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West Ham have history with free keepers

West Ham has a long history of signing free agents or very little for their goalkeepers in the last 13 years.

Fabianksi broke that rule when the club spent a £7m transfer fee plus £5m in agent fes to sign the Polish keeper who won Hammer of the year last season but it was nine years before that since they  shelled out any money for a goal keeper.

Adrian, Darren Randolph and Jussi Jaaskelainen were all free transfers such like Roberto and David Martin were last summer while Joe Hart and Manuel Almunia were both loan deals.

Ruud Boffin cost the Hammers £270,000 from MVV Masstricht in 2010 while Péter Kurucz joined West Ham in 2009 from Ujpset FC for a £450,000 transfer fee.

Robert Green was our last multi million investment between the sticks when we paid Norwich City £2.7m back in 2006.

The Hammers are reportedly interested in signing another backup keeper with Premier League this January transfer window, lets hope its not another free transfer


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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

7 comments on “West Ham have history with free keepers

  1. £5m on agents fees??
    How the hell does that work on a £7m purchase?
    It would be nice to see a full breakdown of how that is even close to being called justified.
    I know agents fees are vulgar to say the least but, jeez, that really is extracting the proverbial.

  2. Agreed, it’s just a shame that we have such toothless governing bodies.
    I think that if agents and their fees were published on each and every deal the public backlash would maybe be enough to see changes made.

  3. Let’s not go overboard on free transfers.
    At the moment you would have a Adrian, Randolph or a Jaaskelainen anytime over Roberto. Because I think they were all decent goalkeepers for us

    • It’s just another awful awful decision in a long list of terrible mistakes made by the powers that be ….the more worrying thing is that they never
      Learn from any of them.no disrespect but I wish they wou ld sell up and let
      Someone else try .I don’t think they can take us any further IMO

  4. Then it should come as little surprise that the 2 we did pay for have clearly been the best of the bunch. What’s that old saying ?
    The strategy on goalkeeping has looked on the outside as an area to save a bit of money where possible. I dont know how far Trott is from the 1st team but we needed a 2nd younger keeper who can challenge fabianski and have all the potential to take over next season. Not a second old keeper on a free you hope never has to play!? Its penny wise pound foolish.

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