Slow Hammers window can’t compare to some!


benitezSo you thought it was tough being a West Ham supporter during the summer transfer window.

Well, try swapping places with one time Hammers managerial favourite Rafa Benitez who reportedly finds himself on thin ice at the club after  missing out on numerous targets.

According to the Mail the Spaniard could be on his way after missing out on Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham who agreed to join Swansea on loan, while former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero opted for Stamford Bridge, two players Benitez was convinced would join Newcastle.

It is also understood that Benitez is set to suffer another double snub, with Manchester City duo Fabian Delph and Eliaquim Mangala poised to join Stoke and Lyon respectively.

Benitez is also allegedly in for Adama Traore – a West Ham target – and I’m sure he will forgive us if we wish him all the worst with that one too.

It’s reported that he has become increasingly frustrated with the slow progress of securing targets and further talks are planned with managing director Lee Charnley in a bid to resolve the situation.

We report this only because it demonstrates conclusively that – despite the belief of many that the Irons are a constant let down in the transfer market – the same issues affect clubs up and down the land.

Pablo Zabaleta – a top international defender –  wasn’t slow to join us and negotiations for Olivier Giroud and Kelechi Iheanacho are proceeding so as the saying goes: “There’s always someone worse off!”

As for Rafa: “Err, Andy Carroll is likely to be available mate!” 

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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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  • Tel Boy says:

    There are lots of clubs who have only signed one or no players and its fine a few fans worshipping Evertons way of doing things but they are going to pocket close to £100 million for Barkley and Lukaku in the next month or two.So yes they are bringing in players but they are also going to lose their main assest and a young talented player if all reports are true.Lets see how they fare without Lukaku next season who must surely of contributed a very high percentage of their goals.

  • Stan The Man says:

    I would think Everton fans are far from excited so far this window.Lukaku was top scorer in the league with 25 goals followed by Barkley on 6.Now it looks like both are going out of the Goosison park door.The next highest scorers were Miralles and Coleman on 4.
    I dont know but i would think everton fans are rather concerned right now so a few of our fans bigging everton up seems rather premature to me.

  • kevin says:

    Well with the culling almost over and the wage bill significantly lowered we should be closer to making decent offers to players seeking a move . Although there is obviously truth in the fact that transfers are like buying and a house where the chain gets broken or being cazumped , I do think , however , that we are waiting too long for that perfect deal which may never come off the longer we wait . Yeh , sounds easy doesn’t it ! ., I know .

  • russ says:

    I wouldnt start crowing until we have the players we need, we could end up with the type of **** we had last year if all our targets turn us down which is just as likely.

  • Ludos Gloves says:

    Whos crowing about anything plonker.The facts are there in black and white that most teams have done no business or little business so far.You sound like the grumpy russ on another site.He spends all his time moaning.Thinking about it you are more than li!ely him.
    You have the same were doomed attitude!!!!

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    It show the model is broken, more and more big clubs are stockpiling talent leaving the up and coming clubs only average players to fight for. There should be a limit on how many transfers a club can make and only in exceptional cases exceeding that.

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