The sad Irons list of January signings

mccarthypic-776981009We’ve known for some time that for the first time in 25 years as club owners the two Davids are very unlikely to bring anybody in during the January transfer window.

January is recognised at every club as being a notoriously bad time to buy or loan players – many of whom are on the market only because of some problem or other at their current ‘place of employment.’

A senior insider told ClaretandHugh a few days ago: “What’s the point. Can you recall any player we’ve brought in during that window that’s really done it for us?”

So with the help of club DJ Leon Hyde we dug back through the records and looked at every player who has arrived since 2010 and it’s very hard to make a sensible case for venturing into the January market.

2011 may have been an exception..

Here’s the list of names who have appeared at Upton Park in deep midwinter since the Davids arrived as owners.

2010: Guillermo Franco, Benni McCarthy, Mido

2011: Robbie Keane, Wayne Bridge, Dema Ba, Gary O’Neill

2012: Vaz Te, Ravel Morrison, Nicky Maynard

2013: Joe Cole, Pablo Armero, Roger Johnson, Antonio Nocerino, Marcelo Borriello

2014: Nene, Doneil Henry


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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

8 comments on “The sad Irons list of January signings

  1. Franco was signed in Sept 09.

  2. I’ll always remember Robbie Keane putting it over bar from about 9 inches!!

  3. He never wanted to score for us !
    His brother asked him not to because of the stick he got from us ??
    Stood out a mile !
    He scored goals everywhere except for us ?

  4. Vaz Te scored the winner in the play off final so I wouldn’t exactly call him a bad signing, though it was downhill from then.

  5. It’s not that shabby, ba, o’neill and vaz te did fine for us and Henry probably will to if he ever gets a chance

  6. Come off it. We didn’t sign anyone of any worth in January transfer 2015. Henry and nene ? Henry wasn’t bought as a first team player but as one for the future and was sent straight back out on loan. Nene was only with us a few months, hardly played much and was a free transfer in February or something as far as I remember. Hardly what you would call Transfer window signings.

  7. 2 davids are saying we havent got a penny for wages under fairplay regulations , theyve also have a bad history in the january window aswell as the fact we have maximum amount of loans the league allows so unless we sell carroll dont expect to see anybody come in ….

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