West Ham Transfer Reliability Guide

Welcome to another instalment of transfer reliability guides!

Let’s take a look at the media dependability pyramid for West Ham…


West Ham transfer tier of reliability

NameMedia Outlet / CountryTier RankingReliability Rating
Official Club Sourcewww.whufc.comTier 0
ExWHUEmployeeTwitter: @ExWHUemployeeTier 2
BBC SportsUnited KingdomTier 2
Sam Inkersolefootball.londonTier 2
Lee ClaytonTalkSportTier 2
Kaveh SolhekolSky SportsTier 2
Gianluca Di MarzioItalyTier 2
Alfredo PedullaItalyTier 2
Paris UnitedFranceTier 2
Nico SchiraItalyTier 2
COPESpainTier 2
BILDGermanyTier 2
The GuardianUnited KingdomTier 2
L'EquipeFranceTier 2
The IndependentUnited KingdomTier 2
The TelegraphUnited KingdomTier 2
Gazetta dello SportItalyTier 3
Sky SportsUnited KingdomTier 3
Goal.comUnited KingdomTier 3
TalkSportUnited KingdomTier 3
Mundo DeportivoSpainTier 3
Football.LondonUnited KingdomTier 3
Sport1GermanyTier 3
RecordPortugalTier 3
NBC SportsUSTier 3
Liverpool EchoUnited KingdomTier 3
Manchester Evening NewsUnited KingdomTier 3
Sports WitnessUnited KingdomTier 4
The MetroUnited KingdomTier 4
aBolaPortugalTier 4
Bleacher ReportUSATier 4
Get Football France NewsFranceTier 4
FanaticTurkeyTier 4
MARCASpainTier 4
90min.comUnited KingdomTier 4
ASSpainTier 4
TuttoSportItalyTier 4
Caught OffsideUnited KingdomTier 4
The ExpressUnited KingdomTier 5
Daily MailUnited KingdomTier 5
Daily StarUnited KingdomTier 5
The MirrorUnited KingdomTier 5
The SunUnited KingdomTier 5


Why does West Ham lack tier 1 reporters?

What is quite surprising is the distinct absence of tier 1 journalists and media sources for the club.

But on the other hand it does make a bit of sense, and I’ll now explain why.

In the past, the West Ham chairman David Sullivan and his son – Jack Sullivan – have been known to put out false stories of incoming transfers for the club as a way of appeasing the fanbase.

Even the former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hit out at the chairman’s son for unhelpful tweeting which would have unsettled supporters.

With such access to the higher ups at the club, the manipulation of information to suit a particular agenda is likely to occur from time to time, which ultimately contributes to the lack of highly reliable reporting.


Who is the most reliable source for West Ham transfer news?

Despite the fact that there are no clear tier 1’s when it comes to the topic of West Ham transfer reliability, one source is very dependable.

ExWHUEmployee is exactly that.

The Twitter account is a must follow for West Ham related news as it’s garnered a massive following of Hammers supporters who quite often cling to every word.

More so, the account chairs a podcast called The West Ham Way with Dave Walker, which offers exclusive news and club insights that specifically pertain to West Ham.

On the podcast ExWHUEmployee mentioned it’s extensive ties in football as well as alluded to the fact that their transfer information is gathered from a couple of inside sources within the club.

So ExWHUEmployee can at least be considered an unofficial mouthpiece for West Ham, which is why I’ve distinguished the source from the rest of tier 2 by awarding an extra half star rating.


Concluding thoughts

Now that you can see which journalists and media outlets are present under West Ham’s classification, there’s something that I think would be of interest to you.

As you’re aware of the tier scale, you know that different journalists report on transfer news for different teams.

So, for example, Fabrizio Romano might rank in Tier 2 for AC Milan transfer news but performs less effectively when breaking news for a club like Manchester City with a Tier 3 ranking assigned to him.

What if you had a document that could provide you tier rankings for each one of Europe’s biggest clubs?

Well, there’s good news because we’ve got just the solution for you!

Have a look at our Transfer Tier of Reliability eBook which is the central guide piece to the current age of soccer transfer window speculation.

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