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Rumour Mill- A Fry Up On The Cards, Matt ?

West Ham defender, Matt Fry could be about to exchange one Claret & Blue shirt for another following speculation that Burnley are interested in signing the 20 year old and could be close to finalising a deal.

The 6ft tall defender came through non-league Gravesend & Northfleet's youth team before at the age of just eleven joining West Ham's youth team.

He signed his first professional contract, for the Hammers in June 2009.

In October 2009 he joined Gillingham on a one-months loan deal which was subsequently extended. He suffered an injury though and eventually returned to Upton Park in January 2010.

In March that year another loan deal was struck this time at League 1, Charlton until the end of the season but he never managed to play for the Addicks during this spell.

He returned to Charlton though again on loan in August 2010. In March 2011 Fry returned to West Ham having made 32 appearances for Charlton whilst also scoring one goal.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 11 2011

Time: 11:36AM

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Should point out that he has never made his debut for West Ham yet so only played in the lower leagues
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11/07/2011 11:40:00

My very well informed WHU correspondent descibes him as "underrated player - hard working, honest pro".
Couch Potato
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11/07/2011 12:35:00

Good to see that Howe is adressing a sensitive field of the team, the defence. Anyone know what is happening with Leon Cork? Is he staying, leaving, retireing?
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11/07/2011 12:43:00

Leon Cort, Sorry :)
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11/07/2011 12:44:00

He looks like a good up and coming young player, who at Championship level could be a strong defender. With Bikey, Edgar, Duff and hopefully Fry, we could have a strong central defence for the new season.
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11/07/2011 12:51:00

That sounds encouraging Couch, and also shows that Eddie seems to be following up on his 'young and as yet unproven' policy. Providing this thread is accurate of course.
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11/07/2011 12:57:00

Everyone assumes, nor, that Cort will serve out the remaining year (or 2?) of his contract and disappear, as no-one thinks he's good enough for us, or for anyone else to buy him. He played poorly in the friendly at non-league Altrincham. But he did play on loan with PNE last year. So maybe we'll get a club to loan him and pay part of his salary? Or maybe he'll get his confidence back and prove us all wrong? Meanwhile, Bham hve lost yet another player, Roger Johnson having gone to Wolves. And - the ground moved when I read about this - Plymouth Argyle striker Joe Mason has joined Cardiff City on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Republic of Ireland under-21 international Mason is Malky Mackay's sixth signing since succeeding Dave Jones as Bluebirds boss. Robert Earnshaw, Andrew Taylor, Craig Conway, Don Cowie and Aron Gunnarsson have already joined under Mackay. Mason, who completed a medical over the weekend, scored seven goals in 35 Pilgrims appearances. The 20-year-old has now travelled to join the Bluebirds squad on their pre-season tour in Spain. Mackay has set about rebuilding a club that has seen 12 of last season's players depart. They include Craig Bellamy, whose possible Cardiff return Mackay is coy about - Jay Bothroyd and Michael Chopra. That was copied off BBCwww. I would guess that 'coy' means Man City hope to sell him (Celtic have been snmiffing around) and not pay his silly salary to play for someone else. And we think we've got problems... sigh. Cardiff and Birmigham fans meanwhile have bigger and bigger reasons to have the blues.
Couch Potato
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11/07/2011 13:04:00

Where O where is all this leading? a hand full of no namer's that haven't made the grade, or in the alternative lower league unproven fodder ......I hope those of you who have so steadfastly been defending the realm for the last eight weeks are starting to realise all is not well with our Famous old club come on wake up smell the claret! its cork'd if you ask me !!!!
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11/07/2011 14:55:00

Wiki says we have already signed him for an undisclosed fee? cover for Carlisle perhaps? although I would rather have Carlisle's experience than some lad who hasn't even made a start for West Ham.
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11/07/2011 14:57:00

Where O where is all this leading? Last year we finished 8th. 3 went up, 3 have come down, and Bham are going to keep falling they are in such turmoil. Cardiff are in disarray, having gambled all and failed. We're up to 6th. But Leicester have made big strides. So, unless Sven's got it as badly wrong this time about their new investors as he did at Notts County, we're down to 7th. But Blackpool will lose intensity. Up to 6th. It's traditional for Wembley losers to go backwards. Up to 5th. Leeds have lost players and are rubbish. So we finish 4th. Then we factor in having a manager who tmp assures us Clarke Carlisle thinks knows what he's trying to achieve, unlike Brian, which has to be worth 2 places. We're going up!
Couch Potato
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11/07/2011 15:53:00

Well after the performance I saw against Bristol City and Leicester City away last season and indeed many other games, I think you are being a tadge optimistic considering at the moment we are four players down and have lost a lot of experience. 70% or so it would appear tend to agree based on poll! Howe may be able to work miracles, I hope so but I don't see that we have enough quality or quantity at the moment to mount a confident challenge and in anycase by now we should be aiming for automatic promotion not trying to avoid failing to reach the play-offs again
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11/07/2011 19:02:00

If only it was that simple CP!!
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11/07/2011 20:18:00

I tend to agree tmp, we should not be faffing around, we should be getting quality players in and going for an automatic place before there really is no money left then we will be buggered!!! excuse the French.
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11/07/2011 20:20:00

Couch we cross swords often but I have to say I think you just killed me with the sword of laughter!!! .... your logic is bloody hilarious I'm still giggling now a beautifully crafted retort if only it where true !
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11/07/2011 20:53:00

Well it looks like Flood is increasing his shareholding by buying some of BK's shares. BK will still be chairman but at some point I am sure Flood will take over the reins. In many ways I hope it is sooner rather than later, I just feel we need to try something different and I think Flood with take more calculated risks and increase our chances of success. We should embrace that and not be too fearful! I know Flood is not everybody's cup of tea but let's give him a chance to sweeten the brew before passing final judgement!
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11/07/2011 22:03:00

Good to see CP back on form, and I agree, we're going up. Bristol was atrocious tmp, almost as bad , if not as bad as some of the performances under Cotterill although having said that, I still think Steve did well for us under the circumstances he worked under. Let's get this right before we start, - we're going up.
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11/07/2011 23:36:00

Nice to see some confidence for a change boys and girls!!!!!!
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11/07/2011 23:56:00

Are we going up? I hope so but really have no idea. Unless we sell players for substantial money, which we will not unless disaster strikes and the players we want and need are sold, we are not in the market for proven quality. Our trust has to be in Eddies skill to make astute purchases and in his ability to weld together a successful team. Can he do this in the time he has available for this season? We may have to wait until 2012/2013 but still hoping for a mini miracle this season. Please, please, please will the Board show some enterprise and give EH some money to get at least two quality players and I will not need to be praying for any sort of miracle. If we can not sell the players we do not want, offer them on frees, at least the wage bill will be lower.
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12/07/2011 13:17:00

Cornwallclaret, you are very pessimistic. It certainly will not be a miracle if we go up this year, far from it. Top six will be our priority, but I think we should be aiming for higher than that. I have justified my reason for this with my last comment on the latest article. Im sure we will sign a couple of players before the end of the transfer window, whether they will be proven quality, it is unlikely but perhaps. We will certainly be looking to build upon last season with Eddie in charge and three players back from injury, like I have stated before. Just be a bit more confident, we have held onto a quality squad so far, and we are probably one of the favourites for top six. Theres no question about that.
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12/07/2011 15:18:00

I admire your optimism Adam and sincerely hope you are right. Two good signings would greatly encourage me. Perhaps my pessimism is something to be with being a BFC fan for well over 60 years and learning over that time that pessimistic footy fans are never disappointed.
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12/07/2011 16:45:00

I understand where you are coming from cornwall. And I also hope we get a couple of quality signings before time runs out. We do to some extent need them, and things seem to be running a bit faster now thankfully with lots of recognised targets.
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12/07/2011 17:01:00


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