Steidten news clears up West Ham riddle


West Ham riddle finally solved 

The revelation that Tim Steidten is overseeing transfers finally provides clarity to a longstanding West Ham mystery – who is responsible for signing players?

The uncertainty surrounding this issue has persisted for quite some time. I recall numerous rumours that suggested Issa Diop’s acquisition was a decision imposed upon then-West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini by owner David Sullivan.

Even further back, there were suggestions during Sam Allardyce’s tenure that the West Ham co-chairman would interfere in player signings. Agent Barry Silkman once disclosed to me during an interview with me that Sullivan occasionally liked to make player purchases as a “gift” to the manager.

Tim Stiedten news has finally solved the West Ham riddle of who signs the players.

More recently, there was confusion regarding who was behind the signing of Said Benrahma, with many believing that the Algerian winger was not David Moyes‘ preferred choice. Then there’s the case of Nikola Vlasic, who was used so sparingly by Moyes that it seemed unlikely the Scotsman had chosen to sign him.

Therefore, the news that Edson Alvarez, Mohammed Kudus, and Konstantinos Mavropanos were all recommended and signed by Director of Football Tim Steidten is a welcome development. It aligns with the way such decisions should be made.

Of course, manager David Moyes was allowed to bring in his own player, James Ward-Prowse, who has also proven to be an excellent addition. The crucial aspect is having transparency about who holds the reins in transfer dealings. This clarity instils confidence as we approach the January transfer window.

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