Mediawatch - 22 March


Our daily look at the Hammers stories making the news contains some interesting transfer rumours…

The Daily Mirror say the Club will step up their pursuit of Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson in the summer, after initially expressing an interest in January.

As the Hammers look to bolster their creative options, the Iceland international could fit the bill.  However, the same piece says a deal for Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney is unlikely, due to his reported £300,000 a week salary.

Meanwhile, The Sun reckon the Club still hold a firm interest in Jermain Defoe – especially given the belief that he would be available on a free should Sunderland be relegated this season.

Another striker on the radar is said to be Michy Batshuayi according to the Daily Mail. Batshuayi joined Chelsea from Marseille in the summer, but has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge.

Finally, Sam Byram offers his thoughts on Saturday’s defeat to Leicester City in the Newham Recorder, where he talks of his frustration at not being able to return to the side in a winning effort.

He said: “It was frustrating. Especially in the first half, where it was disappointing for us to perform like that. We have turned it around in the second half and were unfortunate not to get anything from the game, but it has happened too many times when we have started slowly.”