Gold explains summer signing policy


gold-david-gold-west-ham-co-owner-july-2014_3179990David Gold has disappointed all those who believe this is going to be a big spending Hammers summer.

As is always the case, various huge names have been linked with the club as potential targets – the reasoning being this time around that we need a marquee signing to kick off life in the Olympic Stadium.

But the arrival of such as Aaron Cresswell, Diafra Sakho, Sam Byram and Michail Antonio is a model the club are obviously keen to continue.

Gold told ClaretandHugh: “We’ve all read the headlines about this player and that player. It’s all very entertaining but we are looking for big value as we always have done.”

“It’s a policy that has served us well and is a tribute to our scouting staff. I would certainly see us going down the same road into the forseeable future.”

And he reinforced the point on Twitter when a follower asked: “Will our summer transfer window be busy from the word go? Or will we be waiting for big names?”

His response read: “We want good players not big names. dg”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • petebonds says:

    Big names usually come with a lot of unwanted baggage , agents always looking for a fast buck and the next move , often more ego than talent to name but two . Our scouting policy
    is paying dividends in signing brilliant players under the radar .More of the same please Dave’s !

    • one_bobby_moore says:

      Agree 100% Pete. Why take on a big name that would potentially upset the applecart? Yeah would be great to get a a world class player, but would sooner a couple of antonios and cresswells instead. Then let them make their name at west ham like those guys are doing.
      Only difference now, is that when they DO make their name here, they stay, as we don’t need to sell anymore.
      Getting a big name is a vanity project by some owners that would see an ageing superstar as a coup, and not a mercenary looking for a final payday.
      Don’t think we will fall in that category anymore.
      Sooner take a nobby no name over a superstar pensioner now. Who will be more likely to track back 50 yards in the 90th minute? a Veteran Charlie big banana, or the guy that wants to get to prove he’s just as good?

    • COYI247 says:

      Copy that. Our recruitment is 2nd to none…maybe Leicester. Chelsea, Man U are bloated with money, and wasted billions between them, and where has it got them? A shambles! WHU are THE team to play for if you are hungry to establish a reputation. Carry on Daves! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! My only exception would be Shelvey. Last week we got 3 goals from crosses. Shelvey will get a goal a game from a through ball down the middle…just like last week. I’d love to see him back in Claret and Blue. To me, he is the the piece in jigsaw to open up packed defences. We’ve got finishers in Sakho, Antonio, Carroll. With supply coming from ALL sides, we can take teams to pieces… might have to lure ’em out a bit then BAM! I don’t see us as having a striker problem. It is still a supply problem! COYI!

  • ssaunders says:

    Bilic seems to know a lot about players from everywhere and not just a big name asking for high wages. Get Lanzini signed up, another right back and left back (so we have cover), we have plenty of cover in the youths through midfield so no need to buy there but a unheard of 20 goals a season striker that Bilic knows about would be great. COYI

  • sweetfannyadams says:

    I agree, I’d rather see players who are motivated to play for the club because of being given the opportunity and not just mercenaries who are hawked around by agents. Look at Antonio, Cresswell, Lanzini, Antonio and Byram, you can see that they’re prepared to sweat blood and love being part of our club because of their professional ambition and not this ‘couldn’t care less, just show me the money’ attitude that comes with some big money signings.

  • Gaz says:

    I agree with this philosophy,has served us well in recent times.However the reason players are ‘Big Names’ in the first place is because they are in general the best & elite in their field.If you don’t want ‘Big Names’ then you are basically dismissing signing the best in the business,lol

    • COYI247 says:

      Personally, I prefer us moulding and making them great, than just buying great. Certainly at the moment. We and Leicester are like the stalking horses, the dark horses. Much more fun and better for team spirit. These are DREAMLAND times for WHU thanks to the 2 Daves and Karren. Happy Hammers! COYI!

  • mattefumi27 says:

    I believe in Dave’s and Slav, they will certainly do what’s best for West Ham. Having said that I think that the so called “big names” will be automatically attracted by our team, thanks the new stadium, thanks to our manager and thanks to our current team, which is already very competitive. Having said that, I’d like to add another young striker next year: Batshuay, Zaza (maybe not a big name, but he’s young and very good), Lacazette, Lukaku (so we solve our problem every time we play against Everton, lol), Milik (Ajax), Berardi (Sassuolo)… so to speak… 😉 And if we want to win next year take Ibra, everywhere he went he won the Championship… lol

  • bubs says:

    Whith Song going but already replaced with our freebie from Germany,Moses being covered by Samulsun,we have Poyet,Cullen ,Burke to come back into the fold
    We can release Lee as he is not going to get a look in,
    Henry and Hendrie looking good enough or again move them on,
    We really only need a striker to replace Emineke I’d Slav does not want him
    I would go after Wilson of Bournemouth Gray of Burnley personally both around the £15 million both can do a similar job to Sakho and Valencia if not better,
    Don’t think we will get any offers for AC so it’s super sub for him

  • Gaz says:

    Does your Wetpants nappy fit nicely bubs.Not cutting into your gonads is it 🙂

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