The West Ham £200m waiting game

Chelsea-striker-Michy-Batshuayi-614216We all know that West Ham want two good strikers this summer transfer window, the problem is that most of the Premier League club want proven strikers also.

Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Southampton, West Brom, Palace, Liverpool and Everton are just some of the clubs on the lookout for a new striker and most are prepared to break their club’s transfer record awash with money from the new £5.5 billion TV deal.

Olivier-Giroud1The Hammers are playing a waiting game with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City in the hope that can land their own prime striker targets to have a domino effect to release our summer targets. The situation is somewhat like a housing chain when buying a house. Only one part of the chain needs to fail to stall the whole process.

In the case of Chelsea, they are hoping to land Lukaku for around £80m to allow them to consider loaning out Michy Batshuayi, Arsenal

Arsenal are said to want Alexandre Lacazette and have been quoted a fee of €55 million (£48.7 million) plus €12 million (£10.6 million) in add-ons to sign the former West Ham target. If the mega £59.3m transfer comes off they would be able to release Oliver Giroud.

KelSimilarly, Manchester City are said to be considering a bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who would cost them a cool 70 million Euros from Borussia Dortmund which is around £61.5m. In turn, they would release Kelechi Iheanacho.

These three transfers worth almost £200m between them would start the ball rolling for West Ham transfer business to take place. Quite simply no self-respecting football club will release a decent striker until they have guaranteed a replacement.

Quite simply no self-respecting football club will release a decent striker until they have guaranteed a replacement.  We have to be patient as we are not at the top of the food chain!


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

5 comments on “The West Ham £200m waiting game

  1. We will regret every penny of the 40-45 million if we sign Giroud and Ineacho. I am not one bit surprised to see Kouyate unsettled – with signings like this we are staying a second tier PL team.

    • Both those players are better than Kouyate (the latter potentially so) not sure what team he would move to where he would share the pitch with better players, after all he is good (though less so of late) but hardly that good to be worthy of looking down on those players. That said I do sympathise with his disillusion with our buys last Summer and the effect on him being played out of position, and therefore his doubts now about successfully buying players of the quality you mentioned which is more to the point I think.

  2. I hope we ain’t gonna make the same mistakes as last season chasing Bacca only to end up with Zaza I think the strikers mentioned are playing hard ball with there own clubs to see how far they can push them before being pushed out. where are our scouts? surely they have looked at strikers over the past season as we can’t rely on sicknote & sicknote early days yet in transfer window but I hope we ain’t chasing shadows again cos next season we might not be as lucky as the 1 just gone

  3. Yeah yeah yeah johnham1 read it all before.You are like a long playing record.It wouldn’t be so bad if you didnt talk so much pony.It seems to me anyone you personally like we should sign and anyone you dont personally like are useless.You was the one who called Nacho awful wasnt you.It hardly makes you a credible player assessor now does it.

  4. Stop panicking lads.So far if im right from reading something yesterday there has only been 13 cash signings across all 20 teams so far.3 of them were Brighton & 2 of them were clubs coughing up the dough for players they had last season on loan anyway.Ffs relax🍻😁

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