prepared to offer Carroll fresh terms on an 'incentivised' deal.

Despite playing four games in what seems like 438 years, big Andy could be in line for a new deal because...the club feel sorry for him? That pretty much surmises what a club 'insider' has allegedly said, as well as actually regaining some kind of fitness.

And fitness looks a long way away right now, with Carroll currently wearing a protective boot on his ankle after undergoing surgery. Just as we thought West Ham were moving past this nonsense eh?

Hammers Want Shelvey With Newcastle Future Unclear

Jonjo Shelvey

Boyhood West Ham fan Jonjo Shelvey hasn't had a great time of it at Newcastle, barely featuring under Rafa Benitez this season.

But you're only as good as your last game, right? If so, Shelvey is pretty damn good - after hammering home a missile of a volley against Fulham on the final day of the season. But as we alluded to just now, he's barely played this season.

​The Sun say his future at Newcastle is unclear, with Manuel Pellegrini is waiting to pounce. After all, West Ham do need central midfield reinforcements. We've heard this one before, though, and so forgive us for sitting on the fence and not fully believing it.

West Ham Target Marega 'Certain' to Leave Porto for €40m


Long-term ​Hammers target Moussa Marega is moving on this summer, no questions asked. Well, that's what Portuguese news outlet ​A Bola say anyway.

He has a €40m release clause in his Porto contract, with the Hammers known to be admirers of the powerful striker. He scored goals galore this season, including six in the Champions League, and would certainly be an asset to West Ham's striking ranks.

Marega would no doubt provide a much better option than say....Andy Carroll - see where I'm going with this?

Etheridge Catches Pellegrini's Eye After Stellar Cardiff Campaign

Neil Etheridge

Cardiff's relegation from the Premier League was sealed on the penultimate day of the season, but it could have been over long before than in truth.

Because without goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who knows how many goals the Bluebirds would have conceded this season. He was simply outstanding and can count himself lucky to be heading back to the Championship.

Then again, he might not be going after all - with ​Wales Online suggesting that West Ham are interested in bringing Etheridge to the London Stadium. 

Tasty competition for Lukasz Fabianski in goal? Yes, please. Releasing the living legend that is Adrian in order to make it happen? No thank you.

Byram Open to Nottingham Forest Return

Sam Byram,Jacques Maghoma

Goodness me, I had forgotten that Sam Byram even played for West Ham. He's been on loan at Nottingham Forest this season but has suffered terrible luck with injuries - restricting him to just six Championship appearances. 

Nevertheless, Byram said on his future last month (via ​Nottingham Post): “I need to play football and, you know, if Nottingham Forest offer me football next season, I would not turn that opportunity down. But I need to sit down in the summer with West Ham, because I do not know what their plans are for me."

Leaving on a permanent basis seems to be the way forward Sam, with the Hammers open to the idea of permanently letting go of a player they signed for £4m from Leeds three year ago.

Source : 90min