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West Ham buy no one on deadline day

The Hammers lived up to most fan’s low expectations and failed to sign a single new player on transfer deadline day.

Having courted a number of targets over the last few weeks, and telling fans that as one player left another would arrive, absolutely nothing happened on the transfer front at the London Stadium.

That is aside from Diafro Sakho’s ridiculous strop, which ultimately failed to get him his desired transfer back to France.

Currently sitting bottom of the Premier League after three straight defeats, conceding 10 goals, West Ham are in dire need of reinforcements. Another defender and/or midfielder, plus a winger or forward was the minimum the club should have been trying to get.

Do little

However, as is the usual case with the West Ham owners, they promised many things, but delivered very little.

During the Summer four top-quality players did arrive. Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez are all good signings, and the season-long loan of Joe Hart may also turn out to be a good deal.

But, West Ham still need more squad members, and as Sofiane Feghouli and Robert Snodgrass have both been moved on, the latter on a season’s loan, the club now finds itself without a recognised winger.

The owner’s pledge of ‘one out, one in’ has not been adhered to in this instance, and many fans I suspect are extremely annoyed.

William Carvalho, the Portuguese international currently playing for Sporting Lisbon, was courted during the last couple of weeks.

He is a midfield enforcer, described by many as a modern-day Patrick Vieira. He can also play as a centre back. Judging by West Ham’s recent defeats, he is just the right player the club needs to bolster a tired looking central midfield.

Disappointingly, West Ham refused to meet Sporting Lisbon’s asking price, continually tabling a sum just short of what the Portuguese team wanted.

This is a typical David Gold and David Sullivan tactic. Try and get the player on the cheap by offering a fee below the required amount.

Missed opportunity

West Ham could have purchased Carvalho if they would have stumped up the apparent asking price of £38 million. The club wanted to sell and the player fancied a move to London.

Instead the club offered a couple of million to little, with the end result, and we saw this last summer as well, the player never came. And annoyingly, West Ham’s hierarchy then blame the other team for their intransigence.

I suspect, and I’m not alone in this, that Gold and Sullivan never had any intention of buying Carvalho and used the whole scenario as a ruse to hide the club’s complete transfer deadline day inactivity.

The Hammers play their first home against Huddersfield Town on Monday September 11th. Whatever the score, I expect quite a few demonstrations against the owners, who have sold an historic ground, pocketed a sizeable wad of cash, rented a cavernous athletics stadium and failed to spend a sufficient amount of money to deliver their audacious promises of where the club would be going.

Champions League in a few years I think they said. Unfortunately, it could be the Championship if we are not careful.

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