Hammers set for “try before you buy” policy


Those expecting West Ham to splash the cash on permanent deals this summer may well be disappointed.

David-Sullivan-001For ClaretandHugh understands the club will continue to adopt a transfer try before you buy strategy this summer.

David Sullivan and David Gold are likely to bring loan signings for a season with first option to buy them at the end for an upfront agreed price.

Recent experiences with Modibo  Maiga, Matt Jarvis, Alou Diarra and Stewart Downing who are believed to have cost £25m between them has sharpened the minds!

We understand that David Sullivan prefers a more sensible approach by loaning players before parting with large amounts of cash.

Last season the Irons loaned Roger Johnson, Antonio Nocerino, Marco Borriello and Pablo Armero with none of them impressing sufficiently to warrant permanent deals..

As exclusively revealed by Claret and Hugh young strikers Michel Lasogga and Domenico Berardi are likely loan targets for the season to prove themselves in the Premier League before  attracting permanent contracts.

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  • JMan43 says:

    Sorry but this is a very flawed strategy that basically confirms that our scouting set-up is broken. Loanees are usually made up of those not getting games at their club, so hardly fills me with lot of confidence that we will be bringing in players that can improve on what we currently have. Also from a player perspective doesn’t fill them with a lot confidence that really wanted, and most footballers today are not motivated by playing football alone but by what is in it for them. Very unimpressed and see us facing a very tough season if this happens. The old saying still applies, you only get what you pay for, even when you’re on a budget.

  • canadianhammer says:

    Surely that’s a big reason why the owners want to have this policy JMan….. because we haven’t got what we paid for! We have signed high priced players who are grossly underachieving!!
    Also, if Sam stays and they let him buy players it will give the owners a lot more control, it’s no good waiting until after the fact. We are all concerned about the purchases that Sam has made.

  • FarEastEnder says:

    All well and good if West Ham are the only club interested in a given player (which might of itself tell us all we need to know). But if we’re bidding against other teams who have money to pay here and now, we’re likely to lose out time and again.

  • Munky says:

    I thought Aremero had been offered a deal. Did that not happen?

  • Michael Miller says:

    Fine, as long as you loan players like Lukaku or Demba Ba – a sniff around Lionel Messi or Iniesta might be worthwhile!

    Our recent record of buys has been abysmal – Maiga, Diarra are obvious examples – but the loan players like Nocerino, Rat, Armero and Boriello have been complete duds – whoever it is advising whoever makes these decisions needs shooting!

    My feeling is that BFS agent has his grubby fingers in all this and David Sullivan has realised that we are being taken for a ride – thankfully it’s only my £800 odd quid I’ve put up for my Season Ticket – Mr Sullivan has millions riding on these shysters!

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