Quiet Iron one of our best ever signings


SakKouyateMuch has been made of last season’s signings and quite rightly so!

Dimi Payet was of course totally stand out but Angelo Ogbonna, Manu Lanzini,  Michail Antonio at £8 million and £7 million respectively were among the best this club has ever made.

But let’s go back a year and I remember very well reporting on one particular switch which appeared to take a new twist every day.

The player concerned was quiet man Cheik Kouyate who after a torturous set of negotiations joined us for around £6.5 million from Anderlecht and is now worth any price you want to name.

Spurs bid £15 million within a year of him arriving at Upton Park and that means he was probably worth £25m then and a lot more now.

Was £6.5 million any better spent? Got to be doubtful. This is one of the whole-hearted and effective players we’ve ever seen at the club.

The thought of ever selling him is just nonsense and I’m glad his two goals on Thurday evening have thrust him into the spotlight because this guy deserves it.

Oh and before anyone else mentions it, I will. He was a Sam Allardyce signing so thank you Mr A.

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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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  • monacoman says:

    Well said Hugh, could not agree more, Kouyate is top class

  • johnboy says:

    Talking of signings Hugh is it true lazaar has penned in ink ?

  • Stan The Man says:

    He is the top man for me.Absolute beast.

  • mattefumi27 says:

    Well said Hugh, Kouyate is one of the top 3 PL midfielders IMO. And yes, at least Hippo did one good thing, coupled with the fact that he fu##ed off… lol 😉

    • Stan The Man says:

      You could have a Wetlands BFS fanclub contract taken out on your head now Matte for bad-mouthing their hero lol

  • bubs says:

    He is the beating heart of our side,
    My Player of the year 2 years running,on Thursday he was not going to see us go out of Europe if only Sak had carried on as he did when he first arrived,
    But I think Novedt will join him soon and we will have a defensive midfield to conquer the league

  • kevin says:

    I was dreading a club coming in for Kouyate , fortunately it didn’t happen . He has proven to be a fabulous signing , hats off to SA for that .

  • markro says:

    Simply the best.

  • markro says:

    …would rather have him than Yaya.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Top man top signing, Nordveit looks tasty so far, hopefully he can be our Kante.

  • Boleyn Boy says:

    Well said Hugh, the unsung hero of the Boleyn and off to a great start at new place. Many other years he would have been nailed on for HOTY, just unfortunate to be around at the same time as Cress and Dimi. If he carries on this season as he has during the previous two he must have a great chance. Love him!

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