West Ham Chairman David Sullivan went on Talksport radio this morning to speak to Jim White and former Hammer Tony Cottee about the transfer window for West Ham.
Sullivan told White and Cottee “We have been working very long and very hard on them, eight days ago we had one deal in the bag with Mr Zabaleta which I think is a fantastic signing. We happened to pull three together in a week but these deals take forever. This is the hardest I have ever come across with the demands of the players, the demands of the clubs (and) the valuations”
“We are all holding our mouths open and can’t believe some of the things going on and in the middle of that we are trying to do business.”
“We have had a policy this year up to now of buying players for now, not tomorrow so we made a decision in the summer with the manager to buy players for positions that we needed which we thought could deliver straight away, that are proved in the Premier League, have been here before and at an age where they are not being bought for tomorrow, they are being bought for today. Long term it is not a great strategy but short term it probably is. We might still buy one or young players, one or two investments for the future, re-juggle the pack a little bit more and all the time you are trying to do what is best for the club.”
On the signing of Hernandez Sullivan added:
“I think he is potentially he is best player that has ever come to the club in recent years I would say, he is the best-proven goal scorer we have signed since we have been at the club and he has done it in the Premier League with Man United, he scored a goal every two and a half games for Man United so that’s a pretty good record. He is the most lovely, lovely person everyone who met yesterday said. We were lucky he only had a year to go with his club which allows you to negotiate a deal.We tried to get him two years ago and unfortunately chose the German club ahead of us. we tried very hard then. Again it is a deal that has been going on all summer. People say why aren’t you signing anyone, why aren’t doing this. Well do you sign him for 20 million Euros three weeks ago or 18 million Euros this week”
“We still have to balance the books, we still have £100m of debt, we are trying to buy the best value we can for the club. Whether they turn out good buys only time will tell but we are very very optimistic with the four players we have signed We think all four can make a huge difference”
Truly an academic in personnel diplomacy , offs sully you wonder why you get attacks about you’re choice of words , so transfers done , now let’s upset a few of the squad and cause some bad feeling ,OK maybe something like this , we have signed a classy striker in Hernandez which will bolster our attacking options that will help move the team in a direction we would like to go 🙂 simples , what’s same goals per game compared to the pea and Carroll ?
Did you actually read it all Lazarus rises.He said that they did it for the here and now but long term it isnt a good policy.That we needed some players who will go straight in the team THIS season.
“We have had a policy this year up to now of buying players for now, not tomorrow so we made a decision in the summer with the manager to buy players for positions that we needed which we thought could deliver straight away, that are proved in the Premier League, have been here before and at an age where they are not being bought for tomorrow, they are being bought for today. Long term it is not a great strategy but short term it probably is. “
Oh dear teddy ? Didn’t eat the porridge this morning then ?lofl , read on and go to the reference of the best striker quote and put it into perspective accustomed to recent comments and past comments and try to understand the importance of etticate !
And respect to members of the club ?
Lanzini is the best player we have brought for 15 years
He will become the star replacement for .messi
We are sitting on the mother load and I for one want him to stay into his 30,s
Not for Sale
Hernandez is the goal grabber we have waited for since McAvennie but it will be the work the Jewel does behind him that will put 20 goals plus in the box for the Pea
As you have said, he will increase his value massively this year because he will have a finisher on the end of his creativity.
Our real problem will be hanging on to him.
Almsot everything is done for the here & now in the Prem these days.The next season each time is all that matters with the finances on offer.Its pretty sad but true.No point in sugar coating it with bullshyte.All the players know the realities im sure.
Everyone knows how it works & thats why most managers will stick to tried & tested players not toy with bringing kids in.I would love to see our team full of academy products but it aint going to happen & i dont blame the manager at the time for that.3 bad results & you are rumoured to be heading for the tin tack so why would you bring kids in just to see if they flourish.Chances are the manager who does it wont be about 2 years down the line anyway so they won’t bother doing it.
The next game is always the most important one.
I, for one, am very happy with this year’s approach to the window.
Apart from Zaba, the others could all play for at least the next three years (Chicha was only 29 last month). They will all have an immediate impact.
Sully also praised both Masuaku and Fernandes. Westley has said plenty about the U23s, especially Holland, Rice and Martinez. We all know what Quina can bring to the table. We’ve got Cullen, Burke and Oxford in the pipeline. To say nothing of Samuelsen.
In spite of Gold’s comments about how hard it is for youngsters to break through, both next season and the future are bright.
I need to buy a calculator. How are we still 100 mil in debt?
We are told the sale of The Boleyn earnt 50-75 mil 20k more season ticket holders.
Some report said we are worth 300+ mil blah blah blah t.v cash cheap rent .
How can we still be in debt.