Irons transfer market policy becomes clear


DembaWest Ham are determined not to blow their wage pot on rapid early summer moves and misS out on a star loan signings later!

The events of last year when there wasn’t sufficient left in the pot to entice a Demba Ba appeared to be available on loan has focused minds sharply among club negotiators.

And they are determined that caution will be the watchword to ensure they can realistically bid if the opportunity presents itself.

And although co owner David Sullivan has made it clear the board will be more involved in signings, ClaretandHugh can reveal that manager Sam Allardyce is anything but a ‘passenger’ in the process .

Indeed, we have been reliably informed that it was the manager who put the block on M’Baye Niang’s possible switch to the club from AC Milan on loan.

A source told us exclusively: “Sam was the one who decided against taking him . He wasn’t sure about his attitude. It may have been an error. We’ll see.

“One thing’s for sure. The club won’t be blowing their funds early. They won’t be caught in last season’s situation when Demba Ba looked to have come on the market and they hadn’t the moneyleft in their wage kitty to make a realistic bid.

“Lessons have been learned from last season’s problems and there have been too many bad buys for the club to rush into things.

“We should be a much better team than we are on the money that’s been made available and moving forward everybody is determined to do better.

“They know these last couple of years haven’t been the best so they will be rushing nothing.”

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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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  • New606 says:

    Lessons have been learnt, worst thing we did was try and save a few quid on Carlton coles contract, meant we couldn’t accept that offer for maiga, we’ll be lucky to even get a fee for him now

  • punchy says:

    Usual nonsense coming out of the club via your source. A few days ago we were going to get the transfer work done early. Now we are going to wait in case we miss somebody. Sounds like we really have a plan and have identified several targets that would suit the new attacking style. Not. It’s the usual talk big from Sullivan and let Gold make excuses when it doesn’t happen. We tried very hard etc. and where did that bombshell come from? ” we wanted Demba Ba who was available but we didn’t have enough money in the kitty” that’s a new one. We had the money for Downing though. Doh

  • laurencedav1 says:

    It’s the usual rubbish that comes out when
    It’s time to renew season tickets, then it’s excuses

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