Hammers warn on mega spending summer

payetarmsoutWest Ham have warned fans against thoughts they may have a major club spending spree this summer.

With talk of 20 goal striker and £20 million purchases grabbing the headlines a top insider has warned that much of last summer’s spending was made against loans that need to be paid back.

The club are set to invest £8 million in Manu Lanzini once he has proved his fitness after injury and Emanuelle Eminike is another possible signing dependent on him showing over the next three months on loan.

Manuel+Lanzini+West+Ham+United+v+SV+Werder+0Pg6_ic94sIlThe jury remains out on Alex Song as a free transfer and with the tight back position solved via Sam Byram, the club seen no reason to spend the £35 million they splashed out last summer.

ClaretandHugh was told by a major source: “We had a very big summer last time and we have to pay back what we borrowed but we are aware that we need as good a striker as we an find at sensible money. It’s a priority.

“We have shown with purchases like Payet, Lanzini, Antonio and Byram that we have a top scouting system in place and we will find the man we want at the right price.

“We need to balance our debt situation and player requirements but yes a striker is a must for us this summer.”


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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

13 comments on “Hammers warn on mega spending summer

  1. With this new sky deal clubs are all going to have enough money to buy world class players. The gap between the top 4-6 and the rest is going to get smaller. Even the promoted clubs are going to be awash with cash.

  2. If we manage to qualify for Europe surely we will need a much larger squad…

  3. I love the 2 Daves but if we want to kick on to the next level we will need another investor. No ifs, ands or buts.

  4. Keep hearing about ffp and Stoke must be breaking the rule surely. Plus seems like with spent most of our budget on ridiculous loan fees+wages. If we really do want to be up there with top teams we need a top top striker end of.

  5. We need 1 good defender,plus our youngsters,
    Lanzini signed £8 million for midfield but let Song go and bring in Oxford and Poyet
    Samulsun will replace Moses when he goes back and with Lanzini we need 1 Forward who may even be at the club on loan I will wait and see,that’s another £8 million
    We can let people go who will not make it and bring in some loose change £3 million
    That’s £13 million,
    Surely that’s not a problem and there’s probably another £10 million around to spend,
    What a great place to be in,but if not next year the year after we are going to need to spend £50 million on upgrades if we are going to be champions and European regulars but I don’t mind waiting a couple of years I have waited 50 already and this season has brought me back from the brink thank Christ I don’t live in Sunderland

  6. Would like to see an end to the expensive loans and use that money to invest in players and strengthen the contracts of some of the others. There’s great youth prospects in Oxford and Samuelsen especially so would like to see them feature more over the next year or two. I think these two players joining the ranks proper would be good next year, make the other players look over their shoulder a bit more.

    A striker is key, but really they will need to find investment or break the bank if they want to break into the top four over the next couple of years. All the groundwork is there and it’s shaping up promisingly, it’d be a shame to let that waste. All good teams evolve and invest, in their youth but also in good (permanent) signings.

  7. From what I’ve heard and read bubs I think Poyet is history. He can’t even get a regular game at Charlton. Agree with you about Song and Moses. Big on payroll and contribution questionable. However Hoping Gokhan Tore or the like will replace Moses and Oxford will get more playing time. Think Samuelsen will be given one more year on loan. Agree100 pct on need for a quality striker and one more defender. Don’t see us achieving all this though on a budget so you’re probably right about more incoming loans. Definitely need fresh investment. All just my opinion. Don’t pretend to know anything.

  8. Why on earth would we let people know how much we are going to spend. Best play dumb, if u say u have money the price will go up.

  9. I trust the 2 Davids to sort this. Generally their stewardship has been brilliant…they want success just like we do. We just need to trust their record – I certainly do!

  10. Hugh I thought we had to be debt free to move into the O/S COYI

  11. H4life did not knowPoyet was struggling but might just be Charlton getting there own back because he bailed on them,
    He looked good in early season games and if he is not going to make it a free or small transfer will have cost us nothing, but we need a real terrier like Kanteof Leicester not Song in the midfield,I think Obiang is the man,
    Gosling of Bournemouth has been mentioned in the. Past and he would not break the bank,
    I’m X ford of course would be the natural player for that spot,
    My main signing would be Wilson of Bournemouth or Gray of Burnley
    And a solid defender not a poser but another hard Italian or Argie who know how to defend

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