Transfer update


With seven days to go before the transfer window slams shut West Ham’s transfer business is eerily quiet at present.

Many supporters are expecting at least another striker after the departure of Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll with only Seb Haller in return and perhaps a back up defensive midfielder to cover Declan Rice after Pedro Obiang’s departure.

West Ham has spent the vast majority of their summer transfer budget and we will not be seeing any more big-name or money signings in the next week.

You can pretty much forget any transfer rumours that value the player over £5m.

Claret and Hugh understands that Pellegrini has been told he has funds for one more squad player with considerably less than £5m available to spend.

There may be a late twist to the end of the Hammers transfer window as we understand the manager is putting feelers out to find a young centre back to challenge Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid for the number three or four spots in the centre of defence.

If Pellegrini and Hussilos can’t find someone like Fabian Balbuena there might not be any further business this summer with the manager accepting his squad as good enough to challenge to better the tenth spot West Ham finished last season.

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  • Claret says:

    We need a defensive midfielder not a centre back we have five already

  • the iron man from essex says:

    Are Pelle & co watching different games to us?
    Our defence looks like deers in headlights & the top six will rip it to shreds. I can see a few games where things will get messy very quickly.
    It was by far our weakest link last season & it hasn’t been addressed. Minimum must be a decent CB surely?
    I watched some of yesterday’s game & at times the Herta players seemed to just walk through our back line.

  • Hamptonese says:

    I think that’s fair enough. A backup striker and DM would do me on loan or cheap. We don’t need any CBs and Rice can switch there in emergency.

  • Peter bendall says:

    Too obvious Claret. Last 3 windows have done nothing to replace Noble and now Obiang . We will go nowhere without a defensive midfielder and left back .

  • Cb says:

    So we are not really trying for 7th or whatever

    All the clubs around us have. Spent far more and as our chairman Often says, what you spend is generally where you finish

    10th at best with this level of spending

    • Kevin says:

      You have a total lack of optimism . We are Not Liverpool , Man City , Man Utd or even Spurs . We gave all of teams a good run for Thier money last season . No reason not to expect the same again . Keep the faith . It will reward you in the end .

  • Peter bendall says:

    Too obvious Claret. Last 3 windows have done nothing to replace Noble and now Obiang . We will go nowhere without a defensive midfielder and left back .

  • Kyle says:

    We are desperately in need of at least 2 more strikers in my opinion. Haller and Hernandez are great players but our season will quickly turn if one gets injured. I don’t think Hernandez will be lasting full 90 mins either! So looks like all our eggs in one basket with Haller and it will be one man up top at home every game.

    Cant understand why we sold Martinez and put Hugil on loan. Seems mad.

  • Paul Lewis says:

    I have said it previously on here, whilst it is fantastic with all our talent we have going forward, unfortunately none of them come back and assist the defence.
    Therefore, with the Pelle seems to want us to play attacking wise, we are going to concede a lot of goals. It’s not extra players we need now, but just a slightly more reserved way of playing, and better quality defenders

    • Kevin says:

      Seems you have just like others , completely forgotten our injury list last season . With a fully fit squad we could have made Europe .

  • Tony Pezzolesi says:

    We desperately need a defensive midfielder with “legs” to help out Declan Rice. Especially if we are going to be playing such an attacking line-up with full backs who cannot defend. Both full backs first half were woefully out of position. Cresswell once and Johnson twice

  • Graham fordham says:

    West Ham must and I stress must find a decent defender before the transfer window closes otherwise a potential top 6 finish is going to be unrealistic to achieve

  • Hammerkip says:

    How ridiculous.

  • Kevin says:

    Doesn’t make sense to me .. our main reason for the hiccups last season is a very well documented history of injuries . With the new players in the running for starting places this coming season and a fresh start on the injury front we should be talking top six or better .
    All this chatter about top seven is depressive . We haven’t even kicked off yet . Am I expecting too much ? , no , I don’t think so . Anything lower than sixth would register as a failure in my book . Let’s kick off and get on with it . Can’t wait to be Honest .

  • Hammerkip says:

    The squad is no were near strong enough to challenge top 6 or even top 8 with the depth we have it will be the same as last year IMO..

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