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January 20th: Payet gets a brick full of wrath, Fonte a Hammer, and an epic football proposal after bicycle kick.

Good morning Hammer nation! Fresh off the papers, it looks as if a disgruntled fan has thrown a brick at Dimitri Payet’s car outside his home. It’s certainly going a bit too far for a man who is really just trying to get home to his family.

To further the Payet embarrassment, Pedro Obiang, who is the main administrator on the team’s WhatsApp group, kicked the Frenchman out.

Slaven Bilic has made it clear he’s perfectly content leaving Dimitri to practice with the U-23s for the remainder of the Frenchman’s contract.

Last West Ham order of the day and probably the most important: Jose Fonte should be headed to East London after a physical later on today, for a transfer fee for roughly £8 million. Good signing or too old and too much money?


  • This gem straight out of Guam has won the internet’s cold, dead heart. In one spectacular act, the forward Ashton Surber performs a brilliant bicycle kick, runs to the sideline, and proposes to his #1 fan. You have to wonder how long he’s been planning this and how many games he’s had to put on that awesome proposal shirt hoping to score.
  • The Chinese government is urging the China FA to curve spending on players. With more offer rumors swirling around the footballing world, we’ll see if the bubble does eventually burst.
  • One of my writing heroes, Rory Smith of the NY Times, wrote an amazing piece on the quickly deteriorating situation at Valencia.
  • Tottenham and the NFL have a joint deal for their new stadium which is currently under construction. Spurs invited several media outlets to experience a virtual tour of their new facilities. Take a peak!
Inside Tottenham's new stadium

Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium looks incredible!

Posted by on Thursday, January 19, 2017