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West Ham hopeful on permanent Song deal

Song looks set to return to West Ham permanently from Barcelona. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song.

Former Arsenal star Song will miss three months with ankle trouble, leaving the ex-Cameroon midfielder haggling with the Hammers over the length of a permanent contract.

Song spent last season on loan at Upton Park, and Barcelona are ready to let him return on a free transfer - but new West Ham boss Bilic admitted talks are ongoing with the 27-year-old.

"We are in contact but it's not for the media yet," he said.

West Ham re-sign Arsenal defender on loan

West Ham have re-signed Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson on a season-long loan - with the England international also penning a new long-term deal with the Gunners.

Jenkinson, 23, impressed whilst on loan at Upton Park last season and will now return to form part of Slaven Bilic's squad.

He featured in 32 of West Ham's Premier League games and will again be looking to add more Premier League experience under his belt whilst away from the Emirates Stadium.

"I'm really happy to be back after last year," Jenkinson told West Ham's official website. "It was a good season for the club and a good season for myself."

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West Ham safely through despite Sakho dismissal

The Hammers were never troubled by their Andorran opponents. Credit: PA

West Ham progressed into the second round of qualifying for this season's Europa League, with Terry Westley hailing their victory over FC Lusitans as "mission accomplished".

The Hammers were 3-0 up heading to Andorra, but any thoughts of a simple evening were expelled when Diafra Sakho, who scored two of those goals, was sent off with less than 15 minutes gone.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, the visitors still sealed a 1-0 win on the night as Elliot Lee grabbed his first senior West Ham goal to complete a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Westley, who was again in charge of the team even though new boss Slaven Bilic travelled with the team and took up a place in the dug-out, was again pleased with how the team performed.

"Mission accomplished, you would say, over the two legs," he said.

Middlesbrough in sensational swoop for West Ham winger

Downing could be heading back to Teesside. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough are hoping to pull off a sensational swoop to bring Stewart Downing back to Teesside this week.

Boro are in talks with West Ham over the 30-year-old England international, who began his career with his home-town club after emerging as one of its Academy's star graduates.

Press Association Sport understands the player would not be averse to a return to the Riverside Stadium if he proves to be surplus to requirement at Upton Park as new manager Slaven Bilic re-shapes his squad.

However, should that be the case, Sunderland, with whom Downing had a loan spell earlier in his career, too have an interest in him and can offer him Barclays Premier League, rather than Sky Bet Championship football.

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Marseille accept West Ham offer for Payet

Payet looks set for West Ham. Credit: PA

Marseille have grudgingly accepted an offer from West Ham for forward Dimitri Payet.

Payet, who has played 15 times for France, is expected to arrive at Upton Park on Thursday to undergo a medical and is set to become new manager Slaven Bilic's first major signing since succeeding Sam Allardyce at West Ham.

It's easy to see why Payet is valued so highly. Credit: Oulala

Marseille issued a lengthy statement saying it is "absolutely not their intention" to sell Payet but that they were forced to accept the bid after a dispute with the player and his agent over a new contract.

The French club also claimed that West Ham have offered Payet a "golden bridge" - a six-year contract worth £21.3million - to play in the Premier League.

West Ham unveil new 'Boleyn kit'

West Ham have unveiled the 'Boleyn Kit'. Credit: whufc.com

West Ham will mark their final season at the Boleyn Ground with a special home kit.

The new strip is based on the design that the club wore in their first season at the ground in 1904.

The shirt features a commemorative gold crest with the legend ‘Boleyn Ground 1904-2016’ underneath.

The Hammers will play their home games at the Olympic Stadium from the 2016/17 season.

West Ham's kit will mark their final season at the Boleyn Ground. Credit: whufc.com

West Ham sign Spain Under-21 international

Pedro Obiang, right, has signed for West Ham. Credit: PA

West Ham have confirmed the signing of Spain Under-21 midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old is the first player to join the Irons since the announcement of Slaven Bilic as the east London club's new manager on Tuesday.

Obiang made 35 appearances for Sampdoria last season, scoring three goals as the Blucerchiati finished seventh in Serie A to qualify for the Europa League.

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