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Ornstein makes Hammers transfer budget claim

The Athletic’s journalist David Ornstein has claimed that West Ham United have around $30 million to spend in the transfer budget in this window.

The Hammers have, of course, sold Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £18m and that has boosted the coffers.

And speaking on The Ornstein and Chapman podcast, he was asked about the funds available to manager David Moyes in this window.

The Irons want to sign a centre-back, a full-back, and a back-up striker if they can find the right targets.

But Ornstein claims they are working with around £30m to spend as they look to bolster their ranks.

He said: “I do think West Ham have some money, in part because of the [Grady] Diangana sale and on parts, an existing fund of some sort.

“People have told me in the region of £30 million, so not huge expenditure expected at West Ham this summer, but some, and certainly the fans will be keen to find out what happens, David Moyes too, because it doesn’t feel like a happy place at the moment.”

The Hammers did, of course, lose to Newcastle United on the opening day of the 2020/21 season, and reinforcements are needed if the club are to ensure a successful season.

Next up in the league is a clash with Arsenal, before games against Wolves, Leicester, Spurs, Manchester City, and Liverpool in a genuinely horrifying run of fixtures.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

3 comments on “Ornstein makes Hammers transfer budget claim

  1. So how have we bid in excess of £30 million for Tarkowski if our total recruitment budget is £30 million. You cannot make it up, the more we learn the more in the ineptitude and lies of G&S are shown up. For goodness sakes, for your health and our future sell up if the US Consortium’s interest is real, you will have made far far more than you invested and you can’t tell me you enjoyed being so disliked and distrusted by the West Ham fan base. Time to go

  2. Interesting to read yesterday that the Golds have taken Circa £17M in interest payments from the club.


    The most of any owners in the league, most owner loans are interest free but not ours!
    That would have made the transfer budget a bit healthier.

    • I am no fan of Mssrs Gold, Sullivan and Brady – over promise, underdeliver, have ripped the heart out of the club and taken us backwards over their time (their pedigree is Birmingham and look what happened there). The fan base is split and as rancorous as its ever been. By my reckoning there are at least 12 clubs in the PL ahead of us (I am being generous probably more) and 7 of them have leapfrogged the Hammers in the last few years (from performance, position in the PL, winning things etc take out Man Utd, City, Chelsea etc). Look at the returns they have achieved. They are wheeler dealers (Sullivan in particular) and not people who run the business in a smart way. Thats why I always assumed Brady was on board – and for the 10 years of their (and her) tenure she would surely have faced the ‘you’re fired’ outcome for the progress that’s been made. Having said that they should be entitled to some return on their investment and loan – but maybe that’s when they come to sell the club (hopefully sooner rather than later)? Given they must also be paying a fair chunk of tax on this money perhaps it could have been more wisely invested in the club player strength, boosted the performances and profile and attracted a higher exit sale price?

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