West Ham’s January window transfer plans – like most clubs outside the top six – will be based on organising acceptable instalment plan deals both outwards and inwards.
Much has been made of the lack of cash hampering transfer deals in January but extended terms on deals will be the way forward for clubs outside the top six.
The Hammers – along with all other clubs are seeing life slowly returning to normal with vaccines arriving and the first fans being allowed back in the stadium tomorrow since lockdown back in March.
But very few clubs will be in a position to pay big upfront transfer fees following the devastating financial effects of Covid in January and it’s already become clear among Premier League chairmen at their various meetings that fees – whilst lower than in the past – will be paid for over longer periods from January as squads are strengthened.
The Hammers are hoping to land striker Bournemouth’s Josh King or less for around £10 million given he is out of contract at the end of the season and has made only four Championship appearances.
But they are set to be doing deals in all cases where they and other clubs pay the fees over a longer period